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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: 12-27-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS quote quote id quote name JUMP From Page 6A From page 6A Subscribe to The Star Call 227-1278 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Opinions 4A Letters to the Editor 5A Sports 10A Society News 2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement 8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services 14B I NDEX A Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET 227-1278 Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET 747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1B V ISIT T HE S TAR ONLINE AT WWW STARFL COM XXXXX XXXXXX YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR State attorney closes case against Citizens Improving Gulf County, its president By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com An investigation into extortion charges against the political action committee Citizens Improving Gulf County and its president was closed last week with no formal charges led. The case was closed without charges on Oct. 16, but reopened Oct. 25 based on new information, according to the public information of cer for the State Attorneys Of ce. Hess, in an unsigned letter closing the case last Wednesday, two days after The Star and its sister paper the Panama City News Herald renewed a request to see the le, arguing that once the le was public record as it was when closed Oct. 16 by Hess it remained a public record, said he found probable cause that an act of extortion had been committed. However, a jury could just as well have concluded that it was no more than dirty politics, Hess wrote to Renee Hatton, special agent with the FDLE. A heated discussion transpired during an Oct. 25 BOCC meeting, Hess wrote Hatton, and subsequently a number of phone calls were made to Hesss of ce about aspects of the case, one of which was revisited, he wrote. A criminal history obtained during the initial investigation shows that (PAC president Jim Garth) is a felon having been convicted in federal court of misapplication of bank funds. He has voted in Florida elections but it does not appear that his civil rights have been restored, Hess letter states. Hess noted that it is a thirddegree felony for a person to vote knowing he is disquali ed. Hess said in a letter to Garth and Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n that research showed Garth had a felony conviction in By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Two time zones in close proximity can come in pretty handy on New Years Eve. It means two times the ability to ring in the New Year, one hour apart. The Gulf County Tourist Development Council and Mexico Beach Community Development Council are collaborating again this year on Celebrate Twice in Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. Included as part of the nights festivities will be a reworks show in Port St. Joe at 10 p.m. ET. There will also be six shuttles running to safely carry revelers from city to city or establishment to establishment. The shuttles will run from 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, until 3 a.m. ET, 2 a.m. CT. One trolley will run in Mexico Beach, stopping at participating venues, and one trolley will do the same in Port St. Joe. If you wish, for example, to go from Mango Marleys to Toucans Restaurant in Mexico Beach, hop on the shuttle for Mexico Beach. On the other hand, if there is a desire to go from the Haughty Heron to the Thirsty Goat, the Port St. Joe shuttle is for you. Mexico Beach stops will include the El Governor Motel, Fish House Restaurant, Mango Marleys, Rustic Sands Campground, Toucans and By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe city commissioners recently urged county support for moving the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city as part of a new BayPark. The conceptual drawings for BayPark were unveiled during the most recent meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and the Port St. Joe Commission. The city and county both have applied for possession of the lighthouse, two keepers quarters and an oil house. The county has proposed moving the lighthouse and buildings to Salinas Park. The city proposes BayPark. The St. Joseph Historical Society, which has secured more than $800,000 in state grants to renovate the keepers quarters, grounds and lighthouse By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Photos by Tim Croft, Valerie Garman, Debbie Hooper at joebay.com and other contributors The past 12 months have been full of celebration and frustration. Promise at the port was counterbalanced by upheaval at the Economic Development Council. The Board of County Commissioners, in the midst of a brutal election, and the city of Port St. Joe spent too much time jabbing at each other. Tourism remained strong, but the chronic lack of jobs continued, as did the drop in school enrollment. The Semper Fi Sisters packed 1,300 Boxes of Love, but the love was lacking during a brutal campaign season. Add it all together, and 2012 had plenty of news and by years end held out some hope that the news in 2013 would be of a more positive nature. PSJ commissioners urge county support on lighthouse Celebrate New Years Eve twice No charges led against Gulf County PAC 2 01 2 IN REVIEW Bringing port back to Port St. Joe Maybe we and our descendants will look back some day on 2012 as a tipping point for the Port of Port St. Joe. After decades of inactivity, years of visioning and false starts, from January to December, the Port of Port St. Joe was a center of sorely-needed optimism. The rst major step was a collaborative agreement with the St. Joe Company, as an expert would later say, a key private partner. From that Memorandum of Understanding between the Port Authority and St. Joe would come an updated and more focused marketing campaign, a new website and a more aggressive approach to identifying potential tenants. The MOU would also ultimately segue into the engagement by St. Joe with the Bank of Montreal, a major player in North America in the selling and leasing of infrastructure, in this case port infrastructure. An executive from the Bank of Montreal, noting the regional gateway that is the port as an asset never to leave the equation, said that while development would not come overnight, the pieces were there. The port also got a visit from top of cials from the Florida Department of Transportation, which by years end was considering extending the Port St. Joes designation for being able to access the pot with the vast majority of FDOT funds. Eastern Shipbuilding Group out of Panama City, in partnership with St. Joe, also agreed to lease a portion of the old mill site bulkhead to expand operations, with the rst vessel for out tting due early next year. The caveat to the optimism is a $4 million mortgage owned by Capital City Bank and under threat of foreclosure and that the Port Authority has operated with no true revenue-based budget or paid staff. But as an update of the port master plan was fasttracked by the state, the Port Authority, with St. Joe as partner and some 300 acres to market for development, seemed poised to turn a red bottom line black and supply much needed jobs to boot. State of cials, including Rep. Marti Coley, RMarianna, and Secretary of Transportation Ananth Prasad visited the Port of Port St. Joe in the spring, part of a busy year for the port. Thursday, DECEMBER 27, 2012 YEAR 75, NUMBER 11 Saving the lighthouse Hurricane Isaac ended up with the nal say on the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. When Isaac tore through the Gulf Coast and it was mild in relative terms in Gulf County the wave action took the last vestige of truly solid ground access to the lighthouse and the grounds on which sit two keepers quarters, an oil house and a gift shop. For years, the coastline around the lighthouse has been losing its battle to Mother Nature, and when Isaac took another 30-50 feet of shoreline, that was all the U.S. Air Force, which owns the property, needed to see. They wrote Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson about the city possibly taking possession, and the St. Joseph Historical Society, which solicited the grants that refurbished one keepers quarters and which has led the battle to save the lighthouse and lease it through the county, began a campaign to raise more than $300,000 needed for relocation to a bayfront park. There was also government red tape in declaring the property surplus and determining disposition. The Board of County Commissioners also put in an application, desiring to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park. The Gift Shop opened in the historic Maddox House along the bayfront in Port St. Joe. The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency has crafted a master plan for the park, with the lighthouse as centerpiece, but the action of the federal government, most especially the U.S. Park Service, will be the nal say on possession. Once it is decided whether city or county will receive the lighthouse, the next big stepping stone is funding a move. But for right now, the Air Force has moved the keepers quarters back next to the lighthouse out of immediate danger, and the wait is on. The keepers quarters on the grounds of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse were moved back near the lighthouse to ensure their safety from erosion while disposition of the buildings is being determined. Fishermen from around the area and the country descended on Washington, D.C., in the spring to voice their protest against regulations based on alleged faulty science and the loss of jobs and season they see as a result of environmental groups trying to reduce their ability to make a living. See YEAR IN REVIEW A2 See CHARGES A3 See PSJ A3 See NEW YEARS A2 The year in sports A11 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Society . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 School News . . . . . . . . . . A9 Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . A10 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . A14 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . A14 Classi eds . . . . . . . . A15-A16

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 For such an innocuous name, the center provided plenty of controversy. With a connection to the Panama City Rescue Mission and all the associated problems Panama City is having with that mission and a decision to open an of ce smack in the middle of the downtown business district, the center did not get off to a good start. A citizens committee petitioned the Port St. Joe City Commission to not allow an occupancy license to the center, particularly downtown, and urged adoption of ordinances to prevent the kind of loitering, crime and general mischief associated with the Rescue Mission. Matt Scoggins, a member of the Rescue Mission board, provided the Gulf Coast Hope Center of ce space and after considerable debate within the community, went along with critics in encouraging the adoption of ordinance to prevent a great expansion of the Rescue Mission into Gulf County. Scoggins said from the start the Hope Center was an extension of his existing ministry to help people down on their luck get a helping hand. He said his critics were wrong when they worried about an expansion of the Rescue Mission or a dormitory-style center. The Board of County Commissioners adopted nuisance ordinances in the late spring, and the city of Port St. Joe followed suit a few weeks later. The Gulf Coast Hope Center, which cut the ribbon on formal opening in the summer, continues to assist people on a weekly basis with basic needs and putting them in touch with appropriate agencies. Competitive Yields on FDIC Insured CDs Holiday Christmas Issue December 20th, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 14th, 2012 3pm Now accepting Christmas Greetings to be placed alongside the Childrens Letters to Santa. December 27th, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 19th, 2012 **ALL AD COPY MUST BE APPROVED BY December 21st, 2012 4:30pm** January 3rd, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 27th, 2012 **ALL AD COPY MUST BE APPROVED BY December 31st 3pm** Contact: Joel Reed (850) 814-7377 Kari Fortune (850) 227-7847 -ORNO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payments has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed by payment or any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. www.mulliseye.com "WE WELCOME NE W PATIE N TS, C ALL T ODAY FOR YOUR P RIORITY APP OI N TME N T" FOR NEW PATIENTS 59 AND OLDER This certificate is good for a complete Medical Eye Exam with Todd Robinson, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Surgeon. The exam includes a prescription for eye glasses and tests for Glaucoma, Cataracts and other eye diseases FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT CALL: 850-763-6666 ELIGIBILITY: U.S. Citizens living in the Florida Panhandle, 59 years and older, not presently under our care. Coupon Expires: 12-31-12 FREE EYE EXAM CODE: PJ00 Darren Payne, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon In Memory of Lee Mullis, M.D. Todd Robinson, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon "Freedom from Eye Glasses, Now a reality for many." Smart Lenses SM the Lookout Lounge. Port St. Joe stops include Marina Cove, Reid Avenue and Third Street and State 71 and U.S. 98 (next to the Thirsty Goat). If a rider wishes to go from Mexico Beach to Port St. Joe, hop the MB/PSJ shuttle (one shuttle), which will stop at El Governor and the Thirsty Goat. Anyone wishing to hit all venues in both cities should board the All Stops shuttle (three shuttles). Around midnight, all shuttles will be routing to Mexico Beach. The shuttles will only be stopping at the listed locations, and after 10 p.m. only patrons 21 and older may ride the shuttles. For more information visit www.celebratetwice. com. NEW YEARS from page A1 The crime was ugly, as described by authorities. A white man, likely intoxicated, hurled racial epithets at young children. A young African-American man went to the mans apartment in an attempt to make peace. About the only thing that is sure from that point was that young man, Everett Gant, would end up lying in a pool of his own blood after being shot in the head by Walt Butler. Butler, according to arresting documents, sat back down to eat after shooting Gant. He did not understand why the sheriff was arresting him for shooting a person of a color, using the ugliest term imaginable. Gant, a big strong bear of a man as described by friends and family, hung on until he died six weeks after being shot. But from what authorities called a hate crime came an outpouring of love, for Everett, for his family and as antidote to the nastiness represented by the actions and words of one man. A candlelight vigil was held that drew more than 100 people across colors and age. The Port St. Joe Lions Club established and seeded a bank account to help the family defray medical costs. People across the area gave. On Facebook, a page was established for those who wanted to openly pray for Everett, and it gathered hundreds of followers. Everett Gant passed from this earth in circumstances nobody should endure, but in doing so left behind a legacy, and a daughter, that stretched far beyond his 32 years. Local A2 | The Star Gulf Coast Hope Center The year saw several releases of stranded, cold-stunned or injured turtles, including a few released under a new nonpro t organization founded by Gulf World and with of cers from Gulf County. Turtle trouble See YEAR IN REVIEW A5 Hate crime murder The murder of Everett Gant, left, in a hate crime set off an outpouring of grief and love toward the family, a candlelight vigil drawing more than 100 people to Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW

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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, December 27, 2012 Attend our class/support group: Quit Smoking NOW . A curriculum developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves . Starts Tuesday, January 8, 2013 5:30 pm EST Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Cafeteria 3801 E. Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL No cost to attend! Free Nicotine Replacement Patches and/or Gum available for class participants!! Call or email Brigitta Nuccio (850) 482 6500 bnuccio@bigbendahec.org or Toll Free 1-87-QUIT-NOW-6 Best Wishes For A Healthy, Happy New Year From Your Friends At 211 N. Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL 32465 (850) 639-3333 Georgia, had apparently never had his civil rights restored and therefore was ineligible to vote in Florida elections. Hess, in his letter to Grif n, said Garth could apply to have his rights restored in time for the 2014 elections. In the Oct. 16 letter to Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Matt Herring closing the original extortion case, Hess made no mention of a voter quali cation issue involving Garth, though according to the Dec. 19 letter, it was discovered during the initial investigation. Hess said a letter would be sent to Garth and Grif n that he was disquali ed to vote. Beyond that, I see no reason to pursue this matter, Hess concludes in his letter to Hatton. The investigation into the extortion complaint and the voter disquali cation issue may be considered closed with no action required. In a statement, Garth responded. It is now obvious that a real life witch hunt has been in progress against Citizens Improving Gulf County and its key members including myself, Garth wrote. The public needs to know that our membership consists of veterans, distinguished military retirees, retired Florida State law enforcement of cers, local business owners and concerned citizens. Having to go back almost 40 years and only nding a very old resolved issue concerning myself is testimony to how desperate certain County Commissioners were to shift the focus off of their behavior and questionable violations. I am pleased this le which has serious questionable handling is nally available and that the State Attorneys Of ce concluded that there are no grounds for any charge against myself or any member of Citizens Improving Gulf County. However, the investigation by the Florida Ethics Commission against Commissioner (Warren) Yeagers employment with Preble-Rish Engineering has yet to be resolved and is still ongoing. Citizens Improving Gulf County is encouraged by the ndings and is now more resolved than ever to expose corruption in Gulf County. The probable cause for the original extortion investigation, according to the case le, is found in af davits from county administrator Don Butler and former County Commissioner Bill Williams relating that a third-party, St. Joe Beach resident, Tom Graney, a long-time con dant of Williams, had communicated information that the PAC had it was prepared to make public if Yeager pursued re-election. Williams af davit relates a conversation with Graney on June 15; Butlers a conversation on June 17. In a June 19 statement, State Attorney investigator James Jensen told Herring that Graney had contacted Williams and Butler to extort Yeager out of the race. If Yeager did not drop out, Jensen related to Herring, Graney had indicated the PAC would release information damaging to Yeagers personal life and professional career. Hess formally launched the inquiry June 19. That should not be probable cause to do anything, Graney said. What a silly process. Graney has labeled the investigation a Keystone Kops comedy routine. Herring and Jensen provided Williams with a recording device to record a private conversation between Williams and Graney on June 28, which lasted nearly 90 minutes. Graney said the conversation was to alert Williams, who was still debating a run for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners, about the information that was out there about the various BOCC races. Graney said he might have been injudicious in some of his comments to Williams, agreeing too freely to some of his friends assertions, but that the basis of the conversation was to provide the local political landscape and advice to a friend he had backed for eight years. Graney told Williams in the recorded conversation that he did not interpret the information from the PAC to be blackmail, but politics in which methods may be unethical but not illegal. The term blackmail, according to the le, was used by deputy county administrator Michael Hammond in a phone call related by Butler in his af davit and by Williams during his recorded conversation with Graney. Williams used the term at least ve times during the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting. Yeager was re-elected. and has undertaken fundraising campaign to rescue the lighthouse, voted in support of moving it to the city. Talk to your county commissioners about support for relocating to the city, PSJ Commissioner Rex Buzzett said. I think it is just as vulnerable to the erosion that currently threatens it on the cape. They should withdraw their application. Gail Alsobrook, director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, which funded the planning study for BayPark, said moving the lighthouse to the city bene ts city and county alike. If it is on the cape, its in the county, but if its in the city, it is the city and county as well as the historical society, Alsobrook said. It will receive multiple times the visitors than if it was on the cape. Mayor Mel Magidson said the city would offer far more visibility for the lighthouse and in turn attract more visitors. With the BayPark design offering the lighthouse as a centerpiece for a park that would feature museums, an estuarine preserve and turtle rescue space, and with the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center at one end of the park and the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Living Color building at the other end, the BayPark concept would provide seamless county/ city attractions. This is an opportunity that comes along once in a lifetime to create an iconic structure to bring people to the city, county and region, Magidson said. The city was awarded a $125,000 grant from the BP Gulf Tourism Promotion campaign to produce a professional documentary on the rescue and saving of the lighthouse. It really gives me heartburn to have a documentary without the lighthouse coming to the city, Buzzett said. At the last BOCC meeting, County Commissioner Carmen McLemore said he opposed moving the lighthouse to the city. County Commissioner Ward McDaniel provided the formal motion for the county to apply for the lighthouse and ancillary buildings for a move to Salinas Park. County Commissioner Warren Yeager said he believed in the spirit of cooperation between city and county on a nal destination but said the priorities were preserving the lighthouse and buildings and turning the relocation into a positive for the community. We also have to keep in mind the city of Port St. Joe and the city of Wewahitchka are also part of the county, and we need to work together, said County Commissioner Joanna Bryan. RESTORE Act projects City commissioners held a workshop before last weeks meeting to discuss and provide some prioritization to potential projects the city would like funded through the RESTORE Act monies that would come to the county if and when a civil penalty is paid by BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Buzzett suggested the citys ve-year capital work plan could serve as a template. The plan includes upgrades to the boat ramp at Frank Pate Park, a joint city/county recreational complex, refurbishing the Centennial Building and, potentially, a secondary boat ramp on the Intracoastal Canal for larger boats to alleviate some parking problems at Frank Pate Park. We need to ahead of the curve and be ready, city clerk Jim Anderson said. We need to work through and prioritize projects. Insurance premium rebate As they have for the past couple of years, because of a generally quiet hurricane seasons in Florida, the city received a rebate on its property and liability insurance premiums from the Florida League of Cities. Commissioners then spent a bit of it. The rebate, presented by Tom Conley with the Florida League of Cities, totaled $39,739, and commissioners approved spending $25,000 as a down payment on a ve-year lease-to-own contract to purchase a new tractor and grass-cutting attachment to handle cutting in the new wastewater plant spray elds and other ditches and low-lying grounds. Commissioners also approved a $1,500 donation to the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. The Early Learning Coalition can leverage $16 for every $1 in donations for the many services it provides needy families with children less than age 5. New Years reworks Commissioners approved an agreement with the TDC that would allow the TDC to put on a reworks show New Years Eve while the city agrees to match a TDC contribution of $5,000 toward Fourth of July reworks. A citizens committee already is in fundraising mode to secure the matching funds for the Fourth of July, which city commissioners agreed last year would be funded privately moving forward. CHARGES from page A1 PSJ from page A1

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Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012 The Moss Hill Church is actually in an area that is about three miles southeast of Vernon. It is in an area once known for its Indian population. The Holmes Valley Methodist Mission was responsible for the church, and its origination was between 1821 and 1825. The building standing today was built in 1857. The Moss Hill Methodist Church has been refurbished over the years, but still has a rustic feel. It is truly beautiful and a site that is worth going out of your way to see. The sign out front notes services are on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 2 p.m. The time of the service seems to corroborate what my Grandmama said about those Methodists. She said they like to stay out late on Saturday night and to watch out not to let children take communion because the grape juice they dole out is the real stuff. Im sure they share a minister with at least one other church. Its easy to think about all of the folks that have worshipped there, been married there and had funeral services and been buried in the cemetery on the grounds. The graveyard has a number of Civil War soldiers in it and their service will forever be lauded. War is a terrible thing, no matter when, where or how, but those who gave the ultimate sacrice should never be forgotten. An interesting tidbit about the land around the Moss Hill Church, a fellow by the name of Igdaliah Wood requested and was granted title to the land in 1861 after the beginning of the War Between the States. Union President Abraham Lincoln granted the request on December 5, 1861, almost a year after Florida seceded. Igdaliah is not a name you hear much anymore. It is pronounced ig-dal-yaw, probably igdahl-yah in the heart of the Panhandle when folks dropped everything to build a church for everybody to use. From a Southern point of view, the name Igdaliah means God is great. The Moss Hill Methodist Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the type of wood used to construct the church, hand and footprints can be seen on the ceiling. The church was built of lumber from pine heartwood, also known as lighter or fatwood. As this wood gets older, it gets stronger and becomes immune to water and termites. Those Methodists were pretty smart. This type of wood is very sticky and usually oozing a resin, which captured the hand, nger and foot prints of those doing the work. So if you go to the Moss Hill Church, look up! During this holiday season, its a good time to look up everywhere. After I looked closely at the pictures I made, I realized I had captured some of the childrens and carpenters handprints and footprints without even knowing it. Vernon, at one time was known as the Worlds Leading Gopher-Shipping Port. Thats right, Vernon was a World Leader in shipping out gophers. On my trip to the Vernon Historical Societys Archives, I found it in a book. You need to understand what a gopher is. The type of gophers they were shipping out were not animals. These gophers were tortoises. Gopher tortoises were shipped by steamboat to Pensacola every week between 1885 and 1930 by the hundreds. Not only were they considered a delicacy for the gourmets in Pensacola, but they were carried out to sea by the sailors and shermen to provide fresh meat and supplement their menus. Gopher tortoises were pretty easy to keep alive until you were ready to put them on the table. If you didnt have money and needed something in Vernon, the stores would take gophers instead of cash. I had read about Moss Hill Church still being without electricity. I saw blankets and church fans on the pews. I can only speculate the congregation didnt want the preacher to pass out in the middle of a sermon on the second Sunday in August. This beautiful church lled with history and the story of how gopher tortoises were used as cash in Vernon, just makes me wonder, Do you think anyone ever put a tortoise in the offering plate? For more stories and pictures of my trip to Vernon, visit me at www. CranksMyTractor.com. The reasons for New Years resolutions are varied and, typically, have the shelf life of the holiday itself. At least that has been my experience. I am not sure I have ever made it to Jan. 31 in any single year with any resolution, and I would be willing to bet that based on the angst-lled articles and television shows on the subject I am clearly not alone. Heck, Congress and the President cant even get to January with any resolution for solving long-term entrenched scal issues after swearing up and down after the elections that the American people had spoken and they wanted compromise. Which we did, but as most of us of adult age can gather by now, deafness is rampant in Washington, D.C. In any case, lets turn the onus of a resolution something one might actually have to stick to to a hope and here are a few for the New Year that seems appropriate. Barry Sellers Clarication. Here is hoping that the Board of County Commissioners, city of Port St. Joe, city of Wewahitchka, the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, somebody has the sense to give this guy a break. The BOCC has performed the political back-ip enough and this latest excursion into capricious decision-making blowing up a consolidated economic development agency less than two years after creating it and hiring Sellers from Arkansas takes the cake for at out disregard for another human being. In this day and age, in this holiday season and brutal economic times, to leave Sellers swinging in the lurch as to what 2013 holds is not only shortsighted, but simply mean-spirited. Sellers, you are EDC director; no, youre a county employee answerable to administrator Don Butler; no, wait, youre in Whoville with the BOCC starring as the Grinch. Tan Smiley and Ward McDaniel The hope for the two county commissioners, reaching the midpoint in their rst terms, is greater understanding as to the factors that led to their election two years ago. Change. Voters wanted change to begin and with the addition this year of County Commissioner Joanna Bryan there are now three votes on the BOCC that were brought to ofce on the promise of change in the way the BOCC conducts business. The TDC and EDC messes this past year are sufcient evidence that change is tardy. The list of changes is laundrylike transparency through items such as a clear agenda, treating the public as if they are the employers and holding meetings and making decisions by their rhythms, ridding the meeting room of personal attacks but there are now three votes to perform the duties voters pleaded of you to begin with. So do it. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse Its rescued without bloodshed. There is a sharp divide regarding the possible future location of the lighthouse, but the battle that is brewing could end up as such a drawn-out bruising affair maybe the ocean would be a better choice. While there is a clear consensus among the group most invested in the lighthouse the St. Joseph Historical Society which has been about preserving the lighthouse years before elected ofcials got involved but constituents with varying agendas have commissioners in a twist. The saga is really another example of why county-wide voting is needed, as underscored by Bryan during a recent BOCC discussion about the lighthouses future when she said Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka were also part of the county and therefore the equation. There can be ne rhetoric about collaboration but what is shaping up is wrestling over ownership of a historic treasure, which due to the nature of the amount of taxpayer money poured into restoring a keepers quarters and the lighthouse is nobodys possession but the publics. Make a decision based on best use for the public. The Port A client, any client Eastern Shipbuilding is still on track to arrive early next year but the Port Authority could use any positive news and if by this time next year we are talking about any kind of revenue stream for the port, 2013 would be banner. An investment banker cautioned the Port Authority that things such as economic development take time heads up BOCC but given all the sweat equity that has been poured into that port by folks, some of whom have spent 2012 essentially volunteering, there would be a certain satisfaction in seeing some of those visions coming true. We can be patient, that is part of the game, but there can always be hope. John Hanlon and Mitch Burke The grace and professionalism of their predecessors. Hanlon, who will become Supervisor of Elections next month, and Burke, who on the same day will become Property Appraiser, have large shoes to ll. Linda Grifn, retiring as Supervisor of Elections, and Kesley Colbert, stepping into retirement after nearly three decades as Property Appraiser, dened the characteristics wed all want in a public servant. They watched their taxpayer pennies, were unfailingly polite and gracious to their constituents when Grifn said her voters she meant it in every positive connotation of the phrase and served this county through some difcult times. Grifn in the aftermath of the 2000 election debacle in Florida and all the changes that brought and Colbert through the worst swing in property values in the history of the county. To paraphrase Kipling, they seemed to maintain their heads when all about them were losing theirs. Hanlon and Burke can aspire to duplicate those skills and that would be enough. Finally, a wish to all our readers may your 2013 be lled with hopes and dreams that are realized; our hope is we see you same time next year. ...for such is the Kingdom of Heaven Keyboard KLATTERINGS A tortoise in the offering plate Wishing upon 2013 TIM CROFT Star news editor No attempt at humor today. I cant get those school kids off my mind. Six and seven year olds! Can you imagine the laughter and joy that lay ahead of them? Can you imagine a more innocent group? I think of touchdowns not scored. Proms not attended. Hugs forever snuffed out. I love young people ten hundred per cent more than I do old folks. I enjoy the laughter, the spontaneity and the wide openness of their little eyes. I like that they dont complain or make excuses. I like that they dont step gingerly around the mud puddle, they jump right in with both feet. If you make a face at them they dont get mad or think you are an idiotthey make a face right back at you! It is incomprehensible what happened at Newtown, Connecticut. And Im mad and my heart hurts and Im lost as all get out here to understand how we could reach such a place in our society. I thought we lived in the home of the brave and the land of the free. When did things get so far off track? Did it start with Halloween? Remember when you could go trick or treating without your mom? Nobody was going to harm a group of little kids walking up and down the streets collecting candy. Cars stopped a half a block away to let them pass. Porch lights were on all over town to light the way. There was no danger of a razor blade in the Baby Ruth or arsenic in the Milk Duds. Now, for Halloween, we rope off a section down town and have a controlled candy hunt. Its safe and I appreciate that. But isnt it also a statement about where we are in this country today? Maybe it started with Star Wars where we learned there was a dark side. Or Terminator II where there was a shooting and killing and mass mayhem in near bout every scene. Or those dark cults where they throw chicken bones about and have blood sacrices. Or maybe it started when that lady in North Carolina ran her car off into the pond..with her children in it! Somewhere along the line, human life stopped being as valuable as I was raised to believe it to be. Whatever happened to red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight? We learned to share early in life. We learned that no one gets their way all the time. And we learned to respect each others rights, both property and self. I have no clue what life imitating art means. But I think it has something to do with we see it or hear about it on some media form and we go home and try it. Leon saw Tarzan jump off that bridge at the Park Theatre and so he went down to Paris Landing the very next day and jumped off that high bridge over the Tennessee River. He liked to have drowned. I have told that story before trying to be funny. Im thinking it is not so funny today. If we are producing movies, videos, games or instant replays that depict, or ye gads, glorify mass shootings, bombings, pillaging and lootingwe ought to take a second look at those things. Ive leaned more about assault ries in the past weeks than I ever cared to. I own a gun or two. I havent seen either one of them in years. I think the rie that belonged to my grandfather is in the closet and the Remington 22 is under the bed maybe. I havent red a gun in twenty years. I am not anti gun; I just dont have any interest in them. We can do away with every gun (except granddaddys) and that would be alright with me. But somehow, in my heart, I dont believe these nightmare attacks are the guns fault. It goes way deeper than that. I do nd it a bit ironic that some of the most out spoken proponents for gun control are also just as out spoken for abortion rights. I dont believe our society is sick. I believe we have some sick people in our society. And listen closely here, we must all except some of the blame for the way things are in America today. Maybe we should have spoken up more, or at least questioned, some of the violent movies, videos and television shows. We should demand that media of all shapes, forms, fashion and kinds spend their air time glorifying family life, presenting decent rules for living and simple civilities among human beings. I stand as guilty as anyone. Ive wasted a lot of time and ink writing about Billy Bob and Charlene when I could have used this space to enlighten, or at least, made an attempt to wake us up a little to the evils that have befallen us slowly over the years. We could certainly explore the mental health issues a little more. But lets not use unstable as an excuse to commit horrendous acts of violence. Is there a cause and effect that is apparent here? If we think as a nation happy, good thoughts will we get the desired results? If we shoot, pillage, loot and steal. I have a seven year old grandson. He is a rst grader. If I thought it would help, Id pull that Remington out from under the bed and follow him every where he goes. But that is not feasible.or even sensible. Im trusting lots of folks to help me raise little Luke safely and soundly. We didnt do that for Newtown. Lets wise up America. Please. 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. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard

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Local The Star| A5 Thursday, December 27, 2012 There seems still no answer to the chronic problem of discolor ation in the water coming out of taps throughout the south end of the county. Actually, throughout is not quite the word because one of the nagging issues during the more than three years since a new $21 million water surface plant came online has been the randomness of the problem of discoloration. Some folks on the same block have had entirely different expe riences. New pipe, old pipe, there seem to be few constants other than rising utility rates for con sumers and continued frustration for too many about the quality of the water they are seeing from their taps. Early in the year, those re sponsible for the design of the plant, the design of the ltration system, the building of the plant, the citys engineers and elected ofcials met for a walkthrough that revealed a series of issues at the plant. Most of those were being ad dressed throughout the year, particularly a maintenance pro gram, but the city had to bring in a quasi-volunteer, Kenny Wood, to help dene design and opera tional issues and attempt to nd a x. At years end, Wood was re porting there was still work to be done at the plant. The city undertook an aggres sive uni-directional ushing pro gram to better understand the system and try to reduce red wa ter, but problems continued. At years end, the city also was embarking on an almost eight-month prole/study of the water distribution system by the company that designed the plant in an attempt to isolate the issues. Meanwhile, consumers will see another utility rate hike, and commissioners seem at least eight months away from having any specied direction to address the discoloration problem, to the immense frustration of commis sioners and consumers alike. Even a walkthrough will all the parties could not completely solve the riddle of why a new $21 million surface water plant was providing discolored waters to so many homes and businesses in the south end of the county. 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW Water, toil and trouble Port St. Joe High School sent a team to the Odyssey of the Mind World Final, the seventh straight year a team from Gulf County reached the World Finals. Frequent contributor to this newspaper Debbie Hooper won a prestigious award from the international organization the Professional Aerial Photographers Association during their annual convention. Wewahitchka High Schools Bryce Gerber was a shining salute to dual enrollment as he earned his high school and Associate of Arts degrees within weeks of each other in May. Jennifer Guffey from Wewahitchka Elementary School was the 2012 Gulf County Teacher of the Year. Wanda Nixon at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School was named the 2012 Gulf County Non-Instructional Employee of the Year. A packed R. Marion Craig Coliseum greeted Lewanna Patterson on her last day as a teacher. Patterson, one of the most popular and decorated teachers in the districts history, retired after almost 40 years with the system. Non-economic development For another year, after years and years of upheaval and change, the Board of County Commissioners could not decide on a model for an Economic Development Council and made economic development in the county again a public enterprise. This came less than two years after blowing up the previous operational mod el for the EDC, costing private investors more than $50,000, ring the director and crafting a consolidated EDC/Chamber of Commerce model that received all of one year to succeed. For the fth time since 2000, the BOCC altered the operational model and director of the EDC, which even members of the board of the Chamber of Commerce said had created little more than confusion. A dynamic new EDC director was found after a nationwide search, and though the starting was slow as in from scratch Barry Sellers performed above and be yond expectations. But the BOCC was not satised, rst questioning how the Chamber/EDC board was spending money and slashing the agencys budget by almost 75 percent less than two years into a ve-year plan, echo ing actions of two years before when they pulled the plug just over two years into a ve-year pledge. By the end of the year, the BOCC had voted to move the EDC back under its umbrella, leaving Sellers and the new Chamber board in limbo as to the future, and scheduled a Jan. 10 workshop at which they will discuss the issue, with no indications that the BOCC will change its mind. In a county desperate for jobs, with un employment chronically high, it was an other year of frustration in developing the local economy. A program worth a woof Passed during the summer, the RE STORE Act held out hope of nancial com pensation to the Gulf Coast region from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The potential numbers tossed around for Gulf County have ranged from $15 mil lion to $20 million. The county is ahead of the curve in attempting to identify economic and en vironmental projects to fund, and cities, the county and the Port of Port St. Joe are all submitting pre-proposals to local RE STORE committee, which has been meet ing for months. The dollar amount coming is still un known; the rules for disbursement of funds also are unknown. A federal trial is set to begin Feb. 25 in New Orleans to determine the amount of nes levied against BP. Once appropriated, the ve affected states will split 35 percent of the penalties; in Florida the allotted amount is being split among the affected Gulf Coast counties based on the severity of oil spill impact to be used for ecological and economic resto ration of counties. Florida is unique in the RESTORE pro cess as the only one of the ve Gulf Coast states to send the money directly to the affected counties. The eight disproportion ately impacted counties will receive 75 per cent of the funds and includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties. The BOCC is also part of the RESTORE Act Gulf Consortium, which allows com missioners to work with other affected Florida counties in pursuing nes and cre ating specic restoration projects. In November, BP pleaded guilty to 14 criminal charges and was mandated to pay $4 billion over the next ve years. Campus kudos Award-winning photography Three years ago it was dif cult to see the success that has spread to 14 states from Wisconsin to Florida to New Jersey. The DAWGS in Prison (Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability) pro gram began in 2009 through collaboration among the St. Joseph Humane Society, the Florida Department of Cor rections, the Gulf Forestry Camp and the Board of Coun ty Commissioners. What was created has been a saving grace for more than 250 dogs that otherwise might have been euthanized. Twenty-three classes, ranging in size from eight to 12 dogs, have graduated every eight weeks, another group of dogs moving into the Gulf For estry Camp after each gradu ation to begin the training they have been screened for. Almost 300 inmates have applied for and participated in the program, moving up the organizational ladder within each team from caretaker to handler to trainer to team leader. Once matched with a dog, inmates are responsible for the dogs care: feeding, grooming, housebreaking and obedience training. The inmate teams are charged with keeping meticu lous records of the care pro vided each dog. Several have gone on to use the skills learned in the program among them, inmates have noted, respon sibility, discipline, communi cation and the bond crafted between dog and man to become gainfully employed working with dogs upon their release. And the foundation of that success is in signicant mea sure built by volunteers, par ticularly Sandi Christy and Judy Miick, co-directors of the program with the St. Jo seph Bay Humane Society. It is a second chance re ally, said former inmate Der ek Joseph. We all got second chances, and I believe the dog deserves a second chance just as well as we do. DAWGS in Prison graduated its 23rd class this year, bringing to more than 250 the number of dogs saved since 2009. Odyssey of the Mind See YEAR IN REVIEW A6 RESTORE Act

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Local A6 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012 CASH FOR GOLD & SILVER Gold Party Group, LLC G RAND OPENING JANUARY 2ND! 301 MONUMENT AVENUE (A couple blocks west of HWY 71) SCRAP GOLD Broken & Unwanted Jewelry, Watches, Dental gold, etc. COINS 1964 or Before: Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters & Dimes GOLD/SILVER BULLION We pay up to 90% of spot price for Gold Bullion & 80% of spot price for Silver Bullion stamped .999 STERLING SILVER Flatware, tea sets, goblets & Jewelry marked .925 or Sterling FREE NO OBLIGATION APPRAISAL! PRESENT THIS COUPON TO RECEIVE 10% E X TRA AFTER RECEIVING YOUR APPRAISAL [ Valid Until January 15, 2013 Excluding Gold and Silver Bullion ] I am extremely excited to announce the Grand opening of our Cash for Gold store in Port St. Joe. I have been specializing in the purchase of gold, silver and coins since 2009. During this time I have bought gold and silver from thousands of individuals and estates across Florida. My experience and focus on customer service provide the most professional and simple process of turning your old gold/silver jewelry, coins and sterling silver atware into cash! Feel free to stop by for your free no-obligation appraisal of your items. Jimmy Burgess Owner Gold Party Group LLC 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW Though it started in late 2011 with the city council debating whether to disband its police force and contract with the Bay County Sheriffs Of ce for law enforcement, 2012 saw even more controversy in the sleepy little beach town. Mexico Beach city council members requested a probe of the Department of Public Safety by the BCSO, and its 2,000-page report of that probe was scathing to Chief Brad Hall, who retired before the ndings were released, and the adherence, or lack thereof, to policies and procedures. There was criticism of how evidence was handled and for the hiring of convicted felons within the department, as well as questions about how money was handled within the volunteer re department. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted its own investigation, which has not been concluded at years end, and criminal charges remain possible. City Manager Chris Hubbard was placed over the Department of Public Safety, while Hall and three others were on administrative leave. The Volunteer Fire Department corps voted to disband, though Hubbard said the city still has a department. The city also faced charges from citizens of unethical behavior in how the renovation and ultimate decision to raze the Parker House was reached and the awarding of the contract to a company of which the mayor is an of cer. TDC overhaul The asco that began in 2011 continued into the new year at the Tourist Development Council. Audit ndings issued early in the year showed a series of de ciencies in how county policies and procedures were followed, not just by the TDC director and board but by the Board of County Commissioners. Questionable and potentially con icted spending was found to total almost half a million dollars, and the lack of documentation for working relationships with partners, in particular a consulting rm at the heart of the agencys implosion, ultimately led to an overhaul. The TDC director lost his job, though allegations of criminal acts made by county commissioners toward the former director and a member of the TDC board proved unsubstantiated by an investigation by the State Attorneys Of ce. The TDC board was dismissed by the BOCC and asked to undergo a re-application process. The succeeding board immediately cut ties with the consulting rm, Statecraft, which had planned and canceled events, failed to timely provide documentation for spending of public funds and was a subject of much scrutiny because of the personal relationship between its owner and the chairman of the BOCC, now engaged to be married. After two searches, a new director, Jennifer Jenkins, brought new ideas and strategies to the position and with the boards support vastly overhauled a grant program that had been the focus of so much of the audits ndings. In spite of the upheaval, bed tax revenues were strong throughout the year, consistently exceeding prior year results and demonstrating that tourism remains a strong driver for the local economy. The Semper Fi Sisters spent another weekend in Gulf County for their annual Beach Blast, which ended with more than 80 sisters and volunteers packaging more than 1,300 Boxes of Love to send to troops overseas. When he returns from his fth deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan early next year, Buck Watford of Port St. Joe will have spent some four years overseas. Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast Controversy roils Mexico Beach Stationed overseas See YEAR IN REVIEW A7

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Local The Star| A7 Thursday, December 27, 2012 N N N N N N E E E W W W Y Y Y E E E Y E Y Y Y E Y E Y E Y Y Y E Y A A A E A E E E A E A E A E E E A E R R R N N N E E E N E N N N E N E N E N N N E N W W W Y Y Y E E E Y E Y Y Y E Y E Y E Y Y Y E Y A A A E A E E E A E A E A E E E A E R R R S S S S S S S S E E E V V V R R R S S S E E E V V V E E E E E E E E E V E V V V E V E V E V V V E V C C C C C C C C C E E E C E C C C E C E C E C C C E C L L L E E E B B B R R R A A A A A A A A A A A A R A R R R A R A R A R R R A R T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O I O I I I O I O I O I I I O I I O I I I O I O I O I I I O I N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O ! ! ! ! ! ! ! N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N W W W E E E W W W S S S E E E E E E W W W E E E L L L L L L S S S E E E S E S S S E S E S E S S S E S E E E L L L L L L S S S E E E S E S S S E S E S E S S S E S E E E Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y O O O O O O Y O Y Y Y O Y O Y O Y Y Y O Y U U U U U U H H H H H H H H H E E E E E E H E H H H E H E H E H H H E H R R R R R R E R E E E R E R E R E E E R E E E E E E E R E R R R E R E R E R R R E R ! ! ! 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW As in campaign season, though the election itself was historic. The rst female to ever be elected by popular vote to the Board of County Commissioners took of ce, and two longserving public servants, Property Appraiser Kesley Colbert and Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n, each retired. But the campaign season, well, that had a bit of everything. A political action committee, Citizens Improving Gulf County, was formed with the idea of unseating incumbent county commissioners. One county commissioner decided not to run. There was an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics into one county commissioner, which is still not complete; a complaint under the Hatch Act, which excludes certain public employees for holding their job while simultaneously seeking elected public of ce against a county commission candidate; a State Attorney investigation into the PAC that was closed, re-opened and nally closed with no charges. There were campaign speeches from the public podium in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room; there were anti-commission speeches on the steps of the county courthouse. There were times it all seemed less an exercise in democracy than a mosh pit. And generally, voters held to the status quo, the most glaring example the unseating of Sheriff Joe Nugent by Michael Harrison, who completes the rst father-son duo ever to both serve as sheriff. Sports Illustrated helped, well, illustrate that the Gulf Coast was returning to normal when its annual swimsuit edition featured Apalachicola. The Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association continued its mission with several reef deployments during the year. A political action committee, Citizens Improving Gulf County, assembled on the county courthouse to protest what they said was unethical behavior by the Board of County Commissioners. Port St. Joe resident Loretta Costin was named the new director at Gulf Coast State Colleges Gulf/ Franklin Center. New director for GCSC Gulf/Franklin Center Tis the season Joanna Bryan, elected in November, became the rst female elected by voters to serve on the Board of County Commissioners. An online destination website named St. Joseph Peninsula State Park as the top state park in the country for 2012. Countrys best state park Citizens Improving Gulf County More arti cial reefs Sports Illustrated visit

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Special to The Star The Mexico Beach Welcome Center is arranging winter visitors the opportunity to win some extra cash not once, but twice, in Biloxi, MS. Snowbirds will be ocking to the casinos to win big and enjoy the scenery. Travelers will be transported on charter busses for an overnight trip in January and in February. The rst casino trip departs Jan. 15 and returns the next day. The second casino trip departs Feb. 19 and returns the following day. Each trip package includes transportation, playing voucher pass, buffet vouchers, room and entertainment. Rates for each casino trip are $100 for double occupancy and $140 for single occupancy. You can go in January or February, or do both! These trips are open to anyone, whether they be a part time Floridian or live here year round, we want you to join us on one or both of these wonderful excursions. There will be exciting games on the bus, wonderful friendships made, casino tips swapped and tons of fun. The busses will depart from the El Governor at 5:30 a.m. CST and the rst stop will be at the Boomtown Casino where there will be a six-hour playtime period. After that, its off to the Isle of Capri Casino where well stop for the night. The next morning will start off with a trip to the IP Casino where there will be four hours of playing time and then its time to head home. We hope this trip will be a great getaway and enjoyable for all. For questions or more information contact the Mexico Beach Welcome center by calling 648-8196 or visit our website at www. mexico-beach.com. Member Board Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp NEW LOCATION: dbutler@coastalcoverage.com WWW.LOOKOUTLOUNGE.COM NEW YEARS E VE CELEBRATE T WI C E, BUT CELEBRATE FIRST AT THE L OOKOUT! Live Music with Bobby Kennedy & Michelle Milligan! Karaoke Early with DJ & Dancing Later FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST SATURDAY @ 9:00 PM EST SATURDAY @ 9:00 PM EST RANDY STA R K ON T HE P OOP D ECK RANDY STA R K WITH A R T L O NG O N S AX ON T HE P OOP D ECK FRI & SAT @ 9:00 PM EST KA R A O KE / D J IN THE C RO W S NE S T FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST Wishing Everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society SCOUT! Our Pet of the week features Scout a DAWGS in prison graduate. Scout is crate trained, house trained, and basic obedience trained. He can be expected to sit, stay, recall, down, heel, and respond to no and leave it. He also is well trained on a leash. Of course, he is up to date on all vaccines as well as neutered and heartworm negative. If you are not ready to adopt, please think about fostering. You can help these dogs keep up with their training and socialization which makes them more adoptable. For more information on fostering or adoption, or with any questions, please email us at christysandi@hotmail.com or townsend.hsdirector@gmail.com Or call the shelter 850-227-1103 Star staff reports Equine Coggins Clinic The Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor a Equine Coggins Clinic on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Visiting veterinarian will be Dr. Carla Hubbard; cost per coggins will be $25-$30 per horse. We will start at the Michael Traylor Arena, 8 a.m. CST. After coggins tests are completed at arena, well be available to do farm visits. For more information please contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or Roy Carter at 814-8689. JSL donates to Christmas Toy fund A special thanks to the Port St. Joe members of the Junior Service League. The Junior Service League members collectively donated $2,158.00 worth of toys to assist in the toy drive being conducted by the WIG/CAC. This donation was greatly appreciated by everyone in the WorkForce who worked with the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce to see that all requests for toys were quickly answered. Merry Christmas to all. New SHH North Gulf express location offers ease for outpatient tests Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is opening a new outpatient lab station in Wewahitchka that will provide services on Fridays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. CST. Open as of this past Monday, the outpatient lab station is located at the side entrance of the Gulf County Health Department building, 807 West Hwy. 22, Wewahitchka, FL 32465. No appointment is necessary. Special thanks for 2012 Christmas dinner sponsors Thanks to the sponsors of this years community Christmas Dinner: George Durens Piggly Wiggly, Oak Grove Church, Hannon Insurance, First United Methodist Church, St. Josephs Catholic Church, St. Josephs Catholic Church Mens Group, Rich and Liz Brenner, Dan and Gayle Moon, Sacred Heart Hospital Dietary Department, Billy Dixson & Sons Taxi Service, Sunset Coastal Grill, Paul Gants BBQ, First United Methodist Church Care Closet, John C. Gainous VFW Post No. 10069, Marlen Taylor, Fish House Restaurant in Mexico Beach, Washington Improvement Group /Community Action Center. Society BRIEFS Society A8 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012 Mexico Beach offering Biloxi trips THE PORT ST. JOE STAR FIND US ON FACEBOOK @ PSJ_Star FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Pictorial History Book of Mexico Beach coming soon Special to The Star I have been asked to help produce a Photo Book of Mexico Beach History. If you have any old pictures of the old Mexico Beach Skating Rink, The Surf Restaurant, Loiss Brown Hut, the Patio, the Wonder Bar, PuttPutt Golf or any other early Mexico Beach points of interest, please consider sharing them with us. You can send a copy of your old photos to or call: Beverly Douds 229-1094 (or 850-2291151) or contact Cathy Hobbs at 648-5777 (or 227-5319) and Al Cathey at 229-4536. We will gladly credit you, if you like by adding your name to any photo you share with us. Thank you, Beverly Mount-Douds Lighthouse Lady

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Public Notice A Public Hearing will be held at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. EST. The public hear ings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Admin istration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The pub lic hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: AN ORDINANCE PER THE RE QUIREMENTS OF FLORIDA STATUE 163.3177(3)(b) TO YEARLY REVIEW AND UPDATE THE GULF COUNTY FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVE MENT SHEDULE; INCORPORAT ING THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 2012/2013 WORK PLAN; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE UPDATED CONCURRENCY TRACKING DATA; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ORDINANCE IN CON FLICT THEREWITH, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABLITY AND PROVID ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on this matter. The ordinance Court and at the Planning Department, Room 311 in the Robert M. Moore Ad ministration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL. Ad #2012-116 School The Star| A9 Thursday, December 27, 2012 Special to The Star Building on its commitment to the economic stability and growth of the region, Gulf Coast State College will begin offering its third bachelors degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science in organizational management. The Florida Department of Education approved the program with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. The concentration in Emergency Services Administration is speci cally designed for those already working in criminal justice, re science, emergency management or other public safety elds and who want higher level supervisory positions. The degree concentration in Health Services Administration will help prepare graduates for careers as Medical and Health Services Managers, Health Care Administrators, Health Unit Manager/ Ward Supervisors, Long Term Care Administrators, Health Services Administrators and Nursing Administrators. The concentration in Entrepreneurship will provide a natural bridge to the bachelors degree for those students who plan to pursue an independent direction in business development. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects that employment in the larger eld of Organizational Management statewide will reach 446,934 by 2020, with an estimated 12,776 average annual openings between 2010 and 2018. The areas of specialization covered in the GCSC degree have particular relevance to the projected employment needs of Workforce Region 4, which correlates to the Colleges service area of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties where the Department has set the estimated number of annual openings requiring new, credentialed employees at 79. Community and industry partners involved in the planning regarding this new program also re-emphasized the local need for the advanced degree. Were pleased to build the Organizational Management program around the needs of our current and future workforce. Our goal at Gulf Coast State College is to respond to the communities we serve and to build new programs based on speci c workforce data, said GCSC President Dr. Jim Kerley. Gulf Coast is currently the only institution of higher education in Workforce Region 4 that has conferred associate degrees in elds related to this new program, but employers have more jobs to ll and also need more from their current employees. This new bachelors program includes the study and hands-on application of management principles and practices with a concentration in each students technical eld. The 120-hour program will begin in August 2013 and will be housed in the Advanced Technology Center, the Colleges connection to business and industry with a focus on creating new pathways to hightech, lucrative careers. We will continue to work with employers and other educational institutions to build programs that meet community needs, Kerley said. For more information, the primary point of contact is Melanie Boyd, Business & Technology Division Chair, (850) 872-3839 or mboyd@gulfcoast.edu. By JESSICA McCARTHY 747-5073 | @PCNHJessica jmccarthy@pcnh.com PANAMA CITY Gifted high school students from Gulf and Franklin counties are spending time at Gulf Coast State College working on a potential wetland project for ZooWorld. Linda Fitzhugh, biology professor, said application is the focus. This is real world problem solving and thats what theyre going to have to do at some point, when they have jobs, Fitzhugh said. Theyre being encouraged to do a lot of these STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities, so a lot of these kids might become our future engineers and biologists. So, we wanted a real world STEM experiment. Antonio Adessi, coordinator of engineering technology at GCSC, said he hopes the project crosses subject matter lines for the students. As members of our future community, its a matter of building that awareness at the citizen level, one by one, Adessi said. We want to get them engaged in something that is school related but is also everyday life. Overall, the project will focus on water ltration so the zoo can reuse water for cleaning cages and watering plants. The students rst class covered water quality, how to test for it and how to improve it. The second class, held Wednesday, looked at soil. The students learned the elements of soil, how it holds water and different types of soil protection methods. The next class will look at plants how to use them appropriately to help stop erosion and increase the water ltration. Maura Mahan, a 15-yearold Port St. Joe High School sophomore, said being raised by a scientist put the desire to learn in her blood. Im learning how to design wetlands, Mahan said. Im planning on being a veterinarian and that would fall under a lot of categories here. Im learning quite a bit. Fitzhugh said she hopes to have the wetland design done in April or May; if the design is implemented, she hopes to have the students come back on work on the physical project as well. GCSC to offer new degree in organizational management Students work on real world problem solving PHOTOS BY ANDREW WARDLOW | Halifax Media Group Franklin Countys Ursula Countryman, 14, and Port St. Joes Katie Nobles, 14, test soil at Gulf Coast State College on Wednesday. On December 14, 2012 at Troy University Commencement Byron Paul Peters graduated with degree in Criminal Justice. Byron Paul Peters was a 2007 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. He is the son of Nathan Peters, Jr. & Marjorie Peters of Port St. Joe, Florida. THE PORT ST. JOE STAR FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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Thank you for a Great Year! By MOLLY MOSHER 654-8445 | @WaltonSunMolly mmosher@waltonsun.com Longtime hunter Lauren Rich got an unexpected break simply by sharing her outdoors lifestyle on Facebook. Her big break came in the form of the host of The Sportsman Channels Destination Whitetail. I got the job solely on Facebook, she said. A friend saw I was hunting and here, always in the water. Rich wasnt an aspiring TV host who chased down the spotlight; she merely shared her outdoorscentered life on the popular social networking website, and the right person saw it. Her Facebook friend connected Rich with Destination Whitetail producer Jamie Wilkinson, who has a home in the area, and he didnt hesitate to hire her to be the host of the popular hunting show. You never know whos looking, she said, referring to the point of her discovery. Now, the South Walton resident balances her hosting duties with a full-time job in sales at a local resort, but when she has time off, she is out on location seeking the next big buck. Rich said she didnt expect for a hunting show-host spot to come of her pastime, and the closest she had come to being on television before had been while lming a couple of frames for a Walton County TDC commercial. And this certainly is a departure from that. The show is lmed in the 43 states where whitetail deer roam and highlights the varied methods and traditions of hunting them. Its solely about the whitetail deer population in the U.S., Rich said. The lming of the show takes the host and the crew all over from Colorado to Utah to Florida, among others. The show also has brought Rich home to the Emerald Coast, with lming even as close as a state park in Panama City. Weve lmed a lot locally, she said, including one program that gave an inside look of the oil spill and its effect on the local economy. Recently, Rich and the crew shot on location in Wisconsin, where Rich herself shot a 10-point velvet buck. Although it usually is illegal to kill a velvet buck, Rich said because it was causing havoc on private land, it was fair game. Thats the biggest deer Ive ever seen, she said of her prize. All Ive grown up seeing is Alabama deer, which she described as small bodied, unlike the huge soybeanand corn-fed deer of the Midwest. Without knowing her personally, it would be dif cult to imagine the petite, blond-haired Rich as a hunting enthusiast. You dont really see me as the hunting type. But Im an outdoors-type person, Rich said, adding that in her home of Baldwin, Ala., hunting is as favored a hobby as shing is in Destin. It was the way I was raised. Ive grown up hunting in Alabama with my family. Although she has been around hunting her entire life, Rich claims to be no expert, but added that part of the appeal of the show is that it shows me learning along the way, she said. Rich is busy balancing a demanding job and production schedule, but she makes it work. When I have my vacation time, this is what Ill be doing, she said, adding that lming takes place whenever we can t it in. Sometimes tting it in is waking at 3:30 a.m. after going to sleep at 11 the previous night, but the hectic pace doesnt rattle this hunter. The whole time youre just excited to do something new. Its fun, she said. If it wasnt fun, I probably wouldnt do it. There show airs on The Sportsman Channel at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The rst season has ended, but keep an eye out for Rich as the host of the second season. LAUREN RICH | Special to The Star Rich with the 10-point velvet buck she shot while lming in Wisconsin. Area woman gets shot at hosting outdoors TV show Government says wood storks no longer endangered WEST PALM BEACH (AP) Federal of cials say the population of wood storks has rebounded to the point that they can be classi ed as threatened instead of endangered, but some environmentalists object to the proposed new status. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to list its proposal for wood storks in the federal registry next week, pointing to marked improvement since the species was listed as endangered in 1984. This is a good day for the wood stork, and a good day for conservation, Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a written statement. Thanks to great efforts from our conservation partners, the species is making real progress toward recovery. Changing the storks status to threatened is largely a symbolic move. No conservation or protection measures for the species would be removed. But opponents of the change, who will be able to offer comments and data to support their case, say it is a step toward a full delisting. No one doubts that biologists counts of wood storks mean there has been a resurgence of the birds, which have white feathers and a long bill. In 1984, an estimated 4,742 pairs of the birds were counted; today the population range is believed to be 7,086 to 8,996 pairs. But much of the return of the birds has come outside South Florida, where they once thrived. Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com Page 10 Thursday, December 27, 2012 O UTDOORS www.starfl.com Section Section A SPONSORED BY Freshwater Inshore Most action is still in the I.C.W. in St. Joe and into White City. Anglers are reporting good trout and sheepshead catches, but very few red fish this week. Black drum and other bottom fish are around the White City Bridge and around creek mouths with good numbers. After much need rain, some creeks and the rivers are rising again. 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He hit .256 as a lefty after struggling early; .347 from the right side of the plate. Not yet 20 years old, Quinn also scored 56 runs and stole 30 bases both Williamsport club records in 36 attempts, had 11 triples, nine doubles, one home run and walked 28 times while striking out 60 times in 66 games. He was named to the All-Star team in the New YorkPenn League and went 2 for 2 with a double and an inside the park home run in that leagues midsummer classic. According to the website Philly.com, he was the Best Story for the Phillies in Class A ball and at the end of the year was named by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Phillies farm system, with the most upside of any position player though he needed a full season in the minors to tap into his full potential. His speed is game-changing, Phillies director player development told Philly.com. He made some errors (a team-high 27) and most of them were throwing, but the progress he made defensively was really exciting. He has a chance to be as good a switch-hitting hitter as you will see. Smith hits 1,000 points Jessica Smith might be the best-kept secret in Northwest Florida but with each passing season the word is getting out about the senior basketball star at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School. Last week, just as the calendar year was coming to an end, Smith put up a rarity in the history of Gulf County high school basketball 1,000 points. Smith is believed to be just the second female in county history to reach that mark which equates roughly to averaging just under 20 points a game for four seasons and there are only a few males who have reached that mark through the years. She was rightly congratulated by her coach, principal and athletic director, as well as fans of both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka, when she eclipsed 1,000 against the Lady Tiger Sharks. Tiger Sharks soccer continues to gain ground The growth, and success, of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer program continued across two seasons bookending the year. The Tiger Sharks reached the region quarter nals, a fourth-straight trip to the regions under Coach Gary Hindley, but falling short of the region nals they had reached the previous two years. The Tiger Sharks were energized by freshman Marcel Duarte, who led the area in goal scoring and continued for the 2012-13 season as Duarte has already tied his singleseason school record. At years end, only Class 4A Panama City Beach Arnold had hung a defeat on the boys and they were pointed to the No. 1 seed in the district. The Lady Tiger Sharks fell in the district last season but also posted the best record in the programs history and did so with a team that had just one senior. At years end a year in which Hindley reached 400 wins in his coaching career in high school, college and the pros the girls were also poised for a high district seed and were on pace to at least equal, if not top, their record of last season. PSJ softball back to state Give Coach Jim Belin a group of passionate and dedicated young women and he nds a way to turn them into a winner. Riding the stout right arm of pitcher MaKayla Ramsey the Lady Tiger Sharks, with just two seniors, carved out a 24-win season and rode a wave of momentum and emotion through the district and region playoffs right to the state Class 1A Final Four for the second time in four seasons. The Lady Tiger Sharks fell in the semi nals, a victim of elding miscues, but with a core of players coming back, Port St. Joe softball remains in very good hands indeed. A record rst professional Tiger Sharks soccer continues Year in Sports FILE PHOTO After being the only Gulf County quali er to the state wrestling tournament, Wewahitchka High Schools Beau Boggess signed a scholarship with Marion Military Institute to wrestle at the Alabama military junior college next year. FILE PHOTO Here celebrating an opening game win over state rival Kentucky, Calvin Pryor (left) and the Louisville Cardinals are nationally-ranked and destined for a Sugar Bowl showdown against Florida. See YEAR IN SPORTS A12

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The boys earned a 5-3 win to up their record to 8-1-1. For the girls, an unassisted secondhalf goal by junior forward Cat Robles, in the 50th minute, provided the margin of victory. Junior goalkeeper, Christian Laine earned the shutout in goal, her fourth of the year as she lowered her Goals Against Average to 0.92. She made four saves on eight North Bay Haven shots. The Lady Tiger Sharks had 12 shots on goal. Team and area high-scorer sophomore Marcel Duarte tallied his third hat trick of the year, as he tied his own school singleseason goal scoring record at 19 goals. Eighth-grader Jacob Lacour opened the scoring with his second goal of the year, unassisted, in the 10th minute. Duarte scored the next three and Drew Lacour ( fth of the year) nished the scoring on a penalty kick. Lacour also had an assist, his team-leading eighth. The Tiger Sharks were led in goal once again by senior Tucker Smith, who played 60 minutes, getting the win. He gave way to Javarri Beachum for the nal 20 minutes. Smith had three saves on six North Bay Haven shots and surrendered two goals. Beachum gave up one goal and had two saves on four shots against. The teams are off until after the New Year when they end regular season District 1-1A play at Baker on Jan 8. Dixie Youth Baseball election of of cers Special to The Star The PSJ Dixie Youth Baseball league will be holding its annual election of of cers on Thursday, Jan. 10. The meeting will take place at the STAC House located on 8th St. at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in holding an elected position in the league is invited and encouraged to attend. Star Staff Report The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High Lady Tiger Sharks (36 overall, 2-3 in District 11A) hosted West Gadsden on Dec. 15. Port St. Joe led the entire game and came away with a 55-33 win. Two seventh-graders led the way for the Lady Tiger Sharks, Brooklyn Quinn had 21 points and Teiyahna Hutchinson 14. Maya Robbins added 12 points, Callie Fleshren ve, Alyssa Parker two, and Maliayah McNair added one. The Lady Tiger Sharks beat county rival Wewahitchka 45-42 on Dec. 18. Port St. Joe was down 18-9 at the end of the rst quarter and closed to 23-21 at the half. The Lady Tiger Sharks took the lead in the third period outscoring the Lady Gators 13-9 and taking the lead 3630. Although Port St. Joe won the game the night belonged to Wewahitchka senior Jessica Smith who had 26 points to eclipse 1,000 points in her career as a Lady Gator. Port St. Joe soccer teams sweep Lady Tiger Sharks take two YEAR IN SPORTS

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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 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 Page A14 Alfred E. Gene Harper, 81 was born September 4, 1931 in Sanford, FL and has begun his journey to eternal life with his Lord on Dec. 18, 2012. For 59 years, he was the loving and faithful husband of Margaret Harper of Port St. Joe, a wonderful father of Desda Fields and son-in-law Walt Fields of Calhoun County, a proud grandfather of Kiki Roberson (Chris) of Raleigh, NC, Heather Peacock (Abrahm) of Port St. Joe and seven great-grandchildren, Justice, Christian, Asher, Brooke and Nathan Peacock of Port St. Joe, and Carter and Layne Roberson of Raleigh, NC. Mr. Harper was predeceased by a brother, Chester Harper and is survived by a brother Dave Cockman of Raleigh, NC and a special aunt, Jackie Bricker. He has been a true friend and caring neighbor to many. He was a graduate of Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla., and attended Rollins College where he had a football scholarship. He retired from the AN Railroad as a carman after 40 years. Mr. Harper served as SGT 1st Class E7 in the Apalachicola National Guard and retired after 20 years. He was a member of the International Long Shoreman. He was a member of Oak Grove Church and a deacon for over 20 years where he honored the Lord and his church family in service. He now no longer knows in part, for he has been welcomed into the presence of His father. A memorial service was held 11 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe with Pastors James Wiley and David Fernandez officiating. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Genes memory be made to Oak Grove Church. Southerland Family Funeral Home in entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Family Funeral Home 100 East 19th Street Panama City, Fl 32405 Alfred E. Gene Harper Why have bad things happened in the U.S.A. today? I believe Gods been told to get out so much, that Hes just backed away. Madeleine Murray OHare started it when she complained about prayer in school. Then someone said dont read the Bible, folks pray for the poor lost fool. Back when I was in school the principals paddle kept us subdued. Now when the little darlings get whipped, the whole school gets sued. Then someone said let young girls have abortions, they dont even have to tell their parents. Weve run God out of our lives, this is very apparent. Some wise school member said lets give out boys condoms one day. Since boys will be boys and theyre going to do it anyway. Then our top elected of cials said it doesnt matter what we do. We can be gay, drink, murder and have sex all that we want to. The magazine industry has gone to the dogs. The movie industry portrays wallowing hogs. TV shows promote violence, profanity and sex. We have music that encourages rape, drugs, murder and suicide. Whats going to be next? We ask ourselves why our children dont know right from wrong. Why do they kill teachers, classmates and themselves when theyre not taught it at home? Weve just been too passive, we let things go too long. Nothing will bother me if I keep my mouth shut and dont do anything wrong. We should see by now this is not the way to go. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:7 were going to reap what we sow. Some say that God and government dont mix. I say thats why were in such a x. Prayer needs to be put back in school. Read Gods Word, learn the Golden Rule. He wont come back until we ask Him in. Then well be a nation under God again. Billy Johnson Harry Paul Tison, 79, of Port Saint Joe, Fla., died suddenly Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, 2012, at home. Harry was born in Bonifay, FL. He was the son of Edward Hiram Tison and Pearl Meeker Tison. He is survived by his wife, Ann Ward Tison; two children, Tom Tison, wife Corrine, and their children Jack, age 4 and Claire, 8 months old, of Wilmington, DE; and his daughter Laurie Lee Tison of Lynn Haven, FL. He is also survived by his brother, his only remaining sibling, Jack Tison and wife Hazel Wells Tison, of Bonifay, FL. Harry came from a large and loving pioneer family in Bonifay, Florida. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Ward Dandridge and many devoted nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. He is also survived by his adult best friend, Jack Bush from Orlando, Florida. Harry graduated from Holmes County high School in Bonifay in 1951. He was a member of the Blue Devils, the baseball team, in high school, and also the baseball teams at Chipola, and at Florida State University. He graduated from F.S.U. in 1959. While at Florida State he was a member of Sigma Chi and Alpha Kappa Pi fraternities. Harry was proud to serve in the U. S. Army in Germany from 1954 until 1956. After and before his graduation from F.S.U. he worked for the St. Joe Paper Company. He made many life-long friends there. He and Ann were married in 1961 in Port Saint Joe and celebrated their Golden Anniversary on June 24, 2011 with their children at Panama City Beach. Harry left St. Joe Paper Company to work for International Paper Company in the Personnel Department. He lived in Mobile for 7 years, and later went to the New York of ces of I. P. in 1976. Returning to the South, he and his family lived in Springhill, Louisiana until the mill closed. Wanting to return home, he was named Personnel Director of Berg Pipe Company in Panama City when it started business at the Port. Later he was chosen Personnel Director for the City of Panama City. After several strokes he retired from the City at age 60 and moved to Port Saint Joe. He very much enjoyed watching the Port Saint Joe Sharks play ball and was recognized by his determination and his trusty walker. Harry joined the Methodist Church when he married his wife and was a loyal and faithful member, attending a Sunday School party the night before his death. In his earlier days he was always on the Finance Committee and had a wonderful memory for numbers. His faith in God shaped his life and his relationships with others. The celebration of Harrys life was a memorial service held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Port Saint Joe. The family received friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. E.S.T. until service time. Those desiring to, may make a contribution to the Port Saint Joe High School Athletics Department, 100 Shark Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456, to the First United Methodist Church, or to the charity of your choice. Harry fought the good ght, never complaining and always appreciating what others did for him. Well done, good and faithful servant. Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home. Harry Paul Tison Obituaries FAITH Thursday, December 27, 2012 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com You reap what you sow

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 27, 2012 The Star | A15 89588S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 232012CA 000225CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA N.A. Plaintiff, vs. TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON (RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) 364 JIM RISH ST. WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON (RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) 364 JIM RISH ST. WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 3, BLOCK “I”, RISH SUBDIVISION, BEING AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 36; RUNNING THENCE N 01 DEG. 17’24” E ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 36 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1090.39 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION OF SAID EAST LINE WITH THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF CORN GRIFFIN STREET (A PRIVATE 60 FOOT R/W); THENCE LEAVING SAID EAST LINE RUN S 89 DEG. 59’26” W ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.31 FEET TO THE POINT ON THE CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 100.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 90 DEG. 00’00”, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S 44 DEG. 59’26” W FOR 141.42 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN N 62 DEG. 20’46” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 247.58 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 85 DEG. 19’08” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.35 FEET; THENCE N 01 DEG. 06’05” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 429.15 FEET TO THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF PRESBYTERIAN STREET (A PRIVATE 60 FOOT R/W); THENCE N 41 DEG. 15’02” E ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 136.68 FEET TO THE POINT ON THE CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 145.20 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 24 DEG. 20’ 59”, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N 53 DEG. 28’ 29” E FOR 61.67 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVING SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR AN ARC DISTANCE OF 62.13 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID CURVING SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN S 11 DEG. 04’ 17” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 601.21 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. a/k/a 364 JIM RISH STREET, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Kahane & Associates, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000, Plantation, FLORIDA 33324 on or before January 19th, 2013, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. In accordance with the 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 provisions of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator at 1000 Cecil Costin Boulevard, Rm. 148, Port St. Joe, FI 32456, Phone No. (850)229-6112 within 2 working days of your receipt of this notice or pleading; if you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); if you are voice impaired, call 1-800-9958770 (V) (Via Florida Relay Services). WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 7th day of December, 2012. DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM As Clerk of the Court Cindy Strange As Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste.3000 Plantation, FL 33324 Phone: (954) 382-3486 Fax: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: notice@kahane andassociates.com File No.: 12-04376 BOA Dec 20, 27, 2012 Jan 3, 10, 2013 89514S NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT AMERICA’S MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., INTENDS TO DISPOSE OF OR OFFER FOR SALE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW TO ENFORCE A LIEN IMPOSED ON SAID PROPERTY UNDER THE SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT STATUTES SECTION 83.801-83.89. AMERICA’S MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., WILL DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY NO LATER THAN THE DATE OF January 11th, 2013. PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 141 COMMERCE DRIVE, PORT ST. JOE, FL. GULF COUNTY. SALE DATE: January 11, 2013 Pamela L. Goetsch and Allan Goetsch 4920 Fleetwood Drive Knoxsville, TN 37931 Storage Unit B-19 Containing misc. household, furniture and miscellaneous. Allison Shoemaker 2824 Mandeville Lane Pensacola, FL 32526 Unit B-37 10x20 Containing misc. household furniture. Bid on Unit -HIGHEST BID TAKES ALL. Dec 27, ‘12, Jan 3, ‘13 89668S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2011-CA000508 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor in interest by purchase from the FDIC as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank F/K/A Washington Mutual Bank, FA Plaintiff, vs. James S. McGuffin and Lisa L. McGuffin, Husband and Wife; Capital City Bank Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 13, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2011-CA000508 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor in interest by purchase from the FDIC as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank F/K/A Washington Mutual Bank, FA, Plaintiff and James S. McGuffin and Lisa L. McGuffin, Husband and Wife are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, REBECCA L. NORRIS, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. ET on January 17, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 10, BLOCK 49, OF UNIT #3, ST. JOSEPH’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP THEREOF, ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 32. 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 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, call 711. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County, Florida Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk of Court Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 December 20, 27, 2012 89720S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 2012-CA000218 WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC. Plaintiff, vs. DEBRA KAY REEDER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER; JOSEPH C. REEDER; and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, including, if a named defendant is deceased, the personal representatives, the surviving spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against that defendant, and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants, Defenants. NOTICE OF SUIT PROPERTY TO: DEBRA KAY REEDER UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES Residence: Unknown Mailing Address: Unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Gulf County, Florida: A parcel of land located in Section 36, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Southeast corner of the Northeast of the Northwest of Section 36, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence North 0017’48” West, 39.40 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence South 8838’05” West, 126.48 feet to a point on the East R/W line of SR No. 71; said point being on the arc of a non-tangent curve concave to the Southwest; thence Northwesterly along said East R/W line, along the arc of said curve; having a radius of 11034.28, a central angle of 0020’15”, an arc distance of 64.98 feet: chord to said curve bears North 2814’36” West, 64.98 feet; thence leaving said East R/W line, North 6536’13” East, 171.90 feet; thence South 0017’48” East, 125.24 feet to the Point of Beginning. Containing 0.31 acres, more or less. has been filed against you, DEBRA KAY REEDER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER ; and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, an you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any to it, on the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose name and address is ENRICO G. GONZALEZ, P.A., 6255 East Fowler Avenue, Temple Terrace, Florida 33617, and file the original with the clerk of the above-styled Court on or before January 4th, 2013, otherwise, a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on November 28th, 2012. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this Hearing should contact the A.D.A. Coordinator not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding at the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770. Dec 27, 2012 Jan 3, 2013 89682S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CA000520 REGIONS BANK D/B/A REGIONS MORTGAGE, Plaintiff, VS. CHARLES SCOTT SEYMOUR, et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on December 13, 2012, in Case No. 2009-CA000520 of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit for Gulf County, Florida, in which Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage, Plaintiff, and Charles Scott Seymour, et al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the courthouse lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, at 11:00AM ET or as soon thereafter as the sale may proceed, on the 17th day of January, 2013, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 49, ST. JOSEPH’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, UNIT NUMBER THREE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 32, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim on the same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure 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 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court Cindy Strange As Deputy Clerk December 27, 2012 January 3, 2013 91561S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-116-CA CENTENNIAL BANK an Arkansas banking corporation P.O. Box 610 Crawfordville, Florida 32327, Plaintiff, vs. PETER J. BURNS and LYDIA A. BURNS, husband and wife, DREAM MERCHANT, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and TWO PALMS HOME-OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF GULF COUNTY, INC., Defendants. 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 17, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time, at the Gulf County Courthouse, Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes 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 34 OF TWO PALMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 56, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in a case pending in said Court 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. 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 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 20, 27, 2012 91559S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-116-CA CENTENNIAL BANK an Arkansas banking corporation P.O. Box 610 Crawfordville, Florida 32327, Plaintiff, vs. PETER J. BURNS and LYDIA A. BURNS, husband and wife, DREAM MERCHANT, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and TWO PALMS HOME-OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF GULF COUNTY, INC., Defendants. 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 17, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time, at the Gulf County Courthouse, Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes 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 3, BLOCK A, OLD TOWN SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in a case pending in said Court 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. 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 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 20, 27, 2012 91567S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2011-CA-000515 DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 13, 2012 and entered in Case No. 23-2011-CA000515 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY N/K/A PAUL FORMBY; GEORGE H. GAINNIE; PROSPERITY BANK; 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 17th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE WEST ONE HALF OF SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, AND RUN WESTERLY 104.375 FEET; THENCE TURN RIGHT AND RUN NORTHERLY 417.5 FEET; THENCE TURN RIGHT EASTERLY 104.375 FEET, THENCE TURN RIGHT AND RUN SOUTHERLY 417.5 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT ANY ROAD RIGHT OF WAYS OF RECORD. A/K/A 375 LUKE FORD ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 14, 2012. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Cindy Strange 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 December 20, 27, 2012 91597S 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 I07363 filed 12/13/2012 Lighthouse Utilities Company, Inc., P.O. Box 428, Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Requesting a maximum withdrawal of 1,090,000 gallons per day from the Floridan Aquifer System for Public Supply use by an existing facility. General withdrawal location(s) in Gulf County: T09S, R10W, Sec. 19B; T09S, R11W, Sec. 23B 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 January 10, 2013. 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 27, 2012 91653S PUBLIC NOTICE PSJRA Board of Directors Meeting Regular Board of Directors Meetings of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency are held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM. Specific dates for the upcoming quarter are January 17, February 21, and March 21, 2013. Location is 150 Captain Fred’s Place in Port St. Joe, FL. All persons are invited to attend and participate. Anyone want to appeal an official decision made on any subject at the meeting must have a verbatim record of the meeting that includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based December 27, 2012 91677S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of G.W. Services Heating and Air located at 228 Cessna Drive in the County of GULF, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Divisions of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe, Florida, this 20th day of December, 2012. Classic Coastal Construction, Inc. December 27, 2012 8 week old Pug Puppies, 3 black and 1 fawn First shots included $200 call 850-720-1117

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Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR State attorney closes case against Citizens Improving Gulf County, its presidentBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com An investigation into extortion charges against the political action committee Citizens Improving Gulf County and its president was closed last week with no formal charges led. The case was closed without charges on Oct. 16, but reopened Oct. 25 based on new information, according to the public information of cer for the State Attorneys Of ce. Hess, in an unsigned letter closing the case last Wednesday, two days after The Star and its sister paper the Panama City News Herald renewed a request to see the le, arguing that once the le was public record as it was when closed Oct. 16 by Hess it remained a public record, said he found probable cause that an act of extortion had been committed. However, a jury could just as well have concluded that it was no more than dirty politics, Hess wrote to Renee Hatton, special agent with the FDLE. A heated discussion transpired during an Oct. 25 BOCC meeting, Hess wrote Hatton, and subsequently a number of phone calls were made to Hesss of ce about aspects of the case, one of which was revisited, he wrote. A criminal history obtained during the initial investigation shows that (PAC president Jim Garth) is a felon having been convicted in federal court of misapplication of bank funds. He has voted in Florida elections but it does not appear that his civil rights have been restored, Hess letter states. Hess noted that it is a thirddegree felony for a person to vote knowing he is disquali ed. Hess said in a letter to Garth and Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n that research showed Garth had a felony conviction in By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Two time zones in close proximity can come in pretty handy on New Years Eve. It means two times the ability to ring in the New Year, one hour apart. The Gulf County Tourist Development Council and Mexico Beach Community Development Council are collaborating again this year on Celebrate Twice in Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. Included as part of the nights festivities will be a reworks show in Port St. Joe at 10 p.m. ET. There will also be six shuttles running to safely carry revelers from city to city or establishment to establishment. The shuttles will run from 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, until 3 a.m. ET, 2 a.m. CT. One trolley will run in Mexico Beach, stopping at participating venues, and one trolley will do the same in Port St. Joe. If you wish, for example, to go from Mango Marleys to Toucans Restaurant in Mexico Beach, hop on the shuttle for Mexico Beach. On the other hand, if there is a desire to go from the Haughty Heron to the Thirsty Goat, the Port St. Joe shuttle is for you. Mexico Beach stops will include the El Governor Motel, Fish House Restaurant, Mango Marleys, Rustic Sands Campground, Toucans and By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe city commissioners recently urged county support for moving the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city as part of a new BayPark. The conceptual drawings for BayPark were unveiled during the most recent meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and the Port St. Joe Commission. The city and county both have applied for possession of the lighthouse, two keepers quarters and an oil house. The county has proposed moving the lighthouse and buildings to Salinas Park. The city proposes BayPark. The St. Joseph Historical Society, which has secured more than $800,000 in state grants to renovate the keepers quarters, grounds and lighthouse By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .comPhotos by Tim Croft, Valerie Garman, Debbie Hooper at joebay.com and other contributorsThe past 12 months have been full of celebration and frustration. Promise at the port was counterbalanced by upheaval at the Economic Development Council. The Board of County Commissioners, in the midst of a brutal election, and the city of Port St. Joe spent too much time jabbing at each other. Tourism remained strong, but the chronic lack of jobs continued, as did the drop in school enrollment. The Semper Fi Sisters packed 1,300 Boxes of Love, but the love was lacking during a brutal campaign season. Add it all together, and 2012 had plenty of news and by years end held out some hope that the news in 2013 would be of a more positive nature. PSJ commissioners urge county support on lighthouseCelebrate New Years Eve twice No charges led against Gulf County PAC2 01 2 IN REVIEWBringing port back to Port St. JoeMaybe we and our descendants will look back some day on 2012 as a tipping point for the Port of Port St. Joe. After decades of inactivity, years of visioning and false starts, from January to December, the Port of Port St. Joe was a center of sorely-needed optimism. The rst major step was a collaborative agreement with the St. Joe Company, as an expert would later say, a key private partner. From that Memorandum of Understanding between the Port Authority and St. Joe would come an updated and more focused marketing campaign, a new website and a more aggressive approach to identifying potential tenants. The MOU would also ultimately segue into the engagement by St. Joe with the Bank of Montreal, a major player in North America in the selling and leasing of infrastructure, in this case port infrastructure. An executive from the Bank of Montreal, noting the regional gateway that is the port as an asset never to leave the equation, said that while development would not come overnight, the pieces were there. The port also got a visit from top of cials from the Florida Department of Transportation, which by years end was considering extending the Port St. Joes designation for being able to access the pot with the vast majority of FDOT funds. Eastern Shipbuilding Group out of Panama City, in partnership with St. Joe, also agreed to lease a portion of the old mill site bulkhead to expand operations, with the rst vessel for out tting due early next year. The caveat to the optimism is a $4 million mortgage owned by Capital City Bank and under threat of foreclosure and that the Port Authority has operated with no true revenue-based budget or paid staff. But as an update of the port master plan was fasttracked by the state, the Port Authority, with St. Joe as partner and some 300 acres to market for development, seemed poised to turn a red bottom line black and supply much needed jobs to boot.State of cials, including Rep. Marti Coley, RMarianna, and Secretary of Transportation Ananth Prasad visited the Port of Port St. Joe in the spring, part of a busy year for the port.Thursday, DECEMBER 27, 2012 YEAR 75, NUMBER 11Saving the lighthouseHurricane Isaac ended up with the nal say on the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. When Isaac tore through the Gulf Coast and it was mild in relative terms in Gulf County the wave action took the last vestige of truly solid ground access to the lighthouse and the grounds on which sit two keepers quarters, an oil house and a gift shop. For years, the coastline around the lighthouse has been losing its battle to Mother Nature, and when Isaac took another 30-50 feet of shoreline, that was all the U.S. Air Force, which owns the property, needed to see. They wrote Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson about the city possibly taking possession, and the St. Joseph Historical Society, which solicited the grants that refurbished one keepers quarters and which has led the battle to save the lighthouse and lease it through the county, began a campaign to raise more than $300,000 needed for relocation to a bayfront park. There was also government red tape in declaring the property surplus and determining disposition. The Board of County Commissioners also put in an application, desiring to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park. The Gift Shop opened in the historic Maddox House along the bayfront in Port St. Joe. The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency has crafted a master plan for the park, with the lighthouse as centerpiece, but the action of the federal government, most especially the U.S. Park Service, will be the nal say on possession. Once it is decided whether city or county will receive the lighthouse, the next big stepping stone is funding a move. But for right now, the Air Force has moved the keepers quarters back next to the lighthouse out of immediate danger, and the wait is on.The keepers quarters on the grounds of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse were moved back near the lighthouse to ensure their safety from erosion while disposition of the buildings is being determined. Fishermen from around the area and the country descended on Washington, D.C., in the spring to voice their protest against regulations based on alleged faulty science and the loss of jobs and season they see as a result of environmental groups trying to reduce their ability to make a living.See YEAR IN REVIEW A2 See CHARGES A3 See PSJ A3 See NEW YEARS A2 The year in sports, A11Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . .A4Society . . . . . . . . . . . . .A8 School News . . . . . . . . . .A9Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .A10Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . .A11Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . .A14 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . .A14Classi eds . . . . . . . .A15-A16

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 For such an innocuous name, the center provided plenty of controversy. With a connection to the Panama City Rescue Mission and all the associated problems Panama City is having with that mission and a decision to open an of ce smack in the middle of the downtown business district, the center did not get off to a good start. A citizens committee petitioned the Port St. Joe City Commission to not allow an occupancy license to the center, particularly downtown, and urged adoption of ordinances to prevent the kind of loitering, crime and general mischief associated with the Rescue Mission. Matt Scoggins, a member of the Rescue Mission board, provided the Gulf Coast Hope Center of ce space and after considerable debate within the community, went along with critics in encouraging the adoption of ordinance to prevent a great expansion of the Rescue Mission into Gulf County. Scoggins said from the start the Hope Center was an extension of his existing ministry to help people down on their luck get a helping hand. He said his critics were wrong when they worried about an expansion of the Rescue Mission or a dormitory-style center. The Board of County Commissioners adopted nuisance ordinances in the late spring, and the city of Port St. Joe followed suit a few weeks later. The Gulf Coast Hope Center, which cut the ribbon on formal opening in the summer, continues to assist people on a weekly basis with basic needs and putting them in touch with appropriate agencies. Competitive Yields on FDIC Insured CDs Holiday Christmas Issue December 20th, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 14th, 2012 3pmNow accepting Christmas Greetings to be placed alongside the Childrens Letters to Santa. 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Coupon Expires: 12-31-12 FREEEYE EXAMCODE: PJ00Darren Payne, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract SurgeonIn Memory of Lee Mullis, M.D.Todd Robinson, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon "Freedom from Eye Glasses, Now a reality for many."Smart LensesSM the Lookout Lounge. Port St. Joe stops include Marina Cove, Reid Avenue and Third Street and State 71 and U.S. 98 (next to the Thirsty Goat). If a rider wishes to go from Mexico Beach to Port St. Joe, hop the MB/PSJ shuttle (one shuttle), which will stop at El Governor and the Thirsty Goat. Anyone wishing to hit all venues in both cities should board the All Stops shuttle (three shuttles). Around midnight, all shuttles will be routing to Mexico Beach. The shuttles will only be stopping at the listed locations, and after 10 p.m. only patrons 21 and older may ride the shuttles. For more information visit www.celebratetwice. com. NEW YEARS from page A1 The crime was ugly, as described by authorities. A white man, likely intoxicated, hurled racial epithets at young children. A young African-American man went to the mans apartment in an attempt to make peace. About the only thing that is sure from that point was that young man, Everett Gant, would end up lying in a pool of his own blood after being shot in the head by Walt Butler. Butler, according to arresting documents, sat back down to eat after shooting Gant. He did not understand why the sheriff was arresting him for shooting a person of a color, using the ugliest term imaginable. Gant, a big strong bear of a man as described by friends and family, hung on until he died six weeks after being shot. But from what authorities called a hate crime came an outpouring of love, for Everett, for his family and as antidote to the nastiness represented by the actions and words of one man. A candlelight vigil was held that drew more than 100 people across colors and age. The Port St. Joe Lions Club established and seeded a bank account to help the family defray medical costs. People across the area gave. On Facebook, a page was established for those who wanted to openly pray for Everett, and it gathered hundreds of followers. Everett Gant passed from this earth in circumstances nobody should endure, but in doing so left behind a legacy, and a daughter, that stretched far beyond his 32 years. LocalA2 | The StarGulf Coast Hope Center The year saw several releases of stranded, cold-stunned or injured turtles, including a few released under a new nonpro t organization founded by Gulf World and with of cers from Gulf County.Turtle troubleSee YEAR IN REVIEW A5Hate crime murderThe murder of Everett Gant, left, in a hate crime set off an outpouring of grief and love toward the family, a candlelight vigil drawing more than 100 people to Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW

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LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, December 27, 2012 Attend our class/support group:Quit Smoking NOW. . A curriculum developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves . .Starts Tuesday, January 8, 2013 5:30 pm EST Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Cafeteria 3801 E. Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FLNo cost to attend! Free Nicotine Replacement Patches and/or Gum available for class participants!!Call or email Brigitta Nuccio (850) 482 6500 bnuccio@bigbendahec.org or Toll Free 1-87-QUIT-NOW-6 Best Wishes For A Healthy, Happy New Year From Your Friends At211 N. Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL 32465(850) 639-3333 Georgia, had apparently never had his civil rights restored and therefore was ineligible to vote in Florida elections. Hess, in his letter to Grif n, said Garth could apply to have his rights restored in time for the 2014 elections. In the Oct. 16 letter to Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Matt Herring closing the original extortion case, Hess made no mention of a voter quali cation issue involving Garth, though according to the Dec. 19 letter, it was discovered during the initial investigation. Hess said a letter would be sent to Garth and Grif n that he was disquali ed to vote. Beyond that, I see no reason to pursue this matter, Hess concludes in his letter to Hatton. The investigation into the extortion complaint and the voter disquali cation issue may be considered closed with no action required. In a statement, Garth responded. It is now obvious that a real life witch hunt has been in progress against Citizens Improving Gulf County and its key members including myself, Garth wrote. The public needs to know that our membership consists of veterans, distinguished military retirees, retired Florida State law enforcement of cers, local business owners and concerned citizens. Having to go back almost 40 years and only nding a very old resolved issue concerning myself is testimony to how desperate certain County Commissioners were to shift the focus off of their behavior and questionable violations. I am pleased this le which has serious questionable handling is nally available and that the State Attorneys Of ce concluded that there are no grounds for any charge against myself or any member of Citizens Improving Gulf County. However, the investigation by the Florida Ethics Commission against Commissioner (Warren) Yeagers employment with Preble-Rish Engineering has yet to be resolved and is still ongoing. Citizens Improving Gulf County is encouraged by the ndings and is now more resolved than ever to expose corruption in Gulf County. The probable cause for the original extortion investigation, according to the case le, is found in af davits from county administrator Don Butler and former County Commissioner Bill Williams relating that a third-party, St. Joe Beach resident, Tom Graney, a long-time con dant of Williams, had communicated information that the PAC had it was prepared to make public if Yeager pursued re-election. Williams af davit relates a conversation with Graney on June 15; Butlers a conversation on June 17. In a June 19 statement, State Attorney investigator James Jensen told Herring that Graney had contacted Williams and Butler to extort Yeager out of the race. If Yeager did not drop out, Jensen related to Herring, Graney had indicated the PAC would release information damaging to Yeagers personal life and professional career. Hess formally launched the inquiry June 19. That should not be probable cause to do anything, Graney said. What a silly process. Graney has labeled the investigation a Keystone Kops comedy routine. Herring and Jensen provided Williams with a recording device to record a private conversation between Williams and Graney on June 28, which lasted nearly 90 minutes. Graney said the conversation was to alert Williams, who was still debating a run for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners, about the information that was out there about the various BOCC races. Graney said he might have been injudicious in some of his comments to Williams, agreeing too freely to some of his friends assertions, but that the basis of the conversation was to provide the local political landscape and advice to a friend he had backed for eight years. Graney told Williams in the recorded conversation that he did not interpret the information from the PAC to be blackmail, but politics in which methods may be unethical but not illegal. The term blackmail, according to the le, was used by deputy county administrator Michael Hammond in a phone call related by Butler in his af davit and by Williams during his recorded conversation with Graney. Williams used the term at least ve times during the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting. Yeager was re-elected. and has undertaken fundraising campaign to rescue the lighthouse, voted in support of moving it to the city. Talk to your county commissioners about support for relocating to the city, PSJ Commissioner Rex Buzzett said. I think it is just as vulnerable to the erosion that currently threatens it on the cape. They should withdraw their application. Gail Alsobrook, director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, which funded the planning study for BayPark, said moving the lighthouse to the city bene ts city and county alike. If it is on the cape, its in the county, but if its in the city, it is the city and county as well as the historical society, Alsobrook said. It will receive multiple times the visitors than if it was on the cape. Mayor Mel Magidson said the city would offer far more visibility for the lighthouse and in turn attract more visitors. With the BayPark design offering the lighthouse as a centerpiece for a park that would feature museums, an estuarine preserve and turtle rescue space, and with the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center at one end of the park and the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Living Color building at the other end, the BayPark concept would provide seamless county/ city attractions. This is an opportunity that comes along once in a lifetime to create an iconic structure to bring people to the city, county and region, Magidson said. The city was awarded a $125,000 grant from the BP Gulf Tourism Promotion campaign to produce a professional documentary on the rescue and saving of the lighthouse. It really gives me heartburn to have a documentary without the lighthouse coming to the city, Buzzett said. At the last BOCC meeting, County Commissioner Carmen McLemore said he opposed moving the lighthouse to the city. County Commissioner Ward McDaniel provided the formal motion for the county to apply for the lighthouse and ancillary buildings for a move to Salinas Park. County Commissioner Warren Yeager said he believed in the spirit of cooperation between city and county on a nal destination but said the priorities were preserving the lighthouse and buildings and turning the relocation into a positive for the community. We also have to keep in mind the city of Port St. Joe and the city of Wewahitchka are also part of the county, and we need to work together, said County Commissioner Joanna Bryan.RESTORE Act projectsCity commissioners held a workshop before last weeks meeting to discuss and provide some prioritization to potential projects the city would like funded through the RESTORE Act monies that would come to the county if and when a civil penalty is paid by BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Buzzett suggested the citys ve-year capital work plan could serve as a template. The plan includes upgrades to the boat ramp at Frank Pate Park, a joint city/county recreational complex, refurbishing the Centennial Building and, potentially, a secondary boat ramp on the Intracoastal Canal for larger boats to alleviate some parking problems at Frank Pate Park. We need to ahead of the curve and be ready, city clerk Jim Anderson said. We need to work through and prioritize projects.Insurance premium rebateAs they have for the past couple of years, because of a generally quiet hurricane seasons in Florida, the city received a rebate on its property and liability insurance premiums from the Florida League of Cities. Commissioners then spent a bit of it. The rebate, presented by Tom Conley with the Florida League of Cities, totaled $39,739, and commissioners approved spending $25,000 as a down payment on a ve-year lease-to-own contract to purchase a new tractor and grass-cutting attachment to handle cutting in the new wastewater plant spray elds and other ditches and low-lying grounds. Commissioners also approved a $1,500 donation to the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. The Early Learning Coalition can leverage $16 for every $1 in donations for the many services it provides needy families with children less than age 5.New Years reworksCommissioners approved an agreement with the TDC that would allow the TDC to put on a reworks show New Years Eve while the city agrees to match a TDC contribution of $5,000 toward Fourth of July reworks. A citizens committee already is in fundraising mode to secure the matching funds for the Fourth of July, which city commissioners agreed last year would be funded privately moving forward. CHARGES from page A1 PSJ from page A1

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OpinionA4 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012The Moss Hill Church is actually in an area that is about three miles southeast of Vernon. It is in an area once known for its Indian population. The Holmes Valley Methodist Mission was responsible for the church, and its origination was between 1821 and 1825. The building standing today was built in 1857. The Moss Hill Methodist Church has been refurbished over the years, but still has a rustic feel. It is truly beautiful and a site that is worth going out of your way to see. The sign out front notes services are on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 2 p.m. The time of the service seems to corroborate what my Grandmama said about those Methodists. She said they like to stay out late on Saturday night and to watch out not to let children take communion because the grape juice they dole out is the real stuff. Im sure they share a minister with at least one other church. Its easy to think about all of the folks that have worshipped there, been married there and had funeral services and been buried in the cemetery on the grounds. The graveyard has a number of Civil War soldiers in it and their service will forever be lauded. War is a terrible thing, no matter when, where or how, but those who gave the ultimate sacrice should never be forgotten. An interesting tidbit about the land around the Moss Hill Church, a fellow by the name of Igdaliah Wood requested and was granted title to the land in 1861 after the beginning of the War Between the States. Union President Abraham Lincoln granted the request on December 5, 1861, almost a year after Florida seceded. Igdaliah is not a name you hear much anymore. It is pronounced ig-dal-yaw, probably igdahl-yah in the heart of the Panhandle when folks dropped everything to build a church for everybody to use. From a Southern point of view, the name Igdaliah means God is great. The Moss Hill Methodist Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the type of wood used to construct the church, hand and footprints can be seen on the ceiling. The church was built of lumber from pine heartwood, also known as lighter or fatwood. As this wood gets older, it gets stronger and becomes immune to water and termites. Those Methodists were pretty smart. This type of wood is very sticky and usually oozing a resin, which captured the hand, nger and foot prints of those doing the work. So if you go to the Moss Hill Church, look up! During this holiday season, its a good time to look up everywhere. After I looked closely at the pictures I made, I realized I had captured some of the childrens and carpenters handprints and footprints without even knowing it. Vernon, at one time was known as the Worlds Leading Gopher-Shipping Port. Thats right, Vernon was a World Leader in shipping out gophers. On my trip to the Vernon Historical Societys Archives, I found it in a book. You need to understand what a gopher is. The type of gophers they were shipping out were not animals. These gophers were tortoises. Gopher tortoises were shipped by steamboat to Pensacola every week between 1885 and 1930 by the hundreds. Not only were they considered a delicacy for the gourmets in Pensacola, but they were carried out to sea by the sailors and shermen to provide fresh meat and supplement their menus. Gopher tortoises were pretty easy to keep alive until you were ready to put them on the table. If you didnt have money and needed something in Vernon, the stores would take gophers instead of cash. I had read about Moss Hill Church still being without electricity. I saw blankets and church fans on the pews. I can only speculate the congregation didnt want the preacher to pass out in the middle of a sermon on the second Sunday in August. This beautiful church lled with history and the story of how gopher tortoises were used as cash in Vernon, just makes me wonder, Do you think anyone ever put a tortoise in the offering plate? For more stories and pictures of my trip to Vernon, visit me at www. CranksMyTractor.com. The reasons for New Years resolutions are varied and, typically, have the shelf life of the holiday itself. At least that has been my experience. I am not sure I have ever made it to Jan. 31 in any single year with any resolution, and I would be willing to bet that based on the angst-lled articles and television shows on the subject I am clearly not alone. Heck, Congress and the President cant even get to January with any resolution for solving long-term entrenched scal issues after swearing up and down after the elections that the American people had spoken and they wanted compromise. Which we did, but as most of us of adult age can gather by now, deafness is rampant in Washington, D.C. In any case, lets turn the onus of a resolution something one might actually have to stick to to a hope and here are a few for the New Year that seems appropriate. Barry Sellers Clarication. Here is hoping that the Board of County Commissioners, city of Port St. Joe, city of Wewahitchka, the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, somebody has the sense to give this guy a break. The BOCC has performed the political back-ip enough and this latest excursion into capricious decision-making blowing up a consolidated economic development agency less than two years after creating it and hiring Sellers from Arkansas takes the cake for at out disregard for another human being. In this day and age, in this holiday season and brutal economic times, to leave Sellers swinging in the lurch as to what 2013 holds is not only shortsighted, but simply mean-spirited. Sellers, you are EDC director; no, youre a county employee answerable to administrator Don Butler; no, wait, youre in Whoville with the BOCC starring as the Grinch. Tan Smiley and Ward McDaniel The hope for the two county commissioners, reaching the midpoint in their rst terms, is greater understanding as to the factors that led to their election two years ago. Change. Voters wanted change to begin and with the addition this year of County Commissioner Joanna Bryan there are now three votes on the BOCC that were brought to ofce on the promise of change in the way the BOCC conducts business. The TDC and EDC messes this past year are sufcient evidence that change is tardy. The list of changes is laundrylike transparency through items such as a clear agenda, treating the public as if they are the employers and holding meetings and making decisions by their rhythms, ridding the meeting room of personal attacks but there are now three votes to perform the duties voters pleaded of you to begin with. So do it. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse Its rescued without bloodshed. There is a sharp divide regarding the possible future location of the lighthouse, but the battle that is brewing could end up as such a drawn-out bruising affair maybe the ocean would be a better choice. While there is a clear consensus among the group most invested in the lighthouse the St. Joseph Historical Society which has been about preserving the lighthouse years before elected ofcials got involved but constituents with varying agendas have commissioners in a twist. The saga is really another example of why county-wide voting is needed, as underscored by Bryan during a recent BOCC discussion about the lighthouses future when she said Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka were also part of the county and therefore the equation. There can be ne rhetoric about collaboration but what is shaping up is wrestling over ownership of a historic treasure, which due to the nature of the amount of taxpayer money poured into restoring a keepers quarters and the lighthouse is nobodys possession but the publics. Make a decision based on best use for the public. The Port A client, any client Eastern Shipbuilding is still on track to arrive early next year but the Port Authority could use any positive news and if by this time next year we are talking about any kind of revenue stream for the port, 2013 would be banner. An investment banker cautioned the Port Authority that things such as economic development take time heads up BOCC but given all the sweat equity that has been poured into that port by folks, some of whom have spent 2012 essentially volunteering, there would be a certain satisfaction in seeing some of those visions coming true. We can be patient, that is part of the game, but there can always be hope. John Hanlon and Mitch Burke The grace and professionalism of their predecessors. Hanlon, who will become Supervisor of Elections next month, and Burke, who on the same day will become Property Appraiser, have large shoes to ll. Linda Grifn, retiring as Supervisor of Elections, and Kesley Colbert, stepping into retirement after nearly three decades as Property Appraiser, dened the characteristics wed all want in a public servant. They watched their taxpayer pennies, were unfailingly polite and gracious to their constituents when Grifn said her voters she meant it in every positive connotation of the phrase and served this county through some difcult times. Grifn in the aftermath of the 2000 election debacle in Florida and all the changes that brought and Colbert through the worst swing in property values in the history of the county. To paraphrase Kipling, they seemed to maintain their heads when all about them were losing theirs. Hanlon and Burke can aspire to duplicate those skills and that would be enough. Finally, a wish to all our readers may your 2013 be lled with hopes and dreams that are realized; our hope is we see you same time next year....for such is the Kingdom of Heaven Keyboard KLATTERINGSA tortoise in the offering plateWishing upon 2013 TimIM crCROFtTStar news editor No attempt at humor today. I cant get those school kids off my mind. Six and seven year olds! Can you imagine the laughter and joy that lay ahead of them? Can you imagine a more innocent group? I think of touchdowns not scored. Proms not attended. Hugs forever snuffed out. I love young people ten hundred per cent more than I do old folks. I enjoy the laughter, the spontaneity and the wide openness of their little eyes. I like that they dont complain or make excuses. I like that they dont step gingerly around the mud puddle, they jump right in with both feet. If you make a face at them they dont get mad or think you are an idiotthey make a face right back at you! It is incomprehensible what happened at Newtown, Connecticut. And Im mad and my heart hurts and Im lost as all get out here to understand how we could reach such a place in our society. I thought we lived in the home of the brave and the land of the free. When did things get so far off track? Did it start with Halloween? Remember when you could go trick or treating without your mom? Nobody was going to harm a group of little kids walking up and down the streets collecting candy. Cars stopped a half a block away to let them pass. Porch lights were on all over town to light the way. There was no danger of a razor blade in the Baby Ruth or arsenic in the Milk Duds. Now, for Halloween, we rope off a section down town and have a controlled candy hunt. Its safe and I appreciate that. But isnt it also a statement about where we are in this country today? Maybe it started with Star Wars where we learned there was a dark side. Or Terminator II where there was a shooting and killing and mass mayhem in near bout every scene. Or those dark cults where they throw chicken bones about and have blood sacrices. Or maybe it started when that lady in North Carolina ran her car off into the pond..with her children in it! Somewhere along the line, human life stopped being as valuable as I was raised to believe it to be. Whatever happened to red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight? We learned to share early in life. We learned that no one gets their way all the time. And we learned to respect each others rights, both property and self. I have no clue what life imitating art means. But I think it has something to do with we see it or hear about it on some media form and we go home and try it. Leon saw Tarzan jump off that bridge at the Park Theatre and so he went down to Paris Landing the very next day and jumped off that high bridge over the Tennessee River. He liked to have drowned. I have told that story before trying to be funny. Im thinking it is not so funny today. If we are producing movies, videos, games or instant replays that depict, or ye gads, glorify mass shootings, bombings, pillaging and lootingwe ought to take a second look at those things. Ive leaned more about assault ries in the past weeks than I ever cared to. I own a gun or two. I havent seen either one of them in years. I think the rie that belonged to my grandfather is in the closet and the Remington 22 is under the bed maybe. I havent red a gun in twenty years. I am not anti gun; I just dont have any interest in them. We can do away with every gun (except granddaddys) and that would be alright with me. But somehow, in my heart, I dont believe these nightmare attacks are the guns fault. It goes way deeper than that. I do nd it a bit ironic that some of the most out spoken proponents for gun control are also just as out spoken for abortion rights. I dont believe our society is sick. I believe we have some sick people in our society. And listen closely here, we must all except some of the blame for the way things are in America today. Maybe we should have spoken up more, or at least questioned, some of the violent movies, videos and television shows. We should demand that media of all shapes, forms, fashion and kinds spend their air time glorifying family life, presenting decent rules for living and simple civilities among human beings. I stand as guilty as anyone. Ive wasted a lot of time and ink writing about Billy Bob and Charlene when I could have used this space to enlighten, or at least, made an attempt to wake us up a little to the evils that have befallen us slowly over the years. We could certainly explore the mental health issues a little more. But lets not use unstable as an excuse to commit horrendous acts of violence. Is there a cause and effect that is apparent here? If we think as a nation happy, good thoughts will we get the desired results? If we shoot, pillage, loot and steal. I have a seven year old grandson. He is a rst grader. If I thought it would help, Id pull that Remington out from under the bed and follow him every where he goes. But that is not feasible.or even sensible. Im trusting lots of folks to help me raise little Luke safely and soundly. We didnt do that for Newtown. Lets wise up America. Please. Respectfully,Kes HUnkerNKER d DOwnWNKesley 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. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 cranksCRANKS mMY tract TRACTOrRBN Heard

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LocalThe Star| A5Thursday, December 27, 2012 There seems still no answer to the chronic problem of discoloration in the water coming out of taps throughout the south end of the county. Actually, throughout is not quite the word because one of the nagging issues during the more than three years since a new $21 million water surface plant came online has been the randomness of the problem of discoloration. Some folks on the same block have had entirely different experiences. New pipe, old pipe, there seem to be few constants other than rising utility rates for consumers and continued frustration for too many about the quality of the water they are seeing from their taps. Early in the year, those responsible for the design of the plant, the design of the ltration system, the building of the plant, the citys engineers and elected ofcials met for a walkthrough that revealed a series of issues at the plant. Most of those were being addressed throughout the year, particularly a maintenance program, but the city had to bring in a quasi-volunteer, Kenny Wood, to help dene design and operational issues and attempt to nd a x. At years end, Wood was reporting there was still work to be done at the plant. The city undertook an aggressive uni-directional ushing program to better understand the system and try to reduce red water, but problems continued. At years end, the city also was embarking on an almost eight-month prole/study of the water distribution system by the company that designed the plant in an attempt to isolate the issues. Meanwhile, consumers will see another utility rate hike, and commissioners seem at least eight months away from having any specied direction to address the discoloration problem, to the immense frustration of commissioners and consumers alike. Even a walkthrough will all the parties could not completely solve the riddle of why a new $21 million surface water plant was providing discolored waters to so many homes and businesses in the south end of the county. 2012: YEAR IN REVIEW Water, toil and troublePort St. Joe High School sent a team to the Odyssey of the Mind World Final, the seventh straight year a team from Gulf County reached the World Finals. Frequent contributor to this newspaper Debbie Hooper won a prestigious award from the international organization the Professional Aerial Photographers Association during their annual convention. Wewahitchka High Schools Bryce Gerber was a shining salute to dual enrollment as he earned his high school and Associate of Arts degrees within weeks of each other in May. Jennifer Guffey from Wewahitchka Elementary School was the 2012 Gulf County Teacher of the Year. Wanda Nixon at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School was named the 2012 Gulf County Non-Instructional Employee of the Year. A packed R. Marion Craig Coliseum greeted Lewanna Patterson on her last day as a teacher. Patterson, one of the most popular and decorated teachers in the districts history, retired after almost 40 years with the system.Non-economic developmentFor another year, after years and years of upheaval and change, the Board of County Commissioners could not decide on a model for an Economic Development Council and made economic development in the county again a public enterprise. This came less than two years after blowing up the previous operational model for the EDC, costing private investors more than $50,000, ring the director and crafting a consolidated EDC/Chamber of Commerce model that received all of one year to succeed. For the fth time since 2000, the BOCC altered the operational model and director of the EDC, which even members of the board of the Chamber of Commerce said had created little more than confusion. A dynamic new EDC director was found after a nationwide search, and though the starting was slow as in from scratch Barry Sellers performed above and beyond expectations. But the BOCC was not satised, rst questioning how the Chamber/EDC board was spending money and slashing the agencys budget by almost 75 percent less than two years into a ve-year plan, echoing actions of two years before when they pulled the plug just over two years into a ve-year pledge. By the end of the year, the BOCC had voted to move the EDC back under its umbrella, leaving Sellers and the new Chamber board in limbo as to the future, and scheduled a Jan. 10 workshop at which they will discuss the issue, with no indications that the BOCC will change its mind. In a county desperate for jobs, with unemployment chronically high, it was another year of frustration in developing the local economy. A program worth a woofPassed during the summer, the RESTORE Act held out hope of nancial compensation to the Gulf Coast region from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The potential numbers tossed around for Gulf County have ranged from $15 million to $20 million. The county is ahead of the curve in attempting to identify economic and environmental projects to fund, and cities, the county and the Port of Port St. Joe are all submitting pre-proposals to local RESTORE committee, which has been meeting for months. The dollar amount coming is still unknown; the rules for disbursement of funds also are unknown. A federal trial is set to begin Feb. 25 in New Orleans to determine the amount of nes levied against BP. Once appropriated, the ve affected states will split 35 percent of the penalties; in Florida the allotted amount is being split among the affected Gulf Coast counties based on the severity of oil spill impact to be used for ecological and economic restoration of counties. Florida is unique in the RESTORE process as the only one of the ve Gulf Coast states to send the money directly to the affected counties. The eight disproportionately impacted counties will receive 75 percent of the funds and includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties. The BOCC is also part of the RESTORE Act Gulf Consortium, which allows commissioners to work with other affected Florida counties in pursuing nes and creating specic restoration projects. In November, BP pleaded guilty to 14 criminal charges and was mandated to pay $4 billion over the next ve years. Campus kudos Award-winning photographyThree years ago it was difcult to see the success that has spread to 14 states from Wisconsin to Florida to New Jersey. The DAWGS in Prison (Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability) program began in 2009 through collaboration among the St. Joseph Humane Society, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Gulf Forestry Camp and the Board of County Commissioners. What was created has been a saving grace for more than 250 dogs that otherwise might have been euthanized. Twenty-three classes, ranging in size from eight to 12 dogs, have graduated every eight weeks, another group of dogs moving into the Gulf Forestry Camp after each graduation to begin the training they have been screened for. Almost 300 inmates have applied for and participated in the program, moving up the organizational ladder within each team from caretaker to handler to trainer to team leader. Once matched with a dog, inmates are responsible for the dogs care: feeding, grooming, housebreaking and obedience training. The inmate teams are charged with keeping meticulous records of the care provided each dog. Several have gone on to use the skills learned in the program among them, inmates have noted, responsibility, discipline, communication and the bond crafted between dog and man to become gainfully employed working with dogs upon their release. And the foundation of that success is in signicant measure built by volunteers, particularly Sandi Christy and Judy Miick, co-directors of the program with the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. It is a second chance really, said former inmate Derek Joseph. We all got second chances, and I believe the dog deserves a second chance just as well as we do. DAWGS in Prison graduated its 23rd class this year, bringing to more than 250 the number of dogs saved since 2009.Odyssey of the MindSee YEAR IN REVIEW A6RESTORE Act

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LocalA6 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012 CASH FOR GOLD & SILVERGold Party Group, LLC GRAND OPENING JANUARY 2ND!301 MONUMENT AVENUE(A couple blocks west of HWY 71) SCRAP GOLDBroken & Unwanted Jewelry, Watches, Dental gold, etc. COINS1964 or Before: Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters & Dimes GOLD/SILVER BULLIONWe pay up to 90% of spot price for Gold Bullion & 80% of spot price for Silver Bullion stamped .999 STERLING SILVERFlatware, tea sets, goblets & Jewelry marked .925 or Sterling FREE NO OBLIGATION APPRAISAL! PRESENT THIS COUPON TO RECEIVE10%EXTRAAFTER RECEIVING YOUR APPRAISAL[ Valid Until January 15, 2013 Excluding Gold and Silver Bullion ] I am extremely excited to announce the Grand opening of our Cash for Gold store in Port St. Joe. I have been specializing in the purchase of gold, silver and coins since 2009. During this time I have bought gold and silver from thousands of individuals and estates across Florida. My experience and focus on customer service provide the most professional and simple process of turning your old gold/silver jewelry, coins and sterling silver atware into cash! Feel free to stop by for your free no-obligation appraisal of your items. Jimmy Burgess Owner Gold Party Group LLC 2012: YEAR IN REVIEWThough it started in late 2011 with the city council debating whether to disband its police force and contract with the Bay County Sheriffs Of ce for law enforcement, 2012 saw even more controversy in the sleepy little beach town. Mexico Beach city council members requested a probe of the Department of Public Safety by the BCSO, and its 2,000-page report of that probe was scathing to Chief Brad Hall, who retired before the ndings were released, and the adherence, or lack thereof, to policies and procedures. There was criticism of how evidence was handled and for the hiring of convicted felons within the department, as well as questions about how money was handled within the volunteer re department. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted its own investigation, which has not been concluded at years end, and criminal charges remain possible. City Manager Chris Hubbard was placed over the Department of Public Safety, while Hall and three others were on administrative leave. The Volunteer Fire Department corps voted to disband, though Hubbard said the city still has a department. The city also faced charges from citizens of unethical behavior in how the renovation and ultimate decision to raze the Parker House was reached and the awarding of the contract to a company of which the mayor is an of cer.TDC overhaulThe asco that began in 2011 continued into the new year at the Tourist Development Council. Audit ndings issued early in the year showed a series of de ciencies in how county policies and procedures were followed, not just by the TDC director and board but by the Board of County Commissioners. Questionable and potentially con icted spending was found to total almost half a million dollars, and the lack of documentation for working relationships with partners, in particular a consulting rm at the heart of the agencys implosion, ultimately led to an overhaul. The TDC director lost his job, though allegations of criminal acts made by county commissioners toward the former director and a member of the TDC board proved unsubstantiated by an investigation by the State Attorneys Of ce. The TDC board was dismissed by the BOCC and asked to undergo a re-application process. The succeeding board immediately cut ties with the consulting rm, Statecraft, which had planned and canceled events, failed to timely provide documentation for spending of public funds and was a subject of much scrutiny because of the personal relationship between its owner and the chairman of the BOCC, now engaged to be married. After two searches, a new director, Jennifer Jenkins, brought new ideas and strategies to the position and with the boards support vastly overhauled a grant program that had been the focus of so much of the audits ndings. In spite of the upheaval, bed tax revenues were strong throughout the year, consistently exceeding prior year results and demonstrating that tourism remains a strong driver for the local economy. The Semper Fi Sisters spent another weekend in Gulf County for their annual Beach Blast, which ended with more than 80 sisters and volunteers packaging more than 1,300 Boxes of Love to send to troops overseas. When he returns from his fth deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan early next year, Buck Watford of Port St. Joe will have spent some four years overseas.Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast Controversy roils Mexico Beach Stationed overseasSee YEAR IN REVIEW A7

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LocalThe Star| A7Thursday, December 27, 2012 N N N N N N E E E W W W Y Y Y E E E Y E Y Y Y E Y E Y E Y Y Y E Y A A A E A E E E A E A E A E E E A E R R R N N N E E E N E N N N E N E N E N N N E N W W W Y Y Y E E E Y E Y Y Y E Y E Y E Y Y Y E Y A A A E A E E E A E A E A E E E A E R R R S S S S S S S S E E E V V V R R R S S S E E E V V V E E E E E E E E E V E V V V E V E V E V V V E V C C C C C C C C C E E E C E C C C E C E C E C C C E C L L L E E E B B B R R R A A A A A A A A A A A A R A R R R A R A R A R R R A R T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A A T A A A T A T A T A A A T A I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T T I T T T I T I T I T T T I T O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O I O I I I O I O I O I I I O I I O I I I O I O I O I I I O I N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O O N O O O N O N O N O O O N O ! ! ! ! ! ! ! N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N W W W E E E W W W S S S E E E E E E W W W E E E L L L L L L S S S E E E S E S S S E S E S E S S S E S E E E L L L L L L S S S E E E S E S S S E S E S E S S S E S E E E Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y O O O O O O Y O Y Y Y O Y O Y O Y Y Y O Y U U U U U U H H H H H H H H H E E E E E E H E H H H E H E H E H H H E H R R R R R R E R E E E R E R E R E E E R E E E E E E E R E R R R E R E R E R R R E R ! ! ! 2012: YEAR IN REVIEWAs in campaign season, though the election itself was historic. The rst female to ever be elected by popular vote to the Board of County Commissioners took of ce, and two longserving public servants, Property Appraiser Kesley Colbert and Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n, each retired. But the campaign season, well, that had a bit of everything. A political action committee, Citizens Improving Gulf County, was formed with the idea of unseating incumbent county commissioners. One county commissioner decided not to run. There was an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics into one county commissioner, which is still not complete; a complaint under the Hatch Act, which excludes certain public employees for holding their job while simultaneously seeking elected public of ce against a county commission candidate; a State Attorney investigation into the PAC that was closed, re-opened and nally closed with no charges. There were campaign speeches from the public podium in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room; there were anti-commission speeches on the steps of the county courthouse. There were times it all seemed less an exercise in democracy than a mosh pit. And generally, voters held to the status quo, the most glaring example the unseating of Sheriff Joe Nugent by Michael Harrison, who completes the rst father-son duo ever to both serve as sheriff. Sports Illustrated helped, well, illustrate that the Gulf Coast was returning to normal when its annual swimsuit edition featured Apalachicola. The Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association continued its mission with several reef deployments during the year. A political action committee, Citizens Improving Gulf County, assembled on the county courthouse to protest what they said was unethical behavior by the Board of County Commissioners. Port St. Joe resident Loretta Costin was named the new director at Gulf Coast State Colleges Gulf/ Franklin Center.New director for GCSC Gulf/Franklin Center Tis the season Joanna Bryan, elected in November, became the rst female elected by voters to serve on the Board of County Commissioners. An online destination website named St. Joseph Peninsula State Park as the top state park in the country for 2012.Countrys best state park Citizens Improving Gulf County More arti cial reefs Sports Illustrated visit

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Special to The StarThe Mexico Beach Welcome Center is arranging winter visitors the opportunity to win some extra cash not once, but twice, in Biloxi, MS. Snowbirds will be ocking to the casinos to win big and enjoy the scenery. Travelers will be transported on charter busses for an overnight trip in January and in February. The rst casino trip departs Jan. 15 and returns the next day. The second casino trip departs Feb. 19 and returns the following day. Each trip package includes transportation, playing voucher pass, buffet vouchers, room and entertainment. Rates for each casino trip are $100 for double occupancy and $140 for single occupancy. You can go in January or February, or do both! These trips are open to anyone, whether they be a part time Floridian or live here year round, we want you to join us on one or both of these wonderful excursions. There will be exciting games on the bus, wonderful friendships made, casino tips swapped and tons of fun. The busses will depart from the El Governor at 5:30 a.m. CST and the rst stop will be at the Boomtown Casino where there will be a six-hour playtime period. After that, its off to the Isle of Capri Casino where well stop for the night. The next morning will start off with a trip to the IP Casino where there will be four hours of playing time and then its time to head home. We hope this trip will be a great getaway and enjoyable for all. For questions or more information contact the Mexico Beach Welcome center by calling 648-8196 or visit our website at www. mexico-beach.com. Member Board Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp NEW LOCATION:dbutler@coastalcoverage.com WWW.LOOKOUTLOUNGE.COM NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATE TWICE, BUT CELEBRATE FIRST AT THE LOOKOUT!Live Music with Bobby Kennedy & Michelle Milligan! Karaoke Early with DJ & Dancing Later FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST SATURDAY @ 9:00 PM EST SATURDAY @ 9:00 PM EST RANDY STARK ON THE POOPDECK RANDY STARK WITH ART LONGON SAX ON THE POOPDECK FRI & SAT @ 9:00 PM EST KARAOKE / DJIN THE CROWS NEST FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST Wishing Everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! OFTHEWEEKPET St. Joseph Bay Humane SocietySCOUT!Our Pet of the week features Scout a DAWGS in prison graduate. Scout is crate trained, house trained, and basic obedience trained. He can be expected to sit, stay, recall, down, heel, and respond to no and leave it. He also is well trained on a leash. Of course, he is up to date on all vaccines as well as neutered and heartworm negative. If you are not ready to adopt, please think about fostering. You can help these dogs keep up with their training and socialization which makes them more adoptable. For more information on fostering or adoption, or with any questions, please email us at christysandi@hotmail.com or townsend.hsdirector@gmail.com Or call the shelter 850-227-1103 Star staff reportsEquine Coggins ClinicThe Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor a Equine Coggins Clinic on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Visiting veterinarian will be Dr. Carla Hubbard; cost per coggins will be $25-$30 per horse. We will start at the Michael Traylor Arena, 8 a.m. CST. After coggins tests are completed at arena, well be available to do farm visits. For more information please contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or Roy Carter at 814-8689.JSL donates to Christmas Toy fundA special thanks to the Port St. Joe members of the Junior Service League. The Junior Service League members collectively donated $2,158.00 worth of toys to assist in the toy drive being conducted by the WIG/CAC. This donation was greatly appreciated by everyone in the WorkForce who worked with the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce to see that all requests for toys were quickly answered. Merry Christmas to all.New SHH North Gulf express location offers ease for outpatient testsSacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is opening a new outpatient lab station in Wewahitchka that will provide services on Fridays from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. CST. Open as of this past Monday, the outpatient lab station is located at the side entrance of the Gulf County Health Department building, 807 West Hwy. 22, Wewahitchka, FL 32465. No appointment is necessary.Special thanks for 2012 Christmas dinner sponsorsThanks to the sponsors of this years community Christmas Dinner: George Durens Piggly Wiggly, Oak Grove Church, Hannon Insurance, First United Methodist Church, St. Josephs Catholic Church, St. Josephs Catholic Church Mens Group, Rich and Liz Brenner, Dan and Gayle Moon, Sacred Heart Hospital Dietary Department, Billy Dixson & Sons Taxi Service, Sunset Coastal Grill, Paul Gants BBQ, First United Methodist Church Care Closet, John C. Gainous VFW Post No. 10069, Marlen Taylor, Fish House Restaurant in Mexico Beach, Washington Improvement Group /Community Action Center. Society BRIEFS SocietyA8 | The Star Thursday, December 27, 2012 Mexico Beach offering Biloxi trips THE PORT ST. JOE STARFIND US ON FACEBOOK @PSJ_StarFOLLOW US ON TWITTER Pictorial History Book of Mexico Beach coming soonSpecial to The StarI have been asked to help produce a Photo Book of Mexico Beach History. If you have any old pictures of the old Mexico Beach Skating Rink, The Surf Restaurant, Loiss Brown Hut, the Patio, the Wonder Bar, PuttPutt Golf or any other early Mexico Beach points of interest, please consider sharing them with us. You can send a copy of your old photos to or call: Beverly Douds 229-1094 (or 850-2291151) or contact Cathy Hobbs at 648-5777 (or 227-5319) and Al Cathey at 229-4536. We will gladly credit you, if you like by adding your name to any photo you share with us.Thank you,Beverly Mount-Douds Lighthouse Lady

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Public NoticeA Public Hearing will be held at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. EST. The public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: AN ORDINANCE PER THE REQUIREMENTS OF FLORIDA STATUE 163.3177(3)(b) TO YEARLY REVIEW AND UPDATE THE GULF COUNTY FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT SHEDULE; INCORPORATING THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 2012/2013 WORK PLAN; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE THE UPDATED CONCURRENCY TRACKING DATA; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ORDINANCE IN CONFLICT THEREWITH, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABLITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on this matter. The ordinance Court and at the Planning Department, Room 311 in the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL. Ad #2012-116 SchoolThe Star| A9Thursday, December 27, 2012Special to The StarBuilding on its commitment to the economic stability and growth of the region, Gulf Coast State College will begin offering its third bachelors degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science in organizational management. The Florida Department of Education approved the program with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. The concentration in Emergency Services Administration is speci cally designed for those already working in criminal justice, re science, emergency management or other public safety elds and who want higher level supervisory positions. The degree concentration in Health Services Administration will help prepare graduates for careers as Medical and Health Services Managers, Health Care Administrators, Health Unit Manager/ Ward Supervisors, Long Term Care Administrators, Health Services Administrators and Nursing Administrators. The concentration in Entrepreneurship will provide a natural bridge to the bachelors degree for those students who plan to pursue an independent direction in business development. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects that employment in the larger eld of Organizational Management statewide will reach 446,934 by 2020, with an estimated 12,776 average annual openings between 2010 and 2018. The areas of specialization covered in the GCSC degree have particular relevance to the projected employment needs of Workforce Region 4, which correlates to the Colleges service area of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties where the Department has set the estimated number of annual openings requiring new, credentialed employees at 79. Community and industry partners involved in the planning regarding this new program also re-emphasized the local need for the advanced degree. Were pleased to build the Organizational Management program around the needs of our current and future workforce. Our goal at Gulf Coast State College is to respond to the communities we serve and to build new programs based on speci c workforce data, said GCSC President Dr. Jim Kerley. Gulf Coast is currently the only institution of higher education in Workforce Region 4 that has conferred associate degrees in elds related to this new program, but employers have more jobs to ll and also need more from their current employees. This new bachelors program includes the study and hands-on application of management principles and practices with a concentration in each students technical eld. The 120-hour program will begin in August 2013 and will be housed in the Advanced Technology Center, the Colleges connection to business and industry with a focus on creating new pathways to hightech, lucrative careers. We will continue to work with employers and other educational institutions to build programs that meet community needs, Kerley said. For more information, the primary point of contact is Melanie Boyd, Business & Technology Division Chair, (850) 872-3839 or mboyd@gulfcoast.edu.By JESSICA McCARTHY747-5073 | @PCNHJessica jmccarthy@pcnh.com PANAMA CITY Gifted high school students from Gulf and Franklin counties are spending time at Gulf Coast State College working on a potential wetland project for ZooWorld. Linda Fitzhugh, biology professor, said application is the focus. This is real world problem solving and thats what theyre going to have to do at some point, when they have jobs, Fitzhugh said. Theyre being encouraged to do a lot of these STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities, so a lot of these kids might become our future engineers and biologists. So, we wanted a real world STEM experiment. Antonio Adessi, coordinator of engineering technology at GCSC, said he hopes the project crosses subject matter lines for the students. As members of our future community, its a matter of building that awareness at the citizen level, one by one, Adessi said. We want to get them engaged in something that is school related but is also everyday life. Overall, the project will focus on water ltration so the zoo can reuse water for cleaning cages and watering plants. The students rst class covered water quality, how to test for it and how to improve it. The second class, held Wednesday, looked at soil. The students learned the elements of soil, how it holds water and different types of soil protection methods. The next class will look at plants how to use them appropriately to help stop erosion and increase the water ltration. Maura Mahan, a 15-yearold Port St. Joe High School sophomore, said being raised by a scientist put the desire to learn in her blood. Im learning how to design wetlands, Mahan said. Im planning on being a veterinarian and that would fall under a lot of categories here. Im learning quite a bit. Fitzhugh said she hopes to have the wetland design done in April or May; if the design is implemented, she hopes to have the students come back on work on the physical project as well.GCSC to offer new degree in organizational management Students work on real world problem solving PHOTOS BY ANDREW WARDLOW | Halifax Media GroupFranklin Countys Ursula Countryman, 14, and Port St. Joes Katie Nobles, 14, test soil at Gulf Coast State College on Wednesday. On December 14, 2012 at Troy University Commencement Byron Paul Peters graduated with degree in Criminal Justice. Byron Paul Peters was a 2007 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. He is the son of Nathan Peters, Jr. & Marjorie Peters of Port St. Joe, Florida. THE PORT ST. JOE STARFIND US ON FACEBOOK

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Thank you for a Great Year! By MOLLY MOSHER654-8445 | @WaltonSunMolly mmosher@waltonsun.com Longtime hunter Lauren Rich got an unexpected break simply by sharing her outdoors lifestyle on Facebook. Her big break came in the form of the host of The Sportsman Channels Destination Whitetail. I got the job solely on Facebook, she said. A friend saw I was hunting and here, always in the water. Rich wasnt an aspiring TV host who chased down the spotlight; she merely shared her outdoorscentered life on the popular social networking website, and the right person saw it. Her Facebook friend connected Rich with Destination Whitetail producer Jamie Wilkinson, who has a home in the area, and he didnt hesitate to hire her to be the host of the popular hunting show. You never know whos looking, she said, referring to the point of her discovery. Now, the South Walton resident balances her hosting duties with a full-time job in sales at a local resort, but when she has time off, she is out on location seeking the next big buck. Rich said she didnt expect for a hunting show-host spot to come of her pastime, and the closest she had come to being on television before had been while lming a couple of frames for a Walton County TDC commercial. And this certainly is a departure from that. The show is lmed in the 43 states where whitetail deer roam and highlights the varied methods and traditions of hunting them. Its solely about the whitetail deer population in the U.S., Rich said. The lming of the show takes the host and the crew all over from Colorado to Utah to Florida, among others. The show also has brought Rich home to the Emerald Coast, with lming even as close as a state park in Panama City. Weve lmed a lot locally, she said, including one program that gave an inside look of the oil spill and its effect on the local economy. Recently, Rich and the crew shot on location in Wisconsin, where Rich herself shot a 10-point velvet buck. Although it usually is illegal to kill a velvet buck, Rich said because it was causing havoc on private land, it was fair game. Thats the biggest deer Ive ever seen, she said of her prize. All Ive grown up seeing is Alabama deer, which she described as small bodied, unlike the huge soybeanand corn-fed deer of the Midwest. Without knowing her personally, it would be dif cult to imagine the petite, blond-haired Rich as a hunting enthusiast. You dont really see me as the hunting type. But Im an outdoors-type person, Rich said, adding that in her home of Baldwin, Ala., hunting is as favored a hobby as shing is in Destin. It was the way I was raised. Ive grown up hunting in Alabama with my family. Although she has been around hunting her entire life, Rich claims to be no expert, but added that part of the appeal of the show is that it shows me learning along the way, she said. Rich is busy balancing a demanding job and production schedule, but she makes it work. When I have my vacation time, this is what Ill be doing, she said, adding that lming takes place whenever we can t it in. Sometimes tting it in is waking at 3:30 a.m. after going to sleep at 11 the previous night, but the hectic pace doesnt rattle this hunter. The whole time youre just excited to do something new. Its fun, she said. If it wasnt fun, I probably wouldnt do it. There show airs on The Sportsman Channel at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The rst season has ended, but keep an eye out for Rich as the host of the second season. LAUREN RICH | Special to The StarRich with the 10-point velvet buck she shot while lming in Wisconsin.Area woman gets shot at hosting outdoors TV show Government says wood storks no longer endangered WEST PALM BEACH (AP) Federal of cials say the population of wood storks has rebounded to the point that they can be classi ed as threatened instead of endangered, but some environmentalists object to the proposed new status. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to list its proposal for wood storks in the federal registry next week, pointing to marked improvement since the species was listed as endangered in 1984. This is a good day for the wood stork, and a good day for conservation, Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a written statement. Thanks to great efforts from our conservation partners, the species is making real progress toward recovery. Changing the storks status to threatened is largely a symbolic move. No conservation or protection measures for the species would be removed. But opponents of the change, who will be able to offer comments and data to support their case, say it is a step toward a full delisting. No one doubts that biologists counts of wood storks mean there has been a resurgence of the birds, which have white feathers and a long bill. In 1984, an estimated 4,742 pairs of the birds were counted; today the population range is believed to be 7,086 to 8,996 pairs. But much of the return of the birds has come outside South Florida, where they once thrived.Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com Page 10 Thursday, December 27, 2012 OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A SPONSORED BY Freshwater InshoreMost action is still in the I.C.W. in St. Joe and into White City. Anglers are reporting good trout and sheepshead catches, but very few red fish this week. Black drum and other bottom fish are around the White City Bridge and around creek mouths with good numbers. After much need rain, some creeks and the rivers are rising again. Good bream and crappie reports are still in Depot and Howard Creeks this week. With more rain on the way, we should have more water moving and the freshwater bite should improve.

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To learn how you can support our communitys university, contact Mary Beth Lovingood at (850) 770-2108 or mblovingood@pc.fsu.edu.THECAMPAIGN FOR OUR COMMUNITYS UNIVERSITYEndowment for Tomorrows Jobs GO TO FACEBOOK.COM/PCDEALOFTHEDAY ANDENTER NOW!Add a$50gift card to yourWish List!to local restaurantsDECEMBER 9TH 28THDAILY DEAL FACEBOOK LIKE CONTESTNEED A LITTLE EXTRA SPARKLE ADDED TO YOUR HOLIDAY?Enter our Facebook contest to WIN A $50 GIFTCARD! Just Like our Facebook Daily Deal page and register for a chance to WIN A $50 GIFT CARDTOLOCALRESTAURANTS. Contest runs from Dec. 9 thru Dec. 28. giftcard$50to local restaurants Like Us Now! PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.comThursday, December 27, 2012 APage 11SectionA record rst professional season for Roman QuinnDrafted in the second round, with the 66th pick, of the 2011 Major League Amateur draft, Quinn set club records in his rst professional season at short-season Class A Williamsport. For the rst time in his career, Quinn became a full-time switch hitter and hit .281 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage for a .778 OPS, combined on-base and slugging percentage. He hit .256 as a lefty after struggling early; .347 from the right side of the plate. Not yet 20 years old, Quinn also scored 56 runs and stole 30 bases both Williamsport club records in 36 attempts, had 11 triples, nine doubles, one home run and walked 28 times while striking out 60 times in 66 games. He was named to the All-Star team in the New YorkPenn League and went 2 for 2 with a double and an inside the park home run in that leagues midsummer classic. According to the website Philly.com, he was the Best Story for the Phillies in Class A ball and at the end of the year was named by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Phillies farm system, with the most upside of any position player though he needed a full season in the minors to tap into his full potential. His speed is game-changing, Phillies director player development told Philly.com. He made some errors (a team-high 27) and most of them were throwing, but the progress he made defensively was really exciting. He has a chance to be as good a switch-hitting hitter as you will see.Smith hits 1,000 pointsJessica Smith might be the best-kept secret in Northwest Florida but with each passing season the word is getting out about the senior basketball star at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School. Last week, just as the calendar year was coming to an end, Smith put up a rarity in the history of Gulf County high school basketball 1,000 points. Smith is believed to be just the second female in county history to reach that mark which equates roughly to averaging just under 20 points a game for four seasons and there are only a few males who have reached that mark through the years. She was rightly congratulated by her coach, principal and athletic director, as well as fans of both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka, when she eclipsed 1,000 against the Lady Tiger Sharks.Tiger Sharks soccer continues to gain groundThe growth, and success, of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer program continued across two seasons bookending the year. The Tiger Sharks reached the region quarter nals, a fourth-straight trip to the regions under Coach Gary Hindley, but falling short of the region nals they had reached the previous two years. The Tiger Sharks were energized by freshman Marcel Duarte, who led the area in goal scoring and continued for the 2012-13 season as Duarte has already tied his singleseason school record. At years end, only Class 4A Panama City Beach Arnold had hung a defeat on the boys and they were pointed to the No. 1 seed in the district. The Lady Tiger Sharks fell in the district last season but also posted the best record in the programs history and did so with a team that had just one senior. At years end a year in which Hindley reached 400 wins in his coaching career in high school, college and the pros the girls were also poised for a high district seed and were on pace to at least equal, if not top, their record of last season.PSJ softball back to stateGive Coach Jim Belin a group of passionate and dedicated young women and he nds a way to turn them into a winner. Riding the stout right arm of pitcher MaKayla Ramsey the Lady Tiger Sharks, with just two seniors, carved out a 24-win season and rode a wave of momentum and emotion through the district and region playoffs right to the state Class 1A Final Four for the second time in four seasons. The Lady Tiger Sharks fell in the semi nals, a victim of elding miscues, but with a core of players coming back, Port St. Joe softball remains in very good hands indeed. A record rst professional Tiger Sharks soccer continues Year in Sports FILE PHOTOAfter being the only Gulf County quali er to the state wrestling tournament, Wewahitchka High Schools Beau Boggess signed a scholarship with Marion Military Institute to wrestle at the Alabama military junior college next year.FILE PHOTOHere celebrating an opening game win over state rival Kentucky, Calvin Pryor (left) and the Louisville Cardinals are nationally-ranked and destined for a Sugar Bowl showdown against Florida.See YEAR IN SPORTS A12

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For vendor application or information on the show:Call: 850-248-3976 orE-mail: expostradeshows@aol.com SIGN UP NOW & RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SPACE IS LIMITED, SO RESERVE YOURS TODAY!For sponsorship information call:850-763-6587For additional advertising information in the ocial program of the 2013 Home & Garden Expo, contact The News Herald at 850-747-5000 CALL TO ALL VENDORS! NEW THIS YEAR! LOOKINGFOR SHABBYCHIC VENDORS! SPONSORS Trades & Services GET YOUR AD IN227-7847TODAY!CALL Dri Brite Brite Brite Brite Brite 850-229-966315 Years of Service!Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction 229-1324 PROFESSIONAL FLOOR CARE, INC.Residential and Commercial Carpet and Upholstery CleaningServing the entire Gulf Coast area Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning RVs Cars Trucks Vans 24 Hour Emergency Water Extraction J.J.s Tree Service, LLC Stump Grinder Licensed & Insured Call John : (850) 899-8432 Rays Quality Service NO JOB TOO SMALL! J&M SCRAPPING CARS/TRUCKS MOBILE HOMES CAMPER TRAILERSCENTRAL/WINDOW A/CWASHERS/DRYERSSTOVES/REFRIGERATORSFREEZER/MICROWAVES LAWNMOWERSSCRAP METAL, ETC. . SportsThe Star| A13Thursday, December 27, 2012 FILE PHOTOCoach Chuck Gannon took the reins of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team and promptly turned around a program that suffered two straight losing seasons as the Tiger Sharks went 7-3, beat a then state-ranked Holmes County and nished less than two touchdowns short of the playoffs. FILE PHOTOPort St. Joes Megan Walker, a two-time state AAU age group champion in the pole vault, signed with Mississippi State and then nished third in the state Class 1A track and eld meet, her fourth-straight nish in the top four.Star Staff ReportWith the regular season winding down and playoffs approaching, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer teams each won last week against visiting North Bay Haven. The Lady Tiger Sharks won 1-0 and are now 6-3-1. The boys earned a 5-3 win to up their record to 8-1-1. For the girls, an unassisted secondhalf goal by junior forward Cat Robles, in the 50th minute, provided the margin of victory. Junior goalkeeper, Christian Laine earned the shutout in goal, her fourth of the year as she lowered her Goals Against Average to 0.92. She made four saves on eight North Bay Haven shots. The Lady Tiger Sharks had 12 shots on goal. Team and area high-scorer sophomore Marcel Duarte tallied his third hat trick of the year, as he tied his own school singleseason goal scoring record at 19 goals. Eighth-grader Jacob Lacour opened the scoring with his second goal of the year, unassisted, in the 10th minute. Duarte scored the next three and Drew Lacour ( fth of the year) nished the scoring on a penalty kick. Lacour also had an assist, his team-leading eighth. The Tiger Sharks were led in goal once again by senior Tucker Smith, who played 60 minutes, getting the win. He gave way to Javarri Beachum for the nal 20 minutes. Smith had three saves on six North Bay Haven shots and surrendered two goals. Beachum gave up one goal and had two saves on four shots against. The teams are off until after the New Year when they end regular season District 1-1A play at Baker on Jan 8.Dixie Youth Baseball election of of cersSpecial to The StarThe PSJ Dixie Youth Baseball league will be holding its annual election of of cers on Thursday, Jan. 10. The meeting will take place at the STAC House located on 8th St. at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in holding an elected position in the league is invited and encouraged to attend.Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High Lady Tiger Sharks (36 overall, 2-3 in District 11A) hosted West Gadsden on Dec. 15. Port St. Joe led the entire game and came away with a 55-33 win. Two seventh-graders led the way for the Lady Tiger Sharks, Brooklyn Quinn had 21 points and Teiyahna Hutchinson 14. Maya Robbins added 12 points, Callie Fleshren ve, Alyssa Parker two, and Maliayah McNair added one. The Lady Tiger Sharks beat county rival Wewahitchka 45-42 on Dec. 18. Port St. Joe was down 18-9 at the end of the rst quarter and closed to 23-21 at the half. The Lady Tiger Sharks took the lead in the third period outscoring the Lady Gators 13-9 and taking the lead 3630. Although Port St. Joe won the game the night belonged to Wewahitchka senior Jessica Smith who had 26 points to eclipse 1,000 points in her career as a Lady Gator. Port St. Joe soccer teams sweepLady Tiger Sharks take two YEAR IN SPORTS

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COMFORTER FUNERAL HOMEW. P. Rocky ComforterL.F.D.(850) 227-1818 SUNDAY : WORSHIP AT SUNSETPARK 8 AM (CST) 10:30 AM (CST) ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BIBLE CLASS 9:30 AM (CST) MONDAY : LIFETREE CAF 7 PM (CST) TUESDAY: MENS BIBLE STUDY 6:30 PM (CST) WEDNESDAY: WOMENS BIBLE STUDY 5 PM (CST)1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL(850) 648.1151 www.livingwateratthebeach.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME507 10th Street Port St. Joe(850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIMKNOWNST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.orgCome worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC(Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4th Thursday of Every MonthThe Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library DriveAn Unchanging Faith In A Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M.The Rev. Lou Little, PriestServices Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 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 Page A14Alfred E. Gene Harper, 81 was born September 4, 1931 in Sanford, FL and has begun his journey to eternal life with his Lord on Dec. 18, 2012. For 59 years, he was the loving and faithful husband of Margaret Harper of Port St. Joe, a wonderful father of Desda Fields and son-in-law Walt Fields of Calhoun County, a proud grandfather of Kiki Roberson (Chris) of Raleigh, NC, Heather Peacock (Abrahm) of Port St. Joe and seven great-grandchildren, Justice, Christian, Asher, Brooke and Nathan Peacock of Port St. Joe, and Carter and Layne Roberson of Raleigh, NC. Mr. Harper was predeceased by a brother, Chester Harper and is survived by a brother Dave Cockman of Raleigh, NC and a special aunt, Jackie Bricker. He has been a true friend and caring neighbor to many. He was a graduate of Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla., and attended Rollins College where he had a football scholarship. He retired from the AN Railroad as a carman after 40 years. Mr. Harper served as SGT 1st Class E7 in the Apalachicola National Guard and retired after 20 years. He was a member of the International Long Shoreman. He was a member of Oak Grove Church and a deacon for over 20 years where he honored the Lord and his church family in service. He now no longer knows in part, for he has been welcomed into the presence of His father. A memorial service was held 11 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe with Pastors James Wiley and David Fernandez officiating. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Genes memory be made to Oak Grove Church. Southerland Family Funeral Home in entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Family Funeral Home 100 East 19th Street Panama City, Fl 32405Alfred E. Gene HarperWhy have bad things happened in the U.S.A. today? I believe Gods been told to get out so much, that Hes just backed away. Madeleine Murray OHare started it when she complained about prayer in school. Then someone said dont read the Bible, folks pray for the poor lost fool. Back when I was in school the principals paddle kept us subdued. Now when the little darlings get whipped, the whole school gets sued. Then someone said let young girls have abortions, they dont even have to tell their parents. Weve run God out of our lives, this is very apparent. Some wise school member said lets give out boys condoms one day. Since boys will be boys and theyre going to do it anyway. Then our top elected of cials said it doesnt matter what we do. We can be gay, drink, murder and have sex all that we want to. The magazine industry has gone to the dogs. The movie industry portrays wallowing hogs. TV shows promote violence, profanity and sex. We have music that encourages rape, drugs, murder and suicide. Whats going to be next? We ask ourselves why our children dont know right from wrong. Why do they kill teachers, classmates and themselves when theyre not taught it at home? Weve just been too passive, we let things go too long. Nothing will bother me if I keep my mouth shut and dont do anything wrong. We should see by now this is not the way to go. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:7 were going to reap what we sow. Some say that God and government dont mix. I say thats why were in such a x. Prayer needs to be put back in school. Read Gods Word, learn the Golden Rule. He wont come back until we ask Him in. Then well be a nation under God again.Billy JohnsonHarry Paul Tison, 79, of Port Saint Joe, Fla., died suddenly Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, 2012, at home. Harry was born in Bonifay, FL. He was the son of Edward Hiram Tison and Pearl Meeker Tison. He is survived by his wife, Ann Ward Tison; two children, Tom Tison, wife Corrine, and their children Jack, age 4 and Claire, 8 months old, of Wilmington, DE; and his daughter Laurie Lee Tison of Lynn Haven, FL. He is also survived by his brother, his only remaining sibling, Jack Tison and wife Hazel Wells Tison, of Bonifay, FL. Harry came from a large and loving pioneer family in Bonifay, Florida. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Ward Dandridge and many devoted nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. He is also survived by his adult best friend, Jack Bush from Orlando, Florida. Harry graduated from Holmes County high School in Bonifay in 1951. He was a member of the Blue Devils, the baseball team, in high school, and also the baseball teams at Chipola, and at Florida State University. He graduated from F.S.U. in 1959. While at Florida State he was a member of Sigma Chi and Alpha Kappa Pi fraternities. Harry was proud to serve in the U. S. Army in Germany from 1954 until 1956. After and before his graduation from F.S.U. he worked for the St. Joe Paper Company. He made many life-long friends there. He and Ann were married in 1961 in Port Saint Joe and celebrated their Golden Anniversary on June 24, 2011 with their children at Panama City Beach. Harry left St. Joe Paper Company to work for International Paper Company in the Personnel Department. He lived in Mobile for 7 years, and later went to the New York of ces of I. P. in 1976. Returning to the South, he and his family lived in Springhill, Louisiana until the mill closed. Wanting to return home, he was named Personnel Director of Berg Pipe Company in Panama City when it started business at the Port. Later he was chosen Personnel Director for the City of Panama City. After several strokes he retired from the City at age 60 and moved to Port Saint Joe. He very much enjoyed watching the Port Saint Joe Sharks play ball and was recognized by his determination and his trusty walker. Harry joined the Methodist Church when he married his wife and was a loyal and faithful member, attending a Sunday School party the night before his death. In his earlier days he was always on the Finance Committee and had a wonderful memory for numbers. His faith in God shaped his life and his relationships with others. The celebration of Harrys life was a memorial service held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Port Saint Joe. The family received friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. E.S.T. until service time. Those desiring to, may make a contribution to the Port Saint Joe High School Athletics Department, 100 Shark Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456, to the First United Methodist Church, or to the charity of your choice. Harry fought the good ght, never complaining and always appreciating what others did for him. Well done, good and faithful servant. Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home.Harry Paul Tison Obituaries FAITHThursday, December 27, 2012This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.comYou reap what you sow

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 27, 2012 The Star | A15 89588S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 232012CA 000225CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA N.A. Plaintiff, vs. TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON (RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) 364 JIM RISH ST. WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TREZIA HUDDLESTON A/K/A TREZIA L. HUDDLESTON (RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) 364 JIM RISH ST. WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 3, BLOCK I, RISH SUBDIVISION, BEING AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 36; RUNNING THENCE N 01 DEG. 17 E ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 36 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1090.39 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION OF SAID EAST LINE WITH THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF CORN GRIFFIN STREET (A PRIVATE 60 FOOT R/W); THENCE LEAVING SAID EAST LINE RUN S 89 DEG. 59 W ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.31 FEET TO THE POINT ON THE CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 100.00 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 90 DEG. 00, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S 44 DEG. 59 W FOR 141.42 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN N 62 DEG. 20 W FOR A DISTANCE OF 247.58 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 85 DEG. 19 W FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.35 FEET; THENCE N 01 DEG. 06 E FOR A DISTANCE OF 429.15 FEET TO THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF PRESBYTERIAN STREET (A PRIVATE 60 FOOT R/W); THENCE N 41 DEG. 15 E ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 136.68 FEET TO THE POINT ON THE CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 145.20 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 24 DEG. 20 59, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING N 53 DEG. 28 29 E FOR 61.67 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVING SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR AN ARC DISTANCE OF 62.13 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID CURVING SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN S 11 DEG. 04 17 E FOR A DISTANCE OF 601.21 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. a/k/a 364 JIM RISH STREET, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Kahane & Associates, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 8201 Peters Road, Ste. 3000, Plantation, FLORIDA 33324 on or before January 19th, 2013, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. In accordance with the 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 provisions of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator at 1000 Cecil Costin Boulevard, Rm. 148, Port St. Joe, FI 32456, Phone No. (850)229-6112 within 2 working days of your receipt of this notice or pleading; if you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); if you are voice impaired, call 1-800-9958770 (V) (Via Florida Relay Services). WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 7th day of December, 2012. DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM As Clerk of the Court Cindy Strange As Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste.3000 Plantation, FL 33324 Phone: (954) 382-3486 Fax: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: notice@kahane andassociates.com File No.: 12-04376 BOA Dec 20, 27, 2012 Jan 3, 10, 2013 89514S NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT AMERICAS MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., INTENDS TO DISPOSE OF OR OFFER FOR SALE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW TO ENFORCE A LIEN IMPOSED ON SAID PROPERTY UNDER THE SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT STATUTES SECTION 83.801-83.89. AMERICAS MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., WILL DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY NO LATER THAN THE DATE OF January 11th, 2013. PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 141 COMMERCE DRIVE, PORT ST. JOE, FL. GULF COUNTY. SALE DATE: January 11, 2013 Pamela L. Goetsch and Allan Goetsch 4920 Fleetwood Drive Knoxsville, TN 37931 Storage Unit B-19 Containing misc. household, furniture and miscellaneous. Allison Shoemaker 2824 Mandeville Lane Pensacola, FL 32526 Unit B-37 10x20 Containing misc. household furniture. Bid on Unit -HIGHEST BID TAKES ALL. Dec 27, Jan 3, 89668S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2011-CA000508 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor in interest by purchase from the FDIC as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank F/K/A Washington Mutual Bank, FA Plaintiff, vs. James S. McGuffin and Lisa L. McGuffin, Husband and Wife; Capital City Bank Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 13, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2011-CA000508 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor in interest by purchase from the FDIC as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank F/K/A Washington Mutual Bank, FA, Plaintiff and James S. McGuffin and Lisa L. McGuffin, Husband and Wife are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, REBECCA L. NORRIS, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. ET on January 17, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 10, BLOCK 49, OF UNIT #3, ST. JOSEPHS ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP THEREOF, ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 32. 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 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, call 711. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County, Florida Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk of Court Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 December 20, 27, 2012 89720S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 2012-CA000218 WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC. Plaintiff, vs. DEBRA KAY REEDER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER; JOSEPH C. REEDER; and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, including, if a named defendant is deceased, the personal representatives, the surviving spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under or against that defendant, and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants, Defenants. NOTICE OF SUIT PROPERTY TO: DEBRA KAY REEDER UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES Residence: Unknown Mailing Address: Unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Gulf County, Florida: A parcel of land located in Section 36, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Southeast corner of the Northeast of the Northwest of Section 36, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence North 00 West, 39.40 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence South 88 West, 126.48 feet to a point on the East R/W line of SR No. 71; said point being on the arc of a non-tangent curve concave to the Southwest; thence Northwesterly along said East R/W line, along the arc of said curve; having a radius of 11034.28, a central angle of 00, an arc distance of 64.98 feet: chord to said curve bears North 28 West, 64.98 feet; thence leaving said East R/W line, North 65 East, 171.90 feet; thence South 00 East, 125.24 feet to the Point of Beginning. Containing 0.31 acres, more or less. has been filed against you, DEBRA KAY REEDER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA KAY REEDER ; and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, an you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any to it, on the Plaintiffs attorney, whose name and address is ENRICO G. GONZALEZ, P.A., 6255 East Fowler Avenue, Temple Terrace, Florida 33617, and file the original with the clerk of the above-styled Court on or before January 4th, 2013, otherwise, a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or Petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on November 28th, 2012. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this Hearing should contact the A.D.A. Coordinator not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding at the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770. Dec 27, 2012 Jan 3, 2013 89682S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2009-CA000520 REGIONS BANK D/B/A REGIONS MORTGAGE, Plaintiff, VS. CHARLES SCOTT SEYMOUR, et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on December 13, 2012, in Case No. 2009-CA000520 of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit for Gulf County, Florida, in which Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage, Plaintiff, and Charles Scott Seymour, et al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, in the courthouse lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, at 11:00AM ET or as soon thereafter as the sale may proceed, on the 17th day of January, 2013, the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, BLOCK 49, ST. JOSEPHS ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, UNIT NUMBER THREE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 32, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, if any, resulting from the foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim on the same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclosure 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 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court Cindy Strange As Deputy Clerk December 27, 2012 January 3, 2013 91561S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-116-CA CENTENNIAL BANK an Arkansas banking corporation P.O. Box 610 Crawfordville, Florida 32327, Plaintiff, vs. PETER J. BURNS and LYDIA A. BURNS, husband and wife, DREAM MERCHANT, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and TWO PALMS HOME-OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF GULF COUNTY, INC., Defendants. 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 17, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time, at the Gulf County Courthouse, Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes 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 34 OF TWO PALMS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE OF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 56, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in a case pending in said Court 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. 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 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 20, 27, 2012 91559S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-116-CA CENTENNIAL BANK an Arkansas banking corporation P.O. Box 610 Crawfordville, Florida 32327, Plaintiff, vs. PETER J. BURNS and LYDIA A. BURNS, husband and wife, DREAM MERCHANT, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and TWO PALMS HOME-OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF GULF COUNTY, INC., Defendants. 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 17, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time, at the Gulf County Courthouse, Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes 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 3, BLOCK A, OLD TOWN SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure in a case pending in said Court 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. 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 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 14th day of December, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 20, 27, 2012 91567S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2011-CA-000515 DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 13, 2012 and entered in Case No. 23-2011-CA000515 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RUBY L. GAINNIE A/K/A RUBY L. FORMBY N/K/A PAUL FORMBY; GEORGE H. GAINNIE; PROSPERITY BANK; 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 17th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: BEGIN AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE WEST ONE HALF OF SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, AND RUN WESTERLY 104.375 FEET; THENCE TURN RIGHT AND RUN NORTHERLY 417.5 FEET; THENCE TURN RIGHT EASTERLY 104.375 FEET, THENCE TURN RIGHT AND RUN SOUTHERLY 417.5 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT ANY ROAD RIGHT OF WAYS OF RECORD. A/K/A 375 LUKE FORD ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 14, 2012. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Cindy Strange 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 December 20, 27, 2012 91597S 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 I07363 filed 12/13/2012 Lighthouse Utilities Company, Inc., P.O. Box 428, Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Requesting a maximum withdrawal of 1,090,000 gallons per day from the Floridan Aquifer System for Public Supply use by an existing facility. General withdrawal location(s) in Gulf County: T09S, R10W, Sec. 19B; T09S, R11W, Sec. 23B 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 January 10, 2013. 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 27, 2012 91653S PUBLIC NOTICE PSJRA Board of Directors Meeting Regular Board of Directors Meetings of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency are held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM. Specific dates for the upcoming quarter are January 17, February 21, and March 21, 2013. Location is 150 Captain Freds Place in Port St. Joe, FL. All persons are invited to attend and participate. Anyone want to appeal an official decision made on any subject at the meeting must have a verbatim record of the meeting that includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based December 27, 2012 91677S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of G.W. Services Heating and Air located at 228 Cessna Drive in the County of GULF, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Divisions of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe, Florida, this 20th day of December, 2012. Classic Coastal Construction, Inc. December 27, 2012 8 week old Pug Puppies, 3 black and 1 fawn First shots included $200 call 850-720-1117

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Center Director is responsible for directing and supervising all center activities as they relate to the overall goal of the program. Duties include: supervising the planning and preparation of the learning environment and all center sta ; monitoring lesson plans for completion and appropriateness; conducting ongoing monitoring to ensure that licensing regulations are maintained at all times and maintaining a communicative relationship with parents and sta Requirements include an Associate Degree or higher in Early Childhood Development or related eld; ve years or more of experience working with infant, toddlers, and preschool children, certi cates for state mandated training; Florida Directors Credentials. Submit resumes to NFCD, Human Resource Department, PO Box 38, Wewahitchka FL 32465 or email smcgill@ oridachildren.org Closing Date: January 4, 2013DFWP/MF/66/EOE Infant/Toddler Teachers South Gulf CountyNFCD is seeking 2 positions of Infant and Toddler Teachers in South Gulf County. The teacher prepares and implements appropriate curriculum and performance standards for individuals and small groups; conducts ongoing observations, assessments and maintains anecdotal records for children. Must have a minimum of a CDA (FCCPC) or Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood Education; 2 years experiences in an early childhood setting working with infants and toddlers preferred; and certi cates for state mandated courses. Submit resumes to NFCD, Human Resource Department, PO Box 38, Wewahitchka FL 32465 or email smcgill@ oridachildren.org Closing Date: January 4, 2013DFWP/MF/66/EOE Classifieds work! Extra Mile Pet SittingHome visits/overnight in the comfort of your pets home. 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EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 Food Service Manager/Head CookNFCD is seeking a Food Service Manager/Head Cook for their new center in Port St. Joe. Position will plan and cook nutritious meals and snacks for the children and sta in accordance with established standards of nutrition, health, and sanitation. Must have a minimum of two years experience in supervision of a large scale food production operation meeting USDA Child Care Food Program (CCFP) standards including sanitation and safety procedures, inventory systems, USDA, and other food service documentation. Submit resumes to NFCD, Human Resource Department, PO Box 38, Wewahitchka FL 32465 or email smcgill@ oridachildren.org Closing Date: January 4, 2013DFWP/MF/66/EOE