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** Volume 80 Number 32 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters to the Editor .... A5 Outdoors .................. A14 Sports...................... A15 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A6Unemployment downB3Awards day at WHS Thursday, May 24, 2018 KEYBOARD KLATTERINGS: NEVER FORGETTING, A4 FIELD DAY, B1 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star facebook.com/psjstar50 ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comLate Monday afternoon, roughly four months after a pre-application was deemed eligible, county staff submitted to the board of Triumph Gulf Coast a full application for design and construction of dry dock in the turning basin of the authorized shipping channel.The dry dock is aimed at facilitating the expansion of Eastern Shipbuilding into Gulf County, which was announced nearly five years ago.I hope that once we submit our application, it will be approved ƒ and it will be a blessing to the county,Ž said Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr.The county is seeking $28 million from Triumph, which is charged with disbursing some $1.2 billion in BP fine dollars to eight Northwest Florida counties over the next 15 years.The dry dock is the first county project to have a full application submitted.Legislation approved earlier this year allocates $15 million to the county from $300 million in first-year Triumph funding; over 15 years the county is earmarked $63 million.Our money is safe,Ž said county administrator Michael Hammond, emphasizing that legislative action to remove future monies headed to Triumph is a long shot.Hammond also emphasized that the countys governing bodies, including both cities and the Gulf County School Board, unanimously agreed to support the countys applica-tion for the dry dock project in the first year.He added that those other County submits Triumph applicationSeeking funding for Eastern dry dock projectBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe graduations the next two days will be as much a celebration of community as the Classes of 2018. The gyms, the R. Marion Craig Coliseum in Port St. Joe and the Wewahitchka High School gymnasium, are typically bulging with people, not just parents, friends and family of the graduates but also those counted as simply friends of the schools, friends of the community. There are the local funds donated for scholarships each year, running well into six figures and providing a boost to the next stage in life for a wide demographic of students.The line-up of present-ers for those scholarships is as prodigious as the schol-arship dollars, pushing ceremonies far beyond the stage stroll and diplomahanding, though no one is complaining.And the night ends with a sense of community, with Project Graduation events to which, typically, much of the community, and beyond, has contributed.Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will get things started 7 p.m. ET tonight and Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High will complete the cer-emonies 7 p.m. CT Friday.We present, the Class of 2018 (see senior portraits pages A8-A9). Port St. Joe High School graduates Christopher Blake Adams, Claudia Grace Alcorn, Christopher Jacob Anderson, Morgan Amber Anderson, Alex-andra Maria Arnold, Islord Joseph Lee Arroyo, Braden Chase Baumgardner, Avia Rose Bell, Haylee Marie Bonner, Grace Kellyann Bosstick, Christopher Brandon Brant, Maximus Leon Burgos-Harris;Ashton Karissa Childress, Celeste Nicole Chiles, ShaMario Quane-sha Cole, Austin Charles Cook, Matthew Christopher Costin, Grace Emma Cyrderman, Courtney Renee Davidson, Alvin Lee Dempsey III, Aidan Boyd Evans, Destiny Diondra Gadson, Allison Ward Gerspacher, James Wil-liam Giles;Jamison Burke Godwin, Christopher Daniel Griffin, Madison Rivoire Hagler, Andrew David Harcus, Drew Tyler Harrell, Elijah Seth Hester, Tyrece Ahage Hicks, Walker Ashton Howell, Courtney Jo-Ann Huff, Teiyahna Keaira Hutchinson, Nicholas Watch the sheepskins go out this weekendThe Lady Gators “ nished the season on a 21-game winning streak. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Brianna Bailey allowed a single unearned run in the postseason. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] High school graduations next two nightsBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAfter more than a decade of effort, the countys tussle with the local application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) is near bearing results.County attorney Jeremy Novak said Tuesday that he had received notification that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was submitted a report recommending that 47 acres be removed from the CBRA zone.Those acres sit between the Billy Joe Rish State Park and Ovation to the north.The move, if taken by the federal government, would remove more than a 100 units from CBRA."That is good news," said Commissioner Phil McCroan.The county has long argued that some 940 South Gulf acres should have never been placed in a CBRA zone as an array of infrastructure was already in place, meaning the land should have not been available to CBRA.The county has sought con-gressional action during the terms of former Congressmen Allen Boyd and Steve Southerland to no avail.The county, which has also employed lobbyists over the years, also examined legal action last year.Being in a CBRA presents complications for homeown-ers regarding flood insurance.Roughly 10 years ago, the CBRA designation led to the loss of some $15 million in FEMA funding for the loss of peninsula beach, just restored beach at that, during Hurri-cane Gustav. Novak said should the Fish and Wildlife report lead to the removal of the 47 acres, it would provide several ave-nuesfor the county.Once across that thresh-old (the removal of 47 acres) it would give us an argument for (removing) the rest of the acreage,Ž Novak said.Additionally, the removal of the 47 acres, if not followed by congressional action to remove the whole 900-plus, County sees possible light on C oastal Barrier Resources ActBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comWebsters dictionary defines perseverance as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.ŽMay we present the 2018 Class 1A state softball cham-pion Wewahitchka Lady Gators.The Lady Gators capped a three-year pursuit of the state title Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Trenton, scoring two unearned runs and seeing those hold up behind the redoubtable Brianna Bailey.Wewahitchka, 26-4, fin-ishes the season on a 21-game These ladies are CHAMPSWewahitchka wins state softball title See CHAMPS, A11 See GRADS, A10 See CBRA, A11 See TRIUMPH, A10

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** A2 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportMemorial Day means barbecue and beach for many, but the calendar also provides its share of suggestions. Here are a few. County dedicates playground to Whitfield. The county will formally dedicate the playground at Max Fleming Park in Howard Creek to the memory of former Commissioner Freddie Whitfield, who passed away suddenly last year. The dedication is 10 a.m. ET this morning at Max Fleming Park in Howard Creek. County Commissioner David Rich, who was appointed to succeed Whitfield, said dedication of the playground was a continuation of efforts Whitfield made before his death. I am trying to finish what he started,Ž Rich said. The public is invited to attend this free event. Plein Air SouthŽ exhibit at The Joe. The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave., will host an art exhibit by the members of the Plein Air South painters conference in May and June. The exhibit features the work of artist Roger Dale Brown, a landscape artist of national renown who delivered the keynote address at the Plein Air South conference. The exhibit also includes paintings from life by more than 20 artists from Florida and other southern states. The Plein Air South exhibit will be free and open to the public on Thursdays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET), Fridays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET) and Saturdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET) from May 24 until June 20.Buy a butt, support a cause. The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, the countys busiest among the volunteer fire departments will hold its World Famous Butt Roast fundraiser Thursday through Saturday. To guarantee an order, go online now at www.sgcfire. com to place your order for pick-up at Salinas Park Bayside opposite the fire station May 24-26. Hours for pick-up 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: firstcome, 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. Donations are always welcome; go to www.sgcfire. com any time. Honor vetersans on Memorial Day. The John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 in Port St. Joe will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. ET Monday at Veterans Memorial Park in Beachon Hill. The service will honor the countys and countrys fallen veterans. Lunch will follow at the VFW Post home on Trout Ave. in Highland View. Everyone is invited to attend and honor our fallen heroes.Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44 inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops … climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.THINGS TO DO OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDThis painting by Roger Dale Brown, Mountain River,Ž is part of the Plein Air SouthŽ exhibit at The Joe Center for the Arts. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Departments annual Butts fundraiser will be held this weekend. Buy by the butt or the sandwich. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in George Core Park. [FILE PHOTO] Memorial Day services will be held 11 a.m. ET Monday in Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** A4 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star OPINION Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Tim Thompson Editor: Tim Croft Circulation: 850-522-5197 SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 Year: $24.15 $34.65 6 Months: $15.75 $21 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. This will be a weekend of barbecues, family and good times. For some it will mean an extra day in bed, at the beach, in front of the television. According to forecasters, the weather outside will be delightful, with a small chance of rain and plenty o sunshine. The beaches are inviting, the water intoxicating, with plenty to keep everybody busy. Amid the hustle and bustle is time to pause to remember, to consider the price that was paid and continues to be paid for those bounty of choices. From Lexington and Concord to Anbar Province, from the Chosin Reservoir to the Ardennes Forest, from Hamburger Hill to Hu Province, the price in American blood and lives is what affords us the ability to enjoy a holidayŽ because it has surely been no holiday for the men and women of uniform. Who have answered a call that some cant imagine answering, who have suffered injuries many of us could not possibly comprehend, who have sacrificed beyond the pale, beyond what many of us could fathom. We read, watch and hear stories of battles in foreign lands, but we dont, we cant, fully appreciate the experience, the mindset, the motivation required to defend your country, to sacrifice all for your fellow American, fellow man. Read Where Men Win GloryŽ and the story of the late Pat Tillman for one story of that kind of sacrifice, from NFL to his death in a friendly fire incident. Try a viewing of Band of BrothersŽ; it is sobering and uplifting at the same time. We, in this county, have also had the privilege, until this year, to welcome a yearly reminder of the costs during the Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekends each May. We have seen the price paid by men and women and had the opportunity to offer a bit of thanks, a small gesture, a welcome to our piece of paradise, understanding that it will never be enough, that the bill will never be fully paid. Those men and women fought and were seriously hurt … while many of their comrades have died … to provide the backbone to basic rights we enjoy, rights that seem under attack, the right to free speech, freedom to worship where we choose, a free press. Memorial Days meaning was driven home to me since I came to Port St. Joe, one of the first stories I wrote for The Star, about the death of Christopher Blaschum, a Lieutenant Commander and Navy pilot who died while on training exercises in the Mediterranean. He was a graduate of Port St. Joe High School who was known for his infectious laugh, out-sized personality and among the first of what has become the thousands of those who died in the wars that followed 9/11. His funeral was in large part a celebration of his life and mourning of his passing, but also a heart-rending testament to the sacrifices of the soldier. Once the uniform is donned, soldier cuts to the front of the line from adjectives such as son, father, husband, wife, sister, brother and mother. The uniform wipes it all away. Blaschum is now honored at Veterans Never forgettingBy mid afternoon, July 2, 1863, the temperature had risen to a not unbearable 81 degrees. Few of the wool-suited soldiers of the Unions 20th Maine Regiment noticed. Nor did they glance skyward at the cumulostratus clouds that for the first time in two days began to drift apart. Most hunkered behind the makeshift breastworks. And waited. And counted their ammunition. The first two charges from the 15th Alabama Infantry had failed. Barely. No one was assured they could withstand a third one. Colonel Joshua Chamberlains instructions had been clear, Hold the line at all cost.Ž The all costŽ of course, without anyone saying it out loud, was the lives of the men squatting low in the afternoon shadows. The situation could not be more tenuous. The Maine Regiment constituted the extreme south end of the entire Union defenses at Gettysburg. If the line was breached here and the Northern army flanked, the results would be catastrophic. Chamberlain, realizing his men were down to their last few rounds and could not withstand another assault, ordered them to fix bayonetsŽ and countercharged down Little Round Top right into the midst of the Alabamians. His bold attack carried the day. It also catapulted Chamberlain to national fame. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. He went on to be a four term Governor of Maine and president of prestigious Bowdoin College. He was also a much sought after presence at subsequent Civil War reunions up until his death in 1914. Joshua Chamberlain certainly earned the cheers and applause that followed him as a genuine war hero. No one would ever dispute that. But sometimes we forget to remember that 134 men of the 20th Maine died that afternoon carrying the day.Ž Another 19 were reported missing and presumed dead. I just wonder sometimes whos cheering for themƒ.. In Flanders FieldsŽ is way more than a distant poem about men who died fighting for us in some long ago war„it is a message spoken from poppy covered graves that exposes the hearts of soldiers down through the ages. D-Day, June 6, 1944, is well celebrated as the greatest amphibious landing of all time. New books and fresh movies continue to come out detailing the epic story of Canadian, British and American troops storming the beaches at Normandy. It is heroic and we should remember! I just pray we understand the connection between the bravery and tenacity of those men and the freedoms we take for granted today. Heres a D-Day fact that doesnt always shine forth in the books and movies. Approximately 2,500 American soldiers on that fateful day gave up all they would ever be„paid the ultimate sacrifice„before the folks back homeŽ sat down for their morning cup of coffee. I wonder how many Americans remember Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley and Harlon Block. On February 23, 1945, these three men helped raise a flag on Iwo Jima. Weve all seen the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph that so encapsulates the glory of the American Flag waving over a vanquished foe. Except the foe wasnt quite vanquished this timeƒƒ. The fighting on Iwo Jima didnt end until March 26. Sergeant Strank died in combat six days after the iconic picture was taken. Corporal Block was killed by a Japanese mortar that same afternoon. Nineteen year old Private First Class Franklin Sousley was killed by sniper fire five days before the island was secured. I have wondered for years if any of them ever saw the photograph that made them famous. Franklin D. Roosevelt is remembered for leading us out of the Great Depression and through the great war.Ž But here, to me, is his most revealing hourƒƒwhen the news came to the War Room that 6,821 young Americans, mostly U. S. Marines, had died on Iwo Jima, the President cried. We watched the Vietnam War on our television sets each night„can you think of a lonelier place on earth to fall face down in the dirt and die for your country. On Memorial Day back in the seventh grade Miss Velna Gray Paschall told us all of our fathers who fought in World War II were heroes. Daddy never ever mentioned the war. I was waiting when he got home that afternoon, Dad, Miss Paschall said you are a heroƒƒŽ He stopped in his tracks, his eyes went up and over us as he stared off someplace I couldnt see. I think today he was back in New Guinea or maybe on Biiak Island or wading ashore in the Philippines. After the longest pause, he looked down and said, Son, the real heroes didnt come back.Ž I dont know about you. But this Memorial Day Im going to get my mind off me for a secondƒƒand do some heartfelt cheering! Most Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWN Many are unknown, none are nameless Kesley Colbert Tim Cro Im not real sure,Ž was the answer I gave my son, who asked, Is finagleable a word?Ž We were playing cards and he was noting the current situation of either the hand he was dealt or something else we were talking about. But the word, or the invented word had peaked my interest. First, I wanted to see if it actually was a word; it was not according to the online dictionary I chose to use. As a matter of fact, the dictionary suggested that I was actually trying to spell one of five other words. The first being fungible, which I was not familiar with. For the record, fungible has to do with the law, an adjective meaning being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.Ž To be honest it does sound like someone is trying to finagle something. The next word it thought I might be trying to spell was inoculable.Ž The spell checker on my typing program told me I had spelled it wrong, so I double-checked. Inoculable means capable of being inoculated.Ž Inoculated is a Barney Fife (Andy Griffith Show) word because he always mispronounced it In-Narc-U-Lated.Ž Anyway, inoculable means that something is capable of being treated with a shot of medicine delivered through some sort of needle or injection, which makes some people cry. The last two words the dictionary thought I was trying to spell were noncallable and unquellable. Both were words that again my spellchecker thought were not real words. But they are. Noncallable is what I wish I was for the most part. You know these telemarketers are masking their numbers now trying to make you think it is someone you know calling you. The number is very similar to yours and feel like you have to answer it … then its a sales call or robocall telling you that you have quite possibly won something. All the more reason for me to be noncallable … not capable of being called. It probably has to do with money or loans, I really dont know. However, I really would like someone to do something about all of these annoying telemarketing calls Im now getting on my cellphone. Unquellable means that something cant be quelled, or stopped, or suppressed, put an end or extinguished. The final word was finagle, which my son had finagled by putting ableŽ at the end of the word. Finagle means to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of).Ž Ive never thought about it meaning to cheatƒ That was new on me. I just thought it meant to fiddle around with something. The only other form of the word I found was finagler,Ž which of course is one who finagles. I like that my all of my children are now in their twenties and can teach me new words they bring home from college or perhaps just invent on the spur of the moment. We all need to keep our brains sharp with puzzles, games and learning new words. Now in searching for this word finagleable,Ž I have learned some new words. Really good dictionaries always use the word or words in a sentence. Why should I be any different? Telemarketers explain their deals as fungible because they want me to trade my money for their service, however I truly wish this telemarketing virus was inoculable and capable of being cured. These nuisance callers seem to be unquellable, making me want to be noncallable. What I need is a finagler to help me fix this situation if it is indeed finagleable. It took me three sentences and I hope that my grammar teachers dont ever get their hands or eyes on this. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com.CRANKS MY TRACTORWhat the search for  nagle-able turned up BN Heard See CROFT, A5KEYBOARD KLATTERINGS

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 A5 LETTERSJust like the gambler says, Read em and weep...ŽIt Makes No DifferenceŽ as performed by The BandThe only time I ever placed a bet was on the floor of a Las Vegas casino about 15 years ago. I was there for an investment conference and one night when no meetings were scheduled, I wandered down to a hotel lobby and threw a few quarters into a machine. I pulled the arm, saw only two lemons in the display, and strolled back outside into the warm night air. Mostly I remember a large, stuffy, smoky room, awhirl with noise and garish colors. There are those besotted with gambling fever, but I am not one. That said, the Supreme Courts recent ruling striking down the ban on sports betting is a fascinating cultural paradigm shift. It recognizes that many people desire to bet on sports. Estimates are that just under $5 billion was bet on the Super Bowl this past February, and only three percent of that betting occurred in Nevada. Thats a lot of money. Vermonts total GDP in 2016 was only a little over five times that amount. States with lingering financial problems, like my home state of Illinois, could reap significant financial tax revenue from the new law. And in many cases because of this predicament, some states will move faster than others to embrace legalized sports betting. In New Jersey (which brought the suit against the federal prohibition) and Mississippi, sports betting will probably be approved almost immediately. That the former is one of the most highly taxed states and that the latter is one of our poorest in terms of state tax revenue speaks volumes about the relationship between state financial coffers and the passage of certain gaming legislation. I dont attend many sports events, so the idea of fans around me pecking on their phones to place bets on the next play does not bother me. That said, many new fansŽ will attend sports events now for the express purpose of placing wagers while watching contests in person. Companies which own sports broadcasting rights will likely be beneficiaries of this new law, which potentially increases the value of sports leagues, franchises and venues. More people betting means more eyeballs on the games, more money for commercials, and bigger profits. Thus, the intersection of publicly traded investments and public policy is very clear. Like pebbles tossed into a still pond, new laws create ripple effects which touch many walks of life, and the investment world is not immune. Nothing happens in a vacuum. And this legislation proves that. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 … www.arborwealth.net), a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.ARBOR OUTLOOKGambling, State Co ers and a Paradigm ShiftBy Shelly CainSpecial to The StarAs you are reading this its PJ Day at Cross Shores! Today is our comfort day to relax together! Monday was Hawaiian Day (Im sitting at my desk with a grass skirt and flowers in my hair as I write this). Tuesday was Sports Day. Wednesday was Flower Power/Disco day. Friday we are wrapping up National Nursing Home Week with U.S.A. day to celebrate our armed forces. But, today, our whole building smells like movie popcorn! This years theme for National Nursing Home Week is Share Your Life Stories. The stories I remember most vividly are the ones I experienced during a celebration. Celebrate everything with your loved one. If its National Chocolate Day, celebrate that! Bring in some chocolate for your loved one. Say, Its National Chocolate Day and I want to celebrate it with you!Ž If its national orange day, bring in a fresh orange. Peel it. Smell it. Share it. Close your eyes right now. Are you remembering what an orange smells like? Did you know there is a national puppy day? Im going to leave that right here! Hint! Hint! We all love it when Port St. Joe Humane Society brings the puppys and kittens to visit. Ask us how you can bring your pet to visit! Recently, I completed an anonymous employee survey. I asked what kind of activities the staff would like to do to have more fun at work. Almost every one answered they would like to be able to participate in more activities that included our residents. What a beautiful response! That tells me how much our staff care about the people they are caring for. Having fun together helps us develop deeper, more meaningful relationships with our residents and each other. Personal relationships are so important. Celebrate each other! Im going to challenge everyone to find one thing to celebrate with someone within the next few days. Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.CROSS SHORES CORNERCelebrating with others creates lasting memoriesTake guns away; save my Second Amendment rights Dear Editor, Harden our schools; lets arm all the good guys in and out of schools. Maybe some of this should be done; however, the problem is not that simplistic. We have a culture of violence in this country. Many individuals do not know how to deal with feelings they experience. Children certainly do not know how to deal with all the feelings they experience. This is especially true with teenagers. Unfortunately, there is not enough positive adult role modeling. That is evidenced by the fact that many people have become accustomed to dealing with negative and intrusive feelings by taking drugs and alcohol. They have become accustomed to acting out with violence. They can harm others; or themselves by cutting,Žeating disorder and suicide. We can change that right here in our school by acknowledging the reality of the problem. We can change that by acknowledging the reality of the poor coping skills utilized to address negative feelings. We can change that by acknowledging that we need to teach everyone about feelings. Universalize them and then teach positive coping skills. We need to teach our children that verbalizing their thoughts is positive. We need to take away the feeling of shame that we so freely impart with the judgments we make about specific children, families, and groups of families. We need to stop thinking that teachers can solve every social problem and realize that it does take a village. We need to lift our teachers high and support our educators; but we need to do our part as a community. There needs to be real dialogue about all of this. Then we need to identify solutions. Take all the taboos away and speak truth with honesty. Take our own political views out of the mix. We may not have learned how to deal with feelings of anger, shame, and being inadequate as children but we can sure do that for our children. We need to help our children to succeed. We can teach them math, science, English, Social Studies. All that is important. However, we also need to teach how to live with emotional intelligence.Bernadette Hackett, District 1Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. The following Motivational AnalysisŽ was written by Lt. Colonel Richard T. Tallman and is contained within the file of Clifford S. Sims Congressional Medal of Honor file. Sims was awarded the Medal of Honor after throwing himself on a grenade to save his men in a far-off province in Vietnam. He is the only man from Gulf County so awarded and if it does not capture what we should remember this weekend it is hard to know what would. Staff Sergeant Sims was not a man to act rashly; he made decisions with the firm belief that he was right, and he made them without counting the cost to himself. He was intensely loyal to his men, and never put his own interests above theirs. Just five days before he died he was assigned the task of securing an LZ during heavy fighting. He assured that his men were properly positioned and behind suitable cover. And he made certain that the wounded were expeditiously evacuated. Yet he never considered cover for himself during a full six hour period during which he was under a harassing sniper fire. His devotion was to his duty and to his men. And so I believe, as he never acted otherwise that I was aware of, did he consider the safety of his men on 21 February, fully aware of the sacrifice he was making, yet more poignantly concerned for the fate of his men were he to choose any other course. In simple fact, Staff Sergeant Sims knowingly and willingly laid down his life so that his comrades might live.Ž Even having read that passage dozens of times, having read the testimony that was submitted recommending Sims … this man who rose from an impoverished, segregated life to marry, have a child and go off to war and not return due to his sense of honor and duty … for the Medal of Honor, trying to understand his sacrifice under fire still clutches the throat. And particularly in this day and age when too much of what we read, hear and experience derives from the impacts of men and women, at home and throughout the country, who carry with them a false sense of entitlement, that life owes them, that their community owes them. Sims life and his sense of patriotism and courage shames them all and is a lesson all youngsters should be taught and understand, as some will walk the stage for graduation this weekend. And this Memorial Day we pledge to have a fine time, spend the extra hour in bed if able, go to the beach, have a meal out, but do so remembering that for more than 200 years and still counting men and women have paid a price for this holiday in blood. That such men and women have existed through the years is sufficient to remember; that they continue to walk among us is reason for celebratory awe. CROFTFrom Page A4 Margaret McDowellLETTERS TO THE EDITORPaved paradise Dear Editor, I took a ride out to Indian Pass today, Ive been going out there quite often to check on two eagles nests, and it breaks my heart to see how much of the wetland, out by the Raw Bar, is just being filled in and sodded and having houses built on it. What happened to protecting wildlife and wetlands. God only knows how much fertilizer is going into the water out there. I stopped to watch three otters come out of the ditch and I can only imagine what they thought of the destruction of their homes. There just doesnt seem to be any laws enforced for the protection of our beautiful land. The people that have been here awhile are saddened by what is happening. Acres and acres of woodland destroyed. It is changing everything and the reason many of us fell in love with this area and moved here. and so it reminded me of a Joni Mitchell song.Judie McCormick, Gulf County We can change that by acknowledging that we need to teach everyone about feelings. Universalize them and then teach positive coping skills. We need to teach our children that verbalizing their thoughts is positive. That said, the Supreme Courts recent ruling striking down the ban on sports betting is a fascinating cultural paradigm shift. It recognizes that many people desire to bet on sports. Estimates are that just under $5 billion was bet on the Super Bowl this past February, and only three percent of that betting occurred in Nevada.

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** A6 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The StarBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe downward fall of the countys unemployment rate continued during April, according to statistics from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.The countys unemployment rate in April was 3.2 percent.That was down from 3.7 percent in March, which was a drop of three-tenths from February.The unemployment rate has fallen more than a percentage point from the 4.4 percent in January.The countys unemployment rate in April 2017 was 3.7 percent.The region, which also includes Bay and Franklin counties, saw unemployment fall to 3.2 percent overall, down from 3.9 in March and well below the 3.9 percent of April 2017.The state unemployment rate for April was 3.9 percent, unchanged from march, but down 0.4 percent from 2017.There were 398,000 job-less Floridians oput of a labor force of 10.2 million.The nations unemployment rate in April was 3.9, unchanged from March.Out of a regional labor force of 101,203, which was up 2.4 percent, or 2,328 from last year, there were 3,269 unemployed.We continue to have good job growth in many sectors,Ž said Kim Bodine, Executive Director for CareerSource Gulf Coast.The large year over year gains in hospitality and tour-ism bode well for a strong tourism season.ŽFor the month of March, bed tax collections were up 47 percent from February in Gulf County and in Mexico Beach March bed tax collec-tions were over 50 percent above February.In Bay County, bed tax collections were up 54 percent compared to the same month in 2017, and 17.8 percent above February.Franklin County bed tax numbers reflected a small decrease in February after a double-digit increase in January.In April, non-agricultural employment within Panama City MSA, which also includes Gulf County, was 86,900, up 2,900 jobs, or 3.5 percent, over the year.The Panama City MSA had the second-fastest annual job growth in Florida in the professional and business services sector, up 8.3 per-cent in April.That sector, along with the mining, logging and construction (7.8 percent), leisure and hospitality (6.8 percent), and trade, transportation, and utilities (2.5 percent) sectors also grew as fast or faster than in the Panama City MSA than statewide year over year.Industries gaining jobs over the past year included professional and business services (up 900 jobs); edu-cation and health services (up 300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 1,000 jobs); trades, transportation and utilities (up 400 jobs); government (up 100 jobs) and financial activities (up 100 jobs).According to the DEO, the manufacturing (down 200 jobs), and information indus-tries (down 100 jobs) lost jobs over the past year. The other business sectors were unchanged.The unemployment rate does not reflect those unem-ployed who are no longer receiving unemployment benefits nor does it include those who have stopped seeking employment.CareerSource Gulf Coast operates offices in all three counties. Visit www.careersourcegc.com to learn more about professional workforce development and job place-ment services, all offered free of charge.Countys April unemployment below state, US Star Staff ReportThe Port Inn played host last week to Anthony J. Tata, a retired Brigadier General turned bestselling author.Tata was in town to talk about his books, and the process of writing and how a general who led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached the New York Times bestseller list.Tata recalled a quote from horror author Stephen King, who referred to his mind as a sieve for ideas, the largest ideas caught in the sieve pertaining to horror themes. For Tata, those large items pertain to those things in learned during a 28-year military career, lending his experience and a mindset of whats the worst that can happenŽ to his writing.His latest is Reaper: Ghost TargetŽ co-authored with a former military sniper.Author Tata talks thrillers at Port Inn We continue to have good job growth in many sectors. The large year over year gains in hospitality and tourism bode well for a strong tourism season.ŽKim Bodine, executive director for CareerSource Gulf Coast

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** A8 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star PORT ST. JOE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018Avia Bell Haylee Bonner Christopher Brant Grace Bosstick Maximus Burgos-Harris Ashton Childress Claudia Alcorn Christopher Anderson Morgan Anderson Alexandra Arnold Braden Baumgardner Christopher Adams Islord Arroyo Celeste Chiles ShaMario Cole Matthew Costin Grace Cryderman Courtney Davidson Alvin Dempsey Aidan Evans Destiny Gadson Allison Gerspacher James Giles Jamison Godwin Christopher Grif“ n Madison Hagler Lauren Hall Andrew Harcus Drew Harrell Elijah Hester Walker Howell Aliyah Johnson Caleb Kyle Courtney Huff Teiyahna Hutchinson Nicholas James Mason Johnson Thomas Kennington Austin Konorosky Dakarian Larry Georgia Lee Hannah Lee Lacey Linton Jonathan Love Kanon Martin Lashavion McCloud Thomas Miniat William Mullen Breanna Murray Sydnee ODonnell John Pateritsas Jake Paterson Jaiva Patterson Marcella Phelps ZyKeriah Pittman Lexie Plair Brooklynn Quinn Jarred Quinn Bryce Register Matthew Renfro Isaac Rocha DeAmber Rolack Michael Sherrill Christopher Stockton Jasmin Thomas Cole Thursby Shad Tracy Joshua Tully Machaela Turrell Adria Valenzuela Hunter Ward James White Trent Wiser Blake Wood Congratulations Class of 2018!

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 A9 WEWAHITCHKA JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018Brooke McMillian Kristen McMillion Janna Miles Connor Mills Joceylyn Minchew Alexis Morrill Jaylunn Obee Dustin NaomiŽ Parker Wesley Phillips Alexandria Pitts Nyrone Pray Brandi Purswell Brianna Rhoades Brandon Ake Brianna Bailey Alexis Bass Jonah Bidwell Tiasheunna Black Autumn Bragg Takaylynn Carter Kayla Cody Chante Cummings Malachi Davenport Jessica Davis Erica Edmondson Haley Edmondson Scarlet Falls Austin Garrett Sharon Greene Austin Haddock Garreth Hamm Savannah Harrison Kaylee Harvey Ashley Hendrix Michael Hensley Riley Hicks Dakota Hornsby Jacob Huft Ennesia Hughes Cheyenne Hunt Eddie Hunter Katelyn Hysmith Jacobi Jones Zachary Kemp Garrett Leavens Angela Long Jordon Konkol Samantha Lanier Lillian Maguadog Sarah Rhoades Emily Roberts Mya Schram Anna Setterich Jonas Schockley Kimberly Sims Levi Smith Rylee Waters Congratulations Class of 2018

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** A10 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The StarOwen James, Aliyah Aurion Johnson;Mason Lee Johnson, Thomas Brooks Kennington, Austin John Konorosky, Caleb Shawn Kyle, Dakarian Fidel Larry, Georgia Alexis Lee, Hannah Claire Lee, Lacey Nicole Linton, Jonathan Justin Love, Kanon Dev-alcio Martin, Lashavion Milakia McCloud, Sharavia Linda Nyshaun McNair, William Thomas Miniat;William Ashley Mullen, Breanna Michelle Murray, Sydnee Johannah ODonnell, John Marios Pateritsas, Jake Stephen Paterson, Jaiva Javelle Patterson, Rowan Talis Paul, Marcella Danae Phelps, ZyKeriah Shavon Pittman, Lexie Leann Plair, Brooklynn Chaunteya Quinn, Jarred Colby Quinn, Bryce Martin Register;Matthew Jacob Renfro, Isaac Nicholas Rocha, DeAmber Marcella Rolack, Michael Wilson Sherrill, Eden Alane Spring, Christopher Paul Stockton, Jasmin Jermaine Thomas, Jr., Cole Alan Thursby, Joshua Troy Tully, Machaela Elise Turrell, Adria Noelle Valenzuela, Hunter Matthew Ward, James Hayden White, Trent Joseph Wiser, Blake Elton Wood. Wewahitchka High School graduatesBrandon Taylor Ake, Brianna Nichole Bailey, Sabra Cheyenne Baker, Alexis Kay Bass, Jonah David Bidwell, Tia'sheunna Lattrell Black, Autumn Cheyenne Bragg, Caleb Allen Burrows, Takaylynn Queen Sekayi Carter, Chante Yvonne Cummings, Kayla Maggie Cody;Malachi Austin Daven-port, Jessica Hope Davis, Erica Beth Edmondson, Haley Lynn Edmondson, Scarlet Madison Estelle Falls, Austin Michael Garrett, Sharon Brianna Greene, Austin Brook Haddock, Garreth Craig Hamm, Savannah Michelle Harrison, Kaylee Marie Harvey;Ashley Kirsten Hendrix, Michael Wayne Hensley, Riley Lewaine Hicks, Dakota Cheyenne Hornsby, Jacob Nathan-iel Huft, Ennesia Shakina Hughes, Cheyenne Marie Hunt, Eddie RaSheed Hunter, Katelyn Brooke Hysmith, Jacobi Marquez Jones, Shannon Michael Jones;Zachary Adam Kemp, Jordon Elizabeth Konkol, Samantha Nichole Lanier, Garret James Leavens, Angela Marie Long, Lillian Kiana Maguadog, Brooke Elizabeth McMil-lian, Kristen Delaney McMillion, Janna Marie Miles, Connor Vaughan Mills, Jocelyn Noelle Minchew; Alexis Marie Morrill, Jaylunn Shea-Powell Obee;Dustin Naomi Lenora Parker, Wesley Kaden Phillips, Alexandria Rose Pitts, Nyrone Keith Pray, Brandi Rene Purswell, Bayleigh Leann Reno, Bri-anna Marie Rhoades, Sarah Devin Rhoades, Emily Kay Roberts, Mya Baileigh Schram, Anna Katherine Setterich, Christian Levi Smith, Jonas Ian Shockley, Derik Siliezar, Rylee Grace Waters. GRADSFrom Page A1entities could pursue Tri-umph funding and Quinn said the Board of County Commissioners would sup-port those applications.However, Hammond noted that proposed applications from the school district were not transfor-mativeŽ, as the Triumph board has repeatedly stated is the benchmark for proj-ects under consideration.That transformation, Hammond said, would be felt region-wide, from Franklin to Calhoun and Liberty counties.Hammond said county staff met with Triumph staff last Thursday as the work continued to craft a full application.It was slightly complicated, but we were under no confusion where the process is,Ž Hammond said.That application, he said, was signed off by the chair-man of the Port St. Joe Port Authority late Monday afternoon and submitted to Triumph.We are glad we are able to assist in this project moving forward,Ž said Guerry Magidson, Port Authority chair.As part of the full applica-tion, the Port Authority and BOCC would retain owner-ship of the dry dock facility.The dry dock agreement with the Port Authority split ownership and ensures it will remain in public hands,Ž Hammond said.The aim is to lease the facility to Eastern.However, Hammond said that if Eastern was required to pay millions of dollarsŽ as a match to Triumph funds, Eastern would likely be deeded a percentage ownership in the dry dock.Hammond said after nearly two decades of effort to reopen and redevelop the Port of Port St. Joe, the opportunity at the intersec-tion of Triumph and Eastern had the county at the bang-ing at the door.Weve got low-hang-ing fruit,Ž Hammond said. Everybody agreed this would be a transforma-tional project.We think we have a win-ning strategy.ŽAnother key detail different from the preapplication is the number of jobs estimated to be created, not only by Eastern but ancillary activity around the dry dock facility.The total number of direct jobs created is esti-mated at 240 with another 624 indirect jobs; Magidson noted those numbers sig-nificantly reduced the cost of the project as measured in per-job created.But, the dry dock project, as an Eastern representative outlined in February, is entirely dependent on receiving Triumph funding, so the final call will be the Triumph boards.The next meeting of the Triumph board is June 12.We need jobs,Ž said Commissioner Phil McCroan. We can have 10 vocational programs in the high schools but without jobs what good are they?We have beat this thing to death. We need to diver-sify our economy.Ž Eastern groundbreakingThe county and Eastern Shipbuilding officials will break ground on the former paper mill site 10 a.m. ET June 4.With a $6 million appropriation, Eastern, in advance of its full expansion into Gulf County, is establishing an outfitting facility along the paper mill site bulkhead.The company has indicated it could begin outfitting vessels some-time in 2019. RESTORE dollarsOn another funding front stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Economic Development Coalition executive director Warren Yeager said the Gulf Coast Consortium had approved its statewide spending plan.That plan now goes to the governor for approval.Hopefully by the end of the year that money will start flowing,Ž Yeager said.The Consortium of 23 counties split some $300 million in BP fine dollars; roughly $12 million per county.The Gulf County projects from the money, so-called Pot 3, would be for sewer projects in both cities and an erosion control project along St. Joseph Peninsula.The money will be paid out over the next 12-15 years, Yeager said. TRIUMPHFrom Page A1

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 A11The celebration begins. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] would provide an avenue for the county to pursue a legal remedy, which the Board of County Commissioners have debated in the past.This is great news,Ž Novak said, noting all the county staff members who had worked on the issue through the years. We are finally at the doorstep.ŽNovak said communications with the office of Congressman Neal Dunn (R-District 2) that he will file a new bill seeking removal of the CBRA designa-tion for the full 940 acres.Novak said it seemed to be the right time to move the bill forward and vote it out of the U.S. House of Representatives.The bill, he added, will move on more solid ground with the precedentŽ of the Fish and Wildlife recommendation to remove even a small portion of the 900-plus acres. CBRAFrom Page A1winning streak, not losing since mid-February.But, my, what a trip to the Final Four in Vero Beach.The state semifinals were postponed last week due to rain and the weather was, once again, a huge factor once the Lady Gators arrived for Mondays semifinal.Of course, arriving was its own chal-lenge as the charter bus carrying the team to Vero Beach broke down on I-75.Coach Tony Price was called upon to diagnose the issue, the players were caravaned to a nearby stop to wait and the team arrived in Vero Beach just a tad behind schedule.And then Wewahitchka survived a 1-0 pitchers duel against Holmes County in the semifinals, Bailey pitching a shutout and supplying the only run of the game on a double that scored Cyrina Madrid.Wewahitchka had four hits in each of the two games in Vero.But on Tuesday, a steady, though light, rain, fell nearly the entire day and by afternoon just one of the four fields at the Vero Beach complex was playable.The Class 1A championship game began more than four hours behind schedule. Wewahitchka jumped on top early.Madrid put down a bunt with Aleah Wooten on first base and the sacrifice turned into a two runs when the throw from third base to first sailed down the right-field line allowing Madrid and Wooten to score.Bailey made it all stand up, though she did allow a single run in the sixth inning after a single and error.Bailey, destined for Florida Gulf Coast next season, finished 24-1, with num-bers that seem out of a fantasy league: 0.33 ERA, 278 strikeouts against just 30 walks in 150 innings.In the postseason alone, Bailey allowed a single unearned run on 14 hits over 28 playoff innings, walking two and striking out 40.What made this title even sweeter was what had come before it the past two years as well as the past two weeks.Two years ago, rain forced the post-ponement of the state semifinals and the semis and finals were played on the same day.Wewahitchka won a semifinal in extra innings but ran out of gas against twotime defending champion Chiefland.One tough inning was the difference.Last year, with rain once again factor-ing in the scheduling, the Lady Gators lost to Chiefland, which would lose the title game to Union County, during the final at-bat.Many players, including Bailey, Wooten, Madrid, Gracie Price, among others, were making their third con-secutive trip to state, still searching for the schools first softball title since the 2007-2008 championship runs.And, to add one more heartbreak to the list for this title run, the program lost its founder, its pioneer, the legend-ary Coach ScootsieŽ Fortner during this postseason run, an emotional ral-lying point.But, today, little of that is of conse-quence: the state softball championship trophy is returning to Gulf County. CHAMPSFrom Page A1

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** A12 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The StarBy Ray BodreyUF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Director Special to The StarJunior Master Gardener programs focusing on elementary and middle school students are a fixture in horticulture/4-H youth development education in many states. Statistics have shown that 4-H club retention in high school has become a struggled in some program areas, but a positive 4-H club experience can help a student find new interests and strengths. With that in mind, the Wewahitchka High School Master Gardener 4H Club was developed and implemented as a pilot program for spring semester. Primary objectives included planning, planting and managing the school garden, with a twist. Students also learned to use project management methods, which are recognized as standards worldwide. The second year Agriculture Sciences class at Wewahitchka High School were the first to pilot this program. Instructor/Club Leaders were Ag Teacher Eric Bidwell, Gulf County Extension Director Ray Bodrey, 4H and Family & Consumer Science Agent Melanie Taylor and Gulf County Master Gardeners Jill Bebee and Patty Dunlap. Club activities and planned discussions were designed to complement/supplement the Ag Sciences curriculum and to offer high school level Master Gardener training. Students worked in teams of two … each team planned, planted, maintained a 10 x 10 garden plot on school grounds. When not working in the garden, the H.S. Master Gardeners learned about topics such as botany, soils, propagation, integrated pest management and native/ invasive species that affect backyard gardening. Complimentary project management topics such as planning, scheduling, risk identification and record keeping were also instilled. Students participating in the club earned a certificate for their participation in this pilot activity. This 4-H club program was developed and implemented to teach high school students the benefits of backyard gardening through horticulture techniques, project management and nutrition. Students participating in the club gained lifelong skills of setting and achieving goals. For more information please contact the Gulf County Master Gardeners at gulfmg@ifas.ufl.edu. UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.WHS Master Gardeners attain green thumbWHS. Master Gardner 4-H Club Members were Donald Bronson, Thomas Hightower, Caleb Johnson, Case Johnson, James Kinney, Elexis Linton, Chase McKnight, Tyler Skipper, Hallie Vann. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarFlorida 4-H Camping uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. Camp Timpoochee is a picturesque camping complex nestled on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Niceville. The youth will unplugŽ for the week, interacting face-to-face and learn communication skills. In the cabins, they room with 8 youth of similar age. They choose classes, participate in group and team activi-ties, swim, play, kayak, and the list goes on. The class choices include archery, fishing, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, marine biology, snorkeling and several other challeng-ing, skill developing opportunities. Throughout the week, we will also have ceremonies, campfires, and get acquainted activities. Space is limited!Ages: Campers must be 8 … 13 (as of June 1); Counselors must be 14-18. (Counselors must complete an application and training process.)Transportation: Provided from Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka on school buses.Fee: Camper is $125 and Counselors $75 (*These prices are for Gulf County residents only.) Grants and donations have been secured to keep the price low, but other scholarship money may be available upon registration and request.How to Register: Call the Gulf County Extension Office at 639-3200 for a registration packet.4H Camp Timpoochee: Gulf County registration openCamp to be held Monday, July 9 thru Friday, July 13 Students worked in teams of two … each team planned, planted, maintained a 10 x 10 garden plot on school grounds. When not working in the garden, the H.S. Master Gardeners learned about topics such as botany, soils, propagation, integrated pest management and native/invasive species that a ect backyard gardening.

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** A14 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.com FISHING REPORT Well, Pompano has started to slow down but Trout, Redfish and Flounder are heating up to a fire. Good reports of Trout out around what we call Town Beach which is the area in front of the Methodist Church in St. Joe area. Live Shrimp and Paul Brown lures are taking nice fish worked in the shallow flats along the grass lines. Redfish has gotten hot as well in the St. Joe Bay, some really nice fish have been taken around the jetti at the mouth of the St. Joe Marina. Capt. Lee Thompson has told me his clients have been on some good fish around that area and taken on live shrimp and soft baits. Now if your looking for Flounder head out to the far head of the bay and work the sandy bot-toms and holes with Salt Water Assassin paddle tail shad in electric chicken we have been beat-ing up the flounder with these. Until next week, Happy Fishing !Star Staff ReportThe Friends of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge will formally celebrate the 50th anniversary of the islands inclusion in the national wildlife refuge system on July 6.The celebration will be held 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET on the island.During the celebration, attendees will be able to learn about local sea turtles, shells and birds and more and there will be spe-cial activities for children.Attendees must pre-register at www.stvincentfriends.com.Free transportation to the island will be provided during the celebration; a barge will depart every 30 minutes from the Indian Pass boat ramp.Lunch will be on the grill.St. Vincent golden celebration By Frank SargeantSpecial to The StarMay is one of the best months of the year on the Panhandle Coast, with the weather near perfect, the spring break crowds all gone, and the water tem-perature just right for a wide variety of coastal fish species to be at or near prime feeding time. Inshore action in MaySea trout and redfish will both have great appetites and be easy to find this month„theyre hungry after the chill of winter has passed, baitfish abound and the last of the cold fronts is long gone.Trout action is likely to be best around marsh edges and creek outflows as well as off the ends of deepwater boat docks in the backbays. It may take a bit of exploring to find productive locations, but once you find the fish, they will be there day after day on the same tide period.Topwater lures are useful tools for finding trout, particularly in the first hour after dawn„the lures lead to big, noisy blow-ups that let you know the fish are there, even if they dont get hooked.Walkin the Dog type lures like the Zara Spook and the Sammy do very well on these fish, and the new Rapala Skitter V is a particularly effective and easy-to-use variation. The best action for trout is a slow, steady twitch with momentary hesitations between each zig and zag. Working the lure too fast may draw swirls without solid strikes„hesitate a bit and the fish will usu-ally latch on.After the sun gets up, switching to a plastic shrimp under a popping cork is a good strategy„ the classic is the DOA 3-inch shrimp, and also good is the Vudu Shrimp from Egret Lures. The lure is suspended 18 inches to 2 feet under the cork on a length of 20-pound-test mono. Pop the lure and the bait jumps, then settles back to depth„its a very simply tactic, and it works great not only for expert anglers but for those new to fishing with artifi-cial lures. (To make double sure of action, replace the plastic lures with the real thing„a tail-hooked live shrimp.)Also good are the classic quarter-ounce plastic tailed jigs. The 4-inch DOA CAL in pearl color is a universal winner for this action. Lighter heads might be better in water under 3 feet deep, heavier in water more than 6 feet around docks. These are fished in the usual slow-hop motion.The best areas to find trout usually have rela-tively clear water, baitfish action, and tidal movement. You may run miles of shoreline without seeing the right combination, then come on a quarter-mile thats absolutely loaded„keep moving until you find action.Redfish might show up in any of the locations where you find trout, but if theres hard structure around like oyster bars, barnacled pil-ings, concrete rubble or rip-rap, the reds are much more likely to be there.Reds will slam topwaters, but theyre much more subsurface feeders. A jig with a dark plastic tail to imitate crabs or shrimp may be a better bet than the lighter shade of tails if youre after redfish.And, reds sometimes just dont want artificials, particularly if theyve seen a few too many of them. However, a live shrimp, live pinfish or small crab will catch them every time, and if you dont want to mess with the real thing, Berkleys GULP crab is a close second. Cut mullet or pinfish also do well„fish the baits on ‡ to ‡ short shank Octopus style hooks for easy hookup.If the reds dont show up in these locations, slowtrolling the bridge pilings over the major bays with large diving plugs will usu-ally locate a school. Once you catch one of these guys, its likely there are more on the same piling„anchor uptide and drift live or cut bait back near bottom to get action. These fish tend to be big ones, well over the slot, but theyre a lot of fun to catch. Larger hooks and gear are a good idea to get them away from the pilings.By May, reds will also be prowling the shallow flats„anywhere theres clear water and depths from 1 to 3 feet, there may be sight-fishing opportu-nities. Tides dont make as much difference here as they do in some parts of Florida because the range is minimal, but the fish are definitely more active when the water is moving, either in or out.Inshore shing action in MayDocks, piers, riprap and oyster bars are all likely targets for trout and reds this month in Panhandle waters. [FRANK SARGEANT PHOTO] The Rapala Skitter V is among several topwater lures highly effective for trout in the shallows. [FRANK SARGEANT PHOTO] Red“ sh readily grab soft plastic jerkbaits on the ” ats. This one, the Berkley Gulp!, is ” avored, adding extra attraction. [FRANK SARGEANT PHOTO] Stinger rigs with live bait are a good bet for luring kings around the inlets this month. [FRANK SARGEANT PHOTO]

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 A15 SPORTSBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comCoach Ashley Summerlin could sense a corner turned.Late April, a second matchup with Rutherford, the The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball coach said, was when he noticed his team had begun to figure it out.The 10-5 victory, coming a week after a 10-7 loss to Rams, ignited a run that has carried the Tiger Sharks (16-12) to the Class 1A state semifinals.Port St. Joe will face Blountstown (18-10) at 1 p.m. ET Friday in Fort Myers.For the winner the title game, against either Madison County or Trenton, is 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday.That victory over Rutherford was followed by a road win over North Bay Haven and a road loss, but by just 1-0, to Sneads, then the topranked team in the state.Up next was the district tournament and wins on a neutral field over Liberty County and Bozeman, which had assumed the No. 1 state ranking from Sneads.The Bozeman victory, by run-rule, snapped a 19-game Buck winning streak and was followed by region victories over Freeport and, again, Bozeman, again by run-rule.The schedule we had, at one point losing six in a row, it was a good learning experi-ence,Ž Summerlin said. We were humbled and thats not really a bad thing.Sometimes you need to be humbled to grow and improve. The turning point, I thought was the second Rutheford game and if I look back the difference has been pitching and defense.ŽThe Tiger Sharks have two arms at the top of the rotation, Elijah Hester (7-4, 2.36 ERA) and Chris Stockton (5-2), with a deep bullpen and four other pitchers who have made at least four appearances.The defensive improvement was best illustrated by Cameron Harmons strike from right field to the plate to cut down a Bozeman run in the region final last week, a play that seemed to turn the game conclusively for Port St. Joe. In Blountstown, which has already appeared in the boys football and basketball state title games, the Tiger Sharks face a foe both familiar and unfamiliar.The Tigers beat Port St. Joe 13-5 April 2, the last of those six-straight defeats at midseason. However, Summerlin said, the teams that faced off that day are not the same heading toward the state semifinals.We are both completely different teams,Ž Summerlin said. We were both trying to find our identity. We are both pitching the ball, hitting and fielding and scoring runs.They have two good pitchers, they are solid.ŽThose pitchers will face a line-up that is scorching right now, having produced at least 10 hits in five-straight games.Catcher Phillip Griffin leads the attack, batting .420 with a .495 on-base percentage and .506 slugging percentage, both team highs along with his 17 RBIs.The Tiger Sharks have seven players in double digits with RBIs.In addition, Port St. Joe has speed, with 50 stolen bases in 60 attempts; Caleb Butts has 12 steals in 14 attempts and Jaden Grantland eight in 10 attempts.The layoff, just over a week by the time of first pitch Friday, is certainly not opti-mal for a team, such as Port St. Joe, on a winning streak.You have such a good rhythm, you dont want that kind of layoff, but the other team has to play under the same circumstances,Ž Sum-merlin said. It does give you a chance to get healthy, for the kids to get their bodies back under them.We dont really have a lot of bumps and bruises, but some of the kids are tired. Weve played 28 games, and you get hot like we have ƒ it is very emotional. That takes it out of you, too.ŽMaintaining those emotions, containing those emotions, will be key in Fort Myers, Summerlin said, play-ing with passion but under control.You want to be emotional, to play with passion, but you have to be able to stay level-headed,Ž Summerlin said. Who is going to handle the situation. That is what we have been able to do over the last month.ŽAnd, Summerlin said, one is his responsibilities will be to ensure while taking care of business, the players also enjoy the privilege of playing for a state title, something that does not happen every year.ŽThey are a fun group of kids,Ž Summerlin said. They are who they are. You dont want to rein them in.I am proud of the way we have and we know the path ahead. You know you are going down there on business, but you want them to have fun.ŽTiger Sharks face Blounstown in state semi nalsThe Tiger Sharks play Blountstown on Friday in the state Class 1A semi“ nals. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football program will be hosting a golf scramble tournament Satur-day, 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.PSJS football scramble is June 2Special to The StarThe Ladies Golf Associa-tion of the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club closed its league season with an awards luncheon at the club. The weather didnt cooperate for a last season play day,Ž but everyone enjoyed themselves with a great lunch at the club.Throughout the league season, Thursdays are the Play DayŽ for the LGA. The members are grouped by handicaps into A, B, and C categories. Throughout the year, prizes are given each month for different types of games and a running tally is kept for the grand prizes at the awards luncheon.The Most Games won during the season was captured by Etherl Bardsley -A, Natalie Dolan-B and Barb Van Treese-C. Most Birdies made was taken by Penelope Evanoff-A and Pat Hardman-B. Most Chip-ins made was won by Ethel Bard-sley-A, Pat Hardman-B, and a tie between Barb Van Treese and Judy Sadler-C. The most improved player for the year was Natalie Dolan, dropping her handicap by 2 full points. Congratulations to all the winners.The ladies from the LGA would like to invite all the lady golfers to come out and joint us in the Fall. We have League Play on Thursday morning but also groups play on Tuesday and Saturday. If you are interested in playing with us, please call the Club and one of the Officers will get in touch with you. (We even play during the summer months).LGA awards luncheonGolfers Barbara Van Treese Natalie Dolan and Ethel Bardsley were honored for most games won during the year in league play. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team finished up spring practice last week with a jamboree performance, Coach Greg Jordan said, that was emblematic of the 13 days of practice that preceded it. The Tiger Sharks were shut-out by both Vernon and Holmes County, allowing Vernon a single touchdown and Holmes County two in a quarter of play against each.We performed about like we prepared,Ž Jordan said. We played about like we practiced.Overall, during the spring we put down a good foundation, the kids learned a lot. Maybe the most important thing we learned is we have to apply ourselves a little bit better.ŽThere were certainly constraints from the outset of spring.For starters, Jordan, who took Blountstown to the state Class 1A title game last season, was at the helm for the first time and bringing with him a new defensive scheme.Further, the Tiger Sharks were without a handful of key players as the baseball team reached the state Final Four.In particular, quarterback Josh Butts, whose absence forced Travis Roberson, who had not played football since he was peewee age, into the starting role.Toss in a couple of players sitting out the spring due to injury and the depth chart took a hit before practice began.We only had six or seven guys along the offensive line,Ž Jordan said. We didnt do a lot of physicality in the spring because of the numbers.ŽThat reduced physicality of practice showed up in the jamboree.We played but we just didnt do it with intensity,Ž Jordan said. Do we have the potential to be a pretty good team, yes, if the kids buy-in and apply themselves better.ŽAgainst Vernon, the host school for the Jamboree, last Thursday, the lone score allowed came on a Roberson pass which hit the ground but was ruled a fumble and returned for a touchdown.The offense was threeand-out twice and mounted a late drive that was halted by a turnover.We didnt make the plays when we needed it,Ž Jordan said. We need to get better on both lines.ŽAgainst Holmes County, turnovers proved costly.The players have a week off before summer weight room workouts begin, with a camp for linemen later in June.Conditioning and weight work continues, along with Fellowship of Christian Ath-letes camp, in July.Tiger Sharks blanked in spring jamboreeSemi nal Friday

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** A16 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUND Send us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by read ers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@star” .com St. Joe Beach beauties. [COURTESY OF CHERYL FRICKE] Sunday afternoon in Port St. Joe. [COURTESY OF LINDA SHEPHERD] Gods plain air art on the Cape.Ž [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] Wild lilies bloom at Three Rivers Park. [COURTESY OF DEBORAH MAYS] Morning fog. [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Watch out for these critters, a Portuguese man o war. [COURTESY OF CAROL BUIKEMA] A Merganser at Crooked Beach. [COURTESY OF BECKY BLOCK]

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 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? WC@TriviaGuy.com1. What company used the advertising slogan, You can trust your car to the man who wears the star.Ž?Esso, Texaco, Shell, Pure2. Who/what was the real life Edmund FitzgeraldŽ in a Gordon Lightfoot ballad?New York governor, Freighter, Alpine skier, Locomotive3. We wish you love, peace, and soulŽ is/was whose famous sign-off line?Quincy Jones, Don Cornelius, Flip Wilson, Henry Starr4. By some sources, who became known as the Turbulent PriestŽ?Daniel Berrigan, Denis Diderot, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Becket5. What was the name of Custers horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn?Vic, Courage, Fletch, Sam6. Where is the Tongass National Forest?California, Maine, Hawaii, Alaska ANSWERS: 1. Texaco, 2. Freighter, 3. Don Cornelius (Soul TrainŽ host), 4. Thomas Becket, 5. Vic, 6. AlaskaBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comMarsha Lindeman met Sarah Hinds about 10 years ago.The vibe was positive from the outset.Her intelligence, her talent and her commitment to excellence was evident immediately,Ž Lindeman told the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.Hinds, raised in Port St. Joe, a member of the Port St. Joe High School Band of Gold, she takes pride in noting, was formally approved to succeed Lindeman as administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin County.While the Department of Health makes such staff decisions, the department seeks concurrence from the BOCC as a continuation of the state/local partnership, via local health depart-ments, written into Florida law.The BOCC approved the recommendation unanimously.I believe Ms. Hinds will be an asset to the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County,Ž wrote Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip in a letter to the BOCC. The Department has full confidence in Ms. Hinds as she possesses an excellent and diverse background in all aspects of public health and has demonstrated her ability as a skilled leader.ŽHinds has been working in public health since returning to Port St. Joe after her 2008 graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelors in Social Work.I have always loved this community,Ž Hinds said.Baton passed at health departmentSarah Hinds named new administratorStar Staff ReportLibraries rock!ŽThat is the theme this summer as the Gulf County public libraries bring a host of reading, and other programs, to children of all ages.The Corinne Costin Memo-rial Library in Port St. Joe and the Charles Whitehead Memorial Public Library in Wewahitchka are both offer-ing a host of programs that rockŽ this summer.Activities include group games, musical crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments, guest speakers and more.The 2018 Summer Reading Program is open to youngsters preschool through age 12 with programs, storytimes, reading goals, and more.Registration for Libraries RockŽ is open.For more information, call the library at 229-8879 (Port St. Joe) or 639-2419 (Wewa-hitchka) or visit our website, www.nwrls.com.And the price is always right: all programs are free of charge.€ FLYP: 6to 10year-olds will meet on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. ET in PSJ and 3 p.m. CT in Wewahitchka.€ Lil FLYP: 3to 5-yearolds will meet on Mondays from 10:30 … 11:30 a.m. ET in Port St. Joe and at 11 a.m. CT in Wewahitchka.The reading programs will be bookended by two events.On June 2, at 1 p.m. the Gypsy Rhythm Dancers (Port St. Joe library) will provide a kickoff event.The Multicultural Education Program through the Junior League of Panama City encourages global arts awareness. Explore traditions and customs from various countries through dance and music. Sponsored by the Junior League of Panama City.And on June 30, at 11 a.m., the Atlantic Coast Theater Group presents FLIGHT! For grades K-8th. (Port St. Joe Library) as the summer programs wrap-up. FLIGHT!Mankind has always been fascinated with the skies, the stars, and reaching new heights. FLIGHT! combines creative staging, original music and audience participation into a theatrical production that explores the stories of flight including the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, The US/Soviet space race and NASAs many accomplishments. Audiences are encouraged to think about the future of flight, and perhaps be inspired to become pioneers reaching for the stars themselves.Summer events at the public librariesThe rain, somehow dissipated, but the clouds remained to provide a cooling blanket.The buses from Wewahitchka Elementary School pulled into the parking lot of Shark Field right on time.The T-shirts, in a variety of colors and sporting a design cre-ated by a Port St. Joe Elementary third-grader, were donned.The burlap sacks, buckets of soap, sprinter lanes and tug-of-war rope were primed and ready.The kids, well, it was best to stay out of the way as they answered first call by flowing out of the stands. There were games to be played. As the school year comes to a close the elementary schools joined together last year for Field Day 2018.The ultimate winners? Need you really wonder? --Tim CroftFIELD DAY FROLICS[SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] Its been an incredible journey in public health. It is a true blessing to work with a sta that is dedicated to public health. Public health is my passion and their passion.ŽSarah HindsSee HINDS, B5 See LIBRARY, B5

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** B2 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR will launch its money-making project for the Veterans Honor Walk at Beacon Hill, as well as other veteran projects, in front of the Piggly-Wiggly Store on May 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET. Please stop by and donate to the DAR for veter-ans projects.Other businesses and places selling cookbooks for donations next week are: No Name Caf, Cape Trading Post, Peoples Bank, Port Inn, Driftwood Inn, El Governor, and the Port St. Joe Library.DAR news Special to The StarMonday is Memorial Day, a day set aside for remembering the people who died while serving in our Armed Forces. In commemoration of Memorial Day the Port St. Joe Garden Club has decorated the Gulf County Blue Star Marker with bows and flags for Memorial Day week-end. The marker, erected May 1, 1962, is located in Gulf County at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Gautier Road in Constitution Park in Port St. Joe. The marker was originally sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. in cooperation with the State Road Department of Florida and the Port St. Joe Garden Club of Gulf County. The Blue Star Marker pro-gram is a part of the Blue Star Memorial Highway program which began in 1945. The Blue Star Marker honors the men and women serving in the Armed Forces in defense of our country. The Blue StarŽ came from the blue stars depicted in service flags displayed in windows of homes where a family member was serv-ing in the Armed Forces. The display of service flags became common during World War II when many men and women served in the Armed Services in defense of our country. The marker, in place now for more than fifty years is in need of refur-bishment. The Port St. Joe Garden Club plans on restor-ing the marker and enhancing the landscaping surrounding the marker. Anyone wishing to donate toward restoration of the Blue Star Marker may do so by contacting the Port St. Joe Garden Club at psjgardenclub@gmail.com or mailing the dona-tion to PSJGC POB 243 PSJ FL 32148. This weekend, please take a moment to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces and stop by Gulf Countys Blue Star Marker.PSJ Garden Club news[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe growing number of teen suicides will be dis-cussed at 7 p.m. CT Monday, May 28, at Lifetree Caf.The program Exploring Teen Suicide: A Necessary ConversationŽ features a filmed interview with Shay Black, a woman whose son unexpectedly took his own life.In the interview, Black discusses the aftermath of losing her son.The toughest thing about suicide is the person with all the answers takes them with him,Ž she said. The people who are left behind are left with overwh elming feelings that they have to deal with.ŽDuring the program, Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss what could be con-tributing to the epidemic of teen suicide.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages will be 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. Quest ions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or livingwater@livingwaterat-thebeach.comTeen suicide discussed at Lifetree CafSpecial to The StarWewahitchka Medical Center is hosting a tobacco free program called Tools to QuitŽ 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 5. The class is offered by Big Bend AHECs trained facilitator to guide participants as they identify triggers, explain withdrawal symptoms, and brainstorm ways to cope with them. Participating in Tobacco Free Florida's quit services such as this program can double your chances of quitting any form of tobacco for good.The Tools to Quit Program is a 2-hour seminar where par-ticipants learn how to develop a successful quit plan. This program offers free nicotine replacement therapy (while supplies last and if medically appropriate), educational materials, goodies for their quit day, and follow-up support.The classes are open to anyone. If interested in attending, please contact Wewahitchka Medical Center at 639-5825 to RSVP or visit the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ events/367335287119139/Double your chances of quitting tobaccoStar Staff ReportThe annual Tupelo Pag-eant was held last week during the Tupelo Honey Festival in Wewahitchka..The winners were: Miss Tupelo, Sara Burke; Junior Miss Tupelo, Madison Wood; Little Miss Tupelo, Logan Taylor; Tiny Miss Tupelo, Myla McGuffin; Teenie Miss Tupelo, Amelia Harrell; and Baby Miss Tupelo, Cerenity Thursby (not shown).Tupelo Festival pageant[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Blue Star Marker The Blue Star Marker program is a part of the Blue Star Memorial Highway program which began in 1945. The Blue Star Marker honors the men and women serving in the Armed Forces in defense of our country. The annual Whitfield Family Reunion will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. CT June 9 at the Honeyville Community Center in Wewahitchka. Bring your family and your favorite covered dish. For questions call 527-4256. Or email Whitfieldwewa-reunion@yahoo.com.Whit eld Family reunion

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R.-ing at PSJESS.OA.R. students for the week of May 18 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarMountainous water slides, crisp volleyball nets and challenging obstacle courses adorned the fields near the school as the sun rose on a beautiful Friday at Wewahitchka High. May 4 marked Academic Rewards Day and stu-dents were in for a special treat. Festivities began with an awards program in which students were recognized for special teacher awards, honor roll achievement, and perfect attendance.After the ceremony, students were free to enjoy several exciting activities. In addition to the aforementioned water slides, volleyball games and obstacle courses, there was also a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, outdoor dodgeball, paint-ing with a twist, karaoke, an escape room, a dance contest, nine square in the air, a photo booth and many more thrilling events.The most exciting activity by far, however, was the laser tag game. Wewahitchka Jr/Sr. Highs circular hall was transformed into a post-apocalyptic, urban wasteland where teams of students could battle until one groups base was captured and neutralized by the opposing squad. Lines for laser tag s naked throughout the lunchroom as excited warriors awaited their turn in the arena. Tired participants were treated to free refreshments like nachos, fried cheese sticks, snow cones and more in the two concession stands located on campus. Culminating the day was a prize drawing extravaganza which saw dozens of WHS students receive special gifts which were donated by businesses in the Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, Panama City and Blounstown areas.Ms. Vanecia Andrews, a junior, won the grand prize of a 10-foot kayak complete with a life jacket and paddles. Academic Rewards Day is always a big hit with students at WHS and 2018s iteration was the biggest and best to date.Academic Rewards Day at WHSVolleyball. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Figuring out some clues about the escaped mummy. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Nine square, vertical version. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportCaps and gowns arent just for high school seniors, as demonstrated by the Darlene Akes Pre-K at Wewahitchka Elementary School.The kids recently took a graduation picture. Those in white gowns are students returning to Akes class next school year as they are not quite old enough for kindergarten.In the back row, from left: Miranda E., Korvin P., Ella H., Brystol P., Alex S. Mason J., Chas-ton B.,Row 2: Amelia H., Carson R., Brooklyn S., Jaxon K., Logan S., Gunner B., Bailey B., Gunner G.Row 3:Kolton P., Gemma W., Reva F., Tucker E., Braxton B., Garrett P., Emily L.Front row:Tyler B., Jeremiah C., Jaxon P. Scarlett P., Roy S., Kyle P.WES Pre-K graduation Special to The StarSam Barrett Lake, son of Tommy and Jennie Lake graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Barrett was a member of many organizations at Mississippi State including Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society. Barrett will be stationed in Charleston, SC as a Nuclear Engineer-ing Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) in U.S. Navy.Lake graduates from MSUSam Barrett Lake. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] SEE MORE ONLINE AT STARFL.COM

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** B4 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The Star FAITHLinda Diane Pace, 53, of Port St. Joe, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Linda was the daughter of the late Grace and Edward William McFarland. She leaves behind her husband, Johnny Pace; children, John Pace (Ashley), Jessica Pace (Tommy Young), and Megan Fisher (Eddie); sister, Cindy Tomlin (Jim); grandchildren, EJ Fisher and Ashlynn Fisher; and nieces and nephews, Bryan Hobbs, Steven Odom, Jamie Reed, Jennifer Tomlin, and BJ Tomlin. She was preceded in death by her parents, brotherTony McFarland, and sister Suzanne McFarland. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in Apalachicola at Kelley Funeral Home. Kelley Funeral Home assisted the family.LINDA DIANE PACE BigginŽ was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to catch bream and catfish, but his passion was Turkey hunting. In the Spring everyone knew where he would be, somewhere between Pool Hammock and Cotton Landing. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family, talking about history, politics and overseeing Bloody Bluff. He retired from Buckeye after more than thirty years of service and was a member of the Methodist faith. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Maxine, daughters Lucretia Taylor of Eastpoint, Karen Taylor and son Jay Taylor (Ranza) and David Summers all of Bristol. He had nine grandchildren, Shaula Jerkins, Leah Shiver, Elbert Shiver, Tasha Gaskil, Schai Register, Swade Corley, Whitney Taylor, Jarrod Taylor and Chase Taylor, along with sixteen great-grandchildren. As well as one brother, Terry Faircloth of Bloody Bluff. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jewel Scott Faircloth and Upton Taylor, daughter Carlene Summers, one great-grandchild Seth Register, brothers, Lelmon TatterŽ Taylor, Hugh ScrubŽ Taylor and sister Betty Jewel Butler. Services were held at Friendship Fellowship Ba ptist Church May 18, 2018, at 11 a.m. under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.ELBERT AJ TAYLORDec 30, 1928 May 16, 2018 Louise 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 wife and Kelan Setterich and his wife Debbie; and grandchildren Megan Setterich, Peter Setterich, Anna Setterich and Gregory Barnett. 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 SETTERICHPastor anniversary at Zion FairThe members of Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church cordially invite the community to share with us as we celebrate our Pastor, Rev. Wilson Hall and First Lady Sister Mar-garet Hall sixth anniversary, on the 4th Sunday, May 27. Rev. Darrell Hill, assistant pastor of First Mount Moriah church of Panama City will be our morning speaker at 11 a.m. ET, and Rev. Dante McGee, assistant pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist church of Panama City will be our evening speaker at 5 p.m. EST. A special program honoring our first lady Sister Margarete Hall will be held 2 p.m. ET Saturday, May 26 at the church. Minister Alma Pugh of Love Center Ministries, Apalachicola will be our guest speaker. We welcome everyone to attend. VBS at FUMCFirst United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will host Vacation Bible School June 25-29. The program, Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with GodŽ will be held 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; each day. This is for children grades K4 through sixth. Register at www.cokesburyvbs.com/ portstjoeumc.For more information, contact Krystal Terry at 227-1724 or krystal@psjumc.org. VBS at Long Avenue BaptistA summer kids event called Shipwreck VBSŽ will be hosted at Long Avenue Baptist Church in Port St. Joe Jne 3-7. At Ship-wrecked kids discover how Jesus rescues us through lifes storms. Kids at Ship-wrecked VBS will join a missions effort to help build houses in Guatemala through the churchs ongo-ing mission trips to the region. Shipwrecked is for kids age 4 through completed sixth-grade wand will be held 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. ET each day. Pre-reg-istration, which will close at noon May 31, is available online at https://vbspro.events/p/events/labc. Reg-istration will be available at the door. For more informa-tion call 229-8691. 20th anniversary at Victory TempleThe Pastor and mem-bers of the Victory Temple First Born Holiness Church would like to invite you to come and be a part of this glorious celebration of 20 years of service. Services will be h3eld 7:30 p.m. ET June 14, 15 and 16 and 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, June 17. Guest speakers to be announced. The church is locatd at 315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Port St. Joe.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..6:00-7:30pmwww.fbcpsj.org

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 B5 Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Rotary Club recently presented its Citizenship Award to Jarred Colby Quinn for his essay concerning the Four-Way Test.Quinn, a senior at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, wrote the essay as part of a program that not only provides scholarship dollars but also awareness of the test, cre-ated in the 1930s and adopted by Rotary International, has a template against which actions should be assessed. € Is it the truth? € Is it fair to all concerned? € Will it build goodwill and better friendships?€ Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The local program is spon-sored by George and Hilda Duren and Piggly Wiggly, Centennial Bank, Capital City Bank, Sunset Coastal Grill, Aaron Farnsley and Farnsley Wealth Management, Charles Costin and Costin and Costin, Dr. John Miller and Bay Implant and Perio-dontist Clinic in Panama City and Jim and Diane Lowry and the Lowry Scholarship Fund. The Four-Way TestBy Jarred Colby QuinnI think it is always important to demonstrate good character and moral values. Nothing in life will truly succeed without applying the principles embedded within the Four-Way Test. Whether its business, mar-riage, or just simple things in your everyday life, you must always exhibit truth and goodwill while being fair and beneficial. As people always say, you can never win when you play dirty. If Herbert J. Taylor didnt create and apply the Four-Way Test, his company would have gone under. I had to put the Four-Way Test to use in multiple situations in my life as well.You know it in your heart when you have a true friend. I have a few people in my life who I would call my true friends, but the best on is my mother. She is always willing to bend over backwards and jump through hoops for my benefit. I cant sum up in a million words all the ways she has been beneficial to me. Whether it was taking me to the doctor when I was sick, or just simply helping with my homework when I needed it, her constant commitment molded me into the person I am today. Without her, I would not be flourishing the way I am now.Theres been times Ive tried to put something over on my mom or tell a quick lie to get out of doing certain things, like the time I told her I was going to study at my friends house when I was actually going to get a Big Mac. But in the end, the truth anyways caught up to me in one way or the other. When I got a bad grade on my home-work, my mom figured out my lie and I learned a valuable lesson. It is best to always be truthful in any situation because lying, cheating and being deceptive will never get you ahead. Mr. Taylor couldve liked or committed fraud, but because he was truthful and use the Four-Way Test, he was able to save his business. Ive been able to keep an honest relationship with my mom because I have realized that telling the truth is the only option. My grades were better too.I also try to demonstrate goodwill wherever I go. I learned this part of the Four-Way Test from my grandfather. He is always friendly, help-ful and cooperative, and I try to be like him. From watch-ing the example of my Daddy Jarred, I have come to realize that people often forget that what you put into this world is what you get out of it. So in my everyday life, I strive to treat people the way I would like to be treated. Even when Im having a bad day, I often smile and put my best foot forward because I choose not to reflect what difficulties Im facing, but rather I am determined to stay positive, so that people will want to be around me and support anything that has my name on it. That came in handy when I was running for Senior Executive Board, and my peers voted for me to rep-resent them. I was honored and even more determined to show goodwill at all times.With that being said, I am committing myself to always demonstrate good character and moral values. Nothing in life will truly succeed without applying the principles that are embedded within the Four-Way Test. Whether its my new college professor or boss I have in the future, I know that I must always exhibit truth, fairness, and goodwill, so that my actions will benefit not only me, but more impor-tantly, those around me.Applying the Four-Way TestFrom left, Jim Lowry, Patty Blaylock, Aaron Farnsley, Jarred Quinn, his mother, Fr. Tommy Dwyer and Angel Parker. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Jarred reads his essay. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Fr. Tommy Dwyer and Jim Lowry present Quinn with the Rotary Citizenship Award. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Note: Call for photographs! The Port St. Joe library will host the Smithsonian exhibition Hometown TeamsŽ this November. The exhibit explores the role of sports in building community connec-tions and national culture. We would love to feature your best photographs contemporary or historical of sports in Port St. Joe. Contact library director Nancy Brockman or just stop by the library! LIBRARYFrom Page B1She joined the health depar tment as a family support worker, which pro-vided a connection between families and individuals and community health resources in the days before Sacred Heart arrived.In short, she was working immediately in creating the kind of coalitions that are essential to public health.I would explore new opportunities, new strate-gies and grant possibilities with partners and staff to help enhance community health improvement,Ž Hinds said.Hinds worked her way up, taking advantage of oppor-tunities presented and has spent the last several years as the departments public information officer and, recently, deputy administrator.I work with an amazing public health team com-mitted to making the places where we live, work, learn and play healthier,Ž she said.Meanwhile she was also continuing her education, earning a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida.Its been an incredible journey in public health,Ž Hinds told commissioners Tuesday. It is a true blessing to work with a staff that is dedicated to public health. Public health is my passion and their passion.ŽHinds promotion fills a vacancy created by a pro-motion for Lindeman.Lindeman, the administrator in Gulf County the past eight years, said Tuesday that her husband had recently retired and the couple was moving back to Tallahassee to be closer to family.This is a bittersweet moment for me,Ž Linde-man said.Lindeman, meanwhile, will take over as Director of Public Health Nursing for the FDOH.Commissioner Ward McDaniel, who joined the BOCC about the time that Lindeman arrived in Gulf County, thanked her for her service and the assistance she had provided over the past eight years. HINDSFrom Page B1 The local program is sponsored by George and Hilda Duren and Piggly Wiggly, Centennial Bank, Capital City Bank, Sunset Coastal Grill, Aaron Farnsley and Farnsley Wealth Management, Charles Costin and Costin and Costin, Dr. John Miller and Bay Implant and Periodontist Clinic in Panama City and Jim and Diane Lowry and the Lowry Scholarship Fund.

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** B6 Thursday, May 24, 2018 | The StarOn May 14, Deputy L. Greenwood was dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the 200 block of East Lake Avenue in Wewahitchka. When Deputy Greenwood arrived, he encountered a male, who was identified as Dylan Coy Jackson (25), and pregnant female arguing outside of a local business. The two were involved in a domestic altercation, which had turned physical prior to Deputy Greenwoods arrival. During the event, the female fled to a bathroom within a nearby building in an attempt to get away from Jackson. As a result of the investigation, which involved a 6-year-old child, Deputy Greenwood placed Jackson under arrest; he is being charged with Aggravated Battery and Child Abuse.On May 16, Megan Marie Sims (20) turned herself in to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked on an active warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.On May 16, Deputy G. Desrosier was dispatched to Hummingbird Lane, in Over-street, in regards to a wanted person in the area. That person was Rickie ONeal Mitchell (25) and he was wanted out of Bay County for violation of probation on the original charges of Domestic Battery by Strangulation and was classified as an absconder. Investiga-tors S. Ferrell and P. Williams also responded to the area. Mitchell had fled from the house and Gulf Correctional Institution with their K-9 tracking team was called to assist. Deputies and Gulf C.I.s K-9 team successfully apprehended Mitchell in a wooded area near the home.On May 17, Investigators S. Ferrell and P. Williams conducted a traffic stop on Old Bay City Road in Howard Creek. During the course of the traffic stop, Sgt. J. Williams arrived on scene to deploy K-9 EllieŽ on the vehicle to conduct a free sniff. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a probable cause search ensued which revealed mar-ijuana, methamphetamine and a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Earl Adkison (36) was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphet-amine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.On May 17, David Ray Belew (53) was transported to the Gulf County Sheriffs Office by the Bay County Jail to be booked on an active warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of Aggra-vated Stalking, Trespassing and Criminal Mischief.On May 17, Deputy D. House conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the park-ing lot of the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe. Deputy House stopped the vehicle because he saw it was occupied by Rusty Ellis Ward (36) and knew that Ward had an active warrant for violation of pro-bation on the original charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ward was taken into custody and consented to a search of his vehicle, which revealed an amount of methamphetamine and a pipe used to ingest it. In addition to the VOP war-rant, Ward was charged with Possession of Methamphet-amine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.On May 18, Deputy P. Young served a warrant at the Gulf County Detention Facil-ity on LaJarius Xavier Cooper (26). Cooper was wanted for Violation of Probation on the original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.On May 18, Deputy C. Harvey travelled to the Jack-son County Jail to arrest Loretta Lesha Swearington (29) on a Gulf County warrant for Violation of Pro-bation. Swearington was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Swearington was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked.On May 20, Deputy L. Greenwood was dispatched to the Gulf Correctional Institution to assist Gulf C.I. staff with an investigation involving a visitor who attempted to introduce narcotics into the prison. Megan A. Spearance (40) was caught by Gulf C.I. officers passing a package containing approximately one ounce of cocaine to an inmate. She was immediately detained and the cocaine was recovered. Spearance was traveling with Shelby Lynn Goss (29), who was still in the car they were traveling in. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Goss was detained. The investiga-tion resulted in Spearance being arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamphet-amine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Introduction of Contraband into a State Correctional Facility. Goss was also arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 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 14-20 Star Staff ReportThe signs were changed a couple of weeks ago and this week the Florida Department of Transportation made it official.In a press release, the FDOT District office announced that the speed limit on State Road 30A from north of Jasmine Lane in Simmons Bayou to south of Country Club Road has been increased from 45 mph to 55 mph. This has long been sought by several South Gulf County stakeholders.Coastal Community Asso-ciation of Gulf County board member Gene Behage and former and present County Commissioners Jerry Barnes and Phil McCroan has lobbied for the change for more than two years.Drivers are reminded to pay attention to the new speed limit when traveling. For more information, follow the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.Speed limit raised on SR 30AThe speed limits on a portion of SR 30A from Simmons Bayou to Cape San Blas Road is now 55 mph. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]

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** The Star | Thursday, May 24, 2018 B7Growing up on St. Joe Beach seems like a dream to me now, in retrospect. How lucky I was! My sister and I never took our amazing access to the beach for granted. We walked on the beach frequently, even in cooler weather, and we went to the beach to swim and lie in the sun often during the years we lived there. It was where I did much of my playing as a child, with my parents and grandparents, and later, much of my planning and praying about my future as a young adult. It was home. My sister and I return to Gulf County as often as we can, as do many of our friends and family who have moved away for various reasons. The gulf seems to lure us back, the scent of the beach almost palpable in our memories. There is something about that salty air, the scent of seaweed and washed up shells and sea creatures of all kinds comingling there. I will always know that scent, even when far away from the coast. Now that I dont live right on the water, I miss the luxury of buying right-off-the-boatfresh seafood: shrimp, mullet, oysters, scallops, and the like. What a treasure. But even better than that were the times we were able to get fresh crab from the waters of our very own beach during crab season. Dad would creep along Highway 98 in his car back in the 70s and 80s, watching the clear water, because at certain times of the year, you could see dark spots in the shallow water near shore. They werent really "spots," though; they were crabs! Hed come home and pull out the crab nets and five-gallon buckets, and the four of us would go down to the beach and gather the ones that didnt have eggs; wed leave the females to continue to reproduce, as the law required. Wed take home our crabs and dad would prepare the meat, and mom would make crab cakes and other delicacies from it. You can imagine how good that was; fresh from the water two hours ago, now on the plate in dads crab cake recipe he got out of an old issue of Southern Living magazine. Heavenly! When I buy crab now, I sometimes make those same crab cakes, but I also like to make crab-stuffed portabellas. I love mushrooms, and crab meat paired with them couldnt be anything but GREAT to me. I found some lump crabmeat in the grocery store seafood department and it worked very well. It really did remind me of my childhood crab feasts when I took that first bite into the crab stuffing; so sweet, salty, and tender. If youre looking for something new to try, take this recipe for a spin and let me know how you like it. Crab-Stuffed PortabellasMAKES 6 SERVINGSIngredients € 6 portabella mushroom caps € 1/ 2 pound lump crab meat € 1 egg, lightly beaten € 1/ 2 cup panko bread crumbs € 1 small white onion or two shallots, “ nely chopped € 3 cloves garlic, “ nely chopped € 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or scant 1 tsp dried thyme € Juice of 1 /2 lemon € Salt and freshly ground black pepper € 1 /3 cup grated Parmesan, Grana padano or Gruyere cheese Method Preheat the oven to 375F. Use cooking spray to lightly coat a baking sheet, or use a sheet of parchment paper to line the baking sheet. Carefully remove the stems from the portabella caps, then “ nely chop them and place in a mixing bowl. (Youll use them as part of the “ lling.) Remove the mushroom gillsŽ from the underside of the caps, brush the caps clean of any debris, and arrange them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Season each mushroom cap with salt and pepper. Add the crab, egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, thyme, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the chopped portabella stems in a bowl. Gently combine by folding gently with a spatula, then divide the mixture evenly between the mushroom caps, pressing down lightly to make a “ rm mound of crab cake in each cap. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the crab mixture is set and golden brown. Remove from the oven, top with the grated cheese and bake for an additional 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts down into the crab cake. I serve these with a spritz of lemon juice and a few shakes of Eds Red Hot Sauce, which is a family favorite for its sweet spiciness. These make a nice meal along with a big salad and perhaps some crusty French bread and garlic butter or herbed olive oil, or just about anything you like with your seafood! You could also make these with baby bellas and serve as an appetizer. Theyd go over well with your seafood-loving guests, Im sure! Enjoy! Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama StephŽ. She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three sons who can eat their weight in crab cakes. You can find more of her recipes at What SouthernFolksEat.com.WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EATI bit into my childhood todayStuffed crab ingredients. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stuffed portabellas. Stephanie Hill-Fraizer

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Come by Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc. located at 60 East Gulf Beach Drive to apply in person or email Quentin Allen to request an application be emailed to you. quentin@collinsvacationrentals.com 20555S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 23-2018-CP-000020-P RAX-MX IN RE: ESTATE OF IVEY CULBRETH, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of IVEY CULBRETH, deceased, whose date of death was March 8, 2017; File Number 23 2018 CP 000020 PRAX M X is pending in the Circuit Court for GULF County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr ., Blvd., P ort St. Joe, Florida 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 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD 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 24, 2018. Signed on May 10, 2018 Sean F. Bogle, Esq. Attorney for Personal Representative Email: sean@boglelawfirm.co m Florida Bar No. 0106313 BOGLE LAW FIRM 101 S. New York Ave., Suite 205 Winter Park, FL 32789 Telephone: 407-834-3311 FRANKLIN CULBRETH Personal Representative In care of Bogle Law Firm 101 South New York Ave. Suite 205 Winter Park, FL 32789 Pub: May 24, 31, 2018 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 20628S NOTICE OF INTENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that St. Joe Timberland Company of Delaware L.L.C. intends to petition the City of Port St. Joe for a resolution vacating and annulling the plats of Bayview Subdivisions as recorded in the public records of Gulf County, Florida at Plat Book 6 page 67-74. Pub May 17, 24, 2018 20598S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that Best American Storage Manager LLC dba Americas Mini Storage located at 141 Commerce Blvd Port St Joe, FL 32456, intends to offer for sale the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed under the Self Storage Facility Act Statutes 83.801-83.809. Unit C00035, 10x20 unit, household goods, Rachel Jones 6428 W Highway 98 Port St Joe, FL 32456. 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