By Rene Topping
Over 110 Carrabelle and other
Franklin County residents gath-
ered at the Franklin County Se-
nior Center at 7 p.m. on Thurs-
day, September 10, to acknowl-
edge the 37 years of service
Charles Lee Daniels has given to
the City of Carrabelle. Carrabelle
City Commissioner Jim Phillips
drew from the Holy Bible to char-
acterize Daniels as "A good and
faithful servant." It was left to the
Master of Ceremonies, Carrabelle
Mayor Wesley (Buz) Putnal, to
weave a tale of what was going on
when Charles Lee entered into his
job. He made it a walk down.
memory lane for many and he had
an appreciative audience.
He began: I want to try to give you
some little idea as to how long
Charles Lee actually was in that
job. Dwight D. Eisenhower had
just turned the presidency over to
John Kennedy. Kennedy was in
his first year. The Judge of Fran-
klin County was Raymond
Witherspoon. The Sheriff was
Herbert Marshall. And I'm not
sure Florida even had a Governor
at that time. In sports Roger Maris
had Just hit 61 home runs.
Charles Lee was pre-Edsel in cars.
You could buy a new Ford pick
up for between 15-1800 dollars,
Gasoline: Gulf regular had just
risen up to the stupendous price
of 27 cents a gallon. For enter-
tainment in Carrabelle you could
go to the Rex Theater. Service sta-
tions you could go down the
street and see Emmett Winches-
ter at the Gulf Station, Smash
Dykes at the Standard Oil, Frank
James at his Station, Herbert
Watson was running the Beach
Service Station and Cecil Collins
had many operators at the Citi-
zens Service Station.
Grocery Stores: you start maybe
on the west side of town, Mrs
Kuchick in M.K. Groceries. Mr.
Clark in Clark's Grocery, Mr. Lo-
gan, Suwanee Store,
Robinson in Robinson Gro
Walter Everitt in Everitt's Gr
arid Don Musgrove in Mus
Grocery and Mr. Faircloth
next to the Ball Field.
You could get your hair
Charlie Daniels Barber Sh
Frank Lewis' Barber
Dry Goods: Everitt's Tr
Shoes at Robinson's Shoe
pany, operated by Miss
Smith. So this will give y
idea of how long he had
The personal comments s
with Charles Millender
served as mayor for many
He said "I want to say he
me out many a time at cit
There is nobody that can s
his shoes. He'll help you. H
out of his way to help you ar
still do that. Me and him ta
while before he retired and h
he would help anybody
needed the help but you
ever get another Charles Lee
there, I can tell you that. I
been a friend and a buddy
Carol Adams came up to t
crophone and said, "First
have to apologize to my hu
and to Karen, (Charles Lee
I love you, Charles Lee. Yoi
helped me tremendously.
worked under you for th
three years and you have
fantastic. Thanks a million
Doris Hamm Gibbs said, "C
Lee has always been so spe
me since I was elected to
lin County Supervisor ol
tions. The first year I took
we had city'elections,
Continued on Page
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By Aaron Shea
When Barbara Massey ol"
Carabelle stood up during the
September 15 County Commis-
sion meeting. all was quiet in the
room. Then she spoke:
"We're here this morning to ask
the Count\ Commissioners if the\
Should put on the November bal-
lot, a straw ballot gu\ng the vot-
ers a chance to vote to put this.
county back to county-wide elec-
tions, instead of a single election
e and that's what we're here this
e ar morning for."
series The debate was on from that
grocery point. The large contingency of
grove citizens at the meeting began to
down voice their opinions and feelings
on the matter.
cut at One gentleman explained, "I live
,op or on 5th Street in Eastpoint and
Shop. from 2nd Street on in Eastpoint,
ading we all vote in District 5 with
Carrabelle. We don't have a
Com- chance to vote for those repre-
Ollie senting us.
ou an The African-American contin-
been agency was livid over the possibil-
ity of county-wide elections even
tarted being considered. They believe
Swho that county-wide elections would
years. take away their chances of hav-
pulled ing an African-American repre-
y hall. sentative on the County Commis-
tep in sion or County School Board.
d he'll I was vital in the action to get the
lked a single numbered district, said
he said Otis Walker. "We are not here to
that take steps backwards, we want to
won't move forward."
down Walker had the support of
He has Franklin County School Board
to me. member Willie Speed. "I am sure
that he (Walker) will not be alone.
he mi- We will support him." Speed also
of all I pointed out that if there was to
isband be a straw ballot, which is not
's wife) binding, and 75% of the people
u have voted on going back to
I have county-wide elections, it would
me last force the County Commissioners
e been to go along with the majority.
n. Speed called the straw ballot "a
ecial to One suggestion to possibly solv-
Frank- ing the problem was to keep the
f Elec- five current district seats and add
office two at-large Commissioners.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
pointed out that this could possi-
bly cost the taxpayers another
5 $100,000 a year. It already costs
$250,000 for the ten current
elected officials on the Commis-
sion and School Board.
Continued on Page 8
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Tommy Bevis tells you straight
out that he believes he is the vic-
tim of harassment. Here in his
own words, is a statement he
made on Tuesday, September 15.
"The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority is the people who give
permits. The CPAA use the
County Planner and the County
Building Inspectors as the agency
to issue permits." He said there
is documentation that his permit
was the first to issued for his boat
ramp and "it is numbered 0001."
He added that he was sent a spe-
cial form to be used when asking
"The situation here is that the City
of Carrabelle does not have the
right to issue stop work orders.
We feel that it is sad that we might
have to go into a lawsuit and sue
the City of Carrabelle and the tax-
payers of Carrabelle will have to
pick up the tab. Because of one
action by a single city commis-
sioner, who is an appointed city
commissioner. This single city
commissioner harassed us over
the past years. There is six years
of documentation of harassment.
It stopped when he was off the
Port Authority and started back
when he got appointed to city
commission. David Parramore is
stopped and will probably send
his crew home and that will put
six or seven people out of work."
"The thing about it is we had
rented equipment to put those
pilings in. One piece of equip-
ment is a vibratory hammer and
it's $3,700 a week. The other
piece of equipment is an impact
hammer, that costs us $4,000 a
week and the air compressor to
pull it is $2,000 a week and they
all have to be rented by the week."
We have been shut down six days
and it's already cost us in excess
of $25,000 to $30,000."
Bevis also said that Roddenberry
Surveying, who have just com-
pleted a survey told him that ev-
erything he is doing is on his own
leased property, which is in direct
conflict with the statement made
by City Commissioner Don
Dana Estes Richards, convicted
of 2nd degree murder in the death
of her husband Clinton Albert
Richards, also known as Buddy
Richards, is scheduled to appear
before the Governor and Cabinet
in a Clemency hearing on Thurs-
day, September 17, 1998.
Mrs. Richards is currently serv-
ing an 18-year prison sentence,
confessing to the crime commit-
ted in June 1993. She was 17 and
pregnant at the time of her
husband's tragic death. Her son,
"Little Buddy" is almost
Continued on Page 2
September 18 October 1, 1998
Stop Work Order Issued
By Rene Topping
I The September Cjrrabelle (-tyl
CoTmmi-rii:.in MNleetingt %.a- turrried
into acn investiation -Al whether
or riot Tommy Bevs~,. of Docu kide
Malnna. was acl ni in n \ilat on ol
local permittnrit. as v.ork i- pro-
ceedinrg on a travel lilt C.ommts-
stoner Donald W\Voodn accuIed
Be\is i o grin_ ahead without
proper permIts He also s.;u.l that
Beis wa-s v.orlkinj n land that
w.as occupied by the Flonda Ma-
n rin Patr.ol. The travel lift project
15 the one berin[i wo.-irked on. at the
A stop \'.ork order Ir for not hanns i
a permit for the travel lift. was. is-
1i.ied and s.t-rved on Be\i' oi' tIe
morning of September 9. This ac-
tion threw all the men who were
working on the project, out of
At the city meeting, Woods opened
the discussion saying, "Mr. Mayor,
it has come to my attention on the
construction of the travel lift over
on Timber Island-there is some
question as to whether it has a
building permit and there is also
some question as to whether it is
being built on the person's sub-
merged land lease or other lands."
He then asked Tommy Bevis if he
had a building permit and he an-
swered "I sure do." Bevis claimed
that the permit was issued June
17, 1997. Woods said "That cov-
ers the boat ramp. Then how can
you get a permit for something
when the approval of this commis-
sion wasn't given until February
2?" '"The letter from Barry Woods
(Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority), says a boat ramp." Bevis
claimed he got them both at the
same time, a travel lift and the
boat ramp. He went on to say that
the city approved it. Woods reit-
erated," On February 2, 1998."
Woods bore in again with "Where
is your drawing as required by the
state showing your land? It shows
according to this (indicating a
drawing In his hand, ) the south
side of the road is your boundary
Woods claimed that there is a 60
foot street between Bevis and the
Marine Patrol Office and Bevis
was building in front of the Ma-
rine Patrol. He asked Bevis how
he accounted for that. Woods
went on to say that the permit
only called for a 15x50 foot boat
ramp. Woods said it did not say
anything at all about a travel lift.
Bevis asked him if Woods had the
copy of the permit.- He added, "If
they didn't write it on there, I can't
help it." Woods asked him why he
then came to the city for a permit
on February 3. Commissioner
Pam Lycett interjected 'That was
to clarify what was going on prior
to that. It had been discussed sev-
eral months before and this was
for clarification, so that there
would not be any problem. And I
made that motion." Woods in-
sisted that Bevis was in violation
of permitting and said, "I make a
motion that we ask for a stop work
order to be issued on this project,
until it can be is determined
whether it is on Mr. Bevis'
sub-lease or not."
Bevis responded "If you want to
have it surveyed you go ahead and
have it surveyed but we are not
stopping work." Ms. Lycett said,
"Donald, listen, we can use the
same argument. He went ahead
and got his permits before the
travel lift was done but you also
asked for a stop work order from
Alan Pierce prior to this meeting.
Now we have heard this over and
over. Everybody seems to be in
favor of this." She asked Bevis if
he did not have drawings for this
and she went on, "It went back
and forth and he got his permit
to do this." Woods began saying
to Bevis, "You have had seven
Yearss" Bevis interrupted saying,
"You have something with me in-
dividually." Woods hotly denied
this and the Mayor banged the
gavel for order.
There \\a_. a heatev d di~,,, d _I.-u- ,i.'I -
Ic' .ho- had v. hal naril._ ,:i'. :r I.h. ,
Timber i land pr ,:p':rt,, IM
LyceLtattempted toi. ha'-,: .lh- m.r-L l
ter sent back i Ihc Cpte _P.i jA
table till next mee1i n. \',,d-
said. We II haj' a Iur e', -IIlJ \,_Lu
tha\' rvea \' r lr, d i f i .ii l.i '..r i, [ i
,ill pavy fr itand iU y- LI .-i re '.-ro:ri'[
you Will pa doiubl,
Commissiioner Jin PhIillip.s -~d inl
reference t.o the F'ebruL -, "2 a.i-
parent permit. Alt. public: meet-'
in, .e placed it on ,l-:e table .- ith
the cornditlin- that it v.'.jul.J bLe
remain on the table uliil v.t: .'',:
the attorney Lencrral :pi.nion .At
Lhe next meetile IFebru.-ar, 21 1,:u
all amended the arenrd._i i_, pull ii
He added, "Now if it was approved
February 2-but to say it was
approved before then, is wrong."
Ms. Lycett responded, "I did not
say that. I said it was approved
on February the second. It doesn't
matter. It got approved. He did not
start building it before he got it."
Woods again restated his motion.
"That I request that a stop.work
order be issued on this until an
appropriate permit with the ap-'
propriate statue requirements
and data being provided where
this is on Mr. Bevis' lease or not."
Phillips asked where did the city
stand legally. Rita Preston said
that the Planning and Zoning had
issued a permit for a boat ramp.
Sometimes she said people get
partial permits. She said the port
authority did not mention any-
thing other than a boat ramp.
Preston said that in Bevis' case
there was other permitting. There
is a travel lift but it was appar-
ently not on the letter from the
Phillips seconded the motion pro-
vided that the attorney check all
documents. The motion received
two Yea votes from Woods and
Phillips there were two nay votes
from Ms. Sanborn and Ms. Lycett
and Putnal broke the tie with a
Freda White remarked, "Ask Mr.
Gaidry to see if there is a permit.
If there is-fine. It not, then he
has to meet the requirements to
get a permit which includes the
Gene Langston said, "You all are
in total agreement that the city
approves the travel lift. You are
responsible for the Development
order, right. You all agree that as
a City Commission you are re-
sponsible as one of the planning
agencies?" Putnal said, "I guess
so." Langston then brought up
another subject involving permit-
ting of Creosote pilings on Bevis'
project, saying. "The Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP), is saying to everyone else
on the waterfront that you can-
not use creosote pilings." Putnal
said, "Everybody is asking me and
I have no idea." Freda White in-
terjected, "Then why not get the
State agencies down here and
have them say. Let's get them all
down there and find out."
Langston went on, saying, "I know
Susan Anderson made the deci-
sion these could be put in and I'd
like to know on what authority."
Ms. White said, "She [Anderson],
really should not be allowed to
overstep the development.order
and the guidelines that you all set
up, which said that concrete has
to go below the water. And that's
what they are requiring of the rest
Langston said, "All the agencies
came down and met with the Port
Authority and they all signed off
that it had to be concrete below
the water line and everyone signed
off on an amended development
order." He added, 'Then all of a
sudden creosote gets put in the
river." Ms. Lycett said that after a
test was made, the Riverkeepers
had a flyer out that said they had
made a mistake and concrete pil-
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The Franklin Chronicle
Notice of Appeal in Teat
In its meeting on September 15,
the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners adopted a Reso-
lution of Appreciation for Michael
Allen, the News Director of Oys-
ter Radio, for his all-night report-
ing on Hurricane Earl.
During Hurricane Earl, Oyster
Radio, Franklin County's official
emergency broadcast station, lost
its power. Mr. Allen, who showed
no regard for his own safety, went
out Into the storm and hooked up
a car battery to the station's
transmitter. He was commended
for his bravery and for keeping
Franklin County Informed during
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners adopted another
Resolution of Appreciation. This
one went to Ben Withers.
Mr. Withers took his construction
equipment to Alligator Point Road
immediately after Hurricane Earl
to assist the County Road Depart-
ment in reopening the road.
In other matters:
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan is planning butterfly re-
leases in the memory of the in-
fants who have died during the
past year. The Extension Program
is raising the butterflies. They
currently have 64 that are ready
to hatch out this week.
The Franklin County Commis-
sion, on September 1, added a
new Repetitive Loss Plan to the
already existing plan. The new ad-
dition to the plan states that the
Emergency Management office
will produce public information
announcements and pamphlets
about hurricanes prior to each
hurricane season. The plan tar-
gets areas that have repeat-
edly faced property losses due to
The County Commission agreed
to use $3,500 out of the recre-
ation funds for buying uniforms
for the Little League football sea-
son at the recommendation of
Alan Pierce, the Director of Ad-
ministrative Services. The money
was originally coming out of the
Commissioner Raymond Williams
gave $2,200 left over from his rec-
reation funds to help fix-up the
children's park in the
African-American community in
The Bbard approved 'iie'iner-
gency ordinance that would allow
property owners seaward of the
Coastal Construction Control Line
(CCCL) to make repairs from Hur-
ricane Earl while their property
goes through the 90 day permit-
ting process with the Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP). This issue concerned Dog
Island property owners the most.
Any repairs that are not consis-
tent with DEP, however, will have
to be removed.
Budget For Next
By Aaron Shea
The Apalachicola City Commis-
sioners met on September 9 at a
public hearing to announce the,
1998-99 city budget. Though
these numbers are tentative, they
should give a good indication of
the final budget.
* The tentative budget for the year
will be $2.2 million with a millage
rate of 8.7914. Last year's budget
was $2.1 million with a millage
rate of 8.2914.
* The reserve funds will contain
* Cemetery and Gardens face a
cut in their equipment budget.
Last year they had $15,000,
which will likely be cut to $7,000
for the new fiscal year. The Street
Department faces the same cut
from $15,000 to $7,000, in their
Due to $123,000 in lawyers fees,
and possibly more fees to come
from the Teat lawsuit, the new
budget could be tight for the city.
The Chamber of Commerce re-
quested $2,500 from the city. This
set off a debate which eventually
ended with a tentative agreement
to give $1,200 to the Chamber.
"The Chamber provides a lot of
services for visitors who come into
Apalachicola," explained Anita
Gregory, Executive Director of the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce. "We get 1000-1200
requests a month for information
on Apalachicola. We send out bro-
chures on the city. We have mail-
ing costs and have to print enve-
lopes. There is also rent and
people who answer the phones.
We have to keep the office
The deadline for finalizing the
budget is October 1.
By Tom Campbell
City attorney for Apalachicola, J.
Patrick Floyd said last week that
the lawsuit between the Teat fam-
ily and the City of Apalachicola
will be appealed by the Teats. A
notice of intention to appeal was
filed in the First District Court of
Appeals, but a formal brief is still
forthcoming, explaining the basis
of the appeal.
The Court decision signed by Cir-
cuit Court Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
found, "This is another tragic situ-
ation where citizens have sought
relief from their government and
their pleas have fallen on deaf
ears. Plaintiffs proof being insuf-
ficient, the Defendant shall go
hence without delay."
The City had constructed "a
wastewater treatment plant in
1985 on the upper side of Huck-
leberry Swamp, approximately
two and one-half miles, as the
water flows, from the Plaintiffs'
property (1.8 direct miles). The
treatment plant itself is located
approximately a mile further
In the Court's judgement is
stated: "This treatment plant was
apparently doomed from the start.
The discharge of the effluent into
a wetland was experimental at the
suggestion of and with the
permission of DEP. The plant was
improperly designed and
By Aaron Shea
Interim financing proposals for
the Rural Development Project
were discussed at the September
8 City Council Meeting, in
Apalachicola. The interim financ-
ing would cover pre-construction
activities that include, but not be
limited to design and permitting.
The Commissioners reviewed sev-
eral bids from different institu-
tions. Capital City Bank of Talla-
hassee was selected for the $2
million loan because of the 4.5
percent interest rate.
A report on the Rural Develop-
ment Project was given to the
Council by James Waddell,
Project Manager of Baskerville
Donovan Inc. The proposed
project will attempt to improve the
current city of Apalachicola's wa-
ter system in a number of areas.
These areas include:
* Raw water quality, which at the
current time, exceeds the maxi-
mum contaminant level for total
* The existing water distribution
system, which is comprised of
cast iron and galvanized iron wa-
ter pipes. The interior of the pipes
have been severely degraded.
Some segments of pipe have been
By Tom Campbell
After the Public Hearing to adopt
the tentative budget, Franklin
County Commission Chairman
Raymond Williams said last week,
"we managed to hold the tenta-
tive millage of 7.339, which is .027
percent under the rolled-back rate
of 7.341 mils."
Chairman Williams was obviously
proud of the Board's accomplish-
ment, pointing out that it will take
7.339 mils to fund the tentative
budget. The total of the tentative
budget is $13,705,153.
Chairman Williams pointed out
that if property value remains the
same, then a property owner's
taxes will be less.
The date set for the Final Budget
hearing to adopt the millage and
budget was scheduled for Mon-
day, September 21, at 5:15 p.m.
at the Franklin County Court-
house, County Commission Meet-
ing Room, Apalachicola.
Translating the millage rate to
dollars, the result amounts to
this. Per $1000.00 of property
value, the citizen would pay
S$7.33. Under the current rate, the
citizen would pay $7.75 per
completely blocked and some
valves and hydrants are so dam-
aged that they are inoperable.
* The current 400,00 gallon Crom
tank has significant deterioration.
Recommendations for improve-
ment of these areas include:
* A new 600,00 gallon ground
storage tank and high service
pumping station would be con-
structed. A packing tower would
also be built for removal of hydro-
* Replacing the existing water
supply with a new well field lo-
cated at the Apalachicola Airport.
* The replacement of all cast iron
and galvanized water pipes with
PVC pipe..The valve and hydrant
assemblies connected to the metal
pipe would be replaced as well.
In other matters:
* The Council discussed their con-
cerns with the city's trash pick-up
and ways to improve it. Some of
the concerns discussed were spill-
age, misplaced trash cans, and
garbage pile-up in the cities
* It was noted that trash in the
alleys is outside of waste
management's scope. One sug-
gestion for solving the problem
was for waste management to
supply trucks and the city to sup-
ply the workers for the clean-up.
The, cost of this clean-up is to be
* Little League Football received
$1,100 from the cities miscella-
neous funds. The money will help
the league buy more uniforms for
the up and coming season.
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constructed, resulting in mal-
practice litigation against the
engineering firm involved."
According to City Attorney J.
Patrick Floyd, the process of plant
correction is underway. 'The point
needs to be made," said Attorney
Floyd, "that the City, years ago
recognized the problems with de-
sign and operation of the Dlant.
Getting a correction and getting
money for corrections in the plant
There is no disagreement, accord-
ing to the attorney, that there is
a problem at the plant at Huckle-
berry Swamp. But now an Appeal
has been filed by the Plaintiffs'
lawyers (Lehrman and Denker of
Bradfordville, Florida), the appeal
dated September 8. These are the
same attorneys, according to City
Attorney Floyd, who handled the
case for the Plaintiffs.
"We're disappointed that an Ap-
peal was filed," Attorney Floyd
said, "because it represents a con-
tinuing expense by the City. There
was never a dispute about a prob-
lem with the plant. But this ap-
peal does not speed up the pro-
cess of corrections at the plant.
Before any complaints, the City
had been gathering information
and was moving to repair the
plant. This appeal will add to the
expense and not speed up the
process of corrections, which is
By Tom Campbell
The City of Apalachicola defined
its lease agreement with Early
Childhood Care at its last meet-
ing September 8. Ms. Angelina
Mirabella is the Coordinator of the
The Early Childhood Services
lease provides about 1,412.square
feet (4 rooms and a hallway) for
use by the early childhood care
facility. Rent will be the cost of the
utilities bill, month by month, for
the whole building, which the
Childhood Services group is will-
ing to pay.
There will be a $500 security de-
posit against any damages.
The group was instructed to con-
tinue its search for another loca-
tion, as this arrangement with the
City is only temporary, from Sep-
tember 13, 1998, to May 31,
1999, Monday through Friday,
'with guarantee of no conflict with
other rentals of the facility in Bat-
Commissioner Jack Frye presided
at the City meeting, in the absence
of Mayor Robert Howell.
By Rene Topping
Residents of Alligator Point are
playing a guessing game as to who
put up the warning sign on C370
at the entrance to the Point. Ac-
cording to Ruth Ann Howard, the
sign just appeared. It states in big
RED letters WARNING, "Unli-
censed contracting is a felony in
the State of Florida." Among the
guesses were that a licensed con-
tractor put it up. At the bottom of
the sign the statute is quoted.
Residents of the Point who work
for the State put it there; or the
Department of Professional Regu-
lation put it up; or some contrac-
tor. Will the person responsible
please step forward and be
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Clemency from Page 1
The case still stirs controversy
and heated opinion among some
Eastpoint residents. Her case was
one of three selected by the Bat-
tered Women's Clemency Project
in Tallahassee to proceed into a
formal application for clemency.
The brief alleges that Ms.
Richards was a "... survivor of
severe domestic violence when-
she caused the death of her hus-
band." The excerpted legal brief
attempts to make the case that
"...Dana was a battered, sexually
victimized and homeless child of
thirteen when twenty-seven
year-old Buddy Richards began a
relationship with her." Mr.
Richards was well known
and popular in the Eastpoint
Clemency is usually related to
criminal acts, according to Black's
law dictionary. The meaning is
mercy, or forgiveness, as in the
example when the governor of a
state commutes a death sentence
to life imprisonment, or grants a
pardon. A pardon is an executive
action that mitigates or sets aside
a punishment for a crime.
According to Ms. Richard's attor-
ney, Jennifer Greenberg, the State
Parole Board has reviewed the
case and, in an unusual decision
in matters of this sort, recom-
mended clemency to the Gover-
nor and Cabinet.
Public Defender Nancy Daniels
supported the petition for clem-
ency. However, her letter also re-
vealed some background about
the decision for trial in the case.
She wrote, "At that time, ...the
battered woman defense was not
firmly established and we feared
that the jury might not accept it."
The State Attorney's office made
a plea offer eliminating the possi-
bility of the death penalty, and
Ms. Richards accepted it. Ms.
Daniels also added, "...Dana faced
an extremely difficult decision.
She was heavily influenced by the
certainty that came with the plea
negotiation, and she did not want
to put her family and Mr.
Richard's family through an un-
The hearing was scheduled at a
time when the Chronicle was be-
ing printed so the decision by the
Governor and Cabinet, sitting as
the Clemency Board had not yet
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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your recent support in the Franklin County Commis-
sion District #4 seat primary election. We were close but I still need your vote. I would appreciate
your continued support in the October 1 runoff election. For those of you who may not be familiar
with my background or position on some of the area's most pressing issues, here's where I stand on
some important county issues:
Environmental and Private Land Use Rights Over the years, I have maintained a steady and consistent approach to
dealing with land use issues. It's a constant struggle to balance environmental concerns versus private land owner
rights and I'm proud of the decisions I've made to protect both.
Strong Local Economy I spearheaded negotiations to bring the Franklin Workcamp to Franklin County which has
resulted in more than 70 jobs, free county inmate labor and continued State revenue which support the Franklin County
Higher Education I'm a strong advocate of higher education for our area's youth. Since the late 80s; I've been a
consistent supporter of Gulf Coast Community College's efforts to bring higher education opportunities to Franklin
County. I'm proud to have played a major role in ensuring that today every Franklin County high school graduate has an
opportunity to receive a scholarship to GCCC.
Health Care Last year, when our hospital was about to close and Franklin County residents were facing the life and
death choice of going out of town for major medical care ... I helped lead the County in emergency action to line up a
new and better management team for the facility. Today, the care at George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is better than
Service To Country and Community I served my country as a combat platoon leader during the Vietnam War. I
served with the famed 199th Light Infantry Brigade in a leadership capacity. I responded when my country needed me
... just like I've responded to the needs of my community by serving tirelessly as your county commissioner.
As a decorated Vietnam veteran, I understand the fight for personal freedom and quality of life. As a business owner, I
understand the need for a strong business economy. As a native Franklin County resident, I understand the special
nature of this area and the importance of preserving a unique way of life found only here. I have the leadership skills,
experience and vision for our future ... because it's my family's future too.
Please vote to re-elect me on October 1.
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Representative Janegale Boyd (D)
Monticello, Chairman of the Fran-
klin County Legislative Delega-
tion, announced that the delega-
tion will hold its annual local pub-
lic hearing, Tuesday, October 6.
1998, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
in the Franklin County Court-
house, Apalachicola, Florida.
Representative Boyd said, 'The
public hearing will be a town hall
type meeting, in addition to for-
mally taking up local legislation
approved by the County Commis-
sion. Senator Pat Thomas and I
hope that as many people as pos-
sible will participate and address
the delegation on any issues in-
volving state government. These
hearings are especially valuable
in making us aware of your con-
cerns and needs. Please call my
district office in Monticello at,
850-342-0286, if additional infor-
mation is needed."
The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
18 September 1998 Page 3
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Act of Voting a Cliche?
By Tom Campbell
Mr. Joe Perkins, President of American Association of Retired Per-
sons (AARP), wrote in September/October 1998 issue of Modern Ma-
turity "The right to vote is one of the greatest privileges the Ameri-
can people have. Unfortunately, the act of voting has also become a
cliche, as evidenced by declining voter participation. And that is a
He lists what the people of this nation have gone through to get the
vote. Pointing out that the U.S. Constitution initially gave "the elec-
tors" --citizens designated by the state-the vote., he said, "Fifty years
later, states lifted property-owner and churchmembership require-
ments for voters."
In 1870, following the Civil War, the 15th Amendment to the Consti-
tution outlawed voting discrimination on the basis of "race, color, or
previous condition of servitude."
In the meantime, women continued their own passionate struggle to
secure the vote. In 1920. the 19th Amendment gave them that right.
In the words of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, "...because we
are citizens of our great country, we must remember our duties to the
American process. No matter what may be our partisanship.... We
have the circumstance, the challenge and the choice. Let us accept
Plan a few minutes in your busy life to exercise your right and your
duty to vote. The right to vote may be cliche, but surely no citizen
wants to risk losing that privilege.
City Of Apalachicola Commissioners
Vote Proclamation For Peace
By Tom Campbell
At its September 8 meeting, the City of Apalachicola Commissioners
adopted a Peace Proclamation. The Proclamation states: "Peace be-
gins when we, of one mind and heart, unite to release our world from
the threat of nuclear warfare and terrorism, our cities from violence
and crime, and ourselves from prejudice and animosity."
Certainly, this concept is noble and worthy of a proclamation.
The effort was coordinated by Ms. Helen Tittle Ford of Uniting for
Peace in Largo, Florida.
Since. 1981, the United Nations has provided a resolution by the Gen-
eral Assembly to dedicate and encourage observance of an Interna-
tional Day of Peace, commemorating and strengthening the ideals of
peace in the. community, in the state, and among all nations.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if communities celebrated all month as Peace
Month? Better yet, all year?
Ms. Tittle King's letter points out that our "future is being created by
all of us. It can lead to disaster or we can become involved in creating
peaceful" relations throughout the world.
The simple act of voting is one way to insure peace. Only one in four
registered voters took time to vote in the last primary election. Not
voting is a sure way to lose the privilege of voting, that duty of free-
dom, for which so many men and women have given their lives over
The Proclamation concludes, "May we all share in the peacemaking
process ... to promote peace and justice in our community..."
May we all remember that our responsibility to vote is part of the
NOTICE OF MEETING
Water Allocation Formula Committee
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee -Flint Basin Commission established
the Water Allocation Formula Committee to negotiate an allocation
formula(s) for the basin. The next meeting of the Committee will be held
at the following time and location:
Monday, September 21, 1998, 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Tom Bevill Center;
Center for Electronics Technology (Seminar Room); 3223 South Eufaula
Avenue Eufaula, Alabama; (On U.S. 43 1).
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ACF water demands, allocation
formula components, the water allocation formula and the schedule for
upcoming committee meetings and their agendas.
For further information, please contact: Georgann Penson, Public Infor-
mation Office, Northwest Florida Water Management District, (850)
Wv I "& POST OFFICE BOX 590
S EASTPOINT, FLORIDA 32328
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V'so Facsimile 850-385-0830
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Vol. 7, No. 19
September 18, 1998
Publisher ............................................ Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................ Tom Campbell
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........... Temolynne Wintons
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Rene Topping ........................................ Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ...................... .................. Carrabelle
D avid Butler ......................................... Carrabelle
Pat Morrison .............................. ........ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
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"He Chose His Disciples
By Terry Nelson
Commercial fishing is the livelihood and way of life for many in this
area and has been for generation upon generation. This is the only
way of life they know to provide for their families.
The Gilbert family have been commercial fishermen for five genera-
According to one of the local captains, "All my sons are shrimpers
and my daughters-'shrimperettes.'"
Despite their constant struggle to stay "afloat," they have retained
their incredible sense of humor and they preservere.
The shrimpers have been said to be responsible for the decline of the
turtles and red snapper and other fish, as well as, the capture of the
dolphins. Thus the added cost of fish and turtle excluders that are
now required in all shrimpers nets.
"If they could, they'd figure out a way to blame us for the decline of
the dinosaurs too," one fisherman told me.
Our local shrimpers come from all kinds of interesting backgrounds.
Everything from Sunday School teachers, engineers, bush pilot, oil-
drillers; entrepreneurs, truck drivers and Ph. D's.
We know where the Gilbert sons and daughters are-they're out fish-
ing with their families.
Where are your children?
Now, what do kids do? They sit for hours in front of the TV with
shows filled with sex, violence and bad language, or it's Nintendo and
computer games that they seem to be absorbed in and "hooked on."
What are they learning from these? What kind of life's lessons are
What about quality time and those cherished memories of times with
Dad, Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, fishing and just talking and swap-
ping stories and learning about their roots.
When was the last time you had that quality time together?
The look on my son and daughter's faces when they caught their last
fish. It "says it all." Priceless...
Everything is so fast paced and such a struggle for so many to just
make ends meet. There's no time for the really important things. Unless
you make it!
Thousands are spent on expensive boats and equipment by some
sports fishermen and the goal is the same as the fisherman with the
small boat and the old fishing pole. An escape, getting back to na-
ture, the challenge and thrill of reeling in "the big one." And of course,
the quiet and peace.
Can this not be experienced as easily in a small boat with a little net
and a simple pole?
Shrimping, oystering, catching mullet, flounder, scallops and crabs
all are hard physical work.
Out in the hot sun and at times battling severe weather conditions,
the fishermen have to deal with old boats and motors that constantly
break down. Over and over they have to repair their nets.
Shrimpers have to work at night most of the time. Some go it alone. It
can be dangerous. It's definitely not easy.
However, you do get to experience events firsthand that will bring you
closer to appreciating some of God's finest works. The sunsets and
sunrises are so picturesque, they are beyond words.
The seagulls hitch a ride in the early morning hours and the pelicans
come out of nowhere to escort and "bring them on home," hoping to
share in the catch of the night.
Wrigitte's romantic retreat
European Bed & Full Breakfast
Old World hospitality in a quaint
SBrigette Schroeder, Prop
101 Sixth Street'
"- Apalachicola, FL 32320
Visit our web site at:
wwlw.a/llahassee. nel/-ken (850) 653-3270
FREE FREE FREE
TO ALL CRAFTERS OR BAKE SALES
Come join us at the 2nd Annua(Carrabelle Christmas
Celebration. Tie admission is free, the fellowship is
warm, and the cocoa is hot.
Anyone interested in setting up a table or booth at
the 1998 Carrabelle Christmas on the 18th and 19th
of December please contact:
Ann Deloney at 697-4464
Cindy Sullivan at 697-2063
All are welcome, the more the merrier!
In addition to crafts and goodies, there will be hay rides
for kids of all ages, and Santa will join us to take Christmas
requests and to pass out candy. Come join us for the fun!
And the dolphins, when's the last time you saw a dolphin in the wild?
Close enough to talk to and see close-up their glowing turquoise eyes.
They too hope to share in the fishermen's catch.
The first time I experienced it I thought it was special. The second
time I knew it was very "special!"
The oystermen certainly don't have "banker's hours." Their boats are
old and small. They too have to deal with all kinds of weather condi-
tions, rules and regulations, classes and frequent license checks.
Raking oysters is not quite like raking the yard.
Ever try throwing a mullet net and holding the end of it in your teeth?
How about spearing a flounder in the dark with nothing but a little
How about checking 100 crab traps that you could easily get cut on
and hauling them up and down all day?
The fishermen may not have an engineering degree or be.a computer
expert, but they can and do fix just about everything out of necessity
and can use all kinds of complicated navigational equipment and still
can find the time to talk to one another on their radios and help each
other with problems that come up or just help each other stay awake
A local boat ran aground about 2 weeks ago, three boats immediately
came to their aid.
A wise old fisherman told me that "the bay/sea was like a bank. You
could go make a withdrawal anytime you needed and the effort you
put into it was what you got out."
I'll always remember that. Our young people should listen too.
Like anything else, some days are successful and some not so suc-
cessful. But they've got the perseverance, patience, the will and guts
to keep going.
Wouldn't it be a shame if that five generation record ended?
The more rules and regulations being made are making it more diffi-
cult by the day to just "survive" and make a simple living.
Special nets, now fish excluders-
Have any of these people who have initiated these rules ever been
commercial fishermen? Have they ever even been on a shrimp or oys-
ter boat? Maybe they should. [I'll loan them my boats anytime.]
We all know there are too sides to every story. Maybe it's about time
to hear the "other side." The voice of the fishermen needs to be heard.
We care about your problems and want to help you. Through articles
such as this, the local fishermen will have a voice "and will be heard."
We can and must work together for ourselves, for the legacy of our
children and the industry; and for this part of Florida, which is a
divine gift for all of us to share and preserve.
When you first come here or visit here it's like Florida used to be-the
neon signs, the traffic jams, the high-rises, the pollution-you won't
find any of that here.
We're proud of the fact our bay is clean, our fish, oysters, shrimp,
scallops, flounders and crabs are the finest and harvested the old-
There's pride in knowing we're out there making sure the best sea-
food is available and fresh, to be enjoyed by so many here and in all
the places they are shipped.
Let's not forget all the hardworking people that own and work in the
seafood houses; counting, sorting, preparing and packing. The people
that transport it and those that sell it. And all the people who serve it
in their restaurants. How important they all are to this industry. How
indispensable their efforts are. They too need to be appreciated and
Let us hear from you.-Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
If you have something to say or a story to tell, be it funny or serious,
contact the Franklin Chronicle.
Etiquette For Today: Back To
Wouldn't life be easier if we were born with good manners? Alas, we
are not! While no one is born with good manners, they are obtainable
just like other necessary skills. Why take a course to learn what your
mother should have taught you? Pamela Amato, Director of The Con-
temporary School of Etiquette and Protocol, says that many young
people in today's fast food age either don't know-or don't think it's
important to practice proper etiquette. It is a proven fact that job
applicants who are mannerly, have a good handshake and eye con-
tact project the kind of confidence employers are looking for.
The Franklin County Public Library "Born To Read" program recog-
nizes that confidence and self-esteem are necessary to prepare a young
mother to accept her moral imperative to take herself and her poten-
tial seriously. Beginning this month, Pamela Amato, Director of The
Contemporary School of Etiquette and Protocol will conduct a 20 hour
workshop entitled "Etiquette For Today" as a portion of the Born To
Non-traditional roles for women are becoming traditional, and to live
them fully requires retooling their education. Providing our young
moms' basic rules of etiquette will help them feet confident they can
handle social and business situations. And this kind of confidence,
in turn, builds more confidence.
There is so much competition in the job market today. Young adults
need every skill they can acquire. Pamela Amato has found the re-
turn to traditional values has indeed caused an increasing apprecia-
tion of good manners, with a strong emphasis on family values and
education. Lessons in etiquette are now considered an essential part
of a persons storehouse of skills. Remember what your Mom said as
you left the house; "Have a good time and mind your manners.
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Contract Awarded For Picturesque
Repairs To US 98 Again Suffers
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The Florida Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT) has awarded a
1.4 million emergency construc-
tion contract to Anderson Colum-
bia of Lake City, to repair US98,
in Franklin County. The firm was
the lowest of four contractors vy-
ing for the job.
Under the contract, Anderson will
repair various locations damaged
by Hurricane Earl along US 98
between Eastpoint and Carra-
belle. The contract also calls for
debris removal, rubble riprap,
shoulder repair and seeding and
mulching. The contractor will be-
gin at the western limits and work
toward State Road 65, in order to
expedite'the opening of the road-
way. The contractor is also re-
quired to assume control of traf-
fic. In addition to pilot vehicles,
off duty officers will be used dur-
ing the one-lane restriction. An
emergency escort has been pro-
vided for motorists by the Frank-
lin County sheriffs department,
since the storm struck last week.
Anderson has until October 1, to
open the roadway to two lane traf-
fic. The entire project is scheduled
for completion by November 30.
Motorists are advised to use cau-
tion while traveling through the
By Tom Campbell
The International Red Cross last
week set up Disaster Relief head-
quarters in Franklin County at
the Volunteer Firehouse on 6th
Street in Eastpoint. Manager of
the headquarters there is Mr. Bill
Wachter, whose home is in Palm
Mr. Wachter said he has been with
the Red Cross organization about
five years. It is not related to the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), but is completely
separate. Mr. Wachter operates
out of headquarters in Panama
City. He pointed out that the Red
Cross uses funds acquired
Some of the Red Cross workers
are staying at Rancho Inn in
Apalachicola. There are about 28
Red Cross volunteers here and
they have come from all over the
United States. All are strictly
'Mr. Wachter said that the Red
Cross workers are scheduled to
be in this area about ten days.
They began to arrive September
"We will stay here until the job is
done," Mr. Wachter said. "There
is no time limit, and the Red Cross
pays all expenses."
The Red Cross is here to help cli-
ents or customers of Hurricane
Earl. Mr. Wachter explained that
the Red Cross does not refer to
these people as "victims, as no-
body likes to think of himself or
herself as a victim. We call them
clients or customers."
Fishermen and oystermen who
are out of work because of the net
ban are being helped. "These folks
and their families are our primary
customers," Mr. Wachter said.
Around noon on September 9, the
Red Cross had already assisted
By Tom Campbell
After Hurricane Earl, County
Planner Alan Pierce reported to
the Franklin County Commission-
ers that "state and federal officials
were here" in Franklin County, to
review the damages of the storm.
Alligator Point was one of the most
damaged areas, where Highway
370 sustained a loss of some 2000
feet of road which washed away.
It was estimated that, to put the
road back, over $300,000 would
be needed. Reportedly, Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) made it clear, after the
Agency repaired that road the last
time it washed away, that no
funds would be supplied for it
According to FEMA, that section
of Highway 370 should be re-
paired in such a way that it would
not happen again. Now that it has
happened again, FEMA is not will-
ing to help. The Commissioners
have only some $75,000 they can
According to Mr. Jimmy Rogers,
Director of Operations with the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation (DOT), "Highway 98 be-
tween Carrabelle and Eastpoint
was washed out on the eastbound
side of the road [the side next to
the water], with drop-offs up-
wards of six feet in some of the
41 areas effected. The inland lane
[westbound] is intact."
Naturally, there is a great hazard
to road traffic, as to the drop-offs
on the shoreside of that highway.
The areas have been well marked
and DOT has negotiated contracts
for repairs. Estimates placed the
costs at 1.4 million dollars.
Emergency Management Director
"Butch" Baker reported that a tor-
nado touched down on St. George
Island. Other tornado touch-
.downs were also reported in the
After some discussion, Mr. Jimmy
Rogers of DOT explained that, for
repairs to Highway 98, his depart-
ment would contract one lane
traffic through the area (Eastpoint
to Carrabelle Beach, approxi-
mately 12 miles) twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week,
with a pilot vehicle leading for
safety. This would allow work on
the damaged lane on the water
side, while traffic was guided with
caution on the good lane. The traf-
fic is held at each end, Carrabelle
Beach and Eastpoint, then al-
lowed to follow the lead vehicle.
"This will be expensive, Mr. Rogers
said, "but will maintain traffic in
a safe manner. We will support
you in this twenty-four hours a
Sheriff Bruce Varnes said to the
Commissioners, "The Sheriffs
Department will put a marked
unit to work today, as soon as I
Mr. Rogers of DOT said, "We will
cooperate with you today."
Within an hour, the Sheriffs De-
partment had the one lane traffic
moving between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle Beach, guided by a
Sheriff Department vehicle. This
guided lane traffic takes about
twenty minutes from one end to
the other of the 12-mile trip.
Mr. Rogers explained that variable
message boards would be placed,
advising through-traffic to use
Highway 67 or 65, to access St.
George Island. He said he did not
anticipate his department being
reimbursed for expenses.
As explained by Mr. Rogers, ap-
proximately five days later his
DOT crews were available and
working. Sheriff Varnes' depart-
ment handled the escort for one
lane traffic until the time that
DOT took over.
Mr. Rogers explained that, if all
goes well, the damages to High-
way 98 should be repaired and
traffic should be back to normal
in about 30 days, or by the end of
The public has been encouraged
"not to use Highway 98 from
Eastpoint to Carrabelle, unless
you have to." Mr. Rogers pointed
out that workers repairing High-
way 98 will have to use the one
land of traffic available, dump
trucks will be traveling to bring
necessary fill, heavy equipment
will be operating, and for safety
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over 360 clients in Franklin
The Red Cross provides meals,
food, baby suDplies, damaged
residence supplies, and other ser-
vices to help customers get back
on their feet, and back to a nor-
mal way of life. The Red Cross
Hotline phone number is
1-800-272-6563. Phone first be-
fore driving to the Eastpoint lo-
cation. "People from anywhere are
welcome," Mr. Wachter said.
The procedure is for the client to
fill out a Case 901 Work Form,
register, sit with a caseworker and
be interviewed, and allow discov-
ery of the client's needs. A dis-
bursement order is then written
and merchants in the area will
honor these. Emergency Re-
sponse vehicles will feed people
who need this service.
Ms. Rita Millender explained that
the First Baptist Church of
Eastpoint, Rev. William Smith
Pastor, had agreed for the Red
Cross to use some of their facili-
ties if needed. "The workers will
have different classrooms to use,"
Ms. Millender said. "Eight rooms,
I believe, could be used, if the Red
Cross people need more space.
There are also tables, chairs, and
Ms. Millender explained that the
church has a Food Program on
Saturday around noon. "For
three years we have been doing
this," she said.
Attorney General Bob Butter-
worth activated a toll-free hot line
to deal with possible price goug-
ing associated with Hurricane
Earl and similar events.
The attorney general urged those
who suspect price gouging to re-
port such incidents to the toll-free
hot line at 1-800-329-6969.
"We will not tolerate anyone who
tries to cash in on the misfortune
of others by charging unreason-
able prices for necessities,"
Butterworth said. 'This is a time
for pulling together, not pulling
others down for selfish profit."
Florida law prohibits extreme
increases in the price of such
commodities as food, shelter,
water, ice, gasoline, lumber and
equipment necessary for use as
a direct result of an officially
The law deems a commodity's
price unconscionable if it repre-
sents a "gross disparity" between
the average price of that commod-
ity during the 30 days immedi-
ately prior to the emergency and
the increase is not attributable to
additional costs incurred by the
seller or to national or interna-
tional market trends.
Violators of the price gouging stat-
ute are subject to civil penalties
of $1,000 per violation up to a
total of $25,000 for multiple vio-
lations committed in a single
I the public should not use High-
way 98 unless "absolutely essen-
Superintendent of Franklin
County Schools Brenda Galloway
explained that the schools "will
cooperate in adjusting schedules"
to accommodate school buses
passing through the area.
FEMA has been in Franklin
County several days, assisting
those who qualify for Emergency
Access to businesses and homes
along Highway 98 between
Eastpoint and Carrabelle, was a
concern in allowing one lane traf-
fic along the route. Officials
agreed that the picturesque coast-
line highway needed to be pre-
served. Some effort must be made
to preserve the pavement, avoid-
ing further erosion by future
Some of the same areas destroyed
by Hurricane Earl were previously
replaced after former storms. Of-
ficials agreed that it is costly to
keep replacing these sections af-
ter each hurricane that comes
ashore in these parts.
While Hurricane Earl blew
through the Panhandle with rela-
tively little damage to human
structures, the impacts to logger-
head and green turtle nests still
incubating in the sandy beach,
were devastating, In some Pan-
handle areas, up to 50 percent of
the sea turtle nests established for
the 1998. nesting season, may
have been lost.
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If persons in Franklin County
sustained losses or damage in
Hurricane Earl, they should apply
by phone for federal and state
disaster aid. Apply by phoning
Have the following available:
Social Security Number (in-
Address and zip code of the
Directions to the damaged
home or property
Telephone numbers where
you can be reached during
Help may include: temporary
housing or repairs, low interest
loans to homeowners, renters and
business owners and grants for
individuals and families.
You may be eligible, but you must
Care must be taken to protect sea
turtle nesting habitats after the
storm. Changes made to the nest-
ing beach during storm repair can
negatively impact all subsequent
sea turtle nesting on that beach.
For example, improperly installed
sand fencing can trap nesting fe-
males or hatchlings.
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the necessary permits prior to in-
stalling sand fencing, contact the
Florida Department of Environ-
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18 September 1998 Page 5
Charles Daniels from Page 1
Observing a reporter's ethic,
Ms. Rene omitted reporting
one event in.the evening's rec-
ognition of Charles Lee
Daniels that involved her and
others. Here it is:
After Charles Millender
spoke, Ms Rene stepped up
to the microphone. She said:
"...I've been here for 21 years
now, and, I've known Charles
Lee for 21 years. And, he has
been very kind to this little
ole' lady reporter. ...From time
i to time I've told people that
he knows where the bodies
are buried. He really does,
folks (laughter). Because he
is the only person who actu-
ally knows where all the bod-
ies are buried in the cemetery!
... "...One Christmas I
thought I'd be nice to Charles
Lee. So, I made a little pot of...
I won't tell you what it is-
yet. Rene then addressed
Charles Lee, saying "...Have
you ever eaten lemon curd? I
made lemon curd. This was a
British thing Rene inter-
rupted her story, and called
on the mayor to come up to
the microphone. She called
him twice and he reluctantly
returned to the mike. "Com-
mon Charles... "I want you
over here,' she said with a
fiendish laugh. Rene then
reached into her bag and
pulled out ajar of yellow ma-
terial. "What is it?, said
Charles Millender. Rene re-
sponded, "Charles, it is lemon
curd." He said, "What will I
do with it?" She said he could
spread it on bread or you can
do whatever you want with
it..." I also gave this to
Charles Lee, and he said,
'Don't tell my wife' (audience
laughter). The Mayor ac-
cepted the jar of material
too."Now the man said he
liked this very, very much, so
he brought me back my jar.
And, the Mayor said, "Miss
Rene, I have never tasted any-
thing as your lemon CRUD."
By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Water Re-
sources District met on Saturday
September 5 at the Alligator Point
Fire Department, with about 25
residents present. The budget for
year 1998-99 presented by Tay-
lor Moore, was tentatively ap-
proved, along with a millage rate
of 2.75. Moore said that "This is a
budget this year we are reason-
ably comfortable with." There will
be a final public hearing held on
The Chairman said that he had
expected to have a longer meet-
ing but the hurricane has kept the
water company busy putting
things back together. The hurri-
cane blew out the new line that
had just been installed in front of
the Alligator Point KOA Camp-
ground. He said that the water
was being supplied using the old
Charles Lee had a calendar for
everything. He had all his dates
down. He sent it to us, we used it
as a guideline both for the City of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle elec-
tions. We were new and we were
learning. It has been a pleasure
to work with him for the last eigh-
teen years. And I know Becky
(Jackson), I know we are going to
enjoy working with you. And the
Mayor is right, there is going to
be some hard shoes to fill. But I
feel sure you will be able to fill
them in a good way. Charles Lee,
you will be missed. Thank You.
Sid Winchester, said "I never
worked with Charles Lee, but he
pulled me through school a few
times. Back in the lower grades
and in the Senior High School he
saved my bacon several times.
He's the reason I got a diploma.
You see Charles Lee today-you
see Charles Lee fifty years ago.
The same person. Always that
sweet personality. I love him-
loved him all his life."
Mayor Putnal presented Charles
Lee with a variety of gifts. The first
one was the chair Charles Lee had
sat in all the time. This drew ap-
plause and laughter from many
of the crowd. Buz quipped, "We
found his chair under his paper-
work." The next gift was given as
the gift of the people of Carrabelle
and was gift cards for Lowes prod-
ucts for him to buy tools. The next
two were gifts donated by friends.
Charles Lee Daniels spoke to the
assemblage saying, "It is a hard
job to follow fellow retiree and ce-
lebrity Jesse Smith. I started work
with the city on September 1,
1961. 1 was hired by Mayor Alva
Bragdon, City Commissioners
were Myers Mattair, Preston
Millender, James W. Putnal and
I replaced Malzie Campbell who'
retired. There have been a lot of
changes since then, When I
started, the city was it's own prop-
erty appraiser, tax collector and
had it's own municipal court un-
til 1971, The mayors and commis-
sioners have worked hard along
with the city engineers, state and
federal agencies over the past
years to make needed improve-
He warned people that at this
point the water had not had been
tested for bacteria and so the
Water board were recommending
that people do not drink the wa-
ter until notice is posted on the
water company door giving results
of tests. He added that it prob-
ably would be O.K., however the
warning was given as an. extra
safety measure. He added that if
anyone wished to boil the water,
it would then be all right to drink.
He told the residents that Jimmy
Jordan, Henry Mayfield and Ben
Withers were the people to thank
- for getting the water back on so
quickly. The main problems were
the breach of the line in front of
the Campground and several
floods on other parts of the Point.
On the budget, the total amount
of revenues is $470,000 which
includes a cash balance carried
ments, such as the waste water
treatment plant, sewer and water
systems. These Improvements are
not as romantic as the new
Riverwalk, boat ramp on Timber
Island, downtown revitalization
and the gymnasium project, but
are very important to us all,
I would like to express my deep
appreciation to the city officials,
fellow city employees as well as
others in the public and private
sector, with whom I have had the
privilege to work, to be associated
with, over the past several years
for their assistance and coopera-
tion and their kindnesses. I will
miss you. I have enjoyed working
for the city and would like to wish
the new clerk, Ms. Becky Jack-
son, all the best in her years to
come. Please give her your sup-
port and she will do well,
I would like to thank my family
for their tolerances in putting up
with me in some rough spots over
the years. We talked about a com-
puter for me, but my wife and her
. ,- ~b
parents gave me a router last
Christmas instead. My son and
his wife gave me this nice, new,
limited addition, gold pocket
watch. I hope they are trying to
tell me that it is time for me to
start enjoying some of my retire-
ment projects that I have been
talking about and wanting to do.
I would like to thank all the folks
that planned and arranged this
affair including, Ms. Donnie Kerr,
Ms. Cherry Rankin and company,
for preparing these delicious
meals for us this evening. I hope
you have all.enjoyed this evening
as much as I have. Thank you all
for coming and helping me cel-
ebrate the beginning of my retire-
ment, I love you all." Love, Charles
The City of Carrabelle
presented Mr. Daniels his
chair used for several
decades as City Clerk.
,, _r - --.
Buz Putnal, Carrabelle Mayor, recites his history as Charles
Lee and family listen (right).
forward of $210,000. The District
will receive $120,000 from the
advalorem tax of 2.75 mills. Out
of District Surcharge of $20,000
and Water revenues are estimated
at $120,000 and miscellaneous
revenues of 0,500. Expenditures
Include: Operating the Water Dis-
trict $196,050. Capital replace-
ments to the system $174,000 for
a total of $370,050 leaving
$100,450 in Reserves, for a total
appropriated expenses and re-
serves of #470,500.
Capital Outlay will have $210,000
available and the proposed
projects will have an estimated
cost of $174,000 leaving a reserve
fund of $36,000.
All of the tentative, adopted and
final budgets are on file in the
Water Resource District office as
a public record. The Water Board
will hold a public hearing at the
meeting to be held on September
19 at the Firehouse.
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Dear Voters od i Two:
Let me take this time to say THANK
YOU for the support you gave me on
September 1st in the First Primary. By 7
your Vote and Support, you let your
voice be heard that we do need a
change in Franklin County.
During my campaign, I have tried to
see every voter in District Two and
let them know who I am and what I B
stand for. I know that I will not be
ableto see everyone, but I am trying -
In going around and meeting the
people, I have been able to hear many
concerns, problems and views. This
has been very important to me be-
cause I feel unless you have a work-
ing relationship with the people, you +
truly do not have any way to know
what the needs of the people are.
As I have said in the past months, I am very concerned with the way our local
government is headed. I am very concerned with our children and the future
they have in Franklin County. After all, they are our future leaders. I am very
concerned with the growth in Franklin County, presently serving on the Plan-
ning and Zoning Board, I am able to see that growth is inevitable, but there
needs to be some control over it, so we do not destroy every bit of our natural
resources. The roads are a big concern on everyone's mind especially after the
arrival of Hurricane Earl. There are many other concerns within the County
such as taxes, the economic base and others.
As I have stated in the past, I am not claiming to be a miracle worker, but I am
aware of these problems and more. And if elected, will work with others to see
that these problems are taken care of. I do not run away from a challenge but
meet it head on.
I will be for all the people of District Two and Franklin County. So if you believe
as I do, along with many others, that we do need a change in Franklin County,
then on October 1st, continue to Vote For and Support:
Bar-B-Q will be held
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Lanark Village on
19, at 11:30 a.m.
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County Commission District 2
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Referral Service Alligator Point
Helpline24, a 24-hour, crisis and
information and referral hotline
serving Leon and neighboring
counties was started in late Au-
gust. The program is one of five
hotline programs run by Tele-
phone Counseling and Referral
Service (TCRS), which is based in
The Helpline24 name was given
to the already-existing crisis
hotline program in an effort to
increase awareness of the pro-
gram in the community. The pro-
gram will keep the phone num-
ber previously used for this pro-
gram-224-NEED (224- 6333).
Helpline24 serves eight coun-
ties of the Big Bend: Leon,
Gadsden, Wakulla, Taylor, Fran-
klin, Jefferson, Liberty, and
Counselors field a wide range of
both information and referral and
crisis calls, ranging from housing
assistance to suicide. TCRS up-
dates information on over 1000
programs in the Big Bend area,
and makes about 26,000 referrals
a year. This year, the agency pub-
lished a new Community Re-
source Directory, which includes
more than 800 entries for health
and human services.
Helpline24 is staffed by a com-
bination of paid and volunteer
counselors. Approximately 75
percent of the staffing is com-
prised of volunteer counselors
who provide about 13,000 hours
of volunteer time to the agency.
Counselors must complete at
least eight weeks of intensive
training before joining the coun-
seling staff to be prepared for the
myriad of calls the hotline
In 1997, the program answered
14,950 calls, including an aver-
age of one a day related to sui-
cide. The busiest time for the
hotline is during weekday hours
between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. although
hundreds of calls are received at
other times during the week when
most other agencies are closed.
Executive Director Randy
Nicklaus stated that "TCRS pro-
vides a safety net for those who
need it most and when other ser-
vices are not available. Without
the Helpline24 around-the-clock
services, there would be a definite
increase in admissions to crisis
stabilization units and inpatient
care services in Tallahass'ee."
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By Rene Topping
Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion (APTA) members elected
Rand Edelstein to be president of
their organization at the annual
meeting of APTA held at the Alli-
gator Point Volunteer Firehouse
on Saturday, September 5. Also
elected were: 1st Vice President,
Jim McCachren; 2nd Vice-
President, Harry Bitner; Secre-
tary, Rachel Lanier; Treasurer,
Those members elected to the
Board of Directors were: Joe
Hambrose; Liz Hurley; Ann
Snapp; Bunky Atkinson; Barbara
James; Tom Vanderplaats to fill
out the one year term of Barbara
Jordan, Hold over directors are
Bob Burnett; Glen Price; Frank
Gibson and Rudene Moon.
There was a smaller turn-out than
usual for the annual meeting due
to Hurricane Earl, which did ma-
jor damage to the road in front of
the K.O.A. Campground and parts
of Bald Point Road. It was thought
that some members who would
normally attend were taking care
of damage at their homes.
Treasurer Bob Howard said that
he did not have the budget for
1998-9 so he was not ready for
presentation due to the storm and
promised it for the next regular
meting on September 12 at 9 a.m.
The members voted in favor of a
raise in dues from $10.00 per year
to $20.00. It was pointed out that
the quarterly newsletter cost al-
most as much as is now taken in
dues, and without the raise they "
would be in the red, Ruth Ann
Howard spoke on the Keep
Franklin County Beautiful Beach
Clean-up scheduled for Septem-
ber 19, saying that she hoped it
will be as good as 1997. She said,
"We were able to clean up all the
coastline beach from the begin-
ning of Bald Point all the way
around to the Conservancy and
on the Harbor from Fiesta down
to the Marina. That's pretty im-
pressive." This year she said she
hoped to have a central pick up
spot for bags and bring back point
at the Firehouse, where a
dumpster will be situated for that
one day only. Bunky Atkinson
said that she and other members
had on past holidays sat as
guards at the dumpsters on the
entrance road, to monitor tour-
ists who deposited all manner of
trash around the area. Several
residents said they would join her
and take a shift. Carol Johnson
said that she had not seen any
signs regarding no littering at the
beach. She said she and her hus-
band had just picked up half a
bagful of broken glass.
Franklin County Commissioner
Raymond Williams said that there
would be no charge at the landfill
to bring in hurricane debris all
through the month of September.
A member asked if it was not time
to give serious thought to rerout-
ing the road from in front of the
KOA, to the road that is behind
the campground. Williams said ,
"When I was running for office the
first time, I stood back here and
listened to about 200 250 people
in this room who said they didn't
want to move the road. They ab-
solutely refused and one person
who stood up got booed." He went
on to say there was support at
that time from FEMA. He said that
it will cost about $300,000 to fix
the 1,000, to 1,200 feet lost to the
storm In front of the campground,
Bunky Atkinson said that she
could not understand why the
county who had ownership of the
road through the campground
except for 80 feet, had allowed the
owners to put up gates. The gates
at present are open and traffic is
being rerouted through the Camp
and out beyond the breach in the
road. She said.' "The county
drained that road and ditch, The
county maintained that road all
the way up to, and through the
campground and all of a sudden
somebody put up a fence and a
gate." She added, "That water is
not going to move we are going
to have to (move)." She went on
to say that she had checked with
County Planner Alan Pierce and
he had said that she was correct
and that the county had main-
tained it and owned all but about
80 feet. She remarked, "If I owned
a piece of land and somebody put
a fence on it, I would take it
down.." She said she felt it should
be researched and be defined. Wil-
liams said that the county does
not maintain the road inside the
campground at this point in time.
He added however, that "You can-
not fence off county property."
From other residents It was re-
ported that at one time the previ-
ous owner had put the fence up
on the 80 feet not owned by the
county. The road was opened up
as an emergency road until re-
pairs can be completed.
Williams also reported that the
Bald Point Purchase from the
Mader Corporation had been ap-
proved for $4.7 million. He felt
that the actual closing would be
sometimes in the Spring of 1999.
Vanderplaats said that on the
helicopter pad, they were.waiting
for prices on the base material.
He noted that Florida Power Com-
pany had been true to their word
and had installed the markers on
their lines. The other thing is for
Department of Environmental
Protection, DEP to approve the
site. They will also install a
windsock. He added that the cost
will probably be somewhere be-
On the Triangle plantings it was
decided to wait awhile and see if
the plants recover. Vanderplaats
said that there is a need to have a
good watering system in place. A
motion was made that the Water
Board be asked if they would
waive the tap on fee, APTA would
pay the monthly bill. The motion
was passed unanimously.
Vanderplaats suggested that a
totally underground system be
The information telephone will
soon be in place with the recorder.
The number will be sent out in
the news letter. 'There was some
concern about long distance calls
being made on the phone. It was
decided to have the telephone
company put a lockout on any
Vanderplaats said he thanked the
members for their support dur-
ing his term in office and pledged
himself to continue working for
the benefit of the members and
The ATPA held their regular
monthly meeting on September
12 at 9 a.m. with Rand Edelstein
beginning his term as president.
He went over the unfinished
projects with the members, par-
ticularly on the helicopter land-
ing pad, the plantings for the tri-
angle, plans for the beach cleanup
and the APTA message telephone.
Raymond Williams answered
questions on the State purchase
of the Bald Point property. Will-
iams also said he could not have
any answer as to how soon the
road in front of the KOA Camp-
ground will completely fixed. He
says the estimated cost will run
about $300,000. He said it will
probably be six weeks before the
road between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle will have all repairs
completed. In the meantime, traf-
fic is one way and travelers are
convoyed through all the way.
The next regular meeting of APTA
will be 9 a.m. on October 10 at
the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire
Department. There will be a meet-
ing of the Water District on Sep-
tember 19. Ruth Ann Howard, will
be at the firehouse from 7 a.m.
for volunteers to collect bags to
use in the beach cleanup. She
believes that she will also be able
to have a dumpster there for the
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
18 September 1998 Page 7
Three suspects were taken into
custody on September 11 by
Sheriff Bruce Varnes and his
deputies. Glen Paul Hammond,
Jr., 21 years of age, of 15th Street
in Apalachicola, was charged with
Robbery with a Firearm. Curtis
Leo Gordie, 31 years of age, and
Paula Michelle Gordie, 26 years
of age, both of West Highway 98
next to the Swifty Mart, were
charged with Accessory Before
and After the Fact. Hammond was
held Without Bond at First
Appearance. Curtis and Michelle
Gordie were both given a Bond of
At approximately 8:50 p.m. on
September 11, a red colored two-
door Chevrolet Beretta pulled up
to the gas pumps of the Swifty
Mart Convenience Store at the
intersection of U. S. Highway 98
and County Road 384. The driver,
Curtis Leo Gordie AKA "Slim" got
out and started pumping gas into
the car. The rear seat passenger,
identified as being Glen Paul
Hammond, Jr., exited the vehicle
with a green shirt wrapped
around his head to conceal his
identity and carrying a .22 caliber
rifle. The other passenger, Paula
Michelle Gordie, remained in the
vehicle. Hammond entered the
store and startled the store clerk,
Shami Bigelow, stating, "Give me
all your money." Bigelow was in
the rear part of the store sweeping
the floor when Hammond entered
and demanded the money. The
robbery suspect, Hammond,
shoved the rifle at the head of
Bigelow causing a bruise to the
temple. Again the robbery suspect
demanded that Bigelow give the
store's money to him. Ms. Bigelow
was taken back to the cash
register, where she gave the
money from inside the drawer to
the suspect, who was still pointing
the rifle at her.
At the time that the robbery was
taking place, Franklin County
Sheriffs Deputy Spence Massey
had pulled into the parking lot
and observed the suspect holding
a rifle on the store clerk. Deputy
Massey immediately radioed for
assistance and advised the
Sheriffs Office Dispatcher what
was happening. With his firearm
drawn and in a covered position,
Massey identified himself as a Law
Enforcement Officer and ordered
the robbery suspect as he was
exiting the door of the store to
drop his weapon. The robbery
suspect started to raise his
weapon at the officer, but
immediately dropped the weapon
and fled the scene. Deputy
Massey gave chase, but the
robbery suspect eluded him.
Within minutes other Sheriffs
Deputies and Investigators, who
were on duty at the time, arrived
at the scene to assist in
apprehending the robbery
suspect. A "B.O.L.O." (Be On The
Look Out) was radioed by Deputy
Massey for the red Chevrolet
Beretta, which had left the scene.
Sheriffs Deputy Kevin Newell
located the suspect vehicle just
two blocks away. The suspect
vehicle and its occupants, who
were taken into custody, were
returned to the store.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes ordered
other Sheriffs Deputies close by
to be called in from their homes
to assist in locating the robbery
suspect. In less than 10 minutes
the area was secured with
Sheriffs Deputies and Invest-
igators holding a perimeter
around the area. Sheriffs Deputy
Kit Mashburn and his K-9 Partner
named "Juno" were at the scene.
"Juno" started tracking the
robbery suspect from the store in
an eastward direction through the
housing area and woods
surrounding the houses toward
the IGA. As "Juno" and Deputy
Mashburn, who was assisted by
other sheriffs deputies, came
closer to the IGA, a man wearing
only black jeans and fitting the
robbery suspect's description
given by Deputy Massey, emerged
rom the wooded area near the
Sheriffs Deputy Timmy Register
spotted the suspect and immedi-
ately took him into custody. The
suspect was taken to the store,
where the store clerk positively
identified him from the tattoos on
his arm as being the robbery sus-
pect. The store video camera also
showed the tattoos on the arm of
the robbery suspect and the black
colored pants. Upon searching the
robbery suspect, sixteen (16) .22
caliber bullets were found in his
right front pants pocket and
$16.00 in U.S. Currency (believed
to be from the robbery) was found
in one of his shoes. The investi-
gating officers located more .22
caliber rounds in the front seat of
the red two door Beretta, which
was driven by Curtis Gordie
Drug Arrests In
Two suspects were seized, ar-
rested and transported to the
Franklin County jail on drug
charges September 8th.
Over $1,800.00 in U.S. Currency
was seized by the Sheriffs Depu-
ties as a result of this investiga-
tion. The currency and handguns
are being seized and a "Forfeiture
Action" is pending by the Frank-
lin County Sheriffs Office Narcot-
Cornelius Nestle James, a 24 year
old male from Dundee, Florida,
was charged with Possession of a
Controlled Substance with Intent
to Sell/Deliver, Possession of
more than 20 grams of Cannabis
(marijuana), Trafficking in a Con-
trolled Substance, Possession of
a Firearm by a Felon, Possession
of a Firearm During the Commis-
sion of a Felony and Possession
Maurice Dewayne Southall, a 18
year old male from Waverly,
Florida, was charged with Posses-
sion of a Controlled Substance
with Intent to Sell/Deliver, Pos-
session of more than 20 grams of
Cannabis (marijuana), Trafficking
a Controlled Substance, Posses-
sion of a Firearm During the Com-
mission of a Felony and Posses-
sion of Paraphernalia.
James and Southall were given a
First Appearance by the First Ap-
pearance Magistrate in Franklin
County, Florida. Cornelius Nestle
James was given a $250,000.00
bond and Maurice Dewayne
Southall was given a $150,000.00
Sheriff Varnes attributed the suc-
cess of the investigation to the
safe and accurate planning being
conducted by the officers in-
volved, before going into the situ-
ation. "Thanks to the concern and
cooperation of a local citizen that
lives within the community of
Apalachicola, our officers were
able to stop the drug threat be-
fore it got into the community,"
said Sheriff Varnes. 'This is how
we will continue to battle against
those people who come into Fran-
klin County to push the illegal and
destructive drugs they bring with
them. Our communities are sick
and tired of seeing our children
and loved ones corrupted by
drugs and the drug dealers push-
ing these drugs. This is going to
stop one way or the other."
School Board Approves Final Budget For 1998-99
Armed Robbery At
Apalachicola Swifty Mart
Proposed Millage Levy*
S Inle ntal Distelinnr
FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOLS
FISCAL YEAR 1998 1999
By Tom Campbell
In its Regular Meeting September
10, the Franklin County School
Board approved the Final Budget
for 1998-99. Total budget for the
year is $10,289,322. Millage for
the prior year was 6.365. The
rolled-back rate was 6.026. '
Total Resources available for Gen-
eral Fund are $7,565,342, less
$7,558,836.80, leaves an esti-
mated fund balance as of June
30, 1999 at $6,505.20.
The report was presented by Di-
rector of Financial Services Louis
In other matters, the School Board:
* Approved a request by Coordi-
nator of Special Programs Nan
Collins for an after school pro-
gram at each school in the dis-
trict, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and
running until 5:00 p.m. in all
schools. Assistance will be given
with homework, providing to-
bacco information and enrich-
ment activities in art, video pro-
duction, etc. Statistics show that
immediately following school is
the crucial time when most early
adolescents participate in nega-
tive activities which affect their
lives adversely. This Extended
Day program would benefit stu-
dents academically, culturally
* Approved the Panhandle Man-
agement Development Network
(PMDN) providing management
training programs for school prin-
cipals, administrators, and lead-
ership development opportunities
* Approved a contract from the
Florida Energy office, providing
$72,578, assigned to Franklin
County School Board from the
University of Miami, in addition
to the original $49,581, bringing
the total of this particular grant
to $122,159. These funds are
through the Institutional Invest-
ment Program and are targeted to
be used to apply toward the En-
ergy Performance Contract.
* Approved Administrative Assis-
tant to attend the Florida Asso-
ciation of District School Super-
intendents and Florida Academy
By Tom Campbell
As a part of the Center for Marine
Coastal Cleanup, Keep Franklin
County Beautiful will participate
by cleaning the three county boat
ramps chosen as the "Adopt-
Any person willing to participate
should phone Marilyn or Guy
Hogan at (850) 670-4323.
The Coordinator for the effort is
Mr. Guy Hogan, who may be
reached at 653-3661.
for School Executives 1998 Train-
ing Institute. This course
is for Administrative Assistants/
Secretaries of Superintendents
and School Boards and will be
held October 28-30, 1998, in
* Approved the School Board and
Superintendent walking in the
Franklin County Senior Center
Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
* Heard favorable reports from
Principal Bob McDaris of
Carrabelle High as to excellent
school opening, and Apalachicola
Principal Beverly Kelley as to Sep-
tember 21, 6-7 p.m. Open House.
* Agreed to give $250 each to the
two cheerleaders who have the
opportunity to travel to England.
Debate on Elections
from Page 1
Another suggestion was to move
the district boundary lines, which
would have to possibly be put on
hold until the year 2000 census.
On a motion by the Board, County
Attorney Alfred Shuler was told to
research this suggestion, and
gather background Information
on the whole topic before it was
brought before the Commission
There are currently an estimated
26 counties in Florida that have
the single district voting and 5
counties with single and
Commissioner Mosconis is the
only current Board member who
has ever been elected by a
countywide election. It has been
over a decade since that has hap-
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Ilse Newell Concert Series
Begins November 1st
The Ise Newell Concert Series begins Sunday, November 1st with a
program of traditional and contemporary Irish songs performed by
the Bounds Street Ceili Band from Vicksburg, Mississippi. This con-
sort of five accomplished instrumentalists and a vocalist, is in great
demand throughout the South.
The popular concert series is performed in ApalachicozTlitstoric
Trinity Church beginning at 4 p.m. on each concert day.
The remainder of the season will feature Kevin Sharpe, Concert Pia-
nist; the Bay Area Choral Society; Trio Internazionale (with Martha
and Luciano Gherardi and Bedford Watkins; the Florida Arts Vocal
Ensemble and Vartan Manoogian, violinist. The season concludes with
a concert of music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals, and the
Concert in the Park, featuring a barbershop quartet.
Here is the schedule with dates.
NaQemb..A..-.ThJe Bounds Steet Ceibh Bnd..i~a:icttir icksburg.
,. Masesipptlal-caisort of live accomphshed mstriurentalists and a
vocaliist-if frtut demand throughout the South. aid we are Iortu-
nate to have them to present a program of traditional and contempo-
rary Irish songs.
November 15 Kevin Sharpe, Concert Pianist Dr. Sharpe, who has
performed in the Kennedy Center and the Weill Recital Hall in New
York City, will present a program by classical masters and American
composers George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Fats Waller.
December 6 The Bay Area Choral Society, five soloists and a cham-
ber orchestra of strings, flutes, oboes, trumpet and organ will present
two popular short Christmas choral works, "Gloria" by Vivaldi and
S"For Us a Child is Born" by Bach.
January 24 The Trio Internazionale Martha and Luciano Gherardi
and Bedford Watkins, will present their annual concert of classical
and semi-classical music for violin, piano, and contrabass.
February 7 The Florida Vocal Arts Ensemble In their debut appear-
ance on our series last year, this quartet of artist/teachers from Florida
State University left us calling "Encore!", and we welcome them for a
March 14 Vartan Manoogian, eminent concert artist and Professor
of Violin at the University of Wisconsin, will present a program of
exciting violin music by three masters J. S. Bach, George Enescu,
'and Ernst Bloch.
April 11 Cinemagic The Bay Area Choral Society and soloists
under the direction of Dr. Thomas Adams will present a program of
music from your favorite Broadway and Hollywood musicals.
April 25 Concert in the Park -The Baytowners, a barber shop quar-
tet from Panama City will take us back to the "good ole days" with
heart-warming barber-shop harmonies! The cost of this concert will
be approximately $600. Since it is free to the public and we have no
gate receipts, we thought perhaps you, your organization, or your
business might want to be listed as a Sponsor for this special concert
at a minimum contribution of $200. If so, please indicate on the ap.
propriate line of the contribution coupon. The contributing Individual,
organization, or business will be given special recognition in our pub-*
licity and on the printed program.
A contribution coupon is also furnished below for those who would:
like to order season passes. A gift in the range of $50 to $99 entitles.
the donor to a membership card admitting one person to each con---
cert. A gift of $100 or more provides a family membership card. All
contributors will be honored at a reception following the February 7
I would like to make a contribution asfollows:
-_ $1000+ Benefactor $50-$99 Associate
__ $200 Sponsor (Concert in the Park) $25-$49 Friend
S- $100-$199 Patron
City State __ Zip
Name(s) to appear on the program
Check should be made payable to: Apalachicola Area Historical Soci-
ety with Ilse Newell Fund noted on the check. Mail to: Ilse Newell Con-
cert Series, Apalachicola Historical Society, c/o Mr. William Greer,
P.O. Box 75, Apalachicola, Florida 32329-0075.
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Business Office: 850-653-3648 Fax: 850-653-8281
GENERAL SPECIAL DEBT CAPITAL INTERNAL TRUST & TOTAL
ESTIMATED REVENUES FUND REVENUE SERVICE PROJECTS SERVICE AGENCY ALL FUNDS
Federal Sources 5,688 921,030 926,718
State Sources 2,840,447 17,862 306,000 297.759 3,462,068
Local Sources 4.547,637 144,145 4,000 427.066 215,000 5,337,848
TOTAL SOURCES 7,393,772 1,083,037 310,000 724,825 215,000 9,726,634
Transfers In 123,656 123,656
Fund Balance (July 1, 1998) 47,914 29.955 6,339 319,824 35.000 439,032
TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES 7,565,342 1,112.992 316,339 1,044,649 250.000 10.289.322
Instruction 4.347,891 457,877 245,000 5,050,768
Pupil Personnel Service 387,768 387,768
Instructional Media Services 212,403 212,403
Instruction & Curriculum Services 118,328 118,328
Instructional Staff Training
Board of Education 169,326 169,326
General Administation 116,932 116,932
School Administration 534,583 136,451 671,034
Fiscal Services 198,042 198,042
Food Service 496,491 496,491
Central Services 408,177 30,190 438.367
Pupil Transportation Services 346,195 48,000 394,195
Operation of Plant 622,848 622,848
Maintenance of Plant 214,671 736,542 951,213
Debt Service 304,770 304.770
TOTAL EXPENDITURES: 7,558,836 1,102,886 304,770 920,993 245,000 10,132,485
TRANSFERS OUT 123,656 123,658
Fund Balances June 30, 1999 6,506 10,106 11,569 5,000 33,181
TRANSFERS & BALANCES 7.565,342 1,112,992 316,339 1,044,649 250,000 10,289.322
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Page 8 18 September 1998
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
Beach Weather Station
Goes World Wide
By Rene Topping
Steve Metske has a picture of a
lovely, solitary beach, with glis-
tening white sand and blue water
to promote his weather station at
St. Teresa Beach on the World
Wide Web. He was surprised the
other day to receive an E-mail
from Australia from a man who
used to live at the beach. This one
said. "I clicked on your station
and was pleased to see the beau-
tiful picture of St. Teresa Beach.
Now I can start each of my morn-
ings drinking my coffee while
looking at that serene and happy
The second story of Steve's house
is filled with all kinds of equip-
ment and high above his house is
a 50 foot tower. From that tower
he receives all the data on a large
computer screen including such
things as humidity, temperature,
barometric pressure, wind speed
and direction, all of which is con-
tinually changing with the
changes of the outside weather.
For the weather hobbyist, callers
using the on-line menus can also
get historical data on tempera-
ture, barometer, wind speed and
direction and rainfall.
Steve also features restaurants,
motels, swim wear, boating, div-
ing and eco-tourism opportuni-
ties, in the various areas he cov-
ers. He gives a short review of
each area including such places
as Panacea and Carrabelle.
The receiving unit is alongside a
bed and as you watch you will see
the numbers and the wind speed
showing each small or large
change. Looking out beyond this
piece of equipment through the
sliding glass door going out onto
a deck there is an excellent view
of the picture postcard beach.
The service is offered free to resi-
dents and visitors simply by dial-
ing 697-8330. As a first, the ser-
vice permits persons living in Tal-
lahassee or any of the local dial-
ing area to call and find out the
exact weather conditions at the
Steve says, "You can get live local
beach weather anytime and keep
in touch with bad weather on a
moment to moment basis." Steve
supports his venture by having
commercial sponsors. He is also
an expert in the workings of com-
If you wish to E-mail Steve to ask
him about anything to do with the
service, his address is http://
www.beachview.com or log-on to
see the weather or just to envy the
serenity of St. Teresa Beach.
Crawfordville, Fla 32327
Jerry Mathis or Barbara Snell
NO DOWN PAYMENT
4acauo Sheal In SOzri4
Sharks Fall In Overtime Thriller
Steve with his rain gauge.
IN A VARIETY OF STYLES, METALS, SIZES & COLORS.
Day To Have
By Tom Campbell
The Franklin County Senior Cen-
ter Fall Fun Festival on Saturday,
September 26, is scheduled to
begin with a parade at 10 a.m.
M.C. for the event is Mr. Ivan
Daniels, who is rebuilding docks
damaged by Hurricane Earl.
Ms. Helen Schmidt said, "We will
have the train that everybody
loved at the Waterfront Festival
The train will run all day long
Saturday. Cost is a dollar per ride.
The train will run around Tillie
Millie Kiddie Park, on the pave-
ment. That's necessary because
the train requires a hard surface.
Ms. Schmidt said, "There will also
be Old-Fashioned Bingo on hard
cards with slides, starting at 11
a.m. until." There will be six ways
to win, Speedball, etc. Bingo will
be held inside the Center on Av-
Funds from the Festival benefit
the Senior Center.
The Employee Handbook Com-
mittee of the Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries Governing Board
will meet on Thursday, Septem-
ber 24, 1998 at 3:00 p.m. at the
Wilderness Coast Public Librar-
ies Administrative Office, 3240
Crawfordville Highway, Crawford-
ville, Florida. The Administrator
Evaluation Meeting will be held on
the same date, at 7:00 p.m., at
the, same location. For more in-
formation, please call (850) 926-
The Apalachicola Sharks traveled
to Gadsden County on Septem-
ber 4 to face the Havana Northside
Gladiators in their first regular
season game of the year. It was a
game that Apalachicola domi-
nated from the opening kickoff.
Unfortunately for the Sharks, the
score didn't reflect their superior
play, losing 19 to 18 in overtime.
The Sharks consistently beat Ha-
vana up and down the field,
scorching the Gladiators for 392
yards of total offense. The major-
ity of those yards came from the
stellar ground attack of Kelvin
Martin, 189 yards on 28 carries,
Leon O'Neal, 86 yards on 14 car-
ries, and Mario Lane, who had 85
yards on 20 carries.
It was mistake after mistake, how-
ever, that did the Sharks in. They
were penalized ten times and
turned the ball over three times.
One of the turnovers was a fumble
inside their opponents ten-yard
line, which took away a possible
score. The Sharks, in total, failed
to score three times inside the ten.
"Fumbles and penalties took us
out of it inside the ten-yard line,"
said Apalachicola coach Bill Tho-
The Sharks found themselves
trailing 6 to 0 after Havana scored
on a 90-yard halfback pass in the
second quarter. The Sharks, how-
ever, came back in the second half
behind the strength of their de-
After Havana recovered a fumble
inside their own ten, linebacker
Leon O'Neal sacked the Havana
quarterback. On the very next
play, several Shark defenders
swarmed over the helpless Ha-
vana quarterback in the end-zone
for a safety.
On the Sharks next offensive pos-
session, quarterback Roger
Mathis threw an interception that
was returned all the way to the
Apalachicola five-yard line.
The defense came up big once
again, when defensive back
Trevor Nelson recovered a Havana
fumble on the following play. One
play later, however, Kelvin Mar-
tin coughed the ball up giving it
back to Havana.
The Gladiators took advantage of
the opportunity and scored on a
short touchdown pass to begin
the fourth quarter. "Besides the
two big pass plays, the defense
played exceptionally well," said
Coach Thomas. Havana only
managed around the vicinity of
100-yards of total offense for the
Trailing 12 to 2, the frustrated
and tired Apalachicola offense
came back on to the field. Behind
the offensive line of Byron Blan,
Leigh Shiver, Dennis Eitmann,
Phillip McElvery, and Zeke
Johnson, Apalachicola ran the
ball down the throats of the Ha-
vana defense. "Our power running
game was great," said Coach
With 7:40 left in the game,
Apalachicola scored their first
touchdown on a sweep by Kelvin
Martin, cutting the Havana lead
to 12 to 9.
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The offense for Apalachicola was
back on the field with 5:41 re-
maining and immediately moved
the ball down the field with car-
ries from the terrific trio of Leon
O'Neal, Mario Lane, and Kelvin
With the Sharks on the
seven-yard line and ten seconds
left, Coach Thomas called on
kicker Adam Youngblood to at-
tempt a 25-yard field goal.
Youngblood made it with ease,
tying the game at 12 to 12 and
sending it to overtime.
In the overtime, Leon O'Neal
scored a touchdown with a run
up the middle on the Sharks sec-
ond play of the possession.
Apalachicola chose to go back to
O'Neal up the middle for a two
point conversion. The attempt
failed making the score 18 to 12.
"I thought that if we got those two
points, there would be no way
they could beat us," said Coach
Thomas about the questionable
call. "They hadn't stopped Leon
for three-yards all night."
Havana scored a touchdown on
their opportunity in the overtime
with a run up the middle. (In high
school overtime, each team gets
the ball at the opponent's ten yard
line until the tie is broken.) Ha-
vana successfully kicked the ex-
tra point, which gave them the
"I am proud of them for sticking
in there with them," said Coach
Thomas. "Havana is one of the
better teams we will play this
High Adds Two
By Aaron Shea
Good news for Apalachicola
High's young men and women
came out of the Franklin County
School Board meeting on Septem-
ber 10. The school will be adding
two new sports teams this year.
Janice Hicks of the Apalachicola
Health Department announced
that she would be a volunteer
coach for the new Apalachicola
High girl's tennis team. The team
got approval from the Florida High
School Activities Association
(FHSAA), which is needed before
any high school sports program
can take flight. The team also re-
ceived grants from the United
States Tennis Association (USTA)
to pay for all their equipment.
Dr. Hubson Fulmer, a Eastpoint
veterinarian, will voluntarily
coach a track team for the Spring
season. Last year, Dr. Fulmer
started a Cross Country team at
The School Board also agreed to
give $250 each to All-State cheer-
leaders Star Joyner of Carrabelle
-High and Kayla Lee of Apalach-
icola High. The two students need
the funds for a trip to London.
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lights of Corry Field in Quincy.
Unlike their previous game, the
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double overtime, earning their
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lot better," said Shark's coach Bill
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Council To Meet
By Tom Campbell
Ms. Helen Schmidt announced
this week that the President's
Council of the Carrabelle area will
meet Sunday, September 27 at
.the Yaupon Garden Club in
Carrabelle at 2 p.m. The purpose
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area for the coming year.
Ms. Schmidt pointed cit that the
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The Shark's offense, possibly in-
spired by the play of their defense,
immediately began to power the
ball down the field behind the
running of Kelvin Martin and
Mario Lane, who combined for
most of Apalachicola's 240 yards
rushing in the game.
The crucial run of the possession
did not come from Lane or Mar-
tin, however. It was a quarterback
sneak on third down and one by
Roger Mathis that took the
Shark's all the way down to
Munroe's two-yard line. That led
to a Kelvin Martin touchdown and
a 6 to 0 first quarter lead. "We
came out in the first quarter and
Sran the ball real well," said coach
For the rest of the first half, nei-
ther Munroe nor Apalachicola
were able to mount much offense.
Munroe turned the ball over on
back-to-back possessions. First
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Carrabelle Wins Opener
By Valerie Hampton
The Carrabelle Panthers visited
the Wewahitchka Gators last Fri-
day night in their first football
game of the season. To the plea-
sure of the Panther faithful, it was
a victorious visit with the Pan-
thers prevailing 27 to 21 in over-
time. It was the Gators who struck
first, however. Following the open-
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The Panthers showed that they
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ing the Gators score with a
54-yard drive that ended with an
Antoine Benjamin 3-yard touch-
down. Patrick Fleming made the
two-point conversion giving
Carrabelle the 8 to 6 lead. By the
end of the first quarter, the Gators
had driven the ball all the way
down to the Panther 3-yard line.
They opened the second quarter
with a touchdown and a two-point
conversion regaining the lead, 14
to 8. Unable to score, the Panthers
Antoine Benjamin punted and
placed ball at the 1-yard line. This
was one of two punts that the
Panthers put inside the ten, They
also had two kickoffs inside the
20. "Our most impressive effort
was by our kicking game," said
defensive backs coach Chuck
After recovering a Gator fumble,
back Stephen Millender ran the
ball in for a Panther touchdown
tying the game at 14 all. Along
with his touchdown, Millender
had 9 carries for 75-yards and
completed 2 passes for 33-yards.
The game remained tied at the
end of the first half due to a great
goal line stand at the 2-yard line
by the Panther's defense, which
was led b\ Jerem\ Owens 7 solo
tackles and 6 assisted tackles.
The Gators opened the second
half the way they opened the game
going 60 yards down the field for
a touchdown and more impor-
tantly taking the 21 to 14 lead.
Following another Gator turnover,
the Panthers capitalized with a
Jarrod Billonsly touchdown run.
This tied the game at 21 and sent
the game into overtime.
In the overtime, the Panther's
defense stepped up and shut
down the Gator's offense at the
The Panther's offense took full
advantage of the opportunity to
win the game. On third down,
Jarrod Billonsly ran 5 yards for
the winning touchdown. The vic-
tory, according to Panther captain
Tony Shiver, was the Panther's,
first over Wewa in ten years.
"Our kids showed us a lot of heart
by giving a solid effort from start
to finish," said coach Finley. "It
feels great to get that first win
under our belt.
Due to the wrath of Earl,:
Carrabelle's first game against'
Vernon was postponed and has.
yet to be rescheduled.
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on a fumble, then on a Kelvin
Just like the week before, penal-
ties plagued the Sharks. They had
13 total for the game. Two of them
negated big first down runs by
Mario Lane in the first half.
Munroe came out in the second
half running the ball right into the
heart of the Shark's defense. They.
finally broke through on the
scoreboard with a long run up the
middle. "Their offensive line was
a lot stronger and more physical
than we were," said coach
With the game tied at 6 to 6 late
in the third quarter, lineman
Leigh Shiver provided a sobering
moment for everyone at Corry
Field when he injured his neck
attempting to make a tackle. He
was rushed to the hospital by
Gadsden County Paramedics.
According to Dawn Newhall, one
of the paramedics who assisted in
taking Shiver to the hospital, "He
was moving everything fine. He
never lost consciousness. As a
matter of fact, he wanted to come
back and play."
It was a defensive battle through
four quarters and the 6 to 6 score
at the end of regulation, reflected
In the overtime, Munroe struck
first with a quarterback keeper
around the right side. The Sharks
caught a break when Munroe's
two-point' conversion was called
back because of a oenaltv. The
second attempt at the conversion
Trailing 12 to 6, the Sharks im-
mediately answered the Munroe
score with a 10-yard touchdown
pass by Roger Mathis to Trevor
Nelson. The extra point was
blocked, sending the game into a
In the second overtime, the
Sharks got the ball first and
scored a touchdown on a run up
the middle by Mario Lane. Lead-
ing 18 to 12, the Sharks fate
rested on the defense.
"This game was won by our
defense," said coach Thomas.
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Stop Work Order from Page 1
ings were not necessary. Langston
said, "Lets talk about it. Let's us
have the Department of Commu-
nity Affairs (DCA) make unilateral
decisions overruling the local
planning agencies, for one person,
not everybody, but one person. I
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it, Jimmy Crowder can't do it?" He
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shouldn't have been made. Then
when they got caught, they had
to go out; they had to find some
place to cover it up. The way they
covered it up was with this sup-
posed study, the second time
about copper." He said it had
nothing to do with the creosote
Putnal asked what the commis-
sioners wanted to do. Ms. Lycett
said she would like to have the
agencies come down and it was
decided to invite them.
Donald Woods made the motion
that, "If there is no proof that
there are valid permits for that
work over there, a stop work or-
der would be issued to Bevis."
Bevis replied by saying, "Let's
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You all agree to accept his sur-
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would get permits for the boat
ramp and the travel lift.
On the issue of the pilings that
have been put in at the Dockside
Marina, Bevis said that he would
stand by the letter he received.
When Putnal called for the vote
on the motion made by Woods,
Phillips said he would second the
motion. "As long as it does not
bind the city saying that we are
not going to issue a stop work or-
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Putnal said, "Let me ask Freda. I
mean Rita [Preston], if he is not
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Putnal called for a vote and there
was only one aye from Woods, Af-
ter more discussion a vote was
taken. Putnal announced the vote
as two yeas and two nays and he
once again made the deciding aye
Among other business the City
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for developing the airport that is
presently in negotiation with
George and Susan Maiers. The
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meeting of the minds and the
contract will be tabled for more
The City will hold a public work-
shop on September 21, on mat-
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water to the prison, followed by
discussion of the Airport lease
contract with the Maiers. This
meeting will be followed at 7 p.m.
with the final public hearing on
the city 1998-9 budget.
They said they would not adjust
a water bill that has been paid by
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as he claims he could not have
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