Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: April 4, 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
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franklin chronicle


Volume 6, Number 7


April 4 -17, 1997

Update on the County


Easter sunrise, St. George Island, 1997.

County Hearing

for Resort Village

Land-Use Change

Set for April 15

Franklin County's Board of
County Commissioners has es-
tablished a hearing date for a
land-use change to their Compre-
hensive Plan involving the Resort
Village Project, Tuesday after-
noon, April 15, 1997, at 1:30 p.m.
This follows a busy month in
March, when the Revised Tenth
Amendment to the 1977 Develop-
ment Order Granting Approval of
Specific Development Plans for
Resort Village, Phase I, was filed
on March 4, 1997.
The revised 10th Amendment was
the result of negotiations between
Franklin County, Resort Village
and the Department of Commu-
nity Affairs (DCA) concerning
DCA's appeal to an earlier land-
use plan previously approved by
Franklin County, but later found
to not be in compliance with the
County's Comprehensive Plan.
DCA filed their lawsuit in late
1996, and only recently approved
an agreement with Franklin
County and Resort Village regard-
ing certain aspects of the Phase I
plan involving wastewater treat-
ment. The Revised Amendment
No. 10 includes "...no more than
5 acres of subsurface absorption
beds to be constructed adjacent
to the Subject Property (Resort
Village)..." A number of additional
items are included in the revised
amendment including temporary
aerobic systems, monitoring stan-
dards, vegetation, water supply,
stormwater, hurricane evacua-
tion, wetlands, annual report and
expiration dates.
The issue of these subsurface
absorption beds was involved in
the litigation with the Plantation
Owners Association (POA), Resort
Village and Franklin County when
Franklin County adopted an or-

dinance (96-22) that changed the
land use from residential to com-
mercial for 9.6 acres of Phase I.

The POA sued the county alleg-
ing that the amendment did not
include all of the lands needed for
infrastructure, and was therefore
"not in compliance" with the com-
pr he si'. i plan. The Administra-
tion Commission (Governor and
Cabinet) reviewing the recom-
mended order from the adminis-
trative lawjudge declined to adopt
any sanctions against the
county's earlier action, noting that
the County had already taken
appropriate action to rescind the
comprehensive plan. This Final
Order was dated March 26, 1997.
A day later, the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council (ARPC)
on March 27, 1997, concluded
that the amendment as revised
did not create a reasonable likeli-
hood of additional regional impact
or any type of regional impact not
previously reviewed by the Coun-
cil, such as to constitute a sub-
stantial deviation.
Within 3 days of this ARPC rec-
ommendation, Franklin County
citizen and homeowner in the
Plantation, St. George Island, Dr.
Tom Adams, filed against Frank-
lin County a Verified Complaint
seeking an injunction and other
relief based on the filing of the
Revised Amendment No. 10 to the
1977 DRI.
In the meantime, the land-use
change, now formulated to satisfy
the problems with the
subabsorption beds, will be heard
on April 15, 1997, and if approved
by the County Commissioners,
the document will be transmitted
for review by the DCA for about
60 days. Thence, according to
Alan Pearce, the review will be
returned by DCA to Franklin
County for adoption of the re-zon-
ing. There could be appeals to
complicate the process.

Drama Club to Present "Alice in Wonderland"
The Carrabelle High School Drama Club will perform the classic story
of "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll on April 24 and 25 at 6:30
p.m. at the Carrabelle High School.
Over 20 thespians, young and old, will be featured in this two act
performance. Director Melanie Humble said that the drama club
members and participants have been rehearsing for nearly a year on
the performance. Costumes for the performance, she said, were pro-
vided by Sail High School. Residents Jully Hampton and Eugenia
Butler have also assisted Ms. Humble with the rehearsals.
Cast members for the performance include:
* Valerie Hampton as Alice
* Adrienne Pay as the White Rabbit
* Therese Fulsom as the Cheshire Cat
* Ashlyn Mitchell as the Queen of Hearts
* Lynn Hankins as the Caterpillar

Centennial Health Care Vice-
President Michael Lake provided
an update to the Franklin Count'
Commission on April 1 on the
S state of George E. \Veems Memo-
S. ehnal Hospital
S i Mr. Lake said that Prloident led-

"Franklin County rTeceived a cer i

Provident Files foration e

SVolunt the R bankruptcy an
ith $he pre2,935794 of Debt

Franklin C"Franty Takes Third Place in Line with
Claim of $238,000i
Provident Medical Corpora ton of Apalachicola and Provident Medical
Corporation, two separate corporate bodies hae fled oluntahe r bankEMS."
ruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern Distrct ol'Flonda
(Tallahassee Division) on March 24, 1997. Provident Medical Corpo-
ration is a holding company. Both corporations have listed $1,664,677
in assets and $2,935,794 in liabilities. Both list 300 shares of com-
mon stock with one holder.
The Apalachicola corporation has the following "top 20" creditors with
the amounts indicated:

Gulf Pines Hospital
Provident Medical Corp.
Franklin County
Marquis Center
Agency for Healtheare Administration
Marquis Management
Allied Pharmacy (Irving, TX)
Price Waterhouse
Laboratory Corp. of America (Burlington, NC)
Bay Medical (Panama City)
Florida Unemployment Comp. Fund
Mutual Group Employee Benefits
(Milwaukee, WI)
Allegiance Healthcare) (Albuquerque, NM)
MacFarlane, Ausley, Ferguson and
McCullen (Tallahassee)
Lowndes, Drosdick, Dester, Kantor
and Reed (Orlando, FL)
Florida Workers Comp
Federal Unemployment Tax, Dept. of Treasury
Maurice Ramerez
Beckman Instruments (Fulerton, CA)
ProData Systems (Mobile, AL)

$ 67,763.00
$ 67,370.00
$ 32,706.00
$ 31,835.00
$ 26,160.00
$ 23,527.00
$ 22,262.00
$ 15,888.00
$ 13,435.00
$ 13,364.00
$ 12,379.00
$ 11,065.00
$ 10,086.00
$ 9,106.00

All claims against Provident Medical Corp. of Apalachicola, Inc., are
fixed and liquidated.
The listing of creditors for the holding company is identical to the
Apalachicola Corporation except the petition for the Apalachicola Corp.
also contained "additional names" including Emerald Coast Emer-
gency Medical Services, Emerald Coast Hospital, Gulf View Medical
Center (newly opened on St. George Island), Marquis Home Health
Care and River View Medical Center.
Judge Lewis M. Killian has ordered.Provident Medical to file all past
due deliquent federal or state tax return or reports within 30 -0days
from 26 March 1997, and social security taxes, withholding taxes
and exise taxes due by the debtor. The corporations may continue to
conduct business and manage their property as debtor-in-posses-
sion. New books of account must be established after March 26, 1997
and the old ones closed. All creditors and other parties are also en-
joined from pursuing their claims until the final decree or further
order of the Bankruptcy Court.
A meeting of creditors is scheduled for May 5, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. 1st
Floor, U. S. Trustee Hearing Room (room 1046) in Tallahassee, FL,
227 North Bronough Street.

* Ellen Keith as the Cook
* Andrew Butler as the Footman and the Knave
* Harmony Martin as the Duchess and as Tweedledum
* Christopher Massey as Humpty Dumpty and as the Gryphon
* Lizzie Butler as one of the Rose Violets
* Shawna Alger as one of the Rose Violets, one of the Gardeners and
as the Turtle
Christol Booth as one of the Rose Violets
Stormy Strange as one of the Rose Violets
Kayla Brown as one of the Rose Violets and as one of the Heart
Diane Sanders as the Mad Hatter
SMelissa Jochim as the March Hare and as one of the Gardeners
Brenne Mitchell as the Door Mouse
Josh Davis as one of the Soldiers and as the Executioner
Miranda Riley as the First Lady
Jason Rudd as Tweedledee
Lamar Mitchell as the King of Hearts
Elizabeth Eller as one of the Heart Children
Jennifer Hankins as one of the Soldiers
Admission price for the April 24 performance will be $3. Admission
for the April 25 performance, which will be a Dinner Theatre, will be
$6. A spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad, desert and tea will be
served at the April 25 Dinner Theatre.

Lake inrlormrel ti-hei- board that
Hamilton C:,iuntrV and Ba\ Medi-
cal C r':porat.'rn ha'.ri eIach agreed
to loan one i oftheir ambulances
to Center-nnial He-ialh .Care. He
further noted that C-entennial
Health Care had already\ submit-
ted a grant applicatioIn l'r two ne\.'
ambulances He said that the
State had already' assured the
corporation that its request would
be approved. "It may take 60 to
90 days to have IUhll fLinded." he
Lake noted that an ambulance
manufacturer from Winter Park
had agreed to submit a bid for the
ambulances. The manufacturer,
he said, planned to speak with a
state representative on the mat-
ter of the grant application. Lake
said that, if the manufacturer re-
ceives information from the rep-
resentative that the grant will be
approved, he will immediately
provide the county with the two
ambulances upon approval by the
Franklin County Commission.
Lake explained, "we can have two
new ambulances in county in 14
'days 'and he will wait- on the
Provident Medical Corporation
also offered to sell two of their
ambulances to Centennial Health
Care, said Lake. However, he said
that his corporation declined the
offer due to the excessive mileage
on the vehicles in question.
At present, Lake said that 44 pa-
tients have been admitted to the
George E. Weems Memorial Hos-
pital since March 14. He said that
the hospital has received 14 "23
hour observation cases," 86 pa-
tients have received out-patient
services, and 147 patients have
visited the Emergency Room in
that time, said Lake. "We've re-
ceived a lot of support from the,
community," said Lake, "and
we've also received tremendous
support from the medical commu-
Mr. Lake further informed the
board that Dr. Photis Nichols had
agreed to serve as Chief of Medi-
cal Staff for the hospital at a re-
cent medical staff meeting. Dr.
Nancy Chorba and Dr. Scott
Smith, said Lake, also agreed to
serve on the executive committee.
He also noted that Dr. Chorba and
Dr. Maurice Ramirez agreed to
serve on the "credentialing" com-

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Wooten to


from CHS

The Franklin County School
Board accepted the resignation
submitted by Carrabelle High
School Principal Clayton Wooten
during the board's March 25 spe-
cial meeting. In his letter of resig-
nation, Wooten indicated that he
would continue his work at
Carrabelle High School until the
end of his contract period on June
30, 1997.
In his February 17 letter of resig-
nation, Wooten noted, "I appreci-
ate the opportunity to work in the
Franklin County District and I
hope that I have been a positive
influence on education at
Carrabelle High School."
Board member Willie Speed
praised Principal Wooten for his
work at Carrabelle High School.
"I think he has done an outstand-
ingjob as principal," said Speed.
He said, however, that it was im-
portant to a school's educational
program to maintain a long-term
commitment from a principal.
Speed said that it was impossible
to enact a good program in a pe-
riod of less than 4 to 5 years. "We
need some stability," Speed
added, "we change too regularly."
Board member Katie McKnight
also commented that much
progress was made at Carrabelle
High School during Principal
Wooten's term. McKnight said
that she had observed much im-
provement to the halls and
grounds at the school.

According to Superintendent
Brenda Galloway, the district will
advertise for a new principal at
Carrabelle High School within the
next two weeks.





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Published every other Friday

Franklin Briefs

Notes from the April 1 Franklin
County Commission Meeting
*Due to objections from the De-
partment of Community Affairs,
the board unanimously agreed to
rescind a previously approved
land-use change request from
Donnie Wilson for 58 acres of
property located on Blounts Bay.
The property will revert to Agri-
cultural from Residential zoning.
County Planner Alan Pierce
pointed out that the land was not
owned by Mr. Wilson. "He never
bought it." noted Pierce. He said
that the property in question was
owned by Marian Chason. Pierce
said that the property would prob-
ably end up being purchased by
the State of Florida. "They did not
buy this parcel once before," said
Pierce, "but they may now end up
looking at it again." He pointed
out that the state owned all of the
property that surrounded the 58
acres in question.
*At the request of Commissioner
Clarence Williams, the board
agreed to write a letter of appre-
ciation to State Representative
JaneGale Boyd for her work in
helping to keep the county hospi-
tal open.
*The board unanimously agreed
to designate Commissioner
Clarence Williams as the board's
representative to the Franklin
County Juvenile Justice Council.
*The board agreed to accept a bid
from Tindell Construction to con-
struct t-hangars for the munici-
pal airport for $158,000.
*The board unanimously agreed
to adopt a revised contract to col-
lect solid waste in unincorporated
areas. The revised contract now
includes a detailed procedure to
resolve complaints from the cus-
*The board agreed to sign a re-
vised contract with Waste Man-
agement from Panama City that
will allow the corporation to col-
lect waste in unincorporated ar-
eas. Commissioner Bevin Pptnal
noted, "let's give everyone an
equal chance." Solid Waste Direc-
tor Van Johnson added, "by bring-
ing in competition, you'll open up
the market and it will drive that
garbage rate down."
*The board agreed to sign a pur-
chase agreement with Strategic
Materials corporation out of Jack-
sonville for a 18 months. Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson said
that the company would agree to
purchase crushed glass from the
local recycling program at a rate

County to


Request for




Resident Scott Shiver with the
Franklin County Youth Action
Committee requested that mem-
bers of the Franklin County Com-
mission consider a proposed plan
to construct a non-profit skating
rink on Highway 65 during the
board's regular April 1 meeting.
The proposed project, said Shiver,
could be constructed with the as-
sistance of Tropical Storm Alberto
federal grant funding. He ac-
knowledged that the grant fund-
ing was supposed to be used to
generate additional jobs in the
county. Shiver told commission-
ers, however, that the proposed
skating rink could generate at
least 13 jobs.
Shiver said that the proposed
project would be composed of a
skating rink and a skateboard
park. The proposed skateboard
park, he said, would be sur-
rounded by a fence. Shiver told
board members that the fence
would help deter the kids from
using the facility when it was not
open. He also said that protective
equipment such as elbow and
knee pads could also be rented at
the facility. "We could put the li-
ability [insurance] way down," he
As a non-profit business. Shiver
felt that the facility could pay its
own liability insurance. "This fa-
cility would basically support it-
self financially." said Shiver. He
continued, "in the future, as the
profits do climb, it could go into a
fund which would be called a rec-
reational fund for the county." Mr.
Shiver said that such funding
could be allocated to different rec-

rational projects throughout the
Mr. Shiver then presented a
sketch plan of the proposed
project to the board. He informed
board members that several con-
tractors had agreed to donate
their time to the effort in order to
make the skating rink a reality.
"We should look farther into the
future than just tomorrow." he
Mr. Shiver informed board mem-
bers that a new group was re-
cently formed to address recre-
ational concerns in the county.
The group. he said, was called the
Franklin County Youth Action

of $33 per ton for the clear glass,
$28 per ton for the brown glass
and $4 per ton for the green glass.
*Resident Bonnie Segree ques-
tioned whether speed bumps
could be placed in front of her
home to deter individuals from
drag racing in that location.
Chairperson Williams stated that
speed bumps would cause more
problems in the matter. He said
that the county could be held li-
able if an accident resulted from
those bumps. Ms. Segree then
requested that Superintendent of
Public Works Prentice Crum not
repair any potholes that he may
find in front of her home. "If you
find a pothole in front of my
home," she said, "just leave it."
*The board agreed to use
.$200,000 from a Community De-
velopment Block Grant (the Tropi-
cal Storm Alberto Fund) to pave
the C.C. Land Road in Eastpoint.
Resident Deedre Golden informed
commissioners that she lived near
the road in question. She further
indicated that her home was lo-
cated next to a very sharp curve
that posed a danger to those driv-
ing on the road as well as those
living in that vicinity. "When you
pave it," said Golden. "you're
gonna have a lot more traffic." She
told board members that she has
been nearly hit by vehicles that
have moved too quickly around
the shapp curve as she stood in
her driveway. "Something has got
to be done." she said, "because it's
gonna be unsafe for us to even be
in our driveway. When they try to
come around the curve at 60
miles per hour, they do not make
it. They either hit the ball park or
they're gonna hit my driveway."
Sheriff Bruce Varnes suggested
that a four-way stop sign be used
to help in the matter. County
Planner Alan Pierce said that such
signs were used when traffic was
equal in all four directions. "When
you have .predominate traffic in
one way," said Pierce, "then you're
not supposed to use a four way
stop sign. We need to use them in
accordance with the uniform
standard of traffic." County En-
gineer Joe Hamilton added, "you
don't use stop signs for speed con-
trol. Since they're regulatory, they
have to meet certain warrants."
Mr. Pierce agreed to look into the
*The board agreed to request that
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation construct a catwalk on
the new bridge on St. George Is-
land to allow individuals to fish
from the location.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
argued against the decision to
have the old bridge left standing
and used as a fishing location.
"We'll assume the maintenance
and all of the liability," said
Hamilton. He continued, "if they
leave it in place, that old bridge

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Scott Shiver
Committee. "I'd like for you to re-
member that name," said Shiver,
"because we hope it will be a grow-
ing thing in our community."
Shiver, who spoke on behalf of,
Linda Kelley, stated that he was
the newly elected president of the
youth action committee.
Mr. Shiver then read a poem to
the commissioners that was writ-
ten by Ms. Kelley. "It's a gamble
that we take," the poem explained,
"when we decide to have a child."
He continued, "you give your life
to keep him safe...you want to
keep him on a shelf. Instead, they
grow and turn into these indepen-
dent things...I think most call
them teenagers. Some call them
other things like monsters and
juveniles." Shiver concluded,
"please help us, Lord, to realize
that there are things that we can
do as a community in Eastpoint,
Apalach and Carrabelle, too.
We've got to pull together to bring
their lives back into a community
who cares."
"This is something that I hope
most parents don't have to real-
ize and go through what Linda

will continue to deteriorate and
require maintenance. And the
maintenance cost will be quite
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
noted, "if we can get them [Florida
DOT] to build a catwalk and do
away with that bridge, we'd be
better off." He said that the old
bridge would be a navigation haz-
ard to the boats that pass
Hamilton said that the new bridge
would span approximately 90 feet.
The old bridge, he said, spanned
approximately 40 to 50 feet. "It re-
ally would become a hazard to
navigation." he offered.
*The board agreed to post "No
Thru Truck" signs on South
Bayshore Drive. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer informed the
board that he had received a pe-
tition from property owners who
live on South Bayshore Drive to
have trucks prohibited from driv-
ing on the noted road.
*County Planner Alan Pierce said
that County Building Inspector
Roscoe Carroll had stopped sev-
eral people on Alligator Point from
removing sand from the county
stockpile. He said that the people
claimed that they did not realize
the sand was needed for emer-
gency purposes. "It's been down
there so long that people think it's
theirs," said Pierce. He questioned
whether the board wanted to post
a sign indicating that people
should not take the material.
Pierce also questioned whether he
should contact the taxpayers as-
sociation to help advise the people
to leave the sand alone. Chairper-
son William commented that the
county may have to resort to pros-
ecuting those who took the-
county's stockpile material.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs had
several objections to a proposed
golf course that Jim Sullivan
planned to construct. He said that
the transmittal of the proposed
project should be rescinded be-
cause it will need so much revi-
sion. Pierce recommended that
the board direct Sullivan to start
anew on the development plans.
The board agreed to contact Mr.
Sullivan have the matter placed
on the agenda at the next com-
mission meeting.
*The board agreed to hold a pub-
lic hearing on April 15 at 1:30
p.m. in order to consider a land
use change on the Resort Village
property. "I have proposed a cat-
egory," noted County Planner
Alan Pierce, "and it appears that,
the board wants to apply that cat-
egory to the entire 58 acres."
*The board agreed to approve
seven bids with the SHIP Pro-
gram. "We did not allow anyone
who created problems for our curi (

(Kelley) has had to go through;
with the loss of her son," said
Shiver. He continued, "through
this, it's spawned something in
our community. This is what
drove us to create this organiza-
Mr. Shiver directed the board's
attention to a message that ap-.
peared on several of the t-shirts
worn by members of the youth,
action committee. The message,
Shiver stated, was "Shining;
Light." He continued, "that's what
we hope to become in our com-
munity," he said, "and this is what
we hope to teach our teenagers to
become." Shiver told board mem--
bers that the youth members in'
the organization were the "Shin-:
.ing Lights" and- the adults were,
the "Guiding Lights."
"I realize that this was something'
kind of thrown at you awfully
hard and fast," Shiver concluded,
"but this is something that is fea-
sible. It can work...we need to
address the .teenagers. And this
is one way that we could bring our,
teenagers off the streets at night,
put them in a safe environment
and maybe keep some of them out
of trouble."
The board then directed County
Planner Alan Pierce to review the
guidelines of the Tropical Storm
Alberto grant funding. Mr. Pierce
said that he would need an esti-
mate in regard to the construc-
tion cost of the skating rink. How-
ever, he did point out that the
county had very little leeway when
it came to the federal guidelines
for grant funding.
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rent bid program to bid on these,"
said Alan Pierce, "these are only
the good guys left." Resident
Bernice Weaver complained that
the roof of her home still leaked
after a contractor with the SHIP
Program had worked on her resi-
*At the recommendation of Sher-
iff Bruce Varnes, the board ap-
proved an agreement with Dr.
Photis Nichols to provide medical
services to the county inmates.
Sheriff Varnes informed board
members that Dr. Nichols will
charge $75 per visit to the jail.
Varnes said that there was no
limit on the amount of inmates
that Dr. Nichols would agree to
treat per visit. In addition, Dr.
Nichols will charge $40 per in-
mate for an office visit to his clinic
in Apalachicola.
The board also agreed to accept
an inmate medical service con-
tract with George E. Weems Me-
morial Hospital following further
negotiation on the matter. Sheriff
Varnes informed the board that
Michael Lake with Centennial
Health Care had agreed to a 30
percent discount on all in-patient
services. Varnes said that the pre-
vious contract only offered a 20
percent discount on such ser-
*The board agreed to draft a let-
ter requesting that the Florida
Highway Patrol station in
Eastpoint be re-opened. Sheriff
Varnes said that he had written
state representatives and sena-
tors on the matter. "We have a lot
of traffic problems in the county,"
said Varnes, "Franklin County is
growing." He continued, "if we
can't open it for 24 hours, maybe
we can open it for 12 or 15 hours."

County to Find
Out Where the
Cities Stand on
Local Option
Gas Tax

The Franklin County Commission
agreed at their regular April 1
meeting to send out interlocal
agreements to the cities of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle to
determine whether they would
support a proposed local option
gas tax.
"I think we all know the conditions
of the roads in Franklin County,"
announced Raymond Williams,
Chairperson. He continued, "we
know that we are basically out of
funds for any paving projects."
Chairperson Williams informed
board members that they would
have the option to determine the
particular amount of the tax. He
said that the gas tax could be be-
tween 1 and 6 cents. He said that,
with a 1 cent tax, the county
would receive approximately
$58,000. "Up to 6 cents," Williams
continued, "would yield approxi-
mately $300,000."







District Finance Officer John
Rieman informed members of the
Franklin County School Board
during a March 25 workshop that
some tough decisions may have
to be made in the upcoming year
concerning the district's budget.
Rieman pointed out that the
district's weighted Full Time
Equivalencies had decreased sig-
nificantly in the past year. How-
ever, he noted that those salaries
and benefits offered by the district
have steadily increased in the past
two years. In regard to the present
financial situation, Rieman felt
that board members may have to
consider severe reductions in the
District's staff.
Rieman instructed board mem-
bers to remain mindful of the ben-
efits offered by the school district.
In terms of expense, Rieman said
that the health insurance plan
offered by the district was the
fourth highest in the State of
Florida. He said that the life in-
surance plan that the district of-
fered was the third most expen-
sive plan in the state. "We're 42
percent higher than our nearest
neighbor," said Rieman.

To adopt such a tax, the county
must submit the proposal to the
State of Florida by the month of
June. Chairperson Williams said
that the county would have to
advertise its intention to adopt a
gas tax. and later hold a public
hearing on the matter.
If the cities do ndt support the gas
tax, Chairperson. Williams sug-
gested that these municipalities
be required to pave their own
roads. "There is another possibil-
ity," said Williams, "and I think it
ought to be discussed in an open
forum." He continued, "we need
to move forward with whatever
we're gonna do as a board.".
Attorney'Al Shuler felt that 'the
City of Apalachicola Would not
support such an agreement. "I
would be surprised if you got an
interlocal agreement with them,"
.he said, "it would represent a
change in attitude, but people do
change their attitudes." He sup-
ported the board's decision to
send an interlocal agreement to
the municipalities.

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popular decisions made," com-
mented Chairperson Will
Rieman noted that the increase
for insurance during the past 2
years was approximately 15 per-
cent. -He said that, if the trend
continues, the cost to the district
would be approximately $60,000
(the equivalent of 1.6 teachers).
Rieman said that such expenses
would eventually impact the
district's ability to purchase such
items as school supplies. "When
it starts pushing into text books
and other things," commented
Rieman, "then you have to take
another look at it."
"We know that we're going to have
to look more closely at this now,"
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
offered. She said that she wanted
to offer those in the district the
best possible insurance plans.
However, Galloway admitted that
the district had to be realistic in
the matter.
Rieman stated that the district
could re-bid for new medical, den-
tal and life insurance plans pro-
vide separately. Even if Franklin
County obtained the next most
expensive plan utilized by a neigh-
boring district, Rieman pointed
out that approximately 30 percent
could be shaved off the current
insurance plan expenses.
Mr. Rieman told board members
that he had not yet completed his
recalculations for the general
fund. However, he said that the
noted fund seemed to be in better
shape than he had previously ex-
pected. Rieman further noted that
the district's fund balance will
probably be rather low at the be-
ginning of the year.

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Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 4 April 1997 Page 3


Advocates Fire Training Ground Needs.Community Support



of New


A Report And Commentary
By Rene Topping
The meeting held at the Franklin
County Courthouse on March 25
at 6 p.m., was called by Health
and Human Services, in order to
help those who are recipients of'
services from agencies serving the
welfare system.
Despite notices posted in promi-
nent places and announcements
on Radio Station WOYS and no-
tices sent with welfare checks. the
meeting was completely ignored
by those members of the commu-
nity who will feel the sting of Wel-
fare Reform the most. Attendance
at the meeting was a group of lo-
cal and Tallahassee based staff
from the Departments of Labor
and Health and Human Services
and three other people--two re-
porters from the two local news-
papers and Charles Watson Clark,
a Franklin County representative
on the Gulf Coast Work Force
Development Board.
If recipients had attended they
would have heard that reform is
already working towards getting
people off the welfare rolls and
into work. They would also have
heard that there is now a definite
time limit in which they will be
eligible to receive a check. As of
October 1 1998 all benefits will
cease. That date is less than 19
months away. Meetings such as
this are for the purpose of prepar-
ing recipients in planning for
Karen Woodall, District II Health
and Human Services, said 'This
time limit is "a ticking bomb.
Without more money funneled
into the system now to help us all
prepare "the bomb" will go off in
just over a year from now." She
said she and other advocates had
worn T-shirts with a "ticking
bomb" logo when they attended
the regular Florida State Cabinet
meeting and afterwards made the
rounds of the state legislators to
warn them that without addi-
tional funds the reforms in wel-
fare program could fail. All pro-
grams such as devoted to getting
people of! welfare and back to
work, and getting teenagers into
School to Work programs could be
doomed to failure.
She added that recipients had all
been handed notices of the meet-
ing along with their checks, an-
nouncements had been delivered
on the air by WOYS for several
days prior and in Carrabelle a
notice was pinned to the tele-
phone post bulletin board adja-
cent to the Post Office.
Wayne Blevins, local head of Chil-
dren and Families Department in
Franklin County and Kim Shoe-

We are taught by biblical writings
that, 'The greatest gift a person
can give is to lay down his or her
life for the life of another."
But when the officers and mem-
bers of the St. James-LanarkVol-
unteer Fire Department made
plans to build a training ground
for volunteer firemen and women
to provide additional education
and training that just might save
the life of one of those volunteers
who may be called upon to give
up his or her life to protect others
and their property, and these
same volunteers who spent hun-
dreds of hours cleaning and pre-
paring the site for the new facil-
ity, some problems arose.
A few take issue with the depart-
ment. There were also some folks
who felt that the so called beauti-
ful surroundings would be de-
stroyed by such a training

maker, executive secretary for the
Gulf Coast Work Force Develop-
ment Board (GCWFDB) for Dis-
trict II, were also present to an-
swer questions in their areas. The
GCWFDB is composed of thirty
six members board with equal
membership from Bay, Gulf and
Franklin County. This is the
board that will handle all block
grants coming from the state in
the future.
Woodall said that District II cov-
ers 14 counties in North Florida
and this was one of man, such
meetings to be held throughout
the region. "We want to work to-
gether and figure out what to do,"
she said It people disregard what
is happening there will be people
who will be hurt badly as the re-
form removes benefits. There is
danger of unintentional conse-
quences of the new law. "
Shoemaker explained that the
GCWFDB has four committees
who are working to implement the
act. The group meets together at
least once a month and there are
committees working constantly to
enable recipients to get into train-
ing and work programs.
Louise Allen, from Job Training
Partnership Act (J.T.P.A) noted
that the most serious problem
was the fact that there was no day
nursery or child care in Franklin.
Norton Kilbourn said that there
is a possibility in that anyone cam
apply to get their home certified
to care for up to five children. No
license is required.. It a person
wishes to start such a care pro-
gram in their home they can ap-
ply and their home will be
checked. This has the possibility
of treeing a mother or both par-
ents to go to work at the same
time, while also providing some
extra money for the care giver.
All the staff present seemed to
agree that people who are not tak-
ing notice of the time limits and
begin making a serious effort will
be in for a great shock come Oc-
tober 1, 1998 and they said they
are on hand to prevent that from

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Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager ................. Brian Goercke

Contributors ................ Rene Topping
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Sandra Lee Johnson ...... Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen ...................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping ................ Carrabelle
Pat Howell ........... Carrabelle
Pat Morrison .......... St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge .................... St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ....................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
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Chronicle in writing.
All contents Copyright 1997
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.

This new training ground is not
going to make money for the fire
chief, any of his officers, volun-
teer firemen or first responders,
nor is it going to make any volun-
teer who attends the training
ground activities wealthy in terms
of finances. It will make them rich
only in education and training
that volunteer firemen and first
responders may use to help save
lives and property of others.
It is going to provide those inter-
ested in fire department activities
and community safety with an
opportunity to get additional
training in their field right here
at home and not have to spend
their money to travel to outside
schools for certifications. It will
make them more experienced and
qualified to help out when they'
are called upon to do so.
It is not going to be any eyesore
to the community or disrupt the
beautiful surroundings, but one
that may not only look alright, but
help to increase property values
as well as reduce insurance costs
for property owners.
Many may have forgotten,- that it
was the result of a lot of hard
working volunteer firemen, first

responders, and community and
non-community resident's sup-
port who worked for the addition
of the firehouse, firetrucks and
fire-fighting equipment in the be-
ginning that caused property in-
surance premiums to drop.
This type of a facility should not
receive any opposition or criti-
cism of any kind, from anyone.
It should, instead, receive the
entire support of everyone in
the community.
Anyone, who just might be a lucky
recipient of what this training
ground can and will provide to the
community, to the volunteer fire-
men and first responders should
support it.
They should know that if any resi-
dent needs fire or medical assis-
tance, they can be confident these
qualified and well trained people
of the St. James-Lanark Volunteer
Fire Department will be there
when they are needed. Think
about it, then support them; you
may be the next one who needs
Bob Evans

This is the setting for a concert in the park on April 20,

Ise Newell Concert

The 97th Regimental String Band
By George Chapel
The "97th Regimental String Band" will recreate an historically accu-
rate American, Civil War string band of the 97th Pennsylvania Infan-
try at the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts' "Concert in the
Park" on Sunday, April 20 at 4 p.m. in Lafayette Park in Apalachi-
cola. The concert is free and open to the public. The Ilse Newell Fund
is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, Inc.
This unique 19th century band has appeared at state and national
parks and at hundreds of reenactments and festivals throughout the
southeast. They are regular annual features at Stone Mountain,
Georgia; Silver Dollar City, MiBSgtri; and the Flonda Folk Festival.
They have appeared in the ABC mini-series, "North and South," and
several commercial videos of the Civil War. Among the instruments
used by these singing "Union soldiers" are the guitar, fiddle, banjo,
mandolin, harmonica, bass fiddle, bones, and tambourine. Their
specialty is the popular music of the 19th century United States.
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Bureaucracy Run Amuck

The Proposals to Make the
MFZC the Most Power'ful

Administrative Agency
In early March, an administrative law ludge determined that the Ma-
rine Fisheries Commission (MFQ) could not make rules and impose
punishments on violators of their rules if such authority were based
on the so-called "net ban" amendment to the Florida Constitution.
Indeed, the MFC derived its powers from the Legislature, and there
was nothing in the "net-ban" amendment that gave the MFC any power
to make rules to carry out the intention of the amendment. The amend-
ment spoke for itself. The commercial fishing community, throujgb
their trade groups, raised their hands in celebration. But now, in thT
Florida Legislature, there are enough bills in the House and Senate
that will attempt to "fix the problem." I think what has been proposed
is more than providing a mere remedy. The changes are attempting
to make the Marine Fisheries Commission one of the most powerful,
yet unaccountable, administrative agencies in Florida government.
Senate bill 412, as amended, was reported out of Committee, and
headed for the Ways and Means Committee (Senate) this week, with
only the threadbare discussion of "punishments" for fishermen, and
scant attention paid to some of the far-reaching impacts of this bill.
In the House, the comparable bill is 693, yet to be heard before the
Water and Resource Management Committee, and others. House 903
is also similar, and as the process of amendment and discussion oc- '
curs, these bills will undoubtedly be combined.
With regard to Senate bill 412, the senate staff analysis, statement
identifies the important elements.
The bill consolidates the major violations for transgressing marine
fisheries laws and rules and substantially increases the penalties for
several major violations. The bill clarifies the definition of "net" or
.netting" and prohibits the use of nets not authorized by the MFC or
inconsistent with the constitutional restriction on the use of nets.
Here is one important departure from the norm:
... The bill also transfers the MFC from the Governor and
Cabinet to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),
and authorizes the MFC to adopt its own rules...
Here is now an Administrative Agency accountable to no one but
itself, relocated to another administrative agency with no oversight
elected officials. The MFC, which is responsible for developing rules
togovern the state's marine resources, is currently assigned to the
Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Trustees)
Which must approve all MFC rules. The Trustees are the Governor
and Cabinet. Under Senate 412 and other bills, the MFC would be-
come a power unto itself from an administrative standpoint. More-
over, the DEP secretary is prohibited from changing the: MFC pro-
Sposed rules or refusing to file proposed rules for adoption.
I submit such proposals contained in these draft bills are outrageous
i and present. very serious problems to anyone, recreational or com-
Smercial, fishing in Fldrida waters.. There are aspects of the legislation
that do contain helpful solutions toward preserving the marine re-
source, but to make the MFC an agency accountable to no one but
itself is a travesty of administrative law.
STom W. Hoffer
i Publisher

Letter to the Editor
March 28, 1997
Dear Sir:
I have been a resident of Tallahassee since 195 1, and I own property
on Alligator Point that I purchased in 1974. We have spent a number
of weekends at our coast throughout the years and will continue to
do so as often as we can.
And whilewe have had some problems with Franklin County govern-
ment, primarily with the.lack of law enforcement and the inadequate
road system, we still enjoy visiting that section of our state.
But let me get to my problem. And I purposely have waited until after
the filing of homestead exemptions to write this letter. I hope that all
who live in Franklin County will listen to what I have to say.
This past year I was hit, as were many non-residents who own prop-
erty in Franklin County, with a tremendous increase in property taxes.
When I asked why such a large increase, I was told that since there
was a constitutional prohibition against increasing taxes on residents
more than' a certain percentage, that the burden had to fall on those
non-residents who owned property in Franklin County.
After a conference with the County Appraiser and the filing of a peti-
tion with the Tax Adjustment Board, which unfortunately held a hear-
ing on my petition on a date that I was unable to attend, I was ad-
vrised that my petition had been rejected.
Then I started checking on those "residents" of Alligator Point, and
this may also apply to "residents" of other areas of Franklin County.
There may be some residents who live in one city where the husband
claims homestead exemption there and the wife claims homestead
exemption on their Franklin County home, or vice-versa; there are
some families whose parents have put the Franklin County property
in their children's names and claim homestead exemption; and there
may be residents from other states who claim homestead exemption
on Franklin County property and yet who do not live in Franklin
I would like to recommend that steps be taken so that those claiming
horrestead exemption follow tfie provisions of that law. While I do not
like to pay an increase in property taxes, I would appreciate a more
level and equitable system of property taxation.

Knights Of Columbus

We would like to publicly express our heartfelt appreciation to the
visitor-s and residents of Franklin County for supporting our annual
Tootsie Roll Drive that was held on February 28th ang March Ist,
Through the generosity of the caring contributors, we were able to
raise over $1,400.00 which we will be distributing to needy organiza-
tions located in F'ranklin County that help with the care of citizens
with learning disorders or mental handicaps.
Thank you for assisting us in thanking those who helped us meet our


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Published every other Friday

Juvenile Justice Week Reaches Peak

Celebration at County Courthouse

Commissioner Clarence Williams (L) and Juvenile Justice
council member Pamela Amato (R) celebrate Juvenile Jus-
tice Week.

Young members of the Christian
Community Marching Band and
Drill met with students from the
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and
Apalachicola based WINGS pro-
gram at the Franklin County
Courthouse on March 27 for a
mutual celebration of Juvenile
Justice Week.
As band members performed, stu-
dents from the WINGS program
held up banners proclaiming such
messages as "WINGS Is Great"
and "The WINGS Program Says
No To Drugs."
Together, the children marched
through the county courthouse
with banners held high and band
instruments strongly reverberat-
ing through the facility. The chil-
dren marched through the first
and second floors of the court-
house as on-lookers watched
wide-eyed and applauded.
Following the march, Franklin
County Commissioner Clarence
Williams addressed the children
as they sat on the steps of the
courthouse. Before his address,
some of the children chanted
"Commissioner.. .Williams!"
Commissioner Williams informed
the children that juvenile crime
was on the rise throughout the
nation. He applauded the efforts
by the Love Center Church and
the WINGS program to combat
such crime.
Apalachicola WINGS Coordinator
Nikita Williams encouraged the
children to attend the WINGS pro-
gram. She stated that the pro-
gram was open to the entire youth
population. "Our arms are always
open," Williams stated.
Carrabelle WINGS Coordinator
Donna Messer commended the
foresight of the WINGS program.

The program, she said, helped to
build and unite the community.
"You are our future," said Messer.
Eastpoint WINGS Coordinator
Jennifer Millender expressed her
enthusiasm for Juvenile Justice
Week. "I'm so glad to see our stu-
dents of Franklin County to-
gether," said Millender, "this is a
celebration of all of us."
Juvenile Justice Council member
Pamela Amato hailed the event as
a celebration of the community's
youth. She later noted, "Juvenile
Justice Week was a huge success
in Franklin County. It showed
that our 'village' is indeed raising
our children."
Several of the assembled children
also greeted members in atten-
dance with words of encourage-
ment. Some of those addressing
the group included Brittney
Simmons, Jada Chasen and
Raevyn Jefferson. "Thanks for let-
ting us reach out and ,touch you
with our music," Raevyn said to
the group.
Ms. Amato noted that Juvenile
Justice Week began with a visit
to the State Capitol. Nine children
from the WINGS program along
with Commissioner Clarence Wil-
liams and two of the WINGS pro-
gram Coordinators (Jennifer
Millender and Nikita Williams)
met with Representative JaneGale
Boyd at the Capital. WINGS stu-
dent Jada Chasen noted that Ms.
Boyd gave each of the students
two pieces of candy. "And it was
good," she said. The group was
able to spend time at the Gover-
nor and Cabinet meeting and was
also recognized during a House of
Representatives meeting; during
the meeting, the House adopted
the Juvenile Justice Counclls'"

House Resolution

A resolution designating the week of March 24-28,
1997, as Juvenile Justice Week.
WHEREAS, the mission of the Depdrtment of Juvenile Justice is to
provide a full range of programs and services to prevent and reduce
juvenile delinquency, and
WHEREAS, the Department of Juvenile Justice has made great strides
in promoting local government and community involvement by creat-
ing partnerships focused on delivering programs and services spe-
cific to district needs involving thousands of local leaders and citi-
zens and approximately 21,600 volunteer hours in the last year, and
WHEREAS, the Department of Juvenile Justice envisions a safer
Florida where people experience the benefits of life resulting from the
reduced risk of harm caused by juvenile delinquency, and
WHEREAS, within the 10-year time period between 1986 and 1996,
Florida's 10-year-old to 17-year-old age group increased 14 percent
while the volume of cases entering the juvenile justice system in-
creased by 95 percent, and
WHEREAS, the number of juveniles being referred to the department
is increasing steadily and youth are beginning to be involved in crimi-
nal activity at an earlier age, and
WHEREAS, the projected population growth for the 10-year-old to
17-year-old age group is 21 percent over the next 10 years with a
proportionate number of youth coming into the juvenile justice sys-
tem, and
WHEREAS, the projected number of delinquency cases expected to
be received by the department is expected to reach nearly 250,000 by
the year 2005, and
WHEREAS, stopping the youngerjuveniles from entering or progress-
ing any further into the juvenile justice system will require special
emphasis in the areas of prevention and intervention and the sup-
port of the Legislature, law enforcement, other state agencies, busi-
nesses, local communities, and organizations, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:
That the House of Representatives hereby recognizes the week of March
24-28, 1997, as Juvenile Justice Week and urges the support and
participation of all citizens in making a conscious effort to prevent
juvenile crime.

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County Tax Collector James Harris applauds as young mem-
bers of the Christian Community Marching Band & Drill
perform throughout the county courthouse.

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Band members perform in front of the county courthouse.

Special thanks was extended to the following individuals and busi-
nesses for their donations to the children during Juvenile Jus-
tice Week: Crooms Transportation, Inc. (provided the children
with transportation to the state capital), Gulf Coast Realty, Ma-
son & Marilyn Bean, Helen & John Sphorer, Pamela Amato, An-
chor Realty, ERA Apalach, Sun Coast Realty, Mr. & Mrs. Cash,
Howard Wesson, Dolores Sweet Shoppe and Carolyn's Gathering


Bookmobile driver permanent position in a 3-county library
system-Franklin, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. Salary be-
gins at $6 per hour; range $6 to $8 per hour. Irregular hours-
averages 13 hours per week, minimum 8 hours per week. Sub-
stitutes during vacations, sick days, or other days when regular
staff cannot drive. REQUIREMENTS: Must have flexible
schedule including evenings and weekends. Possess a class D
driver's license to drive a Bluebird bookmobile. Likes books
and people. Good driving record. Familiar with libraries and
library procedures. Must be able to load and unload boxes of
books. Storytelling a plus. Drug testing is required. DUTIES:
Drives bookmobile, may do bookmobile maintenance, collects
and reports bookmobile statistics, handles circulation on the
bookmobile, may drive for bookmobile promotion events. Ap-
plications available at the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries,
Administrative Office, 3240 Crawfordville Hwy., Craw-
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featuring all kinds of original
art products and crafts.
We've had our share of qual-
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enjoy seeing... and maybe
buying. If you have YOUR
OWN unique or creative arts
or crafts items why not plan
on exhibiting and selling
them in our ART 5HOW and

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This year, in our enthusiasm
to make this a truly local
and inclusive festival, we
are adding more entertain-
ment, games and other
things for the kids. This
includes fun rides on the
wooden train. I



has grown into a major part
of our festival. The cookoff
is sponsored by The Gulf
State Bank who invites all of
you cooks AND seafood
lovers to be part of the fun
and prizes. Dust off your
cookbooks to participate in
the contest... or line up to
taste the results. For entry
forms or more information
please call Bonnie
at 697-2585 eL&3


are a grand part of ANY fes-
tival and ours is no excep-
tion. Besides the popular
Seafood Gumbo Cookoff we
have more local food ven-
dors than ever to show off
and sell their own specialty
foods and recipes. And we'll
have all those other tradi-
tional food favorites that
festival-goers expect.


Individuals and businesses
contribute a wide assort-
ment of merchandise and
services to the FUN AUC-
TION. Bidders get great
deals and EVERYONE has a
lot of FUN. Wade and Paula
Clark and of Wade Clark
Auctions are the profession-
als who run the FUN AUC-
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CAR) AUCTION, at Castoldi's
Office Complex. CALL 904-
229-9282 for further infor-
mation. (License numbers
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Carrabelle's entire history
centers around the seas.
Countless-skills were neces-
sary in order to live and
work in the seafood and
fishing industries. Many of
these skills are changing or
dying out but we plan to
have some of them on dis-
play to entertain and edu-
cate our visitors. If YOU
have one of these
skills or have
access to tools or
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another exciting Waterfront
Festival tradition our first
foot race competition at
5:00PM. Plans are still in
progress as of this writing. If
you are interested in partici-
pating in the event and
would like to know more
information please call.the
Chamber office
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and 2:00 PM at

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readers of the Coast
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The Franklin Chronicle 4 April 1997 Page 5

Seventh Annual Donor/

Volunteer Appreciation


Writer Margery Cunningham provides the key note address
at the volunteer appreciation event.
The Franklin County Senior Citizens Council recognized more than
100 individuals at the Seventh Annual Donor/Volunteer Apprecia-
tion Day event held on March 25 at the Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Center in Carrabelle.
The event featured a special address from keynote speaker Margery
Cunningham. Ms. Cunningham, a regional writer, delivered a hu-
morous and insightful address on the topic of aging.
"If you find the word 'old' offensive," Cunningham began, I'm sorry.
I use it only to designate people who have been on this earth for
sometime or, as the dictionary says, are skilled and experienced."
She continued, ."If you want to leave, I won't be offended. On the
other hand, if all of you get up and leave, I will be offended."
Ms. Cunningham informed audience members that she became in-
stantly "old" when she experienced a cerebral vascular accident (CVA)
6 years ago. 'The word accident makes me imagine little trains run-
ning around in my head and a little state trooper talking over his
little microphone about an accident at State Road 32,"'Cunningham
explained. She continued, "What I had was a stroke."
Cunningham said that, after her stroke, she was temporarily unable
to speak, write or walk. "The only activity of daily living that was
unaffected," she continued, "was my hearing." Cunningham said that
her short-term memory has remained affected to this day. "I can no
longer tell you now what last week I wanted to tell you," she explained,
"but I can, however, recite all the prepositions in the English lan-
guage because I had to memorize them when I was in the Sixth Grade."
The process of growing old, said Cunningham, was something about
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about old people 6 years ago," said Cunningham, "I knew that old
people shrink and that they lose their taste buds. I knew that they
lose their keys and also their way. I knew that old people over-medi-
cate themselves. And that they smelled like mothballs and lavender
She said, however, that there was much about growing old that she
did not understand. "I didn't know what it felt like to be patronized,"
said Cunningham, "I didn't know what it felt like to be treated like my
brain was shrinking or as if I had walked out of the house with no
clothes on. I know now what it feels like to be old, because I am old.
And I have gone out in public, not naked, but with my clothes on
inside out. But that's simply a matter of priorities."
Cunningham commented that elderly people tended to have trouble
with their motor skills. For instance, she noted that they tended to
lick their fingers when they needed to turn a page in a book or count
money. "When you're old and you try to give a clerk three ones, it
takes forever; so you give him a five and collect two more ones." She
observed that the wallet of an elderly person often took on the form of
an artichoke brimming with one dollar bills.
Speaking, said Cunningham, also became problematic when you grew
older. "In old people, garbled speech is assumed to be a sign of confu-
sion. Hesitation (is assumed to be), a sign of impaired reasoning,"
Cunningham said. She said that people assumed that those with
speech problems also had problems hearing. "Everyday, people shout
at me," she said. Continuing, "the waitress asks if I want a glass of
water. I answer, 'abso-trively.' She looks at me like a cocker spaniel.
Then she shouts at me, 'what about apple sauce, sweetie?"
Cunningham said that she could not understand why her speech
patterns were perfect at times and affected at other times. "The other
day," she said, "the fellow at the gas station asked me, 'how's it go-
ing?' I said, 'Oh, pretty...pretty.' And then, for good measure, I threw
in another 'pretty.' 'Good,' he said, 'good...good.' I figured that the
exchange was a draw."
The importance of humor, said Cunningham, was absolutely vital in
the process of growing old. She said that it was important for a per-
son to laugh at life and, at times, at oneself. Cunningham spoke of a
past situation in which she could laugh at herself.
"One day, after I had made considerable progress, I was walking across
a room filled with old people in various stages of disrepair. I was just
beginning to learn how to walk and chew gum," said Cunningham.
She continued, "I was learning to do two things at once, but I was
also pealing a banana. But then somebody asked me a question; and
I answered, 'too many things.' My bad leg buckled and, as I started to
fall, I told my brain to tell my knee to stiffen up. Instead, my brain
told my right hand to squeeze. The banana shot out of its skin and
arched into a flower pot sitting on a book case. As I continued to fall,
I started to laugh at the banana flopping in the flower pot. And I
could hear the other patients laughing, too."
Cunningham concluded, "Their laughter was so much more reassur-
ing to me than the frown and concern of staff members. By any stan-
dards, it was a funny scene and laughter was appropriate. Too often,
old people are deprived of the sound of our laughter because it's con-
sidered disrespectful."
Ms. Cunningham pointed out one of her important realizations in
growing older.,"It's been a relief to find out that I am the same person
I've always been," Cunningham said, "I have a different body but the
same soul."
Following the key note address, Ms. Gwenolyn Ingram provided
musical entertainment on the piano. Jerry Hartnett later entertained
audience members with a puppet show. Senior Center Council mem-
bers then began with the presentation of awards.

(L-R) County Clerk Kendall Wade, County Commissioner
Bevin Putnal and Carrabelle Mayor Charles Millender are
recognized at the senior center event.

--- .... The following individuals received special awards: Marjory
.r Cunningham received the Distinguished Service Award. Ron Gray
received the Community Service Award. Jules Lively was honored
with a special senior center award (a water pail filled with flowers) for
helping to keep the facility's plants watered. Jim Welsh received the
Uw= Bingo Award. Gwendolyn Ingram received the Entertainment Award.
Nell Massey received the Craft Award. Brian Goercke received the
A Outstanding Media Award. Odell Rickards received the Senior Im-
Sprovement Award. Ann Pille received the Health Care Award and Julia
Mae Putnal was recognized for preparing meals for the senior center.
SOthers recognized with special awards included James Lawlor, Ken
e '-" Mansuy, Ann Casey, Shirley Walker, Helen Schmidt, Bonnie Dietz,
When )At .. Dawn Hawkins, Hagar Price, Doris Allard, Gloria Willis, Marjorie
you drive Creamer, Jacque Williams, Nancy Mock, Eileen Dembrowski, Mildred
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fresh biscuits. Open Program included Joan Sigafoose, Parson Moore, Cullen and Mona
a.m. to midnight, Moon, Howard and Rena Enfinger, Lee and Ruth Guernsey and Kitty
6 a.m. o mi night, Whitehead. Others. recognized for their participation with the pro-
seven days a week." gram included Linda Arnold, Evelyn Babb, Rev. Ron and Gwen Barks,
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Jerry Hartnett entertains audience members with a pup-
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William and Elizabeth Cook, Shaun Donahoe, Speedy and Edith
Edwards, Gayla Espirita, Sheila Evans, Jean Fitzgerald, Jean Gan-
der, Sister Sheila Griffin, Earl Hall, Gene and Glenda Hallstrom, B.C.
and Betty Harrison, Mary Hill, Art Holfield, Milton and Joan House-
man, Richard and Joyce Hodgkins, Pat Hose, Curt and Shirley
Kellgren, Ronald Kelly, Charlotte Kiester, Henry and Agnus Kritzler,
Ted and Tootsie Landrum, Kasandra Lewis, Richard and Laura Macy,
George Malone, Ken Mansuy, Denise Massey, John and Evelyn Mays,
Charlie McElhatten, Anthony Murrels, Julia Mae Putnal, Ron and
Sandra Ratliff, Otis and Mary Ritter, Allan and Betty Roberts, Jack
and Hazel Robinson, Ed and Sandra Rutherford, Donald Schwer, Roy
Shields, Barbara Siprell, Helen Solomon, Angela Taylor, Aline and
Hilda Walden, Richard and Marjorie White and Mike and Sherry Willis.
The following donors were also recognized at the event: City of
Carrabelle, City of Apalachicola, Franklin County Commission, First
Assembly of God Church, Art Holfield, Philaco Women's Club, Happy
Homemakers Club, The Body Works, Bingo Committee, Women's
Auxiliary of Trinity Episcopal Church, Knights of Columbus, First
Baptist Church of Carrabelle, George Jackson, Rose Noga and Hilda
Those recognized for volunteering with the senior center's Bingo Pro-
gram included: Butch Baker, Merle Brannan, Jerry Cambell, Bill
Castoldi, Cindy Crawford, Mary Ellen Daniels, Linda Davis, Bonnie
Dietz, Jean DePriest, Barbara Dunnell, Vivian Fleming, Rosalee
Goodwin, Loretta Goss, Judy Green, Zeno and Marie Hatcher, Marcia
Hood, Mary Ann Joseph, Donna Kennedy, James and Carole Lawlor,
Mary Light, Ken Mansuy, Nell Massey, Robin McAnally, Debbie
Mitchell, Kay Nastaszewski, Betty Neylon, Fayne Pickering, Julia Mae
Putnal, Frances Reynolds, Judy Rundel, Bonnie Sands, Brenda Sapp,
Helen Schmidt, Shirley Smith, Donna Spacey, Rhetta Strange, Martha
Irawick, Sis Villinger, Shirley Walker, Jewel Watkins, Jim Welsh,
Raymond Williams and Donna Zorn.
Those recognized as regular volunteers to the senior center included:
Hazel Almand, Doris Allard, Jill Allen, Sarah Allison, Wilma Barks,
Ruth Barton, Bob Benson, Fred Bono, Inez Bowman, Merle and Polly
Brannan, Jim Brown, Dorothy Card, John and Ann Casey, Cheryl
Conaway, Judith Corbus, Tom Corley, Marjorie Creamer, Ivan and
Susan Daniels, Mary Davis, Marie Days, Eileen Dembrowski, Diana
Dieter, Donnie Dietz, Ralph and Ruth Dietz, Jan Dooley, Lionel Ducker,
Joyce Estes, Myron and Dorothy Fish, Rebecca Floyd, Christell Ford,
Juanita Foster, Bob Franklin, Easter Gatlin, John Gavlic, Brian
Goercke, Lloyd and Barbara Hall, Lynn Hankins, Jerry Hartnett,
Kathleen Heveren, Gladys Hilliard, Art Holfield, Gwendolyn Ingram;
Sharon Jenkins, Dorothy Jones, Woodrow and Betty Judy, James
and Carole Lawlor, Wallace Litwin, Jewel Lively, William Louis, Ken
Mansuy, Nell Massey, Gayle Mathis, Evelyn Mays, Evelyn McAnally,
Burl McDaniels, Charlie McElhatten, Mildred McLeod, Bob McReady,
Mary McSweeney, Marion Meacham, Quenton Messer, Chaz Mikell,
Bob Miller, June Mills, Nancy Mock, Joyce Murphy, Irene Murray,
Luvenia Nails, Ann Pille, William and Evelyn Pope, Jim Portwood,
. Kay Powell, Hagar Price, Vanessa Proctor, Julia Mae Putnal, Odell
Rickards, Jennifer Ridgeway, Betty Roberts, Elizabeth Rodgers, Helen
Schmidt, Mary Schwer, Rita Sealy, Roy Serber, Roy Sheilds, Joan
Sigafoose, Donna Spacey, Annette Story, Lori Switzer, JoAnn
Thomason, Bill Tibbitts, Joyce Timmons, Joy Towns, Pat Tracey,
Shirley Walker, Sadie Washington, Jim Welsh. Jacque Williams,
Raymond Williams, Gloria Willis, Walt and Dot Worthington, Mary
Yorton, Joe Zeegers and Donna Zorn.
Final acknowledgments were given to Marquis Home Health, Carrabelle
High School, Chapman Elementary School, Seahorse Gift and Flo-
rist, Ken Peak Carpet Country, Nightingale and Associates, American
Legion Auxiliary Post 106, Apalachicola Seafood Grill and Steaks,
Bowman's Christian Family Bookstore, Franklin County Chronicle,
Jr. Girl Scout Troop 333, Franklin County Work Camp, Helen Schmidt,
Laura Brannan, Janie Messer, Dolores Sweet Shop, Laura Sutton,
Patty Dempsey, Allan and Diane Hubanks, WOYS Radio, Lowell Cham-
bers, Bill Minton, B.J.'s New and Used Furniture, Risa's Pizza, Miller
Marine, Ronald Crum, Carrabelle IGA, Gulfside IGA, Rose Noga, Os-
car Ewing, Sunflower Interiors, Wakulla Springs Lodge, Mike Mock,
Jep Smith, Apalachicola Trading Company, Hilda Boettcher, Hobo's
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Creamer, Artemis Gallery, Robbie's Beauty Shop, Mary's Jewelry,
Nancy Mock, Angela Bowden, Jarred Burns, Frank Vigneri, James
Harris and Earl Pfeifle.
Following the award ceremony, a host of door prizes were given out to
those in attendance. The event concluded with a buffet meal.
Acting Senior Center Director Helen Schmidt thanked all those who
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Published every other Friday

U.S. Rep.

Boyd Calls

at Carrabelle

By Rene Topping
An in-person visit to Carrabelle
City Hall, by Representative Allan
Boyd, on Thursday, March 27,
brought out about 25 local people.
Although Boyd had only a short
time to answer questions on a
group or individual basis, he man-
aged to pack into the time a lot of
his philosophies.
Boyd at one point asked if the
audience knew what a "Blue Dog"
politician was. When there
seemed to be perplexity among
those present, he went on to say
that he and others on both sides
of the aisle were the most inter-
ested in working in a non-parti-
san way to be able to pass some
of the pending legislation on the
more important issues. He added,
"Some may not like it. But I tell
you that I believe it to be best for
all. If you ever catch me seeming
to work in a partisan fashion get
in touch with me right away."
Among those present was the
Mayor of Carrabelle, Charles
Millender, who asked for help in
the attempt to get the Crooked
River Lighthouse put back in ser-
vice, dredging the river and har-
bor and help with financing.
Gene Langston, who runs n busi-
ness called Langwood and a real
estate firm known as Timber Is-
land Realty, also asked for help
in dredging the river and the ba-
sin of the Carrabelle River. He said
that the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers (Corps) had been set to
dredge several years ago but the
complaints of a few people held it
up. He added that he wanted to
be "up-front" with everyone and
said he wanted them to know he
has a personal reason to want the
dredging so that he could get his
barges up and down the river.
One of the reasons he gave was
that the turn basin in the harbor

can no longer he used as a turn
around by any of the longer ves-
sels. He said he felt that without
work done soon, "If we had a ma-
jor hurricane we would not be able
to take the boats up river for
Jim Lycett, member of the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority, said that there was a
leasability study that had been
done by the Corps. Boyd asked
that it be sent to his Tallahassee
office. Lycett, on a more personal
basis, asked for help for his son
and others similarly placed, who
are non-custodial parents, fathers
yet cannot take child support off
their income tax. While the cus-
todial parent can. Boyd said the
legislature is undertaking to make
major revisions in the IRS code
and there may be help ahead.
Will Kendrick brought up the
problems facing local banks with
the expansion of Credit Unions
and the effect it was having on
small banks. Boyd said that the
matter was to be heard by the Su-
preme Court and he would notify
the result to those interested.
Boyd was accompanied by his
aides, Jim Norton and Bill Bass.
Norton is his Tallahassee District
Representative. He urged anyone
wishing to contact his office for
any problem on which he could
be of help to call 561-0978 or drop
in at 301 South Monroe,, Suite
108, Tallahassee.
Boyd had been present earlier at
a similar meeting in Apalachicola.

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Grows Despite Obstacles

Eighteen new public charter
schools have been approved to
open throughout Florida in the
fall of 1997. School Boards in
Brevard, Broward, Hillsborough,
Orange. Pinellas, Polk, and Semi-
nole Counties have already ap-
proved one or more new charter
schools for 1997, according to the
latest Florida Department of Edu-
cation survey. Currently there are
only six public charter schools op-
erating in the sunshine state, with
schools in Dade, Escambia, Leon,
Okaloosa, Polk and Walton Coun-
ties serving a total of nearly 700
students. More than half the stu-
dents served in Florida's six char-
ter schools come from low-income
families and more than 50 per-
cent are minorities. The survey
also shows that nine other school
districts have not approved even
one charter school, according to
the department's Office of Public
School Choice, which compiled
the data.
House Bill 539, sponsored by
Representative Earl Ziebarth (R-
Deland), would help streamline
and clarify the charter school pro-
cess by standardizing the appli-
cation timeline statewide and en-
suring that charter schools re-
ceive funds in a timely manner
just like all other public schools.
Normally, public schools receive
funding in July, before school
opens, based on student enroll-
ment. Currently, most charter
schools do not have access to
funds until about 2 months after
the school opens. In Florida, char-
ter schools receive no capital out-
lay funding for school construc-
tion and about 5 percent less per
pupil in operating funds than tra-
ditional public schools. H.B. 539
is also aimed at reducing the
number of additional bureau-
cratic rules and regulations be-
ing imposed on charter schools.
A number of school districts are
establishing additional regula-

Discussion on
Charter Schools
Tracey Bailey with the Florida
Department of Education will
speak on the topic of State,
Funded Charter Schools on April
8 at 7:00 p.m. at the old convent
Building located on the corer of
8th Street and Avenue B in
Apalachicola. The event is open
to the public.

tions for charter schools, some of
which are not even required of
existing public schools.
Particularly disappointing among
the survey findings is the fact that
not a single existing public school
in Florida has been approved for
conversion to charter status. Na-
tionally there are nearly 500 char-
ter schools, of which nearly one
thirdwere existing public schools
that converted to charter status.
Ironically, during the debate in
Florida on charter schools in 1995
and 1996, most public school lob-
bying organizations and many
school districts emphasized that
every public school should have
the opportunity to become a char-
ter school. Under Florida's cur-
rent charter law a total of 239
conveipion schools and 239 newly
created schools are permitted.
Charter schools are independent
public schools free from most
regulations, but held strictly ac-
countable for academic results
and financial expenditures
through their performance con-
tract with a public education
agency. As public schools, they
cannot charge tuition or teach
religion, and must be open to all
students. In addition, charter
school students in Florida must
take the same state examinations
as all other public school stu-
dents. Charter schools are often
small in size, with low student-
teacher ratios, high levels of pa-
rental involvement, and an em-
phasis on core academic subjects.
Most charter schools in Florida
and throughout the United States
are quite popular with both par-
ents and, teachers. Charter
schools routinely have long wait-
ing lists of students wanting to
attend, and in many cases they
also have waiting lists of educa-
tors hoping to work in these in-
novative public schools.
Charter schools are no panacea,
but they do reflect three impor-
tant characteristics needed for all
of public education: freedom and
flexibility for school-based deci-
sion making; choices for parents,
students and educators; and real
accountability for results.

Former Franklin County Humane Society President Phyllis
Fullmer (L) with newly elected president Gayle Dodds (R).

Dodds Elected as New

Humane Society President

Eastpoint resident Gayle Dodds
was elected to a 1-year term.as
the newest Franklin County Hu-
mane Society President during a
March 27 humane society meet-
Ms. Dodds said that some of her
goals will be to boost the mem-
bership of the Franklin County
Humane Society, increase the
adoption rate at the animal shel-
ter, raise public awareness in con-
cerning the care of animals and
perhaps add another fundraiser
.event to the list of regular annual
"We have many challenges before
us," said Dodds, "and I look for-
ward to serving as your new presi-
Former President Phyllis Fullmer
extended her appreciation to hu-
mane society member Rene Top-
ping for all of her help in the past
year. "I could not and would not
have taken this office without her
backing," said Fullmer. She also
expressed her enthusiasm for the
new president.
Ms. Dodds said that she has been
a member of the local humane
society for approximately 1 year.
She said that, after visiting the
local animal shelter, she was
moved to action on behalf of the
humane society. Dodds said that
she met with Phyllis Fullmer and
agreed to attend humane society
meetings. At her second meeting,
Dodds said that she was elected
as the group's secretary.

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4 year old Brittany Boothe
from Fort Walton Beach
anxiously awaits the start of
the easter egg hunt.

For the second consecutive year,
raindrops kept falling on the
heads of young egg hunters at the
Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt
on March 29 at the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department.
Although the rain poured and the
chilly wind blew mightily, approxi-
mately 30 children managed to
attend the event. Prior to the
event, nearly 1,500 eggs were dis-
persed by three county inmates
throughout the field located ad-
jacent to the sheriffs department.
In addition to the real eggs, 28
plastic "prize" eggs were strewn
throughout the field, also. Within
each of the plastic eggs was a
number that corresponded to a
specific prize. The prizes were
later awarded to those lucky egg
hunters by the event's host, Cap-
tain Don Hammock.
Captain Don Hammock served as
the event's host for the second
straight year. He extended his
appreciation to Wayne Dooley of
the Gulfside IGA for donating four
cases of eggs (that's 1,448 eggsl)
as well as the 28 prizes.

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The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
March 10, 1997
Chris Blanchard: Charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of an
Accident, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on April 14. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Edward Ross: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and
Sale of a Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
April 14.-The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Howard Enfinger: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling
and one count of Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the
case or case management on April 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Accordingto the probable cause .report, witness Jeff Savage reported
that he was driving around with the defendant on January 29, 1997
in Apalachicola. Savage reported that the defendant stopped at the
residence of Tanya Walden and entered through the back door of the
home. Savage further reported that he later observed the defendant
with a gold chain and ring containing diamonds. According to the
report, the defendant later traded the jewelry for crack cocaine. Ms.
Walden reported the theft of her jewelry on January 29, 1997.
Ruben Gallegos, Jr.: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on May 12. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.

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According to the probable cause report, 'Lt. Leonard Martin noted
that he received a complaint on February 1, 1997, concerning an
alleged sexual assault incident committed by the defendant.
According to the report, the complainant reported that she accepted
a mixed drink from the defendant outside the Happy Pelican Lounge.
The complainant further reported that she drove around with the
defendant afterwards for approximately 10 minutes. After the defen-
dant was driven back to the lounge, the complainant reported that
she sat back in her car seat, rested her eyes and began to smoke a
marijuana cigarette. She reported that, shortly after, she noted that
her pants were removed and that something was moving rapidly in-
side of her. "The complainant," the report noted, "did not know what
was inside of her."
The defendant, the report noted, admitted in a recorded statement
that he had committed sexual battery; however, the defendant as-
serted that the incident was consentual.
Crystal Keith: Charged with three counts of Dealing in Stolen Prop-
erty and one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded .
Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case
management on April 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Veronica Livingston: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on May 12. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Melton: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on April 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tina Marie Nichols: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Battery.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to
one year of county probation. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant was prohibited from making any contact with Flora Wilson. Judge
Gary also fined the defendant $150. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Nowling: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious
Activity in the Presence of a Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on April 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
David Pool: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on April 14.
The defendant was represented by Attorney McFarland.
Randall Sounders: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on April 14. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Wendall Weaver: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on April 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Anthony Williams: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, Uttering a Forged Check, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Pos-
session of a Short Barreled Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a-
Convicted Felon and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and
two counts of Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on May
12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Thomas Arroyo: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 30 months in the
county jail with credit for 98 days of time served. The defendant's
$255 fine was reduced to a civil judgment. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Joseph Beach: Charged with Burglary of a Structure, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offense..,Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on May 12. Theardcfetnd ari was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin S'teiier.
Wayne Becker: Charged with five cou nt o Uttering a Worthless Check
Over $149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on April 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Vickie Ann Carnes: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged
Check and one count of Resisting Arrest With Violence, Aggravated
Assault with a Deadly Weapon and First Degree Arson, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on April 14. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Dillon, Jr.: Charged with .one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly.Weapon and Affray, the defendant pleaded No Contest
to the lesser offense of Public Affray. Judge Gary adjudicated the
defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 6 months of probation. As a
condition of probation, the defendant will be required to'complete the
(P.A.V.E.) Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education Pro-
gram and avoid all contact with George Branch. The defendant was
also fined $150 and ordered.to pay $1,644 in restitution to Emerald
Coast Hospital. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Joe Duncan: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Struc-
ture and one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Bur-
glary of a Dwelling, Third Degree Criminal Mischief and Third Degree
Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on May 15. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Norman Freeman: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on April 14. Judge Gary
also denied a motion for pre-trial release of the defendant. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Warren Hayward: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of First Degree
Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and fined him
$150. Judge Gary ordered the defendant to pay the fine by April 14 or
appear before the court on that date. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Barbara Sanders.

APALACHICOLA Turn of century charmer, 3BR/1BA, three lots,
zoned office/residential. $139,900.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Marine Street, overlooking river.
Location, location, location! $59,900.
APALACHICOLA -.Rental income producer near Lafayette Park. Two
lots, three apartments. $240,000.
DOG ISLAND Gulf front cottage 4BR/2BA 1,400 sq. ft. block
construction. 100' x 500' lot, ballast stone fireplace. $175,000.
CARRABELLE RIVER- Deep water, high ground, open Gulf access.
104'x530'. Lots of trees, privacy, great building site. River Road.
Motivated seller. $84,900.
INDIAN PASS 100' x 1300' Gulf beach to Indian Lagoon, one-of-a-
kind building site/view high on ridge, Camp Palms "old" Florida at
its best. $250,000.

HWY. 98 CARRABELLE BEACH 1.55 acre building site north of
highway, one mile west of lighthouse. Stunning v ew of East Pass and
offshore islands. $49,500.
GREATER APALACHICOLA Morris Cannon St. off 24th Avenue,
two lots priced to sell. $14,900.
ST. GEORGE COMMERCIAL 300 ft. highway frontage on Franklin
Boulevard, causeway to bridge. One-of-a-kind, highest visibility on St.
George Island. $559,000.
APALACHICOLA Seventh Street building site, close in, heart of
Historic District. Best value in current market. $34,900.

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Bobby Martin: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Randy Peshoff: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on May 12. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Al Shuler.
Elex Pugh: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Conveyance and
Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
offense. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on May 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Coy Sapp: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of Battery. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 1 year of county
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will not be al-
lowed to make any contact with Tony Sawyer. Judge Gary also fined
the defendant $150. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Dell Schneider: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on May 15. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Clyde Taylor.
William Hatch Walker: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary con-
tinued the case for trial on April 17. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Weaver; Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on April 14. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Yon: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest With Vio-
lence and Possession of Cocaine, the defendant pleaded No Contest
to the offenses. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to 6 months in the county jail with credit for 80 days
of time served. The defendant will be released from jail into the Natu-
ral Bridge Treatment Program as soon as an available bed opens at
the program. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 36 months
of probation and ordered him to pay a $255 fine. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Dwayne Braswell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 16
months in the county jail with credit for 141 days of time served.
Judge Gary reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Marchant Bunyon: Charged with.VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
April 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Jonathan Donaldson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a
denial to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
April 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
David Hall: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission
to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 22 months in
the Department of Corrections. Judge Gary also reduced all court
costs to a civil judgment. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Joseph: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 8 months
in the county jail with credit for 129 days of time served. Judge Gary
also ordered the defendant to serve a new 18 month probation term.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Otis Lockhart: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on April 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Joseph Nieves: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a'denial'to
the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for-a hearing on April 14.
The defendant was represented by Assis.lant Public Defender Kevin
Edward Perry, II: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on April
14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Robert Peterson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Gary will sentence the defendant on
May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Sinclair Rivers, III: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a.de-
nial to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
April 14. Theidefendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Michael Forrest Shuler: Charged with Attempted Sexual.Battery and
VOP, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of Bat-
tery and entered an admission to the probation violation offense. Judge
Gary sentenced the defendant to 22 months in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 127 days of time served. The defendant
will be released from the Department ofCorrections into the Wakulla
Treatment Program as soon as a bed is available. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to serve'22 months of probation. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Freddie Williams: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 18
months of probation. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

"Happy Days" Dance and

Autoshow to be Held on April 12th

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce invites all to join the
Gold Cup Antique Car Race on
April 12th, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (EST)
at the Gibson Inn. Each year now,
for over a decade, the Gold Cup
Antique Car Race has made its
way along Highway 98 from
Panama City through Port St. Joe
and across the finish line in
Apalachicola. Scores of locals and
visitors alike line the streets to
watch as these historic "beauties"
arrive against the beautiful back-
drop of 1800's architecture here
in Apalachicola. In this, their 12th

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annual jaunt to Historic Apalacni-
cola, the Panama City based an-
tique car club wishes to liven.
things up by hosting a "Happy
Days" style sock hop in the streets
adjoining the Gibson Inn. Music
from the '50's and '60's will set
the stage for this fun-filled after-
noon featuring dance contests,
prizes, a "Fonzie" look alike con-
test and. hot dogs and Cokes. So
put on your blue jeans, bobby
socks and T-shirts and join the
fun at this "Free-to-the-Public"
event. For more information call

At a previous Auto Show in Apalachicola, one gentleman
looks over a well preserved antique automobile.


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Approximately 50 people made
their way to the Eastpoint Fire
House on March 31 to learn more
about the issue of incorporation
in regard to Eastpoint. To provide
residents with a greater under-
standing on the matter, Lynn
Tipton and Ken Small from the
Florida League of Cities delivered
an hour long presentation on vari-
ous aspects of incorporation.
Ms. Tipton noted that there were
presently 398 cities in the State
of Florida. She said that 14 other
areas were currently attempting
to become incorporated. Tipton
informed audience members that
the size of an area was not a fac-
tor in becoming incorporated.
Some incorporated cities have
populations as small as 12 and
as large as 1,800,000. Even the
Marineland theme park in Jack-
sonville, she noted, has become
incorporated. Tipton further
pointed out that two-thirds of
those incorporated cities in the
State of Florida have a population
level of less than 10,000 people.
When an area becomes incorpo-
rated, it also becomes indepen-
dent of the State. Tipton noted
that, although such areas were
Sin" the State, they were not "of'
the State. A city, she continued,
can do anything as long as it does
not conflict with either state or
federal laws.
To become incorporated the
people of Eastpoint must vote in
favor of such a proposal. Accord-
ing to information provided by
Chip Morrison with the Florida
League of Cities, "a consensus for
incorporation ensures that the
elected officials, both local and
state, are not placed in a politi-



By Carol Ann Vandegrift
George Andy Lowery and his
family want to thank everyone in
Franklin, Wakulla and Liberty
Counties for the prayers, phone
calls and cards George received
while he was at Shands Hospital
in Gainesville. "He's home and
recuperating," said his sister
Cherry Rankin. George and his
. family extend a special thanks to
Ron Gray and his staff.
Approximately 50-60 people
gathered at Carrabelle Beach for
a beautiful Easter Sunrise Ser-
vice. The special services were led
by Rev. Ron Barks, Carrabelle
First Assembly of God Church;
Rev. Andrew Rutherford,
Carrabelle Christian Center; Rev.
Mike Kelly, Carrabelle United
Methodist Church; and Rev. Don
Glenn, Fellowship Baptist
Church. Special music was pro-
vided by Andrew and Cathy Ru-
therford and Brian and Tammy
Hardy. Communion services were
led by Rev. Kelly.
A Carrabelle local (who requests
anonymity) shared a childhood
memory that would shock most if
not all of today's young people and
probably a few parents, too. At the
age of 11, his mother informed
him he was going to have to pay
room and board at the rate of $15
a week. He recalled that he
worked on the docks, shined
shoes at his father's barber shop
and worked at any other odd jobs
he could find to come up with the
money to pay his parents. Yes, he
admits, he did suffer times when
he felt unloved and unwanted
because his parents made him
adhere to this rule, and his friends
thought his school-teacher
mother was a mean old witch for
making him pay rent while he
grew up in his own home. But
guess who was the happiest se-
nior at high-school graduation
when he was told by his parents-
that every cent of the room and
board he paid them over the years
was in a local bank and the ac-
count was in his own name and
always had been.

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cally untenable situation." In ad-
dition, a special act consisting of
a municipality's proposed char-
ter must be adopted by the Florida
Legislature. The charter consists
of the municipality's constitution.
When considering the decision to
incorporate, a municipality must
also determine the composition of
a city commission. Such decisions
may include the determination of
either a 5 or 7 member commis-
wion; it must also be determined
whether these commissioners will
be elected at-large or by single
member districts. In addition, the
length of each term and the
amount of compensation paid to
each commissioner must also be
In addition, a municipality must
determine those services that will
be offered to its residents. Such
services may include central wa-
ter and waste disposal services as
well as the existence of city po-
lice and fire departments. Each
additional service offered by a city
must be paid either by additional
taxes or by a users fee. Approxi-
mately 40 percent of those rev-
enues received by a municipality
come from user fees charged for
such services as water, wastewa-
ter, natural gas, mass transit,
garbage collection, building in-
spections, etc.
"Incorporation is not for every-
one," noted Morrison, "nor will
everyone support incorporation;
however, incorporation is an ex-
cellent option for those residents
in the community who want in-
creased levels of service and are
willing to pay for them."
Following the presentation, a
small group of residents agreed
to serve on a committee to fur-
ther review the matter of incor-
poration. Those individuals in-
cluded Bonnie Segree, Linda
Crosby, Michael Allen, Eddie
Creamer, Jamie Crum, Martha
Argueta, Mary Polous, Sabrina
Shiver; Vickie Sorenson and Netti

A lot of kids are out on their
skateboards, going up and down
Tallahassee Street (Highway 67),
gliding across downtown side-
walks, circling the IGA parking lot
or balancing their way down Ma-
rine Street. A centrally located,
county-supported skateboard pad
is a wonderful idea, but how. are
the kids of each town/community
supposed to get to it? Skate down
Highway 98? A skateboard pad in
Eastpoint would be of little ben-
efit to a lot of the kids who live in
Carrabelle., just as a pad in
Carrabelle would be of little ben-
efit to the kids who live in
Eastpoint. Ditto for all the kids
who live in Apalachicola, St.
George Island, Alligator Point and
all other points in between. A nice









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Keep Franklin County Beautiful
Coordinator Deedre Golden holds
up one of the newest promotional
items: A Keep Franklin County
Beautiful T-Shirt. The group
agreed to sell the shirts for $12.50
each. However, at the Waterfront
Festival in Carrabelle, the shirts
will be sold for $15.



site for a skateboard pad in
Carrabelle would be in the area
of the playground across from the
Senior Center or out at the ball
park. Maybe some of the parents
who've bought skateboards for
their children will attend the April
7 Carrabelle City Commission
meeting at 7 p.m. to offer ideas
that will ensure the safety of these
youngsters. Then, perhaps par-
ents and our city and county com-
missioners can work together to
provide skateboard sites for each
No kid should be expected' to
travel 15 miles to skate, and no
tax-paying parent should be ex-
pected to transport their kids that
far for a favorite recreation.


It's almost time for The 1997
Carrabelle Waterfront Festival and
Gulf State Bank, The Chamber of
Commerce and The Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library would
like to invite all cooks (and want to be
cooks) to The Gumbo Cookoff for lots
of food, fun and prizes.
The top three contestants win cash
prizes from $75 to $200 with other
prizes for 4th through 10th place. But
the BIG winners will be the KIDS... as all
proceeds from the sale of the Gumbo
will go to the Library and The Wings
So dust off your cookbook, or call
Grandma and ask her for her secret
recipe (If she hasn't already entered!)
and come join in the fun. You don't
want to miss it!
For more information contact:
Bonnie Stephenson 697-2585
David Butler 697-3183
Barbara Sabas 697-2787

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