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The star
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50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.comSubscribe to The Star800-345-8688For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com With more than 317 dogs trained and adopted to good homes, these are anything but dog days for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. The Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison program, based at the Gulf Forestry Camp, graduated its 30th class last week and brought to 17 the number of states the program has placed dogs in forever homes. The dogs are chosen by St. Joseph Bay Humane Society director Melody Townsend and DAWGS program co-director Sandi Christy. Together Townsend and Christy identify dogs that need some extra work on social skills to keep them from being at risk. Of the latest class consisting of eight pups, seven were spoken for and one would be sticking around for some additional training. While one canine was headed to Pennsylvania, the rest would be remaining in Florida. Walter, a golden retriever was going home with Phillip Ramsey of Panama City. Ramseys previous pup passed away and once he decided it was time to get another, he made an appointment to meet with the dogs that would be headed into the program. As soon as he met Walter, the deal was sealed. He was everything I was looking for, said Ramsey of his new pal. Hes such a sweet dog. The entire process took 4-5 By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Three weeks after being convicted of second-degree murder by a Gulf County jury Walt Butler was sentenced to 28 years with the Florida Department of Corrections last week. Butler was convicted at the end of a four-day trial in the July 2012 shooting death of Everett Gant, who Butler shot in the head with a .22 ri e after a day of drinking. Gant had gone to Butlers home to discuss ongoing issues with Butlers use of racial epithets in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex the two lived in. Butler had originally been charged with a second-degree murder with a hate crime enhancement, but the jury did not convict him of committing a hate crime. Ive put quite a bit of thought and consideration into the sentence, said Circuit Court Judge John Fishel. Prior to delivery of the sentence, Butlers public defender Mark Sims pushed for a 25-year sentence, the By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A path to dredging equals an increase in interest in the Port of Port St. Joe. Any interest in developing the port, in turn, will hinge on a path to dredging the federally-authorized shipping channel. That was the message from Jorge Gonzalez, senior vice president at the St. Joe Company last week to the Port Authority board. And as the work on a dredge permit application moves ahead the number of inquiries to utilize the port grows, the latest announced last week by Port Authority chair Leonard Costin. In a letter from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, trustee Brenda Thueson stated the Foundations interest in shipping aggregate, rock, through the Port of Port St. Joe via the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. In addition, the Foundation would wish to ship back to Georgia sand located on both sides of the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. The Foundation owns 10 miles of frontage along the rail line and operates a sand mine in Franklin County for its cement business. Further, Thueson said the Foundation was interested in exploring the potential for shipping its wood to be turned into pellets at the Cottondale plant of Green Circle Energy, which has a Letter of Intent with the St. Joe Company to ship pellets through the Port of Port St. Joe. The Green Circle LOI, as with the announcement from the Holland M. Ware Foundation, the rst of its kind with the Port St. Joe Port Authority, is linked to the completion of channel dredging within the next 18-24 months. Another key component of the interest from the Foundation is state commitments on improvement to the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. A state appropriation of $5 million for improvements to the railroad has been approved. In her letter, Thueson stated the Foundation anticipates shipping at least 1.5 million tons of rock and sand per year through the port. The Port Authoritys number one priority is to create jobs for the region, Costin said. This letter from Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation demonstrates a growing commitment by businesses to use the port and AN Railway, helping See PORT A3 See DAWGS A3 See BUTLER A3Port adds another potential customer By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ@Star tcroft@star .com Give the city of Port St. Joe an option out. The members of the Lighthouse Committee of the Coastal Community Association (CCA) on Tuesday pressed the Board of County Commissioners to engage again in the discussion about the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Citing the lack of tangible progress in saving the lighthouse by relocating it into the city, Julia Cunningham, Pat Hardman and Betty McNeill asked county commissioners to write a letter saying the county was willing to take over the project. In short, the BOCC would reassert what it said early this year after the city was awarded the deed for the lighthouse and ancillary buildings by the federal government a year ago that the BOCC would cooperate in the citys efforts but was willing to take on the task if need be. The members of the CCA said that time had arrived. I think the clock is running out and there are several insurmountable obstacles that we think will prevent the city from moving the lighthouse, Cunningham said. Those factors include the cost of the move. City staff submitted a request for over $900,000 to the county RESTORE Committee for consideration of the relocation of the lighthouse as a project to be funded by BP ne dollars. There is no clear path to that money, Cunningham noted, and while she said the city had done a good job of fundraising a $325,000 state appropriation, $25,000 from Duke Energy and roughly $40,000 through a Save the Lighthouse cam-FILE PHOTOCape residents urged the BOCC this week to become involved again in the Cape San Blas Lighthouse relocation effort. The lighthouse must be moved because of coastal erosion. See COUNTY A3Cape residents urge BOCC to re-engage on lighthouseButler sentenced to 28 years for murder WALT BUTLERThursday, DECEMBER 19, 2013DAWGS in prison graduates class 30 DAWGS IN PRISON DAWGS IN PRISON WES LOCHER | The StarEach canine in the DAWGS program receives around the clock care from a group of 4-5 inmates.YEAR 76, NUMBER 10Love connection at St. Vincent, A6 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . .A4Letters to the Editor . . . . . . .A4Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . .A6 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . .A7School News . . . . . . . . . .A9Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . .A10 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . .A10Classi eds . . . . . . . .A13-A14

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Wcancer ehensive delivering compr e for you dermatology car and your family e o schedule an appointment or learn mor T about what we can do for your skin call us at 877-231-DERM(3376). ARNP ricia BerryT ed Nurse Practitioner Advanced Register JOE T STPOR ANAMA CITY P gulfcoastderm.com Acne Aging Skin Dry Skin Eczema Excessive Sweating Fungal Infections Fungal Infections Fungal Facial Redness Hives Itching Melasma Moles Psoriasis Poison Ivy/Oak Poison Ivy/Oak Rosacea Skin Cancer Skin Cancer Stings arts W e... And Mor e... And Mor WEVE MOVED! Now seeing patients at the Port St. Joe Health Clinic venue 2475 Garrison A *BOARDCERTIFIEDCIVILTRIALLAWYER, OFCOUNSEL By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@starfl.com Port St. Joe Elementary School received a special guest last week in the form of Ann Scott, wife of Floridas Gov. Rick Scott. Floridas rst lady visited the school as part of her Summer Literacy Tour, which had Scott visiting with students across the state. Its wonderful that shes building awareness for reading, said PSJES Principal Sue Gannon. Were kind of removed in our location and its nice to bring political gures to the community to show kids how accessible and real they are. Scott spent time with Shelly Olivers rst-grade class and read the books, Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses and Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas? Scott engaged the students with plenty of interaction and told them it was important to have a positive outlook on life. She asked each student what they wanted to be when they grew up and offered words of encouragement and praised the class for their positivity. I loved school, said Scott. English was my best subject. After completing the books, she took questions and talked about her experience as the rst lady. Im truly honored and humbled to be here with you, Scott told the students. I love everything I get to do. Its very special. Scott was welcomed to Port St. Joe Elementary by Gannon and Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. Port St. Joe Elementary has been an A school year in and year out for the last decade, said Norton. Its an honor for the school district anytime we have the governor or rst lady visit. The Summer Literacy Tour program brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. Thousands of volunteers across the state will spend extra time reading to children in classrooms. The initiative supports partnerships between state and local agencies, community organizations and schools while encouraging students to read each day. To have her come here is an honor and the attention is welcome, said Norton. It makes the school and the district stand out.Special to The StarAlzheimers disease is already a sizeable problem in the United States, and its only getting larger. An estimated 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimers in 2013, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation. The number of U.S. deaths attributed to the disease rose 68 percent between the years 2000 and 2010, according to statistics from the Alzheimers Association. While there isnt currently a cure for the disease, research efforts are ongoing. But there are ways to treat and curb the symptoms associated with Alzheimers, several of which Signature HealthCARE employs at its facilities. After conducting a considerable amount of its own research, Signatures Serenity Healthcare division, which specializes in Alzheimers and dementia care, has launched its 12 Serenity Innovations, a unique series of processes, procedures and treatment methods. One of the Innovations, the Multi-Sensory Room, utilizes a combination of lighting, sounds, aromatherapy and more, appealing to all ve of the users senses. The goal is to overcome cognitive disabilities related to dementia by promoting changes in brain chemistry, creating a soothing effect that serves to decrease agitation, increase attention span and help the user communicate more effectively. Another of the Innovations, Life History, is a data collection tool and process that documents a residents or patients preferred method of performing certain tasks or activities such as their sleep cycle, bathing preferences and hobbies. Activities learned early in life are typically the last memories lost by Alzheimers patients, meaning this affords them some sense of normalcy until they reach the later stages of the progressive disease. The slow decline suffered by those with Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia is a painful process to experience or watch, said Ron Reid, CEO/Administrator at The Bridge at Bay St Joe. As caregivers, we feel it is our responsibility to not only meet their immediate physical needs, but to approach care holistically, which means also tending to mental and emotional needs. The 12 Serenity Innovations are a means of enhancing quality of life, providing comfort, and promoting safety and wellness for individuals who suffer from these disorders. For a list and short video demonstrating each of the 12 Serenity Innovations, visit Signature HealthCAREs YouTube channel. Signature HealthCARE is a provider of long-term care, rehabilitation and health care services in the Eastern and Southeastern United States, operating 87 locations. For more about Signature, visit LTCRevolution. com. SETTING IT STRAIGHTIn a story in last weeks Star pertaining to the resignation of Mexico Beach City Councilman Lanny Howell, his last name was incorrectly spelled Hall in the opening paragraph. The Star regrets the error.The Bridge at Bay St Joes innovative approach to dementia care Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR Floridas rst lady promotes literacy at Port St. Joe ElementaryWES LOCHER | The StarFloridas rst lady Ann Scott visited Port St. Joe Elementary to promote literacy in schools. Scott read two childrens books to Shelly Olivers rst grade class. After reading, Scott took questions from the students and discussed her experience as Floridas rst lady. Thursday, December 19, 2013

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LocalThe Star| A3weeks but it gave me time to buy cages and food. Another graduate, Alva, went home with Kurt and Delania Robinson, also of Panama City. Their daughters, ages ve and 10, had asked for a dog for Christmas, so the parents took them to the Humane Society and let them pick out the next member of the family. The Robinsons spoke highly of their experience adopting through DAWGS and said that they enjoyed receiving photos and videos of Alva as she went through the training process. The girls didnt want to go to school today, if that tells you how excited they are, laughed Kurt. Sandy and Robert Voss of Calhoun County were on hand to adopt Ziva. Sandy said that she heard about the DAWGS program on Facebook and kept an eye on it for a year before she and her husband decided that it was time to add another pet to the family. They jumped at the chance to work with the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and the program. The shelter is amazing, said Sandy. Why would you go any other way to adopt a dog? Its the only shelter Ive ever been to where my heart didnt break. The Voss brought their current dog to the interview where it got to interact with Ziva, giving its sniff of approval. The DAWGS program has been in existence for 4.5 years and during the eight-week program each canine receives around the clock care with more than 5,000 hours of training per dog. For one person to do that, it would take years, said Major Neal Mercer with the Florida Department of Corrections during his welcome speech. Youre not just getting a dog. Its a whole lot more than that. The DAWGS initiative also aims to return inmates to society as productive individuals. More than 320 inmates have been accepted into the application program. They begin as caretakers for the pups and with dedication and determination they move up to higher roles with more responsibility that includes trainer and lead trainer. Inmates have gone on to use skills learned in DAWGS to work with animals in shelters, humane societies and veterinarian ofces. During the graduation ceremony, program director Christy told each dogs story. She praised the inmates who participated in the program for the patience, persistence and teamwork they show with each new class. Trainers have to be calm and condent because the dogs take the energy, said Christy. Im so proud of the job that the trainers have done. They take an animal and help it reach its full potential and adopters are richly rewarded with a new family member. Ofcer Kyra Burch, the new Program Coordinator with the Department of Corrections gave out the Top Dog award to Ramseys new best friend Walter. The award is bestowed on the canine that showed the most progress during training and the most promise for the future. Ramsey gave both the trainers and his dog a standing ovation. After the graduation ceremony concluded, trainers gave the new pet owners the basics of feeding and crating their new four-legged friends. A list of commands and a training DVD was also given to each adopter. Im proud to be part of this life-changing experience, Burch said. create jobs in several counties in Northwest Florida. We now need to ensure the funding is secured to make the necessary infrastructure improvements so we can bring these businesses and jobs to our region. The Holland M. Ware Foundation owns approximately 100,000 acres around Port St. Joe. Holland M. Ware, its Hogansville, Georgia founder, was named in 2010 the largest private landowner east of the Mississippi River and owns St. Regis Paper, Co., Inc. With our large acreages from Georgia through Florida and our granite, sand and timber holdings, we have an even greater interest in the revitalization of the Port of Port St. Joe as we discuss the potential of having a port that accommodates heavy bulk cargo operational by the end of 2014 combined with the understood commitment from the State of Florida to build railroad access, Thueson wrote in her letter. The Port Authority, through Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc., president Guerry Magidson, also announced another potential client that has been code-named Project Ship, a lumber/timber business seeking to ship to the Caribbean. We just need an operational port and an operational railroad, said Magidson. That, Gonzalez said, is the focus for the St. Joe Company, stating that any absence by the company from Port Authority meetings should not be construed as not indicating the companys current fullcourt press. There are a lot of parties interested in the port, Gonzalez said. They would like to see some path to progress on dredging. That is the consensus. The company, as Gonzalez noted, has tentative agreements with Green Circle and another energy company to ship through the Port of Port St. Joe provided the channel is dredged by the end of 2014, early 2015 at the latest. The company, Gonzalez said, is lobbying hard the case for dredging of the ship channel. What those who would fund that dredging work particularly the Florida Department of Transportation and the Ofce of the Governor want to see is that path, Gonzalez said, with potential for customers and community support. The rail improvement grant is in limbo, in part, as the state assesses the potential for and tangible progress in dredging and the development of the port. The dredging permit work continues, Tommy Pitts of Hatch Mott MacDonald reported last week. The timeline remains to have the application submitted and approved in the next four to ve months. The key would then be funding, which is a major wish list item for local ofcials as the Florida Legislature prepares to begin committee meetings next month. PORT from page A1 DAWGS from page A1paign the dollars secured fell well short of what was needed. She expressed concern the city might be able to pull off the lighthouse move while leaving the ancillary buildings behind, destroying the integrity of the lighthouse complex. Further, Cunningham said roadwork on State 30A will prevent the lighthouse from being moved over land until mid-2015. A proposal to move the lighthouse and buildings by barge has gone nowhere. City commissioners received two bids on the relocation but threw both out at the request of Mayor Mel Magidson, who said he believed the contractors were ill-equipped and lacked the knowledge to move the lighthouse. The city is now bidding the relocation in two phases one to move the lighthouse, the other to move the two keepers quarters and oil house. Those bids are to be received next month. The city has also let out a bid to have the lighthouse lens removed and restored. The lens is owned by the Coast Guard. But, Cunningham noted, the citys second extension of a deadline to move the lighthouse from the federal government expires in mid-January. The CCA proposes, as a fair number of residents in the county support, to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park, two miles down the cape from the current lighthouse location. All the original reasons (to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park) remain in play, Cunningham said, including historic integrity. She said the state appropriation which must be spent during the current scal year or it could be lost and current donations combined with pledges from those who want the lighthouse to remain on Cape San Blas, where it has stood for more than 150 years, would push the CCA close to the scal goal. Hardman lauded the citys efforts to date and noted the county was in no position to provide any funding. But she said after a year the city has raised barely a third of what the city originally requested from the RESTORE Committee. The city has spent a lot man-hours and money on this, Hardman said, adding that the city had other sh to fry, such as the quality of drinking water. You might nd there are a lot of citizens who might be interested in having the county take this project back. Hardman said the CCA would need to raise another $100,000 or so to facilitate the move to Salinas Park. Hardman also said the move itself to the city would prove problematic. The owner of Gulf 2 Bay Construction, Hardman said the lighthouse, to be moved would require great care and the more it has to be moved, taken apart, repositioned, etc., would bring greater risk of damage. It is complex, Hardman said. The thing weighs 120 tons. Any time you move that structure there is a risk. The short relocation to Salinas Park would be far safer, she added. It needs to stay on the cape to maintain the historical signicance of the lighthouse, said Betty McNeill, a vocal opponent of the move from the outset. The county really needs to retain ownership. I want the county to assume responsibility. That, Commissioner Warren Yeager said, would also present obstacles. The federal government has deeded the lighthouse to the city. The city would have to give up the deed. The state appropriation was bestowed on the city. Those dollars, along with those raised during the Save the Lighthouse campaign, would have to be transferred to the county. Yeager also noted the BOCCs position when the federal government deeded the lighthouse to the city: the county would support the citys efforts as it could. Id love to have the lighthouse at Salinas Park, Yeager said. But what are you asking this board to do? The outcome, approved 4-1 with Commissioner Joanna Bryan dissenting, was a letter to the city saying the county was willing to take over if the city desired to abandon the project while reafrming support, where possible, for the citys efforts. Bryan said she would prefer county staff sit down with Port St. Joe staff and provide an update on the citys position before writing a formal letter. COUNTY from page A1Thursday, December 19, 2013lowest possible for a felony which carries a maximum life sentence. Sims told Fishel that Butler was 60years-old and with a 25-year sentence there would be hope that he might be released and be free to see his kids. States Attorney Robert Sombathy pushed for the maximum sentence of life in prison. The 25-year minimum might be a life sentence for you, Fishel told Butler. You never know when its time for someone to go. Before the sentence was read, Butler asked to address the court. He apologized to the Gant family. Butler said that he too had lost a son and knew how hard it was. I liked Everett a lot, said Butler. I want to make it perfectly clear that I didnt intentionally kill the boy. Sombathy spoke on behalf of the Gants father, who opted not to attend the sentencing. According to Sombathy, Everett told his father that Butler had racist sensibilities, but that Everett planned to win him over with kindness. Butler will be credited with the 501 days he already spent in the Gulf County Jail. Sims requested that Butler be kept as close to Gulf County as possible due to the proximity of family. Sims said that he plans to le a notice of appeal for the sentence within 30 days. BUTLER from page A1 WES LOCHER | The StarProgram director Sandi Christy congratulates the dogs and inmates for their hard work during the graduation ceremony.

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When Andy Williams sings that song, you just want to smell real Christmas trees, drink eggnog and straddle a beam in the attic. The beam in the attic reference is related to the time (or times) I felt the need to straddle a beam and let my legs dangle through two holes in the ceiling. It happens. It did to me once, maybe twice. The fellows who come to x the ceiling always ask the same thing, Been getting your Christmas decorations down have you? I love the song, but honestly I prefer Andy singing Moon River. Have you ever noticed the reference in the song to telling scary ghost stories? It kind of puzzles me, but then again some movies like A Christmas Carol and the most recent version of the Grinch are a little scary. Why would you want to be scared at Christmas? If you are like me, the day after Thanksgiving you starting ddling with your radio trying to nd all the stations playing favorite holiday songs. Its Christmas to me, but I realize some folks have other things they celebrate. What do I always want to hear? With my Mama being gone, I have to hear Elvis Presley sing Blue Christmas. Country music legend, Ernest Tubb sang it a number of years before Elvis, but this is one time I will give Elvis the nod over Ernest Tubb. It is kind of a sad Christmas song, but its still Christmas and its very Elvis. By Very Elvis it just seems like it goes with his voice and being a little sad and missing folks. I can still see the album cover. Mama always moved the stacks of stuff off of the console record player at Christmas so we could play records all the time. I loved it. The other night, my daughter brought my record player into the kitchen to stay for the holidays. There is just something about listening to Christmas music on a record player that makes everything right. Honestly, in my case, Im sure its my memories of my Mama. You cant have Christmas without Mel Torms The Christmas Song. I prefer Nat King Cole singing it. After many years of listening to this song, I nally broke down and gured out how to roast chestnuts. I am not going to give Martha Stewart any competition, but I will say that I enjoy them. If you try this at home, let me warn you you can cut a nger off. An important part of roasting chestnuts is cutting into them with a sharp knife. There are a couple of schools of thought on cutting the chestnuts. One is that you cut an x, the other is that you cut a y. Having taught college algebra for many years, I think that you can be successful solving for x or y. That is just my opinion and I will not be showing up on any of the Food Networks cooking competitions any time soon. When sur ng around the radio dial, I absolutely must nd Irving Berlins White Christmas and I want Bing Crosby to be singing it. It makes me think of the movie Holiday Inn which was made in 1942 and it still shown many times on television during the holiday. I love the movie. How can you not? Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale. Ms. Dale (born Virginia Paxton) was a pretty lady. She was a Top Five Finalist in the 1937 Miss America Pageant. Her younger sister, Joey was runner-up in the 1941 Miss America Pageant. What else? Jos Feliciano singing Feliz Navidad. I never get the Spanish words right, but I love hearing it and singing along. Again, I know the Christmas album cover from 50 yards away and I still have Mamas copy. It is a beautiful song and memory. Gene Autry has to sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. When he does, I have to tell everyone how Rudolph paid for the American Leagues Angels baseball team in California. It did. Gene made so much money that he bought a baseball team. I never know what the Angels name is from year to year, its been the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels and now I think it may be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. All I know is that Gene could sing that song like nobody else (and it pretty much paid for a baseball team). Yes, I know he made a lot of cowboy movies. My favorite? Everybody knows what my favorite Christmas song is Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by my cousin Brenda Lee. Yes, shes a second or third cousin, but we are related. At least thats what Mama said and Mama didnt lie to me. So if you are at the mall, your local Christmas parade or just driving in your car and hear my cousin singing, you have to say, thats the Tractor Guys cousin. Later well have some pumpkin pie, and well do some caroling. (Thats my cousin singing that song.) Find more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com.Sears And Roebuck Didnt Invent Christmas!The Most Wonderful Time of the Year The rst word in Christmas is Christ. Even the most agnostic and skeptical among us will admit that. Some grudgingly so but it is, for those that dont believe in such, an absolute. is the birthday of Jesus. And it is a worldwide celebration. You can say Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings or Roll Yule Tide if you want to. The Coca Cola people can put a picture of a polar bear instead of a Nativity Scene on the side of their cans. You can spray paint Xmas on your store front window. We can tout Santa Claus to the roof tops. We can build snowmen and deck the hall with boughs of holly. We can secularize it, we can commercialize it, we can regionalize it, we can spoof it, Grinch it, party around it, kiss your best friend under the mistletoe or put on those outlandish green and red sweaters and sing dashing through the snow till its time to move on to New Years. But you can not ignore that it is the birthday of Jesus Christ! Oh, you can play like you are looking the other way. You can concentrate on that perfect gift for your sweetheart. You can wax eloquently over the secret eggnog recipe handed down from your grandmother. You can bypass the Christmas pageants and church cantatas. You can step lightly around the true meaning so as not to create a scene or be confronted by the aforementioned agnostics. But you really know. They all really know! IT IS the birthday of Jesus Christ! For some reason that I cant fathom many dont like that. I say to them tough Frankincense. It is not the birthday of Buddha, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Martin Luther, Billy Graham or the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Im not preaching here, apostatizing, criticizing, condemning, trying to sway opinion or forcing my religious views on you. Im simply stating a fact. Im not against your group. Or anybodys belief. Im not mad or trying to be heard. Im simply saying that Christmas came about as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. A lot of newspapers in todays world wont print this story. They will print murder, chaos, mayhem, strife, war, pestilence, soap opera entanglements and advice columns galore. But most in the professional news media today avoid the Prince of Peace, the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the very Reason for the Season..like He is bringing the bubonic plague or something. I dont see the threat or danger here that keeps so many lips buttoned. And oh, by the way, this newspaper is not responsible, accountable or liable for anything that I might write down here. They cover the stories they deem newsworthy and they leave me pretty much to my own devices. I am soul-ly answerable for todays article. I think a lot of this undermining of the true Spirit of the Christmas season centers around political correctness. For some reason it has become fashionable to bow to this unseen contingent who determines what might be sensitive or offensive to certain groups, races, ideologies or thought processes. Listen carefully here, I wouldnt knowingly offend the least of my brothers for anything on earth. I wouldnt purposely embarrass, harass, judge or expose one single person, group or nationality. But come on now, weve about let this political correctness thing get a little out of hand. And dont you dare tell me Christmas has become politically incorrect! Walking into a movie theater and shooting scores of people is politically incorrect. Dropping the unwanted new born baby in the trashcan is politically incorrect. Neighboring countries warring on each other to beat the band is politically incorrect. Parents who push the responsibility of raising their children off on TV, iPads, school teachers or detention center of cers is political incorrect. Elected of cials who look you right in the eye and lie to you is politically incorrect. Walking right by, without a smile and a kind word for, that young teenager who is struggling so mightily with life and searching so desperately for the right answers, is politically incorrect. Political correctness might ought to start with rendering unto Caesar what is Caesars...and unto God what is Gods. When I was a boy I loved the Red Ryder gloves, the BB gun and the Timex watch. But I knew, even at a young age, that was not what Christmas was really all about. My parents sacri ced to give me that watch. Money was always short. Daddy, taking a cue from the Heavenly Hosts, gave us more than he had. You cant swoosh that under the tableyou cant play like that didnt happen... you cant live long enough to explain to me the politically incorrectness of that! Daddy taught us the story of the second chapter of Luke better than any preacher Ive ever heard...without reading a word! As we stood in that small living room, in front of a fairly simple decorated tree, unwrapping gifts and celebrating the moment Mom would always work in her favorite truism, We wouldnt be here if He hadnt been there! It is the birthday of Jesus, plain and simple. Lets honor it by holding down the clamor of politically correctness and trivial in ghting, and start sharing more of the peace on earth and good will toward each other. Merry CHRISTmas, Kes HUNKER DOWNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Roger Quinn Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six monthsHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERSIn case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTORBN Heard OPINION www.starfl.comThursday, December 19, 2013 APage 4SectionMB residents shortchangedDear Editor, At the end of the Dec. 4 Mexico Beach city council pre-agenda workshop, council member Lanny Howell announced his resignation from the council, effective Jan. 1. The following week, at the Dec. 10 regular Mexico Beach city council meeting, Mayor Al Cathey announced that the council would hold a special meeting following the Jan. 8 preagenda workshop and the four remaining council members would vote to ll Mr. Howells vacancy. Mr. Howell was reelected just seven months ago. He barely won the April election, and was not sworn in for his new term until June. Now he has suddenly resigned, leaving almost all of his two-year term 15 months, to be exact to be lled not by the voters in Mexico Beach, but by only four people the remaining council members. People in Mexico Beach are so desperate for a change in the city council that, as of last Friday, eight people have submitted letters of interest in the vacant seat. That alone shows just how much the residents want to be involved. In fact, in the 12 years Ive lived here, thats more than twice the number of people running for any given seat under any circumstances. But heres whats happening: Mr. Cathey called for this special meeting during the holidays, knowing full well that many interested residents will be out of town and unaware of whats happening. Hes pulled this stunt before: pushing through something important during the holidays while so many residents are gone. The decision to ll the vacancy must be made within 30 days of the effective date of resignation, which means a decision must be made by Jan. 30 so whats the rush, Mr. Cathey? The city council has made more than one major decision over the past six years with just four members of the council present, so running the January workshops and regular city council meeting with four is not a problem. Mr. Cathey called for a special meeting that will not be televised so no one other than those attending the meeting will see how this candidate is selected, what the reasoning if any is behind the individual council members choices, what opposition to candidates there are, and what public comments are made, if any are allowed. Residents who do attend the Jan. 8 special meeting may or may not have the opportunity to speak out, or speak for, one candidate over another. We have had a great deal of experience with Mr. Cathey denying us time at the podium in meetings when he doesnt like our opposition to his wishes. By pushing for a vote on Jan. 8, Mr. Cathey is blocking any opportunity for there to be a workshop at which all candidates can answer questions from the residents and present any quali cations they might have. This eliminates the residents from having any say in the selection of an elected of cial who will be making decisions for the town for almost the entire two-year term and that elected of cial will have gained the post without having to explain anything to the people. Thats Mexico Beachs idea of elected. Instead of only Al Cathey, Jack Mullen, Bobby Pollock and Tanya Castro making such an important decision for residents, why dont residents go someplace neutral like the bar at the El Governor Motel, and mark a roster of applicants? The candidates so far are: Jeff Tendler, Mary Blackburn (both of whom ran against incumbents in the April election and garnered between 48 and 49 percent of the vote); Gary Woodham, Gary Gibbs, Diana Epple, Tom Bailey, Al Wilson and Jim McKenna. The roster can have a list of candidates names, and residents can just place an x or a check by his/her favored person. Then the resident should sign a separate sheet, not by his mark, but just to con rm he or she is an eligible Mexico Beach voter. No one will know who each person favored, but a fairly accurate consensus of voters choices will be recorded and given to the city council before they make their decision. This way, at least, residents will have some kind of say in this important decision that is usually settled by an actual election. Barring that, I implore all Mexico Beach residents to bombard the four remaining council members with emails and phone calls, telling them in no uncertain terms who you want to ll this vacancy. If you want any kind of change to happen on the Mexico Beach city council, it needs to start here.Lisa LoganMexico Beach residentIf you are like me, the day after Thanksgiving you starting ddling with your radio trying to nd all the stations playing favorite holiday songs. Its Christmas to me, but I realize some folks have other things they celebrate. Letter to the EDITOR

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LocalThe Star| A5 Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe Lions Club had its annual Christmas Dinner on Dec. 12 at the Sunset Coastal Grill. The long-time supporters of the great community and beyond are shown presenting the gifts that were donated by the Lions Club members to the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ces Christmas Wishes program. Shown delivering toys is Jim Norton, president of the Port St. Joe Lions Club. Accepting the toys and bicycles are Sheriff Mike Harrison, Margaret Mathis, Jerry Stokoe and Jim Gainnie. The Lions Club and the GCSO want to thank the owner and staff of the Sunset Coastal Grill, Mrs. Patti Blalock, for helping store and display all of these toys that were brought in to her restaurant. The children receiving these toys on Christmas will be very happy thanks to the generosity and concern for all of the boys and girls in Gulf County. The Oak Grove Church members and volunteers will assist in delivering these toys and bicycles. Star Staff ReportVolunteers from the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and members of the Coastal Community Association had fun last week playing Santas Helpers, putting together the bikes and trikes that have been donated to the Sheriffs Childrens Christmas drive. More than a dozen volunteers made quick work and were like Santa, in and out as quick as a wink. The drive continued through last weekend with the Jingle Bell Golf Tournament. Call the club for more information or just come by and drop off a toy. Special to The StarThe VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 116 recently presented toys for the Gulf County Christmas Program sponsored by the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce and Oak Grove Church. Shown from left are Carolyn Groleau and Nancy Calendine presenting toys to Margaret Mathis of the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce.Special to The StarMelissa Larsen of the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department; Sheriff Michael Harrison; Pat Hardman, co-chairman of the Christmas Bazaar and Jingle Bell Golf Tourney; Barb Van Treese, co-chairman; Dan Van Treese, St. Joseph Bay Golf Club President; and Nick Vacco of SGCVFD sit on a few of the many bikes and in front of some of the toys raised for the Sheriffs Of ce Christmas Wishes program for Gulf County children in need while Hardman hands the sheriff a check for funds raised. Thanks to the efforts of these individuals, generous donors, Gulf 2 Bay Construction, the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce and the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, Christmas will be a lot brighter for many Gulf County children. Season of givingSantas helpers assemble bikes for GCSO Childrens Christmas Golf Club, SCGVFD, others donate to Christmas Wishes VFW, American Legion donate to GCSO Christmas programLions Club donates to Christmas Wishes Volunteers needed for Christmas dinnerStar Staff ReportsThe Christmas Dinner committee is asking for kind, caring and dedicated volunteers to come to the Oak Grove Church on Christmas Eve. The preparation starts noon ET. We will be slicing, panning and storing 50 turkeys, packaging 800 slices of cake and making all of the nal preparations for the Christmas Day dinner. The wonderful men and women volunteers will heat up the food package box and deliver 800 dinners to all of the identi ed needy people in Gulf County and Mexico Beach. Anyone interested in helping on Christmas Day is asked to come to the Oak Grove Church by 8:30 a.m. ET. This is a good way to see how our youth are getting involved and learning how important being a volunteer is.WIG sponsors Christmas dinnersThe Washington Improvement Group will be serving the dinners prepared at the Oak Grove Church by the wonderful gathering of volunteers. The dinner will be served by Regina and Don Washabaugh along with Tamlyn Smith. Please call 229-1641 to sign up for the dinner. The WIG and Oak Grove church are cosponsoring this dinner. Special thanks to Christmas Day dinner sponsorsSpecial to The StarA special thanks is sent out to those sponsors of the upcoming Christmas Dinner for the needy of Gulf County. Those sponsors include the Port St. Joe Lions Club, Durens Piggly Wiggly, Oak Grove Church, Hannon Insurance, First United Methodist Church and Mens Club, St. Josephs Catholic Church and Mens Group, Rich and Liz Brenner, Dan and Gayle Moon, Sacred Heart Hospital Dietary Department, Prophet Billy Dixson, Sunset Coastal Grill, John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069, Bob Sutton, and the Washington Improvement Group Community Action Center. Thursday, December 19, 2013TIM CROFT | The Star

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Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is the largest raptor in North America. It is a sea eagle or ern. It feeds mainly on sh and is found near large bodies of water. It nests in old growth trees. They are scavengers as well as hunters and a large part of their diet is dead sh. This is the only eagle unique to North America. The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. It appears on the national seal. In the late 20th century, it was on the brink of extinction in the US. There is a widely held belief that DDT contamination of sh led to the bald eagles demise. While pesticides were part of the problem, bald eagles had virtually disappeared from New England by 1937, almost a decade before DDT came into common use. In a report issued by US Fish and Wildlife in 1978, the reduction in the eagle population is attributed to loss of habitat due to development and illegal shooting. Its a dirty secret that, before they were protected by the 1940 Bald Eagle Protection Act the birds were considered a nuisance. Hunters, farmers and shermen routinely shot them. In any case, the rebound of this magni cent bird is a tremendous success story. The species was removed from the U.S. federal governments list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007. A bald eagle can lift up to four pounds, or about half its own weight. The skeleton of an adult eagle weighs about eight ounces and is less than ten percent of the total weight. An eagles eye is almost as large as a humans, but they see about four times as well and a human being with perfect vision. Eagles do not sweat and must pant or nd shade to remain cool their body temperature is about 106 degrees Fahrenheit. An eagle can live up to 30 years in the wild but the average life expectance is 14. Many edgling eagles die on their rst ight. Bald eagles gure prominently in American Indian legends. It is leader, a guardian and a messenger from the creator. One says the eagle had very poor vision until it convinced the slug to lend his eyes so the bird could scout for enemy tribes from the air. When the danger was over, the eagle refused to return the slugs eyes. In most Native cultures, eagles are considered medicine birds with impressive magical powers. They are important in the religious ceremonies of many tribes. The Zunis carve stone eagle fetishes for protection and to enhance their hunting skills. The Eagle Dance is one of the most important traditional dances held by the Hopi and other Pueblo tribes. Among Paci c Northwest tribes, eagle down is a symbol of peace and hospitality. SponsortheWEEKLYALMANACCall Today!653-8868 WEEKLYALMANAC ST.JOSEPHBAY APALACHICOLABAY,WESTPASS TIDETABLESMONTHLYAVERAGESTondthetidesofthefollowingareas,subtracttheindicatedtimes fromthesegivenforAPALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW CatPoint Minus0:40 Minus1:17 EastPass Minus0:27 Minus0:27 Tondthetidesofthefollowingareas,subtracttheindicatedtimes fromthosegivenforCARRABELLE: HIGH LOW BaldPoint Minus9:16 Minus0:03 Date HighLow%Precip Thu,Dec.1974 56 0% Fri,Dec.2075 6130% Sat,Dec.2177 5740% Sun,Dec.2275 5040% Mon,Dec.2364 43 -% Tues,Dec.2463 43 -% Wed,Dec.2563 42 -% SantasOutdoorHeadquarters! HolidayGiftsforChildren HugeTrainSetDemo Guns&Ammo SPONSORED BY As we near Christmas, not many anglers have fishing on their minds. Good days can still be had fishing the I.C.W. canal in St. Joe. Good reports of smaller trout and redfish have been constant here for a week or so. Try fishing the creek mouths and deeper holes for more productive fishing here. Local are beaches are a haven for new anglers coming to the area from up north. Whiting catches are making up most of the action with an occasional bull redfish.Page 6By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.com Red wolves are a critically endangered species and researchers are hoping the recent introduction of a young male red wolf on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge will assist in adding to the numbers. A three-and-a-half year old healthy male red wolf was recently own to St. Vincent by the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), according to a release from the center. The goal is to introduce the wolf to a potential mate on the remote barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, which has long had a red wolf preservation program. Born at the WCC, the new male wolf is one of ve captive red wolves living at the center as part of its participation in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the critically endangered species. Currently, less than 100 live in the wild, all of them in North Carolinas Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, while fewer than 200 are in captivity. The male wolf was selected to be paired with one of the females currently living on St. Vincent because of his genetic pro le. Hes the best breeding match for her in the SSP program in terms of diversity, said Rebecca Bose, WCC curator, Its kind of like online dating except based almost exclusively on genetics. And of course the stakes the survival of a species are much higher. The wolf was in essence a trade-out of another wolf that was from the Tallahassee Museum but did not mate after introduction to St. Vincent. This is like an early Christmas present for St. Vincent Island, said Trish Petrie of the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. (Refuge manager) Shelly (Stiaes) is so excited. It is vital that a healthy number of red wolves be maintained in the wild and captivity, especially since the species has literally come under re recently, according to the WCC. Nine wild red wolves have been illegally shot this year, six of them this fall. While the public can visit St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, access and usage are limited, so the pair should be free of any human threats. The WCC partnered with Lighthawk, a nonpro t aviation organization devoted to environmental protection, to y the potential Romeo to the refuge to meet his potential Juliet, who is currently one of two wolves living on the island. The other wolf, a female, along with the male from Tallahassee she failed to breed with will be own back to the WCC to live with a new potential mate. The new red wolf at St. Vincent Island has educated online viewers of the WCCs videos and webcams since he was a playful pup, but is now assuming his most important role. Were excited for him because hell get to roam around a new territory with his partner and hopefully have pups. Hell be living life the way a wolf should, said Maggie Howell, the WCCs Executive Director, This is precisely why we participate in the SSP program. While the young male wolf, identi ed by researches by his number M1804, may no longer be under the care of the WCC, the center plans to help keep tabs on him by sponsoring his radio collar so that scientists can track his movements to gain valuable insights into his behavior. Theres no way to predict whether the pairing will be a love connection, but it might not take long to nd out, according to the WCC. Wolves only breed in the winter, with pups born in the spring, so the wolfs island sojourn may prove fruitful in just a few months. And if no love connection? Well, at least hell get to enjoy warmer weather than we do, Bose said. And theres always next breeding season. Some-Tram tours at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer PreserveSpecial to The StarTheres a new program just announced at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. Beginning in January on the First Friday of each month (except July and October) Buffer Staff will host Tram Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9-11 a.m. ET departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve to St. Joseph Bay. Buds N Bugs: Bald EaglesVINCE BISHOP | Special to The StarA bald eagle snatches a mullet from the surf on Cape San Blas. BUDS N BUGSLois Swoboda A potential love connection on St. Vincent IslandThursday, December 19, 2013

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PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SPORTS www.starfl.com ASection Tolearnhowyoucansupportour communitysuniversity,contact MaryBethLovingoodat(850)770-2108 ormblovingood@pc.fsu.edu. FLORIDASTATEUNIVERSITY PANAMACITYTHECAMPAIGNFOROURCOMMUNITYSUNIVERSITYEndowmentforTomorrowsJobs $4,500,000 $500,000 $1,500,000 $2,500,000 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $0 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000 GOAL By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com With four players suspended after a scrum at Sneads earlier this month, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys basketball team split a pair of games last weekend. The four players were suspended for leaving the bench after a loose ball in front of the Sneads bench caused some players to exchange words and pushes. The four players were suspended, as were three from Sneads, for two games by the Florida High School Athletics Association for unsportsmanlike conduct for leaving the bench onto the court of play. Port St. Joe was also levied a $500 ne and the program placed on probation for the remainder of the season. There really wasnt much to it; there were no punches thrown, said Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky. But the rules are the rules. and you are not supposed to leave the bench. With those four players suspended, the Tiger Sharks (5-2) lost last Friday night against South Walton 55-39. South Walton was up 2821 at the half and pushed the lead to 16 by the end of the third quarter. Sergio Clemons led Port St. Joe with nine points and T.J. Williams had eight points. Chad Quinn and Marquez Johnson scored seven points apiece, Tyrek Sims had four and Marcell Johnson three. The following night, Port St. Joe traveled to Franklin County and came away with a 46-43 win. The game was a nail biter to the end, with the Tiger Sharks staking the nal lead late in the fourth quarter. It was a good bounceback win for us, Kurnitsky said. We didnt play that well in fact we did not play well at all but we found a way to win. Quinn led Port St. Joe with 13 points, and Williams and Marquez Johnson added 10 points apiece. Clemons had 6 points and Caleb Odom 7. The suspended players were back for Tuesdays game against Bozeman. The Tiger Sharks play at the Marianna Christmas Tournament this weekend, playing Malone at 7 p.m. ET Friday and Cottondale at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer programs each played two district matches last week with divergent results. The Lady Tiger Sharks routed West Gadsden and beat Tallahassee John Paul II while the boys lost to the Panthers and beat John Paul II. The girls are now 5-2-1 overall and 3-11 in District 1-1A. The boys are 3-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 in district play.WEST GADSDENThe host Lady Tiger Sharks had their highest offensive output since their season-opener last Wednesday as they beat West Gadsden 8-0 under the mercy rule. Coach Gary Hindley said liberal substitution allowed all 16 players who dressed to play, to gain valuable minutes of playing time. Port St. Joe jumped out with six goals in the opening half. Forward Christian Laine had two unassisted goals, and Lexie McGhee, Kathleen Rish, Rebecca Kerigan and Janel Kerigan netted a goal apiece. For the Kerigan sisters, it was their rst high school goals. Defender Brittany Shoemaker had the lone assist of the half. In the second half, defender Rachel Douglas and Halleigh Keels each had their rst career high school goal. Assists came from Allie Strippling and Christina LaPlante. Goalkeeper Celeste Chiles, just an eighth-grader, recorded her third shutout, raising her record to 4-2-1 and lowering her goals-against average to 1.429 on the year. She made one save as Port St. Joe outshot the Lady Panthers 21-1. Hindley called West Gadsden a very skillful opponent for the Tiger Sharks, who fell to 3-1. West Gadsden outshot the boys 15-5 and Drew Lacours goal in the ninth minute was the lone score of the game for Port St. Joe. Goalkeeper Tyler Alford made eight saves for Port St. Joe.TALLAHASSEE JOHN PAUL IIBoth teams took district wins against visiting John Paul last Friday, the Lady Tiger Sharks winning 3-1 and the boys following with a 3-0 victory. McGhee scored her seventh goal of the season, unassisted, in the fourth minute to put Port St. Joe on top. Senior forward Cat Robles made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 12th minute and Rish added her team-leading 10th goal in the 39th minute to nish the Port St. Joe scoring. Chiles got the win in goal while making four saves on six John Paul shots. The Lady Sharks nished with 15 shots. The Tiger Sharks, playing a sixth game without high-scoring forward Marcel Duarte (Port St. Joe is 2-3-1 in his absence), shut out John Paul. The boys played one of their most complete games of the year, Hindley said. Alford had the shutout in goal (his rst) as he faced eight shots and made seven saves. His goals-against average is now 2.556. Sawyer Raf eld and Cole Cryderman scored their rst goals of the season and Lacour scored his team-leading sixth for Port St. Joe. Duarte continues to nurse a hamstring problem and was joined on the sidelines Friday by mid elder Jacob Lacour, who sustained a shoulder injury and could be out the next four weeks. A scheduled match with Franklin County was rained out last Saturday. The boys and girls are next at home at 5 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 10, when the teams host South Walton.Star Staff ReportThis is the time of year when The Star needs the help of all those involved in athletics in the public schools. With a small staff, it is impossible to attend every game during a season of multiple sports, boys and girls, and to borrow from the world of basketball and soccer, we need an assist. That assist would be in the form of updated game action, scores, individual totals, highlights, photos and records. Every athlete participating in sports during the school year deserves and is entitled to the attention. They make the sacri ces of time, energy and dedication and represent our community in the best possible of lights. Our staff attempts to get to what games we can to shoot photos, but the details of the contests, well that is where we need the help. The deadline for each week is the end of business on Monday. Coaches, delegate or take it as part of your challenge to give as many of those athletes recognition as possible. Fax results to 227-7212, or better still, email tcroft@ star .com or call 227-7827 and help us make this Sports page a re ection of the effort of our countys athletes. Girls sweep, boys split district soccer matchesThursday, December 19, 2013 Page 7 Special to The StarOn Dec. 10, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative presented Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School with a $2,500 donation to help fund three of its athletic programs. Gulf County Superintendent Jim Norton along with Principal Lori Price, Athletic Director Dennis Kizziah, baseball coach Tony Muina, softball coach Kendra McDaniel and basketball coach Stuart Vines, accepted the check from Michael White. It is dif cult for a small community to raise the necessary funds to support its athletic programs. Through this donation, the boys basketball program was able to purchase new uniforms for this season, and both the baseball and softball programs will be able to purchase some much needed new equipment for their upcoming spring seasons. Michael White, GCEC president, has always been a valued supporter of WHS and was a big contributor to the new scoreboard at Gator Field last fall. He understands the complexity in continuing to raise the funds needed to support all the programs in a small rural area. He is very proud to be able to contribute the needs of the school and student-athletes. SPECIAL TO THE STARFrom left are Tony Muina, Jim Norton, Lori Price, Michael White, Dennis Kizziah, Kendra McDaniel and Stuart Vines.GCEC donates to Wewa athleticsDown 4, Tiger Sharks split 2 Wanted: coaches, scorekeepers LOCAL CHEERLEADERS PARTICIPATE IN DISNEY PARADESPECIAL TO THE STAR Hope Owens, Samantha Pitts and Ashton Childress, all students in Gulf County Schools, represented their junior varsity cheerleading squads in the UCA AllAmerican Cheerleaders Thanksgiving Day Tour in Disney World. They had the honor of performing in the Thanksgiving Day Parade with about 350 other cheerleaders from around the country. The girls were chosen to try out and were selected for UCA All American Cheerleader when they attended cheer camp this past summer. Ashton represented Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School JV cheerleaders and Hope and Samantha represented Wewahitchka High School JV cheerleaders.

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A8 | The Star With the Christmas season drawing near, its time to think of festive decorations and gift giving. As the poinsettia is one of the most popular Christmas potted plants, you might want to consider the purchase of one for your home or as a gift. The following facts about poinsettias will help you to choose a healthy plant that will retain its colorful bracts for several weeks. The colorful part of the poinsettia is the modied leaves known as bracts. The actual owers are yellow, found in tight clusters, and are relatively inconspicuous. There are single and double bracts in red, pink, white and variegated. When selecting your poinsettias, look for a compact plant with large colorful bracts and dark green leaves. The leaves should be present from the bracts to the base of plant, nearly to the soil line. The bracts should extend over the lower foliage. Plants with true owers that have fallen out should be avoided as this is an indication of maturity. If the owers are producing pollen the bracts will be fading soon and the useful display life has passed. If you receive a poinsettia as a gift, the following steps will be helpful in maintaining an attractive and healthy plant. If kept indoors, the plant should be placed in a sunny location protected from sudden temperature changes caused by heating vents or drafts. Poinsettias need day temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees F and night temperatures of no less than 60 degrees F. Temperatures of 50 degrees F and below may cause the leaves to wilt and the bracts to drop. When the soil feels dry to the touch the plant should be watered thoroughly. Watering correctly is very important as the plant will not tolerate over-watering and under-watering causes wilting and leaf drop. If a decorative foil is wrapped around the pot, punch a hole in to it to allow the water to drain away. After four to six weeks the poinsettia will become dormant and leaves will fall leaving only a stem to shrivel. Place the plant in a cool location allowing some light. In our area, poinsettias are best used as potted plants as they may freeze in the ground. In the spring, the plant should be cut back four to six inches above the soil line. If you decide to use your poinsettia as a shrub in the landscape, after the danger of frost has past. Dig a hole one foot wider and six inches deeper than the root ball and back ll the hole with enough soil so that the plant will be sitting in the hole at the same height as it was in the container. Water thoroughly to remove air pockets. By placing mulch around the plant you will conserve moisture and help control weeds. The plant should be fertilized every four to six weeks. The tips of the new growth should be pinched so that the plant remains compact. Repeat this procedure until the middle of August. Poinsettias will not bloom indoor if lights are used during the night when the ower buds are farming. The plants should receive only 8 hours of light per day from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15. This can be accomplished by placing the plant in a dark room or covering it with a cardboard box. Discontinue treatment when bracts begin to show color. By Thanksgiving the bracts should show color, and by Christmas they should be in full bloom. Following these steps can afford you an attractive, owering poinsettia for each holiday season. For more information on Poinsettia Production contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our website: http:// gulf.ifas.u.edu or www. http://edis.ifas.u.edu and see Publication ENH 1083 and SL 212. Thursday, December 19, 2013 Society ROY LEE CArR TErRCounty extension director Plants make excellent gifts, and theres probably someone on your Christmas list who would enjoy receiving a plant this Christmas. A healthy, vigorous plant is always a welcome addition, both in the home and in the landscape. My information was provided by Dr. Robert Black Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. When you go to a nursery to buy plants, you cant assume that all the plants are equal in quality, or have an equal chance for survival. Plants are available in a wide range of conditions, grades and standards. Generally speaking, the better a plant is, the more expensive it will be. But that isnt a hard and fast rule. Sometimes you can nd a nursery which offers top quality plants at low prices. The important thing is to be able to determine what to quality is. If you visit a nursery which tags plants according to the standards of the Florida Division of Plant Industry, determining quality will be much easier. A Florida fancy is an extremely healthy vigorous plant that is wellshaped with good strong branches and dense foliage. A Florida number one is a healthy vigorous plant with a good shape and good supply of leaves. A Florida number two is a healthy plant that is fairly well shaped with a fair amount of leaves. All other plants are labeled number three. These are your cheapest plants with the poorest chances of survival. If your nursery doesnt classify plants this way, or, if you buy gift plants from a supermarket, discount store or similar outlet, youll need to be able to identify vigorous, healthy plants on your own. Look for compact, rather than spindly plants. Compact plants are more desirable because of their abundance of foliage. A spindly plant without a good supply of leaves may be the victim of various leaf spot diseases or insect problems which have causes leaves to fall off. Make sure the leaves have good, uniform color. Check tips of leaves for brown or yellow discoloration. Inspect the trunk and branches to see that they are well-formed, without crack, peels or scars. Carefully examine that plant for any signs of insect or disease problems. Some things to look for are speckling on the leaves which indicates spider mite injury, curled or distorted leaves from aphids, and small bumps on stems and undersides of leaves which indicate a scale problem. Common disease problems show up in yellow or brown leaves, rotting stems, and brown roots. Check the soil to make sure it has good color, and hasnt been two heavily compacted. Pick the plant up and check to make sure that roots arent growing out from the bottom of the pot. There are other things to consider which depend on where the plant if to be kept once you bring it home from the nursery. Make sure that the plant is suited to the climatic conditions of your area. If the plant is to be keep indoors, decide if it is going to need special lighting. If you think that the plant is going to be put in the landscape, make sure it is adaptable to yearly highs and lows in temperature. Your nurseryman should be able to help you in making these kinds of decision. If you can follow these basic guidelines for selecting gift plants, your Christmas gift can be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come. For more information on buying plants for Christmas gifts contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or visit our website: gulf.ifas.u.edu.Special to The StarThere will be a regular general meeting of American Legion Post 116 at 4 p.m. ET Friday. The meeting will be held at VFW Post 10069, Trout Avenue, Highland View. This will be a general business meeting. All members are urged to attend this important meeting. Eligibility for Membership and Benets can be found on the American Legion Website: www.legion.org. We invite all eligible veterans to join our organization. For God and Country.Special to The StarMembers of the St. Joseph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution collected Christmas gifts for Veterans at the November meeting. Vice Regent Fran Walters presented them at the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Center in Panama City. The DAR annual Christmas Tea was held Dec. 18 in the home of Dawn Ford. MEXICO BEACH HOLIDAY SANITATION SCHEDULEStar Staff ReportThe City of Mexico Beach will observe the following schedule for Sanitation services. WEEK OF D DEC. 23 DDEC. 27: Monday, Regular garbage pick up Tuesday, Holiday No garbage pick up Wednesday, Holiday No garbage pick up Thursday, Regular garbage pick up Friday, Regular garbage pick upDAR collects gifts for veteransAAmerican L Legion Post 116 regular meetingSelecting, caring for Christmas poinsettias Buying plants for Christmas gifts Ourlocalrealestateexpertshaveidentiedwhattheyfeelarethebestvaluesaroundandareoering themtoyouinRealEstatePicks!(Inthissection),DiscoverthebestrealestatevaluesinMexicoBeach,Port St.Joe,Apalachicola,CapeSanBlas,St.GeorgeIsland,Carrabelleandsurroundingareas. 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JointheConversation WEDNESDAY -10:00AM-2:00PM-OpenHouse Coee&ConversationTHURSDAY 6:30PMMixedBibleStudyTocontactworshipleader:(850)648.1151orlwcpastor@fairpoint.net www.fbcpsj.org www.fbcpsj.org BruceHodge, Pastor ObituariesJack V. Bogaert, 77, of Zolfo Springs, FL and formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away December 10, 2013. Jack was born in Moline, Illinois to the late: Frank V. and Helen Gustus Bogaert. He attended Purdue University and graduated with his Bachelors degree in engineering. Jack worked as a Sales Representative for John M. Glass manufacturing for numerous years. Thirty four years ago, Jack met and fell in love with Sharon Judge at the Indianapolis Ski Club. They soon married. Over the years, Jack and Sharon spent time traveling, including a trip to the Panama Canal and many visits across the miles to see children and grandchildren. He was a family man, a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jack enjoyed spending time relaxing and shing at his lake house on Lake Freeman, Indiana and always found time to take the grandkids shing. Jack and Sharon began vacationing to Desoto County eight years ago and became full time residents in 2010. Jack was a fun loving guy and enjoyed playing golf, cards and being a handyman. Even throughout his 14-year battle with cancer, he always kept going, smiling and exuding pure positivity. He was a member of the Foundry Mens Association and the Moose Club in Arcadia. He was of the Catholic faith but often attended Sunday services at Tobys RV Park. Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon Bogaert, of Zolfo Springs, Fl; sons, Steven (Nancy) Bogaert, of Frankfort, Illinois, David (Jennifer) Bogaert, of Port St. Joe, Fl, Phil (Michelle) Hale, of Indianapolis, Indiana; daughters, Barbara (Brian) Osborn, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dana (Eyal) Tabib, of Cooper City, Fl; sister, Barbara (Dan) VanTreese, of Port St. Joe, FL; grandchildren, Christopher, Joseph, Isabel and Joel Bogaert, Gabriella, Daniel and Samuel Tabib and Stephen Osborn. A celebration of life service will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ponger Kays Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia, Fl. Online condolences can be made at http://www. pongerkaysgrady.comJack V. BogaertSpecial to The StarFirst United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe welcomes you to its annual from 6-7 p.m. ET Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday and a special Live Nativity Service at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. On Christmas Eve, there will be two candlelight services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a hot cocoa and cookie reception between the services at 6 p.m. Henry Edward Hughes, former 15-year resident of Mexico Beach, passed away Nov. 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Hughes was born in Atlanta, Ga. on July 21, 1917 to Emory and Janie Hughes. After completing Fulton High School, he attended Georgia Tech for two years and then graduated from John Marshall Law School, earning the degrees of LLB and LLM. Mr. Hughes served three years in the United States Army during World War II. Upon completion of his military duties, he returned to Atlanta and was employed by Western Electric Company in 1937. He retired in 1980 with 43 years of service, with the further distinction of having never missed a day of work. Mr. Hughes was married to Louise Gattis for 57 years until she passed away in 1996. In 1998 he married Elizabeth Woods Thompson of Mexico Beach, who passed away in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his son, Don R. Hughes, brother, Archie N. Hughes, and sister, Louise H. Bishop. Mr. Hughes is survived by his son, Edward Hughes, Jr. (Kye) of Maryville, Tenn.; two daughters, Phyllis H. Stallings (Ronnie) of Huntersville, NC., and Donna H. Roberts (Pat) of Greenville, SC., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Hughes is also survived by two stepchildren, Carol Rish of Port St. Joe, and Richard Thompson of Panama City, and their extended families. A gathering for friends and family was held on Dec. 2 at Troutman Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at St. Michaels Cemetery in Troutman, NC. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 Morgan St., Troutman, NC, 28166.Henry Edward Hughes Rice family Card of ThanksFamily and friends of Port St. Joe, thank you for all your prayers, heartfelt thoughts, offerings, meals, and love during this saddest, tragic, dif cult time of our lives! Your kindness and thoughtfulness was very much appreciated and meant so very much! Love, The Rice FamilyBubba, 47 of Niceville, was born in Port St. Joe on December 13, 1965 to Robert (Willie) and Dorene Williams. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1983. He then earned his AA degree from Gulf Coast Community College where he played and coached basketball. He then moved on to Florida State University where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees while working with the womens basketball program. Bubba had many titles in his life: friend, son, brother, teacher, coach, and businessman but the one he was most proud of was father. The joy of his life was his children. He was never more happy than when he was spending time with them and they could always bring a smile to his face no matter where he was. Bubba was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. (Willie) Williams; his mother, Dorene Dixon Robkin; and his grandmother, Nona (Maw Maw) Williams. He is survived by his children, Robert Edward (Will) Williams III 14, Trey David Williams 8, Halle Grace Williams 4, and Rhys Alexander Williams 2; his anc Alica Marie Blocker; his grandfather, Robert E. (Paw Paw) Williams; two siblings, sister Jessica Robkin-Ivins and husband James and brother, Kenneth Robkin, wife Claire and niece, Raphael; stepfather, Steven Robkin; two aunts, Beth Lyons and husband Cecil Lyons, Jr., Pat Arata and husband Tom. He also had many loving cousins and wonderful friends. Bubba or Coach Rob as many of his players and students knew him over the years touched many lives. He turned several struggling basketball programs around starting with Bay High but he was more proud of the impact he had on the kids lives that played for him than he was of the win loss records. He showed these young men that with hard work and determination all of their dreams were possible. Later when he became a successful businessman he would say all the money in the world couldnt compare with feeling he got watching these young men go on to become successful members of society and watching them raise their children using the discipline and ethics that he has taught them. Honorary Pallbearers for the service were a group of his close friends: Donnie Cox, Darren Arnold, Chris Sexton, Mitchel Gay, Timothy Oliver, Gary Speights, Derek Delach, Jack Colinsworth, and Richard (Scoop) Jackson. Graveside services were held Sunday, December 15 at Holly Hills Cemetery in Port St. Joe at 3 p.m. ET. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Bay High Basketball Boosters at Bay High School, 1200 Harrison Ave. Panama City Fl. 32401. All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.Robert Edward (Bubba) Williams Thursday, December 19, 2013 Page A10Live Nativity and Christmas Eve schedule

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LocalThe Star| A11By MELANIE G. TAYLORUF/IFAS Gulf CountyE Extension AAgent IIII, Family & Consumer Sciences and 4-H The holiday season is upon us, and that means many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen. If you would like to make an impression with a less-than-ordinary meal, use traditional family dishes as a starting point for your special menu, then add seasonal spices to easy-to-prepare dishes to create a holiday feast that your family and friends will talk about for weeks. Spices are native to warm, tropical climates and are obtained from roots, owers, fruits, seeds, or bark. Adding holiday spices to your recipes will add just the right amount of Christmas charm along with a rich, warm avor and aroma that enhances many dishes. Spices do come with some health benets. The greatest being that spices serve as avorful alternatives to salt, fat, and sugar without adding any extra calories to meals. Instead of adding sugar to oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and desserts, try adding spices like cinnamon and allspice. For savory meals, replace salt with spices like black pepper, cumin, and dill seed. Try avoring foods with spices instead of using breading, gravies, and sauces. Seasoning meats with spices and cooking them on the grill are healthy alternatives to frying and easy, avorful ways to reduce fat intake. Adopting changes like these can help reduce sodium, fat, and sugar in your diet. How long will these spices last in your kitchen? Dried spices never actually spoil, but their avor and aroma fade over time. They should be stored in a cool, dry place in tight containers and away from heat. When cooking, keep the container away from steaming pots to avoid exposure to moisture. Ground spices, such as paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg, can be kept for 23 years. Cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and any other whole spices can be used for up to 5 years. Always use small amounts to start with when adding spices. When adding spices to foods that are served cold, it is important to refrigerate the food for a few hours to ensure that the avors of the spices are well absorbed. Now you know using spices is a great way to reduce sodium, sugar, and fat in your diet while adding bold new avors. Its a good idea to plan your meals before going to the grocery store so that you know which spices you will need. Use the advice above to keep seasonings fresh and avorful. The examples listed above are just a snapshot of possible uses, so be creative! Follow these tips, and you will spice up your cooking in no time. For more information visit the UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) website at edis. ifas.u.edu (document FSHN13-030), or contact the UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Ofce at 639-3200. SOURCE: Information was collected from document FSHN13-03, one of a series of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date April 2013. Visit the EDIS website at edis.ifas.u. edu. 9454HWY98BEACONHILLATTHE MEXICOBEACHCITYLIMITS8506478310 GREATSELECTIONOFALLYOURFAVORITEBEER,WINE&SPIRITS BRIANBOWEN DEBIJORDAN WEN BORIANB 0138746 058 S LIMITY CITCH BEAOMEXIC S SPIRIT& WINE BEERVORITEA FOURY ALL OFTION SELECTGREA ONTHEPOOPDECK UPCOMINGEVENTS -INTHECROWSNESTKARAOKE SONICTONICKONKRETESOUL www.SacredHeartontheGulf.org MULLED HOLIDAY TEAIINGREDIENtsTS:3 quarts simmering water 3 red fruit tea bags 3 regular tea bags 1 orange, cut in quarters and studded with 4 whole cloves 1 lemon, cut in quarters 1/2 cup fresh cranberries 2 cinnamon sticksDDIRECtTIONsS:1. Simmer water in a large pot on the stove. 2. Add all ingredients and turn the heat to low. 3. Heat for a few minutes until the tea is steeped. 4. Remove the tea bags. 5. Serve hot to your guests. Serves 12. Each 1 cup serving: 2 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g ber, 0g sugars, 0g proteinSPIICEE up your holiday mealsAbove are a few of the traditional holiday spices you may want to try this seasonSpecial to The StarCoastal Cabin began in Port St. Joe after we moved here from the north. It was obvious that our business slogan needed to be where the water meets the woods! Our love of the water and the woods has been the inspiration for our art and the design and construction of our furniture and home accessories. In the beginning, we were a participant at the Salt Air Farmers Market at the City Commons Park. It grew to the extent that we rented space inside existing stores. We found the response so great that it was evident we were in need of our own store space. The home studio and workshop are a little quieter now, but the store is hopping with creativity, new craftsmen added and lots of new customers getting a chance to see our work and take a piece of it home with them. In our new location, we have added other artists and collectors creations. You can nd items for your woodland cabin, your beach house cottage and everything in between here at Coastal Cabin! If you dont see it here....we can custom make it for you! Visit Coastal Cabin in the beautiful downtown Port St Joe shopping district at 310 Reid Avenue. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. We are extending our business hours through the Christmas season, serving you on Monday too!Coastal Cabin opens in Port St. Joe SPECIAL tT O Th H E St T ARThe Gulf County Chamber of Commerce recently held a formal ribbon cutting for Coastal Cabin. Thursday, December 19, 2013 NName Source Flavor Best usedP Pair withCinnamon Dried bark of the cinnamon tree Pungently sweet Dried sticks or ground powder Breads, cakes, chicken, coffee, cookies, pork, spiced beverages, sweet potatoes, squash, tea, yogurt (often paired with allspice, cloves, and nutmeg)N Nutmeg Seeds of the nutmeg tree Warm, spicy, sweet Freshly groundA Applesauce, baked goods, beverages, cheese dishes, cream dishes, desserts, ground meats, pies, sauces, soups, stews, and many vegetables GingerR Roots of the ginger plant Mix of pepper and sweetness Dried powder or freshly grated from root Beets, beverages, breads, cakes, cheese dishes, chutneys, cookies, curries, dipping sauce, dressings, meat, poultry, soups, stews, and yellow vegetables Cloves Dried ower buds of the clover tree Sweet or bittersweet Dried and ground Baked goods, beets, chili sauces, cookies, curries, fruit sauces/ syrups, gingerbread, squash, and tomato saucesA Allspice Dried unripe berry of the Pungent and fragrant Dried, ground, and fresh leaves Meats, jerk seasoning paste, marinades for chicken and pork, stews, Pimenta dioica plant (ground allspice releases aromatic roasts, soups, barbecue and tomato sauces, roasted vegetables, rice, (a tropical evergreen tree) notes reminiscent of cinnamon, applesauce, fruit compote, oatmeal cookies nutmeg, and cloves)

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SmartLensesSMCanproduceclearvisionwithoutglasses, atalldistances BoardCertified andCataractSurgeonBoardCertified andCataractSurgeon 1109456 CouponExpires:12-31-13CODE:SJ00 Thursday, December 19, 2013 By THE STAFF AT MYGULFCARESpecial to The Star Wow, what a thought! We spend so much time stressing over the right gifts, the right foods, the right decorations and all the right things to make our holidays happy that we sometimes end up not so happy after all. We forget to focus on the things that help us feel right, such as eating healthy, exercising, relaxing and spending time with our loved ones. There are some things you can do to make sure you dont wreck your holidays. First, make a list and check it twice. Santa has the right idea about that! Plan ahead before going shopping for gifts, groceries, decorations or other holiday items. Know where youre going, what youre purchasing and what quantity you need. If last years lights still work and all you need is a few spare bulbs, you may save yourself some money and a headache or two. Planning the meal in advance for a holiday gathering allows you to let others help in preparation. Most families have favorite meals that include at least a few healthy choices, and recipes can be adapted to be healthier. Planning ahead gives everyone a chance to contribute, and allows the host and hostess to spend a little less time in the kitchen. There are a few Web sites devoted to helping adapt recipes to be gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carbohydrate, and other dietary considerations. Next, avoid the urge to not do those things you usually do for yourself, like going for a walk, going to the gym or relaxing with a good book. The gift of time is one of the most treasured gifts you will give this season. Start by giving yourself time to stay focused, stay relaxed and stay healthy. You will nd it easier to avoid stress, anxiety and emotional eating if you spend those few minutes each day taking care of you. Besides, who else is going to do it? Give gifts that reect your thoughtfulness. Focus on the person, what they mean to you and what you enjoy sharing with them. Skip the fancy shoes and costly purses in favor of that handmade picture frame with a picture of the famous shopping trip when something silly happened. Or, how about a photo album with several special pictures that you know will make them smile? Dont deprive yourself. Its not time to be worried about losing weight. Instead, try not to gain. Chances are if you deprive yourself of every treat you usually would have enjoyed, you will end up giving in and binging on them later. Be sensible, and enjoy within reason. Keeping healthy snacks like baby carrots, cut-up fruit, or celery around and ready to eat makes the healthy choice just as easy and convenient as the not-so-healthy one. When its all said and done, the holidays should be a happy memory, not an unhealthy nightmare. By WESES LLOCHERHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star.com Its been an uphill battle for Reid Avenues newest business. Estate Jewelry and Loan has opened its doors on Reid after months of construction and remodeling. Lit up for the holidays and open late during the Christmas on the Coast celebration, the jewelry store has a spacious and well-lit aesthetic, despite long months of the windows being covered in brown paper. After months of preparation, owner Nicholas DiLallo said he was happy to nally open his store. Weve gotten a lot of positive feedback, said DiLallo. People seem to like the idea of having a real jewelry store. DiLallos jewelry store came under scrutiny when he went before city commissioners in August seeking a pawn license be approved. DiLallo, who recently moved to Port St. Joe from Miami with his wife, Theresa, has worked in pawn shops nearly his entire life, and though his primary goal was to open a jewelry store, he also wanted to provide loan services to the community. Hesitant to bring pawn services to downtown, DiLallos initial request for the license was tabled and Mayor Mel Magidson encouraged local merchants to speak with DiLallo about his plans for the store and to go see the building he had purchased. What were doing shouldnt be a mystery, said DiLallo. DiLallo said that he wanted his family and business to be part of the community and was happy to have other merchants weigh in. After receiving zero negative feedback toward his plans, the pawn license was approved without additional conversation and DiLallos business continued as planned. Pawn is not our main business, said DiLallo. Its hard times and sometimes people need a couple of bucks to get through. Were happy to help people who need help when they need it. The shop, situated next door to Josephs Cottage is focused on jewelry and hard-to-nd collectibles that include sports memorabilia, bronzes and paintings. DiLallo believes that his store should be a stop on anyones holiday shopping trip. We have jewelry from $10 and up, said DiLallo. Youll nd a great Christmas present here. In order to welcome members of the community through his doors, DiLallo has kept later business hours and he and Theresa said they were pleased with the amount of trafc that has come through. During the Christmas on the Coast celebration, the mayor even visited to ofcially welcome the DiLallos to the community. People seem happy to see us, said Theresa. There hasnt been a jewelry store in Port St. Joe since the 70s. Were here for everyone and we want everyone to feel welcome. DiLallo and his wife, Theresa, vacationed to Gulf County three times a year for the last eight years. Like many visitors to the area, they fell in love with the beaches, weather and a community that was smaller and tightly knit. Over the summer the couple relocated to Gulf County and ofcially completed the process of becoming residents. Weve taken all our assets from Miami. Im not an out-of-towner anymore! laughed DiLallo. DiLallo said that he has joined the Chamber of Commerce and a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the near future. Estate Jewelry and Loan is located at 401 Reid Ave in Port St. Joe.Happy, Healthy HolidaysNew jewelry store offers more than pawnPHOTOS BY WES LOCHER | The StarEstate Jewelry and Loan is now open at 401 Reid Ave. Its the rst jewelry store to open in Port St. Joe since the 1970s. ABOVE: Owners Nicholas and Theresa DiLallo moved to Port St. Joe in August from Miami.LEFT: The store offers jewelry and hardto-nd collectibles that include sports memorabilia, bronzes and paintings.

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 19, 2013 The Star | A13 93304S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO. 2012-195CA EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. VERTIS HYSMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 26, 2013 and entered in Civil Case No. 2012195-CA of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, in and for GULF County, wherein EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, is Plaintiff and VERTIS HYSMITH, is Defendant, 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., ET on the 9th day of January, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment. EXHIBIT A Commence at the Northeast corner of Section 10, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; and thence run South 00 degrees 00 minutes 33 seconds East along the East boundary line of said Section 10, a distance of 619.47 feet; thence run South 89 degrees 59 minutes 27 seconds West, 1071.76 feet to the Northeasterly right-of-way boundary of Creekview Drive; thence run along said right-of-way boundary as follows: North 48 degrees 11 minutes 52 seconds West, 482.94 feet to a re-rod; thence North 58 degrees 24 minutes 03 seconds West, 40.00 feet to a re-rod for the Point of Beginning. From said Point of Beginning, continue North 58 degrees 24 minutes 03 seconds West, 282.50 feet to a re-rod; thence leaving said right-of-way boundary, run North 01 degrees 18 minutes 21 seconds East, 541.89 feet to the center of Stone Mill Creek; thence run along the center of said creek as follows: South 65 degrees 17 minutes 03 seconds East, 58.92 feet; thence South 83 degrees 45 minutes 02 seconds East, 33.59 feet; thence South 32 degrees 57 minutes 17 seconds East, 47.24 feet; thence North 66 degrees 41 minutes 52 seconds East, 63.96 feet; thence South 72 degrees 58 minutes 35 seconds East, 52.04 feet; thence South 14 degrees 12 minutes 23 seconds West, 86.09 feet; thence South 85 degrees 40 minutes 09 seconds East, 63.05 feet; thence North 37 degrees 32 minutes 59 seconds East, 52.34 feet; thence South 86 degrees 33 minutes 07 seconds East, 82.64 feet; thence South 01 degrees 41 minutes 26 seconds East, 64.60 feet; thence South 16 degrees 57 minutes 07 seconds East, 43.75 feet; thence South 66 degrees 14 minutes 46 seconds East, 44.91 feet; thence North 39 degrees 23 minutes 55 seconds East, 44.04 feet; thence North 26 degrees 13 minutes 09 seconds West, 56.63 feet; thence North 48 degrees 26 minutes 26 seconds East, 33.34 feet; thence South 40 degrees 01 minutes 01 seconds East, 83.46 feet; thence South 63 degrees 44 minutes 48 seconds East, 61.83 feet; thence South 09 degrees 03 minutes 52 seconds West, 22.64 feet; thence South 41 degrees 00 minutes 02 seconds West, 39.14 feet; thence South 33 degrees 15 minutes 06 seconds East, 48.30 feet; thence leaving the center of said creek, run South 41 degrees 48 minutes 08 seconds West, 508.56 feet to the Point of Beginning. TOGETHER WITH a 1999 GRAN Mobile Home Identification Number GAGMTS06325 DATED this 2nd day of December, 2013. REBECCA NORIS CIRCUIT COURT CLERK By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 12, 19, 2013 96627S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Marilyn Schmacker the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 561 Application No. 2013-52 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 02428-000R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the SE. Corner of Lot 59, Block K Aldersons Addition, according to the Plat thereof on file in Plat Book 1, Page 1, in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, thence run East (Bearing Base) along the North right of way line of Henry Avenue for 290 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 157.75 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 157.75 feet, to the Southern right of way line of Chipola Avenue (River Road), thence North 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East along said right of way line for 130.00 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds West for 157.50 feet; thence West for 130.00 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Vera Mae Armstrong All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 93328S NOTICE TO SELL Notice is hereby given that Bayou Storage, pursuant to FS83.806, will dispose of or offer for sale after December 26, 2013, the miscellaneous items belonging to the following tenant: MANUELLA MARTINEZ Unit #204. Storage unit contents may be redeemed by owner prior to December 26, 2013, for cash only. Pub: Dec 12, 19, 2013 96629S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Marilyn Schmacker the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 514 Application No. 2013-51 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 02428-050R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the SE. Corner of Lot 59, Block K Aldersons Addition, according to the Plat thereof on file in Plat Book 1, Page 1, in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, thence run East (Bearing Base) along the North right of way line of Henry Avenue for 290 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 315.50 feet to the Southern right of way line of Chipola Avenue (River Avenue); thenceNorth 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East along said right of way line for 130.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East, along said right of way line 115.08 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds West for 157.50 feet; thence West for 115.00 feet, thence North 157.50 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Steve Brinkmeier & Christine Brinkmeier All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 96699S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 13-61-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF MURLIN RAY BURT Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of MURLIN RAY BURT, deceased, whose date of death was March 5, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. 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A14| The Star Thursday, December 19, 2013 CLASSIFIEDS 4510160 4510161 1119358 Nuclear Medicine Adjuncts:Will teach credited courses, supervise laboratory learning experiences, evaluate student achievements, develop curriculum, and formulate policies and procedures. Minimum Quali cations: Bachelors Degree or higher. Must have current active licensure in Nuclear Medicine Imaging, related certi cations as appropriate for eld (i.e. CPR, HIPPA, etc.) and have a minimum of 2 years post-certi cation experience in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Copies of Transcripts must be submitted with a GCSC application. ***Applicants may apply direct to Health Sciences Chair. Open till lled. Additional info: www.gulfcoast.edu/hr. Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of any federally protected class in its programs, activities or employment. GCSC Equity O cer (850) 872-3866.GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer. GCSC Equity O ce 850.872.3866 4516978RENTALS 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322Contact Aaron Dempsey (850) 697-5300 www.mysandybeach.com 1. COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON 98, RIVER VIEW, $1200 WATER INCLUDED.2. 419 PIRATES LANDING. 1BR/1BA, CONDO. 750/MO3. 422 CARLTON, LANARK VILLAGE. 2 BR/ 1BA. 550/MO4. 103 PINE ST. LANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA. SCREENED PORCH. 425/MO 5. 703D SE THIRD ST. 3BR,2BA 800/MO. 6. 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH HOUSE ON RIVER/3 BOAT SLIPS W/LIFT 2 CAR GARAGE 7. PICKETS LANDING CONDO E7. 4BR, 3BA 2000.00/MO. UTILITIES INCLUDED WITH BOAT SLIP 8. 39 CARL TONS, L ANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA 650/ MO UTILITIES INCLUDEDOFFICE BUILDING ON 98, $650 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON HWY 98, FOR DETAILS 850 370 6223 2. 419PIRATESLANDING. 1BR/1BA,CONDO. 750/MO 4.103 PINE ST. LANARKVILLAGE.1BR/1BA. SCREENEDPORCH. 425/MO 6.3 BEDROOM3 BATH HOUSE ON RIVER/3 BOAT SLIPSW/LIFT 2CARGARAGEwww. rst tness.com/carrabelle SalesSales RepsHalifax Media Group is currently looking for outside sales representatives If you are in sales and are confident in your sales abilities, then this opportunity may be for you. We are looking for energetic Sales Executives with 2+ years of B2B outside sales and business development experience.Territories Available In: Panama City Chipley Port St. JoeWe are only seeking passionate, positive, driven outside sales professionals. Responsibilities: Prepare for appointments. All travel is local and typically within a 50 mile radius of your office. Meet daily with owners of small to medium sized businesses with the goal of marketing and securing business Conducting our solutions based approach to qualifying potential business for new sales leads in between appointments and during networking opportunities Contacting Sales Coordinator with feedback from appointments and sharing new business lead opportunities. Reviewing the days successes and challenges with your Sales Manager, gaining sales support as appropriate all administrative support people have a vested interest in your success In our organization, we offer the following to our outside sales Account Executives: Fantastic Benefits and Compensation Program Commissions and Bonus New hire and ongoing training and development Requirements: At least two years of face-to-face direct sales, outside sales, B2B, Business Development experience Bachelors degree preferred but not necessary. We will consider the right experience over a degree Highly self-motivated and self-disciplined with ability to work effectively with little or no supervision Outgoing personality with expertise at developing relationships, particularly with business owners, presidents and CEOs Good communicator-excellent listening skills and ability to offer solutions. To apply: Send resume to lgrimes@pcnh.com EOE, Drug Free Workplace Web ID#: 34269124 Text FL69124 to 56654 Sales The News Herald is seeking an innovative and experiencedSales ManagerWho will be responsible for leading and creating integrated multi-media sales strategies to drive revenue across multiple platforms. We are seeking a passionate, highly organized team player who will effectively train and motivate the sales team, using sales planners, the 5-step sales process and consistent accountability to drive their success. The Sales Manager will be creative, yet analytical. Responsibilities: Meets or exceeds sales and revenue goals. Advocates the methodical & standardized 5-step sales approach to buyers. This approach includes planning & preparing for the call, needs analyses, building a compelling solution, developing and closing an effective sales presentation, and following up to ensure client satisfaction. Communicates and advocates the companys vision for a world class sales team, excelling at building active accounts with solutions from a diverse product and services portfolio. Develops and consistently supports staff development by providing clear expectations, tools and training, sales goals, accountability and frequent feedback. Collaborates with other managers to generate new sales ideas and stays abreast of product and platformchanges. Develops sales team, striving for world class execution and results. This includes training/coaching, use of data in sales presentations, creating a vision and integrated sales campaigns for the client, producing sales presentations, and using analytics to measure the solutions ROI for the client. Requirements: Bachelors degree or comparable experience. Proven record of successful leadership in a goal-oriented, highly accountable environment. Successful record of team building and leadership. Excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities is essential. Digital sales experience. Proven digital sales management experiences. A deep and broad understanding of the market and competition Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills. Proficient PC skills including Microsoft applications Excel and Word. In addition, must be well versed in digital sales tools, including job boards, search, email, social marketing and analytics. Demonstrated innovation, leadership, communication, and staff development skills. Possesses ability to coach and be coached. Strong ethical standards and integrity are a must. Understanding of research tools is a huge plus. Ensures that the business unit meets and/or exceeds revenue expectations Proven sales management experience All full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, Life/ AD&D/Long-term disability Insurance, 401k plan, and paid time off. In addition, we offer: Performance/Incentive Based Pay Scale Friendly Team Environment Supportive & Motivating Staff to help you succeed Positive, Professional, and Upbeat work environment We promote from within! Please submit resume and cover letter to lgrimes@pcnh.com EOE, Drug-free workplace Web ID#: 34266362 Text FL66340 to 56654 MarketingEntry Level Marketing SpecialistThe News Herald is looking for an entry-level marketing specialist to assist with marketing support and document presentations for our sales team in a timely, accurate, and cost effective manner. This position will assist with sales proposals and interview preparation under the direction of the Regional Marketing Director, assist with development and coordination of marketing materials and branding, update and maintain files and documents and utilize effective written and oral communication skills. In addition, the position will provide assistance for event planning and conference attendance. Candidates should have an Associates degree and must be skilled in Powerpoint, InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Excel. Applicable experience may be substituted in lieu of formal education. The News Herald offers the following benefits: medical, dental, vision and life insurance; 401(k) plan; vacation and sick leave; and disability insurance. To apply, send resume to: lgrimes@pcnh.com or come by the office at 501 W. 11th Street to complete an employment application. Hiring will be contingent on a background check and drug screen. Web ID#: 34274489 Text FL74489 to 56654 Personal Representative: Charles E. Burt 6831 Hillsboro Rd. Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin FL Bar No. 699070 P O Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Tel: (850)-227-1159 email: ccostin@ costinlaw.com December 12, 19, 2013 96757S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2009-CA-000112 DIVISION: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR JPALT 2006-S2, Plaintiff, vs. LUANN M. QUARANTA, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated November 06, 2013 and entered in Case No. 23-2009-CA000112 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR JPALT 2006-S2 is the Plaintiff and LUANN M QUARANTA; WILLIAM C. QUARANTA, SR.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 9th day of January, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT TWENTY-SIX (26), BLOCK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130), UNIT NUMBER TWELVE (12), OF THE ST. JOSEPHS ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED APRIL 13, 1982 IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 27 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2005 MARVIN AVENUE, PORT ST JOE, FL 324560000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 2, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org F09022212 December 12, 19, 2013 96707S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 23-2012-CA-000008 Division: Civil Division NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC Plaintiff, vs. ASHLEY N. BRYAN A/K/A ASHLEY BRYAN, et al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled case, I will sell the property located in GULF County, Florida, described as: The East 1/2 of Lots 10 and 12, Block 59, CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, GULF COUNTY, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 19, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Property address: 307 12th Street Port Saint, FL 32456 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, by electronic sale at AT SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE COURTHOUSE, 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN, SR. BLVD., PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456 beginning at 11:00 a.m. E.T. on this 9th day of January, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 3rd day of December, 2013. Rebecca Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY: Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff 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 Court Administration at P.O. Box 826, Marianna, Florida, 32447. Phone number 850-718-0026, Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts. Hearing & Voice Impaired: 1-800-955-8771 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. File# 107957/tam December 12, 19, 2013 96775S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-000274-CA AMERICAN BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES W. NAUS; BARBARA NAUS, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida, will on the 16th day of January, 2014, at 11:00 oclock A.M., EST, at Gulf County Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida in accordance with Chapter 45, F.S., offer for sale and sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Gulf County, Florida, to wit: A parcel of land lying in the Southwest Quarter of Section 32, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida; being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northeast Corner of said Southwest Quarter; thence North 89 West along the North line of said Southwest Quarter a distance of 989.51 feet, to the centerline of a 66 foot road easement; thence South 16 East along said road easement a distance of 1,600.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 16 East along said road easement a distance of 5 feet; thence run North 89 West, a distance of 678.25 feet to the Intracoastal Waterway right-of-way as recorded in Foreign Records Book 1, Pages 87 through 107 of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida; thence continue North 89 West a distance of 158 feet more or less to the approximate waters edge; thence Northerly along the waters edge a distance of 105 feet more or less to a point on a line parallel with and 105.00 feet Northerly from the previously described course, as measured along said right-of-way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; thence South 89 East a distance of 159 feet more or less to said right-of-way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; thence continue South 89 East a distance of 678.25 feet; thence South 16 East a distance of 100.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Property address: 285 Whippoorwill Lane, Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456. pursuant to the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, the style and case number of which is set forth above. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. WITNESS my hand and official seal of this Honorable Court, this 6th day of December, 2013. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 12, 19, 2013 96869S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS CITY OF PORT ST. JOE RFP 2013-10 The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in constructing: CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE RELOCATION The project includes preparation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse for relocation, transport plan, construction of temporary roadbeds, new foundation system, placement and anchoring at new site location. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to PREBLE-RISH, INC. The completion date for this project will be 90 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the successful bidder. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $500.00 per day. Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid, for the Cape San Blas Lighthouse Relocation Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on January 23, 2014 at the City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, and will be opened and read aloud at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Handicapped Accessible/ Fair Housing Jurisdiction. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held at the office of Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida (850) 227-7200 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, January 9, 2014. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200. December 19, 26, 2013 Cue FurnitureStart your Christmas layaway now! Pickup as late as December 23rd. New mattresses: Twin sets, $79; Full sets, $139; Queen sets, $199. Quality used furniture. 1425 Hwy 71 S. Wewa. 850-639-2343. Text FL71872 to 56654 Install/Maint/RepairMaintenance Project ManagerNational outsourcing company needs an experienced, seasoned maintenance professional to lead a crew of maintenance workers at a luxury property in the Santa Rosa Beach area. 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