Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: July 27, 2001
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Volume 10, Number 15 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER July 27 August 9, 2001


This Issue
10 Pages
Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Weems Hospital ....... 2
Editorial & Commentary
................................. 3
Second Circuit Court
Report ..................... 4
Salute To Dr. Nichols
............................. 5, 6
Timber Island Yacht Club
................................. 7
Alligator Point ...... 7, 8
FCAN ....................... 8
Mr. Rogers ............ 9
Eastpoint Water &
Sewer Rates ............ 10

Franklin County District Map, Showing Current Lines Dividing The
Five Districts

DISTRICT I] ./ Cheryl Sanders -
S Clarence Williams ,DISTRICT V 2,843
1.304 ., Bevin Putnal
S... 2,343 7 .

S /-. ,

,. Jmmy Mosconis Eddie Creamer
-, 2530 2,037

Franklin County District Map
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The map depicted above shows the present lines dividing Franklin County into five
districts. Each County Commissioner is identified with their districts, and showing 2000
census information provided by consultant Kurt Spitzer.

Vietnam Vets Of Franklin County
Honor The Memory Of One Of Their
Own-Thomas E. Lee

On Saturday, July 21st, the
Franklin County Vietnam Veter-
ans proclaimed "Thomas E. Lee"
day in memory of a fallen col-
league and soldier during their
Ninth Reunion.
His widow, Nadine Lee, described
Mr. Lee "as a kind of guy that
never met a stranger. Anybody
that came in contact with him felt
like they had known him all their
life. He would do anything for any-
body. He was a loving father and
a loving husband. We had a very,
very close relationship. He was
a blessing in my life," his wife
Thomas Lee was from Apalachi-
cola, Nadine was from a little town
called Greenwood in the northern
Florida territory. Years ago, she
happened to be working in Mexico
Beach when Thomas Lee met her.
"He just sort of followed me home.

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That was almost 33 years ago!"
When they met, he had been back
from Vietnam about six or seven
m'oinths. About 11 days before his
Vietnam tour was over, he was in
a mine explosion. He was sent
stateside for hospitalization until
his discharge in March 1968. He
and Nadine met in July. Thomas
E. Lee died June 21, 2001 of
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, at 56
years of age.
Nadine recalled, "We have always
come to every reunion. He looked
forward to this... These guys
meant a lot to him. You know, it's
hard for a veteran to sit down and
talk about-things that hap-
Frank Paige and Charles Wilson
were in charge of the program.
Paige announced that the South-
ern Builders Association donated
money to the Three Soldiers
South statuary fund, which was
accepted by Jimmy Elliott.
Charles Wilson presented a com-
mendatory plaque to Mrs. Nadine
Lee, acknowledging the passing of
two members of the Veterans
group, Mr. Lee and Jerry Kent.

Weems Hospital
Will No Longer

Cari-abelle Facility
At the last Board of County Com-
missioners meeting, Tuesday,
July 17th, Dana Holton an-
nounced to the Board that as of
August 1, 2001, Weems Memorial
Hospital will no longer operate
Weems Medical Center East.
On that same date, Mr. Holton
announced that he would take
over sole ownership and operation
of Bayline Medical Center at the
same location in Carrabelle. The'
new clinic will employ Mr. Holton
as Physician Assistant with a Phy-
sician back-up, a Nurse and Of-
fice Manager/Receptionist.,

Continued on Page 2

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Three of several cooks are depicted in the two pictures of
the barbecue operations.

Commissioner Mosconis Volunteers To
"Engineer" District Lines

County Stymied Over Redistricting

Commissioners Seek Help From Regional Planning
Due to an unexpected discrepancy in the U. S. Census population
count in District 2, the planss for redistricting Franklin County have
been put on a temporary hold.
At the last County Commission meeting, held on Tuesday, July 17th,
the Commissioners did not act on the proposal submitted to them by
their paid consultant, Kurt Spitzer (Tallahassee). The Commissioners
voted several weeks ago to hire Spitzer for the purposes of a prelimi-
nary review of the new census data as it related to the district bound-
aries in Franklin County. Spitzer reviewed the census data individu-
ally with each Commissioner, in prn'ate meetings that raised the is-
sue of violating the Sunshine L requlnng such meetings to be
conducted in public. That matter is still under investigation.
Spitzer's letter proposal to the Commissioners, dated Julyl3th, re-
minded them that Districts are required to be "as nearly equal in
population as is practicable" which generally means that any single
district must be less than 5% over or under the average district popu-
lation. His review concluded "None of the districts in Franklin County
are within the 5% level of tolerance and the Commission (and School
Board) should redraw their lines so as to come in compliance with
state and federal requirements. His letter continued, "Not doing so
might subject the County to a lawsuit and the possibility that a judge
(as opposed to the County's legislative body-the County Commis-
sion) will draw the new lines."
His estimate of costs for his services were between $20,000 and
$30,000. He added, "I am aware of the County's limited resources
and would make every effort to be as efficient as possible. However,
without knowing exactly what tasks will be needed, how many meet-
ings with the Commission staff, and members of the public will be
required, how many drafts and redrafts of the new boundaries will be
required, it is difficult to provide an accurate estimate. If he charged
on an hourly basis, the costs might go as low as $15,000 for the
Spitzer presented the following data from the U. S. Census indicating
the 2000 population figures for each district, their deviations from
the average of 2,211 per district and distributions of whites, blacks
and other minorities. The total population in the 2000 Census is

Table 1

Franklin County Commission Districts
2000 Census Data
District Population Deviation % Dev. White White % Black Black % Other Other %
(2.211) 100.00
Creamer 1 2,037 (174) (7.87) 1,970 96.71 27 1.33 \40 1.96
Sanders 2 2.843 632 28.58 2.004 70.49 745 26.20 94 3.31
Williams 3 1.304 (907) (41.02) 507 38.88 778 59.66 19 1.46
Mosconis 4 2,530 319 14.43 2,276 89!96 195 7.71 59 2.33
Putnal 5 2.343 132 5.97 2,226 95.01 59 2.52 58 2.48

5 districts= 2,211 average


A close inspection of Table 1 indicates that District 2 is 632 persons
over the average of 2,211. District 3 is way below the average at 1,304
persons, or short 907 persons from the average of all the districts.
only District 5 is close to the tolerance of deviation permitted, at that
is still 5.97 % with 132 persons above the average. Moreover, Com-
missioner Cheryl Sanders from District 2 pointed out she did not
have 745 black minorities in her district, and most agree that this
figure is suspect, especially when compared to District 3 which has
778 blacks. Since the meeting, and upon inquiry with the U. S. Cen-
sus Bureau in Washington, D. C. word was received that there ap-
peared to be a mistake in the data for district 2, but no deadline was
given as to when any correction would be made. The exact number of
blacks in district 2 is unknown but the figure initially reported by the
U. S. Census is large enough to make a substantial difference in the
calculated average upon which the deviation data are prepared. Given
the requirement that the redistricting action can only be undertaken
by the County Commission in odd-numbered years, and the uncer-
tainty of the district 2 numbers, the County Commission might have
to wait until a correction has been issued by the Census Bureau.
That delay, if any, could put off the redistricting decision until 2003 if
the County depended only upon that information. The Commission-
ers could proceed upon other data or interpolations, but there could
be a risk of legal challenge down the line.
Even on an hourly basis, with other tiered fees by associates, the
Commissioners were not enthusiastic in spending up to $15,000 for
limited assistance. The time frame for concluding the redistricting
services would be about three months after initiation, which means a
decision would have to be made on formally hiring the Spitzer ser-
vices by at least late September. No formal vote was taken on the
Spitzer offer. Instead, Jimmy Mosconis volunteered to work on the
redrafting the boundaries, perhaps in consultation with the Apalachee
Continued on Page 10

Clarence Williams

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A Jump Start
St. George Civic Club Submits

Redistricting Proposal

Island Group Also Proposes More Citizen Involve-
ment With A Committee Of 20
The following proposal has been submitted to each of the five Franklin
County Commissioners by Monday, July 23rd, and the official public
file of the Franklin County Commission.
The proposal involves making some adjustments in lines east of East-
point and Carrabelle to account for the growth of population in the
eastern portion of the county. A major realignment for St. George
Island is proposed by removing the island from District 1 and ex-
panding District 3 with island population. A problem is raised if two
county Commissioners are now residing outside of the newly drawn
The proposal is as follows:
"Since the population growth of the county, as confirmed by the re-
cent census, has been toward the east, the eastern'districts 2 and 5
require initial review.
District 2: With a surplus population of 632, this dis-
trict could be more equitably aligned by redrawing the
western boundary east of Carrabelle..
District 5: This district should now encompass all of
Carrabelle. Its western'boundary could now be drawn
east of Eastpoint.
District 1: This district could now include all of East-
point but to exclude St George Island.
District 4: Divide the Apalachicola districts at Highway
98. All of the area south of Highway 98 could be retained
by district 4 but now would include St George Island.
District 3: Expand this district to include all of the area
north of Highway 98.
Location of commissioner's residences will need review.
The Club recognizes that some adjustments may be required as spe-
cific population figures by neighborhood are not available to our mem-
bers, but the logic is obvious. Districts 1 and 5 would now encom-
pass complete communities rather then having Eastpoint and Carra-
belle split. District 4 becomes more of a community of common inter-
est. District 3 increases its base to conform moreclosely to popula-
tion equity with other districts. District 2 will be properly adjusted to
accept future growth.
The Club further proposes a method of expediting the redistricting
procedure. Each commissioner shall appoint at least one representa-
tive from each precinct within his or her district for a total of 4 per
district. This committee of 20 will prepare, with information from
appropriate county departments, a proposal for commissioner's ap-
proval. This procedure would accomplish the following:
1. Expedite the process.
2. Offer an unbiased recommendation.
3. The committee would represent a cross section of
county population.
4. Deter any legal action against the county for failure to
expedite redistricting or for excluding public input.
5. Reduce or eliminate expenses of a consultant hired to
make recommendations.
This proposal has been submitted in advance of the Aug.
7 County Commission meeting to allow prior review and
judgment by the commissioners during the meeting of
the 7th. If accepted, the districts should make the "20
Committee" selection by August 14 with the committee's
recommendations presented at the August 21
commissioner's meeting."
Unanimous approval of the proposal was passed by the St. George
--Island Civic Club at it's July 19th meeting.





Page 2 27 .ulv 2001


The Franklin Chronicle



July 17, 2001
Present: Chairperson Eddie
Creamer, Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders,
Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
Commissioner Clarence
Williams, Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis.

Solid Waste Director
A question was raised about dogs
running free on the beach, and
Van Johnson said he was 'inac-
curately quoted in the Tallahas-
see Democrat. He repeated the
county's position on dogs at the
beach: "Dogs are not permitted to
run free on the beach," in
Franklin County, he said. There
have been this year about five bite
cases from animals running free
on the beach.
Organization for Artificial
Chris Merritt appeared on behalf
of the Organization for Artificial
Reefs to request assistance in
applying for an artificial reef per-
mit to dispose of the St. George
Island bridge demolition materi-
als. "...The plan by the Contrac-
tor is to take 50 spans ... and ...
cut them in half, down the middle,
and deploy them in 15 feet wide
by 50 feet long sections ... There
will be 100 of these sections.
... There would be two concrete
beams underneath each section,
and the concrete handrail would
remain attached to these 100
pieces..." Merritt reiterated the
"well-established permitting pro-
cedures for artificial reefs." OAR
would begin the process with a
survey of the sites and this date
would be transferred to a permit
application. The permits must be
submitted by local governments.
"Franklin County would be the
most logical choice for such an
application." The Commissioners
approved to assist OAR in their
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce provided the Commis-
sioners with a copy of an updated
SHIP Plan that Ms. Walker indi-
cated had been approved by the
state SHIP program. The county
SHIP committee made some
changes in the plan including re-
ducing the down payments assis-
tance program from $10,000 to
$6,000, anid the riehab dropped
from $25,000 to $20,000:.
Mr. Pierce provided the Commis-
sioners with a copy of the Dept.
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) stormwater permit for St.
James Bay. A final hearing on St.
James Bay is expected "...some-
time in August."
On July 30th (Monday) a work-
shop on oyster rules will be held
in the Commission meeting room,
2-4 p.m. Commissioner Putnal
raised the question as to why the
meeting was proposed for the af-
ternoon when most of the
oystermen could not attend.
Jimmy Mosconis urged that all
the oyster dealers be notified as
well. An attempt will be made to
change the meeting time.
Mr. Pierce also advised the Board
of Commissioners about the con-
struction of city water wells on
airport property. He has also pro-
vided a copy of a letter from the
FAA to Ted Mosteller and Ms. Ella
Mosconis, City Engineer. In sum-
mary, Pierce said, the city's
project does not exceed any fed-
eral obstruction standards pro-
vided no above ground installa-
tions are' permitted within 250
feet of the runway centerlines.
Any future expansion of the wa-
ter main, or protection of water
main due to airport expansion,
should be done at city expense,
and the airport should receive fair
market value for the affected well
site property, including the buffer
zone around the wells. No action
was needed by the Board.
The Board discussed the proposal
submitted by Kurt Spitzer. Com-
missioner Sanders disputed the
count of the Census Dept. for her
District. Jimmy Mosconis claimed
that the consultant was "merely"
working off the numbers provided
by the U. S. Census Dept, and
that his fees were too
high."...There's not that much
work for him to do for $15,000 ...
The fact is that we have got to use
their numbers to create these dis-
tricts....". Mr. Pierce advised the
Commissioners that it would take
considerable research on the part
of the Census Dept. to determine
where the error is with regard to
Commissioner Sanders' district.

Kendall Wade suggested that the
Regional Planning Council might
provide some assistance in re-

I drawing the county lines. "...We
pay a nice fee to join them..."
Mosconis concluded, "...I can't in
good conscience spend tax money
Like that ... "Not when we can do
it." Pierce pointed out that there
were problems of adjustment in
every district. "You almost need
an outside voice that is neutral..."
County Attorney Shuler told the
Commissioners that he wrote the
opposing attorney in the 1986
lawsuit on redistricting, indicat-
ing that the plaintiff attorney did
not think court approval would be
needed to deviate from the 1986
decision. Shuler did not receive a
reply to the same question from
the interverior attorney, The Con-
cerned Citizens group.
Mr. Shuler had sent for the case
from archives and read it, offer-
ing his opinion that he did not
think the Court intended that
plan that was adopted in 1986 be
the county's plan forever. Anyone
could challenge what the Com-
mission does in 2001 and the
Board may have to go back and
defend their actions. The Court
would consider a challenge in
light of the law. Then, Mr. Shuler
advised the board to hire some
expertise in redrawing the county
lines. In the 1986 lawsuit, the
County lost the legal case because
they did not have expert testi-
mony on redrawing the lines and
the intervenors did have such ex-
pert testimony. Mosconis reluc-
tantly agreed that "...ultimately
we're going to have to have some-
body like ... Kirt (Spitzer) ratify
what we do, but I still can't in good
conscience pay him all the money
to do what we're going to do any-
Some limited discussion was
made on single-member districts
and candidates running "at large",
perhaps making a county com-
mission as large as seven repre-'
Mosconis moved to have the
county administrator Alan Pierce
to contact the U. S. Census Bu-
reau to review the data from dis-
trict 2. Pierce pointed out there is
a procedure for recounting the
district, but he cautioned that
their instructions indicated that
any recounting would not affect
reapportionment or redistricting.
Some time was spent on deter-
mining who was expert in redraw-
ing the lines, but nothing was
raised about qualifications and
competencies: The general tenor
of the "expertise" discussion, led
by Jimmy Mosconis, was that
"anybody could be an expert." He
offered to match his expertise with
that of consultant Kirk Spitzer,
Another motion was approved,
requesting the services of the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council in the county's redistrict-
ing process.
Camp Gordon Johnston
David Butler appeared to discuss
the continuation of the hearing
about the Camp Gordon'Johnston
Museum land-use and rezoning
change request from R-1 to Z-1.
By mid-August, Mr. Butler ex-
pects to return the liquor license
to the State of Florida, and obtain
an easement to ensure access to
the museum. No further action
was taken by the Board. At the
August 21st meeting of the Board,
this issue will be revisited.

Alligator Point
Mr. Pierce reported to the Board,
on June 19 the Board authorized
Preble-Rish to submit plans to
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) for a permit
to cover the emergency work the
County Road Dept. did at Alliga-
tor Point in June. "The Board has
already authorized up to $7500,
and I have a proposal from
Preble-Rish for Phase I of the work
not to exceed $4,500. There is no
further action needed by Board,
but I need the Chairman to sign
this proposal."
"On the same topic, Commis-
sioner Sanders and myself met
with a large contingent of DEP
officials on July 11, and with Greg
Preble and Mike Dombrowski, to
discuss the future of Alligator
Point Road. Commissioner Sand-
ers may very well have additional
comments, but my take of the
essential part of the meeting was
that DEP would assist us to some
. degree if the Board wanted to pur-
sue sand fencing/groins, but that
DEP did not guarantee they would
permit such a system. Because
the residents of the Point have
been told by various contractors
that sand fencing/groins are vir-
tually no risk to the county be-
cause the contractors have im-
plied they would not expect to get
paid if things did not work, I rec-
ommend the Board, with suitable
language drafted by Mr. Greg
Preble, put out a Request for Bids
for sand fencing/groins on Alliga-
tor Point. The Board would have

the right to reject all proposals,
but if in fact contractors are will-
ing to work under the terms the
public believes, then the Board
should expect to see those pro-
posals in writing. Board action to

direct Preble-Rish to draft suitable
language, as well as determine the
location of the area to receive the
sand groins. Certainly the Alliga-
tor Point community should have
input into the area they would like
to see these groins, but my sug-
gestion is for approximately 3,800
feet, or approximately 1000 feet
on either side of the 1800 feet
granite rock revetment." The
Board approved.

Rezoning Requests
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission recommended to the
Board of County Commissioners,
approvals for the following
projects. The Board approved
each one.
a. Approximately 80 acres of land
at the intersection of North
Bayshore Dr. and south of Twin
Lakes Road from R-2 to R-1, re-
quest submitted by Jeannie
Bonds. This is the same area that
the Board has approved a prelimi-
nary subdivision plat. This rezon-
ing will not change the density,
but will prohibit mobile homes in
the subdivision.
b. 6.18 acres of land from A-2 to
R- I along the New River and a
sketch plat approval for a 6 lot
subdivision, known as New River
Harbor. All lots will be at least one
acre, and 100 feet wide. This is in
the area that has previously seen
other acreage converted to R- 1.

Final Plats
a. On requests for final plat ap-
proval, the Commission recom-
mends final plat approval for Clip-
per Bay Subdivision, an 8 lot sub-
division on Tract 47, St. Georg6
b. final plat approval for Phase
Two River's Edge. The developer
William Polorohis, "has provided
the county with an irrevocable
letter of credit for the cost of build-
ing the road, so that he can record
the plat before the road is built.
c. Final plat approval for Phase
One Grammercy Plantation was
not specifically voted on, but a
discussion was held and a motion
was passed to remind the Board,
of the conditions of the Green
Point Abandonment Order, which,
created Grammercy, and to verify
that Grammercy met those con-
ditions before a final plat is ap-
proved. I have reviewed the Aban-
donment Order and consulted
with various agents for the devel-
oper. The following documents are
provided to the Board:
1. a letter from the Preble-Rish
stating the roads have been con-
structed to county standards. I,
have received -a copy of a map
from Dr. Jack Dodds indicating a
DEP wetland the area where the
main road goes. from US 98 .into
the project, but the road construc-
tion plans submitted by the de-
veloper indicate tliat only a C'OE
wetland permit was needed. Dr.
Dodds wetland delineation dates
from 1990, and the developer's
permits are dated 1998.
2. a letter from Preble-Rish stat-
ing the stormwater facilities have
been designed and constructed in
accordance with the Green Point
Order and permitted by DEP.
3. A copy of the pre-construction
groundwater monitoring study
done by Garlick &Assoc. that has
been reviewed and approved by
4. There is a requirement in the
Abandonment Order that lists two
Historical and Archaeological
Sites are to preserved in a man-

ner acceptable to the Florida Dept.
of State. I have not determined
whether Phase I which is 30 lots,
contains either of the sites. If the
sites are within Phase I, then by
requirements dictated by the state
those sites must be protected. The
developer needs to verify the pro-
tection of those sites.
Planning And Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
July 10, and recommends the fol-
lowing action and the Board ap-
A. On development within the
Critical Shoreline, the Commis-
sion recommends
1. Approval for Cliff Kennedy to
construct a multi-family dock to
serve the lots to be created in Clip-
per Bay Subdivision, a subdivi-
sion ofTract 47, St. George Island.
It is an eight lot subdivision.
2. approval for Jeff Dykes to con-
struct a private dock on Lot 22,
Heron Bay Village, St. George
3. approval for Grammercy Plan-
tation to construct a multi-family
observation pier across from
Grammercy Plantation in East-
4. the Commission tabled a re-
quest for a Joe Worden to con-
struct a single family dock at 3030
US Hwy 98 East, which is in the
St. Teresa area. The state permit
was in hand but there was some
doubt where the COE permit was.
'Ms. Worden may have contacted
some of the county commission-
ers on this.
B. On a request to allow a used
car dealership as a R-4 Home In-
dustry on a vacant lot on Jackie
Whitehurst St, in the Two Mile
area, the Commission recom-
mends that such a use does not
meet the requirements for home

Clerk Of Court
Kendall Wade presented each
Commissioner their budget work-
books in anticipation of upcom-
ing budget workshops for each
department in county govern-
ment. Budget workshops are
scheduled to begin August 8th.

Weems Hospital from Page 1

Holton reported that in the last
six months, the Weems Medical
Center, East had 1,765 patient
visits at a cost of about $20,000
per monthly ith a potential ineme
of S 1 7.052 based on current re-
imbursement rates. He estimated
that $51,000 would carry the
clinic for 90 days in a worst case
scenario of very poor collection.
I have everything in place, to
start, except money," he said to
the Commissioners. Holton said
he had been negotiating with
Weems Hospital or about three
months. Their corporate entity
was initially going to close down
the Carrabelle clinic in June, then
July, and now August 1st. Holton
did add that the Weems Hospital
was signing over all the equip-
ment in the facility to the new
clinic. Jimmy Mosconis moved
that the Board write the Weems
Hospital management requesting
a three month extension. The
Board approved. A suggestion was
made to include a request for
$51,000 severance.

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At Weems


DasSee Community Health Sys-
tem today announced that
Charles Berry Gilbert has been
appointed Administrator of
Apalachicola's George E. Weems
Memorial Hospital. Gilbert brings
31 years experience in hospital
administration and management
to Weems Hospital.
"I'm extremely pleased that Berry
has joined the staff at George E.
Weems Hospital," said Michael
Lake, President, DasSee Commu-
nity Health System. "Berry has an
immense amount of administra-
tive health care knowledge and
experience that will help direct
Weems Hospital in providing resi-
dents with top-quality health care
A native of Birmingham, Ala-
bama, Gilbert's administrative
experience ranges from.rural and
inner city hospitals in Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana, to an
international post in Amman,
Jordan. Gilbert, 57, recently left
his position as Executive Direc-
tor/CEO of the Choctaw County
Medical Center in Ackerman, Mis-
sissippi to accept the Weems Hos-
pital administrative post. He pre-
viously served as Administrator at
the 141-bed Arab Centre For
Heart and Special Surgery in
Amman, Jordan; Administrator at
the 93-bed Randolph County Hos-
pital in Roanoke, Alabama; and
Director of Business Services for'
the 533-bed Southern Baptist
Hospital in New Orleans,
"Providing residents of Franklin
County with quality health care
is my top priority," said Berry Gil-
bert. "I look forward to working
with the dedicated hospital staff,
and to ensuring George E. Weems
Memorial Hospital meets the
needs of the Franklin County
Gilbert received his bachelor's
degree in business administration
from the University of Montevallo
in Montevallo, Alabama, and re-.
ceived his masters in health ser-
vices administration from the
College of St. Francis, in Joliet,
Illinois. While serving as Execu-
tive Director/CEO at Choctaw
County Medical Center in
Ackerman, MS, Gilbert was active
in the Choctaw County Literacy
Coalition, the United Way, Com-.
munity Action Committee and
County Economic Development
Additionally, Gilbert served as, a-
communicaofins specialist for the
United States Army Security'
.-,. ], .l

Agency in West Germany
(1964-1968) and Turkey
Gilbert, and his wife Kay, are cur-
rently in the process of relocating
to Apalachicola.
DasSee Community Health Sys-
tem manages George E. Weems
Memorial Hospital which provides
24-hour primary, preventative,
diagnostic services, and acute in-
patient services in the Franklin
County area. In addition, DasSee
Community Health System also
manages Calhoun-Liberty Hospi-
tal in Blountstown, FL, Gadsen
Community Hospital in Quincy,
FL, and Choctaw County Medical
Center in Ackerman, MS.

Vacation Bible

School At SGI

Melhodist Church
Children in the community from
age 4 through 5th grade are cor-
dially invited to attend Vacation
Bible School at St. George Island
United Methodist Church, from
Monday, August 6 through Fri-
day, August 10. The program is
offered from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
each evening and dinner will be
served for the children and vol-
unteers. On Friday night, the chil-
dren, their families and any in-
terested members of the com-
munity are invited to the dinner.
There is no charge for the program
or the dinners and transportation
will be provided if needed.
The theme of this year's program
is "Way To Go Good Neighbor
Tours." Children will form "tour"
groups and "tour' the famous cit-
ies of the Bible, such as Emmaus,
Jericho, Gaza, Bethlehem and
Zarephath, The Bible verse "Love
Thy Neighbor" from Luke 10:27
will be emphasized,,
For more information, please call
the Church office at 927-2088 or
Mary Lou Short at 927-2569. St.
George Island United Methodist
Church is located at 201 E. Gulf
Beach Drive, on St George Island.

The Franklin County
Health Department will
be giving physical for
sports and new students
(new to Florida) on July
30th and July 31st.
Please contact the
Health Department at
653-2111 to make an
appointment. Students
may also contact their
personal physicians.

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The Frankclin Chroniclp


27 July 2001 Page 3


"Hail and Farewell"

Sandra Doyle Zmolek (Marshalltown, Iowa) and Karna Smith
(Toledo, Iowa)
This is the season of "Hail and Farewell", typical of summer moves,
reunions, celebrations and meetings of general conviviality.
Consider one 45th Anniversary of high school graduation staged in
the middle of Iowa, a celebration of life and survival. I attended this
reunion in late June in the Midwest.
One 62-year old graduate was moved to write the following narrative
that sort of sums up the life cycle, while bringing the house down
with laughter.
To The Class of'56
Dear Classmates:
I couldn't believe it when I received the notice that we
were going to have our 45th class reunion. It seems like
only yesterday that I was playing football, drag racing
and stealing watermelons. Oh how time does fly. More
gray hair and baldheads. They say that these are all a
sign of wisdom. I will leave it at that on this subject.
When I finished high school, I made a list of what I wanted
to accomplish and I figured that I could retire at the age
of 35. However, when I finished college, I was married
and had two children so I moved my retirement age to
45. When I was 45 1 had two kids in college and had to
change my retirement to 53. Then when I was 58, after
35 years of marriage, I was divorced and had to give a
percentage of what I had to" my X. Now I have had to
change my retirement to 70. If you see me shopping at
K-Mart or Wal-Mart I want you to know that I want to
and not because I have to.
I would like to be there with all of you and to talk about old times. I
bet there will be some of you who will be talking about your dogs and
cats and others who have the most intelligent grand kids in the world.
I know because I have been there and done that.
Then, it was final exam time as the Master of Ceremonies read

"Life's a Test-You're Graded On a Curve..."
At age 4, success is... not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is... having friends.
At age 16, success is... having a driver's license.
At age 20, success is... having sex.
At age 35, success is... having money.
At age 50, success is... having money.
At age 60, success is... having sex.
At age 70, success is... having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is... having friends.
At age 80, success is... not peeing in your pants.

Dean Striley (Brooklyn, Iowa) and Rex Hoskey (Toledo, Iowa)

Phone: 850-927-2186
S.850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
'Ito Facsimile 850-385-0830

Vol. 10, No. 15

July 27, 2001

Publisher. Tom W. Hoffer
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This reunion also brought bittersweet recollections and renewed friend-
ships. The old bonds were strengthened, and this time most of us
probably knew why. The aging faces reignited the enduring values we
have always shared but did not fully realize at a younger age, when
many of us were busy pursuing careers, family, identity, place, and
Even the old hometown looked spiffy, as many lawns were neatly
manicured, and homes and businesses kept up with paint and re-

pairs to a high level.
There was a distinct look of prosperity, but also one of endurance. We
discussed with considerable pride our children, grandchildren, vis-
ited graveyards and old haunts, and shared our table together, cel-
ebrating each other. Reunions help us re-unite ourselves, so split we
have become in this rapid-paced, diverse society.
Of course, not every one had a life on the fast-track, nor does a 46th
anniversary mean an ending. Indeed, "re-uniting" ourselves could
easily stimulate more intense life experiences. There is something
valuable in re-discovering one's roots, thus gaining a better perspec-
tive through old friends, remembered times and changing geography.
Not many were pleased in becoming older, replacing the earlier gen-
eration with ourselves, while suffering the aches of physical prob-
lems, and emotional ones such as the decimation of our families and
friends through disease and death. Despite those drawbacks, a re-
union can help preserve our continuity as human beings who share
the same values and thus turn the celebration of life into a meaning-
ful and expanding experience.
Tom W. Hoffer



WHEREAS, Photis J. Nichols, M. D. has completed 50 years of
outstanding services in furnishing medical care and attention to the people of
Franklin County, starting such practice on July 15, 1951, after having been
graduated from Chapman High School in 1941, Emory University in Atlanta,
Georgia in 1948 with a B. S. and M. D. degree and having interned and
completed surgical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida in
1951, and

WHEREAS, Dr. Nichols has maintained continuing interest in
medical science arid treatment so as to better serve his patients and has shown
additional interest iii providing outstanding medical service through
membership in tlheFranklin-Gulf Counties Medical Society, which he has
-- served as President, Florida and American Medical Associations, and the
American Geriatric Society and has served as Chairman of the Medical Staff
of Weems Memorial Hospital so as to aid that institution in rendering better
medical service to the people, and

WHEREAS, other civic and community services have included
membership on the Board of Trustees of the Greek Orthodox Church of
Tallahassee, Florida, the Executive Council of the Suwannee River District of
the Boy Scouts of America, and 12 years on the Franklin County School
Board including having served two terms as its Chairman, and

WHEREAS, Photis J. Nichols, M. D. delivered over 1,500 babies
between 1951 and 1971, and has provided the medical needs of the
community with outstanding devotion and competence, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Resolution
acknowledges and expresses appreciation for the 50 years of medical services
to the community by Photis J. Nichols, M. D., and is now adopted by the
Franklin County Board of County Commissioners on this 17th day of July,
-- 2001. THIS RESOLUTION is presented to Dr. Nichols as a perpetual
reminder to him of the community appreciation and gratitude for his medical
services and copies furnished to the area press.'


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Remembering Armageddon:

Reflections On A Century of War

By R. Bedford Watkins
Review by Tom Campbell
Paperback, 6" x 9"
ISBN 1-893385-03-5
128 pages
Poetry & Archive Photos
"Deeply moving. The imagery is so
sharp that the reader can almost
smell the stench of death."
Many soldiers never talk about
the horrors of their battles. But
R. Bedford Watkins has written
poems that reflect the sadness,
the pathos, and the often sardonic
humor of men in battle.
Remembering Armageddon
pierces the senses with people,
places, agony, and the hopes of
men entrenched in war. Watkins
said, "The poems express my rage
at the maddening obscenity of
war. It is my hope that (the po-
ems) may resonate with others
who were there."
SAttracted by meter and rhythm,
dynamics and dissonance, Dr. R.

Bedford Watkins has devoted his
life's work to musical expression.
Professor Emeritus at Illinois
Wesleyan University, he has per-
formed solo recitals in harpsi-
chord and piano at colleges and
universities in 25 eastern, south-
ern and mid-western states.
Watkins' poetry has been widely
published, receiving outstanding
reviews and awards. Among them
is First Place in the Midwest Book
Awards. Also included in the book
are rich archival photographs
from The National Archives and
Published by LittleLeaf Press, P.O.
Box 468, Lavalette, WV 25535.
Today, Dr. Watkins and his wife
Eugenia are busy with retirement
and serving their community in
Franklin County, in the Pan-
handle of Florida. They stay in
close touch with their family and
many grandchildren, and enjoy
walking, running and performing
for the pure joy of it, serving no-
tably in the Historic Trinity
Church in Apalachicola, Florida.


All incoming students must register at Apalachicola High School prior to the beginning
of school. Parents are encouraged to attend the registration with their student.
Registration will be held in the cafeteria with the Guidance Counselor and other school
personnel. Dates are as follows:

Monday, August 6
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8 -
Thursday, August 9 -

incoming Seniors (2002)
incoming Juniors (2003)
incoming Sophomores (2004)
incoming Freshmen (2005)

- 3:00 until6:00
S 3:00 until 6:00
3:00 until 6:00
- 3:00 until 6:00

High School (9-12) students new to Franklin County are to register the afternoon of
August 13" between I and 3 p.m. Those students need to bring the following items to
registration: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Proofoflmmunization and a Florida
Physical Exam if they are coming from outside of Florida. Students have only 30 days to
provide proofof immunization and physical.
The AHIS Middle School registration for the 2001 2002 school year will be held on
August 13"', between the hours of4:00 6:00. At least one parent is required to
attend with their child. Schedules will be distributed at this time as well as other
information such as the needed supplies.
Middle School (7-8) students new to Franklin County are to register at this time. Those
students need to bring the following items to registration: Birth Certificate, Social
Security Card, Proof f immunization and a Florida Physical Exam if they are coming
from outside of Florida. Students.have only 30 days to provide proofof immunization
and physical. All 7'h graders must have their 2"d dose of the measles immunization, the
tetanus/diphtheria booster and have completed Hepatitis B series. Please contact the
Health Department at 653-2111 or your personal physician.
*****All students (7-12) will need a good.supply of college ruled loose-leaf paper, blue
& black pens, pencils and any other supplies specified by individual teachers (lists
available at registration and at the school after August I1).
*" Reconmnendation: Clear or Mesh book bags are recommended. Students who carry
mesh/clear book bags may take them into classrooms others. may store them in their

Boyd Staff Office Hours In

Carrabelle And Apalachicola

A member of Congressman Allen Boyd's (D-North Florida) staff
will be visiting Carrabelle and Apalachicola on the 1st Wednes-
day of every month so that the people of, Franklin County will
have the opportunity to discuss in person issues which concern
Congressman Boyd's staff has been trained to assist constitu-
ents with a variety of issues related to various Federal Agencies.
It is important to the Congressman that his staff makes them-
selves available for those who are not able to travel to either his
Panama City or Tallahassee offices.
Office Hours with Congressman Boyd's Staff
Wednesday, August 1, 2001
9:30am 11:30 a.m.
Carrabelle City Hall
1:00pm 3:00 p.m.
Franklin County Court House Board Room

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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

June 8, 2001
By Sue Cronkite
The Honorable F. E. Steinmeyer
Prosecuting Attorney Adam Ruiz
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger

All persons listed below are presumed innocent until
found guilty in a court of law.

Ash, Craig: Charged with possession controlled substance intent to deliver.
driving while license suspended or revoked, and resisting arrest without vio-
lence. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
On April 25. 2001. an officer on patrol was stopped and told that the defen-
dant was driving reckless on 12th Street and had turned east on Avenue J.
After the vehicle was found a chase ensued and the officer called for backup.
In the process of arresting the defendant a passenger moved a container which
was found to contain crack cocaine. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty
and pretrial conference was set for July 16. 2001. Steiger represented the
Barber, Dallis Brent: Charged with two counts of domestic battery, two counts
of resisting officers with violence, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On May
6. 2001. officers responded to call to residence and found defendant and wife
in conflict, wife with wound to side of head. Barber resisted arbitration from
officers, continued to threaten wife. After subduing defendant, officers found
loaded weapons inside home. The defendant entered a'plea of not guilty and
pretrial conference was set.for July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Bethea, Marerio V.: Charged with driving while license suspended or revoked.
Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference set for July 16.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Blanchard, John F.: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Prob-
able cause previously published. Pretrial conference set for July 16, 2001.
Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Creamer, Bobby G.: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April
30, 2001. an officer was patrolling south on State Road 65, when he observed
vehicle driving at approximately 70 miles an hour in 55 mile speed zone. On a
license check defendant was found to have numerous violations and suspen-
sions. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set
for July 16. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ellis, David: Charged with grand theft third degree. Probable cause previ-
ously published. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender
was appointed and arraignment continued until July 16, 2001.
Flores, Vickie M.: Charged with grand theft. The state chose not to pros-
ecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Griffin, Eli David: Charged with possession controlled substance intent to
deliver. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
On April 25, 2001, an officer on patrol was stopped and told that a vehicle was
being driven reckless on 12th Street and that it turned east on Avenue J. After
the vehicle was found, a chase ensued and the officer called for backup. In the
process of arresting the driver, the defendant, a passenger in the vehicle moved
a container which was found to contain crack cocaine. The defendant entered
a written plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set for July 16. 2001.
Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Hicks, Milan E.: Charged with violation of injunction for protection, child
abuse, and aggravated assault with deadly weapon. According to probable
cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 23, 2001, an officer
was told that the defendant used a vehicle in what appeared to be an effort to
drive the complainant's vehicle off the Apalachicola Bay Bridge on Highway
98. A witness said a young child was standing in the seat of the defendant's
truck during the incident. Arraignment was continued to July 16, 2001. Atty.
J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Johns, Royce Lee MI: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, and aggravated
- battery with deadly weapon. According to probable cause report, the following
Allegedly occurred: On March 3, 2001, an officer received a call to a physical
% disturbance at 508 W. 5th Street, Carrabelle, where he was.told that two men
held another down while the defendant beat him about the head with brass
knuckles. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference
Swas set.for July'16, 200:1. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanbajp, Ha;ty Charged uxth .wa counts of aggravated assault-with deadly
: weapon. Probable cause previously published. Pretrial conference set for Sep-
tember 17, 2001, with jury trial September 19, 2001. Atty. Ben Watkins rep-
Sresented the defendant.
SSanders, Carl: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Accord-
Sing to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on May 4. 2001.
San officer was dispatched to a service station in Eastpoint where he was told
the defendant had threatened the complainant with a gun. When officers went
to the defendant's house he stated he did not have a shotgun. When one was
found he said he had thought he might be robbed. The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set at July 16, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Sanders, Mildred: Charged with attempted burglary of a dwelling. The state
Chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Taylor, Bobbie Jean: Charged with, resisting arrest with violence, resisting
arrest without violence, and willful wanton reckless driving. The defendant
entered a written plea of not guilty and the case was transferred to county
court. Atty. RachelfChesnut represented the defendant.
* Wallace, Darren Lee: Charged with sale of controlled substance and grand
theft. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On
April 25, 2001, a purchase of cocaine was made under the direction of Franklin
County narcotics investigators. On April 28, 2001., an attempt was made to
purchase cocaine from the defendant, who attempted to flee and was arrested
in Gulf County. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and.arraignment
was continued to July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.

Amison, Lawanda L: Charged with four counts of uttering a forged check, the
Defendant pled no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 90 days in jail.
three years probation, restitution of $100 for each check and ordered to have
no contact with victim. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
SBabbs, Cecil R.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
criminal mischief $200 to $1,000. Trial by jury was set for July 16, 2001.
Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Braswell, Marvin D.: Charged with ,two counts of grand theft. Pretrial confer-
ence held with trial set for July 16, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the
Brown, Calvin Richard: Charged with forgery and uttering a forged check.
Trial date continued until July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting arrest without
violence, and criminal mischief under $200. Pretrial conference continued to
July 16, 2001, with trial by jury July 18. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Brown, Roosevelt: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Trial
by jury set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Calhoun, Myron J.: Charged with possession of controlled substance with
intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference set
for August 20, 2001, with trial by jury on August 22, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Collins, William J.: Charged with grand theft. Trial by jury set for July 16.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Cooper, Charlie: Charged with uttering a forged check. In pretrial conference
bond reduced to $1,500 in this case only, with trial set for July 16, 2001. Atty.
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Croom, Twoyne S.: Charged with child abuse, battery domestic violence, and
criminal mischief third degree felony. Trial set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Bar-
bara Sanders represented the defendant.

Cross, James: Charged with resisting officer with violence, battery, and dis-
orderly intoxication. Trial set for July 16. 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with dealing stolen property, possession of con-
trolled substance, possession less than 20 grams marijuana, and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Trial set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders
represented defendant.
Fitzgerald, Scan Patrick: Charged with murder second degree. Trial set for
July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented defendant.
Glenn, Gerald D.: Charged with three counts of sexual battery by one in
familial authority and two counts of lewd and lascivious assault or act. Trial
by jury set for August 20. 2001, Steiger represented the defendant.
Griggs, Demar L: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual bat-
tery, lewd or lascivious molestation, and lewd lascivious act in presence of
child under 16. Jury trial set for July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. Jury
trial set for July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Joseph, Larry: Charged with uttering a forged check. Jury trial set for July
16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Laye, Calvin: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual battery.
and lewd or lascivious molestation. Trial by jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty.
William Webster represented the defendant.
Lee, Carmia: Charged with burglary of structure while armed. State chose
not to prosecute. Atty. William Webster represented the defendant.
McMahon, Glen: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Jury
trial continued to July 16, 2001. Atty. William Webster represented the defen-
Millender, Jared Joseph: Charged with grand theft and burglary of a struc-
ture. Pretrial conference continued to August 20, 2001 with trial set August
22, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Noles, Thomas A.:'Charged with grand theft auto, fraudulent driver license,.
possession drug paraphernalia, and false report to law authority. Pretrial con-
ference continued to July 16,.'2001, with trial set for July 18, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Norris, Kevin S.: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Trial
by jury set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts of arson first degree and retalia-
tion against a witness. Pretrial conference continued to July 16, 2001, with
trial July 18, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Pedrick, Lewis: Charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.
Trial continued to July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Russ, Jerome David: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. The
state chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanborn, Keith: Charged with grand theft ard grand theft of a firearm. Trial
by jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defen-
Sanders, Delanta Lionel: Charged with three counts of sale of crack cocaine:
Pretrial conference held for tracking with codefendants. Trial by jury set for
July 16, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Shaw, William Areld: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
Trial by jury set for July 16,.2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Suddeth, Glenn L. Jr.: Charged with armed robbery with firearm. Trial by
jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Thomas, Sherman R.: Charged with grand theft auto. Trial by jury set for
July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.'
Thompson, Donnie H.: Charged with uttering a forged check, resisting arrest
without violence, attempted burglary of a structure,, and criminal mischief
$200 to $1,000, with Atty. Barbara Sanders representing the defendant. Also
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Tirado, Jeremy Lee: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Mo-
tion for continuance granted, with trial set for July 16; 2001. Atty. Hoot
Crawford represented the defendant.
Tucker, Steven J.:.Charged with burglary of a dwelling. Trial by jury set for
July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Walker, John W.: Charged with resisting officer with violence lowered to re-
sisting without violence. Pled no contest, ordered to pay $295 court costs
within 30 days. Atty. Clyde M. Taylor, Jr., represented the defendant.
Wallace, Rufus: Charged with aggravated assault on la\w enforcement officer
aggravated assault with deadly -weapon. and resistLn officer \ ih violence
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White, Damien: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and aggravated battery
great bodily harm. Battery charge pretrial conference set for July 16, 2001.
with trial on July 18, 2001: On burglary charge, pretrial conference August
20, 2001, and trial on August 22, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the
Williams, Deon: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence, and possession of less than 20 grams marijuana. Trial
by jury set for July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.

Brock, Kenneth: Charged with grand theft auto. Trial by jury set for July 16.
2001. Steiger represented.the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with leaving scene.of accident with injuries. Trial by
jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer. Trial by
jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Flowers, Lance: Charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police officer.
Trial byjury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. John C. Kennyrepresented the defen-
Laye, Katherine: Charged with dealing stolen property. Admitted violation of
probation. Modified to six months community control, followed by one year
probation, all prior conditions reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Millender, Jared: Charged with uttering a forged check. Trial by jury set for
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control followed by probation. Steiger represented the defendant.
Rhodes, Mark A.: Charged with aggravated battery. Admitted violation of pro-
bation, adjudicated guilty, jail term 81 days, remaining time in Wakulla con-
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credit for time served 53 days. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defen-
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of probation, adjudicated guilty, ordered to serve 27.5 months in 'Department
of Corrections, 22 months credit for time served, plus 210 days. Steiger repre-
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Russ, Jerome David: Charged with battery by inmate and battery on inmate.
Admitted violation of probation, adjudicated guilty, ordered to serve 27.5
months in Department of Corrections, 22 months credit for time served, plus
210 days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Suddeth, Glenn L. Jr.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. Hearing contin-
ued to July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Thompson, Donnie B.: Charged with three counts of uttering a forged check.
Hearing on violation of probation continued to July 16, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Wilson, Cathy: In violation of probation arraignment admitted guilt, adjudi-
cated guilty, ordered to Franklin County Jail until inpatient treatment avail-
able, then to serve six months community control followed by one year proba-
tion, with all prior treatment conditions. Steiger represented the defendant.
Woullard, Freddie: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Hearing
continued to July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.

Ash, Craig: On motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail, bail set at $10,000
and ordered not to leave county and not to operate motor vehicle.
Cross, James: Motion denied. Trial set for July 16, 2001. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Bunyon, Jerry A., Jr.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Petitioned
for pretrial release or reasonable bail. Bail reduced to $16,000. Steiger repre-
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Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with dealing stolen property, possession of con-
trolled substance, possession of less than 20 grams marijuana, and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Motion heard to dismiss motion to sever offences.
Continued to July 16, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Geter, Sylvia: Motion to modify pretrial release granted to exclude electronic
monitor. Steiger represented the defendant.
Granger, Christopher R.: Hearing on failure to appear for jury duty set for
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Houston, Eddie F.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. On motion for
pretrial release or reasonable bail, bail reduced to $16,000 on one count and
4,000 on second offence. Steiger represented the defendant.
Keith, Jason: Trial by jury set for July 16, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders rep-
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represented the defendant.
Tarantino, Thomas:.Motion for reduction or modification of sentence denied
and correction of credit of time served set at 28 days., Atty. J. Gordon Shuler
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27 July 2001 Page 5

1 11

L "" )-Dr. Nichols holding his grandson, Antonio Nichols
as childhood friend George "Dody" Butler looks

Community Celebrates Half Century Of Photis J. Nichols' Medical Care on._

By Tom Campbell
Growing up in Apalachicola,
Photis J. Nichols knew from a
young age that "he wanted to be
a physician," according to his
brother, Jimmie J. Nichols. "He
often spoke about that."
That rare perception and dedica-
tion are hallmarks of the man that
many of Franklin County's citi-
zens have come to revere.
Dr. Photis J. Nichols completed
fifty years of providing medical
services to the citizens of
Apalachicola and Franklin
County, and was honored by the
community on July 17, 2001.

From all reports, he plans to con-
tinue that valuable service.
Born and raised in Apalachicola,
Dr. Nichols as a teenager worked
with his two brothers, Nick and
Jimmie, in their parents' depart-
ment store. He often spoke about
wanting to be a medical doctor
"when he grew up.".
His parents were the late John
and Garyphalia Nichols, who op-
erated Economy Cash Store in
Apalachicola, "near the Apalachi-
cola Northern Railroad Depot,"
said brother Jimmie. Photis was
"born in Apalachicola on January
6, 1923."
While in his senior year at

Apalachicola High School, Photis
"edited the school newspaper
called The Shark.'
He graduated from Apalachicola's
Chapman High School in 1941.
According to brother Jimmie,
"With the blessing of the Franklin
County Draft Board, (Photis) was
allowed to enter and attend Emory
University in Atlanta, where he
graduated with B.S. and M.D.
degrees in 1948."
Jimmie said that "with the bless-
ing of Dr. George E. Weems, local
physician," the young Dr. Photis
Nichols delivered "his first baby,'
namely, Reba Randolph Braswell,
on June 13, 1948, officially open-'
ing the new Franklin County Hos-

From Dr. Nichols point-of-view, dozens of well-wishers applaud his arrival at the Apalachicola
Civic Center on the evening of July 17, 2001.

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Spital at the Apalachicola Munici-
pal Airport."
Since that time, between 1951
,and 1971, Dr. Nichols "delivered
:1,500 babies." His most famous
delivery, according to brother
Jimmie, is the baby who grew up
to be "our State Representative,
District 10, namely Will
Kendrick." Kendrick is from Car-
Dr. Nichols interned at Jackson
Memorial Hospital, Miami, and
completed surgical residency in
"He opened his new practice in the
former two-story building, then
owned'by Jack Cook, at 80 Mar-
ket Street. Some years later he
built a new office at 78 Eleventh
Over the years, Dr. Nichols has
maintained a continuing interest
in medical science and its ad-
. vancement. He regularly has at-
tended medical conventions and
seminars, continuing to do so
until the present. He hasshown
additional interest in the science
of medicine through his member-
ship in the Franklin-Gulf Medi-
cal Society, the Florida and Ameri-
can Medical Societies, American
Academy of Family Practice,
Southern Medical Association,
and the American Geriatric Soci-
In order to aid in rendering better
medical service to the people of
the community, Dr. Nichols also
served as Chief of Staff of Weems
..Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Nichols is married to the
former Frosso Kines of Volos,
Greece, and they have three sons,
George, P.J. Jr., and Constantine.
They also have two grandsons.
On Jly, 17,,200 l,'Weems Hospi-
Lal and 15 pharmaceutical repre-
sentatives sponsored a surprise
supper buffet, catered by the Owl
Cafe of Apalachicola, at the Civic
Center, There were almost a hun-
dred invited guests in honor of Dr.
NIc hols. Reports indicate that the
good doctor was genuinely sur-
Among many guests was Eva
Popadopolous, who said, "Dr.
Nichols'and I grew up together.
He was my Mother's doctor. We're
old friends."
. Another of the guests commented,

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Dr. Nichols (left) and brother Jimmy listen to the
resolution from the Board of County
Commissioners read by Will Kendrick.

"I was one of the first twins that
Dr. Photis Nichols ever delivered
... about a year after he came back
to practice here. And I was the
second twin that he ever circum-
cised ,., we, wre all, grateful for
his skill. "(Laughter.)
Mr. Wagoner said, "He saved my
wife's life in 1972 ... and Iwas able
to keep her 28 more years."
George T. Butler said, "I knew Dr.
Nichols from the time I can re-
member. He's a good man. I've
known him all my life."
Many of the guests echoed the
sentiments: "I remember when he
first came to town.... way back in
the fifties. It was good to have him
here. Everyone prayed for him to
come here, and he did, and it was
all good."
Other comments: "He's a fine phy-
sician." "He looks good. What do
you think he is using? I think it's
"I remember him as a real young
man. He delivered four of my chil-
"Dr. Nichols has his home phone
number in the book. Alex called
him at 5:30 one morning and he
said, take her to the hospital and
I'll meet you there in 15 minutes.

Continued on Page 6

Brother Jimmy Nichols ,


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The present offices in
Apalachicola of Dr. Nichols.

!.W l I Nichols Walk-in

Community Celebrates

from Page 5
He was there in 15 minutes. That
was the day I quit smoking."
Many good memories and hearty
laughs were shared during the
community's celebration of Dr.
Nichols' half century of outstand-
ing medical care in Franklin
One of the good doctor's com-
ments implies the depth of dedi-
cation required, when he said,
"My wife and I had to sacrifice
many things we wanted to do to-
gether, so that somebody could
have a baby..." Everybody
laughed, and nobody was com-
As one of the Resolutions in honor
of the doctor stated, "...this Reso-
lution acknowledges and ex-
presses appreciation for the 50
years of medical services to the
community by Photis J. Nichols,
M.D., and is now adopted by the
Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners on this 17th day
of July, 200 1. This Resolution is
presented to Dr. Nichols as a per-
petual reminder to him of the.
community appreciation and
gratitude for his medical ser-
And the community gratefully
echoed, "Amen! Amen!"

Portraits And Stories Of Teenage Lanark Village
Parents Exhibit Moves To Panama City Volunteer Fire
Department Receives
Valuable Financial
Assistance And New
Community Finds Ways
Of Support

David Butler of Gulf State Com-
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check he presented to Chief L.C.
/, o 4" : "Bud" Evrans of the Voluntary Fire
'- Department in Lanark Village. It
'" "-represents a refund from the in-
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excellent rating of the Lanark-St.
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._ The exhibit presented about 50 portraits and stories of those whose
Lives had been affected by teenage pregnancy. About half of the por-
S.*to '. traits were current teenage parents; others are individuals whose lives
-,' -- i have been touched by teenage pregnancy. The photographs and taped
'interviews were by Michael Nye.

Mrs. George Core (left) and
Mrs. Janet King.
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The works are glimpses into much larger, complex lives. Each por-
trait provided an audio story that brought the art to life. Often, teen-
age pregnancy has been the dividing line between childhood and be-
coming an adult. Certainly, Nye has written, teenage pregnancy is
"...a life-changing event." Nye continued,
"...the mothers and fathers I interviewed and photo-
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teen pregnancy and parenting today. I have found some
families in difficult situations loving and caring for their
children and are working hard to improve their lives, while
others seemed overwhelmed and unsure how to deal with
the complexities of their situation..."
The space for the Exhibit was donated by Lynn and Bill Spoher, own-
ers of the historic Sponge Exchange building in Apalachicola: The
sponsors included: Franklin County School Readiness; Gulf Coast
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Lookjbr the Lbi tin shed on
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S Taylor Moore, manager of the
Water Company sent a message
that it will be into August before
the water can be changed over to
the new wells. He also thanked
everyone for heeding the request
to conserve on water, saying,
"Thanks to the residents, We got
along great on the July 4th holi-
day and had no problems."
John Murphy reported that there
had been two outbreaks of fire but
the fire department was not
needed, as it was handled by the
p ark rangers. He also said that
S \, they had sent members of the fire
department rescue to two inci-
Atkinson reported the response
from the Governor' on her letter
., asking for help was answered by
a representative saying that there
are no funds to help on the Alli-
gator Point Road and adding that
road was turned over to the
county in 1970's and is now
County Road 370.
Cheryl Sanders told the residents
that she had checked on the con-
S edition of the recycling bins and
found that there was a lot of gar-
S bage so she had already called
V'an Johnson, who is superinten-
dent of the landfill, to get some-
one out on Monday.
On the problem with the rats,
calls have been made to the
Franklin Health Department.
Vanderplaat said that the prob-
lem is expanding.
Carlton Ingram said that he, saw
two ATV's in the marshland near
his home. He said he talked to the
young men and told them what
lhey damaged would take 5 years
to repair. They were definitely
trespassing and residents are rec-
ommended to call the Sheriff. Bob
Burnettsaild they were..about. 13
15 years old and had made prob-
lems in the Bald Point Park. Joe
Hambrose and Vicki Burnett also
Spoke up on this problem.
Line Burnett had been asked to
S form a committee of 3 APTA Board
d directors and 2 other members to
nominate a slate of officers to be
presented at the next meeting.
The committee will have funding
to mail out ballots to all members.
Vicki Burnett said she wanted to
S know if the burn ban was still in
effect as there had been a big
Burning on Pelican Street. It was
suggested that a sign coming in
ta o the Point could be erected and
NI the burn ban sign could be dis-
0r6 played.



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Stirs Emotion On

The Point
By Rene Topping
Alligator Point Environmental and
Conservation Organization
(APECO) met at the Firehouse on
Alligator Point on July 14 for their
regular monthly meeting.
Bob Burnett said that there are
presently 4 turtle nests spotted
and marked. He said "The first
nest last year was marked on July
11. Vicki Barnett reported that
this year so far, there have been
29 crawls and 17 nests. last year
there was 38 crawls and 13 nests
total. She said "This is because
the residents have been good
about fixing the lights not to show
on the beach." She also said that
she patrols each night and if some
place the beach was lit up she
goes and politely asks them to
turn the lights off. She said that
she has only had a very few people
make objections when they are
told the reason."
Tom Vanderplaats said, "Vicki is
doing a good job. Report any light
that is consistently on to her and
she will take care of it." Vicki said
she wanted to warn people that
she will be patrolling in a golf car
with "Turtle Patrol" on its sides.
She has special permission to
drive along the beach.
President Roy Duverger said that
28 letters commending the Sand
Web proposition were entered into
the Franklin County Commission
meeting July 3, from members
Swho were not able to attend.
A letter was read by Bill Wargo
outlining his recommendations.
There was no representative of the
Army Corps of Engineers at the
Wargo suggested that the APECO
plant sea oats and volunteered
himself to aid in that as it beauti-
fies the area. He said his neigh-
bors Dick and Carrie Waters put
up a "snow fence" and it seems to
be bringing in sand. Also the Bald
Point Park rangers are starting to
do Sand Dune restoration.
It was stated that what is needed
is a Comprehensive Beach Man-
agement Plan and it seems there
might be possible funding. If

people wanted to try the "snow
fence" they should buy the red-
wood one.
'The agenda turned to word of a
large development to be made at
the Turkey Point Marine Lab. The

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with 400 condominiums with 400
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land. Duverger said that he felt
that APECO should act as a
watchdog. One thing they could,
do is set up more sites to get base
line readings as to water pollu-
tion. Turkey Point is close to,
Teresa Beach.
Wargo said 'This whole area is a
sleeping giant. The potential
growth development is still small.
This place is going to burst wide
Paul Johnston said that he felt
this was a problem that deserved
serious notice from the public. He
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APECO should do things that
would support responsible devel-
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a watchdog and not a Junk Yard
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said work with other groups who
are in the area.
Sanders said that she agreed with
Johnston. Saying, "In past years
we have used the Development of
Impact, DRI. This protects the
county as all developments of 200
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Issues "Sell" Rating

Market conditions, home prices present ideal
opportunityfor homeowners

Apalachicola-Prudential Resort Realty has issued a "SELL"
recommendation to its customers based on the convergence of
several key market conditions that will dramatically benefit home
sellers for the next 3-6 months.

"Our research indicates that the dynamics of this market have
shifted and we arc urging our customers to take advantage of these
conditions," said Paul Capicchioni, Sales Manager Resort Realty.
"This is a highly unusual opportunity."

Capicchioni listed three key factors that support his firm's "SELL"

* Long-term mortgage rates: The Fed's recent interest-rate cuts
have sliced 30-year mortgage rates to 7%. Rates are expected to
rise slightly over the next few months, said Capicchioni, who
believes rates will then trend upward in the next 12-16 months,

* Record-setting home prices: Homeowners will be able to receive
top price for their homes now because demand is high and
mortgage rates remain attractive. "These prices won't be around
at this time next year," said Capicchioni.

* Pent-up supply: A prolonged period of low supply is usually
followed by a brisk increase in home inventory, according to a
statistical analysis of deed transfers in the Franklin, Gulf, and Bay

"The pendulum is ready to swing," said Capicchioni, "Homeowners
have been waiting and waiting for the right time to sell, and our
analysis points to optimal sell conditions for the next six months."

Prudential Resort Realty, Inc., founded in 1985, is one of the largest
real estate brokerages in the 'Forgotten Coast' with 5 offices in
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Paul Capicchioni has 34 years experi-
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finance, consulting, and training in five
states. Paul also holds the CRB, CRS,
GRI professional designations from the
National Association of Realtors. Paul
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Apalachicola Office for Prudential Resort Realty.


The Franklin Chronicle


27 July 2001 Page 9

Mr. Rogers

By Keith Varnum
Keith Varnum has dedicated
his life to helping people grow,
heal, play and embrace life.
He has applied his approach
to personal dynamics as an
international seminar leader,
radio show host, filmmaker,
author, vice president of the
country's largest natural food
company, owner and chef of
two gourmet restaurants, and
as a therapist and acupunc-
turist. When not exploring
consciousness in the canyons
of Arizona, he travels around
the world assisting people to
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surprises, including work-
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passion so as to make a good
living doing what they love.
Keith may be reached
at 800-736-7367 or
Do you know why Mr. Rogers of
Mr: Rogers' Neighborhood TV
show talks so very slowly and very
clearly and uses little tiny words?
Many summers ago, I had the
privilege of working on the "Mr.
Rogers' Neighborhood Show" for
WQED Public TV in Pittsburgh. As
an intern, I assisted with the
props and sets..One day while on
a break from shooting, I asked Mr.
Rogers why he talked in such a
leisurely, piecemeal way. What he
shared with me, and what I ob-
served being with him personally,
gave me a deeper appreciation of
commitment,- compassion and
Mr. Rogers explained that he
speaks, the way he does in order

to communicate with children as
young as is possible. He told me
that, even before children under-
stand the actual definition of
words, they absorb meaning from
the vibration of each spoken word,
the energy of the intention of the
communication and the feelings
of the people around them.
This champion of children has
been speaking to the hearts and
spirits of youngsters from the be-
ginning of world-wide electronic
communication. Before television
was born, Fred Rogers was on the
first radio station in the world,
KDKA in Pittsburgh, with "The
Children's Hour." His program
later developed into "Mr. Rogers'
Neighborhood" on television. Now
his slow-talking children's show
is on hundreds of television sta-
tions in the United States and in
scores of other countries.
Mr. Rogers relates to children so
naturally and deeply, and they
really love him in return. The
depth to which children are
touched by Mr. Rogers really
shows when kids from around the
country come to visit the televi-
sion studio. Often I watched
frightened children timidly come
into our huge studio, closely hug-
ging their parents by holding onto
a leg or an arm. For a child, the
TV studio was an intimidating
room full of wires, cables, televi-
sions, bright lights, strange ma-
chines and approximately forty
people running around yelling
orders at each other. Yet, often
when peering through this scary
mass of cameras, cables and
props, the kids would, catch a
glimpse of Mr. Rogers on.the other
side of the set. Excitedly, they
would tear free from their parents,
climbing over the wires and
cables, and weaving past all the
equipment and crew to jump into
Fred's outstretched arms.

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Somehow, Mr. Rogers always-
knew they were coming and would
drop whatever he was doing to be
ready to embrace them Many
times I saw kids leap several feet
before reaching him, confident he
would catch them once they
reached his waist or chest. And
he'd catch them! Those children
held onto him so tightly. They'd
cry withjoy, telling him how much
they loved him. Touching. hold-
ing and hugging this gentle. car -
ing person, who had affected them
so deeply over the ainraves. w as
the thrill of their lives. Those mo-
ments were very Sweet and
showed me how deeply Mr Rogers
was reaching these children at the
soul level.
I also noticed how, after a short '
while, some parents became vis-
ibly jealous of the deep, open af-
fection between their children and
Mr.'Rogers. Usually Mr. Rogers
would perceive the emotions be-
ing emanated by the parents and,
very gently and gracefully, turn
the children back to their folks.
However, when Mr. Rogers missed
his cue, parents would physically
rip their children away from Mr.
Rogers' embrace, making up some
excuse to leave.
For Mr. Rogers, his show has a
distinct purpose other than to
entertain. Throughout each show,
he weaves a consistent, solid
foundation of cooperation, caring,
fairness, honesty, mutuality,
trust, openness, spontaneity,
courage and harmony between
himself and the show's charac-
ters. These qualities are the spiri-
tual principles by which he lives
and constantly expresses in word,
feeling and action both on the
show and in his private life, He
realizes, as we all do, that some
parents are lacking in values or
may not be there to instill them
in the children. Mr. Rogers uses
his show to introduce these val-
ues to the children. Then, when
the children are older and their
interaction expands beyond their
parents to adults and other chil-
dren, they have a solid spiritual
foundation to draw upon.
Mr. Rogers never lectures to his
audience of children, but relies
heavily on his "regular cast" of
puppet people to present new con-
cepts. I -remember when Robert
Kennedy was assassinated in Los
Angeles. Mr. Rogers knew that for
several days the majority of na-
tional television stations would be
showing people grieving and
wearing somber, black clothes. In
addition, most of the media would
be playing very sad, somber mu-
sic befitting a nation in mourn-
'ing. As an adult, he knew this was
the primary way our culture dealt
with death. However,. he was
deeply concerned about the chil-
dren. Mr. Rogers feared the over-
whelming outpour of grief would
send ver' negative messages-to

aRed Hats And Purple Dresses

By Rene Topping
Goodwood Plantation in Tallahas-
see was swarming with ladies of
all ages wearing red hats and
purple dresses or slacks. They
' had congregated for a meeting of
the Red Hat Society and its Talla-
hassee members.
Among the crowd were six women
from Franklin County, Joanne
Deibel and Vicki Barnett from Al-
ligator Point. Barbara Revell,
Carolyn Hatcher, Lorraine
Whatley and Rene Topping, all
from Carrabelle, made up the rest
of the contingent.
The Red Hat Society is a group of
women who appreciate the poem
written by Jenny Joseph entitled,
"When I am an old Woman." The
poem starts, 0 When I am an old
woman I shall wear purple with a
red hat, which doesn't go, and
doesn't suit me," and ends "... but
maybe I ought to practice a little
now, so people who know me are
not too shocked and surprised,
when suddenly I am old and start
to wear purple."

The plantation is probably one of
the places in the area that is a
"must go and see sometime," This
was my first visit. The house can
be toured at the price of another
five dollar bill. It has original fur-
niture from the 1800's, And the
spaciousness of all the rooms is
not to readily be seen in these

Barbara Revell, who is a master
gardener volunteers for helping
with the grounds from time to
time. Close your eyes and open
them to a sight that brought you
back to the days of the Civil War
era. If you are into that type of
thing, I heartily recommend a
visit. *
The contingent from Franklin be-
gan to think that with all the or-
anizations that have women
usy, this might be a notable one
to start in our county.
Their only mission is to wear a
decorated red hat. put on purple,
eat heartily of: a good lunch and

S'thiem concerning death, including
overwhelming sadness, abandon-
T'ifent issues; confusion'and fear.
His solution was to give the chil-
dren an alternative way to view
our morose and bleak cultural
perception of-mortality through
his puppets.
This was a remarkable show. Mr.
Rogers presented his puppets
having a great time playing with
balloons. .They bounced and
played catch with the balloons
until the balloons became their
friends and were given personal
names. And then, in the excite-
ment and spontaneity of play, one.
by one the balloons were punc-
tured. Some balloons deflated
fast. Others lost their air more
slowly. The puppets were sad be-
cause they were losing some of
their balloon friends. All they had
left was a limp, lifeless. piece of
rubber. Afraid and confused, the
puppets went to Wise Owl and
asked him what was happening
to their friends.
"Where did our friends go? We
were having such fun. Then all of
a sudden they were gone," the
puppets cried.
Wise Owl explained that their
friends weren't really gone. They
.had just changed form. His anal-
ogy was so straight forward and
easy to grasp.
First, Wise Owl told the puppets
that before their friends came,
they were part of the Big Air. When
their puppets blew up the bal-
loons, they helped bring this Big
Air into the balloons. And as the
Big Air came into each balloon it
became one of their balloon
friends. Then, in the course of life,
/ the balloons were punctured and
their essence went back to the Big
Air. Their balloon friends no
longer needed the balloon bodies
because they had changed form.
The puppets' fears were alleviated.
The\ understood that one might
grieve when a .friend died,
changed form and went away. But
death did not mean the end-it
'simply meant a friend "had
changed form arnd 'gon some-,
where else. Once again, Mr..
Rogers' viewers were given an-
other way to view their reality in
a more loving, compassionate
Just how masterfully Mr. Rogers
used his puppets, and the scope
of his understanding of human
nature, were never more evident
than when the puppets would
counsel the technical crew of his
television show. The crew, mostly
cameramen,' grips and electri-
cians, rarely talked directly to Mr.
Rogers in public. They did, how-
ever, mercilessly'make fun of him
behind his back for the emotional
and expressive way he communi-
cated. He was an easy target for
the crew because he was such an
open and, to them, vulnerable
i"ari'fia hoi wore his heart on his
Ariazingly, though, -these same
macho, blue-collar detractors
would surreptitiously sneak into
the television studio while Mr.
Rogers was rehearsing the move-
ments of his puppets before each
show and ask his puppets for per-
sotial advice! Speaking through
the voices and personalities of.
Wise Owl. Squirrel and other pup-
pets, Mr. Rogeis would counsel
the crew members about ex-
tremely personal issues, like be-
ing impotent or having serious
marital or health problems.
Mr. Rogers assigned me the task
of keeping everyone else off the set
until he, or rather the puppets,
would finish counseling one of the
workers. From a discreet dis-
tance, I watched as these men
cried and told the puppets their
deepest secrets and fears. They
knew on some level, of course,
that inside the puppet was the

Lawlor Steps .

Down From

Water Board


By Rene Topping
After a long hard meeting of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Board, Jim Lawlor, who
has been chairman of the board
for a decade, tendered his seat as
chairman of that entity. Lawlor
had sat for over an hour of dis-
course with the two employees
Donnie and Kenny Griswold over

.hand of Mr. Rogers. The same
men who would not talk to Mr.
Rogers to his facewould bare their
souls to his puppet-covered
hands! The genuine concern and
compassion.that Mr. Rogers ex-
pressed through his puppets was
very moving. Later, the same crew
members continued to ignore
Fred as if the puppet encounter
had never happened. And Mr.
Rogers never gave any sign of per-
sonal recognition of the workers
as anything other than general
members of his set. I did notice,
though, that over time, the men
who got the most counseling par-
ticipated less and less in the
behind-the-scenes mocking of
their boss.
My experiences with, and obser-
vations of, Mr. Rogers taught me
how to transform the act of com-
munication. with deliberate inten-
tion. Because of him, I am now
able to communicate more clearly
with friends and clients. By emu-
lating Mr. Rogers, I discovered
how to use the intention of my
communication to send the vibra-
tion of my love. Through him,. I
learned the transformational
power of the source from which
all communication flows.

overtime pay on call outs at night
and. on weekends. The.'two men
also felt that they could not use
their own trucks to come in when
needed. One of the two district
trucks has become unrepairable
and the'men would have to use
their private vehicles to come and
go. Lawlpr had sent the two men
a letter that outlined what the dis-
trict could do. He also suggested
two hours double pay for cal outs
as well as the men use their own
trucks for coming and going.
After long, emotional discussion
the new board member and Fi-
nance Officer Herschel Blanchette
made a motion to rescind Lawlor's
letter and it was seconded by Field
Manager Greg Yancey.
It was at this point that Lawlor
said in giving up the chairman-
ship, "I am not going to sit here
and listen to my maintenance
persons tell me how I have dete-
riorated the district. I am not able
to work with them. I am sorry I
cannot volunteer to be them."
"It is my recommendation to the
board that they get paid double
time before they come out. I have
tried hard to work with these, two
gentlemen since I have been up
here, improving the district and
improving them. I didn't volunteer
for this."
Then he went on to Say, "I will step
down as chairman of Board." He
was asked, 'Will you reconsider?"
and he said sharply "No! This is
my decision." He handed the gavel
to Greg Yancey who said, "O.K. I
will try to stumble through as best
I can." Lawlor said after the-meet-
ing that he will stay as a. board
member, "I could not walk away
until some person who wants my
job comes along. "
Lawlor made reference that he
had sent a letter to the two em-
ployees stating the problems the
district was undergoing and he
opened the discussion of the em-

Continued on Page 10

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(From left) Lorraine Whatley, Barbara Revell, Carolyn
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The Franklin Chronicle

Lawlor from Page 9
ployees dissatisfactions, saying, "I
have informed our maintenance
people that we only have one
truck at present. We are not in a
position to purchase another
truck so the men will have to use
their own vehicles to travel back
and forth."
The men did not agree with that
suggestion..There was one time
during the meeting where the two
men had a shouting match with
Lawlor on the matter of call out
time pay. They were asking for
three hours double time on any
call out, no matter whether it was
only a few ininutes to fix. Yancey
who operates as field director for
the board said, I can't see when
we can give you 3 hours double
time and it could be three times
in one night. It has happened that
The men kept on repeating that
they were not satisfied with the
two hours double time. They said
that Carrabelle City lot their work-
ers take the truck home and they
could not see using their own
trucks to go back and forth on call

In the more usual business, the
board members were told by
Wayne Conrad that one of the
three aerators at the plant was
broken down. A now one would
cost over $5,000 and he recom-
mended buying a new motor and
prop and fix it at a cost of $2,132
and all members of the Board
Richard Musgrove, who is the
LVWSD engineer, told the board
that he has a verbal permit to in-
stall a buffer pump at Driftwood.
It can be started as soon as the
last week in July.
On the contract to get the water
tank under a contract with Util-
ity Services the attorney will look
it over before the board signs. The
company are coming highly rec-
ommended by DEP and others as
to being reliable. The owner of the
business is asking for an answer
as he needs to schedule it. The
board members said that some-
time in August would be when the
village has the lower population.
Wayne Conrad submitted a bill for
$850 for the work he has done
giving time and assistance to the
district. He has acted as a part
time manager. He discussed the
conditions he would like to see
before he could enter into any
agreement to be a part time man-

County Stymied from Page 1
Regional Planning Council. Clerk of Court Kendall Wade said he would
bring up the matter at the next ARPC meeting, Thursday, July 26th.
In the meantime, County Attorney Al Shuler drafted a memorandum
to the County Commissioners, advising them to seek expert advice
on redistricting. He wrote, "...Regarding the July 13 letter of Mr. Spitzer,
I remain of the opinion that it is advisable that the Board obtain
expert advice as to redistricting. This will assure that redistricting is
done timely, properly and objectively, and by this Board, as provided
by law. Also, in the event of court challenge, we will have expert tes-
timony readily available."
At the County Commission meeting last Tuesday, July 17th, The
Franklin County Republican Executive Committee urged the Com-
missioners to keep the deliberations on redistricting open to the pub-
lic. They urged the Commissioners as follows:
1. Not hold any further- private meetings with hired consultants or
other persons on issues regarding County Redistricting;
2. Hold public meetings at times, and with due notice given, to all
Franklin County residents through local news organs or other means,
so as to allow the broadest possible public input on Redistricting;:
3. Adopt the State standard for redistricting, to-wit, base district line
upon "communities of interest" as defined as areas united by race,
income or lifestyle."
The document was signed by Ned Pooser.

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/17/01 Invoice No. 6906
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Crolla Color Silver
TagNo PGSI4V Year 1991 state L inNo. 1NXAE91A8MZ261078
To Owner: Kathleen A. Heveran To Lien Holder: Rascal Enterprise
P.O. Box 1393 P.O. Box 966
Lanark Village, FL 32323 Crawfordville, FL 32326

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/10/01 at the request of CPD that said vehicle is in its
,possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the.amount
$ 296.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/17/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
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charges and take possession of.the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
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ager. He said that it was neces-
sary to have a job description for
the employees and himself in writ-
ing. He asked, "What exactly are
you wanting?" He also said that
he has learned a lot about the dis-
trict and its operations in the last
few weeks.
He said that there are times when
a small operation has to have
some flexibility. However there are
tasks that have to be done as rou-
He stated that equipment has to
be cared for and that the two men
are behind in some routines and
he knows that can happen in a
small company. He added that he
would try to got a routine going.
At one point he asked the board,
"Do you as a group have the ca-
pability to figure out what you
In analyzing the problems he said,
"Looks to me work is backed up.
Routine work is getting behind.
There are problems in getting ser-
vice on the equipment. Keeping
up with daily chores is sometimes
difficult. I have to be on the phone
for at least an hour every day.
Things are in disarray, from ve-
hicles to routine stuff that will
take a week where it should only
take two hours."
He added it just isn't running
smooth saying, "To me Lanark
needs to be more proactive in-
stead of always being reactive."
He was asked how much he would
charge by the hour and he said,
"$65.00 an hour, and the job
would take, I guess, 10 hours a
week." He said if the board adver-
tised for a part time manager
they would have to have a job
On a different item David Butler
asked the Board if they would
grant an access through their
property in order that the Camp
Gordon Johnston Association can
Sget access from US 98 to the site
or a WWII Museum. The Board
heard him out and said that they
would give him a letter to present
to the County Commission in or-
der the Association can get a zon-
ing change with the caveat that
the LVWSD engineer would have
looked over the plan and it will
not interfere with LVWSD lines.
The Board set times for budget
workshops on July 23. August 6
at 7 pm in Chillas Hall.

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Retained: One New
By Rene Topping
There will not be a city election in
September as Frank Mathes Com-
missioner Of Roads and Streets
was unopposed. Sandi Crowder
arrived at City Hall to qualify to
run against Raymond Williams,
Commissioner of Fire Depart-
ment. According to City Clerk
Beckey Jackson, Ms, Crowder
had not opened an election check-
ing account, offered cash for her
qualifying fee, and as it was four
minutes to 12 noon did not have
time to qualify.
Rita Preston chose not to run
again for the Finance Seat, so her
only opponent, Dr. Ed Saunders,
Doctor of Chiropractic, qualified
and won the seat. The three com-
missioners will be seated at the
October 4th, regular meeting.

Dixie Theatre

Will Do "Love

A.R. Gurney's unique and imagi-
native piece "Love Letters" will
replace the play "Gallows Humor"
as the fifth offering in the 2001
Summer Season at the Dixie The-
atre. Audiences will remember
A.R. Gurney for his plays "The
Dining Room" and the Dixie The-
atre 1998 opener "Sylvia."
"Love Letters" is comprised of let-
ters exchanged over a lifetime be-
tween two people who grew up
together, went their separate
ways, but continued to share con-
fidences. As the actors read the
letters aloud, what is created is
an evocative, touching, frequently
funny but always telling pair of
character studies in which what
is implied is as revealing and
meaningful as what is actually

George Allen

"Love Letters" opens Friday Au-
gust 3 and will be performed Fri-
day and Saturday at 8 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30
p.m. through Sunday August 12.
Reservations are suggested and
may be made by calling
850-653-3200 or visiting the Dixie
Theatre during the new Box Of-
fice Hours-Wednesday from 11
a.m. 2 p.m., Friday and Satur-
day from 2 5 p.m. and 7 8 p.m.
and Sunday-from 1 2:30 p.m.

Family Week At

Dixie Theatre

By Tom Campbell
Family Week continues at Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, July 27,
28 and 29. At 10 a.m. through
Saturday "A Little Bit of Magic"
will be performed by the Dixie
Theatre Company. Admission is
by suggested donation of $3 for
young people and $5 for adults.
During the week, a Theatre Work-
shop has been held for young
people, ages 7 to 15. On Satur-
day, July 28, a performance is
scheduled to highlight the stu-
dents of the workshop. Admission
is by donation to the Dixie The-
atre Youth Stage Project.
On Friday and Saturday, July 27
and 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday,
July 29 at 2:30 p.m., there will
be a musical "get-together" with
Steve Sternberg, piano virtuoso.
According to Executive Director
Rex Partington, Jazz, Honky
Tonk, Ragtime, Boogie Woogie and
some oldies are the "order of the
evening." The audience will be
invited to sing along some of the
all-time favorites.
Admission to this evening of mu-
sic delights is $ 10 for adults and
$5 for young people under 16
years of age.
Phone 850-653-3200 during Box
Office hours at Dixie Theatre: Fri-
day and Saturday from 2 p.m.
until 5 p.m. and Sunday from
12:3 0 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.








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Bonnie Segree

Don Gay, Chairperson

James Sisung Jimmy Miller

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businesses. At issue were the proposed increases in water and sewer rates with
a potential large increase in rates for operators of RV and mobile home camps,
almost all represented at the meeting.
On Tuesday, July 17th, the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District adopted a revi-
sion to the rate increase schedules, which re-categorized mobile home and RV
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