Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: July 28, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Volume 4, Number 15

New Surgeon

at Emerald

Coast Hospital

Emerald Coast Hospital intro-
duced their newest medical staff
member at the 18 July meeting
of the Franklin County Commis-
Dr. R. Scott Smith stated that he
had been working at Emerald
Coast Hospital for the past three
months. Dr. Smith said that he
had come from Virginia where he
was the Chief of Staff at Russell
County Medical Center and
Chairman of the Department of
Surgery. Smith is Board Certified
in General Surgery.
"I've come here with one heck of
a job to try to manage health care
the way it is," said Snuth. "There's
nothing wrong with health care
the way it is. We're in 1995, and
there are certain standards of
health care that have to be abided
by every institution in the coun-
try. We will get Emerald Coast up
and running. It's not gonna' hap-
pen in a week. It's gonna' take
community support." He contin-
ued, "I understand that you've
had trouble in-the past with deal-
ings that I wasn't a part of...and I
don't want to get involved with."
Dr. Smith stated that he has
moved into Franklin County and
has plans to remain a long time
resident of the county. "I just don't
want to come here and pass
through and do a job and leave
or not do a job and leave. I want
to become part of the community
and learn to live with everybody
and get to know everybody on a
first name basis. And hopefully,
twenty years from now, you can
say he did a good job. I just want
to let you know that I'm available.
I'm here; and if there's something
that we can't do, I will be honest
and we'll send it somewhere else.
Hopefully, six months down the
line, we'll have the right staff and
we'll keep going with the right
Dr. Smith stated that he averaged
eight to nine hundred surgeries
per year. "If there's something I
can't do, I'll be honest and tell you
I can't do it. Smith said that he
was qualified to provide general
open surgery for gall bladder, co-
lon, thyroid, esophagus, rectal,
stomach, small intestine, large
intestine and liver. "I have the cre-
dentials and I have the energy. I
just need everybody's support."
Chairman Mosconis responded,
"You'll get it."
Dr. Smith later mentioned to the
Franklin Chronicle that he hoped
to see a completely new hospital
for the purpose of state of the art
surgery within five years.


28 July 10 August 1995

Franklin Sited for JOetki

1,200 -Bed Prison Amended &

Dr. R. Scott Smith




In a special meeting of the Fran-
klin County Board of County
Commissioners on Tuesday,
25 July 1995, Barbara Sanders,
attorney for Gulf County, re-
viewed the current status of liti-
gation on the "net-ban" case, ini-
tially involving Franklin and Gulf
In the litigation seeking a prelimi-
nary injunction against the Dept.
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) and the Marine Fisheries
Commission (MFC), the requested
injunction was denied and venue
changed to Leon County, 2nd Cir-
cuit Court.
Ms. Sanders reported that the
state has not field an answer brief
in response to the Gulf County
suit. That lawsuit seeks to allow
Gulf County to engage in the sea-
food business under an exception
in the amendment coined as the
"governmental purpose" rationale
that would allow nets to be used
within the three mile limit.
Wakulla County is proceeding on
essentially the same track, but is
not working in tandem or concert
with any other county.
Some discussion was made about
the prospects of funding the con-
tinuing litigation through the
Small County Coalition. An in-
quiry to the Southeastern Fish-
eries Association was to be made
sometime in the next few weeks.
Ms. Sanders kept asking the
Continued on page 8

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Months of phone calls, letters and
field trips have finally paid off for
Franklin County. On 21 July
1995, the Department of Correc-
tions (DOCI announced new sites
for about 3.600 prison beds ap-
propriated by the 1995 Legisla-
ture. One of those sites. to become
a major 1.200-bed institution in
the DOC complex, will be con-
structed in Franklin County. The
site is near the Franklin C'ontv
jail, up highway 65.
While there are some permitting
and other small problems to be
worked out, Deputy Secretary of
DOC, William J. Thurber, told the
Chronicle on Thursday, 27 July,
that construction for such a fa-
cility would begin about four
months after the siting decision.
Because of its location near
coastal waters and environment,
the length of time for construc-
tion of the facility may be longer,
but at least 16 months are needed
to complete the facility. Some job
hires are likel~'to occur within
12 to 13 months. In about six
months, Thurber said, some com-
munity meetings would be sched-
uled in Franklin County to advise
potential vendors, about doing
business with DOC, and another
meeting for potential job appli-
cants. "We want to do as much
business locally as possible," he
emphasized. In a related side-
story published in this issue,
there are additional details about
the new facility and employee cat-
egories and numbers. When the
facility is completed and "open for
business" in late 1997, the prison
is likely to add about $13 million
annually to the Franklin
The prison siting decision has
brought to a close several weeks
of continuing correspondence,
field trips and numerous meetings
between County Planner Alan
Pierce, county Commissioners
and various representatives of the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
At first, the site near the Apalachi-
cola airport seemed to be favored
but there were problems with the
three major sites. The proposed
location near Carrabelle dropped
in priority soon after the propos-
als were made due to problems
with the local water and sewer
systems. Then, the site on High-
way 65, near the present county
jail emerged as top priority as re-
vealed in a press release from
DOC last week. As late as 18 July,
Chairman of the Board of County
Commissioners, Jimmy Mosco-
nis, wrote Rander Dender, Chief
of the Bureau of Facilities Services
in DOC (Tallahassee) several as-

"In accordance with several dis-
cussions Board members have
had with you and other members
of the Department of Corrections
the Board is prepared to initiate
the following action if the
Department's analysis of the site
indicates the site is suitable for a
1) Transfer to state ownership as
much of the County land as nec-
essary to build the prison. The
parcel in question has been de-
ineated to the Department. It
contains approximately 76 acres.
2) The site has been approved for
a recreation complex and the
county has received a grant to
build the complex. The Board
would still like to construct the
complex in part on this property
and would appreciate the Depart-
ment working with the county
Planning Department in siting
the complex if possible.
3) The Board will initiate action
on existing grant applications so
that the Eastpoint Sewer and
Water District will be able to up-
grade its facilities in accordance
with the needs of the Depart-
ment. The Board has a pre-ap-
plication in with the Economic
Development Administration
(EDA) for $925,000 worth of in-
frastructure improvements at the
Apalachicola Airport. The Board
Continued on page 2

Bill Thurber (L) with the Department of Corrections works
with Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis (R) to find a prison site'
in Franklin County.

Hall Acquitted


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IMack Hall Poses with family members after being found
Not Guilty by Jury Trial.

The trial of Port St. Joe resident
Mack Arthur Hall on 20 July was
the search for answers to a5 Au-
gust stabbing at the Two Spot
Lounge in Apalachicola.
Mack Hall was charged with As-
sault with Intent to Cause Bodily
'Injury. He was accused of stab-
bing Jermaine Fedd three times
during a 5 August brawl at the
Two Spot.
The prosecution brought in three
-witnesses including Mr. Fedd to
testify against Hall. Vedell Bunyon
testified that he saw Mack Hall
grab Jermaine Fedd while he was
ghting with Bobby Fields, who
is Mr. Hall's nephew. Mr. Bunyon,
however, did not see a knife in
Hall's hand.
Jermaine Fedd, who was brought
in with prison blues, handcuffs
and leg braces, testified that he
was grabbed from behind by Mack
Hall while he was fighting with
Bobby Fields. Fedd testified that
he was stabbed after his fight with
Fields, and believed that it must
have been done by Hall.
Nineteen year old Johnny Will-
iams testified that he saw Mr.
Fedd and Fields fighting from one
block away. He stated that, as he
moved to about twenty feet from
the fight, he saw Mack Hall stab
Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger questioned Mr. Williams
about a previous statement that
was given to the Public Defender's
Investigator, Gary Griffin. "On
April 27, do you remember tell-
ing Investigator Gary Griffin that
you didn't know anything about
that fight?" Williams' stated that
he did not remember making such
a statement. Mr. Steiger ques-
tioned Williams' relationship to
Jermaine Fedd. Mr. Williams ad-
mitted that he had lived with Fedd
previously and referred to him as
is cousin.
The defense also brought three

witnesses including Mr. Hall to
testify about the 5 August brawl.
Fred Brown stated that he had not
seen a knife in Mr. Hall's hand.
However, when Assistant State
Attorney Frank Williams asked
Brown to fully recall his memory
of the 5 August events, he caught
Mr, Brown in some inconsistent
testimony. Mr. Brown stated that
he had completed a twelve hour
woitk shift before he went to the
Two Spot on 5 August and that
his recall of the events was not
perfect. Brown said that he was
at the Two Spot that evening to
do work for M.A.D. D.A.D.S. (Men
Against Destruction Defending
Against Social Disorder).
Bobby Fields testified that Mr.
Fedd had instigated a fight with
him. He said that Fedd had
walked behind George Thomas
earlier that evening, punched him
on the side of the head and ren-
dered him unconscious. Fields
stated that Mr. Fedd had a
weapon in his right hand and at-
tacked him with it. Fields said
that he "tussled" with Mr. Fedd
for about ten minutes. "I knew I
couldn't let go of his right hand,"
said Fields. Mr. Fields also stated
that his uncle, Mack Hall,
grabbed Mr. Fedd from behind
and tried to stand him up. Fields
said that the fight broke up when
somebody shot a gun.
Mack Hall's testimony concurred
with the testimony given by Bobby
Fields. He stated that, when the
gunshot was heard, Mr. Fedd got
into a car with Matthew Sweet and
left the scene. Hall stated that he
and his friends from Port St. Joe
also left after they heard the gun-
"It looks like people can't commu-
nicate without using violence.
Everyone wants it to be a bang-
bang, shoot-'em-up thing. And I
thought that things were really
getting out of hand. A gunshot
had rung out...and I thought,
'Were we gonna' stay around here

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The Franklin County Commis-
sioners worked their way through
a tangle of community feedback
at their 18 July Hearing to arrive
at their final draft of the Jet Ski
A group of Franklin County resi-
dents voiced overwhelming con-
cerns about the alleged reckless-
ness of jet ski owners and rent-
'There have been a lot of people
bringing down their personal wa-
ter craft," said St. George Island
Jet Ski Rental Owner Robert
Pritchett. "The other day there
was this Tiger Shark 900 did
about sixty miles per hour across
the public beach. I went an
chased him down, hollered at him
and told him I was going to call
the Marine Patrol if I seen him do
.it again."

"They like tojump the wake in the
river. They like tojump the waves;
and that's right on the beach,"
said Elizabeth Hoffman, "And
that's the scarv nart."

Pam Vest voiced concerns about
the "environmental impact" that
Jet skis have on the public
beaches. "They chase the dol-
hins and we have seen less and
ess of them. I've actually seen
them harass the dolphins. It's
supposedly illegal to feed them,
but is it o.k. to chase them?"
Vest concluded, "People come
here from as far away as Colorado
and California for the environ-
ment that we protect. They don't
come here to jet ski necessarily.
I'm not saying ban the jet skis.
I'm saying keep them out there at
the five hundred feet range. Ijust
hope you're serious about what-
ever ordinance you come up with."
Kathy Buzzette stated that her
son was hit by a motor boat
twenty-three feet from shore and
badly injured. She worried thatjet
skiers will impose a similar threat
to swimmers. "It's just too dan-
gerous a thing for those jet skis
to be where swimmers are."
Jeanne MacMillan stated that jet
skiers had been frequenting pri-
vate beach areas andjumping the
waves. "They come in very, very
close. And people are out there on
The Franklin Chronicle ques-
tioned whetherjet ski rental agen-
cies would be required to post or
read the newly declared ordi-
nance. Commissioner Ed Tolliver
responded, "We can't tell them
(rental agencies) what to do."
County Clerk Kendall Wade noted
that the jet ski renters would be
obligated to learn the rules of the
new ordinance, "Ignorance of the
law is no excuse."'

Continued on page 10


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Page 2 28 Julv 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Franklin Briefs

Notes from the 8 July
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
Supervisor of Public Works
Prentice Crum stated that a long
time employee from the road de-
partment, Mitchell McCaplin, had
submitted his resignation. "Those
who know Mitchell feel the same
way I do," said Crum, "He's done
an outstanding job for the road
department. And we near about
got on our knees and begged him
to stay, but he said he had to
move south." Commissioner
Braxton moved to have the board
draft a letter of appreciation to Mr.
McCaplin. The board also voted
to advertise for a heavy equipment
operator to fill McCaplin's vacant
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
stated that work to repair the roof
of the county courthouse was
completed. He said that the inte-
rior damage, which he previously
thought was due to the
contractor's negligence, was ac-
tually due entirely to the faulty
drain pipes in the county court-
house. Hamilton said that the
contractor, Dennis Weaver, has
already repaired the interior dam-
"The roof drains have been a long
standing problem," said
Hamilton. "None of them function.
The courthouse has been added
on to, modified for the last sixty
years and it's (the drains) existed.
The problems we've had are
mainly due to the drains."
Hamilton stated that new roof
drains were installed by the con-
tractor. The contractor replaced
the courthouse's cast iron drain
pipe with new PBC pipe.
County Clerk Kendall Wade
complimented Mr. Weaver on his
work for the county. "He has been
exceptionally helpful in going be-
yond what the contract called for.
If it hadn't been for him, we'd
probably still have some prob-
lems, because these old drains
still would have flowed back up
into a pond up here. It's a won-
der our roof didn't collapse." The
contractor said that he drained
approximately forty-five tons of
material off the roof. When the
contractor's work is approved and
a performance bond is issued, the
cost of the work is expected to
exceed eighty-seven thousand
Bill Smith and Keith Beezhol from
Argus services met with the board
of commissioners to address past
complaints. "I work for you gentle-
men. That's all there is to it. I'm
here to give you the best service
around," said Smith. "If I don't,
someone else will. I can't atone for
what has happened in the past.
All I can do is go forward from
here. I can tell you all I'm gonna'
do for you and all I'm gonna' do
for your county, though you might
say, 'I've heard that song and
dance before and that dog and
pony show. Now I'd like to show
Commissioner Braxton stated
that there were some complaints
on St. George Island that Argus
was not providing garbage cans
or going under houses to retrieve
older garbage cans. Mr. Smith
said that he had made sure that
all garbage cans were "caught up"
at the present. Mr. Smith stated
that he has only been in Franklin
County for a week and a half.
"Part of what the problem has
been," said Mr. Beezhol, "Is that
we've had a changing of the guard.
I realize we've had problems in the
past with complaints on St.
George Island and Carrabelle. All
we can tell you at this point is that
we have a good handle on this and
we're gonna' get it fixed. I think
the real key is communication
between ya'll and us and us and
Mr. Beezhol, who is the General
Manager for Argus, stated that
twice a week service for curbside
garbage disposal is nineteen dol-
lars. "If we go up underneath a
house, obviously we've got a lot
time and cost incurred there...I'm
sure you're aware of how long the
driveways are on the plantation,
It's quite a bit of extra work." Mr.
Beezhol said that he would meet
with some of St. George Island's
realtors to discuss a workable
plan for garbage disposal.
Commissioner Braxton said that
he had received complaints by the
realtors about a thirty-two dollar
charge from Argus. "Somebody
went over and cut a deal with
somebody. And no one seems to
know who cut the deal. But
somebody's getting charged
thirty-two dollars when the rest
of the county is getting charged
Mr. Beezhol said that curbside I

service only took about thirty sec-
onds per customer, while service
in which Argus has to walk up a
long driveway takes five minutes.
"Personally, I've had pretty good
service," stated Chairman Mosco-

Apalachicola City


Overturn Computer


The board of Apalachicola City
Commissioners met for a ten
minute special meeting on 26 July
to vote on the return of an unau-
thorized computer purchase by
Commissioner Wallace Hill.
Commissioner Hill has previously
petitioned the board to invest in
a computer for the express pur-
pose of arranging the city's ac-
counts. "We need a computer that
we can feed in the proper finan-
cial information to get a better
understanding of our daily ex-
penses and balance. It's a good
investment and a good working
aide," said Commissioner Hill on
28 July.
Mayor Bobby Howell, Commis-
sioner Jack Frye and Commis-
sioner Grady Lowe were not con-
vinced that the city needed the
computer system at their special
meeting. Mayor Howell was so in-
furiated by Commissioner Hill's
unauthorized purchase that he
threatened the commissioner with
charges of malfeasance and mis-
Commissioner Hill sarcastically
apologized for wasting the taxpay-
ers money. He stated that the
board should all begin working
together in accordance with the
Sunshine Law. "We need to all
clean up our act." Hill, however,
pledged to continue fighting the
board from driving the city into
the "Horse and Buggy Days."
Commissioner Jack Frye shot
back at Commissioner Hill and
stated that he was tired of being
accused by the commissioner of

discussing public business out-
side of Dublic meetings.
The board meeting concluded
with a unaninious vote to have the
computer sent back. Commis-
sioner Hill agreed to pay any mail-
ing expenses.
According to Oyster Radio, both
Commissioner Hill and Mayor
Howell continued to argue after
the meeting, until Commissioner
Wallace Hill dismissed the mayor
with a waive of his hand saying,
"I have nothing more to say to
Contacted on 28 July, Commis-
sioner Hill stated that the city h?d
enough money in its budget for a
new computer system, which
costs approximately twenty-two
hundred dollars. Hill stated that
when the computer arrived at City
Hall on 25 July, he set the un-
opened package on the floor.
Commissioner Hill stated that he
had second thoughts about open-
ing the newly delivered computer,
and planned to send it back with
or without the special board meet-
ing. "I still regret that we weren't
able to keep the computer." When
asked if he thought Mayor Howell
was serious about his charges of
malfeasance and misfeasance,
Hill replied, "He doesn't have a leg
to stand on."
Mayor Bobby Howell stated that
he noticed the unopened com-
puter delivery on 25 July at about
4 PM. Howell said that he was
uncertain as to whether he would
follow through on charges of mal-
feasance, misfeasance and other
ethics violations.

New Prison Characteristics
The proposed facility is a "Combo" Institution with the following
characteristics, as furnished by the Dept. of Corrections.

Acreage required ............................... 200-250 usable acres
Inmate Capacity .............................. 1,102
Employees .........................................330
Cost of Construction........................ $23.5 million
Annual Operating Cost .................... $14.1 million
Annual Impact to the Community ...... $23.7 million

This type of institution contains five open bay dormitories with
three single cell units having a 1,102-bed capacity. The three
single cellunits, one open bay dormitory, visitor-control, health-
classification, warehouse, and food service buildings will be built
by contract. The remaining four open bay dormitories and other
support facilities will be constructed by departmental staff and
inmates. With this facility, the institution has the flexibility of
housing inmates that need more protective confinement or more
security than provided in dormitory housing. The construction of
the three single cell units, one open bay dormitory, support fa-
cilities and perimeter fences by contract enables the department
of corrections to utilize close custody inmates in the construction
of the four open bay dorms.

Facility Buildings
1. Administration
2. Inmate Housing
3. Food Service
4. Security Control and Visiting Area
5. Medical and Social Services
6. Chapel
7. Academic and Vocational Training
8. Warehouse
9. Maintenance Shops
10. Laundry
11. Future Space for Industries Program (PRIDE)

Total Employees ..........................330
Administration ............................22
Food Service ............................. .... 11
Laundry/Clothing............................ 2
Warehouse ..................................2
Inmate Classification/Records ....... 16
Security ...................................... 206
Library ............................................. 1
Religion .................................... 1
Maintenance............................. .... 11
Health Services............................. 38
Education and Recreation...... 20

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Prison From Page 1
has been assured by Ms. Lola
Smith, EDA, the Eastpoint Sewer
and Water District will be able to
apply in the Board's place. There
is a matching requirement which
the Board will fill by using an ex-
isting CDBG grant that the Board
was awarded to encourage eco-
nomic development after last
summer's tropical storms and
floods. Initially, the Board had ex-
pected its grant funds to handle
only the necessary upgrades for
the sewer facilities, with the De-
partment paying for its oWn wa-
ter facilities on site, but after talk-
ing with Mr. David Hines, East-
point Sewer and Water District
Administrator, it may be that the
District will be able to provide
sewer and water improvements
so long as the Department is able
to helD with some of the costs.
The Board is going to rely upon
the District and the Department
to work out an equitable arrange-
ment of costs.
4) The Board understands that
as part of a prison facility the
Department expects that there be
enough land available to provide
for staff housing for approxi-
mately two houses and 15 to 20
mobile homes. The Board antici-
pated obtaining additional land
just south of the prison site for
staff housing, but this transac-
tion will not be completed until
the Board is assured of how
much land is needed, and
whether the recreational complex
will be on the prison site or on
the staff housing site."

At the last meeting of the Board
of County Commissioners, Fran-
klin County Planner Alan Pierce
told the board of his opinion about
giving up some portion of the new
athletic field. He thought that the
work on the grounds removed
most doubt about the concern
that the land was not wetlands,
and the county's work in remov-
ing trees and stumps, etc. re-
duced the cost to the state of new
construction, thereby making the
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Audit Report of Franklin

County District School Board

State of Florida Office of The Auditor General

The Auditor General is responsible, as required by the State Constitution and
implementing law, for independent financial and compliance audits of the
District. Audit responsibilities assigned to the Auditor General include the
examination of the District's general purpose financial statements, consider-
ation of the District's internal control structure, determination of the District's
compliance with legal requirements, and presentation of reports of audit find-
ings and recommendations relating to those matters.
The scope of this audit included an examination of the District's general pur-
pose financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1994.
The audit also included examinations of various transactions to determine
whether they were executed, both in manner and substance, in accordance
with governing provisions of laws, rules and regulations, and grantor restric-
tions. The proper administration of public resources requires that District
management establish and maintain an internal control structure that will
reasonably assure the effective and efficient conduct of their duties and re-
sponsibilities. Consequently, we identified and assessed control risk, as well
as evaluated selected control environment factors, accounting system meth-
ods and records, and policies and procedures of the District's internal control

Our audit objectives were to determine whether the Franklin County District
School Board and its officers with administrative and stewardship responsi-
bilities for District operations had:
* Presented the District's general purpose financial statements in accordance
with generally accepted accounting principles;
* Established and implemented an internal control structure to provide rea-
sonable assurance of proper authorization of financial transactions, to pro-
vide for the proper recording and reporting of the District's financial opera-
tions, to adequately safeguard the District's assets, and to promote and en-
courage compliance with various provisions of laws, rules and regulations,
and grantor restrictions;
* Complied with the various provisions of laws, rules and regulations, and
grantor restrictions governing the conduct of its public affairs; and
* Corrected, or are in the process of correcting, all deficiencies disclosed in the
prior audit (report No. 12304, dated May 18. 1994).
Additionally, this audit report provides information the Legislature may use
to improve Distinct operations and allocate public resoum es.

Financial Statements
We found that the District's general purpose financial statements fairly pre-
sented its financial position as of June 30, 1994, and the results of its opera-
tions for the fiscal year then ended, except for the financial position and re-
sults of operations of its Expendable Trust Funds. Our audit did not, as con-
templated by State Board of Education Rule 6A- 1.087, Florida Administrative
Code, extend to an examination of the District's school internal funds, re-
ported as Expendable Trust Funds in the Fiduciary Fund Types. Accordingly,
we do not express an opinion on the financial position or results of operations
of those funds.
Internal Control Structure
District personnel have established and implemented procedures which gen-
erally provide for internal control of District operations; however, our exami-
nation of the District's internal control structure disclosed certain deficien-
cies which we considered to be "reportable conditions as defined by gener-
ally accepted auditing standards. The combination of these reportable condi-
tions resulted in material weaknesses in the District's internal control struc-
ture. These conditions should be promptly addressed by District manage-
ment. Specific deficiencies noted included the following.
* Section 274.02, Florida Statutes, requires that a complete physical inven-
tory of all District tangible personal property be performed annually and rec-
onciled with District property records. Our review disclosed that the required
annual physical inventory had not been performed by June 30, 1994, at two
of eight Distinct cost centers with recorded tangible personal property totaling
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
Audit Report
(81-21) Tangible Personal Proerty --inventories will be done as
required, property tagged, and reconciled.

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School Board Audit From Page 2
*' econciliations of fixed asset control accounts with subsidiary records
enhance accountability for property items purchased by the District. Our
review disclosed that the subsidiary property-records for Furniture, Fix-
tures, and Equipment were not reconciled with the applicable control ac-
count in.a timely manner by District personnel. We noted that the control
account for Furniture. Fixtures, and Equipment exceeded the amount re-
corded in the underlying subsidiary property records by a total of $46,968.86.
SDuring our physical inspection of 46 property items, we noted 9 items which
did not have proper District identification decals or property numbers dis-
played on the assets. Additionally, our review of the District's property records
disclosed that for 3 of 46 items tested, the manufacturer's serial numbers had
not been properly recorded. The attachment of District decals containing the
identification numbers assigned by the District to the applicable assets and
the inclusion of the manufacturer's serial numbers in the property records
facilitate identification of District property if the property item is stolen or
misplaced and subsequently recovered or located.
i -Our review of journal entries recorded in the District's computerized ac-
counting system disclosed that the District does not always maintain adequate
documentation, such as evidence of the prepare and review and approval by
appropriate supervisory personnel. Adequate documentation of approval of
journal entries is necessary to reduce the risk of unauthorized adjustments to
the computerized accounting system.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
1 (22) Journal Entries -- this has been corrected by more careful
attention to the problem.
Our review of paying agent transactions related to the District's Revenue
? Bonds reserve accounts disclosed that the Trust Department of a bank, act-
ing as custodian on the District's behalf, bought and sold obligations of the
United States Government for these reserve accounts. Each quarter, the Dis-
trict received a transaction report from the Trust Department listing the secu-
rities and mutual funds shares bought and sold on the District's behalf. How-
ever, contrary to the provisions of Section 236.24, Florida Statutes, the Dis-
trict did not obtain trust receipts for each transaction from the Trust Depart-
ment to evidence the trust capacity under which the securities were held.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(23-25) Investments -- we will follow up with one or more letters
to the bank to assist in correcting the problem.
SThe District did not provide for an adequate separation of duties in the
processing of payrolls. The employee who prepared the' payroll warrants and
ad access to the signed payroll warrants also had access to computer data
files to change the employment status of employees in the payroll system and
to change employees' rates of pay; enter overtime and other adjustments; and
remove terminated employee records from the system. The data entry forms
were not routinely reviewed of record by another employee nor was the com-
puter-generated list of payroll changes compared with source documents by
an employee independent of the payroll processing function. The lack of sepa-
ration of incompatible duties and lack of independent review resulted in the


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timely basis.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(26-28) Personnel and Payroll.Administration -- warrants will
be handled by a person independent of the personnel/payroll
process; data entry forms, and payroll changes will be reviewed
*As noted in audit report No. 12304, paragraph 30, an employee, hired on
November 7, 1987, as a transportation maintenance worker, was compen-
sated using the administrative salary schedule rather than the maintenance
salary schedule. This discrepancy has continued each year resulting in the
employee being overpaid approximately $43,691 from November 7. 1987.
through June 30, 1994. On July 1, 1994. the Board began compensating the
employee based on the correct salary schedule. On May 27, 1994, the Board 's
attorney issued a letter to the Florida Comptroller's Office to determine what
action the Board should take regarding this overpayment.

Superintendent Charles T. Ponder
* Deficiencies existed in the District's control policies and procedures.for op-
erating expenditures. We noted that assigned duties were not adequately sepa-
rated to ensure that the employee having the responsibility of preparing docu-
mentation to support disbursements and entries in the accounting system
does not.have access to or responsibility for the signed warrants.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(29) Operating Expenditures -- vendor numbers will be assigned
by a person independent of the invoice handling process, and
warrants will be handled by a person independent of the vendor
payment process.
* Our review disclosed that the District's bond registers were not posted in a
timely manner and reconciliations of payingagent balances were not properly
prepared of record. As, a result, an adequate accounting of funds on deposit
with paying agents and canceled bonds and coupons destroyed by the paying
agent had not been made by District personnel.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(30) Debt Administration -- redeemed bonds and coupons will
be tracked and reports from the agent will be reconciled.

Financial Management and Compliance
The District generally complied with governing laws, rules and regulations,
and grantor restrictions, except as follows:
* Our review disclosed that the District had an unexpended balance of State
Vocational Equipment funds of $51,262.86 at June 30, 1993, and received an
additional $8,551 for the 1993-94 fiscal year. However, of the $59.813.86
total available moneys, the District expended only $9,108.35 during the 1993-
94 fiscal year. leaving an unexpended balance of $50,705.51 as of June 30,
1994. District personnel provided to us an assessment of vocational equip-
ment needs totaling approximately $3,000 at Carrabelle Nigh School; how-
ever, other than at this one school, we were not provided documentation of
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condition ot existing vocational equipment or an assessment oi specific voca-
tional equipment needs to determine if these moneys were needed to meet
equipment needs in the vocational programs.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(35-36) Vocational Equipment Funds -- during the year 1994-
95 we expect to spend about $17,000 for equipment replace-
ment and update. This exceeds the amount budgeted, which
included an estimated amount to be earned during 1994-95
plus a percentage of the accumulated balance. The unused bal-
ance at the end of 1993-94 was $50,705. During 1994-95 we
earned $7,687 and will spend about $17,000; thus the unused
balance at the end of 1994-95 will be about $41,392. This is a
reduction of the unused balance by $9,313. We expect to con-
tinue to reduce the unused balance until it reaches the desired
* Unexpended balances of annual Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)
appropriations are carried forward and are available for subsequent obliga-
tions until February 1 of the second fiscal year of the appropriation, at which .
time uncommitted funds revert to the State fund from which the appropria-
tion was made. Distinct records indicated that funds totaling $20,475.37 for
the 1992-93 fiscal year PECO allocation for Asbestos Abatement were inspect
and were not obligated under the terms of a binding contract within the time
limit specified in Section 216.301(3), Florida Statutes. As such, on February
1, 1994, the $20,475.37 was subject to reversion and return to the State fund
from which the allocation was made. On February 13. 1995, the District re-
turned the $20.475.37 to the Florida Department of Education.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(37) PECO Allocations -- these are being tracked more carefully
and the problem should hot recur.

* The District received approximately $334,000 in Discretionary Lottery Funds
(enhancement funds) during the 1993-94 fiscal year. Although required by
Chapter 93-184, Specific Appropriation 375C, Laws of Florida, the District
did not provide for separate accountability of the actual expenditures incurred
from Discretionary Lottery Funds (enhancement funds) received during the
1993-94 fiscal year to demonstrate how these moneys were used in achieving
stated enhancement objectives.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(38-40)Discretionary Lottery Funds -- funds will be tracked by
special coding of revenue and expenditure transactions.
* The District temporarily advanced idle funds totaling $34.000 from the Capital
Projects Local Capital Improvement Fund to the Special Revenue Food
Service Fund on October 6, 1993. Contrary to the provisions of Sectioi
236.13(2), Florida Statutes, $9,000 of this advance remained outstanding as
of the end of our field work (March 13, 1995), approximately 18 months.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
(41) Temporary Advances -- these will be checked more care-

SDistrict Finance Officer John Reiman

The District did not utilize the'Federal cash advance system in an efficient
manner as there were instances in which Federal cash exceeded immediate
cash needs. Title 34. Section 80.20(b)(7). Code of Federal Regulations, re-
quires that the District adopt procedures that minimize the time elapsing
between the draw down of cash from the State and its disbursement by tthe
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
SConcerning Audit Findings
Sch. 2, (2-4) Federal Cash Management we intend to monitor
this more closely.
The Distinct used a prenumbered ticket system to document that the meals
served under the National School Lunch Progiam were to eligible students. In
addition, counts by type of meal (i.e., free, reduced-priced, and full-price) were
accumulated through the use of adding machines used as counters at the
point-of-sale and were used for the preparation of the claims for reimburse-
ment. Records were not available to demonstratethat District personnel at
Carrabelle High School reconciled the tickets used to the adding machine
tapes to ensure that the counts used for the reimbursement claims
agreement with records identifying the eligible students served at the point of
. Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings
Sch. 2, (5-6) National School Lunch Program we intend to
look at other alternatives than the one now being used.
* Our review disclosed that the Chapter I project was overcharged
$8,590.78 as a result of errors made by District personnel in allocat-
ing salaries between cost objectives. Such charges represent-ques-
tioned program costs which are subject to-disallowance by the Florida
Department of Education.
Written Comments By Charles T. Ponder, Superintendent,
Concerning Audit Findings .
Sch. 2, (7-8) Chapter 1 Program -- this error occurred from a lack
of communication, and will be corrected.

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EIditorial and Commentary

Nursing Home Charges in

Northern Florida

Each year, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration publishes facility and cost data for area
nursing homes. We have excerpted data for Franklin and surrounding counties for the information of oui
readers. The nursing homes in this region price their basic services from a low of $67 to a high of $100 per
day. Both Apalachicola nursing homes carry higher daily rates than the lowest in Tallahassee. Bay St.
Joseph Care Center in Gulf County (Port St. Joe) is $77 per day.
The rates quoted here were provided by the facilities in our area as of 1 March 1995. These rates are for
skilled nursing care for a private-pay resident. Skilled nursing care is for residents requiring complex
health care services in a facility that has licensed nursing services available on a 24-hour-basis. Nursing
homes also.offer services for residents needing less complex care.
In surveying the above facilities, you may have noticed that Tallahassee (Leon County) rates do not
appear much higher or much lower than rates in nearby counties. Indeed, the cheapest daily rate for a
private pay person Is found at the Tallahassee Convalescent Home. There are also enormous differences
in private pay rates for skilled facilities and other nursing facilities. One needs to check the rate cards at
the specific facilities as extra charges are sometimes added, such as an "incontinent charge" for those
using more diapers. At one Tallahassee facility, this amounts to $5 per day (or $ 150 per month!). The
complete brochure for northern Florida, or other Florida areas, is available from: Agency for Health Care
Administration, Nursing Home Data Section, 2727 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Fla. 32308-5403. The bro-
chure also contains important telephone numbers for those investigating nursing home care for their
loved ones, and a convenient comparison worksheet.

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Pine Beetle
Spreading in
North Florida

The southern pine beetle, which
devastated large tracts of trees
near Gainesville last year, is now
threatening other areas of North
Florida, according to forest health
specialists with the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services.
In 1994, the destructive beetle
killed more than 30,000 pine trees
during an epidemic in Alachua
County, where a severe infesta-
tion persists at present. More
than 350 public and private land-
owners have been impacted by the
Alachua infestation.
Though the current infestations
in North Florida are affecting pri-
marily loblolly and slash pine for-
ests, pines of all species and vir-
tually all sizes and ages are sus-
ceptible, with the exception of
those less than 5 years old and
those less than 3 inches in diam-
A pine cannot survive once the
southern pine beetle,
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Jane Cox

County Loses

Literacy Funding

Come 1 September, Franklin
County will be minus thirty-five
thousand dollars in literacy fund-
ing with the loss of its Title Six
The Title Six Grant has provided
Franklin County with a literacy
coordinator, literacy supplies
such as tutor training workbooks
& videotapes, special low-level
reading materials for students
and mileage expenses for VISTA's
(Volunteers in Service to America)
from the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program (FCARP) to visit
their students for tutoring ses-
sions. The Title Six Grant, which
has been available to Franklin
County for the past eight years,
was one of the funding casualties
of the new 104th congress' prom-
ised budget cuts.
The lossof literacy funding will be
a hardship both Franklin County
and FCARP. The literacy funds,
which may be needed more than
ever with new Net Ban Amend-
ment, will not be able to provide
the same services or materials to
displaced fishermen who might
benefit from the adult reading
program. FCARP will also feel the
sting of literacy funding cuts, as
the program will lose its sole co-
ordinator and much needed lit-
eracy, supplies. FCARP, however,
will not be immobilized. The pro-
gram will still retain the services
of its' two VISTA workers, who are
funded federally through the
Americorps Program.
FCARP Coordinator Jane Cox,
who has supervised the reading
program for the past five years,
predicts that Title Six Grant fund-
ing will become obsolete to all
counties in the next congressional
budget year. Ms. Cox has super-
vised six VISTA's in her five years
as program coordinator. She has
worked with a countless amount
of students and tutors in Frank-
lin County and has conducted a
number of the program's work-
shops. "I will really miss working
with the students and tutors of
Franklin County, as well as with
the program's staff. I feel that
we've (FCARP) made real progress
in the county with our program
and I'm happy that I could be a
part of that effort."
The funding drive to support lit-
eracy efforts in Franklin County
is still alive even though the fund-
ing sources may be scarce.
Michael Allen, the Franklin
County Commission's liaison
from the Franklin County Public
Library Board to the Wilderness
Coast Library Board, stated that
the Wilderness Coast Library
might be able to provide literacy
funding relief to the three coun-
ties (Franklin, Wakulla and
Jefferson) that it represents.
The Wilderness Coast Library
Board has set up a task force of
its' board members to investigate
possible literacy funding sources
and Mr. Allen is a member of that
task force.
Alien stated that a possible way
of securing literacy funds may be
through the collaboration of the
Wilderness Coast Library Board
and board commissioners of
Franklin, Wakulla and Jefferson
Allen suggested using five thou-
sand dollars from the Wilderness
Coast Library budget and re-
questing identical funding from
the tri-county boards to hire a
full-time grant writer for the three
county area. "Our chances are
better than ever for grant fund-
ing," said Allen, "With the net ban
in effect, we can tie in most of the
grant proposals to that one issue
(net ban) to obtain literacy fund-

Spending on Prisons Grows

Almost Three Times Faster

Than Education

By Michael Walsh, Senior Research Analyst
Since 1986-87, the state budget has grown 135%, while education's
share of the budget has grown only 81 %. In contrast, funding for the
Department of Corrections has grown more than 214% over the same
period, almost three times faster than education. The following table
reports the change in the state budget since 1968-69 to 1995-96,, as
appropriated and the respective portion of the budget allocated to
education and corrections. In 1968-69, education received 50.7% of
the total budget appropriation, while corrections received 1.1 %.
Education's share of the 1995-96 state budget appropriation has de-
clined to 28.4%, while corrections has increased to 3.8%. This shift
in state funding priorities will continue since it is estimated that the
prison population will more than double over the next 10 years from
72,257 beds in 1996 to 152,775 in 2005. The cumulative additional
capital costs needed to house the increased population is estimated
to total more than $1.8 billion over the ten-year period, with annual
operating costs estimated to total more than $1.4 billion in the tenth
year for the additional prison population.
Comparison of Corrections and Education Appropriations
as a Percentage of the Total Budget as Appropriated
Operating and Fixed Capital Outlay
($ in Millions)
Total Total
Total Education % Corrections %
Year Appropriation Appropriation Total Appropriation Total






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Ladmark Health Care P 150 24 126 Medicare, Medicaid. 5/94 Superior $85 incl. Alzheimer's, quadriplegic,
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,,C. ebrate Flojrk,,

The turbulent Reconstruction Era followed the Civil War.
Like citizens in the other states of the former Confederacy,
Floridians faced the daunting task of rebuilding their shat-
tered institutions. African Americans celebrated their
emancipation, and anticipated increased political, eco-
nomic and social opportunities. Initially, the state re-
mained under U. S. military rule. In late 1865, during the
period known as Presidential Reconstruction, a new state
constitution was drafted by a convention dominated by
white, ex-Confederates. National politics soon led to a new,
more "radical" form of Reconstruction, dominated by con-
gressional Republicans.

Under Congressional Reconstruction a new constitution
for Florida was drafted in 1868. The new document granted
black suffrage and gave increased powers to the governor.
Numerous black officials were elected or appointed to lo-
cal, state and national office, including Jonathan Gibbs
(Secretary of State) and Josiah Walls (U.S. Congress).

By 1876 Florida was one of the last three southern states
under Republican control. Democrat George Drew's elec-
tion as governor and the removal of remaining Federal
troops effectively ended Reconstruction. The Constitution
of 1885, which remained in effect until the 1960s, rees-
tablished conservative Democratic rule in the state. Its
provisions led to measures to restrict black political par-
ticipation, such as the poll tax and the multiple ballot.
The new constitution also weakened the governor's power
by providing for an independent cabinet.
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The Franklin Chronicle 28 July 1995 Page'. 5

Editorial and Commentani

Highlights of an Ordinance

Regulating the Operation

of Personal Watercraft in

Franklin County
County Ordinance 95-8, known as the Franklin County Personal
Watercraft Ordinance, has been drafted and approved by the Frank-
lin County Board of County Commissioners and sent to the Florida
Secretary of State. When a certified copy is returned to the Commis-
sion, 95-8 will go into effect. Section Four, "Conditions of Use," begin
the operative elements of the new rules.
Section Four: Conditions of Use
A. The operation of any personal watercraft in excess of idle speed
in or on all waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola Bay St.
George Sound, and Alligator Harbor within 500 feet of the beach
or bay-side shoreline is hereby prohibited, except there shall be
exceptions for Bob Sikes Cut and the Creekmore "2 Mile" Chan-
B. The launching of personal watercraft shall be restricted to pri-
vately owned property. County owned property shall not be au-
thorized as a launching site, except for boat ramps.
C. The operation of any personal watercraft in the man-made
canals shall be at idle speed uptil such time as the watercraft has
reached 500 feet offshore.
D. The operation of any personal watercraft through marsh or
wetland vegetation is prohibited. Any personal watercraft within
the Nick's Hole estuary shall operated at idle speed.
E. All personal watercraft shall stay at least 50 feet away from
any vessel operating in the waters of Franklin County.
F. Any person, company, or entity engaged in the leasing or rent-
ing of personal watercraft shall do so in a commercially zoned
area. The access channel between the beach and 500 feet off-
shore for the leasing or rental company shall be visibly marked
by the company and such markers shall be removed 1/2 hour
after sunset. Personal watercraft shall not be rented so that they
are operated after sunset.
Section Five: Penalty
Any owner, operator, or person in command of any personal wa-
tercraft who violates the provisions of this Ordinance shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Section Six: Enforcement
The provisions of this Ordinance shall be enforced by members
of the Franklin County Law Enforcement Agency and the Florida
Marine Patrol.

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Buying a new motor vehicle is one
of the most expensive purchases
many consumers make second
only to the purchase of a home.
For that reason, consumers are
urged to assess their needs and
examine their options carefully
before negotiating a deal on a new
car or truck.
First, examine your budget and
determine how much you can af-
ford to spend. Most people must
finance the cost of a new vehicle.
The monthly payment is affected
by the amount of the down pay-
ment, the length of the loan pe-
riod, and the interest rate. Al-
though the monthly payment will
be lower if you choose a longer
loan period, the additional inter-
est payments can add consider-
ably to the total cost. You can save
money in overall interest charges
by making a higher down pay-
ment and choosing a shorter loan
Conduct some research before
you actually start shopping
around. Trade magazines and
consumer buying guides can pro-
vide information.on reliability and
prices for various models. Con-
sumer magazines may also pro-
vide good bargaining strategies.
If you are thinking of trading in
your old vehicle, look in the Na-
tional Automobile Dealers Asso-
ciation (NADA) Official Used Car
Guide available in libraries, fi-
nancial institutions and insur-
ance agencies to determine the
value of your trade-in. Negotiate
your best outright purchase price
for a new car, and only then -
knowing the approximate value of
your old car discuss the trade-
in amount. You may find you
would be better off selling your old
car yourself rather than trading
it in.
Beware of"add-ons." Add-ons are
extra charges that show up on the
final sales contract after you think
you have a deal. Some common
add-ons include:

* Conveyance fee. This is a
charge for processing the paper-
work involved in the sale.
* Extended warranties, service
contracts and "wrap-around"
warranties. Some of these extra-
charge products include a deduct-
ible that the owner pays. Weigh
the benefits and costs of each type
before deciding whether to buy.
* Credit insurance. This pays off
your loan should you die or be-
come disabled. Remember, you
cannot be forced to purchase
credit insurance as a prerequisite
to securing a loan.
* Advertising. Some dealerships
may try to include an advertising
surcharge. The charge represents
the dealer's participation in na-
tional or regional advertising and
is built into the base price of the
* Other packages. Before agree-
ing to pay for other costly pack-
ages- paint treatment, fabric fin-
ish, undercoating, etc. consider
the costs and benefits.

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Florida. law requires that auto Fldrida Companies See political, t~ roil that. hasdpv~s-
dealers inform their customers Great Potentia hin tated the country," Florida Agri-
about the Motor Vehicle Warranty Exports to Haiti culture Commissioner 'Bob
Enforcement Act, also known as Crawford said. "But Haiti -has
the "Lemon Law." Everyone buy- The Florida Department of Agri- many needs that could be met by
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under the law. For information and trade relations for economic Crawford said the FlordaD art-
about the Lemon Law, call the development in Haiti. umet of Agriculture an ait in-
Florida Department of Agriculture summer Services can assist in -he
and Consumer Services' Lemon A Department representative effort by facilitating the export of
Law hotline at 1-800-321-5366. joined three business people from Florida products to Haiti.
the Basic Industry Developmente interest in learning
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The group met with a variety of should call (904) 488-4366; or
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Page 6 28 July 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Second Circuit Court

The Honorable William Gary
10 July 1995
Frank Williams,
Assistant State Attorney
Kevin Steiger
Assistant Public Defender

Vedell Maurice Bunyon: Charged with two counts of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance and two counts of Sale of Cocaine, the defendant
has pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
pretrial on 14 August. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Melissa Crystal Keith: Charged with one count of Cultivation of
Cannabis and Possession of more than Twenty Grams of Cannabis,
the defendant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for
pretrial on 14 August. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Michael Langston: Charged with one count of Cultivation of
Cannabis, Possession of more than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Not Guilty.
Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on 14 August. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Jan.J. Hevier.
Harry Scott: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon, Possession of a Concealed Firearm and Possession
of Cannabis, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Jidge Gary continued
the case for Case Management on 14 August. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Johnny Lee Jones: Charged'with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for
Trial on 17 July. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger (note: The defendant was found guilty as
charged by jury trial ofi 20 July after an hour and a half of delibera-
Curtis Monroe: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant has pled Not Guilty as charged. The defendant was
charged on 16 November 1994 with stealing a Dalmatian puppy from
Tracy Carroll. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on 20 July.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Billy Gene Bryant: Charged with one count of Uttering a' Forged
Check, one count of Uttering a Forged Check, Uttering a Worthless
Check over One-Hundred and Forty-Nine Dollars, and Forgery, the
defendant pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for Case
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion on the
defendant's behalf for the Appointment of Expert & Production of
Evidence. Steiger requested that F.D.L.E. conduct a handwriting
analysis test. "Either this test will assist Mr. Bryant or it will put a
nail in his coffin," said Steiger. Assistant State Attorney Frank Will-
iams responded, "The defense is trying to demand that it (F.D.L.E.)
produce evidence on its behalf. Granted, F.D.L.E, is a Crime Lab that
assists the prosecution in criminal investigation cases. But to sit there
and say that they're a big ol' office up there and try to imply that they
don't have anything better to do, then to try to create things for the.
defense. That's clearly wrong. Judge Gary stated that the defense
had an ample budget to obtain such tests and denied the motion,
Anthony L. Williams: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon and one count of Discharging a Fire-
arm in City Limits, the defendant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary
continued the case for pretrial on 22 August. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sean R. Madison: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine
and one count of Possession of Cannabis, the defendant has pled Not
Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on 22 August.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion to.suppress
evidence. Judge Gary denied the motion.
Mr. Steiger also entered a motion for return of property. The defen-
dant stated that he had been loaned eighteen hundred dollars from
Otis 'Owens on 1 March for automotive repair. Judge Gary ordered
that the eighteen hundred dollars be returned to Mr. Owens. The
defendant's girlfriend also stated that she gave the defendant three
hundred dollars for rent and grocery costs. Judge Gary denied three
hundred dollar return of property without prejudice.
Jermaine J. Earl: Charged with one count of Second Degree Murder,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, the defendant has pled Not Guilty.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion on the
defendant's behalf for early pretrial release or reasonable bail. Mr.
Steiger stated that Mr. Earl would stay with his mother if he were
granted pretrial release. Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stated
the defendant committed his last violent crime while on Community
Control. "This man's record goes on for about eight or nine pages,"
said Williams. Judge Gary denied the motion.
Robert Clyde Law, Jr.: Charged with First Degree Murder, the defen-
dant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for Case
Management on 14 August. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Billie Joe Byrd: Charged with Principal First Degree Murder and
Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the defendant has pled Not Guilty.
Judge Gary has continued the case for trial on 22 August. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tammy H. Shiver: Charged with Cultivation of Cannabis, the defen-
dant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the. case for trial on
22 August. The state has agreed to a non-jury trial. The defendant
was represented by Kevin Steiger.


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Johnny William Warner: Charged with one count of Burglary of a
Structure and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant has pled Not
Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on 14 August. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Billy James Beverly: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Struc-
ture and Grand Theft, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary
continued the case for pretrial on 14 August. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Eugene Carter: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious As-
sault, the defendant has pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the
case for Case Management on 14 August. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Linda Messer: Charged with one count of Possession of Over Twenty
Grams of Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis and Possession of Drug
Paraphanalia, the defendant pled not guilty and requested a speedy
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams entered a Nolle Prosse on
the case. The defendant was then arrested by federal agents and
charged federally after her case. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Millage: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer, the defendant pled not guilty. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for pretrial on 14 August. Judge Gary appointed Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger to the case.
Jeannette Kirven Floyd: Charged with one count of Resisting an
Officer Without Violence, the defendant has pled Not Guilty. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on 14 August.
Melissa Davis: Charged with Battery on a Staff Member of a Deten-
tion Center (Inner Harbour Hospital), the Defendant has pled Not
Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case to 14 August. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Wheeler Murray: Charged with one count of DWI Manslaugh-
ter, Driving Under the Influence, DWI Involving Death and DWI In-
volving Serious Bodily Injury, the defendant has entered a denial of
Violation of Probation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing
on 14 August. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
John Lawyer Thomas: Charged with one count of Carrying a Con-
cealed Firearm, the defendant has entered a denial of Violation of
Probation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on 14 Au-
gust. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Winter Lee Bryant Jr.: Charged with one count of Resisting an
Officer Without Violence, Depriving an Officer of his Means of Protec-
tion and Operating a Vehicle with No Valid Driver License, the defen-
dant entered an admission of Violation of Probation and pled No Con-
test to Resisting an Officer Without Violence and Driving Without a
Valid Driver's License.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty, revoked his probation,
placed him on one year of Community Control and reimposed all
conditions of his previous probation. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Rodney Richards: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor
Vehicle, the defendant entered an admission of Violation of Proba-
tion. Judge Gary Adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to two hundred and ten days in the Franklin County Jail. Judge
Gary also ordered the defendant to pay six hundred and eighty-one
dollars in restitution to Connie Berryhill. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Anthony V. Thornton: Charged with one count of Petit Theft, the
defendant has entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Gary
continued the case for a hearing on 14 August. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Joe Duncan, Jr.: Charged with one count of Burglary of a
Structure and Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant entered a
denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Gary continued the case to
14 August. The defendant was represented by Conflict Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Ruby Westmoreland: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant entered an admission of Violation of Probation..Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to fifteen months
in the Department of Corrections. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Clifford E. Jones: Charged with one count of Violation of Probation,
the defendant entered an admission to Violation of Probation. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, reimposed all conditions of
the defendant's probations and sentenced him to one hundred and
five days with in the Department of Corrections with forty-five days of
credit for time served. "Are you gonna' come back and see me?" asked
Judge Gary, "I'll be here for two years. If you come back, bring a
toothbrush." The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Leroy Yarrell, Jr.: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer
With Violence, the defendant entered a denial of Violation of Proba-
tion. Judge Gary asked the defendant if he had a job. The defendant
replied that he did some babysitting for his aunt. Judge Gary asked
the defendant if he needed an attorney and the and Mr. Yarrell re-
plied that he did. Gary stated that he would make the defendant pay
for the services of his public defender and advised Mr. Yarrell to find
employment. However, when he received information that the defen-
dant had a recent Violation of Probation, Gary served the defendant a
warrant of arrest in open court. Yarrell walked away muttering, "This
is fu**ed up." The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Jerome Sanders: Charged with one of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant entered an admission of Violation of Probation
and pled No Contest to LJttering a forged check. The defendant at-
tempted to forge a sevenW-five dollar check at the Gulfside IGA. The
defendant had five previous charges of Uttering a Worthless Check.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty and fined him two hun-
dredand fifty-five dollars. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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Laura Jones: Charged with Uttering a Forged Check, the defendant
entered entered an admission to Violation of Probation and No Con-
test to Uttering a Forged Check.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to
three years in the Department of Corrections with fifteen days of credit
for time served. Gary also ordered the defendant to pay two hundred
and fifty-five dollars in court costs, though reduced the fee to a Civil
Judgment. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Robert L. Peterson: The defendant requested a hearing for Correc-
tion of Sentence. The defendant had written a letter to Judge P. Kevin
Davey and said that he was promised Department of Corrections gain
time. Mr. Peterson said that his lawyer promised him twenty-five days
per month for gain time and that he was only receiving five days per
month. Peterson said he needed to take care of his mother, because
she was ill. In a 26 May 1995 letter to the defendant, Judge Davey
replied, "I am sorry that you mother and grandparents are having
health problems. Once you have completed your sentence, I hope you
will dedicate yourself to following the law and helping them as they
proceed through their later years."
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger argued that the defendant
was in a D.O.C. Program. He reasoned that the defendant should be
receiving gain time. Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stated
that the defendant was in a program funded by the Department of
Corrections. However, Williams stated, the defendant was in a local
facility. "The amount of time that a person serves on his sentence is
something we can't speculate on. If he's not getting his time, that's
just the way it is." Steiger responded, "He is illegally being denied
gain time, because he's in a D.O.C. Program occupying D.O.C. beds.
He is entitled to everything an inmate would get if he was sitting in
"You knew exactly what you were getting into when you pled. You
knew right down to the detail," said Judge Gary, "You just got there
and you don't like it anymore. You made your deal. You made your
bed. Now sleep in it."

New Business in Downtown Apalachicola
Lucy Saunders of "Sign Language" (Carrabelle) puts the
finishing touches on the exterior of "Cedar Woman"
(Apalachicola) as the store prepares for its grand opening
5 August. "Sign Language" recently celebrated one year in
business in Franklin County. Owned by a husband and wife
team, Steven and Lucianne Saunders offer a wide array of
advertising and design services, from simple boat lettering,
auto magnetic decals, banners and real estate signs to
complex multicolor signage and storefront design.
"We both come from families where artistic development
was encouraged," says Lucianne." Steven's mother is a well-
known interior designer in South Florida, and his
grandmother, Mary Saunders, painted beautiful watercolors
of Franklin County. My Mother made her reputation with
oil paintings in Europe. She taught me how to draw and
paint when I was still in my high chair'".
The "Cedar Woman Gallery" features weavings, sculpture,
decorative accessories, porcelain, ceramics and a large
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Bay St. George nursing home and
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The St. George presentation in-
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treatment akin to toe-tapping,
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Coast Libraries, a consortium of
Franklin, Jefferson and Wakulla
county libraries, introduced the
three dancers and their drum ac-
companist Michael Redig.

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The "gypsy" program was actually
a blend of dance styles, interest-
ingly choreographed to involve the
audience amid the swirls of fash-
ionable skirts and colorful cos-
tumes. Nancy Redig, wife of drum-
mer Michael, led the trio around
the room, as she occasionally
wrapped audience members with
her dancing costume. Her asso-
ciates in dance were Laura Hosch
and Stacy Little, both from Talla-
hassee as is Nancy. Ms. Redig is
a professional teacher of dance in
town and her students, Laura and
Stacy, volunteered their time to
visit elders in the nursing facility
and entertain at the Civic Club
after their business meeting.
The appearance of the group was
made possible because of the
work of Wilderness Coast Librar-
ies, a consortium designed to help
smaller libraries bring their pa-

John Selby (L) and Rev. Roy Baitman (R) find themselves
strangely amused by the exotic belly dancers at the St.
George Island Civic Club.

trons new experiences generally
out of reach of small library bud-
gets or expertise.
At the business meeting, John
Selby reported that fires had bro-
ken out in large numbers in the
past month, citing the largest one
in Eastpoint, in which the St..
George volunteers assisted. First
responders had 18 calls during
the month.
Kristin Selby announced her
Treasurer's report, indicating the
Bingo participation were up con-
siderably. Volunteers for working
on Bingo are still needed. On the
50-50 raffle, Tom Hoffer won half
the pot, much to his surprise.

In private conversation, the story
of the "cruise" taken by the Lee
Guernsey's reached a few more
ears. Lee and Ruth got aboard the
Princess in Fort Lauderdale, ready
to push away from the pier. The
Captain came on the 1-mc and
announced that the ship's jet pro-
pulsion system was inoperative
and the cruise was canceled.
Then, everyone partied for two
days anyway. Ruth said, "Ten
days entertainment were rolled
into two days." Finally, they left,
and upon arrival at home, they
received a "bill" from VISA reflect-
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Dr. Janice Voss Speaks at the Holy Family Center.

by Amanda Loos
Dr. Janice Voss, NASA Astronaut, made a special appearance at the
Franklin County Public Library Program Center in the Holy Family
Center in Apalachicola on Saturday, 15 July to a crowd of fifty fasci-
nated children and adults.
Dr. Voss, after extensive education and experience, was selected by
NASA in 1990 and became a NASA Astronaut in July 1991. Since
that time, she has logged over 438 hours in space, during which, as
mission specialist, she has worked with various research projects
and the shuttle's robotic arm. On her most recent flight on STS-63
February 2-11, 1995, Dr. Voss and the crew made a rendezvous with
the Russian Space Station, Mir, as a test run for the flight that boarded
the space station several weeks ago.
In the WINGS Room of the Program Center, Dr. Voss shared a slide
show with pictures highlighting her training and experience with as-
tronautics. She also showed samples of "space food" which is dried
and sealed in air tight packets. To serve, water must be added through
a tube, and the package cut open. The almost unidentifiable veg-
etables, chocolate covered peanuts, and dried fruit were a big hit.
Dr. Voss then opened up for questions about her experiences. When
asked when she first wanted to become an astronaut, she replied
that when she was a little girl she read the fantasy books by Madeleine
L'Engle and wanted to work in space ever since.
This program was made possible by Wilderness Coast Public Librar-
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St. Marks River Entrance, Fla., 1995
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(All daily tide predictions are based on the standard time meridian
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light saving times, where necessary, by adding 1 hour to these data.)


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8 0025
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10 0152
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19 0056
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20 0224
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21 0359
M 1033

22 0012
Tu 0510

23 0047
W 0601

24 0119
Th 0643

25 0147
F 0721

26 0213
a 1359

27 0238
Su 0833

28 0303
S 0909

29 0329
Tu 0949

30 0357
S 1033

31 0430
Th 1125

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1.2 37
2.4 73

2.1 64
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Health Department

Requests Land From

School Board
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Franklin County Health Department Representative Joanne
Thompson visits the Franklin County School Board.

Joanne Thompson of the Frank-
lin County Health Department
was on hand at the July 24 Spe-
cial Meeting of the Franklin
County School Board to request
a donation of land near Carrabelle
High School for a completely new
health department building.
Ms. Thompson said that the pro-
posed building would be between
four thousand and forty-five hun-
dred square feet in diameter. "Mr.
[Brent] Mabrey seems to feel that
the least amount of land that will
be required is three-quarters of an
acre," said Ms. Thompson.
Ms. Thompson also noted that the
location of the new building would-
be ideal for Carrabelle students.
'Two of the health department's
goals are to serve women and chil-
dren," said Thompson.
The Franklin County School
Board members invited Ms.
Thompson to return to the board's
1 August Public Hearing for
further consideration to specific
land amount and location.
In other board business:
* The board approved the Appli-
cation for Accelerated Gradua-
tion, which allows high school
seniors early admissions to ac-
credited Gulf Coast Community
College courses.
* The board approved the Code
of Conduct for the 1995-96
school year.
Both Superintendent C.T. Pon-
der and board member Jimmy
Gander expressed concern over
repeat offenders who bring ille-
gal drugs on campus.
"My feeling on it is this," stated

Chairperson Kendrick, "If
they're brave enough to bring it
[drugs] to school, I'm brave
enough to sit here and listen to
them...and make them sit be-
fore the board and tell us why
they thought they could bring
it in."
* The board approved the Pupil
Progression Plan for 1995-96.
* The board approved an Agree-
ment with Marquis Home
Health for PT services.
* The board approved an Agree-
ment with the FSU Multidisci-
plinary Center.
* Superintendent Ponder stated
that Apalachicola High School's
Coach Shaw Maddox had re-
quested to be released from his
Ponder stated that Maddox had
spoken earlier about being re-
leased from his contract, but
had never written a formal re-
Board Member Willie Speed
stated that it was usually a good
idea to release faculty members
from their contracts when they
did not want to stay at their po-
sition. "When I was a principal,
I always felt that if a person
didn't want to stay, then I didn't
want them there, either."
Board member Jimmy Gander
voiced frustration over faculty
members leaving their positions
shortly before the school year
started. "He made a commit-
ment to us...and here we are
three weeks before school starts
and we've got to find a head
football coach."

The Franklin County School
Board met on 24 July for a Bud-
get Workshop at Brown Elemen-
tary School in Eastpoint.
Finance Officer John Reiman in-
troduced the proposed village
rate for the 1995-96 school year
as 7.654 mills, which is equiva-
lent to the 1994-95 millage rate.
The proposed millage rate in-
cludes a "Required Local Effort"
millage of 6.503, which has been
reduced from the 1994-95 rate of
6.533. The "Required Local Effort"
must be levied by the Franklin
County School Board in order for
the Franklin County School Dis-
trict to receive state funding. Also
included is a Discretionary Mill-
age of .701 and a Local Capital
Improvement Millage of .450.
Mr. Reiman stated that, while the
millage rate would remain equiva-
lent to the previous year, the
school board should consider an
increase in Its tax levy by 12.5
percent. A portion of the tax levy,
said Reiman, is required under
state law in order for the Frank-
lin County School District to re-
ceive $3,568,921 in state educa-
tion grants. Reiman noted that
the increase from four hundred
and five to four hundred and
sixty-seven million dollars in the

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tax base resulted in the 12.5 per-
cent increase over the rolled-back
Mr. Reiman stated that the school
board would also consider a mea-
sure to impose a .450 mill prop-
erty tax for the Capital Outlay
Projections which include Con-
struction, Maintenance, Motor
Vehicles, and Equipment Replace-
ment. The capital outlay tax
would generate nearly two hun-
dred thousand dollars.
The Franklin County School Dis-
trict may avail itself of an addi-
tional twenty-seven thousand dol-
lars through the Class Size Re-
duction Program. The program
seeks to limit the student to
teacher ratio in Grades K-3. Be-
ginning with Grade 1 in the 1995-
96 school year, the program would
require that schools limit classes
to twenty students per teacher or
twenty-five students with a
teacher and a teacher's aide.
The Basic Student Allocation in
the Legislative Education Budget
for 1995-96 increased from
$2,558.17 to 2,854.26.
The total revenue and fund bal-
ance for the proposed Operating
Budget is $8,389,038. The pro-
posed fund balance is $178,931.

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Franklin Board what she was to
do next, since the Board had
asked her to represent the County
in the Gulf County matter, but
due to service of process matters,
Franklin County was not allowed
to be a party to that preliminary
action in late June.
In the meantime, Ms. Sanders has
presented her interim bill for
those matters which caused the
Franklin County Commission to
hold the special meeting. The
Board eventually approved her
continued representation of the
County through mid-August
when some word about consoli-
dating legal action was expected
during a meeting of the Small
County Coalition in Ocala, Fla.


In the meantime, Wakulla County
fishermen led by Clark Nichols
and Ronald Crum are raising the
question with the Attorney Gen-
eral about the geographical start-
ing point of the three-mile limit.
Federal law provides that the
state's boundary begins at a
three-mile point from land. Crum
and Nichols reason that the limit
against using nets should start
three-miles out, and continue up
to 9 miles into the Gulf.
The Net-ban amendment defines
the coastline as the territorial
limit of the United States, and that
appears three miles out, into the
Gulf of Mexico, reasoned Ron..
Crum. Representative Allen Boyd
and State Senator Pat Thomas are
also involved in this late develop-
ment, and said they would ask the
Attorney General Bob Butter-,
worth for a legal interpretation of
the federal boundary and a defi-
nition of state waters.


I Apalachicola
High School Library, Susan
Galloway, Coordinator
Carrabelle High School, Nan
Collins, Coordinator
Port St. Joe
Port St. Joe Elementary
School, Temple Watson,
Wewahitchka High School,
George Cox, Coordinator

Food Costume


by Amanda Loos
Strawberries, bananas, ice cream
cones, peaches, grapes, a box of
cereal... It was a children's feast
as the Eastpoint Summer Read-
ing Program kids paraded into the
Library the morning of Saturday,
22 July 1995, dressed in cos-
tumes of their favorite food.
The Food Costume Party began
with a cooperative making of
homemade cookies-'n'-cream ice
cream. The churning of the
creamy treat set the sound effects
for the main event. THE GAME.
In this human board game, cre-
ated by Library Director, Eileen
Annie, the children were their own
game pieces. They wound
throughout the Library on the
masking tape path to make it from
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Community members flocked in
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the dinner plates of chicken
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and deserts as they supported the
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Published every other Friday

and get shot?'" Mr. Hall stated
that he did not report the event
to the authorities, because he was
on probation for a sale of cocaine
charge and did not want to create
a problem with his parole officer.
"I'm not proud of that (Criminal
Charge), but it's something I have
to live with."
In his closing argument, Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger
asked the jury to look at the wit-
nesses for both the defense and
prosecution. "You saw the people
testify for Mack Hall. What was
their demeanor?" Steiger also
asked the jury to observe Mr.
Fedd's Character. "This thrice
convicted felon had already cold-
cocked George Thomas earlier
that evening." Steiger stated that
his witnesses testimony did not
all match, because they all had
their own perception of the event.
"If they all would have told the
same story, it would be nice. They
could have all gotten together and
made up a story and lie; but they
didn't do that." Steiger then
quoted a verse from Oliver
Wendell Holmes, "In the presence
of an upraised knife, you can't
expect detached reflection."
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams stated, "The defense
stood up and said that there are
different sides to this. But a per-
son very close to me once said that
there is only one truth." Pointing
at Mr. Hall, Williams stated, '"That
man stabbed Mr. Fedd in the back
and that's a crime." He continued,
"Common sense and reason is
what this case is all about. There's
not a question that Jermaine was
stabbed. There's no question that
his wounds were serious. He's
(Mack Hall) not gonna' fight with
these young men. He's gonna'
stab them in the back. It doesn't
matter what kind of person you
think Jermaine is. You might not

Jermaine Fedd
like him. You might feel sympa-
thetic for the defendant. But
that's sympathy. It's not why
we're here." Mr. Williams told the
jury to find Mr. Hall guilty as
charged if they believed that he
was guilty. He also encouraged
them to return with a not guilty

1. Parent
4. Bone: pref.
8. Family doc-
tors: abbr.
11. Rose
15. Venerable
16. Martin
17. Honored poets
19. With 28
Across, Q
22. Q
23. In the past
24. Be impudent
25. Acts strangely
27. Journeys
28. See 19 Across
30. Saw
33. Concealed
35. Golf store
36. Q
42. School founded
in 1440
44. Noodles
45. Earth science
47. Enticement
50. Intricate
52. Home: abbr.
54. Marsh growth
55. Consent
57. Suffix for host
or murder
60. Crash into
61. Moral
62. Cubic meter
63. Dress
65. Nightwear,
67. Mournful
68. 0
72. Bonnet
75. Dolphin's home
76. Lung lining
77. Go
79. New Orleans
84. Sajak & Barker,
for short
86. Highway: abbr.
87. River flowing
from the Andes
88. Winter wear
89. Low-income
90. Speak
92. Fellow
93. Practical one
95. City in Idaho
100. Ridge on the
102. Q
105. Lady for
Harry S
108. Milkfish
109. Russian river
110. Old Fords
112. Islands midway
between Hono-
lulu & Sydney

verdict if they had a reasonable
doubt. "But a reasonable doubt
is not a possible, forced, imagi-
*nary or speculative doubt."
It took the jury of six almost fifty-
seven minutes to come back with
a not guilty as charged verdict. A
relative of Mr. Hall began clapping
as the verdict was read and Judge
Gary warned her that he would
have no outbursts in his court-
room. As Gary exited the court-
room, Mr. Hall was greeted by
some of his much relieved rela-
tives. As Mr. Hall and his relatives
exited the courtroom, Patricia
Gayle Woods, Mr. Fedd's mother,
followed the group and began
making threats. "This ain't over
by a long way," said Ms. Woods,
"You're gonna' pay! You're gonna'
pay for stabbing minel"
Contacted after the verdict, Kevin
Steiger reveled, "Justice prevails."
He continued, "It's a situation
where thejury listened to the evi-
dence and could sense the char-
acter and demeanor of Mack
Arthur Hall. He was candid.
Jermaine Fedd's story did not
match up with the other wit-
nesses. Jermaine got stuck. He
does not know when he got stuck,
so he jumped to the conclusion
that Mack stuck him." Steiger
concluded, "I don't think that the
victim (Mr. Fedd) showing up in
handcuffs helped his case at all."
"I appreciate the jury's attention,
but their verdict was a miscar-
riage of justice," Assistant State
Attorney Frank Williams stated.
"The verdict might have been not
guilty, but that doesn't mean
Mack Hall is innocent." Asked
about the prosecution's decision
to let Jermaine Fedd testify in
handcuffs, Williams responded, "I
didn't want to hide anything from
the jury. I didn't want to hide the
fact that Mr. Fedd was in prison."
He concluded, "The prosecution
thought that the testimony of Fred
Brown was the most damaging."

Product Safety


RECALL: Dolphin Baby Float.
The Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, and Torpedo, Inc.,
announce the voluntary recall of
certain of the company's baby flo-
tation devices known as 'The Dol-
phin Baby Float." A child sitting
in the device could drown if wa-
ter leaks into the hollow center of
the float's inner tube, causing the
device to tip over.
Dolphins manufactured and
shipped by Torpedo since Janu-
ary 1995 have reinforced walls
which prevent water penetration
and, therefore, are not included
in this recall. Call Torpedo, Inc.,
at 1-800-639-0361, or write to
P.O. Box 157, South Paris, Maine
04281, to receive instructions on
how to check the Dolphin Baby
Float and receive a free replace-
ment for defective models.

Second part of a play
Battery size
Not absolute
Items in a business env.
Cobb and others
Auto manufacturer
Argyll negative

1. Set apart for a special use
2. Drink
3. Most slow-witted
4. Works by Keats
5. Waver,
6. Light shade
7. Suffix for consist or differ
8. Best Picture of 1982
9. Yorkshire and others
10.-Hit play sign
11. Two
12. French student's verb
13. Shipwood
14. Titles for attys.
15. Father
17. Zodiac sign
18. Newt
19. My Gal
20. Thick, sticky substance
21. Euphoric conditions
26. Derriere

Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford today announced a
crackdown against several com-
panies that allegedly defrauded or
misled individuals who purchased
business opportunities from
A business opportunity is an of-
fer to sell or lease someone prod-
ucts, equipment, supplies or ser-
vices needed to start up and carry
on a business. The financial in-
vestments needed for business
opportunities vary widely from
several hundred to thousands of
dollars. Common types of busi-
ness enterprises also vary, and
can include such ventures as ad-
dressing envelopes or assembling
toys at home, selling jewelry or
personal care products, establish-
ing vending machine routes or
installing pay telephones.
The Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
enforces the provisions of Chap-
ter 559, Florida Statutes, known
as the "Sale of Business Oppor-
tunities Act."
Named in the lawsuits filed by
Crawford are:
Universal Merchandising, 1945
Hoover Court, Birmingham, Ala-
bama, an Alabama corporation do-
ing business in Florida.
AVC, Inc., 1540 Center Point Park-
way, Suite 204, Birmingham, Ala-
bama, an Alabama corporation do-
ing business in Florida as Ameri-
can Video Concepts.
Health Wave Vending, Inc., of Palm
Harbor, a Florida corporation.
Marquette, Inc., 12700
Walsingham Road, Suite 1002,
Largo, Florida, a Georgia corpora-
tion doing business in Florida.
Intel Media Corporation, 10400
Griffin Road. Suite 102, Cooper
City, Florida, a Florida corporation,
and Gary Scott, president.
The lawsuits allege that the com-
panies violated Florida law by
engaging in various practices, in-
Misrepresenting the amount
of profits that could be ex-
Failing to provide the pur-
chaser with appropriate disclo-
sure statements.
Misrepresenting material facts
or creating false or misleading
Providing products of a kind
and quality that was inferior to
those promised.
Misrepresenting its ability to
help provide the purchaser with
business locations.

by Calvin R. & Jackie Mathews

29. Wobble
31. Hors d'oeuvres item
32. loss; confused
34. Henna or indigo
36. Digit
37. Fictional estate
38. Have the highest golf score
39. Tahiti and Martinique
40. Gives a silent okay
41. Frozen waffle
43. Sign an I.O.U.
46. 100 sen
47. Part of a 4-part harmony
48. Legal proceedings
49. _tea
51. Old crones
53. Dominions
56. Party member: abbr.
58. Musical note
59. Staircase parts
60. Allude
61. Sch. in Shreveport
63. 3rd, 4th & 5th in a list
64. Complete: pref.
66. Monogram for James
Monroe's successor
69. Suffix for treat or expert
70. Place
71. Shade provider
72. Mist
73. Name in cosmetics
74. Camper's item
78. Birds of prey
79. Life-saving skill, familiarly
80. Sear from the bottom up

81. He was: Lat.
82. Catoosa's lo-
cation: abbr.
83. Refuge
85. Deux et trois
87. Affirmative
89. Nonpaying
91. Hole maker
94. Depot: abbr.
96. Foreign auto
97. Hysterical
98. Before: pref.
99. French
painter Jean
101. Tummy
103. Those directly
opposite one
104. Wiped out
106. Medium session
107. Assassinates
110. Ike's command
111. Snead
112. Small pools
113. Hairdo
114. Hordes
115. Jumble
116. Height: abbr.
118. Endeavor
120. Females
123. Scrap
125. Strange sau-
cer, for short
126. Wing
127. Out limb

Misrepresented the training
and management assistance
available to the purchaser.
Assigning the same "exclusive
territory" to more than one pur-
Failing to provide written con-
tracts to the purchaser.
Failing to register with the De-
Failing to obtain a surety
bond, trust account or letter of
The Department's investigation
also identified an additional 12
sellers of business opportunities
operating in Florida that have
failed to register or provide other
information to the Department
prior to advertising in the state.
Crawford has notified each com-
pany of his intent to impose an
administrative fine and issue a
cease-and-desist order if the com-
pany fails to comply with Florida
These companies face administra-
tive actions for failing to file a dis-
closure statement with the De-
Scientific Methods, Inc., 323
Third Street, Henderson,
Ashland/US Vend, 3 Barnet Road,
Pine Brook, N.J.
Telecard Marketing Center, Inc.,
c/o Larry Plotnik registered agent,
2450 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite
602, Hollywood, Fla.
World Marketing, Inc., 6015-B
Unity Drive, Norcross, Ga.
Consumer Auto Club, Inc., 901
Market Street, Wilmington, Del.
ATM International, 41689 Enter-
prise Circle, Suite 216, Temecula,
Tele-Vend, 160 Broadway, New
York, N.Y.
Zap Trap Corporation, 114 Casino
Center Boulevard, South, Las Ve-
gas, Nev.
Power Marketing Group, Inc., d/
b/a Vend America, c/o Prentice-
Hall System, Inc., registered agent,
110 North Magnolia Street, Talla-
hassee, Fla.
Great America Distributors, Inc.,
60-B West Terra Cotta Avenue,
Suite 274, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Fortune Marketing, Interna-
tional, 4100 West Kennedy Boule-
vard, Tampa, faces administrative
actions by the Department for fall-
ing to register and also for failing to
disclose a 1993 civil judgment
against it.
Future Games, Inc., 3000 N.E.
S30th Place, Unit 309, Fort Lauder-
dale, faces administrative actions
by the Department for failing to file
the required bond, trust account or
letter of credit.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford advises prospective
investors to take an active role in
investigating a business opportu-
nity before investing or signing a
contract, and offers the following
Call 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) in Florida, or (904)
488-2221 if calling from outside
of Florida, to find out if the seller
is registered with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services under the
Florida Sale of Business Oppor-
tunities Act. If the business is
not exempt, ask about its obli-
gations under the law. Check to
see if any complaints have been
filed against the company.
Make sure the company pro-
vides a disclosure document
that includes enough informa-
tion for a prospective investor
to make an informed invest-
ment decision. Check with the
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services to
see if the business is required
to file a disclosure document
and, if so, if the business has
Talk to current investors, pref-
erably in person. Their names
and addresses may be in the
disclosure document. If not, ask
the business to provide them.
Ask these investors whether the
information in the disclosure
statement matches their expe-
rience with the company. Fail-
ure or refusal to provide names
and addresses of investors
should serve as a warning sign
that the venture may be ques-
Ask questions. Investigate
earning claims. Keep in mind
that once you invest your
money, you will be competing
with other, more experienced
independent operators.
Get all promises in writing
from an authorized representa-
tive of the company.

* Get professional advice from
an attorney, accountant or
other business adviser. The
money spent on professional
assistance and phone calls
could save you a great deal of
inconvenience, aggravation,
and your investment.

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