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Publication Date: January 10, 1994
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The Franklin ountyChronicle


Volume 3, Number 1


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 January 1994-26 January 1994


CARRABELLE CHIEF BONNIE
KERR REVIEWS FIRE CONCERNS


By Carol Ann Hawkins
As a child, Bonnie Kerr's list of "Things I'd Like To Do When I Grow
Up" did not include being a volunteer fire-fighter, even though her
father was committed to the same service back in the late thirties in
Lincoln,; Kansas. A United States Navy veteran of World War II,
Bonnie, age 69, has been with the Carrabelle Volunteer Fire
-Department foi- over 20 years, across those years she has learned
through first-hand experience that "most fires are caused by human
error...bad wiring, or someone left something on the stove," she said.
"Normally, winter months are the busiest times, but all through the
year we're going to have something." Sparks from fireplace embers
are the cause of many winter-time fires, Kerr said.
One of the largest fires Kerr has encountered occurred 24 December,
1983. Itwas also one of the saddest. The department didn't have two-
way radios then, and when a fire call was made by telephone, the
phones of all firemen rang simultaneously. On that Christmas Eve
10 years ago, the First Baptist Church of Carrabelle, like many of the
other churches in the community, held a special service. Some hours
later, firemen's home telephones rang, and they were informed that
the church was on fire. "To see anything burn is sad, but a church
on Christmas Eve is doubly sad. Thatwas the saddest fire to me, with
the exception of ones where people were killed,"
Continued on page 8

MOSCONIS
AND TOLLIVER FRANKLIN
ELECTED
CHAIR AND BRIEFS
VICE-CHAIR
VICE-CHOF FRANKINR St. George Island
COUOF FRANKLIN Utility, Ltd.
COUNTY


On 4 January 1994, the Public
Service Commission (PSC)
announced its intention to issue a
Show Cause Order directed to the
St. George Island Utility Ltd, why
it should not be fined for its failure
to make monthly deposits into the
escrow account since August 1993.
Sources at the PSC told the
Chronicle that the Utility did make
a deposit of funds for the November
1993 period but the Commission
decided to move forward with a
Show Cause order, to be formally
issued in a few days.

Fire Committee
Meets
The committee made up of
representatives from the County
Commission, the county
governmental agencies, volunteer
tire departments, contractors and
interested citizens met for the third
time at the St. George civic building
and fire station on the island
Friday, 7 January 1994. Jay
Abbott, fire chief of the St. George
Volunteer Fire Department called
the meeting to order, restating his
concerns for developing
mechanisms to guarantee fire
department access to any third
floors In private residences on the
island.
At the December meeting, the
major finding in the group was the
fact that the County Government
failed to adopt one of three possible
fire codes mandated by the State
Legislature in 1988. Alan Pierce
reported to the group that progress
was being made byobtaining copies
of the preferred fire code to model
a county ordnance upon, the Life
SafetyCode. On Friday, 14 January
Continued on page 8


INSIDE
Fresh From Florda Campaign
Lanark Village Paza Laundry

Apalachicola Martime Institute
Pg. z
Happiness is a Septic Tank pg. 3
Apalachicola City Commission
Library Honored pg. 3
Chiropractic Treatment pg. 4
Old Time Radio pg. 4
Yule Log Ceremony pg. 5
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority pg. 5
Blue Crab Rules pg. 6
Franklin Contractors pg. 6
Carrabelle City Meeting pg. 7
Lanark Water Rates pg. 7
Smoke Free Restaurant pg. 7


SUIT AGAINST
LANARK
WATER AND
SEWER
DISTRICT
DISMISSED;
LITIGATION
RE-STARTED


By Carol Ann Hawkins
A lawsuit filed over a year ago byT
& A Utilities Contractors, Inc.
against the Lanark Village Water
& Sewer District(LVW&SD)and
Baskerville-Donovan Engineers,
Inc. was dismissed by Circuit
Judge P. Kevin Davey on Tuesday,
4 January for lack of prosecution.
T & A attorney, Larry A. Bodiford
said he intended to refile the
lawsuit before he left the
courthouse that day.
The complaint filed byT &A states
that a three-phase contract was
entered into "on or about
September 24, 1990 between T &
A and the LVW&SD. The contract
had an adjusted contract price of
$1,134,139, of which T & A said it
had been paid all but five per cent
of the contract price or
"$56,706.95." Baskerville-
Donovan was Lanark's supervising
engineer on the project. The
LVW&SD, in answer to T & A's
complaint, stated that T &
A"breached the contract by
providing pipe and connecting
gasket material that did not meet
contract specifications and/or
improperly installing the same."
The LVW&SD said that T & A
"failed to timely perform" and that
the contract provided for liquidated
damages in the event this
happened, and also stated that
"all warranted delays were adjusted
and credited and the remaining
balance due to the defendant
(LVW&SD) under the liquidated
damages provision is $56,706.95.
T&Acomplained thattheLVW&SD
had "breached its contract with
T&A by failing to pay T & A the
balance of the contract funds."
The defective pipe was supplied by
Hughes & J & M. In separate
litigation, T & A refused to pay for
the defective pipe, but this
concluded with T & A losing
because the manufacturer had a
disclaimer warrantywhich allowed
them to escape liability," said Larry
Bodiford, attorney for T & A.
T & A's complaint stated that
Baskerville-Donovan "was
negligent in its approval of the
pipe installed by T & A in the
project."
Scott W. Smiley of Thompson,
Crawford & Smiley in Talahassee
was substituted for William H.
Webster as attorney for the Lanark
Village Water & Sewer District in
the case in November, 1993. Larry
A. Bodiford, attorney for T & A
submitted a letter to Davey which
Bodiford said showed that record
activity had occurred in the year
since the lawsuit had been filed.
IContinued on page 8


BURGLARY
SUSPECT
NABBED WITH
HELP OF
ASTUTE
NEIGHBOR

An Alligator Point woman saw a
stranger entering her neighbor's
home about 2 P.M. on Thursday,
6 January 1994. The suspect was
seen leaving the home a few
minutes later with a TV set and
VCR under arm. The alert neighbor
reported the suspicious activity
promptly to the Franklin County
Sheris office, noting a description
of the man, his vehicle and the
direction in which he was driving.
Deputy Timothy Register with the
help of Florida Highway Patrol
trooper Phil Pandolfi, apprehended
the burglary suspect as he left the
scene.
Jeffrey Joseph Newsom, 32, was
arrested and charged with felony
burglary of a structure. Newsom,
from Texas, was staying
temporarily in Panacea. The truck
he was driving was a Ford, flat-bed
pickup. Upon checking the tag
Srin format on, local authorities
discovered that the vehicle had
been reported stolen in Rowlett,
Texas. Inside the Ford were the TV
set and VCR taken from the home
at Alligator Point.
Newsom is currently awaiting First
Appearance before the Franklin
County judge. Texas has placed a
hold on him for the stolen vehicle.







JOHN JAMES
SANSOM HELD
FOR MURDER OF
CHUCK NOBLE
Franklin County law enforcement
authorities are awaiting results of
crime scene work and laboratory
tests following the apprehension
and formal murder accusation
against a 25-year-old Calhoun
man, John James Sansom, now
being held in the Wakulla jail.
Sansomwas arrested on 1 January
1994 for the killing of Chuck Noble,
an elderly Apalachicola man, on
30 December 1993.
Franklin County Sheriff deputies
were called to Allen and Sons
Seafood inApalachicola where they
found 70-year-old Charles "Chuck"
Noble dead of a gunshot wound.
The body was in a camper trailer
close to the seafood house, where
Mr. Noble had worked for many
years.
According to Franklin County law
enforcement authorities, Sansom
and two women went to the home
of Noble with intent to sell Mr
Noble stolen cigarettes from a
burglary in Calhoun County. Noble
refused to buy the cigarettes and
The woman returned to the auto
parked outside, telling Sanson of
the refusal. Sanson reportedly got
out of the vehicle, went inside the
trailer, demanded money from
Noble and shot him. They went
through Noble's pockets and
grabbed what they thought to be
is wallet but later found out the
seized material was Noble's
checkbook.
The Franklin County Sheriffs office
took statements from the three
witnesses and based on those
statements, arrested Mr. Sansom
in Calhoun County. When the
warrant was issued, Calhoun
County Sheriffs office
apprehended Sansom and
returned him to Franklin County.
Only Mr. Sansom is in custody at
the Wakulla County Jail, but the
witnesses will also face the Grand
Jury which will decide on formal
indictments for all of the parties
involved.


TOLL RISES AND THE

MYSTERY ILLNESS IS

STILL A MYSTERY


STUDENT TEAMS
UP WITH
FRANKLIN
COUNTY ADULT
READING
PROGRAM FOR
ACADEMIC
EXCELLENCE
By Brian Goercke
Apalachicola High School senior,
Jason Amison, turned in an
impressive 3.8 Grade PointAverage
for the winter semester. Amison,
who has shone as a varsity
offensive lineman for the high
school football squad, has also
managed to soar to near academic
perfection with the help of the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program.
In October of 1992, Jason Amison
was referred to FCARP through
the high school's guidance office.
Jason recalled, "I went to Ms.
Stanley (A.H.S. teacher) for help
and told her I was tired of not being
able to read the right way. She
said she would find someone to
help me." Amison stated that his
G.P.A. was a 2.5 before he started
working with FCARP; he added
that his grades have steadily
improved with the assistance of
the reading program.
Most importantly Jason has
improved his reading skills to the
point where he not only enjoys the
literature he is reading, but also
looks ahead to other books that he
now knows he can read and
understand. Amison stated, "Now,
I can actually see what's happening
in a book. Before, I couldn't get
Into the book at all, because I was
concentrating only on the words.


By Lee McKnight

The mysterious illness linked to
the consumption of oysters from
Apalachicola Bay continues to
spread.
In the original outbreak, 24 cases
were reported from Chipley, Winter
Haven, Perry, and Panama City.
According to Tom Hightower, Safety
and Sanitation Specialist with the
Dept of Environmental Protection
(DEP) at the Apalachicola office.
Since the bay was reported to
shellfish harvesting 7 December
1993, twelve new cases have been
reported to the DEP and the Dept
of Health and Rehabilitative
Services (HRS)from Jackson
County, Graceville, Vernon,
Panama City, Huston County (Ala)
and Apalachicola.
As in the earlier cases, the victims
were stricken by gastroenteritis, 1.
e. nausea, vomiting, dierrhea, body
aches, and fever within 72 hours of
eating oysters. Shipping tags on
shellstock (oysters packed in the
shell) indicated that all of the
suspected oysters had been
harvested from Apalachicola Bay,
but supplied by different
harvesters, distributors and
retailers.
State agencies have stepped up
their efforts to find the cause of the
illnesses that have claimed 36
victims to date. No deaths have
occurred. HRS now requires all
county health departments
throughout Florida to obtain blood
and stool samples from any victim
suspected of suffering
gastroenteritis from the
consumption of oysters. HRS has
also taken plankton samples of:
Apalachicola Bay to determine if a
biotoxin from single cell organisms.
might be responsible for the illness,
while DEP has increased their
sampling efforts of the bay. No
disease causing organism
(pathogen) has been found but
according to Dr. David Hall, Bureau
Chief of DEP's Shellfish
EnvironmentalAssessemt Section.r
The DEP believes no bacterial cause
for the illness has been found. It
maybe some time before the actual
culprit is discovered if the DEP is
correct. The time required to isolate
and identifyaparticular pathogenic
virus from blood and stool samples.
is lengthy.
Another factor that DEP and HRS
officials must contend with is that

Continued on page 3


ILSE NEWELL CONCERT
23 JANUARY AT TRINITY
CHURCH, APALACHICOLA


Martha and Luciano Gherardi will present a popular program on
violin and accordian with Karl Lester and Bedford Watkins making
their debut in a group of piano duets as a mid-concert interlude. The
concert begins at 4 P. M. at historic Trinity Church, Apalachicola.
Donations of $2 per person are requested at the door. A reception will
follow the concert in Benedict Hall. Continuing support for the series
may be provided by the public by sending donations to: Mr. William
Greer, Post Office Box 342, Eastpoint, Florida 32328.


COMMISSION


JIMMY MOSCONIS


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Pa2 12. 10 Iannarv 1994 *. The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


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"FRESH

FROM

FLORIDA"

CAMPAIGN

NOW

INCLUDES

SEAFOOD

In its third year, the Florida
Agricultural Promotional
Campaign (FAPC) attempts to boost
the image of Florida agricultural
proQducts and foster an
understanding of the importance
of agriculture to Florida's economy,
says the promotional literature
from the State Department of
Agriculture. "The FAPC is an active
partnership between private
industry and state government to
promote Florida agriculture and
the Florida farmer. It provides an
opportunity for the agricultural
industry to benefit from a generic
advertising campaign coordinated
by..the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer,
Services."
FAPC members and retailers are
using the "Fresh from Florida" logo
on, Florida Agricultural products,
including seafood. Members are
eligible to receive the artwork to
use on their products, packaging
and promotional items. Through
such use, retailers and producers
are tied into a Florida statewide
media campaign and they will also
receive.udates on FAPC activities
throfigli newsletter. -
Memberships in the program are
being sought, and membership fees
may be applicable. The
membership year runs from 1 July
through 30 June. There is NO
COST for the membership in the
"F.esh From Florida" campaign to
seafood and aquaculture entities.
The membership fee has been paid
"for.'by the Florida Dept. of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services, through the Bureau of
Seafood and Aquaculture from
monies collected from seafood
licenses. To be a member, one
must apply. Contact: Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services, 519 Mayo
Building, Tallahassee, Fla.
32399-0800.

GOVERNOR
STONE
EXCURSIONS
TO BE
DISCONTINUED
FOR ANNUAL
MAINTENANCE

Sailing excursions aboard the
Governor Stone will discontinue
temporarily while the 117-year-
old' coastal schooner undergoes
annual maintenance and U. S.
Coast Guard inspection. Sailing
excursions will resume in early
March.
Some of the maintenance requires
the vessel to be hauled out of the
water. Yard work will include
caulking the bottom and painting
the. entire vessel, removing and
repairing sails, and building and
installing a top mast.
NOTE: Bids are being sought by
the Maritime Museum for repairs
and new work on the vessel.
Repairs will involve work on the
port bulwark, ribs, cap rail and
buffalo, masts, sails, spars and
faff jaws. New work will involve
making a waterproof cover for a
freight hatch and covering the life
raft, sail covers, a new jib club
pedestal, flyingjib and newforesail,
top mast and fisherman sail. All
workmustbe done to specifications
provided by the Museum's naval
architect. For further information,
please call the Museum at 904-
653-8708.


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Franklin

County

Commission

Meeting

By Rene Topping
The first order of of business for
the Franklin County Commission
at the first meeting of 1994, was to
elect Jimmy Mosconis Chairman,
Edward Tolliver Vice-Chairman
and Buford (Dink) Braxton second
Vice-Chairman. The Commission
then renewed their contract with
CountyAttorneyAl Shuler for legal
work for the coming year.
Jeff Sanborn Road, a road that
cuts off67just north of Carrabelle,
came under heated discussion
when Commissioner Tolliver said
he had a request from a citizen
that logging trucks were using the
road and making the road
impassable. Tom Saunders said
that he felt that the loggers were
using the road as a part not just for
access but as a part of their logging
operations, saying, "I think the
road should be closed." Tolliver
responded that the loggers have to
make a living. Commissioner Bevin
Putnal said that if "You close the
road to the loggers you will put
people out of work." He said that
he had been travelling the road for
thirty years and this was an old
problem. He presented a bill from
Harry Sanborn for parts he claimed
were damaged when he used to
road as access to feed his livestock.
Putnal added that Oscar Sanders
also claimed he had damaged the
brake lines on his truck. Sanders
lives on the road.
Putnal also said that there is a
problem with a bridge on the
county road. Crum suggested
calling it a culvert, "If we call it a
bridge we'll be involving some
people in Tallahassee."
Commissioners then decided to
put an 8 ton limit on the "culvert."
Saunders still protested that
something must be done on the
road as it was.
Mosconis suggested that the
county make an ordinance that
would ensure that if the loggers
did damage to any road theywould
be responsible for repairing it.
Crum said if a logger was going to
move into an area and use the
county road he should notify the
county and come before the county
for approval to use a road. County
Engineer Joe Hamilton said, "Have
them put up a bond" to guarantee
any damages. ,
Pren twice Crumsaid that the county-
could, do little_ to ,4fix the roao, in.
question unhhl the road dries out.
He added the county could grade
the road and keep it passable. "If
you go in and work that grade up,
the more you fool with it the worse
it gets." Putnal said that he felt
that what was needed was, Get
the ditches drained. The water can't
go nowhere. We need to dig the
ditches. Put the dirt back on the


road then we can put in some lime
rock and stuff and stabilize the
road."
Saunders said. "I'm not saying they
(county road worker) are doing a
bad job, but it needs to be
addressed." Putnal then suggested,
"The Three Oaks Road and
Southgate road is real sandy, boggy
and wet. That is the only section
now that is giving anybody any
problems." Prentice Crum told the
oard that he would get together
with Hamilton and "take care of
it."
Van Johnson, County Recycling,
reported that composting has been
started at the county landfill. He
also said that the composting bins
had all be given out. He told
commissioners that the county had
received a $5,000 grant for
education in recycling. He also
asked the commission to execute
an interlocal agreement with Leon
County to handle hazardous
wastes for the county.
There was a request from the City
of Carrabelle for assistance in
opening a road east of 67 to permit
access for Bill Bailey, who plans to
build a new home atAvenue G and
Fourth Street East. Crum said that
there is a peat bog at Avenue G
which would make itvery expensive
.to cut a road in. A shorter access
can be made on Fourth Street.
Commissioners agreed to help
Carrabelle to cut the road through
if the city would supply materials
and get all permits.
A letter was read from Harry
Singletary, Department of
Corrections which read in part
that under Governor Chiles Safe
Streets Initiative a plan was being
formulated to build prisons at three
different sites. The prisons will be
built with space for 27,000 beds,
to ensure that prisoners serve at
least 75 per cent of their terms.
The next step will be to identify
sites for three new prisons. One
prison to be built at a cost of $25.5
million would employ 750 to 800
people, a second would be built at
a cost of $ 23.7 million and a work
camp would be build at a cost of $6
million. The letter stated that
counties desiring to donate land
for this purpose will have top
priority when it comes to choice of
site. The land needs vary from 40
or 50 acres for the work camp to
200 acres for the maximum
security prison. The
commissioners requested John
James, CountyAssessor, to supply
them with a list of county-owned
land. They will also contact the
legislative delegation.
County Clerk Kendall Wade
requested commission permissp '
to expend $100 to drill a safety
deposit box that is believed to house
a Certificate of Deposit in the
amount of $ 16,000. Neither he nor
the previous Clerk Pal Rivers have
been able to locate the key.
Hamilton came up with a money-
saving idea on the ditching work
on the drainage at the Apalachicola
Airport on which work had been
estimated to cost $39,000. If the
county rents the equipment needed


atacostof $6,400 and uses county
employees to do the work at an
estimated cost of $24,600 the
county can save 38 per cent of the
cost. He added that he could get
Department of Transportation
(DOT) approval. He was so
instructed to proceed.
Hamilton was asked to try to find
another site for the model airplane
enthusiasts to fly their planes.
Hamilton said that he had been
under the impression that the
concrete strip needed was 5 feetby
50 feet. He now has been informed
that the strip they need is 25 feet
by 300 feet. Saunders said that
was "Unrealistic." Bob Patrick
raised concerns about model
planes at the airport. He said he
was not against model planes,just
the site. He added that one model
had crashed on the runway on
Christmas Day and this could be
hazardous to incoming planes as
the models ascend to heights
higher than 800 feet. It was
suggested that an area near the
Gorrie Bridge might be used.
Bill Mahan brought a letter from
Big Bend Artificial Reef
Organization on a shallow reefs
joint proposal on multiple county
reefs. Sites would be in water of
about 15 feet deep. Putnal
interjected the comment that if the
thought was to put the reefs inside
the islands the proposition would
run into problems. He added that
he could support a reef outside the
bay area. Mahan said thathewould
pass the commission's thoughts
along to the organization.
County Planner Alan Pierce
suggested that Wakulla Non-profit
Housing and Julian Webb be
invited to give presentations at the
next meeting of the commission
on managing the State Housing
Initiative Program (SHIP) housing
program. The program has run
into difficulties in the management
area and Pearce said he felt the
Coalition could use professional
help. Each year the SHIP program
receives $250,000 for a period of
four years. Most of the money for
1993 .is already absorbed in
applications that have been
:granted because the committee
ound that emergency repair
money had to be raised to $1,500
and major repairs and
replacements was raised to
$35,000. It was also decided on
the advice of County Attorney Al
Shuler that title insurance be
obtained on loans.
Pierce also gave commissioners a
little good news that the state has
re-evaluated the Alligator Point
revetment and will fund it. He said
:there is the possibility of the county
A-receiving $20,000 which can, go
.into the road fund. -

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But Wee Still In


The Neighborhood.


On January 7th, Florida Power offices on Marine
Street in Carrabelle will be officially closed, but
Florida Power's long-standing reputation for quality
customer service isn't going anywhere.

In fact, as our valued customers, your continued
convenience in doing business with us is very
important. You'll still enjoy the option to mail your
payment directly to us using the envelope we
always provide with your bill. Or, if you prefer, you'll
still be able to pay your bill in person but now at
Gulf State Bank on 2nd Street and Highway 98 in
Carrabelle.
So whenever you seeour trucks in your neighbor-
hood and you will we hope you'll wave, and
remember that sometimes these little moves are
necessary to help us continue providing you with
reasonably priced electricity and quality customer
service.

And you will still be able to reach us quickly for
information or assistance, using our new toll-free
phone number:


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LANARK'S

VILLAGE

PLAZA

LAUNDRY

OPEN FOR

BUSINESS

By Carol Ann Hawkins
George Marshall, father of Ron
Marshall, president of Marshall
Construction Company, a family
firm which is developingThe Village
Plaza, turned this reporter's early-
morning chore of going to the
laundromat into a pleasant
experience by sharing the family's
future plans for the facility.
Son Ron and daughter-in-law
Ann Morgan operate the
laundromat and George and his
wife Jill "just help out," the elder
Marshall said,joking thathe's "only
pushing 80!" Marshall said the
family lirm bought The Lanark
Village Plaza after the previous
owner lost ownership.
Marshall said that vandalism at
the laundromat had been a
problem in the past but "we
haven't had that problem" due
mostly to close surveillance by
Marshall family member. Also, the
building is locked at 8 P.M. each
night.
Because of past abuse of the facility
, some patron conveniences are
not available, like the dollar-bill
changer, but patron comfort is an
obvious priority. A large quantity
of magazines covering a variety of
topics are available and a table
with four comfortable chairs has
been added.
After throwing wet laundry inside
two dryers, this reporterwas taken
onabrieftourofthe Square, peering
through the win ows of the
restaurant-to-be, fully equipped,
and the beauty-shop-to-be, also
fully equipped, according to
Marshall. Marshall said the price
of leasing the restaurant and
beauty shop facilities is negotiable,
giving an approximate monthly rate
of $400. Lesees are not required to
be Village residents, he said.
Marshall said that consideration
would be given to anyone who
might wish to use the spaces) for
something other than a beauty
shop or restaurant, such as an
office.
.Concluding ithe. tour. Marshall
.-pointed out that the Thrift Shop,
'vhich is located just outside the
,rear ,door of the laundromat, is
open Monday through Thursday
from 9 a.m. 12 Noon.
The Village Square Laundromat is
open every day from 7 A.M. to 8:30
P.M.


Apalachicola

Maritime

Institute

By Debe Beard
A group of over 30 supporters of
the historic sailing vessel, the
Governor Stone, met at the Gibson
Inn 11 December for the third
annual meeting oftheApalachicola
Maritime Institute (AMI). Board
members Kristin Anderson, Mike
Koun and CliffButler gave financial
and status reports to the gathering,
while Captains Mike Tucker and
Dave Wyman reported on the
condition of the Governor Stone.
According to Anderson, the past
year was a good one for the AMI,
being the first year out of it's
existence that more than $25,000
was made. Expenditures totaled
close to that amount, but combined
with an anonymous giftof$65,000,
Anderson said she felt the program
was in good financial shape. The
museum is applying for another
grant from the Juvenile Justice
Program in the amount of
$100,000, in the hopes of using
the funds to establish a sail training
and building program for
disadvantaged youths.
One of the major problems facing
the programs would be a facility to
build vessels and to use as housing
for extended stays for out of town
youths. Cliff Butler, representing
Gulf State Bank and AMI board
member, explained he was
currently conducting discussions
between Gulf State Bank (GSB)
and the AMI, concerning the
possibility of using a piece of
waterfront property foreclosed on
by the bank, as a facility for the
Institute. There are many details
to be worked out, according to
Butler, negotiations will continue.
The AMI hopes to hold a round
table discussion in January to
focus on establishing their Program
for disadvantaged youths, one,
which Anderson said, would
benefit kids before they enter the
judicial system. TheAMI presented
plaques to volunteers in
appreciation, and Anderson also
extended gratitude to JTPA
employee Valerie Jones, whom she,
said has been invaluable.

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The Franklin County Chronicle. .10 January 1994 *. Page 3


Editorial and Commentary


LETTERS

FRANKLIN COUNTY LIBRARY AND WILL
MORRIS COMMENDED BY DIRECTOR OF
THE LIBRARY, THE NEW YORK MUSEUM
OF MODERN ART
Last weekend I was visiting my daughter and her family in Carrabelle.
She was very proud of her new local library, and because of my
natural interest took me along with her on her next visit.
I was very impressed with what I saw and feel moved to congratulate
you on your support for this local initiative. It was very encouraging
to hear of the vigorous local momentum and hard work that
contributed to the establishment of the library. I firmly believe that
every community should have easy access to library services, a belief
reinforced my own early professional experiences in libraries very
much like the Carrabelle Library.
I was also lucky enough to meet your local Library Director, Will
Morris. His vision of all that the library can do for the community was
thoughtful and compelling. He was also very receptive to ideas. You
made an inspired choice in selecting him for this position, I am sure
that his local knowledge and respected position in the community
certainly serve to advance his vision and your farsightedness.
I am delighted that my daughter and her husband, and especially
theiryoungson, now have access to the informational and recreational
resources of a library in their own town, as well as to the greater
resources of your whole library system. This is a real service.With
very best wishes for the future.

Sincerely,
Clive Phillpot
Director of the Library
Museum of Modem Art
New York

Ten Ways To Kill A

Volunteer Fire

Department

Jim Boue, Volunteer from the St.James-Lanark Village
Fire Department provided the following list of "do's" and
mostly don'tts, to maintain a volunteer fire department.
Perhaps the list suggests the sacrifices and vigilance
actually rendered by the volunteers in safe guarding our
communities.
1. Don't go to meeting or drills.
2. If you go, go late.
3. If the weather doesn't suit you, don't go.
4. If you attend a meeting or drill, find fault with the rest of the
members.
5. Never accept office; it's easier to criticize than to do things.
6. Get sore if you are not appointed on a committee; if you are
appointed, do not attend committee meetings.
7. If asked by an officer to give your opinion on some matter, tell
him you have nothing to say. After drill is over, tell everyone how
things should have been done.
8. If you have a suggestion to offer, go straight to the chief. Do your
best to mess upthe chain of command.
9. Be sure to complain if you don't get paid for being a volunteer.
10. Do nothing more than absolutely necessary, and if someone else
i-dnesJme sure _t lay on the ridicule. .



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Happiness Is

A Septic Tank

By Rene Topping
Of all the gifts received by
Carrabelle residents Boots and
George Evans this holiday season,
the one that brought the most joy
was a septic tank. "Happiness is a
new septic tank," saidMs. Evans
at a house-warming party held at
her newly remodeled home in
Carrabelle. Her home was one of
several that are undergoing major
repairs to make them livable
through a block grant received by
city. "Oh, it's not just the septic
tank, "Ms. Evans went on, "It is
also wonderful to have a new roof,
windows, paint and just look at
that pretty tile kitchen."
Reverend Ron Barks, minister of
the Assembly of God Church, and
members of the community oined
the Evans in a blessing for the
newly remodeled home. Each
participant brought a small gift to
add to the celebration. Ms. Evans
is well known in the community
for her kindness and the visitors
all said how happy they were for
her.
Jessie Dingler, better known in
the community as Grandma
Dingler said that for her,
"Happiness is the new, pretty, blue
and white vinyl tile. It will make
my life easier." But then she added
that, "of course, I'm real proud of
my new refrigerator." She said
that when the appraiser came to
see what the house needed she
had told him that her refrigerator
would do. "Don't you know that
refrigerator went bad the very next
day and could not be repaired."
She points with pride to some
cabinets that she built herself.
They have been refurbished with a
new coat of stain. In addition to
the other things done, the walls
had been painted. Then Ms.
Dingier showed off her "new"
bathroom and the new sink top.
Itis clear that Ms. Dingleris proud
of her newly refurbished home.
The outsidewas painted and except
for the fact that the new beater is
giving her a little trouble, on which
she says, "it seems to be settling
down. she is full of praise for
those who worked to help her enjoy
her home.
Ms.' Evelyn Pope is another
Carrabelle senior who Is revelling
in her newly painted home.
Because she works at the Franklin
County Senior Center she has been
able to help others fill out forms for
housing help through both the
block grant and the State Housing
Initiatives Program, (SHIP). She
said that it was hard to say what
made her the happiest. "I like the
porches. I like the painting. But I
U -- .


10 January 1994


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
Captain Ernie Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
..............Rene Topping
.............Paul Jones
..............Brian Goercke
.............David Hawkins
.............Lee McKnight
.............Carole Ann Hawkins
.............Debe Beard
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
................Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Staff ................
George Malone.....Apalachicola, Eastpoint (653-9566)
Tom Hoffer.....St. George Island (927-2186)
Betty Roberts........Carrabelle Lanark(697-3506)
Tom Hoffer.....Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)

Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple, A.A.

Production & Layout Design........Stewart Calhoun
Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
Sasha Torres A.A.
Proof Reader...............................Leslie Turner
Video Production David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel.................................Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen...............Carrabelle
Rene Topping................. .................Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald...............Lanark Village
Pat Morrison.. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.................Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint
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Franklin

County

News

Briefs

Grand Jury
The Franklin County Grand Jury
will convene at9 a.m. on Monday
January 10, 1994 to look into
circumstances surrounding the
closing of the Franklin County
Jail in ate 1993. The proceedings
will not be open to the public orto
the press, however the jury will
be free to give information on the
findings at the conclusion of their
deliberations.
The Grand Jury investigation was
called for by over 400 Franklin
county residents who signed
petitions. Among those scheduled
to appear as witnesses before the
body are Sheriff Warrren
Rodenberry and two other
members of his
department,Buford (Dink)
,Braxton, 1993 County
Commission Chairman, Retired
County Clerk R.P. (Pal) Rivers
and present County Clerk Kendall
Wade.

Water & Sewer
The Eastpoint Sewer and Water
District had a problem on
Thursday, January 6, when an
extra amount of chlorine gas was
accidentally pumped into the
lines. Officials of the district
immediately began warnings to
the public asking them to not
drink the water and not to wash
colored clothes until the problem
was solved. By Friday, January
7, the lines were purged and
warnings were discontinued.

Animals win with
fantasy five
When .Harry Sowle and Maria
Vickers found themselves lucky
winners in the Fantasy Five dr-
awing of 26 November, 1993 they
shared their winnings. One of
the first things they did was to fill
up the back of their Volkswagen
with dog and cat food and take it
over to the shelter. Then they
decided to give a donation to the
Lions Club. Sowle has also made
a standing offer to pay for the
spaying or neutering of any shelter
cat or dog along with the
necessary shots to help adoption
of the animals.



uess I like my brand new
bathroom most." She displayed a
small bedroom that has been
converted into a full bathroom with
new shower and basin and toilet.
In addition she proudly showed off
a dryer that was bought as a gift by
a relative. She said she really felt
up to date. She had one other
thing to say and itwas, "I could not
have had any of this done on my
own. The house would have had to
fall down for I could not have done
it myself. And I really appreciate
all the work done by the city to get
the grant, the volunteers who are
working with the programs and
the workers who did the work. It
was a real true blessing."
There are several programs to fix
homes. The Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) block grant
has been working in Carrabelle.
The SHIP program is a county
wide program and will be ongoing
for the next threeyears. Residents
are encouraged to put in an
application if they need help. In
Carrabelle call Rene Topping
697-2181. Norm Boyd at 697-
3760, in Apalachicola Ruth
Schoelles at 653-8851.


FRANKLIN COUNTY LIBRARY
RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATIONS


Four-year-old Michael L. McCormick,
Eastpoint. Son of Keith and Deborah
McCormick, demonstrates how to load a CD-
Rom disc into a donated computer


By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Library
obtained the donations of four IBM
computers in late December of
1993. The Donations came to the
library through the efforts of several
local benefactors.
Pamela Amato, a member of the
Friends of the Franklin County
Library, initially petitioned IBM
Representative, Mark Baldino, for
donated computer hardware for
the Franklin County Library.
Amato also contacted Cliff Butler,
Senior-Vice President of the Gulf
State Bank, to help facilitate a
computer donation from the IBM.
Butler, who had already donated a
PC Junior to the Franklin County
Library, contacted Mark Baldino.
The two agreed on a special
transaction. Butlerwould give two
of his older computers from Gulf
State Bank to the IBM Corporation.
Baldino, in turned, donated a new
and a used IBM computer to the
Franklin County Library.
Earlier in December, the Franklin
County Library received an IBM
computer from Eastpoint resident
and Certified PublicAccount, Larry
Lane. Mr. Lane's donation was
facilitated by St. George Island
resident and attorney for The
Franklin County School Board.
The Franklin County Library
thanks all those individuals who
have helped to bring such generous
donations into the library to serve
the community. Those interested
in donating additional computer
items to help the library continually
update its' technology may call
Jane Cox or Eileen Annie at 670-
8151 or Carolyn Sparks at 697-
2366.



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is seeking bids from firms qualified to practice in
the State of Florida to perform lead-based paint
abatement and reconstruction for the Authority.
Inquiries should be directed to: Marilyn Phil
5302 Brown Street, P. 0. Box 218, Graceville, Fl
32440-0218, (904) 263-4442.

Bid opening is scheduled for January 25,
1994.


APATACHICOLA

CITY

COMMISSION

By Debe Beard
A plan to rebuild an Apalachicola
landmark has been placed oni..
Indefinite hold, following an
explosive Apalachicola City
Commission meeting, held 4
January 1994.
Contractor Bill Barnes appeared
before commissioners requesting
consideration for a variance for
offstreet parking, around what was
to be a recreation of the old Owl
Cafe, to be located on a downtown
property at the comer of Avenue D
and Commerce Street, owned by
Indian pass resident, Charles
Chapin. The previous evening,
Apalachicola Board ofAdjustment
had agreed to recommendapproval
of Barnes variance request, to
commissioners. As Barnes,'
addressed the board, requesting
permission for three offstreet
parking spaces, instead of the nine
required by city building codes, he
mentioned that Chapin had thus
far been unable to lease the
downstairs portion of the building
to a restaurant. and mightbe forced.
to turn it into retail space. At this-,
Mayor Bobby Howell exploded,
claiming Barnes had misled the
city regarding plans for the Owl
Cafe.
With much shouting and finger
pointing, Howell accused Bdares'
of shenanigans concerning the
project and said he had only voted
for approval of the project on the
belief that only a restaurant would
be put on the site. Barnes
attempted to defend his actions-
concerning the project, but was
cut short by Howell, who said he
wanted the board to reconsider all
decisions made regarding the
project. Other commissioners
agreed, voting to rescind all permits
previously approved for the project
In other city of Apalachicola
Commission news, city attorneyJ.
Patrick Floyd informed the
gathering that he had filed a motion
for dismissal in the litigation the
city has with Franklin Associates;.
The board had previously denied a
request for a special exception by
Franklin Associates represented-
by attorney Ben Watkins, to build,
six townhomes along the-
Apalachicola waterfront. Watkins.
subsequently filed suit against the:
city, protesting their decision. In
the middle of Foyd's presentation,.
followingaquestion from a member
of the press. Mayor Howell cut
Floyd off, admonishing him to "let.
'em (the reporter) go to the
courthouse to read he public.
record", and not waste anymore of
the board's time, doing the
reporter's work.
Apalachicola resident, Linda
Weller, appeared before the.
commission with a pair of what
she said had been a brand new
pair of black pants claiming that
excessive chlorine in the city's.
water system had faded them
dramatically. Weller said she now
took all her family's black clothing
to Panama City for laundering,
wondering if there was anything
the city could do. Commissioners
agreed to look into the problem.

Mystery Illness
from page 1
in some cases oysters may have:
been improperly handled or stored
for too long a period of time. In the
Alabama case, Apalachicola
shellstock oysters were shucked
and repacked in pint containers
by the retailer. This practice is
prohibited in Florida because of
the possible health hazards
associated with it. In a case from
Panama City, oyster stew made
with oysters purchased from the
retailer as "Reduced for quick sale"
were identified as the possible
cause of the illness. And, in another
case, the victim consumed 15
dozen oysters at one sitting. There
is also the annual outbreak of
what is commonly called the
"stomach flu" to further
complicates the picture. Michael
Allen, news director of local radio
station WOYS said that over the
Christmas holidays, he had
experienced identical symptoms
to those of oyster induced
gastroenteritis but that he had not
eaten any oysters.


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Page 4, 10 January 1994 *, The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


MEDICAL

NEWS YOU

CAN USE


LOOKING INTO
CHIROPRACTIC
TREATMENT:
AN INTERVIEW
WITH DR. FRED
RUSSO

By Brian Goercke
Author's note: As one of
Dr. Russo's clients and a
sufferer of lower back
pain for more than two
years, I have found that
the treatment and helpful
advice from .Dr. Russo
has provided a wealth of
insight and, most
importantly, relief from
chronic back pain. I have
chosen to give coverage
to Dr. Russo and the
chiropractic profession in
the hope that others with
back pain may be
encouraged to seek
treatment quicker with
the confidence that these
problems will be solved
to their satisfaction.

Q: Please explain how much
education now goes into becoming
a chiropractor?
A: The chiropractic profession is
steadily trying to upgrade their
quality of education. There is now
a four year undergraduate degree
required before entrance into
chiropractic school in Florida. The
chiropractic program is ten
semesters or approximately five
years long for a student.
Q: What are some of the elements
of physiology one would study in
chiropractic school and whatwould
receive special examination?
A: All systems of the body are
covered. Some of the main focus
would certainly include such
physical properties as muscle
physiology, kinesiology, human
biology, neurology, x-ray and
orthopedics.
Q: How long have you been in
practice?
A: I've been practicing for three
years.
Q: What are some of the most
freqtient injuries you come across?
A: Neck and low back pain is
basically what chiropractors
specialize in. These cases are
usually related to physical
traumas.
Q: What are the hardest to treat
injuries?
A: The hardest to treat cases are
those that occur when the patient
was injured some time ago and
has not sought proper medical
attention allowing that injury to
get chronic. The nature of the
dealing process is so much
different and difficult to work with
if allowed to fester, rather than if
the problem is dealtwith promptly.


Publisher's note: Judy
Kemp was a recentvisitor
to LanarkVillage and the
home of her parents Mae
and Ozzie Hanson.


Q: What is the nature of neck
injury that you would treat?
A: Whiplash, for instant, is most
commonly found in patients of
motor vehicle injuries. In most
cases, patients didn't feel bad
initially and they didn't think it
was necessary to see a doctor.
"Oh, I feel okay," is the general
feeling that one has when one has
been in such an accident; but the
fact of the matter is, 10 to 14 days
post-accident is when the neck
pain usually comes to a head and
shows just how serious neck pain
can be. When the patient comes in
a month or two after the accident
and they're now at the point where
they can't even turn their head
and are having pain into their arms
and possibly all the way down into
their hands. That's a much more
serious condition than if it was
managed from the onset. '
Q: Tell me about the nature of the
average patient with lower back
injury?
A: Your low back cases are usually
due to acute trauma, for example,
as in a lifting situation. It usually
knocks the person down
immediately like a dock worker
who bends to pick up something
and suddenlyfeelsa "pop" or"snap"
or "giving way" of some sort and all
of a sudden goes to his knees.
Q: Why is a person with neck
injury more likely to feel his pain
later on?
A: Well, the vertebrae in the lower
back are much larger than that in
the neck. The muscles surround
the vertebrae in the low back are
also much larger. Neck problems
can be allowed to fester because
they're nagging, and don't tend to
immediately incapacitate the
person to the point where they
have severe migraines and pain
into their arms.
Q: Can the average x-ray find
muscle damage in a patient?
A: No, x-rays show hard tissue,
notsoft tissue. Muscle is soft tissue.
X-rays are useful in showing the
alignment of the bones and how
they relate to the function that the
muscles which are attached to
those bones impose on those
bones.
Q: What exam do you use to detect
muscle damage in your patients?
A: Every patient that comes
through my door receives the
Orthopedic-Neurological exam.
The orthopedic test is done to
determine the location and nature
or extent of the injury. The
neurological exam is coupled with


As a child, Judie Kemp always
wanted to be a fashion model. "I
kept looking at models in
magazines. I always wanted to do
it, and I don't remember how old I
was," she said. When she
graduated from Ranburne,
Alabama High School, she began
in earnest to pursue her dream.
She landed her first job at
Merchandise Mart in Atlanta,
Georgia trying on clothes. "I liked
it, but I didn't like it. It was hard,"
she said. "I thought, "I don't know
about this"... but I kept going
because I found out that


the orthopedic exam. It shows
deficit or lack thereof that one can
determine the seriousness of the
injury of the hard tissues
relationship with the soft tissue
(i.e. bones and nerves).
Q: Tell me about the seriousness
of nerve damage and how it affects
an individual?
A: Nerve problems deal with form
and function. Function being what
is possible based on that form. The
nerves come out of the spine on
either side equally and bilaterally
from your neck all the way down to
your low back. These nerves, which
exit the spinal column are what
the chiropractors give reliefto when
they give an adjustment. These
nerves go out to all the muscles
and organs in the body. It only
stands to reason, then, if the brain
sends a message down the spinal
cord which exits the spinal cord
via the nerve roots which then go
to the muscles and organs of the
body... if there's a problem with,
the spinal column, it also stands
to reason that function can be
altered because of that alteration.
Q: What test is used to exam nerve
damage?


A: The MRI (Magnetic Resonance
Imaging) exam is a new diagnostic
device that's becoming more and
more popular. It shows the bone
and soft tissue and will show the
disc itself and the nerve canal
where the nerve roots exit. The
MRI will show a herniated disc or
"slipped" disc. That is our imaging
process that is in favor by most
physicians today.
Q: If a patient of yours needed
such an exam, how could you
accommodate that person?
A: If I want an MRI done, I have to
contact an MRI Center.
Q: What kind of patient would you
refer to an MRI center?.


photography was my baby. I love
photography!" Finding her niche
in Atlanta was difficult, however,
because "they didn't like my
accent," she said with an obvious
southern lilt, smiling broadly.
So she went to Chicago where she
discovered that not only did they
like her accent, they promoted itl
"My first commercial was with
lines, meaning theyliked myaccent
in Chicago," she said. She went to
work for two Chicago agencies,
Ann Gettes and Shirley Hamilton,
and the first "really big thing" she
did was a milk commercial for the
American Dairy Association. Her
"first big assignment" milked in
"around $5,000, and the
commercial ran for about a year,"
she said.
From there she went to Speigel
Catalogue for a year and a-half
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A: Any patient who has
neurological deficit on an
orthopedic-neurological exam.
Q: What is the price range for one
seeking an MRI exam?
A: I've heard of prices as low as
$800 and as high as $3000.
Q: The term, "subluxation," is one
that is used widely in chiropractic,
but kind of has a vague meaning to
most patients. What is your
explanation of a subluxation?
A: The common definition of
subluxation is that a bone is out of
place and is putting pressure on a
nerve. That's the most understood
layman's explanation. Is it 100%
accurate? I don't think so. When a
bone is malpositioned which is
altering bio-mechanical function
in the spine...the pressure that is
put on a nerve by this can affect a
person...but to what extent? My
explanation of the term
subluxation is that a bone is mal-
positioned and possibly causing
interference with full flow of that
nerve information to its desired
destination and this is causing
somewhat of an imbalance to the
body and it's one that should be
rectified because as the
subluxations are cleared from the
body and mal-positions corrected,
then normal functions seems to
return. Basically, subluxations
affect nerves and the nervous
system controls all the functions
in the body.
Q: What is the average patient,
injury wise, that comes for your
services.
A: The average patient that I run
into most are in moderate to severe
cases. Patients with minor
problems don't come in. We don't
see patients, unfortunately, until
they are in so much pain that they
can't move a part of their body or
often they cannot walk without
pain. Suffice it to say, I usually
won't see a patient until he or she
is in severe pain.

accent was no longer a determent.
"Everybody started using me. I
had three or four jobs a day," she
said, including jobs on cruises.
Her repertoire includes
commercials for Coca Cola,
Homeline Cruises, Delta, Kodak
and the State of Georgia and
movies.
Judie emphatically states that "I
started out not liking acting, just
liking print, but it's just worked
into more of a commercial
industry." Yet in spite of her
negative attitude toward acting,
she got into movies. "I've done four
major movies," she said matter-of-
factly, and this fork in the road of
her career was a result of the
encouragement she received from
her agent in Atlanta, even though
she told the agent that she did not
like acting.
Her first major movie was
"Cannonball Run" starring Burt
Reynolds, Dean Martin and Roger
Moore. Then came "Slugger's Wife,"
Neil Simion, featuring Rebecca
Demormay and Mike Okeefe; "The
Barron," with Johnny Cash and
"The Catlin's Soap." She had "heavy
lines" in two of the movies and
receives residuals for these "every
once in a while."
Most recently, she's done work for
the Tabloid news, "some movie
that's being looked at now," she
said.
After her career had been
established for awhile, she said
she realized that there was a need
for teachers in her field. After
photographers kept calling on her
expertise, she said she thought,
Continued on page 8


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OLD TIME RADIO

CONVENTION

HIGHLIGHTS 1993

By Jay Hickerson
The Friends of Old-time Radio held its 18th Annual Convention from
October 21- 23, 1993 at the Holiday Inn North, Newark, New Jersey.
Celebrities present who received awards were: Ed Bryce, George
Gould, Elaine Hyman, Florence James, Al Markim, Maxine Marx,
Lucile Mason, Jan Merlin, Bob Mott, Carmel Quinn and Frankie
Thomas. Othercelebritiespresent wereArthur Anderson, George
Ansbro, Barney Beck, Jackson Beck, Warren Bryan, Ward Byron,
Lon Clark,, Bob Dryden, Win Elliot, Ray Erlenborn, Lee Erwin,
Harry Fleetwood, Fred Foy, Joe Franklin, Earl George, Gladys
Holland, Raymond Edward Johnson, Ruth Last, Abby Lewis,
Charlotte Manson, Bill Murtough, Charles Osgood, Adele Ronson,
Terry Ross, Sy Shaffer, Margot Stevenson, Ezra Stone, Arthur
Tracy, Sybil Trent, Frances von Bernhardi, Florence Williams,'
Betty Winkler and Bill Zuckert. The guests socialized with fans
participated in panels and workshops and re-created 5 radio shows.
The convention began Wednesday evening with complimentary wine
and cheese for the overnight guests. About 40 people attended.
Thursday, many dealers opened at 9 am. There were three afternoon
workshops: BBC science fiction with Barry Hill, Penny Fabb and
Tom Monroe; a tribute to Carlton E. Morse with Larry and John
Gassman; A behind the scenes look atArthur Godfrey with Lee Erwin,
Bill Murtough, Ward Byron, Pat Reilly, Hank Esposito and
others; then cocktails and dinner. Fifty-six fans attended during the
day. One hundred forty-five fans and guests attended in the evening.
An amusing sound effects workshop was held with Barney Beck,
Terry Ross, Ray Erlenborn and Bob Mott with the help of Barney's
son-in-law, Frank DeFranco. Gary Dennis then entertained us with
an hour of songs, including some Al Jolson impersonations.
Friday began at 9:00 with the opening of the dealers room. Fifty-nine
dealer tables were active during the convention. Two hundred sixty-
one people attended dinner with another 104 in the afternoon.
Workshops and panels included the following. Jack French talked
about radio heroes from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Jay
Wild ran a quiz show Ray Schnitzer led an all-star panel about
privatedetectives. The Dave Warren Players presented"On a Country
Road." Ward Byron and Carmel Quinn gave a talk on variety shows.
Raymond Edward Johnson presented "The Cask of Amontillado."
Harry Fleetwood, Phyllis Lynd and Charles Osgood talked about
radio since 1960. Bob Mott and Jim Harmon then talked about their
books. After dinner Ezra Stone, Fred Foy and Joe Franklin were
inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The Boogie
Woogie Girls and Company Eentertaineduswithsongs. Fred Foy
and Earl George starredin "Doc Savage" and then "Sherlock Holmes"
was re-created starring Frankie Thomas and Earl George.
Saturday the panels and workshops included the following: Mitchell
Weisberg ran a quiz show; GaryYoggy led an all-star panel on horror;
Lee Munsick led an all-star panel on Arthur Godfrey with Mickey
Gravine, Sy Shaffer, Will Jordan, Harold Lieberman, Carmel
Quinn and others; 'Tom Corbett" was re-created with the original
cast including Frankie Thomas, Jan Merlin, Ed Bryce, Al Markim,
Jackson Beck and George Gould; Maxine Marx, Lucile Mason,
Frances von Bernhardi and Florence James then talked about
their jobs as casting directors; John Rayburn and Win Elliot then
talked about sports and news.
Saturday's events culminated with cocktails and buffet dinner for
281 people with another 141 coming for the day. After dinner The
Dave Warren Players presented excerpts from Allen's Alley alld
Amos 'n' Andy. "The Mysterious Traveler" was re-created with Bill
Zuckert, Lon Clark and others. Awards were presented. The
Convention ended with a fun-filled hour of Arthur Godfrey's Talent
Scouts starring Will Jordan who entertained us with his comedy and
impressions. Talent present re-creating their original performances
were Mickey Gravine, Phyllis Lynd, Sy Shaffer and Eileen DiTullio.
Besides the awards mentioned ea'rler; they included three Alien
Rockford Awards presented to Jack French and Larry & John
Gassman for their outstanding efforts in keeping radio alive. Special
awards were given to Lon Clark and Adele Ronson. Both have
attended our convention for several years and have always been
willing to help. Donations were given to the Veteran's Bedside
Network, The Stephanie Joyce Kahn Foundation, The Episcopal
Actors Guild and The Billy Rose Collection of the New York Public
Library.
I again want to thank all the guests who were very gracious in
granting interviews and giving of their time to be with us.
The Chronicle published a brief report about the upcoming
convention several months ago so we felt compelled to seek
Jay Hickerson's permission to reprint his summary of the
events. Old Time Radio buffs may want to subscribe to his
newsletter. If so, please write Jay Hickerson, Box 432 1,
Hamden, CT 06514.




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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 January 1994*, Page 5


YULE LOG CEREMONY,

An Interpretative

History

By George Chapel
PUBLISHER'S NOTE:
Performed on Sunday, 12 December 1993, following the
concert by the Bay Choral Society, in conjunction with the
Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts, the Yule Log
Ceremony began with a processional and welcome by a
Master of Ceremonies, this year performed by George
Chapel.


The Yule Log ceremony, excerpted below, included a briefhistory and
ceremonial continuity, as follows.
Master of Ceremonies: Ladies and Gentleman, one and all, join us
in this noble hall. Thou wilt be finding pleasures a plenty for eye and
ear; so let us get started, with good cheer
On the ground of the 1840 Tullie Smith House, adjacent to the
Atlanta Historical Society headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, the Yule
Log Ceremony takes place every year. A WPA researcher in the
Depression days of the 1930's documented the ceremony in a book
titled: Lay Mv Burden Down.
The ceremony was common in the Piedmont South of the early 19th
century. Long before December 17th when one started to gather the
greens (holly, laurel, pine) or "bring in Christmas", as it was called,
back to the bonfires lit at the Winter Solstice in pre-Christian
Europe, the "bringing in of the yule log" on Christmas Eve, became
something of a ceremony in the baronal halls of the Middle Ages
where a great log laid the foundation for the Christmas fire. Intended
to last through the 12 days of Christmas, one had a holiday as long
as it burned. The kindled log and the Christmas candle represented
"Christ the light of the world." The custom was brought to Virginia
in the 17th century. In Robert E. Lee's home in Arlington, Virginia,
his father-in-law, George Curtis, would ride the log into the house.
George Curtis, carrying on the customs of Mount Vernon, was
George Washington's adopted son.
At the ceremony in Atlanta, the children are invited to search for the
log which is hidden on the grounds. It is happily dragged back to the
minister who, with a cup of wassail, toasts the finders. A piece of the
log is removed to save for the lighting ofnext year's log. The log lighter
sprinkles the Yule Log three times with oil and gives the three
traditional good wishes:
"May the weary find rest;
May the hungry be fed;
May all who wish gain the gift of heaven."
A candle is lit from the log. Smaller candles are lit from the large
candle symbolizing the spreading of Christ's light throughout the
world. After singing Christmas carols, everyone enjoys a cup qf
"wassail" and some home baked cookies.
In many homes, prayers would be said, and the Bible would be read
on Christmas Eve. Tonight, I would like you to remember the poor
and the helpless, the cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; the sick
and them that mourn, the lonely and the unloved, the aged and the
little children; and those upon another shore, and in a greater light,
whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom we are one
for evermore. We are going to start the ceremony at the point where
the Yule Log has been brought into the front hall of the home.
(The oak log entwined with holy and balsam or pine, is sitting on a
small cart in the hall outside the parlor door. The children now pull
the cart into the parlor. The smallest child may ride the log into the
parlor. With some adult help, the log is placed into the fireplace.
Everyone sings as the log is brought into the parlor. Everyone sings
"0 Come All Ye Faithful ...)
Master of Ceremonies :Will the youngest and the eldest please step
forward?
(The master of ceremonies then lights a long match and helps the
youngest and the eldest light the Christmas candle. Everyone sings:
"What Child is This?")
First Reader: Christ the light of the world.
Second Reader: Thanks be to God.
Third Reader: How blessed is this night when the earth and heaven
are joined and man is reconciled to God.
(Everyone sings: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear")
Third Reader: Almighty God, who has poured upon us the new light
of thine incarnate world; grant that the same light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; throughout the same Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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(Everyone sings: "Silent Night". The readers light candles from the
Christmas candle during the second chapter, first through seventh
verse.)
Second Reader: A reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke,
Second Chapter, first through seventh verse.
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.
And Joseph also went to up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
intoJudea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because
he was of the house and lineage of David;)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so itwas, that, while theywere there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn."
First Reader: May he who by his incarnation gathered into one,
things earthly and heavenly, fill us with the sweetness of inward
peace and goodwill; and the blessing ofGod Almighty, the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon us and remain with us always.
Amen.
(Everyone sings: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen")
Master of Ceremonies: Itwas the custom in the south, on Christmas
morning, for children to go through the long stockings hung on the
posts at the front of the beds, and then to greet their parents with the
words, "Christmas Gift," the person saying it first receiving one. A
service in the home, or at church, -and breakfast would follow.
Dinner, eggnog, games and service would close the day.
(The master of ceremonies picks candy canes from the tree and gives
them to the children.)
Thank youto all who have made this evening possible. Wassail is
being served in the carriage house. Have a very merry Christmas,
God bless us, every one.


CARRARETLLR

PORT AND

AIRPORT

AUTHORITY

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Port & Airport
Authority (CPAA) held its regular
monthly meeting Thursday,9
December at Carrabelle City Hall.
Robert L. Lane, Chairman,
welcomed attorney Ben Watkins
as CPAA's legal representative.
Watkins told. the board, "I am
interested .in what you're trying to
do over here. I hope that I can help
you make things happen. I will
work with the pleasure of the
board."
CPAA member Donald Wood made
a motion that Watkins "look into
Bevis & Associates to see if they
are in compliance with their
contract and with our grants,"
referring to the Administrative Rule
Change at the Department of
Community Affairs, "the ability to
demand repayment of grants
whenever the terms of the grant
are not metby the grant recipient."
Wood said an EDA (Environmental
Development Agency) grant land
other grants on the development
of Timber Island" received by the
city and by the CPAA need to be:
reviewed by Watkins and a'
determination made "as to whether
the sublease is in compliance with
his lease and with the grants we've
got." Wood said that the city and
the CPAA received the grants,
expended the grants, "and we wrote
a contract and subleased this


property out." Wood said former
CPAA attorney William Webster
,had said that the Department of
'Community Affairs and the
i Department of Natural Resources
were reviewing the contracts and
"the language in the contracts
followed the grants.
lane told Watkins that he thought
that one of the issues in the
'contract was employment of low-
'to-moderate income people. Lane
!said CPAA had asked Webster to
look into this matter,at one time,
,and see whatcriteria CPAA needed
to follow in determining that the
employment requirements were
.,met, but Lane said he didn't think
anything ever came of that.
'"On the EDA grant, it was the
'main theme. It was to create jobs.
And in the grant and in the
contract, too, it stated that there
,would be a creation of X-number
'of jobs ata certain time frame. And
that's what we would like a
'determination on, because if we
have to give them back the grant
money, then we're up a creek,"
Wood said.
Watkins affirmed that his
assignment would be "to check for
compliance of the contract or lease
with the grant terms and check to
make certain that the performance
under the contract has complied
with the contract terms and
conditions." Watkins will also
check out a bill received by CPAA
from the Department of
Community Affairs(DCA) for what
CPAA Secretary Mary Jane
Kitamura said is "a franchise fee"
that DCA charges CPAA because
"we (CPAA) are a Dependent
District of the City of Carrabelle."
Wood said that DCA"is required to
send in a list,to keep a record of
various governmental entities like
us and to count them, and that's
what they're collecting,money from
us to count us."
Watkins said "the same thing was
talked about at the Franklin


Maritime Museum

appoints executive

director


The Apalachicola Maritime Museum's board of directors announces
the appointment of Pam Vest as executive director.
The board anticipates that the new administrative position, made
possible by a substantial gift from a private foundation, will allow
the museum to more fully develop and maintain historic maritime
restoration projects, such as the 117-year-old coastal schooner,
Governor Stone, and youth sail training and boat building programs.
Among a number of duties, the executive director will be responsible
for obtaining funding through private, corporate or government
grants, coordination of volunteers and supporters on various
Museum endeavors, and general office management.
According to board member Kristin Anderson, the appointment of
a professional administrator reflects the museum's substantial
growth and increased credibility since its establishment in 1989.
"Volunteers have been the backbone of its success, and will
continue to be," she said. "We have reached a point, however, when
the full time focus of a professional administrator will coordinate,
broaden and enhance the quality of our efforts."
Vest. a resident of St. George Island, was among nine applicants for
the position. In addition to a master's degree in public affairs and
an undergraduate degree in English/journalism, she has over 15
years of administrative experience in media communications,
-public relations and education.
Prior to moving here from Kentucky in May 1993, Vest served as
public information supervisor for that state's Supreme Court and
as the governor's cabinet communications director. Those positions
involved her creation, implementation and management of numerous
statewide and national public education campaigns and projects,
the production of award-winning publications, speeches and
broadcast material, and the planning and coordination of state and
national conferences. She also has been an elementary and high
school teacher, a small business owner, and a newspaper reporter.
"I'm delighted and honored to have been selected for this most
challenging position," Vest said. "I intend to tap every ounce of
energy, experience and skill, both mine and others', to maximize
opportunities to develop and maintain our programs, to organize
people and events, and to communicate the positive ideas and
images that the Apalachicola Maritime Museum represents for this
community and its coastal neighbors. It's an exciting proposition to
be so involved with my new home's past, present and future." Vest
assumed her new-duties 3 January 1994.
A non-profit cqrporatipn, the Apalachicola Maritime Museum, Inc.,
is dedicated to informing and educating the public about the
maritime history of the American South, and especially that of the
Apalachicola Bay area. The activities of the museum include
preserving, displaying and demonstrating historical maritime
artifacts, building, restoring, maintaining and operating traditional
wooden vessels and keeping alive the knowledge and skills that
have been a part of the south's special maritime heritage. Additional
information maybe obtained by contacting the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Apalachicola, FL 32329-0625, tel.
(904)653-8708.


County meeting the other day. They
want to address their legislators to
see why this was imposed on them
and what service that they receive
in return for that fee." Kitamura
said CPAA had paid the franchise
fee the last two years but that in
other years when the CPAA only
had grant funds, she wrote a letter
to DCA and told them that CPAA
couldn't pay. They say that since
we're receiving money they want
their money," Kitamura said. Wood
instructed Kitamura to note on
the check to DCA that CPAA would
be paying under.duress. "Let them
know that we don't like this thing,
because all they want to do is
count us. They know we exist or
they couldn't have sent us a bill.
So why do they need to count us?",
Wood said.
Kitamura reported that the City
had received a franchise fee bill
from DCA, also, on their Hospital
District that no longer exists, she
said.
The CPAA budget was amended to
include legal counsel. The next
scheduled meeting of the
Carrabelle Port &AirportAuthority
is set for Thursday, January 13,
1994 at 10 a.m. at the Carrabelle
City Hall.


HOSPICE
Big Bend Hospice, Inc. is a
comprehensive-care program for
patients with life limiting illness
and their families. Our emphasis
is quality of life issues'. We provide
support to patients and their
families through nursing/medical
services, social and emotional
services, spiritual services, and
assisting families through their
time of bereavement. Hospice staff
and volunteers from the
community provide this support.
During the month of January a
Volunteer program will be held m
the Carrabelle Office to train those
who wish to help and become part
of the Franklin County Hospice
program. There is no charge for
their training and only 20
volunteers can be trained at a time.
The dates are Jan. 10-17-24, from
9am till 4pm with I hour for lunch.
Daytime volunteers are needed and
if you're only here for a couple of
months your time is still valuable
and the training can help you
wherever you are. Pre-registration
is required by calling 878-5310,
and telling them you would like to
sign up for the training program.:


From the Lanark Monthly
Newsletter December 1993


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Cab inet for crabs and peeler crabs to be work
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effect 1 January, 1994 unles
otherwise noted.
The Governor and Cabinet has
voted to approve the following rules
proposed by the Marine Fisheries OYSTER, BIG
Commission to manage the use of
fishing gear on Florida's east coast BEND SHRIMP,
and the state's blue crab fishery: "

EAST COAST GEAR TARPON AND
The Governor and Cabinet ST. PETERSBURG
approved a rule to protect green MULLET RULES
sea turtles on the state's east coast. PROVED
The Rule:
- establishes a conservation zone The following new rules propose
for green sea turtles to include all by the Marine Fisherie
state waters between Sebastian Commission for oysters, shrimpir
Inlet and Jupiter Inlet outside the in the Big Bend Region, tarpo
Colregs line at all times and mullet fishing in watei
adjacent to the city of S
-allowsonlyonegillnet(maximum Petersburg were approved i
length of 600 yards) aboard a November by the Governor an
vessel, with zero net soak time, in Cabinet. These rules take effect
the conservation zone November 29, 1993.
- prohibits the use of trammel nets OYSTERS
in the conservation zone
This rule establishes a daily
- prohibits the use of all gill and commercialharvestlimitof20bag
trammel nets and seines in Martin of oysters statewide. In addition
County in all inland waters south the rule allows the commerce;
of the St. Lucie Inlet to the State harvest of oysters during th
Road 708 bridge and waters of the October through June wintere
St. Lucie River, North and South season" inApalachicolaBay, seve
Forks, west of the U.S. Highway 1 days a week from November 1
bridge, from September through through June 30. However, th
February each year rule also provides that the Ba
may be closed for health purpose
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BLUE CRAB harvest of 300 bags of oysters pe
acre in the Bay is not sustainable
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the Governor and Cabinet on BIG BEND SHRIMP
November 23, 1993:
-deignates blue crab as a This rule repeals the food shrim
-designates blue crab as a count law for the Big Bend Regioi
restricted species" effective 1 and instead prohibitsallshrimpin
January, 1995 in approximately 500,000 acres '
inshore waters in the region fror
-retains the current minimum size the St. Mark's Channel to Bailey
limit of five inches for hard blue Bluff in shallow water
crab commercial harvest characterized by dense and patch
seagrass bottom habitat. The ruJ
-repeals the 10 percent tolerance also prohibits food shrimping i
for undersized blue crabs all state waters of the region i
-allows a bycatch possession limit July and August each year.
of 200 pounds of blue crabs per
trip on shrimp trawls TARPON
-allows an incidental bycatch of This rule sets the amount oftarpo
blue crabs not higher than the tags allowed to be issued in 199
recreationalbaglimitwithallother at 2,500, with 1,250 reserved fo
nonconforming gear fishing guides.
-allows roller frame trawls to
harvest no more than the
recreational bag limit of undersized
blue crabs as an incidental
bycatch; such blue crabs shall be
used as live bait only
-allows the incidental harvest of
blue crabs with legal gear fished in
fresh water
-specifies that the only gearallowed
to be used to harvest blue crabs in
state waters include legal traps,
dip nets, drop nets, fold-up or star
traps, hook and line gear, push
scrape, and trot line
-specifies that all traps used to
harvest blue crabs have maximum
dimensions of 24" X 24" X 24" or 8
cubic feet in volume (beginning 1 .
January, 1995), be constructed of
wire with a minimum mesh size of
1 1/2 inches for hard blue crabs (I
inch for peeler crab traps), have
the throat(s) located only on a
vertical surface, contain at least
one unobstructed escape ringwith
a minimum inside diameter of two
inches (except peeler crab traps),
and buoys and lines of certain

-requires all traps used to harvest
blue crabs to have a degradable '
panel, beginning January 1, 1995
-specifies that all buoys attached S
to blue crab traps be at least 6
inches in diameter and be made of
styrofoam, cork, molded polyvinyl
chloride, or molded polystyrene
-requires commercial harvesters ....-
to affix their blue crab endorsement ,.
license number,to each buoy in .
legible figures at least two inches "
high, and to display the buoy color
and license number on the boat
used to set this gear
-requires each trap used by
recreational blue crab harvesters
to be marked with the harvester's



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CONSTRUCTION

LEVELS REMAIN HIGH

FOR 1993

According to his year-end report on building permits for new homes
and other construction permits, County PlannerAlan Pierce reported
to the Board of County Commissioners at their last meeting (Tuesday,
4 January 1994) that new home construction in the county is about
the same as the record-level established in 1992. In 1992, 93 new
home building permits were issued. In 1993, 92 new home building
permits were issued. These two years represented a substantial
increase over 1991 and 1990, with 72 and 76 issued, respectively,
as shown in Table 1.
Table 1
Five-year permits issued for R-l Dwellings
Mobile homes and Fees Collected


Permits *
R-1 dwellings


1993 1992 1991 1990 1989


92 93


72 76 67


Mobile Homes 73 60 30 43 55
Fees $90,878 $70,124 $48,440. $50,949. $43,526.
Moreover, with the increases in fees approved by the Board last
spring, revenues flowing into the Planning Office have increased
substantially.
Table 2
R-1 Dwelling Permits, by Location
St. George Island 62
Carrabelle area 13
Eastpoint area 4
Alligator Point 7
Lanark Area 1
Apalachicola 5
Dog Island 0
Total permits 92
As depicted in Table 2, most of the new home construction continues
to be on St. George Island. However, for the first time in many years,
a substantial number are accounted to the Carrabelle area.


Mobile Homes
Addition/Alterations
Repairs
Docks, Seawalls, etc.
Electrical
Storage
Other


CONTRACTORS


WORKING IN


FRANKLIN


COMPLETE


REGISTRATION


Ifyou contemplate construction of
a new home in Franklin County
sometime in the future, or you are
thinking about contracting for
remodeling, this is alistyou should
clip and file for future use. That's
because this list of contractors
and subcontractors (plumbing,.
electric, and other specialities) is
comprised of the only firms which
are permitted to do business in
Franklin County as registered
contractors.
Of course, others will be added in
the new year (1994) but this list is
comprised of those who have
presented their credentials and are
now officially registered in the
County Planning office. While the
Franklin County Planning Office
(headed by Alan Pierce) does not
"certify" competencies of each on
this list, all contractors have
demonstrated their experience in
their specialty by filing copies of
old permit applications, provided
proof of competency from another
jurisdiction, or provided at least
four letters of reference.
Others may have provided
competency examination results,
and in the future, for those not
grandfathered in this registration
requirement, a competency test
score or competency certification
from another jurisdiction will be
required. All in this list have
provided the County planner with
proof of liability insurance,
workman's compensation and an
occupation license.
In compliance with county
regulations, 119 contractors and
subcontractors completed their
official registration by year's end
at the Franklin County Planning
office.


Now, in 1994, unregistered
contractors and subs will have to
supply a competency credential
from another county or pass a
competency test if they want to do
business in Franklin County.
The list of officially registered
contractors is presented below with
their place of business as filed
with the county panning office.
APALACHICOLA
Mike Parrish
Danny L. Reeves
Tilton (Speedy) Edwards
Herbert F. Duggar
Brett S. Byrd
Michael C laon
John R. Wallace
Daniel W. Garlick
James A. Thompson
William G. Barnes
Milton Ward
Bryce P. Ward
D. Troy Ward
Oscar W. Medley
Howard Samue Gibbs
Tony M. Poloronis
Timothy W. Poloronis
V. William Poloronis
Alexander Vathis
John Cullen
Tim Ryan
D. Stanton Ward
Stanley R. Jankowski
Darrell Ward
E. W. Sasnett
Larry Duggar
Arthur R. Patrick
Ralph Roberts
Carl Gilbert, II
Ron E. Smith
Robin A. Brinkley
Darrell Suggs
Lawrence R. Siprell

Continued on page 8


Table 3
Other Permits by Type
73
124
33
31
38
44
84


Totals 440
As described in Table 3, most of the "other permits" were attributable
to additions or alterations to existing dwellings and mobile homes.
Table 4 depicts the locations of these other permits.
Table 4
Locations of "Other Permits"
St. George Island 97
Apalachicola area 35
Lanark Area 36
Dog Island 2
Eastpoint area 84
Carrabelle area 148
Alligator Point 38
Total "Other Permits" 440
Clearly, Carrabelle area residents are doing more "fix up" alterations
and the remainder in the "other permit" category, with St. George
Island homeowners in second place, followed closely by Eastpoint.
The total fees collected by Pierce's office in 1993 also appears to have
established a new record, with $90,878.03 collected. Table 5 presents
the distribution of the money.
Table 5
Total Fees collected for Permits
County $65,717.15
City $8,554.53


Board of
Adjustment
Other
Total Fees


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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 January 1994 *, Page 7


Carrabelle

City

Meeting

Rene Topping
It was a "clean report" all around
for the City of Carrabelle on the
audit of the city finances which
was read on the first meeting of the
city commission for 1994.
Accountant Bob Powell, with
James Moore and Company, said,
"It is rare we are able to issue these
kind of reports." He noted that
those in charge of city finances
had done a good job. He said the
city had added $43,000 to it's cash
reserves, by underestimating
expected revenues, in a
conservative manner. The city had
also added $10,500 in federal
emergency management money to
their account. The city took a five
percent cut from the top of their
budget to avoid a shortfall.
On compliance with all state and
federal laws there were, "... no
items, no problems, just a clean
opinion." At the end of the report
the three city commissioners
present, Jim Phillips, Tommy
Loftin and Raymond Williams
congratulated Charles Lee Daniels,
City Clerk.
The commissioners voted
unanimously to make a resolution
to ask the Franklin County School
Board to turn over ownership of
the Community Center building to
the City of Carrabelle. Raymond
Williams explained he had made a
preliminary requestto the Franklin
County legislative delegation for a
$100,000 grant on behalf of the
City ofCarrabelle. The grantwould
be for recreational planning
purposes. City ownership of the
building could be counted as an
asset in a grant proposal. The city
presently leases the building from
the school board on a one dollar a
year lease.
Commissioners agreed to continue
a management agreement with
Carrabelle Youth League for the
coming year. The Youth League
Building Committee Chairperson
Julia Schmidtman asked the board
if they have received her letter
detailing what the League had so
far accomplished (see Letter page)
she also gave details of the group's
plans for the future.
Commissioners agreed that the
Youth .League could continue
renting out space at the Center for
activities and storage.
The:City: of Carrabelle presently
receTies, $150 per month from the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
C t'ntyPOblic Library. This money
is usedto pay the insu rance on the
building. Other activities
conducted there include: plays
put on by the Panhandle Players;
dances; Carrabelle Area Chamber
regular monthly meetings; and
recreational activities for children
during the summer months. The
building committee said that it
will also be rented out to residents
for birthday and anniversary
parties. Proceeds from these
activities will go to up keep and
maintenance of the building and
equipment.
Commissioners asked to review
the contracts and the fees proposed
by the committee. The
commissioners also questioned the
members on the money owing the
league for the library. Members
explained that because Franklin
County Commission does not
handle the financing for the
Franklin CountyPublic libraryand


Tom Gordon
"Manager


all monies are paid outbyWakulla
County all library bills have to be
submitted to Wakulla County for
reimbursement. Current bills are
expected to be paid by the end of
the week. The commissioners then
agreed to sign the management
agreement with the Youth League
to run from December 3,1993 to
December 3,1994.
Commissioners also agreed to
buy a new police car for $12,747
with a payment of of $385 per
month for 36 months. It will be a
1994 Ford Victoria with complete
package. They remained undecided
about hiring a reserve officer. A
statement by Tommy Loftin that
he believed that Police ChiefJesse
Gordon was planning on retiring
in the near future proved to be
unfounded. When asked after the
meeting, the Chief denied
vehemently the notion and said, "I
don't know how that got started
but I have no plans at all to retire
at this time."
In other business:
* The board agreed to advertise for
bids to do repair work on City Hall
and the Post Office.
* Commissioners decided to
continue the $3,000 for a
windstorm insurance policy with
the Florida Windstorm
Underwriting Association.
*Commissioners agreed to pay a
bill of for repairs to sidewalk, ceiling
tile and repainting of the Post
Office.
* Commissioners agreed to pay
Baskerville and Donovan $2,852
for work done at the Carrabelle
Airport.
* Table payment on a bill from a
towing companywhich transported
* the barge from Mobile, Alabama to
Carrabelle for purposes of being
sunk as an artificial reef.

LANARK

WATER and

SEWER

RATES

INCREASE

A Lively Meeting Was
Held 21 December 93'

Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District (LVW&SD) rates will
increase from $29.75 to $33.25
monthly. effectlveJanuary 1I :Carl-
Bailey. Lanark Village Water &
Sewer District Chairman, said the
flat-rate monthly fees include
$15.75 for water and $18.50 for
sewer. Bailey said the sewer fee is
1.9 times the water charge. Rate
changes also include a fee of $19
for one commode and $11 for each
additional commode.
Commercial rate increases include
a minimum charge of $13.78 for
the first4,000gallons orless; $1.66
per gallon for the next 6,000 gallons
and$ 1.48 per 1,000 gallons for all
over 10,000 gallons. Multiple
facilities, such as the campground
and laundromat, will be charged
for services at the regular
commercial rates. Inner Harbor
Hospital rates will increase on the
same percentage rates as other
commercial facilities. Percentage
figures were not available at the 21
December, 7:30p.m. meetingheld
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The district's commissioners
approved a $210,000 budget
effective January 1 through
September 30, 1994. (The district's
fiscal year ends September 30.)
Bailey said a new budget was not
presented in September, 1993 and
that the new $210,000 budget is
actually reduced to $157,000
because it will only cover a nine-
month period. Bailey said the
district has been operating on the
old budget and is "in the hole
$44,831," largely due to a lawsuit
filed byT &A Construction against
the district over a year ago. Bailey
said Farmers HomeAdministration
(FMHA) is withholding $50,000 in
grant money due the district
pending settlement of the lawsuit.
Chairman Bailey, Secretary Greg
Yancey and Treasurer Harold
Sparks spent most of the evening
defending their leadership and
methods ofdecision-making, trying
to stay afloat on a wave of
dissension that surged from angry
Lanark Village residents who
demanded answers to questions
concerning the operation of the
LVW&SD. One area of dissension
centered on the meeting itself,
which normally has been held on
the 3rd Monday of each month but
was changed to the 3rd Tuesday
because Bailey said Yancey's job
conflicts with the Monday night
meeting time. But the small group
of Lanark Village residents who
attended the Tuesday night
meeting told Bailey that the
district's new meeting time
conflicted with the Tuesday night
meeting and election of officers of
the Lanark Village Boat Club &W
Marina.
Jim Bove, a St. James-Lanark
volunteer fire fighter, asked
Yancey, "Did you ever consider
asking the people so thatyou could
plan the night that's convenient to
everybody..." Millie VanHamm told
Bailey that the LVW&SD meetings
were extremely important. "This is
a small village, of course, and we
have set dates for certain
things... the water board was
scheduled to have meetings on
Monday, and the Boat Club is on
Tuesday...and eachTuesday...and
there are functions, and there are
many, many people that are
unhappy about it,..." said
VanHamm.
Bailey, Yancey and Sparks were
accused of violating the Sunshine
law by "getting together between
meetings... and discuss any
business, on which a decision is
made between meetings." Bove
asked Grace Evans to read aloud a
letter from the Boat Club objecting
to the district's decision to change
the meeting night.
Asked by a resident if it is legal to
change the meeting time without
- notificauon. attorney Smiley said:
it is legal as long as notice Is
published. Bailey said the meeting
change was advertised in the
Carrabelle Times. When
contacted at his office Wednesday
morning, December 22, Bailey said
the LVW&SD meeting will be held
"on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
unless otherwise advertised."
Another "thorn" had to do with
what was identified and discussed
as a "one-dollar raise" that the
residents said were given to
LVW&SD employees. But Mrs.
VanHamm said "there was no vote
except the board approved the
dollar-per-hour increase all at
once" at the meeting where raises
were discussed. "A whole dollar at
one time is unheard of in any kind
of negotiations in labor,"
VanHamm said.
When contacted by telephone on
Wednesday, 22 December, Bailey
said employees had received "a
two-dollar raise some time ago,"
and that salaries for the three full-
time employees and one part-time
employee range from $6 to $8 per
hour and "these people are highly-
skilled people," he said.
.LVW&SD employees include office
manager, Grace Evans; Jim
Phillips and ManuelAguilar, whom
Bailey said are "certified operators";
and part-time bookkeeper Janet
Dorrier. Bailey said Phillips is a
"Class C operator in Water & Sewer
and has an A.A. out of Tallahassee
JuniorCollege." BaileysaidAguilar
is certified in water and is taking a
"California correspondence course
that is accepted all over the
country... by EPA (Environmental
Protection Agency) and all other
agencies."
"Discrimination!" was the crywhen
it was revealed that Bailey had


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installed a water meter on a
Villager's apartmentwhen no other
units have meters. Attorneys at
the meeting were asked to review
the legality of Bailey's action, and
one resident voiced the opinion
that meters would be illegal for
one unit only. Bailey had said
previously that each building in
the Village has six apartments.
The apartments cannot be
individually metered because water
pipes run up through a common
wall between each two apartments
of the six in a building, and this is
why a flat-rate fee is charged.
Carl Bailey reported that the
LVW&SD may be able to purchase
property from a Lanark Village
resident for use as an office and
that monthly payments on the
property would be the same as
what the district currently pays in
monthly rent, $200. Bailey said
the district would not be required
to make a down payment on the
property and would pay the $200
per month payment for 20 years,
making the total purchase price
$48,000 "and then we will own the
building," he said. Asked about
interest, Bailey answered, "He
doesn't quote me any interest." If
the purchase is approved, the
LVW&SD "would own all the land
from Pine Street to Oak Street,"
Bailey said. The district will
continue to pay the $200-a-month
rent (without an option to
purchase) at its present location.
When Mr. Bailey reported that the
district had used more water last
summer than it had ever used
before in the summer months, the
residents attending the meeting
asked how this was possible when
the village was "practically empty."
This brought up the legality of
part-time residents having to pay
the full rate for water and sewer
service even when they are not
using the water. "Is it legal to collect
a full payment from the people
that are not here, not using the
water?", one resident asked. Bailey
replied that it is. "We have no way
of knowing whether part-time
residents are in the apartments or
not in the apartments. We can't go
everyday to find out," Bailey said.
Bailey said that the Lanark Water
.& Sewer District is a special
.independent district which
operates under Florida Statute
153, Part 2. Lanark Water and
Sewer District commissioners are
elected by registered voters who
live in the Lanark District. The
only ones who vote in meetings are
the commissioners. Bailey said the
LVW&SD is not governed by the
Public Service Commission (PSC)
because the district is a"publicly-
rowned utility, a publicly-owned
A1body," and PSC governs privately-
.jowned companies, "such as Florida
Power."
FOne' resident who attended the
meeting said, "They (the
commissioners) hold meetings
because the law says they have
to...people only come to listen." He
added that property owners "have
no vote."
The feasibility of the district hiring
an attorneywas questioned in view
of the fact that the district is
operating at a deficit. Mrs.
VanHamm asked, "How can we
* afford attorneys at these meetings?
We not only have one attorney, we
,Ihave two!" Bailey replied, it has
"been "our policy and we've had an
Attorney ever since we started,
many years ago...since 1973."
The attorneys were asked if, since
they represent the district, does
this .also mean they represent the
residents who are served by the
district as well and were told by
the attorneys that they do. From
that point on, the residents at the
meeting requested legal adviceand
asked for answers to some of their
questions regarding the legality of
some of the decisions and
procedures of the Lanark Village
Water & Sewer District, including
the statutes of the legality of the
'budget. One resident said she is
'"concerned...residents concerned
about the future of this water
department...concerned about the
proper use of the revenue.


Smoke-Free

Restaurant a first

for Franklin County


Johnnie's Restaurant, Carrabelle
Rene Topping
Johnnie Gray, owner of Johnnies Restaurant, in Carrabelle is being
congratulated by non-smokers and shunned by smokers in his bid
to have the very first "Smoke Free" restaurant in Franklin County.
The large "No Smoking" sign went up on the door of the restaurant
at the start of the New Year and since then has been a source of much
conversation in the city, pro and con of the idea. There are several
restaurants in the city offering no smoking areas, butJohnnies is the
first to go all the way to a complete smoking ban.
June Gray, co-owner of the restaurant said, "There were several
things that went into our decision. Our ceilings are only seven feet
high and when we have a full house it became iffcult to control the
air quality. We put in two filters and it still did no good. The walls
became dirty with the smoke and could not be scrubbed clean." She
added that she was really sorry that some of their regular patrons
were offended by the move but it had to be done. Johnnies was
heavily used by the smokers as a breakfast place, along with other
meal times. She went on to explain that there was no way the
restaurant could provide a true no smoking area.
Smokers are trying to present a solid front by avoiding the clean air
ofJohnnie's restaurant and are patronizing other restaurants in the
city. "I'm a smoker and I vote, too." has long been the rallying call
on bumper stickers throughout the county. Hard pressed smokers
feel they are being gradually pushed to the wall with prohibitions
becoming more anymore prevalent as laws are passed to prevent
smoking in various public places.
Non-smokers on the other hand are applauding the decision, at least
in their conversation. Daily newspapers are bombarding the public
with warnings of not only harm to the smoker but also the harm to
others including children in the homes of smokers. In a recent
opinion from the new Surgeon General of the United States it was
stated that children in the home of smokers were much more apt to
be seen in clinics with bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
Speaking of the ban on smoking at Johnnies one local woman said,
"It is a pity that folks are so addicted that they are not able to go even
one hour without a cigarette. I feel sorry for them."
Time will tell whether Johnnies will become a haven for those who are
applauding the ban. Meanwhile, it is at least offering an opportunity
to those non-smokers who wish to eat their meals without having
someone at the next table lighting up before, during or after the meal.
The sign on Highway 98 reads along with menu items "Smoke Free.
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Carrabelle Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr, from page 1
Four fire-related deaths have occurred since Kerr has been with the
department "All of the fires (with fatalities)...firefighters were unable
to get in to them.. .simply could not do it. It's that simple. When it gets
that bad, there's no way to get in to them," Kerr said. The department
is not bothered with many false alarms. "We've had calls that by the
time they (fire-fighters) get there the fire's already been put out.
They're apologetic, but the fire department wants to be called, Kerr
said.

The Carrabelle volunteer fire-fighters have been summoned to
rescue people involved in automobile accidents. "We go to wrecks in
case a fire starts," Kerr said. And yes, she acknowledged, there is
apprehension, fear for personal safety, but it's all part of the job. "You
do it because you have to," she said. "The main worry is always
people."
Community response stands out among the highlights of Kerr's fire-
.-fighting career. "When you do have a fire and people lose things, the
heart-warming part is the town sticks together. They (the victims)
always have help, theyget help. That's the closeness of the community.
If anybody's in trouble, they're there," she said.
Another highlight for Kerr is the annual visit by Santa Claus to the
fire station in downtown Carrabelle, an event that's as much a part
of Christmas as a Christmas tree and has been going on for as long
as she can remember. Kerr makes up little posters and puts them
at stores and the post office. "If people don't see the poster by the
time they think they should have, they'll call and ask when's Santa
Claus coming," she said, smiling. On Saturday, 18 December, "about
t 200 kids" came to the station to see Santa and to pick up their bag
of candy. "We order enough so we'll be sure we've got plenty for the
kids. What we do have left over, we take down to the Harbor Breeze
Nursing Home or to people that can't get out," Kerr said.
On Career Day, the fire trucks are taken to the school and "all the
Skids come out and look at the truck, and we give talks on fire
Preventionn" Kerr said.
' Kerr said she doesn't personally know any of the women fire fighters
who work in large cities. She attributes gender discrimination and
job-related harassment that some women fire-fighters experience to
the fact that the women are usually working in paid departments.
"This makes a difference, because you really don't have to have any
Qualifications to be a volunteer...a few training sessions. You learn
bn-the-job. You don't have to come right out of fire school and be a
Jfreman orwe wouldn't have any," Kerr said. "We're a very close-knit
*group, and the fellas don't treat me any different from anybody else.
We're just like a little family," Kerr said.
There is no set rule as far as "In Every Fire You Do This..." (because)
every fire is different. I don't care what your techniques are...it may
be different from the one before. Fire-fighter Tex Spradlin, a retired
city worker, lives at the station. "We have a lot faster response,
especially at night, because he's right there. He can get the truck
ready," Kerr said. The department has a First Responder on the
truck, Larry Litton, who administers basic first-aid, including
oxygen and monitoring blood pressure. "He can be there and
Stabilize before the ambulance gets there," Kerr said.
The Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Department has meetings every 2nd
and 4th Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire house, and
anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should come to the
meeting. New volunteers will not be accepted right then but "must
attend four meetings in a row, and if unable (to do so), we want to
know why. Then, we vote on them. If they're interested, they'll be
there," Kerr said. Acceptance of a new volunteer is based on their
interest and ability to learn whether they'll be compatible with the
group. Volunteers must have a clean driving record and be at least
18 years old, "but we don't have any age (limit) on the other end or
I wouldn't be here," Kerr said.

Younger volunteers are needed in the department, but Kerr
encourages anyone who is interested to become involved. "Male or
female, as long as anyone has the physical capabilities. It takes a lot
of stamina to fight a fire, a lot of physical stamina," she said.
Volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day and are subject to being called
at any hour, day or night. Kerr feels that younger people don't want
to get tied down. "A lot of people don't want that. I think that is the
biggest deterrent in recruiting new members," she said.
Kerr intends to continue being a volunteer fire-fighter "as long as I
can do what I'm doing and as long as I can drive a truck."Her fellow
fire-fighters, without a doubt, share her determination. In a surprise
action, her co-workers presented her with a fire chiefs badge, so she
now wears a visible symbol of her position. "S.J. Robison was chief
for many years, then Myers Mattair," Kerr said. She's been chief
since 1986. "We're not like a big department," Kerr emphasizes. "A
volunteer is exactly what it is. It's a volunteer department. They're
not coming in there for money, because there's no money."
The Franklin County Chronicle salutes all the volunteer fire fighters
in Franklin County including: Tex Spradlin, First Assistant Chief;
Tony Millender, Second Assistant Chief; Gary Skipper, Captain;
Clyde Millender, Lieutenant; Zeke Corley, Security; Johnnie Mirabella,
Secretary; and fire-fighters Albert Rickards, Myron Fish, Mike
Horvath, Elvis Cook, Keith Mock, Larry Litton, Franklin Daniels,
Carl Whaley and Daniel Ordonia; and last but certainly not least,
Bonnie Kerr, Chief, Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Department.
These are persons who, of their own free will, render aid and perform
a community service, expecting no pay and no reward, without
constraint and with full awareness of the personal risks involved and
the possible consequences.
To report a fire or request any other type of emergency assistance,
try to remember to keep it simple...dial 911.


Lanark Water Suit from 1
Davey said that although some
activity had occurred between
lawyers, there was not sufficient
activity"to get around the rules
that requires the dismissal."
Saying that he intended no
reflection on anybody else, Davey
said, "I generally try to keep track
of these cases and move them along
myself, because I think that's our
job now, part of our job. It used to
bethe lawyer's job, moving cases.
Now, I think it's the judges job."
Davey strongly suggested to the
attorneys that they consider
mediating the case once the suit is
refiled by T & A.
The LVW&SD expected to get the
dismissal and also expected T & A
to refile. "We don't have a problem
mediating, but at this point, I think
it's a little premature," Smiley said.
Mike West, who represented
Baskerville-Donovan, alluded to
the fact that there is "more
discovery to be done" in the case,
Smiley said, "There's a chance for
mediation. Quite frankly, the
Lanark Village's position is
that...they didn't do anything
wrong. They (T & A) didn't follow
the rule of the contract," Smiley
said.
At the 21 December, 1993 regular
meeting of the LVW&SD, Smiley
said that ifT& Arefiled the lawsuit,
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the district may have to file suit
against Farmers Home
Administration (FMHA) for the
release of $50,000 in grant money
that Carl Bailey, chairman of the
district, said FMHA is withholding
pending settlement of the lawsuit.
"Ultimately, this might be in the
best interest of Lanark Village for
this case to ultimately go through,
because if they (FMHA) are not
going to release any funds to
Lanark pending this issue, they
might, technically, want to wait
until the statute runs out, and
that could be quite a distance down
the road, and Lanark could
certainly use the money before
that, "Smiley said after the hearing
Tuesday.


Carrabelle

Chamber

Party

By Rene Topping
It may have been cold outside on
Saturday night, 11 December ,
1993 but inside the Dockside
Marina building on Timber Island,
there was the warmth of
companionship and celebration of
the holiday season with the annual
Chamber Party. The room was
decorated by members and had a
very festive air. Tables were
arranged in a large horseshoe
manner and the food table was
filled to capacity with foods
supplied by members.
The chamber members, as is the
custom, chose this night to honor
members who, as president Mike
Murphy put it, "have gone above
the call of duty in their efforts for
the chamber." Honored were Pat
Howell, who was the main spark
behind the planning and
organizing of the county's first
Bluegrass Festival. Del and Betty
Mason for their special efforts and
sacrifices on behalf of the chamber,
and Susan Creek, for her work on
the Waterfront Festival.
This year the chamber had a special
treat in the appearance of Karolyn
and Carlos. Karolyn Jones is an
outstanding comedian/
ventriloquist who hails from
Wakulla County. She entertained
the group with a fast-moving
comedy routine and Christmas
songs.
After the meal the floor was given
over to dancing. Special thanks
were given to Jean De Priest,
Susan Creek, Betty Mason and
Pat Howell,who were responsible
for making sure members brought
a dish and for decorating the
Christmas tree tables and stage.

Franklin Briefs from p. 1
1994, the group will hear from
representatives of the State of
Florida Fire Marshall's office and
the Department of Environmental
Protection regarding fire protection
measures and proposed legislation.
The public is invited to attend, 10
A. M. at the upper level, St. George
Island fire station.

Carrabelle Youth League
The Carrabelle Youth League met
Thursday night at the Carrabelle
Community Center to elect officers
for the up coming year. Cliff
Nunnerywas elected as president;
Barbara Nunnerywas elected vice-
president; Sheilah Millender will
be treasurer and Ruby Litton,
secretary. The League will hold
regular meetings on the first
Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
at the Community Center.

Academic Excellence
from page 1
Now, I can concentrate on the
words and the meaning." Referring
to his ability to read. Amison
humorously stated, "I haul butt
reading now. I can out-read most
of my friends." Jason has read
many annotated novels with
FCARP including Frankenstein,
Coal Miner's Daughter, Lonesome
Dove, Night on Aligator Creek and
Jaws.
Jason reflected on a particular
influence that made him want to
improve his skills. "My girlfriend
kind of influenced me to improve
my reading. I would see her in
class with her nose in a book and
I'd say to myself, 'I wish I could do
that'." Amison will graduate in '94
and he plans to go into his family's
business after graduation. Jason
also remains determined to keep
building his reading skill. "I've got
to keep up with my reading. If you
don't read, you lose the skills that
you've already learned."


Kemp Interview from pg. 4
"Well, there's a technique. So I
developed my own make-up line,
Julia Hanson, a cosmetic line,
and "because the make-up is real
good and it's not so heavy,"
Glamour Shots Photo Company
uses the make-up and her
students use it, too.
"I've taught as many as 15 in a
class at once," she said. She also
teaches private classes and
"sometimes private classes mean
two people." The ages of her
students range "from babies to
grand-pa's," she said. Her
establishment began as Judie
Kemp's Studio, then after nine
years the name was changed to
Judie Kemp's Professional
Modeling & Talent when the
business was moved from the
Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs
to Roswell, Georgia. From there,
"we're booking commercials all the
time," she said. "We've booked
athlete's foot commercials and
we've booked State of Georgia
commercials, and that's my being
an agent, not a talent."
After her students have learned
the ropes, Kemp's agency puts
them in front of people who can
also book them for other things, so
it's "not just us using them, butwe
allow them to work for other
agencies just to get them started,"
she said.
Kemp has many successful
students but gives honorable.
mention to Tamara Rhoades, who
went on to become Miss Georgia
several years ago, Sandy Flynn
Carrollton, Georgia who won
$100,000 on Star Search for being
the best spokesman, and Jill
Chandler, who was Miss Teen
Georgia. Rhoades also went to Italy
and was featured in the Italian
issue of Vogue magazine. Kemp
connected Rhoades with an agency
in Milano called Fashions, which
"is like working for Ford's in New
York," she said. (Eileen Ford
Agency, one of the world's top
modeling representatives).
Kemp began to put the mental
brakes on again. "We come back
to, 'Well, I'm not sure if I want to do
this or not." She would like to get
more back into photography, "more
into photography," she said. Her
idol has always been Lauren
Hutton, "she's the reason I really
got statedd" Kemp said, and
utton "is back in it, too and
models for Revson, a division of
Revelon.Watching Hutton and
hearing her, Kemp said she thinks,
"Well, I might do this again, too,"
so she's in it now with Gilla Roos
Talent Agency in New York. "I'm
with Funny Face...I'm with
Cunningham .....I'm with six big
agencies now and I'm busy every
day," she said, adding that she is
trying to sell the school now.
In the November 8, 1993 issue of
Time magazine, Judie appears in
what she calls "a mother shot"
used foran illustration in the article
entitled "Cloning: Where Do We
Draw the Line?" She is seated
beside a "husband" and they are
surrounded by their clan of clones,
eight look-alike little boys. "It
wasn't one of my best shots," she
said, but the name ofthis particular
game is exposure and Time is a
national magazine.
Another exposure that features
Kemp is one that caused this
reporter's imagination to soar. "I'm
going to be on the front cover of a
book," Kemp said. Which book?
What's the title? "I don't know,"
Kemp said, "they didn't give me
that information. But it'll be out in
July of this next year, and I'll have
on a long, sequined gown, holding
a microphone and singing... it looks
like I'm singing, on the front cover
of the book," she laughed. This
reporter projected herself onto the
cover of a book of unknown
content, author unknown,and
titles raced through her mind, such
as "Mommie Dearest" or "Psycho
III" 'or "I Was a Middle-Aged
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"My Mother Was an Elvis Presley
Nut." I decided right then and there
that Judie Kemp has "true grit."
In January, Judie plans to return
to New York, where she spends
most of her working time. She also
has a daughter, Kelly Kemp, who
lives in New York and "in her early
age is getting into it just like I did,"
Kemp said, adding that Kelly has
been working "since she was three
years old."
As we wound up the interview,
Judie gazed affectionately across
the room at her mother, Mae
Hanson, smiling tenderly as she
watched Mae puttering busily
around the kitchen, preparing for
something that every mother
secretly abhors but usually tries
not to show it the departure of
her daughter and son-in-law.Judie
and husband Dan Bradbary were
only about 20 minutes away from
beginning their trip back to Atlanta,
their plans to stay with Mae and
Ozzie another day interrupted.
Ozzie, a popularandwell-thought-
of Lanark Village resident, was
helping his son-in-law load up the
car.
"Mom and Dad have always been
so supportive," she said. "Even
though I did not like the Time
magazine (photo), they liked it."
Mae Hanson never slowed down in
her work, but the smile on her face
broadened as her daughter spoke.
Mae has a stockpile of clippings
featuring her daughter that were
brought to her by friends who
happened to recognize Judie in
the photograph. When Mae asked
her daughter why she did not tell
her "about all this," Judie replied,
"Mother, it's just a job and I didn't
think about it." Of her daughter,
Mae said, "I thank the Lord that
she can be so successful and be so
down to earth and be the same
Judie she was when she was a
little girl."
Nodding toward herhusband, Dan,
Judie Kemp said, "None of this in
New York would be possible
without him." Dan is originally
from Bowden, Georgia, alsoJudie's
hometown.


The Kemp Interview
will be continued in
the next issue of
the Chronicle.



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