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Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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** Volume 80 Number 27 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Outdoors .................. A14 Sports.......................A15 Scene Around ............A16 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ............B7-B8 HEIGHTS AT 80, B1 A6Tourism DayB5Vow renewals Thursday, April 19, 2018 WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT, B5 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star facebook.com/psjstar50 ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA bird, a plane, not Super-man, but what? Paramotors.Two paramotor pilots sailed the skies around Gulf County and the Costin Air-port in Port St. Joe last week, demonstrating that the lure of flight nearly has no bounds.Mike McGuire, from Ken-tucky, and John Marrett from Arkansas, spent some time in the air, showing off their skills and, most spectacularly, their vehicles.The units they were flying are called powered paragliders.Men and their ying machinesTop: Mike McGuire of Kentucky was ” ying with Marret. [COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER WITH JOEBAY. COM] Left: Up close and personal with a powered paraglider[COURTESY OF JOHN MARRET] Special to The StarMy name is Scott Hoffman and I am running for PSJ City Commissioner Group 4.My platform is straight forward. I pledge to speak for the entire community of Port St. Joe. My goal is to work with the other com-missioners to create a place Ho man announces for PSJ Commission By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe commissioners are suddenly trying to spend $1 million by the June. For nearly a year, commis-sioners have been examining how to leverage road bond funding of more than $1 million into an overhaul of infrastructure and the road bed of Long Avenue.Repaving the road has been a priority for several years, but the need to replace water and sewer lines underneath has trumped moving ahead.County officials tossed another wrinkle into the mix during a workshop last week, insisting that the bond money had to be under contract by June, and expended this year, or the city would forfeit the dollars.That was the opinion of bond counsel as conveyed by county administrator Michael Hammond, though City Commissioner Rex Buzzett noted Tuesday the city has been provided nothing in writing to that effect.Nonetheless, city manager Jim Anderson said, the city must act as if on a very tight clock.The city is due $1.1 million from the most recent $5 million road bond issue the county undertook in 2016.Anderson put before com-missioners a list of six items proposed as a way to spend the money, with two items touching aspects of the pro-posed overall scope of the City examines how to spend $1 millionSee HOFFMAN, A9 See SPENDING, A11 By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Gulf County School Board voted Monday to approve the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton to suspend without a pay a popular teacher deemed high impactŽ by the state.The board voted 3-1, Danny Little dissenting and Cindy Belin not pres-ent, to suspend Port St. Joe Elementary fourth-grade teacher Krissy Gentry due to allegations ranging from using her cell phone in the classroom to gross insubordination.Gentry was suspended without pay for the rest of the current school year and must undergo a fitness Popular PSJES teacher suspendedBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA man who two years ago set up shop to facilitate development at the Port of Port St. Joe was sentenced last week in New York on fraud and money launder-ing charges.Dave Mazzeo, 59, of Guilderland, NY, and Michael Caruso, 62, of Schenectady, were each ordered to prison and fined, according to a story published by the Albany Times-Union.The two men, convicted in February after a two-week jury trial, were sentenced for their roles in defrauding investors of $150,000 and money laun-dering involving $200,000, Port developer sentenced for fraud See TEACHER, A12 See FRAUD, A5 See FLYING, A5

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** A2 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportHere are a few suggestions for the coming days.Shark 100 chicken dinner fundraiser. The Shark 100 Club annual Chicken Dinner Athletic Fundraiser to benefit athletics is at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. ET Friday. This is the major fundraiser each year for the Shark 100 Club and PSJHS athletics and benefits all participating sports programs 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 specified 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. Support all Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School athletics and purchase your tickets in advance. Walk-ups the day of the event will be served. PSJHS Project Graduation 2018 fundraiser. The Port St. Joe High School Class of 2018 Project Graduation, just shy of its goal, will hold its final fundraisers 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday. At Advanced Auto there will be a donationŽ car wash and at the entrance to the Piggly Wiggly will be a sale of an assortment of baked goods, including whole cakes. Support a safe and substance-free graduation night for the Class of 2018. Yard Sale at First Baptist. First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, 102 Third Street (behind the Lighthouse), will host a yard sale 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday, April 21. All money raised will assist the churchs Brazil Mission Team Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market has just kicked off its 11th year and the market is back Saturda at City Commons adjacent to Port St. Joe City Hall, at the intersection of Reid Ave. and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.. The market is held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET the first and third Saturdays of every month in the park. At the market you may find fresh seasonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more. 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.Wewahitchka Medical Center open house. Wewahitchka Medical Center will host an open house from 4:30 to 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. Groups such as the Wewa Womens Club provided scholarships 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.Ž In many ways this is a reflection 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 practitioner in Wewahitchka.Ž Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact us at 639-5828.THINGS TO DOSummer hours in effect at the lighthouse. [FILE PHOTO] First Baptist of Port St. Joe has a yard sale Saturday.[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] SaltAir Farmers Market arrives Saturday. [FILE PHOTO] PSJHS athletics chicken dinner sale Friday. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starl.comCounty and Port St. Joe officials emerged from a workshop last week with a focus of taking a step backŽ on the proposed expansion of the 10th Street park. Expansion, in fact, seemed to move off the table, as City Commissioner Rex Buzzett said the focus would be on improving the existing park footprint between Eighth and 10th Streets.I think the county agreed we needed to take a step back and put (expansion) on hold,Ž Buzzett said. The consensus I think is to take the existing ball fields and renovate that area.ŽThe outline would be three to four ball fields, concessions, batting cages and pickle ball courts.Buzzett said any additional parking would be along Eighth Street and Eighth and 10th would likely not be closed, as was proposed under the con-ceptual plan for expansion.That conceptual plan was the main item on the work-shop agenda.As with two previous city commission meetings, a number of residents who live adjacent to the park expressed concern, if not outright oppo-sition, to the conceptual plan.County Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr., who has spearheaded a committee examining the park project, said the comments will be taken back to the committee, for which Buzzett is the city representative, with an eye toward scaling plans back.We are going to work together with the local citi-zens and come up with a plan that we all agree on to help refurbish what we have,Ž Quinn said.While there was brief discussion concerning land near North Florida Child Development opposite the Gulf/Franklin Center, that concept remains largely out of range financially for both county and city and gained little traction.The conceptual plan the committee drafted was just that, conceptual.However, residents along 10th Street have been voicing their dissent for more than a month, arguing that expand-ing the park as outlined would create a host of issues, from cutting down trees to dra-matically increasing vehicular traffic and parking along 10th Street.Quinn said the committee will, with feedback and input from residents, work to adjust the plan while focusing on his mission from the outset: improving the 10th Street facilities for residents and visitors alike.County, city take step back on park proposalI think the county agreed we needed to take a step back and put (expansion) on hold. The consensus I think is to take the existing ball elds and renovate that area.ŽRex Buzzett, city commissionerWe are going to work together with the local citizens and come up with a plan that we all agree on to help refurbish what we have.ŽSandy Quinn, county commissioner

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** A4 Thursday, April 19, 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. By Lee H. Hamilton In a world riven by tension, theres one skill that stands above all others: the ability to resolve conflict. It is the paramount challenge of our time. There are so many divisions that fracture our communities, states, and nations, that the ability to create common ground „ to bring people together, rather than drive them apart „ has become an indispensable political need. Ive seen first-hand its importance: in Congress as part of a legislative process that, at least at the time, was mostly focused on resolving differences, and as cochair of two key national committees that were constituted along partisan lines „ the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group. Heres what Ive learned. First, to resolve conflict, you have to be committed to doing just that. When the 9/11 Commission met „ at a time when many people just wanted to assign blame for the attacks on our country „ we were often encouraged to take a confrontational approach by issuing hundreds of subpoenas that would force officials to testify and to turn over documents. We rejected that approach, in favor of cooperation and dialogue. This enabled us over time to get the access we needed to the people and documents we wanted „ and, Im convinced, made our findings more acceptable to everyone involved. In other words, in order to resolve the conflicts dividing the country, we had to take a non-judgmental posture, search for common ground, and try to develop trust based on how we pursued our work. We succeeded. Theres an old saying, If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together.Ž That was our experience. Theres another key to resolving conflict: you start with facts. Facts are stubborn things,Ž John Adams said, and thats what makes them so important. They force us to set aside opinions, delay judgment, and start with a mind that is, if not open, at least willing to be persuaded. Focusing on them helps the various parties „ which are sometimes very far apart ideologically „ find some common ground and develop a relationship that permits them to go forward. Building on that start, its crucial to develop collegiality. The social amenities become very important. You dont want to label people too quickly. You want to get to know them as individuals „ if for no other reason than that its hard to get mad at somebody you know well. And if youre serious about resolving conflicts, youll be spending a lot of time with the people youre dealing with, because good communication is crucial. This does not just involve talking. It means listening, asking questions, weighing arguments and options, and probing together whether disagreements can be resolved. This is not easy. I remember, when I was in Congress, driving home at 2 or 3 in the morning thinking, Well never agree.Ž But coming back the next day, and the next, and talking issues over, I almost always saw movement. Compromise is a dirty word for many people, but its very hard to resolve conflicts without it. Deals are often necessary. Trying to understand other participants problems „ and then trying to let everybody leave having gained something „ can make the difference between success and failure. Its tough to give adversaries credit for anything, but it can lead the way to agreement. Finally, its important to make sure to include all the parties to a conflict and to Want to help the world? Resolve con ictsI was trimming my hedge. The two boys were skimming by on some fancy, multicolored skateboards. No words were exchanged. But their message was plain as day. And I hold no ought against them. In fact, I was once them! Well, we didnt have skateboards in 1957, but I remember those youthful, carefree days where I took everything at face value. The boys were ten Id guess, maybe eleven, I dont think any olderƒ.. When youve seen as many sunrises as I have everybody looks young. The guy at the hardware who helps me find the right hinges couldnt be over fourteen! The lady pharmacist who fills our prescriptions is about the same age. Kids whizzing around me in traffic never look old enough to driveƒƒ. Id been clipping these particular hedges for forty-two years. It was a cool early spring morning and I was thinking this job is going to get a lot worse come July„ when I caught their glance. It was quick and innocent, but introspective. And it spoke volumes. They viewed me as an OLD MAN out cutting some bushes! They meant no disrespect. It was simply what they saw. History for them didnt back up past their morning breakfast. The thought crossed my mind to chase after them. Maybe grabem by the shirt collar and pull them up close so they wouldnt miss a word. I wanted them to know, I havent always been old!Ž They needed to understand I once outran Vicki Fields in grammar school. Anybody that had ever seen Vicki scamper past the monkey bars would tell you that was no ordinary feat. I could take a running start and jump across the little stream that meandered under the bridge in front of Luther Purviss house. And talk about running. When I was their age, I came out of the Park Theatre after watching The Creature from the Black LagoonŽ on the darkest Tuesdaynight ever documented in the history of the United States of America. I set an all time land speed record covering the mile and a quarter from the front sidewalk of the theater to my house! Listen, at one time in my life I could put a hand on a five foot high split rail fence and vault that thing in one leapƒƒ Of course, these young whippersnappers wouldnt know a split rail fence from a wringer washing machine. I have picked cotton from the morning dew weighing my sack down till the sun said goodbye in the late afternoon. Ive staked tomatoes vines from one end of our property to the otherƒ..and back again! I cut enough fire wood one autumn to burn down New York City. These boys thought my hair had always been white. They should have seen that first home run I hit in Little League. Im telling you, the ball soared! I made a diving catch on a line drive hit by Tommy Thompson in the field over by Bethel College that folks are still talking about today. I played baseball in every town, village and wide open space in West Tennessee. I scored 32 points in a high school basketball game. There aint nothing white haired about that! I have intercepted passes and run touchdowns. I have heard the roar of the crowd. Mary Hadley Hayden used to call the house just to say hello to me. I once took the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Queen to a Faron Young concert. I wasnt the best looking boy in our class by a long shot, but Mary Hadley declared I was amongst them.Ž I graduated from collegeƒ.. almost with honors. I married the prettiest girl in six counties and witnessed the miracle of birth of two sons who have done nothing except make me proud. I have been accepted, cared for and loved by the town I chose to live and grow old in. Ive climbed Diamond Head, rafted down the Cascade River, spit into the Grand Canyon, cried on the beaches at Omaha and Utah, swam in the Tasman Sea and sung Rockin Around the Christmas TreeŽ with Brenda Lee. I could go on but you get the idea. I didnt spend my whole life out here, trimming on this danged hedge! With these two youth, it is what you see is what you get.Ž With me, theres a little what used to be used to beŽ thrown in. I dont think you can fault either party. Ive got a million great memories. These magnificent young boys have their whole lives in front of them. The things they can do with such a blank canvas knows no bounds! I wish them good luck and God speed. Life is precious at both ends. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWN Some front yard carpe diem Kesley ColbertHave you ever found yourself in a place that was awkward? Im not talking about saying stupid things that you wished you had not have said. I do that all of the time. Im talking about real places. Places that you either wandered into by mistake … maybe even places you didnt understand were awkwardŽ until someone explained to you where you were. I went to wedding recently and it was truly a beautiful wedding. I couldnt hear very much that was going on up at the front of the church … and that is NOT the reason that it was a beautiful wedding. I just have a difficult time hearing things in certain places, for example churches with very high ceilings. Its one of those merit badgesŽ Ive earned along the way. You know, like the Trifocal,Ž Get up 3 times a night to pottyŽ and even the Just happy to get upŽ badge. Seeing the happy bride and groom, and witnessing both the flower girl and ring bearer run for the hills before they made it to the front … I knew this was going to be a good one. It was in an older church in Richmond, Virginia, which obviously had a lot of history and was very close to the museum where the reception following the museum would be held. Reception? Is that what you call it? Im not sure, but you know what I mean. Dinner, dancing and young people who are still looking to get married looking for other young people who might be interested in the same thing. So as an older person, I always enjoy the opportunity of seeing young people do that thing they doŽ at wedding receptions. Back to the awkward location. It wasnt necessarily that it was in an art museum which forced me to walk back and forth in front of statues of nekkidŽ people that were scarily real. I do say nekkidŽ instead of naked or nude, because there is a degree of nakedness in statues that goes from being tastefully nude to naked to nekkid. Nudes are things like outside statues in the garden or a bust that is kind of tasteful. Naked is probably correct with the parts and the statue seems to be kind of proud of not having any clothes on. Then there is nekkidƒ These are the statues that you have to cover the kids eyes, push your date in the other direction, but then go back to the bathroom seven or eight times during the course of the evening to see if that statue was really a statue or a woman painted silver. So I guess you could say that in addition to getting to enjoy a wedding on this evening, I was exposed to art. Then there was my table. I thought I was sitting at a very fine table in the back of the dining area of this museum. However, the ladies, including our server for the evening, seemed to be making a big deal and laughing about the table we had been selectedŽ to share for the evening. It was Table 19.Ž Evidently, there was a recent movie about a wedding party and a group of folks who got directed to Table 19. Also, it seemed to be humorous to those in the know that we were indeed sitting at this table. We had a great meal, wonderful conversation and a safe ride home (after I took one more look at my new favorite statue). All this talk of the movie and my table put me on a quest to find a place where I could rent this movie. After checking a couple of movie vending machines, I found that I could actually pull it into my television from the internet … at least I think that is where it was coming from. The movie is not highly rated, but honestly I really enjoyed it. Perhaps, it is because I was chosen to sit at Table 19 or perhaps it is because I liked one of the actresses in the movie (Anna Kendrick). Not to ruin it for you, but after watching it, I now understood the humor that the ladies saw in being at Table 19. You see, the occupants of Table 19 realize that they weren't exactly wanted at the wedding. So as people would normally do in real life in every instance of this happening, they decide to ditch the wedding and have their own fun time together. How bad was Table 19 in the movie? One fellow (in the movie) noted about the location of the table, I can smell the toilets from here, thats how well I know the bride and groom.Ž Another lady in the movie said, Do you know what Francie's mother calls table 19? The table that should have known to send regrets but not before sending something nice off the registry.Ž And even one better one, The table that could disappear during the wedding and no one would even notice.Ž Now I understood why I might have been in an awkward place or table and not have even known it. CRANKS MY TRACTORAwkward places BN HeardSee HAMILTON, A5

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A5 LOCALaddress all the core issues „ and when in doubt its better to include than exclude. People sometimes think they can solve a problem by refusing to talk to some person or group or to ignore a key issue. Thats a formula for failure. Reaching agreement is not the end, but the beginning. Ive experienced this: theres the handshake, the smiling photo opƒand then the whole thing falls apart. For a resolution to be sustainable, the key players have to be brought into the process and the core issues considered. All of this takes skill, patience and understanding. And these attributes are not as common as they should be. But developing them is worth the effort. Because if you look around, the need for them does not appear to be going away. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. HAMILTONFrom Page A4By Shelly CainSpecial to The StarDo you remember when you were in school and thought about graduation and how you would never have to do homework again? Ha! We were so wrong! I have a homework assignment for everyone. I recommend that everyone should start planning for what ifŽ right now, when what if is not needed. That way, if you need what if you will be better prepared. I must have had that influence in my youth because you would not believe what is in my purse just in case I might need something when Im away from home. Yes, I have actually used that tape measure! What if I need, or my parents might need, a skilled nursing center some day? How can we plan for that possibility? You can start with www. medicare.gov. On their home page is Find a Nursing Home.Ž Click on that, enter your ZIP code and do a 25-mile radius search. What comes up is a list of nursing homes, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, within that 25 mile search. All of them have a 1-5 Star Rating. There are individual ratings for Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. They add those scores to provide an overall rating. A 5 Star rating is the best. The center that has an overall 5 star rating are ranked among the top centers in the nation. A 4 star is above average and a 3-star is average. At Cross Shores we are proud of our 5 Star! Your next step is to go on a tour. You can call ahead and make an appointment or just drop in. We are happy to show you around and answer your questions. You want to ask questions about Medicare/ Medicaid certification, financial information, but most of all, while you are there look around. Does the relationship between the staff and residents appear to be warm, polite, and respectful? Does everyone look well groomed and appropriately dressed? Is it clean? How does the center make you feel? Use your brain to evaluate the statistics. Use your heart to know how it made you feel. Often people will choose what makes them FEEL best. We are here anytime you need us. Give us a call at 850-2298244 or just drop by. Friday the 13th we are having a Bake Sale in our lobby starting at 10 a.m. ET until everything runs out. Last time it all ran out around noon. Im sure I gained a pound or two! Its all for a good cause. Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.Cross Shores Corneraccording to the office of New York Attorney Gen-eral Eric Schneiderman.It was Mazzeos fourth investment fraud conviction in the past six years. He was sentenced to a prison term of nine to 18 years to run consecutively to another prison term for fraud of two years, four months to seven years.Mazzeo was also convicted on three counts of grand larceny and one count of securities fraud.Caruso was sentenced to serve six months in prison and fined $127,235.Mazzeo was ordered to pay $133,091 in restitution.According to reports, Mazzeo will serve his sen-tence at the same prison which currently houses disgraced former college football coach Jerry Sandusky, former U.S. Congressman Anthony Wiener and Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway spokesman.Mazzeo stirred contro-versy locally two years ago when he established Port St. Joe Terminal Services, incorporated in Massachu-setts and occupying former GAC company office space near the Port of Port St. Joe.Mazzeo was on probation for fraud in New York at the time and two potential investors in port development from New York contacted local authorities alleging Mazzeo had taken money from them and failed to provide promised services.Mazzeo helped broker one shipment of oyster shells through the Port of Port St. Joe for a Minnesota-based company, but also had local criminal charges brought for defrauding an innkeeper. He paid the debt rendering the issue a civil matter.While the shipment of oyster shells went off effi-ciently and at a cost the Minnesota company said was correct, after the ship-ment was completed there remained money owed by Mazzeo to the Minnesota company.It is not clear if that money was ever paid.In the summer of 2016, the Port St. Joe Port Authority expressed con-cern about Mazzeo, noting he had never attended an authority meeting though he was representing himself as a developer of the port.At the time, a St. Joe Company commented that Mazzeo was not on the team but scalping tick-ets to the gameŽ of port development.Port officials spent much of that summer publicly condemning Mazzeo as something of an interloper and not involved in port development.After the one oyster shipment Mazzeo disap-peared from Port St. Joe.According to the Albany report, Schneidermans office released a statement detailing that between July 2012 and September 2013, Mazzeo and Caruso conducted a complex scam while Mazzeo was under investigation for invest-ment fraud. The pair used the money they received illegally to pay attorney fees and court-ordered restitution for Mazzeos prior crimes.The two used money obtained fraudulently to pay off some victims threatening to sue Mazzeo.In return for Carusos assistance, Mazzeo obtained fake loan com-mitment letters for Caruso to delay foreclosure on Carusos business.In July 2012, Caruso opened a personal bank account in his name and gave Mazzeo exclusive authority over the account debit card.At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that during the entire time Mazzeo was under inves-tigation, he alone used the Caruso account to conceal his new investment fraud scheme.In his most recent scam, Mazzeo approached potential investors about fictitious coal and natural gas industry deals.Mazzeo and Caruso used money raised on attorneys they hired to defend them in court. They also spent some of the money at liquor stores and an Albany Victorias Secret. FRAUDFrom Page A1There is a wing, not a parachute despite appear-ances, and a motor.The wing does have many characteristics of a parachute in that when you shut off the motor you will glide and using brakes maneuver the wing as you would a parachute,Ž said Marrett in an email.The wing is different in that it is manufactured with the capability to lift when air fills it and creates the wing form.ŽThe wings, he added, come in various sizes with many options and are all sized to the weight of the flyer. Motors, also, are sized to the weight of the flyer and manufactured by several companies, though primar-ily in Europe.Marretts motor was made in Italy and carries 27 hp. The thrust it provides is unbelievable,Ž Marrett said.However, the motor does not just blow up the wing and off you go.The motor provides forward motion,Ž Marrett said. That forward motion forces air into the wing baf-fles which are located in the front of the wing.Now that the wing is fully enveloped the motor continues pushing the pilot forward and flight is achieved.ŽOne huge caveat, at least for those units which have no wheels, such as Marretts.In order to leave the ground, the pilot must run with 60-80 pounds on their back while moving forward to flight and when landing those pounds are still on the back, requiring some run-ning to come to a stop.I fly these because of the thrill of being in the air and as close to a birds flight as I can get,Ž Marrett said, adding he also flies light sport aircraft which are great.ŽNothing compares with flying low, slow, seeing wildlife and all the beautiful colors that Mother Nature provides.ŽAnd, to consider, Marrett is afraid of heights.I like a thrill ƒ (and) when in control of the unit and flight, I do not feel the anxiety,Ž he added.Port St. Joe, he said, was on a list of preferred flight areas because one of the pilots had never flown over coast or beach and was unfamiliar with the area.I am always looking for another flight experience somewhere I have never been,Ž Marrett said. I have flown all over the U.S. as well as Mexico and Alaska.Our flying is a sport. We are not trying to get anywhere in particular. Just fly and enjoy it with your fellow flyers.ŽBut that sport is grounded in heavy winds, Marrett said.If the wind is turbulent, gusting above 10 mph, move pilots will not fly.It is too dangerous,Ž he said.Marrett added he was sure they would be back to more of your beautiful area.Ž FLYINGFrom Page A1 How is that for a view? [COURTESY OF JOHN MARRET]

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** A6 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarSacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has received the highest Award of DistinctionŽ for their Inpatient Services and Overall Hospi-tal Rating from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC), an approved HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assess-ment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) surveyor, ded-icated to the improvement of healthcare nationwide.PRC Achievement Awards recognize organizations at the hospital, facility, department or unit level for enhancing their patients perception of care by focusing on Key Drivers of Excellence. The survey produces comparable data on the patient's perspective on care that allows objective and meaningful comparisons between hospitals on domains that are important to consumers and increases the transparency of the qual-ity of hospital care provided.PRCs highest honors, the Award of Distinction and Overall Top Performer Award, are given to healthcare facilities, providers, outpatient service lines and inpatient units that scored at the 100th percentile for the Overall Quality of Care ExcellentŽ score in PRCs national client database for the prior calendar year. The scores are based on data collected from patients who rate the hospital as ExcellentŽ when asked about the overall quality of care in the post-discharge patient sat-isfaction survey.We are honored to receive this recognition by PRC as an excellent healthcare provider,Ž said Mary Jim Montgomery, Vice President of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. The commitment of our associates and physicians demonstrates our dedication to our community to provide first class healthcare for our patients.ŽFor more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, please visit www.sacred-heart.org/gulf.About PRCProfessional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC) brings excellence to health-care through custom market research. It remains the larg-est privately held market research firm dedicated solely to the healthcare industry. In addition to being a certified vendor for gov-ernment-mandated CAHPS surveys, PRC provides custom research services that measure community perceptions, brand positions, patient experience, physician alignment and engagement, and employee engagement.SHH on the Gulf earns award for inpatient services/overall ratingStar Staff ReportThe Gulf County Tourist Development Council will host Tourism Apprecation Day from 5-7 p.m. ET May 7 at the TDC Welcome Center.The celebration is for our community and our visitorsŽ to thank them for the support ot tourism in Gulf County.Hot dogs and hamburgers will be offered via Centennial Bank and there will photo ops and yard games.The celebration is free. The TDC Welcome Center is located at 150 Captain Freds Place in Port St. Joe, between Frank Pate Park and George Core Park.TDC to toast tourism

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** A8 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The StarThe month is April. The waves along the coast over the weekend were worthy of hurricane season. But, unfortunately, hurricane season is still two months away. This past weekend, with high winds and storms rolling through the area, the winds continuing into the first part of the week, provided another vivid example of what is beating up St. Joseph Peninsula. Seeing those waves, is it a surprise it is the fastest-eroding shoreline in Florida? More specifically, let us consider the Stump Hole rock revetment at the southern end of the peninsula. This is where the peninsula is most eroded, where the most significant threat to a breach into St. Joseph Bay exists. Whenever the proposed restoration of the peninsula beaches begins the area around the Stump Hole, the hottest hot spotŽ on the peninsula, is where the work will begin. Little wonder. The why is mighty evident in these photos from Bill Fauth and Debbie Hooper. Another reminder, this is just April. After a winter of storms which, due to the currents and the direction of winds, annually remove a bit of the beaches. Fauth said that he particularly liked his photo with the Komatsu heavy machinery framing the wave action. I get the feeling that the water is laughing at our attempts to keep it at bay,Ž Fauth said. Correction, to keep it from Bay.Ž „ Tim CroftIn like a lion[COURTESY OF BILL FAUTH] [COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM] [COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM] [COURTESY OF BILL FAUTH]

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A9where all citizens are rep-resented, families are safe, and businesses thrive.My plan is to represent the people of PSJ equally, as one city, not two cities divided by a set of old rail-road tracks. My plan is simple. My plan involves you. It will take the support of the entire community. With your support, we can unite our city. I have no supporters hiding in the shadows using me to push their personal agenda. You will see that my supporters are openly standing by my side. Please help me to say no to the few that are trying to gain control of our city. I need your help. I need your support to get this done. I need you, your friends, and family to stand with me. I need your vote!My experience: In the early 80s, after graduating Bay High School and attending Gulf Coast Com-munity College, I joined the United States Air Force serving as a medical labo-ratory technician. In 1987, I went to work as a Game Warden with the Game and Freshwater Fish Com-mission. I was fortunate enough to be transferred to Gulf County in 1990. Initially, our plans were to stay here for one year and then transfer to Bay County where most of my family lived. My wife Sharon and I both fell in love with Port St. Joe. We chose to make PSJ our home. We have spent the last 27 years here where both our daughters, Katie and Sara, gradu-ated from Port St. Joe High School. My wife Sharon, who I have been married to for 35 years, continues to work as a teacher for Gulf County School District. In 2017, I retired from the FWCC as a State Law Enforcement Officer after serving the State of Florida 30 years.The time has come for me to give back to the commu-nity that has done so much for our family. I would be honored to serve the people of Port St. Joe.Please take the time to do a comparison of the candi-dates. Look at how long the candidates have lived in Port St. Joe. Do they have the experience and qualifications to serve as your city commissioner? Have they proven themselves as a leader? Are they a veteran? Are they available to work and advocate on your behalf during working hours? Retirement from a full-time job affords me the opportunity to be accessible to the residents of Port St. Joe. I have the time and the energy to spend being an advocate for all our citizens.Heres what I have to offer: United States Air Force Veteran, United States Coast Guard Reserves Veteran, Retired Law EnforcementFWCC 30 Years, United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Captain License, Florida License Realtor, State Law Enforcement Chapter President Florida Police Benevolent Association FLPBA, Past Director of Upward Basketball, Former Coach PSJ Middle School Softball, Former Coach PSJ Middle School Volleyball, PSJ Resident for over 27 Years, time to reach out to small businesses to assess their needs, time to listen to citizen concerns. HOFFMANFrom Page A1Special to The StarTALLAHASSEE … Bob Rackleff on Monday qualified as a candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd District, with Floridas Division of Elections and will be on the Aug. 28 Democratic Primary Ballot. The seat is held by Republican Neal Dunn of Panama City.Rackleff is a former Leon County Commis-sioner (1998-2010), a speechwriter for Pres-ident Jimmy Carter and other Democratic officeholders, an enlisted sailor and Navy officer for 22 years, a civil rights and environmental activist, and a corporate writer and consultant. He moved to Tallahas-see in 1952. Im running to help win back Congress for the working families of North Florida … to stop the assault on affordable health care, to create good-paying jobs especially in rural communities, and to represent everyone in the district, not just those who support me,Ž Rackleff said.He is a graduate of Florida State University, father of three grown children, and husband of Esther Moring, an emergency medical coordinator with Doctors Without Borders since 1995.Rackle quali es for run

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** A10 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star April 9-15 On April 9, Deputies with the Gulf County Sheriffs Office were at the Port St. Joe High School conducting a narcotics detection operation. The opera-tion resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old student for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm on School Property.On April 9, Deputy A. White was dispatched to Lands Landing boat landing and park in refer-ence to a theft. Someone had cut approximately 40 feet of aluminum hand-railing from the concrete walkway and stole it.On April 9, Sgt. J. Wil-liams received a tip from a citizen about a suspicious vehicle in Pine Ridge Apartments in Port St. Joe. Sgt. Williams and Deputy D. House located the car and determined that it was reported stolen in the City of Parker. The vehicle was towed and was held for the Parker Police Depart-ment. Sgt. Williams later developed the names of suspects who had ties to the vehicle. These suspects were involved in a shooting later in the day on Martin Luther King Blvd.On April 9, Deputy D. House was dispatched to Sweetwater Drive in reference to a burglary. The victim reported that four (4) bar stools were missing from the home. Deputy House noticed cuts in the screen near the door locks, which is possibly how the suspects gained entry into the house.On April 9, the Port St. Joe Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a shooting incident near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Avenue F. A description and direction of travel of the vehicle that the shooter was in was given to GCSO deputies. Deputy M. Layfield and Sgt. Dickey located the vehicle traveling North on State 71 in Honeyville. They encountered several subjects occupying the vehicle. Officer V. Everett (PSJPD) obtained enough evidence from the scene to assist Sgt. Dickey in identifying a suspect. Isiah Clifford Tyrone Graddy (19) was taken into custody and would be charged by the Port St. Joe Police Department for Dis-charging a Firearm from a Vehicle.On April 9, Deputy M. Layfield was dispatched to the 5000 block of S. State 71 in reference to a theft. The victim reported that he found his back-yard fence gate open. Upon searching through his shed, the victim noticed that he was missing a DeWalt cordless drill and a Husquvarna chainsaw. On April 11, Deputy M. Manley and Investigator P. Baxley responded to a report of a burglary in the 6000 block of Bass Street in Howard Creek. During the investiga-tion, Investigator Baxley began inquiring about injuries the victim had. The victim stated that he recently received the injuries at the hands of Aaron Barjames Touchet (41). The investigation concluded with Touchet being placed under arrest and charged with Trespassing and Battery on a person 65 year of age or older. Touchets girl-friend, Kayla Linn Hester (26), was also taken into custody after revealing that she had a warrant for her arrest out of Bay County. On April 11, Investiga-tors P. Williams and S. Ferrell went to Spruce Avenue to execute an arrest warrant on Aaron Shane Whitehurst (34). Whitehurst was wanted for Burglary of a Dwell-ing. The warrant against Whitehurst resulted from a burglary investigation by Investigator P. Baxley that began in November of 2017, which occurred on S. Long St. in Overstreet. Whitehurst was apprehended and trans-ported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On April 12, Investiga-tors P. Williams and S. Ferrell conducted a traf-fic stop on Old Transfer Road near Pam Street. Investigators made con-tact with the driver and identified him as Lajarius Xavier Cooper (26). While they spoke with Cooper, they noticed that he was trying to conceal something. Cooper was detained and it was revealed that Cooper was trying to hide a glass pipe which had methamphetamine residue inside. A search of the vehicle revealed a small container with methamphetamine inside it. Cooper, who is on drug offender proba-tion, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Para-phernalia, Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence and Violation of Probation.On April 12, Deputy C. Harvey responded to the 3000 block of Cape San Blas Road in reference to a suspicious person going underneath vacant houses. Deputy Harvey went to the pool area of a vacant house, within in the same area, and located clothing next to the pool and a phone charging in an outlet. Deputy Harvey then encountered a white male coming down the stair-way from a porch above. The man was identified as Adrian Michael Cook (33), of Panama City. When Cook was asked about why he was on the property, he stated that he needed to rinse off after being on the beach so he figured he would use someones pool who was not home. He also needed to charge his cell phone. Deputy Harvey verified through the propertys management company that Cook did not have permission to be on the property so he was placed under arrest for Trespassing. Cook was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and a set of brass knuckles. Cook was addi-tionally charged with the drug violations and possessing a concealed weapon.On April 12, Deputy G. Desrosier traveled to the Bay County Jail to pick up Jonathan Glen Carmichael (31) on a Gulf County warrant for Violation of Community Control. Carmichael was on Community Control Probation for two counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. Carmichael was transported back to Gulf County Detention Facil-ity to be booked for the charge.On April 12, Deputy G. Desrosier responded to a report of a disturbance on U.S. 98, across from Vet-erans Park in Beacon Hill. When Deputy Desrosier arrived, he contacted a man on the side of the road who was acting in a belligerent manor. The man, who was identified as Mitchell R. Gerfen (53), said that he and David Lee Bollinger (50) had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana all day. They were riding their bicycles together when they crashed into each other. As a result, a physical altercation ensued between the two. Deputy Desrosier found Bollinger on the beach, and he too was intoxicated. Deputy Desrosier arrested both subjects and charged them with Disorderly Intoxication and Public Affray.On April 13, Deputy L. Greenwood conducted a traffic stop on State C-30A in Simmons Bayou. Deputy Greenwood identified the driver as Ashley Cortez Fennell (30) and determined that Fennells drivers license was sus-pended. Fennell was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.On April 13, Deputy M. Layfield and C. Harvey responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Jehu Road in Wewahitchka. Deputies arrived and learned that Dennis Earl Shiver (24) had been involved in a physical alteration with the mother of his child. It was determined that Shiver was the aggressor in the conflict and was placed under arrest for Domestic Battery.On April 14, Deputy A. White was assigned to investigate a theft of utilities report in the 5000 block of S. State 71. Deputy White identified the suspect as John Burl Vickery (40). The complainant did not wish to file charges against Vickery but during a wanted person check, it was revealed that Vickery was wanted out of Bay County for Burglary. Vickery was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.On April 15, Sheriffs deputies and a Port St. Joe police officer responded to a domestic dispute, involving a fire-arm, in the 200 block of Windmark Way. When officers arrived, they contacted the victim outside of the house who reported that she had been chased out of her house by her husband, William W. McLemore (56), who was allegedly armed with a firearm during that time. Officers entered the house and found that it was in disarray, indicating that some sort of disturbance had occurred inside. They found Page 4 of 4 McLemore inside, unarmed, and attempted to take him into custody. McLemore became belligerent and refused to comply with the officers orders. A struggle ensued between officers and McLemore but McLemore was ultimately restrained and placed under arrest. McLemore was charged with Aggravated Assault involving Domestic Violence, Resisting Law Enforcement with Violence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 227-1115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.GULF COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A11Long Avenue work.In each case, the city would have to solicit bids and proposals and have contracts in place by June.We are just trying to put some numbers together,Ž Anderson said. This is a tight, tight window.ŽOnce numbers were gleaned, commissioners could make a final decision on how they want to spend the $1 million.In several cases, the pro-posals would seek to leverage State Revolving Fund dollars for water line replacement, along Long and downtown, with the road bond funds used toward the loan portion of those SRF packages.In addition, proposals would lead to paving of Reid Ave, (via loan with the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency) and Long once water lines are in the ground.A hiccup is whether or not projects would meet the approval of the county, and Buzzett said the city needed some guarantee from the county, given the sudden timeline crunch, that projects put in place would be approved.The crux: the goal of rehabbing Long and its infra-structure is off the radar without funding in place to undertake the entire project.It just might not be Long Avenues year,Ž said Commis-sioner David Ashbrook. Its sad, but I dont want to put all those lines in the ground and then tear it all up.Ž AttorneyIn the wake of the termination of the citys contract with an attorney, commissioners debated on how to proceed, with several pressing issues in front of them.We have some important things we dont need to jump into and we dont want to take months to decide, and we need some legal advice,Ž Buzzett said.Staff has doubled back to attorneys who submitted proposals late last year when the search ended in Clint McCahill, whose contract was terminated last week.Anderson said all expressed interest and Commissioner Brett Lowry said he would like to revisit the original vote and his preferred candidate.Lowry was the lone dissent in the vote for McCahill and he moved that commission-ers consider Adam Albritton.Ashbrook said Albritton was also his favorite last year, but picked McCahill due to a preference for a local attorney.Lowry said Albritton should take over for the rest of the fiscal year under the terms of the contract with McCahill.Further, Albritton and Anderson would work over the next 60 days on a contract with Albritton to take effect with the next fiscal year Oct. 1.Commissioners approved the motion unanimously. Gulf Aire sewerA workshop next week to discuss a proposed purchase of the ESAD sewer system that serves Gulf Aire was postponed after Buzzett questioned if it was needed. It is so premature, I dont understand,Ž Buzzett said. I just think we need to slow down, find out if it is for sale.ŽBuzzett noted that the owner had approached the city several years ago about a sale, but he was not aware of a current proposal or price.Without an understand-ing of whether the system is for sale and an asking price, holding a workshop was, in effect, cart before horse.The seller needs to come to us, say its for sale and heres the price,Ž Buzzett said.The subject arose again during last weeks workshop with county officials.The county has offered to provide RESTORE Act funds for a downpayment on a city purchase of the system.For the city it would be an expansion of a customer base, though there are concerns about the extent of rehab and dollars the city would have to put into the system.I think its a great deal at the right price,Ž Buzzett said. SPENDINGFrom Page A1

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** A12 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Starfor dutyŽ evaluation before returning to a Gulf District classroom.Gentry was suspended with pay the day prior to the districts spring break four weeks ago pending an inves-tigation of the allegations. Nothing but plauditsThe board voted after more than 30 minutes of comments from members of the audience, which packed the school board meeting room as it is rarely packed.Spanning at least three generations, speakers uniformly expressed support and admiration for Gentry and her work in and out of the classroom.Ms. Gentry is the teacher I will never forget and I will remember her until the day I die,Ž said eighth-grader Aiden Gainer, who was taught by Gentry in fourth and fifth grades.He was just one of a hand-ful of students who spoke to the board.Debbie Butler submitted an email that said, in part, She is one of the most loving and caring teachers I know.ŽButler also said the entire situation had been blown out of proportion.Becky Weston, who retired last year as a teacher, said she had never observed objectionable behavior from Gentry, who she said consis-tently went above and beyond the call of duty.Consider her record and dedication to her students,Ž Weston said.Beyond Gentrys record, which includes being voted by her peers the schools teacher of the year twice in the past seven years as well as being deemed high impactŽ by the state (the district has fewer than 10 teachers so rated), many mentioned her efforts to nurture character as well as knowledge.Two students noted how Gentry had helped them see the silver liningsŽ in tough situations, to stand up against bullying and to be positive in their outlook, to believe in themselves.My children and I have been blessed to have teachers like Ms. Gentry,Ž said mother Danielle Dickey. I can only wish my children have teach-ers like Krissy every year.Support Krissy and all educators.ŽShe and others wondered whether the board shouldnt exercise the same compassion Gentry has shown her students over more than two decades.Several speakers noted the disruption of removing Gentry from the classroom this late in the school year, and on the eve of state stan-dardized testing which impacts school grades and funding.Dr. Elizabeth Curry, the towns pediatrician for nearly three decades, said Gentry was clearly engaged and compassionate in communi-cations concerning students with challenges.And Dr. Tom Curry said the board should consider the broader implications of the terrible precedentŽ of removing a well-respected and well-lovedŽ teacher from the classroom, and the impacts on future hiring of teachers. She is a good woman with a lot of support who deserves the benefit of the doubt.Ž Tom Curry said. Board stays courseNorton, and in turn the board outside of Little, was unmoved.Norton said allegations against Gentry required an investigation and the district was simply following the process.He argued that the facts, contained in a 12-page inves-tigative report just released to the public Monday, were not known to the speakers and supported the board action recommended.This is the process we have to follow,Ž Norton said. We all have a duty to do, a duty we do not enjoy.ŽAs outlined by attorneys on hand for the district, Mondays action is not the final say.Gentry can appeal through the collective bargaining agreement or by petitioning for a hearing before an administrative law judge.In my opinion it would devastating to pull her out of the classroomŽ so late in the school year, Little said. Wait until we hear both sides.ŽBoard member John Wright said he believed Gentry had crossed a line and demonstrated she did not respect authority and board member Billy Quinn, Jr. said he was comfortable with adhering to the process.After the meeting and board action, some of the attendees voiced that there was a more sinister motive afoot, noting that Gentry was the president of the union repre-senting teachers and district employees.In addition, some said, the factsŽ put forth by the inves-tigation began with hearsay from a student intern. The allegations/ investigationThe allegations originated in a March 15 weekly journal entry by Florida State Uni-versity student-intern Karissa Wagner to her adviser.In that entry, Wagner expressed concern for Gentry as a person, a teacher and a role model for those students.ŽWagner writes that during that week Gentry had only passing instruction math and science, spending one math session on life lessonsŽ during which she rambled on about life.ŽThat life lesson thingŽ continued over two days, with Gentry talking about guns, shooting animals and people.The thing that appalled me most was that she told the stu-dents not to tell anyone what they had talked about because it would upset them and not to tell their parents or the princi-pal,Ž Wagner wrote.Wagner took those concerns to Principal Joni Mock who took them ultimately to Norton. I am just concerned about this entire situation,Ž Wagner wrote.Norton said he was alarmed by allegations that Gentry had told students not to tell anyone about classroom dis-cussions and he was duty bound to investigate.The investigation was turned over to J. David Marsey, an attorney with the Tallahassee-based firm of Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell.Marsey conducted interviews and reviewed documents with an eye on potential violations to the districts employee handbook and code of conduct.Marsey sustained the alle-gation of Gentry using a cell phone in the classroom, balancing Wagners testi-mony that Gentry frequently answered her cell phone against Gentrys silence, on the advice of counsel.He also sustained allegations of misconduct due to behavior that disrupts the students learning environment, allegations stemming from assertions that Gentry, instead of following lesson plans and prescribed curricu-lum had discussed and shown videos about the Parkland school shooting.Marsey, based on Gentrys body language, asserted Gentry was deceptive in answering questions related to the issue and said the allegation from Wagner was credible, articulately stated and contained a high degree of specificity.ŽIn part, he added, it was corroborated by evidence gleaned from Gentrys com-puter which showed entries in search history that would match the time in question, though the exact videos could not be retrieved.A second allegation of misconduct pertaining to the disruption of the student learning environment was sustained concerning the allegation in Wagners journal concerning the discussion of guns and Gentrys admoni-tion to children to tell no one outside the classroom.Marsey sustained the alle-gation, which Gentry denied, based on what he perceived to be deception on the part of Gentry through her body language and the assertion that telling students not to inform anyone of the discus-sion indicated Gentry knew it to be inappropriate.A final allegation of insur-bordination was sustained by Marsey based on Wagners allegations concerning Gen-trys class discussions about school safety and the Park-land shootings after Mock had instructed teachers two days prior to avoid any discussions about those subjects. A final allegation concern-ing falsifying lesson plans was not sustained.But a final, key, component of the case is a September 2017 reprimand from Norton to Gentry for leaving her classroom in the fourth-grade pod for 30 minutes without a legitimate reason.As Norton said several times Monday night, Gentry had been cautioned that any additional incident would result in more severeŽ discipline. TEACHERFrom Page A1

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** A14 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.comBy Frank SargeantSpecial to The StarThe action off the beach is the primary news for fishermen across the Panhandle this month as the vast bait schools show up in their spring migration northward from South Florida, and with them the pelagic near-shore camp follow-ers, cobia, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel along with lots of jacks, bonito and other hungry mouths.The cobia action will continue to May, while the kings and Span-ish will be here until late October. Heres a look at where and how to catch them: CobiaMost cobia fishing in Panhandle waters is sight-fishing„the cobia migrate at the surface in pods of 2 to 6, and anglers in tower boats spot them, get ahead of them and let them swim into casting range. Its somewhat akin to the tarpon fishing that comes later in the spring, and the excitement of presenting a bait in front of a visible fish draws anglers from all over the Southeast to get in on the action.The fish are usually migrating from east to west, and the best bite is typically in the morn-ing. Boats work westward slowly anywhere from 100 yards to a quarter-mile off the beach, keeping the sun at the anglers backs so that they can see into the water. The best cobia boats have towers, with the elevated positions making it easier to see into the water.Cobia readily grab live pinfish, finger mullet, menhaden, blue crabs and particularly, live eels. The Savage Real Eel, a 12-inch black plastic imitation, also works very well. The baits or lures are typically cast on heavy spinning gear, 8-foot medium-heavy rods with size 5000 reels, loaded with 40-poundtest braid or heavier, with the bait or lure fished on a couple feet of 40-poundtest mono tied in with a uni-knot. Hook size is matched to the baits, from ‡ to ‡ typically.The fish get progres-sively spookier as he season goes on, so its often necessary to run in a wide arc around the fish, shut off the motor and let them swim into range rather than motoring right up to them for a cast.Some anglers are also borrowing a trick from tarpon anglers farther south, running their boats on electric trolling motors ahead of the cobia and simply letting the baits back far enough to get right in the face of the fish„no splashy cast and the bait stays just in front of them until they take.Cobia these days average between 15 and 30 pounds, with a few larger to 60 pounds caught every year. The days of 100-pounders seem to be over, at least until current reduced harvest limits can have an impact„few survive long enough to reach giant size these days. The Gulf limit is now one per day or two per boat, whichever is less, with minimum length to the fork 33 inches. King MackerelKingfish populations have increased dramati-cally over the last 30 years, after reaching a low point in the 1980s due to extensive large-scale commercial harvest. They arrive in Panhandle waters in schools of thousands in April, and remain here until late October when water temperature drops below 68 degrees.Kings show up anywhere from a few hundred yards off the beach to 50 miles offshore, but theyre much more a coastal species than the blue-water pelagics like wahoo and dolphin. In fact, some of the largest caught each year are found just outside the jet-ties of the major Panhandle passes, where they feed along the color changeŽ as black water out of the bays flows into the blue-green water of the Gulf.In fact, slow trolling a 12to 14-inch live mullet or ladyfish along this break line is one of the favorite tactics of tournament anglers looking for 50-pounders. The big girls definitely patrol these areas, though theyre usu-ally few and far between. Anglers specifically chasing these giants usually rely on 30to 40-pound test gear, conventional or spin, though a few tournament specialists go as light as 15 on the theory that the spindly gear is more likely to fool a big fish than the heavier and more visible lines and leaders. Of course, handling a fish that can smoke off over a hundred yards of line in seconds on light tackle takes some doing.Large baits are typically rigged with a single hook in the nose, and one or two size 6 extra-strong stingerŽ trebles just under the skin along the back. Leaders and stinger wiring are typically number 6 dark wire.Giant kings also show up with some frequency over offshore wrecks and reefs at depths of 100 feet and more„freelining blue runners or live mullet can sometimes turn up these fish, if the amberjacks dont get to them first.For smaller but more dependable action on school kings of 7 to 15 pounds, its simply a matter of getting out the inlet at dawn and looking for diving birds. Kings usu-ally feed on top for a time at dawn, and the leaping bait draws the well-known white tornadoŽ of diving sea birds to the feast.When the fish are on top, they can be caught on practically anything, but a half-ounce white bucktail with a mullet or bonito strip is one of the best offerings. Large topwater lures cranked very fast can also bring some amazing strikes, as do large spoons„whatever the lure, it has to be moving about as fast as you can crank to draw a strike from kings.Trolling jigs and spoons around the schools also does well, particularly once the sun is up, when most experts put the lures on number 2 planers to get them down a bit, and tow at about 6 mph, twice walking speed.Kings respond well to chum, so anchoring in areas with good current flow, particularly uptide from a wreck or reef, and putting over chum bags with chopped menhaden or shrimp can bring them to the boat. Drift a live sardine, cigar minnow or menhaden back into the slick and hang on„strikes are usually prompt. These smaller baits can be fished nose hooked on a single size ‡ hook. Again, about 12 inches of number 6 wire to a swivel is essential to pre-vent cutoffs on the sharp teeth of the macks. Spanish MackerelSpanish are the smaller cousins of king mackerel, and usually arrive a bit sooner as the waters warm. They tend to hang more inshore than the kings, and schools of them sometimes run into the harbors and large bays to remain for weeks at a time, so long as theres plenty of bait around to feed them„Destin Harbor is a favorite fishing area, especially when wind makes going outside the inlet a challenge.Spanish average from a couple pounds up to 5 or 6 pounds, and like kings they like their food moving fast„trolling at 6 knots pulling a size 1 or size 0 Clark spoon or similar with a bit of weight to keep it down a couple feet is often all it takes to get them. For larger Spanish, trolling a 1-ounce chrome Rat-LTrap, a lipless vibrating lure, is a good way to go. Spoons and Rat-L-Traps cast into surfacing schools also do plenty of business, though its tough to keep up with the movement of the fish most days.They also readily take live baits including sardines and small cigar minnows as well as live shrimp fished on size 1 to ‡ hooks. Like kings, they readily come to chum„set up around the jetties or just outside the inlets to lure them in.Also like kings, Spanish have razor-edged teeth, but they do tend to be a bit leader shy at times, partic-ularly in clear water. They bite a lot better on leader of 25-pound-test fluoro or Masons hard mono than they do on wire, and though some nip off the lures, most do not. Many anglers feel the extra bites with fluoro or hard mono are worth the occasional cutoff. Standard inshore tackle is adequate to catch them„a medium 7 spinning rod, 3000-sized reel with 15-pound-test braid does the job. Pier ActionAll three of these spring species can readily be caught by the exceptionally-productive beach piers found from Panama City Beach to Pensacola Beach. Obviously, you have to be there when the fish pass within range, but pier regulars catch an amazing number of kings and Spanish, as well as their share of cobia when the run is on.Standard tactic is to get there when at first light, go about of the way out and sabiki up some live baits, whatever happens to bite, and then stow them in an aerated bucket and head for the end of the pier. For kings and Spanish, the baits are rigged on ‡ to ‡ hooks and cast, unweighted, as far as the angler can heave them with an 8-foot or longer medium-heavy spinning rig and 40-pound-test braid. Whenever a king or Spanish passes within range„and this happens with frequency when the fish are in„theres usually a hook-up.Pier kings typically go 7 to 10 pounds, but now and then a smokerŽ latches on and the fun begins as the angler passes his/her rod over and under all the other rods bristling from the rail.April angling action in the PanhandleCobia are a favorite target along Gulf beaches in April, with pods of the “ sh migrating just outside the green bar throughout the month. [PHOTO CREDIT CAPTAIN TROY FRADY] Spanish mackerel are readily caught on cast or trolled spoons, and schools of them often prowl right into the harbors and bays. [FRANK SARGEANT PHOTO] Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead continued to be the talk of the week and Pompano are now close behind. Mackerel bite continues good on Clarkspoon Mackerel trees slow trolled between the sand bars along Windmark Beach all the way out to Mexico Beach. And like last week Sheepshead are still present around the markers and buoys. If you have wreck or reef numbers Sheeps are still present as well. Live shrimp is your go to for the Sheeps and remember to use a small heavy wire circle hook for these guys. Pompano continue to increase in numbers along the beaches but after the last couple days of ruff surf they may slow due to the churned up murky water. Be patient the water should clear quickly once the wind lays down. Red“ sh bite is fair out on St. Joe bay and “ sh are taking everything from Live shrimp to Pin “ sh and soft baits. Work those ” ats and deep holes hard for the Red“ sh. The weather has been slow to heat up and clear up and the wind to lay but all this should turn in the near future and we look forward to a great spring and summer of “ shing. Until next week Happy Fishing!FISHING REPORT

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A15 SPORTSStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School softball team (10-7) roared back from a 9-4 deficit to defeat Liberty County last, one of two wins against one loss for the week. Port St. Joe 11, Liberty County 9A seven-run sixth inning was the differ-ence as Georgia Lee and Brooke Zinker paced the offense.Zinker had three hits and drove in three runs and Lee collected four hits.Brook Quinn, Hannah Lee and Kali Austerman all added hits for the Lady Tiger Sharks.Zinker was the winning pitcher, tossing seven innings while allowing six hits and nine runs (just four were earned) with eight strikeouts and four walks. Port St. Joe 11, Bay High 0Zinker tossed a five-inning two-hit shutout and helped her own cause with two hits in a game shortened by the run rule.Zinker struck out six and walked one.Hagen Parrish also two hits and Georgia Lee, Erica Ramsey (three RBIs), Kali Austerman and Madison Jasinski added a hit apiece. Franklin County 14, Port St. Joe 2The Lady Seahawks jumped to an early lead and coasted.Zinker took the loss after tossing seven innings and allowing 11 hits and 14 runs (just four were earned) with six strikeouts and six walks.Claudia Alcorn paced the attack with a pair of hits and drove in a run. Zinker, Ramsey, Parrish and Austerman each had a hit, Ramsey driving in a run. Senior NightPlease join us for the final home game of the season tonight at 7 ET Seniors Alcorn, Geor-gia Lee, Hannah Lee and Quinn will be recognized prior to the game.Port St. Joe girls softball team takes 2 of 3 games[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportYou know you are on a roll when you score three runs and win while not mustering a hit.The Wewahitchka Jr./ Sr. High School softball team continued to roll last week, beating three consecutive large schools while running its winning streak to 15 games.The Lady Gators are 20-4 to end the regular season; 10-0 and top-seeded in the district.They have not lost since March 3 and are currently battling Trenton at the top of the state Class 1A polls. Wewahitchka 3, Marianna 1The Lady Gators hosted one of the top Class 5A teams in the state, Mari-anna standing at 20-3 entering the game.And Wewahitchka could not muster a hit.But Cyrina Madrid was hit by a pitch, reached on an error, stole two bases and scored twice.Brianna Bailey walked, stole a base and scored as the Lady Gators earned four walks, stole five bases and left 10 runners on base.Brianna Bailey (19-1), allowed five hits and an earned run, in the sixth, while striking out eight and issuing no walks over seven innings. Wewahitchka 3, Wakulla 2Gracie Price drove in two runs, the Lady Gators benefited from 10 base on balls and Wewahitchhka snuffed a seventh-inning rally against the Class 6A Lady Eagles.The Lady Gators man-aged just two hits, scoring one in the third and two in the fifth to carry a 3-0 lead into the final frame.Wakulla put two runs across in the top of the seventh but could manage no more.Price doubled and walked twice and Madrid singled and scored.Aleah Wooten walked four times and scored twice.Bailey started and went the distance in the circle, allowing two hits and walking eight while per-mitting just two unearned runs. Wewahitchka 1, Tallahassee Chiles 0Bailey tossed a complete-game two-hitter and drove in the lone run of the game on an RBI single in the fourth inning as the Lady Gators stepped up big in class and avenged a loss from early in the season.Chiles beat Wewahitchka 4-3 in Tallahassee in February.Chiles entered the game 18-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class 8A, according to maxpreps.Price, with a single and double, scoring the only run, had half of the Lady Gators hits.Katie Shealys single was Wewahitchkas other hit.Bailey struck out 11 and walked one.Lady Gators step up, knock downStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls track team won the District 2-1A title last week at Bozeman; the boys took third.Both teams advance to the Region 1-1A meet at Tallahassee Florida High April 25.Both district team com-petitions were one-sided affairs.Port St. Joe scored 203 points in winning the girls meet; Blountstown was second with 132.Wewahitchka finished sixth.On the boys side, Blount-stown scored 233 to easily take the title; Bozeman (90) and Port St. Joe (80) were second and third, respectively.Wewahitchka was seventh.The top four teams and top four finishers in each event advanced to region. GirlsShaMario Cole was a double-winner for the Lady Tiger Sharks, winning the 800 and 1,600 meter runs.The Port St. Joe girls, with Cole, also won the 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relays.Lily Wockenfuss led a clean sweep for Port St. Joe in the pole vault, with Celeste Chiles second, London White third and Sam Corzine fourth.Chiles also won the discus and took second in the shot put.Wockenfuss was also fourth in the high jump as the Lady Tiger Sharks dominated the field events.TeTe Croom was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put, qualifying for region in both events.Teiyahna Hutchinson was thyird in the long jump.Back on the track, Jade Cothran won the 100 meter hurdles and was second in the 300 meter hurdles.Lexis Fountain was second in the 100 meters and second in the 400 meters, with Ashton Amison third and Madelyn Gortemoller fourth in the 400 meters.Emily Lacour was third in the 1,600 meters and second in the 3,200 meters.For the Wewahitchka girls, Rayanna Penix took fourth in the 3,200 and the 4-by-800 relay team finished second behind Port St. Joe. BoysFor the Tiger Sharks, Ashton Howell won the 800 meters, Bladen Levins the pole vault and Antwan Jackson the discus.The Port St. Joe 4-by800 relay finished first and the 4-by-400 relay second.Drew Jones was third at 800 meters and Zack McFarland was third at 3,200 meters and fourth at 1,600 meters.Austin Jones finished fourth in the 3,200.For Wewahitchka, the 4-by-400 relay took fourth and the 4-by-800 relay third and Elijah Shackelford took third in the discus.PSJ girls win district track title; boys thirdBy Dustin Kent747-5065 | @PCNHDustinKent dkent@pcnh.comPANAMA CITY „ The East All-Stars threatened to turn Saturdays AllStar Classic into a rout on multiple occasions, but the West team was intent on making them earn their first victory in three years. Thanks to some hotshooting from Holmes Countys Laura Jones and a couple of late buckets by Mosleys JaTayvia Holley, thats exactly what the East All-Stars did.Jones, who was named the East Most Valuable Player, scored 23 points and Holley added 21 to lift the East to a 100-94 victory to snap a two-game losing skid to the West All-Stars in the 14th edition of the Clas-sic. Port St. Joes Teiyahna Hutchinson added 20 points for East, with North Bay Havens Josselin Geer also scoring 13.Fort Walton Beachs P-Nut Payton led all scor-ers with 27 points and was named the MVP for the West team. Paytons teammate Tanyvia Tassin added 17 points, followed by Bakers Ayajah Coleman with 12, and Nicevilles Antoinette Lewis with 10.Its the first victory for the East All-Star girls since an 85-64 win in 2015 and the fifth win overall in the series. The East used a 14-2 run to start the second quarter to seize early con-trol of the game, with a driving bank shot by Holley followed by 3-pointers from Hutchinson, Ponce de Leons Devyn Butorac, and Poplar Springs Robin Tate making it 34-20 with 6:40 on the clock.But the West answered right back with a 16-3 run to pull to within a point. Payton started the run with a basket and a three-point play by Tassin, a twopoint jumper by Aaliyah Davenport, and a layup by Payton trimmed the deficit to five. Kori Jones stopped the spurt with a 3-pointer from the right wing, but a flip shot in the lane by Gen-esis Long, a 3-pointer by Tassin, and a free throw by Payton made it 37-36 with 1:41 to half.Hutchinson finished the quarter strong with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to give the East a 42-38 edge at the break. The East started lighting it up from 3-point range again when the second half began, with a triple from Laura Jones sandwiched between a pair of Holley threes making it 53-40. After an offensive rebound and putback by Geer, Boz-emans Shelby Suggs hit another 3-pointer for the East and followed with a short jumper to make it 60-45 with 6:13 left in the third.A transition basket by Hutchinson on a feed from Laura Jones gave the East its biggest lead of the day at 68-52 with 3:03 to play, but the West again fought back with a 13-2 run to get back to within five. Payton started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Tassin followed with back to back threes of her own. The East pushed the lead back to nine when Holley finished the third with a driving floater and then drove into the lane and dished off to Geer for two.Another three from Laura Jones to start the fourth quarter made it 77-65, but the West countered with a 10-2 run featuring six straight points by Payton, the last on a short jumper, to get back to within four. A basket by South Waltons Allee Coble and a 3-pointer from Bakers Kashira Casey brought the West even at 89-89 with 3:37 remaining.With the game tied 91-91, Holley put the East up for good with a steal and layup with 2:15 to play, and then hit a free throw and a driving basket with 57 seconds remaining to make it 96-91. After a defensive stop, Hutchinson hit a pair of free throws to essentially ice the game at 98-91 with 38.3 seconds on the clock. Hutchinson, Jones lead East All-Stars to victory

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** A16 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@ star” .com Sunset over Simmons Bayou [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] A tranquil end to a day on St. Joe Beach [COURTESY OF IRENE SCHMOLLER] A seagull takes charge [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Kayaking the Dead Lakes [COURTESY OF TERRY LIND] Raining frogs over St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF LISSA DULANY] A pelican at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park [COURTESY OF BECKY BLOCK] A fresh seafood dinner [COURTESY OF JAN MASICA]

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B1COMMUNITY Wilson Casey 1. From the Latin translation, what international citys motto is, Lord, direct us.Ž? Rome, Melbourne, Montreal, London 2. During what kind of racing might a competitor utilize a trapeze maneuver? Bicycle, Sailboat, Stock car, Ski 3. What has the nickname of the  Arkansas ToothpickŽ? Electric chainsaw, Clinton presidency, Bowie knife, Treated wood 4. Whose members included Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison? The Who, Yes, Bread, The Doors 5. What country produces about a third of the worlds black pepper? Brazil, Vietnam, China, Mexico 6. Gub-Gub is the name of Doctor Dolittles pet ...? Rabbit, Pig, Mule, Rooster ANSWERS: 1. London, 2. Sailboat, 3. Bowie knife, 4. The Doors, 5. Vietnam, 6. PigTrivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@TriviaGuy.comTRIVIA FUN By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe Davenport family was the inspiration, so it was only fitting they be the first recipient.The Davenports, Jessica and Kyle along with children Kruz and Paizlee, were sched-uled to visit the beaches of Gulf County last year until a medical emergeny and surgery arose just days before departing from their Muscle Shoals, AL. home.They were forced to cancel, but their dilemma, a desperately sick child forcing cancellation of a vacation, became the kernel of an idea in Silvia Williams, who oper-ates Serenity Beach Rentals in Port St. Joe.I literally could not stop thinking about them, praying about them,Ž Williams said. For a week or two I was up at night praying for them.I think, maybe, because I am a mom. It touches your heart that these people are dealing with such a difficult situation with their children.ŽAt that time, Williams was already in the process of designing a T-shirt to provide to her visitors.People want to take some-thing back with them to remember their trip,Ž Wil-liams said.The T-shirt became the foundation of an effort Williams launched to annually provide a four-day free stay to a family with a child facing pressing medical problems.The Davenports last week became the first beneficiaries.The shirts feature Cape San Blas or Mexico Beach and include a heart over the area as well the Serenity logo and a Superman symbol on the back of the shirt.They are really nice and cost just $20,Ž Williams said. Lots of friends, family and many of my repeat guests have purchased them.ŽAll proceeds go to Williams mission of allowing one family each year to hit pause on lifes travails for a few days.Further, Williams has already lined up homeowners and their homes for the next three years.Serenity, pay it forward styleKruz Davenport enjoying the beach after emergency surgery prevented the trip last year[COURTESY SILVIA WILLIAMS] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827| @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe dynamics of bringing idea to song to audience is at the heart of the art of Anna Wilson and Monty Powell.The husband and wife team, dividing their time between homes in Utah and Gulf County, have spent sig-nificant time in celebration of the songwriter.Last year, they released an album of self-written songs with a new group, Troubadour 77, and a mission of celebrating the sound, and songwriting, of the 1970s.When artists not only wrote their own songs, but wrote them with something to say.Recalling a time when beats were less important than lyrics.The couple will soon announce the details of a new festival they will launch this summer in Utah, Troube-liever Fest, dedicated to the singer/songwriter and they Song Tales arrives at the theaterAnna Wilson and Monty Powell will perform next week as part of the Thursdays at the Theatre series. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Anna Wilson, Monty Powell o er peek behind songsBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comGracie Davis wasted little time.The family photos completed last Saturday afternoon, she transformed into a near vapor trail as her grandsons attempted to keep pace on the steps lead-ing up the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.Within just a moment, Gracie was a few steps ahead and the rest of the Davis clan was left playing catch-up.Davis, described as 80 years youngŽ by her son, was celebrating her birthday and fulfilling her fondest wish for the special day.Having turned 80 on April 12, on Thursday, Davis traveled from her Marianna home to a daughters residence in Port St. Joe for a birthday gathering of chil-dren and grandchildren.Seeing the heights at 80A wave from above. [TIM CROFT| THE STAR] The Davis clan before the climb. Gracie is at center. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] See WILSON, B7 See HEIGHTS, B7 See SERENITY, B7

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** B2 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarFor the past three years at their annual owners meeting, the Seacliffs Community on Cape San Blas has continued a tradition to give backŽ to the greater commu-nity of Port St. Joe. Once again at their recent asso-ciation meeting, residents delivered a trunk load of food donations and $500 dollars for the Community Food Pantry in Port St. Joe. Seacliffs Association President Dave Dengos notes that Members of our associ-ation learned that nearly 17 percent of our county population is considered food insecure including many children and elderly. As citizens of our community, we want to help make a difference.ŽSeacli s community gives back[SPECIAL TO THE NEWS] Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe Garden Club held its April members meeting on April 12. Two club members, Ms. Patty Dunlap and Ms. Jill Beebee, recently certified Florida Master Gardeners, presented a program on Gulf County Master Gardeners.Ms. Carol Weber, also a Florida Master Gardener herself was unable to attend. The Master Gardener program began in 1972 and is now active in 45 states. The program became active in Florida in 1979. Florida Master Gardeners are trained by and volunteer on behalf of UF/IFAS. Certification to become a Master Gar-dener requires 30-plus hours of training and Master Gardeners must volunteer for 75 hours in the first year after completion of training performing community projects. After the first year, Master Gardeners must volunteer 35 hours per year and earn 10 continu-ing education credits each year after certification. Both Ms. Dunlap and Ms. Beebee stated that they have had no problem fulfilling either requirement. They each emphasized that you don't have to be an experienced gardener to become a Master Gar-dener--you just have to want to learn about gar-dening in Florida and have a desire to give back to your community. If you are interested in becoming a Florida Master Gardener talk to a Master Gardener or con-tact Ray Bodrey, UFAS Gulf County Extension Director. Anyone interested in joining the PSJGC, in attending a program, or renting the Garden Center at 216 8th St., a national and historical site, may email psjgar-denclub@gmail.com.PSJ Garden Club newsCreative table decoration with lemon slices, lemon verbena and corpesius[{SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR will have their April meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET April 25 in the Sunset Coastal Grill.The Program will be a Report on FSSDAR State Conference presented by Regent Sherrill Russ.Anyone wishing to attend, please call Colleen Burlingame, 647-5737.DAR NEWSSpecial to The StarThe state of public edu-cation will be examined at 7 p.m. CT Monday, April 23 at Lifetree Caf.The program, titled Pass or Fail? The State of Education,Ž features filmed interviews with Nikhil Goyal, TED talk speaker and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Students Assessment of School, and Sajan George, the founder of Matchbook Learning, a school-turn-around organization.Thirteen years of being in the system annihilated my creative potential,Ž said Goyal, a recent high school graduate. School stunted my creative prowess. I came to the realization that I was seen not as a human being, but as a test score.ŽGoyal advocates sweeping changes in the educational system.During the session Life-tree participants will have to opportunity to discuss the current state of public education and what changes might improve the system for schools, parents, and students.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel.Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or livingwater@livingwa-teratthebeach.comPublic education graded at Lifetree CafStar Staff ReportThe Old Mill Family reunion will be held 10 a.m. ET Saturday, May 5, in the Commons area of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. There is no charge for the event. All old mill family members are urged to attend. Old mill family reunion STARFL.COM Special to The StarThank you to the Port St. Joe community and surrounding areas for supporting our Plant and Yard Sale held April 14. We had a record breaking turnout. Thank you to the many customers and to those who made donations to the club, monetary and otherwise. Hundreds of the plants available at the sale were donated from the garden of Carolyn Holman in memory of her dear friend Janice Scherkenback. We are deeply thankful to be part of such a wonderful community and cannot wait to begin planning our community proj-ects for next year which begins next September. The dollars raised at the sale allow us to provide monthly programs on gardening and conservation from September through May, fund other community projects and are the supporting funds for the club including maintaining our beauti-ful facility the historic St. Joseph Catholic Mission Church.Plant sale lures record turnoutA record crowd turned out for last weeks plant sale[SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] Dozens of plants were available for purchase.

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R. students for the week of April 13 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]S.O.A.R.ERS AT PSJESThe team of Wewahitchka Elementary School is proud to celebrate its High Impact TeachersAnita Askew, Randy Harper, Christina Morrill, and Lisa Stripling! [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]Saluting High Impact teachers at WES Special to The StarMadolyn Davidson (right) and Neva Andrews (left), 7th grade students at Port St. Joe High School, were invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Programs prestigious 7th Grade Talent Search.Each year, Duke TIP identifies a group of academically talented stu-dents in the United States based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores. Only those who score at or above the 95th percentile qualify. Those students are invited to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search and to take the ACT or SAT, which are designed for college-bound 11and 12th-graders. Taking an above-grade-level test is an experience that allows these gifted seventh-graders to more accurately gauge their academic abilities and potential, as they need more advanced examina-tions than they find in their grade level.Participants in the 7th Grade Talent Search also receive a variety of support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively. About TIP: The Duke University Talent Identifi-cation Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools to help gifted scholars reach their full academic potential. For more on Duke TIP talent searches, including qualification requirements for its 4th…6th Grade Talent Search and 7th Grade Talent Search, visit www.tip.duke.edu.Local students qualify for Duke gifted programPort St. Joe High School seventh-graders Madolyn Davidson, right, and Neva Andrews, were invited to join the Duke University Talent Identi“ cation Programs 7th Grade Talent Search. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarStudents from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School participating in the Flor-ida High School/High Tech of Gulf County Club participated in the 11th Annual Career Shadowing Day on April 3. Eight students shadowed employees from local businesses and learned about the businesses career field.Aaliyah Morrison and Kelly Houk shadowed Jessica Swindall at the Florida Coastal Conservancy. They learned about all of the different efforts and activities that are needed to work with the turtles and other coastal animals.The Humane Society hosted Nick Ward, James Gliem and Chassidy Burrell. During the luncheon after the shadowing, Nick reported that, I was surprised at the medical tests that have to be done as each animal comes in to the shelter.ŽFor the 11th year in a row, Consolidated Com-munications (formerly FairPoint) mentored a student. Susan Machemer, Human Relations Director at Consolidated, said, We see such changes and maturing happening with these students as they engage in activities like the Career Shadowing Day and Summer Internships.ŽLeondra Leslie was initially a little hesitant to go by herself, but she came to the luncheon full of smiles.As a first time Career Shadowing mentor, Sheryl Bradley of Beach Realty said that she would definitely do it again. Joseph Cunningham had a great time.I have been interested in real estate for several years and this really gave me a chance to see what it is all about,Ž he said.Capital City Bank hosted Hunter Vandertulip who is interested in finance. He enjoyed talking with the personal bankers and watching all of the activities of the bank.The group ended the Career Shadowing day with a delicious lunch at the Sunset Coastal Grill with their mentors and a number of their parents.Florida High School High Tech of Gulf County is a program facilitated by the Dyslexia Research Institute and partially funded by The Able Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Pat Hardman is the director. Heather Gainous is the Activities Director. The program serves high school students at PSJHS who have disabilities but have great potential for entering the work force on many different levels. The program gives them opportunities to explore many career options.Thanks to all the businesses and mentors who gave the HSHT students an opportunity to learn about the va riety of career opportunities that they might have right here in PSJ. The students are preparing for the Summer Internships where differ-ent businesses will provide a job opportunity during the summer. The HSHT program pays the students a salary as the businesses have them engaged in work, just like any other employee. The students learn what it takes be a good employee and advance in different careers. If you are interested in providing a work opportunity, please contact Heather Gainous at 229-7799.High School High Tech Students shadowing dayAt the humane society. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] Shadowing the turtle volunteers

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** B4 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star FAITHMSGT (Ret.) Charles ChuckŽ Arthur Baumgart of Okeechobee, FL passed away January 8, 2018. A Committal Service with full military honors will be held 11 a.m. EST, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Holly Hill Cemetery, 1665 Madison Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. He is survived by his wife, Francis Smith Baumgart. She and their family would like to invite you to join them for the service. WhatleyFuneralServices.com.CHARLES CHUCKŽ ARTHUR BAUMGARTJoan Ferrise, age 60, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday April 8, 2018 at Covenant Hospice in Panama City, Florida. She resided in Port St. Joe, Florida for the last 16 years and was formerly from Akron, Ohio. She is the mother of Stacy Gordey of Port St. Joe, Florida, Donald Moses of Panama City, Florida, and Calvin Moses of Tallahassee, Florida. She is also survived by three grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart. Geno Gordey, Kezia Gordey, and Cesillia Gordey. Joan is survived by her four siblings: Antonia (John) Sobolewski of Copley, Ohio, Salvatore (Crystal) Ferrise of Wadsworth, Ohio, Mary Seefeldt of Mexico Beach, Fl. and Rose (Mike) Herman of Tallmadge, Ohio. Joan was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Rosario and Philipina Ferrise of Copley, Ohio. She was employed for several years as a nurses aid at the Bridge in Port St. Joe Florida. Joan touched many lives as she was involved with many people in the community as well as at the Bridge Nursing Home. Open House (Condolences to the family) to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. CT at 500 15th Street, Mexico Beach, Florida.JOAN FERRISE James "Jim" Orville Middleton, 89, of Mexico Beach, FL, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He leaves his loving wife of 68 years, Elsie (Roach) Middleton; his sister, Mary Maloney; his two daughters, Terri McFarland and Traci (Garry) Gaddis; his three grandchildren, Stephanie (Will) Cribbs, Jennifer (Derric) Barber and Stephen (Lindsay) Gaddis; eight great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Kaiden and Keaton Barber, Emma, Spencer, Olivia and Ella Cribbs and Kyle Gaddis; and many nieces and nephews Jim was born in Alton, Illinois, the son of James and Mildred Middleton. In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a Private, First Class. After serving his country, Jim was employed with Weston Biscuit Company. Jim and Elsie married on May 21, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Later he was a police officer with the Bedford Township P.D. and Battle Creek Township P.D in Michigan. He took a job with civil service at Custer Air Force Base until moving to Tyndall Air Force Base, where he retired after 34 years. Jim and his family moved to Mexico Beach, FL in 1970 where he was instrumental in forming the Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department and served as the very first Fire Chief of Mexico Beach. He was an avid gardener, fisherman, hunter and bowler. He taught CPR for many years in Bay and Gulf County. Services were held 10 a.m. CT Monday, April 16 at First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach, FL.JAMES JIMŽ ORVILLE MIDDLETON The world needs to see a likeness of Jesus, in Christians everywhere.In our daily life and ser-vice, let our life show that we care.More boldness is needed in the fight against sin.Its time for Christians to be heard and not let satan win.Liquor is still digging graves, Ive been there and seen it my friend.Yet, some want another day to sell it, and I still say that greed is a sin.Christians if you still drink, youre helping someone sin.It also says in Romans 14, youre a stumbling block my friend. Jesus said youre either for me or against me.Youre gathering with me or scattering them all.Im born again sinner for thats for Him,And Ill help gather till I heard His call. Now the choice is up to you, for you He gave His Son.Remember, He wants you hot or cold, lukewarm wont get it done. Billy JohnsonLukewarm wont get it doneWomens Missionary Day at New BethelOn Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, the Minnie K. Weston/Lula M. Wilson Womens Mis-sionary Society of New Bethel A.M. E. Church, 146 Avenue C, Port St. Joe FL, will host its Annual Womens Missionary Day.We are planning a successful day, both spiri-tually and financially.However, we solicit your assistance in making this day a big success and we will be forever grateful and blessed by your pres-ence on this special day. The attire for the occasion is WHITE and we are look-ing for 100 Ladies in White to participate in our pro-cessional. We are inviting ALL ladies of their respec-tive local Missionary Societies to join us.Men and children are welcomed, too. We are looking forward to having a Glorious time in the Lord. Everyone is invited. 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..6:00-7:30pmwww.fbcpsj.org

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B5Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing.Ž James Beard The good smells of home are many; cookies baking in the kitchen, garden flowers standing in a pitcher on the table, stew simmering in the crock pot on the counter. One of the most glorious scents, however, is the scent of frying bacon. Its one of the nicest things about awakening on the weekend, when someone is in the kitchen making a pan of the crisp, streaky strips. I first became intoxicated by that scent when I was very young, on a family camping trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Several times a year wed pull our little Shasta camper behind the station wagon and head out to have an adventure together. Id put on my special camping jacket,Ž which you can see in the picture,which had patches from all the campgrounds wed visited. It was an adventure! Wed set up camp in one of the many parks in the mountains, settling in on our perfect spot, surrounded by trees and wildlife. It was always so pretty there, with streams and creeks rambling through the park. The air was crisp and fresh, and the other campers who were there were just as gleeful as we were to be away from real life for awhile, having fun together with their own families. At night, Id crawl into my small bunk in the camper after a full day of playing and climbing, and sleep soundly through the night. In the morningƒand I can still remember this vividlyƒ the scent of coffee brewing and bacon frying would fill the air, and lure me out of my cozy little bunk. The small Coleman camp stove and the percolator perched upon it are etched into my memories. Then out came the skillet, and the scent of bacon would soon fill the air. That combination of coffee and bacon wafted over from other campsites, as well, as the campground quietly awoke, and signs of life slowly began e merging. Those breakfasts were better than breakfasts eaten at home, even though the food was the same. It was just the special-ness of being away with the family in an exciting, lovely place, having an adventure together for just a few days. Bacon, of course, is delicious whether eaten on vacation or at home on a Monday morning before work. And not only is it wonderful for breakfast, its an excellent ingredient in many recipes, too. Here are a few of my favorites for you to try in your own kitchen. They might even be a welcome addition to your Easter brunch this weekend! Tomato-bacon biscuit cups€ 1 small can of biscuit dough € cup grated Swiss cheese € cup chopped cooked bacon € 1/3 cup chopped green onions € teaspoon smoked paprika € One small tomato, juice squeezed out, chopped € cup mayonnaise Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, stirring until everything is evenly distributed. Set aside. Split each biscuit into two layers; press each layer into a miniature muf“ n cup that has been sprayed with Pam. Spoon tomato mixture into muf“ n cups. Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen. Savory veggie-bacon hotcakesIngredients: € 8 slices bacon, cut into -inch pieces € 1/3 cup “ nely chopped sweet onion € 1 cup all-purpose ” our € 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives € 1 teaspoon baking powder € teaspoon salt € 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper € 2/3 cup milk € 1 large egg, beaten € 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil € 1 cup frozen, canned or fresh corn € cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese warm maple syrup, for serving (and/or butter, sour cream or salsa) Directions: 1. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon pieces until they begin to brown. Add the onion and continue to cook until the bacon is crisp and the onion is softened. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the bacon mixture for topping the griddle cakes upon serving and set it aside (optional). 2. Add to bacon and onion in pan the corn and chopped chives. Allow to saute a few moments (it will take longer for frozen corn to be heated through than canned or fresh). When corn is done, either remove all to a bowl and add olive oil to pan, or just scoot it all into a pile on one side and begin adding pancake batter to pan, right there in the bacon fat! 3. To make batter: in a medium mixing bowl, combine ” our, baking powder, salt, milk, egg, cayenne pepper and oil. Stir to blend until ” our is combined with wet ingredients, but still a bit lumpy. 4. Pour about -cup of the batter onto the pan. (I was able to get three pancakes in my pan at a time). After a minute, top with a good pinch of shredded cheese and a spoonful or two of the veggie mixture. Flip pancake to cook on the veggie side for a minute or two. Repeat with the remaining batter. 4. Serve stacks of griddle cakes topped with a sprinkle of the reserved bacon and warn and onion mixture if you saved some, and maple syrup or other toppings. The nice thing about these hotcakes is that you can customize them with your own favorite cheese and veggie combination! The sky is the limit for this simple meal that would be suitable for breakfast, brunch, or supper It smelled like heaven, like love, like home and family and Sunday mornings at her grandparents house. It smelled like...Bacon.ŽTiffany Reisz, The Night Mark Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama Steph.Ž She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three young adult sons for whom she has prepared countless strips of bacon. You can find more of her recipes at whatsouthernfolkseat.com.WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EATThe Scent of Breakfast in the MountainsSpecial to The StarThe spirit of marriage is alive, well and prospering in Mexico Beach! The Mexico Beach Community Development Council hosted its fourth annual vow renewal ceremony last Saturday with approximately 50 couples assembled to renew their marriage vows. The event commenced with each couple walking arm in arm, to romantic background music, onto the Sunset Park white sandy beaches. While each couple faced an elegantly draped and decorated bamboo arbor with a backdrop of the sparkling Gulf waters, tuxedo-clad Marryin Jack Mullen conducted a heart-warming ceremony reminding each couple of the value and spirit of marriage. Afterward couples, along with friends and family, enjoyed a complimentary cupcakesand-champagne reception. CDC President Kimberly Shoaf said, This was our fourth year and each time we have wonderful participation with a chance for couples to renew the vows they made many years ago. Participants came from the local pan-handle area along with many out-of-state couples.ŽCouples tie the knot, again, in Mexico BeachSome 50 couples participated in the vow renewal ceremony. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-FraizerSavory bacon hotcakes. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Steph camping. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Tomato bacon cups. 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** B6 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarWant to learn more about how to care for your fruit trees? Want to learn about preserving the harvest? Please join us. Find out what varieties will grow best in the Panhandle, learn the soil/water/light requirements, the TLC needed for your fruit trees to thrive and how to preserve and enjoy the fruit harvest. Event is presented by Gulf County Extension Director Ray Bodrey and Family & Con-sumer Science Agent Melanie Taylor.The one-hour event will begin at 11 a.m. CT Friday, April 27, at Charles Whitehead Wewahitchka Public Library, 314 N. 2nd St. For more infor-mation, call 639-2419 This is a free event.For more information, please see the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Dooryard Fruit VarietiesŽ by J. G. Williamson, J. H. Crane, R. E. Rouse, and M. A. Olmstead: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/ MG24800.pdf UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.Tips on growing, preserving citrus/dooryard fruit"From Beaumont to Biloxi...sea breeze at your door; Gypsy rains, dang hurricanes... A white silver, sandy shore.""Stars on the Water" as performed by Rodney CrowellRecently I read about a device designed to cool and therefore weaken hurricanes known as the Salter Sink.Ž The device is essentially a massive floating ring which cycles warm surface water that sloshes into it down a few dozen meters to be cooled off, thereby draining the storm of some of its energy. If enough were deployed in the path of an oncoming storm, it might lower the power of hurricanes from a Category 5 to a Category 3. Is it cost effective and practical? I dont know. But until this or another method is perfected, hurricanes may be the only thing preventing the population of Florida and the Gulf Coast from swelling with new residents. Why? Taxes. One of the most significant sections in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local taxes (SALT) to $10,000. Several highly taxed states, including New Jersey, California, Connecticut and New York, are attempting a state tax law workaround. But the IRS may not like it. In New Jersey, the legislature passed a law enabling cities to create charitable plans to pay for municipal projects. When taxpayers give money to those projects, they receive a 90 percent credit on their property taxes, thus allowing most homeowners to effectively deduct almost all of their property taxes. Multiple states already allow similar charitable deductions, but some say New Jerseys statute has been created to specifically avoid complying with the new tax law. When push reaches shove, I cant imagine the IRS smiling on such legislation. New Jersey was one of the most highly taxed states before the recent tax overhaul. The state features the highest effective property tax rate in the nation. For the last 14 years, property taxes there have increased by an average of two percent annually. Last year residents of Tavistock, N.J. paid an average of $30,723 in property taxes. Yikes. They also pay state income tax at a rate of 6.37 percent on income over $75,000 and 8.97 percent state taxes on income over $500,000. Two years ago New Jersey raised its gas tax by 23 cents to 37.5 cents-per gallon. Thats right, per gallon. Twenty million residents paying moderate property taxes will create more revenue than a dwindling population paying exorbitant tax rates. As a states population grows, sales tax revenue increases, also. The steady influx into the Gulf Coast of folks from overtaxed states seeking to lower their tax bills is not likely to ebb anytime soon. If scientists ever invent the Hurricane Diverter, I-95 may not be able to handle the influx of new residents headed this way. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 … www.arborwealth.net), a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.ARBOR OUTLOOK Mosquitoes, palmettos and hurricanes[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Margaret McDowell

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** The Star | Thursday, April 19, 2018 B7Gracie Davis leaves her grandsons behind as she heads to the top of the lighthouse. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] will be the next performers in the Thursdays at the TheatreŽ series at the historic Port Theatre.They will take the stage 7 p.m. ET April 26 with a show they crafted, and recorded, several years ago called Song Tales.ŽWith Anna on piano and Monty on guitar, the two will bring the audience behind the notes and graphs that comprise a song.It is the show we often do at the Bluebird Caf,Ž Anna said of the Nashville monu-ment to music, where Anna and Monty recorded the show. The (Port) theater is made for it, a small theater.We bring the stories behind the songs. How, what inspired a song and how it came about.ŽA subject on which they are experts.Powell, entrenched in Nashville when he and Wilson met, was instrumen-tal in the creation of county group Diamond Rio and has written a slew of chart-topping and award-winning songs with a vast array of artists, most notably Keith Urban.Wilson, who at one time aspired to be a jazz singer, has found success both in front of and behind the microphone as a song-writer, again, let us remind, an award-winning, charttopping songwriter, and singer.They have collaborated on tribute albums to the Eagles and Billy Joel, each featuring a whos-who of country artists, and Wilson spear-headed a series of albums of duets melding country and Americana music called Country-politan.ŽThe singer songwriter ƒ that is the niche part of the industry we are known for, the creative part that has been very good to us,Ž Wilson said.The mission of Song Tales, Wilson said, is to, in a way, break the barrier too often erected between performer and audience.You go to a concert and its a very one-way perfor-mance,Ž Wilson said. You dont get that conversation between performer and audience.This show is very much about being in the living room.ŽThe concert took shape last fall when Wilson and Powell were jamming with some friends on the stage of a local establishment.One of the owners suggested the couple would be ideal for the Port Theatre and the Thursday concert series.But, at the time, Wilson and Powell were about to head to their winter home in Utah and work with Troubadour 77. I said well have to do it in the spring,Ž Wilson said. We were really excited they were revitalizing the theater. Were looking for-ward to bringing our Song Tales to that stage.Ž WILSONFrom Page B1I have kind of a boutique business with homes that are gulf-front,Ž Williams said. They are really nice homes.Its just really generous of the homeowners to support what I am doing and allow these families to use these homes that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.ŽAnd a fledgling foundation, in turn, has been provided additional fuel, thanks in part to rotten weather.In advance of last years Scallop Festival, Williams had lined up items she intended to raffle to raise funds for the foundation the Davenports established to fight the disease that ravages their children.But with the cancellation of the Scallop Festival last October due to the impacts of a hurricane, Williams had those items, donated by local merchants, still in hand.It is really nice how local businesses have gotten involved,Ž Williams said. Those items are now in the Davenports hands to raffle next month.And last week, after their long delay, the Davenports arrived in town to enjoy the largesse of Williams efforts, a four-day stay at Aledia by the Sea with their children in tow.They were just so happy to be here,Ž Williams said. The joy (on the childrens faces) it was overwhelming. It was so humbling to be a part of it.ŽBoth Davenport children have a life-threatening genetic disease called Schimke Immuno-Osseous Dysplasia, or SIOD.A very rare form of dwarf-ism, the disease causes renal failure and a weakened immune system.There have been only six confirmed cases in the United States, with less than 50 worldwide.The Davenports are the first reported siblings that share the disease.Even with a kidney trans-plant, life expectancy is only nine to 11 years.Eventually, both children will receive healthy kidneys from their parents: Kruz, born in 2013, from Kyle and Paizlee, born in 2014, from Jessica.The Davenports established the Kruzn for a Kure Foundation.The foundation has raised $700,000 in less than two years and is on track to hit $1 million this year.The money goes toward research being done at Stan-ford University. Initially all important research data was being held in Canada, until the Davenports reached out and got the data moved to Stanford.The foundation covers the cost of the research at a price of $30,000 a month.I have an empathy gene,Ž Williams said. I feel I should be doing something greater.But meeting them, spend-ing time with them, it makes it all so much more meaningful. They have had an extraordi-nary impact on my life.Ž SERENITYFrom Page B1That was just the cake, however, with the icing in the form of her excursion to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and a view her son characterized as spectacular.ŽEven gusty stiff winds, and, my, oh, my, they were blowing, failed to slow Davis who emerged on the platform nearly 100 feet in the air before any of her younger descendants.And provided a suiting smile and wave. I love Port St. Joe, I love this lighthouse,Ž Davis said before her climb.When a reporter noted that he, frightened of even step-ladder-level heights, had never attempted a trip to the top of the lighthouse, Davis was quick with a verbal elbow to the ribs.Everybody should climb to the top of the lighthouse,Ž she said as a wide smile creased her face.Her son, Andy, said this was her desire for her 80th birthday and noted mom was no novice at the lighthouse, having first climbed the structure last year.Andy also noted there was something of a connection for the Marianna family since they hail from the same county that Ducky Johnson Movers call home. The company moved the lighthouse from Cape San Blas to its new home in Port St. Joes George Core Park.The family, including Gracie, has been making frequent trips to Port St. Joe since 2017.We just enjoy coming down to Port St. Joe,Ž Andy said. We love it. The community is great. The people are great.Mom climbed the light-house last year at 79 and she is ready to do it again at 80. Shes excited.ŽGracie is one of eight children born in Red Level, Alabama. She is the mother of four and, since 1980, has lived a life of retired leisure in Marianna, enjoying life and grandchil-dren,Ž Andy said. HEIGHTSFrom Page B1 The mission of Song Tales, Wilson said, is to, in a way, break the barrier too often erected between performer and audience. Silvia Williams with Kruz and Paizlee Davenport. [COUTTESY OF SILVIA WILLIAMS]

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B8| The Star Thursday, April 19, 2018 CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529054 NF-4529145 Collins Construction of SGI, Inc. Office Position Serious Inquires OnlyCollins Construction is seeking a motivated individual to fill an office position. The individual must excel in computer skills, communication skills, be detail oriented, and have good personal skills. Strong candidates will be dependable, self-motivated, self-starters, with exceptional organization skills and work well with other employees. Position will be at the Eastpoint office located at 96 Otter Slide Rd. Candidates may request an application via email at: melanie@jcollinsconstruction.com or come by the address listed to fill one out. Phone: 850-670-5790 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. quentin@collinsvacationrentals.com 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.com/st joe company/careers Email resume to donna.monte@joe.com EOE M/F/D/V Remote Custodian/Gulf Franklin CampusThe primary functions of this position are routine housekeeping tasks according to set procedures in cleaning of classrooms, restrooms, offices and other areas at the Gulf/Franklin Campus. All college campuses are expected to receive consistent and identical levels of service. To review requirements and qualifications and to apply, please visit https://gulfcoast.peopleadmin.com/postings/1201 Gulf Coast State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit www.gulfcoast.edu/equity. 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, Inc.is 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. Senior Administrative Assistant Gulf Franklin CampusThe primary functions of this position are to support the daily activities of the Gulf/Franklin Campus with organizational skills, professionalism, initiative and excellent customer service skills. To review requirements and qualifications and to apply, please visit https://gulfcoast.peopleadmin.com/postings/1208 Gulf Coast State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit www.gulfcoast.edu/equity. JOB NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3,567) is accepting applications for the following position: Operator Trainee or Licensed Operator, Surface Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application, cover letter, and five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229 8261 The Position will close on May 11, 2018. The entry level salary for an Operator Trainee will be $12.08 per hour and requires that a Class C Water License be obtained within two (2) years of hire. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifi cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. The Apalachicola Bay Charter School is accepting applications for teaching positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Certified teachers for elementary grade and music needed. ABC School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resumes to Chimene Johnson, AB C School 98 12th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320 or cjohnson@abceagles.org. 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 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 20184S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Capital One Cltrl Assignee of FIG 2241, LLC, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-28 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-1067 Name in which assessed: G P H Holdings LLC AGENT: Trent L. Coggins R.E. No. 06287-385R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 57, Jubilation Phase II, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 12, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 23rd day of May, 2018 Dated: April 16, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2018 20178S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Linda Gant, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-23 Tax Sale Certificate #2014-1027 Name in which assessed: Edward Mitchell, Waldo Thomas, and Mrs. Eliza Dawson R.E. No. 05773-000R Date of Issuance: May 30, 2014 Description of Property: Lot 11, Block 1005, of Millview Addition to the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the Official Map on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 23rd day of May, 2018 Dated: April 16, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2018 20182S FOUND PROPERTY NOTICE NOTICE TO THE OWNER AND ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ATTACHED PROPERTY. This property: A floating structure (green and white house boat) was abandoned on the waters of the Chipola River on Lockey Lake, in Gulf County, FL. To claim sai property, contact the FWC Panama City Regional Office at 850-265-3676. Dated this 12th day of march 2018. FWNW18OFF002048 Pub: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2018 20254S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 18-16PR IN RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY C. MAGIDSON,, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DOROTHY C. MAGIDSON, deceased, whose date of death was January 15, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OR 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO(2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is April 19, 2018. Personal Representative: Guerry Magidson 101 Allen Memoral Way Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Attorney for Personal Representative: Mel C. Magidson Jr. FL Bar No.: 261629 528 6th St. P.O. Box 340 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Phone: (850)227-7800 Fax: (850)227-7878 E-Mail: mmagidson@ fairpoint.net Pub: April 19, 26, 2018 20200S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Capital One Cltrl Assignee of FIG 2241, LLC, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-29 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-977 Name in which assessed: Elaine Williams R.E. No. 05776-000R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lots 14, 16, 18 and West 1/2 of Lot 20, Block 1005, City of Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida, as per map or plat thereof recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida in Plat Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 am E.T., Wednesday, 23rd day of May, 2018 Dated: April 16, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2018 Port Saint Joe 505 Avenue A. & 107 Liberty Street April 21st, 8am-untilYard/Bake SaleSomething For Everone!!! 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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. Upstairs, one bedroom efficiency apartment, beautifully furnished, is available for rent in Port Saint Joe. 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