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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 7, Number 2


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


January 23 February 5, 1998


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Lanark Audit.................................................. Page 2
Fishing Bridge ............................................... Page 3
Dog Island III ................................................ Page 4
Love Center ................................................... Page 6
School Board ................................................. Page 8
Carrabelle Library .......................................... Page 8
Science Fair ................................................ Page 9
Second Circuit Court ................................... Page 10
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Greetings, Honors for
IEA IKT T D -A- i 4-


Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell (L) meets with FAMU
President Dr. Frederick Humphries (R) at the January 14th
event.


Kelsey Clark and her static electricity project.


Red Wolves Take to Little

St. George Island


Members from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and the Apalachi-
cola National Estuarine Research
Reserve (ANERR) came together
on January 7 for an experimen-
tal release of two young red wolves
onto Cape St. George Island (Little
St. George Island) as a part of the
red wolf recovery program.
Little St. George Island had been
evaluated and approved as site for
the red wolf recovery program over
one year ago. However, due to the
presence of one elusive coyote on
the Island, the release of the red
wolves was postponed in order to
prevent possible interaction with
the coyote.
The two wolves had been held in
an acclimation pen at the St.
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
while the coyote remained at
large. However, Thom Lewis with
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
explained that the wolves had to
be removed from St. Vincent be-
cause they were being harassed
by a family of wolves in the area.
"The male (red wolf) has a torn
ear," Lewis stated, "and that's
from a fight through the fence (of
their cage) on St. Vincent. It was
imperative to get them out of there
for their own safety." He stated
that a buffer zone was created for
the red wolves in the past two
weeks to keep them separated
from the other wolves. H-e stated
that the wolves had been placed
in a smaller pen within a 50 x 50
foot cage.
Both of the red wolves were raised
in the wild. However, circum-
stances required that they both
be moved from their native area.
The female wolf had broken her
leg at Cape Romain National Wild-
life Refuge in South Carolina. The
male had been kicked out of his
native territory at Alligator River
National Wildlife Refuge in North
Carolina when his father died and
another male wolf took over the
territory.


Members from the Red WolfRe-
covery Program have feared that
interaction between the red
wolves and the coyote could yield
such negative results as disease
transmission, displacement of the
wolves from the island or inter-
breeding. It was also feared that
the red wolves may acquire some
undesirable habits from the coy-
ote such as raiding sea turtle
nests.
The two red wolves, which include
a male and a female each two
years of age, were sterilized in or-
der to prevent interbreeding. Dr.
Tim Nelson, a veterinarian from
Port St. Joe, performed a vasec-
tomy on the male wolf and a tu-
bule ligation procedure on the
female.
Mr. Lewis explained that the ster-
ilization procedure would not re-
duce the hormone levels in the
two wolves. "All their hormones
should be working and function-
ing as if they were a young
pair...and that is the thing that is
going to probably make them
want to be territorial," said Lewis.
"If the coyote is going to leave,"
he added, "it's going to be pretty
soon."
Both of the wolves could get a little
bigger than their current weigh.
Both weight a little over 40
pounds. "They still have a little bit
of growing to do," said Lewis. He
expected that the wolves may in-
crease approximately five pounds
in weight. Lewis pointed out that
some red wolves weigh as much
as 74 pounds. "These are small
animals and the potential for
them to get much bigger is not too
great," he said.
Lee Edmiston with the ANERR
stated if the coyote does leave, the
reserve may look into the possi-
bility of replacing the sterilized
animals with another pair of red

Continued on page 6


By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Did you ever wonder which color candle burns the longest? No? Well,
what about which cup keeps coffee hot longer? What marine crea-
tures live on a dead oyster bar? Or whether the air is cleaner in
Apalachicola or Eastpoint?
There were many questions asked by 5th and 6th grade students at
the Chapman Elementary Science Fair Jan. 16. And some startling
answers were found. Winners were announced in the historic
Chapman auditorium, with projects set up in Room No. 1 in the El-
ementary School building.
Mrs. Annada Faircloth, 5th grade teacher was chairman of the event.
Of the two 5th and two 6th grade classes, the top three winners and
honorable mentions were picked, with several ties for honorable
mention.
"I saw a real trend toward environmental issues, including purifying
air and seafood concerns," said Faircloth. Both 5th and 6th grade
winners may attend the regional Science Fair in Quincy in February,
with 6th grade projects to be judged in the junior division for cash
prizes and a chance for their projects to go on to state judging.
In Antwanette Harris' project on marine life found on live and dead
oyster bars, she stated that "Oysters are important because a lot of
people make a living out of oytering and shucking oysters (and) people
eat them." She found some barnacles, a few oysters and mussels
living on the dead bar.
In Tana Flowers' project she put cardboard covered with petroleum
jelly in a can, put it up on a stick, then counted the number of par-
ticles which stuck to the petroleum jelly -- 12 particles in Apalachi-
cola and 22 in Eastpoint.
It was proved that styrofoam cups keep coffee hotter longest, an aqua
colored candle burns longer, that the bigger the earphones the better
the music sounds, and that nails will rust quicker in distilled water
than in salt or tap water.
Several projects showed how eggs float in salt water and which pop-
corn pops the fastest. Several used vinegar and baking soda to illus-
trate how a volcano erupts, and showed how sand and gravel can
clean water.
Teachers, followed by winning entries, were 5th grade: Annada
Faircloth, Stephanie Jones, 1st, Tana Flowers, 2nd, Antwanette Har-
ris, 3rd, John Hutchinson and Brett McLaurin, honorable mention.
Teacher Alice Joseph, Kelsey Clark, 1st, Anthony Moffett, 2nd, Genca
Belson, 3rd, Alzalia Adams and Tareana Jones, honorable mention.
Overall 5th grade winners were Stephanie Jones, 1st, Kelsey Clark,
2nd, Tana Flowers, 3rd, and Brett McLaurin, honorable mention.
Sixth grade: Teacher Lee Anna Parrish, Brittney Simmons, 1st, Lindsey
Page, 2nd, Zack Paul, 3rd, Nashon Bankston and Deanna Simmons,
honorable mention.
Teacher Elinor Mount-Simmons, Angie Zingarelli, 1st, Austin Rapack,
2nd, Mellisle Ray, 3rd, Brittany Poloronis and Quinnaland Rhodes,
honorable mention. Overall winners for 6th grade were Angie Zingarelli,
1st, Brittney Simmons, 2nd, Austin Rapack, 3rd, and Deanna
Simmons, honorable mention.


Coninued to page 9


Sure, since under his leadership,
FAMLI has been \\ing with
Harvard Li nversity lovr the disinc -
tion of enr:,lingln the most Nauaonald
Acevhnemrent Scholars. Sure,
FAMU offers four Ph.D. programs
and its College of Pharmacy is one
of the top 10 pharmacy-research
centers in the United States.
Those are all praiseworthy accom-
plishments, but those aren't the
only reasons Dr. Frederick
Humphries, president of FAMU,
was honored Jan. 14 at the
Apalachicola offices of the Fran-
klin County School Board.
"He's one of us," said speaker af-
ter speaker. Dr. Humphries is
from Apalachicola. He graduated
from Wallace B. Quinn school and
went on to become known for his
excellence in university leadership
and administrative skills.
A Franklin County School District
resolution praised FAMU as the
college of the year and lauded Dr.


"I icane under the good hand of
Charles Watson Clark and Willie
Speed.' said Dr. Humphries.
Clark \3.as his math and science
teac her and Speed taught indus-
tial artr at Qunn in the '50s. On
12th grade tests, Humphries and
Chester Rhodes made very high
scores. Humphries went to
PAMU on a partial basketball
scholarship.
An imposing physical presence,
Dr. Humphries towers head and
shoulders over most folks. "He
was one of the best in everything,"
said Speed. "No matter what it
was, he was the top student."
Dr. Humphries said he learned
the lesson of hard work from his
mother. "I also got great encour-
agement from Charlie when I was
in high school. He took me aside
and said you need to go to col-
lege.' There are a lot of people
here who showed great care and
goodness."

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Pase 2 23 January 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


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Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the January 20
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously
approved a small scale land-use
change for a 10 acre parcel of land
in Emerald Point owned by Alan
Pierce and Frieda White. The
property was changed from Rural
Residential (R-6) to Single Family
Residential (R-1). The property
will be divided into eight single
family lots through a subdivision
known as Eagle's Nest.
*The board agreed to table a small
scale land-use change from David
Tuplin for eight acres of land
neighboring the proposed
Grammercy Plantation
development. The decision was
tabled for the board's next
meeting on February 3 at 9:15
a.m. Mr. Tuplin has requested
that the eight acres be rezoned
from R-l to C-2. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer informed the
board that he would have to
abstain from voting on the matter,
because he was employed by
Anchor Realty.
*The board voted to transmit a
proposed change to the text of the
Future Land Use Element by
creating a new land-use category
entitled Residential Estate. The
category will allow one unit per
five acres. The county has
previously allowed two residential
categories in its comprehensive
plan: residential and rural
residential.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the DCA had objected to the
county moving property into the
residential category due to the
possibility that the county may
increase the density on the
property through a zoning change
that the DCA could not appeal.
"We're trying to make it easier for
DCA (Department of Community
Affairs) to find out what's going
on in the county," said Mr. Pierce.
*The board accepted the
resignation of Ms. Annie Mae
Flowers from the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Committee.
Ms. Flowers' seat on the board
was designated for seafood
industry representatives. 'There
are not that many seafood
workers interested in serving on


the board," said County Planner
Alan Pierce. The board agreed to
adopt a resolution of appreciation
to honor Ms. Flowers for her
service to the county.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that he had recently
contacted the Department of
Transportation (DOT) regarding
scheduled improvements for
Franklin County. "Starting next
year," he announced, "the
department will begin paving US
98 at this end of the county and
US 319 at the other end." Pierce
continued, "next year, a little over
one mile will be done from 12th
Street to the foot of the
Apalachicola Bridge; and then a
year later over five miles will be
paved from Tilton to 12th Street."
He concluded, "next year DOT will
pave five miles of US 319.from
north of the 319 and US 98 split
to the Wakulla County line."
Pierce added that the DOT would
begin work on Phase II of the St.
George Island Bike Path next year
and will begin work on 1.5 miles
of sidewalks in Carrabelle in three
years.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the Aquaculture Program at
Apalachicola High School had
.begun selling some of its goldfish.
"The fish are doing well and some
of the fast growers are starting to
pick on the smaller ones," he said.
"In order to cut down on the
fighting," he continued,
"(Instructor) Polly Edmiston and
the students have begun selling
some of the smaller fish to make
more room for the big bully
goldfish." Mahan said that the fish
were being sold for $1.00 each.
*Commissioner Bevin Putnal
requested that a flashing light be
placed near Brown Elementary
School. "In all of the schools in
Franklin County," he noted,
"we've got flashing lights, except
for the school in Eastpoint; and a
lot of little kids go to that
school...it might remind someone
that's going fast through there to
slow down and save one of those
kids' lives."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
questioned whether the board
needed to enter into a Joint
Participation Agreement with the
Franklin County School Board.
Commissioner Putnal said that
the school board had verbally
agreed to participate with the
board in the matter. County Clerk
Kendall Wade stated that he
would contact the DOT for
instructions in the matter.
*The board voted to award a bid
to City Envirofmental Services to
operate the waste transfer station
at the Franklin County Landfill.


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Lanark Village Utility SDidd os

Gets God Aludit By Sue Riddle Cronkite


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By Rene Topping
It has been a long haul for the
three commissioners of the
Lanark Water and Sewer District
before they could see the end of
the tunnel with their financial
woes.
The preliminary audit has been
received from Weider and Co., and
it was a proud commissioner
Jeanette Pedder who announced
at the January 20 regular meet-
ing. That the district had received
an "Excellent Audit."
"I went through all the audits we
have for at least the last seven to
eight years and this is the first
audit, in that time, where this dis-
trict is not in a state of financial
emergency," she said. There was
a round of applause from the
audience of about twenty-five
residents.
The preliminary audit had only
two areas of concern, according
to the draft of the audit performed
by Weider and Cox. Ms. Pedder
read from the audit, "The bond
resolution requires that when a
user of any product, service or
facilities of the system, fails to pay
within 60 days after the District
has billed the user, the District
shall shut off the connection and
shall not furnish him or permit
him to receive further service un-
til all obligations have been paid.
During our test work, we noted
certain instances where services
were not shut off after failure to
pay within 60 days. In these in-
stances, the District is physically
unable to shut off these services
due to the structure of the sys-
tem but has filed liens against the
delinquent customer's property."
The second was: The bond re-
quires that the Sinking Fund and
Reserves Account be maintained
only with funds to (1) repair the
system, (2) construct improve-
ments or extensions, and (3) pay
the principal and interest on the
Bonds. During our testwork we
noted that security deposits were
included in the Sinking Fund and
Reserves Account. These funds
are currently held in a certificate
of deposit. Upon maturity these
funds will be separated and main-
tained in the proper account.
The audit will be presented to the
residents at the next regular
meeting. Ms. Pedder said that the
cost of the audit was $4,000
which will have to be paid next
month.
Field Manager and Commissioner
Greg Yancey had further good
news as he reported that the dis-
trict had cut their water usage
from 73,471,000 gallons in 1996
to 33,508,000 gallons in 1997. He
said that this had been acknowl-


edged by the North West Florida
Water Management.
Attorney Smiley put a little icing
on the cake as he announced that
this is the first time in a while that
the district has had no pending
law suits.
Commission Chairman Jim
Lawlor voiced his concerns about
a seeming high expense on over-
time for the two employees. Field
Manager/Commissioner Greg
Yancey took notes and replied
that he will look into the matter
and will report at the next
meeting.
The commission discussed a re-
quest from Secretary Janet
Dorrier that she receive help in
the office. She will cut back her
hours to 30 each week and would
like to have a 20 hour a week
helper who can come in and learn
all the office procedures. The com-
missioners approved the idea and
said they would advertise for two
weeks for help.
The commissioners are facing a
large expenditure in a require-
ment that a generator be bought.
Yancey said he had a price of
$26,000 and was still investigat-
,ing prices. Yancey also stated that
the new water treatment permit
* application is ready to go.
Commissioners will have a new
way for members of the audience
to get a spot on the agenda. The
office will keep on hand a supply
of forms for the person to fill out,
including their name, address
and the subject they will talk on.
No person will be permitted to
stand and talk in the meeting time
unless they are on the agenda.
However, if something is brought
up at the meeting by the commis-
sion, members of the audience
will be able to speak on any sub-
ject when the chairman makes
the call for any business from the
floor.
The next regular business meet-
ing will be on February 17 at 3
p.m. There will be a meeting at
which those residents in the ac-
tual Village area can see the final
plans for metering the village. This
will be for that subject only and
will be held on January 22 at
3 p.m.


Recycling a stack of
newspapers 10 feet tall
saves one whole treel


An alternative area and solution
for disposing of treated wastewa-
ter was given to Apalachicola
Commission members by Florida
State Professor Milard W. Hall.
Hall was asked by Randy Denker,
attorney for Eric and Wanda Teat,
to present his idea at a special
called meeting of the commission,
Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The city is involved in a lawsuit
by the Teats charging pollution
and excess growth of aquatic
plants in Huckleberry Creek and
the wetlands from which the creek
flows. Hall said his plan would
offer an alternative to the pro-
posed new wastewater collection
system and upgraded treatment
facility for the city of Apalachicola.
In his presentation, Hall showed
maps of a 320-acre area north-
west of the Apalachicola airport
which he suggested as a spray
field area. Part of the acreage is
owned by Franklin County, and
part by the St. Joe Company.
Under Hall's plan the spray field
area would be planted with grass,
which would use excess nitrogen
and phosphorus as plant food.
The grass would then be har-
vested as hay.
Hall maintained that the proposed
plant, even though it would re-
duce the amounts of nitrogen and
phosphorus discharged in the
city's treated wastewater, would
continue to pollute the wetlands
and Huckleberry Creek which
flows from the wetlands area now
receiving the wastewater.
In comparing the plan he pro-
posed and the plan prepared by
Baskerville Donovan, Hall said it
would cost less money and be
more cost effective in the long run.
The amounts he listed in his re-
port was that the Baskerville
Donovan estimate of about $3.4
million could be reduced to about
$2.1 million by using his spray
field plan.
If the spray field area is loaded
"at a rate consistent with that pro-
posed by others -for similar soils
in nearby cities, the estimated
cost drops to about $1.7 million,"
said Hall's report.
"The spray field disposal of the
effluent, coupled with modest
upgrading of the existing treat-
ment facility, will provide ad-
equate protection of the sur-
rounding water bodies and wet-
lands from the effects of the plant
nutrients contained in the city's
wastewater," added Hall' a report.


"The bid from City
Environmental," said Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson, "is the best
bid for the citizens of Franklin
County." The bid, he said, would
result in one of the lowest tipping
fees in the county in the past five
years.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed the board that
Margaret Barber had been hired
as the new backup officer for the
Animal Control Authority.
*The board unanimously voted to
advertise for bids for
environmental sampling at the
Franklin County Landfill.
*The board unanimously voted to
look into preserving six-tenths of
one mile on each end of the St.
George Island Bridge for
recreational uses when the
current structure was demolished
and replaced by a new bridge in
1999.
*The board agreed to allow
Attorney Barbara Sanders and
County Planner Alan Pierce to
begin work on a county beach
lighting ordinance. Attorney
Sanders explained that the
ordinance was needed to help
prevent the displacement of sea
turtles. "We have kind of a
citizens' initiative on the island to
protect the baby turtles," said
Sanders, "and it is a tree hugger,
bunny hugger initiative. They (the
turtles) are the cutest little
things." She said that the marine
patrol needed a county ordinance
in effect in order to enforce rules
regarding beach lighting. Attorney
Sanders said that the state had
already provided model
ordinances in the matter.
*The board unanimously voted to
advertise for a firm to act at the
county's engineering consultant.
The board agreed that a represen-
tative from the firm would be re-
quired to attend county meetings
and keep a certain amount of of-
fice hours in the area. County
Clerk Kendall Wade advised, "if we
give them an office and put them
in this courthouse, they are an
employee as far as retirement, so-
cial security and all that goes."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested that the firm provide
the office accommodations.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton, it
was noted, planned to resign his
position with the county at the
end of March.


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Tornado Tops

Trees, Rips

Roof Off

Dugout

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
A "jumper" tornado skipped about
Apalachicola on Jan. 15, ripping
off tree limbs. A big oak limb was
flung on Sheryl Ray's '78 Buick
at the Chevron/Taco Bell station.
The hard winds also toppled the
St. Vincent Island sign on High-
way 98 and ripped the roof off a
dugout at the downtown baseball
field. In addition to flinging tree
limbs about, the mini-tornado left
a bent flagpole at the Coombs Ar-
mory building.
Jewel Meacham, who lives on At-
lantic Ave. on the bay side of High-
way 98, said that she saw a wa-
ter spout. "It was moving fast,"
she said.
My granddaughter, Erin Rodgers,
who lives on the bay at Two Mile,
west of Mrs. Meacham, had
stayed home from school. When
she called me and said she was
afraid of the dark storm, I jumped
in my car to go get her.
I was on Highway 98 when the
rain started, driving right behind
Jimmie Nichols. I saw his car
come to a slow crawl, then swerve
as if he was searching for a side
street.
"My first thought was I got to get
off the road, I can't see, "' Nichols
said later. "It's the first time I ever
saw anything like that." He turned
into the Eckerd's parking lot.
By then I could barely see the
highway in front of me. I was
afraid that if I stopped someone
would hit me from behind. Hail
pounded on the windshield of the
car, then moved in a circle, going
to the back window, then the side.
The hail was swirling in the heavi-
est downpour of rain I've ever been
in.
After the hail stopped pounding,
I could see the stripe down the
middle of Highway 98 through the
side window. Bits of pine needles,
leaves, and palm fronds replaced
the hail, slapping the windshield.
The windshield wiper was work-
ing double time.
I felt the wind lift the front of the
car and pull it sideways, then
drop it back down. I kept my foot
on the gas pedal, hoping the tires
would hold to the pavement.
As fast as the heavy rain had
come, it slowed, then almost
stopped..I drove on to pick up my
granddaughter and we comeback.


I went to check on the storm dam-
age around town and by the time
I returned Greg Harris was push-
ing the cedar limbs out of the
street with a front-end loader.


Almost by the time people real-
ized what had happened, the
street department and parks and
recreation workers had cleared
Apalachicola's streets.


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The Franklin Chronicle 23 January 1998 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


An Open Letter to the

Citizens or Franklin County

"God made Franklin County beautiful, let us KEEP FRANKLIN
COUNTY BEAUTIFUL." Do you remember those words? They were in
a Christmas greeting to you from the board of directors Of KFCB
(Keep Franklin County Beautiful). The entire purpose of the organi-
zation is stated in its name.
It was KFCB which arranged the current level of amnesty days at the
landfill. It was KFCB which arranged for two large wildflower gardens
on two state roads (If you don't know the locations, just be patient.
Mother Nature will reveal them in just a couple of months). It is KFCB
which is planning many more activities.
Our purpose can be most fully achieved by an increase in participa-
tion by you, the Citizens and visitors to our County. Among the ways
you can help is to Join KFCB as a member. Membership does not
require attendance at our meetings but the welcome mat is out for
any who wish to attend. Benefits include a periodic newsletter and
opportunities to participate in any or all of our cleanup, fix-up and
beautification protects. In other words a chance to do something guar-
anteed to make you feel good!
Many people who live in Franklin County are unaware that KFCB
presented to the County Commissioners a proposal for a litter ordi-
nance with teeth. The Commissioners adopted it unanimously! We
need more people to help spread the word about the contents of the
new ordinance. All law enforcement agencies have received copies of
the ordinance and will be pleased to explain to terms and teeth to
those in violation,
We of KFCB are far more Interested in achieving a cleaner, litter free
county than we are in catching those who contribute the debris. To
do that we call upon you the reader of this letter, whether you join us
or not, to set an example by taking advantage of the landfill amnesty
days, by being certain that litter and debris is removed from your
property, and by talking about our program with your friends and
neighbors.
There is an old truth about neighbors and neighborhoods. If one fam-
ily on the block cleans up, fixes up and maintains their property,
pretty soon (not overnight) one or more of the neighbors will begin to
do likewise and after a while a spanking clean neighborhood! It
works with tree plantings, shrubs, flowers, redecorations and what-
ever else adds to the beauty of the neighborhood. Sadly, the old truth
works in reverse too.
KFCB is currently considering program ideas for the future includ-
ing; a "trash trooper" program, an awards program for business and
homeowners, methods of raising necessary funds to continue our
efforts, further plans to inform citizens of the amnesty days, and meth-
ods of communicating the contents of the litter ordinance and more.
Much more!
Come' and join us at the February 9th (5:30 pm) meeting at the
Eastpoint Fire House located one block north of Hwy 98 on 6th street.
If you want to become a member, but cannot attend the meeting merely
complete the application below and mail it and a check for $5 per
member to: KFCB, P.O. Box 120, Eastpoint, Florida 32328. Your
membership dues are expanded dramatically by matching contribu-
tions from "Keep Florida Beautiful" and Keep America Beautiful."
Sincerely, KFCB Board of Directors
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Beautification

Committee Sets

Tentative Dates

for Adopt a

Shore Program

Members from the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Committee
agreed at their January 12
monthly meeting to continue par-
ticipating in the Adopt a Shore
Program activities throughout the
year. The board set the tentative
activity dates for April 18, July 18
and September 19.
Committee member Marilyn
Hogan noted that the committee
had participated in the event last
year. The Adopt a Shore Program,
she added, was a two year com-
mittee. Hogan said that the com-
mittee was obligated to participate
in three such activities and that
one of those activities had to co-
incide with the Florida Coastal
Cleanup in September. She in-
formed the committee that such
agencies as the Department of
Environmental Protection and
Civil Defense were involved in the
Coastal Cleanup event.
"I expect that we can be a part of
all of that and maybe the forefront
of that once we get more informa-
tion," said Ms. Hogan. She con-
tinued, "I 'don't want to take any-
thing away from anybody, but
certainly we want to be a leading
part of this...and I know this is a
lot of work."
In other committee business:
*Committee member Michael
Allen informed the board that
WOYS Radio would soon run anti-
littering announcements. He said
that approximately eight public
officials had agreed to participate
in the ads.
*The board agreed to procure a
copy of Robert's Rules of Order.
*Committee member Pamela
Rush informed the board that the
Franklin County. Public, Library-:
based WINGS Program had or-
deried paint to decorate ften gar"
bage cans used for recycling. Ms.
Rush said that ten different paint
colors had been ordered. She told
committee members that she
would keep them informed of the
progress in the matter.
*The committee agreed to look
into the possibility of becoming
members of both the Apalachicola
and Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce. Program Director Guy
Hogan stated that he would at-
tend the chamber meetings if the
committee decided to join either
organization. Mr. Hogan stated
that the Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce's annual fee was $50
while Carrabelle's fee was $25.
*Committee members Liz Sisung,
Cindy Hogan and Pam Rush
agreed to serve on a nominating
committee. President Jim Sisung
requested that the members make
at least two nomination recom-
mendations for the positions of
president, vice-president and sec-
retary at the committee's Febru-
ary 9 meeting at the Eastpoint
Firehouse at 5:30 p.m. Keep Fran-
klin County Beautiful Committee
members will then elect new of-
ficers for a one year term. Presi-
dent Sisung pointed out that more
individuals could serve on the
committee's Board of Directors.
He said that as many as 20 mem-
bers could serve on the board.


Frank Latham and the St. George Island Civic

Club Take Lead on Fishing Bridge Project


In a letter addressed to each
County Commissioner, President
Frank Latham of the St.George
Island Civic Club and his associ-
ates dug into the various issues
connected with a proposed fish-
ing pier being made from the ex-
isting Bryant Patton. Bridge. .
SAt the last County Coimission
meeting on Tuesday, 20 Janu-
ary1998, the Commissioners
voted unanimously to accept the
goal of developing a fishing pier
out of the old Patton bridge when
the new bridge was built. More-
over, they specified that the length
of the pier would be 6/10 of a mile
from either the Eastpoint or Is-
land side. No further decisions
were made at the last meeting but
the project was far from tabled.
Instead, Commissioner Williams
wanted his fellow commissioners
to review the letter published be-
low, and consider other issues
related to the fishing piers. The
matter will be taken up again, in
.the near future.
"Per your request concerning the
SR 300 Bryant Patton Briege, the
following is provided for your in-
formation and review."
January 13, 1998
Raymond Williams
Chairman Franklin County
Commission
P.O. Box 648
Carrabelle, FL 32322
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Per your request concerning
the SR 300 Bryant Patton
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We contacted John Lock, the
bridge maintenance engineer
for the Florida Department of
Transportation who informed
us that an estimated 30% of
the concrete piers were re-
paired/replaced five years ago
ecause.of, e*ensive deterio-
ration. The majority of the
piers were replaced in the two
sections of the bridge that we
had discussed (sixth tenths of
a mile from either end). The
intrusion of salt water on the
piers is the main cause of de-
terioration. Vehicular traffic is
another factor that contrib-
utes to the deterioration. Lim-
iting vehicular traffic would
not eliminate the deteriora-
tion of the piers, but would
influence the life expectancy
of the existing piers. D.O.T.
will maintain and repair the
bridge until such time as it is
demolished or taken over by
the county.
We were informed by Phenix
Palmer, the new bridge
Project Manager from FDOT,
that if the County Commis-
sion decided to take over the
bridge, there would be no
land lease involved. No cost
to Franklin County. Applica-
tion for acceptance would be
made through the FDOT to
the Florida Cabinet. Mr.
Palmer indicated that bids for
construction of the new
bridge would be advertised
sometime in May of this year
and actual construction
should start in the early part
of 1999.
We contacted George
Maiberger, Assistant City
Manager, City of Gulf Breeze,
Santa Rosa County for infor-
mation on the one and a half
mile bridge they took over
several years ago from DOT.
He informed us they gener-
ated $221,511 through Sep-
tember 1997 from fees they
charge for fishing on the
bridge; ( $1.00 per car and
$2.00 per person). They have
one full time and one part
time employee who manage
the bridge. After expenses,
they net around $36,511.
The City of Gulf Breeze pro-
vides liability, improvement,
repair, operation and mainte-
nance of the bridge from the
fishing bridge fund. Attached
for your information and
review is a copy of their
budget.
We contacted William Neron,
Assistant County Administra-


Store, Escambia County for in-
formation on the one and one
half mile of bridge they took
over from FDOT ten years
ago. On July 3, 1997 the
Escambia County Board of
County Commissioners
signed a thirty year agree-
ment with Soule Marine En-
terprises, Inc. a private
vender for the restoration, im-
provement, repair, operation
and maintenance of the
Pensacola Bay Fishing
Bridge. The agreement re-
quires the vender provide li-
ability insurance to protect
Escambia County from any
and all claims, which may
arise out of or result from the
use of the bridge. We have
included a copy of the agree-
ment for your information
and review. We have also con-
tacted John Soule from Soule
Marine Enterprises Inc. and
he would be willing to discuss
an agreement with the Fran-
klin County Commission. For
your information, he has con-
tracted with the FDOT in the
past for several bridge repair
projects.
Phenix Palmer, the Project
Manager with FDOT indi-
cated that 30% of the demo-
lition funds; ($3,400,000.00)
would be needed to remove
the center span of the bridge
over the inter coastal water-
way. Additional funds would
be needed to remove the
paved road on the causeway
as well as any remaining por-
tion of the bridge that the
county didn't want. The re-
maining funds could be
placed in a trust account and
the interest generated could
be used for repair and main-
tenance of the bridge. This
would have to be negotiated
with Mr. Edward Prescott, the
District Secretary, FDOT.
Two grant programs that we
investigated were the Land
and Water Conservation Pro-
gram and the Florida Recre-
ation Development Assis-
tance Program. Both pro-
grams are sponsored by the
Department of Environmen-
tal Protection and application
is made on a competitive bid
process.. Both programs re-
quire matching funds which
can be cash, land value, or
in-kind services. The amount
of funds available are an-
nounced by DEP before the
beginning of each application
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The Pearl to the East:

Dog Tsland

Part III
By Larry Huntsman and Dr. Nancy White

Publisher's Comment: Dr. Nancy White, Department of Anthro-
pology, University of South Florida, Tampa, led her survey team
on Dog Island in 1995 and directed the writing of this report,
assisted by Keith D. Ryder, Scott M. Grammer and Karen Mayo.
At the beginning, the report addresses the archeology, cultural
history and other aspects of Dog Island in Franklin County. We
have edited her report but preserved the archeological language
in order to maintain accuracy and historical perspective. Dr.
White's report was commissioned by the Barrier Island Trust,
and the Chronicle is grateful to Dianne Mellon, President, for al-
lowing the Chronicle to publish excerpts. Ms. Mellon also made
available to the Chronicle a complete run of the Bulletin of the
Barrier Island Trust where the Lawrence Huntsman materials were
originally published. The letter of Thorvald Iversen was also pub-
lished in the newsletter.
The Chronicle would also like to thank Ivan and Susie Backerman
of Dog Island for their hospitality and transportation on the is-
land. Jack Clarke (Captain Parrot Head) provided chartered trans-
portation to, from and around the island in November 1996.
Captain Raymond Williams, owner and operator of the present
Dog Island Ferry (697-3434), also provided transportation to Dog
Island.
A boxed sidebar about the Barrier Island Trust is published near
the end of this piece for readers who might want additional infor-
mation on this 501(c)(3) organization.

Part I was published in the Chronicle issue of
December 19, 1997. Part I was published in the
Chronicle issue of January 9, 1998.
The 1899 Hurricane and Iversen Letter
By Larry Huntsman
In 1963 Jeff and Bill Lewis received a visit from 86-year-old Thorvald
Iversen. He informed Jeff he was visiting a son living in America and
had detoured to Dog Island to see again the place where he was ship-
wrecked in 1899. He brought with him a photograph of the vessels
grounded on the west end of the island (below). Jeff took him to the
site and later a short article with the photograph appeared in the
Tallahassee Democrat. Mr. Iversen expanded on his experiences in a
letter, a copy of which is now in the possession of Bette Berger, whom
we wish to thank for its use.
"...There were altogether 13 ships lying at the island at
that time. Six of them were American three massed schoo-
ners (I believe they are called fore and aft schooners in
your language, because all the masts were of the same
height). These schooners were flat bottomed and shallow
draught, because they only sailed along the coast.
'There were also five Norwegian three masted barks, one
Finnish schooner and one Spanish bark, all of them about
400 to 500 tons. The cargo they took was Florida pine,
sawn timber and planks. I was on board one and the
same ship, the Vale of Kragero, Norway, during the win-
ters of 1896, -97, -98, and -99. We came there each time
with ballast which was taken on board barges and they
sailed outside the.island and discharged it there.
"Carrabelle was at that time just a small town with only
some few inhabitants. Altogether I stayed at Dog Island
for about 7-8 months. I was only ashore in Carrabelle for
some few hours, so I don't remember very much from
that town. The names of the eleven ships that, were
wrecked and whose names I've forgotten, I believe you'll
be able to find in the books belonging to the timber mer-
chants there or possibly at the consulates of the various
nations.
"Dog Island consisted then as now of white sand. From
the southwestern end of it and further in the northeast-
ern direction to the ballast place there was no green grass.
This part of the island was of an even height of about five
feet above normal water level. From the ballast place
northwards, the island rose and was covered by bushes
and trees to a point northeast of the present ferry place,
from where there was once more white sand. I believe
the highest point was about in the middle of the island
about eighteen to twenty feet above water level. Just there
stood a house where the quarantine officer lived. I re-
member this house well, because it had such a very large
roof, and at two of the corners there were rain water butts.
"On the 26th of February 1899 there were thirteen ships
at Dog Island. Two of the U.S. schooners and one Norwe-
gian bark, the ship Hindu of Mandal, had taken in cargo
and were lying at anchor about midway between Dog Is-
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Norwegian bark from the town of Risor lay by the north-
eastern end of the island, heaving out the ballast. The
remaining nine ships lay in the bay with their anchors
aft and the Florida pine rafts before the bows. They took
in cargo through holes in the bow. All of these ships had
a crew of 9 to 12 men. When a ship was loading there
was also a gang of 8 Negro holdsmen on board.
'The hurricane began before noon on the 26th of Febru-
ary 1899 and increased steadily, at the same time the
water rose to 14 feet above normal level. Only the high-
est point of the island could be seen above the water. The
wind increased to what they call a cyclone. At four o'clock
in the morning of the 27th the first ship began to drift
ashore, followed by the others, but at ten o'clock every-
thing was quite quiet. We then saw a flag being hoisted
on a pole, somewhere outside the island. We got hold of a
lifeboat, rowed out and saved the whole crew. Only the
captain had broken his left leg. That ship was a U.S.
schooner which was ready to sail, and which had been
drifting out of the channel and had stranded on a shoal
outside the island. A U.S. schooner and the Hindu of
Mandal drifted five miles before they eventually stranded
on St. George Island. The schooner was thrown into the
forest so far that it could not be seen from the sea. The
Hindu remained lying on shore without her rig. The rest
of the ships, 9 altogether, lie on Dog Island, but only 8 of
them can be seen on the picture: The ninth ship lies far-
ther north on the island. I've been told that this was the
strongest hurricane that has ever passed over this dis-
trict. At that time I did not hear anything about the
strength of the wind, but I think it may be found in the
archives of the meteorologists. I can add that from 10
o'clock to 11 everything was calm, but then the wind re-
turned from the opposite direction. It then blew for about
one hour. I had the impression that it was quite as strong
as the northwester that blew when we were drifting
ashore. All these ships had been built of various wood
materials and they were strengthened from the inside by
iron knees. It is only these iron knees that are visible
now."
Yours sincerely,
signed: Thorvald Iversen, 86 Years Old


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The Pelican Inn is the only hotel on Dog Island. Visitors
must bring ALL food stuffs, clothing, and incidentals. There
are NO shops, curio stands nor public restrooms on the
entire island.
Dog Island Turpentine Camp
By Dr. Nancy White
SIsland resident, writer and researcher Larry Huntsman and Barrier
Island Trust president Dianne Mellon took us to this very well pre-
served camp where workers and their overseers lived seasonally from
1938 to 1947 as they collected pine resin for making turpentine and
other products. Originally turpentine products were used to cover
seams of wooden sailing ships and preserve the rigging, so the indus-
try was called "naval stores." Later products were for cleansing, paints
and varnishes, insecticides, resins, shoe polish, perfumes, plastics,
and medicines.
The Dog Island Turpentine Camp site offers excellent research poten-
tial for historical archaeology and surely meets the eligibility criteria
for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Turpentine Era
By Larry Huntsman
Dog Island may be one of the last places in Florida where the rem-
nants of a once thriving and prosperous industry can still be seen.
Virtually all of the numerous Slash pines (Pinus elliatit on the island
bear the distinctive "catface" scars from the days when oleoresin was
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Documentation of turpentine leases exists covering the years from
1938 to 1945 and from 1945 to 1947, when Jeff Lewis and Ivan Munroe
then purchased all of Dog Island. It is entirely possible resin was
collected long before then, particularly during WWI when supplies
were low and demand high. Turpentine operations ceased by 1950 all
over the southeast because new production methods were developed
as a by-product of pulp wood processing. On the mainland, very few,
if any, stands of pines bearing the distinctive catfaces are left. All the
trees have long since been logged.
As interesting is the fact that the trees on Dog Island have the metal
"gutters" still nailed in place and many trees have their galvanized
steel collection "cups" in the position below the catface where they
were left almost 50 years ago. Normally these item were removed
from the trees to be used in other forest tracts. These items, as well
as "all shanties, quarters, piers, wharves, and other structures and
improvements", became property of the Tallahassee Aircraft Corpo-
ration, and latterly the Dog Island Company in 1947. The remains of
the shanties, quarters and pier still can be seen on the island.
Records show that during the active turpentining years, a mule was
kept on the island as well as a Hoover wagon. Approximately 20,000
trees were being worked during that period. Typically, resin collec-
tion was a year round affair. In late winter, crews would prepare the
trees by recharging the cups and opening old scars or cutting new
ones at the top of the face. As the weather warmed the resin flowed
down into the cups and was collected every 2 weeks. A "dipper" could
work around 40 acres during a 6-day week. The crews were super-
vised by a "woodsrider" mounted on a horse or mule who also tallied
the individual amounts collected. As cool weather set in, the cups
and gutters were normally removed and stored or taken to another
site. The final chore, just before Christmas, was to collect the "scrape",
crystallized resin which had formed on and around the catface.
Both the resin and the scrape were stored in drums and then trans-
ported from the island to the mainland to be distilled. An able-bodied
man could work around 2,000 trees, so a crew of 10 (usually black)
resided on Dog Island tending the trees and collecting the resin at
intervals of 2 weeks during the turpentine years. They were super-
vised by the "operator" (usually white) and family members as fore-
men. The entire process was extremely labor intensive.
Confirmation of these activities occurred 4 years ago when one win-
ter afternoon an older gentleman arrived by boat at the Yacht Club
docks and introduced himself as the nephew of J. Frank Pope, who
held the turpentine lease in the early 40s. While on summer vacation
from high school in the early 40s, he worked with his uncle on Dog
Island as a woodsrider. In addition to the island, they worked a tract
up the Apalachicola river. He also operated their 33 foot barge and 29
foot workboat, "Pope".
Expressing an interest in the old turpentine camp, which is just west
of the north end of the airstrip, he was driven there to visit the site. At
the remains of the old pier on the harbor, he recalled how schools or
mullet were so thick at that time he could shoot straight down into
the water from the end of the dock with his .22 rifle and kill a fish,
which he then retrieved with a dip net.
Entering the woods he walked straight to the "quarters", now col-
lapsed, which housed the workers. Prominent in the ruins was the
old oil cook stove. He commented that the workers lived and cooked
there, he and his uncle stayed at another site to the west. He then
walked directly to the spot. A smaller structure, also now collapsed,
he described as a "wooden platform with screen walls and tar paper
roof' where they slept on cots.
He then began to talk about the well his uncle had drilled on the
island. He had been looking for oil and brought a screw oil rig pow-
ered by a 60 horsepower engine over to find it. He said they had
drilled down to over 4,000 feet and hit only brackish water, but it was
artesian, so they put a spigot on the wellhead and used it for wash-
ing.
He then commented the family still owned an interest in the mineral
rights on the island and the well could help their claim if was eventu-
ally found. He distrusted the State and Federal governments. "The
only reason they buy up all the land down here is because they know
there's oil," he claimed. When asked about the location of the well, he
suddenly became less gregarious. "Well, I'm not sure, it's around here
somewhere," he said looking to the north. (Note: the site has since
been found, to the south.)
Asked about the Army's activities on Dog Island, he became more
loquacious again. Because naval stores had a high value during WWII
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they were allowed to continue their operation in-conjunction with the
military activity on the island. They would collect resin for 2 weeks,
then the Army would take over and conduct training exercises for
their 2 weeks. He laughed and said it worked out very well for them,
because his uncle would slip the mess Sergeant $50 every time they
arrived and would find a cache of steaks, butter, milk, chocolate, and
other hard.to get wartime items wrapped in a new Army tarp and
buried in a shallow hole.
Leaving the turpentine site he had one more story to tell. Asked about
raccoons on Dog Island, he claimed to have brought the first ones
here. The Apalachicola was at flood when he was bringing the boat,
barge, and crew down river to return to the island. Along the way he
noticed numerous raccoons clinging to limbs of trees overhanging
the river, "Like a bunch of balls on a Christmas tree," he said. He
nosed the barge under them and had the workers climb the trees and
shake them onto the deck, where they were captured with dip nets
and put into pens. "We took ten sows and five boars to Dog Island
and turned them loose. They didn't like the trip any and disappeared
as soon as we let them go." Asked why he did it, he explained coon
hides brought pretty good money in those days and he figured he
would return and hunt the offspring for the pelts in the years to
come. His life moved in a different direction and the raccoons have
remained a fixture on Dog Island.
Returned to the dock, he left as suddenly and quietly as he arrived.
Yet he left behind a window looking into a world that is no more, a
view of life on Dog Island over 50 years old. Despite the changes that
have occurred, a short walk into the Jeff Lewis Wilderness Preserve
will bring the past alive again. The silent catfaces on the pines look at
you as you walk by, the trail you tread was created by mule drawn
wagons, and at the old base camp rest the scattered remnants of an
industry that was once Florida's largest.

World War II Army Camp
This site is located to the northeast of the Dog Island Turpentine
Camp. It has no visible surface evidence, and the present survey work
did not include any subsurface tests.
The occupation was established late in 1942 as part of the U.S. Army's
installation named Camp Gordon Johnston, which occupied about
half of Franklin County, including mainland and other islands. The
Camp specialized in training shock troops for amphibious landings
in the Pacific and Europe. Spartan facilities such as tents or tar pa-
per buildings not only duplicated combat conditions and made for a
memorably miserable experience, but also would leave little or no
archaeological evidence. Obstacles for overcoming during shore inva-
sion simulations, such as concrete piles and barbed wire, though
later blown up, may have left traces. Wire mesh roads for tanks and
trucks may also have left some evidence, and residents find brass
cartridge casings and field telephone wire insulators around the
island.
Troops trained with live ammunition, but the only death on the is-
land was a killing over a gambling debt. However, there were 14
drownings from a night landing during a storm when the craft
grounded on a sandbar, and 10 more drownings of night paratroop-
ers missing the west end of the island and ending up in the pass
between Dog and St. George Islands. Navy and Coast Guard person-
nel also trained here. Larry Huntsman said concrete gun emplace-
ments were set up on the beach to simulate the enemy being invaded.
He quoted General Omar Bradley from his book, A Soldier's Story, as
saying that the most valuable wartime training he received was dur-
ing his visit to Camp Gordon Johnston, especially a night landing in
rough weather on Dog Island.

Ferryboat Spica
By Larry Huntsman
When the Ferryboat Spica went into service in 1955 to provide ve-
hicle and passenger transportation to Dog Island, the fare was $1 per
car and 25 per person. In those days the vessel made as many as six
round trips on a summer day to and from the island. As time went
on, Franklin County, which operated the Spica with a grant from the
state road department, raised the rates to $3 per car and 75t per
person. Those fares remained in effect until May of 1982 when the
Spica went out of service.
The Spica was built in 1949 as a part of a Navy contract, one of a
class of harbor ferries. The Spica, named after the bright star in the
constellation Virgo, was obtained in 1955 by Franklin County. At the
same time the County also obtained the Ferryboat Sirius which pro-
vided service to St. George Island.
The Spica was 65 feet in length over all, had a width of 36 feet, and a
draft of 6 feet. Its net weight was 77 tons and the gross weight was 99
tons, providing a load carrying capacity of 22 tons. All of these weights
were the certified weights for open nearshore ocean waters. The ves-
sel was also certified to carry a maximum of 9 vehicles and 90
passengers.
The Spica was a welded steel vessel with a flat bottom, rounded ends
and a sidewall superstructure for passengers on both port and star-
board sides. The engine arrangement was peculiar. Two GM 671 two-
stroke diesel engines were positioned below deck over a-long shaftway
that protruded below the hull proper. A long propeller shaft ran the
whole length of the hull. A propeller and rudder were provided at
each end. Each engine was connected to a reversing gearbox. Power
was transmitted from each gearbox via a multiple belt drive system to
the propeller shaft.


In practice the vessel never turned around. One gear was put in for-
ward and the other in reverse to go to Dog Island, and the process
was reversed to return to the mainland. This made it easier for cars
to board and leave the ferry.
Traditionally the Spica was operated with the pilot house on the port
side going to the Island, which would put the captain on the star-
board side returning to Carrabelle. The pilot house was equipped
with two wheels, one at each end. The Spica's first and longtime skip-
per, Captain Kelly, described handling the ferryboat in any kind of
weather as, "like trying to steer a watermelon in a washtub."
The trip took 1 hour. On calm days it was a very pleasant ride indeed.
When it was rough, spray would cover the vessel from one end to the
other. Cars that regularly made the trip to Dog Island could easily be
recognized by the rusted out windshields and corroded radiators.
In 1982 Franklin County, then as now abandoned the ferry service to
the island. The Spica was sold, the deck and superstructure torn off,
new engines installed, and a new two deck superstructure built. It
has been renamed the Fort Warren and is currently operating as a

cruise vessel on Boston Harbor. The new operators have offered to
provide a free cruise to anyone presenting proof of residence in Fran-
klin County. So if you never had the chance to ride the Spica, you can
still do so.
The current ferry service to Dog Island is for passengers only. Sched-
ules vary depending upon the time of the year. For example, Novem-
ber 1 through February 28, the ferry departs Carrabelle on Monday
at 11:00 a.m., returns from Dog Island at noon. On Friday, the boat
departs from Carrabelle at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday departures are at 11:00 a.m. (from Carrabelle) and
4:00 p.m. (from Dog Island). Call 697-3434.


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Raymond Williams, owner and operator of "The Ruby B",
has replaced the Ferryboat Spica of years ago. His phone is
850-697-3434. Mr. Williams operates the Ruby B at different
times during a given week and the schedule may change
each season.

Purposes of the Barrier Island Trust

To preserve the precious natural resources of Florida's barrier
islands, with an initial interest in Dog Island and the Apalachi-
cola Bay area.
To promote basic and applied research on the geology and ecol-
ogy of barrier islands.
To translate research findings into educational programs about
the protection of these natural resources.
To seek the cooperation of other individuals and groups to pro-
mote the preservation of natural resources with special empha-
sis on the environments of barrier islands.
To work with local governments of barrier islands to convert sci-
entific findings into effective policies for protection of barrier is-
lands.
To encourage property owners, present and future, to entrust
their land to the Barrier Island Trust for its preservation.
To receive, hold, and manage barrier island property, particu-
larly environmentally sensitive areas, to preserve these lands in
their natural state.
To receive development rights to barrier island property to pro-
tect it from development and preserve it in its natural state.
To receive tax exempt contributions and gifts to support the pres-
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Love Center Hosts

Celebration Event in

Tribute to MLK
The Love Center Church in Apalachicola hosted a celebratory event
on January 19 in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. The event featured musical performances, poetry readings, dra-
matic performances and concluded with a march through the com-
munity.
Apalachicola City Commissioner Robert Davis served as Master of
Ceremonies for the event. Between the various performances, Mr.
Davis read sections from the written works of Dr. King:
"We must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.
100 years later, the Negro is still sadly crippled by segregation
and discrimination. 100 years later, the Negro lives on a lonely
island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of prosperity.
100 years later, the Negro is still languished in the corner of
American society and finds himself in exile in his own land."
Bishop Daniel White opened with a song entitled, "Anybody Here?"
The song mourned the lose of great leaders throughout the world and
questioned why such individuals were too soon taken from the earth.


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"Anybody here seen my old friend Martin," sang Bishop White, "can
you tell we where he's gone? Anybody seen my old friend Bobby?
Seems like the good people die young. I looked around and they were
all gone."
Mr. Kenny Turner then led audience members in a sing-a-long melody
that rejoiced in the life of Dr. King and his eventual recognition as a
leader. The song was entitled, "Happy Birthday."
Franklin County School Board member Willie Speed followed with a
poem from an unknown author entitled, "A Cold Within." In the poem,
several individuals were burdened by the cold outside and could not
join together to help one another due to the coldness each shared for
the other within their own hearts. The rich, poor, black, white, shift-
less and miserly each possessed a branch of wood that could have
been used to warm the whole group. However, none would volunteer
his stick of wood.
The poem concluded, "the logs held tight in death's still hand/ was
proof of human sin/ they didn't die from the cold without/ they died
from the cold within."
Members from the Love Center Youth groups, Joy and Tranz Praz,
then performed musical acts. Willie and Jordon McNair, Michael and
Mario Pugh, Allen O'Neal, Lance Rochele, Micheal Baucham, Alexander
Simmons and Gabriel Lockley performed to a song entilted, "I believe
I can fly." Raevyn Jefferson, Tanicia Pugh and Colela Jones performed
to the song, "Everything's gonna be alright."
Ms. Tammy Ray, Director of the First Born Youth, then led a small
group of students in a recital of accomplishments of the late Dr. King.
"At the age' of 19," recited one youth, "he received a Bachelors of Arts
Degree from Morehouse College in 1948." Another recited, "at the age
of 26, Dr. King received a Ph.d." The children continued by reciting
the civil rights' accomplishments of Dr. King and the recognition of
his work with the Noble Peace Prize in 1964.
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Students from the First Born Youth recite the accomplish-
ments of Dr. King in a timeline of events.

Under the direction of Sr. Rose Tolliver, Ashley and Thomas Webb
with the Friendship Youth continued with a dramatic performance
involving two slaves. One of the characters portrayed by Thomas had
a desire to read. However, the sister (Ashley) pleaded with her brother
not to read, lest he be punished. "If master catches you," she warned,
"he will kill you." Thomas pleaded, "but I want to be like the others. I
want to read."
Ashley urged in a musical refrain, "hold on just a little while longer.
Fight on just a little while longer. Sing on just a while longer. Pray on
just a while longer. "Thomas concluded, "and everything is gonna be
alright."
Ms. Elinor Mount-Simmons continued with a reading of a recent ar-
ticle published in the January 15 issue of the Apalachicola Times.
"King was just a regular man who saw a problem, developed a plan
and sought to find solutions to the problems by working on his plan"
she read, "it's just unfortunate that he was fatally interrupted before
he had completed them. But, he accomplished much while he was
here."
She continued, "we are all just regular people. We can all look around
and see problems. We can all develop plans to correct these problems
and work on our plans to change things."
Ms. Mount-Simmons concluded, "let's stop waiting for the next Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. to come along and lead us. Let's lead ourselves.
Let's bind together in brotherly love and step forward to just do some-
thing. We are the next King."
Ms. Angeline Stanley continued with a song entitled, "Precious Lord."
And Ms. Temolynne Wintons followed up with a song entitled, "You
were loved." The.event came to a close with a sing-a-long of the "Ne-
gro National Anthem," "We have Overcome" and "Happy Birthday."
Members from the Marchin' and Movin' Community Band then led a
large group of residents on a march up 8th Street, across Avenue I
and back down 10th Street in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Participants clapped and sang songs while the band provided
musical accompaniment. Some residents waved from street corners
and others from their front yards and porches to lend empowerment
to those participating in the march. Franklin County Commissioner
Clarence Williams served as the event's grand marshal as he drove in
front throughout the march.


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Library" Event
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Members of the Library Building
Committee plan to host a special
event in front of the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library on February 14 to
help raise funds for a new library
in Carrabelle.
Mr. Cliff Shaw, who serves as
chairperson on the fundraising
committee, stated that the event
would feature a fish fry, an oyster
and gumbo booth, a desert table,
activities and games fot children,
an arts & crafts table, a roulette
wheel to win prizes and an
auction.
Mr. Shaw stated that the commit-
tee was currently seeking dona-
tions to be used as prizes as well
as donated baked goods. "Every-
thing will be donated," he said, "or
we will not do it." Shaw also said
that only new items would be ac-
cepted to be used for prizes at the
event. Volunteer Betty Roberts
has already donated a Peter Rab-
bit quilt to the event. Carrabelle
Library Branch Manager Jackie
Gay has also donated a Peter Rab-
bit talking book and stuffed ani-
mal to the event.


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Red Wolves, Continued from
Page 1
wolves on me island. Dr. Nelson
also said that the sterilization pro-
cedure that was conducted on the
wolves may be reversed.
"This is really a test," Lewis added,
"we're going to see if the Island is
going to support the wolves and
if there's enough acreage for them
from both a nutritional stand-
point to see if they have enough
prey to eat and from a behavioral
standpoint. They need a certain
amount of space to roam." He
pointed out that Little St. George
Island was currently the smallest
test site used in the Red Wolf Re-
covery Program.
Mr. Lewis did not discount the
possibility of the coyote and the
red wolves living in a semi-peace-
ful co-existence. "They may carve

the island up," he said, "the coy-
ote may get one part of it and the
red wolves may get the other. It's
hard to say."
Members from the ANERR will
- still actively pursue the coyote.
However, trappers will not be used
as they were in the past. "They
have to have [the coyote] him off
of here notjust because of the red
wolves," said Lewis, "but also be-
cause of the sea turtle project,
which is coming up shortly."
Lee Edmiston with the ANERR
stated that the wolves would re-
ceive supplemental feeding for
approximately one week. "We'll
put meat out for a while," he said,
"and then they'll be sort of on their
own." Edmiston stated that rac-
coon surveys would also be con-
ducted on the Island. "We'll check
the scat," he said, "to make sure
they're getting enough food and
to find out what they're
eating."
Both of the red wolves were
equipped with collars that emit
radio signals. These collars will
allow members from the recovery
program to track the whereabouts
of the wolves on a regular basis.
Mr. Edmiston said that the where-
abouts of the wolves would be
tracked on a daily basis for one
week after their release. Recovery
program members will then track
the wolves approximately two
times per week thereafter.
Questioned whether members in
the recovery program had selected
names for the two wolves, Mr.
Lewis stated that they were
known only by their numbers. The
female wolfs name, he said, was
847 and the male was 850. "This
keeps us from treating them like
pets," he explained.
As of November 1997, the St.
Vincent 'National Wildlife Refuge
estimated that there were 240-
327 red wolves in existence. The
species, they reported, was one of
the most critically endangered
mammals in North America.
Those ANERR members partici-
pating in the Little St. George Is-
land recovery program include
Lee Edmiston, Terry Calleson,
Tammy Sumner and Chip Bailey.


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Questions About
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*What do red wolves look
like?
Red wolves are mostly brown and
bluff colored with some black
along their backs; there is
sometimes a reddish color behind
their ears and toward the backs
of their legs. Red wolves are
intermediate in size between gray
wolves and coyotes. The average
adult female red wolf weighs 52
pounds and the average adult
male weighs 61 pounds. Red
wolves have tall, pointed ears and
long legs with large feet, similar
to the domestic German
Shepherd. Adult red wolves stand
about 26 inches at the shoulder
and are about 4 and one-half feet
long from the tip of the nose to
the end of the tail. Since coyotes
exist in both red wolf
reintroduction areas
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eastern Tennessee), it is
important for people to know the
physical differences between the
two species. Adult coyotes weigh
about one half to two thirds as
much as red wolves and stand
approximately 4 inches taller.
Coyotes are much less massive
through the head, chest, legs and
feet.
*Are red wolves a threat to
humans?
There have been no documented
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humans, despite five hundred
years of historical co-existence.
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Camp Gordon Johnston

Reunion Reveals Many

Interesting Veterans

By Thomas Campbell
The Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion. arch 13- 15. 1998. will bnng
to the Carrabelle Area man\' interesting veterans arid their families
One of these is James A. Pounds. Captain C.E.. who has lust com-
pleted a manuscnpt titled 'A Soldier's Tales." in which he documents
the World War II fW\ll ',ears. travels in Lraining2. and expenences in
the south west Pacific Theater of Operations. complete with pictures.
He wrote that he will trn "to come to the reunion in March and will
bnng a copy (of the book with me
In a previous letter. James A. Pounds. then Stall Sergeant. wrToIe:
"The 593rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment of the 3rd Engineer
Amphibious Brigade departed Camp Edwards, Massachusetts by train
and arrived in Camp Carrabelle on 15 October 1942. I was in "B"
Company, 1st Battalion, 593rd. We were assigned to the St. James
Area.
"We arrived about midnight on a rail siding west of the camp area and
at that time there were no lights, no station, nothing but palmettos,
gall berry bushes and loblolly pines at the unloading site. We grabbed
our gear, lined up and tromped through the woods to the barracks
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continued. The barracks v.ere Iust hulks or building. covered with
tar paper. opening~ cut lor windows but no wi\ndows-. door : pernin s
but no doors. and there were no Iloo:rs \\hhere ihe Ilou:rs shou.-lld have
been was -ogi-y rrrnund coveredd with weeds and call berry buishi-
grow-ing about twVo IeeL hlh
\\'e were assigned a barracks. Issued a cot which we set lup in the
dirt and weedi. then w'.e tried to gel a bit o h sleep before re\eille Later
on. windows and do,,rs were added. electncit w\,as wired in. and a
Iloor built in each barracks "
Pounds -td athad the Isoldier were very i afcte in amphiblouis train-
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also had to become pro:'icient in the \eaponti ol .arllae. pi-stols niles.
machirr glun.. mortars and lighLt ariiller- O-ther r,-lLine Lraininol Such
as jungle rwarlarr- was earned ,I_, nl in he s\\a s Ph\sical Itness
w'as practiced ev er\ da\ forced niarhes,. regular exercise and swmin-
minia.
In a letter received in December. 1997. P'illuids s.ii- I uppos- \v,,LI
have heard the -i,3r\ ho,w Lhe ,\m phIbs drowned the Inlantrv that
stormy night. 1 \was \\wth the Regniental Commander that night. We
were anchored off the tip of Dog Island near St. George Island and we
dragged anchor all the way to the beach. When morning came we
were well up on the beach in front of the lighthouse. The drownings
took place at the St. James area. The landing barges hit the'spoil
piles where the boat anchorage had been dredged and, thinking they
were on the beach, they stepped out of the boat in the deep water of
the boat basin."
In that same letter, Pounds wrote of the daily routine. "We spent ev-
ery day and some nights on the boats. There were landing exercises
out on Dog Island, and on the sandy beach areas just southwest of
Carrabelle. At times we would play war and take a trip up Crooked
River and act like we were looking for enemy patrols. For me it was a
lot of fun and I was fascinated with the landing craft. It was amazing
what you could do with one of those things. I had always been taught
never to deliberately run your boat aground, but here in the Army it
was different; that's what they were teaching us to do."


.- ... *- ".

David Ziegler (York, PA) and Harvey Lauze (Lewiston, ME)
First Platoon, Company C, 594th EB & SR.

The soldiers came from all over the nation. In the accompanying pho-
tos from WWII are some of the young men. William Hale Thompson
from Iowa was in Company C. The Army insisted on calling men by
their first name. His family said he was known to them as Hale Th-
ompson, but to the other soldiers he was Bill. David Ziegler from
Pennsylvania and Harvey Lauze from Maine were buddies. Vernell C.
Meyer, now deceased, was from Illinois. He was in First Platoon, Com-
pany C, 594th EB & SR at Camp Gordon Johnston.
James A. Pounds wrote: '"There were no indoor facilities to wash mess
gear. Yes, we used our issue mess kits; we did not have china ware to
eat from in the dining room. Large barrels were set up outside the
kitchen. They were filled with soapy water and a fire was built under
them for washing mess kits. You know I don't believe I can remember
anyone getting dysentery from this arrangement."
The training was designed to be tough in every way in order fo pre-
pare the men for their part in the fighting to come. Pounds and many
others did very well in bringing our nation to victory in WWII. They
deserve honor and respect, which is just what the Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion is designed to demonstrate.
An elaborate banquet is being planned, directed by Ralph Dietz and
associates. Sid Winchester, President of CGJA, says: '"The veterans
and their families are the reason our Association exists and we'll keep
having reunions to honor them as long as they keep coming."


William Hale Thompson (L) on the barracks steps at Camp
Gordon Johnston. Vernell C. Meyer (R) in First Platoon,
Company C.


Carrabelle
Port and

Airport
Authority
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority (CPAA) member Jim Lycett
suggested that the board conduct
"business as usual" until mem-
bers received an answer to the
question of who has final author-
ity -- the City or the Authority. A
request for a ruling from the
Florida States Attorney has been
submitted by the Authority.
Lycett's suggestion was made at
a regular meeting of the CPAA at
City Hall on January 8. Chairman
Gary Reakes and the other mem-
bers agreed with Lycett.
Attorney Ben Watkins, who serves
as attorney for the Authority, told
members, The city voted to join
us, as we have previously re-
quested, in a request for an opin-
ion." He also stated that the city
had refused to take any action on
a request for a travel lift and a
boat ramp made by Bevis and As-
sociates, owners of Dockside Ma-
rina.
No action can be taken on sev-
eral projects on Timber Island in-
cluding a project headed by Tom
Beavers, who was recently
awarded the bid to build a large
motel with an Olympic sized
swimming pool, travel lift, boat
ramp and dock spaces both in the
water and on land.
Bevis, who was present at the
meeting along with his partner
David Parramore, said that he and
his partner had already spent over
$25,000 on permitting and other
preliminaries. He stated that he
had all the permits 'inhand but
noted that time was.running 'tit
on them;. i i.; : .' ".
Reakes proposed that the Author-
ity send letters to the agencies
asking for an extension until the
letter of authority can be resolved.
On another project, George and


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By Sue Riddle Cronkite
At the time of the Vietnam War,
complex feelings split the coun-
try. There were those who waged
a bitter fight against the conflict,
and those who answered the call
to arms from the nation's leaders.
During the turmoil surrounding
the pullout of American troops,
there were many who lost their
lives on Vietnamese soil or due to
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The Franklin County Commission
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Pat Maiers, who are requesting a
lease on the airport, questioned
the status of advertisements for
bidders on such a lease. Discus-
sion ensued once again on the
question of procedure and it was
at this point that Lycett suggested
that the Authority conduct "Busi-
ness as usual and received
board's agreement.
Maiers then continued describing
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to include in his proposal the time
frame as to the establishment of
services and facilities in order to
meet grant requirements.
Lycett proposed that the Author-
ity advertise for bids making the
due date on bids February 5. The
motion was seconded and ap-
proved.
The last piece of business came
from the floor. Mike Robelock ad-
dressed his remarks to member
Ron Crawford and asked him to
state openly the results of a "re-
port" on the condition of some
equipment "over on Bevis and
Parramores's place." Crawford
was not able to respond as
Parramore interjected, ""Wait a
minute, Mike, you and I talked
about this. I explained it all to you
but you are still trying to make
trouble for me and Mr. Crawford.
I don't know what you do for a
living, and I don't care, but you
are starting to affect me now and
I want to know why."
Before Robulock could answer
Chairman Reakes banged the
gavel and adjourned the meeting
telling the two to take their argu-
ment outside.
Apparently after the meeting,
Parramore and Bevis confronted
Robulock, As the men continued
the argument, personal insults
were hurled back and forth.
Mayor Charles Millender came
over to city ball.and after some
discussion, the men left the city
hall steps.
Ron Crawford later commented on
the railway. "Jt does need paint'
but it is sound and in good oper-
ating condition."


lives in the Vietnam War by plac-
ing a permanent monument con-
taining their names at the Florida
National Guard Armory, Fort
Coombs, on 4th Street in
Apalachicola.
Mark Currenton with the Frank-
lin County Planning and Zoning
office is in charge ofcollecting the
names of those who should be
honored. So far, Currenton has
collected four names of Vietnam
casualties.
Those include Specialist 4th Class
Robert,Clifford Millender of
Carrabelle who served in the U.S.
Army, and three from Apalachi-
cola, Chief Master Sergeant
Herbert Eugene Smith, U.S. Air
Force, and Private 1st Class Rob-
ert O'Neal Cato and Private 1st
Class Clifford G. Rhodes, who
both served in the U.S. Army.
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died while serving in the Vietnam
War should .contact Mark
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School

.Board

Votes to

SParticipate

-with PAEC

2Members of the Franklin County
*School Board voted 4-1 to partici-
S.ate with the Panhandle Area
*'Education Consortium (PAEC)
'during a January 13 regular
.meeting. The PAEC will provide
.diie school district with a model
policyy program to ensure that it
remainss in compliance with state
statuesue s and federal regulations.
:. hairperson Will Kendrick, who
'yas the board's lone vote of dis-
:tent, voiced budgetary con-
'erns in participating with the
consortium.
Ms. Paula Waller, who serves as
Executive Director with the PAEC,
Aihformed board members that 11
other school districts currently
participated with the consortium
and have adopted its policies. The
cost of participating with PAEC,
said Waller, was between $1,700
and $2,000. However, she said
that the board could delay such
payments until the next fiscal
tear.
By participating with the PAEC,
Ms. Waller informed stated that
the district would receive a policy
procedures manual, legislative
updates as well as assistance in
developing PAEC policies.
Mr. Pat McDaniel, who serves as
a Risk Manager with PAEC, said
that the consortium also provided
risk management workshops and
training sessions to help ensure
that district employees were not
injured during their daily work
routines.
McDaniel further noted that he
.inspected those schools in the
,various districts he served to pre-
;vent such dangerous situations as
Fire hazards. "We try to look at the
Future and be proactive," he said.
' McDaniel also said that the PAEC
assisted distncts in legal matters
that involved such issues as dis-
crimination, disability and sexual
Harassment. 'These types of cases
,;can become big lawsuits," he said.
Mr. McDaniel said that the $2,000
cost of participating with PAEC
-could at some time save the dis-
trict $100,000 in legal fees in the
.,fiture. "I want you to look at it in
;the short term and long term," he
said, "that's the picture I want to
.aaint for you tonight."
"The PAEC policies will take effect
in the Franklin County School
District on June 30, 1998.
In other school board business:

,Hopes Raised
On New,
"ome for

Carrabelle
iLibrary
'Hopes are now running high in
:Sarrabelle for a new home for the
KCarrabelle Branch of the Frank-
:.in County Public Library (FCPL)
-'after a meeting of the Friends of
,the Public Library held at 10 a.m.
:Saturday, January 10, drew ac-
otion from the group present. A
building fund was established
'and a building committee was
:appointed to work with engineers
and the City of Carrabelle to that
,end.
-ghere was a brief show of discord
:-when Anne Lindsey, longtime li-
"'brary volunteer and Will Morris,
first director of the FCPL, got into
a shouting match.
Rene Topping, a member of Fran-
klin County Public Library Board
(FCLAB) pleaded for harmony
within the group, She quoted a
billboard on the Christian Church
on River Road, saying For sev-
eral days, I have seen this mes-
sage on the billboard at the
church on River Road. It reads:
"Love keeps no records of wrongs.
(Con 13- 5)." She said that every-
one present because they loved
the library, and all were friends.
She urged that from that moment,
she urged that everyone set aside
their hurts and work together for
the benefit of the library.
A motion was made by Anne
Lindsey and seconded by Rene
Topping that the building fund be
established and a committee cho-
sen. The motion was passed
unanimously. Topping then made
a motion stating, "When the new
building is built, I would like to
make a notion that the entrance
to the main room have a plaque
affixed naming Jackie Gay as the
donor." Anne Lindsey seconded
the motion. It was supported by
all there.


There was further good financial
news as Ms. Lindsey presented a
personal donation of $1000.00
from herself and her husband, Bill
Lindsey. Jackie Gay also an-
nounced that Terry Miller the
manager of the Winn-Dixie in
Crawfordville where the Newman
product was purchased, had de-
cided to donate one half of the
$10,000 that the store received to
the Carrabelle Branch of the FCPL
and that the other half would go
Sto the United Way in Wakulla.
There is a possibility that funds
obtained from private sources can
be matched by state funds when


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"The board voted to pay $4,000
for the band instruments pur-
chased by the band director rom
Apalachicola High School. The
board stipulated that any money
obtained through fundraising ac-
tivities by the school band and
supporters be used to pay for the
balance of the band instruments.
The decision, which was recom-
mended by Superintendent
Brenda Galloway, had previously
been denied by the superinten-
dent because the instruments
were not purchased according to
district procedures for purchase
orders.
Board member Willie Speed urged
fellow board members to pay for
the instruments and stated that
the band materials were benefi-
cial to the school's band program.
"Please take this young man (the
band director) off the hook," he
said, "give him another chance."
Mr. Speed continued, "everybody
makes a mistake. Everybody on
this board has made a mistake
one time or another...People are
human. Sometimes we do things
that are not acceptable, but it's
just a human error. I don't think
a person should be penalized just
because he made a mistake. If we
were penalized for all the things
we did as an individual, we
wouldn't be on this board tonight.
Some of us wouldn't."
Chairperson Will Kendrick con-
curred with Mr. Speed, but
pointed out that such matters
needed to be addressed during the
district's pre-planning period.
"We've had this problem come up
from time to time," he noted, "that
doesn't make it right, but it
happens."
Board member Jimmy Gander
voiced concern that the board
may set a precedent by approv-
ing those purchase orders that did
not comply with the district's pro-
cedures. He also requested that
any money raised from
fundraising activities conducted
by the band be used to defray the
costs of the instruments.
*The board accepted the resigna-
tion of District Finance Officer
John Rieman.
*The superintendent informed the
board that the Florida Compre-
hensive Achievement Test (FCAT)
would be administered on Janu-
ary 27, 28, 29 and 30. She said
that letters would be sent to the
homes of all students to notify
them of the upcoming test.
*The board accepted a bid of
$209,000 to complete work on the
Carrabelle High School
fieldhouse.


Good Life Festival
Liberty County's Fourth Annual
Good Life Festival will be held
March 7, 1998 at Liberty County
Sports Complex starting at
7:00 a.m.
Call (850) 643-5613 or 643-5690
and reserve your booth for crafts
or food. Craft booths are $20.00
and food booths are $30.00.
There will be entertainment
throughout the day, an auction,
fun and games, serving chittlins
or chicken and rice, collard
greens, cracklin bread hamburg-
ers, hotdogs, bake tables, and
other food items.




a building is planned.' Ms. Gay
also stated that an offer had been
made through Mayor Charles
Millender and the Franklin
County Senior Center Board
headed up by Helen Schmidt to
donate part of the land the Cen-
ter is built on.
The building committee will be
composed of the following per-
sons: Mary Ann Shields, Chair-
person: Marion Norris, Friends of
the Library liaison; Christine
Hinton FCPL Advisory Board liai-
son; Jackie GAY, Carrabelle
Branch liaison: Eileen Annie, Di-
rector of the FCPL: Sarah
Marxsen, Donna Messer, Mickey
Gay, Mark and Cathy Ramsey,
Cindy Dullivan, Cliff Butler Cliff
Shawl Brian Lycett and Rene Top-
ping.
A meeting of the committee is
called for Friday, January 16 to
begin the grant application pro-
cess. Library Program Specialist
Bob Gorin and Baskerville and
Donovan Representative Bill
McCartney will also be present at
the meeting,
The final approval for the plans
made at this meeting will rest with
the Franklin County Library Ad-


visory Board who have a meeting
planned for the Carrabelle Branch
on Monday, January 18 at 4 p.m.


(L-R) Cherry Rankin holds out two packages of butter while
Kelly Pitts, Krystal Addison and Erica Tiller try to guess
which product has the least amount of vegetable fat.
Cherry Ranklin and Sheila Hinton with the Expanded Food and Nu-
trition Education Program (EFNEP) led several students from the
Teen Parent Program at Apalachicola High School on a trip through
the Gulfside IGA on January 20 to seek out the most economical and
nutritional products.
Ms. Rankin & Hinton provided the students on a variety of different
consumer tips for comparison shopping. The students were asked to
determine the butter product with the least amount of vegetable fat.
They were also asked to find the juice that contained 100% fruitjuice.
Additionally, students were asked to determine the milk product with
the least amount of fat.
In the canned goods section, the students were asked to find fat-free
products as well as those products that were contained in their own
juices. The students were also shown that generic products were gen-
erally more economical, and sometimes even more nutritional than
the name brand products.
Ms. Rankin advised the students that saturated fat was one ingredi-
ent in a product to steer clear of when possible. Ms. Hinton also ad-
vised that the students should look for the product with the least
amount of sodium.
Student Krystal Addison later commented, "I learned that the food
that I ate...I can't eat." Student Erica Tiller concurred, "everything
that tastes good is not necessarily good for you." Student Kelly Pitts
said, "I learned to look at your labels better."
Ms. Rankin acknowledged that the students could always improve
their abilities in becoming informed consumers. "They can improve
their knowledge by practicing everytime they come to the store," she
said. Ms. Hinton added, "it proved to me that the program in Franklin
County is successful and needed." Alternative Education Instructor
Deene Cook noted, "this fulfills one of our goals to help teen parents
become informed consumers and better mothers."


State Library Reps. Meet

with Building Committee


"I


State Library Representative Bob Gorin (C) addresses the
Library Building Committee.

Robert Gorin and Sondra Taylor-Furbee with the State Library met
with members from the Library Building Committee at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County Public Library on January 16 to dis-
cuss various aspects of grant writing to obtain funds for a new library
in the City of Carrabelle.
Mr. Gorin informed board members that those who worked with him
on a regular basis in completing a grant application generally re-
ceived more points in the grant evaluation process. "Sometimes," he
said, "it makes a difference between having something funded or not."
Ms. Furbee said that she would work with the building committee as
much or as little as they desired. "You can ask me to come to any or
all ofthe meetings that you have," she said, "I will, try to get informa-
tion for you and help you put things together to make sure that you
have applications and deadlines in."
Taylor-Furbee stated that she would not attempt to take over the
project, but would happily assistance at the board's request. How-
ever, she advised, "I know you're going to have millions of questions
and I will tell you that I don't have millions of answers in concern to
construction:" Taylor-Furbee said that her specialty was with grant
evaluation, while Mr. Gorin's would be more helpful with construc-
tion concerns.
Mr. Gorin then went through the required steps for submitting an
application for a Public Library Construction Grant. He noted that an
ordinance or resolution would have to be adopted or certified by ei-
ther a city or county governing board authorizing the submission of
such a grant.
Assurance was needed, said Gorin, that the required dollar for dollar
match of grant funds be available and unencumbered when the grant
was awarded. He stated that the board would have to determine the
amount of funds they would have by the time the grant was awarded,
rather than submitted.
Gorrin pointed out that many groups seeking such grants underesti-
mated the amount of funding they would have and thereby did not
obtain the maximum amount of matching funds available. He said,
however, that the grant could be jeopardized if the group overesti-
mated the amount of funds that would be available for the grant.
Mr. Gorin also pointed out that the proposed building be used as a
library for at least 20 years following receipt of the construction grant.
Some allowable uses for grant funds, he said, included architectural
services, acquisition of land, new construction, expansion, remodel-
ing, site preparation and engineering.costs.
Currently, Gorin said that there was 3.4 million dollars in the
governor's budget for library grants. "It looks pretty good so far," he
said. Gorin said that the library could apply for more grant funding
for expansion efforts after the first grant project was completed. The
maximum allowable construction grant, he said, was $500,000. He
said the minimum allowable grant was $10,000. Gorin noted that the
minimum allowable project size was 3,000 square feet,
The Library Building Committee later appointed members to several


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How Can Parents Encourage Responsible
Behavior?

Provided by Brown Elementary School
Especially when they are young, children learn best about responsi-
bility in concrete situations. What they do and what they witness
have lasting effects.
We are always teaching our children something by our words and our
actions. They learn from seeing. They learn from hearing. They learn
from overhearing. They learn from us, from each other, from other
adults and by themselves.
All of us acquire habits by doing things over and over again, whether
in learning to play a musical instrument, to pick up after ourselves,
to play games and sports, or to share with others. The best way to
encourage our children to become responsible is to act as responsi-
bly as we can in their presence. We must genuinely try to be the sort
of people we hope they will try to become.
We can show them by our words an by ou_ actions that we respect
others. We can show them our compassion and-concern when others
are suffering. They need to see our own self-control, courage and
honesty. They need to learn that we treat ourselves, as well as others,
with respect, and that we always try to do our best. As they grow
older, they should have the chance to learn why we live as we do.
Example:
Daddy, why are you leaving that note on the garbage can?
There is broken glass inside, Matthew, and I don't want the
garbage collector to get hurt because of me. I am warning them
about the glass.
Are they your friends?
, No. I don't know them.
But yqu don't want them to get hurt...
As ou iichildien watch us daily, as we 'talk tothem, encouraging their
questions and trying to answer them thoughtfully, they begin to un-
derstand us-and we begin to understand them. Understanding each
other well is the best way to teach our children respect for our ideals
of good character.
More to appear in latter issues!!

different committees. Those committees and committee members in-
clude:
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE: Cliff Shaw (Chairperson), Jackie Gay,
Mary Ann Shields, Cindy Sullivan, Donna Messer, Brian Lycett, Cathy
Ramsey and Mark Ramsey.
FACILITIES PLANNING COMMITTEE: Christine Hinton (Chairperson),
Mary Ann Shields, Eileen Annie, Cindy Sullivan, Sarah Marxson and
Brian Lycett.
LOBBYING COMMITTEE: Marian Morris (Chairperson), Cliff Butler,
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MFA, University of Oklahoma,


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chaic, organic colorants and raw
metallics, used by indigenous
people, her fiery brilliance and
transparent iridescence interpret
the icons of the Apalachee ant
their neighbors.
Refreshments will be served.


Bring a guest. There will be a
short board meeting before this,
at 7:00pm in the Raney Home.



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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
January 9, 1998

ARRAIGNMENT
Nedra Baxley: Charged with 15 counts of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant agreed to enter into a pretrial intervention arrange-
ment with the office of the Assistant State Attorney.
Charles Brown: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance with Intent to Sell, Possession of a Firearm during the
Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
and Possession of less than 20 grams of Cannabis, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on February 16. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Lt. Michael Moore served a
search warrant to the defendant on December 11, 1996 at his resi-
dence on Avenue K in Apalachicola. Officers discovered a bottle con-
taining 25 pieces of crack cocaine, a small plastic bag of cannabis, a
.25 caliber clip of ammunition and a .25 caliber handgun. The defen-
dant allegedly informed officers that he was holding the firearm for
someone, though would not identify that individual.
Tonya Brown: Charged with one count of Obtaining or Attempting
Obtain a Controlled Substance by forgery, Misrepresentation, Fraud
or Subterfuge, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on February 16. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly at-
tempted to obtain a prescription drug at Lanier's Pharmacy on De-
cember 23, 1996 by means of a false prescription form. The defen-
dant had allegedly visited the Apalachee Mental Health Center in
Apalachicola on December 23 and taken a prescription form from the
facility.
T'woyne Croom: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense of Sale of
Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to 13 months in the Department of Corrections with
credit for 17 days of time served. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Dalton: Charged with one count of DUI, Driving with a Sus-
pended Driver's License and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted
Felon, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defendant
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for arraignment on February 16. Information has not
yet been filed in this case.
According to the probable cause report, Trooper H.S. Campbell with
the Florida Highway Patrol stopped the defendant on State Road 30
in Eastpoint December 4, 1997 when he noticed that the defendant's
vehicle was missing a headlight and that his vehicle had crossed over
the center line one time.
Trooper Campbell reported that he noticed a strong smell of alcohol
emanating from the defendant when he approached him. "His face
was flushed, eyes were watery and bloodshot," Campbell reported,
"As Mr. Dalton exited his vehicle, he stumbled and leaned against his
truck for support." Campbell continued, "Dr.. Dalton explained that
his license was suspended for several past DUI's." The defendant al-
legedly tested .088 and .083 on an intoxilyzer that was administered
at the Franklin County Jail.
Edward Daniels: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Para-
phernalia, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
five months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 36 days of
time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defendant to 24
months of probation and ordered him to pay $255 for court costs,
$150 for investigative costs, and $100 to the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE) for lab fees. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.'
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
$25 worth of crack cocaine to Sgt. James Watkins at the intersection
of Avenue K and 8th Street in Apalachicola during a controlled buy
procedure on December 4, 1997.
Willie Dasher, Jr.: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Para-
phernalia and Possession of less than 20 grams of Cannabis. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on February 16. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler. Information
has not yet been filed in this case.
Charles Dean: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery and
Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on February 16. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Edgar Florian: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with
a Deadly Weapon, the defendant agreed to enter into a twelve month
deferred prosecution agreement with the office of the Assistant State
Attorney on December 23. The defendant was represented by Attor-
ney Gordon Shuler.
Tereah Haight: Charged with one county of Possession of Crack Co-
caine, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defendant
by Attorney Gordon Shuler. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on February 16.
Ronald Henderson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer.
continued the case for arraignment on February 16. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Infor-
mation has yet to be filed in this case.
Gerald Kent: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for arraignment on February 16. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Infor-
mation has not yet been filed in this case.
Curtis Lake, Jr.: Charged with two counts of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on February 16. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
crack cocaine to Sgt. James Watkins at the intersection of 7th Street
and Avenue K during a controlled buy procedure on September 24,
1997.
Robert Lee: The defendant has been charged with one count of Re-
sisting an Officer with Violence and Battery. Judge Steinmeyer con-


tinued the case for arraignment on February 16.
According to the probable cause report, Carrabelle Assistant Police
Chief Jonathan Riley was dispatched to the Georgian Motel on De-
cember 20, 1997 in concern to a disturbance call. Officer Riley re-
ported that he observed the defendant and Mr. Hans Bauncartnir,
Manager of the Georgian Motel, on the ground fighting.
Mr. Bauncartnir informed Officer Riley that John Evan, Tommy Staggs
and the defendant had rented a room at his establishment and were
very rowdy all evening. According to the report, Bauncartnir reported
that the defendant asked to shake his hand and he refused to do so.
He claimed that the defendant then began fighting with him.
Officer Riley stated that the defendant kicked the window out of his
patrol car and then shoved him during the arrest procedure. Riley
reported that the window of his vehicle was valued at $150.
Michele Massey: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged In-
strument, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Providing False Report
to a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for arraignment on February 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Jessica Poole and the defen-
dant allegedly took a car belonging to Kevin Lee on December 20,
1997. Mr. Lee allegedly loaned the vehicle to John Evans. Mr. Evans
drove the vehicle to Apalachicola with the defendant and Ms. Poole as
his passengers. Evans reported that, when arrived in Apalachicola,
Poole and the defendant allegedly took the vehicle and did not report.
Mr. Evans informed local authorities that he did not give permission
to either individual to use the vehicle in question.
According to another probable cause report, Harold Fredrick of Sea
Side Builders informed authorities that the defendant had stolen a
check from his checkbook on November 21, 1997 and attempted to
cash a $200 dollar check at Gulf State Bank in Eastpoint. Bank clerk
Tammy Carter allegedly noticed that the endorsement on the check
differed from the signature of Mr. Fredrick's. She then refused to cash
or return the check until Mr. Fredrick verified that he had endorsed
it. Mr. Fredrick informed Gulf State Bank that he had not endorsed
the check in question.
James Morgan: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Interference with Custody. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on February 16.
Jessica Poole: The defendant had been charged with one count of
Third Degree Grand Theft. However, the Office of the Assistant State
Attorney decided on January 7 to drop the charge. Assistant State
Attorney Ron Flury reported that there was an insufficient amount of
evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt; however, he
reported that there was probable cause to arrest the defendant. The
co-defendant (Michele Massey) in the case, he noted, assumed all
responsibility in the matter.
Andre Rosier: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance with Intent to Sell, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Feb-
ruary 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Varnes, Gulf County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, Major Mike Mock, Major
Ronald Crum, Captain Chester Creamer, Sgt. James Watkins and Lt.
Michael Moore drove through an area near the Magnolia Club in
Carrabelle when they approached the defendant.
Officers questioned the defendant as to whether he was in posses-
sion of illegal drugs. The defendant allegedly stated, "You can search
me. I don't have anything." According to the report, the defendant
allegedly laid down upon the ground and moved his body from left to
right. When officers asked the defendant to stand up, they allegedly
discovered a bottle containing 12 pieces of crack cocaine on the ground.
He defendant allegedly stated, "That ain't mine. I didn't have that on
me."
Matthew Parramore: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer with-
held adjudication and sentenced the defendant to two years of proba-
tion. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for
court costs. A restitution will be determined at a later date. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Samantha Stone: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Worthless
Check over $149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on February 16.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly cashed
two checks at Bill's Dollar Store in Apalachicola on April 12 & 13 in
the amounts of $286 and $267 "knowing at the time that there was
not sufficient funds on deposit with the bank to pay the check."
Nathaniel White: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to Sell, Possession of less than 20 grams
of Cannabis and Resisting Arrest Without Violence, a written plea of
Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defendant by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for ar-
raignment on February 16. Information has not yet been filed in this
case.
According to the probable cause report, Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Vanes, Gulf County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, Special Agent Dan
Mikolay with the U.S. Customs Service, Sgt. James Watkins and In-
vestigators Marty Williams and Ricky Tolbert of Gulf County ap-
proached the Starfire Lounge in Apalachicola and noticed two indi-
viduals run away from the establishment.
The officers allegedly ordered the individuals to halt. According to the
report, the defendant was arrested nearly a block from the premises.
However, the other individual escaped. Officers allegedly discovered
two plastic baggies containing cannabis in the defendant's posses-
sion.

PRETRIAL
Stevie Beebie: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Possession of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on February 16. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
SMichael Cain: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Third Degree Criminal Mischief. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on March 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case


for trial on January 21. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Charlie Cooper: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for disposition on February 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Denig: Charged with one count of Aggavated Battery, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of Battery. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
one year of probation. As condition of probation, the defendant will
be required to complete the Providing Alternative to Violence Through
Education (PAVE) Program. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the de-
fendant to pay $155 for court costs. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Danny Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer contin-
ued the case for pretrial on February 16. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Christopher Enloe: The defendant has been charged with one county
of Third Degree Grand Theft and Providing a False Report to a Law
Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on February 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tilden Fichera: The defendant has been charged wit one count of
Resisting Arrest With Violence. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on February 16. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Arthur Hutchinson: The defendant was been charged with one count
of Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for trial on January 21. The defendant was represented by At-
torney Barbara Sanders.
Chris Richards: Charged with one count of Attempted First Degree
Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Possession of a Fire-
arm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded to the lesser of-
fenses of Attempted Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon. Judge Steinmeyer will continued the case for dispo-
sition on February 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Waylon Graham.
Tony Sadler: The defendant has been charged with one count of Pos-
session of Cannabis with Intent to Sell, Possession of more than 20
grams of Cannabis.and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on February 16. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Stevens: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the Office of the Assistant State Attorney decided on January
2 to drop the charge. In his report, Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
noted that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, he reported that there was probable cause to make an ar-
rest in the case. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sanders.
Glenn Suddeth: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on February 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ben Turrell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale
of a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
trial on January 2 1. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Julian Vann: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft
and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to four months in the Franklin County Jail with
credit for 63 days of time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced
the defendant to two years of probation and ordered him to pay $1,110
in restitution to Larry Griffin and $255 for court costs. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Wallace: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Accessory After the Fact. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on February 16. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION (VOP)
Marchant Bunyon: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hear-
ing on February 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Adolph Buzier: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for disposi-
tion on February 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alvin Chambers: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on
February 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Creamer: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an .ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to
nine months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 84 of time
served. All court and restitution costs were reduced to a civil judg-
ment. The victim in the case was reportedly not interested in receiv-
ing restitution. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon
Shuler.
Stephen Shiver: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to 11 months in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 29 days of time served. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


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County Approves Site for New

Health Department Building


Franklin County Commissioners
finally approved a site for the new
health department facility in
Apalachicola during a special
meeting on January 13.
Ms. Janice Hicks with the Frank-
lin County Public Health Depart-
ment proposed a site on 12th
Street between the present health
department facility and the
Apalachee Center for Human Ser-
vices and Weems Memorial Hos-
pital. Ms. Hicks explained that the
new facility would be a two or pos-
siblv three-story building. The fa-


cility, she continued, would be
5,000 square feet on each level.
"We're trying not to take up too
much [space]," explained Hicks.
She said that a road may be cre-
ated for the entrance to the
hospital's emergency room in the
future. Hicks noted that the heli-
pad as well as small storage build-
ing would be moved from behind
the hospital. "That would free up
all of that space to give us park-
ing and the two-story building,"
she said.


Dr. Frederick Humphries (C) stands with a couple of his
former Franklin County instructors: Willie Speed (L) and
Charles Watson-Clark (R).


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FAMU President, Continued
from Page 1
Dr. Humphries said that one of
his "entitlements" is that "if ever
a student from Apalachicola
wants to come to FAMU, they can.
We'll make sure. Just walk into
my office and tell them you're
from Apalachicola."
"This is a very special place to
grow up in," said Dr. Humphries.
"I tried to do my best. My mother
stressed education. My father
died when I was eight years old.
My brother was 12. With five chil-
dren, three girls and two boys, my
mother set up a routine for study
and for going to school."
He was named an honorary life-
time member of the local teacher's
association in a resolution signed
by Elinor Mount-Simmons, presi-
dent; and read by Teressa Jones.
The ministerial alliance lauded
Dr. Humphries and quoted the
scripture, "train up a child in the
way he should and when he is old
he will not depart from it."
Clarence Williams, Franklin
County Commission member,
read a resolution. Among all the
"whereas" notes it was clear that
Dr. Humphries is held in very high
esteem in his home town.
Dr. Humphries talked with Mayor
Bobby Howell about plans to de-
velop inland seafood production,
teach marine chemistry and en-
vironmental concerns, and set up
fish-growing and shrimp-growing
under the auspices of FAMU.
"When I grew up here, seafood
was plentiful," he added.
Dr. Humphries said Florida A &
M's land grant status could be the
springboard for research on the
natural environment, the river
and bay, with free services to sup-
port the seafood industry in a
demonstration project. "Nobody in
the state is doing what I'm talk-
ing about," he said. "Instead of
growing okra and corn, we'd be
growing seafood."
A public hearing on proposals for
FAMU expansion is to be held Feb.
3 in Tallahassee, "where the pub-
lic will get a chance to express
what they need from FAMU," said
Dr. Humphries.


Rep. Boyd

to Speak to

Juvenile

Council

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
State Rep. Janegale Boyd is to
speak to members and guests of
the Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council on Jan. 29 at
noon at the Trinity Episcopal
Church annex in Apalachicola:
"We are expecting a large number
of members," said Sandra Lee
Johnson, chairperson. "Bring a
covered dish to share for lunch."
Under federal guidelines all gov-
ernmental- agencies, including
city and county, must be repre-
sented on the council.
The basic premise of the Juvenile
Justice Council is to plan and
carry out programs to help keep
youths out of crime, away from
drug use, and/or delinquency.
"We can do our job with your
help," said Johnson. "An asset
based approach enables people to
use their own strengths to seek
options and create solutions for
community growth and develop-
ment."
Deadline for the Governor's Com-
munity Investment Awards nomi-
nations must be postmarked or
received no later than Feb. 6, said
Johnson. "Please bring names to
,the Jan. 29 meeting." The awards
were created to recognize the out-
standing efforts of business lead-
ers and organizations involved in
delinquency prevention and inter-
vention programs for at-risk
youths.
In addition to hearing Rep. Boyd,
members will hear reports on as-
set-based community develop-
ment, the "Invest in Children" Li-
cense Tag Funds, and Commu-
nity Juvenile Justice Partnership
Grants.
Brief reports will also be given by
Eileen Annie on Partnership
Grant-Wings, Nan Collins on
Franklin County Schools, Bruce
Varnes on the Sheriffs Depart-
'ment, Cheryl Poole on CINS/
FINS, and reports on Healthy
Start, Domestic and Sexual Vio-
lence, and a Juvenile Justice dis-
trict update by Iris Young.

Concerned

Citizens Plan

Second Meeting

By Thomas Campbell
Concerned Citizens of Franklin
County (CCOFC) will hold its sec-
ond meeting Wednesday, Febru-
ary 11, 1998, 7:00 p.m. at the
Yaupon Garden Club in
Carrabelle. Jim Welsh, President,
said, "Issues need to be ad-
dressed," and urged all members
of the group to be present.
CCOFC had ten members present
at its last meeting and the Presi-
dent of the political action group
said there would be no announce-
ment of agenda until the members
have further discussions and
make some decisions.


1997

Floridian of

the Year
Since 1983, the Orlando Sen-
tinel has recognized as Florid-
ian of the Year the person who
has made the most outstand-
ing contribution to the state
of Florida.
In 1997, the newspaper se-
lected Dr. Frederick S.
Humphries, President of
Florida Agricultural and Me-
chanical University for this
distinct honor. During his
tenure, average freshmen
SAT scores jumped from
about 700 to 1,036. Enroll-
ment at FAMU has doubled
to more than 11,000 stu-
dents. FAMU has the top
pharmacy school in the
Southeast for attracting fed-
eral grant money, outpacing
the University of Florida.
In an extensive review of his
career published in the Janu-
ary 4, 1998 issue of the Or-
lando Sentinel, former Chan-
cellor of the Florida Univer-
sity System, Charlie Reed
said to Sentinel reporter Joni
James, "Fred has one of the
greatest passions for higher
education of anyone I know...
He knows what can happen
if any student, especially an
African-American student,
can get a bachelor's degree...
He knows it changes their
lives forever. Fred knows it
not just in his head but in his
heart. He knows because it's
what happened to him."
Known as a tireless recruiter,
Dr. Humphries has asked for
large donations for FAMU,
thereby increasing the FAMU
Foundation's assets to $43
million. He convinced Insur-
ance Commissioner Bill
Nelson to dedicate $2 million
from an insurance fraud-pen-
alty to FAMU scholarships.


Lighthouse
Realty
Of St. George Island, Inc.


Frank Latham's letter,
Continued from Page 3.
suBmission period. The funds
can be used for land acquisi-
tion and development of out-
door recreational area and
facilities.
We hope the above informa-
tion will be helpful as you
make a decision concerning
the future of the Bryant
Patton Bridge. If nothing else,
we would recommend that
you consider saving at least
one section of the bridge for
a fishing,pier. Preferably, the
section on St. George Island.
It would be a tremendous
benefit not only to the resi-
dents of Franklin County, but
also attract additional tour-
ists to this area. It would be
a viable economic entity.
If you have any questions or
need additional information,
please feel free to call me at
927-2981. I will be available-
to answer questions at the
next County Commission
meeting.


State Fair
The 1998 Florida State Fair, Feb-
ruary 5 16 in Tampa, is a show-
case of all that Florida agriculture
has to offer. It's the Southeast's
largest agricultural fair, with food,
rides and live entertainment. But
there's another side to the Florida
State Fair-it's educational, too,
with exhibits, displays and dem-
onstrations. You can learn about
Florida history at Cracker Coun-
try, see agricultural events that
demonstrate the talents of
tomorrow's farmers, and share in
the age old tradition of handmade
arts and crafts. For information
about the 1998 Florida State Fair,
call 1-800-345-FAIR (in Florida
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tiqmes, collectibles, new &
usedaJumitlvre, art, paper-
backs & collector books,
silktoral arrangements,
collector steiLs, baskets,
bottles, kitchen things
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tive accent p eces.
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Houvs: 10:00 a. m.-5:30 p..

Lookfor tke Kbi tin sked
on Water Street along the
khistor:c Apalackdcola River.
P.O. Box 9
ApaRci, co[la, FL 32329


Location! Island Home with Great Gulf
View. Just steps to the Beach, Shopping or
Restaurants. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath with
spacious open family living area and split
bedroom plan is your perfect Island
getaway. Completely furnished. $179,000.


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EXECUTIVE OFFICE FURNITURE

1401 S. Monroe St. 850-224-9476

1 :! Tallahassee I


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