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** Volume 80 Number 49 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Outdoors ................. A10 Sports...................... A11 Scene Around............ A12 Society News ............. B2 School News .............. B3 Obituaries .................B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A3Fish kill B2 Huft BD THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK, A2 Thursday, September 20, 2018YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com BAY POTHOLES, B1 By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe board of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., last week approved advancing two Gulf County projects, including construction of a floating dry dock in the ship channel off the former paper mill site.The board also capped the Triumph award on the proj-ect at $13 million; the countys application was seeking $28 million.The Triumph board also approved to move ahead on a term sheet for a project from Gulf District Schools to fund the start-up of an unmanned aviation course to be imple-mented in both high schools.The drone program sounded like all but a no-brainer for the Triumph board, with the timing nearly perfect given the formal arrival in Gulf County the following day of a company specializing in the manufacture of manned and unmanned aviation systems.The application could not be more timely or impor-tant,Ž wrote Board of County Commissioners chair Sandy Quinn, Jr. in a letter to the Triumph board.Triumphs grant would be $750,000, 54 percent of the overall projected cost, said Dr. Rick Harper, the economic adviser to the Triumph board.Harper said the technology and project were well-matched to the local economyŽ and noted that given district projections on enrollment in the program, each industry certification earned would come at a cost of just $1,400.In its application, Gulf Dis-trict Schools said the program would be self-sustaining in five years, graduating its first 50 students within three years.Triumph staff had scored the project an AŽ as a measurement of economic impact.This is a great program, a great project,Ž said Jason Shoaf, Gulf Countys representative on the Triumph Gulf Coast board.This helps both ends of the county and it couldnt have happened better as far as timing.ŽThe board moved the project to the creation of a term sheet, effectively the contract, with specific mea-surement and accountability goals, for receiving the grant funding.Triumph board advances Gulf projectsAn early version of one the manned systems Skyborne works with. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] Skyborne Technology works with a variety of manned and unmanned aviation technologies [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] $13M for oating dry dock; $750K for drone programBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comSome readers might find it comically trite to link the heat inside a warehouse last week to warmer temperatures on the economic front. Lets do it anyway.Inside a sweltering warehouse at the countys Industrial Park in Dalkeith, local government, education and business officials joined with others to welcome Skyborne Technology, Inc.The industrial park site is the companys first manufac-turing facility in the United States; Skyborne also has County welcomes Skyborne Tech.By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Gulf County School Board during a final public hearing last week unani-mously approved a millage rate and budget for the coming fiscal year.The millage will rise slightly, 1.66 percent, to 6.6460, an increase of 0.11 mills.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable property value.The millage is 7.27 percent above the rollback rate, that millage which would bring in the same level of revenue as the cur-rent fiscal year.The school district real-ized a 6.45 percent increase in county property value.A school budget is unlike the budgets of other governing and taxing authorities.The major components of the budget are cast by state lawmakers during the annual spring legisla-tive session.The required local effort, which which the district must levy to receive any state funding, went down this year, dropping by 5.25 percent to 3.903.Each district is allowed a uniform discretionary millage of 0.748.A local school board has any sway only over the local capital improvement dollars, so-called bricks and mortarsŽ funding.And with aging facilities and several urgent needs, the board increased LCI for 2018-19 by 29 percent, to 0.962 from 0.680.The millage remains well below the 1.5 mill maximum the state would permit.The board has for nearly a decade worked to keep the LCI low as part of a pledge with voters in approving an additional one-mill oper-ating levy.The major ticket items on the LCI list are four new school buses at a cost of $439,795 and $650,000 for lighting, fire alarms and other maintenance projects under new school safety guidelines.In addition, the district expects to spend $320,000 on repairs for the heating/air conditioning at Wewa-hitchka Jr./Sr. High School and $125,000 for new LED signs for each of the dis-tricts four schools. New positionsThe board continues to add positions as the school year unfolds, last week creating two new parapro-fessional positions.The positions are School board nalizes budgetSee TRIUMPH, A8Aviation systems company opens rst U.S. manufacturing facilityBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Board of County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved moving ahead with the long-sought beach restoration project.How much of the roughly six-mile original project, or three-mile amended project, will be completed wont be known until the first grain of sand is tossed on the beach.Commissioners faced a dead-line, the reason for the Monday afternoon special meeting.Monday was the last day the county could provide a notice to proceed on the project to dredge contractor Manson before the contractor would move its operations to the Eastern seaboard, said Assistant County Administrator Warren Yeager.The project would likely have to wait until well into 2019, Yeager said. We have to make a decision or lose the contractor,Ž Yeager said.The primary obstacle remained the $2.8 million in RESTORE Act funds held up at the U.S. Treasury over the question of whether using sand to restore the southern end of peninsula beaches was a proper exemption to rules under the Coastal Barrier Resource Act (CBRA).Until last week, that answer appeared to be no, or at least no definitive answer was forth-coming when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service weighed in, or more factually, did not render an opinion, Yeager said.However, county officials last week received a phone call from Treasury indicating that U.S. Fish and Wildlife had County gives OK on beach restoration projectScope to depend on Treasury/ RESTORE grant See RESTORE, A8 See BUDGET, A6 See SKYBORNE, A7


** A2 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportLearn how to make your photos better. As part of the Community Photography ShowŽ, this special event will teach tips and techniques about photographic composition. The free event is 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET today at The Joe Center for the Arts. The event will be presented by Marcy Trahan, curator for the photography exhibit. Learn basic techniques that photographers use to improve the composition of their photographs. These tips and techniques work not only for photographers, but for artists who want to make an impact with their art work. The event is open to the public. The Joe Center for the Arts is located at 201 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe. Thursdays at the TheatreŽ with Billy Dean. Dean, born in Quincy and now living there with his wife, is known as Americas Troudabour. He hits the Port Theatre stage 7 p.m. ET tonight. Discovered on Star SearchŽ and signed by Columbia Records, Dean has released multiple gold records, been Grammy nominated and won in 1996. He was inducted in the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2017. He has performed with stars such as the Judds, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Wynonna Judd. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $30 for VIP. VIP entry is at 6 p.m. ET and includes a meet-and-greet and free drink ticket. Doors open for general admission at 6:45 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. For tickets and more information about the upcoming shows visit Music in the Park in Mexico Beach. The Music in the ParkŽ series returns to Parker Park in Mexico Beach, 5-7 p.m. CT tonight with The Bo Spring Band. Good music and good times, the concert is free. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and a drink for a suggested donation of $5 (or more), benefiting Helping Hands. All proceeds go to Helping Hands. Helping Hands has a goal of $15,000 to be purchase a 300-foot mobi mat on the beach to make a pathway down to the water for anybody who has trouble walking in the sand. Support the animals during Yappy Hour.Ž The Haughty Heron will host Yapper Hour,Ž tonight, an event which benefits the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and the DAWGS in Prison Program. The event will be 6-8 p.m. ET. There will be live music, free hot dogs and chips, a pet costume contest with prizes, auction items and a 50/50 cash drawing. Pets are welcome costume or not. All proceeds raised benefit DAWGS in Prison and the SJBHS. Learn about photo editing. Another special event linked to the Community Photography ShowŽ at The Joe Center for the Arts, this one is offered by Laura Norten from DragonFly Photography. The event will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET Friday at The Joe, located at 201 Reid Ave. Whether you are new to photography as a hobby or you simply want to get more creative with your images, this is a great way to explore what photo editing is. Laura would like to introduce casual photographers to the fun of photo editing via a few tips, tricks, and techniques that are easily applied and can dramatically improve images while never moving the switch off auto. Enjoy the Harvest MoonŽ atop the lighthouse. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse in George Core Park will host a full moon climb 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. ET Monday. The Harvest MoonŽ is different than all other full moons. It is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. Usually is coincides with the September full Moon. Usually the Moon rises later each day throughout the year. Not so with the Harvest Moon.Ž For several evenings the moonrise comes right along with or soon after sunset, resulting in an abundance of early-evening moonlight, a traditional aid to farmers. It will also seem as if there is a full Moon for several nights. The cost of the full Moon climb is $5. Learn the ancient art of Kokedama. Please come join the fun at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Gulf County Public Library 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET Saturday. Come play in the dirt with the people who know how to garden, the Port St. Joe Garden Club, and learn the ancient Japanese art of Kokedama. Bring home your own Kokedama moss ball to enjoy. Space is limited so sign up today. Please register by coming by the library, 110 Library Drive, or calling 229-8879. Soak up PortOberfest. Sponsored by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, PortOberfest is a local slant on a German beer garden shindig, with an emphasis, well, lets just say its a tad wide of the box. Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe will be cordoned off between Third Street and State 71, beginning at 12 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. ET. Three bands will provide live music, The Wabi Sabis, an all-female group from Panama City, the Polka Dots, out of Dothan, AL, and the Turkey Basters. The Wewahitchka Womans Club will be cooking Kielbasa and sausages to add the German spice to the food offerings. Vendor offerings are plentiful and lastly, if this is going be a German festival, there will be beer and wine on sale.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKBilly Dean performs at the Port Theatre tonight. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Support the humane society and DAWGS in Prison during tonights Yappy Hour.Ž [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The Bo Spring Band is featured in tonights Music in the Park in Mexico Beach. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Enjoy a full moon climb Monday. [FILE PHOTO] Learn the art of Kokedama Saturday at the library.[FILE PHOTO]


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 A3By Tim Croft The St. Joe StarThe arrival on some local beaches of dead fish is raising concerns about red tide along coastal Gulf County.The fish were discov-ered over the weekend in several areas of Cape San Blas and St. Joseph Peninsula.There were no huge concentrations.Kelli Godwin, Tourist Development Council Executive Director, said there remained plenty of beach where no fish were spotted.TDC beach mainte-nance crews responded and cleaned impacted areas.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission performed water testing last Friday and did not find concentrations of red tide bloom in local waters.The next testing was to be performed Wednesday.Dead sh on shore cause concernCape San Blas near Eglin property [PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a final 2018-19 budget and millage rate.The millage rate, unchanged in more than a decade, remained at 3.5914 mills, which is an increase in revenue as the city benefited from rising property values.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed taxable property value.The rollback millage, that required to bring in the same level of revenue as the current fiscal year, was 3.3927; the approved millage is 5.86 percent higher.The final approved overall budget, including general, water, solid waste and wastewater funds was $14.48 million.In the budget, commissioners approved a 3 percent cost of living raise for all employees and also increased the cap on health insurance for the vast majority of employees to absorb this years 1 percent increase in insurance premiums.The budget also includes a 2.5 percent increase in water rates as dictated under a rate study, which will be reviewed and amended sometime in 2019.The coming fiscal year is the last in a five-year term under the current rate study.I want to commend staff and department heads for working hard to hold the line,Ž said Mayor Bo Patterson. Langston Drive sidewalksA project to construct sidewalks along Langston Drive, which connects Avenue A and First Street, has run into two setbacks.The city project is administered by the Florida Department of Transportation through the Board of County Com-missioners under the Local Administered Projects (LAP) program.The county was forced to reject bidders for engi-neering inspection services for the project because fewer than three bids were submitted.FDOT requires at least three bidders in order to award the project, said County Administrator Michael Hammond.Meanwhile, cost esti-mates for the project have come in $17,000 over budget.City engineer Clay Smallwood said the county was requesting the additional funds from FDOT to cover the project. Surplus scrap metal Commissioners approved a request from the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School welding class for a donation of surplus scrap metal.Public Works director John Grantland said the metal in question was of no use to the city and City Manager Jim Anderson suggested commission-ers declare the scrap metal surplus.PSJ commissioners nalize budgetI want to commend sta and department heads for working hard to hold the line.Ž Bo Patterson, mayor See more online at www. star com


** A4 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star OPINION Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Tim Thompson Editor: Tim Croft Circulation: 850-522-5197 SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 Year: $24.15 $34.65 6 Months: $15.75 $21 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Im cancelling my SiriusXM Radio subscription. They wont play Bo Diddley! Ive listened to the 50s station for hours on end and fought my way though the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and the Dave Clark Five on the 60s channel to no avail. Its like he never existed! If Bo Diddley wasnt realƒ.. there goes half of my teenage years right out the window. You couldnt swing into Franks Dairy Bar without hearing Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, have your heard?Ž and hed hit that guitar riff like he was wringing telephone books in half. Its not for certain he invented the background beat to Rock and RollŽ music but he sure incorporated the blues of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters into this new genre. And he played it so big, loud and driving that we all sat up and took notice. Now, for sure, nobody would ever claim he was Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly. And maybe he couldnt pack a concert hall like the Drifters or Del Shannon, but Im telling you, Bo had a style and a rhythm all his own. And somehow you just understood, he didnt care how Fats Domino did it or how record producers in New York City expected it to beƒƒ.He WAS Bo Diddley and it was HIS music! For a teenager in 1962 working on his rebel without a causeŽ persona, Bo was right there on the jukebox, car radio and Leons record player. That was a tad closer, and a bit more real, than Marlon Brando or James Dean. I was at a sock hop at the American Legion Hall in Lexington, bored out of my mind, when Bo Diddleys A GunslingerŽ came blasting out of the loud speakers. He hadnt even gotten through the first line„ Ive got a story I really want to tell, About Bo Diddley at the O. K. CoralŽ„before Mary Hadley Hayden grabbed my hand and led me out on the dance floor. Ole Bo could work magic at times. Ive been on lousy dates, thinking, is this night ever going to endŽ when You Cant Judge a Book by Looking at the CoverŽ came over the airways. I immediately took a closer look at my date, thinking maybe Ive overlooked something here. Could she be fixing to metamorphose into a Hayley Mills..... Only to discover that she was looking at me in the EXACT SAME WAY, hoping for Paul Newman of courseƒ. Bo was on the jukebox at the City Caf and out at the Skyway Grill. He had a section in the record store uptown. We talked about his songs, his music and his rebellious streak. He was a part of our life growing up in McKenzie in the early sixties. Mother didnt like Bo. She thought there was something wrongŽ with his music. Course, Mom didnt like Jerry Lee Lewis either. Or Elvis, except when he was singing, Peace in the ValleyŽ. She never gave a valid reason. I think it was mostly because these guys werent Frank Sinatra, Perry Como or Benny Goodman. Mom allowed all Bo Diddleys songs sounded exactly alike and the words didnt make any sense. I tried to convince her otherwise by singing, Bo Diddley bought his babe a diamond ring, If that diamond ring dont shine, Hes gonna take it to a private eyeƒ.Ž In one of those, you aint going to believe thisŽ moments, Bo Diddley actually came to our little town. It was 1964, maybe 65. He played for a dance in the old gym at Bethel College. I got there an hour early. Bo arrived an hour late. His whole band drove up in a 1957 Chevrolet hearse. Listen, you cant make this stuff up! I realized everything Id appreciated in Bo Diddley was correctƒ.and he hadnt even sung yet! He began with Hey Bo DiddleyŽ and it was hard, loud and fast„the famous beat of a legend unfolding right before our eyes. He rocked and rolled us right up until the fight broke out. I might have forgotten to mention that sometimes the college boys and the high school punks didnt get along. Im sure they resented the fact that we had crashed their dance. I dont know who started the pushing and shoving but as I ducked under a table I had a vision of Mom giving me her best I told you soŽ look. The last thing I heard before the lights went out was Bo holding forth, I look like a farmer, but Im a loverƒ You cant Judge a Book by looking at the CoverƒŽ Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNBo knewŽ way back thenMy Mama spent over 40 years as a school teacher, most of that time, teaching history. She had a stint in home economics, but I think her preference was history. She didnt try to persuade students into thinking her way,Ž she simply was big on facts, figures and written reports on places and things you have seen or would like to see. This time of year, we all think of the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and almost 3,000 people lost their lives. Most of us remember what we were doing and hopefully all of us understand that this tragedy was real. For the record, the moon landing was real. However, there are things folks get wrong. They get them wrong because they have been told these wrong things over and over, until they start believing they are correct. This applies to history and folks who want to rewrite it on a whim. For example, George Washington had bad and ugly teeth, probably from drinking a lot of port wine, which stained his bad teeth and made them look wooden … but he didnt have wooden teeth. Paul Revere never yelled, The British are coming,Ž because it wouldnt have made sense. At the time, all of the colonists still considered themselves British.Ž Another one I love, is that Albert Einstein failed math. He didnt. He always excelled at math. He had bad hair, or good hairŽ by my standards, but he didnt fail math. We celebrate Columbus Day,Ž but Christopher Columbus didnt even discoverŽ America. He hit some Caribbean Islands and parts of South and Central America, but he never set foot on North America. So what? Well, there are many wonderful quotes out there on history, remembering it, what it means to usƒ Sept. 11, 2001 was a day that we wont forget. Cotton Mather, Puritan minister and advisor to judges during the Salem witch trials, noted, History is the story of events, with praise or blame.Ž Sometimes I think that as soon as one side outweighs the other, they either change it to sound better for them or worse for them, depending on how they saw it. Writer, Alex Haley, put it very bluntly, History is written by the winners.Ž What happens if you lose? Do they forget you? No, as the books are written, you just end up getting a worse beating than you actually got. Filmmaker, Ken Burns was right when he said, People tend to forget that word history contains the word story.Ž I see that as someone looking for a good story, whether its true or not. George Orwell, who wrote a couple of books that were always on my Summer Reading ListŽ in high school, said, The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of history.Ž Although, I cant say I go along with Orwells political beliefs, I think that statement is very true. Maybe not the way he meant it to be true, but it is true. You can quote someone without agreeing with everything else they have said or done, this is often the case. We see, read and understand things differently from our perspectives. I cant possibly know how people think all over the world, because I really havent traveled that much. Even if I did, I only speak and understand my version of English, so I wouldnt understand them if they told me. There are events that are important to us all. There are events that bring back bad memories and good memories, but regardless of the feelings, they still happened. Tearing pages out of books, or worse, taking them off the shelves, doesnt change history. We live in a country where we are relatively safe compared to others in the world. For that, I am thankful and probably a bit spoiled. Some people hear the word, history,Ž and think about wars, politics, religion or dusty boring books, I think of Mama and how much she loved me. Thats my best history. Read more stories at www. MY TRACTOR Quoting historyBy Lee H. Hamilton Its so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news. Theres dysfunction at the highest levels of government. Recent reports „the new book by Bob Woodward and a New York Times op-ed „ reveal that top administration officials are so worried about the Presidents impulses that theyve formed a sort of resistanceŽ movement to thwart them. Many Americans express their disappointment in so many other Americans for supporting politicians who do not seem to know how to make our representative government work. And while drama dominates the daily headlines, Congress is polarized, hamstrung, and ineffective. Were subject to Russian election hacking with very little visible effort on the part of the federal government to do something about it. Dozens of vital issues, from economic inequality to cyber-security, are going largely unaddressed. So it might seem odd for me to suggest that we take a step back and count our blessings. But thats exactly what I believe we need to do right now. Our history should give us a shot of confidence. We have overcome formidable challenges: a civil war, two world wars, recessions and depressions, and through it all, America has not just survived, but improved. In my working lifetime, I have seen this country become a better place, plain and simple. We enjoy the world's largest and most competitive economy. We have greatly improved the life of many older Americans with programs like Social Security and Medicare. Weve improved the lives of many younger people with college scholarships and wider opportunities. And women and minorities have had doors opened to them like never before, even if theres still room to improve. We are the pre-eminent diplomatic and military power in the world. Though terrorism is a serious worry, we do not face an imminent threat to our overall security. Our citizens, federal employees, and military personnel are engaged all over the world, for the most part doing their best to improve life for people elsewhere. Perhaps most important, we have created a country where everyone has a chance to become the best she or he can be. Theres much room for improvement here, too „ opportunity is not equally accessible. But there are plenty of people whove managed to get ahead in life even though the cards were stacked against them. We should not sound arrogant, and we should acknowledge our mistakes, but we have much to be proud of in our record as a nation. I dont want to suggest we dont have big problems. Of course we do. And just as noteworthy, progress over the decades doesnt mean its inevitable. While China invests in advanced robotics, for instance, were re-investing in coal. Are the current administrations trade policies laying the groundwork for a prosperous future? I worry that theyre not. What impact will our huge and greatly expanding national debt have on our nations future?No one knows for certain, but its hard to believe things will end well if we dont address it. What about the inability of Congress to do its work? Nowhere is it written in the stars that things will continue on as well as they have, especially if our policy-makers dont do their jobs. But to confront these problems, and to start to forge solutions, you have to have a measure of confidence in the system through which well address them. And in this regard, our history should give us a boost. My impression is we need it. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.Heres why I believe in America BN Heard Kesley Colbert


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 A5 LOCAL Sept. 10-16 On Sept. 10, Deputy P. Young traveled to the Bay County Jail to pick up Eric L. Harris (34) and Rebecca V. Hanlon (45) on Violation of Probation warrants. Harris was on probation for Sale of Cocaine and Hanlon was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. Both subjects were transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked. On Sept. 10, Investigator S. Ferrell and Deputy M. Peek went to a residence in the 1600 block of State 22 to arrest Clyde Dillon McDaniel (20) on warrants for Violation of Community Control and Failure to Appear. McDaniel was arrested inside the residence while attempting to escape through the bathroom window. McDaniel was on community control for the following charges: Traf“ cking in Stolen Property, Burglary of an Occupied Structure, Grand Theft and Felon in Possession of Gun or Concealed Weapon. On Sept. 10, Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traf“ c stop on a vehicle on Lake G rove Road in Wewahitchka for a traf“ c violation. Contact was made with the driver, Linda McLin Bice (60), and a passenger. During the course of the traf“ c stop Deputy Peek deployed K-9 Brix to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. Brix alerted, indicated the presence of an odor of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed a personal amount of Marijuana, Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. These “ ndings led to the arrest of Bice who was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. On Sept. 11, Deputy M. Peek and Deputy C. Kesterson conducted a traf“ c stop near the intersection of C.R. 386 and Live Oak Drive. During the stop, K9 Brix was deployed to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. Brix alerted on the vehicle indicating the presence of an odor of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed personal amounts of Methamphetamine and Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The driver, who was identi“ ed as Jimmie Dean Shores (48), was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ashley Nicole Chadwick (25), who was a passenger, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects were transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking. On Sept. 11, Deputy S. Sheline traveled to Gulf Correctional Institution to pick up Loomes Wheeler (75) and transport him to the Gulf County Detention Facility on a transport order to attend judicial proceedings. Sgt. Sanders later transported Wheeler back to Gulf Correctional Institution when the proceedings concluded. On Sept. 12, Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traf“ c stop on State 22 near Lester Drive. The vehicle was occupied by Joseph West Sketoe (42) and Brian David Traylor (41). Deputy Peek deployed K-9 Brix to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. Brix alerted to the presence of an odor of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and revealed approximately two ounces of Methamphetamine, less than twenty grams of Marijuana and multiple prescription medication classi“ ed as controlled substances. Sketoe was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Traylor was charged with Traf“ cking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (four counts), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Sept. 13, Deputy C. Harvey and Deputy T. Lay“ eld responded to Sunset Drive in Wewahitchka in reference to a 911 call from a female who stated that she needed help. When they arrived on scene contact was made with the female and a male subject identi“ ed as Harold Kenneth Fox (81). During the course of the investigation it was determined that Fox had threatened to harm the female and threatened to shoot her. Fox was placed under arrest and charged with Domestic Assault. On Sept. 14, the Gulf County Sheriffs Of“ ce received a report of a stolen vehicle, which resulted from a loanedout vehicle that had not been returned. Deputy M. Manley located the vehicle in question at the Wewahitchka Library. Contact was made with the occupant, William Earl Barber (27). As Deputy Manley spoke with Barber, he discovered that Barber had a pipe in his front pocket which tested positive for Methamphetamine. A JC Higgins Model 29Ž .22 caliber ri” e was found in the vehicle, which he stated belonged to his grandfather. Barber was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Barber was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking. In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, a suspect in an of“ cer involved shooting in Mexico Beach ” ed to the Beacon Hill area in Gulf County. The suspect remained at large until approximately 11:50 a.m., when the Gulf County Sheriffs Of“ ce received a report of a suspicious person in the Beacon Hill area. Deputies with the Gulf County Sheriffs Of“ ce and Bay County Sheriffs Of“ ce responded to the area. As deputies patrolled the area, a man matching the description of the suspicious person was located, which led to the suspect ” eeing on foot. Deputies established a perimeter, surrounding his immediate area. Deputy S. Sheline located the subject hiding in a wooded area behind a residence off of Olive Street. The subject was identi“ ed as Charles Lamar Goodin (35), who was the wanted suspect in the Mexico Beach incident earlier in the morning. Goodin was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Sept. 14, Deputy P. Young was dispatched to Sunset Drive in Wewahitchka in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival, contact was made with a white male subject walking in the front yard of a residence. The man was identi“ ed as Harold Kenneth Fox (81). Fox was arrested on Sept. 13 for Domestic Assault and was released from custody. A condition of his release was to stay away from the property where he was currently located. Fox was placed under arrest and charged with violating conditions of his release. Fox is currently being held at the Gulf County Detention Facility without bond. On Sept. 14, Deputy G. Desrosier conducted a traf“ c stop on a vehicle for a traf“ c violation. The driver of the vehicle was identi“ ed as Timothy L. Colonder (71). A wanted persons check on Colonder revealed that he had an active Gulf County warrant for Violation of Probation (Grand Theft). Colonder was also wanted on an out of county warrant as well. Colonder was taken into custody and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Sept. 15, Deputy G. Desrosier was dispatched to Richs IGA in Wewahitchka in reference to a stolen grill. The victim described the grill as a 250-gallon single axle grill with a “ re box on both ends and dual vent pipes. One pipe is larger than the other. He also stated that it was recently painted black. Anyone with information regarding this theft is encouraged to contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Of“ ce. On Sept. 16, Sgt. D. Sanders arrested Sidney Lee Robbins (25) on a warrant for Failure to Appear on the charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility without incident.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 SHERIFFS OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARYStar Staff ReportTwo men were arrested and two ounces of methamphetamine seized last week following a traffic stop in Wewahitchka.Joseph W. Sketoe, 42, and Brian D. Traylor, 41, face multiple drug charges. Sheriffs deputies seized two ounces of meth, less than 20 grams of marijuana, digital scales and mulitiple prescripition controlled substances.The two men were trav-eling in a red Chevrolet pickup truck and were stopped for a traffic viola-tion at State 71 and Lester Drive in Wewahitchka.The K9 officer, Brix, was deployed and alerted for the presence of narcotics sin the vehicle, according to a press release from the Gulf County Sheriffs Office.A search yielded the drugs.Traylor was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, four counts of possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Oxycodone and Balacet), possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.Sketoe was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.Two arrested on drug charges Sketoe Traylor [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Two hours of pushing broom... Buys an 8 by 12 four-bit room; Im a man of means by no means...ŽKing of the RoadŽ as performed by Roger MillerWe are currently observing the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, politicians and pundits spend more time arguing about who deserves credit for the economy than they do actually trying to sustainably improve it or prepare for the next downturn. Regardless of who does deserves credit, theres no doubt the economy is in better condition than it has been in a long time. But in recent years Ive increasingly come to think that were living in a two-tiered recovery. On the one hand, those with significant investment assets, access to capital and financial expertise made the last decade a productive one. A sustained period of historically low interest rates helped revive an economy on life support and handsomely rewarded those who were lured back into capital markets. Those skilled in buying and selling businesses, public and private, have been able to borrow more cheaply than at any time in history to finance their ventures. But there were many more citizens without the means to benefit from the improving economy. A statistic gleaned from the Federal Reserve speaks to this side of the twotiered recovery story, one which most of the folks I deal with are intuitively familiar: the percentage of the average familys income generated by wages has dropped nine percent in the last 15 years, falling from 70 to 61 percent. Whats replaced those wages? Investment income. But the problem with investment income is that you have to actually own investments to earn it. The folks who dont own stocks or bonds or other types of financial assets therefore havent experienced the same recovery as those who do. The old adage It takes money to make moneyŽ is becoming more accurate over time. So while one part of the economy has done well in recent years, under the surface we see the economic position of the middle-class stagnating. The average middleclass American familys net worth is $40,000 less than what it was at the economic peak before the Great Recession, according to the Fed. And real wage growth has been falling since 2015. Declining real wage growth means that peoples purchasing power is still growing, but at a slower and slower pace. Over the last year, a 2.7 percent wage growth was outpaced by a 2.9 percent cost of living increase, so folks wages are now buying them less gas and groceries than they did a year ago. Thats a big deal. Real wage growth is one of the best indicators for determining if the average family sees their situation as improving or declining. 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., 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.Financial Crisis, Wage Stagnation and Roger Miller Margaret McDowell The average middle-class American familys net worth is $40,000 less than what it was at the economic peak before the Great Recession, according to the Fed. And real wage growth has been falling since 2015. Declining real wage growth means that peoples purchasing power is still growing, but at a slower and slower pace.


** A6 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The StarBy Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The StarCitrus greening or Huan-glongbing (HLB) is currently the most devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease was first reported in 1919 in China, and again in Brazil in 2004 and discovered in Miami, FL in 2005. Since then, the disease has affected both, backyard citrus growers and most of Floridas commercial cit-rus-producing areas leading to a remarkable 75% decline in Floridas $9 billion citrus industry (USDA).In the Panhandle, UF/ IFAS Extension Agents have implemented a survey to track and monitor citrus greening, including evi-dence of the vector, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), which depending on individual, may or may not carry the disease. Confirmed cases of citrus greening in the backyard stands have been isolated to Franklin County to date. Although, there has been a positive identification of the ACP in seven north Florida counties, including Gulf and Bay. Want to know more about citrus greening as a backyard citrus grower? Please join us for a meeting on Tuesday October 9th at the Fort Coombs Armory at 66 4th Street in Apalachicola beginning at 5:30 PM. Refreshments will be pro-vided compliments of the North Florida Citrus Grow-ers Association. Come talk with citrus experts and north Florida growers. Representatives from organizations such as UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be on hand. Some of the topic addressed during the meeting will be the initial findings of citrus greening in Franklin County, the Florida-Georgia growers perspective, citrus psyllid life history and potential for spread, nursery regulations and inter-state movement of trees, the economic impact of citrus greening, and the biological control of psyllids with Tamarixia radiate (parasitic wasp).For more information on the meeting, contact Franklin County Extension Director Erik Lovestrand at 653-9337 or Gulf County Extension Director Ray Bodrey at 639-3200.Supporting information for this article supplied by X. Martini, M. Paret, P. Andersen, L. Stelinski, F. Iriarte, I. Small, N. Nguyen, M. Dewdney, E. Johnson and E. Lovestrand, all affiliated with UF/IFAS Extension.Other supporting information can be found in the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Citrus Problems in the Home LandscapeŽ by Mongi Zekri and Robert E. Rouse: hs141 UF/IFAS Extension, An Equal Opportunity Institution.Meeting on status/implications of Citrus Greening in North FloridaSymptoms of Citrus Greening [ERIK LOVESTRAND, UF/IFAS FRANKLIN COUNTY] required to remain within state and federal guidelines on ratios between teachers and students in the Bridges program for students with disabilities.The district had the unexpected arrival of students with the more severe forms of disability.In addition, the overall teacher shortage is reflected in the number of teachers teaching out of field during the fall semester.The district has 24 teachers teaching in a subject area they have neither completed certification or staff development programs designed to provide com-petencies required for assigned duties.Ž Adult school graduationFor the second-straight year, the Gulf County Adult School graduation sent more than a dozen students off with a high school diploma.Over the past two years, the Adult School has graduated nearly three dozen students.That is a program doing what it is supposed to do,Ž said Board chair Brooke Wooten. BUDGETFrom Page A1Learn about growing citrusWhere: Fort Coombs Armory, 66 4th Street, Apalachicola When: 5:30 PM


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 A7facilities in Central and South America.I am as excited, if not more excited, about this project as I am about the Eastern (Shipbuilding dry dock project),Ž said Warren Yeager, assistant county administrator and director of the county Economic Development Coalition.This is a great first step in a long process. (Skybornes) technology is cutting edge. Its a one-of-a-kind industry and it is coming to Gulf County.ŽYeager and the county have been working on connecting the company that became Skyborne and the industrial park for about a year, Yeager said.In the past two years, the county has taken full ownership from the federal government of the industrial park and sought a stable, growing company for the complex on the north end of the county.Skyborne has five posi-tions currently in the county, with 10-20 more jobs likely as operations ramp up, said CEO Mike Lawson.He added that in the long haul the company would create 100 new jobs in the county.Lawson has also indicated the company is looking for a second site in the county, adding he was not yet in position to make a public announcement.Additionally, the com-pany will be positioned to take advantage of stu-dents at the high school and college levels now being offered, or soon to be offered, courses in the technologies the company deploys.We are so excited for Gulf County,Ž said Board of County Commissioners chair Sandy Quinn, Jr. It means jobs in Gulf County and we need good jobs.ŽSkyborne Technol-ogy designs and develops manned, i.e. tethered, and unmanned aviation technology, some with underwater applications.The company, which has married a variety of tech-nologies through a series of mergers, has two models of what could be consid-ered mother ships.ŽOne is a large, spheri-cal object which does not travel fast and is primar-ily used as a marketer, an advertising vehicle.The company is also developing a conicalshaped, much larger, craft.Both large vessels carry drones which are deployed in the air.Applications include agricultural assessment, assessing power grids and a host of monitoring uses.Lawson said the company is also working on applications to create a drone which would iden-tify and eliminate bad dronesŽ which other companies and countries are developing.A technology the company is developing is used for underwater applications.And last week, visitors got a peek at The Sentinel, which (way dumbed down) is a mobile and global command center in a suitcase.The Gulf County facility will be, Lawson said, an integrationŽ facility, where such components as flight decks, generator decks and composites will be manufactured. SKYBORNEFrom Page A1Skyborne CEO Mike Lawson talks to local leaders last week. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR]


** A8 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The StarFloating dry dockThe discussion on the float-ing dry dock project, given its complexity, was far more lengthy and broad.As Harper indicated again last week, there is a level of interest among board members and staff to see the project come to fruition.This does have a chance to be transformative for the county,Ž Harper said. It would be nice to find a way forwardƒ.ŽBut, he added, the cost in funding per job projected to be created was the highest of any project the Triumph board had considered. The county is projecting 240 direct jobs created within five years, overwhelmingly in Gulf County, by the floating dry dock. That, Harper said, would be $118,000 per job if Triumph funded the applied for amount of $28 million.In addition, the county will have to find some form of third-party indemnification.ŽIn simple terms, entities with deep enough pockets to essen-tially serve as insurance to pay Triumph back the dollars if job-creation numbers are not met.Somebody has to be responsible for the results,Ž said Triumph board chair Don Gaetz, adding that Gulf County was not offering, nor indicat-ing it could offer, to be that party.Gaetz also expressed reluc-tance at approving any project in which the cost per job cre-ated exceeded $100,000.Gulf County is the appli-cant, but you dont control the results,Ž he continued. (This project) has some hills to climb before it can be achieved.ŽTriumph staff scored the project a B.ŽAssistant County Administrator Warren Yeager said county and Triumph staff had already discussed some poten-tial options for the claw-backŽ provision on any term sheet.Those include securing a line of credit, using ownership of the dry dock as collateral, selling the dry dock on the secondary market or additional private sector tenants.Several Triumph board members also noted that the project involved, in fact results depended upon, a pri-vate sector company, Eastern Shipbuilding.In addition, the project, though creating a floating dry dock jointly owned by the BOCC and Port St. Joe Port Authority, would take place on private land.Shoaf and Yeager both noted the recent economic history of Gulf County, the loss of more than 1,000 jobs as the paper mill and several chemical com-panies closed local operations.Yeager said the county had a stableŽ company ready to expand into the county, transforming not only Gulf but surrounding counties. This is our first real oppor-tunity that has some along for Gulf County,Ž Shoaf said, adding that while there are challenges ahead, Overall, I do believe in this project.ŽTriumph board member Steve Riggs noted the unanimous support for the project of local governing bodies and though the project was a bigger ask, with the smallest matchŽ of projects the board had considered, he was inclined to move the project forward.A first step, Gaetz said, is determining the actual total costs of the project, which will not be known until the project is bid out.A key provision of a Triumph term sheet will be the requirement the county bid construction of the floating dry dock out in a transpar-entŽ process.Initially, construction was going to fall to Eastern.Gaetz noted that until the project is bid, any number was purely an estimate, and the actual cost could take the proj-ect cost higher or lower.He moved Triumph cap the award for the project at $13 million, which was unani-mously approved as the board sent the project back to staff for drafting of a term sheet.Yeager said the outcome of the Triumph meeting was what the county sought; an idea how much Triumph would fund.The county has anticipated seeking other sources of fund-ing, such the governors Job Growth Fund, to which the county has already applied.We know we are going to find other funds,Ž Yeager said. We are going to do every-thing we can to put the funding in place for this project.Ž TRIUMPHFrom Page A1agreed with Treasurys opinion that the project was an exemption from CBRA.That rolled that obstacle away but the county remains without a check in the bank.The new Catch-22 in a pro-cess that has had plenty of them over the past two-plus years, is the timing of that check.With the notice to proceed, Manson indicated it would need two to three weeks to mobilize, Yeager said. However, if Manson is ready and sand hits the beach before the RESTORE funds are issued by Treasury, Treasury has indi-cated it will not approve the grant funding to participate in the restoration project.Since the first sand will be going on the south end, near the Stump Hole rock revetment, the project would soon move out of the area that was approved for spending the RESTORE funds.So, whether or not a check is issued in the next two or three weeks will determine whether the project is a $6.4 million or $10.1 million project (the differ-ence between the $2.8 million plus 35 percent match dollars from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection).And, whether the check is in the bank or not will deter-mine whether the project ends roughly at the area of beach just north of Scallop Cove or continues to the boundary of Billy Joe Rish Park.Before we start pumping sand we hope we will get approval for the $2.8 million,Ž Yeager said, recommending commissioners approve a notice to proceed with the hope the project will require a change-order before sand is pumped.Dr. Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County, said the project should be a pri-ority regardless of scope.It was more than two years ago that consulting engineer Michael Dombrowski told com-missioners unless sand was on the beach sometime last year, structures would be imperiled.The prediction has become reality in some sections of the peninsula.If we dont move forward we are going to lose homes and lose sand,Ž Hardman said, noting the most damaging storms in recent years have often come during winter months.Anything we can put out there will help the system. Help us get the best we can get.ŽYeager also noted that from the beginning, the belief was that any nourishment of southern beaches would in the long-term benefit more the northern peninsula beaches.Since a 2008-2009 restoration project, the southern end has seen significant erosion with northern beaches accreting into the federally-authorized shipping channel. Flood mapsThe BOCC will hold an 8 a.m. ET workshop prior to Tuesdays 9 a.m. ET regular meeting to discuss preliminary flood maps.Monday commissioners heard the broad strokes of a difference of opinion between county staff and the Northwest Florida Water Management District concerning prelimi-nary flood maps.County staff urged commis-sioners to move forward with the data that was available, much of which dates to 2007, in order to bring relief to prop-erty owners paying for flood insurance they likely should not be required to pay.The water management dis-tricts position is that now that 2017 data is available, there is path forward to alleviate the burden for those paying for flood insurance when they should not while also reducing the number of properties being moved into flood zones.Bo Spring, a member of the water management districts board, said the issue is funding and the agency, which updated data last year at the behest of the county and with agency funding, indicated it could likely secure the dollars.Either way the wait for any finalizing of the maps was at least 18 months away, again a point of some dispute, and the additional few months needed to model the updated data would ensure fairness in how people would be impacted.No matter how many might be brought relief, Spring noted, there would be a significant number negatively impacted. 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** A10 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to FISHING REPORTFishing has been pretty hot the last week and we wanted to pass along a couple hints this week to hopefully help you land more fish. Flounder are starting to move off shore more and are headed to deeper water so that being said we know for a fact that there are plenty of Flounder moving out of the Canal and headed out so fish the South side of the Highland View bridge along the channel, use Bull minnows, white plastic grubs and white or natu-ral shrimp we have seen several limits taken in this area. Redfish and Flounder has been good around the Town Beach area in the flats running at less than 3 feet of water. Another hint here from some friends of mine are saying Mirrolure suspended twitch baits that run in 1 to 2 feet of water are proving to be hot. White and Pink and Electric Chicken are tops. As we slowly move into Fall the fishing will only get better. Until next week, Happy Fishing !Special to The Star They did it again.Volunteers at the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve thanked local business owners for their help in the last two previous Bay Day Celebrations. They also happily accepted donations for the Fall Bay Day and Live Auction which will be on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, respectively.The gift certificates are under lock and key for next February. Pat Caruana and Carl Janish have performed their magic … helping to promote local businesses with an outstanding Spon-sors Display in the Visitor Center. All donations are used to raise funds for various projects during the year by the Friends of the Preserves Citizen Support Organization.Many locals are members of the group and membership is encouraged. Attending the Live Auction on Thursday before the Saturday Bay Day event helps the CSO even more. Come on out and be ready to be floored by the gifts and services available. Donations will be accepted in the form of cash or credit card.Board President Lynda White sincerely hopes everyone will attend the Live Auction on Thursday night and Bay Day on Saturday. Birding and TRAM Tours, Low Country Shrimp Boil, Live Bluegrass music, Silent Auction and Raffles. You will have a great day and be glad you got out to enjoy the beauty of the preserves.ŽThis is an excellent opportunity to give unique gifts to family and friends for birthdays, anniversa-ries, or Christmas. Think how relaxed you will be in December when your Christmas shopping is almost complete! Shirts and ties are out of vogue and charter fishing trips are in. Your spouse will thank you profusely and you will make points for the whole year. Want to know what kind of items you might find at the Live Auction, Silent Auction or Raffle? These items are listed on the Friends of the Preserves website so check them out:, if you have a fear of attending auctions just relax. Friends of the Pre-serves Board Members will help you so you can enjoy the night. Another site volunteer, Frank Hermanek will serve as auctioneer for the second time and he makes the event enjoyable even if someone outbids you on an item. There is wine and cheese to enjoy also. Remember, your dona-tions by membership or participation in the auctions, raffles, or by attending Bay Day are used to assist the Aquatic and Buffer Preserves exclusively. Keeping St. Joseph Bay in outstand-ing condition is a priority for the CSO. The 5,025 acres surrounding the bay serve as a water recharge area naturally cleaning the waters coming down the watershed before it reaches the bay. We are not just talking about the bay for our use now but for the next generations to follow. Dylan Shoemaker, Pre-serve Manager invites everyone to come to the preserve and enjoy being outside. Listen to bluegrass music and enjoy an authentic experience with a Low Country Shrimp Boil prepared right on the deck. Local wild-caught shrimp make the boil extraordinary for a mere $10 donation.ŽThe mission of the Friends of the Preserves is: Restoring the Land, Protecting the Water, and Preserving the Future! How can you help? Attend the Live Auction on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Bay Day on Oct. 13.The Live Auction are two events it will be worth your while to participate in while you are helping the Aquatic and the Buffer Preserves. Raising funds to help in your backyard! The mission of the Friends of the Preserves: Restore the Land, Protect the Water, Preserve for the Future. You can help!!Volunteers aid businesses, Aquatic and Bu er PreservesMusic, food and tours of the Buffer Preserve are part of Bay Day [FILE PHOTO] Special to The StarOctobers regularly scheduled Tram Tour will not take place on the second Friday due to the Fall Bay Day Celebration which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. There will be four Tram Tours on Oct. 13 beginning at 9:30 am ET and continuing throughout the day at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. An extraor-dinary Low Country Boil with fresh-caught local shrimp, Kielbasa sausage, new potatoes, corn-onthe-cob, and onions are one of the highlights of the day. This delicious plate is served with cole-slaw, garlic bread and sweet tea. All this for a $10 donation. Wonderful homemade sweet treats will be available for pur-chase also.There is also the wonderful opportunity to get up early and catch a fantastic birding tour which departs from the deck of the Preserve Visitor Center and ends on St. Joseph Peninsula. Ron Houser of the Bay County Audubon Society is an excellent leader for this birding trip. Several stops allow for exciting sightings of different birds. Meet at the Visi-tor Center, travel in your own vehicle with the group and enjoy locating different birds at the stops. Your birding tour will be completed by 11am just in time to try the first batch of Low Country Shrimp Boil.There will be a sign up for the Tram Tours at the registration table at the Visitor Center. You will sign up for the specific time (9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) beginning at 8:30 a.m. At the time of your tour you will present your free ticket to the ticket taker at the Tram which will be located at the bottom of the stairs. Tickets reserved for each time slot can only be used for that specific time. See the heart of the Preserve and learn how the staff monitors, manages, and records the natural com-munities. You will see zones that have benefitted from prescribed burns, areas where the hydrology is being restored to its natural state, and how and why invasive plants and ani-mals are being controlled.Dylan Shoemaker, pre-serve manager said, This is one of the two best days for the buffer preserve. Volunteers make the day extra special with great food, planning, and time invested in the event. Staff of the preserve spend many hours preparing for the event to insure it is extraordi-nary for our visitors. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy being out-doors, eating an excellent shrimp boil, and just relaxing and visiting. It is a great day!ŽBay Day is presented by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. A recently added opportunity to help St. Joseph Bay Pre-serves is the Live Auction Thursday night before Saturdays celebration. Some great items donated by awesome sponsors will be offered for a donation to the Friends. Charter Fishing, restaurant certificates, places to stay, and many services such as haircuts, facials, spa treatments, and many more opportunities to make your day and help the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves. Over 220 Sponsors have contributed items to make the Live Auction on Thursday, the Silent Auction and Raffle on Saturday, one of the best events in the area.Lynda White, Board President hopes to see lots of faces at the Live Auction 6:30 p.m. Thurs-day, Oct. 11. She said, Volunteers have worked tirelessly to secure items for our auctions and raffle. This is a super opportunity to get started early for your Christmas shopping, or a birthday gift for a special person, or just get a great bargain while helping the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic and Buffer Preserves. There are lots of unusual and outstanding items which are looking for a home. Come on out and help the Preserves. Your donation makes it possible for the Friends to purchase property, provide needed equipment, sponsor events and other projects. See you on Oct. 11 and 13!ŽWant more information? Call Sandra at 229-1787, Ext. 1 from 9a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Bu er Preserve newsTram Tours return to the Buffer Preserve next month. [FILE PHOTO] October Tram Tour to take place on Saturday instead of Friday


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 A11 SPORTSStar Staff Report Four meets, two wins. Not a bad start for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls cross country team, especially when considering there is but one senior on the squad.That senior is joined by two seventh-graders, two eighth-graders, two freshmen and two sophomores.In other words, this is a very young team.And when they run within their classification, they are clearly at the front; the struggles have come against the bigger schools.This past weekends meet was a perfect example, Port St. Joe in a 12-team field that included larger schools such as Fort Walton Beach, Nicev-ille and Baker.And after a week of arduous practice in brutal heat, the Lady Tiger Sharks struggled individually, but collectively competed hard enough to finish fourth.Madelyn Gortemoller led the Lady Tiger Sharks, fin-ishing 20th.Zoe Gerlach and Kaylee Schweikert were at the top 30.Autumn Kotelman and Lexi Fountain were among the top 50 and Hannah DaCosta was 67th.The Lady Tiger Sharks second win of the season came the week prior during a meet at Sneads.Port St. Joe took nine of the top 10 places while plac-ing two other runners in the top 20.Kotelman, a sophomore, won the meet in a personal best.For Kotelman, it was her second individual win of the year after taking the top spot in the Buccaneer Bash to begin the season. After the second place fin-isher, Port St. Joe had Gerlach finish third, Gortemoller fourth (in a personal best), Fountain fifth, Jade Cothran sixth, Quinci Elphinstone seventh, DeCosta eighth (a personal best), Schweikert ninth and Sammya Brown 10th.Elphinstone is the lone senior among that group.Savannah Burkett, a sopho-more, was 17th.Port St. Joe also won the season-opening Buccaneer Bash.Behind Kotelmans win, Fountain was seventh, Gor-temoller ninth, Cothran 10th, Elphinstone 12th and DaCosta 35th.It is worth noting DaCosta was the lone seventh-grade competitor in the race. The Lady Tiger Sharks also competed at the Bay Invitational and field of 19 teams from Florida, Georgia and Alabama, many of them much larger schools.Kotelman finished 31st fol-lowed by Gortemoller in 34th and Fountain in 41st.Port St. Joe lacked the number of runners needed to compete as a team in the Bay Invitational.Lady Shark harriers running up frontOff to the start last Saturday [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The Port St. Joe girls have two wins in their “ rst four meets. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School junior varsity football team remained unbeaten, and unscored upon, with a 30-0 rout of Cottondale.The Tiger Sharks have three-straight shutouts.Leading the defense were leading tacklers Zeke Bailey and Aiden Gainer.The defense forced four Hornet fumbles.Quarterback Dakota Quinn paced the offense, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.Quinn hit Nick Jefferson from 13 yards for the first points of the game and found Gainer from 37 yards to make 22-0 in the second half.Quinn also scored on a 4-yard keeper.Gainer ran the ball over for two-point conversions after each of Port St. Joes first two touchdowns.Port St. Joes Ashden Maf-fett carried over from the 4, and added the two-point conversion run to complete the scoring.Port St. Joe JV blanks CottondaleStar Staff ReportA fourth-quarter touch-down was the difference last Friday as visiting Jay downed the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School football team 30-22.The Gators, 2-2, will be at North Bay Haven in Bay County this Friday. Wewahitchka jumped to a 14-lead in the first quar-ter only to see Jay battle back to tie the game at 14-all entering halftime intermission.Each team added a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter before Jay scored what proved to be the deciding score in the fourth quarter.For the third-straight game the Gators rushed for at least 300 yards, rushing 50 times for 316 yards.Tyreeq Thomas led the way again with 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.Trevor Nunnery added 86 yards on eight carries and Cody Lee also carried eight times for another 80 yards and a touchdown.Creed Pariera carried 10 times for 37 yards and a touchdown.Pariera and Lee was also credited with two-point conversion runs.Lee was 1 of 4 for 11 yards in the air as the Gators attempted just four passes.Jay edges Gators on late touchdownBy Greg JordanHead Football Coach/ AD Port St. Joe JR/Sr High The Sharks enjoyed an open date week 4 of the regular season. The JV had an away game last Thursday the 13th in Cottondale and came away with a victory to run their record to 3-0 on the season. Way to go JV Sharks. This week the Varsity prepares to hit the road to take on the Rutherford Rams at Bozeman Field. Rutherford is coming in to the game on a two game losing streak falling to Mosley and last week at Baker. The Rams will be hungry to get things turned around. For our sake we hope this is not the week it happens. The Rams will play an 8 man front on defense and try to make it difficult to run between the tackles. On offense they run a lot of shotgun 1 back formations with 4 wide receivers. They will get under center occasionally and try to run the football in stead of the spread package. This will provide another good test for us on both lines of scrimmage. They will play more players than us on both sides of the ball. Conditioning will become a factor especially in the 2nd half. We look forward to getting back on the field in week 5 action of High School football. Hope to see you in the Sand Hills at Bozeman Field this Friday night! Friday night under the lightsƒno place we would rather be!! Kickoff is set for 8:00!! See you there!! GO SHARKS!!!Coachs CornerStar Staff Report The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School volleyball team registered its first win of the season, on the road, last week with a three-game sweep of Spring-field Rutherford.Game scores were 25-15, 25-18 and 25-19.Hannah Fulk and Emily Lacour were perfect from the service line for Port St. Joe.Fulk had eight serves and Lacour had 17, during which the Lady Tiger Sharks won 13 points.Overall, Port St. Joe served at 91 percent and added 10 kills at the net.It was definitely a team effort,Ž said Coach Wayne Taylor.The Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Franklin County High School Monday and lost a close five-game match.It was a very energetic crowd,Ž Taylor said. I believe the team let the noise get into their game.ŽGame scores were 25-20, 15-25, 15-25, 25-17 and 10-15. Emily Lacour had four of Port St. Joes 21 kills.Fulk was perfect at the serving line and had six service aces.Port St. Joe played Bozeman Tuesday. The volleyball team is in the middle of fundraising for the annual Dig Pink event.The event supports the Side-Out Foundation in raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research.To learn more and to make a charitable contribution please visit: girls volleyball team wins rst game of seasonIt was de nitely a team e ort.ŽWayne Taylor, coach


** A12 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@ star” .com A perfectly formed waterspout off Mexico Beach[COURTESY OF LARRY SHERIDAN] A passing shower at the Port St. Joe Marina [COURTESY OF JIM MORPETH] Sunrise over Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill [COURTESY OF BILL FAUTH] A hardworking Mabel Orchard Spider [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Right: Peace on St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF LINDA SHEPHERD] A glowing sunset [COURTESY OF TERRY STRAIN] Below: A relaxing day at the beach [COURTESY OF TERRY LIND]


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 B1 COMMUNITY Wilson Casey TRIVIA FUNTrivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or sug-gestions? 1. What was the name of PlutoŽ in his second appearance (first time nameless) in a 1930 Mickey Mouse film?Rover, Spot, Fido, Clarence2. In the game of craps, whats a throw of 7 or 11 called on the come-out roll?Zuke, Buffalo, Toke, Natural3. What also is known as a painter, silver ghost and catamount?Bear, Camel, Elephant, Cougar4. On which Hawaiian island is Pearl Harbor?Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai5. Whats the center division of a backgammon board called?Ridge, Island, Bar, Scoff6. Where is ones patella located?Hand, Knee, Throat, Forehead ANSWERS: 1. Rover, 2. Natural, 3. Cougar, 4. Oahu, 5. Bar, 6. Knee By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThey have spotlighted their members and exhibited the work of a range of photo-graphic artists in the area.They have spotlighted the role of stewardship in preserving the best of art, the natural art that abounds in this spot on the globe.Now, the folks at The Joe Center for the Arts, an allvolunteer team, are turning back to organics in the form of Fantastic Fibers.ŽThe Fantastic Fibers ShowŽ will be on exhibit at The Joe Oct. 12 through Nov. 9.The deadline for submis-sions is Sept. 29.The show celebrates the heritage of the craftsman of the past as well as all the ways artists of today are taking those age-old art forms to a new level,Ž said Marcy Trahan, a member of The Joes board of directors.Professional, amateur, an enthusiast or simply an artist in search of a way to share tal-ents with others, the show is open to those of all skill levels, Trahan said. As with all prior exhibits at The Joe, the Fantastic Fibers ShowŽ will include a jury consideration and awards.Fiber art includes natural and man-made materials which can be made into art, Trahan said.Wall hangings, tapestries and objects which are braided, coiled knotted, knitted, twined or wrapped are included, but hardly the finite list.Fabrics are fiber and can be hand-dyed and manipulated into works of art, some wear-able, incorporating thread, yarn, string, rope, felt, leather and even beads.Basket weaving is also a form of fiber art as is paper making, which uses organic materials as well as recycled paper and fabrics.Artists can submit up to five entries for consideration. A Peoples Choice Award will be given along with $50 gift certificate to the winner.For a prospectus with addi-tional information and the entry form visit and click on Call for Entries.ŽArtists will be notified Oct. 1 of their acceptance into the show. The Joe Center for the Arts is a community art center with a mission to educate, exhibit, partner and inspire through the Arts. The Joe, located at 201 Reid Ave., was renovated into a climatecontrolled gallery, with classroom space and handicap-accessible bathrooms, in 2007. The Joe Center for the Arts is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition.Arts center turns to fantastic bers for next exhibitMacram created by Judy Scott. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star |tcroft@starfl.comOne of the smaller details etched into each years annual spring session of Florida lawmakers is the establishment of salaries for county constitutional officers. Released by the Office of Economic and Demo-graphic Research, the salaries are based on county populations which establish catego-ries for base salaries and multipliers.This year, all of Gulf County constitutional officers, along with its highest-paid nonelected government officers, received a raise.Each of the five mem-bers of the Board of County Commissioners received a salary increase of just under $100.County commissioners earned $28,875 in 2017-18 and will earn $28,963 during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.For members of the Gulf County School Board, the increase in salary is about $150; from $26,537 to $26,689.For five constitutional officers, the bump in pay was nearly $600.The Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, Clerk of Courts and Superintendent of Schools each earned $100,262 during the cur-rent fiscal year.For each, their salaries will increased too $100,834 for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.The highest paid con-stitutional officer is the Sheri ff, who during the current fiscal year earned $109,595.Beginning Oct. 1 that salary will increase to $110,232.Several years ago, the Board of County Commissioners voted to tie the salary of the County Administrator to that of the Sheriff.Therefore, Michael Hammonds salary will also rise to $110,232; roughly one-half a percentage point, less than the 3 percent other county employees received this year.Also of note, of the 67 counties in Florida, 41 have appointed superintendents of schools, 26 have elected superintendents.Those are appointed have their salaries estab-lished by local school boards.Constitutional o cers' salaries riseThis year, all of Gulf County constitutional o cers, along with its highest-paid nonelected government o cers, received a raise.By Herman JonesSpecial to The StarIn the head of St. Josephs Bay, from Palm Island (out from Presnells) to Salinas Park, there are scores if not hundreds of depressions in the shallow grass flats of the bay. Some are quite small, 15 to 20 feet, to larger ones 40 to 50 feet in diameter. Most are 5 to 8 feet in depth. They appear irregularly, with no rhyme or reason. Their bottoms usually have no grass, but are sand covered by silt and detritus.Ask anyone; locals, fishing guides, or anyone in the local fishing and tourist industry, what made them, and most will say, They are bomb craters.ŽPresumably made by the Army Air Corps in WWII. What a myth!Being somewhat of local historian (I grew-up here), Ill give you the real reason. Bomb Craters? Lets be sensible. First, the Army is not going to have a bombing range just a few miles from a thriving industrial city like Port St. Joe. It had a paper mill and a heavily used port. Also, there was a federal highway just a few hundred feet from the bay. C-30 was old 98. It had to be kept open for troop movements and commerce.What made the potholes?A cluster of potholes behind St. Joe Fish Co.; Palm Island (Bird) in the distance. [COURTESY OF GRIFF GAINNIE] See POTHOLES, B6


** B2 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarHealthy ways to cope with anxiety and panic attacks will be discussed at a new Lifetree Caf lunch setting 11:30 a.m. CT Friday, Sept. 28.The program, titled When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Understanding,Ž features filmed interviews with psychologist Kelly Breen Boyce and with Cheryl Eresman, who describes her experiences with panic attacks.When you have a panic attack, you think youre dying,Ž said Eres-man. People who have never had one have no idea what its like.ŽDuring the program, Lifetree participants will gain greater understand-ing and get practical tools for dealing with anxiety and panic.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. A simple lunch and bev-erages are available at 11:30 a.m. with the epi-sode beginning at 12 p.m. CT. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel.Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual cof-feehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or livingwater@livingwateratthebeach. com.Panic attacks and anxiety explored at Lifetree CafSpecial to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR will meet on Sept. 26 and will be called to Order at 11 a.m. E.T. at the Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe. This meeting will be a celebration of Constitution Week with Mabel Hodges as Chairman. The new Yearbooks will be distributed. Dues will be accepted by Treasurer, Fran Walters.DAR newsStar Staff ReportLocal author Linda Gerald will be signing copies of her latest novel, VieVie La FontaineŽ at two events next month.Gerald will be at Josephs Cottage 5-7 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 5. Wine and cheese will be served.The following day, Sat-urday, Oct. 6, Gerald will be signing from 10 a.m. until 12 noon ET at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library with all proceeds donated to the library.Book signings Special to The StarPort St. Joe Mayor Bo Paterson signs a Proc-lamation declaring Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week.Ž Let us, especially this week, honor this great document, written prayerfully and carefully by our founding fathers, which has given us more freedom and opportunity Celebrating Constitution Week Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe Garden Club (PSJGCŽ) held its first meeting of the year Sept. 13.We had record breaking attendance with 50 people turning out for the luncheon and program. The programs featured speaker, Ms. Anita Grove from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, offered tips about how to create a Florida friendly yard.A Florida friendly yard requires less work and money to maintain and reduces the environmental impact thereby protect-ing Gulf Countys natural resources. A key principle for a Florida friendly yard is Right Plant, Right Place.ŽChoosing plants that fit the site, works with the environment rather than against it, and reduces the amount of water, fertil-izer, and pesticides needed for the garden to flourish.Consider installing a rain garden in any low lying areas of the yard that tend to collect water after a rainfall. The rain garden will filter stormwater runoff and in doing so protect St. Joesephs Bay from run-off pollution all while providing a beautiful native landscape. A business m eeting fol-lowed the program and luncheon. During the meeting, Ms. Era Daniell, was presented a certificate for the clubs donations to the Pennies Pines Program in her honor for her con-tributions to the PSJGC.Please come join us for the PSJGCs next meeting on Oct. 11 for a program entitled, Plant Propagation Methods,Ž presented by Ray Bodrey, Gulf County UF/IFAS Extension Director and a PSJGC member. Anyone interested in joining the PSJGC, in attending a program, or renting the Garden Center at 216 8th Street, a national and historical site, may email psjgardenclub@gmail. com.PSJ Garden Club news[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Ms. Sue Meyer, President of PSJGC and Ms. Era Daniell a long standing member of the club.[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Thank you for your love and dedication that you have given to your family, your community, and your country.Happy 80th birthday Rev. Jerry R. Huft Sept. 27 We had record breaking attendance with 50 people turning out for the luncheon and program. The programs featured speaker, Ms. Anita Grove from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, o ered tips about how to create a Florida friendly yard.


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSSpecial to The Star LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel rec-ognizes academic excellence of students named to the Presidents List and Deans List each semester. To qualify, students must be a full-time student and maintain a grade point average of 4.0 for the Presidents List, and a GPA of 3.50-3.99 for the Deans List. The following individuals were named as recipients of this distinguished rec-ognition for Summer Semester 2018. Presidents List: Trace Bailey Flowers of Wewahitchka.LBWCC honors for summer termSpecial to The StarThe Florida High School High Tech Program of Gulf County was excited to receive a sponsorship donation for the Autumn Action Golf Tournament from the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis donation will be enough to provide a summer internship job for one student. President Joanna White presented the check to the President of the HSHT club, Joseph Cunningham, and to Dr. Patricia Hard-man and Robyn Rennick who facilitate the club through Dyslexia Research Institute.Joseph Cunningham spoke about what he had learned from being a part of the HSHT program and how much it had helped him, particularly in learning how to communicate on the job. He took questions from the Kiwanis and explained the program well.This is the 12th year we have been able to offer the program.Ž Dr. Hardman reported. It allows high functioning high school students with disabilities the opportu-nities to gain experiences in many different career areas through our Career Fair, Career Shadowing Days, and our summer internships.ŽStudents have worked for Consolidated Com-munications, the Humane Society, Seahorse Safari, the Buffer Preserve, nursing homes and child development centers and many other businesses in the community during the summer in a variety of career options. Dr. Hard-man provided several success stories of past students who had been in the program. One of the Kiwanis members shared that one of their present employees had been in HSHT and bragged on how much HSHT had meant to him and to his becoming an exemplary employee.Support from the community is phenomenal.Ž said Activities Director Robyn Rennick. Not only do the busi-nesses provide internship and career shadowing opportunities, but businesses and individuals also help raise the monies for the student activities. This year we have plans to visit a medical center, Tyndall AFB, the Apalachicola Estuarine Research Center, and moreƒŽThe major fundraiser is the Autumn Action Scramble Golf Tournament.On Oct. 7 golfers are invited to the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club to have a great tournament and to support a wonderful program.Ž Dr. Hardman explained. To play or be a sponsor call 229-7799.The High School High Tech Program is partially funded by The Able Trust, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Alfred l. DuPont Foundation. If you would like to be involved in doing presentations for the group, career shad-owing, or being a part of the Summer Internship program, please contact Robyn A. Rennick, 229-8989Port St. Joe Kiwanis Club supports HSHTDr. Pat Hardman, Robyn Rennick, Joseph Cunningham and Johanna White. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportThe PTO from Port St. Joe Elementary School is inviting students and parents to come out and show School PrideŽ during an event 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 22.Stop by for a while before or after the youth soccer games and meet the PTO at the table by the Soccer Field and Port City Trail.Part of the day will be about School Pride, including a clean-up (picking up the trash) of school grounds. The PTO will provide the supplies.The second goal of the day is to show school spirit and staff/teacher appreciation by painting a rock off the new PSJES RocksŽ rock garden.Show your Dolphin Pride and Spirit on Sept. 22.PSJES Rocks and Clean-up Day[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] S.O.A.R. students of the week of Sept. 14 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]S.OA.R.-ers at PSJES SEE MORE ONLINE AT STARFL.COM


** B4 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The Star FAITHDeacon Cleveland Bailey, Sr., affectionately known as RockjawŽ departed his life on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. God dispatched His Heavenly angels to take His servant home, whispering, well done My good and faithful servant.Ž Deacon Bailey was born on Tuesday, April 26, 1927 in Jackson County, Florida to the late Equillar Brown Bailey and the late Abraham Pittman. At an very early age he and his mother moved to Port St. Joe, where he was reared by the late Jeff Bailey. He was converted at an early age, he joined New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Sr. Deacon until his health declined. RockjawŽ was known as a jack of all tradesŽ. After completing an eight hour shift at the Saint Joe Paper Company where he retired in 1992, he could often be found remodeling homes or providing plumbing services throughout the North Port St. Joe community. He taught those skills, not only to his sons, but to other young men throughout the community. Circumstances forbade his acquisition of a formal education, but Gods grace provided him with an innate intellect surpassed by none. He, his late uncles, Crawford and Jay Bailey, along with Pastor McCray worked diligently adding to and remodeling New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Deacon Bailey was active in his community. He was a member of the St. Joseph Masonic Lodge #99. He served as Worthy Patron with the Order of Eastern Star. In addition, he worked with several local gospel quartet groups. RockjawŽ was also founder ofBig RockŽ male softball team. Cleveland Bailey, Sr., was preceded in death by his loving mother and fathers; along with several of his children. He left to mourn his passing a devoted and loving wife of seventy-two (72) years, Dorothy Russ Bailey; sons: Cleveland Jr. (Tonya) of Clearwater, Florida, the Reverend Carle (Victoria) of Jacob City, Florida, Leonard RayeŽ (Jennifer) of Port St. Joe, Florida, Richard of Jacob City, Florida and Quamaine of Port St. Joe, Florida; daughters: Era of Jacob City, Florida, Bertha (Michael) of Port St. Joe, Florida, Brenda of Port St. Joe, Florida and Florence (Keith) of Atlanta, Georgia; siblings: Willie James Pittman, Sr. (Mildred) and Joe Pittman (Evelyn) and Lena Malone all of Jacob City, Florida and Anna Tanner of Ocala, Florida; sisters-in-law: Lorene and Lois Pittman both of Jacob City, Florida; thirty-one grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Public viewing for Deacon Bailey will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 4-5 PM (EST) at the funeral home. On Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4-5 PM (CST) at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, FL. A Service of Love and Celebration will be 11 a.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 from the Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City, FL with the Pastor/Teacher Obadiah White, officiating. Deacon Bailey earthly vessel will be laid to rest in the stillness of the Church Cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville.DEACON CLEVELAND BAILEY, SR. Mr. Phillip Stephen SteveŽ Lieupo, 61, of Mexico Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018. He was born in Waycross, GA and moved to Mexico Beach in 2005 from Leesburg, GA. Mr. Lieupo retired from M&M Mars Candy Company after 32 years of service. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Lieupo is survived by his mother, Eileen Lieupo; his sister, Eileen Lieupo Carter (Bill) and a nephew, P.G. Salerno. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., CST, Friday, September 21, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mexico Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association at P.O. Box 13006, Mexico Beach, FL 32410 in memory of Mr. Lieupo. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted at Southerland Family Funeral Home Panama CityPHILLIP STEPHEN STEVEŽ LIEUPOAlva Lee Parker, 85, a resident of Wewahitchka, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, September 15, 2018. She was born September 30, 1932 in DeLand, FL. Alva Lee graduated from Wewahitchka High School and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother. Mrs. Parker was involved with the Golden Agers, missionette teacher for young ladies, and a past teacher of the WM Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burley E. Parker, Jr. Those left to cherish Alva Lees memory include her daughters, Nita Flowers and husband Louie, and Jane Parker; sons, Buddy Parker and wife Anne, and Billy Parker, Sr.; numerous grandchildren, great, and greatgreat grandchildren. Ms. Alva Lee always said, We live on a farm and we raise kids.Ž Survivors also include a sister-in-law Tweda McGlon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Funeral services will begin 11 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God with Pastor Joey Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Jehu Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Those wishing to extend condolences may do so at LEE PARKER1932-2018 STARFL.COMFaith continues on B6 FirstBaptistChurch102THIRDSTREET€PORTST.JOE BuddyCaswell,MinisterofMusic&EducationBobbyAlexander,MinistertoStudentsNewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch NewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch Dr.BoydEvansPastor4525064 SundayMorningScheduleBlendedWorshipwithChoir/PraiseTeamƒ8:30AM GreatCommissionSundaySchoolƒƒƒƒ...9:45AM ContemporaryWorshipw/Bandƒƒƒƒƒ..10:45AM WednesdayDinnerƒƒƒ..................ƒƒ.5:00-6:00pm AWANAƒƒƒƒƒ..............ƒ.6:00-7:30pm SurrenderStudentMinistryƒ.6:15-7:30pm Prayer/BibleStudyƒƒƒƒƒ.6:15-7:30pm Nurseryƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ....ƒƒ


** The Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 B5 Special to The StarNEW YORK … Inc. magazine today revealed that Kerigan Marketing Associates, Inc. is No. 4,673 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nations fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Ameri-can economys most dynamic segment„its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Dominos Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.I am honored to even be mentioned with innovative companies like Peloton, Pop-Sockets and others in the class of 2018, and the only one from our area. Our growth is only possible because of the great designers, developers and clients we have,Ž said Jack Kerigan.Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 15) been very competi-tive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows stag-gering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other cri-teria, can be found atIf your company is on the Inc. 5000, its unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,Ž says Inc. editor in chief James Led-better. The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesnt change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.ŽKerigan Marketing Associates helps clients build loyal relationships with the right customers using strategic creative and digital media capabilities. The full-service agency was founded, in 2001, in Mexico Beach, FL, and serves clients including Florida State University, Macys Stores, United Air-lines Express, The Eye Center and more. Visit www.kerigan. com to learn more.Kerigan Marketing among Inc. Magazines fastest-growing companiesI can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.ŽAnn DrakePumpkin season has arrived! I know, its still quite warm and humid outside, and were all wearing shorts and flip-flops, not sweaters and boots. But once Labor Day has passed by, and everyone heads back to school for the semester, I begin daydreaming about all things autumn: pretty scarlet and orange leaves adorning wreaths on front doors, the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg baking in breads and pies in the kitchen, and lots of friendly pumpkins on porches, welcoming family and friends home. To me, these things herald the beginning of my favorite season, regardless of the temperature. I love decorating with pumpkins, from the traditional-looking smooth orange ones to bumpygnarly ones to green or white ones. Theyre all beautiful to me! I decorate with them indoors and out. I stack them in old wheelbarrows, line the porch steps with them, and perch them with other smaller gourds on my mantel inside the house. I want them everywhere possible, beginning in mid-September and going straight through Thanksgiving. Beautiful, friendly pumpkins everywhere! Years ago, mom or dad would buy a big pumpkin for my little sister and me to carve into a jack-o-lantern just before Halloween. We were somewhat disgusted by the sliminess of the insides of the pumpkin, but wed do the operation anyway, excited to remove it so we could begin the more artistic part of carving the face! We always tried to make JackŽ smile and not be too scary. Then, mom would put a candle inside and wed wait excitedly for nightfall so we could light it and stand back, admiring our handiwork. Such fun! When Thanksgiving rolled around, mom would make a couple of pumpkin pies, rich with cinnamon and nutmeg. We loved those pies! I make them, too, using her recipe, each November. Pumpkin is delicious! Its also nutritious, containing a good dose of fiber, potassium, and vitamin A. Its a great ingredient to add to your diet, and not just in pie. Following are some of my favorite recipes that feature pumpkin. I hope youll enjoy trying some of them! First, these low-fat treats are unusualƒ.not the typical brownies, theyre very dense, quite moist, and have the flavor of fall, even without the oil and eggs! Just dont expect them to be cake-like; theyre definitely unique in that regard. 3-ingredient Pumpkin BrowniesŽ€15-ounce can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie “ lling) €1 box brownie mix €1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Optional: One cup cinnamon chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch or maple-” avored chips Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9-inch baking ban with aluminum foil, leaving some extra on each end for easy removal from the pan when brownies have cooled. Spray the foil with cooking spray. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin and the spice, whisking to combine. Add the brownie mix, and then fold in with a spatula until wellcombined and smooth. Spread the batter into the foil-lined baking pan, smoothing with spatula. If using the ” avored chips, sprinkle them over the top of the brownie batter, smoothing gently with the spatula to press them into the batter slightly. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan, then remove by lifting out with foil and placing on cutting board. Cut with large serrated knife into squares. Enjoy these thick, fudge brownies with a cold glass of milk. Stephs Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread€1 cup dried cranberries €1/3 cup water € cup canola oil €2 large eggs € cup canned pumpkin puree €2 cups plain ” our € cup white sugar €1 teaspoon baking soda € teaspoon salt €1 teaspoon ground cinnamon € teaspoon ground nutmeg Method: 1. Plump the berries: Place the 1/3 cup water in a saucepan with the cup of dried cranberries. Bring to a simmer, stir, and remove from heat. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 4. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add pumpkin and oil, and whisk until combined. 5. Add wet mixture to dry, and gently stir until just combined (no remaining visible clumps of ” our) 6. Fold in berries, including the juice that theyve created. Combine gently with spatula until they are evenly distributed in the batter. 7. Pour batter into a loaf pan that youve sprayed with Pam or Bakers Joy, or greased and ” oured. 8. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. For a large loaf, expect it to take about an hour. If dividing into two smaller loaf pans, bake for about 35 minutes. (I do this to save time.) You could also make this into muf“ ns of any size, adjusting baking times accordingly. Pumpkin Blondies€ 2 cups all-purpose ” our € 1 teaspoons of cinnamon € teaspoon fresh nutmeg € 1 teaspoon baking soda € teaspoon salt € 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature € cup sugar € cup brown sugar € 1 large egg € 2 teaspoons vanilla extract € 1 cup canned pumpkin puree € 1 cup white chocolate chips € 1 cup cinnamon chips (If you cant “ nd these baking chips, just add another ” avor, or more white chocolate chips, if you prefer) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.Spray with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together ” our, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Add the pumpkin puree. Reduce speed to low, and mix in the ” our mixture until just combined. Dont overmix. Stir in the white and cinnamon chips by hand. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. The sides will pull away from the pan and brown a bit. Do the toothpick test, if it comes out clean. They are done. Cool completely in pan. Lift the blondies from the pan, using the foil. from pan. Peel off the foil and cut into squares. If you like, you can drizzle with melted white chocolate or cream cheese icing, too. 100 percent delicious! I hope youll enjoy pumpkin season with these recipes, and that youll enjoy your fall decorating, too. Feel free to share your pictures with me; Id love to see them! My email address is I look forward to hearing from you! Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama Steph.Ž She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three young adult sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT Lets give em Pumpkin to talk about[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-FraizerStephs Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] 3-ingredient Pumpkin BrowniesŽ. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** B6 Thursday, September 20, 2018 | The StarBible study at FUMC-PSJFirst United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will host a Bible study program, Proclaim the Excellencies of JesusŽ Sept. 19 through Oct. 24. The group will meet 10-11 a.m. ET each Wednesday. The curriculum is provided by Ann Hillyer-Hashem Ministries. The cost is $10, due the first session. Call FUMC at 227-1724 or visit to sign up. Request nursery care if needed. Fruit Harvest Service at Philadelphia PrimitiveThe City Wide Missionary Society will be sponsering its Annual Fruit Harvest Services on Thursday evening, Sept. 20, at Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church. All proceeds from this service will be used to provide Thanksgiving basket to the sick and shut in, nursing homes, and vul-nerable citizens in the Port St. Joe Community. If you will not be attending, a donation will be greatly appreciated. The church is located at 261 Avenue D. Mens and Womens Day at Thompson TempleThe pastor and church family of Thompson Temple First Born Church of the Living God, located at 228 Avenue E in Port St. Joe, cordially invites you to join us in the celebration of our annual Mens and Womens Day 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 23. Thanks, and may God forever bless and keep you in his care. Elder Marvin Davis, Pastor. Lighthouse Pentecostal Seeds of RevivalŽLighthouse Pentecostal Ministries will be hosting a Seeds of RevivalŽ and heal-ing services. The services will be held in Wewahitchka, at the Senior Citizens Build-ing, Sept. 24-25, 7 p.m. CT. Everyone is welcome. Come and let us glorify the Lord in praise, worship, the Word, and expecting miracles. Each night we will pray for the sick (James 5:14) and any other needs you may have. We look forward to seeing you then. Pastors Tim and Wanda Bailey Over 55 BunchŽ Alabama tripThe Over 55 BunchŽ will be traveling to Bellingrath Gardens & Foley, AL for shopping on Nov. 29-30. Trip includes motor coach transportation, one night accommodations, one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner (Lamberts), admission to Bellingrath House and Garden and a chance to do some shopping in Foley. Cost of trip $279 single, $224 double per person. Deposit of $100 is due when reservation is made. Final payment is due Nov. 1. This trip is filling up quickly so call today 674-4163. Over 55 BunchŽ at Beach BaptistThe Over 55 BunchŽ at Beach Baptist Chapel invites all to join them in a game of Hand-and-Foot. The Bunch meets 10 a.m. ET every Tuesday and Thursday. Bring your lunch and enjoy getting to know new people. If you enjoy a little friendly competition stop by and try a hand. Dont know how to play? These ladies will be happy to teach you.FAITH BRIEFS Also, Tyndall Field ( no Air Force then) was an aerial gunnery school. Its purpose was to train pilots and gunners to shoot out of planes. No bombers were at Tyndall. Eglin was the bombing range; thats why its such a large base. Eglin is where Jimmy Dolittle practiced with his men for the raid on Japan,Also, I once knew many people that were here during the war; no bombers, they all told me. So much for the bomb cratersŽ theory!So what made the potholes?First, theyre not tidecaused because they arent connected. If that was the reason they would be tidal channels. Heres what I surmise.Lets go back a few thou-sand years, one or two will do.The bay is as clear and pris-tine as any in the New World. No canals or ditches enter to make it the red, silty color it is today; only the crystal waters of the Gulf would flush it daily. Its watershed was an unbroken forest of long-leaf pine and palms.There was no run-off of any kind, except during storms and hurricanes. The bay was fedŽ by a few tidal creeks; like Simmons Bayou and Chicken-House Branch (at WindMark). It was Eden!Place into this idyllic set-ting great schools of fish, like the mullet.Schools over a mile long would use the bay as a breeding ground and to feed on its sandy bottom. Great sharks roamed the shallows, rays of many kinds fed upon plankton and shellfish. Some of these rays had wing spans of 10 feet or more.Also, large pods of dolphin, hundreds of sea turtles to feed on the abundant grass, and probably a few large alligators to scout-out the shallows. Also during this time, sea level was a few feet lower.I have been in the bay during the Full Moon or New Moon phase, the afternoon tide in the summer is extremely low. Many a bug-bitten scal-lops and his unhappy wife and children have spent the night high and dry in their boat waiting for the tide to come in. Time and Tide wait for no man!So here we are, a few thousand years ago, sea level is lower, and hundreds of large animals inhabit the bay. During the high tide they hunt or feed in the shallows of the bay; and before they know it, the tide begins to fall.They are trapped, just like the scallops in his boat. Most would die if exposed to the sun and the dolphin could not breathe due to gravity. What do they do?Like the gators in the Ever-glades do during a drought; they start digging a hole.The dolphin would use their flukes, the rays their wings, and the turtles their flippers. After years of doing this, they created enough potholes for most to survive the low tide. As the years went by, they became deeper and larger.I can think of no other explanation. POTHOLESFrom Page B1Another group south of Presnells boat channel. The dark lines in the photo are prop scars. [COURTESY OF GRIFF GAINNIE]


CLASSIFIEDSThe Star | Thursday, September 20, 2018 B B 7 7 21462S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE # 2018 CA 01 CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, v. RAYMOND R. FINN, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure dated August 30, 2018, entered in Case No. 2018 CA 01 of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein CENTENNIAL BANK is the Plaintiff, and RAYMOND R. FINN a/k/a RAYMOND ROBERT FINN; LINDA L. FINN; UNKNOWN TENANT and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under, and against the herein named individual defendants who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees or other claimants are the Defendants, the undersigned will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd Floor Lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola Florida 32320, at 11:00 o’clock a.m. on October 18, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure to-wit: Lots 9 & 10, Black A (66), Range 4, Pickett’s Addition to the City of Carrabelle, Franklin County, Florida, a subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2 at Page 20 of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Together with a 1974 CAP Mobile Home, ID#14533. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after sale. DATED this 4th day of September, 2018. Marcia Johnson, Clerk of Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Pub September 13, 20, 2018 21458S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEVIED SEALED BIDS *RFP 2018-001* PSJRA ADVERTISEMENT TO RECEIVE BIDS The City of Port St. Joe and the PSJRA will receive sealed bids from any qualified and properly licensed company or corporation interested in providing construction services for the following project: New public restroom 320 Reid Ave Project is located on Reid Avenue within the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, and consists of constructing a new restroom approximately 300 square feet in size. Bids will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 until 3 PM Eastern time on October 5th, 2018 Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged at that time in the City Commission conference room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with the bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and project name/bid number as noted above. The complete Bid Solicitation may be obtained by calling Bill Kennedy at 850-227-4405. The successful bidder will have 90 days Pub September 13, 20, 2018 21520S PUBLIC NOTICE Regular meetings of the Port St. Joe Port Authority Board are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at 10:00 o’clock Eastern Time in Building A of the Gulf/Franklin Center (Gulf Coast State College), 3800 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida. The following are meeting dates from October 10, 2018 through December 11, 2019. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Wednesday, January 09, 2019 Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Wednesday, May 08, 2019 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Wednesday, October 09, 2019 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public meetings or provide comments in writing to the Port St. Joe Port Authority, 161 Good Morning St., Ste. 101, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Transactions of the public meetings will be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the Port Authority Office at (850) 229-5240. Pub September 20, 2018 21464S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-14 Biological Dredging Sealed bids for the City of Port St. Joe for the Biological Dredging of the Waste Water Lagoon will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Thursday, October 11, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and RFP 2018-14 for “Biological Dredging.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Biologically dredge the city of Port St Joe’s 70 acre waste water lagoon. This bid is to remove at least 12” of sludge annually and mitigate algae with a money back warranty. A complete bid package is available on the City’s website at www m For questions concerning this Bid, please contact Waste Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Kevin Pettis at 850-229-6395. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Pub September 13, 20, 2018 21534S FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, a public body corporate and politic (the “Agency”), hereby provides notice, pursuant to Sections 163.08(2), (3) and (4) and 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for more than one year to be levied within the area encompassed by the boundaries of every county in Florida, or any of the municipalities therein, subscribing to or served by the Agency’s statewide provision of funding and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation and efficiency improvements, renewable energy improvements and wind resistance improvements in accordance with Section 163.08, Florida Statutes (collectively, the “Qualifying Improvements”). By law and resolution of the Agency, a property owner may apply to the Agency for funding and financing of a Qualifying Improvement. The non-ad valorem assessments contemplated by this notice are voluntary and are only imposed by the Agency with the prior written consent authorized by or on behalf of affected property owners who determine to obtain financing for Qualifying Improvements from the Agency. The Agency is authorized by law to fund and finance Qualifying Improvements and is required to annually collect repayment by non-ad valorem assessments. The Board will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018, at the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Executive Conference Room, 2570 W International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property that may be subject to the levy which is the entirety of the State of Florida. Copies of the proposed form of resolution are on file at the office of Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for the Florida PACE Funding Agency, 2600 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 163, Maitland, Florida 32751, email: gov@counter pointees.c om All interested persons are invited to present oral comments at the public hearing and/or submit written comments to the Board at the above address. Written comments should be received by the Agency on or before October 29, 2018. Any persons desiring to present oral comments should appear at the public hearing. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the referenced public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in such public hearing should contact the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization at (386) 226-0422 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the public hearing. By Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Funding Agency on August 14, 2018 Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21596S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-54-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY F. BARLOW Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of DOROTHY F. BARLOW, deceased, whose date of death was December 20, 2017 and whose social security number is___-__-1477, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 phone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: Phoebe S. Barlow 907 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21598S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-53-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF BILLY RAINEY FLEMING Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of BILLY RAINEY FLEMING, deceased, whose date of death was August 25, 2018 and whose social security number is ___ -__-0527, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 2018 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 phone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: Janet F. Nobles 1620 Palm Blvd Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21600S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-51-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF MICHAEL JOHNSON Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of MICHAEL JOHNSON, deceased, whose date of death was May 1st, 2018 and whose social security number is ___-__-5121, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 2018 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 phone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: Janet Marie Johnson 128 Pam Street Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Pub: September 20,27, 2018 21616S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Carl White Jr., 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 is as follows: Application #2018-18 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-871 R.E. No. 04601-000R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Name in which assessed: Sally Mae Dickens Description of Property: SUB. Lot B of Lot 5A, Block A, in Port St. Joe Heights in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida. Size of Lot being 25 x 117 1/2. Also described as: The South 1/2 of Lot 5, Block A. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 24th day of October 2018. DATED: September 17, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21614S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Beor Fund 1 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 is as follows: Application #2018-21 Tax Sale Certificate #2016-712 R.E. No. 04231-165R Date of Issuance: May 31, 2016 Name in which assessed: James R & Joan A Cleckley Description of Property: Lot 33, Sunset Village Subdivision, thereof recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, at Plat Book 4, Page 19, of the Plat Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 24th day of October 2018. DATED: September 17, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21626S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2012CA000188 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD D. BARFIELD, ET AL. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 18, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2012CA000188, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC (hereafter “Plaintiff” ), is Plaintiff and RICHARD D. BARFIELD; ESTATE OF ROBERT L. HOLLAND; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND/OR BENEFICIARIES OF ROBERT L. HOLLND; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RICHARD D. BARFIELD NKA STEPHANIE BARFIELD, are defendants. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court for GULF, County Florida will sell to the highest aid best bidder for cash in the FRONT LOBBY of the Courthouse; 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe, at 11:00 a.m ET., on the 11TH day of OCTOBER 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, IN BLOCK “A”, OF CIRCLE “J” ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE 10, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email AD ARequest@jud14.fl Dated this 11th day of September, 2018 Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY Barbara Baxter As Deputy Clerk Van Ness Law Firm, PLC 1239 E. Newport Center Drive Suite #110 Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442 Phone (954) 571-2031 m Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21618S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-55-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT D. MINGER Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of ROBERT D. MINGER, deceased, whose date of death was September 4th, 2018 and whose social security number is ___-__-7777, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 2018 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 phone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: Catherine Minger 502 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20,27, 2018 21781S INVITATION TO BID Allstate Construction, Inc. (CGC1518758), the 21749S NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION Under Florida State Law “Self-Service Storage Facility Act” 83.801.83.809, Gulf South Storage, located at 746 4th Street, Port St. Joe, FL will dispose of or sell to the highest bidder for cash the contents of 5 Storage Units. Misc. Items, Unknown Boxed Items. Tenants: T Pittman, T Grey, L. Faipea, H Johnson, J Caswell AUCTION Saturday, Sept 29, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. EST Contents may be redeemed by owners prior to sale for cash at Gulf South Storage. Pub: Sept. 13 & 20, 2018


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