Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Place of Publication: Eastpoint, FL
Publication Date: March 26, 1994
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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 6 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 March 9 April 1994



by Will Morris and Tom Hoffer
In the face of the erratic scallop
fishery, Johnny Millender, his
partners workers and contract
scallop boats work together to
create and maintain reasonably
steady employment in Carrabelle's
seafood business.
'There used to be,..." Millender
recalled, "the idea that once
scallops were here, (in the next
week) they would be gone. I have
learnedthat this is not the case."
In what he calls his "mom and
pop" operation, contrasted with
the larger harvesting and process
operations such as Lambert,
Johnny Millender has high
expectations that he can process
scallops nearly year round.
"My main thing was that these
people would come (to Carrabelle)
from all over, making a living in
my backyard. How come I
couldn't? A calico scallop doesn't
live foreverand move on. They live
for a certain time arid die out
whether they're caught or not...
Right now there are still seeds out
there (pointing to the Gulf of
Mexico) and the fishery will renew
Itself in a new cycle, with new
beds of scallops waiting to be
Sea Pride Seafood contracts
currently with two boats, the
Ocean Angel and New Dawn.
Ocean Angel is a 72 foot steel hull,
homeported in Newport News,
Virginia. Her captain is George
Homer, 39, fishing since 1974,
and a captain since 1987. The
New Dawn is slightly larger, an 80
foot steel hull and is home ported
in Arapahoe, North Carolina.
Captain J. W. Whitfleld has held
that rank for 20 years.
Millender offers the Captains $10
per gallon of processed scallops,
considerably above the going rate.
The boats are out for 30 hour
periods with much of the time at
sea taken to get on station and
return to Carrabelle. When their
load is finished, the boats rotate
into Carrabelle and offload their
valuable shell cargo mixed with a
large variety of shellfish, rock and
sand and other creatures of the
deep such as starfish or "sea
The assembly line activated with
off-loading scallops is unique to
Carrabelle and the northern region
for several reasons, consisting of I
equipment modifications, I
invention and innovation.
A knuckle boom is a piece of
equipment that all logging
operations use but Millender's crew
modified the arm by putting a
bucket on it, with two large jaws
which close in on the scallop pile
on the fantail of the boat, then
lifted the load high in the air, and
over to a large vat or hopper. The
first sifting occurs as the material
is put on a moving belt with
pockets, passing under the
watchful eye of pickers, who take
out by hand rocks and other
unwanted matter. After the hopper
and preliminary picking process,
the matter is taken on a conveyor
to a tumbler just outside the
processing building where water
washes offthe grit, and some trash
is separated from the scallop
shells. As the material comes into
the building, another picker may
be stationed to workon the moving
belt to pick out anything missed
by the first picker. Currently,
Travis Hill and Shannon Murrow
were stationed at these outside-
inside picker positions.
Then, the cleaned shells are
conveyed into two steam tunnels
where heat and water above 160
degrees Farenheit forces the
scallop meat to part from its shell,
followed with a tumbler which
ensure the separation of meat and
shell. The hot shells, still reeking
of steam, and conveyed outside
Continued on page 6

Johnny Millender

Jim Sparks Inspects scallops
Before Off Loading.



By Brian Goercke
Dr. Abduhl R. Salmon, M.D.
submitted his resignation to
Emerald Coast Hospital on 14
March 1994. Salmon, who began
with Emerald Coast in 1988,
helped the establishment's
Emergency Medical Service
become accredited in Advanced
Life Support. Dr. Salmon resides
in Panama City where he plans to
resume practice. -

Editorial and
commentary pg.
Consumer News
Lanark Water and
Sewer pg. 4-
Franklin County
School Board pg.
Auto Death pg. 4
"Someday Im be
a Missionary"' pg
Lanark Auto
Wreck pg. 9
Carrabelle High
News pg.8



on Cable


By Rene Topping
The two Cable Vision,
representatives will surely know
the way to Apalachicola as they
were sent home to write up a,
contract that the county
commissioners can find suitable
to the needs of Franklin County.
Although Mike Smith and Shane
Routh came with a prepared
statement for commissioners, they
found several people in the
audience still not satisfied with
various aspects of their service.
They will be attending the next
meeting of the commission on 5
No time limit has so far been set
by the commission on the length
of the franchise, although
commissioner Dink Braxton, who
has been the most vocal on
complaints about service rates and
speed of answer to repair calls,
said, Let's make it six months."
The recently expired franchise had
a period of fifteen years, which
several residents felt was far too
Mosconis said, "You haven't
addressed all these spots in the
county where you on't have
service, butyou've got service close
by. What about those?" Smith
responded that in the original plan
the density was 25 homes per
mile. On a suggestion that the
company go to ten homes per mile
Smith responded, "That's much
too low. We are pretty much in the
20 to 25 homes range."
Commissioner Saunders brought
up a point where in Lanark cable
is on two sides of a resident and he
cannot get it.
%', , t


Burning in

By Rene Topping
SFranklin County Sheriff -.
Roddenberry said that it was his .
belief that the cross burning on
the Carrabelle Athletic Field on
the east side of Carrabelle, seems
to be an isolated incident. In a
press release from his office on
Wednesday. March 23, he said
thatThe Franklin County Sheriffs
Office was called out at
approximatelyll:30 p.m. on March
18 in reference to a cross burning
in the comer of the field which is
situated on U.S.98.
When Mayor Jimmy Williams and
Deputy Mike Eller arrived on the
scene, they found a burning,
crudely built cross. After they put
th re out, they determined that F
the cross had been built by nailing
a couple of two by fours together C4
and attaching two burlap sacks to
them before setting them on fire.
Sheriff Roddenberry commented,
This seems to be an isolated
incident. There was no mob
involved as there was only one set
Jof footsteps leading to and from
the scene. This appears to be more
someone's idea ofa sickjoke, than
a hate crime since there is no
evidence that the crosswas burned
to get the attention of any
particular person or group.
While rumors have been running
rampant concerning another
alleged cross burning that has
occurred since Friday, the Sheriffs
Office has not received or
responded to any other cross
burning since the Carrabelle
Sheriff Roddenberry said that
investigation into this incident is


t. Geo. Bridge Pilings

Vorse Than Expected

jerry Service Planned For
ommericial Vehicles Over 20 Tons

Bill Waddell





The St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. has filed with the Florid
Public Service Commission (PSC) an application to increase wat
rates, and customers on the island began receiving their notices th
The following are the present and proposed rates:

Meter Size
:5/8 x 3/4"

Mike Smith of Cablevision
One resident, Mark Noble, who
lives west of Carrabelle in
Lighthouse Estates said that the
position he was in is that the cable
as stopped just before reaching
his and two neighbors' homes.
Noble said, "360 feet is as far as
they will go without the client
paying on additional fee. In our
area there are 40 homes,' the road
has just been completed, and
further back there are more homes
being moved in this week. They
stopped the cable right out at the
main road. When an additional
two and a half tenths of a mile of
Continued on page 8

Present Proposed
Base Facility Charqe Base Facility Charqe
Per Month Per Month


<11) 12.37


Gallonage Charge $1.67 per 1,000 gals. $3.16 per 1,000 gala

The notices contained one error and that was for the present rate f
a 2-inch meter, which should have read "112.37" instead of" 12.3'
The PSC scenario-calendar has also been published, indicating th
a hearing is scheduled at mid-summer with a final order on or befo
10 October 1994. The notice contained this language:
The Florida Public Service Commission has issued an ord
Establishing Procedure setting the time for filing of testimony 1
Intervenors, if any, by May 25, 1994; and by Commission staff
June 8, 1994. A pre-prehearing conference has been set for May
1994, at a time and place to be determined; and a prehearir
conference has been set for July 1, 1994, at a time and place to 1
determined. A hearing on the application is scheduled by th
Commission for July 20 and 21, 1994, at a time and location to 1
determined. Final order is scheduled to be issued by the Commissic
on or before October 10, 1994.

q By Rene Topping
When Bill Waddell, Florida
Department of Transportation
(DOT) appeared before the
SFranklin County Chronicle, on
Tuesday 15 March, he confirmed
the rumors that had been flying
all around the county for quite a
time, thattheBryant Patton Bridge
to St. George Island was in far
worse shape than the DOT had
suspected when they started the
:recent $1.5 million repair job. He
1 said, "Once we got into the
construction to repair this bridge
we found out there was much
more pile damage than what we
P had envisioned. In fact, we recently
put in crutch bents to actually
"safe-up" the bridge. We had only
four in the original contract. After
we took off the protection we had
put around these pilings on a
contract we did several years ago,
we found out the pilings were in a
lot, worse shape than we had
envisioned. In fact, that's why the
load limit is what we insist on
right now (20 tons) for the
commercial vehicles. Now it winds
up we have 75 crutch bents to
repair so the project estimated at
a million and a half has gone up to
four to five million dollars."
Continued on page 2


Cost May

da Increase
"is By Rene Topping
With a notification from Argus
that the tipping fee would be
increased 13 per cent, it seemed
obvious to everyone that there
would be an increase in the cost of
garbage to the consumer. The
raise will up rates from $55 per
ton to $62.15 and the vehicle rate
would be raised from $3.60 to
$3.96. These rates will go into
effect on 1 April unless the, county
can re-negotiate the contract they
have with Argus.
Presently the county is working
under a five year contract which
calls for this increase as being
started on the third year of the
contract. The contract says, "For
the third and each succeeding
year (fee) will be based on the
percentage increase in the
consumer price index plus 10 %."
for Kendall Wade explained that the
7". fees will probably be increased for
the next two years.
)re The commissioners were under
the impression that some part of
this fee would go into the trust
er fund for closure of landfills.
by However, AttorneyAl Schuler said.
by "You know the contract is
, presently in effect. There is not
ng much we can except go along with
be it or attempt to renegotiate this
he one. (The increase) is not going
be into the trust fund as I understand
on it. This is what we have to pay
Argus to carry this material over
(to Bay County.) and bum it."
Continued on page 8

Q ij Mr 19 .& The F County C n P i twc monthl o

St. George bridge...from page 1.

Waddell immediately informed the large audience and the
commissioners that '"We (the state) are not trying to give you the
bridge back. So don't worry about that." The state at present is trying
to negotiate with the contractor on the $1.5 million dollar contract.
He said that the state was trying to negotiate or buy the contract out.
He added that they will try to get the crutch bents in these pilings now
blocked off and try to get two-way traffic started again in that area.
He had signed a letter on Monday, 14 March, to get an emergency
declaration to get a ferry system or something going very soon to get
commercialvehicles over to the island. He said that it would be a year
to a year and a half "before we get traffic open like we should have."
When asked how long itwould be before the ferryservice could go into
effect he said, "A real wild guess. It will be about six weeks."
The state is looking at several sites on the island and on the mainland
from which they can operate the ferry service. It would carry vehicles
that are over the120-ton limit that is now being enforced on the
bridge. He said they might have to come into Apalachicola where
there is deep water to get in and out. He added that if they don't find
anymore damage than they have now they would restrict that ferry
service to commercial vehicles. The service would be free. He said
that by asking for the emergency declaration he would be able to
negotiate individually with contractors. he will request 12 hour
service, seven days a week, to get supplies over to the island, and it
will mainly be very heavy trucks like concrete and garbage trucks.
He added that it will cost a lot of money but he cannot afford to shut
down the island for a year and a half.
It will probably be 90 days or more before they can get two-way traffic
for cars and up to 20-ton trucks running on the bridge. He was asked
by Ben Withers, "Is it possible at certain times of te day or late in
the evening, or whatever, to come across with a heavier load?"
Waddell replied, "Twenty tons is the maximum. Even with a lot of
cars you won't get to the 20 tons. We checked it out as to load-
carrying trucks, etc. and 20 tons is the maximum limit. That's why
I am looking at the ferry system. There is no way that I can afford to
lose the bridge. I mean it's that critical."
Waddell explained the reason for the one-way traffic saying, "Where
we have it blocked off one way now we have driven the pilings, but
we have not tied into the caps so you have got the same problem.
That's why we have the traffic detour. It's not finished. That's what
we are going to get (original) contractor to concentrate on before he
He also stated at one point in the discussion that back when the St.
George Island Bridge was built in the 60's the technical knowledge
was limited. In those days he said the idea was to drive the pilings
as deep as possible and was thought to be the best way. However,
time has proven that tle piles were actually overdriven. "Doing that
caused cracks in the pilings and salt got into the reinforcing steel
through the cracks and compromised it," Waddell said.
The small commission room wasfilled to overflowing with worried St.
George Island business people and residents. Th ose who could not
get inside the room crowded around the open doors to the commission
chamber and waited their chance to air their concerns.
Amongst those speaking was St. George Island Realtor Alice Collins,
who stated that she and other real estate people on the island are
now getting to the heavy season for tourists and asked. "Is there any
way that you can give us as much advance notice as possible of any
changes that are going to affect access to that Island?" She noted that
there was confusion when the toll was lifted. Collins said, "The day
before it was supposed to be a situation where we had an annual

pass, you advised this community you were taking the toll off. There
was no advance warning. We need as much advance notice as
Waddell replied that, "Once we start the major project the DOT will
put out a weekly review of what is happening." Waddell also stated
that there is no suggestion that the toll would b e put back on the
bridge on completion of the project.
Commissioner Dink Braxton asked about the possibility of water
and other utilities being attached to the bridge. Waddell replied that
each application to attach anything to the bridge would be treated
on ,case by case basis.

Commission Chairman Jimmy Mosconis said that it was "an
extraordinary problem that was going to take extraordinary measures
to get through it." He felt that the big key thing was to get some
policing on the load level. Waddell replied that he would do the best
he could but was limited in what he could do.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton said, "Of course, I'd like to emphasize
that getting the crutch bents in if steel has corroded in the piling,
then a matter of stability is a major concern, so the bridge is at risk
if a major storm may blow in." Waddell said, 'We don't want a storm
but in the case that we did have a major storm, and we did have a
major loss to the bridge, that's when we would open up the ferry
service to everyone. Hope it doesn't happen but you make a valid
point." Mosconis said he just wanted to be assured that everything
will be taken care of in an orderly fashion, and everybody knows
about it."
When asked what kind of ferry the DOTwas planning to use and how
long it would take to get across, Waddell said they were planning on
using a ferry such as the one used on the Choctawhatchee Bay
Bridge, which would be a state-of-the-art commercial ferry and that
load capacity or weight will not be a problem. Waddell guessed ten
minutes for time from Apalachicola. He was greeted with remarks
that it would take a lot longer. A good average was estimated at about
45 minutes. The Franklin County school buses are well below the
20-ton limit and will be able to use the bridge, although Waddell
made the point that the school superintendent was the one who
should know how much the buses weigh when filled. Waddell said
the superintendent was aware of the 20-ton limit.
There was a complaint on a metal box that was raies from the
pavement level on the bridge itself causing motorists to have to
dodge. There is a sign with the word "BUMP" on it but residents were
concerned that it might cause an accident. Waddell said he would
have the workers feather out some asphalt to smooth the bump out.
Alice Collins said it was a major concern to herself and others that
the DOT was going into this job, ". . knowing what we are going to
do, and knowing what the outcome is going to be and knowing how
long it is going to extend the life of the bridge."
Dorothy Nash of St. George Island asked, "How much does it cost to
inspect the bridge every year? Why was this such a shock? It's
several hundred dollars to inspect a bridge and this is a yearly fee
and all of a sudden I mean, this doesn't make sense.' Waddell
answered, "Let me explain one more time. We had what we call pile
jackets on the bridge to protect the piles. Once we came back and
chipped some of the stuff so we could put this electric current into
the pilings, we found that all this did was hide the problem. The
bridge inspector could not find it because it was under a pile jacket..
Once you take it off you see the wires showing."
Waddell was asked what he intended to do to enforce the load limit
at night and stop someone with an overweight truck from trying to
make a quick passage over during the nighttime hours. As one of the
residents said, 'You can bring anything over there after eight o'clock
at night." Waddell said all he could do would be able to bring the
weights people over periodically to spot check. "I can't keep anybody
over here full-time. What we are hoping is that as soon as we get the
ferry started that will take care of the problem." Waddell warned
anyone trying to cross the bridge with an overweight vehicle saying,
'They are taking chances and believe me it's abig chance. I've looked
at it. All I can say if they're the one to fall in I'd hate to have their
Waddell left after promising to have himself or a DOT representative
at each of the succeeding county meetings and assuring all present
that even if more problems showed up they would be taken care of.
'You will have a good bridge when we are finished," he said.





With all seven St. George Island
Plantation Homeowner's Board of
Directors present at the
Clubhouse on Saturday, 19 March
1994, and a relatively short
agenda of three substantive items,
and three short administrative
matters, the discussion intensified
primarily on one item: The
proposed survey of the general
The opinion survey, as proposed
generally, was described by
President Lou Vargusas a "tool,
not a vote...". Dr. Tom Adams
pointed out that the controversial
issues involved both the
contractual agreement with Dr.
Ben Johnson and his Resort
Village, and the Covenants of the
Association, which is a bundle of
additional legal and controverted
Resort Village, and the Covenants
of the Association which were
amended in the process of entering
into the Ben Johnson contract, a
matter subject to considerable
dispute by Dr. Adams and other
members of the Association.
President Vargus underscored his
concern before the Board and the
25 homeowners and lot owners
present at the meeting concerning
the contested views of the
agreement and the covenants and
the problem of wording a
questionnaire in some neutral
manner. Vargus said, "If the Board
were to undertake a fact-finding
process, the Association might be
vulnerable to a lawsuit from other
members who disagreed on the
Johnson agreement or the
covenant issue. He spoke to
agreeable listeners that he wanted
the trail of litigation to end.
Association memberRoyHoffman,
however, urged the Board to go
ahead and seek a Declaratory
Judgment on the issue to
determine if the Covenant changes
sought by the Ben Johnson
agreement were legally adopted.
"Leave no stone unturned... Do
the right thing," he said.
Much later, Association attorney
Barbara Sanders told the
assembly that a declaratory
judgment time-line could not be
predicted but that previous
attempts were still in process after
3 years, and another, after 18

Member Lennie Davis was
appalled to hear that the Board
was afraid to litigate. "Aren't you
weakening your position by
negotiating first?" he asked.
Vargus said, "This Board has said
it would not litigate." Davis
responded, "How can you say we
should negotiate when what we
have (the agreement) is null and
void..."? Vargus reiterated a
central theme, "The Board will do
what is best for the Association.
The Board is not saying it would
not litigate...There is a way to
solve this without hostility...
Davis later suggested that the
Board simply declare the Ben
Johnson contract null and void
because of the questions
surrounding the adoption of the
agreement and the changes made
to the Covenants thereby. "Then,
Dr. Johnson can sue the
Association,..." and a declaratory
judgment would issue thereby.
However, Vargus pointed out that
the agreement contained some
items favorable to the association
such as mutually agreed security
arrangements, dues and other
important matters.
B. L. Cosey complained that the
agreement was ramroddedd
through in an underhanded
manner," pointed out that security
arrangements undermine
Plantation security. He referred to
the current appeal now taken to
the adjudacatory commission
(Govermorand Cabinet) indicating,
"...We don't want this to go
It was unclear if Cosey were
refel.ing to an informal group
which has formed within the
Plantation, calling themselves
"Concerned Property Owners." The
Chronicle has printed most of a
letter signed by Dr. Tom Adams
which provides some background
on th-. group and their position on
the .-ohnson Agreement and
Covenant issues. (Please see the
editorial page 3).
Dr. Johnson addressed the Board
and 'the assembled property
owners indicating to the Board
"move on" the issues and get the
matters resolved. He repeated his
desire to negotiate and "...what I
am hearing is to rescind the
agreement. If you try to dance
around that issue... these people
Continued on page 10

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Page 2. 26f March 1994 -, The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Puhlished twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, .26 March 1994 *, Page 3

Editorial Middce

and Commentary

Dr. Tom Adams

Letter to the Board


By Michael A. Doyle
Publisher's Note: Dr. Tom Adams distributed copies of the Doyle
letter to the Board and those attending the 19 March 1994 Board

Mr. T. H. Adams
St. George Island
P.O. Box 791
East Poirlt, Florida 32328
Dear Mr. Adams:
Thank you for sending me your January mailing. Because the
September 5, 1992 amendments were never disclosed to the
membership, the alleged vote should be treated as a nullity, and the
so-called amendments should be given no more credence,
The protective covenants recognized the significance of the grant of
additionalvotes by permitting a one-third minority ofthe membership
to stop any dilution of current voting.
While there may have been many negotiations between the Board
and Dr. Johnson prior to ths time of the September 5, 1992 meeting,
apparently none of them were disclosed to the membership, as the
directors were bound by their fiduciary.duty to to do.
Therefore, under no circumstances should the Board be permitted
to act as if these "amendments" have any legal force or effect. If they
are to give credence to these amendments and if a court nullifies
those amendments for failure to obtain the required membership,
approval, then those board members face personal liability.
I cannot see how any of the agreement provisions benefit the
members of the Plantation Owners Association. However, I recognize
that there may be a difference of opinion concerning this. Therefore,
the only resolution is to treat the previous "amendments" for what
they are a nullity and resubmit the issue to the members for a vote
as required by the Charter documents the protective covenants filed
in the courthouse. With respect to any amendments diluting the
membership vote, SectionXII.D. ofthe covenants requires that those
amendments be defeated if one more than one-third ofthe membership
opposes them.
Dr. Johnson may not like this, but he certainly was on notice, if he
did not have actual knowledge of this vote requirement filed since
1976 with the records of the Clerk of Franklin County. If Dr. Johnson
chooses to contestwhat are unassailable legal conclusions, then the
Directors should seriously consult with their counsel concerning
whether or not they should seek a declaratory judgment action from
the Franklin County Court and maintain the status quo pending
resolution of this issue by a court with jurisdiction to resolve all
.Since the board ofdirect6rs apparently failed to properly conduct the
membership meeting, if the current board treats those ultra vires
acts as real rather than fiction, they could well have liability to any
who have been damaged as a consequence.
I also wonder if Ben Johnson has the same concerns, particularly
when it was on his motion that a cover letter sent to the membership
purported to enclose all documents., However, key portions were
omitted, without explanation. By rights, he should join in a declaratory
judgment suit.
I hoped these observations are of some use to you.

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830

Vol. 3, No. 6

Publisher's Note: The letter from Dr. Tom Adams contains some
background information, along with allegations, which may be
useful to the readership in understanding more fully the
circumstances described in the quarterly meeting of the Plantation
Board of Directors, held Saturday, 19 March 1994.

P.O. Box 791
Eastpoint, FL 32328
February 23, 1994
Louis Vargas, Pres.
P.O.A. Board of Directors
St. George Plantation, St. George Island FL
Dear Lou,
I am submitting4the enclosed questions from the group of Concerned
Property Owners as you requested for the survey the Board plans to
conduct; however, we do not believe that the survey will address the
fact that the common sense and substantial legal opinions recognize
that the P.O.A. Protective Covenants were never amended by the
process described in Barbara Sanders' description of events regarding
the alleged Johnson agreement
Dr. Johnson sent me a copy of his letter to you of Feb. 18, 1994 in
which he questions what Concerned Property Owners are trying to
achieve. The answer is very simple,--integrity and fair play in dealings
within the Plantation. As you can see from both the legal opinion of
Mike Coppins and the recent letter from Michael Doyle, the P.O.A
Board and Ben Johnson cannot "contest unassailable legal
conclusions" (i.e. our covenants were not amended) and the Board
and Johnson cannot continue to act as if they were.
As to the options outlined by Johnson in his letter, mutually
rescinding the agreement seems most appropriate. The second
option of negotiation is highly suspect. Forget the multiple choice
questions! We saw that flawed concept at work in the so-called
"mediation sessions." You can't offer multiple choice on the basis of
flawed premises and not expect that people will recognize it as a
manipulative strategy to again deprive them of their rights. The third
option of seeking a declaratory judgment seems to offer the Board the
strongest legal protection since you would be seeking to have the
matter ofthe Covenant amendments corrected, and if the "agreement"
Is then limited by that judgment, the board is only able to perform
to the extent that it is not in conflict with the covenants. Despite
Johnson's desire to "bind" the association to a negotiated deal, this
cannot be done with respect to our covenants which have the force
of law for us all.
The process through which the agreement was obtained is tainted by
lack of disclosure, filing of a false document, and the withholding of
documents that required membership approval. Why can't we be
honest about that and do the right thing? As mentioned by Mr.
Doyle, minority rights are granted in the covenants, so it is not simply
deciding what some "alleged" majority wants. We all know that the
majority of Plantation owners were disenfranchised by the proxy
process that provided no information or opportunity for the majority
to even vote on the alleged agreement.
As I said in an earlier letter to you, the issue here is not entirely
pragmatic: there has been a violation of trust and ethical conduct
in my opinion. I seek only honest and fair treatment, and I believe
other members want the same thing.
Tom Adams


26 March 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists.. Judy Corbus
Captain Ernie............Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Rene Topping
..............Paul Jones '
..............Brian Goercke
............. Will Morris
..............Lee McKnight
..............Carole Ann Hawkins
..............Debe Beard
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
..............Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Staff................
Will Morris.............Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
Will Morris.............St. George Island (697-2519)
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..........Barbara Metz, A.A.
..............Pamela Clarke, M.F.A.
..............Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
..............Chris Hockett, B.F.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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Commissioner Braxton

Publisher's note: Excerpts of Michael R. Smith's letter of 14
March 1994 to the Franklin County Commission are published
below, indicating the company's response to complaints and
concerns in technical service, broadcast reception, customer
service and programming.

Dear Mr. Braxton:
The purpose of this letter is to formally respond to the major concerns which
the residents of Franklin County expressed about Cablevision at the March
1st public hearing.
As a precursor to the particular issues, I would like to reiterate that
Cablevision is extremely committed to providing the residents of Franklin
County with the highest possible level of service and programming. This is our
fundamental purpose and, as the fourth largest cable television operator in
the country, Cablevision brings the resources necessary to achieve this
Technical Service The first issue I would like to address deals with our
technical service. We currently employee three (3) full time, trained technicians
in Franklin County to serve approximately 3,700 subscribers. In looking at
the ratio of technicians per subscribers, we provide one technician per 1,250
subscribers. This is the lowest per subscriber ratio throughout our three
state region. These technicians are residents of the county and are available
to handle emergencies on a twenty four hour basis. In Franklin County we
consistently resolve over 95 percent of service calls within thirty six hours of'
when the call is received. This levelexceeds the FCC mandated response time.
A further enhancement to our technical service will be the addition of an area
technical supervisorwho will provide on site assistance to our service efforts.
At Cablevision, we provide a guarantee to all subscribers that shows our
dedication to service. Under this guarantee, any at- home appointment we*
miss, which includes both service and installation work results in an
automatic $10 credit on the subscriber's next bill. Any missed rescheduled
appointment results in a free month of cable service. This program is a
company wide policy of Cablevision's and is unique throughout our industry-
and most service companies.
Broadcast Reception Your second issue was the reception problems some
residents have experienced with the broadcast stations. In order to fully
analyze the situation, we tested all antennas at each system in conjunction
with the broadcast stations' engineers. As a further test, we employed the-
resources of the largest antenna manufacturer in the country to provide us
with a computer based analysis of expected signal strengths for each channel
and cable system in Franklin County. In al cases, the signal strength we
measured at the antenna exceeded the expected signal level as calculated per
the computer. While we are using the best equipment available, the distance
from the broadcasters' transmitters to Franklin County cable systems is
somewhat far and therefore more susceptible to various atmospheric
Our review alerted us to two situations beyond our control.- The first is a
transmitter problem of Channel 7, WJHG, the NBC affiliate out of Panama
City, Fl. The station has been running at low power for some time and hopes
to be back up at full power sometime in May. On St. George Island, electrical
interference caused by Florida Power is creating a problem on channel 6,
WCITV. Richard White of Florida Power will be contacted to correct this
situation. Also on St. George Island, we plan to move our tower site to a new
location with a higher elevation. This move will improve normal reception on
all broadcast stations.
Customer Service An initial act ofCablevision's was to provide all subscribers
with in-house customer service on a twenty four hour basis. The situation we
inherited utilized a third party answering service beginning after 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. In
order to provide 'round the clock service, we initiated the flow of all customer
service phone traffic through our Gulf Breeze office. As you might expect, an
undertaking of this size resulted in some mishaps; the most typical being a
somewhat overwhelmed customer service staff your residents may have
encountered. Since we initiated twenty four hour service, we have increased
the number of phone representatives at all hours. In 1994, our overall focus
is on providing complete customer service and we are'well underway in this"
area. Our first course of action was an intensive training program for all
service representatives dealing with customer relations and the various
nuances of our cable systems. This is an ongoing program and will be closely
monitored. Secondly, we have recently ordered a $500,000 telephone switch
which will greatly help us monitor and handle all phone traffic, particularly
during peak periods. This system should be in place by June. The ability to
monitor all phone traffic is mandated by the 1992 Cable Act Please note that
. the local cable store in Apalachicolais open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday.
through Friday for all customer service related issues.
Programming As I stated at the March 1st hearing, we hope to launch our
Rainbow packaging in the Eastpoint, St. George Island and Alligator Point
systems sometime in May. We are at the mercy of our equipment manufacturers
and we will stay on top of them as best ve can. I would like to note that the
required. equipment costs 'upwards of $10,000 per system. As a cable
television operator we are not guaranteed a return on our investment.
Therefore, capital expenditures of this type are somewhat risky. At a time
when most operators are raising premium rates in response to the regulation
of basic service, we at Cablevision are proud to offer the Rainbow services at
rates which are affordable to all residents.
A final programming note concerns the addition of the Weather Channel on
the Alligator Point system. We plan to add this service at the time we launch .
Rainbow services in the system .
I look forward to further discussing these and other issues with the County
Commission and residents of Franklin County at the March 15th hearing.
s/s Michael R. Smith
Assistant Regional General Manager

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Sponsored by the Apalachicola
Trinity Episcopal Church, the
annual spring tour of historic
hnames will be staged on Saturday,
7 May 1994, beginning at 1 P. M.
and lasting four hours. The tour
includes churches, commercial
structures and private homes. The
tour is suitable for walking or
driving and tour participants may
visit the buildings in any sequence.
Each historic or architecturally
significant structure is clearly
marked. Maps and information
brochures wll be distributed when
persons register for the tour, with
donations of $10 each. After the
tour, light refreshments will be
provided at the Coombs House
Bed and Breakfast on 6th Street.
There will be hosts and hostesses
on site at each stop. Tour packets,
information and registration will
be held at Benedict Hall Parish
House, next door to the church,
79 6th Street, beginning at 11
Proceeds from the tour go to the
Trinity Episcopal Church
restoration and Preservation
Fund. Additional information is
available from Harrette Kennedy
at 904-670-8744 or Sara Patrenos



Page 4, 26 March 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle


Is Your Credit Report a Friend or Foe?
by Judy Corbus


By Carol Ann Hawkins
Carl Bailey, Chairman of the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District, sat alone at the head
table Tuesday night, 22 March, at
Chilas Hall, unable to explain why
Board members Harold Sparks
and Greg Yancey were not present
for the District's regular meeting.
Despite the fact that a quorum
was not present and no one was
there to see that minutes were
recorded, Bailey conducted what
turned out to be a meeting which
stretched out over an hour until
Bailey, obviously irritated by the
persistent and sometimes
relentless efforts of the 13 water &
sewer customers present to pin
him down for (and then balk at)
direct answers, abruptly
adjourned the meeting.
Scott Smiley, of Thompson,
Crawford & Smiley law firm in
Tallahassee, who represents the
district in legal matters, and
attorney Thomas Thompson were
also absent. Bailey said Smiley
had called him earlier in the day
to say that he and Thompson "got
committed and they were mixed
up, that this would never happen
again." Bailey was asked to
reschedule the meeting foranother
night in March to ensure that an
official meeting would be held for
the month and not put off until
April, but he said he didn't know
and "would have to ask our
attorney." Bailey was advised
several times by Villagers that he
'could not legally hold a meeting
without a quorum present, but he
replied that he was only going to
read the Minutes of the 22
February meeting and read the
contents of two letters he said
Smiley faxed to him earlier in the
Bailey's attempts to read the
Minutes were thwarted, and he
was interrupted when he tried to
report on the test results on water
samples taken from the system
for asbestos testing last month.
The District uses asbestos cement
pipes in the system. Bailey was
asked to hold his report until the
next official meeting.
Bailey then asked the Lanark
Village residents if they wanted to
hear what attorney Smiley had to
say in a letter which Bailey said
he'd received by Fax prior to the
meeting. Several "yes" answers
prompted Bailey to read from the
letters that there has been, "little
activity in the T & A (Utilities
Construction Company) case in
,the past month," and that a
judgment had been entered
against Franklin County
.Commissioner Tom Saunders to
recover the sum of'$998.79, with
costs in the sum of $46.50, which
shall bear interest at the rate of 12
per cent a year."
S.Phil Shiver, Lanark resident, read
a letter dated 4 September, 1990,
that was signed by Farmers Home
;Administration (FMHA) District
Director II Jerry Ausley, advising
Bailey that FMHA assistance for
water and sewer improvements
amounted to $526,000 for the loan
amount and $712,000 for the
grant amount approved for the
District. This required, according
to the letter, that Bailey provide
written evidence that the LVW&SD
has, "the required number ofwater
and sewer users, 577 and 581,
Shriver said he asked three weeks
ago for a copy of Bailey's reply to
Ausley's letter that would show
FMHA that LVW&SD has the
number of customers to meet the
requirements but that Bailey had
given him the wrong information.
Shiver said he then made a written
request for a copy of "any records
pertaining to our latest loan from
FMHA," and has not received the
information. Bailey told Shiver to
come by the District's office and
he would provide the data.
Bailey told Shiver that the "581"
number of customers means that,
"each one of the trailers would be
a separate number... each room
of the motel was a separate
number...each campground was
one customer." Shiver and other
residents at the meeting disputed
Bailey's statement, saying that the
FMHA requirement means "paying
customers" and that the District,
"does not have 581 (individual)
paying customers. We have 124
ess than this number. Thatwould
mean that the actual number of
customers woul-dh-ve to pay a
higher monthly rate," Shiver said.
"That's exactly what happened,"
Bailey said, "that's why we had to
raise the rate the last time
(January 1, 1994)."

If you have ever applied for credit
and been turned down, you
probably received a letter
explaining why your application
was denied. The letter also may
have listed the name and address
of a "credit reporting agency" you
could contact. Butwhat is a "credit
reporting agency" and how does it
affect your credit application?
A credit reporting agency (CRA) is
a private firm that collects
information on how well people
manage their credit. When a
person applies for a credit card or
a loan, the company or bank can
contact a CRA for a credit report.
The report provides information
on how well bills are paid on time,
if the person has regular
employment, and what debts are
currentlyowed. Other information
that may be on the report include
unpaid bills, unpaid taxes,
repossessions, bankruptcies, and
criminal records.
There are three CRA's that handle
all credit files, although your file
may not be listed with all three
agencies. To obtain a copy of you
credit report, call or write the
following CRA's to find out which
one has your file:
Equifax (also called CBI)
Local Address: Post Office Drawer
Panama City, FL 34202
Trans Union
Post Office Box 390
Springfield, PA 19064-0390
(215) 690-4955

Bailey was asked for a "ball park
figure" on the amount the District
owes, and he said that District
owes over a million dollars, which
includes $513,000 owed to the
General Electric Capital Assoc.
and an estimated $500,000 to
FHMA. Bailey said he sends out
detailed reports "from time to time"
to District customers showing
where the District goes" but Pedder
said a report of this type had not
been provided since 1992. Millie
VanHam told Bailey that "this
board had a lot of nerve to put
these homeowners, these rate-
payers, in debt like this." Bailey
replied that the District "had to do
this, because everythingwas being
polluted. The sewage was going
into the Gulf untreated, raw
sewage going into the Gulf (from
the Village) and, also, the water
was very bad, all rusty and red."
Bailey said that he is the grant
admistrator but that he has
volunteered his services "for a long
time" and has received no pay,
but residents at the meeting
disputed Bailey's claim, telling him
that they knew he received a
finder's fee and an administrator's
The meeting came to an end after
Bailey attempted to convince the
residents that when he leaves the
job at the LVW&SD "an
administrator and probably an
engineer, an engineering firm"
would have to be hired to sit in at
District meetings as well as a
lawyer. Pedder asked Bailey ifwas
telling them that he was "standing
in for an engineering firm."
Bailey attempted unsuccessfully
to compare the LVW&SD with
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and other
organizations, but his voice was
drowned out by the loud
protestations of the customers.
As Bailey prepared to leave, he
was asked when the next meeting
would be held. "I don't know. I'll
have to talk to the Board and see
if everybody's dead," he replied.
Asked if the meeting was
adjourned, Bailey said he saw no
further reason to pursue it, then
added, as an afterthought, "We
don't have a meeting. So I guess
we're not adjourned."

Post Office Box 742827
Dallas, TX 75374-2827
If you have applied for credit and
been turned down, the lending
agency must tellyou the name and
address of the CRA that supplied
them with your credit report. You
then have 30 days to contact the
CRA for a free copy of your report.
The CRA may c arge a fee for
requests made after the 30-day
To request a copy of your credit
file, ask the CRA what information
you need to send. This usually
includes your full name, current
address and previous addresses
for the past 2 to 5 years. Social
Security number, date of birth,
current employer, and a copy of
your driver's license or other"
identification that connects your
name with the address to which
your report will be mailed. You
also may need to include a money
order or certified bank check for
the service fee. The fee usually
ranges from $5.00 to $15.00. All
requests must be made in writing.
For your protection, no credit
information is given over the phone.
Iti general, negative credit
information that is accurate stays
on your credit report for seven
years. Bankruptcy information
can be reported for 10 years. You
cannot have negative information
removed from your file until the
reporting period has expired but
you are legally entitled to have
inaccurate or incomplete
information corrected free of
charge. For example, ifyour report
shows you were late in making
payments but does not show that
you have since made up those
payments, the CRA must add
information that explains your
payments are now current.
To dispute an error in your report,
write a letter to the CRA explaining
why you think the information is
incorrect. The CRA then must
investigate the dispute and correct
anyinaccurate information itfinds.
If you don't agree with the results
of the CRA's investigation, you can
file a brief statement that explains
your. side of the story. This
statement can be included in future
CRA reports at your request
If you are planning to apply for a
loan, check your credit report
before you apply. YOu can catch
any errors and possibly save the
time and embarrassment of being
turned down. If you are currently
behind in paying your bills, contact
the lenders and explain why you
are late. Most lenders are willing
to workwith their customers to set
up a repayment plan. Remember,
communicate with your lenders -
this can save both them and you
many problems later on.
A creditfile makes avery important
statement about how a person
manages their debts. It often is
the one thing that keeps a person
from being approved for a home
loan. By paying your bills on time
or working with your lenders to
repay them in a timely manner
you can build a good credit file
that will "speak well of you" in the
(Judy Corbus is the Multi-County
SHIP Home Economics Extension
Agent with the University of
Florida, Franklin County
Cooperative Extension Service.
The Cooperative Extension Service
provides educational information
and other services to individuals
without regard to race, color, sex,
age, handicap, or national origin.
For more information, contact the
Franklin County Cooperative
Extension Service at (904) 653-





By Brian Goercke
It was almost half a year ago when
Eastpoint resident, Cecil Babbs,
contacted the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program at the
Franklin County Library of
Eastpoint. Cecil wanted to
improve his reading. Because of
his strong Christian beliefs and
close ties to the Church of God in
Eastpoint, Cecil's desire to read
the Bible became a great motivator
in his quest to improve his reading
The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program has matched
Cecil with two tutors, Elizabeth
Hoffman and Helen Marsh, of St.
George island. "Mrs. Hoffman
has helped to give me more self-
esteem. She has also helped me
to read the Bible. I can read some
of the Old Testament scripture on
my own now and I would like to be
able to read the New Testament,
too." Cecil also thanked Helen
Marsh for her assistance. "She
has made a tape for me from a
book about Bigfoot. I listen to the
tape and follow along in the book."
Several months after obtaining
help from the adult reading
program, Cecil has also completed
training to become a First
Responder. Motivated to help
others, Cecil said, "Ifcan ever learn
to read like I want to, I would like
to help somebody else learn how
to read."
Cecil is not the adult reading
program's only student, but he is
certainly one of the most
determined and outspoken
students for adult literacy. "It's a
fine thing you've got going. It
should have got started a while
ago. People are embarrassed to
admit their problems with reading.
Some people think if you cant
read, then you're stupid. I knew
that I wasn't. I was in the National
Guard nine years ago and learned
jungle training and military codes.
People need to come and try the
reading program. I'mnotashamed
to get their help."


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th



Telly the Magician will present
three performances in Franklin
County on Wednesday, 6 April
1994, according to an
announcement from the Franklin
County Public Library and
Wilderness Coast Public Libraries.
The performances will be held at
the Franklin County Public Library
in the Eastpoint Branch at 1:00
P.M. and 2:15 P.M. The first
performance will be a magic show
directed to younger children. The
second performance will be for
Middle School age students and
will have more emphasis on how
to be a magician. The program will
occur during spring break, and
children of all ages are welcome to
attend both performances.
The third performance will be at
Bay St. George Care Center in
Eastpoint, for the residents there,
beginning at 3 P.M.
Telly is an accomplished magician
with many years experience
performing for audiences. He is
an employee of the Magic and
Fun-Costume Shop in
Tallahassee, He is also an
accomplished juggler.
For more information, contact the
Eastpoint Library (904-670-8151)
or the Carrabelle Brach (904-697-
Those interested in becoming
tutors or students with the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program may contact the Franklin
County Library of Carrabelle (697-
2366) or Eastpoint (670-8151) or
the Apalachicola Municipal
Library (653-8436).





By Carol Ann Hawkins
Cherie L. Randerson, 36, of
Alligator Point, was killed instantly
Saturday night, 20 March, at
10:50 P.M. when the 1985
Chrysler she was driving collided
head-on with a 1988 Peterbilt
tractor/trailer on U.S 98, 1.1 mile
East of County Road 370. The 18-
wheeler, owned by C.E. Miller
Seafood Company of Eastpoint,
was driven by Virgil C. Homan of
Panacea. Homan, 50, was not
The Florida Highway Patrol in
Eastpoint reported that the
Chrysler was westbound on U.S.
98 in the eastbound lane. The
truck was eastbound. After the
impact, the car spun counter-
clockwise, stopping on the North
side of the highway. Randerson
was ejected from the vehicle.


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The Apalachicola

Community Center,

Ready and Waiting

By Lee McKnight
Planning a wedding or family
reunion in the near future? Maybe
you've got more guests for your
event than your home can fiold?
The answer to your problem just
might be the Apalachicola
community Center.
The keynote of the Apalachicola
Community Center Is versatility.
The facility consists of a large.
mulLipurpose room and kitchen
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suitable for most large events, an
arts and crafts room and two
smaller meeting rooms complete
with chalkboards and a 450
square foot upper level. In
addition. the track has been laid
for an acoustic curtain that can
be used to subdivide the
multipurpose room into smaller
rooms. The City has also
purchased a portable dance floor
and stage for the Community


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Originally planned as an
educational facility, the concept
of a community center developed
over a period of almost five years
of discussions. Funding fdr the
Community Center was provided
by a $300.,000 community block
development grant from the
Florida Department ofCommunity
Affairs (DCA).
Larry R. Burke of Architecture
Plus'on SL George Island designed
the facility to provide the
community with maximum use
while leaving as much open space
as possible in Battery Park. The
Center was built by'the Poloris
Construction Company and the
engineering firms ofAnderson and
Associates and Henderson and
Spencer Incorporated.
To meet Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
requirements for construction in
the velocity zone (an area where
structures would be adversely
affected by winds and storm
surges from strong storms) the
Community Center was built on
pilings 13 feet above sea level.
This requirement indirectly led to
a delayed start of construction
when the.'Great Storm of 93"
destroyed so many power poles
that a severe shortage of poles
and pilings developed, forcing the
start of construction to be delayed
by ninety days. Another problem
was that DCA's $300,000
Community Block Development
Grant wasn't quite enough to
cover the cost of construction of
the facility as originally designed.
That problem was solved by
shortening the building by eight
The center hasn't been officially
dedicated yet. According to Mayor
Howell, the City is waiting until
furniture can be provided.

Guidelines For The Use Of The
Apalachicola Commuhilty Center:
1. Alcoholic beveragesor illegal
substances are not allowed on
the premises. Smoking or use
of tobacco in any form is not
allowed inside die building.
2. Fund raising events are
prohibited. Anvexception must
e approved by the City
Commission or its designee.
3. The reserving partyor parties
will be responsible for cleaning
up after use.
4. An advance, non refundable.
deposit Is required. Anywavier
of this charge must granted by
the City Commission or its
5. Property damage will be
charged to the responsible
person or persons in whose
name the facilitywas reserved.
A complete inspection of the
premises will be conducted the
first working day after the
scheduled event.
6. A responsible adult must be
present at all events and must
make advance arrangements
for the facility. The party
reserving the the facility will be
responsible for any damage.
7. Events not under the direct
sponsorship of the Recreation
Commission must be
concluded by 11:00 PM.
8. Reservations for the use of
the facility are made by calling
653-9319 (City Hall). The key
to the facility must be returned
to City Hall the first working
day after use.

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By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) met briefly at
Carrabelle City Hall on Thursday,
10 March but no official action
could be taken because a quorum
was not present.
Cliff Willis, past chairman of the
CPAA and retired from the Florida
Marine Patrol, reported that he
had written a letter to Virginia
Wetherell, Executive Director of
the Department of Environmental
Prote tion (DEP) reporting boating
and navigatinal hazards on the
channel of the Carrabelle River
between Day Markers 22 and 23.
Willis said that since the natural
channel of the river was changed
a few years ago by theU.S. Corps
of Engineers and the Department
of Transportation (DOT) to allow
for construction of a new bridge
for U.S. Highway 98 and State
Road 30, the river is revertng to its
original side and silting in part of
the new alignment. "High-mast
boats cannot pass under the
bridge in that area occupied by
the old channel, and sail boats,
yachts, charter fishing boats,
commercial fishing boats, etc., are

running aground and sometimes
detained for hours when using
the new channel.
Structural damage takes place at
times. and at least one commercial
charter vessel licensed by the state
has gone out of business. partly
because of this navigational
hazard," Willis stated in the letter
to Wetherell. Willis said he needs
the support of the CPAA in the
need to relieve the pressure on
boating traffic, including barges
that he said are expected to be
hauling 500 thousand tons of
limerock down the river by a new
industry of shell base mining that
is now being started in the city.
Willis said the new business will
employ about 25 to 30 local people,
and that, plus the increased tax
base, fuel sales, equipment,
supplies and repairs, will mean a
lot to Franklin County. "It goes
without saying that barges will
have a difficult if not impossible
time if they use the marked
channel," Willis said.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers only
wants to dredge the channel six
feet, Willis reported, but he said
six feet will not really serve the
purpose. Willis recommended that
letters be written to state and
federal legislators to try and get
something done on the channel.
"Anything you (CPAA) can do to
relieve this pressure on boating
traffic will be appreciated," Willis
CPAA attorney Ben Watkins
reported that the Authority now
has certification that Dockside
Marina owner Tommy Bevis has
created 12 lobs that have been
filled by at Ileast seven medium-
low income people. Bevis sub-
leases the Timber Island property
from CPAA. Watkins said the Port
Authority should now certify to
the City of Carrabelle that Bevis
has met the lob requirements,

then the city can certify to DCA
that certification has been
received. When that is done,
Watkins said, DCAwill notify CPAA
to satisfy the proof of certification,
then CPAA will send a letter to
Bevis that the required action has
been certified and approved. "That
puts us into position to close out
the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG)," Watkins
Gene Langston asked for
permission to go to the Regional
Planning Council to ask for funds
for the marina on Timber Island.
The RPC has some funds available
now, Langston said, butwhen itis
widely known about the
availability of funds, there will be
a lot of competition for the money.
Langston will go to the RPC and
report back to the CPAA. A special
meeting may be called by CPAA
before the next regular meeting in
April to either accept or reject any
proposal that Langston may
present may present. Langston
said the Municipal Marina seems
to be the most acceptable form of
development according to the
people he has talked to. Langston
said CPA may possibly petition
bonds to raise money for
construction and let the city
manage the money, with a possible
profit-sharing plan.

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The Bay Area Choral Society and
soloists will present a program of
oratorio choruses and selections
from operetta and musical
comedies at historic Trinity
Church inApalachicolaon Sunday
afternoon, 27 March 1994
beginning at 4 P. M.
The Society program will be
conducted by four persons, Becky
Holtom, Eugenia Watkins, Alice
Lang Hall and NancyTotman, with
accompanist R. Bedford Watkins.
Soloists are Nancy Totman and
Wesley Chesnut.
There will be a reception in
Benedict Hall after the concert
with a display of paintings based
on North Florida landscapes by
Ken Kenniston, a retired Art
professor from FSU who is a new
resident in the area. Professor
Kenniston's works may also be
seen at Artemis Gallery.


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Scallops... continued from page 1.

the building and loaded into dump
trucks. The trucks eventually
spread the cleaned shells on
driveways or new roads. The
company donates these materials
to those who need it, including the
City and County. The waste from
the initial separation and purge is
taken to the Mitchell Alligator
The meat continues on its way out
of the tumbler, then to the
eviserator table. The material
comes down the eviserator table,
washing away the waste, as each
small scallop bounces downhill to
yet another conveyor now directed
into the picking room. Millender
says he usually employs 9 to 12
persons to pick unclean scallops
for reprocessing.
Millender added, "...The girls pick
those scallops which are not clean
and we send them through the
whole process (of cleaning) again.
Then the scallops go back to the
packing tables, and Barbara Ann
Massey handles it. That's where
we put them into the gallon
buckets, weight them and mallot
them shut."
Marty Chisim taps on the lid and.
runs the containers through a'
spout into the refrigerated room
where the temperature is kept
just above freezing.
The scallops are packed into boxes
and later taken to cold storage at
Millender's Seafood, Carrabelle.
From there, they are shipped out
to buyers, "...from Boston to
California..." in the words of
Johnny Millender.
"I spent the whole first year they
were here..." in referring to
Lambert's seafood processing unit
on Timber Island, as Millender
recalled, "...I investigated." "the
rightway and the wrongway about
doing things..." "I had every base
covered. ... The way I did things
,was a little different... like
recirculating my water. Refining
it down and taking the bacteria
out.. The "big guys" had been
scratching their heads wondering
how we could do this (process
scallops in Carrabelle) when they
(could not keep their overhead
costs down)." Millender added, "I
figured out what the city and the
state prohibited...and then I
bettered the situation..." "They
came to take pictures of my stuff,
like the little meat tumbler. They
never had that." Lambert, Roger
Newton out ofSt Joe, Buddy Ward
in Apalachicola. These are big
companies with high overhead and
high margins. "Equipment costs
might go up in their case as high
as $5 million. My costs were about
$250,000. I made do with what I
could get," he concluded.
Millender described other aspects
of his operation Including the
lowering of overhead, which did
not mean "low wages." The
contract boats bringing in the
scallops were getting about $4 per
gallon from the major processors.
Millender agreed to pay them $10
per processed gallon. He added,
"...My boats are making more now
than they were.... Lambert had a
lot of overhead."
On the Atlantic, scallops run in
greater quantities but "they don't
get as big." Millender explained
that the life cycle of an "Atlantic
scallop" was shorter.
With regard to proposals limiting
bay scalloping, Millender said that
such possible restrictions would
not have any effect on his
operation. "There's not enough bay
scallops around here now and
there never has been. What it is

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Scallops off-loaded from New Dawn and placed in hopper for
first screening.

Conveyed into processing plant after initial separation from
rock and other debris.

Scallops with some debris make
their way to the eviserator for
rigorous rolling and washing,
which seperates vicera from

Tumbler helping to separate steamed scallop meat from shell.

going to hurt are the tourists who
come to places like St. Marks.
Those people come from different
parts of the country to snorkel
and pick up a gallon bucked of
scallops ...Seems to me that they
(the regulators) would have more
important things to do than (place
restrictions on bay scalloping)."
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Bay Scallops
Hearings In
The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled final public
hearings on proposed rules that
would place a statewide
moratorium on the harvest of bay
scallops during the 1994/95
season, amend spiny lobster and
blue crab provisions, and establish
management measures for east
coast purse seines and Bahamian
landings. These hearings, and
other Commission action
regarding,-out and shrimping
issues, will take place April 4-6,
1994 at the Department of
Environmental Protection, Twin
Towers, Room 609, 2600 Blair
Stone Road in Tallahassee. The
meeting will include the following:
Public Hearing
This rule would prohibit all harvest
of bay scallops statewide during
the 1994/95 fishing season. The
Commission has received a
scientific report indicating that

this fishery is greatly stressed in
many areas along the state's west
coast. The Commission intends to
develop a revised management
plan for bay scallops to address
the severe problems in this fishery.
Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on rule
amendments for spiny lobster that
1. eliminate the 2-day sport
season in John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park.
2. prohibit the harvest of all
species of lobster and the
deployment ofany lobster trap
in Turtle Rocks, Basin Hill
Shoals, Higdon's Reef,
Cannon Patch, Mosquito
Banks, and Three Sisters
North and South all in
Pennekamp Park, and within
200 feet of any patch reef area
in the Park with a greater
dimension of at least 50 feet
and a relief (height) above the
sea bottom greater than 2 feet.
3. prohibit the use of sea
scooters and bleach to aid in
the taking of lobster.
4. establish a dsily bag limit of
50 spiny lobsters per vessel

for special recreational
crawfish license holders (or
per person for such license
holders who are not
harvesting lobsters from a
vessel) beginning in August,
5. delete a provision to prohibit
the use of plastic traps in the
lobster fishery beginning in
6. change the implementation
date of "restricted species"
status for lobster to August 1,
1994, to conform with recent
Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed rule
amendments for blue crab that
1. increase the minimum
inside diameter size of escape
rings for blue crab traps to 2
3/8 inches, effective January
1, 1995.
2. require all blue crab traps
to contain at least 2 escape
rings in the upper chamber of
the trap and I in the lower
chamber, effective January 1,
3. allow a 5 percent tolerance

per container for undersized
blue crabs.
4. allow the harvest of no more
than 10 gallons of undersized
blue crabs with a dip net per
person or vessel, whichever is
less, for use and sale as live
5. allow legal live bait shrimp
harvesters a bycatch of 10
gallons of undersized blue
crabs per vessel.
Final Public Hearing
The Commission will reopen its
final public hearing regarding
rules to manage the use of purse
seine gear on Florida's east coast.
The Commission will consider
whether to modify previous
proposed rules to allow the use of
purse seines to harvest ladyfish
within one mile of shore on the
state's east central coast on a
limited seasonal basis.


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Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers, Room 609
2600 Blairstone Road
8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Legislative Report
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Report
*Bahamian Landings Rule, Final Public Hearing
*Spiny Lobster, Final Public Hearing
8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Northeast Shrimp, Draft Rule Review
*East Coast Purse Seine Rule, Re-open Final Public
Spotted Seatrout, Policy Decisions
*Ochlockonee Shoals Shrimp Sanctuary, Workshop
8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
*Bay Scallops, Final Public Hearing
*Blue Crab, Final Public Hearing
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Motion was made by Ed Tolliver
and seconded by Bevin Putnal
that the commission pay the
Increase. Putnal said, "We can't
afford to lose this service." Van
Johnson, the Solid Waste manager
for Franklin County said that the
contract calls for at least 5,000
tons to be hauled a year.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
said that he felt the commission
should Invite Argus in for the next
meeting to be held on 4 April.
Van Johnson said, "I think when
the contract was negotiated, the
board was aware that tipping fee
could go up to $80 per ton."
Braxton was the lone dissenting
vote on paying the increase.
Johnson also came up with a
program that would make money
for the county involving
recyclables. He said that if the
county would agree to a
proposition from Bay County to
take their recyclable goods the
two counties would split the profit
30 per cent to Bay and 70 per cent
to Franklin. He also said that Bay.
county have agreed to take tires
and waxed cardboard from
Franklin at no fee. Commissioners
agreed it could be beneficial and
voted to do it. The commissioners.
also voted to seek prices on
additional recycling equipment
requested by Johnson. Johnson
said that the recycling program in
Franklin is growing.
In other business: Van Johnson
announced that the landfill will
be open forhalfadayon Saturdays
starting with the first Saturday in
Commissioners agreed to
waive MSBU fees for past due
fees for fire tax and agreed to
waive penalties on another.
The first person was indigent
and the second claimed not to
have received a bill for 1989.
Wade explained that liens are,
filed against properties If the
MSBU is not paid arid when:
the property is sold the county
collects the fees plus penalties
for the fees.
If the jail is opened later in
the year Sheriff Roddenberry
said that he would not be able
to provide the $142per person
that will be charged by the
Franklin County health
Department. However a
spokesperson from the
Department said that the
$142 is their cost on the
vaccine and they do not charge
for administering the three
*On the recreational monies,
commissioners voted to let
individual commissioners to
say how the money is spent.
In Eastpoint and in Carrabelle
all of the money is going to
buying capital improvements.
Braxton said he felt that
buying uniforms should be
done by sponsors. Mosconis
said that he felt that about
$1,000 on uniforms and the
rest would be set for future
Tolliver suggested that an
airportAuthoritybe appointed
to take care of the
ApalachicolaAirport. Braxton
disagreed with Mosconis
saying that an authority has
more power than the
The commission agreed to
loan their dragline to City of
The cost for housing
prisoners for the month of
February was $1,960.
*The employee time reporting
system will not be changed
for employees of the landfill.
The color weather radar is in
operation at the airport.
Hamilton said that the county
can sell the service possibly
to some cable company.
*On the subject of an artesian
well being capped in the Cat
Point area commissioners
agreed to write letters to
officials in that area.
Hamilton was assigned to
set up a engineering plan for
the entire commercial district
on St George Island in order
that commissioners will know
the holding capacity of ponds.
Hamilton was also assigned
to work with Hank Garret on
storm water that is draining
on to his Land and ponding.
Wade announced that the
courthouse is now on

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telephone system. Wade
believes the system will save
the county about $10,000 in
a year.

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By Amanda Loos
As the sun was rising Friday
morning, 11 March, the fourteen
members of the Carrabelle High
School (CHS) Future Business
Leaders of America (FBLA) -
Frances Hand, Mandi Lycett,
Allison Sanders, Michelle Golden,
Kela Timmons, Janalyn Shiver,
Kathy Summerhill, Candice
Sweet, Courtney Millender,
Stephanie Boatwright, Stephen
Cook, Jonathan Tindell, Misty
Sexton, and Terrah Crum all
dressed in their best, embarked
on a journey to a competition at
Godby High School in Tallahassee
with Teacher of the Year Mrs.
JoAnn Gander.
FBLA is a national association
established in high schools around
the country in order to prepare
students for today's business
world. To be a member, students
must be enrolled in a business or
computer course, and to
participate in many areas of the
competitions different class
requirements also apply. The
group works together throughout
the year to sponsor various school
activities and hone their skills .
In Tallahassee, groups from
Liberty, Gulf, Madison, Jefferson,
Leon, and Wakulla Counties as
well as Franklin County composed
the District 111 competition where
the FBLA members were given the
opportunity to put their skills to
the test against other students in
areas such as Word Processing,
Computer Applications, Public
Speaking, Impromtu Speaking,
Job Interview, Business Math, and
Machine Transcriptions.
As it seems to be each year CHS
attends, they did extremely well,
this time faking home three
trophies and a strong sense of
pride and excitement about the
future. Stephanie Boatwright,
tenth grade, won third place in
Machine Transcription, Mandi
Lycett, eleventh grade, took second
in Computer Applications, and
Janalyn Shiver, tenth grade, won
First in Machine Transcription.
Miss Shiver will move on to the
State Competition in Haines City
in April.
At the FBLA Rally, where the
District 111 members gathered
together this pastNovember, CHS
made an excellent showing also,
winning third place in the spirit
contest even though competing
against 'schools with at least
double or triple their membership.
While there, they also participated
in the election of officers and skit,
name tag, and poster contests, as
well as attended a presentation by
aguestspeakerfrom theAmerican
Cancer Society.
It is hard to know exactly what
areas the business students need
to work on for the future after a
competition. "They don't see their
work and that's a drawback," says
Mrs. Gander. They only knowwho
placed in each category and who
will go on to state. However, each
student seemed to take back from
this activity personal knowledge
of what they are able to
accomplish. The competitions and
rallies take care of business in
other ways too. "Changes in FBLA
are voted on and it is a time for
evaluation and revamping," Mrs.
Gander explains.
As areas of business expand in.
our country and the job market
becomes more selective, the
accounting, computer, and
business math courses that are
offered at Carrabelle High School
taught by Mrs. Gander and the
. knowledge and experience gained
through the FBLA program are
ensuring that CHS students will
not go out into the busy world of
business unpreparedwith the help
of the FBLAprogram. Mrs. Gander
and her students are to be

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By Rene Topping
The City of Carrabelle may be
granted ownership of the
Carrabelle Community Center
following action taken by the
Franklin County School Board, at
their 10 March meeting. The action
was initiated by Board Chairman
Will Kendrick as he asked, the
board to consider turning the
building ownership over to the
Carrabelle City Commission.
The action was requested by the
city commissioners as a means of
obtaining an asset that can be
used when the city is vying for
recreational grants. The board
decided to begin the action by
asking the Department of
Education (DOE) to take the
building off their list of school
The building, which was at one
time the gymnasium that stood
alongside the old brick school,
was left standing when the new
school was built on Gray Avenue.
In the early 80's the building was
leased on a long-term lease to the
city and has since been
continuously used as a center for
recreation by the residents of
Franklin County.
Among the groups presently using
the facility are the Carrabelle
Youth League, the Panhandle
Players, and the Franklin County
Library. The Carrabelle Recreation
Committee and the Youth League
are working together to form plans
for uses of the building. The Youth
League is running all sorts of
fundraisers to renovate the.
Kendrick sdid that the deeding of
the building should include a
stipulation that fever the buildirig'
was not being used it would be
returned to the school board. He
also said that the city would have
to accept the building in it's
present "as is" condition. Kendrick
also said the board should list
some restrictions in the deed. He,
was talking about community use
and youth-oriented activities and
that it not be sold but remain a
facility for recreation not just for
Carrabelle but for the whole area.
He added, "I think it would be
unjust for us to give it to the city
and then have them decide next
year, or the year after, or five years
down the road, they want to sell it
because they need money or son
on and so forth." Sanders said a
reverter clause would take care of
that. If the DOE determines that
selling the building is an
appropriate action a contract will
have to be drawn up. School board
member Pop Waggoner wanted to
insert a clause saying, "that the
gym could not be sold for 100
years and if it was sold half of the
money would come back to the
school board."
Finally Willie Speed made the
motion that the board accept the
recommendation and include all
of the stipulations thatwere stated
by the chairman. The motion was
carried unanimously.





By Rene Topping
Rose McCoy, Franklin County
School Director of Curriculum,
presented a several page plan to
recruit minority teachers to the
Franklin County School Board, at
their 10 March meeting. The stated
goals were to recruit 6 teachers
and staff, to recruit and retain
professional teachers and staff
which reflect racial and ethnic
diversity and includes persons
with disabilities.
'"To this end, McCoy will send out
letters to FloridaA & M University,
Bethune Cookman College, The
i---University of West Florida and
Florida State University. She has
also made efforts to secure a listing
from Tuskeegee University and
'Southern University. Listings will
also be forwarded to Western
,Carolina University.
School Board memberWillie Speed
again met resistance from the
other four members of the board
when he again brought up the
idea of Franklin County School
teachers traveling to various
-schools to actively recruit black
teachers. Board member William
"Pop" Waggoner responded that
he felt teachers belonged in the
classroom and reiterated that he
thought that the low pay scale in
Franklin added to the problem.
He added, "If they (the teachers)
,think we pay enough they will
come here. They're not coming
here from Louisiana where they
than they make here."
SBoard Chairman Will Kendrick
paid he was in favor of the plan as
presented by McCoy, but
Remarked "If we start singling out
African-American minorities, I
have a problem with that." In
Earlier school board meetings
Speed has stated that when he
says minorities he means black
African-Americans. The two other
members Kate McKnight and
:Connie Sadler agreed with
SKendrick. The board accepted
[McCoy's report.
.'.,Speed turned the discussion to
iJthe politics of Franklin County
,-saying in speaking of the single-
1, ;member districts, that he did not
b elieve that a single member on
I--Ahe board, including himself,
sarwould have been elected as in the
npcd.-style county-wide election of
, all officials. Board Chairman Will
.,,Kendrick said.. "After, the..last
meeting I made a poth to cail~on
,' the minorities in my district They
-are. ashamed of all the attention
being brought to them because
, .,they are minorities." Kendrick
,received applause from the
,audience but Speed responded,
"That's hogwash." He added that
.-he had told people in his district
t,,that the board would not support
Shim. Later in the meeting he did
' say thathe received board support
on some issues.
"'There was ahotexchange between
'Speed and Waggoner over who
had been allowed to play
,'basketball when Waggoner was
,''coach but, *as the argument
intensified, board member Connie
Sadler called for the question.
During the meeting Speed also
-:asked for support from board
members that they request an
' opinion on a law on School Board
member professional
development. He wanted to know
if there was an intent by the
-legislature to fund local board
Member's travel. The board did
1 not agree to ask for the opinion.
Instead School Board Attorney
Barbara Sanders will look into the
statute that applies to travel
expenses and give an opinion at
the next meeting.

In other business:
* The board received only one bid
on the covered walkways and
rejected the lone bid.
* School Superintendent C. T.
Ponder reported that the school
has a shortage of substitute
* Work has finally begun on the
field houses at Carrabelle and
* The board voted to recognize the
Apalachicola High Sharks
basketball team s winning
season with plaques.
*The board Is reviewing candidates
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The board approved a letter to
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homes." He said that the cable
company told him It would cost
the first home in excess of $400
just to have the cable run, not
counting the hook up and fees.
The other two homes, which
include Noble's, would have to
pay $1,200 with no return of any
of it even when more homes are
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Elizabeth Stone of Lanark Village celebrated her 82nd birthday on
Sunday, 13 March, but this milestone of her life was mentioned only
as an afterthought and seemed insignificant to her in comparison to
other milestones that mark her journey through life, which include
a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, civilian
employment with the Navy Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C.
during World War II, studies at the Bible Institute in Los Angeles and
New York, service in the foreign mission field, and leadership in the
Child Evangelism Fellowship, which she said "is very active, in
Tallahassee right now."
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where her Dad managed a big dairy farm. Growing up in the country,
with hardly anyone to play with except her brother, she was very shy
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N.Y., when she was about seven years old. Living "way up on a farm
in the country" she went to church occasionally with her mother, but
she never was in Sunday School regularly until the family settled in
Newberg. She remembers attending a church service in herhomebown
when she was about 10 or 11 years old. "I can remember being there
and going forward, and really, from that time on I think there., was
always the desire to serve the Lord. But I never told anybody."
Elizabeth attended church services in different denominational
churches, but when she was 12 years old, she and her brother went
to a Baptist Church in Newberg. Her family wanted her to wait until
she reached age ofl 3 or so to be baptized. She remembers sitting in
her Sunday school class and looking at a picture of the lost sheep on
the side of a mountain and Jesus reaching down for the stray animal.
"I used to sit there and look at that and think, now that's me," she
The desire to serve never left her, even when she began studying at
Cornell University in 1930. "I was, I suppose, as wild as any of them,
running around, dating." But always, in the back of her mind, would
be the thought, "Someday, I'm going to be a missionary." In her
sophomore year at Cornell, she entered the College of Architecture
where, for two years, she took plant and surveying courses. Cornell
was a men's college and "they had a lot of math. In the College of
Architecture in 1930, the class was limited to 40 students and only
4 of these could be women. "Only ten percent (female) allowed in,"
Elizabeth said. She obtained her degree in 1934. "Painfully so," she
laughed. Actually, Elizabeth Stone had wanted to go to bible school
and to nurses training, but she never confided in anyone about her
desires to do so, except her 'art'teacher, who told her she was too
young and too pretty to be considering such work, especially
overseas mission work. The teacher suggested that Elizabeth do
what her parents had sort of pladined for her to do and told her there
would be plenty of time later on f6r mission work and nurses training,
"which turned out 'to be true, Elizabeth said. "And it was my
architectural training that took me to Indial
New Year's Eve, 1939, found het.in Hollywood, California where she
was dropped off at five o'clock In.the morning by her brother, a U.S.
Naval Academy, Annapolis graduate, who was traveling to San
Francisco to visit his wife's family before going overseas. Elizabeth
had friends who lived in Los Angeles that she'd known at college. She
planned to visit with them for a few days then return to NewYork, but
instead went to work for Biltmore Florists preparing blueprints of
display areas for designers and' remodeling work areas. She also
moved into a room at the Bible Institute andbegan summer classes
there. Between summer school and the Fall semester, her boss at
Biltmore offered her a better position. No thank you," she told him.
"I've decided to go to Bible School." In September, 1940, she
registered as a regular student and remained there until after the
bombing of Pearl, Harbor. Concerned for her safety, her family
wanted her to return to New York. "On the East Coast, they thought
L.A. was going to be bombed next," Elizabeth said. But she didn't
leave until her school term was finished. By this time, her parents
were aware of her desire to become a missionary. "Mother was
behind me a hundred percent," Elizabeth said.,
Feeling a need to be with her family in NewYork, Elizabeth graciously
accepted an elderly friend's invitation to chauffeur the friend back
East ln a pre-War Chevy, "a nice little car that ran like a dream,"
Elizabeth recalled. The elderly friend dropped Elizabeth off in New
York then went to New England to visit a friend. While there, the older
woman Stone had befriended, who wanted to go East to "take care
of business, "got pneumonia and died."
Five days after she returned to New York to be with her family,
Elizabeth's parents received a telegram notifying them that their son
was lost at sea. Her mother went into shock. Elizabeth realized that
after 2 1/2 years in Los Angeles, "the Lord picked me up and put me
home when I was needed." Before the telegram arrived, she'd had no
peace for about three days, although she'd thought she was doing,
the right thing by returning to New York to be with her family. She
had applied for, then turned down, an engineering job at the Navy
Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C. But after three days back
home in New York, she wired the Washington office and told them
she had reconsidered and would accept the engineering position.
Then she forgot about It, being so busy helping her parents in their
She went to Washington, where she entered the job as a civilian with
qualifications to be an engineer. Even though she and otheremployees
were civilians, theywere treated as though theywere in uniform. The
Job was very rigid, confidential. "We were doing the maps of where
they were going to go, especially the Navy. We were doing all the
landing strips for the planes. Very confidential work. All employees
were under security."
After a couple of years, "Just before the push into Japan," Elizabeth
asked for a release from her job in Washington so that she could do
visitation work at her church in the absence of the assistant minister
who had entered the military. ,"The Navy didn't want to release
anybody," she remembers.
One day, she said, she went into her superior's office, Captain
Jacobs, to ask him to sign her release. "Don't you know there's a war
on," he growled. "Yes, but what's the use of fighting a war if
everybody's going to hell anyway?", she replied. "The Lord's work
needs to e done!" She got her release. She worked in the church
until she returned home again, about 1944, "still restless." The
General Drafting Company in New York had Navy contracts and
needed someone to check details of the British navigation maps they
were doing. Elizabeth told them she'd give them a year of her time,
and after that she would be going back to "finish up" Bible School.
"I was still on that route," she laughed.
Living in a room at the Bible Institute In New York, Elizabeth loved
that year. Her office was right across from the Statue of Liberty,
"right where the World Trade Center is located. The building Is still
there" she said. During that year, Elizabeth's persistent inner-
knowing of what God wanted her to do in her lifetime came to full
blossom. A school-mate at the Bible Institute had returned from the
mission field. She'd been caught in the Philippines and held in a
Japanese interment camp "all those years during the war." The
Pandlta Ramabai Mukti Mission in Maharashtra, India needed
someone to take charge of their building program, and they contacted
Elizabeth. A lady who had spent many years In India and had also
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"I never felt called to India," Elizabeth told the Mission's American
Board. She told them she felt called to what she'd done for many
years, working with children in America. She went home, deeply
troubled. She went to bed and prayed. "Lord, if it's something in me
that doesn't want to go to India, I just want You to know that, if it's
Your will for me to go, then I am ready to go. But I need to know." The
following morning, she went to Sunday School and told a friend, "I
guess I'm on my way to India." She wrote to the Mission and told
them she would go there.
"They approached me to go out there and do the building, and I said
that I gave up my profession to serve the Lord. Now, I'm not going out
to the mission field just as a professional person." Conceding that,
in a sense, doing the building was serving the Lord. Beth said that
type ofwork was not what she wanted. "It was the children. This was
a children's mission." The mission compromised and told her she
could go as a Child Evangelist. "I was lifted!", Elizabeth exclaimed.
She celebrated Christmas and New Year's Eve, 1945, on the
Mediterranean aboard an old Dutch freighter with about a hundred
other missionaries and teachers, arriving at the mission in January,
1946, where she met her "little family" of 60 children. About 650
people were living at the mission then. Today, between 450 to 500
women and children live at the mission, according to Elizabeth.

The mission has babies, unwed mothers, orphans, and children who
may have lost only one parent but the surviving parent is unable to
afford to keep them. "Sometimes they keep the older child and give
us the younger child." Babies are kept in a nursing home until
they're about two years old, then transferred into family compounds,
"sometimes earlier if it's a healthy, strong child." The mission has a
Rescue Home for the boys, where they live until they reach school-
age. Then, they are sent to a boy's home. There is a school for the
blind and a "full school, X-12." Kids from the village also attend the
mission school, Elizabeth said, because the quality of education is
better than that of the village school. After completion of high school,
the students can enter nurses training, Bible College or Bible School.
The Mission's basic is evangelism. "We just preached Christ, faith in
him as a person. We didn't preach any church. We were
undenominational, not affiliated with any church. We had
Presbyterians, Baptists, Scottish Baptists, missionaries from
England, Scotland, Australia, international." The doctrine of the
mission, its practice, were basically Baptist. "We baptized by
immersion," Elizabeth said.
On Easter, the children left the mission before dawn and went about
a mile and a half to a ridge of hills located behind the mission. We'd
go up there and watch the sunrise and have a service."
The mission church, built in famine times with cut stone, is in the
shape of a cross. On Easter Sunday, nearly a thousand people attend
services there. "I loved Easter, because there was no gift-giving in
connection with it. The children were so poor and had nothing.
Christmas was hard, because they wanted to give, but they had so
little that the idea of the gift-giving caused problems at Christmas
time. There were no Easter eggs at the Mission. "That was one
blessing. We didn't have all that. Easter is Just the Resurrection.
Anybody you would meet that day, you'd say, "The Lord is risen," and
theywould answer, "Surely the Lord is risen." That was the greeting
and one of the nice Easter customs Elizabeth enjoyed. "That was my
favorite time. I loved Easter."
,Elizabeth spent about 8 1/2 years in India altogether. She came
home in December, 1959 and went to teacher's college, where she got
certified and taught for six years. For 17 years after that, she was
involved in Child Evangelism Fellowship. She moved to Lanark
Village in 1982 after an earlier visit with a friend who was also active
in the CEF. Except for the hot weather, she has not regretted the
Reflecting on all the children in our own country who suffer from
hunger, neglect, physical and emotional abuse, including sexual
abuse, I wondered aloud why Elizabeth had to go all the way to India
to help children in need. "That was the Lord's plan, not mine," she
replied. "I hadn't planned to go there, until I prayed about it that one
time." "It was always like I knew where the Lord wanted me," she
Elizabeth Stone spent a lot of time over the years doing things that
she didn't particularly want to do, such as attending te College of
Architecture, which was not included on her list of things she felt she
needed to do in order to reach her goal in life. But if shehad not done
those things that she didn't necessarily want towdo, she would not
have been able to finally do the things she did want to do, the things
that she'd believed as a young child that God wanted her to do.
Someone has said, "I didn t know God's middle name is SURPRISE!"
but Elizabeth Stone probably figured that out a long time ago.
"Architecture became my means of going to the foreign mission field.
When I came back to America, I got to do the thing that had always
been my heart's desk-e, the Child Evangelism Fellowship."









By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Reverend Jimmy Jenkes has
been appointed to serve as Pastor
of the Carrabelle Church of God.
Jenkes, his wife Janet, and 13-
year old daughter, Karl, arrived in
Carrabelle around the middle of
March from North Carolina,
excited about their new home and
the future of the church. The
former minister, Pastor Coleman,
moved to another Florida Clity to
live with his daughter, and the
church has not had a pastor for
three months, according to
Jenkes. The first challenge they
face is building up the
membership, but Jenkes and his
wife are eager to begin this initial
phase of their service. Jenkes said
he has been pastoring since 1978
in North Carolina and Arkansas.
He was born in Williston, Florida
and grew up In Clearwater, but he
has never pastored in his home
Son of a Clearwater commercial
fisherman, Jenkes said he believes
he and his wife and daughter, will
enjoy it here. Both of his parents
have passed away, but relatives
live in other parts of Florida.
Reverend and Mrs. Jenkes will
'miss their only granddaughter,
Miata, who was born on 1 March.
They also leave behind their 22-
year old son, Joseph. The Jenkes'
have"home-schooled" their
daughter, Kari, for some time
because, they said, the public
school system is so filled with
negative behavior by students Mrs.
Jenkes said Karl is glad and sad to
be in Carrabelle, sad because she
had to leave her boyfriend and her
new niece behind.
Mrs. Jenkes plays the keyboard
by ear and hopes to take lessons
In the near future that will help
her improve her natural musical
talent. The Jenkes extend an
invitation to Carrabelle residents

to come to the Church of God on
Tallahassee Street, "about a
quarter of a mile out" for Sunday
School at 10 A.M., Morning
Worship at 11 A.M., Sunday Night
Services at 6 P.M. andWednesday
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Arthur S. Barrett, 87, of Lanark
Village and Tiffany Tuck, were
seriously injured Saturday
morning 12 March at 11 a.m.
when their cars collided at State
Road 30 & Florida Streetin Lanark
Village. Cara Ann Sutton, 18, of
Lawrenceville, Georgia and David
Newton were also injured. A
spokesman for the Florida
Highway Patrol Station in
Eastpoint said the accident
occurred when Barrett, driving a
1983 Lincoln 4-door,attempted a
left turn onto Florida Street and
turned into the path of Sutton,
who was driving a 1986 Honda
Accord 4-door. The cars hit "front-
to-front," the patrol station
spokesman said. Barrett was
eastbound on State 30 and Sutton
was westbound on 30. Newton
and Tuck were passengers in
Sutton's vehicle. Both cars were
Barrett and Tuck were life-flighted
to Tallahassee Memorial Regional
Medical Center(MMRC). Barrett
went into cardiac arrest shortly
after the crash. Warren Jones,
Public Relations spokesman at
MRMC said on Tuesday, 15 March
that Barrett and Tuck are in
serious condition n the Intensive
Care Unit. Newton and Tuck were
taken by the Franklin County EMS
to Emerald Coast Hospital (ECH)
in Apalachicola. Newton received
head injuries and Sutton received
lacerations to her arms and legs,
according to the Florida Highvway
Patrol spokesman at Eastpoint.
ECH spokesmen said they were
not allowed to give out any patient
information except to family
members, but a reliable source
said both Newton and Sutton have
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While these reporters were on site.
observing the trucks loading up
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.separator, there was no discernible
odor from the hot-steamed shells
as they were separated from the
scallop meat. The shells, while
still steaming, were transported
on conveyor into waiting trucks
for further distribution to
roadways and driveways in need
of shell. With regard to the viscera,
Millender said, -I got with Tom
Mitchell. the alligator man...He
takes everything I can get and
begs for more.
Millender estimated he had 18 on
his payroll and three on salary. "I
got a fine crew. They'll come at 2
o'clock in the morning. Everybody
makes better than $250 a week."
His expectations are to continue
buying and processing scallops,
processing them in Carrabelle, for
at least another four months.
Then, the future may be a tad
unpredictable if more beds are
not discovered." Severe weather
and hurricanes can create
enormous problems in the
continuity of this fishery and
others, of course, but for now, the
mechanisms to employ and
maintain a small industry in the
scallop fishery are in place, \
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are not going to be happy." Ron
Davis spoke, after ascertaining
that the Board and Dr. Johnson
were willing to negotiate, asking
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negotiate and perhaps rescinding
the agreement on mutually
acceptable terms, then why not
get cn with it?" Others wanted to
obtain a Declaratory Judgment
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and Covenant changes first Much
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issue and not the drafting of the
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one on the Board represented
them-homeowners who lived in
the Plantation, pointing out that
all Board members live outside
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distances from the island. Shortly
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By Amanda Loos
Marching season is long over, but
the Carrabelle High School (CHS)
Panther Band, under the direction
of Ms. Temolynne Jefferson, has
not satidle for the last fewmonths.
In fact they have been very active
and are working even now on new
On Wednesday, 23 February, the
Marching Panthers represented
Carrabelle High School at Music
Day at the Capitol which was
presented by Arts for a Complete
Education (ACE), a day set aside
to catch the attention of and lobby
our government officials to stress
the necessity of music and other
art forms in our education system.
Although the Panther Band was
only observing this time, many
other bands and choral groups
from all throughout Florida some
as far away as St. Petersburg and
Kissimmee performed in various
parts of the Capitol Building
during the day. The CHS Band
members and other interested
visitors in the group took the
opportunity to enjoy many of the
music programs of other Florida
schools. Of course, a trip or two to
the top floor of the building to
Sasp at the clear view of
allahassee and surrounding
areas had to be included in the
day and a huge meal at Ryan's
Steak House topped it all offwhere
students discussed their
observations or mulled ideas
around in their minds over
massive amounts of food. It was
hoped by many that attended that
the talent and enthusiasm of the
student performers did not go
unnoticed in the eyes of those
Continuing in the travel spirit, the
band along with Ms. Jefferson's
English class attended two
musical productions at The Moon
in Tallahassee. Monday, February
28, they saw the performance of
Dinosaur Mountain, a jurassic
adventure where a group of
scientists recreate a time machine
that takes them back to the era of
the dinosaurs to rescue their dear
professor. On Monday, March 7.
they watched as Pinocchio's nose
grew longer in his struggle to
become a real boy in the
presentation of Pinocchio. Both
being musicals, the plays gave the
band and English students a
better understanding, and for
some a major realization, of how
much ofasparkmusic can provide
to the creation of theatrical
Back home on the river, the band
has not put away their
instruments in exchange for travel
bags yet. March being Music in
Our Schools Month, they have
been busy practicing for the
assembly thatwas held on Friday,
March 1 where they played many
pieces such as favorites A Whole
New World and Tall Cedars. They
are now getting set to welcome the
FAMU Band who will perform for
the school (and community) on 25
March and the Marianna Jazz
Band on 31 March the same jazz
band that brought so much
enjoyment to Carrabelle High
School (CHS) last Spring back
. for their encore performance.
Also for Music in Our Schools
Month, trivia questions on topics
ranging from technical
composition terms to "name that
tune" are asked every morning on
the WCHS news broadcast or
during lunch where a sound
system has been set up in the
cafeteria. Students who answer
the questions correctly receive the
ultimate prize a Snickers bar.
They jump from everywhere with
answers. March 21 was the
deadline for the poster contest
which was also being held this
month. The theme of Music for
Good Measure lent itself to many
different styles and
interpretations. However, winners
have not been chosen yet.
All in all, the Marching Panthers.,
marching or not, played an
intricate part this month in
bringing new projects, ideas, and
experiences to CHS, enriching the
lives of the students and faculty.

By Brian Goercke
In the effort to make education a
focal point of his administration,
Major Tim Whitehead has begun
efforts to create a library at the
Franklin Work Camp. In the
relatively short time that he has
been at the Franklin Work Camp,
Whitehead has assisted in the
implementation of a G.E.D
program and has expanded the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program's reading classes an extra
evening. "I Just think that the
inmates need something to keep
their minds off of where they are
at and to be exposed to as many
positive influences as possible. I
believe a library will be a great
benefit to many of the inmates."

It is estimated that the library will
be fully functional by the end Of
April. Meanwhile, many thrift
stores such as Pennyworths, B &
J's New and Used, Demo. George
Inc., and the Bargain Box in
Eastpoint have generously
contributed several hundred
books to the Franklin Work Camp.
The Apalachicola Municipal
Library, as well as the Franklin
County Library of Carrabelle and
Eastpoint, has donated several
hundred books to the Franklin
Work Camp, also. Those
interested in donating boxes for
the Franklin Work Camp may
leave their contributions at the
Apalachicola municipal Library or
the Franklin County Library of
Eastpoint or Carrabelle.

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Vargus in some points about
conducting survey research as
proposed in the upcoming
questionnaire but he (Vargus)
turned away. Vargus had earlier
told Amato that she "massaged
the facts". The concluding decision
ion the issue of the questionnaire
was summed up by Vargus. "I've
]been told to get off the dime."
I Thus, the Board was to meet again
to draft the questionnaire and
dispatch it to the membership.
Negotiation with Dr. Johnson is
i apparently put on hold.

Other business conducted in the
meeting included a security report
by Bob Shiver. New bike paths
have been opened, and permission
was granted to post signs on the
perimeter of the Plantation. The
question of parking near the Sikes
Cutwas discussed. The new limits
placed On the St. George Island
bridge (20 ton limit) would delay
road construction often using
vehicles hauling loads far in excess
of that limit. A proposed mail box
system was approved by the
Board, the first installment to
include about 35 boxes in the
Long Point road area. Anriual

rentals will be $15 with the fees'
used to pay for existing and futui-
additions. The Board also,
approved the new requirement
thatWayne Gleasman, Plantation
Manager, prepare a report on
Architectural Control Committee
decisions so the Board may be
better informed on variances,
building permits, etc. Discussion
on where to temporarily invest
Association funds was held with a'
decision made to park the assets
temporarily in CDs. The Board
also unanimously approved a pay
raise for Bob Shiver. The next
Board meeting will be on 14 May
1994. The meeting after that was
tentatively set for 25 June 1994.

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