Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: February 10, 1995
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he Franklinhronicle

Volume 4, Number 3 Published twice month ly on the 10th and 26th 10 February -26 February 1995
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Section 16 Lands-

A Legacy to Florida


By Rene Topping
One hundred and fifty years ago
on 3 March, on' the day that
Florida entered the Union, the
Congress of the United States
granted to Florida and all its chil-
dren a most valuable gift. In the
Act which made Florida a state it
was written in part "...Be it en-
acted by the Senate and the
House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Con-
gress assembled, that in consid-
eration of concessions made by
the State of Florida in respect to
public lands, there be granted
that Section 16 in each township,
of each county be set aside for
support of public schools."
This provision was adopted into
the Florida constitution and at
first the Section 16 lands came
under the Board of Education. On
1 September 1967 all lands held
in the name of the State by any
board, agency, commission or
department were turned over to
the Internal Improvement Trust
Fund (IITF) under Sec.253.03 (6)
Florida Statutes.
The existence of Section Sixteen
lands as having been "school
lands" is not a well-known fact,
as presently the land is desig-
nated in the county tax rolls as
"Internal Improvement Trust
Fund." Since 1 September 1967,
the lands still available are all
under the care of the Trustees of
IITF, who from that day have the
power to execute all deeds and
instruments concerning these
Will Kendrick, Chairman of the
Franklin County School Board,
was apprised of the existence of
the grant by Bonnie Williams of
Dixie County, whom he met one
day at the local bank. He added,
"It was quite by accident that I
met Ms. Williams, who is a
teacher in the Dixie County
School system, and the only
Florida teacher who has been so
far awarded a full fellowship from
the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship
Fund. The award was made for
her long-term work with the chil-
dren and the environment. Ms.
Williams owns property at the
Carrabelle Beach. In the course
of our conversation she told me
that she was working to obtain the
use of a Section Sixteen in Dixie
County for the use of the children
as an environmental camp. I told

Continued on page 2

Charged with
Grand Theft Auto

Ex-District 2 County Commis-
sioner Thomas F. Saunders was
charged on 27 January with
Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
Mr. Saunders' arrest came after a
17 January sworn affidavit of
complaint by Ms. June Saunders,
Thomas Saunder's sister-in-law,
against the ex-commissioner af-
ter he drove off with a car owned
by Richard and June Saunders.
Mr. Saunders was originally ar-
rested in Bay County on 24 Janu-
ary for driving with a suspended
driver's license. Saunders was
then transferred back to Frank-
lin County on grand theft charges
and arraigned before District
Court Judge Van Russell. Judge
Russell imposed a $2,500 bond
on Saunders and remanded him
to the Franklin County Jail upon
the ex-commissioner's inability to
post bail. Mr. Saunder's next
court appearance will be on
6 March at 10 A. M.



Reached in

Kidnapping County Inmate Supervisor

Case Under Scrutiny

Mr. Kenneth Cole, who was ar-
rested in Eastpoint, Florida, in
1990 and brought up on federal
charges in Massachusetts for the
kidnapping of five year old Nicole
Ravesi, reached a plea bargain on
9 February, 1995 on state charges
of kidnapping.
'Oignaily cited wii one count of
kidnapping and two counts of
sexual battery, Mr. Cole pled
guilty to the charge of kidnapping
and received ten years of proba-
tion. The state probation sentence
will run consecutive with his five
year federal probation sentence.
"My Greatest concern," said As-
sistant State Prosecutor Frank
Williams, "was for the victim in
this case. She would have been
forced to recount the details of her
abduction to the public, years af-
ter the crime was committed. The
federal sentence expires this year,
but this new ten year state sen-
tence will help ensure the defen-
dant is kept away from children
and 'gets the treatment he re-
quires. Ordinarily, the state would
not have filed charges after the
federal government prosecuted a
Ms. Deborah Ravesi, mother of
Nicole Ravesi, remarked, "This
family has been traumatized more
than anyone will know. We are
just now recovering from what all
that has happened. {We reached
this agreement) Because so much
time has gone by and our memo-
ries are not that great...which is
what I'm sure the defense was
'hoping for." Judge P. Kevin Davey
stated, "I certainly empathize with
the victim's mother. The sentence
does result in the protection of the
public, at least for the next ten
years. Also, the child will not have
to face the rigors of trial."

Special conditions of Mr. Coles
probation include:
1. The defendant shall re-
main in therapy with Dr. John
Daignault or such similarly quali-
fied therapist as is approved in
advance by the probation depart-
2. The defendant must see
the therapist a minimum of once
a week for two hours, or at such
other frequency as is approved by
the probation department on the
recommendation of the therapist.
3. The defendant will
have Dr. Daignault (or any suc-
cessor therapist) report quarterly
to the probation department as to
the status of the treatment plan
(attendance, participation, generic
description of content and recom-
mendations-if any-for changes in
the treatment plan). The reports
would not include disclosure of
confidential patient/therapist
4. The defendant must
make an ernest effort to continue
full-time employment in ajob that
doe not bring him into regular
contact with children, or he must
enroll in an accredited academic
program that is satisfactory to the
probation department.

Continued on page 8

The future employment of Non-Department of Corrections (Non-DC)
Supervisor Leonard Brownell with the Franklin County Solid Waste
Department came under scrutiny at the 7 February meeting of the
Franklin County Commission.
Franklin County Public Works Department Superintendent Prentice
Crum announcedto the county commissioners that a memoran-
dum to revoke Mr. Brownell's Non-DC Certification had been
ordered by Gulf County Department of Corrections Supervisor Rob
Mc rdTrew on 94 January. LabuAttorney Lucille Turner explained
that the Department of Corrections no longer allowed Leonard
Brownell to either supervise inmates or work on Department of
Corrections Properties. Ms: Turner noted that the county might be
able to change Mr. Brownell's job description. She stated that If the
county decided to terminate Leonard Brownell's employment at the
Landfill, specific legal procedures had to be adhered to in the
employees' removal. Turner concluded, "The only thing that you
need to be concerned with is that now that the employee doesn't
have the license that allows him to supervise inmates...what can
you do with that employee now?"

Lucille Turner
Franklin County Work Camp Major T.E. Whitehead explained that a
recent criminal background check on Leonard Brownell indicated
that Mr. Brownell had been involved in criminal activities. Commis-
sioner Toliver questioned why, if Non-DC employees were subject to
background checks upon initial employment, Mr. Brownell had
been allowed to supervise inmates previously. Major Whitehead
said that the initial background check on the National Crime
Information Computer (N-IC) and State Crime Information Com-
puter (SCIC), which was conducted three years ago, did not indi-
cate the criminal offenses that the most recent check had discov-
ered. According to an 23 January Interoffice Memorandum from
Inspector William P. Watson, Leonard Brownell had been charged
with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure or Conveyance in Bay
County on 12 January, 1989. Mr. Brownell was also arrested and
charged on 29 October, 1993, with Possession of Less than 20
Grams of Cannabis. Less than six months later,- Mr. Brownell was
accused of selling 2.5 grams of Marijuana to a Franklin Work Camp
Inmate. No formal charges were brought against Brownell concern-
ing the accusations of marijuana sales. On 27 September, 1994,
Mr. Brownell was arrested for Petit Theft and charged with steal-
ing copper wire from the Franklin County Landfill. The Petit Theft
charges were later dropped on 22 November, 1994, and Mr.
Brownell was reinstated to his normal duties when "No Informa-
tion" was filed.
Lucile Turner stated that, since the commissioners had no author-
ity to reverse the Department of Corrections' revocation of
Brownell's certification, the county needed to decide if they could
place Mr. Brownell in another position. She stated that the county's
decision with Leonard Brownell would create a precedent for
similar cases in the future. "What you do here with Mr. Brownell is
effectively going to bind you in the future," said Turner, "If you say
that you'll create some work for Mr. Brownell where there may or
may not be some (work), then in the future you have to go those
extra steps for others in the future. If you treat people differently,
you can have lawsuits filed against you."
Commissioner Putnal complained that there had been a "secret
meeting" at the Franklin County Landfill concerning Leonard
Brownell, which included several supervisors and a Franklin
County Commissioner. He stated that Leonard Brownell was not
invited to the meeting. "This, it seems to me, might be some kind of
legal matter that the county might get in some kind of problem
with." Mr. Putnal claimed that Brownell's certification license was
revoked due to the meeting. Commissioner Braxton stated that he
had attended a meeting with Prentice Crum and Van Johnson, but
he did not consider the meeting a secret event. He stated that no
one from the Department of Corrections was present at the meet-
Continued on page 2

Commission Mulls Over


In the face of the recommenda-
tion to approve multi-family hous-
ing in the St. George Resort Vil-
lage development, now pending
before-the Governor and Cabinet
(sitting as the Florida Land and
Water Adjudicatory Commission)
the Frankin County Commission
spent considerable time Tuesday,
7 February deliberating whether
to file exceptions to the recom-
mended Order, and on what tech-
nical basis to center the excep-
tions to the Order. County Attor-
ney Al Shuler stated that if the
County is to have any presence
in the hearing before the Gover-
nor and Cabinet, it must inter-,
vene in the matter with a specific
list of exceptions. Commissioner
Dink Braxton, kept making state-
ments that he had difficulty vot-
ing on the appeal because he did
not have information on the Re-
sort Village proposal for an ad-
vanced waste-water treatment
plant. Morris Palmer, County
contractor and associate with
Resort Village, advised the Com-
missioners that most of their con -
cerns had already been addressed
in the application for the ad-
vanced waste-water plant submit-
ted to the Dept of Environmental
Protection. Islander Harry Buzzett
said he would accept the waster-
water treatment plant if some of
the concerns about storm surge
and runoff were addressed in
some particularity.
In the meantime, a circular has
been addressed to Plantation
property owners on St. George
Island, urging others to write to
the Governor and Cabinet, oppos-
ing the recommendation of Hear-
ing Officer Michael Ruff, who
signed the order overturning the
County's denial of Dr. Ben
Johnson's proposal for multifam-
ily housing in his Resort Village.
Ruffs opinion is a recommenda-
tion to the Governor and Cabinet,
which is expected to rule on the
matter about April. From that
point, should there be further
appeals, the matter would go to
the First District Court of Appeal.
This Judicial review might take up
to two years if the past judicial
decision-making is any predictor.

Franklin County
Students Not
Doing The
"Write" Thing

The 1 February edition of the .
Wall Street Journal published a
list of best and worst state-wide
test scores for tenth graders for
In the state of Florida, Both
Apalachicola and Carrabelle
students ranked within the top
five worst scores for persuasive
and expository writing. In the
category of persuasive writing,
Carrabelle students were ranked
second worst (Chattahoochee
ranked worst) and Apalachicola
students tied the Everglades'
students in Collier County for
third worst. In the category of
expository writing, Carrabelle
students were ranked the worst
writers and Apalachicola
students were again even with
the Everglades' students and
ranked second worst.

County LAPS

Up More

Funding for

A large chunk of grant money
from the Department of Educa-
tion (DOE) came into Franklin
County on 6 February to help
fund a project called Literacy Ac-
tion Pioneer Services (LAPS). The
project's goals are to promote and
acilitatebasic education and life
skills in the adult population, as
well as to stimulate community
involvement. Franklin Countywill
split approximately two hundred
and fifteen thousand dollars in
DOE grant money with Calhoun,
Liberty and Washington counties.
The DOE grant money will pro-
vide the county with four Com-
munity Outreach Specialists,
three laptop computers and one
desktop computer. The. LAPS
Project has already hired their
Community Outreach Specialists:
Lee Belcher, Beth Gibbs, Annie
Townsend and Bonnie Segree.
The coordinators, who will work
twelve hours per week, will be
responsible for identifying poten-
tial students. The targeted stu-
dents will include: a) those who
read at or below a fifth grade level,
b) those for whom English is a
second language and c) those who
have never participated in Adult
School Programs or who have
dropped out after a short period
of Adult School Attendance. Once
the students have been identified,
the coordinators will introduce
them to educational laptop com-
puter programs. The students will
be given their own computer disks
and have frequent access to a
laptop computers.
Franklin County's outreach spe-
cialists will work out of the East-
point and Carrabelle branches of
the Franklin County Library and
the Holy Family Center in
Apalachicola. Each of the sites will
have a laptop computer. The desk-
top computer, which will be at the
Eastpoint site, will be used to
chart student progress and par-
The LAPS Project will be managed
by the Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University's (FAMU)
Instructional Media Center in
conjunction with the Adult Edu-
cation Administration Program.
FAMU will also provide technical
support to each of the four coun-
ties. County Outreach specialists
will be able to receive computer
advice from FAMU graduate stu-
dents around the clock. The Ad-
ministrative Project Team for
LAPS includes: Dr. Oare Dozier-
Henry (FAMU), Tito Balducci
(FAMU), Jane Cox (Franklin
County), Darlene Seaverance (Lib-
erty County), Chuck Nolan
(Washington County) and Rita
Maupin (Calhoun County). Jane
Cox will serve as the LAPS
Project's chairperson.
Chairperson Jane Cox stated that
the LAPS project will serve as an
excellent bridge for would-be
Adult School students. She also
said that LAPS will be able to as-
sist displaced seafood workers
from the anticipated net ban pas-
sage. "What this project means is
that we will be able to offer our
community state of the art tech-
nology, said Ms. Cox. She noted
that the DOE has assured LAPS
continued funding if the project
is successful. The project goal of
the four county consortium is to
increase student participation by
16% (150 new adult learners) by
30 June, 1995. Each student will
be statistically counted in LAPS
projected goal of 150 new learn-
ers after completing ten weeks of
the program. Each student will,
however, be encouraged to par-
ticipate with LAPS as long as the
learner desires.

Page 2 10 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Section 16 from page 1
her I had never heard of Section
Sixteen, but I would certainly
check our Tax Roll and see what
Is shown there.
Kendrick made his first call to the
Franklin County Assessor's office
and foundthat there had been
thirteen original Section Sixteen
lands. He said, "It appears that
the original 13 have dwindled
down to two parcels." Both of
these are on the east side of
CR 67, north of US Highway 98.
Kendrick said his next step was
to call and put a hold on the land
at the Department of Education,
until he could get some school
board action on it. Kendrick has
had the matter put on the agenda
at the school board meeting of
9 February, in Carrabelle.
A section of land Is 640 acres and
Kendrick said he felt that there
was a multitude of uses that the
land could be put to particularly
now when Franklin County resi-
dents face so many down turns
in the economy, including the net
ban that will go into effect in July
of this year.
The two sections that have not
been disposed of at an earlier
time, are listed under the IITF.
Given the school board's permis-
sion Kendrick hopes to secure
those two parcels. The remaining
eleven parcels are mainly in St.
Joe Paper Company lands or were
in the Proctor and Gamble lands.
Some of the sections have already
been cut up and sold to private
The following is a brief history of
the Section 16 lands. There were
no federal lands within the bor-
ders of the original thirteen states
when they adopted and ratified
the constitution of the United
States. This meant that those
states could subject the lands to
taxation as a means of support-
ing a public school system.
However, the other states as they
came into the union were "carved"
from federal territories and the
public lands within the states,
owned and reserved by the United
States, were not subject to taxa-
tion. It seems our forefathers re-
alized that this would create a
serious handicap to the "public
land" states to have an inadequate
property base to operate essential
government functions, including
tat of a public school system.
It was then decided to make ev-
ery Section sixteen of every town-
ship "School Lands," and this
practice dates back to 1785 when
it became a fundamental prin-
ciple. One of the articles of the
ordinance of 1787, which settled
the compact between the people,
the states of the northwestern ter-
ritory and the original states,
made this principle unalterable
except by consent. One of the ar-
ticles of the ordinance confirms
that, "religion, morality, common
knowledge, is necessary for good
government and the happiness of
mankind." and that "schools and
the means of education should be
forever encouraged."
The very principle of setting apart
Section 16 of every township was
extended first by congressional
enactment and in 1802 by com-
pact with the State of Georgia to
the southwestern territory. Be-
tween the years of 1802 and 1846
grants were of Section sixteen and
thereafter Section sixteen or Sec-
tion thirty-six of each township,
in the event that the Section six-
teen was already in private hands.
Yet in 1968 an amendment de-
leted from the Florida Constitu-
tion references to the grant as a
source of the State School Fund.
In 1989 this provision has been
codified in Section 228.151(1)
Florida Statutes, provides the fol-
lowing: The State Board Trust
shall be derived from the follow-
iig sources (1) "The proceeds of all
lands that have been or may here-
after be granted to the state by
the United States for public school
According to the terms of the fed-
eral grant Section 16 land was to
be used for the "support of public
school." The 1868 and 1885
Florida Constitutions, in referring
to the proceeds from these lands,
stated that the lands were granted
to the State for "educational pur-
Kendrick said he felt that quick
action is needed to secure the
lands for the school use. "I want
to see the school board, teachers
aiid the residents get together and
talk over what use the lands could
be to the children of the county.
With the net ban and all the other
problems suffered by the workers
of our county, the schools are go-

City of


By Rene Topping

City water commissioner Jim
Phillips said that an inspection
of the city water plant revealed
some deficiencies. The permit
under which the city was operat-
ing the plant came up for renewal
in January 29, 1995. Phillips said
that the city would have to obtain
a temporary permit to operate the
plant before the deficiencies could
be cleared up.
Bill McCartney of Baskerville and
Donovan said that Bill Leffler of
the North West Branch Office of
Department of Environmental
Protection, (DEP) inspected the
plant on January 3, 1995, and re-
ported that there was infiltration
into the system; he concluded
that the system collection flows
were in excess of the design ca-
pacity of the plant. Baskerville
and Donovan will make the ap-
plication for the temporary per-
Baskerville and Donovan gave an
interim report on the survey be-
ing conducted by postcard which
asked residents on the west side
of Carrabelle if they would like
to have city water. Forty percent
of the mail out has been returned,
and out of the 110 returned, 82
answered affirmatively and 28
replied negatively. The survey cov-
ers Carrabelle Beach, River Road,
Lighthouse Point and all the way
west on 98 to Yent Bayou.
Bill Wadell reported that the
County Commission would need
a "hold harmless" letter from the
city in order to assist in correct-
ing the wetlands problem at the
Frank Stephenson appeared for
the Organization ofArtificial Reefs
(OAR) to firm up with the city
commissioners the manner in
which the bids would be let on the
latest reef project. After discus-
sion, the Commissioners decided
that there would be three differ-
ent ways for companies to partici-
pate and bid. One, transportation
to the site; second, marine trans-
portation to the reef site; third,
bth phases together as one bid.
Stephenson assured the city that
they had sufficient insurance-at
the Dockside Marina.
Stepenson then asked for the
commissioner's consent for them
to approach a commercial spon-
sor to have the "One More Time"
reef named for them. He said that
the Yamaha Tournament Reef had
donated on a three year contract
to have that reef named for them.
Stephenson made it clear that the
Carrabelle Reef would always be
so named as it was the first of the
artificial reefs in the area.
There were two bids on the leas-
ing of the United States Coast
Guard dock. One was from Glenn
R. Buffkin who bid $1,500 per
year and Tom Beavers who bid
$2,001 per year on a 25 year
lease. Commissioner Woodrow

ing to have to take some extraor-
dinary steps to help educate our
children for the world as is it will
be when they get out of school.
But I somehow feel our forefathers
had a situation like this in mind
and they insured it by making
these lands an inheritance for fu-
ture generations."
He said he was going to put the
matter on the agenda of 9 Febru-
ary at the Carrabelle School.
Kendrick added, "I feel excited
about the possibilities this may
hold for our county. It seems so
providential that at a time of need
for our county we find that the
founders of our country in their
wisdom looked way beyond the
day and put in place the means
to help'continue public education,
not only in this state but all over
the United States."
According to Gary Bishop, Bureau
of Title and Land Records, the
original grant was for one million
acres spread out over Florida.
Bishop says there are approxi-
mately 46,000 acres remaining.
He added that quite a few of these
are in the Everglades, although
they are spread across Florida, All
of the remaining section sixteen
lands are now under the care of
the IIFT.
Kendrick said that he hoped that
the discovery of two parcels in
Franklin County could turn out
to be of great value to the chil-
dren of the county.

Judy said e had objections to
leasing for such a long time. Both
he and Commissioner Jim Phillips
were concerned about the River
Walk Project, and Phillips said
there would have to be a 30 ,60
or 90 day agreement on both sides
to break the lease in any contract
to ensure that the dock being
leased would not interfere with
the city getting grant money,
Commissioners finally voted to
table the bids until the March
Commissioners moved that there
would be no further use of the
commission room at the city hall
for public meetings. Mayor
Carlton Wathen cited damage
done by a teenage group. The fire
house next door to city hall is be-
ing considered for remodeling,
which could make meetings ac-
cessible to handicapped. The city
is also getting prices on an eleva-
tor to bring the city into confor-
mity with the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act.
Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr and Fire
Volunteer Michael (Mike) Horvath
were successful in their request
to start looking for a used 4 X 4
pumper. ChiefKerr said, "We need
this for outside the city fires. The
roads in places like Lighthouse
Estates are so sandy they bog
down the big engine." She added
that the department had the
money from the Municipal Ser-
vices Benefit Unit (MSBU) to pur-
chase the equipment. The depart-
ment will also get two new pag-
ers, using matching funds.
Local Historian Eddie Nesmith
brought 35 old pictures of
Carrabelle and vicinity and gave
a short history on several of them.
The city commissioners decided
to purchase 8 and have them
framed to hang in the city hall.
Wathen and Judy agreed to do-
ing the selection.
Carrabelle Police Officer Jep D.
Smith was turned down on his
request to be made a permanent
officer. Commissioner Woodrow
Judy said that he did not feel that
they should make the position
permanent. Smith said loudly, "I
object!" Phillips made a motion
that Smith be given another pro-
bationary period of six months. At
the motion, Smith said he had al-
ready been working for the de-
partment four years. As the mo-
tion passed, he stomped out of
the room calling the meeting a
"Kangaroo Court."

j ..- ''N
Jep Smith
Gene Langston received the city
stamp of approval on his new de-
velopment of 23 acres on the loop
at the south end of River Road
adjoining the Christian Church
and coming back out on US 98.
The subdivision will have 19 one
acre lots and will have an R2 des-
ignation which permits both
house and mobile homes.
Commissioners decided to hold
off on ordering the start of con-
demnation of a house owned by
R.B. Church when it was pointed
out that one year ago at the Feb-
ruary 7 meeting in 1994 the or-
der had been passed to condemn
the building. David Jackson said
Continued on page 6

Drainage Ditch
Woes Are
Highlight of

By Laura Rogers
Ms. Ruth Ellen Goffand her hus-
band addressed the city commis-
sion about the flooding caused by
rainstorms due to ditches now
carrying the spillover out of the
Goffs and other yards. Mr. Goff
stated that if something was not
done he "would pump it into the
street." Ms. Goff stated that she
had "lived in Apalachicola all her
life" and was not cure"what it
would take to get something
done." She held up copies ofwork
orders from the summer which
had not been accomplished, and
mentioned that she had been un-
able to plant a garden, something
she would have liked to have
done, due to the excess water.
After some discussion of this mat-
ter with commissioner Jack Frye,
it was explained that the equip-
ment previously used to begin the
job was inappropriate for the task
and was causing damage to the
roads. Commissioner Grady Lowe
discussed the need to get the Back
Hoe repaired which would need
to be used to do the Job properly
done. He assured the Goff family
that "You will see it out there (the
Back Hoe) as soon as it gets fixed."
He stated that "We can clean out
the ditches, I know that for sure."
Ms. Loyce Lanier and Ms. Denise
Butler, parents involved with
Project Graduation, next ad-
dressed the commission request-
ring use of the community center
Overnight at graduation toprovide
a "lock in" event for graduates.
*'This program:would be provided
to offer a safe and fun alternative
to graduates. The all night party
will be both alcohol and drug free
and parents will be acting as
chaperones and the clean up
committee. Ms. Lanier and Ms.
Butler also requested that this be
.donated. The commission made a
motion that this be considered,
seconded it, and the motion was
unanimously approved.
Commissioner Jack Frye brought
up the news that he had had"6
complaints in one day" from con-
stituents about the price of rent-
ing the community center. The
center currently rents for $200.00
and requires a $75 refundable
damage deposit. He suggested
that something be done about it.
The proposal failed for lack of a
It was proposed that Mr. Lee
McLemore be appointed to Board
of Adjustments committee. The
motion was seconded and ap-
proved by the commission. It was
also suggested that Mr. Hoyt
Vohns be considered if a future
vacancy occurs by Commissioner
Wallace Hill. This was approved
by the committee.


Providing Comprehensive Health Care for Infants, Children, and Young Adults

Dr. Elizabeth Curry

IThe city ofApalachicola deposited
3.87 million dollars in grant
money on 19 January for the pur-
pose of replacing its wastewater
carrier system.
Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell
took the lead in obtaining
Apalachlcola's grant money. After
three years and approximately
one hundred and fifty meetings in
Tallahassee to lobby state legis-
lators and government agencies,
Mayor Howell successfully ham-
mered out a grant and loan agree-
ment to enable Apalachicola to
replace the city wastewater car-
rier system and upgrade the
wastewater treatment plant to
meet state standards.
The 3.87 million in grant funding
afforded a little over half of the
money needed to replace the the
city's carrier system, which
amounted to 7.5 million dollars.
Realizing the cost differential,
Mayor Howell set his sights on the
acquisition of a long term loan
with special provisions from the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) for 4.2 million
dollars. The loan will be allowed
to remain untouched in Tallahas-
see escrow for five years and earn
7.81 percent in Interest. The
money generated from interest
earnings will eventually pay off
the long term loan at absolutely
no expense to city taxpayers.
Mayor Bobby Howell credited
Representative Alan Boyd, Sena-
tor Pat Thomas, State Appropria-
tions Chairperson Elton Ravels
and DEP Bureau Chief Don
Berryhill. Howell also credited
Governor Lawton Chiles for his
willingness to allow Apalachicola
to remain an area of Critical State
Concern. The carrier system re-
placement will provide both an
Increased quality to

Apalachlcola's water, as well as
guard against increasing environ-
mental hazards of a wastewater
system draining into the
Apalachicola Bay during rain tor-
rents. Although some ofthe sewer
pipes have been replaced in
Apalachicola's carrier system,
which was originally built in 1929,
Mayor Howell stated that the sys-
tem overhaul was long overdue.
Howell stated that the replaced
carrier system completed three of
the goals he set for himself upon
nomination to city office; his two
other goals were to reduce city
expenditures to Battery Park and
to clean up city finances.
DEP Bureau Chief Don Berryhill
considered Mayor Howell's grant
and loan acquisition an amazing
testimony to Howell's diligence
and craftiness as a civil servant.
"When he (Mayor Howell) sought
funding for this project, he
searched virtually every avenue.
This is a unique loan agreement.
There has never been a loan pro-
vision worked out like this (In the
state of Florida) to my knowledge.
He's done the impossible...at least
It's been impossible for many
people before him. And... as al-
ways, he was the true southern
gentleman." Mr. Berryhill stated
hat Governor Chiles agreed to the
long term loan principally on the
belief that the Apalachicola's origi-
nal carrier system, left intact,
would create immeasurable dam-
ages to the environment. "The
Apalachicola Bay is a resource
this state cannot afford to get
damaged from pollution," said
Berryill. "The bay is a breeding
round for many little creatures
at other forms of sealife depend
on. The damages that could be
impacted on the aquatic seaboard
are immeasurable in dollar figures
if the Apalachicola Bay is

Inmate Supervisor from
page 1
ing. Braxton further warned Commissioner Putnal that commis-
sioners were not supposed to have contact with employees when an
employee was under scrutiny. "Mr. Putnal, ifyou've had contact
with Mr. Brownell," said Braxton, "You're in trouble." Commissioner
Putnal stated that Mr. Brownell merely contacted him to find out if
he was on the agenda for the 7 February Franklin County Commis-
sion meeting.
Mr. Brownell stated that there was a meeting in Attorney Al
Shuler's officer concerning his employment status. Brownell stated
that he was not invited to the meeting. "I'm gonna' petition this. I'm
gonna' go to a grand Jury hearing if that's what I gotta' go to...to see
if I can resolve my certification." Chairman Mosconis suggested
that the board ask Prentice Crum to look into the matter further :
and report back with a recommendation. Commissioner Toliver
said that the commission should look for an alternate job for Mr.
Brownell. "I just have a problem with an inmate telling on someone
in the free world, cause he'll say anything that's gonna' help his
case. I have more respect for my employees than to take an inmates
words against my employees," said Toliver. Chairman Mosconis
assured Brownell, "There's no one here trying to railroad you or
give you unfair or undue treatment." Commissioner Tollver then
motioned to have Leonard Brownell reinstated. Commissioner
Putnal seconded the motion, but Commissioners Braxton, Williams
and Mosconis voted against the motion. Commissioner Braxton
motioned for Prentice Crum and Van Johnson to meet with a
representative of the Department of Correction and with Leonard
Brownell to see a job description with the Public Works Department
could be worked out for Mr. Brownell. Commissioner Williams
seconded the motion and the board voted 4-1 (Commissioner
Toliver objecting) to pass the motion.

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w. Excerpts of an Open Letter to
Toward Mediocrity the Producers of the Television

In Florida Higher


Two major events have been traveling parallel paths in Florida gov-
ernment and education, The Governor's budget calls for massive cut-
backs in some programs, including education. Others have advocated
,that the university system "privatize" itself. Tuitions increases at vari-
ous state schools have produced more acrimony and disagree able
opinion, and the Board of Regents has apparently "agreed" to make
professor's teaching evaluations, as these are called, more public.
The assumption is that if the students are being charged more for
their courses, they ought to have some kind of "consumer guide" to
those courses they might choose. A "task force" of some unknown
magnitude, but some cost, is creating a "new" classroom-performance
evaluation for use in the next academic year.
I am acutely aware that this particular issue is not one of huge im-
portance, especially alongside the more lofty of those issues such as
the budget or health care. I suppose it would be idle to point out that
most students who are familiar with a department's offeringsalready
know the "hard" and "easy" professors, and that is really the bottom
line for them these days, isn't it?
Yet, there are high administrative costs Connected with these so-called
"evaluations," along with the flaws, and these costs have persisted for
as long as I have used the SIRS (Student Instructional Rating Sys-
tem) at Florida State University. Then, in my "green" years as an
assistant professor in 1972, I was told that the FSU Senate finally
"caved in" to proposals for some system of faculty evaluation so that
one could be put into place, and also, that very few were satifled with
it. Having been a part of promoting a colleague to Associate Professor
while he was in Italy, and running into a stonewall of disbelief on his
high student ratings even within our own department, convinced me
that there was not a universal acceptance-of SIRS at FSU. That prob-
lem, dear Board, still persists. The recent proposal is to take tese very
flawed "tests" and make them public when, in fact, the SIRS does
very little tq measure "teaching effectiveness." These tests are also
bad science. There could be a basis here for libel or privacy litigation
should the instruments be made public, but no worry. What may
.,alarm the taxpayers is that the same system is still undergoing "re-
finement" with more costs attending.
In order to escape the charge that these remarks are from another
whiny professor with a case of sour grapes, I will point out one cen-
tral problem. Such paper-and-pencil tests conducted exclusively by
the consumers of these courses are flawed in concept. To recognize,
and attain improved teaching, as in art or other fields, such as medi-
cine or law, the"rating" by consumers alone does not determine such
achievement or improvement. Great art, or the practice of medicine,
is not determined by popular vote nor "testing." In journalism, the
Pulitizers are not determined by popular vote but a committee of ex-
perts and peers, or professionals. Think about this carefully. Would
you rather have had your chest surgery conducted by the doctor who
had the best student ratings or by a doctor "rated" by professionals?
Are the works by Picasso. determined to be fine art by votes from
Madison Avenue or the long term review, analysis and criticisms by
professionals and critics? ,': a a c i
The problems with such student ratings are continuing and largely
unsolved. There are some still teaching who recall the fabulous Dr.
Fox, a medical instructor who received very high student evaluations
in his medical classes. Then, it was revealed that he was an actor.
Large enrollment teachers have less contact with the students and
typically score "low" on this dimension. The time of turn-around is
usually so long that any collective memory on the conduct of the
course and the resulting "ratings" are'very remote, too generalized,
and vague. The evaluation is never keyed to the specific subject mat-
ter. Smaller enrollments, with essay comments, are more often most
useful. I have made many "improvements" or changes due to these
comments. Then, such evaluations still remain "popularity contests"
not only because of the comparisons made in the so-called analysis,
which is bankrupt, but because of the dangerous assumption that
such results are interpreted tcmean that only those professors are
"the best."
And, the process of spending tax dollars continues to "prove" the va-
lidity and reliability of these evaluation systems which operate strictly
and exclusively from the student point-of-view. Yes, I agree, these are
the consumers. No, I disagree that their "votes" ought to have exclu-
sive and final word on the effectiveness of teaching; because such
pandering to this "learning" audience results in the reduction of stan-
dards, and "popularity votes" which cast one professor against an-
othertn some queer and illogical system to rank them all is an exer-
cise in mediocrity. EAch subject requires different teaching ap-
proaches, and the broad range of student interest and participation
is of great variance. So are the subject matters of great variance. Yet,
one single "test" assesses them all. For institutional devices
to cram these "test results" into a straight-jacket of ranked order is to
move higher education to a base mediocrity that is embarrassing to
admit. And, the tax dollar investment in these schemes continues
producing mediocre results, but we might excuse this since bureau-
crats are good at spending money.
In passing, I must add one more criticism in theface of these recent
proposals. The pencil-and paper "ratings" are measures of affect.
Affect involves a complex cluster of perceived behaviour which has
more common connections with likeability, familiarity, warm feeling
and like emotional perceptions. And like public opinion polling the'
results on the same dimensions may change from class to class.
There are files full of criticisms of the current system at FSU and
reciting these problems here would only bore the reader. But, these
ratings are potent "things" in the hands of uiscrupulus ad.ini.trtor.,
who do not know the conditions of the test administration. And, yet
we pay tax dollars to fund this-flawed system. I will propose an im-
provement, but at some cost. Why not bring teams of professionals
into the classroom and allow them to conduct teacher-evaluations,
so that standards are maintained. Faculty could be given service
points, and these teams could be expanded to involve members of
other departments. Not only would other faculty find out what their
peers are doing In their own classrooms,but there would be more
sharing of ideas, resources, and concepts. Such interaction is inte-
gral to what we fancifully call a University, yet we still lack the fo-
rums for such important interaction. Sorry peers, the faculty club is
not my bit; I would much rather perform service in a community
setting such as publishing this newspaper.

Tom W. Hoffer

Dr. Tom Hoffer holds the Ph.D. in Communication Arts
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has taught
at Florida State University, Department of Communica-
tion, since the fall of 1972. He was promoted and tenured
"through the ranks" at the same university throughout
his 23 years at FSU. Hoffer is a U. S. Navy veteran of the
cold and Vietnam War, a filmaker and television producer,
the publisher of the Franklin Chronicle, and is listed in
more detail in Who's Who In America, (1994)

ChronI i Ti-7cl e i

Series, "20-20"

I am writing in response to your recent segment on abuse in nursing homes.
It is most unfortunate that you have chosen to mention only the negative
aspects of living in a nursing facility; then again, from your jaundiced per-
spective, is good news ever newsworthy? It is, of course, much easier to boost
your ratings by going for a nice. juicy nursing home story, rather than pre-
senting a balanced report. By focusing on isolated, extremely rare in inci-
dents, rather than the overwhelmingly positive reality, you have again allowed
the common media practice of misguiding the public and fostering mass hys-
teria through the popular sport of nursing home bashing. Little wonder that
we hear the phrase, "Everyone knows about the awful abuse in nursing homes,"
when sensationalistic reports such as yours are aired. Every biased article by
San unscrupulous media ignores the millions of residents who recieve excel-
lent care 24 hours per day. week after week, month after month.
Let us consider your concerns about background checks on Nursing Assis-
tants. Federal regulations require that each state establish and maintain a
register of nurse aides who have met the competecy requirements. Any find-
ings of abuse, neglect, or theft results in notice of the results of the investiga-
tion being furnished to the Administrator, the individual, and the Administra-
tor where the individual now works (if different). The individual is given the
opportunity to defend himself or herself against the allegations; if the abuse is
found to be factual, the report is entered into the Abuse Registry. Each state
has an Abuse Registry; all nursing companies and facilities of which I am
aware require that the Abuse Registry be consulted when hiring an individual.
In Florida. State Law requires that a criminal background check be completed.
before hiring a nurse aide. This practice is in place in many other states. To be
certain, as with any other business, it is virtually impossible to keep all poten-
tial abusers from entering the system, but I will place our industry's record
against that of any other health care-related business.
Your examples of the practice of "catapulting" residents into beds are almost
ludicrous. Anyone with knowledge of gerentological physiology knows that
this practice would immediately reveal itself through the injuries it would
cause to the elderly. As a practiitoner of many years in long term care, you
cannot convince me that any nursing facility is so devoid of caring individuals
that the empolyees would allow this practice to continue, once discovered.
The allegations that owners and administrators are aware of continuing abuse
is also unbelievable; it should be noted that any disgruntled employee, espe-
cially one whose employment has been terminated, may make any number of
statements in an attempt to damage their former employer.
Nursing ing facilities are, with the possible exception of the nuclear industry,
the most highly regulated and thoroughly inspected industry in America to-
day. Nursing home people consistently provide a higher quality of care, with
rare fewer resources, than any other type of health care. Contrary to the ste-
reotype you portray, a recent survey by a major long term care company of
over 20,000 families showed a satisfaction ratio of well over ninety percent...
...If you wish to speak of abuse at nursing facilities, let's talk about staff
abuse. Our industry has a higher incidence of injury than the construction
industry Contrary to popular belief, modern nursing homes are not popu-
lated by sweet little old ladies who sit around and knit, just waiting to be
abused by staff. While we have many wonderful residents, the stark reality is
that four out of five residents have some form of dementia, and many are
capable of inflicting real harm on those people who try to provide them with
tender loving care. It is time to dispel the myth that all of our elderly are
endearing people; they are simply people who have lived to an advanced age.
They have all of the good and bad o people of any age. If they were good,
friendly people when they were younger, odds are that they will be good. friendly
people when they are nursing home residents. If they were mean, antagonistic
people when they were younger. they will usually be the residents that every-
one, staff and fellow residents alike, try to avoid. I have seen broken arms, lost
teeth-practically every type of injury inflicted on staff by residents, some
demented. some not. .
To:be sure, some abuse is going to occur, somewhere, sooner or later. How-
ever. it is actually so rare as to be almost unknown. During my years in' this
industry, practicing in five states at a dozen facilities. I have known of just two
cases of actual abuse...
...It is time for this society, which has placed it's elderly in nursing facilities
rather than' care for them at home, to overcome it's guilt. We must learn to
accept, even support, our caregivers, who have one of the most difficult, de-
manding, underpaid, tiring, and at the same time rewarding Jobs on earth. I
challenge you, producers and reporters on "20-20," and citizens pf America:
Return for a while to the job which every generation but yours has had the
time to perform. Come to a nursing home for a while. Volunteer your time,
and care for your elders. See what it's really like, at all hours of the day.
Remember, 20-20 vision is NOT perfect vision; any optometrist will tell you it's
only average vision, and many times flawed. We'll show you how things really

John R. Vance
January 24, 1995


Protest At


By Becky Shirley
As we all know, everyone recalls
the student protest that occurred
in Apalachicola. Everyone won-
ders what happened on that day
when a group of AHS students
protested against their teacher?
Was it a good idea to protest in
the first place? Did it go too far?
Well, some of the students who
were in the protest decided to tell
you what happened on that day.
"Nothing much happened," said
one one of the protesters. "We just
went up to the office and told the
principal about it. We were then
sent back to class. The principal
then came to the classroom door
to speak to the teacher."
"We knew the teacher was not
doing a good Job,"said another one
of the protesters, "because we did
not do anything in class related
to Algebra. We don't know if we
got in trouble, but our teacher
asked us who went to the princi-
pal, and then he put marks in his
grade book."
The opinions of the students are
about half and half. Here are the
opinions of some of the other stu-
dents who were not in the protest.
"I think that the protest was a
good idea," says a student. "It
probably would have happened
anyway, and who knows--one day
some other kids could have pro-
tested and it could have even
turned violent. We don't know."
Other students have different
opinions though. "I think it was a
bad idea", said another student.
"I think it went too far and it
shouldn't have happened." The
student protesters have a mes-
sage to tell the kids. Itis to "Docu-
ment dates and times and tell
your parents because you all have

the right to learn." Well, no mat-
ter what happens, the citizens of
Franklin County will probably re-
member the student protest for
years to come.

Dear Editor.
I would like to thank Ms.
Amanda Loos on her article,
Mother of the Civil Rights
Movement Comes to Tallahas-
see, that was published in your
December edition. The article
was Informative. I must say that
I was quite impressed that Ms.
Loos was so knowledgeable of
Ms. Parks attributes regarding
the Civil Rights Movement,
which gave her the name she
deserves and is so worthy of,
The Mother of the Civil Rights
Movement. Amanda, keep up
the good work and much
success in your endeavors.


Becky Mathis-Floyd

Cookoff Calls
for Auction
President of the Charity Chill
Cookoff, Harry Arnold, has issued
a call for auction items as part of
the tent auction on 4 March. In
past auctions, there have been
new and used, antique and col-
lectible items on the block for bid.
In the past 12 years, the Cookoff
has generated funds for the St.
George Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment and First Responder
Unit. Today, the island has avail-
able two of the very best quick-
response fire trucks, 16 certified
fire fighters, certified first
reponders, including two para-
medics, and three emergency
medical technicians. These are
volunteers who have saved lives
and saved islanders money on In-
surance. The goal for the 1995
fundraiser is a new medical first

Lou Vargas' Letter to Homeowners

Dear Association Member:
When I became President of the St. George Plantation Owners' Association' I
set two major goals for myself: 1) to end the petty bickering and strife that has
characterized the Association for many years and, 2) to resolve the contro-
versy surrounding the POA/Resort Village Agreement through negotiation
rather than costly litigation. Progress has been made with regard to my first
goal; however, it has often necessitated that I turn the other cheek in the face
of inaccurate or misleading assertions in order to avoid conflict. We are too
close to achieving success on the second goal for me to continue to do this.
Henceforth I will speak my mind as circumstances demand.
Recently a letter with survey questions was sent to the membership by new
board member Bill Hartley. This is not a board sponsored survey and I do not
believe it wise to attempt such a survey at this time without all the facts and
options being made available to the membership. Similarly. the January. 1995.
Tom Adams letter to the membership does not accurately explain the draft
agreement which was discussed at the December 10, board meeting. In sev-
eral instances the letter is misleading:
*The proposed dues unit allocation does not favor commercial development;
however, it does anticipate collection of increased assessments in the eventu-
ality of such development. A state Administrative Hearing Officer recently is-
sued a recommended order which would allow construction of the Resort Vil-
lage including condominiums. Similar to a longstanding contractual arrange-
ment with owners at Bob Sikes Cut, budget participation of the Resort Village
is limited to those categories from which they derive benefit. It logically follows
that funds collected pursuant to these terms are expected to be spent on the
projects for which they are collected; much the same as POA members expect
certain results for their dues payments.
*Extension of security services to the Resort Village property will likely con-
tinue long after the year three option period so long as such services continue
to be provided in a cost effective and conciliatory manner.
*Provisions regarding the airport are the same terms as in the existing Resort
Village agreement. Absolutely no objections have been previously registered
by any members regarding this clause of the original agreement. The airport
committee, dominated by POA designees, together with stringent FAA regula-
tions and state permitting standards, will govern compatible uses of airport
I believe that Hank Kozlowsky and I are on the verge of negotiating a fair
resolution of this controversy which, as reflected in my letter of January 5. to
Bill Hartley, resolves all previously raised concerns with the existing agree-
ment. Please recall that the process of negotiating is a matter of give-arid-
take, and that no single party is contemplated to prevail on all points.
I recently added Bill Hartley to the negotiating team because he has a differ-
ent view of the situation than Hank and I. I want his view to be reflected in our
discussions with Ben Johnson. I hope that the Board can reach unanimity on
a proposed settlement agreement. If we can't, both views will be presented to
the membership. At this time I urge everyone to bepatient and not to be
alarmed or persuaded by half-truths to commit yourself to any position before
being fully informed. I have publicly stated that any proposed settlement agree-
ment will be submitted to the membership for approval. I welcome a full and
open debate of this issue at that time. I do not, however, intend to respond to
each and every criticism that may be forthcoming on what we are attempting
to accomplish during the negotiating process.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Lou Vargas
President, Board of Directors

A Point of View

In Alligator Point

By Paul Jones
Oni Saturday, 11 ,February, the Alligator Point TaxpayersAssocia-
tion ihas scheduled a morning reception for newly elected Franklin
County Commissioner Raymond Williams. The doughnut and coffee
affair will take place between 8:30 and 10:00 prior to the regularly
scheduled APTA monthly board meeting.
This get-together will give residents/property taxpayers a splendid
opportunity to air out important area wide concerns, such as:
Improvements to County Road 370
Increased Law Enforcement
Alligator Harbor Channel Dredging
Animal Control Coordination
County Funding for Public Facilities
Accessible Communication With Commissioners
Measurable County Representation
In the past, Alligator Point TAXPAYERS have received only the
property tax bill and political rhetoric (a/k/a lip service) in answer
to these concerns. NOW, we need sincere commitments from our
board of commissioners, commitments which are supported by
quantitative time-lined goal projections.
Mission By The Sea
Through the personal efforts of long time resident, Robert 'Bob'
Harwood, the Mission By The Sea(located on Alligator Point) has a-'
new steeple. The modest Harwood designed and fabricated the
impressive and aspiring obelisk. He explained, that he first envi-
sioned how the structure would 'fit' amid the coastal setting and
then constructed a small model of the mission with the steeple to
go by.

Restoration of CR 370
Restoration of CR 370

As of Friday, 3 February all bids to construct the road and the
revetment had been received and actual ground breaking for
construction scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 8 February. The
bid process requires that the independent contractor is to complete
the project within a thirty-day time schedule.
Even though, not all of the debris and limerock have been removed;
Franklin County will do no more work on this project...it appears
that they do not want to work their brand new bulldozerlfront
loader that close to the briny sea.

responder vehicle.
Those wishing to donate auction
items may contact any director.
The directors are Harry Arnold, H.
Lee Edmiston, Gary Cates, Ollie
Gunn, Sr., and J. W. Abbott.
A new fund raiser for the 13th
Cookoff are the official "Sponsor"
Jacket and hat package. The black
Jacket has an embroidered "Chili-
Head" logo in three colors (for a
$100 donation) and a canvas
black hat with tan leather suede
bill and same logo for a $25 do-

nation. Contact: St. George Island '
Charity Chili Cookoff and Action,
Inc. HCR Box 208, #1 Bayshore
Drive, St. Goerge Island, Fla.
32328 (904-927-2396).

The comments made by
Daphne Heyser were mistak-
enly attributed to Vanesa
Glass in the Chronicle's 26
January article, Resigned
Pediatrician Draws Public
i Protest.

"Page 4 10 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

In Pursuit

of a Porgie

By Randle Leger

My love for pursuing the sheeps-
head began some time ago back
in my home state "sweet Ala-
bama." It was a cold, blue-bird,
'March day on Mobile Bay and the
north wind blowing down the bay
at 20 knots had the water
churned to a white froth. Enter-
ing a boat and striking out in
search of trout and redflsh was
not a consideration, so the decl-
-sion finally came down to a few
.hours of simple pier fishing in the
'mouth of Dog River. The locals
knew that fish did not come into
'this particular shallow water dur-
ing the spring, but I rationalized
that I would have the pier to my-
self and I wouldn't have to clean
fish afer the trip.
After soaking a piece of dead
shrimp from the pier's end for
about an hour I finally had a bite.
'Just a little tap, similar to a pin-
;.fish or croaker but since it was
Saturday and I had nothing bet-
'ter to do, the hook was set. The
'huge bow that immediately en-
ntered my 10 dollar, K-Mart rod
"told me this was no trash fish. The
,.Zebco 33 screamed with delight
,"as the powerful, mystery fish
headed south, peeling drag and
..testing the eight-pound line that
n as spooled on the reel by the
,manufacturer. The fish ended its
t.flrst mighty run and begrudgingly
allowede a few yards ofline to be
"returned to the spool. The second
.run came without warning and
-was almost as strong as the first.
'But, once again I was able to gain
'back a few yards of line and by
now I was even feeling a glimmer
';of confidence that this prize would
-soon be hanging on my stringer.
"'After a 10 minute war of attrition,
the fish was near the dock, swim-
,'ming from side to side with an
o occasional alley-oop that made
:. the line sing and my heart flutter.
'Finally the fish succumbed to the
steady pressure of fiberglass and
mono and broke the surface. The
vertical black bands on its side
were clear and distinct, I had
;hooked a sheepshead. Being my
flrst-ever-sheepshead, I was quite
surprised at its tenacious
'.strength and agility in the water.
:This was a fight that rated much
':higher than any speckled trout I
.had tangled with and equaled
' even the mighty redfish.
"H rng neither net nor gaff, the
Job-of landing this five-pound ball
boffns wa 'gdifig tbe ea difficult
"one indeed. Each ;time I touched
the fish by hand it would imme-
,diately go into a frenzy that left
me wet and my knot ever weaker.
"IAfter several fruitless attempts,
'imy cheap factory line conspired
with a poorly tied clinch knot and
'the sheepshead won his freedom.
W-e swam away with his life and
'my shiny Eagle Claw hook and I
.'walked away empty handed but
,with a new-found respect for a
'fish I hardly knew existed before
Since that day I have taken time
each Spring to fish fisor sheeps-
'head. They can be caught any
"time of the year but Spring is defi-
nitely the best time. Beginning as
:.early as January and lasting
'through March, sheepshead can
'be found in and around all of our
coastal rivers.
' Finding sheepshead is as simple
'as finding an abundance of their
,food such as barnacles and oys-
'ters and all the hard-shelled crea-
.tures that live there. Normally the
',oyster bars around a river's
',mouth orjust inside the river will
.give the most consistent catches
1for eating size fish but offshore
channel. structures encrusted
.with barnacles can provide action
;from some real bruisers. William
,Strickland ofTallahassee can at-
test to that with his 1993 State
'record weighing 17 pounds and 2
ounces coming from just such a
{place out from the St. Marks
River. William reported that the
record fish boated that day was
>small compared to fish he could
;see in the clear water, not to men-
-tion the times his 14-pound line
:was snapped like thread.
SWilliam's testimony left little
"doubt that world class fish were
feeding near our shores each and
every Spring.
*The sheepshead (Archosargus
9probatocephalus) Is a member of
':the Porgies family .and having a
; full compliment of incisors, mo-
M'lars and rounded grinders, it is
,well equipped to handle encrusted
prey. A common feeding tech-
- unique Is to crunch the protective
.shell of its victim, let the debris
"settle and then move in and pick
.whatever meat Is available. This
,might explain why sheepshead
;are sometimes difficult to hook. I
'have watched sheepshead in the

clear water of the Wakulla River
as they bit the tiny chunks of
shrimp on my hook. The first bite
was almost always to crush the
shell. The fish would immediately
spit out the bait, wait a moment
and then pick up the meat to
swallow. After observing this, I
began waiting for the second tap
before setting the hook and my
hook-up ratio increased dramati-
cally. In addition, I found that re-
moving the shell entirely pre-
vented the fish from spitting the
bait at all and equally improved
my catch.
A few tips on tackle and technique
can make a difference In your
day's creel. Heavy, abrasion resis-
tant line is a must because you
will almost always be fishing
around oyster bars'and bar-
nacles. It also helps to cast down-
current and not move the bait
again until you're ready to bring
it in. Lift the rod quickly and reel
the line back as fast as possible.
This helps reduce hang-ups and
keeps your line in better condi-





By Darl R. Ostrander
In a report released to the gover-
nor and cabinet in December the
Marine Fisheries Commission re-
stated the need for increased
regulation of spotted seatrout.
The core issue is the accepted fact
that the seatrout fishery is in de-
cline, a decline that as this report
states is caused by overfishing.
Spotted seatrout are the, most,
sought after inshore species in
Florida comprising 15% of all tar-
geted fishing trips by recreational
anglers. Non-commercial anglers
are responsible for 75% of the
seatrout harvested by weight each
year. The remaining 25% are har-
vested by commercial fishermen.
Although some of the commercial
catch is made by hook and line,
the vast majority is taken as
bycatch. Mullet gill netting opera-
tions were the primary source of
the seatrout bycatch fishery. It is
estimated that the net-ban will
eliminate 85% of the total com-
mercial harvest.

Current regulations will not main-
tain the fishery at even the
present levels. The best results
that can be attained under cur-
rent regulations is a 20% spawn-
ing potential ratio (SPR). The
M.F.C. feels that a 35% SPR is the
minimum needed to improve the
overall health of the fishery.

tioi. Using small hooks is also a
good idea. Even in the Spring,
sheepshead can be finicky biters
and a small hook can be hidden
completely inside a piece of bait.
Sheepshead are capable of biting
a wire hook in half so choose a
sturdy, saltwater brand such as
Eagle Claw.
February is probably the best
month to get out and catch some
sheepshead. From the Aucilla to
the Apalachicola, large numbers
of fish are gathering up for the
rites of Spring. Though it is a good
month to fish, February weather
can truly test the metal of some
fishermen so dress warm, fill your
pockets with hand warmers and
go fishing. Your favorite bait and
tackle store can usually give ad-
vice on where to look since sheep-
shead tend to visit the same spots
year after year. And when you find
them, chances are, you can load
the boat so remember to keep only
what you can use and release the
rest. See you on the water.

To accomplish this goal the M.F.C.
Is looking at several options and
combinations of options that in-
clude closed seasons, reduced bag
limits, size-limit changes and pro-
hibition of sale.
During December of 1994 the
M.F.C. proposed a two month
closed season. This proposal was
met with considerable resistance
from commercial anglers and rec-
reational guides. Most of this re-
sistance was generated from the
northwestern part of the state
where seatrout are relied on more
heavily. Ultimately, the proposed
closure was vetoed by the Gover-
nor and cabinet. Ironically, the
part of the state that needed a clo-
sure most was the northwestern
section where the spawning po-
tential ratio is even lower than the
state average. It is unlikely that a
partial closure will be part of the;.
M.F.C. 's future plans for seatrout
Some of the current thinking re-
volves around lower bag limits.
These limits could be as low as
two fish per trip per angler, an
80% reduction of the current ten
fish limit. There has also been
serious discussion among the
commissioners concerning a
moratorium. To be effective a
moratorium would have to last
three spawning seasons. This
would achieve the 35% potential
spawning ratio that the M.F.C.

cesires. The main anantage to a
moratorium is that when the fish-
ery reopens it will allow for higher
bag limits. Limits will not be as
high as current regulations but
certainly higher than two fish per
Currently, the commission is re-
viewing its options and will make
another presentation to the gov-
ernor in February of this year.

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Aucilla River +0:03 +0:05 St. George Island (East End) -0:15 +0:06
Shell Point +0:05 +0:03 St. George Island (Sikes Cut) +0:49 +1:32
Dickerson Bay +0:16 +0:20 Apalachicola +2:00 +2:44
Bald Point +0:33 +0:19 St. Joseph Bay -0:24 -0:51
Alligator Point -0:08 +0:11 Panama City -0:43 -0:44
Turkey Point -0:12 -0:18 St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance) -1:31 -2:02







Gary Cates, organizer of the pro-
fessional chill competition at this
year's St. George Island Charity
Chili Cookoff and Auction an-
nounced last week (28 January)
that the professional chili compe-
tition was closed. "This is the big-
gest turnout we've had," he ex-
claimed at the regular organiza-
tional meeting with the Board of
Directors. Cates reported that he
had received nearly 50 telephone
calls after the competition. was
closed, with 52 contesting booths
from Illinois, Michigan, Florida,
and Virginia already signed up.
The Crock Pot competition is still
wide open, he added. Chili will
be only one class of eatery avail-
able to the throngs visiting the is-
land the weekend of the cookoff,
4 March 1995. There will be a re-
turn of John Henry and Nell
Spratt's famous chicken 'n dump-
lings, Olle Gunn's fish chowder,
Larry Hale and Jud William's
shish kebabs, the Doyle Davis
oysters on the half-shell
(Apalachicola Bay, of course), Roy
Hoffman and his hot dog stand,
Dominic Baragona's Chilihead
Chili, and Helen Solomon's Sweet
Shop, along with others.


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Saturday, March 4, 1995

10 A. M. until?

Featuring: Red Pepper 5K Run Starting at 8 A.. .

Sche dul[ of Events

8:00 A. M.
8:30 A.tM.
9:30 A..I.
10:00 A. M.

11:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M.
11:15 A.tM.
11:30 A.NM.
12:30 P.M.


P. M.
P. NM.
P. 1.

Red Pepper 5K Run
Area Open for Booth Set-up
Cooks Meeting
Preparation-chop onions, peppers, etc. (No STO\ES OR FIRES LIT)
Note: International Chili Society (ICS) Rules in effect: No beans, pasta, etc: four
quarts chili prepared on site froni,scratch; no prepackaged chili mixes; meat
may be cut, sliced or ground in advance, but not treated or cooked except
during competition. Stoves officially lit at 11:00 4. t.; sample pickup for judging
at 2:00 p. At. As in the past, this a fund-raising event and you may prepare more
than four quarts which will be sold at your booth for S1.00. ft(e provide cups
and spoons.) All proceeds go to the SGI Charity Chili Cookoff. special prize will
be awarded to the team raising the most money.
Light Fires-Start Cooking
Auction Starts
Crock Pot Chili must be on site, $5.00 Entry, minimum one gallon
1st Judges' Meeting (Professional Cooking)
Booth Judging (Booth Showmanship)
Crock Pot Chili Judging (Anything Goes-prepare at Home)
Note: $5.00 Entn, Fee Required. ICS rules do not apply. Chili to be sold. All
proceeds going to SGI Charity Cookoff Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Miss Chili Pepper Judging
Mr. Hot Sauce Judging
Cooking Stops, Stoves and Fires Out
Samples picked up-Judging Starts



...you are if you support the Charity
Chili Cookoff by purchasing either a
bodacious black embroidered jacket
($100) or black buckskin bill cap ($25).
To place your order, contact Harry
Arnold: 927-2447 or 224-9475. We
salute the 1995 Chili Heads below!

Gordon Adkins
Steve Adkins
Roland Aldridge
Alice Collins Realty
Anchor Realty
Apalach Animal Clinic
Linda Arnold
Beach Builders
Blue Parrott
Don Boyd
Pat Campbell
Ann Cates
Alice Collins
John Collins
Buddy Crawford
Don Crozier
Jim Davidson
Dan Davis
Louis Day
Patty Durham
Eagle Constructors
ERA Canterbury Prop.
Executive Office Supply
Carla Lee Fazzi
Ken Fish
Kim Fish
Fisherman's Headquarters
David Fulmer
Dan Garlick
Shirley Gelch
Kathy Gilbert
Gull State Bank
Gunn Electrical
Gunn Heating & Air
Ollie Gunn. Jr.

Harry A's
Hill Pharmacy
Hills Pharmacy
Walter Hoch
Island Emporium
Tommy Johns
Mike Kates
Keystone Realty
George Kirvin
Majic Carpet
Market Place
MGS Services
Woody Miley
Nickel& Dime
Lee Nole
Willie Norred
Oyster Cove
Rita O'Connell
Kenny P.
Morris Palmer
Paradise Cafe
Gary Pitts
Chenis Powell
S. G. I. Civic Club
Shade 'n' Shelter Tent Co.
Kristen Shelby
Mary Lou Short
Chuck Spicer
Helen Spoher
John Henry Spratt
Supply Dock
The Franklin Chronicle
Gill Troutman
Patt Valentine
Mark Wilbanks
Judi Williams



Richard A. Fuss, Smart Aces Chil, Stone Mountain. GA
Weldon C. "Mike" Vowell, Whistle Stop Chili, Garland, TX
Pat Lurdy, Pat's Comoncharo Chili, Selma, AL
William Lundy, Chili By Tupelo Bill, Selma, AL
Barbara Ward, Paupers Chili, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Charlie Ward, Hodgedodge Chili, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Jim Weller, The Macktown Chili Company, Bloomfield. MI
Georgia Weller, Southern Chili Georgia Style, Bloomfield, MI
Jim Hendrick, Doc. JS Chili Clinic, Roanoke, VA
Rhonda Crawtord. Nacho Mama's Chili. Arochdale, NC
Mary Ellen James Spouse's Revenge Chili, Wyandotte. MI
John James, Lightning Stnkes Twice Chili, Wyandotte, MI
Steve Norris, Kentucky Cookout Chili Company, Louisville, KY
Dan A Clorrocco Rocco's Revenge Chili. Marietta. GA
Bruce L Gilpan, The Texans Chili, Lutz, FL
Sandi Hodge. Big Mama's Best Chili, Snellville, GA
Belly Propes Boopers Chili, Snellville. GA
Paul Propes, Marlow's Cantina Chili. Snellville, GA
John Hodge, Snellville Hombres Chili. Snellville. GA
John Knowals, Beach Bumbs Chili. Panama City Beach, FL
David Brewer. Thomas Drive Bandits Chili, Lynn Haven, FL
Jim and Chris Oliver, Olivers Flaming Crazy Chili, Lithonia, GA
Bob Dickman, Bob's Electrifying Chili, Fort Pierce, FL
Sue Schools, Sugar Shack Chili. The Colony. TX
Roy Geigel, Cowpokes Chuckwagon Chili Company, Appleton, WI
Jean Simmons, Chili By Jean, Florissant, MO
Jerry Simmons. Chili By Jerry, Florissanl. MO
Mind Ondenck/Martha Tuno, M & M Chili Company. Orlando. FL
KII Hoff. Leprechaun Chili, Columbus, OH
Paul J Nunn, Nunn Better Chili, Fort Pierce, FL
Larry Gullell. Chuckwagon Chili, Kissimmee, FL
Rose Drye, Resort Really Chili, St. George Island, FL
Tom Cumbie, Bare'Cooters Chili, Quincy, FL
Kerrie D. Farmer, Cactus Willie's Chili, Asheville, NC
Joe Schuster, "Chili"!, Apalachicola, FL
Paul A Lastowski, F-14 Afterburner Chili, Panacea, FL
Mike Jennings, Mikes #1 Jon Boat Chili, Orlando, FL
Bruce Pits, Pit Stop Chili, Altamonte Springs, FL
Roy "Bubba" Hobbs, Bubba & Wiles Chili. Dothan, AL
William L. "Bill" Gary, New Life Chili, Tallahassee, FL
Denny Campbell & Dennis Valente, Franklin County Furnace
Chil. Tallahassee. FL
Norman "Kolak" Melancom, Cajun Chilo's Chili, Gonzales. LA
Dianne Melancon. Double 'D" Chili Gonzales. LA
Mary Solo Paradise Cale Chili, St. George Island, FL
Wes Carlson. Black Coyote Chili. Rockford, IL
Ben Wilkinson & Ed Rude, Heartburn Hotel Special Chili.
Tallahassee, FL
Bill Ouinn, Mardi Gras Magic, Bay St Louis, MI
Mary Quinn Mardi Gras Chili. Bay St Louis, MI
Ken Burke, Dead Senous Chili, Tampa, FL
Susan Hinson, Whooty Whoo Chili, Team Quincy, FL
Susan Forini, Trash Can Chil, Orlando, FL


3:00 P. M. Awards

Auction Starts at 11 A. M.
For A.uction Donation Information, contact any St. George Island Business
or the following:

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Page 6 10 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Administrator Joyce

By Laura Rogers
Apalachicola Health Care Center
held its second in a series of in-
formational presentations re-
cently in the facility Activity room.
Ms. Joyce Denham, NHA pre-
sented "Alzhelmer's and dementia
in the elderly."
Ms. Denham discussed the pro-
gression of Alzheimer's disease
stressing that no two persons
have the same experience. She
told the audience about statistics
of the disease-the earliest known
case is documented in a person
in their late twenties, and the dis-
ease progression has lasted from
2 to 20 years in some cases.
She demonstrated with a mem-
ber of the audience appropriate
ways to work with a Alzheimers'
resident. She discussed settings
which worked best with residents
with Alzhiemer's- a calm struc-
tured environment with simple,
step by step instructions works
best with this population. In some
cases this may mean giving direc-
tions as simple as "Open your
closet. Take out a dress." And so
on until something like daily
dressing is completed.
Ms. Denham talked about fami-
lies affected by Alzhelmer's dis-
ease and stressed that the illness
affects the whole family, not just
the whole resident. She offered
names of good resource material
such as "The 36 Hour Day." which
directly deals with issues facing
victims and families confronted
with Alzheimer's.
The presentation was well-at-.
tended and several members of
the community stayed after to ask
questions about the., talk.
Apalachicola Health Care will
present its next community edu-
cation opportunity in March,
when the topic will be heart dis-
ease. CEUs will be offered to any
professional wishing to obtain
them. The time and date of the
presentation will be announced at
a later time.


*I.- .


that he was of the opinion that
the house had been sold and that
someone was in process of restor-
ing the home. Commissioners de-
cided to table any action until the
facts could be investigated.
*Commissioners turned down a
request from A.J. Philo that his
hospital bills at Emerald Coast be
paid by the City.
*Clifford Willis will once more be
a member of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority after a vote
was held between himself and
Ron Crawford.
*Barry Woods, a member of the
CPAA, stated that the boat ways
on the city-leased property being
occupied by the Dockside Marina
was in immediate need of repair.
"The property belongs to the city."
Mr. Woods said, he felt that the
leasee Tommy Bevis should main-
tain it. When commissioners told
him that he should be talking to
the CPAA members, Woods said
wryly, "I feel like Rodney
Dangerfleld. I don t get no respect.
But Imade up my mind to tell one
more time that the boat ways need
maintenance." He added that he
thought that Bevis should have
to fix the ways and that maybe
the CPAA should do the work and
send Bevis the bill. Phillips said,
"We have the Port Authority. I am
simply going to ask them to do
their Job." He added "Do your Job
and -I will back you up."
*County Commissioner Raymond
Williams came to ask about the
condition of the Community
Building. Attorney Bill Phillips
said that a structural engineer
was going to look at the building.
He warned "He s not going to in-
spect It he is just going to look
at it." The engineer would look at
it with in view of the city restor-
ing it. Williams said that he felt
there would be funds available.
*Phillips said that he wished to
inquire about the recreation
funds. He wanted to know if there
was enough money left in order
for the Youth League to finish the
work at the ball field. Julie
Baroody reported that the Youth
League program had provided rec-
reation for 238 kids. She went on
to detail that the Youth league
members had raised over $6,000
in various fundraisers and they
were to get lights on the field. She
said John Summerville had do-
nated a power box. She went on
to say that there was not suffi-
cient money to complete the
project. She also reported that the
Community Center had been bro-
..ken ,into and two bags of .equip-
ment such as bats, .ills
catcher's mitts and helhe 'had
been broken into and two bags of
equipment such as bats, balls,
catcher's mitts and helmets had
been taken.
Commissioner Tommy Lofton
stated at the meeting's end that
he may not be able to attend an-
other Carrabelle City Commission
meeting in the role of Commis-
sioner. Mr. Lofton stated that he
was scheduled for surgery and
was not sure if the surgical out-
come would afford him the abil-
ity to remain a Carrabelle City
Commissioner Buz Putnal, who
occupies the roads, streets and
recreation chair, on the commis-
sion is away for about six weeks.
Phillips made a motion to freeze
all recreation funds until his re-



Mr. Nesmith shows Franklin County photo
to Commissioner Jim Philips

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D driving on Three term Representative Allen
Boyd (D-Monticello) has been
named co-chair of the Florida
oU House Rules and Calendar Com-
B es mittee that decides which legisla-
Beachetion will be heard before the full
body on the House floor.
The owners from Sign Language Boyd s h w
volunteered at the 7 February B aid he was pleaedto be a
meeting of the Franklin County part of Speaker Wallace's leader-
Commission to design large, vis- hip team.In this position I will
ible signs to direct vehicles to stay inave the opportuni to great
off the dunes and native stabiliz- influence te legistion that
ing vegetation within Franklin': makes it to the floor. We will be
County shores. working to make sure that laws
County shores. That truly benefit the public are
Attorney Al Shuler opened discus- taken up and that excessive gov-
sions by reading a resolution that ernment regulation is avoided.
adopted state ordinances and The concerns of my constituents
abolished counrity ordinances In lln mi ee on this mpor-
regard to driving on the beach. ..ant mmttee.
Resident Tom Burley complained "Allen has the experience aiiM in-
that the solution was not In adopt- sight needed for this important
ing a new ordinance, but in en- sneeded rr i "
forcing either the state or county pos," said Speaker Wallace. I
ordinance. "After twenty-oe was pleased that someone with
ordinance. "After twenty-one Allen's talents agreed to take the
have the same problem. We still 'tough assignment as Rules Chair-
have people driving on the man. This job places great de-
beaches. We still have reckless, mands on time and nerves; it re-
endangerment of people walking quires the complete respect of
on the beaches. We have an en- one's legislative colleagues. Allen
forcement problem." will serve Floridians well in this
Sign Language owner Lucy Boyd also has been named tothe
Saunders noted that while dunes uy also nas een name to he
and vegetative areas had been ad- Education Committee, Insurance
and vegetative Committee, Utilities and Telecom-
dressed in previous ordinances, Co committee ,
non-vegetative ordinances had munications Committee, and
not been addressed. "From where Joint Legislative Management
we,live, we see every vehicle that Committee.
comes and oes down that area Government streamlining has
of the beach. Most of them are Government streamlining has
teenagers who go down there to been a priority of Bo's durlng
use drugs and alcohol." Ms the past two years of public ser-
se urss an alcohol.n b. vice. Last year he was instrumen-
Saunders said that the sign bar- tal In pusin a new form f bud-
ring entrance from the beach was tal n pushing new formofbud-
too small and that most drivers getting that forces government
disregarded it. Dan Garliick agencies to show what services
statedthat state ordinance cap- they provide with taxpayers'
ter 161 would not provide proec- money and how ell the services
tion to interior beaches between are performed. Boyd promised to
Eastpoint and Carrabelle. Chair- continue his mission of govern-
man Mosconis tabled the issue ment efficiency.
and directed Attorney Shuler to
obtain a complete Interpretation Some programs may be outdated
of the state ordinance or could be run better by the pri-
vate sector," said Boyd. "The new



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The Franklin Chronicle 10 February 1995 Page 7

Puhiished twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Lanark Village Association

Members Discuss

Dissatisfaction With

Ambulance Service

by Bonnie Dietz
The Lanark Village Association held their monthly meeting on
Monday 6 February at 7:30 p. m. at Chillas Hall, in Lanark Village.
After the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, Vice President
Bill Purser, in the absence of President Betty Neylon, asked for the
usual parliamentary reports by the Secretary, Treasurer, and
Committee Chairpersons.
First order of business under the heading of "Old Business"
was the reading of a letter written to the Emerald Coast Hospital
Administrator by resident Pat Kelly in regards to n incident that
occurred to one of the residents of the village. The letter is as
Dear Sirs:
On Sunday, 26 January, at 6 in the morning. Mr. & Mis. Cornellius
Bowen were preparing to go on a trip to Mississippi. Before leaving
Mr. Bowen decided to set off a bug bomb in his house. As he leaned
over to place the bomb, he lost his balance and fell landing on his
hip and shoulder. His wife tried to help him, but realizing he was in
a great deal of pain, she called 911. The ambulance came right
away. The attendants said they would take him to Emerald Coast
Hospital in Apalachacola. Because of an unpleasant experience Mr.
Bowen had in the past, he let them know very vocally that he did
not want to go to Emerald Coast, he wanted to go to Tallahassee
where his doctors were. The attendants said their hands were tied,
they would have to go to Emerald Coast, then perhaps they would
in turn send him on to Tallahassee. So they put hiim in his own car,
and his wife drove him to Tallahasse, where Mr. Bowen underwent
surgery for his broken hip and shoulder and he is still in the
At a monthly meeting this past fall several staff members of Emer-
ald Coast Hospital were in attendance to speak and answer ques-
tions. At that time they were asked about this very problem. They
said if the patient's doctor was in Tallahassee and if the patient
requested to go to Tallahassee, then they would indeed take them
As a person living in a village that consists mostly of senior citi-
zens, this Is a very important issue. To spend the so called golden
hour being transported back and forth to different hospitals seems
ridiculous. As long as this is not a free service, and we are ulti-
mately going to pay the bill, we should be able to go to the hospital
of our choice. And I feel this problem shollld be resolved.
Sincerely, Patricia Kelly
After Mrs. Kelly read the above letter to the membership, there was
discussion about State Laws and reasons why the ambulance
would have to go to Emerald Coast.
Mr. Purser recommended that a delegation of four or five people go
directly to Emerald Coast Hospital and talk to the people in charge
and find out exactly what the requirements are, and get in writing
under what circumstances they will take us to Tallahassee. The
delegation will consist of Ester Tibbltts, Bill Purser, Pat Kelly and
Betty Roberts.
Under other business discussed, was a change of the time the
organization meets. Also several members are putting together a
new directory of residents and volunteers were asked for to help
with the project. Under new business, Mr. Purser stated that at the
last meeting it was voted to give a plaque of appreciation to Carl
Bailey, the former chairman of the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
Department. Mr. Bailey was not in attendance and was riot plan-
ning to be in attendance in the future to receive this plaque. Irene
Kleaver accepted the plaque for Mr. Bailey and will present it to him
at his home. The inscription on the plaque is as follows:
In Recognition of Outstanding Service to Lanark Village
Presented to Carl Bailey, Commissioner and Chairman, Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District-1973 to 1994
Presented by the Lanark Village Association
The county ordinance for pets was made available to the member-
ship by Mr. Purser and also the county ordinance for annoyance,
nuisance, and health hazard law. Both will be posted at Chillas
The membership was Informed of the gentleman from Tallahassee
who wants to organize a Camp Gordon Johnson Association by Mr.
Purser, who said we should be thinking about It as the thoughts of
the village and how they feel about it will play on the outcome of its
organization. Several comments which were put forth was that this
would be a good thing for the Village.
With all the business taken care of, Bill Purser introduced the
guests in attendance; Sheriff Warren Roddenbery and Linda Crews,
Vice President Planned Giving, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Inc.
After a brief Introduction of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp
programs, Ms. Crews presented a short, but very informative film
on the 5 facilities and programs available through the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranches. After the film she held a question and
answer period and fielded questions from the villagers. Everyone
was given a informative brochure, and other materials were also
available. After Ms. Crews presentation the meeting was adjourned.

A Salute to Tallahassee

Regional Medical

Center Ambulance


The Tallahassee Regional Medical
Center's Ambulance Services con-
tinued their fourth year program,
"Home for the Holidays" by offer-
ing to transport ambulatory pa-
tients from area nursing homes
to their homes for a few hours
Christmas Day and the holidays.
Margaret K. Hoffer, mother of the
Chronicle publisher, was a part of
the recent program, shown with
Mike DeSouza medic of the TMH
ambulance service.
All nursing homes in the Talla-
hassee are contacted prior to the
holidays to obtain nominations for
those physically able to leave their
nursing facility for a short time.
Mrs. Hoffer is a resident of Talla-
hassee Convalescent Home. The








After two meetings of negotia-
tion with Emerald Coast Hospi-
tal Administrator Kenneth
Dykes and Dr. Elizabeth Curry,
an agreement, which was
mediated by Chairman Jimmy


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paramedic crews come in to vol-
unteer their time to perform this
service without downgrading the
regular ambulance services by
diverting crews from regular
watch tasks. Those who gave up
part of their holiday to help oth-
ers in these tasks were:
Bobby Bailey
Nancy Baker
Derrick Vooring
Miriam Fockler, R.N.
Charlie Norvell
Mike DeSouza
The services were organized by the
Director of TMRMH Ambulance
Services, Robert Bailey.

Mosconis, was reached on 27
January between the two
parties. Mr. Dykes offered and
Dr. Curry agreed to apply for a
position on Emerald Coast
Hospital's Consulting Medical
According to Emerald Coast
Hospital By-laws, the descrip-
tion of Consulting Medical Staff
The Consulting Medical Staff
shall consist of practitioners
who meet all qualifications for
Active Medical Staff member-
ship, are recognized clinical
specialists In he area for which
they respectively propose tobe
consultants, and have signifed
willingness to accept such
appointment and act as consult-
ants to the Medical Staff.
Consulting Medical Staff
members shall not be permitted
to admit patients or vote or hold
Administrator Kenneth Dykes
considered the meetings with
Dr. Curry and subsequent
compromise a diplomatic
success. "We said as much
positive and as little negative in
those meetings. The immediate
needs have been met. At least
we have an opportunity to work
together." Mr. Dykes assured
that Emerald Coast Hospital
would hire at least one full-time

An Old Hassidic Tale

Publisher's note: Among the many inspirational messages received
his season was one particularly appropriate for the season, and all
year around. Retired Professor of Communication at the State Uni-
versity of Iowa, Dr. Sam Becker and his wife Ruth sent a special
message we think worthwhile for the entire panhandle region, so
we are sharing it with you. We agree with the Becker family that It
"...reminds us of the need for greater civility, respect an love In
:ur world."

Once, long ago, there was a monastery verging on collapse. The
buildings were falling down, the gardens had grown up in weeds,
the animals had diedor wandered away, and there were only a few
monks left in the place. This was all very sad because at one time
this monastery had been alive and vigorous with many monks who
did lots of good deeds. The monastery was especially important to
the people of the area because of the hope it gave them.
No matter how hard times got for the people, the monks would
cheer them up by promising that sooner or later a Messiah-a great
spiritual leader-would come and help straighten things out.
| But the Messiah did not come. As a matter of fact, instead of get-
ting better, things got worse. The ruler of the land was cruel, food
became scarce and the people were very discouraged. Matters were
as difficult in the monastery as they were among the people. Fi-
nally there were only five monks left, including the abbot.
In the woods near the monastery there was a little hut that the
rabbi in the village occasionally used as a retreat. One day, as the
monks were talking about the hard times that had come to their
monastery and wondering what to do, it occurred to the abbot that
perhaps the rabbi might have some helpful advice. So the next time
the rabbi was at his retreat the abbot took up his walking staff and
went to visit him.
The rabbi welcomed the abbot warmly. But when the abbot told
him the sad story of how bad things had gotten at the monastery,
the rabbi could only nod in agreement. "Yes, I know," he said, "the
times are bad everywhere, and the people are desperate. Everyone
seems hopeless. Even the synagogue is nearly empty on the
sabbath." At that the abbot and the rabbi began to weep together.
Then they read from the Torah and spoke quietly of deep matters,
trying to comfort each other. The time came for the abbot to return
to the monastery, and the two embraced at the door. As he was
about to walk away, the abbot turned and spoke. "It has been very
good to be here with you. But I have failed in my expectation that
you would have some words of wisdom. Is there nothing you can
tell me to save the monastery-no advice?" "No, I am sorry," an-
swered the rabbi, "I have no words of wisdom. The only thing I can
say is that the Messiah is one of you."
When the abbot returned to the monastery, the other monks rushed
up to discover what he had learned from the rabbi. But the abbot
shook his head. "He couldn't help," said the abbot. "All we did was
weep together and read the Torah. The only thing he said-and I
don't understand what he meant-was that the Messiah is one of
In the days that followed, the monks thought about that strange
statement and wondered about it How could it be possible that the
Messiah is one of us? We are the sorriest of creatures. Could the
rabbi have meant that the abbot is a great leader and just doesn't
know it? He has been our leader for a very long time.... On the other
hand, he might have meant Brother Timothy. After all, Brother Timo-
thyi is a man of great spiritual insight.... Surely, he didn't mean
Brother Thomas. He's simply too quiet, even though he is the one
who's there when you need him.... And it can't be Brother Joseph.
He's too grumpy, although he is usually right.... That leaves only
me. And I know I'm not the Messiah. After all, I'm Just an ordinary
fellow, with no special talents.
But suppose he did mean me? Suppose I am the Messiah. Oh, my
goodness, I hope not. I don't have what it takes.
All of the monks continued to think about the matter. And as they
did, they began treating each other differently-as though one of
them might be the Messiah, deserving of great respect and assis-
And as they treated each other like they might be the Messiah,
they began to feel better about themselves.
Then one day some of the villagers went to the monastery to pray in
the chapel. They were surprised about how different the place felt.
They noticed, too, that the monks seemed to have a special regard
for one another.
The monastery had once again become a very spiritual place to be.
So they went back to the village and told their neighbors. Soon the
villagers were coming to the monastery to help repair the buildings
and to tend the garden, and one of them brought a goat, and an-
other a couple ofchickens.
One of the villagers even asked if he might join the monastery.
Then another, and another. Before long, the monastery was thriv-
It became a center of hope and spiritual vitality. And it was not
long before this goodwill and optimism had spread out to include
the village.
Even the rabbi was happier as his people began coming to the
synagogue on the sabbath. It never occurred to him that the gift of
respect and hope he had given the abbot had returned to include
him, too.

pediatrician. He concluded,
"Part of the problem here is that
there is a pretense that this is a
county hospital and that we
ought to Jump though a hoop in
the county arena. Ultimately,
we'll have to run this hospital
the way we think it ought to be
Dr. Elizabeth Curry responded
that her position on the Con-
sulting Staff would provide a
temporary solution. She stated
that the use of the emergency
room, laboratory and x-ray room
would meet some of her immedi-
ate needs. Dr. Curry will not,

however, have the privilege to
admit her own patients. I would
like to be a member of the Active
Medical Staff, as I have been In
the past," concluded Dr. Curry,
"However, Mr. Dykes' new
requirement that I cover adults
in the Emergency Room, as well
as children, is unacceptable."

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Editorial and Commentary



Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Page 8 10 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Plea Bargain from page 1

5. The defendant must
obtain the approval of the proba-
tion department for any change
in residence, school or Job.
6. The defendant must
avoid any voluntary community
activity that brings him into regu-
lar organized contact with chil-
dren {unless his own child is in-
volved in the activity).
7. The defendant must
refrain from any attempt to con-
tact, directly or indirectly,
Deborah Ravesi, Frank Ravesi,
Nicole Ravesi, or any member
of the Ravesi family.
8. Within twenty days,
the defendant shall pay {through
counsel) the sum of $25,000 to
the probation department as res-
titution to the Ravesi Familyfor
the disruption in their lives
caused by the events underlying
this case. It shall be the preroga-
tive of the court as to how the
funds are actually allocated {e.g.
establishment of a trust fund for
Nicole, a division of the funds be-
tween.the parents, who are now
divorced, ect}.
9. The defendant shall
not commit any Federal, Stae or
Local crime during the term of
probation, nor possess any ille-
gal controlled substances.

Sansom Receives

Attorney Tom Wood
Attorney Tom Woods requested
Attorney Tom Woods requested
and received $1,500 from Second
Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey at a
6 February Hearing for the pur-
pose of Investigative Fees and a
Toxicologist for John James
Sansom. The money will be given
to Sansom in the penalty phase,
if It occurs, after his 20 March
Trial date. Mr. Sansom was ar-
rested on 30 December 1993 for
the homicide of Apalachicola resi-
dent Chuck Noble. The investiga-
tive fees will be used to defend Mr.
Sansom from a possible capital
punishment sentence.

No to Condos

Dr. Tom Adams photographed at
the recent Board of Directors
quarterly meeting, the Plantation,
St. George Island, on Saturday,
11 February 1995. Adams, one of
the organizers of the opposition
to the Ben Johnson Resort Village
project in the Plantation, with re-
gard to multi-family housing, a
controversial issue discussed at
length at recent Board meetings.
The recent Board meeting In-
volved 6 of the 7 members in at-
tendance along with 31 land and
homeowners in a five-hour ses-
sion discussing the Dr. Ben
Johnson Agreement, a challenge
to the President's use of Associa-
tion funds for mailing letters to
the membership, a challenge to
the process of establishing an
agenda for Board meetings, air-
port policies, security, the so-
called "Five Year Plan", enforce-
ment of the covenants and other
matters. Board member Bill
Hartley reported that his own sur-
vey of the membership indicated
that the membership did not sup-
port the establishment of condos
within the Plantation. Hartley
sent out postcard surveys to 600
members, and 297 were returned.
Of that, 267 said they were op-
posed to condo development.
Hartley then moved once again to
seek Board approval for the As-
sociation to seek a declaratory
judgment on the validity of the
Ben Johnson Agreement but It
was defeated in a tie-situation.






Attorney Ben Watkins argued
before Second Circuit Court
Judge P. Kevin Davey on 6
March to dismiss charges
against Massachusetts Reside
Kenneth M. Cole of two counts
of Sexual Battery and one cou
of Kidnapping.
Mr. Kenneth Cole was arrested
in Eastpoint on 10 May, 1990
and charged in a Massachuse
District Court with the kidnap
ping of Nicole Ravesi, who was
then five years of age. Cole wa
given a twenty year suspended
sentence and five years proba
tion. Subsequent investigation
into the Cole case led Franklin
County prosecutors to pursue
Kidnapping and Sexual Batter
changes. Attorney Ben Watkil
first cited Double Jeopardy as
reason to dismiss the Cole Ca
but his motion was denied by
Judge Davey. "That would be
good point," stated Davey, "If
the only charge was kidnap-
ping." Since the original charge
against Mr. Cole of kdnappinj
was a federal offense, Judge
Davey informed Attorney
Watkins that Franklin County
could pursue Cole on state
Attorney Ben Watkins then
argued that the time lapse
between Mr. Cole's original
arrest on 10 May, 1990 and tl
anticipated Trial date of 20
February, 1995 was prejudice
and a violation of Mr. Cole's
Statute of Limitations. Attorn
Watkins cited Scott Vs. Florid
{1991} that was thrown out in
the Florida Supreme Court af
seven years and seven month

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Attorney Ben Watkins
of delay. "After four years, you
know what that does to a. ,
defense. Time dulls the mind.
After all this time, the reliablllt
of the memory of a five year old
is highly questionable," said
Watkins. Assistant State Pros-
ecutor Frank Williams argued
that the defense had also
delayed the case. He stated tha
the child had been the victim o
brainwashing and that after
psychiatric treatment, alleged
evidence of Sexual Battery had
After Nicole Ravesi had been
recovered from her abductor
four years ago, she had alleged
believed Kenneth Cole to be he
father. Ravesi was found with
Mr. Cole at the Sportsman's
Lodge In Eastpoint. Original
records quote owners Bob and
Edda Alien as stating, "We wer
surprised that the F.B.I. charac
Cterized Ken (Colel as dangerous
Ken and Nicole {Ravesi} defi-
nitelv has a father and daughter
relationship." Attorney Watkin
cited an assessment by Massa
chusetts Psychiatrist Dr. Sam

It is my firm professional belief
that Mr. Cole did not engage in
any sexual abuse or molestation
of Nicole {Ravesi}. Such behavli
is anathema to his character
and morality. Mr. Cole has
Impressed me as a credibleanm
reliable reporter and is very
Judge Davey denied the motion
to dismiss the case on prejudi-
cial statue of limitations. He fe
that no prejudicial treatment
had been shown in the prosecu
tion. Judge Davey stated that,
however, if the 20 February
Trial were delayed any further
that he would probably dismiss
the case.

P.A.V.E. Project

The Providing Alternatives to
lence through Education (PA
Program began 1 November !9
and s currently in the seci
series of eight-week classes. '
Salvation Army Corrections
apartment PAVE Coordinate
Peggy Susi of Panama City
Colleen Burlingame of Frank
County Probation feel the succ
of the Program is largely due
the support of the Frank
County Justice System and
qualified volunteer Instructor
The Classes and Instructors
Legal Ramifications, Frank
Williams and Don Hammo
Communications, Joyce Es
Resolving Conflicts, Sherry Da
Substance Abuse, E. Bax
Lemmond and Carol Hujber; E
nomic Partnership, William Gr
Responsible Parenting, E
Tullis; Anger Defusing, Wa
Childers and Patsy Lane; Far
Dynamics, Norton Kilbourne.



The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
6 February 1995
Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger, Public Defender
nt Derek Edward Kennedy: Charged with one count of Resisting a Police Officer
s With Violence, one count of PetitTheft (Second Offense),one countofAffray. one
nt count of Fleeing to Elude Police. one count of Battery. one count of Criminal
Mischief and one count of Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving, the defendant
pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 3 April. The defendant was represented by
d Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
tts David Hall: Charged with one count of Dealing in stolen property and one count
of Grand Theft, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 3 April. The
P- defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
s Ernest Green: Charged with two counts of Sale of Cocaine. the defendant pled
d Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. Judge Davey denied a motion to
reduce bond. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
n Sharold Adams Langston, Jr: Charged with one count ofAggravated Assault.
the defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The defendant was
y represented by Attorney Gordbn Shuler.
ns Daniel Wallace: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure and one
count of Petit Theft, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for
se, 6 March. Judge Davey denied a motion to reduce bond. The defendant was
represented by Kevin Steiger.
William Curtis Watson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and one count of Grand Theft of a
re Motor Vehicle, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 3 April. The
S defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bryan Fredrick Braswell: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Conveyance
and one count of Petit Theft (Second Offense), the defendant pled Not Guilty.
Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The defendant was represented by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Curtis Monroe: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft, the
defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 3 April. The defendant was
represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Howard Tinker, Jr.: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with
he Violence and one count of driving without avalid license, the defendant pled No
Contest. Judge Davey Adjudicated the defendant Guilty on the resisting arrest
al charge. He was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay one
hundred and five dollars in court costs. Judge Davey also ordered the defendant
ey to complete the P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education)
a Program. The defendant was ordered to pay fifty dollars to the P.A.V.E.
Program. The defendant claimed to have avalid driver's license from Michigan.
Judge Davey withheld adjudication on the charge of driving without a valid
ter license and ordered the defendant to provide proofofavalid license within sixty
s days. The defendant was represented Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alphonso Jerome Coney: Charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana,
one count of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and one count of Fleeing
with the Attempt to Elude Police. The Defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was
set for 6 March. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin
Loretta Lynn Lindsey: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pled NotGuilty. Pre-Trialwas set for 3 April. The
defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Leroy Yarrell, Jr. : Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with
Violence, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The
Defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William F. Woods: Charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto, the defendant
pled No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
S him to two years probation. Judge Davey also ordered the defendant to pay five
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to William Salberg. As conditions of probation, Judge Davey ordered that the
defendant refrain from the use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs, submit
to random urinalysis tests andsuspended the defendant's driver's license for
a period of one year. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin

Calvin Burns: Charged with one count of sale of cocaine, the defendant pled
Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The defendant was represented by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jeremiah Richardson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The defendant was represented
by by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Roderick Robinson: Charged with two counts of Attempted Second Degree
Murder and one count of Armed Robbery with a Firearm the Pre-Trial was set
for 6 March. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Amos Works, Jr.: Charged with one count ofAggravated Assault with a Firearm
and one count of Battery, the defendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey
adjudicated the defendant guilty of Battery. dropped the Aggravated Assault
charge and sentenced him to six months of probation. As a condition of
probation. Judge Davey ordered the defendant to attend the PAVE Program.
The defendant was ordered to pay one hundred and five dollars in court costs
within six months. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Billy Hines: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, the
defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial was set for 6 March. The defendant was
represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Sutton: Charged with one count of Resisting an Office with Violence.
one count of Disorderly Intoxication and one count of Battery, the defendant
pled No Contest. Judge Davey sentenced the defendant to one year ofprobation.
As conditions of probation, the defendant will be required to attend the PAVE
Program, pay one hundred dollars to the Salvation Army, which operates the
PAVE Program. refrain from alcohol and submit to random urinalysis tests. The
defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alpha Omega Robinson: Charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact.
the defendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey withheld adjudication and
sentenced the defendant to six months of county probation and ordered him to
pay three hundred and five dollars in court costs. The defendant was repre-
sented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert L Petersen: Charged with one count of Dealing Stolen Property, the
defendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to twenty-two months of probation. The defendant was also
ordered to pay four hundred and fifty-five dollars in court costs and one
hundred and fifty dollars in restitution to Charles Wood. The defendant was
represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Roger D. McKenzie: Charged with Burglary of a Dwelling, Pre-Trial was set for
16 February. Attorney Salesia Vanette Smith. who represents the defendant.
failed to appear in court. Assistant State Prosecutor Frank Williams com-
plained, "If she's representing this client, she needs to be here. This has been
happening month after month after month." Judge Davey concurred. "I'm a
little embarrassed that he's (the defendant) appeared and she (Attorney Smith)
hasn't. She is definitely risking contempt of court if she fails to appear again."

The Franklin Chronicle 10 February 1995 Page 9

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The annual Bay County Job Fair
is scheduled for 17 February
1995 at Haney Vocational Tech-
nical Center, Highway 77,
Panama City, from 8:00A. M. to
2:00P. M. Sponsored by the Florida
Jobs and Benefits Center, Haney,
WJHG-TV NewsChannel 7, and
the Bay County Chamber of Com-
merce. The Job fair Is provided free
of charge and it is designed to help
community employers match
their position vacancies against
qualified Job seekers. If you re an
employer needing employees or if
you're an unemployed, underem-
ployed, or a part-time Job seeker
cooking for work, or a military
member soon to separate from the
military and interested in employ-
ment in Bay County, you're in-
vited to participate. If you're an
employer, time is running out and
you must reserve space at the Job
Fair prior to the day of the job fair
if you wish to participate. To re-
serve your space or to find out
more about the job fair, come by
the Apalachicola Jobs and Ben-
efits at 122 Market Street or give
them a call at 904-653-9790 or
call John Herndon at the Panama
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Beep-beep, beep-beep, beep-
beep... At that sound from our
pagers, every First Responder or
Volunteer Fireman goes into high
gear. We never know what the call
will be, all we know Is that we
need to respond to that page as
quickly as possible. On Tuesday,
24 January, I was working at the
Fire Station on Oak Street in
Lanark Village setting up for our
Tuesday Night Bingo. My pager
went off with the usual beeps and
then the voice message from the
Sheriffs dispatcher that First Re-
sponders were needed to be 10-
51 (enroute) to Howard Street in
Carrabelle behind the Edgewater
Bar for a Signal 4 (Automobile

At the same time, Fire Chief
Leonard "Bud" Evans was on his
way back to Apalachacola still
working for Crooms Transporta-
tion when his beeper went off. We
both responded to the Sheriff dis-
patcher that we were enroute.
Bud arrived on the scene first, but
not being in his own vehicle, did
not have any of his medical equip-
ment with him. It was not an au-
tomobile accident as first dis-
patched, but instead what he
found was a mother who had just
given birth to a baby boy 3
months earlier than her delivery
date. We are not sure exactly how
long the baby had been born
when we got on scene. The mother
estimatedabout 25- 40 minutes.
When I arrived on scene and did
not see an accident, Bud was out-
side waiting for me and said
"Bring in all your gear, I don't have
any of mine with me." I went to
the back of my vehicle and
grabbed my crash box, 02 (Oxy-
gen) and another bag with sup-
plies in it. I was not aware of the
nature of the call until I walked
into the bedroom and saw the
baby laying.on it's mothers stom-
ach wrapped in the bed sheet. My
first concern was to get oxygen to
the baby as its color was not good.
Bud concurred that that was what
we should do first. I did not have
an infant mask, or one small
enough for this infants face, so I
used an adult mask turned up-
side down and placed it over the
infants entire face and turned the
02 to about 5 liters. My next con-
cern was keeping the baby warm.
The mother and those there be-
fore we arrived did an excellent

job in keeping the baby warm and
cleaning its face and should be
commended. In my crash box I
had an OB kit with everything
needed to deliver a baby. I used
the suction bulb to clean out the
baby's mouth and nose. (Those
present before we arrived had also
done this with an adult suction
bulb.) The bulb in my kit was
smaller and I used itjust to make
sure there was nothing in the air-
way preventing the baby from get-
ting oxygen. Baby Robert was very
much alive at this point, moving
his tiny arms and legs and mak-
ing little grunting noises when he
breathed. Also in my kit I had a
thermal sheet which I wrapped
around the baby.
The baby's umbilical cord was still
attached to the mother. By this
time the ambulance had arrived
from Apalachacola and we turned
the situation over to the crew who
were better trained to handle it.
Scott Babbit and David were
quick to act. Bud and I went out
to the ambulance and brought in
the stretcher. Scott got out an In-
fant AMBU bag which better fit
the baby's face (the mask was no
bigger than a silver dollar. I took
over "bagging" the baby while the
ambulance crew transferred
mother and baby to the stretcher.
(By bagging I mean that I com-
pressed the AMBU bag with my
hand forcing oxygen into the
baby's lungs) The baby was
breathing on his own but it was
labored and needed assistance.

his power to give the necessary
care to both patients. Scott cut
the umbilical cord once we were
stopped at the High School. I con-
tinued to "bag" Baby Robert and
periodically suctioned his nose
and mouth to make sure his air
way was open. We continued to
massage Baby Robert to help with
his circulation, and at one point,
he grasped my little finger with his
tiny hand. Once the Life Flight
crew was on the ground they took
over care of the infant Robert and
immediately prepared "Baby Rob-
ert" for his flight to the hospital.
We continued to Tallahassee Me-
morial Hospital with the mother
after the departure of Life Flight.
Five minutes out from the hospi-
tal, emergency room staff advised
us by radio to take the mother
directly to Labor-Delivery, which
we did. On the same floor was the
Neo-Natal unit where Baby Rob-
ert was. The three of us were al-
lowed in to check on his progress.
Three Nurses were working on
him (one of them was on the Life
Flight Helicopter that picked Rob-
ert up). She thanked us for our
help and introduced us to the oth-
ers as the people responsible for
keeping Baby Robert alive so he
had a chance to make it, as far as
he had.
On the was back to the ambu-
lance I don't think my feet
touched the ground. It's hard to
put into words what one feels at
a time like that. But just know-
ing that what I did, maybe made
a difference in giving that little guy

Since arrival on scene I didn't a chance makes al the hours of
have time to think about the situ- training, all the pages in the
action as my adrenalin was middle of the night worth it. And
pumped up and I just did what I know that any First Responder
any first responder is trained to or Volunteer Fire Fighter feels the
do. Once on the ambulance, same way. It's a feeling you can't
David drove and Scott and I were put into words, but it's the rea-
in the back with mother and baby. rson we do what we do, without
I continued to "bag" baby Robert any monetary compensation.
while Scott checked out both pa-
tients. We put the mother on oxy- Only a Volunteer Fire Fighter or
gen as procedure calls for but she First Responder understands how
was doing fine. We headed toward we can commit so much time to
Carrabelte Airport, as Life Flight training, and meetings, and fund
had been called. We were advised raising and more training. Its the
to turn around and head for good feeling we get inside our-
Wakulla High School which would selves that is payment enough.
get us closer to Tallahassee as the
Hospital had to round up the Neo- Baby Robert lived about 30 hours
Natal Team who would fly to meet and went home to be with the
us and take over the care of the Lord Wednesday afternoon
baby. It's hard to describe or re- 25 January 1995. The odds were
member everything that went on Just too great for him to overcome.
in the back of the ambulance But all of us who were involved in
enroute to Wakulla High School. his brief stay on earth were
We got the vitals on the mother touched deeply and helped us to
and aby to radio to the Life Flight ;be more determined to serve
Crew. and Scott did everything in those in need to the best of our
,, ability.
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Catherine Hall, niece of Dr. and
Mrs. Edward Saunders of
Apalachicola, Florida was named
to the Dean's List at Florida State
University where she is a fresh-
man. She Is a 1994 graduate of
Pine View School in Sarasota, FL
where she graduated with honors.
Ms. Hall is majoring in Clinical
Psychology and plans to continue
her education with her goal being
to eventually obtain a Ph.D. and
go into private practice as a Clini-
cal Psychologist.

Bay County First Responders Assist

Job Fair with Home Delivery

The Spirit of Giving

Jim Walsh and Victor Impieriwicz show off some of the
approximately 50 hardcover Reader's Digests donated by Ted

Michael Berryhill with Franklin County Library Director
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Training for
Marine Job

Maritime Personnel Services in
Panama City is providing Job al-
ternatives with their "Captain in
a Weekend" license-prep course.
These sessions will be held in
Apalachicola starting 24 February
at 6:30 pm. On Saturday, 25 Feb-
ruary and Sunday, 26 February,
classes will continue starting at
9:00 am both days for local fish-
ermen and shrimpers seeking an
alternative marine vocation.
Instructors for the weekend
course are Captains Tony Felty
and Tom D'angelo. Felty, a 500-
ton Master with 17 years experi-
ence in the marine industry, and
D'angelo, a 1600-ton Master with
31 years of at-sea experience, will
teach the school on the weekend
of 24-26 February. They will also
return to Apalachicola on a regu-
lar basis to assure that individu-
als pass the Coast Guard exam.
Their school in Panama City also
be available for individual instruc-
More information may be ob-
tained by telephoning 800-742-

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Keep Florida Beautiful

You have an opportunity to make a difference in protect-
ing Franklin county's environment.

You can help increase public awareness about the effects
of litter and marine debris on our local environment.

To participate in a hands on solution to the problem you


You can volunteer as an individual, family, or as a mem-
ber of a business, club, or other organization.

When you Adopt-a-Shore you commit to cleaning at least
one mile of shoreline three times a year for at least two

As an Adopt-a-Shore volunteer you will receive an Adopt-
a-Shore program sign identifying the name of the adopt-
ing group and the statewide sponsor, placed in a visible
spot of the adopted shoreline.

If you are interested in adopting a shoreline please con-
tact Kelly Miller at 670-8167.


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Paop 10 10 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Local Scouts Enjoy

Island Excursion

Local Boy Scouts recently spent
a weekend of adventure and ex-
ploration on a camping trip to
Cape St. George on Little St.
George Island. Troop 22 bunked
at the historic Marshall Field
House, constructed on the island
by former Franklin County Sher-
iff Herbert Marshall.
The Scouts spent much of their
time working to restore and pre-
serve the field house and its sur-
roundings. Of course, the excur-
sion left plenty of time for hiking
and exploring the interior of the
island. The objective of their first
hike was the island lighthouse
and abandoned keeper's house,
constructed in 1852. The youth
also pursued wild hogs and other
game, at one point sighting an
eagle and her four young in a lofty
nest. "I've never seen an eagle so
close in the wild," remarked Todd
Thurston, a Scout from
"It was a blast," commented Kevin
Maxwell, a 12-year-old with over
one year's experience as a Scout.
"I especially like to get away from
home sometimes," added Gregory
Messer, a youngster whose fam-
ily lives in Lanark Village.
The Scouts fared well during their
stay on the island, despite cold
weather and a lack of modern
conveniences like running water
and electricity. They feasted on
meals of scrambled eggs and sau-
sage, grilled shish-kebabs, ham-
burgers, and baked cinnamon
apples. At night they shared
brotherhood around an open fire,
listening to stories of Franklin
County history, folklore, and an
Franklin County
Public Library at
a Glance

The Franklin County Public
Library Advisory Board meeting
date has been changed this
month to Thursday, 23 Febru-
ary 1995 in the Carrabelle
branch of the library at 4:00
p.m. The public is invited.
Story hour is held each Wednes-
day at both branches of the
library, in Eastpoint and in
Carrabelle from 3:30 4:30 p.m.
WINGS Sites in Eastpoint,
Carrabelle and Apalachicola are
open 3:00 6:00 Tuesdays
through Fridays. For informa-
tion on programs, game days,
homework days call 670-8151,
697-2366, or 653-2784. The
Apalachicola site is in the Holy
Family center on Avenue K and
7th Street.
Big news at WINGS this week is
Terry Jones from the Florida
Prevention Association who will
be conducting Conflict Resolu-
tion workshops in the
Carrabelle branch of the library
on Wednesday from 3:00 6:00;
in Eastpoint on Thursday, from
3:00 6:00; and In the Franklin
County Public Library Program
Center in the Holy Family
Center in Apalachicola on
Friday from 3:00 6:00. All
youths from ages 10 through 17
are welcome to attend.
And next Wednesday, 15 Febru-
ary, Perianne McKeon will be in
the Eastpoint branch of the
library to instruct a sculpting
class for the WINGS group.


occasional ghost story.
The Scoutmaster for Troop 22 is
Larry Hale, with over 17 years
experience helping Franklin
County youths a Scout leader.
His hard work and sincere con-
cern for his Scouts results in their
respect and devotion to him. Larry
Is very familiar with the positive
influence Scouting has on young-
sters. Over the years, he has seen
many of his former Scouts develop
into proud and successful young
men. He frequently talks about
former Scouts who have entered
military service or other
proressions. "What saddens me is
that these upstanding young men
have to leave Franklin County to
make something of themselves,"
Larry stated. "Higher education
and better Job opportunities are
what draw them away.
16-year-old Scout Hampton
Livingstone seemed fully aware of
the Importance of Scouting to his
future. "Scouting Is great leader-
ship experience-and it looks
great on a resume," he stated.
Younger Scouts seem less inter-
ested in the long-term benefits of
Scouting. "I've only been with the
Boy Scouts one year," com-
mented 4-year old Manny
Londono. "Already I've been hik-
ing, camping, fishing-it's funl"
"It's easy to make friends in
Scouts," added Jonathan Kelly of
Anyone interested in joining or
volunteering to help the Scouts
should contact Scoutmaster Larry
Hale at Sun Coast Realty, 927-




Saturday, February 25

HARRY A'S St. George Island

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Did You Know?
Each day 10,000 humans are
bornin the U.S.-and each day
70,000 puppies and kittens are
born. As long as these birth rates
exist, there will never be enough
homes for all the animals. As a
result, millions of healthy, loving
cats, dogs, kittens and puppies
face early death as a form of ani-
mal control. Others are left to fend
for themselves against automo-
biles, the elements, animals and
cruel humans. What can you do
to stop the suffering? Spay and
neuter your own pets. And con-
tribute to the Franklin County
Humane Society Spay/Neuter
An unsplayed female cat, her
mate and all their offspring,
producing 2 litters per year, with
2.8 surviving kittens per litter can
1 year: 12
2 years: 67
3 years: 376
4 years: 2,107
5 years: 11, 801 unwanted kit-
Basically, the same numbers ap-
ply for dogs.
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children from single parent families have a special need for addi-
tional support.
We have a unique opportunity to do something for these
young people
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, a national youth servlve organi-
zation, has established a satellite office in our county. This unique
organization is based on the warmth of one-on-one friendship be-
tween an adult volunteer and a child from a single parent home who
needs that special, extra attention.
Each volunteer makes a commitment to spend three to six hours a
week for at least a year with a Little Brother or a Little Sister car-
ing, sharing experiences, and listening to the child's concerns. For
over 90 years, volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters have been help-
ing children make the sometimes difficult transition to adulthood.
How You Can Help:
Our service is very basic, so our needs are simple, but pressing. There
are many ways for you to help:
1) Become a direct service volunteer. There is always a need for a Big
Brother or Big Sister In our county.
2) Become a part of Fund Development. Our agency needs solid, re-
peatable sources of funding to support the program costs.
3) Help us to seek individual and corporate financial support from
companies, organizations, friends, colleagues, and community groups
from our county.
4) Become a volunteer by working at the agency or helping with our
annual fundraising auction.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the children of Franklin County appre-
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The Franklin Chronicle seeks to identify potential ap-
plicants for fulltime and part-time jobs in a consider-
ably expanded publication schedule in the coming

Specifically, we seek applicants for the following func-
tions, some of which may be combined, depending
upon the individual's background and desires.

These functioiis are: (1) Qistribution; (2) Computer ad-
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Wakulla counties; (4) Advertising sales; (5) Typeset-
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