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** Volume 80 Number 31 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters to the Editor .... A5 Outdoors .................. A12 Sports...................... A13 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A3Prepare for seasonB3Student Art Day Thursday, May 17, 2018 GIVE ME A HEAD WITH HAIR, HERA!, A4 GARDEN TO PLATE, B1 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAfter discussions Monday with Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, the Gulf County School Board will not make an immediate move to arm staff but reserved the right at a later date.In effect the board took no formal action to be included or excluded from what is known statewide as the GuardianŽ program while moving ahead on several othe fronts pertaining to school safety.The issue, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said, was functionality.ŽBut, at its core, Sheriff Mike Harrison would be the one to push the Guardian pro-gram, with the School Board participating.The GuardianŽ law provides the opportunity for districts to tap into funding to arm selected school staff: maintenance, coaches, administrators and leaders of ROTC programs.The Guardian program is completely voluntary and it is for the county sheriff to establish, with the school board participating, accord-ing to state statute shared by Harrison during Mondays executive session.A school guardian must have a concealed weapon permit and complete 132 hours of training, including firearms and precision pistol training, eight hours of discretionary shooting, eight hours of active shooter District wont arm sta Sheri decision key to guardian programJavarri Beachum speaks to a high school student during an informational session late last year at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. [FILE PHOTO] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe well-worn clich about villages and child-raising takes on real meaning in the case of Javarri Beachum and Port St. Joe.Born into a difficult home life, to a single mother overwhelmed with raising not one but two children, Beachum first came to the atten-tion of Eugene Raffield at the age of 8.Beachum was on the peewee football team that Raffield coached and it did not take long for Raffield, and in turn his wife, Margie, to take a shine to the small, undersized youngster.He just a special little guy,Ž Raffield said this week. He needed help and a lot of people in this community helped him along the way.Ž That waywill arrive at Annapolis, Maryland next weekend and Beachums graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, sworn in by President Donald Trump.This is not only the accomplishment of a young man who has overcome adversity and has preservered,Ž said Commander (Ret.) Beachum set to graduate from U.S. Naval AcademyBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAs Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. moves ahead with awards and sifting through applications, Gulf County is at threat of being left behind in first-year funding.Meanwhile, other efforts to kick-start the Port of Port St. Joe have thus far proved insufficient. While legislation passed last year allocated $15 mil-lion to Gulf County from the first-year allocation of $300 million Triumph has in the bank, there is no guarantee that the coun-tys $15 will be received this year or in future years, only that legislation earmarked a percentage of the dollars to the county.And currently the Triumph board has projects with full applications which total over $300 million. None of those full appli-cations, submitted after projects were deemed eligible in the pre-applica-tion process, is from Gulf County.The Board of County County in limbo on Triumph fundingPort activity remains dormantBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star |tcroft@starfl.comThree Port St. Joe commissioners were prepared to vote last week during a special meeting to terminate city manager Jim Anderson.But during the special meeting, which took place in front of a packed meeting room, Anderson invoked a clause in the city charter that required commissioners to submit written allegations and provide a public forum for Anderson to defend himself.At the end of meeting, which lasted just over an hour, commissioners chose to leave Anderson in place pending the next step in the process; when those steps would, or even, occur was not clear after adjournment.Some key takeaways from the process. City charter writers had it rightWhoever composed Section 34 of the city charter should be toasted. Somewhere, somebody Things learned from last weeks PSJ machinations Headed to Pensacola and training to become ghter pilot See SAFETY, A6 See BEACHUM, A7 See TRIUMPH, A7 See MEETING, A6 Javarri Beachum will graduate next week from the Naval Academy. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]MY VIEW


** A2 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportOne of the longest, if not longest, continuing event in Gulf County arrives Saturday at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka.The annual Tupelo Festival, established in 1941, is the cel-ebration of all things Tupelo, the tree, the blossom and the delicious honey that the bees manufacture during a roughly four-week period spanning April and May.Beekeepers will have their booths and honey out and for sale and there will be a variety of Tupelo-themed edibles.Speaking of edibles, the Tupelo Festival annually lures a wide range of food vendors, from the staples like funnel cakes, corn dogs and hamburgers to the more exotic such egg rolls, gyros, shrimp, and beignets.In addition, there are always a host of arts-and-crafts vendors.Dicky Merritt and the Orig-inal Bama Jam will provide the live music under the oaks of Lake Alice, the perfect backdrop for the festival.A childs area will offer a host of games and activities.There will also be a blood drive taking place simultaneously. Entry to the festival is free.All proceeds help fund college scholarships for high school seniors in the community. Oldies but GoodiesŽ for a worthy cause. The Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force holds it major fundraiser of the year Friday at El Governor Motel. The fun will go from 5-9 p.m. CT and cost of entry is $10.The event is a family-friendly affair with plenty of food, music from Rockin RandallŽ and Jerry Arhelger, raffles and a silent auction. Neysa Wilkins from Channel 7 in Panama City will emcees a thrift store fashion showŽ and will also be singing. The annual event is aimed at raising proceeds to fund education and victim services provided by the task force. Donations of both money and items for the silent auc-tion during the event are still being sought. There are also sponsorship opportunities for a portion of the event or food. To donate or for more information contact Martin at 229-2901. Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market has kicked off its 11th year and the market is back Saturday 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 pro-duce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more. Help break a world record. Barefoot Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals in Mexico Beach will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most surfboars/paddle boards lined up on the beach at 11 a.m. CT Saturday. The record attempt is all onshore and there will be extra boards for those without. Partici-pants are asked to register on at the companys website for a $5 donation in order to have a formal count for the record. All donations for the attempt will go to the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Gainesville. Registration also includes a t-shirt.For questions contact Kelly Simpson at 850-541-8161. Barefoot Kayak & Paddle Board will also host a paddle board race that morning prior to the attempt to break the world record. 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 min-imum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appoint-ment for a group.Tupelo Festival highlights weekend activitiesThe annual Tupelo Festival is Saturday in Wewahitchkas Lake Alice Park. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Oldies but GoodiesŽ will take place Friday at the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach. The event bene“ ts the Domestic Violence Task Force. [FILE PHOTO] The Salt Air Farmers Market is Saturday in Port St. Joe City Commons. [FILE PHOTO] The best views in town are atop the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. [FILE PHOTO]


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThat was timing, alrightWith a tropical system threatening much-needed rain to the area, Gulf County Emer-gency Management Director Marshall Nelson and staff are urging residents to prepare.The beginning of Atlantic hurricane season is June 1.There are several ways to begin preparation, said Rachel Jackson, the public information officer for the EOC.Start with signing up online for AlertGulf, with links on the Gulf County Emergency Man-agement website and Facebook page.AlertGulf is a system which allows users to personalize the type of alerts they want to receive and how they want to receive them.The system is free to access and provides a host of valuable resources.In addition, Jackson indicated residents should have a disaster supply kit, a place to go in the event of a natural disaster and a plan for pets and anybody with special needs or a disability. Disaster supply kitGulf County EOC recommends a disaster supply kit include:Most importantly, the kit should include water (at least one gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days); and food (at least enough for three to seven days, including food for infants, non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices, snacks, a nonelectric can opener, cooking tools, fuel and paper plates/plastic utensils):In addition, the kit should include blankets/pillows, clothing (seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes), a first aid kit (include medicines and prescription drugs); special Items for babies or elderly; hygiene items; moisture wipes, flash-lightt/batteries; radio (battery operated and NOAA weather radio); cash; keys; toys, books and games; important docu-ments in waterproof container; and tools.Vehicles should be filled with fuel and pet care items (from carrier to food to ID to muzzle and leash) should also be part of the supply kit. Have a place to goDevelop a family plan before an actual storm threatens.If your family plan includes evacuation to a safer location, then it is important to consider the following points, Jackson said:€ If ordered to evacuate, do not wait or delay your departure.€ Select an evacuation des-tination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance over which you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location.€ If you decide to evacuate to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic.€ If possible, make arrange-ments to stay with the friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate.€ If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination during an evacuation, make reservations before you leave.€ If you are unable to stay with friends or family and no hotels/motels rooms are available, then as a last resort go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets. Bring your disas-ter supply kit with you to the shelter. € Make sure that you fill up your car with gas, before you leave.Tropics heat up, hurricane season loomingBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe commissioners attempted to put a bruising week in the rearview mirror Tuesday night before an audi-ence nearly as large as that for last Fridays special meeting.At that Friday meeting, three commissioners were poised to terminate city man-ager Jim Anderson, but round two was not in the offing as the same three walked back their initial inclinations.Commissioner Brett Lowry began by reading a statement thanking citizens for their engagement last week, saying that he took each and every issue seriously.ŽHe said he had extensive conversations with Anderson after Fridays meeting and spent the weekend pondering the situation.I will not be in favor of terminating Mr. Andersons contract and will not be in favor of a public hearing (on allegations),Ž he concluded.He said he and Anderson had found common ground to move forward and he was focused on moving the city forward.ŽCommissioner Eric Langs-ton followed, reiterating his commitment to the deprivedŽ neighborhood of North Port St. Joe and working with Anderson toward achiev-ing goals for the area.It means a lot to hear a voice for all of Port St. Joe, but also for North Port St. Joe,Ž Langston said of last weeks meeting. We have to be motivated (to make things happen).If we work together we will have that motivation.ŽMayor Bo Patterson said personal issues between he and Anderson had not be handled correctly and he never wanted Anderson to lose his job. We need to move past this and move ahead,Ž Patterson said.Some residents remained skeptical.Johnny Linton said while he appreciated the commissioners move away from termination, he wondered if it would have happened without the citizen turnout for Fridays meeting.One resident also suggested a recall of Patterson and resident Steve Womack, citing what he said was another failure of leadership, urged, for the second time in six months, Patterson to resign.For his part, Anderson thanked Lowry and Langston for discussions subsequent to Fridays meeting.We are all going to work together ƒ so we can do the will of the people,Ž Anderson said.Late in the meeting, Commissioner Rex Buzzett noted he had just two meetings on the Commission left in his tenure and urged an end to attacks, personal and otherwise.The attacks on commissioners, the attacks in each other, are not helping anything,Ž Buzzett said. You want to come up and bash, we have to get past that.Ž 10th Street ball parkBuzzett provided an amended conceptual site plan for improvements at the 10th Street ball parks, asking com-missioners to review it and come back at the next meet-ing for a vote.The goal, Buzzett said, was city approval of the plan before it is presented to a county committee examining using fifth-penny Tourist Development dollars on improvements to the complex.An initial conceptual plan was heavily criticized by cit-izens living adjacent to the park complex.The new plan will be posted in the citys website for citizen review prior to the Commissions vote.PSJ commissioners try to soothe bruised feelings


** A4 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star OPINION A co-worker recently asked me that question regarding a document I was working on at work. I had made some changes and wanted to update the officialŽ version of the document so it would be available to those who needed to use it. As much as I enjoy writing, Im not crazy about creating documents full of requirements for people to follow. Honestly, it can be rather boring. However, I was really intrigued by my co-workers question. I replied to her email where she had asked me the question by saying, Your instructions would be beneficial.Ž In other words, please help me upload this new version of what Ive been working on for so longƒ What was really was on my mind was the ability to upload a new version of myself.Ž I had experienced a hot flash on the way to work on this day. Say what? Oh yes, I spilt coffee in my lap about half the way to work. It was unpleasant, but I had convinced myself the coffee spill was payback for me getting mad at the drive through folks where I had gotten a chicken biscuit and coffee. You see I wanted mustard for my biscuit and I had driven away and thought they had forgotten about the mustard. So I talked to myself emphasizing the Poor Pitiful MeŽ points. After consuming the biscuit, I saw where the mustard had just fallen out of the bag when I took the biscuit out. I felt bad for saying silly things and feeling sorry for myself … then I spilled coffee in my lap. Thus, I was being punishedƒ Things dont work that way, I know that. People often make the mistake of thinking that bad things happen for punishment or specifically God is punishing them. I dont think thats the case, at least as I understand it … it is not. Now that being said, are there consequences for bad things that we and others do? Most definitely. I spilled coffee on myself because I was trying to balance it on my leg and drive. Perhaps I was looking at the mustard package and thinking about how much I would have enjoyed it on my biscuit. Did He hear my frustration about thinking that I had been left mustardless? Yes, I said it out loud. Even if I had just thought it, He would have known. That is what I believeƒ This yoga site on the internet had some advice on creating a new version of yourself. According to them, you just need to ask yourself a few honest questions. Ma ybe I will put these on an index card and put them above my visor in the car to look at when I go through fast food drive throughs. The questions were: 1) Its easier to be my best version of me when? 2) Im a poor version of me whenƒ 3) What can I learn from these insights? 4) What new habits can I create to make it easier to be my best version of me? I wrote out the q uestions with my answers to all of the ƒ 1) Its easier to be my best version of me when? I get mustard for my biscuits. 2) Im a poor version of me when I dont get mustard for my biscuits. 3) What can I learn from these insights? I like mustard. 4) What new habits can I create to make it easier to be my best version of me? I am going to keep little packages of mustard in my car. Im sorry for a lot of things I have done in my life … some involving mustard and some not. Every day we are here, we get another chance … to do better, to help someone, to say Im sorryŽ and to eat chicken biscuits with mustard. Read more stories at www. CRANKS MY TRACTORDo you know how to upload a new version? Pam and me and Bobby and Ruth Ann didnt graduate from Miss Katies kindergarten class. We just ate some ice cream and cake on the last day and it was over. Three months later we lined up for our shots and entered the first grade with little to no fanfare. It was the same when we finished the sixth gradeƒ.. except we didnt even get any ice cream. Mrs. Jackson wished us good luck in junior high and that was the end of our elementary education. If we were crossing over some kind of learning milestone, there was no ceremony to celebrate it. I didnt know you could graduate from anything till a couple of years later. To my utter amazement, people started bringing gifts over to the house and handing them to Leon. Mom took to hugging her eldest son every few seconds. And Daddy drove him downtown to Freemans Menswear and bought him a brand new suit! We all dressed up (a white shirt and tie had to do for me„ my trip to Freemans was a few years away) for the big graduation ceremony at the high school auditorium. They started the show with a prayer and a welcoming speech. And then Mr. Warren, the principal, got up and spoke. I could hear everything OK but one of the Gallimore sisters was sitting right in front of me and her big hat was blocking off half the stage. Kathy Williams, the valedictorian, was next to give a speech. And I spied two more important looking men sitting up there that hadnt spoken yet! Graduation wasnt nothing but talking! Id put on a tie for nothing! And this folding chair was harder than double reinforced case hardened Pittsburg steel! The first important looking man approached the dais with a serious lookƒƒ. and a notebook that had to be three inches thick! I tore off a small corner of the program and slipped it into my mouth. I rolled up a spitball and silently launched it toward the plants and feathers perched precariously on Mrs. Gallimores head. I tore off a second pieceƒ.. We were going to be here all night! The talking ended, but before I could give a sigh of relief, they called out Judy Abernathys name. She marched across the stage, Mr. Warren handed her something and Linda Akerss name was called. She stood upƒƒye gads, there were 66 seniors on that platform! Barbara Booth started her walk and I peeped around the foliage. I knew her well. She was Bos older sister and she would make us sandwiches when I was playing over at their house. As Kenny Bouldin stood up I thought of all the Golden Glove boxing matches Id been to in his upstairs ring. Leon was actually a pretty good boxer in that league. Jackie Burns practically lived with us. What a nice guy! Hed talk Leon into letting me tag along with them. He made sure I got in the kick the canŽ and baseball games they played. Shoot, most days I liked Jack a lot better than I did my brother! I was now bolt upright in the chair. These people had impacted my life! The first television I ever saw was at Richard Greggs house. Paul David Campbell had a concrete driveway where I learned to dribble a basketball. Bobby C. Melton and Dennis Coleman were the best high school football players Id ever seen. I wanted to be just like them. Karen Webb lived a few houses towards town from us. She was absolutely gorgeous, had all those older boys always aroundƒ..but she never failed to holler helloŽ or ask how I was doing and wed sometimes walk to the swimming pool together. I will never forget her! Butch Dickson was FonzieŽ way before Happy DaysŽ came along. Marilyn Lewis was so funny and full of life. Jerry Poston could outrun the wind. Judy Seratte, Patti Houston, Doug Hickman, Tommy Fields, Mike Vaughnƒ.. I dont remember life without these people! Theyd always been there! Did this graduation thing mean they were leaving for good? Was life changing in someway that I wasnt old enough to understand. Was this going to be better or worseƒ.for meƒ.for them? I was carefully picking the spitballs out of Mrs. Gallimores beautiful headdress when they called out LEON COLBERT, JR.Ž A dozen years flashed by in a heartbeat. All of a sudden I was proud to be his little bother! Before I could think any further my eyes started to blur. It must have been the wild flowers in the hat or maybe the old roof started leaking. Water from somewhere began to drip on what was left of my program. Graduation encompasses way more than a few speeches and some name calling. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNMuch ado about ... MUCH!By Rick LafleurSpecial to The StarU.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, whom my wife Alice and I were delighted to meet at her 2009 UGA book-signing, published a short piece in The New Yorker a while back titled Found Sonnet: The Wig.Ž Her perky closing couplet concludes a litany of girly dos: Passion Wave, Silk Straight, Faux Mohawk, Nubian Locks, Noble Curl: / Cleopatra, Vintage Vixen, Empress, Hera, Party Girl.Ž Ms. Doves writings frequently reveal her familiarity with classical culture and myth, and this little poem reminds me of just how important the proper hair-do has always been, even in ancient times. The ubiquitous statues of Greco-Roman goddesses like Hera (the Roman Juno) and Aphrodite/Venus were constant reminders of standards of beauty worth aspiring to. Greek divinities, African queens, Roman matrons, and even virile generals all understood the necessity of sporting just the right coif. Roman ladies typically kept their hair long but cinched up in a variety of styles. Young women commonly wore buns or top-knots. Hairdressers, often household slaves, assisted with combing, applying oils, curling with irons, sectioning, and holding tresses in place with hair-pins. Flowers, ribbons, pearls, and jewels added pizazz for those who could afford them. During the imperial period elaborate beehive dos piled high with masses of braids and curls became popular (think Marge Simpson, wife of the classically dubbed Homer). The 1st…century love poet Ovid recommended the style for short women especially, advising them otherwise to keep seated at parties to conceal their brevity! Like Americans in the 60s who went crazy for the Jackie Kennedy bouffant (and men who opted for a JFK look), women often emulated the hairstyle of the empress. Maryland stylist and archaeologist Janet Stephens has researched and published extensively on Roman womens coiffures, and expertly recreates Roman hairdos for her clients at Baltimores 921 Salon and Spa. If you want to try this at home, Ms. Stephens provides step-by-step styling videos for Cleopatra cuts and others on her YouTube channel. If an ancient matrons hair wouldnt cooperate, there were plenty of wigs to choose from. Some of Italys dark-haired beauties believed that gentlemen preferred blondes, and pricy wigs were made from the golden tresses of barbarian slave girls captured in Romes northern provinces. One could also resort to bleaches and dyes. Blonde and henna were favorite colors, but there were risks. Ovid laments that one of his lady-friends tried to dye her own hair, only to have it all fall out and leave her bald. It wasnt just the gals who were concerned with their coifs. In earliest Rome, men sported shaggy beards and long hair. But by the 3rd century B.C. short cuts and shaved faces became the fashion and the wealthy imported barbers from abroad. Personal grooming was important to many men, an obsession for some. Rich Romans had slaves to shave their faces and trim their hair (many specimens of raz ors, scissors, and polished metal mirrors survive). The less well-off went to barber shops, which then, as often nowadays, were favorite hangouts and gossip parlors. The barbers (from Latin barba/ beard) were called tonsores, which meant literally clippersŽ and is source of our words TONSORial, for the barbers craft (a TONSORial nightmare is a bad-hair day!), and TONSure, for the shaved patch on the heads of some monks and other churchmen. Beards only came back into fashion when the emperor Hadrian, in the 2nd century A.D., decided to grow one to conceal a facial disfigur ement.Give me a head with hair, Hera!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. BN Heard Kesley ColbertRoman woman, front view, late 1st cent. A.D., Capitoline Museums, Rome Italy. [ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ] See HAIR, A5


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 A5 LETTERSBy Katie Landeck 522-5114 | @PCNHKatieL PANAMA CITY „ A local group is taking a new approach to try to curb the number of babies local born with addiction issues „ offering free longterm birth control to woman with known substance abuse issues. That cry and the pain the baby goes through is just horrible,Ž said Sharon Owens of Healthy Start. Its just heartwrenching. If we can stop that, (we should).Ž The Healthy Start Coalition of Bay, Franklin and Gulf Counties has partnered with the Avicenna Clinic, one of the two free health clinics in town, to offer women who are using services at the methadone clinic or in the Bay County jail an IUD (intrauterine device) to prevent pregnancy for four years. The program, called My Baby Free Friends (BFF), is meant to take advantage of the effectiveness and low maintenance of IUDs as a form of birth control. Healthy Start has similar programs throughout the state. We want to make sure if any woman is susceptible to struggling with substance use, because it is a disease, they know they can come to us and we can help them,Ž Owens said. So if they are going to use, they wont get pregnant.Ž Recent data received from the Agency for Health Care Administration ranked Bay County as having the second highest rate in the state of newborns affected with noxious influence and drug withdrawal syndrome. The term includes babies born on substances other than opioids. The babies born dependent on drugs face a difficult detox that can mean months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at local hospitals. It can also inhibit brain development in the womb, according to Owens, which can lead to problems down the road. While the dependency is treatable, its painful, and Owens said a babys life shouldnt start with detox. Its better to wait to have children. With a grant from the Bay Health Foundation, Healthy Start is aiming to serve between 100 and 200 women in Bay County, who are using the methadone treatment or are in correctional facilities for drug use. Starting in May, they are hoping to do at least 10 a month, according to Owens. Once the grant expires, Owens said Healthy Start will apply again for another grant if needed.Program to o er free birth control to addicted womenMost barbers were male, but some were women. Besides a shave and a haircut,Ž services for men included curling, nail-trimming, armpit plucki ng, and depilation (though shaved legs were generally regarded as effeminate). The most sought-after barbers became quite rich. The 2nd century A.D. satirist Juvenal complains indignantly that the man who trimmed his beard when he was young had since amassed wealth rivaling that of Romes patricians. The Romans had no Hair Club for Men,Ž but baldness was a worry then as now. An infant born hairless might be lovingly called Calvus/bald, which became an aristocratic Roman family name and is source of English CALVin. But to end up bald as an adult was for many an embarrassment, and calvus became a common insult. Julius Caesars ancient biographer, Suetonius, reports the general was rather persnicketyŽ in his grooming habits. Always neatly trimmed, shaved, and plucked, he was extremely self-conscious about the deformityŽ of his baldness, which he tried to conceal with a Trumpian comb-forward. His own soldiers called him a bald fƒer,Ž which was all the more embarrassing as his name was connected with the word caesaries, long, flowing hair.Ž The senatorial honor he treasured most, Suetonius says, was the right to wear a laurel wreath at all times, thus further covering up his shiny pate. I can imagine Caesar in the 60s, in the audience with his Egyptian date, grooving to the lyrics of the tribal rock musical HairŽ: They'll be gaga at the go-go, When they see me in my toga.Ž Fantasizing, he sings along: Darlin, give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxenŽ a hairy, waxen, flaxen prayer Ill bet was in Doves head somewhere when she penned her Vintage Vixen.Ž Rick LaFleur is retired from 40 years teaching Latin language and literature at the University of Georgia, which during his tenure came to have the largest Latin enrollment of all of the nations colleges and universities. His latest book is Ubi Fera Sunt,Ž a lively, lovingly wrought translation into classical Latin of Maurice Sendaks classic, Where the Wild Things Are.Ž He and wife Alice live part of the year in Apalachicola, under the careful watch of their French bulld og Ipsa. HAIRFrom Page A4Cleopatra VII, Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany. [ JOS LUIZ BERNARDES RIBEIRO, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ] By Shelly CainSpecial to The StarHealth care has come a long way baby! Thank goodness the days of blood letting and leeches are only known from books and movies. More people died from infection then. Of course, no one washed their hands (warm soapy water singing Happy birthday or the ABC song twice, thank you). We wont mention the unwashed surgical equipment and unclean linens. There werent antibiotics either. What a miracle an antibiotic was and is. Unfortunately over the last four decades or so there has been a terrible over use of antibiotics. It wasnt so long ago that you could call or visit your doctor and they would prescribe an antibiotic, just in caseŽ. For our elderly this practice has created dangerous antibiotic resistant infections and what they are calling superbugs. Superbugs are dangerous because they are so resistant to any treatment. The CDC reports that antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, across the nation, up to 75 percent of the time including wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong duration or they were just unnecessary. In those cases patients dont get better because they didnt need the drug to begin with. Often the antibiotic can cause more problems from side effects. Today health care providers are teaching people, like me, who grew up with an antibiotic every time we sneezed, that antibiotics are often not needed. We are being reeducated. Doctors are being re-educated and supported by the CDC with evidence of over use. There is good news! At Cross Shores we will continue to provide excellent care and support of you and your loved one to recover from an illness. When you are feeling bad from a cold or virus and an antibiotic is not needed we push the fluids and encourage rest. This latest cold and flu season we served gallons of good, hot soup and some extra tender loving care. Please call with any questions at 229-8244. If we dont know the answer we will be happy to help you find the resources you need. Remember to treat everyone with importance and always, always be kind.Cross Shores Corner[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Gulf County Republi-can Executive Committee will meet Monday, May 21. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Port St. Joe Garden Club, 216 8th Street.Aaron Little and Scott Hoffman are invited to speak to us Monday evening prior to the June 12 city runoff election. The midterms this year are an exciting time for Republicans … we want to keep Republicans and elect new ones in Gulf County, the State of Florida and nationwide. Come join us as we work toward this goal.County GOP meeting"There's no free ride in this carnival world.""Carnival World" as performed by Jimmy BuffettRemember when we used to be concerned about the national debt? Back then folks were only arguing about singledigit trillions. The current amount? You don't want to know. Okay. It's over $21 trillion. And counting. It's scary. If you don't believe me, go to and watch how fast we add $100,000 to the national debt. It happens in less time than it's taken you to read this far. Seriously. Some economists say that this level of debt, fueled by annual large deficits, isnt all bad. A government with a fiat currency (one where it can always print money and inject it into the economy) does not necessarily need to balance its annual budget in the way you and I do in our personal households. For us to have money, we must generate it through jobs, investments or the sale of businesses or real estate. The government can just crank up the printer. So granted, comparing Congressional spending to our household spending is like comparing apples to oranges. The reason a stable country like the United States can borrow money so easily is because, in some form or other, we can always repay what we owe. If we really wanted to, we could simply print enough money to pay off all our debt tomorrow. But we choose to carry the debt instead, because printing that much money would devalue our currency significantly and likely leading to hyperinflation. So until the United States simply cant pay off its debt without having to run our money printing machines overtime, we should be able to borrow money at relatively low rates for the foreseeable future. But there certainly must reach a point where a countrys debt start to look suspect, right? Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, national debt experts, cite 90% debt-to-GDP as the level at which debt starts to erode growth. Weve recently passed that mark. Even so, some are not overly concerned about the national debt. At every new trillion dollar mark people were lamenting the end of the republic under the crushing debt load. Japan is the most indebted developed economy in the world, yet borrows at rates lower than we do. We doubled the debt during the Great Recession while attempting to revive the economy. During that crisis, practical choices regarding adding to the debt were few and far between. Interest payments, though, are a concern. In ten years, interest on the national debt is expected to reach almost a trillion dollars annually. That would make it almost 15% of the federal budget. Anyone who has ever paid off a large credit card debt will tell you, that's an untenable situation. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 …, a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.National debt, at currency and Jimmy Bu ett Margaret McDowell Healthy Start, Avicenna Clinic partnering to provide IUDs


** A6 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Starscenarios, eight hours of defensive tactics and 12 hours of legal issues and diversity training.The guardian must pass a psychological evaluation and intial as well as random drug tests.Teachers and others whwo perform exclu-sively classroom duties are ineligible to volun-teer for the program.The provision does not apply to JROTC teachers, a current mili-tary member or current or former law enforce-ment officer.A one-time $500 sti-pend is given to each guardian to purchase a Sheriff-approved fire-arm and holster.After training, the guardian would become a special deputy operat-ing under the auspices of the sheriff.The sole authority a guardian has is on school grounds and only to engage an active shooter.In a small county such as Gulf, there are two immediate complicating factors to establishing a guardian program.One, the Sheriffs Office does not currently have a full-time training officer.Further, for a small department already strapped for resources, any school guardians would require liability insurance and workers comp coverage through the SO.I do not know of a similarly-sized county that is going to the Guardian program,Ž Harrison said. The life of a child does not have a price tag, but there are costs and aspects of this law that have yet to be worked through. There is merit to the program, dont get me wrong. But there are a lot of other things that need to be focused on right now.ŽOn the district side of the equation, finding guardian volunteers was a challenge.Coaches were not interested due to summer workouts, the JROTC commander has a full plate and the district will be working maintenance staff hardŽ during the summer in the schools to bolster safety and security.Could I find one or two people?,Ž Norton said. I have one or two who could do it, but I dont know how to make the program work.For such a small dis-trict, and small sheriffs office, the Guardian program will be hard to implement.ŽThe district had until July 1 to notify the state if it was entering the Guardian program, accessing one of several pots of money established under school safety legislation passed earlier this year.Weve taken no action ƒ and in the future, if we feel we need to (go that direction), we can ask the sheriff if hes in agree-ment and move ahead,Ž Norton said.We can do that any-time we wish and the sheriff agrees. We really dont have the person-nel and (the sheriff) doesnt have the train-ing officer right now.ŽThe priority, for both district and SO, is beefing up the law enforcement presence on school campuses.First and foremost, our objective is to get more (School Resource Officers) in the schools,Ž Harrison said. 100 percent cov-erage, first bell to last, on each campus to keep our kids safe.With the state (school safety) funding and some out-of-pocket from my budget and the districts budget we can do that without increasing local ad valorem taxes.ŽThe district is also seeking to fill two new mental health counselor positions to be funded by school safety dollars.In addition, Norton said, funding from another pot of state funding will be used to hardenŽ schools to make them more secure; the exact details, Norton added, are those which were discussed behind closed doors on Monday.Every campus we will have a law enforce-ment presence like never before and I am focused on perfecting that,Ž Norton said. Through (safe school legislation) we are doing everything we can in a small district to make our kids safer.Ž SAFETYFrom Page A1 First and foremost, our objective is to get more (School Resource O cers) in the school. 100 percent coverage, rst bell to last, on each campus to keep our kids safe.ŽMike Harrison Gulf County sheriffenvisioned capricious, mysteriously-moti-vated personnel actions by at least three commissioners.And that, by the end of 62 minutes of discussion last week, seemed a pretty fair conclusion regarding last weeks actions, which began with Mayor Bo Patterson asking for Andersons resignation midweek.When Anderson declined, a special meeting, for a weekday morning, was scheduled instead of waiting for the next regular meeting.Patterson and Commissioners Brett Lowry and Eric Langston stated their intent to vote to ter-minate Anderson.That was in stark con-trast to the difficulty Patterson and Lowry had submitting a motion or voting in favor of ousting a commissioner who had attended a meeting impaired and, after his DUI conviction, forfeited his seat based on charter language.And all three board members were hesitant to make a motion or vote in favor of terminating the contract of the city attorney after his arrest on burglary and battery charges.Both times phrases such as due processŽ were repeatedly invoked.Not so last week.If there are allegations to be made, they have yet to be heard; despite public prodding for details the case against Anderson sounded less than overwhelming.Patterson offered only that he had spent the past seven months in fear for my lifeŽ after a one-on-meeting over a personnel kerfuffle led, during which allegedly, Anderson pointed a finger and said something that included fire and fury.ŽLowry declined several times to provide any justification for his vote beyond a loss of confidence.ŽLangston repeatedly said he was joining Patterson and Lowry in support of his North Port St. Joe community, pointing to Anderson as the obstacle to work and funding opportunities spearheaded by the North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee.However, as it was finally noted by a former commissioner, Anderson works for the five commis-sioners and if the PACs work was not moving for-ward, the responsibility sat squarely on the board, of which Langston is now a member. Citizens were heardAs one resident noted, it was satisfying to see the public turnout and he encouraged similar engagement every other Tuesday when the Commission met in regular session.Indeed, outside of meetings that in some fashion pertained to alco-hol and downtown, last Fridays special gathering, despite its morning starting time, brought more people to the meet-ing room than had been seen in years.They were at times a raucuous group, and a couple of times veered over the line of basic manners, but those occurred primarily when the audience felt a need to call, well, hogwash, on some statements from, as they pointed out, those who work for them.ŽPatterson arriving late to the meeting held at his behest did not start things off well and few seemed willing to accept, or believe, his allega-tion regarding a physical threat from Anderson.Lowrys unwillingness to discuss his rationale for wishing to terminate Anderson also did not go over fondly.The loudest uproar, part guffaw, greeted Pat-tersons assertion that he would clear the room.The meeting had the feel of citizens, voters, who had reached a limit on what they would remain silent about. In that vein, commissioners eyes ought to be openIf there was an overrid-ing theme to last weeks meeting it was that com-missioners have a ways to go on, well, their poll num-bers, voter satisfaction.Almost universally, Anderson was held in higher regard and with a higher level of respect than commissioners.It should be sobering for an elected officials to hear that folks believe the city manager the only one at city hall who stands for something, as one resident said.There were statements about coming elections, about knowing some com-missioners all their lives and being disappointedŽ in their actions.Several times it was suggested the drug and sobriety tests would not be out of line.At times it was rough, but it was also a showcase that the actions of some commissioners, in the past few months lead-ing to now, have not been seen through a spectrum of positivity by a fair segment of the population.And that population, reflected in the audience, was decidedly mixed in demographics: business owners and hourly workers, retired folks and young, recent additions to the community and some of the most respected folks living here. Lacking allegations, questionsThe most unsettling aspect of last weeks meeting, and this sudden determination to jettison the city manager, was the vacuum left by the lack of justification.With commissioners unable to explain their vote in a way that found traction with the public, the voters, their constitu-ents, were left to ponder a host of scenarios regarding why.One business owner, likening commissioners to young boys with a base-ball, offered that Anderson must have stepped on somebodys toes and requested public record access to commissioners cell phone histories.Another offered that the runoff election was a factor and there were plenty of rumors regarding ground zero for the move to ter-minate Anderson.The county? Specific special interests?Given the mood of citizens in that room last week, and comments made afterward, there is a gaping credibility gap at least three commissioners will have to work to overcome. MEETINGFrom Page A1 See more online at www. star comThe most unsettling aspect of last weeks meeting, and this sudden determination to jettison the city manager, was the vacuum left by the lack of justi cation. With commissioners unable to explain their vote in a way that found traction with the public, the voters, their constituents, were left to ponder a host of scenarios regarding why.


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 A7Commissioners decided last year that the lone project to be submitted would be the floating dry dock to be con-structed as part of Eastern Shipbuildings long-ago announced expansion into Gulf County.The cities of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka declined to submit projects in defer-ence to the BOCCs priority.The Gulf County School Board and Gulf Coast State Colleges proposal for a STEM center at the Gulf/ Franklin Center was also put on hold.In significant measure, that was due to language in Triumph legislation which instructs the board to put a higher priority in consid-ering projects approved by county commissioners.However, as the Triumph boards attorney opined early in the process, county commission approval is not required for eligibility.Two other county proposals were submitted during pre-application, one from the Port Theatre and another from the North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee.Neither was deemed eligi-ble during pre-application.County officials, as late as last week during a work-shop with the Port St. Joe Port Authority, said there is no Plan B for Triumph funding; the Eastern proj-ect is the countys project.Despite being deemed eligible in pre-application, though, a full application for the dry dock project has yet to be submitted and it is unclear when it will be.County officials have privately expressed concern about the lack of an application given the amount of money involved with projects already in the application phase.In part, the delay in appli-catioin is due to the link with another Eastern proj-ect in Bay County, which has brought considerable debate to the Triumph board regarding the eligi-bility of private companies for Triumph awards.The Triumph boards attorney shared an opinion last month that while the Triumph board can make such awards, it should do so understanding that such awards may run afoul of the Florida Legislature.And state lawmakers still must earmark in future years the entire $1.2 billion or so Triump will disburse over 15 years.So, there remains no full application for the dry dock; during a presentation earlier this year William Harrison, representing Eastern, said the dry dock project would not move forward without Triumph funding.The BOCC has already approved a $400,000-plus contract for engineering inspection services for that project, though it remains unclear when it might come to fruition.And while the Eastern project is in a state of flux, a new road to the former mill site bulkhead paid for by the county and St. Joe Company has yet to result in any shipping by a wood-pellet company leasing land from the Port Authority and St. Joe.The company hoped to be shipping through the Port of Port St. Joe during the first quarter of 2018.Meanwhile, as Gulf County goes unrepresented among Triumph projects in the application phase, Franklin County has two projects with full applications submitted, Wakulla County four, Santa Rosa County two and Walton County two.Bay County has full applications submitted for seven projects, the most in the region and one of which has already received a Tri-umph award.Escambia and Okaloosa counties each have four proposals in full application as the Triumph board pre-pares to next meet June 12.Noteworthy to Gulf Countys representative on the Triumph board, Jason Shoaf, is the number of education and workforce development projects, in Bay, Franklin and Wakulla counties already within the full application process.Shoaf has been outspoken about a desire to see such programs across the region.I cant overemphasize the importance of devel-oping a workforce pipeline in all parts of our region,Ž Shoaf said. A personal goal is to develop educational infrastructure throughout our entire region.The workforce propos-als already approved along with others in development will offer real opportunities to all our children to earn a certificate or degree while in high school without incurring student loan debit after high school in some cases.ŽShoaf noted that seven of the eight counties in the region have submitted projects pertaining to workforce development and education; the excep-tion is Gulf County.He noted that officials from the Wakulla, Frank-lin and Gulf school systems recently attended a workshop in Wakulla to lay the groundwork for develop-ing and implementing such projects.Hopefully (the Gulf County School Board) will begin to develop something soon,Ž Shoaf said. TRIUMPHFrom Page A1Marty Jarosz, who led the Port St. Joe High School NJROTC program while Beachum was in high school.This is also an accom plish-ment of the city of Port St. Joe that identified and nurtured the qualities in this young man to succeed. I put this accomplish-ment right up there with being drafted into the National Foot-ball League or Major League Baseball.Ž Next month, Beachum is due to be assigned to Pensacola Air Base to begin training to become a fighter pilot. He could spend the next two years in Florida or be transferred to Corpus Christi, TX.I wont know exactly what airframe I will fly for quite some time but my desire is to be a fighter or attack pilot, flying either the F-18 or F-35,Ž Beachum said. I think Ill be happy with whatever billion dollar aircraft they trust me to fly, though.ŽRaffield said there were plenty of hands providing the chain for Beachum to cling to while making his climb.After coaching him in football, the Raffields effectively took Beachum in, ensuring that he was fed and clothed properly each day.Raffield calls Beachum and his sons Sawyer and Spencer, my boys.ŽBut, Raffield said, he and his wife were hardly alone.That is what is wonderful about a small town, a lot of people helped that young man out,Ž Raffield said. I hear people all the time thanking me or Margie for what we have done for him, but it was not just us.A lot of people in this small close-knit community touched his life, to allow him to see the other side. And he took it.ŽIn particular, Raffield said, Jarosz was instrumental in turning a self-acknowledged average student onto the path that would lead to Annapolis.That man pounded into Javarris stubborn head that he had to work harder to get what he wanted,Ž Raffield said. That man gave Javarri so much.He, as much as anybody, was responsible for getting Javarri where he is.ŽBeachum has also, as Raffield put it, more than lived up to the responsibility that arrives with all those extended hands.A responsibility to not waste opportunities, to work for achievement instead of having it handed over, to strive and never be complacent.I do feel a sense of pride and accomplishment because I know that there is a small percentage of people that get the opportunities that Ive had in my life already,Ž Beachum said.This sense of pride is fueled by those who support me back home because I couldnt have done it without many people who demonstrated a genuine concern and care for my life and well being, not my success.ŽAbove it all, Beachum said, there was the attitude and aspi-rationŽ to better his station, and the lessons forged in Port St. Joe.The foundation of who I am was created and molded in Port St. Joe and thats good and bad; Ill focus on the good,Ž Beachum said. Port St. Joe taught me ƒ theres nothing more important that building a relationship with the Lord and building relation-ships with those around you.If it were not for this, every-thing I have strived for in life would be pointless because these relationships give value to what I do in my life, not the other way around.ŽNext weekend, Beachum will take a step that many in the com-munity believed was ahead of him, believed enough to invest in a young man in need of direction and stability.Hes a bright, intelligent young man who will do great things,Ž Raffield said. The community will be very proud of Javarri Beachum.Ž BEACHUMFrom Page A1


** A8 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The StarOn May 7, Deputy L. Green-wood travelled to Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to pick up Kaleb C. Cowen (35) on a transport order to appear in court the following day. Mitchel Keith Hodges (39) was also picked up on a transport order from the Bay County Jail. Both subjects had to be transported back once their proceedings in court were complete.On May 8, Deputy D. Sand-ers travelled to the Leon County Jail to arrest Katelyn Lorraine Kaeppel (27) on a Violation of Probation warrant out of Gulf County. Kaeppel was on probation of Possession of Methamphetamine. Kaeppel was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked.On May 8, Deputy P. Young was dispatched to the 1300 block of East River Road in reference to a domestic disturbance. It was reported to him that Benjamin Lee Russell (38) had gotten into a verbal altercation with a female victim, which subsequently turned physical. In the pro-cess of battering the victim he made threats to her kill her. Russell was found by Deputy Young and placed under arrest for Domestic Battery and Assault. On May 9, Investigators P. Williams and S. Ferrell went to Lakeview Drive to execute an arrest warrant on Caleb D. Leverette (21). Leverette was located and arrested for a violation of probation warrant out of Holmes County.On May 10, Sgt. S. Strickland and Port St. Joe High School officials were investi-gating a 16-year-old student who was found to be in pos-session of marijuana. During the investigation the student fled from the front office and ran into a nearby wooded area. Deputy C. Harvey located the student and transported her back to the high school. The student was then released to her parents and charges for Possession of Marijuana are pending.On May 10, Investigators P. Williams and S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle near the intersec-tion of Myers Road and Ganley Road in Wewahitchka. The driver was identified as Bruce Lee Yand (37). It was discovered that Yand did not have a valid drivers license and is classified as a habitual traffic offender. Yand was placed under arrest and charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Habitual) and Resisting Arrest without Violence.On May 10, Jasmin J. Thomas (41) turned himself into the Gulf County Detention Facility to be arrested on a capias for failing to appear in court on charges of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, resisting without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.On May 11, Stephanie Renee Martin (43) turned herself into the Gulf County Deten-tion Facility to be arrested on a violation of probation war-rant. Martin was on probation for Retail Theft.On May 11, Christopher Brian Smith (20) was arrested in the 200 block of Angel Fish Street for a violation of pro-bation warrant out of Pinellas County, Florida. Smith was on probation for burglary. On May 11, Sgt. J. Williams attempted to conduct a traf-fic stop on S. Diana Street in Stone Mill Creek. When Sgt. Williams activated his emergency lights, the vehicle sped up and refused to stop. After a brief pursuit the vehi-cle pulled into a driveway near the 2000 block of Stone Mill Creek Road. The driver exited the car with something in his hand, walked over to a shed and put whatever he had in his hand down. The driver was identified as Willie Denzel Hill (22). Deputy A. White arrived on the scene to assist Sgt. Williams. Deputy White went to the area where Hill discarded the item and discovered a bag of marijuana. Hill was taken into custody and charged with Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana.If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 2271115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS. Gulf County Sheri s O ce law enforcement summaryMay 7-13 € Backwoods Recovery Group: 7 p.m. CT Tuesday (“ rst Tuesday of each month, 8 p.m. CT) at the Wewahitchka Senior Citizen and Community Center, 314 N. 3rd Street. € Message is Hope Promise of Freedom Group: 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Family Life Church, 323 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe.GULF COUNTY NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Port St. Joe Serenity at First United Methodist Church, located at U.S. 98 and Monument Ave., 8 p.m. ET Tuesday and Thursday. Surfside Serenity at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1500 15th Street in Mexico Beach; 7 p.m. CT Friday (closed discussion). Wewahitchka Serenity Group at Wewahitchka Community Center, 314 N. 3rd Street. 7 p.m. CT Monday, 7 p.m. CT Wednesday. The local AA Hotline is 850-653-2000.LOCAL AA MEETINGS SEE MORE ONLIE AT STARFL.COM


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** A10 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The StarBy Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The StarThe annual Tupelo Honey Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. CT at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. This is an exciting event, with your chance to take part in a local delicacy. Area honey producers will be on hand, selling their honey in a variety of sizes. There will also be food, art and crafts, and live music. For decades, tupelo honey has been synonymous with Gulf County. The pollen from the tupelo gum tree (Nyssa ogeche), produces some of the finest honey in the world. The common name tupeloŽ is derived from language of the Muscogee Nation, also known as the Creek Indian Nation. The meaning of the word is swamp treeŽ, as this tree flourishes in areas of wet soils and seasonal flooding. Gulf County is home to one of the largest tupelo forests on earth. The tupelo bloom season lasts from approximately midApril to the end of May. This is an anxious time for beekeepers. Tupelo blooms are very temperamental and delicate in nature. For this short period, beekeepers hope for little wind or rain and no cold temperatures, as any of these factors can make or break tupelo honey production. Regardless of seasonal impacts, the demand for Gulf Countys tupelo honey never subsides. Blueberries have also become a Panhandle favorite. Whether grown in containers, in the landscape or raised beds, Gulf County offers a great climate and adequate soil conditions for blueberry production. Southern Highbush cultivars have been in harvest season from mid spring through May. Although a preferred variety for the peninsular Florida climate, highbush is also grown in our area. Rabbiteye cultivars, which tend to produce better yields for dooryard growers in the northern Florida, are in harvest season from May through July. Tupelo honey and blueberries are both great healthy snacks. Try this refreshing drink recipe: Berry Banana Smoothie€ 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt € cup blueberries € small banana € 2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional) € 1 tbsp tupelo honey Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If you use frozen fruit, no ice is needed. Otherwise, blend with a few ice cubes. Recipe makes about 1…2 servings. Enjoy!For more information on tupelo honey or gardening with blueberries contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200. Supporting information for this article can be found in the UF/ IFAS EDIS publication, Healthy Eating: Drink to Your HealthŽ by Jennifer Hillan, Emily Minton, and Linda B. Bobroff: http:// UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.Tupelo honey/blueberry production highlight local delicacies in MayYoung blueberries on the vine. [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH]


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** A12 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to FISHING REPORTWhat a beautiful week on the Forgotten Coast The water is stunning and the fishing is as hot as the Florida sun. Pompano continue to be just crazy hot along the beaches with many reports of limits and nice size fish being taken. Several baits are taking care of business from Fishbites to Pom-pano Jigs and live or frozen Sand Fleas. For the most part we are seeing the best bite early in the morning and late in the evening. Be on the water at day break for the best opportunity. Flounder has really turned on as well in St Joe Bay around the sandy flats and holes. Electric chicken has produced well this last week. Gigging Flounder is top notch right now as well with the clear water just keep in mind your bag limit is same as with rod and reel. We are going to target Trout and Redfish this week so stay tuned for a report next week. Until then, Happy Fishing! Special to The StarThe commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Flor-idas valuable stone crab resource.Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season. Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC. com/Fishing and clicking on Saltwater Fishing,Ž and then either Recreational RegulationsŽ or Commercial.Ž The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on the commercial and recreational stone crab fishery. Learn more at MyFWC. com/ SaltwaterComments.Stone crab season closed Wednesday By Nancy and Jack BlakeSpecial to The StarEditors Note: This is the third of four (Econfina River, May 3, Bald Point, April12) Day Trips from Port St. Joe, each covering a visit to a coastal Florida State Park on the eastern Panhandle. One can do all four in one trip with the furthest east being about a 2-hour drive. Or, if time permits and youre of an exploratory, out-doorsy nature, then consider one park per trip, or two trips of two each. Theres plenty to do in each facility. Whichever combo you choose, we wish you happy and safe travels. Less than 65 miles east of Port St. Joe (about an hour-and-a-quarter drive) and not far from the magically named town of Sopchoppy, located 5 miles to the north, is situated a jewel of a state park, this one known as the Ochlockonee River State Park. We guess that it would come as no surprise when we advise that the parks main attraction is said river and all that goes with it. The park seems to be a great place to get away for a day, a weekend or a week.Gorgeous river scenery, modern boating facilities, great fishing, fabulous (and unusual) wildlife and a full-facility campground and RV Park are all at your disposal here at ORSP.Although we didnt observe any, there is a good-sized community of white squirrels at the park. The friendly Park Ranger told us all about them. She also advised that the Park boasts a single, female piebald deer, a white-tailed doe with a genetic defect which produces a white, near-albino appearance (although this local spec-imen is not considered a true albino).Piebald is an exceptionally rare condition and only affects 1 percent of the white-tailed deer population. The local resident apparently is observed with frequency but unfortunately not so during our visitƒ.at least not by us.There is also swim-ming available at the point where the Ochlockonee River and the Dead River intersects. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the Ranger Station and the boat launching facilities for larger, powered boats are ultramodern and handicap friendly.Trails allow visitors to explore the park and see some of the diverse wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and many other species of birds and animals (including the enigmatic white speci-mens mentioned earlier).Lastly, there is a scenic, earthen loop road which offers the visitor a feeling of being deep in the woods. Along the drive, too, is a beautiful and lonely reflection pond.Ochlockonee River State Park has nearly everything a day-tripper could ask for. Why not give it a go?Day Trip travelogue; Ochlockonee River State ParkMap: Port St. Joe to Ochlockonee River State Park. [COURTESY PHOTOS OF NANCY AND JACK BLAKE] Boat-launching facilities. The Ochlockonee River Boat-launching facilities. Pavilion area. Naturally re” ecting pond.


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 A13 SPORTSStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School football program will be hosting a golf scramble tournament Saturday, June 2 at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club.The action begins at 11 a.m. ET.The cost is $60 per player, which includes golf, cart and lunch.Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one.Hole sponsorships are available for $100.For more information or to sign up contact the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club at 227-1751.All proceeds from the tournament will be used to assist sending the Port St. Joe football team to football camp. PSJHS football scramble is June 2Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team held its annual work day last Saturday. The players worked for different residents and business in the area, going out in groups of two and four. The players did oddand in-jobs such as cutting grass, pressure washing, painting and clean-ing land. All money made goes toward the team going to Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp in July. The team would like to thank the following people for allow-ing them to work: Randy Raffield, Bryce and Donna Thomas, Bubba and Barbara Harmon, Rosemary Lewis, Scott and Sharon Hoffman, John and Amy Palmer, Gerry and Pam Adkinson, Sandy and Missy Quinn, Wallace Pump & Supply, Bobby Nobles, Johnny and Annette Wimberly, Josh and Kayla Dailey and Chuck and Sissy Worley.PSJHS football work dayStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls basketball team finished the year with a nice banquet at Golden Corral and a trip to Pier Park last Saturday. The Lady Tiger Sharks finished as state runner-up in Class 1A and the team would like to thank Aaron Little for helping with the banquet this year. The team will lose four seniors, ShaMario Cole, four-year starter Brooklynn Quinn, five-year starter Aliya Johnson and six-year starter and Gulf Coast State College signee Tei Hutchinson. The team will kick off the summer season this Saturday at Durens Piggly Wiggly with their annual Bake Sale Fundraiser. The first sched-uled games for the summer will be Saturday, June 2 in Port St. Joe. The team and coaches would like to thank the community for all their support!!!Lady Tiger Sharks celebrate season[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportHeavy rains predicted for Central and South Florida this week forced the post-ponement of the state Class 1A softball semifinals.Wewahitchka (24-4) will now face Holmes County (24-5) in a semifinal at 1:05 p.m. ET Monday.Madison County will face Trenton at 2:20 p.m. with the Class 1A title game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET Tuesday.Weather forced the Flor-ida High School Athletics Assocation to postpone the Class 1A-4A champi-onships to next week.The Lady Gators have not lost since February and are playing in their third-straight Class 1A Final Four.Wewahitchka was runner-up in 2016 and lost in the semifinals a year ago.Weather delays state softball nalsBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comPORT ST. JOE Port St. Joe provided testimony Tuesday night in advance of next weeks state final four in Fort Myers. The Region 2-1A champs are no ordinary 16-12 squad.For the second time in the past two weeks the Tiger Sharks applied a run-rule loss to former state No. 1 Bozeman (25-4), winning 10-0 before a huge home crowd at Centen-nial Field.Elijah Hester throttled the Bucks over five frames, allow-ing four hits while striking out two and, most importantly, not walking a batter. Meanwhile, the Tiger Sharks took advantage of every open-ing offered, putting up crooked numbers in three of the four innings they came to bat.Over the past couple of weeks we have been swinging the bat good,Ž said Port St. Joe first-year coach Ashley Summerlin. Guys have been stepping up in the big moments.They have really bought into the process weve been asking them to go through, hitting the ball up the middle when it is there, taking the big swings when we need to.ŽPort St. Joe knocked down the door early.In the bottom of the first inning, with starter Cade Parker unable to locate the strike zone, the Tiger Sharks loaded the bases with no outs via two walks and an error.Caleb Butts was hit by a pitch to drive in one run, Jaden Grantland hit a fielders choice grounder to plate another and John Austin Gee singled another run home to make it 3-0.We dug an early hole we couldnt get out of,Ž said Boze-man coach Jeff Patton. We had a good plan coming in, we just didnt execute.It has been no fun (losing two run-rule postseason games to Port St. Joe). But that is base-ball. We played better tonight than we did in the district title game, but they beat us in every way.ŽThe Tiger Sharks stretched the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the third after Camron Harmon ended the top half by firing a perfect strike after scooping up a single to right to nail Parker, trying to score from second, at the plate.The home half started with Caleb Butts reaching on a catchers error after striking out.Bryce Register singled to center and Grantland put down a bunt to advance both runners.Gee walked and Brandon Brant drove in a run with a fielders choice grounder.Harmon followed with a long triple to left-center to drive in two and Kelvin Griffin dribbled a single through the left side of the infield for another run.Bozeman went in order in the fourth and Port St. Joe added three more runs in the bottom of the inning, all with two outs.Register singled to rightcenter and Grantland singled to center before Gee plated Register with a single to left.Brant drove in two with a double to right-center, the last of Port St. Joes 10 hits.It was left to Hester to put the Bucks down in order in the fifth, invoking the run rule and igniting a boisterous celebration for a team that at midseason was under.500 and on a six-game losing streak.I never would have thought of us being able to do this back in January,Ž Summerlin said, noting that he was third coach for the Tiger Sharks since last season ended.What these guys have been through and to be able to come together and do this, it is amazing.Ž Port St. Joe 7, Freeport 2In the region semifinals, Port St. Joe handled visiting Freeport last Thursday to earn a spot in the region title game. Hester started on the mound for Port St. Joe, tossing a gem, allowing one hit over 6 ‡ innings while walking two and striking out four; both Freeport runs were unearned.Hester carried his no-hitter into the sixth inning.Chris Stockton came on to get the final two outs.The big inning was the Port St. Joe half of the third.Gee walked, Harmon and Griffin followed with bunt singles to load the bases.Caden Turrell turned on a pitch and blasted a grand-slam home run down the right-field line to make it 4-0.Josh Butts hit Port St. Joes first home run of the season in the district championship game against Bozeman.The Tiger Sharks scuffled a bit in the field in the top of the fourth as Freeport plated two runs.But in the bottom half of the frame, Grantland doubled and Brant singled in a run as a response.Caleb Butts had a runscoring single and Register a run-scoring double as Port St. Joe stretched the lead.Port St. Joe topples Bozeman for region titlePort St. Joe daptured the Region 1-1A title Tuesday night. [COURTESY OF JULIE GARDNER] STARFL.COM Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Junior side of the junior-senior high school dynamic put on a show during last weekends Florida Middle School Track and Field Championships in Bradenton.Lily Wockenfuss, an eighth-grader, won the girls pole vault with a personal best jump of 10-feet-6.Wockenfuss won the event at 10-feet but went the addi-tional six inches to qualify for the Classic Division in this weeks Golden South Championships in Orlando.Now, she will jump with the big girls,Ž said Coach Keith Chiles.Wockenfuss was not alone setting personal benchmarks.Kristen Bouington, also an eighth-grader, jumped a per-sonal best 8-6 to place fifth in the pole vault.They have the top eight on the podium, so we had two on the podiumŽ Chiles said.London White, still another eighth-grader, jumped, yep, a personal best 7-6 to place 11th in the pole vault.On the boys side of things, Bladen Levins, just a seventh-grader, also had a personal best vault of 8-6, good for 15th.PSJ's Wockenfuss wins stateLily Wockenfuss won the pole vault at the Florida Middle School Track and Field Championships. 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** A14 Thursday, May 17, 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 Blacks Island. [COURTESY OF PATTI BLAYLOCK] My happy placeŽ [COURTESY OF DAVE EVANS] Pelican on the breakwater. [COURTESY OF LINDA SHEPHERD] What a skyŽ [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] A beautiful day for kayaking at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. [COURTESY OF CAROL BUIKEMA] A Ring-billed gull “ shing with a Buf” ehead duck pair near WindMark Beach. [COURTESY OF DEBORAH MAYS] St. Joe Beach sunset. [COURTESY OF NATALIE DOLAN]


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUNCOMMUNITY Wilson Casey Trivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or sug-gestions? 1. To demonstrate manhood, who wrote that one has to plant a tree, fight a bull, write a book, and have a sonŽ?Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Robert Frost2. What was Rob Angels occu-pation who invented the game of PictionaryŽ in 1986?Cabbie, Waiter, Fisherman, Trucker3. Where did the term of Holy ToledoŽ originate?Ohio, Spain, South Caro-lina, Greece4. What mythical animal has the head of a woman and body of a bird?Sphinx, Harpy, Minotaur, Faun5. ArondightŽ was the name of whose sword?King Arthur, Hercules, Sir Lancelot, Thor6. What profession uses the symbol of the caduceus?Legal, Aviation, Account-ing, Medical ANSWERS: 1. Ernest Hemingway, 2. Waiter, 3. Spain, 4. Harpy, 5. Sir Lance-lot, 6. MedicalBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comDon Middlebrook prefers to find inspiration between shows on the back roads and byways of the country.The Michigan-based songwriter/singer, who fronts the Pearl Divers, was traveling between shows more than a year ago, heading from South Florida toward New Orleans, when Mexico Beach caught his eye.If I just drove from show to show I would not be much more than a truck driver,Ž Middlebrook said.ŽI liked the sound of Mexico Beach.I need adventures, I need song inspiration.ŽAnd on his sojourn into Mexico Beach he happened into restaurant Mango Marleys and in turn a bartender named Ashley.It just felt more and more like a song, you know,Ž Middle-brook said. My heart goes out to a teacher who has to go out and have an extra job because she doesnt make enough money.ŽMiddlebrook and Ashley got to kibitzing, as a bartender and customer are wont to do, and the conservation turned to Middlebrooks songwriting.He was already scribbling out lyric ideas, using the menu as a jumping off spot.Ashley, Middlebrook said, was pretty skeptical about the whole thing until Pandora, playing in the bar area, followed a song from the Zac Brown Band with one of Middlebrooks songs. He has a few.Two years ago Middlebrook was named the Trop RockŽ songwriter of the year and he has put out several CDs.A phone conversation with her boss, who happened to google Middlebrooks name, convinced Ashley of Middlebrooks bona fides as a songwriter.He then retrieved his guitar from his vehicle.Before the night was over, some of Ashleys friends stopped by Mango Marleys to converse with Middlebrook, her boss bought him a beer and the rest of the night was an informal pseudo-jam session.After leaving Mexico Beach, Middlebrook continued to communicate with Ashley via Facebook, becoming, he said, good friends as he learned about her family, including husband and children and teaching.I get to Facebook with her and she tells me about the For-gotten Coast and what was on the menu, research so I wouldnt sound like a fool later on,Ž Middlebrook said.The later on, now some 18 months since he stopped in Mexico Beach, is Middlebrooks new CD, Mexico Beach Road A troubadour, a song and Mexico BeachSongwriter to perform June 14 at Mango MarleysBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival began with humble roots.The first celebration, in 2016, was headquartered in the roundabout along Marina Drive in Port St. Joe.Last year, the festival turnout was so large that the festival spilled into adjacent George Core Park, which proved not only more spa-cious but also a tad less warm than the concrete of Marina Drive.This years edition, which will arrive July 1, will spread further into George Core Park while maintaining its original footprint along Marina Drive.For it is along Marina Drive, which will host a variety of educational booths and ven-dors, that a monument to sea turtles will rise, in an area that was once a fountain.Local artist Alex Henderson has completed the fabrication of the dominant turtle in the statue and is currently working on the sea grass that will adorn the bottom of the fountain.Celebration of turtles comes in JulyCrews did the bore work last week as the Sea Turtle Fountain project rounds into form. [COURTESY OF JESSICA SWINDALL] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comFifth-grade students at Port St. Joe Elementary School enjoyed the fruits, well, actually, the veggies of their labors during a special lunch last Thursday.The fifth-graders at Wewa-hitchka Elementary School will be doing the same in the coming days.The Port St. Joe students feasted on greens, potatoes, green beans and chicken as Thursday repast, all of it, save the chicken, of course, coming from the schools garden, which has proved bountiful this year.Roy Carter, the retired county extension director who keeps his hands in the dirt by leading the gardening at both elementary schools, said the Wewahitchka garden might be just a tad more bountiful.And the harvest is hardly over, a garden that has already provided carrots, lettuce, cab-bage, greens and, if one can believe it, jalapenos, among other natural foods.After last weeks feast, a dozen or so students spent an hour in the garden while others were off to PE.They donned work boots and grabbed shovels with work to be done digging up several wheelbarrows full of red Pontiac potatoes.As extension director, Carter was instrumental in establishing the gardens at the two public elementary schools as well as a container garden at Faith Christian School.Now, he continues his work with fifth-graders at the public elementary schools, support for the program coming from the Gulf County School Board and St. Joe Community Foundation.I am trying to promote agriculture,Ž Carter said. There isnt as much agricul-tural programs as there used to be, though we now have a two-hour block of ag classes in Wewahitchka.Plus, the kids are exposed to good, nutritious food which they grew with their own hands. I ts isnt the sweet stuff and junk they too often eat.ŽCarter assisted by Colby Gay, who lives in Wewahi-tchka and is attending Florida A&M in pursuit of a degree in animal husbandry and interns one day a week.Ill probably end up teach-ing,Ž Gay said. This has been great, a lot of fun.ŽThe lessons from the garden find purchase, made evident by the Thank you Mr. CarterŽ as he walked through the cafeteria, the smiles and the consistently empty plates headed to the Garden to lunch roomBetween planting fruit trees and harvesting vegetables, it has been a busy month at the PSJES garden. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] Roy Carter, with support of the St. Joe Community Foundation and Gulf County School Board, continues to oversee gardening at each public elementary school. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] See GARDEN, B5 See TURTLES, B7 See BEACH, B7School gardens provides mental, physical nourishment


** B2 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe Port St. Joe Garden Club ("PSJGC") held its May members' meeting on May 10. This is the last members meeting of this fiscal year. A delicious catered luncheon was provided to members and guests by Catering Con-nections. As it was the last meeting of the year, no official program was pre-sented. However, PSJGC member Carol Weber provided an informative talk on horticulture. In addition to suggesting plants that do well in the hot Florida summers Ms. Weber discussed the Asian citrus psyllid insect. The bacteria carried by this insect can cause citrus greening, a serious citrus plant disease. The President, Sue Meyer, gave a report on the 92nd Florida Federation Garden Club Convention, held April 22-24 in St. Augustine., which she and three other PSJGC members attended. The convention program was outstanding. Ms. Meyer said she thought the discussions on Awards and Membership were most informative for the PSJGC. The program Ms. Meyer enjoyed the most was was on the topic of organic gardening and was conducted by Ms. Bonnie Satterthwaite, the Territory Sales Manager for Espoma. Although, the PSJGC is beginning its summer hiatus we are busy preparing for our Flower Show, June 9, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET at 216 8th Street, Port St. Joe. The Flower Show is free and is open to the publicwe hope to see you there.PSJ Garden Club newsThe President of the Port St. Joe Garden Club, Sue Meyer, at the Florida Federation Garden Club Convention in St. Augustine[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarHow God feels about homosexuality will be explored 7 p.m. CT Monday, May 21 at Life-tree Caf.The program, titled God and Gays: An Hour of Civil Conversation,Ž features the filmed stories of Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, and Christopher Yuan, author of Out of a Far Country.During the program, Yuan, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, shares his story of finding a Christian faith and wres-tling with his sexuality as a gay man.In addition, Chu discusses his journey criss-crossing America speaking with a wide range of Chris-tian groups. Id be lying if I said faith was easy for me now,Ž he said. There are days I believe Jesus loves me and every single part of me. And there are days when I doubt that.Ž Participants in the Life-tree program will have an opportunity to discuss issues relating to homo-sexuality and faith in a safe, caring environment.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. High-way 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@livingwateratthebeach.comHomosexuality and faith considered at Lifetree CafBy Rhonda AldermanSpecial to The StarTupelo FestivalWe will be having a booth at this years Tupelo Festi-val on May 19 at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. Lots of information will be avail-able about our Club and how we help our commu-nity and around the world. We will be selling home-made cakes, cookies and brownies as well as water and drinks. Come by and see what our club commu-nity projects are about. Teacher AppreciationLast week was Teacher Appreciation and the GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club provided lunch from Subway for Wewahitchka Elementary, Wewahitchka High Schools and North Florida Child Development. We are thankful for our Gulf County Teachers. After all, they have our future in their hands! GFWC District Volunteer of the Year and LEADS graduateRhonda has made a dif-ference in our club and our community. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer she decided to LiveŽ and made it her purpose to give to others as much as she can and to bring a smile to someone every day. Rhonda is co-chair for conservation, initiated several project including Adopt a Highway, Flower Power fundraiser, selling and planting trees for Arbor Day, delivered back-packs of school supplies as well as clothes and shoes for underprivileged children in our community. She raised awareness of our climate by initiating a pledge to observe Earth Hour and shared ways to conserve water. She is serving on the following committees; Home Life, Membership, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Communication/Publicity and Chair of Public Issues. In December she filled the position of Secretary for our Club and more recently was appointed District Presidents Project Chair for Operation Smiles.The GFWC Leadership Education and Development Seminar (LEADS) program is intended to identify GFWC members at the grass-roots level who have the potential and the desire to assume leadership positions in GFWC beyond their club.Wewahitchka Womans Club news Star Staff ReportAs the temperatures warm, people flock to the beaches, the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department sees a distinct increase in calls of all kind.The department is, by far, the countys busiest among the volunteer fire departments.The South Gulf department each year handles nearly as many calls as all other county departments combined.And, as with all county departments, this a vol-unteer effort.Arriving later this month is the departments annual World Famous Butt Roast fundraiser, which started on a small scale in the 1990s and has grown since, particulary since the 2004 purchase of a smoker.In the past two years alone, sales have topped 300 butts, oh, so tasty butts.Could be the smoker, maybe the rub, either way those butts are, vol-unteers attest, the best in town.To guarantee an order, go online now at to place your order for pickup at Salinas Park Bayside opposite the fire station May 24-26.Hours for pickup will be 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday.Walk-up orders will depend on availability: first-come, first-served.On Friday and Saturday, volunteers will also be selling pulled-pork sandwich meals for $9, with each meal including sandwich, chips, coleslaw and drink.Family-to-go boxes for four include one pound of shredded pork, four buns, four chips, pot of coleslaw, four drinks and barbecue sauce.Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the fire departments life saving and first aid equipment among other fire safety and education items.Proceeds from last years fundraiser helped the department secure a second EMILY water rescue device and this year the department is looking for a new beach patrol four-w heeler.Whether intending to buy a butt or not, donations are always welcome; go to any time.Fighting re with re: SGCVFD annual butt roast set May 2426


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSSpecial to The StarAs a part of the Forgot-ten Coast en Plein Air event this year, 21 students from Gulf and Franklin County schools painted with nationally known plein air artists. This year Student Art Day was held May 9 at the Millpond shelter at Scipio Creek harbor in Apalachicola. Students are paired with an artist in their preferred medium (oil painting or watercolor) and spend several hours learning from and painting with the artists. Their paintings are framed while wet and hung in the Plein Air wet room at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe, until the end of the event.I tell my students this is an opportunity like no other, to be the student of a successful national working artistŽ said Julie Hodges, the art teacher at Port St. Joe High School. Although Im not necessarily pushing students to choose fine art as a career, art enriches life and helps us capture the world around us.ŽDebbie Cole, the art teacher at Wewahitchka High School explained that those who have been to Student Art Day before love it.Ž After the painting event, she takes the students to the Forgotten Coast wet room to see the art of the professionals. She says, Theyre inspired from seeing the professionals and tell me That makes me want to paint!ŽStudents by school were:€ Madi Falls, Brooke Hysmith, Dominica Dennis, and Amber Runyan from Wewahitchka High School.€ Adria Valenzuela, Carley Fortner, Marcella Phelps, Hailey Gay, and Ana Lacivita from Port St. Joe High School. € Alisha Arroyo, Mahley Shaler, and Leah Wren from Apalachicola Bay Charter School.€ Steven Smith and Branden Osborn from ED Corps, Apalachicola.€ Audrianna Penamon, Madison Burt, Faith Cooper, Hannah Westbrook and Maggie Miller from Franklin County High School.€ Theresa Butler from First Baptist Christian School, Apalachicola.Forgotten Coast en Plein Air has completed for 2018, but is schedule for May 3 12, 2019.Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Student Art DaySpecial to The StarPanama City … Summer is here and Gulf Coast State College is excited to offer youth programs and summer camps to the youth of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties! The programs are for students between 6-17 years of age who are excited about the opportunity to learn and participate in fun, hands-on and challenging activities.There is a wide variety of programs to choose from that cover topics such as computer coding, unmanned vehicle systems, engineering/digital manufacturing and public safety/emergency management. To learn more about these and other summer programs, visit youthprograms.For additional information, please contact Loretta Costin at or 769.1551, ext. 4358.GCSC summer youth programsS.O.A.R. students for the week of May 11 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]S.O.A.R.-ers at PSJES Star Staff ReportPort St. Joe Elementary School third-grader Anniston Gainer won the schools T-Shirt Drawing Contest. Gainer won $20 and her drawing is on the schools track and field shirts this year.Gainer TShirt contest winner[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Madi Falls from Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School and artist Vicki Norman. [COURTESY OF COREY WILLIAMS] Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School student Adria Valenzuela and artist Kathleen Hudson. [COURTESY OF COREY WILLIAMS]


** B4 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star FAITHRichard Philip Chatham Sr. passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 at Community Hospice Hadlow Center for Caring, joining the love of his life and wife of 55 years Anna Joyce Chatham. He was born on September 8, 1933. Athletically talented, he received a football scholarship to attend Clemson University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and went on to graduate from the University of West Florida. He had a distinguished 38 year career with SCM/Glidco retiring in 1998 to care for our mother. For ten years Dad lovingly cared for our sweet and special mother until her passing in 2008. Those who had the privilege of knowing Dad know that he made lifelong friends whom he treasured, always placed others before himself, and had unconditional and unending love for his family. Although our hearts are heavy with sadness, they are also filled with loving memories. We are so thankful for the time we had together. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton Lee and Sadie M. Chatham, wife Anna Joyce Chatham, brother Thomas Chatham, and grandson Michael Ray Lannom. He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia C. Lannom (Ray), Mary Melinda Chatham, one son, Richard Philip Chatham, Jr. (Maureen), four grandchildren, Amy Catherine Lannom, Christopher Philip Lannom (Kelly), Richard Philip Chatham, III and Zachary T. Chatham. Also surviving are eleven greatgrandchildren: Joshua Daniel Parks, Seth Samuel Parks, James L. Parks, Charlotte Anna Parks, Kemper Philip Lannom, Kensington Joyce Lannom, Coby Mills Lannom, Catherine Denise Lannom, Cooper Thomas Lannom, Keegan Richard Lannom, and Karyss Anna Lannom. Graveside services will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. A reception to celebrate the life of Richard Philip Chatham will follow in the Oaklawn Chapel. For those who which, in lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to either All Saints Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL or Community Hospice, Jacksonville, FL.RICHARD PHILIP CHATHAM SR.Patty L. Nachtsheim, 81, of Overstreet, Florida, passed away Saturday evening with her husband, Captain Melvin Douglas Nachtsheim, holding her hand. Married 58 years, her husband was her caregiver for 15 years. She was a great wife and mother of two sons, BuddyŽ Melvin Thomas Nachtsheim and Kevin Douglas Nash, both boat captains. She was a sweet lady that had a love for neighbors and friends. After moving to Overstreet 42 years ago, Patty helped start the Overstreet Fire Department. She and Captain Melvin were in the shrimping business. Patty stayed home and raised her sons. Patty is survived by her loving husband and sons; brother Bobby Russ and Sister Francis Russ Wise; a number of nieces and nephews who love her. Services were held at Beach Baptist Church May 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory Patty L. Nachtsheim be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W 19th Street, Panama City, Florida, 32405,; Covenant Hospice is a caring place to pass to the other side.PATTY L. NACHTSHEIMLouise Setterich, 86, of Port St Joe, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. She was born on August 3, 1931, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to Walter Kirschel and Anne Brady. Louise was preceded in death by husband Bill, her son Bryan, brother Wally and sister Zita. She is survived by her sons, John Setterich and Kelan Setterich and his wife Debbie; and grandchildren Megan Setterich, Peter Setterich, Anna Setterich and stepgrandchild Gregory. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. CST, 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, graveside at Roberts Cemetery with Rev. Derrick Gerber,and Father Chris Winklejohn officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Catholic Charities or Taunton Family Childrens Home.LOUISE SETTERICHGeorge Kent Weber, 77, of Port St. Joe, FL passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was born August 16, 1940 in Columbus Ohio, where he lived much of his life and raised his family. A devoted father and husband, Georges spirit of entrepreneurship led his family to Port St. Joe, FL, and with the support of his loving wife, Betty, he founded Webers Little Donut Shop on Cape San Blas. He later opened a second shop on St. George Island and today both locations are a beloved stop to tourists and locals, and are operated by two of his sons and their wives. He really never did meet a stranger, and was happiest when he was making others laugh. He loved talking, telling stories, and had an affection for hunting. He loved his family dearly and was adored by all. He is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Eva Weber, and his sister, Glenda Price. He will forever be cherished by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty L. Weber; four sons, David Weber (Lynn), Glenn Weber (Peggy), George Weber (Layla) and Josh Weber (Kristey); two daughters, Wendy Kesterson (Glenn) and Ashley Vance (Brian). He is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, Katrina, Yvette, Angela, Diana, Stephen, Glenn, Caleb, Ashley, Aaron, Tyler, Emelie, Mathew, Zackary, Ella, Jeremiah, Benjamin, and many great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held 5-8 p.m. ET Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Salinas Park, Port St. Joe. Condolences can be sent to Betty Weber at 155 Jamaica Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Monetary donations can be made in his honor to your local Shriners Hospital.GEORGE KENT WEBER Fellowship Breakfast at New Life ChristianThe Mens Ministry at New Life Christian Center will host a Fellowship Break-fast at 9 a.m. ET May 20 at the New Life Christian Center Annex. The speaker will be Brother Malcolm Hawkins. Come be blessed by the word of God. Over 55 Bunch at Beach BaptistThe Over 55 BunchŽ at Beach Baptist Chapel invites all to join them in a game of Hand-and-Foot. The Bunch meets 10 a.m. ET every Tuesday and Thursday. If you enjoy a little friendly competition stop by and try a hand. Dont know how to play? These ladies will be happy to teach you. FAITH BRIEFS FirstBaptistChurch102THIRDSTREET€PORTST.JOE BuddyCaswell,MinisterofMusic&EducationBobbyAlexander,MinistertoStudentsNewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch NewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch Dr.BoydEvansPastor4525064 SundayMorningScheduleBlendedWorshipwithChoir/PraiseTeamƒ8:30AM GreatCommissionSundaySchoolƒƒƒƒ...9:45AM ContemporaryWorshipw/Bandƒƒƒƒƒ..10:45AM WednesdayDinnerƒƒƒ..................ƒƒ.5:00-6:00pm AWANAƒƒƒƒƒ..............ƒ.6:00-7:30pm SurrenderStudentMinistryƒ.6:15-7:30pm Prayer/BibleStudyƒƒƒƒƒ.6:15-7:30pm Nurseryƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ....ƒƒ


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 B5Fifth-graders perform most of the work in the garden, from planting to harvesting. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] Last weeks bounty, consumed during a special lunch, included greens, carrots and green beans. After lunch, it was time to harvest potatoes. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] trash can.In addition, each student composed hand-crafted cards, thanking Carter for the work with the class, and in one note-worthy case, wishing the next group of fifth-graders good luck in the garden.Thats something isnt it,Ž Carter said with a shy smile.Handley Pitts was particularly decorative with her card, carefully crafting a picture of man with soil.I will miss you, your garden,Ž Pitts wrote. Im starting my own garden and those tips really helped me out ƒ learning from a great gar-dener teacher.ŽLessons learned„ the point of the entire exercise. GARDENFrom Page B1


** B6 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The StarIf people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, Ill bet theyd live a lot di erently.Ž Bill WattersonThe closest I have ever felt to what Heaven might be like was standing on the balcony of a Gulf Aire townhouse last May on a warm, clear, starry night. If youre not familiar with those townhouses, theyre built Gulf front on St. Joe Beach in Gulf County, and they were built, if I remember correctly, in the 1980s. When they were newly built I was a young un,Ž and I was charmed by them. Think of the beautiful view they must have! And they can just walk out of their back door and right onto the sand; they dont have to walk two whole blocks, like I do!Ž (Oh, if only that gorgeous beach were only two blocks away from me right now!) In my young mind, only someone like a fancy doctor or lawyer would be able to afford to stay in such a place as a Gulf Aire townhouse. I dreamed of the day that I might marry and then bring my children there to play on the beach where I grew up. Well, I have stayed in various beach houses over the past 24 years of my marriage, ranging from a quaint cement block duplex on Mexico Beach (which my second cousin Earline told me was built by a relative to house military families so they could enjoy the beach) to an extravagant suite in a high-rise development on Pensacola Beach, equipped with every shiny, fancy new technology and luxury one could imagine. I enjoyed both, as they offered fun in their own unique ways. But finally, in May, I looked into renting one of the Gulf Aire townhouses. We ended up in unit 8251, I believe, though I cant imagine that any of them look particularly different from another. We walked inside, and saw a small kitchen to our left, still wearing its off-white laminate cabinets with faux woodgrain trim that was so popular in the 80s. What memories that brought back! Then we walked past the kitchen into the living room, where there was a large sliding glass door leading out to a covered deck. It was so dark outside we couldnt see the beach through them when we arrived. We then climbed the narrow stairs to the bedroom level, and found there was another balcony facing the beach. I slid open the vertical blinds, unlocked the glass sliding door, and stepped alone out into the night. The Gulf breeze, the first time it blows across your face after a too-long absence, is intoxicating. That was the first thing I noticed. I stepped over to the rail, and looked to my east and my west, noticing the white powdery sand we are so blessed with in Northwest Florida glowing in the moonlight. I heard the waves gently roll in to shore as the moon shimmered on the water, and I looked up to see the millions and millions of stars overhead, as far as my eyes could see. It was so overwhelmingly beautiful that it felt as if I were in a dream! No university planetarium could ever match the view from that balcony on that May night. I called my family out to see it with me, and they were equally awed by the sight. There is nothing else that I have seen on Earth that has come as close to what my mind conjures when I think of Heaven as that beautiful skymeeting-the-gulf experience. Ill never forget it. I was reminded every night that we stayed at the beach of nights as a teenager, when our student group from Beach Baptist Chapel would occasionally build a bonfire on the beach for us to enjoy. Wed roast and eat hot dogs, slightly crunchy from the sand particles blowing around in the breeze, and talk and laugh and sing and dance. Those memories are strong for me. I can still smell the embers and recall the grit between my teeth, as well as the walks and talks with friends under our vast, starry sky. Heaven on Earth. In honor of those glorious beach nights, full of fun and peace, which were all hungry for, I offer you a meal that you can prep at home and cook on the beach, where its allowed, or on your grill if youd like. Some folks call these hobo dinners, some call them packet suppers. I just call them delicious. Easy Foil-Packet Dinner(adapted from my friend Robbie Shoults recipe) € 1 pound meat, like sliced smoked sausage links or large, peeled shrimp € 1 bell pepper, cut into strips (red, green or yellow, whatever your preference) € 2 ears of corn, cut into four disks each € onion, quartered € 4 or 5 small potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces € 1 medium yellow squash, sliced inch thick € a small eggplant, chopped into bite-sized chunks € 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided € 1 large jalapeo pepper, seeded, and cut into rings € 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (optional) € Seasoned salt, such as Tony Chacheres € Garlic powder € Black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees, if baking inside, or prepare grill. Stack two pieces of foil together, then place the “ rst seven ingredients in the center of the top layer of foil. Add seasonings, sprinkling over all ingredients, then top with 1 tablespoon of the butter, and jalapeo pepper rings. Fold in all four sides of one sheet of the foil to middle and seal, then repeat with second sheet of foil. Bake for 35-45 minutes in 400 degree oven, or grill over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. (Check potatoes for doneness, carefully so as not to get burned by steam!) Enjoy! 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 who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at and at whatsouthernfolkseat.What Southern Folks Eat: Beachside bon res in HeavenEasy packet dinner. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Bon“ re. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-Fraizer


** The Star | Thursday, May 17, 2018 B7The Sea Turtle Festival, and the monument, are central to the mission of the Florida Coastal Conservancy, the non-profit arm of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol.The purpose of the festival is to educate attendees about sea turtles and the importance of the coastal habitats they and many other species call home,Ž said Jessica Swindall, coordinator of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol.In addition to raising envi-ronmental awareness, this event serves as a fundraiser for the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center in George Core Park and to raise funds for the sea turtle sculpture.ŽIn March, the Conservancy established an online fundraising campaign for completion of the sculpture.Every year, more and more visitors discover our work on behalf of the sea tur-tles, and they keep in touch on social media from all over the world,Ž Swindall said. Were seeing increasing interest and outreach from travelers who want to participate in beach walks, adopt nests, and gen-erally learn more about our efforts.Crowdsourcing can reach these supporters and hopefully, even more conservation-minded people worldwide.ŽUtilizing the online service, Go Fund Me, the Conservancy set up an online fundraising page, sharing information on the fountain project, and asking for donations in any amount. All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt from the online service, just as they would by donating locally.Construction of the sculpture is ongoing and fundraising options include donors at the $100 and $200 levels to have a name or mes-sage engraved on a paver surrounding the fountain, as part of the permanent installation. The goal of the online fundraising is $10,000.Weve already raised enough money to begin con-struction of the sculpture, but site prep and other expenses will need to be met, so we set a goal of $10,000,Ž Swindall said.The Sea Turtle Fountain will be a lasting visual reminder of the importance of the sea turtle to local history and will lead visitors to further educational and vol-unteer opportunities at the Sea Turtle Center.ŽThose wishing to partici-pate in the Sea Turtle Festival as vendors are asked to email TURTLESFrom Page B1TripŽ which has the sound of Jimmy Buffett mixed with some Carlos Santana guitar and includes a song named for the town. The tale becomes crazier.Sometime back, following a show, Middlebrook was approached by a music company representative who said he wanted to train a brighter spotlight on Middlebrook.In this instance, that meant Middlebrook, and in turn the song Mexico BeachŽ, is now in some 25,000 jukeboxes around the country. You never know who you are playing for,Ž Middlebrook said. That song is now in 25,000 jukeboxes.ŽWhile Mango Marleys does not have a jukebox, opting for Pandora music streaming, sev-eral local establishments, such as St. Joe Bar, Haughty Heron and Gracies do have jukeboxes which include among their offerings Mexico Beach.ŽThe song is an ode to the night he spent in Mango Marleys, the friends he met and pays tribute to Ashley the teacher and bartender. You hear that in the chorus, A beer in my hand/I followed her lesson plan,Ž Middlebrook said. I was trying (with the song) to get the feel of what that night was like.ŽAdditionally, Middlebrook will bring the song and a show directly to Mango Marleys.Middlebrook managed to carve out a June 14 show in the midst of a tour which will take him and his band from Michi-gan to Key West, St. Augustine and back.While the Pearl Divers will not be with him physically at Mango Marleys, Middlebrook said they would be present in spirit. And to think, it all started with a detour into Mexico Beach.As a songwriter, an artist, when all the pieces come together and its a little out of your hands, you feel like there is a God,Ž Middlebrook said. And he loves Trop Rock and he loves Mexico Beach.It was just one of those things. Its all just taken off. And to think now I am going back there to play.Ž BEACHFrom Page B1Don Middlebrook will be at Mango Marleyss June 14 and will perform, among other songs, his new song Mexico Beach.Ž [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The dominant turtle has been fabricated by artist Alex Henderson. [COURTESY OF JESSICA SWINDALL]


B B 8 8 Thursday, May 17, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529293 Lanark Village 2 bedroom, 1 bath $550 per month $1000 Security Deposit Pets OK Lanark Village Apartment Newly Renovated! 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit $1200 per month All Utilities Included $1200 Security Deposit No Pets Building Construction SuperintendentGAC is hiring a experienced superintendent salary is negotiable. Employee must have field knowledge and the ability to oversee a job from start to finish. GAC offers health and life insurance, and performance bonus. Please contact 850-785-4675 or for further information. 20328S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No: 18-22-CA SABRINA CHRISTINA HARPER, Plaintiff, vs. SEAGRASS PROPERTIES, LLC, a dissolved, inactive Florida limited liability company, et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: STEVEN DELONGA individually and as Managing Member of Core Development Group, LLC, as one of the two last known managing members of Seagrass Properites, LLC, a dissolved, inactive Florida limited liability company address unknown RYAN DWYER Individually and as Managing Member of Dwyer Ventures, LLC, as one of the two last known managing members of Seagrass Properties, LLC, a dissolved, inactive Florida limited liability company address unknown and as to each of said persons against the unknown husband or wife, as the case may be, of any or either of them, if alive; and if dead, then against their and each of their unknown heirs, devisees, legatees, grantees and all other parties or persons claming interest by, through, under or against them, and against all persons having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in and to the following described lands. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED That an action to quiet title on the following described property in GULF County, Florida: LOT 13, BLOCK D, SEAGRASS SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 1, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are requird to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it upon MICHAEL J. COOPER, Plaintiff’s attorney whose address is 321 Northwest Third A ve nue, Ocala, florida 34475 BY NOT LATER THAN: May 25th, 2018 and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this the 13th day of April, 2018 REBECCA L. (BECKY) NORRIS Clerk of the Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Pub April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018 20264S 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 #2018-02 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-236 Name in which assessed: Raymond Lewis Syfrett and Ann S. Syfrett R.E. No. 01362-050R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: That portion of Gov’t Lot 1, Designated as Parcel #1362, by the Property Appraiser fo Gulf County, which lies West and South of Linton Road, being a portion of the NE 1/4 of Section 36, Township 3 South, Range 10 West. 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, 30th day of May, 2018 Dated: April 23, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018 20441S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 17000062CAAXMX Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Plaintiff, vs. The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, or Other Claimants Claiming By, Through, Under, or Against, Artie May Gay, Deceased, and Any and All Unknown Parties Claiming By, Through, Under, and Against the Herein Named Individual Defendants Who Are Not Known to Be Dead or Alive, Whether said Unknown Parties May Claim an Interest as Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; and Gulf County, Florida, through its Board of County Commissioners, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment dated April 23, 2018, in Case Number 17000062CAAXMX, of the Circuit Court in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which Tyndall Federal Credit Union is the Plaintiff, and The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Creditors, Trustees, or Other Claimants Claiming By, Through, Under, or Against, Artie May Gay, Deceased, and Any and All Unknown Parties Claiming By, Through, Under, and Against the Herein Named Individual Defendants Who Are Not Known to Be Dead or Alive, Whether said Unknown Parties May Claim an Interest as Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; and Gulf County, Florida, through its Board of County Commissioners are the Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Gulf County Courthouse located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 A.M. EST on May 31, 2018 the following-described property set forth in the Final Judgment: Lot 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 & 28, Block C of BEATY SUBDIVISION, according to the Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida Notice is also given pursuant to §45.031(2)(f), Florida Statutes, that any person claiming an interest in the surplus fromthe sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED: April 27, 2018. Rebecca Norris Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk Pub: May 10, 17, 2018 20358S 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 #2018-03 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-451 Name in which assessed: Willie O, Riley R.E. No. 02555-000R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 12, Block 4. of Pine Pidge Addition to Wewahitchka, Florida, according to the Official Map or Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, 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, 30th day of May, 2018. Dated: April 23, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018 20503S LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST CITY OF PORT ST JOE RUNOFF ELECTION JUNE 12, 2018 GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA The Logic and Accuracy test for the DS200 Tabulation System and the Automark System to be used for the June 12, 2018 City of Port St. Joe Run-Off Election will be held at the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office, 401 Long Ave, Port St Joe May 24, 2018 -9:30 AM EST. This test is open to the public. John M. Hanlon Supervisor of Elections Gulf County, Florida Pub: May 17, 2017 20556S 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 #2018-04 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-827 Name in which assessed: Palm Breeze Development, LLC R.E. No. 04259-274R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 8, Block 1, Fisherman’s Village North at Windmark Beach, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 16-19, 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, 13th day of June, 2018 Dated: May 7, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 20554S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TLGFY, 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 #2018-05 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-882 Name in which assessed: Panhandle Alcohol Council, Inc D/B/A Panhandle Alcoholism Council, Inc. A/K/A Chemical Addiction Recovery Effort, Inc., Agent: Wanda Campbell R.E. No. 04721-000R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: The East Half of Lot I and the North Six Inches of the East Half of Lot 3, in Block 16, of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the map on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. SUBJECT TO Wall rights agreement as shown recorded in Official Records Book 26, Page 140, and Reservations contained in Deed recorded in Official Records Bood 35, Page 887, 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, 13th day of June, 2018 Dated: May 7, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 20560S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 18-24 PR IN RE: ESTATE OF MILDRED LUCILLE WOOD, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of MILDRED LUCILLE WOOD, Deceased, whose date of death was February 19, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd. Rm. 148, 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 WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE 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 May 10, 2018. SUSAN LORRAINE WOOD Personal Representative Clifford C. 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