Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: October 31, 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
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Franklin C.hronicle

Volume 6, Number 22


October 31 November 13, 1997

Reading, Writing and Math

Assessments of Franklin

Schools are Below State

Minimums in Most Divisions

The scores contained in the new school accountability report for Fran-
klin County's elementary, middle and high schools are below the State
of Florida's minimum performance criteria. The results were released
by the Department of Education by Frank Brogan in early October.
There are three areas of assessment: (1) Reading, (2) Writing and (3)
Mathematics. School performance is measured by the percentage of
students' scoring in the proficient range on the various tests. Stu-
dents in grades 4 and 8 are tested for reading and math. The Florida
Writing Assessment Program (Florida Writes!) is administered to stu-
dents in grades 4, 8 and 10. The High School Competency Test (HSCT)
is administered to students in grade 11.
S For reading and math in the elementary and middle schools, the pro-
S ficient range is defined as being in approximately the 50th national
percentile range. Comparable data for high schools consist of the
percent passing the Communications and Mathematics sections of
the HSCT. Proficiency in writing at all levels is defined as a score of
"3" or above (on a scale of zero to six) on the Florida Writes! assess-
A school must have a high percentage of test scores below the profi-
cient range in reading, writing and mathematics for TWO consecutive
years to be identified as a LOW PERFORMING SCHOOL.
No schools at the elementary, middle or high school levels were as-
sessed into the Criticaliv Low category. Two schoIsrBrown Elemeri
tary and the middle level school at Carrabelle High, earned a desig-
nation of Group 4, which means there were no scores critically low.
However, two schools, Chapman Elementary and Apalachicola High
School, earned 4 critically low scores putting them close to the cat-
egory 1 (critically low in all areas). The Chapman Elementary prob-
lems are in earning sufficiently high scores in reading and writing.
The weakness in scores at Apalachicola High School is in reading and
math in 1997 and writing and math in 1996.
Franklin County
Reading, Writing and Mathematics Assessments
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State 97
Medians 96




King Retsyo Charles Wilson remembers earlier Florida
. Seafood Festivals. He, along ,ith Miss Florida Seafood Kelli
Carroll, reigns over the 34th annual Florida Seafood Festival
in Apalachicola Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2.

Retsyo: Get Seafood

Festival Back to Rasics

By Sue Riddle Cronkite

3vobove Above on %A bove
edian Florida Median When the committee that chooses this year's King Retsyo picked
Reading Writes! in Math Charles Wilson from among eight nominees, they picked a spokes-
51 44 62 man for the seafood industry who knows it inside and out. Wilson
52 39 65 has worked in seafood most of his life, and has strong feelings about
regulations as well as an appreciation for the food gifts harvested
from Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
28c 24c 35
23c 22c 41 "I guess you'd say seafooding is in my blood," said Charles Wilson, a
fourth generation seafood worker in Apalachicola. "I'll probably be in
57 38 81 it the rest of my life. I oystered 30 years, and shrimped, and softshell
o 19 59 crabbed." His softshell crab business is shut down now, he said, but
45 41 70 he'll be back at it in the spring, until about July.
42 35 58 While softshells are out of season, Wilson works as a fishing guide.
He goes out with people who come to the area to fish. "Inshore we get
trout redfish, flounder, sheephead, and drum," he said. "Offshore we
look for grouper, snapper, amberjack, trigger fish, and dolphin."
5 '82 55
62 89 55 The 34th King Retsyo was born to Johnny and Wilma Wilson in 1947;
he went to school at Chapman, dropped out, then was drafted when
he was 19 years old. "I went in the Army in 1966 and was 'in country'
44 54 37c in Vietnam in '67 and '68." Wilson was a demolition expert.
67 7 67

Coastal Petroleum Litigates

for Drilling Permit Near St.

George Island

A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
In a case styled Coastal Petroleum versus the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (DEP), formal hearings involving Coastal Petro-
leum of Apalachicola, environmental groups, the Attorney General of
Florida, and intervenors began on Monday, October 29, 1997. The
litigation is being conducted before an Administrative Law Judge, in
the Division of Administrative Hearings, Tallahassee. This particular
case actually consolidates 96-4222, 96-5038, 97-4362 and 97-4591.
Two orders expected to resolve the issues in this case are to be issued
by Judge Mary Clarke. One addressed to the DEP will involve the
question about the permit and the conditions, including the amount
of surety or bond. A second order will be the recommendation of the
Administrative Law Judge to the Governor and Cabinet about the
permit question, and if granted, the conditions of the permit. In this
case, any appeals taken by any of the participants, would go to the
First District Court of Appeals.
After the transcript is officially filed with the Administrative Court,
the Judge has 60 to 90 days to review all of the evidence and render
judgments. The Chronicle asked the court reporter about her time-
table and she thought that the transcript would be officially filed some-
time after Christmas.
Judge Mary Clarke explained in Apalachicola the purposes of the
litigation. First, the hearings are being conducted to determine whether
Coastal Petroleum is to be issued by the DEP a permit to drill a test
well at site #1281, about 9.5 miles south of Sikes Cut, St. George
Island. Second, if a permit is to be issued, then under what condi-
tions are'to be established for Coastal Petroleum to follow in moving
ahead with their drilling project.
In September, the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Administra-
tion Commission, required that.a surety bond of $4.2 billion be paid
by Coastal Petroleum before any drilling is done. The Petroleum ex-
ploration company contests, such a bond and asserts that $35 mil-
lion is more reasonable, and in keeping with previous bonds estab-
lished for similar drilling projects.
Over the last few months, in the face of such high bonds, others have
also stated that such high fees are preventing Coastal Petroleum from
exploiting their legal leasehold and could amount to an unlawful tak-
ing of their "property" without just compensation. In response, critics
have charged that the company may be prone to a form of"greenmail",
trying to obtain payment for the leases from the State of Florida if the
company is prevented from drilling.
No one connected with Coastal Petroleum has asserted such a
"greenmail" position but this is a perception being used against the
Company from time to time. This issue is still a latent one in these
proceedings, perhaps important enough to address with documen-
tary and testimony evidence. On the opening day of first arguments,
counselor Angerer mentioned this in his remarks to the Administra-
tive Law Judge.
Consequently, Coastal Petroleum has also submitted documentary
Continued on Page 5

Jackie Gay Brings Home

$50,000 from Recipe Contest
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"Before being drafted, I worked all'kinds of jobs, even in the oil rigs in
4 97 45. 52 55 Louisiana," said Wilson. "I lived in Nashville a year. I finished high
96 61 80 59 school in the Army, and when I finished my military tour in Vietnam,
I came back here, in '68 or '69.
"I decided I wanted to be a corrections officer," said Wilson. "I gradu-
97 80 7 76 ated from that school in '89. I also took training to be a deputy, but
96 92 75 78 never did either." He has been a Pentecostal minister, but has changed
to the Assembly of God.,



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96 94 60c 77c
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96 97 74 81

Continued on page 4


Elementary Results
Let's take the elementary assessments first. The three schools are
Chapman elementary, Carrabelle and H. G. Brown. Chapman Elemen-
tary scores fall far below the state's minimum performance criteria.
These scores in Reading and Florida Writes! are way below the state's
median of 51 and 44 respectively for the 1997 year. There is some
small level of improvement but the scores are still well below state
minimums in reading and writing, In math, the state median (mid-
point in a range of values, or the 'center") is 62 in 1997. Chapman
assessments reveal 35% of their students scored above the 50th per-
centile (national) in contrast to the statewide performance of 62 for
1997. Their students did slightly better in 1996 with a score of 41.
Just below, the Carrabelle elementary students moved up in a dra-
matic improvement in math scores, from 59 to 81 per cent scoring at
the 50th (national) math percentile or better. Carrabelle elementary
students also exhibited dramatic improvement in Florida Writes!, aging
from a critically low score ofl9c to 38 %, In 1997 Carrabelle elemen-
tary students achieved a 57 score exceeding the state median of 51 in
H. G. Brown elementary improvements are also obvious in math
scores, coming up from a 1996 score of 58 to 70 in 1997. Improve-
ment in Florida Writes! and Reading are noted in 1997 with scores of
41 and 45 respectively, a few points below the state medians for 1997.
While still below those minimums, the degree of improvement over
1996 scores is important.
The elementary curriculum with the worst scores is clearly Chapman
elementary among the three elementary schools, and there is little
improvement in 1997 over the 1996 scores.

Continued on Page 4

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Carrabelle resident Jackie Gay
has just proven that she has the
ability to prepare seafood gumbo
to the liking of both local residents
and celebrities, as well. On
October 28, Ms. Gay was selected
as one of the $50,000 grand prize
winners at the 7th Annual
Newman's Own & Good
Housekeeping Recipe Contest.
The prize money will all go to Ms.
Gay's designated charity, The
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library.
Following the recipe contest, The
Franklin Chronicle spoke with
Ms. Gay while she was still in New
York City. "I'm sure having a good
time," she announced, "and I can't
remember when I've had this
much fun."

Ms. Gay stated that eight dishes
were judged in the contest by
Joanne Woodward and Paul
Newman. She said that her dish
was the first to be judged. "Joanne
Woodward said that it wasn't fair
for her to be a judge in the
contest." Ms. Gay recalled,
"because she said that gumbo was
her favorite meal."
While Jackie Gay must have felt
good about her chances in the
contest from Ms. Woodward's
comments, Mickey Gay said that
he knew early on that his wife
would be selected as the contest's
champion. "I told her beforehand
that she had won," said Mr. Gay,
"I got that warm feeling when I
was there and I just knew (that
she would win)."
Continued on Page i

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Page 2 31 October 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Mr. Crum informed commission-
ers that Major Whitfield had
agreed to visit the. Road Depart-
ment the first Tuesday of each
month to address any possible
problems. "Hopefully, whatever
problems that take place out on
the job," Crum reported, "he (Ma-
jor Whitfleld) felt that they could
Crum noted, however, that Major
Whitfield would have no choice in
S addressing those cases in which
rules from the Department of Cor-
rections were violated. For those
S, found to be in violation of such
rules, Crum stated that Major
Whitfield would have no choice
but to pull that employees' certi-

Bill Mahan displays vials of



Notes from the October 20
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
several sets of educational visual
aids were being used by the Ex-
panded Food Nutrition Education
Program (EFNEP) to illustrate how.
much salt, sugar and fat was in
the food that people consumed.
Mr. Mahan presented small vials
containing the amount of.salt that
was in such food products as
hamburgers and french fries.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that a
class for soft-shell crab produc-
ers would be conducted on No-
vember 4 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at
Posey's Restaurant in Panacea.
The topic for the class will be Eco-
nomics and Marketing.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed that board that
he would accompany students
from Apalachicola High School on
a field trip to the UF Sam Mitchell
Aquaculture Farm in
Blountstown on November 4.
Mahan explained that the stu-
dents would receive some hands-
on experience at the laboratory;
he also said that the students
would receive a supply of young
goldfish to raise in their classroom
aquaculture system.
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed the board
that Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson and he had met with
Major John Whitfield of the Fran-
klin Work Camp to discuss poli-
cies concerning inmate supervi-

SGI, Ltd Files

Complaint for



Against County

St. George Island, Ltd. filed a com-
plaint against Franklin County on
October 15 for declaratory judg-
ment in response to a decision by
the Franklin County Commission
on September 16 to deny a pro-
posed site plan for a nine hole golf
course in Eastpoint.
According to the October 15 com-
plaint prepared by Attorney
Russell Gautier of Tallahassee,
the plaintiff (SGI, Ltd.) alleged that
the county did not have a lawfully
adopted ordinance to deny the
proposed site plan. The plaintiff
further claimed that the property
in question was not located within
the Critical Shoreline District.
Morris Palmer of Eagle Construc-
tors, Inc. first presented a site
plan for the proposed project to
the Franklin County Commission
on July 15, 1997. The matter was
tabled at that time to seek more
public feedback and to research
possible environmental concerns.
On August 5, Mr. Palmer met
again with the.county commis-
sioner to seek approval of the pro-
posed site plan. According to the
plaintiff, "the Petitioner again es-
tablished and demonstrated that
the Site Plan met or exceeded all
lawfully adopted requirements,
and conditions of Franklin


County applicable to the applica-
tion for approval of the Site Plan."
The board voted at the August 5
meeting to approve a commercial
building and driving range in the
site plan. The board also directed
County Planner Alan Pierce to
meet with members of the
Apalachicola Estuarine Research
Reserve to discuss possible guide-
lines that could be imposed on the
proposed golf course.
The plainiff claimed, "the stated
purpose of this unlawful delega-
tion of authority was to impose
additional restrictions and condi-
tions on any approval of the golf
course to alleviate alleged con-
cerns of the County Commission."
On September 16, the Franklin
County Commission unani-
mously voted to deny the portion
of the site plan presented by Mr.
Palmer which included the pro-
posed golf course.
'The only reason stated for the
denial was the county
commission's alleged concern
over the possibility that the pro-
posed development could some-
how harm the Apalachicola Bay,"
claimed the plaintiff.
The plaintiff continued, "the
County Commission received no
competent evidence that the pro-
posed development would, in fact,
have any adverse impact on the
Apalachicola Bay or that the pro-
posed development would pose
any greater threat to the Apalachi-
cola Bay than any other lawful
use of the property."
The Franklin County Commission
unanimously voted on October 20
to direct Attorney Al Shuler to
defend the board's position in the

Book Signing a Sellout

SM F""I mA


r i "g

Local author Thomas Campbell enjoyed a successful book signing
event on October 18 in front of Bowman's Family & Christian Book
Store in Carrabelle. According to Mr. Campbell, every single book
that was on display at Bowman's sold out in a matter of hours. Mary
Lou Bowman explained that she agreed to have the book on display
in her store after reading the fictional account about the Creek Indi-
ans. The book, she noted, provides an excellent lesson in cultural
unity and understanding.

County to Meet



Corporation for


Attorney Ben Watkins informed
the Franklin County Commission
on October 20 that a deposition
hearing has been scheduled on
November 4 in Franklin. County
with Provident Medical Corpora-
tion owner Hugh Steeley; during
this hearing, Steeley will be asked
to produce all records showing the
operation of Emerald Coast Hos-
pital during its lease period with
the county.
Watkins stated that the attorneys
for Provident Medical Corpora-
tion, Mowrey, Barrett & Minacci
of Tallahassee, recently presented
the county with a settlement pro-
posal. "This (settlement), in effect,
is a wash," said Watkins. He ex-
plained that the settlement would
basically trade off debts between
the two parties. Provident Medi-
cal Corporation has filed for indi-
gent care costs from the county;
and the county has filed a judg-
ment for property taxes as well
as repair and maintenance costs
against Provident Medical
Attorney Kirk Brown, who repre-
sents the county, has recom-
mended that the two parties settle
in the matter, Watkins stated. "He
(Brown) suggests that the lawyer
fees to go ahead with these indi-
vidual claims would be signifi-
cant," said Watkins," he doesn't
feel that chances of recovery are
that good."'
"What the bankruptcy lawyer pro-
poses," continued Watkins, "is
that we wash our claims for taxes
and for the repairs which Provi-
dent [Medical Corporation] should
have made under the lease agree-
ments to keep the hospital in good
repairs subject to ordinary wear
and tear."
According to the proposed settle-
ment agreement, some of the
county's obligations in the mat-
ter would include:
1. The county would withdraw its
claims against Provident Medical
Corporation of $238,538.96 for
taxes, $23,331 for rent
and $282,000 for repairs and
2. The county would turn over
physical therapy equipment
which Provident Medical Corpo-
ration claims to be the property
of Gulf Pines Hospital.
3. The county would turn over a
mammography machine that
Provident Medical Corporation

Mr. Crum concluded, "he
(Whitfield) wants us to work to-
gether and use this resource that
Franklin County has." Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis offered,
"we don't have a pattern of hav-
ing problems."
Chairperson Raymond Williams
discussed the possibility of reduc-
ing the salary of an employee if
his/her certification with the De-
partment of Corrections has been
revoked. Williams suggested the
option of salary reduction as an
alternative to terminating an em-
ployee who loses his/her certifi-
cation. "After losing his certifica-
tion," Williams speculated, "he's
not worth what we were paying
him before."
Mr. Crum requested that a work-
shop be conducted in order for
county employees to voice their
opinions on the matter. "They
kind of have a different perspec-
tive than what I have," Crum
Mr. Crum explained that the
county's inmate supervisors be-
lieved that their positions were
more demanding compared to
positions such as heavy equip-
ment operators. "They feel that it's
worth more money," said Crum.
He stated that, while all Road
Department employees were
D.O.C. certified, only four employ-
ees served as regular supervisors.
Mr. Crum said that the regular
employees were of the opinion
that the entire Road Department
did not need to be certified. Com-
missioner Mosconis pointed out
that the extra supervision may be
needed in the aftermath of a natu-
ral disaster such as a hurricane.
"Who's gonna clean the.mess up?"
asked Mosconis. Crum re-
sponded, "that's a very good
Commissioner Bevin Putnal urged
that the board meet with the
county employees and the labor
attorney to determine their opin-
ions in the matter. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer objected, "I don't
think that we should have a work-
shop. They've got a boss that they

Attorney Watkins concurred,
"the were operating on the Is-
lan, of course, but now they're
in Carrabelle with the same
people. And that's all being oper-
ated under the bankrupt corpo-
ration." He admitted, "bankruptcy
is not my favorite field."
Attorney Watkins said that the
November 4 deposition may de-
termine how the Trammell Funds
were spent by Provident Medical
Corporation. He concluded, "we'll
find out where these monies are
and where they went; and at that
time (we'll) be in a better position
to advise you."

have to answer to; and I think he's
doing a good job: and I think the
inmate supervisors are doing a
good job. I think they should go
to him and he should come to us
just like any supervisor does."
Commissioner Mosconis con-
curred with Creamer. "We need to
get a legal opinion on that," he
The board directed County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to research the
matter and return with an opin-
ion at the next meeting. Commis-
sioner Putnal said that he had no
problem with Attorney Shuler re-
searching the matter. "But I still
think that we need to talk to the
guys and just listen to them," he
*At the request of Solid Waste Di-
rector Van Johnson, the board
agreed to advertise for two recy-
cling containers fifteen yards in
length. The two containers,
Johnson noted, would be placed
on Dog Island and at the Alliga-
tor Point Campground. "Dog Is-
land currently has a six yard con-
tainer," said Johnson, "and they
have outgrown it and need more
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the appli-
cation for the Hurricane Opal
Hazard Mititgtation Grant had
been sent back from the gtate to
the county. Funds from the grant,
Pierce noted, would be used to
elevate one house and raise the
approaches to the bridge over the
Crooked River. Pierce said that the
state had requested a better cost
& benefit analysis.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that Joe
Hutchinson was hired by the
Franklin County Senior Citizens
to serve as the local contractor for
the State Housing Initiatives Part-
nership (SHIP) Program. Mr.
Hutchinson will complete the
work write-ups and job supervi-
sion for the SHIP Program.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
alerted the board to a potential
problem involving the use of the
county's right-of-way by various
business owners on St. George
Island. Mr. Pierce said that some
of the businesses were encroach-
ing of the right-of-way with both
advertising and display items.
"At this time," explained Pierce,
"the county's peddler ordinance
seems to be working fairly well at
regulating the activity of the ex-
isting peddlers...it may occur that
a peddler decides to establish his
peddling operation in front of an
existing business. The county or-
dinance does not say anything
about not peddling in front of an
existing business." Pierce said
that he was contacted by several
business owners concerning the
potential problem.
*The board agreed to set a public


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hearing on December 2 at 9:05
a.m. to consider a small scale land
use change for Dave Tuplin for an
8 acre parcel on land on State
Road 65 between the proposed
sprayfield for the Grammercy
Plantation and the county
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the county
had previously allowed sprayflelds
and drain fields in residential ar-
eas. "So I do not believe there is a
conflict of uses," he said.
*The board appointed residents
Bill Mahan, Joanne Thomason
and Gene Dasher to the Franklin
County Interagency Coordinators
Council for 1997-98.
*At the request of the Florida As-
sociation of Counties, the board
agreed to pass a resolution oppos-
ing the proposed Judicial Admin-
istration rules currently being
considered by the Florida Su-
reme Court to require two con-
ict attorneys in all capital cases.
"This (proposed rule) would
double the cost for every county
in a capital case," explained
County Clerk Kendall Wade. At-
torney Al Shuler informed the
board that over $100,000 had
been spent in a recent murder
case that was plea bargained be-
fore reaching the trial stage. "If
that rule had been applied at that
time," explained Shuler, "then we
would have had another big fee
for a second attorney in the
case....right now, if the judge
thinks they need two (defense at-
torneys), he (the judge) can ap-
point two."
*The board agreed to allocate
$1,534 from the county's recre-
ation fund to the Marchin' and
Movin' Versatile Band of Apalachi-
cola. "Our community band had
fifty children last year," said Com-
missioner Clarence Williams, "this
year we've got over 100." Commis-
sioner Williams informed board
members that the only require-
ment for children to join the band
was that they had to attend bible
school once a week. "If we help
them children now," he urged,
"you'll see the cost come down in
criminal justice."
Band Director Temolynne
Wintons informed the board that
the community band provided the
county's youth with positive ac-
tivities during the day. "I've seen
a lot of positive results from the
children," said Wintons, "and it
gives them something to do every
day for over three hours. It's a
good environment."

claims to be the property of Mike
4. The county would release Provi-
dent Medical Corporation from
any.and all actions, causes of ac-
tion, counterclaims, debts and
other claim or liability of whatever
Some of Provident Medical
Corporation's obligations in the
matter, according to the proposed
settlement, would include:
1. Provident Medical Corporation
would agree to release to Frank-
lin County the $13,332 currently
deposited in the registry of the
Clerk of the Court in Franklin
2. Provident Medical Corporation
would waive any and all claims
against the county for indigent
care that may have accrued dur-
ing its operation of Emerald Coast
3. Provident Medical Corporation
would release the county from any
and all action, causes of action,
counterclaims and any other
claim or liability of whatever na-
Chairperson Raymond Williams
suggested that the county attempt
to have Provident Medical Corpo-
ration pay its attorney fees in the
matter. Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis questioned how the
Trammell Funds which Provident
Medical Corporation previously
received were spent; these funds
were provided to Emerald Coast
Hospital by the State of Florida to
make improvements on the
"It's a significant amount of
"money," exclaimed Mosconis,
"where the heck was all that
money going to?" He continued,
"they surely wasn't spending it on
the hospital."
Attorney Watkins replied, "I am
somewhat in agreement with that.
That is what the deposition of Mr.
Steeley is scheduled for...we've
*asked (them) to produce all
records involving the Trammell
Funds and all records involving
other monies."
"With all this hoopla in the coun-
try about all the fraud in Medi-
care and Medicaid and in the
medicine industry in general,"
Mosconis said, "...they're (Provi-
dent Medical Corporation) still
operating across the street over

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The Franklin Chronicle 31 October 1997 Page 3

Good News For LVWSD

Residents On District


By Rene Topping
Jeanette Pedder brought a ray of
sunshine to the board members
and residents of Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District (LVWSD)
when she gave her report on the
debt balance owied by the district
on October 21. Pedder said that
the District had reduced the bal-
ance of its debt from approxi-
mately $1,200,000 to approxi-
mately to approximately $
888,000 in the last four years
while remaining current on their
yearly budgets.
The District had been declared in
financial trouble during 1997 and
were listed by the State of Florida
as being one of several districts
with financial troubles. State Rep-
resentative Janegale Boyd
had called special attention to the
problem when she first took of-
fice. Since that time she has been
working with the commissioners
to get them to a better financial
Much of the problems suffered by
the district began when water and
sewer were afforded to the resi-
dents in the homes on the south
side of U.S. 98. Pedder said her
hope is that the District, having
shown good faith in their efforts,
will soon be taken off the state list.
Chairman Jim Lawlor said that
the work of getting all the apart-
ments in the Village metered is
just the beginning. He advised
people who have two apartments
made into one unit to make sure
that only one name shows up on
the entire property.
Lawlor also said that, as the work
progresses, special meetings will,
be called in order for residents to
remain informed.
Although the meeting had at-
tracted a smaller audience, there
was a least one resident present
who wished to express his views
on not wanting water on his prop-
erty in Lanark Beach. Jim Bove
stood up in the middle of the
meeting to ask that a letter he had
circulated at the meeting be read
into the minutes.
His letter stated; Several years
ago, I made a written request by
registered mail and by written
petition to be hooked to the
Lanark Village water and sewer
system. This request was denied."
"However," the letter continued,
"since. that time I have installed
an upgraded well at my home and
no loi'ger have any need for your
water and sewer system."
Bove was not satisfied when the
chairman Jim Lawlor assured
that it would be filed with others;
Bove continued talking, even
though Lawlor reminded that the
board would accept comments
from the public at the end of the
Bove continued to tell the com-
missioners, and in particular the
chairman, that he wanted no part
in water and sewer from LVWSD.
Although it had been explained

earlier in the meeting that there
would be no expansion into
Lanark Beach and that all plans
for that work had been totally
abandoned, Bove continued to
speak against it.
During a report from the Field
manager Greg Yancey on getting
a new pair -of scales. for measur-
ing chlorine, Bove remarked that
there was "... a stench like a swim-
ming pool when the firemen ran
the hydrants." He continued by
asking, "How deep in debt is the
district?" And after Ms. Pedder
had given the amount, Bove per-
sisted with more questions and a
heated exchange of words ensued
between Bove and Lawlor. The
chairman stated, "The people
elected we people to sit on the
board and we will, under the state
statute, w6 will proceed whether
you darned well like it or not."
When it was reported that the dis-
trict was considering running
lines to provide fire protection' in
areas not covered, Lawlor said
that hydrants would not be in-
stalled but there would be stand
pipes sometimes referred to as
"blow-off' that could be used in
fighting fires. Kathryn Kemp said,
"What a wonderful idea."
Charles Delille reported that there
were open manholes in Gulf Ter-
race. Contacted after the meeting,
he clarified that these were not ac-
tually large manholes such as
those in streets. The board said
that they did not know of any
sewer manholes that were not
covered on any of their lines.
Yancey said that he would inves-
tigate the matter if Delille would
give him the locations of the open
manholes. However, the board
said that they felt that it was a
matter for some other authority,
Delille said, "You capped the wells
that were all over the district."
Lawlor responded that Delille's
assertion was not true and that
the capping had been done by The
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
Lawlor said that the first meeting
in which villagers will be able look
at the water metering plans will
be held on October 30 when the
maps will be displayed. Other
Meetings will be announced as the
metering process continues.
-Lawlor later explained that, the
district commissioners had a duty
to try to expand and offer services
to residents who were not pres-
ently included in the LVWS sys-
tem, although they were in the
district's boundaries. He added
that Bove's letter was certainly
noted and would be a part of the
record along with other such com-
munications. He reiterated that
there was no plan to provide any
water or sewer services to the
Lanark Beach area at the present
time. He said that his response
was provoked' by the incessant
criticism of the board even after
they had dropped all work or
planning on the Lanark Beach
The next regular meeting of the
board is slated for November 18
at 3 p.m. at Chillas Hall.

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October 31, 1997

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New Members Appointed t(

the County Zoning Board

Residents Temolynne Wintons (L) and Cheryl Sande
were appointed as alternates on the Franklin Cc
Planning and Zoning Commission by the Franklin C.
Commission on October 20. Commissioner Cla.
Williams selected Ms. Wintons to represent his dis
while Chairperson Raymond Williams selected Ms. Sa
as his representative.

Rep. Boyd



to Women

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The future of the bay area lies with
its people...and Franklin County
has some of the finest people in
the world, Rep. Janegale'Boyd
told members of Philaco Woman*s
Club at their October meeting:
One of the main challenges, she
said, lies with education: "We have
to have first class studeiitS;" she
Rep. Boyd said that being a nurse,
wife, and mother gave her experi-
ence for serving in the state House
of Representatives. "That, arid i
positive outlook," she added. "In
the medical field, there is sdme-'
thihng called "triagi'ng,'. which
means in an emergencyyou take
care of the worst cases first, arid
you only '. stop fry
ing when the patient's not breath-
ing. At the capitoll, they're 'still
She said that women who aspire
to public office should not be
afraid to try. "Don't put your
dreams on a shelf, go for them,"
she said. "You'cdaYit ffaed tdiffer-
enee." Rep.. Boyd said- he hau
band anid children have:beein:veri-
supportive. She has two children ,
in college and one in the 11th
One of the issues she did a lot of
work on during the past legisla-
tive session was to help improve
standards for education, :said
Rep. Boyd. "Now students. can't
graduate from high school with'-
out a C average. Before we had
students receiving a diplomia wifit
under a 2.0 grade point average

"Academics is important
Rep. Boyd. "We have k
school who have trouble re
Special programs have
added for first and second
We've handed lots of cha
to the schools." The trou
with bills being passed 1
enough money appropriate
Rep. Boyd brought a plaq
declaiming her "Most Outst
Freshman Legislator" wh
received from the Florida A
tion of School Boards. She
on Education, Water Res
Joint Legislative Auditir
Utilities and Communic
President Edith Edwards
out ongoing Philaco pro
including Libraries 2,000
promotes reading. Chair
Jean Nichols is contacting
and' libraries to determir
needs and preferences o
and tutoring materials
members are to buy new
o,-cho6se used ones in go
edition and bring them to't
20 meeting to be done
school and public libiarie
Handmade ornaments ha
completed for the annual
Christmas tree which is t
display at ERA Realty in
town Apalachicola. Tickets
Drawing for the tree will
at .the Nov. 20 meeting.
Eugenia Watkins need
sigers in the ,c1qjr, said,P
edwards.'Christmas mi
hearsals begin Nov. 10
who wish to sing are aske
Edwards also urged men
show up at the John
Causeway Nov. 15 at 9 a
another pickup, of trash a:
causway. Shirley Hartle
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Watercraft Issues

Franklin County Exterision Direc-
tor Bill Mahan provided member's
of the Franklin, County Commis-'
sion with the House Committee's
report on Water and Resource
Management, during the board's
October 20 regular meeting.. ,
Mr. Mahan provided commission-
ers with the following highlights
from the House Committee's Oc-
tober 8 meeting concerning pier;


City Ponders

Merits of City

P andZ


By Rene Topping
On October 25, Carrabelle City
Commissioners held a workshop
to discuss the merits of creating
their own Planning and Zoning
board. The board received assis-
tance at the meeting from County
Planner Alan Pierce and the As-
sistant County Planner Mark
O At present, the County Planning
and Zoning Commission reviews
the requests of residents from the
City of Carrabelle. Pierce said that
there was only one Carrabelle
resident on that commission. He
-rs (R) said that he felt this was unfair
county to residents since the city is grow-
ounty ing and needs to have local people
rence more involved on what happens
strict, on all zoning matters relating to
nders structures and changes in zoning.
Pierce added that the County
P&Z, which is an advisory board,
recommends plans and the
county commission acts upon
," said those items at their next meeting.
:ids in He told commissioners that the
leading. two latest additions to Carrabelle
e been waterfront, The Riverside and the
grades. Riverwalk condominiums net
-llenges county standards. Pierce com-
ble lies mented on the development of the
but not condominiums. "in my opinion,"
:ed. he said, "(they) are too dense,".
ue pro- Pierce spoke of yet one more de-
tanding velopment which is in the plan-
ich she ning stage and will have at least
kssocia- 84 boat slips with some highrise
e serves housing to be located where the
sources, Millender seafood house is now
ig, and located. He felt that this will re-
cations ally impact the city and would be
better if it came before a city
grams, Commissioner Jim Phillips said
) which that the city has the final vote; he
-person noted that the city once had its
schools own P & Z, but had difficulty in
ie their retaining members and obtaining
f books a quorum at meetings.
. Club Pierce continued to suggest that
books, the board try. again to set up a
d cNov. zoning commission; he felt there
ated to was a need for residents to have
*s. more input. He pointed out that
presently, if a.violation is brought
ve been to his attention, he investigates
Philaco the matter and advises the viola-
:o be on tor with a letter. If no answer is
I down- received, the next step is to turn
sare $1. the matter over to the County P
be held and Z or to the county attorney
for legal action. However, he has
... no official capacity; police poWer
s -more or staff to enforce any ordinances.
. sic r Pierce next tiggested that the c ity
. Those approve an amendment to their
d to call code He said that he recently re-
ceived complaints that the
Riverwalk Condominium was
ibers to taller than it should be. The build-

a.m. for
long the
:y, 927-
i Chair-

(PWC) regula-

*In; 1996,'PWC's accounted for
only 7.4 percent of all registered
boats in'the state; however, they
were involved in 36.8 percent of
all reported boating accidents and
6.8 percent of all such fatalities.
Thirty-four percent of the. PWC's
in accidents were rental units.
*During 1996-97, there were
70,605 PWC's registered in the
State of Florida; 2,514 (3.56%)
were registered rental units.
*Twenty-three percent of all PWC
accidents involved operators be-
tween the ages of 17-21. Forty-

two percent involved operators
between the ages of 21-35.
*Approximately eighty-one per-
cent of PWC operators'involved in.
accidents had received no formal
boating education.
*The most commons causes of
PWC, accidents are due to. care-
lessness/inattention and igno-
*The overall statistics for boating
in the State of Florida include:
1,260 accidents, 464 PWC acci-
dents, 804 total injuries, .59 fa-
talities and 4 PWC fatalities.

The following recommendations
were made to the Department of
Environmental Protection Boating
Advisory Council:
*Change the minimum age for
PWC operators from 14 to 16
years o age.

ing Is essentially a four storms
building, but meets the code as it
is written. The 35 feet Is measured
in the three story living space not
counting the extra height of the
pilings, therefore keeping the
building legal; as to code as writ-
Pierce suggested that the city con-
sider a 35 foot height rule start-
ing from ground level. Jim Phillips
said that he felt that the building
on stilts still gave persons a place
to see the river and to provide
parking space. In the case of the
Riverwalk Condominiums, there
would otherwise be no parking
spaces on the property itself.
City Attorney Ann Cowles said she
was researching for an Ordinance
governing communication towers
in conjunction with the Cable Vi-
sion contract matter. She said
that she found no ordinance spe-
cifically dealing with towers. Un-
der a hypothetical scenario, a
company could come into
Carrabellem, lease or buy a lot
and erect any type of tower of any
height; she said the city would
have no recourse,
Ms. Cowles said other neighbor-
ing towns have specific require-
ments onsuch matters. She said
they require that the company
have the tower inside a lot big
enough so that, if the tower ever
fell, it would fall on the company's
owned or leased land. She also
suggested there be a written state-
ments to place a fence around
the tower and landscaping for the
Pierce said he felt that the city
needs to change the current defi-
nition of "subdivision" in the Sub-
division Ordinance. At present,
the ordinance states that any land
divided into lots of five acres or
more is not a subdivision. The
problem is that this leaves the de-
veloper with the opportunity to
sell out all lots and not be liable
for roads built to standard re-
The commissioners then turned
to the business of the Carrabelle
Police Department. Police Com-
missioner Pam Lycett reported
her findings on the purchasing or
leasing a new patrol car. She said
that she had contacted several
dealers and will contact others in
order to get the best price.
Commissioner Lycett also pre-
sented a rough draft of thejob de-
scription needed for a Chief of
Police. Chief Jesse Gordon Smith
is expected to retire at the end of
S1997. The issue of educational re-
quirements was discussed with
some commissioners requesting a
lower standard. Another draft will
be presented at the next regular
meeting of the City Commission
on November 3.
Lycett said that a good start had
been made on .the newly reno-
vated building next to City Hall,
which will serve as headquarters
for the department. She had not
been able to discover when the
work was slated to be finished.

*Change theT minimum age in
which an individual may rent a
PWC from 16 to 18 years of age.
*Require PWC liveries to carry li-
ability insurance. :
*Require all operators who rent a
PWC to receive training as pre-
scribed in the Florida Administra-
tive Code (62N-36).
*Eliminate the use of inflatable
personal flotation devices for per-
sons on board PWC, water skiing,
aquaplaining or similar activities.

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Citizen's Advisory Group.
George Chapel ..... ................................. Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson .............................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping .................. .................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett .......................................... Carrabelle
Pat Morrison ........................ ............ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
W ayne Childers ...................................... Port St. Joe
A nne Estes ....................................... ..... W akulla
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Making A Difference:

Community Teams Up for a

Clean Sweep of Carrabelle Park

When community members join together with a singular purpose, a
world of good can be accomplished. In Carrabelle, a small group of
volunteers proved that much can be accomplished when people put
their hearts and minds together with a united purpose.
On October 25, a dedicated group of volunteers took on a major project
in recognition of National Make a Difference Day; they took on the
task of cleaning and renovating the Seventh Street "Kiddie Park" in
At first glance, the group must have been slightly daunted when they
began their renovation project; for, in the wooded area adjoining the
park, the group witnessed a cache of furniture and other appliances
that have littered the park grounds for many, many years. Some of
the trash, one young adult commented, had been there for much of
her childhood.
Resident Donna Messer, who serves as the WINGS Coordinator at the
Franklin County Public Library in Carrabelle, gained the support of
volunteers from the community's adult and youth population in the
effort to reclaim the Kiddie Park.
The group began work shortly before the noon hour by mowing much
of the area's overgrown grass, collecting and burning yard trash and
restoring some of the park's rusted and unusable equipment.
Ms. Messer, Bryan Lycett and Laurel Newman with the Apalachicola
Times were joined in their effort by a devoted group of young volun-
teers of varying ages; the young volunteers were composed of Jasmyn
Stevens, Chi Chi Lowery, Tamillia Lowery, Joy Lattimore, Tavoris
Madison, Tyquan Curry, Lafreddrick Curry, Lamar Curry, Bud
Strange, Rhetta Strange and Chenara McKinney.
Shortly after the group began their work, resident Willie Lee English
wandered by the park and offered his assistance. Mr. English pro-
vided invaluable help in moving much of the larger items from the
wooded area of the park. After many of the volunteers began remov-
ing the smaller articles of trash from the wooded area, Bryan Lycett
mowed a clearing into the park's extension.
The group then began hedging some of the overhanging trees in the
wooded area of the park. Much of that yard waste was then burned.
The group placed the larger items-of trash by the side of the road for
the city to hopefully haul away. Some of the large items to be hauled
away include a dishwasher, a couch and several lounge chairs.
Some of the volunteers agreed that the first step in the renovation
project was the hardest; others felt that the real challenge in the project
will be to maintain the momentum. All agree that more volunteers in
the effort will be welcomed in the struggle to reclaim Kiddie Park. The
group will meet at the park on Seventh Street every Saturday at 10:00
p.m. assistance in the effort will be both welcomed and appreciated.

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School Accountibility Continued from Page 1

Middle School Results
The scores reported in this. portion of the table are from 8th grade
students attending Apalachicola and Carrabelle high. The state me-
dians in reading, Florida Writes! and math are 58, 82 and 55 respec-
tively. Eighth graders in 1997 did poorly in all three categories, ex-
cept breaking ,'even" in math with a 55 score, matching the state
median. What is also surprising is the assessment showing that
Apalachicola eighth graders did better in reading, writing and math
in 1996, exceeding the state minimums in math (1996) once.
Carrabelle 8th graders also exceeded the state minimum in math in
1996. But, for both schools, at the 8th grade level, in 1997, every
score, save math, is below the state minimum performance.

High School Results
Score results for 1997 between the two high schools show poor re-
sults as well. Apalachicola High School scores were critically low in
reading and math (75c and 60c respectively). Florida Writes! scores
were below the state median but not critically so. Except for writing,
scores in 1996 were better. In Carrabelle, 1996 results was a much
better assessment for reading, writing and math (97, 74 and 81 re-
spectively). Like Apalachicola, Carrabelle students earned two criti-
cally low scores in reading and math in 1997.

Scores from Wakulla County
Among Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla test results, it is clear that the
Wakulla District performed much better overall. Except for Medart
Elementary School, all Wakulla schools at the three levels (elemen-
tary, middle and' high school) were in group four, no critically low
scores in any of the reading, writing and math divisions.

Scores from Gulf County
In Gulf County, more schools earned the group 3 designation, having
1, 2 or 3 critically low scores in the three divisions. Franklin County
students overall performed worst of the three districts in the respec-
tive categories.

Wakulla County
Reading, Writing and Mathematics Assessments

* State

%3 and
% Above %3an
% Above Above on
year in Reading Floritda
Group 97 52 44
96 53 39

State 97
Medians 96

State 97
Median .96


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% Above
in Math

65 40 71
65 56 80
66 53 77
67 56 71.
57 34 74

55 82 60
56 89 60

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Purpose of Report
The Vital Signs and Performance Status Report are now combined into the new
School Accountability Report. The School Accountability Report is designed to close
the loop on reform and accountability, to group schools with similar performance
characteristics, to identify critically low schools, to stimulate academic improve-
ment and to summarize information about school achievement, learning environ-
ment and student characteristics.
District School
The unit of reporting Is each elementary, middle and high school within the district.
Schools that have students in more than one category may have multiple reports.
Critically Low Scores
Scores that fall below the state's minimum performance criteria (as shown below)
are coded with a trailing "c."
Group 1: Critically Low (ALL 6 scores below min.)
Group 2: 4 or 5 Critically Low Scores
Group 3: 1, 2 or 3 Critically Low Scores
Group 4: No Critically Low Scores
% Above Median in Reading/Math
This is the percent of students scoring above the national median in Reading Com-
prehension or Math Concepts/Applications on the district norm-referenced test at
grade 4 or 8. State medians in Reading and Math vary, depending on the particular
test administered.
% 3 & Above on Writing
This is the percent of students scoring 3 or higher on the statewide writing assess-
ment (Florida Writes!). In 97 state medians were [44%] for elementary. [82%] for
middle and [87%] for high schools.
% Passing HSCT Communications/Math
This is the percent of 11th grade students who passed the Communications or
Math sections of the High School Competency Test during the fall administration.
State medians in 97 were 180%] for Communications and176%] for Math.

King Retsyo Continued from Page 1

'The generations keep going on," said Wilson. He and his wife Carolyn
54 91 57 have two daughters. "Kim married Jeff Creamer and there's Little
55 97 63 Charles and Bradley. Diane married Victor Duval, and they are ex-
pecting any minute now."
Wilson is president of the Vietnam Veterans of Franklin County. "We
80 87 76 now have about 40 members," he said. The Vietnam Vets hold a re-
92 75 78 union the third week in July. "We have barbecue and all the trim-
mings," he said. "Frank Page is secretary-treasurer. We started it five
87 9 8 years ago."

93 87 81


Reading, Writing and Mathe",'tics Assessments
% Above %3 and o % Above
Median on Median
Year M Reding Florida in Math
Year in Reading Writest

Osarte 97
Medians Group V'6.

State 97
Medians 96

Middle 96
State 97
Medians 96

lign 96

The new King Retsyo said he's not against regulation of the seafood
industry. "I believe you've got to have some regulation in anything
you have," he said. "But it looks like the people who regulate the
seafood industry only think about shrimp and oysters when they are
cooked and put in front of them. The people who make the laws need
to be educated in the industry before they pass them.

51 44 62 "Sure, the seafood industry has got problems," said Wilson. "But so
52 39 65 does other industries in the United States, and we don't want to just
up and leave it. I think the bureaucrats needs to get more involved in
56 10 61 the needs of the industry and know more about the impact of the
56 31 52 laws on the industry before they jump the gun. I'm for a happy me-
dium, something the commercial fishermen can work with.
53 39 -55
49 32c 51 "We need mediators instead of dictators," said Wilson. "I feel like the
seafood industry to us is not only a way of life; it is our heritage. We -
5so 11 39 don't need to be over-regulated. We need to see some laws, but some
33 OC 38 of it is ridiculous."

King Retsyo said he feels being selected to represent the seafood in-
58 82 55 dustry during the Florida Seafood Festival and throughout the 34th
62 89 55 year is an honor. "It makes me humble that people would have the
confidence in me," he said. Wilson was nominated by Apalachicola
City Commissioner Jack Frye.
5 "I feel like I represent the seafood workers more so than the festival
o6 7 s4 part of it," said Wilson. 'The concept in years past was that it is for
the seafood industry. We need to get back to where we began, go back
to where it started and why.
80 87 76
92 75 78 "I hear what most of the local people say," said Wilson. "The festival
has gotten so commercialized. I realize you've got to make some money
to put it on, but we need to sit down and say, 'hey, is It worth it?' I feel
87 73 96 like we've lost it along the way. We need to get more local people
00oo s55 98 involved, get it back to what was meant to be done in the beginning,
get back to basics."

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tober compared to 150 custom-
ers that were served at the event
on September 24. In addition,
96.01 tons of trash were collected
during the October amnesty event
compared to 65.54 tons which
were collected in September. The
next Amnesty Day at the Frank-
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The Franklin Chronicle 31 October 1997 Page 5

Drilling Permit from Page 1
and testimony evidence that underscores their commitment to oil
exploration activities, and the continuity of such work over the last
three decades.
The environmental groups, and Attorney General's counsel on cross-
examination of this evidence, have tried to demonstrate that the com-
pany has been more involved in litigation and almost idle in explora-
tipn;, thereby attempting to establish an argument that the company
is interested only in being paid for its leasehold. That property inter-
est is substantial, forming a band from about Apalachicola south to
about Naples, Florida, and extending seaward about 10 miles along
the band. Previous litigation has already established the company's
legal hold on these state submerged lands; the only private interest
or leases which currently exist in Florida waters.


Robert Angerer, Sr., Counsel Environmental Counsel,
for Coastal Petroleum. David Guest.
The counsel for Florida Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and Florida
Audobon Society is David Guest. Counsel for Intervenors, the St.
George Island Civic Club, is Barbara Sanders. counsel for the Attor-
ney General are Denis Dean and Monica Reimer. Robert Angerer and
Robert Angerer, Jr. are counsel for Coastal Petroleum. Andrew Bau man
is representing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Thus far, as of Friday, October 31, 1997, the Coastal Petroleum com-
pany is still presenting their "case in Chief' addressing multiple is-
sues including the one described earlier.
Part of the hearings have involved an education function because the
Court, and some of the environmental attorneys incidentally, are
unfamiliar with the technology and science of oil and gas exploration.
Slowly and methodically, Coastal's counsel have been supplying ex-
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company's plans, and expert opinion about the reasons they expect
to find oil at #1281. Coastal's President, Phil Ware, spent nearly two
days on the witness stand presenting documentary and oral evidence
of the company's exploration activities, including considerable time
spend on terms used in the business and technology of exploration .
He exclaimed that site # 1281 represents the largest oil location east
of the Mississippi in several decades, perhaps the largest site of oil in
the domestic United States.
If the permits were granted and oil was found to be economi-
cally feasible, a 20 year operating well could generate $107
million to Franklin County from royalties and taxes. This
find could also drastically lower property taxes as in Santa
Rosa County years ago.
The parade of expert witnesses from Coastal Petroleum's Case in Chief
has been lengthy and substantial. Each of the opposing parties such
as the Attorney General, the environmentalist attorneys, or DEP, has
the right to cross-examine all of the witnesses presented by Coastal
in their direct examination. Such a process has added considerable
time in the presentation of the case.
The testimony is also adding substantially to the record of the pro-
ceedings, now numbered into the thousands of pages, along with reams
of studies, reports and memoranda.

Phil Ware, President, Coastal Administrative Law Judge,
Petroleum. Mary Clarke
Ed Garrett testified about his initial review of the application for a
drilling permit by Coastal, and how the internal record for the final
recommendations of the $4.2 billion dollars was established in DEP.
Dr. Anthony Randazzo, a professor of Geology at the University of
Florida, provided all parties an overview of the exploration process.
John Edward Shell, a consultant from Louisiana, an expert in shell
casings on drilling rigs, provided detailed information on the intrica-
cies of the well head and casings, evidence that provided a founda-
tion for the surety issue, safety features of the equipment, and impli-
cations for cleanup costs around a drilling rig. Questioning of expert
Jim Rushing from Houston, Texas, led to material about environ-
mental acceptability and more evidence on the surety issue. Dr. Tom
Herbert described his work on environmental planning, operations
and responses to oil spills; he has been designated as environmental
compliance officer for Coastal Petroleum. Dr. William Sackett testi-
fied on oil spills and effects. Dr. Harry Roberts, a geologist, added to
that discussion with naturally occurring "leaks" of oil in the Gulf of
Mexico (seeps and vents). During the testimony, a large amount of
the historical record on oil spills has been entered into the proceed-
ings including the largest recorded spill from a Mexican well that was
allowed to run for nearly 100 days before the government closed down
the well. This particular spill was selected as the "model" that served
as a basis for cleaning up a projected spill should such an event
occur off of St. George Island.
Dr. Jacquelin Michel, a veteran of many oil spill cleanup projects,
testified on various costs involved with the "worst-case scenario for
the domestic U. S. oil market placed at $200 million, far below the
$4.2 billion imposed by DEP.
Coastal Petroleum expects to "wrap up" its Case in Chief on Monday,
November 3rd. Then, the environmental attorney plan to present their
"Case in Reply" offering some of the same witnesses. The evidence
phase of the trial may likely end by the November 6th. Then, attor-
neys will submit their recommended final orders in the case, and the
Judge will begin her deliberations as soon as the transcripts are made
The criteria for issuing a drilling permit by DEP are listed in Florida
Statutes 377.241, presented below. Each of these criterions be-
comes a set of "proof points" that Coastal Petroleum must estab-
lish, and the opposing attorneys may refute. The last element
(#3) presents some interesting evidentiary problems given the re-
quirement, "the proven or indicated likelihood..." of oil or gas,
tied to the requirement to demonstrate "a commercially profit-
able basis."
SECTION 377.241
exercise of its authority to issue permits as hereinafter pro-
vided, shall give consideration to and be guided by the fol-
lowing criteria:
1) The nature, character and location of the lands involved;
whether rural, such as farms, groves, or ranches, or urban
property vacant or presently developed for residential or busi-
ness purposes or are in such a location or of such a nature
as to make such improvements and developments a prob-
ability in the near future.
2) The nature, type and extent of ownership of the applicant,
including such matters as the length of time the applicant
has owned the rights claimed without having performed any
of the exploratory operations so granted or authorized.
3) The proven or indicated likelihood of the presence of oil,
gas or related minerals in such quantities as to warrant the
exploration and extraction of such products on a commer-
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Most of the Franklin County
participants attending the pub-
lic hearing into the oil drilling
test permit testified against al-
lowing Coastal Petroleum to
obtain a permit to sink a test
well. Less than 50 came into the
large chamber at the Apalachi-
cola Civic Center building and
lined up facing a long line of
lawyers, a court reporter and a
hearing officer on Wednesday
evening starting at 5 p.m. By 6
O'clock, most of the small gath-
ering had aired their views,
starting with those of Frank
Latham, representative from
the St. George Island Civic
Club. Most of the negative com-
ments centered around the fear
of an oil spill and ruined
beaches. Dr. Tom Adams, St.
George Island, asserted that the
4.2 billion surety bond imposed
by the Governor and Cabinet
one month earlier was too low.
Tommy Day, St. George Island,
raised some important ques-
tions about how the oil would
be transferred from the drilling
rig, once the proper permits had
been obtained, and Coastal's
lawyer, Robert Angerer (Talla-
hassee) said the corporation
was considering a pipeline.
Tammy Summers spoke of a
threat to sea turtles, and
Abagail Shiver sharply defended
the interests of the seafood in-
dustry against a perceived
threat of oil spills. This followed
the only positive statement
made in the public hearing,
encouraging development of oil
exploration as a means to pro-
vide more employment. Steve
Knapp spoke also of the con-
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influenced by the no-called

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and development unemploy-
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beach tar, to diminished restau-
rant business, and large im-
pacts on hotels, motels and real
estate rentals. Patty Durham
reminded the assembled attor-
neys and the, hearing officer
about the "word of mouth"
communication that has com-
municated such negative per-
ceptions far beyond county
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Clarke, opened the meeting at
5 p.m., describing the brief his-
tory of the administrative hear-
ings thus far, indicating that
she was there to listen to vari-
ous members of the public state
their views. All witnesses were
put under oath and subject to
cross-examination but none
were subjected to the courtroom
practice of cross-exam. In Tal-
lahassee, Ms. Clark explained,
the administrative hearing is
conducted more like a judicial
case, with presentation of tes-
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rules of'evidence and a more
formal procedure for conduct-
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Published every other Friday


By Carol Ann Vandegrift
"I'm a mullet born,
I'm a mullet bred,
And when I die
I'll be a mullet dead."
(Former School Song)
The Carrabelle High School caf-
eteria was jam-packed with 470
excited former students and fac-
ulty on Saturday, October 25, but
the gathering was not just a rou-

tine assembly. Many of these
former "Mullets" and teachers had
traveled to Carrabelle from at
least 15 different states, includ-
ing Washington, Ohio, Virginia,
Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisi-
ana, North and South Carolina,
New York, and Washington, D.C.
and from various parts of Florida.
The occasion was heralded as the
Carrabelle High School Reunion
for students who attended or fac-

Senior Citizens Center

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What a way to go! Ken Mansuy rides a motorized scooter
given to benefit the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.
Tickets will be on sale for a chance to win the vehicle at
the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. Admiring
Ken's joyride are other board members (1-r) Bonnie Dietz,
Jim Lawlor, and President Helen Schmidt.

Panther Pride

,One of the many floats on display at the Carrabelle High
School's Homecoming Parade held on October 17.

Miss Florida Seafood was on
hand for the Homecoming
-., -Parade in Carrabelle.
f- '/ '

(the name says it all)

ulty who taught at the school dur-
ing the years of 1917 to 1980, a
span of 63 years. But Myrt Booth
Davis, a Carrabelle girl who mar-
ried a Quincy man, upset the
apple cart when she showed up
for the reunion, because Myrt was
a 1916 graduate of the school Her
childhood home is now the site of
Pat's Place, and the IGA store sits
on the former homesite of Myrt's
The group's oldest graduate,
George Bradford of Apalachicola,
attended the reunion. We've been
told that George was the only CHS
student to graduate in 1917 and
therefore received all the honors,
but we have not been able to con-
firm the uniqueness of this report.
The reunion began officially at
noon, with food catered from Tal-
lahassee by Banjo's Pit Bar-B-Q.
Former students and faculty were
present to represent every year
between 1916-1980. The celebra-
tion continued into the night with
"dancing, reminiscing and much
conversation" that began at 8 p.m.
in the school gym. There were
admittedly fewer participants at
the dance. Food for this phase of
the celebration was catered by
Bonnie Surber of Medart.
Carrabelle City Commissioner
Wesley "Buz" Putnal, said there
was "more talking than dancing"
as old friends reunited, some for
the first time in many years. He
commended the committee mem-
bers who worked hard to put the
reunion together: Virginia Clower,
Frank and Wenoka (Putnal)
James, Ann McKnight, Basil and
Julie McKnight, Gary and Vance
Millender, Nita Molsbee, Eva
Papadopoulas, Genevieve (Mrs.
Buz) Putnal and Roland and Mena
Eva Papadopoulas said she saw
people she hadn't seen in 40 or
50 years. 'The two happiest days
of my life are the day I got mar-

Jackie Gay, From Page 1
Both Jackie and Mickey Gay also
noticed that their chances were
improving in the contest when
Woodward and Newman kept
eating the seafood gumbo. "They
just kept eating that gumbo,"
noted Ms. Gay. Mr. Gay
concurred, "he (Newman) got so
involved in the eating that he
forgot where he was."
Ms. Gay said that both Joanne
Woodward & Paul Newman were
incredibly down-to-earth and
friendly with all the guests at the
recipe contest. "They were just
like two people who have lived
next door and who you've known
all your life and talked with over
the fence," said Ms. Gay. She said
that she hit it off especially well
with Ms. Woodward. "We're both
from Georgia," Ms. Gay pointed
Mickey Gay commented on the
resemblance between Ms.
Woodward and his wife. "She &
Jackie looked like sisters in the
same family," he said. Mr. Gay
said that he had an opportunity
to personally thank Mr. Newman
for all his charitable work. "I told
him, 'I think that you're an honor
to your profession,'" he noted.
When her recipe was selected as
one of the prize winners, Ms. Gay
said that she was nearly
speechless. "I don't think she got
really emotional until afterwards,"

ried and the day of the reunion,"
she said. "I couldn't believe I was
in Carrabelle," Eva continued,
commenting on the beauty of the
decorations and the entire event.
"It was first class, spectacular!"
Virginia Clower, a CHS graduate
who also taught at the school,
said the committee member were
amazed at the success of the re-
union. "It was just wonderful...we
are so tickled to have had the sup-
port and for so many to respond."
She saw many of her former stu-
dents as well as her own class-
mates. It is not certain at this
writing how many former stu-
dents or faculty were unable to
attend the reunion or unable to
be located. According to Virginia,
a number of the invitations sent
out were returned as undeliver-
able to the only address the com-
mittee knew of. Also several
deaths had occurred.
Carlton Wathen, a 1947 graduate
and his wife, Grace, a former CHS
teacher, enjoyed "seeing a lot of
people we hadn't seen for a long
time," including Grace's uncle,
Charles Mattair, who now lives in
Kennewick, Washington. Like ev-
eryone else, Grace and Carlton
were surprised at the number of
people who turned out for the oc-
By Sunday evening, after "many
family reunions intermingled with
the school reunion," a lot of people
who grew up in Carrabelle headed
back home. By Monday, most ev-
eryone was gone, leaving behind
a lot of Carabellians who are still
overjoyed at the success of the
reunion, still tingling with the
warmth of seeing and talking
to old friends, relatives and

A 1
Jackie Gay (L) smiles as she
tells Lisa McCree, host of the
Good Morning America
show, the title of her recipe.
Mickey Gay recalled, "but I know
I got real teary-eyed."
On October 29, Jackie Gay
-appeared on the Good Morning
America show with hosts Lisa
McCree and Charles Gibson. The
second prize winner, Alexandria
Sanchez, also appeared on the
show. Her recipe was entitled,
Towering Inferno Creole Posole. It
was noted that Joanne Woodward
selected Gay's recipe as the grand.
prize winner and. Paul Newman
selected Sancez' recipe.
"She's (Joanne Woodward) from
Georgia as I am," Ms. Gay said'
during the show, "and if you live
in Georgia, you eat okra in
everything...and it (the seafood-
gumbo) has a lot of okra."

Jackie Gay
Carrabelle, Florida
Organization Category
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 large onions (purple and yellow), sliced
4 bell peppers (red, green and yellow), sliced
2 26-ounce jars Newman's Own All-Natural Diavolo Sauce
3 cups water
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon each black and red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pint fresh, shucked Apalachicola Bay oysters in liquor
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound fresh scallops
1 pound fresh cooked crab fingers (if available) or lump
2 pounds fresh grouper fillets (or other good firm fish fillets,
such as scrod), boneless and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound fresh or frozen sliced okra
12 cups hot cooked white rice (use very high-quality rice only)
Heat oil in an 8-quart Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add
onions and peppers and cook until slightly soft. Drain off excess oil. Add
sauce, water and all seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Add
all seafood and simmer for 45 minutes. Add okra and simmer for another
15 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight and reheat slowly.
Spoon 1 cup of gumbo over about 1/2 cup of hot rice. Serve with saltine
crackers on the side. Other seafood may be substituted.
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The Franklin Chronicle 31 October 1997 Page 7

Franklin County Second

Circuit Court Report

The Honorable F.E. Steinmeyer /
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger / \
October 20, 1997

All charges are mere allegations until proven in a court of law.

Samuel "Lump" Bracken: Charged with one count of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
$25 worth of crack cocaine to Sgt. James Watkins during an under-
cover controlled buy operation on 8th Street in the City of Apalachi-
cola. Sgt. Watkins reported that he was "flagged down" by the defen-
dant as he approached an establishment known as Sam's Place. "Dur-
ing my conversation with the subject," Watkins reported, "he (the
defendant) stated to me that his name was 'Lump' and (he) showed
me a tatoo with the letters 'Lump' written on his arm."
Vincent Brown: Charged with two counts of Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was appointed the services of the public
According to information filed, the defendant allegedly attacked two
officers from the Franklin Work Camp on February 1. According to
the report, the defendant allegedly choked and struck Sgt. Velmon
Watson in the face with his fist; the defendant also allegedly threw
Sgt. Robert Millender to the ground and struck him in the head with
his fist.
Eric Campbell: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defen-
dant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on
November 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
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Wade Dixon: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pled No Contest to the lesser offense of Trespassing on an
Occupied Structure. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to one year of probation. Judge Steinmeyer
also ordered the defendant to pay $115 for court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly en-
tered a residence located at Bell's Trailer Park in Eastpoint on Sep-
tember without permission. According to the report, the resident of
that trailer claimed that the defendant was not invited into her home.
The resident alleged that she detected an odor of alcohol on the de-
fendant. She further alleged that, when she pushed the defendant
towards the front door, he spat in her face.
Tammy Dounds: Charged with two counts of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance with Intent to Sell, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management
on November 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglass
Jermaine "Pookie" Fedd: Charged with one count of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
crack cocaine to Sgt. James Watkins on July 23 during an under-
cover controlled buy operation in Apalachicola. The defendant was
apprehended at the intersection of 8th Street and Avenue J.
Corey Griffin: Charged with two counts of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance and one count of Escape, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case manage-
ment on November 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Sgt. James Watkins and Nar-
cotics Investigators Ricky Tolbert and Marty Williams with the Gulf
County Sheriffs Department were conducting controlled buy opera-
tions for crack cocaine in Apalachicola on September 4. During the
undercover operation, the defendant allegedly sold crack cocaine to
one of the officers. According to the report, audio and video surveil-
lance equipment were used during the operation.
According to another probable cause 1-eport, Lt. Michael Eller, Major
Ronald Crum and Major Mike Mock entered an abandoned home lo-
cated on 9th Street in Apalachicola in pursuit of the defendant. The
defendant was allegedly discovered hiding behind a door in one of the
bedrooms. According to the report, the defendant was handcuffed by
Lt. Eller and led out of the house. The defendant alleged broke from
officers as he was being led to a patrol car and fled the scene. The
defendant was allegedly apprehended by Deputy Timothy Register on
8th Street in Apalachicola shortly thereafter.
O'Shelia Harris: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for case management on November 17. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly at-
tacked Clifford Jones with a butcher's knife on May 18 at the City
Lodge on 6th Street in Apalachicola. Officer Earl Whitfield with the
Apalachicola Police Department reported that the victim had received
a wound to his head; he further reported that the victim's head, neck
and shoulders were covered with blood. Officer Whitfield reported
that the weapon was not recovered in the case.
Crystal Keith: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, Uttering a
Forged Instrument, Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Assault on a
Law Enforcement Officer, Escape, Depriving an Officer of his Means
of Protection, Resisting an Officer With Violence, Resisting an Officer
without Violence, Third Degree Grand Theft and three counts of Deal-
ing in Stolen Property, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management
on November 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was allegedly
stopped on September 20 by Officer Buddy Shiver with the Carrabelle
Police Department due to an outstanding warrant. According to the
report, the defendant was being driven by Kenny Wallace when Of-
ficer Shiver stopped her.
Shiver reported that Mr. Wallace stepped out of the vehicle when he
stopped them. He further reported that the defendant allegedly slid
under the wheel of the car and tempted to drive away. According to
the report, Shiver allegedly grabbed the defendant's arm and attempted
to place her under arrest. The defendant allegedly struggled during
the arrest procedure.
The defendant allegedly asked Mr. Wallace for help during her struggle
with Officer Shiver. According to the report, Mr. Wallace then put his
arms around the defendant; he backed away, however, when Officer
Shiver threatened to arrest him for Obstruction of Justice. Officer
Shiver then allegedly directed Mr. Wallace to get a file box out of his
vehicle as he struggled to place the defendant in the back seat. Mr.
Wallace allegedly complied.
Officer Shiver alleged that he then heard the sound of a gun shot as
he attempted to place the defendant in the back seat of his vehicle.
He reported that the defendant then ceased to resist arrest. "I felt for
my weapon," Shiver reported, "it was gone." He reported that Mr.
Wallace then grabbed his side and began yelling. Shiver reported that
the defendant pointed the weapon at him and said, "I will kill you."
Officer Shiver reported that he backed away from the defendant and
held his hands up.
The defendant allegedly ran back to her vehicle with Wallace and
sped off. The two crashed their vehicle into a fence approximately 3/
4 of a mile down Highway 98 leading to Eastpoint. "I did not have a
weapon," Shiver reported, so I did not want to get too close to them."
He stated that he searched the vehicle for his gun, but did not dis-
cover the weapon. Ray Tyre with Florida Power later picked up the
defendant and Wallace as they were swimming in the Carrabelle River.
Kenny Wallace was later charged with the offense of Accessory Before
and After the Fact on October 19.
Thomas Litton: Charged with one count of Possession of More Than
20 Grams of Cannabis, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the defen-
dant to two years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant will be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling.
Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
According to the probable cause.report, the defendant and two other
individuals were detained on September 12 at the Fort Gadsden State
Park located off of State Road 65 for possession of marijuana. The
report noted that a large amount of cannabis was discovered in the
defendant's vehicle.
The defendant allegedly agreed to show officers with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department where other cannabis plants were lo-
cated. The defendant allegedly took officers to his residence located
off of River Road in Carrabelle and showed them additional plants
that were hidden in the trunk of his vehicle. The defendant alleged
that the other two detained individuals had no knowledge of the can-
nabis plants.
Harry Pierce: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
18 months of probation and 30 days in the county jail with credit for
27 days of time served. As a condition of probation, the defendant will
be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $100 to the Florida

Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
According to the probable cause report, members of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department reported that a white Mercury Topaz
was parked in the middle of the road at the westerly end of 9th Street
in Apalachicola on September 23. Officers examined the license plate
and later determined that the vehicle belonged to Diana Monroy of
The officers then allegedly contacted Ms. Monroy and the defendant
to discuss the location of the vehicle. Officers then allegedly asked if
they could search the vehicle. According to the report, "there was a
report that the occupants of the vehicle had been smoking crack in
the car."
Ms. Monroy allegedly permitted officers to search the vehicle; she
alleged that the defendant and another individual had lost a piece of
crack cocaine in the vehicle. According to the report, she alleged that
"if any (crack) was found it would belong to them." Officers allegedly

discovered a 1/4 inch square of cocaine located under the front edge
of the driver's seat. The defendant allegedly informed officers that he
was the last person to drive the vehicle.
Lisa Polous: The defendant has been charged with one count of Ag-
gravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for November 17. The defendant was represented by Attor-
ney Gordon Shuler. Information has not yet been filed in this case.
Delonta Sanders: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
two years of probation and 150 days in the county jail with credit for
50 days of time served. As a condition of probation, the defendant will
be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Stephanie Scofiled: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Sexual Act with a Child Under Sixteen Years of Age. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on November
17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Information has not yet been filed in this case.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly en-
gaged in consensual sexual intercourse with a 14 year old male in the
early month of September. According to the report, the defendant
allegedly engaged in one act of sexual intercourse with the juvenile at
his home. The defendant allegedly admitted to Lt. Johnny Turner &
Lt. Mike Eller at the Franklin County Sheriffs Department on Octo-
ber 2 that she had engaged in the sexual act. The incident was re-
ported to authorities by the juvenile's mother.
Charlene Simmons: Charged with one count of Possession of Co-
caine & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
case management on November 17. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report; Sheriff Bruce Varnes, Lt.
Michael Moore and deputies from the Franklin County Sheriffs De-
partment served a search warrant to the residence of Charlene
Simmons located at the Carrabelle Cove Apartments on October 3.
According to the report, officers arrested Donnie Thompson, Tammy
Dounds and the defendant at the apartment complex. Officers alleg-
edly discovered crack cocaine and marijuana residue on various items
in the apartment. Officers allegedly discovered crack cocaine inside a
pill bottle belonging to Tammy Dounds. In addition, a beer can "used
to ingest drugs" was also discovered at the residence. Ms. Douds
allegedly informed officers that she was only visiting the apartment.
Mr. Thompson allegedly said that he resided at the home.
Donnie Thompson: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance and Sale of Cannabis, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case
management on November 17. The defendant .was represented by '6.:
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
$25 worth of crack cocaine and marijuana to Sgt. James Watkins on
September 20 at the Carrabelle Cove Apartments.
James Denig: The defendant has been charged with
Aggravated Battery. Judge Steinmeyercon
management on November 17. The defendarf
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. '-
According to information filed, the defendant allegedly threw scald-
ing coffee on Donnette Broxton on July 7 causing bodily harm to the
Ben Turrell: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management .on November
17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
$20 worth of crack cocaine to Sgt. James Watkins in Apalachicola on
July 17 during a controlled buy operation. Sgt. Waltkins then alleg-
edly contacted Officer Andy Williams with the Apalachiocla Police
Department for assistance. According to the report, Sgt. Watkins pro-
vided Officer Williams with a verbal description of the defendant. Of-
ficer Williams and Sgt. Micheal Moore later allegedly discovered the
defendant standing in the intersection of 9th Street and Avenue K in

John Blake: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to
two years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $250 for court costs:
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevirn
Calvin Burns: The defendant has been charged with two counts of
Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on November 19. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Cain: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Third Degree Criminal Mischief. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on November 17. The defendant was ap-
pointed the services of the public defender.
Keith Castor: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Cultivation of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
trial on November 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Steve Glazer.
Michael Champion: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial
on November 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Information has not yet been filed in this
Jeremy Collins: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Grand Theft, Uttering a Forged Instrument and Third Degree Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on November 19.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Ronald Mowery.
Russell Cooper: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for trial on November 19. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frederick Cummings: Charged with one count of Uttering a Worth-
less Check Over $149, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the
defendant to 18 months of probation. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered
the defendant to pay $300 in restitution to the Gulfside IGA and $255
for court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Davis: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine with
Intent to Sell, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
two years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $400 in restitution
to Gene Dasher. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.

O.C. Davis: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 30 months in
the Franklin County Jail. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be evaluated and screened for substance abuse counseling. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $151 to the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office for investigation costs. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney Dennis Boothe.
Robert Dillon: The defendant was charged with one count of Bur-
glary of a Dwelling. The State of Florida eide
case. According to the Nolle Prosequi report th
tant State Attorney Ron Flury on October 17 in the case,terea'i '
"probable cause to arrest, however, facts (were) insufficient to prove
(the) case beyond a reasonable doubt." He concluded, the "co-defen-
dant in this case is deceased." The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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Court Report from Page 7

Ruben Gallegos, Jr.: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Sexual Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
November 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Linda Goggins: The defendant has been charged with two counts of
DUI Involving Serious Injuries and Leaving the Scene of an Accident
and one count of Driving with a Suspended License and Battery. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on November 19. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Johnny Gray: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, a written
olea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defendant. Judge
iteinmeyer continued the case for trial on November 19. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
William Hilderbrandt: Charged with one count of DUI and Tamper-
ing with Physical Evidence, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on
behalf of the defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
trial on December 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Information has not yet been filed in
this case.
Arthur Hutchinson: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the
defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case manage-
ment on November 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Daniel Johnson: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor
Vehicle, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18
months of probation. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant
to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Johnson: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer ad-
judicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to two years of proba-
tion and ordered him to pay $255 for court costs. Judge Steinmeyer
also sentenced the defendant to 120 days in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 57 days of time served. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Johnson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Cultivation of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
trial on November 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Corlinda Lattimore: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on November 17. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Lowery: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the de-
fendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudi-
cated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to six months in the
Franklin County Jail. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defen-
dant to serve two years of probation and pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs.
As a condition of probation, the defendant will be evaluated and

Concerns Voiced at Legislative
Delegation Meeting

Residents and public officials
throughout the county made their
way to the annual Legislative Del-
egation meeting hosted by Sena-
tor Pat Thomas and Representa-
tive Janegale Boyd on October 28
at the Franklin County Court-
Willie Speed, with the Franklin
County School Board, requested
that funding be allocated to the
school district for help with main-
tenance. "We have a problem with
maintenance," said Speed, "our
facilities are deteriorating and we
need really some help." He pointed
out that his requests were per-
sonal and not on behalf of the
school board as a whole.
Representative Boyd stated that
computers were currently avail-
able free of charge from the State.
"They're doing some upgrading
and so they have computers," she
said. Representative Boyd stated
that a letter would have to be sent
by Superintendent Brenda Gallo-
way to the State requesting the
Clerk of Court Kendall Wade re-
quested that funds'be allocated
to the county to dredge the Two
Mile Channel, Scipio Creek,
Eastpoint Breakwater and the
Crooked River in Carrabelle. "DEP
(Department of Environmental
Protection) is the hold up," Wade
stated, "the Corps of Engineers
are ready to go...we're right back
to permitting and this is one of
the big problems that we have in
our county. We certainly need to
get this dredging done."
Mr. Wade also pointed out that
Highway 67 & 370 needed atten-
tion. "Again, we're back down to
the fact that we've passed the lo-
cal option gas tax which DOT (De-
partment of Transportation) said,
'if you don't pass the gas tax, we
won't help you on the roads.' Now
we've passed it and now DOT
says, 'no, we're not gonna help
Senator Thomas noted that the
Department of Transportation did
not promise to take over Highway
67 & 370 if the county adopted
the local option gas tax. "They
didn't make a commitment," he
noted, "but they strongly alluded
to the fact that, if the county
didn't help itself (then) they
weren't gonna help you." Thomas
said that he had spoken to Ed-
ward Prescott with the DOT. "Ed-
ward (Prescott) tells me that he's
gonna try to help some of these
roads," said Thomas, "but it might
not come in the way of adoption."

Chairperson Raymond Williams
questioned Senator Thomas on
the county's proposed prison.
"They still haven't purchased the
land," he noted. Kendall Wade
added that that proposed prison
site was located by Highway 67.
"Here we are with a road that's
potholed," he said.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes said that he
had a problem with an aspect con-
cerning pawn shops. "Under the
law," he said, "pawn shops are
restricted... and if they buy sto-
len property from the victims, it's
the victims' responsibility to go
back to that pawn shop and buy
it back...I just can't picture going
to tell this victim, 'O.K., you've
just been victimized, but you're
victimized again. Now you got to
go buy your stolen property back.'
That is creating a big problem for
me in this county."
Senator Thomas responded, "it's
called due process." He said that
the matter may be redrafted in
future legislative sessions to
"overcome some frustrations."
James Lawlor, with the Lanark
Village Water & Sewer District,
stated that the budget for the
water & sewer district has been
corrected. "Starting October 1, we
instituted guidelines where we
now have an impact fee to go into
our reserve fund," he said, "and
we have a $3 per customer fee to
go into our depreciation fund."
Lawlor continued, "we should be
off the state for emergency...bad
debts or whatever you call it." He
provided both Senator Thomas
and Representative Boyd with a
copy of the district's budget.
Jim Phillips with the Carrabelle
City Commission thanked both
Senator Thomas and Representa-
tive Boyd for the $700,000 allo-
cated to the City of Carrabelle for
its wastewater collection revital-
ization program.
Commissioner Phillips requested
$1.3 million to complete the city's
revitalization program. "Senator,
you've got that in your back
pocket," joked Phillips, "don't
shake your head."
Senator Thomas stated that the
City of Carrabelle had received a
loan from one of the federal agen-
cies and did not pay it back.
"We're under a agreement with the
federal government," Thomas
said, "that we can't advance any
dollars until y'all get straightened
on that delinquent loan." He said
that he was not optimistic that he
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screened for substance abuse counseling. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Melton: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of Cocaine and two counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon
Brian Miller: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft, a
written plea of Not Guilty was filed on the behalf of the defendant.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
George Moss: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
five months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 129 days of
time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defendant to two
years of probation and ordered him to pay $100 to the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs. As
a condition of probation, the defendant will be evaluated and screened
for substance abuse counseling. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Lorenzo O'Neal: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of Cocaine and two counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on No-
vember 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Chris Richards: The defendant has been Charged with one count of
Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Third Degree Grand
Theft and Criminal Mischief. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for case management on December 17. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney A. Waylon Graham.
Timmie Richardson: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense of Pos-
session of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail. Judge
Steinmeyer also sentenced the defendant to two years of probation
and ordered him to pay $100 to the Florida Department of Law En-
forcement Crime Lab and $255 for court costs. The defendant was
represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Kenneth Rucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Para-
phernalia. The State of Florida agreed not to pursue the case. Ac-
cording to information from the office of the Assistant State Attorney,
there was probable cause to arrest the defendant, but the "fruits of
the crime" were subject to suppression. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Stevens: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for case management on November 17. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Benjamin Whitaker: Charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of
an Accident, Driving with a Suspended or Rended or Revoked License, Aggra-
vated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Wilful

A small group of residents at-
tended the Domestic Violence
Community Forum hosted by the
Refuge House on October 25 at
the Apalachicola City Hall.
Local Refuge House Coordinator
Jeannie Taylor announced that
she has already been contacted
by several individuals who have
requested to volunteer with the
Refuge House. "It's starting to
mushroom," said Taylor, "and it's
starting to roll."
The Refuge House Task Force,
Taylor said, has scheduled a law
enforcement seminar which will
be held at the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department on Novem-
ber 3. "There are a lot of new laws
on the books regarding domestic
violence," Taylor said.
The military, said Taylor, has in-
stituted rules concerning domes-
tic violence. "If you have a domes-
tic violence conviction on your
record," she said, "You can not
join the military." Taylor contin-
ued, "so it's very serious
business...and they're putting a
lot of teeth into the law.
Ms. Taylor also said that a sexual
violence seminar had recently
been conducted at Weems Memo-
rial Hospital. "We had a lot of hos-
pital personnel present," she said.
Taylor pointed out that sexual vio-
lence victims needed support
when taken to the hospital. She
said that hospital personnel often
do not have adequate time to meet
the emotional needs of sexual
abuse victims. Taylor added,
"many times the law enforcement
officers don't know what to
say...and so they don't say
A new service sorority known as
Kappa Delta will soon be provid-
ing hygiene packages to sexual
abuse victims at the hospital, said
Taylor. "Just the minute they
(doctors) get through gathering
the information they need," Tay-
lor informed, "she (the victim) can
go and clean up." She also said
that the group may also provide
the hospital with new clothing for
the victims. "The victims' clothes
are taken as part of the investi-
gation," Taylor pointed out.
Assistant State Attorney Rachel
Chesnut stated that her office re-
ceived one or two sexual violence
cases per month. She said that
the office handled approximately
five to eight domestic violence
cases per month.
"Unfortunately," said Attorney
Chesnut, "the problem that we
have is that the officers go out to
a scene...and they have two
people there and, of course, they
have totally different stories as to
what happened. The officers don't
want to make a decision as to
what happened and who needs to
be arrested; so, unfortunately in
a lot of times, both of them end
up going to jail."
Chesnut pointed out, "this makes
it very hard for us to prosecute a
case, because we can't talk to ei-
ther person because they're both
defendants." She said that the
Office of the Assistant State At-
torney was currently working with
law enforcement officers on the
matter. "We're trying to convince
them that, since they're the offic-
ers on the scene immediately af-
terwards, they need to make the
call as to which of the two parties

needs to go to jail," she said.
Ms. Taylor said that domestic vio-
lence seemed to be on the rise
throughout the country. "This
community has got to understand
that this will eventually touch you
and yours," she said, "and this
has got to stop. Our society can-
not deal with this going on and
on and growing and growing."
A 30 hour training session for vol-
unteers has been planned for No-
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said Taylor. Those interested'in
finding out more about the Ref-
uge House and volunteer oppor-
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monary Resusitation (CPR) on
October 20. Resident Annie
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WINGS Program. Those students
newly certified included Christo-
pher Tolten, Dustin Messer, Astin
Messer, Bud Strange, Rhetta
Strange, Shanalee Mullins,
Tamillia Lowery, Christopher
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Carrabelle WINGS Coordinator
Donna Messer received her re-
certification in CPR.

and Wanton Reckless Driving, the defendant pleaded No Contest to
the offenses.
Judge Steinmeyear adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 24 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for 91
days of time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defendant
to four years of probation and ordered him to pay $255 for court
costs. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to write a letter
of apology to the victims in the case. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Maurice Williams: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, Sale o a Controlled Substance and Resisting Ar-
rest without Violence, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the of-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sen-
tenced him to 22 months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for
119 days of time served. All court costs were reduced to a civil judg-
ment. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Tracy Wilson: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Cultivation of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
case management on November 17. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

George Branch: Charged with violation of probation, the defendant
entered an admission to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 30 days in the Franklin
County Jail. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Cimiluca: Charged with one count of violation of probation,
the defendant entered a denial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for a hearing on November 17. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gerald Kent: Charged with violation of probation, the defendant failed
to appear for his court hearing. Judge Steinmeyer issued a capias of
arrest for the defendant for failing to appear.
Chris Nowling: Charged with violation of probation, the defendant
entered a denial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for a hearing on November 17. The defendant was. represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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legal phrases used in the above report:
Information: this term refers to the formal charging document filed by
the State Attorney's Office which advises defendants of the charges
against them. The Assistant State Attorney files information in a case
after an investigation has been completed in a case.
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State Attorney's Office conveys that it will not prosecute a case after
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Sheriff Bruce Varnes
could obtain those needed funds
for Carrabelle.
"Every passing year," Thomas in-
formed, "it's been a smaller and
smaller pot of money." He stated
that everyone was fighting for the
smaller amounts of money avail-
able. Thomas then complimented
Boyd for her work in securing
funds. "She has been an absolute
tireless tiger," he said.
Franklin County Commissioner
pointed out that the State of
Florida was poised for a settle-
ment with the tobacco industry.
He requested that some of those
funds be allocated to the school
system, vocational programs an
library/literacy programs. "I want
you two to fight real hard when
they start trying to find a way to
spend this lawsuit money," said
Putnal, "...we want to help folks
that are out there trying to better
their lives."
Franklin County Commissioner
Clarence Williams spoke on behalf
of resident Loretta Harris. Com-
missioner Williams explained that
Ms. Harris was disqualified from
a nursing home position due to
her prison record. He asked,

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Students from Chapman Elemen-
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drive to combat leukemia on Oc-
tober 27 with the Pennies for Pa-
tients fund raising effort. The stu-
dents will participate in the
fundraiser until November 14.
The Pennies for Patients drive is
new to CES. The elementary
school class that raises the most
money in the effort will be treated
to a pizza party. For more infor-
mationoonr-the matteri-pleasee'on-'
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Ms. Barbara Mattick, of the
Florida Department of State, Di-
vision of Historic Resources spoke
with slides at the October 23rd
meeting of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society on the National
Register of Historic Places. She
provided some answer to a con-
tinuing question raised by Fran-
klin County property owners, "My
property is important to America's
heritage, but what does that
mean?" For some residents, that
might mean much higher prices
for their real estate when they sell.
Ms. Mattick outlined the process
of gaining access to the list of his-
torically significant sites and
properties. She pointed out that
gaining recognition by being se-
lected for the "list" does not, in
itself, impose any obligation on
the property owner, nor does such
a listing restrict the owner's ba-
sic right to use and dispose of the
property as he or she sees fit. But,
listing does encourage preserva-

Jim Phillips
"when do we let these people back
into the system?"
Ms. Harris said that she was quite
interested in working. She asked,
"where is the rehabilitation that
they want for the welfare recipi-
ents?" Harris continued, "If they
want us off (welfare), they should
let us work...the only jobs they
have around here have no ben-
efits for you or your children. Five
dollars an hour isn't gonna get
it...I want to work, but I don't want
to flip burgers for the rest of my
Senator Thomas said that all of
the states were under the same
guidelines concerning the welfare
to work program. "We have appro-
priated the money for job train-
ing," he said, "generally it's at the
community college." Representa-
tive Boyd said she would do what
she could to assist in the matter.
Resident George Chapel re-
quested that special legislation be
sponsored in order to allocate
funds for the renovation of the
Chapman Auditorium. Chapel
informed Senator Boyd and Rep-
resentative Thomas that the au-
ditorium was a 1928 art deco

Students from Chapman Elementary School got hip on October 28
during Red Ribbon Week to prove that they were Too Cool for Drugs.
The children celebrated each day at Chapman Elementary School
with a separate theme to show their disdain for the illegal use of
drugs. Those hipsters pictured above include Noel Irving, Scooter Irv-
ing, Ethan Rapack, Zachary Rapack and Instructor Ms. Elinor Mount-
Simmons. Ms. Simmons responded to the students' participation in
the week-long event. "Chapman is always fantastic about this," she
stated, "the children are really enthused."



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tion of historical resources in
three ways:
1. Being on the National Register
of Historic Places provides official
recognition of the historic signifi-
cance of the property, and en-
couraging consideration of its his-
toric value in future development
2. Listing may impose limited pro-
tection from other activities by
other federal agencies which
might result in damage or loss of
the historical value of private
3. Lastly, listing one's property in
the National Register makes the
property eligible for federal finan-
cial incentives for historical pres-
ervation, perhaps including tax
credits for renovation, or direct
matching grants.
In addition to providing numer-
ous examples of the types of prop-
erties involved in the program,
Ms. Mattick outlined in an ex-
tended discussion of the criteria
of access to the listing of historic
properties. The handouts made
available to those who attended
the meeting may be available by
contacting: Bureau of Historic
Preservation, R.A. Gray Building,
,: 500 South Bronough Street, Tal-
lahassee, FL 32399-0250

Juvenile Justice
Conducts Money


Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee
Johnson visited the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library on October 23 to
teach money management skills
to many of the community's
young adults.
Ms. Johnson led the children in a
participatory workshop in which
she asked the youth members to
repeat much of her advice about
money management. She in-
structed the students on matters
concerning credit cards, checking
accounts and basic needs. "What
do you really need," she asked.
Johnson then polled those in at-

tendance about their perceived
financial needs.
The three most important prin-
ciples of money management, said
Johnson, included "self-disci-
pline, self-discipline and self-dis-
cipline." She urged the youth to
maintain a written budget. "If it's
not written," she instructed, "it's
not a budget." She further urged
youth members to save at least
ten percent of their net pay for
long-term savings and five per-
cent for short-term savings.
"It doesn't matter how much you
make," Johnson explained, "it
matters how you manage it." She
then showed the children her ac-
counting book and provided help-
ful tips in balancing an account.
Johnson also instructed the
youth about the penalties of in-
tentionally writing bad checks.
Those irr attendance at the work-
shop included Shana Lee Mullins,
Rhetta Strange, Tamillia Lowery,
Astin Messer, Bud Strange and
Justin Higginbotham.

Bedford Watkins Talks and
Performs Music on Historic

Instruments at Newell Concert

Franklin County's own Dr. R. Bedford Watkins performed at the first
Ilse Newell Concert of the 1997-98 season by playing on the clavi-
chord, harpsichord, organ and piano, Sunday, October 26, 1997.
Nearly 100 persons crowded into the historic Trinity Church to hear
Dr. Watkins explain the histories of the four instruments before play-
ing music designed for those instruments. The earliest example, a
15th century clavichord, was barely audible, but illustrative of the
long trek in technology leading to the harpsichord and later, the pi-
ano. Dr. Watkin's selections for piano included the masters such as
Ludwig van Beethoven, Debussy and Sergei Rachmaninioff, a lilting
yet nostalgic potpourri of melodies for the pure pleasure of listening
The concert lasted about an hour and a half, and included some funny"
antics by Henry Cowell, as Dr. Watkins plucked and strained over.
piano strings while his wife, Eugenia Watkins pushed down on the
volume pedals to help render sounds with a distinct flavor of spirits
and Halloween ghosts that rivaled the latest high-tech and scary music.

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Hosts Pancake Fundraiser
The Camp Gor'don Johnston Association raised approximately $500
during their pancake breakfast fundraiser on October 25 at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village. Ralph Dietz announced that funds were being
raised to construct a museum for Camp Gordon Johnston. Mr. Dietz
all thanked those who volunteered and donated baked goods to the
fundraiser event. "Everybody seemed to be pleased with it," said Dietz,
"they got a lot to eat and they raved about the pork sausages that v
were served." 110 tickets, he noted, were sold for the event. Mr. Dietz ,
said that the Camp Gordon Johnston Association would host a din-
ner/dance on March 14 at Chillas Hall; the Tallahassee Swing Band
will provide musical entertainment at the event.

Getting' Spooky

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Students from the Franklin County Public Library-based WINGS Pro-
gram in Eastpoint spent the day carving up a couple of pumpkins on
October 28 in anticipation of Halloween. The children agreed to name
their two pumpkins Fred and Ed. Those participating in the event
included Kerry Lovett, Stephaney Provanzana, Andy Wattermon and
Ashley Koch. Teen Aide Amber Saunders and WINGS Coordinator
Jennifer Millender assisted the children in the pumpkin carving.

Juvenile Justice Council Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson
recognizes Ruth Wade and Brenda Coulter for their
charitable work in the county.

Justice Council Recognizes

Citizens of the Month

The Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council recognized Ruth Wade,
Kendall Wade and Brenda Coulter during the council's October 23
monthly meeting. Ms. Wade and Ms. Coulter were on hand for the
recognition event. Ms. Wade accepted the Citizen of the Month certifi-
cate on behalf of her husband, Kendall Wade.
'These people have done a magnificent job in most everything," said .
Juvenile Justice Council Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson, "and what
we would like to say is, 'we appreciate you and we acknowledge you.'" -
Ms. Coulter said that she received great support from her family in
her effort to make Franklin County a better place to live. "There are
so many people out there who help me," she said.
Ms. Wade noted, "I was raised to help others when I could...and I like
to do for people." She stated that her husband leads a very busy life
but also enjoys helping others. "He (Mr. Wade) really enjoys doing for
the people," she said.

Chapman Elementary Students
are Too Cool for Drugs

(L-R) Camp Gordon Johnston Association Secretary Kay
Arbuckle, Treasurer Barbara Sabas and member Helen
Schmidt take part in the pancake fundraiser.

Students from the Franklin County Public Library-based
WINGS Program show off show ghoulish looks and display
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By Bonnie Segree
Well, here we are again to spread
some good cheer about local folks
and events. I really appreciate you
calling to report news for the pa-
per. Keep it up!!!
As you may know, we recently had
our LVA-Western Round-up at the
Fire Station. A good time was had
by all who attended. The after-
noon was filled with clogging, line
dancing, comedy, and most of all,
good food. Mr. Red Hilton bar-b-
qued the chicken and ribs, and I
must say they were the most de-
licious ribs I have ever eaten.
Thanks, Red.

Ronald and Shirley Crum have
just returned from the mountains
also. They said they had a won-
derful time. Lee Roy and Margie
Langley left Tuesday morning for
a few days in the mountains. If
you have never been, you need to
try to go see the most beautiful
sights you can behold. Just an-
other one of God's majestic cre-
Wedding bells rang out again Sat-
urday night at the Eastpoint
Church of God when Stephanie
Boatwright from Eastpoint and
Steven Cook from Carrabelle were
united in Holy Matrimony in a
very beautiful ceremony. They are
now honeymooning in the moun-
tains. Lots of good wishes to this
young couple.
Rev. Herman Knapp and wife Kim
spent a few days in Alabama last
week with family and friends.
Glad to have them home again.
Ms. Mary Creamer and Ms. Lois
Ann Cleary went to Tulsa, Okla-
homa to a Ladies Seminar at Oral
Roberts University; they also took
a couple of days in Dallas. I am
sure these ladies had a wonder-
ful time.
The Keep Franklin County Beau-
tiful Committee met Monday night
at the Fire Station to discuss fu-
ture plans and acffvities on how
to keep Franklin County beauti-
ful. As you may or may not know,
a newly revised and enacted
county ordinance make it unlaw-
ful for any person to dump litter
in any manner or amount, unless
in a properly designated waste
disposal container. Penalties
range from a $50 fine to a first
degree misdemeanor charge.
Please put your trash in a
The Youth Group of the Eastpoint
Church of God under the direc-
tion of Ray Tyre put on a very good
skit that had a really good mean-
ing about helping others. The
main characters, Wesley Creamer
and Danielle Creamer, did a fan-
tastic job with their parts. All the
kids were great. Keep up the good
The Literacy Program at the li-
brary is in the process of setting
up a computer lab for our many
students wishing to learn com-
puter skills. We are also working
with students to get their GED.
Spanish classes will be taught on
Monday nights from 6-7. Please
sign up early for these classes.
You may register at either branch
of the library. All classes are free
to the public.

Don't forget that the Florida Sea-
food Festival is coming up soon.
The LVA will be selling raffle tick-
ets on a beautiful storybook quilt
made by Mrs. Betty Roberts of
Lanark Village. Drawing for the
quilt will be held at the Seafood
Well, I don't have any more news
for you this week, so I'll sign off
now and see you again in a couple
of weeks. Keep the news coming
in. Please call me at 670-4481 or



By George L. Chapel
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
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I Mail Order Dept., Chronicle Bookshop
(Please Print)
I Your Name
Town State __ ZIP _
Telephone ( 1
Number Brief Title Cost

Total book cost
Shipping & handling
1book....... $2.50 Sales taw (6% in Fla +
2-3 books.... $3.50
4-5 books ..... $4.00 Shipping and
6-10 books... $5.00 handling +
Bookshop List of
31 October 1997 Tot
Amount enclosed by check or money order __
Please do not send cash. Thanks.
I Please do not send cash. Thanks.

All book orders must be ordered on this form. When
completed, please mail this form and your check or
money order to: Franklin Chronicle, 2309 Old
Bainbridge Road. Tallahassee FL 32303. Be sure to
add sales tax and shipping charges. Incomplete orders
Swill be returned.
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More Savings
A $35+ purchase order in books will earn you a
bonus one-year subscription to the Franklin
Chronicle at no additional charge!
(Please complete the form below)
I have enclosed my purchase order for $35+ in
books and now request the bonus subscription to
the Chronicle. My address and other data are as
(Please write legibly.)
State Zip code + 4
Subscriptions will begin within a 3-week period.
Telephone Number:
You may renew your subscription to the Chronicle
under this plan. Please indicate a renewal by
checking the block below and placing your mail-
ing labelto this form.
Renewal Mailing Label
placed here

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Please Note
Books from the mail service of the
Chronicle Book Shop are new and
used, and are so-designated in
each item description. Some titles
mav be temporarily out of stock.
in which case a second shipment
will be made. normally in 14 days.
Books are shipped in 48 hours.
normally. Some of our books are
publishers' closeouts. overstocks.
remainders or current titles at
special prices. Most are in limited
supply and at these prices may
sell out fast. If any book is sold
out your money will be refunded
by bank check. To offer the low-
est possible prices all orders must
be prepaid. We do no billing and
do not accept credit cards.




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