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Franklin C hromicle
Volume 9, Number 6
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
March 17 30, 2000
State Audit Of Franklin
School District Released
For Fiscal Year Ending June 30th, Auditor Cites District's Failure
To Reverse Decline In District's Financial Position
On February 29, 2000 the State of Florida Auditor General (AG) re-
leased his findings of an audit of the Franklin County District School
Board for the, fiscal year ended June 30, 1999.
On financial statements, the Auditor General found that the District's
"general purpose financial statements fairly presented, in all material
respects, its financial position as of June 30, 1999, except for the
financial position and results of operations of its Expendable Trust
Funds." They had generally complied with the significant provisions
of laws, administrative rules, regulations, contracts and grants and
other guidelines governing those programs and functions and, classes
of transactions within the scope of the audit.
But, the AG's examination of the District's internal control and its
operation disclosed certain deficiencies which the auditors consid-
ered to be "reportable conditions." Specific deficiencies included:
1. A declining trend in both the General Fund's total fund balance
and unreserved fund balance. The report said,
"Failure to reverse the decline in the District's financial
position could culminate in an inability on the part -of
the District to meet current fiscal obligations. Accord-
ingly, we again recommend that the Board and the Su-
perintendent take the necessary actions to ensure that
an adequate fund balance is maintained in the General
Fund and that the expenditures are kept within avail-
The AG's analysis indicated a declining trend in both the General
Fund's total fund balance and unreserved fund balance as shown in
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Research Reserve Nominee And
Recipient Of Florida
Archaeological Council Awards
Prestigious Steward Of Heritage Preservation Awards 2000 To
Be Given To ANERR ForAssistance To Professional Archaeology
Woody Miley, Director of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research
Reserve has been notified that the Research Reserve unit is among
this years nominees and recipients of the Stewards of Heritage Pres-
ervation Awards 2000.
The awards are given every other year by the Florida Archaeological
Council, the professional organization of archaeologists in Florida, to
non-archaeologists who help promote and preserve Florida Archaeol-
ogy. The awards are designed to honor those who have made a com-
mitment to archaeological preservation and education and encour-
age continued public support for conservation as part of Florida's
growth and development
Dr. Nancy White, the University of South Florida, Dept. of Anthropol-
ogy, nominated the ANERR for their 14 years of assistance to profes-
sional archaeology in northwest Florida. The award letter said, in
"... ANERR personnel have given ANERR personnel have
given a great amount of support to archaeologists doing
archaeological survey and excavation for the University
of South Florida, the Conservation and Recreation Lands
prograhi and the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
In addition, the committee was pleased to learn about
the effort that the ANERR has made to secure archaeo-
logical research and preservation grants and that archaeo-
logical resources is an integral part of the ANERR man-
Woody Miley and his staff have been invited to a reception to be held
this year at the Edison/Ford Winter Estates in Fort Meyers, Florida,
May 5th. Dr. Janet Snyder Matthews, the new Florida State Historic
Preservation Officer, will address the winners.
Three States Still Attempting To
Agree On Allocation
By Tom Campbell
32333, on U.S. Highway 90, ten
The Northwest Florida Water miles west of Tallahassee. Steve
Management District includes, Leitman and Gergann Penson,
among others, Franklin, Gads- among others, work with him to
den, Gulf, Leon and Wakulla help guide the Florida stakehold-
Counties. This is one of Florida's ers and the River Basin negotia-
five water management districts, tions.
Each is charged with the respon-
sibility of ensuring "adequate sup- The states of Alabama, Florida
plies" of water for today and for and Georgia have teams of experts
the future. attempting to negotiate a "Water
Allocation Formula" that will
The state's water management serve the needs of each of the
districts are regional agencies or- three states involved. "No easy
ganized along hydrologicc bound- matter" is perhaps the under-
aries, rather than political lines," statement of the generation now
as stated by one of their bro- involved.
chures. The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, as Franklin County's Joyce Estes
well as the Florida Legislature, from Eastpoint is Vice Chair for
has the authority to act. the Northwest Florida Water Man-
Douglas E. Barr is the Executive agement District.
Director of the Northwest Florida
Water Management District. His
office is located at 81 Water Man- Continued on Page 4
agement Drive, Havana, Florida
Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Kotzman Prize.......... 2
Panhandle Players..... 2
Editorial & Commentary
WWII Camp Gordon
Veterans ................. 4
Carrabelle City.......... 5
Chili Cookoff ...... 6 & 7
FCAN ....................... 9
Second Circuit Court ..
....................... 10 & 11
Crime Report.......... 12
Needs Not Met
Georgia's In-stream Flow Policy
Inadequate For The Survival Of
At a conference called the Con-
servation of Riverine Habitats of
the Flint River and other South-
eastern Rivers, held February 27
and 28 at the Joseph W. Jones
Ecological Research Center, the
conservation organizations listed
below agreed to urge negotiators
in the Tri-State Water War to
adopt an in-stream flow policy
that establishes miniInum leve;
of water in n\ers and streams to
ensure the survival of fish and
other aquatic life. Also in atten-
dance at the conference were
farmers, industrialists, and rep-
resentatives of several state and
federal agencies who are working
on these issues.
Conference attendees heard pre-
sentations from noted regional
scientists indicating that
Georgia's current in-stream flow
policy does not ensure enough
water for the survival of fish and
. other aquatic life. Use of this
policy could allow water levels in
Georgia's rivers and streams to
drop year-round to the extreme
low-flow levels normally reached
only during severe drought con-
The organizations believe that the
Tri-State negotiators must in-
clude several important issues in
any allocation agreement. These
are the following:
* Development of conservation
policies to be followed by all wa-
ter users including agricultural,
industrial and residential;
Adaptive management to allow
changes as the impact of allo-
cation decisions and other new
information becomes available
(e.g., short term [10 year] agree-
ments are preferable);
Meaningful citizen involvement
in making conservation choices
and creating solutions;
Strict limitations or prohibitions
on interbasin transfer of water;
Water withdrawals that do not
impair minimum flows and wa-
ter levels that support the
sustainability of all natural re-
Basin-wide surface and ground-
water monitoring that ensure
water quantity and quality for
the plants and animals affected
by any allocation of water re-
These organizations also support
the inclusion in any allocation
agreement of a technical advisory
committee of independent and
This committee would provide
oversight and technical guidance
for implementation of the
River Basin Water Allocation For-
mulas. This is necessary to en-
sure that reliable and sustainable
water supplies are available for
human populations in a manner
that does not compromise the in-
tegrity and multiple functions of
the natural riverine ecosystems.
The public is encouraged to let
their respective governors and
representatives know of their sup-
port for the recommendations of
Continued on Page 4
Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion-
Parade In Carrabelle Best Yet
Despite threatening skies and the distant roar of thunder, the Camp Gordon Johnston
Reunion parade started about 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11th with about 60 units. Pictured
above, to the right, the 13th Army Band from North Miami played at the dedication of a
section of Highway 98 as the Camp Gordon Johnston Memorial Highway, identified with
a Department of Transportation sign unveiled with ceremony among the various dignitaries
on the platform behind the band. The public saw many parade units drive down Highway
98 in Carrabelle, including a number of veterans walking or riding along with the music.
The band is pictured near the bottom of this montage, along with some of the "cake-
bakers" who served their wares at the Friday luncheon, Carrabelle Senior Citizens Center.
By Tom Campbell
Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson of Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce said re-
cently that plans for the Water-
front Festival 2000 indicate that
"'Marine Street may not be ready
in time." She indicated that the
booths will probably be set up
near to the area of Sands Field.
The repaving of Marine Street,
according to Ms. Stephenson, and
the landscaping "will be beauti-
ful and a great improvement,
when completed. We look forward
to that." In the meantime, the fes-
tival plans are to use areas away
from the Marine Street construc-
tion now underway.
By Tom Campbell
Nearly 50 World War II veterans
were involved in the parade in
Carrabelle Saturday, March 11,
sponsored by the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association (CGJA) to
honor the veterans who trained
at the amphibious training camp
between 1942 and 1946. Nearly
60 vehicles and units were par-
ticipating in the parade, making
it the "biggest and best yet," ac-
cording to spokespersons for
The parade participants lined up
on Tenth Street and continued
down Avenue C for nearly a mile.
Included in the participants were
Sheriff and Police cars, firetrucks,
ambulances, World War II Jeeps,
ROTC Color Guard, 13th Army
Band, Representative Janegayle
Boyd, candidates for various po-
litical offices, World War II Duck
(amphibious truck), American
Legion Color Guard, Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association Float,
Florida Marine Patrol, "Smokey
Bear" and Florida Forestry pals,
Sea Oats Garden Club, Timber
Island Yacht Club, Shriners, mo-
torcycles, various World War II
vehicles, and Red Cross.
Organizer Helen Schmidt, who
was in charge of preparing the pa-
rade, said she thought it went as
"smoothly as possible." Nobody
was hurt and the veterans were
duly honored. A ceremony at
Sands Field in Carrabelle was
held at the conclusion of the pa-
rade. Representative Janegayle
Boyd spoke at the unveiling of the
sign naming Highway 98 in
Carrabelle "The Camp Gordon
Johnston Memorial Highway."
MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 4
Pniw 7 17 March 2000l
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
By Rene Topping
Dorine Barker of Florida Legal
Services addressed the Franklin
County Commission at their
March 7 meeting on the matter of
the high percentage of interest on
Title Loans. A title loan can legally
carry an interest rate of 264 per-
cent per year. The borrower has
to leave his or her title with the
lender and a copy of their vehicle
keys. If the borrower fails to keep
up the terms of the loan the ve-
hicle can easily be repossessed.
Barker stressed that these loans
are made to the people who have
little assets and the loans made
are often between $200 -300. She
said that each county can have
an ordinance that would set the
interest percentage allowed in
that county. She suggested
around 30 percent. She also said
that neighboring counties have
already passed ordinances or
have them in work.
The commissioner agreed that an
ordinance should be passed and
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested 18 percent would be more
Creamer suggested 30 percent.
Commissioner Mosconis said he
had some personal knowledge of
this problem when an employee
of his would have to pay twice
what he borrowed. He said "the
people who borrow from these
companies can least afford it."
County Attorney Al Shuler said
that they did not have to set the
percentage rate at this meeting.
He added that he felt an ordinance
was in order. I think it has been
outlawed everywhere else. They
could come and light here if we
did not have an ordinance." Mo-
tion was made by Putnal sec-
onded by Mosconis to have the
attorney draw up an ordinance to
present at the next meeting.
CLAM FARMING UPDATE
County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan said that he had been in
touch.with the Division of Aquac-
ulture on the status of water qual-
ity testing. The pollution source
survey is completed and a prelimi-
nary draft of a management plan,
and water testing continues. One
finding was that due to the dry
conditions during the last year the
greatest three day rain event has'
been just over 2 inches. Because
of lack of data on heavier rainfall
events, the area would need to be
closed down if more that 2+
inches fell in three days. They will
continue monitoring and public
input on clam leases will be held
in the near future.
He passed out the latest issue of
Florida Aquaculture. He said that
issue had feature stories includ-
ing, The National Aquaculture
Census (sales @ $978 million)
Florida ranked third in sales with
$76 million and second in num-
ber of farms, 449. Clam seed sup-
plies in Florida, and setting shell-
fish electronic mailing list for
'Florida. The commissioners dis-
cussed the report and Mosconis
asked Mahan to get in touch with.
Dr. Marcus, at Turkey Point on
distance education and have
a presentation ready for next
Herbert Chipman reported that he
wanted to brag on his crew. He
also said that he has one em-
ployee out and will need to hire a
temporary employee at a salary of
$8.50 an hour, adding he needs
an operator 2. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer asked about a
ditch on private property that has
been maintained by the county
and is full of bamboo. Shale said
that the homeowner would need
to get in touch with him.
PUBLIC HEARING OF
ORDINANCE ON ATV's ON
Shuler presented an ordinance to
regulate the use of these All Ter-
rain Vehicles (ATV's), unless there
was a driver with a valid license
operating them. The ordinance
also calls for lights front and rear.
The vehicles will be banned from
county roads, ditches and right
of ways on county roads, at the
Apalachicola Airport and the
County School Grounds. Alan
Pierce said that despite the com-
monly used name Apalachicola
Airport, it is actually county
Mosconis said that there is a work
use of ATV's at the airport and
suggested a policy that would re-
quire any work related use could
have the airport Manager's ap-
proval. On questions of driver's
license and insurance, Shuler
said he would have to research
"Shuler said, 'The children think
they can drive on the shoulder to
comply with the rules of the road.
The children stay off of the hard
surface and think they are O.K."
Motion was made by Creamer and
seconded by Mosconis to adopt
the ordinance with a few additions
and the revised ordinance be pre-
sented at the next meeting.
Deborah Moses and Julie
Sizemore made a request that
speed bumps be placed on
Hathcock Road which is a dead
end street, to slow down speed-
ers. Moses said it was especially
dangerous after school and day
care children were being picked
up. "We would like to have speed
bumps put in for the safety of our
children." Mosconis, seconded by
Sanders, made a motion that the
engineers check out the problem
on that road and report back to
Land fill Supervisor Van Johnson
reported that when the county
engineers checked the Land fill for
recertification it was discovered
that the monitoring wells eleva-
tion was off. He said he would like
to have a survey done and get an
estimate from Surveyor Thurmon
Roddenberry. Mosconis said, "I
would like to have the money
spent on something more con-
crete, like equipment." It was sug-
gested that they could wait until
'the state discovered it. Johnson
said, "I would like to address the
problem before State does." He
also said that the landfill is in
desperate need of cover dirt and
he could get some. Sanders said
that she had found out that dirt
being excavated at the new prison
site on C. 67 could be had for 50
cents a yard but the county would
have to do the hauling. Johnson
explained that he had to have the
dirt so it could be poured onto the
site. Mosconis made the motion
seconded by Creamer to approve
payment of the dirt.
Johnson then asked approval of
Gayle Dodds as a member of the
Animal Adjudication Board. She
was formally appointed on motion
by Creamer seconded by Putnal.
BIDS ON TREE CUTTING
Kendall Wade said that the only
bid had come from Cornbread
Construction in the amount of
$154,350 and a second bid which
did not include the ditches for
$106,935 He suggested that the
bid be turned over to Ted
Mosteller as it exceeded money
available. It was suggested that
Herbert Chipman be included.
Motion was made by Mosconis
and seconded by Creamer.
COMPLAINT ABOUT JAIL
Katherine Johns, mother, com-
plained to the commissioners that
her daughter as an inmate at the
County Jail had been charged 50
percent of her canteen money to
pay $238 for medicines she
Sheriff Bruce Varnes spoke up
saying that he had spent between
$25-30,000 on this inmate. He.
added that under Florida law he
could deduct the 50 percent of the
inmate's canteen money. He as-
serted that he takes good care of
the inmates. He told Ms. Johns
that he would see her at 2 p.m.
County Planners Report
HUMAN SCARECROW WILL
BE HIRED TO SHOO BIRDS
Alan Pierce addressed the prob-
lems surrounding the possibility
of flocks of birds settling on fill
from the dredging of 2 Mile and
interrupting service on two of the
runways, He said they are faced
with the closing of those two run-
ways or hiring a certified person
for the duration of the dredging.
He will work with firecrackers,
and blank shots from a pistol and
shotgun. He will harass the birds
and keep them away at a cost of
$10,000. for six weeks work. The
dredging will start about mid
INSURANCE ON DIXIE
On the County Recreation bud-
get, Alan Pierce has set aside
money for paying insurance for
Dixie League Baseball activities,
including Little League, girl's soft-
ball and pony league. Michael
Allen, a volunteer on the program,
said that coaches in Carrabelle
are charging $10.00 for the insur-
ance. He added the $1,600 insur-
ance covers all participants.
Putnal said that some of the chil-
dren did not sign up for the pro-
gram because it cost too much.
TWO NEW AMBULANCES
It did not takethe county com-
St. George Island
Gunn Heating and
* Routine Services
* New Systems
* Residential and Commercial
Licensed and Insured
missioners long to agree to buy
two new ambulances for the
county. The board approved a
matching grant of $210,000 from
the Bureau of Medical Services.
The county's match comes from
funds for leasing the Weems Hos-
pital to Centennial. The match will
be 50/50 or 25/75 depending on
the county's score. Mark
Curenton has reviewed the appli-
cation. Motion to approve was
made by Sanders seconded by
PERMIT RENEWAL FOR
Alan Pierce gave the board a copy
of the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) 5 year re-
newal on the County Landfill.
STRIPING OF ROADS
Alan Pierce gave the board a let-
ter request from DEP asking them
to look into striping the road to
Bald Point on Alligator Point.
Commissioners discussed the fact
that there is a need to look into
striping several other roads.
CENSUS TAKERS HIRED
Pierce said a county funded bro-
chure, promoted by the commis-
sion, has brought in 20 people
who are trained and 40 more
people to be considered in the first
part of March.
LAND FROM ST. JOE LAND
Pierce said that he had previously
asked the board how much land
they would like to acquire from
St Joe Land Development Com-'
pany on CR 65. The commission-
ers opted for 100 acres.
CARRABELLE BOAT RAMP
TO BE REPAIRED
Putnal told commissioners that'
the boat ramp on Timber Island
is dangerous and needs to have,
an extension of either concrete or'
asphalt to make it safe for boat-
ers. On a motion from Putnal, sec-
onded by Mosconis, it was ap-
proved to use concrete at a cost
of $2,400 as opposed to asphalt
BOAT RAMP ON
Pierce reported that he and David
Kennedy, had investigated a site
on Sun and Sand Road on Alliga-:
tor Point where the boat ramp has
sufficient water to make the ramp
better. It will need a topographic
survey which should include the
150 feet of the right of way on the
uplands and out into the water
by 75'. Chipman has sufficient
shells. Motion was made by Sand-
ers, s-ecQrndA-d lPy,Q-reaner,-,t,4do
the work.' --
LANDSCAPE ON SGI
Tom and Mary Baird requested
that they be allowed to landscape
on the county right of way to keep
people from parking in front of
their new building. Also the bot-
tom steps may encroach on the
right of way. Board action to al-
low vegetation and steps if neces-
sary contingent to approval from
Shuler. Shuler said there would
be no increase in county liability
as there is a hold harmless clause
in the contract.
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By Tom Campbell
Two outstanding artists from the
area won top prizes at the 12th
Tri-State Watercolor Exhibition,
sponsored by the Tallahassee
Watercolor Society and LeMoyne
Art Foundation. An additional
honor given to Carrabelle artist
Joe Kotzman was the selection of
his watercolor called "Bungee Fly-
ing" for the Cover Art in full color
on the program announcement.
The LeMoyne Art Foundation is
located at 125 North Gadsden
Street, Tallahassee, Florida
32301. Gallery hours are Tuesday
to Saturday, 10 5, and Sunday,
At the opening reception March
3, 12 top winners were an-
nounced. Among those were Ms.
Katherine C. Davis of Orlando and
Joe Kotzman of Carrabelle.
Jurist/Judge James L. Koevenig
said, "From 161 slides submitted
by 64 artists, 66 paintings by 44
artists were selected. Criteria for
selection into the show were the
initial impact, the composition,
the handling or technical excel-
lence, the color harmony, and the
communication of the concept.
Top winners, among others, were
area artists Katherine Davis for
"North Taylor Creek," and Joe
Kotzman for "Bungee Flying."
Residents are invited to "become
a supporter of the arts" by join-
ing LeMoyne as a regular mem-
ber or business partner. Member-
-ship ranges from $10 on up. Many
benefits are available to members.
For more information, phone
Here is a complete list of awards
" nd winners. .,
The awards are the drawing cards
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for the high caliber of artists who
entered the show. The awards
donors have made it possible to
reward the best in the exhibit. The
donors and the awards recipients
are as follows:
Gold Award, Florida League of
Cities $1000-Eluster Richard-
son "'After the Wedding"
Silver Award, Jack Richeson,
Best Artist Products $900
value-Katherine Davis "Serenoa
Bronze Award, Tallahassee Me-
morial Healthcare $450-Barba
Graham "Designing Everglades"
Daler-Rowney Award of Merit
$450 value Suzanna Winton "Suit
TWS Presidents' Award $300-
Betty Welch "Memories"
Winsor Newton Award $250
value-Mary Blanos "On Edge"
EMO Architects Award $250-
Joe Kotzman "Bungee Flying"
Grumbacher Gold Medallion
Award $200 value-Rosemary
Ferguson "The Mystic Palm"
Cheap Joe's Award $125-
Purple-Troy Crisswell "Chinese
Brandy" Red-Mary Ann Pope
"Spring" Green-Marion W.
Hylton "Fading Beauty"
Wealth Management Award
$100-Marilyn Arbuckle "Re-
Tom Graham, State Farm Insur-
ance Award $100-Virginia
Stovall "Southwest Boulders"
Utrecht Award $100 value-
Marie Cummings "Blues Traveler"
Franken Frames Award $100
value-Sue Reynolds "Choco-
Bill's Art City Award $50 value-
Susse Sherwood "Portrait of
Wildlife Gallery Award $25 value
Dee Tallman "Adobe"
Players to Hold
Meeting April 4
By Tom Campbell
The current President of Pan-
handle Players, Carole Lawlor,
said Monday, March 13, that the
theatrical group is planning to
hold an organizational meeting
Tuesday, April 4, at the Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola.
The Panhandle Players is a com-
munity theatre group that per-
formed plays for several years,
using Franklin County talent.
People from Lanark Village,
Carrabelle, Eastpoint, St. George
Island and Apalachicola were in-
volved in the productions. The
group had used the old gym/au-
ditorium in Carrabelle for pre-
senting the plays, until that build-
ing reached a condition unsafe for
public use. President Lawlor in-
dicated that the group became
"inactive" when there was no
longer a suitable place to perform.
"Now that the group can perform
at the Dixie Theatre, we are hav-
ing a meeting to re-group," Ms.
Lawlor said. "Anyone interested in
theatre should come to the meet-
ing, whether as actors, stage
hands, props, prompters, what-
The group will also be looking for
a director, and will select a play.
The Panhandle Players recently
made a donation to the Dixie The-
atre, and Producing Director Rex
Partington invited the group to
produce a community theatre
production and perform at the
Dixie Theatre. The meeting on
Tuesday, April 4, will be held at 7
p.m. in the Dixie Theatre on Av-
enue E in downtown Apa-
lachicola. The community is
urged to support the group, ac-
cording to Ms. Lawlor.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
The 21st Century A Golden Age?
The World War II veterans at the recent Camp Gordon Johnston Re-
union reminded us of the importance of patriotism.
This is probably the best time in history to be an American. For one
who loves to wave the flag, that is "supercalifragilisticexpialydocious."
Lest this sound supercilious, the January 3 10, 2000 issue of U.S.
News & World Report gave a warning in its Editorial by David Gergen,
Editor at Large.
He wrote, "As a new century begins, we can look back on one of the
brightest decades in memory and forward to a future perhaps even
He went on to explain the reasons for optimism were that democracy
is surging throughout the world as never before. "Undergirding this
expansion of human freedom is a revolution in capitalism that has
not only created a booming New Economy here at home," he wrote,
"but encouraged entrepreneurs in every nation."
He explains that, because of "breakthroughs in science and technol-
ogy ... our grandchildren may live in a time when cancer is cured,
computers are implanted in the human brain, multiple universes are
discovered, and a decent life is within reach of the poorest of God's
Yet he reminded that "A New York Times editorial on December 31,
1899, hailed the 19th Century for its economic and scientific ad-
vances and predicted that the 20th would be even better." But there
were tyrants (such as Hitler) who plunged the world into "the bloodi-
est conflicts in all of human history."
He pointed out that "For the century as a whole, warfare is thought to
have taken the lives of three times as many people as were killed in
19 previous centuries combined."
He continued, "We are so blessed, we can do an astonishing amount
of good in the world." He said that this is possible by "keeping air
lanes free from terrorists," sea lanes free for trade, by keeping tyr-
anny in check and working hand in hand with other democracies
around the world.
He concluded: "Nothing we learn on the Internet will give us deeper
insight into the meaning of life than the answers men found in the
desert 2,000 years ago. As Americans we owe an extraordinary debt
to those generations who have brought us to the edge of a new prom-
ised land. Their sacrifices not only brought us a good life but, through
warand hard times, kept those (old) values alive. Our Judeo-Christian
values are now the greatest gift we can pass on to the 21st century."
Hold on, that sounds like sacrifice and hard work may be ahead for
As we are often reminded, freedom is not free. It has a great price tag.
Thomas Jefferson said, 'Those who do not understand self-discipline
can never be truly free."
The veterans who trained at Camp Gordon Johnston knew about
self-discipline, and went on to help win the war. Some of them made
the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives. We need to remember the
sacrifices they made. They bought the freedom we now enjoy.
The Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion was a big success, and well
deserved. Franklin County can be proud of the way they treated the
veterans and their families.
Apalachicola Named #1 Sports
Town In Florida By Sports Afield
'The March 2000 issue of Sports Afield magazine name Apalachicola,
Florida one of America's 50 "Best Outdoor Sports Towns." Annually,
this popular sports magazine chooses one city from each state to
highlight as the best sports towns in the United States. Apalachicola
was chosen, for the third year in a row, as Florida's best sports town.
The article begins: "Does your idea of paradise sound like a place
where the size ofyour fish is more important than the size ofyour bank
account, and the morning commute is by mountain bike? So does ours.
That's why we're back again with SA's third annual 50 Best Outdoor
Sports Towns. No, you won't find Jackson Hole (try Jackson, New
Hampshire), or Moab (how 'bout Medora, North Dakota). But you will
find undiscovered outposts where outdoor recreation is a way of life."
Apalachicola: "The flats are teeming with tailing redfish, not to men-
tion tarpon, speckled trout and tripletail. Sea kayaking tours in the
-Apalachicola Bay and local estuaries are relaxing and spectacular.
Combine the two and fish the fiats from a kayak."
In addition, Apalachicola is ranked #4 on the overall ranking of the
Top 10 Fishing Towns in the United States.
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Vol. 9, No. 6
March 17, 2000
Publisher ............. ......... Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors ........................................ Tom Campbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jean Collins
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Director of Circulation ............................. Andy Dyal
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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George Chapel ........................................ Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis .................................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................... ........... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................. Carrabelle
D avid B utler ........................................... C arrabelle
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Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
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Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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Franklin County Races Taking Form
Doris Shiver Gibbs, Supervisor of Elections, Franklin County Court-
house, has provided a current list of potential contenders for county
offices, the most active being the contest for County Sheriff in the fall
elections. There are five persons thus far who have declared their
intention to seek the office of Franklin County Sheriff, including, in
alphabetical order, Bob Evans (Lanark Village) Jack L. Osburn, Jr.
(Apalachicola) Buddy Shiver (Eastpoint) Butch Taylor (Carrabelle)
and the incumbent, Bruce E. Varnes (Apalachicola).
All potential candidates have until June 23, 2000, to pick up a peti-
tion in making their declaration to run for a given office. They have
the option of paying a qualifying fee, based on a percentage of the
salary of the office they seek, or providing signatures of petitioners
who support their candidacy. These requirements are outlined below
in Table 1.
As of press time, the following Franklin County citizens have declared
their intention to seek office. The list is presented in Table 1.
FRANKLIN COUNTY CANDIDATES
MARCH 3, 2000
CLERK OF COURT
JAMIE D. CRUM (DEM), EASTPOINT
KENDALL WADE (DEM), APALACHICOLA
DORIS BARBER PENDLETON (DEM), APALACHICOLA
ASHLEY RYAN TEAT (DEM), APALACHICOLA
BOB EVANS (REP), LANARK VILLAGE
JACK L. OSBURN, JR. (DEM), APALACHICOLA
BUDDY SHIVER (DEM), EASTPOINT
BUTCH TAYLOR (DEM), CARRABELLE
BRUCE E. VARNES (DEM), APALACHICOLA
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
BRENDA M. GALLOWAY (DEM), EASTPOINT
FRANK STEPHENS (DEM), EASTPOINT
COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT #1
FRANK LATHAM (DEM), ST. GEORGE ISLAND
SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT #1
*ALL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS RUN NON-PARTISAN
DEE JOHNSON, EASTPOINT
GEORGE W. THOMPSON, EASTPOINT
COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT #3
CLARENCE WILLIAMS (DEM), APALACHICOLA
QUALIFYING FEE FOR PARTISAN CANDIDATES
CLERK OF COURT
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
QUALIFYING FEE FOR NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATES
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER*
COUNTY JUDGE 4% OF ANNUAL SALARY
*THIS AMOUNT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS OF JULY 1, 2000
PETITION REQUIREMENTS FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY OFFICES
ALL COUNTY WIDE OFFICES
DISTRICT ONE OFFICES
DISTRICT THREE OFFICES
DISTRICT FIVE OFFICES
In addition to the list above, these offices will also be on the ballot in
Supervisor of Elections
County Judge (Non-partisan)
State Attorney (2nd Circuit)
Public Defender (2nd Circuit)
Franklin County Commission, District 3
Franklin County Commission, District 5
CIRCUIT JUDGE, 2ND CIRCUIT (NON-PARTISAN) 6-YEAR TERM
George S. Reynolds, III
Ralph L. Smith, Terry Lewis
John E. Crusoe, Nikki Ann Clark
Franklin County School Board, District 1
Franklin County School Board, District 3
Franklin County School Board, District 5
The First Primary Election will be held on September 5, 2000. The
Second Primary will be held on October 3, 2000. The General Elec-
tion will be held November 7, 2000.
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By Tom Campbell
Friday, March 17, 18, 24 and 25-GCCC will present the musical. "Working"
on March 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. at
the newly renovated Amelia Center Theatre on campus. Ticket prices are $10
for adults and $4 for children and tickets are available at the door. The box
office opens one hour prior to the show. Tickets for GCCC students, faculty
and staff are free with identification. For more information call 872-3886.
"Working" is based on Studs Terkel's book of the same name. with songs
written by several composers, including James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz.
The music is blues and jazz influenced and dialogue is derived from inter-
views for Terkel's book. Twenty-seven characters, including children, are fea-
tured in the show as they go through their workday and reflect on their lives.
Saturday, March 18-Big River Cleanup in Havana. Florida-Residents who
live along the Apalachicola River, as well as other interested individuals, are
invited to participate in the "Big River Cleanup" scheduled for Saturday. March
18. The Apalachicola River, the state's largest in terms of flow. begins at Lake
Seminole (Jim Woodruff Dam) and weaves through Jackson. Gadsden. Calhoun.
Liberty, Gulf and Franklin counties on the way to the Apalachicola Bay. Cleanup
efforts such as these will help preserve this important natural resource. Big
River Cleanup volunteers will pick up trash along the banks of the river (where
accessible by roads) and at boat ramps or landings. Volunteers with boats or
canoes will focus on cleaning up the water's edge. All volunteers should bring
their own gloves and provide their own safety equipment for boats. Trash bags
will be provided. Cleanup times will vary by area. Contact your local organizer
for times and locations. While the overall event is organized by the Northwest
Florida Water Management District's Division of Land Acquisition and Man-
agement, area residents will serve as local organizers in each of the river basin
counties. Area sponsors also will help with the costs of the cleanup and in-
clude C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.. Wal-Mart in Panama City and Neal
Land and Timber Company. Anyone interested in participating should con-
tact any of the following local organizers: Jackson County-Homer Hirt at
593-6495; Gadsden County-Lee Gardner at 663-4475: Liberty County.
Torreya State Park-Joe Howard at 643-2674: Liberty County. National For-
est-Andy Colaninno at 643-2282: Calhoun County-Jim Whaley at 674-1622:
Gulf County, Northern Area-Don Minchew at 639-2605: Gulf County. South-
ern Area-Joe Paul at 639-4808: Franklin County-Bill Hartley at 927-3154.
Wednesday, March 22-Attention: Original Franklin County InterAgency Mem-
bers and Any Newcomers. Re: Expressed need to continue meeting, but at a
different time other than School Readiness members meet. When: Wednes-
day, March 22, 2000,,12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time: Where: Back at the
Apalachicola Estuarine Reserve, end of Market Street: What: A sandwich lunch
will be provided by the Coalition to Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Reserve.
Meet at the New Nature Walk outside the building. Grab a sandwich and take
a 10-minute walk out to the viewpoint, which gives splendid views of the
Apalachicola River Marshes. If the weather is good we can meet there, or
return to the Reserve Building.
Thursday, March 23-The Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging for
North Florida, Inc. will be holding their next meeting on Thursday, March
23rd beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Cedars
Executive Center located at 2639 North Monroe Street in Building B. Room
220 in Tallahassee,
Thursday, March 23--ob Fair Scheduled-A job fair will be held starting at
8 a.m., March 23 at Haney Technical Center. The fair will be orientated to-
ward jobs in all career fields and is open to the public. For more information.
call the Tyndall Family Support Center at 283-4204.
Friday, March 25-Exploring Folklife In The Community Workshop-Inter-
ested in learning more about your community's traditions? Want to learn how
to conduct an oral history interview or learn about sorting through old family
photographs? If so, plan to join us for a workshop on preserving traditions in
the community. The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce and the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society are sponsoring a workshop that will as-
sist you in identifying, documenting and preserving vital history and living
traditions in our community. Instructors will combine lectures with hands-on
demonstration illustrating the skills and techniques necessary for a success-
ful cultural heritage preservation. The workshop will be held at the Raney
Carriage House on Market Street in Apalachicola on March 25 from 10:00
a.m.-4:00 p.m. Workshop is free. Registration is limited to 25 people. For res-
ervations call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at (850) 653-9419.
Saturday, April 1-Apalachicola Bay Chamber Of Commerce-Antique Car
Club Race-Panama City to Apalachicola. Gallery Walk Downtown Apalachicola.
Saturday, April 1-Tyndall's Air Show Open To Public-Tyndall Air Force
Base will host its Gulf Coast Salute 2000, from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., April 1. This
open house and air show is open to the public with free admission and park-
ing. Headlining this year's show is the United States Army Golden Knights
Parachute Team. In addition, numerous other flying demonstrations are
planned. Included in the lineup are an F-15 and A-10 demonstration team, F-
117, B-24 and B-17 fly-bys, the Super Shockwave Jet Truck, the Red Eagle
Airshow, North American Aerobatics Team and a mock battle by the Army
Aviation Historical Society highlight some of the flying acts planned. For more
information, call 283-2983.
Friday, April 7-Timber Island Yacht Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m. at The
Moorings in Carrabelle. A covered dish dinner will be held at 7 p.m., prior to
the business meeting. Open to all who are interested in joining.
Saturday, April 29-Call for entries in the annual Apalachicola Antique and
Classic Boat Show April 29. Antique boats built prior to 1969. or classic ex-
amples of a traditional vessels are eligible for entry. Contact Apalachicola Bay
Chamber at 850-653-9419 or by email at email@example.com. Entries
may be sail or power. Entry fee $15. All entries will receive a plaque for partici-
pating. Information needed to register your boat: Type (12' catboat), Year Built
(1948), Builder/Designer (Stanton/Bolger), Sail or Power. Awards will be given
to the best boats in each category. For more information, contact Anita Gre-
gory at 850-653-9419.
Shezad Sanaullah, MD
Diplomat American Board of Internal
Medicine & Cardiology
Quality Primary Care and Cardiology are here in Apalachicola. The of-
fices of Drs. Sanaullah and Nitsios are accepting patients for your pri-
mary care and cardiology needs.
Dr. Sanaullah is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiol-
ogy. He offers full cardiology services in the office setting, including
nuclear stress testing, ultrasound of the heart and other blood vessels to
evaluate circulation, Ilolter monitoring and EKG to evaluate any electri-
cal problems of the heart. Dr. Sanaullah is the Director of Critical Care
Services at Weems Memorial Hospital, which he started upon his arrival.
He has successfully treated numerous heart attacks, inserted pacemak-
ers and performed other cardiac procedures locally.
Dr. Sanaullah completed his internal medicine residency at the State Uni-
versity of New York (where he was honored as a chief resident) and com-
pleted his cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida.
Dr. Nitsios is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She offers full primary
care services, including acute visits, routine physical, and treatment of
chronic adult medical illnesses such as diabetes, lung disorders, high
blood pressure, heart problems, and stomach and intestinal disorders,
just to name a few. She is especially interested in preventive medical
services for both men and women, which include screenings for osteoporo-
sis and breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancers. For specialty care,
Dr. Nitsios coordinates referrals to specialists in Panama City and Talla-
hassee as needed.
Dr. Nitsios went to medical school at New York Medical College and the
University of Maryland. She subsequently completed a three-year adult
medicine training program at the University of Maryland. She is on staff
at Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola.
Drs. Sanaullah and Nitsios are located at 74 Sixteenth Street in Apalachicola
and are available by appointment. Why leave Apalachicola for your pri-
mary care and heart needs when you have state of the art, quality medi-
cal care right here? For more information, call 850-653-8600.
Helen Nitsios, MD
Diplomate American Board of
S74 Sixteenth Street Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Telephone: (850) 653-8600 Fax: (850) 653-4135
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President Sid Winchester of CGJA
World War II Camp Gordon Juhlusion
By Tom Campbell
The opening luncheon of the 5th
Annual Camp Gordon Johnston
Reunion was attended by nearly
a hundred guests. Executive Di-
rector Helen Schmidt of the
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Center, who hosted the event, had
said she wanted the "sit-down and
be served" luncheon to honor the
veterans in every way.and, ac-
cording to the consensus, that is
exactly what occurred.
President Sid Winchester of the
Camp Gordon Johnston Associa-
tion (CGJA) welcomed the group
to the "Fifth Annual Reunion" and
said he hoped "this will be the
happiest one yet." He promised
that the parade on Saturday,
March 11, would be the "biggest
and best yet." Nearly sixty units
were scheduled to be in the pa-
rade in downtown Carrabelle.
President Winchester introduced
CGJA Board of Directors Member
Elmer Home, who said he has
"known George Langford (guest
speaker) for 60 years. We both are
members of the Thomasville,
on the World Wide Web and
equally accessible to the scholar,
historian and average citizen-in
short, anyone interested in un-
derstanding the true social his-
tory of the War that saved the
The audience responded warmly
to Mr. Langford's address. He
emphasized that anyone who
would like to support the Insti-
tute would be most welcome. If
you would like to help with a do-
nation of funds, "or if you would
like more information on making
a gift, please contact: Pat Martin,
Director of Advancement and
Alumni Affairs, Florida State Uni-
versity, Tallahassee, FL
32306-1280, or phone (850)
To donate memorabilia to the In-
stitute on World War II and the
Human Experience, or to obtain
more information about the Insti-
tute, please contact: Dr. William
Oldson, Department of History,
Florida State University, Tallahas-
see, FL 32306-2200, or phone
(850) 644-9541. E-mail:
L .,-r.. -. ----- .
Vets marching on Highway 98.
Vets marching on Highway 98.
Over; Parties To
By Rene Topping
In the matter involving the City of
Carrabelle litigating against
Leasee Bevis and Associates, Inc,
and the Carrabelle Port and Air-
port Authority, two days of hear-
ings ended last Friday, March
10th in Judge Steinmeyer's court,
Franklin County. The legal coun-
sel for the parties have ten days
to submit their closing legal ar-
guments, and the Judge is ex-
pected to take about three weeks
to review the record and the ar-
guments before issuing an
The central issue in the case con-
cerns what rights the City of
Carrabelle has with respect to the
sublease between the City And the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority subleases and Bevis and
Associates, Inc., as subleasee. At
issue are: (1) what land was sub-
leased and (2) whether Bevis and
Associates, Inc. has violated the
sublease agreement in a signifi-
The trial was laden with consid-
erable documentary evidence and
testimony and Mr. Bevis denies
any breach, and denies that the
City of Carrabelle has any legal
standing with respect to the cur-
Lewis Samuel James, Jr.
Lewis Samuel James. Jr.. 76 of St.
h .George Island, died on Sunday, March
5, 2000 at his home. A native of
S "Temple, TX, and moving from Albany,
GA, Mr. Lewis had lived on St. George
Island for the past 11 years. He was a
J Realtor and owner of Gulf Coast Re-
alty on St. George Island, and he
served in the United States Air Force
during World War II. He is survived
by his son, Sammy James of St.
George Island; two daughters, Char-
lotte James of St. George Island and
Terri Mitchell of Kenriesaw, GA: a.
brother-in-law, James Tipps of Big
i Sandy, TX; eight grandchildren arnd
,, one great-grandchild. Memorialization
by cremation. Private services to be
held at a later date. Those desiring can
make contributions to Big Bend Hos-
pice/Frariklin County Unit. 1723
Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL
32308-5428 in memory of Mr. Lewis
S. James, Jr. Kelley Funeral
Home, Apalachicola, in charge of
FL Environmental Needs
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state and federal wildlife experts
that are the basis for the above
issues and the achievement of a
healthy balance between the
needs of people and wildlife.
Wesley Woolfof the Atlanta office
of the Southern Environmental.
"State negotiators have refused to
consider stream flows that protect
fish and wildlife, despite compel-
ling evidence presented by the
scientific and environmental com-
munities over the past several
years. The negotiators are focused
on maximizing population and
economic growth, rather than
quality of life."
Brad McLane of the Alabama Riv-
"The scientists at this conference
have reaffirmed what environ-
mental and conservation organi-
zations have been saying. That the
water allocation proposals are not
sufficient to protect the environ-
Matt Kales of the Tri Rivers Coali-
"Negotiators for the states are
simply not focused on protection
of fish and wildlife."
Manley Fuller of the Florida Wild-
"Water withdrawals must not im-
pair flows and levels necessary to
support our native fish and wild-
life habitats. Especially the needs
of endangered species must be
met in the Tri-state water alloca-
Andrew Schock of the National
"All of us should look seriously at
the current Tri-state water allo-
cation negotiations, which will de-
termine the fate of the Flint and
many other southeastern rivers.
In these negotiations, it is clear
that in-stream flow recommenda-
tions such as those by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency, and
the Georgia Wildlife Resources
Division that provide for more
natural water levels must be
adopted to reach a common sense
solution for the balance between
people and wildlife."
Major Dunbar (right) talks with a representative of the FSU
Institute on World War I.
Georgia, High School Class of
1942. ... He was always loved and
admired by his classmates,
quarterbacking the Thomasville
High Bulldogs to a couple of the
best seasons they ever had. ... His
life-style ... produced the honor-
able gentleman who will now de-
liver our ... keynote address."
Mr. Horne also pointed out that
George R. Langford was a World
War II veteran, a sergeant "in an
engineer outfit in Gen. Patton's
Third Army in Europe." Mr.
Langford's wife, Marian, was there
too, and she was recognized as the
"wife of 48 years." They are the
parents of two sons and have five
In his speech, Mr. Langford
pointed out that "everybody now
is interested in World War II, af-
ter Tom Brocaw's book The Great-
est Generation, and the movie
'Saving Private Ryan.' But one
little girl recently said with sur-
prise, 'You mean we fought Japan
in the war? Who won?"
Mr. Langford spoke with pride of
The Institute on World War II and
the Human Experience, a part of
the Department of History at
Florida State University. Mr.
Langford helped to found the in-
stitute and contributed many pri-
vate letters and memorabilia.
The brochure of the institute
states: "In response to the very
real possibility that this history
could be lost, the Institute is as-
sembling a-substantial body of
intellectual and material re-
sources that will utterly transform
the study and teaching of the his-
tory of World War II. The
Institute's archives will be indexed
Mr. Langford said he wished that
every state in the Union had "a
collection of letters and memora-
bilia from the men who fought in
World War II." He said every state
needs an organization like the
Institute at FSU. "It's a matter of
saving the letters, saving the his-
tory. Nobody else is doing it like
Florida State is doing it." The In-
stitute is permanent and sup-
ported by the State of Florida.
'They [the letters] will be here for
posterity ... an archive for poster-
ity," for research or whatever.
He said, "We young folks fought
the war. We were young once. We
are the ones who did it. And when
,Tom Brocaw calls it "The Great-
est Generation," hell, I knew that
a long time ago. Didn't you?"' The
audience stopped his speech with
applause of approval.
He told the story of his dad dy-
ing, leaving his mother to raise 4
kids and she took a job with WPA
making $12 a month.... We sur-
vived, and when the war came
along, I was glad to have 3 meals
a day. ... "He said the experience
toughened the young men and.
taught them how to succeed. He
came out after the war and got
his college degree and graduated
from law school in 48 months.
"I'm delighted today that I did it."
Those are the kind of young men
who fought for this nation, and
many of them died for the liberty.
Many times the audience ap-
plauded loud and long in positive
Three States from Page 1
Of the sixteen counties that make
up the Northwest Florida Water
Management District, 178,873
acres of land have been pur-
chased by the district to manage,
so that the land can be enjoyed
by the residents, and they may
use it for resource-based recre-
ational actities and protect it for
future generations. Within the
whole state of Florida, the fall of
1998 marked the purchase of
"one million acres through the
Preservation program." The vision
of the state's leaders in providing
this land for protection was
Crucial acquisitions continue to
be made as it is possible. Among
other things, the acquisitions
"protect the drinking water sup-
ply" for the area.
The "Apalachicola Chatta-
hoochee Flint River Basin Water
Allocation Formula" involves the
three states of Alabama, Georgia
and Florida. Such questions as
"Flood Flow in the Upper
Chattahoochee River Basin,
Middle Chattahoochee River Ba-
sin, Flint River Basin and
Apalachicola River Basin,"
"Drought Management," "Reser-
voirs," "Water Diversions," and
"Increase in Conservation Storage
in Federal Projects"-all of these
and more are on the agenda of
problems to be solved. No won-
der the terminology and negotia-
tions are fluid and ever changing.
The Apalachicola -Chattahoochee
-Flint River Basin (ACF) presents
complicated challenges for those
attempting to agree on allocation.
For example, when Steve Leitman
was asked recently if he could
state briefly a summary of the
current Florida position, he said:
"We are in the process, of trying
to determine what the Florida
position is, and trying to decide
what is best for the river. That's
about all I can tell you right now."'
As one example of the complexity
of the issues, the State of Alabama
has issued its book "'Apalachicola
- Chattahoochee Flint River Ba-
sin Water Allocation Formula." In
it, one whole section is devoted to
Drought. One paragraph exempli-
fies the difficulty of each of the
three states involved.
That paragraph reads: "'During a
prolonged drought it may be nec-
essary for the ACF Committee to
recommend the reduction or tem-
porary elimination, of certain con-
sumptive water uses within the
basin. During a declared drought,
the ACF Committee will determine
the consumption that can be al-
lowed based on existing resources
and make their recommendation
to the ACF River Basin Commis-
sion. Each state, within its au-
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A L A OalE 1 p11alIe rAl
By Rene Topping
The March 2 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission re-
sulted in Carrabelle Police Com-
missioner Pam Lycett saying,
looking at another Commissioner,
Phillip Rankin: "You said at the
last meeting to give you all a
chance. I have given you all a
chance, and this is an impossible
situation." She fumbled with her
clip-on microphone and went on,
"I can't tolerate this, so consider
this my formal resignation." There
was a gush of "Oh, No! Oh, No! "
response from the crowd from all
over the room. Mayor Curley
Messer said, "I'll second that,"
And Commissioner Frank Mathes
grinned at the room and gave a
jubilant signal of "thumbs up" as
Lycett left the room.
The issue that made the commis-
sioner say this was the item re-
lated to firing or demoting of Po-
lice Chief Shiver and was item two
on an agenda just filled with con-
troversial items. The City Attor-
ney started by saying that he
thought the best thing would be
to address a letter to the Chief
informing him of charges against
him. He suggested that in the let-
ter the mayor should outline the
charges and also set a date for a
hearing at which time Shiver
could give his answer." I think
that would be "the fairest thing.
to do under the circumstances."
Mayor Curley Messer agreed. Pam
Lycett asked what the charges
against the chief were.
City Attorney Douglas Gaidry said
before he could write the letter he
would need to know what the
charges were as he only knew of
one, and that was a charge of in-
subordination brought by Messer
in a letter he had written to Shiver.
Messer said, "He was out of or-
There were cries of "Speak upl"
and also the mayor was asked if
there was to be any discussion,
to which the Mayor responded,
"Ain't no use in discussing it to-
night." Mike Chaney said, "This
is on the agenda but we can't dis-
cuss it tonight?"
At this point newly appointed
commissioner Rita Preston made
a motion to set a hearing date.
The chief did not wait for a sec-
ond to the motion but came for-
ward and took the podium. He
asked, "What statute are you
charging me under? There is no
statute that I broke. I was giving
everybody their First Amendment
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Gaidry said that there were two
people who might have further
charges, but were not slated to
speak until later in the meeting.
Pat Maier took the podium and
asked if the hearing would be
public. Gaidry advised the mayor
"You can have the public attend.
This is a matter for you and the
commission; it is not subject to a
popular vote. That is your choice."
The mayor said it would be
Lycett said, I have something to
say. At the January meeting you
got rid of one good officer. Now,
or personal animosities, or what-
ever reason, you want to get rid
of the chief of police. Everybody
has heard all the rumors. Mr.
Shiver did not do anything wrong.
This continuation of public witch
hunts has got to stop. We are sup-
posed to work for the benefit of
the community, no matter what
our personal feelings are. This
town is so divided. I have to tell
you this. It took me two years of
Mayor Curley Messer
hard work to get the police depart-
ment in tune, to run like it should,
and it's taken three of you five
months to tear it down."
She added that the backstabbing
must stop and there are more
important things to do and that
the city has problems. Messer
agreed with Lycett. She turned to
Messer and said, "I have to say,
and I am not saying this unkindly,
but maybe if you had given an ex-
planation instead of 'this is what
we are gonna do,' that situation
might not have happened."
_ She also made a mass appeal to
everyone in the room to cease the
animosities and the hostility and
Work together. She said that the
police commissioner was seen
changing a tire for a stranded
tourist. She said actions like that
make the town look good, 'but
"this does not" as she gestured to
the several out-of-town T.V. cam-
eras taking it all in. She did ac-
knowledge that the chief might
have been out of line when he of-
fered his cell phone to the mayor
to call deputies. But also said, "If
I had a cell phone I would have
done the same thing."
Commissioner Frank Mathes
asKed, "Where was Chief Shiver
when my life was threatened,"
adding it was on the tapes and in
the minutes. (This was at the last
meeting when David Parramore
accused Mathes of betraying the
promises made to help resolve the
travel lift situation.) Mathes was
reminded that Shiver approached
Parramore and that Parramore
had left the meeting after the chief
talked with him.
A'member of the audience, Bo
Lancaster, remarked, "You ain't
dead, are you?" and Mathes
grinned and said "Not yet." 'You
ought to be," from some one and
there was a cry of "Bastard," and
the room was filled with cries of
"That was uncalled for" said
Carole Adams, and Dionne
Mathes said in return "what they
said was uncalled for, too, Miss."
The mayor began to try to get the
meeting in order saying it was for
all of the people not just a few dis-
Gil Barfield told a story of a hog
on his property on River Road and
how Shiver had come to his aid
and controlled the hog. Shiver
messed up his uniform and a little
of his dignity in his efforts.
Barfield ended by saying "...the
chief performed in a totally pro-
fessional and satisfactory manner
Trish Messick also wanted to
thank the. chief for assistance at
her. business. Then Messer said
"That's the last."
Despite this statement, Mandy
Jetton, wife of City Policeman
.Fred Jetton, elbowed her way up
to the podium and started a long
insulting, rambling and vulgar to
the extreme diatribe -that was
filled with some abusive language
directed at Shiver. She then made
allegations of impropriety pro-
nounced in almost a scream.
Messer tapped his gavel. Shiver
restrained his daughter who was
livid at the accusations. Officers
Fred Jetton and Carl Renfroe "frog
marched" her out of the room, still
spitting out all manner of foul lan-
As Lycett apologized for the most
unseemly occurrence, telling the
out-of-town T.V. personnel this
was an unusual occurrence: but
was interrupted by Audrey Messer
who wanted to remark on Jetton's
accusations. There was a period
of heated conversation between
the two women. After a while
Messer told his wife if she didn't
stop "I'll have you moved." Mrs.
Messer left the room but almost
Shiver came to the podium to
apologize to the room at large. "I
was asked not to come to this
meeting as a police officer, by the
mayor. So I am just going to let
them go and do what they want
Mayor Curley Messer
School Audit from Page 1
The report continued,
(15) Although the original budget adopted by the Board
for the 1998-99 fiscal year provided for the utilization of
a portion of the beginning fund balance, as discussed
under the subheading Budget Administration, the
Board's failure to effectively utilize the budget in moni-
toring and controlling the District's financial activities
contributed to a further decline in the financial position
of the General Fund. Another factor contributing to the
fund balance reduction was the District's failure to re-
cover indirect costs from Federal programs.
2. The District failed to file an indirect cost proposal in a timely man-
ner with the Florida Dept. of Education and to apply the approved
indirect cost rate to qualifying expenditures. Thus, the District lost
$12,769 in recoverable indirect costs during the 1999-2000 fiscal
3. Improvements are needed in the District's budgetary control pro-
cess. "We noted instances in which the original approved budget and
approved budget amendments were not entered into the District's
accounting system. Also, we noted that at June 30, 19993, prior to
Board approval of the final budget amendments, nine functions ex-
penditure and Operating Transfers Out categories in the General Fund
were overspent by a total of $136,758.89.
The report stated,
(22) The process for adopting and amending a budget
should afford a government entity with a mechanism to
plan a level of expenditures to meet its obligations while
remaining within the financial resources available to the
entity to meet those obligations. If the budget is not prop-
erly monitored and amended to meet changing financial
circumstances, there is an increased risk that an entity's
expenditures will exceed the resources available to pay
for the obligations incurred. Our review of the District's
budget process indicated that the original budget was
prepared and approved in accordance with applicable
laws and rules; however, we noted that the District could
improve its budgetary control process.
(23) Budgetary appropriations approved by the Board in
the original budget for the Debt Service Funds and the
Capital Projects Funds were not entered into the District's
accounting records. The budgeted amounts excluded from
the accounting records totaled $304,770 and $1,044,649
for the Debt Service Funds and the Capital Projects
Continued on Page 8
to do, and I'll see them in court,"
and left the room.
It was then that Lycett made her
announcement of resigning "there
and then," and quietly left the
Commissioner Rankin said, "we
were not at our best... this is not
Franklin County. There were al-
legations made. I don't care who
made it that could end up in a
lawsuit. You cannot make allega-
tions, on what someone else said,
What we are here for we... we got
way off. We were discussing Mr.
Shiver, whether he carried out his
duty to the city. My only question
for Mr. Shiver was to ask, 'Did you
think what you had done was
right?' I would like to have heard
his response, but now he is gone.
But remember this, citizens, what
you do tonight will be played
around the city, around the na-
tion, as was the City of
Lycett said after the meeting, "I
want to reiterate my statement
and will not reconsider. I am still
astonished by the mean-
spiritedness of some of the people
that I saw at that meeting. It is
unbelievable and it will be
the ruin of Carrabelle as a
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18th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff And Auction Pushes Over $140,000!!!
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Weekend of 4 March Ends The
Massive Fund-Raising For The
Volunteer Fire Department And
First Responder Unit
Last year, the figure was a tad
more than $104,000. This was
certainly great cause for celebra-
S tion. This year, as the Board of
Directors for the premier
S fund-raising project in the Pan-
S handle Region counted paper
slips, cash, and sub-totals from
S food sales, auctions, sponsor-
Sships, clothes sales and of course
Chili sales, the totals slowly ex-
ceeded $104,000 and continued
to climb. When the counting fi-
nally stopped, the totals had sur-
passed the 17th Cookoff (1999)
S and anyone's imagination to a
S hard-to-believe $140,000.
S The Charity Chili Cookoff held on
St. George Island, involving 54
professional cookers, on Saturday
4 March, is the largest Interna-
tional Chili Society (ICS) sanc-
tioned regional competition in the
United States. First Place was won
by Terry Smith of "Dead Serious
Chili," and from St. George; he will
go to Nationals at Las Vegas in
October and compete for the
World's Title. His booth has been
easy to spot on the chili-grounds,
featuring a large coffin with a sign
"Dead Serious Chili." One
crowd-pleaser performed at the
booth has been to replenish the
"public thirst" with libations for
anyone seeking their "special
treatment," a squirting hose into
In addition to serving Chili, the
54 professional cookers enter-
S trained the thousands of
"Chiliheads" who converged on St.
George Island, a barrier island off
of Eastpoint and Apalachicola, 4
miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
Crowd estimates varied widely,
From a high of about 15,000 down
to about 5,000 visiting for the
bright, sunny, and breezy day. As
usual, a light rain had fallen in
Sthe early morning, but this did not
: deter volunteers assembling for
cooking, serving and auction
duty. By noon, as the crowds rose
in number, the sky was clear, the
sun warming up and a breeze had
come and gone. The 5 K run
started at 8 a.m. Professional
cookers fired their wares by 11,
and the grand auction started.
Others were assembling things at
the giant food tent, with seating
under canopy, and the "country
store" offered used wares of all
types. This writer purchased for
$1 an historic book called the
. NBC pronunciation guide written
in the 1930s.
Among the entertainment, Denny
Campbell (Franklin County Fur-
nace) was chosen as "Mr. Hot
Sauce." Best Booth honors went
to Holiday Hillbilly Chili. The Par-
rot Heads from Tallahassee, At-
lanta and St. George Island
teamed to capture the Showman-
ship Award. In the 'amateur'
crockpot chili division, Bob Fox
won First Place. Patty and Bob
Entrekin, second, and Peggy
Higgins won Third Place.
Along with Chili, visitors ate
shrimp-ka-bobs, BBQ pork sand-
wiches, and Chicken and Dump-
lings, and some sipped beer. Oth-
ers shopped the "Sweet Shop" fea-
turing tasty cookies and cakes by
The largest money-raiser was the
antic-filled auction, gaveling
about 200 items into visitors
boxes and autos, with the cash
left behind in the Cook-off trea-
sury. About $50,000 was raised
in this event. Over many weeks,
earlier, the Cook-off Board of Di-
rectors had sent out mailers and
other advertising, urging support-
ers to purchase raincoats, um-
brellas, bill caps and other ap-
parel with Cook-off logos for the
first portion of the fund-raising.
A record number of corporate
sponsors were solicited this year,
each contributing $1000 to get
the finances rolling. Friday night,
a special preview of the auction
was held featuring work and con-
versation with the artists over
wine and food at the Oyster Cove.
At the auction, the range of qual-
ity items included vacation pack-
ages on St. George Island, art-
work, a swimming pool, boats, a
hat from the Sheriffs head (bring-
ing in $210) and food packages
at local restaurants. A wood carv-
ing called "Hummingbird on Hi-
biscus" valued from $500 to
$1000 topped out at $2,700. A
bidding war occurred on a swim-
ming pool donated to the Cook-off
auction holding many in sus-
pense until the bidding stopped
at $7,800-a $13,000 value.
In the early morning, the Red Pep-
per 5K run was staged. The over-
all winner in the Male category
was Michael Whitathy (Tallahas-
see). In the Female category, the
overall winner was Jane Johnson
also of Tallahassee. Hobson
Fulmer was First Male, St.
George; Jenny Edmiston, First
Female, St. George.
2000-St.George Island Cookoff Results
TABLE I ,, .;
Competitive Chili Winners
1st PlaceTerry Smith, "'Dead Serious Chili"
2nd Place Jim Weller. "Macktown Chili Company"
3rd Place Ray Frederick, 'Tigers Bite Chili"
4th Place Tom Ince, "Atchafalaya Chefs"
5th Place Dick Stelnert, "Pop Pop's Pyrectum"
Best Booth Holiday Hillbilly Chili
Atlanta Parrot Head Club,
Tallahassee and St. George Island
Old Dogs Chili
Atlanta Parrot Head Club
Total Sales at Booth:
Chill Booth Sales (as of 3/4/00) $6,700
Mr. Hot Sauce: Denny Campbell
Crock Pot Winners:
Super-Fantastic Results Of The 2000
Charity Chili Cookoff $140,000 plus!!!
Harry Arnold Expresses His Thoughts And Thanks
A statement from the President of the 2000 Charity Chili Cookoff,
Harry Arnold, sums up the gratitude many now feel at the fund-raising
success of the State's Premier fund-raiser, conceived, planned, and
executed with volunteers, ordinary citizens who want to build fire
protection for their homes in an isolated, rural area, and provide first-
rate First Responder training and equipment to a growing rural popu-
The rains came quickly and vanished into the night,
then the sky cleared up and the sun shone bright.
A light and cool breeze blew in from off shore,
while runners ran and cooks cooked food galore.
The auctioneers auctioned and the bidders bid,
and the chili heads reveled in the things they did!
The crowd came to eat, drink, buy and be merry,
then helpers took down all that they could carry.
Now the sea gulls clean up on crumbs and old food,
and workers are counting, over $140,000 to the good!
The S.G.I. Emergency Servicesare equipped with the best
Thanks to all who made this event such a big success.
From the S.G.I. Charity Chili Cook-Off Board of Directors, a special
thanks to everyone that makes this the best fund-raising event in
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RED PEPPER RUN 5K
ST. GEORGE ISLAND, MARCH 4, 2000
1. Michael \W'hitairy
2. Slade Ward
3. Clay Landwisch
4. Charlie Johnson
5. Mike Sims
6. Jim Worthey
7. Jane Johnson
8. Joe Donaghue
9. Hobson Fulmer
10. Sissi Carroll
11. Joe Edgecombe
12. Logan Wolcott
13. Tim Poloronis
14. George Palmer
15. Willy Johnson
16. Brent Johnson
17. Thomas Williams
18. Seeley Lovett
19. John Eaton
20. John Culbertson
21. Eddie Shirey
22. Jenny Edmiston
23. Marty Kirkland
24. Dylan Sumner
25. John Stacklyn
26. Alan Edwards
27. Myron Herring
28. Donna Gunter
29. Julie Clark
30. Cassandra Diyon
31. Doug Sherman
32. Chris Chason
33. Ray Hardon
34. Bob Keller
35. Peter Bono
36. Tim Wanamaker
37. Roger Bell
38. Annette de Sercey
39. Justin Tindall
40. Richard Addison
41. Atif Siddioi
S42. Mason Bean
S43. Mel Livingston
44. Brian Connors
45. Jason Smith
46. Yung Nguyen
47. Anne Priddy
48. Shaun Donahoe
49. John Shelby
50. Tracy Flores Connors
51. Robin Robinson
52. Susan Fortini
53. Roy Bateman
54. Lee Wolfe
S55. Christie Koontz
S56. Tracie Parsons
57. S. Wolcott
58. Melanie Lindsay
59. Jim Wright
60. Kathy Kowab
61. Alan Pierce
S62. Katelyn Lynch
63. William Brock
64. John Gardner
^ 65. Jan Worthey
S66. Glee Slides
df 67. Richard Henske
S68. Tom Scott
3 69. Nada Stauffer
S70. Juliet Stacklyn
71. Lenny Romanik
72. Alisa Thompson
S73. Kay Holland
i 74. Perry Erwin
75. Nate Lawson
76. Brittany Massey
77. Rita Culbertson
S78. Mollie McKinstry
79. Sue Skinner
80. Rob Davis
81. Enver Bardhi
82. Tom Bartlett
83. Lee Cerk
84. Mariel Henske
85. Sandy Mitchem
S86. Alisha Ospelt
87. Ken Whittaker
88. Joe Whitesell
89. Bonnie Bartlett
90. Clare Young
91. Christen Chason
92. Laverne Romanik
93. Taylor Williams
94. Elizabeth Beasley
.l 95. Connie Holm
97. Les Abstein
A 98. Vanda Ragans
A 99. Gary Williams
A 100. Elaine Koehernik
-r 101. Henry Gangwisch
102 Jim Whitney
R 103 Tim Benner
First MNle 1Oerall
1st 30-39. males
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1st. 20-29 males
2nd 40-49 maJes
Ist 50-59 males
First Female Overall
2nd, 50-59, males
First SGI Male
1st, 40-49, females
3rd, 50-59, males
1st, 10-14, malee
3rd, 40-49, males
1st. 15-10. males
1st, 20-29, females
2nd, 30-39, males
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3rd, 40-49. females
3rd, 30-39, males
3rd, 40-49, females
1st, 30-39, females
2nd. 30-39. females
1st, 60-69, males
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paying their auction bill
2nd, 20-29. males
3rd, 20-29, males
2nd, 20-29, females
1st, 50-59, females
3rd. 30-39, females
2nd, 60-69, males
3rd, 60-69, males
2nd, 50-59, females
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1st, 15-19, females
3rd, 50-59, females
1st. 70-79 males
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3rd, 20-29, females
1st, 10-14, females
2nd, 60-69, females
1st, 9 and under, mal
2nd, 10-14, females
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THE CHARITY CHILI COOKOFF
Board of Directors and the hundreds of
volunteers for generating a record $140,000 for
the Volunteer Island Fire Department and
First Responder Unit at the Cookoff,
Saturday, March 4, 2000, St. George Island.
After the tents are down
:he tables & chairs put up.
Fido sniffs for the last
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Buddy Crawford begins the
auction with the classic Bud
bottle with the upside-down label
I Smiling faces
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Funds, respectively. Also, we noted that the General Fund
budget amendments, which increased the original bud-
get by $349,586 and were approved by the Board, were
not entered into the District's accounting records. Since
the accounting records are utilized by District personnel
to monitor budget position, omission of Board-approved
budgetary entries into the accounting records weakens
established budgetary controls.
Cash Controls And Administration
4. Controls over the District's bank reconciliations needed improve-
ment. Supervisory reviews of bank reconciliations were not docu-
mented. Bank reconciliations for nine months for one bank account
were not provided for our review. Reconciliations for five of the District's
accounts for the months of July 1998 through October 1998 were
not prepared until December 1998.
The report stated:
(26) Effective internal control procedures require that rec-
onciliations of bank, balances with District general led-
ger balances be prepared in a timely manner to provide
assurance that District records are in agreement with
bank records. In addition, the bank reconciliations should
be initialed and dated by a supervisor to document the
timeliness and propriety of the reconciliation. The timely
preparation of bank reconciliations is necessary to facili-
tate the prompt detection and correction of unrecorded
or improperly recorded transactions. The District main-
tained seven active bank accounts during the audit pe-
riod. Our test of bank reconciliations for the District's
bank accounts during the 1998-99 fiscal year disclosed
the following deficiencies:
Reconciliation worksheets were not initialed and dated
to document supervisory review.
Although requested, bank reconciliations for the School
Food Service bank account for the period September 1998
through May 1999 were not provided for our review. Upon
inquiry, District personnel stated that the bank recon-
ciliations were either misplaced or misfiled.
Bank reconciliations for five of the District's bank ac-
counts (General Fund, Debt Service Fund, Capital Projects
Fund, Payroll, and Federal), for the months of July 1998
through October 1998 were not prepared until Decem-
5. The District could enhance its internal-control system with the
development and maintenance of a comprehensive procedures manual
pertaining to the District's financial operations.
The report by the AG stated:
(33) Bond registers constitute the primary accounting
record for the retirement of outstanding indebtedness and
the disposition of public funds entrusted to paying agents.
As such, these records should be kept current and prop-
erly reconciled to deposits held by paying agents. We
noted that the bond register for the District's local bond
issue was not posted for coupons and bonds maturing
for the 1998-99 fiscal year and District personnel had
not prepared reconciliations of paying, agent balances to
the District's records. As a result, an adequate account-
ing of funds on deposit with the paying agent and can-
celed bonds and coupons had not been made by District
personnel. Similar funding were noted in previous au-
dit reports, most recently in audit report No. 13429, para-
graphs 25 through 27.
(34) Although our review indicated that the required debt
service payments were to the paying agent and that the
amounts disbursed by the paying agent were in. accor-
dance with established payment schedules, our tests do
not substitute for management's responsibility for an.
adequate accounting for these moneys. We gain, recom-
mend that District personnel update the bond register
on a timely basis and prepare periodic reconciliatioLns of
funds on deposit with paying agents to matured aid'
unpaid bonds and coupons to help ensure the proper
accountability of funds expended to meet debt service
6. Improvements were needed in procedures for processing payments
for goods and services. "...We noted that invoices supporting pay-
ments for goods and services were. generally not being canceled or
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marked paid. We also noted disbursements that were not supported
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7. The bond register for the District's local bond issue were not posted
for coupons and bonds maturing for the 1998-99 fiscal year and Dis-
trict personnel had not prepared reconciliations of the paying agent
balances to the district's records As a result, an adequate accounting
of funds on deposit with the paying agent and canceled bonds and
coupons had not been made by District personnel.
The Superintendent of Franklin Schools, Brenda M. Galloway,
responded to the formal audit. In regard to the categorical criti-
cisms, she wrote the following:
Financial Reporting and Record Systems
The Board and the Superintendent have implemented
policy concerning the issue of declining fund balances.
Such policy includes measures to eliminate any expen-
ditures that are not directly related to the efficient op-
eration of the School District. The policy also addresses
a freeze on the hiring of District personnel for the final
four months of the 1999-2000 fiscal year.
As noted in the comment, we filed an indirect cost pro-
posal for the 1999-2000 fiscal year and received approval
on April 20, 1999. We are continuing our efforts in this
area by filing the 2000-2001 indirect cost rate proposal
during February 2000 (required by June 30, 2000).
The District is improving the budgetary control process
by entering the approved budget into the accounting sys-
tem and ensuring that proper monitoring occurs. In ad-
dition, budget amendments will be integrated into the
system on a timely basis. With these measures we in-
tend to prevent expenditures from exceeding budgetary
Cash Controls and Administration
Procedures have been implemented to provide properly
prepared and timely bank reconciliations. Supervisory
reviews of the reconciliations will be documented for each
In addition to the procedure manuals already in place
for purchasing, personnel and payroll, and. travel, the
District will begin preparing comprehensive procedure
manuals for other financial operations and related ac-
tivities. The new manuals will include such activities as
budgeting, grant administration, position control, and
Procedures have been implemented to ensure that in-
voices supporting payments for goods and services are
properly cancelled. In addition, documentation of receipt
of goods and services will be required from each cost cen-
ter prior to payment.
Although the District did: not properly account for the
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bond issue during me tirst six months of the 1999-2000
fiscal year, according to the bond schedule, the issue was
paid off on December 1, 1999.
Overview of Enrollment and Funding
The Auditor-General's Report also contained an overview of the
District's total enrollment and funding.
The District reported 1,484 full-time equivalent students for the 1998-
99 fiscal year representing an increase of 14 UFTE students over the
1997-98 fiscal year.
Beginning with the 1997-98 fiscal year, the adult general and adult
vocational education program are no longer funded based on counts
but will be funded based on performance output data under the
workforce development education program. Accordingly, students
enrolled in the adult general and adult vocational education programs
during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years are not included in the
reported UFTE students for those years. UFTE students reported for
adult general and adult vocational education programs during the
1996-97 fiscal year totaled approximately 29 or 2 percent of total
UFTE students for that year. The District operated 4 schools during
the 1998-99 fiscal year, including 2 high schools and 2 elementary
schools. One of the high schools served grades K-12 and the other
high school served grades 7-12.
The District receives for current education from State, local, and Fed-
eral sources. Revenues from State sources for current operations are
primarily received from the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP).
FEFP revenues are generated based on the reported numbers of full-
time equivalent students during the fiscal year.
Revenues from local sources are primarily generated by local county
ad valorem property taxes. Federal awards are received for enhance-
ment of various educational programs, including Title I, National
School Lunch, and others. Funding for current education operations
received from local sources represented 54 percent of total revenues
during the 1998-99 fiscal year, with revenues from State and Federal
sources totaling 33 percent and 13 percent, respectively.
Current (Operating) Funding
Funding per weighted full-time equivalent student for current educa-
tion operations increased 23 percent in the most recent five-year pe-
riod from approximately $4,118 per WFTE student in the 1994-95
fiscal year to approximately $5,051 per WFIE student in the 1998-99.
In addition to the state funding received based on reported full-time
equivalent students in K-12 education program, the District also re-
ceived from the State $46,885 in workforce development funding for
adult general and adult vocational education programs in each of
1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years, respectively.
State funding for current operations decreased 35 percent during the
most recent five-year period from approximately $4,560,000 in the
1994-95 fiscal yea to approximately $2,966,000 in the 1998-99 fiscal
Local funding increased 59 percent during the most recent five-year
period from approximately $3,116,000 in the 1994-95 fiscal year to
approximately $4,964,000 in the 1998-99 fiscal year.
Federal funding increased 24 percent during the most recent five-
year period from approximately $960,000 in the 1994-95 fiscal year
to approximately $1,189,000 in the 1998-99 fiscal year. These rev-
enues for current education operations do not include those received
for the construction and maintenance of educational facilities or for
the payment of debt service.
Current (Operating) Expenditures
Current expenditures per weighted full-time equivalent student for
K-12 education programs increased 26 percent in the most recent
five-year period from approximately $4,063 per WFTE student in.
1994-95 fiscal year to $5,120 in the 1998-99 fiscal year.
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School Audit from Page 8
In addition to the current expenditures for K-12 education programs,
.the District reported expenditures totaling $39,793.29 and $38,848.11
during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 fiscal years, respectively, in the
workforce development programs. Current expenditures include those
for instruction and instruction support services, District and school
administration, fiscal and central services, school food service opera-
tions, and operation and maintenance of plant. Current expenditures
do not include those for fixed capital outlay or debt service.
Update From Superintendent Galloway
.The district's approach to the financial challenges have included,
among other things, the following:
A Staffing Plan has been developed and utilized for determining posi-
tions to be included in the master schedules of the schools. Efforts
are underway to refine the Plan and the process.
The district has implemented an energy management program that
.has enabled the district to realize a savings of over $50,000.00 in
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By Toni Campbell
Concerning community and
school efforts to bring more acx
tivities to enlighten the'students
and "extend the day," a grant ap!
plication is being prepared by Ms;
Carla J. Boyce for nearly a mil-
lion dollars. At the 'Franklin
County School Board meeting
March 9, Superintendent Brenda
Galloway said, "The' State of
Florida, Department of Educ a
tion, our government, encourages
community and school, efforts to
bring to the forefront any activiv
ties that will enlighten our chil-
dren and extend the day... It's very
seldom that we have this type of
opportunity and I do recommend
Ms. Carla J. Boyce is the Chairn,
person for the Chapman Elemen-
tary School Advisory Committee'
She said, "This grant is called the
21 st Century Community Learn5
ing Center Grant. It's a wonder-
ful opportunity for all of Franklin
County. ...We will be asking, with
the School Board's approval, for
approximately $958,000 to pro-:
vide a three-year program that
entails three learning centers
called community learning cenq
ters, one located at Chapman El2
ementary School, one at Brown
Elementary School and one at
She explained they would offe#
after-school programs from 2 to
6 in the afternoon Monday
through Friday during the school
year and an 8-week summer
youth camp opportunity at the
three different locations. The
grant moneys can pay for "just
about anything except for build-
ing a building." The deadline for
applying for the grant is March
20, according to Ms. Boyce. She
has spent two weeks recently writ:
ing the grant application, which
requires "partnership with cor'-
munity agencies, that the school
commits to have the facility open
to the community to this program,
and that it takes place in a public
location, such as a public school."
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Mr. Jimmy Gander asked, "What
age?" Ms. Boyce said, "The focus
is going to be on elementary-
,school-aged children, approxi-
Mately 900 students. The scope
of the program really encom-
passes the whole community."
The School Board will decide who
the Program Director will be and
that person will be hired by the
grant funds and will oversee all
three grant sites. Each site will
have a "half-time coordinator"
that the grant will also pay for,
and they will answer to the Pro-
gram Director. "As it looks right
now, the School Board will hire
,that person," she said.
'The program is designed to pro-
vide academic enrichment, read-
ing, literacy, math, science, all the
disciplines," according to Ms.
'Boyce. The idea is to help in ev-
!ery way possible to keep the kids
focused and increase FCAT scores
and other standardized scores.
The point was made that the need
was "to apply with Board ap-
iproval." The agenda will be a "col-
lective effort." The teachers,
school board, principals, advi-
sory, interested parents, will serve
for a steering committee. Mr.
Woody Miley of the Research Re-
serve is one of those heading the
effort to write the grant.
Ms. Galloway said, "I'd like to ap-
prove it tonight. Approve it now."
Mr. Gander so moved and there
was a second. Attorney Barbara
Sanders said that this would be a
The motion carried unanimously.
An adequate fund balance safe-
guard should be in the audit re-
port. Mr. Gander requested this.
Financial Director St. Cyr said he
would try to supply the informa-
The audit was accepted unani-
Attorney Sanders reported on the
Carrabelle yearbook. She said
they got the best deal they could
as a solution. Spontaneous shots
are lost," she said. The finances
will be absorbed by the printer
who lost the materials. The Jim
Owens Company will pay. The
yearbook will combine 1999 and
2000. It will be high quality, ac-
cording to Principal McDaris. At-
torney Sanders requested the
board's approval for the solution,
which she recommended.
The board approved unani-
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Congratulations Carol Jean
Weyrich, Franklin County.
Teacher of the Year. C.J., as she
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The Franklin Chronicle
Court Report /
February 21, 2000 .I
The honorable Judge F. E. Steinmeyer, III
Assistant State Attorney: Rachel Chesnut
Assistant Public Defender: Kevin Steiger
All persons identified below are innocent until proven otherwise
in a court of law.
Bass, Christopher Shondell: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or at-
tempt to elude and one count of driving while license suspended or revoked.
According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On Decem-
ber 10, 1999, an officer was traveling East on Ave "F" in Apalachicola when he
came to the 4- way stop at 6th and Ave "F". The officer observed the defendant
driving a vehicle and knew that he had an active warrant for battery. When
the officer attempted to pullover the vehicle the defendant continued at a high
rate of speed through a residential area. "The officer followed and the driver
ran several stop signs. The defendant then ditched the vehicle in an alley
between 5th and 6th Street and fled on foot. Arraignment continued until
March 20, 2000.
Bailey, Paul C.: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled Sub-
stance and one count of driving while license suspended or revoked. Accord-
ing to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On December 20.
1999, an officer stopped the defendant for running a stop sign. When the
defendant was stopped it was discovered that his driver's license had been
suspended. During a search of the car the officer found crack cocaine. Pretrial
conference set for March 20, 2000, Steiger represented the defendant.
Branch, Brandy B.: Charged with one count of grand theft. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On January 13, 2000. the
defendant removed a couch, love seat, endtable, two bookcases, table and
four chairs from her mothers home while her mother was in the hospital.
Pretrial conference set for March 20, 2000.
Brown, Shawn: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with great bodily
harm. According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On
December 11, 1999. two officers were sent to the Two-Spot Lounge and upon
arrival they observed the defendant arguing with Omega Robinson. Subse-
quently the officers observed that Robinson had a cut on his head. Robinson
was treated at Weems Memorial Hospital. Assistant Public Defender was ap-
pointed and arraignment continued until March 20, 2000.
Campbell, Erie Leo: Charged with one count of possession of "crack" co-
caine. According to the probable cause. the following allegedly occurred: On
January 25, 2000, several officers served a search warrant at the home, of the
defendant. The officers found what was later identified as crack- cocaine as
well as a stolen gun and a marked $20 bill, which was used in making a
controlled buy. Pretrial set for March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Cargill, William: Charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm.
and one count of kidnapping for ransom, shield or hostage, According to the
probable cause report the victim filed a. sworn statement that the following
allegedly occurred: On the 31st day of December 1999, she was west bound
on Ave "K" in Apahachicola and stopped at the stop sign, "A black male:,
identified as the defendant walked up to the passenger side". The victim tried
to lock the door. The defendant opened the door and got in the car and pulled
a gun out of his pants and instructed the victim where to go. When they got to
the destination he pointed the gun at her and demanded her moneyThe victim
stated that at this point she was very scared that he would shoot her, so she
gave him her money. The defendant then exited the car and told her she better
not call the cops. Steiger represented defendant.
Chariton, Anders Devon: Charged with one count of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell and one count of possession of cannabis. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On January 26, 2000, an
officer observed a vehicle that made a right turn without signaling. The officer
stopped the vehicle and when the defendant was retrieving his driver's li-
cense, etc, the officer smelled an odor that appeared to smell like cannabis. In
addition to cannabis the officers found crack cocaine. The Assistant Public
Defender was appointed to represent the defendant and hearing continued
until April 17, 2000.
Chastain, Johnny: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property.
According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On Febru-
ary 14, 1998, the victim reported that her shucking machine and several hun-
dred dollars of tools bad been stolen from the back of a truck. The defendant
sold the shucking machine for $50. The defendant refused,to talk with the
officer and apparently left the county. Pretrial conference set for March 20,
20,00. Steiger represented the defendant.
Dillon, Ray C: Charged with one count of possession of cannabis more than
20 grams one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to
deliver and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On February 6, 2000, an
officer stopped a vehicle for displaying an unassigned tag. When the officer
approached the vehicle he was "overwhelmed" by the smell of cannabis com-
ing from within the car." A drug-sniffing dog alerted the officers to the pres-
ence of illegal drugs inside. The officer asked the driver if he could search the
car. When the defendant, who was sitting in the back seat got out of the car
the officer noticed a large bulge in. the defendant's front pocket. The officer
asked if it was a weapon and the defendant said it was a knife. The officer
asked the defendant to remove the knife place it on top of the car. When the
defendant removed the knife he also removed a small set of postal scales and
a bag of green leafy substance which appeared to be cannabis. When search-
ing the car the officers found four more bags of cannabis, rolling papers,
lighter and several hundred dollars. The combined weight of the five bags of
cannabis was 37 grams. Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial confer-
ence set for March 20, 2000.
John E. Edwards: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check. Accord-
ing to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On November 20,
the defendant cashed an $80 check drawn from the account of Paul J. Whiddon
at Apalachicola State Bank. Whiddon had reported his pants and with his
checkbook had been stolen. Whiddon filed a sworn affidavit that he did not
write the check. The Assistant Public Defender was appointed to represent
the defendant and the hearing was continued until March 20, 2000.
Fordham, Virginia K.: Charged with one Count of leaving the scene of an
accident with injuries and one count of driving While license suspended or
revoked. According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On
January 22, 2000, an officer was dispatched to 8th St and Ave I in Apalachicola
for a hit and run involving two vehicles. When the defendant was apprehended
she stated she left the scene because she knew her license was suspended
and did not want to get caught. The defendant was treated at Weems Memo-
rial Hospital for a broken finger and then transported to the Franklin County
Jail. Steiger represented defendant.
Glass, Billy Ray: Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon, On October 2, 1998, an officer took a report from Freddie Estes, Sr
Estes stated that he took his son, Freddie, Jr. and his friend, Dennis Tiptor
over to Eddie Marshall's house. Estes, Sr., stated that when Freddie, Jr. anc
Dennis returned to his house they were acting very scared of something. Estes
Sr. said when he asked Estes, Jr.' what happened, Estes, Jr. said that the
defendant had pulled a gun on him. Attorney William Webster represented
defendant. Pretrial conference set for March 20, 2000.
Gloner, Michael: Charged with three counts of forgery. According to the prob
able cause report the following allegedly occurred: On November 21, 1999
checks were cashed at IGA in Apalachicola. The defendant's endorsement was
on the back of some of the checks. Three of the checks, were returned to IG/
being declared forgeries. Steiger represented the defendant. Arraignment con-
tinued until March 20, 2000.
Gloner, Michael: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property. Ac
cording to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On Octobei
20, 1999, an officer was dispatched to the home of Mary Freeman who state
that her son's radio had been stolen from his aunt, Judy Hicks' home. Man
Freeman and Daniel Page signed a sworn statement that the defendant stolh
the radio and sold it to Daniel Page. Steiger represented the defendant. Ar-
raignment continued until March 20. 2000.
Gloner, Michael: Charged with one count of forgery and one count of petit
theft. According to -the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred.
On November 21 7 1999, an officer was dispatched to IGA in Apalachicola.
See first probable cause for Michael Gloner. Later in the evening a young man
came back to the store and attempted, check. The young man said he. was
cashing the checks for the defendant. Arraignment continued until March
20. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hodgson, Robert, Jr.: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
November 15, 1999, the defendant cashed two checks at the Island Oasis on
his father's account which had been closed. The defendant entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 30 days
in jail followed by two years of probation to include no alcohol/drugs, sub-
stance abuse evaluation, random urinalysis and 50 hours of community ser-
vice, Steiger represented the defendant.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with one count of sexual act with a child under 16
years of age. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On November 29, 1999, an officer was dispatched to a home in
Carrabelle where the complainant informed the officer that her daughter had
sexual intercourse with the defendant. Pretrial conference scheduled for April
17, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lee, Robert Kevin: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Ac-
cording to the probable cause the defendant cashed an altered check- at IGA
in Carrabelle. The defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated
guilty- hie was sentenced to two years probation to include no alcohol/drugs.
random urinalysis, 240 hours of community service and 67 days in jail with
credit for 67 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lee, Michael L.: Charged with one count of sexual act with child under 16
years of age. According to the probable cause report the victim's mother filed
a complaint against the defendant. Pretrial conference set for April 17. 2000.
Attorney Cheryl Gentry represented the defendant. Assistant State Attorney
was Ethan Way.
SMesser, Wayne B.: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
December 29. 1999, the Franklin County Sheriffs Department was contacted
by the Wakulla County Sheriffs Department that an inmate in Wakulla County
Jail had information concerning an outboard motor. The inmate signed a sworn
statement that he had stolen an outboard motor, which the defendant subse-
quently sold, to a pawnshop. According to the pawnshop ticket the defendant
sold the motor. Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial set for March
Millender, Travis Dewayne: Charged with one count of lewd or lascivious act
in the presence of a child under 16. According to the probable cause' report
the following allegedly occurred: On December 8. 1999, an officer was dis-
patched to a home and the complainant filed a sworn statement that subse-
quent to a verbal disagreement the mother of the victim entered a home where
the defendant was observed with his zipper down and penis in hand in a
stroking motion. The defendant was appointed a public defender and arraign-
ment continued unitl April 17, 2000.
Murrillo, Aleesandro L.: Charged with one count of resisting an officer with
violence, two counts of battery and one count of disorderly intoxication. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report the following, allegedly occurred: On
January 24, 2000, an officer was dispatched to the Oasis Bar in Apalachicola.
When the officer arrived he spoke to one of the victims who stated that the
defendant had been in the bar drinking and became intoxicated. When the
defendant was asked to leave he did, but then returned. The defendant was
still in the bar when the officers arrived. When the defendant was advised he
was under arrest he refused to be handcuffed. The defendant resisted until
the officer had to use pepper spray to prevent injury to the defendant and the
officer. Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial set for March 20, 2000.
Norman, Larry: Charged with one count of grand theft. According to the prob-
able cause report the following allegedly occurred: On or around May 3, 1999,
the victim noticed that a window air conditioning unit was missing from a
rental unit. Upon entering the rental unit she found that a washer and dryer,
microwave, skill, saw saber saw, Stanley 25' tape measure, a 3' x3' mirror,
light fixture and six blinds were missing, A sworn statement was filed alleging
that the defendant removed the property and sold it around town. The Defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld. He was
sentenced to 72 days in jail with credit for 72 days. He was sentenced to 18
months of probation to include restitution, $275 court cost no alcohol/drug
use, random urinalysis and 180 hours of community service. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Parramore, Floyd: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Accord-
ing to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On Decem-
John Gorrie To
On Saturday, March 25, 2000, in
Gorrie Square, Apalachicola, a
State Historic Marker will be dedi-
cated to the memory of Dr. John
Gorrie at a public ceremony.
Dr. Gorrie, a 19th Century resi-
dent of Apalachicola, will be re-
membered at his gravesite for his
invention of the ice making ma-
chine and his pioneering work in
air-cooling. He was awarded the
first U.S. patent for mechanical
refrigeration in 1851. Dr. Gorrie
has been recognized as the devel-
oper of an ice machine that
stopped the contagion of yellow
fever in 1844.
The ceremony will take place at
the Dr. Gorrie gravesite in
Apalachicola, just across from the
Gorrie Museum, on the 25th, at
2:3Q p.m. The state marker is
sponsored by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society as the Citi-
zen Support Organization for the
John Gorrie State Museum in
704 Vote In Franklin
With all precincts reporting, 489
voted in the Democratic Primary
in Franklin, Al Gore (340) and Bill
Bradley (149). 198 cast ballots in
the Republican Primary, 153 for
George Bush, 9 for Alan Keyes
and 36 for John McCain.
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Malor the historic
ber 19, 1999, an otticer was dispatched to a residence in Apalachicola. When
the officer arrived he spoke to the resident who advised him that the defen-
dant. "'busted through the door" wanting to pick up a female juvenile who was
there. The juvenile's mother accompanied Parramore. The juvenile had been
caught earlier on the hill. As they were leaving the defendant grabbed the
juvenile mid placed a..22 pistol against her head saying that he was going to
kill her. The three left and were apprehended by police at Hwy 98 and 24th
Ave. A .22 pistol was found between the driver's side seat and, the door. .22
bullets were found in the defendant's shirt pocket. While this was going on the
juvenile was, "hollering, "Help Mr. They are going to kill me." Pretrial confer-
ence set for April 17, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Pearson, Levon: Charged with one count of attempted arson and one count
of resisting arrest with violence. According to the probable cause report the
following allegedly occurred: On January 7. 2000. an officer was dispatched
to a home in Apalachicola. The complainant advised the officer that her hus-
band. The defendant came home and asked her for $8. She told him she did
not have $8. The defendant advised the complainant that if she could buy
some light bulbs that she had some money. The defendant told the complain-
ant thatif she wanted anything in the house to get it out because he was going
to burn the house down. The defendant then started pouring gasoline around
the house. He also told the complainant that if she goes to sleep to make sure
she sleeps lightly. He left the home. He was arrested later and became violent.
Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial conference scheduled for March
Pumphrey, James J.: Charged with one count of sexual battery. According to
the probable cause the following allegedly occurred.. On September 19. 1999.
the Sheriffs Department received a report that the victim had been sexually
battered. The victim stated she had been sodomized by the defendant. Subse-
quent medical examination indicated the victim had been sodomized. Steiger
represented the defendant. Next hearing is scheduled for April 17. 2000.
Ray, Lawrence W.: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance, crack cocaine, with intent to sell within 1.000 feet of a school. Accord-
ing to the probable cause the following allegedly" January 20. 2000. the de-
fendant was arrested in Apalachicola during a basketball game at the high
school when he was found to have several pieces of crack cocaine in his pocket.
Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial set for March 20. 2000.
Salter, Albert, Jr.: Charged with four counts of sexual act with a child under
16 years of age. According to the probable cause the following allegedly oc-
curred: On November 22, 1999, the Sheriffs Department received a sexual
battery complaint. The Child Protection Team in Tallahassee. Florida subse-
quently interviewed the child. She revealed that she had sexual intercourse
with the defendant four times. Steiger represented the defendant. Pretrial set
for April 17, 2000.
Seay, Wesley Carl: Charged with one count of disorderly intoxication and one
count of carrying a concealed weapon. According to the probable cause report
the following allegedly occurred: On January 31. 2000, the Sheriffs Depart-
ment responded to a call on Wilderness Road in Eastpoint. When the officer
arrived the defendant was standing in the door of the residence and appeared
to be intoxicated. The complainant said that the defendant had waved a knife
and had to be taken away by his wife. The Complainant advised the officer
that he was afraid of the defendant when he was drinking. The officer found
the knife on the defendant and arrested him. Case has been transferred to
County Court. Steiger represented the defendant.
William Frank: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling. According
to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On January 15.
2000, officers were dispatched to a home in Apalachicola where a breaking
and entering was in process. An officer observed the defendant standing at
the window of the living room area. The defendant was armed with a large
lumber stick. "The complainant advised the officers that the defendant was
trying to get in to physically hurt. her after she had told him several times to
leave. There was broken glass from the window. Assistant Public Defender
was appointed to representthe defendant. Arraignment continued until March
Stanley, Tammy K.: Charged with one Count of grand theft/auto and one
count of grand theft/firearm. According to the probable cause report the fol-
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lowing allegedly occurred: On November 12, 1999, the victim filed a complaint
in reference to handgun and vehicle being stolen. The victim asked the defen-I
dant to watch his home and feed his pets while he was on vacation. When. he
returned his truck and handgun was missing. Pretrial set for March 20. 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Taylor, Sammy Lavarn: Charged with one count of possession of cannabis.
one count of possession of a controlled, -substance with intent to deliver and
one count of resisting arrest without violence. According to the probable cause
the following allegedly occurred: On January 26, 2000, during a traffic stop
an officer defect a very strong odor of what appeared to smell like burning or
burnt cannabis. During the arrest the defendant attempted to climb the door.
Officers found crack cocaine and cannabis in the vehicle. A Capias was issued
for the defendant. Steiger represented the defendant.
Tipton, Miriam (aka Sally): Charged with one count of possession of can-
nabis more than 20 grams. According to the probable cause report the
Apalachicola Police Department received infromation that the defendant would I
be going through a certain area and would have a large amount of marijuana
in her possession. When the vehicle was stopped an officer asked the defen-
dant if she had marijuana Defendant admitted she did and pulled it from
under her shirt. The cannabis is was found to weigh 39 gramPretrial set for
March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
White, Nathaniel: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with great
bodily harm. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On December 11, 1999, while enroute to a call, an officer was stopped
by a man who said he had been in a fight and that he wanted to make a
complaint. The officer advised him that he was on an emergency call and that
he would come to the complainant's house as soon as he could. When the
officer arrived at the home of the emergency call he was advised that the
complainant was one of the subjects, involved in a flight. The officers found
that all subjects appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The subjects.
were advised to go home and call the officers the next day. When the officer
reported to work the next morning he responded to a call from the hospital in
reference to a battery complaint. The victim was being treated because of
injuries to his jaw. "The victim provided a sworn statement that he was driv-
ing on Ave J when he saw a group of girls lighting. The victim stopped and
attempted to stop the fight. At this point the defendant kicked the victim in
the jaw. Assistant Public Defender was appointed to represent the defendant.
Next hearing set for March 20. 2000.
Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check.
Pretrial continued April 17 and trial set for April 19. 2000. Attorney John C.
Kenny represented the defendant.
Baucham, Willie Fred: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling and
one count of dealing in stolen property. Pretrial continued until March 20 and
trial set for March 22, 2000. Attorney John C. Kenny represented the defen-
Brown, Tyrone: Charged with one count of fleeing or attempt to elude/felony,
ore count of possession of cannabis and one count of driving while license
suspended or revoked. Pretrial continued until April 17, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant
Burns, Calvin B.: Charged with. one count of fleeing or attempting to elude/
felony. Pretrial continued until April 17 and trial set for April 19, 2000.
Buzbee, Chris: Charged with one count of kidnapping, four counts of uttering
a forged checks and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude/felony. Trial
scheduled for March 20, 2000. Attorney Willie Webster represented the defen-
Campbell, Eric Leo: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property.
Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Coopers Charlie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. Pretrial Continued until March 20, 2000. Attorney John C. Kenny
represented the defendant.
Crawford, Courry: Charged with One count Of Possession of more than 20
grams of cannabis, one count of possession of a controlled substance with
intent to deliver, one count of resisting arrest without violence and one, count
of fraudulent driver's license. Attorney John C. Kenny represented the defen-
dant, Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000.
Croom, Derrick B.: Charged with one count of sexual battery by threats
reasonably believed. Steiger represented the defendant Pretrial continued until
April 17, 2000.
Daniels, Sabina: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant
victim. Trial set for February 23, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented
Dillon, Daniel A., Jr.: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling, one
count of grand theft, one count of cultivation of cannabis, one count of pos-
session of less than 20 grams of cannabi's and one count of possession of
drug paraphernalia. Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.. .
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Eutsay, Timothy Lamar: Charged with one count of driving while license
suspended/felony. The defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty. He was sentenced to 11 months and 28 days jail and court
costs of $275. Steiger represented the defendant.
Evens, Tyrone L.: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling and one
count of battery. Pretrial continued until April 17 and trial set for April 19.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Fedd, Jermalne: Charged with one count of possession of firearm by con-
victed felon and one count of aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Pretrial
continued until March 20, 2000. Attorney William Webster represented the
Gray, Johnny Charles: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until March 20 and trial set for March 22. 2000.
Attorney John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Hammonds, Glen Paul, Jr.: Charged with one count of armed robbery with a
firearm. Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Attorney William Webster
represented the defendant.
Hyde, Lamar Bryan: Charged with one count of driving under the influence.
Pretrial continued until April 17. 2000. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented
Johns, Carl L.: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement
officer and one count of resisting arrest with violence. Pretrial continued until
April 17, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Keith, Jason: Charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident
with injuries, two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and one count of
driving while license suspended or revoked. Pretrial continued until March
20, 2000. Attomey Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Lee, Michael: Charged with one count of criminal niischief/third degree felony.
Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lilley, Donald: Charged with one count, of resisting an officer with Violence
and one count of disorderly intoxication- Pretrial continued until March 20
and-trial set for March 20, 2000.
Marshall, Ronald George: Charged:with one count of DUI/manslaughter.
three counts of DUI/serious injuries, and four counts of driving with sus-
pended or revoked license involving death. Pretrial continued until April 17.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Maybell, Theresa: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver one count of we of a firearm in commission of a
felony and one count of possession of cannabis. Pretrial continued until March
20, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
McKenzle, Daniel L., II: Charged with two counts of burglary of a convey-
ance, one count of possession of contraband at county detention facility, one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Murray, Sonja Starr: Charged with one count of driving while license sus-
pended or revoked. The defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adju-
dicated guilty. She was sentenced to four years probation to include: sub-
stance abuse evaluation and treatment if necessary, no use of alcohol/drugs.
random urinalysis, no driving without license, $275 court costs and one day
in jail with credit for one day. Steiger represented the defendant.
O'Neal, Lorenzo: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance. The defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty.
He was sentenced to seven months in the county jail With credit for 258 days
to be followed by three years probation to include $275 court costs, $100 to,
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, random urinalysis and substance
abuse evaluation and treatment if necessary. Steiger represented the defen-
O'Steen, Tamara Sue: Charged with three counts of uttering a forged check.
Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000. Attorney William Webster represented
Pedrick, Robyn: Charged with one count of battery of law enforcement of-
ficer. Pretrial continued until April 17, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Sanders, Lionel: Charged with one count of principal first degree to sale crack
cocaine and two counts of sale of a controlled substance. Pretrial continued
until March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shiver, Tracy D.: Charged with one count of sexual act with child under 16
years of age and one charge of lewd and lascivious act in presence of child
under 16. Pretrial continued until March 20 and trial, set for March 22. 2000.
Attorney Paul Komarek represented the defendant.
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SSuddeth, Glenn L., Jr.: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine.
Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Attorney John C. Kenny represented
Topham, Douglas: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis. one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Topham, Marlene: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis. one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Attomey
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Wehunt, Hoyt Wayne: Charged with two counts of aggravated battery with
deadly weapon. Pretrial continued until April 17 and trial set for April 19.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wilburn, Jimmy L.: Charged with one count of obtaining a controlled sub-
stance by fraud. Pretrial continued until March 20. 2000. Attorney John Kenny
represented the defendant.
Wilson, Elijah: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude.
one count of grand theft three counts of grand theft of motor vehicle. two
counts of no -valid driver's license, one count of aggravated assault on a law
enforcement officer. Pretrial continued until April 17. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Wilson, George C.: Charged with one count of sexual battery by some force
and violence. Pretrial continued until March 20 and trial set for March 22.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Foy, Stephen Matthew: one count of manslaughter by boating under the
influence and one count of culpable negligence. Sentencing continued until
March 20, 2000. Attorney Clifford Davis represented the defendant.
Langley, George Franklin: one count of lewd or lascivious assault or act and
violation of probation. Sentencing continued until March 20. 2000.
White, Nathaniel, II: one count of sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing
continued until March 20. 2000. Attorney Howard Schumacher represented
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Ash, Craig: Charged with one count possession of a firearm on school prop-
erty. Public defender appointed. Hearing continued until March 20. 2000.
Braswell, Frederick Bryan: Charged with one count of burglary of convey-
ance. Public Defender appointed. Hearing continued until March 20. 2000.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with one count of battery of law enforcement
officer. Hearing continued until March 20. 2000. Steiger represented the de-
Johnson, William Robert: Charged With one count of resisting arrest with
violence and one count of grand theft auto. Hearing continued until April 17.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lee, Kevin Robert: Charged with one count of uttering. Defendant admitted
VOP and was adjudicated guilty. Probation reinstated and all prior conditions
reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Parramore, Bernard Floyd: Charged with one count of aggravated assault
and one count of battery. Hearing continued until April 17. 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Pettis, Floyd H., Jr.: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check.
Defender appointed. Next hearing: March 20, 2000.
Romeka, William T.: Charged with one count of fleeing or attempt to elude.
Next hearing: March 20, 2000. Attorney Whitlock represented the defendant.
Sanders, Harold Wayne: Charged with one count of arson of a structure.
Public Defender appointed. Next hearing March 20, 2000.
Smith, Preston Wayne: Charged with one count of possession of a firearm on
school property. Public Defender appointed. Next hearing: March 20. 2000.
Stanley, Tammy Kay: Charged with one count of grand theft. Steiger repre-
sented the, defendant. Next hearing March 20, 2000.
Vann, Randall, J.: Charged with one count of grand theft/third degree and
on count of grand theft/motor vehicle. Steiger represented the defendant. Next
hearing: March 20, 2000.
Yarrell, Leroy, Jr.:Charged with one count of sale of cocaine. The defendant
admitted to VOP and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant to receive in-patient
treatment. Probation reinstated to run concurrent with Gulf County.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARINGS
Brock, Kenneth: Charged with grand theft auto, Steiger presented defen-
dant. Next h eaiig: March 20.'2000. ?~ ''"d f-
Burns, Calvin R.: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. Steiger
represented defendant. Next hearing: April 17, 2000. .
Glass, Stephanie: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check. Defen-
dant represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders. Next hearing: March 20, 2000.
Odoms, Dermalne: Charged with one count of possession of cocaine. Defen-
dant admitted to VOP. Probation terminated. Steiger represented the defen-
Rucker, Kenneth R.: Charged with one count of retaliation against a witness.
one count of criminal mischief/third degree felony and one count of violation
of injunction for protection. Charges were dismissed and probation reinstated.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Barfield, Michael, W.: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check.
Attorney Ethan Way filed a motion to withdraw as counsel. Motion granted
and Attorney John Kenny appointed.
Cargill, William: Charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm
and one count of kidnapping. Motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail
was denied. Steiger represented the defendant.
Croom, Derrick B.: Charged with one count of sexual battery by threats rea-
sonably believed. Motion for more definite address granted. Steiger represented
Jones, Johnny: Charged with sexual act with child under 16. Motion to re-
voke release granted. Steiger represented the. defendant.
Sanders, Lionel: Charged with, two counts of principal first degree to sale of
crack cocaine and one count of sale of controlled substance. Motion for pro-
duction of photographs granted.
Topham, Marlene: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis, one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 gram and one count of Posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Motion to sever defendants granted. Attorney
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Wehunt, Hoyt Wayne: Charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. Two orders to show cause dismissed. Steiger represented the
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The Franklin Chrnnicle
Statewide County Crime Report: January Through
December 1999 The Annual Report From FDLE
January- December 1999
Annual Report Po
Franklin Counly 1998
Liberty Coulty 1998 7,708 131
11.039 1999 8,1.48 123
Guf County 1998 14,260 421
FL023 1999 14,403 444
Wakulla County 1998 ,19,828 734
FL065 1999 20,648 700
1998 15,000,475 1,025,100
1999 15,322,040 934.349
The Statewide County Report was
recently released by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
showing an 8.85 per cent reduc-
tion statewide in statewide crime
offenses from 1998. According to
FDLE, the Crime Index is the sum
total of criminal offenses as de-
fined in the categories "Murder"
through the column labeled "Mo-
tor Vehicle Theft". The State's rate
change from 1998 to 1999 in
crime is also down by nearly 11
percent (10.77). In the panhandle
counties of Franklin, Libertv. Gulf
Ulse Newell Fund
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the
spring concert by the Bay Area
Choral Society at Historic Trinity
Church in Apalachicola on March
26, at 4:00 p.m.
The first half of the program will
be a performance of the Mass in
G by Franz Schubert, directed by
guest conductor, Dr. David Nott,
Professor Emeritus of Voice and
Choral Activities at Illinois
Wesleyan University. Dr. Nott con-
ducted the Choral Society in a
performance of the Mozart
Requiem two years ago, and this
return engagement is greatly an-
ticipated by all who sang with him
and those who heard that perfor-
mance. The Schubert Mass in G
is a short, very lyrical setting of
the Kyrie, Glorial and Credo,
Sanctus, Benedictus, and Angus
Deo. Soloists;:will be Wesley
Chesnut, bass, Apalachicola;
Thomas Anthony Moore
Thomas Anthony Moore, 38, of
Panama City, FL, died on Tuesday,
March 7, 2000 in Tallahassee. FL.
Born in Port St. Joe, Thomas had lived
in Panama City forthe past. 15 years.
He worked asa Loan Supervisor/
Team Leader for, Salle Mae.QQ9p~,in
Panama City.; He had served in the
United States Navy and was Pentecos-
tal by faith. He is survived by his par-
ents, Charles & Mazzie Moore of
CUl OLI A /til mAIL WITH $5.00
ENTRY I 1: 10.
% GULF STATE BANK
P.O. BOX C66
CARRABELLE, FL 32322
Rape Robbery Assault
Motor Crime % Rate
Vehicle Ratc/ Change
Then 100,000 199811999
966 7,393 36,130 95,184 202,559 578,774
856 6,965 31,996 89,042 180,785 532,462
and wakulla the total offenses (%
Index Change) is down, and this
reduction is largest in Franklin
County (-22.29%) Except for the
category "Forcible Rape," the
numbers of offenses in Franklin
is down in every category defined
by the FBI's Uniform% Crime Re-
port. Overall, the Crime Rate
change in Franklin County is
-23.6%, from 1998 to 1999. The
reduction in Franklin is lower
than the other counties, and is
nearly 13 percentage points be-
low the statewide average of
Nancy Totman, soprano, former
Apalachicola resident now, resid-
ing in Enterprise, Alabama, and
Peter Pursino, tenor, from Florida
On the second half of the pro-
gram, Dr. Nott will be bass solo-
ist in five patriotic songs on texts
by American poets Francis
Hopkinson, Herman Melville, e.e.
cummings, David Morton, and
Walt Whitman, set to music by Dr.
Bedford Watkins in 1976 for the
American Bi-centennial. Dr.
Watkins.will be pianist and
Mathew Fossa from Florida State
University, oboe soloist for this
The Ilse Newell Concert Series is
Sponsored by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society, a 501-C-3
educational incorporation in
Florida. For further information,
contact George Chapel at
iastpoint; his two brothers, Miclael
Moore of Eastpoint and Charles E.
Moore, Jr. of Panama City: and his
three sisters, Cynthia Diane Moore of
Panama City, Linda Naomi Moore of
Chipley, and Michelle Renee Moore of
Panama City. Funeral services were
held on Friday, March 10, 2000 at The
Church of GOddritEktpoift'Wilthi Rev.
Hernian-Knapp'-& Rev. Billy Wallace
officiating, Interment followed in The
Eastpoint Cemetery also in Eastpoint.
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,
FL, in charge of arrangements.
It's almost time for The 2000
Carrabelle Waterfront Festival and Gulf
State Community Bank, The, Chamber
of Commerce and The, Friends of the
Franklin C6unty Public Library would
like to invite all cooks (and wanna be
cooks) to The Gumbo Cookoff for lots
of food, fun and prizes.
The top three contestants win cash
prizes from $50 to $150 and other
prizes for 4th through 10fh place. But
the BIG winners will be the KIDS... as all
proceeds from the sale of the Gumbo
.will go to the Library and The Wings
Program. The 1997'winner went on to
win $50,0001 You could be next.
So dust off your cookbook, or call
Grandma and ask her for her secret
recipe.(if she hasn't already entered!)
and come join in the fun. You don't
want to miss it!
For more information contact: David
Butler 850/ 697-3395, Shirley Vigneri -
697-4195 or Corrabelle Library 697-2366
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There could be hundreds of fac-
tors accounting for the decreas-
ing rates. Sheriff Bruce Varnes,
Franklin County, attributes part
of the reduction due to a tight-
ened enforcement against drugs,
increased patrols and shortened
response times. In Wakulla
county, authorities there credit
the existence of crime watch
neighborhoods and citizens
groups that have taken part in
civilian police academies which,
make residents aware of law en-
By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Water Re-
source Board heard from their
engineer Michael Murphy on the
progress being made on the wa-
ter extension and repair project
at their meeting of March 4.
Before getting to that part of the
meeting, Murphy told the three
commissioners that there was
about $270,000 dollars worth of
repairing some old galvanized pipe
lines. Murphy, aided by District
employee Bill Marshall, had dis-
covered several places where the
galvanized pipe had corroded and
rusted until it was springing leaks
all over. They brought along a very
corroded length of pipe as a
Murphy told the commissioners
that it was essential that this work
be included into the contract and
he had devised several changes
that would permit it to be done
without need of more money. Af-
ter some discussion the commis-
sioners voted to get rid of all the
old pipe and replace it with PVC.
Murphy said that they would not
be able to put in as many fire hy-
drants as on: the plan. Marshall
also said that they really needed
to add a generator and that was
not in the plan. It would be used
to transfer water to the elevated
tank in a time of power loss.
Murphy said to hire a technician
to watch over the work every day
would cost around $73,000 and
they have a full-time employee in
Marshall. He said, "It would be
great if Bill could do it." Marshall
responded that he could do that
besides his other work.
Murphy then turned his attention
to the test well. He reported it was
not paid out of the loan funds and
would cost about $110,000. Tay-
lor Moore, who manages the wa-
ter company, said that there was
money in a contingency fund that
would amount to $240,000. He
said that if the district had to
cover the extra expenses he felt
comfortable with it.
There were questions asked as to
why no bidding had been done on
various tasks. Murphy said
Stidham set the quantities and
they had used Rowe for the well
test. When asked why, he said
that Rowe was equipped with a
portable generator they can bring
to the site and they had a good
track record with the District.
Miller said that "This is a public
project done with public money
and I expect them tobe bid."
Moore interjected that 15 years
ago when Well number 5 was
drilled Rowe Drillers charged
$25,000 and they charged the,
same on this job.
As to a timetable Murphy said
that he would like to start on the
permitting immediately as it will
save time as it can take up to 90 -
120 days. He was approved to go
ahead with permit and plans and
get started on the loan process.
The commissioners said that they
could have more discussion at the
Miller asked about the surveys.
He said he thought he could send
the plans to local utilities and let
them mark where their lines are
run. This will apply mainly to
water and telephone as under-
Murphy suggested that they have
the survey.and then send the
plans and survey on to local utili-
ties and that should ensure no
The meeting was adjourned after
commissioners settled on April 15
for their next meeting.
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