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Publication Date: November 29, 1996
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Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

Volume 5, Number 24


November 29 December 19, 1996

DCA Appeals

County Decision

in Resort Village

The Dept. of Community Affairs,
(DCA) has appealed the tenth
amendment to the 1977 Develop-
ment Order (DO) which granted
specific development plans for
Resort Village, Phase I, issued by
Franklin County on the request
of Dr. Ben Johnson and Coastal
Development consultants, Inc. on
October 3, 1996.
Specifically, the DCA is objecting
to the Tenth Amendment because
it claims "The Tenth Amendment
contains language and provisions
that are different from and/or
that were added to the proposed
language..." as a part of the Pro-
posed Notice of Change (NOPC)
when (making) a change from a
conceptual plan for commercial
development to one of specific
development. The issue appears
to revolve around 9.6 acres for
which development approval was
sought but DCA alleges "there are
additional lands which were the
subject of the Tenth Amendment
and which are necessary for the
commercial development of Re-
sort Village." The acreage in ad-
dition to the 9.6 acres is to be
used for absorption beds. These
additional lands are a part of the
advanced wastewater treatment
for the facility in Phase I, which,
incidentally were approved by the
Dept. of Environmental Protec-
tion. These absorption beds were
not identified to the DCA, and
'The Department (DCA) was not
afforded the statutorily-mandated
opportunity to review these as-
pects of Resort Village and assess
their impact on significant state,
regional and national resources,
including, but not limited to
Apalachicola Bay, and to deter-
mine whether these lands bear
the proper and appropriate land
use designation." Through all of
this, the DCA brief concludes, the
Tenth Amendment issued by
Franklin County should be de-
clared invalid. The Tenth Amend-
ment did not go through the
NOPC review, "this development
order violates Section 380.06
Florida Statutes and should be
declared invalid."
Further, DCA claims that the ear-
lier provisions for monitoring the
impact of effluent disposal were
altered by some additional lan-
guage and this further nullified
eethe Tenth Amendment to the DO.
Another concern deals with wet-
lands. DCA's petition cites the
1977 DO which provides for no
filling of fresh water ponds or
other wetlands, but the Tenth
Amendment "addresses possible
dredging and filling of wetlands on
the Resort Village property."
Because the hearings before the
County Commission were not "full
and complete", the DCA requests
that their appeal involve Hearings
to be conducted a second time.

This petition of appeal is directed
to the Florida Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission (Gover-
nor and Cabinet) who in turn
would likely turn over the matter
to an Administrative Law judge.

County Commissioners Sworn Into Office


St. George

Bridge Auto


There is no additional information
forthcoming from the sheriffs of-
fice as of Friday regarding a two-
car collision on the St. George Is-
land bridge Wednesday night,
November 27th. A small red
dump truck and a sheriffs de-
partment patrol car collided at the
oot of the St. George Island
bridge. Deputy Joe Hamm, who
was driving the police car, said he
saw a truck in the wrong lane
heading straight for him and he
tried to avoid a collision by. driv-
ing his car into the side railing of
the bridge but the truck still hit
the police car on its front, com-
pletely demolishing the front end.
The other vehicle, a red dump
truck, was driven by LaDonna
Ingram. The truck continued on
for another 200 yards until it left
the bridge eand then rolled down
a 30-foot embankment and over
a chain link fence where it landed
on its side, facing the bridge, on
the cat point turnaround. Police
and fire officials responded and
traffic was held on the bridge for
about 45 minutes while the
wreckage was removed.
There was a passenger with
Ingram, Kyle Maxwell of Apalachi-
cola. Only minor injuries were
listed by the highway patrol.
Deputy Hamm sustained a cut on
the hand and some bruises on his
knees. The occupants of the
truck left the scene as quickly as
possible but EMTs reported they
were okay. Deputy Hamm said
he believed that the only reason
he was not badly injured was be-
cause the was wearing his seat

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.-.From left to right) Newly elected Franklin County Commissioners Bevin Putnal, Eddie
Creamer and Clarence Williams are sworn into office by Judge Van Russell at the Novembier
5 Franklin County Commission meeting.

St. George Civic

Club Elects New

Officers; Hears

from Sheriff-Elect

Bruce Varnes

A new slate of Civic Club Officers
has taken the helm at the St.
George Island Civic Club headed
by Barbara Sanders as President.
Frank Latham is Vice-President,
Sue Latham as Secretary and
Gerry Guyon as Treasurer.
Bruce Varnes, sheriff-elect, spoke
to the Civic Club about his plans
to replace the patrol car used by
St. George volunteers, and then
his preliminary plans for combat-
ing crime in Franklin County.
"...I am very honored to be elected
as your sheriff...When I started
my campaign, I said I was going
to keep my phone lines open and
they are ringing believe it or not,
they are ringing (audience
laughter)...A lot of people do not
realize that I'm not sheriff yet. But
they think I am...I'm very thank-
ful to be elected."
"I started working on certain
things...I've met with the sheriff
over in Gulf County. He's a real
good friend of the sheriff over in
Bay County...We're going to
organize...a major Task
Force...and we're going to work all
these three counties...and we're
going to work together. I need
these big counties; I need their
help; they've got the equipment;
they've got manpower and they've
got different things I feel we need,
to do the type of job that I want to
"...I'm going to hire a couple of
Task Force Officers, and they're
gonna work drugs every day...
That gives you an idea of the prob-
lems we have throughout our
County...Whether you know it or
not, drugs is a major issue in,
Franklin County,...and you can
control that, you can control your
house burglaries, thefts, your
robberies...That's going to be my
primary focus as far as doing
something about crime...
Addressing question of Island pa-
trol vehicle, Mr. Varnes said he
was told that the vehicle was fixed
and sent back to St. George in
good shape. He had been asked
about this by Art Little who re-
ports on security issues at the
Civic Club.
"...I did order five new cars. One
of them is mine, I'm going to tell

you straight up (audience laugh-
ter)... We're going to replace four
old vehicles.... There's one in par-
ticular that will do you good ser-
vice over here (St. George Island)
...I'm kicking that one around..."
Art Little: "The most important
thing in any vehicle is the radio.
Need dependable two-way com-
munication. That radio is our only
Sheriff Varnes: ... "I'll have to tell
you the truth. We've got deputies
whose radios are so bad... We've
got radios that just don't work ...I
have met with Liberty Communi-
cations out of Tallahassee, and
this is what we're trying to do. Like
anything else, when I take over in
January, I'll have a budget to op-
erate on...We've got certain things
that we have got to be responsible
for. First thing, is these officers
out here...You're in that car; that's
your lifeline. You have got to have
that radio...They're going to use
the tower here, WOYS...We have
three primary channels in this
county, and we are going to try to
delete the two and have one pri-
mary to put our power in one
signal...This will give us more dis-
tance or range on the radio...
Some of those radios are the old
GEs...They are obsolete and we're
going o try to change them out.
So, we're going to try to get you
some decent transportation over
here...something you won't be
ashamed to drive around... and I
think the radio in it is 100 watt.
Our average radio is a 25 watt."
"I'm going to change the whole
patrol unit...We need an officer
here all the time... We need an
officer in East Point all the time,
Apalach all the time, Carrabelle
all the time... We need to do that.
And the only way to do that is to
change the whole unit altogether
...We're going to change our shifts
to 3 days on and 3 days
off...working 10, 12 and 12...and
this gives you six to seven to eight
deputies working per shift. That
means you can put two in
Carrabelle, two in Eastpoint or
two (on St. George)...or two in
Apalach...and I'm only going to do
that (from) 3...in the evening to
3...the next morning."
"In the summertime...we seem to
have a little problem over here. I'm
going to try to contact the mili-
tary base, I'm not sure where it's
at.. .to see if they have an old Army
step van.. .and that we could make
into a mobile unit...and settle the
matter onsite without tying up an
officer over there... I've got a lot of
things in mind... Maybe we have
a business in town that might
loan us one of their lobbies, where
we could utilize it to handle the
problems we're gonna
have because it does bring

problems...We're going to be
In response to a question for the
DARE program, the sheriff-elect
responded: "I started teaching
DARE again. Back during the
summer, I had kids come up to
me, when I was running for sher-
iff, they didn't want me to.. .If I win
this election, I'll come back and
teach you DARE. I'll get somebody
trained. We're not going to do
away with DARE...I put in a re-
quest, it's not accepted yet, to
have two officers in the next DARE
Academy...They only take 40 of-
ficers across the state and they're
very picky. We're going to continue
DARE because I think it's very im-
portant. I want to get into the
lower grades but this year we're
not going to be able to get that..."
"We are the only county in the
state of Florida that does not have
a resource program. It's
necessary...but the kids need to
go to school feeling secure and
safe. I intend to promote that re-
source program and get them into
our high schools, so our kids can
feel safe at school... A lot of things
going on that a resource officer
can detect and take care of, and
eliminate... They're not (only) a
guard, they're also a teacher and
a leader."
"In regard to enhanced 911,
"That's a big area. I can't tell you
much about it because I'm just
now learning about it. We're try-
ing, to get enhanced 911 and it
does create a lot of problems es-
pecially for the Sheriff and his
budget, because under the law
when you have 911, you have to
have not one but two
dispatchers...The Board is not
going to allow me to hire five more
dispatchers...So, I've got to
change the shifts in the jail where
I can have a jailer, trained dis-
patcher and two of them working
together...This is something I have
no control (over)..."
Continued to Page 10


Double Issue
The Chronicle will publish issues
numbered 25 and 26 on Decem-
ber 19, 1996, in time, of course,
for the holiday season. Along with
the usual governmental and
county news, we hope to provide
some special features permitted
by this longer format, along with
the photographic "year in review."
We also want to provide our staff
with a well-deserved holiday
break. The Chronicle's volume
6, number 1, will resume publi-
cation on Friday, January 10,



Board of


Franklin County School Board
Member Willie Speed complained
at a November 19 special meet-
ing that his request to have the
chairperson position rotated
among interested board members
has been consistently ignored in
the past 4 years. Following a
unanimous vote to nominate Will
Kendrick as chairperson and
Connie Roehr as vice-chairper-
son, Speed informed board mem-
bers that he was entirely quali-
fied to serve as chair. He blamed
the board's consistent denial of
allowing him to serve as chairper-
son to racial prejudice. Mr.
Kendrick has served as chairper-
son for the past 4 years.
"I would like to serve (as chair-
person)," said Speed. He contin-
ued, "this request has been
strongly rejected each time it was
made. Now, we are beginning a
fifth year and the request contin-
ues to be rejected."
..Mr Speed asserted that the re-
jected request %was not due to his
lack of qualifications. "I am a
professional educator by training
and experience that surpasses
anyone who has ever served on
this board for over a half century
and beyond."
Speed questioned, "why am I de-
nied the honor to serve as chair-
person?" He reasoned, "It appears
to me that the only reason I am
denied the opportunity to serve in
this honorable position is due to
the color of my skin."


Sworn In
New Superintendent of Schools
Brenda Galloway was sworn into
office on November 19. Ms. Gal-
loway thanked the district admin-
istration for the opportunity of
"transitioning" with former Su-
perintendent C.T. Ponder. "Not
only was it a learning opportu-
nity," said Galloway, "but an in-
sightful experience." She further
noted that she had begun a men-
tor program in Cocoa Beach to
orient her to the position of su-
perintendent. "While there," con-
tinued Galloway, "it became clear
to me that we are extremely for-
tunate to begin the next 4 years
with our experienced board."
Ms. Galloway praised school
board members for their efforts to
address issues in the school dis
trict. Some of those noted issues
included the implementation of an
Algebra 1 requirement for gradu-
ation, remedial reading courses
for ninth grade students and de-
veloping and aligning the district's
curriculum for the Florida Sun-
shine State Standards. "These are
just a few," said Galloway, "we
have many more in our schools
now that we are addressing." Ms.
Galloway pledged to work closely
vide a more "progressive, global,
education system." She asked
that the children's interests be
placed before all other interests
when making district decisions.
"Let us remember that we are role
models for our children and for
our community," concluded Gal-
loway, "if we talk negative and act
negative, we will be negative. Our
community will be negative and
so will our children; but if we act
positive and talk positive, we will
be positive."







S.- o., .' .
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Pane 2 29 November 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the November 20
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously nomi-
nated Raymond Williams to the
position of chairperson and Bevin
Putnal to the position of vice-
*Supervisor of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed board
members that all public works
employees were re-certified with
the Department of Corrections to
work with inmates from the Frank-
lin Work Camp. At the request of
Commissioner Putnal, the board
unanimously agreed to send a let-
ter of appreciation to the Frank-
lin Work Camp for work provided
by the inmates.
*Commissioner Putnal advised
board members that, if the
county's garbage cans remained
unwashed and untreated, the
county could be faced with sani-
tation problems. "Last night,"
noted Putnal, "I didn't even want
to dump the garbage at a restau-
rant. If the health department ever
takes a close look they're going to
do something." Solid Waste Direc-
tor Van Johnson stated that, if the
garbage disposal service had to
treat the cans with enzymes, the
fee for garbage disposal may in-
crease in the county.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved a request from the Airport
Advisory Committee to allow the
fixed base operator to install 49
t-hangers at the Apalachicola
Municipal Airport. County Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton, also vice-
chairperson of the Airport Advi-
sory Committee, said that state
grant money could fund 50% of
the construction of the t-hangers.
He said that the fixed base opera-
tor would also pay 50% of the cost
to construct the t-hangers. At the
end of the lease period, the t-
hangers will become county prop-
erty. During the lease period, the
county will receive 5% of the net
revenue generated from the rental
of the t-hangers.
*The board unanimously agreed,
to give conceptual approval to a
land exchange deal with Daryl
McKinley for property in Apalachi-
cola. Mr. McKinley owns property
located near the municipal air-
port. The board decided that Mr.
McKinley would be responsible for
paying the cost of a title search
in the proposed land transaction.
Attorney Al Shuler informed

board members that the deed for
the land in question was old and
needed to be reviewed. "I think it
will check out all right," said
Shuler. In addition, the board
agreed that Mckinley would pay
fair market value for the price dif-
ference between the two parcels
of property in question.
*The board directed County En-
gineer Joe Hamilton to identify a
site and obtain specifications for
one pony league field in the City
of Apalachicola. "Spring will be
here before you know it," com-
mented Commissioner Jimmy
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that resi-
dent Buddy Fredricks had agreed
to allow the county to construct a
retention pond with weirs on his
property in order to slow the flow
of water onto property owned by
fellow resident Elizabeth
Buchanan. "He wants to help
solve the problem," explained
Pierce, "he said that it [erosion]
was ruining his land as fast as it
was ruining Ms. Buchanan's
land." Pierce suggested that the
county first obtain a hold harm-
less clause from Fredricks before
constructing the retention pond.
He also suggested that the county
engineer design the retention
pond. The board directed County
Engineer Joe Hamilton to begin
working on a design for the reten-
tion pond.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed board members that he
expected to obtain a permit from
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection on November 20 for
the construction of a handicap
accessible beach walkover on St.
George Island.
*Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
said that he received a request
from State Attorney Willie Meggs
to obtain more office space in the
Franklin County Courtroom. "He
[Meggs] had a plan to do away
with one of those conference
rooms upstairs," explained
Mosconis, "and turn it into office
space." The board directed the
county clerk and engineer to meet
with the state attorney and make
a recommendation on the matter.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that the extension program had
signed a letter of agreement with
the Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Center to provide a profes-
sional nutritional consultant to
the senior center sites in
Carrabelle and Apalachicola. The
consultant, Sheila Hinton, will
assist by monitoring the food ser-
"vice meals. Ms. Hinton serves as
the county's Expanded Foods and
Nutrition Agent.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members

that Dr. Larry Arlington would
become the new Associate
Dean for District 1, which in-
cludes Franklin County, on
December 1, 1996.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that
David Hines had opened bids for
the SHIP program. Pierce said
that, with the bid, 12 houses will
be repaired. He stated that tenta-
tive approval had been received
to transfer funds from the previ-
ous year to the present SHIP pro-
gram year. Pierce said that the
program received $250,000 per
year. "Whatever money We don't
spend in the second year is prob-
ably gonna move to the third
year," said Pierce. He informed
commissioners that the county
would not lose the unspent
money. However, he stated that
the program was 12 months be-
hind its' schedule. "I know we're
behind. People are very upset
about it. We're just doing the best
we can," said Pierce.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that
David Hines had advertised for
bids for administrative and engi-
neering services for a Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG). The grant money will pro-
vide sewer, water and road pav-
ing improvements to an existing
subdivision off State Road 65. The
board directed Assistant County
Planner Mark Currenton, County
Planner Alan Pierce and County
Engineer Joe Hamilton to rank
those bids received from the noted
advertisement. Pierce stated that
two bids had been received for
administrative services. He said
that three bids had been received
for engineering services.
*County Planner Alan Piece in-
formed board members that a
grant application for the purpose
of paving the C.C. Land Road in
Eastpoint had been submitted on
November 18. Pierce said that the
paving project would cost approxi-
mately $178,612.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Mader Corporation had pur-
chased property owned by B.K.
Roberts on Bald Point. Pierce
noted that, with the land pur-
chase, the access issue on Bald
Point had been resolved. He said
that the board had agreed to re-
locate part of the Bald Point Road
last year for the Mader Corpora-
tion. Pierce said that the Mader
Corporation had already recorded
deeds for the new right-of-way.
However, he said that the new
road had not yet been built be-
cause a permit to fill wetlands had
not yet been received. Pierce in-
formed board members that Dan
Garlick would apply for the noted
permit on behalf of the county. He
said that the Mader Corporation
would pay for the services ren-



Responds to


to Proposed

Prison Site

The Franklin County Commission
responded to environmental ob-
jections to the proposed prison
site on State Road 65 with a
unanimous decision to write a
resolution to the Governor and
Cabinet and a letter to the Nature
Conservancy at their November
20 regular meeting.
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that the land chosen by the De-
partment of Corrections for the
proposed prison site was bought
by the state with Preservation
2000 funds. He said that several
environmental groups were pres-
ently objecting to the county's in-
tended use of land purchased
with such funds.
"Unfortunately, we didn't realize
this," said Pierce, "nobody ever
told the county. No one ever noti-
fied anybody that the 100,000
acres of Tate's Hell State Forest
was purchased with money that
potentially has a prohibition for
it being used for any other pur-
pose." Pierce considered it "unrea-
sonable" for the state of Florida
to purchase one-third of the
county's property without reveal-
ing those restrictions on the pur-
chased land.
"It's just not fair, open government
when that sort of thing happens,"
said Pierce. He suggested that the
board write a letter to the Gover-
nor and Cabinet to affirm that,
had the board known about the
restriction placed on the pur-
chased property, it would have
objected to the sale of the prop-
erty until it had identified a prison
site." Pierce exclaimed, "this puts
us in a real bind now."
Mr. Pierce complained that mem-
bers from the Nature Conservancy
were responsible for raising ob-
jections about the proposed
prison site. He suggested that the
board write a letter to the said
group to remind them of previous
assistance rendered by the
county. "The board of county com-
missioners worked close with the
Nature Conservancy to solve their
problems on Dog Island," said
Pierce. He continued, "we took
actions that were somewhat po-
litically opposed locally."
Pierce said that, in addition to the
Nature Conservancy, the
Audubon Society and Sierra Club
also objected to the proposed
prison site.

Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
claimed; "the Audubo'i Society
changed their story...the girl said
she had no problem with'it as long
as the land with fair market value
money put back in the trust. So
it's a money question."
Pierce concurred, "you've got the
Nature Conservancy at one point
that says, 'oh, we're opposed to it
in principle.' And then they come
back to the corrections and say,
'well, if you just pay more than
fair market value, then we'll drop
our objections.' The Nature Con-
servancy is just looking to refund
acquisition programs. And they're
to get as much money out of these
state governments as they can."
Mr. Pierce continued, "the Nature
Conservancy might be environ-
mental, but they clearly have an
agenda that is someone separate
from the rest of us." Pierce told
board members that the Nature
Conservancy was essentially just
trying to "extort" money from the
Department of Corrections in the
matter. 'They just wanted more
money," concluded Pierce, "and
that's just not fair."

See Resolution
on Page 10








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The Franklin Chronicle 29 November 1996 Page 3

Second Circuit Felony


The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams
Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn
November 15, 1996

Duape B. Banks: Charged with .one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Burglary of a Structure, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on December 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Larry Korn.
According to the probable cause report, witness Paul Hanson alleged
that the defendant broke into the American Legion Post #82 in Lanark
Village with Bill Miller, II, and Tammie Gillespie on September 27 and
stole two containers of whiskey and one plastic bag filled with beef
steaks. Hanson further alleged that the defendant then drove to
Sopchoppy with Gillespie and Miller and traded the stolen items for
crack cocaine.
George David Cain: Charged with one count of Driving Under the
Influence (DUI), the defendant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to five years
in the Department of Corrections with credit for 56 days of time served.
In addition, Judge Gary fined the defendant $1,000 and ordered him
to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant's driver's license was re-
voked for life. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Larry Korn.
Jessetta Louise Dalton: Charged with one count of Fraudulent Use
of a Credit Card, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on December 9.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry
According to the probable cause report, the defendant has been ac-
cused of using a stolen Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) card belong-
ing to George B. Creamer. According to the report, the defendant was
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rate occasions. The defendant allegedly obtained $401 through the
use of the stolen ATM card.
Jerry Kent: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on December 9. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly at-
tacked Fred A. Sawyer on September 27 in the parking lot of the Gulf
State Bank in Apalachicola. According to the report, Mr. Sawyer had
previously received a $20 loan from Cory Sapp on the noted date.
Sawyer alleged that Mr. Sapp confronted him later on that date and
demanded that the loaned money be returned to him. Sawyer further
alleged that, when he informed Sapp that the money in question had
been spent, Sapp said, "if you don't give me my money, we are going
to kick your ass." Sawyer alleged that Cory Sapp, Richard Scarabin
and the defendant attacked him with sticks and bats after he insisted
that he had spent the loaned money. According to the report, Sawyer
sustained bruises to his back, legs and eye as well as brain injuries
as a result of the attack.
Jamal R. Kirkland: Charged with Second Degree Robbery Without a
Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on December 9. Judge Gary
also agreed to reduce the defendant's bond to $10,000. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, Hardee's employee Sammy
Thompson, Jr., was allegedly confronted by two African-American
males on October 23 while making a night deposit at the Apalachi-
cola State Bank. Thompson alleged that the two individuals grabbed
him by the arm, took a bank bag containing $892 and pushed him.
The report noted that the individuals frightened Thompson to the
point he feared for his life.
On October 24, Apalachicola Police Officer Gerald Proctor alleged that
a juvenile informed him that Jerome Moore and the defendant com-
mitted the noted robbery. The juvenile allegedly provided Proctor with
an accurate description .of the bank bag and correct amount of money
that was stolen.
Freddie McIntyre: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted
Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on December 9. Judge Gary
also agreed to reduce the defendant's bond by $10,000. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
According to the probable cause report, Omar Harris alleged that he
was shot by the defendant on October 25. Deputy Leonard Martin,
Lt., John Turner and Officer Gerald Proctor interviewed Harris at
Emerald Coast Hospital. According to the report, Harris sustained
wounds to the right side of his head. The defendant alleged that he
heard the sound of someone breaking into his home on the noted
date of the incident. He further alleged that he grabbed his gun, ran
around the back of his house and fired his weapon in the air in order
to frighten Harris as he ran away. Harris alleged that he was invited
to the defendant's residence by.his daughter.
Devan Jerome Moore: Charged with Second Degree Robbery With-
out a Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 36
months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay
$255 for court costs and $892 in restitution. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defendant Larry Korn.
Ottis Eugene Russell: Charged with one count of Aggravated Bat-
tery with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
December 9.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly struck
and cut his girlfriend Sonya Murray with a knife on September 28 at
a shared residence in Carrabelle. Murray alleged that, as the defen-
dant become intoxicated on the noted date, he became violent and
attacked her. According to the report, Murray sustained a cut to her
left hand.
Tammy Stanley (AKA Tammy Kay Gillespie): Charged with one
count of Grand Theft and Burglary of a Structure, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on December 9. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
..Paul Corey: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
"Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
: qitry:dontinued the case for case management on December 9. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Roy Lee Simmons: Charged with one count of Arson, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on December 9. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly threw
a flaming bucket into the hore of Doretha Jones on Avenue I in
Apalachicola on October 24. The defendant allegedly committed the
noted act against Ms. Jones after she refused to allow him to sleep
overnight at her residence.
Susan B. Wright: Charged with,one, count of Aggravated Battery with
a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on December 9.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry
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According to the probable cause report, the defendant admitted to
Apalachicola Police Officers Jack Osburn and Gerald Proctor on Oc-
tober 7 that she shot Amos Works in the leg. Mr. Amos reported that
the defendant had invited him to her home and then shot him.
Carl W. Ard: Charged with one count of First Degree Arson, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for a trial on November 25. The defendant was represented by
Attorney James Richmond.
Patrick F. Bryant: Charged with one count of Possession of a Fire-
arm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded No Contest as
charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 6 months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 111 days
of time served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255
for court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Larry Korn.
George Frederick Cargill: Charged with one count of Trafficking in
Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic
in Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on December 9. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney James L. Richmond.
Chad Allen Gerhein: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault
with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charges of two counts of Battery. Judge Gary withheld adjudication
and sentenced the defendant to 1 year of probation. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to pay $150 for court costs, $1,554 in restitu-
tion to Brook Vonier and $1,900 in restitution to Aaron Wray. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Robert Augustus Harper.
Ernest Green: The defendant was previously convicted of one count
of Sale of Cocaine. However, his case has since been overturned in
Appellate Court. The defendant will again be tried for the noted of-
fense. Judge Gary continued the case for a trial on November 25. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
William A. Marks: Charged with one count of Escape and Introduc-
ing Contraband While in a County Detention Facility, the defendant
pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty and sentenced him to 19.6 months in the Department of
'Corrections with 80 days of credit for time served. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
George Richard Needer: Charged with one count of Second Degree
Robbery Without a Weapon and Driving Under the Influence (DUI),
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charges of one count
of Grand Theft and DUI. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 90 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit
for 72 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant
to 18 months of probation, fined him $250 and ordered him to pay
$120 of restitution to Robert Ratliff. As a condition of probation, the
defendant will be required to complete 50 hours of community ser-
vice. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Larry Korn.
Ronald Phillips, Jr.: Charged with one count of Escape, thd defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on December 9. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Holly Marie Stripling: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy tp Traffic in
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on December 9. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with Driving Under the Influence
(DUI) Involving Serious Injuries, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
December,9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Larry Korn.
Charles F. Tiller: Charged with one count of Falsely Impersonating
an Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on November 25. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Maurice Williams: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge
Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months
of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be re-
quired to complete 25 hours of community service. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry-Korn.
Glenda Hatfield Millender: Charged with one count of Affray, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on December 9. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Marvin Cambell: Charged with one count of Petit Theft, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on December 9. The defendant was repre-
sented Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Crystal M. Keith: Charged with one count of Trespassing After Warn-
ing and Driving Without a Valid Driver's License, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case or case
management on December 9.
Bill Miller, IV: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
December 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Larry Korn.
Robert J. Burkett: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing, Criminal Mischief and Felony Criminal Mischief and two counts
of Trespassing in a Structure, the defendant pleaded No Contest as
charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 24 months of probation. As a condition of probation, the de-
fendant will be required to complete 50 hours of community, service.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry

Dwayne Braswell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on De-
cember 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Larry Korn.
.Billy Gene Bryant: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the charge. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's probation
and sentenced him to a suspended 15-month sentence in the De-
partment of Correction. The defendant was sentenced to 1 year of
community control. The defendant was represented by Attorney Dean
Carlos Morris: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the charge. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's probation
and sentenced him to 30 months in the Department of Corrections
with 325 days credit for time served. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Jonathan L. Donaldson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a
denial to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
December 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Larry Korn.
Marcus Kelley: Charged with VOP, the defendant.entered an admis-
sion to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to 2 years of community control followed by 1 year of
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to complete the Teen Challenge Program. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.

James Ellis Maxwell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an
admission to the charge. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion and sentenced him to 7 days in the Franklin County Jail. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Larry Korn.
Charles Alexander: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
December 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Larry Korn.
Lucile Geter: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on Decem-
ber 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Larry Korn.

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Published every other Friday

Kathleen Hays Recalls Her Life in Apalachicola and "The Hays House"


Mrs. Kathleen Hays at Westminister Oaks, Tallahassee.

Mrs. Hays reports at Westminister Oaks that the food is fine and that
she has gained 5 pounds since arrival at the facility.
Chronicle: Looking back over several decades, what kind of changes
do you think about?
Mrs. Hays: Most of the changes have been good. It (Apalachicola) is
one of the oldest historic towns in Florida and I would hate to see it
change from being an historical town. But growth comes everywhere
and things can't stay the same. But I think about Apalachicola with
Chronicle: Can you tell us about where you lived at first when you
came there...in the 1930's.
Mrs. Hays: I came there in 1930 to teach school. I went to FSCW...
That was Florida State College for Women. And I took a two year
degree-it was called an LI. And I came to Apalachicola to teach school.
And met my husband...Evan Ryan Hays, known as Pat Hays. And he
and his aunt were running the...(Gibson Hotel) when I came there...
His aunt and mother had bought the hotel in 1921 and changed the
name from the Franklin to the Gibson. The hotel was built in 1907
and they bought it in 1921. And at the time they bought the hotel and
were running the hotel, you could get a room and your meals for
$2.00 a day. That included two or three meals for however long you
were there.
Chronicle: (Do you) remember anyone that worked there that might
still be in the area or still living?
Mrs. Hays: No, I think that they are all dead.
Chronicle: How big a staff did the hotel have?
Mrs. Hays: Well, we had a night mail boy and one that worked in the
daytime. And then the dining room, there were 4 or 5 that worked in
the dining room. ..
I remember Shug Jones. He was part Black and part Indian... And
Shug was very, very popular with all of the traveling men. And they
would send him out to get a little moonshine for them: So one night
he came back and brought this drink and this man said, "Shug." (The
man could not drink it.) He said, "I think I'll just give you this bottle."
And he said, "Here." And Shug took a drink and smacked his lips and
he said, "That was just right." The man said, "What did you mean,
just right?" He said, "If it had been any better it would.have been
wonderful, and if it had better any worse I couldn't have drunk it, so
it was exactly right."...Locally, they could go and get moonshine. Some.
(traveling men) came by ferry. There was a ferry that came from Car-
rabelle or from Eastpoint to Apalachicola. And then they would come

Tailor, awaiting visitors at the foyer, Hays House,

by car. But now when they came by car they would either have to
come in on the ferry or have to come by Port St. Joe. The Jessie May
was one of them. Captain (Andy) Wing was the one who owned that...
And in the hotel, the salesman had a big room that they called the
"Sample Room." And they would spread out their wares and cookies
or anything and the merchants would come to the hotel to buy. They
did not call on the stores...I was 19 when I came to Apalachicola.
Chronicle: Then you moved out of the hotel.
Mrs. Hays: The Army took over the hotel in 1942 during the war for
Camp Gordon Johnston. They wanted it for an Officer's Club. And so
they just confiscated it and they paid, I think, two hundred dollars a
month rent. And then we bought the house in back of the Gibson
Chronicle: This is now known as the Hays House?
Mrs. Hays: Yes. Which has been recently sold to Dan Garlick. And...so
we moved into the Hays House and the government kept the Gibson
as an Officer's Club for 3 months and then decided they did not need
it..But my husband did not like hotel work and so he was ready to get
out and so we did not move back. Then the hotel was sold a year or
two later.
Chronicle: Now, did you ever do any renovations to your home? Did
you add on anything?
Mrs. Hays: Ah, well, we did... The house that I lived in had one
bathroom downstairs and one bathroom upstairs and we never did
add any bathrooms. We did do over the kitchen and things like that,
that had to be done... Well, it was big (laughter). We had six bedrooms
and about four living rooms...
Chronicle: Can you kind of give us a little tour as if we were going
across the porch into the front door. What would be the first thing we
would encounter, just inside.
Mrs. Hays: Yes, a big foyer. And the house was made out of heart
pine and black cypress and it had eight mantelpieces. And I thought
they were all black cypress but then Dan) Garlick said that the ones
downstairs were mahogany. But there was a lot of black cypress in
the house. All the moldings were black cypress. There's two bedrooms
downstairs and you come into a large entrance-reception area and
that was like a living room. And then you have a living room over the

Front porch, west, Hays House, Apalachicola.

side of it. And a big dining room... My house was one of the lew I
think in Apalachicola that had a back stairway. And they called that
the servant's stairway. And you could, if you were entertaining, the
servants could go up and down from those stairs. Because back then
everyone had a cook and a cleaning woman... (Now, upstairs)... Well,
we had another big, big reception room and then we had five bed-
rooms and one large, large bathroom... And when the house was origi-
nally built it was wired for electricity. I think they turned... off the
,electricity at 10:00 at night and then you would go out in your back-
yard and start up a Delco. If you didn't want to light a lamp... (A
Delco) was a little auxiliary electric power. Some of the chandeliers
had two with electricity and two with gas or Delco.

Dan Garlick, new owner, stands at tile landing of the back
stair landing in the Hays House.

Mrs. Hays: Well, Patsy arrived on the scene when we were at the
Gibson Hotel. She was born in Thomasville, Georgia. There was no
hospital in Tallahassee... And then Frances was born after we got in
the Hays House. She was also born in Thomasville. You went to Tal-
lahassee and stayed before you (went into labor) then you were not
too far from Thomasville. My mother-in-law was living in Tallahassee
at that time. She was married to Brian Palmer and...so I stayed with
her for a week or two before they were born.
Chronicle: Now, was'that considered right downtown, at the time?
Mrs. Hays: Well, when we bought the house there was a house in
front of that house and a house between my house and the highway.
And the house between my, house and the highway was a 2-story
house. And then there was a Fuller Hotel where the bank is now. So
it was not downtown like it is now... Miss Winifred Kimball lived in
the house across the street. Which was a very, very fine old, old home.
An 1830's home.
Chronicle: What do remember about Mrs. Kimball?
Mrs. Hays: She had never married. And at one time she entered a
contest to write a short story and I believe it was "Broken Chains."
And she won the contest and so she won $10,000. And at that time,
that was considered...like a million would be today. She went to China.
She...and took her sister. And I'm sure the trip to China with her
sister only cost her a couple of hundred dollars. Brought back beau-
tiful things from China. Some of the things I had in my home that she
gave to us. I guess she died in the 40's. In the late 40's or early 50's.
Before she died she had to sell antiques out of her house to live on.
Chronicle: Are there any other memories in Apalachicola during the
1930's that may stand out in your mind?
Mrs. Hays: No, I just have always had-a wonderful time there and I
still love it.
Chronicle: Now, you were a member of the Philaco Club.
Mrs. Hays: Oh, yes. I am a fifty-year member of the Philaco Club...(It)
started off as a reading club over a hundred years ago now. Then it
became federated and became Philaco Club which is a Philaco Women's
Club of Florida. It is a federated club now.
Chronicle: Can you describe the business district?
Mrs. Hays: Well, we had very good stores there. We had Montgomery's
Store on the corner... Sam Montgomery owned the store and you could
buy anything there that you could buy in larger cities. And that was
still there in operation when my youngest daughter was a teenager
and she had bought a number of her clothes from there. They carried
name brands and she was invited down to Miami to Miss Burdine's
niece's debutante parties. And she came home and she said "I felt so
good because any number of the girls said 'you have the prettiest
clothes where do you buy them?'" And most of them had come from
Montgomery's in Apalachicola... (Next to them there was) the Dixie
.Theatre... Well, the Dixie Theatre was delightful. It had two boxseats
on the side.

Mrs. Hays, pictured with her two daughters, at Westminister

Chronicle: Now, you have two daughters... When did they arrive on
the scene?

Catherine standing in the front upstairs hallway near two
of the four separate rental offices.

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Alternate view from the northeast of the Hays House, Apalachicola.
Alternate view from the northeast of the Hays House, Apalachicola.



A First Responder Course is being offered beginning January 8, 1997
at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Building
located on 6th Street in Eastpoint.

Pre-registration is required. Class fee is $150.00.

This course begins January 8th and graduation is tentatively set for
May 7, 1997.

For pre-registration packets and further information, please call or
write: Marilyn Walker, Paramedic, P.O. Box 695, Eastpoint, Florida,
32328, phone 927-2354.

Deadline for registration is December 15, 1996.


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Christmas Grand Opening

"The Hays House"

The New Location of Garlick Environmental associates

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Apalachicola, FL


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December 13,

IMrs. Hays will be the Guest of Honor I


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A Celebration of Tradition at
Brown Elementary School

Parents, students and members
of Brown Elementary School
gathered for a celebration of
tradition on November 22 in an
event.known as the Harvest Day
The event generated a strong level
of participation from parents as
well as community members who
participated in the Harvest Day
Celebration. The event had sev-
eral focuses. One of the focuses
was to share traditional activities
as tatting and quilting with the
youth. Another focus was to en-
courage parents to become active
in the local school system. And
another focus was to 'generate
a spirit of volunteerism in the
According to members from
Brown Elementary School and the
newly elected school superinten-
dent, the event succeeded in ev-
ery aspect. "I thought it was a
wonderful, creative environment
to involve the community," said
,Superintendent Brenda Galloway.
She continued, "they wanted to
show children that things of the
past can be part of the future."
Deborah Huckaba from Brown
Elementary School felt that the
event was instrumental in gener-
ating a source of pride in the com-
munity. The event, she said,

helped to reveal to the children
some of the many talented indi-
viduals in the community. Some
of those residents participating in
the event included Marion
Eckstein (who illustrated the art
of tatting), Ester Mabrey (who il-
lustrated the art of hand quilting)
and Cass Allen (who illustrated
the art of pottery). Other activi-
ties included carving, pottery,
painting and Christmas wreath
Ms. Huckaba also noted that the
event's activities provided a his-
toric view to the children of colo-
nial times. Such activities, noted
Huckaba, have become associ-
ated with the era of pioneering.
At the conclusion of the event,
parents, students and members
of Brown Elementary School en-
joyed a Thanksgiving feast. Pro-
visions for the feast were donated
by community members and
businesses. Those businesses
contributing to the event included
the Apalachicola and Carrabelle
I.G.A., The Red Rabbit Foodlane,
Register's Supermarket in
Eastpoint and the Winn Dixie in
Ms. Kimberly McKinney of Brown
Elementary School coordinated
the event. Ms. Huckaba co-coor-
dinated the event.





A Report and Commentary
by Tom W. Hoffer
Without much fanfare, the Board
S of Directors of the St. George
S Plantation Owners' Association
(POA) released their planned
record $826,638.02 budget for
1997 at the Board meeting on
'Saturday, November 16, 1996.
This amount nearly matches the
city budget for Carrabelle in 1997,
according to Charles Daniel.
SThe POA projected legal expenses
have increased over earlier pro-
jections of $60,000, now projected
at $80,000. At the annual meet-
ing in September 1996, President
Bill Hartley announced that he
anticipated POA legal matters
would probably come to closure
in 1997, and the projected costs
would not increase much beyond
the then announced expenses of
$88,000 paid in 1996. At the
same meeting, Mary Lou Short
Calculated that the POA's legal
S- expenses had totaled almost

Senior Center Celebrates Early


Commissioner Bevin Putnal joins community members at
the senior center on November 19 for an early Thanksgiv-
ing feast.
The Franklin County Senior Citi- opening prayer for the occasion
zens' Center.in Carrabelle hosted and resident Gwen Ingram played
an early Thanksgiving dinner on the piano and sang at the event.
November 19 to over 100 county The Carrabelle IGA was credited
residents. The entire feast was with donating turkeys as well as
prepared by Julia Mae Putnal and paper plates and cups to the
served by members of the Happy event. The Yaupon Garden Club
Homemakers organization. Rever- also provided table decorations for

end Gene Halstrom offered an. the event.' .

$1,000,000 since the.beginning of
the POA. Others asserted that
this amount would have already
paid for resurfacing Leisure Lane,
a continuing project under the
category "Infrastructure Improve-
The dues assessed home and lot
owners will supply the principal
amount of income to pay for legal
and all other expenses. Dues
statements will soon be issued
from the POA office, with 1997

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Ms. Ester Mabrey provides a lesson in hand quilting to the
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Franklin County Extension Agent
Bill Mahan gave a presentation on
the topic of aquaculture on Nov-
ember 26 at the Apalachicola Re-
Mr. Mahan informed audience
members that aquaculture was a
i rapidly growing industry in many
Iof Florida's agricultural sectors.
Mahan pointed out that tropical
fish cultures were the largest rev-
enue generating operations in the
State of Florida. He said that, in
1995, the noted industry gener-
ated 52 million dollars.
Mahan noted that some of the
species used in aquacultural
Operations included aquatic
plants, clams, crawfish, oysters
and shiners.
Aquaculture farms for clams, said,
Mahan, have been largely popu-
lar in Brevard and Levy Counties.
He said that the noted counties
have been able to develop a mar-
ket for small clams. Such clams,
said Mahan, would not be able to
be harvested from the wild. How-
ever, he pointed out that the small
clams could be marketed in they
were cultured.
Mahan noted that oyster harvest-
ing, which was an unsuccessful
venture in Franklin County, con-
tinues to thrive in the,Cedar Key
area. Another specie that has
been popular with aquaculture
farmers, said Mahan, was the
softshell crab. He pointed out that
the Seagrant Program was pre-
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- "' Island Baptists Reunite in

The Island Baptist Church celebrated "Homecoming' Sunday,
November 17, 1996, as returning Rev. Roy Bateman delivered
the message during services Sunday morning. Rev. Charles
Pinkerton also officiated and greeted returning visitors during
the dinner, bringing the congregation another inspired message
in the face of news of the passing of Mrs. Model Kirvin that morn-
ing. Mrs. Kirvin, along with her late husband George, were long-
time members of this congregation.

Panama City Chamber Players
Thrill Capacity Crowd
In its 11th Season, the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts pre-,
sented the Panama City Players in a program entitled "Celtic Au-
tumn" on Sunday, November 17, 1996. Becky and Ernie Brock, Mary
Kay Thompson, and Donna Campbell performed music from a vari-
ety of styles and periods on the harpsichord, Celtic harp, flute, oboe,
bassoon, cello and penny whistle before an eager audience 'of over
190 persons at historic Trinity Church in Apalachicola

POA Leases Plantation Premises
to Fire Department
Bill Hartley (left) POA President, Bob Guyan (middle) Secretary,
Woodard M. Miley, II, Fire Department Chairman (third from right)
and Jay Abbott, Fire Chief (far right) sign the lease documents
that convey land and a future building to the St. George Fire
Department in the Plantation. The second fire department on
St. George Island will be located at Lot 24A, Sea Dune Village,
when constructed. The lease is for 50 years and will provide for
a fire-fighting facility and a first responder unit "...to the Planta-
tion, all of St. George Island and Franklin County..."


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Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorie,
and J.S. Bach's For Unto Us a
Child is Born, at the Ilse Newell
Concert on Sunday, December 8
at 4 p.m. in historic Trinity
Church, Apalachicola. Both of
these beautiful pieces will feature
an orchestral accompaniment
and a number of our area solo-
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P- stressed, "the involvement is cru-
in cial. The parent and community
T- involvement is crucial."
m The parents agreed that it was
important to employ a local resi-
dent for the position of WINGS
to Coordinator. They stressed that
.le communication with the local
-e families as well as increased su-
o- pervision of the children at the
of program site were important. It
'i- was also requested that the
en WINGS program coordinator pre-
0- pare a schedule of events for the
'- benefit of the parents.
r- "It takes an entire group of people
id to run a WINGS program," Ms.
n- Annie pointed out. She continued,
at "it's a lot of work to ask of some-
he one. You've got to have coopera-
tion at all ends."'
Library Director's Assistant
Jackie Gay stated that the par-
ents in Carrabelle were more
aware of their children's activities.
"Carrabelle is unique in that the
parents are more aware of where
their children are. They're more
aware of who they're with... they
do have control here... and they're
very, very cautious."

Cliff Butler, President of the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library, stated that he was
the individual who signed the
WINGS program grant applica-
tion. "If something went wrong,"
said Butler, "I'm sure it would
come back to haunt me." He
asked that residents contact him
if they had concerns about the
public library. "If anybody's afraid
to speak out," continued Butler,
"I'm there if anybody wants to call
me." He concluded, "we would like
to find a way to have WINGS be-
ing part of the solution in provid-
ing positive activities for the
young people in this community."

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Credit Needs
Apalachicola State Bank (ASB)
was recently awarded the highest
federal financial rating possible by
the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) for its finan-
cial service to the community. The
"outstanding" rating conferred
upon ASB now makes it one of
only a select number of banks in
the country that enjoy such an
The FDIC bases its rating on a re-
cent Community Reinvestment
Act (CRA) financial examination
in which ASB was assessed on
how well the bank meets the
credit needs of the entire county,
including low and moderate in-
come neighborhoods. According
to the examination report,
Apalachicola State Bank keeps
the majority of its loans within the
county and evenly distributes
loans throughout all income lev-
els and businesses.
"We knew we were doing these
things all along," says ASB Presi-
dent Barry Brynjolfsson. "Every
day we make a conscious effort
to meet the needs of the entire
community ... but it's still nice to
have the regulators recognize our
ASB is one of the oldest banks in
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1897 and is currently preparing
to celebrate its 100th year anni-
versary with the publication of a
pictorial history book of Franklin

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WHEREAS, Franklin County has suffered extreme economic hard-
ship from the impact of the "net-ban" amendment and various tropi-
cal storms and hurricanes in the last two years, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature recognized the necessity for as-
sisting Franklin County in developing a diversified economy by di-
recting a state prison to be built in the county, and by appropriating
funds for said prison, and
WHEREAS, the Governor and other elected officials made public com-
ments affirming the need for a prison in Franklin County, and
WHEREAS, the Department of Corrections did respond and contacted
the county about possible prison sites, and
WHEREAS, the County and the Department began a lengthy process
of reviewing and ranking possible sites, and
WHEREAS, the same Legislature which directed a prison to be built
in Franklin County and the same Governor and Cabinet who spoke
of the need for a prison also supported the expenditure of Preserva-
tion 2000 bond funds to purchase over 130,000 acres of land in Fran-
klin County for the creation of Tate's Hell State Forest during the
same time that a site was being selected for the prison, and
WHEREAS, a site was selected on the boundary of Tate's Hell State
Forest which was supported by the Division of Forestry because it
needed the prison work force as a labor force to help manage Tate's
Hell State Forest, and
WHEREAS, it was not until after the lengthy site selection process
was complete did the Department and the County learn there might
be some reason why land purchased with Preservation 2000 bond
funds could not be used for a prison, and
WHEREAS, the County is extremely disappointed that the Governor
and Cabinet did not exercise sufficient review of the state land acqui-
sition process so as to avoid this problem, and
WHEREAS, the County is in a predicament in finding another site
because besides the 130,000 acres of Tate's Hell State Forest there is
another 80,000 acres of land that is already under state or federal
land ownership that is also not eligible for a prison which means that
over sixty percent of the county is currently under state or federal
ownership, and
WHEREAS, the state land acquisition team is still in the process of
buying additional acreage in the County without any regard for the
documented need for a prison, and
WHEREAS, the County never objected to the various land purchases
being completed because the County believed its local economy would
be compensated in the loss of tax revenue from the land acquisition
with the $25 million annual payroll of the prison, and
WHEREAS, no state regulatory agency has recommended against the
selected site being used for a prison, and
WHEREAS, Franklin County and Eastpoint Sewer and Water District
have spent hundreds of man-hours and thousands of dollars prepar-
ing for the infrastructure necessary to serve the prison,
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS that the Governor and Cabi-
net take all steps necessary to approve the prison site selected by the
Department of Corrections as the most suitable site for a prison in
Franklin County and to direct the Department to move with all speed
to construct the Franklin Correctional Institute.
This Resolution adopted by the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners this 20th day of November, 1996.


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"If you call in, and even if you can't
talk, we'll know where you are.
Just like that. It will come over
the computer screen. You might
be having a heart attack, but you
get that 911 punched and we'll
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How many deputies are there?
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many as 5 to 7 deputies rolling at
one time. Now, usually we've had
one or two available. Maybe
"We've got a jail over here. This is
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sheriff has to hire so many em-
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doesn't have to have so many
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have close to 30 officers working
in that jail...But, out here is where
your valuables are. That's where
I need the help. That's my opin-
ion. The State doesn't look at it
that way."
"It's going to be better. The Sher-
iff has allowed me to come in and
get my staff set up. I'm going to
be hiring in the next 3
weeks...When I return from
school in Tallahassee, I'll be hir-
ing my staff. I may let some go;
I'm not going to lie to you. There
may be some that may have to
go...I'm out to make the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department the
best that it can be...I'm also go-
ing to change the raises...I'm go-
ing to have an incentive raise. I'm
going to give them an incentive to
do their job or they're not going
to get their raise. It's that
"...It's been a wild election. I'm
very thankful to the citizens of this
county...In the long run, we're
going to settle most of these
problems...I'm going to be a work-
ing sheriff. You are likely to see
me at 3 o'clock in the morning....
I believe the sheriff needs to be
out there to find out what's going
on...That's what it's all about, to
make it better."



When adversity struck Carrabelle
business woman Pat Howell, she
did not back down from the trials
and tribulations of rebuilding a
business that had been con-
sumed by fire. Ms. Howell gath-
ered all the strength that she had
and almost immediately reopened
her business at a new location on
Highway 98.
"I felt that, if I didn't re-open, I'd
be giving in to the crime," said
Howell. She continued, "if I would
have given up and quit, they
[those responsible for the fire]
might have progressed on to
another business. I'm just not a
The cause of the fire that con-
sumed Ms. Howell's business has
been determined by the State Fire
Marshall to have been arson. Ms.
Howell said that, according to the
State Fire Marshall, the remnants
of lighter fluid were found on the
carpet and in boxes of dry moss
in her old business.
Ms. Howell said that she plans to
become an active participant in a
proposed Neighborhood Watch
Program for the City of Carrabelle.
"One or two people can't do it all,"
stressed Howell. "Until you get
the whole community," she con-
tinued, "you won't be able to
have progress with the watch
For those confronted with similar
forms of adversity, Howell advised
the individual not to dwell on the
hardship. She urged those indi-
viduals to remain active in put-
ting their dreams back together.
The adverse situation, said
Howell, provides an individual
with a sense of strength. "It gives
you the determination not to let
something like this get you down,"
she noted, "but to pick yourself
up and try to make it bigger and
better than it was." said Howell.
She pointed out, "My father had
a saying that, for everything bad
that happens, something good
results from it." Ms. Howell
thanked the community for pro-
viding support and remaining
loyal customers to her new

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