Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: November 24, 2000
Copyright Date: 2000
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation (CLA) met at Barretts
Roadhouse on November 11 at
6:30. Much of the meeting time
was taken up with plans for the
late January Florida Lighthouse
Association (FLA). CLA President
Barbara Revell said that 180
members from all over Florida will
converge on Carrabelle for a meet-
ing to be held at the Franklin
County Senior Center,
The morning session will be given
over to a business session with
time to get acquainted with other
lighthouse lovers. The CLA are
planning a buffet lunch to be
served at the Center. Some of the
visitors who wish to, can enter a
free raffle for a trip held on Sun=
day to see the Cape St. George
Revell expressed thanks from the
association to Woody Miley of the
Estuarine Sanctuary for use of his
boat and services.
S.illl 11\ afternoon the visitors
will be able to take a trip over to
Dog Island to see the site of the
.iglil Ih uii. that was lost in ahur-
iii .1:i Ili-it wreaked major dam-
*.L, on Carrabelle at the turn ol
the century, There will be a lee
charged for this ouitiiL
Trips to visit and climb the
Crooked River Lighthouse will be
on tap all afternoon with mem-
bers of the CLA acting as guides.
In other business Sheila Hauser

CPAA Permitted

To Pay Normal

Monthly Bills

Judge Steinmeyer ruled in a hear-
ing conducted on Thursday, 16
November that the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) may
pay normal monthly bills, but is
still prohibited by his earlier in-
junction from meeting to discuss
and deliberate other issues.
The attorney for the CPAA, Ann
Cowles, asked for the hearing in
order to obtain permission, in the
face of the injunction, to pay
monthly bills of the CPAA.
The hearing did not embrace the
issue of Quo Warranto which calls
into question the City's authority
and the CPAA authority to accept
and seat certain members on the
CPAA. The City has challenged
the current membership and
brought the injunction hearing
weeks ago. The CPAA has asked
for a jury trial on the Quo War-
ranto issues, that is likely to de-
lay the outcome of the member-
ship questions for several weeks.
The CPAA is also challenging the
City's appointment of certain
members to the CPAA on the ba-
sis of alleged violations of the
Florida Sunshine Law.



The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the Bay
Area Choral Society, under the
direction of Merel Young of
Keokuk, Iowa, and St. George Is-
land, in a performance of the
Christmas portion of G.F.
Handel's oratorio, Messiah, on
December 10 at 4:00 p.m., E.S.T.,
at Historic Trinity Church,
Apalachicola. Soloists will be so-
pranos-Cynthia Rhew, East-
point, Virginia Harrison, Port St.
Joe, Emily Herbst, St. George Is-
land; Tenor Yuell Chandler,
F.S.U., Tallahassee, and basses-
Wesley Chesnut, Apalachicola,
and Prof. David Wingate, F.S.U.,
The Ilse Newell Concert Series,
sponsored by the Apalachicola
Historical Society, is a 501-C-3
corporation in Florida. A $2.00
donation is requested for each
concert. For further infor-
mation, call Eugenia Watkins,

showed the winning drawings
from the Art contest held at the
Seafood Festival. 240 children
took part in the contest. The win-
ners' drawings were passed
around for everyone to see.

Revell announced that the Fed-
eral Authorities are getting ready
to turn over the deed to the light-
house to the City of Carrabelle.
Revell said that she had received
and answered a student's letter
asking for information on the Car-
rabelle lighthouse.
Members voted to have Bonnie
Stephenson as treasurer and Ann
Deloney as membership chairper-
Revell announced that well known
lighthouse artist William Trotter
has offered the CLA the rights to
get prints made of his Crooked
River hlt ltlhoir- picture,
December 9th will be a (C hlfl.lt. ,i
celebration in Carrabelle with
Santa arriving for the children.
The Carrabelle Artists Association
will be showing their work all day
at the Moorings and the night will
be lit up with the Boat Parade.
Maranm Morris told those present
that I11,-r. will be about twenty
boats in the parade, In addition
she said that some kayak and
canoe people are planning to join
the parade on the water closer to
The next meeting of the CLA will
be held January 1 1th at 6:30 at
the Barretts Roadhouse.


For Table 1

Graduation Rate
The graduation rate shows the per-
centage of students who graduate
from high school within four years of
entering 9th grade.
Beginning with the 1998-99 school
year, the method of calculating the
graduation rate for Florida's public
high schools has been revised to track
individuals by student 1.D. numbers.
beginning with their first-time enroll-
ment in 9th grade. The updated meth-
odology not only accounts for stu-
dents who remain in the same school
for four years but also tracks incom-
ing transfer students, who. at the time
of their enrollment, are included in
the count of the class with which they
are scheduled to graduate. Outgoing
transfer students are removed from
the tracked population.
Dronnut RatP

The dropout rate
age of students in
12 who dropped o0
year. This is a one
trasted with the
which measures
over four years.
Beginning with t
year. the reported
ers all dropouts in
years' statistics sh
students 16 or ov
over the compuls


Inside This Issue

Special Tabloid on The Raney House
8 Pages
Trinity Organ Page 7
Franklin Briefs........................................................ 2
Editorial & Commentary ................................... 3, 4
School Board Plaque Night ..................................... 4
Second Circuit Court Report ............................. 5
FCAN ................................. ........................... 7
Bookshop....................................... ................. 8

Franklin School District Dropout

and Graduation Rates Rise And Fall

Among the Florida school districts dropout and graduation rates re-
leased by Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher on November 14th,
Franklin County fell from 71.2 per cent in 1998-1999, to 63.2 per
cent in 1999-2000. The dropout rate increased from 3.9 per cent in
1998-99 to 6.9 per cent in 1999-2000. The calculations for these
rates are explained below Table 1.
Compared to the statewide averages of all school districts, Franklin
County is still slightly higher in dropout rate, and nearly the same in
graduation rates, over the two year period, identified in Table 1. Con-
trasted with schools in nearby counties such as Bay, Calhoun, Gulf.
Liberty and Wakulla, the Franklin dropout rate is the highest in that
group. The 1999-2000 graduation rates in those same nearby coun-
ties identify Calhoun county as the highest graduation rate, with 90.4
percent, tracking students who remain in the same school four years.
as well as incoming transfer students who, at the time of their enroll-
ment, are included in the count of the class with which they are sched-
uled to graduate. The transfer students who leave the school before
graduation are not included in the tracked population, thus tran-
sient populations are not included in the 1998-2000 graduation rates
resulting in a more accurate picture compared to all other districts.
The statewide averages show in 1999-2000 the dropout rate was 4.6
per cent and a graduation rate of 62.3 per cent, a slight increase over
the 1998-1999 rate. Commissioner Gallagher opined that the increase
in statewide rates was likely attirbutable to better reporting of data.
Orange county held the dubious distinction of the lowest graduation
rates for 99-2000 at 49.5 per cent to 90.4 per cent in Calhoun county.
Martin county had a dropout rate of only .6 per cent; Glades county
had the highest in the state at 10.9 per cent.

Table 1

Selected District Dropout

And Graduation Rates


1999-2000 1998-99 1999-2000 1998-99
DropoutRate Dropout Rate Grad Rate Grad Rate

Bay 3.5% 2.5% 65.9% 55.9%
Calhoun 2.3% 1.8% 90.4% 83.5%
Franklin 6.9% 3.9% 63.2% 71.2%
Gulf 2.6% 1.6% 83.0% 80.0%
Liberty 1.9% 5.9% 72.7% 71.7%
Wakulla 2.7% 4.4% 73.7% 76.2%
State Totals 4.6% 5.4% 62.3% 60.2%

Franklin County Below State Average

On Reading And Math Assessment

By Tom Campbell
shows the percent-
Sgrades 9 through Education Commissioner Tom
it during the school
e-year rate. as con- Gallagher on November 21 re-
graduation rate. leased the results of the October
student progress 2000 High School Competency
Test (HSCT), which show that the
he 1998-99 school percent of eleventh grade stu-
grades 9-12. Prior dents passing the test in October
owed a rateonlyfor is slightly lower than October
er (that is. students 1999. The lower passing rates in
sory age of atten- year 2000 were expected because
"more students have earned ex-
emptions from the HSCT based on
their passing scores on the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT)," according to Gallagher's
"Although the HSCT results alone
Table 2

OCT. 2000 HSCT

indicate a decline," said
Gallagher, "when we combine the
HSCT results with the percent of
students who met the passing
standards for the FCAT, the re-
sults are comparable to last year's
Franklin County had 68 percent
of students meeting assessment
requirement in communicating/
reading, down from 77 percent in
1999 (Table 2).
In mathematics assessment re-
quirement, Grade 10 FCAT 2000
(Table 3) and Grade 11 HSCT Oc-
tober 2000, all students tested,
Franklin County showed 71 per-
cent meeting assessment require-
ment, compared to 70 percent in



3 Bay 1037 695 455 1150 1492 77 78
7 Calhoun 99 72 33 105 132 80 83
19 Franklin 69 45 6 51 75 68 77
23 Gulf 99 67 45 112 144 78 74
39 Liberty 53 35 12 47 65 72 76
73 FSULAB 66 49 50 99 116 85 83
74 FAMU LAB 37 24 5 29 42 69 64
75 UF LAB 58 51 42 93 100 93 85
STATE TOTALS 89353 56565 40850 97415 130203 75 77

Table 3
3 Ba 739 347 849 1196 1588 75 74
7 Calhoun 53 37 83 120 136 88 79
19 Franklin 55 34 18 52 73 71 70
23 Gulf 69 35 85 120 154 78 73
39 Liberty 36 13 35 48 71 68 65
65 Wakulla 107 59 155 214 262 82 83
73 FSU LAB 51 31 70 101 121 83 87
74 FAMU LAB 32 16 16 32 48 67 50
75 UF LAB 30 16 75 91 105 87 84




November 24 December 7, 2000


"Dimpled or pregnant Chads
create a lot of video chadder"-
The scene at the State Capital,
Tallahassee, Florida.

-,4- | County Commits
,- Funds To Plan
rNew Courthouse

4 Construction

The 2nd Circuit Chief Judge,
--- George Reynolds, appeared' before
the Board of County Commission-
ers during their November 21st
'-. -meeting to explain the need and
availability of money for court-
house renovations.

Continued from Column 4 lI

Compared to State levels
Franklin County is rated belov
the state percentage: State per
cent meeting assessment require
ment 76 percent, compared t.
Franklin County's 71 percent ii
2000, and 70 percent in 1999.
Calhoun County was exemplary
showing 89 percent meeting as
sessment requirement, compare
to State's 76 percent, in math
ematics assessment. Also, in com-
munications/reading assessment
(Table 2), Calhoun was again
above the state average.
Calhoun's percent was 80, com-
pared to State's 75. From the fig
ures, it is obvious that Calhoun
County schools are doing some
things right, and Franklin County
might perhaps learn something
from observing the methods ap-
plied in Calhoun County.
It should be noted that Calhoun
County also has over 90 percent
rate of graduation, where Franklin
County's percent of graduation is
Gulf County also has a higher
percentage in both mathematics
and communications/reading, as
compared to Franklin County stu-
dents. In communications/read-
ing, Franklin has 68 percent. Gulf
County has 78 percent meeting
the assessment requirement
(Table 2). In math, Gulf County
has 78 percent, compared to 71
percent for Franklin (Table 3).
Florida students are required to
demonstrate basic skills in math-
ematics and reading to receive a
high school diploma. Since 1983,
students have taken the HSCT to
meet this requirement. In 1999,
the FCAT was used as an addi-
tional method to meet the same
Students who are currently in the
tenth grade will be required to
meet the graduation requirements
on FCAT instead of HSCT. The
HSCT, however, will continue to
be used as a graduation require-
ment for students graduating in
2001 and 2002. The 11th grade
students who took the HSCT for
the first time in October 2000 and
did not pass, will have five more
opportunities to take the test be-
fore their graduation in 2002.
The reading section of the HSCT
measures reading comprehension
and skills in obtaining informa-
tion, identifying facts and opin-
ions, and drawing conclusions
from a variety of short reading
The math section of the HSCT re-
quires that students read and
solve real-world problems dealing
with consumer applications and
percent, measurements, solving
one-step problems, and such.
The district HSCT scores are
available at www.fim.edu/doe/
sas/2000hsct.htm on the
Department's web site.

Judge George Reynolds
The new construction could either
involve a separate building or an
auxiliary to the current building,
provided it served the needs of the
Court system and Franklin
Some discussion about available
funds was made, including "Ar-
ticle r' funds, amounting to about
$375,000. Another $200,000 to
$400,000 might be added to the
project from County funds, specu-
lated others. The Board moved to
spend not more than $5000 to
have their contract engineers de-
velop a generalized plan as to the
best way to proceed. Alan Pierce
speculated the most likely direc-
tion for a renovation would be on
the south side of the current
courthouse facing the G,orrie
Bridge. Others speculated on an
addition incorporating the old Jail
and a portion of the public park-
ing lot to the east.

8th Annual Boat

Parade Of Lights

In Carrabelle

December 9
By Tom Campbell
Timber Island Yacht Club has
scheduled its 8th Annual Boat
Parade of Lights in Carrabelle on
the Carrabelle River, beginning at
6:30 p.m. December 9, 2000. Ac-
cording to observers, this is "one
of the most eagerly anticipated
events in Franklin County."
Boat captains participating in the
parade are requested to attend a
Captain's Meeting at 4:00 p.m. on
December 9 at the gazebo at the
Moorings. According to a spokes-
person for the Timber Island
Yacht Club, each captain will be
assigned a number and position
in the lineup. The entry number
should "be displayed on the stern
as well as on the starboard side
of the boat."

Continued on Page 2

Volume 9, Number 24

Local Lighthouse Association

Plans January State Meeting


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The Franklin Chronicle



November 21, 2000
Present: Chairperson
Clarence Williams, Commis-
sioners Creamer, Putnal and
Mosconis. Absent: Commis-
sioner Sanders.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported to the Board
that the Vibrio vulnificus Risk
Management Group met in Talla-
hassee on November 14 to review
the Dept. of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services response to the
working group's draft manage-
ment plan, and "...to develop a
consensus plan." The final draft
has been written and distributed
for final comments. When the fi-
nal draft is approved the Dept. of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices will schedule four public
hearings in oystering areas
around Florida for public input.
Mahan also announced that there
will be a public workshop on Alli-
gator Harbor Clam aquaculture
on December 11 from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. to receive comments
from the public about the pro-
posed clam aquaculture use area
in Alligator Harbor. The proposed
action includes the development
of a high-density aquaculture
lease area on state-owned sub-
merged lands.

Bids Received
Bids were received for one Cater-
pillar 950 4x4 wheel loader or
equivalent and one Mack Lowboy
tractor or equivalent.

Airport Road
A Department of Transportation
access permit has been issued for
the airport road project. The air-
port committee decided to keep
the road in its current location
and directed Charles Chase, wet-
land biologist with Preble-Rish, to
negotiate with the Dept. of Envi-
ronmental Protection and the U.
S. Army Corps. of Engineers to
mitigate for impact the new road
will have on two wetland areas.
The time-table for an agreement
on mitigation is uncertain.

St. George Island Park
The Road Department will be tear-
ing up a portion of Gorrie Road
this week. Mason Bean has indi-
cated the volunteer work on con-
struction of the bathrooms in the
new park will begin December 1.
In a side-development, the Let. the
SChildTe-Play Foundation is pllW-
Sning to spend most of its money
on the playground equipment.

>: :,.--...--


Seeking Money for Repairs
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
ili.i he and Tim Turner, Emer-
gency Management Director, are

seeking about $420,000 in repair
and mitigation funds from FEMA
due to the damage caused by rain
associated with Tropical Storm
Helene last September 2000. He
noted that FEMA has completely
revised the vay damage reports
are written by requiring the
county to do all the work
write-ups and cost calculations.
FEMA had previously sent teams
into the county and performed
this work themselves. The shift-
ing of responsibilities has bur-
dened local resources, especially
in technical matters and Pierce
thought this might add to more
delay in approvals. In small coun-
ties, there are few with engineer-
ing staffs. No action by the Board
was taken.
Projects within the Critical Shore-
line were described and approved
for eight owners including Frank
Pilcher, James K. Duffes, Ronald
Fowler, James Crowe, The Land-
ings at St. Teresa and Thomas
The Board approved the setting
of a public hearing for the rezon-
ing and change in land use on a
parcel known as the Alligator
Point Marina. The removal of the
RV park is included in the pack-
age. Public hearings were also
approved for another project in-
volving Finni's Restaurant and
Bill Wells.

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Charles L. Lardent leads
the opposition to cluster
housing on Tract 34.
The Kinja Bay Subdivision
project, (Tract 34) after lengthy
discussion, was tabled along with
another development (Tract 47).
The controversy involved stan-
dards for clustering houses on
small parcels of land in clusters,
With some objecting to such ap-
proval. More'coverage of this will
be published in the Chronicle is-
sue of 8 December.
St. George Utility Rate
Bob Harper, former President of
the St. George Island Civic Club,
reported on the Public Service
Commission hearing on the rate
increase for the St. George Water
Management Co. He expressed
disappointment that the County
Commission did not respond to
his letter of invitation for assis-
tance on the matter. Commis-
sioner Mosconis made a motion
for County Attorney Shuler to look
into the legal process for the is-

land community to establish its
own water management district.
In this way, the district could pur-
chase water from its own com-
pany, the Water Management Co.,
or the Eastpoint Water District.

Mr. Shuler is to look into this and
report back by the next meeting
in early December.

/ I
: :'

Bob Harper

Boat Parade from Page 1

Lineup for the Parade of Lights
will be at 6:30 p.m. and all par-
ticipating captains are advised
that they should have "all safety
equipment on board, including
extra life vests for visitors sailing
with you. Also, it would be a good
idea to have extra electrical fuses
for inverters and on-board gen-
Awards for winners will be pre-
sented at the City Pavilion on
Marine Street around 9 p.m. This
will give participants time to tie
up boats. The City Pavilion is also
one of the best vantage points for
observing the parade. Observers
from past years say that "this boat
parade ot lights is magical and
great fun for the whole family."
There is no entry fee to partici-
pate in the Boat Parade of Lights.
Entry categories include: Recre-
ational Power, Commercial, Sail-
boats, Residential Stationary
Boats and/or Docks, and Com-
mercial Stationary Boats and/or
Docks. The public is invited to
participate, so it is not restricted
to members of the Yacht Club.
First Place prizes for Commercial,
Recreational Power, and Sailboat
are trophies and one hundred
dollars ($100). Second Place prize
for Commercial, Recreational
Power, and Sailboat is $50. Third
Place prize for Commercial Rec-
reational Power, and Sailboat is
twenty-five ($25).
There will be one hundred dollar
prizes ($100) for the best deco-
rated Dock and/or Stationary
Boat in the Commercial and Resi-
dential categories. If the judges
warrant, there may be a discre-
tionary prize.
Interested persons may phone
Committee, Chairman Jim Bryan
for more information at
850-697-227. :',

In the last issue, about 10
inches of typeset copy was ac-
cidentally omitted from the
Franklin Briefs. Here it is, in

Dog Island Conservation
District Versus the Dog Island
Volunteer Fire Department
The Dog Island Volunteer Fire
Department approached the
Commissioners to request that
the MSBU money be distributed
directly to the fire department and
not through the Dog Island Con-
servation District. There were
complaints about late payments
through that chain-of-command
by the fire department. Represen-
tatives of the Conservation Dis-
trict defended their position cit-
ing "fiscal responsibility" as the
reason for a professional book-
keeping and accounting system

ACF Basin


Public Meeting


What appeared to be the first pub-
lic meeting on the Apalachicola-
Chatahoochee-Flint River contro-
versy involving the states of
Florida, Alabama and Georgia was
held on the Florida State Univer-
sity (FSU) campus, Monday, No-
vember 20th. The session was
held specifically to obtain view-
points from the public in prepa-
ration of the mediation sessions
to be conducted by FSU President
Talbot ("Sandy") D'Alemberte.
The meeting was not intended to
displace the public hearings that
would be required before the three
states could formally adopt an
allocation formula for fresh wa-
ter flowing through Alabama,
Georgia and Florida.
Representatives from the states
and the Federal Commissioner for
the ACF Basin were in attendance
as 22 speakers representing en-
vironmental, utility and other in-
terests spoke to the panel.
Pat Stevens, the Chief of Environ-
mental Planning, Atlanta Regional
Commission, was one speaker
that shared her views in a par-
ticularly sensitive area. She be-
gan, "Throughout this process,
metro Atlanta has been charac-
terized by the press and others as
wasteful and as hoarders of our
precious water resources..." She
also added, "Lake Lanier orily hais
5% of the ACF River Basin drain-
age area abbBlveit and contidll' dli y'
a very small part of the water in
the basin ... Lanier contributes
less than 10% of the flow at the
state line."
The Tri-River compact involved in
the deliberations is scheduled to
expire on December 31st,'2000
unless the states agree again to
extend negotiations into 2001. In
the event they do not, the contro-
versy is likely to return to a liti-
gation process inFederal Court.
Doug Barr of the Northwest Wa-
ter Management District, one of
the negotiators for Florida, would
not speculate on whether any ex-
tension is in the offing.

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brought into play for the govern-
ment money, despite some delays.
As each side explained its posi-
tion on the matter, Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders shouted, "This is
what it's all about. It's not about
the money being it's a control
thing ... If we give the money to
you all, would you promise to do
the very best you. can, and work
with these people ?" Boatwright:
"I will." Sanders: "Now, you prom-
ised me, Mr. Boatwright..." Dr. Ed
Robinson, former chairman of the
Board (Dog Island), said "...I re-
signed because of part of these
problems. ...It's a power struggle.
That is as simple as that." Dr.
Robinson explained that the fire
department has responsibilities
for the entire Dog Island. The Dis-
trict is an entirely different entity
that should not have anything to
do with this (struggle). A separate
issue involved "getting to the west
end." There are a lot of problems
about a road going through to the
west end. In his opinion, the Dog
Island Fire Dept. should have the
authority to go where ever the
problem is... Franklin County law
says you cannot drive on the
As a result of the second issue,
access to the west end of Dog Is-
land by emergency vehicles, and
perhaps contractor's trucks,
County Attorney Shuler was
asked to review the matter, and
draft an amendment permitting at
least emergency access to the
west end of the island. The power
company and telephone company
have had problems of servicing
the west end of Dog Island as well.

Alan Pierce, Director of
Administrative Services
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that he sent a letter to the Florida
Department of Transportation
(DOT) indicating, that the Board
would enter into an interlocal
agreement with DOT involving
landscaping around the Marks
Monument across from the
Franklin County Courthouse.
This project was originally
thought to be a long time coming
but Pierce had been notified by

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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
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DOT that the project would be
started in early 2001 with a de-
sign value of $8000. The agree-
ment would involve the county
implementing the plan hiring the
contractor to buy and plant the
bushes and DOT would reim-
burse the County. The Board
could wait until the interlocal
agreement is received before
agreeing to it. Another project in
landscaping deals with a proposal
"developing an entrance to" St.
George Island. This project would
not begin until the new bridge is
finished, about 2003. DOT is
planning to spend about
100,000 on this entrance on
Franklin Boulevard where the
road is divided when it comes onto
the island.
Pierce distributed a copy of the
draft management plan for Bald
Point State Park to the Board. He
has written that the plan does
comply with the Franklin County
comprehensive plan.
A $160,000 study directed by
Preble-Rish to study the erosion
on Alligator Point and Bald Point,
and Pierce has recently received
Dept. of Environmental Protection
(DEP) agreement to expand the
scope ofthe study. In May 2000,
the Board directed its Chairper-
son to sign the erosion study
agreement but that was likely for
the original contract. The Board
signed the expanded agreement to
cover the expanded scope Of
work. According to Greg Preble,
the erosion study is about 50%
The Board approved a contract for
$7500 for the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council to update the
County Comprehensive Emer-
ency Plan. The update mandated
by the State, calls for a complete
rewrite of the plan according to
new state requirements. The
Council received a federal grant
to help cost share in the writing
of plans for several rural counties,
and Pierce asked that Franklin
County be included. Tim Turner
and Pierce both strongly recom-
mended approval of the agree-



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24 November 2000 Page 3

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks

By Carolyn Hatcher
Today as we contemplate the events of the past ew weeks, how thank-
ful we are that we live in this wonderful county and grateful for our
rule of law in this great land. We as citizen; have no fear of tanks
rolling through our streets to enforce some powerful dictator's will on
us or that prisons would be filled withthos, of us who speak out to
the world our preference for one candidateover another candidate.
We all continue to go about our businesses usual, respecting our
rules of law, confident that our daily live, will be normal and safe.
This isn't to say we don't have our wars)f words or that we won't
compete to try and insure our personalopinions be the one most
Thanksgiving is a day set aside each ye;r for us to remember all the
blessings we have received during theyear. Americans are truly a
family of many nationalities and religils, thus when other nations
see us in a family argument sometimes hey misunderstand and think
we are divided. We are not! After theshouting is over the words of
anger are softened, it is then that wrwill be grateful for our forefa-
thers who had the foresight and wisdom to create this great constitu-
tion we live by. We are truly blessedto be Americans.
The first Thanksgiving observance America was entirely religious.
On December 4, 1619 a group of 31 English settlers arrived at Berke-
ley Plantation, on the James Rivr near what is now Charles City,
Virginia. The group's charter repaired that the day of arrival be ob-
served yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.
In the summer of 1621 in Plym winter had killed about half ofthe members of the colony, governor
William Bradford arranged a harvest festival to give thanks for the
progress the colony had manc. This festival lasted three days and
included about 90 Indians wlo attended and brought five deer to add
to the feast. This custom continued for the next several years, but no
traditional date was set.
During the Revolutionary var, eight special days of thanks were ob-
served for victories and for)eing saved from dangers. In 1789, Presi-
dent George Washington isued a general proclamation naming No-
vember 26 as a day ofnaional thanksgiving. In the same year, the
Protestant Episcopal Chirch announced that the first Thursday in
November would be a regular yearly day for giving thanks.
By 1830, New York had m official state Thanksgiving Day, and other
Northern states soon flowed its example. In 1855, Virginia became
the first Southern static to adopt the custom.
Sarah Josepha Hale, he editor of Godey's Lady's Book, worked to
promote the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day. Then in. 1863, Presi-
dent Abraham Lincol proclaimed the last Thursday of November. In
1939, President Frarklin D. Roosevelt set it one week earlier, in order
to help business ay lengthening the shopping period before
Congess ruled tha after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would
be observed as Tlanksgiving Day and would be a legal federal holi-
In the Iroquois Constitution, the great Lord Dekanawidah along with
the Five Nation/ Confederate Lords wrote, I plant the Tree of Great
SPeace. I name he tree, The Tree of The Great Long Leaves, Roots
have spread oit from the Tree of the. Great Peace, one to the north,
one to the eas, one to the south and one to the west. The names of
these roots ar the Great'White Roots and their nature is Peace and
May blessings follow these roots over this country and bring peace to
all of us anc strength to this great land of ours.

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St. George Directors Conduct

Routine Meeting

The new Board of Directors of the St. George Plantation Owners' As-
sociation, Inc. held their first meeting following the annual meeting
last month. Present were: President Richard Plessinger, Charles
Manos, Jr., Karen Fowlkes, Jim Matson, Michael Doyle and Manley
Mary McCloud's request for a variance to construct a boardwalk in
Heron Bay Village occupied most of the agenda.
An evaluation report on the construction of a new clubhouse was
described In general terms, along with a proposed purchase of a plan-
tation house near the front entrance. Proposals for new accountants
,were described very generally without any official board action except
to defer a decision until more proposals were received. A so-called
update of discussions with Waste Management regarding trash and
garbage pickup was presented by President Plessinger but only the
Board members had received briefing sheets describing the plan;
nothing was shared with the approximate 35 members attending the
Under new business, Director Jim Matson moved the reactivation of
the planning committee for future Association activities, to work on
plans for 2000 through 2016. Another motion, approved by the Board,
was to establish a "Governance" committee comprised of mostly Board
members, Association President and operations Manager, and 3 As-
sociation members to develop a list of "board candidates" in future
months. This committee was to fill a void left largely by an apathetic
membership to identify and promote candidates to serve on the Board
of Directors in future months, if and when needed.
Michael Doyle reported on pending legal matters, but omitted any
report on three litigations. Two have been settled, according to Doyle:
the cable company lawsuit in which the Plantation was a third party
and a matter involving a tennis court. An executive session was held
in the morning before the 12 noon meeting. However, Doyle called for
closure of the public meeting to "executive session" when the vari-
ance for Mary McCloud had been discussed. No vote was taken by
the Board. The Board eventually approved the request, as had the
Architectural Control Committee days earlier. Tom Hoffer objected to
the Executive session citing the Board with violating State Law. Mr.
Doyle insisted that the meeting could be called to Executive Session
to deliberate on this decision, which did not involve the traditional
exceptions for closure'under State Law.

Inform, Not Inflame

Who eventually wins the President is important, but arriving at a
result that is respected by the American public is more important.
The unfolding drama could easily spin out of control into a crisis of
electoral credibility that could not only taint the eventual winner, but
could breed cynicism about the sanctity of the voting booth for years
to come. At this critical moment for our nation, it is important to take
a moment to step back and focus on the responsibilities of all the
players in this national drama.
The candidates and their representatives have a responsibility to con-
duct themselves in a manner that puts the national interest above
the partisan interest, It could be argued that the most importantjudg-
ment of the next President will be how he and his people handled this
period of uncertainty. Talk like "the campaign continues" from Gore
Committee Chairman William Daley or about moving forward with
preparations for taking office from the Bush camp should cease, and
statements that fan partisan passions should be withheld. This is
not the moment to engage in a partisan public relations campaign.
but to work in a statesman-like way to discern the will of the voters,
Warren Christopher and James Baker should meet, should stand
before the press together-and should make clear that the one and
only goal of both candidates isto find out what the people have said
at the voting booth.
The public officials involved in the recount have a responsibility to
follow the letter of the law when it comes to procedures, but to go
beyond the letter to fulfill the spirit of transparency that ensures the
integrity and credibility of the eventual result. Extra time and careful
attention should be paid to explaining clearly and as simply as pos-
sible the actions being taken and the reasons for those actions.
The news media have a responsibility to show an uncharacteristic
restraint and to ensure that their reports have more context than is
normally the case The mistakes of the Tuesday-night should serve as
chastening experiences. This is not a moment for media-induced hys-
teria or impatience. Political commentators in particular should have
a full appreciation of the dangers that lurk at this moment and think
again about comments that inflame rather than inform.
Citizens have a responsibility to put aside the passions and put our
full faith in the democratic process. This is a time for high expecta-

tions and great patience. Our system is not perfect, humans are fal-
lible, and not all mistakes or misjudgments are the result of bad
! motives. As the exit polls have shown, the nation is divided-a gender
I gap, a racial gap, a rural v. urban gap. But now-at this moment of
crisis-is the time to reaffirm a common commitment to the ideals of
democracy that must unite us.
The good news is that, at this moment of crisis, the nation is blessed
with prosperity and peace. But each generation faces a moment of
truth, and this election crisis might be ours, How the players respond
at this moment will be the legacy left behind just as the previous
generation left a legacy of peace and freedom after World War II.. If
handled improperly, the result could taint our system for many years.
As the Presidency hangs in the balance, the next several days will be
a period to get through, but these days will also be an occasion to rise
to. But it is also an opportunity to demonstrate that at a moment of
great strain and emotion, we have the strength in the United States
to live up to the ideals of our democratic process and to renew our
commitment to transparency and the essential fairness of our elec-
toral process.
Meredith McGehee
Senior Vice-President
Common Cause

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Panhandle Players Schedule
"The Curious Savage"
By Tom Campbell
A production of The Panhandle
Players is scheduled at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola for Friday
and Saturday, December I and 2,
2000, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The
play is "The Curious Savage" by
John Patrick. It is a comedy that
the whole family can enjoy
Royce Hodge, President of the
Panhandle Players, is Director of
the play. He said he has a good
cast and the rehearsals are going,
well. "We appreciate Rex
Partington and the Dixie Theatre
allowing us to practice and put on
the play here," said Hodge. The
Panhandle Players once per-
formed their plays at the old gym
in Carrabelle. That gym became
unsafe for public use and has now
been torn down.
Hodge said it was "wonderful to
be able to rehearse and stage the
play in a lovely theatre like the
Dixie Theatre."
Other officers of the Panhandle
Players are: Carole Lawlor, First
Vice President; Tom Adams, Sec-
ond Vice President;, Liz Sisung,
Secretary; and Barbara Siprell,
The Panhandle Players is a com-
munity group started in Franklin
County about 1985. The group
currently has "about 20 to 40
members," according to Hodge.
"We're looking for new members,"


he said. "Anyone interested in
theatre is welcome to join."
The cast of"The Curious Savage"
is: Fairy May played by Amanda
Loos, Florence played by Barbara
Siprell, Hannibal played by Coo-
per Ward, Jeffrey played by Royce
Rolstad, Ms. Paddy played by
Judith Henderson, Senator Titus
played by Dennis Shannon, Judge
Samuel Savage by Alex Moody,
Lily Belle by Liz Sisung,. Ms. Sav-
age by Beth Blair, Miss Willie by
Jennifer Shannon, and Dr.
Emmett by Tom Adams.
Members of the cast are from
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St.
George Island.
The play is directed by Royce
Hodge. Assistant Director is Cathy
Watts. Randall Thompson is do-
ing the Lighting Design. Costumes
and Props are by Laura Moody.
Hodge said that producing a play
is a true team effort and he has a
good team working together on
"The Curious Savage.
Tickets will be $10 per person and
may be purchased from any cast
member. For further information,
phone Royce Hodge, Director, at
Hodge said he hoped the county
would support"the community ef-
fort. 'The play is suitable for the
whole family," he said, "and it is
very funny."
The Panhandle Players are sched-
uled to produce a musical com-
edy in March or April of 2001.



Vol.), No. 24

November 24, 2000

Publisher ........................................... Tom W Hoffer
Conttoutors ........................................... Tom Campbell
........... Susan Gunn
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jean Collins
........... Jimmy Elliott

Siles ................................... .............'... Jean Collins
............ Tom W. Hoffer
.......... Diane Beauvais Dyal

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Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ..................... ..... .................. Tom Cam pbell
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David Butler .................. Carrabelle
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George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
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Editorial and Commentary
Testimony Before The FFWCC
Speaks To The Role Of Regulation
Crushing Private Enterprise
The State of Florida R#riulat:or- heard again the pleas from the fishing
Industry on November 9, 2000 when Southeastern Fisheries Asso-
clation and '.,urherrn Offshore Fishing Association testified before
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) thai
"enough is enough"-Regulation is destroying the fishing industry in
Florida. Certainly, the material that follows is a point-of-view from
the Florida fishing business, similar to many complaints other fish-
ers have with regard to shellfish, mullet and other species. Here, two
fishing industry representatives raise questions about so-called "over-
fished' species, and the crushing impact of "rules" supposedly de-
signed to protect the habitat and the designated species. The First
excerpted testimony is from Bob Jones, Executive Director of South-
eastern Fisheries Assn. The second and more lengthy excerpt is from
the F,:' -ncr.r. of Bob Spae-h. Executive Director of the Southern Off-
shor'e f. -hir. Association.
My name is Bob Jones. I'm the executive director of Southeast-
ern Fisheries Association. I am here today along with Bob Spaeth,
executive director of the Southern Offshore Fishing Association.
Together we represent over 500 companies and hundreds of com-
mercial fishing vessels ...
... The Red Grouper Management Considerations in your briefing book
developed by staff is a good document. It lays out some of the par-
ticulars very well but does not Include some recent scientific
:rlfrrrrri,-' ior.
This scientific data pertains to the over calculation of the ( i l in catch,
and questions the scientific model used to determine that red grou-
per ts overfished. For your perusal, I attach two communications from
Dr. Trevor Kenchington, Certified Fisheries Scientist, If this new sci-
ence is correct, and we have every reason to believe it is, red grouper
is not overfished and is not going through overfishing. This is a very
Important finding for the recreational fishermen as well as the com-
mercial fishermen ...
Excerpts of testimony from Bob Spaeth:
.., I don't want to go into the pro and con arguments
today unless you have .ln- jmi r.riln.,- but do want to
insert Into the record a **.l:-I'irr.l'i ullilrIl by a respected
scientist who has served as Chair.man of the Gulf Coun-
cil, Dr. Bob Shipp stated "he and Harbor Branch Institute
have underwater videos of ornglines taken in the Florida
Middle Grounds in the 1980's that show minimal damage
to the habitat. "
Madeira Beach, Florida is indeed the center of the Gulf of Mexico
gt.Jrup-r fishery with other areas both north and south adding to the
value of this important resource.
Red Grouper 1.n'linu by commercial fishermen based on logbooks
data account for most of the grouper harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.
Red grouper l.nrlldii. In 1993 were 6,261,914 pounds and in 1999
were 6,352,244 according to NMFSs Southeast Fisheries Center in
Miami. Of these, bottom longlines accounted for 4,232,948 pounds
in 1993 and 4,103,065 pounds in 1999.
According to FWC data, the dockside value of shallow water grouper
in 1986 was $17.220,000 and in 1998, the dockside value was
$16,241.000 and of this Pinellas County accounted for nearly
$14,000.000 of the total. The multiplier for total economic value of
thf: ea r ix. from Pinellas County would be from $35,000,000 to

Fres-, ;'..Jr,-.r i.k served in 1th., :ands of restaurants here in Florida
and .n ,'r..i'u. l the southeast. Any reduction in harvest, particularly
if tbh rj:u'i'rnm were based on flawed data, would have a serious
economic impact not only on the fishing industry but also on the
entire state of Florida. You will be hearing from restaurant owners
today on the vale of having fresh Florida grouper on their menu.
Plase listen to their statements and their plea for fairness and
There has been talk from competing gear types to move us outside
the 50-fathom line throughout Florida. That would kill our segment
of the grouper fishery, as many of our vessels are not designed to fish
that far from shore, particularly in bad weather.
We are already banned inside 20 fathoms from Cape San Blas south
and banned inside 50 fathoms from Cape San Blas west. We lost 50%
of our fishable area when the 20-fathom line was enacted. We testi-
fied to NMFS at that time that it would be extremely hard, if not
impossible, to reach our quota with so much area permanently closed
to our fishing gear. I think this prediction has been borne out by the
landing reports.
Our discard rate is less than other gear types and our percentage of
mortality as a result of being caught, de-hooked and returned to the
ocean has got to be less because of the highly restricted area open for
us to fish.
Fewer red grouper are harvested outside 50 fathoms. According to
data we reviewed, in 1994 about 100,000 pounds were landed from
the 50 fathom to greater than 80-fathom area and in 1998 approxi-
mately 400,000 were landed from that same area. The Gulf of Mexico
Fishery management Council's SSC observed the percentage of fish
under 20 inches was 93% in 0 to 5 fathoms, 84% in 5 to 15 fathoms,
66% in 15 to 20 fathoms and 24% in greater than 20 fathoms.
Bottom longlines are not the problem in the red grouper fishery and
we hope you allow us the opportunity to prove this to you.
There has been a Reef fish permit moratorium for the past 10 years.
We have had zero growth in the commercial sector while at the same
time the number of new boats built and licensed for fishing in Florida
continues to balloon. There is no limit on new entries for the recre-
ational sector. We have stated before that if 100 new offshore sport
fishing boats come into the reef fish fishery off Pinellas County, this
fleet of fast boats have the capacity to catch 200 pounds of grouper
per trip (5 fishermen x 5 fish @ 8 pounds per fish). You can do the
math on 200 pounds times as many trips as you think are taken. My I
point is most people don't realize how many fish 50,000 sport fishing
boats in the Tampa Bay area can catch over a period of time.

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Plaque Night At School Board

November 16, 2000
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Mrs. Connie Ard Roehr:
(holding back her emotions
some). "These are tears of
joy. I have another direction
I'm going in ... A calling in
my life ... I thank God
because through all the
campaigning, I have fasted
and I have prayed and I have
sought God. What do I do?
Where do you want me? And,
I take great pleasure in
following the direction that
has been pointed to me at
this time ... which is a higher
calling ... and is a deeper
relation with my Faith, so
I'm excited at one point ...
Here at Brown Elementary is
my childhood. My father was
a school board member when
Brown Elementary was built.
And, I attended it in first
grade when it was opened.
So, there is a lot of
background ... at this school

... As time went by, my
brother was a school board
member. So, there is a
history of Ards here in
Franklin County that I'm
very proud of ..."

Having said that, we still support continuation of the reef fish mora-
torium for commercial fishermen and would recommend that the la-
tent permits in existence be re-examined for use and any permit holder
In the longline sector that caught less than 10,000 in any of the last
three years be removed as a permit holder and any bandit fisherman
who caught less than 5,000 in any of the past three years also be
removed as a reef fish permit holder. As part of this re-examination of
permit holders, we need to look at the law itself as we know of in-
stances where the 5,000 pound threshold for getting a restricted spe-
I cies endorsement might have been manipulated. What we are saying
is the legitimate commercial fishermen should not be penalized in
allocations to take care of those who really are not in the commercial
fishing sector but are looking for a way to pay for their fun by selling
the fish they catch'.
In another area, we suggest FMRI take a hard look at the loss of
habitat and how it affects grouper recruitment and growth. We read a
very interesting article in the St. Petersburg Times last week pointing
South how much habitat has been hurt in the past few years, particu-
larly the loss of grasses important to our fisheries. Loss of habitat
affects all fishermen and we should all strive to protect the habitat we
Still have here in Florida as well as throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
SI think the Commission should be aware of iust hoj'. hard it is filan-
all'L to earn a living ih t commercial Ie'-hianO bu-ine-- 4Jr' 't this
past week, there have been so many red grouper landed'tfat'the
price has dropped from $2.75 to $1.75 a pound to the boats. The fuel
cost didn't drop and we have not been able to afford insurance for so
many years now that it blows me away. US Coast Guard require-
ments, lifeboats of certain specifications, EPIRB's and so much other
requirement for us while at the same time our competing fish pro-
ducers outside the full time commercial sector never even get inspected
to any great degree. Groceries, maintenance and total overhead hasn't
declined only the price of the fish because of their abundance.
We have trouble maintaining captain and crew because you al-
most have to be a lawyer to determine what fish is legal and what
fish is illegal. There are hundreds of species to choose from and
not everyone, including the enforcement agents, are always cor-
rect in identifying a legal fish.
I don't mean to paint such a bleak picture of our industry but the fact
of the matter it is rather bleak. We are to the point where many of the
commercial fishing boats would be willing to participate in a buyout
program that would take all the permits and the boats completely out
of the picture. That would solve the fisherman's problem in the short
run, would offer.a few more fish for sport fishing in the short run, but
in the long run the infrastructure of this sector of the seafood indus-
try would be diminished. The people who like to eat domestic grouper
and those people who depend on domestic seafood harvest for their
livelihood would suffer the most.
I close by saying this:
* Anymore regulations to reduce harvest would just about do us in. If
such occurs it would be a disaster and.force us to seek a disaster
* Read all the science and support the best scientific information.
* Support our efforts to make reef fish a limited access fishery.
Work with us to keep this fishery viable for all the people of Florida.

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years; he was a schog
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Roehr. The award read, in
part, "In appreciation for
eight years of unlimited
service rendered with the
people of the Franklin
County Board. We extend to
you our deepest gratitude
and hope for your continued
sacce,a:s.I Franklin- County -
School Board, President, M
Galloway, Superintendent."
Mikel Clarke presented an
award to Mrs. Brenda
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achievements accomplished
through your devotion and
service to the children of

as Chairman for seven" ... He
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allowing him to be on the
school board, and take time
away from his family.

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Will Kendrick a plaque. "...
in recognition of out-
standing leadership and our
appreciation of your
conscientious effort in the
education of students of
Franklin County..." "Educa-
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24 November 2000 Page 5

Second Circuit

Court Report

By Barbara Revell

October 16, 2000

The Honorable F.E.Steinmeyer, m l
Adam Ruiz, Prosecuting Attorney
Kevin Steiger, Assistant Public Attorney


Ahrent, Deidra Kaye: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams, pos
session with intent to sell, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of
firearm by convicted felon. According to the probable cause report the follow-
ing allegedly occurred: On September 16, 2000 an officer executed a search
warrant on the above defendant's home and 57 grams of cannabis was found.
The officer also found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, three sets of scales, nu-
merous items of drug paraphernalia. Arraignment continued until November
20, 2000.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling while occupied, resisting
arrest without violence and criminal mischief. According to the probable cause
report the following allegedly occurred: On August 2, 2000 an officer was
dispatched to Heritage Villas Apartments in reference to a possible fight. When
the office arrived on the scene he made contact with Mrs. Danielle Davis who
stated that the defendant had broken into her apartment by breaking the
window and was climbing back out of the window at that moment. The officer
chased him and ordered him to stop. Defendant did not stop. Arraignment
continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harrell, David Bryan: charged with grand theft. According to the probable
cause the following allegedly occurred: On July 12, 2000, Mr. John Spoherer
reported to the Sheriffs Office in that a watch had been stolen. The victim
house when the watch was discovered missing was Spoherer, the intended
recipient and the defendant. The defendant had done some work for Spoherer.
Arraignment continued until November 20, 2000.
Hobbs, Cindy K.: Charged with two counts of interference with custody. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On July
22, 2000, the defendant was located in Leon County, Florida, with two chil-
dren. They were returned to their parents and the parents filed charges. Ar-
raignment continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented the defen-

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Houston, Eddle: Charged with aggravated battery. According to the probable
cause report the following allegedly occurred. On July 30. 2000, an officer
responded to the report of a stabbing. James Peterson stated that he had
been In front of the Oasis when the defendant asked him why he was following
him, Peterson advised the defendant that he was not following him and walked
away, Peterson stated that the defendant stabbed him twice in the right leg
around the hip area. There was a witness to the alleged stabbing who signed
a sworn statement. Victim was transported to Weems MemorialHospital for
treatment. Ari.alzniii ii t continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Joynar, John E,: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The
defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference scheduled
for November 20, 2000. Attorney Clifford Davis represented the defendant.
Manning, Deborah: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
September 1, 2000, an officer was dispatched to a home in Carrabelle, in
reference to an altercation. The defendant advised the officer that she and her
boyfriend, Herbert McKinney, had an argument and she wanted him out of
the house. She also stated that he had struck her. The officer observed some
red marks on her throat. McKinney advised the officer that Manning had a
gun and had shot at him. The officer asked Manning about the gun and she
told the officer that she had shot at McKinney and then hid the gun. The
officer then arrested Manning for assault with a deadly weapon and McKinney
for domestic battery. Arraignment continued until November 20. 2000. Attor-
ney Thomas D. Smith represented the defendant.
Shipman, Athen P.: Charged possession of controlled substance, possession
less than 20 grams marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession
of alcohol by a person under 21 and contributing to the delinquency of a
minor. According to the probable cause affidavit the following allegedly oc-
curred: On September 23, 2000, an officer observed a vehicle that failed to
stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was stopped and while stopped officers found
alcoholic beverages, marijuana cigarettes and loose marijuana. Two passen-
gers in the vehicle were minors. All were transferred to the Franklin County
Jail. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on October 13. 2000.
Attorney Jan Hevier represented the defendant.
Smith, Wendy Michelle: Charged with 20 counts of obtaining prescription
medication without a prescription and three counts of uttering a forged in-
strument. A public defender was appointed. Arraignment continued until No-
vember 20, 2000.

Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with burglary of a conveyance and possession
of burglary tools. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger repre-
sentedthe defendant.
Bass, Christopher Shondell: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to
elude and driving while license suspended or revoked. A Capias was issued
and bond estreated.
Becton, Prince: Charged with throwing a deadly missile and resisting officer
with violence. Pretrial continued until December 18 and trial set for December
20, 2000.Steiger represented the defendant.
Chandler, John Wesley: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily
harm. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the
Chastain, James M.: Charged with delivery of a controlled substance to mi-
nor and criminal solicitation. Pretrial continued until December 18, 2000.
Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Chester, Joseph Leonard: Charged with driving while license suspended
felony. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Attorney Samuel H. Lewis
represented the defendant.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence and battery. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000.
Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Edwards, Ross Wayne: Charged with battery and aggravated battery with
deadly weapon. Pretrial continued until December 18 and trial scheduled for
January 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Estes, Fred: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pretrial
continued November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Estes Robert C.: Charged with kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery by
threats reasonably believed and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000.
Fuller, Dana M.: Charged with interference with custody. Deferred prosecu-
tion agreement entered intO on October 13. 2000. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler
represented the defendant.
Glass, Luther: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until November
20, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Gloner, David Allen: Charged with felony fleeing or dauemipiung to elude and
;grand theft of a motor vehicle. Pretrial continued until Noemrnber'20.;2000.
Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude, dis-
orderly conduct, resisting officer with violence, disorderly conduct and reck-
less driving. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Hill, Travis Walker: Charged with leaving scene of accident with injuries and
driving while license suspended or revoked. Steiger represented defendant.
Jones, Laura: Charged with forgery and uttering a forged check. Pretrial con-
tinued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lee, Carmia: Charged with burglary of a structure while armed. Pretrial con-
tinued until November 20, 2000.
Marshall; Ronald George: Charged with DUI manslaughter, three counts of
DUI with serious injuries, four counts of driving with license suspended or
revoked involving death. Pretrial continued until November 20, 2000. Trial
scheduled for January 2001.
Martin, Chiquetta: Charged with fraudulent use of a. credit card. Pretrial
continued until November 20, 2000. Attorney B. Sanders represented the de-
Massey, Michele: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting officer with
violence and petit theft. State dropped the charges. Steiger represented the
McMahon, Glen: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Attorney B. Sanders represented
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Melton, George Lindsey: Charged with leud and lascivious assault, and bat-
tery. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the de-
Murrary, James Jeffery: Charged with grand theft. State dropped the charges.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Orr, Keith G.: Charged with burglary of conveyance and possession of bur-
glary tools. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000.Attorney B. Sanders
represented the defendant.
Pennington, Dustin Wayne: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Attorney Clifford Davis
represented the defendant.
Pumphrey, James J., Jr.: Charged with sexual battery. The charge was re-
duced to a misdemeanor, the defendant entered a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, no contact
with the victim and $145 court costs. Steiger represented the defendant.
Raffield, Devin: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until December
18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanders, Delonta Lionel: Charged with burglary of a structure while af-med
and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Pretrial continued until Decem-
ber 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shiver, Henry Alien Eugene: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and petit
theft. Pretrial continued until November 20. 2000. Attorney B. Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Smith, Keissha Nicole: Charged with forgery alteration of a public record
certificate, etc. and driving while license suspended or revoked/first offense.
Pretrial continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Sponsler, Alien: Charged with escape. Pretrial continued uptil December 18. i
2000 and trial set for December 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Taunton, Gary Dwayne: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer.
The defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He
was sentenced to two years probation to include $295 court costs., no use of
illegal substances or alcohol, random urinalysis, substance abuse evaluation
and screening. If substance abuse treatment is required the defendant must
successfully complete treatment program. Steiger represented the defendant.
Tipton, Miriam: Charged with possession cannabis more than 20 grams.
Pretrial continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Townsend, Rufus Eugene: Charged with sale of a controlled substance. Pre-
trial continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wallace, Kenneth L.: Charged with criminal mischief/third degree felony.
Pretrial continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
White, Damien: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm and
possession of cannabis with intent to sell. Pretrial continued until November
20, 2000. Attorney B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Williams, Clifford: Charged with exploitation of elderly. Pretrial continued
until December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
stalking. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the

Barfield, Michael: Charged with uttering a forged check. The defendant de-
nied the charge. Arraignment continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Becton, Prince: Charged with possession of cocaine. The defendant entered a
denial and hearing continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Branch, Wesley W.: Charged with burglary of a structure. The defendant en-
tered a denial and hearing continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with leaving the scene of accident with injuries. Hearing
continued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Holt, Terry: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer. Hearing con-
tinued until November 20. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanders, Anthony: Charged with possession of a controlled substance. Hearing
continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanders, Delonta Lionel: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. Hearing con-
tinued until:December 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Suddeth, Glenn L., Jr.: Charged with sale,of crack cocaine. Hearing contin-
ued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ward, Jeff Allen: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle. Hearing con-
tinued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Weaver, Wendell, W.: Charged with sale of a controlled substance. Hearing
continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Whitaker, Benjamin M.: Charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police
officer and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Hearing continued
until November 20, 2000. Attorney Hoot Crawford represented the defendant.
Wood, Allen D.: Charged with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams.
Hearing continued until October 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Joseph, Katina D.: Charged with sexual act with child under 16. An order
dismissing affidavit was signed on September 20, 2000.

Ayalla, Diana: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. Hearing continued
until October 18, 2000.Steiger represented the defendant.
Hayward, Warren L.: Charged with possession of crack cocaine. Hearing con-
tinued until October 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hutchins, Jennifer M.: Charged with eight counts of uttering a forged check.
Continued until October 18; 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.

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It was a long agenda on Novem-
lions, mortgage lenders, stock ber 14 when the members of the
s, p f Franklin County Planning and
okers, pre-need funeral Zoning Commission met for their
rvices and more. regular monthly meting. The
items went from approval of ten
I docks, a marina, and several
small and larger size develop-
Barry W. Poole came before the
P&Z to show a final development
plan for the reopening of the Alli-
gator Point Marina and ask for
rezoning from C-3 to Alligator
Point Marina PUD. In addition he
asked for final development plan
approval authorizing the rehabili-
Redi-Mix Concrete station of the Alligator Point Ma-
rina and construction of 31
Septic Tank Sales/ single-family attached townhouse
Installs residences.
Pilings The 32-year-old marina is pres-
346 Crane Rental ently in a run down condition and
has 7.6 acres on Alligator Harbor.
The buildings Poole desires to re-
habilitate are a restaurant and
lounge with a family atmosphere.
He plans to renovate the floating
docks and improve the water con-
dition in the marina.
The large boat storage building
will be torn down. It is presently
50 feet high and Poole proposes
to rebuild at 48 feet, This drew
.the most interest as the allowed
height in Franklin County is 35
ngallery.com, feet. All other buildings on the
works.cotm property will be under the 35 foot
n, Proprietor
it, Pprietor Poole argued that the building has
Lookbfor otrr dsplay in the been there for many years. Some
lobby of the Gibson IVnn- of the members recalled that the
hLsto rc A palachicola. height limit was put on when resi-
dences started to be built with
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Second Circuit Court from Page 5
Lowery, Clarence: Charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property and
one count of cultivation of cannabis. Hearing continued until October 18.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Martin, Henry Jerome: Charged with attempted burglary of dwelling and
battery on law enforcement officer. The defendant was found to be in violation
of probation. Community Control was reinstated to include all previous con-
ditions. Steiger represented the defendant.
Williams, Norman B.: Charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling, two
counts of grand theft, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and
burglary of a structure. Hearing continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.

Estes, Robert C.: Charged with kidnapping, two counts sexual bat-
tery by threats reasonably believed, aggravated battery with deadly
weapon. Third hearing to reduce bond. The motion was cancelled
due to new felony charge. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shiver, Tracy DeWayne: Charged with two counts of felony battery. Public
Defender was appointed and sentencing set for October 18, 2000.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
A motion was filed for pretrial release or reasonable bail. Hearing continued
until October 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with two counts of felony fleeing or attempt to
elude. A motion was filed for pretrial release or reasonable bail. Hearing con-
tinued until October 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Bass, Christopher Shondel: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude.
Defendant failed to appear. A capias was issued and bond estreated..
Marshall, Ronald George: Charged with DUI manslaughter, three counts of
DUI with serious injuries, four counts of driving with a suspended driver's
license involving death. Jury trial continued until January. Steiger represented
Sthe defendant.
Pumphrey, James J., Jr.: Charged with sexual battery. No trial because the
defendant entered a plea to a lesser charge of misdemeanor and was adjudi-
cated guilty. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wood, Allen D.: Charged with possession cannabis more than 20 grams. VOP
hearing scheduled for November 10, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ayalla, Diana: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. VOP hearing sched-
uled for November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hayward, Warren L.: Charged with possession of crack cocaine. The defen- I
dant admitted to VOP, was found in violation and adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the County Jail. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Hutchins, Jennifer M.: Charged with eight counts of uttering a forged check.
The defendant admitted to VOP, was found in violation and adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 18 months with the Florida Department of Cor-
rections with credit for 197 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lowery, Clarence: Charged with two counts of dealing in stolen property and
cultivation of cannabis. The VOP affidavit was withdrawn. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with two counts of fleeing or attempting to
elude. Hearing was held on motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail. The
defendant was released on his own recognizance with a curfew of 6:00 P.M. to
6:00 A.M. He can be at home, go to school or work. Steiger represented the
Shiver, Tracy DeWayne: Charged with two counts of battery/felony. Re-sen-
tencing continued until November 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. A
hearing on a motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail was continued until
November 29, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.

Franklin P&Z from Page 5
George Island and many of them
were- rented to large families.
There was some problem with the
fact that local firefighters do not
have equipment that would have
to be used should a fire start.
After much discussion the plan
was approved, and the large
building was allowed to have the
48 foot height despite a warning
from P&Z Chairperson Gayle
Dodd, warning members that it
"could be one of those things that
comes back to bite us.'"
Another problem for one of the
members John Murphy who said
that he was going to support the
plan but was concerned about the
density. He said it works out to
be four living units to an acre.
Murphy also addressed the fact
that the residents of the
townhouses would make more
people to evacuate on the only
road that runs the length of the
One of the reasons given for ap-
proving was that a PUD gives the
county more control as all of the
elements in the plan must be done
and no changes. All of the mem-

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business. It was pointed out that
the business must be the primary
use and the residences second-
ary. This brought up the "Skinny
Minnies" as they are affectionately
known on the Island. These are a
row of tall houses built on 25 foot
commercial lots on the beach. The
buildings were approved with no
plan as to what the builder was
going to do.
Mary Ann Short suggested that
she did not want to, "Rezone this
property without a plan." and sug-
gested that they table till they can
get a plan. She added, "We have
denied some of these in the past."
Jack Prophater said, "It rubs me
the wrong way. When you are
looking at the intent of C4 it is to
run a business and live above it.
But the requests are simply to cir-
cumvent this. Most of them have
no intention of running a
County planner Mark Curenton
said that there was no enforce-
ment. He said it would end all of
these requests if all the C2 prop-
erties were rezoned to C-4.
Johnston said that he had seen
the "Shotgun Houses" and he did
not know he needed a plan. After
Prophater moved that they ap-
prove the rezoning it was sec-
onded by Short and was passed
For a few minutes several of the
members spoke out on the frus-
tration of some of the things that
are happening in the area. Some
suggested members showing up
at commission meetings. Dodds
said, "Perhaps we could have a
workshop and invite all interested
parties to join in."
The next item on the agenda was
the rezoning of 230 acres in the
vicinity of Hickory Hammock
Road near Carrabelle from A 2 (1
house per 40 acres) to R 6 (1
house to ten acres.) This land is
owned by William Wells. He said
8 of his lots would be on the wa-
tef. He said he felt a lot more
people would be able to buy 10
acres. The rezoning was approved.
Garlick Environmental Associ-
ates, agent for Judy Morgan, the
final plat review for Kinja Bay
Subdivision on St George Island
by Dan Garlick. It has 7 acres and
has approval of the Board of Ad-
justment (BOA) for cluster. There
were people there to approve lis-
ten to tape.
The final plat for Emerald Shores
Subdivision, a small subdivision
between Eastpoint and Carra-
belle, with three lots was pre-
sented and approved.
W.I. Norred gained approval for
the sketch plan for tract 10.
Claude Sims received approval on
the sketch plan for Tract 47 on
the East end of St. George Island,
Golden Acres, Phase I and 2 were
approved on a sketch plan sub-
mitted by Edwin Brown agent for
Jackie Golden.
Freda White requested approval
to place one home on seven acres
on her property on 379, an item
that had been omitted from the
October agenda. She received

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presidential election.

The November 7th vote has been counted twice. The military vote has
been counted. The results are in. Bush/Cheney won. No matter what a
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Bush/Cheney won Florida and Franklin County and should be our Presi-
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Boyd Elected Leader Of The Pack

As North Florida Congressman
Allen Boyd (D). enters his third
term in the U,S. ,Hopse ofRepre-
sentatives, he will be playing a
leadership role in one of Congress'
most influential coalitions, the
Blue Dogs. At this week's Blue
Dog Caucus meeting the member-
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iof Co-Chairs. The three equally
powerful slots will be manned by
Allen Boyd (D-FL), Co-Chair for
Communications and Outreach,
Rep. Jim Turner (ID-TX),
Co-Chair for Policy, Rep. Chris
John (D-LA), Co-Chair for Admin-
The narrow margin separating the
majority from the minority in-
creases the importance of the role

the.32 member Blue Dog coalition
will play in the 107th Congress.
'Witd dIhe Presideniy still., nde-
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upon to bridge the gap between
the parties and promote
commonsense legislation, rooted
in fiscal responsibility.
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additional members in this elec-
tion cycle, have become increas-
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The Raney House A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER November 24, 2000

Raney House Gets Attention It Deserves


By Tom Campbell
An estimated 6,000 people annually vis-
ited the Raney House, one block north
of the traffic light in Apalachicola. when
tours were still being offered. Since a
bolt of lightning blew off the cap on the
chimney a couple of years ago-caus-
ing extensive water damage -- the tours
have been discontinued until repairs
can be made. Now that a Special Cat-
egory Projects Grant of $150,000 has
been awarded, some of those repairs can
be made.
The reconstruction can get started now
that an architect has been selected. He
is Randy Lewis, A.I.A.
George C. Chapel. President of the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society,

Inc., wrote the grant. He has figured
prominently in the preservation of the
Raney House and its going on the Na-
tional Register of Historic Places in 1972.
"Many homes ofApalachicola are on that
register," according to Ms. Laura Rob-
erts Moody, Vice President of the His-
torical Society. She is the Curator of the
Raney House Museum and is Project
Manager. Ms. Moody is a professional
genealogist who studied at Sanford Uni-
versity in Birmingham, Alabama.
Recently, she provided a very interest-
ing tour of the Raney House. One of the
first items she showed was the box sofa
in the front hall. The sofa belonged to
the Raneys-and was priced at $5.75 in
1828. It is worth considerably more than
that now. The sofa was probably made

David Greenway Raney, Sr.

David Greenway Raney, Jr.

in New York or Boston.
According to the Raney House History,
the story, of the Raney House is "inter-
woven with the lives of the Raney family
and the booming cotton port of Apalachi-
cola in the early 1800's. When David
Greenway Raney and his bride, Harriet
Jordan, who were both Virginians, ar-
rived in the little city of 2,000 in 1834,
the large plantations of Georgia and Ala-
bama were sending their cotton down
the river to be loaded onto the great sail-
ing vessels anchored off St. George
In turn, the port city of Apalachicola
provided the up-river cities and planta-
tions goods and merchandise received
from all over the world. David Raney
purchased waterfront property and es-
tablished a prosperous commission
company. His four column home on

Market Street was completed in 1838.
Raney served two terms as Mayor of the
City and during his time in office, the
city's first ordinances were enacted. He
was also a promoter of the city's
short-lived race track, and he encour-
aged traveling theatrical companies by
providing a theater.
According to the history, "six of the
(Raney) couple's nine children lived to
maturity. Their three sons served in the
Confederate forces, David G. Jr. as a
marine officer,
Edward J. in the cavalry and George P.
in the infantry. The Raney parents and
three young daughters moved to
Bainbridge, Georgia, during the war.
Legend says the closed house was bro-

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.IN ken into and vandalized when Yankee
troops took the town and would have
-Cbeen burned, if the wind had not been
.i blowing toward a collaborator's house
T next door."
"George Pettus Raney, the youngest son,
was elected to the State Legislature in
t .1868, after completing law school. In
those Reconstruction days, the young
Raney was minority leader in the house.
He served under two governors as At-
torney General and in 1888, became
Chief Justice of the State Supreme
a! Court. He later continued a distin-
I, guished law career.

donated or purchased by the
Historical Society, trying to keep
furnishings as they might have
been in the mid-to-late 1800s.

The commission merchant
customarily charged 2.5 % for his
services. He would sell the cotton
to mill representatives and the
money would be credited to the
planter's account. The planter
might draw drafts upon this
account or request that purchases
Continued on Page 3

The Raney House is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Genealogist Laura Moody has pointed out that the number of children
attributed to the union of David Raney Sr. and Harriet Jordan, both
of Virginia, was 9, not 8 as indicated on the sign.
The Raneys had nine children, six lived to maturity, three daughters
and three sons. All three sons served the Confederacy. The oldest
son was David Jr., a Marine on the CSS Tennessee. He was in the
Battle of Mobile Bay, captured, and escaped from the prison ship by
swimming to shore and returned to his unit. Edward Raney was in
the Cavalry and George Raney was in the Infantry. The daughters
and parents stayed in Bainbridge, Georgia, during the war.

The oldest daughter, Frances,
married Rev. John Oven, then
Rector of Trinity. Their son was
born in February 1875. Frances
and John died in the fall of 1875.
The middle daughter, Mary,
remained single and raised her
sister's son. A copy of the will of
David Sr. is in the dining room and
this is the reason for leaving the
house to Virginia and Mary.

David Raney was a cotton
commission merchant (or factor).
The commission merchant was
consigned cotton, usually before
it was harvested, from merchants
and planters in Georgia, Alabama
and northern Florida. The factor
would receive cotton from the
steamboats, repress it for
shipment, make arrangements for
loading aboard a ship, and send it
to a domestic or foreign market.

The Raney House is owned by the
City ofApalachicola and leased to
the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society. Because the house did
not come directly from the Raney
family, the furnishings have been

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The typical hall in the 1840s would have contained a small table
with a tray or dish for calling cards, a petticoat mirror, umbrella
stand, a table or two, wooden chairs and possibly a clock. The box
sofa that belonged to the Raneys was priced at $5.75 in 1828, probably
made in Boston or New York.


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24 November 2000 Page 3


Raney history from Page 2

of goods be made on his behalf. If
he overdrew, the merchant
became a banker, receiving 8-12%
interest on advances. The
Apalachicola Gazette of March 17,
1836 reported in the 1835-36
season that the "season" was
profitable with 40,266 cotton
bales shipped.

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Fireplace mantels in the living
and dining rooms are Italian
marble, rare and expensive.

SA fragile tea cup, reported as
belonging to Mrs. Raney Sr. is
The Rococo style mirror is on loan displayed on the sideboard.
from the Gamble plantation,
located near Bradenton.

The organ was donated through
the efforts of Harrette Kennedy.
Ms. Kitty Otto moved from St.
George Island back to New York,
and made the donation of the
organ. The music book atop
probably belonged to the oldest
Raney daughter, Frances.


And Raney House

Share Star Status
By Tom Campbell
When David and Harriet Raney moved
to Apalachicola in 1834 and started the
Raney House, the city was becoming
known for its "fair to midlin"' cotton-
some of the best on the market. Hence,
the star status of the house and the city
grew at about the same time.
Cotton was initially shipped down the
Apalachicola River on flatboats. Two
hundred sixty-six bales were shipped in
1822. The first steamboat sailed on the
river in 1828, according to the History
of the Area by George L. Chapel.
The city was named Apalachicola in
1831, becoming the county seat in 1882.
Port St. Joseph was established in 1836
to escape "the control of the Apalachi-
cola Land Company." But major storms
and "a yellow fever epidemic in 1841
destroyed the town," according to
George Chapel. A number of homes
"moved by barge from St. Joseph in
1844 are still standing in Apalachicola."
The population of Apalachicola fluctu-
ated according to trade and yellow fever
conditions. It is estimated that 150
people lived there in 1828 and about
2,000 in 1838. In 1835, during the fe-
ver months (summer) August 1 to No-
vember 1, there were estimated to be
about seventy people in town.

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The two blue design bottles
belonged to Virginia Raney, the
youngest daughter, and donated
by her granddaughers, Dorothy
Porter Hill and Helen Porter

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The painting of the THOMAS A. EDISON, a Calooahatchee River
steamboat, was built by Sam Johnson at the turn of the century
(1900). Sam Johnson was an Apalachicola boat builder.

The painting over the fireplace by Von Etta Raney is from IDYLLS OF
THE KING-LANCELOT AND ELAINE by Tennyson. Von Etta was the
wife of Edward Davis Raney, grandson of the senior Raneys.

The dining table is the ends of a banquet table. According to the
custom of the era, the dining table usually did not commonly stand
permanently in the center of the room. In the Empire Period, as in
the 18th Century, they were set against the wall or removed from
the room altogether and placed in an adjacent hall when not in use.
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sister is solid mahogany to the third floor. The stairs were
:d in 1972 using attic floor boards.


The Chronicle thanks
Mrs. Laura Moody for
her help in the prep-
aration of this sec-

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Cotton was shipped from December
through June, with most of it shipped
from January through March. Some 15
steamboats, on the average, plied the
river to Columbus, Georgia. Cotton
would be shipped down river, com-
pressed at some 43 warehouses in town
and shipped out.
Among the family names of the factors
in the city were Orman, Raney, Porter
and Chittenden.
Florida became a state in 1845.
The up-river cities and plantations re-
ceived manufactured goods from the
port city of Apalachicola. David Raney
purchased waterfront property and es-
tablished a prosperous commission
company. His four column home on
Market Street was completed in 1838.
Raney was always involved in commu-
nity affairs, both political and social. He
served two terms as mayor and during
his time in office, the city's first ordi-
nances were enacted.
In 1868, after completing law school,
George Pettus Raney, the youngest son,
was elected to the State Legislature.
The old home was willed to two daugh-
-.. ters, Mary Raney and Virginia Raney
Porter, when David Raney Sr. died in
1881, age 82.
In 1914 the sisters sold the house to
Dr. J.S. Murrow, who built an office on
the north side, which has been removed.
The City of Apalachicola purchased the
place in 1973 and received federal fund-
ing for its restoration. The Raney House
was placed on the National Register of
Historic Homes in 1972.

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Dwight Clarke Gurley, Jr. a Raney descendant of
Bainbridge, Georgia, requested that this bed be placed
in the Raney House after his death in 1990. The
unfinished quilt top was hand sown by the mother of
a local resident. Mrs. O'Quinn was in her 80s when
this was pieced. Most women never sat without
sewing, knitting or mending.


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By George Chapel

The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, founded in 1957, and
reorganized in 1973, has been affiliated
the with the Raney House since its
inception as a museum in 1973-9.
Intended to interpret the history of the
Franklin County area, and especially to
provide an opportunity to experience life
in an 1840 cotton shipping port in the
South, the Raney and the Society are
about to commence an extensive self
assessment as part of a process to
develop and refine the programs and
policies needed to expand and identify
the Raney functions and exhibits.
Continuing, to define community roles
and involvement, while targeting the
types of museums desired by both resi-
dents and tourists, will require more
public participation in the process us-
ing newsletters and symposia. Improv-
ing the maintenance, preservation, and
i expansion of the museum and its col-
lections will call for renewed and diver-
sified attention to the challenges of lim-
ited resources, fundraising, income flow
and endowment, Having gone through
a number of differing experiences and
arrangements during which, for a num-
7- ber o years, over a 100 people went
through the Raney each week; evaluat-
ing, monitoring, and reducing wear and
tear on the building while increasing
usage and revenue, will prove especially
, ^ challenging.
There are gaps in the museum's presen-
tations which need to be better filled
reflecting Florida's multicultural diver-
sity, spanning from the time of the
paleo-Indians through the earlier and
later Spanish periods, the activities of
7- the British and Scottish fur traders, the
days as a major cotton port, the Civil
War era, the lumber milling period, river
and sea activity, the early fishing and

canning industry, railroads, and am-
phibious training in World War II, to the
natural wonders of the estuary.
In addition to operating the Raney, the
Historical Society serves as the desig-
nated Citizens Support Organization for
the John Gorrie State Museum, spon-
sors the "Ilse Newell" community con-
cert series, operates two gift outlets,
writes and underwrites publications and
brochures on the area, maintains a
small library and archives which include
local video histories, photographs, some
primary documents, conducts tours.
occasional re-enactments, provides for
programs, lectures, educational pro-
grams both locally and through the
Humanities and Cultural Arts Councils.
Its museum artifacts are physically
numbered and accession records and
photographs are in the Society's
safe-deposit box. It is staffed by volun-
teers. It meets monthly during the Win-
ter, and has some 40 members with 85
sponsors for the Winter concert series
which attracts 150-300 people for each
of 7 to 8 concerts each season. Florida
State University School of Music and
local resident, Dr. R. Bedford Watkins,
professor emeritus of Illinois Wesleyan
University and his wife. maintain the
concert program. They have been en-
couraging an increasingly fruitful inter-
action with the nascent efforts of the'
Dixie Theater to function in Apalachi-
cola. In conjunction with the city, the
Society also manages the Will Oven,
Esq., endowment for the Raney House.
All financial records are maintained
Whatever else develops in Apalachicola.
and however constituted, the continu-
ance of the Raney House Museum would
appear to be the best possibility for a
community operated, general town and
area museum,

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John Huening

Report On The "New" Trinity Organ

By Bedford Watkins
Our Pilcher organ (1921), almost 80
years old now, has served our church
long and well. In recent years, however,
the problems of the electro-pneumatic
action have magnified, making it in-
creasingly unreliable and expensive to
repair. Over the years, our organ tech-
nician and I have patched and glued and
taped only to have things break down
again, often at most inopportune times.
Our 1858 Henry Erben organ has rela-
tively little maintenance need except
tuning. It is built on a principle of me-
chanical action which has been used by
builders for hundreds of years and is
the main reason why so many 200 and
300 year-old instruments in European
cathedrals and churches are still being
played today. Many contemporary or-
gan builders are building mechanical
action organs now.
Several years ago our organ technician
and I discussed a major overhaul of the
Pilcher organ and came to the conclu-
sion that for the expense involved and
the fact that we would still have an old
organ subject to further repair needs in
the future it would be unwise. At that
point our organ technician, Mr. John
Huening, began to look around for a
used organ, especially through the Or-
gan Clearing House in New England and
through his personal contacts. At the
same time, Father Weller suggested that
I explore the possibility of purchasing a
new organ. In the course of that.inves-
tigation, we received bids which ranged
in price from about $248,000.00 to
$325,000.00 or so, which, of course,
seemed prohibitive.
A few months ago Mr. Huening learned
of an instrument that might, we'
thought, fit our needs. It is a 15-rank,
mechanical action organ built by the
Ruhland Company in 1968 and is now
on the campus of Bowling Green Uni-
versity in Bowling Green; OH. We corre-
sponded and called and shared all the
information we had with the Vestry.
They commissioned us to fly up and
examine it carefully. On Thursday. No-
vember 4, we did and this report is to
acquaint you with the results of our visit.
After examining the instrument, Mr.
Huening assures us that it is built of
exceptional materials. As I played it he
listened from a distance and described
the sound as impressive, a rich, full
ensemble in spite of the fact that it
needed tuning. It can fit into our present
organ space with about 8" clearance at
the top and is about 9" longer at the
base than our Pilcher organ. Several
modifications would be necessary, in my
opinion, to make it more suitable for use
in our worship services.
SMr. Huening and I have discussed at
great length a number of options and I
Shereby present what seems to me to be
the best course in purchasing the
Contrary to estimates some of you may
have heard about the price of the in-
stallation, the following is a breakdown
of approximate costs attained recently:
$18,000.00: for the purchase of the
15-rank Ruhland mechanical action
organ from Bowling Green University.
Mr. Huening reported that they had
agreed to'-,drop the price from their ask-
ing price of $20,000.00. (That amount
itself a reduction from their original
$30,000.00 quote)
$20,000.00: for a new console
(3-manual) and installation. The organ
itself has a built-in keyboard that faces
the instrument rather than facing for-
ward towards the altar, choir director
and sanctuary presenting difficulties for

anyone playing for a service.
$12,000.00: to disassemble, move and
reassemble the organ in our church. A
number of modifications would need to
be done to adapt the instrument to the
$2,000.00: to remove the stopped dia-
pason and 4' flute ranks from our Pilcher
and installing them in the new organ.
This would provide a soft stop which, in
my opinion, is necessary for our liturgi-
cal service. This estimate is based on
the premise that the wind chest in our
Pilcher organ can be used in the new
$52,000.00: the estimated cost of the
organ and installation.
Considering the present condition of the
Pilcher, it is unlikely that anyone would
want to purchase it. However, a num-
ber of portions of the organ might be
marketable. For instance:
$700.00: Mr. Huening would pay this
amount for our blower (about one-third
the cost of a new one)
$400.00: He thinks that the keyboard
on the new organ might fetch this
$300.00: He thinks we could sell the
16' SubBass pedal for this price.
$200.00: We might be able to sell our
old console for this amount.
?: He is also of the opinion that several
stops (sets of pipes) would be saleable.
$4,400.00: in our organ fund currently.
$52,000.00: the cost of the new organ
$4,400.00: (and the strong possibility
that the additional sale of parts of our
organ could further reduce the cost)
$47,600.00: Further, a number of
people have indicated their intent to
make a contribution toward the new
organ, the most recent being two pledges
of $1,000.00 each.
In addition, a number of churches,
church in Bloomington, IL, for example,
have sold small wooden or metal pipes
from their old organs to individual
church members who value nostalgi-
cally a piece of the old instrument with
which they have worshipped over the
years. We have several in our home.
It would also be likely that a number of
people would want to make memorial
gifts. Their contributions might be com-
memorated on a plaque to be promi-
nently displayed.
I undertook this ta'k at the request of
Father Weller in light of the steady de-
terioration and increasing maintenance
cost of the Pilcher organ. From the time
of the first Henry Erben organ installed
in Trinity Church in 1840 music has
been a very important part of congrega-
tional worship. The past 11-1/2 years
during which Eugenia and I have served
as volunteers in the music ministry we
have tried to maintain a tradition of ex-
cellence. I believe that the installation
of an organ of this quality will help to
perpetuate this tradition for future gen-
erations as they express their praise and
adoration to God through music.

The Fankln Chrnicl

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