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Publication Date: February 23, 1996
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The Published Every Other Friday

Franklin chronicle

Volume 5, Number 4

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Rex Hill

Up In Arms

About the


In Lanark


Would-be residents Rex and
Arlene Hill attended the February
19 meeting of the Lanark.Village
Water and Sewer board in the
hopes that they would be given
special exception to the district's
moratorium on water & sewer.
Mr. Hill stated that he had re-
ceived a verbal promise from then
board Chairperson Carl Bailey
that he would be allowed to hook-
up to the district's water and
sewer when he n he needed such
services Mr. Hill said that he
could provide the board with a
sworn affidavit attesting to such
an assurance.
Board member James Lawlor told
Rex Hill that the affidavit was not
necessary; he said that Mr. Bailey
was no longer a voting member of
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer board. "At that time, water
and sewer was available," said
Lawlor, "At this time, water and
sewer is not available."
Mr. Hill stated that he had
$60,000 invested in property that
he could not build upon. He said
that, in order to have an aerobic
system placed on his lot, he would
have to move the site- of his resi-
Board member Phil Shiver said
that a septic system could be in-
stalled at the cost of approxi-
mately $3,500. He addressed Mr.
Hill, "The problem is that we've
honored anyone who has had a
permit and was available, but not
one [permit] that's [received] af-
ter the fact." He added, "We're
maxed out on our use for our
water and sewer plant and are
nearly maxed out on our vacuum
plant." He stated that the board
would look into the possibility of
allowing the septic tank user to
wait three years before hooking
up to the district's water and
sewer when such services are
made available.
Mr. Hill said that he had already
sold his home in order to move
into his Lanark Village residence.
He said that he now is forced to
rent a home until the matter of
water and sewer is resolved.
"We're not in a position to put out
this kind of money." Mr. Hill com-
plained that he was never in-
formed that he needed permission
to hook-up for sewer and water
services. Mr. Hill alleged that
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed him that he was the first
person that the water and sewer
board did not make an exception
for to provide such services.
Commissioner Phil Shiver said
that the alleged statement from
Alan Pierce was incorrect.
Mr. Hill questioned the board
about Joe Butler's case. Hill was
informed that Mr. Butler had suc-
cessfully won his claim in court
against the board. "Is that what
it takes?" asked Hill. He stated
that he had heard of rumors al-
leging that the board implemented
the moratorium, because they did
not want to encourage new devel-


School Board


Brings Up


Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed took excep-
tion with his fellow board mem-
bers at the regular February 8
meeting concerning an alleged
procedural inconsistency at a
prior meeting.
Mr. Speed was absent at the
January 18 meeting in which resi-
dent Graham Armistead stood
side-by-side with Franklin County
School Board members and ad-
dressed the audience about the
state of education. Speed cited an
article in the January 26-Febru-
ary 2 issue of the Franklin
Chronicle entitled, "Parent Brings
Briefcase Full of Complaints to
School Board" and questioned
them on how they could make an
exception for Graham Armistead
and allow him to stand beside the
board and speak to the audience.
"I don't see how the board or the
chairman could permit a visitor,
parent or whomever it is to get up
and come before the board, get
behind board members and ad-
dress the board and the audi-
ence," said Speed. He directed his
attention to Chairperson Will
Kendrick. "That's kind of hard for
me to understand, Mr. Chairman,
how you let that get by like that
as chairman."
Board member Speed then
pointed out that, when parent
Clifford Williams addressed audi-
ence members during a Decem-
ber 7, 1995 meeting, Chairperson
Will Kendrick directed Mr. Will-
iams to address the school board.
In addition, Mr. Speed stated that
Graham Armistead should have
first petitioned the principal of
Carrabelle High School with his
complaint before addressing the
school board about the matter. He
said that, after Mr. Armistead met
with the high school principal, the
matter should have then been
placed on the school board's
agenda. "When you find that there
are 'educational deficiencies' at a
school, then that's the principal's
responsibility because the princi-
pal is the educational leader of
that school."
Finally, Mr. Speed criticized the
board for allowing Mr. Armistead
to "poll" the audience to find out
how many parents were in atten-
dance at the January 18 meeting.
'The chairman should stop those
kinds of things, because it does
not set good examples for the
school board to permit those
things." Speed Continued, "As
long as I'm here, I certainly want
visitors to adhere to school board
School board member Jimmy
Gander stated that he was not
familiar with such policies regard-
ing visitors addressing board
members. Mr. Speed suggested
that a podium might be useful for
visitors addressing the board.
Chairperson Will Kendrick
thanked Mr. Speed for his com-
In other board business:
*Visitor Graham Armistead
thanked board members for the
alleged prompt response that he
received in regard to his January
18 public complaint. Mr.
Armistead had complained at the
January 18 meeting that his son
was unable to write in cursive.
Mr. Armistead also raised con-
cerns in regard to school disci-
pline problems. However, when he
turned to audience members to
make his address, board member
Willie Speed requested that
Armistead address board mem-
Armistead stated that it was im-
portant to bring discipline to the
schools. "I don't know about now,
but in my time they called it re-

Mary Brogan (L), Education Commissioner Frank Brogan
(C) and Event Coordinator Joyce Estes (R)


Commissioner Visits

St. George Island

Department of Education (D.O.E.) Commissioner Frank Brogan vis-
ited the Oyster Cove Restaurant on St. George Island to give a Febru-
ary 17 speech to approximately 45 attendees. Prior to delivering his
speech, Mr. Brogan agreed to a taped interview with the Franklin
The following includes questions from Franklin Chronicle Publisher
Tom Hoffer and Managing Editor Brian Goercke and answers by D.O.E.
Commissioner Frank Brogan.
Chronicle: Will there be money allocated for library & literacy fund-
ing in the next fiscal year?
Brogan: Yes, we've once again included library/literacy funding in
our budget, although we'll have to keep our fingers crossed on the
whole budget. It's gonna' be one of the toughest fiscal year's that the
state's faced in a long time. There will be no new taxes. It's an election
year and upon that you can rest assured (that there will be no new
taxes). What we're looking at is about one billion dollars of new growth
money coming into the state and education... we've asked for about
63% of-that growth money and that includes library/literacy skills.
So, it's in there, we're supporting it, and if we're as fortunate as we
were in the session, we should be in good shape. We recognized more
and more over the years that education, and rightfully so, that it
doesn't all take place on the school campus and that after hours and
on weekends that those libraries are critically important. Libraries
are also a great way to spread the literacy efforts, not only for stu-
dents, but in the adult population, as well. We're still in the state
where adult literacy is a big problem and one of the great ways to get
to that adult illiteracy is through the library system. So, we're very
support of what they're doing.
Chronicle: Are you aware of Franklin County's ranking of students
who are ready for college?
Brogan: Statewide, you're looking at over 50% of students that had
to go through remediation in either reading, writing or mathematics.
As I continued to talk about educational reform and change, that
continues to be the poster issue. If nobody believes that we have to
change the system, all they have to do is look at that (remediation)
figure and recognize that those (students needing remediation courses)
are the ones going off and aspiring to post-secondary education. Can
you imagine the ones (students) who aren't (aspiring to post-second-
ary education)? If 50% or better of those going off to college need
remediation, what must it look like for those who don't (go to college)?
I don't know what more proof people need that we've got to change
the system. We've got to get back to reading, writing and mathemat-
ics as our primary focus.
Chronicle: Under the Project Goals 2000, Do you think communities
are really grasping the full authority that the law says they have in
terms of getting involved?
Brogan: I was a superintendent in 1991 when the educational reform
and accountability act which birthed, if you will, Blueprint 2000. That
law actually had to pass by all the established special interest groups.
And by the time it was finally passed, it was such a watered down
version of what it was meant to be. What we're trying to do is to revive
the original intent, which is strong accountability, bottom-line ac-
countability, identifying critically low performing schools and then
requiring changes to take place, creating a new assessment system,
raising graduation standards and creating the parental involvement
issue. We have a piece of legislation this year if passed would require
51% of the voting members of the school advisory council to be non-
employees of the school. The intent there is obvious. If we want to
involve our parents, we've got to give them the decision making au-
thority. One of the things that we're pushing is to give people not only
decision making authority, but also budgetary decision making.
Chronicle: If you take that authority away from the school board
that is elected, don't you think that will create some local tension?
Brogan: When a school board allocates an amount of money to a
school based on whatever formula they use, they still will maintain
that right to say within their school district, 'We've got a pot of money
and here's how we're gonna divide it up between the school's.' Where
we lose the decision making process is typically that they (govern-
ment) not only give them (school districts) the money, they (govern-
ment) tell them exactly how to spend it. So, what we're talking about
is a compromise. They're (school districts) still controlling the dol-
Slars; they're (school Districts) still responsible for the district and they
(school districts) still allocate to the schools. But the schools will re-
ceive more flexibility in how they spend what they're allocated at the
school site.
Chronicle: Are you in support of raising the minimum Grade Point
Average (G.P.A.) to 3.0 for eligibility into community colleges?
Continued on page 3

Continued on page 2 Continued on page 5

23 February March 7 1996

Carl Bailey Dies


Carl Noble Bailey, former chairperson of the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District, died Wednesday, February 21, 1996, at his home
in Lanark Village. Mr; Bailey was 86 years of age.
He was an engineer, working in the village on the water and sewer
tasks for 21 years, serving as Chairperson for several years. He was
instrumental in helping to start the Lanark Golf course, and was
active in the Lanark village association. He was a veteran of World
War II.
His survivors include his wife, Zelma, one son, Joseph Patrick Bailey
(Fairfax, Va), two daughters, Patricia Elaine Bailey (Tum Tum, Wash-
ington) and JoAnn Evans (Weathford, Texas). Mr. Bailey also leaves
one brother, Horace Bailey (Lanark Village) and two sisters, Mary Ruth
Adams (Houston, Texas) and Verna Higbee (Independence, Mo) and
seven grandchildren. The family received friends on Friday afternoon,
February 23 at the Kelley-Riley Funeral Home in Carrabelle.
Mr. Bailey was born in Lima, Ohio.

Ridge Road Investigation Continues
Health Care Director Dr. Shakra Junejo stated that both water and
soil samples have been taken on Ridge Road to test for iron. lead and
metal desposits. The tests are being conducted to rule out all pos-
sible causes of death for infants Jessica Leigh McAlpin and Tanner
Earl Lemieux. The tests will take between six to twelve weeks to yield
any conclusive evidence as to chemical traces in the water and soil
samples. Dr. Junejo said that an air quality test had already been
completed and proved to be harmless. "I believe that the environment
is pretty safe," said Junejo, "I don't think we'll find anything."
Despite similarities of time, location and age of the two deceased:
infants, Dr. Junejo said that the causes of death between to two Ridge:
Road children were unrelated. Dr. Junejo said that autopsies had"
found no bacterial count in either infant. She said that one infant'
illustrated symptoms of meningitis, though tests ruled out meningi--
tis as a cause of death.The other infant, said Junejo, illustrated clas-:
sic symptoms of Sudderl Infant Death Syndome (SIDS) or crib death,
That is, the infant went to sleep with no symptoms, and died in while
asleep. Dr. Junejo felt that the autopsy reports would have indicated
some type of bacterial infection if the water and soil supply was tainted..
She noted that the homes of both Ridge Road infants were hooked up
to central water supply. Although concerned about the two cases,:
Junejo concluded, "Chances of us finding anything on these labora--
tory tests are remote."

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Notes from the
February 20 Franklin
County Commission

County Planner Alan Pierce intro-
duced John Sack, Emergency
Management Coordinator, to the
board of county commissioners.
SPierce said that Mr. Sack had
Been working to obtain a genera-
tor for the Franklin County Jail.
Mr. Sack noted that a generator
was needed in case power was
lost. "People can withstand the
heat," said Sack, "But electrical
equipment cannot." Mr. Sack wor-
ried that extreme temperatures
could damage the dispatch sys-

John Sack

: The board agreed to allow Huddle
;House owner Jim Sullivan to erect
a sign on an 88 x 210 strip of
County property until an arrange-
ment with Sullivan and the board
is agreed upon. The board gener-
ally agreed that an exchange of
; property of equal value with Mr.
Sullivan would be the most ben-
eficial way for the county to re-
Ssolve the situation. Mr. Pierce
noted that, if the county agreed
to sell or exchange its land with
.Mr. Sullivan, there would have to
be a condition providing adjoin-
ing property owners with a right
of access.

The board directed County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to draft an ordi-
nance prohibiting motorized ve-
hicles on the St. George Island
Bike Path. County Planner Alan
Pierce encouraged strict penalties
as fines or vehicle forfeiture for
ordinance violators.

County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that he received confirmation
from Paula Churchwell, head of
the Hurricane Opal Disaster Field
Office, that the Federal Highway
Administration funds will be re-
imbursed to the county for work
completed on the C.C. Land Road.

County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that he did not believe that the
county could provide emergency
beach berms for Dog Island. He
said that the Department of En-
vironmental Protection permit to
scrape the beach had expired and
was not extended. Pierce pointed
out that several of the berms were
recommended to be built with
sand. He said that, since most
residents did not want sand re-
moved from the roads, there was
no source for the needed sand.
Pierce noted that property own-
ers had also been in disagreement
about whether beach berms
should be built and that no con-
tractor had agreed to do the work
for the money available. Pierce
called the situation a "powder
keg." Commissioner Edward Tol-
liver responded, "Don't bother.
Don't touch it."

County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that the board had the option of
moving the proposed recreation
complex, which had been in-
tended to be placed next to the
. county jail, to Eagle Park (also
Known as Vrooman Park) in East-
point. Pierce said that the county
had funding to build at least two
Little league fields, one pony
league field, basketball and vol-
leyball courts, walking trails and
; some playground equipment.
Pierce stated that Attorney Ben
: Watkins owned the land north of
Eagle Park and had given the
County permission to survey the
land to determine the feasibility
of including some of this property
into the county park. Mr. Watkins
noted that the land in question
belonged to the Eastpoint Timber
Company and that he owned
stock in the corporation.The
- board agreed to survey the prop-
Serty for further consideration.
Board members also suggested
that Jim Sullivan purchase and
trade the said property to the
board for county owned property
Son Highway 98 in Eastpoint.

The board agreed to open up the
alley between Harry A's and the
Blue Store on St. George Island.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the county would be limited
to the placement of limerock, be-
cause it is "partially passable."

The board agreed to add the Fran-
klin County Adult Reading Pro-
gram as a service provider in a
matrix form of responsibilities
that was developed by the J.T.PA.
and Gulf Coast Community Col-

Franklin County Animal Control
Officer Earl Whitfield appeared
before the board to answer any
questions in regard to a complaint
made by Commissioner Bevin
Putnal at a February 6 board
meeting about a dog bite situa-
tion. Putnal had stated that his
grandson was bitten on February
2 and could not receive
assiistnance from the animal con-
trol officer, because the officer was
A February 19 letter was submit-
ted to the board by Sheriff War-
ren Roddenberry stating that Mr.
Whitfield's work hours were from
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mon-
day through Friday. "Whenever
Officer Whitfield is off," noted
Roddenberry, "Whether for regu-
lar days off or leave, animal con-
.trol calls are given to deputies or
city police to answer."
Roddenberry noted that there was
only one Animal Control Officer
and only one vehicle (with over
170,000 miles recorded) for that
officer. "When you have one man,
one truck, an average of 67 coast-
line miles to cover and an aver-
age of six calls per day," con-
cluded Roddenberry, "There is no
way that person can routinely
patrol and pick up stray animals."
Commissioner Tolliver agreed that
the animal control officer could
not possibly cover all of Franklin
County all of the time. The board
then dismissed Mr. Whitfield.

The board directed County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to further research
the possibility of amending the
M.S.B.U. ordinance in order to
provide funding avenues for the
St. George Island First Respond-
ers Unit.

The board agreed to rescind ac-
tion taken on December 19 con-
cerning the quit claim of property,
which allegedly involved land
owned by Sally Paul. County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce stated that three
parcels of land were involved in
the prior land deal. One parcel,
he said, belonged to the county.
The second parcel, which is be-
tween county property and prop-
erty owned by the Bodiford's,
Pierce termed as "No Man's Land."
The final piece of land, said Pierce,
was between property owned by
Sally Paul and the Bodiford's. The
board voted 4-1 (Commissioner
Dink Braxton voting Nay) to have
the first two parcels of land
deeded and to leave the third par-
cel of land alone for the Bodiford's
and Ms. Paul to determine own-
ership. Commissioner Braxton in-
sisted, "There's no such thing as
no man's land."

Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis
announced that there was a theft
within the county courthouse re-
cently, which he termed an "In-
side job." The board voted 4-1
(Commissioner Tolliver voting
Nay), after much discussion, to
have the locks changed within all
the courthouse offices and to have
one key appropriated per office to
the constitutional officers. The
board also agreed to allow keys
to be signed out to courthouse
staff on an emergency basis only.
The board speculated as to who
may have stolen the money.
Deputy Timothy Register stated
that he was informed that indi-
viduals performing community
hours had been allowed to
vacuum in some of the offices
while unattended. It was also
mentioned by the board that the
custodial staff had access to the
offices, as well
Commissioner Tolliver accused
board members and Deputy Reg-
ister of pointing fingers at custo-
dial members and those perform-
ing community service in connec-
tion to the theft. He stated that it
was the duty of the constitutional
officers to make sure that all mon-
ies were secured in the office's
vaults at the end of the day.
"Are you saying that it's o.k. to
steal?" asked Mosconis.
Tolliver responded, "Yeah," and
reiterated that constitutional of-
ficers were responsible for secur-
ing their own offices
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis sug-
gested that a lie detector test be
given to all courthouse staff mem-
Commissioner Tolliver replied,
"You can't force nobody to take the
test. I wouldn't take one and I
know I didn't take the money."
It has been determined by the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment that almost $600 was taken
from the Tax Collector's Office.

The board agreed to write a letter
of appreciation to Ken Weber and
Tony Millender of the Division of
Forestry for help provided to the
Airport Tree Replanting Project.
Approximately 73,000 seedling
trees were delivered to the county
by Ken Weber. Planting efforts
began on February 19.

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County Extension Agent Bill Mahan encourages board
members to "Buckle Up" in observation of the seat belt
safety program

County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan announced that educa-
tional materials for the 4-H Seat
Belt Safety Program had been dis-
tributed to teachers at Chapman
Elementary and Carrabelle Middle
and High School. He said that
Brown Elementary School had
recently indicated interest in the
program. Mahan stated that Ap-
alachicola High School, Carrabelle
Elementary School and the First
Baptist Christian School were not
interested in participating in the

County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan stated that materials for
the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speak-
ing Contest would be handed out
to teachers at Chapman, Carra-
belle and Brown Elementary
School during the week of Febru-
ary 19. He said that the First Bap-
tist Christian School was not in-
terested in participating in the
speaking program.
County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that students from Carrabelle and
Apalachicola High School would
be taking a field trip to the Uni-
versity of Florida's aquaculture
farm on February 21 to collect
bait minnows to begin progress on
their own fish farms.

County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that the Solid Waste and Road
Department would split the cost
to implement software for moni-
toring. The two departments will
split the cost of the $700 software
equipment. The board agreed to
keep the facility's old mainframe
equipment in surplus, until the
board can find a way to sell or
donate the equipment. Mr. Pierce
said that the equipment's manu-
facturer was not interested in
buying back the mainframe.

The board accepted deeds for the
Entry and Subdivision sections of
Bald Point Road as well as a 45
acre land track from the Mader
Corporation. Attorney Barbara
Sanders, speaking on behalf of the
Mader Corporation, said that the
road's realignment work could be
started once the deeds were re-
ceived. She stated that there were
no neighbors in the area of con-
struction who might object to the
proposed work. Chairperson
Mosconis responded, "There are
always neighbors." The Mader
Corporation has provided asphalt
to have the road realigned. The
county has agreed to perform the
actual road work. The road is ex-
pected to be deeded back to the
Mader Corporation after the work
is completed.

The board received a notice from
Brent Mabrey of the Franklin
County Public Health Department
addressed to all existing busi-
nesses in Franklin County. Ac-
cording to the notice, the Frank-
lin County Public Health Unit
announced that they are in the
process of evaluating all commer-
cial septic systems throughout
the county. "This has become
necessary due to the growth of
the county and changes to the
laws and codes governing com-
mercial septic charge," noted
Mabrey, "We are rapidly outgrow-
ing our groundwater protective
envelope. What was once a rural
widely dispersed population has
become very concentrated in
some areas of the county. Some
of these same areas of concen-
trated population have by law
become governed by new and
more astringent rules regarding
waste water and septage. We
know that one of the primary ar-

eas of concern to the businesses
in Franklin County is to protect
the waters of the Apalachicola
River and Bay." Mabrey noted that
evaluation will begin on the west-
ern end of the county and pro-
ceed east to the Wakulla County

Board Tries

to Get the

Bugs Out

Franklin County School Board
Chairperson Will Kendrick and
Superintendent of Schools C.T.
Ponder commented during a Feb-
ruary 20 special meeting that
Franklin County's schools were
experiencing a pest control prob-
"We keep knocking them down,"
stated Ponder, "But they keep
coming back." Mr. Ponder sug-
gested changing to another pest
control service. He said that the
school district had been using
Orkin on a once a month basis.
Board members suggested that
the schools might need to be
sprayed more frequently.
Chairperson Kendrick described
the pest control problem as being
nearly a health hazard. "We still
have roaches crawling on the
table and in the food."
The board agreed to change to
another pest control service on a
trial basis. Finance Officer John
Reiman stated that the board did
not have to rebid for new services
if the cost of the trial-based pest
control service remained under
In other board business:
* The board agreed to give a 2%
raise in pay to the Franklin
County Teacher's Association
and to the Franklin Educational
Support Personnel Association.
* The board approved pay sched-
ules and the payroll calendar for
* The board approved the travel
request for Senior Graduation
Night from May 2-7. Hosts of
the graduation event include
Wallace Hill and Marilyn
* The board approved the "Fit to
Achieve" proclamation. Friday,
March 1 has been designated
at "Fit to Achieve Day." The spe-
cial event is to emphasize and
promote the importance of
physical activity for all Florid-
Director of Nursing Joanne
Thomason and the school health
staff have agreed to work with
Franklin County schools in the
implementation of "Fit to
Achieve." The event is being spon-
sored by Florida Association of
Health, Physical Education, Rec-
reation, Dance and Driver Edu-
cation (FAHPERD)

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opment in the district. He added,
"No matter how you cut it, it isn't
fair to us."
Board member Jeannette Pedder
said that there were residents on
two separate streets who have
petitioned the board for the past
ive years for water and sewer
hook-ups. Pedder said that those
individuals would be next in line
for water and sewer hook-ups
when the district was able to pro-
vide such services.
James Lawlor stated, "We have to
live with the problems of a prior
commission. We are exceeding our
allocated water use and are very
close in making out our sewer sys-
tem plant." Lawlor said that the
board was considering to apply for
a Farmers Home Administration
loan to help the district. "Our pro-
jected budget is at a stand-still
right now. We have had to bite the
bullet and I'm sorry that you've
gotten caught in the middle of
Commissioner Pedder noted that
federal loans were drying up and
that grant money was nearly im-
possible to obtain.
Resident Jim Bove complained,
"When you took this job, you said
that you were going to clean up
all the problems from the past;
and this is one of the problems."
He also stated that legal expenses
could have been saved by simply
sitting down with the complain-
ant and resolving the matter.
"We are taking care of every prom-
ise that Carl Bailey made and put
in writing," said Pedder.
Visitor Dr. Edward Saunders
asked board members if they had
ever requested an increase in the
district's water usage permit from
the Northwest Water Management
District. Commissioner Shiver
said that the board would have
to bade their request on some type
of data. He said that the district
did not have adequate population

levels to justify a formal request
for an increase in their permit. Dr.
Saunders challenged board mem-
bers to simply apply for the per-
mit and to see how the Northwest
Water Management District would
respond. "Just do it," he urged.

Millie van Hamm

"There's a lot more to it than you
think," replied Commissioner
In defense of the water and sewer
board, resident Millie Van Hamm
.stated, "I get really tee'd off hear-
ing people criticizing you." She
told board members that they had
walked into to messy situation
and couldn't be expected to in-
stantly solve all of Lanark Village's
problems. Ms. Van Ham held a
one gallon plastic jug before the
board and told them that such
jugs would save a resident one
gallon of water every time they
flushed their toilet. She said that
Sshe had plastic jugs installed in
every room of her 80 room condo
in Charlotte County and said that
she has saved a large amount of
water due to that installation.

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Editorial and Commentary

Curmudgeon's Corner

Remedial Education in College
By Tom Markin
The issue of remedial education in higher education just won't go
away, and, frankly, I am in sympathy with those people questioning
the concept. The long-suffering, productive people who pay every con-
ceivable tax devised by bureaucrats, politicians, and soft-headed ideo-
logues can use some relief anyplace they can find it.
Question. Just when does society's obligation to educate our young
come to an end? For millennia families were responsible for the edu-
cation of their children, and it was well into the nineteenth century
before the concept of "public" education was generally put in place.
But now the taxpayers pay for education through high school and go
on to subsidize most education beyond that. So, back to the ques-
tion: at what point does a student become responsible for his own
education? For my generation the end came when one left high school
- many did leave at age 16 or upon graduation from that institution.
Not only do the students of today take their free K- 12 education for
granted, but if they fail to bother to learn enough to go to college they
blame their school for their academic deficiencies, and then have the
gall to demand state subsidized remedial classes. Many of our young
after graduating with a joke of a diploma decide, "Hey, I'll go to college
and get a a high paying job. Since their SAT scores won't get them
into a university, they go to a junior college which by state law has to
take them. At this point when they can't do college level courses, they
turn to the taxpayers and the remedial classes.
These classes are expensive. They cost the people of Florida $53 mil-
lion in 1993-94, and their success rate is not good. Tom Furlong,
deputy executive director for educational services with the State Board
of Community Colleges, says half the students who take the remedial
courses drop out. Of those completing a remedial course, recent stud-
ies show 56% of the English students made a C or better in a college
level course, and 36% of the math students went on to make a C or
better in their first college level math course. This breaks down to the
result that for people taking remedial English 28% are successful,
and in math the percentage is 18%.
Any way you slice it, this is horrendously expensive education. Plus,
-you have to ask how many of these "successful" students go on to
earn degrees.
When you consider these remedial courses cover high school courses
that the taxpayers have paid for once, you have to question if the
students are entitled to another go at the material with tax dollars.
Surely parents or teachers have emphasized the importance of the
knowledge, after which it would seem the student cavalierly decided
he didn't want to be bothered learning it.
In Europe citizens spend the education money on students who have
the desire and ability to learn. Educators test several times in the
course of students' education, and separate the students on the ba-
sis of performance. The best students go into the more demanding
college programs, the middle students to the next level, and the lower
performing students into centers that fit their skills.
As far as providing incentive for students to study, the system defi-
nitely works. The pupils know from day one that what they learn, and
how they perform on the tests will determine what happens to them
for the rest of their lives. My wife and I were in Ireland a few years
back at the time of the "finals" for secondary students. Since we stayed
at Bed and Breakfasts with families we saw the effort put forth by the
students and the tension they endured. Believe me, these were dedi-
cated scholars. Incidentally, as a result of this approach, Ireland has
one of the most highly educated populations in the world.
One other thing to remember. If a student decides he needs "reme-
dial" education after high school let him attend adult education classes,
and pay for them with his own money. He'll appreciate the knowledge
a whole lot more.
Is this too harsh an approach? I don't think so. A young person has
to learn responsibility to function successfully in life, and his educa-
tion is a great place to start.

Dear Editor,
I am writing to inform the health care community and the citizens of
Franklin and Gulf counties about the Physician's Recovery Network.
This organization assists physicians with alcohol or drug problems
by involving them in a recovery program without involving regulatory
agencies. As alcohol and drugs affect judgment, it is imperative that
ysicians are prevented from practicing medicine while under the
influence of these substances. Conversely, it is quite damaging to
one's personal and professional life to be falsely accused of such be-
havior. The Physician's Recovery Network is available at 1-800-888-
8776 to assist any physician in need, thereby protecting the public.
Nancy V. Chorba MD.

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Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
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Frank Brogan (L) meets with Gulf State Bank Senior Vice-
President Cliff Butler

Brogan Interview From Page 1

Brogan: There's a couple of things going on. We're raising graduation
standards for high school students. Right now it's a three legged stool.
You have to get 24 credits, a minimum 1.5 G.P.A. and a cut score on
a ninth grade competency test. We're trying to change all three of
those. We're trying to take a 1.5 (G.P.A. requirement) to a 2.0 (G.P.A.
requirement). We've just increased the cut score on the high school
competency test, which we hope In two years to replace the previous
one. We want to require Algebra One or its equivalent to all students,
and start to eliminate all of those old functional level one courses
that don't get anyone anywhere. On the flip side of that, I am for some
of the things that we've already done, which is to create a consistency
applied college placement test. All 28 community colleges will give
the same test and use the same cut score. Now you've got 50% of the
kids who need remediation. Just putting a cut score or a 3.0 on
entry (to community colleges) is gonna' do nothing, but eliminate all
of those kids from community colleges. As much as I hate to see all
that remediation, they've got to have a community college, university
or vocational-technical training. In my world, I think that we've got
the problem from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. We're the ones who
need to address it there. One of the beauties about the community is
that it's a retrieval system. It takes anyone who's willing to put in the
energy and the time and the commitment. Our job in grade K to 12 is
making sure students are willing to do that. And I think with a 50%
or better (remediation) rate, it's pretty obvious that we've got a long
way to go. And until we start to have higher expectations, higher
standards and develop a more rigorous curriculum for all ofK through
,12, we're never gonna' beat that problem.
Chronicle: How do you see school districts being able to hold many
of those over-worked teachers to their schools?
Brogan: Right now we have three task forces at the state level at work
with cross-representativehs with the teacher's union. One (task force)
is looking at the whole issue of certification. How we certify them for
the first time coming out of college. How we certify them new to the
state, but already,,haylng. taught' somewhere else. How we recertify
and also how we certify people comimngin from the private sector In
my opinion, we're downsizing the military and corporate America...
and there are some incredibly talented people out there. We still treat
them like they're 18 years old and start them at the University of
Florida in the college of education. There's something to be said for
real life experience. You've got somebody who says, 'I'd really like to
change careers and go into the class and take this state-of-art knowl-
edge that I have,' but they don't want to jump through the sophomore
hoops that we've created and then turn around and make twenty-two
thousand dollars a year as a result. We're looking into this and we're
also looking into the whole process of how we hire, evaluate, remediate
s a even terminate. We look at all of the educational reform issues. If
we don't look at the most important issue, and that is the people who
provide the education, then we really aren't reforming education. We're
getting close to the twenty-first century and we need to look at every-
thing we do in education as professionals arid see if it's still appropri-
ate to meet the new world of the twenty-first century. We haven't
changed much in our world in a long, long time. I think some of the
recommendations coming out of those groups are going to be pretty
Chronicle: How important will the Jobs and Educational Partner-
ship act be to Franklin County?
Brogan: It's going to be critical. The whole issue of the block grant
coming into Florida, which should be over one billion dollars for this
state, and how we react to that block grant is going to be absolutely
critical. If you stop to consider that we've got K through 12, workforce
preparation, community colleges, universities, J.T.P.A., private in-
dustry councils, economic development boards, the department of
labor and so on. But we've always done it in a very fragmented and
fractionalized way. Most people don't know what any of those other
people are doing with the dollars that we give them to provide workforce
preparation. So, you have a lot of duplication of effort and a lot of
voids in services. One of the best things that has happened is the
block grant, which has gotten us all sitting down together face-to-
face at the state level. When you take an area like this, it's just abso-
lutely essential when you're looking at training and retraining people
who have lost a job. How you provide that workforce preparation is
absolutely essential. Not only to the individual, but it's also critical to
the economy. Our economy is so fragile inthis state. One of the things
that we do best and worst is wait until whole industry becomes
extinct. What we have got to do a better job of is forecasting what jobs
are going to be necessary and what jobs are going to be available and
start to prepare people now for those jobs instead of waiting for whole
industries to go belly-up or extinct and then try grapple for answers
as to how you're gonna' help those poor people to find new training
and new skills.
Chronicle: What is the possibility for an increased Sparsity and PECO
funding for the Franklin County School District?
Brogan: This year... none. Now, that sounds cynical. There are some
possibilities. It's just a matter of whether the house and senate want
to explore to areas. PECO is a good example. PECO is generated
through the gross utility receipts and there is the potential of some
discussion, even in this session, of broadening the base via the tele-
communications 'industry. It all boils down to how serious they're
gonna' be about that and if that occurs, whether it's this year or an
off-election year, that's gonna' help to broaden the base somewhat.
I'm a little pessimistic about it this year just because it's gonna' be a
tough fiscal year. People will tag that as a new tax and it won't play
well But it is being discussed at some of the committee meetings.
Many of our districts need the help.
Chronicle: Franklin County will be without the D.A.R.E. program in
the next year. What funding avenues would you suggest in using to
revive such a program?
Brogan: That is such a wildly successful program everywhere in the
State of Florida. We had that in Martin County and I was superinten-
dent down there. It was one of the most successful things we did. We
used our Safe Schools fund to help pay for the D.A.R.E. Program. We
just got greater flexibility for the districts this past legislative session
for the Safe Schools dollars so they could do just that, unless they're
doing different things with that funding.

Equal Access to Government

When we woke up November 6, 1994, the most asked question to me
was "how did it happen?" Over the following 15 months, I did an
extensive investigation into the reasons why the net ban was passed
by the Florida voters.
Over that 15 months, I felt there had to be a logical answer, but in
communicating with sportsmen and conservationists, I received a
hostile reception, which I determined was without merit. I have al-
ways been intrigued by human nature and was very amazed that
these mostly educated, upper-class people would attack me just with
the perception that I was a commercial fisherman. With this experi-
ence that I received from the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission, I
started going back in time to possibly find the answer and this is
what I found:
The 1980 Legislature decided it was time to take a look at all aspects
of the State fishery and develop a comprehensive saltwater fishery
conservation and management policy for the territorial waters of the
State. They put into place all the tools necessary to carry out such a
program. Thus, the enactment of Chapter 80-162, Laws of Florida,
and the creation of the saltwater fisheries study and advisory coun-
The two year study by this council set forth the principle that all user
groups or interest were necessary to serve on a Marine Fisheries Com-
mission to protect the resources and fisheries for future generations.
The council deemed it necessary to protect the social and economic
well-being of the people as well as protect the marine resource and
that an insight into each industry was necessary for the commission
to work.
They clearly established that interest or user groups should be of
different philosophies of conservation and regulation. The clear find-
ings of the council was that sports fishermen, conservationists and
commercial fishermen serve on the commission and no interest group
should ever dominate.
In 1983, the Florida Legislature established a 7 member Marine Fish-
eries Commission with 83-134, Laws of Florida, clearly stating, "The
Governor shall consider affected interests when making appointments
to the Commission. No single interest group shall dominate the mem-
bership of the Commission." The Governor at that time, Bob Gra-
ham, signed 83-134 into law and began appointing persons to the
commission basically in agreement with the findings of the council: 2
commercial, 2 sports, 2 conservationist and 1 at large. The Marine
Fisheries Commission seems to have operated along those guidelines
until Governor Graham left office and Title 46-1.001, Florida Admin-
istrative Code, was established which paraphrased 83-134, Laws of
Florida, instead of stating the clear language that was contained in
the law. In 1985, Chapter 370-025, 026, and 027, Florida Statues,
were drafted from 83-134, Laws of Florida, and those statues clearly
indicated the correct language. The Statutes 370-025, 026, and 027
have not changed even as I write this article.
It does appear that the Governor at that time, Bob Martinez, seemed
to make appointments with the qualifications contained in the Ad-
ministrative Code rather than the Florida Statues. The qualifications
In Title 46-1.001 did not state there could never be a single interest
group to dominate the commission.
The Commission, brought about a sin by the State against the com-
mercial industry, also brought about the demise of the industry and
its people. The one warning from the advisory council to allow user
groups to serve but never dominate the commission was ignored.
Research has shown that in 1987, the Marine Fisheries Commission
did not contain an equal number of commercial appointments as did
sports and conservation. History also clearly indicates a violation of
the advisory council warning to legislators and'the State: No single
interest group-shall dominate the membership of the commission.
It appears that in 1987 to present, the MFC was operating in viola-
tion of 85-134, Laws of Florida, and Chapter 370-025, 026 and 027,
Florida Statues, bringing us to the conclusion that a violation that.
was warned in 1982 was committed by Governor Bob Martinez and
Governor Chiles, and with this, the Commission did not operate ad-
equately in protecting the resource of this State and the social and
economic well-being of its people. I find that the helpless feeling of
the people on November 8, 1994, brought about a 72% vote in sup-
port of the net ban amendment.
With the single interest dominating the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion for 9 years, all studies, news releases and information were in
support of the conservation interests that dominated the commis-
sion. The 14 months of research has brought about a different un-
derstanding of the reason the net ban was necessary. Ironically, we
find the harmed people have been the same people whose rights were
impeded by the State.
Only recently in a meeting with governmental officials, a very impor-
tant individual in the appointment process stated directly to me, "it
would be a conflict of interest for a commercial fisherman to serve on
the MFC." With this statement, I find a direct violation of the civil
right of this minority interest group and find it necessary to pursue it
' all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court if this State does not in some
way establish a way for this interest group to participate in an equal
manner on the MFC and attempt to re-establish the losses that this
group sustained over the past 9 years.
My personal goal is to ensure protection of our natural resources for
future generations but acknowledging that there is a sustainable yield
for us to harvest by sports fishing and commercial fishing. These
sustainable yields have to be governed by scientific methods.
I have accepted the office of President of the Wakulla Fishermen's
Association, in order to achieve the goals and ask sportsmen to join
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Commercial Fishermen's Association, INC.

Volunteers: Twice A Citizen

Winston Churchill once described military men as "twice a citizen."
These are citizens performing their ordinary duties and responsibili-
ties as a family person, father or mother, son or daughter, and also
perform a myriad of job-related and community-related activities as
public service. I prefer to praise these volunteers now, before the event,
so our readers outside Franklin County will know something about
the Charity Chill Cookoff and Auction and how important this 14
year project has been to Franklin County.
Last year's sales produced more than $60,000 of non-tax dollars which
provided more than a down-payment for a First Responder vehicle,
radio gear and other support equipment. What is just as important
are the hundreds of volunteers who manned the booths, sold caps
and jackets, managed and cooked, cooked and managed, put up the
tents, took down the tents and worked together as a community to-
ward one critically important goal -- Fire Protection and First Re-
sponders who provide services to St. George Island and Franklin
The money that is raised amid the festivities, fun and hard work is
fully accounted for and spent for a public service purpose. And, the
concluding result is a community pride in providing for public ser-
vices without massive tax dollars from the county tax treasuries. This
premier volunteer effort is a model to emulate. I hope you come to see
for yourself
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

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MFC Acts on Trawls,

Amberjack, Other

Saltwater Fishing Issues

The Marine Fisheries Commission held a three-day public meeting in
Clearwater Beach and has scheduled a public workshop on finfish
management next month in Orlando. Action taken at the Clearwater
meeting is described below:
The Commission received public comment on the use of trawls to
harvest certain species of baitfish, and directed staff to hold a final
public hearing during its April meeting in Panama City Beach on a
proposed rule that would:
- define a baitfish trawl as a net in the form of an elongated bag with
the mouth kept open by various means and buoyed by floats so that
Sit is fished and towed at or along the surface of the water and never
Son the bottom
S- allow the use of baitfish trawls for the directed harvest of menha-
Sden, round and Atlantic thread herrings, scaled, Spanish, and
orangespot sardines, anchovies, and round scad only
- allow a ten percent (by weight) bycatch allowance for non-targeted
species harvested with baitfish trawls
- allow the use of baitfish trawls only seaward of the Colregs Demar-
cation Line in state waters of the Northwest Region (Escambia County
through Wakulla County approximately south of St. Marks) from April
through September each year; the Southwest Region (Pinellas through
Collier counties) from March through August each year; and the North-
east Region (Nassau through Brevard counties) from May through
October each year all other state waters would be closed to the
harvest of baitfish by the use of trawls at all times
- allow baitfish trawls to be towed for no more than 30 minutes
S- allow the use of no more than two baitfish trawls with a mesh area
not greater than 500 square feet and a perimeter around the leading
edge of the net not greater than 66 feet to be fished or deployed from
any vessel where allowed
- prohibit the use of baitfish trawls with a mesh size less than 1 1/4
inches stretched mesh in the cod (tail) end, and prohibit the use of
any liner or insert with a smaller mesh in the cod end
The Commission also received public comment and reviewed propos-
als to allow the use of trawls to harvest jellyfish and certain ground-
fish species (croaker, spot, and whiting) in state waters, and will con-
tinue to study these issues.

The Commission held a final public hearing on a proposed rule that
would in Monroe County waters only reduce the recreational daily
bag limit for amberjack of any species (including greater and lesser
amberjack, banded rudderfish, and Almaco jack) to one fish per per-
son. The Commission intends to take this proposed rule to the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet for approval in time to implement the rule July 1,
1996, if approved. The Commission also received public comment on
additional proposals to manage the amberjack fishery.

The Commission received public comment regarding recently enacted
provisions to manage the spotted seatrout fishery in northeast Florida.
The Commission directed staff to draft a proposed rule amendment
for Commission consideration in April that would replace the Novem-
ber/December closed season to the harvest of spotted seatrout with a
January through April closed season in Nassau through Flagler coun-
ties. All other statewide spotted seatrout provisions now in place,
including bag and size limits, would not be affected by this proposed

The Commission held a final public hearing on a proposed rule re-
garding the use of bycatch reduction devices (BRD's) in northeast
Florida. The Commission voted to withdraw the rule and directed
staff to hold a final public hearing in April on a revised proposed rule
that would require a legal, functioning BRD to be installed and used
in all otter trawls rigged for fishing in all waters of the Northeast
Region. BRD's meeting the requirement of this proposed rule include
the Florida Finflsh Excluder, Large Mesh Panel BRD, and the Ex-
tended Funnel BRD. The proposed rule will also include provisions
that would increase the mesh size in shrimp trawls and eliminate the
shrimp count (size limit) laws in the Northeast Region.

The Commission reviewed a draft rule that would allow recreational
fishermen statewide to use frame nets to harvest shrimp if deployed
from a vessel, or from a structure other than an operational bridge or
causeway, or from a catwalk attached to such bridge or causeway..
These frame nets would not be allowed to be fished or dragged along
the bottom. The proposed rule also specifies that frame nets used by
commercial food shrimp producers in the Southeast Region be de-
ployed only from vessels. The Commission directed staff to hold a
final public hearing on this proposed rule if requested in April.

Franklin Library

Wins Excellence

Award from

Public Library

The Franklin County Public Li-
brary, Eastpoint, under the direc-
tion of Eileen Annie, has been se-
lected to receive the Excellence
in Small and/or Rural Public Li-
brary Service Award from the
Public Library Association (PLA),
a division of the American Library
Association (ALA).

which enjoys multi-agency and
community-wide support in this
impoverished rural north Florida
The WINGS program, implying
growth and soaring, provides con-
structive and positive activities for
local youth in three small librar-
ies by making available all pos-
sible information, art forms, and
life-skills training in an effort to
enhance intellectual, emotional,
and social growth.
The program, funded by a Juve-
nile Justice Partnership Grant,
includes structure that is not de-
manding nor judgmental where
learning is practical, not abstract.
Programs range from tie-dvina to

The Franklin Library is the win- money management, conifict
ner of one of the ALA distin- resolution to poetry, nutrition to
guished service award chosen by computer skills, prenatal skills to
a jury committee during the re- radio show production.
cent ALA Midwinter Meeting in
San Antonio, Texas. The award of The program shares involvement
$1,000 is donated by EBSCO with almost every community
Subscription Services and honors agency possible, from health clin-
a public library serving a popula- ics to the sheriff, from county
tion of 10,000 or less that dem- schools to a Catholic mission.
onstrates excellence of service
to its community as exempli- The Franklin County Public Li-
fled by an overall service pro- brary will be recognized along
gram or a significant accom- with the winners of PLA's other
plishment. four distinguished service awards

The Commission considered proposals regarding shrimp harvesting
in state waters from the Apalachicola Bay system to the Northwest/
Big Bend Region demarcation line. The Commission directed staff to
develop a draft rule for Commission consideration in April that would
replace the current shrimp count (size limit) law in this area with the
following area/season closures to the harvest of shrimp:
- retention of the present year-round closed area north of the John
Gorrie Bridge
- closure of areas in St. Vincent Sound known as Big Bayou, Sheep-
shead Bayou, and Indian Lagoon year-round retention of the present
daytime area closure from July 15 through September 15
- closure of a specified area in St. George Sound south of Green Point
from September 15 through December 31
- closure of a specified area between the shipping channel and the
mouth of St. Vincent Sound in Apalachicola Bay from March 1 through
- closure of the Carrabelle River year-round
- closure of all areas inside the Colregs Line in Wakulla County year-
The Commission also voted to propose an emergency rule that would
suspend a current rectangular area closure to shrimp harvesting in
Apalachicola Bay south of the John Gorrie Bridge. This action is
intended to prevent unnecessary economic hardships to shrimp-
ers and aid law enforcement efforts in this area. The Commis-
sion will take this proposed emergency rule to the Governor and
Cabinet for approval on March 12, 1996.

The Commission held a final public hearing on a proposed rule to
establish a combined annual quota for Spanish, scaled and orangespot
sardines. The Commission directed staff to conduct a review of the
available data regarding Florida's sardine fishery, and to continue
the final public hearing in April to consider a proposed rule that would:
- establish regional commercial annual quotas (based upon historic
landing percentages) totaling 2.5 million pounds for sardines har-
vested from state and adjacent federal waters
- establish a June 1 May 31 commercial harvest season in order to
manage the quotas
- repeal the 500 pound daily vessel limit for the harvest of sardines in
the West Central Florida Region
- replace the current 500 yards-from-shore commercial sardine har-
vest prohibition with a 3 miles-from-shore prohibition in the Tampa
Bay Area (state waters of Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee coun-

The Commission concluded a final public hearing on a proposed rule
regarding the harvest of live shells in the waters of Manatee County.
The Commission voted to propose a rule that would prohibit the daily
harvest of more than two live shellfish of any single species per per-
son in Manatee County. A live shellfish is defined as any mollusk or
echinoderm, excluding oysters, hard clams, sunray venus clams, bay
scallops and coquinas. The Commission intends to take this pro-
posed rule to the Governor and Cabinet for approval in time to imple-
ment the rule July 1, 1996 if approved.

The Commission reviewed a draft rule that would limit the sale of red
snapper from Gulf of Mexico waters to those fish harvested by vessels
with federal reef fish permits and sufficient valid Individual Transfer-
able Quota (ITQ) coupons aboard and allow only federally permitted
dealers to purchase red snapper. Further Commission action on this
proposed rule is contingentLup.oni final adoption of the ITQ program
y the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Commission also re-
ceived public comment and reviewed options for permit requirements
for persons engaged in the commercial harvest of reef fish, and con-
sidered Atlantic weakfish management.

The Commission considered requests to readdress a recent prohibi-
tion on the use of RECREATIONAL SHRIMP TRAWLS and directed
staff to conduct a public workshop in northwestFlorida on this issue
and to place this issue on the agenda of the Commission's April meet-
ing in Panama City Beach. The Commission also reviewed manage-
ment of the AMERICAN SHAD fishery and reviewed its workplan for
this, year.

Finfish (Sheepshead) Public Workshop
The marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public work-
shop to discuss recently enacted finflsh management plans (espe-
cially for the sheepshead variety). Persons who wish to discuss the
purposes for developing these plans and other issues regarding the
management of various species of finfish in Florida are encouraged
to participate in this workshop, which will take place on Thursday,
March 21, 1996 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Orange County Pub-
lic Library, 101 East Central Boulevard, in Orlando.

Buckle Bear Comes

to Chapman

Elementary School

Handbell Choir Rings in a

Warm Reception at Trinity

Chuck Weatherford (left), the conductor of the Albany,
Georgia, Handbell Choir. On the right, a portion of the
applauding crowd at Sunday's concert. Afterward, the
Trinity Church Women sponsored the reception for the
choir and public. Despina Williams, Hollis Wade, Despina
George and Phyllis Stephens were among those serving food
and cleaning up.

The bell choir from Albany, Geor-
gia, performed classical, sacred
and show tunes to a large crowd
at historic Trinity Church in Ap-
alachicola Sunday afternoon,
February 18, 1996. The twelve
performers, led by Conductor
Chuck Weatherford, Director of
Music Ministries at Porterfield
Memorial United Methodist
Church in Albany, Georgia, dem-
onstrated mastery in bell ringing
over a wide spectrum of musical
tastes and styles, leaving many
audience members to marvel at
their skills. "This is one of the best
bell choirs I have ever heard,"
seemed typical of many responses
in the audience. There was a
standing ovation at the conclu-
sion of the concert.
The group began their offerings
with Clarke's "Trumpet Volun-
tary." Selections were included
from "Aladdin" and "Beauty and
the Beast" by Menken. "America

the Beautiful" and folk tune
"Shenandoah" were favorites. The
offerings concluded with "Rever-
berations" and "Spirit Wind".
The group has toured in the
United States and Mexico in re-
cent years. The program involves
about 600 young persons in vari-
ous choirs and orchestras at the
Albany Porterfield Memorial
United Methodist Church. The
bell choir is comprised of a smaller
number but their youthful enthu-
siasm carries over into their mu-
sic. The Sunday performers were:
Katherine Davis, Jenny Cannon,
Harriet Wetherbee, Erin Ritchey,
Allison Goodroe, Melissa Hinman,
Jaime McGee, Victor Roberts, Jes-
sica Hitchcock, Amanda Peterson,
Jean-Marie Burns and Alex
Tracy, all from Albany.
A reception was held after the
concert, sponsored by the Trinity
Church Women.

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According to the jury chair, Danny
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lic Library, a member of Wilder-
ness Coast Public Libraries, was
chosen because it has vigorously
reached out to at-risk children
through a comprehensive and in-
novative program entitled WINGS,

- during PLA's President's Recep-
tion, held in conjunction with the
1996 ALA Annual Conference in
New York City, on Monday, July
8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Presid-
ing at the reception will be
LaDonna T. Kienitz, PLA Presi-
dent. This year's reception will be
held in the Algonquin Hotel.

Not Too Late for Auction Items

The list of attractive auction
items is growing for the
Charity Chili Cookoff
Auction on March 2, 1996 at
St. George Island. Items will
include the following: a 1977
Jeep; a boat with motor and
trailer; another boat with
motor; weekend stays in
Apalachicola and St. George
Island; three day, two night

stay for the 1996 Olympics
in Atlanta; autographed
baseball cards and
harmonica; a motorized bed;
and, furniture for home or
office. Prized items will
include a Chili Pepper cane,
paintings, baseball prints or
a weed eater. The country
store will feature smaller
items, such as boos,
dishware, etc.

Pre-k instructor Barbara Bloodworth and kindergarten
student Rosie Creamer pose with Buckle Bear
Buckle Bear is making a temporary home at Chapman Elementary
School for the week of February 19 in the classrooms of pre-Kinder-
garten teachers Barbara Bloodworth & Valorie Miller. Buckle Bear is
part of the 4-H & Department of Transportation funded Seat Belt
Safety Program. Over 30 pre-klndergarten students will be able to
meet Buckle Bear, watch seat belt safety videos and color in books
provided by the Seat Belt Safety Program. The program offers a three
part video series starting with the film "Riding With Buckle Bear,"
continuing with "Riding with the Big, Green Snake," and concluding
with "Riding with Ms. Hen." Ms. Bioodworth said that the children
have been very receptive to their fuzzy visitor. "Ordinarily, it's a hands
on experience," she said on behalf of Buckle Bear, "But I was afraid
they'd love him [Buckle Bear] to death. They still enjoyed Buckle Bear.
They looked at him and talked to him."

"Cypress Cove" Beautiful Bay Front home in excellent condition
located on a one acre lot in St. George Plantation. This home features
3BR/2.5BA, spacious living area with vaulted ceiling, all electric
appliances, screened porch, and a private dock. All yours for only
$278,000. Shown by appointment.
We also have several great homesites. For example: Gulf Beaches area
Gulf Front lots from $220,000; Gulf Beaches Interiorlots from $32,000;
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lots from $115,900; Plantation Gulf Front lots from $345,000; Plantation
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, The Franklin Chronicle 23 February 1996 Page 5

Charity Chili Cookoff

Professional Cookers List

What a mouthful in more ways than onel Here are the professional
participants in the mouth-watering, succulent and bodacious
manufactory of chili delights for the 14th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff
and Auction on Saturday, March 2, 1996, on St. George Island. This
is the massive, regional fund-raiser for fire fighting and First Responder
Unit with all volunteer help
The professional cookers are competing first for local prizes and, then,
at a chance to participate in the World Championship to be held in
October in Reno, Nevada. There is a lot more happening in the Cookoff
and Auction all day, March 2. A schedule is reprinted below.
This is the competition with "true Chili" as defined by the Interna-
tional Chill Society (ICS) as any kind of meat, or combination of meats,
cooked with chili peppers, various other spices and other ingredients
with the exception of items such as beans or spaghetti, which are
forbidden in the professional competition. Cookers have to prepare
their chili on site during a cooking period of 3-4 hours Each contes-
tant has to be a member of ICS. No more than one quart of chili will
be collected for the judging by a large panel of visitor and local tast-
ers. Many cookers are likely to have special decorations and enter-
tainment at their various booths and sites. There are prizes for booths
that sell the most chili.

Dead Serious Chili
Ken Burke
Tampa, FL
Mardi Gras Chili
Mary Quinn
Bay St. Louis, MS
Mardi Gras Magic
Bill Quinn
Bay St. Louis, MS
Resort Realty Chili
Rose Drye
St. George Island, FL
Bubba and Wifes Chili
Roy "Bubba" Hobbs
Crawfordville, FL
Buffalo Breath Chili
George "Rocky" Rockwell
Springfield, VA
Franklin County Furnace
Denny Campbell & Dennis
Tallahassee, FL
Doc J's Chili Clinic
Jim Hedrich
Roanoke, VA
Nacho Mama's Chili
Rhonda Beth Monroe
Roanoke, VA
Trailblazer Chili
Beth Moon
Hurst, TX
Lightning Strikes Twice
John James
Wyandotte, MI
Spouse's Revenge Chili
Mary Ellen JanI -"
Wyandotte, MI', "'
M & M Chil i(mpany
Mindi Onderick & Martha Tuno
Orlando, FL

Hogde Podge Chili
Charlie Ward
Lake Hauasu City, AZ
Paupers Chili
Barbara Ward
Lake Hauasu City, AZ
Cowpoke Chuckwagon Chili
Roy Geigel
Appleton, WI
Whistle Stop Chili
Weldon "Mike" Vowell
Dallas, TX
No-Name Chili
Joe Schuster
Apalachicola, FL
Fire House Chili Peppers
Bob Richardson
Panama City, FL
E K Mas Chili
Rick L. Olson
Valrico, FL
Pit Stop Chili
Bruce Pitts
Altamonte Springs, FL
Marlow's Cantina
Paul Propes
Snellville, GA
Snellville Hombres
John Hodge
Snellville, GA
Black Coyote Chili
Wes Carlson
Rockford, IL
The Macktown Chili Co.
S, Jim Weller
,,Ploomfield Hills, MI .....
Dallas Cowboys
George Mahr & Tommy Lewis
Dallas, TX

Chef Boy R Bob Chill
Bob Haul
Taylorville, IL
Mike's Jon Boat Chili
Michael D. Jennings
Winter Park, FL
Olivers Flaming Chill
Jim & Chris Oliver
Lilburn, GA
Thomas Drive Bandits
Dave Brewer
Lynn Haven, FL
Beach Buns Chill
John Kowals
Panama City, FL
Last Lone Star Outpost
Bruce Gilpin
Windsor, CT
"Chili" By Tuxedo Bill
Bill Lundy
Selma, AL
Pat's Comanchero Chili
Pat Lundy
Selma, AL
Cajun Chilio'o
Norman "Kojak" Melancon
Gonzales, LA
Double D Chili
Dianne Melancon
Gonzales, LA
Nunn Better Chil
Paul Nunn
Ft. Pierce, FL
Sugar Shack Chili
Sue Schools
The Colony, TX
24 Karat Chili
Kathy Legear
The Colony, TX
Bob's Electrifying Chili
Bob Dieckmann
Ft. Pierce, FL
The Smokehouse Gang
Ronnie Eavenson
Lizaella, GA

Tropical Heat Chili
Jim Wright

New Life Chili
William L. "Bill" Gary
Tallahassee. FL
Foster Cove "Mud Bug
Biff Newman
St. George Island, FL
Roberto's Roman Chili for
the Gods
Rob Peterson
Apalachicola, FL
F-14 After Burner Chill
Paul Lasowski
Panacea, FL

School Board From Page 1
form school. Today they call it
bootcamp." He urged board mem-
bers to remove school trouble-
makers as quickly as possible.
"And it can be done legally with-
out hurting anybody's feelings...
so that the rest of the group can
continue on to do the potential
that the teacher has to offer."
*Chapman Elementary School in-
structor Elinor Mount-Simmons
presented school board members
with letters from her students in
support of the D.A.R.E. Program.
Superintendent C.T. Ponder said
that the D.A.R.E. Program was
funded solely by the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department for
the first four years of the
program's existence.
He said that the school district
then agreed to fund 50% of the
program for the following years.
Superintendent Ponder explained
that present "budget restrictions"
had deterred the school district
from being able to split the cost
of the program. He said that the
school district did offer to fund
25% or $10,000 to keep the pro-
gram going. "I think what people
have experienced is a tough bud-
get situation," said Ponder.
*The board unanimously agreed
to approve an interagency agree-
ment with the Juvenile Justice
Council for the WINGS program.

Orlando, FL Board member Willie Speed stated
that his granddaughter from
Mom's Nuclear Philadelphia had attended the
Mathew Fortini WINGS programs last summer
Orlando. FL and very much enjoyed the pro-
grain. Superintendent Ponder
Doc's Secret remedy also praised the WINGS program
1994 World Champion stating, "I've been really im-
Ed Pierczynski pressed with the program and the
Carson City, ND success it's had." Board member
Connie Roehr stated, "There are
Island Oasis Chili a lot of students that have already
come up another level with the
Jeanne Bonds & Patricia Pope tutoring and all the different ac-
St. George Island, FL tivities that are offered. It also
Harry A's Saloon Hall Chili helps to keep the kids off the
G. Meihael Cates & Tina Putnal 'street." '
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10:00 AM Until



Youth Programs Appeal for

Help from Transportation

Disadvantaged Board

Eileen Annie

Franklin County Public Library
Director Eileen Annie and
TEENSPEAK Coordinator Kris
Halstrom met with the Transpor-
tation Disadvantaged Board on
February 15 in the Franklin
County Courthouse and re-
quested transportation assistance
"This is for an after-school pro-
gram," explained Halstrom,
"Some of these children have no
other way to get to these impor-
tant events."
Eileen Annie said that the WINGS
program was located at three
sites: Eastpoint, Carrabelle and
Apalachicola. She said that, while
the distance separating the sites
presented a transportation prob-
em, it was important that the
county have three sites to serve
as many children as possible. "We
just don't have the (transporta-
tion) funds. (The) TEENSPEAK
(program) will help (to provide
transportation funding), but
transportation is still a real prob-
lem." Ms. Annie explained that
the TEENSPEAK program was
only a six month program and
that the WINGS program would
not have transportation funding
after June 30, 1996. "I certainly
want the kids to see as much as
they can and go as far as they
can," Annie said. She pointed out
that the children had recently
traveled to Bay County to see "Up
With People." Ms. Annie said that
she hoped the children could also
visit the Tallahassee Museum.
John Crooms of Crooms Trans-
portation, Inc. stated that he
would try to help the youth-based
programs as much as he could,
although said transportation
could not always be provided in
circumstances where vehicles

John Crooms

were limited. He noted that most
of his services were used for medi-
cal-related purposes. "We have
worked with you in the past," said
Crooms, "And we will continue
working with you as long as we
have the vehicles." He concluded,
"I'm glad you brought this to the
board to give us some kind of
understanding of the situation
and to give me guidelines." Mr.
Crooms later noted to the Frank-
lin Chronicle that he had person-
ally donated much of his trans-
portation services to the WINGS
program in the previous year.
Transportation Disadvantaged
Coordinator Vanita Anderson said
that a transportation fund did
exist for non-sponsored pro-
grams. However, explained
Anderson, due to federal budget
conditions, the board expected to
have more requests from indi-
viduals who have become
unsponsored entities. "Individual
use of non-sponsored funding is
growing," emphasized Anderson.
The WINGS program is grant-
funded by the Juvenile Justice
Counsel and the TEENSPEAK
program is grant funded by the
Department of Education. Ander-
son suggested that the youth-
based programs work with
Crooms Transportation, Inc. to
devise possible charter services
for discounted group rates.
The board asked Eileen Annie
how much transportation funding
was available to the two pro-
grams. Ms. Annie said that she
was not sure of the exact funding
figures. The board then requested
that budget figures be provided to
the board concerning travel pur-
pose, travel frequency, travel pri-
ority and funding sources for fur-
ther consideration. The transpor-
tation disadvantaged board will
meet again in May.

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Published every other Friday



The Honorable William Gary

Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender

Franklin County Court House

February 12, 1996

Charles Dixon Brown: Charged with one county of Aggravated As-
sault with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on March
11. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Eric Leo Cambell: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the'defendant Guilty, fined him $255 and sentenced him to one
year of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $220
in restitution to Apalachicola State Bank in payments no less than
$20 per month. As a condition of probation, the defendant will not be
allowed to write any checks during the period of his probation. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Flowers: Charged with one count of Battery of a Law En-
forcement Officer and two counts of Battery, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial
on March 11.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly re-
fused to relinquish custody of Angela Shriah's child on December 24,
1995. The report noted that Ms. Shriah contacted and met with Deputy
Mike Mock at the I.G.A. in Apalachicola to discuss the custody mat-
ter. Deputy Mock allegedly reviewed the custody court papers and
then agreed to meet her at residence of Mr. Flowers. According to the
report, Brenda & Michael Flowers met with Shriah and Mock outside
of their home. Deputy Mock reported that Brenda Flowers began bat-
tering Ms. Shriah upon their arrival. He also noted that Michael Flow-
ers kicked Shriah while Brenda Flowers battered her. Furthermore,
neighbor Jeff Desrosier alleged that he tried to intervene on the mat-
ter between Shriah and Flowers earlier and was physically pushed
away by Michael Flowers. Both Desrosier and Shriah agreed to press
battery charges against the defendant. Mock also reported that he
advised Ms. Ms. Shriah to appeal to the court on the custody matter.
The defendant was appointed the services of the public defendant.
Etta Griggs: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, two counts of Forgery and Uttering a Forged Check, the de-
fendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary withheld ad-
judication, ordered her to pay $100 in investigative fees to the Fran-
klin County Sheriffs Department and sentenced her to 18 months of
probation. As condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to completed 25 hours of probation.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant attempted to
cash two treasury checks belonging to Gloria Miller for $384 and $94
at the Apalachicola State Bank and I.G.A. of Apalachicola. The report
alleged that the defendant fist attempted to cash the treasury checks
at the bank, but was unsuccessful. Apalachicola State Bank employee
Cathy Shiver reported that the defendant endorsed Ms. Miller's and
her own name on the checks. The defendant was allegedly detained
and arrested at the I.G.A. when she attempted to cash the two checks.
After arrested, the defendant alleged that Ella Mae Gordon had asked
her to cash the checks. Ms. Gordon allegedly denied any part in the
matter when questioned by authorities.
Judge Gary pointed out to the defendant that she was the first re-
corded felony of 1996. "But everyone is entitled to make a mistake,"
said Gary, "You've made a real lulu here." Judge Gary asked the de-
fendant if she had a drug problem; she replied that she did not have
a drug problem. "Want to bet?" remarked Judge Gary. He said that
the combination of drug and forgery charges illustrated that the de-
fendant did have a drug problem. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Warren L. Hayward: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault
.,, with a Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, the
.defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charges of Improper Dis-
play of a Firearm and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to ten months in
the Franklin County Jail with 126 days of credit for time served and
fined him $150.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly put a
shotgun to the face of Kenneth Wallace on August 14, 1995 and then
fled. Wallace reported that the defendant was angry at him because
he would not allow him to stay at his residence.
Judge Gary admonished the defendant, "If you come back to me on
another firearm charge, you can bring Mr. Shuler and his entire fam-
ily and you're still going to prison." The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Raymond Charles Parrish: Charged with one count of Driving Un-
der the Influence (DUI) and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked
License, the defendant-pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to six
months in the Franklin County Jail with 85 days of credit for time
served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to -18 months of
probation, fined him $1000, ordered him to pay $255 in court costs
and revoked his driver's license for life. As conditions of probation,
the defendant will be required to complete 50 hours of community
service and attend substance abuse courses. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. /
Carol Wilson: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the State of
Florida decided against prosecuting the case. Instead, it was decided
by the State of Florida to place the defendant on one year of "Pretrial
intervention," which is allegedly used on a limited basis. Assistant
State Attorney Frank Williams noted that Pretrial intervention was
decided on because the defendant had no prior record and her crime
was non-violent; also, Williams noted that the defendant made full
restitution, gave a full confession to the authorities and showed re-
morse for her actions. He listed the offense as "selfless," in that the
offense was committed for the benefit of another individual.
Other factors for deciding on pretrial intervention include the cost of
prosecution, court time, deposition time, the appointment of a de-
fense attorney at the state's expense and the likelihood of the defen-
dant committing another offense. 'This office cannot make decisions
based on emotion or conjecture," noted Williams, "Our decisions are
often questioned by persons who have not been told "the rest of the
story" or who have some personal or emotional involvement in a case.
In this particular case, I can assure you the defendant was treated
fairly and her sentence was appropriate."
According to the probable cause report, the defendant gave a sworn
recorded confession on January 11, 1996 admitting to the theft of
$2942.73 from the Franklin County Tax Collector's office. The defen-
dant had worked in the tax collector's office for over ten years. The
report noted that the defendant confessed on perpetrating the of-
fense to pay persons that her son, Allen Ray, had allegedly defrauded.
According to the office of the Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Jimmy
Harris of the Franklin County Tax Collector's office agreed that charges
should be filed, but that pretrial intervention would be an appropri-
ate sentence. Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams noted that sen-
tencing guidelines would have only permitted a sentence of probation
for the defendant.
Robert Shelman: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer
with Violence and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
lesser charges of two counts of Battery. Judge Gary withheld adjudi-
cation, fined him $150 and sentenced him to one vear of probation.

As conditions of probation, the defendant will brerequired to com-
plete 20 hours of community service and attend the P.A.V.E. (Pre-
venting Alternatives to Violence through Education) program.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Joseph Ham was
dispatched to the defendant's residence on Alligator Point on Decem-
ber 24, 1995 on a domestic violence call. Deputy Ham noted that the
defendant's wife had a bruised left eye, although she refused to make
a statement on the matter. The defendant alleged that he had re-
quested his wife to leave the residence, but she would not. He said
tat, when he tried to push her out of the house, she hit him on the
back of the head with a vase. Deputy Ham placed both individuals
under arrest. However, when Steve Fling with the First Responders

Unit arrived at the Alligator Point home, the defendant allegedly or-
dered Fling to leave. According to the report, Deputy Ham then told
the defendant to sit down. The defendant allegedly refused to sit down
and pushed Deputy Ham away from him when the officer attempted
to seat him. Deputy Ham noted that both husband and wife in the
incident strongly smelled of alcohol.
"If there was ever a case that deserved a withhold (of adjudication),"
commented Judge Gary, "This is it." The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Herbert Braxton Tolliver: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant severely beat
Carl Sanders on January 12, 1996 in Cat Point. Mr. Sanders alleg-
edly pulled a 22 rifle from the defendant's vehicle and aimed the
weapon at him. The defendant allegedly disarmed Mr. Sanders and
then severely beat him. Judge Gary continued the case for Case Man-
agement on March 11.
Carlos Rhodes: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Resisting Arrest without
Violence. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and fined him
According to the probable cause report, Officer Kenneth Pfiefer was
dispatched to the apartment on Jennie Trammel on a disturbance
call. Pflefer reported that he found both Trammel ard the defendant
arguing with each other at the apartment. Pfiefer determined that the
defendant had a warrant of arrest against him for Failure to Pay
Child Support and Failure to-Appear on a charge of Driving with a
Suspended License. When Pfiefer attempted to handcuff the defen-
dant, the defendant allegedly fled from the officer. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Donald Williams: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Deadly Weapon, the defendant failed to appear for his court ap-
pointment due to an error in the filed notice toappear. The defendant's
court date was reset for March 11. The defendant allegedly shot a
firearm In the direction of Michael Sanders. According to the prob-
able cause report, the defendant drove up to Mr. Sanders' residence
on January 24, 1996 in a small, blue pick-up truck. The defendant
allegedly requested Sanders to unload an outboard motor from his
truck. Mr. Sanders reported that when he declined to unload the item,
the defendant fired a 12 gauge Browning shotgun in his direction
over his head. Sanders also alleged that the defendant then threat-
ened to shoot him and the tires of a vehicle owned by Jimmy Joe
Richard Barnett, Jr.: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for Trial on March 11. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Joseph Hughes.
Sandra Massey Clark: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Parapher-
nalia, the defendant
Larry Cummings: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for pre-trial on March 11. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Christopher Ray Granger: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for pre-trial oi March 11. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than Twenty Grams, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for Trial on
March 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Smith Harris: Charged with one count of Principal in Armed
Robbery with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded: No Contest to the
lesser charge of Accessory-to Aihed Rbbery:After the Fact. Judge -
Gary withheldadjudicaitoniggif ehimi $%250Q senjtee himn to
one year of probation. As condition of probation, the defendant will
be required to complete 25 hourstof community service. "You've got a
real extensive juvenile record," noted Judge Gary to the 17 year old
defendant, "This is your last bite of the apple." Judge Gary told the
defendant that he would be released from probation in six months if
he satisfied all conditions. However, Judge Gary pointed out, the de-
fendant would be sent to prison if he violated his probation. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Milton Ray Hatfield: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Can-
nabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for Trial on February 21. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jimmy Ray Hutsell: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Nor"Iontest to the charge of Third De-
'gree Grand Theft. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, fined
him $255 and sentenced him to 100 days in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 70 days of time served. Judge Gary further reduced
court costs to a civil judgment. The defendant allegedly has a warrant
of arrest against him in the State of Texas for violation of probation.
However, because of the excessive cost of extradition, the State of
Texas allegedly does not wish prosecute the defendant for the charges
against him. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon
Wordsworth F. Irving: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery
Upon a Child Under 12, the defendiiit pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case' fr pre-trial on' March 11. The defen-
dant was represented Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John R. Jones, m: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery by
Some Force, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of
Sexual Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, fined
him $255 and sentenced him to five months in the Franklin County
Jail with credit for 110 days for'time served. Judge Gary also sen-
tenced the defendant to two years of probation. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Marcus Jenkins: Charged within one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for Case Management on March 11. The
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Robert L. Jones: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery Upon a
Child Under 12, the defendant failed to appear for his court appoint-
ment as he is in the State of Alabama undergoing a competency evalu-
ation. "He's been sent off to Alabama to their version of Chattahoo-
chee," said Steiger. It was noted that the defendant had waived his
right to a speedy trial. Judge Gary said that the Second Circuit Court
would just wait on the defendant until he was released from the facil-
ity in Alabama. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Erik Christian Larsen: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the charge of Third Degree Grand Theft. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 100 days in the
Franklin County Jail with credit for 70 days for time served. "When
you're released," warned Judge Gary, "You're not to go two blocks of
that church." He continued, "You've been skating on the edge for far
too long. If you come back before me, you better bring a long-term
toothbrush, because you'll be going to jail." The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
David Martin: Charged with two counts of Interference with Cus-
tody, Child Abuse and one count of Delivery of a Controlled Sub-
stance to a Minor by an Adult, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for Trial on March 18.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Kerri L. McKee: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded No Contest tot he lesser charge of Petit Theft.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and fined the defendant $150. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
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Jay Cleveland Nix, Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder,
Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the de-
fendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Attorney Cheryl Gentry made several motions on behalf of the defen-
dant to have all criminal records of all possible witnesses turned over
to the defense, to have expert counsel appointed to the defense and to
have an additional $5,000 appropriated to the defense for private
investigator costs. Both County Attorney Al Shuler and Assistant State
Attorney Frank Williams objected to the defense's third motion. Judge
Gary Granted each of the motions.
Andrew O'Neal: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Contest to
the charges of two counts of Battery. Judge Gary withheld adjudica-
tion, fined the defendant $150 and sentenced him to six months of
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to attend the P.A.V.E. Program.
Lorenzo O'Neal: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the de-
fendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty, fined him $255 and sentenced him to 18 months
of probation. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on March 11. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John A. Peterson: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the de-
fendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Petit Theft. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to time
served. All court costs were reduced to a civil judgment.:The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Pasquale John Piccirillo: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for pre-trial on March 11. The defendant was repre-
sented Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Fred L. Rhine: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery of a
Pregnant Victim, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge
of Aggravated Assault. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty,
fined him $255 and sentenced him to 18 months of probation. As
conditions of probation, the defendant must not be in possession of
any weapons and must attend the P.A.V.E. program. Judge Gary
waived the "no contact" provision between the defendant and victim
as the two have allegedly reconciled'the matter.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly got
into an argument on December 26, 1995 with his girlfriend Marjorie
Nabors after he brought another female to their residence. As the two
argued, the defendant allegedly hit Nabors in the mouth and threw
her to the floor. According to the report, the defendant also allegedly
hit Nabors on the head with a telephone after Nabors attempted to
call for help. Officer Jerry Proctor and Arnold Tolliver were later dis-
patched to the residence. Ms. Nabors informed the officers that the
defendant was probably working on a boat called "Jessica J" on Wa-
ter Street. The two officers found the defendant at the boat and ar-
rested him. Ms. Nabors was reported to be eight and one-half months
pregnant during her altercation with the defendant. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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John C. Thomas: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine,
the defendant pleaded to the lesser charge of Possession of Less Than
20 Grams of Cannabis. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and fined him $150. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gor-
don Shuler.
Robert Thompson: Charged with one count of Uttering a Worthless
Check Over $149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for Case Management on March 11i.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Doug Topham: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis
and Possession of More Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary withheld adjudi-
cation, fined him $255 and sentenced him to 18 months of proba-
tion. The defendant was represented by Assistant State Attorney Kevin
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with D.U.I. Involving Serious Inju-
ries and Driving with an Improper License, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty. Judge Gary said that he would not be able to withhold
adjudication in the case. The defendant waived his right to a speedy
trial and requested sixty days to seek an attorney. Judge Gary con-
tinued the case for April 8. The defendant had represented himself.
Braxton Chisholm: Charged with Resisting Arrest with Violence, Bat-
tery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Disorderly Intoxication, Criminal
Mischief and Battery with Domestic Violence, the defendant pleaded
No Contest to the lesser charges of Resisting Arrest without Violence
and two counts of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
Guilty, fined him $155 and sentenced him to one year of probation.
As conditions of probation, the defendant will be required to com-
plete 20 hours of community service, attend the P.A.V.E. program
arid pay $200 in restitution to the Carrabelle Police Department.
According to the probable cause report, Carrabelle police officers were
dispatched to the Cove Apartment Complex on February 26 on a dis-
turbance call. The defendant allegedly cussed officers for being at the
apartment complex when they arrived. Victim Ms. Crum said that the
defendant had beaten her and was "trying to kill her." Witness Timo-
thy Millender said that he tried to intervene in the matter and was
punched in the face by the defendant. Sharon Garrett alleged that
she tried to approach the defendant, but was warned to go back into
her home or the defendant would "beat her ass." The defendant was
then arrested, placed in the patrol unity, but began kicking at the
window. Carrabelle officers reported that the defendant was warned
to refrain from kicking the window. The defendant allegedly then be-
gan kicking at the officers. He then allegedly turned to the opposite
window, kicked and damaged the window. The defendant was then
sprayed with O.C. spray, restrained by several officers and placed in
leg cuffs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Ingram (A.KA. Ayokunie Osceola Kwanzaa): The defen-
dant was charged on February 13 with one count of Trespassing and
Resisting Arrest and three counts of Battery of a Law Enforcement
According to the probable cause report, the defendant refused to leave
the residence of his mother Gwendolyn Ingram on 14th Street in Ap-
alachicola. Officer Arnold Tolliver and Patrolman Jim L Wilburn or-
dered the defendant to leave the residence, though he allegedly re-
fused to do so. The officers then proceeded to place the defendant
under arrest, but the defendant allegedly resisted by hitting, kicking
and spitting at the officers. According to the report, the officers
struggled approximately ten minutes in trying to restrain the defen-
dant. Deputies Buddy Shiver, Michael Moore and Sgt. Mike Eller later
arrived at the scene. Deputy Moore reported that the defendant alleg-
edly spat in his face. The report noted that officers then placed the
defendant's shirt in front of his face to prevent him from further spit-
ting on officers. Officers Wilburn, Tolliver and Moore all pressed bat-
tery charges against the defendant. Officer Tolliver reportedly received
a large knot to his forehead and cuts and abrasions to his hands and
fingers due to the altercation with the defendant.
A motion for competency evaluation of the defendant was filed by
'AsSistant Public Defender Kevin'itelger on February 15. The defen-
dant allegedly asked to represerithimself at his first appearance.

Wendell Weaver: The defendant was charged with Possession of Can-
nabis with Intent to Sell and Fleeing to Elude. According to the prob-
able cause report, Officer Jerry Proctor noticed the defendant on Feb-
ruary 3 sitting in a car in a vacant lot on Sixth Street in Apalachicola.
As he approached and flashed his unit's light, the defendant alleg-
edly fled. Proctor reported that the defendant pulled over on Fifth
Street. According to the report, the defendant allegedly took off his
coat after being arrest. Proctor reported that the coat was then
searched and that $332 and a small bag of cannabis was recovered.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant also had a
warrant of arrest against him from Bay County.
Bobby G. Creamer: Charged with violation of community control,
the defendant entered a denial of the violation. The defendant alleg-
edly changed his residence without receiving prior permission from
probation officers and also tested positive for cannabis on a urinaly-
sis test.
Attorney Gordon Shuler argued that the defendant had informed his
probation officers when he changed in residence. He said that the
address change was a hardship case and not a willful violation of
probation. Attorney Shuler also noted that a gas test was required to
validate a positive reading of a urinalysis test. Shuler pointed out
that no such test was conducted. Attorney Shuler also noted that the
defendant's probation officers were often difficult to contact.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stated that the defendant
had previously admitted to having a drug and alcohol problem. He
questioned if the defendant had been able to simply refrain from drug
& alcohol use during his probation. The defendant argued that, just
because an alcoholic refrains from drinking alcohol, it does not mean
that the individual does not have a drinking problem. According to
probation officer Gerard Edwards, the defendant had admitted to drug
use after testing positive for cannabis use. Edwards said that a gas
test was not instituted because of the defendant's alleged confession.
Assistant State Attorney Williams also pointed out that the defen-
dant failed to turn himself in when to local authorities when informed
by his probation officer that a warrant was out for his arrest for com-
munity control violations. The defendant said that he did not turn
himself in because his was simply afraid.
Attorney Shuler stated, "I think Mr. Creamer has tried a lot of people's
patience; but let's not jump the gun. I think he deserves every bit of
fairness that this was set up for."
Assistant State Attorney Williams argued, '"he defendant's record
stretches over two pages. Everybody deserves a bite of the apple, but
this man has eaten from the whole tree."
Judge Gary ruled that the defendant's violations were technical and
not willful violations of community control. 'The entire Department
of Corrections has taken Franklin County out of the loop," said Gary,
"Community control is a joke down here." Judge Gary pointed out
that only two community control officers are in charge of 31 different
cases. He also noted that the community control officers are only in
the county once a month. Judge Gary then reinstated the defendant's
community control.
Michael Gloner: Charged with violation of probation, the defendant
failed to appear for his court appointment. Judge Gary issued a capias
for the arrest of the defendant for failure to appear.
Catherine A. Tucker: Charged with violation of probation, the de-
fendant failed to appear for her court appointment. Judge Gary is-
sued a capias for the arrest of the defendant for failure to appear.

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Sherri Hutchins: The defendant has been charged with Grand Theft.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant, who was em-
ployed by Suwanee Swifty in Apalachicola, was allegedly approached
by Carrabelle resident Annette Critton on January 25 with a winning
lottery ticket. Ms. Critton allegedly asked the defendant to tell her '
how much the ticket was worth. The defendant allegedly noted that
the ticket was worth $400. According to the report, Ms. Critton asked
to have the ticket returned, because she wanted to collect the money
closer to home. When Ms. Critton stopped at the E-Z Serve store in r
Carrabelle with the winning ticket, employees at the facility informed
her that the money had already been paid out. E-Z Serve Manager
Maria Butler contacted the defendant and asked her if she had paid
the money out to Ms. Critton. The report noted that defendant then
claimed that the money was not paid out to Critton. Ms. Butler then
advised the defendant to contact and inform her supervisor that the
store would be $400 in excess of the actual sales of that day. The
defendant allegedly agreed to contact her employer and have Critton
paid the following day. However, the defendant allegedly changed her .
story the next day and claimed that she had already paid Ms. Critton._ /.
Suwanee Swifty Manager Virginia Kent verified that the store was not
$400 in excess of sales on January 25. According to the report, Ms. Carrabelle student Marvin Benjamin (L) with instructor
Kent concluded that the money in question had either been paid out Chris Crozier
or taken. The defendant allegedly told investigator Lt. J.C. Turner Under the guidance of Carrabelle High School instructor Chris Cro
that she had paid $400 out to Ms. Critton on January 25. zier, nearly 20 Carrabelle High School students have labored almost

Wanda Moses: The defendant was arrested on warrant on by Officer
Leonard Martin on February 1 for the charge of unlawfully uttering
checks in the amount of $1,338, $150 or more to Tammie Cline on
September 15, 1995.

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The miniature doghouses are not a completely new idea from the
humane society; they have been placed in many of Franklin County's
businesses for several years. The miniature houses function as
piggybanks (or dogbanks) and are used to solicit pocket change from
those inclined to make donations to the humane society. The money
collected from the doghouses are used to fulfill many of the humane
society's needs, which includes helping to feed those would-be pets
at the animal shelter.

The idea to collaborate with the high school was inspired by local
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Coordinators Kathy Kitts
Carabelle residents Kathy Kitts
and Dan Brown are hardly strang-
ers tot he provision of animal care.
Both have spent a part of their
lives working on nearly 90 acres
of farm land in Winchester, Vir-
ginia. Both Kitts and Brown have
worked cooperatively with the
Franklin County Humane Society
to adopt out nearly 100 pets be-
tween 1990 and 1991. And, both
individuals maintained the opera-
tion of Woofers and Tweeters, a
Carrabelle pet store, for several
It was, therefore, no surprise to
many in Franklin County when
the local humane society chose
both Kitts and Brown to manage

and Dan Brown at Animal
the animal shelter in Eastpoint.
'We're just really concerned with
having the animals at the shelter
adopted out to good homes," said
Kitts. Brown concurred, "It's also
important that we get the word
out about spaying and neutering."
He concluded, "Maybe one day we
won't need these shelters."
New hours at the Franklin County
Animal Shelter in Eastpoint are,
as follows:
Monday Friday:
10am 12pm and 5 7pm
10am 12pm and 5 6pm
5 6pm.

In an effort to bring emotional
support and information sharing
to parents of children with handi-
caps and disabilities in Franklin
County, an organizational meet-
ing for that purpose will be held
on Wednesday, March 13, 1996
at the First United Methodist
Church in Eastpoint, Florida at
7:00 PM. Two local residents, par-
ents of children with disabilities,
Shirley Hartley and Sabrina
Hollenbeck, have volunteered to
establish such a service in Fran-
klin County, noting that social
and recreational activities and
advocacy training will also be in-
cluded in the goals of the new or-
The program for the evening will
be provided by Andrea Eidson,
representing the Family Network
on Disabilities (FND), an organi-
zation providing support, infor-
mation and training to families of
children and adults with develop-
mental delays, sensory, physical,

learning or emotional disabilities,
as well as families of medically
involved, at risk and chronically
ill family members. An overview
of FND services available to fami-
lies in Franklin County will be
The mother of a child with mul-
tiple disabilities, Andrea Eidson
id the Area Coordinator for Par-
ent Education Network, Project
Director of United Families for
Children's Mental Health and
Executive Director of the Florida
Federation of Families for
Children's Mental Health.
All parents of children or adults
with special needs and any other
interested citizens are encouraged
to attend this meeting. For fur-
ther information, please contact
either Shirley Hartley at 927-3154
or Sabrina Hollenbeck at 670-
8428. Parents requiring child care
at the meeting should call for res-

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SEPT RM 'A l', 1. I'. AI'/RI I1.I/ i>
The memorial outside the Lanark Village American Legion Post com-
memorates both Camp Gordon Johnston and the dead and survivors of
World War I. On the weekend of March 1-3, Carabelle is hosting a re-
union if participants who trained at the camp, featuring bus tours, a
parade and special ceremonies. This will be a very busy weekend of spe-
cial events in the Panhandle, including the Natural Bridge reenactment
in Woodville and the Charity Chili Cookoff at St. George Island. As the
event-filled "season opener" for travel to the coast, this is definitely the
weekend to visit the Panhandle.

Who's in the Doghouse?

New Hours and New Staff

at Franklin County Animal


Selling the Pearl of the Panhandle
-:- .." My Specialty area is Carrabelle Lanark -
Carrabelle Beach St. Teresa St. James Eastpoint
Let me be your guide to finding your
W // "perfect pearl" of a property.
SLast owner left a bunch of happy memories. She was sad to leave but
happy to be going to live close to her grandchildren. She hopes that
Rene you will find the same serenity and happiness when you purchase this
Topping 2 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath, 14 foot wide mobile home on two nicely
Associateshaded lots in Carrabelle. Good retirement or starter home and priced
LLE RLT right at only $29,900. For more information or to see CALL RENE
(the name says it al) at either 904-697-2181 or 904-697-2616.
Offic(the name says (904) 697-2616 FAX (904) 697-3870all)
Office (904) 697-2181 Home (904) 697-2616 FAX (904) 697-3870


New Support Group Forming

For Parents of Children, Adults

with Disabilities

Featuring: Joyce Estees' Original Art & Gifts
Art of the Area

4k, We Deliver To The Greater Apalachicola Area
Hwy 98, Eastpoint Just Across The Bridge


Deene Cook

is Artist of

the Month
Artist Deene Cook who has been
chosen as artist of the month of
February is a native of Carrabelle.
She began painting in 1979 and
says that she particularly enjoys
portraying Florida wildlife in its
natural habitat. Among the
awards and recognition this tal-
ented artist has received, Cook
has had one of her paintings fea-
tured as the cover of a copy of
"Fiberscope, a magazine pub-
lished by the Proctor and Gamble
Company. The painting was of two
deer in the North Florida woods.
This cover was later turned into
a limited edition of prints.
Collections of her work are hung
at the Anneewakee Foundation,
Douglasville, Georgia and at the
Carrabelle High School in Carra-
belle, Florida. She has shown in
several juried art exhibits includ-.
ing Panama City Artist Associa-
tion in 1985, Tallahassee City Hall
in Tallahassee in July, 1989 and
at The Capitol Building in Talla-
hassee in 1990.
She specializes in watercolor and
oil paintings of the wildlife that
abounds in the North Florida
area. She says she is a realist. "I
endeavor to portray the realm of
wildlife with the emotion I feel
while being in touch with my sub-
jects. I particularly like to portray
the birds and animals in their
native habitat. After all, the area
we all live in is to me the most
beautiful and unspoiled of all
Florida." She points out, "I believe
it is important to preserve our re-
sources for future generations. It
is my fervent hope that my art will
help bring this awareness to the
Deene's art is presently on display
at the Carrabelle branch of the
Apalachicola State Bank.
Another Reason to
Visit the Panhandle
Jazz Concert
Coming to
Trinity in


The New Orleans Repertory En-
semble from Florida State Univer-
sity is one reason to start finger
snapping. The Ilse Newell Concert
Series will be featuring the popu-
lar group, under the direction of
Professor Bill Kennedy, in concert
at Trinity, Apalachicola, on Sun-
day, March. 16, 1996 at 4 PM.
However, be warned. Seats fill up
fast, and, in recent years, many
have started coming at 3 PM to
ensure adequate seating.
If you're expecting some dry lec-
ture with a few bars of illustra-
tive material, you will be disap-
pointed. Instead, under the tute-
lage of Professor Kennedy, the en-
semble will play traditional favor-
ites, some new variations, with in-
formal, sometimes slightly zany
commentary and highly rhythmic
bars indistinguishable from the
original artists of years ago. Jazz
is a traditional art form in Ameri-
can tone poems.
The Concert itself would be worth
an entire weekend in the Pan-
handle and a very pleasant way
to top the second weekend in the
travel season. $2 donation at the
door. Children accompanied by an
adult admitted free. The series is
sponsored by the Apalachicola
Historical Society.


Formed to Keep

Franklin County
A newly formed organization
entitled Keep Franklin County
Beautiful was established on
February 19 at the Eastpoint
Firehouse. The board consists of
nine members and three officers.
The new officers include: Jim
Sisung as President, Michael
Alien as Vice-President and
Elizabeth Sisung as Secretary.
The board is still seeking a
treasurer. In addition to electing
new officers, the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful board also
approved their organizational by-
laws at their first meeting. The
board will meet again on March 4
at 6 p.m. in the Eastpoint
Firehouse. New members are
encouraged to join. Annual
membership fees are $5.

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