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** Volume 80 Number 26 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters ...................... A5 Outdoors .................. A12 Sports...................... A13 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries .................B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 MVPS, B1 A2Flood mapsB7Spasagna Thursday, April 12, 2018 OUR READERS HAVE PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS, A14 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe commissioners anguished over a decision for more than 15 minutes during a special meeting Tuesday before voting unanimously to terminate the contract with attorney Clint McCahill.For a few minutes it appeared no action would be taken during a meeting called by Mayor Bo Patterson to review McCahills contract in the wake of McCahills weekend arrest.McCahill was arrested on a felony burglary and simple assault charges after an incident inside the build-ing where he resides. (see related story)Commissioners discussed City res attorney in wake of arrestBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe city attorney Clint McCahill was arrested last Saturday night on bur-glary and battery charges.Deputy Matthew Peek of the Gulf County Sheriffs Office was the responding officer after a emergency call about a disturbance in a Marina Drive building.The complainant, Keith Jones, called county law enforcement due to McCa-hills role as Port St. Joe city attorney.McCahill, 49, was PSJ attorney arrested on multiple charges McCahill [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarRuby Knox was voted Middle School Teacher of the Year and twice was named a High Impact Teacher for her excellence in the classroom at Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School. She rode the "yellow dogs" (school buses) to ath-letic events for ten years as a cheerleader sponsor. She guided intellectuals in their Beta Club pursuits for many years as well. Now, she wants to serve another meaningful purpose as Gulf County's District 5 School Board Member. Retired last year from Port St. Joe's Middle School, where she enjoyed her love of teaching for 29 years and developed an endearing relationship with nearly two thousand Ruby Knox announces School Board candidacy Knox By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPassing legislation is oft times the easy part.Establishing the rules by which the legislation will be implemented often proves, for state agencies, the much harder nut to crack.For example, consider the sweeping omnibus education bill passed in the final days of the 2018 legislative session and quickly signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.From that bill, local school districts will receive more funding; but how they will be able to spend it, the flexibility which flows from Tallahassee, remains the great unknown.And for districts, such as Budget outlook improves for districtSpecial meeting to consider teacher suspensionStar Staff ReportSaturday morning did not appear at all inviting for an outdoor concert. The rains pounded Port St. Joe all morning and into the afternoon before letting up enough for hope to bloom that The Brothers Osborne, and opening act Kendall Marvel, would still hit the stage at the WindMark green. The concert got going late, about two hours behind the scheduled 4 p.m. ET start, but it did not disappoint a sellout crowd, who waited it all out patiently and were treated to a rousing show from the Brothers conquer rain, PSJ See ATTORNEY, A6 See BUDGET, A6 See KNOX, A9 See MCCAHILL, A9 See BROTHERS, A7


** A2 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportA few suggestions, and some worthy causes, on the calendar. Grab a pork plate and support good works. The GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club will host is annual BBQ fundraiser 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT Friday at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Fellowship Hall. The organization will be selling plates that include a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans and homemade pound cake, all for $8. All proceeds will benefit the Womans Club many community projects. The ladies will also have delivery for sale. For more information contact Carolyn Watson at 340-1984, Pat Stripling at 639-2262, Kim McFarland at 227, Patty Fisher at 8329436 or any club member. Check out the PSJ Garden Club plant sale. Come get your plants and herbs from the people who love to garden. Please stop by the Port St. Joe Garden Clubs annual Plant Sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET, rain or shine, at the Garden Center located at 216 8th Street and pick up those plants for your garden and yard, There will be house plants, vegetables, yard plants, decorative containers and many garden-related treasures. Unique crafts, items needed for your yard and lots and lots of plants will also be on sale. Hope to see you there! Anyone interested in joining the entrepreneurial Port St Joe Garden Club or attending a meeting may leave their name at our plant sale, or leave a message on the Port St Joe Garden Club Facebook page. The Port St. Joe Garden Clubs Garden Center is on both national and state historical site lists and available for rental. The Mexico Beach Farmers Market. The Mexico Beach Farmers and Craft Market will be held Saturday in Parker Park. New winter hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. CT. Shop for fresh, local vegetables and baked goods as well as gifts and goodies from local craftspeople. Parker Park is located at 2500 U.S. Highway 98. Vendor applications are available at under calendar of events.Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops … climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group. Take in the Member Show at St. Joe Arts. The work of 30 local artists is on display through April 20 at The Joe Center for the Arts. The first annual Member Show exhibits talent in a host of artistic mediums. The artists, from Apalachicola to Mexico Beach, worked in ceramics to weaving to oil and acrylic paintings to photography, jewelry and pottery, on display. That is just a sampling. Elizabeth (Libby) Newman of St. Joe Beach, won the Peoples Choice AwardŽ for her acrylic painting Follow.Ž The Member Show is open to the public Thursdays and Fridays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET) and Saturdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET). Entrance is free.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKENDNew summer hours at the lighthouse. [FILE PHOTO] Wewahitchka Womans Club BBQ pulled pork fundraiser Friday. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The Joe Center for the Arts Member Show is open Thursday through Saturday. [FILE PHOTO] The Mexico Beach Farmers Market is Saturday in Parker Park. [FILE PHOTO] The Port St. Joe Garden Clubs Plant Sale is Saturday at the Garden Center. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comSometimes persnickety pays.That is the hope for county officials as new data arrives to assess the accuracy of prelimi-nary FEMA flood maps which were first released in 2016.Those preliminary maps caused quite the stir due to the number of properties in Gulf County which would be moved from an XŽ designation to AEŽ or VE.ŽCounty planner Brett Lowry warned if the maps were adopted as is, Gulf County would be significantly and negatively impacted.The Board of County Com-missioners, in turn, appointed a committee to act as liaison with the Northwest Florida Water Management District which is assisting the county.There were numerous instances throughout the county and South Gulf County and especially the city of Port St. Joe,Ž Dr. Pat Hardman, who chairs the committee, said of the preliminary maps and lands losing the XŽ designation.That move impacts the bottom line for home and prop-erty owners.It would require flood insur-ance be carried on any home that had a mortgage,Ž Hardman said. That would have a horrendous financial impact on many property owners.The flood maps impact insurance and construction.ŽThe county, however, appealed the preliminary maps during the public com-ment period and as a result the NWFWMD decided to go back and re-evaluateŽ the accuracy of the maps.We wanted to have the best data,Ž said John Crowe, a Hydrologist IV with the NWFWMD.The district obtained a grant and, partnering with U.S. Geo-logical Survey, re-flew over all of Gulf County, the St. Andrews watershed and parts of Holmes County to update LiDAR data, essentially laser mapping of the areas topography.Crowe noted the available LiDAR data was from 2007.As a result, the public comment period on the preliminary maps was suspended temporarily.Crowe said the new LiDAR information was submitted at the end of last week and the NWFWMD has asked the contractor to analyze the data for changes in topography since 2007.That process, Crowe said, will likely be completed in August.The hope for county officials is that the new data will mean the restoration of the XŽ desig-nation to a number of properties which would have lost it.In addition, the hope would be that other properties originally placed in the more stringent VEŽ designation would be returned to AEŽ or X.ŽIn any case, once the comparisons are completed and submitted, district officials would make a decision about a course of action if revision to the floodplain maps are required, Crowe indicated.There is no set timeline for when that action would be considered or occur.A decision on remapping is still 3-6 months away; if revisions are made it could be another 14-18 months before the maps become final.The updated maps would also be placed back out for public review.The maps will be revised and the flood elevation has been changed quite a bit so there are going to be losses of the X designation even with (revisions),Ž Hardman said.But the decision to re-eval-uate the maps appears likely to pay off for many home and property owners.We want to make sure our communities are (heard),Ž Crowe said.The preliminary flood maps can be found at data could mean ood map relief


** A4 Thursday, April 12, 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. I love Christian folks. They can be so solemn, and silly, benevolent, a tad judgmental, forgiving, charitable, pensive, opinionated, give you the shirt off their backs, chastise if need be and love you like a long lost cousin from Paducah. What sets Christians apart„so many of them can do most all of these things at the same time! Some of the quiet ones say they dont dance. But Ive seenem jump folding chairs at tent meetings out on the Cherrywood Cemetery Road. Yet others say speaking in tonguesŽ is a first century church phenomenon and is no longer necessary given our modern understand of the Word. Shoot, Ive heard sermons as recently as last week that sounded a bit Greek-ish to me. Or at least they contained enough Ecclesiastical insipidities to render them unintelligible. What has caught my attention in the Christian world lately is the dividing up of the church service. Youve seen the signs Im sure in church yards from Carrabelle, Florida, all the way up to Union City, Tennessee, advertising a ContemporaryŽ service at 8:30 a.m. and the TraditionalŽ service at 11:00. This thing has caught on all over the South. Now, I cant speak for those Christian souls living above the Mason-Dixon Line. I believe there is such a thing as a Northern Baptist but Im not sure Ive ever seen one. But listen, between the Hard Shell and Free Will, weve already got enough different type Baptists down here that you need a scorecard to tell them apart. And now, you tell me were adding contemporary and/or traditionalist to the list! I dont believe for a minute this two service thingŽ is a Baptist invention. You know how un-innovative they are! And Im not sure if it is solely contained in the Methodist Church. Or if it has spread to the United Methodist. Or to the First United Methodist. Or the Methodist Episcopal Church. Or the Wesleyan Methodist. Or the Primitive Methodist. Or the African American Episcopal Methodistƒ.. Of course, it was predestined to be in the Presbyterian service. And you can take a breath here, cause I am not about to branch (no pun intended) into the various and different associations of Assembly of God churches out there. Im trying to tell you this latest Christian trend seems to be non-denominational. Or should I say, multi-denominational. The point is Im not picking on your churchƒ dont quit praying for me. But I do have a few questions about this relative new arrangement. Does the pastor have to prepare two sermons? Is there a contemporary version of the woman at the wellŽ story that somehow differs from the traditional text? Is the King James Bible permitted in the earlier service? Can you have drums at the 11 a.m. meeting? In those churches in the mountains of East Tennessee and North Georgia, do you have to stir up and pass around the snakes twice? You would think the contemporary service would be much shorter. The choruses they sing only contain seven words. But then, when you repeat each line twenty-nine times I guess that could s-t-r-e-t-c-h things out a mite. Is there a hip-hop hymnal? Do they replace the chandeliers with strobe lights? Im afraid to comment on the traditional side of this thing. You know how defensive they get. Plus, I might wake some of them up! They havent sat in a different pew since Eisenhower got elected. Change for them is singing the Doxology before the offeringƒ..instead of after it. Course, much of the congregation is just trying to hang on for the dinner on the groundŽ after church. Are age requirements an issue in this deal? Would a parishioner get confused if he attended both services? Do you double the pastors salary? I wonder if it matters to him what class of sinners hes preaching to. Does his wife and children have to be at both meetings? The questions we ought to be asking are they singing, Theres Powr in the BloodŽ at any of these services anymore. Can we see the fourth man in the fire? Could we withstand the storm of life whipping across the Sea of Galilee? Are our hearts and souls„be it 8:30 or 11:00„being challenged, stirred and moved to get beyond talking about Jesus, reading about Jesus, singing about Jesusƒƒand start LIVING like Jesus! God may have the hardest job here. Hes got to change from contemporary to traditional in less than an hour. But believe me, He can handle it! If were serious and sincere He can hear us over the drumsƒƒ. and before, after or during the Doxology. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNI feel very strongly both ways Kesley ColbertThe other morning I walked out the front door of my house and looked down to see a dead bird. It almost looked like a stuffed bird or decoration of some sort. In other words, I didnt see any wounds or reason for the little fellows demise. Honestly, it was posed and looked like it had been just sitting on a branch. There was no note or any other sign that this bird decided to do this to itself. There is a nest nearby and various things came to mind. Perhaps this bird came home and his wife told him she was pregnant again or something that caused his heart to stop beating. When you think about it, you just dont see that many birds lying around dead. You know like driving down the road, you will see various varmints that forget to look both ways or just stand in the road. Its sad and they can do damage to your vehicle and cause accidents. Back to the absence of dead birds. I researched and this and found an ornithology site on the internet that actually went into the specifics as to why we dont see many dead birds. These experts noted that as soon as a bird hits the ground (for the last time), it is almost immediately invaded by small decomposers in the form of bacteria and insects. Also, vultures and coyotes like to make quick meals of birds. So basically, nature kind of sweeps these feathered friends away quickly. These experts went on to note that birds are light in weight, very thin skinned, have little fat, are covered with feathers, and have some hollow bones, so they are less dense and weigh a lot less than comparable sized mammals. These things make it easier for birds to disappear.Ž I still think that this bird I found must have had a heart attack or something. He looked so calm and happy, in addition to not moving. Another expert noted that many birds will look for secluded out of the way places to go when they are feeling sick … referencing woodpeckers climbing into holes of trees to die. After reading this, I am going to put a couple of signs up on the corner of house telling the woodpeckers that they are not looking very good. You know … try to make them feel sick. This would keep them from pecking and tearing my house up on the corners and eaves and perhaps they would do that trick where they climb in a hole of a tree and stop pecking my house. On The Andy Griffith Show,Ž the Darlings, the family who comes out of the woods every once in a while to pick their musical instruments and sing with Andy, are always talking about omens and signs related to birds. There are good, bad and even worse omens associated with birds. Crows, ravens and blackbirds bring news of good passage and protection. Hawks supposedly represent clear vision. Owls, on the other hand are birds of ill or bad omen. If you watch Andy Griffith reruns you would know that. Hovering hummingbirds mean you are capable of doing the impossible. They go on to tell me about birds flying into your house, through your window and following you around. Ok, then the last oneƒ A dead bird represents metaphysical death and change.Ž Im supposed to be a rocket scientist, but I have no idea what metaphysicalŽ means. I looked it up and I still dont know what it means. Therefore, I am not going to worry about my metaphysics dying or changing. Now, Im worried about that poor bird and the possibility he was just taking a nap or something on my front steps and is now trying to get out of my trash can that was up by the road for the truck to pick up on this day. Sometimes things are just what they are. I will just be happy that the bird was not me. Read more stories at www. MY TRACTOR Metaphysics and other things I dont understandBy Bob Knight All of us living in and visiting Florida have an Aquifer Footprint.Ž Our Aquifer Footprint is measured by the amount of groundwater we use from the Floridan Aquifer and our contribution to the nitrate-nitrogen pollutant load to the aquifer. Ones Aquifer Footprint is an estimate of the personal detrimental impact we each place on Floridas groundwater environment, especially the ecology of the States springs, rivers, lakes, and estuaries supported by that groundwater. Each persons Aquifer Footprint can be a source of personal pride or an area for improvement. If you live where the Floridan Aquifer is vulnerable to contamination due to a lack of impervious clayey soils, and you apply fertilizer to your lawn, garden, or pasture, you have an elevated nitrogen Aquifer Footprint. If your homes wastewater is disposed of in a septic system and your lot is less than five acres, you also have an elevated nitrogen footprint. If you water your yard and landscaping plants with groundwater or consume unusually large volumes of water in your house, then you also have an elevated water use footprint. The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute has completed the first phase of the Blue Water AuditŽ, an assessment of the Aquifer Footprint of the 4.2 million Floridians living in the Springs Region of North and Central Florida. Publicly-available geographic information system (GIS) databases were analyzed by overlaying information on land use, aquifer vulnerability, property ownership, method of wastewater disposal, human population, and other factors to estimate the effects of humans and their domesticated animals on the quantity and quality of the water in the underlying aquifer. If you live within an urban boundary, your estimated impact on the Floridan Aquifer is reported as an average with all your urban neighbors. If you own property covering five or more acres outside of an urban boundary, your Aquifer Footprint is reported individually for your property. The Blue Water Audit provides the first comprehensive estimate of individual human impacts to the Floridan Aquifer and the springs and other surface water bodies it supports. For example, the Blue Water Audit estimates that about 22,000 tons of nitratenitrogen reach the Floridan Aquifer each year in Floridas 15 million-acre Springs Region. An estimated one billion gallons per day of groundwater is pumped cumulatively by residents, municipalities, farmers, and industries in north-central Florida. The average per capita nitrogen load and groundwater use in this Springs Region is 10.6 pounds per year and 230 gallons per day, respectively. For Alachua County residents the per capita averages are 9.5 pounds per year of nitrogen loading and 142 gallons per day of groundwater use. By contrast, the Aquifer Footprint for an individual living in Suwannee County (i.e., highly vulnerable aquifer, intensive agriculture, and low human population compared to livestock population) is 84.5 pounds per year of nitrogen loading and 1,455 gallons of groundwater per day. A few counties have lower estimated Aquifer Footprints. For example, Leon County has a per capita nitrogen footprint of 5.1 pounds per year and a groundwater use footprint of 75.8 gallons per day per person. These lower numbers reflect a large urban population within a region of low agricultural productivity. We all have an Aquifer Footprint. If you refrain from using fertilizer or irrigating your lawn, you are doing your part in protecting the aquifer and springs. There is little more that you can change in your life to directly save the springs. But if you are wasteful with fertilizer and water you can make personal choices that will significantly reduce your Aquifer Footprint.The Blue Water Audit BN Heard See AUDIT, A5


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A5 LETTERS Accessory building debate Dear Editor, I would like to comment on the accessory building issue that was recently discussed at one of the city commissioner meetings and at last weeks accessory building workshop. I was born and raised in Port St. Joe, went to school here, and bought property here. We vigorously oppose the accessory building regulations as currently proposed. We believe these limitations encroach upon a property owners fundamental property rights. We also oppose the concept that the city can change the rules relating to accessory buildings after the fact. At the very least, all current owners should be grandfathered in to the current rules, since it likely was a factor used in the decision to purchase the property. Specifically, we oppose the provision in the proposed regulations that restrict the size of the accessory building to 75 percent of the primary structure. We feel this is far too restrictive, arbitrary, and likely discriminatory. It means that someone with a bigger house would be permitted to build a bigger accessory building. We do not believe it is the business of city government to tell a property owner how big a house must be to permit an accessory building of sufficient size to hold their recreational equipment and work shop. It is better to base any such restrictions on the size of the property, instead of the size of the home; in other words, any proposed regulation should be based on property density requirements. Port St. Joes location near the Gulf of Mexico and other natural attractions is a primary reason people live and own property here. Due to this fact, many own boats and recreational vehicles of considerable value. There is a natural desire to protect these investments from exposure to the elements. This leads to the demand for accessory buildings to provide this protection. RVs and saltwater boats are larger than cars and require wall heights (not roof peak heights) of up to 16 feet to accommodate them. It is unreasonable for the city to restrict property owners rights to protect their personal property. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that there is no accounting for peoples tastes. It is acknowledged that there are some that do not like boats, recreational vehicles, or accessory buildings present in their neighborhoods. It also should be acknowledged that these types of buildings have been present in Port St. Joe for many decades. The preferences and aesthetic tastes by some do not override fundamental property rights of others. If some people object to the presence of accessory buildings on other peoples property, they have the option to move to restricted communities where these facilities have been prohibited from the developments inception.Keith Neel, Port St. Joe No respect Dear Editor,It seems that folks have taken to throwing eggs at things maybeŽ that dont have or cant afford? Point in Question: RVs parked under sheds and located in family neighborhoods?Boredom is a problem for those without imagination? Certainly parents of children work very hard to assist in this area, and maybe even grown-ups try?The situation is that when an egg bursts on vehicle sur-faces the damage can be very expensive. Paint has been known to peal or discolor.What started as a prankŽ now has become a very expensive problem!How would one handle this situationƒgiven that they discovered who had done the damage by throwing the egg(s)?Well ƒ.for oneƒ..we would seek the harshest penalty allowed by law no matter the age of the perpetrator.Ones hard effort to have and enjoy ones life with extra perksŽ shouldnt be denied or hindered by those who have a prankŽ in mind!These pranksters probably dont have a clue as to the cost of this vehicle nor do they care?It is a shame that our soci-ety has lowered itself to such a level.The situation described is prevailing in Wewahitchkaƒ..the Sheriff Deputies that responded to our situation (twice) have told us that this is an epidemic!With resources to provide only ONEŽ deputy on patrol in each end of the county daily and on week-endsƒ..provides little hope that the PerpsŽ would ever be apprehended? Certainly, the Sheriff would explain, we are limited by our budgetŽ and its a fair state-ment, but does little for the property owners?Moral to this: What a wasteƒ ruin ones life by having a police record over a seemly very simple and harmless perceived prank? Rest assured that is the direction those who harm us and/or our property will face! Bo and Lynn Williams, WewahitchkaBlues in the Lot Dear Editor, What a wonderful event Blues in the Lot was in Port St. Joe. The entertainment on Friday night was awesome in the historic Port Theater. Then on Saturday along Reid the fun continued. The event was orchestrated extremely well, I understand there were no incidents to cause concern to the police or the citizens of Port St. Joe. I certainly support and hope that the City Commissioners will consider allowing this festival along with other similar events. I think these events are extremely important to the progress of our part of the forgotten coast.Tina Williamson, Port St. Joe In praise of the Port City Trail Dear Port St. Joe, Our family has been coming to vacation here for the last five years. We are grandparents (my husband and I), our daughter and her husband, and our three grandchildren who are now 6, 4, and 2 years old. We love the gentle waves and the wide sandy beaches where we stay along route 30A! We love the small town feel of Port St. Joe with its quaint downtown with great shops and restaurants, not to mention the water front park and lighthouse and the friendly people! Yesterday, we found something new that we loveƒ the Port St. Joe bike trail! We had so much fun biking, scootering and walking on this path! We stopped to investigate the lake, water lilies, and enjoy the three playgrounds that we found! We loved the tree shaded path which kept us comfortable even in the heat of the day!! What a fabulous asset this is to your community! This wonderful pathway is not just for tourists, but for the residents as well! After our morning excursion, we had a fun lunch at Peppers! It was such a lovely day and a great way to have fun as a family. Imagine our dismay when we heard that the trees in the park and along the bike path might be cut down and more ball fields (There are already at least three!) and a large parking lot are to be added to attract baseball tournaments. I hope that if more ball fields are built, they will be down near the community college as originally planned. We have come to love the town of Port St. Joe and have continued to be impressed by all there is for families to do in town and in the surrounding areas. It is not overly commercial and doesnt have rows and rows of hotels and motels. Thanks for being such a great place to vacation! We look forward to coming back to this little piece of heaven for years and years to come! Thank you for preserving the small town feel and lots of family friendly areas to play and explore! Sincerely,Cheryl Fauerbach, Staunton, VAOur responsive commissioners Dear Editor and fellow Gulf Countians On March 27 of this year I sent this email to all the members of the Gulf County BOCC and as of April 9 have not received a response from any member. Gentlemen, As a Gulf County resident and voter I have always been an advocate of county wide voting in regards to the BOCC. Surely you must recognize voter's frustration when it comes to the fact that we can only cast our vote for 1 of the 5 commissioners who decide how to spend our tax dollars. So where do you stand on this issue? Is anything being done to move this issue which is favored by a vast majority of Gulf Countians forward? On another note. Not answering emails takes moving BOCC meetings to a time (9 a.m.) when most working voters cannot attend, to another level of eliminating our input. With the retirement of Mr. Butler does the County manager's job go automatically to Mr. Hammond? Do we then need another assistant manager? Should this position not be posted on the open market so that other perhaps more qualified candidates can apply? More "good old boys" similiar to our Director of Parks? Respectfully,Tom Knoche, Gulf County voterThe Office of Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) TALLAHASSEE „ The State of Florida experienced many trials in the past several months. Hurricanes swept across the state leaving unprecedented destruction in their wake. A school shooting devastated families in Broward County and shook the foundation of our state and country, forcing us to reckon with the severe mental health crisis and safety precautions in our schools. Opioid drug use skyrocketed into a crisis demanding that the legislature take a holistic approach to find proactive and timely solutions. These all put a necessary strain on the state budget. However, Florida remains resolved to stay strong and focused. Senator Montford shared these thoughts on the budget this year, Though we expected a tough budget year, Im concerned with some of the most fundamental aspects of the budget. Education saw an increase of less than half a dollar in the base student allocation; that is just .01 percent. With 27,000 new students, standard inflation costs and hurricane impacts, this will not cover it. We cannot continue to have a worldclass education system when we refuse to pay for it. Additionally, we have continually neglected across the board pay increases for our state employees over the last decade and returned to that trend this year. One of the most important engines behind any business is their workforce; the same is true for the State of Florida. These issues clearly illustrate the need for the state to reevaluate basic government functions and take an active approach in funding them. Despite the many disappointments, I advocated for the dollars so desperately needed in North Florida and there were some wins for the area. Infrastructure is a continually growing need and imperative to economic development. This year the legislature recognized that need with almost $30 million for the small county road resurface assistance program and more than $72 million for the small county outreach program, of which $15 million will go directly to rural areas of opportunity. Many of our most fiscally constrained counties face insurmountable price tags on wastewater treatment and management, which is why I fought to include $18 million for grant programs. Proper water management is the foundation of any communitys ability to thrive. While this money is great news, water projects in North Florida came up short. Rural districts simply do not have the taxing capacity to meet the needs that are so apparent. We must provide more state assistance. Families with children who have unique abilities encounter lifelong challenges and the school system is one of the best resources to ensure that these children find paths to success. In the 2018 budget, I am proud to say that the state will continue to fund the adults with disabilities programs in Gadsden, Gulf, Leon, Taylor and Wakulla Counties. Florida has some of the most beautiful and important natural resources in the world. One of those is St. Joseph Peninsula Beach and Cape San Blas. This year Gulf County will receive $1,000,000 to restore and preserve this gem.ŽMontford re ects on 2018 state budgetMake no mistake, the Aquifer Footprint of a farmer irrigating and fertilizing 200 acres of vegetables or a dairyman keeping 2,000 milk cows, is more than one hundred times more impactful to the aquifer than a person living in an apartment or retirement village. A lush golf course or fancy corporate park with irrigation and landscaping may have an Aquifer Footprint equivalent to thousands of individuals. It is imperative for environmentally-damaging businesses and local governments to reduce their Aquifer Footprints. In pursuit of improved human health and environmental protection, the public interest should take precedence over personal gain or extravagant lifestyles. The net result of the choices we are currently making in Floridas Springs Region is an average groundwater nitrate-nitrogen concentration 2,900 percent higher than natural background concentrations and an overall decline in average spring flows of about 32 percent. One goal of the Blue Water Audit is to continue making these estimates over time to determine how much the states roughly $100 million annual springs protection expenditures are, or are not, improving conditions in the Floridan Aquifer and springs. So far, despite record funding, our springs and drinking water supply are becoming more depleted and polluted every year. Reducing your personal Aquifer Footprint is essential. But without government action, the springs and aquifer cannot be saved. Please keep that fact in mind when you cast your votes this year. Dr. Bob Knight is Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. AUDITFrom Page A4 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


** A6 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Starthe blot on the citys image from the news of the incident and whether or not to hold them-selves to the language of the city charter concerning commis-sioners; action is only warranted upon conviction.The charter language is directed solely at commissioners and is fresh due an incident last year involving a commissioner. I would ask that you treat me like any other person and (afford) me due process and the presump-tion of innocence,Ž McCahill said at the meetings outset.Due process, Commissioner Eric Langston said, was worthy but the city, and any public figure representing the city, had an image to uphold, a standard we need to live up to.ŽCommissioner David Ash-brook agreed, saying beyond any language in the charter regarding criminal conviction, there were moralŽ duties, moral stan-dards and, for him, the troubling behavior by McCahill leading to his arrest.He suggested three choices, taking no action pending a con-viction, suspending McCahill pending the outcome of legal proceedings or terminating his contract immediately.A resignation from McCahill was clearly the hope of some commissioners, stated by Com-missioner Bret Lowry who said he came to the meeting to ask for McCahill to voluntarily step aside.Langston also said he hoped McCahill would go voluntarily and both appeared hesistant to directly take the step toward termination.Ashbrook also suggested his fatigue with making such deci-sions; McCahill was arrested six months, nearly to the day, after former commissioner William Thursbay was arrested on DUI charges immediately following a city workshop.Thursbays ultimate conviction led to a tense, awkward meeting at which commissioners finally approved a legal opinion, coincidentally from newly-installed attorney McCa-hill, that Thursbay forfeited his elected position.Langston was appointed to the seat.I am tired of sitting up here making these kind of decisions,Ž Ashbrook said.But McCahill declined twice the offer to resign, including after consultation with a friend in the hallway outside the meeting room.I serve at the pleasure of the board,Ž he said. That is your job ƒ I really love this job. I want to keep it.ŽAfter nearly 15 minutes of tense discussion, Patterson said the news of McCahills arrest was not what he wanted to hear on Sunday morning.No one on the board, he continued,wanted to make the decision to terminate his con-tract with the city, and Patterson added that he believed McCahill had done a pretty good jobŽ as a new city attorney.That said, he added that the incident gave a black eye to the city one more time. I dont see how it is something we can abide.ŽHe said it was clear from the words of commissioners that ter-mination of the contract was the desired outcome from the board.After warning his fellow com-missioners he was prepared to pass the gavel to enter the motion, Ashbrook made the motion to terminate McCahills contract.After an extended silence, and Patterson twice calling for a second, Langston seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous.Commissioners decided to make no decisions on legal counsel on Tuesday beyond contacting those who submitted proposals when long-time attorney Tom Gibson retired late last year. McCahill won the contract. ATTORNEYFrom Page A1Gulf District Schools, that makes crafting a budget for a fiscal year less than three months away much like nav-igating the fastest of video games.So many moving parts, as financial officer Sissy Worley said.At least the picture, as it becomes clearer, is also taking on a more rosy hue for the local public schools.Six months ago we thought for sure we would have to declare a (reduction in workforce),Ž said Superinten-dent of Schools Jim Norton. Right now we can live with where we are at.But we want to be cautious. This is all just preliminary.ŽThe picture has even improved from a week ago, as personnel layoffs appear off the table and a potential millage increase falling to under 2 percent, Worley said.We would not have to raise the millage as much as we thought,Ž Worley said. It does look better than it did a week ago.But this is all preliminary.ŽA positive for the district is that state projections for growth in property values, which factor significantly into the required local effort the state requires be levied of local taxpayers, are on target with the preliminary roll from the property appraiser, Worley said.Both offices project prop-erty values to climb roughly 5 percent; Property Appraiser Mitch Burke must finalize his property rolls by July 1.The closer the state and local projections are, the less adjustment for Worley and the district.Under current projections of the Florida Education Finance Program, the state required local effort in Gulf County will drop 4.9 percent.Another significant driver of the budget is the full-time equivalent student enrollment, which has flattened this year despite projections of slight growth. Each FTE carries a set allo-cation, which this year state lawmakers increased by just 47 cents.Norton said that despite positive developments in the pipeline, enrollment is not likely to grow much in the next year.That impacts operational revenue; Norton noted that Calhoun County has nearly 300 more students, translat-ing into more than $1 million in revenue.The district will receive other funding out of the edu-cation legislation, but as of yet it is not clear how those dollars can be spent.The overwhelming majority is earmarked for school safety and increased mental health services for schools, but the devil will be in details not yet disseminated from the Florida Department of Education.We are still waiting on proviso language on the other funding,Ž Worley said, refer-ring to school safety dollars. It is not clear how the money can be spent.ŽOperational savings neces-sitated by the small increase in base student allocation dollars will come bringing back some general fund dollars previously used to bolster local capital improvement.As the district maintained one of the lowest LCI millages in the state, the only compo-nent of the budget over which the district has sway, general fund dollars were used for capital improvement.But the district continues to have pressing capital issues, from aging facilities to a bus fleet in need of an overhaul.So the district is likely to increase LCI millage which would translate into an overall millage increase to taxpayers of 1.92 percent. Welding at WHSThe proposed establishment of a welding program at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School is likely to be delayed as the district awaits disbursement of RESTORE Act funding.Due to a delay in a comment period on the countys multi-year implementation plan and other factors, the funding for the welding program is not likely to arrive before late summer.The current woodworking class will continue at least for the first semester Teacher suspensionThe Gulf County School Board will hold a special meeting 5 p.m. ET Monday to consider the findings of an investigation into allegations of misconduct by a Port St. Joe Elementary School teacher.Krissy Gentry, a fourthgrade teacher, was suspended with pay over the spring break due, in summary, to multiple viola-tions of the district employee handbook,Ž Norton said.An investigation was undertaken by a Tallahassee attorney at the districts request.The findings of that inves-tigation, and the specifics of the allegations, are under seal for 10 days, or until Monday. Gentry was recently recog-nized as a High Impact teacher by the state. A recognition for her and a handful of other dis-trict teachers at a recent school board meeting was postponed after the suspension.Gentry, a 29-year teaching veteran and president of the union representing district teachers and employees, has also twice been named by her peers as the schools teacher of the year. BUDGETFrom Page A1


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A7 Special to The StarNEW ORLEANS „ The Coast Guard rescued two men from a capsized vessel, southeast of St. George Islandlast Sunday.At approximately 7 p.m. ET watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a notifi-cation from Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity that two men were hang-ing onto the side of a capsized vessel.The Barbara Mabrity approached the vessel and recovered the two men from the water. Both men had severe sunburn and swelling of the lower extremities.The Sector Mobile Command Center coor-dinated with Coast Guard District 8 command center, Coast Guard Dis-trict 7 command center, and Coast Guard Air Sta-tion Clearwater to have both men medevaced for emergency medical treatment.The MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter aircrew from Air Station Clearwater arrived on scene and hoisted the two men and transferred them to local EMS.The men had been exposed to the elements for approximately 27 hours and were both wearing life jackets.Assets involved in the search were:€ Coast guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity€ Coast Guard Sector Mobile command center € Coast Guard Air Sta-tion Clearwater MH-60 aircrew€ Coast Guard District 7 command center€ Coast Guard District 8 command centerCoast Guard rescues 2 people near St. George Island Grammy-nominated, CMA-winning Brothers.The concert, sponsored by The St. Joe Company, D.R. Horton and the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, served as the release show for The Brothers Osborne new album, which they entitled Port Saint Joe.ŽRecorded over a twoweek period in a Gulf County beach house last year, the album opens to the sound of waves along St. Joseph Peninsula.The album will be formally released April 20 and The Brothers Osborne and Marvel begin a European tour. „ Tim Croft BROTHERSFrom Page A1 [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** A8 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star Special to The Star€ On March 26, Deputy A. White took a report of a possible fraudulent check scam. The victim reported that an unknown subject contacted her about pur-chasing something she was selling on a social media site. The purchase amount was $200, but the purchaser sent a check for $1,700. The seller was instructed to deposit the check and return the dif-ference to compensate them. The seller felt it was a scam and terminated the transaction. This is a common scam where a fraudulent check is deposited and the seller sends back money from their account to compen-sate the difference. Only to find out the check was fake and the amount of that check is deleted from your account. Plus, you lose the money you sent to compensate the owner of the check.€ On March 26, Sgt. J. Williams arrested Blaine Allen Pitts (29) at the Sheriffs Substation in Wewahitchka on a Viola-tion of Probation warrant out of Bay County. Pitts was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where he would await extradition to Bay County. € On March 26, Deputy M. Layfield traveled to the Bay County Jail to arrest Nancy Elaine Wolinski (35) and transport her to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Wolinski was wanted in Gulf County on a Writ of Bodily Attachment for failing to pay child support.€ On March 27, Deputy M. Layfield was dispatched to the 100 block of Dogwood Avenue in reference to a theft. It was reported that someone had stolen a Troy Built tiller and Ford transmission from the front yard of a home. The victims vehicle was also forced open and a wallet was stolen. Anyone with information about this theft is encouraged to contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office or Crime Stoppers.€ On March 27, Deputy D. Sanders was assigned to investigate a report of a burglary on Bonita Street in Highland View. It was reported that four rifles were stolen from the residence. No arrests have been made at this time.€ On March 28, Deputy M. Peek conducted a traffic stop on State 71 near the intersection of Chipola Street. He made contact with driver of the vehicle and identified her as Linda McLin Bice (59). As he spoke with Bice, he could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputy Peek questioned Bice about the marijuana odor and she admitted to being in possession of marijuana. During the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Peek found the marijuana Bice had. He also found that she had meth-amphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Bice was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Less Than Twenty Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. € On March 29, Deputy C. Harvey received a report of a theft that occurred in the 400 block of Jehu Road. The complaint reported the theft of two breaker panel boxes stolen from a home under construction. The panels are valued at $200. The theft occurred between March 26-29.€ On March 29, Charles E. Hood (43) was served an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation at the Gulf County Detention Facility. Hood was on probation for Aggra-vated Battery, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, and Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person. He was already in the custody.€ On March 29, Tyler A. Bowles (29) was served an arrest warrant for Viola-tion of Probation to at the Gulf County Detention Facility. Bowels was on probation for two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine. € On March 30, Deputy A. White responded to the Dixie Dandy in Wewahithcka in reference to a vehicle crashing into the storefront. The driver reported that his boot became stuck between the accelerator and brake pedals. As a result, the vehicle accelerated forward and struck an ice machine and the front of the store. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to conduct the crash investigation.€ On March 30, the GCSO traveled to the Jackson County Jail to transport Joseph T. Stephenson (39) to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Stephenson was taken into custody by authorities in Jackson County on a court ordered bond revocation in Gulf County.€ On March 30, Sgt. J. Williams conducted a traffic stop on Doc Whitfield Road, near the intersection of Murphy Road. Sgt. Williams learned that the driver, Wendy Judith Burkett (41), was driving with a suspended drivers license. Burkett was placed under arrest and charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.€ On April 1, Deputy A. White was assigned to investigate a report of a violation of a domestic violence injunction on Hayes Avenue in Highland View. Michael Charles Riley, Jr. (30) was under a court order to not be within 500 feet of a residence. It was found that Riley violated conditions of the order, so he was arrested and charged with Violation of an Injunction for Pro-tection. On April 1, Sgt. J. Murnan was dispatched to a domestic distur-bance on J M Griffin Road in Wewahitchka. Sandra Nichole Smith (37) was found to be the aggressor of an incident involving another family member. Smith was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. € On April 2, Investigators S. Ferrell and P. Williams conducted a traffic stop on State 71 near E. Church Street in Wewahitchka. During the course of the traffic stop, investigators developed probable cause to search the vehicle. The search revealed marijuana, a smoking pipe and a syn-thetic form of marijuana. The vehicle was occupied by Chance Devon Ches-ter Lewis (21) and Sydney J. Sims (18). Lewis was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a New Legend Drug. Sims was also arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.€ On April 4, a report was taken by the GCSO of a theft that had occurred on Oliver Drive in Wewa-hitchka. The victim, who reported the theft over the phone out of town, stated that someone had stolen his John Deere lawn mower from his yard, as well as a Murray push mower, and a Poulan chain saw.€ On April 5, Deputy D. House was dispatched to the 2000 block of Lake Grove Road in reference to a theft. The victim reported that an offshore fishing rod and reel was stolen from his residence. The stolen reel was described as a Tana-com Bull 1000 and the rod was a Shimano Bent Butt. Anyone with information about the theft is encour-aged to contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office.€ On April 5, Investigators S. Ferrell and P. Williams were on Mossie Road in Wewahitchka attempting to locate Zeikel Paul Pitts (38) and arrest him on a warrant for failing to appear in court on the charge of Felony DWLSR. Pitts was found and apprehended. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where he is being held without bond.€ On April 5, Deputy C. Harvey was assigned to take a report of a stolen firearm that occurred in February 2018. It was reported that a KelTec .22 Magnum pistol was stolen from a residence in the 7000 block of Doc Whitfield Road. The victim stated that he could not remember where the gun was when it was stolen, but it was either in his house, vehicle or in his golf cart.€ On April 6, Investigators S. Ferrell and P. Williams went to a resi-dence in the 700 block of Jones Homestead Road to execute a writ of bodily attachment on Shawna Marie Coalley (37). Coal-ley was wanted out of Bay County for failing to pay child support. Coalley was arrested and trans-ported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.€ On April 7, Tanyaneka Zacceusha Pittman (23) and Darrell W. Cowles (44) were delivered to the Gulf County Detention Facility by U.S. Prisoner Transport after being apprehended on Gulf County warrants in outside jurisdictions. Pittman was wanted by the Port St. Joe Police Department for Burglary and Cowles was wanted on a writ of bodily attach-ment for failing to pay child support.€ On April 7, Deputy C. Harvey was assigned to investigate a report of a vehicle burglary in the 300 block of South Diana Street in Stonemill Creek. It was reported that someone had broken into a vehicle and stole a cell phone and $50 in cash. It is not certain whether the vehicle was left unlocked or not but there was no evidence supporting a forced entry into the vehicle.€ On April 7, Deputy M. Peek was dispatched to the 200 block of Marina Drive in reference to a physical disturbance. Deputy Peek arrived on scene and learned that Clinton Thomas McCahill (49) had entered into another persons apartment and engaged in a physical altercation with that person. McCahill, who was intoxicated, was still on scene as deputies arrived. He was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary and Battery.€ On April 8, Deputy M. Peek conducted a traffic stop on State 22 near Kemp Cemetery Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Fredrick L. Crutchfield, III (27). During the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Peek learned that the vehicle Crutchfield was driving had a registration plate that did not belong on it. Crutchfield was placed under arrest and charged with Attaching Registra-tion Tag Not Assigned. While affecting the arrest, Deputy Peek found that Crutchfield was in pos-session of marijuana and a smoking pipe. If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 227-1115, 6395717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.Gulf County Sheri s O ce law enforcement summaryMarch 26-April 8 Special to The StarDuring Florida Volunteer Month in April, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-sion (FWC) is celebrating its many volunteers who contribute time and energy to help conserve fish, wildlife and habitats, and help improve public access and skills related to outdoor experiences such as hunting, fishing, boat-ing and wildlife viewing.Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers assisted FWC staff with 85 projects around the state.We value our volun-teers. The positive power of volunteers strengthens our efforts to conserve Floridas fish and wildife resources,Ž said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. If you want to combine being in Floridas beautiful outdoors with volunteering, we encour-age you to get involved as an FWC volunteer.ŽHere are some projects that FWC volunteers are assisting with:€ Collecting data to increase knowledge of Floridas imperiled species.€ Instructing youth, residents and visitors on how to become respon-sible outdoor recreators.€ Rescuing marine mammals.€ Monitoring and restoring oyster reef habitat. € Constructing, install-ing and monitoring nest boxes for southeastern American kestrels and wood ducks.€ Helping construct and maintain a gravityfed irrigation system for plants used in scrub habitat restoration. € Helping improve visi-tors experiences at many of the FWCs wildlife management areas.€ Helping organize sci-entific data.Go to Involved, to see FWC volunteer opportunities available statewide and by region.Additionally, volunteers can sign-up for projects on the, where a wide range of volunteer opportunities are advertised.Get involved: Be an FWC volunteer STARFL.COM


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A9ultimately arrested for felony burglary of a structure and battery.Tuesday his contract with the city was terminated. (See related story)Peek was dispatched just before 10 p.m. ET last Saturday night to 260 Marina Drive in Port St. Joe, a commercial office building which also contains an apartment in which McCa-hill resides.Jones, who said he sometimes sleeps in the office, said McCahill and his girlfriend entered the building and McCahill became upset about a bag of Jones belongings in the hallway.When Jones went to retrieve the bag a verbal altercation between the two men ensued.Jones said he was concerned the altercation would turn physical due to McCahills yelling and level of intoxication.ŽJones said he went in his office and closed the door in an effort to defuse the situation. Jones also began recording a video on his phone in fear of the situation becoming worse.ŽIn the video, Peek wrote, McCahill can be seen outside Jones door stat-ing, This is going down, me and Keith, tonightŽ several times, then walks out of camera view before the video ends.Jones stated that McCahill exited McCahills apartment onto the balcony and forced his way into the side door of Jones office, approaching Jones in an aggressive manner.ŽJones said he was forced into a defen-sive posture after running out of room to back up and Jones struck McCahill several times and was in turn struck by McCahill.After the exchange of blows, Jones was able to get back in his office and lock the door.Jones suffered a small abrasion under his left eye, redness under the left side of his chin and swelling and bruising to his right elbow.Peek wrote that McCahill appeared to be intoxicated, slurring his speech and swaying back and forth while talk-ing. He repeated he had come home and went inside his residence.McCahills girlfriend said she did not witness the altercation. MCCAHILLFrom Page A1seventh-graders, Mrs. Knox is now ready to continue in a new capacity of advancing children into adulthood with an excellent Gulf County education, giving them the chance they deserve to be pro-active members of society.A graduate of Troy University, her journey brought her in 1974 from her Alabama roots to Port St. Joe to work in the engineering department of the local paper mill for fifteen years, where she met and married a co-worker, Gregg Knox. Together they raised and educated their children, Kayce Knox Costin (married to Mark) and Brad Knox (married to Alicia Sanders), in Port St. Joe public schools.Mrs. Knox plays an active role in her grandchildren's lives, where she is seen as a regular fan at area ballparks and tennis courts rooting for her sports-minded grandsons Carter, Cade, and Peyton, and being "Mimi," a favorite chef, for granddaughters Presley and Caroline.Ruby serves her Lord as an active member of Long Avenue Baptist Church. KNOXFrom Page A1 Jones said he went in his o ce and closed the door in an e ort to defuse the situation. Jones also began recording a video on his phone in fear of the situation becoming worse.Ž In the video, Peek wrote, McCahill can be seen outside Jones door stating, This is going down, me and Keith, tonightŽ several times, then walks out of camera view before the video ends.


** A10 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The StarBy Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The StarWith warm spring temperatures comes mole cricket activity. These six-legged alien-like critters burrow up from the ground and crawl across the landscape. Theyre harmless to us, as humans, but they could have a devastating effect on your lawn, pasture or garden. Three non-native mole cricket species exist in Florida, including tawny, southern and shortwinged. The skin of the insect is light brown and adults usually reach approximately one and a half inches in length. They do have wings, which fold over their back. Mole Crickets live in soil and their favorite food is plant roots. Mole crickets are excellent at tunneling. The tunneling action also loosens soil, so that often the grass roots break away from the soil, leading to grass dying through root system desiccation. They can weave a myriad of routes under a lawn and can tunnel more than 20 feet in a night. During the spring season, mole crickets lay their eggs in the soil. Nymphs hatch after two weeks. The nymphs closely resemble the adult in appearance, but lack developed wings. Nymphs slowly mature and conclude their life cycle the following spring, therefore there is only one generation per year. Mole crickets are most active at night, especially in the warmer months. They are attracted to light, so its common to see them around streetlamps and security lights. Mole crickets can be controlled by a number of sprays and baits, but application should be at night and when the temperature reaches at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Baits are most effective from June through September, when fast growing nymphs need more food. These applications work the best when applied after rainfall, when soil moisture is optimum. Soil moisture assists in penetration of both sprays and bait. However, do not water your lawn immediately after applying the treatment. Evidence suggests through new research that biological control options, like the parasitoid known as the Larra bicolor wasp, may be more effective than pesticides. Host plants for the parasitoid, such as shrubby false buttonw eedŽ (Spermacoce verticillate) and partridge peaŽ (Chamaecrista fasciculata) are far more economical to maintain than the cost of pesticide applications. These are wildflowers, which require minimal maintenance by growing without fertilizer, irrigation or other assistance. If you suspect mole crickets in your lawn, there is a screening method to detect activity known as the 2 method. This method calls for mixing 2 gallons of water with 2 ounces of dish detergent. Apply mixture to a 2 x 2 feet area that you suspect. Observe the area for 2 minutes. Mole crickets will emerge to the surface of the lawn, if present. Its important to note when mole crickets appear in a lawn, so do moles. Moles crickets are a favorite menu item of the mole. Therefore, if you control the mole cricket population in your lawn, the less likely youll have a mole problem. Supporting information for this article can be found in the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Mole Cricket IPM Guide for FloridaŽ, by C. R. Kerr, N. C. Leppla, E. A. Buss, and J. H. Frank: pdffiles/IN/IN102100.pdf and the UF/IFAS website narrative by Georgia Gelmis: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl. edu/lawn-and-garden/ mole-crickets/. UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.The Life and times of a mole cricketA mole cricket in the grass. [CAMILA GUILLEN, UF/IFAS EXTENSION]


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** Special to The StarTALLAHASSEE … The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-tion's Florida State Parks and ReserveAmerica announced last week the winners of the "Cele-brate Florida State Parks" Winter 2017-2018 Photo Contest.€ Grand-Prize Winner: Beth Pannell has won a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera and a Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass. Her photo was taken at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Penin-sula State Park and captures a moment during her fam-ilys first camping trip with their daughters (who were most excited to sleep in a tent and eat smores for the first time). Beth and her family also enjoy visiting Bald Point State Park, Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.€ Second-Prize Winner: Tamara Sandusky has won an REI Co-op Siesta 30 Sleeping Bag, Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table and 12 Florida State Parks Day Entrance Passes. Her photo was taken at Lake Kissimmee State Park. Tamara and her family (including their dog, Sadie) love state parks and often visit to camp, hike and bike during their excursions.€ Third-Prize Winner: David Burns has won a Coleman Classic Propane Stove, Snow Peak Personal Cooker 3 Cookset and six Florida State Parks Day Entrance Passes. His photo was taken at Fort Clinch State Park. David and his family love to visit Fort Clinch and are looking forward to visiting additional Florida State Parks in the upcoming months to collect more stamps for their Florida State Parks Passport.The Winter 2017-2018 Photo Contest received 2,165 submissions and was a great opportunity for visitors to share their park memories. The con-test ran from Dec. 21, 2017, to Feb. 21, 2018. Florida State Parks congratulates the winners and all who entered the contest. View all the photos from the Winter 2017-2018 Photo Contest. Look for new photo contests coming soon! A12 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star April fishing is really starting to heat up with the warmer weather and finally the wind laying down some. Mackerel along the beaches and buoys has really turned on and the larger fish are showing up. Continue to slow troll your Mackerel rigs and also use these along the sea walls for you anglers fishing from shore. Cobia will start to show along the beaches as well so keep you a Cobia rod ready and rigged for sight fishing. Keep an eye out as your trolling for Mackerel for Cobia out around the outer sand bar. Redfish are starting to move back in the St. Joe Bay and should be fished around the bridge (Canal) and the deeper holes, live bait is best but they will take a well fished soft bait like D.O.A or Salt-water Assassin in paddle tail. Lastly lets talk about Pompano, they are here and will continue to grow in numbers as the water heats up. They are running as a rule between the sand bars and will show up in deeper holes in the bay as well. Fish with standard Pomp jigs in pink, yellow or orange. Also the Fishbites Sand Flea flavor is a great bait for Pompano's. Keep your reports coming to us and sends your pics as well. Until next week, Happy Fishing OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.comBy Nancy and Jack BlakeSpecial to The StarEd.s note: This is the first in a series of four Day Trips from Port St. Joe, each covering a visit to a coastal Florida State Park on the eastern Panhandle. All four can be visited in one trip with the furthest park east being about a 2-hour drive. Or, if time permits and youre of an exploratory, out-doorsy nature, then you might consider one park per trip, or two trips of two each. Theres plenty to do in each facility. Whichever combo you choose, we wish you happy and safe travels.As far as unspoiled, old Florida coastal scenery is concerned, its hard to beat Bald Pointƒƒnot the pen, the park. Located about 70 miles east of Port St. Joe and consuming less than an hour and a half to get there, Bald Point State Park, in reality located on Alligator Point, offers a multitude of land and water activities. Its here where the waters of Ochlockonee Bay meet those of the Gulf of Mexico (actually Apalachee Bay, but we wont argue).Theres three beach access points and the white sandy strand is more than available (read: not crowded) for swimming, sunning, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Theres also two picnic areas with pavilions, grills and restrooms, plus several other picnic tables available throughout the facility.At the far north end of the park is a protected and modern boat and fishing dock. Flounder, redfish, trout or mullet will typically be included in your catch-of-the-day.The park has five trail heads providing access to some 20 miles of hiking trails. Maps are available at the trail heads.Also, at the parks north end is access to a lengthy birding boardwalk which takes the visitor across acres of marshland and provides opportunities to observe migrating birds and waterfowl. Each fall, eagles and other migrating raptors, as well as thousands of monarch butterflies, are commonly seen heading south for the winter.This unique park is a recreational treasure trove and a nature lovers para-dise. Spend a day or just an hour or two. You wont be disappointed.Day Trip travelogueBald Point State ParkWinning photo taken at T.H. Stone Memorial Park[{SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Map: Port St. Joe to Bald Point State Park. [COURTESY OF NANCY AND JACK BLAKE}] Entry. [{COURTESY OF NANCY AND JACK BLAKE] Trail to the beacH. Beach. Fishing on the Ochlockonee River. Heron on Treetop This unique park is a recreational treasure trove and a nature lovers paradise. Spend a day or just an hour or two. You wont be disappointed.Florida State Parks photo contest winners


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A13 SPORTSSpecial to The StarThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team will have its annual work day Saturday, May 12. The cost is $40 a kid and we like to send them in groups of 2 or 4. Work will begin at 9 a.m. ET and finish at 2 p.m. If you have any spring cleaning jobs around your house or business please let us know. All the money made will go toward our players to go to FCA camp in July. If you are interested please call the school at 229-8251 or email football work dayStar Staff ReportBrianna Bailey continued her dominating senior season, including a one-hitter and two two-hitters, as the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball teams winning streak reached 12 this week.With a 4-1 victory of Franklin County Tuesday, the Lady Gators reached 17-4 overall, a perfect 10-0 in district play.Bailey is 16-1 on the season with a 0.45 ERA and just shy of two strike-outs per inning: 186 Ks in 94 innings. Wewahitchka 4, Franklin County 1Bailey tossed a one-hit-ter and Gracie Price drove in two runs during a key three-run fifth inning.The Lady Gators managed just four hits, and Prices were the only RBIs, but Bailey made it hold up.Bailey struck out seven, walked one and allowed a single earned run.A three-run fifth broke open a game knotted at 1-1.Price was 2 for 3 with a double and Aleah Wooten and Lyndsey Butler had the other Wewahitchka hits.Cyrina Madrid reached twice, stole two bases and scored twice.Tamiah Rouse and Anna Setterich also scored for Wewahitchka. Wewahitchka 3, Bozeman 0Bailey tossed a twohit shutout and drove in a run as the Lady Gators notched a key district game Monday night.Angela Long had a single and drove in the other two Wewahitchka runs.The Lady Gators put up single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings.Price was 2 for 3 and scored, Katie Shealy was 1 for 2 and Butler 1 for 1.Kristen Nichols and Wooten each scored.Bailey dominated, striking out 17 and walk-ing none over seven innings. Wewahitchka 10, North Florida Christian 5The Lady Gators roared back from a 5-1 deficit last week, scoring three runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth.Butler hit a three-run home run in her only plate appearance to jolt the Wewahitchka offense.Bailey singled and scored, Long drove in two runs, Wooten had a pair of hits and scored and Madrid was 2 for 3, stole two bases and scored twice.Haley Guffey had two hits and scored twice, Price had a single and drove in two, Shealy singled, drove in a run and scored and Kristen Thompson singled and scored.Savannah Lister started in the circle for Wewahitchka and allowed five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three in three innings.Bailey came on to pitch the final four frames, allowing two hits while walking two and striking out seven. Wewahitchka 11, Franklin County 0Bailey tossed a twohitter and drove in five runs as the Lady Gators coasted last week in East-point last week.Wewahitchka scored five runs in the final two innings.Bailey was 3 for 4 with a triple and Long had a single and drove in three runs to pace the Lady Gator offense.Madrid was 3 for 5 and scored twice, Price was 3 for 4 with a double and drove in two and Wooten was 3 for 5 and scored three times.Setterich, Shealy and Thompson all had hits for Wewahitchka.Lady Gators winning streak hits 12Star Staff ReportLast week the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School softball team hosted Wewahitchka, Blountstown, Bozeman and Vernon.Brooke Zinker (six Innings pitched, five hits, 10 runs, six earned runs, seven strikeouts and nine walks) and Georgia Lee (one inning, four hits, eight runs, eight earned runs, seven walks) combined pitching for the loss against Wewahitchka 18-2. The leading hitters were Zinker, Erica Ramsey, Hannah Lee and Chloe Jones, with one hit each. Hannah Lee also had two RBIs for the Lady Tiger Sharks.Zinker (seven Innings, eight hits, five runs, three earned runs, 10 strikeouts and five walks) pitched for Port St. Joe in the win against Blountstown 10-5. The leading hitters, with two hits each, were Claudia Alcorn and Erica Ramsey. Also adding hits were Brook Quinn, Geor-gia Lee, Zinker and Hagen Parrish. Alcorn drove in three runs.Zinker (five Innings, eight hits, 15 runs, seven earned runs, seven strike-outs and seven walks) picked up the loss against Bozeman 15-1. The leading hitters, with one hit each, were Parrish and Kali Austerman.Zinker (four innings, no runs, no hits, seven strike-outs and four walks) picked up the win against Vernon 15-0. Leading hitter was Zinker with two hits. Geor-gia Lee and Brook Quinn had one hit each, with Brook Quinn hitting a solo home run. The current overall record for the Lady Tiger Sharks is 8-6. Next week they will play at home on Thursday, April 19 against Rutherford.The four senior players, Claudia Alcorn, Georgia Lee, Hannah Lee and Brook Quinn, will be recognized prior to the game that begins at 7 p.m. ET.Port St. Joe travels toBay High on Monday, April 16 and Blountstown on Friday, April 20.Zinker no-hitter, Quinn homer leads PSJ over VernonStar Staff ReportThe lull seems to be over.After losing six straight over a little more than two weeks in the middle of the season, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball won its third in a row Tuesday with a 5-0 shutout of Franklin County. The Tiger Sharks, 9-8 after a quick start preceding the dip, appear locked into no worse that the two seed when the district tournament begins in 10 days in Wewahitchka.That would mean a bye in the first round and one win to stamp a berth in the state playoffs.Port St. Joe hosts Wakulla tonight, travels to Springfield Rutherford Friday and plays Vernon and Bozeman, currently leading the district, next week as the regular season winds down.Elijah Hester tossed a complete game threehitter against the Seahawks, striking out five. We also played a real good game defensively,Ž said Coach Ashley Sum-merlin. We made two errors, but we made the solid plays.We are getting better at the right time of the season. The kids are buying into what we are trying to do.ŽJohn Gee doubled, walked and scored, Brandon Brant had two hits and drove in two, Kelvin Griffin singled and stole a base and Jaden Grantland singled and drove in two.The offense has started to pick up a bit since the midseason swoon, which Summer-lin said was rooted in the lackluster attack.You go through that in a season,Ž Summerlin said. We just werent playing St. Joe baseball.Offensively, the struggles, it really did effect us in other parts of the game.ŽAnd, now, to be sitting in a position to reach the state playoffs after so much coaching turnover the past year, is a testa-ment, Summerlin said, to his players.These guys have been through a lot of adversity, with all the changeover ƒ I am their third c oach within a year. For them to take that and run the way they are, that is a credit to them,Ž Summerlin said.Tiger Sharks win third in a row over FranklinStar Staff ReportThe Shark 100 Club will hold its annual Chicken Dinner Athletic Fundraiser to benefit athletics at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, April 20.This is the major fundraiser each year for the Shark 100 Club and PSJHS athletics and benefits all participating sports pro-grams at PSJHS.The dinner, costing $8, includes half a (John Wright) BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, bread and sweet tea.Dinners can be picked up during the time speci-fied above at the PSJHS cafeteria/commons area.Tickets can be purchased at Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School or from any Tiger Shark athlete.With the Shark 100 Club underwriting the cost of the dinner, pro-ceeds from the fundraiser are further stretched and divided among the sports based on tickets sold by athletes in those sports.Support all Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School athletics and purchase your tickets in advance.Because the food purchased is based on advance ticket sales, please, no walk-ups the day of the event.Shark 100 chicken dinner fundraiser The dinner, costing $8, includes half a (John Wright) BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, bread and sweet tea.Special to The StarWith a larger field than the ladies have had for years the Ladies Club Championship was held last week with two perfect golfing weather days at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. New and old players competed for this years bragging rights.The Club Champion for 2018 will be Penelope Eva-noff. Penelope has won the title the past three years. She was challenged this year but pulled it off again.The Low Net Champion is Natalie Dolan, a new club member this year.The 2018 Putting Cham-pion is Ethel Bardsley.Lady golfers in the A division who took home tournament prizes were Susan Galloway who had the longest drive both days of the tournament and really put the balls down the fairway.Closest to the Flag on the Par 3s was Pat Hard-man on Monday and Ethel Bardsley on Tuesday.In the B and C division the golfers who took the honors and bragging rights were Lissa Dulany and Charlotte Maddox for longest drives and Closest to the Flag on the Par 3s were Barb McQuinn and Darla Koepke.Lissa Dulany also took the honor of being the Most Honest GolferŽ, having the most fun during the tournament.The St Joseph Bay Golf Club Ladies Golf Association plays Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. ET. If you are a lady golfer, come on out and join us. Call the club and let them know you are interested and we will get back to you or just come on out on Thursday morning.LGA tournament yields new champions for 2018Winners: Penelope Evanoff, Natalie Dolan and Ethel Bardsle. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** A14 Thursday, April 12, 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 Beautiful sunset over St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF CAROL BUIKEMA] Easter sunrise … He has risen [COURTESY OF KAY GEOGHAGAN] Easter morning … praising our abundance [COURTESY OF BILL KENNEDY] A baby barred rock in Wewahitchka [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Dogs dig Cape San Blas [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] Cant get enough Cape San Blas sunsets [COURTESY OF DAVE EVANS] Pelicans aloft over a sunset cruise [COURTESY OF BECKY BLOCK]


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUNCOMMUNITY Wilson Casey By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe Triple Crown was not in play, but an MVP will suffice.For the second consecutive year Gulf District Schools topped all small Florida counties in the Flor-ida FAFSA Challenge.Driven by district high school guidance counselors Karen Turner at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School and Jessica Brock at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, the districts showing con-tinued a recent streak which has placed Gulf District Schools near the top of the chart each of the past three years.We we are a small dis-trict and this is one of those small things we do well,Ž said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. We try to make sure students have every opportunity to go on to college.ŽIn the acronym-crazy world of education, FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, in particular for Pell Grants to attend college.The goal for the guidance counselor, urge every senior and their parents to fill out and submit the application, maintain options, regardless of post-high school goals.Until last year, the district folks werent entirely clear there even was a competition, Brock told the Gulf County School Board last year.Across the state, and asmong all districts.Last year, the district snagged a triple play, winning in each of three small-county awards in the Florida FAFSA Challenge.However, one of those awards, for Most Improved district, was obviously off the board after last years sweep of top honors.Each year, winning districts were named in four enroll-ment categories, recognizing top schools and districts.District tops scholarship competitionAt the heart of FAFSA success are Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. School Guidance Counselor Jessica Brock and Wewahitchka Jr/ Sr. High School Guidance Counselor Karen Turner.[FILE PHOTO] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comWithin the general realm of understatement, most visitors and residents would surely agree with a list that puts Cape San Blas near the top among vacation, a premiere tourism resource in Florida, did just that last month, naming Cape San Blas among the 11 Most Popular Small Town Florida Destinations.ŽThe list is selected by the websites travel experts and is in significant measure based on the most recent six months worth of traffic on the website.The 11, which range from Islamorada, Sanibel Island, Cocoa Beach and Miramar beach, are not listed in any particular order, only noted for being among Floridas top off the beaten pathŽ destinations.In its description of Cape San Blas, the website notes the traces of Old FloridaŽ that remain as well as the 2002 designation by Cape named top small town destinationCape San Blas was named one of the top off the beaten path destiniations in Florida [COURTESY OF CAROL BUIKEMA] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comHer husband vetoed the chickens so Cynde Aaron turned to honeybees.The Wewahitchka resident, who described her business, Dead Lakes Apiary, as a back-yardŽ operation, is in her fifth year of partnering with the honeybees on their nectar.And she employs an unusual method, at least for these parts, which is aimed, at least in part, at expanding beekeep-ing to the entire human hive, if you will.The methods uncommon-ness, to stretch the analogy a bit further, is in fact one of the things that attracted Aaron to the Flow Hive, which is essen-tially a bee hive without the hassle of actually interacting with the bees. Should a keeper choose,It was different,Ž Aaron said when asked about her immersion in the flow hives. I thought it was an interest-ing step for beekeeping.It was different, at least, in a way to get more people involved in beekeeping.ŽA Flow Hive is not much different that of what most envision as bee boxes.Those are eightor 10-frame Langstroth boxes, which open on top and from which frames are pulled to extricate the honey.The queen and her brood hive live and thrive at the bottom of the box, the wax/ honey is deposited along the frames. The Top Bar type of hive flips the Langsworth, the frames horizontal instead of vertical, the honey at one end and the brood hive at the other. A Flow Hive is similar in look to a Langstroth on the outside, with a few tweaks.But inside, the honey collects along frames that can be, with the turn of a handle, offset to cause the honey to flow, when pressed together, through a tube and straight into a jar. Directly out of the hive into a jar and onto whatever fancy strikes the consumer. No muss, little fuss. Each Flow Hive includes a window which allows the keeper to track the manufac-turer and accumulation of the honey inside the hive.Nothing requires interaction with the bees, the idea, according to Australian cocreator Cedar Anderson, for extraction to be less stressful for bees and keeper.Anderson patented the technology in 2015; Aaron was one of the first to contrib-ute to a crowd-funding effort to raise capital for the initial production line.As of February, three years after being patented, there are more than 51,000 Flow Hives in use in more than 130 companies, according to the companys website.Letting the honey owWewahitchka apiary using new technologyWith the turn of a switch, honey ” ows from the hive directly to the jar. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The Flow Hive concept was invented in Australia. 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? 1. Who was called the First Lady of the WorldŽ in tribute to her human rights achievements?Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jac-queline Kennedy2. Of these, whose official painted color is deluxe interna-tional orangeŽ?Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Golden Gate Bridge3. Reportedly, actor Tom Cruise attended how many different schools while growing up?5, 10, 15, 204. Whos the burro sidekick of cartoon sheriff, Quick Draw McGraw?Deputy Dawg, Boo Boo, Baba Looey, El Dorado5. Whats the Awedis Zildjian company most famous for?Microphones, Cymbals, Gui-tars, Sheet music6. How many Oscars did Alfred Hitchcock win for Best DirectorŽ?0, 4, 7, 10 ANSWERS: 1. Eleanor Roos-evelt, 2. Golden Gate Bridge, 3. 15, 4. Baba Looey, 5. Cymbals, 6. 0See DISTRICT, B5 See CAPE, B5 See HONEY, B5


** B2 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYStar Staff ReportThe local chapter of the DAR recently honored the winners of its annual essay contest. Over the coming weeks we will print those essays.This week we offer Austin Ramsey, a fifth-grader at Faith Christian School, and his essay: World War I: Remembering the war to end all warsBy Austin Benjamin RamseyHello, my name is Joe, and I am l1 years old. lt is 1918, and I live in Port St. Joe, Florida.I am at home with my dog named Sky and my sister, Leanna, because my mom and brother are at work and my dad has been at war.The Great War has been going on for over a year, and my dad is finally coming home. Rationing during the war has been very hard. The food admin-istrator, Herbert Hoover, proposed one meatless, two wheatless, and two porkless days each week. The fuel ardministrator, Harry Garfield, proposed four lightless nights a week.The United Startes Food Board proposed new ration-ing, and each person will be limited to two pounds of sugar a month. We have to have a war garden to help feed oursrelves. We are growing potatoes, onions, peas, squash, okra and many more wonderful vegetables.We love our fruit trees with oranges and satsumas that we can share with our neighbors and friends. We make ielly from the ber-ries,, and grapes that grow wild in the woods near our home. We have a few chickens in our yard, and we have two pigs. I have to gather the eggs from the chicken's nests, and I have to feed the pigs, too. I am happy when I help in the garden and with the animals. When we sing, we like to sing patriotic songs. The songs make me feel proud to be an American. When we have money we can spare, we give it to the Red Cross to help in the war.We volunteer helping if the Red Cross needs us. We have to walk to town because fuel for our car is too hard to get. I wrote let-ters to my dad while he was at war. He wrote on the letters that I sent to him and then sent them back. I was so glad when they came back. My mom and brother went to work at a factory. They loved their job because they were making money, and they were also helping our country since our men were mostly fighting in the war.African-Americans took over many of the jobs along with the women. This is the only way to keep our fact-cories open during the war.My dad is finaily coming home from the war. I am very happy that he is coming home. My daddy's best friend was blown up by a tank, and lots of his friends were shot up and died and were hurt. I am happy that he has not been killed.I know he will be very sad when he gets home, but I will try hard to cheer him up. Many families have lost their dad, and now threy are having a hard time.We pray every day for peace for our country. The war was not a good thing, but some good things hap-perred because of the war. President Wilson is going to go to Versaille, France to talk arbout a peace treaty. He wants to make The League of Nations in order to prevent future wars. Many people want Germany to have to pay heavy fines and not let them rebuild their army. President Wilson thinks this is too tough. A symbol of World War I is the poppy. John McCrae was inspired to write a poem after losing his friend in the war. lt tells how the poppies grow between all the crosses where he is buried in Flander's Field. The name of the poem is, ln Flanders Field."DAR ESSAY WINNERS2018 DAR Essay Winners and their families.. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Willis V Rowan Ameri-can Legion Post 116 extends their heartfelt appreciation to our community and outof-town guests for another successful Fish Fry/BBQ Chicken event held on Good Friday at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill. The weather attempted to slow our pace, but it didnt deter patrons from coming out. We appreci-ate our volunteers (including NJROTC Cadet Addison Bur-kett and Matthew Taylor of Gulf Coast Hospice) along with our members for putting in some long hours to bring this event to fruition. Special thanks to Raffield Fisheries for their generosity and support of our veterans. We will donate the proceeds of the event to Veteran sponsored charities in our community.American Legion newsPictured is Commissioner and Veteran Jimmy Rogers manning the fryer. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarHow to experience a full and satisfying life, even in the midst of sickness, will be explored 7 p.m. CT Monday, April 16 at Lifetree Caf.The program, titled How to Live Before You Die: Embrac-ing Life to the Fullest,Ž features a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States.Vukelja, now an oncologist, tells how she works with patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude.I tell people they have a terminal illness called life, and one day, its going to kill you,Ž Vukelja said. If you live every day like its your last, one day youre going to be right.ŽAdmission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and bev-erages are available. Lifetree Caf is lo cated 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 Life-tree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or livingwater@livingwateratthebeach.comPursuing a satisfying life discussed at Lifetree CafSpecial to The StarWewahitchka Medical Center is hosting an open house 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 24 to welcome Cortne Amerson, FNP.Mrs. Amerson grew up in Wewahitchka and has now realized her educational and professional goal to be a family nurse practitioner. She will be serving as the primary medical provider at Wewahitchka Medical Center with medical oversight and resources being provided by North Florida Medical Centers internal medicine, family practice and pediatric physicians.Several local organizations made Amersons career possible.Groups such as the Wewa Womens Club provided schol-arships to Amerson for college. Rhonda Alderman, Secretary for the Wewa Womens Club shared that The GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club is extremely proud to have contributed to Cortnes education. We are excited that she is bringing her knowledge back to the community of Wewahitchka.ŽIn many ways this is a reflec-tion upon Wewahitchkas fostering of a bright young student and how that effort paid off for the community. Alderman said, We are all looking forward to a very successful future for Cortne Amerson as a nurse practitio-ner in Wewahitchka.ŽIf you haven't met Mrs. Amerson, please join us and meet her face to face while enjoying light refreshments. If interested in attending or if you would like more information; please contact us at 639-5828.Wewahitchka Medical Center open house for Cortne Amerson April 24


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R.ING AT PSJESS.O.A.R. students for the week of April 6 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarPANAMA CITY… The Gulf Coast S tate College Foundation announced last week its 2018-2019 High School Honors Scholarship recipients. These scholarships, used to offset the cost of tuition, are awarded to local high school seniors with a weighted GPA of 3.5 who have elected to continue their education at Gulf Coast for their first years in college.Over 70 applications were submitted this year and 10 were selected by a scholarship scoring committee comprised of faculty and staff. These students will be honored in front of administrators, faculty and staff of Gulf Coast State Col-lege during the Honors Convocation Ceremony on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. CT in the Amelia Center Theatre where they will receive blue, gold and white honors cords. The High School Honors Scholarships are renewable for another year if the recipient decides to continue their education at GCSC. The following students will be recognized:€ Savannah Harrison, Wewahitchka High School€ Anna Setterich, Wewahitchka High School€ Rylee Waters, Wewa-hitchka High School€ Savannah Gardner, Deane Bozeman School€ Jackson Alford, Mosley High School€ Emily Cobb, Mosley High School€ Emily Weathersby, Mosley High School€ Abby Earnest, North Bay Haven Charter School€ Kendall Cook, Ruth-erford High School€ Rima Patel, Ruther-ford High SchoolGCSC Foundation recognizes honors scholarship recipientsSpecial to The StarKindergarten, all As Kinsley Armstead, Ella Baird, Miles Barber, Cylas Borden, Kylee Bryan, Eliza-beth Burris, Austin Carnes, Kelsi Conners, Temperance Covan, McKinlee Cutchin, Jordan Dailey, Jayle Exum, Ava Florence, Mustapha Guemmaz, River Hart, Nate Harvey, Isabella Hopper, Averee Kennedy, Presley Knox, Kedrick Larry, Brooklyn Lowry, Chelsea Martina, Isla Mock, Brian Nickson, Daila Parker, Jagger Payne, T.J. Petersen, Lexi Pittman, Eli Pitts, Rese Pitts, Evie Ray, Allyson Robinson, Eleanor Shoaf, Katherine Stud-still, Finley Taunton, Josie Taylor, Kylan Thomas, Sonja Turner, Isaac Walz, Peyton Watson, Deacon Webb, Averi White, Gracie Wilson, Braylon Wright, Kolbe Wyatt; Kindergarten, As and Bs Iriana Beal, Ayden Bentley, Malakai Brooks, Skye Carithers, Gabe Causey, Jamarion Cook, Emma Cribbs, Spencer Cribbs, Meredith Davis, Nevaeh Dixon, Mia Ever-ett, Maliah Jackson, Jacob Lacivita, Wyatt Layfield, Hayden Lindsey, Nathan Moore, Jaice Quinn, Dominic Sanders, Ethan Smith, Audrey Stewart, Kaleb Thomas, Kaiden Tong, ANiyah Turrell, Savanna White; First Grade, all As Ethan Abbott, Emiliano Angel, Kylie Austin, Baylee Beauchamp, Gavin Evers, Harper Fosshage, Jude Fos-shage, McKenna Galvin, Alaina Green, Bentley Hen-derson, Isaiah Ivey, Waylon Kilpatrick, Jordyn Lee, Jonathon Lindsey, Kanani Paalan, Cooper Patterson, Grayson Price, Brenton Riley, Baylee Watson; First Grade, As and BsMason Acree, Jackson Anderson, Ivy Beal, Anabella Bishop, Araiya Cue, Jonathan Detty, Aaron Dixon, Ro Dixon, Drake Fenwick, Harmony Follin, Breeze Harriman, Christian Hess, Lily Hicks, Mackenzie Hill, Kody Johnson, Bentley Lowery, Ricardo Manning III, Tessa Mays, Kaelani McNair, Scotty Odom, Farrah Price, Brody Rich, Will Richards, Sawyer Smith, Kayden Soto, Ariana Stark, Case Taylor, Dean Weston, Conner White, Taylor Young;Sam Burris, Braden Cathey, Xavier Devine, Lillian Earley, Evan Fogle, Braden Griffin, Pei-Qi Lin, Shelby Metcalf, Shamari Owens, Lex Payne, Ava Petersen, Judah Smith, Elle Summerlin, Keziah Swiney, Kara Thompson, Naomi Tompkins, Bo Vaughn, Nathanyal White; Second Grade, As and BsMahayla Canington, Mya Clemmons, Demon-tae Cowan, Gabriell DaCosta, Bentley Davis, Ariel Dwight, Kezia Gordy, Kimber Larry, Kobe Larry, Mase Larry, Connor Lewis, Cooper Mathes, Arleigh Naus, Keilana Parker, Katie Pat-rick, McKenna Peak, Katie Philyaw, Bradley Powell, Leielle Rivera, Kiarra Stuckey, Clara Webb, Colby Weeks, Colton Wehunt, Les Whitlow, Greyson Williams; Third Grade, all As Aidan Brown, Gavyn Bryant, Easton Buchanan, Daylin Byrd, Darion Cherry, Tristan Connell, Michael Ellwood, Sam Erickson, Faith Gainous, RJ Gerlach, Kendall Hess, Kallie Joseph, Dana Kelly, Kaylee Lowery, Kayla McDaniel, Rosa Nunez, Taylor Pope, Bo Simmons, Adriana Smiley, Madison Terry, Cole Whitaker, Tess Williams ; Third Grade, As and Bs Laynee Adams, Darlin Aguilar, Marissa Bailey, Rhys Bennefield, Aaron Bogard, Haylen Cannon, Alysa Cathcart, Luke Childers, Ross Davis, Rion Farmer, Dane Fosshage, Anniston Gainer, Florencio Gonzalez, Lily Hamilton, Casen Hill, Kingsley Hopper, Makayla Hopper, Eliza Lentz, Brody Little, William Marshall, Chance Martina, Aubree Purdy, Jayden Reese, Travis Rhodes, Demee Stallworth, Jazell Stewart, Ava Tannehill, Darion VanDyke, Cayden Wehunt, Taylor Williams, Chason Wray; Fourth Grade, all As Hunter Ard, Zora Beau-champ, Blake Childress, Dru Flowers, Hailey Green, Cole Hart, Emma Hill, Anderson Hodges, Jacob Marshall, Raegan Mathews, Colt Patterson, Hannah Petersen, Kaley Rhodes, Lotus Shaw, Alyssa Spoonemore, James Ward, Lia Wood; Fourth Grade, As and Bs Myles Acree, David Ash-brook, Maya Barnes, Elijah Beard, Brooklyn Bishop, Lauren Brant, Charlie Burris, Corban Butts, Caitlin Cathey, Brayden Dailey, Sumner Dickey, Trinity Farmer, Scarlett Fofanov, Nate Ford, John Gant, Zoey Ham, Kenley Hatcher, Addison Hendricks, Easton Herring, Savannah Hoffman, Brai-lyn Ivey, Chris Lee, Stratton Levins, Nathan Lipford, Ky Mitchell, Hallie Mize, Brody Mock, Karlie Moore, Cam-eron Nichelson, Williams Rowland, Jenna Shively, Kesler Swiney, Zoey Tevault, Addyson Thomas, Reagan Thomas; Fifth Grade, all As Gannon Buzzett, Sara Flowers, Makayan Jones, Hailyn Levins, Handley Pitts, Lilly Sanchez, Leila Smith; Fifth Grade, As and Bs Julianna Cline, Cody Combow, Ashen Dady, Daylan Daves, Kate Fidler, Peyton Knox, Jack Kotel-man, Waylan Kyle, Lyriq Larry, Parker Lemieux, Lake Lomauro, Kensley Mathews, Zoey Metcalf, Harmony Mize, Kiyleh Parker, Grady Player, Caleb Potts, Bella Ray, Sophie Sanchez, Jonah Shields, Zachary Shively, Mimorie Sudduth, Hali Thomas, King Waters, Matthew Young; Sixth Grade all As Estevan Angel, William Burris, Samantha Childers, Tanner Fogle, Arlena Gleichner, Kylie Ingalls, Danica Kelly, Dakota Tousignant, Elyse Williams; Sixth Grade, As and Bs Garrett Acree, Jenna Barfield, Kevin Barnes, Rilan Butler, Bella Canington, Zac Cassady, Gabriella Dimitrijevich, Jordan Driver, Chase Dykes, Mary Farrell, Ian Finch, Ryan Fitzgerald, Shauna Flowers, Kathryn Frazier, Brandon Heckenlively, Lance Larry, Emma Leffew, Austin OBryan, Zhyion Quinn, Aniyah Rivera, Kris Roberts, Damon Shaw, William Smiley, Haleigh Stout, Tyrus Strickland, Jayquan Walker, Brooke White, Shawn Wilson.Port St. Joe Elementary Honor RollSpecial to The StarPreschool is more important than ever for your childs success in school. The VPK pro-gram will give your child a jump start by preparing him/her for the kindergarten standards. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high standards, developmentally appropriate activities, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers. Please dont miss this opportunity before your child starts kindergarten in the fall. The Summer VPK program is FREE to families and does not have any income require-ments or restrictions. If your child did not attend a VPK program during the 2017-2018 school year and will be attending kindergarten this fall, he/she qualifies to attend the Summer VPK program. You can obtain your eligibility certificate at the Early Learning Coalition Office in Panama City at 7475400 or online at Under the Family tab, click on Voluntary PreKindergarten then on Enroll Your Child in VPK. You will be required to upload the following required documents for proof of eligibility:€ Childs Birth Certificate€ Childs Social Secu-rity Card (optional) € Parents I.D.€ Proof of Residency (such as a utility bill„ alternative forms are provided on the website)For more information you may contact either of the following staff:€ Darlene Ake, Pre-K Teacher„639-2476 or€ Martha Weimorts, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services„ 229-6940Summer VPK at WESWHSs Waters, Setterich, Harrison among those honored 3rd Nine Weeks 2017-2018


** B4 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star FAITHCatherine CathyŽ M. Pulling, 61, of Port St. Joe, Florida, formerly of Geneseo, IL, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Calling hour will take place an hour before the service, 10 a.m. Reverend Doctor Christopher Ritter will officiate. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service honoring Cathy will be held in Port St. Joe on May 18, 2018 for her IP friends and family. Cathy was born on November 25, 1956, the daughter of Jacob and Laura (Ludwig) Favre, in Staunton, IL. She graduated from J.D. Darnall High School in Geneseo, IL. Cathy was united in marriage to her soul mate Scott P. Pulling on September 15, 2000 in Akron, OH. She was the former owner of Vahalla Property Management and Valkyrie Kennels. She enjoyed crocheting, organizing parties, and spending time with her friends and her best friend Dobie. Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Laura Favre, son Joseph Favre, daughter, Aubry Tanner, 6 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. Cathy is also survived by her brother, Wayne Favre, sisters Yvonne Favre and Jackie Skiles, and nieces and nephews. Cathy was preceded in death by her spouse, Scott, father, Jacob, and sister, Sharon.CATHERINE CATHY M. PULLING Charles ChuckŽ Thompson of Highland View, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2018. Chuck was born in Winslow, Arizona and worked as a long haul truck driver before moving here in 2013. He was very artistic. Survivors include his daughter Ginger; his granddaughter Lacy; his mother Betty Rabon; his brothers, Paul, Brian, and Nathan Loew; his aunt and uncle Annece and Harry Lewis; his aunt and uncle Alice and Richard; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services were held at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Highland View Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Josh Fiddler, with interment following in Holly Hill Cemetery. Visitation was at the church for an hour prior to the service. Services are under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.CHARLES CHUCKŽ THOMPSONWanda Wheeler of Port St. Joe, born April 22, 1952, passed away April 4, 2018. She was a retired bookkeeper. She was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Bishop. She is survived by daughters, Michelle Awtrey and Monica Fuller; grandchildren, Scott Awtrey, Brianna Awtrey, Carli Fuller and Chloe Fuller; great-grandchild, Custis Awtrey; three sisters and one brother. Services will be announced at a later date.WANDA WHEELER The family of Jim Miller wishes to thank everyone for the masses, flowers, cards and food. Thank you for the love and support from all our friends and neighbors. A special thank you for Father Chris for the lovely funeral and to Rocky Comforter for this services.Bunny MillerMILLER FAMILY CARD OF THANKSThe family of Mr. Rodney Allen McGee, Jr. would like to extend their thanks and appreciation for your kinds expressions of sympathy shown during the passing of our loved one. We are grateful for each of you. Your phone calls, visits, food, flowers and many other acts of kindness mean more to us than we can ever express in words. Your thoughts and prayers are truly appreciated during this difficult time. May God continue to bless each of you.The McGee FamilyMCGEE FAMILY CARD OF THANKSThe Bible is Gods answer book. If you have a question its the place to look. Every problem there has ever been is written on the pages there in. Have you found the meaning for your life on earth? What is your purpose, and what is your worth? The answers are written in Gods holy book. For peace and consolation its the only place to look. It can solve the problems of everyday life. Its won many victories over suffering and strife. Search the word with all your heart, a Savior you will find. Youll never find Him in the world, because the world is blind. With Jesus as your Savior, a new life will start. Ask what He would have you do, to help you do your part. You have to take a stand for what you know is true. Jesus didnt have to stay on that cross, He did it for me and you. Tell everyone you see what Jesus did for you. My friend you can then say, youre doing your part too. Billy JohnsonAre you doing your part? Beach Baptist Brotherhood Breakfast Beach Baptist will host a Brotherhood Breakfast 10 a.m. ET Saturday, April 14. As the weather is becoming warmer, please invite your friends to take a break from their yard work to attend a great breakfast and fellowship. Phil Densmore cookes up a hearty break-fast just for the men in our community. This fellowship is growing every month and the comments are that, They really have a good time.Ž Beach Baptist Chapel Senior FestivalBeach Baptist Chapels Over 55 BunchŽ will travel to a Senior Festival at Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center April 16-18. Gospel music, senior activitoies, Chris-tian humor and guest speakers. Cost is $175 per person and includes room and six meals. A $50 per person deposit is required when you make your reservation. For more information contact Jackie King at 850-731-1197. Ties and Tiaras, father/daughter danceFirst United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will host, Ties and Tiaras: A Father, Daugh-ter DanceŽ 7-10 p.m. ET May 4 in the churchs Great Hall. The cost is $25 per family and tickets are available for purchase at First United Methodist Church, Anchored South, Port St. Joe Elementary School (Liz Lentz), Faith Christian School (Patty Hortman) and Coastal Food and Ankle Clinic in Apalachicola. For more informationFAITH BRIEFS STARFL.COM 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


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B5Dr. Be ach (Stephen Leatherman) of T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula Sate Park as home to Americas best beach.Here youll find miles of uncrowded, pristine, white sands beachesŽ and information about the pet-friendly beaches, fishing, kayaking and boating opportunities and the famed Cape San Blas Lighthouse.ŽThe website also noted the family-owned restaurants serving fresh Florida seafood.The website detailed the quiet waters of St. Joseph Bay and the bird watching and views of nature at the state park, as well as the late summer draw of bay scalloping. We see those kind of things from time to time every year and it is always exciting,Ž said Kelli Godwin, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council. People love lists and things like that are easy to share on social media.ŽAnd, Godwin said, there is a ripple effect, with folks in walking the Welcome Center or contacting the TDC online and noting where they heard about Gulf County. Any of those kind of things are great for building brand awareness,Ž Godwin said. We will take all we can get.ŽAdd one more: CNN Travel recently named Gulf County one of the nine best places to travel to experience a taste of Old Florida. CAPEFrom Page B1Among small counties, Gulf District Schools again won the MVP for having the highest completion rate of FAFSA paperwork through March 31.The large district winner was Sarasota County and the top schools were all located in South Florida.No other Northwest Florida school or district was among the challenge winners.It goes without saying that our principals, guidance coun-selors, teachers and support staff are the front line reason for our success,Ž Norton said. It is a big deal.Ž The Florida FAFSA Challenge is a statewide cam-paign focused on increasing the number of students who com-plete the paperwork as well as increasing the number of those who may earn a Pell grant.The challenge encourages schools, districts and com-munities to set bold, attainable FAFSA completion goals for their students, according to a press release.And the FAFSA is not normal paperwork, it is federal, detailed, complex paperwork that almost requires an advanced degree in accounting,Ž said Lori Price, the districts Assistant Superin-tendent for Instruction.However, statistics prove a direct, positive correlation between students completing the FAFSA paperwork and students actually attending college, helping to prevent so-called Summer melt,Ž student who are accepted to college but do not attend.The aim is for every graduating senior to demonstrate eligibility for federal student aid. We are working for every kid that is eligible to receive a Pell grant,Ž Price said.Turner and Brock, she said, are the true honorees, dedicated to making the path from high school wide open for every senior. They work very hard,Ž Price said. They are above and beyond in getting the stu-dents and parents to fill out the paperwork.Ž DISTRICTFrom Page B1 Its all based on the design of the frames,Ž Aaron said, It is really the exact same set-up (as a Langstroth) ƒ but you dont have to disturb the bees.ŽAarons operation is something of a hybrid as she has four Flow Hives and two traditional set-ups.One of the attractions of the Flow Hive, at least for those who are a bit more hobbyist than commercial keeper, is the Flow Hive does not require the purchase of expensive equipment needed with a traditional hives, Aaron noted. Those keepers also avoid the stings from extraction, which was one of Alexan-ders primary motivators.Now, as with any inven-tion, new or not, there are those in the online commu-nity who bemoan the Flow Hives for that very reason; arguing one of the beauties of beekeeping is commun-ingŽ with the bees.Aaron answered that by noting the windows in her Flow Hive allowing her to constantly monitor her bees, checking on their health and watchful for any outsider to the hive.Aaron would also point to the mess inherent with the process of taking honey from a full hive, bees aswarming.She also avoids killing any bees during extraction, scraping them from frames and the like, and believed the benefits of a less invasive extraction for the Flow Hive far outweigh any drawbacks from her communeŽ with her bees.I dont see the difference,Ž between Flow Hive and traditional, Aaron said. I am still getting in there with the bees.ŽAnd Aaron carries a pretty open-doored atti-tude about her bees.She has retrieved nuisance bees from areas in Port St. Joe and WindMark, sucking them up in a mobile vacuum device, and trans-ported them to one of the north county locations for her hives.I dont care about the money, the business,Ž Aaron said. Almost all of what I have harvested I have given to family or friends. Its more of a hobby than business. My mom helps me. It is fun.Ž HONEYFrom Page B1Windows allow the keeper to examine the hive and bees without disturbing them. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The Flow Hive was invented to reduce stress for bees and keepers during extraction of honey. One of the attractions of the Flow Hive, at least for those who are a bit more hobbyist than commercial keeper, is the Flow Hive does not require the purchase of expensive equipment needed with a traditional hives, Aaron noted.


** B6 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The StarTheyre gonna put me in the poor houseƒ And throw away the key.ŽPoor HouseŽ as performed by The T raveling WilburysLet's talk cars and securities and the prices you pay for both. The share price of stocks wont vary from brokerage to brokerage regardless of how many shares you buy. Similarly, there isn't going to be much of a variance in different dealerships on what you'll pay for a new vehicle. Factory rebates and special offers are often uniform. Bonds, however, are analogous to used cars. Depending on how large your purchase is and where you buy from, the price can vary significantly. Recently I came across a huge price difference for the same bond from different dealers that amounted to one buyer getting 1.5 percent more yield per year on a short term bond than the buyer who paid the dearer dollar. With used cars, the price that you'll pay at various dealerships may also vary greatly, depending on inventory, tradein, and other factors. Imagine that you step onto a used car lot and tell the dealer that you want to buy 20 cars today. Will you get a better price than if you purchase just one vehicle? Almost assuredly. This is essentially what investment advisors do for their clients that individual investors can rarely accomplish on their own. Advisors enjoy several advantages in bond purchases. First, they have professional access to the marketplace and deep bond dealer relationships. Advisors can price bonds with multiple brokers and procure the best pricing arrangement for their clients. Secondly, advisors can buy in bulk for clients, thus driving down the price that is paid for all the clients bonds. This is exactly what happened in the previously mentioned purchase. By purchasing the larger, cheaper lot of bonds for my clients, theyll earn 1.5 percent more in annual yield than an investor who had bought a fraction of the bonds for themselves. With bonds, buying in bulk matters. Lastly, advisors know the bond market. They study it every day. The quality of the debt; the amount of debt outstanding; whether a bond is callable and its call features and the ability to judge the likelihood of it being called; the fairness of the price being charged; all of these factors are considerations for a buyer. Again, let's talk cars. You walk into a dealership having never purchased a car. And you buy from a salesperson who sells cars every day. Which party enjoys the advantage? Same for those who buy bonds frequently and in bulk: that person enjoys an inherent advantage over the first-time or infrequent buyer. Bond buyers are normally at a decided disadvantage when purchasing only occasionally and just for themselves. Now what color did you want that car in? 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 …, 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.Buying Bonds and Cars in Bulk Margaret McDowell Special to The StarWEWAHITCHKA The Florida Department of Cor-rections will host a one-day hiring event for Gulf Correctional Institution at CareerSource Gulf Coast. Gulf CI is one of several institutions offering a $1,000 signing bonus to new hires.The event will be held 9 a.m. CT Friday at Career-Source Gulf Coast, located at 625 U.S. 231 in Panama City.The Florida Department of Corrections is seeking quali-fied individuals to join our agency. If possible, please bring the following: drivers license, legible copy of birth certificate, social security card, high school diploma, GED or college transcripts and any name change docu-ments (if applicable), such as a marriage certificate. Veterans and current reservists/Guardsmen should bring a copy of their DD-214 or military ID, respectively. If you would like to take the Criminal Jus-tice Abilities Test (required for employment), please bring a money order in the amount of $12 made payable to the Florida Department of Corrections. For more infor-mation call 639-1483.FDC hosts hiring event for GCI FridayStar Staff ReportThe Joe Center for the Arts held its first official membership meeting on March 20 and elected a new board, officers and commit-tee chairs. The membership also ratified its bylaws.The following officers and committee chairs were named: Chair: Marcy Trahan, Vice Chair: Marcia Casey, Secretary: Judy Scott, Treasurer: Gretchen Mayes, FCCC Representative: Leslie Wentzel, Exhibition Chair: Linda Matela, Facility Chair: Rick Matela, Programs Chair: Nancy Jones, At-Large: Libby Newman, Marketing Chair: Open, Membership Chair: Open, Finance Chair: Open.Some important upcoming dates:€ The First Annual Member Show (March 31-April 20)€ Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (May 4-13)€ Plein Air South (May 14-17)Arts center announces board


** The Star | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B7Moving to Gulf County, Florida was an adventure for 9-year-old me. I think Ive written it here before, but I will always remember mom rolling down the windows of our station wagon and inhaling the salty air when we reached the coast, saying it "smelled like home." I tried my best to smell the salty air, too. I was used to the smell of North Carolina at the time, with its red clay and black soil. I still love N.C., of course, but I have to say, Port St. Joes air smelled a lot better, especially on days the mill and the chemical plants werent sharing their unique smells quite so boldly. Nothing compares to the salty breeze from the Gulf, with all its inhabitants pitching in some unique contribution. We had been to St. Joe Beach many times in the past. My mothers parents had already settled into their lovely place on the corner of Ponce de Leon Street and Alabama Avenue. We had also rented a vacation beach house a few years before, one that is still standing faithfully on its stilts on St. Joe Beach on 98, just as youre approaching Beacon Hill. (Thats where our miniature schnauzer Reggie got is nose tweaked by a crab under the stairs leading up to the house. He left the crabs alone, or at least kept a safe distance, after that.) But now we were actually getting the privilege of moving there, of living there permanently! We rented a small block house with a screenedin porch, I believe it was 123 Gulf Street on St. Joe Beach. We were just behind Ms. Barbara Eells home, who at the time was our P.E. teacher at Highland View Elementary School. On the other side of us was the home of a woman named Ms. Rinehart. Yall, I know nothing about Ms. Rinehart other than that she was a smiling, quiet woman with white hair. But that wasnt the most amazing thing about her to me and my little sister; the amazing thing was her animals. When I say animals, I dont mean she had a couple of dogs or cats. Nope. Im talking a beautiful horse we called Rusty, who had a large fenced-in yard to stroll around on. Mrs. Rinehart owned the whole corner, so I think it was nearly an acre of land that Rusty had to keep mowed down. He got out a few times, but he was always brought back safely. We loved patting his nose over the fence. She also had chickens. They didnt stay in the fence, of course, but wandered the neighborhood at times, including our carport. where my little sister would give chase, trying to hold one. I dont think she ever succeeded. And, not so happily to us, Mrs. Rinehart had a goose. Herbie. Before that I assumed geese were as nice as ducks, but guess what? Theyre not. Herbie would chase us around the neighborhood as my sister Sherrin, and our friends Michelle, Jenny (pictured) and I would ride our bikes around. Herbie would honk his anger that we dared to be on his road, chasing us as he did. When dad would return from work in his Volkswagen each day, Herbie would honk at it, flapping his wings in anger at the noisy little red Beetle. He just didnt want anyone around for some reason. One day something terrible happened. Mom rushed us out of our little house, and sent us across the street to safety. Mrs. Rineharts home was on fire! The smell of the burning wood structure, along with the singed pine trees and scrub oak all around it, is implanted firmly in my memory, even now. Dad did his best to keep the fire from spreading to our home as the volunteer firefighters battled the blaze at hers, by continuously spraying the roof with our hose, praying that the fire would be tamed before it could reach us. We all stood there across the street in shock, not believing what we were seeing. Mrs. Rinehart was so scared for her animals, I remember. I can still see her standing there, in shock, the arms of neighborhood women wrapped around her shoulders, as she watched everything burn. I beli eve she lost a dog in that fire, at least. Im not sure anymore if any other animals died, since four decades have now passed. I just remember the fear, the adrenaline, the heat, and that pervasive scorched smell. Eventually the fire came under control. Ms. Rineharts house was rebuilt. The Gulf breeze finally washed away the smell of that terrible day. I was so young that I dont know how seriously that may have affected that sweet lady, of course, but I do know that she found a way to keep going after the tragedy, and Im certain found other ways to have animals in her life once again. That kind of love for animals cant be burned away. Now, knowing the women of Gulf County as I do, I am certain that Mrs. Rinehart was well taken care of after the fire. Im sure she found a place to stay, and was fed well. You know how we love to share casseroles when something awful happens here in the South. I cant imagine going through something like that fire, but I know that if I did, Id appreciate the gestures of kindness from folks who reached out to help. What a beautiful thing it is when people rally around someone in need during the worst of times. If you find yourself in a position to help someone, do it. Dont doubt how much small gestures mean, of course, as even the baking of a casserole is meaningful to a recipient who cant wrap his or her mind around what has happened yet, good (like the birth of a baby) or bad (like the loss of a home or loved one). Heres one of my recent favorites that you might like to try. Spasagna (baked spaghetti)Ingredients: € 8 ounces of spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions, drained, and with some olive oil stirred in to keep them from sticking together € 1 pound of ground beef, browned with one small, chopped onion (drain excess fat that is released while cooking) € 2 cups marinara € 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning € 2 cloves garlic, minced € 3 ounces room temperature cream cheese € 1 cup sour cream € 3 or 4 chopped green onions € 1 teaspoon parsley € 1 to 2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, etc.) Optional: a couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Make meat sauce: add the marinara, garlic, and Italian seasoning to the browned ground beef. Stir in and bring to a simmer. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sour cream (lowfat versions of both are “ ne). Add to this the green onions and parsley, stir in, and set aside. Begin layering your spasagna: Place half the cooked spaghetti on the bottom of the casserole dish. I kept mine going uniformly in one direction, more or less, lengthwise in the pan. Top the spaghetti with half the meat sauce, then half the sour cream mixture. Add a layer of spinach leaves, if desired, then place the second half of the pasta on top of the spinach, followed by more meat sauce, more sour cream mixture, and top with about a cup of shredded cheese. I used a mozzarella/ cheddar blend. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama StephŽ. She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at WhatSouthernFolksEat. com, and shed love to hear about your own favorite recipes via email at Steph@ Southern Folks Eat A re on St. Joe BeachSpasagna (baked spaghetti). [SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] St Joe Beach memories. Stephanie Hill-Fraizer


B B 8 8 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529054 NF-4529074HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED FOR VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN CARRABELLEWeekends a Must Experience Preferred Must have own transportation Must be able to pass background check See Patty at Sandy Beach Properties. 314 St James Ave, Carrabelle, FL 32322 NO PHONE CALLS Housekeeping Property InspectorsPart-Time seasonal positions available. Weekend work required. Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance needed. Competitive wages. Come by Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc. located at 60 East Gulf Beach Drive to apply in person or email Quentin Allen to request an application be emailed to you. Part-time Site & Special Projects Coordinatorneeded for the WindMark Beach community located between Mexico Beach and Port St Joe. Maintenance experience required with some construction background helpful. A job description is available at: www joe company/careers Email resume to EOE M/F/D/V Resort Vacation Properties of SGI Inc.Looking for dependable professional Independent Contractors/Housekeepers to perform departure cleans and deep cleans for vacation homes. Must have experience and references. Must carry liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance if required by Florida Law. Weekend work is required. Call 850 670 1266 or visit us in person at 25 Begonia Street, Eastpoint, FL RESORT VACATION PROPERTIES of SGI, now accepting applications for: Part-Time Seasonal Housekeeping Inspectors Work 1-3 days per week. $12/hour plus fuel reimbursement Weekend work required. Must have reliable transportation. Apply in person at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr St. George Island. 19978S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-02 Waste Water Treatment Plant Repower Sealed bids for the City of Port St. Joe for the WWTP Repower 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 27, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday, April 27, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and “RFP 2018-02 for WWTP Repower.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Location-455 CR 382, Port St Joe, Florida. Install (1) 150 amp feeder from MDP panel board to existing 400amp panel GP (appx 525 ft.) Install (1) 100 amp feeder from panel GP to panel HA (appx 300 ft.) Install (1) 100amp feeder from panel GP to panel in the old office (appx 400 ft.) Install (1) 100 amp feeder from panel GP to panel DP (appx 25 ft.) Provide and install (1) 150 amp breaker and (3) 100 amp breakers. All feeders are 3 phase 480 vac. Bids are to include electrical engineers stamped drawings of work. When work is completed, it will be inspected and signed by the electrical engineer as approved. For questions concerning this Bid, please contact Waste Water Treatment Plant Manager Kevin Pettis at 850-229-6395. 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, Affirmative Action Employer. Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 19552S NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in GULF County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH Day of NOVEMBER, 2018, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices: United States Senator Representative in Congress: District 2 Florida Cabinet -Governor Florida Cabinet -Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet -Attorney General Florida Cabinet -Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet -Commissioner of Agriculture State Representative: District 7 Circuit Judge, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 3, 4, 6 and 11 County Judge: Group 1 School Board: Districts 1, 2 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 1, 2 and 4 Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 19554S AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALES Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de GULF, Estado de la Florida, el da SEIS de NOVIEMBRE de 2018 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Senador de los Estados Unidos Representante ante el Congreso: distrito 2 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Representante Estatal: distrito 7 Juez del Circuito, 14. Circuito Judicial: grupos 3, 4, 6 y 11 Juez del Condado: grupo 1 Junta Escolar: distritos 1, 2 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 1, 2 y 4 Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 20022S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-08 Centennial Train Repainting Project Sealed bids for the City of Port St. Joe for the Centennial Train Repainting Project 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 27, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday April 27, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and “RFP 2018-08 Centennial Train Repainting Project.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Bid shall be for the cleaning, minor repairs and repainting of the Centennial Train located at 2201 Centennial Drive, Port St Joe, FL 32456. There will be a mandatory on-site Pre-Bid Meeting on April 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm EST to discuss this project. Specifications are listed in the Bid Sheet which may be obtained on the City’s website at www .cityof For questions concerning this Bid, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247. 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 Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 20120S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID #1718-14 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company, or corporation interested in constructing: STONE MILL CREEK FIRE STATION This project includes the building of an approximately 6,250 SF fire station, driveway, parking area, potable well, septic system, and stormwater management facility for the Stone Mill Creek Fire Station located in Gulf County, Florida. The proposed building will include two pull through bays, one parking bay, one meeting room/kitchen, one office, locker room, mechanical room, and restrooms. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Dewberry Engineers, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to DEWBERRY ENGINEERS, INC. Completion date for this project will be 180 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the successful bidder. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $500.00 per day. Please place YOUR COMPANY NAME, SEALED BID and the BID NUMBER on the outside of your envelope, and include the original bid plus 3 copies. Bids will be received until 4:00 p.m. Eastern T ime on May 21, 2018 at the Gulf County Clerk’s Office, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Room 149, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 and will be opened and read aloud at a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners held in the Donald H. Butler Commission Chamber in the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, Gulf County Courthouse Complex, Port St. Joe, Florida on the following day, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern T ime All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in the best interest of Gulf County. If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ Sandy Quinn, Chairman Pub: April 12, 19, 2018 20106S REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, Inc. d/b/a CareerSource Gulf Coast announces the availability of Request for Proposal: CareerSource Gulf Coast Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Services for Out-ofSchool Youth Ages 16-24. The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from organizations interested in becoming service providers for the delivery of workforce services in Bay County for Out-ofSchool Youth Ages 16-24. CareerSource Gulf Coast is seeking proposals from organizations capable of providing exceptional service and with the capability to manage complex federal and state programs with multiple funding streams and performance requirements. Proposals are due May 11, 2018. To obtain an RFP, or for further information, contact: CareerSource Gulf Coast 5230 West US Hwy 98 Panama City, FL 32401 850-913-3285 1-800-311-3685 ext.3285 dstapleton@r4career Minority Businesses are encouraged to apply. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is an equal Opportunity Employer. Program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Pub: April 12, 2018 20118S NOTICE OF LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST CITY OF PORT ST JOE ELECTION MAY 8, 2018 GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA The Logic and Accuracy test for the DS200 Tabulation System and the Automark System to be used for the May 8, 2018 City of Port St. Joe Election will be held at the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office, 401 Long Ave, Port St Joe April 20, 2018 -9:30 AM EST. This test is open to the public. John M. Hanlon Supervisor of Elections Gulf County, Florida Pub: April 12, 2018 20146S PUBLIC NOTICE OF AUCTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ST. JOE RENT-ALL, INC intends to dispose of or offer for sale the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property under The Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statues (Section 83.801-83.809). ST. JOE RENT-ALL INC, will dispose of said property no later than April 21, 2018 Property is located at 706 First Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456/131 Volunteer Ave., White City, FL 32465 the following: Donna Bickerstaff W16 Misc Furnishings Terry Real W36 Misc Furnishings David Rich 44 Misc Furnishings Daniel Graney 56 Misc Furnishings Mary Ann Russell 71 Misc Furnishings Pub: April 12, 19, 2018 20154S Request for Qualifications CareerSource Gulf Coast is seeking qualifications from independent Certified Public Accountants to provide audit services in accordance with Government Auditing Standards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, with options to renew. Interested parties should request an RFQ package via email: dblair@r4career or download it from our website: http://career R FP s Notices.aspx Responses are due by 4:00 pm CST, May 14, 2018. Pub: April 12, 2018 20156S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: Dodaddy’s Seafood Restaurant located at 208 Third St., in the County of Gulf, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe, Florida, this 5th day of April, 2018. Wall Consultant’s, LLC Pub: April 12, 2018 20168S PUBLIC NOTICE The Bay, Gulf, Holmes, and Washington Regional Transportation Partnership (RTP) will hold a public meeting Monday, April 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th Street, Panama City, Fla. The RTP will consider: placing Bay Parkway, from Pier Park Drive east to Nautilus Street, on the Bay, Gulf, Holmes, and Washington Regional Transportation Partnership (RTP) Regional Network Map; and adopting Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP) Application Project Priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. For questions concerning the next meeting of the Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington RTP, please contact Jill Krug at or 800-226-8914, ext. 214. For a full agenda, visit www In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations to access meeting, and for limited English proficiency, are available upon request. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services should contact P ublic Involvement toll-free 800-226-8914, ext. 220 or 800-9958771 for TTY-Florida, at least 48 hours in advance. Por favor a la Sr Dan Deanda de los requistos de acceso o el idioma en el 850-332-7976, ext. 227 o 800-995-8771 para TTY-Florida al menos 48 horas de antelacion. Participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who believe they have been discriminated against on these conditions may file a complaint with the Title VI Coordinator 850-332-7976, ext. 220. Pub: April 12, 2018 Port Saint Joe3013 Garrison Ave April 13th 8am-6pm April 14th 8am-tillMoving SaleYard tools-mowers, edger, ladders, etc. Fishing-rods, reels, lures, cleaning table. Misc household, bunk beds, recliners, freezer, barbeque grill floor jack, power miter saw and stand, much more. 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Private entrance with ample parking.Available 04/15/18Call (850)705-1522 Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 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