Volume 5, Number 6 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
22 March 4 April 1996
Lanark Board Patent Pending
Lifts District New Treatment Reduces
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Kind of like taking candy from a baby. Kindergarten student
Sheena Millender sits in the Carrabelle High School
cafeteria with a carton of milk, a stuffed animal and a long
face. We admit, this photo was coached.
Who's Been Milkin' the
School's Diary Supply?
A Report & Commentary by Brian Goercke
How long have the students of Franklin County been deprived of their
supposedly guaranteed one-half pint of milk? Personnel from the
district's school food services aren't exactly sure how long, but they
know they've been receiving shortages in their dairy supply at least
since January of 1996. And while some in the school district have
called this a case of fraud, representatives from the Department of
Agriculture refer to the matter as inadvertent. In the minds of some
district personnel, however, both the Department of Agriculture and
the Dairy Fresh Corporation have been left with veritable egg (or milk)
on their faces from the fraudulent or inadvertent mistake. The Dairy
Fresh Corporation, which distributes milk to the Franklin County
School District, is blaming the mistake on faulty machinery. The De-
partment of Agriculture, who is charged with the responsibility of
ensuring product quality and weight, is blaming temporary person-
nel problems for the oversight.
On March 7, Board Attorney Barbara Sanders reported to the Frank-
lin County School Board that a consistent shortage of milk had been
detected in the shipments provided by the Dairy Fresh Corporation.
She stated that Fay Burton, Supervisor of School Food Services, had
reported the matter to Superintendent C.T. Ponder after examining
the product for two months.
Ironically, the incident was first noted by Apalachicola High School
instructor Diane Dodd, who had brought a half-pint carton of choco-
late milk home from the high school in order to make a cake. When
Ms. Dodd emptied the contents of the half-pint milk into a measuring
cup, she noted that the carton contained an insufficient amount of
milk. She reported the matter to Fay Burton on January 18.
From January 22 to February 6, Fay Burton and Morna Smith, School
Food Service Secretary & Bookkeeper, examined the milk products
distributed to Chapman Elementary School, Brown Elementary
School, Apalachicola High School and Carrabelle High School. They
examined six cartons of milk from each school. And of the 24 cartons
of milk examined, only three were found to contain the correct amount
of milk. Two cartons examined on January 22 at Carrabelle High
School and one carton examined on February 6 at Brown Elementary
School was reported to have contained the correct amount of milk.
Ms. Burton submitted a report of her evaluation to Superintendent of
Schools C.T. Ponder on February 14. In her report, Ms. Burton noted,
"Realizing that Mrs. Dodd's report could represent an isolated inci-
dent, I started to make weekly checks of our half-pint cartons to con-
firm or refute her report."
Attorney Sanders informed board members that she had contacted
Dee Brookshire, General Manager of Dairy Fresh Corporation, to in-
quire about the reported milk shortages. Sanders further stated that
Brookshire had investigated the matter, detected faulty machinery,
and allegedly had the machine repaired. "They sai d they had prob-
lem with one product. The one product is the half-pint milk, which is
everything we use, 2%, whole and chocolate milk."
In a February 28 letter of correspondence from Mr. Brookshire to
Attorney Sanders, Brookshire reported that the State of Florida
weighed the alleged milk shortage and confirmed that the Dairy Fresh
Corporation's machine was out of compliance. A stop-sale was then
issued by the State of Florida on the company's dairy product, which
did not meet state specifications. "Our company is regulated by the
Federal Government as well as the State of Florida," noted Brookshire,
"When our product is shipped into the state, The State of Florida
takes samples once a moths for compliance of both quality and weight
specifications. To our knowledge, we had not been notified of any
violations concerning weight at the time of your letter."
The Dairy Fresh Company was awarded a bid on July 17, 1995 by
the Franklin County School District to provide three milk products
and three dessert products to the area schools from August 1, 1995
to June 30, 1996. The bid awarded to the Dairy Fresh Corporation
obligated the company to provide 50 cases of whole milk (an esti-
S mated 84 units per case for $655), 2% milk (an estimated 870 per
case for $6,786) and lowfat chocolate milk (an estimated 3,100 units
for $24, 180).
Attorney Sanders stated that she had also spoken to Fred Derby,
Sanitation and Safety Supervisor for the Department of Agriculture,
about the matter. Sanders told board members that Derby alleged
that the incident was negligent, though inadvertent."
Continued on page 6
In a split-decision that drew a
round of applause from audience
members, the Lanark Village Wa-
ter and Sewer (LVWS) Commis-
sion agreed to lift a nearly year-
long moratorium on new water
hook-ups in the district. The mea-
sure was passed at the March 18
LVWS board meeting by a 2-1
Commissioner Phil Shiver was
the lone voice of dissension in the
board's decision to lift the mora-
torium; he expressed concern
about surpassing the district's
present 200,000 per gallon a day
allowance of water use by the
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
Commissioner Jeannette Pedder,
who voted to lift the moratorium,
explained that the district had
other costs to consider in provid-
ing new customers with water
hook-ups. "If we take on 25 or 30
new customers in the next year,
we have to look at expanding our
sewer treatment plant. We don't'
have the money."
Chairperson James Lawlor noted
that the district had been bom-
barded by lawsuits and legal fees
in the previous year. He felt that
lifting the moratorium would help
ease the progression of suits
against the board and hopefully
save the district revenue.
Chairperson James Lawlor told
board members that he had cor-
responded with the Northwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (NWFWMD) to request an
additional 200,000 gallons of wa-
ter per day to the district. "My feel-
ing is that we're spending money
on legal fees to find out we're only
wrong; the court siding with Mr.
(Joe) Butler; that opens up Deer
Run, and we could face possibly
Vibrio vulnificus Bacteria
to "Undetectable Levels"
in Raw Oysters
Oyster meat from an Apalachi-
cola Bay aquacultured oyster.
In a February 28 letter of corre-
spondence from Commissioner
Lawlor to Guy Gowens, Chief Bu-
reau of Ground Water Regulation
for the NWFWMD, Lawlor noted:
'This commissioner finds it very
frustrating trying to stay within
your guidelines and directives
when we are told by those who
we have refused new hookups
that they have been told by your
office that we are well under our
allocations, and that we have
plenty of water available, and if
we need more water we should
Chairperson Lawlor noted in his
February correspondence that the
3 district's per gallon a day average
water usage for 1995 was
191,994. However, he also re-
... ported that during months from
April to September, 45 families
Continued on page 4
30 lawsuits." Resident Christine
Saunders, who owns 30 lots on
Deer Run, said that she would file
30 separate suits against the
board if the moratorium was not
The AmeriPure Oyster Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, an-
nounced on March 7, 1996 that a new treatment process had been
established to reduce dangerous pathogens to undetectable levels in-
side raw oysters without affecting taste or "the sensory quality in raw
shell-stock oysters." The process has been studied and formally re-
viewed by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, the Louisiana
Food and Drug Administration and the California Dept. of Health.
According to the Dept. of Food Science, Louisiana State University,
and researcher Dr. Douglas Park, who evaluated the process, con-
firmed that the minimal thermal process was effective in reducing
Vibrio vulnificus to non-detectable levels (i. e. less than 3 cfu/g). Simi-
lar results were observed for both artificially and naturally contami-
nated oysters. "The sensory quality of these products would also play
an important role in the marketing of treated oysters. Although there
was a slight lightening in color, the sensory panels, composed of both
traditional raw oyster consumers and infrequent consumers found
the treated product to be comparable in flavor, texture and smell to
untreated oysters. The treated product was highly acceptable."
Full commercialization of the new process is slated for March of 1996.
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Comment: While oysters harvested from Apalachicola Bay, as depicted
in this file photo, may be high quality, the new treatment could poten-
tially purge the entire industry from the negative publicity promoted in
the mass media. Given the "recognition" by the U. S. Food and Drug
Industry for the new process there are no endorsements from this agency.
Moreover, this innovation has not made its way into the Florida regula-
tory agencies yet. Indeed, the Florida Dept. of Agriculture is an "un-
known" in the equation of promoting the oyster industries, considering
the low-level of activity in recent months for promoting shellfish, espe-
cially in contrast to previous years. Inventing a new treatment, however
successful, is only the beginning of the innovation phase, and in Florida,
such innovations have to suffer the uncertainties of the political process
The majority of seafood-related illnesses in the U. S. are associated
with the consumption of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish. Bivalves
are filter feeders and these accumulate gram negative pathogenic
microorganisms naturally from the environment or from water im-
pacted by sewage pollution. The Gulf Coast is the largest producer of
oysters in the United States, growing prolifically along the Gulf Coast
and in estuarine waters such as Apalachicola Bay. Vibrio vulnificus
may occur naturally in oysters from approved shellfish harvesting
areas. This bacterium is pathogenic to humans with certain predis-
posing health factors. Tests have been conducted by Louisiana State
University scientists Doug Park, Linda Andrews and Robert Grodner
using the minimal pasteurization thermal process developed by John
Tesvich, Patrick Fahey and John Schegan.
The naturally occurring Vibrio vulnificus thrives in raw molluscan
shellfish harvested in warm coastal waters and has brought a devas-
tating impact on the Gulf Coast oyster industry. Warning labels have
been required to be posted on shipping containers and in restaurants
in many states. California markets have been suffering under the
label requirements but the Dept. of Health has been "supportive of
The process involves a mild heat and cold shock treatment technique
to eliminate Vibrio vulnificus, while the oyster remains unopened in
its natural shell. The process, marketed under name of AmeriPure,
does not involve the use of any chemicals or irradiation. It preserves
the taste, texture, appearance and other sensory qualities of the raw
oyster "including the pleasure of shucking and sucking it down nude
or dressed in your favorite cocktail sauce," claim AmeriPure and LSU
John Tesvich is a fourth-generation Louisiana oyster farmer. His part-
ners are Patrick Fahey, a New Orleans-based businessman, and John
Schegan, founder and president of Old New Orleans Seafood House,
a southern California-based distributor of raw Gulf Coast oysters to
the restaurant trade. Fahey said that AmeriPure oysters will be pro-
cessed on a limited basis to introduce the product to wholesale dis-
tributors across the country. Test results and technical papers were
sent to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, and six months later-
a record time-the agency did not have any objection to marketing
AmeriPure oysters outside of Louisiana without the required warning
labels. Such labeling has been mandatory since 1987.
In Florida, some research into a similar treatment process has been
long-going but without positive results. Much of this activity has been
done at the University of Florida. For a time, Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institute in Fort Pierce had been working on a disease resis-
tant oyster without success.
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Notes from the
March 19 Franklin
*The board accepted an offer from
the Franklin County Health De-
partment to provide CPR training
for Franklin County Road Depart-
ment employees. The training,
which will provide road depart-
ment employees with personal
safety masks, will cost the county
$250 ($12 per person).
Commissioner Bevin Putnal ques-
tioned whether the county could
require their CPR trained employ-
ees to attempt to resuscitate an
individual in need of CPR while
the employee is on the job.
County Attorney Al Shuler re-
sponded, "You can require them
to take the training, but it has to
be strictly up to them of whether
they want to help somebody."
*The board unanimously agreed
to have Chairperson Jimmy
Mosconis sign a pay request for
reimbursement to Alligator Point
for $239, 237. The reimburse-
ment funding will be allocated to
the Natural Resources Conserva-
*The board appointed Apalachi-
cola resident Charles Watson-
Clark to the Jobs and Education
Partnership (JEP) board. The JEP
board required that three busi-
ness and one non profit appoint-
ments be made in Franklin
County. Board members agreed to
change the appointment status of
Kristen Anderson from a business
to a non-profit appointment.
*The board agreed to increase the
Emergency Management Pre-
paredness Trust Fund base grant
from $64,000 to $68,971.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Planning Office expected to imple-
ment a requirement for obtaining
a building permit in agricultural
areas; he explained that a restric-
tive covenant or easement would
have to be recorded in public
records to indicate that the ap-
plicant owned 40 acres. of lAnd.
The recorded covenant, said
Pierce, would prevent an indi-
vidual from building on 45 acres
of land and then selling 40 acres
of the land to another party. The
measure, he continued, would
also prevent individuals from
building two houses on 45 acres.
'Pierce said that, if an instrument
is recorded, then a title company
will pick up the covenant or ease-
ment in a title search. He noted
that the Planning Office could re-
quire a certification by a title com-
pany to show whether a covenant
has been recorded, which will
enable the Planning Office to de-
termine whether the allowable
density for area has been used up.
*The board agreed to accept a
building from the National
Weather Service, which is located
near airport property on 2.47
acres of land. County Planner
Alan Pierce suggested that the
facility be used for the Emergency
Management office. At the request
of the National Weather Service,
the board agreed to allow weather
service personnel to occupy one
room in the building for up to five
*The board approved a commer-
cial development for Charles
Elkins to construct an electrical
supply store on property located
on the north side of US Highway
98 and west of Apalachicola.
*The board set an April 16 hear-
ing to consider Jim Sullivan's re-
zoning request of a 410 acre par-
cel of land along Twin Lakes Road
in Eastpoint from A(Agricultural)-
2 to R(Residential)-1 for a golf
course and 144 unit housing de-
velopment. Because of the num-
ber of acres involved in the
project, a two part land use
change will be required. If the
board approves the zoning change
at their April 16 meeting, the pro-
posal will be sent to the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
for review. The DCA is allowed 45
days to review the proposal and
15 days to return a recommen-
dation to the board of Franklin
Project architect Gerhard Sommer
explained that the proposed de-
velopment may serve as a buffer
zone for a sensitive environmen-
tal area near the bay. He contin-
ued, "Right now, the area is kind
of...sort of..." Commissioner Brax-
ton interjected, "It's a dump." Mr.
Sommer said that, in the course
of the proposed project's develop-
ment, the littered property would
be cleaned at no expense to the
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan announced that the Air-
port Tree Planting Project had
been completed on February 26.
He noted that 73,000 trees had
been planted. Mahan stated that,
during an inspection involving
Ken Weber of the Florida Division
of Forestry, Weber determined
that approximately ten additional
acres had been site prepped. As a
result, Mahan explained, the
project did not have enough trees
to plant the entire acreage. He told
commissioners that they would
have additional site prep acreage
for planting for the next year.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed commissioners
that, according to Consumer Edu-
cation Specialist and Coordinator
Mary Harrison of the 4H/DOT
Seat Belt Safety Program, Frank-
lin County had the highest per-
centage of participation in the
Seat Belt Safety Program in the
State of Florida. In addition,
Mahan stated that Franklin
County was the first county to
involve Pre-K students in the 4H/
*Commissioner Dink Braxton
pointed out that, during the pre-
vious St. George Island Chili
Cookoff, a natural retention area
had been filled. Braxton explained
that Gulf Beach Drive and Island
Drive had became flooded follow-
ing a heavy rainstorm. County
Engineer Joe Hamilton recom-
mended the implementation of a
drain near the flooded area. He
said that the project would cost
approximately $1,200. The board
directed Mr. Hamilton to have the
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed board
members that the right-of way on
Bald Point Road in Alligator Point
had been cleared. County Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton also noted that
plan specifications had been com-
pleted for the Bald Point Road re-
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson requested and received
approval from the board to extend
the county's annual Amnesty Day
for an entire week from April 13-
20. Mr. Johnson stated that the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
committee had requested the
April 13 amnesty date in order to
coincide with the Great Florida
Cleanup. Mr. Johnson also said
that senior citizens would be af-
forded the courtesy of curbside
pick-up of yard waste for the du-
ration of Amnesty Week.
*County Attorney Al Shuler in-
formed board members that he
had requested an opinion from
the Attorney General as to the
necessary vote needed to adopt a
local option gas tax. Shuler said
that current state statutes indi-
cated that a simple majority vote
was required to adopt a local op-
tion gas tax. He cited Section
336.025 (3) (a) of the Florida Stat-
utes, which has been in effect
since July 1, 1995. "The tax my
be levied by an ordinance, by a
majority vote of the governing
body or upon approval by a refer-
*The board named Mark House-
holder to the Construction Licens-
ing Board in replacement of Mr.
*The board agreed to waive build-
ing permit fees for Bobby Taylor
and Elizabeth Dean, who both lost
their homes to fires.
*The board approved a resolution
declaring that March 25-29 be
proclaimed Juvenile Justice
By Shirley Hartley and
The St. George Island United
Methodist Church is delighted to
again sponsor an Easter Cantata
on Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 PM
at the United Methodist Church,
located at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
on St. George Island.
The combined choirs of Lanark
Commissioner Braxton Calls For
An End To County's In-Fighting
Following a meeting in whicl
alachicola Mayor Bobby Ho
told visitors to the March 5
lachicola City Commission r
ing to "grab Jimmy Moscon
the nape of the neck" and ask
for recreational funding, K
Martina appeared before
county board of commission
their March 19 meeting to rec
a pony league field on co
request that pony league
participant's be able to play on the
school's softball field. Ms. Martina
stated that the softball and pony
league organizations played on
different sized fields.
Commissioner Dink Braxton told
Ms. Martina that the Eastpoint
luest complex belonged to everyone in
unty the county. "Whether the kids are
from Apalach, Eastpoint, Carra-
belle, black, white,
everybody...that park belongs to
Franklin County." He continued,
"There is no problem with y'all or
anybody else playing in the park
in Eastpoint." Braxton said that
P he did not want to see the county
L duplicate services. He pointed
out, "I know what's happening
here. It's the old east & west thing
in the county. Y'all don't want to
go to Eastpoint and play. Carra-
belle don't want to go to Eastpoint
and play. But that is a county
S park." Braxton predicted, "One
day we're gonna' have to consoli-
S date the schools and all this east
and west business is gonna'stop."
\ Ms. Martina said that the pony
S-J league was merely trying to build
up competition in the county.
"The more places we have, the
more kids we can get, the more
places you're gonna' need for
practice." Martina stated that
[artina there were 12 teams in Apalachi-
cola with only one field for prac-
'We do understand that Eastpoint
is getting a (recreation) complex
over there and there will be a pony
league field," noted Ms. Martina.
She stated that, if a pony league
field was constructed in Apalachi-
cola, both Eastpoint and Apala-
chicola pony league teams could
begin playing in competition to-
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that a girls' softball field was lo-
cated near Apalachicola High
School. Ms. Martina responded
that the field was allowed only for
girls' softball events. Pierce com-
mented, "Unfortunately, it's (the
field) not utilized 100% of the
time, but that's an issue of the
"Carrabelle had their complex.
Eastpoint is getting their complex.
All we need is a pony league field,"
said Martina. She explained that
pony league participants had to
go to Wewahitchka in order to
participate in the league's events.
Chairperson Mosconis suggested
that the board send a letter to the
Franklin County School Board to
Community Church and mem-
bers of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church and Carrabelle United
Methodist Church will participate
in a beautiful and inspirational
program, under the direction of
James Phillips. Featured soloists
will be Martha and Luciano
Gherardi, well known to the area
for their exhilarating perfor-
mances on violin and bass.
There is no charge for this per-
formance, which is open to the
public. A light buffet in Dews Fel-
lowship Hall will follow the pro-
gram. For further information
please call Shirley Hartley (926-
3154) or Joyce Estes (670-8931).
Braxton stated, "I resented what
was wrote in one of the local news-
papers about the city commission
meeting. I resented that very
highly where the Mayor of Apala-
chicola said, 'Go see the county.
They're getting something on that
side, get us something on this
side.' And they made reference to
our chairman by saying, 'Go get
him by the nape of the neck and
make him do something for us.'
That's the old east & west thing
and I really resented it. But usu-
ally, I agree with the City of
But that one there, I don't agree
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
added, "Eastpoint don't have a
city council to look after them, but
Apalachicola and Carrabelle does.
So, I feel that this board is respon-
sible for helping those kids and
helping the kids in Apalach and
Carrabelle. We're-willing to help
y'all, but we can't take away from
somebody else to help one group."'
Commissioner Raymond Williams
concurred with Commissioner
Braxtor and voiced concern about
the duplication of services to the
county. Commissioner Edward
Tolliver stated that the board
needed to do everything it could
to prevent juvenile delinquency
problems. He stated that such
sports helped to keep kids out of
County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that it may be possible to have a
pony league field constructed off
of Bluff Road. "It's gonna' take
money that we don't have, so we
won't make any promises about
that," said Pierce. Chairperson
Mosconis stressed that any field
constructed needed to be in a se-
cure, residential area to prevent
vandalism to the area.
According to sources from the City
of Apalachicola, tlhe municipal
recreation board is expected to be
reduced to a five member commit-
tee at the regular meeting of the
Apalachicola City Commission in
April. At the March 5 meeting of
the Apalachicola City Commis-
sion, the board directed the city's
clerk to poll existing recreation
members to find out who wanted
to remain on the committee. Of
the ten board members polled,
only three have agreed to remain
on the recreation committee.
Those members who agreed to
remain on the recreation board
include Robbie Johnson, William
Lane and Henry Martin.
Commissioners To Be
Secretary of State Sandra
Mortham will recognize members
of the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners for their continu-
ing support of the Franklin
County Public Library at a lun-
cheon at the Magnolia Grill on
Friday, March 29, 1996 at 12:30
pm. Interested citizens are wel-
come to attend. Following the lun-
cheon, Secretary Mortham will
discuss Women In History with
WINGS youths at the Library's
Eastpoint Branch. For further in-
formation, please call the library
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Artist of the Month
By Rene Topping
Kaye Arbuckle has been chosen to be the March" Artist of the Month."
Kaye's work has been hung in the place of honor at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Apalachicola Bank in Carrabelle.
Ms. Arbuckle came to Carrabelle from the small town of Lawson, Ar-
kansas, about four years ago. She said that Lawson has about 2,000
people, which counts all those who live on small farms around the
town. "I feel quite at home in Carrabelle," she remarked, "And be-
tween working on things like rebuilding the American Legion after
the fire and working on the First Annual Reunion of Camp Gordon
Johnston, I have still found time for my first love painting."
As a member of the Carrabelle Artists Association, Ms. Arbuckle's
paintings are unique. She is the only local artist who specializes in
the South-west; her paintings vary from a small Indian girl to a party
of wolves gliding stealthily out of a snow bound forest.
Kaye is married to Ken Arbuckle; she asserted that she gave the first
years of her marriage entirely to being a wife and mother. Kaye said
she hankered to paint all the time, however, it was not until eleven
years ago that she actually started to get serious about her work. She
said that she began taking lessons with a local Arkansas artist, Delores
Roberts. It was from the tutelage of Ms. Roberts that Kaye learned
techniques like mixing oil paints with just the right amount of linseed
oil. She said the lessons began to open her eyes to her surroundings
to see all the tones of color in trees and snow and grass.
"I think this is the time that I learned to look and really see," she said,
"I also found out just how stubborn I really am as I attacked some of
the difficult paintings such as wolves and Indian faces. Do you real-
ize that there is no wonder.that the first settlers called the Indians
the Redman? Th'ereIis a definite cast of red in their complexions. It is
,hard to get and I worked and worked at it until I got it just right."
Ms. Arbuckle said that, although she enjoys the.-surroundings of
shrimp and oyster boats, white beaches and pine forest, she will prob-
ably continue to paint Southwestern scenes. "The colors are so vivid.
All the colorful beadwork and feathers. Even the brown shades so
prevalent are a mixture of many tones."
She said that the only real deviation she ever made from the South-
west was to paint what she calls Fantasy Flowers. She did a demon-
stration at one of the artist's meetings and taught the local artists a
new technique to layer color on color without "muddying" the paint-
ing all together.
Kaye said that her husband is the best critic of her paintings. When
one is almost finished, he will sometimes tell her that one part or
another is not right. "After I get over his criticism, I go back and look
and see that he really is right." She said that her companions who
stay silent about her painting, if they do find things wrong with her
work, are her two "pound puppies," Sarah and J.J., who will lay qui-
etly under her easel while she paints.
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The laughing gulls return to St. George Island in high winds.
New President for Humane Society
March Artist of the Month
Artist for the month of March Kaye Arbuckle is photo-
graphed at the Carrabelle Branch of the Apalalachicola State
February Artist of the Month
Artist for the month of February Deene Cook (right) is pho-
tographed with Will Kendrick (left) of the Apalachicola State
Phyllis Fulmer with friend
explained Fulmer, was found
at a dump.
Phyllis Fullmer of Lanark Village
will be named as President of the
Franklin County Humane Society
at the March 29 meeting of the
Franklin County Humane Society;
the meeting will be held at the
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library at 5 p.m.
Past-President Ren6 Topping said,
"I am sure that Phyllis will do an
excellent job as leader of the So-
ciety. She has been with us for
over 10 years now, long before we
had a building or even an ordi-
nance. I intend to help her all I
Ms. Fullmer came to the area in
1985 to care for her husband Rob-
ert (Bob) Fullmer who was gravely
ill. As well as taking care of her
husband, Phyllis donated her
I time to fund-raising committees;
she has helped to foster homeless
animals and has worked at many
Human Society Events as the
committee to take money at the
dunking booth for the Florida Sea-
,food Festival. She said wryly, "I
came here with one cat and one
dog. Now my menagerie is up to
three cats and three dogs. Some-
times when I couldn't find a home
for an animal I would turn around
and find out that it didn't need
one. It already had a home with
In recent months, Phyllis said she
has been busy as chairman of the
Shelter Committee; and because
she feels strongly about her work
with the committee, she hopes to
continue in that capacity. "I know
we have had some rocky times in
trying to get things going at the
shelter. Right now we have some
excellent help. Please come out to
the shelter and taker a look for
Phyllis hopes that, as her term
progresses, more people will come
forward to help in the humane
society's work. She is also hoping
that the humane society will be
able to continue the tine spay and
neuter program that has been so
successful for the past few years.
"Each animal spayed or neutered
means less homeless puppies or
kittens that are born only to never
find a good home." She has prom-
ised to work hard at the job of
president and feels that she has
good backing from the members.
If you would like to join in with
the rest of the humane society
members in the task of making
life a little better for the animals
of Franklin County, call Ms.
Fullmer at 697-3417. "I will be
delighted to talk to you about the
animals," she said.
Lackluster Republican Primary, Turnout
There are 708 registered Republicans in Franklin County,
but only 175 bothered to participate in the Primary. That
amounts to 25% of the local party membership, which is
indeed a very pale reflection of the rigor and intensity of
Republican politics at the national level. Perhaps this poor
turnout was due to a perceived lackluster slate of politicians
and not party identity. Steve Forbes made a strong showing
next to the frontrunner, Bob Dole, 59 to 79 for the Senator.
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY
MARCH 12, 1996
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PAT BUCHANAN 6 5 5 6 6 2 2 32
BOB DOLE 7 14 7 10 23 14 1 3 79
BOB DORNAN o
STEVE FORBES 4 5 4 3 11 18 1 3 59
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S9 Eastpoint Golf Course
One Million in
The board of Franklin County
commissioners voted 4-1 (Chair-
person Jimmy Mosconis voting
Nay) to invest one million dollars
in the Florida Communities In-
vestment Trust (FCIT) fund at the
regular March 19 meeting.
Ken Kent, who spoke on behalf of
the FCIT, assured board members
that the FCIT was a secure money
market that consistently chose
the most conservative invest-
ments possible. He said that the
company invested mainly in U.S.
Treasury Bonds that had a one
to three year maturity range. Kent
also stated that the FCIT invested
in discount notes; he stressed
that the program would never in-
vest in any security remotely simi-
lar to a derivative. "We never have
and never will get into those types
of investments," said Kent.
In an overview of the program's
goals and objectives, Kent stated
that the FCIT's first objective was
to provide safe investments. He
said that the second objective was
to maintain an availability of
funds to pay expenses. Kent con-
cluded that the third objective of
the FCIT program was to seek the
best yield possible for invest-
ments. "We only look at the third
objective after having met the first
Kent explained that the FCIT fund
was a "pool program." He stated
that 24 counties have invested
money in the program. "We're cur-
rently managing $230 billion dol-
nars," said Kent. He stated that,
in the program's four year exist-
ence, the FCIT had a cumulative
percentage of return of 26.3%.
'This program does add value and
the numbers basically show that,"
noted Kent, "We're not trying to
make home runs. What we're
looking for is consistently good
returns." Kent said that he urged
all participants in the FCIT to in-
vest their money at least six
months in the program. He stated
that the program had a AAA credit
rating, which he said was the best
possible rating. He also noted that
the program had a AA Plus risk
rating, which he said was the sec-
ond best possible rating. Kent
noted that the FCIT held such
ratings for the past two years. He
explained to board members, "The
U.S. Government has a AAA rat-
ing. The State of Florida has a AA
rating. That gives you an idea of
what a rating stands for." He con-
tinued, 'The point of this program
is that, because it invests in trea-
suries that have a higher yield, it
will earn money over time. We
don't recommend that you invest
money that you may want to use
six months or less from now. But
if you have money that is gonna'
be sitting there, what we have
found over time is that you would
earn more in this program than
you would by leaving the money
alone. This allows an incremen-
tal return. It doesn't allow you to
make a fortune."
Chairman Mosconis told board
members that they may be gam-
bling with their money by invest-
ing in a trust fund. "If we put a
million dollars in this thing today,
twelve months from now there's
no guarantee that we can even get
that million dollars back." Mr.
Kent stated that the probability
of losing the invested money was
quite minuscule. "We're not talk-
ing about probability," said
Mosconis, "We're talking about
the trust of the taxpayers money
here. You've got to be real con-
cise." Mosconis asked if the FCIT
fund was insured and Kent re-
plied that it was not. "This pro-
gram from a technical standpoint
is safer than the state pool, be-
cause it's been validated and is
safer," said Kent.
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
chided Mosconis for his reluc-
tance to invest in the FCIT fund.
Tolliver told Mosconis that it was
necessary to sometimes take a
chance. He said that Christopher
Columbus would have never
found the New World if a chance
was not taken.
The Florida Local Investment
Trust is a joint project of the
Clerk's Association and the
County Association, which ap-
point the board of trustees. The
board of trustees include an in-
vestment advisor, custodian, ad-
ministrator, legal counsel, audi-
tor and fund valuation and share-
holder accountant. Founding
members of the trust fund include
Brevard, Hernando, Manatee and
The grass in Eastpoint may be getting a little greener after a 3-2 vote
on March 11 by the Franklin County Planning & Zoning Committee
to recommend zoning and land use changes for a proposed golf course.
Developer Jim Sullivan and architect Gerhard Sommer appeared be-
fore the planning and zoning committee to request a land use and
rezoning changes of a 350 acre parcel off of North Bayshore Drive.
The land in question is zoned A-2 Agricultural and Sullivan requested
that the parcel be changed to R-6 Rural Residential.
Mr. Sullivan pointed out that Franklin County's percentage of growth
had increased 6.7% in the past year and was becoming an area that
tourists were coming to more frequently.He cited an article from USA
Today that listed Franklin County as the 50th fastest growing coun-
ties in the nation. Sullivan stated that he wanted to develop a "first
rate" project in the area and pointed out that he had secured the
services of Gerhard Sommer to work on the proposed golf course. He
noted that the present site had become an area where residents
dumped their old refrigerators and washing machines.
Mr. Sullivan recognized the possible controversy that the proposed
development would create. He shrugged his shoulders and offered "I
guess I'm a glutton for punishment."
Board member Jack Prophater warned Sullivan that residents would
come out of the woodworks to protest the proposed project. "You don't
know what you're getting into. You're messing with God."
Sullivan replied, "Even the longest journey begins with the first step."
Fellow Board member Martha Gherardi voiced concern about chang-
ing the A-2 zoning status. She stated that such areas needed to be
protected from rural development. However, Assistant County Plan-
ner Mark Curenton noted that there were no farms located near the
Mr. Sommer declared, "This county feels a great encouragement about
things to come. We want to take a piece of land and give it a value.
that the general public will benefit from. A change has got to hap-
pen." Mr. Sommer said that the recent Net Ban Amendment had dealt
a devastating blow to Franklin County and that a tourist attracting
item as the proposed golf course would be beneficial to the local
Mr. Sullivan stated that he would pave Twin Lake Road with lime-.
based material if the project was approved and developed. "This is a
diamond in the rough," noted Sullivan, "We hope to make this some-
thing of a landmark." He said that the proposed project would con-
tain 144 home sites, also. "This will be a controlled individual com-
munity." Sullivan told board members that he did not own the pro-
posed site and had an 18 month closing date on the project. Board
member Jack Prophater told Sullivan that he would never have the
project closed in 18 months.
Board members Martha Gherardi and John Murphy voted Nay in the
committee's 3-2 vote to recommend zoning and land use changes.
In other board business:
*The board unanimously disapproved a request by Albert Dively,
Margaret Laubach, Dennis Maxson and Anna E. Maxson to rezone
lots 19, 20, 21, & 22 in the Gulf Terrace Subdivision, Unit One east of
Lanark Village, from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-4 Single Fam-
ily. The proposed project was for a cottage industry.
Lanark Village residents Margarita & Marilyn Pilkinton told board
members that they and many other surrounding residents disapproved
of the proposed project. "It's a retirement village and we don't want it
built up with commercial property," said Margarita Pilkinton. She
told board members that the project would present security prob-
lems and might attract drug trafficking to the area. Chairperson Gayle
Dodds stated that the business would operate only during the day
and probably wouldn't create such problems. "My security is threat-
ened and so is my peace of mind," said Margarita Pilkinton, "Be-
cause you're opening it up to more than just the cottage industry.'"
Ms. Marilyn Pilkinton stated that the project would set a precedent
for further commercial development in the area.
Mr. Dively informed board members that he would have to construct
a building on lots 21 & 22 for the cottage industry. He said that the
industry would probably only require three or four parking spaces.
However, Dively noted, he could clear more spaces for additional park-
ing on his lots. "I'm retired and I want something to do," said Dively.
Board member Jack Prophater said that there was an "intent" prob-
-lem with the project. He felt that the proposed project should be more
representative of a home industry, rather than a commercial indus-
try. Mr. Dively informed the board that he didn't think his insurance
company would cover the project if it was conducted out of his resi-
The board informed the project seekers that the planning and zoning
committee operated on an advisory capacity and that the Franklin
County Commission gave final approval to such projects; it was also
noted that the board of county commissioners did not always vote to
approve the planning and zoning board's recommendations.
*The board tabled a proposal from Buddy Fredricks to create a mo-
bile home park on a 19.36 acre parcel located directly behind the
Indian Mounds Subdivision. Mr. Fredricks presented the board with
two conceptual plans and informed board members that he hoped to
provide staff members of the proposed prison site in Eastpoint with
affordable housing. "I live in a nice home and I want other people to
live in a nice establishment," said Fredricks.
The board asked Mr. Fredricks to provide more details in his concep-
tual plan. Specifically, board members wanted to know more about
'the layout of the mobile homes and the recreational area (i.e. play-
ground). Board members also voiced concern about a one acre pond
located on the proposed site.
Board member Jack Prophater told Fredricks that the pond could
represented a safety hazard to children. He said that the pond would
also attract mosquitoes. "If you're gonna' have this thing full of chil-
dren, you'll find that a swimming pool is considered an attractive
nuisance and can't be considered as part of the recreational area."
Fredricks said that he had considered fencing off the pond area.
Board member Martha Gherardi noted that the proposed site was
located off of an unpaved road. "That's a rough road to have that
much traffic on it." She also commented that the layout presented
looked like "trailer lot city" and requested more detail in the concep-
.tual plan. "I have a real problem with the concept. I understand that
Eastpoint is in need of affordable housing, but I think this is going in
the wrong direction."
Mr. Prophater told Gherardi that the board needed a better reason for
disapproving the plan, other than the fact that some board members
did not like mobile homes.
Mr. Fredricks stated that he just wanted input from the'board on how
"pretty" he could make the proposed site. "I've got this piece of land.
I'm a builder and I want to do something with it (the land) to help the
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return north; he also reported
that there are also 36 vacant resi-
dences. Lawlor further noted that
Inner Harbour Hospital, who the
district serves, had reduced their
staff to maintenance and security
personnel on November 1, 1995;
Due to the reduction, Lawlor
noted that the facility would re-
quire much less water. 'They have
not notified the District that they
would not be reopening, therefore
the district must plan on servic-
ing them at maximum usage,"
On March 13, Mr. Gowens re-
sponded to Commissioner
Lawlor's inquiry concerning a
possible increase for the district's
per day water allowance. He cited
that Chapter 373.223 of the
Florida Statues and Chapter 40A-
2.301 of the Florida Administra-
tive Code required all applicants
to demonstrate that a water use
request was reasonable and ben-
eficial to the public and that the
increase would significantly im-
pact existing legal users. Gowens
noted, "However, at no time was.
a moratorium on new water hook-
ups requested or imposed by the
NWFWMD." He continued, "We
have been extremely understand-
ing of your agency's limited finan-
cial resources and have extended
deadlines to achieve permit com-
pliance. The option to request a
permit modification to obtain ad-
ditional water to meet projected
needs has always rested with the
'LVWSD (Lanark Village Water and
Commissioner Shiver argued that
Lawlor's letter to the NWFWMD
was not board approved before it
was mailed. Shiver said that
board member could send letters
on their own behalf concerning
district business, but should not
send letters on behalf of the board
without prior approval. He stated,
"I don't agree with everything you
said in it (the letter)." Lawlor
' stated that he had shown the let-
ter of correspondence to Mr.
Shiver two days before it was
mailed. "If we're gonna' work to-
gether as a -board," said Lawlor,
" That's fine, but I'm gonna' be sit-
:ting here and be called a liar."
In other board business:
*The board agreed to begin plac-
ing meters on apartments in
Lanark Village. Commissioner
Shiver said that the district will
need 208 meters to service all of
the apartments in Lanark Village.
He said that the cost of installing
the meters would be approxi-
mately $28,000. Shiver explained
that one meter would be used for
two units and that the two cus-
tomers would split the bill
monthly. "Whenever we get this
installed and charge the metered
rate," said Shiver, "Then if if those
two people on one meter didn't
want to do that, they could re-
plumb their apartmetns at their
own expense and we would fur-
nish another meter." The board
also agreed to allow Chairperson
Lawlor to seek grant funding from
the Farmers Home Administra-
tion to help pay for the expense
of installing meters in the village.
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"It looks like he's (Chairperson
Lawlor) the only one trying to help
somebody out here," interjected
resident Jack Depriest. He ad-
dressed Commissioner Shiver,
"I've got your attitude down pretty
good. I know what you're all
about." Shiver responded, "I know
what you're about, too." Depriest
shot back, "You just spend all our
money like water on legal fees and
you'll spend a hell of a lot more
and you're gonna' lose every time,
because you're ignorant." Com-
missioner Jeannette Pedder re-
plied, "Mr. Depriest, I'm getting
rather tired of your prophesies."
Depriest returned, "The proph-
esies are all coming true. That's
the problem. This happens to be
our money, too. You're pouring
our money down the hole faster
than we can even get it in."
Depriest asked the board how
much they had spent on legal fees
in the past six months. Before he
received an answer, he remarked,
"And you haven't won anything.
You've lost everything. Tell me
about that money. Where is the
beneficial result of that money?"
Commissioner Pedder explained
that the board would always face
the possibility of losing a court
case when it entered into litiga-
tion. "Those things happen," said
Pedder. Depriest replied, "How
can you lose every case every time.
Doesn't that tell you something."
Pedder stated that the board had
only lost one case, which was to
Joe Butler. She stated that the
board had one existing case in liti-
gation, which was against Mr.
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The Franklin Chronicle 22 March 1996 Page 5
The Honorable William Gary
Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney
Assistant Public Defender
Franklin County Court House
March 11, 1996
Billy Gene Bryant: The defendant was convicted by trial bf one count
of Uttering a Forged Check, Uttering a Worthless Check over $149,
Forgery and Third Degree Grand Theft.
Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor requested that the court
impose a community control sentence against the defendant. "Even
the victim (the defendant's wife) did not want to see Mr. Bryant get any
further jail time."
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"I find that community control is a joke in this county," noted Judge
Gary; he addressed the defendant. "I don't think you could make
community control, anyway. I'm not going to put you on something
that you'll fail at." Judge Gary asked the defendant if he had an alcohol
abuse problem; the defendant replied, "Not anymore I don't." Judge
Gary responded, "That's because they don't have a bar in the jail."
Judge Gary said that he would not require the defendant to attend an
alcohol treatment program; he felt that it would be a waste of money
to force the defendant to seekcounseling if he did not want counseling.
"If you want alcohol counseling, you go get it."
SJudge Gary then adjudic
five years of probation ar
defense expert witness th
No further court costs w
:ated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to
id ordered him to pay $450 for the cost of the
iat was provided during the defendant's trial.
STATE OF FLORIDA
The Governor and Cabinet on
March 12, 1996 approved the fol-
lowing rules proposed by the Ma-
rine Fisheries Commission:
This rule, which takes effect July
1, 1996, will-in Monroe County
Waters only-reduces the recre-
ational bag limit for amberjack of
any species (including greater and
lesser amberjack, banded
rudderfish, and Almaco jack) to
one fish harvested daily per per-
Manatee Shells Rule
This rule, which takes effect July
1, 1996, will prohibit the daily
harvest of more than two live
shellfish of any single species per
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Pasquale John Piccirillo: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for trial on April 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defendant Gene Taylor.
Michael Flowers: Charged with two count of Battery and one count of
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the lesser charges of three counts of Battery. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to six months of
probation and ordered him to pay $155 in court costs. As a condition
of probation, the defendant will be required to complete the P.A.V.E.
(Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education) Program.
Charles Dixon Brown: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon and two counts of Aggravated Assault
with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on April 8. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Christopher W. Knowles: Charged with one count of Uttering a
Forged Check, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 18 months
of community control and ordered him to pay $255 in court costs. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Donald Williams: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for pre-trial on April 8.
James Yon: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for Case Management on April 8. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Dwayne Braswell: Charged with one count of Armed Burglary and
Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
lesser charges of Burglary of a Conveyance and Dealing in Stolen
The defendant was accused of stealing a rifle from the car of Spence
Massey on January 7. He allegedly took the rifle while Massey was
attending church services at the Assembly of God. Mr. Massey noted
in the probable cause report that Mr. Braswell entered the Assembly
of God church midway through the January 7 services. He further
noted that, when he found his rifle missing after church services, he
confronted Braswell about the matter. Braswell allegedly denied
stealing the rifle. However, on January 17, Cliff Massey gave a sworn
statement to authorities that he had recently purchased the rifle in
question from Mr. Braswell for $100.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 18
months of community control and ordered him to pay $255 in court
costs. As condition of community control, the defendant will be
required to complete the Teen Challenge Drug Treatment Program.
"This is the last bite of the apple," noted Judge Gary, 'There are a lot
of apples in the barrel but they're full of worms." He continued, "Do not
come back to see me after violating your community control. If you do,
bring a toothbrush, because they don't give them out in prison." The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Horace Harris: Charged with one count of Armed Robbery with a
Firearm, Shooting into a Building or Dwelling and Petit Theft, the
'defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty, sentenced him to 82
months in the Department of Corrections (three years minimum/
mandatory) with one year of probation to follow the jail sentence.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $164.35 in restitution
to the EZ Serve Convenience Store.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams later commended the collabo-
rative work between the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and the
Apalachicola Police Department in apprehending the defendant on
February 5 shortly after he had robbed the EZ Serve store.
George Stephen Branch: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for Case Management on May
13. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Sherri Hutchins: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Petit
Bob Sikes Cut
The Plantation Owners' Associa-
tion on St. George Island "at the
request of, and in conjunction
with the Bob Sikes Cut Associa-
tion" has stopped selling passes
to the general public for fishing
at the Bob Sikes Cut. In Sound-
ings, the official newsletter of the
Association, a short piece told of
the recent Board of Director deci-
sion about the passes. The article
the steamboat Crescent City reminds the reader that "entrance
into the Plantation by the general
Carrabelle and Apalachicola public was always a privilege,
steamer ad to S. G e granted by the POA, through an
steamer and to St. George agreement that is now adminis-
y. In 1922, the Crescent City tered by George Mahr. This privi-
lege was temporary. The privilege
000 pounds of wire mesh to was granted within the agreement
ed in the area's first oyster until a certain amount of devel-
Sopment had occurred on the Cut
The Cut property is now platted
vas here on that momentous and developed. Thus, it is "no
longer practical nor prudent, to
2 providing neighbors with allow the general public entrance
ly need throughout their to the "Private" Plantation. Access
y nee rou out their to the Cut property by owners,
ss endeavors, guests of owners and rental
guests is still permitted.
s with reliable friends? There is the claim by those living
Outside of Plantation that an ease-
ment still exists which should al-
low access to the Cut for fishing.
It has been further claimed that
the federal government owns
property at the Cut and that any-
one has a right to access that
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced her to one
year of county probation and ordered her to pay $400 in restitution to
Anne Critton. Judge Gary asked the defendant how many times she
planned to visit him at the Second Circuit Court. When the defendant
began smiling, Judge Gary stated, "You're over there smiling and I
don't find this funny worth a darn. You just try to cute your way
through life darling, but you can't do that in jail. They don't like cute
over there." He continued, "I've already seen you in juvenile court. Are
we going to grow up together?"
Theodore Parker: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for trial on April 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Ayokunie Osceola Kwanzaa (AKA Kenneth Ingram) Charged with
one count of Resisting Arrest with Violence, Battery on a Law Enforce-
ment Officer and Trespassing on a Structure or Conveyance, the.
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to five
years of probation and waived all court costs. The defendant was
recently treated at the Forensic Unit of the Florida Mental Hospital in
Chattahoochee. During his arraignment, the defendant exhibited
facial twitches, made several comments about his political affiliations
and about the contents of his prescribed medication. When Judge
Gary asked the defendant to give sworn testimony, the defendant
replied, "Before God, the architect of the universe and the maker of
heaven and earth."
As a condition of probation, the defendant will have to cooperate with
mental health personnel and also take prescribed medicine. The
defendant argued that his medication was "radio-active." He also
argued that his trespassing charge was a violation of Squatters Rights.
The defendant noted that he was a member of the communist party
and asked if he would be allowed to vote in the upcoming election.
Judge Gary replied, "Convicted felons generally can't vote." The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Eric Carl Evans: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with
Violence, Battery and Criminal Mischief Under $200, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
Case Management on April 8.
The defendant has been accused of battering his wife, Heather, on
February 17. According to the probable cause report, Ms. Evans noted
that her husband had initially "started trouble" at Charlie's Lounge in
Eastpoint. The defendant and Heather Evans then allegedly left
Charlie's Lounge, went to their own residence and continued arguing.
According to a statement made to Deputy Timothy Register from Ms.
Evans, the defendant yelled and cursed at his wife at their Eastpoint
residence and then pushed her to the floor. Ms. Evans then allegedly
picked up a stick to defend herself. However, the defendant allegedly
grabbed the stick from Ms. Evans and busted her lip with the object.
Ms. Evans then allegedly crawled out of a window at her residence and
ran back to Charlie's Lounge.
Deputy Register was initially dispatched to the Evans' Residence on a
domestic violence call, though was later dispatched to Charlie's
Lounge and informed that the defendant was beating on the facility's
windows. Deputy Register reported that he confronted the defendant
outside of Charlie's Lounge and asked him if there was a problem; the
defendant allegedly assured Deputy Register that there was no prob-
Register reported that, when the defendant and he entered Charlie's
Lounge, the defendant called his mother while he took a statement
from Ms. Evans. Deputy Register determined that more acts of
domestic violence would probably be committed against Ms. Evans if
the defendant was not arrested When Deputy Register attempted to
arrest the defendant, the defendant allegedly resisted arrest. Deputy
Register noted that the defendant kicked him several times; he
reported that he had to pepper spray the defendant in order to make
an arrest. The defendant was represented at his arraignment by
Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Ricky V. Millender: Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on April 8. The
defendant noted that he would be represented by Attorney Lynn
The defendant was arrested on January 16 by Officer J.S. Yon and
Officer Allen Padget. According to the probable cause report, the
officers observed the defendant hunting for deer adjacent to New River
in Carrabelle. When they questioned the defendant if he had any felony
convictions, the defendant allegedly affirmed that he did have a felony
Terry Winford Bentley: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 18 months of community
control to run concurrent with a Gadsden County sentence and
ordered him to pay $255 in court costs and $621.75 in restitution to
Clifford Allen of Greenpoint Seafood. Addressing the defendant, Judge -
Gary noted, "We've met before in Gadsden County. I move around." He,
continued, "If I move to another county, will you come and see me?"
The defendant replied that he would not visit Judge Gary again. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Dann Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on April 8. The defendant noted that he would be
represented by Attorney Clyde Taylor.
Robert L. Jones: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery upon a
Child, the defendant was not present for for his court date. The
defendant is presently residing at a mental health center in Alabama.
Judge Gary continued the case to April 8.
Wordsworth F. Irving: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery
upon a Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary .continued the case for trial on April 16. The, defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Sandra Massey: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge on March 12. The
defendant was sentenced to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail.
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 case management on April 8.'The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Driving with a Suspended License,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Cultivation of Cannabis and Pos-
session with Intent to sell Cannabis, the defendant pleaded No Contest
to the charges on March 12. The defendant was sentenced to 60 days
in the Franklin County Jail.
Larry M. Cummings: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on April 8. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
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 trial on April 16. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Gene Taylor.
Christopher Ray Granger: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on May 13. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
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Parent Alleges Discipline,
Problems at District Schools
Parent Graham Armistead appeared before the Franklin County School
Board on March 7 meeting to both commend and complain to board
members about a variety of educational issues.
Mr. Armistead presented board members with a copy of his step-
son's writing to illustrate recent improvement in his step-son's ability
Sto write in cursive. "You have never seen a response so fast," said
SArmistead, "I've never seen a young man learn something so fast." He
commended board members, "This is a feather in y'alls cap."
SHowever, after the initial praise, Mr. Armistead told board members
that education deficiencies and disciplinary problems needed to be
corrected in the area schools. "We're weak in this particular county
on education. I think that 80% of the problem was my fault, the boss,
which is the parent and taxpayer." Armistead said that, while he tended
to break the monotony of criticism with jokes or anecdotes, he was
very concerned with the state of education in Franklin County. "I'm
as serious about our child's education in this county as I am as a
heart attack. And I'm getting into that zone."
Citing a televised program on educational progress in Florida,
Armistead said that he was informed that Franklin and Liberty coun-
ties "didn't cut it" in concern to college readiness. Armistead said
that the Office of School Improvement had dedicated four years in
studying, diagnosing and offering educational solutions to schools
with slow student progress. "Hey man, what do we want? We have the
best opportunity in the world right now. Our timing is absolutely
perfect. It's like a big cabin cruiser with the weight behind it and we
don't have to use any power at all."
He urged board members to involve themselves in solving the district's
slow student progress. "We're in it...let's get out of it," said Armistead.
He also pointed out that Franklin County's ranking for college readi-
ness only involved those high school students who went to college.
"So that's supposed to be the cream of the cream and we're the sec-
ond lowest. Where do think our average senior is?"
Addressing alleged school discipline problems, Mr. Armistead said
that he had heard a rumor concerning a high school student, who
was caught with a marijuana cigarette on campus. "Because that
child did not have 28 pounds of marijuana on him, and I'm blowing
this out of proportion, the law couldn't do anything about it." He
continued, "In my opinion, he (the student) has just lost that right (to
Armistead cited a case in Jefferson County where a student was ex-
pelled for the school year for bringing a small amount of alcohol on
campus. He.said that section 230.22 of Florida Statutes allowed a
school board to expel a student for such an offense as long as the
school's principal aid district's superintendent recommended expul-
sion. Franklin County School Board Attorney Barbara Sanders vali-
dated Mr. Armistead's statement.
"All we have to do is substitute Franklin County from where it says
Jefferson County and I guarantee this will fly," said Armistead. He
continued, "I personally would not be very happy to have to tolerate
my young person having to go to school and have to be exposed, he's
got enough of this problem with television and other stuff, when we
can do something about it."
He again urged board members to get contact the Office of School
Improvement. "I'm not gonna' say that this giddy-up-and-go plan is a
permanent fix, but we've got to get stirring' on this and movin'. We've
got the federal government on our side and the state government on
our side. All we have to do is reach down and pick up a telephone and
Concerned with truancy in the county, Armistead noted that he had
observed a couple of children skipping school. He said that he ques-
tioned a couple of adults who were near the alleged truants, but re-
ceived a lackluster response from the adults. Armistead also said
that he had contacted a sheriffs deputy about the matter, but was
allegedly told that local law enforcement agents were powerless over
the issue of truancy. Armistead said that he told the deputy, "If you
don't have any teeth, we're gonna' get you.some teeth:,'Iwant you and
the school board to get married."
"I'm going forward and anything or anyone that jumps up in front of
me that is not for those students and their welfare," said Armistead,
"I'm gonna' point it out and I'm gonna' nail it."
Board member Willie Speed informed Armistead that he was a pro-
fessional educator. He said that he had served five years as a class-
room teacher, 14 years as a principal and 20 years as a district ad-
ministrator. "I've been in many schools through the whole State of
Florida," said Speed, "I've been in schools in the Key West to Pensacola.
I've been in some of the largest schools in this state and I've been in
some of the largest high schools in this state."
Mr. Speed told Armistead that most of the complaints presented were
not relevant to the school*board. He said that Mr. Armistead should
have first presented his complaints to the Superintendent of Schools
in order to weed out irrelevant complaint and to pinpoint those con-
cerns that the school board could take action upon. "I don't see how
we can act on anything that was stated here tonight."
Mr. Armistead then asked for and was granted permission by Chair-
person Will Kendrick to rebut Mr. Speed's statements. Mr. Speed ob-
jected and said that Armistead did not have the right to rebut. He
argued that Armistead had already made his presentation. Board
Attorney Barbara Sanders said that the board had not moved to the
next item on the agenda and that Armistead had the right to speak if
he was recognized by the board's chairperson. Chairperson Kendrick
said that he decided to recognize Armistead, because Mr. Speed had
raised his hand to speak mid-way through Mr. Armistead's presenta-
Angrily, Mr. Armistead directed his comments to Board Member Willie
Speed. "I am tired of picking out one person and one organization. I'm
tired of shifting responsibility. Above all, sir, with 39 years of experi-
ence, you should be on top of this thing. I should not have to be on
top of this thing. You should be hammering as hard whether it's your
primary objective or not. when I vote for a school board member and
when I pay for the school board member, I'm paying for him to repre-
sent ine and the final end point is that he can help that superinten-
dent or those students, teachers or anything else. He is my sounding
In other board business:
*Superintendent of Schools C.T. Ponder announced that Awards Night
for the Franklin County School District would be on April 23 at Brown
*Board member Jimmy Gander requested that Superintendent C.T.
Ponder make a list of all Franklin County School District instructors
who teach out of field. Mr. Gander also requested validation on whether
the school board could suspend drug violations on campus without
the recommendation of the superintendent. Board Attorney Barbara
Sanders stated that board members could not suspend a student on
such a violation without the recommendation of the superintendent.
Board member Willie Speed commented that the school board was
just wasting their time at suspension hearings in cases where the
superintendent did not recommend suspension.
*Board member Willie Speed noted that school board members from
other counties were able to travel at school board expense in order to
examine relevant educational programs. "I just wanted to point out
to the board how board members travel at school board expense to
get information that will be helpful in their making good, sound deci-
sions. We have such a tight control on travel for school board mem-
*The board unanimously approved the Educational Technology Spe-
cial Grant Spending Plan for District Schools.
*The board unanimously agreed to review the policies and by-laws
for the selection of students to the National Honor Society. Board
member Jimmy Gander stated that such policies and by-laws have
not been reviewed since 1988. "We need to have a policy of inclusion
and not a policy of exclusion. We need to strive in the National Honor
Society for a policy of consistency." Gander stressed that the board
needed to communicate with parents and instructors alike in form-
ing a consistent policy for the selection of students to the National
HonorSociety. 'This is supposed to be something for the kids. This is
to recognize the children and to promote young minds. We need to
show them that we're proud of them." C.T. Ponder mentioned that he
was currently meeting with parents to discuss the policies of the Na-
L Port Authority to
on Payments to
Diflorio (standing) & Officer
Bruce Varnes (left) listen to
survey results from David
Carrabelle Advisory Committee
(S.A.C.) Chairperson Maribeth Diflorio
informed fellow board members at the,
March 15 meeting that the School
Improvement Plan for Carrabelle High
School needed to be completed by the
end of April.
The School Improvement Plan, which
involves seven goals, includes educa-
tional issues as Readiness to Start
School, Graduation Rate, Student
Performance, Learning Environment,
School Safety & Environment, Teach-
ers and Staff and Adult Literacy.
S.A.C. members working on the school.
improvement plan include: Lauralie
Sutton, Marion Morris & Rhetta
Strange (Readiness to Start School &
School Safety/Environment); Nan
Collins. Joann Gander, Sandy Bilbo
& Cathy Rutherford (Graduation
Rate); Eugenia Butler, Pam Schaffer
& Diane McGrath (Student Perfor-
mance); Maribeth Diflorio, Lynn
Hankins & Judy Bufkin (Learning
Environment), David Meyers, David
Butler & Andrew Rutherford (Teacher
& Staff); Nan Collins, Melanie Humble,
John Humble & Mickey Gay (Adult Lit-
Some of the issues brought up at the
S.A.C. meeting included prevention of
unannounced visitors to the school,
limited use of the school copy machine
for the faculty, limited gym courses
for girls and student complaints of
Chairperson Diflorio noted that Car-
rabelle High School did not have a fe-
male physical education instructor
and, therefore, could not offer physi-
cal education courses to girls at the
same rate that it could to boys. Diflorio
also stated that she would like to get
more of the school's female popula-
tion involved in math and science
Nan Collins voiced concern about;
unannounced visitors to Carrabelle
High School. "This place is full of visi-
tors all the time," noted Collins. She
stated that such occurrences pre-
senteda security problem. Officer
Bruce Varnes commented that only
the front door at Apalachicola High
School could be opened from the out-
side. He said that visitors could only
enter side doors if students opened
them from the inside of the school.
S.A.C. members also discussed the
difficulty of obtaining access to the
school's only copier machine. Mem-
bers noted that Carrabelle High
School contained the faculty of two
schools, but only had one copy ma-
The results of a survey presented to
parents, students and school staff
members was distributed among the
S.A.C. Committee. Some of the most
prevalent complaints from
Carrabelle's students included a lack
of discipline, unequal punishment to
all students, food quality and the lack
of a pay phone at the high school.
Because e of the frequency of student
complaints for school food, some par-
ents in attendance questioned faculty
members about the food quality.
Chairperson Diflorio stated that stu-
dents were not necessarily opposed to
the quality of the food, but the fre-
quency in which the same food was
served. She noted that each school
seemed to get overloaded with the
same kinds of food. "At Brown El-
ementary, the get their share of chili
and grilled cheese. At Chapman, they
get a lot of turkey & gravy. Here, it's
dogs. We've got dogs coming out of our
ears. Hotdogs, corndogs, you name it.
We've got it."
Chairperson Diflorio also brought up
the matter of parent referral notes.
"These never go home," she com-
plained. Ms. Diflorio noted that 92%
of the parents polled had requested
that they be informed when their chil-
Senior Planner for Baskerville &
Donovan Bill McCartney informed
members at the March 14 meeting of
the Carrabelle Port & Airport Author-
ity that cost estimates for the pro-
Sposed infrastructure improvements on
Timber Island were approximately
The infrastructure improvement to
Timber Island would include water
service ($750,000), sewer service
($150,000), an access road
($400,000), a public marina
($3,000,000), boat ramps ($150,000),
parking ($400,000), a stormwater site
$350,000), engineering designs
($310.000) and permitting ( 155,000).
McCartney urged board members to
consider sending a letter of request to
the Division of State Lands for a 27
year moratorium on lease payments.
"You haven't paid it yet," explained
McCartney, "But there's an effort be-
ing made to get you to walk up to the
tollbooth." McCartney stated that the
27 year figure was based on a two year
construction period arid a 25 year rev-
enue 'building period. He stated that
his initial request, which was for a 99
year moratorium, was unreasonable.
"We're asking them to make an in-
vestment in our programs," said
McCartney, "I think that it's a reason-
able and justifiable number." He ex-
plained that the letter of request did
not obligate the port authority to any-
thing. "These are just growing pains
and everybody has them. It just de-
pends on howyou deal with this," said
McCartney. The Port Authority then
unanimously agreed to send the let-
ter of request to the Division of State
In the board approved March 8 letter
of request to Percy Mallison of the
Division of State Lands, the letter of
request asserted, "The Port Authority
will agree to divide all revenues ob-
tained from the Port Authority's pro-
gram on Timber Island equally with
the state of Florida after all debt ser-
vice, O & M costs, and reserve require-
ments have been met."
In other board business:
*Board member Jim Lycett presented
fellow port authority board members
with a March 6 letter of correspon-
dence to Tommy Bevis. In his letter,
Lycett indicated that he had received
board permission in a closed meeting
to negotiate with Bevis and try to avoid
a pending lawsuit between the Carra-
belle Port & Airport Authority and.
Bevis & Associates.
Lycett noted that the purpose of his
letter was twofold. He explained that
he first wanted to respond to a Janu-
ary 30 request by Mr. Brooks on be-
half of Tommy Bevis. Lycett further
explained that he wanted to establish
a "general sense of direction" in order
to address specific concerns of Bevis
and the Port Authority.
"The fuel docks, the additional boat-
slips and the reduction in job creation
are dead issues," explained Lycett,
"Not because of any effort on CPAA's
part to prevent you from making any
money but for other valid reasons.
He 'continued, "Allowing you to build
the additional boat-slips would take
away from the number of boat-slips
the CPAA could build during, future
phases of development, thereby ad-
versely affecting our ability to maxi-
mize our income potential." Lycett
explained that boat slips and fuel
docks were "income-sensitive," rather
than "job-sensitive" and that both
would provide unfairly subsidized
competition to other private marinas
and boat slip rentals. "Neither request
can be shown to enhance your boat-
manufacturing capability," noted
Board member Lycett further ex-
plained in his March 6 letter that
travel-lifts and boat ramps would fit
the profile of a job creator, as Bevis.
"It is commercial/industrial in nature,
is sorely needed in this area, and has
the potential to attract other satellite
businesses. Lycett stated that the Port
Authority was receptive to Bevis' re-
quest for travel-lifts and boat ramps.
"A safe and spacious boat-ramp is
another sorely-needed facility in Car-
rabelle,' noted Lycett. He pointed out
that a boat-ramp would make it easier
for Bevis to show prospective custom-
ers his business products. "I think the
Board is ready to work with you on
this problem, although I believe the
members are reluctant (for traffic and
parking reasons) to have it located on
Lycett explained that most board
members would be understanding
and somewhat flexible if Mr. Bevis il-
lustrated a "good-faith effort" to hire
12 employees, which Bevis has been
contractually obligated to accomplish.
"But ghost employees and worker rolls
filled with ringers are not what the
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tional Honor Society.
*The board unanimously approved the Energy Efficiency Finance Pro-
gram contract with the Panhandle Area Education Consortium
P.A.C.E.) contingent upon review and recommendation of contract
and the program's policies by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Superintendent C.T. Ponder stated that, if the board agreed to accept
the contract, they would have to allocate ten thousand dollars into a
pool of money with 14 or 15 other counties in the consortium, but
would receive 85 thousand dollars in return. He said that the pro-
gram would last until June 30, 2001. "It's a great opportunity to have
additional funding to work on our facility in areas of Energy Effi-
ciency," said Ponder. He noted that additional funding would allow
the district to fix windows, doors and insulation at the area schools.
Board Attorney Barbara Sanders pointed out that, if the board was
not satisfied with the policies of the P.A.C.E. program and wanted to
get out of the contract, they would have to pay back the 85 thousand
dollars allocated by the program and also lose the ten thousand that
they would have invested.
*The board unanimously approved the Limited English Proficiency
English as a Second Language Plan.
Holy Cow, continued from page 1
Contacted by the Franklin Chronicle on March 18, Mr. Derby denied
that the milk shortages to Franklin County was a matter of negli-
gence. He said, however, that the Dairy Fresh Corporation "should
have known better" and been more watchful about their product. Mr.
Derby also said that his department had recently lost an experienced
employee in the area of weight and measurement. He affirmed, how-
ever, that a new member in his department was "on line" and trained
to make weight and measure determinations for all state inspected
Attorney Sanders advised the school board against taking any fur-
ther legal action against the Dairy Fresh Corporation. However, she
noted that the school district should continue to monitor its milk
supply. "It's buyer aware. We have to look out for ourselves. The state
is not necessarily gonna' do it for us." Chairperson Will Kendrick com-
mented, "We've already drug the milk company through one court
case and that was a few years back." The Franklin County School
Board did not take action at their March 7 meeting to seek reim-
bursement from the Dairy Fresh Corporation for failure to supply the
contractually agreed upon amount of milk.
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quilting as not only an art, but as
a really enjoyable hobby.
"We just want to get people inter-
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"We want to show them what
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Pickering, Mel Stoehr, Sally Baker
and Carole Lawlor. Since their
first meeting in 1992, the Quilters
have attracted nearly 20 new
members. "It's really interesting
to see how far we've come since
92'" said Pickering, "It's like hav-
ing a baby and watching it grow.
I'm pleased with the progress
Some of those new members to
the Wandering Star Quilters Club
with items on display at the
March 15 event include: Sue
Dowling, Charlene Elsenheimer,
Gene Sewell, Billy Eichetson,
Lauerne Hering, Tiny Hicks, Put
Hicks, Aline Craig, Dorothy
Fisher, Judi Rundel, Jan Powell
Joy Guyton, Helen Schmidt and
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Over 30 individuals attended a luncheon on March 18 at The Gibson
Inn to celebrate the advent of Juvenile Justice Week, which begins on
the week on March 23.
Those elected officials who attended the event included County Clerk
of Court Kendall Wade and Franklin County School Board member
Willie Speed. Other members who attended the event included Assis-
tant State Attorney Frank Williams, County Engineer Joe Hamilton,
County Extension Agent Bill Mahan, Supervisor of School Food Ser-
vices Fay Burton, Officer Bruce Varnes, Franklin County Public Li-
brary Director Eileen Annie and Franklin County Adult Reading Pro-
gram Coordinator Jane Cox.
Certificates were presented by Juvenile Justice Council President
Sandra Lee Johnson and board secretary Sara Dahlman and to the
nominees for the Teacher of Year. Nominees attending the event in-
cluded Wanda Teat, Amanda Faircloth and Carol David. Ms. Philyaw
was also honored, but was unable to attend the event.
Monetary awards were also given out to winners of the Juvenile Jus-
tice Council's Poetry Contest. The contest involved first, second and
third place winners of five separate groups: The WINGS Program,
Brown Elementary School, Chapman Elementary School, Chapman
Pre-Kindergarten students and elementary students from the Carra-
belle High School. First place poetry winners received $20, second
lace winners were awarded $15 and third place winners received
$10. Gulf State Bank, Apalachicola State Bank and Citizens Federal
Bank each donated $100 for the poetry contest winners.
Juvenile Justice Counsel President Sandra Lee Johnson
holds the enscribed clock and assorted flowers that she
was awarded at the March 18 Juvenile Justice Counsel
luncheon. An ardent tutor, Ms. Johnson is pictured with
two of her after-school students, Bobby Jones (left) and
Robert Richard (right).
Winners of the Juvenile Justice Council's
Poetry Contest included:
First Place: Ruth Carmon. author of "Wild Flower"
Second Place: Toni Turner. author of "Anger"
Third Place: Ashley Koch, poem untitled
Carrabelle Elementary Students
First Place: Crystal Everett. author of Things That Make Me Happy"
Second Place: Andrew Butler, author of 'Things That Make Me Happy"
Third Place: Melissa Jochim. author of "Rainbow Gold"
Chapman Elementary Pre-K Students
First Place: Deshaun Winfield, author of "Happiness Is"
Second Place: Christopher James, author of "Happy"
Third Place: Charmika Prince, author of "Go. Go. Gone"
Brown Elementary School
First Place: Mimi Golden, author of "Things That Make Me Happy"
Second Place: Zack Carlson. author of "My Dad"
Third Place: Wesley Grant, poem untitled
Chapman Elementary School
First Place: Melissa Rucker, author of 'Things That Make Me Happy"
Second Place: Meghan Gunter, -author of "Things That Make Me Happy"
Third Place: Hanna McClain. author of 'The Perfect Friend"
By Toni Turner
Anger in its time and place
May assume a kind of grace
It must have some reason in it
And not last more than a minute
If to further lengthen, it shall grow
You should relax.and let it go
There's no reason for friends to fight
Just stop, give each other a hug,
And it will be all right.
By Deshaun Winfield
Going to bed.
Watching a movie,
Going to school,
Going outside to play,
Sitting down and resting,
And laying down in the grass,
And going on the bus,
And making things,
And, and, and...
Juvenile Justice Council President Sandra Lee Johnson was also rec-
ognized for her work with juvenile justice issues. Board Secretary
Sara Dahlman presented Ms. Johnson with an inscribed clock from
the Juvenile Justice Council.
Those contributing $7 to the luncheon included Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry, County Clerk Kendall Wade, County Property Appraiser
John James, Supervisor of Elections Doris Gibbs, County Tax Collec-
tor Jimmy Harris and County Judge Van Russell. The Flower Patch
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land. Messiah has the longest
continuous performance record of
any choral work in the concert
repertoire. It has been speaking
to audiences more eloquently
than any program notes could
describe, for over 250 years.
The Lenten/Easter portion of
Handel's Messiah is taken from
Parts II and III of the oratorio. In-
troduced with the slow and stately
tempo of "Behold the Lamb of
God" from the Gospel of St. John,
the oratorio continues with the
plaintive movement of "Surely, He
hath bourne our griefs" from
Isaiah; approaching with a sense
of awe, the promise of relief from
a burden emanates from the Au-
thority of Almighty God. Con-
trasting the analogy of straying
sheep from Isaiah with the gift of
unmerited redeeming grace in "He
is the King of Glory," the first half
of the Lenten/Easter oratorio
comes to a close.
Continued on page 8
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SiO"*W Celebrated at Luncheon
Happy Homemaker V.P. Helen Schmidt (left) & President
Mary Aman (center) with Shell Guru Jim Keeler.
Happy Homemaker Club Entertained by Shell
Leon County resident Jim Keeler brought one of his favorite hobbies
to the Carrabelle Senior Citizen Center on March 27 in a show-and-
tell type of presentation to the Happy Homemakers Club. Mr. Keeler
has been collecting seashells for most of his adult life. He began col-
lecting the shells with his children. However, as Keeler puts it, "The
kids outgrew the hobby, but I didn't."
Mr. Keeler told members of the Happy Homemakers Club that his
favorite shells to collect were those less than a centimeter in length.
He originally began collecting only those shells that could fit into a
surf clam. Keeler said that, with his background in metallurgy, he
had always been handy with a microscope. And some of Keeler's fa-
vorite shells as the macrophalina palmaitoris, seila adamsi and alvana
aberrans can only be viewed adequately with the help of a micro-
scope. Keeler told his listeners that he finds such minute seashells
by looking for the smallest visible shells on the seashore. He said
that, when he sees such a shell, he merely gathers a pile of sand
nearby and sifts through the contents with a paint brush. When Keeler
comes across those particles that are no bigger than a bread crumb,
which he instinctively believes to be shells, he views them with his
microscope to validate his assumption and then documents his new
Mr. Keeler documents every item in his collection with the date and
location in which he found the shell. He noted that shells have virtu-
ally no value without such documentation. Keeler also said that the
Gainesville, Houston and Los Angeles museums have all shown in-
terest in having his shells exhibited in their establishments.
It is not merely the small shells that Keeler enjoys collecting; some of
the larger shells in Keeler's collection include the Clench Conch and
the Florida Horse Conch. He explained that the Clench Conch was
named after Harvard University professor, Dr. Bill Clench. Other ex-
quisite, though rather peculiarly named shells that were in Mr. Keeler's
display included the False Angel Wing, Marsh Periwinkle, Lightning
Whelk and Atlantic Geoduck.
Keeler told his listeners that rare shells can be found in places other
than the beach; he said that he had made interesting discoveries
sifting through the mtid, in driftwood, in parking areas paved with
shells and also at scallop processing plants. "If you can put up with
the decaying odor and the mosquitoes in the summer, you can find
some dandy shells at the processing plants," said Keeler. In addition,
Keeler said that he had discovered some very intriguing shells in the
stomach of bottom dwelling fish, such as the bat fish. "The bat fish is
quite an ugly fellow," said Keeler, "It swims like a drunken goldfish.
One thing can be said about these sort of discoveries. The stomach
acid cleans these shells beautifully. I don't have to do a thing."
As Jim Keeler's reputation as a shell collector became more widely
known by members in his community and those in surrounding ar-
eas, an interesting proposal came to'him from the Apalachicola Ma-
rine Estuary Reserve.,Keeler said that Woody Miley from the estuary
reserve had asked him for help in identifying marine mollusks in
Apalachicola. "I was not trained in this field at all," smiled Keeler.
Nonetheless, Keeler volunteered his time to the Apalachicola Marine
Estuary Reserve every Monday from 1984 to 1990.. Keeler has also
spent much of his retired life volunteering his knowledge of shells to
organizations as the Happy Homemakers Club.
The presentation by Mr. Keeler was arranged with the help of County
Extension Agent Bill Mahan. The Happy Homemakers Club has been
host to such interesting events almost every month. The club meets
on the second Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Senior
Citizen Center in Carrabelle.
The Happy Homemakers Club is a civic organization that helps to
support such non-profit organizations as the Lanark Village & St.
James Volunteer Fire Department, Hospice and the Senior Citizen
Center. The group is able to provide financial contributions to non-
profit organizations by selling their very own cookbook entitled, "Calling
All Cooks." Tlfe cookbook, which was published in 1994, is sold for
$6.50. The Happy Homemaker Club has been meeting locally since
1956. The club is affiliated with the National Family & Community
Educators (FCE) Organization. There are 5,646 FCE organizations in
the State of Florida and 323,194 FCE organizations nationally.
Board members of the Happy Homemakers Club include: President
Mary Aman, Vice President Helen Schmidt, Secretary Ann GarrisS
and Treasurer Edith Greene.
The Wandering Star Quilters of
Franklin County hosted their first
annual quilt show at Chillas Hall
in Lanark Village on March 15.
The event was strictly a public
awareness campaign by the
quilters to illustrate the art of
quilting. And, while those who at-
tended the event would have loved
to have purchased those quilts on
display, they were generally left
with a greater appreciation of
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,age 8 22 March 1996 The Franklin Chronicle
and Rails to Trails
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Acting Mayor Buz Putnal reluctantly had to announce at a
special meeting called for March 7 that no progress had been made
on the four issues for which the meeting had been called. Those items
were Rails To Trails, Riverwalk, and Water and Sewer financing. Mayor
Charles Millender and Commissioner Ginne Sanborn were both un-
able to attend because of illness.
Putnal reported that there had been no action from any of the land
owners whose land will be needed if the Riverwalk is to be a reality.
He also said no one had heard from the Genesis Group on the Rails to
Trails Project, nor was there anything from Bill McCartney on the
sewer and water project. Commissioners expressed disappointment
that no progress had been made.
The special meeting had been called as an aftermath of the City's
regular March 4 meeting. One of the items involved a report of a
study in progress by the Genesis Group to determine whether the
Rails to Trails project proposed to join Tallahassee by rail through
Leon, Wakulla and Franklin County was feasible. The trail had been
designated to follow the old rail bed of the Georgia, Florida and Ala-
bama Railroad (GF&A.) in Franklin County. The project has been
named the Gopher, Frog and Alligator Trail by enthusiasts.
Jim Sullivan of the Genesis Group reported to the city commission at
the March 4 meeting that the project seems to be running into diffi-
culties He told commissioners the possibility of being able to run the
trail on the actual road bed of the defunct Georgia, Florida and Ala-
bama Railway, seemed to be out of the question. If it were to follow
the old rail bed it would run through miles of St. Joe Paper Company
lands and Sullivan said that the tree farm company had all but re-
fused that. He added that the company had expressed problems they
foresaw arising with the mixture of trail walkers and riders conflict-
ing with the company policy of permitting hunting on their land hold-
ings. Another problem the company representative Donald Woods has
cited, was associated with the trail crossing company roads with the
ensuing danger of heavy equipment.
Sullivan said that the study had now turned to a possible alternative,
that of running the trail from Carrabelle to Lanark Village alongside
U.S. 98. The route would be separated from the busy coast highway
by a ditch and a fringe of trees. However, this land is still owned by
the tree farm company and he did add that, to date, the St. Joe Paper
Company officials had made no response to the idea.
If this could happen, the hikers and bikers could possibly use the
road that has been established called Crooked River Road and go
that way to McIntyre and then cross the Ochlockonee into Wakulla
County over the bridge. Another alternate could be to add width to
the existing Highway 98 for a bike path.
The study will continue and Sullivan and Louis Reis of the Florida
Department of Transportation, who would oversee the project, both
said they would keep in close contact with the city and the public on
this matter. Reis said that there would be public hearings on the
trail. It had beenhoped by local supporters of the trail that the it
would proceed from the Wakulla County line on the old G. F. & A road
bed and end at the proposed River Walk project on the Carrabelle
River on Marine Street. They feel that it would add romance and his-
tory to the trail if it could follow the authentic rail bed.
Bill McCartney of Baskerville and Donovan had told the commission-
ers at the regular meeting that the Riverwalk Project is also stymied
at the moment, because land owners felt that the appraisals on the
lands needed were too low. McCartney said that he agreed that the.
appraisals were too low. He told the commissioners they had several
options. One option was that the city could ask for a more up-to-date
appraisal, which would take a year or more. He also said that, if the
city had any spare money, they could "sweeten the'pot." Or, noted
McCartney, the city might be able to swap some other parcel of land.
He said that any swap would have to be agreed on by the Department
of Community Affairs, (DCA.) McCartney added," I wish that you-all
(the commission) would put on your thinking caps."
It was at this time that the commissioners held a special meeting to
discuss and possibly act on the land acquisition program, and to get
reports on the water program and sewer program along with any new
developments on the Rails to Trails project.
In the interim it was decided that Commissioner Buz Putnal and
George Jackson would meet informally with principal land owners in
the path of the Riverwalk and see if there was any common ground.
Putnal reported at the special meeting that a meeting had been held,
but that there was no response at that time.
The commissioners took up one added item to the agenda. It was a
request for a variance from Bill Bailey, who requested approval to
add a separate power meter on a guest home behind his principal
residence in an R2 Zone. The R2 designation permits single family
houses and mobile homes only. Commissioners expressed their re-
grets to Bailey but told him that they had to refuse his request. Building
Inspector Roscoe Carroll said that the application made by Connolley
Electric was for a power upgrade, which was presented to the county
,as such. He said at no time did the county planning department know
that a new meter was being installed to make the guest house into a
Carroll added that he found the new meter when he went to inspect
the work. He noted that the owner could rent the building out as
separate rooms but that no kitchen could be permitted; he also said
that the power would have to be on one meter. The commissioners
said that they sympathized with Bailey, but could not grant his re-
Concert, continued from
The second half of the oratorio is
a hymn of thanksgiving, a eucha-
ristic theme, on the overthrow of
death in resurrection and near-
ness to God. Paralleling the omi-
nous with the joyful in "Since by
man came death, by man came
also the resurrection thanks be
to God" from Saint Paul's First
Epistle to the Corinthians, the
pathos of the pain in the death
and Passion of Jesus and the love
of God in the redemption through
Christ is illustrated in the meta-
phor of the lamb. The divine jus-
tice in "Worthy is the Lamb," from
Revelation, leads into the trium-
phant "Hallelujah" chorus, con-
cluding the oratorio. By custom,
the audience stands during the
singing of the "Hallelujah" chorus.
The Bay Area Choral Society is
drawn from throughout the Apa-
lachicola Bay area. The Ilse Newell
Fund is sponsored by the Apala-
chicola Area Historical Society a
501-(c) 3 educational incorpora-
tion serving the area through pro-
grams, tours, publications and
museums. A donation of $2 is re-
quested from those adults not
holding season tickets. Children
accompanied by an adult are ad-
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