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Thursday, JANUARY 9, 2014 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com The county is not out of the woods yet. The typical u season for the area begins in September, peaks in January and February and begins to taper off shortly thereafter. The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported in uenza and in uenza-like illness levels have increased nationwide, particularly in the Southeast region. While u levels have been minimal in Florida, 21 counties reported increasing in uenza activity within the past week but in no county has the reported cases reached outbreak levels. Even with mild u activity in the panhandle, in Gulf and Franklin counties, 42 patients have tested positive for the current H1N1 type-A strain which has predominantly circulated throughout the state. In Gulf and Franklin, more than 900 vaccines have been administered so far this season. The current vaccine includes protection against this strain and several others. In recent weeks the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) received reports of severe in uenza illness, including hospitalizations requiring intensive care unit care, among pregnant women. This season, nine pregnant women have died from the u nationwide, none of which had received the vaccine. In Gulf and Franklin Flu season is at its peak, with 42 patients in Gulf and Franklin counties testing positive for the current H1N1 type-A strain. Vaccines are still available at the Florida Department of Health, CVS and area physicians. WES LOCHER | The Star Flu season hits its peak YEAR 76, NUMBER 13 MBARA awarded grant A6 50¢ For breaking news, visit Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . 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Opinions 4A Letters to the Editor 5A Sports 10A Society News 2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement 8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services 14B I NDEX A Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET 227-1278 Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET 747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1B V ISIT T HE S TAR ONLINE AT WWW STARFL COM XXXXX XXXXXX YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YEAR 76, NUMBER 13 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR Vaccine still available See FLU A3 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com If last year was big for the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, then the stops are being pulled out for 2014. The annual Celebrate Twice event, which allowed revelers to safely ring in the new year in the Eastern and Central time zones through use of public trolley, also served as a platform to debut the of cial adult beverage of Gulf County. The winner of the Bar Wars event which had local bars and eateries competing to create an ofcial drink for the county, the “GCFL,” was Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar. TDC continues branding efforts as 2014 arrives See TDC A3 SPECIAL TO THE STAR Bar Wars brought together six pubs and restaurants to create the of cial adult drink of Gulf County. SPECIAL TO THE STAR Two bald eagles tussle over some food in the surf at Indian Pass last week. Thanks to resident Marie Romanelli, who snapped this photo as she sat on the porch of her Indian Pass home. FIERCE FOOD FIGHT By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A little planning led to a helping hand for the city of Port St. Joe. The city was selected this week as one of four cities and counties to participate in a pilot project coordinated through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The program, called the Competitive Florida Partnership, is a technical assistance program aimed at assisting communities, particularly rural communities, with ideas and strategies for economic development. Port St. Joe, the city of White Springs, the city of Newberry and Desoto County were selected as PSJ selected for state pilot program See PROGRAM A3 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Port St. Joe City Commission once again turned their attention to a sign ordinance which has affected numerous businesses not currently in compliance. After a motion was made to pass the ordinance, which would cause area signs to become more uniform in size, height and setback from city and state roads, Commissioner Bo Patterson seconded for discussion and expressed confusion as to why buildings larger than 20,000 square feet would be able to have larger signs than small businesses. “We’re telling small businesses they can’t have a larger sign unless they increase their business,” Patterson said. “That’s discrimination in my book.” Patterson asked the commission for additional time to review the ordinance Mayor Mel Magidson said most businesses have not had an issue bringing their signs into compliance. He said aside from David Costa, owner of the McDonald’s off of Highway 98, he hadn’t heard any other complains. Costa’s sign has been in violation for ve years and at last month’s meeting he received a six-month extension to bring the Golden Arches up to code. “Let’s get this down to something we can live with,” Patterson said as he crumbled up the ordinance page from his agenda. “I can’t live with this.” Commissioner Rex Buzzett, who joined the meeting by telephone, told Patterson the group could look at any city ordinance and it wouldn’t be agreed upon by everyone. “Many business owners came into compliance in order to be good tax-paying citizens,” Buzzett said. “People don’t like change, but once it happens, they’re glad it did.” Patterson rescinded his second while Commissioner Phil McCroan urged the PSJ commissioners nalize sign ordinance See PSJ A3


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With a $3.8 million investment in the community since 2006, the seeds have certainly been planted. The PSJRA celebrated a suc cessful 2013 last month, capping off a calendar year in which a new downtown banner series was un veiled, the new Billy Joe Rish Park ing Lot and deck was completed, a project to construct new sidewalks along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. nally has the green light and highway landscaping reached the George Tapper Bridge. With a slide in property values having impacted the Tax Incre ment Funding – a percentage of property value increases within the boundaries of the PSJRA com pared to a baseline year – that sup ports the PSJRA. The county and city of Port St. Joe have both seen statute-re quired contributions to the PSJRA recede in the past few years. But the agency has nonethe less been able to use those funds to bring more than $1.3 million in ac tive grant funding during 2013. “We have limited funds and we were diligent in leveraging those funds for grant dollars,” said ex ecutive director Gail Alsobrook. Those grants have also contrib uted to the effort to move the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city as well as fund a documentary of that move as well as master plan ning for a new bayside park which city commissioners put on the backburner to concentrate on the lighthouse relocation. The PSJRA has invested $2.5 million into the local business community, for projects from im provements in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe – added to the expanded agency boundaries in the past ve years – to planning and visioning to construction. The efforts, Alsobrook said, is part of an agency goal to be an agent for improvement in the city. “Redevelopment is a grass roots organization,” Alsobrook said. “There is nothing between what the people want and what the PSJRA can do. “The PSJRA board is a product of board development. We have board members that represent the professions that give us the exper tise we need.” That grassroots effort, Also brook added, also includes part nerships – with the Gulf County Tourist Development Council on the Reid Avenue historic banner series or the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce on events such as the Salt Air Farmer’s Market. That collaboration also extends to City Hall, where Alsobrook said she has gained signicant assis tance from city manager Jim An derson and Public Works director John Grantland. In the future, the PSJRA will seek collaboration with the newlyreorganized Downtown Merchants Association. “We think that is a win for the community,” Alsobrook said. The nal phase of the U.S. 98 landscaping is complete and with the deck installed at the Billy Joe Rish Parking Memorial Parking Lot, Alsobrook said the PSJRA wants to create a community infor mational center. “That is all part of our goal to make people want to stop and know what is in the city,” Alsobrook said. “That has been the challenge since day one. We are hoping to solve that to a degree.” Another ongoing success story is the faade grant program which allows small businesses in the community to apply for funding to improve storefronts. More than $400,000 has been in vested in that program. “We are very proud of the busi nesses who have taken advantage of the faade grant program,” Also brook said. With new businesses arriving in 2013 and an uptick in visitors as tourism numbers spiked, the new year provides continuing op portunities for the kinds of invest ment the PSJRA has made in prior years. Over three million seeds have already been planted. By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star m Getting a learner’s permit will soon get a little easier. The Gulf County Tax Collector’s ofce announced that as of Jan. 13, new drivers and those looking to obtain a CDL commercial license will be able to take the tests online. According to Gulf County Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins, a 2015 mandate will require tax collection ofces to handle permit issuing across the state. “They’re closing ofces all over the state,” said Jenkins. Jenkins said that the change wasn’t a huge adjustment, since her ofce has handled issuing of permits since the driver’s license ofce closed in June of 2011. “It’s a service to the citizens,” said Jenkins. “Now, they won’t have to go to Panama City.” When the driver’s license ofce closed, anyone looking to obtain learner’s permits had to drive to Panama City to take the required tests. The tax collector’s ofce recent ly received the equipment from the license ofce and any 15-year olds lining up for their learner’s permit can take the test from home or use a dedicated computer at the Tax Collector’s ofce. For those who decide to learn the rules of the road from the com fort of home, the results will be available in a database and suc cessful test-takers will be able to visit the Jenkins’ ofce to pick up their ID cards. Prior to taking the DMV test, new drivers must pass the DATA course, which is the Drug, Alcohol, Trafc Awareness class, which can also be taken online. The DMV test consists of 40 questions, 20 of which address road signs, and 20 that address road rules. Testing will also be available for Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL), which is required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle for commercial use, trans ports hazardous materials or that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers. A CDL is required for tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses. The permit test is a written exam that requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age for inter state driving, or 21 for out of state. Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license. The written CDL exam covers vehicle inspection, communicating with other drivers, shifting gears and basic control of a commercial vehicle, controlling speed and man aging space with other vehicles, hazards, rail road crossings, night driving, and accident procedures. Jenkins said that when new drivers come in to pick up their ID cards, parents and guardians need to bring a copy of the child’s birth certicate, social security card and two proofs of physical address. Mexico Beach to consider applicants for council seat By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star m With only eight options, the Mexico Beach City Coun cil will soon appoint its new est member. During the council’s last pre-agenda meeting in early December, Lanny Howell made the announcement that he was resigning from his Group 2 seat, effective Jan. 1. During the council’s fol lowing regular meeting, Mayor Al Cathey made a mo tion to hold a special meeting on Jan. 8 following the next scheduled pre-agenda work shop to meet with those who submitted a letter of interest. The council could appoint their newest member at the same meeting. Those in consideration, who will be appearing at the special meeting, include Gary Woodham, Bill Mc Glothlin, Tom Bailey, Diana Epple, Al Wilson and Jim McKenna. Also in consideration will be Jeff Tendler, who ran against Howell in April’s municipal election and Mary Blackburn, who ran against Group 3 councilman Jack Mullen. Woodham is a former councilmember and Epple retired earlier this year from the city’s EMS Department. Previously, Tendler and Blackburn formed an alli ance and built a platform for change and reform within the council and campaigned alongside one another in the months leading up to the election. The incumbents won by a small margin during voting. Six years of community investment WES LOCHER | The Star Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, seals the deck at the Rish Memorial Parking Lot with the assistance of some volunteers. Learner’s permits and commercial CDL licenses go online


Local The Star| A3 Thursday, January 9, 2014 group to pass the ordinance and deal with any variances on a case-by-case basis. De spite Patterson’s protests, the ordinance was voted in. “We’ve got a good ordi nance,” Buzzett said. “If ev eryone complies, we’ll treat them all the same.” Insurance Refund Tom Conley with the Florida League of Cities paid a visit to the commis sion to issue a refund on the city’s insurance premium. He congratulated the com mission for being six years hurricane-free and present ed Magidson with a check for $40,818. Cape San Blas Lighthouse A professional Lamp ist will soon be visiting the Cape San Blas light house to remove the large glass lenses and begin the pro cess of relocation. Lisa Curry, who with the assistance of BP funds is creating a documentary on the process, will be onhand to capture video of the event. The lenses are expected to be removed within two weeks. PDRB Members The planning board is up for re-appointment and is currently without enough members to make a quo rum. Seven candidates submitted letters of inter est for the volunteer posi tion with the majority of current members express ing a desire to return. Magidson told commis sioners he didn’t want to rush the decision since there weren’t any pending decisions to be made, and would prefer to appoint the four needed members simultaneously in order to review the qualications of all candidates. When asked by a mem ber of the audience what the qualications for the PDRB board was, Magid son answered, “That you have your head screwed on straight.” Commissioner Wil liam Thursbay made a motion to accept three of the candidates, which ex cluded previous member Patti Blaylock, who had volunteered to continue serving. After the motion passed, Buzzett made an additional motion to reappoint Blaylock, which failed 3-2. Agenda Policy A new agenda policy re quires all discussion items be provided to city staff by 5 p.m. ET on the Thursday before meetings are held. Agendas can be amended to include time-sensitive or emergency materials if they are provided to staff by noon on the Monday before a regular meeting. This policy prevents commissioners from vot ing on items the public might not be familiar with. “We represent people in this city,” Magidson said. “They have a right to know what we’re doing. “This is to be sure we’re serving those people who elected us.” Items not on the agenda can still be discussed if a successful motion is made by a commissioner at the beginning of a meeting. BP funds for softball After visiting the girls’ softball elds, Commis sioner Thursbay made a motion to dedicate BP funds toward a new bat ting cage and ice machine. According to Thursbay’s estimates, a new cage would cost approximately $3,500 and the ice ma chine, $1,500. The group recognized an inux of softball partici pants and decided to allow $5,000 to be used for the equipment. Any additional funds would be collected through fundraisers. Judging took place just before New Year’s Eve with additional entries from The Thirsty Goat, Sunset Coast al Grill, St. Joe Bar, Look out Lounge and Haughty Heron. Each recipe was created at the Welcome Center and sampled by a group of local volunteers. TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins sees the new beverage as a market ing tool to help further de ne and unite the area. “We wanted the judges to ask themselves if the drink was something that could be enjoyed in December, but also in July,” Jenkins said Additionally, the drink was required to sport one of Gulf Coast’s ofcial colors of turquoise, orange, coral, em erald green or royal blue. Pubs that participated in Bar Wars will be serving up the winning concoction year round, and the drink de buted during the New Year’s Eve festivities. The rst 24 patrons to order the drink at one of the participating pubs also re ceived a free GCFL tumbler. “Everybody did great and the judges had a lot of fun,” Jenkins said “Everyone was happy for Dockside.” For Jenkins, an ofcial drink was just the beginning of the TDC’s 2014 marketing efforts. In order to put Gulf Coun ty and the Forgotten Coast on the map, she will send out a media release to 2,000 journalists and bloggers to provide more information about the area in hopes that travel writers will visit and spread the word of the beau tiful beaches and small town charm. This month, Jenkins will head to New York City to meet one-on-one with blog gers. The following month, Jenkins will head to Bir mingham and host a media reception. There, Jenkins will dis tribute what she called “Gulf County survival kits,” packed with GCFL tumblers, Tupelo Honey, Ed’s Hot Sauce, a scallop knife and various other items. “The goal will be to bring Gulf County to Birming ham,” Jenkins said A new website for the TDC will launch in March and feature more social in tegration and a larger calen dar of events. Jenkins said that one of her goals for 2014 is to offer more for visiting snowbirds by establishing additional events and activities for guests who visit January through March. Plans are in motion for two winter guest receptions for visitors to come for food, drinks and mingling in or der to meet members of the community and like-minded vacationers. “Visitors make friends when they come here,” Jenkins said about creat ing a platform to help in the process. The genesis of the ideas comes directly from visitors to the area who drop by the Welcome Center. Jenkins said that she does her best to speak with everyone who comes in the door to nd out what they’ve enjoyed, where they’ve been and what they’d like to see more of. She’s also exploring ad ditional events that can be held on Sundays and Mon days as well as documenting the best day trips that Gulf County has to offer. In addition to bringing to gether visitors, Jenkins will also be working to bring area lodging partners together to meet with one another and discuss their experiences with guests and what other amenities can make Gulf County even more irresist ible than it already is. the rst four rural commu nities to participate in the program. In part, city attorney Tom Gibson said, Port St. Joe rose on the radar of the DEO as ofcials pressed ahead with updates to the city’s comprehensive plan. “We’ve been over the last ve or six years a lot more proactive with our comprehensive planning than we had been before,” Gibson said. City ofcials, for exam ple, have in the past year held several public hear ings and meetings on the economic development component of the comp plan and the DEO has provided grant funds for an update to the Port of Port St. Joe master plan, a signicant part of the city’s economic development. “Obviously the port is a big player in any economic development we can get go ing, but this award is to the city” and is broader in ap proach,” Gibson said. The two comp plan ef forts has, in effect, allowed the DEO, the agency cre ated after Gov. Rick Scott moved to consolidate the state’s economic develop ment efforts, allowed the DEO to “get to know” the community, the rst step in the application process for the Competitive Florida Program. The program empha sizes “communities that take action to build and enhance the local economy while staying true to what makes them unique have a competitive advantage,” according to a release from the DEO. The pilot project, which is open-ended at this time, will create a network among the four communities, facil itated by staff at the DEO, which is providing funding for the program, to exam ine assets, goals and strat egies to produce economic development. Meetings with local city and economic development ofcials will begin as soon as next week, Gibson said. According to the DEO, the communities will work with the DEO to identify assets – from individuals to organizations to infrastruc ture to history to natural resources – and hone a strategy for creating eco nomic growth mining and leveraging those assets. “Our goal is to help cre ate an opportunity economy in Florida, in which every community can offers jobs for the next generation,” said Jesse Panuccio, execu tive director of DEO. “Com petitive Florida will help ru ral communities map their strengths and identify what makes them distinctive.” Leaders in the commu nity, the DEO release de tails, will decide on a path to economic development that ts the community and begin to “build a scope for the effort” while being encouraged to set realistic goals and design and devel op innovative strategies. “The DEO will assist these communities in cre ating strategic economic development plans that are tailored for each communi ty’s unique assets,” the re lease continues. Meanwhile, the com munities, while moving in paths unique for those areas, will be sharing in formation in order to build a network for economic development in disparate areas of the state. “DEO understands there is power in collaboration and this program will build an active network of pas sionate community leaders who share and learn from each other’s experiences,” Panuccio said. Gibson added, “If the pi lot project produces I would think they would want to expand the program.” counties the FDOH has waived vaccine fees for pregnant women and will continue to do so for the re mainder of the season. According to the FDOH, it is especially important for pregnant women to be vac cinated due to the increased risk of complications associ ated with contracting the u while pregnant. The u vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect ba bies during the rst months after birth. Only one pediatric inu enza-associated death has been reported in Florida in the 2013-2014 season. Marsha Lindeman, FDOH administrator for Gulf and Franklin coun ties said she was proud the FDOH had successfully vaccinated 25 percent of students in Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe Elemen tary Schools. “Schools have been a priority for us for the past three years,” Lindeman said. “Our strategy is to pro vide protection from the u not only for the children, but also their families here in Gulf County.” To stay on top of the ill ness, the FDOH uses a na tionwide system called ILI Net (inuenza-like illness), a surveillance system com posed of sentinel providers. In Florida, 102 enrolled pro viders send weekly results that consist of total visits of patients with u-like symp toms, and send specimens to the Bureau of Epidemiol ogy for testing. This system looks out for increases in areas where coughing, fever and sore throat become a chief symp tom and FDOH workers can ensure vaccines are made available in areas and public awareness can be raised. “We have plenty of vac cine,” Lindeman said. “Any protection is better than be ing unprotected. “This strain is danger ous to the very young and very old.” Flu shorts are still be ing offered at the Health Department, CVS and from area physicians. Additional u prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. FLU from page A1 S p P E cial CIAL TO TT HE STar AR The Gulf County Tourist Development Council advisory board and the Bar Wars contestants toasted to Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar’s winning GCFL recipe. TDC from page A1 PROGRAM from page A1 PSJ from page A1


O PINION A Section Living so far away from relatives makes it necessary to travel during the holidays. The trip ranges from 10-12 hours depending on traf c and the bladders of adults, children and dogs. Upon returning home, I noticed a new vehicle parked in front of my garage. It was dark, so I had to get some lights on in able to study what this thing was taking a space in my already crowded driveway. The vehicle was big, grey, sturdy and had an advertisement on the side. The sign said “County Waste” and listed a phone number. This was not a trash can. According to the literature I received, this was a “wheeled cart.” When did we stop calling things what they really are? My homeowners association had sent out yers explaining this new process and of course, the news of a higher assessment/monthly fee. As always, I judge things by the price my Daddy paid for my rst car. It was a 1968 Mercury Cougar and he paid $150 for it. I was happy and fortunate to have it. I mopped oors, cleaned toilets and cut grass at around three dollars an hour in order to earn gas money. (A note to my children – read what I just said again, slowly.) Well, the way I gured it, I could buy one of those 1968 Cougars each month and still have money left over for gas. Perhaps I need to look on the bright side. This monthly fee gets me swimming pools, policemen and trash removal. As a bonus, the policemen wave at me. I’m not complaining. When I rst moved here, a fellow in a beat up pick-up truck with makeshift plywood sideboards picked up my trash. I didn’t even have to put it by the road. He came to the side of the house, got the can, took it to the truck, emptied it and then drove off to come back the following week. Then it moved on to a service with nice fellows who would take anything you put by the road twice a week. Now, I have “Automated Refuse Collection.” On my paperwork, there is even an explanation of automated refuse collection. “Homes are provided with carts that are rolled to the end of the driveway the evening before collection day. Automated trucks are equipped with lifting mechanisms that easily empty specialized carts.” I bet you would have never guessed that would you? They go on to tell me that it is neat, clean and easy. I’m sure that it is. Somewhere in the paperwork, it describes the wheeled cart as a “toter.” Again, a new word for garbage can. This 96 gallon toter looks like you could get anywhere from 6 to 8 small children into it. Not that you would do that, it is just very large. Per the paperwork, please note, “These toters are easy to maneuver.” One thing that is very important is that due to the automation, you must make sure that nothing is within ve feet of your wheeled cart/toter. The company notes the following in bold print with a line under it – “Please do not put anything you do not wish to be picked up near your carts.” They give examples of lawn chairs, basketball hoops, mail boxes and bicycles. This begs the question of “What if I do want it picked up?” You know – a nagging spouse, the neighbor’s dog that insists on barking at 3 a.m. or even my old garbage cans that have served me so well for many years. Could I put them within ve feet? We are living in a time with new words and new ways of doing things. It seems obvious that one solution to having to pay people more, provide healthcare and other bene ts is “automation.” In other words, we don’t have to provide healthcare to the robotic arm for dumping the garbage. We all see the problem with that solution and quite possibly the solution to that problem. Perhaps we should study what we is being demanded and what we are putting in the garbage. We seem to be throwing out a lot of things that worked very well and are going to be left with folks with nothing to do but watch robots do their job. I understand both sides of this equation, I am a math guy – however I am unable to solve it. In the meantime, “Do not get within ve feet of my toter.” Find more stories at New Words and the Same Trash By the Staff at MyGulfCare Special to The Star We have heard it all our lives — bad habits are hard to break. Sometimes by just focusing on changing that habit from something “bad” or unhealthy for us and putting something good in its place, we can achieve two goals at the same time. If the focus is on making it good, instead of making it go away, somehow it just seems a little easier. After Christmas and sometime before New Year’s Eve, most of us have that sudden realization that we need to get “back on track” with either our diet, exercise, or some other healthier lifestyle change. Breaking a habit or establishing a new habit can be dif cult. It’s not as easy as making a resolution, although that’s a great place to start. Most of what you do to take care of yourself is entirely up to you. Whether it’s how and when to exercise, or what and how much to eat, it’s your choice. Every journey starts with the rst step. Breaking the goal down into a few smaller steps and making sure that each step ts into your likes, dislikes, and daily schedule will help to assure success. To get started, set a goal. Looking at a long-term, “big-picture” goal rst will help guide you in determining what small steps to take. Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish in one year?” Next, ask yourself, “What can I do in the next month to start me on that path?” Knowing why you chose that goal and how important it is to you are also essential to success. Ask yourself how sure you are that you can accomplish your goal. To determine how sure you are, use a scale of 1 to 10, with one being “not sure at all” and 10 being “very sure.” If, after careful consideration, your con dence is 7 or less, you may need to go back to step one and choose another way to get started. It doesn’t matter how small the rst step is, what matters is that you can successfully take that step. Next, consider how committed you are to the goal. This is where you decide how important it is to you to make the change. “What part of making this change is going to be hard for me? Why haven’t I done it before now? How con dent am I that I can trade the bad habit for the good one?” are the questions that will help to determine if you are ready. Use the same 1-to-10 scale — one is “not ready at all” and 10 is “very ready.” Then ask yourself how ready you are. Once again, if it’s not at least 7, rethink the goal again. We all want to stop smoking in a day, lose the extra pounds in a week, and gain the bene ts of exercise without having to leave the couch! It doesn’t work like that. What will work is determination, spending time adjusting the goal to something that is achievable in a month, and moving forward each day. Have a plan and a backup plan, and an alternative plan if that’s what it takes. Set dates, be speci c and adjust when life gets in the way. If you would like help with making healthy changes, or would like to see if you qualify for the programs provided by MyGULFCare, contact us at 229-5606 or 227-1276, ext. 132. Charlotte was a beautiful pre x “Pre xes can really change the meaning of a word. For instance if you add ‘non’ before violence, you have given the word the exact opposite connotation…….” I drifted off to sleep. Miss Bryant was a nice enough English teacher but come on, PREFIXES! My mind was “connotating” on the ninth inning of the World Series. I was stepping up to bat against the ame throwing Ryne Duren with the winning run on second base. He’d just steamed a fastball past me and tried to sneak another one across the outside corner. I leaned into it and hit a blue darter toward the right center eld gap. Mickey Mantle was off with the crack of the bat. I tracked the ight of the ball and Mantle’s headlong rush as I headed toward rst— The whole class was starring at me, expectantly! The roaring Yankee Stadium crowd went dead silent. “Mr. Colbert,” I really liked Miss Bryant a whole lot, but she could drawl out “Colbert” with a fair amount of sarcasm if she thought the moment demanded it, “we are not in the habit of repeating ourselves, but we are still waiting for your example of a pre x that would give a contrasting meaning to the original word?” Duren and Mantle dissolved as if by magic. “Uh ... uh ... would it be like if you put “not” in front of “smart” or “double” in front of “dumb”? I haven’t been a fan of pre xes since they embarrassed me in junior high. “Grammatical af xes”, as Miss Bryant would call them, have been in the news recently with “in” being inserted before “tolerance”. It has created just about as much confusion as when we were trying to sort them out back in the classroom. I can’t tell exactly who is tolerant and/or intolerant of whom. The nger pointing and accusations are ying faster than that smash I hit off of Ryne Duren. I wish I’d a’paid a little more attention in Miss Bryant’s class. She knew syntax like the back of her hand and could actually distinguish the antecedent from a dangling participle. She could certainly tell us if someone was not using a pre x correctly here. I remember distinctly her saying you couldn’t understand the word with the pre x added if you didn’t understand the original word. I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I have had a few bouts with intolerance myself. Charlotte Melton and me fell in love over by the monkey bars. We weren’t sure if “en” was a pre x to “gaged”, or not, but we did say it was going to be forever. We rode horses together. I bought her a milkshake up at John Motheral’s drugstore after the movie where Old Yeller died. She did my math homework. We talked of when we’d both be playing high school basketball. And what it would be like to go on a real date. Forever lasted from late summer to almost Christmas of the eighth grade! It turned out to be “un”requited love. She ran off with Martin Paschall while I was visiting my uncle over in Lawrence County. Now folks, it was a situation that clearly demanded some intolerance! I obliged with all my heart. I ranted and raved, cried, bemoaned, lamented and stomped the ground. I said some nasty things about Charlotte and Martin. I wished a pox on the both of them. Do you reckon my grandiose show of intolerance carried the day? You wouldn’t believe how much nobody cared! Leon declared it was not the end of the world. Ricky Gene offered to introduce me to his “good looking” cousin from Gleason. Daddy said, rather roughly I thought considering the circumstances, “Get over it, son”! My own Mother gave some silly reference about all the sh in the sea. Now, I had to “get even” with Charlotte and Martin, of course ... AND Leon, Ricky Gene, Mom and Dad. This intolerance thing can grow on you in a hurry! Time is an amazing spacer. Martin turned out to be one of the best friends I ever had. We played ball together throughout high school. When I got over my hollering and shouting, Charlotte became more like the sister I never had than the girl who jilted me. I cried again, the day she left us way too early. I saw Mom, Dad and Leon in a much different light as I matured through the peaks and valleys of high school. And danged if Ricky Gene’s cousin didn’t turn out to be a lot better looking than he described. You’d a’thought I’d learned a lesson forever! But that intolerance thing is hard to stem. I was a mite “short sighted” on those “didn’t see it my way” college professors. Cranky children, lost cell reception, unrealistic business acquaintances and “gifted” in-laws all work on your intolerance quotient. Old age is roaring up on me today. I have to check each morning to see if all the parts are working. I walk into the den and then stop and think, “What did I come in here for”? I drink energy drinks not because of the taste. Life, down toward the end, can be a tad intolerable at times ... then, of course, I think of the alternative. A little tolerance is not that bad when you consider all the options. Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard Page 4 #!$ &# !&"!"%& "" "!$%$%# $.6-*--9.::,1*60.;7 %1.$;*9 "!7? "79;$;7. "176. "##% "!$%"% "!#%$%! 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Circulation:1-800-345-8688 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Gulf County smackdown Dear Editor, Lady and Gentlemen of the BOCC, rst let me say I use the term gentlemen sparingly. Some options are being considered to improve the nancial position of our county. The problem with the gas tax increase is, though it bene ts us during the tourist seasons, it adversely affects residents year round. Many of our residents travel considerable distances daily to earn a living. Certainly countywide mandatory trash pickup is an issue that all commissioners “should be able to agree on” in light of the losing situation with the land ll. Speaking of county-wide, three of you ran on a promise of pursuing county-wide voting but we hear little about that in your bi monthly, early morning, keep those pesky citizens away, in-your-face-meetings. But I digress. Reality TV programs are all the rage these days with Duck Dynasty, Honey BooBoo, Auto Repo, etc. The networks and participants make millions off this nonsense. Nonsense? Folks we have it right here in Gulf County with our BOCC meetings. A golden opportunity is right before our very eyes to make megabucks for our high rolling commissioners to spend. Tru Tv will jump at it. Consider the cast of characters. Tan (The Gavel) Smiley, best known for his disorderly conducting of meetings, allowing the disrespecting of Ms. Bryan and “I don’t read emails”. Carmen (in your face) McLemore, the mosquito truck driver and big BP check recipient, who has now dedicated his position to the harassment of Ms. Bryan at every opportunity. The blowhard who dislikes taxpaying blowins. Who can forget the BOCC meeting at which he advocated war between north and south Gulf County! Very constructive. Michael (in your face disgrace and it’s my jail and you are not allowed in Ms. Bryan) Hammond. I believe it’s not the law that every Florida county have a jail, Mr. Hammond. Our heroine and blowin Joanna Bryan, is the citizens advocate who sits calmly by while these southern gentlemen trash talk her constructive suggestions. Hopefully she will maintain her resolve and stay with us contrary to Mr. McLemore’s thinking. Her constituents and I believe a majority of Gulf Countians are in full support of her actions. Finally we have Messrs. McDaniel and Yeager, who though they have been responsible in serving Gulf countians, they have been reluctant to enter this fray. To make this reality skit a hit we need a knight in shining armor to come riding in on his pickup truck and come to the aid of our fair maiden Ms. Bryan. Ward, Warren, stardom awaits, how about it? So that’s it folks, World Wrestling? “just fahget abot it”, coming your way, taa daa! Gulf County Smack Down with the above cast of all-star characters. The all new season begins Jan. 14 so tune in and don’t miss it. Another happy, full time resident Blow In. Tom Knoche Port St. Joe Ring in the new year with healthy habits Letter to the EDITOR


Special to The Star PORT ST JOE — Sacred Heart Medical Group announced that Dr. James Oenbrink, a board certied ear, nose and throat surgeon, has joined the Sacred Heart physicians’ group. Dr. Oenbrink will see patients in Suite 203 of the medical ofce building on Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf campus. Dr. Oenbrink will be providing services including Tube Placement, Tonsillectomy and Nasal Surgery. Dr. Oenbrink earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed residency at St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Oenbrink has over 40 years of experience in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology. If you are interested in receiving more information or to see Dr. Oenbrink, please call 229-5661 to schedule an appointment. Or meet him at his presentation “Causes and Treatments of Sleep Apnea” at 10:30 a.m. ET on Jan. 15. The program will be held in the Hospital Conference Room and will include an opportunity for the public to ask questions an answer. Pre-registration is requested for the seminar, which is sponsored by Sacred Heart’s SeniorSpirit membership program. Space is limited. Please call 229-5603 to register. Send your letters to : L ETTER ETTER S TOTO TT H E E EE DITOR TOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspaper’s editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for verication and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. 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Ja n. 9 S enior V ac cinations W illiam W o oler y DO F amily Medicine Ja n. 15 C auses a nd T r eatments of Sle ep A pnea James O enbrink MD E ar Nose and T hr oat Ja n. 21 P lastic Sur ger y R e c onstruc tion in C a nc er C ases T ong D uong MD P lastic Sur ger y Each will beg in a t 10:30 a.m. S acr ed Hear t Hospital on the Gulf C onf er enc e R oom A/B C all f or R eser v a tions: 229-5603 Local The Star| A5 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Trees and shrubs should be planted in the fall and winter months, instead of waiting until spring. The plants are dormant during this time and less apt to be injured by shock from planting. Also, the weather and moisture during this period are ideal for plant establishment as well as good working weather for the gardener. Planting in the winter allows the plants time to become established prior to spring growth and bloom, and prior to summer heat. Research shows that roots of a plant continue to grow and develop during the winter, even though the above ground part of the plant remains dormant. You will also nd that your nurseryman has a good stock of plants during the fall and winter, and too, he can give you more time and attention during this season, whereas he can’t during the spring rush. Before going out to buy plants, study your site and have some idea what kind of plants would best t your landscape needs. For example, if you need to shade your patio or window on the west side of your home, look for a fast growing tree with a broad spreading canopy. Ask the salesperson about the growth requirements of the plants you plan to buy. Do the plants require special soil (azaleas require acid soil)? Do the plants have serious insect and disease problems which will require routine spraying? Be sure the plants you select are tolerant of your local weather conditions. Just because a plant can be purchased at your local plant shop doesn’t guarantee that it will tolerate the summer heat or the winter cold in your area. Inspect plants closely and don’t purchase those with an unhealthy appearance or weak, poorly formed, scarred, or cracked trunks or branches. Don’t purchase trees with double leaders or with main branches clustered together on the trunk. Leaves of abnormal size or with excessive yellowing are an indication of a plant health problem. Also examine plants for insects, diseases and mechanical damage. After you have inspected the above ground portion of a plant, examine its root system. The root system of a container-grown plant should be well established so that the root ball stays intact when the container is removed; the plant should not be root-bound. Root-bound plants have a mass of roots circling near the outside surface of the container medium and max present difculty in establishment in the landscape. Although cutting or breaking up the root ball during planting has been recommended in the past, there is not strong scientic evidence to support the benet of this practice. The best recommendation is not to invest your money and effort in a root-bound plant. Equally as important as selecting good plants is proper planting procedure. The planting procedure is the same for vines, shrubs, and trees. Dig the planting hole one foot wider and as deep as the root ball is tall. In some cases where the soil is hard or compacted, it may be advisable to dig a planting hole three times wider than the container and half as deep. Then mound the soil to cover the sides of the root ball. A plant installed in the manner might require more frequent irrigation during dry periods, but is not likely to suffer from subsurface drainage problems. Carefully remove the plant from the container. Gently place the plant straight in the hole and be sure the top of the root ball is no deeper than the existing landscape soil surface. Fill around the ball with soil and gently rm the soil. The common practice of adding organic matter such as peat to the soil that is placed around the root ball is highly recommended. The success or failure of a plant often depends on whether the plants receive adequate moisture. The construction of a saucerlike basin around the plant from the extra backll soil will aid watering by holding the water until it drains down to the plant’s roots. For more information on Winter Tree Planting Tips contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our website or Special to The Star Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf announced this week that Kathy Chastain has accepted the position as chief nursing ofcer at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Chastain has more than 29 years of experience in the health care industry with a diverse background including critical care nursing, health care management, wound care, home health and quality improvement. Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, said, “Kathy has been serving as the interim chief nursing ofcer since June 2011 and has done an incredible job leading the continued growth and development of our health ministry in Port St. Joe.” Kathy joined Sacred Heart in 2003 as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. She also served there as the education manager for seven years before transferring to Sacred Heart on the Gulf as the director of patient care services in 2010. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in 1984 and her master’s degree in health care administration from Troy State University in 2006. RR OY lL EE CARTER County extension director Winter tree planting tipsKAThH Y ChCH A sS TAiI N Chastain named CNO for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Ear, Nose and Throat specialist joins Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf


Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com O UTDOORS Section Section A Sp onsor the WEEKL Y ALM ANA C C all T o da y! 653-8868 WEEKL Y ALM ANA C S T JO SE PH B A Y AP AL A C HI C O L A B A Y W EST P ASS T I DE T ABLES M O NT H L Y A VER A GES T o nd the tides of the f ollo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica t ed times fr om these g iv en f or AP ALA CHIC OLA: HIGH L OW C a t P oin t M inus 0:40 M inus 1:17 East P ass M inus 0:27 M inus 0:27 T o nd the tides of the f ollo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica t ed times fr om those g iv en f or C ARR ABELLE: HIGH L OW B ald P oin t M inus 9:16 M inus 0:03 Da t e H igh L o w % P r ecip T hu J an. 9 68 53 10 % F ri, J an. 10 69 54 10 % S a t J an. 11 70 52 60 % Sun, J an. 12 63 41 % M on, J an. 13 63 41 % T ues J an. 14 63 41 % W ed J an. 15 63 41 % Monda y T hursda y 7A M 6PM (EST ) F rida y S a tur da y 7A M 7PM (EST ) BWO H unti ng H e a dq u a r ters : Special to The Star FRIENDS SEEK NEW MEMBERS Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves members and guests are invited to attend the Annual General Membership Meeting to be held 11 a.m. ET on Feb. 22 at the Preserves Center. The agenda for this meeting will highlight the past year’s accomplishments and successes and review the goals for 2014. Included in the agenda will be a Treasurer’s report, nomination and election of the 2014 Board of Directors and other general business. Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve manager will discuss the importance of prescribed re in the long-leaf pine ecosystem and discuss progresses made during the past year to the Buffer Preserve. He will discuss how prescribed burns are bene cial for the plant habitats. CHILI POTLUCK After the brief meeting, join fellow members for a potluck chili luncheon, prepared by your fellow Friends members. Members are encouraged to attend and bring a not-yet member who may be interested in becoming a Friend of the Preserves. Everyone is invited to enjoy chili and xin’s after the presentation. There will be an assortment of chili recipes and potluck dishes to enjoy. A $5 donation is requested from non-members. Be prepared to have a good time and meet fellow Friends. BOARD ELECTION One of the most important items on the General Membership Meeting agenda is the presentation of the nominating committee’s slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. Anyone interested in serving as a Board Member may contact Dylan Shoemaker at 229-1787. Board members are one of the most important components of the CSO (Citizen Support Organization). They attend monthly meetings, assist with special projects and events, and help spread the word throughout the community about the importance of the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves. By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com On Dec. 22 the Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association was awarded $120,000 in supplemental grant funds from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to launch the organization’s planned super reef project. MBARA will supply $55,000 for a project total of $175,000 that will allow the organization to construct and deploy 18 super reefs, constructed by Walter Marine, in Orange Beach, AL. “We will be using 55 steel-reinforced concrete structures with chunks of Florida limestone embedded to promote natural marine growth on the hard substrates of the structures,” said MBARA President Bob Cox. “These structures will be of four different designs ranging from 6-25 feet tall and weighing 4,000 to 36,000 pounds each.” The coarse, porous limestone surface is made of shell fragments and makes it easy for marine animals to attach. At the top of each reef, 10 feet of exposed rebar will attract sh that hunt in high levels of the water, leading to a more active ecosystem. In the past, the organization has focused on limestone and grouper reefs, but the super reefs will combine both in one structure. The reefs will be built in the Bell Shoals, Bridge Rubble, Bridge Span, North, and South arti cial reef permit sites that range from 2.5 to 18.3 nautical miles from the Mexico Beach Canal. Some sites are planned to receive one reef while two will be dropped in others. MBARA members will monitor the sea life that forms around them and collect data that will be shared with the FWC regarding the types of sh attracted and whether two reefs in one area yielded a stronger ecosystem than a single reef. Fish like Amberjack, red snapper, grouper and pelagics prefer taller structures and would be attracted to the super reefs. “Our vision is to build habitat to enhance our sheries for recreational shing and eco-tourism that fuel our local economy,” said Cox. “We truly can use more support to build bigger and better projects.” Cox said that the project is only made possible by the support of MBARA volunteers, members, donors, sponsors, annual King sh Tournament participants, local merchants, City of Mexico Beach staff and FWC. The experimental super reef project will be the rst of its kind in Florida. Cox said that he intends to have the project complete by the end of April. Special to The Star Start the New Year right with a Tram Tour of the uplands to the “heart of the Preserves” at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. On the rst Friday of each month in 2014 (except July and October) staff at the Preserve will personally host a tour for the public. Twenty-eight lucky people will have the chance to explore the diversity of native plants and wildlife while enjoying a comfortable platform for photography. Join us from 9-11 a.m. ET to enjoy a little history, a little learning and the importance of the Buffer Preserve to St. Joseph Bay. Annual meeting of Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves Tram tours of Buffer Preserve SPONSORED BY Local Our winter fishing is improving right now with great trout catches from the ICW canal and into the Apalachicola River System. Most anglers are reporting on good whiting catches from the beaches and state parks from Mexico Beach to Indian Pass. Local rivers and creeks are still full of bream and now crappie. Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR Having received a supplemental grant from the FWC, the MBARA will deploy six super reefs in April. The larger reefs will attract sh that hunt in higher parts of the water column. MBARA super reefs a go Thursday, January 9, 2014 Page 6


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The meet, with athletes from 10 states represented, was Dec. 27-28 at the Birmingham (Ala.) Crossplex. Robbins was ninth in the 60 meters in the 17-18 age group, nishing with a time of 8.07 seconds. In the 200 meters, Robbins nished 12th with a time of 26.47. Robbins will compete Jan. 18 in the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Gator grapplers down Bay The Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School wrestling team downed Bay High in a dual match during the holiday break. The Gators got out of the gate quickly with three straight pins to open the meet and clinched the match with three forfeits to end the night. WEWAHITCHKA (WEWA) 36.0, BAY (BAY) 30.0 126: Blake Kemp, WEWA, pinned Juwan William, BAY, 0:28. 132: Elijah Sarmiento, WEWA, pinned Kenny Leavins, BAY, 2:40. 138: Burley Parker, WEWA, pinned Brendon Thorenson, BAY, 0:59. 145: Charles Smith, BAY, pinned Jackson Vines, WEWA, 0:36. 152: Jakob Gay, BAY, pinned Malachi Davenport, WEWA, 0:53. 160: Jonah Authement, BAY, pinned Riley Roberts, WEWA, 2:22. 170: Dakota Deason, BAY, forf. 182: Sam Gramling, BAY, dec. Delinger Chance, WEWA, 84. 195: double forfeit. 220: Roy Shirah, WEWA, forf. 285: Vern Barth, BAY, dec. Jarod Melvin, WEWA, 16-10. 106: Jeremiah Rardin, WEWA, forf. 113: double forfeit. 120: Michael Hensley, WEWA, forf. Ladies nine hole golf league starting at Golf Club Are you interested in a Ladies 9 Hole fun winter league at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club? We will start with a free golf clinic from 10 a.m. to noon ET Jan. 18 with Pro Ethel Bardsley. Call or email Linda with your interest and availability, or 705-1256. Star Staff Report The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team evened its record while nishing third at the Tallahassee Maclay Holiday Hoops Fest. The Tiger Sharks took down the host school 46-38 to nish third in the threeday tournament. T.J. Williams, who scored 28 points against Maclay in the consolation game, was named to the all-tournament team. Sergio Clemons added eight points against Maclay. Starting four sophomores and with just two seniors — one, Natrone Lee just returned from an ankle injury suffered during the football season and pulled down 12 rebounds against Maclay — the season has presented a learning curve for Port St. Joe and Coach Derek Kurnitsky. That the Tiger Sharks have arrived at the midway point of the season 7-7 overall is a positive, Kurnitsky said. “We are really playing hard and playing smart basketball,” Kurnitsky said. “The kids are really buying in to what we are teaching them, and they are really improving. I have been impressed. “We are starting to hit our stride, and it is the right time.” Port St. Joe opened the tournament with a 76-48 win over Tallavanna Christian. Clemons led the way with 20 points while Williams added 19 and Kyran Batson 17. In the semi nals, Port St. Joe stayed with Tallahassee Lincoln for most of the game but faded in the nal minutes of a 52-39 loss, sending the Tiger Sharks into the consolation bracket. “It was really a good game,” Kurnitsky said of the Lincoln contest. “We were down by only six heading into the nal quarter, and we just kind of ran out of gas.” Williams led Port St. Joe with 14 points. The Tiger Sharks traveled to Lynn Haven Mosley on Tuesday and host West Gadsden at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Star Staff Report Since starting the season with losses to Blountstown, Sneads (twice) and Rutherford, with a win over Wewahitchka sandwiched in between, the Lady Tiger Sharks basketball team at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School has won six out of seven. The Lady Tiger Sharks are 7-5 overall and undefeated, 5-0, in District 4-1A. With no seniors or juniors this year, Port St. Joe earned its biggest win Dec. 13 when South Walton, the defending Class 1A state champion, came to “The Dome.” The Lady Seahawks left with their rst loss in Class 1A play in two years as Port St. Joe won 46-32. The Lady Tiger Sharks have been led by a pair of eighth-graders and a freshman thus far. Teiyahna Hutchinson is averaging 15.9 points, six rebounds and two steals a game; Brooklyn Quinn has 9.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game; and freshman Hallie Jasinski adds 8.5 points and 5 rebounds a game. Callie Fleshner, a sophomore, is pitching in 3.2 points with 6.8 rebounds a game. Maliyah McNair and Java Patterson are doing a great job on defense. The Lady Tigers Sharks resumed their season during the break with a threeday trip to participate in the ninth annual Tallahassee Maclay Holiday Classic. Port St. Joe visited Bay High on Monday and hosts West Gadsden on Friday. Star Staff Report A winning season continued into the offseason for three members of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team. Last week, the Class 1A all-state team, as selected by the Florida Sportswriters Association, was announced with two Tiger Sharks earning rst-team selection and another an honorable mention nod. Marcel Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore, was selected to the rst-team defense. Dewayne Griggs, a senior running back/defensive back, was named to the rst team as a utility player. Griggs, 6-0, 170 pounds, also was selected to play in the recent Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game. He had ve tackles as a defensive back. Cole Cryderman, a 6-1, 195-pound Tiger Shark junior, earned an honorable mention nod as a defensive lineman. Sports SHORTS SPECIAL TO THE STAR The Tiger Sharks evened their record at 7-7 while taking third in a holiday tournament in Tallahassee. PSJ boys 3rd in holiday tourney Page 7 Thursday, January 9, 2014 SPECIAL TO THE STAR Lady Tiger Shark hoopsters lead district Tiger Sharks place 3 on all-state team MARCELL JOHNSON DEWAYNE GRIGGS


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Our guest speaker will be Roy Carter, Gulf Co Extension Service. Special to The Star The Mexico Beach Community Development Council is arranging winter visitors and residents the opportunity to spend the day in Thomasville, GA at the Pebble Hill Plantation. This day trip will depart from the El Governor Motel parking lot at 7:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 16. Travel cost is only $45 per person and includes entry onto the plantation and lunch. Pebble Hill Plantation located in Thomasville has been referred to as a Georgia Belle. The imperial architectural beauty stands proudly amid the magnolias and long leaf pines. With breathtaking beauty, visitors will dwell in the charming atmosphere on the grounds. A knowledgeable local tour guide will walk visitors around the plantation and divulge in the rich history and southern traditions that make Pebble Hill the ideal southern belle home. Following the tour, we will dine at The Plaza Restaurant located in downtown Thomasville. This well-known restaurant has been serving their traditional Southern style cuisine to locals and visitors for over 90 years. Sign up today at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center located at 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach. Payment must be made at time of booking. Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Mexico Beach Welcome Center by calling 648-8196 or visit our website at www. Star Staff Report The Gulf Amateur Radio Society will sponsor amateur radio exams 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the EOC Building in Port St. Joe. Take the exam for an initial license or upgrade a present license. Get on the air and become part of the community disaster response. “When all else fails, there’s amateur radio.” The Gulf Amateur Radio Society meets at 7 p.m. ET the rst Thursday of each month at the EOC Building. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend. For registration and information concerning license exams, call C.H. Tillis, AJ4XJ, at 648-8251. Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Teat of Eufaula, Ala., are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Kristin to Jay O’Bryan, son of Alvin and Suzette Edeneld of Altha, Fla., and Darryl and Lisa O’Bryan of Clarksville, Fla. Kristin is the granddaughter of Charles and the late Shirley Sanders and the late Robert Leo and Doris Teat of Haleburg, Ala. Jay is the grandson of Ruth and the late Fred Attaway of Altha, Florida and Bobby and Joanne O’Bryan of Blountstown, Fla. The wedding is planned for January 18, 2014 at Haleburg Baptist Church in Haleburg, Alabama with a reception to follow at Landmark Park in Dothan, Ala. After a honeymoon trip to San Diego, the couple will reside in Haleburg, Ala. Special to The Star The Oak Grove Church and the committee that helped plan the 2013 annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners wish to send a big thank you to all of the men and women that cooked the delicious turkeys, green beans, and sweet potatoes. Everyone has commented on how good the dinners were. Thanks to all of the people from all of the churches, organizations, and businesses that helped make this dinner the success it was. Special to The Star For more than 30 years, the Gulf County Senior Citizens Association has sponsored the Miss Gulf County Valentine’s Pageant. This event is an evening of absolute fun for the entire family and is centered around our beautiful young ladies in age categories from infants through high school seniors. There is a category for every age group. There are some very nice prizes given away. First, about 25 door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Each contestant will receive a memento for participation and a college scholarship is given away to Miss Gulf County. One of the more popular prizes in the past has been a complete beauty makeover and cosmetic consultation by award winning professional beauty consultant and artist, Ms. Dee Dee Morris of Dothan, Alabama (Facebook: Dee Dee Morris, Dothan Al). According to Mrs. Barbara Mannon, President of the Gulf County Senior Citizens Board of Director, this event is used to raise funds for Gulf County Seniors. “We have had excellent community support in the past, but we are looking for increased sponsorship this year. The change in Florida Medicaid has dramatically impacted our funding and we need the community’s assistance more than ever.” The funds will be used to provide meals, companionship, social activities, personal care, housekeeping, and other vital services needed so our elderly can stay active and in their homes. Please call the Senior Center at 229-8466 for sponsorship information or send donation checks to 120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Your donation is tax deductible. The event will be held at the Wewahitchka Elementary School Auditorium at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, Feb. 8. Applications to participate as a contestant are available from the Center or through your school ofce. Applications must be turned in no later than Feb. 3 in order to participate. This event is not held in conjunction with any other nationally sponsored contest, but is strictly for the young ladies and families of Gulf County. Senior Citizens to hold Miss Gulf County Valentine’s pageant Thank you to volunteers Engagement MB CDC plans trip for winter visitors Amateur radio license exams Sea Oats and Dunes Garden Club meeting Kristin Teat, Jay O’Bryan to wed


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We also enforce the positive Christian values that give your child a solid foundation for the condence to make good decisions in the future. National School Choice Week is Jan. 27-31. Parents are invited to visit the campus and take a tour or visit a classroom during this week. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, examine the curriculum, and see what FCS can offer your family. Faith Christian School is still enrolling students for the remaining of the 20132014 school year. Visit the campus Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET, call 229-6707, or visit our web site: www. t for more information. Spring into Vegetable Gardening Special to The Star The 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 Ofce, 232 East Lake Ave., Wewahitchka, Fla. Dates and Topics to be discussed are as follows: Jan. 14, 2014: What to Grow and Seasonal Information, Site Selection and Improving Soils. Jan. 21, 2014: Specic on Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, and Cucumbers; Seeding and Transplanting Basics. Jan. 28, 2014: Harvesting, Troubleshooting Vegetable Garden Problems. For more information contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or email rlcater SHH to present ‘Senior Vaccinations’ Special to The Star Dr. Alan Woolery of Sacred Heart Medical Group will discuss the importance and specif ics of Senior Vaccinations at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf’s Con ference Room. A question and answer time will be available for additional questions. Dr. Woolery is a board-certied family phy sician with specialty training in geriatric med icine. He recently relocated from Middle, GA where he was the director of the family medi cine residency program at Houston Medical Center. Dr. Woolery graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medi cine and has extensive training in geriatric medicine. He serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed geriatric medicine journals and has published extensively in the area of geriatric medicine. Dr. Woolery cur rently serves as a hospitalist at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Pre-registration is requested for the semi nar, which is sponsored by Sacred Heart’s Se niorSpirit membership program. Space is limited. Please call Paulina Pendarvis at 229-5603 to register. Sacred Heart SeniorSpirit is a free program for persons 55 and older. Benets include free screenings, seminars, special in-patient ben ets such as three free guest meal tickets (up to $6) per hospital stay, a monthly calendar of events detailing all SeniorSpirit events, and discounted pre-paid lab coupon program. SHH to host diabetes education class Star Staff Report Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will host a Type 2 diabetes community edu cation class 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 16 in the hospital’s confer ence room. The class is aimed at Type 2 diabetics and their families. The course will cover what is Type 2 diabetes, how to measure blood sug ar, healthy tips to protect your feet and eyes, meal planning, exercise and more. The cost of the class is $10. Anyone interested in registering or for more in formation call 278-3683. The Lion’s Tale Choosing the right school for your child S p P E c C IAL TO TT HE STAR By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star m A no muss, no fuss continuing education. That is what Gulf Coast State College at its Gulf/Franklin Center will be offering in the coming weeks as Education Encore returns for another year. Education Encore offers non-credit enrichment classes for adults on a variety of topics. “We have a saying, you are never too old to learn,” said Jim Barr, coordinator of Education Encore. “There are no tests, no grades, no stress, just fun.” Registration for Education Encore begins at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Building A, Room 101, at the Gulf/ Franklin Center. Registration is rst-come, rst-served. Classes will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 22 and continuing through Feb. 26. Classes are being offered in three morning time periods, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, making it possible for a student to take three classes during this year’s Encore. In fact, the fee is based on each student having access to all three classes each Wednesday. The goal of Education Encore, Barr said, is to provide a learning environment that is fun, lively and offers diversity, insight and wisdom in which adults explore new ideas. If you have been to college, Barr said, this is an opportunity to re-live the college experience. If you have not attended college, this is an opportunity to live the college experience. “Just as exercising the body keeps one physically t—exercising the mind keeps one mentally t,” he added. The courses offered at the Gulf/ Franklin Center include basic computer skills, digital camera, drawing, writing, chair yoga, marine biology, “Dare to Repair”, acrylic painting and conversational Spanish, among others. The fee for participants is $66 for the six-week program, which includes three classes on each of the six Wednesdays. To browse the selection of classes offered, visit the website at www. EE ducation EE ncore or for more information call 872-3823 or transmit an email to Barr at jbarr@gulfcoast.ed u As Barr said, “Don’t miss this great opportunity to continue your education or pursue a longtime interest. You are never too old to learn.”TT IM CROf F T | The Star Education Encore, offering an array of non-credit classes for adults, begins at the Gulf/Franklin Center in the coming weeks.


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She was preceded in death by her husband, Costa Vathis, and father of her children; mother, Lilly Bryant Romano; father, Capt. S. A. Romano; brother, Sandy Romano; son, Nick Vathis; and a granddaughter, Christina Vathis She is survived by her children, John Vathis of Panama City, Mary Elizabeth Herring of Panama City Beach, George Vathis of Bellview, Fla., and Theo Vathis of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Veronica Crotts Almarode of Tallahassee, Jamie Vathis of Mexico Beach, Nicky Vathis of Panama City Beach, Ricky Vathis of Chipley, Stephani Vathis of Texas, Tracy Vathis of Destin, Candice Vathis of Tampa, Michael Vathis of Tallalhassee, Costa Vathis of Tallahassee, Tammy Vathis of Colorado and Christopher Vathis of Colorado; greatgrandchildren, Vernon Babich of Ocala, Michael Austin of Wewahitchka and Katlin Vathis of Mexico Beach; nieces and nephews Mary George Williams, Despina George, Alexander Vathis, Tony Romano, Carla Hight, Nick Spanolios and Jimmy Spanolios; and dear friends she considered her other daughters, Ginger Chumney Lewis, Geri Parker, Marilyn Wages, Frances Ann Monroe and Denise Putnal. Her father, Capt. Romano, was from Palermo, Sicily, a sea captain who came to Apalachicola to trade for cotton and lumber. He met Lilly Bryant and married. They raised Juanita and her brother Sandy in Apalachicola. She attended the Catholic Convent and was schooled by the nuns. She later married Costa Vathis, who operated The Grill Restaurant in Apalachicola and was a state representative for Franklin County in the 40s. Jaunita was his secretary. Mary Carol Creekmore was her dance instructor with her sister-in-law Helen Vathis and friend Betty Brocado as a teenager. Her hobby was corresponding through letters to her friends and family up to the time of her death. She never met a stranger and was loved by so many and will be missed forever. Graveside funeral services were at 2 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Juanita Elizabeth Romano Vathis Carl Edward Lamb, 67, of Port St. Joe passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, Dec. 21. Born in Moultrie, Ga., to Roy and Hazel Lamb, Carl is survived by his daughter, Rai-Lyn Holmes, and her husband, Jesse Holmes; sons, Danny, Kevin and Kristopher Lamb; wife, Brooke Lamb; brothers Wesley Cooper and Bruce Lamb; sisters Linda Ferguson and Tammy Natoli; and 10 grandchildren. Carl was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend to all, and will be greatly missed. Carl Edward Lamb Dana Saunders Burkett, 41, passed away Dec. 25, 2013, at home. She was born Feb. 14, 1972, to the late Dr. Edward T. Saunders, Sr. and Debbie M. Saunders. Dana is survived by her daughter, Samantha Burkett of Port St. Joe; her mother, Debbie Saunders; and her brother, Edward Terry Saunders, Jr. Dana was employed most of her life as a 911 dispatcher, a profession she excelled in and of which she was very proud. Dana was born in Sarasota and moved to Carrabelle when she was 13. She graduated from Carrabelle High School in 1991. Cremation has taken place through Culleys Meadow Wood in Tallahassee. At this time, no service will be held, but a memorial will be announced at a later date. Dana Saunders Burkett William C. Cy Williams, age 93, of Port St. Joe, Fla., passed away, peacefully, on New Years Day. Papa Cy, as he was affectionately known by both family and friends, spent his last moments praising the Lord, with his family by his side. Mr. Williams was born in Port St. Joe on June 23, 1920. He attended Port St Joe High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, baseball and boxing. In 1942, he volunteered to enter the U.S. Army, becoming a Military Police of cer. He then volunteered for a special operation where he served on a Victory ship, carrying ammunition to Europe. After arriving in Europe, he participated in invasions in both Sicily and North Africa. His return to the U.S. included transporting of German prisoners. During the return voyage, his ship was torpedoed by German submarines, but managed to make it back to port in New Jersey with no casualties. After safely returning to the U.S., he was stationed in Chicago, Ill. He worked as an undercover detective, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department. His operation included exposing and apprehending Chicago gang members, associated with Al Capone, which were eecing U.S. military men returning from overseas. During his time in Chicago, he also played for the U.S. Army football and basketball teams, where he received medals for his achievements in sports. He was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Athletes in the U.S. Military and was recruited by Northwestern University football team. Choosing instead to be with family, Mr. Williams decided to return home to Port St. Joe, where he spent the majority of his life. Upon returning home, he worked as a head machinist for the Apalachicola Northern Railroad in Port St. Joe and the White Pass & Yukon Railroad in Alaska. While in Alaska, he coached the semipro basketball team The Thunderbirds and led them to the Gold Medal Tournament, where they brought home the championship trophy. An avid sherman and gardener, Mr. Williams also served as a deacon and a lay pastor. Throughout his life, his proudest moments were serving the Lord and witnessing to all that he met. He was preceded in death by parents, C.C. and Iva Williams; and brother, Ben Williams. He is survived by wife, Christine Williams; sister, Sissy Farris; son, Edward Buddy Williams and wife, Peggy; daughters Sandra Williams Godfrey and husband, Rick, and Juwana Williams Combs and husband, Glen; stepdaughter, Alice Martin; stepson, Bobby Lightfoot; grandchildren, Cheri Jalbert and husband, Ronnie, Chris Williams and husband, Troy, Stone Swatts, Jeff Williams and wife, Erica, Ashley Combs, Robert Combs and wife, Kelli, Dana Swatts, Rush Combs, and Christana Hayden and husband, Chris; great-grandchildren, Austin Williams, Jacob Combs and wife, Jessie, Jackson Combs, Trey Humphrey and Courtney, Lexi Combs, Abby Swatts, Campbell Swatts, Camryn Swatts, Joshua Jalbert, Jesse Williams, and Allena Williams; greatgreat grandchildren, Clay Humphrey and Madison Combs; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Comforter Funeral home in Port St. Joe. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Holly Hill Cemetery, in Port St. Joe. William C. Cy Williams John E. Oakley, 69, of Port St. Joe, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Oakley and Helen Oakley; a son, James Oakley; and sister Fran Brown. He is survived by his wife, Alimae Oakley; son, David Oakley; granddaughter, Brandy Oakley; and greatgrandson, Bladen Buell. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe with the Rev. David Fernandez of ciating. Interment will follow at Holly Hilly Cemetery. All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. John E. Oakley See OBITUARIES A11 Obituaries Thursday, January 9, 2014


The Star| A11 Thursday, January 9, 2014 T r a d e s & S e rv i c e s 227-7847 CALL T OD A Y! GET Y OUR AD IN! T rades & Ser v ices 229-1324 PR OFESSION AL F LOOR CARE, I N C R esidential and Commercial Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning S erving the entire Gulf Coast area Ceramic T ile and Grout Cleaning R Vs Cars T rucks V ans 24 Hour E mer genc y W ater E xtraction 4510158 CLASSIFIEDS Thursday, January 9, 2014 The Star | A11 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: 850718-0026; HEARING & VOICE IMPAIRED: 1800-955-8771; EMAIL: ADAREQUEST@JUD14.F LCOURTS.ORG File No. 1271-580B January 2, 2014 January 9, 2014 93604S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2010-CA000211 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Plaintiff, vs. Gordon D. Chambers; Prosperity Bank; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated December 23, 2013, entered in Civil Case No. 2010-CA -000211 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff and Gordon Chambers are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Rebecca L. Norris, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. EDT on January 23, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: THAT PARCEL OF LAND FORMERLY KNOWN AS LOT 5, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 13, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2, AND RUN NORTHEASTERLY 75 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 13; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE LINE LAST DESCRIBED FOR 225 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE TURN RIGHT 90 DEGREES AND RUN 178.09 FEET MORE OR LESS TO A POINT THAT IS 225 FEET FROM AND IN LINE WITH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 10, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2; THENCE TURN LEFT 90 DEGREES AND RUN 105 FEET MORE OR LESS; THENCE TURN LEFT AND RUN 185 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SITUATE IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MANUFACTURED HOME, YEAR: 1998, MAKE: CRIMSON, VIN#: CALS8743A AND VIN#: CALS8743B, WITH HUD NO. TRA 408957A AND TRA 408958B, WHICH IS AFFIXED THERETO. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 at (850)7475338, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, call 711. Dated December 27, 2013. Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County, Florida By: Wyvonne Pickett Deputy Clerk of Court Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, Special to The Star Breaking-Chains revival The Breaking-Chains revival, featuring Evangelist Jennifer Bailey, will convene at 7:30 p.m. ET Jan. 9-11 at New Bethel Baptist Church. Lifetree Caf to discuss mental illness The mysteries and meaning of mental illness will be explored at 7 p.m. CT Monday, Jan. 13, at Lifetree Caf. The program, “Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman’s Struggle to Regain Her Life,” features a lm of Karen McCracken. McCracken, author of “Breaking Free From OCD,” describes her life as she experienced mental illness and what proved helpful in her struggle to manage her illness. “In the reality shows, they show only the negative,” McKracken said of OCD. “They don’t show it’s something you can manage and heal from, that doesn’t have to stop your life.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is at 1602 U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehousetype setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334806-5667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint. net. Mr. Melvin Jerome Wymes of Wewahitchka, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Panama City, Fla. He was 49, a native of Gulf County and a member of Carter’s Temple First Born Holiness Church in Wewahitchka. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Carter’s Temple First Born Holiness Church in Wewahitchka, with Pastor Bradford Johnson of ciating. Interment followed in the Williamsburg Cemetery, with military honors and under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville. He is survived by his mother, Ida B. Porter; and stepfather, Sammy Porter; stepmother, Helen Scott of West Palm Beach; ve brothers, Frank (Denise) of Wewahitchka, Reco Addison of North Carolina, Anthony Scott, Raymond Scott of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Darion (Tieta) of Tallahassee, Fla.; 12 sisters, Sonia (Mario) Rena Baker, Christiane, Yulonder and Gwen (Steve) of Wewahitchka, Lawanda (Tan) of Port St. Joe, Jovon (Samuel) of Orlando, Sherry (William), Cynthia Scott, Tejuanna and Chakedra Scott of West Palm Beach and Erica (Stacy) of Panama City; four aunts, including Mary Nephier of Wewahitchka and Edna (Louis) of Jacksonville, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Christian Memorial Chapel 5441 Cooper St. P.O. Box 504 Graceville, FL 32440 Melvin Jerome Wymes MELVIN WYMES Annie Mae Farmer, 86, of White City, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. She is survived by her son, Reuben Farmer and wife, Wanda, of Wewahitchka; four sisters; one brother; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at White City Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tim Bailey of ciating. Interment followed at Pleasant Rest Cemetery. All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Annie Mae Farmer Obituaries Faith Faith BRIEFS Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR FIND IT ONLINE Find faith news and obituaries, and view and sign guestbooks at .com.


A12 | The Star Thursday, January 9, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS Apalachicola Bay Charter School seeks a Part-time Reading Interventionist for K-8th grade students. Applicants must hold valid teaching certicate. ABC School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resumes to: Chimene Johnson, ABC School, 98 12th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320, fax: 850-653-1857 or email: elizabethkirvin@aol.com4516430 4516978RENTALS 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322Contact Aaron Dempsey (850) 697-5300 1. COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON 98, RIVER VIEW, $1200 WATER INCLUDED. 2. 419 PIRATES LANDING. 1BR/1BA, CONDO. 750/MO3. 422 CARLTON, LANARK VILLAGE. 2 BR/ 1BA. 550/MO4. 103 PINE ST. LANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA. SCREENED PORCH. 425/MO 5. 703D SE THIRD ST. 3BR,2BA 800/MO. 6. 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH HOUSE ON RIVER/3 BOAT SLIPS W/LIFT 2 CAR GARAGE 7. PICKETS LANDING CONDO E7. 4BR, 3BA 2000.00/MO. UTILITIES INCLUDED WITH BOAT SLIP 8. 391 CARL TONS, L ANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA 650/ MO UTILITIES INCLUDEDOFFICE BUILDING ON 98, $650 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON HWY 98, FOR DETAILS 850 370 6223 2. 419PIRATESLANDING. 1BR/1BA,CONDO. 750/MO 4.103 PINE ST. LANARKVILLAGE.1BR/1BA. SCREENEDPORCH. 425/MO 6.3 BEDROOM3 BATH HOUSE ON RIVER/3 BOAT SLIPSW/LIFT 2CARGARAGEwww. rst 1120413 1119358 4510160 4510161 Sales Sales Reps Halifax Media Group is currently looking for outside sales representatives If you are in sales and are confident in your sales abilities, then this opportunity may be for you. We are looking for energetic Sales Executives with 2+ years of B2B outside sales and business development experience. Territories Available In:™ ™ Panama City™ ™ Chipley ™ ™ Port St. JoeWe are only seeking passionate, positive, driven outside sales professionals. Responsibilities: z Prepare for appointments. All travel is local and typically within a 50 mile radius of your office. z Meet daily with owners of small to medium sized businesses with the goal of marketing and securing business z Conducting our “solutions based” approach to qualifying potential business for new sales leads in between appointments and during networking opportunities z Contacting Sales Coordinator with feedback from appointments and sharing new business lead opportunities. z Reviewing the day’s successes and challenges with your Sales Manager, gaining sales support as appropriate —all administrative support people have a vested interest in your success In our organization, we offer the following to our outside sales Account Executives: Fantastic Benefits and Compensation Program Commissions and Bonus New hire and ongoing training and development Requirements: z At least two years of face-to-face direct sales, outside sales, B2B, Business Development experience z Bachelor’s degree preferred but not necessary. We will consider the right experience over a degree z Highly self-motivated and self-disciplined with ability to work effectively with little or no supervision z Outgoing personality with expertise at developing relationships, particularly with business owners, presidents and CEO’s z Good communicator-excellent listening skills and ability to offer solutions. To apply: Send resume to EOE, Drug Free Workplace Web ID#: 34269124 Text FL69124 to 56654 Sales The News Herald is seeking an innovative and experienced Sales Manager Who will be responsible for leading and creating integrated multi-media sales strategies to drive revenue across multiple platforms. We are seeking a passionate, highly organized team player who will effectively train and motivate the sales team, using sales planners, the 5-step sales process and consistent accountability to drive their success. The Sales Manager will be creative, yet analytical. Responsibilities: z Meets or exceeds sales and revenue goals. z Advocates the methodical & standardized 5-step sales approach to buyers. This approach includes planning & preparing for the call, needs analyses, building a compelling solution, developing and closing an effective sales presentation, and following up to ensure client satisfaction. z Communicates and advocates the company’s vision for a world class sales team, excelling at building active accounts with solutions from a diverse product and services portfolio. Develops and consistently supports staff development by providing clear expectations, tools and training, sales goals, accountability and frequent feedback. z Collaborates with other managers to generate new sales ideas and stays abreast of product and platformchanges. z Develops sales team, striving for world class execution and results. This includes training/coaching, use of data in sales presentations, creating a vision and integrated sales campaigns for the client, producing sales presentations, and using analytics to measure the solution’s ROI for the client. Requirements: z Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience. z Proven record of successful leadership in a goal-oriented, highly accountable environment. z Successful record of team building and leadership. z Excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities is essential. z Digital sales experience. Proven digital sales management experiences. z A deep and broad understanding of the market and competition z Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills. z Proficient PC skills including Microsoft applications Excel and Word. In addition, must be well versed in digital sales tools, including job boards, search, email, social marketing and analytics. z Demonstrated innovation, leadership, communication, and staff development skills. Possesses ability to coach and be coached. z Strong ethical standards and integrity are a must. z Understanding of research tools is a huge plus. z Ensures that the business unit meets and/or exceeds revenue expectations z Proven sales management experience All full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, Life/ AD&D/Long-term disability Insurance, 401k plan, and paid time off. In addition, we offer: Performance/Incentive Based Pay Scale Friendly Team Environment Supportive & Motivating Staff to help you succeed Positive, Professional, and Upbeat work environment We promote from within! Please submit resume and cover letter to EOE, Drug-free workplace Web ID#: 34266362 Text FL66340 to 56654 FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 10-171741 FC01 CHE January 9, 16, 2014 97073S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 23-2010-CA-000038 RBC BANK (USA) F/K/A RBC CENTURA BANK, Plaintiff, vs. SCARPA, WILLIAM F., et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 23-2010-CA000038 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida, wherein, PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO RBC BANK (USA) RBC CENTURA BANK, Plaintiff, and, SCARPA, WILLIAM F., et. al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, FRONT LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, at the hour of 11:00 AM ET, on the 23rd day of January, 2014, the following described property: LOT 21, MYSTIC PALMS A SUBDIVISION AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 8 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. DATED this 27th day of December, 2013. REBECCA L NORRIS Clerk Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Submitted by: GREENSPOON MARDER, P.A., 100 WEST CYPRESS CREEK ROAD Trade Centre South Suite 700 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33309 (954)-491-1120 2085.0343/RBerkman IMPORTANT If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate In this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Clerk of the Court’s disability coordinator at P.O. BOX 1089, PANAMA CITY FL 32402, 850-747-5338 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice Impaired, call 711. January 9, 16, 2014 93616S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID #1314-11 The Gulf County Tourist Development Council (GCTDC) will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following: 2014 BEACH GROOMING/RAKING SERVICES Proposals due Friday, January 24, 2014 no later than 4:30 PM ET Proposals will be opened Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET Proposals must be delivered to the Gulf County Clerk of Court’s Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Complete bid specifications may be obtained from the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, 150 Captain Fred’s Place, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, 850229-7800, or from the Gulf County website at BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: TYNALIN SMILEY CHAIRMAN ATTEST: REBECCA L. NORRIS, CLERK January 9, 16, 2014 93628S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-55PR IN RE: THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM PRESTON ALLYN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of William Preston Allyn, Deceased, File Number 2013-55PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is January 9, 2014. Mary Ellen Allyn 460 Welton Drive Port St. Joe, FL Petitioner Attorney for Petitioner J. Patrick Floyd Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd. 408 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32546 (850) 227-7413 FL Bar No. 257001 January 9, 16, 2014 97075S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 2010-CA-000211 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Plaintiff, vs. Gordon D. Chambers; Prosperity Bank; Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated December 23, 2013, entered in Civil Case No. 2010CA-000211 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff and Gordon D. Chambers are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Rebecca L. Norris, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN SR. BLVD., PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. ET on January 23, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: THAT PARCEL OF LAND FORMERLY KNOWN AS LOT 5, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 13, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2, AND RUN NORTHEASTERLY 75 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 13; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE LINE LAST DESCRIBED FOR 225 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE TURN RIGHT 90 DEGREES AND RUN 178.09 FEET MORE OR LESS TO A POINT THAT IS 225 FEET FROM AND IN LINE WITH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 10, BLOCK 21, ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 2; THENCE TURN LEFT 90 DEGREES AND RUN 105 FEET MORE OR LESS; THENCE TURN LEFT AND RUN 185 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SITUATE IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MANUFACTURED HOME, YEAR: 1998, MAKE: CRIMSON, VIN#: CALS8743A AND VIN#: CALS8743B, WITH HUD NO. TRA 408957A AND TRA 408958B, WHICH IS AFFIXED THERETO. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 at (850) 747-5338, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, call 711. Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County, Florida Wyvonne Pickett DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 10-171741 FC01 CHE January 9, 16, 2014 97109S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2013-CA-000168 DIVISION: NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, vs. SYLVIA POWELL A/K/A SYLVIA POWEL, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SYLVIA POWELL A/K/A SYLVIA POWEL LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 78 EERN PARKWAY HILLSIDE, NJ 07205 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT (S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in GULF County, Florida: UNIT NO, 10, EAGLE LANDING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 4919 Memorial Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and file the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 3rd day of January, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Court By: Wyvonne Pickett As Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ F13013839 January 16, 23, 2014 j j ADOPTION: j j Loving TV Sports Editor & Pharmacist await 1st baby j Lyn & Robj j 1-800-552-0045 j Expenses Pd FLBar42311 Port St. Joe 2237 SR 30A Fri-Sat Jan10th and 11th, 8am-12amMulti Family Yard Sale Fixtures, Glass Ware, Silver Ware, Misc. Items, Decorations, and Bar Signs.Outdoor Furniture Chairs, Rockers. A Chance to Own A Piece of Gracies History. Text FL76955 to 56654 PSJ: 2106 Juniper Ave Nr Elementary School Saturday, January 11th 8am til Noon MULTI FAMILY Garage Sale & MOVING SALECome Rain or Shine! Furniture, Tools, Lots of Miscellaneous! Text FL76912 to 56654 Food Svs/Hosp.Now Hiring! Start your new year out right! Toucans in Mexico Beach is now hiring for the following positions: Š Š Exp. Line Cooks Š Š Kitchen Manager Š Š Exp. Servers Š Š Bartenders Š Š Host Š Š Bussers Apply in person between 2:00pm4:00pm. 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach 850-648-8207 Web ID#: 34276904 HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIES Accepting 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/Repair Now Hiring Paradise Found Resorts & Hotels located in Panama City and Panama City Beach, FL is seeking 150 entry level Housekeeper/ Maid or Houseman I workers for temporary employment from 02/24/2014-10/31/2014. Will work under close supervision. The Maid or Houseman will clean rooms and other premises of hotel resorts. Duties include performing any combination of the following tasks: dusting and cleaning window dressings, furniture, and other surfaces, sort, count, fold, mark, or carry linens; turn mattresses and makes beds, move and arrange furniture, clean and polish metalwork and porcelain bathroom fixtures, spotclean walls and windows, empty wastebaskets and remove trash, remove soiled linens for laundering, replenish room supplies, clean walkways and elevators, report needed repairs of equipment, furniture, building and fixtures, and keep assigned work areas clean and in orderly condition. Shifts will vary from 7AM till 3PM, from 3PM till 11PM, from 11PM till 7AM. $9.49/hour, $14.24/OT. Pay is weekly. Post-hire Drug Screening to be conducted. Transportation not provided. No calls, no walk-ins. To apply, please mail resume and cover letter to: Paradise Found Resorts & Hotels, ATTN: HR, PO Box 18049, Panama City Beach, FL 32417-8049. Job Order 9845251. 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