Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: September 22, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
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Published Every Other Friday

Volume 4, Number 19


22 September 5 October 1995

Public Relations

Representative Charged

with Grand Theft

rJLLSPRINGsr Suspensions Follow

(I;9"-4"O -at Apalachicola

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"' -.i By Barb Dwyer Apalchicola High School Principal
-- Beverly Kelley and Superintendent ol
Medic e C rtifictio Ten Apalachicola High School (AHS) Schools C.T. Ponder, it was decided
Me ficare Cer tificstudents have been suspended follow- that Apalachicola High School would
Sinl a S. et brner 15 hrarl in w.rhich be closed down and a scheduledrl no

Charges of Insurance Fraud and Third
Degree Grand Theft have been leveled
at Port St. Joe resident Paul Sandhu
by Allstate Insurance Company. Mr.
..Sandhu, ,v. hio formerly i',rl.e-d out or
Emerald Coast Hospital in Apalachi-
cola as a public relations representa-
tive, was recently moved to
Wewahitchka under the same general
corporate management of Provident
Medical Corporation.
In a probable cause affidavit filed on
August 17, 1995 by Edward Scisson
of the Florida Department of Insur-
ance Fraud Division, Mr. Scisson
alleged that Mr. Sandhu had con-
tacted Allstate Insurance Company on
January 27, 1995 to add his 1984
Mercedes to an existing automobile
insurance policy.
The probable cause affidavit further
noted that on January 26, 1995,
Officer Jack Osburn with the Apala-
chicola Police Department investi-
gated an automobile accident which
involved Paul Sandhu and his 1984
Mercedes. According to Officer
Osburn's report, the Mercedes driven
by Sandhu received serious damage
to the left side of the vehicle and was
towed from the scene of the accident
to Emerald Coast Hospital.
On February 22, 1995, Mr. Sandhu
reported 'to the Port St. Joe Police
Department that his 1984 Mercedes
had been stolen. On the next day,

Jerry Reed To

Entertainer a

Florida Seafoc



Singer, songwriter, guitar picker, ac-
tor, humorist, in short, the Total En-
tertainer. Jerry Reed will be the head-
liner at the 1995 Florida Seafood Fes-
tival, 3-5 November 1995.
He has five Grammys, the-Peoples
Choice Award, Dozens of Broadcast
Music Awards and ASCAP Awards.
motion picture roles, television cred-
its, over 1 million radio plays of his
best singles, and more than 50 re-
corded albums.

Sandhu contacted Allstate Insurance
Company and reported that his car
had been stolen.
All.iate Insurance Company paid. Mr.
Sandhu a $8,643.73 in March of 1995
based on the reported automobile
theft. Allstate later hired Lynn Morris,
an adjuster with Crawford and Com-
pany, to investigate the case of the
stolen vehicle. On April 24, 1995, Mr.
Morris located Sandhu's 1984
Mercedes at Gilcrest Auto and Truck
Parts in Bell, Florida.
Mr. Sandhu, upon learning of a war-
rant for his arrest, turned himself in
to the Franklin County Sheriff s Dept.
on August 22, 1995.
According to the probable cause
report, Emerald Coast; Hospital
employee Rick Brown stated that his
supervisor, Paul Sandhu, had asked
him to transport his 1984 Mercedes
to Gilcrest Auto and Truck Parts in
Bell, Florida. Mr. Brown estimated
that he transported the damaged
Mercedes to Bell, Florida approxi-
mately two weeks before Sandhu
reported his vehicle stolen.
On September 11, Attorney Douglas
W. Gaidry entered a written plea of
Not Guilty on behalf of Paul Sandhu
at the Second Circuit Court in Frank-
lin County. Judge William Gary
continued the case for a pre-trial on
October 9.

) Be Headliner

t November

od Festival

A native of Atlanta. Georgia. he started
recording on Capital Records at age
of 17. His first hit record was "Amos
Moses." This was followed by "When
Your Hot, You're Hot,", "Alabama Wild
Man", "Lord Mr. Ford", "A Good
Woman's Love" and "Uptown Poker
Club." His television credits include
being a regular on Glen Campbell's
"Good Time Hour". His film debut be-
gan with Burt Reynolds and "W. W.
and the Dixie Dance Kings". followed
by "Gator" and "Smokey and the Ban-

The curtains may be going down on
the business of Wellsprings Home
Health Care of Carrabelle as the
agency's certification for Medicare has
been pulled by the Division of Health
Standard and Quality.
In a September 15 Termination No-
tice from William Lyons, the Associ-
ate Regional Administrator from the
Division of Health Standard and Qual-
ity, Wellsprings was cited for being out
of compliance with the Ac cept.ince of
Patients, Plan of Care and Medic i Su-u
The notice of termination came shortly
after Wellsprings' fourth Plan of Cor-
rection for their Condition of Partici-
pation was accepted by the Division
of Health Standard and Quality. Rick
James at the Medicare Regional Of-
fice in Atlanta stated that the Carra-
belle home health agency had been
approved on paper, but not in actual
practice. A subsequent "follow-up sur-
vey" on September 11-12 found Well-
springs to still be out of compliance.
In a September 13 news release from
Wellsprings'Home Health Care, the

Florida Trust

Tour Visitors

In Apalachicola

29 Sept.

A three day t6ur of historic and cul-
tural sites by 83 members of the
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
will begin in Apalachicola on Friday,
29 September 1995. The "Insider's
Tour" is one of several sponsored by
the Florida Trust around the state
each year.
Registration will begin at the Gibson
'Inn on Friday night at 6 p.m. followed
with a reception at the Inn. Later that
night, visitors will stroll the art gal-
lery district. The tour will continue the
next day, Saturday 30 September,
with George Chapel leading a walk
through the residential area of Apala-
chicola, the Gorrie Museum and other
landmarks. At Noon. a fish fry for the
Trust visitors is scheduled in Battery
In the afternoon, visitors will have the
opportunity to cruise on the Gover-
nor Stone, a National Historic Land-
mark Vessel, and the oldest operat-
ing wooden boat in the South.
Through its many lives as a lighter,
oyster boat, Merchant Marine train-
ing vessel, sponger and pleasure craft,
the Governor Stone is reminiscent of
the era when Apalachicola was almost
totally dependent on the river and bay
for outside communication. Self-
guided tours of Apalachicola churches
and the Chestnut Cemetery, dating
back to 1832, are planned for late af-
ternoon. A "Historic Progressive Din-
ner" will be served to the visitors in
three historic Apalachicola homes.
The next morning, the Raney House
will be the site of a spirited continen-
tal breakfast beginning at 9 a.m.
To participate in the tour, you must
be a member of the Florida Trust and
have paid $165 for the tour. This also
includes membership in the Florida
Trust (about $35.00) and the complete
tour, including two overnights, meals
except for an "on-your-own' dinner
Friday night. Visitors will stay at the
1905 Coombs House Inn or the 1907
Gibson Inn in Apalachicola. Registra-
tion will close very soon but last
minute arrangements might be ac-
commodated by calling the Trust at

agency noted that they were out of
compliance with only one of twelve
Federal Guidelines that are used to
determine medicare billing eligibility.
The Carrabelle home health agency is
still determined to be reinstated, and
has until October 12 to make the nec-
essary corrections:
At Present, Wellsprings Home
Health Care Inc. is making every
Continued on page 6

No Decision Yet in

Resort Village


Treatment Hearings
As of Friday, 22 September 1995, Ad-
ministrative Law Judge Ella Jane
Davis is still awaiting the voluminous
transcript from three days of hearings
in the matter involving Resort Village's
application for a wastewater treatment
plant in the Plantation on St. George
Dr. Ben Johnson, owner of the pro-
,posed commercial development at
Nick's Hole in the Plantation, applied
to build an "Advanced Wastewater
Treatment" (AWT) plant to serve Phase
I of his development. The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP)
had issued a notice of intention to is-
sue the permit.
By mid-February, an organization
from within the Plantation, called the
"Concerned Property Owners" filed a
petition, to DEP asking for an admin-
istrative hearing, expressing concerns
and beliefs that the AWT would en-
danger Apalachicola Bay and the con-
tiguous areas at Nick's Hole, citing
flooding problems, and a concern that
the absorption beds for the AWT would
endanger the public water supply
lines. The hearings were held in Apa-
lachicola at the Franklin County
Courthouse on 6-8 September.

Red Tide Organism

Still Found in Area


Indian Lagoon and Apalachicola Bay,
as of Friday, 22 September 1995, con-
tinue to remain closed to shellfishing
because of the presence of the red tide
"We continue to observe higher levels
of the red tide organism," said Robert
Thompson of the Division of Marine
Resource in the Dept. of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP), "... which means
at least 5000 cells per liter."

Sampling results made last week vary
widely. For example, at a point four
miles West. Southwest of Indian Pass,
the samples registered 700,000 cells
per liter on 11 September. This dipped
to 40,000 on 14 September, and rose
again to 130.000 cells per liter on 18
September. The mouth of West Pass
registered 8.000 cells per liter on 18
September. "Medium" concentrations
are considered to potentially cause
respiratory irritation and possible fish
kills in the analysis scheme, with a
range of 100.000 to 1,000,000 cells
per liter. "Medium" sample findings
were located at 2 miles west, south-
west of Indian Pass, four miles west,
southwest of Indian Pass. and four
miles south of Sikes Cut, on 18 Sep-

the high school's doors were closed
and the students were sent home for
the day.'
"Everyone who was involved [in the
riot] received a ten day suspension,"
said AHS Principal Beverly Kelley.
"The message is, 'we're not going to
tolerate fighting.' It's an interruption
of the educational process." Asked if
the riot was racially motivated, Ms.
Kelley stated, "I don't look -and black
and white, but right and wrong."
In a news release from the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department, Major
Jimmy Williams noted that those stu-
dents suspended had also been
charged with either Battery or Dis-
rupting Classes. According to Major
Williams, the fighting started on Sep-
tember 14 when a former-student-
came on campus and assaulted an
AHS student. Several other students
joined in the fight after the former
student's initial assault. Sheriffs De-
partment deputies and officers from
the Apalachicola Police Department
were called to help extinguish the situ-
On September 15. fighting continued,
but was halted when law enforcement
officers arrived-on the scene. As a re-
sult of a joint decision between

rally and football game would be can-
celed. Five of the ten students sus-
pended for fighting were on the Apa-
lachicola High School Sharks Varsity
football team.
"The sheriffs department and the po-
lice department will not tolerate any
fighting on or off of school grounds,"
said Williams, "Right now, everything
is quiet. I sure hope it will stay that
way." He concluded, "Every day that
these kids miss...they'll have to make
up." Contrary to rumor. Major Will-
iams stated that the AHS students did
not continue fighting on the streets
after being from school on September
Both Major Williams and Principal
Kelley were asked if a resource officer
would help address similar student
behavior in the future. Major Williams
felt that a resource officer would be
extremely instrumental. "A resource
officer would have had a handle on
everything," said Williams. Ms. Kelley
disagreed, "I don't think a resource of-
ficer would have helped. When kids
want to fight, they're going to fight."
"These incidents are occurring among
a small group of students." said Apa-
lachicola Police Chief Warren
Faircloth, "It's mostly just shoving,
pushing and name calling."

New Carrabelle



Newly appointed Carrabelle City Commissioner George

Newly appointed Carrabelle City Com-
missioner George Jackson spent his
first day on the Carrabelle board lis-
Sfening to complaints by local residents
concerning the amount of appoint-
ments that have recently been made
to Carrabelle's commission.
Although his first board meeting was
a rough welcome as an appointed
commissioner. Mr. Jackson is not new
to the life of a public servant in Fran-
klin County: he served as a Carrabelle
City Commissioner from 1972 to 1974
and as a Franklin County Commis-
sioner from 1974 to 1978. "I thought
it was time for me to get involved, be-
cause the county and city is growing
and it needs good management." said
"There's definitely some changes that
need to be made." said Jackson, who
will assume the duties of Police Com-
missioner on the Carrabelle board.
"We need tougher [law] enforcement
for the risingjuvenile crime rate." said
Jackson. When asked if the youth of
Carrabelle lacked recreational oppor-

tunities, Jackson responded. "When
I was a kid, we made our own enter-
tainment. The problem with the kids
today is that they expect everyone else
to furnish their entertainment. I think
the parents should be taking more
interest in their children than what
they are. They [kids] don't need to be
out on the street at twelve or one
o'clock at night."
Mr. Jackson is also a veteran busi-
nessman. He has been in business in
Carrabelle for thirty-three years. Jack-
son has managed Ace Hardware for
the past fifteen years. With his expe-
rience of balancing the books on a
monthly basis. Mr. Jackson hopes to
bring some his business acumen to
the board. "The city should be oper-
ated as a business. If we pay our po-
licemen 70 or 80 thousand dollars a
year, then we should be getting some
revenue back. The same thing applies
to the other departments."
Commissioner George Jackson re-
placed Woodrow Judy, who left the
board due to family health concerns.

Pulled From Wellsprings

Home Health Care

Paul Sandhu (file photo)


Page 2 22 September 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

How to Fill a


or Special Election?

By Rene Topping
A truncated group of three city com-
missioners met in special session on
18 September, and they faced a full
house of citizens determined to
change the method of replacing any
commissioner who resigned or died
while in office.
Newly elected Mayor Charles
Millender, Buzz Putnal, who was
elected without opposition in the re-
cent election and George Jackson who
was appointed at the September 8
meeting of the commission were faced
with the problem of how to fill two
vacancies with yet two more.appoint-
ments in order to be legal with the city
The city attorney. Bill Webster, was
asked to speak before the commis-
sioners started their agenda to explain
the various facets of the law which
affects the replacement of a commis-
sioner who dies or resigns while in of-
fice. The general rule in the past few
years has been that the remaining
commissioners appoint someone to fill
the unexpired term. There have been
objections posed at the last few meet-
ings and the citizens are looking for a
change in the way a commissioner can
be replaced.
The present situation is further com-
plicated in that Michael Horvath, who
had been appointed a few months ago
to fill a vacancy in seat 5, won elec-
tion over his sole opponent, Pam
Lycett in the recent election. However,
he resigned two days after the elec-
tion when he learned that he had
failed to observe a Department of Efl-
vironmental Protection (DEP) rule that
demanded he request permission to
run in a public election 10 days prior
to qualifying. Apparently, Horvath had
little choice it was resign or be fired.
He resigned the office before taking
the oath.
City Attorney Bill Webster said that
he was going to ask the State Board
of Elections and the Attorney General
for an opinion as to whether or not
Horvath violated the election laws by
his failing to notify the department
where he worked or if this were just a
violation ofa D.E.P. rule. He said that,
if Horvath was not a legal candidate,
then Pam Lycett probably should be
automatically awarded the seat, since
she would become the only candidate
for that seat lawfully qualified.
He said, on the other hand, if Horvath
was legally qualified and if notifica-
tion is only a "company rule," then the
City Commission could follow their
own charter and appoint a person to
fill the unfilled time of four years. The
attorney noted that Lycett had said
she would not accept appointment to
the seat. Webster felt that he needed
the state opinion before he could ad-
vise the commission.
In the case of Jim Phillips, ex-com-
missioner, (water & sewer), Webster
said that Phillips had resigned from
that office in order to run against
Charles Millender for the position of
Mayor. Phillips had occupied seat 2
as Commissioner of Water and Sewer.
Webster told commissioners that the
number 2 seat could be filled by an
appointment that night if they so de-
Webster noted that at the last meet-
ing and at several preceding meetings,
Audrey Messer had asked if there was
any way to change the city charter in
regards to filling a vacant seat. At that
time, Webster had given his opinion
to the commission that the procedure
for doing that would be to petition the
legislature to enact a special act to
amend the city charter, which pro-
vided for filling a vacancy by appoint-
Webster said, "After more thought and
much research in this area, I found
that actually the city has two other
options in addition to that option." The
city has the option under Home Rule
Provision to change its own charter.
This could be accomplished by ordi-
nance. Secondly, it could be done by
citizen petition with signatures of 10
per cent of the registered voters in the
most previous city election. The citi-
zens can gather the 10 per 'cent, then
take the petition to the city commis-
sion and petition the city commission
to change their charter. At that point,
a summary of the proposal must be
in. "clear and concise language" and
must be created saying what the ef-
fect would be on the voters. A special
city election can then be held; or a
proposition could be placed on the
ballot of the general election to be held
in November of 1996.
Assistant City Clerk Mary Lou Mathes
said that she believed the cost of a
special election would be around eight,
or nine thousand dollars. The propo-

sition would require a simple YES or
NO vote and at that point the charter
could be amended to have vacancies
filled by special election.
Webster did caution the board that the
present vacancies must be filled un-
der the terms of the present charter
which calls for appointment by the
Webster at one point said, "No one
anticipated that we would have had
the number of vacancies in office that
we have had recently. There is no one
who has been appointed to office or
has been elected to office, who has
asked for or has had anything to do
with those vacancies being created.
We have had people get sick, people
died, and were elected to county of-
fice. The vacancies are not anyone's
fault. No one has conspired to create
the vacancies."
He commended the commissioners
who are serving or have served for
their community on the Carabelle
Commission in the face of the turn-
James Brown said, "We are just com-
ing off of a position where four people
on the city commission were ap-
pointed, not elected. That's not fair."
He added that he was in favor of a
special election and said that he felt
the people who wanted special elec-
tions could have the needed signa-
tures in 48 hours. He added that'he
felt the present system was "taxation
without representation." He added
that if the present situation could not
be changed he was ready to put his
city taxes into escrow and advised oth-
ers to do the same. He also volun-
teered that he would pay for a special
city election. Brown added that he was
not talking about what has happened
in the past but he saw the danger of
appointed boards in the 'future. John
McKnight said, "If you want to see
what appointed boards do-take a
look at the Port Authority."
Commissioner Buz Putnal said that,
should a special election be held, he
wanted his name to be put on the
ballot for the seat he now holds by vir-
tue of being elected without opposi-
tion. George Jackson said he was not
so much in favor of special elections,
"But I would like to see this charter
changed to where, if someone was
elected, he would only fill the unex-
pired term." Jean Reakes interjected,
"George, some of the appointments
smell of cronyism."
At this point Buz Putnal gained the
floor and stated." I want to say this
one more time, so you will know how
I feel. If you can get the minutes-I
believe it is March, for an hour and a
half I sat here and argued this very
thing. I volunteered to run a two year
term. I'm glad to sit here and talk and
be as civil as I can, but when you start
being accused, that's not the way we
should be." John McKnight asked
"Where is the city limits of Carrabelle.
When I moved out and took my new
home I was supposed to be outside
the city limits." He added that we
should find out where the city limits
are. Putnal interjected that the new-
est signs were just "Carrabelle Re-
cycles" signs.
Charles Millender criticized former'
Mayor Carlton Wathen for offering his
name for an appointment to a seat
other than mayor. Webster told
Millender that anyone has that right
under the present charter. Will Morris
asked that the published list of people
who had put their names forward for
vacancies be made public. Ms. Messer
said that.Woodrow Judy should have
resigned earlier to allow someone to
run for election. The attorney cor-
rected her and said that whatever time
Judy resigned under the present char-
ter, it would have to have been done
by appointment as he had two years
to go on the term.
Jean Reakes said that she did not like
special elections, but added, "We don't
want to spend $10,000 to let the
people speak, but we can spend
$50,000 or more on some things." The
mayor said he was in favor of special
elections. Jackson said that he was
in favor of appointing someone to fill
the term until the next general elec-
After more heated discussion Jackson
said," I don't feel like I belong here. It
would be great with me if we have.elec-
tions because if the people are not
satisfied with me then I don't want to
be on the board. Let me say that right
now. I can come off any time." Putnal
said, "I'm not mad or anything like
that, but I really don't think I want to
do this for four more years. When you
have this election, I want to go ahead
and make this statement now. I would
really like to put seat number three

there and let you have an elected offi-
cial in this seat. I have been ridiculed
up here, I have been slurred and I re-
ally don't need this. He added that he
came to the board with a vision of the
city being kind of like a "Mayberry" (a
mythical television series where the
people were always kind to one an-
Several people began to say that they
had no problems with Jackson or
Putnal and it was not personal. Jack-
son stated," I really don't think I be-
long here. I love Carrabelle or I
wouldn't be here." He added that there
seemed to be an effort to ridicule
people and that was not right.
Gary Reakes said that none of the
present three commissioners should
take any of the things said person-
ally. "The cronyism Jean [Reakes] re-
ferred to. Buz, and you took excep-
tion to, seemed like it was very strong
for a while with those people who are
departed from the board at this time
and it is a way-if we change this
charter-to keep people from feeling
this whether it is right or wrong."
Suggestions to appoint a committee
and to hold a separate workshop failed
to be acted upon. The mayor warned
the commissioners that he would be
on their heels and looking over their
shoulder so that the job would be done
well, and said he would check on
them, like it or not.
The attorney will check on the possi-
bilities and bring an answer to the
commission at the regular meeting on
2 October. It was decided to not fill
any positions at this time. The city
decided to run an ad and ask for any-
one wishing to place their names for
selection to the vacant seats. It
seemed to be a general feeling of those
present that something was going to
be done and it would be a subject for
the next meeting.
In addition, the commission voted to
approve the 1996-7 budget, dropping
the millage rate just a little. City em-
ployees will also get a three-per-cent
across-the-board raise. Commission-
ers also approved the Port and Air-
port Authority budget.



Notes from the September 19
Franklin County Commission

*The board voted to discontinue in-
stalling culverts for Franklin County
residents on January 1, 1996. The
board decided to set the January 1
date to provide other local businesses
the opportunity to prepare to take over
the county's culvert installing respon-

The board also decided to charge Re-
altor Tom Beavers one-half of its' new
rate schedule for installing culverts.
Mr. Beavers, who had already paid for
the installation of nine culverts on the
county's old rate schedule, had to fork
out an additional three thousand dol-
lars to have his culverts installed in
the Emerald Point Area east of East-
point Previously, the board only
charged residents for the cost of the
culvert itself.

Mr. Beavers requested that his nine
culverts be grandfathered in, because
he had paid under the older rate
schedule before the board had decided
on a new rate schedule. Beavers said
that County Engineer had told him his
site would be grandfathered in. Al-
though Mr. Beavers had paid for his
nine culverts before the board created
a new rate schedule, the county de-
layed in cashing the Realtor's check
before implementing their new rate
schedule on Septe'mber 5.

Attorney Al Shuler stated that Mr.
Beavers should be grandfathered in
and that it appeared that the county
had already entered into an agreement
with the realtor.

"Now, Mr. Shuler, why didn't you tell
us this two weeks ago," responded the
chairman, "We had the same discus-
sion." Shuler said that he was wrong,
because he wasn't fully aware of the
facts. Commissioner Ed Tolliver urged
the board to have Mr. Beavers prop-
erty to be grandfathered in. "We have
accepted his money, it's a done deal
and we ought to go with that." said
Tolliver. Commissioner Raymond Wil-
liams offered to "meet Mr. Beavers
half-way" and have the site done at
half the new rate schedule's cost, pro-
vided that Mr. Beavers provide dirt for
the work to be rendered. Mr. Beavers
reluctantly agreed to accept Commis-
sioner Williams' compromise., :

*The board agreed to endorse the sec-
ond part of the 1995-96 Recycling
Education Grant, the Litter Control
and Prevention Grant and the Com-
munity Based Program Grant that

"Board-Certified Specialists"
Drs. John J. Maceluch
and Gregory K. Morrow
Announce the opening of

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Carrabelle resident Will Morris chal-
lenged the Exclusive Agent contract
between developer Gene Langston and
the Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority at the September 14 meeting
of the Carrabelle Port and Air Port
"What I have a problem with is the
exclusive agency," said Morris, who
pointed out that Mr. Langston was a
licensed developer. "A lot of times, as
the exclusive agent, he must neces-
sarily consider his own livelihood and
weigh that against his position as
agent for the board; and I believe they
come under conflict."
. "If you owned a house and you went
to a Realtor and told him. 'I'd like you
to rent this house for me and I'll give
you a percentage of the pay.'" asked
Chairman Donald Wood. "Is that a
conflict of interest?" Morris responded
that if the Realtor had a contract that
insured he would obtain ten percent
for every piece of land that was sold,
it would be a conflict of interest for
that Realtor to try to sell his own land
at five times it's worth at the expense
of taxpayers.
"This is the same thing that (Jim)
Lycett is talking about." said
Langston, who stated that his prop-
erty in question was on the market
for the past two years. "Nobody ever
approached me from the city or the
Port Authority about buying the land.
Now, what I do has nothing to do with
you (Will Morris) or this board or the
City of Carrabelle or anybody else." Mr.
Langston said that he had no idea that
the City of Carrabelle had any inter-
est in buying land from him. "The only
person who has approached me about
buying that piece of property is Barry
Woods (a Port Authority board mem-
ber). I have never talked to a city com-
missioner about it. I have never been
before the city commission trying to

funds the Keep Franklin County
Beautiful Program. The grants were
presented by Solid Waste Director Van
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton stated
that the county's employees seemed
to have the road striping machine "un-
der control." Hamilton stated that Al-
ligator Point Road had been striped
and appeared to look fine.

",'he board approved a master plan
for the airport, which was completed
by Airport Consultant Pal Rivers. Mr.
livers said that his plan addressed
all the provision set forth by the state
of Florida and the FAA. Rivers stated
that there were some discrepancies
between property owners and the air-
port committee. "We've got everything
resolved except for one property owner
in the corner. If we use the stake we
use, he's over a few inches. If you use
the stake he uses, you're on his prop-
'The board voted to approve road
preparation for Bald Point on Alliga-
tor Point. Chairman Joseph Cordell
of the Alligator Point Water Resource
District had sent the board of county
commissioners a letter requesting that
they include an agreement on the part
of the Mader Corporation to relocate
their water line to a new easement.

Cordell wrote, "Since we are a com-
munity owned, non-profit state entity,
financial profit is not our motivation
in this matter. We simply feel that the
financial burden of moving this line
should be borne by the developer
rather than the citizens of Franklin

"If we leave it like it is," commented
Chairman Mosconis, "A few years from
now, the waterline is gonna' be out in
the ocean anyway. So, we're gonna'
pay for it now, or they're gonna' wait
for it latter." The waterline is on the
county right-of-way.

*The board voted to enter a contract
with the Department of Community
Affairs for the
reimbursement for damages caused
by Hurricane Erin. The contract pro-
vides that the Franklin County will
receive approximately $5000. of which
75% will be paid by FEMA and 25%
by the state of Florida.


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sell it to them. And frankly. I don't give
a damn whether they buy it or not."
Mr. Morris stated that the exclusive
agent should be seeking land exclu-
sively for the Port Authority. "What am
I supposed to do," asked Langston,
"Knock em' in the head?" Chairman
Donald Wood directed Mr. Morris to
drop his line of questioning, 'This has
to do with nothing else." said Wood.
Mr. Morris then asked why the Port
Authority did not advertise their meet-
ings in the newspaper as many other
boards did so. Chairman Wood said
that the meeting times were posted at
city hall and in the Carrabelle Post
Office. When Morris again asked why
the Port Authority did not advertise
in the newspaper, a member in the
'audience stated. "John Lee doesn't
like us."
The Port Authority then closed their
meeting, but Mr. Morris insisted that
he was not finished talking. "Are you
here on your own volition?" asked
Chairman Wood. Morris responded
that he was a concerned citizen speak-
ing his own peace.
The board then re-opened their meet-
ing. "Make it brief." instructed Wood.
Mr. Morris questioned if the exclusive
agent's contract was legal. He ques-
tioned "whether it (Langston's con-
tract) embodies a conflict of interest
and whether it binds the board to fif-
teen years of contract with Mr.
Langston, which is beyond the cur-
rent statutory terms of the present
board members and future board
Chairman Wood stated that Mr.
Langston's contract renewal came up
in October of 1995. "Let me make it
easy for you," said Langston, "All
you've got to do, regardless what the
contract says, if you don't want me to
be your agent, just say so and you can
have it today."

*The board set a November 7 public
hearing to discuss the establishment
of a special development in the Green
Point area.

Green Point Representatives Jack
Dodds and Chuck Crabtree attended
the board meeting and stated that
their development plans had not de-
viated much since the project was
approved they the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) in 1991.

The Green Point site, which is located
on Highways 65 & 98 in Eastpoint, is
intended to have a recreational com-
plex which will include swimming
pools, tennis courts and an 18-Hole
golf course. The site is also expected
to include a ten acre commercial area,
which will feature small shopping
units. Furthermore, the site is ex-
Dected to include 40 acres covered by


man-made lakes and 200 acres for
residential units.
*Mark Currenton with the County
Planners Office announced that the
state of Florida had created a new
state forest entitled, Tate's Hell State
Forest. He said that the site currently
contains 70.000 acres and noted that
additional acquisitions are expected.
Currenton said that the state of
Florida had enough to purchase ap-
proximately 200,000 acres, though
the property owners have shown re-
luctance to sell the land.

Mr. Currenton said that Franklin
County would receive 15% of timber
sales that the state cuts. He noted that
their would be a small amount of tim-
ber cut in the beginning as the land
was clear cut before the state bought
the land. Currenton reminded the
board that, for planning and zoning
purposes, there are fewer acres of ag-
ricultural land available for develop-
ment. Commissioner Raymond Will-
iams motioned for a density transfer
to avoid losing home sites. The board
voted unanimously on the motion.
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Mr. Morris asked why there even
needed to be an exclusive agent for
the board. Chairman Wood responded
that the matter had already been to
the Ethics Committee and that every
board member was cleared of any eth-
ics violations. "I have been here many
years and I have never had the first
mile paid to me. I have never had the
first meal reimbursed. And I have
never received the first penny. We are
serving free gratis. Are we to take away
from our own jobs and our own time
and pursue things that we can hire
an exclusive agent to do for us? And
if he doesn't perform, he doesn't get
"I don't mind incentives," said Morris,
"But when your incentives are tied to
the profits you make as a private busi-
ness matter, then you're mixing per-
sonal livelihood decisions with public
business. And that constitutes a con-
flict of interest."
Chairman Wood asked Morris if he
were an attorney. When Mr. Morris
stated that he wasn't an attorney, Mr.
Wood stated that the contract had al-
ready been reviewed and approved by
an attorney." What would.you have
done if you was on this board?"
Mr. Morris questioned the advice that
the board received from their attor-
ney. "That's your opinion." said Wood.
"And if you want to change it, I rec-
ommend that you try to get on this
board." He Concluded, "Remember
one thing. Those that can, do. Those
that can't, criticize."
The board then closed their meeting
as Mr. Morris and Wood questioned
each other's right to make derogatory
comments towards one another.

Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 22 September 1995 Page 3

Editorialand Commentanr

High Stakes: A Perspective

on Adult Literacy in Florida

By Sandra B. Mortham, Florida Secretary of State
Illiteracy is a devastating weight that keeps over 2 million adults in
Florida from being all they can be. September is "Literacy Month in
Florida,"... This is an excellent time to reflect on the problem of illit-
eracy in our state, and the challenges and opportunities to address
the problem. Being unable to read, write, and do simple arithmetic
poses a tremendous obstacle for many Florida adults. Illiteracy af-
ects their quality of life, their ability to locate and maintain jobs, and
their relationship with other members of the community. Illiteracy
weakens the state's economy, increases the crime rate, and creates
higher taxes to sustain social service programs for the chronically
The Stakes are High. Illiteracy costs Florida at least $167 million
each year in lost business productivity, unemployment, unrealized
tax revenues, social support, and law enforcement. Over one-third of
Florida's welfare recipients have not completed nine years of school-
ing; approximately 71% of mothers receiving Aid to Families with
Dependent Children (AFDC) have not completed high school, and half
of the state's chronically unemployed cannot read or write. Florida
has the highest crime rate in the nation. It leads the nation both in
violent crime and in overall offenses per 1,000 population. More than
56,000 inmates are incarcerated in state correctional institutions.
Approximately 69% of Florida's inmates have not completed high
school, 72.3% have reading skills below a ninth grade level; and 22%
test below a 5.9 grade reading level. We face critical problems as we
approach the year 2000 lack of literacy skills among workers, a
growing population of adults unable to read, and a dramatic increase
in the number of young families in economic hardship that negatively
impacts children's ability to learn.
Hope for the Future Florida has developed an ambitious plan, Blue-
print 2000, to address the overall education needs of our state. This
plan includes seven goals, the seventh of which is "Adult Floridians
are literate and have the knowledge and skills needed to compete in a
global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizen-
-ship." Thousands of literacy providers and supporters throughout
Florida share this goal, and are banding together to attack the spiral-
ing problem of illiteracy in Florida. Among the most vigorous part-
ners in the fight for literacy are Florida's public libraries and the
thousands of volunteer tutors who participate in their free literacy
I am proud to be the chief library officer in Florida, and urge all Flo-
ridians to educate themselves and others about literacy issues and
services in their local public library.

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invites all lasagna loving individuals to attend the Lasagna for
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The event begins at 5PM. For more information, please
contact the Holy Family Center in Apalachicola (653-2784),
the Carrabelle Library (697-2366) or the Eastpoint Library

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Curmudgeon's Corner
By Tom Markin
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Contract with America
It is becoming obvious that no one has the courage to shoot Santa Claus, even
though he may well be a stupid, profligate old fellow who is in the process of
rapidly destroying American civilization. However, since he enthusiastically
scatters taxpayer's money all over the country, it seems recipients thereof and
their supporters in Congress will defend him to the death.
I and millions of other Americans were fervently hoping that when Newt Gingrich
and his young Republican tigers took over the House of Representatives and
secured a majority in the Senate, Santa Claus would be in deep trouble. The
House budget committee published an impressive list of over 300 programs,
committees, and projects that would be terminated under the GOP budget.
The list to be terminated ranged from Amtrack subsidies, to midnight basket-
ball, to Title X "family planning" for Planned Parenthood, the Legal Services
Corp. (AMEN!) to maple syrup research grants. Many of the wasteful, obso-
lete, and even harmful programs have been the bane of productive, taxpaying
citizens for years.
One place the Republicans are retreating that is painful for me to watch is the
area of corporate subsidies, or corporate welfare it is more accurately de-
scribed. John Kasich, chairman of the budget committee, pledged "to get busi-
ness off the dole." He was going to save billions of dollars by ending such
unneeded, wasteful programs as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Small
Business Administration (SBA), The Export Import Bank, the Rural Electrifi-
cation Administration (REA), major farm programs, and a host of the rem-
nants of FDR's alphabet socialism.
What happened to the wonderful scenario that was going to get the dreadful
weight of hundreds of boondoggle programs off the aching backs of the work-
ing people? Well, Washington observer Stephen Moore in a recent column
says the House and Senate appropriations people in charge of actually spend-
ing your tax dollars in Washington "have placed virtually all of these programs
on a permanent life support system. Business as usual is reigning again on
Capitol Hill as the old bull appropriation chairmen 'the cardinals' as they are
called retain program after program that the full house has already agreed
should be killed."
The present informed estimate is that at best, only 10-20 percent of the 300
slated to be killed will really be gone come January.
I find this situation simply infuriating. Any idiot knows that in the name of
sanity the government should get out of about 75 percent of its money trans-
fer programs where they rape the taxpayers and throw away the dollars on
special interest groups. Let's end NOW the dreadfully egregious programs dis-
cussed earlier. Let's drastically cut the military and the bloated military sala-
ries and pensions. Let's close down the departments of education, energy, and
commerce. Any reasonably informed, observant person can list a number of
programs that should be given final rites.
True, some of these programs are being cut back. But unless they are com-
pletely obliterated they will grow back like noxious weeds. Reagan made big
cuts in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Small Busi-
ness Administration, but in six years of Bush and Clinton, these programs
are as big as ever.
The productive people of America are getting a bellyful of their money thrown
away by politicians. The pressures to cut government grow; the people are
grumbling and disenchanted. Among many citizens there is a feeling Con-
gress and the president will not give them relief, which bolsters an increasing
feeling of the need for a strong man who will make massive changes by decree.
Let's hope our political leaders have the wisdom to recognize this feeling in the
people, and make the necessary changes to head off this alternative.
In the meantime, have no doubt but that Santa Claus is alive, and doing very
well in Washington.

Pandering Press &

Political Pomposity

by Will Morris

At the Carrabelle City Commission meeting of September 18, I pointed out
that Donald Wood, Chairman of the Port Authority, and Gene Langston, ex-
clusive agent for the Authority, were'business partners in LangWood Indus-.
tries at the time Gene Langston purchased eight acres of land for $10,000,
which he is attempting to sell to the City of Carrabelle as a private citizen, for

Mr. Wood admitted that this assertion was true. In fairness to Mr. Wood, he
also asserted that their business association did not influence his decisions
as Port Authority Chairman.
I then pointed out the problem of a strain on public credibility as far as the
Port Authority recommending such a proposal to the City, giving rise to ques-
tions of propriety, crony-ism, insider information, andconflict of interest.
I further explained that Mr. Wood's comment that the Authority had been
looking for land to expand the airport for years did not square with Gene
Langston's assertion that he had shown the property to three separate Port
Authority members, and that they had shown no interest. It seems to me that
the availability of this acreage should have been disclosed to the Port and
Airport Authority in regular public session at that time.
Citing recent local newspaper coverage in which Langston denied any special
relationship with Wood (claiming that in a small town, people just can't avoid
knowing each other), I stated that such a statement did not square with the
belatedly admitted business partnership between the two.
I also pointed out, that according to Langston's contract, future building con-
struction at the airport is subject to Langston's approval and supervision, and
that he is contracted to receive 10% of the construction costs of such, which
would tend to drive up the cost of such construction, contributing to higher
rental fees. Langston is also contracted to receive 10% of all rents and leases.
Furthermore, at the most recent Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority meet-
ing, a lengthy exchange occurred between Don Wood, Gene Langston and me,
which was covered by the press.
In that meeting I offered three specifically stated contentions of conflict of
interest in the exclusive agency contract:
(1) Gene Langston represents both the buyer and seller as the repre-
sentative for McKissick properties and the exclusive agent for the Port

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Alligator Point

Paul Jones

A handful of Franklin County officials should to be enrolled in a Dale Carn-
egie Course. They sure did not make friends and influence others by the fos-
tering of a rather threatening letter that was mailed to almost a dozen or so
beachside homeowners on Alligator Point.
The following is the body of that letter written on September 7. on Franklin
County letterhead:
Dear Alligator Point Property Owner:
Your house has been identified by the County Building Official.
County Engineer, and myself as having suffered the loss of sand
from around the pilings to the extent that we are concerned the
house is unsafe to live in.
Please respond within 30 days as to what you propose to do to
stabilize the structure. If you have no intention of taking action,
we may be forced in to having the electrical power turned off.
Governor Chiles did issue an emergency order after Hurricane
Erin to allow property owners to replace sand lost because of the
storm. The order allows you to take action and notify the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection within a certain time period. I
urge you to take advantage of this.
Until action has been taken to stabilize the structure we are ask-
ing you not to rent or live in the structure. If you have questions
about what you need to do, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Carroll,
Building Official, or myself.
Alan C. Pierce
County Planner
Folks, guess where these cited property owners are located...Yep, at the East
and West ends of the infamous County Road 370 Seawall (road revetment).
Granted, there are three or four properties that have substantial structural
damage to warrant immediate remedial action. However, the Franklin County
officials knew back in February that scour (sand) erosion was imminent at
these particular sites once the revetment was in place.
That is when these Franklin County officials should have made a pre-seawall
construction inspection of abutting property in an effort to counsel and warn
owners of the pending sand erosion.
Even now the appropriate action would have been to contact these dozen or so
homeowners and advise them of a scheduled date and time to meet with them
-personally or with their representative to discuss specific structure stabiliza-
tion needs and provide solutions that the Franklin County Officials could
Only, if the homeowner refuses to cooperate, does the county issue such an
insensitive mandate.

The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association did hold their annual general meet-
ing on Saturday, September 9. Minutes of the meeting that revealed that their
only business of the day was the nomination and election of new officers and
Returning board members were Jim McCachern, Dolores Pogrebniak, Glenn
Price, Priscilla Williams, and H.C. "Sat" Satterfield.
New elected board members are Bob Burnette, Frank Gibson, Gene Mellot,
Bill Scaringe, and Sherry Tolbert.
Taylor Moore continued as APTA President as well Bunky Atkinson as 1 st Vice
President and Bob Harwood as Treasurer. Paul Parker was installed as 2nd
Vice President. No one has volunteered to serve in the Secretary slot vacated
by Lisa PrinciData.

(2) Gene Langston represents both the buyer and seller as a private
developer and real estate broker who owns Timber Island Realty. There
are specific laws governing this type of situation as it applies to govern-
ment business.
(3.) Gene Langston represents both buyer and seller when he purchases
land in his own name, and the Port Authority recommends it for sale to
the City of Carrabelle for airport land acquisition.
I questioned the legal validity of the exclusive agency contract, which provides
for three automatically renewed 5-year periods that may not be discontinued
unless "material default" is proven, thus committing the Authority to a pos-
sible 15-year conflict of interest, and binding present and future board mem-
bers to a questionable situation well beyond the limits of their statutory terms.
Local media coverage has been spotty, leaving the public with either no image
at all, or an image of a citizen who was concerned, but poorly prepared to deal
with the responses of the officials he was questioning. In reality, it was the
other way around.
The Times statement, "Morris then attacked on another front." depicts a bel-
ligerent citizen. No such depiction is made in regard to the public officials. In
reality, it was the other way around. Sometimes a simple matter of writing
style can inadvertently contribute to a flawed picture.
Many relevant and newsworthy details continue to be passed over in the local
media. As a result, there is a gap between what occurred, and what appeared
to occur: the concerned citizen appears, by default, as relatively uninformed
and lacking in objectivity, whereas the public officials were portrayed as ob-
jective and informed..
The result of such distorted press/media coverage is that the citizens of Franklin
County were denied pertinent and crucial information concerning the pro-
ceedings of their government. In these, times, the electorate depends on the
media for its information. You will never see 10,000 people at a meeting in
Franklin County. Obviously then, a representative democracy depends on
fair and accurate reporting by the news media. Without it, we are left with an
electorate that is misinformed, misguided, and cut off from the specifics of
what their public servants are actually doing.
In such a case, what is the point of freedom of the press? Freedom of speech
and freedom of the press become irrelevant notions, and democracy is sadly
diminished when the press effectively censors itself by whitewashing its own
coverage of public proceedings.

And last but not least: any attempt by a public official to belittle and humiliate
a concerned citizen, at a public meeting, boils down to an attempt to discour-
age the right of that citizen to participate in the political process. It is not just
a matter of rude and boorish arrogance of power. It is un-American. When I
attend a public meeting to express my views. I am exercising not just my right
to do so, but my responsibility as a citizen in a democracy.

Franklin Briefs from page 2
*The board agreed to hold in abeyance
the $217,000 for education and re-
training funding from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development
as it relates to the Franklin County
School District.
In a letter from the Superintendent of
Schools, C.T. Ponder wrote, "The
school board desires a clarification of
the commission's intentions for the
use of the balance of these funds, par-
ticularly since members of the com-
mission had initially approached the
school district about using the funds
to develop and implement vocational
re-training programs. As you know,
following these initial discussions, the

commission committed the funds to
the school district for the purposes
already described."
Commissioner Dink Braxton stated
that he had met with school board
members and had expected that they
would present a plan. "We're not in
the school business. We felt that they
were," said Commissioner Braxton.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal stated,
"Right now, there's no use educating
these people if you don't have the jobs.
So the prison is the priority."
*The board approved the Interlocal
Agreement with the Wilderness Coast
Public Library and also re-appointed
Michael Allen as theirrepresentative
to the Wilderness Coast Library for a
second year.

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Paee 4 22 September 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



The Honorable Judge William Gary

Frank Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender

Franklin County Court House
September 11, 1995


Robert L. Jones: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery on a Child, the
defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
pre-trial on November 13.
The defendant allegedly committed sexual acts on his ten year old daughter
between July 1 and August 30 at the GulfView Motel. In a probable cause
report, the defendant implied that his daughter seduced him. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carolyn Miller: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the defendant
pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on
October 9.
The defendant allegedly attacked Ms. Tracy Ford on August 1 at the Southern
Villas Apartment Complex in Apalachicola. According to the probable cause
report, the defendant became upset and struck Ms. Ford, because Ford would
not allow the defendant's son to stay at her home. Ms. Ford, who was six
months pregnant at the time she was attacked by the defendant, still fought
back to "defend" herself. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Charles R. Savage: Charged with one count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon,
the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on October 9.
The defendant allegedly discharged a 22 caliber revolver near the "Old Buck-
eye Cellulose Office" in Carrabelle on August 19. According to a probable
cause report. Officer Michael Eller was dispatched to the Carrabelle location
as a result of a disturbance call that alerted the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department of the situation. Officer Eller found Ernest Lynch and the defen-
dant at the Carrabelle site. When Officer Eller asked which of the two indi-
viduals had a firearm, Lynch stated that the defendant possessed a firearm.
When Eller asked the defendant if he had a gun, Mr. Savage stated that he did
possess a firearm. According to the probable cause report, Officer Eller lifted
the defendant's t-shirt up and discovered a 22 caliber western style revolver
tucked in the defendant's pants. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Mitchell Lee Monroe: Charged with two counts of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on October 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William E. Riley: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon and Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant pled No Con-
test to the charges.
Tne defendant allegedly attempted to traffic a stolen firearm belonging to Jimmy
Richards on August 9 at a structure on Gibson Road. According to the prob-
able cause report, the defendant pawned the stolen gun to Lenny Polous for.
fifty dollars. According to Mr. Polous, he gave the defendant thirty days to pay
back the fifty dollars. If the defendant failed to pay'the fifty dollars in the time
allotted, the firearm would then have belonged to Mr. Polous.

Assistant Public Defendant Kevin Steiger requested a guideline sentence for
the defendant of 15.8.months in the Department of Corrections. "I think Mr.
Riley has learned his lesson. Let him do his time and get on with his life."
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams responded, "Considering this is his
sixth felony, I don't think a guideline sentence is appropriate." Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 15.8 months in, the
Department of Corrections. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $255.00 and
ordered him to pay $125.00 for public defender's fees.
Norman B. Williams: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pled No Contest to the lesser charge of Burglary of a Structure.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to eighteen
months of Commnunity Control probation. Judge Gary also fined the defen-
dant $255.00. The defendant was represented by Attorney Al Shuler.
Crystal Keith: Charged with one count of Possession of Less than Twenty
Grams of Cannabis, the defendant pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the
case for October 9. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sand-
James Don Glass: Charged with one count of Possession of Less than Twenty
Grams of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis and Possession
of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for October 9. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Stephen S. Dobson, III.
Charles Dixon Brown: Charged with one count of Attempted Manslaughter
with a Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant
pled No Contest to the charges.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stated that the defendant's previous
offenses involved domestic violence. He further stated that the defendant had
shown no remorse for his crimes committed.

Attorney J. Gordon Shuler stated that the defendant had expressed remorse
for his actions. "He said he was sorry. He was truly sorry." Attorney Shuler
stated that, while the injuries to the defendant's victim were serious, they did
not leave any physical impairment.

Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to four and
one-half years in the Department of Corrections with 354 days of jail credit for
time served: "I don't want probation for him [the defendant]. I want the man to
do his time," said Gary, "And I want him to get on with his life. If he comes
back again, he'll be looking at habitualization." Judge Gary also ordered the
defendant to pay $255.00 in court fines.
Sean R. Madison: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine and Pos-
session of Cannabis, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on November 16. The defendant was repre-
sented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Tammy H. Shiver: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis, the
defendant pled Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on Novem-
ber 16. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with one count of Escape, Battery and Resist-
ing Arrest without Violence, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for October 9. The defendant was represented
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Billy James Beverly: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure and
Grand Theft, the defendant pled No Contest to the charges.
The defendant allegedly stole equipment from the Alligator Point Volunteer
Fire Department on September 14, 1994. "If you want to become a fireman,"
said Judge Gary, "Go to fireman's school." He continued, "If you come before
me again, you'd better bring your toothbrush, because they don't give them
out in jail."
Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to two years of probation and fined him
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
James Earl Coultier: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and Battery, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for October 9. The defendant was represented
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Joseph: Charged with four counts of Uttering a Forged Check, the de-
fendant pled No Contest to the charges and promised to give testimony against
co-defendant Valerie Croom.

Lionel Sanders: Charged with thirteen counts of Forgery, Uttering a Forged
Check and one count of Unemployment Compensation Fraud, the defendant
pled Not Guilty to the charges.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion of pre-trial release
on behalf of the defendant. Mr. Steiger stated that the defendant was a long-
time resident of Franklin County, who had no prior violent criminal offenses.
"He has ajob waiting for him," said'Steiger, "He's not going anywhere." Judge
Gary responded, "That's the problem. Most of the time, they never go any-
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams argued against pre-trial release. "Based
on the number of felony offenses in this individual's record, we feel that it
would be inappropriate for pre-trial release. Based on the charges, we feel
that there is an underlying drug problem." He concluded, "No one has even
come forth to take Mr. Sanders into their custody."
Judge Gary denied the motion for pre-trial release, but reduced the defendant's
bond from ten to five thousand dollars. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to refrain from writing any checks, good or bad, if he were able to make
his bond. "And we sure won't take any of his checks [to post bond]," said Gary.
Jeannette Kirven-Floyd: Charged one count of Resisting Arrest Without Vio-
lence, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for a motion hearing on October 9. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Robert A. Harper.
Aysha Wright: Charged with three counts of Battery on a Staff Member of a
Detention Center (Inner Harbour Hospital), the defendant pled No Contest to
the charges.
The defendant allegedly assaulted Inner Harbour Hospital staff members Tim
Edwards, Wilburn Baker. Jr. and Julie Teneralli on May 13, 1995. The defen-
dant, who is fifteen years old, was the last of the Level 8 Juveniles to be
charged in Second Circuit Court at the expense of Franklin County.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty, sentenced her to 56 days in the
Franklin County Jail and gave her 26 days of jail credit for time served. Judge
Gary also fined the defendant 8255.00, but reduced the fine to a civil judg-
ment. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Adrian L. Daniels: Charged with two counts of Resisting Arrest With Vio-
lence, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Corruption By Threat Against
the Public and one count of Possession of Cannabis, the defendant was found
Guilty by jury trial of one count of Resisting and Officer with Violence and
Possession of Cannabis.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams recommended that the defendant be
sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender, while Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger requested a guideline sentence.

"If you look at the guidelines," said Steiger, "He doesn't rank that high. This
guy, at most, scores twenty-three months. It's not like he's an axe murderer."
Mr. Williams responded, "Nothing in the guidelines says you have to be an axe
murderer to score an HFO [Habitual Felony Offender]. He over qualifies, if
that's possible, as an HFO."

Mr. Williams warned that the defendant already had a rape conviction. "I could
ask for more than ten years. I wish I could ask for all of his life." Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger stated that the defendant only had two convic-
tions in his record. "I don't think a record like this is what the legislature had
in mind for an HVFO [Habitual Violent Felony Offender]. Even the jury had
trouble of convicting Mr. Daniels of a violent offense."
Adrian Daniels stated, "I ain't proud of my past. I wasn't convicted of rape. I
was convicted of sexual battery with force. He's [Frank Williams] trying' to make
me out to be an axe murderer." The defendant explained why he resisted the
local authorities. "They [Apalachicola Police Department officers] was beating
me. They came at me in a manner to hurt me. I just tried to defend myself."
Judge Gary stated, "I think the public does need a little protection from Mr.
Daniels. He is exactly the kind of person that the legislature intended to be an
Judge Gary sentenced the defendant as a Habitual Felony Offender to eight
years in the Department of Corrections and gave him 216 days jail credit for
time served. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $255.00 and ordered him to
pay $50.00 for public defender's fees.

Norman Bill Williams: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and
Violation of Probation, the defendant pled No Contest to the charge and ad-
mitted to a Violation of Probation.
Judge Gary revoked the defendant's prior probation and sentenced him to
eighteen months of community control probation. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Al Shuler.
Benjamin Dwayne Judson: Charged with a violation of probation, the defen-
dant entered a denial of violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hear-
ing on October 9. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin
John Lawyer Thomas: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant
had entered a denial of violation and was granted a V.O.P Hearing on Septem-
ber 11.
At the V.O.P. Hearing, Assistant State.Attorney Frank Williams stated that the
defendant had seven Violations of Probation. Williams stated that the defen-
dant had not complied with curfew and had mislead his community control
officers with untruthful statements of his whereabouts to them.
Dennis Thicklen, a Community Control Officer from Hillsborough County,
testified that the defendant was out of his residence without permission on
several occasions and that he also failed to report to a probation meeting.

Sherri Cullens, also a Community Control Officer from Hillsborough County,
stated that the defendant had made several misleading statements to her and
that he had not been cooperative. "I got along with him, but he [John Thomas]
had a problem with me." said Cullens. Ms. Cullens said that the defendant
lied to her, ignored her and even slammed his door in her face.
John Thomas stated. "I do dislike her [Cullens], but I don't hate her." Address-
ing the said violations, Thomas stated that he had to leave his home, thus
violating the curfew, to avoid getting into a fight with his step-father. "My
step-father's a bum," said Thomas, "And I've got a quick temper. I'll admit
that." Joan Thomas Anderson, the defendant's mother, also testified that she
requested her son to leave to her house to avoid a fight.

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The defendant also argued that on another occasion his mother mistakenly
told him that he had an appointment with a local judge, whom the defendant
said was a friend of the family. Ms. Cullen had testified that she had con-
tacted the said judge and was told that Mr. Thomas did not have an appoint-
ment. Ms. Joan Anderson testified that she had mistakenly taken the mes-
sage from the said judge. "And my mother doesn't lie." stated the defendant,
"Not for me or for anybody."
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger pointed out that Mr. Thomas had
successfully completed three of his five probationary terms. Steiger also noted
that the defendant held down two jobs and was taking community college
courses. "I suggest you get him to pay the rest of his fees and get him off of
community control."
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams urged that the defendant's commu-
nity control be revoked. "Perhaps this person should have never been put on
community control. He's a bad candidate. He's got a bad attitude and he's not
cooperative." Mr. Williams questioned the defendant about his alleged cur-
few violations and implied to the defendant that he wasn't being truthful. Mr.
Thomas responded so angrily to Mr. Williams' line of questioning that Judge
Gary slammed his hand against his table and loudly directly the defendant to
answer Mr. Williams' questions.

John Thomas (L) gives testimony to the court. Judge William
Gary (R) orders Mr. Thomas to speak in a civil tone and answer
the questions from the Assistant State Attorney.
"Mr. Thomas only hears what he wants to hear," observed Judge Gary, "He's
got an attitude. It gets in control of his life. No one tells him what to do."
Judge Gary told the defendant that he attributed the alleged violations of
community control to a breakdown in communication. He told the defendant
that he would reinstate his community control, but cautioned "this young
man better have an attitude change." Gary continued, "You better get permis-
sion from now on if you leave your house. I don't care If your mama tells you
that God, Jesus, the President of the United States and Moses himself has an
appointment with you. You're gonna' follow the rules. If you came back to see
me again, you better kiss your mama goodbye, cause you're going to prison.
And you better learn to get along to those individuals [ Judge Gary pointed at
the community control officers]. You don't have to like them, but you're gonna
work with them. They ain't gonna' change. You're the only one who's gonna'
Valerie Croom: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant entered
a denial of violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a V.O.P. Hearing on
October 9. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony V. Thornton: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant
entered an admission of violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion,. sentenced him to thirty days in the Franklin County Jail and gave him
twenty-one days of jail credit for time served. Judge Gary also reduced all
outstanding court costs to a Civil Judgment. The defendant was represented
by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Joe Duncan, Jr.: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant
entered an admission of violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion, sentenced him to 27.2 months in the Department of Corrections and
gave him 371 days of jail credit for time served. Judge Gary also reduced all
outstanding court costs to a Civil Judgment. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Barbara Sanders.

Monta C. Wingate: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant en-
tered an admission of violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion, sentenced him to sixty days in the Franklin County Jail and gave him
thirty days of jail credit for time served. The defendant was represented by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby C. Martin: Charged with a Violation of Probation, the defendant en-
tered a denial of violation and was granted a V.O.P. Hearing on September 11.
At his hearing, the defendant explained that he had epilepsy and was unable
to afford
medicine for his illness. The defendant said that his epileptic seizures oc-
curred three time per month and caused him to forget his probationary meet-
ing for almost a year. "I can't go to the hospital, cause I ain't got no money. I
mostly be at home. I got hit in the head with a bicycle rim and I lost my mind."
When Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams began smiling, the defendant
respofided, "I'm not finding this funny. I know you do."

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Court Dockets continued from page 4

Probation officers Robert Bradford and Elisha Crum stated that they were not
aware of the defendant's condition. Mr. Bradford stated that the defendant
had not attended a probationary meeting since October of 1994. At the Octo-
ber meeting, Bradford stated that the defendant refused to submit to a uri-
nalysis test.
The defendant was asked to recall several dates and appointment times by the
Assistant State Attorney. During the questioning, Mr. Martin was able to look
at a paper he was holding and report a correct appointment date. At thht, Mr.
Williams noted. "There are three types of memory. Good. Bad and convenient.
He (Mr. Martin) has the third type." Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
stated that the defendant was able to make a correct identification, because
he held the answer in his hand. "This court should not find that the defendant
willfully missed his appointments and failed to pay his fines."
"You may be confused, but you sure don't have a bad memory," said Judge
Gary. When the defendant walked from his public defender to show the judge
the paper he was holding, Gary yelled at Mr. Martin afid ordered him to stand
by his attorney. "When you get a law degree, you can come marching around
this court room like that."
Judge Gary then revoked the defendant's probation, sentenced him to thir-
teen months in the Department of Corrections and gave him 65 days of jail
credit for time served."Judge Gary also reduced all outstanding court costs to
a Civil Judgment.
Amanda M. Allen: Charged with Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest With-
out Violence and a Violation of Probation, the defendant pled Not Guilty and
entered a denial of violation of probation.
The defendant allegedly cut Michael Allen on the hand at the Eastpoint Apart-
ments on August 3. 1994. In his probable cause report, Officer Timothy Reg-
ister noted that Mr. Allen was bleeding "profusely" from his hand; he wrote
that, when he ordered the defendant to come from behind a vehicle, she stated,
"You ain't going to mess with me no f***ing more." Officer Register reported
that he maced the defendant with pepper spray to subdue her.
As preparations were being made to set a V.O.P. Hearing date, Judge Gary
observed the defendant giggling and looking back at her friends. "Tell your
defendant that she better find someone else to take care of her kids if she
continue s with this behavior," said Gary to the public defender, "If hat I read
here is true, she's definitely looking at some jail time. She can smile and
smirk all she wants to. If she wants to go to prison, we can do that for her. She
definitely needs an attitude adjustment. Jail ain't cool. Judge Gary set a
V.O.P. Hearing for October 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Leroy Yarrell: Charged with a Violation of Community Control, the defendant
entered a denial to the violation and was granted a V.O.P. Hearing on Septem-
ber 11.

At the V.O.P. Hearing, Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger stated that the
defendant was looking for ajob on several different occasions and unwittingly
violated his community control. 'This was not willful. It was confusion," said
Steiger. He continued, "He would have been back on time, but he had car
problems. He had a flat tire. If he were trying to lie about this violation, he
wouldn't say that he had a flat tire. He would say that he thought he was
supposed to be back at 7 [pm]." Steiger said that the defendant was under the
impression that he could could go job searching between 1pm and 6pm. Com-
munity Control Officer Gerald Evans stated that the defendant did not have
permission to leavehis house.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stated, "He [Mr. Yarrell] knows the
conditions and he knows the routine. There's always confusion when people
lie." Judge Gary concluded. "We don't have a jury here to confuse. It's just me
and I'm used to this dance." Mr. Steiger returned, 'This ain't no dance. It's my
client's life."
"I find this story totally incredible," concluded Gary. Judge Gary then revoked
the defendant's probation, sentenced him to 33.3 months in the Department
of Corrections and gave him 65 days of jail credit for time served. Judge Gary
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Judge Van Russell then sentenced the
defendant to 15 years under the Vio-
lent Habitual Felony Offender's Act to
the Department of Corrections.

Convicted Drug Arrest

Child Molester in Eastpoint

Eugene "Pee Wee" Carter

Assistant State Attorney Frank Will-
iams was asking for the maximum, at
least thirty years in the Department
of Corrections, for convicted sex of-
fender Eugene "Pee Wee" Carter at the
September 11 Second Circuit Court
"During his brief lifetime." said Will-
iams, "He's [Mr. Carter] committed
every crime that's known to man. He
sells poison on the streets. He's been
convicted of murder. Now he's gradu-
ated to child molesting."
Mr. Eugene Carter allegedly fondled a
thirteen year old on March 21, 1995.
Carter had visited the home of Paula
Prince on that evening and had asked
to use her telephone. In a probable
cause report, Ms. Prince stated that
she had gone to sleep shortly after
Carter had asked to use her phone.
Prince alleged that her niece had
climbed into her bed later that
evening. The next day, Ms. Prince said
that her niece had told her that the
defendant had fondled her the previ-
ous evening. Although Ms. Prince did
not report this incident to the police
after being told about it, staff mem-
bers from the school that the thirteen
year old girl attends did report the
event approximately one week after
receiving information concerning the
alleged molestation Mr. Carter de-
nied the charges against him; during
his jury trial, he stated that if he did
commit the crime of molestation, he
was not awake while it happened.
"I don't know why these people made
these crazy charges against me," said
Carter before sentencing, "I am a very
good person on the inside and on the
outside. I just don't see why I was con-
victed of a crime I didn't commit. If
anything happened to that girl, I don't
know nothing' about it."
Mr. Carter presented the court with a
petition signed by 87 individuals on
behalf of the defendant that assured
that "allegations of Lewd and Lascivi-
ous Acts on a Child is very much out
of context and is highly unlikely to
have happened." Each of the 87 sig-
natures were signed in the sanie
handwriting. Some of those signatures
included those from children aged one
through six years old. Even one of the
first names of an individual signing a
petition was misspelled (the name
"Brian" was spelled "Brain").
A letter from Rev. and Mrs. Robert
Scott of the True Gospel Mission
Church in Chiefland was also sent to
the bench imploring fair and equitable
treatment for the defendant. The let-
ter concluded, "We are praying that
you will consider, and use your. abil-
ity thru the wisdom of Jesus, to please
help this young man."
Assistant Public Defender argued for
a guideline sentence. "Yes, he's com-
mitted some serious criminal offenses.
But he's not a very good criminal; he
gets caught. If he had been molesting
children, he would have been caught.
This was an aberration." Steiger stated
that there were no physical scars left
on the child' that the defendant was
convicted of molesting.
"True, there are no physical scars,"
returned Williams, "This is an emo-
tional scar she'll carry for the rest of
her life. This [Mr. Carter] is a sick hu-
man being. He has a cold and utter
disregard for the law. There aren't any
certainties in life. But there is a cer-
tainty that six jurors sat and listened
to his [Mr. Carter's] nonsense and they
said, "No."
Ms. Ridgeway, in addressing the
bench, turned to the defendant and
stated, "What you did to my baby,
she'll carry for life. I don't think she
deserves what she got."

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Major Jimmy Williams announced the
successful apprehension of a sus-
pected drug dealer in Eastpoint.
Florida on Friday. 15 September 1995.
According to Major Williams, investi-
gators for the sheriffs office received
information from a reliable confiden-
tial informant stating that an older.
gold colored Chevrolet Caprice would
be occupied by two black males who
would have cocaine in their posses-
The automobile was spotted and
stopped by a deputy near the East-
point Apartments. It was found to be
occupied by three men. Those men
were Johnny Gray, the owner of the
vehicle, Cedric Brown, and Tyrone
Patterson, Jr. Both Gray and Brown
are from Apalachicola. Gray con-
sented to the search of his vehicle, and
a small amount of compressed hash-
ish was found in a bag belonging to
While the three men consented to
body searches and were in the pro-
cess of being prepared to be trans-
ported to the jail to conduct the
searches, Patterson fled the scene on
He disappeared into a heavily wooded
area between the Eastpoint Apart-
ments and Bay St. George Nursing
Home. A search of the area was con-
ducted, and Patterson was located
after approximately three hours. He
was severely dehydrated and suffer-
ing from heat exhaustion. First
Responders and Emergency Medical
personnel were called to the scene to
render first aid. Patterson was trans-
ported to Emerald Coast Hospital
where he was treated and released to
the sheriffs office.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr., Bellgrade,
Florida, date of birth 12/28/69, was
charged with Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance and Resisting
Arrest without Violence. Patterson
appeared before the county judge on
Saturday morning and was released
on a $3,000 bond. The Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement has placed
Patterson into the status of habitual
violent offender. Gray and Brown were
not charged.
The sheriffs office would like to thank
the public for the valuable informa-
tion that is occasionally called in. It is
the eyes and ears of the public that
often lead to the arrest of suspects.

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Rev. Roy Bateman Recalls

Ten Years at Island First

Baptist as He Prepares for


Reverend Roy Baterman has been the pastor of the St. George Island First
Baptist Church for over ten years. He has been the first "permanent" pastor
of that church since 1985, and consequently he has become part-of the
island's history. He consented to the following interview with publisher Tom
W. Hoffer last Saturday, 16 Septembe 1995, in which he recalled his back-
ground, his role as spiritual leader for St. George Island in a dynamic pe-
riod of development, and his other activities in the region over the last ten
years. In some ways, this interview might be a farewell, but we think it
might also strengthen the ties between the Bateman's and the rest of us in
Franklin County. To the visitor to Franklin County and the newcomer resi-
dent, these recollections will add to their reservoir of historical knowledge
about the panhandle throughthe experience of one family which had sub-
stantial impact on others in this area.
Rev. Roy: I was born in 1938 in a little town called Warwest, Virginia. This is
in the southwest corner of West Virginia... A little town right down in the
mountains. My dad was a coal miner for many, many years. Retired from the
coal mines, as a matter of fact. I never did work in a coal mine (but) I've been
in one several times... We moved from West Virginia, back to Virginia where
my dad and mom lived when they were first married, and (we) lived in south-
west Virginia, which is right on the TennesseeIKentucky/West Virginia bor-
der. I lived there up until when I went into the Navy when I was 17 (1955) I
joined the Navy and also the Air Force, but wound up in the Navy. I was a
hospital corpsman. Had completed Field Med. School which is the field-medi-
cal terminology for the Marine Corps, and probably (I) would have gone to
Vietnam had I not got hurt...in an automobile accident in 1959, and lost an
eye and lost a lot of other vital (tissues) of my head... I am very fortunate. Lots
of plastic surgery. I'm totally blind on my right side. I have an artificial pros-
thesis on my right side. Then, later...I went to school to be an offset
printer...worked at that for a long time. Because of my eyesight I had an acci-
dent on the press and got my left hand caught in a big,'high speed press, I had
to quit that. And, then I went into accounting. I went to accounting and com-
puter programming school in Richmond, Virginia. All of this happened in Vir-
ginia, early 1960s...1968 or 1969. I worked.as an accountant until about
I felt like that this is what I wanted to ao and what God wanted me to do with
my life, would be to be a music director. I was Pinellas Park, Florida, in 1974,
at First Baptist Church, working in the maintenance field, having had about
all the computers aat thattime. Wound up in Graceville,. Florida in school at
what used to be called B. B. I. Baptist Bible Institute. Now it's called Florida
Baptist Theological College. Completed a music degree there in 1978. left and
went to Virginia, and stayed from 1978 to 1980 and came back again in i980
and completed my degree in religious education. ...In 1980, I came to Apala-
chicola as the Minister of Music and Youth at the First Baptist Apalachicola.
Stayed there until 1985, and my first Sunday on St. George Island was the
day of Elena, if you remember about Hurricane Elena.
We were to come that first Sunday and be over here for service, and course we
couldn't come. My wife is retired now. Shirley...she worked for Florida Power
Corporation. She worked there almost 26 years...
So we stayed at the Florida Power office during that storm, in Apalachicola...The
interesting thing about that is the next week, we did not come... And, on the
third week we came by boat with Captain George Kirvin, his wife Modell, and
Captain Adolf Maddox and his wife Bea, and ran aground three times getting
over here (to St. George) and arrived at 11 30, met by Walter Armistead and
his .ife Went to the church and preached to a full house.
And, on the way back we decided we would try to plane (get the boat on top of
the water)...and it wouldn't do that. Captain Kirvin realized we had major
problems and found out that we had torn the foot off of the motor in the back
of this big boat of his. So, we started limping toward Apalachicola and bailing
water every so often. Finally, at 4:30 p. m. we put in at Eastpoint. (We) drove
from there over to Apalachicola to the Grill to get some dinner, and (we) ran
into a City signpost and tore the fender up on my car. So, it was an eventful
day. Our first Sunday on St. George Island.
I'm ee the first full-te pastor they've had on St. George Island. They had a
couple of part-time pastors. Phillip Kelley was here... and Mr. J. V. Gray, who
was a principal in Eastpoint Elementary school, was before him. I've been
here just over ten years. Labor Day was my Tenth Anniversary.
Shirley and I have only been married 13 years in December. When I came here
in the 1980s, my wife at that time, whose name was June, died in April 1982,
from cancer, at the Tyndall Air Force Base Hospital. I have two children; she
and I had one child but she also had four when we got married. Her (first)
husband is deceased.
Pameula, the oldest, is 40; she lives in Illinois. Paula is 39 and she lives in
Virginia. Kevin is 38 and lives in Vermont. Kent is 36 and lives in Atlanta,
Georgia. We had a daughter named Claudia, 28, who lives in Apalachicola.
Shirley and I married in December 1982. She has two children. Her son, Alex,
35. lives in Donalsonville, Georgia. A daughter, Beverly, lives in Raleigh, North
Carolina. We have 22 grandchildren.
I also have six brothers and five sisters. My mother and dad still live in Vir-
Shirley and I were married in 1982. She was an employee of Florida Power
Corporation in the Apalachicola office. She retired in 1991 with almost 26
years' with Florida Power Corporation. She lived in this area for 40 years. She
is from south Georgia. Her (first) husband, Bill Collins, was the former chair-
man of the Board of County Commissioners. He was sheriff Marshall's chief
deputy many years ago...
George Kirvin was chairman of the search committee... Walter Armistead apd
others were dealing with resumes and one the committee members was Hilda
Marlar who owned at that time, the Riverside Motel. She asked me if I would
put a resume in, and I said "No, I don't think so." I was not-wanting to do that.
I wanted to direct music. And, then later on she came back again and said.
"We want a resume." I said. "No, I don't think I want to give you one"... An-
other member of the committee at that time was a boy named Stan Garrett.
Stan was part of the air conditioner firm owned by George Pruett...He told me
one day "If you don't give me one, I'll find one somewhere else." So, I gave them
one, and after two or three interviews, I came over to preach for the church,
and I did that...In the meantime, I still thought I didn't want to do this... They
voted, and it was a unanimous vote for me to come and be
It has been a great ministry...I've been in the Ministry for over 25 years. When
I came, there were about 170 residents on the island. Now, it is my under-
standing that there are about 600-700 island residents. It has changed dras-
tically. When we first arrived, the island population was a lot less family ori-
ented, than it is now. Even though we still have a lot of the singles, students
during school breaks...The one real drawback in living over here at that time

Continued on page 6

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Rev. Roy Bateman continued from page 5
was the toll bridge. My wife having to go back and forth everyday...and paying
the $2 to get home. And, sometimes, for the ministry, church or other er-
rands, I had gone across as many as four times a day. So, that was quite
expensive for us to live. The church was very small when we came, (there)
were 21 members. We have been up as high as 99 members. And, now we're
down to 83 or 84 members. There was no other church at that time. The
Methodist Church was not here....
The minister's home was completed in June of 1986. We built a little building
which has come to be known s the Youth Hut... The Church calls it the activi-
ties building. For instance, the Boy Scout Troop 22 meets there on Tuesday.
Larry Hale is the able-bodied Scoutmaster along with several others who help.
The AAA meets there on Thursday evenings. We meet once a month with our
Fellowship Dinners on Wednesday night, first Wednesday night, and then we
have other activities in that building. That building was partially completed in
1985 when the storm came, and it blew the sides and roof off. Our intentions
were to get Fort Rucker, Alabama, flying crane service to pick it up and set it
back up on the building. But, they couldn't do it...
Alma Garrett and Dale Frederick were very instrumental in the construction
of that building...others were also involved. The Pastorium was finished and
we moved in June 1986. There have been a lot of improvements to the
church...We built office space and put in handicapped ramps...Redid the down-
stairs several times after a lot of water damage. We've been flooded ten times
in ten years. The water comes out of the Bay.
Marianna is larger than a small city and a whole lot larger than St. George
Island and the region. Here, most everybody knows everybody... In Marianna,
you don't know everybody, only those in your circle of friends. You know them
at church. I served there as a Minister of Music, which I had served 13 years
as a minister of music and youth, I was the minister of music, involved mostly
with the youth and music. I don't believe you have as many rumors flying in a
city area as you do in a small community such as St. George Island, or East-
Our church sits on about 25 acres of land and it was donated by Mr. John
Stocks and Mr. Gene Brown to the First Baptist Church of Apalachicola...No
strings attached...If the Church (on St. George) ceases to be a church, the
land reverts back'to First Baptist of Apalachicola... and if they do not start a
church, then the land reverts to Mr. Stocks. That is the way it is setup.

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View of St. George First Baptist Church showing
handicapped ramp.
The normal tour for southern Baptist Pastors is two years and six months.
About 26-30 months.... We don't operate like the Methodist or Presbyterian
Church... In the Methodist Church...they average about three years... We have
an upper organization but they are not a governing body. As a result the local
church is governed by the leadership in the local church... After ten years,
(Shirley and I)... felt like that they needed some new direction, and also we felt
like we wanted to spend some of our later years enjoying each other and
enjoying our life together. So, we plan on the' 29th of September' to go to
Blairsville, Georgia. Shirley has told me that she will let me have about three
months to help her and at the end of that... she will probably be ready to kick
me out and go preach somewhere... I've just turned 57 so I'm fairly young...
To be a pastor's wife (is a) most difficult job...Many times people are not aware,
when they say things that the Pastor's wife is present... But I know and in the
cases of other ministers, without your wife behind you, you would never be
able to make it, because you just cannot do it all by yourself. There is just too
much to do. Shirley has stood behind me. She critiques me a lot, on my gram-
mar especially, being from the south, and Virginia and the mountains...She
helps me an awful lot. She's a good sounding board. If I feel like the church
needs to do something, or go in a new direction, then I usually sound it from
her and she tells me if she thinks others will respond to that need.
The Board of Deacons. We only have seven right now... They are the leader-
ship in charge of the mission of the Church.
(In a typical week), I used to try to rest on Monday because Sunday is very
tiring. When I started pastoring over here, when I get finished at noon, I'm
wiped out (for a time). The energy level is like this (elevated hand) and then its
down here... Monday I used to try to take off, but it got to where I couldn't do
that. ...Besides trying to pastor and minister to those members of the church,
I'm also the administrator of the church, taking care of the day to day busi-
ness affairs, even though I don't sign checks nor handle the money... I would
try to take small increments of time several different days. A typical day starts
around 8 a. m. I have to think some on what I am going to speak on for
Wednesday night and the following Sunday morning and Sunday night of that
next week... There's visiting people, and many times that goes on to all hours
of the night. (These) cannot be planned for... When I first came over, I also
substitute taught.for the high school for three or four years. Mostly biology,
science and math courses. But, it got to where it was more than I could do.
And, there was no other minister over on the island and I cherish that.
Having been here almost 16 years in the county and having served the voice
of the Apalachicola Sharks for 13 years-the Stadium announcer...I served as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Ministerial Association in the Franklin County,
Chaplain and Commander of the American Legion Post #106 in Apalachicola,
and Chaplain of the County Jail for about 14 years...
The prisoners are searching for answers and of course I would like to hope
that I had the answer (for them) for their problems. In that regard, it has been
very rewarding time.
There is an increasing crime element-in Franklin County today. ...(In ten years)
I think it has gotten worse here on the island, especially since we've taken the
toll off of the bridge. It's not real bad over here...we have the alcohol problem
and we have a certain amount of drug problems but it is better than it used to
On Friday morning or afternoon, I finish my Sunday messages. If possible, I
take Saturday off...we have shopping and visiting to do. In my mind, Sunday
is the first day of the week...A minister is on call 24-hours-per day, seven days
a week...There's not a typical week. I have in a week's time made three trips to
Panama City and four trips to Tallahassee including hospital visitations.
You..have to hold people's confidence to where many times the stress is un-
bearable.., But, the reward is when I see a persons life change maybe by
something I have preached about, or maybe by a song I have sung, or a con-
versation that I might have had with them...and see a change in that person's
life. I don't think I could do anything else and be happy. I've tried it... The
problems you run into (include) running too far ahead of the church.,, Want-
ing to move a Church quicker than they want to be moved. They usually don't
want to do that. Staying too long at a Church, because when you stay too long
people get too comfortable with each other... There's no increase in
membership...There's not much happening... There is a need to practice a lot
of diplomacy...sometimes like that of a politician... Leadership is being able to
encourage others to present an idea... you have to be careful...When a preacher

Wellsprings continued
from page 1
S effort to rectify this termination
notice. According to Federal Medi-
care Guidelines, 42 CFR 489. 57,
Wellsprings can be reinstated with
it's medicare contract when the
out of compliance condition of
-. i participation has:
"been corrected and there is rea-
Ssonable assurance that it will no
recur," and and "has made satis-
factory arrangements to fulfill, all
of the statutory and regulatory re-
sponsibilities of its previous
agreement." (Federal Medicare
L Guidelines 42 CFR 489.57)

Forwarding Address
1616 Diane Street,
Blalrsville, Georgia 30512
Telephone: 706-745-7439
Blairsville is northeast of Atlanta, right on the North Carolina border. Blue
Ridge Georgia is to the west of us; on the east, Young Harris. We are about ten
minutes from North Carolina. Greenville is about an hour and 45 minutes
from there. We are about two hours from Atlanta, 2700 feet up on the side of
a mountain. It does get some snow but not much. There is cold and ice. We
are going to try it for a winter. We plan to come back often.

City Raises Employee to

Supervisor Over Board &

Public Objections



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Mayor Howell (left) exchanges a few choice words with
Commissioner Hill (right) over the promotion of Edward
Over the objections of Commissioner computer. It won't solve all of our
Wallace Hill, the Apalachicola City problems, but it will lessen up on the
Commission promoted city workers office work load. The girls in the of-
Edward Branch to supervisor at their fice are busy."
September 11 workshop. ,
September workshop."Someone has to supervise the in-
Commissioner Jimmy Elliot said that, mates," said Branch, "It's not count-
if Mr. Branch were promoted to su- ing a's employees, but you've got to
pervisor, he would only have one per- supervise them and it's a constant job.
son to supervise over. Commissioner At the last workshop, it was said that
Elliot recommended promoting you would give me a six month trial
Branch to foreman. "If more people as a foreman. I have been a foreman
come into the department, we can for almost four and a half years. How
raise him (Mr. Branch) right on up to do I prove myself? Whatever this board
supervisor." decides, I'm man enough to abide by."
Mayor Howell stated that Edward Commissioner Hill challenged the
Branch also supervised over inmates, board's ability to vote on a motion in
Commissioner Hill stated that, since a workshop. He also implied that the
inmates were not paid city employees, board had discussed the city business
they should not be officially counted, outside of the Sunshine Law. "I think
"The inmates have caused more ya'll have already made up your
trouble among the supervisors in the minds," said Hill.
city," said Howell. Commissioner Hill
responded, "Your logic just don't make Commissioner Frye stated, "There is
sense, mayor. I rest my case." a lot of carpenter work that Edward
(Branch) has done for the city that has
Commissioner Hill stated that the saved us a lot of money. He saved us
board cut a computer out of the bud-' several thousand dollars in the past
et to make room for Mr. Branch's year." Commissioner Frye made a
5000 pay increase. "It's (a computer) motion to raise Mr. Branch to super-
needed bad. The board is more con- visor and to keep the milage rate at
cerned with giving almost a five thou- 8.2914; the board then voted to ap-
sand dollar raise to one employee,- prove Frye's motion over Commis-
then they are in city hall where busi- sioner Hill's objection.
ness needs to be taken care of with a

A contemplative Edward Branch listens,
Apalachicola board discusses his future.

Rick James has stated that the Divi-
sion of Health Standard and Quality
would pay for all of Wellsprings' Medi-
care Bills for thirty days after the Sep-
tember 12 termination date. This, said
James, will give the medicare patients.
of Wellsprings a period of transition if
they so wish.to find another home
health care agency.
Mr. James stated that, even though
Wellsprings was only out of-compli-
ance with one condition of participa-
tion, the citation was serious enough
to cost the agency their medicare cer-
tification. "We'would not terminate
medicare services for a flimsy or tech-
nical case of being out of compliance,"
said James.
Wellsprings, however, has vowed to
provide care to all of their medicare
patients "Free of Charge" until they
are able to have their medicare con-
tract reinstated. As a concluding
statement in their September 13 news
release, the Carrabelle home health
agency affirmed that they stood "firm
in it's principles of quality care to all
of our patients and will continue to
provide the utmost in professional,
caring, and quality home health care."
Mr. James stated that, if Wellsprings
did re-apply for their medicare certi-
fication and were accepted, they would
have to undergo a "reasonable assur-
ance" period determined by the Health

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springs. "The sticky part of this is the
reasonable assurance period," said
James, "Whatever problems that ex-
isted would still be known to HCFA."
Mr. James stated that the reasonable
assurance period was much like a pro-
bationary period in which the agency
had to be in compliance until HCFA
was satisfied that the agency would
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preaches a sermon based on a scripture, it may sound as if you are the person
he's is talking to but you don't have the problem he is talking about... (Ideally)
the message never has any one particular party singled out in the weekly
I might not resist writing something about Resort ministry, which is what we
are, we are-a resort community...We have such a turnover of people in our
congregation. Many times...we have more visitors more than regular mem-
bers. In ten years, there have been thousands in our church according to the
cards I have accumulated in a shoe box...

I may write guidelines...I will probably do Bible conferences, maybe revivals.
maybe do a little bit of supply preaching, directing music, if I could... Cer-
tainly, I would like to preach in Sunday school, I am a specialist of that in
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George Kirvin Recalls

Franklin History- Part II

This is the second of two interviews with the late George H. Kirvin
conducted in 1985. Tom Hoffer and graduate student Timothy Newell
interviewed Mr. Kirvin and his wife Modell on 19 April 1985 at their
home on St. George Island. This interview was one of several com-
pleted in 1985 for use by writing students in the Florida State Univer-
sity Department of Communication writing course for film and TV
media. In these excerpts, Captain George talks about attempts to close
portions of Apalachicola Bay for conservation, the Franklin County
Seafood industry, and the beginnings of development on St. George
Island. Mr. Kirvin died at age 85 on 23 August 1995, a 70 year resident
of Franklin County. Part I was published in the issue dated 8
September 1995.
The Plan to Limit Shrimp Harvesting
George: (At the 1965 courthouse meeting) Here was a lady that came up front
to the mike, and she said, "Now is the time to get rid of this man for once and
for all... Throw him out the court house window." Of course, she was just
using this as an expression. There was no threat to my life... They asked for a
showing of hands....There's 98 per cent opposing my recommendation (to close
off part of the Bay for oysters)... There's two per cent in favor of it..."
The marine patrol...they turn their head at 80 and 90 count shrimp. (These
are the baby shrimp, Mr. Kirvin explained). The count per pound with a five
per cent tolerance. (60 count, for example, means the number of shrimp per
pound. As the number increases, the shrimp are smaller per pound. The count
sometimes reaches 120 or more. Over-harvesting has, in his opinion, destroyed
the shrimping in Apalachicola Bay.)
...They accused me of wanting to let the little shrimp grow up and then mi-
grate out of the Bay so our big boats could catch them...my son and I. They
felt I was trying to restrict them by closing this area... This was not true.
Your pink shrimp migrate. Your white shrimp and your brown shrimp, they
are a local shrimp. They hatch out here in eight or ten fathom ofwater...in the
Gulf, and then (they) move back in here at the pass, and they come into the
nursery ground the marshes and the shallows... Shrimp in the Gulf will
spawn in May, June and July...We recommended that they close this area
three miles off shore March. April and May, starting at Cape San Blas...run it
parallel with the beach three miles off shore right on down to Cape St. George...
Close this to any type shrimping...This area in here would then be closed (to
shrimping) and be declared an oyster growing area. Then I recommended we
open up...(some areas) for private leasing or control leasing...For example, a
man would have to be living in Franklin County before he would be eligible to
apply for a lease...(Another restriction would be to limit the leasing to) 25
acres at a time. Let him lease 25 acres and plant it...and if he's not got it
planted and doesn't keep it properly posted, let it revert back to the State...
You'd get the bottom of that Bay planted quicker than you would ever get it
planted through the State's ...program.
Then again, there would be a few of those individuals who would become
wealthy off of private leases, because they would maintain their lease... All of
this came out in this hearing...They wanted the big boats stopped but they
were not willing to stop themselves...
The Seafood Community
The seafood people are fine people... I wouldn't want anything to hurt them...
(There are) two different kinds of seafood people. You've got the fisherman and
you've got the winos...
I had one lady who said she was never able to understand why Jesus chose
his disciples, his apostles out from among the fishermen... I said I think that
Peter, James and John, and those men were fine men. They made a good
living. They made money. And, they were top fishermen. They were not winos.
They wanted something. They wanted to have something. And, this is the type
you've got today. You have some people in the seafood business that lives
today and has no concern for tomorrow... But, you have got (others)...that
believe in conserving...
You know, I'm a Christian man. I'm proud to say that. And, I believe in Gen-
esis, the First Chapter, verse 28... When God sat down and talked to Adam
and Eve, and he said, "Go forth and multiply and subdue and replenish this
creation that I have given you." I think that he was saying there... Most people
take it (to) bear children... I don't agree with this thinking at all. I think he
said "I'm giving you a universe here, I'm giving you the fish of the sea, I'm
giving you...Apalachicola Bay...You take.that Bay and go out there and you
plant it. You subdue it. You take care of it. You have good conservation, good
law enforcement and you take care of this thing, and promote it... Well, we sin
everyday on these lines (pointing to map showing open and closed areas). Fine
Christian people do this. ...I feel that this...is a responsibility... but there's an
element of people that don't want monopoly. (Others) are not willing to work it
themselves. Now, it takes work to plant oysters. It takes work to develop and
protect that bottom out there...
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Kirven Recalls from page 6

Poaching on Leases
You see we had two leases. On foggy days, he would hear'em over on one
lease, cullin and working. Well, he'd get in his little boat and go over
there...They'd hear him a coming. And, they would crank up and run over on
the other lease, and it was just back and forth like that...That was when it was
foggy. We had a lot of problem with this. But, then again, you've got people -
there's nothing wrong with them they just want to go out and work today.
They're not concerned about their children, for tomorrow or their
grandchildren...I think that God intended us to conserve and take care of this
from generation to generation, And, I'll say our greatest threat to Apalachicola
Bay is the people that work out there
Marine Science Curriculum
I worked hard for a number of years to try to get marine science subject in our
schools...starting at the 8th grade going right on through where a fella
can...graduate in this know exactly what he's doing...knowing what the op-
portunities is out there in this Bay, and all fields of it...
Tom Hoffer: Have you been successful in getting that into the curriculum?
George: No sir, we haven't. We're still working on it...Now, Dr. Livingston, he
worked with us. He has helped us some on this... We had meetings on
this...They began to retire out of the education... So, it seems to be dying
along as it goes. What I argue is that we need to be teaching our children
something about what they are going to be doin for a lifetime, and the oppor-
Young People Leave the County
Now, the great howl through the years has been, and I don't mind saying this,
I've been active in the Chamber of Commerce, I've been a Rotarian through
the years. I've been active in civic affairs. And the great cry in Franklin County
has been we bring up some of the finest children to be sure, and...we educate
them, and they have to go off yonder to get a job, to make a living. I say right
here in Franklin County, if we would conserve our natural resources, put in
our own factories now most of our production is shipped out to other ar-
eas- Tampa, out in Louisiana... and all to be processed. Where the real money
lies. I say that what we need is processing plants right here...Now my son is in
this...Then we'll get the top dollar out of our stuff... But, I think that most of
the people, they're just afraid. They've just lived today and let tomorrow take

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come in here and they (I often use the expression (they have a) pair of overalls
and a dollar bill in their pocket and they don't change either one. They don't
buy our Coca Cola, they don't buy our gasoline, and they gather up our oys-
ters and most of them are illegal oysters, they take them out and they carry
them to other areas.
Florida Marine Patrol
The Marine Patrol has become something other than what I think it really
intended. It was intended to be worked from a conservation standpoint. Now,
the Marine Patrol is more or less out here running, looking for drugs, and this
sort of thing...leaving our conservation undone. Then, there's another thing
we do in passing laws. We don't put no teeth in the law. We've got some good
laws on the books but then again there's no written in penalty...
We've got a fine judge: a fine lady. She's a wonderful person... She's been re-
elected three terms. Then again, politics in a small community...the great
majority of people... are seafood people. Well, they're the political...votes, you
see. And, so they (the judges) listen to them. And, they (the fishers) go out and
catch $250 worth of oysters...and then the Marine Patrol might make a case
against them...Then, it goes to court. And, he (the fisherman) posts this $35
bond. And, he goes out the next day and catches another $250 of the same
garbage, trash, baby shrimp...
Then, whenever they appointed this seafood committee, which my second
cousin, Gene Rattfield, is on that committee, appointed by the Governor, I
believe it is, seafood committee, I had great seafood hopes they were going to
study the whole industry...and recommend laws and take it out of the legisla-
ture, so to speak, where politics would not be involved. I listened to it, and
(it's) politics again. Each one of them men, they had public hearings, all over
the whole state, ...the voice of the people, they're you go again...
Modell: (She points out that George "shouldn't be so hard on them") He has
never worked for anybody. You know, when you are your own boss,' you can
afford to do it... But, when you are making your living in the Legislature, you
have got to go with the majority, or you'll be out.
George: I have been asked to run for county commissioner, over and over...My
answer is that I could not be elected. It would be impossible. Because I would
listen to every opinion, and if you want to get somebody that knows everything
about the seafood business, but you get somebody who hasn't been working
in it but a very short time. He can tell you all about it. The longer anybody
works, actually the more that they realize...that there is a lot to be learned.
You keep on learning...First place, I wouldn't have been elected. They know
what I stand for.
You get in a meeting. I was up front. And, so were some of my opponents.
There were businessmen who just did not want to be heard. They were scared
on account of their business being boycotted.
Closing Apalachicola Bay
So, this Bay, properly handled, (we could) close this as a nursery
ground...There's a trend now for the sports fishing industry to close the entire
Bay to shrimp, and this would come to pass in the next ten years, they'll close
this entire area (pointing to map). In time to come, we've got to close all of the
inland waters, all of the nursery grounds in the State of Florida. This will be
when the Federal government comes in and will say we're faced with feeding
the people. We're not going to kill the baby fish on the nursery grounds. We're
going conserve it...(allow them) to grow up, where there will be some quality
and be some production from it. Someday this will come to pass, when educa-
tion takes over, and people will know what they have got to do.
I don't believe there's anybody that has more interest in Apalachicola Bay
than I do. I made a fortune out there when my family was working hard, a lot
of study, ...until today our boat's now are shrimp. I sold out to my son in 1978
and retired. Now, then 95 per cent of all the shrimp that he produces he
closed down his oyster beds-I closed it down before I retired and our clam
business Well, now then, his shrimp, 90 per cent of them are coming from
Texas, Alabama...he skips, and we come down, to Key West...(and onto) South

St. George Development
I know and you know that this island is going to be developed. And, you get it
developed too heavy and its going to have its toll on the Bay...And, it's going to
have its toll and effect on our way of life. When they built the bridge, I said 'put
a piling bridge all the way across'... In God's creation, he made this Bay espe-
cially to grow shrimp, to grow oysters, and now we found that it grows a lot of

clam. It's open down here at this end, West Indian Pass... If there's any pollu-
tion that comes out of this river it comes out, and a west wind, the current will
sweep this away... If a wind is westerly, it comes out and it goes this-a-way
(east). This fill in here (as part of the Patton bridge) has blocked a lot of that
flow... It interfered with nature. This is the reason we're having a lot of prob-
lems with pollution in the Bay...
Sikes Cut
A fellow that worked for me for years wanted to take a shovel and get others to
go down to the Cut and 'we'd fill up Bob Sikes channel.' I laughed at him.
What an ignorant statement. Because Bob Sikes Channel has protected the
Bay from killings (of oysters). When you have a tremendous rise on the (Apa-
lachicola) river....this comes out (from the river) with such force that it does go
out, comes across (the, Bay) and goes out Bob Sikes channel. We've never had
a major kill on oysters since then. (Note: Too much fresh water affects the
saltwater-fresh water mix and can be dangerous to the oyster beds, especially
if that fresh water is polluted upstream and washes into Apalachicola Bay.)
Fresh Water Flow from the Apalachicola
Before Bob Sikes channel was cut, and there were huge rises on the Apalachi-
cola river, it might take up to three years for the oysters to recover.
Jim Woodruff Dam has hurt us tremendously. Then, again, it has helped us
some too. It has held up a lot of water that might have killed the oysters in the
Bay...When they built Jim Woodruff Dam and they cut the water off we never
realized the effect that this would have on our oyster industry. Well, immedi-
ately here came the conchs in, here came the leaches in, because here came
the salt water in. Up to then, there was enough steady flow of fresh water ...
coming down the river that it kept these predators pushed out into the Gulf...
When they cut this water off at Jim Woodruff Dam, and then the first time in
the history of Franklin County people saw saltwater flowing upstream on the
rising tide...So we actually lost Porter's bar. It is not a productive bar any-
more. We also lost St. Vincent's dry bar. We lost that to the conchs. We don't
have that...

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George: They were partners for years. And, I became very close to both of
them, especially John Stocks...I was in the office one day and John
Stocks...(came by)... He said, 'Captain George, what can we do to make St.
George's island a more family type development, a better place for people to
live, where we can cater to a family-type living...' Just off-handed, I said, 'build
a church.' He said,' There's no community that's complete without a church.....
Stocks said, :Let's work to this end, that we have a church on St. George's
island.' About a year went by and he said to me, in Bobby Howell's office...
'George, will you be at my office tomorrow at 9 O'clock?...' So, anyhow, I came
over and he had the maps on his desk... Right here, (gesturing to a map) there
were 25 or 26 acres...He had it colored in yellow... (Mr. Stocks said, 'George I
was driving across the bridge. I looked at that beautiful point over there and I
visualized a beautiful church over there...' 'He said. I would like to deed the
First Baptist Church that piece of property...'
He said, '...if you and your church would take the spiritual leadership and
develop this, and build a church there, ...Gene (Brown) and I will make the
land available...'
I was on Planning and Zoning Board, the first thing I thought about was that
he was trying to manipulate me... 'John, if you're trying to manipulate me...by
offering us a piece of land that you know we want worse than anything...just
forget it.' Money can't buy me. Property can't buy us. Mr. Stocks replied. 'Cap-
tain George. If I thought you were that kind of man, I would have never been
down here in the first place. He said, 'We will take the church property that
I'm wanting to give and we'll develop that and have a place where people can
come to St. George's island and have Christian leadership, and Christian en-
vironment'... And, then he said (in regard to) the development of the island,
'we'll still have something to fight about that.' 'I don't want any commitment
out of you...'
This was the way it was done. He gave us a...deed to (the property). It was
approximately $478,000 Worth of property. Today (1985), that same property
is appraised at a little over a million dollars... We have a nice little church
down there. We have a ball field down there....
Family and Friends
My son, he majored in business administration, came back and worked with
us in the seafood business. Right here, in Franklin County, today, my son is a
multi-millionaire. He has made it. Donnie Wilson...came off of one of our boats.
working as a deck hand. When I decided to go out of the oyster business, I had
watched him. He had worked with me all through the years. He was honest,
hard working; wanted to have something...
I told Donnie that I was fixing to get out of the oyster business. I'd like to just
put you in business and set you up. Give you my crew and I'll buy your
oysters until such time that you are financially able to carry...your own self.
For two years, I bought all the oysters he could produce. He had my crew. He
had my equipment...After two years, he came to me and told me he could
carry himself now. Of course, I was making money hand over fist, handling
his oysters, but we didn't need the money especially...I was wanting to get out
of it, out of the business. I would believe today that Donnie is a millionaire in
that short of time. So, let me tell you there's money to be made in the seafood
business in Franklin County. And, if they conserve and take care of the
resource, and one day, through education, they'll do it... Apalachicola Bay
furnishes the blue crab...this whole side of the Gulf (to) Tampa Bay. We're the
ones that raise the blue crab and these shrimpers kill them literally by the
St. George
...The island was sold to a man by the name of...William Popham. When I first
came to Franklin County, anywhere you looked you seen a two by twelve foot
board with the name Popham written on it with oyster shells... He owned this
Bill Wilson and Clyde (Atkinson) two fine men, both of them...We leased the
island (for) range.rights, for running cattle from them. Bill came to us and he
told us...he wanted to sell the island. He offered us through our attorney (Burt
Floyd)...to Jessee Kirvin and myself for $75,000. ...The entire island.
Modell: The entire island.
George: That didn't cover what was later little St. George's Island.
Modell: In those days, that was a lot of money... But we got to thinking, what
would you want with all that land? We never dreamed that there would ever be
a bridge over here...
George: Our attorney wanted us to buy it. $25,000 apiece, he wanted us to
buy it. This was about 1940 when he offered the island to us...
The fishing industry is a great life... I often said that when Jesus chose his
disciples, I can understand very clearly why most of them were fishermen... I
believe they were good fishermen. I believe that they were businessmen...
And, most of all they have seen the beauty of His creation.

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banquet for the Franklin County chapter of the American
Cancer Society. Over forty individuals & businesses were
awarded plaques and certificates at the banquet in
appreciation for their work at the Jail and Bail fundraiser.
Over $21,000 were raised and $24,000 were pledged at
the Jail and Bail fundraiser. Harold Stewert was the highest
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Danny Holton and Amanda
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noe trip on the Ochlockonee River
near the Franklin County line on
30 August. They not only sighted
manatees but swam with them for
several hours. Holton was still
quivering with excitement as he
told the story of their encounter.
He said the they were lazily ca-
noeing in the quiet secluded wa-
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of creature on a large mud bank.
As they grew nearer they saw that
it was a large male manatee who
swam over to their canoe. Seeing
one manatee is exciting but
Holton went on to say "There were
twelve manatees in all from. the
large fellow to a small aby. None
of them seemed to be a bit afraid
of us and we slipped into the wa-
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They seemed to like our canoe.
We sighted them At four o'clock
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Holton added that having this
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experience he has ever had.
Holton added sadly that many of
the manatees had deep cuts and
marks where they had had colli-
sions with propellers on motor
boats. He said that if the mana-
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rivers on a regular basis we
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Selling Homes
on the Air Waves
at St. Geo Island
Marian Miley, owner of Light-
house Realty, St. George Island,
has brought the talking house to
St. George Island. The latest aide
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AM radio transmitter is placed in-
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the detailed "briefing" which ra-
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Press wrote "Buyers love it, sell-
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of Realtors around Metro Detroit
who use it." The News, in Boca
Raton quoted an agent, "...Some
people stop and listen out of cu-
riosity... I definitely get more
qualified buyers because they
know immediately if the house
meets their needs." There is also
the element of participation with
"talking houses." One Boston
agent reported that people are
paying more attention to the list-
ings than normal, "It allows them
to participate rather than just
drive by." The talking house with
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