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Thursday, JANUARY 2, 2014Subscribe to The Star800-345-8688For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion .................................A4Outdoors ...............................A6Sports.....................................A7 Society ...................................A8School News ..........................A9Faith .....................................A10 Obituaries ............................A10Classi eds ............................A12TABLE OF CONTENTS Celebrate twice on New Years EveBy WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com With the New Year almost upon us, its time to celebrate twice! Before making any personal resolutions, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and Mexico Beach Community Development Council have asked that you make a resolution to stay safe. But because the area spans two time zones, safety and celebrating twice intertwine. To help, a series of complimentary trolleys will be provided for those who wants to celebrate the countdown in the Eastern time zone and then again in Central time on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 31.By TIM CROFT and WES LOCHER227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The past 12 months have been marked by celebration and controversy. Promise at the port was counterbalanced by continued upheaval within economic development in the county. The Board of County Commissioners and the city of Port St. Joe spent much time jabbing at and among each other not to mention commissioners and staff. Tourism roared back, but the chronic lack of jobs continued as well as eroding of school enrollment. DAWGS in Prison reached 300 dogs saved, and the city of Port St. Joe celebrated its centennial. Add it all together, and 2013 had plenty of news and by years end held out hope that the news in 2014 would be of a more positive nature. Here, in photos and words, is our wrap-up of 2013, not only the events but the themes that characterized the year. The Port of Port St. Joe has been a staple of this roundup for several years. 2014 should have a lot to say about whether the port remains prominent on the list into the future. Almost everything that occurred over the past year is foundation for the coming year and the belief it will be a tipping point for the port. While the Port Authority of Port St. Joe wrestled with a lack of funds for operations and a lawsuit that threatens possession of the ports barge terminal and uplands, much of what has happened the past year was setting the table for 2014. The case for dredging the federally authorized shipping channel took shape as the St. Joe Company, the Port Authoritys formal collaborators in developing the port, entered into a pair of Letters of Intent with energy companies to ship wood pellets through the Port of Port St. Joe. Eastern Shipbuilding still is paying a lease for bulkhead and land on the old mill site and is expected to expand to Gulf County at some point. One other customer provided the Port Authority with a letter of interest to ship aggregate and sand through the port. In turn, the Port Authority received the grant funds and embarked on the formal work to submit a dredge permit application to state and federal agencies by early summer. And a study to analyze a potential return on investment from a developed and operational port was underway to put before state legislators during the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature. The timeline is critical for the Port of Port St. Joe. Those LOIs hinge on a path that will bring dredging of the ship channel by the end of 2014. That path in signi cant measure hinges on the approval of the dredge permit application this year and, most importantly, an appropriation of public dollars to dredge. As positive as the developments of 2013 were for the Port of Port St. Joe, 2014 looms large in the future of job creation and economic development of an entire region.Key port study moves forwardBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A study characterized as imperative to the future of the port has taken a turn but continues forward. The study, to analyze the Return on Investment that could be realized with a developed and operational Port of Port St. Joe, has been undertaken by a private consulting rm but is still on track to be completed by next month. Originally, a representative of the Haas Center at the University of West Florida, which studies economic trends in Northwest Florida, verbally agreed the center would undertake the study. A preliminary approval was given by the Port St. Joe Port Authority. However, a contract could not be completed because of various factors, and with the By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com So close, yet so far. During last weeks regular meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commission, city manager Jim Anderson told the board the Paces Foundation, which operates out of Smyrna, Ga., had failed to secure federal housing tax credits it would use to leverage funds for an affordable housing complex that would bring about 70 single-family homes to Port St. Joes north side. The property is still viable for affordable housing, just not with Paces right now, Mayor Mel Magidson said. We have the property, we just need someone to come and develop it. In August, Paces President Mark du Mas presented his plans to commissioners, saying he would apply for a tax credit program that would require the foundation to go to Tallahassee to compete for housing credits. Once awarded, Paces planned to sell the credits to banks in order to fund the structures. Though Paces did not receive the housing credits, they would be able to reapply next year. During the meetings Fair Housing Workshop held by Bruce Ballister of the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Ballister commiserated with commissioners over the setback. Ballister said he knew of other foundations that might be able to help get affordable housing into Port St. Joe if Paces was unable to do so. Florida coastal affordable housing is notoriously dif cult, Ballister said. Its to be commended if you can make it happen. Though Magidson welcomed the recommendations, Anderson said Paces was exploring other ways of funding the project. 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com 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 2013 in rewind PSJ commissioners back to square one on affordable housing See CELEBRATE A2 See PORT A2 See HOUSING A2PHOTOS BY DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM, TIM CROFT | The Star, Wes Locher | The Star and Special to The StarTOP LEFT: Gulf World Marine Institute released two rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf. The rst, released in July, was an endangered juvenile green sea turtle rescued by a local sherman in Apalachicola Bay and treated for pneumonia. In October, a sub adult loggerhead sea turtle named Taylor was set free. The turtle was found tangled in shing mono laments by boaters in Perry. TOP CENTER: The Curry Brothers band used the crowd funding website Kickstarter.com to raise money for their rst full-length album. Over the months of July and August, they raised more than $19,000, and they are currently recording. The group also performed at the annual Scallop Fest. TOP RIGHT: In March, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf celebrated its third anniversary. The hospital is currently ranked No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in Florida in patient satisfaction, according to Beckers Hospital Review. More than 124 volunteer workers have donated more than 31,500 hours and saved the facility $700,000. ABOVE: The Semper Fi Sisters celebrated their fth Beach Blast and had their annual Boxes of Love packing party, which sends care packages to military units abroad, shipping out more than 1,000 packages. PORT OF CALL Based on reader response and interest, no story stirred more pointed debate than the proposed relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. One year after the city of Port St. Joe was awarded deed to the lighthouse and ancillary buildings by the federal government, a year into a Save the Cape San Blas Lighthouse fundraising campaign, six months after the Florida Legislature bequeathed the city over $300,000 for the effort, not much has changed. Save the shoreline, the steady disappearance of which began this saga. By years end, city commissioners were awaiting a new round of bids, after tossing initial bids, for a phased approach to taking down the lighthouse and moving it into the city while facing a mid-January deadline on the second extension the feds provided to move the complex. The plans brought by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency for a new Bay Park, the centerpiece of which would be the lighthouse, were put on the backburner after the plans became a ashpoint in the broader lighthouse debate. And a group dedicated to keeping the lighthouse on the cape through relocation to Salinas Park was lobbying the Board of County Commissioners to re-engage and provide a lifeline to Port St. Joe of cials should they choose to walk away. The machinations took place against a background of spirited debate on how the lighthouse should be saved by becoming a draw for tourists or as a historical relic that has watched over the cape for almost two centuries. A BEACON OF DEBATE See REWIND A3 The year in sports, A7YEAR 76, NUMBER 12
LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, January 2, 2014 Also making news was the Golden Arches of David Costas McDonalds at First Street and U.S. Highway 98. The sign is still in violation of the citys sign ordinance and must be replaced with one much smaller. Commissioner William Thursbay led off what has been an ongoing discussion with a motion to extend Costas deadline from Dec. 31 until the following year. Magidson countered Thursbays motion, asking why they should give Costa another year when hed already had years to x the sign. Costa was in the crowd and took the podium to provide his side of the story. Costa said he had purchased the McDonalds in January 2011 and was not told by the corporation that the sign was in violation. According to Costa, a corporate representative had been sent to previous commission meetings, and the information was never passed along. Weve tried to be good neighbors, making this building something youd be proud of, Costa said. A regular sponsor of the annual Scallop Festival, Costa said he was donating $50,000 to help remodel four kindergarten buildings in Gulf County. The original deadline for the sign to be brought into compliance was Oct. 1, but a previous extension gave Costa until the end of the year. The business owner said if he knew the sign was an issue, he would have replaced it during a large remodel. Well do what we need to do to comply, but consider the time period, Costa said. Wed prefer to use the money to put it into the schools. Magidson read Costa the meeting minutes from two years ago when commissioners rst began talks with McDonalds corporate about the sign. I resent that you can give to schools, but you cant follow the rules, Magidson said to Costa. I think you need to go to McDonalds and get your money back. I just dont think another year is appropriate. Thursbay changed his motion to a six-month extension for Costa, and Commissioner Rex Buzzett agreed that it was reasonable. I appreciate your contributions to the city, but it takes all of us working together to make the city what it is, Buzzett said. After conversation ended, a 3-2 (Magidson, Buzzett dissenting) vote awarded Costa a six-month extension. Toreserveyourseat,call850-229-5603 Likeuson FREEHEALTHSEMINARSINJANUARY!Jan.9SeniorVaccinationsWilliamWoolery,DO,FamilyMedicineJan.15CausesandTreatmentsof SleepApneaJamesOenbrink,MD,EarNoseandThroatJan.21PlasticSurgeryReconstruction inCancerCasesTongDuong,MD,PlasticSurgeryEachwillbeginat10:30a.m. SacredHeartHospitalontheGulf ConferenceRoomA/BCallforReservations:229-5603 FloridaSmallBusiness DevelopmentCenterLearnhowour300plusyearsofindustry experiencecanbenetyourbusiness.IntheAdvancedTechnologyCenter,Suite107 Visitnorthoridabiz.com orcall850.747.3204 CELEBRATE from page A1Its a free way to enjoy the nights festivities safely, said CDC executive director Kimberly Shoaf. You can trolley-hop all over Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach, enjoy two great reworks shows and get to ring in the New Year twice. The annual Celebrate Twice event will ensure revelers safe passage to Port St. Joe watering holes that include The Thirsty Goat, Regans Oyster Bar, Reid Avenue, Lookout Lounge and Marina Cove, home of Dockside Sea Food and Raw Bar, Ronnie Bs and Haughty Heron. Once the clock has struck midnight and 2014 has received a warm welcome in Port St. Joe, the celebration can start all over in Mexico Beach at the El Governor Motel, Toucans Restaurant, Mango Marleys, Fish House Restaurant and Rustic Sands Campground. Celebrate Twice allows our visitors and residents to enjoy such a unique New Years Eve event, Shoaf said. There are only four other places in the world where you can walk across time zones. Its a wonderful event, its safe and we usually have great weather, added TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins. Two reworks displays will light up the night, the rst in Port St. Joe at 10 p.m. ET and the second in Mexico Beach at midnight CT. Mexico Beach began the Celebrate Safe, Celebrate Twice event in 1999 and shuttled partygoers from Regans and the Lookout Lounge back to Bay County in time for the second ball drop. Port St. Joe was incorporated into the event seven years ago, and the transportation expanded to cover both cities. This year, six vehicles will be providing transportation. In Mexico Beach, one trolley will stay within the city limits and systematically hit each participating venue. One trolley will be dedicated to do the same in Port St. Joe. Three charter buses will hit every stop while an express bus will run between the El Governor Motel and the Thirsty Goat. Each bus will be clearly marked, and drivers will regularly announce their next destination. Once the event is over, we hope that people will stay the night at the El Governor Motel, the Port Inn or be within walking distance of their homes, Shoaf said. Historically, weve had very few drunken driving incidents during New Years. The trolleys keep those drivers off the roads and help keep everyone safe. To ride the trolleys or buses after 10 p.m. ET, patrons will need to be 21 or older. PORT from page A1guidance of staff at the Haas Center, the Port Authority was put in contact with the Washington Economic Group out of Coral Gables. That consultant will perform the study along the same timeline and at the same cost the Haas Center staff had agreed upon, roughly $20,000, which is being paid from the Florida Department of Transportation grant funding work on an application to dredge the shipping channel. It is critical we move forward with this study, Port Authority Chairman Leonard Costin said. Time is of the essence. That document is key to funding for dredging. The ROI study would present the case for the Port Authority to the Florida Legislature in the effort to secure funding for dredging of the federally authorized ship channel. Jorge Gonzalez, senior vice president of the St. Joe Company, collaborators with the Port Authority on port development, said the company is focusing its lobbying efforts on that case. The case begins with two Letters of Intent between St. Joe and two energy companies, one located in Northwest Florida, to ship wood pellets through the Port of Port St. Joe. Those agreements hinge on dredging occurring by the end of 2014 or early in 2015. Further, Costin recently announced a letter of interest from the Holland M. Ware Foundation to ship aggregate and sand through the port and over the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. The state budget contains a $5 million appropriation for the AN rail line, and the Ware Foundation letter expresses the interest provided dredging of the shipping channel is completed. Gonzalez said the $5 million rail improvement appropriation is pending distribution as state ofcials look for a path ahead to dredging of the Port of Port St. Joe. We are optimistic with the progress, Gonzalez said of that path. As long as the trend is positive, the feedback from companies is encouraging. That is our focus right now. We have two live companies that want to invest in the community. We are actively working with those companies. As four engineering companies work to complete the dredge application, funding for the dredging, which has been estimated in the tens of millions of dollars, during this legislative session is critical. That ROI study is imperative, said board member Eugene Rafeld, who has suggested any ROI study include the costs of not developing the port given the millions in infrastructure already in place. This is not our port, its everybodys port, Rafeld said. This is a regional concept. We nally have some traction. That ROI study is so important.OperationsWhile the long view becomes brighter for the Port of Port St. Joe, the shortterm continues to be vexing. Once again, the Port Authority board discussed how to move ahead without a full-time port director and only a volunteer administrative assistant on staff. Costin said he had raised or had pledged almost $5,000 with another $2,500 in-kind support, and the Economic Development Alliance, Inc. has committed to sponsoring a golf tournament in the spring to benet the Port Authority. The city of Port St. Joe contributed $10,000 in BP ne money for Florida Ports Council dues and liability insurance. The EDA board also has pledged to assist in bringing Florida Ports Council dues current to keep the Port of Port St. Joe at the table during discussions about state projects and funding. The port board chose not to vote on a written proposal brought by board member Johanna White that would bring the county and St. Joe Company into the day-to-day operations of the port. The Board of County Commissioners, she said, offered to provide assistance with administering grants while St. Joe could be the point-of-contact for the Port Authority, with phones rolled over to the companys ofces and the company dealing with potential clients. The point of doing this is all of us working together for the common good, White said. Each organization has strengths, and this outlines the responsibilities. County administrator Don Butler said he was there at the request of the BOCC to understand what the Port Authority was requesting, and County Commissioner Joanna Bryan corrected White by clarifying the BOCC did not offer anything; commissioners were approached by White. Port attorney Tom Gibson noted a signicant hurdle if the county is in the loop on grants the BOCC is subject to specic public records laws which could conict with potential clients seeking condentiality as they deal with the Port Authority. Costin said he hoped to secure local volunteers to help man the phones and said he thought current operations were ne. Guerry Magidson of the EDA said that organization was in the process of hiring a staff person who could also assist the Port Authority. Rafeld said more than an operating agreement, the Port Authority needed to return to meeting once a month while urging that all stakeholders the BOCC, municipalities, the St. Joe Company, etc. attend. Coordination among stakeholders, those who wish to invest in the port, who wish to see an operational port producing jobs, was essential. It is imperative we have all the groups at the table, working for the same things, Rafeld said. We should meet once a month and have anybody here that can help the port. If we dont get organized, know where are revenue streams are or are going to come from, we are kidding ourselves. HOUSING from page A1 PoORT TTHEATRE FoOUNDATIoON HAS f FIRST CHARTER MEETING CECELEEBRATERATE TTWICEICECelebrate Twice scheduled trolley stops run from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET (7 p.m. to 2 a.m. CT). Po ORT SST. JoOE Marina Cove (Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar, Haughty Heron, Ronnie Bs) The Thirsty Goat Regans Oyster Bar Reid Avenue Lookout LoungeM M EXICoO BEACH El Governor Motel Toucans Restaurant Mango Marleys & Fish House Restaurant Lookout Lounge Rustic Sands SpSP ECIAl L To O TT HE SS TARThe founding charter members of the Port Theatre Foundation met last Friday for a tour of the facility and to begin discussing plans that will ultimately lead to the building becoming a central location for movies, live theater, weddings and graduation ceremonies. Founding members include Jimbo Collins, Dolores Windolf, Anna Duren and Phillip Croton. Additional members will be added in the months to come.
LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, January 2, 2014 PublicNoticeAPublicHearingwillbeheldattheBoardofCountyCommissioners (BOCC)meetingonTuesday,January14,2014at9:00a.m.ETandon Tuesday,January28,2014at9:00a.m.ET.Thepublichearingswillbe heldintheBOCCMeetingRoomattheRobertM.MooreAdministration Building,1000CecilG.CostinSr.Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,Florida.Thepublic hearingswillbetodiscussandactonthefollowing: Thepublicisencouragedtoattendandbeheardonthismatter.The ordinanceandcontentsareonlewiththeClerkofCourtandatthe PlanningDepartment,Room311intheRobertM.MooreAdministration Building,1000CecilG.Costin,Sr.Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,FL.ANORDINANCEPERTHEREQUIREMENTSOFFLORIDASTATUE 163.3177(3)(b)TOYEARLYREVIEWANDUPDATETHEGULF COUNTYFIVE-YEARCAPITALIMPROVEMENTSHEDULE;INCORPORATINGTHEGULFCOUNTYSCHOOLDISTRICT2013/2014 WORKPLAN;INCORPORATINGBYREFERENCETHEUPDATED CONCURRENCYTRACKINGDATA;PROVIDINGFORREPEALOF ORDINANCEINCONFLICTTHEREWITH,PROVIDINGFORSEVERABLITYANDPROVIDINGFORANEFFECTIVEDATE. After seven years of desultory news on property values and real estate activity in the county, a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. After several years of double-digit drops and seven years of decline, property values remained relatively stable, falling by less than 1 percent county-wide. That was far below last years 7 percent decline and indicated though prices might not be on full rebound, interest in property is picking up. That also was reected in building numbers. According to numbers provided by the Gulf County Building Department and local realtors, family home building permits have doubled from 2012 with values nearly doubling. Lot sales were up by large percentages in St. Joe Beach and WindMark Beach and Port St. Joe realized a marked increase in commercial development, particularly with the opening of the Dollar Market General. One local realtor said they were looking at the most home purchase closings since 2005. While the number of sales increased, prices were remaining below the spike seen in the middle of the previous decade. In South Gulf County, there was a slight drop in sales balanced by an increase in average prices per sale. Wewahitchka real estate was up in sales and prices. After too many years of bad news on the property-value front, many had reason to exhale at least lightly this year. After more than a year of waiting, the family of Everett Gant heard a verdict. But not their son, brother, nephew or grandson. Walt Butler was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison more than a year after slaying Gant. In July 2012, Butler shot Gant with a .22 rie at the Pine Ridge Apartments. Gant died six weeks later from his injuries. The jury handed down the decision after a three-day trial, which was held only after Butlers attorney made a motion to invoke the states controversial Stand Your Ground, only to later withdraw the motion. Butler, in turn, was not convicted of the hate-crime charge given Butlers use of racial epithets to describe a black child in the community, the spark that ignited the eventual slaying, as well as his comments to deputies after his arrest. In the rst airing of the evidence and eyewitness accounts of the night, the public also learned that Butler had been drinking heavily the day of the incident and heard conicting testimony on who opened a sliding glass door, through which Gant either entered or was shot, and by whom. After the sentence was read by Circuit Judge John Fishel, Butler asked if he could address the court. The only time he spoke during the course of the trial, Butler apologized to the Gant family. He said that he liked Everett a lot and didnt mean to kill him. Butler intends to appeal the sentence. With a year under her busy feet, Tourist Development Council executive director Jennifer Jenkins put more of a stamp on her tenure. And in doing so, her team has done miracles in erasing the debacle that was the TDC before her arrival, an agency rife with scandal after an audit exposed operations and spending that were not in keeping with county rules and regulations. Jenkins brought renewed energy to the agency, bulked up staff, moved marketing work in-house and altered brand strategies at every turn. Informational kiosks, a beach ambassador program that will take effect in 2014, enhanced use of new media, and in-depth research that fed more focused marketing strategies were all part of the program implemented by Jenkins and her advisory board, which had been reconstituted. Though the TDC no longer created events, its marketing strategies enhanced and grew existing events. The results were impressive as the TDC almost reached Jenkins optimistic goal of a 15 percent increase in bed tax revenue, the scal years revenues exceeding $1 million for the rst time. Three months brought increases of more than 20 percent over the previous year, and in only one month did the TDC fail to reach the previous years revenue. Visits to the TDC Welcome Center, the TDC web page and Facebook page all spiked upward. Jenkins and her team have grand plans for 2014 and it starts with a 20 percent increase in bed tax revenue. In a county badly in need of good economic news, Jenkins and the TDC provided it in 2013. REWIND from page A1 CLOSURE? PHOTOS BY DEBBIE HH OOp P ER AT JOEBAY.c COM, TT IM CROFT | The Star, Wes Locher | The Star and Special to The StarFROM LEFT: In October, the Board of County Commissioners approved a lease agreement with Sharon Gaskin and her company North Florida Child Development Inc. for the historic County Courthouse in Wewahitchka. The county would provide a 10 year lease at $1 per year, with an annual renewal while NFCD remains headquartered there, helping to maintain the building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Javarri Beachum, a cadet lieutenant for the Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School NJROTC program, received an appointment to the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. The equivalent of a four-year college scholarship, the prep school is a stepping stone to the Naval Academy in Annapolis in four years. The eighth annual Bow Wow Bash masquerade party, held in October, raised more than $40,000 to cover expenses for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. Almost 300 attendees enjoyed live music, costume contests and silent auctions. U.S. Army Reserve Major and Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School teacher Buck Watford arrived home in May after roughly a year in Afghanistan. Watford has spent just shy of four full years in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan since the events of 9/11 more than 11 years ago. Students threw Watford a surprise welcome home ceremony. RREBRANdDING THE TTDC SSIGNS OF LIFE See RERE WININD A5
We all have had similar experiences. We think we nd the perfect gift for a child only to nd that the child prefers playing with, on or in the box the gift came in. My Papa sold Motorola televisions and he knew it. As a matter of fact, he saved boxes for us. It was not uncommon for us to have a 6-10 television box fort/house/ castle out in Papas yard. After getting this many cardboard television boxes all hooked together at the same time, it was truly a mansion and living in extravagance. I didnt realize it at the time. However, I did realize times were good. How many grandparents would hand a child a butcher knife and tell them to Have a good time? You needed the butcher knife to cut holes in the cardboard boxes for windows, doors and light in general. It gets dark inside of a television box. My Papa was truly a brilliant man in so many ways. So many folks dont understand the importance of what they truly do give children. With so many electronic games and phones and music devices, the imagination part sometimes gets forgotten. Then again, I think about what my son does to music and still calls it music and I must say it is pretty imaginative. Oh well. The other day I was in one of these places that sell farm goods, feed and stuff for horses. I saw this little red tractor that caught my eye. It wasnt a fancy tractor that you pedal or anything; it was one that you scoot around on using your feet. It was appropriate for a very small child. My nephews daughter needed it in my opinion. Girls need tractors, dogs and BB guns just as much or more than little boys. Your nephews daughter is one of those relationships that they have invented a name for. They say she is your great-niece. It does not make sense to me. A great grandchild is three levels down. Grandniece would make a lot more sense. Anyway, she needed that tractor. A few days before Christmas, my nephews wife shared some pictures of another gathering they had been to with her family. You know how the holidays are; you divide the weekends up and celebrate for two or three weeks. Well, right in the middle of all of those pictures was my great-niece in a little red convertible. Oh goodness, little red convertibles really do get to little girls. At least they seem to get to my girls, who both can drive real cars now. So I thought about the little red tractor and how it was going to feel going up against a red convertible that probably had a horn, lights and maybe even a radio. The feeling of competition is something that we could face every day if we let ourselves. Competition is good for some instances and not to be worried about in others. Did I worry about it? No, not at all Why? I got word that my great-niece, who is about one and a half years old announced what her favorite gift was from the gathering where she got the red convertible. She said it was a toothbrush. Now granted it was a Mickey or Minnie Mouse toothbrush, but it was still a toothbrush. We will see what she thinks about the little red tractor, but a girl who prefers a toothbrush over a red convertible is one I want to watch grow up. Rodney Atkins, a fellow who sings country music, has a wonderful song about A Man on a Tractor. In the lyrics, Atkins notes that his wife says, Its not about living another mans life, its about seeing your own differently. The song is based on seeing a fellow on a tractor and his dog out in the middle of a eld and realizing how happy they were. Before I give this little red tractor away, Im going to take it out in the yard with my two dogs and see what kind of feeling I get. If I can nd a cardboard box big enough, I also might make myself a fort (if someone around here will let me use a butcher knife). Find more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. Talking Didnt Change Hog Prices The Tractor, The Convertible and The Toothbrush I have the same thought every year at this time. Maybe its ESPNs fault. You turn over there and they are doing the 10 best plays of the past year. Or the 10 worst. Time Magazine picks its Man of the Year. The Golf Channel will show you the 10 best shots of 2013. Every news network is awash with their picks for the most noteworthy stories of the old year. At the same time.. and often on the same channelsomeone is boldly predicting what the stock market is going to do in 2014. How much will a U. S. postal stamp go up in the next twelve months? Which foreign nation will be the hot spot in the upcoming year? Someone right now is on Good Morning America ponti cating on what fashion craze or new reality show is about to take the nation by storm. And, as you are so aware, New Years predictions are in full bloom. My head is about to swivel off my neck! I cant gure out if we are looking backor projecting forward in the waning days of yet, another year. This confusion started in grade school. Wed come back from a wonderful two week holiday and Miss Carolyn would immediately go around the room with the obligatory What did you do during the Christmas break? Id listen to Anne tell about her trip to Memphis or Suzies puppy knocking over the Christmas tree or Rickys uncle driving all the way from Paducah to bring him a gift. They are moving down the row toward me and I cant think of one interesting thing I did over the break! No one wants to hear about the ght me and David Mark had over the Chinese checkers. Sliding down that hill beside George Sextons house on a piece of cardboard isnt exactly scintillating news. And watching Leon do something utterly abbergasting had become so common place that I didnt even think about writing them down (much less getting up in class and talking about them) until just a few years ago. I would be sweating in January by the time Miss Carolyn called on me! She would usually nish up the past years confessions about lunch time. After we ate our peanut butter and banana sandwich and had the perfunctory twenty minute rest period shed start back around the room with What is your favorite prediction for the new year? Are you kidding me? She said favorite like she expected we all had more than one! Here wed go in the other direction! This time Jane would be talking about taking her dog on long walks in the new year, Diana would pledge to study harder and Yogi would have some hair brain scheme that involved gunpowder, bottle rockets and the slow moving L&N freight train that rolled through town on its way to Jackson. By the time she got down to Pam, right in front of me, Id have my eyes closed praying for some great vision to leap into my mind. I didnt, of course, see nothing! Apparently, I wasnt looking in any direction. I was just trying to have the most fun I could each day without hurting myself, or someone else. I wasnt too prone to studying on the past. And I reckon I wasnt smart enough to gaze too far into the future. I was interested in where the ballgame was THAT DAY. I was pedaling that Western Flyer as hard as I could to get somewhere RIGHT NOW. We didnt think about breakfast at noonwe thought about lunch! We didnt dwell all day Friday on the Saturday matinee. We chased Indians and fought mountain lions on Fridaywe caught up with Roy, Hoppy or Gene the next day! In January of 1957, we reconvened for the second half of the fourth grade in Miss Mildreds top oor room. Didnt one person in the whole class predict those Russians were going to send up that Sputnik thing. We didnt have a TV so I dont know if Good Morning America called that shot or not. Nobody was picking the Milwaukee Braves to beat the Yankees in the World Series. Everybody liked Ike but he didnt do one thing in the whole year to help keep hog prices at a livable level. We got to talk about all those things when we were looking back at the end of 1957 in Miss Coxs class. Of course, by then, it was too late to do anything about them! We could have played six innings or jumped the big ditch across from where Luther Purvis lived while we were discussing it! Im not saying grownups have gotten this looking backwards/ predicting forward thing wrong. But it sure seems we give it a lot of space and air time today. Maybe weve got too many TV channels! Or too much free time. If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, why wait until next year? And dont tell me you are still dwelling on some misunderstanding that happened last February! You dont need Diane Sawyer or Sigmund Freud here. Get up with me and Yogi. Well put together some gunpowder and see if that L&N train is still running through McKenzie.Happy New Year, 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, January 2, 2014 APage 4SectionThe feeling of competition is something that we could face every day if we let ourselves. Competition is good for some instances and not to be worried about in others. Dear Editor, As of Dec. 20, there are nine candidates running for Lanny Howells vacant Mexico Beach city council seat. Thats excellent amazing, in fact given the apathy that has gripped our town in the last four years. And this upcoming April election is an unexpected second opportunity to change the face of politics in our town in one day. Heres how: In the last election this past April, three city council seats were up for re-election: Lanny Howells; Jack Mullens; Al Catheys. The rst two seats had contests between the incumbents and one opponent each. However, no one challenged Mr. Cathey for the mayors position, and, while very close, the incumbents retained control, keeping the current balance of viewpoints and alliances on the city council intact. However, suddenly there are three, not the expected two seats, up for grabs, and the number of candidates alone promises a freefor-all at the ballot box. Its also a serendipitous chance to tilt the power of the council in another direction, meaning it is possible to get a new 3-2 majority seated that holds different views than the prevailing thats the way its always been done majority. Of course, the election could go either way, just as easily keeping the current philosophies in place but the opportunity has presented itself, which is more than was expected. But as we ponder this unexpected opportunity within our governing body, heres what we have to ask: whos really serious about running for the Group 2 (Mr. Howells) post on the Mexico Beach city council? One more reason the Jan. 8 special meeting to vote to ll the vacant position should be postponed until the end of January is that the person who is appointed will only serve until May 31 only four months. That person, if she/he wants to remain in the seat, will have to run for re-election in the upcoming April 22 municipal superTuesday election, as a regular candidate for a city council post. If the candidates are really serious about wanting to ll the vacancy, they should all le for the April election before the Mexico Beach city council chooses one for four months. That is the only way Mexico Beach residents can ascertain that the candidates are truly serious about serving on the city council. Why would anyone want to sit at that table for just four months? Now, according to the Bay County Supervisor of Elections of ce, the deadline for candidate qualifying is noon Feb. 14. Our city council should wait until Jan. 30 to vote on the fourmonth appointment (they have 30 days from the resignations effective date of Jan. 1) to see who has led for candidacy in the April 22 election, and then choose from among those. And all of you candidates who plan to run for the seat in the April election should have led by Jan. 30. Thats how we, the residents of Mexico Beach, will know you are serious about serving on the city council. Its not at all too much to ask of someone who wants to be an elected of cial, because its not about you, and your possible 15 minutes of fame, its about the people who live here, and pay taxes here, and depend on all of our city council members to act in our best interests, now and in the future. So, prove to us that you are serious, and le by Jan. 30. And current city council members Jack Mullen, Al Cathey, Tanya Castro, Bobby Pollock show some common sense, some understanding of what the residents of Mexico Beach want and deserve, some sign that you actually are working for our interests, and postpone your scheduled vote of Jan. 8 until a much more reasonable date of Jan. 30. Thats one way to prove you are serious about working for the good of Mexico Beach.Lisa LoganMexico Beach resident Letter to the EDITORWhos Really Serious?
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It certainly was for the BOCC and county staff, which seemed to be often at odds with the efforts of Bryan to even address district-centric the point of a single-member district form of governance issues. Americus Ditch and the old Beacon Villa sign at Beacon Hill were just two of the issues pertaining only to her district that seemed to have Bryan swimming against a current generated by staff and her fellow commissioners. When Bryan attempted to address issues such the budget and lack of current inspection of the county jail or wished to examine the history of road bond spending as part of the budget process, she found as much if not more opposition. She verbally sparred, during public meetings, with the county administrator, jail warden and Commissioner Carmen McLemore, in particular, and was on the losing end of more than a dozen 4-1 votes on issues ranging from the dissemination of public records to bringing down the Beacon Hill sign. In short, the BOCC claims to be moving to a more civil discourse in public meetings repeatedly proved hollow. The Port St. Joe City Commission also saw the tenor of meetings altered as Commissioner William Thursbay joined the board. Thursbay and Mayor Mel Magidson vocally clashed on several occasions, and with Commissioners Phil McCroan and Bo Patterson joining in what became over the course of the year a consistent voting bloc, city governance realized a shift in focus, priorities and decision-making. Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill soiled the Gulf of Mexico and left lasting impacts not fully understood, some of the money from BP nes trickled into Gulf County. None of the dollars traveled through the RESTORE Act, federal legislation aimed at distributing monies to impacted states. The countys RESTORE Committee was well ahead of the game in considering projects to be funded, when and if funding actually arrived, but still faced examination of projects costing more than $60 million without a clue how much the county could receive under RESTORE. Other forms paid off. The city of Port St. Joe and the Gulf County School Board each settled with BP on individual lawsuits the city received almost $600,000 but the Board of County Commissioners declined an offer from BP and is currently litigating against BP. Port St. Joe city commissioners intend to conduct a public workshop to consider how to spend its funds, with $10,000 already donated to the Port of Port St. Joe. Through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the county received several million dollars for projects including construction of a shing pier at WindMark Beach and improvements to boat ramps at Frank Pate Park, Highland View and Indian Pass. County Commissioner Warren Yeager continues as an ofcer for the Gulf Consortium, a lobbying arm of the impacted states seeking redress of impacts, and working toward tying up U.S. Treasury rules for RESTORE distribution. The dollars intended to make the Gulf states whole from the cataclysm of 2010, however, are arriving far less briskly than the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. BOARD DYNAMICS BP DOLLARS COME TO COUNTYYPHOTOS bB Y DD Ebb BB IE HH OOp P ER AT JOEb B AY.COM, TT IM CC ROFT | The Star, Wes Locher | The Star and Special to The StarFROM LEFT: The 13th annual Ghosts on the Coast celebration ooded Reid Avenue with costumes, games, candy and contests. Reid Avenue businesses handed out more than $2,000 of donated candy. The Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison program, based at the Gulf Forestry Camp, graduated its 30th class in December. Through the program, which works in tandem with the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, more than 317 dogs have been trained and adopted to good homes across 17 states. Christmas on the Coast brought the holiday cheer to Port St. Joe in early December with horse-drawn carriage rides, a parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. Local Christian rock group Thirty-Three released its rst single, Jesus Loves You and I Love You Too, on radio and iTunes in June. The band is made up of 11and 12-year-olds vocalist Brianna Butler, guitarist Zack McFarland, bassist Cole Haddock, drummer Joel Bogaert and keyboardist Shad Tracy. The band came together through the St. Joe Music and Performance Program, developed by Tom McEniry and Phil Densmore. REWIND from page AA3 FROM LEFT: The 17th annual Scallop Festival brought ve days of fun to George Core Park with live music, food, games and vendors. The fest kicked off with the Race for the Scallops, in which contestants bicycled, ran and paddleboarded their way through picturesque locales. More than 1,500 pounds of scallops were consumed during the event. The founding charter members of the Port Theatre Foundation met for the rst time in December. Georgia businessman Jimbo Collins is under contract to be the next owner of the building and plans for it to be a community hotspot for movies, live theatre, weddings and graduation ceremonies. In February, Port St. Joe Elementary Schools thirdgrade teacher Carmel Dodson was named Teacher of the Year 2013. The award, a decorative plant, was delivered by Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton in the middle of class. BELOW: The new North Florida Child Development Inc. Early Child Development and Family Resource Center opened in February in Port St. Joe on Field of Dreams Avenue. U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland joined NFCD President and CEO Sharon Gaskin and a crowd of supporters during a ribbon cutting ceremony. See RERE WINDIND A11As local governments wrestled with ever shrinking revenues and increases in costs, taxpayers were realizing a decrease to the size of their wallets. The BOCC considered a host of alternative sources of revenue only to nally pass along a $1 million tax increase to property owners. Some of the alternatives considered lacked traction in the public particularly a proposed increase to gas taxes but addressing nagging issues such as the landll and mandatory garbage pickup, to be put before voters in referendum in November, seemed inevitable to come from some alternative source of revenue. A proposal to raise bed taxes to help the Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce budget was a non-starter. The Gulf County School District, meanwhile, put to voters another four years of an additional one penny in operating expenses as the district, facing a budget shortfall of almost $2 million if the levy was defeated, sought dollars to offset potential job losses and maintain basic operations. The levy passed with 54 percent of the vote on a day when only one in ve voters cast a ballot. Some school losses still occurred instead of an estimated 50 the number was reduced to roughly a dozen though it still spurred a complaint from the union representing employees over the method of cutting jobs, but declining enrollment continues to erode the bottom line for public schools. CCOSTS OF DOING bBUSINESS
Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A By TOM BAIRDSpecial to The Star With winter we have the opportunity to see new visitors on St. Joseph Bay both feathered and otherwise. Flotillas of ducks can be seen resting and feeding in the bay, wintering loons arrive; various shore birds like avocets make an appearance, and large flocks of white pelicans move in. Whether you are a birder or not, you dont need expensive binoculars, spotting scopes, or a telephoto lens to appreciate the white pelicans. These are really big birds and their groups on the bay are easily seen. The white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) differs from our familiar brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) in several ways. For one, they do not make aerial dives on their food like our brown pelicans. White pelicans feed while on the water surface, often in large cooperative groups to corral fish. They breed inland far to the north and migrate to the Pacific coast or the Gulf of Mexico or as far south as Panama. They do not rest on the open ocean, but prefer bays and estuaries. They also build nests on the ground, as opposed to our brown pelicans that build two foot nests of sticks and grass in mangroves or other offshore island vegetation. The white pelican is also bigger than the brown having a wingspan second only to the California Condor, and a body measuring 5070 inches long compared to 4254 inches long for the brown. In late spring and summer white pelicans breed in large colonies on islands in remote freshwater lakes in Canada, although some breeding colonies can be found as far south as Wyoming and northeastern California. During the breeding season, the normally yellow bill turns bright orange and a flattened horn is grown on the upper bill. Of the eight species of pelicans worldwide, this is the only species to grow a horn. After mating and the eggs are laid, these pelicans loose the horn and the bill returns to its normal color. They gather to begin their migration south in September and October. We can easily see these colonies in winter not only on St. Joseph Bay, but also in St. Vincent Sound and on the artificially maintained freshwater ponds in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to our east. Past use of DDT affected the reproduction of both white and brown pelicans. Despite improvements in recent decades, nevertheless, the brown pelican has disappeared in parts of its former range. Pesticides washing into coastal waters still threaten these birds, as well as habitat destruction. Both species are killed by entanglement in discarded fishing gear, especially monofilament fishing line. Boating disturbances and starvation during unusually cold winters add to population reduction of both species while in our bays. Nevertheless, both species are stable and slightly increasing in recent years following the drastic declines in midtwentieth century from agricultural use of DDT. Recently an avocet was spotted in the marsh. Even if you are not a birder and this writer is not the avocet will get your attention. (This elicited a whispered Holy Cow! by this observer.) This is the long-legged shorebird with the long, thin upturned bill. In profile this bird has a Bob Hope ski nose aspect. Although not related at all other than being birds the American avocet (Recurvirostra americana) has a lot of life strategies similar to white pelicans. They breed well to the north in Saskatchewan, Minnesota, and interior Washington State, although some breeding colonies can be found as far south as California and Texas. They migrate in winter to the California coast, the Gulf coast, and around Florida. They are a rare visitor to Atlantic coast marshes as well. Here similarities end, because avocets are waders when looking for a meal. When feeding, they go along the marsh shore sweeping the bill from side to side stirring up small crustaceans. On bays and estuaries, they will also feed on exposed mudflats at low tide. This is a fairly tall bird up to 20 inches with blue legs. We do not get to see this bird with its pleasing rust colored spring and summer plumage on its head and neck. But in its winter plumage of light grey head and black on white body it is hard to miss. However, it is that slender, black, upturned bill that makes it immediately eye catching. Avocet eggs were once harvested on their breeding colonies and they were hunted to near extinction in parts of their former range along the Atlantic coast. Nevertheless, habitat destruction, especially the loss of wetlands in the western U.S., has most hurt the avocet population. Even if you are not an avid birder, and like me, prefer to just observe those birds with the good manners to stand or feed out in the open where they can be seen, winter is the time to see some truly remarkable visitors. If you are a birder, this area of the Florida coast is a birders paradise in winter, with excellent viewing opportunities on St. Joseph Bay, St. Vincent Sound, St. Vincent Island and Apalachicola. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is only a short drive to the east, with its fresh and saltwater habitats and viewing platforms. Birders visit there from all over the country in winter. Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in this area record impressive totals of migrating birds both in number and variety. With good places to stay and good places to eat, this is an ideal place to add some birds to your life list. Tom Baird has been a fisheries biologist, high school and community college teacher (oceanography and microbiology), director of a science and environmental center, teacher of science and principal in Pinellas County as well as an educational consultant. He retired from the Florida Department of Education and he and his wife divide their time between Tallahassee and Cape San Blas. 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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. Bring your binoculars, camera and water bottle! Twenty-eight lucky people will have the chance to explore the diversity of native plants and wildlife while enjoying a comfortable platform for photography. In order to participate in this program, one must: have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion. have the ability to enter and exit ADA accessible tram independently or with the assistance of a companion. have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors and insects for a period of 1.5 hours. have the ability to sit in an open trailer with wooden seats; hat and sunscreen recommended. SPONSORED BY LocalLocal area waters are chilly as the winter weather finally sets in. Good reports from the Sea wall at St. Joe Marina are coming in daily of trout, red fish, and even some pompano. Most Anlgers are using artificial baits such as gulp or D.O.A. shrimp in a pink or measles color. Some bigger trout have been caught in the ICW canal in St. Joe as well this week and this should hold true for the next few weeks as long as the weather holds.Tram tours at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Winter birds of the Bay THE BROWN PELICANStar Staff ReportThe staff at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is inviting all interested to join a nature hike 1-2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 1. The hike will take you along one of the parks beautiful and interesting areas, the Maritime Hammock Nature Trail. This trail traverses through depression marsh, sand scrub and encircles the maritime hammock. A ranger will guide the walk and describe the different communities and identify plants in each habitat. The one-hour hike will start at the parking area just inside the park gates. There are inclines, roots and soft sand on the trail; biting insects may be present. Contact the park for special ADA accommodations. Inclement weather may cancel the hike. The park is located at 8899 Cape San Blas Road. For more information visit www. oridastateparks. org/stjoseph.First day hike at Peninsula State Park AMERICAN AVOCET A WHITE PELICANPage A6 Thursday, January 2, 2014
PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SPORTS www.starfl.comSection The Tiger Sharks of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School continued to revive on the football eld after a downturn that ceased when Coach Chuck Gannon took the reins of the program before the 2012 season. Gannon led the Tiger Sharks to a district title and the playoffs for the rst time in four seasons. Port St. Joe reached the Region 2-1A championship game before being was beaten at Blountstown, which eventually nished as state runner-up, and nished 8-4 after going 7-3 the prior year. The Tiger Sharks were young, they were undersized and not as strong as Gannon would have liked, but a laser focus on each individual opponent, never looking ahead or getting too high or too low, allowed Port St. Joe to topple the likes of Jefferson County, Liberty County, West Gadsden and Bozeman. The team placed ve players on the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district team, and Dewayne Griggs, who nished third in district MVP voting, was named to the FACA North-South All-Star Game, where he made ve tackles in the secondary. Gannon coached the defensive backs in the All-Star game before retiring as Port St. Joes head coach, righting a program heading in the wrong direction for several years before his arrival. For the second-straight season, the University of Louisville Cardinals nished with double-digit wins, 11 last season and 12 this season. For the second consecutive year, they played in a bowl game, this seasons blowout of the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday night. A major ingredient of that rise to national prominence the Cardinals at one time this season were a top-10 team is Calvin Pryor, the former standout at Port St. Joe High School, part of an infusion of Florida talent by Louisville coach Charlie Strong. For the second season in a row, Pryor, a junior safety, ranked second on the team in total tackles with 69, including 48 solo tackles. Pryor, a free safety who plays well off the line of scrimmage in order to assess the offensive play, also had 5.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries and blended that in-the-trenches effort with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. Pryor, who was secondteam all-Big East last year, was rst-team all-American Athletic Conference this season and named second team All-America by Athlon Sports. Pryor also will have a decision to make during the winter. As a junior, he is eligible to move on to the professional ranks should he choose, or he could return as Louisville moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference. After two frustrating years, Kayla Parkers collegiate track and eld career took off in 2013. A coaching change at the University of Kentucky brought Parker, who had been working in the heptathlon her sophomore year, back to her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles. Both indoors and outdoors, the former Port St. Joe athlete burned bright. After posting the top 60-meter mark in the country early in the 2012 indoor season, Parker posted the 11th best 100 meter hurdle time outdoors in the spring. She quali ed for the NCAA East Prelims and ultimately the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon. She was one of just four Lady Wildcats to qualify for the national championships. Parker nished in the top 15 and is ranked No. 2 alltime in school history in the event. Earlier this month, Parker, now a senior, opened the 2013-14 indoor season as she did the year before, smashing the 14-year old University of Kentucky record for the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.24, the fastest in the country so far this season. The Port St. Jr./Sr. High School soccer program continued its growth spurt under Coach Gary Hindley, who entered his fth season at the school in the fall. Earlier in the year, the Lady Tiger Sharks nished 10-6-1 and made their deepest foray into the playoffs, losing to powerhouse Tallahassee Maclay in the region quarternals after nishing second in the district. The Tiger Sharks went 13-2-1 but ran into Maclay in the region quarter nals, bringing their season to a close early after reaching the regional nals each of the previous two years. The boys were led by sophomore Marcel Duarte, who was set the school single-season goal-scoring record and was on pace to shatter the school career record before being sidelined during the current season with a hamstring injury. With Duarte out, the boys have struggled, but the girls are on track to take a third seed in the upcoming district tournament. Maybe most notable is the growth in numbers of athletes participating in the program and the number of underclassmen for example, the Lady Tiger Sharks are led by the scoring of a sophomore while an eighth-grader mans the goal playing major roles in both programs. As Hindley put it in the spring after the twin losses to Maclay, Maclay is probably a better overall program than Port St. Joe, but the distance is narrowing. The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls track team and the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School girls cross country team paced the area in meters. The Port St. Joe girls won the district track and eld meet, nished fourth in the Region 1-A meet and had ve athletes earn medals at the state track and eld championships. Maya Robbins established herself as the heir-apparent to Kayla Parker, the Port St. Joe alum burning up Southeastern Conference tracks in her senior year the University of Kentucky. Robbins, who skipped basketball this winter to concentrate on her senior season of track, won district titles in the sprints, placed at region and medaled at state. Pole vaulter Nicole Endres and Michell Pryor in the shot put and discus also stood out as did three middle-schoolers, Brooklyn Quinn, Maliyah McNair and Damari Cutler. The Lady Gators team of Kristen Nichols, Tara Walding, Ashleigh Price, McKenna Waters, Rylee Waters and ShaMario Cole won the District 3-1A cross country and also competed at regional. The year in sports was not without at least one state title, this one courtesy of the Wewahitchka Ponytails 12U softball team. After winning a district title, the team traveled to Brooksville in early July and won the Florida title over Paxton. The team did not lose in state or district play. The team competed in the Dixie Softball World Series. The team had pedigree: ve of the 12 players won a 10-U state title in 2012. Team members were Kristen Nichols, Breanna Weathers, Gracie Price, ShaMario Cole, Savannah Lister, Alidiea Odom, Aleah Wooten and Mariah Brown, Shiloh Jamerson, Brianna Bailey, Ashten Lolley and Savannah Harrison. They were coached by Michael Bailey, Tony Price and Dayton Lister. 2013 in sports Thursday, January 2, 2014 Page 7 Section A A GRIDIRON REBOUND RUNNING ON FULL PONYING UP A STATE TITLE KAYLA PARKER BLAZES PRYOR LEADS LOUISVILLE GETTING KICKS ON THE PITCH See SPORTS A11
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Ifyouareunabletoadoptatthistime,perhapsyou couldfosterormakeaDonation.Allpetsadopted fromSJBHSwillbecurrentonvaccinationsand spayed/neutered.Pleasedonothesitatetoemail email@example.com@ gmail.comorcalltheSt.JosephBayHumaneSociety at850-227-1103andaskforMelodyorDebbie!Applicationsareavailableatwww. sjbhumanesociety.orgWerequireallpotentialadopterstocompleteanapplication form.Adoptionfeesincludeourcostofspay/neuterandcurrentvaccinations. OurhoursfortheshelterareTuesday-Saturdayfrom10am-4pm! Faith'sThriftHutisalwaysinneedofdonationsalso,andalltheproceedsgodirectly tosupporttheanimalsinourcare!ThehoursforthestoreareThursday-Saturday from10am-3pm.Volunteersarealwayswelcomeatbothourstoreandourshelter! Ourstoreandshelterlocationis1007TenthStreetinPortSt.Joe!Hopetoseeyouall thereonSatDec14thforourannualChristmasSale. www.sjbhumanesociety.org Ifyouaremissingapetorwanttoadoptanewpet,pleasecheckwithyourlocal HumaneSocietyorShelter. FollowusonFacebook:St.JosephBayHumaneSociety Ifyouaremissingapetorwanttoadoptanewpet,pleasecheckwithyourlocalHumaneSocietyor Shelter.FollowusonFacebook:St.JosephBayHumaneSocietywww.sjbhumanesociety.org SeeYourBusinessNameandInfoHere forONLY$15perweek $60permonthMarciaKnapke227-7847CallToday Society Special to The StarThe Mexico Beach Welcome Center is arranging winter visitors the opportunity to win some extra cash not once, but twice, in Biloxi, MS. Snowbirds will be ocking to the casinos to win big and enjoy the scenery. Travelers will be transported on charter busses for an overnight trip in January and in February. The rst casino trip departs Jan. 21 and returns on the 22nd. The second casino trip departs Feb. 18 and returns on the 19th. Each trip package includes transportation, free play vouchers, a lunch buffet voucher, room and entertainment. Rates for each casino trip are $100 for double occupancy and $140 for single occupancy. You can go in January or February, or do both! These trips are open to anyone, whether they be a part time Floridian or live here year round, we want you to join us on one or both of these wonderful excursions. There will be exciting games on the bus, wonderful friendships made, casino tips swapped and tons of fun. The busses will depart from the El Governor at 5:30 a.m. CST and the rst stop will be at the Boomtown Casino for some playing time and a lunch buffet. After that, its off to the Beau Rivage where well stop for the night. The next morning will start off with a trip to the IP casino where there will be ve hours of playing time and then its time to head home. We hope this trip will be a great getaway and enjoyable for all. If anyone has any questions or would like more information, please contact the Mexico Beach Welcome center by calling 648-8196 or visit our website at www.mexicobeach. com. Star Staff ReportThe City of Mexico Beach will observe the following schedule for garbage pickup: Thursday, Jan. 2: Regular garbage pick-up Friday, Jan. 3: Regular garbage pick-up MB HOLIDAY SANIt T At TION SCHEDULESpecial to The StarRachael Crews was the rst place winner of a $100 Piggly Wiggly Gift Card. Ann Granger, second prize of $50 and Emily Lacour, third prize of $25. The drawing was held at Durens Piggly Wiggly with the winning tickets drawn by employee Donna Bickers. A special thanks to Mr. George Duren for the Gift Cards and all who participated in the drawing by purchasing tickets.Special to The StarThanks to the volunteers listed who worked so tirelessly and so well together to prepare, heat, assemble, pack and deliver Christmas dinners. The volunteers started at day break and a steady stream of men women and children continued until all 807 dinners were out the door and the building was thoroughly cleaned. Jim and Bunnie Gainney, Jerry and Lyd Stokoe, Matt and Morgan Mills, Shawn Johnson, Ben Welch, Deanne Williams, Megan Hubbard, Mary Belin, Rich and Liz Brenner, Boyd and Mitzi and Gretchen Bulger, Bo and Lyn Williams, Ann Ballard, Curtis and Mae Brown, Sharon Johnson, Chaz Wright, Cheryl Howell, Mary Kelly, Larry Chism, Shawn Terry Schaever, Sam James, Abby Cozine, Bill Van der Tulip, Fisher Van Der Tulip, Hunter Van Der Tulip, Patricia Watson, Amy Keith, Nancy Blake, Gretchen Balogh, Denny Hughes, Paul and Bonnie Durham, Stacy, Anelisa and Dianne Pierett, Grace and Lee Lawton, Tim and Debbie Croft ,Phil Dodson, Corey Phelps, Donna Masseo, Joe and Sylvia Whaley, Joel Rogers and Suzi Kelly, Dana Kelly, Danica Kelly, Mareu Johnson, Ruby Hodge, Carol Dow, Jimmy Johnson, Tim and Crystal DuPuy, Fred Willis, Bob Lyles, Donna Masseo, Sandie, Jacob and Reid Kennedy, Noah, Ryenne and Ellie Wich, Kylie Skoda, Joseph Kerigan and Christian Pickett, Erick and Sharon Asher, Charlie Black, Ann Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. Bill McGee, Linda Bailey, Deanne Williams, Megan Hubbard, David and Trish, Dave and Amelia Warriner Linda Huie, David and Kimberly Embry Joy and Dale Smith, Sandie Yarbrough, Mike Guthrie, Guy Sweazy, Nick Sweazy, Jim and Courtney Cummings, Eddie and Gretchen Martin, Chase Harper, Janice Adkinson, Ken Haley, Doug and Nancy Calendine, Nancy Swider, Ken Haley, Esther Stuart, Mike Guthrie, Joe and Sylvia Whaley, Kay Medley, Joyce Burkett, Joyce Moore, Bill and Shirley Sanders, Maya Robbins, Kiara Monette and Barbara Yeagley. The Washington Improvement Group co-partnered with the Oak Grove Church as volunteers served 30 food plates that had been prepared by the Oak Grove Church volunteers. Tamlyn Smith, Don and Regina Washabaugh and Joanna White volunteered to serve as hosts and hostesses. The building was cleaned by a great crew Rich Brenner and Larry Chism. Special to The StarAuthor Beverly MountDouds will be starting work on her fourth book this coming January. She would love to have help from any local residence of Gulf County. This book will be based in Wewahitchka and will be another Arcadia book from their series of Images of American. This book will be called Wewahitchka. A schedule has been set up at the Wewahitchka Branch Library. The rst and third Monday of each month, starting in January, Beverly will be at the library from 1 p.m. CT until closing. Bring your photos and stories, she will interview and scan copies from your pictures on the spot, your photos will not be harmed in any way. Lets make this the best book that the Gators ever had or seen! For more information call 639-2419 or 229-1094 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgNew Wewahitchka book coming soonSpecial to The StarThanks to the following volunteers who delivered the 807 delicious Christmas dinners throughout of Gulf County and Mexico Beach on Christmas Day morning: Billy Dixson, Joel Rogers, Bob Sutton, Rick Norrell Rob Greenland and Renee, Leonard and Loretta Costin and Tyler, Jamie Mayhann, Tim and Crystal Dupuy, Ron and Mary Kelly, Suzie, Danica and Dana Kelly and family, Shirley Williams, Tommy and Ruth Sauls, Fred Willis, Ruby Hodge, Jerry Refore, Roy and Fran Smith, and Ann, Carol Dow, Scott Gainey and Denny, Erica Bruckner and Denise Querburg, Charles Givens, Troy White and the gang (Getting to a New Generation members), Marquez Johnson, Marcell Johnson, Lauren, Tyson, Davis, Lauren, Caitlin, Criston and Branden Givens and the Port St. Joe High School students from the Student Government Association and their faculty advisor Mrs. Sissy Godwin and Scott Godwin. Drivers, thanks for delivering love and kindness all over Gulf County and the Mexico Beach area. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and the thoughtfulness of our committee members who planned this wonderful dinner and the compassion shown to all of the people receiving these dinners. Volunteers deliver 807 dinners on Christmas Day Knights of Pythias Big Prize WinnersVolunteers prepare, pack 807 Christmas dinnersMB sponsoring Biloxi trips for winter visitors Special to The StarCome join the celebration as Howard Rogers 90th birthday is honored 2-4 p.m. ET Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Senior Citizens Center adjacent to the Public Library and County Courthouse in Port St. Joe. No gifts are necessary. Just join the celebration.CCelebrating H Howard Rogers birthday PHOt T O COUrt RT ESY Of F CC LAr R ENCE MONEtt TT EKenneth Monette presents Rachael Crews with the rst-place $100 gift card as members Bonnie Bell and David Lewis look on.
The Star| A9Thursday, January 2, 2014 Tolearnhowyoucansupportour communitysuniversity,contact MaryBethLovingoodat(850)770-2108 email@example.com. 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 School News/LocalSpecial to The StarAlmost 20 youth between the ages of 5 and 14 were presented bicycles, helmets and toys for Christmas thanks to R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77, Knights of Pythias. Presentation of the bikes was part of a comprehensive program of collecting new and used bikes for restoration and distribution and a bicycle safety and maintenance program for community youth. We have way more children than we have bicycles, said Clarence Monette, Chancellor Commander of Driesbach Lodge #77. Next year our goal is to have 50 or more bicycles with helmets. Special to The StarThe Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor an Equine Coggins Clinic on Friday. Visiting veterinarian will be Dr. Carla Hubbard; cost per coggins will be $30-35 per horse. The clinic starts at the Michael Traylor Arena at 8 a.m. CT. After coggins tests are completed at arena, well be available to do farm visits. For more information contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or Roy Carter at 814-8689.Special to The StarA new correctional of cer training program will be starting at the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College in Port St. Joe Jan. 22. This program is designed to prepare students for the State Of cer Certication Exam. Individuals who pass this exam are eligible for employment in any state, county or privately run correctional facility in Florida. The program will be conducted using the new shorter curriculum and will last approximately three months. The program will be offered during the day and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET daily, Monday through Thursday. For more information, call Brenda Burkett at 2279670 ext. 5507 or you can email her at bburkett@ gulfcoast.edu The application deadline for Pell Grants and nancial aid is fast approaching, so please call today or come by the Gulf/Franklin Campus to pick up your application packet. Special to The StarThe Division of Health Sciences at Gulf Coast State College held multiple graduation and pinning ceremonies Dec. 12, including the LPN to ADN graduation at the Gulf/Franklin Campus, and the Nursing and Surgical Technology graduations at the Panama City Campus. Fall 2013 LPN to ADN Graduates: Janell Armstrong, Brenda Bellinger, Fe Carlisle, Kimberly Clark, Stephanie DePaul, Richard Green, Erin Hallahan, Amy Jackson, Cathy Shuping, Kristin Small, Dorothy Snodgrass, Diane Stratton, Anne-Laure Verill, Derek Waldron, Faye Wenzel and Rebecca Williams. Fall 2013 Nursing Graduates: Heather Barron, Regina Biggs, Sam Burt, Laura Callahan, Randi Clark, Tonya Claussen, Kimberly Cox, Bruce Ferris, Faith Fischer, Danielle Gagnon, Colin Gallien, Holly Gay, Michael Hollis, Brantley Jezak, Lindsey Kafonek, Stacey Kintner, Monica Largaespada, Trinh Luong, Johnathon Martin, Christina Maynard, Kowany McCutcheon, Steven Moos, Miranda Morgan, Xiomara Morris; Kayla Myers, Cynthia Naegele, Andrea Ortega, Stephanie Plummer, Jolanta Potkaj, James Prudhome, Sara Ramer, Tracy Raven, Justin Redmond, April Rivera, Christian Rodriguez, Bryan Shea, Sarah Smith, Aurelia Stone, Kyle Studer, Lindsey Thweatt, Nicholas Tuno, Jane Vasquez and Thomasina Waldera. Fall 2013 Surgical Technology Graduates: Bree Allen, Jacie Ball, Jonna Ball, Tonya Green, Victoria Holland, Katie Pepin, Jennifer Person, Samantha Plumadore, Amanda Porcelli, Candice Potter, Shelli Simmons and Janet Valiente.Special to The StarThe Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor an Interactive Video Series on Vegetable Gardening for Homeowners TIME: 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. CT COST: $30 per person or $45/Couple LOCATION: Gulf County Extension Of ce, 232 East Lake Ave., Wewahitchka, FL Dates and Topics to be discussed are as follows: JAN. 14: What to Grow and Seasonal Information, Site Selection and Improving Soils. JAN. 21: Speci c on Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, and Cucumbers; Seeding and Transplanting Basics. JAN. 28: Harvesting, Troubleshooting Vegetable Garden Problems. For more information contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or email rlcater @u .edu.Equine Coggins ClinicSpring into Vegetable GardeningGCSC celebrates health sciences graduatesCorrectional of cer training program Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR PHOTOS BY CLARENCE MONETTE | Special to The StarNijah Quinn and Donnell Henry receive early Christmas presents from Sir Knights Raymond Rogers and David Lewis.Bikes for Boys and Girls Pythian members David Lewis, John Crosby and Chancellor Commander Clarence Monette present several youth with new bicycles and helmets.
FAITHThis business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com SOUTHERLANDFAMILY FUNERALHOME(850)229-8111 (TraditionalServices1928BCP) COMFORTER FUNERALHOME (850)227-1818 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 (850)229-9596 SundaySchool............................10a.m. SundayMorningWorship...........11a.m. SundayEveningWorship..............6p.m. WednesdayEveningService.......7p.m. TOUCHINGLIVES WITHTHELOVE OFJESUS 6pm SUNDAY:SundaySchool-9:15 MorningWorship-10:30 EveningWorship-5:00 1601LongAvePortStJoe,FL32456(850)229-8691WEDNESDAY:FamilyDinner-5:30 PrayerMeeting-6:30 StudentMinistry-6:30ChildrensMinistry/Choir-6:30AdultChoir-7:30 MINISTRYSCHEDULE Dr.GeoffreyLentz Pastor BobbiLassiter MinistertoFamilies AnnComforter DirectorofMusic 1001ConstitutionDr. 850.227.1724 www.psjumc.org SundaySchedule9:00AMEST-WorshipontheWater, underthesailsonSt.JosephBay. 11:00AMEST-SanctuaryService withSpecialChildrenstime. www.fbcpsj.org www.fbcpsj.org BruceHodge, Pastor Special to The StarOn Thursday, Dec. 19, Faith Christian School students celebrated the ceremonial Hanging of the Greens service as their annual Christmas program. This traditional ceremony tells the history of Christian church and family traditions. Students explained the origin and symbolism of the Christmas tree, the Advent candle, poinsettias, sanctuary evergreens, gift giving at Christmastime, and even Christmas carols. As always, the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ, was at the center of the entire program. Many of our students gave eloquent recitations while Farren Newman sang a beautiful rendition of O Holy Night, and Carter Costin and Taylor Burkett played piano solos. The gracious and generous FCS PTO provided an amazing and beautiful brunch after the program for all who attended. From the hearts of all the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Faith Christian School, Merry Christmas! The Lions TaleThursday, January 2, 2014The greatest birth in the world, Born in the lowliest place. He was born the poorest of poor, But would save the world by Gods Grace. They had no room for them at the Inn, And many still dont today. It seems as though not much has changed, Its about the same old way. He left heaven to come to Earth, And pay a debt we owe. We seem so caught up in our own life, We tend to forget this though. Those who are lost have no reason to care, But we as Christians have a lot to share. Why do we wait until Christmas to share? It should be done all through the year. Start telling everyone about Jesus And what Hes done for you. When youve told everyone you know, Find somebody new. The greatest gift you could give to Jesus, Is a lost soul in repentance of sin. The should not be a problem if youre saved, Just tell what happened back then.Billy JohnsonJean J. Lamberson, 84, of Port St. Joe went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 21. Miss Jean was born in Jacksonville on March 27, 1929 and lived in Port St Joe since 1956. For many years, she was dedicated to teaching Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible Schools, helping to establish and teach Joy Clubs in the Port St Joe area and served as a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary. Jean was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Ann Jones Spencer of Milton, Fl. She is survived by her husband of more than 63 years, C.R. Dick Lamberson of Port St. Joe; her children Carole Donner and husband Bob of Apple Valley, MN, Rick Lamberson and wife, Connie, Mark Lamberson and wife, Sarah, and Scott Lamberson and wife, Sandra, all of Port St Joe. She is also survived by her brother, William O. Bill Jones, Jr. of Milton, six grandchildren and their spouses and seven greatgrandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren, along with six nieces and two nephews. Visitation with the family was held at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 23, at Long Avenue Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, followed by the celebration and committal service at Holly Hill Cemetary. Pall Bearers were Jeff Davidson, Todd Doss, Dennis Geoghagan, Johnny Mize, Glenn Morgan, Aaron Paul and Tommy Pitts. Honorary Pall Bearers were all members of the MnG Small Group of Long Avenue Baptist Church. In lieu of owers, the family requests contributions in Jeans memory to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 422, Port St. Joe FL 32457.Jean J. Lamberson Obituary GODS GREATEST GIFTPage A10
LocalThe Star| A11Thursday, January 2, 2014 ECONOMIC DeEVeELOPMeENT STALLS REWIND from page A5The Board of County Commissioners and Port St. Joe City Commission spent another year spinning in conicting orbits. The two bodies began the year much as they had in 2012, with a renewed call for collaboration and cooperation, which lasted about as long as it took to type this sentence. Commissioners spent much of the year in spirited debate on several topics, beginning with a BOCC proposal to move the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency out of the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center. That request led to a broader discussion, spanning months and which actually had started more than a year prior, over a re tax the city paid for WindMark Beach. That led to discussions about the lease between city and county over the Welcome Center land and the details of an interlocal agreement signed in the wake of the development of WindMark. Months were required to amend that interlocal agreement to the satisfaction of all commissioners even though almost all acknowledged that the majority of the provisions of the agreement had been met. In time, commissioners sparred from a distance over solid waste and tipping fees, the future of the Economic Development Council, contributions to the EDC/ Gulf County Economic Development Alliance Inc. and the pace of a project to bring water and sewer line replacement to North Port St. Joe. The ongoing debate on the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, and the lack of progress by city commissioners in the relocation of the lighthouse into the city, looms as a major jostling point in 2014. Economic development, as it pertains to that created by government, took another step backward this year. In signicant measure, that was because of the residue of politics after the Board of County Commissioners spent the nal months of 2012 taking control of the Economic Development Council, and then, in early 2013, handing duties to a newly formed Gulf County Economic Development Alliance Inc. The latter decision by the BOCC was hotly debated and ended in a sharply divided vote that was hardly a mandate for the EDA or executive director Barry Sellers, who spent the holidays in 2012 not knowing what and where his job was. By the end of 2013, Sellers was back in Arkansas with a new employer after resigning citing health and family reasons. The EDA has a volunteer board and no staff or executive director. The Chamber of Commerce had a new director and staff, and the consolidated economic development model the BOCC forced among the agencies less than two years ago disappeared, replaced largely by the status quo or at least what has been the status quo the ve previous times in a dozen years that the BOCC has upended the operations of the EDC. And though there were inroads made Sellers brought more involvement from the north end of the county and inquiries increased the tangible result was primarily that the county continues to tread water when it comes to job creation and boosting the local economy. Even one of the countys top privatesector employers, Health Check, announced a planned expansion would take place in Mississippi and not in Gulf County because of the economic climate created by local government. IIN SeEARCH OF DTeENTeEPP HOTOS BY DeDE BBIe E HH OOPe E R AT JOe E BAY.COM, TT IM CC ROFT | The Star, Wes Locher | The Star and Special to The StarFROM LEFT: During Marina Day in June, the historic schooner The Governor Stone docked at Port St. Joe for the rst time, brought to town by the TDC. Harry Dennard, president of the Friends of the Governor Stone, took area supporters, and those who helped bring the ship to Gulf County, for a sunset cruise on the oating national historic landmark. During the Marina Day festivities, families boarded the vessel for a guided tour and history lesson. In July, Port St. Joe celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the constitution and founding of the city with a week-long celebration of the citys rich history. Though hampered by torrential summer downpours, residents and visitors seized every dry moment as an opportunity to participate in numerous patriotic events. In May, 23 professional artists from around the globe visited the Forgotten Coast for 10 days of culture during the eighth annual Plein Air Paint-Out. Reaching from Mexico Beach to Alligator Point, the artists taught workshops, painted with area high school students and participated in numerous events that included exhibitions, competitions and festivities enabling the painters would explain their process to spectators. Because of the efforts of Commissioner Joanna Bryan, a rusted and dilapidated sign that stood in Beacon Hill Park for years was removed in December. Former Port St. Joe standout Heather Brinkmeier, who was selected to play on a softball all-star team touring Australia this past summer, was not the only county product of that era in county softball nding success. Former Wewahitchka High School star Samantha Rich completed her rst year as a junior transfer at Southeastern University in Lakeland. Rich was named the teams Most Valuable Player, was rst-team All-Sun Conference and was named a rst team All-American by the National Christian College Association. Rich also was named second team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In her rst year at Southeastern, Rich led the team with a .450 batting average, 21 doubles, 68 hits and 105 total bases. She also hit four home runs and stole 15 bases. She won 15 of 21 pitching starts and ranked second in the Sun Conference in wins. She helped lead Southeastern, elding a softball team for the rst time in school history, to a 26-19 record overall, 9-7 in conference play, good for third place. Rich initially signed with Jacksonville State University in Alabama, but a slow recovery from shoulder surgery and other injuries hampered her. She transferred to Chipola State College in Marianna and was named third-team allAmerican as an outelder. Rich sat out a year to fully recover from her shoulder injury before signing with Southeastern University. The rst professional baseball season of Roman Quinns career was as successful as his second year was frustrating. After a record-breaking year in shortseason Class A ball in 2012, Quinn, the former multi-sport standout out of Port St. Joe High School, was ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system by the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. Quinn set Williamsport club records for stolen bases and triples his rst professional season, and anticipation was high as he headed into this second season. But at full-season Class A Lakewood, Quinn was challenged before his season ended with a broken wrist in June. Quinn struggled early, at the plate and in the eld. While he continued to steal bases almost at will, his batting average was below .250 most of the season. He hit an early inside-the-park home run and then struggled with power, particularly from the left side of the plate as he continued to learn to switch-hit on the y. In the eld, habits that showed in high school, especially throwing, plagued the second-round draft pick also learning shortstop in the crucible of everyday action. The season ended in late June with a broken wrist, and Quinn nished with a .231 batting average, .669 on-base plus slugging percentage and 31 errors. 2014 will bring to the Gulf County School Board consideration on the directions for the countys football programs. Both head coaching jobs are becoming vacant come the end of the current school year. Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School coach Chuck Gannon is in the last of his ve years in the DROP program and cannot return to a paid instructional or coaching position after his retirement in the spring. Dennis Kizziah, head coach at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, will be in his nal year in the DROP program during the 20142015 school year. He has notied Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton that he is stepping down as head coach but would certainly be available to ease the transition to a new coach next season or to serve as an assistant. Because Gannon will not be around in the fall, Norton said he would like to have a new coach in place by the start of spring football in May. Time is less of an issue in Wewahitchka, Norton said, because Kizziah will be in place through the next school year. Norton said he would hope to post the job opening and undertake the interviewing with the goal of having a new coach in place this summer and ready to start practice in the fall. Heather Brinkmeier, a 2009 graduate of Port St. Joe High School, was invited to Sydney, Australia, in July to compete in the Down Under Cup Challenge as part of the Australia International Softball Challenge. Each year, the challenge, hosted by USA Athletes International, brings together the nations best athletes to compete against players from Australia, Italy and Prague. The daughter of Steve and Christine, Brinkmeier was recommended to the team by her former coaches as well as those from opposing teams. Candidates also had to be in good academic standing. After high school, Brinkmeier continued to play softball through college with Team North Florida, the Panama City Lightning, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and Florida Southern College. SPOrR TsS from page A7 IINJURY SLOWS QUINN SeSEARCHING FOR COACHeES AA R RICH ALL-AAMeERICAN BBRINKMeEIeER PLAYS DDOWN UUNDeER
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SCREENEDPORCH. 425/MO 6.3 BEDROOM3 BATH HOUSE ON RIVER/3 BOAT SLIPSW/LIFT 2CARGARAGEwww. rst tness.com/carrabelle 1120760JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following volunteer position:Planning and Development Review Board MemberPlease submit a Letter of Interest to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications can be found on our website cityofportstjoe. com. PDRB Members are appointed by the City Commission and meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 P.M. EST. The PDRB utilizes the Land Development Regulations and City Ordinances to review complex development requests. PDRB members must live within the City limits and/or own a business within the City limits. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229-8261. The Positions will remain open until lled. This is a non paid position. 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Please submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com EOE, Drug-free workplace Web ID#: 34266362 Text FL66340 to 56654 93498S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.:2009-491CA RESIDENTIAL FUNDING COMPANY LLC, Plaintiff, vs. TAMMY JEAN OWENS A/K/A TAMMY J. OWENS; et al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Summary Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on September 25, 2013, in Civil Case No. 2009-491CA, of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida, wherein, RESIDENTIAL FUNDING COMPANY LLC is the Plaintiff, and TAMMY JEAN OWENS A/K/A TAMMY J. OWENS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TAMMY JEAN OWENS A/K/A TAMMY J. OWENS; UNKNOWN TENANT N/K/A DAVID MCGHEE; JOHN WALTER OWENS A/K/A JOHN W. OWENS; GULF AIRE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. are Defendants. The clerk of the court, Rebecca L. Norris will sell to the highest bidder for cash At THE FRONT LOBBY OF THE COURTHOUSE at 11:00 A.M. ET on the 23rd day January, 2014 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 39, BLOCK C, GULF AIRE SUBDIVISION, PHASE II, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 30 AND 31, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY. OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on December 18, 2013. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk, Gulf County, Florida, Clerk of the Court By: Wyvonne Pickett Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO ACCESS COURT FACILITIES OR PARTICIPATE IN A COURT PROCEEDING AT ANY COURTHOUSE OR COURT PROGRAM, SHOULD WITHIN TWO (2) DAYS OF RECEIPT OF NOTICE, CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION TO REQUEST SUCH AN ACCOMMODATION. PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING: COURT ADMINISTRATION, P.O. BOX 826, MARIANNA, FLORIDA 32447; PHONE: 850-718-0026; HEARING & VOICE IMPAIRED: 1-800-9558771; EMAIL: ADA REQUEST@JUD14.FLC OURTS.ORG File No. 1271-580B January 3, 2014 January 9, 2014 93530S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 11000313CA WELLS FARGO BANK NA., AS TRUSTEE, FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006NC1 ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, PLAINTIFF, vs. SCOTT R. BAKER, ET AL. DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 14, 2013 in the above action, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Gulf, Florida, on January 9, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at Courthouse steps/ lobby-1000 Cecil G Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456 for the following described property: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATE IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, VIZ: LOT SIXTEEN (16) AND THE NORTHERLY ONE-HALF OF LOT FIFTEEN (15) OF BLOCK EIGHTY-FOUR (84) OF UNIT ONE OF ST. JOSEPHS ADDITION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 28. 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. The Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale. Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein. DATED: December 20, 2013. Rebecca Norris Clerk of Court By: Wyvonne Pickett Deputy Clerk Prepared by: Gladstone Law Group, P.A. 1499 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33486 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 ADA Coordinator at 850747-5338, fax 850-7475717 or at ADA Request@jud14.flcourts.org, P O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 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. December 26, 2013 January 2, 2014 96957S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS CITY OF PORT ST. JOE RFP 2013-11 The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in constructing: CAPE SAN BLAS KEEPERS QUARTERS & OIL SHED RELOCATION The project includes preparation of the Cape San Blas Keepers Quarters and Oil Shed 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 Keepers Quarters & Oil Shed Relocation Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on January 30, 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 16, 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 26, 2013 January 3, 2014 96819S PUBLIC NOTICE PSJRA Board of Directors Meeting Regular Board of Directors Meetings of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency are held on the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM. Specific dates for 2014 include January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, and June 19. Meeting location is 406 Marina Drive in Port St. Joe, FL. All persons are invited to attend and participate. Anyone want to appeal an official decision made on any subject at the meeting must have a verbatim record of the meeting that includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. January 2, 2014 Whirpool Washer & Dryer for Sale $350 850-227-8024. Text FL75635 to 56654 HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIESAccepting Applications for a Full Time RESERVATIONIST Great benefits. Requires previous sales experience & excellent computer skills. Schedule varies and includes weekend work. Apply in person 9-5 weekdays at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island Web ID#: 34276380 Install/Maint/RepairJOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following position:Utility Service Worker Public Works Department, Water DistributionPlease submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn: Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The position will close on January 10, 2014. The entry level salary for a Utility Service Worker will be $12.08 per hr. 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