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Publication Date: December 14, 2001
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Devastating Fire Guts Carrabelle IGA

By Rene Topping
As- Cartabelle residents woke-up oh Monda,,, Decemilbei 0thi':tfi y
smelled the odor of smoke drifting across the town. It was only as
they passed the IGA on U.S.98 that they realized that 15 days before
Christmas the town's only grocery store was completely burned out.
The first call went out on the fire alarms at 12:24 a.m. as Don McClain.
a St. James/Lanark volunteer fireman, was awakened. From then on
the wail of sirens filled the air as the fire departments countywide
answered the call. Carrabelle, St. James/Lanark, Eastpoint,
Apalachicola and Alligator Point, along with Panacea Fire Depart-
ment, rushed to the IGA.
The entire front parking place, on either side and in the rear end of
the block was filled with fire engines, police cars with their blue lights
blazing, a Red Cross canteen and the emergency Management Car.
Traffic was blocked on the streets adjacent to the IGA, with the ex-
ception of U.S. 98.
Despite their best efforts, the building was soon totally involved by
the fire..Various noises went off as jars, cans and aerosol cans burst
with the heat, The fire broke through the roof and flames went up in
the air.
At nine o'clock on Monday morning tired firemen, sweaty and their
faces blackened with the soot from the fire, were still pouring water
on the blaze. A Carrabelle Road Department employee pushed in part
of the back wall with a bulldozer, in order that the firemen could get
water and foam on the blaze.
Alligator Point Fire Chief Steve Fling called in two units from Talla-
hassee who specialize in what is called "mopping up." They arrived at
mid morning and started to go to work entering through a wide hole
that had been pushed in by the bulldozer in the place a double door-
way had been. Fling described the process saying, "The Tallahassee
firemen have a special outfit complete with a special breathing mask
that allows them to go into a still smoldering building and start at
one end and shoot foam to take out the last flames." He added that
the foam would totally extinguish any places where it was still flam-
ing up.
Mason Bean of the St. George Island Department, said that it had
been a difficult and a hard fire to fight. He said that when they ar-
rived the flames were already shooting out of the roof. The heat twisted
the steel girders and pushed out the walls.
A Red Cross worker brought the mobile unit to-.feed and keep the
firemen in coffee, soft drinks and water. Franklin County EMS Direc-
tor Tim Turner said he brought in water in cans for the men and
women on the line. Continued on Page 12


Corps Releases To Help With

Red Tide


The Northwest Florida Water
Management District, at the re-
quest of the Franklin County
Commission, asked for and re-
ceived additional releases of wa-
ter from the Jim Woodruff Dam
(Lake Seminole) to the
Apalachicola River in an attempt
to combat the continuing red tide
in the bay.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers agreed to increase releases
at the state line on November 28.
The continuous flows were in-
creased to approximately 7,000
cfs (cubic feet per second) rather
than the previous flow of 5,000
cfs. These higher flows have been
maintained since the 28th and are
expected to continue for several
more days and may help move the
red tide out of the bay.
In announcing the additional re-
leases, Joyce Estes, Vice Chair of
the Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District Governing Board
said that "both the District and
Franklin County are extremely


pleased at how everyone has
worked together to try to find
some resolution to the red tide
problem and alleviate the hard-
ship caused for area residents.
The efforts that everyone has
made are exemplary."
The increased flows raised the
gage reading at Blountstown from
less than .5 feet (at 5,000 cfs) to
in excess of 1.5 feet (at 7,000 cfs).
Red tide caused the closure of the
Apalachicola Bay to oyster har-
vesting on October 17. The bay
has been subjected to a series of
partial openings, closures and full
openings since. As of December
10, the bay remains closed.
Samples are currently being as-
sessed by the Department of Ag-
riculture and the results should
be available on Wednesday..
Red tide is a microscopic algae
that can produce a toxin that re-
sults in fish kills. The algae also
can be a temporary irritant for
humans, causing eye, nose and
throat irritation or coughing.


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Tate's Hell Land Dedication

Visitors Help Celebrate

Acquisition Of 3,450 Acres

Tract to be Managed by the Division of Forestry
Distinguished visitors from the St. Joe Company, the Florida Nature
Conservancy and the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
lauded the preservation work done to acquire 3,450.6 acres of the
Tate's Hell Forest for the State of Florida. Introduced by Research
Reserve Manager Woody Miley, the three distinguished guests were:
Secretary of Agriculture Charles Bronson, Executive Vice President
and General Counsel of the St. Joe Company, Bob Rhodes, and Di-
rector of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Joe Swan.
The celebration, complete with dinner, was to mark the transfer of
management of the acreage to the Dept. of Agriculture Division of
Forestry. Officially, the land acquisition of the 3,450.6 acres was com-
pleted by the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, State of Florida, on June
12, 2001. This acquisition was negotiated by the Nature Conservancy,
Inc. for the Division of Forestry under its Preservation 2000 Addi-
tions and Inholdings program.
$6,401,028 was paid to the owner, the St. Joe Company, and $75,000
was paid to the Nature Conservancy that held an option on the land.
The multi-party agreement was entered into between the Division of
State Lands, the Division of Forestry, and the Nature Conservancy.
The Conservancy had obtained anloption to buy the land from St. Joe
Timberland Co. After the acquisition of the land was approved by the
Board of Trustees, the Board then acquired the option from the Con-
servancy for $75,000.
The property, which will be managed by the Division of Forestry as
part of the Tate's Hell State Forest, is adjacent to the Tate's Hell State
Forest and will consolidate state forest boundaries in the area, and
provide access and improve overall management of the forest. The
purchase connects hydrologic and wildlife corridors between
state-owned lands. The property will be managed for natural resource
conservation and outdoor recreation activities under a multiple-use
management agreement, said the June 2001 Agenda presented to
the Board of Trustees (Governor and Cabinet).





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Charles Bronson Bob Rhodes
Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Mr. Charles Bronson
addressed the crowd:
"I had a chance to fly over the Tate's Hell area. Not all of
it, of course. It is such a large ... tract ... We did get a
chance to see the parcel coming in ... on the helicopter
after we came back from looking' at all the sites that the
Continued on Page 4


Former County and City Commissioner

Edward "Ed"Tolliver Dies
Edward Tolliver died in Apalachicola on Tuesday evening, December
4, 2001, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years of age.
Mr. Tolliver was born on October 29, 1927. He was the second of nine
children born to Eone Edwards Tolliver and the late Joseph Tolliver..
He is survived by his mother, his daughters Veronique and Joan. his
sons Arnold and Edward G.: his devoted companion and friend, Martha
Greene, six grandchildren, four sisters, Lutitia Watson-Clark, Vernice
Watson, Vivian Bynes and Jeanell Tolliver; a brother, Willie Tolliver
and a host of relatives and friends.
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The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

December 4, 2001
Present: Commissioner
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Clarence
Williams and
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported to the Com-
missioners that the budget situ-
ation for the University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences extension program "is
not looking good." The possibility
is strong that all four 4-H camps
will be closed in addition to the
Blountstown Aquaculture Farm
and some North Florida Research
and Education Centers. This
would result in restructuring
some existing programs. Included
in the proposed cuts will be a por-
tion of Leslie Sturmer's statewide
clam aquaculture responsibilities
and travel support. Ms. Sturmer
told Mahan that if the cuts to her
activities occur, she would not be
able to travel outside of the Dixie/
Levy County area. Ms. Sturmer
has been actively involved in
training activities at the Alligator
Point aquaculture site in recent
months.
Mahan also reported on numer-
ous samplings taken in the Bay
as these pertained to the current
red tide problems.
Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce asked and received
approval to move.the next meet-
ing of the Board of Franklin
County Commissioners from
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 to
Wednesday, January 2, 2002. The
Board approved paying overtime
to Tim Turner and Ms. Vickie
Moore for their assistance in help-
ing Red Cross prepare meals in
Eastpoint. The Red Cross had
asked for their assistance. Funds
to pay the hour they worked will
come out of the state emergency
management grant that funds Mr.
Turner's office.
Mr. Turner reported that his
group placed 250,000 lbs. of food,
locally.
Mr. Pierce reported to the Board
about the meetings Representa-
tive Kendrickand the Governor's
office had scheduled in the court-
house last week. Ms. Mary Helen
Blakeslee, representing the
Governor's Office, with specific
assistance programs, coordinated
activities of the Small Business
Administration, Children and
Family Services, Salvation Army,
Red Cross and other groups
present for the meeting. Small
Business loans may be applied for
at the Emergency Management
Center (airport) on Tuesday, De-
cember 11th, from 9-5..The.Board
approved a Resolution declaring
Franklin County a Disaster Area
because of the red tide.
The Board set a Hearing on the
proposed increase in Municipal
Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) ad-
vocated by the Franklin County
United Firefighters, 1 p.m., Janu-
ary 16, 2001. At that time, the
Board would NOT make a deci-
sion to adopt a new ordinance on
the increase, but the meeting
would be to seek additional infor-
mation on the issue.
The Board discussed where to
send Dog Island's share of the
MSBU funds. The one-year con-
tract the Board had with the Dog
Island Fire Dept. had expired.
Commissioner Mosconis moved to
renew the agreement but it failed
for lack of a second. The Board
opted to have Commissioner
Sanders look into the matter and
report at the next Board meeting,
December 18th.
The Board approved spending
$1,105.70 for its membership in
opportunity Florida.
The Board made the approval of
a contract for the construction of
T-hangers at the airport, contin-
gent upon a review by the County
Attorney Al Shuler. Mr. Pierce rec-
ommended that the Board con-
tract with Preble-Rish to oversee
construction of the T-hangers and
to act as the County's agent in fill-
ing out the necessary reimburse-
ment forms with the Dept. of
Transportation. Also, he recom-
mended that the Board seek ad-


Commissioners Creamer and Sanders study the Hidden
Harbor development plans.


vice from Mr. Shuler on how to
make sure that the matching
funds are in fact available from
Mr. Ruic, as there is a 20% local
match. With these two issues de-
cided, the Board can direct
Preble-Rish to award the bid to
the only bidder it had, Poloronis
Construction. The bid is for
$375,000 which is within the
budget set by DOT for the con-
struction.
The Board approved a letter of
support for the Alligator Point
Environmental Organization
(APECO) to study development on
the east end of Franklin County,
specifically the effect that St. Joe
development might have.
The Board approved a preliminary
plat for phase 3 and 4 of Whis-
pering Pines Subdivision, a sub-
division in Eastpoint. The Com-
mission also approved a commer-
cial site plan for the project, rec-
ognizing a scrivener's error cre-
ated in 1987 when the Board ad-
vertised for a zoning change but
did not advertise for a land use
change.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission held a special meeting on
November 27th to consider the
Hidden Harbor subdivision on
Alligator Point, and they also
agreed that this meeting would
serve as the December P and Z
meeting.
And the first item on the agenda
was Hidden Harbor: After a
lengthy discussion it was voted to
recommend to the County Com-
mission that the 35 lot subdivi-
sion be approved. The discussion
centered on whether the property
owner does have title to land that
extends out into the marsh. Mr.
Line Barnett, president of the Al-
ligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion., presented a document
signed by the Governor and Cabi-
net in 1970 which provided a le-
gal description of the Alligator
Harbor Aquatic Preserve. Mr.
Barnett contends that some of the
land covered by these 35 lots is
also part of the Alligator Harbor
Aquatic Preserve and is: there-
fore state land and .can,,pot be
platted.
In the description of the Aquatic
Preserve it mentions a boundary
as being "mean high" wrote Eva
Armstrong, Division of State
Lands, independently of this
document, and asked for current
opinion of where state lands are
in relation to this property. Mr.


Scott Woolam called me in re-
sponse to my letter. He said gen-
erally the waterward edge of the
salt marsh is typically the edge of
state lands. The plat of these 35
lots appears to be inside the
waterward edge of the salt marsh
so that it appears these lots con-
tain no state lands.
The other way to determine state
lands is to survey out until you
reach 1.47 feet above mean sea
level, and mean sea level 'is not
the ordinary high tide line.
There was also some discussion
about the impact of stormwater
runoff and aerobic system
drainfields, on the water quality
of Alligator Harbor, but the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission felt
that other existing regulations
would provide adequate protec-
tion to the Harbor. The Commis-
sion had previously recommended
approval of some 85 lots on a cen-
tral sewer system in this area, but
partly on my concerns for other
impacts they now recommend 35
one, acre lots on individual aero-
bic systems, and the requirement
that the lots do not use individual
wells for potable water.
The Board tabled this issue pend-
ing receipt of definitive informa-
tion as to the ownership of the
submerged lands.


Rodney Glass
The Commission recommends"
against a request by Mr. Rodney
Glass to amend the R-4 Home
Industry district to allow seafood,
processing, which by state defi-
nition includes the storage and
handling of oysters. Mr. Glass was
at the meeting.. The consensus of
the Board was to find a way to
help Mr. Glass but not by allow-
ing a oyster house in residential


areas. The processing of seafood
is the only use specifically prohib-
ited in the R-4 district and the
commission felt that there was
good reason why this use was pro-
hibited and has been since the
1970s.
The commission discussed rezon-
ing some land off the water to C-1,
or to allow seafood processing in
agricultural areas, since oyster
houses are not regulated by the
Department of Agriculture. How-
ever, Mr. Glass has made an in-
vestment behind his house and
these other suggestions were not
acceptable. He is here today to ask
the Board to consider his busi-
ness "grandfathered." The prob-
lem is he started his business ap-
proximately a year ago and in my
opinion he is not eligible for
grandfathering because he
started his business after the zon-
ing code was adopted. He started
his business in violation of the
zoning code, and while he means
well there are many other oyster
houses that have started in the
last few years in residential areas,
and all those might have to be
grandfathered also.
The Board decided to give Mr.
Glass twelve months to relocate
his oyster house out of the resi-
dential area. In the meantime,
they recommended Mr. Pierce at-
tempt to locate suitable proper-
ties away from the water that
might serve as locations for sea-
food processing. As a last alter-
native, some speculation was
made that perhaps the entire
neighborhood where the Glass
house is located might be rezoned
to accommodate seafood process-
ing.
Cable Television
Barbara Bonowicz, Director of
MediaCom community and gov-
ernment affairs, appeared before
the Board and responded to ques-
tions from the Boart and others
attending the meeting. No official
action was taken.

County Attorney
| County Attorney Al Shuler re-
ported to the Board that it looked
as if the redistricting project
kwrould have to be put off until
2004 since no responses have
' been received from the census


Barbara Bonowicz
headquarters regarding the ques-
tionable data reported for the dis-
trict represented by Commis-
sioner Sanders.
Courthouse Annex
Two bids were received and
opened for the proposed court-
house annex, one for $1,258,000,
another for $1,383,659. These
were to be reviewed further.


Who Owns

The Land?

By Rene Topping
At the regular meeting of the
Franklin County Commission will
wait for a special survey to be
made on the Hidden Harbor De-
velopment planned by Developer
Don Nichols to determine whether
the 1/3 upland part of the sites
can be joined by 2/3 of marsh-
land that extends out into Alliga-
tor Harbor can be permitted. The
surveyor will do an abbreviated
set of transects. A report on the
results of the survey will be given
at the next meeting of the Com-
mission on December 18.
There are several entities who are
questioning the developer's claim
to own the submerged land and
other issues. One was contained
in a letter from Bob Jones, Ex-
ecutive Director of Southeastern
Fisheries Association. His con-
cern was with the same issues
identified by the P & Z Commis-
sion, but specially, the "degrada-
tion of Alligator Harbor." He went
on to express his concern for the
Clam Aquaculture Enterprise that
has just been authorized by the
State of Florida. He ended his let-
Continued on Page 7


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Franklin County planner Alan Pierce reviews the Hidden
Harbor plans.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY


JESUS


From

the children

of

Franklin County


May The Spirit Of

Christmas
Continue Throughout
The Year


Eastpoint Community Action Committee


Happy Holiday Wishes

from

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14 December 2001 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Apalachicola Bay Christmas

Oysters roasting on a backyard fire,
no see'ums, nipping at your toes,
steaming crabs stacked up higher and higher,
and folks bug-sprayed for an oyster roast.
Everybody knows a redfish and some mullet roe
help to season cheese grits right.
Sweet tea iced till the mason jars glow;
we'll find it hard to wait til night-
we know that Granny's on her way
with lots of popcorn shrimp and catfish on her tray,
and every bayside child is gonna cry
if Grampa can't rise from his rocker and fry
hush puppies golden, piping hot to please
grandkids from one to 62.
Although it's celebrated other places many ways-
Merry Florida Cracker Christmas to you.
By Dawn Evans Radford


They Speak

By Kathleen A. Heveran
I turned the last leaf, closed the book and sighed contentedly. I'd just
re-read my favorite Christmas fable-a tradition for me at this time of
year. It was the beautiful tale about animals being granted the power
of speech on Christmas Eve so they might praise the newborn king.
A bitterly cold day, the children were out, bundled up in sweaters,
mittens and scarves. I was taking advantage of a quiet interlude.
unusual at this time of year with the children home from school and
Christmas preparations in full swing.
The 'fireplace snapped, crackled and threw out colorful flames re-
flected by the shiny Christmas ornaments adorning our lovingly deco-
rated tree. Aromas of cookies, recently baked, firewood and pine per-
meated the air. Our dog Fanta, sat at my feet happily flicking her
beautiful fan tail, for which we'd named her, enjoying the comforting
warmth of the hearth. Even our tree top angel appeared to smile with
pleasure at the cozy afternoon.
Leaning down to pet Fanta I remarked to her that I wished that she
really would be granted the gift of speech on Christmas Eve. I'd al-
ways wanted to have a conversation with her. In truth, her warm
expressive eyes did speak to me, but I would have loved to talk to her
in depth.
The peaceful afternoon was suddenly interrupted by the four chil-
dren rushing into the room cherry nosed, apple cheeked and all speak-
ing at once. They bore with them a tiny black and white kitty, bleed-
ing profusely from the right forepaw.
"Mommy, Mommy," they shouted in distress, "we found this little
baby at the side of the road practically dead. What can we do for
her?" I examined the kitten and could see she was severely injured.
Other than sanitizing the wound I didn't know what to do.
Fanta pushed her way through the crowd, also examining the tiny
lifeless bundle.
She looked up at me and once again communicated her thoughts to
me. "I'll take care of her," she said with her expressive eyes. We pre-
pared a carton, lined it with a soft blanket we kept in the car for travel
purposes and left the baby to Fanta's tender ministrations.
All during the evening we checked out the situation and could see
that Fanta was constantly laving the injured limb with her healing
saliva. With difficulty I finally shooed the children to bed. Needless to
say, early morn once again found us peering into the carton.
Wonder of wonders, we could see that the infant was nursing at Fanta's
teats. Our unusual pet had gone into a false pregnancy and was feed-
ing the little tyke. We gratefully noted that baby's paw was greatly
improved.
Within a few days, the kit was up and about, searching out mischief,
though Mama Fanta kept her in line. We named the babe Panda be-
cause of her unusual markings.
Christmas Eve was shortly upon us. As usual it was a monumental
task getting my brood, children and animals, quieted down and snug
in their beds where I hoped they would remain until I could complete 1
my final preparations for morning.
I drank Santa's cocoa and nibbled his cookies, being sure to leave
some crumbs in his plate. I also unearthed the hidden gifts and placed
them around the tree. I dimmed the house lights, turned on the tree
lights and the icicle lights placed around the window to frame the
tree. Moving to the kitchen I was ready to complete my final task
before getting to bed.
I filled the children' s stockings with home made Christmas cookies
and chocolate walnut fudge that I'd made the previous evening and
threw in a few little treasures to complete them.
As I was about to return to the living room to hang the stockings on
the mantle I thought I heard someone speaking in there. Oh my! I
assumed that one or all of the children had snuck downstairs to do a




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Vol. 10, No. 25


December 14, 2001


Publisher .......................... ................... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .......................................... Tom Campbell
............ Sue Cronkite
......... Barbara Revell
.......... Rene Topping
.......... Jimmy Elliott

Sales ................... ................................ Diane Beauvais Dyal
........... Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
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Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ....................... ...................... Tom Cam pbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ......................................... A lligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ........................................ Carrabelle
D avid B utler ............................................ C arrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .......... Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................ Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona .............. St. George Island
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bit of package shaking and pre-Christmas morn guessing. To my sur-
prise there was no one there. I did hear sounds though, and searched
a bit more. To my astonishment our little Panda was approaching
Fanta and in a childish voice said, "Mama, I love you." In return, I
heard Fanta's tender reply, "And I love you too, my child. "
Tears of wonder and joy filled my eyes. My fable had come true and I
was experiencing the real meaning of Christmas ... pure, unadulter-
ated lovely
Copyright 2001 by Kathleen A. Heveran
Bachelor's House Publishing
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Waiting For Christmas

Sometimes Heaven seems so very far away.
Above the steeples and doves as they fly to nest.
Away from the still sadness of a heart
That's known only grief.
Away from the desperate strife
In a hundred hungry lands.
Or the avaricious grin of a
Wall Street merchant.
But this Christmastime a wreath is on my door.
And as I watch the love in your eyes
As you light the Advent candle,
Then Heaven seems not far away.
By Nora Collins


Jingle Bell Fun

Walk & Run

Want to shed a few pounds for the
holidays and still have a great
time? Register now for the Jingle
Bell Fun Walk and Run, spon-
sored by St. George Island United
Methodist Church on Sunday,
December 23rd at 4:00 p.m. This
5K run is a fun walk and run. If'
you don't want to do the whole
3.1 miles, just come and have fun!
Time.will be kept for serious run-
ners, but this is a
non-competitive, unnumbered
event which begins and ends at
St. George Island United Method-
ist Church, located at 201 E. Gulf
Beach Drive on St. George Island.
All walkers and runners will be
eligible for prize drawings after the
rufi; There will-be a special prize
for the most festive costume! And,
of course, you will be provided
with jingle bells for your shoes!
A $5 donation is requested, with
proceeds going to help in local
food relief. This $5 donation pro-
vides eligibility for the prize draw-
ings, the holiday goodies and a
sing-a-long after the walk/run.
Participants can just show up for
this event, although pre-
registering would be helpful. To
receive a registration form, or for
more information, please call the
Church at (850) 927-2088.





NOW


Misdemeanor Charges

Commissioner

Creamer Complaint
Against Clerk In

Legal Limbo

Awaiting Assignment of
a Judge to Hear the
Case
Little legal action occurred last
week in the case involving misde-
meanor battery charges against
Franklin County Clerk Kendall
Wade by Franklin County Com-
missioner Eddie Creamer. Ini-
tially, the case was to have been
heard before Judge Van Russell,
but he almost immediately, upon
receiving the court file, recused
himself from the proceedings. The
matter was referred to Chief
Judge Gary in Tallahassee who
presumably is searching for an-
other judge that has not had any
previous work-related involve-
ment with the Clerk, so the case
could be heard by an independent
judge. In the meantime, court
documents reveal that Mr. Wade
obtained private legal counsel (Pat
Havier of Apalachicola) and has
filed a "Not Guilty" plea in the
record.


Philaco Woman's

Club Of

Apalachicola

Congratulations to Darnell Ward
who was selected to be this year's
recipient of the Philaco sponsored
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
Seminar (HOBY). Darnell is pic-
tured above with Glen Siler,
Chairman of the Woman's Club's
Education Department (left) and
Denise Butler, principal of
Apalachicola High School, (right).
Each year, one, sophomore is
sponsored to attend this out-
standing leadership conference in
Tallahassee, and the Philaco
Woman's Club also sponsors es-
say contests for area 3rd grade
students and 2 scholarships for
graduating seniors. Darnell, son
of Anita and Darrell Ward of


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Franklin District Schools Managing

With Budget- Cuts

From The Superintendent JoAnn Gander
In an effort to realistically address concerns that have been expressed
regarding the local school district's budget challenges, the district
administration is providing the following information.
As has been widely reported in the media, state funding for education
has suffered from the downturn in the economy since September 11.
2001. Governor Jeb Bush has called the Florida Legislature into Spe-
cial Session on two occasions to make difficult decisions regarding
the projected budget shortfall.
Since the Franklin County School System was already working with
a budget challenge resulting from a less-than-expected enrollment
this year, the state budget cuts are only part of the picture. School
districts are funded based upon Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) student
enrollment.
The school district was funded last year based upon 1,397 students
unweightedd FTE) and anticipated an increased total enrollment of
1,422 for the 2001-2 fiscal year. The additional student projections
were based upon a new school center that was projected to bring
additional students into the district system.
In the October 2001 survey period the Franklin County School Dis-
trict reported a fundable enrollment of 1,389 for the five schools,
thirty-three less than had been projected and eight less than last
year when the district was operating four schools. Enrollment in the
original four schools is down from 1,397 to 1,327, resulting in a fund-
ing reduction to those schools in excess of $300,000 or approximately
4.0% of last year's student-based revenue. Additionally, Special Ses-
sion budget cuts for the district amount to a loss of approximately
$160,000 or 2.46%.
Fortunately, over the past few years the district has developed and
implemented an improved financial management system that has
enabled the district to establish an unreserved fund balance of ap-
proximately $500,000. It is important to maintain a healthy fund
balance, but the resource is critical in the district's management of
the budget challenges it is currently facing.
During the last Special Session, the Florida Legislature provided some
flexibility with categorical funds to help the districts handle the state
cuts. The Franklin School District plans to utilize this flexibility to
help address the budget situation. Additionally, school principals and
the district administration have been managing their budgets with
Superintendent directed restrictions on travel and other nonessen-
tial spending. Currently, no summer school is being planned and
staff development activities are being held locally to the extent pos-
sible.
At this time, Superintendent Jo Ann Gander has not recommended
any actions to the Franklin County School Board that would require
any personnel reductions, other than not filling vacant positions. The
district is continuing to work to avoid personnel cuts that would cause
major disruptions to the school year that would negatively impact
student education.
The district's goal remains to provide the best opportunities possible
for the students in the local communities that make up Franklin
County. The support of our citizens is appreciated and is critical to
helping continue improving our local schools.


Apalachicola, was chosen for his
outstanding skills as a leader and
his academic achievements. He
currently holds a 4.0 grade point
average and participates in
both the football and basketball
programs'
All Franklin County senior citi-
zens and their guests are invited
to the annual Philaco, Woman's
Club Christmas Program. The fes-
tivities will begin at 3:00 p.m. on
Thursday, December 13th at the
Trinity Episcopal Church. The
Philaco Chorus led by Eugenia
Watkins and accompanied by.
Bedford Watkins will entertain
with timely Holiday songs and
readings. There will also be some
surprise guests, so please plan to
be there! A reception will be held
at Benedict Hall immediately fol-
lowing the program.
We want to thank Senior Citizen
Committee Chairman Elizabeth
Cook and her husband Billy who
decorated and prepared fruit trays
for distribution to over 60
Franklin County Meals on Wheels
recipients for Thanksgiving.
Philaco will also be sponsoring
fruit tray gifts at Christmas.
The officers and members of
Philaco extend our warmest holi-
day wishes to all the residents of
Franklin County. As we gather
together with our families and
loved ones, we remain steadfast
in our efforts to be a meaningful
part of our communities. Our
motto, "Volunteers in Harmony,"
expresses our purpose well.


Spring Registration

At GCCC

Registration for the Spring 2002
semester at Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College at all locations will be
held on Tuesday and Wednesday,
January 8 arid 9; -2002.
Registration on the main campus
will take place in the Student
Union Conference Center from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. Advising is avail-
able in faculty offices.
Registration for Tyndall Air Force
Base is from 9 am. to 5 p.m. on
January 8 and 9, 2002, and Gulf/
Franklin Center registration is
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST).
All pre-registration fees for the
spring term most be paid on or
before January 4,2002. Registra-
tion on January 8 and 9 requires
fee payments the same day, Stu-
dents are responsible for all fees
due at the time they register.
All day and evening closes begin
January 10, 2002.


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Paie 4 14 December 2001


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Acquisition of 3,450 acres, from Page 1


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Woody Miley


Forestry Division (in Tate's Hell) is working on. ... Also,
they are working on the water flow in that area, to try to
get it back where it used to be, hopefully.... To get the
reforested area back where we would like to see it. It was
a pleasure for me to get to vote on this piece of ground for
the State ... Working with Nature Conservancy, working
with Audubon, and other groups out there trying to get
pieces of property put together that will benefit all of the
people of the State and to actually work as a buffer zone
to areas that we need-to make sure that they stay as
pristine as we .can. make;them-it is very important. I
think that '... 100 yedis from now, people are going to
look back ~id,be yery gla dwe did that. I know Franklin
County is having a tough time right now.i'm hoping that
maybe, by this acquisition and some of the things we
can do with Tate's Hell Forest, that maybe we can bring
in some other activities into the County that will eco-
nomically help this county out. I'm going to do every-
thing we can. I'm working with the Governor. I'm work-
ing with the federal government right now to see what we
can do to help Franklin County out a little bit, and hope-
fully, if we can get the red tide to leave us alone a little
bit, we can get the bay opened back up where everybody
can make a decent living again. It's.a pleasure for me to
be here. On behalf of the State Foresters with the State
of Florida, who are going to be working on a lot of these
programs, we're proud to be able to work with you on
this piece of property. Thank you very much."
The Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the St. Joe Com-
pany Bob Rhodes said:
"... We are the state's largest landowner. Happily, we own
a little less land after this transaction. I am so delighted
to be here with you today representing our company, the
St. Joe Company. With me are a number of St. Joe, in
Arvida and land company, and timber and all the good
parts of St. Joe today.;."
"... Where are you George Willson? George, by the way, is
St. Joe's vice president for Conservation Lands. All the
years that you have dedicated to help preserve this won-
derful piece of property. Your company and these folks
give you a special thank you today." (Applause).
Peter Rummell wants me to tell you, and I will tell you,
that Franklin County is very important to us. We con-
sider ourselves to be your partner and this is a long-term
Partnership for us. As your partner, we are well.aware of
the tremendous responsibility that we bear. Both because
we are the state's largest landowner, private landowner,
but also because we're the county's largest private land-
owner. Part of this responsibility is to consider the public
interest as we go forward and rechart the course of our
land holdings. Folks, we take this responsibility very se-
riously. And, we know the only way that St. Joe and our
shareholders will succeed is if we all succeed. Our fu-
tures are bound together. And, together, we must do all
we can to preserve and protect and enhance our quality
of life. If we allow it to be diminished, we are all going to
lose. We're fortunate to have governmental leaders, like
Governor Bush, Commissioner Bronson, who share this
view, and who are committed to protecting the best of
SFlorida, and conserving our quality of life. And, the Na-
ture Conservancy is dedicated to accomplishing the same
mission. Jim, we value very much our relationship with
TNC (The Nature Conservancy). You are our great part-
ners. We're going to do a lot together in the future.
Many of you know ... that we're planning (that St. Joe is
planning) to build a residential and recreational commu-
nities in many places in Northwest Florida, that will rec-
ognize and compliment the unique, natural heritage that
we enjoy here tonight. Here in Franklin County, Arvida


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At the dedication, the crowd
enjoyed wine, soft drinks,
barbequed chicken and
seafood.


TATE
FRA
SEQTIONS 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 1(

is planning Summer Camp on the coast of U. S. 98 and
State Road 319. You'll hear more about that from Tim
Edmond. He has told me he is committed to meet with
everybody who wants to talk with him. But, we're so de-"'
lighted that Tim in engaged in this planning process with
the community. And, further inland,, our River Camp
group (and Kevin Fox is here) ... This is a concept of per-
sonal, conservation preserves that we are so excited:6
about: Most of these projects will reflect St. Joe's dedica-
tion-to quality, and they will compliment our future ef :
forts! to preserve the best of Florida. So, today, we are
very proud to turn the stewardship of this marvelous piece
of land over to the Tate's Hell State Forest, and the Florida
division of Forestry ... We know this land, its eco-systems
and the Bay it feeds will be in very good hands. We really
thank all of you joining us in this celebration..."
Jim Swan, Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conser-
vancy, spoke:
... The State of Florida, the St. Joe Company and the
Nature Conservancy have worked well together to pro-
tect Florida's environmental lands. These 3400 acres in
Tate's Hell forest is just the most recent example. Florida
remains among the country's most biologically diverse
states. In fact, (in an) assessment we did for thewhole
United States, the Conservancy's evaluation (was) (that)
this area was one of the six most biologically diverse ar-
eas in the whole United States. Northwest Florida is very
important to the rest of Florida. We know what yaw'll
have up here. In the immediate area of the Apalachicola
River supports the highest of fresh water fish in the state.
The river basin holds the second highest concentration
of amphibians and reptiles species in North America. The
pine woodlands harbor the largest population of red,
cockcaded woodpeckers. And the (fish) populations sup-
port a 70 million dollar industry.
The investment the state of Florida is being here will pay
dividends environmentally and economically. The St. Joe
Company deserves recognition for being a good steward
of this land in the past. Florida still has a natural heri-
tage; it still has these special places, and it can be attrib-
uted to private companies like the St. Joe ...
They have done such a magnificent job of taking care of
them for years in the past...
Governor Bush and the Cabinet, Secretary Bronson de-
serve credit for their efforts in securing Florida's most
environmentally sensitive lands. One thing we know. Our
work will make a difference for us, for our children 'and
for generations to come. And, while I celebrate the pro-
tection of these lands today, I look forward to our next
effort to preserve even more of northwest Florida envi-
ronmental heritage so that we can all live in it, enjoy it,
make a living off of it, and not destroy it, and protect it
for future generations. Thank you very much."


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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


14 December 2001 Page 5


Second Circuit

Court Report

September 17, 2001
By Sue Cronkite


The Honorable F. E. Steinmeyer
Prosecuting Attorney Adam Ruiz
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger


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


ARRAIGNMENTS
Allen, Clifford J.: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Case dis-
missed.
Ard, Carl Wayne: Charged with escape. According to probable cause report.
the following allegedly occurred. On August 14. 2001, police officers spotted
the defendant walking with his wife on Moore Street in Eastpoint. Two patrol
cars pulled up and the defendant was told that there was a warrant for his
arrest. He got into the patrol car and asked if he could get a box of his belong-
ings from his parent's store. While the box was being searched for the defen-
dant got out of a window of the patrol car. He was later found hiding in a hot
water heater room, behind paneling. Pretrial conference was set for October
15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Kevin Lee: Charged with attempted first degree murder with firearm.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On Au-
gust 10. 2001, officers were dispatched to 263 11th Street in Apalachicola.
where a shooting had been reported. A police officer neighbor and several
others identified the defendant as one of three men who had shot Marshall
Sweet in the legs. one of the weapons was recovered at the scene. Pretrial
conference was set for October 15, 2001. Atty. Anthony J. Natale represented
the defendant.
Campbell, Robert L.: Charged with obtaining or attempting to obtain con-
trolled substance by forgery, misrepresentation, fraud, or subterfuge and grand
theft. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on
July 25. 2001. it was reported that the defendant had attempted to buy pre-
scription drugs in his mother's name on a stolen prescription pad, and had
earlier purchased drugs using the fake prescription. On the grand theft charge
the defendant was reported to have assisted in the theft of $5,131.93 from a
convenience store deposit bag with which crack cocaine was purchased.
Castoldi, John: Charged with grand theft. According to probable cause re-
port, the following allegedly occurred: On May 3, 2001. an officer was dis-
patched to 104 Castoldi Street in Carrabelle where he was told by the owner of
the house that after the house was bought from the defendant, he had gotten
his belongings out of a shed, then had returned at midnight and removed a
Jacuzzi valued at $2,000 from the porch. The defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference was set for October 1.5, 2001. Atty. Jan
Hevier represented the defendant.
Cooper, Axon Robert: Charged with shooting into occupied vessel and im-
proper exhibition dangerous weapon. According to probable cause report, the
following allegedly occurred: On August 3, 2001, officers were dispatched td
Water Street Seafood where the defendant was charged with shooting a vessel
named Southern Gail. The defendant stated he did shoot the boat in retalia-
tion for an attempted beating. The defendant entered a written plea of not
guilty. Arraignment was set for October'15, 2001. Steiger represented the
defendant.
Creamer, Bobby G.: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On July
15. 2001, the defendant was apprehended while driving an all terrain vehicle
with suspended license on Ridge Road in Eastpoint. At pretrial conference
September 21. 2001, the defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudi-
cated guilty, received 20 days in jail with two days credit for time served, two
years probation, ordered not to drive unless valid license obtained, and to pay
$295 court costs. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Dalton, Toby: Charged with dealing stolen property. According to probable
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Carlton Goodson stated he noticed his angle grinder and jig saw missing trom
his residence on July 29, 2001. On July 30, 2001, Goodsonstated he identi-
fied the two items at the Eastpoint Pawn Shop which had been pawned by the
defendant. Goodson stated that the defendant had been at his house on July
27. 2001. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference was
set for October 15. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ellis, David P.: Charged with grand theft third degree. According to probable
cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on September 16. 2000. Mrs.
Valerie Bell asked the defendant to help her move from Tampa to Lanark
Village. When she returned to complete the move she discovered three televi-
sion sets, three VCRs and assorted tools missing. When the officer questioned
a pawn shop owner he was told that the defendant had pawned the TVs.
VCRs, but now all the tools. When questioned, the defendant stated Mrs. Bell
had given the items to him for helping her move. The defendant entered a plea
of not guilty. Arraignment continued until October 15. 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Finley, Gregory: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Warrant issued
for arrest.
Gary, Susan J.: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Case dismissed.
Gidden, David R.: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Case deferred
to November 21, 2001.
Gloner, Joseph R.: Charged with sexual battery with deadly weapon. Accord-
ing to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On August 9.
2001. officers were dispatched to a residence in Eastpoint where the defen-
dant was ordered out of a bedroom. When he opened the door he was nude.
The defendant insisted he and his girlfriend were not fighting. When a state-
ment was taken from the woman she said the defendant threatened her with
a sword. A blood alcohol test was given. The defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and pre-trial conference was set for October 15. 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Harper, Toni Kaim: Charged with possession of controlled substance and
grand theft third degree. According to probable cause report, the following
allegedly occurred: On June 6, 2001, the defendant's husband stated his pre-
scription medicine had been taken. When questioned the defendant stated
she had taken some of the medicine. On the grand theft charge, on July 8.
2001, a report was made that several items including a video camera, per-
fume, and jewelry was missing from the home of Frances-Millender. The de-
fendant had been at the home with a person who reported he had seen the
camera in the defendant's car. Officers also found the perfume in the apart-
ment. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on the possession
charge, and arraignment continued until October 15, 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Harrell, Deneen C.: Charged with workers compensation fraud and grand
theft. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: An
investigator with the Florida Department of Insurance, Division of Insurance
Fraud, in checking a suspicious claim determined that the defendant was
working while drawing workers compensation. According to a sworn affidavit
.the defendant received $694,14 in wage benefits to which she was not en-
titled. Arraignment was set for October 15, 2001.
Hester, Frances: Charged with worthless check over $150. Arraignment set
for October 15, 2001.
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. The state chose not to prosecute. Atty. J. Gordon
Shuler represented the defendant.
James, Jason Paul: Charged with possession outboard motor serial number
removed. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
On April 19, 2001, an officer was investigating the possible theft of an out-
board motor and the defendant was asked if he knew anything about the
motor. Later an Eastpoint resident reported that he had the motor in ques-
tion, had gotten it from the defendant and another man. The defendant en-
tered a plea of not guilty. A public defender was to be appointed and pretrial
conference continued to October 15, 2001.
Johannsson, Robert M.: Charged with possession of controlled substance.
and possession of cannabis more than 20 grams. According to probable cause
report, the following allegedly-occurred: On March 6, 1999. the defendant was
in vehicle that was stopped pulling a trailer with no tail lights. After a search
officers found in the vehicle incidental to arrest were two plastic bags contain-
ing cannabis and a brown pill bottle containing pills that appeared to be the
controlled substance ecstasy. Arraignment was set for October 15. 2001.
Johnson, Donald Ray: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Arrest
warrant issued.
King, Vernon Earl: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Arrest war-
rant issued.
Lane, Michael W.: Charged with false imprisonment and battery domestic
.violence. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
on July 5, 2001, an officer was dispatched to 564 E. Bayshore Drive. then was
flagged down by the defendant who said he and his wife had a dispute, needed
a mediator and needed to get back on the road to Fort Lauderdale. The officer
was told by a Hispanic female that the defendant had pulled rings from her
hand, grabbed her purse and threw her cell phone from the window of the
moving vehicle. The officer observed bruises and scratches on the woman's
arms. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. A deferred prosecu-
tion agreement was set for one year. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the
defendant.
Langley, Cecil Ray: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Case dis-
missed.
Lewis, Barbara: Charged with public assistance fraud. According to probable
cause report, the following allegedly occurred: During 1997 and 1998 recerti-
fication process to obtain food stamps the defendant indicated to the Depart-
ment of Children and Families that she had no form of earned :income. An
investigation revealed that contrary to her initial reports the defendant was
employed during that period. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and
pretrial conference was set at October 15, 2001. with public defender to be
appointed.
McCullough, David P.: Charged with worthless check over $150. According
to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 10. 2001.
a check in the amount of $246.04 was given to Harbor Electric Supply. which
proved to-be worthless. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial
conference was set at October 15, 2001, with a public defender to be ap-
pointed.
McSwigan: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. According to prob-
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On August 3, 2001, an
officer noticed a vehicle that matched a description of a vehicle on an unau-
thorized use of vehicle complaint. When approached, the defendant eluded
several officers until boxed in. He was then arrested and the vehicle returned
to its owner. The case was transferred to county court. Steiger represented the
defendant.
Mihalich, Nicholas T.: Charged with attempted burglary of dwelling. Accord-
ing to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On March 16.
2000, officers were called to a residence and told the defendant was going
,from the front door to the back door, attempting to get into the house. The


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defendant was tound to have a razor box cutter on his person and a screen
had been cut. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. A deferred prosecu-
tion agreement was entered June 1. 2000. The state chose not to prosecute.
Atty. William E. Whitlock represented the defendant.
Price, Jeffrey L.: Charged with interference with custody. According to prob-
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On July 7. 2001. the de-
fendant was said to have gone with Morgan Sanford to take a juvenile to
Tallahassee and had bought a ticket to Macon, Georgia, under Sanford's name
for the juvenile. Arraignment was continued to October 15. 2001. Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
Prince, Edward: Charged with grand theft. According to probable cause re-
port, the following allegedly occurred: on July 25, 2001. an officer was dis-
patched to a residence where he was told that the defendant was reported to
have assisted in the theft of $5,131.93 from a convenience store deposit bag
with which crack cocaine was purchased. The defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty. Arraignment was set for October 15. 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Pugh, Elex: Charged with possession of controlled substance, tampering with
physical evidence, and resisting arrest without violence. According to prob-
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On July 27, 2001, officers
were conducting surveillance on suspected narcotics activity on the corner of
West Gorrie Drive and West 11 Street on St. George Island. When they ap-
proached a vehicle with both doors open they spotted a vial which contained a
white powder thought to be cocaine. When officers asked the defendant to
step out of the vehicle he attempted to put the vial in his mouth. The state
chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Rell, Thomas Daniel: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On July
19, 2001, an officer clocked a vehicle traveling south approximately nine miles
north of Lanark Village, and signaled it to stop. After stopping officer saw the
driver get into back seat. A computer traffic check revealed defendant's driv-
ers license had been'suspended seven times. The defendant entered a plea of
not guiltv Aindnrptrial hearing continued to September 20. 2001. Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
Riley, Margaret Jane: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Hearing
deferred to October 17, 2001.
Seaburn, Westley: Charged with attempted first degree murder with firearm.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On Au-
gust 10, 2001, officers were dispatched to 263 111h Street in Apalachicola.
where a shooting had been reported. A police officer neighbor and several
others identified the defendant as one of three men who had shot Marshall
Sweet in the legs. one of the weapons was recovered at the scene. Pretrial
conference was set for October 15, 2001.
Surber, Julie: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Dismissed.
Thompson, Donnie H.: Charged with nine counts of uttering a forged check.
resisting arrest without violence and attempted burglary of a structure, crimi-
nal mischief $200 to $1,000. According to probable cause report, the follow-
ing allegedly occurred: On March 3 and March 4, 2001, the defendant cashed
seven checks at the Carrabelle IGA which were written on Bay Community
School and reported stolen. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty.
Pretrial conference was set for October 15, 2001, with trial by jury set for
October 17, 2001. Atty. John Kenny represented the defendant.
Tomlin, Cynthia Farland: Charged with grand theft and uttering a forged
check. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
In a duly sworn statement controller of Gulf Pines Hospital of Port St. Joe said
when she audited the books for Magnolia Medical it appeared that the defen-
dant had not deposited $11,152 in cash. A check under Dr. Thomas Merrill's
name was also said to have been cashed. The defendant entered a written plea
of not guilty and arraignment was continued to October 15. 2001. Atty. Rachel
Chesnut represented the defendant.
Topham, Jimmy: Charged with failure to appear for jury duty. Arrest war-
rant issued.
Walden, Lisa: Charged with grand theft. According to probable cause report.
the following allegedly occurred: On July 25, 2001, a complaint was signed
against the defendant who was employed as manager of a convenience store.
According to the complaint the defendant was working at the store on July 24.
2001, and passed out. She went to a doctor, taking bank deposits totaling
$5,131.93, with her, then went home to sleep for the rest of the day. All but
$215 was reported missing from the deposit bags. Arraignment was set for
October 15, 2001.
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, Franklin County Sheriffs office Narcotics Unit made a con-
trolled buy in Apalachicola at 440 23rd Street of a substance which tested
positive as powder cocaine. On April 28, 2001. sheriffs officers and members
of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement attempted to make a controlled
buy of cocaine from the defendant who left the confidential informant at his
house, bought items with some of the identified cash and attempted to flee.
He and his girl friend were picked up in Gulf County and arrested. The defen-
dant entered a plea of not guilty. Arraignment was continued to October 15.
2001, on the sale of controlled substance charge. The state chose not to pros-
ecute on the charge of grand theft. Steiger, represented, the defendant.

while license suspended or revoked. According to probable cause report, the
following allegedly occurred: on August 20, 2001, an officer was dispatched to
22 d Avenue in Apalachicola to a traffic crash. Upon arrival, the officer ob-
served an injured man and two boys. The defendant failed sobriety tests and
had an alcohol blood level of.207 and .204. The defendant'entered a plea of
not guilty. Pretrial conference was set for October 15, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Williams, Evelyn: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
battery domestic violence. According to probable cause report, the following
allegedly occurred: On May 5. 2001, an officer was dispatched to 208 13th
Street where he spoke with the defendant who told him she and her husband
had a fight. After talking with those at the scene the officer took the husband
to jail. When the officerhad a conversation with the defendant's family mem-
bers it appeared that the defendant and her sister had initiated the row and
that the defendant had chased her husband with a knife. The husband was
released. Arraignment was continued to October 15. 2001.
Williams, James: Charged with dealing stolen property According to prob
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on June 16. 2000. an
officer was dispatched to 1025 West Gorrie Drive on St. George Island in refer-
ence to theft of a skill saw power tool. The saw was located in a pawn shop and
the pawnbroker stated the defendant had pawned it. The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference was set at October 15, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
Babbs, Cecil R.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
criminal mischief $200 to $1,000. Trial set for Nov. 19. 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Barber, Dallas B.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, two
counts of resisting office with violence, and two counts of battery. Trial set for
October 15, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented, the defendant.
Barber, Melanie D.: Charged with aggravated battery on pregnant victim.
Trial set for October 15, 2001.;Steiger represented the defendant.
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Bethea. Marerio Valencia: Charged with driving while license suspended
felony. The state chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Blanchard, John F.: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Trial
set for November 19. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting arrest without
violence, criminal mischief under $200 and leaving scene ofaccident. Bond
withdrawn and defendant recommitted by bondsman. Trial set for November
11. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Brown, Richard Calvin: Charged with forgery and uttering a forged check.
Pretrial conference continued to October 19. with trial set for November 21.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Collins, William J.: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial conference continued
to October 15, 2001. with trial byjury set for October 17. 2001. Atty. John C.
Kenny represented the defendant.
Cooper, Charlie: Charged with uttering a forged check, sale of imitation crack
cocaine, and sale of controlled substance. Trial by jury set for October 15.
2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Critton, Samuel: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial reset lor
October 15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Croom, Twoyne S.: Charged with child abuse, battery domestic violence, crimi-
nal mischief third degree felony. Pretrial conference continued to October 15
2001. with trial by jury October 17. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented
the defendant.
Dalton, Billy D.: Charged with possession outboard motor serial number re-
moved. Trial continued to October 15. 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Daniels, Andre: Charged with three counts of sale of controlled substance.
State chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with dealing stolen property, two counts posses-
sion of controlled substance, possession less than 20 grams marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference continued to October
15. 2001, with trial set for October 17. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders repre-
sented defendant.
Dykes, Clifford M. Jr.: Charged with possession of cannabis more than 20
grams, driving while license suspended felony, and felony fleeing to attempt to
elude. Trial continued to November 19, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders repre-
sented defendant.
Estes, Robert C.: Charged with kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery by
threats reasonably believed, and aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Set
for jury trial. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Ford, Tamela: Charged with obtaining or attempt to obtain controlled sub-
stance. State chose not to prosecute. Atty. Rachel Chesnut represented defen-
dant.
Fordham, Virginia K.: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. Trial set for
October 15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Geter, Sylvia: Charged with sale of controlled substance. State chose not to
prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Graham, Anthony J.: Charged with lewd and lascivious assault or act. mo-
tion to reduce bond denied. Trial set for October 15. 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Griffin, Eli David: Charged with possession controlled substance intent to
deliver. State chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Griggs, Demar L.: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual bat-
tery, lewd or lascivious molestation, and lewd and lascivious act in presence
of child under 16. Pretrial conference continued to November 19. 2001. with
trial set for November 21, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. State
chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hayward, Warren L.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 11 months.
29 days in the Franklin County Jail, with credit for time served 132 days.
upon release three years probation, standard drug conditions, to pay $295
court courts. Steiger represented the defendant.
Houston, Eddie F.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial contin-
ued tb October 15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Johns, Royce Lee III: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, and aggravated
battery with deadly weapon. Trial set for October 15. 2001. Atty. John C.
Kenny represented the defendant.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with two counts of sale of controlled substance and
one count assault with deadly weapon. Trial continued to October 15. 2001.
Atty. John P. Kenny represented the defendant.
Jones, Travis: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Defendant entered
a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 35 days with credit for
time served 35 days, three years probation, standard drug conditions, to pay
$295. court costs. Steiger represented the defendant.
Joseph, Larry: Charged with uttering a forged check. The state chose not to
prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Larimore, William E.: Charged with murder first degree. Trial set for Novem-
ber 19, 2001. Atty. Edward S. Stafman represented the defendant.
Lawrence, Aaron: Charged with grand theft. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest to lower charge of petty theft, was adjudicated guilty. received one
day, with one day credit time served, one year probation, to pay $195 court
cost. Steiger represented the defendant.
Laye, Calvin: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual battery.
and lewd or lascivious act in presence of child under 16 years of age. The state
chose not to prosecute kidnapping and sexual battery charges. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest to charge of lewd or lascivious act in presence of
child under 16. Pre-sentence investigation ordered, with predisposition re-
port. Defendant reserved right to withdraw plea if juvenile sanction'cannot be
imposed. Electronic monitoring removed, with disposition of case set for Octo-
ber 15, 2001. Atty. William Webster represented the defendant.
Martina, Alvin Glen Sr.: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer.
Pretrial conference continued to October 15. with jury trial set for October 17.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
McMahon, Glen: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. State
chose not to prosecute. Atty. William Webster represented the defendant.
Midgely, Robert A.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
Defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 86
days with credit for time served 86 days, four years probation, $295 court
cost, no contact with T. Turner, Josephine Turner Sapp. or June Ard. Atty.
John C. Kenny represented the defendant.




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O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts of arson first degree, retaliation S
against a witness, two counts sale of controlled substance, one count posses- c
sion of controlled substance. On two counts of arson and retaliation against a
witness, the state chose not to prosecute. On charges of sale of controlled S
substance and possession of controlled substance, trial set for October 15. E
2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant. fi
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Price, Park McLean: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
Trial set for November 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant. V
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Reeves, Danny Lee: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12. N
Trial set for November 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant. r
Rogers, John G. Jr.: Charged with two counts of passing worthless bank
check. Trial set for November 19. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant. c
Salter, Albert, Jr.: Charged with two counts sale of controlled substance. d
Trial set for October 15, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defen- s
dant. d
Sanborn, Harry: Charged with two counts aggravated assault with deadly
weapon. Motion for continuance granted, with arraignment continued to
December 17, 2001. Atty. Ben Watkins represented the defendant. t
Sanborn, Keith: Charged with grand theft, and grant theft of a firearm. Trial
by jury set for November 19, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the
defendant.
Sanders, Anthony: Charged with sale of imitation crack cocaine, sale of con-
trolled substance. Pretrial conference continued to October 15. with trial set
for October 15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shaw, William Areld: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
Defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received six
months community control followed by 18 months probation, to pay $295
court costs. Steiger represented the defendant.
Strops, Benny Ray: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Trial
by jury.set for November 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Taylor, Sammy L.: Charged with sale'of controlled substance, possession of
controlled substance intent to deliver, possession of cannabis, and resisting
arrest without violence. Trial continued to November 19. 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Thompson, Donnie H.: Charged with five counts of uttering a forged check.
resisting arrest without violence, attempted burglary of a structure, and crimi-
nal mischief $200 to $1,000. Trial by jury on all counts to October 15. 2001.
Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Tirado, Jeremy Lee: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Pre-
trial conference continued to October 15, 2001. with trial October 17. 2001.
Atty. Hoot Crawford represented the defendant.
Tucker, Steven J.: Charged with burglary of a dwelling. Trial set for Novem-
ber 19, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Walden, Clara Alice: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial contin-
ued to October 15,.2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wallace, Kenney: Charged with sale of substance in lieu of controlled sub-
stance and two counts of sale of controlled substance. Trial continued to Oc-
tober 15, 2001. Steiger represented the.defendant.
Weaver, Wendell W.: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis
and resisting arrest with violence, also violation of probation. Trial by jury
continued to October 15, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Whitaker, Michael F.: Charged with grand theft. Trial set for October 15.
2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Williams, Deon: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence, .and possession of less than 20 grams marijuana. The
state chose not to prosecute on the battery charge. Defendant entered a plea
of no contest to counts two and three, was adjudicated guilty and on the
second count received 30 days jail time, a year of non-reporting probation.
$295 court costs and on count three received 30 days jail time concurrent
with that of the second count, with credit for time served to follow by written
order. Steiger represented the defendant.
Yon, James C.: Charged with sale of controlled substance, battery on law
enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and possession of controlled
substance. Defendant entered a plea of no contest on sale of controlled sub-
stance, adjudicated guilty, received 11 months 19 days, to pay $295 court
costs within 60 days after release from custody. The state chose not to pros-
ecute on charges of battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest., and I
possession of controlled substance. Steiger represented the defendant.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION
Brown, Elijah: Charged with leaving scene of accident with injuries. Defen-
dant missed court date, will have to pay $1,000 bond. Trial continued to No-
vember 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Coatney, Donald W.: Charged with 11 counts of uttering a forged check.
Defendant admitted violation of probation, found in violation, modified,to ex-
tend probation by one year, all prior conditions reimposed and ordered to one
AA meeting per week, and provide proof to probation officer. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Daniels, Andre: Charged sale of crack cocaine. Defendant admitted violation
of probation, found inviolation, adjudicated guilty, received 18 months De-
partment of Corrections, upon release one year administrative probation, all
outstanding financial obligations, civil judgment, credit for time served 217
days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer. Trial set
for October 15, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Farrell, Adrian: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Defen-
dant admitted violation of probation, found in violation, modify community
control to level II, with electronic monitoring. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with two counts of felony fleeing or attempt to
elude. Defendant admitted violation of probation, found in violation, adjudi-
cated guilty, to be lodged in Franklin County Jail until November 29. 2001.
with credit for time served 202 days. Both counts to run concurrent. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Keith, Jason Derrick: Charged with leaving scene of accident with injuries.
State chdse not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Kennedy, Patricia: Charged with violating probation. Hearing continued to
October 15, 2001.
McAnally, Robert T.: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. Defen-
dant admitted violation, adjudicated guilty, received six months in jail. civil
judgment, credit for time served 92 days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Pennington, Dustin Wayne: Charged with possession of controlled substance.
Hearing continued to October 15, 2001.
Redd, Jermaine: Charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon. Mo-
tion denied to set bond, release on probation pending hearing, work or home.
Hearing continued to October 15, 2001; Steiger represented the defendant.


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
PerFloridaStatutes713.78(3)(b) File No.
Dale of this Notice 12/07/01 Invoice No. 6737
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Caravan color Tan
Tag No Year 1991 state Vi No. 2B4GK25K2MR299305

To Owner: Clarice Gross To Lien Holder:
10 Acola Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/07/01 at the request of R&D Auto 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
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day 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.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL


VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/10/02 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.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670.8219


anders, Anthony: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Trial
continued to October 15. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
stallworth, Natasha C.: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon.
Defendant admitted violation of probation, found in violation, probation modi-
ed to extend for one year, all conditions reimposed. Steiger represented the
defendant.
hhite, Nathaniel IM: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Defendant
admittedd violation of probation, adjudicated guilty, ordered to jail through
november 29, 2001, followed by 18 months probation, all prior conditions
imposed. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Williams, Norman B.: Charged with two 'counts burglary of dwelling, one
:ount burglary of a structure, two counts grand theft, and aggravated assault
vith intent to commit a felony. Defendant admits violation of probation. adju-
licated guilty, ordered to jail until November 29. 2001, with credit for time
served 84 days, with each count concurrent. Steiger represented the defen-
lant.
Woullard, Freddie: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Vio-
ation of probation hearing continued to October 15. 2001. Steiger represented
the defendant.

HEARINGS/OTHER
Ard, Carl Wayne: Motion to set bond at $10,000. Steiger represented the
defendant.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


14 December 2001 Page 7


Second Circuit Court from Page 6
Dalton, Toby Lee: Motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail denied. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton: Charged with dealing stolen property, two counts possession
of controlled substance. possession less than 20 grams marijuana, posses-
sion drug paraphernalia. Motion to dismiss one count of possession of con-
trolled substance granted. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Hines, Billy: Charged with aggravated battery with firearm. Motion denied on
motion to correct illegal sentence. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the de-
fendant.
Stephens, Melvin: Motion to withdraw admission in violation of probation
hearing denied. Steiger represented the defendant.
White, Damien: Hearing held on restitution of $807. Atty. Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant.
Weldon, Thomas R., Jr.: Motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail denied.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Williams, Norman B.: Motion to suppress evidence withdrawn. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.

JURY TRIALS
Collins, William J.: Charged with grand theft. Trial set for September 19.
2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with dealing stolen property, two counts of pos-
session of controlled substance, possession less than 20 grams marijuana.
and possession drug paraphernalia. Trial continued to October 17. 2001.
Estes, Robert C.: Charged with kidnapping, sexual battery by threats rea-
sonably believed, sexual battery by threats reasonably believed, and aggra-
vated battery with deadly weapon. Trial set for September 20. 2001. Atty.
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Martina, Alvin Glenn, Sr.: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer.
Pretrial conference set for October 15, 2001. with trial set for October 17.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shaw, William Areld: Charged with driving while license suspended. Plea
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Ed was educated in Franklin County schools and he attended Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical University. He was a lifelong resident of
Apalachicola where he served the community as a businessman.
elected official and devoted neighbor.


Ed's love for community and commitment to people extended beyond
his hometown, He worked for St. Joe Paper Company in neighboring
Port St. Joe, Florida, for thirty-four years culminating his career as a
Superintendent of the Woodyard, In his many years of service at the
'Mill', Ed endeared himself to this community and its residents.
In 1954, Ed was joined in Holy Matrimony to Evangeline White and to
this union was born three children: Veronique, Edward G. and Joan.
He was a loving father who took pride in his children and worked to
provide them with every opportunity to be successful,
Ed was subsequently married to Mary Jane Simpson in 1963 who
preceded him in death. In this union he defined himself as a man of
the world, traveling and taking on civic responsibilities.
Ed's civic and political interest led him to seek elective office and he
was successful in winning a seat on the Apalachicola City Commis-
sion in 1975 serving until 1983. He was appointed Mayor-Pro Tern in
1976. He was the only City Commissioner to survive a recall election
in 1979 and served as the acting Mayor until the next regular elec-.
tion. During his term as Mayor he traveled to Washington D.C. to
attend a White House reception where he was greeted by then Presi-
dent Jimmy Carter.
Ed found his niche in elected politics. He loved every aspect of the
enterprise spending hours attending meetings and often engaging in
heated debates in defense of positions to benefit his constituents.
Elected politics also provided Ed with a wonderful venue for his com-
petitive spirit. In 1986 lie was elected to the County Commission and
served with distinction until 1996.
Ed was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church serving in numer-
ous capacities in the church community. He moved his membership
to St. Patrick Catholic Church when his home parish closed. He dis-
tinguished himself as a faithful parishioner who gave freely of his
time and resources to support the church's mission on earth: One of
his great joys was his involvement with the Knights of Columbus and
the opportunities this afforded him to serve his church and promote
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Special Event
The Franklin County Public
Library's Annual Christmas Party
will be held at the new Carrabelle
Branch on Sunday, December
16th at 3:00 p.m. Friends and Li-
brary Family members attending
this pot luck event will have a
sneak peak at the new facilities
which will open officially in Janu-
ary. A gift exchange wish list for
"gifting the library" is posted in
the library branches. These gift
ideas range from coffee mugs to
paper towels to mirrors to waste
baskets to a vacuum cleaner. Tom
Adams of St. George Island will
provide a wonderful variety of
holiday music. Special Guest
Santa Claus will make an appear-
ance for our young library family
at 2:15.
FROG Family Learning
Programs
As part of the Library based FROG
Family Learning Program, the
new series of family field trips
began in November with a trip to
Gulf World in Panama City. On
December 8th, families from both
the FROG and WINGS Programs
attended a presentation of The
Nutcracker performed by the Tal-
lahassee Ballet Company at the
Ruby Diamond Theatre in Talla-
hassee. These trips are designed
to inspire and encourage special
Parent and Child Together Time.
Beginning this month, Cindy
Sykes will be conducting a series
of open discussions on parenting
in Apalachicola at the New Life
Center. These parenting sessions
are sponsored by the FROG Fam-
ily Learning Programs, There is
never any fee, but seating is lim-
ited and registration is required.
For more information, please con-
tact Marlene Moore, Family
Learning Coordinator, at
670-4423. FROG is made possible
by an umbrella grant project from
the Governor's Family Literacy
Initiative, with support grants
from the Department of State, the
Florida Library Literacy Grants
Program and a mini-grant from
the Department of Children &
Families (Devereux Kids).

Youth Program Reports
Sabrina Evans and Chenara
McKinney presented a finished
TIGERS Quilt to the Franklin
County Public Library Advisory
Board on November 19th in
Carrabelle. The quilt was con-
structed by members of the TI-
GERS program over a period of
months and will hang in a place
of honor in the new Carrabelle
Branch Library.


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Debbie Holton
Meanwhile Debbie Holton, who is
CEO on the project said that the
developer, in including marsh-
lands and regulated wetlands, to
obtain an acre for a home site is
only, "...asking for what has been
done forever and always in
Franklin County for other devel-
opers.
Tammie Summer of Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Manager of The Alligator
Aquatic Preserve said that the
developer has made claims on
what she believes is State land.
She said that she had asked Terry
Wilkerson, Chief of Mapping Bu-
ieau of state lands and she read
S a paragraph from his report. "In
Sa search of records on file it indi-
cates all the submerged lands ly-
ing below mean high water on Al-
ligator Harbor, including its tribu-
taries, are owned by the state by
virtue of it's sovereignty."


She said, "It belongs to you and it
belongs to me, but it does not be-
long to the gentleman who claims
to own it."
Summers also said that she vis-
ited the site and when she, "Stood
on that salt marsh I was stand-
ing in water."
Summers has been concerned
about storm water run-off and
septic tank drain fields harming
the water quality of the bay as
clam farming in Alligator Harbor
has been promised to a number
of fishermen and are Franklin
County residents whose livelihood
might be threatened.
Holton remarked. "State and
county regulations are supposed
to take care of that."
Holton said, "Our intention is to
protect the bay. We want to be
good neighbors down there."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal re-
flected what seemed to be the
mood of the commission in gen-
eral when he made a motion say-
ing. "I am not going to vote to ap-
prove anything if we don't know
who owns the land." Commis-
sioner Cheryl Sanders seconded
the motion and it passed unani-
mously.
The issue will be on the agenda of
the next Commission meeting on
Tuesday, December 18.


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Students from the Carrabelle
WINGS/TIGERS Program have
been working on a new face for
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary Book Drop. Featured are
colorful representations from the
various library based programs.
The project is under the direction
of Coordinators Christina
Quintanilla-Slotin and Suzanne
Creamer. The Book Drop will be
moved to the new location.
Amanda Fremin has been voted
Student of the Month at the
Eastpoint WINGS/TIGERS youth
program. This special monthly
award is determined by atten-
dance and participation and is
decided by members of the Teen
Council. Runners-up this month
who received Honorable Mention
were Chris Petsch and Rita
Bennett. Coordinators Bonny
Ball, B.J. Neshat and Arlene
Oehler handed out awards to stu-
dents. Featured this month on the
Carrabelle WINGS/TIGERS Wall
of Fame is Mellonee Nalley for
achieving good spelling grades.
Tammi Jo Williams has a poem
featured on the Poet's Comer Wall
in Carrabelle. WINGS is a Juve-
nile Justice Community Partner-
ship Grant Program and the en-
hancement program TIGERS
(Teens In Gear Enjoy Realize Suc-
ceed) is made possible by a grant
from the Gulf Coast Workforce
Board. Both projects, designed to
provide positive and enriching
activities for Franklin County
youth, are fiscally administered
by the Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library:
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Who Owns the Land?
from Page 2
ter saying "What happens to the
water quality in Alligator Harbor
under the proposed development
sets the standard for the future
health of the Aquatic Preserve."
Sanders spoke also about the
needs of the. Aquatic Preserve,
saying, "Anything regarding devel-
opment in this area, we have to
be sure will do no harm."
Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion, APTA and Apalachee Envi-
ronmental Conservancy Organi-
zation, APECO, are also bringing
information and are not satisfied
with the developer's claim. How-
ever the developer has paid taxes
on the upland and the submerged
acreage.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Boat Parade

Biggest

Success Ever


37 Individual Boats
Entered
By Tom Campbell
Timber Island Yacht Club an-
nounced that its 9th Annual Boat
Parade of Lights was the most
successful ever, marking a total
of 37 individual boats entered in
the three categories, Commercial,
Sailboat, and Recreational Boat.
Winners announced at the festivi-
ties at Christina and Tim
Saunders' Seafood on Timber Is-
land were:
Commercial:
1st: Two Pirates-Tony Jack-
son Captain.


2nd: SS Spud-Harry Andrews
Captain.
3rd (Tie): White Lightnin'-Tom
Stevens
(Tie): Tow Boat U.S.-Russell
Cohoon
Sailboat:
Will Jackson
Recreational:
1st: Mike Marshall
2nd: Peconic Henry, Nail
Brooks, Captain.
3rd: Spirit of the Deep, Marshall
Foster, Captain.
The Parade this year was dedi-
cated to the memory of Dr. Rich-
ard Saunders, who founded the
event and was the first commo-
dore of Timber Island Yacht Club.
A good economic impact was re-
ported on the community of
Carrabelle because of this year's
event. Restaurants enioved bia


crowds and several shops an-
nounced they had "completely
sold out of Christmas lights," be-
cause of the boat decorations.
Many observers commented that
the boats were creatively and
beautifully decorated.
Scribe Flo Coody of Timber Island
Yacht Club said that a great deal
of credit was due to Christina and
Tim Saunders, relatives of the
originator of the event. Saunders
Seafood and Pirates' Landing are
owned by Tim and Christina
Saunders. "They have been very
helpful in our efforts," said Flo
Coody.
Timber Island Yacht Club is a
civic organization dedicated to
enhancing the lives of the youth
of Franklin County. In addition to
the Annual Boat Parade in early
December, the club also sponsors
the Youth Fishing Tournament
and Youth Fishing Class in July
each year. This year, 2001, the
club presented $1,000 scholar-
ships to two high school seniors,
Jesse Belcher, P.O. Box 1058,
Carrabelle, FL 32322 and Willie
McNair III, 186 Eighth Street,
Apalachicola, FL 32320. Coody
suggested that "holiday greetings
may be sent to our scholarship
recipients at the addresses
above."


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Sheriff Deputies

Talk To APTA

Members
By Rene Topping
Franklin County Sheriff Lieuten-
ant Johnny Turner and Sheriff
Investigator Sarah Marich came
to Alligator Point to talk to the
Alligator Point Tax Payers Asso-
ciation in lieu of Sheriff Bruce
Varnes. The Sheriff had to go out
of town.
Turner brought some suggestions
From the Sheriff that might help
to make the Point and St. Teresa
more secure from the break-ins
that have been happening since
June. There were 16 burglaries
and at one of them a large amount
of jewelry was taken.
Sheriff Varnes was reported as
saying he would be willing to help
the residents set up a neighbor-
hood watch with a car, radio and
money for gas and maintenance.
Turner said that the department
is working with only 2 deputies
and a supervisor to cover the en-
tire Franklin County on the day
time and "graveyard shift". He
said that the most calls came from
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St.
George Island. He also said on the
overnight shift there is only one
deputy and one supervisor for the
entire county.
Turner also said that the Sheriff
has loaned one deputy to do a
shift in Carrabelle since the
Carrabelle Department is a three
man department and they need
another man.
The members bombarded the two
with questions in reference to the
absence of a deputy, (which one
member reminded Turner had
been the Sheriffs promise before
election,) who would live and be
stationed on the Point, lack of ser-
vice on heavy traffic on holidays
and on the burglaries.
The two deputies fielded the ques-
tions and took notes to take back
to the sheriff. One suggestion was
an impact fee on new develop-
ments that would be used to field
more deputies.
Bob Burnett phrased the problem
saying. "Manpower is the problem
and there has never been; a deputy
on Bald Point since Deputy Bra-
dley died 11 years ago. Every year
we are assured that we will have
a deputy to live on the Point. We
are tired of all these empty prom-
ises."
Turner said he would see if he
could get State Trooper Anthony
Stone to make a turn into Alliga-
tor Point. He asked the residents
Sto be atert,-.asthey know~theinr
home ground. He added, "Ifyoul
see something and you think it
isn't right, you would probably be
right. You can help by getting a
license number on a car and a


description of occupants. Call it
in to the sheriff and some one will
be dispatched."
Sarah Marich, who has had 37
years experience on a Martin
County Sheriff Department, said
she was retired but somehow felt
that she wanted to get back, so
she is working part time as an
investigator. She gave some tips
to the residents on Security. She
said that a bad guy would be more
likely to break into an unoccupied
home. She suggested that friendly
neighbors could watch each
other's homes. Lights timed to
come on and off at different times
along with a radio playing. She
added, "Dust your window sills
and table tops as clearer finger-
prints are much easier to take on
a clean surface."
Put a number or a mark on all
equipment'and take photographs
of equipment and jewelry. If you
lose anything a good idea is to
look in every pawn shop and call
the sheriff if you see one or more
of your possessions.
She also told residents that "iden-
tity theft," where a person gets
your social security number, or
number of your charge cards, are
becoming problems in Franklin.
She said, "Don't leave the mail in
your Rural Route mail box." She
also recommends that you do not
put your letters, particularly those
with invitations to collect one
more charge card, into the gar-
bage. Her reasoning is the in-
mates work on recycling. Vicki
Barnett had the good suggestion
that she puts her letters in a bag
and then adds her dogs' "poop."
Vicki Barnett. said that she
wanted to clear up some misin-
formation on Hidden Harbor. She
said that people think there will
only be 35 houses on the project.
That is just the beginning. She
called it Hidden Harbor Report
101. Barnett said," The first time
we went to the P and Z meeting
the developer wanted 101 homes
with 63 on the peninsula and 38
on the other property. The second
time we went it was 49 on the
peninsula and 35 the land side
property."
"The third time they are talking
35 homes." She reported that
Tommy Summers, DEP manager
of the Aquatic Preserve, said the
state wants to buy the land but
the developer will not allow then
to survey. There is a problem on
the road on the peninsula. Alan
Pierce said that the developer can-
not build the 60 foot road and the
developer is going to have to ask
for avariance so that the road can
be 40 feet wide. The Transect Sur-
vey will be an abbreviated one,
and is a mean high water survey.
Barnett said she had checked the
records and the name PAFLA does
not appear anywhere. I
There is a history on the plat that
it once was going to be a develop-
ment called Summerwood and
those developers had built an of-
fice but is now still there and is


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Joanna Diebel said that she
would like to ask why Alan Pierce
said, in reference to the sub-
merged land, "For good or for bad,
this is the way we have been do-
ing it in the past." She said, "when
are we going to do it right?"
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders said, "I would like
to see a full state review." Tom
Vanderplaats also remarked that
the county needs to come up to
this century and go by the rules.
Dick Waters said that Alan Pierce
had said that the sand web sys-
tem is definitely tabled. On the
Apalachicola River sand, which
the Corps was going to. barge
down to Miami, it was stated that
there really should be a test made
on the sand, to make sure it is
compatible with the beach sand
on the Point.
Frank Gibson said that the date
of December 1 has gone by on the
redistricting and said, "It looks as
if we are going to have to wait for
2003 or some citizen brings a
suit." One resident said "Does
Jimmy (Mosconis) still want to
draw those lines? He was quick
to say he would draw the lines
himself. I wonder if he would be
the one doing the first law suit."
Ann Maruaszak said that they
have Sent out 770 newsletters
which was as near as possible to
the amount of taxpayers on Alli-
gator Point. Barnett said it had
taken quite a lot of research to
find out all of the property own-
ers. She said there were approxi-
mately 560 homes on the Point.
Vanderplaats reported on the
Water Board that there will be a
meeting on Sunday, December 16
at 2 p.m. He added that they are
waiting for approval by Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion, (DEP) to start up two of the,
wells. The third one was not a
good well so they will bore down
some more and it will be made
into a salt water interface well to
monitor the salt water intrusion.
Pat Johnson resigned her place
on the board as she could no
longer give it the time.she should.
Vanderplaats asked members for
suggestion of a woman to replace
her as Governor Jeb Bush has
requested that a woman should
replace her.
APTA lost their free state web site.
It will now cost $25.00 to register
a domain name, $30.00 monthly
for host, making it a cost of $385
per year.
Directors approved, a measure
that would insure and protect the
board members and committee
members from law suits on ac-
tions they might take. The cost
will be from $1,000 to $1,500 per
' year.
SBunkyAtkinson has resigned her
position as a director and Line
Barnett is asking for nominations.
She was chairperson on the
by-laws and Line Barnett had in-
dicated he would like to assume
that position. The directors voted
in favor with one opposition.
Steve Fling said he would delay
his reports on the MSBU until the
next meeting on January 12,
2002.

St. Joe Company

Holds Public

Hearing On

Highway Proposal

The St. Joe Company, through its
real estate arm, Arvida, plans to
hold a public hearing on its pro-
posal to move U.S. Highway 98 in
Gulf County. The meeting will be
held Thursday, December 13,
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14 December 2001 Page 9


Rebecca L. Jackson,
CMC, City Clerk/
Auditor Of
Carrabelle Honored

By International
Association
Rebecca L. Jackson, City Clerk/
Auditor of the City of Carrabelle,
Florida, has been awarded the
prestigious designation of "CER-
TIFIED MUNICIPAL CLERK"
(CMC) from the International In-
stitute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)
for achieving its high educational,
experience and service require-
ments.
Ms. Jackson has been employed
with the City of Carrabelle since
July 1998, where she serves in
the position of City Clerk/
Auditor.
She attained her designation as
Certified Municipal Clerk through
completion of the IIMC-approved
Municipal Clerks Institute Pro-
gram conducted by the Institute
of Government, Florida State Uni-
versity. Tallahassee. This program
provides over 100 student/ in-
structor contact hours of in-depth
courses in managerial and lead-
ership skills, social and interper-
sonal concerns, and technical
training needed to deal with
changes taking place in govern-
ment today.
She has completed General
Courses from Chipola Junior Col-
lege, Marianna, and Gulf Coast
Community College, Panama
City, and Seminars sponsored by
the'State of Florida Auditor Gen-
eral, Florida Department of Trans-
portation, Florida Department of
Community Affairs, Florida De-
partment of Revenue, Rockhurst
University of Continuing Educa-
tion Center, Joint Automated
Capital Improvement Plan, and
Padgett-Thompson.
An active member in her profes-
sional and civic affiliations, she
is a member of the Florida Asso-
ciation of City Clerks, City of
carrabelle Recreation Committee,
and Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Board of Directors.
Ms. Jackson has been a member
of the International Institute of
Municipal Clerks since August
1998. She joins 252 active Mu-
nicipal Clerks from the State of
Florida who currently hold the
designation of "Certified Munici-
pal Clerk."


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development institute or a bacca-
laureate degree in public admin-
istration or related field, respon-
sible experience in local govern-
ment, and participation in confer-
ences, meetings, and educational
seminars are required to earn this
prestigious Certified Municipal
Clerk designation. Qualifications
of applicants are reviewed and
approved by the IIMC Program
and Review Committee.


Cleanup From

The 40's At Old

Camp Gordon

Johnston

By Rene Topping
At a meeting called for public in-
put on cleanup work on the sites
of Camp Gordon Johnston in
WWII from any left over ordnance,
was held at the Chillas Hall in
Lanark on Thursday, November
29. Unfortunately, the Chronicle
was only notified one day ahead
and many of the villagers had no
notice. Not even a poster with time
and date. Don Silkenbakken,
Project Manager for Parsons and
Robert Bridgers, U.S Army Corps
of Engineers, humbly apologized
to the handful of Lanark Villag-
ers that showed up saying, "We
will come back in early January
and we will make sure you are
informed."
The meeting was noted in the
November 29 issue of the Talla-
hassee Democrat and in the
Chronicle of the same date. Sev-
eral of the residents vented their
anger that a meeting of such im-
portance to the Villagers was not
communicated much earlier.
The books that contain all of the
information so far gained in the
project will be kept at Chillas Hall
in order that the residents can
follow what has been happening
and what Parsons and the Corps
are going to do about it.
Silkenbakken told the residents
that the object of the meeting was
to report upon areas that needed
to cleaned up and to keep them


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informed as to what was being
done.
He told them that the major stake-
holders were Lanark Village, St
Joe Land Company, Florida State
University, Nature Conservancy,
Trust for Public Land and vari-
ous private owners such as St
James Bay.
The owners have to give their con-
sent to allow the Parsons person-
nel and The Army Corps of Engi-
neers on their property. They can
chose not to have their land
worked on even after recommen-
dation from the project was to
have the area searched.
If someone does not want to have
their land searched they recom-
mend that the land owner would
do well to handout brochures tell-
ing them what the land had pre-
viously been used for. For example
the Phipps Preserve is now in the
hands of Natures Conservancy
and they are not going to have
that area searched. The Alligator
Point area had a strafing area yet
in their earlier searching they had
found a practice bomb.
The Parsons Company are getting
ready to finish up the work they
did in 1999 on cleaning up any
unexploded ammunition, mines
or grenades that may still be lay-
ing around on the East End of
Franklin County.
Places they will be looking over
and working on are on Alligator
Point, in St. James and Dog Is-
land,
The Parsons Company and the
Corps will not start work until
another meeting date has been
announced.


APECO To

Elect New Board

Of Directors

By Rene Topping
The Apalachee Ecological Conser-
vancy, Inc will be electing a new
board of directors at their first
meeting in 2002 on January 12
after the APTA meeting. President
Roy Durverger said that the or-
ganization is growing and stretch-
ing out into other counties. The
membership has risen to 123.
Durverger said that the fund rais-
ing effort on the Tide Creek
project raised $2,000. Over 1,000
letters have gone out to prospec-
tive members and donors and
there are 350 more ready to go.
Paul Johnson said that he recom-
mends the organization make al-
liances but not partnerships with
other 'groups inthe same field.
HoweVer he thought that inviting
a member of the River Keepers to
sit on the APECO board would be,
useful.
Johnson reported that 1000
Friends of Florida Panhandle are
concerned on the growth of de-
velopment in the area from Tay-
lor County to Bay County. He said
that they believe trying to work
with counties and developers in
I what they call "Smart Growth." He
felt moving the sand from the
Apalachicola River was a good is-
sue. Also Vicki Barnett is getting
ready her grant for the turtle nest-
ing.
He said that the ARTA and
APECO are together on the Hid-
den Harbor Development. He said
that it would be a good move to
obtain insurance for board and
committee members from liabil-
ity.
Johnson reported on the Tide
Creek Landing Development has
5 houses built and it has been
stopped from any more work for
60 days.
Durverger said, "My vision for the


organization is that they will be
able to enter the education of the
area children. After all it is their
future." He admitted it will have
to take some time before they can
do some of the things. He said he
would like to have a diverse kind
of board.
Johnson said that he would like
to see a responsible board who
would work voluntarily. He said
in choosing someone take them
for their 1) networking ability, 2)
Ambassadors ready and able to
promote the APECO. 3) Able to get
money into the network.
Board members will not have to
live on Alligator Point. He re-
minded the members as member-
ship grows, the number continu-
ing to come to meetings will drop.
Some nominations were: Donna
Decker, Howard Kessler, Christy
Strickler, Dick Waters, Van Lewis,
Line Barnett. Lance Dehaven
Smith, Joy Frank. Others can be
nominated from the floor.
The next meeting will be January
12, after the APTA meeting.









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We heard itl We heard it!!
I know that we did-
The sound of those sleighbells
when I was a kid.
On Christmas Eves, after supper,
as time for Santa drew near,
we'd sit in the kitchen
feeling quivery and queer.
Our big brother Walt would say,
"Listen! What's that?!"
and he'd rush to the door
without coat or hat.
He'd pause in the doorway
then hurry on through
and quickly, oh quickly!
we'd hurry out, too.
The yard would be dark
except for the snow
that silvered the night
with its own sort ofglo'w.
Walt would stand ever so still
and point at the sky,
his voice just a whisper,'
hardly more than a sigh:
"Listen, just listen-There!
'Way to the North-Santa's sleigh!
His bells are sure jingling
and he's headed this way!"
We'd, beshivenn g wdh cold
and straining to hear-
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coming nearer-and near-
the Bells! Those Bells!
We'd hear them at last!
Santa's coming! It's Santa!
And he's coming so fast!
'Quick! Get to bed!"
Walt would say with a hiss.
"He won't leave our presents
if he sees us like this!"
We'd scramble inside
and off to our beds.
We'd heard Santa coming,
no doubt in our heads.
Walt was a funster,
a player of jokes,
a prankster, a trickster,
but those bells were no hoax!
We heard them! We heard them!
I know that we did-
Santa's sleighbells jingling
when I was a kid.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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Carrabelle Lighthouse Association

And City Close To Agreement


By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation (CLA) and the Carrabelle
City Commission meeting held on
Thursday, December 6, brought
the City and the CLA nearer to
agreement on a contract to per-
mit CLA to operate the Crooked
River Lighthouse. Several years in
the making, the city attorney
Douglas Gaidry and Barbara
Revell, Chairperson of the CLA
will get together and firm up an
agreement. The results will be re-
ported at the first meeting on
January 3, 2002.
Revell and Gaidry are both opti-
mistic that the City will turn over
the lighthouse concession on that
date. The CLA members are al-
ready working from time to time
on keeping the grounds looking
good. They say they are ready to
go to work on opening the struc-
ture to the public and working to
get public donations or grants to
maintain the building.
Under Commissioner reports,
Water and Sewer City Commis-
sioner Phillip Rankin brought up
a problem a renter in the city had
'when her commode hung up and
flooded over into the bathroom
and the bedroom. The problem
appeared to be in part a city prob-
lem and due to a back flow and
city employee Jim Moore had
made an affidavit that it was 50
per cent the city problem. The
home owner refused to pay even
half saying that they had no in-
surance.
The commissioners questioned
whether their insurance would
pay half of the cost of new carpet
in the bedroom at the cost of
$164.50. They denied the cost of
ceramic tile being put down in the
bathroom as a upgrade for the
owner.
Rankii also reported that the SBA
wanted to lease ground for a tower
in the SW Corner of the Sewer
plant for a period of 20 years with
3 extensions of 5 years each, for
a lease of $750 per year.T h e
commissioners asked Gaidry to fix
a lease at $750 andadd 2 per cent
increase for each of the years
leased. This contract can be
signed at the 'special meeting to
be held on December 17 at 6 p.m.
at the City Hall.
Baskerville and Donovan, Inc.
Engineer Ella Mosconis said that
she would like to have a workshop
early in January on some changes
in the uses that would be made
to the Small Government Grant
for expansion into other areas. A
workshop meeting was set for
January 7, 2002.
Gaidry reported that the changes
proposed at the special meeting
of November 28, have gone to DCA
and he thinks there will be no
problem in them being.approved.
He said that the RS zoning would
not allow for a church and it
would have to be a special excep-
tion. This will have to go to public
hearings. He said it can be done
by adding it to the special meet-
ings of December 17 and 28.
He also reported that the Human
Relations at State had denied a
complaint from Attorney Ann
Cowles who questioned the city
had been violatingher civil rights.
The complaint was on the city fir-
ing her.
Debbie Belcher, was awarded the
$44,000 on the contract on plan-
ning and development of finish-
ing of the Streetscape on U.S. 98.
Belcher asked for one change in
wording to ensure that she would
be reimbursed for her services.
The NO WAKE Zone North of the
Tillie Miller bridge will be ex-
tended to Marker 45 on a request
from Jerry Sanborn and pre-
$2,000.


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Commissioners also approved a
contract of $283,988.15 with Den
Withers, Inc, to complete phase
3,4 and 5 of the Riverwalk Park.
The work will begin at the first of
2002.
At a public hearing held to ap-
prove or disapprove a request for
a 6 foot variance in order that a
staircase can be build at the en-
trance to a home in Riverside
Heights, Block 275, Lot 1,
Riverview Drive. The home is be-
ing built by Larry Hartfield Con-
tractor and is owned by Mr.
Dowden.
The next regular meeting of the
Carrabelle City will be held on
January 3, 2002.


Apalachicola

High Varsity

Sports Banquet
Stressing the importance of team
effort, dedication and discipline
for achieving goals, Apalachicola
High School (AHS) held their Fall
Sports Varsity Banquet Monday,
December 3. It was held in con-
junction with a Basketball 'Meet
the Team.'
Denise Butler, Principal of
Apalachicola High School, opened
with a welcome to the athletes and
some of their parents.
Eddie Joseph, AHS Support Spe-
cialist, introduced the Athletic
Staff. Deanna Simmons, student
athlete, blessed the food.
Season overview and presenta-
tions were given by each head
coach..
Cheerleading Coach Marks intro-
duced her cheerleaders: Ashley
Richards and Morgan Heyser
(both seniors); Brittney Simmons,
Amanda Thompson, Tanicia,
Pugh, Ke'Asha Martin, Katie
Marks, Jarrett Elliott, Stacy Cox
and Tamara Lewis. Tanicia Pugh
was given the Spirit Award. The
cheerleaders presented Coach
Marks with some flowers in ap-
preciation of all her hard work.
Cross 'Country Coach Edmiston
introduced her team, Tali Pati (se-
nior), Blythe Campbell, Deanna
Simmons, Jennifer Edmiston and
Liz Green. All had great improve-
ments In their running times.
Volleyball Coach Walker intro-
duced his volleyball team and
gave out awards, Samantha
Elliott, Lindsey Barber, Jarrett
Elliott, Katie Marks, Jennifer
Lawrence, .Carrie. Freeman,
Brittanie Campbell, Stacy Cox
and Courtney Amison.
Most Aces and Most Assists
Awards went to Carrie Freeman,
Most Improved Award to Stacy
Cox, Most Blocks and Most Kills
Awards went to Lindsey Faircloth.
The team had a great year!
Football Coach Bland introduced
the football team. Starting with
the seniors; Kevin Pitts, Michael
Thompson, David Barber, Russell
King, Ed Griffin and Caleb
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Announcements

THE US ARMY CORPS OF Engineers will hold a Public
Meeting at the Chillas Hall in Lanark Village. Florida, located
at the intersection of Pine Street and Heffernon Street, offUS
Highway 98 from 5.00 pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, November
29. 2001 The meeting will begin with a short formal presen-
tation followed by a question and answer period. Corps of
Engineers personnel will be available following the session to
answerquestions. The purpose for the meeting is to present the
findings and recommendations of the Engineering Evaluation'
Cost Analysis (EECA) study for the former Camp Gordon
Johnston. Carrabelle. Franklin County. Florida The formal
comment period for the study will close30 days after the public
meeting
Camp Gordon Johnston operated as an amphibious training
center from 1942 until 1945 before closing in 1946. By 1948,
all property of the former camp had been transferred, sold, or
returned to lessors, ending the Army's role. The Air Force later
reacquired a small part ofthe former Camp's land in Carrabelle
that now serves as a tracking station to support the Tyndall Air
Force Base. The remainder of the former Camp is now prima-
rily uninhabited timberland intermixed with residential areas.
In 1995, the US Army Corps of Engineers began an investiga-
tion into the historical use ofthe property and recommended an
ordnance and explosive (OE) investigation be conducted to
ascertain the presence or absence of residual OE contamina-
tion
The EE'CA study confirmed the presence ofvarious OE items
on portions of the former Camp Gordon Johnston property.
These findings confirmed the need for further Government
response at this site.
The local community is invited to attend the meeting to review
the results of past effort and provide input for future work ath
the CampGordon Johnston. Foradditional information, please
contact Mr. Barry Vorse, US Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
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The Franklin Chronicle


Public Awareness Plays Important Role In
Combating Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes In Florida

By Tom Campbell, based on The Attorney General's
Annual Report, January 1, 2000 December 31, 2000
In a diverse and complex society such as Florida and America, preju-
dice often rears its hideous head. That doesn't make it right -only
prominent.
In this season of peace and good will, the time is now to consider the
proper action concerning hate crimes.
In a letter from Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General of Florida,
he wrote: "Thank you for your concern about hate crimes in Florida.
...there is still much to be concerned about regarding this most re-
pugnant type of crime. Public awareness continues to play a very
important role in combating hate crimes in our state."
He continued: "Multi-agency task forces throughout the nation are
responding more aggressively to hate crimes and are using every re-
source at their disposal to prosecute and prevent the occurrence of
these crimes."
He concluded: "Please continue your work in identifying and bringing
to justice those individuals responsible for these heinous crimes.
Thank you for your cooperation in reporting."
In his report, called "Hate Crimes in Florida," released this year, he
emphasized that "unreported crimes or crimes that may be hate re-
lated but are not classified as such by the local law enforcement
agency," were not included in the report.
He then answers the question, "What is a Hate Crime?"
The report states, "A hate crime is among the most insidious acts
taken by one person against another founded in prejudice and intol-
erance. A hate crime is an act committed or attempted by one person
or group against another, or their property, that in any way consti-
tutes an expression of hatred toward the victim based on his or her
personal characteristics. It is a crime in which the perpetrator inten-
tionally selects the victim based on one of the following characteris-
tics: race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual
orientation, advanced age and mental/physical disability."
Under section 775.085, Florida Statutes, criminal penalties are re-
classified for such hate-based acts. As the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement notes in its Hate Crime Report Manual, the motivation
behind the act is the key element in determining whether an incident
is hate related.
Reported hate crime offenses ranged in seriousness from vandalism
and intimidation to aggravated assault and arson. (See Table 1.)
The motivation behind the act is "the key element in determining
whether an incident is hate-related," according to Butterworth's re-
port.
The mention of a prejudiced remark does not necessarily make a
criminal incident hate-motivated, any more than the absence of such
a remark makes the criminal incident a non-hate one. Law enforce-
ment officers must rely "on their investigative judgement, as well as
the use of probable cause standards, to assist them in determining
whether a specific incident constitutes a hate-motivated crime. State-
ments of victims and witnesses, as well as physical evidence, may be
used to make this determination."
The report explains that the thorough and immediate reporting of
hate crimes is "essential." The amount and detail of information gath-
ered and shared about hate crimes is very important. "Law enforce-
ment officials will be able to detect patterns and anticipate increases
in tensions by compiling data and charting the geographic distribu-
tion of these crimes. Enhanced information about victims, offenders,
and types of incidents will assist law enforcement and community
service agencies in targeting hate crime prevention programs."
Table 1. Offense Totals by Motivation Type
January 1 December 31, 2000


Ethnicity/
Offenses Raie Feln.,gio. haiiuAil Age ,i31 D. 'bil-y Tonl
O.OriretO.1nan
Robbery 2 2
Aggravated
Assault52 7 12 71
Assault
Burglary 6 3 1 10
Larceny/Theft 1 1 2
Arson 1 1
Simple Assault 33 2 10 14 1 60
Intimidation 28 5 2 6 41
Destruction/
Damage/
Damage/ 34 33 6-- 9 82
Vandalism of 34 33 6 9 82
Property
TOTALS 155" J 28 4 .1 1 26?

Continued on Page 12


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Carrabelle Fire from Page 1

David Butler of Gulf State Bank said that he was looking for a tempo-
rary place that could hold a few groceries. He said that he had talked
to Mr. Mike Willis, the owner of the building who had said that he
would try to get another building up as soon as possible. Butler said
Willis had every intention of rebuilding.
The IGA was opened in the late 70's by Willis who already owned one
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Marine Street, and the Suwanee Grocery, that was in the brick build-
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owns the building but the business is operated by Frenvey Corp. of
Lake City.
Frank Williams who has worked for the IGA for 20 years and is the
dairy department manager would be found most every morning re-
plenishing the milk, cheese, yogurt and cream cheese side of the store
full at all times. He looked across at the devastated building and
somberly said, 'This is going to put me out of work for a while. It is a
rough time for this to happen."
There are approximately 55 people who will be out of work. Many of
them stood in clumps of five or six with solemn faces, staring blankly
at the steam coming out of the building.
Most of the employees are teenagers in their first job. Dianne Mathes
said her granddaughter would been made a permanent employee, if
she had worked all day on Monday. She will not be able to get unem-
ployment money.
This, with the closing of the bay, will be yet one more blow on the
economy of the county. The oyster fishermen and women have been
basically on a roller coaster, living day to day not knowing when an-
other closure would happen since the bay was first closed October 17
due to the Red Tide, a bloom that makes the oysters toxic and kills
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Hate Crimes from Page 11
Crimes Against Persons
Hate crimes, like other offenses, can be classified as crimes against
persons or crimes against property Some 65 percent of a reported
hate crimes in 2000 were committed against persons, including rob-
bery assault, and intimidation. The remaining 35 percent of reported
hate crimes were committed against property including vandalism,
burglary, and arson.
Out of the total number of hate crimes committed in 2000 in Florida,
131 were in the form of assaults (aggravated or simple assault). This
means that almost half (48.7 percent) of all the reported hate-motivated
crimes committed in Florida in 2000 involved assault. The actual
number of reported hate-motivated assaults increased by 27 inci-
dents (or 26 percent), and the percentage of such assaults compared
to the total number of hate crimes increased from 34 percent in 1999
to 48.7 percent in 2000.
There were no hate offenses reported from Calhoun, Liberty, Franklin,
Gulf or Wakulla Counties for the year 2000.
Table 2. Crimes Against Persons
(1991 2000)
Report Total Number of ,Percent of Total Personal Percent of
Year Offenses Assaults Total Crimes Total
1991 309 165 53.4% 217 70.2%
1992 395 222 56.2% 297 75.2%
1993 313 175 .55.9% 238 76.0%
1994 283 153 54.1% 206 72.8%
1995 183 91 49.7% 119 65.0%
1996 212 105 49.5% 148 69.8%
1997 160 84 52.0% 119 74.0%
1998 203 88 43.3% 125 69.0%
1999 307 104 34.1% 212 69.0%
2000 269 131 48.7% 175 65.0%


Fondling/Indecent Liberties/Child Molesting, which includes the
"touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose
of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or
not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable
of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental
incapacity," according to the report.
3. Aggravated Assault includes an unlawful attack by one person
upon another "where either the offender displays a weapon or the
victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving
i apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe
lacerations, or loss of consciousness."
4. Bribery includes the "offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any-
thing of value ... to sway the judgement or action of a person in a
position of trust and/or influence." For example, "a bank official is
bribed not to qualify a Hispanic family for a home loan for a particu-
lar neighborhood."
5. Trespassing includes to "enter unlawfully upon the real property
of another person. To enter or remain in any property, structure, or
conveyance without being authorized, licensed, or invited."
The Florida Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights has "developed a
hate crimes training program specifically designed to train law en-
forcement officers and police supervisory personnel in detection, in-
vestigation, processing and reporting of hate crimes. The training is
available upon request."
For more information, the reader may contact the Florida Attorney
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The number of assaults increased in 2000, while the total number of
crimes against persons decreased. Compared to the total number of
reported hate-motivated crimes, the portion committed against per-
sons decreased from 69 percent in 1999, to 64.9 percent in 2000,
while the portion committed against property increased from 31 per-
cent in 1999 to 35.4 percent in 2000.
. Some of the offenses which are most frequently associated with hate
crime incidents are listed in the Hate Crime Report Manual. These
include:
I 1. Homicide Offenses include murder, non-negligent manslaughter
and negligent manslaughter.
I 2. Sex Offenses include Forcible Rape, Forcible Sodomy, which in-
cludes oral or any sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly
and/or against the person's will, or where the victim is incapable of
I giving consent because of his/her youth, or because of his/her tem-
I porary or permanent mental incapacity. Also included are Forcible


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