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** Volume 80 Number 23 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 A2Blues in the LotB2Bodrey column Thursday, March 22, 2018 WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT, B5 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.comEight years ago, just a month before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the news in Gulf County, in Port St. Joe particularly, was celebratory.Without a hospital for five years, and 21 days to be exact, after the state closure of Gulf Pines Hospital, the county welcomed Ascension Health Care, in the form of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.It was an unlikely match from the outset, forged out of a vision that had blurred with the national financial meltdown of two years prior.The hospital, in other words, arrived just a tad bit in advance of the population growth which was expected, but did so from the dedication of various stakeholders seek-ing to improve health care in the county.And despite the changing economics and demograph-ics, the hospital continues to grow and expand its services, with clinics in Wewahitchka and Franklin County, a second operating room opening just a few months ago and a thriving Medical Office Building completed in spring 2011.We are pleased to celebrate another milestone in our history,Ž said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf during a Re ecting a community Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf opened eight years ago March 15. [FILE PHOTO] The February 2010 formal dedication of the hospital drew a packed audience. [FILE PHOTO] SHOREBIRD SEARCHING, B1 Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf celebrates anniversaryBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comVoices clearly carry.Concerns voiced during a recent city meeting about a conceptual plan for expansion of the 10th Street Ball Park in Port St. Joe were evidently heard at the countys Robert Moore Annex.The committee charged with drafting a plan for the park project cancelled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning and county and city officials will convene a joint work-shop to discuss the project.The workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET April 11 in the Don Butler County Commission Meeting Room in the Robert Moore Annex.County Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr., who is chairing the park project committee, said the workshop was called to better understand whether adjustmentsŽ needed to be made.City Commissioner County, city to workshop ballpark projectBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAcknowledging the need to do something, despite a tenuous grasp on exactly what, Port St. Joe commissioners on Tuesday unanimously moved ahead on drafting an ordinance pertaining to downtown parking. Commissioners requested more research into how other similarly-sized or situated communities dealt with the issue of more vehicles to parking spaces, and charged the city attorney to draft an ordinance as a starting point.Parking downtown is a nightmare,Ž said Mayor Bo Patterson.ŽIts a problem downtown for merchants.I feel the frustration. Weve got to do something.ŽThe final product is strictly a work in progress.Bill Kennedy, executive director of the Port St. Joe City proceeds with parking ordinanceBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comWhile not the amount hoped for when the legislative session ended, every little bit helps.The state budget passed earlier this month by lawmak-ers and signed by Gov. Rick Scott last Friday included a $1 million appropriation out of natural resources dollars for the beach restoration project on St. Joseph Peninsula.That increases the countys budget for the project from $10.6 million as another round of bidding on the proj-ect began this week.A mandatory pre-bid meeting was scheduled for Wednesday as the county moves ahead with a plan to reverseŽ bid the project.In effect, instead of bidding the projects original scope, as with last year when bids came in 40 percent over budget and were rejected by the Board of County Commissioners, the county is putting its available dollars on the table. The bid, in short strokes, is requesting how much sand, over how much beach, will those dollars purchase.The county had hoped that several years of lobby-ing might free up as much as $3 million from the Florida Department of Transportation, despite the FDOTs inclination not to consider investing in anything on the peninsula until and when a bridge is needed.The $1 million was mar-shaled through the legislative session by Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, from his position on a committee on natural resources, said Dr. Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County.She added that Sen. Bill Restoration project picks up $1 million See BALLPARK, A8 See RESTORATION, A8 See SACRED, A7 See PARKING, A3

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** A2 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The StarBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAfter much discussion in the community, Blues in the LotŽ finally hits the stage this weekend.Centered at the main stage located at Third Street and Reid Ave. in downtown Port St. Joe, Blues in the LotŽ will bring five bands playing over seven hours with an easy price tag: its all free.In essence, this years Blues in the LotŽ, and yes, the event has been around some 16 years, is two events in one.The first is a kickoff party 6-9 p.m. ET Friday at the historic Port Theatre and includes a $5 cover charge.Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band will be playing, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, as something of an official welcome of the event to Port St. Joe.Blues in the LotŽ began in Apalachicola about 16 years ago, an event intended to provide good old fash-ioned blues music to increase options and visitation in the downtown area.The event continued, successfully with building attendance and a growing lineup of performers, for 15 years before organizer Gerry Garlick, as he stated on Face-book, took a break for a year.That break provided an opportunity for the Gulf County Chamber of Com-merce to partner with Garlick and part of that collaboration was moving the event to Port St. Joe.Blues in the LotŽ will formally begin at 12 p.m. ET Saturday and continue through to 7 p.m. All performances are free.Please note, Reid Ave. will be closed to vehicle traffic between Second and Fourth Streets from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET.Saturdays lineup includes Brandon Santini, a Grammy-nominated blues artist.In addition, Blues in the LotŽ also features local and regional folk artists and craft vendors as well as beverages and food. Blues in the Lot highlights weekendJohn Bull Band [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Slim Fatz [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] € Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Dogs 12 p.m. ET € Slim Fatz 1:15 p.m. ET € John Bull Band with Peggy Walker 2:30 p.m. ET € Matt Law 3:45 p.m. ET € Brandon Santini and his Band 5 p.m. ET € Main stage is at Third and Reid Blues in the Lot, Saturday scheduleBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comWebster defines archaeology as the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.ŽProviding a local spin on that idea brings Archaeology WeekendŽ which arrives in Port St. Joe next Thursday through Saturday, March 29-31.Hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of West Florida, the weekend will offer a series of events to train a spotlight on local history.Archaeology WeekendŽ is held each March as part of the celebration of Florida Archaeology Month.Statewide, programs and events during March encour-age residents and visitors to learn more about archaeology and the history of the state, and to preserve these important parts of Floridas cultural history, according to a release from the Florida Public Archaeology Network.Archaeology WeekendŽ begins 11 a.m. ET Thursday, March 29 with a presentation on shipwrecks at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library.The program, Shipwrecks of Northwest FloridaŽ will be provided by Nicole Grinnan with the Florida Public Archaeology Network.The following day, Friday, March 30, the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center will host a presentation by Janene Johnson, a graduate student at UWF.Her talk, which begins at 6 p.m. ET, will explore, Going Ballistic: Archaeology of Floridas Natural Bridge Battlefield.ŽNatural Bridge, within the St. Marks River floodplain, is the second largest Civil War battlefield in Florida.The weekend wraps up with two events on Saturday.From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET in the T.H. Stone Memo-rial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, the Archaeology Net-work will have a local history and archaeology information booth set up to allow folks to chat with an archaeologist, discover local history and bring artifacts to have them identified.Then, at 2 p.m. ET at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Port St. Joe, the Dash through the PastŽ history and archaeology scavenger hunt will be held.The hunt, appropriate for all ages, is an exciting journey through historic Port St. Joe.All events during the week-end are free and open to the public.Diving into the pastVisitors to the Archaeology Info Booth at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park explore artifacts and bring their own for identi“ cation. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The “ nal event of Archaeology WeekendŽ is a scavenge hunt through historic Port St. Joe. [FILE PHOTO] Special to The StarThe Junior Service League of Port St. Joe will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. ET Saturday, March 31 at George Core Park, located off U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe by the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. All kids ages 11 and under are welcome to attend this FREE event.This fun filled egg hunt will will be a great time with prizes in every egg. There will be photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, as well as face painting, so don't forget to bring your camera. Come enjoy this community wide event that is open to everyone. Don't forget to bring your Easter basket!Please arrive early/on time to ensure your child gets to join in the fun! The eggs go pretty quickly once the hunt begins!Easter Egg Hunt March 31

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution which would have required all school district superintendents to be appointed by school boards was withdrawn from consideration Tuesday.The withdrawal from Erika Donald, a school board member in Collier County and the pro-posals sponsor, was first posted on the website of the Constitution Revision Com-mission and confirmed by two board members after the CRC adjourned Tuesday night.There was no explanation for the withdrawal.The proposal, which had been approved 4-3 by a CRC sub-committee, had yet to be taken up the full CRC.According to reports from the lobbyist for public schools, Sen. Don Gaetz, a former school superintendent and CRC member, said he did not believe the proposal would come back to the CRC, as an amendment or added to another proposal.The CRC is currently in the midst of its every-20-years review of the state constitution.Proposed amendments put forth by the CRC will move immediately to the November 2018 general election ballot.The amendment pertaining to school superintendents would have impacted roughly 40 of 67 school districts in Florida, the vast majority small, rural districts.As reported in a survey of state school board assocations and several major Florida newspapers, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama are the only three states that have districts in which the school superintendent of schools is elected.Of the roughly 14,500 school districts in the coun-try, 99 percent have appointed superintendents.The proposed amendment, and one prohibiting compensa-tion for school board members, had been the subject of consid-erable discussion by the Gulf County School Board.Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton strongly criticized both proposed amendments as challenges from South Florida interests with little regard for how small, rural school boards and districts operate.Still another proposed amendment, to limit terms for school board members, was on the schedule for consideration by the CRC on Wednesday and was likely to be further tweaked.The proposal would limit school board members to two four-year terms, eight years total.The proposal currently counts time served after 2015 as part of those eight years, though amendments are filed to change the proposal to counting only time served after the next election.Appointed superin tendent amendment withdrawnSpecial to The StarKeeping beaches dark at night and free of obstacles will help sea turtles during their nesting season, which begins in Florida on March 1 and lasts through the end of October.Bright artificial lighting can misdirect and disturb nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings, so beachgoers should avoid using flashlights or cellphones at night. Turning out lights or closing curtains and shades in buildings along the beach after dark will ensure nesting turtles are not disturbed as they come ashore and hatchlings will not become disoriented when they emerge from their nests. Clearing away boats and beach furniture at the end of the day and filling in holes in the sand are also impor-tant because turtles can become trapped in furniture and get trapped in holes on the beach.Floridas beachfront residents and visitors taking these actions will help conserve the logger-head, leatherback and green sea turtles that nest on the states coastlines.Keeping Floridas beaches dark and uncluttered at night can help protect sea turtles that return to nest on our beaches,Ž said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who heads the Florida Fish and Wild-life Conservation Commissions (FWC) sea turtle management program. Many agency partners, such as nature centers, marine turtle permit holders and local governments, contribute greatly to sea turtle conservation. But caring beachgoers can also make a significant difference in helping nesting and hatchling sea turtles survive.ŽExactly when sea turtle nest-ing season starts depends on where you are in Florida. While it begins in March on the Atlantic coast from Brevard through Bro-ward counties, it starts later in the spring, in late April or May, along the northeast Atlantic, the Keys and Gulf coasts.Wherever you are, other ways to help sea turtles include prop-erly disposing of fishing line to avoid entanglements, and reporting those that are sick, injured, entangled or dead to the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.Help nesting sea turtles Redevelopment Agency, provided several sugges-tions based on observations at High Springs, also a small, coastal community.Those recommendations included a three-hour time limit and a tiered-level of fines for violations.A return to parking meters, which downtown once had, was deemed largely unworkable, both by commissioners and resi-dents who spoke.A major hurdle, city attorney Clint McCahill said, is how the city would enforce such an ordinance.The city does not cur-rently have a mechanism for adjudicating criminal violations, so a system would have to be established, at some expense, with the county Clerk of Courts and County Judge.Commissioner Brett Lowry said that simultaneous to an ordinance commissioners should continue to examine the purchase of land for off-site parking.The city has several lots around downtown, but as Kennedy noted, the Billy Joe Rish lot is all but full nearly every day and the Dr. Joe lot is used, but could be cleaned up to accentuate parking.There is also a gentle-mens agreement for some downtown parking at First Baptist Church, Commis-sioner Rex Buzzett noted.Empty lots at the corner of Williams and Second, another between Sand Dollar Caf and Half Hitch Tackle and two others are possibles, Kennedy and Lowry outlined in separate proposals.Whether we have an ordinance or not, space is going to run out,Ž Lowry said. If you are going to move people off of Reid we need to have other options.ŽThe approach, Kennedy agreed, needed to extend beyond Reid to side streets.You need to think about the whole zone,Ž Kenneday said.And regardless of the approach, Kennedy and business owner Renee Car-roll said, downtown, Reid Ave., is getting busier than ever.We are getting more and more busy on Reid Ave.,Ž Kennedy said. We have to get ahead of the curve.ŽOf course, Patterson added, the issue would be solved with courteousŽ merchants.Kennedy and thenChamber director Roni Coppick visited individual downtown merchants more than a year ago.Talking to merchants, they all agree we have an issue,Ž Kennedy said.But without 100 per-cent cooperation, Kennedy added, pledges to assist quickly and quietly vanished.And it is clear, from comments made in public and social media, that the employees of one restaurant located between Second and Third streets are considered, by a wide margin, top offenders.We have enough parking on Reid if we can just get some employees not to park on Reid,Ž Carroll said. 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** A4 Thursday, March 22, 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. Did you see where a Swedish study found a significant increase in the number of heart attacks„ especially for women„in the first three days after the switch to Daylight Savings Time? The researchers blamed the one hour sleep deprivationŽ as the cause for the heart problems. Another study, in the prestigious New England Journal of MedicineŽ no less, found that losing an hour of sleep as we move the clock forward increased the risk of car accidents. I assume sleepy drivers are less attentive. Or maybe they were so caught up in trying to figure out where that hour went, they completely forgot they were in the middle of a busy intersection! A Danish study reported an 11 percent increase in depression and suicides, this time mostly in men, following the time change. An independent Australian study confirmed these findings. A five year study showed that many, both men and women, lose their ability to focus at work in the days immediately after the clocks spring ahead. And yet another study found that cluster headachesŽ increase in the days following the annual time change. I read these various reports with great interest and came to the only natural conclusion the facts presented. We are doing TOO MANY studies! Its only one hour for goodness sakes. And it takes place in the middle of the night. We sleep through it! Folks, one hour of football practice the first week of August under Coach Louis Scottƒƒ now that would give you a heart attack! One hour pulling on a green chain out at the Star Lumber Company would make you so light headed and dizzy youd dang sure run over something or somebody if you tried to drive home! One hour down in Dwayne Meltons back forty throwing ninety pound hay bails up on the trailer would make a cluster headache look like a walk on the beach! Buddy Wiggleton talked me into going outŽ with his cousin from down at Lavinia. One hour with her and I was not only depressed, I was thinking suicide might be my only way out! Listen closely here, there are worse ways to spend an hour besides losing it in your sleep. You could be six years old, wearing those concrete like Buster Brown shoes and a overstarched collar, sitting on the third row of the First Baptist Church between Mother and Leon listening to Brother Hatcher chase those Israelites across the Jordan River. Or how about the last hour of school on Friday afternoons in the third grade. Time near bout came to a standstill! Im not saying you cant be affected by a single hour. Ill never forget the food boycott at the high school our senior year. A couple of guys (nameless here forever more) in P.E. got to wondering what would happen if no one ate lunch in the cafeteria on a selectedŽ day. They werent necessarily opposed to the food or mad at the head cook. It was just high school kids looking for something to do. The idea took off, mostly everyone in the school skipped lunch and a lot of food went uneaten. I reckon no one in Sweden or Denmark had yet to do a study on the cause and effect of a small school in West Tennessee taking a day off from eating. Me and John Ingram got called into the principals office. Mr. Johnson grilled us for one solid hour! He had good informationŽ we were the food boycott leaders. On this particular occasion, we happened not to be. We might have known more than we let onƒ..but we didnt instigate it as he claimed. I sat through the interrogation feeling guilty for something I didnt do. I also spent two weeks in after school detention thinking life aint fair! There are consequences to each hour we spend. Of that there is little doubt. Some are more momentous than others. Some we readily share. Some wed rather forget. But lets not make a mountain out of a mole hill. Losing one hour of sleep once a year is hardly worth writing home about. And its certainly not the cause of night blindness, bed wetting, neuralgia, thinning hair or sudden urges to eat ice cream. We can postulate on it to the cows come home. But its an awful waste of somebodys time and money. I just hope there are no tax dollars involved in this hourgateŽ affair. Plus, seems to me there is a pretty simple solution that doesnt require a government study or a national hot line call. If you feel sleep deprivedŽ by the sudden time change„take a one hour nap. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNThis aint the Twilight Zone!Having recently had the pleasure of participating in the Liars Challenge in Port St. Joe, Florida, I thought I would touch on one of the stories I didnt tell. First, folks were expecting a lie and I just couldnt do it. I told them the story about when I overdosed on licorice, which was an absolute true story and those who know me, know that it is true. I want all the facts to be straight when I tell such stories in the event that someone wants to verify dates and claims. So while waiting and talking to the fine folks of Port St. Joe, I wanted to make sure I had the dates correct for the story I was intending on telling. As luck or fate would have it, there was no cell phone/internet connection for me to have on this day due to my cell phone providers problems with antennas and such. In the next few days, I decided to go back and check the facts of The one I didnt tell,Ž to make sure that I was thinking correctly. I found itƒ It was July 6, 1972 at the Anniston City Auditorium in Anniston, Alabama. I think it was a Thursday. Sure enough, Tri-State Wrestling put on an event in Anniston, Alabama. On this evening, Burrhead Jones and Chief Thundercloud defeated Buddy Wayne and Jerry Myatt in a tag teamŽ match. This was the first time that Chief Thundercloud had won in about 3 years (the best I could remember). For Burrhead Jones, it was worse. He had no wins. In other words, these were two fellows who got together and lost all the time. Im not here to tell you that wrestling was real in the 1960s and 70s, it was not. However, my Mama Baker thought it was real. She watched it on television, she knew the good guys, the bad guys, the ones that always won and the ones that always lost. It got to her. She did not like the same fellows winning all the time. I guess you could say she was good-heartedŽ that way. She knew her sports and wrestling in particular. My Mama Baker was the wonderful lady who watchedŽ me growing up. You know … folks used to let other folks take care of their children while they were at work and what not. They didnt necessarily have a license. My Mama Baker lived close by and would keep my brothers and me when my parents needed her to do so. She also kept another set of 3 brothers. It was kind of fun to be there, in a strange sort of way. She fed us sweet tea and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When we got sick, she mixed honey with cheap whiskey and it did not kill us. We watched her stories with herƒ In particular, Dark Shadows.Ž On this night in July of 1972, these two wrestlers mysteriously won a match. There are rumors that an older woman with a large purse got in the way of the two fellows who lost that night as they were marching to the ring to wrestle. She opened her purse and showed them somethingƒ Ive also heard that this woman had a little boy with her. The little boy looked quite stunned when the purse opening happened. The two fellows got in the wrestling ring and proceeded to get beat by Burrhead Jones and Chief Thundercloud. It was their only win that year. They generally just traveled around Alabama getting whipped in city auditoriums and warehouses. On this night, a miracle seemed to have happened. Some folks and some little boys think that older woman might have had a little pistol in that big purse in case things ever got out of hand.Ž I really wouldnt know. She possibly showed it to the two fellows who lost and possibly said something threatening to them. There are no police records and nothing ever showed up in the newspaper about such an event, only that Burrhead Jones and Chief Thundercloud pulled off a huge upset in the ring. Thats the one I was too scared to tell. I loved my Mama Baker. Everyone loved her. The police often drove her to the store and she would bake them cakes and cookies. They knew she supported the police. My Mama and Daddy loved her tooƒ Daddy worked at the newspaper for more than 40 years. He was usually the first one there and the last one to leave. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com.CRANKS MY TRACTORThe one I didnt tellBy Lee H. Hamilton Were at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress „ Im talking about the peoples body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it „ is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope. Its public standing is abysmal, occasionally dropping into the single digits in polling. Very few people seem to respect it, even on Capitol Hill. Small surprise, as the Pew Research Center reported the other day, that More members of the U.S. House of Representatives are choosing not to seek re-election to that body than at any time in the past quarter-century.Ž Since filing deadlines havent passed in most states that number is almost certain to grow. Just as worrisome, power is shifting decisively to the President. The balance of powerŽ you read about in 7th-grade civics? Its a myth today. Co-equal branches? Not any more. Members of Congress over the years have delegated much of their power to other branches, especially the executive, so that they can escape accountability for tough choices. It allows them to focus more on getting re-elected, and on the local and constituent interests that are their electoral bread and butter. Heres what may be the most discouraging thing of all: there was a time when congressional leaders would forcefully defend the Congress. They dont even bother to do that any more. In fact, its not unusual to find them defending their own leadership but criticizing the institution they lead. To ponder what we can do about it is to confront a long list of daunting challenges. For starters, congressional leaders have abandoned two centuries of precedent, a traditional set of norms, customs and procedures that allowed a body representing the complexities of the entire country to arrive at policy solutions that by and large spoke to the public good. Today, bills are often drafted outside the committee system, without careful deliberation, consideration, or even participation by most members. The leadership has accumulated more and more power, leaving ordinary members out of the loop, especially in the all-important budget process. Were saddled with a Congress that affords special interest groups far too much power. Their representatives and lobbyists swarm over Capitol Hill to influence and cajole, write speeches, supply talking points, and funnel money and favors of all descriptions to members. And because reelection is so expensive, Congress not only accepts all this, but seeks it out. Ordinary citizens have lost influence in the process. The body itself has become extremely polarized, which means that the decisions it makes are more extreme. House districts are gerrymandered, which has increased the tendency for them to elect the most extreme candidates in both parties, which only accentuates polarized views when these legislators arrive in Washington. And Congress has largely rejected its oversight responsibilities, which ought to carry a weight equal to legislating „ and which put it on a par with the executive branch. It uses the subpoena power rarely, grills administration and other witnesses only occasionally, and even more rarely holds the executive branch accountable. Want an example? Weve got half a dozen conflicts going on around the world, armed forces in some 70 countries, were incurring casualties and putting our men and women in extreme danger „ and Congress holds no hearings of any consequence to ask whats going on or what were gaining from the commitments weve made around the world. You can take the agenda for reform from this depressing litany. Congressional leaders need to stop manipulating the process and let members vote on the tough issues Congress tanks … but does it care? Kesley Colbert BN Heard See HAMILTON, A5

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A5Easter Basket drive huge success, food drive continues Dear Editor, You fantastic and generous folks in Gulf County have made it come true! What? Well, Sheriff Mike Harrison and the Gulf County Sheriffs deputies will help the Easter Bunny deliver baskets and not one deserving child in Gulf County will go without a visit. You good folks have done it again! Through donations of baskets and stuffed animals and cash donations Coastal Community Association has reached our goal to have enough baskets for the kids. Durens Piggly Wiggly obtained Easter Baskets at a great discount so the cash donations went even further. The Food Drive for Gulf County Food Bank is moving well, too. We are almost there and with the item and cash donations coming in this week Coastal Community Association should reach our goal and fill the Food Pantry, not only so no one goes without Easter dinner, but for weeks to come. Volunteers will be shopping at Durens Piggly Wiggly Friday morning and again with Mr. Durens substantial discount, the cash donations will allow us to take a lot more food to the pantry. We got a trailer load of food already donated so a lot of fine folks will be having meals Easter and days to come. We appreciate all the many generous donations, both items and cash, that makes these drives so successful. You folks are simply wonderful! It couldnt be done without each and every one of you.Dr. Pat,, President, Coastal Community Association Parking on Reid Dear Editor, I read with interest last week your headline article Parking limits, fines considered for Reid Ave.Ž When I was a boy growing up in St. Joe, I well remember when the City Fathers (my grand-daddy included) experimented with parallel parking and parking meters on Reid Avenue. As I seem to recall, they were disasters. Monitoring parking and charging fines seems a bit of a government overreach to me. Before you know it, theyll be going around measuring the height of detached property accessory buildings, and that will not be without cost to the taxpayers. Regulating a thing may seem the perfect solution to folks who embrace regulations, but shouldnt we consider a few other practical options? For instance, how about pursuing this avenue (pardon the pun); the City might consider looking into making an offer on the old Sears & Roebuck property, the vacant lot on the west side of Reid Avenue, between the Chinese restaurant and Egrets. Then add some nice pavers, and connect the Billy Joe Rish parking lot to Reid Avenue. It is large enough to provide safe pedestrian traffic, as well as golf cart and bicycle parking. It is also an attractive space that is sadly underutilized. In recent years much of the economic activity along Reid Avenue has shifted toward the south end, closer to Cecil G. Costin Boulevard. If more people would divert their parking and shopping strolls to that end of town, it might relieve some of the congestion toward the north end, near First Street. Amazingly, thats what we need, right? Another consideration might be to remove the one-way status of those streets intersecting Reid along its eastern corners. Let all of the traffic across Reid flow from west to east, off of Highway 98, or Clifford C. Sims Boulevard. There is no reason why Port St. Joe cannot be a multi-block level shopping community. It works pretty well in Apalachicola; why not here? Or, we could just pass a bunch of laws, begin monitoring parking, and fine our citizens and guests. Instead of an old-fashioned small town speed trap, we could become the parking trap capital of the Panhandle. Imagine this, good Lord forbid, we have an extreme emergency that demands all of our first responders to be, for instance, on scene in our local schools. What if most of our uniformed law enforcement resources are committed to counting cars, noting the correct time, and exacting fines. Who will be free to respond to the emergency? I hope the fellows on the City Commission think this one through. Legislating new regulations seems to me, something which should only be done as a last resort. Please encourage the Commissioners to look for other solutions, even if it means thinking outside the box. While theyre studying Reid Avenue, please Lord, speak to them about removing those horribly engineered curbs where Reid meets First Street. Very best regards,Rodney Herring, Native Son of Da Joe.By Dave Sutton For the majority of all people, black or white, lack of adherence to personal discipline and traditional values is a formula for social and economic oblivionŽ. These words were spoken by columnist Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). Let us take those words out of context. What has happened to personal discipline and traditional values throughout this country? What about words like citizenship, moral ethos and personal responsibility? Where do we start? By the 1960s, the euphoria of the end of WWII and Korea had come to an end. Veterans had jobs, homes in the suburbs and a new car in the driveway. But, with the advent of the Viet Nam war came the birth of the flower children bringing with it the decline of discipline and continual political unrest. Young men refused to register for the draft or moved to Canada avoiding their obligation to serve. At the same time, President John Kennedy decided that mental institutions were obsolete or demeaning to the individual. With the advances in drugs, why not leave these people remain in the bosom of society and repair their lives with prescription drugs. This was a good idea, but who would monitor the administration of the drugs? This problem was exacerbated by lawsuits such as Olmstead vs L.C. which mandated mentally incapable people fall under the American Disabilities act with the right to remain in society. The next president, Lyndon Johnson, faced with a war effort that had a no-win future diverted attention from the Viet Nam war escalation by initiating The Great SocietyŽ program.in 1964. Since then, billions of tax payer dollars have been poured into programs that have never had positive results, the poor remain in poverty and the social security fund floundered as a result. It must be noted that these programs by President Kennedy and Johnson had bi partisan support. Planned Parenthood was given a boost as the Supreme court passed Roe vs Wade in 1973 legalizing abortion. Planned Parenthood is a misnomer of the nth magnitude. Using the latest 2014 statistics, Planned Parenthood provided 888 abortions every day. Roe vs Wade was the first step toward making life cheap or worthless in the United States. James Carters first action in office on January 1, 1974 was to give amnesty to all the men who had dodged the draft during the Viet Nam war allowing thousands of US citizens to get away with what could be construed as treason. Most of them then moved back to the United States. In 1978, the television and movies industries lobbies pushed through the deletion of censorship claiming the Rights of the first amendment. This allowed both industries to begin spewing sexual content and sexual innuendo into almost every home in America. This trash has decreased the integrity of mass media further as the years have gone by. Twenty-four-hour cable television provides platforms for more trivial output. Hollywood and the television industry now have the audacity to wonder why sexual harassment is so prevalent in their industries. Starting in 1974, computer games became a major part of this problem with games condoning killing people and stealing cars. By 1980, the drug war was lost with crack cocaine becoming available on every street corner. Marijuana has been legalized in many states. The proponents claim there is no harmful long-term effect from smoking marijuana. History may prove them wrong. In 1970, 31 percent of American households had two working parents. Today, that number approaches 75 percent. This means that more and more parents are turning the rearing of their children over to preschools and the educational system. Without learning discipline and traditional values at home at an early age, many children have become problems within a school system that cannot discipline children without legal backlash. In addition, the federal government has wrested the American school system from the states and implemented unproven curriculum like Common Core in addition to dictating what students can eat for lunch. Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities in the United States push their student factory mentality that each high school student must have a college education to succeed in life. Using federal backed loans, liberal arts college graduates end up with a diploma and a huge debt with little prospect for a meaningful job. The only viable curriculum for college students is in Engineering, Computer Science and the medical fields. Meanwhile, technical schools are given short shrift for providing people skills in occupations that warrant more than minimum wage. Day to Day human interaction and conversation has been superseded by texting and social media. Acronyms hide true meanings of words. They have been replaced by phony words and phrases like upward mobility which means running over anyone in front of you whether in a public place, in your car or at your work place. Social mobility has replaced welfare, drug and alcohol abuse is called a disability or a disease. Political correction tries to twist the meaning of the constitutional amendments to fit selfish needs. The first amendment was not meant to allow filth and sexual innuendo to be spewed from television, movie theaters and minimally talented singers mouths as freedom of speech. The first amendment also states that congress will not establish any federal sanctioned religion. It does not say we cannot say under GodŽ in the pledge of allegiance to our hallowed flag. The thrust of my viewpoint is twofold. First, our federal government meddles too much in what should be individual states and individual rights. Usually these actions result in harmful unintended consequences as have been shown in the previous paragraphs. All laws enacted by our federal congress should have a clause that requires a yearly re-evaluation to ascertain the effect of each law and repeal or amendment if needed. The second point is that; we the people, need to step up to our responsibility in our homes, in our communities and especially in the voting booths. We need to start by demanding term limits for all federal government elected officials and voting out all incumbents until this has been accomplished. We need to monitor the tax returns of all elected officials and prosecute any who show profits beyond their salary. Concurrent with that, we need to demand that lobbying be made a federal crime. Finally, we need to diligently monitor our childrens activities, especially electronic games. We need to boycott violent smutty television programs, concerts and movies. We must become more involved in local school board meetings and community activities along with monitoring local, state and federal government activities. Only then will we become truly responsible citizens of the United States. Dave Sutton is a 10-year winter resident in Port St. Joe Florida from Darlington, PA.What has happened to my America?of the day. Finding ways to stem the tidal wave of money and favors is crucial. So are ending gerrymandering and tamping down the politics of polarization. Congress needs to reassert the authority given it by the Constitution to serve as a check on executive overreach and misguided policy-making. Americans have a right to be disappointed in the performance of the legislative branch. But they also have an obligation to speak up about it and demand action not just on a favored bill, but on improving the effectiveness of the Congress itself. 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. 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** A6 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star March 12-18 On March 12, Deputy A. White was assigned to inves-tigate a report of a burglary of a construction site in the 200 block of Sea Turtle Drive. The suspect had entered a secure construction site and stole a DeWalt table saw and DeWalt rolling saw stand. The incident remains under investigation.On March 12, Deputy D. House closed a theft investigation, that began on Feb. 17 by arresting Brittney Jordana Dykes (23) on warrants for Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.On March 13, Deputy A. White conducted a traffic stop on Lake Grove Road, near 7th Street. Deputy White identified the driver as Ryan Matthew McDonald (25) and determined that McDonald was driving with a suspended drivers license. McDonald was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.On March 13, Deputy M. Layfield responded to a report of a four-wheeler accident on Woodmere Drive, in Wewahitchka. An 11-year-old boy was injured after he crashed his four-wheeler in a wooded area off Woodmere Drive. The boy is currently listed in criti-cal condition.On March 14, Deputy M. Manley travelled to Bay Cor-rectional Institution to pick up Rex Aaron Veasey, Jr. (26) on a Gulf County warrant for failing to appear in court on the charge of Driv-ing While License Suspended or Revoked. Veasey was trans-ported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.On March 15, Deputy G. Desrosier and Deputy L. Greenwood responded to the area of Periwinkle Drive in reference to a prowler. Just before midnight, a resident in the area noticed two subjects lurking about in blue jeans and dark colored hoodies. The man asked the subject what they were doing, and they ran off. Approximately 1 hour later, deputies found a 2003 Chev-rolet Suburban, red in color, with white and yellow stripes, parked at Beacon Hill Park. It is believed the vehicle may be connected to the prowlers.On March 16, Deputy P. Young stopped a vehicle on Indian Pass Beach, near marker I-215 for not having a beach driving permit. The driver of the vehicle, who was vacationing from out of state, produced a laminated permit that came with his vacation rental. The driver was not cited but the beach driving permit was seized. Beach driving permits are not transferable from vehicle to vehicle. They must be affixed to the vehicle it is registered to in a conspicuous place on the vehicle. Permits found being transferred will be seized and the owner of that permit will be reported to the Gulf County Tax Collectors Office.On March 16, Deputy G. Desrosier arrested Kelly Christine Bartlett (30), on Tupelo Street in Wewahitchka, on an arrest order for failure to pay fines.On March 18, Deputy D. Sanders was dispatched to the 1700 block of Old Panama Hwy in reference to a physical disturbance. Deputy Sanders met with the victim who stated that Charles Earl Hood, Sr. (43) pushed her on the floor and kicked her repeatedly, in the presence of a child. The victim had visible signs of trauma so she transported to an area hospi-tal to be treated for injuries. Hood, who is on probation for Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman, was located and placed under arrest. Hood was charged with Felony Battery, Assault, Child Abuse and Violation of Probation. Hood is currently being held without bond at the Gulf County Detention Facility.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 SHERIFFS OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARYSpecial to The StarGulf Power customers may be surprised to learn that some of the energy they use to wash clothes, cook dinner and power their ever-growing inventory of electronics and smart-home gizmos comes from wind.At the beginning of 2016, Gulf Power became the leading purchaser of wind energy in Florida. As the utility marks its second anniversary of wind in its mix, it has pro-vided more than 1.7 million megawatts hours of wind-generated energy, enough to power 131,842 houses.The Kingfisher Farm is among six renewable energy sources that generate 11 per-cent of Gulf Powers energy mix. The other renewable sources are three solar farms that make up the Gulf Coast Solar Centers „ 1.5 million photovoltaic solar panels on three military bases across Northwest Florida „ and the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility in Escambia County, Florida. Research from the Depart-ment of Energy confirms that producing energy from wind involves zero direct emissions. Wind is one factor that has contributed to Gulf Power reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 percent over the past decade.While wind energy is seen as an emerging green energy source today, its been used for thousands of years „ pro-pelling boats along the Nile River as early as 5000 BC and turning simple windmills to pump water in China in 200 BC, according to the Wind Energy Foundation.As of 2017, the United States wind power capacity surpassed 82 gigawatts, according to Energy.gov, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the United States „ enough to power more than 20 million average American homes. The projected growth of wind-energy projects is on track to provide 10 percent of the nations energy by 2020 alongside $85 billion in eco-nomic activity and 50,000 new jobs, according to the Ameri-can Wind Energy Association.Gulf Power wind enery powering more than 130,000 homes

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A7celebration last week.Our hospital continues to grow with new services and revolutionary technology, but our mission remains the same: to provide an exceptional level of safe, compassionate healthcare for all.ŽLast weeks celebration included a cookout, birth-day cake and recommitment ceremonies to the mission of the hospital, of Sacred Heart, to serve the community with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.The story of the hospitals creation is worth annual retelling if only for the vast array of factors and person-alities involved.It is also a showcase for what Hall has long pro-claimed: the quality of health care is equal to the quality of the community.When first conceived, the hospital was seen as essential as the St. Joe Company devel-oped WindMark Beach, which, on the drawing table, was to include well over 1,000 homes.The former paper mill site and land in downtown were also in line to be developed, with a hotel and additional housing.St. Joe arranged a bus trip for local government and civic officials to South Walton County to visit the hospital Sacred Heart had constructed nearly a decade prior, bringing health care and economic vitality to what was once mostly forest land.An impressive part of the trip was the presence of plaques throughout the hos-pital, from lobby to patient rooms, honoring the many donors who made the hospi-tal possible.That bus trip triggered what would become a fundraising campaign that hasnt been replicated locally since.St. Joe was already at the table, despite the factors beginning to undermine development of WindMark, with $5 million and contribu-tions to start-up construction costs for a facility that ended up costing $38 million.State lawmakers amended certificate of need requirements to allow the hospital to be built in a small, rural community that did not quite reach the threshold previ-ously required.The Board of County Com-missioners, after considerable debate, approved a half-cent sales tax to help defray health care costs for the needy and uninsured.And those plaques seen in Walton County were duplicated in Gulf County, from lobby to patient rooms, a reflection of the $10 million contributed locally.We have shown each other and all of America that we are best when we come together,Ž said the late Dr. Henry Rob-erts, then-president of Sacred Heart Foundation, during the February 2010 dedication.We are better when we are together than we are alone. We never could have done (this) alone ... Relish today, be thankful for what we have accomplished together.ŽDoug Kent, leaving as director of the Gulf County Health Department for Bay County that month, called the hospital a dream come true.ŽThis was the dream of four or five individuals on the county healthcare com-mittee, Kent said. They had the hearts and vision to follow this through.ŽThe end result of the cam-paign, opened to the public in early March, wowed even the cynics.This is a great day,Ž said local businessman and then city commissioner Greg Johnson. I never thought it would be built. I admit it, I was a skeptic.I hope the community com-prehends what an attribute this is and how much it will save the community.ŽThose savings were realized early on.Tyler Worley, then a 14-year-old suffering a baseball injury, was the first patient seen at the hospital.Alex Lolley underwent the first surgery in April and came out raving and Arion Ward was the first orthopedics patient, having knee surgery after a football injury.In those first months, dialysis services, infusion services and specialists for lung diseases and gastrointestinal ailments were in place and seeing patients.The excitement of those early months may have hit an apex in late July with the man nicknamed the $38 million patient.ŽMaj. Will Boyles, recently assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base and the proud father of a young son, arrived at the hos-pital one night believing he had incredibly bad indigestion.But he was sweating profusely and passed out at the front desk.Within seconds he was on a gurney in the emergency room, nurses and physicians work-ing to save his life after a heart attack. Boyles made a full recovery, but the distance between Port St. Joe and Panama City, where he would have been forced to go just a few months before, proved life-saving.Boyles was in full cardiac arrest upon his arrival at Sacred Heart. The goldenŽ 60 min-utes was ticking and rapidly.If (my wife) was driving me to one of the hospitals in Panama City I probably would have been deceased,Ž Boyles said at the time. We were really glad this hospital was here. I might very well not be alive.ŽSuch stories have been repeated over the course of eight years.The hospital consistently ranks among the best in the country for overall patient experience and recently received the Award of DistinctionŽ in the category of Inpatient Services Overall Hospital Rating, the highest honor the Professional Research Consultants gives each year.From the 17 beds upon open-ing, the hospital has 19 beds, 24-hour ER, inpatient care, surgical services, lab testing, helipad and inpatient and out-patient rehabilitation.The anniversary provides the perfect time to reflect, as Johnson urged, on the attri-bute, eight years in, that Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has become.We are grateful for the sup-port of the community and look forward to many more celebra-tions to come,Ž Hall said. SACREDFrom Page A1Major Will Boyles came to be known as the $38 million patientŽ after he was saved following a heart attack. [FILE PHOTO]

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** A8 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The StarRex Buzzett renewed the discus sion during Tuesdays regular bi-monthly meeting, saying commissioners needed to be unifiedŽ in what they wanted out of the park project.Buzzett argued, and several residents seconded the emotion, that plans for a city/county sports complex should move to the orig-inal site across U.S. 98 from the Gulf/Franklin Center.Its a blank canvas,Ž Buzzett said of the site. We could do it out there.(County officials shared the sentiment that) it is our project and the county shouldnt be telling us where it should go.ŽThe park subcommittee put forward a conceptual plan for approval by city and county officials in January; both boards approved the plan with little to no discussion.On Tuesday, Commissioner Brett Lowry noted commission-ers had unanimously approved the conceptual plan and Mayor Bo Patterson apologized for not ensuring that neighboring prop-erty owners were in the loop from the outset.Since last year, Quinn and park committee members character-ized the conceptual plan as just that, a concept, a soft-target for the committee to price elements and scope as a way forward.The goal was to have an outline from which a true cost and timeline for construction, even if phased, could be extrapolated.The costs of those elements would be drivers in crafting a master plan, construction sched-ule and budget for the project; the committee must still craft both and have them approved by both city and county governing bodies.The 10th Street park project, as a goal, was approved by the Board of County Commission-ers last year.It was described at the time as something of a change in direction, for a vision from a decade earlier of a sports complex constructed on land donated by the St. Joe Company to the city off Field of Dreams Drive near North Florida Child Developments school.That plan, part of a broader interlocal agreement in place at the time between county and city, was abandoned a half-dozen years ago based on changes in economic dynamics for both gov-erning boards.Nearly three years ago, the county approved an additional penny in bed tax collections for parks and recreation, obstensi-bly to revive the sports complex concept.By last summer, with little forward movement, Quinn pro-posed, and was supported by the full BOCC, moving the vision to the 10th Street Park and a committee was charged with assembling a plan and budget.The conceptual plan included expansion of the ball fields, cre-ating nearly 300 parking spaces, adding restrooms and batting cages as well as pickleball courts.The committees work had received scant public atten-tion until two weeks ago when a number of residents living adja-cent to the 10th Street complex attended and spoke during a City Commission meeting.They expressed concerns about the scope of the undertaking and issues such as safety, stormwater and the project taking shape in our backyards.ŽThe aesthetics of the park, which several said is a gemŽ, would be degraded by the loss of trees and expansion of playing fields, they believed.The additional parking spaces and the impact of so many more people in a residential neighbor-hood was criticized from a safety standpoint and several residents wondered why the project was taking shape in town.Several noted earlier proposals to build a sports facility out on U.S. 98.Tuesday, two residents provided a presentation about all the natural assets in the park, the trees, wildlife and green spaces, and urged that city and county not pave paradise.Ž Buzzett said he had skepticism from the outset about the project being undertaken in a residential neighborhood, but his concerns were met with deaf ears.Ž Buzzett said a consultant hired to assess the Field of Dreams site indicated a sports complex con-structed there would not likely draw ball tournaments, a stated goal of the complex.But, Buzzett noted, the same consultant concluded the same about even an expanded 10th Street complex.He urged commissioners to consider their goals for the park and return to a meeting the first week of April, prior to the joint workshop, with a mission of uni-fied vision.We need to be unified in what we want to do,Ž Buzzett said. BALLPARKFrom Page A1Montford, D-Tallahassee, assisted in the Senate chamber.Every bit helps,Ž Hardman said. (Beshears) didnt give up.ŽHistoric grantsEvery little bit would surely assist the city of Port St. Joe and the Port Theatre Arts and Cultural Center, both of which just out of the funding.The projects were each ranked in the top 10 in the spe-cial category projects under the states historic preservation program.In many, many prior years, that should have been rank-ing sufficient to be funded; the PTACC was seeking $500,000 and the city of Port St. Joe was seeking $286,000 for the Cen-tennial Building.Both projects aim to restore historic buildings badly in need of the restoration.However, lawmakers and the governor only budgeted just over $2 million in funding for special category grants.That takes the funding through the top six projects, two in Miami-Dade County, two in Palm Beach County, one in Orange County and one in Leon County.The problem for the two local projects: they were ranked No. 7 (Port Theatre) and No. 9 (Centennial Building).Not the news we were hoping for,Ž said city clerk Charlotte Pierce.There is still the possibility of one or more of the projects ranked higher dropping out, therefore the funding would move down the ranks.The city and PTACC were each encouraged to re-apply for funding when the new sub-mission period begins April 1. EducationStatewide contention could play a significant role locally as Gulf District Schools budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.Lawmakers and the governor touted a $101 increase in public school spending, but much of that is focused on school safety in the wake of the Parkland Douglas massacre.Lawmakers limited spending of most of the increase to certain categories, including additional mental health professionals, school resource officers and teacher performance bonuses.The Florida Association of District School Superintendents protested the budget and urged the governor, to no avail, to call lawmakers into special session to address education funding.The bottom line for school superintendents is that the edu-cation budget provides a boost of just 47 cents per pupil to the base student allocation, which boiled to basics is the funding for opera-tional budgets.The FADSS noted that given the small increase, districts will struggle with the rising costs of utilities, retirement benefits and employee raises.In Gulf County, retirement benefit payouts have already hit record highs the past two years and teacher raises, which were absent for nearly a decade, have been a contentious issue.Forty-seven cents to fund public education is not only insufficient, it is an affront to our students, teachers, administra-tors and Florida communities as a whole,Ž said FADSS President and Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie in a press release.The budget approved during the 2018 Legislative Session will force Florida school districts to cut their operational budgets … cuts that will impact our schools, our communities and the chil-dren we serve.ŽSuperintendent of Gulf County Schools Jim Norton has since the 2017 legislative session expressed concern about funding impacts out of the just-concluded session.In the FADSS release, gratitude was expressed for funding increases for school safety and mental health services for students, but said funding appropriated for the day-today operating costs for schools is inadequate.The governor had initially proposed an increase of $152 per student to the base student allocation. The result, FADSS said, was that enhancements to student safety will come at the cost of basic educational programs.Its going to create challenges across the state of Florida,Ž said Jeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools.I dont think people under-stand the cuts we took when the economy turned down. And my biggest question is, Why arent we investing in education when our economy is stronger?Ž RESTORATIONFrom Page A1

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** A10 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star FISHING REPORTWe had another great week of Spanish Mackeral and Sheepshead this last week. I hope you had a chance to get out on the water and enjoy. Let me lay it out for you. It appears that we have retrained our Sheeps around these parts because live shrimp seems to be the new favorite bait rather than crabs. So if you've gotten to your local bait shop a little late in the morning and not found any live shrimp this is the reason. Bluewater has tried our best to keep a good supply of live shrimp but anglers they go fast on a daily basis so get in early. Now the Mackeral are still being taken on Clark spoon trees and Gotcha Plugs in silver. I know there are many request for the "Coho Killer" and we had a few at Bluewater and they sold out twice. We have them on order so please check back with us for this Mackeral lure. As a reminder the big Bluewater Tent sale is just a few weeks away so save up your spare change and mad money anglers and come on out and “ nd some great deals and just some plain old good fun with your fellow anglers. We the staff are just excited as everyone and can't wait. Until next week, Happy Fishing! OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.comBy Jack and Nancy BlakeSpecial to The StarWe have estimated that 90 percent of the people who travel from Port St. Joe to Panama City (hereinafter PanamaŽ or just PCŽ) do so for the following three reasons: 1) employment; 2) medical or health purposes; 3) to shop. We rarely (if ever) have heard of anyone visiting PanamaŽ just to see the sights. Well, were here to report that there are, in fact, several interesting places to visit there and certainly enough to make a satisfying day trip out of it (and maybe even have a bit of time to stop at a store or restaurant during your day out). First of all, Panama City itself is surprisingly small, population wise. Theres only about 38,000 residents. However, the greater PC metro area boasts a population of nearly 170,000 folks. Plus, being in the geographical center of the Panhandle, and roughly equidistant between Tallahassee and Pensacola, PC possesses an awful lot of commercial enterprises and, as such, attracts an awful lot of shoppers. Thats why it always seems crowded and busy. But we found a couple of places that were not only quiet but borderline idyllicƒ..and located right within the city limits. Depending on your destinations, Panama is only about 40 miles from Port St. Joe along US 98 and takes an hour or so to make the drive. Once in the greater PC area, stay on Business-US 98, proceed all the way to Harrison Ave., turn left there and in no time youll enter historic downtown Panama City. The art-deco Martin theater is one of the more striking establishments, as is the Center for the Arts located directly across the street from the theater. The tranquil McKenzie Park is like an oasis in the urban landscape and is well worth a stroll. The area also boasts a unique shopping district of specialized boutique stores and upscale restaurants. Continuing a few blocks further, to the very end of Harrison St, youll come to the PC City Hall, the PC Marina and the PC Civic Center. This is certainly a far cry from the shopping madness of 23rd Street! The location here at the head of St. Andrews Bay is alone worth the visit. After you leave the historic district, go back to US 98, turn left and head west. In no time youll be traveling on W. Beach Drive with a seemingly endless array of striking homes, some antebellum, some new, mostly old and nearly all quite beautiful. For a quick but fortuitous detour, turn right on Balboa Avenue, proceed a few blocks and in no time youll come to Bay Memorial Park. Here youll discover the home of the Panama City Garden Club and, as such, youll encounter some incredibly beautiful woodland landscapes. And if youre so inclined, you can play a round of Disc (read: frisbee) Golf on the course located within the park. Back on Beach Drive, Asbell Park would be next. This essentially consists of lovely Lake Caroline which is nestled within a quiet residential community and is yet another example of how easy it is to forget that youre actually in Panama City!! However, perhaps the best example of that contradictionŽ lies ahead (shortly beyond the end of Beach Drive on W 9th St) at the bucolic Oaks By the Bay Park. Another urban oasis, the park overlooks St. Andrews Bay and is shaded by ancient moss-laced live oaks. The 250-year old Old SentryŽ oak is an extraordinary example. The intricate boardwalk system in the park affords the visitor several views of the Bay and surrounding area. The final stop on our Day-Trip was at historic St. Andrews, a community within the Panama City limits and located adjacent to the Oaks By The Bay park. Its a historic district built on the shores of the bay and boasts a large marina which features a fleet of colorful fishing and shrimp boats. This concludes our Day-Trip to Panama City. If you get the urge to make the trip someday, were confident that youll be as surprised and pleased as we were. Its both comforting and enlightening to know that our busy neighbor to the west offers more than shops, traffic and hospitals to its visitors. Do it: you wont be disappointedDay Trip travelogue „ Panama CitySpecial to The StarMarch is Seagrass Awareness Month!Seagrass communities are considered to be the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are a vital component of Floridas coastal ecology and economy. A major objective of the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-tions Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves (CPAP) office is to protect sea-grasses. CPAP staff work to protect and monitor the health of the seagrass beds in Alligator Harbor, Apalachicola Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and St. Andrews Bay Aquatic Preserves!Seagrass habitat is an important natural resource that performs several significant functions. Seagrasses provide nurseries, nutrition, and shelter for a wide variety of commercial and recreational fish and invertebrate species; they provide critical habitat for animals such as wading birds, manatees and sea turtles; and their extensive root systems stabilize sediments on the bay bottom, helping to improve water quality and clarity which in turn, keeps the bay healthy. The health and status of many commercially and recreationally important seafood species such as shrimp, crabs, scallops, redfish, trout and mullet is directly proportional to the health and acreage of seagrass habitat.One of the main threats to seagrass beds is propeller scarring from motorized boats. Prop scarring occurs in shallow water when a boats propeller tears and cuts up seagrass roots, stems and leaves, leaving a long, narrow furrow devoid of seagrasses. This damage can take 8 to 10 years to repair, and with severe scarring, these areas may never completely recover. Recovery time is different for each species and depends on the type of growth of each species, the degree of damage, water quality conditions, and sediment character-istics. The amount of destruction, depends on water depth and the size, speed, and path of the vessel.CPAP manages the non-regulatory Caution Shallow Seagrass AreaŽ buoys in St. Joseph Bay. The purpose of the buoy system is to make it easier for boaters to remain in the natural deep-water channels, and therefore reduce the risk of damage to the seagrass. This proj-ect is the first phase of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Seagrass Recovery Project that aims to restore two acres of seagrass in St. Joseph Bay. Three kiosks with a map of the buoy system and general information about sea-grass have been installed at three local boat ramps. A Boating and Angling Guide to Gulf County, as well as informational brochures with a map of the buoy system, have been distributed at the kiosks, the TDC, and local marinas and outdoor rec-reation vendors.Additionally, CPAP has joined the Scars HurtŽ and Be Seagrass SafeŽ campaigns, created by University of Floridas Sea Grant. This campaign encourages responsible boating and the protection of seagrasses; staff have installed Scars Hurt signs at local boat ramps to increase boater knowl-edge of the importance of and how to avoid damag-ing seagrasses. To learn more about the Scars Hurt campaign, visit www.BeSeagrassSafe. com.Do your part during #SeagrassAwareness-Month to keep seagrass beds healthy and boating enjoyable for everyone!For any questions about seagrasses, please visit FloridaDEP.gov/FCO/SeagrassMonitor-ing or contact Jonathan Brucker, Central Pan-handle Aquatic Preserves manager, at (850) 670-7723 or Jonathan.Brucker@dep.state.fl.us.March is Seagrass Awareness Month [COURTESY PHOTOS/JACK AND NANCY BLAKE]

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A11 SPORTSBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe kids, they were tough to leave.But life, and his faith, was steering him in another direction.Eli Duarte, who has been the head coach of the boys soccer team at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School the past three-plus seasons, informed his players last week he was stepping down.Duarte said he will continue to assist the program as he can, he is currently coaching the spring feederŽ program, but said the head coaching duties were too consuming at this juncture of life.It was a hard choice, very hard,Ž Duarte said. I love those kids. I love the sport.But you have to do it 120 percent, you cant do it 50 percent. And, my faith, is steering some place else.ŽDuarte took over the boys program after former coach Gary Hindley resigned in the middle of the 2014-15 season.Duarte had spent more than three years as Hind-leys assistant: Duarte called Hindley his mentor.The boys went 7-7-1 in 2014-15 and 8-6-1 the fol-lowing year, but the last two years the record and numbers have significantly increased.In 2016-17, the Tiger Sharks were 18-4-1 and finished second in the district behind Tallahassee Maclay, which claimed the state title that year.Port St. Joe was the last public school standing in the state Class 1A playoffs. This past season, the Tiger Sharksd were 14-3-1, and again were the last public school standing in the Class 1A state playoffs.For this coaching tenure, Duarte was 47-20-6.You treat the team, the kids as a family,Ž Duarte said. I treated them one kid at time, teaching the game, seeing the love of the game, selling the sport and the lifestyle.The big thing for me is the growth in numbers.ŽThis past season, for the first time in program history, the boys fielded a junior varsity team.I really feel the numbers and the quality of the game blossomed,Ž Duarte said. I told the team last week and it was hard. It was a very, very hard decision.ŽDuarte steps down as PSJHS soccer coachEli Duarte, far left, has stepped down as head coach of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys soccer team. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportThe Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball team beat visiting Union County 4-2 last Saturday to enter the spring break on a five-game winning streak.The Lady Gators are 10-4 overall; their next game is Tuesday when they host Vernon. Brianna Bailey started in the circle for the Lady Gators and earned the win, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out nine.Wewahitchka jumped on top in the first inning on a two-run home run by Gracie Price.Union County answered with two in the third inning.Anna Setterich drove in what proved to be the winning run with a single in the fourth inning and the Lady Gators added one more run in the fifth inning.The Lady Gators finished with eight hits, Katie Shealy and Savannah Lister each with two hits.Price also had two hits, Bailey drove in a run and Angela Long and Cyrina Madrid were both 1 for 3, Longs hit a double.Lady Gators winning streak at 5Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School softball team traveled to Bozeman last Tuesday, dropping the game to the Bucs 3-1. Brooke Zinkerman (3-2) was on the mound facing 28 batters, striking out six, walking none and allowing three runs on eight hits.Leading hitters for the Lady Tiger Sharks were Kalie Austerman, having a hit, along with Abby Todd and Brooke Zinkerman. Georgia Lee had two hits with a double.Last Thursday, the Lady Sharks traveled to Vernon, winning 14-0 in five innings after the game ended on the run rule.Zinker was on the mound, improving to 4-2. She faced 18 batters, striking out 12, walking none and allowing just one hit.Austerman and Zinker each had two hits. Carly Fortner, Hannah Lee, Brooke Quinn and Abby Toddy each had a hit.The Lady Tiger Sharks will travel to Cottondale on Tuesday and play at 7 pm. They will play Tallahassee John Paul II at home 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 28. On Thursday, March 29, Port St. Joe travels to Franklin County for a 6 p.m. ET contest.PSJ softball wins one, drops oneThe News HeraldPANAMA CITY „ With the 14th edition of the annual All-Star Basketball Classic less than three weeks away, the first four boys and first four girls players for the East All-Stars have been selected.The event matches the top seniors from The News Heralds eight-county read-ership area comprising the East boys and girls teams against the best seniors from The Daily News in Fort Walton Beachs readership area in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton county area.The East teams are chosen by The News Herald with assistance of the East AllStar coaches …Bozeman coach Michael Memmen for the boys, and Bozeman coach Desmond Brown for the girls. The full rosters for both teams will be revealed in next Sundays edition of The News Herald.Mosleys JaTayvia Holley, Port St. Joes Teiyahna Hutchinson, Holmes Countys Laura Jones, and North Bay Havens Josselin Geer are the first four picks for the East girls team, while Ruther-fords Lorenzo Ferrell, Blountstowns KK Godwin, Mosleys Stacy Burse, and Bethlehems Kobe Hendrix are the first four selections for the boys.The All-Star Basketball Classic will take place April 7 at the Billy Harrison Field House at Gulf Coast State College. The girls game will tip off at 11 a.m. followed by the boys game at 1 p.m. Admission is$6 for adults, $2 for chil-dren, and kids 4 and under will get in free.Passes will be accepted for high school and college coaches.Holley, a 5-foot-4 guard, had a memorable senior season in leading Mosley to itsfirst trip in school history to Lakeland for the state semifinals. She averaged 19.9 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.2 steals. Holley scored 17 of her teams 39 points in the region final victory over Bishop Kenny as the Lady Dolphinsadvanced to the final four.Hutchinson, a 5-9 guard who has signed with Gulf Coast, also had her team on the brink of a state title as she led Port St. Joe to 28 wins and a runner-up finish in Class 1A. A versatile, doeverything player for the Tiger Sharks, she led the team in scoring with 17.3 points, rebounding (7.4), assists (4.5) and steals (5.2).In her teams 54-45 title game loss to Wildwood, Hutchinsonfinished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and five steals while making 8 of 16 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the 3-point line. Jones, a 5-6 guard, had an exceptional senior season in leading a young Holmes County team to 27 victories and a district championship. She averaged 21.1 pointson 44 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line, making 67 shots from long distance for the year.Jones topped the 30-point mark five times during her senior season, including a season-high 44 on 10 3-pointers against Bay on Feb. 3 in Bonifay.Geer, a 5-10 guard, led the Buccaneers with 17.3 pointsalong with five rebounds, two assists, and 2.8 steals. She had 21 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in North Bay Havens stunning 48-44 upset win over South Walton in the District 1-5A tournament that advanced the Bucs to the region tournament.Ferrell, a 6-3 guard, led Rutherford to 22 wins and a second consecutive boys district title. The sharpshooting point guard led the Rams with 20.5 points per gameto go along with five rebounds and three assists. Ferrell scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter of the Rutherfords 57-40 victory over Bay in the District 1-6A championship game.Godwin, a 6-1 guard who has signed with Gulf Coast, had a spectacular senior campaign for Blount-stown with 23.7 points per game to go with 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.3 steals.Godwin was out-standing in Lakeland despite Blountstown falling in the 1A title game. Hescored 25 points in a semifinal win over Chipley and 23 points in the title game loss to Wildwood. Burse, a 6-3 guard, led Mosley with 15.5 points per game on 45 per-cent shooting from the field and 31 percent from the 3-point line. He added 4.4 rebounds, three assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Burse topped the 20-point mark six times during the season.Hendrix, a 5-11 point guard, had a terrific all-aroundseason for Beth-lehem, leading the Wildcats in scoring and assists while helping them win 22 games and the District 1-1A championship. Bethlehemadvancedwithin one victory of a trip to Lakeland.Bozeman coaches Michael Memmen and Desmond Brown have been chosen to helm the All-Star East teams, with Memmen to lead the East boys and Brown the East girls. Rutherford coach Rhondie Ross willhelp coach the boys.East announces rst 4 boys, girlsJatayvia Holley Godwin Ferrell Teiyahna Hutchinson Star Staff ReportLast weekends Breeze by the Bay, sponsored by the Junior Ser-vice League of Port St. Joe, lured roughly 50 runners to 5k and 10K races over the Port City Trail.The 10k overall winners were: 1. Brian Reilly, 2. Bill McLaughlin, and 3. Daniel Subbert.For complete results visit https://www.facebook. com/breezebythebay/posts/ 1170025866465971.Breeze attracts nearly 50 runners

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** A12 Thursday, March 22, 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 Basking in the sun [COURTESY OF NATALIE DOLAN] A beautiful sunset from the portico of First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe[COURTESY OF LEONARD COSTIN] A laughing pelican at St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge[COURTESY OF VIC KEASLER] A Mexico Beach sunrise [COURTESY OF BECKY BLOCK] Sailing St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF JAMIE NICHOLS] A smoky sunset over Mexico Beach [COURTESY OF DOUG T.] Palm tree sunset [COURTESY OF SANDIE KENNEDY]

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUNCOMMUNITY Wilson CaseySpecial to The StarAfter seven months of intense planning and approvals, Tyler Guthrie, 14, managed to bring two communities together for one amazing cause. Tyler is an accomplished Boy Scout and used his Eagle Scout project to help protect the sea turtles from the Gulf of Mexico. What made this an extraor-dinary feat of planning and leadership possible was the support and help from two neighboring counties and two separate Boy Scout troops.Tyler grew up in Port St. Joe and began his Boy Scout journey as a Cub Scout under Pack Leader Abby Cozine. He then moved up to Scout Troop 347 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Bill Van DerTulip and worked there up until about a year ago. Pack leader Abby and Scoutmaster Bill guided Tyler for six years and were on hand, along with some of Troop 347s Scouts to help in this huge undertaking.Two communities, one Eagle, and a whole lot of turtles Trivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Wood-ruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@TriviaGuy.com 1. According to historians, which of these slept on silk sheets and wore silk underwear because of having very sensitive skin?Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela2. In what states Mount Horeb did the National Mustard Museum open to the general public in 1992?Wisconsin, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska3. What room in the average American home is the scene of more arguments?Bedroom, Kitchen, Bath-room, Den4. Around baseball, whats a teams closer sometimes called?Tater, Fireman, Wheel-house, Meatball5. What were the Navigator Islands the former name of?Greenland, New Guinea, Jamaica, Samoa6. In 1999, what was the first state quarter released?Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York ANSWERS: 1. Winston Churchill, 2. Wisconsin, 3. Kitchen, 4. Fireman, 5. Samoa, 6. DelawareThe 1,200 “ nished stakes. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe staff at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve conducted a prescribed burn last week on 300 acres with no fire history. This old growth Longleaf Pine stand and endangered Chapmans Rhododendron will benefit greatly with fire management. Burning at the Bu erStar Staff ReportThe next full moon climb at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be March 31, and the arrival of the Blue Moon.ŽThe hours of the climb will be 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. ET and the cost is $5 per climber. The lighthouse is located in Port St. Joes George Core Park.There are actually two popu-larly-used definitions of a Blue Moon, according to Space.com.The older of the two defines a Blue Moon as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. Called a seasonal Blue Moon, this occurs about every 2.5 years, according to NASA. There are roughly 29.5 days between full moons, making it unusual for two full moons to fit into a 30or 31-day-long month. (This means that February will never have a blue moon.) Seasons normally have three full moons, and some of them, for traditional and religious reasons, must occur at specific times of the year. So, the Moon Before YuleŽ is always the one before Christmas.The other definition is that a Blue Moon is the second full moon within a single calendar month. This definition „ a monthly Blue MoonŽ „ has gained popularity in recent years because of a misinterpre-tation of an almanacs original definition.There was also a monthly Blue Moon in January and the last seasonal Blue Moon was in May 2016. The next will be in May 2019.Note: new spring hours for climbing the Cape San Blas Lighthouse are 12-6 p.m. ET Thursday-Saturday.Observing the Blue Moon[COURTESY OF JACOB LIVINGSTON} [COURTESY OF JAMIE COLLINS] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-2277827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comBarbara Eells begins most every day at the beach.It is, she said during a morning journey last week, stepping closer to Gods hand.ŽFor Eells, from a family with historically deep roots in Gulf County, the beach is both hobby and office.Just about every day of the year, Eells will be out surveying, for turtles, nests and hatchlings between May and November, and, these days, for shorebirds, migrating shorebirds which love this area of the coast so much it is feeding ground and nursery. It would easy, and maybe not far-fetched, to assert that local environmental conservation begins and ends with the sea turtles, which grab the tortoises share of the spotlight and public attention each year.But a primary driver to creating on St. Vincent Island a national wildlife refuge was not turtles, but the number and diversity of migratory shorebirds. Up and down the Forgot-ten Coast, where offshore islands line the coast, black skimmers, American oys-tercatchers, least terns and Wilsons plovers will nest each year between March and August.Others species include willets and a variety of terns.Most are either endangered, threatened or considered a species of concern.They used to nest all the way and up down our beaches,Ž Eells said. Indian Pass is kind of the (eastern) edge (of the zone). Along our beaches it is shallow and there is plenty of food.This is one of the most important areas (in Florida) for shorebirds.Ž The biggest change since?In search of the ploverA snowy plover sitting on a nest, nearly hidden by the rack above the surf line on St. Joe Beach. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] Snowy plovers typically lay three eggs to a nest; gestation is typically 24-28 days but can last as long as 32 days. Shorebird nesting season underwaySee GUTHRIE, B7 See PLOVER, B7

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** B2 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYBy Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The StarLeyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) has been a very popular landscape tree in the U.S. for many decades. It has endearing characteristics, most notably its fast-growing nature and ability to make an appealing boundary around property. However, various diseases have created an overwhelming survival hurdle. Seiridium or Botryosphaeria cankers (also referred to as dieback) are fungal diseases that can strike Leyland cypress. In general terms, cankers are multiple dark oval lesions that are usually sunken into the bark. The lesions are accompanied by the flow of resin. Discolored branches will be seen first as an indicator. If the fungus finds its way into the body of the trunk, most likely the tree will not survive. With Seiridium canker, girdling of branches and stems is not an issue, however needles will fall off the branches easily. With Botryoshaeria canker, stem girdling will occur, killing the branch, but needles generally will stay on the branch. Passalora Needle Blight or commonly known as twig blight, caused by the fungus Passalora sequoia, is a major concern in the Southeast. The disease is usually more active in the spring and summer months and affects mostly younger growth. Symptoms of the disease are the browning of needles, followed by needle drop. Disease usually begins on the lower part of the tree and moves up. Sometimes the disease is widespread on one side of the tree only, where sunlight is not able to dry moisture quickly. Ventilation is key when planting these trees as a border hedge. However, the Panhandle environment and climate is very conducive for these pathogens to affect the vulnerable Leyland cypress. If you have or will plant Leyland cypress, there are some fungicide options to consider as preventive maintenance. Its important to stress that trees that are already infested, will succumb to the disease regardless of treatment. Fungicides such as Daconil & Mancozeb (Pentathlon) can be used in the spring & fall. Propiconazole is the best fungicide for the warmer, summer months (June through August). Fungicides such as Myclobutanil or Thiophanate-methyl are also commonly used. Always read application directions and pay close attention to the application rate interval. There are other evergreen options, that have a much higher likelihood of not contracting a fungal disease that can cause terminal results. Native species like the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) or white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) are great choices. Again, these species are not totally immune to twig blight or other fungal pathogens, but they are hardier and less likely to contract diseases. For more information, please contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200. Supporting information for this article can be found in the following the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Cupressocyparis leylandii: Leyland CypressŽ by Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson: http://edis. ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/ST/ ST67100.pdf & the Clemson Cooperative Extension Publication, Leyland Cypress Diseases & Insect PestsŽ: http://www. clemson.edu/extension/ hgic/pests/plant_pests/ trees/hgic2004.html UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.An uphill battle for the Leyland CypressPassalora Needle Blight in Leyland Cypress. [RAY BODREY, UF/IFAS GULF COUNTY EXTENSION] Special to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR will hold their meet-ing 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, March 28 at the Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe. The Program on Heritage will be presented by Fran Walters. All members are to bring Easter Candy for the Veterans at Sims Veterans Home. If you wish to attend, please call Colleen Burl-ingame at 850-647-5737.DAR NEWSSpecial to The StarMore than 4.5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Ramsey Solutions Financial Peace University (FPU). Created by financial expert Dave Ramsey, the nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. FPU will be held in Port St. Joe at First Baptist Church, located at 102 Third Street. The classes will begin 6 p.m. ET April 4. Go towww.fpu.com/1061653 for more information or to register.Through common-sense principles, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. Along with Ramsey Personalities Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan, Ramsey teaches lessons on budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. On average, fam-ilies who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.An FPU membership includes access to online video lessons, a one year subscription to the Every-Dollar Plus budgeting tool, member workbook for all nine lessons and other additional resources. Go to DaveRamsey.com/FPU for more information.Financial Peace University in PSJSpecial to The StarWhere pets will go after they pass away will be examined at 7 p.m. CT Monday, March 26 at Lifetree Caf.The program, titled Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven? Questions About Animals and the Afterlife,Ž features a filmed interview with Dr. Kathleen Cooney, a veterinarian and founder of Home to Heaven, an in-home pet euthanasia service.For the most part, people believe their pets are going to ascend to heaven and the moment death occurs, the soul is gone,Ž Cooney said. During the session Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss the times theyve had to face the death of a beloved pet.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel.Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for con-versation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be direc ted to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or livingwater@livingwateratthebeach.comThe afterlife for pets discussed at Lifetree Caf Special to The StarDo you quilt? Are you advanced..or interested in learning? The Panhandle Piecemak-ers Quilt Club would like to invite you to check us out.We meet each 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the St. James Episcopal Church 800 22nd Street in Port St. Joe. Our Meeting begins at 6 p.m. ET. We have all levels of mas-tery, so come out and join the fun.Join Piecemakers Quilt ClubSpecial to The StarThe Willis V. Rowan Ameri-can Legion Post 116 announces they will host their annual Fish Fry/Chicken BBQ Good Friday, March 30 from 11 a.m. ET till the food runs out. Meals are available for $8 a plate. The event will be held at the redesigned Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. Dine at the Park or take it home. All proceeds will bene-fit the Forgotten Coast Warrior Weekend.American Legion news

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** The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R. students at Port St. Joe Elementary School for the week of March 16.S.O.A.R.-ing at PSJES Star Staff ReportDarlene Ake keeps those little ones at the Wewahitchka Elementary School PreK mighty busy.When not learning about giving to others, classwork in recent weeks has been about habitats and careers, or what those youngsters want to be when grown up.So, they had several guests last week.Jason Barnes and Frank Bailey from Gulf Coast Electric Co-Op brought a bucket truck and demonstrated how they do their work.Capt. Chris Buchanan and Lt. Tim Wood from the Gulf County Sheriffs Office offered the chil-dren a close inspection of a patrol vehicle.Aaron Brock from the Panama City Fire Dept. told the children about what it takes to fight a fire, while dressed in full gear.And Smokey Bear was joined by Charles Laird, Justin Lewis and Eddie Davis from the Florida Department of Forestry to teach the youngsters about the forest and dan-gers of fire.The week climaxed when the class took a field trip to Dead Lakes Park and walked the nature trail.And when they came out, there was Smokey Bear checking on a camp-fire left unattended.The young minds learned about the dangers of campfires and wildfires and what Forest rangers do to protect the forest.The trip also served as something of an end to lessons on habitats, as the youngters go up close and personal with a forest and pond.A busy week at WES PreKLearning about electric line work. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] Capt. Buchanan and Lt. Wood from the GCSO Learning about “ re“ ghting Hiking in Dead Lakes Park. Learning about forests and wild“ res Special to The StarLBW Community Col-lege in Andalusia recently held a spring semester induction ceremony for 66 eligible students into the Alpha Beta Eta Chap-ter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society.Those invited for mem-bership included Jonathan Palmer of Wewahitchka:Requirements include a 3.5 grade point average or above, full-time student, good citizenship, and high moral standards.PTK recognizes academic achievement and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. It is the largest honor soci-ety in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters around the world.Guest speaker William Alverson, attorney-at-law, told inductees to use their membership as a way to get ahead.You are joining an elite company. You can continue to use this to achieve whatever it is you want to do,Ž he said. Life is a competition most of the time. This organization gives you leverage on the field. Continue to build on that and never be satisfied.ŽAlverson also quoted former National Football League wide-receiver Jerry Rice, Today I will do what others will not so tomorrow I can accomplish what others cannot,Ž which he said was applicable to those who joined PTK.LBWCC holds spring PTK induction[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Class includes Jonathan Palmer of Wewahitchka

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** B4 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star FAITHMichael Wayne Dozier of Port St Joe, Florida, passed away March 19, 2018, from a long illness. He was born April 25, 1949, to Jim Dozier and Ruth Barfield. He spent 2 years in the military then followed his dream to become a pilot and have a business with his brother. He is preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers, Jimmy and Bobby. He is survived by family that love him dearly: step-parents Jimmy and Edna Barfield of Marianna, FL; nephew Rick and wife Karla Dozier of Iverness, Florida; niece Rene Milton and her husband Calvin of Marianna; his great nieces and nephews Taylor, Karlee, Daylan, Kaden and Kayson; sister-in-law Sherry Dozier; and his fiancee Rhonda Gainous. He was a member of Beach Baptist Chapel. Services will be held there March 23 at 10 EST. Pastor David Nichols will officiate.MICHAEL WAYNE DOZIERMr. Joseph "Buddy" Leon Jones, age 78, of Port St. Joe, Florida, passed away on March 17, 2018. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Watson-Giddens Funeral Home in Ellaville, GA on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3 p.m. Pastor Chris Richardson will officiate. Burial will follow in Ellaville City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 8 p.m. Mr. Jones was born July 17, 1939 in Callahan, FL to the late Mabel Wyant Jones and Gilbert Arthur Jones. Joe married the love of his life on August 3, 1958, Martha Annette Renfroe. Joe and Annette moved from South Florida to Ellaville and Ideal Georgia in 1975. He retired from Independent Life Insurance Company after 28 years. They moved to Port St. Joe in 2001. He enjoyed fishing and farming whether it was in a field or a pot. He truly loved God and his family with all his heart. JOSEPH BUDDY JONES Noel G. BudŽ Phillips, Jr. passed unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Friday 16th March 2018, the result of a fall at his home in Panama City Florida. Born in Graysport, MS on May 28, 1928, son of Noel and Nina Phillips, Bud was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Vogelgesang (DD862) as an Engineering Officer. Following his Navy service, he was employed in the paper manufacturing industry and became Managing Director of the National Board and Paper Mills and Killeen Paper Mills (Waterford and Dublin, Ireland), both subsidiaries of St. Joe Paper, from 1964 to 1982. His love of Ireland and Her people remained with him for the rest of his life. In his retirement, Bud worked at the Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Panama City for several years; he enjoyed meeting, helping, and providing advice to his many faithful customers on their project needs. An avid, selftaught woodworker, he spent many hours in his workshop skillfully crafting beautiful furniture for family and friends. Bud was very proud of his garden and fruit trees and was dedicated to their care and abundance. Bud is remembered by many as a compassionate, wise, and dutiful individual who placed service before self and never wavered from his responsibilities. A devoted husband of sixty years to Claire, who preceded him in death in 2015. Loving father to Noel (Sylena), Luke (Felicia), Annette (Bill), grandfather to Nol (Hunter), Tiffani (Travis), Mason (Kayla), Noah, Matthew, Brynn, and great grandfather to Taylor and Mabree, all of whom fondly remember and miss him. Visitation will be held from 3 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Southerland Funeral Home. A celebration of Buds life will be held at a later time for family and friends. Interment will be in Sabogula, MS. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerland family.com. Southerland Family Funeral Home Panama City, FL 32405NOEL G. BUD PHILLIPSWilbur Warren Faircloth died Monday, March 19, 2018, at his home in Apalachicola. Warren was born on January 6, 1951 in Apalachicola, the son of the late Wilbur and Dorothy Vause Faircloth. Warren graduated from Apalachicola High School in 1969. Following his graduation he began his career in law enforcement. His 38 years of service concluded with his retirement in 2009. During this time he served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and he served as an Apalachicola Police officer. He later served as Chief of the Apalachicola Police Department for 26 years. Warren is survived by his wife Annada Shaw Faircloth, his daughter Jessica Lynn Faircloth, sisters Sandra Scarabin (Stephen) and Carla Watkins(George). Also surviving are his grandsons Dylan Dunaway(Bethany) and Jake Paterson. Survivors also include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 23 at Living Waters Assembly of God Church in Apalachicola. Private family viewing begins at 9 a.m. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. Following a farewell procession through his beloved Apalachicola, Warren will be buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. Flowers are welcome but the family suggests donations in his memory to the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 US Highway 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328 or St. Jude Children's Hospital at PO Box 50, Memphis TN 38101. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerland family.com. Southerland Family Funeral Home Panama City, FL 32405WILBUR WARREN FAIRCLOTH STARFL.COMSee JONES, B6 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 22, 2018 B5Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.Ž „ Anthony Bourdain Cookbook author Michael Pollan wrote in 2006, never eat anything that your greatgreat-great grandmother wouldnt recognize as food.Ž When we picture current convenience foods in the grocery store... things like tubes of slick, fluorescentcolored sweetened yogurt, hockey-puck-like frozen breakfast sandwiches, packaged chemicallypreserved snack cakes that never die, and more... we understand how our ancestors might cast a disparaging eye on what we are eating sometimes. Looking back as far as, say, the 1800s, the kinds of food most people enjoyed were fresh fruits and vegetables grown nearby, or perhaps even on their own land; fish caught in local waters, meat from the cows on ones own land or the woods, and the like. People enjoyed their food, and they were nourished by it. Obesity was much less an issue, and cancer and heart disease rates were lower than those we live with today. By the time the 1960s came along, things had really changed on the food landscape. Convenience is what the food industry had begun telling people they needed. There were suddenly frozen TV dinners featuring food that most folks would not call delicious, and macaroni and cheese suddenly came in boxes with envelopes full of orange powdered cheese,Ž a weak replacement for the kind from mothers oven, warm and full of creamy real cheese and topped with bread crumbs. And in 1971, a certain boxed dinner came along with a cheerful cartoon-like glove as its mascot, promising to help your hamburger make a great meal.Ž (I think it was supposed to be an oven mitt, but it had several fingers, remember?) I can remember wishing my mom would buy our family those kinds of meals. It looked fun and yummy, and the commercials caught my attention as a little girl. Occasionally mom would buy it and make it, and I did like it. But she wasnt one who was attached to convenience products most of the time. She made spaghetti sauce from scratch instead of from a jar, for example. She made real fried chicken instead of breaded and frozen chicken strips. Her food was delicious, needless to say! And it helped that she was at home during the day, because she had time to do those things. A few years ago I was feeling nostalgic and grabbed a box of that packaged pasta dinner, and chose the cheeseburger macaroni flavor to try out. The meal was ok...it just was not as good as I remembered. I could taste the preservatives in the food. The flavor wasnt as good as my moms own from-scratch pastas. Plus, it contained monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is said to contribute to ailments such as migraine headaches, which I sometimes do battle with. Because I love the memory of the comfort food mom made in the skillet, but wanted it to taste great and not be chemical-infused, I created the following recipe. Its made with a bag of pasta, tomato sauce, meat and seasonings. Nothing is freeze-dried. Nothing has MSG or preservatives in it. And happily, it comes together in less than 15 minutes, as the pasta cooks right in the sauce! Being in a hurry doesnt mean you have to resort to eating or serving to your family less than the best. Also, the price for my homemade version is very low; the pasta was one dollar, the tomato sauce was 75 cents. The meat, which you also have to buy to use in the prepackaged meal, was just under five dollars for a pound. How great is it to feel six people a generous bowl of pasta for just over a dollar per serving? I think youll love the flavor and the speed at which this comes together, and so will any hungry kiddos youre feeding! I may not have a big talking white glove, but Im pretty happy with the way my make your own Hamburger HelperŽ recipe turned out. Plus, Ill share a bonus recipe, my favorite tomato salad, that can go along with it, or be paired with any meat you have on the grill or skillet. 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 atSteph@ whatsouthernfolkseat.com. What Southern folks eat Stephanie Hill-Fraizer € 12 ounce bag large elbow macaroni € 15 ounce can tomato sauce € 1 tsp dried basil € 1 /2 tsp dried oregano € 1 pound lean ground beef € 1/ 2 medium onion, chopped € 2 cloves garlic, minced (or two teaspoons if using jarred garlic, or 1 /2 teaspoon garlic powder) € 1 teaspoon salt € 1/ 2 teaspoon black pepper Method 1. In a large skillet with deep sides (such as a chicken fryer) or a Dutch oven et over medium heat, crumble the ground beef and begin to allow it to brown. Break the meat up into bitesize pieces. 2. Add chopped onion to the pan while meat is browning, and stir occasionally. 3. When meat is browned and onion is beginning to become translucent, add the garlic. Stir in. 4. Add the can of tomato sauce, herbs, and salt. Stir to combine. 5. Add six cups of water to the skillet, stirring to mix well with sauce. Raise heat to medium-high. 6. Bring the liquid to a boil; add the dry pasta, and stir frequently as it comes back to a boil. Stirring will present the pasta from sticking to the pan. Add another cup of water, if needed, to ensure all pasta is covered. 7. When the sauce begins to boil, turn heat down to medium. Maintain a low boil and cook for eight minutes, or until pasta is done to your preference. Taste the sauce and add salt, if needed. If youd like sauce to thicken more, simmer for another minute. 8. Serve in pasta bowls, and sprinkle with parmesan, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese. (Or if youre a cheese lover, have fun and use all three.) Serve with a salad and garlic bread, and enjoy! Skillet pasta-hamburger supper [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] € 2 pounds of heirloom grape or cherry tomatoes, halved € 1/ 3 cup torn fresh basil € 3 to 4 ounces goat cheese, chopped € 3 tablespoons olive oil € 1 1 /2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or substitute balsamic) € 1 teaspoon minced garlic € 1 /2 teaspoon salt € 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon (optional)Method 1. Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt in a small bowl to make vinaigrette. Set aside. 2. Place tomato halves in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle basil over the tomatoes, then drizzle with the vinaigrette. Toss to coat. If possible, allow to marinate 30 minutes. 3. Top with chunks of cheese and sprinkle with bacon, if using. Note: If using dried herbs, use 1 /4 the amount called for when using fresh. Add slightly more if desired. Enjoy! Heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil and goat cheese [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Skillet Pasta-Hamburger Supper Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil and Goat Cheese

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** B6 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star"You can't let down your guard... when there's so much at stake.""Still Learnin' How to Fly" as performed by Rodney CrowellRecently I read an economic piece comparing investors to people who study outdoor conditions. The gist? There are weather people and there are climatologists, and when it comes to markets, we should strive to be the latter. This means that how markets perform daily (weather) should largely be discounted. Our main focus should be on longer term (climatology) market trends. So what is this late stage bull market, now over nine years old, likely to do by the end of this year? We think markets are entering what well call a "cautionary growth stage." The recent correction returned a sense of balance to share prices that may have grown, during the last calendar year, at an exaggerated pace in relation to their actual worth. Markets can get temporarily overheated. But in addition to the fact that the tax cuts may have been "priced in twice" by investors, there are other reasons to be cautious. One is a potential slowdown in share buybacks. Simply stated, buybacks mean that companies have used profits and in many cases, borrowed cash (thanks to low interest rates) to purchase more of their own shares. Essentially, it has not only been the action of individual investors which have caused share values to soar; instead, markets have often been influenced by the companies themselves buying their own stock. When share buybacks slow, the bull market will inevitably lose some of its steam. Several factors could cause companies to slow the buyback process. Corporate profits may decline as wage growth accelerates. When companies are forced to pay higher employee salaries, they have less cash available to purchase shares. Rising interest rates may also be problematic. We may see as many as four rate hikes this year. When it becomes more expensive for a company to go into debt, they tend to borrow less. Fewer stock buybacks are executed, leaving individual investors to drive the market. Spiraling corporate debt, much of it actually accumulated to execute these aforementioned buybacks, may also slow market growth, as corporations use their cash to pay down debt. Corporate debt is at its highest level since 2009. If a significant economic downturn does occur, a huge number of U.S. businesses will be loaded with debt and strapped for cash. Some will fail, causing further economic distress. We don't necessarily see a recession looming, but instead a slowdown in the trend of growth that characterized 2017. The bottom line is that markets have experienced so much expansion since 2009, there isn't that much room left for share values to grow. At least not at an S&P trailing price to earnings multiple of 25. 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. Cautious Growth, Corporate Debt and Rodney Crowell Margaret McDowell Joe and Annette were foster parents for a number of years to many children, two are considered like daughters Charlotte Ann Morris of North Pole, AK and Anna Morris of Cordele, GA. In addition to his parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by a sister, Addie Mae Jones Smith; a son-in-law, Robert Hill; five brothers-in-law, Fred Renfroe, Charles Renfroe, Larry Renfroe, Palmer Gene Smith and Jerry Latham. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 59 years, Martha Annette Jones of Port St. Joe, FL; one daughter, Joann Jones Hill of Port St. Joe, FL; three grandsons, Christopher "Chris" Hill and Joseph "Joey" Hill, both of Port St. Joe, FL and Thomas "Tommy" Hill of Salt Lake City, UT; two great-grandsons, Casen Hill and Grayson Hill of Port St. Joe, FL; two great-granddaughters, MacKenzie Hill of Port St. Joe, FL and Sofia Hill of Salt Lake City, UT; one brother, Raymond Jones and his wife, Dianne; two sisters, Evelyn Jones Smith and her husband, Franklin and Lois Jones Latham; a sister-inlaw, Judi "Cookie" Renfroe Romiti and her husband, Frank; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive. You may share your special thoughts and memories with the family at www.watsongiddensfuneralhome.com. Watson-Giddens Funeral Home of Ellaville, GA is in charge of the arrangements. JONESFrom Page B4The family of Gloria Quinn-Gant would like to express their appreciation for your kindness and sym-pathy during our loss. We thank each of you for your thoughtfulness and caring during this difficult time.Gloria lived a long life full of love and happiness. Although her passing is a sad milestone for each of us, we are grateful for having been blessed with her for so many years. We find comfort in knowing that so many were touched by her. Please know that every act of kindness meant a great deal to us.The family of Gloria Quinn-GantQuinn-Gant family Card of ThanksSpecial to The StarEvery we ekday the PSJ Ministerial Association will hold Holy Week services at 12 p.m. ET at the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe. There is a free community lunch fol-lowing the brief service each day in FUMCs new Great Hall. Please come and join us! This year the preaching schedule is:Holy Monday „The Rev. Chris Winklejohn, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic ChurchHoly Tuesday„The Rev. Tommy Dyer, Pastor of St. James Episcopal ChurchHoly Wednesday„Pastor Janice Evans, Pastor of First Church of the NazareneHoly Thursday„Brother Dave Fernandez, Pastor Emeritus of Oak Grove Community ChurchGood Friday„The Rev. Dr. Boyd Evans, Senior Pastor of First Baptist ChurchCommunity-Wide Holy Week Services How can you honor God in the course of your daily life?One good way to practice is at home with your hus-band and wife.If you dont happen to be married, a brother or sister will do.A son, or daughter, or maybe a friend will be good practice too.We know life is filled with conflict, but its how we react thatll count.If we dont have a positive attitude, our conflict will can really mount.We need to be close to God, read the Word and stay prayed up.He says in the Word if we do this, Hell overflow our cup.We need to honor God in conflict, be humble, and look out for others.The stronger our relationship with God is, the better itll be with our brothers.Billy JohnsonDo you honor God? STARFL.COMSpecial to The StarDuring a competition the lastmonth of Jan-uary in Destin, individuals from the the JAGS and Infinity cheer and dance group competeed and won first place and and perfect athlete awards. Left to right: Caitlyn Watson, Hannah Wilkinson, Ahmani Carswell, Danae Dasher, Amber Runyan (Wewa-hitchka), Tyanna CarswellJAGS cheer and dance group wins rst[SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** B7 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 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 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 19622S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2008-CA-000071 HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. BARBARA J. PALMER A/K/A BARBARA JO PALMER; et. al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on February 23, 2018 in Civil Case No. 2008-CA000071, of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein, HSBC BANK USA, N.A. is the Plaintiff, and BARBARA J. PALMER A/K/A BARBARA JO PALMER; JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NA; KAY EUBANKS; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; CENTENNIAL BANK, AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BAYSIDE SAVING BANK; AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB; CADENCE BANK, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH SUPERIOR BANK; CENTENNIAL BANK, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH VISION BANK; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS are Defendants. The Clerk of the Court, Rebecca L. Norris will sell to the highest bidder for cash in the front lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 on April 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7 AND 9, BLOCK 7, PORT ST. JOE BEACH UNIT 1, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on March 6, 2018. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk ALDRIDGE | PITE, LLP Attorney for Plaintiff 1615 S. Congress Ave. Suite 200 Delray Beach, FL 33445 Phone: (844) 470-8804 Fax: (561) 392-6965 Primary E-Mail: Service Mail@aldridgepite.com File No.: 1271-1281B IMPORT ANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain Within the last year, Tyler made the move from Gulf County to Bay County to attend Mosely High School as an incoming freshman. Although it was tough for the young Scout to leave his origi-nal troop, he was welcomed by his new Bay County Troop 321, led by Scoutmasters Chris Oswald and Jason Dillard. It was then that Tyler made the decision to join both of these troops together to help the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and help protect the turtles of his beloved hometown.Tyler reached out to Jessica Swindall who coordinates the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and the two of them designed a truly beneficial way to help serve and protect the turtles of Gulf County. Jessica desperately wanted to use the wooden stakes that mark the turtles nests as a way of continuing to spread their message and help detour people passing by from dis-turbing the nests.The two of them agreed that painting Lights OutŽ and Leave No TraceŽ on the wooden stakes would satisfy the goal. Stencils had to be designed and a lot of planning went into organizing 27 adults and children to paint over 1,200 wooden stakes, twice.Swindall said, It is amazing to see this young man bring together two communities to help one important cause. My volunteers and myself are blown away at how organized he is and how quickly we were able to complete the task. Not only were our stakes painted but he taught us how to dupli-cate this in the future.Ž It makes me so happy that I could do this project with all the people that helped get me here. I grew up seeing the turtle nests on the beach and I always wanted to figure out a way to help them and now I did. I was able to do it with the communities and people that I love the most. Its a great day to be a Scout and an even better day to be a turtle,Ž said the proud but tired young man, Tyler Guthrie. GUTHRIEFrom Page B1 The Star | Thursday, March 22, 2018 B7Jessica Swindall and Tyler Guthrie. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Troop 347 Scoutmaster Bill VanDerTulip painting. Habitat, loss of habitat,Ž Eells said.Last week, Eells was in search of snowy plovers, an endan-gered species.Understanding why becomes, at least somewhat, clear when one actually man-ages to affix ones eyeballs to a snowy plover in the wild. This is one small bird.White, 15-17 centimeters, with tiny legs, the snowy plover, as was likely intended by Mother Nature (or a higher hand, Eells would say) blends amazingly with the beach sand and the rack of dried vegeta-tion that collects above the surf zone.Eells spotted each individual or pair encountered during one morning excursion, though her companion not only had trouble locating them, but nearly walked right over two and their nest.Eells was counting the birds and, most importantly those nests, and she has been doing it for nearly two decades for state wildlife officials.This is so much Eells neighborhood that she iden-tified the adult plovers by nickname or the colors of the leg bands.Encoutering a Canadian couple walking the beach, Eells discussed the northern destination of the birds currently nesting in Gulf County, par-ticularly the tundra of northern Canada.Eells quickly located male scrapesŽ, which appear to be created by the leg of a large lawn chair, but are actually the indented invite to a female snowy plover to settle down and produce some eggs.The eggs, which resemble the small malted chocolate Easter eggs, only brown with browner dots, are laid in a nest which would fit inside the hole on a golf green.Imagine, on a sunny day, on beach sand, how easy it would be to step right on it.So, Eells urged visitors and residents to heed the signs and string that have gone up on local beaches warning about the presence of nesting shorebirds and their nests.Encounter wildlife on the beach, a ne st, a pair of birds, give them space, keep a distance.They are nesting right now and it is time to let them have their beach place for a little while,Ž Eells said with a chuckle.And, those dogs, folks, and the accompanying leash laws; please obey them, Eells said.Last year, Eells ended up nurturing 15 nests and seven fledglings.That will give you some idea how tough their young life is,Ž Eells said, noting that ghost crabs are a top predator.We humans, she added, can only make matters worse, the odds for each fledgling longer.In fact, Eells wished she could carry a visitor or two, heck, a resident or two, during her surveys, which she com-pletes twice a month during non-breeding season and each week during nesting season.Her area spans from Bonfire Beach and Mexico Beach to St. Joseph Peninsula.And over those many trips along the shore, a bond, an umbilical has grown.There is ownership, which Eells wished each resident and visitor had for this slice of postcard heaven.Snowy plovers typically lay three eggs: when a nest with just one appears to be abandoned last week, she took it personally.That breaks my heart,Ž Eells said. When youve been counting them, they become yours, you become protective of them.I want to protect them, protect the species.Ž PLOVERFrom Page B1

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B B 8 8 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS Please call 850-697-5300to set up an appointment to let our friendly staff show you these properties!!!NF-452893821-3 Collins Avenue Located in Lanark 1 bedroom Furnished $550 per month $1,000 Security Deposit No Pets Mediacom Now Hiring! Santa Rosa Beach, Apalachicola & Mexico Beach Broadband Specialist | 11282 11590 Apply online at: MediacomCable.com/careers or call Devin: 850-934-7705 Mediacom Communications EOE MFDV Natural Retreats FT Job Opportunity !Retreat Coordinator -Front Desk/Guest Service/Housekeeping/Laundry duties. Ensure guests have accurate info & homes are guest ready. Interface with all guests upon arrival, address and correctly distribute guest requests. Document & report all guest and owner communication and resolutions. FT; varying shifts; benefits. Please send resumes to recruiting@naturalretreats.com OPS FISH & WILDLIFE TECHNICIANFL FIsh & Wildlife Conservation Com. BOX-R WIldlife Mgt. Area 300 Tilton Road, Apalachicola, FL 32320 $13.21/Hourly, plus benefits. Heavy equipment operation, vegetation control, road & facility maintenance, controlled burns, manage public hunts, and wildlife surveys. Applications must be completed online at https://jobs.myflorida.com. For additional info contact:Kay Haskins kay .haskins@myfwc.com 850-265-3676Job closes 04/02/2018 EEO/AA/ADA and VP Employer JOB NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3,567) is accepting applications for the following position: Operator Trainee or Licensed Operator, Surface Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application, cover letter, and five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at ( 850) 229-8261 The Position will close on April 6, 2018. The entry level salary for an Operator Trainee will be $12.08 per hour and requires that a Class C Water License be obtained within two (2) years of hire. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifications. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 7475338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email AD ARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org March 15, 22, 2018 19656S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-06 FIRE TRUCK Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for a “Fire Truck” will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Friday, April 13, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday, April 13, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “RFP 2018-06 Fire Truck”. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Direct Purchase of a Fire Truck is further described in the bid description document. The bid description document is available at www .cityofport stjoe.com For questions concerning this project, please contact Chief John Ford at 850-227-8958. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer March 15, 22, 2018 19650S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION, FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, GULF COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2016-DP-009-ABC IN THE INTEREST OF: Z. H. DOB: 04/18/2008 Z. K. DOB: 03/12/2010 W. K. DOB: 02/12/2011 MINOR CHILDREN NOTICE OF ACTION (SEC. 39.801 (b) FS) The State of Florida to KAYLA HESTER, mother of the child, Z.H., whose last known residence and address is Unknown. You are hereby notified that a Petition under oath has been filed in the above styled Court concerning Termination of Parental Rights in the case of Z.H., child, for placement with licensed child placing agency or the Department for the purposes of subsequent adoption. You are hereby noticed that an Advisory Hearing will be held before the Honorable James J. Goodman, Jr., Judge of the Circuit Court, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, at the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32457, on 26th day of April 2018, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., E.T. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION. Dated: March 7, 2018 REBECCA NORRIS, Clerk of Circuit Court By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk Pub: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2018 19652S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-07 FIRE TRUCK EQUIPMENT Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for a “Fire Truck Equipment” will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Friday, April 13, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday, April 13, 2018,at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “RFP 2018-07 Fire Truck Equipment”. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Direct Purchase of a Fire Truck Equipment is further described in the bid description document. The bid description document is available at www .cityofportstjoe .com For questions concerning this project, please contact Chief John Ford at 850-227-8958. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer March 15, 22, 2018 19708S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2017-CA-000047 DIVISION: CIT BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, ROBERT HEATH, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, ROBERT HEATH, DECEASED Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Gulf County, Florida: THE LOT, PIECE, OR PARCEL OF GROUND SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF GULF, AND STATE OF FLORIDA KNOWN AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, TO-WIT: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 26, TOWNSHIP 3 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, AND EXTEND A LINE SOUTH ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 FOR 338.37 FEET TO AN IRON STAKE FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING, FROM THIS POINT OF BEGINNING TURN 92 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 45 SECONDS LEFT FROM THE LINE LAST DESCRIBED ABOVE FOR 309.55 FEET AND AN IRON STAKE ON THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 71; THEN TURN LEFT ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR 270.93 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT; THEN TURN LEFT AND EXTEND A LINE WEST THAT IS PARALLEL TO THE NORTH LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 FOR 249.27 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT; THEN TURN 90 DEGREES 05 MINUTES LEFT FOR 278.37 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS A 1975 DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING TITLE NUMBERS 10694622 AND 10694621 AND VIN NUMBERS 1282A AND 1282B. A/K/A 5455 NORTH HIGHWAY 71, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and file the original with this Court either before April 16, 2018, service on Plaintiff’s attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 5th day of March, 2018. Rebecca Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 File No.: 17-007937 **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. March 22, 29, 2018 19676S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Capital One Cltrl Assignee of FIG 2241, LLC, 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 #2017-27 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-1071 Name in which assessed: Marion O. Laney R.E. No. 06290-285R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 19, Block 3, Surfside Estates, per plat Book 2, Page 18, in 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, 18th day of April, 2018 Dated: March 12, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2018 19766S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA IN PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-10-PR RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT B. JACOBS Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of ROBERT B. JACOBS, deceased, whose date of death was December 21, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 which is the Gulf County Courthouse. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSON ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All persons on whom this notice is served who have objections that challenge the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative, venue, or jurisdictionof this court are required to file their objections with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. 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 WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is March 22, 2018. Personal Representative: Robert Wesley Jacobs 209 Underwood Court Lexington, SC 29072 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin FL Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Phone: (850) 227-1159 email: ccostin@costin law .com March 22, 29, 2018 19786S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 17000004CAAXMX DITECH FINANCIAL LLC F/K/A GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JOHN C. HALL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN C. HALL; PNC BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 22, 2018, and entered in 17000004CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida, wherein DITECH FINANCIAL LLC F/K/A GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC is the Plaintiff and JOHN C. HALL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN C. HALL; PNC BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK are the Defendant(s). Rebecca L. Norris as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Lobby 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, at 11:00 AM, ET, on July 26, 2018 the following described property as set forth in sai dFinal Judgment, to wit: BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, AND RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 22 MINUTES EAST 182.20 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 130.76 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 22 MINUTES WEST 181.86 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 31 SECONDS EAST 130.61 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 0.55 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. Property Address: 186 QUAILS DEN DR WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a calim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 23rd day of February, 2018. Rebecca L. Norris As Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk IMPORT ANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850)7475338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. or email AD ARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org Submitted by: Robertson, Anschutz & Schneid, P.L. Attorneys for Plaintiff 6409 Congress Ave. Ste 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487 Phone: 561-241-6901 Fax: 561-997-6909 File No.: 16-219085 March 22, 29, 2018 19788S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 232015CA000046CAAXMX MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., Plaintiff, v. KATHY D. EAVES, ET AL., Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment dated March 5, 2018 entered in Civil Case No. 232015CA000046CAAXMX in Circuit Court of the l4th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., Plaintiff and KATHY D. EAVES are Defendant(s), Clerk of Court, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash beginning at 11:00AM ET in the courthouse lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on June 7, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: COMMENCING AT THE SW CORNER OF LOT 2, IN BLOCK 3, MID-WAY PARK SUBDIVISION, AS PER OFFICIAL PLAT RECORDED IN THE OFFICE THE CIRCUIT COURT OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; AND RUN NORTH FOR 18 FEET TO THE POB; THENCE RUN EAST 156 FEET ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PRESENT COUNTY ROAD; THENCE RUN NORTH 282 FEET; THENCE RUN WEST 156 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 282 FEET TO THE POB. SAME BEING THE SW CORNER OF SAID LOT 2 IN BLOCK 3, MID-WAY PARK SUBDIVISION, IN SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 3 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Property Address: 417 Midway Park Rd., Wewahitchkia, FL 32465 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION IN ORDER TO ACCESS COURT FACILITIES OR PARTICIPATE IN A COURT PROCEEDING AT ANY COURTHOUSE OR COURT PROGRAM, SHOULD WITHIN TWO (2) DAYS OF RECEIPT OF NOTICE, CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION TO REQUEST SUCH AN ACCOMMODATION. PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING: COURT ADMINISTRATION, P.O. BOX 826, MARIANNA, FLORIDA 32447; PHONE: 850-718-0026; HEARING & VOICE IMPAIRED: 1-800-9558771; EMAIL: AD A REQUEST@JUD14.FL COURTS.ORG Dated: March 13, 2018 Rebecca Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court Gulf County, Florida By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk of Court Submitted By: Reena Patel Sanders Kelley Kronenberg 8201 Peters Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324 Service Email: ftlrealprop@kelleykro nenberg.com March 22, 29, 2019 19810S ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID: The Gulf County School Board is taking bids on the repair to the structural supports on the dome at Port St. Joe High School. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting at Port St. Joe High School on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.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. March 22, 29, 2018 19804T FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE Notice is hereby given that FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF APALACHICOLA, FLORIDA, INC, owner, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF APALACHICOLA, FLORIDA located at 46 NINTH STREET, APALACHICOLA, FL 32320 in FRANKLIN County intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department of State, pursuant to section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes. Pub: March 22, 2018 19848S Request For Proposal The City of Mexico Beach, Florida is seeking bids for the replacement of roofing shingles on the City Fire Department Bids will be accepted until no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday April 19th, 2018 with bid opening immediately thereafter. Bid packets and additional information can be found at www .mexicobeach gov .c om or by contacting Danny Simmons, Fire Chief, at the City of Mexico Beach, at PO Box 13425 Street, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410, or contacting City Hall at 850-6485700, or e-mailing d.simmons@mexi cobeachgov .com Pub: March 22, 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! 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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. Let a little classi ed do a BIG job for you. Small Price for Big Results! The Star 850-747-5020or visit us online at emeraldcoastmarketplace.comFor all your buying and selling needs.