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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 6, Number 3


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


February 7 20, 1997


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Reverend T. Banks; The

Community Remembers


In his time of passing, residents
throughout the community seem
to uniformly remember Reverend
Thomas Calvin Banks, Sr., as a
man of enduring, internal
strength. Residents point out
that, during his trial with physi-
cal adversity, Rev. Banks 're-
mained an active force for social
change in the community.
Although confined to a motorized
wheelchair after suffering the loss
of his legs, Reverend Banks re-
mained active with the city plan-
ning and zoning committee; he
also worked actively in state and
local campaign races.
Resident Hagar Price, cousin of
Rev. Banks, felt that members of
the community would best re-
member Rev. Banks for his last
few years of courageous work in
the county. "He lost his legs and
still kept working," said Ms. Price..
She continued, "he didn't stop
because of his handicap. He kept
right on. He saw that it was nec-
essary to get involved in the ac-
tivities of the community." Rev.
Banks, Ms. Price added, was quite
active in, the recent District 3
races for Franklin County Com-
mission and the Franklin County
School Board.
Fellow Planning and Zoning
Board member, Shirley Walker,
commended Rev. Banks for his
articulate discussions during zon-
ing board meetings. "Being seated
with Reverend Banks on the Plan-
ning and Zoning board was a
great honor," said Walker. She
continued, "he would keep the P
and Z board members on their
toes. He wouldn't just pass a mo-
tion, but he would have a long dis-
cussion and then he would say,
'okay, let them have it.' We, the P
and Z Board Members, will miss
his funny comments and cheer-
fulness when he attended the
board meetings."

"Reverend Banks is gone but his
memories will always be with me
and the Planning and Zoning
Committee," Walker concluded,
"for you see...he and I were two of
the few from the 'Hill' that served
on City and County Boards that


represented the Hill. Reverend
Banks was a dynamic speaker for
the Lord, as well as for the people
he represented on the P and Z
Board."
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee
Johnson said that she too would
best remember Reverend Banks
for his last few years in the
county. "He was a community
advocate," Ms. Johnson stressed.
She continued, "he was just a
people person. He wanted to see
justice prevail and he wanted to
see people do the right thing."
"Even after he lost his legs,"
Johnson continued, "you would
see him all over the downtown
area in his motorized
wheelchair...even in the heat of
the day. He remained active in the
community and was a personal
inspiration to me."
Ms. Johnson remembered Rev.
Banks as an individual keenly
interested in educational as well
as other community-related is-
sues. She noted that Banks took
an active role in local and state-
wide political races that would
have a potential impact on his
community. "People came to him
for advice and support," said
Johnson.
In addition to his work with local
political races, Rev. Banks also
worked with Anita Davis during
her congressional campaign bid
in 1996. "He remained active in
this area throughout the years,"
said Johnson, "it wasn't just a
recent interest. He wanted local
representatives on the Hill to work
for the people. He would be out
there campaigning for the repre-
sentatives, either speaking pub-
licly for them or working the tele-
phone for them."
On January 23, Reverend Banks
died at the age of 76. He was a
native of Apalachicola. Reverend
Banks was a retired military vet-
eran of WWII. He served on the
Apalachicola Planning and Zon-
ing Committee for nearly 5 years.
Reverend Banks was also a mem-
ber of the NAACP and was a mem-
ber of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church,


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One-Stop

Center for

Community

Needs

Proposed

By Rene Topping
David Butler of Franklin County
envisions all agencies connected
with community needs for Fran-
klin County and handled through
the Gulf Coast Work Force Devel-
opment Board (GCWFDB) may. mi
the future, be all housed under
one roof to be known as a One-
Stop. Butler represents Franklin
County as a member of a special
committee of the GCWFDB en-
titled One-Stop Committee.
The new One-Stop would be a lo-
cation situated in Franklin
County and would permit anyone
needing help in ajob search, food
stamps, unemployment checks.
etc. There would be at least one
similar facility in Gulf County and
probably two in Bay County,
These are the three counties that
are participating jointly in the'
SGCWFDB \ith members from D,
the three counties. The Work
Force Board was organized in
1996 and has responsibility for
using all of the Federal and other
block grants that will comprise all
the money for various community
needs, The block grants for all
three counties is being adminis-
tered by Gulf Coast Community
College in Panama City. It is part
of a general plan presently being
implemented over all of the United
States in an effort to slim various
relief programs. Washington leg-
islators have voted to pass the
money to each State in an effort
to give more local control. The
Governor and.State legislators
have furthered this aim by join-
ing nearby counties together with
the money being under the
local control through their
representatives.
Bob Swenk of Bay County who
chairs the One-Stop committee
explained the idea at a recent
meeting, "One-Stops will serve as
the State's initial customer ser-
vice network, offering every Flo-
ridian access through service
sites, in person or by telephone
or computer, to re-employment in-
formation, job search counseling,
training and education referrals,
and temporary financial assis-
tance." When the One-Stop is
opened in Franklin County But-
ler said 'The facility will contain
under one roof a directory of all
employment opportunities state-
wide, computer hook-ups to all
sources of aid to residents, com-
puter hookups to agencies that
are not able to have a represen-
tative onsite, and the computers
will have very simple instructions
as to finding out how to operate
and use the system." In computer
language Butler said, '"They will
be user friendly." When an appli-
cant first steps into the One-Stop
they will be greeted by a person
ready to guide them through pa-
perwork and who will help them
in a job search. Butler said he
believes the facility should save
mileage and people being shifted
from one place to another with
all the ensuing stress and
frustration.


Wellsprings

Home Health

Care Sale

Pending

According to attorneys for Well-
springs Home Health Care
(Cairrabelle), now in voluntary
bankruptcy since October 1995,
th me health care agency may
be sold to an unidentified party
soon. The new owner is now sub-
ject to review by the Agency for
Health Care Administration.


County Commissioners

Set Hearing on Resort

Village Project


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Local Resident
to Head

Misdemeanor

Division at

Office of

Assistant State

Attorney
Apalachicola resident Rachel
Chesnut began her first day of
work on February 3 as the
county's new Assistant State At-
torney in charge of the Misde-
meanor Division.
As a local resident, Ms. Chesnut
feels that she will be able to pro-
vide a degree of consistency to her
office with knowledge of the area's
residents and issues. Chesnut
said that she will maintain an
open door policy for all visitors to
her office. Stressing the impor-
tance of her new position, she
stated, "It's important that our
victims are taken care of and that
the laws of our state are upheld."
The local rate of recidivism,
Chesnut indicated, will probably
remain one of the greatest chal-
lenges to her office. "I've noticed
a lot of the same names popping
up again and again," she com-
mented. In addition, Chesnut said
that it would be important to pur-
sue cases of domestic violence in
the area. "Unfortunately," said
Chesnut, "we have a lot of the
same problems as the bigger cit-
ies."
Ms. Chesnut said that she looked
forward to the experience that she
will gain as the area's Assistant
State Attorney. Previously,
Chesnut worked nearly 2 years for
Attorney Barbara Sanders. While
with Attorney Sanders, Chesnut
mainly worked with civil cases.
Ms. Chesnut graduated from the
Florida State University Law
School.

Community

Feedback

Needed for

Recreation

Projects

An expenditure plan for $6,600
was approved by the Franklin
County Commission and the
noted sum of money has been re-
ceived by the City of Carrabelle
for recreational purposes. The
Carrabelle Recreation Committee,
in their budget request, listed the
following items that were needed
in the expenditure plan: Repair-
ing the slide at the kiddy park
($200), replacing equipment at
the kiddy park ($2,000), repair-
ing fencing at Sands Field ($500),
signage for Sands Field ($300),
funding for a volleyball court
($300), and funding for a basket-
ball court ($3,300). Other pro-
Continued on page 6


Alan Pierce


County to Meet

Provident

Medical

Corporation in

Court

Provident Medical Corporation,
now represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders, recently served
Franklin County and County Tax
Collector James A. Harris with a
Motion to Consolidate both the
rent and taxation cases into one
lawsuit.
According to a statement from
Attorney Bei Watkins at the Feb-
ruary 4 Franklin County Commis-
sion meeting, Provident Medical
Corporation has not made rental
payments to the county for the
months of December and Janu-
ary. According to County Tax Col-
lector James A. Harris, Provident
Medical Corporation owes in ex-
cess of $200,000 to the county in
real estate taxes. These matters
will be argued before Judge Will-
iam Gary on February 11 at 3:00
p.m. in chambers at the Franklin
County Courthouse.
Franklin County has, in response
to the filed motions, applied to the
court for a Default and Judgment
of Eviction.


The Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners has set a
public hearing on the various
matters raised in the appeal taken
by the Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) against the County's
decision to approve Resort Village
and amendment no. 10 to the
1977 Development Order.
The hearing is scheduled for Mon-
day, February 24, 1997, at 10
a.m.
Alan Pierce pieced together a
chronology of events, for the Com-
missioners as they discussed the
matter in public session last Tues-
day, February 4, 1997. DCA ap-
pealed the county's decision but
then entered into a settlement
with Dr. Ben Johnson's lawyers
while the matter came before the
Governor and Cabinet, since the
lawsuit filed by DCA had not been
officially dismissed, aid two in-
tervenors. Dr TomAdams and the
St. George Plantation Association,
had not been involved in the
settlement.
In Alan Pierce's interpretation of
These events. he thought that the
Governor and Cabinet did not
* want to refer the matter to the
Di\ision of Administrative Hear-
inEs IDOAH) until Franklin
County had an opportunity to
settle all complaints. Thus, they
returned the matter to the county
so a public hearing could be held
includmn the views of the inter-
\ening parties. As a practical po-
litical matter, it is unlikely that
the Governor and Cabinet would
want to be perceived as substitut-
ing their judgment for the county,
nor take over a decision-making
matter that was perceived to be
one for the county to take.
Shaw Stiller, a lawyer for the DCA
in this case, advised the Commis-
sion that there is an executed
settlement agreement with Dr.
Ben Johnson(Resort Village), the
DCA, and his affiliated utility
companies. The agreement re-
quires approval from the County,
at a public hearing. In the agree-
ment, DCA and Dr. Johnson
stipulated that the agreement
would be submitted to the County
Commission for approval, or dis-
approval. Tht Governor and Cabi-
net also wanted an opportunity
for the POA and Dr. Adams to ex-
press their concerns and any
other public comment before set-
tling the matter and issuing the
Amendment to the Development
Order. If there is not a public
hearing, Stiller opined, the mat-
ter would likely be referred to the
Division of Administrative Hear-
ings when all parties return to the
meeting of the Governor and Cabi-
net on February 25th. Stiller con-
cluded that the entire matter
could be easily resolved at the lo-
cal level, with the public hearing.
Stiller assured the Commission
that the POA (through attorney
Richard Moore), DCA, and Dr.
Johnson were already working on
the problems, first by trying to
identify the issues involved. A
public hearing would also present
the issues from Dr. Tom Adams
and anyone else. Stiller concluded
that the DCA has settled their is-
sues with Dr. Johnson and was
prepared to close the appeal.
'That will be the end of DCA's con-
cerns," he said.
Initially, Commissioner Bevin
Putnal opened the discussion
with a plea for all sides to the DCA
lawsuit and the intervenor's con-
cerns to "come to the table" and
talk about the problem with the
expectation that a solution would
evolve from those discussions.
Putnal said, "...We've got two com-
missioners [who are] undecided
on the situation...This group
could sit down and go over the
problems, and try to find a solu-
tion. I know that the Homeowners
have spent a fortune. No one is
getting rich here but the lawyers,
and I know Ben [Johnson] has
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Page 2 7 February 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


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Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the February 4
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*The board agreed to use Taylor's
Building Supply in Eastpoint as
the county's new supplier of plas-
tic culvert pipes. "Anytime you
can do business with local people
and help the county," said Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal, "that
money will stay in the county."
*Bill Henderson with the county
Road Department informed board
members that the part-time sec-
retary for the mosquito control
officer had resigned at the end of
the month.
County Clerk Kendall Wade re-
quested that the board not refill
te noted position. He said that,.
if one of.his part-time office work-
ers was boosted to full-time sta-
tus, the clerk's office would as-
sume the responsibilities of the
mosquito control officer's secre-
tary. Mr. Wade said that the
county would expend approxi-
mately $4,300 in a 9 month pe-
riod if it refilled the position. He
said, however, that only $3,500
would be expended if his
office assumed the noted
responsibilities.
"Due to the increase in volume in
my office," Wade continued, "I'm
definitely gonna have to ask for
another employee." He said that
the court cases from 1995-96 had
increased by 27.2 percent. 'The
activity in the county is increas-
ing," stressed Wade. He contain'
ued, "It just takes more and more
help."
The board unanimously agreed to
grant the request from Kendall
Wade. In addition, the board
agreed to send the retiring secre-
tary a resolution of appreciation.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal in-
formed board members that the
retiring secretary had worked for
the county for the past 17 years.

*The board agreed to declare an
emergency situation in order to
extend the contract of Argus Ser-
vices for 1 year at the company's
present tipping fee. Following the
1-year period, the county will bid
the contract out to the general
public. Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed board mem-
bers that several contractors had
indicated an interest in obtaining
the county's waste disposal con-
tract.


City Takes

No Action on

Funding Request

from Municipal

Library

The Apalachicola City Commis
sion took no action on a request
from the Apalachicola Municipa
Library for additional funding
during a regular February 4 meet-
ing. City commissioners insisted
that they were too far along into
the budget year to.make such ar
appropriation to the municipal li-
brary.
Resident Wesley Chesnut, who
serves on the municipal library's
advisory board, informed city
commissioners that the library
was in urgent need of addition
funding. Mr. Chesnut said thai
several factors contributed to the
library's need for more funding
He pointed out that the library's
hours..of operation had been ex-
tended. He also noted that patron-
age to the library had increased
significantly; because of these fac-
tors, Chesnut said that a full- and
part-time staff member were
needed at the library. The munici-
pal library, said Chesnut, had re-
ceived 496 visitors in the pasl
month. He further stated that 594
books had been checked out dur-
ing that month.
"Salaries alone at a minimum
level constitute the majority of the
city's contribution," said Chesnut
He pointed out that, in the past 8
years, the municipal library has
never requested a funding in-
crease. The Apalachicola Munici-
pal Library currently receives
$10,000 annually from the City
i-of Apalachicola. "We have gore 8
years without begging (for addi-
tional funding)," Chesnut contin-
ued.
Mr. Chesnut informed commis-
sioners that maintenance and re-
pair costs at the municipal library
continued to be an expensive
problem. He noted that book-
shelves had been constructed at
the library at the personal ex-
pense of some of the library board
members.
Mayor Bobby Howell said that the
City of Apalachicola had never
turned down any labor requests
from the municipal library. He
pointed out that the city helped
to construct a handicap acces-
sible ramp at the library in 1996.
"We're in the 5th month of this
budget year," Howell exclaimed,
"this is a very poor time to make
such a request."
Commissioner Wallace Hill re-
quested to see the municipal
library's total operating budget
"With a little planning time," said
Hill, "we can come up with some-


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County Extension Agent Bill Mahan holds up a vile containing
CountyExstens
zebra mussels at the February 4 Franklin County Commission
meeting.


*County, Engineer Joe Hamilton
and resident Ted Mosteller in-
formed board members that the
Apalachicola Airport had received
a complimentary article in the
magazine, "Private Pilot." Mr.
Hamilton told commissioners that
the magazine was one of the most
prestigious aviation magazines in
the nation.
*The board agreed to allocate a
1.5-acre parcel of land to the
Franklin Work Camp. Sgt. Randy
Cook with the Franklin Work
Camp informed board members
that the land was needed to ex-
tend the camp's garden project.
Sgt. Cook said that the camp
hoped to harvest watermelons on
the noted land. The decision was
made contingent upon approval
by the county attorney.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed commissioners
that he had attended a conference
in New Orleans concerning the
spread of zebra mussels. The
mussels, said Mahan, could cur-
rently be found throughout the
Mississippi River down to New
Orleans. Mr. Mahan said that, if
the mussel found its way into the
State of Florida, the Apalachicola
River was considered a potential
point of invasion. The mussels,
said Mahan, could quickly adapt
to a variety of conditions. "They
don't get much bigger than an
inch," said Mahan, "but they can
get to such high densities."
*The board agreed to donate
limerock to the St. George Civic
Club to complete a landscaping
project around the island's bas-
ketball court. County Planner


..thing, I'm pretty certain."
In other board business:
Resident Jimmie Nichols com-
plained that the sidewalk in
front of the Candy Kitchen was
obstructed by items belonging
to the owner, Chuck Spicer. "It's
the biggest eye sore on the city's
block," complained Nichols,
"you can't even walk on the
sidewalk around there." Nichols
continued, "I'm not only embar-
t rassed that it's around my prop-
1 erty. I'm embarrassed as a citi-
S zen of Apalachicola to see that
mess. The board agreed to
send a letter to Mr. Spicer in
S regard to the complaint from
S Mr.-Nichols.
Resident Percy Waters com-
plained of incidents revolving
S around a neighboring basket-
s ball goal post on 23rd Street
S that he said were defacing
S nearby grounds, creating exces-
I -sive noise, damaging nearby
t property, and ruining his home
environment. "It's a bad situa-
tion," said Waters.
Mr. Waters informed commis-
sioners that the goal was "per-
ilously close to the street." He
reasoned that, since the basket-
ball goal was so close to the
street, it also constituted a
health hazard. Neighboring
property, Waters continued,
t was also at risk due to its close
proximity to the basketball goal.
The water pipes of a neighbor,
he said, were damaged when a
basketball stuck the nearby
pipes.
"I realize that we were all kids
shooting basketballs," com-
mented Mayor Bobby Howell, "if
I broke something, by grand
daddy paid for it. But, I prob-
S ably did a little of that, too."
Mr. Waters said that he had
contacted the landlord of the
tenant who owns the goal post.
The, landlord, he said, com-
pletely supported his concerns.
"He asked me to ask you to get
something done," said Waters.
Commissioner Wallace Hill
urged Waters to continue to
work with the landlord to re-
solve the noted problem. Mayor
Howell felt that a court decision
was recently made concerning
the rightful owner of the prop-
erty in question. He told Waters
S that he could check with the
S Clerk of the Court to determine
the rightful owner of that prop-
erty.
Mr. Waters told commissioners
that the landlord had requested
that the tenant move the goal
post further back from its
present location. However, he
stated that the tenant has failed
to follow the landlord's request.
"If the landlord can't make the
tenant do something," asked
Waters, "then who can?"


Alan Pierce informed members
that the civic club would have
plants as well as a wooden fence
placed at the court. 'The fence
between the court and Gorrie
Drive will keep the basketballs
and the kids from going into the
street," said Pierce. He further
noted that a sprinkler system
would be placed at the noted site.
The limerock will be used to cre-
ate parking spaces at the court.
*The board agreed to appoint
John Hewitt to the Construction
Industry Licensing Board. Mr.
Hewitt will replace Michael
Clayton on the noted board.

*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that, be-
cause the proposed prison could
not be built in Eastpoint, the
Eastpoint Sewer and Water Dis-
trict had to rescind a $700,000
grant from the Economic Devel-
opment Administration because
the district was unable to gener-
ate additional jobs as required by
the grant.
At the request of Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis, the board.
agreed to send documentation
concerning the rescinded funding
to the Department of Corrections,
Governor, and Cabinet and to the
county's legislative delegation.
"They need to see the ripplin' ef-
fects from the way they handled
the situation down here," said
Mosconis.
*The board agreed to sign a con-
tract with Julian Webb and Asso-
ciates to administer a Community,
Development Block Grant for


* The board granted a request
from the Friends of the Frank-
lin County Public Library to use
the point of Battery Park for a
circus show on March 14. The
board granted the request with
the contingency that no con-
struction would be in process
at the noted location on March
14.
The board granted a request
from the Project Graduation
Committee to allow Apalachi-
cola High School Seniors to use
the Apalachicola Community
Center on May 29 for an all
night event following the gradu-
ation ceremony.
* Apalachicola Times Manager
John Lee requested that the
board draft a resolution of sup-
port for the Save the Cape St.
George Lighthouse project. He
informed commissioners that
the project had over $23,000 in
its bank account. Mr. Lee fur-
ther noted that the project had
secured approximately 40 to 60
thousand dollars in "soft
matches." The board asserted
that a support letter had al-
ready been drafted for the noted
restoration project.
* Apalachicola Times Manager
John Lee presented commis-
sioners with an afghan in ap-
preciation of the board's sup-
port of the Times' new building
on Water Street. "Everybody
wants something from the city,"
said Lee, "but I came here a long
time ago...and I'd like to give
something, besides grief some-
times, back." Mr. Lee said that,
as soon as the facility's electron-
ics-system was installed, he
would schedule an open house
event at the new building.
* The board approved all recom-
mendations from the Apalachi-
cola Planning and Zoning Com-
mittee.
* The board took no action on a
request from Janice Hicks with
the Franklin County Health
Department to waive a $25 fee
at the Apalachicola Community
Center. Ms. Hicks informed
commissioners that HRS and
the Franklin County School
Board wanted to use the com-
munity center for a 4-day edu-
cational and training session
with Franklin County instruc-
tors on the topic of HIV.
Mayor Howell informed Ms.
Hicks that the $25 fee was
needed to cover maintenance
costs at the community center.
"Our user fee is the most expe-
ditious way to pay for ex-
penses," said Howell. He con-
tinued, "the user fee is for the
people who use it [the commu-
nity center]." Mayor Howell said
that it would not be fair to raise
taxes on the entire City of
Apalachicola to maintain the
community center for those who
used the facility.


sewer and water as well as road
improvements to the county.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
warned that, in the past, resi-
dents of Carrabelle had com-
plained extensively about home
improvement work rendered by
Julian Webb and Associates
through grant funding. He re-
quested that County Building In-
spector Roscoe Carroll closely in-
spect all work rendered by the
noted firm. "I want to make sure
they're not taking advantage of
these older people," said Putnal.
He continued, "we want them to
get the best service they can get."
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that Webb and Associates would
not be providing home improve-
ment services, but rather road im-
provements to the county. Pierce
said that County Engineer Joe
Hamilton would monitor the work
rendered by the firm. He said that
Webb and Associates would ad-
minister the grant through the
Prebble-Rish Engineering firm.
*Janice Hicks with the Franklin
County Health Department intro-
duced Dr. Shakra Junejo, the
health department's new director,
to the board of county commis-
sioners. Ms. Hicks informed the
board that Dr. Junejo would be
at the local health department 5
days per week.
County Clerk Kendall Wade in-
formed Dr. Junejo that several
residents had expressed an inter-
est to him in receiving a pre-na-
tal care clinic or program in the
area. Dr. Junejo responded that
she had engaged in similar dis-
cussions with residents of the
county. She told board members
that the issue of pre-natal care
was a valid issue. Junejo said that
she planned to work with the

Healthy Start Coalition to "get the
ball rolling" on that issue.
"I appreciate your confidence and
your trust," said Junejo, "and I
will do my best to serve you in the
best possible way that I can." Dr.
Junejo encouraged each of the
commissioners to meet with her
individually to discuss their
concerns.


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"The city has one classroom,"
,i Howell continued, "and the high
school has 50 classrooms. It's
rather facetious in that re-
spect."
Commissioner Jack Frye also
argued against waiving the user
fee at the community center. He
said that, after some of the pre-
vious workshops at the commu-
nity center, the City ofApalachi-
cola was burdened with clean-
ing the facility afterwards. "We
didn't get no help out of it," he
asserted. Ms. Hicks said that
she had never left the commu-
nity center in disrepair follow-
ing a training session.
The Apalachicola Community
Center, said Hicks, was ob-
tained through grant funding.
"All of the citizens pay taxes,"
commented Hicks, "and I feel
-that paying again is a double
tax."
Mayor Howell said that no citi-
zen was denied the right'to use
the community center. How-
ever, he said that the City of
Apalachicola had the responsi-
bility, authority, and require-
ment to ensure that there was
adequate funding to maintain
the community center. 'Twenty
five dollars, sugar, is not a lot
of money," Howell concluded.
Commissioner Wallace Hill sug-
gested that Ms. Hicks consider
using the auditorium at
Chapman Elementary School
for the training site.
The board agreed to renew the
Raney House Management
Agreement. The agreement was
presented to the board by His-
toric Society members George
Chapel and Alex and Laura
Moody. Mayor Bobby Howell
commended members of the
Historic Society for their coop-
eration with the City of
Apalachicola. "I've never seen a
group that has tried to do, with
what little they had, any more."
The board appointed resident
Dick Macy to the Board of Ad-
justments. Mr. Macy will re-
place Sandy Howze on the ad-
justments board.
* The board appointed Eddie Jo-
seph to the Recreation Board.
Mr. Joseph will replace Hank
Martin on the noted board.
* The board took no action on a
request from Jimmie Nichols to
provide $500 to the recently
formed Beautification Commit-
tee. Mr. Nichols said that the
funding was needed to pur-
chase seeds. He said that the
seeds would be planted at the
Chapman Garden, Battery
Park, and the cemetery.
"When we appointed the [beau-
tification] committee," said
Howell, "it was plain in writing
that there would be no public
inoney involved." Mayor Howell


Resort Village from page 1
spent a fortune... You may have
to get a whole case of candy
bars...I believe it would be worth
a try."
Commissioner Mosconis re-
minded everyone that the
Commissioners were engaged in a
general discussion of the Resort
village matters and not conduct-
ing*a hearing on the issues.
Slowly, the goal of establishing a
hearing date emerged, and then
a motion to setup an ad hoc com-
mittee comprised of all of the in-
terested parties to begin work on
identifying the issues involved.
Ben Johnson thought the idea
useful as a device to help stream-
line the hearing itself, so time
would not be wasted in develop-
ing a solution.
Richard Morris, POA attorney,
reminded the Commissioners that
his client would welcome an op-
portunity to go into mediation on
the dispute with Dr. Johnson.
Commissioner Putnal added, "...I
know if I got a problem with some-
body, I go to them and sit down
and talk with them. And, we can
settle our problems right there.
And, everybody would save a
whole pile of money if they would
do that. Including Ben Johnson
and the Homeowners; they're the
ones spending a fortune. And,
then those lawsuits-probably
half of those would be dropped, if
they could come to an agreement.
I believe it's worth a try."
Commissioner Ray Williams gave
his opinion. "...We should hold a
public hearing... That was basi-
cally the instruction the Governor
and Cabinet gave..." Commis-
sioner Mosconis replied, "Well
they gave us that perogative..." He
continued, "I just get the sense
talking to the aides before the
meeting [with Governor and Cabi-
net] and during the meeting, and
the...tone of the Governor and
Cabinet was...they really don't
want to deal with this on their
level. They don't want to look like
they're running local govern-
ment..."
Mosconis then asked attorney
Stiller, "If we dbn't hold a public


hearing, what position would DCA
be in? "Stiller said, "...There will
be no final settlement, and we'll
have to go to the Governor and
Cabinet on the 25th knowing full
well that we're going to go to
DOAH [the Department of Admin-
istrative Hearing]. "
Franklin County Attorney Al
Shuler recommended that the
Board of County Commissioners
schedule a public hearing to con-
sider the settlement agreement
and amendment of the Develop-
ment Order. "The advantage to


said that he was not willing to
deviate from that written state-
ment. Mr. Nichols said that he
would look into other avenues
of funding.
* Commissioner Jimmy Elliott
announced that the January 31
dance held at the Apalachicola
Community Center was a great
success. Mayor Bobby Howell
commented that a deputy from
the sheriffs department moni-
tored the entire event.
* The board agreed to allow
Florida State University (FSU)
to use the premises of Scipio
Creekto make a movie. FSU,
however, will first be required
to sign a hold harmless agree-


that is, of course, to get closure
on this particular item. Otherwise
if we go to DOAH, and I would
think the County would want to
participate in that proceeding...if
so, it is just going to involve more
hearings and the expenditure of
more money by this Board, the
(POA) and the proposed interve-
nors..."
Shuler also advised the Board
that they could not have two Com-
missioners attend other meetings
as proposed and to come back to
the Commissioners and make a
report, except under the require-
ments of the Sunshine Law, re-
quiring open meetings. "...If
they're going to make recommen-
dations [to the Board], it's a Sun-
shine meeting..."
There was some uncertainty
about setting a date due to the
requirements of public notice con-
tained in the Florida Statutes.
Putnal returned to his opening
theme of encouraging the inter-
ested parties to meet;outside of
the public hearing to develop so-
lutions to the problem. Chairman
Ray Williams did not think any-
one could be "instructed to have
a meeting," and have one or two
commissioners attend. He re-
minded the other Commissioners
that we are here to decide one
thing: whether to have the public
hearing. Commissioner Mosconis
added that he has heard, "...indi-
rectly" that the POA is willing to
concede to the developer the
completion of Phase I, but that
some wanted an agreement on
density for the remainder of the
40 odd acres in the development.
"We're down to a 3-week period...If
we can have some constructive
movement on these issues, I'm
like Bevin. I think..:we need to put
this thing to rest. It has gone on
long enough. I looked on my state-
ment from my homeowners
things-$114,000 paid to these
Juys [lawyers] last year...
114,000 in legal fees..."
Mosconis continued, "I was real
critical of Tom Beck the other
day...[at the Governor and Cabi-
net meeting]...I thought DCA did
blunder when they took so much
time to respond to what we had
done. That's in the past. I see an
opportunity to bring this thing to-
gether and resolve it...and move
forward."
At this point, Commissioner
Mosconis reasoned that some
constructive movement toward
solving the local problem might be
reason enough to get additional
time to settle matters, if neces-
sary. Especially if there was a
"united front" among all parties.
Here, his remarks were aimed at
trying to get some agreement that
Continued on page 4


ment. Commissioner Jimmy
Elliott suggested that the film
would help promote the a-ea.
* The board agreed to consider
the establishment of a new
Community Revitalization Com-
mittee at a later date. City Clerk
Betty Taylor-Webb indicated
that the current board was in-
active. Those individuals cur-
rently listed on the board in-
clude: John Crooms, Kristin
Andersen, Bill Barnes, Linda
Thompson, and Jane Cox. It
was noted that Ms. Cox needed
to be replaced on the commit-
tee as she no longer resided in
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Editorial and Commentary


Will the Panhandle Counties Benefit?


U.S. Department of

Agriculture Fund to

Boost Rural

Development in Florida

A report and Editorial Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
A 3-year, $300 million effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) to pump new life into the nation's rural economy will deliver
an additional $3,109,000 for rural development in Florida in 1997.
The new funds are being provided under the Fund for Rural America,
an economic program ranging from assisting beginning and disad-
vantaged farmers to providing housing for low income rural families.
The Chronicle has learned in the beginning stages of this Fund for
Rural America, launched on January 17, 1997, the money could in-
clude the fishing industry and aquaculture because. those activities
have been defined as "agriculture."
While I cannot undertake a rationale for this definitional topic here,
for lack of space and perhaps a political reason or two, I would sub-
mit that seafood is an incredibly important area most worthy of fed-
eral support in money and other forms. The case for diet, general
health of the U.S. population, and proper nutrition has been made
over and over again. And, I do not want to pick a fight with the raisers
of beef in Florida or outside. I love beef, but I also recognize the al-
most medicinal value of fish in the diet. Our fish populations are
diminishing. We need to learn more about our vast reservoirs (natu-
ral and manmade) where fish products can be raised for profit and
distributed to a world of consumers. When this is accomplished, even
our own Marine Fisheries Commission, comprised mostly of non-
flsherpersons, may make informed decisions that take into account
the needs of the fishing industries and preservation.
The new USDA fund will distribute $100 million annually for the next
3 years, aimed at rural development programs and new projects.
The Acting State Director for USDA rural development programs in
Florida, Ronald Whitefield (Gainesville), said in a February 3rd press
release "Our portion of the Fund...this year will help jump start some
of the more distressed rural areas..." "...Whether it means replacing
dilapidated rural housing, extending clean drinking water to rural
people, or getting our rural schools connected to the information
Superhighway, this fund will help make rural Florida a better place
to live." A portion of Florida's share of the federal money will provide
loans to help low-income households construct or repair their homes.
Other money will provide information technology to advance educa-
tional opportunities, and provide health care access for 400,000 resi-
dents.
One third of the money will be used for existing rural development
programs, and another third will be used for research projects that
must clearly benefit rural areas. The last third is discretionary with
the Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman who will allocate the funds
for either research or rural development projects depending on need.
The discretionary allocations may be the most likely areas that could
benefit rural life in the panhandle of Florida, depending upon the
proposals generated among the interested parties. The formation of
an educational laboratory, conducting research and disseminating
results for practical uses (such as methods of handling seafood waste,
for example), may be a likely result. Research funds will be awarded
on a competitive basis to projects that show the most promise of
creating new rural jobs, improving the competitiveness of rural areas
in the global economy, or improving the rural environment. In the
example of seafood waste, according to Jack Rudloe, director of Gulf
Specimen Marine Laboratory in Panacea, there is a great need to
determine the utility of seafood waste, now commonly discarded in
land-fills and other areas. One should note that several years ago
Rudloe discovered an important cancer drug Bryostayn (from a ma-
rine animal called Bugela Neritina), obtained from the ocean bottom
and boats, that would have remained undiscovered without research.
Similar questions into the cannonball jellyfish produced new prod-
ucts in medicine and food consumption.
However, throwing money to rural America will not produce mean-
ingful results unless related areas such as the anthropological and
social aspects of rural life are also investigated to ensure that any
innovation will be successfully done.
The tribes in academia are excellent and carnivorous consumers of
federal dollars for research, yet innovation cannot take place because
of cleavages and masked priorities held by institutions versus private
enterprise.
Some argue that academicians are helpless to actually implement
meaningful commercial innovation as a part of their research pro-
grams, but there have been a few breakthroughs. The evolution of
Super-Lube, hardly a project of idealized social and health benefit to
the public, evolved from an academic setting, but the Deans and pro-


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fessors involved worked together with definite goals to make money.
Here there is a dilemma but not high profits. The seafood industries
are right in the backyard of Florida State University, yet little has
been done on a practical level to help the thousands of displaced
workers and businesses as a result of the net-ban and other seafood
problems in recent years. For example, there has been research work
completed on producing a disease-free oyster, but with what final
result? In fairness, academic administrators have been occupied with
problems of increasing enrollments, angry professors who want more
research time, and middle-level half-time administrators who want
to teach less and administrate more.
Whether the research funds will contain caveat procedures and re-
views against overzealous and self-promoting professors is unknown
at this time of general euphoria over the announcement of so much
money ear-marked for a definite segment of the U.S. economy. How-
ever, another aspect of these funds appears to be life-saving, or should
I say "fund saving". The money-sucking state bureaucracy is not in-
cluded in the process as their fabulous "overhead" so often accompa-
nies the flow of federal dollars to a local level. This may very well
ensure that rural Florida may, indeed, have considerable benefit from
these announcements.
To obtain a copy of the Fund Request for Proposal (RFP) call Wash-
ington, D.C. (202) 401-5048. On the World Wide Web use: http://
www.reeusda.gov/. Also, ask for USDA press release No. 0015.97 for
an overview of the entire program.
The Fund for Rural America guidelines for proposals and submission
are now available on the USDA Home Page. To access the 23-page
document use the following: URL:http://www.usdagov/
whatsnew.htm. The Center Planning Grant applications must be re-
ceived by March 24 and standard grant applications must be received
by April 28, 1997.


New FCC Rule Paves

Way for Homeowner

Small Dish Satellite

Installation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently adopted a
rule generally forbidding local governments and homeowner associa-
tions from preventing installation of direct broadcast satellite (DBS)
dishes 1 meter or smaller in size.
Under the new rule, local governments and homeowner associations
can only prevent installation of DBS dishes 1 meter or smaller in size
if:
(1) installation would violate a legitimate safety rule, like a fire code,
(2) installation would take place in an area protectable as a historical
area, or
(3) installation could reasonably be made elsewhere without the.sig-
nal beingimpaired, like requiring installation of the dish in the back
yard instead of the front yard.
This rule applies only to homeowners, and hot renters.
As directed by Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the
FCC has adopted rules concerning restrictions on viewers' ability to
receive video programming signals from DBS, multichannel multipoint
distribution (MMDS) (wireless cable) providers and television broad-
cast stations (TVBS).
Receiving video programming from any of these services requires use
of an antenna, and the installation, maintenance, or use of these
antennae may be restricted by local governments or community as-
sociations. These restrictions have included such provisions as re-
quirements for permits or prior approval, and requirements that a
viewer plant trees around the antenna.to screen it from view, as well
as absolute bans on all antennae. In passing this new law, Congress
believed that local restrictions were preventing viewers from choos-
ing DBS, MMDS, or TVBS because of the additional burdens that the
restrictions imposed. To implement this legislation, on August 5, 1996,
the Commission adopted a new rule that is intended to eliminate
unnecessary restrictions on antenna placement and use while mini-
mizing any interference caused to local governments and associa-
tions.
The new rule prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, main-
tenance, or use of antennae used to receive video programming. These
antennae include DBS satellite dishes that are less than 1 meter (39
inches) in diameter (larger in Alaska), TV antennae, and antennae
used to receive MMDS. The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1)
unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance, or use; (2)
unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance, or use;
or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal. This rule
means that, in most circumstances, viewers will be able to install,
use, and maintain an antenna on their property if they directly own
the property on which the antenna will be located.
The Telecommunications Act and this new rule are designed to pro-
mote competition among video programming service providers, en-
hance consumer choice, and assure wide access to communications.
The rule allows local governments and homeowner associations to
enforce restrictions that do not impair reception of these signals as
well as restrictions needed for safety or historic preservation: The
rule balances these public concerns with an individual's desire to
receive video programming.
For further information, call the Federal Communications Commis-
sion at (202) 418-0163.


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Juvenile Justice

Chairperson Seeks

Community Cooperation

By Sandra Lee Johnson
For the past 3 years, the Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council
has been functioning for the ultimate purpose of making a positive
difference in the lives of our young people.
The Florida State Law states that each county in the state of Florida
should have a Juvenile Justice Council. The whole idea is to put the
decision-making process back into the hands of the local commu-
nity. It was thought that the local community would have a better
understanding of the specific needs of it's people; rather than having
politicians place every community in a mold and make decisions that
would apply to all. Leverage is given so that each county can make
their council as strong as they would like. The standard is to have the
county council be the central decision-making agency that governs
Issues involvingjuveniles. Funding for prevention, diversion, and early
intervention programs include the following.
a. FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING These grants are funded through
the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and are intended
to provide seed money for the establishment of innovative delinquency
prevention programs.
b. COMMUNITY JUVENILE JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP GRANTS These
grants are funded from the state's Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention
Trust Fund. Each year local community programs receive grants from
a portion of the surcharges collected on automobile tag renewals.
c. OTHER STATE FUNDS The state legislature can authorize state
funding to be directed to local prevention diversion and early inter-
vention programs. The level of funding and the type of service is based
on a specific legislative appropriation and may vary from year to year.
A county Juvenile Justice Council is authorized in each county for
the purpose of encouraging the initiation of, or supporting ongoing,
interagency cooperation and collaboration in addressing juvenile
crime. The Florida State Statutes standard is that each local Juvenile
Justice Council have established within it's organization an Execu-
tive Committee and a Citizens Advisory Committee. Specific guide-
lines are stated for establishing the Executive Committee. Represented
on this committee should be the following people:
District School Superintendent, or designee
Chairman, Board of County Commissioners, or designee
Elected official of municipality within county
Representatives of local school system
** Administrator
** Teacher
** School Counselor
** Parent

District Juvenile Justice Manager, or designee
EIRS District Administrator, or designee
Representatives from local law enforcement agencies
** Sheriff, or designee
** Chief of Police, or designee
Representatives of judicial system
** Chief Circuit Judge, or designee
** State Attorney, or designee
** Public Defender, or designee
** Clerk of the Court, or designee
Representative of the business community
Other interested officials, groups, or entities
** Religious representative
** Civic organizations
** Public provider
** Students
** Advocate
Regrettably, I must say that the Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council is not in compliance with state law in aligning ourselves with
the standard for establishing the Executive Committee. At the end of
the 1996 fiscal year, I had to submit an annual report for Franklin
County to the State Department. As part of that report, I was asked
to identify our committee membership. That part of the report was, of
course, incomplete.


Reflections on a Trip to

the Paper Mill

By Kris Halstrom
The Franklin County Public Library's WINGS program took a back
door approach to learning about a cleaner environment with a recent
trip to the Florida Coast Paper Company, known to many as the St.
Joe paper mill. In a guided tour that lasted about an hour, a group 10
Franklin County youth and three coordinators saw the site that pro-
duces the infamous hearty stench an puts food on the table for so
many families in this area.
Several members of the group knew relatives and parents who work
at the mill, or in jobs associated with it, such as logging. The paper
mill employs hundreds of people, runs 24 hours each day, and pro-
duces tons of paper. The mill alone, not counting the box company,
the Arizona Chemical Company nearby, and the logging business,
brings in huge revenues annually. As Apalachicola WINGS Coordina-
tor Nikita Williams told a young man when complained about the
smell, 'That's the smell of money."
Continued on page 6



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Carrabelle

City

Meeting

By Rene Topping

More Research Needed
For Decision Making
Carrabelle City Clerk Charles Lee
Daniels will have to dust off the
record books and research ques-
tions asked by Carrabelle City
Commissioners to enable them to
have the information to make wise
. decisions on several of the mat-
ters that were on the meeting
agenda for February 3.
F. Sonny Deoster, Sr., Florida De-
partment of Transportation,
(FDOT) brought good news that
U.S. 98 through Carrabelle start-
ing at the west end of town at the
Tillie Miller Bridge, is slated to be
resurfaced starting in 1998. Then
he brought the bad news that the
city is responsible for the cost to
raise and lower each manhole and
valve. He said that statewide the
job costs around $500 for each
manhole and $85.00 for each
valve. He said the city and state
could enter into an agreement and
the state would take care of all the
work and accept all responsibil-
ity. However the city will have to
locate the manholes. He said that
one is under a "garden" in front
of the Moorings and will have to
be moved. He said he believed
there might be grants available
but FDOT does not have any.
Commissioners said that they
would look into the matter.
Decoster said "We will really try
to work with you people," and sug-
gested the commissioners get
"Your engineer in touch with our
engineer in the next 90 days." as
they will be working against a
deadline for the agreement to be
signed.
In an effort to rebuild the city wa-
ter department reserve fund due
to operating the system at a yearly
loss of over $30, 000 per year for
the past 3 years, commissioners
approved a raise in city water
rates to $12.11 base rate up to
3,000 gallons with $2.00 per
1,000 gallons after that. New con-
nection fees will be $226 or ac-
tual cost, whichever is greater.
Reconnection fee will be raised to
$20.00 during regular hours, 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and $30.00 af-
ter hours. These rates will apply
* only inside the city limits. The rate
structure for the proposed outside
city extension have not as yet
been set. Commissioners believe
that this raise in rates will help
get the water department finances
back on track.


Continued from page 2
the disagreeable parties would
agree on that point. There was no
agreement. "Everybody's nodding
their head, so there must be some
agreement with what I'm saying...
" Then he saw one nodding nega-
tive. He then urged a special work-
shop among interested parties as
early as this week. The meetings
are open to the public.
Mosconis mentioned other issues
facing the Board: roads, the hos-
pital, "...a lot of things to deal
with. We need to get this thing
behind us. We've been dealing
with it too long..."


Establishment

of the Bryson

Memorial Reef

Next week, the Organization for
Artificial Reefs (OAR), a nonprofit
marine interest group based in
Tallahassee, is scheduled to sink
two large vessels
in waters off Dog
Island in Franklin
County as the first
phase of construc-
tion of the newest
artificial reef in the
Big Bend Gulf.
The new reef is being named the
Bryson Memorial Reef as a trib-
ute to the memories of beloved
members of the Robert Bryson
family of Tallahassee. Funding for
the project was provided by a gift
from the Bryson family to OAR
and a $25,000 grant from the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection.
The vessels are retired, all-steel
ocean-going tugboats-the 80-
0oor Atlas and the 108--ooT
Moonlighter. Both vessels were
cleaned and prepared to U.S.
Coast Guard and state regula-
tions at their dockage in
Pensacola, Florida.
At this time, the schedule calls for
both vessels to depart Pensacola
(via tug) this Sunday (February 9)
bound for Dog Island. If all goes
well, by late Monday, February
10, the vessels will be stationed
inside the island (in Apalachicola
Bay) and awaiting calm weather
and sea conditions, which means
that the sinking could occur as
early as Tuesday, February 11.


A first reading of an ordinance to
change the land use and rezone
9.98 acres west of Highway 98
and south of Airport Road from
R-5 limited residential to C-1
mixed commercial was approved
for a public hearing at the March
3 regular meeting.
When bids to complete phase one
of the Riverwalk project fully with
the walk and a pavilion came in
for $68,000 more than the
$200,000 in grant money, com-
missioners were faced with sev-
eral options. They could do the
walkway and the base of the pa-
vilion, or complete the pavilion, or
borrow the additional money to do
the entirejob. Commissioners de-
cided to table the matter until the
March 3 meeting.
With four bids already on hand
to pick up garbage within city lim-
its commissioners decided to ad-
vertise for any other persons who
wished to bid after hearing from
city resident James Brown who
felt that it should have been ad-
vertised. The four bids were left
sealed and those who submitted
can either leave the bids or pick
them up and rebid. There was a
general feeling that in as much as
the bids may depend on who will
be running the transfer station,
bidders would have a better op-
portunity to submit a new bid.
The bids will be re-advertised and
opening will be made at the March
'3 meeting. Commissioners di-
rected City Clerk Charles Lee
Daniels to contact the present
contractor, Argus, and try to get
an extension of service through
March with the winning bidder
starting service April 1.
Commissioners tabled a request
from Cliff Nunnery to install 12
recreational vehicle (RV) spaces at
his marina on Timber Island.
Nunnery said, "The zoning code
does not specifically address RV
sites. C1 does not specify but does
say commercial/recreation use."
Phillips said he had a problem
with this as the last owner had
been ordered to remove RVs from
the site. "We still technically de-
nied Del Schneider and when an
RV was there we told him to move
it. "He asked that the record be
researched to see "If we denied the
other man." The City attorney
said, "You could consider chang-
ing the code and put this as a con-
ditional use, I don't care what the
rules are, as long we play by the
same rules." It was pointed out
that C 1 mixed commercial was on
all the waterfront in town and
technically it might be that. RVs
could be placed there. David But-
ler asked, "Do we have a C3? We
could consider only having it in
C3." Webster said, "that there was
some use under conditional." He
added that the city should try to
stay consistent with the county.
Again, Daniels was asked to


Carrabelle

Police

Activity For

January

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Police Commissioner
George Jackson produced a sheet
of statistics on the Carrabelle Po-
lice Department activity for the
month of January at the regular
monthly meeting on February 3.
Explaining that he was tired of
hearing "street talk", about the
police department not doing their
job. He added that he had per-
sonally followed up on one com-
plaint and found that the person
who had called the policewas sat-
isfied with their response. Jack-
son promised that in the future
the monthly report would be made
to the commission.
The police arrested 2 persons in
a burglary; and were called on 18
disturbance calls and made 1 ar-
rest. They issued five trespass
agreements. (A person is told that


search the record and the matter
was tabled to the March 3
meeting.
A request by Yvonnne Harrell to
place a mobile home on Lot 13 in
Baywood Estates presently zoned
R1 was disapproved after Webster
advised the commissioners that "I
don't think you can approve the
mobile home with zoning you have
now. You have to go through the
whole process."' Commissioner
Buz Putnal told the Harrells,
'There is a lot of opposition to it
[the exception)]." According to the
commissioners, Karen Folks of
Folks Realty said that people had
bought property in the subdivi-
sion with the understanding that
it was to be houses only. Phillips
made the motion, seconded by
George Jackson, "Disapprove for
variance." He added "I am still
open to someone coming to me."
Action would require petition from
the people.
When Fire Department Chief
Bonnie Kerr asked the commis-
sioners if they wanted to declare
the 1960 fire truck nicknamed the
Rutabaga surplus, commission-
ers decided to try to have it re-
vamped to use in another depart-
ment. The truck although now
usable as a fire truck has become
somewhat of a favorite old friend
to the firemen. If declared surplus
it could be sold. Commissioner
Jim Phillips joked, "I hate to sell
something with a name like Ru-
tabaga." In the end the commis-
sioners decided to transfer it to
the road department. If it cannot
be used, then Kerr has permis-
sion to sell it and any funds re-
ceived be designated to the Fire
Department.
Work was approved on an appli-
cation to the Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP) for
an artificial reef to be constructed
no later than March 31, 1997.
This will be paid for with the
$25,000 for 1997-988
Dan Ausley of River Bluffs was
granted permission to construct
docks on lots 3, 4, and 9 in that
subdivision.
Research will also have to be done
as to whether the streets in the
Sun and Sand development have
ever been dedicated legally to the
city. The plat gives names for the
streets and a request was made
to put signs.


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they cannot come into a place of
business. If they violate the agree-
ment it becomes trespass after
warning, then the person can be
arrested.)
They served 3 warrants and ar-
rested 2 persons, gave out 28 traf-
fic tickets, assisted county depu-
ties on 9 calls, answered 6 calls
for the county, went on 6 crimi-
nal mischief calls, and investi-
gated 2 traffic accidents. They as-
sisted the county on seven E.M.S.
ambulance calls and assisted the
Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment on one fire.
They arrested five persons on petit
theft and made recovery on two
cases, investigated one breaking
and entering call and one grand
theft, arrested one person for sell-
ing alcohol to a minor and one
person for indecent exposure.
They investigated one signal death
and handled traffic control at five
funerals. In addition they an-
swered 13 burglar alarms.
Jackson urged all residents to
help their police department.
"If you see anything going on that
doesn't look right, give us a call."


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Board Chooses

Different

Periodical to

Advertise for

Grant

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion unanimously agreed during
a January 28 special meeting to
place an advertisement in the
Tallahassee Democrat for a gen-
eral administrator and grant
writer for a Community Develop-
ment Block Grant (CDBG).
Mayor Bobby Howell noted that,
in the previous year, the City of
Apalachicola "probably" lost a
grant due to "problems" in a
grant-related advertisement sub-
mitted to another newspaper. The
comment made by Mayor Howell
echoed a complaint that he made
during a city meeting in Febru-
ary 1996; during the noted meet-
ing, Howell stated that the
Apalachicola Times had published
incorrect information concerning
an advertisement for an $84,000
grant.
The advertisement will be placed
in the January 31 issue of the
Tallahassee Democrat. The block
grant that the City of Apalachi-
cola hopes to obtain would pro-
vide approximately $600,000 for


Tn-State Compact in


Draft No. 1
The final draft of the Tri-State
Compact establishing the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint (ACF) River Basin Compact
and the ACF Basin Commission
has reached a final agreement.
However, the agreement setting
up a mechanism to eventually al-
locate waters of those rivers to
uses in Georgia, Alabama, and
Florida must be approved by leg-
islatures in the respective states
and the Congress of the United
States.
In specific terms, the compact is
to "..,promote interstate comity,
removing causes of present and
future controversies, equitably
apportioning the surface waters
of the ACF, engaging in water
planning, and developing and
sharing common databases." The
differences between the ninth
draft and the present one has to
do with the role of the Federal
Government, mainly giving the
government more time for their
decision-making although the
Federal Government will not have
a formal vote on the Basin
Commission.
In terms of a time table, the State
of Georgia House passed the 10th
draft, and their Senate is due to


0
conduct the same review. Next in
line for review will be the Alabama
and Florida Legislatures, and ul-
timately, the. Congress of the
United States. Newt Gingrich ap-
parently became involved in the
process resulting in some changes
in the ninth draft that are per-
ceived to streamline approvals by
the Congress.
These actions are more prepara-
tory to the expected major deci-
sions to be taken after the Basin
commission is established. These
include the final decision on the
allocation formula to be applied
to actually determine the rule
structure that will be applied in
determining what states receive
how much water and when. The
Compact states that any alloca-
tion formula developed by the
Commission shall equitably ap-
portion the surface waters of the
Basin formed by the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee, and Flint rivers
while "protecting the water qual-
ity, econolgy and biodiversity of
the ACF..."
An item of major concern is the
amount and flow of freshwater
running into Apalachicola Bay
servicing the needs of the seafood
industries.


a commercial revitalization
project. The grant money would
e used for the construction of a
500-foot-long park between Av-
enues D and E.
Architect Willoughby Marshall
informed the board that the two
students on the CDBG Citizens
Advisory Group had graduated
and needed to be replaced. The
board agreed to appoint students
Levi Stanley and Tameka Lane on
the -board contingent upon ap-
proval by the board's attorney.
Other members of the advisory
board include Harold Byrd, Billy
Cook, Chuck Marks, Brent Tay-
lor, Hollis Wade, Buddy Ward, Pat
Wilson, Norton Kilbourn, and Al
Mirabella.
According to Mr. Marshall, advi-
sory board members suggested
that a gazebo, bike racks, park
seating, lighting, and telescopes
be included in the proposed park.
Mayor Howell felt that the sug-
gested telescopes would be a
prime target for vandals. "How
long do you think they would be
there?" Howell asked. Mr.
Marshall responded that he did
not know. "I think they would
be there one night," Howell
continued.
In other board business:
*The board agreed to appoint resi-
dent Sandy Howze to the
Apalachicola Planning and Zon-
ing Commission. Mr. Howze will
replace Reverend Thomas Banks
on the board. Reverend Banks
recently passed away.


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Gulf Coast

Work Force

Meeting

By Rene Topping
A summer recreational program
for the children was just one of
the matters taken up at the Feb-
ruary meeting of the Gulf Coast
Work Force Development Board
held in the Media Room at the
Apalachicola High School. The
members who represent Franklin
County are David Butler, Cliff
Butler, Ted Mosteller, Kristin
Anderson, Charles Watson Clark,
Rex Ruzzett, Raymond Williams,
and Brenda Galloway.
The mission statement for this
board is "To provide oversight and
guidance to institutions and agen-
cies providing training and work-
force development services, in an
effort to be more responsive to the
employment needs of Bay, Gulf,
and Franklin Counties. The vision
is "A highly competitive work force
for our tri-county area." This co-
hesive group of volunteers are
meeting regularly in accepting the
responsibility for overseeing the
spending of all of the block grant
money coming to the various
counties for this purpose.
Kim Shoemaker, Executive Direc-
tor for the group, said that
$600,000 is coming for the Sum-
mer Recreation program. Shoe-
maker said," We will need a ser-
vice provider for both Gulf and
Franklin Counties. These two
counties have never operated
their own summer program be-
fore." She added that the appli-
cants should have a good knowl-
edge of the Job Training Partner-
ship Act. She went on to ask the
committee members help in the
search for applicants,
Shoemaker said that a town hall
meeting was called for February
3 in Carrabelle, to inform persons
of the job opportunities for train-
ing as a correctional officer. Un-
fortunately only two people
showed up for the meeting.
Raymond Williams and a reporter
present said that they had not
heard about the meeting and sug-
gested alternate methods of ad-
vertising i.e., notice on the tele-
phone pole by the Post Office and
on the bulletin board at the I.G.A.
grocery store. It was also sug-
gested that fliers be made and
handed out to food stamp recipi-
ents. Another meeting will be
scheduled for February 25. A
class for correctional officers will
be held in Carrabelle if there is
sufficient interest. It was reported
that there are job opportunities
for correctional officers and cleri-
cal staff. At the present time in
both Gulf! and Wakulla counties.
Another prison is being planned
for Franklin County, a site at C67
and Lake Morality Road.
Continued on page 8


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The Franklin Chronicle 7 February 1997 Page 5


Ilse Newell Concert Series Brings Tallahassee Boys Choir to Franklin
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By Tom W. Hoffer
Franklin County, you are in for
another treat from the Ilse Newell
Concert Series. The Tallahassee
Boys' Choir will perform in Trin-
ity Church February 16th at. 4
p.m. Another shorter concert for
teachers, students, and parents
will start in the same location ear-
lier, at 2:45 p.m. These youth,
who sound like seasoned vocal
adults, have performed all over
the region from their home base
in Tallahassee. I am not going to
mince any words with this pre-
view: They are terrific.
I suspect with more than 60
voices up front, the audience will
probably be consumed by the
music, as if they are inside the
speaker-cones, but this will be a
most pleasant experience.
And, they are led by one fine hu-
man being, Earle Lee, Jr. from the
Florida State University (FSU)
School of Social Work.


The Choir, consisting of some 60
voices, is comprised of youngsters
mostly from single parent homes.
Started in September 1996, this
is an unusual group. Jan Pudlow,
writing in the November 26, 1996,
issue of the Tallahassee Demo-
crat, characterized the choir in
this manner: "...They're south-
side kids. Most don't have fathers
living at home. They've been called
"at risk" and "disadvantaged"
before...and they hate those la-
bels."
Choir members have described
themselves "talented young men,"
"hardworking," "gifted," "well-be-
haved," and "We're here to prove
everybody wrong-that if you go
to Rickards or Nims, you go to
some kind of hood school." Their
leader is Earie Lee, Jr. He has
found the perfect job to blend his
Bachelor's degree in music edu-
cation and Master's degree in so-
cial work from FSU. His leader-
ship of this choir inspires the boys
to do more than hang out after
school.


Lee is tough. One devoted young- do some meaningful prevention
ster said to Pudlow, "...The hard- work "instead of just picking up
est thing about joining this choir broken pieces" in the field of ju-
was learning the true meaning of venile issues. Making music was
brotherhood, togetherness, truth- te hook.


Earle Lee, Jr., organizer of the Tallahassee Boys' Choir, conduct
a rehearsal performance. The multi-panel photo above was tak
last week when the choir was rehearsing at Rickards High Schc
in Tallahassee.


fulness, and willingness."


Lee, in 1993 during an internship
at a South Carolina juvenile-de-
tention center, directed his first
choir, later called the Omega Boys'
Choir. Then, there were 75 voices
with criminal records ranging
from shoplifting to murder. He
later led a Columbia Boys' Choir
that performed in Tallahassee one
summer. A grant from the Jessie
Ball duPont Foundation helped
start the Tallahassee Boys' Choir,
led by Lee. He also teaches a class
at FSU in the School of Social
Work. Faculty member Jerry
O'Connor had an idea to give "at
risk" youngsters something to do
cts beside serving a term in "boot
:en camp." Along with strong support
ool from Dean Diane Montgomery
(School of Social Work), they en-
visioned the Tallahassee Boys'
Choir as a way for the School to


The Choir requires a small army
to help in logistics of transport-
ing, feeding, and sometimes bed-
ding over 60 boys of various ages,
from ages 7 to 17. Interns help
Lee with bookings, phoning, co-
ordinating uniforms, even hair-
cutting. There are three basic uni-
forms worn for various perfor-
mances. Sunday's appearance at
Trinity will require one change.
The group has also taken "sum-
mer tours" and this year they will
have several dates in the Wash-
ington, D.C., area and work their
way south through Virginia and
North and South Carolina.
Music on Sunday's program, Feb-
ruary 16th, will include "Some-
times I feel Like a Motherless
Child," "Deep River", "A Change
is Gonna Come," "It Don't Mean a
Thing," and sacred music.


Professional

Chili

Cookers to

Appear at

Cookoff
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chili cookers registered for the
15th Annual Competition on
March 1, 1997-ST. George
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Windsor, Conn.
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Fort Pierce, FL
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David Foote, Tom Ogletree
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John Floyd, Sammy Blucker
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Paul Lastowski
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Rocky's Buffalo Breath Chili
Rocky Rockwell
Springfield, VA
T.J.'s Double Dog Chili
John and Trish Meyer
Orlando, FL
Dragon's Breath Chili
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Columbus, OH
Cajun Chilios
Norman "Kojak" Melancon
Gonzales, LA
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Gonzales, LA
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John Knowals
Panama City, FL
Russell Parkway Bandits
David Brewer
Warner Robins, GA
Panhandle Parrot Head Chili
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Tallahassee, FL
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Fort Pierce, FL
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Georgia Road Kills Chili
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Bubba and Wife's Chili
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Crawfordville, FL
Greek Typhon Chili
Jimmy and Teresa Kalfas
Tallahassee, FL


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Franklin County Furnace
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Tallahassee, FL
Oyster Cove Mud Bug Chili
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St. George Is., FL
Anchor Vacation Prop. Chili
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St. George Is., FL
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Mark and Ana's Honeymoon
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Mark and Ana Drury
Longwood, FL
Dallas Chowboys Chili
George Mahr, Tommy Lewis
Dallas, TX
Tropical Heat Chili
James W. Wright
Orlando, FL
Whistle Stop Chili
Mike Vowell
Carrabelle, FL
Harry A's Saloon Hall Chili
Tina Putnal, G. Michael Cates
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"Feed the Firefighters"

a Success

By Kris Halstrom
Amidst an atmosphere of potted herb plants and placards describing
the history and uses of herbs, the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, their families and WINGS kids dined on homemade spaghetti
and meatballs at the Eastpoint firehouse on Thursday, January 30th.
Local youth involved in the Franklin County Public Library's WINGS
program hosted "Feed the Firefighters," an appreciation spaghetti
dinner honoring the volunteers who keep our community safe.
The food was prepared and served entirely by local youth from the
Eastpoint and Apalachicola WINGS sites. The young chefs used or-
ganically grown herbs to prepare the spaghetti sauce and meatballs;
the herbs were taken from plants the kids have been cultivating since
October. The dinner was one of many environmental projects the
WINGS program has been involved in over the past 6 months as part
of TeenSpeak Unplugged, a Learn and Serve enhancement grant
awarded to the library by the Florida Commission on Community
Service. The projects are structured to teach young people new skills
and ideas while involving them in community service activities.
Kids worked several days preparing the meal and planning the menu,
beginning with a cooking class taught by volunteer Dolly Sweet of
Carrabelle. Ms. Sweet believes in the value of teaching young people
to cook. "I think it's a very important life skill, especially with more
and more husbands and wives both working." She said it is impor-
tant to teach young men to share household duties. "It improves their
outlook and shows it's not just woman's work. Sharing in the kitchen
makes for a good relationship and if you can catch them young enough
it makes cooking enjoyable.
Eastpoint WINGS coordinator Jennifer Millender agreed and consid-
ered the event a success. 'The kids enjoyed creating a meal. Giving a
meal itself is a great thing. Doing it for the Fire Department was that
much better," she said. Millender also said that, after only the initial
cooking instructions, "they took over..."
The firefighters and their families gave the food high ratings for flavor
and abundance. Fire Chief Dink Turner said the food was delicious
and suggested more collaboration between the firefighters and WINGS
kids. "I enjoyed it," he said. He emphasized the importance of work-
ing with young people, saying the fire department enjoys "anything
with kids, period."
To start the evening, four young poets took the firehouse stage to
recite poems of gratitude they wrote for the occasion. Eastpoint resi-
dent Jada Chason, 10, compared the food to a firefighter's duties,
saying the spaghetti noodles were like the neighborhoods and houses,
the sauce like fire and the meatballs like the firefighters and their
trucks. Michael Pugh, 12, and Tanicia Pugh, 10, both from Apalachi-
cola, and Stephaney Provenzano, 10, of Eastpoint, also read poems.
After the meal, the entire congregation went outside for a demonstra-
tion of the trucks and equipment used in fighting fires. Firefighters
Tim Register, Tracey Shiver, and Freddie Kilgor dressed in full pro-
tective fire suits and helmets for the kids. Chief Turner noted how
expensive the suits were and how fortunate Eastpoint is to have a
Fire Department equipped with them.
The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department currently has 19 members
serving the community of Eastpoint and sometimes nearby commu-
nities. Chief Turner, a 14-year veteran of the department, explained
that firefighters go through.intensive training in order to become full
members. All firefighters are trained in such skills as fighting forest
fires, emergency vehicle driving, search and rescue, handling haz-
ardous materials, and a 40-hour state certification course. Four
firefighters have completed an advanced training course offered
through Lively Technical School. All firefighters remain on call 24
hours each day, and are equipped with beepers to receive such a call.
Chief Turner said the department is trained to respond to a call any-
where in Eastpoint in 6 minutes.
The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department's budget comes primarily
from a small tax placed on property owners in Eastpoint, but fund-
raisers are an important supplement.. Chief Turner said the depart-
ment is looking into hosting a major annual fundraising event, simi-
lar to the St. George Island Chili Cook-off, and he welcomed anyone
in the community with ideas or suggestions to come forward.
As for the young people who hosted the spaghetti feast, more com-
munity service events are being planned. "We'd like to see the WINGS
program continue to work on environmental issues," said Franklin
County Public Library Director Eileen Annie. The FCCS grant came
to a close on January 31, but Ms. Annie said beach clean-ups and
recycling efforts are ongoing. The WINGS program has adopted the
beach around the Cat Point area of Eastpoint. Painted recycling cans
have been finished and will soon be placed in visible areas through-
out the county.


Community feedback from page 1


posed recreational items included
funding for shuffleboards, horse
shoe pits, and tennis courts.
Carrabelle Recreation Committee
Chairperson David Butler re-
quests that community members
provide their thoughts as to what'
recreational items they feel are


most important to them and how
the allocated $6,600 can best be
spent. Mr. Butler requests that
residents either call him with their
comments at 697-3183 (after 8:00
pm) or attend the next Carrabelle
Recreation Committee on Febru-
ary 18 at 7:00 p.m.


Trip to Paper Mll, From Page 3
A tour at the mill begins with a signing a liability release form, and
the distribution of hard hats, safety glasses and ear plugs. My video
camera was not allowed, which made me wonder what kind of top
secrets we would learn. To take a tour of the mill, you must be over
12 years of age, and they suggest wearing long pants and shoes that
can be dirtied.
The plant is a dirty, loud, stinky place that is not for the weak. A sign
at the front gate reads, "500,000 Safe Hours", a reminder of possible
dangers. To take a tour for an hour drove some in our group to near
insanity. One high school student was escorted outdoors half-way
through the tour. She said she felt nauseous and irritated. To see
these working conditions gives me a new respect for anyone who works
in such an environment.
Ajob at the mill is one of the highest paying, most stable in this area.
I As our group found out, a job at the mill could mean many things.
Some workers operate huge, heavy machines, while others work in
laboratories testing pulp and water samples. Some test paper strength
when the whole process is complete; some people work in an office.
Our tour guide said he spends his day walking at least 5 to 10 miles,
going from one end of the plant to the next. He checks chemical ship-
ments, transports necessary components, and troubleshoots all over
the plant.
The subject of responsible environmental practices crept into the pre-
sentation, as the guide explained each phase of paper production.
Several times throughout the tour, our guide mentioned environmen-
tal regulations that bound the mill to certain practices. For example,
the mill is not allowed to dump its wastewater directly into the bay.
So, the wastewater goes into nearby ditches, then flows into the bay.
The paper mill stands as an inescapable reminder to all of us in this
area of the complex relationship between economics and the environ-
ment. The amount of energy and resources needed to produce paper
is overwhelming, and the notorious smell offers just a small clue as
to.the impact the waste energy makes on our local environment. The
tour exposed our group to the power and scale of a modern industrial
plant. We learned what other living things, trees and people, have to
go through.
The tour was arranged as part of an environmental Learn and Serve
grant awarded to the Franklin County Public Library by the Florida
Commission on Community Service. Over the course of the past 6
months, local young people have participated in a variety of environ-
mental activities, including beach lean-ups, recycling efforts, and
organic gardening.
Kris Halstrom is coordinator of TeenSpeak Unplugged.


Reflections on a Trip to the Paper Mill, Other
Views
By Toni Turner
The paper mill was very boring. They did not show us anything that
was interesting at all, so I don't want to ever go back there again.
Unless they, for one, don't make us wear helmets and glasses. And,
if they promise to show us more of the interesting things that we
know they have there, like the saw mill and the bleach room. I think
the only part that was at all interesting was the computer room. The
room was very large and the computers blew me away. The only
reason I would work there is to be in the computer room. And that is
how I feel about that stinking place.,
Toni Turner; 15, is a student at Carrabelle High School and a teen aid
at the Eastpoint site of the WINGS program.


The Fabulous Paper Mill Trip
By Tiffany Shiver
My trip to the Florida Coast Paper Mill was ironically the worst trip of
my short life. At first I though it would be nice to go to a place I've
never been before, but I soon knew what I was wrong. After gearing
up in our fashionable helmets, earplugs, and goggles, we walked
through those smelly gates, greeted by large tanks of mystery and the
worst smell I thought I'd consume. Soon after, I had to get out of that
place. The people who worked there said, "If you work here long
enough then you get used to the smell." I ran away from the suppos-
edly "safe" pollution and the foul smell I could gag on!
Tiffany Shiver, 16, is a student at Apalachicola High School and teen
aidfor the TeenSpeak Unplugged program.

Reflections

on a Trip

By Jennifer Millender .
The trip to the paper mill not only
gave the children an opportunity A
to see how paper is made, but also wE
allowed them to see who actually d
takes part in the process. Whether ir
it's a chemical engineer or some- R ene j
one who works for a logging com- Top ing
pany, this field trip gave the Top ln
WINGS children an insight into a J u
different career field offered lo- Associate o
call. It was a very positive expe- CARRABELLE REALTY e
rience. CARRABELLE REALTY
(the name says it all)
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tor at the Eastpoint site of the Office (904) 69'
WINGS Program.


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Enjoying Fantastic Success



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Coordinator Donna Messer with some of the many students
attending the WINGS Program at the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library.


Carrabelle resident Donna Messer
has become the pied-piper of the'
local library-based WINGS pro-
gram since being hired as coordi-
nator for the program in late De-
cember. As the new coordinator,
Ms. Messer has been able to at-
tract between 20 and 30 kids to
the program on a regular basis.
"I've always wanted to work with
kids," said Ms. Messer. Working
with kids, however, has been a
life-long activity for Ms. Messer.
She has previously volunteered
with the Carrabelle Youth League.
In addition, Ms. Messer has vol-
unteered as a coach in Wakulla
County for a t-ball and baseball
team. Through her church,
Messer has also been involved
in a variety of youth program
activities.
Through Tallahassee Community
College, Ms. Messer noted that
she has also gained much insight
from classes in Adolescent Devel-
opment, Elementary Education
and Child Psychology. "I've
learned to expect the unex-
pected," offered Messer. She con-
tinued, "you should never think
you know what a child might say
or might do...because you don't."
Of her short range goals, Ms.
Messer said that she plans to keep
children interested and steadily
attending the youth program. "I
want to keep them active and en-
joying the program," said Messer,
"so far they've been enjoying it."
Ms. Messer said that one of her
long range goals was to have a
solid group of students who con-
sistently attended the program.


She further noted that she hoped
that academic studies would.be-
come one of the focal points of the
program. The program, noted
Messer, would remain enjoyable
though educational. In the next
month, she hoped to have the
children participate in a spelling
bee. "The kids seem to love to
compete," Messer stated. She said
that the contests would vary from
subject to subject. "Given that
every child is different, some
might not be good at spelling but
better at history, every one will.be
able to develop their strong point."
All participants, said Messer, will
receive a prize for efforts.
"The WINGS program," offered
Messer, "is a positive gathering for
the kids. Just for them...to have
a sense of belonging." To those
reluctant program participants,
Ms. Messer encourages the youth
to "come give us a try." She con-
tinued, "You won't know until you
try...So far, the kids who have
come once have come twice and
that has made me feel good."
The WINGS program provides
educational, cultural and recre-
ational activities to children be-
tween the ages of 10 and 17. The
program is available to the chil-
dren on Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays from 2:30 to 5:00
p.m. On Saturdays, the program
is offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. For more information about
the WINGS program, please con-
tact Ms. Donna Messer at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Frank-
lin County Public Library: 697-
2366.


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Roehr, Jane Robinson, Karen
Smith, and Nan Collins were given
the difficult task of judging the
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wear, evening attire, and their
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son read a poem about "Joy."
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involving song, dance, and a small
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tained the message "Vote For Me-
I'm the Best." Chris "Christina
Leana" Hankins performed a
nearly perpetual piano number by
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Presnell belted out a bluesy num-
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During the question and answer
session, the following contestants ,
told of their career aspirations.
Roxanne confessed of a lifelong -
desire to be an NFL Cheerleader.


Classy Kendall noted that, in a
possible effort to influence the
judges, her dream was to be a
beauty queen. Eda insisted that
she wanted to be a rock and roll
star. Christina Leana admitted
that her'career aspiration was to
drive a gasoline truck.
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competition, Coach Greg "Eda"
Presnell was crowned queen of the
pageant. "Classy Kendra" Wade
was awarded top honors for her
talent. "Daisy Mae" Cone took
home the top ranking for her
evening attire. "Christina Leana"
Hankins and "Roxanne" Jackson
split the top honors for their
choice of sports wear. All contes-
tants received a bouquet of flow-
ers made of cauliflower, carrots,
and celery. Each of the judges
received an apple.
Master of Ceremonies Lynn
Hankins commended all partici-
pants for their gallant efforts in
the contest. "It was a lot of fun,"
she later noted, "the back room
talk was really cute. I got a kick
out of it...and the crowd really
seemed to enjoy themselvess"
Ms. Hankins noted that the event
generated $300 in ticket sales.
The funds, she said, will go toward
Project Grad Nite for the gradu-
ating senior class. The event was
coordinated by the Graduation
Committee. The event's sponsors
included Becky Jackson, Louise
Cone, Candy Griffith, and Mary
Joe Householder. Ms. Hankins
thanked the following local busi-
.nesses for their contributions to
the event: The Shrimp House,
Pat's Place, and Harry's Georgian
Restaurant.


Two members of the Sea Oats Garden Club, Carol
Vandergrift and Clare Viles, pause to reflect on the words
that were spoken in memory.of a member, Gudrun (Goodie)
Akers, whose life was celebrated by fellow members by the
planting of a Bartlett pear tree at the small park opposite
Burda's Drug Store. Ms. Viles had just finished reading a
moving memorial written by Ms. Vandergrift.


(From Left to Right) Carrabelle High School Instructor Pam
Schaffer with Sea Oats Garden Club Co-Chairpersons Diane Halyak
and Jane Quist.


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South Region Award program.
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Sea Oats Garden Club was se-
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Ceremony

Held in

Anticipation

of Historic

Renovation

Project

City officials and local dignitaries
joined with the Rex Partington
Family on January 28 for a
ground breaking ceremony in an-
ticipation of the renovation of the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola.
Project owner Rex Partington de-
clared at the January 28 cer-
emony that the renovation project
would take between 6 and 8
months. He anticipated that the
first production would begin in
late autumn 1997 or early spring
1998. Mr. Partington thanked the
City of Apalachicola, Gulf State
Bank, and various historic and
cultural organizations for their
support "in occasional moments
of despair."
Mayor Bobby Howell praised the'
Partington family for their efforts
to add a cultural climate to the
community. '"This theater was an
important part of our growing up,"
Howell said. He further noted that
one of his first jobs was at the
eater. While working at the the-
ater, Howell insisted that he sold
more popcorn than even Apalachi-
cola Times Manager John Lee.
The Dixie Theatre was originally
constructed in 1912 and provided
live entertainment as well as mo-
tion pictures to the community
until 1967. According to a list of
plans provided by the Partington
Family, the theater will be used


In other problems involving Fran-
klin and Gulf, Ann McDonald,
Gulf Coast Community College,
and Franklin/Gulf J.T.P.A., an-
nounced that she will be moving
into Children and Families office
at 201 Monument Avenue in St.
Joe. John Herndon said that
down-sizing at the St. Joe Tele-
phone company and the paper
mill had caused the loss of 57jobs
in the two counties.


In other business the group voted
to ask any person on the board
who misses three meetings in a
row or three within any 6-month
period to resign from the board.
Kim Shoemaker was authorized
to sign for several up-coming
grants on behalf of the group.
Rohert Swenk reported on the last
meeting of the One-Stop commit-
tee.


Breaking Ground in Apalachicola


INNTFEC


... : 5
Mayor Bobby Howell provides
an opening statement at the
Groundbreaking Ceremony in
anticipation of the construction
of the Dixie Theatre in
Apalachicola.

for live stage performances, con-
certs, recitals, motion pictures,
dances, cabarets, banquets,
meetings, and convention-type
gatherings.
According to reconstruction
plans, the theater will be 49 feet
wide, 90 feet long, and 31 feet
high. It will contain an auditorium
with a balcony and a proscenium
arch stage with a 30-foot open-
ing. The seating capacity for the
theater will be 340. in addition,
the building will include the
theater's box office, restrooms,
and a 12-foot by 14-foot rental
space. In addition, a 900-square-
foot apartment will occupy the
second floor.


(From Left to Right) J. Patrick Howard, Rex Partington, Cleo
Partington, Dixie Partington, Mayor Bobby Howell, Betty Taylor-
Webb, Cliff Butler and George Chapel.


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