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** Volume 80 Number 21 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters ...................... A5 Outdoors ................. A10 Sports...................... A11 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 PHOTO SHADOWS, B1 A3Terrapin surveyB2Bay Choral performance Thursday, March 8, 2018 TAKE A PEEK AT THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK, A2 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star facebook.com/psjstar50 ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA sports complex for the communitys youngsters sounded like a grand plan, but constructing that complex in the middle of a residential neighborhood maybe not so much.That was the universal opinion voiced Tuesday night by several Port St. Joe residents who live on property adjacent to the 10th Street Ball Parks.And they found support from Port St. Joe city commissioners who said the neighbors feedback should be heard by the committee, established by the Board of County Commissioners last year, drafting plans to reno-vate and expand the park.The spark that brought a dozen or so residents to Tuesdays meeting was the conceptual plan approved by the City Commission and BOCC earlier this year.The park is a gem, it attracts people,Ž said Claire Morris, whose property abuts the ball parks.But, she said, the conceptual plan doubles the size of the ball fields, adds nearly 300 parking spaces (Liter-ally into our backyardsŽ), will destroy the beauty of the park with the felling of trees and create drainage issues.Another resident noted the conceptual plan calls for a stormwater pond directly out his back door.And another questioned a fundamental of the conceptual plan: piping the stormwater ditch running the width of the ball park complex. Adding to the park, to pro-vide more recreational ideas for children, was a noble goal, but not as it is currently Neighbors protest 10th Street Park plansThe elevated boardwalk will enhance views from the park of St. Joseph Bay. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] In addition to expanding the bayside, the project will also bring pickle ball courts to the gulf side of Salinas Park. By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Wewahitchka community was rocked over the weekend after two men died in a head-on collision on State 22 early Saturday.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two Chevy C1500s collided head-on just east of Longleaf Road shortly after 6 a.m. CT Saturday.The drivers, Jonathan Foster, 17, a popular student at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, and Joseph KyleŽ Rich, 32 and the father of two, were both pro-nounced dead at the scene.The FHP reported thast Foster was traveling east and Rich was traveling west pulling a trailer when the trucks collided.They hit left headlight to left head-light,Ž said FHP Master Sgt. James Johnson. Speed was not a factor.ŽThe highway was closed for nearly four hours while FHP crews completed their initial investigation and clean-up was completed.The deaths hit the Wewahitchka com-munity hard.Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School students organized a prayer-around-the-flagpole Monday morning prior to first bell to honor the men and provide support for family and friends.In addition, students wore blue on Tuesday in memory of Foster.Wednesday night, a candlelight vigil and memorial service for Foster was held at the school football field.Wewahitchka community mournsTwo men killed in head-on accident SaturdayBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe purchase of land which will bring the expan-sion of Salinas Park in South Gulf County was formally closed last week.The announcement came from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and The Trust for Public Land, a Cal-ifornia-based non-profit.The land will be part of the DEPs Florida Coastal Access program, the $3.2 Land for Salinas Park expansion purchasedBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comWhen the ordinance concerning primary dwellings and accessory buildings includes language pertaining to servants quartersŽ the time has probably arrived to update the ordinance.That was the feeling of Port St. Joe Commissioner Rex Buzzett last week as commissioners workshoped restrictions to the concept of accessory building.Commissioners were gathered largely at Buzzetts request, Buzzett over several meetings expressing concern about the number of pole barns rising around the city.During an informal tour of city limits, Mayor Bo Patter-son said he counted at least 30, but said he did not see the issue and was concerned about government overreach.For Buzzett the problem was not so much the structures, as the dimensions compared to primary structures, saying that some pole barns were rising above house lines and, in some cases, were larger than the primary residence.Buzzett noted that the county is just beginning, from behind the curve, to address the problem in Oak Grove where some pole barns have been enclosed with the potential people are living in them.Commissioner Bret Lowry, who is in the countys building department, said the county was trying to get its hands aroundŽ the issue in Oak Grove, where a number of pole barns have risen in the past several months.After roughly an hour of discussion, commissioners decided to forward to the Planning and Development PSJ commissioners seek to limit accessory buildings See PROTEST, A8 See MOURNS, A7 See LAND, A7 See LIMIT, A8

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** A2 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportThe weather warms and the calendar fills. Here are a few suggestions for fun, frolic and good causes during the days ahead.Counting Down to Plein Air. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air kicks off with an event for potential volunteers 6:30 p.m. ET tonight, at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. The public is cordially invited to come and learn what is new with Forgotten Coast en Plein Air this year and about 2018 volunteer opportunities. Stay afterward and enjoy good food, great conversation, and view the Our Stories exhibit still showing at The Joe. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air will be held from May 4-13, all along the Forgotten Coast: Carabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Apalachicola, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. Most events are free and open to the public throughout the 10-day event. To learn more, please visit www. forgottencoastenpleinair. org.Fun DayŽ in Frank Pate Park. Hosted by the Port St. Joe Police Department, Fun DayŽ is aimed at the entire family, with free food, bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting and more. The fun start at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. ET Saturday. The third annual event will also include raffles to giveaway 20 new bicycles and local agencies will also be handing out bike safety helmets. The goal for the event is to foster not only a positive image of law enforcement but also a positive relationship between community and law enforcement. A host of local organizations and businesses have donated to the day or will have information booths in the park. And it is all free. Run or walk for a cause. The fifth annual Breeze by the Bay 5k/10K Saturday, hosted by the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe, invites you to run along the beautiful Port City Trail in downtown Port St. Joe. This is a fundraiser for the JSL of PSJ, a 501c-3 non-profit organization providing services to the local community and families of Gulf County. Included in your run fee is your run T-shirt. Register online at www.active.com and for more information, find us on Facebook: https://m.facebook. com/breezebythebay/ or at https://www.active. com/port-st-joe-fl/running/distance-running/ breeze-by-the-bay-5k10k-2018. Packet pick-up will be 6-8 p.m.ET Friday at the Port Inn and race day packet pick-up and registration begins 7 a.m. ET Saturday at the Port Inn. The race begins at the Port Inn 8:30 a.m. ET. Take in the latest offering from the Panhandle Players. There are so many beguiling twists and turns in the upcoming Panhandle Players production of DeathtrapŽ that you may get dizzy just watching. Set for Friday through Sundayat the Chapman Auditorium, the renowned comedythriller by Ira Levin, a huge hit on Broadway that ran four years, promises to weave an enthralling spell at the theatre. Showtimes for DeathtrapŽ are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday. March 11 at 3 p.m. ET at the Chapman Auditorium. All general admission tickets are $15. They are available online by visiting www. panhandleplayers.com or at the door. Box office opens one before show time. The show is set in the charming Connecticut home of a famed playwright and successful writer of Broadway thrillers, who is struggling to overcome a string of flops and a shortage of funds. A possible break occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college. Sidney recognizes the thriller immediately as a potential Broadway hit, and devises a plan, with the help of his wife to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which Anderson quickly accepts. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot weaves along with devilish cleverness. For more information, call (850) 296-6952. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops … climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.Grab a ticket to the Sportsmans Banquet, while they last. Fewer than 40 tickets remain to the 11th annual Lions Club Sportsmans Banquet, one of the largest events each year. The event will begin 6 p.m. ET Thursday, March 15 at the Centennial Building. The night includes dinner anchored by Charlie Nortons famous rib-eye steaks and auctions and raffles on more than $24,000 worth of contributions and prizes, including a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased at Hannon Insurance and Ramseys Printing and Office Products in Port St. Joe. The winners of the banquet are the beneficiaries of the community service projects supported by the Lions Club. Nearly $30,000 was raised at 2017s banquet for community service programs in the panhandle.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKFun DayŽ is Saturday in Frank Pate Park [FILE PHOTO] Breeze by the Bay is Saturday morning, with race start at The Port Inn. [FILE PHOTO] One of the best times of year to climb the lighthouse [FILE PHOTO] Young playwright Clifford Anderson (Royce Rolstad) climbs the stairs in Deathtrap.Ž [DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] Plein Air volunteer kickoff tonight [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Only a few tickets remain for next weeks Sportsmans Banquet. [FILE PHOTO] Special to The StarThe March meeting of Gulf County Democrats will be held 7-8:30 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 12, at the WIG Building, 401 Peters St., Port St. Joe.This month's meet-ing will be exciting and informative, with two speakers:€ Bob Rackleff, Floridas 2nd Congressional District candidate, will be speaking about his candidacy for U.S. House of Representa-tives, running against incumbant Rep. Neal Dunn.€ Tan Smiley, previous Gulf County Commissioner, will speak about his 2018 candidacy for Gulf County Commis-sioner, District 4.The Democrats will be inviting candi-dates from local, state and federal races to speak at each of their meetings through November. Meeting updates may be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GulfCountyDemocrats/). The Democrats look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.Rackle to speak to county DemocratsBob Rackleff [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A3By Rick OConnorUF/IFAS Escambia County Extension & Florida Sea Grantand Ray BodreyUF/IFAS Gulf County Extension & Florida Sea Grant Special to The StarThe diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is the only brackish water turtle in the United States. They prefer shallow marine environments, such as salt marshes, and can be used as an indicator of the health of a water body. They are found on both the Atlantic & Gulf Coasts. Diamondback terrapins are easy to identify, with the concentric ringed diamondŽ pattern on their shell. Unfortunately, diamondback terrapin populations are in decline. Human activities, such as pollution, land development and crabbing without bycatch reduction devices are often reasons for the decline, but decades ago they were almost hunted to extinction for their tasty meat. The recent decline has raised concern of not only federal agencies, but also organizations and community groups on the state and local levels. Their range is thought to have once been all of coastal Florida, including that Keys. Currently there is a significant data gap for known populations of diamondback terrains in the Panhandle of Florida. To that end, Escambia County Sea Grant Agent Rick OConnor provides training workshops and coordinates surveys on monitoring Panhandle bays for the occurrence of this neat creature. Terrapin surveys require visiting an estuarine location where terrapin nesting is highly probable and searching for tracks, depredated nests, and the turtles themselves. Surveys are conducted during the months of late April, May, and June, as this is prime nesting season. With the 2018 survey, volunteers will be trained to make 3 surveys a week at selected beach areas. Participants will work in teams to conduct the survey. Volunteers are not tasked in making each of these survey events. The survey will also accommodate anyones schedule. The Gulf County workshop will be held 3 p.m. ET Thursday, March 22 at the Gulf County Extension Satellite Office located at 502 East 4th Street in Port St. Joe. Topics covered during the workshop are the natural history of terrapins, current issues in which they are facing, how to conduct beach/ kayak surveys, how to collect tissue samples, reporting data, and conduct a mockŽ survey outside (practice run). There is no registration fee, however please contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200 to pre-register. Supporting information for this article can be found in the following the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Freshwater, Terrestrial and Marine Turtles of FloridaŽ by Patricia Sprott, Frank J. Mazzotti, and Jocie A. Graham: http:// ufdcimages.uflib.ufl. edu/IR/00/00/24/33/ 00001/UW15900.pdf UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.Volunteers needed as terrapin survey comes to Gulf CountyDiamondback Terrapin [RICK OCONNOR/UF/IFAS ESCAMBIA COUNTY EXTENSION & FLORIDA SEA GRANT]

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** A4 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star OPINION Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Tim Thompson Editor: Tim Croft Circulation: 850-522-5197 SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 Year: $24.15 $34.65 6 Months: $15.75 $21 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. So many things have realized a slow or sometimes quick technology death; this is particularly true as far as communication goes. Many, possibly most folks, dont have a landlineŽ anymore. You know what I mean, the phone on the kitchen wall with the cord all out of whack from years of stretching. The CB radio? Walkie Talkies? Cups connected by strings, or possibly cans. With each step up technology takes us, children seem to lose a little more of their ability to imagine. Then again, maybe its just my imagination. Those of us who have landlines often dont even answer them. Telemarketers hocking trips, political surveys or various groups begging for donations seem to be the only ones who call us at home. Recently, I was staying in a hotel where I got the pleasure of being greeted by one of those little red blinking lights on the telephone. So, at first, and possibly the second time, I was a little excited to see who had left me a message on the hotel phone. Honestly, I had no idea who it could be, because I couldnt think of anyone who knew I was staying where I was staying who didnt have my cell phone number. The first time I noticed, it was the middle of the night and I had no idea how to check my messages on the hotel phone. The next morning I went down to the lobby and asked the person behind the counter how I would go about checking this mysterious message. The fellow happily told me to Dial 222.Ž I hustled up to my room to check my message, hoping that it was the Publishers Clearing House who had tracked me down in Florida to award me my millions. Ive never entered the contest, but they always say you dont have to purchase anything to enter, so I was just hoping that you dont have to really enter to have a chance to win either. I figured the chances were about the same for winning whether I entered or didnt enter. Taking the stairs, I used the fancy key card thing to enter my room and immediately walked over to the phone where I dialed the three twos. I was very disappointed because the message was for Mr. CostelloŽ and he had a package waiting in the lobby. Well, I figured Mr. Costello was there in the same room before I was. I was disappointed, both for Mr. Costello and me. Mr. Costello probably left without getting his Publishers Clearing House check or possibly a major award, like Ralphies father in the movie, A Christmas Story,Ž and I knew he would enjoy his Leg Lamp, because I have really enjoyed mine. The next day, the light came on again. Having recently been trained by the hotel clerk in the retrieval of phone messages on the phone in your room, I immediately picked up the phone and dialed the three twos again. Sadly, again, the message was for Mr. Costello, who had a package waiting in the lobby. Disappointment againƒ By this time, I thought that Mr. Costello was getting shipments of something illegal at the hotel and he possibly had fled the country because local authorities were hot on his trail. Thinking such things didnt help me sleep that night. Day 3 … It happened again. I waited for a new clerk, who had no idea that I was not Mr. Costello. Then I went up to the counter and asked if there was a package for Room 206. Please note that I was not intending to take something that was not mine. I just wanted to see what it wasƒ Was it in a well-built wooden crate or was it a simple envelope with a large check in it? Again disappointed, I found out that Mr. Costello picked it up before he blew town to some wonderful island oasis or perhaps home to Duluth, Minnesota. Our imaginations are wonderful things. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com.CRANKS MY TRACTORHotel phones and blinking lightsIve been pondering late into the night on this selfdriving car thing. How do you tell it to go? Who do you wave to when you meet one on the highway? Is it proper to use your turn signal if youre hanging a right at the next intersection in front of a car with no driver in it? Who hears the horn if an automatic car is going too slow in front of you? If one of these self-driving cars is working for Dominos Pizza„who knocks on your door? Who gets the tip? According to the hype, these self-drivers are going to be much safer than manned vehicles. Im not too sure about that. If a driverless vehicle passed me Id run over six cars, two motor scooters and a fire hydrant trying to get away from that thing! Youd think this is Buck Rogers-Star Trek-Return of the Jedi talk until you read that General Motors will start testing autonomous vehicles in New York City this year. Ford is doing the same in Miami. And Nissan is launching an autonomous taxi service this very week in Yokohama, Japan. Can you imagine one of these self driving cars sitting at Red Meltons cab stand in front of the City Caf in 1963? I can hear Red now, Where is the blooming steering wheel? Who pushes on the gas? How does it find 228 Paris Pike when Mrs. Carmichael calls? How does it stay in its lane, know when to speed up or slow down, stop for the train or swerve to miss the bicycle rider? How does it fix a flat tire? Will it need a windshield wiper?Ž I can hear Mr. Jack Cantrell mumbling to himself as he leaves his coffee and hurries out front to calm him down, Red, there is only one reasonable explanation. Weve moved into the Twilight Zone! Or maybe, were on Candid Camera. I bet you Allen Funt is hiding out in the beauty shop across the street.Ž I turned sixteen in 1963. You cant imagine how I anticipated that birthday. And it all revolved around getting my drivers license! I was about to be set free. I could come and go as I pleased. I could roll the window down and cruise out to Franks Dairy Bar like the coolest dude in townƒ.. The last thing on planet earth I wanted was a car that would do the driving for me! Of course, the cold reality was I might not have been quite as free as my dreams had predicted. Daddy wouldnt let me have the car at all. Mom would on rare occasionsƒ..if I promised not to go far and be home by six-thirty. Id pull into a parking spot on the town square and spend the afternoon like I was just getting in, or out, of our big Chevrolet. The important thing was for everyone passing by to realize Kes was behind the wheelƒ.. doing the driving! Im not saying there werent times when I could have used some automated help. The very first date I ever droveŽ on, I backed over Billie Jeans mailbox. Oh mercy, her father ran out there with fire in his eyes! It would have been sooooo cool if I could have pointed at the car and said, This is one of those new fandangle self-driving vehicles. I was standing over here by the rose bushes when it attacked your mailbox!Ž An autonomous car with super anti-skid suction cups would have been very helpful when I was sliding wildly down an iced-over Walnut Street. Im telling you, I pirouetted past the telephone office! It was my first winter driving experience. School had been called off because of the snow. The gang had gathered at Deake Bradleys house and I had promised to be home before dark. It got late early on me! And I was in a hurryƒ..I dont know exactly how it happened, but in less than a heartbeat, I was sideways, out of control and skidding down the middle of the street when the night shift going into the telephone office turned to gawk. I didnt exactly crash into the ditch beside the railroad tracks. I more or less did a triple Salchow and the open mouthed operators all testifiedŽ later that I stuck the landing! But that was yesterdayƒ.. I reckon my grandchildren will never know how it feels to take that curveŽ out on the Shiloh Road on two tires. Theyll never stare in disbelief and trepidation at a crumpled up mailbox under the back fender. Or pull proudly into Franks Dairy Bar with both hands on the wheel and their shoulders rared back.Ž What a pity. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNTalk about lighting up a switchboard!By Lee H. HamiltonSpecial to The StarYou could choose any number of marquee dilemmas to illustrate how broken congressional politics has become. Guns, Russian interference, climate change „ Americans want progress on all of them and get little from Capitol Hill. But to my mind, nothing illustrates the dire state of our politics better than how we act on the federal budget. This is not a glamorous issue, but it goes to the heart of our democracy. The budget is our operating system; it determines what the government does. Continually brushing against debt ceilings, fiscal cliffs, and shutdowns is a perversion of good government. We are saddled these days with an irresponsible process that produces irresponsible budgets, and we pay an enormous price for this. We move from one shortor mediumterm continuing resolution to another. We stuff what should be 12 individual appropriation bills into unmanageable omnibus bills. We let a handful of leadership staff craft our national blueprint, excluding most elected members of Congress from the process and forcing them, at the one point when they do have leverage „ the final vote „ to make a decision without having the time to read, debate, or amend what theyve been handed. Moreover, under Democrats and Republicans alike, the number of committee hearings at which outside experts have a chance to educate members of Congress has declined dramatically. Congressional leaders have managed to push both the experts and the vast majority of their own members out of the loop. This is the worlds greatest democracy? There are costs to this. Federal departments and agencies cannot plan effectively. People, businesses and organizations that receive federal money cant plan ahead „ eroding their confidence in the system. And year after year we fail to face up to the problems confronting us. An aging population, the security of our nation, our inability to deal with the changing speed and technology of warfare, rising health-care costs, slow wage and productivity growth, natural disasters, huge increases in the national debt „ punting on the budget means that the meaningful solutions we need dont get crafted. Congress is not doing its most important job. Why is this? Why have we set aside a process that was developed over more than two centuries and that for many decades enabled the government to do what it ought and to pay for it responsibly? Much of this is caused by extreme partisanship. We dont work together to solve problems; each party demonizes its adversary, and respectful deliberation and civil discourse come to a halt. Maybe Im oldfashioned, but I dont think the President and the Congress can function effectively unless they work across partisan, ideological and geographic divisions to restore compromise and negotiation to a central role in governing. Thats because the budget is where all our differences on the major issues come to a focus. Its where our political leaders establish priorities, debate them, and ought to resolve them. Theres no more crucial test of the ability to govern. As Alice Rivlin and Pete Domeniwwci wrote a few years ago in a report for the Bipartisan Policy Center, the process should heighten debate of the fiscal challenges confronting Where to start? Fix the budget process Kesley Colbert BN Heard See HAMILTON, A5

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A5 LETTERSReefs for military Dear Editor, A special thank you to everyone that attended this wonderful event Feb. 25. Thank you to all our Military and Veterans, we support you. This wonderful event helped us raise $8,500 to buy our reefs that will be deployed some time in April. We are also funding a luncheon for 20 veterands from the Cross Shores Care Center and the Sims Nursing Home in Callaway. We also want to purchase a brick from the VFW in Highland View to be placed on the Honor Walk at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. We want to thank all of the volunteers that worked tirelessly the whole day. Sandi Gibbs, Pam Nugent, Cheryl Miller, Sylvia Miller, Marilyn Silance, Kim Littieri, Faith Williams, Tasha Tarleton, Fran McMillan, Debbie Carew, Linda Sertich, Cathy Marshall, Tammy Miller, Regan Schoelles, Doug Titus; Dieon Titus, Travis Smith, Brent and Jacki Gonsalves, Barry Henson, Judy Campbell, Ray and Nancy LaBelle, Adam Miller (trailer for the bands), Rustic Sands Campground (for hosting the event), Eric Richardson (shirts, koozies) and Barry Henson (organizing the bands). Another very special thank you goes out to Sharon Call (National Anthem), Bill Mulligan (opening prayer), PSJ High School NJROTC (Honor Guard) and Millie Nugent (Pledge of Allegiance). Thank you to all the wonderful bands for providing music: Buddy Hamm, Cypress Trio, Neal James, Debbie Jordan, Sharon Call, Big Bear Barry Henson, Hurricane Donnie, Donn Pugh, Lawson Howe and Flabbergasted. Another big thank you goes to all the businesses that donated raffle gifts for our raffle: Sharons Caf, Piggly Wiggly, Mexico Beach Marina, El Governor Motel, Lookout Lounge, Shipwreck, Paradise Grill, Rustic Sands Campgrounds, Mangos, Beach Walk, The Grove,VFW, Half Hitch, Sand Dollar Caf, Krazy Fish, About Beach, Emerald Coast Jewelry, Haughty Heron, Complete Graphics; Catheys Hardware, Bluewater Outriggers, Cathy Marshall, Kevin Lenear, Silver Horde, Bill Mulligan, St. Joe Shrimp, Co. Floridaze Adventures, Don Minnick, Peoples Bank, Indian Pass Raw Bar, Appalach Olive Oil, Co., Appalach Visitors Center, The Sands Salon & Boutique, Frost Pottery and Luke Bryan for the signed guitar. Thank you to all our special bakers that provided all the baked goods.Terry and Terry Wilson, Reefs for the MilitaryBy Shelly CainCross Shores Care Center Special to The StarI was taking a personal trip down memory lane going through photo albums when I came across a scrapbook called My Life Story: Memories for my Grandchild.Ž It was a scrapbook I found at Walmart, many years ago, that I gave to my grandmother to fill out for me. The book prompted her memories. Each page asked questions and left space for answers and photos. I learned about her first dance, first date, and her first house. She said they even had running water. She had to run outside to get the water from the pump and run it back inside! She enjoyed sharing her memories and I have a gift that I can treasure and share with my children. What can you do when you visit your parent or grandparent? You can still find this book or something similar. I did a quick online search and found; The Story of a LifetimeŽ; Memories for my GrandchildŽ; Stories with my Father,Ž etc. When you visit your loved one, ask the questions provided in the book and write down the answers. You can also bring a recorder and record the answers and write them down later. My grandma added pictures and other small mementos. I plan to do the same for my someday grandchildren. Families need to connect with each other in a meaningful way even when they are coming to terms with the most advanced stages of dementia. One of those ways is to bring a photo album and reminisce while looking at the pictures. Look through your loved ones old, boxed up belongings. Is there a box of birthday cards or saved personal items like concert tickets, a piece of ribbon, a marble, or letters? Bring those items to your visit. Ask about each item. We all have stories and people with dementia often remember those stories when they cant remember much of anything else. You can start your own questions: Where were you born? What kind of house did you live in? What did your parents do for work? Did you have a dog? Who was your favorite movie star? Take it all slowly. Dont overload a person with memory loss with a lot of questions at once. Ask one and see where the conversation takes you. If you have any questions we would love to help! Call us at 229-8244 or you can email me at scain@CrossSeniorCare.com, or stop in for a visit! Remember, treat everyone with importance and always be kind.Cross Shores Corner By Dr. Peter ClaussenSpecial to The StarAs a pediatric dentist, and as a father and grandfather, it breaks my heart to see children suffer from long-lasting oral health problems that could have been prevented. Tooth decay is the number-one chronic childhood disease in America with 40 percent of children having cavities by the time they enter kindergarten. Oral health problems can threaten childrens heart health, self-confidence, and their ability to learn. Children with toothaches miss more days of school and are more likely to have lower GPAs. Troubled by these staggering statistics? Dental professionals across Florida are working to turn the tide, but paving a better path for the future demands an all-in approach. February is National Childrens Dental Month, which offers us all an opportunity to start a conversation in our communities. Parents are a childs primary and most important role model, but grandparents and teachers can help set the stage by practicing healthy dental habits of their own. Every new parent knows how important it is to pay regular visits to the pediatrician, but far too many parents are unaware of when their child should first see a dentist. The rule of thumb is that babies should see a dentist by their first birthday or when they cut their first tooth„whichever comes first. As a child grows, parents should encourage brushing twice a day, flossing, using a fluoride toothpaste and limiting sugary snacks. Children should visit a dentist at least twice a year, but we know that many do not. In fact, nearly five percent of Florida high-schoolers have never been to the dentist, and a far greater percentage of our students lack dental insurance coverage, even though it is available. In total, more than 257,000 children in Florida are living without insurance. Insurance can be expensive and I know cost can be a barrier to signing up for coverage. But right now, of the 257,000 children without coverage, 147,000„more than half„ qualify for free or low-cost health and dental coverage through Florida KidCare. We must do more to make parents aware of this invaluable resource and encourage families around us to apply. Parents are often shocked to learn that with Florida KidCare, they may pay nothing or just $15 or $20 a month for coverage. KidCares expansive dental benefits include preventive services, such as six-month cleanings, full sets of x-rays, sealants and coverage to fix cavities if they have them. If your child or grandchild does not have dental insurance, join the nearly 2.5 million Florida families whose lives are made better through access to quality, affordable dental insurance and apply today at floridakidcare.org. The application costs nothing, and enrollment is open year-round. A healthy smile is the first thing the world sees, and our children deserve nothing less than to be set up for success. Dr. Peter Claussen is a pediatric dentist in Panama City and vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. He can be reached atdentist@panhandlepediatricdentistry.com.Floridas children deserve dental care Sand for all Dear Editor, I realize that Im beating a dead horse but I cannot let the letter from Butch Kline go unanswered. A number of his contentions warrant further review. First one must ask how many of the Save the CapeŽ campaign or CCAŽ members actually live within the MSTU.Ž For that matter, how many of the County Commissioners or their staff live there? In my experience its always a lot easier to spend other peoples money. Is that whats happening here? Butch said, If the game isnt played per your rules, you picked up your ball and went home.Ž Well, unfortunately, many of us out here were duped into voting to giving up the ball,Ž without the option of picking it back up and going home. Given the opportunity, many of us would. He says that the MSTU was overwhelminglyŽ approved by the interior and bay side homeowners. How many votes actually constitute overwhelminglyŽ and how did he come to believe that those voters based their votes on their desire to help save the cape, and not based on how much sand their homes would receiveƒŽ Well, Im one of those voters and, in all honesty, I never expected to get any sand at my home.Ž I voted in favor of the MSTUŽ in the expectation that all of the beaches within the MSTUŽ would be expanded. Isnt that what we were led to believe during the campaign? Well thats what the voters in my neighborhood understood, and yes, I did actually speak with them. For what it matters, thats also what my neighboring non-resident rental property owners believed and have told me. Finally, Ive lived here for the past four years and visit the beach, north of Rish Park to the State Park line, frequently. The contention that the beach is growing at the rate of 1-2 feet per yearƒŽ is simply untrue. I can see that with my own old eyes! Maybe the beaches north of the park line are growing, but theyre not growing here. One thing Butch and I do agree on is that anonymous letters are worthless, however I do support Sand for All or Sand for NoneŽ!David O. Tritsch, Voting resident homeownerLETTERS TO THE EDITORthe nation and set in motion real negot iations, trade-offs and fundamental legislative reforms toward the goal of fiscal sustainability.Ž Unless we establish bipartisan negotiating and consensus-building and restore civil discourse, well continue to fail that test. As they point out, you cant solve everything by improving the budget process, but good process significantly enhances the prospect of better performance. Without it, it becomes too easy for politicians to avoid difficult decisions like controlling entitlement spending or reining in the deficit. Process cant substitute for political will, but it can buttress it. So weve set aside a process that worked reasonably well and substituted a process that falls short in every way. Because Congress turns over substantially every few years, this means that it is now basically populated by politicians who have never experienced good process „ let alone developed the skills to make it work. What may be most worrisome is that few people on Capitol Hill seem to care about this. But if they dont, you should. And you should let them know that you do. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. HAMILTONFrom Page A4

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** A6 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star Feb. 26-March 4On Feb. 26, Calvin Starlin Pryor, Sr. (70) turned himself in to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked on warrants for Sale of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Church, Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear in Court.On Feb. 26, Robert Leon Brock (26) was arrested and booked at the Gulf County Deten-tion Facility on an arrest order for Fail to Pay Fines and Fail to Show Cause. Brock was already incarcerated at the Gulf County Detention Facility on unrelated charges. On Feb. 26, Deputy G. Desrosier received a report from Port St. Joe High School faculty that a parent had entered the school and was causing a problem at his daughters classroom. The parent, who was later identified as Billy Cliff Bright (34), was confronted by school officials and removed from the class-room. It was learned that Bright had come to the classroom to make his daughter read a letter that he had prepared for her. The nature of the letter was that she was not allowed to date anyone, especially anyone outside of her race. It was also revealed that Bright had entered the school without checking in at the front desk, which is required according to the Jessica Lunsford Act F.S. 1012.465. Bright was escorted from the property and was allowed to leave. An investigation into the matter determined that Bright would be charged with Trespassing on School Grounds. A war-rant for Brights arrest was obtained and he was arrested for the warrant on Feb. 28. On Feb. 26, Deputy M. Layfield was dispatched to the 9000 block of Cockles Avenue in ref-erence to a bicycle theft. It was reported that a Schwinn, threewheeled bicycle, was stolen from the victims yard. The bicycle is blue in color and has a black basket on the back of it, containing a walking cane. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the bicycle is encouraged to contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office.On Feb. 26, Deputy D. House was patrolling Jones Homestead Road when he encountered a man riding a bicycle. Deputy House identified a bicycle law violation and stopped the subject at the intersection of East Morgan Street. Deputy House identified the man as James Ryan Caswell (37). During his interaction with Caswell, he discovered that Cas-well was in possession of marijuana. While Deputy House was securing the marijuana he found, Cas-well began to flee on foot, while he was handcuffed. Deputy House ran after Caswell and caught him. Deputy House completed a search of Caswells clothing and found a plastic baggie with meth-amphetamine and digital scales with methamphet-amine residue on it. He also found some more marijuana and drug par-aphernalia. Caswell was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Para-phernalia, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence. Caswell is currently being held without bond at the Gulf County Detention Facility.On Feb. 27, Deputy D. Sanders was dispatched to the 3000 block of N. State 71 in reference to a stolen vehicle. It was reported that Jackie Lee Cox (53), who was employed with a local trucking company, had deserted his duties with the company and was refusing to return the truck and trailer he was driving, which belonged to the company. Inves-tigator P. Baxley became involved in the case and discovered that Cox was retaining the property as the result of a monetary dispute with the owners of the company. Cox was advised that he could not hold the truck and trailer as ransom. He was instructed to return the truck and trailer to the company and he refused to do so. Inv. Baxley obtained a warrant for his arrest for Grand Theft Auto and the vehicle and trailer infor-mation was entered as stolen. Cox was arrested on Feb. 28 in Dade City, Florida, and the truck and trailer were recovered for the company.On Feb. 28, Randall James List (31) was arrested by Deputy P. Young, on Bozeman Circle, on a capias for Written Threats to Kill or Do Bodily Harm. The capias was the result of an investigation where List sent threatening text messages to some-one who had a Domestic Violence Injunction against him.On Feb. 28, David Sean Roberts (45) was arrested at the Gulf County Detention Facility on a Violation of Probation warrant. Roberts was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine.On March 2, Investigator S. Ferrell and P. Williams observed a motorcycle travelling south on State 71 near West River Road, committing multiple traffic infractions. When investigators attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver accelerated to speeds up to 80 mph in an attempt to avoid being stopped. The motorcycle forced oncoming traffic off the roadway as it passed vehicles in the southbound lane. Sgt. L. Dickey, who was travelling south on State 71 near Old Transfer Road, became aware of what was approaching him from behind so he activated his emergency lights and attempted to slow down the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle attempted to pass Sgt. Dickey and ran off the road onto the northbound shoulder. The motorcycle slowed down to prevent crashing, which gave investigators time to catch up. When they did, the motorcycle re-entered the roadway and crashed into the side of the investigators vehi-cle. All vehicles came to a stop and the driver of the motorcycle got up and fled on foot. The man, who was later identified as Blake Tyler Rudd (25), was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Rudd was charged with Aggra-vated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Violation of Probation. Rudd was on probation for Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement. Rudd was also issued 12 citations, which include the charges of High Speed Fleeing and Eluding and Reckless Driving.On March 2, Investigators P. Williams and S. Ferrell executed an arrest warrant on Highroller Soldier Drive by arresting Christopher John Girscht (39). Girscht was wanted out of Bay County for failure to pay child support.On March 3, Deputy D. House was patrolling the area of State 71 and Stonemill Creek Road when he observed Danielle Nicole Gray (32) walking into the Creek Stop Deli. Gray had a warrant for failing to appear in court so Deputy House contact Gray and placed her under arrest. Gray was transported to the Gulf County Deten-tion Facility.On March 3, GCSO deputies were dispatched to the 3000 block of S. State 71 in reference to a traffic accident. Briana Chantel Brown (23) had driven her vehicle into the ditch, with her 9-month-old baby in the vehicle also. During the crash investigation, deputies learned Brown was intoxicated. Brown was arrested and charged by the Florida Highway Patrol for Driving Under the Influence and driving with a suspended drivers license. Brown was also charged with damaging the transport area of a Gulf County patrol car.On March 4, Deputy D. House was assigned to investigate a burglary in the 1000 block of Doc Whitfield Road. Someone had entered a shed and rummaged through it, stealing a Yeti cooler, a bucket and some fishing tackle. Deputy House will continue to investigate.On March 4, Sgt. J. Williams, was dispatched to South Squirrel Avenue, in Howard Creek, to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. According to the victim, she had been engaged in a physical/verbal dispute with her estranged boyfriend for several hours. Deputies observed items damaged and broken inside the house and some abrasions to the side of the victims face. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Joseph Tavel Stephen-son (38) for the charge of Domestic Battery.On March 4, Deputy M. Layfield was dis-patched to the 200 block of Buccaneer Drive to investigate an automobile burglary. Two vehicles were burglar-ized at the residence and both were left unlocked overnight. One vehicle had a firearm and an iPod stolen and the other vehicle was missing some prescription pills, twenty dollars in U.S. Currency, a laptop computer and a purse. Two more car burglaries were reported on Gulf Aire Drive also. Both of those vehicles were also left unlocked. A purse and a cell phone were reported stolen from one of those vehicles while nothing was reported stolen from the other, it was only rum-maged though.If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 227-1115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.Gulf County Sheri s O ce law enforcement summary

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A7The saddest part is we did not just lose a football player, weightlifter, student and friend, we lost a young man that made every day in this world a better place to be,Ž Wewahitchka Athletic Director Bobby Johns wrote on the Gators Facebook page.In a short 17 years, Jonathan Foster touched many lives and made a mark on the Wewa community that will last forever.ŽJohns noted he had only coached Foster for one year, but already came to love him as one of his children. Foster, he added, was a leader and could be counted on to undertake whatever was required to bring success.The impact (Foster) had on my life cannot be measured,Ž Johns wrote. Our team, school and community will mourn our loss for a very long time.ŽIn an email to school employees, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton also wrestled with tragedy.The Wewahitchka community lost two very special young men,Ž Norton said, describing Foster as just an all-around great kid.ŽHe said he takes solace in scripture that refers to the fact that life is but a vapor and we should cherish it because things can change quickly and unexpectedly.Ž MOURNSFrom Page A1million project funded through National Damage Resource Assessment (NRDA) dollars.The so-called Phase V.2 project expends funds remaining from dollars BP put up pre-settlement in Florida, representing fines from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.The purchase of the 6.6 acres abutting the current bayside portion of the park will also help conserve another eight acres of uplands and saltmarsh.The land was purchased from a Patronis Family Trust.We are thrilled to be part of conserving this pristine tract of land for the public benefit,Ž said Johnny T. Patronis. Our family has lived in this area for generations and were glad this property will be enjoyed by generations to come.ŽAs unveiled late last year, the preliminary plan for the land, 1,000 feet of which fronts St. Joseph Bay, includes construction of a 1,200-foot boardwalk, 10-feet wide, ADA compliant and elevated to 15-feet above grade, snak-ing through the property.A 15-foot high viewing platform, flanked by a pair of 12-foot high platforms, would be constructed on the board-walk, providing what one DEP manager said would be spec-tacular views of the bay.ŽThree trailheadsŽ would provide direct access to the boardwalk from the existing Loggerhead Run Bike Trail along State 30E with ameni-ties such as water and misting stations, bike racks and a bike repair area.The bayside playground would be upgraded and a nature path connecting bayand gulf-side sections of the park.Education kiosks will pro-vide information on natural and cultural resources on the property.This additional property has been fallow for decades and offers a beautiful mix of mature palms, magnolias and oaks within which the elevated boardwalk will pro-vide unparalleled views of both the Bay and Gulf,Ž said Doug Hattaway, senior proj-ect manager for The Trust for Public Land.Were grateful for the vision and partnership of DEP and Gulf County leaders and citizen advocates, with-out whom this inspirational community park could not be created.ŽAs a final amenity, based on public feedback would be construction within the gulf-side part of Salinas, of two pickleball courts.The preliminary plan includes a pavilion with benches linking the two courts, which are less than half of the size of a regulation tennis court.The expansion and construction of the park and amenities is acquired via The Trust for Public Land, an organization which works as a liaison between private and public interests to pur-chase and preserve sensitive or valuable lands.The non-profit, having facilitated the purchase, will design, permit and construct the project under the guid-ance of a committee of public federal and state stakehold-ers, such as the DEP.Once completed the park addition will be deeded over to the county, which will also receive 10 years of funding for maintenance and upkeep.The Phase V Early Restora-tion NRDA funding is the final $40 million from the original $163 million BP downpay-ment for early restoration.The project was one of sev-eral whittled from an original pool of 30 park proposals spanning the eight-county area most impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill.Other park projects are in various stages of design and construction in Franklin, Bay and Escambia counties.Gulf County has been concerned about provid-ing public access to our bays and beachesƒ,Ž said County Commissioner Phil McCroan, whose district includes Sali-nas Park. This strategic acquisition will guarantee Gulf County residents and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy some of the best Gulf County has to offer.Ž LANDFrom Page A1 One of the features of the expanded Salinas Park bayside will be an elevated boardwalk. The purchase adds nearly seven acres to the park and helps conserve another eight acres. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** A8 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The StarReview Board a proposal to limit height and size.Before formalizing any language, commissison-ers want PDRB feedback on recommendations to limit the size of any accessory building to no more than 75 percent of the primary residence on the property.In addition, height would be limited to 12-feet, with a 16-feet extension in the case of a large boat.I think the ordinance is outdated to the say the least,Ž Buzzett said, pointing out language pertaining to the impacts on servant quarters. Height and size, Id like us to look at that.ŽCommissioner David Ashbrook said property owners already are prohibited from having an accessory building in the front yard, but added, I dont think you want accessory structures that are as big as your house.ŽA major issue is enclosing the accessory building, making it impossible to determine whether or not someone was living in the structure, though city ordinances ban such a use, building inspector Bo Creel said.At that point, he said, it becomes a code enforce-ment issue, he added.To address that issue, he suggested, and commissioners agreed, placing language in the citys land development regulations that clearly states you can not live in an accessory structure.Patterson, who during a prior meeting suggested Buzzett only had an issue with pole barns after one went up in his neighborhood, continued to voice dissent. People have a right to own stuff and they have a right to cover that stuff,Ž Patterson said, connected to the workshop by phone.My thing is too much government intrusion.ŽThe PDRB, said member Phil Earley, could use some direction from the Commission.He said he saw more and more accessory structures around the city that appeared com-mercial in nature and did not fit residential neighborhood aesthetics.In addition, the trend in pole barns had meant and more variance requests coming to the PDRB as property owners push the limits while building a primary residence and large accessory structure.Im gonna have to agree we need to have some restrictions on this,Ž Earley said.Commissioners agreed on the height and size restrictions, submitted them to the PDRB for consideration and suggestions with an eye toward amending the ordinance in the near-future. LIMITFrom Page A1proposed.Keep the neighbor-hood ball fields, add some elements, but building a sports complex in the middle of a residential neighborhood makes no sense,Ž Morris said, with many in the audience nodding or voicing approval.Build it outside of town and preserve the integrity of the neighborhood.ŽCommissioner Rex Buzzett, appointed to the citizens committee draft-ing the ball park plan, said he voiced that sentiment early on, that he knew of no sports complex of any size in a residential neighborhood.The sports complex concept was originally destined for land donated by the city and county by the St. Joe Company for that express purpose.The complex was part of a long-expired interlo-cal agreement between county and city.That idea sat fallow, however, after the down-turn in the economy last decade and the BOCC last year reignited the idea decided to focus instead on expanding the 10th Street complex.But, several speakers said Tuesday, the focus should return to building a sports complex outside of town.Buzzett added that his view about building a complex in a residential neighborhood fell on deaf ears at the county.The adjoining property owners need to be involved,Ž Buzzett said, noting the next committee meeting is 9 a.m. ET March 20 in the EOC building behind the county courthouse.Maybe we can slow this train down.ŽBuzzett noted that the impacts included, potentially, the closing of Eighth and/or Tenth Street as thoroughfares between Marvin and Long.Another speaker ques-tioned whether attracting additional youngsters to the residential area around the 10th Street complex wouldnt also compound safety issues.Commissioner David Ashbrook, an executive with MainStay Suites and The Port Inn expressed skepticism that the new complex would attract the ball tournaments pro-ponents touted.And he emphasized that the conceptual plan was just that, a concept, far from a done deal.We are a long way from shoveling up ground,Ž Ashbrook said. This plan has a lot of problems.ŽCommittee members drafted the conceptual plan almost as a wish list, outlining the various ele-ments desired in order to determine a master plan, scope and budget. PROTESTFrom Page A1Special to The StarThe Florida Coastal Conservancy (FLCC) has established an online fundraising campaign for completion of Sea Turtle Fountain in Port St. Joe.The FCC board of directors, recognizing that interest in the fountain project expands beyond the borders of Port St. Joe, decided to turn to the increasingly popular online form of fundraising known as crowdsourcing.ŽIn recent years, the rise of social media and new technologies has made it easier to reach and engage wider audiences. In short, crowdsourcing is an online form of community engagement, and an opportunity that is attractive to the FCC.Every year, more and more visitors discover our work on behalf of the sea turtles, and they keep in touch on social media from all over the world,Ž said Jessica Swindall of the FCC. Were seeing increasing interest and outreach from travelers who want to participate in beach walks, adopt nests, and generally learn more about our efforts. With crowdsourcing, we can reach these supporters and hopefully, even more conservation-minded people worldwide.ŽUtilizing the online service, Go Fund Me, the FLCC set up an online fundraising page, sharing information on the fountain project, and asking for donations in any amount. All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt from the online service, just as they would by donating locally.Construction of the sculpture has begun, and fundraising efforts are ongoing, including the opportunity for donors at the $100 and $200 levels to have a name or mes-sage engraved on a paver surrounding the fountain, as part of the permanent installation. Donations in any amount, however, are welcome.It is necessary to set a goal amount for the Go Fund Me effort,Ž Swindall said. Weve already raised enough money to begin construction of the sculpture, but site prep and other expenses will need to be met, so we set a goal of $10,000.ŽThe Florida Coastal Conservancy (FLCC) is a 501c3 that supports sea turtle conservation through the efforts of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol. It also focuses on conservation and education of other coastal wildlife, and habitat clean-up and restoration projects. Through focused environmental education efforts, the FLCC aims to provide current and future residents, visitors, and policy makers the information and resources necessary to both foster conservation and responsible land use and encourage economic development.In addition to monitor-ing nesting activity on St. Joseph Peninsula, the SJP Turtle Patrol volunteers participate in a variety of public outreach events to inform the community and visitors about area sea turtles and research and conservation efforts, including the annual For-gotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival which is held each summer. The 3rd annual festival has been set for Sunday, July 1, 2o18 at George Core Park. Additionally, the FLCC is always eager to speak to interested volunteers.The Sea Turtle Foun-tain will be a lasting visual reminder of the importance of the sea turtle to local history, and will lead visitors to further educational and volunteer opportunities at the Sea Turtle Center.For more information, visit:www.foridacc.org or www.gofundme.com/ seaturtlefountainF LCC turns to crowdsourcing for Sea Turtle Fountain

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** A10 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.com FISHING REPORT Ok anglers the Forgotten Coast is hot this week. From large Bull Reds around St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill to Sheepshead on the concrete markers and the sea wall up in the canal and now Spanish mackeral running the sea wall at St. Joe Marina. There is something for everyone right now. Ok let's talk about baits. The Red“ sh out at St Joe Beach and Beacon Hill are being taken on ” at line live shrimp. Now while your out there anchor up at one of the concrete markers and try your hand at some Sheepshead, there have been some nice ones taken the last week or so. Again live shrimp and just enough lead to get you down 10 or 12 feet. Make sure your using a smaller hook with heavy gauge wire. We are excited to see the Spanish show up and they are running the sea wall at St. Joe Marina behind Bluewater Outriggers. Gotcha Plugs and Clark Spoon rigs and also Straw rigs will take “ sh. Visit the folks at Bluewater Outriggers and gear up for all these “ sh. Until next week Happy Fishing !By Nancy and Jake BlakeSpecial to The StarAny visitor who spends a week or more in the Port St. Joe area and who doesnt visit the nearby town of Apalachicola is foregoing a unique opportunity to see a slice of unspoiled, charming and old-time Florida at its finest. The small city of fewer than 2,500 residents is less than 25 miles to the east of Port St. Joe and is well worth the effort for a half-day (or longer) outing. It is a place that is rich in history, is proud of its present and is uniquely situated on the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the river which bears its name. That seaside location had made ApalachŽ home to a very large fishing fleet and also has resulted in the place being referred to as the Oyster Capital of the World.Ž The marina to the north of town will dazzle you with a vast collection of shrimp, oyster and deep-sea fishing boats, each one seemingly more colorful and diverse as the other. The town boasts of several interesting museums (the Orman House, the Gorie Museum and the Raney House among them), many fine restaurants (dont miss the Owl Caf, Carolines River Dining or the Seafood Grill), quite a few parks (including Chapman Botanical Gardens, Lafayette and Battery Parks) and a collection of eclectic shops, stores, markets and, well, bric-a-brac merchants. Downtown historical buildings include the Gibson Inn, dating to 1907, and the Dixie Theater which was built in 1912. Most of the above are within relative walking distance to each other in the handy-sized downtown area. And, like other Panhandle seaside towns, pelicans and other sea birds often dominate the local scenes. If youve time, we would also recommend visiting nearby St. George Island, just 11 miles away. Most of those miles will be spent traversing Apalachicola Bay, at first via the causeway connecting the town to East Point, and then by the new bridge which extends from Eastpoint to St. George itself. The barrier island itself is about 28 miles long and is divided into 3 distinct sections. As you enter the island, youll be in the heart of the center of those three regions and this contains a selection of shops, businesses, small parks, h omes, a public beach and the St George Lighthouse. The northeastern-most 9 miles of the landmass consists of The St. George Island State Park, a haven for campers, hikers, fisherpeople, bird watchers and water lovers. Finally, the southwestern section is a private, gated, highly exclusive housing community with its own airstrip and includes some of the most expensive multimillion-dollar beach homes along the Gulf of Mexico. Its known as the St. George Plantation. Taken together, these two interesting venues provide the Port St. Joe visitor with a fascinating way to spend a day. And the best part is that Apalach is only a halfhour away from Port St. Joe, with St. George only 15 minutes beyond that. Both places are highly recommended, especially the former.Day Trip travelogue: Port St. Joe to ApalachicolaApalachicola waterfront [COURTESY OF JACK AND NANCY BLAKE] Historic Gibson Inn [COURTESY OF JACK AND NANCY BLAKE] The historic Dixie Theatre [COURTESY OF JACK AND NANCY BLAKE] The Three Servicemen Vietnam War memorial [COURTESY OF JACK AND NANCY BLAKE] Lafayette Park [COURTESY OF JACK AND NANCY BLAKE}]

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A11 SPORTSStar Staff ReportTeiyahna Hutchinson was invited last week play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game, to be played 11 a.m. ET March 24 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.Hutchinson, who will play for the North team was selected by the coaches in FACA District 2.Hutchinson was the FACA District 2 Class 1A Player of the Year.Port St. Joe coach Kenny Parker was named district Coach of the Year.Both are in the running for the Florida Dairy Farmers Player and Coach of the year in Class 1A; those selections will be announced in the next month.Also joining Hutchinson on the FACA District 2 Class 1A All-District team were Brooklyn Quinn and ShaMario Cole, both, like Hutchinson, seniors. LakelandThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls reached the state Class 1A basketball title game last week, falling to Wild-wood 54-45.The Lady Tiger Sharks, who could not counter a distinct size disadvantage in the paint against Wildwood, finished 28-3.Wildwood was the only Class 1A team to beat Port St. Joe this season.Hutchinson led the way in the title game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals.Quinn was the only other scorer in double figures with 11 points, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.ShaMario Cole and Jae Lenox each scored three points and Aliyah Johnson had six rebounds.In a semifinal matchup with Paxton, Port St. Joe jumped to a 23-9 first-quarter lead and rolled to a 57-41 win.Lenox led the Lady Tiger Sharks with 24 points while Hutchinson added 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals.Hutchinson to play in All-Star gameTeiyahna Hutchinson will play in the FACA All-Star Game March 24. [FILE PHOTO] Star Staff ReportFour members of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls soccer team, along with Coach Bobby Alexander, were recently recognized for their achievements during the 2017-18 season.Hannah Fulk and Madison Hagler received the All Aca-demic Award for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher and for outstanding play. Fulk and Hagler each started every game for the Lady Tiger Sharks and maintained a GPA of 4.0 or higher.Celeste Chiles and Ebony Alexander won All-State recognition from the FHSAA for the second year in a row. Ebony Alexander led the team in assists as well as tying for the most goals. Chiles ended the season with 11 wins, including nine shutouts and recorded 112 saves. Chiles also received the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Class 1A District 2 Player of the Year award and was nom-inated for the All Star Team. Coach Alexander won FACA Class 1A Coach of the Year for the second straight season.Port St. Joe girls soccer honorsStar Staff ReportIn a quirk of scheduling, county rivals Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka have already faced each other twice during baseballs regular season and will not play again until, potentially, the postseason.So far, that is not a bad thing for the Gators.For the second time this season, and this time in Wewahitchka, the Tiger Sharks (3-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-1A) won a lop-sided victory, 14-0 in a game shortened after five innings on the run rule.The Port St. Joe junior varsity also took a run-rule victory.For us to go up there and win varsity and junior varsity like that, that is pretty good,Ž said Port St. Joe coach Ashley Summerlin. We have a long ways to go but the kids are buying in to what we want to do.If we keep progressing, we have a chance to be a pretty good ball club.Ž The Tiger Sharks certainly demonstrated the aggres-siveness Summerlin prefers, adding 13 stolen bases to 11 hits and jumping on the Gators in the first inning.We just had a really good game,Ž Summerlin said. We want to be aggressive, to put pressure on the other team.Everybody got a chance to play.ŽBryce Register paced the balanced offense, going 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.Kelvin Griffin had four stolen bases and Caleb Butts three, Caden Turrell, leading off, hit the ball hard in each at-bat and Jaden Grantland also collected multiple hits.Jacob Kennedy, taking on DH duties, was 2 for 3.Elijah Hester started on the mound and pitched four shutout innings, striking out seven and walking two. Griffin finished up.This was just a stepping stone,Ž Summerlin said. As I told the kids, we can come out one day and steal 13 bases and have 11 hits and come out the next day and not be able to hit the broad-side of a barn.Baseball is a game. It will humble you.ŽPort St. Joe routs Gators on diamondStar Staff ReportFreshman pitcher, Brooke Zinker, improved her record to 3-0 as the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School softball team defeated Malone 14-0. Zinker pitched seven shut-out innings, striking out 14 and allowing three hits and no walks.The leading hitter for the Lady Tiger Sharks was Madeline Jones, who was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Georgia Lee, Erica Ramsey, Zinker, Claudia Alcorn, Emma Reilly and Carly Fortner each added a hit.Ramsey scored four runs and Lee drove in three. Port St. Joe was at Boze-man Tuesday and travels to Vernon tonight.PSJs Zinker shuts out Malone Star Staff ReportBrianna Bailey tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 17, as the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball team blanked Bozeman 6-0 Tuesday.Wewahitchka is 6-4 overall this season.Angela Long doubled in two runs in the first inning and singled to start a threerun fifth-inning.The Lady Gators lashed seven hits, with Long, Aleah Wooten and Gracie Price each with multiple hits.Wewahitchka had three players steal at least two bases. Florida-USA ChallengePlaying no team lower than Class 6A in classification, the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball team carved out a 2-2 record during the USA-Florida Challenge tournament at Frank Brown Park in Bay County last weekend. Wewahitchka 2, Milton 0Bailey tossed a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 16 while walking four, as Wewahitchka started the tournament on the right foot Friday afternoon.The Lady Gators scored their two runs in the first inning and Bailey made it stand, aided by a defense that did not commit an error.Bailey helped her cause with a run-scoring single. Price also had a run-scoring single in the first frame.Cyrina Madrid andWooten each scored a run. Niceville 8, Wewahitchka 2In their second game on Friday, the Lady Gators committed three errors in the field and managed just one hit, a single by Long.Niceville scored three in the third inning and four in the fourth inning to build what proved to be an insur-mountable lead.Kristen Nichols and Kristen Thompson scored for Wewahitchka.Bailey started on the mound and went three shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning three.Savannah Lister pitched the final four innings, allowing nine hits, eight runs (six earned) and walked two. Wewahitchka 2, North Bay Haven 0In their first game Saturday, the Lady Gators received another dazzling performance from Bailey and scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings.Bailey tossed a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 15 and walking three.Lister was 1 for 2 and scored and Price doubled, singled and scored to pace the Lady Gators, who rapped out seven hits.Long, Thompson, Bailey and Katie Shealy each singled. Daphne (AL) 13, Wewahitchka 1Bailey drove in Wooten with Wewahitchkas lone run and Daphe scored five runs in the sixth inning to bring on the run-rule.Long, Nichols, Price, Thompson and Wooten all singled.Haley Guffey started in the circle and went 2 innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out none.Lister pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 13 hits, eight runs (seven earned) while striking out two.Lady Gators blank Bozeman

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** A12 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@star” .com Sunset over St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Clouds frame a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. [COURTESY OF MARGY JONES] The beach along the area of the Stump Hole rock revetment. [COURTESY OF JOHN LEIENDECKER] A pileated woodpecker digs into a pine tree. [COURTESY OF DEBORAH MAYS] Turkey buzzards catching some sun along the Bay Walk. [COURTESY OF TINA OLKONEN] Painted sky [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] Pines are spotlighted during a Port St. Joe sunset. [COURTESY OF JAN MASICA]

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUNCOMMUNITY Wilson Casey Trivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@Trivi-aGuy.com 1. In the 1979 Louisiana guber-natorial election, what did candidate Luther Knox legally change his name to?Vote for Me, None of the Above, Abraham Lincoln, Lesser of Two Evils2. Which river forms the Penn-sylvania/New Jersey border?Hudson, Connecticut, Green, Delaware3. Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was how old when he died?44, 57, 70, 834. What is nyctalopia com-monly called?Club foot, Hangnails, Night blindness, Dry skin5. In the game of jacks, how many prongs are on each jack?4, 5, 6, 76. Where is Mount McKinley?Montana, Utah, Alaska, Maine ANSWERS: 1. None of the Above (He lost); 2. Delaware;3. 44; 4. Night blindness; 5. 6; 6. AlaskaBy Robyn RennickSpecial to The StarThe liars came out last Friday night at the Haughty Heron and it wasnt even a political event. The fifth annual Liars Challenge was held to benefit the Sheriffs Easter Basket Drive and Gulf County Food Bank Drive.Liars came from as far as Colorado, Michigan, New York and home-grown talent sprang up as well. Southern Storyteller Robyn A. Rennick emceed the event with trueŽ tales of critters in Gulf County. The venerable judges were Mike Davis, Pat Nease, and Kelli Godwin.For the second year in a row, Ray Merrill from Michigan won First Place. His pet dolphins, Fluffy and Spot, were back with new adventures. Second Place went to Wanda Vio-lets weeding robot story. Our special guest, Brent Heard of The Stars Crank My Tractor, won Third Place. Listeners will never eat licorice after hearing his story.The event was organized by the Dyslexia Research Institute which facilitates Florida High School/High Tech of Gulf County. The community sponsors were The Haughty Heron, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, Coast 2 Bringing out the liarsStar Staff ReportThe recent 20th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-off was a smashing success, with thousands gathering to sample the goods from over 30 teams cooking up some mad gumbo and Bruns-wick stew.The competition for the title of Gumbo King was fierce, the weather was gorgeous and the new location, Parker Park, fit the bill of fare.All proceeds from the Cook-off go towards the July 4th Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show.The Special Events Committee of Mexico Beach thanks all those who participated or came out to support the event.2018 Gumbo Cook-o winnersBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-2277827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Joe Center for the Arts is currently exhibiting the possibilities.Fresh off a well-received debut exhibit, the Center is undertaking its first Member Show this month, with the deadline for submitting pieces this week; the exhibit opens in April.With a core of volunteers, the paperwork toward nonprofit status being steadily completed, The Joe Center for the Arts, with a facility located at 201 Reid Ave., is blossoming this spring.Though there are certainly wrinkles to be ironed.It has been very difficult going and we are still in the process of forming the organization,Ž said Leslie Wentzell, a board member who also operates an arts business downtown.People have pitched in and pulled together. It has been cumbersome to say the least, but the people staffing and volunteering (for the first show) was beyond expectations.Ž That show, timed for Febru-arys designation as national Black History Month, was a step back in time for a reflection of the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe, as it was, as it is, showcasing the people and places that made, and make, the area thrive.Nathan Peters, Jr., donated photos and other items from the George Washington High School Museum and additional photos came from historian/photographer Clar-ence Monette. Local artists and photographers also contributed work and, during the opening night, three local performers added to the cultural and his-toric flavor of the exhibit.Arts o erings grow with The JoeThe Joe Center for the Arts “ rst show, a look at North Port St. Joe, brought a diverse group downtown for the opening. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comFive years ago, nearly to the month, Corey Williams met Debbie Hooper.Williams, then a high school junior, was part of High School High Tech at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, a program that aims to offer kids with learning challenges the tools to future employment and success.Hooper, as she is today, was a local professional free-lance photographer.The meeting was wildly unlikely, but, as time would play out, fortuitous.A component of HSHT is a shadowingŽ day when the students are placed with local employers to observe and learn job skills.A second key component is summer internships, many of which arrive on a direct path out of shadow-ing day.In that regard, Hooper was not a fit for the pro-gram because, as a freelance photographer, there are no summer internships to offer.And Williams should have had no reason to inter-act with Hooper.He had done the shadow-ing/internship thing with Fairpoint Communications and was destined, immediately after high school, to spend a year with the Department of Corrections.From shadowing, a directionThe ShadowsŽ by Corey Williams. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] This photo of North Port St. Joe was Williams “ rst sale, purchased from the current exhibit at The Joe Center for the Arts. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Budding photographer boosted by mentorshipSee LIARS, B7 See GUMBO, B7 See ARTS, B7 See HOOPER, B7

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** B2 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe Bay Area Choral Societys upcoming con-certs will take you on A Sentimental Journey through song. They will be performing music from the 40s era and WWII. The concert showcases familiar songs; Sentimental Jour-ney, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Moon Glow, Moon-light Serenade, Ill Be Seeing You, Mister Sand-man, Dream, The White Cliffs of Dover, Youd Be So Nice To Come Home To, A Salute to the Armed Forces and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Our Countrys veterans will be requested to stand and be recognized. Take a nostalgic journey with our choir and soloists as they perform songs of hope, love and patriotism.The Bay Area Choral Society is supported by the Ilse Newell fund for Performing Arts. Since its inception the chorus has performed a broad selection of classical and contemporary choral concerts. Dana Langford will conduct this performance and Janis Ramos will be accompanying our choir on the piano. Our chorus is comprised of Gulf and Franklin county talent, as well as singers that are winter visitors to our area.You will have two opportunities to hear this nostalgic program. The concerts will be held 6 p.m. ET Friday, March 16 in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, and 4 p.m. ET Sunday, March 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Admis-sion is $5.Bay Choral Society invites you to take A Sentimental Journey through SongŽStar Staff ReportCoats for Kids will be holding a Bake Sale/Sale on March 16. The City of Port St. Joe and Our home on Beacon Hill have agreed to help support this effort. The sale will be held in the Frank Pate Park from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET. The dinner will consist of a delicious hot dog, water, and chips. The cost will be $ 2.50 for a hot dog and $3 for a chili dog.The funds raised will be used to purchase winter hoodies and gloves for school children. Guidance counselors for the Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka high schools will be the contact for children in need.Memberships to spon-sor a child will be $10 and will be available at the sale.Baked goods i.e. cakes ( no icing) brownies and cookies are requested from the community. Please call Jerry Stokoe at 899-0541 if you need information or would like to volunteer to provide some baked goods of your choice.Coats for Kids fundraiser set for March 16Special to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR held their meeting Feb. 28, at the Sunset Coastal Grill. Regent Sherrll Russ opened the meeting with introducing Mazie Stone, the Chapter American History Chairman to introduce the Essay Students.Mazie Stone announced the local winners: 5th GradeAustin Ramsey, 6th Grade-John Cullen, 7th Grade-Christian Pea-cock, 8th Grade-Kristen Bouington, and 9th Grade-Morgan Lakey. The winners read their Ameri-can History Essays.Following the presentations of the essays, Annelle Blanchett, Chair-man of Florida State Society American History Contest announced that Christian Peacock had won First in the State for 7th-graders and will be going to Orlando on March 18 to receive his award. The Star will publish the essays over the coming weeks.DAR NEWSSpecial to The StarThe Willis V. Rowan American Legion Post 116 recently held their annual German Night to benefit the St Joseph Bay Humane Society. In doing so, the event netted a $1,400 donation to the shelter to assist with many of their programs such as training pets for Veterans. Pictured (left to right): Judy Miick, Co-Director DAWGS in Prison; Caisey Rodgers, Director Humane Society; Brian Cahill, Commander American Legion Post 116; and Hal. Hal is a 2 year old mixed lab who knows basic commands, weighs 60 pounds and is available for adoption.German Night bene ts Humane Society2018 DAR Essay Winners and their families.. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Willis V Rowan American Legion Post 116 announced it will host the annual Fish Fry/Chicken BBQ 11 a.m. ET until the food runs out on Good Friday, March 30. The event will be held at the redesigned Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. All proceeds will benefit the Forgotten Coast War-rior Weekend.Legion news [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] In doing so, the event netted a $1,400 donation to the shelter to assist with many of their programs such as training pets for Veterans.

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSStar Staff ReportLast week, the local chapter of the DAR honored the winners of its annual essay contest. Over the coming weeks we will print those essays. We begin this week with one from Christian Peacock, which ultimately won state honors. Remembering World War I, the War to End All WarsBy Christian PeacockFaith Christian School 7th gradeDear Gustav, The Great War is finally over! It has been a long four years, but it is finally over. Our lives in Barrington, Illinois have completely changed since America entered the war in April of 1917. My life has changed recently. For the last year, I have been collecting money for war bonds and stamps. Now that the war is over, I have to go to school since they made a rule for all children. I dont like going to school at all. Since I am German-American, Ive been mistreated by the other kids at school. They say they dont trust me because one of my kindŽ killed one of their relatives. I dont understand why they are blaming me, I am an American too. Every day some of my German-American neighbors move away or change their names. We all have been mistreated just because of our German heritage. The Americans have changed the names of Germansounding cities or streets to more Americanized ones. They also have changed the names of our foods. The other day I brought a hamburger to school. All the kids kept calling it a liberty burgerŽ when I kept saying it was a hamburger. Ive been so mistreated at school that I have thought about changing my name from Otto Schmidt to James Smith. I know I am GermanAmerican, but have I not proven that I am loyal to America? I just wish that the kids at school and in my neighborhood would stop picking on me. Moms life has also changed. She has been working in a factory making weapons for the war. Now that the war is over, she has been able to come home earlier. She hopes that women will be able to have more rights, since they have proven themselves over the last two years. Father has just gotten back from France and has been telling me stories about life as a doughboy. He said many of the soldiers in the trenches got trench foot, shell-shock, and lice. He actually has shellshock, and any time he hears a loud sound, he remembers the war. He still cannot believe the kinds of new weapons and technology that were created in the war like poison gas, machine guns, air planes, and his most feared, the tank. Most of his squadron did not trust him because he was German-American. They thought when the Germans attacked, that he would betray them and join the Germans. He might be of German descent, but he is a loyal American. I am very glad about the rationing being over. Every day since the U.S. entered the war, I have been starving. We had a war garden and grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Now that the war is over, we dont have time to tend the garden. I am going to keep growing strawberries; my favorite. I am also excited to finally be able to have meat on Tuesdays again. I hear that President Woodrow Wilson has these Fourteen Points. He believes that his Points will bring worldwide peace. I hope that America does not go to war again, because it was the most miserable time of my life. Maybe President Wilson is right, and the Great War will be the war to end all wars.Ž America is wounded, but it will mend. Out of the two million Americans who sailed to France, one hundred sixteen thousand died and two hundred thousand were wounded. Families will mourn the loss of their relatives. I cant tell what will happen in the future, but I believe that this Great War will empower America to grow stronger than it was before. I do not think that you will receive this letter soon because of the postal censorship, but I hope you do. Your cousin,Otto SchmidtDAR ESSAY WINNERSState 7th Grade Essay Winner Christian Peacock with Regent Sherrill Russ and State Chairman Annelle Blanchett. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR}] S.O.A.R. students for the week of March 2 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]S.O.A.R.-ing at PSJES Special to The StarWewahitchka Elementary School Principal Tracy Bowers and Principal Designee Jennifer Guffey honored their students who scored a Level 5 on the 2016-2017 Florida Standards Assessment. The special event was held Friday, March 2, and it highlighted the success of the students who scored a 5 in ELA, Math, and/or Science. The "high five" students received a certificate, and they received a five dollar bill for every area which they scored a level 5. After the ceremony, a reception was held for the scholars and their parents.The 2017-2018 FSA will begin March 6. It is our hope that the students of WES will continue to put their best foot forward, and perform in a spirit of excellence. We are proud of all our students at WES!High ves at WES[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarWewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School is proud to announce its third annual fine arts show entitled A Night on Broadway. The program will be held 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday, March 15 in the WHS gymnasium. Featuring performances by the band, chorus, dance, drama, guitar and piano classes there is something of interest for any aficionado of the arts. Best of all, admission is free to everyone. So, for those looking for some great entertainment, come on out to Wewahitchka High School on March 15 for a night of fine arts and fun!A Night on Broadway at WHS

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** B4 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star FAITHEmory Chestley DinkŽ Bailey, age 78, passed away on March 4, 2018 at Covenant Hospice Inpatient Center in Panama City, Florida. He was born to the late Emmit and Mallie Bailey on September 2, 1939 in Vernon, Florida. He served for two years in the United States Army prior to his employment with Florida Coast Paper Company to which he was employed for over 30 years. During this time he was also employed with the St. Joe Stevedore Company and a long time member of Masonic Lodge #111 in Port St. Joe. "Dink" grew up during the time that Western movies and TV were popular, so it was not unusal to find him on a Saturday afternoon engrossed in a Rifleman, Gunsmoke or Bonanza re-run, or maybe a John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Roy Rogers flick. And, if he wasn't watching a Western, you might find him on his back porch swing reading books from American Novelist Louis L'Amour who is famous for bringing back to life cowboys, indians, gunslingers and outlaws. In addition to his love of movies and books he had a great love for his family. Many a time have his kids or grandkids received a phone call that may have lasted for only a minute or two just so he could hear their voice and know that they were alright. It is these precious moments that will be greatly missed by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Bailey, two daughters and sons-in-law Debbie (Richard) Williams of Port St. Joe and Donna (Guy) White of Tallahassee, Florida. He is preceded in death by his daughter Peggy and son-in-law Philip (Flip) Gentry. He is also survived by five grandchildren, eight step-grandc hildren, seven great-granchildren and one great-great grandchild. Graveside services were held at Holly Hill Cemetery Pavilion on March 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. EST under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home. Rev. David Nichols and Grandson Bryan Butts will officiate.EMORY CHESTLEY DINKŽ BAILEYJonathan Glenn Foster, 17, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Born on December 29, 2000, Jonathan was preceded in death by his Pawpaw, John H. Quick. He is survived by his mother, Arkie Kincaid; father, Jeffery Foster; brother, Chester Quick; sister, Makayla; his granny; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jonathan loved his family, friends, and his alma mater, Wewahitchka High School, where he was a proud member of the football and weightlifting teams. An outgoing personality and a caring attitude made him a natural leader on his athletic squads. Jonathans physical ability carried him to be a two-way starter on the football team and one of the strongest weightlifters in the school. A friend to everyone, Jonathan leaves behind a team full of honorary brothers and a school full of friends. Jonathan was a Wewahitchka Gator to the core. A twilight service and a candlelight vigil will be held at Wewahitchka High School Gator Football Field this Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 6 p.m. CT. The family would like to invite all of Jonathans friends and caring community members to join them as they celebrate Jonathans life and his enduring memory. Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.Ž … Philippians 3: 13-14.JONATHAN GLENN FOSTER 2000-2017 Robert James Ginsberg, longtime resident of Mexico Beach, Florida, passed away on February 20, 2018, at the age of 82. Bob had a distinguished 40-plus year career in Consumer Packaging, Marketing, R&D, and Manufacturing at companies including Mars, Inc., Seagrams, Strohs Brewery, Warner Lambert, 3M, and Cadbury Schweppes, and his own Phoenix Packaging Design. His post-retirement political career includes Mayor Pro Tem of Mexico Beach, Florida; President of Bay County League of Cities; Vice Chairman of Legislative Affairs for NW Florida. Bob served on the Board of the Transportation Planning Organizations Bay County, Florida, and as Chairman of Mexico Beach Planning and Zoning Board. He was a member of many civic and professional organizations, including advisory boards for Michigan State University, from which he graduated ('58), where he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and University of Detroit (MBA). In 1981, MSU named him Packaging Man of the Year. Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; his six children, Michelle, Melanie, Melissa, Marcie, Michael and Marc and their families, including 12 grandchildren; his sister, Judith, and her husband Mendel. Bob is predeceased by his first wife, Sheila Ginsberg, mother of his six children; and his brother, Gerald. Bob was loved immensely and will be greatly missed. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. If you wish to honor Bob Ginsbergs memory with a donation, please consider Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, in Port St Joe, Florida, or the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.ROBERT JAMES GINSBERG A celebration of life to honor Mr. Lee Roy Strickland (Charles) will be held on Sunday March, 11 at 3 p.m. CT at the Masonic Lodge in Wewahitchka Florida. With a memorial fish fry to follow at his home in Stone Mill Creek. Friends and family are welcome to attend.STRICKLAND CELEBRATION OF LIFE FirstBaptistChurch102THIRDSTREET€PORTST.JOE BuddyCaswell,MinisterofMusic&EducationBobbyAlexander,MinistertoStudentsNewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch NewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch Dr.BoydEvansPastor4525064 SundayMorningScheduleBlendedWorshipwithChoir/PraiseTeamƒ8:30AM GreatCommissionSundaySchoolƒƒƒƒ...9:45AM ContemporaryWorshipw/Bandƒƒƒƒƒ..10:45AM WednesdayDinnerƒƒƒ..................ƒƒ.5:00-6:00pm AWANAƒƒƒƒƒ..............ƒ.6:00-7:30pm SurrenderStudentMinistryƒ.6:15-7:30pm Prayer/BibleStudyƒƒƒƒƒ.6:15-7:30pm Nurseryƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ....ƒƒ..6:00-7:30pmwww.fbcpsj.org

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 B5Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.Ž ~Dr. William Butler, 17th century English writer "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.Ž Emilie Buchwald, authorEvery year in March, plump, rosy strawberries arrive in abundance at local grocery stores. They are no longer the firm, tasteless berries that are found in, say, January. January berries are picked nearly green in some faraway place and shipped to your town. But in early spring, theyre sweeter, juicier and ripe. Every year at this time, when they show up again in their blushing perfection, I flash back in my mind to the years when I was very young, when my parents would take me to strawberry fields in North Carolina to pick the ripest, juiciest berries to bring home with us. Of course, because I was a preschooler, I ate more of the berries than I dropped into our basket, but my parents chuckled when theyd tell the story years later. Strawberries also come to mind when I reflect upon a particular childhood book, one that i spent months trying to remember the name of. Ive pictured a specific little ripe strawberry in my minds eye, drawn by some talented illustrator in the 1950s, pretty and perfect and being grown by a child for someone special. I just could not quite get that story to come completely back to my memory, though I know my parents had read it to me many times as a child. I stumbled upon a childrens book at one of the many vintage shops I frequent, and a flood of memories washed over me when I saw the cover. It was a pink cover, and pictured was a little girl wearing a white tutu and toe shoes. It was called, fittingly, Little Ballerina. In my mind, this was a book that somehow related to the strawberry book, but how? I looked at each page as if finding an old friend again, each one drawn so prettily by someone long ago. The story was about Carol, a little girl whose legs were weak (presumably from having suffered polio, though the book doesnt say so.) Her pediatrician tells Carol and her mother that she should take ballet classes so that her legs could become strong again. She does, and she becomes a good little ballerina with strong legs. Its a simple story, but what triggered my memory most were the pretty pictures. I remembered mom and dad reading this book to me dozens of times as I sat in their laps or as they sat beside my bed reading to me at night. But as sweet as the book was, it wasnt the book with the strawberry drawing. I just couldnt get that story to come to the surface, still, after bringing home the ballerina book and looking through it, hoping to trigger more memories of books Id read as a child. And then finally, just a few days ago during an internet search, a picture floated up in the midst of all the pictures of books that I didnt recognize. There it was. The picture of the sweet little strawberry. The book, I finally learned, was called A Present for the Princess, and it was filled with more of the same kinds of beautiful drawings that had captured my young imagination in Little Ballerina. I was immediately swept back through the decades to those days when mom or dad would read the book to me again, telling me how the poor little boy didnt have a present for the soon-to-arrive princess, so he planted a strawberry plant in his garden, and the scarecrow and the sun and the rain all conspired with him to grow the perfect strawberry for the princess. Of course, when she arrived at his home, he presented the luscious berry to her cradled in a verdant leaf, and she was very grateful for the gift. Those memories are so much fun to think back on; I know Im not the only one who has special memories of the books that were read to them as children. There is a specialness to books; the feel of the pages, the scent of the paper, the pictures for your eyes to admire and imagine with. Im so grateful to have had parents who valued books, who took us to the library regularly, and who bought us books whenever possible...books like these have stayed with me for decades. Well, for whatever reason, strawberries have been a common thread of happiness throughout my life. The childhood book and the trips to the strawberry fields, the strawberry pie at Morrisons Cafeteria after church, the Dutch oven with strawberries on the side that I scorched spaghetti sauce in as a newlywed, and the strawberry jam that I made for my young children, all bring back happy, sometimes funny memories to me. Here are two of my favorite strawberry recipes that I believe you will enjoy. Ive previously shared in this column my strawberry pie recipe (which tastes like Shoneys pie did back in the day) and if youd like that recipe again, search The Stars website or email me at steph@whatsouthernfolkseat.com. Ill be happy to send it to you. Lemon Single-Layer Cake with strawberry sauceIngredients: € 1 cup sour cream € 2 teaspoons vanilla extract € 2 teaspoons “ nely grated lemon zest € 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice € 2 cups all-purpose ” our, sifted, plus more for dusting € 1 teaspoon baking powder € teaspoon baking soda € teaspoon salt € 4 tablespoons ( stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan € 1 cups granulated sugar € 3 large eggs plus 3 large egg whites Method: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan (see tips, below.) Line bottom with parchment cut to “ t, and butter parchment. Dust with ” our, and tap out excess. Combine sour cream, vanilla, zest, and juice. In a separate bowl, whisk ” our, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and ” uffy. Add eggs and whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream mixture. Reduce speed to low, and beat in ” our mixture until just combined. Transfer to pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn out cake onto rack to cool completely. (Cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.) Tip: I used my ten-inch tart pan and the cake rose above the sides; Im afraid that if you use an 9Ž cake pan you may have some over” ow, so you might consider using a different pan, like a 99Ž brownie pan. If thats not available, perhaps use a cupcake pan to make individual cakes. For the strawberry sauce:€ 1 pint of strawberries € 2 tablespoons sugar € 2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice Method: Hull and wash berries. Slice in half or quarters, if theyre very large. Place in saucepan over medium heat, and add sugar and lemon juice. Stir to mix ingredients well. Simmer for seven minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Can be reheated if there are leftovers. Strawberry Cobbler€ 4 cups fresh strawberries, cut into fourths € 1 cups sugar € 1 stick butter € 2 teaspoons baking powder € cups ” our € teaspoons salt € cup milk € 2 tablespoons sugar Combine strawberries and 1 cup sugar. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a 913-inch baking dish. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, ” our, baking powder, salt and milk together. Pour into dish on top of the butter; do not stir. Top with the strawberry mixture, again, not stirring. Bake for 45 minutes.Let cool for about 5 minutes and then sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over crust. Makes 8-10 servings. Note: I think a cup of blueberries or blackberries would be a nice addition to this cobbler. It would be pretty, too! When I served the cobbler with the scoop of ice cream, I drizzled a bit of the juice from the cobbler pan over the ice cream, which was pretty and very tasty.I hope you enjoy these strawberry ideas as much as I do. While youre wait-ing for the cake or cobbler to bake, perhaps you could read a book to a child, or find some story to immerse yourself in and stretch your imagination a bit today. Enjoy! Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama StephŽ. She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at WhatSouthernFolksEat. com, and shed love to hear about your own favorite recipes via email at Steph@ whatsouthernfolkseat.com.WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT On strawberries, happiness, and books Strawberries in a colander. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-Fraizer There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Marlene Harris 1 p.m. CT on March 19, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mexico Beach, FL. Afterward join us in sharing of stories and remember a life lived to the fullest.MARLENE HARRIS MEMORIAL It is with great sadness that the family of James JimmieŽ W. Miller announces his passing on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the official age of 82. He had claimed to be 29 for several years, then would occasionally bump it up 10 years when his children started catching up to him, similar to dog years, but in reverse. We arent quite sure if he was 60 or 70 when he passed, or if he would prefer for us to announce the age he claimed to feel for years, which would mean he made it to 100! Yes, he was definitely a jokester, so a cookie cutter obituary would bore him to tears. We know that he would have appreciated a little humor to lift our spirits. No pun intended, or at least thats what were claiming anyway. Jim was born on January 12, 1936 to James and Cecilia Malmstrom Miller, who were residing in Isle of Pines, Cuba at the time before Fidel Castro took over and forced them and other Americans from their homes. After that, his family settled in Tampa, Florida, where years later he had graduated from Jesuit High School. He had served in the United States Air Force from February 1956 … February 1960, then in November 1960, he married the love of his life, Gloria BunnyŽ Brannen. She was a younger woman, who, ironically he teasingly referred to as old woman.Ž She always had snappy comebacks for his humor, even more so the longer they were together. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in November 2017. Jim was employed as a radar technician in a government contract at D-3 Radar Site at Cape San Blas, where he enjoyed working, along with his co-workers who he considered his extended family. He was forced to retire after 54 years of employment due to extenuating circumstances related to his illness. He was also long-time member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Port St. Joe, Florida. Jims favorite hobby was computers. He was up on all the AOL keyboard jargon (acronyms and emoticons) before even his kids knew much about it. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and partnering with his kids and son-in-law in their shenanigans (the most memorable ones were on camping trips). He is survived by his wife, Gloria BunnyŽ Miller, by his children, Ronald (wife Brenda), Cynthia, David, and the baby of the family, Daddys Girl,Ž Sharon (husband Marc Bailey), by his firstborn grandchild, Kristen, affectionately called Papas SweetheartŽ who was never allowed to get any older than 5, and her daughter, Kenleigh June. He is also survived by his grandsons, Russell, Corey, Colin, Dominic, Christopher, Joshua, Caleb (wife Kaydi) and their children, McKynleigh and Kaiden. He also had the privilege of being grandfather to Renee and her children, Oliver, Keely, Aeryn Pickle,Ž and Annabelle. He is also survived by his siblings, Catherine Scott, Edward Miller and Joseph Miller. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James and Cecilia Miller and his brothers, Charles Miller and Michael Miller. Visitation will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7-8 p.m. EST (Stations of the Cross are from 6-7 p.m., prior to visitation. All are welcome.) Funeral service will be held also at St. Josephs Catholic Church on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST. Jimmie will be laid to rest at Holly Hills Cemetery, however no graveside services will be held. All are invited to come and celebrate his life with his family and friends.JAMES W. MILLERJanuary 12, 1936 … March 5, 2018

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** B6 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarTALLAHASSEE, Fla. … Kerigan Marketing Asso-ciates was named to Florida State Universitys inaugural Seminole 100 during a cere-mony last Saturday at FSUs University Center Club in Doak Campbell Stadium.Presented by FSU, the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the FSU Alumni Association and Inc. Magazine, the Semi-nole 100 recognized the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned by FSU alumni. Inc. Magazine, using the criteria they developed for their annual Inc. 5000 list, calculated each companys compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking. Kerigan Marketing Asso-ciates was ranked 30th with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 145.83 percent. Kerigan Marketing Asso-ciates is a full-service advertising agency head-quartered in Mexico Beach, FL providing traditional and digital marketing to a diverse range of clients representing public, private and non-profit organizations, both nationwide and overseas. Jack Kerigan founded the company in 2001 and received a B.S. in Marketing from FSU, in 1990.I am honored that KMA was selected among innova-tive companies across the country, and the only one from Northwest Florida. Our growth is only possible because of the amazing work our designers and website developers are doing. And, we are especially thankful to all of our clients, large and small, that have place their trust in us to help them grow,Ž Kerigan said.The Seminole 100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneur-ial excellence,Ž said Randy Blass, Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneur-ship. It is open to any and all companies founded or run by FSU alumni, and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovat-ing, and making a difference in their communities.ŽTo qualify for the Seminole 100, companies must have been in business for at least three years and generated revenue by March 3, 2013. Additionally, the business must be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S. and be owned or majority managed by an FSU alum.View the full list of Seminole 100 honorees at seminole100.comKerigan Marketing Associates selected to Seminole 100"I sat there with two tens... I thought I'd have some fun; The dealer hit sixteen with a ve... Just enough to make twenty one.""Blackjack" as performed by Ray CharlesAstute retiree investors may want to reconsider the time-honored, classic ‡ portfolio investment strategy. Since 2000, bonds have been anti-correlated with stocks, meaning that bonds went up when stocks went down. Investors owned bonds for income and also because they hedged a stock-laden portfolio. But now, bond yields appear to be moving higher and the anti-correlation relationship has been skewed. In fact, bonds may be becoming noncorrelated (meaning theyve lost any relationship with stock movements) and in many cases have become positively correlated with stocks. This means that stocks and bonds can go up and down together. Thats not a problem when stock prices are rising, but should markets take a downturn, stocks and bonds that are positively correlated can fall simultaneously. In this environment, bonds may no longer serve as a hedge against portfolio loss. If you were completely invested in stocks from late 2007 to early 2009, you lost more than half your money (the S&P 500 lost over 56 percent peak-to-trough), so holding bonds (which gained value over that time frame) would have mitigated losses. In a 60 percent S&P 500 index/40 percent aggregate bond index portfolio, an investor would have lost one-third instead of over one-half of his assets from October 2007 until the end of the downturn in March 2009. However painful, losing a third beats losing over half, so bonds served as an effective portfolio hedge at the height of the Great Recession. Bonds can still be a serviceable portfolio component, especially if investors own individual bonds and keep the duration on them extremely short. Buying the best quality, high yield corporate bonds available, ones that mature within two to three years, allows you to enjoy some yield while maintaining maximum portfolio flexibility. Investors may consider buying the short term bonds of companies whose stocks they might own in a risk-on environment and where the investor is first in line to get paid on the maturity ladder. Its unlikely there will be major credit losses with a diversified basket of highly rated high yield bonds in the next two to 24 months. If an investor is getting over 4 percent on average on these bonds, he's probably doing well. If he steps up the yield to the 5-6 percent range for that under-24 month maturity range, he's likely taking a large degree of credit risk and the risk-adjusted marginal return may be unwise. Preferred stocks are also one of the few places to get significant, predictable yield in today's market. Some can generate enough meaningful income to balance the interest rate risk that an investor may be assuming. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 … www.arborwealth.net), a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.Bond Hedges, Correlations and Ray Charles Margaret McDowell

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** The Star | Thursday, March 8, 2018 B7Brent Heard, a columnist for The Star, “ nished third. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Wanda Violet (right) won second place. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Ray Merrill from Michigan was the winner for the second-staight yea. [{SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The winners:Gumbo, Restaurant1. Paradise Craft House & Grill, Port St. Joe; 2. Shipwreck Raw Bar, Port St. Joe; 3. Castaways Southern Cui-sine, Mexico Beach.Gumbo, Amateur1. Tiger Dawg Gumbo Kings, Atlanta, GA; 2. Sullivan Voodoo Roux, Mexico Beach; 3. BBQ Monsters, Perry, GA.Brunswick stew1. Sullivan Voodoo Stew, Mexico Beach; 2. Bobby Steele and Crew, Tallahas-see; 3. Wylies Stew, Mexico Beach.Best Decorated: Sullivan Voodoo Stew, Mexico Beach.Best Team Spirit: Big Daddys Gumbo, Ashford, AL GUMBOFrom Page B1 Coast Printing, Brendan and Cindy Murphy, and the Coastal Community Association.We appreciate the support of our local businesses who donated door prizes. They were the Sunset Coastal Grill, The Shrimp Company, St. Joe Golf Club and the Sand Dollar Caf. Over $500 was raised for the two charities and food items and Easter Baskets were brought to the event.If you would like to donate cash, Easter Baskets or Food items for the drive, you can drop them off at the Sheriffs Office or at Gulf to Bay Con-struction which is across from The Grab N Go at Simmons Bayou. Other drop-offs are at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and the South Gulf County Volun-teer Fire Department on Cape San Blas. For more information, call Dr. Pat at 229-7799. LIARSFrom Page B1 In all, the exhibit was comprised of 23 separate 24 by 36 panels, backed in canvas, and filled memories of North Port St. Joe. It was, I think, fantastic,Ž Wentzell said of the opening night. It brought together this disparate group people from this community and they were thrilled by what they saw.People enjoyed the history, the look back. It was just fantastic and people have come back and brought friends.ŽThe exhibit is open, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturdays, through March 17 at The Joe.The Member Show is, Wentzell added, effectively the first true membership drive for the arts center.After an initial informational workshop on the establishment of the center late last year, membership, Wentzell said, has formed around a core of 12-15 volun-teers who have steered the ship, with additional hands on deck for the current exhibit.Yet to come is a formal organizational chart and creation of committees.The organization currently operates under the umbrella of the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, which has leased the Reid Ave., space for three years to help seed the new center. As membership grows, the goal is a standalone organiza-tional structure to go with the standalone facility.The committee is doing this for the community, but they are also doing it to find a permanent home for the arts,Ž Wentzell said.The Member Show, Wen-tzell said, offers a peekŽ at the local artistic community as The Center seeks to expand its offerings.Members can enter the show for a reduced fee and those not members will become members by paying the $40 entry fee.If anything, Wentzell said, the interest in the current exhibit and in upcoming shows is a demonstration of what has fueled the formation of The Joe from the outset.It shows that the arts center is really desired by this community,Ž Wentzell said. There really is a srong desire for more arts in this community.Ž For more information about The Joe Center for the Arts, visit https://www. facebook.com/pg/TheJoeCenterForTheArts, e-mail thejoecenter@gmail.com or call 281-780-5759. ARTSFrom Page B1But Hooper was invited to that 2013 shadowing day by Dr. Pat Hardman, who oversees the local HSHT program.She was there specifically to meet Williams.Though the quiet Williams was hardly broad-casting, Hardman knew the young man was intrigued photography.I was interested in the craft,Ž Williams said.And from there, a relationship grew to the stage in which Williams calls Hooper mom.ŽIn turn, his photography skills have advanced to the point that one of his photos, displayed during the current The Joe Center for the Arts debut show, was purchased by an enthusiastic attendee of the opening night last month.I was honored,Ž Williams, now 22, said of his sale. This is me progress-ing into photography.Everyone is giving me an opportunity and its coming at the right moment. I have never had this kind of sup-port before.ŽAbove all, though, Williams pointed to the partnership with Hooper, who he called inspiringŽ and motivating,Ž as the key to that growth; and the beginning of doors opening after that 2013 shadowing day.That day, Hooper was already giving an informal tour of St. Vincent Island and Williams tagged along, the tour becoming oneon-one after the group dispersed.The two followed with a number of photo shoots, often taking a friend of Williams, who aspired to be a model, along to pose in a host of places.Hooper patiently taught composition, angles, light, to Williams.She inspires me a lot,Ž Williams said. I enjoy her work. She was like a mother to me.I had never had anybody push me like that. All in all, I listened to everything she said.ŽHooper, she acknowledged, was not completely sold on that last point.The two maintained con-tact, Hooper was invited to Williams high school graduation, and the lessons, though far from formal, continued sporadically.Late last year, Williams finally showed Hooper some of his work.Hooper discovered, despite her skepiticism, Williams had been absorb-ing those lessons all along.The big thing was showing me his work and he showed me that he was listening all those times,Ž Hooper said. He had taken it all that in.ŽWilliams said, I was sur-prised they were good in her eyes.ŽHooper, as these things are wont to play out, knew of the coming exhibit on North Port St. Joe history that would be at The Joe Center for the Arts and knew Leslie Wentzell, a member of the centers organizing committee.Wentzell agreed with Hoopers view that Wil-liams had photos, of North Port St. Joe today, that should be in the show.Williams texted Hooper the news and the selection process began immediately.This was all just connecting,Ž Hooper said. We had just gone over the photos at the library.They were fresh in our mind.ŽAfter winnowing, the two arrived at 10 for the show and Williams had to come up with an artists statement explaining the motivation and execution of his work.In addition to selling one photo, Williams also was able to network with a bunch of people.ŽUnfortunately, Hooper was not there to see her pupils success.The hard thing for me was that I could not be there last month,Ž Hooper said, noting she was at a photography convention. I wanted to be there.ŽWilliams assured she was present, if not physically.Shes always been like my mom,Ž Williams said. HOOPERFrom Page B1Corey Williams and Debbie Hooper. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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Plaintiff, vs. Viola Kemp a/k/a Viola L. Kemp, et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION -CONTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: the Unknown Heirs, Divisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, and all other parties claiming interest by, through, under or against the Estate of Viola Kemp a/k/a Viola L. Kemp a/k/a Viola Land Kemp, Deceased Last Known Address: Unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Gulf County, Florida: COMMENCE AT THE NW CORNER OF THE NE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 12, T4S, R11W, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THENCE GO N 8928’07” E 558.48 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF KEMP CEMETERY ROAD; THENCE SOUTH 0505’09” WEST FOR 205 FEET TO THE POB; FROM SAID POB THENCE NORTH 8928’07” EAST FOR 326 FEET; THENCE GO SOUTH 0505’09” WEST FOR 161.95 FEET; THENCE GO SOUTH 8928’07” WEST FOR 326 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF KEMP CEMETERY ROAD; THENCE NORTH 0505’09” EAST FOR 161.95 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE POB. LESS AND EXCEPT ANY PORTION THAT LIES WITHIN LEGAL DESCRIPTION RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 199, PAGE 900. TOGETHER WITH MOBILE HOME VIN NO. ALCA0396270S30264 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Julie Anthousis, Esquire, Brock & Scott, PLLC, the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 1501 N.W. 49’h Street, Suite 200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33309, within thirty (30) days of the first date of publication on or before ______________, 2018 and file the original with the Clerk of 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. DATED on January 8, 2018. Rebecca Norris As Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk File# 17-F02620 Pub: March 1, 8, 2018 19310S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 5T Wealth Partners, LP, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-21 Tax Sale Certificate #2010-578 Name in which assessed: Debbie Ann Jackson R.E. No. 02546-000R Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 Description of Property: Lot 5, of block 3, of Pine Ridge Addition to Wewahitchka, Florida, a Subdivision of part of Sections 23 and 26, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, according to the Official Map or Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, in and for Gulf County, Florida, as it appears in Plat Book 2, Page 8. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 4th day of April, 2018 Dated: February 19, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 2018 19432S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 5T Wealth Partners, LP, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-22 Tax Sale Certificate #2010-649 Name in which assessed: Little River Camp, LLC. Agent: Matthew D. Birmingham R.E. No. 02627-490R Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 Description of Property: Lot 23, Block C, Seven Springs Lake Subdivision, according to the Plat thereof recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, as Plat Book 5, Pages 17 and 18. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 4th day of April, 2018 Dated: February 26, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018 19426S ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID The Gulf County School Board is entertaining the idea of replacing the electronic sign for the Wewahitchka Schools with a Ebsco LED sign. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting on March 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. est. A bid package may be picked up at the Gulf County School Board, Maintenance Department, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Bids may be e-mailed by contacting Woody Borders at wborders@ gulf .k12.fl.us or faxed by calling 850-2298369. Pub: March 1, 8, 2018 19536S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 18-09PR IN RE: ESTATE OF JOHN B. SCOGGINS, JR., Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of John B. Scoggins, Jr., deceased, whose date of death was January 18, 2018, 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 on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OR 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME 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 must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO(2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 8, 2018. Personal Representative: Michael W. Scoggins 118 Pine St. Mexico Beach, FL 32456 Attorney for Personal Representative: Mel C. Magidson Jr. FL Bar No.: 261629 528 6th St. P.O. Box 340 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Phone: (850)227-7800 Fax: (850)227-7878 E-Mail: mmagidson@ fairpoint.net Pub: March 8, 15, 2018 19546S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that David Pete Windham, DMD 401K PSP and Caroline Windham, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-26 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-899 Name in which assessed: CQ Developments LLC AGENT: James A. Cox, Jr. R.E. No. 05015-001R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 12, Block 45, of Re-Subdivision of Block 45, in Unit Number Three of Saint Joseph’s Addition of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the Plat as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 34, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 11th day of April, 2018 Dated: March 5, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 19544S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that David Pete Windham, DMD 401K PSP, and Caroline Windham, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-25 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-900 Name in which assessed: CQ Developments LLC AGENT: James A. Cox, Jr. R.E. No. 05015-002R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 13, Block 45, of Re-Subdivision of Block 45, in Unit Number Three of Saint Joseph’s Addition of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the Plat as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 34, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 11th day of April, 2018 Dated: March 5, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 19568S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: Catering Connections located at 184 S. Semonole St., in the County of Gulf, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe, Florida, this 5th day of March, 2018. Colleen Sinor Pub: March 8, 2018 We Buy Anything OldItems we buy include: Signs (Gas and Oil, Soda, Tobacco, etc.) Images (Time Types, Ambrotypes, CDVs, etc) Antique Weaponry, Primitives, Antique Furniture, Clocks, Country Store Items, Jewelry. Taxisdermy, Oddities, Pottery, Architectural Items, Militaria, Folk Art, Lamps and a whole lot more! We pay cash! Contact Kris Clark 706 474 3443 Mexico Beach 306 Highway 98 March 9th and 10th Friday and Saturday Starting 8am CSTSPRING CLEANING SALEBig Men’s (2X-3X) clothing from casual to dress....Anodyne and Tens therapy units....CPAP machine supplies...Blood Pressure machine....Beach supplies...Baskets....Decor ator items...and lots of Misc. items MOVING SALESaturday, March 10th Clifford Sims Drive Port St. Joe, FL Everything Must Go! Call: 912-520-8799 We Buy GoldJewelry & Diamonds Watches & Silver We pay cash for estates 7 Days AWeek Pawn Loans Low Rates! 700 Beal Pkwy US GOLD PAWN Call TOM Now!! 850-974-2462www .usgold p awn.com SAWMILLS from only $4397.00-MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill! Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: www .Norwood Sawmills.com or call (800)578-1363 Ext. 300N USED TWIN MATTRESS, FREE YOU PICK UP Call: 850-227-7670 CLEANING HELP WANTEDSaturday, Sunday and possibly some weekdays. Compettive pay, entry level start! For more information, please call Tammy 850-227-7975 or text 850-247-9825 NOTICE OF INTENTPursuant to Section 121.055, Florida Statutes, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners intends to designate the positions of Human Resources Director and Planner as Senior Management Class under the Florida Retirement System, effective February 19 th 2018. /s/ Sandy Quinn, Chairman Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Ford Ranger 2011 XLT25,000 miles. Like new, runs great! $14,900 firm. Call (850) 522-4981. Turn to classified! 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