The Published Every Other Friday
Volume 7, Number 5 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER March 6 19, 1998
Video camera found in unisex restroom.
School District Says Farewell
to Finance Officer
Members of the Franklin County School District said their farewells
to Finance Officer John Rieman during a retirement party on Febru-
ary ,26 at the district office in Apalachicola.
"We're sad to see him go, because he's done such a wonderful job for
the Franklin County School System," said Superintendent Brenda
Galloway, "but we celebrate in thejoy that he has reached his retire-
ment and is going to go golfing and fishing now and all of us are
envious.. .. --.... .. :
District employees and members from the Franklin County School
Board were on hand at the retirement party to wish Mr. Rieman a
happy retirement. Assistant Superintendent Mikell Clark presented
Rieman with several gag gifts at the event. "We made provisions for
you in case you might want to have a garden"," said Clark as he pre-
sented Rieman with toy gardening equipment, "here are some tools
that you might want to use."
District employee Rachial Hendels also presented Rieman with a card
with the inscription, "Don't be sad...you're finally out of school." She
also presented him with a scanner. Mr. Rieman thanked all in atten-,
dance for their kindness. "I've had a good time," he said, "I'm going to
miss you terribly." Members in attendance responded, "we're going to
miss you, too." Someone also reminded Mr. Rieman, "Panama City is
not that far."
Four Commissioners Say:
"Abolish Port Authority"
By Rene Topping -- .. "
Four City Commissioners voted Monday, March 2, at their regular
meeting, to begin steps to abolish the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA). Commissioner Pam Lycett was the lone nay vote.
The Authority was vented in 1986 by an Act of the Florida Legislature
and has far reaching powers over Timber Island and the Thompson
Field (a small airstrip), just west of town.
A group of very vocal business people, in particular the businesses
that depend upon the river for much of their business, were led by
Nita Molsbee, a real estate salesperson for Franklin Realty in an ef-
fort to abolish the CPAA.
Ms. Molsbee first asked the Mayor Charles Millender why the item to
abolish the CPAA was taken off the agenda. She was backed by Com-.
missioner Buz Putnal to have the item put back for discussion. Putnal
said he felt that a lot of people had come specially to the meeting and
had waited patiently to the last item and should be heard. The item
was put back on the agenda. Putnal's motion was seconded by Com-
missioner Jim Phillips.
Gary Reakes, present Chairman of the CPAA, asked if he could speak
first. He.gave a report on the activities that have taken place since the
new members have joined the Authority. He said he felt real progress
had been made. He went on to say "The Port Authority has been in
business since 1986. Taxpayers have expended some almost two mil-
lion dollars. What we have to show for that is: we have a boat building
facility, we have a few docks and if you will pardon the expression,
we have a sewage treatment plant. I have no idea how you can find it.
But that is two million dollars of your money. Prior to the authority
that is in office now the only thing that has been done to generate a
single dime is the facility that has been let out to Tommy Bevis. "Since
June of last year we have entered into an agreement with Tom Bea-
vers and his wife Ellen for him to invest four million dollars of his own
money, no state money, no grant money. I got the letter Friday from
the Board of Trustees in Tallahassee accepting this bid." He went on
to say that the authority would be able to generate some more money
and facilities. He added that there was work being done to bring in
someone at the airport.
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Reakes continued, "And I have to tell you I am astounded that the
citizens are saying they want to get rid of this organization. And I
would like to ask the commission what is it about the Port and Air-
port Authority you do not like." He added that the people on the Au-
thority are volunteers and receive no salary.
Ms. Molsbee responded, "I think everybody would like to thank the
Authority for what they have done, but they haven't done anything
that you, five people, elected by the people, representing the citizens
of Carrabelle, could not have done."
The discussion was then changed to a counting of the boats at Tommy
Bevis' dock. Ms. Molsbee said she counted 17 and Commissioner
Pam Lycett said she counted 12. This has been an ongoing point of
discussion at city and CPAA meting for years.
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OF T EOGE ISNIC
By Brian Goercke
Apalachicola Times Manager John Lee maintains that there is no
truth to allegations that he taped employees while they used the unisex
restroom located in the building of his establishment in Apalachi-
"There's a lot of accounts going around and being published:" said
Lee, "I've heard that a lot of people are saying a lot of things....some
positive and some negative."
It all began with an anonymous tip to Lt. Michael Moore with the
Franklin County Sheriffs Department that surveillance equipment
may have been placed in the restroom of the Apalachicola Times build-
On February 23, Moore visited the office of the Apalachicola Times
and requested to use the establishment's restroom. He received per-
mission from one of the employees. While in the restroom, Moore
observed a recording device lodged in an air vent as he looked, up
towards the ceiling. "Ifyou knew what you were looking for," he com-
mented, "you would see it."
John Lee (file photo)
From this observation, Lt. Moore then needed to determine whether a
state statute existed in regard to the placement of surveillance equip-
ment in restrooms. After consulting with Assisting State Attorney Ron
Flury, it was determined that there may have been a violation of Florida
Statute 877.03: Breach of the peace; disorderly conduct.
Section 877.03 reads as follows:'
Whoever commits such acts as are of a nature to corrupt the
public morals, or outrage the sense of public decency, or affect
the peace and quiet of persons who may witness them, or en-
gages in brawling or fighting, or engages in such conduct as to
constitute a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct, shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree...
Moore and Flury then sought and received approval from Circuit Judge
F.E. Steinmeyer for a search warrant to be served to Mr. Lee at the
Apalachicola Times office in Apalachicola. On March 2. Lt. Moore, Lt.
Bobby Shiver, Major Ronald Crum and Major Mike Mock with the
Franklin County Sheriffs Department served the warrant to Mr. Lee
at 12:23 p.m.
"He didn't really have a lot of reaction (to the warrant)." commented
Major Crum, "he cooperated." Lt. Moore noted that Mr. Lee did cut
one of the cables from the video equipment. "I asked him why he did
that and he said that he was mad," said Moore.
Mr. Lee addressed the incident in the March 5 issue of the Apalachi-
cola Times. Lee stated, "I offered them (officers) my assistance, and
even cut one of the cables so they wouldn't have to pull it through the
Officers seized the following items from the Apalachicola Times of-
fice: 1 Panasonic recorder, 1 VCR, 1 Exxis Monitor, video cable. I
pinhole camera approximately 2 by 2 inches in size, several beta tapes
and 29 two-hour video tapes.
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Notes from the March 3
*Alligator Point resident Ruthann
Howard addressed the board on
alleged violations to the county's
zoning code. Ms. Howard pointed
out that the board had agreed on
July 16, 1996 to not allow items
to be placed on the agenda of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission after 4:30
p.m. on the Monday prior to the
zoning committee's meeting on
Ms. Howard noted that the zon-
ing code (section 301.04) provided
that applications for development
approval shall be submitted to
the county planner 30 days prior
zoning committee's meeting. She
asked whether the July 16 deci-
sion constituted an amendment
to the county's zoning code.
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that the board had not yet
amended the county's zoning :ode
through an official notification
process. Howard noted. "I believe
it violates the zoning ordinance."
Commissioner Jimmy Moscoris
instructed Attorney Al Shuler to
research the matter and report
back to the board with a recom-
mendation. Ms. Howard asked the
board what ordinance would be
used to govern the next zoning
board meeting. She added, "I'm
personally more concerned with
how decisions are being made
than with what any particular
"In 1988 and to the present day,"
offered Pierce, "the development
community was fairly unorga-
nized and somewhat spontane-
ous; and a 30 day window, while
the ordinance requires that, didn't
address the development commu-
nity and how the situations oper-
ated here in Franklin County." He
said that such a "window" was
unfair to those seeking approval
from development items. "I
wanted to create a happy me-
dium," he said. The board then
directed Attorney Shuler to attend
the .next zoning committee
Alligator Point resident Bob
Burnett informed the board that
he disapproved of the way that the
zoning committee was being op-
erated. "It leads people to think
or assume that there's some
hanky-panky or under tne table
or behind the scenes things go-
By Rene Topping
It was decision time for members
of the Building Committee for the
new Carrabelle Branch' of The
Franklin County Public Library on
Tuesday, February 24. The Com-
mittee headed up by Mary Ann
Shields have labored over several
sites including the old gym build-
ing on U.S. 98.
But in the end the Senior Center
site won out on several grounds.
Jackie Gay said she felt that site
would make a sort of complex of
recreation for young and old.
Across the road is the city block
park. The Carrabelle Recreational
Committee headed up by David
Butler are busy with plans for rec-
reation there for all ages. Several
members envisioned seniors and
children reading together at the
Pavilion. Everyone agreed it was
a safer area than the building site
bordering on the heavily trafficked
With the site decision behind
them, members of the building
committee will begin working with
Baskerville and Donovan on plans
for the 8,000 square foot build-
ing they are planning for.
An application for a matching
grant is due to be filed in May.
Other committees are planning
some interesting money-making
events to raise the money needed.
Each dollar donated is doubled by
the state's matching fund grant.
ing on," he said, "whether there
is or there isn't." He said that of-
ten residents were unaware of
items to appear on the zoning
*The board unanimously agreed
to grant a request from Bob Allen
to rezone two lots in Eastpoint
north of the power line from Resi-
dential to Commercial. County
Planner Alan Pierce informed the
board that the adjoining property
owners had no objections to the
proposed zoning change.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) had conducted a calico
scallop workshop in Apalachicola
on February 23. He said that the
MFC decided to proceed with a
scallop net description at the
hearing and consider a minimum
count rather than the 1.25 mini-
mum size limit suggested by the
Atlantic coast scallopers. "The is-
sue became that the size of the
scallop wasn't indicating how big
the meat was," he said.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
his office was preparing for the
5th Annual 4-H & DOT Seat Belt
Safety Program. He said that
Chapman and Brown Elementary
School have so far agreed to par-
ticipate in the program.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed the board that the con-
structions were complete on C.C.
Land Road, County Road 67 and
Alligator Point. He added that con-
struction was continuing on the
airport's T-hangars and the Com-
munity Development Block Grant
Road Paving and Waterline Exten-
*At the request of County Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton, the board
agreed to allocate $2971 from
contingency funds to construct a
385 feet on 15 inch pipe and three
inlets to address the long-stand-
ing flooding problems on West
Gorrie Dr. in front of the Bucca-
neer Inn on St. George Island.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed the board that Mr. Bar-
ber of C.W. Roberts Contracting
was interested in entering into a
joint agreement with the county
to assist in financing the paving
of county roads. The board di-
rected Mr. Hamilton to work with
Commissioner Mosconis and Fi-
nance Officer Ruth Williams on a'
plan to present to the board.
*The board presented Gene
Langston with a Resolution of Ap-
preciation for services to the
*St. Teresa Beach resident Fred
Bramblet- requested that the
board abandon a portion of St.
Teresa Avenue. He complained
that: there was nmkriyindidents of
Members from the Apalachicola
City Commission discussed the
possibility of returning swings to
Lafeyette Park and attempted to
determine the correct closing
hour for all area bars at their
March 3 regular meeting.
Resident Sammy Stallworth
stated that the city commission
had verbally agreed to provide lo-
cal bar owners with a 30 minute
grace period in regard to the legal
closing time. The city requires
that all bars close at exactly 1:00
Mr. Stallworth noted that only
Commissioners Jimmy Elliott and
Jack Frye had been with the city
when the verbal commitment was
made. "You granted us an extra
30 minutes for last call to get the
people in and out," he said.
Stallworth informed the board
that he had been cited for keep-
ing his local establishment open
after hours. "Now I've got to go to
court," he said, "and I don't like
to violate the law like that." He
pointed out, "I think that when
the commission gives its word it
should stand behind it...you try
to put 100 out of your place that
Chief Warren Faircloth stated that
Mr. Stallworth's establishment
was open until 1:45 a.m. the pre-
vious week. "30 minutes don't
matter," he explained, "but give
him 30 minutes and he'll be open
until 2:00 or 2:30."
Resident Nedra. Jefferson said
that local law enforcement offic-
ers have not been equally enforc-
ing the 1:00 a.m. curfew for all
bars. '"They have not been to ev-
ery bar every night," she said, "be-
cause me and Sammy have been
watching...I think it's harass-
ment. If you want to harass one,
you need to harass the rest of
them." Stallworth added, "I've sat
at other bars after hours."
encroachment in the area.
Bramblet said that St. Teresa Av-
enue by Cochran's Beach Subdi-
vision (unit two) had been con-
structed to be used by its resi-
dents. "Although it was intended
for this use," he said, "it has noi
been used for that use ever. As a
result, we have encroachments of
fences across the right-of-way. We
have buildings across the right-
of-way...it goes on and on. The
county has not done any of its re-
sponsibilities to take care of these
Bramblet further complained that
he brought the issue to the atten-
tion of the county's building in-
spector. "He said that you have to
take it up with the county com-
mission," explained Bramblet,
"he'd have nothing to do with it.".
The board directed County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce, County Engineer.
Joe Hamilton and County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to look into the
*County Planner Alan Pierce pro-
vided the board with a copy of the
County Engineer's own job de-
scription. Current Engineer Joe
Hamilton had already informed
the board that he plans to retire
The major function of the position
includes performing professional
engineering services for the
county consisting of a broad range
of engineering, managerial and
The major duties include perform-
ing cost analysis and feasibility
studies, preparing and presenting
alternate solutions to problems
with recommendations. The posi-
tion also requires managing and
supervising engineering opera-
tions and maintenance projects to
include developing design; collect-
ing data; writing specifications;
reviewing plans; performing cal-
culations; preparing estimates
and design contracts.
The minimum qualifications for
the position include being regis-
tered as a professional engineer
in the State of Florida with at least
six years of experience as Engi-
neer-in-Charge of civil engineer-
ing projects. A Master's Degree in
Engineering may be substituted
for one year of the required expe-
*The board appointed. Susan
Howze to serve as an alternate on
the Board of Adjustments; she will
replace Trina Morris in that
Parks and Bars
Former Franklin County Commis-
sioner Edward Tolliver requested
that those individuals at Mr.
Stallworth's establishment be al-
lowed to finish their drinks before
being forced to leave. "I think it's
wrong to close Sammy up with
people in there," he said.
Tolliver said that the city should
have provided Stallworth with
written approval allowing him to
keep his establishment open for
30 extra minutes. "He was just
thinking that a handshake would
be all right," said Tolliver, "it used
to be all right...but now you've got
to get it in writing."
The board agreed to review the
minutes in order to located the
alleged verbal decision. Mr.
Stallworth said that the decision
was made over ten years ago.
Resident Karen Dennis again re-
quested that the city return
swings to Lafeyette Park. During
the board's meeting in February,
commissioners agreed to review
the matter and return with a rec-
ommendation at their next
monthly meeting. When Dennis
asked about their recommenda-
tion, the board had nothing to
report. Commissioner Van
Johnson then made a motion to
return the swings to Lafeyette
Park. The board voted 4-0 to ap-
prove the motion. Commissioner
Jack Frye was not present at the
"This is a public park," said Den-
nis, "and our children ought to be
playing and laughing in it. That's
why that park has been there for
100 years. I know those trees miss
the laughter of the children."
Ms. Dennis informed the board
that a fund was being create for
park improvements. Those inter-
ested in donating to the fund may
send their checks to: Apalachicola
Parks Fund, P.O. Box 823,
Apalachicola, FL 32329.
Good News for LVWSD
By Rene Topping
It was "good news week" for the three commissioners of the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District (LVWSD). On Monday, February 16,
they received a letter from the Northwest Florida Water Management
District (NWFWMD) informing them that they are closing the enforce-
ment file on excessive water use. The district and residents have
.brought the water use down to an annual daily withdrawal of 46
percent of the)permitted allocation and maximum tally rate of 66"
percent of allocated use.
In congratulating the commissioners, Richard B. Morgan. Associate
Regulatory Administrator said, in a letter addressed to Jim Lawlor, "I
would to thank you and the other commissioners for bringing about
the remarkable decrease in water use in the Lanark District. I am
personally not aware of any other case where conservation measures
have been implemented with this degree of success. Your achieve-
ment assists the NWFWMD in the protection of the limited water re-
sources of the coastal area, and we appreciate it."
On Friday, February 20, Jeanette Lawlor received a letter from the
Governor's office from Galib Sinig, Deputy Budget Director. The letter
said; I am in receipt of your request that the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District be permitted to incur debt while in financial emer-
gency status pursuant to Florida Statutes.
The district previously briefed the Governor's Office on the litigation
that resulted from your metering process and the need to secure a
loan to begin work on resolving this problem. Consider this letter
official authorization for the district to move forward on securing fi-
nancing of this project.
As you are working with lenders to obtain financing, should any ques-
tion arise regarding the financial emergency status. I would be glad
to discuss this matter with whom ever necessary. The district has
certainly worked diligently to resolve its financial troubles and I feel
sure we should be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion in the very
near future with regard to this financial emergency status.
Sinig ended the letter with a personal message saying that Ms. Pedder
is "a dedicated commissioner" and how much he appreciated her pro-
fessional manner in her dealings with his office.
Lawlor beamed as he said, "This was certainly a red letter week for
the commissioners. I guess it shows we are doing something right."
City Workshop Dates Set
By Rene Topping
At the March 2 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission,
Commissioner Jenni Sanborn
suggested that the matter of the
land swap proposed by Jimmy
Crowder and Leon Bloodworth be
postponed until a later meeting.
Crowder and Bloodworth had pro-
posed a swap of boat ramp at the
end of Fourth Street, for the land
adjacent to the condominiums.
Crowder promised he would build
the city a really good boat ramp
there but many of the local com-
mercial' fishermen were not in fa-
vor of the swap, Commissioners
tabled to the next special meet-
ing, Ms. Sanborn said that it
might give the fishermen and the
developers to come to an amicable
Conimissioners passed the pro-
posed new ordinance on burning.
An old ordinance #155 was pro-
duced but did not include the fact
that the city has to abide by all
State rules on burning which are
more tar reaching than the old
ordinance: After discussion the
commissioners amended ordi-
nance 155 with the addition of the
state rules and approved the
Jonathon Riley was hired as a city
policeman by unanimous vote of
the City Commission. He will start
Commissioners tabled a request
from Ned Ferguson to install offi-
cial "No Parking" signs in front of
his home at Avenue C West and
7th Street North. Commissioners
said they were sympathetic to Mr.
Ferguson's problem but it could
become a big city problem if all
the people who had a parking
problem came to the city for simi-
The commissioners approved an
ordinance that would require a
site not less than 10,000 square
feet for any commercial establish-
ment on a septic tank in C1 and
C2 zoning district.
A workshop was set for March 12
for consideration of the old gym
at 6 p.m. Commissioner Buz
Putnal said that he wanted to
have as much public input as
possible. At 7 p.m. there will be a
workshop on the boat ramp on the
same date. In addition, the city
will discuss the new rates being
proposed by Mediacom, the new
ownel of what was formerly
CableVision, the company who
had just recently made a contract
with the city.
Commissioners approved taking
$100 for Grad night.
Commissioners agreed to take out
advertisements for proposals from
financial institutions to handle
and manage the funds deposited
to gain as much interest for the
city as is possible.
Commissioners set March 24 at,
7 p.m. for the Water and Sewer
Blanche' Cox complained of tJie
mass of refrigerators and stoves
piled up at the end of 6th Street
East. She said "That's a disgrace
for the city." Putnal said, "If it is
city property the city workers can
Two Held in Drug Arrests
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Curtis Leo Gordie, 30, and Paula
Michelle Gordie, 25, of
Apalachicola, were arrested Mar.
2, at 11 p.m. by Franklin County
Sheriffs Department officers and
charged with possession of drugs
and drug related paraphernalia.
Lt. Michael Moore, of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department, said
the drug dog Magic aided in the
arrest. "We got a tip the Gordies
had received their income tax
refund and were gong to
Crawfordville to use the money to
buy drugs," said Moore.
"When they drove into their yard
in Apalachicola we got written
consent to search the house and
car," said Moore. "We found mari-
juana, crack cocaine, and drug-
use paraphernalia." The Gordies,
who were jailed under $5,000
,bond, were arrested at 461 West
Highway 98 in Apalachicola.
City Prepares for
Members from the Apalachicola
City Commission took necessary
steps at their February 25 special
meeting to continue progress on
the city's new wastewater collec-
The board agreed to authorize
Baskerville-Donovan. Inc. to sub-
mit an application to Department
of Environmental Protection for a
loan on the city's behalf. The loan
would be used for construction of
collection system improvements.
Engineers James Waddell ard Bill
McCartney with Baskerville-
Donovan proposed that the city
accept a 12 month contract for the
construction of the new collection
system, which could begin by ei-
ther June or July of 1998. Work
on the city's sewer treatment
plant would then begin approxi-
mately two years later.
"We were concerned that if the
project construction was split,"
explained McCartney, "that it
might ultimately cost more money
and the escrow agreement with
this interest rate might not cover
the total construction costs. By
extending the loan or construc-
tion period by a year to eighteen
months...it's gonna give us, an-
other year or eighteen months
before the debt service begins,
which should be adequate to
cover any additional costs."
Mr. McCartney said that Senators
Thomas and Childress were asked
to place an item in the budget to
cover any additional costs for the
wastewater program for the City
of Apalachicola as an Area of Criti-
cal State Concern. "$300,000 is
requested at this time," he
said,"...for any additional con-
struction costs, we've asked for
$500,000 that would either be
part of the construction cost or
contingency for the construction
cost. It would come to the city as
an area of state concern."
"This has been a long process,"
said McCartney, "...a lot of effort
(has been) expended by this board
and us and the entire city of
Apalachicola to see a sewer sys-
tem scheduled for improvement
with state funds. It's a credit to
this entire community."
County Judge Van Russell
granted a motion from Assistant
State Attorney Ron Flury on
March 6 to detain 34 year old
Michael A. Campbell in the Fran-
klin County Jail without bond.
Flury noted in his motion that the
defendant was an extreme risk to
society as well as a flight risk. He
argued in his motion, "He is fac-
ing mandatory life imprisonment
under the Prison Releasee
Reoffender Act as well as a Ha-
bitual Violent Felony Offender
Mr. Campbell was arrested on
March 5, 1998 on the charges of
Sexual Battery with a Deadly
Weapon (life felony), Burglary of
a Dwelling, Person Assaulted (1st
degree felony-Punishable by Life),
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon (2nd degree felony) and
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon (3rd degree felony).
Continued on page 6.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
JusNewell Concert: Duo tice ud
Newell Concert: Duo Piano Head Lauds
The Apalachicola Research
Reserve and Missed Opportunities
Eric Lovestrand and his associates at the Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve put together a valuable program for the
panhandle seafood industry last Friday, February 27th. A number of
Franklin County persons participated in presenting current trends
and outlooks for Florida aquaculture. Not mentioned often in news
reports about this event were the numerous printed materials that
facilitate channels to additional information and expertise.
The program was a very useful facilitation of updated information
among public and private agencies and those who attended availed
themselves of the opportunities to learn more about aquaculture.
Many attended from as far away as Gainesville. In the face of the
unfair "net ban" and the diminished visibility of state induced "alter-
natives" for making a living in seafood, this program was a bright ray
of light. There were realistic assessments of those "alternatives"
brought forward by aquaculture, .and some "success" stories as well.
What was missing here was the participation of the local and regional
seafood industries; the seafood houses and seafood workers. They
missed out for whatever reasons.
Our community is blessed with this gem stone headed by Woody Miley,
of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Friday's
program proved once again their value to this.community and the
opportunities they, and the Friends of the Reserve, present to the
local and regional seafood industries. I wish someone would develop
a shorter title and one that would lend itself to easy pronunciation
without sounding like a mouth full of marbles. But, that mild criti-
cism is almost irrelevant to the solid values these organizations present
to the public. The Research Reserve is one of few such organizations
available locally to the public.
It is in our own self-interest to continue attention to their programs
and participate in the learning experience they present.
Tom W. Hoffer
Letter to the Editor.
There is a discrepancy between the Zoning Code andaccepted local
practice when it comes to the deadline for items to be added to the
Planning and Zoning Commission agenda. The Zoning Code calls for
a cut-off date of 30 days prior to the next meeting and has not been
amended to reflect the accepted practice of adding items to the agenda
up until 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before a Tuesday meeting.
On Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. the Planning and Zoning Com-
mission will be meeting at the courthouse to decide what recommen-
dations it wishes to make to the board regarding this discrepancy.
A recommendation to amend the ordinance to allow for a 15 day cut-
off period may be a compromise that meets the needs of developers
and residential citizens alike.
I urge all Franklin County residents to attend the Planning and Zon-
ing meeting on March 10th to make their positions known.
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The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts is pleased to present the
Duo-Piano Team of Susan Brandon and Bedford Watkins on Sunday,
March 15, 1998 at 4:00 PM, ESTin historic Trinity Church on High-
way 98 at 6th Street in Apalachicola, Florida. During their years as
colleagues at Illinois Wesleyan University. Susan Brandon, Associate
Professor of Piano, and Dr. Bedford Watkins, Professor Emeritus of
Piano and Harpsichord and Chairman of the Department of Piano in
the School of Music, played annual two-piano recitals. They last played
in Apalachicola in 1991. Jesu, Joy ofMan's Desiring by Bach, Sonata
in D Major (K-448) by Mozart, Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, Variations
on a Theme by, Paganini by Witold Lutoslawski, and Three Andalusian
Dances by Manuel Infante will be performed. Adults $2.00, Students
$1.00. All children under 12 should be in the company of an adult.
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501-(C)-3 Educational Incorporation.
Franklin County Senior
Center Vital to Area
By Tom Campbell
Franklin County Senior Center is
located on the corner of Avenue F
and N.W. First Street in Carrabelle
and a great deal is going on there.
On a Wednesday morning, the
place was bustling with an exer-
cise class, the kitchen staff was
busy preparing meals, offices
were humming with machines
and cheerful folks.
Every Monday and Saturday at
6:00 PM, Bingo starts and con-
tinues until about 9:30. Any day
of the week, people are busy with
life and plenty of solutions to
challenges. Usually there's
enough time for a smile and
Meals on Wheels is a service, pro-
vided to the entire Franklin
County area. Program Manager of
this Older Americans Act Program
is Marjorie Creamer. Some volun-
teers or this outstanding activity
have been delivering since the
beginning of Meals on Wheels. All
meals are prepared hot in the
kitchen at the Senior Center in
Carrabelle, where many of them
are served locally. Others are dis-
patched to Lanark Village and Al-
Ard's Gas Station in Eastpoint is
a pick-up point, where meals are
then carried by volunteers to cli-
ents in Eastpoint and St. George
Holy Family Center at the old
Catholic Church in Apalachicola
is a satellite center and faithful
volunteers pick up the meals and
deliver them in Apalachicola. Ms.
Helen Schmidt, President of the
Senior Center Board of Directors,
says, "Many wonderful stories
could be told of this service which
is provided five days a week."
In Carrabelle, Lauren Stratton is
the kitchen "site manager," re-
sponsible for all meals. Kitchen
aide is Eileen Dembromsky.
"Countless lives have been en-
riched and nourished by this
valuable service," says Ms.
She carefully gives credit to all the
volunteers and says, 'The Senior
Center Donor/Volunteer Appre-
ciation Day Program Tuesday,
March 31, beginning at 2:00 PM
is the day set aside to honor all
"individuals who make donations
and are volunteers throughout
She continued, "Many people are
generous with their time and tal-
ents to help keep the operation
running smoothly. The keynote
speaker this year will be-Henry
Taylor, former Executive
Yaupon Garden Club Thirteenth
Annual Fashion Show and Lun-
cheon was presented February
28, 1998, at the Senior Center in
Carrabelle. There were six partici-
pating shops from Franklin
County, including: Illusions of
Apalachicola, owner Donna
Crum; The Dream Catcher of
Apalachicola, owner Lois White;
Artemis Gallery of Apalachicola,
owner Hollis Wade; Island Cottons
of Carrabelle, Pearle Belcher
owner; Putnal's Variety Store of
Carrabelle, at the Mini-Mall.
owner, Judy Delmain; Two Gulls
of Carrabelle, Judy Taylor owner.
Pageant Fashions by Bonnie
Segree featured children ages two
through teens. Bonnie Segree is
a well-known seamstress in East
Point who makes clothes, includ-
ing fancy dresses, for little
Among the many participants
were Tamila Lowery, 1997Home-
coming Queen from Carrabelle
High School and her court; and
Kelli Carroll, 1997 Miss Florida
Seafood Festival Queen, also from
Working with Helen Schmidt on
the Board of Directors of the Fran-
klin County Senior Center are:
Ken Mansuy, Vice-President, who
is also a computer whiz; Jim
Lawlor, Treasurer; and Bonnie
Dietz, Secretary; and Julia Mae
Putnal, Hagar Price, Sue
Cronkite, Greg Yancy, Cherry
Rankin and Betty Scott.
Among March activities at the
Senior Center will be the Open-
ing Luncheon for the Camp Gor-
don Johnston Reunion, Friday
March 13. Keynote speaker will
be Brigadier General Bobby
Howell, Retired National Guard.
Last year the luncheon was at- ;
tended by about 150 persons.
Ms. Schmidt says: "Of course,
honored guests should not stand
in line to eat, so this is a sit-down
luncheon and we try to make the
guests feel as special as they are."
The luncheon will begin at noon
and the public is invited, space
permitting, at a nominal fee.
The Senior Center is also spon-
soring a float in the parade in
Carrabelle on Saturday at 10:30
AM. The parade also honors the
veterans and their families. Ms.
Schmidt says, '"These brave sol-
diers from World War II are spe-
Ms. Schmidt says the Franklin
County Senior Center will cel-
ebrate its twenty-fifth year of ser-
vice in the year 2000.
She concludes, "With all the ac-
tivities going on here at the Se-
nior Center, it's obvious we de-
pend on a great many volunteers.
We can't afford to hire enough
people to do all the work."
Asked if she enjoys working, Ms.
Schmidt smiles, "I'm not working.
I'm a full-time volunteer for the
Senior Center, and an active
member of the Chamber of Com-
merce, Yaupon Garden Club,
Concerned Citizens, and the
Happy Homemakers. Club, a
Home Extension Club of the Uni-
versity of Florida."
She is an excellent role model for
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The head of the state Juvenile
Justice System emphasized the
partnership of church-based vol-
unteers and mentors in a recent
address to a Faith Community
Network Initiative rally in
Blountstown. "We can't keep
birthing predators instead of
dreamers and doers," said Calvin
Ross. "The target of any program
that works has to be the heart of
'The long-term solution for juve-
nile delinquency will not be found
in bricks and mortar," said Ross.
"We need to pay attention to the
need for prevention programs.
That's the reason the faith initia-
tive is so important. We are to pro-
vide a safe and secure environ-
ment and at the same time we
have the opportunity to turn
around their lives."
Ross said the underpinning of the
Juvenile Justice System is to
break the cycle of lawlessness.
"Results are being seen." he said.
"In Florida in the past five years
murder cases are down 35 per-
cent, and armed robbery and bur-
glary down 12 percent," Ross told
those at the rally, sponsored
jointly by the District 2 Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice and Dis-'
trict 2 Mentoring Coalition, which
includes Franklin, Gulf, Leon,
Calhoun, and Liberty counties.
"The sad fact is that we are still
looking at a 26 percent climb in
youth incarceration by the year
2005," said Ross. "And that in-
cludes an 18 percent increase of
12-14 year-olds. It's important
that we decide what we should do
now to impact the grandchildren
of the Baby Boomers. In the next
decade we'll see a tremendous
surge. I am 100 percent commit-
ted to the fact that building facili-
ties is not the answer.
"We need the involvement of the
community to help and nurture
young lives," said Ross. "We're try-
ing to correct what comes from
bad environments. One-third of
the American children do not have
fathers at home. Many of those in
prison grew up without a father."
Ross said moral attributes have
given way to a disregard for eth-
ics. "Now it's situational ethics.
What was once right is now
wrong, and vice versa. But God's
moral absolutes never change.
What was said about the tree in
the acorn is true. That seed has a
whole forest in it. Each and every
one of our kids is a forest, which
must be nurtured, taken care of.
"Spiritual laws were put in place
right along with natural laws,"
said Ross. "If you sow seeds of
discord you will reap violence. By
neglecting to nurture these
youths, we have sowed the wind,
and reaped the whirlwind.'
"One of the basic building blocks
is respect for others," said Ross.
"Life crumbles when there is no
foundation. As a man thinketh in
his heart, so is he,' is the truth.
Of those in prison, 90-95 percent
were either abused or neglected,
and 85 percent of those abused
will grow up to be abusive adults.
"If we change these young lives,
we have to change their way of
thinking," said Ross. "We have an
opportunity to reach out beyond
the walls of juvenile delinquency.
Faith-based organizations are
springing up over the state which
are saying our children, our re-
sponsibility, they all belong to all
"Kids come into our facilities, then
they go back to the same commu-
nity, the same situation they left,"
said Ross. "Faith-based groups
are working to keep kids out of
T.ere is a correction to the Pup-
pcteer article of February 20,
1998. The Franklin County Senior
Citizens Donor/Volunteer Day will
be held March 31, 1998 not Feb-
ruary 28, 1998 as reported on
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the system by giving direct atten-
tion to kids and families that are
in trouble. The rest of the story is
to change the person within."
Other speakers emphasized that
it takes a village to raise children
and keep them out of trouble.
"Kids are our future." said Joel
Devolentine. Juvenile Justice
Manager, District 2. "Only the
community can combat juvenile
delinquency. My staff works with
churches, they're involved. Kids
need love and a sense of self-
worth, they need to love and be
loved. Volunteerism is a major
part of keeping kids out of trouble.
The mentors are people who care.
who offer positive activities. They
help youth start over. give them a
"The answer is in our faith com-
munity," said Rev. Buddy
Maynard, former chaplain Bay
Regional Detention Center. "They
take the initiative and help pro-
vide a safety net. These kids need
friends, someone to put an arm
around them and say I'm here for
"Our theme is 'Now is the Time.'
If we can get our youth to look
within, stand up on the inside.
they can stand up on the outside."
said Rev. Alphonso Whitaker.
chaplain, Leon Regional Deten-
tion Center. 'To meet the spiritual
needs of our youth, the Youth Al-
liance provides crisis counseling.
We have 11 churches who come
to the center."
"It is imperative we work together.
We have pledged ourselves to be
sure that another person doesn't
slip through the cracks," said Rev.
David Pleasant, Altha Church of
God Mentoring program. "We
want them to know when they
reach a hopeless situation, we are
in their lives. Be innovative. Kids
want to be involved in entertain-
ment. We got $200,000 activity
insurance coverage for a bike
track. They want to skateboard,
to rollerblade. These kids are
bright. They want to build their
trust in you. Get your program
out of your office and out of your
church. Faith is the process of
sowing and reaping.
"Faith Community is an integral
part of the program I work with,"
said Karen Edwards, Girls United
of Marianna. "It is how to create
a win-win situation, a prevention
program funded by the Juvenile
Justice Department. We unite the
girls with every positive force. It
is a heart-stretching thing. The
churches and Mentoring Coalition
has always been there for us. We
try to teach the girls to think for
themselves. Churches donate
their time, they donate mentors."
"Faith is the belief we can make a
difference in the lives of our
youth," said Chris Canty, man-
ager of the Mentoring Coalition.
"Our'goal is to develop a network
so that members of the faith or-
ganization will be there to work
with youth on the verge of, or at
risk for, some type of delinquent
behavior, and waiting to help
when a youth comes home from
Among those recognized for help-
ing at Leon Regional Juvenile De-
tention Center were 'members of
the Berean Mennonite Church,
First Assembly of God, Greater
Mt. Zion P.B. Church, Greater
Love Church of God in Christ
(COGIC), Metropolitan Cathedral
of Truth, Peacemakers, Sisters
United in Christ, Temple Baptist
Church, Temple of Praise COGIC,
The W.A.Y. Ministries, Truth for
Troubled Youth Ministries,
Watson Temple COGIC, Youthful
Praise COGIC. and Youth Alliance
Volunteers and mentors valuable
to Bay Regional Juvenile Deten-
tion Center include the Christian
Motorcycle Association, Galilean
Baptist Church, Free Spirit Com-
munity Church, Bible Believers
Baptist, Church on the Beach,
Living Word of Fellowship, Chris-
tian Center Ministries, and Rock
of Ages Prison Ministry.
Leslie Adams and Hattie May Bell
were singled out for honors for
more than 20 years of volunteer-
ing at Arthur G. Dozier School for
Boys in Marianna.
The Literacy Departi:r;.nl of
Franklin County would ;ike to
announce free a'i. :lasses
given by internatin:,.I artist
Shirley Baker.-Lniie. Ms.
Little's art is not or.iv admired
in Canada and the United
States, but all over the world.
Ms. Little has owned and op-
erated her own galleries and
has taught painting for more
than 30 years. Classes will
start Marcr 1'71h and will be
given in the Literacy Depart-
ment at the Franklin County
Public Library in Eastpoint.
Please sign up right away,
seating is limited. For more
information, contact Literacy
Coordinator, Bonnie Segree at
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I BehHow Can Parents Encourage Responsible Carrabelle High Future Business
Provided by Brown Elemetary School Leaders Win Awards
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(L-R) Cody Barber, BES Instructor Marcie Collins and Alishia
Hendels Wins District
.Sixth grade student Alishia Hendels from Brown Elementary School
emerged as the district's spelling champ on February 24 after suc-
cessfully spelling the words "fiscal" and then "transfixed."
The.runner-up in the event was Cody Barber, also from Brown El-
ementary School. Both Alishia and Cody battled through a host of
spelling words including "envoy," "convergent," and "ode" before Alishia
Brown Elementary School Instructor Marcie Collins noted that Alishia
had studied hard for the district competition. "She studied for hours
yesterday and today," said Collins, "and all last week." Alishia admit-.
ted that many of the words that were called out presented a consider-
able challenge to her. "I feel good about this," she noted, "and little
Alishia Hendels will now compete in the Big Bend Regional Spelling
Bee on April 4 in the WFSU-TV studios in Tallahassee. If Alishia wins
the regional event, she will compete in the Scripps Howard National
Spelling Bee on May 24-25 in Washington D.C.
Other students competing in the district event included fifth grade
students Heather Gavigan and Antwanette Harris (Chapman Elemen-
tary School), sixth grade student Jesse Kelley (Carrabelle High School),
seventh grade students Claire Sanders and Cha-Mia Sanders
(Apalachicola High School) and eight grade students Rhetta Strange
and Mike Robulock (Carrabelle High School). WOYS Radio News Di-
rector Michael Allen served as the event's moderator.
USING LITERATURE & STORIES
Children learn about responsibility through many activities, includ-
ing reading stories. They learn by identifying with individual charac-
ters or because the message from a favorite story strikes a particular
chord. Children can be touched deeply by good literature, and they
may ask to have things read to them again and again.
Children can learn all sorts of lessons from stories. They might learn
about courage by reading about David standing up to Goliath. Or
they might learn the value of persistence and effort from The Little
Engine That Could.
When they are older, reading can help prepare children for the reali-
ties and responsibilities of adulthood. It is usually better for children
to read a good book about such things as war, oppression, suicide, or
deadly disease before seeing these things up close.
When our children grow up, they often remember stories that were
told to them by family members when they were young. When we tell
stories to our children, we should remember old favorites of ours, like
The Three Little Pigs, not leaving out a single time the wolf says, "I'LL
HUFF and I'LL PUFF, and I'LL BLOW YOUR HOUSE IN!"
DEVELOPING JUDGMENT and THOUGHTFULNESS
Judgement on ethical issues is a practical matter. Children develop
their capacity for judging what is a responsible act, just as they come
to appreciate the meaning of responsibility, through practice. Espe-
cially when they are young, children need to see moral questions in
terms that are meaningful to them.
We can also help our children develop good judgment by talking
through complicated situations with them. One way is to help them
understand the long-term consequences of different choices. If they
tell us about a story they have read. we might ask them to imagine
what the result might have been if a favorite character had acted
Sometimes, it can be-difficult to know the difference between acting
bravely and acting recklessly or how to balance duties when they
conflict. As parents, we can help by making it clear, through what we
do as well as what we say, that it is important in such situations to
think carefully and honestly about what should be done, as well as to
keep in mind how others will be affected by what we do.
Your child's ability to reason about different issues, including ethical
ones, will improve as your child matures. Just as reading can lead to
a more thoughtful understanding of responsibility, or what actions to
take in complicated situations, it may also become easier to rational-
ize selfish or reckless behavior. But if you have helped your young
child develop strong habits of considering the welfare of others, hon-
esty, courage, and admiration for worthy accomplishments, your child
will have a solid foundation on which to build.
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"Alliance" Wins in Spelling Bee Education
(L-R) Cha-Mia Sanders, Claii
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
With the tension so thick you
could cut it with a knife, they took
quick breaths, listening hard.
Straining to hear, they leaned for-
ward. Not only the students, but
also the judges at the spelling bee
held Feb. 17 in the Media Center
at Apalachicola High School.
As the 7th and 8th graders
dropped words, those left began
to pause after pronouncer Michael
Allen called out a word. They re-
peated the word, then asked for
the definition and a sentence us-
ing the word.
Words misspelled included vio-
lently, which came out "vilently,"
jeer, which was missspelled
"geer," jackal, which was mis-
spelled "jackle," lurking, which
was misspelled "lurcking,"
maxim. which was misspelled
"maxum," and monumental,
which was misspelled
"monumetal," and slimy, with an
Slowly the letters would come out,
until the only two spellers left
were 7th graders Cha-Mia Sand-
ers of Apalachicola. a student
from Chapman, and Clair Sand-
ers of St. George Island, a student
Cha7Mia came in first, and Clair
second. The winning word was
Alliance. The word before that,
Temperate, had stumped Claire,
who spelled it "temparate." Many
of the students spelled the words
almost right, not not quite.
Denise Butler was county coordi-
nator for the spelling bee, and the
spellers were coached by language
arts teachers Valerie Clayton and
Barbara Lee. Judges were Kim-
berly McKinney, Judi Stokowski,
and Sue Riddle Cronkite.
The Second Annual Feastivity
Banquest will be held at the
Apalachicola High School on
March 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the
Apalachicola High School cafete-
ria. Guest speakers will include
Judge Elijah Smith, Mayor Bobby
Howell and Rev. Daniel White. All
proceeds from the event will go to
two scholarship funds.
Others trying their luck in the
spelling bee, in addition to the two
top winners, included Kara
Watkins, Jenny Edmiston, Luke
Stanley, Erech Phillips, Anthony
Pierce, Kevin Pitts, Allen Mathis,
J.P. Paul, Francisco Nunez,
Markeith Daniels, Ashley Tynes,
Tyler Poloronis, Sam Elliott, Jo-
seph Smith, Smoky Parrish.
Freddie Ducker, Jaelle Alford,
John Pritchard, Jarrett Elliott,
Krystal Shuler, Robert Wilhoit,
Stephen Watford, Ashley Shiver,
Meghann Gunter, Kevin
Schoelles, Jimmy Lashley, and
Funding From Special
State Representative Janegale
Boyd (D-Monticello) announced
on March 3 nearly $24 million will
go to schools in her district as a
result of last fall's special session
on school construction funding.
Three school districts Wakulla;
Gilchrist and Levy will receive
nearly 49% from the SMART
Schools Small County Assistance
Program available dollars.
'I'm so pleased these districts will
get these urgently needed funds
r building classrooms and reno-
vation,' said Rep. Boyd. 'During
last fall's special session, the fo-
cus was on funding new school
construction. Small school dis-
tricts could not afford to meet
their needs without special assis-
tance to maintain and expand
existing facilities. My colleagues
and I from rural districts fought
hard for a $50 million appropria-
tion just for small school districts.
It's satisfying to see these much
needed funds getting to our
Of (number) applications for the
SMART Schools Small County
Assistance Program, the SMART
Schools Clearinghouse Board ap-
proved only eight. Three of those
lie in Rep. Boyd's district. The
three projects are:
* Wakulla Middle School
* Gilchrist Trenton K-12
* Levy Yankeetown addition
Other small counties receiving
assistance include Liberty, Madi-
son, Okeechobee, Suwannee and
Putnam. The Board approved a
total of $49,683,886. Nearly 49%
of those funds is going to the three
projects listed above.
"Safe, comfortable classrooms are
essential for effective learning,"
said Boyd. "In some instances.
buildings are in such disrepair
that they could be deemed dan-
gerous. It's important to'ndt6fthat
this money is to be used for build-
ing of classrooms and renovation,
not for fixing the gym or cafete-
ria. Improvement to learning ar-
eas is the purpose of this money."
Boyd's commitment to improving
education was reflected in the
honors she received after the
1997 Legislative Session. She was
awarded the Freshman Legislator
of the Year award by the Florida
School Boards Association and
the Freshman Courage Award by
the Small School Districts Coun-
cil Consortium. That honor was
for securing nearly $9 million in
sparsity funding for rural school
districts during final budget ne-
Boyd vowed that education would
again be a top priority during the
1998 Legislative Session which
"Quality education is the founda-
tion of a healthy society," com-
mented Boyd. "We all want safe,
healthy communities with low.
(L-R) Top Row: Katrina Hilton, B.J. Taylor, Tami Cham-
bers, Keisha Smith, Brenda Wilson, Stephen Millender,
Brooke Staggs, Paula Brinkley, Melissa Chapman and
Courtney Cates. Middle Row: Connie Bosarge, Jessica
Padowski, Felicia Rankin, Virginia Holmes, Tim Murray,
Ashley Moore, Krystal Moore, Tim Sadler and Christie
Polous. Bottom Row: Linda Massey (Advisor), Chris Massey,
Ashlyn Mitchell, Tamillia Lowery, Sara Hall, Donna Varner
and Mark Myrick.
By Tom Campbell
Dedicated teachers and advisers
in Franklin County Schools are
continuously on the job and seek-
ing ways to challenge students to
deepen their educational experi-
ence and achievements. Future
Business Leaders of America.
whose faculty adviser in
Carrabelle is Ms. Linda Massey.
is one such group.
The Carrabelle High School Fu-
ture Business Leaders of America
(FBLA) attended the District FBLA
Competition and Rally Friday,
February 20, at Amos P. Godby
High School in Tallahassee. This
is a yearly competition in which
district schools compete for vari-
ous awards and honors.
The Carrabelle High School FBLA
won the following awards and
1st Place-Poster competition.
The club won this award for hav-
ing the best poster which was
based on one of the FBLA goals.
Carrabelle's poster was entitled,
"Love of Technology Leads to
Higher Growth in Business Lead-
1st Place-Name tag contest.
Each club had to create its own
name tags for their members with
an enlarged name tag which was
judged based on selected criteria
and had to be related to the over-
all theme, "Fifity Years of Tradi-
tion and Still on Fire."
1st Place-Business Math: An-
drea Thompson. 1st Place-
Desktop Publishing: Tim Murray.
2nd Place-Parliamentary Proce-
dure Team: Tamillia Lowery.
Diana Sanders. Melissa
Chapman, Connie Bosarge. 3rd
Place-Business Math: Stephen
Millender. 3rd Place-Accounting:
Tami Chambers. 3rd Place-
Information Processing Concepts:
Both Tim Murray and Andrea
Thompson will now compete in
the State FBLA Competion in Or-
lando April 16-19.
FBLA members are as follows:
Connie Bosarge, Paula Brinkley,
Courtney Cates, Tami Chambers,
Melissa Chapman. Sara Hall,
Katrina Hilton, Virginia Holmes,
Tamillia Lowery, Stephen
Millender, Ashlyn Mitchell, Ashley
Moore, Chrystal Moore, Tim
Murray, Mark Myrick, Jessica
Padowitz, Christie Polous, Felicia
Rankin, Chris Massey, Tim
Sadler, Diana Sanders, Allison
Schaffer, Keisha Smith, Brooke
Staggs, B.J. Taylor, Andrea Th-
ompson, Donna Varner, and
Brenda Wilson. The faculty ad-
viser is Ms. Linda Massey.
Honey Bees and the Bee
,. Honey bees are vital to commer-
-q.- .cial crop production. They also
-- help pollinate fruit, vegetables,
S and plants that provide food and
shelter for wildlife and prevent soil
S'George Watkins, an Apalachicola
.''; '". bee keeper, will give a presenta-
tion on Honey Bees and the Bee
Keeping Industry, Monday
evening, March 23. 1998, at the
Apalachicola Reserve from 7:00 to
4, 8:00 p.m.
unemployment and low crime. Mr. Watkins will give a slide pre-
Educated citizens are key to mak- sentation and show an active bee
ing that happen. This year I will hive along with bee keeping equip-
continue to fight for funding that ment.
is fair for our small counties and
classroom reforms that improve To reach the Reserve, go to the
children's learning." north end of Market Street and
turn left at the stbp sign, by the
Boyd is a freshman. Her district Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachi-
includes Wakulla, Gilchrist, Levy, cola, Florida. For more informa-
Franklin, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, tion, call (850) 653-8063.
Leon, Lafayette and Marion
Published every other Friday
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle 6 March 1998 Page 5
John Gunter (L) displays a map of the bay as Seafood
Workers Association Leroy Hall (R) looks on.
Seafood Workers Vote to Keep East
Hole, Cat Point and West One
Open all Summer
After months of coping with the closure of the bay, local seafood work-
ers were offered the opportunity to recommend which areas of the
bay would remain open during the summer months to the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection on February 24.
A majority of Seafood Workers Association (SWA) members voted at a
February 24 meeting to keep West One. East Hole and Cat Point open
all summer. Members of the DEP allowed seafood workers to recom-
mend which areas of.the bay would remain open and for how long.
They would not grant make-up days for the time in which the bay
was closed, however.
"We can do just about anything that you all agree on," said John
Gunter with the Department of Environmental Protection. He informed
those in attendance, however, that a decision would have to be made
"This is a one time thing that we're able to do," he said. "Normally,
the Marine Fisheries Commission sets the season... but this is some-
thing that we can do without going through a lot of trouble. I'm talk-
ing about a lot more time and effort than any of us have to get things
There were three proposals suggested by members of the SWA: 1. To
keep West One, Cat Point and East Hole open for the entire summer.
2. To extend all winter areas one month into the summer. 3. To keep
East Hole and Green Point open all summer and extend Cat Point's
operation for one month.
Although a majority of SWA members voted for the first proposal,
several seafood workers commented during and after the meeting that
the three areas would be over-worked and yield poor returns in fu-
ture years as a result. "Everybody's gonna go to Cat Point," warned
John McKnight, "you've got April, May and June...that's three months.
If you clam another three months on Cat Point, by October you're
going back to a coal pile."
The recommendation from the seafood workers will now be reviewed
by Mark Berrigan and David Heil with the DEP. They will be respon-
sible for making a final decision on the matter.
Florida Chapter American
18th Annual Meeting
Freshwater and Marine Fisheries
Fisheries Enhancement: A Real-
istic Examination. The sympo-
sium will examine the success
and failure of fisheries stock en-
hancement activities in both
coastal marine and freshwater
ecosystems. Travel grants, cover-
ing cost of meals and lodging, are
available for students.
Withlacoochee Training Center
R. Grant Gilmore-(561) 465-
2400 ext. 203
Laurence Connor-(352) 357-
Pond Management Basics
For pond owners (rural, recre-
ational & fee); focus will be on
aquatic plant management and
managing the fishery. Instructors:
Chuck Cichra (UF/IFAS) and
John Brenneman (Polk County
Extension). No fee 1 CEU in
aquatics. 7 p.m.
Hillsborough County Extension
To register, call:
John Brenneman (813) 744
Pond Management Basics
For pond owners (rural, recre-
ational & fee); focus will be on
aquatic plant management and
managing the fishery. Instructors:
Chuck Cichra (UF/IFAS) and
John Brennemen (Polk County
Extension). No fee. 1 CEU in
aquatics. 7:00 p.m.
Polk County Extension Office
To register, call:
John Brenneman (813) 744-
Clam Quality Marketing Work-
This year's event will focus on
product quality and marketing
issues, as well as review last
year's investigation into refriger-
ated storage and handling meth-
ods for clams.
Aquatic Food Product
Leslie Sturmer (352) 543-5057
April 1 9
Fish Nutrition Workshop
A two-hour seminar will include
discussion on nutrition, feeds,
and growth. Following the discus-
sion, an on-farm trial will be setup
to demonstrate the growth and
mortality of Pseudotropheus ze-
Rescue & Rehabilitation
Services for Injured Animals
You've just discovered an injured animal while strolling through a
local park one evening... or walking around the property of your home.
You realize that, without proper care, this animal may die. What do
you do? An organization known as the Florida Wild Mammal Associa-
tion, Inc. out of Crawfordville can be of great assistance in such a
The Florida Wild Mammal Association is a non-profit organization
dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation efforts for wild animals that
have been injured. The group, which is directed by Ms. Christine
Beatty, has approximately 25 volunteers. "We've had a lot of support
from the community so far," commented Ms. Beatty.
The Florida Wild Mammal Association has had a facility in Wakulla
County for the past two and one-half years. The association serves
Wakulla County, Jefferson County and parts of Franklin County.
During the first year of operation, the association's facility treated
approximately 150 injured animals. Over 300 animals had been
treated in the following year. Ms. Beatty estimates that 600 animals
will be treated in the upcoming year.
The rehabilitation period for an injured animals ranges from between
two weeks to six months. However, Ms. Beatty noted that some ani-
mals cannot be rehabilitated and must either be housed at the facil-
ity permanently or euthanized. She said that only 5 of the 326 ani-
mals treated at the facility last year had to be euthanized.
Wild animals, Ms. Beatty pointed out, are not treated as household
pets at the association's facility. The only exception, she said, are for
those animals who cannot be released and are going to be permanent
residents at the facility. "We do treat those animals differently," she
said. However, the main focus is to rehabilitate the animals for reen-
try into the wild.
Wild animals do not generally make good household pets. Beatty
pointed out that a federal permit was required to care for such ani-
mals. "We try to explain to people that these are not pets," she said,
"we do not try to tame wild animals unless they're going to be perma-
nent (visitors to the facility)."
The handling of wild animals can be very dangerous business, said
Beatty. It is important that inexperienced handlers not attempt to
rescue such injured animals. Beatty pointed out that baby raccoons
are frequent carriers of rabies and that birds of prey can incidentally
injure a person with their very sharp talons.
Furthermore, the issue of feeding an injured animal can be equally
devastating to the animal. If you do not know the particular diet of
such an animal, you should not attempt to feed it at all. If you feed
water to an injured bird, said Beatty, it can easily drown in that fluid.
So, do not attempt to feed an injured wild animal unless you know
what it needs.
Displaced birds, said Beatty, should be placed in a dark, quiet place
that is warm. You can place the bird in a cardboard box. For warmth,
you may put a heating pad in the box. Be sure to place the tempera-
ture of the heating pad on low. And remember to place a towel over
the pad. Do not put an injured bird directly onto the heating pad.
After the bird has been stabilized, you should then contact either the
FL Fish & Game Commission or a the nearest rehabilitation service
provider. Florida Wild Mammal Association's rescue number is (850)
926-8308. Their facility is located on 198 Edgar Road in Crawfordville.
Ms. Beatty noted that the association still has many needs. She said
that the group is seeking a paid staff member to better serve the
community. Beatty also said that the association is interested in ob-
taining a 40 x 20 foot bird of prey flight cage. She acknowledged,
"we're in serious need of a grant writer."
A fish fry. has been planned for March 28 at Hudson Park to raise
funds for the association. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and
continue until 5:00 p.m. The event will include an arts and crafts
show as well as activities for children.
The Gulf of Mexico and South At-
lantic Fishery Management Coun-
cils will convene theirjoint Mack-
erel Stock Assessment Panel
(MSAP) to review stock assess-
ments for the Gulf and Atlantic
migratory groups of king and
Spanish mackerel. The MSAP will
also consider available informa-
tion including but not limited to
commercial and recreational
catches, natural and fishing mor-
tality estimates, recruitment, fish-
ery-dependent and fishery-inde-
pendent data, and data needs.
These analyses will be used to
determine the condition of the
bra fed different commercial
Dade County Extension Office
Molly Sandfoss (305) 248 3311
stocks and the levels of accept-
able biological catch (ABC) for the
1998-1999 fishing year.
The meeting will be held at the
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Fisheries Science Cen-
ter, 75 Virginia Beach Drive in
Miami, Florida. The meeting is to
begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
March 23, 1998 and conclude on
Friday, March 27, 1998.
A copy of the agenda can be ob-
tained by calling 813-228-2815.
Although other issues not on the
agenda may come before the
Panel for discussion, in accor-
dance with the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, those issues
may not be the subject of formal
action by the Panel during this
meeting. Panel action will be re-
stricted to those issues specifi-
cally identified in the agenda
listed as available by this notice.
No distrb tedin Frnklin
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"We're trying hard to get established," Beatty concluded, "we hope
we're going to be here five years from now and be better able to serve
WHAT TO DO WITH ORPHAN RAPTORS
To ensure the proper imprinting of any orphan raptor. one of the follow-
ing courses of action should be taken, with placement in the original nest
the most desirable situation and puppet rearing the least.
1.) Return To The Original Nest
2.) Placement In A Foster Nest
3.) Captive Fostering
4.) Puppet-Raising In The Presence Of Conspecifics
RETURN TO ORIGINAL NEST
The ideal way to avoid imprinting is to entirely avoid raising the chick
altogether! In many cases, it is possible to return.the chick to its original
nest. The parents will remain near the nest if there are other chicks in
the nest. Even in the absence of other chicks, the parents will still not
abandon the nest for 5-7 days and often remain nearby even longer.
In some situations, it may be necessary to reconstruct a partially de-
stroyed nest, i.e.. after a storm. Be sure to use the sure to use the same.
materials that the nest is made of. If the nest is completely destroyed or if
the nest is inaccessible and the parents remain in the area, you may
want to consider building a nest platform. When using platforms, utilize
the remains of the old nest, if at all possible(i.e., no bugs, etc..) In the
case of cavity nesters, such as Screech Owls. Barred Owls, and American
Kestrels, nest boxes work quite well, particularly if pine needles are placed
in the opening of the box. A disturbance of the needles will tell you that
the parents have probably returned to take over, especially if the chicks
are too small'to leave the box. Playing audio tapes of the species near the
nest, will often times lure the parents back (this works best with owl
PLACEMENT IN A FOSTER NEST
In the event that the parents have died or abandoned the area or there is
no hope of finding the original nest, a foster nest may be the answer.
Placement of an orphan in a foster nest is just what it sounds like -
placing a chick in an existing nest occupied by a nesting pair of raptors of
the same species. Whenever attempting this. make sure you inspect the
surrounding habitat to ensure that the prey basin can support additional
chicks. Fratricide, the act of killing one's siblings, is a natural occurrence
and is common when food is scarce. This usually takes place during the
first few weeks of life. Also, be aware of normal brood sizes for the
Excessive age gaps among nest mates may cause starvation in younger.
weaker nestlings so be sure that the orphan chick(s) are the same or
similar age than the resident nestlings.
Production of Florida farm-raised
hard clams has surged over the
past several years with a buniper
crop of up to 200 million clams
anticipated in 1998. Recruitment
of former coastal net fishermen
into shellfish aquaculture has
contributed to rapid industry ex-
The most important challenge fac-
ing new clam farmers today is the
need to ensure sustainability on
a long-term basis. Focus must
now move from production to de-
veloping other aspects of clam
aquaculture to support over 400
nursery and growout businesses.
Industry input, evaluated through
a survey of Big Bend producers,
indicated emphasis should be
placed primarily on marketing,
product quality, and water qual-
ity. A series of workshops will be
conducted this year to address
these initiatives and to solidify the
How To Become A
A half-day workshop coordinated
in cooperation with the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) will address how
aquaculture producers, harvest-
ers and others interested in sell-
ing shellfish to wholesalers, res-
taurants, or retailers, can become
certified dealers. The basic pro-
cedures and licenses will be re-
viewed with emphasis on ap-
proved plant design, construction
Participants will also receive in-
formation on tagging and report-
ing requirements, a suppliers list
of processing equipment and
shipping materials, and an over-
view of the necessary HAACP
programs for oyster and clam
Due to the tremendous interest,
the February 3 workshop was
filled at press time. Additional
workshops will be scheduled
based upon request. Registration
is free, but pre-registration is re-
quired to reserve class space and
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Published every other Fridav
Dr. Seuss Party Attracts
Over 200 Visitors
An estimated 250 parents and children made their way to the 1st
Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday & Slumber Party on March 2 at Chapman
Elementary School in Apalachicola for a night of bedtime stories.
The event featured 12 residents wearing red-striped hats who each
read from such classic Dr.. Seuss stories as "Green Eggs & Ham,"
'The Cat in the Hat" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" to
those in attendance.
"I'm very pleased with the crowd of all the family members that I see
here'," announced Principal Jared Burns in his welcome address, "I
know this is going to be a great success.
Instructor Elinor Mount-Simmons, who coordinated the event, also
welcomed those in attendance. "I don't see too many pajamas," she
joked, "but you'll be excused for not having your pajamas tonight."
She continued, "to answer the question I've heard all day is... no
we're not sleeping over."
Ms. Mount-Simmons explained, "Chapman is joining hundreds of
schools all across the country at this very moment in celebrating
reading. We're doing it right here in Chapman by honoring Dr. Seuss.
He wrote zillions and zillions of stories that were loved by everybody."
She noted that this was the 94th birthday of Dr. Seuss, who died in
1991. "The stories that he wrote will delight and entertain us for a
lifetime to come."
The following readers then introduced by Ms. Mount-Simmons: Deputy
Carl Carlson, Superintendent Brenda Galloway, Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson, Franklin Chronicle Man-
aging Editor Brian Goercke, Coach Eddie Joseph, Apalachicola Times
General Manager John Lee, Lt. Col. Wesley McMillan, Judge Van
Russell, Sheriff Bruce Varnes arid Connie Roehr with the Franklin
County School Board.
Judge Van Russell leads parents and students in a pledge
Judge Van Russell then led parents and students in a pledge to be-
come actively involved in reading for the month of March. The stu-
dents raised their hands and pledged, "I hereby promise to pick up a
book and read for at least 15 minutes each and every day of the
month of March. I promise to share this experience with an adult in
my home. And I pledge to open my mind to the wonders that reading
The parents in attendance then made the following pledge: "I hereby
promise to encourage my child to read each and every day of the
month of March. I promise to fully share this reading experience by
discussing the stories read. I also promise to let my child to see read-
ing during this month as well."
The readers were then directed to visit one of the four separate sta-
tions in'the elementary school to participate in a live reading perfor-
mance. Three readers were assigned to each reading station.
Following the live readings, everyone gathered in the Chapman El-
ementary School cafeteria to enjoy a variety of desserts and mugs of
hot cocoa. Dr. Seuss books and red-striped hats were given out as
prizes at the end of the party.
Student's participate in pledge ceremony.
WM i 4 W a -
CES Principal Jared Burns and Instructor Elinor Mount-
Simmons with students Robbie Smith and Brittney
Simmons at the Dr. Seuss Birthday & Slumber Party.
Rape Suspect Arrested, from Page 2
According to the probable cause
report, Mr. Campbell allegedly
entered the residence of an
Apalachicola woman through a
window on February 1. He alleg-
edly held the woman down on her
bed and threatened her with a
knife. He also threatened the
woman's daughter and choked
both individuals. Mr. Campbell
then allegedly proceeded to sexu-
ally assault the woman and cut
her neck with a knife.
Campbell had been sentenced to
serve thirty years in the Depart-
ment of Corrections in 1983 for
committing three violent sexual
batteries. He was released from
prison on January 14, 1998 after
serving fifteen years. In the two
cases he was convicted of, he en-
tered the victims' residence
through a window and held the
victim at knife point.
The victim of the February 1 as-
sault was treated at Weems Me-
morial Hospital. She reportedly
had blood dripping from her neck
as a result of a knife wound and
blood dripping from her nose as
11th Grade student Lee Poteet
from Carrabelle High School has
been selected to play in the 5th
Annual TEAM ONE Midwest
Baseball Showcase this summer
at the University of Kentucky. The
event will be held from August
The Showcase features an esti-
mated 120 of the best high school
baseball players in the Midwest.
Other states with students invited
to the event include Florida, Okla-
homa, Pennsylvania, Virginia and
The TEAM ONE Showcase is an-
nually attended by over 125 ma-
jor league scouts and college
baseball coaches. The event prq-
vides outstanding young baseball
players with exposure to colleges
as well as scouts. The event is lim-
ited to six teams composed of 18-
20 players in order to provide each
player with an equal opportunity
to obtain exposure. The TEAM
ONE Showcases have produced
21 first-round draft picks since
By Valerie Hampton
With the help of clutch hitting and
excellent defense, the Carrabelle
High School Panthers won the
opening game of the 1998 base-
ball season on February 20
against the Port St. Joe Sharks
by the score of 10-2.
Lee Poteet, Ronie Custard and
William Chipman led the team in
hitting '"The boys played good,"
said Coach Ray Messer, "the
defense was good and the boys hit
good. We're looking for a good
The Panthers lost their second
game against Aucilla on February
27 at home by the score of 11-2.
Levi Millender, Michael Messer
and D.J. Evans led the team in
scoring during that game.
On March 3, the Panthers fell to
the Apalachicola Sharks by a
score of 10-4.
The CHS Panthers have only two
seniors playing on the team this
year, William Chipman and David
Millender. The juniors include
Tony Shiver, D.J. Evans and Lee
Poteet. Joseph Farrel and
Stephen Millender are the team's
sophomores; and the freshmen
include Levi Millender, Matt
Lanbert, Danny Clark, Michael
Messer and Christopher Litton.
The Panthers are looking "good"
all around. Come out and support
our team this season. Go
a result of being punched.
DNA extracted from blood stan-
dards from the victim and the
defendant were compared. The
Restriction fragment length poly-
morphism (RFLP) DNA profiles
that were administered to the de-
fendant determined that the
"chance of selecting an unrelated
individual at random having a
DNA profile matching the sperm
fractions is approximately one in
840 million in the African-Ameri-
can population The defendant is
tests will be administered.
While Assistant State Attorney,
Ron Flury, would not make any
comments on the facts of the case,
he did say that Chief Faircloth's
insight was instrumental in lead-
ing to the arrest of the defendant.
Flury also praised the work of
Officer Jack Osburn, State Attor-
ney Investigator Bill Moody, and
the lab analysts of the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement.
Circuit Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
also granted the state's Motion
to Seal the Victim's Information.
The Carrabelle Sidewinders finished their soccer season on February 14th with a record of 4-4, "I've been
working with some of these kids for three years," said Coach Michael Allen. "And this is the first time they
really began to play as a team. Which was the key to our exceptional season." Mr. Allen invites all kids to
come out for the next soccer season.
The Sidewinders 1998 Roster: Eli Proctor, Becca Holton, Cody Barber, Jamie Kelly, Jesse Kelly. Jordon
Brock, Laura Jackson, Chris Totten, Sean Irvin, Derek Brown, Michael Hamilton, Jesica MorriS', Robert
Bailey, B.J. Mullins, Sharon Stone, Wayne Bailey, and Kevin Hayes.
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The two red wolves that were re-
cently released onto Cape St.
George Island have apparently
made a home for themselves and
have marked their new territory,
reported Thom Lewis with the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services.
Mr. Lewis said there has been no
evidence of coyotes living on Little
St. George Island since the release
of the red wolves. "They're acting
as a pair," said Lewis, "they're set-
ting up a territory and seem will-
ing to defend it as if to say, 'this
-is our home and we like it here.'
They're almost always together
and this i- really great." As a pair,
Lewis said that the wolves would
be more effective in driving other
animals such as coyotes off the
The two wolves appear to be liv-
ing on the western two-thirds of
the island. Mr. Lewis said that the
animals have left both visual and
olfactory signs to mark their ter-
ritory. '"They have been digging
and leaving scents," explained
Lewis. He also noted that they
have killed at least one raccoon.
Mr. Lewis said that the two wolves
will be trapped in the fall. At that
time, the health of the wolves will
be examine 'We'll have a better
idea how, long they'll be out there
when we examine them," said
Lewis, "we're in a test phase now
and we're learning as we go."
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The Franklin Chronicle 6 March 1998 Page 7
Bow Wow Ball: A Record.
Breaking Fund-raiser SA
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Gayle Dodds (L) and Jeannie McMillan (R) are joined with a
tail-wagging friend at the Bow Wow Ball.
Supporters of the Franklin County Humane Society have reason to
celebrate, following the ninth annual Bow Wow Ball held at Harry A's
on St. George Island. The February 28 event proved to be a record
breaking fund-raiser for the Franklin County Humane Society by gen-
erating over $3000 as well as a host of pet food donations.
"For the first time." exclaimed Franklin County Humane Society Presi-
dent Gayle Dodds, "the Bow Wow Ball raised over $3000." She con-
tinued, "it really surprised me...happily." Ms. Dodds said that the
event has so far raised $3044. However, she said that additional ticket
sales and donations will raise that figure. Additionally, Dodds said
that well over 100 bags of cat and dog food were donated by visitors
to the event.
The funds generated by the event will be used for the humane society's
spay and neuter program. The pet food donations will also help keep
those animals at the local shelter from being euthanized due to a
shortage of supplies. 'This (food) should last a good quarter...depending
on how many animals we have," said Dodds, "with these supplies, we
don't have to bite the bullet so quick."
The Bow Wow Ball offered those in attendance a variety of food as
well as musical entertainment. The Fossil, a musical group from
Wakulla, performed from 8:00-12:00 p.m. Also, a local band (Hungry
Dogs) performed for free from midnight until 2:00 a.m.
Ms. Dodds thanked those individuals and businesses that generously
donated their time and money to make the Bow Wow Ball such a
success "And v.-e thank everyone.who came and had a great time,"
said Dodds. She also recognized Jealnnie McMillan for her work in
coordinating the event. "She did a wonderful job putting this all to-
gether," she said. Dodds also thanked Gary, Mike and Ann Cates for
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The Fossil provides musical entertainment at the Bow Wow
providing an excellence location for the event. "Their donations of
food and their whole attitude towards the benefit...it was above and
beyond the contract for having a place to do this."
For the first time ever, the Franklin County Humane Society decided
to request bids from local businesses in early February to find the
best possible location for the event. And Harry A's was awarded the
Ms. Dodds also recognized the board members from the Franklin
County Humane Society for their continuing work to ensure better
treatment for all animals. "They have given us 120 percent," she ex-
claimed. Dodds encouraged all interested pet owners to visit the ani-
mal shelter during business hours to adopt a cat or a dog. She noted,
"we have some of the cutest puppies."
Those businesses and individuals recognized for the donations of food
and door prizes to the event included Oyster Cove, Chefs Eddie's
Magnolia Grill, Julia Mae's Restaurant, The Grill, Harry's Georgian
Restaurant, That Place in Apalachicola, Finni's, WOYS Radio Station
and John Henry Spratt.
Volunteers Honored at
2nd Annual Tea
"Here on the pulse of this new day/ you may have the grace to
look up and out/ And into your sister's eyes,/ And into your
brother's face,/ Your country,/ And say simply/ With hope, Good
Morning." from The Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou.
A host of library and literacy volunteers were honored at The Second
Annual Franklin County Public Library's Volunteer & Special Friends
Recognition Tea at the Eastpoint Firehouse.
The event began with an inspirational prayer from Franklin County
Commissioner Clarence Williams. Denise Butler, Pamela Amato, Eileen
Annie Ball and Dolly Sweet then participated in a group reading of
the poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," by Maya Angelou.
(L-R) Denise Butler, Eileen Annie, Pamela Amato and Dolly
Sweet participate in a group reading of a Maya Angelou
Pamela Amato, a member of the Franklin County Public Library Advi-
sory Board and Friends of the Franklin County Public Library, ap-
plauded the volunteer efforts of those in the community. "You're all
important to us," she said.
Franklin County Public Library Advisory Board Chairperson Denise
Butler concurred, "we are so blessed in Franklin County that we have
so many wonderful people." She added, "It's a huge family we have
here in Franklin County."
Franklin County Public Library Director Eileen Annie also thanked
those who provided volunteer service to the library. "You are all an
integral part of the library system," she said, "and we thank you."
Visitors to the event were then treated to a variety of hot tea and a
buffet table. The tea table was decorated elaborately with small dolls
and fancy teapots and cups. Tom Adams provided musical entertain-
ment for those in attendance.
Those recognized at the event included Dolores Law, Joyce Hunsberger,
Cindy Sullivan, Ollie Gunn, Sister'Peter Claver, Commissioner
Clarence Williams, Allison Hartley, Beverly Speed, Michael Loos, Bryan
Lycebt, Tom Loughridge. The Shulz Family, Erica & Shawna Alger,
Serena Creamer, Pastor Glenn, Ann Cowles, Rev. & Mrs. Kelley, Red
& Betty Hilton, Nora Collins, The Melton Family, The Griffith Family,
David Butler, Jimmy & Teresa Chandler, Jeb Smith, Jeannie Taylor,
Sara Snow, Mark and Cathy Ramsey, Donna Messer, Wade Rucker,
Pam Rush, Candace Sweet, Maxine Creamer, Tom Adams. Bob
Hudacek, Jada Chason, Bonnie Ball, Cliff Shaw, Will Morris. Alma
Pugh. Jane Gorman, Martha Arguetta, Debbie McCormick, Jo Cous-
ins, Guy & Helen Marsh, Cliff & Denise Butler, Alan & Betty Roberts.
Rhetta Strange, Ken Mansuy, Ursula Stratton, Shirley Hartley, Mary
Ann Shields, Lola Seager, Barbara Reed, Anne Lindsey, Laura
Brannan, Lee Belcher, Ray Quist, Don McLean. Ada Scott. Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal, Kevin Steiger, Michael Allen, Ann Price, Marie
Marshall. Christine Hinton, Sandra Lee Johnson, Brian Goercke,
Jeanette Miller, Rene Topping, Pamela Amato, Marian Morris, Dolly
Sweet, Sister Sheila Griffin, George Malone. Linda Crosby, Donna
Thompson, Mark Currenton, Commissioner Eddie Creamer. Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis, Commissioner Raymond Williams, Rep.
Janegale Boyd, John Lee, Tom Hoffer, Richard Plessinger, Jackie Gay.
Lafeyette Martin, John Strange, Tamillia Lowery, Bonnie Segree, Kitty
Whitehead, Sherry Baines, Natasha Croom, Toni Anderson. Gail
Brannan, Darren Webb and Eileen Annie.
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Page 8 6 March 1998 The Franklin Chronicle
High Drama in WWII as Pilot
F A \kv
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
'The flack was thick ... I saw an
aircraft or two get hit... One on
port side came apart. The front
part of the aircraft went one way
and the rear went another." Don
Freeborn was telling Apalachicola
Rotary members Feb. 10 about
his experiences during World
Freeborn, a pilot who lived
through air battles, brought his
listeners face to face with life and
death drama. The years between
1939 and 1945 were not just
dates on a calendar, but a time of
the realities of war. Freeborn is
from Manitoulin Island, Ontario,
Canada. He served with the Brit-
ish Air Force and later worked
with General Dynamics in the
United States. He winters in Fran-
Freeborn was a pilot with the
Royal Air Force in World War II.
He flew a bomber. "I did 37 mis-
sions, all at night except four," he
said. He was on a special duty
squadron and has written an ar-
ticle about his experiences.
"We started into the war Septem-
ber 9, 1939 in Canada," he told
Rotarians. "I was going to the
University of Western Ontario. ..
. I was accepted for air crew. They
made me a gunnery instructor. I
ended up overseas. I was captain
of a four-engine aircraft when I
was 20. That was not unusual,
because the oldest person in my
crew was 24. Everybody called
'The Canadians had no squad-
rons at the beginning of the war,
they didn't start forming until in
1943, so I went into the Royal Air
Force," said Freeborn. "We flew in
any weather... On two trips that I
did the Lancaster carried 10-ton
Tessie which is 10 British tons,
and the British ton is 2',200
pounds, so that's a 22,000 pound
One trip Freeborn said was to
bomb Keel Harbor. "The Germans
had very good radar. It was a
pitch-black night... Flying at 50
t. over the North Sea, the
Lancaster went across a small
Finish fishing fleet. Steering be-
low the radar till just before the
coast of Denmark, the plane was
to climb to a maximum altitude.
"We didn't do bombing like the
United States," said Freeborn.
The U. S. Air Force had a master
bomber and when he dropped his"
bombs in sequence so did every-
body else. We had a pathfinder
course which went in and
dropped colored flares to mark the
"Accuracy was not very good dur-
ing the first three years of the
war," said Freeborn. "In 1943 and
from then on we started hitting
targets. We didn't just concentrate
on industrial targets ... we hit
some pretty big cities.
"In this instance, the navigator
said we were coming up on the
coast of Denmark, so we started
climbing. When were up to a little
bit of altitude, Bremen put the
radar on us. They had a tremen-
dous night fighter force, and
fighter network scheme right up
to Denmark, across Western Ger-
many and all the way down to
Switzerland. They had ground
stations to direct fighters toward
the attack. It was unreal.
"We got up to target and the Ca-
nadian master bomber said some-
thing like ... 'Okay fellows, we're
about to deliver the mail' ... We
go down on this particular target
and do our run in. We staggered
our bombers so they were not all
at the same altitude.
"We still hadn't seen a fighter, you
never see any over the target,
they'd follow you to the target, let
you go in there, they'd never go
through their own flak, they'd let
you go in and then wait on you,"
said Freeborn; As the bombs
dropped it was recorded on cam-
"Before I got to any target I was
scared to death," said Freeborn.
"I mean I was really.scared. But
the Almighty turned off the fright
every time. I just went calm." In-
cendiary bombs were dropped
among the regular bombs. "When
you make the turn you leave a
target that's glowing. Incendiar-
ies are phosphorous, glowing
down there... you make the turn,
you leave a target that's glowing,
and you're going into pitch black,
your visual acuity is gone.
"We had made the turn and I
thought this is a milk run.' This
went on for about 15 minutes,
then all hell broke loose. The Ger-
mans had invented something-
flares dropped by other aircraft.
Those aircraft were above us and
we saw these flares coming down,
"What it did was made you a nice
fat silhouette, and-all the rest of
the people down there, even day
fighters in the air on these kind
of targets, could pick you out and
attack you," said Freeborn. "When
I saw people getting hit, often, the
tracers going every place, I took a
note I guess. We were supposed
to stay at altitude until we hit the
east coast of Denmark and then
descend. I started my descent
"I was so scared that I stuck the
nose down ... and I kept hearing
from my navigator Your air speed
Skipper, your air speed, I think
I'm seeing smoke stacks.' I was
much too low. I bombed at 12,000
feet, which is really low for us, we
usually took them 19,000 to
20,000 feet. I slipped across Den-
mark 500 feet above ground."
"I had two gunners, one riding up
at the top and the other at the
rear," said Freeborn. "I only had
seven crew members on the
Lancaster, no co-pilot. Only one
pilot in the airplane ... We contin-
ued on across the North Sea arid
I looked back. My rear gunner was
saying 'They're getting it out there
skipper.' Lots of people stayed
up there and fought them off, I
"I flew back to base, and I was the
first one back," said Freeborn. "We
had 15 aircraft in the area. After
it was over one of the intelligence
people said How come you're
back? Nobody else is back yet.' I
said I broke the briefing tactics,
told them what I did, and got read
out about it. I said, well, I'm alive."
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The heaviest losses was when the `6am In4ustry F ali
war started out in 1943, said n ro ct Quality
Freeborn. "The Americans had and Marketing
terrible losses when they started,
the heaviest losses ever on a single' e ,An annual event at the UF Aquatic
target. One time we landed at the Food Products Laboratory in
Eighth Air Force base and they, Gainesville will be hosted this year
took us to communal mess... .. -on March 31 for industry mem-
They had a buffet that started bers to gather and focus on prod-
with steak and fries and at the end, uct quality and marketing issues.
of the line, Coca Cola. I nearly This past year's investigation on
fainted. Some of the crewmen, ..survival of cultured clams from
went through that line about four'. .the Cedar Key area in refrigerated
times. storage, evaluation of alternative
... storage e and handling methods,.
"When I got up the next morning and documentation of micro bio-
I went to the briefing room," said r'logical profiles will be presented.
Freeborn. When a flight returned-* '
the name of the plane was erased ..Representatives from the Depart-
from the board. "Out of 15 crews, ..ment of Agriculture and Con-
there were only five names off the summerr Services will review their
board," he said. marketing promotional efforts in
creating consumer awareness and
"I was a target in Stuttgart," said demand.
Freeborn. "The only one in the'
crew that was hit. I was fortunate, 'A strategy session will follow in
I was sitting'on a seat-type para- order to generate recommenda-
chute I had just gotten the day tions to direct appropriate corn-
before ... we had always worn a .mercial response by farmers, pro-
chest type. We lost number four cessors, and end users as well as
engine ... Now you don't turn out .continue a dialogue with indus-
of that bomber stream at night, try to assess future needs.
because you are sitting out there Leslie Sturmer
all by yourself and you've got to ,(4352) 543-5057
bomb that target. ,rm Wt .nr-
"I got hit under the seat and where ;
I got plastic surgery I sit on it,"
said Freeborn. "Somehow I had
disconnected my intercom. I.
couldn't talk to anybody ... I said
to my crew, I don't know if I can
get this thing back. I'm hit. I don't
know how bad it is, but I can't
feel anything from my knee down
... the wound was in my left leg.'..
They gave me a shell dressing ...
with a tourniquet on it, so I put it
on and cranked it up."
"We were coming out of Stuttgart
and the closest place is Switzer-
land," said Freeborn. "If we could
get it around onto the Swiss plain,
we could bail out. I didn't know if
I could get it back to base."
"When I stood up to bail out, with
the crew all ready to go, I discov-
ered that my parachute was in
shreds. I told the giys it was time
to make a big decision, go or don't
go. It's time For you to get out. I'm
going to see if I can fly back.'
"One guy made the remark, You
think you're going back to bacon
and eggs and leave us here?'
which gave me a good boost. I said
well let's get down as low as we
can get across France.' We
dropped down to about 6,000 feet,
to get better performance out of
"The bomb door stayed open, and
we were freezing. The right wheel
was part way down, because the
hit had severed the hydraulics.
But the Lancaster had-Rolls Royce
Merlin enginesdg e Ilew that tliirig
back to a place called Manston on
the southeast coast ... we landed
there on our belly. The aircraft
was salvaged. Three months later
that aircraft was flying."
After a stint in the hospital Free-
born was sent back to his squad-
ron and was later shot down. "We
bailed out at a great spot, closer
to the Allied side and were picked
up, and went back to the squad-
ron, except the navigator. ... He
was found about two months later
by the advance engineers who
build bridges. He had never pulled
"Two weeks before the war fin-
ished there was a truce, to drop
food on Holland. There were still
German troops in Holland, so
they had to have a truce, and we
had an exercise called Manna, like
from the Bible. Each aircraft car-
ried 7,000 pounds of food, and we
sent in 200 aircraft two days
Freeborn said one time they saw
an American plane not far off the
coast of Denmark going around
in circles. The crew had ditched
and were in the water. "I said to
the navigator, if we don't do some-
thing the Jerries are going to come
pick them up,' so he went on the
key and sent a message.
"A month later we got an invita-
tion to go down to this place, and
the crew had been picked up by
an old aircraft carrier called the
Walrus," said Freeborn. "They
threw us a party almost as dan-
gerous as World War II."
Freeborn stayed in the British
Royal Air force after the war for
six years, then went to work for
General Dynamics. After he had
enough flying, he became a con-
sultant. "I worked just as hard in ,
the U. S. as in Canada," he said.
Freeborn lives in Franklin County
during the winter months. He is
a member of the Manitoulin Is-
land Rotary and attends Apalachi-
cola Rotary meetings when he is
One reason there are not as many
tourists in Northwest Florida as
usual, according to Freeborn, is
because the exchange rate on the,, ,
dollar is now at 64 cents.
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Vol. 2, No. 1
July 1, 1998
For Vessels Using Run-
Around Gillnets in the
Florida West Coast
Beginning 6:00 p.m., local time,
-February 24, 1998, the commer-
cial run-around gillnet fishery for
Gulf group king mackerel in the
'Florida west coast subzone is
closed, announced Dr. Andrew J.
Kemmerer. Regional Administra-
tor, Southeast Region, National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The Regional Administrator has
determined that harvest for the
1997/98 winter season has
reached the recently increased
quota level of 585,000 pounds.
The fishery will remain closed
through June 30, 1998.
NMFS previously closed the gillnet :
Fishery on February 3, 1998,
when the former, lower quota of
,-.432,500 pounds was taken. On
February 20, 1998, NMFS opened
~-the gillnet fishery,. tqaallow:ilar-
vest of the balance remaining -i
the recently increased quota, The
quota was increased from
,432,500 pound to 585,000
Pounds on February 19, 1998, as
a result of a regulatory action that
increased total allowable catch
and the commercial quotas for
Gulf group king mackerel. The
increases were applied to quotas
for the 1997/98 fishing year that
began July 1, 1997.
Frnln W7aTk1,l VT
Published every other Friday
Fishery Council to Convene
Socioeconomic Assessment Panel
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council will convene its
Socioeconomic Assessment Panel
(SEP) to review available social
and economic information on the
Gulf migratory group of king and
Spanish mackerels and to deter-
mine the social and economic
implications of the levels of ac-
ceptable biological catches recom-
mended by the Council's Mack-
erel Stock Assessment Panel
(MSAP). The SEP may recommend
to the Council total allowable
catch levels for the 1998-1999
fishing year. In addition, the SEP
will address certain issues related
to the assessment of regulatory
impacts on fishing communities.
The SEP Coastal Pelagics Sub-
group will meet jointly with the
MSAP on March 23-24. 1998 at
the Miami Laboratory of the Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS). 75 Virginia Beach Drive,
Miami. Florida. On March 25-26,
1998, the entire SEP will be con-
vened at the Club Hotel & Suites
by Doubletree. 100 SE 4th Street.
Miami, Florida. The meeting will
begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
March 23 and conclude at 5:00
p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Pre-
sentation of social and economic
information will be made on
Wednesday, March 25.
A copy of the agenda can be ob-
tained by calling 813-228-2815.
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APALACHICOLA Historic district comer lot, 3BR/2BA, income
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EASTPOINT Lot 11, Hammock Shores, 1.65 acres, 582' frontage on C. C.
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'MAGNOLIA BLUFF Tarpon Shores 1.65 acres. North Bayshore Drive.
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CARRABELLE Three city blocks across street from new health
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CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Half city block (5 lots) with house on
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APALACHICOLA HISTORIC DISTRICT Best building site, 7th Street,
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Mr. Louis Highsmith recently
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County School District's newest
Finance Officer. Mr. Highsmith
will replace John Rieman, who
recently retired from that position.
Mr. Highsmith graduated from
Florida State University in 1966.
He has worked with the Auditor
General's Office from 1966 to
1969 as a Public Accounts
Auditor. He has also served as
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Associated Coca-Cola Bottling
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Resident Gail Brannan began her service as the new WINGS Coordi-
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Ms. Brannan said that one of her first planned activities with the
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Ms. Brannan encouraged children from the area to attend the WINGS
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think they will enjoy it."
S, '," r
WINGS Coordinator Gall Brannan(right center) and Teen
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Published every other Friday
A Narrative History of the
Amphibious Training Center
Camp Gordon Johnston
By Brigadier General Frank A. Keating, Commanding
General of the Amphibious Training Center
In April 1942, Colonel Keating was ordered from his position as
Chief of Staff in the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Sam Houston,
Texas, to Washington, D.C. on a mission which was, at the time,
unknown to him. After his arrival in Washington, D.C. Colonel
Keating was appointed the Commanding Officer of the soon-to-
be activated Amphibious Training Command, to be headquar-
tered at Camp Gordon Johnston. His narrative was classified
SECRET for years, then downgraded to RESTRICTED until fi-
nally declassified at the request of the Chronicle publisher. Tom
W. Hoffer in 1989. Only in recent days has the manuscript "sur-
faced" in the Chronicle archives, and portions of the narrative
are excerpted here and in the following issue, in recognition of
the reunion scheduled in the Carrabelle area in mid-March, 1998.
CA MP GORDON n
SEPTEMB N JOHNSTON :;
Continuation of excerpts of the Adjutant General's
orders to then-Colonel Keating as he flew to his
9. While plans for Fort Lewis are not yet fixed, you should
also make tentative plans to provide instructional personnel
tor that station.
10. Finally, it is the desire and intention of this headquarters
to give you all possible aid and support. You will report by
telephone those difficulties which you cannot solve by your
own means and will request authority to visit this headquar-
ters for conference when you deem it necessary.
By command of Lt. Gen. McNair:
Lt. Col. A.G.D.
Assistant Adjutant General...
Keating's History, Continued
Colonel Keating continued his.narrative history... "The first mission
accomplished in Washington was that of preparing rough sketches
for location of building sites and piers within the Carrabelle area. The
proposal was to set up four regimental combat team camps, plus a
base camp and site for divisional separate units, approximately 4 or
5 miles apart. Each camp was to include housing and facilities for
the Engineer boat and shore units. All camps were to be near favor-
able landing beaches. This idea was predicated upon the thought
that regimental combat teams could train independently of each other
and each camp would be a self sustained unit. Although the Carrabelle
site was built according to this concept, the simultaneous training of
three regimental combat teams and the divisional separate units never
materialized due to lack of boat transportation.
While these plans were being formulated in my temporary Washing-
ton office, Colonels Noce and Trudeau of the Corps of Engineers, Army
Service Forces, were working on the development of the Waquoit Bay
site and laying the foundation to secure boats, acquire essential train-
ing equipment, and get the personnel for the Engineer Amphibian
Command and the 1st Engineer Amphibian Brigade. The brigade was
to constitute the boat and shore unit to be used for training (school
troops) and would possibly be used for specific operations.
Since our training project was to be correlated with British technique,
a request was made to the Commanding General, Army Ground Forces
for an immediate exchange of officers of both Armies. I asked that
representatives of the British Army and Royal Air Force be attached
to my staff to assist in teaching our troops both the American and
British methods of amphibious warfare.
On May 19th a request was submitted in written form to the Com-
manding General, Army Ground Forces, for assignment of a compos-
ite infantry training battalion consisting of a headquarters and head-
quarters company, rifle company, heavy weapons company, and field
artillery battery (2 sections 105 mm howitzers; 2 sections 155 mm
howitzers), for duty as demonstration troops and to accomplish es-
sential administrative requirements. It was suggested to the Army
Ground Forces' that the cadre of officers and enlisted men for this
battalion be detailed from the 1st, 3rd, and 9th Infantry Divisions
due to the amphibious background of those units. It was also con-
templated that this battalion would later be available for furnishing
that nuclei for the formation of similar demonstration units when
training centers were established at Fort Lewis, Washington and
It became obvious by early June that amphibious training could not
be initiated on July 1st due to delays in receipt of equipment and
personnel (Engineers), and failure to fulfill promises for essential con-
struction, plus a woeful lack of landing craft. The date for initiating
training was therefore changed by authority of the War Department
to July 15th. We were also informed about this time that the 45th
Infantry Division, under Major General Keyes, would be the first unit
detailed for amphibious training.
Amphibious Training Command Activated
After laying the basic plans and securing their approval, requisition-
ing officers, and formulating a tentative training program, I left Wash-
ington on June 10, 1942, and proceeded to Camp Edwards, Massa-
chusetts in company with Colonel Peter T. Wolfe, Infantry, who later
became my Executive Officer, and arrived on Sunday morning, June
12th. By the evening of June 12th, sixteen of the initial group of
twenty-six officers who had been detailed for duty with the staff and
faculty of the Amphibious Training Command had arrived, and the
command was officially activated as of that date. The cadre for our
headquarters was furnished by the 29th Infantry Division and re-
ported for duty on the morning of June 15th.
On June 24th authority was granted to activate a battalion supply
section within the 75th Composite Infantry Training Battalion con-
sisting of two officers and five enlisted men. The personnel for this
unit were furnished by the 1st Infantry Division. They were badly
needed to take care of our numerous supply problems.
During the preparatory period June 15th July 15th, 1942, our daily
efforts were devoted to development of doctrine and technique; se-
curing training equipment; preparing lectures, conferences, and map
problems; organizing our schools and headquarters; assignment and
reassignment of instructors; building training aids; teaching the En-
gineer Command and Brigade the tactics to be employed; organizing
and training demonstration units; experimenting with new ideas; clear-
ing training areas; preparing and publishing training literature; and
conducting many rehearsals. We were continually handicapped and
our efforts were frequently frustrated by the lack of promised essen-
tial equipment and personnel, and by the non-completion of impor-
During this same period, the 1st Engineer Amphibian Brigade was
also struggling to organize and train its personnel. It had several major
problems to solve and was handicapped by inexperienced personnel.
This brigade worked in very close harmony with us through its par-
ent organization the Engineer Amphibian Command, and we jointly
solved problems of mutual interest, but there were times when it
operated independently of our headquarters and followed false doc-
trines with the result that it proved very unsatisfactory to all con-
cerned. It would have been better had there been but one command
and the development of the entire project had focused through one
headquarters. The idea of two separate forces (Army Ground Forces-
Army Service Forces) working under the rule of mutual cooperation
instead of unity of command was wrong.
The original set-up of the Amphibious Training Command at Camp
Edwards provided for a small headquarters and a training depart-
ment subdivided into an Amphibious Training Division, Staff Train-
ing Division, and Commando Training Division. The 1st Engineer
Amphibian Brigade was organized as a sub-unit of the Engineer Am-
phibian Command and consisted of a boat regiment and shore regi-
ment of three engineer combat battalions, signal company, boat main-
tenance battalion, medical battalion, and quartermaster truck com-
pany. The basic idea of organization, both within the Amphibious
Training Command and the Engineer Amphibian Command, contin-
ued in general form throughout the existence of these two organiza-
tions over a period of about one year at Camp Edwards, and later at
Camp Gordon Johnston...
Later during the Summer of 1943, a decision was made by the Joint
Chiefs of Staff to train the 4th Infantry Division at Camp Gordon
Johnston beginning on October 1st and terminating on November
30th. To accomplish this, the 75th Composite Infantry Training Bat-
talion, (less one composite company), was sent to Camp Gordon
Johnston in mid-October, and the amphibious training of the 4th
Infantry Division was completed under the jurisdiction of Lt. Col. J.H.
Reeves, Jr., and a group of four Army officers form the Amphibious
Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet who had previously served as
instructors at Camp Gordon Johnston. The camp was officially closed
as an amphibious training center under Army Ground Forces control
on November 30, 1943, and passed to control of the Army Service
Forces for training of special organizations such as amphibious truck
companies, etc., on December 31, 1943. The 75th Composite Infan-
try Training Battalion was returned by rail to Camp Pickett, Virginia,
where its entire complement of officers and enlisted personnel were
transferred to the 77th Infantry Division stationed thereafter.
Shortly after completing the training of the 36th Infantry Division,
the Amphibious Training Command and the 75th Composite Infan-
try Training Battalion proceeded to Camp Gordon Johnston and ar-
rived there at about mid-October. The 2nd Engineer Amphibian Bri-
gade was ordered overseas and the 3rd Engineer Amphibian Brigade
joined us at Carrabelle. Upon arrival, plans were immediately initi-
ated to conduct training of the 38th Infantry Division in accordance
with the same general procedure followed at Camp Edwards. Slight,
changes were made in the organization of the Amphibious Training
Command by abolishing the Commando Division and activating the
Special Training Division. The 3rd Engineer Amphibian Brigade con-
sisted of three regiments instead of the two regimental organization
used at CamD Edwards. Each engineer amphibian regiment consisted
of a boat and shore battalion. The other elements of the brigade re-
mained essentially the same as those within the first two brigades.
The training center at Camp Gordon Johnston was a vast improve-
ment over that at Camp Edwards and the general results attained
were progressively satisfactory throughout the training of the 38th,
28th, and 31st Infantry Divisions. As a result of a decision made by
the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 1942, all amphibious training
became the responsibility of the Navy and shore-to-shore training
under Army jurisdiction terminated at Camp Gordon Johnston
(Carrabelle, Florida) on March 15th, 1943. The Army personnel on
duty with the Amphibious Training Command at Camp Gordon
Johnston on this date, together with the 75th Composite Infantry
Training Battalion, was transferred to the Amphibious Force, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet, and were assigned to duty at Ocean View, Virginia,
Camp Bradford, Virginia, Camp Pickett, Virginia, and Fort Pierce,
The Operations Office
The initial organization of the Amphibious Training Command, as
outlined in General Order #1, Headquarters Amphibious Training
Command, date June 12, 1942, provided for an Operations and Train-
ing Division, which later became known as the Operations Office.
The duties outlined for this Division were many. It was to be the office
of final decision, subject, of course, to the approval of the Command-
ing General, in all matters pertaining to technical and tactical train-
ing of student units.
The first and only Operations Officer was Colonel (then Lt. Colonel)
George P. Lynch, Infantry, who was assigned as Operations Officer
when he reported for duty with the Amphibious Training Command
at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, on June 16th, 1942, and who has
held that post throughout the life of the Command.
The Operations Office was handicapped at the beginning by a short-
age of personnel and equipment. Colonel Lynch had originally as his
assistants Lt. Edmond Pusey, QMC, 1st Lt. Henry Sheward, QMC,
and 1st Lt. Anthony H. Ortenzi, Infantry. Lts. Sheward and Pusey
were on temporary duty only and were to proceed at an early date to
Carrabelle, Florida, to become part of the station complement at the
proposed future home of the Amphibious Training Center.
The equipment for the 75th Composite Infantry Training Battalion,
which was supposed to be on hand on the activation date, failed to
arrive as scheduled. The demonstration battalion was therefore un-
able to function at the time the first infantry division arrived for training
and it became necessary to borrow one rifle battalion for the 45th
Infantry Division to act as demonstration troops...
The operations office was faced with numerous problems at this time.
The area was definitely thought to be unsuitable for training in am-
phibious operations owing to the conformation of the shore line and
the very shallow shoal water in this particular area. The ground in-
land for the beach was thickly covered with underbrush and was very
swampy in nature.
At this time also it was decided to train a complete infantry division
plus attachments at one time. This decision brought additional prob-
lems for the Operations Office. The number of boats made available
for our use by the Engineer Amphibian Brigade attached to us was
inadequate to transport a whole division at one time. Therefore it was
necessary to introduce additional courses of training to occupy the
troops who could not actually practice on landing craft. This meant
the establishment of special training areas in each combat team area.
Under the supervision of the Operations Officer, clearings were made
and towers for use with cargo nets and various other training aids
were established in each clearing.
As initially organized, the Operations Office trained part of a division
in amphibious operations and a part in commando operations. With
the completion of the training of the 36th Infantry Division, Army
Ground Forces directed that training in commando operations be dis-
continued. At the same time the Amphibious Training Center was
directed to introduce a course of training in special operations de-
signed to harden men physically and mentally for combat and to ac-
custom them to having fire conducted over their heads. Pursuant to
this directive the Operations Officer organized the Special Training
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Division, which was soon staffed with personnel which had originally
belonged to the Commando Division. Obstacle courses, grenade
courses, bayonet courses, swimming pools, battle practice courses,
and an infiltration course were constructed. All this was done prior to
the arrival of the 38th Infantry Division, and that division was the
first to receive such specialized training at this Training Center.
The fourth division to be trained iri amphibious operations was the
28th Infantry Division. Its training was conducted along the same
lines as that of the 38th Infantry Division. The training began on
January 28, 1943, and was completed with a three-day combined
amphibious exercise on March 8, 1943.
Another special course instituted by the Operations Officer at the
suggestion of Army Ground Forces, was a course in the tactics and
technique of Amphibious Scouts. these were to be men specially
trained in the art of scouting and patrolling as applied to amphibious
operations. The men were required to know not only basic scouting
and patrolling, but also navigation, communications, use of rubber
boats, and a variety of other subjects peculiar to the nature of the
task involved. The course was supervised directly by Major Nathaniel
R. Hosket, Infantry, Director of Special Training Division. This course
was given only to the 28th Infantry Division.
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water lake just north of Highway 98, a few miles east of
Carrabelle. The poles appear to be remnants of a pier.
The problem of demonstration troops was also a vital one. The 76th
Composite Infantry Training Battalion, which was assigned to the
Center as school troops, had not received all its equipment on the
specified date of June 15, 1942. By scouring the whole battalion it
.was possible to piece together enough equipment for a demonstra-
tion squad, but in the demonstration battalion as a whole there was
little or no heavy equipment such as the student division would be
required to work with. As the beginning date of the first school ap-
proached it was decided that a temporary expedient troops would be
borrowed for incoming student divisions to be used as demonstration
teams in cases where the 75th Composite Infantry Training Battalion
could not properly function owing to lack of equipment.
On October 15, 1942, the Amphibious Training Center opened up for
business in the new camp at Carrabelle, Florida. Shortly thereafter
the name of the Amphibious Division was changed to Amphibious
Training Division. This division was faced with the same problems at
Carrabelle with which it had been faced at Camp Edwards. Very little
training area was available, since the country was quite swampy and
heavily wooded. Under the supervision of the Amphibious Training
Division, clearing work was begun immediately upon three areas and
later upon a fourth. In these areas cargo net towers were erected and
outline boats were floored in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the
incident at Camp Edwards. Once again the shortage of boats was
critical and since there were some 20 miles of coastline upon which
to operate, it was decided to build mock-up boats on beaches which
would be unsuitable for the use of regular landing craft. Student units
thus got the practice of debarking on a beach line and advancing
inland from it even when no actual craft were available. It was ex-
tremely difficult to find suitable landing beaches in this area owing to
the very shallow nature of the water. After extensive surveys and re-
connaissance by the director of the Amphibious Training Division
and other officers of the headquarters, it was decided that the only
solution would be to do a great amount of dredging at certain se-
lected beaches in order to make them suitable for use in amphibious
training. Exact figures are not available since all work was done by
the Area Engineer at Mobile, Alabama, but it is estimated that dredg-
ing cost were in the neighborhood of $500,000.
By November 23, 1942, the majority of the labor had been completed
and the training of the 38th Infantry Division was undertaken. This
was the first unit to undergo training as a complete division. This
caused a great drain on the officer personnel of the Amphibious Train-
ing Division, and in order to remedy the situation selected officers of
the 75th Composite Infantry Training Battalion were called upon to
act as unit supervisors.
The training of the 38th Infantry Division was completed by Decem-
ber 9, 1942, and the Amphibious Training Division began to formu-
late plans for training the next student unit to arrive. Although the
officers who had been attached to'the Amphibious Training Division
from the 75th Composite Infantry Battalion had done excellent work
as a whole, it was felt that the battalion was suffering from the ab-
sence of its officers. It was therefore decided to arrange to have the
next student unit send enough officers to the Amphibious Training
Center in advance of the arrival date of the unit to augment the offic-
ers assigned to the Amphibious Training Division. Upon arrival at the
Amphibious Training Center these advance officers were turned over
to the Amphibious Training Division for instruction in amphibious
operations generally and their duties as supervisors in particular,
prior to the arrival of their unit. This arrangement worked out very
well and it was felt by the Amphibious Training Division that the
28th Infantry Division benefited considerably from it.
The following subjects were taught to selected men of the student
divisions by the Commando Division: hand-to-hand fighting; use of
the bayonet; use of the hand grenade; use of rubber boats; map read-
ing; use of the compass; military sketching; demolitions; swimming;
obstacle course; preparation of personnel for Commando raids; raids
to destroy enemy installations; and intelligence and counterintelli-
At the end of each course of training the students were tested on a
Commando proficiency course which consisted of a practical test in
which the students were subjected to a tactical problem under simu-
lated battle conditions. In order to add realism to the course, various
training aids were used including demolitions, dead animals, and
Commando training was given to approximately 500 men from each
of the first two student divisions-the 45th and 36th Infantry Divi-
sions. These men were selected from the division for their physical
qualifications and their aptitude for this specialized type of training.
The selection included all infantry weapons and men from such units
as antitank platoons, ammunition and pioneer platoons, intelligence
platoons, 60mm and 81mm mortar sections, and light and heavy
machine gun sections.
When the Amphibious Training Center moved from Camp Edwards
to Camp Gordon Johnston the original intention was to continue this
Commando-type training. The members of the Commando Division
laid plans and started work to construct the necessary training aids
similar to those which they had used at Camp Edwards. Several ad-
ditional training aids were contemplated but before work had pro-
gressed far beyond the formative stage, a directive from Army Ground
Forces stated that this type of training by the Commando Division
were transferred to the newly formed Special Training Division where
they carried on essentially the same type of training under a new
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of a World War II pier.
The Obstacle Course, consisting of seventeen obstacles with an over-
all length of 550 yards, is designed to accommodate a group of 125
men every forty minutes. It has as its objective the training of men to
react promptly and correctly to physical situations arising in battle,
and to develop their confidence and physical agility. The training is
progressive-the soldiers during the first few periods run the course
sans equipment, then gradually add their equipment until they are
completely equipped for the final periods. Speed in running the course
is stressed from start to finish. (The record for this course is 4 1/2
The Grenade Courses consists of five forty-minute periods, during
which time a brief history of the grenade, its tactical use, and the
three positions for throwing are taught. Form, precision, and accu-
racy are stressed; while distance and speed are gradually perfected
and attained. During the second day's work the soldiers run a Gre-
nade Course, which simulates some of the combat conditions under
which grenades may have to be thrown.
The Judo Course has as its motto, "Kill or Be Killed", and it is de-
signed to teach the soldier how to kill with his bare hands. The course
is designed for assault troops and has as its objective the training of
dangerous fighters, confident in their ability to deal effectively with
anything the enemy has to offer in unarmed combat. It attempts to
inoculate the soldier with aggressive offensive action rather th.b, with
a defensive type of thinking, and to make them concentrate on their
sole objective-to kill quickly, maim, and otherwise disable the en-
emy. The course is divided into five periods of forty minutes each,
with emphasis placed on practical work by the soldier himself. The
"thirteen vital areas" of the human body and various killing blows are
To Be Continued in The Chronicle
issue of March 20, 1998.
In some sections of this history the reader may find references to the
Ranger Division. This is the same as the Commando Division-the
name Commando having been changed to "Ranger" after the Dieppe
Raid in which American Commandos participated under the name of
Rangers. The name "Ranger" was derived from the exploits of Major
Rogers and his famous "Rogers' Rangers" in the colonial days of this
The Special Training Division
The Special Training Division of the Amphibious Training Center was
initiated on October 20, 1942. by verbal order of Brigadier General
Frank A. Keating, Commanding General of the Amphibious Training
Center, with the primary objective of constructing and operating a
Street Fighting Course to accommodate forty-five men and officers
per division every five days.
Upon the decision of Colonel G.P. Lynch, Operations Officer, a Bayo-
net Course was built in the vicinity of the Station Hospital. as an-
other training aid for the divisions undergoing training at this Center.
The Special Training Division was charged with the construction of
this course, but was not to operate it. A later decision provided for the
establishment of one special training area in which courses in Cam-
ouflage, Grenade Throwing, Battle Practice, Obstacles, Swimming.
and Demolitions would be given. Tentative plans called tor one bat-
talion of the division undergoing training to be in this special training
area each day, and to take all of the courses mentioned above. The
Street Fighting Course would be in addition to this area and in a
On the recommendation of Colonel P.T. Wolfe, to provide a type of
battle inoculation, an Infiltration Course was to be constructed and
operated by the Special Training Division, and a Snap Shooting Course
was to be inaugurated. The decision was made at this time to have
one Special Training Area in each regimental combat team area, and
one in the special units area, so that all troops in the division would
be able to take advantage of this specialized type of training. It was
also decided at that time that all infantrymen of the division would be
given training in Street Fighting.
Fortunately there was an abandoned logging camp called Harbeson
City within ten miles of the base camp. This old site was used as the
framework to construct a city for the Street Fighting Course. Plans
were drawn up and submitted to the engineers for the construction of
a city at an estimated cost of $50,000. Scrap metal was to be used as
much as possible, and soldier labor used wherever it could be done.
The area around Harbeson City was suitable for firing ranges, so it
was decided that all firing courses would be placed in this area, while
the other areas would contain the courses not requiring the use of
On November 1, 1942, construction started on all projects, using
soldier labor in all cases except on the Street Fighting Course. It was
obvious that more officers were needed for the various courses, so
the 75th Composite Infantry Training Battalion was again asked to
furnish the required number. Headquarters of the Special Training
Division was changed at this time from the building occupied by the
Amphibious Training Division to one of its own, #1317, and work was
started with a staff of nine officers, one field desk, and an apple crate
for a chair. It developed that the apple crate was.not needed, since
everyone was so busy at this time that no one had time to sit on it.
On November 2', 1942, the Ranger (Commando) Division of the Am-
phibious Training Center was abolished by directive from Army Ground
Forces, and the officers, men, and equipment were transferred to the
Special Training Division.
During this period of construction, changes were taking place in the
actual setup of the Division. New courses were being added almost
daily, and some were being eliminated. Finally a schedule was sub-
mitted, and the following courses were definitely decided upon: Street
Fighting, which had been the original and only course contemplated;
Infiltration Course; Battle Practice; and Boat Firing Course-all of
which would be located in the Harbeson City area. In addition, one
each of the following courses in each combat team area was decided
upon: Grenade Course; Obstacle Course; Swimming Course; Judo
and Knife Fighting; Demolitions; and Bayonet. Officers to act as in-
structors in the various courses were asked for and they began to
arrive during the middle of November, shortly before the first division
to be trained was due.
The Bayonet and Knife and Log Exercise Course is designed to condi-
tion men who are already familiar with the bayonet, and to show
them a new type of bayonet and knife fighting. Emphasis is placed on
the correct form, proper execution, speed, and aggressiveness of the
soldier. The course is divided into eight two-hour periods, and in-
struction in one phase of the work must be thoroughly understood by
the soldier before a new phase is considered. The Log Exercise car-
ried on in this courses is an adaptation of that used by the British
Commandos in their physical conditioning.
The Swimming Course, which is located in three areas, was perhaps
the most difficult to start. Areas for swimming were not ideal, despite
the extensive coast with swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, while the
other two areas, Number One and Number Three, were fresh-water
lakes about a mile inland from the Gulf. These fresh-water lakes
were not, at first, exactly ideal for swimming purposes, but after con-
siderable labor, they were made into lakes in which non-swimmers
would be safe until such time as they could be classed as swimmers.
The objective of the swimming course is to teach those who do not
know how to swim the fundamental methods of swimming so that
they may be able to keep themselves afloat during any combat am-
phibious operation. Those who are able to master the fundamentals
of swimming, and those who are advanced swimmers, are taught com-
bat swimming, life saving, and various strokes which are necessary
in mastering the art of swimming.
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Yaupon Garden Club 13th Annual
Fashion Show Big Success
A large crowd was in attendance
for the 13th Annual Fashion Show
and Luncheon on February 28 at
the Franklin County Senior
Citizens Center in Carrabelle. The
event featured a variety of
fashionable clothing modeled by
men, women and children.
Those models participating in the
event included Donna Spacey.
Lori Switzer, Jo Woods, Faye King,
Tom Campbell. Frances Katz.
Robin Hall. Jerry Hartnett.
Bonnie Segree. Megan Walker,
Brittany Smith. Mellisa
Chapman. Kelli Carrol, Nancy
Mock, Mary Aman, Khara Brown,
Shirley Walker. Allyn Jasper,
Bonnie Stephensen, Evelyn
Bergen. Jim Welsh. Pam Rush,
Brittany Hunnings. Ashley
Carroll, Tamillia Lowery and
Those stores participating in the
event included Island Cotton and
More, Artemis Gallery. Putnal's
Variety, Two Gulls, Illussions,
Dream Catchers and Robinson &
Sons Outfitters. Many of the
models also wore outfits created
by Bonnie Segree.
Mr. Jerry Hartnett also entertained
those in attendance with a puppet
show at the event's intermission.
Hartnett's marionette musical kept
the many residents in attendance
The co-chairpersons of the fash-
ion show included Mary
McSweeney and Helen Schmidt.
Commentary was provided by
Jane Jasper and Helen Schmidt.
Model coordinators included Mary
McSweeney and Joyce Tommons.
Barbara Rickards served as the
Will Kendrick to
Run for Fourth
Term on School
By Tom Campbell
In a recent interview. Will S.
Kendrick, current Chairman of
the Franklin County School
Board, announced his intention
to run for a fourth term on that
board. Qualifying will take place
in the next few months and the
election will be held in Septem-
"I've been on the School Board
almost 12 years," he said, "and I
have found ways to do more by
lobbying here locally, and not
have to go to Washington, D.C.,
and not spend money that we
need here in Franklin County."
Mr. Kendrick said he is aware that
the financial situation in the
school system locally is bleak, but
he expressed hope in making real
progress. "I'm a conservative," he
said. This guides his thinking and
approach to improvement. "The
new Director of Finance, Louis D.
Highsmith, can centralize pur-
chasing classroom supplies and
other items, which will cut costs."
Current Director of Finance John
Rieman is retiring. His replace-
ment is Louis D. Highsmith,
C.P.A. with Florida/Alabama cer-
tification, who comes here from
Mr. Kendrick pointed out that the
Panhandle Area Educational
Consortium(PAEC) offers a valu-
able service wherein greater bulk
purchases provide cheaper prices
for supplies used in the schools.
"This is an area we need to clean
up," said Mr. Kendrick. "and this
will allow us to save a great deal
Other ways of saving money were
explained by the Board Chair-
man, including properly schedul-
ing maintenance. That way. jobs
would not have to be contracted
out, which can get to be expen-
sive. "We have a Supervisor of
Maintenance and his job is to co-
ordinate these items."
Mr. Kendrick continued. "Every
year we adopt a budget. With the
new Finance Officer. I hope we
can get information more readily
available to us." This would allow
financial projections and adjust-
ments while there was time to
save money. "Hold down over-
time," he said. "There's not an
item budgeted for overtime, nor
is it calculated in with salaries
State Funds To Educate (FTE) are
based on how much money per
student is available. "Weighted
FTE may help if some students
have learning disabilities. There's
additional money added for vari-
ous reasons," he explained. "We
need to have special meetings for
the budget." Helpful details can
then be worked out.
Elected Chairman of the Frank-
lin County School Board six years
in a row, Mr. Kendrick says he
believes an ability to communi-
cate openly and honestly "keeps
the lines of communication open.
Even if it's not what they want to
hear, we need to communicate
He is happy that he remains ac-
cessible to the people of his Dis-
trict Number 2. and throughout
"the whole of Franklin County.
Our people are concerned and
have questions. which I'm always
ready to answer, whether from
Lanark or Carrabelle. Eastpoint.
Apalachicola. St. George Island.
or anywhere throughout the
whole County. Parents need to be
involved in the education of their
children. It's there, if the parents
want their children to get it. Get
Speaking of an accomplishment.
Mr. Kendrick said: "The Board
recently voted to complete the
Carrabelle Field House. This
project should be completed by
May. Then the school can have a
true Physical Education program
for the kids."
He concluded: "My record speaks
for itself. I've been on the Frank-
lin County School Board for three
terms. I've been elected Chairman
six consecutive times. This shows
that the informed people on the
inside are supporting me. I've had
to make some hard calls, but I try
to look at what is right for the
School District and the Board.
and I do that, even if it involves
my own wife."
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to Start Their
Life Plans Now
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
You can see it in Michael
Hammond's face, an excitement
about life, about doing and being.
It is obvious he likes kids. He
ought to, it hasn't been long since
he was one himself. When he was
18 he was the youngest public
official elected in the history of
Gulf County. At 24 he now runs
the county jail.
Hammond said from the time he
was six or seven, he said he'd be
in public office some day. "Nobody
told me I couldn't do anything I
wanted to do, or be anything I
wanted to be," he said. Hammond
was speaking to members of the
young boy's group of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
"I listened to everything the big
folks were talking about, from the
time I was six or seven." said
Hammond. "I listened to the pub-
lic news. I was always inquisitive
as a child. I got to go everywhere
with my father. I qualified.to run
for commissioner at 17. I signed
to run several days before my
"I thought about it strongly as a
teenager." said Hammond. 'There
are many areas of elective public
office open to young people. in
addition to county commissioner,
there are school board members,
a property appraiser, tax collec-
tor. and most public offices.
"There are five commissioners in
each county," Hammond told the
teenagers on their jail visit. "The
commissions represent specific
areas and also the whole county.
The county clerk has the money,
but board of commissioners de-
cides how it's spent.
"From the time I decided and
when I began my campaign for
elective office, it was a couple of
months," said Hammond. "I won
the Democratic nomination
against the incumbent in Septem-
ber, then had to run again against
an independent in the regular
primary in October, so I was on
the ballot in November. Actually,
I had three different campaigns
in the same year. I ran for a four-
year term, then lost my bid for
reelection in 1996."
Most young people have their own
agenda, they listen to loud mu-
sic, talk on the telephone non-
stop, clam up when adults ask
them questions, and roughhouse
wherever they are, at school, in
church, on sidewalks, wherever
they happen to be, poking one
another with their fingers, and
sometimes fists, restless, growing
very fast, always moving.
"If we can just get them to stop
and think about how what they're
doing now sets the pattern for the
rest of their lives, we can help
them grow up to be responsible,
caring adults," said Hammond.
"It's not easy, but it is a goal worth
the time of parents and other
adults in the community."
Hammond said his favorite sub-
ject in school was history. "En-
glish is important and math too.
You need verbal communication,
need to be able to write, and you
need math if you run a budget for
a corporation or for the county. I
had to write speeches, bumper
stickers, campaign literature,
cards to hand out.
"I had a little savings, a couple of
thousand of my own money, then
raised some for my campaign,"
said Hammond. "It cost between
two and three thousand to run.
My father had been an Eagle
Scout, but I went to the volunteer
fire department meetings on Fri-
As to peer pressure, Hammond
said he went to a Christian school
in Port St. Joe instead of the pub-
lic school. "We didn't have the
drug culture there. Things that
kids can get into at a young age
can ruin their lives.
"Did you know that a person con-
victed of a felony can't vote, can't
have a gun, can't get into the mili-
tary?" Hammond asked the
youths on the jail tour. "A felony
conviction closes a lot of doors.
Not having a high school educa-
tion closes a lot of doors.
"The most common crimes in our
area have to do with drugs," said
Hammond. "Violent crime is fairly
low, but drugs cause lots of other
problems, like burglary of houses
and stores to feed the habit. Pun-
ishment can range from jail time
Hammond said when he told his
parents about his plans to run for
the commission seat, they didn't
want him to do it. "They didn't
want to see me hurt, to be disen-
chanted if I didn't win. But things
fell into place for me.
This week Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida) was hon-
ored by the Southern Economic
Development Council, Inc. as a
member of its "Second Annual
Honor Roll of Legislative Achieve-
ment in Economic Development."
The Honor Roll was created to rec-
ognize members of Congress that
have exemplified support for im-
proving the climate for economic
growth in the states be-
tween Texas and the District of
"I am proud to be honored along
with several of my Florida col-
leagues for our work to foster the
strong economic growth that our
southern states have experienced
over the last several years," said
Boyd. "As a Member of Congress,
I have been working to preserve
the nation's prosperous economic
climate by ensuring that our
nation's business owners and
their employees are not choked by
unnecessary government regula-
tion, but rather that businesses
are free to grow and provide new
jobs and opportunities for our
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Coastal Management Workshop
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Flori
Coastal Management Program presented an informative program
about 30 persons from public and private agencies on the subject
Florida aquaculture on Friday, February 27, 1998. Very few from t
local seafood industries were in attendance.
The program consisted of several speakers in the morning with a fit
trip in the afternoon. Bill Mahan. Franklin County Extension Din
tor, presented an overview of Florida Aquaculture. He emphasis
that, while the freshwater aquaculture industries in Florida were dor
nated by the tropical fish business, there were success stories in n
rine aquaculture industries, including the successful innovation
clam farming in Dixie and Levy counties. Most of the known spec
included in marine aquaculture included farm raised oysters, clan
red fish. shrimp, and mullet. There were some new marketing var
tions with aquacultured species such as promoting bay scallops
the half shell, shared with clams and/or oysters.
w a .'.
Mahan also indicated that aquacultured product was growing in
Florida involving 941 full-time persons employed in Florida aquacul-
ture. Aquaculture tended to be a "family affair" with many small busi-
nesses made up of family workers, including some unpaid workers.
Still, tropical fish is the fastest.growing form of Florida aquaculture.
He recited a trove of statistics published by the Florida Agricultural
Statistics Service (407-648-6013) showing what aquaculture species
contributed to the 1995 count of 879 million dollars in 1995 sales.
This year, 1998, new data are to be collected and made available by
The first survey conducted in 1987 revealed that $35 million were
raised from aquaculture. Now, that total is $79 million. Oyster sales
for 1995 were $1.02 million. Clam production rose to $5.41 million in
the same year.
Karen Metcalf appeared on behalf of the Dept. of Agriculture explain-
ing how the dept. is involved in Florida aquaculture. There is a certi-
fication process that the department now administers throughout the
Frank Leteux spoke about state regulations pertaining to aquacul-
ture beginning with site plans, indicating exclusions and exemptions
under various conditions. New rules for aquaculttire were explained.
After these pieiiminary descriptions, John Gunter of the Dept. of
Environmental Protecrion Snellfish Laboratory (Apalachicola) provided
more detail of current projects.
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"The best economic substitute for the net ban appears to be the
S aquaculturing of clams," he said, describing in detail the lease areas
and conditions of clam production in Dixie and Levy counties. "No
one in these areas has obtained leases larger than five acres," Gunter
da emphasized. "Most farms for clams are two acres." He reiterated Bill
for Mahan's remarks made earlier that running a fish hatchery was a
of very expensive part of the aquaculture process, if some farmers should
he want to establish their own hatchery. "One million clam seed may
cost $1000-1500," he indicated for sizes the size of 1 millimeter. Larger
eld seed would cost as much as $3,000 for one million but larger sizes
ec- were more stable with fewer spoils.
:ed A small cottage industry for the manufacture of bags used in the
mi- clam and oyster aquaculture process had grown up around the farm-
na- ing community in Dixie and Levy counties. However, the problem of
of predators has still persisted.
ns, In response to a Chronicle question, Gunter said that Harbor Branch
ia- Oceanographic had made some progress on developing a disease-free
on oyster to reduce the problems associated with vibrio vulnificus but
there,were problems associated with the'high cost and limited shelf-
life for shellfish product. Another process of purification, such as
depuration, used ozone, developed by researchers in Lousiana, but
most persons involved in research on shellfish seemed to agree that
working to improve water quality was a better solution to the prob-
lems such as vibrio vulnificus.
The coastal management workshop later heard Brooks Wade talk about
processing soft-shell crabs.
A large amount of literature was made available to participants, in-
cluding a Florida Aquaculture Information Directory.
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The Harbor Branch Oceano-
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Florida, will host a Florida Marine
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(From left) Harry Andrews, Tommy Bevis and David Jones.
Ms. Lycett went on to say, "Let me tell you something. There's been a
lot of work that the city commissioners can't do, because there is not
enough time. We'd be working thirty days a month, eight hours a day
to accomplish all the work that has been done on that." Ms. Molsbee
interrupted saying, "They didn't work eight hours a day, seven days a
week", Ms. Lycett continued, "They have spent a lot of time..." She
was interrupted by an angry response from Ms. Molsbee, "Pam, if you
can't take it, get off the board."
(Ms. Lycett made the following statement to the press immediately
following the meeting, "I am sorry Nita made that comment to me. I
find it very interesting that a woman that has been under FBI inves-
tigation for fraud is trying to tell the governing body how to govern.")
Ms. Molsbee went on to say, "The people in Carrabelle expect you
five," ("get that camera out of my face," as the Chronicle Editor and
photographer Brian Goercke took a picture,) then without missing a
beat, continued, "We expect you five to make our decisions for us. Not
somebody else. .
Wanda Whaley said, "If you, the city commissioners, had made the
judgment calls on it, I don't think Timber Island would look like it
does right now. We've lost something that will never be put back. All
the pine trees have been taken, all the yaupons have gone." She added
that she felt It would never l9ok the same again. Tommy Bevis asked.
"Would you like us to put back the garbage?"
David Butler said, "I have two questions. Back when this was formed.
what authority formed the port authority in the first place? The sec-
ond one is, does this entity have the right to abolish it, and is this the
place to carry on this conversation?" The mayor said, "This is the
place." His question was answered by Ms. Molsbee who said that the
people knew that the city could not abolish the Port Authority but
were asking the city to send a resolution to the cabinet to that effect.
Vance Millender said that he felt the people of Carrabelle should be
more involved. He added he felt that Timber Island is a tremendous
asset, and should not be "thrown away." He also said that it was too
valuable a piece of property to have six people decide. He also said
what will happen on the Carrabelle side of the river is already deter-
mined and felt that the people of Carrabelle need to have input on
Ms. Lycett said that she thought that the Inspector General's report
un Timber Island and the Authority in an audit of that body for the
past nine months might be helpful to bring understanding. She read
the summation. 'The board has progressed from a board which was
heavily influenced by individual needs and interests to a point where
they actively pursue the expertise available before making a decision.
The board has demonstrated progression towards being a conscien-
lious representative body."
Harry Andrews, who is manager of the Moorings of Carrabelle. said
that he felt there was an unfairness in that Tommy Bevis who leases
a building from the Port Authority and could at any time pick up and
leave. Andrews said that if the Dockside Marina had fuel services and
they had a bad leak the person leaving could just walk away. He
added that he and all of the other people who own businesses on the
waterfront pay heavy taxes and would be held responsible for any
There was general agreement with his remarks from the waterfront
business men one of whom said, "Well said, Harry." Andrews Vance
Millender and Bruce Schaefer were all at one time members of the
Ms. Lycett and Reakes both said that there has been no permits for
fuel issued to Dockside Marina. It was then pointed out that Andrews
was basing his remarks on a hypothetical situation.
Ann Cowles, city attorney, asked, "Supposing we went to the gover-
nor and said we want some guarantees that the City of Carrabelle will
always have a majority representation. Would that solve the
Freda White said. "It has to be somebody who is accountable to the
citizens through the vote who needs to have the say-so in what is
going on. These people who are appointed, whether its me, you or
Nita or whoever it is, as long as we don't have to answer to the citi-
zens, through being reelected, there is a problem. That is the issue.
Whoever is going to control Timber Island and the waters of Carrabelle
and you or I may not be ready to do it. WFih the far reaching abilities
of this port authority could be disastrous or wonderful. But it needs
to be somebody..." Ms. Cowles said, "What you are saying is the City
Commission will lose control of the people that they appoint?" Ms.
White said, 'They should be accountable."
Tom Beavers, owner of ERA Realty in Apalachicola, who has made
the proposal accepted by the Port Authority and apparently approved
by the Board of Trustees who handle state owned land, spoke. He
said that he can do nothing without getting the approval of the city,
the port authority and the state before he can go ahead with any-
thing. "Mv experience with this port authority was very fair in their
dealings," He added. "There is nothing I can do without your approval.
Commissioner Buz Putnal said, "Every time I go to the post office I
hear it and I represent'the people of Carrabelle and this seems to be
their feeling, (to abolish the CPAA) so I will make a motion that the
, i\ take an action to ask the Legislature to abolish the Port and
Airport Authority." His motion was seconded by Phillips. The vote
was called for and on a vote of four to one the first step to abolish the
port and airport authority was taken by the city commission.
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Apalachicola Times, Continued from Page 1
Lt. Moore noted that the pinhole camera had been lodged approxi-
mately one foot into the air vent. The camera had been dabbed with
white paint, which Moore said may have been an attempt to camou-
flage the device.
Currently, Lt. Moore is reviewing the 29 seized video tapes as a part
of the investigation. "I will make this a priority," he said. According to
the March 5 issue of the Tallahassee Democrat, Moore has reviewed
9 of the tapes and has yet to find anything incriminating.
"I anxiously await their completion of this (investigation)," said Lee, "I
have all the confidence in the world that they'll find no evidence of
wrongdoing...all they have to do is look at the tapes." Mr. Lee said
that he would invite any member of the public to view the tapes.
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury has assured that he will not charge
Mr. Lee in a "piecemeal" fashion. "We want to do this all at once," he
said. Flury said that he needed to carefully review the matter before
proceeding with possible charges.
In addition to reviewing the tapes, Lt. Moore said that he still needs
to interview former employees as well as those tenants residing in Mr.
Lees apartments, located above the Apalachicola Times office.
One former Apalachicola Times employee said that she and several
other employees no longer felt comfortable working for Mr. Lee. "We
told him this, but he denied any wrongdoing," she said, "he told us
that we just had to take his word on it."
This individual also confirmed a statement made by former employee
Cynthia Nations to the Tallahassee Democrat on March 4. Ms. Na
tions alleged that Mr. Lee would walk into his office whenever a fe-
male employee entered the restroom. She further alleged that he would
exit his office when the employee came out of the restroom.
"If something wrong was done," concluded Lee, "I'll have to pay the
price. I'm just absolutely sure nothing is there."
Coast Guard Auxiliary Meets
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The Point Lobos Coast Guard cut-
ter held open house for visitors in
Apalachicola on Saturday, Feb.
21, but an afternoon storm kept
the Sunday visitors away. The
occasion was the winter meeting
of the U. S. Coast Guard Division
1, which includes the area from
Pensacola to east of the St. Marks
Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell
gave a welcoming address to those
gathered from stations in
Pensacola, Destin, Panama City,
Group Headquarters in Mobile,
and Division 1 staff officers, com-
manders and members from the
nine Flotillas that make up the
Panhandle Division. Division 1
includes 350 volunteer members
dedicated to boating safety and
who assist and support the Coast
Guard in all missions with the
exception of law enforcement.
Also speaking at the Saturday
evening banquet was Capt. Philip
Sanders, commander of USCG
Group Mobile, who also presented
awards. Arthur Little received the
Silver Oar Award and New Mem-
ber Award for meeting all goals
and increasing membership.
Royal Scott, 1998 Flotilla com-
mander, received an Award of
Merit for as editor of two publica-
tions, the Salt Spray and Sting
Ray. Fred Bono received a 25-year
Membership Award, Royal Scott
a Sustained Service Award for 750
hours of volunteer time.
Jane Pitts and Arthur Little were
honored for more than 600 hours
of volunteer time, for more than
200 hours James Cobb, Charles
Lardent, Betty Scott, and Stanley
Weber, excess of 100 hours Frank
Latham, and excess of 50 hours
Robert Gardner, Bijan Neshat,
Karen Rabinowitz, Warren
Rabinowitz and David Trauger.
Those interested in joining Flotilla
15 which meets the second Tues-
day of each month at the Frank-
lin County Emergency Manage-
ment Center at Apalachicola Mu-
nicipal Airport are asked to call
David Trauger at 670-4677 or
Royal Scott at 697-45498.
Showing off 82 ft. patrol boat at
the eastern boundary of its Gulf
Coast territory was part of the
Coast Guard Auxiliary gathering.
More than 100 people toured the
Point Lobos on Saturday after-
noon. With a crew of 10, the Coast
Guard cutter patrols the waters
along the Franklin County coast,
with its primary mission law en-
forcement and search and rescue.
The Point Lobos crew in its du-
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swain Mate II Tate McDaniel,
Boatswain Mate III Kenyo McLain,
Fireman Kevin Hernandos, Cook
Brian Boyd, and Seaman Appren-
tices Joshua Waller and Paul
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normally. Some our books are publishers cIlo.rout '. rl oks.
rem ainders orc.rr:-il 1 I 1 :i.- d 'd l L' : -L I
and at these prcn ir *'. I., 'I .. ', '
money will be refunded by bank check> '. ', "
prices all orders must be prepaid. We oii .
A $35+ purchase order in books will earn you a
bonus one-year subscription to the Fvntlkin
Chronicle at no additional charge!
(Please complete the form below)
I have enclosed my pmurhase order for $35+ in
books and now request te bonus subscription to
the Chronicle. My address amd other data are as
't- .. w r, ie ', ..i l' 1
State q. co + -4
Subscriptions \wil b,,itn \\thim a d3-week period.
You nlv Irlenew \'our sulbseription to the Chronicle
under this plan, Please indicate a renewal by
chlekint the hlohck below and placing your mail-
ing lahvl 1o toits t'orm,'
RNl'ewal Mailing Label
Mail Order Dept., Chronicle Bookshop
Town State ZIP
Telephone ( I
Number Brief Title Cost
Total book cost
Shipping & handling
1 book....... $2.50 Sales tax (6% inFla.) +
S2-3 books .... 53.50
S4-5 books.... $4.00 Shipping and
6-10 books... 5.00 handling
Bookshop List of
6 March 1998 Total
IAmount enclosed by check or money order S
Please do not send cash. Thanks.
All book orders must be ordered on this form. When
completed, please mail this form and your check or
money order to: Franklin Chronicle, 2309 Old
Bainbridge Road, Tallahassee FL 32303. Be sure to
add sales tax and shipping charges. Incomplete orders
will be returned.