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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Publication Date: 01-03-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The National Park Service last week approved the city of Port St. Joes application for conveyance of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to the city. A similar application from the Board of County Commissioners was turned down. In a letter to Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson, John R. Barrett, program manager of the Federal Lands to Parks program with the Department of the Interior National Park Service, wrote that it is a pleasure to inform you that the application has been approved pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Lands to Parks program. The next step in the acquisition process involves requesting assignment of the property from the General Services Administration for subsequent transfer. The citys goal is to create a public park and recreation area, currently called BayPark, along the coast of St. Joseph Bay as part of George Core Park. They had actually sent the letter Dec. 21, but our servers were down so we didnt get it until (Dec. 27), so it really was a great Christmas present, Magidson said. I feel great because a lot people have worked on this (the Historical Society, the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency). A lot of credit goes to them. I just think between the two submissions, which was unfortunate, By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com With the rst phase of water distribution line replacement nearing completion, the city of Port St. Joe will begin its rst round of uni-directional ushing of the entire system for 2013 on Monday. The ushing will begin from the plant, moving through the main part of the city proper to 16th Street, said Public Works director John Grantland. We will fall back at that point and start at First Street and move west to east to the (Gulf/Franklin Center), covering Ward Ridge and Oak Grove, Grantland said. With two people and the data we have from (the initial uni-directional ushing in 2012), that should take us about two to four weeks. The work then will move to the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe and steadily spread from there to Highland View, the Beaches and White City. Grantland said the phase one replacement of water distribution lines should help with the ushing program in 2013. The rst phase, scheduled for completion in March, is replacing roughly eight miles of the more than 20 miles the city must replace. Those new pipes should cut down on ush time and allow us to increase velocity, Grantland said. There will be upset in the lines, Grantland and city manager Jim Anderson cautioned. That likely will lead to some households experiencing discoloration of water from the tap as the ushing program works through the entire system. Absolutely, there will be some collateral damage, shall we say, Grantland said. We encourage customers to call the city and let us know so we can come out and make By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Organizers are putting the rst strokes to this years Americas Great Plein Air Paint-out. The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition will sponsor this years eighth-annual Paint-out, which brings artists from around the country to paint locales from Alligator Point in Franklin County to Mexico Beach in Bay County, from May 2-12. The of cial kickoff comes at 6:30 p.m. ET Jan. 14 with the 2013 Volunteer Kickoff and Appreciation gathering at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. There will be oysters, shrimp and gumbo. The event is in need of volunteers, so Mary Kenny from the FCCC encourages folks to come out and bring a friend. Plein air is French term that translates simply to open air. John Constable, a 19th century English artist PSJ awarded Cape San Blas Lighthouse INSIDE See details of the proposed BayPark, including the addition of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and recreation opportunities for all ages on Page A2 Thursday, JANUARY 3, 2013 YEAR 75, NUMBER 12 Plein Air Paint-Out to kick off Jan. 14 City to begin new ushing round on Monday PHOTOS BY TIM CROFT | The Star Center for autistic children gains students, staff By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com As Santa Claus arrived at the Growing Minds Center on Dec. 20, the faces of children lit up, the energy increased and wishes came tumbling out. Some games for one student, a doll for another and a happy family and good holiday for another spilled out of the students, ages 6 to 18, who call the Growing Minds Center for children with autism and related disabilities their school. The center has grown steadily in the six years since owner and operator Christine Hermsdorfer began to offer individual tutoring to children with autism. She started out with ve students. In two years, Hermsdorfer established a full-time school, and the current enrollment is 11 fulltime students and seven children who come after public school. I never planned on this kind of growth, Hermsdorfer said. I never planned on having a school. It just started as tutoring, but the need is there. Hermsdorfer uses the concepts behind applied behavior analysis to both assess each students needs, assessing language and functional skills and crafting a curriculum for each student. The school is on Commerce Park next to Sherwin Williams in the old Emerson Heating and Cooling building. The new space the schools original site was the fellowship hall at Long Avenue Baptist Church includes a full kitchen and several rooms that allow Hermsdorfer and her faculty to provide the individual care and education that some students with autism require. Hermsdorfer has four Florida State University grad students from the Panama SANTA VISITS GROWING MINDS CENTER GROWING OPPORTUNITY See GROWING A3 See FLUSHING A3 SPECIAL TO THE STAR Woods Fisheries, painted by Luke Buck during a previous Plein Air Paint-Out, was sold for $2,450. See PLEIN AIR A3 See LIGHTHOUSE A2 Senior Olympics bring out erce competition A3 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . A4-A5 Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . 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The exam includes a prescription for eye glasses and tests for Glaucoma, Cataracts and other eye diseases FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT CALL: 850-763-6666 ELIGIBILITY: U.S. Citizens living in the Florida Panhandle, 59 years and older, not presently under our care. Coupon Expires: 1-31-13 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 Authorities believe arson was the root of two res, on Dec. 21 and Dec. 24, that have caused major smoke and heat damage to the Masonic Lodge in the 200 block on Reid Avenue in downtown Port St. Joe. The Port St. Joe Fire Department received the calls late in the evening both days. Units from Highland View Volunteer Fire Department and the Beaches Volunteer Fire Department provided backup. The Fire Marshall declared the cause as arson, and a reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect(s) in the re. Call 877-662-7766 or email facap.org if you have any information. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson said the opportunity to relocate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to a new park on the citys bayfront is a chance to create an iconic attraction for locals and visitors. The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency is working to make that vision a reality. At the last meetings for 2012 of the Port St. Joe City Commission and the Gulf County Board of Commissioners, Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, provided initial designs and overview for a new BayPark: Gateway to the Bay. The initial design is the creation of a team comprising Erin Searcy, Gena Johnson, George Coon, Eric Davidson, Mark Hawley and Steve Butler, largely local professionals working with The Associates LLC out of Panama City, which was the contractor for the planning document under a grant secured by the PSJRA. The preliminary plan the rst public workshop on the plan will be at 5 p.m. ET Jan. 15 has several objectives, Alsobrook said. One is to connect the community to St. Joseph Bay and in turn the Port St. Joe downtown to the BayPark. Another is to redevelop the dead beach area adjacent to the Port St. Joe Marina and relocate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to BayPark. The city and county both applied to receive the lighthouse for relocation as the threat of erosion at the current site, on U.S. Air Force property. The city was awarded the lighthouse last week (see related story on A1). The tentative plan for BayPark is broken into three major components: a promenade, the lighthouse and a coastal ecological center. The promenade would represent the redevelopment of the industrial area adjacent to the Port St. Joe Marina but outside of the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve. The promenade would provide a welcoming entrance to the park and along the bayfront would provide a host of recreational opportunities for folks of all ages, Alsobrook said. That includes a replica sailing ship with hand-pumped water cannon and a water slide. There would also be spots for quiet re ection or reading or sunning and there would also be an area with a re pit suitable for hosting small groups. The promenade would provide additional seating to view events on the stage at what is now George Core Park and would offer interactive activities for children pertaining to the marine culture of the area. The promenade would be a welcoming place and would also provide for simple enjoyment of the BayPark coastal edge, Alsobrook said. Also along the coastline would be Discovery Island, a natural and ecologically friendly spot for folks to hike or simply enjoy the water. On the back side of the park, close to what is now Baltzell Avenue, the BayPark would offer a Coastal Ecology Resource Center and community center. This would be created in a phased approach to meet the needs of the region, Alsobrook said. There would be larger meeting/ event space, and the center would celebrate the natural resources of the area. Alsobrook said she envisions something along the lines of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint in Franklin County. There is also the hope that BayPark would offer something of a turtle rescue preserve, something Gulf World in Panama City Beach has long desired as many of its sea turtle rescues in recent years have occurred in Gulf County and St. Joseph Bay. The nal component would center on history of the area, with the centerpiece the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and ancillary buildings, including two keepers quarters and an oil shed. This area would be situated behind the promenade and west of the Ecology Center. It would include upgrades and renovations to the historic Maddox House along the waterfront and at the far end, the Tourist Development Welcome Center would provide one bookend to the park, the other being the Chamber of Commerce Living Color building. The goal would be consolidating the story of the community and the bay by centralizing educational, cultural and historic programs, Alsobrook said. We want to tell the bay story by centralizing regional assets. She envisioned an interactive exhibit in which the oral histories of long-time residents could be recorded and listened to in perpetuity. If you notice, the BayPark would be right at the gateway to the bay, centrally located on this side of the bay providing an opening to the entire bay, Alsobrook said. Alsobrook also expressed con dence the PSJRA could nd private sector partners and grants to transform the plan from paper to reality. I have no doubt, she said. they saw more merit for ours where we wanted to place it and the historic and recreational uses we intended. My hope is the people who wanted it to stay on the cape will see that in the long run, this is something that is going to bene t the entire county. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse rose on the radar after Hurricane Isaac took away another 24-30 feet of coastline near the lighthouse grounds earlier this year. That area of the coast, owned by the U.S. Air Force, has been eroding steadily and at times rapidly for years. At one time, the grounds served for walking eagle tours during an annual festival, and a row of barracks once sat adjacent to the lighthouse grounds. The Air Force tested rockets near the site as recently as the early 1990s. But all that land has been swallowed by the ocean, and Air Force of cials out of Eglin, the home base for the land, contacted Magidson to gauge the citys interest in taking possession of the lighthouse and ancillary buildings. After the city expressed interest and a fundraising campaign was launched to the fund the relocation, the BOCC also expressed an interest in acquiring the lighthouse and moving it to Salinas Park on Cape San Blas. The PSJRA created the tentative design for BayPark and provided much of the material for the application to gain possession of the lighthouse. We have our work cut out for us, Magidson said. We have to raise a lot of money. We have big plans, but for something like this, I think you need to think big. The organization most invested in the lighthouse, the St. Joseph Bay Historical Society, had voted unanimously among members at its last meeting to support a move of the lighthouse to the city. The Historical Society began working to restore the lighthouse and grounds some 22 years ago. Over the years, the organization has secured more than $800,000 in grant funding to restore one of two keepers quarters the other had been renovated by the U.S. Air Force and to provide lead abatement for the tower, to facilitate visitors climbing the tower. The society established and operated a gift shop on the grounds and was the liaison in a lease agreement between the BOCC and the U.S. Air Force on a lease for the lighthouse and grounds. We at the St. Joseph Bay Historical Society are elated that the citys application was accepted, said Historical Society president Charlotte Pierce. We are excited, look forward to it and are honored at the trust placed in us to preserve this piece of our heritage and history. The Historical Society has been on a fundraising campaign since summer to secure funding for relocation of the lighthouse and associated buildings. An estimated $300,000 will be needed for the relocation, but fundraising efforts have been complicated by the competing interest and application from the BOCC. When you realize that we started all this back in 1990, it has been a learning experience, Pierce said. We asked for volunteers, but we decided that we were just going to have to put our shoulder to the wheel and get it done. We learned a lot, we prayed a lot and we are elated that we have gotten it. This is something very dear to our hearts. ARSON SUSPECTED IN MASONIC LODGE FIRES TIM CROFT | The Star LIGHTHOUSE from page A1 SPECIAL TO THE STAR This schematic shows the bayfront of a proposed BayPark, with recreational opportunities for folks of all ages. Proposed park a gateway to St. Joseph Bay


Local The Star| A3 Thursday, January 3, 2013 sure those areas can be ushed as thoroughly as possible as quickly as possible. With the initial phase of pipe replacement nearing its end, the city is preparing to segue into the next phases. According to Bruce Ballister with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, who is coordinating the citys application for a Community Development Block Grant for replacement of lines for much of North Port St. Joe, all indications are the city scored suf ciently high on its application that the CDBG award should come early this year. That grant would fund replacement of lines from Avenues B-D between Battle Street and Martin Luther King Blvd., though the scope hinges in large measure on funding. The second phase of the water distribution line replacement is scheduled to begin in May or June with a completion date sometime in 2014. 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LOO K ING FOR SHABBY CHIC VENDORS SPONSORS WWW.LOOKOUTLOUNGE.COM FIRST S UNDAY CELEBRATION JANUARY 6TH 2F OR -1 B EER AND D RINKS A LL D AY AND N IGHT POTLU C K AT 6 PM Special Guest Entertainment Allen Dykes @ 6 PM ET FRIDAY @ 9:00 PM EST RANDY STA R K ON T HE P OOP D ECK SATURDAY @ 9:00 PM EST 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 / DJ IN THE C RO W S NE S T Marina Civic Center Panama City For Tickets Shoji Tabuchi Bridge at Bay St. Joe among participants Special to The Star It wasnt quite London 2012, but for 30 nursing home residents from around the Florida Panhandle, it might have been even better. The Signature HealthCARE Florida Panhandle Senior Olympics Games were held last week at Hammock Bay, a residential community in Freeport. Residents from six nursing homes operated by Louisville, Ky.-based Signature HealthCARE gathered to compete in a number of Olympics-style events, including a wheelchair race, horseshoes, shot put, bowling and more. Staff and residents from participating homes also competed in a karaoke contest, singing Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney songs. It didnt matter if they could sing or not it was about how entertaining they could be, said Ellie Curry, a Regional Quality of Life Director for Signature. Every team just really put their heart and soul into it. The nursing home residents were joined by students from Freeport Middle School, who participated in separate events. A couple of the students even managed to sink a couple of holesin-one during the putting contest. Their parents were there, and they were just so excited to see their kids get to participate and receive medals, said Dawne Dries, Director of Operations for Signature. The luau-themed Olympics games also were attended by a group of Freeport Middle School cheerleaders and a representative from nearby Eglin Air Force Base who helped with the opening ceremonies. A second Olympics games event is already being discussed for next year. Dorris Chauncey, a 77-year-old resident from Surrey Place Care Center, made the four-and-a-half hour trek from Live Oak to Freeport for the event, along with caregivers from the facility. She took home the Silver Medal in the wheelchair race. It was a really wonderful event for me Id never competed in anything, she said. I plan to compete again next year, Lord willing. And hopefully, I can do better! Planning for the event took the better part of the year, beginning in January. But for staff and event organizers, the effort was well worth it just to see the reactions of the residents and students who participated. It was a great event and a great community partnership, said event organizer Sonya Brown, who serves as Quality of Life Director at Chautauqua Rehab and Nursing Center in DeFuniak Springs. We really enjoyed it. whose paintings bring hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, encouraged artists to forget about formulas and trust their own vision in nding truth in nature. Around that time, a group of artists in France focused on capturing everyday life and the natural world surrounding it. Plein air established the foundation for what became the Impressionist movement. Plein air paintings are done on location, capturing the atmosphere of the movement, something of a photograph on canvas with brushwork, with little to no work in the studio. Last year, 20 nationally known artists gathered for Americas Great Plein Air Paint-out, setting up easels to document the landscape and culture of the Forgotten Coast, considered the last vestige of Old Florida. The event included ve exhibits across the Forgotten Coast, daily artist demonstrations, two workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Many local artists gather and paint alongside the events invited artists; it is amazing to see the art being created, said Joe Taylor, organizer of last years Paint-out. The FCCC is a nonpro t established to produce regional multi-community cultural events and coordinates the Paint-out among communities such as Mexico Beach, WindMark Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Carrabelle, SummerCamp and Alligator Point. Support also comes from a host of private sponsors as well as the Tourist Development Councils of Gulf and Franklin counties. City campus as well as one teacher on staff. They have been a big help, Hermsdorfer said of the FSU students. Students come from Howard Creek to St. Joe Beach, and transportation for most is provided by Gulf County Transportation. The students bring to the school state-funded McKay scholarships, created more than a decade ago to provide parents of children with learning disabilities greater choice and exibility for educating their child. At Growing Minds, lessons focus on core subjects such as reading and math, but what is folded in, on an individual basis, are basic life skills. For example, a math lesson might entail understanding a cash transaction, making and receiving change. The key is patience and having a sense of humor, Hermsdorfer said. You have to have a sense of humor. You have to be creative to get the kids to do what you want and what they need. I really enjoy it. Next year I will add three more students. This means Santa will need all the knee strength he can muster when he drops by next year. PLEIN AIR from page A1 GROWING from page A1 FLUSHED from page A1 Panhandle Senior Olympics a erce competition


Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, January 3, 2013 Christmas this year just wasnt the same. We all eventually suffer the loss of grandparents, parents, siblings and sometimes children. Holidays without them are hard. We go on, but spending the holidays without them is difcult, especially the rst Christmas spent without lost loved ones. My parents are now both gone, leaving only my brothers and me. Our parents would have been proud; we had a wonderful Christmas together with our families. Small children always make it fun and easier. Thinking back, I remember how much I looked forward to Christmas as a child. Mama always made it special, although I know it wasnt always easy on my parents. I think they gave us everything they could and then some. We grew up in small house with big love. On Christmas morning you couldnt nd the oor for the toys and the wrapping paper. Between the Sears Roebuck catalog and Grandmamas ten cent store we were not toy poor. Mama was good about teaching us the true meaning of Christmas, but she had this thing about toys. She thought they were good for boys imaginations and learning. She was a school teacher; she knew what she was doing. If I thought I wanted to be a reman, Mama gave me re trucks. If I wanted to be a geologist, Mama gave me rocks, hammers and microscopes. Im pretty sure if Mama thought I wanted to be a bank robber, she would have given me toy guns and a mask. It was all about using our imagination. She taught us right from wrong and Daddy taught us that working was the only way to make ends meet. He would say, If you didnt work for it, you dont deserve it. My brothers and I continue to work to be a testament to our parents. There is probably not anything I can think of much worse than disappointing my parents. So on this rst Christmas without Mama, we sure wouldnt have disappointed them. On the drive back from our get together, my son and I were sitting in the backseat of the car together. Out of the blue, my son asked, You know what I miss? Puzzled by his question, I simply said, No, what? My son responded, Grandmas random bags of stuff. We had not been talking about her, so it surprised me. It got to me, and I started laughing. I knew exactly what he meant. Mama was the absolute best when it came to stufng stockings (or bags). Growing up, the stockings got too small to handle everything she wanted to put in them. Mama then started piling stuff in chairs and on the sofa on top of the stuffed stockings. Throughout the year, she would accumulate stuff to put in your stocking and always have too much. When she had grandchildren, she gave up on the stockings and started using these huge Christmas bags with handles. Sometimes I thought the kids werent that interested because they were so overwhelmed with the volume of it all. Mama would have been happy to hear my son say that. No, Mama would have been thrilled. All year long, she would accumulate little bags of things to put in the childrens Christmas Bags. Im sure she lost a lot of it through the year, but she had so much that it didnt matter if she lost part of it. As she got older, my older brother would help her put the bags together. Most of the time what she put in the bags made sense, however sometimes it didnt. Sometimes the boys would get the girls stuff and vice versa. The grandchildren didnt care; they would sit and trade things. Through the years, Mama would almost always keep giving grandchildren and more importantly her sons the same things she gave us as children. There was Silly Putty, a Slinky, baseball cards, playing cards and other card games, dice, balsa Two months ago it was stated in this space that the heated Oct. 25 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was a sad display for local government. Read through the investigative le pertaining to the alleged extortion by a local political action committee, the fuel for that Oct. 25 heated discussion, and the Oct. 25 meeting becomes even sadder. During that meeting the public learned for the rst time of a State Attorney investigation into allegations of extortion against Citizens Improving Gulf County. Not from a commissioner or the county sheriff, but from a public citizen who talked of speaking with investigators on three or four occasions and pointedly questioned why several others in the community had failed to speak to investigators when asked. Of those names mentioned at the podium by Christine McElroy only that of PAC president Jim Garth is mentioned by investigators in the le. Apparently, even though investigators documented interviews with BOCC chair Bill Williams and county administrator Don Butler, no other document in that le indicates that investigators talked to anyone beyond themselves. No written reports, no recordings, no notations; nothing. How does a private citizen have information about an investigation that does not appear in the ofcial le? Yet this presentation, having nothing to do with county business, fueled 20 minutes of badgering and allegations from the podium by county commissioners, with Williams pronouncing he had worn a wire and using the term blackmail at least ve times. That transcribed and recorded conversation, by the by, should be a required civics lesson. It is a cynical, profane and calculating conversation about government from an experienced politician. It is eye-opening. It also includes the only reference to McElroy, and not in the most positive light. Nonetheless, the major component of that le is a transcription and CD of a recorded conversation between Williams and St. Joe Beach resident Tom Graney, a political adviser and personal friend. Investigators later interview with Graney is not even noted in the le made public. Most astounding about that Oct. 25 meeting is that the taped conversation occurred four months earlier, nearly to the day, of that BOCC meeting. That recorded conversation was the climax to a rapid series of conversations and afdavits so rapid that Williams bent time, documenting for investigators by afdavit a phone conversation with Graney that sparked the brouhaha and signed it on the same day the call took place and four days before the investigation was launched. Try investigating that timeline. More saddening still is that the investigation had already been closed with no charges. State Attorney Glenn Hess did so on Oct. 16, nine days prior to the Oct. 25 meeting, without disseminating any information to the public about the investigation. Therefore, none of this, none of these allegations or assertions or whatever adjective you wish to toss out about that Oct. 25 display, would have seen light if not for a 20-minute stretch of BOCC time devoted to axe-grinding. That the second half of this display was a screed against a candidate for the BOCC, close to election day, during which Williams championed that candidate losing, forcing the BOCC to alter the canvassing board at the behest of the head judge of the 14 th Judicial Circuit due to a clear conict, makes the episode sadder still. And that Oct. 25 meeting essentially closed the extortion le to the public, with only those accusations from that bruising 20 minutes in the air. What was already a public record became a non-public record after the meeting because, according to the le, the investigation was reopened to revisit various aspects of the case the PIO called it new information due to a number of phone calls after the heated discussion of the meeting. That new information was limited to one person, Garth, and represented a legal issue going back some 40 years that as Garth has stated was, to his understanding, long-ago resolved. It had nothing to do with the extortion case and was known to investigators, according to the le, when Hess closed the case in October. Garth and any voter qualication issue were not mentioned Oct. 16. So, there is a fair conclusion to draw about what was involved politics, with a twist. Maybe there are those who do not think sending a letter or conveying a message to a county commissioner requesting they step aside due to a conict of interest found in state law and which is the subject of an ongoing state Ethics Commission probe is not appropriate. But neither is using taxpayer time and money to the same ends, as the Oct. 25 meeting, in hindsight, was as much about dirty politics as anything the PAC did and the timing and results support that conclusion. Any doubt, go to the tape. Oct. 25. Regular meeting. Board of County Commissioners. The following is a statement provided by Graney, who was the nexus for much of what transpired. Having the read the le which What goes around... comes around! Keyboard KLATTERINGS Christmas without Mama A sadder display TIM CROFT Star news editor Id like to grow two feet this year. I want to wave my hand and school would magically go away. I hope to pass reading class in case your magic doesnt work. My wish is that we all have more fun. We all kinda nodded in agreement with Pams last statement. Sure, we were almighty young, but we were fairly certain that none of us were likely to grow two feet. By the second grade, it had also become obvious that school wasnt going anywhere. And Ricky, bless his heart, wasnt going to pass reading unless Dick and Jane themselves showed up to help him pronounce galoshes. But we could all have more fun! That was one New Years Resolution that was actually obtainable by the whole group. It wouldnt even take a lot of effort. Ac-CENT-Tchu-Ate the Positive is the way the popular song put it! We were sitting on the meteorite that had blasted down to earth at the corner of Magnolia and Stonewall Street. It had special powers! None of us could remember exactly when it crash landed. And I couldnt say, of course for sure, that it was a real meteorite. But it was a different looking limestone, had pock marks all over it and it sure seemed to have come from outer space. We believed it was a special rock..that was the important thing! You might think our requests simple. But growing was important to a second grader. School wasnt. And reading was even below arithmetic in that land of long ago. We made the best resolutions we could make based on the circumstances. In junior high we were still sitting on the meteorite for power but our resolutions had grown with us. I want to be the quarterback and best linebacker we have next year. I hope to be the eighth grade Student Council representative. Would it be ok to wish for a month long snowstorm that would close school until, say April? I want to make a million dollars this year and move to Hollywood! By High School our resoluting had moved to the back booth of Franks Dairy Bar. And perhaps our thoughts for the upcoming 1965 had narrowed a bit. I want to get a date with Billie Jean. You reckon Larry would look at me if I lost forty pounds? Do you think Nola would give me a second chance? Kes, would you ask Yogi to ask Charlotte to ask LaRenda if she would talk to Bonnie and see if she might possibly think about going out with me? Life had gotten a bit more complicated over those burgers and malted shakes. I stopped by the meteorite on my way home. Lord, do you think Jane would go out with me this next year if I asked her plain out? There were some New Years Resolutions that wasnt no one elses business! College was another whole ball game! Halfway through the rst year I wasnt thinking girl friends, growing two feet or running off to Hollywood. It was survival rst and foremost! Mother was helping me pack at the end of the Christmas break and Im thinking earthquake, tsunami, re and brimstoneanything that could keep me from going back! Never had my little hometown looked so good! College was hard. It was lonely. And the professors didnt treat you like Miss Dorothy did back in the second grade. That New Years, my resolutions centered on just making it till June. I stopped by the meteorite on my way back that afternoon. Old friend, Im not going to let this beat me. We somehow made it through grade school and junior high, I can do this.but I sure wish Ricky, Pam, Jane, Buddy and the others were with me. Family and children can change your whole outlook on the up coming year. My wishes were their wishes. The New Years hankerings kinda got caught up in their health and well being. I was busy trying to make a living. Providing. January 1s began rolling around faster than a bill collector during a depression! Before I could wish a prosperous year for my group, the next one would be here. Life happens sometimes when you are too busy to notice. None of us, of course, could ignore the world stage as we pondered the global aspects of New Years wishes; ghting in Vietnam, unrest in Africa, a crazy leader in South America, threats and counter threats between Israel and the Arab world; suicide bombers, random shootings It was sometimes a chilling introspective as one stood on the eve of another year. I have prayed for peace; and understanding; and for the whole world to get along. I have prayed for the less fortunate and the mundane. Shucks, Ive prayed for Democrats and Republicans to sit down together and reason like adults. I have prayed against evil and dark places. I reckon in a lifetime that has seen so many sweeping events, advances, changes and a backwards step or two, I have run the preverbal gauntlet of New Years Resolutions. I have been blessed this Christmas by the presence of all ve of my grandchildren. I have rolled on the oor, I have hidden in the secret room, Ive climbed Pikes Peak and chased Bad Louie. Ive asked for the little hug and near bout been squeezed to death! I have held them close and observed them at a distance. As we stand on the outset of another year, there are things that are importantand then, there are things that ARE important! Pam had it exactly right back in the second grade. My wish is that we all have more fun. I reckon Ive come full circle. Happy New Year, 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. 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Letters A5 | The Star Thursday, January 3, 2013 If youre like many Americans 71 percent, according to an AARP survey you might be under the impression that your 401(k) plan administrator doesnt charge you anything to maintain your account. Youd be wrong. In fact, these companies typically charge fees equivalent to 0.5 to 2 percent of your account balance each year sometimes as high as 5 percent. In addition to ongoing tariffs for managing your investment options, plan administrators often deduct numerous other fees from individuals accounts, including charges for administrative costs, sales commissions, advertising, insurance, and trading expenses. Perhaps equally disturbing is that many employers which have a duciary responsibility to ensure the retirement plans they sponsor have reasonable fees and expenses often dont know what fees their employees are being charged either. Over time, outof-control fees can take a serious toll. The Department of Labor estimates that paying just 1 percent in extraneous fees each year could reduce your account balance by 28 percent during an average working career. Finding let alone understanding such fee disclosures can be timeconsuming and often involves wading through complex plan documents. Thats why last year, the Labor Department issued regulations requiring fund administrators to provide a more transparent breakdown of their fees to employers, which in turn must pass the information along to employees. During the rst disclosure phase, investment companies were required to send a detailed statement about their plans investment options, including fund performance and fees. You should have received this information from your employer by Aug. 31, 2012. This statement, which will hereafter be sent annually, should include: An explanation of any fees and expenses for general plan administration, such as legal, accounting and record-keeping services. Total annual operating expenses expressed as a percentage of account assets and a dollar amount per $1,000 invested. An explanation of fees and expenses incurred based on your actions (e.g., trading fees, loans, service charges for low balances, hardship withdrawals, processing divorce decrees or qualied domestic relations orders, etc.) The historical performance of each fund in which you invest (at 1, 5 and 10 years, and since the funds inception.) Benchmark performance for example, if you invest in an S&P index fund, it should be compared to the average expense ratios for the S&P 500 over the same periods. The second phase of fund disclosure was the release of quarterly performance statements tied to your particular investment accounts. The rst of these statements was for July 1 September 30, 2012, and most people should have received theirs by midNovember. It should include specic dollar amounts of plan-related expenses or fees charged to or deducted from your accounts that quarter, along with a detailed description of the related services. For many, these statements are a wake-up call for why they need to choose investment options more carefully. They wont do all the work: Youll still need to crunch the numbers on how your current investment choices stack up against other funds. And no piece of paper can determine your appetite for risk vs. reward. But theyre a start. The DOL hopes that by shining daylight on 401(k) plan costs, employers will be motivated to rein in costs and seek better investment options for employees and that employees will be more inclined to seek out the most cost-effective funds for their retirement savings. Jason Alderman directs Visas financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www. twitter.com/PracticalMone y Finding and understanding 401(k) fees JASON ALDERMAN The GOP is currently in a bad state. The government is very divided as are the American people, and the GOP is being crucied daily by the liberal media and blamed for our division. President Obama has been very disagreeable to Republicans, and has been using his executive power to usurp the Congress. In the wake of Obamas reelection the GOP has been heavily criticized by both liberals and conservatives. Many people think the GOP is down and out, but I think they have an ace in the hole that will hopefully bring them back to power in 2016; Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio, I think, will be elected to the oval ofce in 2016. I believe he will be the game-changer in putting the GOP back on the map, and giving a solid foundation from which to build itself in the 21st century. Rubio is a genuine conservative who has a diverse background that appeals to many Americans, and he is a very intelligent well spoken politician. The man can give a great speech, and he is very inspiring with his personal story. As a Cuban-American, Rubio, if he runs for president will be able to gain the GOP the Latino vote and votes from other demographics that it will desperately need in 2016, and did not get in the 2012 election. Rubio has the charisma of Barack Obama, and could be very appealing to the youth of the country while providing a legitimate alternative to whomever the Democratic party presidential candidate will be in 2016; likely it will be Joe Biden or Hilary Clinton. Both Clinton and Biden would have trouble competing with the young and upbeat Rubio in a 2016 presidential race. Rubio is the GOPs secret weapon. It would be nice to see him run for president with Paul Ryan as his VP candidate. Those two would make a great combo, and could re-energize the Republican base. Both are conservatives, both are fairly young politicians, and both have experience in governing. After the election, news programs and many Americans criticized the GOP, and treated it like a red-headed step child. Conservatives have been criticizing their own party, and President Obama and his army of followers have completely demonized the Grand Old Party. I nd it funny that Democrats think they have the answer to everything and all their answers involve blaming Republicans. I really dont recall George W. Bush complaining on a daily basis about what Bubba did, but every other day on television Barack Obama wags his finger at crowds and completely disrespects the Republican party. Democrats and liberals seem to think they are going to run this country for the rest of this century. Well they are wrong. I hope and pray that Marco Rubio makes a presidential bid in 2016. If he does, he has a great chance of winning and reviving the GOP base, and uniting America. He is not divisive or arrogant, and seems to be a decent politician, which is rare nowadays. The GOP has to transform itself in order to remain relevant in the 21st century, and I think embracing Marco Rubio and providing him a route to become a presidential candidate will change the Republican party for the better in 2016. A Rubio/Ryan ticket could change the GOP from the party of old white guys, to a party that appeals to all demographics especially young folks. Paul Ryan is a very intelligent man, and a very decent politician. He is a congressman that actually does his job, and knows what he is talking about. Hes written budgets, and is very practical and reasonable guy in my opinion. If he were to partner with Marco Rubio on the 2016 presidential bid, the GOP would bounce back in a big way. Both Rubio and Ryan are very qualified to be in the White House. They are both conservatives who have the potential to fix the broken image of the Republican Party, and gain more support from other demographics that typically side with the Democratic Party such as blacks, Latinos, women, and young folks. If the Republicans fail to transform and adapt itself to the changing demographics of the times, they may be replaced with another party. The Democrats have such a grasp on the majority of the American people, and its time the Republicans put party ideology aside and attempt to appeal to all American demographics. Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, I think, are the guys for the job. 2016 is not very far away, and before you know it Barack will be out of the Whitehouse and someone else will be sworn in as president. The GOP can make a comeback in 2016 if it embraces Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, and they make a presidential bid. Brandon S. Todd Howard Creek Childrens Hospital assists families to enroll in low-cost health insurance for children Special to The Star Childrens Hospital at Sacred Heart is helping families enroll their children in low-cost health insurance through Florida KidCare. Florida ranks third in the U.S. for the number of uninsured children, with more than 500,000 young lives without coverage. Children who do not have health insurance often miss preventive care, such as immunizations, doctors visits, vision care and dental check-ups. Florida KidCare is comprehensive health insurance that covers services such as prescription medications, sports physicals, dental care, eye and hearing exams, eyeglasses, doctors visits, emergencies and x-rays. Regular physician and dental visits are important to childrens good health, says Cheryl Pilling, Manager of Sacred Hearts Community Wellness Outreach Program. The earlier a problem is detected, the better chance a child has of getting treatment and avoiding complications. With insurance from Florida KidCare, families will be able to obtain the healthcare their children need to thrive. Sacred Heart will provide one-on-one assistance to parents, grandparents and guardians in understanding their options, and will assist them to enroll in the Florida KidCare program. A community-health worker is available to help families in Gulf and Franklin counties. For more information, please e-mail InsureKidsNow@shhpens.or g or call 1-877-787-1838 for the contact in Gulf and Franklin counties. The GOP has an ace in the hole with Rubio CRANKS from page A4 wood airplanes, Matchbox cars & Hot Wheels, Pez dispensers and enough Pez candy for a year. These were just the staples of her Christmas Bags. She would put marbles, plastic parachute men, Duncan yo-yos, paddle balls, super balls, puzzles, tops, jacks and army men (because she knew I would still play with them). Enough candy? No. My Mama never got the memo about candy being bad for you. I always appreciated that. Mama would give us candy canes, stick candy, Mallo and Reeses Cups, Goo Goo Cluster Bars, candy necklaces, Tootsie Pops and all kinds of suckers, M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, Coconut Long Boys, those books of LifeSavers candy and those little wax bottles of colored sugar water (Nik-L-Nips). You say that sounds like enough? No. You needed to be able to destroy things. Little boys liked tearing things up. Therefore, every little boy (or grown man) needed a magnifying glass to start res on a sunny day, a jack knife, a sling shot, a rubber band gun and other things that could shoot an eye out. She wouldnt be nished. In that bag, she would nd room for magic tricks, whoopee cushions, Groucho glasses with the big nose and mustache and other secret spy stuff that she would nd. I thank God that I was always a little boy to my Mama. Little boys also needed to make a lot of noise. Noise never bothered my Mama. She put in whistles, kazoos, juice harps and harmonicas. None of us turned out to be musicians, but her grandchildren are. As the years passed, Mama started eating a lot of Happy Meals from McDonalds. She would keep bags of the toys she would get in her Happy Meals in her trunk to give her grandchildren and put in their Christmas Bags. On top of all this, she would put random things like can openers, key chains, band aids, ngernail clippers, combs, brushes, rings from quarter machines, hair bows, cassette tapes, ashlights, pens, pencils, erasers, little pencil sharpeners and magnets and postcards from places she had been. I got some nice ngernail polish one time. I just laugh thinking about all of that wonderful stuff Mama would come up with. You know what? My son was right; I miss Mamas random bags of stuff at Christmas too. Just like those bags, my Mama overdid it when it came to loving us. We understood and we always will. If Mama was still with us and I read this story to her like I always did, I know what she would say. She would ask, What about those little dancing plastic people that danced when you pushed the button on the bottom, the little wind-up walking people, the Barrel of Monkeys, the wind-up chattering teeth and the Sugar Babies? Mama remembered the little things and so will we. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. Send your letters to : LE TT ERS T O TH E ED IT OR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star.com Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for verication and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. S H A RE YOUR OPINION S appears to me incomplete and misleading, I am pleased Mr. Hess has finally come to the obvious conclusion that the rights of citizens to organize, petition their government, exercise their right to free speech, and campaign to hold their elected leaders responsible for their actions is not a criminal offense. I hope now that the State Attorneys Office will quietly spend some internal time examining how it was duped or influenced into wasting time and resources on silly, trumped up, selfserving charges. Lets see, five months of taxpayer-funded effort and resources wasted, in a clear politicallymotivated witch hunt intended to intimidate those same taxpaying citizens to stop them from exercising their First Amendment rights. Wow is that confusing, inept, silly, Keystone Kops, ya think? KLATTERINGS from page A4


OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society GALE! Meet Gale a young Maine Coon mix cat. Gale is very smart, and friendly. He loves to play with toys, kids and is very proficient on an Ipad. He would make a wonderful pet for a family or a companion for a senior. Please give this guy a second chance at a forever home. He even likes dogs. Gale meets the qualifications for a Pets for Patriots sponsored adoption. www.petsforpatriots.org If you are unable to adopt at this time, perhaps you could foster or make a Donation. All pets adopted from SJBHS will be current on vaccinations and spayed/neutered. Please do not hesitate to email townsend.hsdirector@gmail.com or adoptbaystjoe@gmail.com or call the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society at 850-227-1103 and ask for Melody or Debbie! Applications are available at http://www.sjbhumanesociety.org Our hours for the shelter are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm! Faiths Thrift Hut is always in need of donations also, and all the proceeds go directly to support the animals in our care! Faiths Thrift Hut Has Expanded! We now have more furniture & appliances. Plus lots of other great thrift store treasures. The hours for the store are Thursday-Saturday from 10 am-3 pm. Volunteers are always welcome at both our store and our shelter! Our store and shelter location is 1007 Tenth Street in Port St. Joe! Hope to see you all there soon! If you are missing a pet or want to adopt a new pet, please check with your local Humane Society or Shelter. Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Over 35 Years Experience. 208 Reid Avenue, Downtown Port St. Joe 850.229.1111 www.BaysideFloristPSJ.com Gifts Ornaments Jewelry Society A6 | The Star Thursday, January 3, 2013 Star Staff Report Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves members and guests are invited to attend the Annual General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. EST at the Preserves Center. Members are encouraged to bring guests who may be interested in becoming a Friend of the Preserves. After the meeting, everyone can enjoy assorted chili recipes including vegetarian chili. During the meeting the new Buffer Manager, Dylan Shoemaker, and two new resource managers on staff, Lisa Dlugolecki and Barry Townsend, will be introduced. Also present will be Kim Wren, Stewardship Coordinator, who will make a short presentation. The key item on the agenda is the nomination and election of the 2013 Board of Directors and a vote on a proposed amendment to the Bylaws Members will also receive a recap of 2012 accomplishments. The theme for 2013 is volunteerism. There are so many wonderful ideas that the Board and Staff wish to implement, but we need more people to step forward to help make these projects happen. At the meeting, you will have the chance to review and sign up for some of these projects and tasks. Memberships New memberships and renewals will be collected at the meeting: $15 for individuals; $25 for families; $10 for seniors (65 and older); $10 for students/ researchers; $100 or more are sponsors. Donations are also accepted. Membership fees may qualify for a charitable tax deduction. Board election One of the most important items on the membership meeting agenda is the presentation of the nominating committees slate of candidates for the 2013 Board of Directors of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves and a vote by all attending current members for the new years board positions. Currently serving on the Board are: Marcia Boothe, President; Charla Boggs, Past President; John Ehrman, President Elect; Nick Baldwin; Bill Boothe; and Gene Cox. The Boothes, Cox and Ehrman will remain on the 2013 Board as they serve their second year of a two-year term. The proposed slate of candidates for election to the Board is: William Sonny Cha n; Margaret Margo Posten; and Jody Wood-Putnam. Amendment to bylaws Members will also vote on an amendment to the Bylaws of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. The current bylaws state in Article V Section 1: Members shall consist of any individual or business entity whose yearly dues are current. With dues being charged under the following categories: Student/Senior: $10; Individual: $15; Family: $25; Sponsor: $100; Patron: $250; Silver Benefactor: $500 or more; Gold Benefactor: $1,000 or more; Corporate Benefactor: $1,000 or more. The Board of Directors recommends the following amendment to the bylaws in Article V Section 1: Members shall consist of any individual or business entity whose yearly dues are current with dues being charged as stated below or as stipulated by a majority vote of the Board of Directors under the following categories or as amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors: Student/Senior: $10; Individual: $15; Family: $25; Sponsor: $100; Patron: $250; Silver Benefactor: $500 or more; Gold Benefactor: $1,000 or more; Corporate Benefactor: $1,000 or more. Purpose of this proposed change: From time to time, in ation will necessitate a small increase in membership fees. Also, currently there are no categories for lifetime or honorary membership levels. Chili potluck After the meeting, please join the Friends for a potluck chili luncheon, prepared by fellow Friends members and free to all attendees. There will be several chili recipes including vegetarian that range from mild to hot. You do not need to bring any food unless you wish to share some of your favorite xings to go along with the chili. Be prepared to have a good time and meet fellow Friends! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Preserves Center at (850) 229-1787. Friends of Bay Preserves annual membership meeting Star Staff Report Jimmie Gainey presents a plaque to George Duren, owner of the Port St. Joe Piggly Wiggly Store, in recognition og the contributions of Duren and his wife, Hilda, to the annual Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for the needy of Gulf County. Duren is surrounded by his department managers. He asked that they all be included in the picture. The Piggly Wiggly has generously supported this badly needed program since the paper mill closed in 1997. His generosity has been the key ingredient and his very motivated department managers and their staff have made the coordinators and the hundreds of volunteers feel like part of the Piggly Wiggly family. Thousands of meals have been delivered to the families and individuals since it was started. Bunnie Gainey read the narrative on this plaque. The following people first began this Community dinner, Jim Newton, Willie Ramsey, the Gaineys and Billy Dixson would all be very proud of what this dinner has become. Missing cat Special to The Star Blaze slipped out the door early Friday morning (12/21/12). Since he has not returned, I hope someone may have brought him inside their home to keep him warm. He is very friendly, but he needs medication and a special diet. Missing from Palm Blvd. and 21st St., close to the Centennial building in Port St. Joe. A reward is offered for his safe return or any information you may have. Please contact Kendall at 227-8790. Watson graduates from basic Special to The Star Air Force Airman Asa R. Watson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Watson is the son of Sharon Asher of Woodward Avenue, Port St. Joe. He is a 2010 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. Fish fry fundraiser for Wade Tillery Star Staff Report The friends of Wallace Tillery are holding a sh fry beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Frank Pate Park. The fundraiser is being held to help defray funeral costs after the recent passing of Wade Tillery. Plates are $6 and include mullet, hush puppies, Cole slaw, baked beans and cheese grits. To-go plates include silverware, aluminum foil, oil and hush puppies. The fundraiser will continue until all the food is gone. Sims Veterans Home donations Star Staff Report The American Legion Willis V. Rowan Post 116 and the St. Joe Bar recently provided donations to the Friends of the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans home. The money came from Roctoberfest, a musical concert which drew strong support, and a sister event at the St. Joe Bar. The Post sent heartfelt thanks to all the merchants, organizations and volunteers who helped in these worthwhile events. These events allow the Post to send a generous donation directly to the Clifford Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, a facility that takes care of our military veterans in Panama City, said John Miick, Post Adjutant. Ginny OHare and Tammy Shelton from the Sims Home and Doug Calendine of the American Legion Post 116. Bart Lowry of St. Joe Bar, Kenny Wood of American Legion Post 116, and Ginny OHare and Tammy Shelton from Sims home. George and Hilda Duren recognized


The Star| A7 Thursday, January 3, 2013 Special to The Star Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Knights of Pythias Triple Prize Giveaway. First-prize winner of a $100 Piggly Wiggly Gift Card is Bob Wahl of Port St. Joe; the $50 second prize was won by Jack Mullen of Mexico Beach; and the $25 third prize was won by Michael Spivey of Jacksonville. A special thanks to Mr. George Duren for donating the First Prize gift card. Monies raised from this event will support R.A. Diresbach, Sr. Lodge 77 Knights of Pythias Scholarship Fund. Graduating seniors at Port St. Joe High School may pick up scholarship applications in the guidance of ce. The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace. Pythians believe friendship is an essential ingredient in live and make benevolence, kindness, generosity and tolerance a reality in their lives. To make donations to the Pythian Scholarship fund, contact us at info@ knightsofpythias .com or write to Clarence Monette, Chancellor Commander P.O. Box 731 Port St. Joe, FL 32457. For additional information about the Knights of Pythias, visit www.knightsofpythias com. 236 Reid Ave (850) 229.7121 Wishing you a Happy New Year from All of us here at Sisters! DI S S I ) Children and Adults No Fee or Cost If No Recovery G AYLE PEED IN G O A TTO NEY AT L AW Apalachicola, FL (850) 292-7059 | (850) 944-6020 FAX gsrlaw@bellsouth.net ORLANDO Gulf Coast State College President Dr. Jim Kerley was recognized by the Florida Workforce Development Association in Orlando as the statewide recipient of the prestigious Barbara K. Grif n Workforce Excellence Award. The purpose of the award is to celebrate workforce excellence through an award given to a workforce development professional or system partner who best exempli es excellence through exceptional performance. Its a real honor to have even been nominated for this award because there are so many exciting ideas in workforce development and education taking place throughout the state right now, Kerley said. Our Advanced Technology Center is such a gamechanger for the present and future economy of Northwest Florida and really focuses on bringing high-skill, high-wage jobs to an area poised for real growth. We have worked hard within the college and with community partners such as the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to bring workforce education and STEM learning opportunities to our region. On an annual basis, the president of the Florida Workforce Development Association calls upon the 24 regional workforce boards, Workforce Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity to nominate a deserving workforce system professional or partner. We were delighted to nominate Dr. Kerley, said Kim Bodine, executive director for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. He embodies what this award is about and is certainly worthy of the award. He is a true champion for partnership and collaboration and is a results driven innovator for our community. Kerley has 20-plus years of community college experience and became the president of Gulf Coast State College in June 2007. Since that time, Kerley has successfully added new degree programs to Gulf Coast State College and spearheaded the development of the state of the art Advanced Technology Center, which when nished, will serve as a national model for best practices in connecting education to business and industry through exible and accessible education programs across K-12 and articulating into postsecondary education. Kerley was also a founding partner, along with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Bay District Schools, of the Bay County Career and Technical Education Council, a program which integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. In addition, Kerley has fostered a strong and unique partnership with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board by having Gulf Coast State College serve as the Workforce Boards scal agent and operate the one-stop career center. Special to The Star Students at Faith Christian School enjoyed a Christmas story reading accompanied by a cup of hot cocoa last Thursday. Mrs. Kathie Sarmiento, long-time staff member of FCS, read a book titled The Christmas Lizard by Cory Edwards. This charming story tells readers of a pet iguana who climbs the trunk of a sparkling tree that appears in the living room of his home. He meets fascinating ornaments like a nutcracker and elves, and each one tells him a different version of what Christmas is really about. It is only when he gets to the very top of the tree a meets an angel that he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you, Mrs. Kathie Sarmiento, for sharing this wonderful story with the students of FCS, and for your years of dedicated service to Christian education. We will miss you! Special to The Star The staff, students and parents of Faith Christian School would like to extend a sincere thank you to Mr. Don Washabaugh for the many years of service to Faith Christian School. You will be greatly missed. When the students need change during lunch, you will be missed because you made them gure out what their change should be. When we come in every morning and you arent in the of ce with your cheery Good morning and your comments and questions demonstrating your concern for each of us, you will be missed. When we need someone to listen, and we think Mr. Don, you will be missed. Even when we have to take the absentee slips to the of ce, you will be missed. For all of the ways in which you have served our school, we say Thank you, Mr. Don. We love you. We pray the Lords blessings and grace upon you in all that you do. Enjoy your retirement. You will be greatly missed. School News The Lions Tale SPECIAL TO THE TIMES From left are Kim Bodine, Dr. Jim Kerley, Donna Kerley and Barbara Grif n. GCSC President Kerley wins Workforce Excellence Award Knights of Pythias announce winners of Triple Prize Giveaway FCS wishes farewell to Don Washabaugh Thanks to Kathie for Christian education


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WEEKLY ALMANAC ST.JO SE PH B AY AP ALAC HI C O LA B AY W ES T PASS TI DE T ABLES M O N TH LY AVERAGES To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat P oint Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East P ass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald P oint Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANAC Call T oday! 227-7847 Date H igh Low % P recip T hu, Jan. 03 61 38 40 % Fri, Jan. 04 60 38 10 % Sat, Jan. 05 60 41 0 % Sun, Jan. 06 62 44 0 % Mon, Jan. 07 63 42 0 % T ues, Jan. 08 63 42 0 % Wed, Jan. 09 63 41 0 % 3 Th 501pm 0.4 815am 0.0 4 Fr 427pm 0.7 720am 0.1 5 Sa 435pm 0.9 155am 0.0 6 Su 505pm 1.1 225am -0.3 7 Mo 549pm 1.3 316am -0.6 8 Tu 641pm 1.4 412am -0.8 9 We 735pm 1.6 508am -0.9 10 Th 830pm 1.6 602am -1.0 11 Fr 921pm 1.4 651am -1.0 12 Sa 1010pm 1.3 732am -0.9 13 Su 1055pm 1.1 803am -0.7 14 Mo 1135pm 0.8 818am -0.4 15 Tu 809am -0.2 3 Th 632am 0.8 733pm 1.0 113am 0.4 1242pm 0.1 4 Fr 754am 0.7 804pm 1.1 222am 0.3 117pm 0.3 5 Sa 943am 0.6 839pm 1.1 343am 0.1 155pm 0.5 6 Su 1207pm 0.6 920pm 1.1 504am -0.1 238pm 0.6 7 Mo 1010pm 1.2 615am -0.3 8 Tu 324pm 0.9 1107pm 1.2 716am -0.5 550pm 0.9 9 We 401pm 1.0 811am -0.7 710pm 1.0 10 Th 1208am 1.2 433pm 1.0 900am -0.8 811pm 0.9 11 Fr 110am 1.3 501pm 1.0 945am -0.8 904pm 0.8 12 Sa 209am 1.3 526pm 1.0 1026am -0.7 954pm 0.7 13 Su 306am 1.2 547pm 1.0 1103am -0.5 1043pm 0.6 14 Mo 401am 1.1 608pm 1.0 1136am -0.4 1135pm 0.4 15 Tu 457am 1.0 628pm 1.0 1205pm -0.2 16 We Paddleboarder set for yearlong journey, conservation effort By VALERIE GARMAN 747-5076 | @valeriegarman vgarman@pcnh.com PANAMA CITY BEACH Justin Riney will be putting a lot of miles on his paddleboard next year. On New Years Day, Riney will embark on a yearlong tour of Floridas waterways, paddling the entire perimeter of the states coastline and down its major interior waterways, to raise awareness of the importance of conservation. The journey, dubbed Expedition Florida 500, will be completed in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leons arrival on Floridas beaches. I hope, with the years worth of paddling, we can raise a mass amount of awareness so people can learn to respect and appreciate these waterways, said Riney, of Vero Beach. We want to make sure these waterways are here 500 years from now. Expedition Florida 500 will kick off in Pensacola, where Riney and his accompanying paddlers will host a beach cleanup before launching into the water at Big Lagoon State Park. Riney is set to paddle through Panama City Beach on Jan. 15 and 16, with a number of cleanups and events planned upon his arrival. Im going to be doing the full 365 days, but everyone else will be kind of owing in around me, Riney said. We really want everyone to come out and experience this with us come out and do paddles with us, come out and do cleanups. Panama City Beach resident Gabriel Gray, owner of Walkin on Water Paddle Boards, joined Rineys conservation movement last year, accompanying him on a number of conservation paddles throughout the state to prepare for the upcoming expedition. Riney completed six conservation paddles to train and raise awareness for the cause, through the St. Johns, Apalachicola and Kissimmee rivers, Indian River Lagoon, Everglades and Florida Keys. During the trips, the duo paddled on the outskirts of two hurricanes and one tropical storm, spotted 183 alligators in one day on the Kissimmee River and even saved a mans life while paddling through the Keys after he fell off his boat while lobstering. And everywhere they stopped, the group conducted cleanups, which also will be a goal of Expedition Florida. On two of the conservation paddles, they hauled in more than a ton of trash. Riney founded the nonpro t group Mother Ocean in January, and the group has become somewhat of a social media sensation since. Through a designated Ocean Hour every week, the group encourages people to participate in cleanups in their own areas. It didnt take long for the movement to reach around the world, with groups from Taiwan, India and the Philippines posting photos of their cleanup efforts on Ocean Hours Facebook page. Social media will be a driving force behind Expedition Florida. Im going to be posting in real time on a daily basis so people can see when were coming into their area, Riney said. All of the pictures you see are taken from a paddle board on an iPhone. To help with Expedition Florida 500, Rineys nonpro t Mother Ocean has partnered with Quicksilver Waterman Collection, Tahoe SUP and Viva Florida 500, a project headed by the Florida Department of State to recognize the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leons discovery. Riney said the projects timing surrounded the project with the perfect combination of history, adventure, stewardship, science and sport. Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com Page 8 Thursday, January 3, 2013 OUTDOORS www.starfl.com Section Section A SPONSORED BY Freshwater Inshore Trout action has been steady for the past fews days in and around the St. Joe area. Good reports are coming from the Sea Wall and out in front of St. Joe Marina. The I.C.W. has produced plenty of black drum, but red fish and trout are hit-and miss right now. Bream and shellcraker, crappie and catfish are all being caught in good numbers in the Jackson and East rivers right now. Some crappie are being reported in Depot Creek using live minnows. With more rain on the way this week, moving water should improve the bite! COURTESY ROBERT SULLIVAN | Special to The Star Justin Riney, on the water during a conservation paddle in the Florida Keys, will embark on a yearlong tour of Floridas waterways Tuesday to raise awareness for conservation. FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEY To track Rineys journey through Expedition Florida 500, like the Facebook page at http://www. facebook.com/XF500. TRAPPERS WANTED Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission seeks gator catchers ANDREW WARDLOW | Halifax Media Group le photo In this le photo from early 2010, a young alligator suns itself near a swampy area of St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach. By VALERIE GARMAN 747-5076 | @valeriegarman vgarman@pcnh.com PANAMA CITY Its not your typical help wanted ad. After the retirement of its longtime gator trapper, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Panama City of ce is seeking a new one to ll his boots. Its not for the faint of heart or the person afraid to get dirty, said FWC spokesman Stan Kirkland. Sometimes it requires doing things that the average person cant understand. The FWC employs 110 nuisance alligator trappers, who wrangle nuisance alligators throughout the state. Although alligator populations are much higher in south and central Florida, the agency still has a need for trappers in the Panhandle, with the total alligator population in the state reaching upward of 1.5 million. Between 7,000 and 10,000 alligators are removed as nuisances in Florida each year, Kirkland said. Theres not as many calls in the northern part of Florida, but we still have alligators up here, said Kirkland, who noted alligators can be found as far north as South Carolina. Its not really a case of too many; its a case of alligators doing things we wish they wouldnt do. The trapper the agency is seeking would be responsible for all nuisance gator calls in Bay County. To qualify to be the next Bay County nuisance alligator trapper, the applicant must live within the county and be at least 18 years old. The FWC does not require the trapper be male either. There are currently ve female trappers working for the agency, Kirkland said. The FWC asks people with a nuisance alligator problem to call the agencys Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) hot line and trappers then will be dispatched based on whether the call is an emergency or routine complaint. An emergency complaint that would be a 7-foot alligator under somebodys car, Kirkland said. And that happens by the way. In an emergency situation, trappers are required to respond immediately. For all other calls, the trapper receives a 45-day permit to remove the reptile. All captured alligators 4 feet and larger are killed. Some smaller gators are not removed from public water bodies, but in some cases smaller gators are removed from private property and relocated. We have so many alligators that if we remove a nuisance alligator and take it to another water body, its likely to be a nuisance there, Kirkland said. We simply dont have a place to put them. Although most of the alligators are killed, Kirkland said they dont go to waste. The beauty of the program is the trapper takes this alligator and they can sell the hides and the meat, Kirkland said. Some trappers even go a step further and sell the skulls or make trinkets using the feet. To help control the rising gator population, the FWC also sanctions an alligator hunting season Aug. 15 through Nov. 1. Hunters are required to have a permit to hunt gators, and Florida sells the second highest number of permits in the country. Louisiana is No. 1. Overall, about 20,000 gators are harvested each year from hunting season and nuisance calls. GATOR PROBLEMS Call the FWCs Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program hotline at 866-392-4286.


$4 ,50 0, 000 $50 0, 000 $1,50 0, 000 $2,50 0, 000 $3 ,50 0, 000 $4 ,50 0, 000 $0 $1, 000 000 $2, 000 000 $3 00 0, 000 $4 00 0, 000 $5 00 0, 000 GO AL e new College of Applied Studies at FSU Panama City was approved by the FSU Board of Trustees in June 2010 and allows the campus to more easily respond to workforce needs in our area. We invite you to support e Campaign for Our Communitys University by helping us build an endowment for tomorrows jobs. Our goal is to establish a $5 million endowment for the College of Applied Studies by 2017, which will allow FSU Panama City to establish student scholarships, implement new degree programs and provide new equipment and technology. To learn how you can support our communitys university, contact Mary Beth Lovingood at (850) 770-2108 or mblovingood@pc.fsu.edu. THE CAMPAIGN FOR OUR COMMUNITYS UNIVERSITY Endowment for Tomorrows Jobs BE PART OF THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENT IN THIS AREA! For Health Expo Package Information Call (850) 747-5009 OR fax your questions to (850) 763-4636 Sign Up Now & Get The Early Bird Rate $10,000 3,000 PLUS MANY OTHER WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS. I NSTANTLY MA K E IT YOUR EX PO GAIN THE EXPOSURE YOU NEED FOR SUCCESS! Vendors, Exhibitors, Non-Prot Organizations The 2013 Health Expo is Calling Your Business BOARDWAL K BEACH RESORT F EBRUARY 19, 2013 9 AM 2 PM S o n s o r e y T e N e w s H e r a PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SPORTS www.starfl.com Thursday, January 3, 2013 A Page 9 Section By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com Franklin County High School Assistant Coach Jeremy Williams won his rst game as a varsity coach after head coach Mike Sweatt was ned and suspended for drawing two nes at South Walton two weeks ago. The Seahawks held off the Tigers held off Port St. Joe 54-53 on Dec. 21. The Seahawks were up 26-23 at the half against Coach Derek Kurnitskys Tiger Sharks. The Seahawks kept the pace up in the third quarter, and expanded the lead to six points, 39-33 going in to the nal quarter. Stepped-up Tiger Sharks play led to them knotting the score at 45 with a little more than four minutes left in the game. After a loose ball tussle at midcourt, of cials called a technical foul on Hawk sophomore guard Kelsey Jones, who had been expressing his disgust with facial expressions. Port St Joe eighth grader Jacorian Calloway hit a 3-point shot to increase his teams lead to four, but the Hawks sliced it in half when Carza Harvey came back with a bucket. The Sharks went into a stall, which led to Callaway going to the charity stripe, where he nailed one of two free throws for a 50-47 lead with two minutes left. Then we started to foul and it worked out, Williams said. I had to calm them down. I told them go ahead and foul again but to go for the ball. Tiger Sharks senior Ramello Zaccaro missed a pair of free throws and after Jones hit one of his, to move the Hawks within four, Shark freshman Chad Quinn missed both of his from the charity stripe. I told them take the threes, I yelled it as loud as I could, Williams said. And that is what happened, rst by Jones, from the corner baseline near the bench. Port St. Joe managed to pass out of the trap, but the shot was off, and the crowd stormed the oor, lifting Harvey in the air. Jones led the team with 17 points, including 5 of 8 from the eld and 6 of 10 from the free throw line. Harvey was next with 13 points, going 5 of 10 from the eld and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Dixie Youth Baseball to elect of cers 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 Wewahitchka Gators swept three games in the week prior to Christmas and continued their season in a holiday tournament last week in Franklin County. On Dec. 14, Wewahitchka played Vernon. The junior varsity boys lost 53-27 with Jeff Hunters 11 points leading the Gators. The varsity girls beat the Lady Yellow Jackets 31-26 with Tara Walding scoring 10 points and Jessica Smith nine. Mallory Peak grabbed 12 rebounds for Wewahitchka. The Gator varsity beat Vernon 75-72 with Raheem Wright leading the way with 29 points and 19 rebounds. Clay Sasser added 16 points, Micah Lister 15 points and Javar Hill grabbed 12 rebounds for Wewahitchka. The Gators hosted Port St. Joe on Dec. 18 and the varsity came away with a 78-63 win over their county rivals. Wright led Wewahitchka with 27 points and Sasser added 17. Hill led the Gators with 13 rebounds. The junior varsity lost to Port St. Joe 37-27. Hunter led the Gators with 14 points. Two days later, the teams traveled to Liberty County. The junior varsity boys lost 57-27 with Hunter leading Wewahitchka with 11 points. The Lady Gators beat Liberty County 40-33 with Smith leading the way with 24 points while Peak pulled down 20 rebounds. The varsity boys beat Liberty County 66-49. Wright had 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Gators while Sasser added 12 points. Gators win three, remain unbeaten in district action DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times The Franklin County Seahawks edged out the Port St. Joe Tigers with a 54-53 win at home. Seahawks shock Tiger Sharks


Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th Thursday of Every Month The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. The Rev. Lou Little, Priest Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME W. P. Rocky Comforter L.F.D. (850) 227-1818 www.faithchristianpsj.net (850) 229-6707 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 Our Church can be your home First Church of the Nazarene 2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 (850) 229-9596 Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2 Sunday School ............................ 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship .............. 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m. A Spirit Filled Outreach Oriented Word of Faith Church HOME OF T H E POWER H OUSE YOUT H M INISTRIES Pastors Andrew & Cathy R utherford W elcome you to worship with us: S unday 10:30am S unday N ight Prayer 6pm W ednesday 7pm www.familylifechurch.net 323 R eid Ave ~ Downtown Port S t. Joe, F L ~ 850-229-5433 TOUCHING LIVES WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS 6pm Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET Bro. Jim Fillingim Interim Pastor First Baptist Church 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm Wednesday Night Supper .......................... 5:30 pm Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ........... 6:30 pm www.fbcpsj.org Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities www.fbcpsj.org Jeff Pinder Pastor Sunday Sunday School ............. 9:00 am Worship Service ............ 10:30 am Youth Groups ............... 5:30 pm New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Wednesday Dinner.5:00 6:00 pm AWANA.6:00 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry6:15 7:30 pm Prayer/Bible Study.6:30 7:30 pm Read the Bible for Life Class6:15 7:30 pm Nursery..6:00 7:30 pm SUNDAY : WOR S HIP AT SUN S ET P ARK 8 AM (CS T ) 10:30 AM (CS T ) ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BI B LE CLA SS 9:30 AM (CS T ) M ONDAY : L IFE T REE CAF 7 PM (CS T ) TUE S DAY : MEN S BI B LE STUDY 6:30 PM (CS T ) W EDNE S DAY : WOMEN S BI B LE STUDY 5 PM (CS T ) 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 648.1151 www.livingwateratthebeach.com Bessie Mae Goff, age 89, of Highland View, born June 25, 1923, passed away Saturday night, Dec. 22, 2012. Bessie was a long time resident of Highland View and was a homemaker. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband Earnest J. Goff; son, James Floyd Coopie Goff; three brothers, Lize, Charlie, and Math Wood; three sisters, Minnie Stone, Lee Whittington, and Kate Kilbourn. Bessie is survived by her son Gene Goff of Highland View; her daughter Alice Martin and husband, Gerald of Port Saint Joe; her grandchildren, Jennifer Michelle Hanlon and husband, Stacy, and Jerry Martin; her greatgrandchildren, Justin Ryan Martin, Kayleah Cheyanne Hanlon, and Levi Hanlon; and her sister, Jewel Dykes of Port Saint Joe. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Hope Family Worship Center, conducted by the Rev. Glen Davis. Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery. All services were under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home. Bessie Mae Goff BESSIE MAE GOFF Obituaries Cards of THANKS Goff family The family of Bessie Goff would like to take this time to thank everyone for the phone calls, owers, visits and texts sent to us during the week our mother was in the hospital and her passing, most of all for the prayers. Special thanks to Brother Glenn and Debbie Davis, Brother Tim and Wanda Bailey, thank you for everything. Eugene Goff Alice and Gerald Martin Michelle and Stacy Hanlon Jerry Martin Jewel Dykes FAITH Thursday, January 3, 2013 Page A10 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com Americas walls have fallen, the hedges have been uprooted too. Satan has been having a ball watching everything we do. With alcohol owing like water, drugs and sex all around. Hollywood makes it look glamorous, but America is going down. America has let God down, without His intervention we will not rebound. America was once the place to be. Illegal aliens still think this, they can live off you and me. What the government doesnt spend, theyre giving away. Some to banks, who foreclose on American homes each day. Leaving Americans with no place to stay. Many with no job, and getting more bleak each passing day. Its payday America for taking prayer out of school. Not teaching our children the golden rule. Ripping babies from a womb before it sees the light of day. Get ready America its on the way. Money hungry politicians getting rich off the poor. God will not forget you for sure. Alcoholics, lesbians, queers and crooks, Your payday is coming, its in the book. There is not but one way you can win. Give your heart to Jesus, before payday my friend. Billy Johnson Jimmy James was born Feb. 27, 1922, and rose to be with the Lord on Dec. 30, 2012, at home with his family. He was born in Apalachicola, Fla., to the late Imanuel and Annie James. He moved from Apalachicola in 1951 to Port St. Joe where he lived the remainder of his life. He retired in 1985 from Basic Chemical Company as an electrician. After his retirement he moved on to one of the loves of his life, shrimping and his bait business where he became known to many as J.J. or Captain J.J. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Iris Lovett James and his two grandsons, Brandon James Brogdon and Benjamin Ferrell Whit eld Jr. He leaves behind to celebrate life and to mourn his passing, three daughters, Dianne Brogdon, Margo Marion (Raymond) and Vickie Whitehead; his grandchildren, Traci Marion, Bryan Brogdon, Brandi Brogdon, Nikki Whit eld and Michael Marion; his greatgrandchildren, Bubba Brogdon, Baily Brogdon and Brandon Brogdon; and two sisters, Elaine Fitzgerald of Georgetown, S.C., and Ann Estes of Crawfordville, Fla. Jimmy was a much loved man who touched the lives of many and became known to a great many people during his lifetime. He will be missed by many. Following Jimmys wishes, Memorialization will be by cremation. There will be a memorial service on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET at Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe. Those who wish may make donations to Oak Grove Church in Jimmys memory. Cremation services provided by Comforter Funeral Home. Jimmy James Harper family In memory of Alfred Gene Harper, his family would like to express our thanks to all who served as caregivers, A & A Home Health, Dr. Tom Curry, Emerald Coast Hospice, Sacred Heart Hospital and to all our family and friends who sent cards, food and owers, called or visited, and prayed during this time of loss. Gene will be missed yet remembered. The family of Alfred Gene Harper Special to The Star Practical insights about the meaning of body language will be provided at Lifetree Caf 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Jan. 7. The program, titled Body Language: What You Say Before You Say a Word, features an exclusive lmed interview with nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave, author of Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Let Me See Your Body Talk. Fiftyve percent of communication is nonverbal, 38 percent is from voice in ection, and only 7 percent of communication has to do with the words we say, says Hargrave, who reports that a better understanding of body language provides a key advantage in sales, business, job interviews, and even romance. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint.net. Secrets of body language revealed at Lifetree Caf Its payday America


Local The Star| A11 Thursday, January 3, 2013 CLASSIFIEDS Thursday, January 3, 2013 The Star | A11 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. 1724 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. 5926 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. 0000, AND BEING SUBTENDED BY A CHORD BEARING S 44 DEG. 5926 W FOR 141.42 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN N 62 DEG. 2046 W FOR A DISTANCE OF 247.58 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 85 DEG. 1908 W FOR A DISTANCE OF 264.35 FEET; THENCE N 01 DEG. 0605 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. 1502 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, 12, Jan 3, 13 89680S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUITOF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO. 2012-158CA EMERALD COAST FEDERALCREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. WESLEYB. JONES and BAYMEDICAL CENTER, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 13, 2012, and entered in Civil Case No. 2012-158-CAof the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, in and for GULF County, wherein EMERALD COASTFEDERALCREDITUNION, is Plaintiff and WESLEYB. JONES and BAYMEDICALCENTER, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the front door of the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., ETon the 17th day of January 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: Begin at Southwest corner of the Southwest quarter of Section 31, Township 4 South, Range 9 West and run East for 630 feet; thence run North 30 feet to the North right of way line of Transfer Landing Road for Point of Beginning; from said Point of Beginning run thence East along the North right of way line of said road for 100 feet; thence run North 145 feet; thence run West 100 feet; thence run South 145 feet to the Point of Beginning. Lying and being in Section 31, Township 4 South, Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida. TOGETHER WITH: 2008 Horton EH-4 Mobile Home DATED this 13th day of December, 2012. REBECCANORRIS CIRCUITCOURT CLERK By: Cindy Strange DEPUTYCLERK January 3, 2012 January 10, 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 89718S 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 18th, 2013. PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 141 COMMERCE DRIVE, PORT ST. JOE, FL. GULF COUNTY. SALE DATE: January 18, 2013 Dockside Cafe -Rick Carrie 340 Marina Drive Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Unit C-3 10x15 Misc. restaurant equipment, household furniture Simona Beard 191 Barbora Drive Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Unit C-1 10x15 Household furniture, misc items Bid on Unit -HIGHEST BID TAKES ALL. January 3, 10, 2013 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 001748 West, 39.40 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence South 883805 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 002015, an arc distance of 64.98 feet: chord to said curve bears North 281436 West, 64.98 feet; thence leaving said East R/W line, North 653613 East, 171.90 feet; thence South 001748 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 8 week old Pug Puppies, 3 black and 1 fawn First shots included $200 call 850-720-1117 Extra Mile Pet Sitting Home visits/overnight in the comfort of your pets home. Gulf & Bay County Diana 227-5770 Dan 227-8225 extramilepet sitting.com Tallahassee 2962 Apalachee Parkway, Friday January 4th 2pm Automotive Repair Business Liquidation Auction Entire contents of commercial automotive repair business to be auctioned absolute. 13% Buyers Premium. Office equipment and computers, drink refrigerator, pipe stands, hand tools, air compressor, arc welder, gas welder, wheel balancer, Genisys scan system, Leak Tamer, brake lathes, 25 ton press, refrigerant identifier, parts, tool boxes, saws, tire machine, hydraulic bender, electrical system analyzer, flusher, charger, refrigerant, refrigerant manager, ladders, shelves, and more. The Key to Savings Start here in Classifieds. Equine Coggins Clinic Special to The Star The Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor a Equine Coggins Clinic on Friday, Jan. 4. 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. Special to The Star ST. PETERSBURG Prog ress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Ener gy, is urging customers to be on alert for a new util ity bill payment scam af fecting customers across the country. Under the scam, cus tomers are receiving a call informing them their elec tric service is scheduled for immediate disconnec tion and they should make a payment by purchasing a money pack card at a local drug or convenience store. Progress Energy has received reports of customers who have been contacted about this scam in its Florida service ter ritory, targeting Spanishspeaking customers. The money pack card is a temporary pre-pay credit card that requires a registration process. After the customer pur chases the card, he or she is instructed to call the fraudulent party back to make a payment. The cus tomer is instructed to pro vide a receipt number and PIN number. Once that in formation is obtained, the money on the card is then transferred to the fraudu lent party. Progress Energy does not contact customers to obtain personally iden tifiable information. In addition, the company encourages anyone who receives a call indicating their electric service is scheduled for immediate disconnect, to contact law enforcement and report the attempted fraud. Any homeowner in doubt about the identity of someone claiming to be a Progress Energy employ ee should call Progress Energys customer ser vice center (800-452-2777 in the Carolinas/800-7008744 in Florida) to confirm the employees identity. Customers who are con tacted by phone, email, through social media or through other channels, can verify an individuals affiliation with Progress Energy by calling the same number. Progress Energy warns of scam


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