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Prelude to the Eastpoint Theatre

We Have Seen The Future For

Residential Construction In
Hurricane Prone Environments
And It Is Made Of



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Chronicle


Volume 13, Number 10 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER May 14- 27,2004


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At the Chronicle Compound, Eastpoint, A Light-
Gauge Steel Fabricated Residential Structure Is
Taking Form.


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Steel Construction ................................. Pages 1, 4
Editorial & Commentary...................... Pages 1, 3
FCAT Results.................... .............................Page 1
School Board ..................................................age 1
Franklin Briefs ................................................Page 2
Second Circuit Court Report .................... Pages 6, 7,
FCAN ............................................................... Page .8
Business Card Directory ............................... Page 9
Dixie Theatre ...............................................Page 10



Franklin County District FCAT

Scores Released

As Governor Bush announced on May 10th a continued trend of ris-
ing student achievement on the 2004 FCAT (Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test), Franklin County District results were posted on
the internet and Table 1, below.
In reading, only 16% of the Franklin tenth graders reached an achieve-
ment level of 3 or better. Those attaining the level of 3 are considered
"on grade level." Those below 3 are not at grade level and are defi-
cient. For high schoolers, running down the column for 2004, the
percentage "on grade level" drops quite dramatically as the grade level
increases.
The achievement levels for tenth graders in mathematics is consider-
ably better. Nearly half (48%) performed at grade level or better in the
2004 tests. Note the improvement over the yeats 2001 and 2002 ad-
ministrations.
The third grade math results appears to be a considerable improve-
ment over the 2002 and 2003 years, with 70% of the third graders at
grade level. or better.
Scores for FCAT writing for grades 4, 8 and 10 are also posted in the
table reprinted here. For the eighth grade, the achievement percent-
age slopes downward from 2001 to an average of 72 in 2004. Achieve-
ment levels for tenth graders appear stable since 2001, and some-
what more erratic for those in the fourth grade.

Table 1
Mhe table below provides the percent of students in the district scoring 3 and above in FCAT reading,
mathematics, and writing. Students that score in FCAT Achievement Levels 3, 4, and 5 in reading or
mathematics are considered on grade level, proficient, or advanced. Students that score 3 and above on FCAT
writing have scored at or above a minimally acceptable level. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is
based on Florida's curriculum frameworks, tie Sunshine a'i"e Standards.


District Percent Scoring Three and Above


Publisher's Note: The following story is an attempt to update
our progress in the three phases of constructing the Eastpoint
Theatre compound. Phase One consisted of simply moving the
editorial offices of the Chronicle to Eastpoint, but that also re-
qutired the construction of one building and the movement of two
other structures. At the same time, work began on the engineer-
ing and eventual installation of a sewer and water infrastructure
of some magnitude. To obtain the permit from the Department of
Environmental Protection, it took eleven months and 8 pages of
single-spaced typewritten script. The permit finally arrived and
our plumbing sub-contractor is in the process of hooking our
compound into the Eastpoint Water and Sewer system, "barring
any 5 o'clock surprises." The projected 300-seat theatre will re-
quire a sprinkler system, extensive plumbing facilities and sev-
eral water hookups for ancillary businesses that will form around
the lobby. Phase Two of the project involves the construction of
at least one duplex, and this is the subject of the story in this
issue. I am convinced this is a revolutionary and positive change
for residential construction in this region for the advantages cited
in the story. I cannot claim this is cheaper, but it certainly is far
stronger for these hurricane environments. With the help of local
and other contractors, the Chronicle is exploring, identifying and
incorporating new and cheaper materials into these structures,.
completely engineered for safety, fire protection, energy efficien-
cies, and strength. A new cement fiberboard, for example, has
only recently come into the marketplace, and hopefully, a lighter
weight version will be available by fall 2004. We are incorporating
this for the exterior of the first duplex, so as to avoid lap siding
(not always suitable for steel frame construction), stucco, or vinyl
(also a problematic siding material in hurricane-prone environ-
ments). As construction progress is made, we will report the story
of the construction of the duplex, using steel frame, and an evalu-
ation of the pros and cons of such a building approach. The final
phase of this project is Number Three, the design and construc-
tion of the auditorium complex consisting of one large audito-
rium about 50 by 100 feet, and two auxiliary rooms adjacent to
i the main building, measuring about 15 feet by 60 feet. A cluster
of small offices will form the atrium in front of the lobby and the
concession stand. The site plan was approved by the County
Commission two years ago.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

The Nature of Steel Framing
The use of light-gauge steel in framing a home has been widely inno-
vated throughout most of the .United States, except in occasional "pock-
ets" where wood packages for conventional homes was common build-
ing practice. Franklin county and other Gulf Coast counties have
typically resisted this newer form of framing and construction de-
spite the fact that steel is increasingly more competitive in price than
a decade ago. The cost of plywood has jumped at least 25% since
January 2004, and other wood products have climbed in price since
the start of the War on Terrorism.
The Chronicle is building the first of three duplex buildings that will
provide housing for employees and others. But, this is an opportu-
nity to use new product and alternatives to traditional wood frame
construction to enhance the overall advantages in steel. A steel framed
home is a high quality structure, so says the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) research center in their handbook on Steel-
Frame Construction (1993).
"By virtue of its material characteristics and properties, steel offers
significant advantages to both home builders and consumers. Steel
studs and joists are strong, lightweight, and made from
uniform-quality material. Steel walls are straight, with square cor-
ners and all but eliminate pops in drywall as articulated in the hand-
book. Moreover, two advantages are obtained in steel and those are
(1) fire protection and (2) termite protection. Steel framing does not
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Grade
Level Reading Math Writing
2001 2002 2003 2004 2001 2002 2003 2004 2001 2002 2003 2004
3 66 60 61 64 57- 70
4 57 53 66 53 45 54 51 83.0 76.0 87.0 76.0
5 51 53 58 46 32 40 36
6 52 53 55 28 50 46
7 30 38 51 36 38 39
8 45 38 34 29 51 48 43 44 93.0 86.0 86.0 72.0
9 18 29 14 43 43 33
10 31 19 23 16 38 41 50 48 85.0 92.0 75.0 85.0
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Franklin County School Board

Votes To Acquire Acreage For

Consolidated School

About 140 acres Available From the Department of
Transportation


The Franklin County School
Board, Tuesday, May 6th, voted
to take steps to acquire a large
tract of land near the Grammercy
development, off of Highway 98
currently owned by the Depart-
ment of Transportation. The tract
has been used as a source of fill
for repair of local roads, and con-
tains several wetland areas. But,


the site appeared to the Board to
be very attractive as a possible
location for a consolidated school.
The Board voted unanimously to
acquire the land, made available
at no cost to the county. The pro-
cess of consolidating the schools
is continuing with a visiting team
of evaluators expected in May.


VA Cares Plan Begins

CARES Plan Includes New Community-Based
Outpatient Clinic For Jackson County And Ensures
The Lake City Medical Center Will Remain A Full
Service Hospital


On Friday, May 7, 2004, Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sec-
retary Anthony Principi approved
the Capital Asset Realignment for
Enhanced Services (CARES) Plan.
The plan includes a
Community-Based Outpatient
Clinic in Jackson County, which
will serve veterans in Jackson and
surrounding counties. The plan
also ensures the Lake City VA
Medical Center will remain a 24
hour, full service hospital.
In March of this year the VA be-
gan advertising in Jackson
County for a space to house the
clinic. In April, representatives
from the VA met with local offi-
cials, builders, realtors, the
Chamber of Commerce and a
member of Congressman Boyd's
staff to discuss locations for the
clinic. They also visited a few pos-
sible sites. The space that will be
chosen will also include an office
for the Jackson County Veterans
Service Officer, so veterans will
not have to travel to two different
locations to meet their needs.
"As the Veterans population rises
in North Florida, we need to en-
sure they have access to quality
health care services," said Con-
gressman Boyd. "I worked hard
to ensure that the needs of our
North Florida veterans were con-


sidered in the CARES Plan. The
creation of this clinic is important
and beneficial to the veterans in
Jackson, Liberty, Calhoun,
Franklin and Gulf counties."
Over the last decade, Florida has
seen a 25 percent increase in its
veteran population. With this dra-
matic increase in Florida's veteran
population, the Department of
Veterans' Affairs (VA) has
struggled to keep up with the de-
mand for health care services in
the state. Community-based out-
patient clinics have sprung up
throughout the state to help meet
the health care needs of Florida's
veterans, while VA medical cen-
ters, or hospital-based inpatient
care, have not been expanded
during this time.
The CARES project was imple-
mented to collect data on veteran
health care needs, veteran popu-
lation projections, as well as VA
facility sizes, services and loca-
tions. Once data was collected
from across the nation, the VA
produced the CARES Plan and
awaited approval by the Secretary
of Veterans Affairs. With Friday's
approval, the VA will begin to
implement the plan and its rec-
ommendations around the coun-
try.


EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY


A Plea For Unity

By Senator Zell Miller
U.S. Senator, Georgia

While this newspaper does not subscribe completely to every single
word in the following editorial remarks by Senator Zell Miller, the
central thrust of his message about the need for unity in this
country is still important and very relevant. Thus, we are reprint-
ing the Senator's remarks made on the floor of the U.S. Senate on
March 30, 2004. His message, in my opinion, needed to be said,
to counter the petty politics and divisiveness growing in America.
Most of our citizens are not really aware that America is at war.
Senator Miller's remarks also serve to remind us of that stark
reality. He is merely calling for a sharper focus in our behaviors
toward that end, although we do not agree that we have to sign
up either as a "wimp" or a "warrior."
One of the strengths of our First Amendment traditions is the
fact that Americans can freely disagree without becoming dis-
agreeable but that there are also limits to debate in wartime. This
newspaper takes pride in using the First Amendment to meet
public issues head on without clouding them in the mask of col-
umnists, pundits, two-minute sound bites and illusions of de-
bate. So, we are pleased the Senator has given us permission to
republish his remarks.
Tom Hoffer, Publisher

March 30. 2004
U.S. Senator Zell Miller
Floor Statement on September 11 Commission Hearings
Remarks as Delivered on the Senate Floor
After watching the harsh acrimony generated by the September 11
Commission-which, let me say at the outset, is made up of good and
able members-I've come to seriously question this panel's useful-
ness.
I believe it will ultimately play a role in doing great harm to this coun-
try, for its unintended consequences, I fear, will be to energize our
enemies and demoralize our troops.
After being drowned in a tidal wave of all who didn't do enough before
9/11, 1 have come to believe that the Commission should issue a
report that says: "No one did enough in the past. No one did near
enough."
Then thank everyone for serving, send them home and let's get- on
with the job of protecting this country in the future.
Tragically, these hearings have proved to be a very divisive diversion
for this country. Tragically, they have devoured valuable time, look-
ing backwards when we should be looking forward.
Can you imagine handling the attack on Pearl Harbor this way? Can
you imagine Congress, the media and the public standing for this
kind of political gamesmanship and finger pointing after that "day of
infamy" in 1941 ?
Some partisans tried that ploy, but they were soon quieted by the
patriots who understood how important it was to get on with the war
and take the battle to America's enemies, and not dwell on what FDR
knew when.
You see, back then the highest priority was to win a war, not win an
election. That's what made them 'The Greatest Generation."
I realize that many well-meaning Americans see the hearings as "de-
mocracy in action." Years ago, when I was teaching political science,
I probably would have had my class watching it live on television and
using that very phrase with them.
There are also the not-so-well-meaning political operatives who see
these hearings as an opportunity to "score cheap points."
Then, there are the Media Meddlers who see this as "great theater"
that can be played out on the evening news and on endless talk shows
for a week or more.
Congressional hearings have long been one of Washington's most
entertaining pastimes. Joe McCarthy. Watergate. Iran Contra. They
all kept us glued to the TV, and made for conversation around the
water coolers and arguments over a beer at the corner pub.
A Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. is the ultimate aphro-
disiac for political groupies and partisan punks.
But, it's not the groupies, punks and television-sotted American public
that I'm worried about. This latter crowd can get excited and divided
over just about anything. Whether it's some off-key wanna-be dream-
ing of being the American Idol, or what brainless bimbo The Bachelor
or Average Joe will choose or who will Donald Trump fire next week.
No, it is the real enemies of America that I'm concerned about.
These evil killers who right now, right now are gleefully watching the
shrill partisan finger pointing of these hearings and grinning like a
mule eating briars.
They see this as a major split within the Great Satan America. They
see anger, they see division, instability, bickering, peevishness and
dissension.
T y see the President of the United States hammered unmercifully.
y see all this and they are greatly, greatly encouraged.
We should not be doing anything to encourage our enemies in this
battle between good and evil. Yet, these hearings, in my opinion, are
doing just that.
We are playing with fire. We're playing directly into the hands of our
enemy by allowing these hearings to become the great divider they
have become.
Dick Clarke's book and its release coinciding with these hearings
have done this country a tremendous disservice, and someday we
will reap its whirlwind.
Long ago, Sir Walter Scott observed that revenge is "the sweetest morsel
that ever was cooked in hell."
The vindictive Clarke has now had his revenge, but what kind of hell
has he, his CBS publisher and his axe-to-grind advocates unleashed?
These hearings, coming on the heels of the election the terrorists
influenced in Spain, bolster and energize our evil enemies as they
have not been energized since 9/11.
Chances are very good that these evil enemies of America will attempt
to influence our 2004 election in a similar dramatic way as. they did
Spam's. And to think that could never be in this country is to stick
your head in the sand.
That is why the sooner we stop this endless bickering over the past
and join together to prepare for the future, the better off this country
will be. There are some things-whether this city believes it or not-
that are just more important political campaigns.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

May 4, 2004
Present: Chairperson
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Clarence
Williams and Absent:
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer.

Shellfish Developments
Dr. Steve Otwell of the University
of Florida addressed the Board of
County Commissioners on the
subject of the proposed industry
based certified oyster Program
(ICOP) that is designed to help the
industry meet certain deadlines in
oyster harvesting. Dr. Otwell told
the Commissioners that the in-
dustry is currently under a Fed-
eral mandate to install new pro-
cessing methods for the post har-
vest treatment of oysters. The first
deadline is to require at least 25%
capacity for new processing of
oysters by December 2004. "We
have already met the December
2004 deadline, but the next one
is gonna be even more challeng-
ing, which is 2006." The reason
we have been able to introduce
some technological innovations is
that our Congressman Allen Boyd.
has helped us deal with that chal-
lenge. We are on our third year of
funding, and we couldn't have
done any of these things without
him." Dr. Otwell described the for-
mation of a new laboratory in
Franklin County that will be serv-
ing the needs of the oyster indus-
try. This is located at the old
Emergency Management quarters
at the airport.
The new laboratory will be dedi-
cated at a groundbreaking cer-
emony on May 28, 2004.
The first mandated deadline for
industry compliance is December
2004 at which time the Florida
processors must have at least 25
percent capacity for effective Post
Harvest Treatments (PHT's). The
schedule for compliance becomes
progressively more restrictive
through 2007. If PHT's are not
effectively adopted, the regulatory
plans call for restricted harvests
including closures of the Bay.


Fortunately, Florida Congress-
man Allen Boyd, Jr. has re-
sponded to requests from the
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Dealers
Association with technical assis-
tance to develop and implement
appropriate PHT programs, Since
Spring 2002, he has helped direct
funds through the University of
Florida's Aquatic Food Products
Program in the Institute of Food
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and
the Florida Sea Grant Program in
cooperation with the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services (DACS) to inves-
tigate new processing methods to
reduce the problematic bacteria,
Vibrio vulnificus which occurs
naturally in raw oysters. This
work has been investigating
methods with high pressure, pas-
teurization, rapid freezing, and
even controversial irradiation. In
addition to reducing bacteria, this
work has considered influences
on product quality and market
acceptance. The initial results in-
dicate some innovative and
unique freezing techniques may
be the most cost-effective ap-
proach for Apalachicola. Surveys
compiled by DACS indicate these
techniques could be available to
meet the 2004 capacity deadline.
Further projectwork isWinvestigat-
ing development of a new
industry-based, certified oyster
program. The Franklin County
Commissioners helped advance
this idea by unanimous approval
to use county buildings near the
Apalachicola airport. The build-
ings will house some of the latest
analytical equipment that pro-
.vides more rapid and accurate
measurements for Vibrio
vulnificus. The intent is to offer
real-time verifications with every
oyster shipment from the county.
The lab could verify traditional
and PHT products. No other com-
pany or state has such a program
that will attract and assure buyer
confidence. It will be a historical
addition to the reputation of the
Apalachicola oyster industry. The
Dealers Association want this
combined effort to be known as
the Allen Boyd-Franklin County
Oyster Industry Lab. The ground
breaking for this new lab will be
held May 28, 2004 with a special
visit by Congressman Boyd.

Extension Director
Bill Mahan informed the Commis-
sioners that there will be a train-
ing program for shrimp fishermen
who want to participate in the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Trade Adjustment Assistance pro-
gram. The training program will
be held at the Research Reserve
(ANERR) Office in Apalachicola on
May 13 beginning at 2 p.m.


Department of Parks and
Recreation
Mr. Van Johnson presented a let-
ter concerning the use of the Na-
tional Guard Armory to the Com-
missioners. This is republished in
this issue in the Editorial section.
Van Johnson also presented to
the Commissioners a copy of a
proposed sublease agreement
from the Armory Board for sub-'
leasing the ,National Guard Ar-.
mory. The sublease outlines the
conditions in the lease and estab-
lishes the initial term at five years
with a five-year renewal option.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners would be responsible for
the payment of all public utilities
and the submittal of an opera-
tional report to the Armory Board
within ten months of the effective'
date of the sublease. The sublease
also states that the Board pro-
vides access and use to the local
Senior Citizens Group. The Board -
decided to table the proposal un-
til the next meeting of County
Commissioners and ask the
County Attorney to review the
terms of the sublease in the
meantime.
Mr. Van Johnson also presented
to the Board a second draft of the
Facility Use Plan for use of the
Armory. He also attached copies"
of correspondence received from
the City of Apalachicola and the
Senior Citizens Group. These let-
ters are .excerpted in the Edito-
rial Section.

Director of Administration
Services ,
Mr. Mark Curenton briefed the
Commissioners on the following
items:
"Payment in lieu-of-taxes has
come in. The state has sent the
county a check for $196,389.96.
The amount of funds the state
sends will be diminishing next
year, unless the 10 year payment
period is extended."
The Board was informed that a
site plan and survey is being de-
veloped for Carrabelle Recreation
Park. Mr,. Dan Garlick and Mr.
Chris Clark are assisting the-
county in flagging the wetlands on
the property, then Preble-Rish,
Engineers will update the survey
to include the wetlands, and try
to fit the desired recreational fa-
cilities onto the property. Mr.
Garlick and Mr. Clark intend to
be on the property Monday, May
10th flagging the wetland line.
Ms. Gail Dodds will be resigning
from the Planning and Zoning
Commission after the May 10th
meeting. She has family interests
she needs to attend to and does


not feel she can continue to de-
vote the time to the Commission.
The county commission needs to
fill four seats on the commission.
"At this point, at the June meet-
ing if only one person is absent
the Commission will not be able
to have quorum," said Curenton.
The Commissioners decided to
take up this matter at the next
meeting.
Preble-Rish Engineering is mov-
ing forward on the design of the
bike path from the Apalachicola
City limits to D.W. Wilson Park.
Since state and federal money is
involved an environmental as-
sessment has to be done on the
route. The Board approved $5845
out of engineering services for
Preble-Rish to contract for an en-
vironmental assessment for the
bike path.
The City of Apalachicola is pur-
suing an FCT grant application to
purchase some waterfront lots
underneath the bridge. The
county received, years ago, own-
ership of a 1/2 lot that is next to
some of the property the city is
trying to buy. It will help the city's
grant application if the county is
willing to cooperate with the city.
The cooperation the city needs is
a letter from the county saying the
county will participate in the
project by allowing its 1/2 lot to
be part of a management plan, if
the grant is approved. The grant
is to create a waterfront park, and
the county would still retain own-
ership, but there are points to be
gained by having another juris-
diction participate in the project.
Later on the city and the county
can discuss swapping property,
but at this time, only a letter is
necessary. The Board approved
a motion to that effect.
This next item is the most com-
plicated of this morning's agenda.
Franklin County received a
$100,000 grant from DOT to
beautify the St. George Island en-
trance.. The county bid out the
project and awarded a bid to
Brooks Wade's company, Island
Adventures, for an $85,000 con-
tract. Since the county had re-
ceived $100,000, and the money
has to be used to buy plants or
landscaping material, Brooks re-
ceived permission from DOT for a
change order to add approxi-
mately $14,700 worth of Pendo
Palm Trees around the retention
area. Since he was doing most of
the planting between county com-
mission meetings, I authorized
him to proceed with the planting
material based. on this change
order that had been approved by
DOT. At the county level the en-
tity to approve the change order
is the Board, and the Board needs
to do that. Board action.


Unrelated to approving the
change order for Pendo Palms
around the retention area, the
Board needs to be aware of seri-
ous dispute about where the
boundary of the landscaping
project is. The landscaping project
extends from the retention basins
towards the new bridge along the
west side of the causeway. Ms.
Helen Spohrer, owner of Resort
Realty, owns land along the west
side of the causeway and believes
that part of the landscaping
project is on her property. While
sabal palms were being planted
along the west side of the cause-
way, a large billboard for Resort
Realty was cut down with
chainsaws and vandalized. Ms
Barbara Sanders, representing
Ms. Spohrer, considers the van-
dalism a serious act by itself, but
she is also concerned about the
alleged encroachment on her
client's property. The Board is in-
volved to the extent that it re-
ceived DOT funding and hired a
contractor to plant trees on St.
George Island. The contractor
used a 1960 DOT right-of-way
map as a basis for determining
the boundary. Mr. Brooks Wade,
who is present this morning, says
his employees were not involved
in the vandalism.


The Board heard the participants
and deferred any official action
until a survey team determined
the question of encroachment.
Alligator Point Water Resources
District would like Board assis-
tance in solving a dispute on Bald
Point. In 1999 a District customer
on Bald Point paid for a water
meter and then paid to have 2500
feet of 2" water line run to his new
home. The line was run in the
county right-of-way by the prop-
erty owner. The District did not
seek permission from the county
since it was not running the line.
Also, the District serves Bald
Point but on a voluntary basis
because Bald Point is outside the
District boundaries. Now other
property owners in the area want
to use this 2" line to serve their
homes. The individual who paid
for the line says that he owns the
line and does not want anyone
else using it. Neither the District
nor the county wants multiple
water lines running to individual
houses. The District would like to
reimburse the individual for the
line and then place a larger line
to serve more customers. The cus-
tomer says that the line is his line
and he likes the service he has.
The District would like the county
to weigh in on this, by agreeing
that only the District has the right
to place water lines in the county
right-of-way.


The Board asked the County At-O
torney to review the problem and
report back to them at the next
meeting.
For the Board's information, Mr.
Curenton will be making a report
every county commission meeting
updating the Board on the
progress of planning related
projects and programs. He will
make the presentation at the pub-
lic hearing for rezoning and land
uses. Rachel Ward will make a
monthly report on what happened
at the Planning and Zoning Com-
mission meeting. Unless the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission
changes its regular meeting day,
Rachel will make a report at the
second county commission meet-
ing of every month. Rachel Ward
will also be the office manager
determining duties related to
building permit issuance.
Several meetings ago Alan an-
nounced that there would be
money left over from emergency
management to go with a grant
from Homeland Security to buy ax.
generator. The problem is that it_
will be several more months be- q
fore the grant is awarded. Alan.
recommends the Board utilize the -,
recently received payment-in-lieu l
of tax funds instead of the Home-',
land Security grant. The funding,,
source for the generator will be-
$15,000 from payment-in-lieu of-
tax funds, and the remainder not.f{
to exceed $25,000 from emer-nr
agency management funds. If the):,
total cost of the generator exceeds'"
$40,000 the Board will have to.
take more from the payment-in-',
lieu tax program before awarding '
the bid. If the Homeland Security'
grant is awarded in time, it can['
still be used, but.if it does not ar-'f
rive until August or September,:
which is very likely, then the gen-,
erator can be bought now, and the ,
grant funds can be used for some-'"
thing else.
The Board approved the bid for
the generator.

Indigent Health Care
Question o:1
Mr. Wesley Tice, Administrative''"
Director of the Franklin County_
Health Unit, informed the Com-:
missioners that funds for treat-),'
ing about 100 indigent health care'
patients were running out, as of'
the 30th of June. At the very mini-i'~;
mum, about $20,000 was needed -
to pay for their treatment through
the month of August, should
money be available from other

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World War II Beginnings
Prior to World War II, Americans who suffered a spinal cord injury
,faced a bleak future and a life expectancy averaging about 18 months.
But veterans who sustained a spinal cord injury during the War years
received the first ray of hope for a fuller life ahead-the development
of antibiotics, modern medicine and new medical techniques which
added significantly to their life span.
Because of this medical progress, for the first time, spinal cord in-
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needs of paralyzed veterans.
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honorably in the armed forces and who have incurred an injury or
disease affecting the spinal cord, causing paraplegia or quadriplegia.
PVA is non-profit, nonsectarian, and interracial and is concerned with
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Statement of Purpose
Founded in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is the only
congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated
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'cord injury or disease.

Major Goals
,The key objective of the Paralyzed Veterans of America is to take those
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Vol. 13, No. 10


Letter Filed With The Franklin

County Commissioners From

Denise Butler Concerning The Use

Of The National Guard Armory

I am here to voice my opinion on the proposed changes in the use of
the Fort Coombs National Guard Armory. While it has been generally
discussed that it will remain for "public use" I think there are issues
that need to be bought up before final decisions are made on the way
this historic building will be used. I am concerned that "public use" is
a vague term and may be interpreted differently from what the "pub-
lic" has come to know as "use" of the largest public facility currently
available in Franklin County.
I have lived in Franklin County for 27 years and have attended count-
less functions both private and public at the Armory over these many
years. While schools and churches may have other large rooms, the
larger Armory has afforded an attractive and usable facility for many
kinds of activities. Charitable events, the Proms, private weddings,
public forums, scholarship dinners, patriotic events and meetings
are but a few of these functions. The historic building is not without
problems: the lack of air conditioning, poor kitchen facilities and in-
adequate toilet facilities to name a few. But, at least it has been.
available. Fees are understood and I think there has been a general
feeling that the grand old building belonged to the community. Even
the new rule requiring that law enforcement be hired is accepted by
users as just that: a new requirement.
When the Guard unit was housed there, accommodations were often
made to move furniture, lockers, and clear the walls when functions
took place. The entire week of the prom, for example, students, par-
ents and volunteers were given the place to decorate ... a highlight for
students that cannot be duplicated by allowing only the day before
the big event to be available should another entity be given daily use.
Public use means use of the bathrooms and the room accessing it,
the kitchen and the big room. It means ready for use. It means clean.
Those using the building have always been required to leave it clean
or pay to have it cleaned.
We have already learned, that once a public building is used in its
entirety daily, it ceases to be usable for the other occasions because
of the logistics of moving furniture and the like. I use the community
house as the example. The Armory's beautiful hardwood floors would
be compromised by daily use not to mention the moving of furniture
on a regular basis.
You don't need me to tell you that our community is growing and
there will be no building built the size or the convenience of the Ar-"
mory in the city and probably not elsewhere in the courity due to
prohibitive land values. Where will groups of over 200 people meet?
Where will a growing community gather for fellowship, fundraising
and forums? Not all government owned buildings in our community
(such as schools) are suitable or desirable for very large gatherings.
Where would we house a large group of people in the event of a disas-
ter or storm? And importantly, there are no other options and no
foreseeable alternatives in the future...
Please do no allow the term "Public Use" of the Armory to be stretched
beyond recognition. Be mindful that the misuse of this beautiful build-
ing will cause further deterioration of it. The Fort Coombs National
Guard Armory is as close to a civic center as our community will
probably ever have. Centennial Hall in Port St. Joe is preserved and
has actually been improved. Please take whatever steps necessary to
preserve our Armory for special events in our community. Make sure
that it is properly cared for. Do not assume that this community does
not care what you do or the decisions you make regarding it. Not one
person I spoke with was pleased about the possibility of the Armory
not being available as it has been in the past. Whatever government
entity takes on the responsibility for it, needs to be very clear about
the plans for its use and straightforward with the citizens and the
National Guard which owns it for its plans on preserving this local
treasure for many years to come.
Thank you,
Denise Butler


More Correspondence About

The Use Of The Armory

City Administrator Betty Webb wrote to Mr. Van Johnson, Solid Waste
Director, concerning the National Guard Armory. Her letter is ex-
cerpted below:
April 30, 2004
Dear Mr. Johnson:
In conjunction with acquiring the maintenance complex at the air-
port, the armory was also discussed and considered as a potential
site for city use by representatives from the National Guard and
Franklin County. The following list represents items discussed In ref-
erence to the use of the armory by the city.
1) Relocate the city police department to the office spaces
available in the front of the armory


May 14, 2004


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors Harriett Beach
.............Dawn Radford
............ Carol Noble
............ Richard Noble
............ Skip Frink
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and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associates .......................... Andy Dyal
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Director of Circulation Andy Dyal
Circulation Associates Jerry Weber

Citizen's Advisory Group
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Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink ............... Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .......... Eastpoint
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2) Relocate the police department's grant funded youth
programs. The rental fee being paid for use of the cur-
rent site could be used to assist in the armory mainte-
nance expense.
3) Leave. the main floor open for community rental us-
age for weddings, school functions, family get-togethers,
etc.
4) In the future-Possibly relocate the city fire depart-
ment vehicles to the outside area of the armory if funds
could be secured to put up some type of cover to house
them.
5) The police and fire departments use of the smaller
room for meetings and training sessions or the main floor
for larger sessions.
6) During the process of renovating the city hall build-
ing, city offices could be temporarily relocated to the ar-
mory,
7) City commission meeting attendance has substantially
increased, the main floor of the armory could be Used as
an alternate meeting site.
Even with these relocations and uses outlined, space could poten-
tially still be available for other small-scale entities use. The City of
Apalachicola appreciates the maintenance complex the county has
allowed the city to lease and is open to discuss the use of the armory,
but supporting whichever way the county chooses to proceed. Please
do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if addi-
tional information is needed.
Sincerely,
Betty Webb, CMC
City Administrator


Fort Coombs, National Guard

Armory Facility Use Plan Draft Two

A second draft of the proposed plan for the use by various entities
(public and private) was presented to the Board of County Commis-
sioners at the May 4th meeting. Here is the draft plan as presented
by the Director of Parks and Recreation, Van Johnson.

Intent
The Fort Coombs, National Guard Armory located at 4th Street and
-Avenue D, in Historic Apalachicola, Florida, hereinafter referred to as
the "Facility," shall be operated for the primary purpose of making
the facility available to civic, governmental, religious, political and
charitable groups and organizations. It is not the purpose of the
Franklin County Board of County Commissioners to make the center
available to any person, group of persons, or organizations for per-
sonal gain or private profit.

Operation Plan
1. The Franklin County Parks & Recreation Department shall be des-
ignated as the County's Agent to be in charge of the booking, opera-
tion and maintenance of the facility.
2. All requests for use of the facility shall be directed to the Parks &
Recreation Department's Community Program Coordinator, between
the hours of 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday Friday. The Coordinator
will establish an on-site office at the facility for accessibility and di-
rect communication with the public. The department shall make the
facility available on an equal basis to all persons, groups and organi-
zations desiring use of the same, with no regard as to race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, age or political affiliation, for the pur-
poses set forth herein.
3. Facility users shall be charged a user fee at a flat rate of $300.00
per event. User fees will be waved for Franklin County Public Schools
and functions provided by the County's Parks & Recreation Depart-
ment. The intent of the fee shall be to defray the cost of operation and
maintenance of the facility. The Parks & Recreation Department will
be responsible for maintaining the facility in a good functional order,
clean and presentable for use.
4. Other use of the facility will be allowed and modified from time to
time per the attachments from the City of Apalachicola and the
Franklin County Senior Citizens. The Board of County Commission-
ers will determine fees for such use.
5. The Parks & Recreation Department's Community Program Coor-
dinator shall submit a written income and activity report to the Board
of County Commissioners during their annual budget development.
6. Facility users shall not be allowed to carry on any activity, conduct
any business, make any sales, nor allow any activity, business or
sales requiring any license or permit unless such license or permit
shall have first been obtained or secured.
7. The County shall not be liable for any injuries or damage, or claim
therefore. Facility user shall carry a Commercial General/Umbrella
Liability Insurance policy at the user's own cost and expense with a
limit of $1,000,000 per occurrence to cover the occurrence of prop-
erty damage or bodily injury arising out of or during the use of the

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Fort Coombs from Page 3
Facility. Proof of such shall be provided prior the signing the Facility
Use Agreement.
8. The Parks & Recreation Department has the right to refuse rental
to any person, group or organization at any time when such rental
would be contrary to the public interest or inconsistent with use of
said facility for governmental, civic or community project purposes.
9. Prior to use of the facility by any person, group or organization, a
Facility Use Agreement shall be executed and the user fees paid In
advance.
10. The facility shall not be used for any illegal activity. Violators of
this provision shall be prosecuted and any person, group or organi-
zation convicted of utilizing the facility for any Illegal activity shall be
prohibited from further use of the facility.
11. Any modification, renovation, addition or deletion to the facility
shall first be approved by the Franklin County Board of County Com-
missioners.
The County Attorney is to review the proposed lease and he will sub-
mit his review to the Board of County Commissioners by the next
meeting.


Letter To The Editor
1st May, 2004
Dear Mr. Hoffer and Members of the Citizens' Advisory Board:
"...I detect a pattern in your paper's editorials by Ms. Walker. They
target an individual educator and attack them with impunity. When
an editorial writer refers to him or herself in the third person to dis-
guise the source of the editorial, this is not journalism. When hear-
say becomes the foundation for opinion, it is merely gossip.
I respect Missy Cumbie; Louise Chipman and Donna Barber very
much. All these women take on more duties than their jobs require.
My son has been taught extremely well by them. I was privileged to
have them in his life, and so was he. My son and I went on the St.
Augustine trip. We were fundraising every month to raise the money
to go. The article in your paper about the fundraising dance for this
year's trip offended me. First of all, why attack a group of parents
who are raising money to send their children on an incredible educa-
tional trip? Why not look at the funding all the schools of our county
receive from the state legislature and the federal government? Why
not look at the hundreds of unfounded mandates under which we
labor? How many of those parents were there because they had such
a great time watching other people's children on a Friday night? How
many of them were there because they sacrifice their time and energy
for a school trip? I guess it is those people who give and give who are
visible and vulnerable and those who are apathetic who avoid all criti-
cism. I don't think any of these three women will stop being so dedi-
cated, but it is worth thinking about why people would continue to
stick their necks out when this is the kind of attention they get. For
five years, including the one I was involved in, I have watched Donna
Barber give weekend after weekend up to give all her students three,
days of living history. Can we all say we have been so altruistic? Talk
to some of the parents and children who have been on this trip. The
year we went several guides and restaurant owners complimented
our children on their behavior and interest. This is a reflection of
their teacher's passion and expectations.
What is "ghetto" rap music as opposed to rap music? Is "ghetto" coun-
try music, music from the south? Why identify it in this way? Why
refer to Donna Barber as the superintendent's daughter? I would think
after attaining a master's degree, teaching superbly for eleven years,
and raising four children, she might deserve to have her own career
speak for itself?
The editor and citizen's advisory, board must edit and advise. Attack-
ing pickles and blue slushies is trivial; a'dance is not a school lunch
program. Attacking the people who make a great effort to improve
this community is fruitless, discouraging, and it is also poor journal-
ism. I hope that in the future objectivity will not be abandoned, criti-
cism will be aimed at worthwhile targets, ,and the accomplishments
of any school will not be censored through omission.
Sincerely,
Melanie Humble
Parent and Teacher


Publisher's Response: A close reading of Ms. Walker's editorial
makes it abundantly clear that she was critical of the adult theme
music and "adult type club dancing," not Louise Chipman nor
Donna Barber as Ms. Humble asserts. There was nothing in Ms.
Walker's remarks remotely critical of the persons mentioned. In-
deed, Ms. Walker wrote that "teachers were not directly present
at this function..." The subject of "adult type lyrics" in popular
music has arisen before on many occasions and systematic stud-
ies of lyrics have been performed by others who have editorial-
ized about such music involving impressionable youngsters. Ms.
Walker was merely making an observation about "inadvertent
exposure" to such music at a local school function. Ms. Humble
may not be aware of similar exclamations made by school board
member George Thompson at a public board meeting many
months ago when he expressed surprise, exclamation and dis-
gust at some of the dresses worn by youngsters exhibiting deep
cleavages at a local prom nite. I suppose we should also censor
Mr. Thompson's observations.


Steel from Page 1


Site preparations included The contractor for the slab
bringing in extra dirt to help was Sipprell Contracting,
level the grade for the slab. Port St. Joe.
contribute combustible material to a fire. And, termites do not eat
steel. Moreover, the strength and ductility of steel allows it to meet
the strongest wind and seismic ratings in the national building codes.
And, steel joists and trusses can achieve greater spans opening up
large spaces inside a home. Their application for a theatre audito-
rium is one obvious advantage.

What Are the Factors Against Steel Construction?
While steel framing costs are generally competitive with lumber, there
are other factors that influence labor costs. There is generally a lack
of skilled framing labor in steel framing, making it difficult to identify
and locate competitive steel carpenters. There are inherent higher
connection costs using screws and screw guns versus nails and
air-driven hammers. However, some traditional carpenters do not use
air-driven devices, arguing that the mechanism does not allow a solid
connection as efficiently as a hand-driven nail. However, the threads
in a screw form a far better bond when connecting two pieces of ma-
terial, far better than a nail. In many parts of the United States, espe-
cially away from the major urban areas, there simply aren't enough
framers trained in steel to support this type of construction. This is
also true among the coastal counties where most residential con-
struction Is of traditional wood frame. But, times are changing.


Trenches with rebar in- and Tom W. Hoffer; the
stalled. The building con- steel-frame contractor is
Tractors are Stan Sipprell Eric Dahlin,

There ts aso'a lack o infrastructure to support the construction of
steel-framed.home. This infrastructure can cover many areas such
as code approval, design, material suppliers and framers. Some ex-
amples may better illustrate this point. Some siding materials may
not be-fastened efficiently to steel studwork because they require nails.
A gypsum underlayment may be more efficiently used, saving enor-
mous lumber costsby the way. Such 4x8 sheets now cost about $9.22
contrasted to OSB Board priced at Home Depot at $15.60 for a 4 by 8
foot section. Order 144 sheets of this material and you will see the
savings mount. The research for a solution to the siding problem has
taken the Chronicle several months to identify alternatives to that
problem.
Another problem, steel construction appears to reduce the need for
termite protection especially on foundations that are made up en-
tirely of concrete and steel, without any wood product. Recently drafted
codes do eliminate the termite protection requirements.

Basic Methods of Steel Framing
There are three basic methods for framing a steel home. (1) Stick
framing, (2) Panelization and (3) Pre-engineered construction. In steel,
there is the cross-sectional width and depth found in studs, for ex-
ample, described as 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8". In the Chronicle duplex under
construction, the studs are 2x6. However, in steel, there is another
factor to consider and that is the thickness or gauge of the steel ma-
terial As the thickness of the steel is varied, one can design members
that exceed or match the carrying capacity of the same wood mem-
bers.
The layout and framing of a stick-built steel house is almost identical
to that made of wood. Panelization involves laying out the walls and
trusses on a jig table. In the Chronicle project, the trusses shown in
the various photographs were panelized on site, using plywood as a


base tor the jig. That material would eventually be used in root sheath-
ing as .the trusses are lifted onto the wall system. Eric Dahlin, the
light-gauge metal contractor on the Chronicle duplex pointed out that
the first trusses take considerable time to cut and form, but once a
jig is established, a large number can be produced. In these photos,
the long span of 49 feet can be assembled in multiple copies in an
afternoon.
Pre-engineered steel structures often resemble post and beam con-
struction. Such calculated framing typically increases the size of the
load-carrying steel members. This "heavy-duty" load capacity is often
referred to informally as "red-iron" (girder) construction where large
spans are required, as in auditoriums and theaters.
Stick-built structures can- be more labor intensive, requiring more
man-hours in construction. Panelization on site, as used in the
Chronicle duplex, can reduce job site costs with reasonably fast as-
sembly in the field. Speed and efficiency reach new levels with "red
iron" construction. The Chronicle built a Vulcan garage last summer
(2003) measuring 24 x 50 feet. It took nearly all summer-about 90
days-to pour concrete due to a very rainy season, and a mere three
days of steel assembly for the building itself. This was not a "finished"
building with sheetrock interior and electrical amenities, but the speed
of assembly certainly kept labor costs down. Pre-engineering build-
ings, as in the case of the "red-iron" variety, often have more pre-
engineering costs, and often, higher material costs for materials.
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Front view of the Chronicle the perimeter before the
Duplex showing the wide 36- mesh and rebar are installed.
inch trenches that connect


Engineering Requirements
One of the major barriers in the development and diffusion of steel
construction has been the engineering costs associated with steel
construction. Slowly, professional trade associations developed span
tables, charts and details for steel very similar to those used in wood
frame building codes. The publication is entitled THE PRESCRIPTIVE
METHOD FOR RESIDENTIAL STEEL FRAMING (1997). Updates to
this volume are available by telephoning 1-800-245-2691 (HUD) or
the NAHB Research Center 1-800-638-8556. The web site
www.steelframiningalliance.com will provide copies as well. The pre-

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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Schneider


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February 9, 2004 i .
All persons identified below are innocent unless proven
otherwise in a court of law.

ARRAIGNMENTS
Amy E. Anderson: Charged with grand theft on December 12, 2003. The
defendant did not appear in court. Capias was ordered. The defendant's re-
lease on own recognizance was revoked.
Carl Wayne Ard: Charged with a felony DUI and driving while license sus-
pended or revoked on January 18, 2004. The defendant was incarcerated.
The Public Defender Kevin Steiger was present. Case entered on the Plea Docket
for May 10, 2004.
Ronald W. Bellew: Charged with trying to pass a worthless check over $150
on January 27, 2004. Surety bond was set at $508.73. The defendant was
present and a Public Defender was appointed. The defendant entered a plea of
not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Calvin Burns: Charged with sale of controlled substance, aggravated assault
on law enforcement officer, possession of controlled substance with intent to
sell or deliver and possession of cannabis on December 9, 2003. The defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket
for May 10, 2004.
James Daniel Creamer: Charged with grand theft on January 21, 2004. The
defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Jessie N. Creamer: Charged with grand theft on January 9, 2004. The defen-
dant was not present and the Public Defender entered a plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Robert J. Dillon: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance on Janu-
ary 30, 2004. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was
entered on Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Wade Odell Dixon: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12 on
January 18, 2004. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was not
present but the Public Defender was present and case was entered on the Plea
Docket for June 14, 2004.
Ross Wayne Edwards: Charged with sale of controlled substance and aggra-
vated battery with deadly weapon on January 15, 2004. The defendant was
incarcerated. Public Defender was appointed and entered a plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Lance Flowers: Charged with burglary of a conveyance on December 22, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $2,500.00. The defendant was present and a Public
Defender was appointed and the defendant entered a written plea of not guilty.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Lataska V. Harris: Charged with sale of controlled substance on October 30,
2003. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty on February 4, 2004.
The defendant was present but the Public Defender was not. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Sam Holliday: Charged with grand theft third degree on December 30, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $1,000.00. The bond was forfeited and capias was
ordered. The defendant was not present in court.
Terry Lee Jacks: Charged with grand theft third degree on December 6, 2003.
Surety bond was set at $500.00. The defendant was present with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the
Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Mario Lane: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer on December 13,
2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. The defendant was present with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Robert Brad London: Charged with burglary of structure on January 3, 2004.
The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a
plea of not guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Kelvin A. Martin: Ch aroed .ith sale/possession of controlled substance: with
intent to sell v.ithin t1000 feet of a church on December 13, 2003. The delen-
daht was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a-plea of riot
guilty. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.


BI.EWTHIEBAN


Jabara D. Pearson: Charged with sale of controlled substance and posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to sell on December 5, 2003. The defendant en-
tered a written plea of not guilty on January 27, 2004. The defendant was
present in court without attorney. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
May 10, 2004.
Lisa Marie Sellers: Charged with grand theft on January 4. 2004. Surety
bond was set at $5,000.00. The surety bond was forfeited and issue of capias
was ordered. The defendant was not present in court.
Shirley A. Strong: Charged with possession of controlled substance on No-
vember 17, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00. The defendant was present
with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Mitchell Keith Terranova: Charged with obtaining controlled substance by
fraud on September 11, 2003. The defendant entered a written plea of not
guilty on February 4, 2004. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Robert Walter Thomas: Charged with sexual battery with victim physically
helpless on November 4, 2003. The defendant entered a written plea of not
guilty on February 6, 2004. The defendant was present with the Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.
Travis E. Tully: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon on De-
cember 15, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. The defendant was present
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for May 10, 2004.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENT
Michael Boone: Charged with violation of probation arraignment by lewd or
lascivious battery. The defendant was present and a Public Defender was ap-
pointed and entered a plea denial of violation of probation. Case was entered
on the Violation of Probation Docket for March 8, 2004.
Robert J. Dillon: Charged with violation of probation by manslaughter by
auto negligence and two counts of DUI with serious injuries on March 9,
1998. The defendant was present with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and en-
tered a denial of violation of probation. Case was entered on the Violation of
Probation Docket for May 10, 2004.
Wade Odell Dixon: Charged with violation of probation by felony battery on
September 22, 1999. The defendant was not present in court but the Public
Defender Kevin Steiger was present and entered a plea denial of violation of
probation. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Docket for June 16,
2004.
Charles L. Goodin: Charged with violation of probation by two counts of bur-
glary of a conveyance, one count of burglary of a structure and two counts of
grand theft on September 4, 2002. The defendant was present in court and a
Public Defender was appointed and entered a plea denial of violation of proba-
tion. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Docket for March 8, 2004.
Travis Walker Hill: Charged with violation of probation by driving while li-
cense was suspended on September 22, 2001. The defendant was present in
court and admitted to violation of probation. The probation was modified to
get current with probation conditions and report to jail for earlier 60 day
sentence. This is to take place by June 1, 2004.
Alice Marie Joyner: Charged with violation of probation by assault on Febru-,
ary 23, 2003. The defendant released on own recognizance and was present in
court. Probation to be revoked and terminated with any outstanding obliga-
tions are reduced to judgment.
Robert Brad London: Charged with violation of probation by robbery by sud-
den snatching on August 29, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Surety
bond was set at $1,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea denial of violation of probation.
Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Docket for March 8, 2004.
Connie F. Massey: Charged with violation of probation by grand theft on
November 11, 2002. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney C. Corran. Court denied oral motion for condi-
tional release. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Docket for March
8, 2004.
Gary Dwayne Taunton: Charged with violation of probation by battery of law
enforcement officer on May 18, 2000 and grand theft on December 23, 2002.
The defendant was incarcerated. The Public Defender Kevin Steiger was present
in court and entered a plea denial of violation of probation. Case was entered
on the Violation of Probation Docket for March 8, 2004.
Dennis James Waltman: Charged with violation of probation by culpable
negligence on April 9, 2002. The defendant was not present and the trial was
reset for Violation of Probation Docket on March 8, 2004.

PLEA DOCKET
Michael Shane Alday: Charged with grand theft on October 28, 2003. Surety
bund was set at $7,500.00. The defendarifwas present in cburt with Attorney
Charles E. Hobbs; II. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on April 12,
2004.


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Andrew W. Ambra: Charged with criminal mischief on May 20, 2003. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for March 8. 2004.
Antoine F. Benjamin:. Charged with sale of a controlled substance on August
21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Steven P. Glazer and entered a plea of no contest and
adjudication withheld. He was given 3 years probation and 1 day Jail time
with credit for time served of 1 day. He must pay $275 and Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement fee of $100. Cost of supervision was waived; he is to
received random tests. The plea was negotiated and no fine was imposed due
to the defendant's financial situation.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr.: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on
August 21. 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for March 8, 2004.
Thomas M. Blackburn: Charged with sale/possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a store on August 28, 2003. The
defendant was present in court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II. Case was
entered on the Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr.: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell or deliver and driving while license suspended or
revoked on August 6, 2003. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr.: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell or deliver, possession of cannabis and driving while
license suspended or revoked on November 9, 2003. The defendant was in-
carcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004 and no Docket Sound-
ing to keep the cases together.
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr.: Charged with false imprisonment and battery
on November 23, 2003 and possession of cannabis on December 18, 2003.
The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with

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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 04/28/04 Invoice No. 9299
Description of Vehicle: Make Sunbird Model Neptune Color White
Tag No None Year_____ State in No. CB2M0339E575
To Owner. Craig P. Ross ToLien Holder: Sunshine State Credit Union
5139 Velda Dairy Road P.O. Box 1508
Tallahassee, FL 32305 Tallahassee, FL 32302


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
03/20/04 at the request of FCSO 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
$ 554.48 plus storage charges occurring at the rate' of $ 15.00 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 05/10/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., 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



CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 04/24/04 Invoice No. 10177
Description of Vehicle: Make Mitsubishi Model Diamante Color White
Tag No None Year 1994 State Vin No. JA3AP47HISY013734
To Owner: Joseph Edwards Hunnings To Lien Holder:
427 Rex Buzzett Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/24/04 at the request of FCSO 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 05/28/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., 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're 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


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SEA DUNE HOME IN THE ST. GEORGE PLANTATION


Pumping apparatus for con-
crete. The crane is useful to
transport wet concrete
across large spans.


scriptive method merely uses pre-calculated values in tables to de-
termine the size of members needed for a structure. For example, a
prescriptive "approach" in wood construction allows inspectors to
easily check that the wood studs, joists, and rafters you are using are
the right size for the spans. Adopting the prescriptive methods will
remove much'of the mystery involved in framing steel houses. And,
as builders learn the right sizes, the engineering costs for an average
house should be reduced.
Cutting steel in the field can be accomplished with the use of a chop
saw, a circular saw or a portable hydraulic shear. A chop saw, used
id the Chronicle duplex, uses an abrasive blade that cuts quickly but
makes a lot of noise and creates a lot of flying hot metal chips.
Some criticize the fastening methods used in steel as too time-con-
suming or too expensive. There are many different types of screw
heads used in steel framing. The most common are pan, round washer,
modified truss, hex washer, truss, oval, flat, pancake and wafer. There
a-e different "drive types" of screws with the hex system preferred by
many. In steel framing, the point of the screw can also be important.
Aiad, there are different types of screws for sheathing material in the
Qhronicle duplex, OSB board has been substituted with a half-inch
gpsum material to eliminate combustible wood sheathing.
Foundation
Id the Chronicle duplex, a monolithic slab was poured using a very
wide trench measuring 12 inches of depth by 36 inches of width around
thie entire perimeter of the building. Three additional trenches 36
inches wide by 12 inches in depth were installed to tie the slab to-
gether, along with mesh and rebar to avoid shifting and settling. This
added considerable costs to the standard slab pour. This
"slab-on-grade" is one of three foundation types that can be used in
steel construction. The other two are (1) crawl-space and (2) a base-
rment foundation. The basement foundation was omitted simply be-
cause of the high water table. The plans for this building originally
called for an above-grade (elevated) floor system, but estimates for
this were in the $40,000 range, far too expensive. The least expensive
foundation is the slab-on-grade.
The slab eliminates the need for floor joists and the walls can be
assembled right on the slab.


Plumbing Rough-In. Plumb-
ing and some air-condition-
ing fixtures had to be placed
within the slab before the
concrete was poured. The
sub-contractor for plumbing
is David Paul', K and J
Plumbing, Apalachicola. The
electrical sub-contractor is
John Summerhill, Inc.


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loads from the roof system. .
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* ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND 160 MPH WINDS AND A 20-FOOT STORM SURGE.
* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built to last. Post and Beam
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* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
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* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
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* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
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* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
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* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
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* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
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Augered pilings were installed in
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Second Circuit Court Report from Page 5

Attorney John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004
and no Docket Sounding to keep the cases together.
William Cargill: Charged with sale of a controlled substance within 1000 feet
of a church on October 9, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a
plea of no contest and adjudicated guilty. The defendant was given 2 years
probation with $275 fees and $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement
fee. Was given 60 days in jail with credit for time served and cost of supervi-
sion waived. The plea was negotiated and the defendant had to report March
8, 2004 to jail.
Edna M. Chambers: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on August
25. 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and entered a plea of no contest
adjudication withheld. The defendant was given 2 years probation with $275
fees and $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee. The cost of super-
vision was waived.
Christopher Josh Cooper: Charged with resisting officer with violence and
battery on September 3, 2003. Surety bond was set at $7,500.00. On count
one: entered a plea to a lesser charge of resisting officer without violence and
count two: the state dropped the charges. The plea was submitted in absen-
tia.
Andre Daniels: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on October 1.
2003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest and adju-
dicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in the De-
partment of Corrections with credit for time served of 1 day. The defendant to
pay court costs of $275 and $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement
fee. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for February 29. 2004 and the de-
fendant to turn himself in.
Richard Stacy Flowers: Charged with trafficking in a controlled substance
on August21, 2 003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.0000. The Public Defender
Kevin Steiger was present in court. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on
May 10, 2004 and Jury Trial on May 12, 2004.
Quinnella Griggs: Charged with sale/possession of a controlled substance
with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a store and sale of a substance in lieu of
cocaine on August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $2,500,00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II. Case was en-
tered for Docket Sounding on May 10, 2004 and Jury Trial on May 12, 2004.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance on
August 21, 2003. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Charles
E. Hobbs, II and entered a plea of no contest adjudicated guilty. The defen-
dant was given 36 months probation with cost of supervision waived.
Andrew Dwitte Hutchins: Charged with sale of controlled substance and
trafficking in controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set
at $20,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of no contest and adjudicated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 2 years probation for both counts to run concurrent, drug
testing, fines waived and cost of supervision waived.
Claudia L. Hutchins: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on August
25, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney John Leace. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
March 8, 2004.
John D. James: Charged with shooting into occupied vehicle and discharging
firearm in public on June 8, 2003. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Barbara Sanders. On count one: entered a plea of no contest and
adjudicated withheld, given 18 months of probation, $275 court costs, no
contact with victim, to forfeit firearm involved, not to conceal firearm permit
and give up all other firearms. This was a negotiated plea. And count two: the
state dropped the case in court.
Lakeisha Lemon: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer on May 9,
2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Surety bond was set at $2,500.00.
The defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace. Case was con-
tinued for the March 8, 2004 Plea Docket if the defendant is competent to
proceed.
George Andy Lowery: Charged with three counts of sale of a controlled sub-
stance, two counts of possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or
deliver, one count of possession of a firearm by convicted felon and one count
of possession of drug paraphernalia on July 18, 2003. The defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was present with Attorney. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Elton R. Moore: Charged with nine counts of uttering a worthless check over
$150 on September 18, 2003. The defendant was present in court with Attor-
ney. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Timothy R. Moran: Charged with dealing in stolen property on September
23, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00.'The defendant was present in
court with Attorney. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on May 17,
2002. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court
with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest and adju-
dicated guilty. The defendant was given 5 years probation as a sex offender,
10 years in the Department of Corrections with 905 days credit for time served,
to pay $275 court costs and no unsupervised contact with minors.
Wesley Carl Seay: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance and sale
of a controlled substance on September 3, 2003. Surety bond was set at
$5,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney. Case was con-
tinued for the April 12, 2004 Plea Docket.
John D. Shiver: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance on August
21, 2003. The defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace and
entered a plea of no contest and adjudicated guilty. The negotiated plea was
$275 court costs, 24 months in the Department of Corrections with 1 day
credit for time served and to turn himself in to jail by Monday, February 16,
2004 by 4:00 p.m.
Tammy Shiver: Charged with trafficking in controlled substance and sale of
a controlled substance on August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $25,000.00.
The defendant was present in court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II. Case
was continued fo; the March 8, 2004 Plea Docket.
Tina L. Shiver: Charged with sale of a controlled substance-cannabis on
August 21, 2003. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. The Public Defender
Kevin Steiger was present in court but the defendant was not present. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket April 12, 2004.
William Daniel Snelgrove: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily
harm on September 26, 2003. Surety bond was set at $7,500.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was en-
tered for Docket Sounding on June 14, 2004 and Jury Trial on June 16,
2004.
Daniel Alan Stepp: Charged with dealing in stolen property, battery on a
person 65 years of age or older, and battery on December 13, 2003. The defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for April 12, 2004.
Kenneth E. Suggs: Charged with three counts of uttering a worthless check
for over $150 on September 10, 2003. Surety bond was set at $1,000.00. The
defendant was present with Attorney John Leace because there was a previ-
ous conflict with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for May 10, 2004.


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21, 2003 and sale of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church on
October 9, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Surety bond was set at
$10,000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Case was entered for Docket Sounding on May 10, 2004 and Jury
Trial on May 12, 2004.
Miriam Tipton: Charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance
and one count of trafficking in controlled substance on August 21, 2003. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and en-
tered a plea of no contest and adjudicated guilty. The defendant received a
sentence of 2 years probation to run concurrently on each case, $275 court
costs, $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee and cost of supervi-
sion waived.
James E. West: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon on Oc-
tober 2, 2003. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered for Docket Sound-
ing on April 12, 2004 and Jury Trial on Aprill4, 2004.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION PLEA DOCKET
Michael James Anderson: Charged with burglary of structure on January
19, 1998. Surety bond was set at $5,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and admitted to violation of proba-
tion and was required to report to jail February 10, 2004 with anything out-
standing to be reduced to judgment and future cost of supervision waived.
Christopher Shondell Bass: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude
and driving while license is suspended or revoked on January 10, 2000. The
defendant was incarcerated. Surety bond was set at $3,000.00. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and admitted to
violation of probation. The sentencing was set for June 14, 2004 and the
defendant to be released from custody.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr.: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on
October 31, 2001. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Violation
of Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Wesley W. Branch: Charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle on April 18,
2002. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Charged with sale of a controlled substance (cannabis)
on January 23, 2002. Surety bond was set at $15,000.00. The defendant
admitted violation and was found in violation of probation and was given a
new probation period of 36 months to run concurrent. Outstanding costs
reduced to judgment.
Michael Oneal: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on June 5, 2001.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
admitted violation of probation and was found in violation. Cost of supervi-
sion waived and outstanding reduced to judgment.
Tyrone Russ: Charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance on
May 8, 2001. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case was entered on the Violation
of Probation Plea Docket for March 8, 2004.
Larry T. Stevens: Charged with aggravated battery with firearm on April 8,
1998. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr.
and admitted violation of probation and was found in violation. Future cost of
supervision waived and any outstanding obligations reduced to judgment.

DOCKET SOUNDING
Shawn V. Brown: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, pos-
session of less than 20 grams of marijuana, driving while license suspended
or revoked and DUI on May 18, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. Surety
bond was set at $11,000.00. The Public Defender Kevin Steiger was present in
court. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for March 8. 2004 and Jury
Trial for March 10, 2004.
Doug Everett: Charged with grand theft on July 22, 2003. Surety bond was
set at $3,000.00. The defendant was not present but the Public Defender
Kevin Steiger was present in court. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding
for May 10, 2004 and Jury Trial for May 12, 2004.

HEARINGS
Billy Joe Strops: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm
and attempted first degree murder. The defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was present in court with Attorney Alex Morris and was found compe-
tent to proceed. The case was entered on the Plea Docket for March 8. 2004.


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Benny Ray Strops: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12 on
June 23, 2002. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present&
in court with Attorney Charles E. Hobbs, II and entered a plea of no :.,rntiLe.
and adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to jail with cn:clt Ir&'
time served of 1 year in the county jail. The defendant was charged SI I5 iTm
court costs. The defendant was to have a competency hearing on Febru inr I
2004.
Roland Morris Schoelles: Charged with driving under the influence caiuinl :
serious bodily injury and driving while license suspended or revoked Thie~-
defendant was present in court with Attorney John Leace and was dy.l ,1I. *
cated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 1 year followed by 4 years proc-
bation, evaluation for substance abuse with credit for time served and otheYt
conditions previously set.
Antonio R. Franklin: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis
on July 1, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and reserved on motion to sup.
press evidence and judge to rule. The case was entered on Docket Sounding,
for March 8, 2004.
William A. Strong: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on N. .v.'mber,
17, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was prerni wiili
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Bond was reduced to $2,500.00 but other pre-
trial conditions to remain in place.
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with resisting officer with violence on Decem.*A
ber 28, 2002. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevins5
Steiger and entered a Violation of Probation Hearing for April 12, 2004.
George Andy Lowery: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on Octo-
ber 31, 2001. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a Violation of Probation
Hearing for April 12. 2004.
Marvin Ray Benjamin, Jr.: Charged with sale of a controlled substance on
October 31, 2001 and same charge on August 21, 2003. The defendant was
incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin
Steiger and reserved on motion.
George Andy Lowery: Charged with three counts of sale of a controlled subk,
stance and possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver orfA
July 18, 2003. The defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present ilu",
court with Attorney with motion granted to compel disclosure of confidential
informant., '
John J. Sauers: Charged with driving under the influence. The defendant.
was present with Attorney Gordon J. Shuler and a motion was granted foe',,
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domly and is not to use alcohol. The case will be entered on the Violation or
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Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG Family Learning Program's
three-part series entitled, "Finding Nemo," will conclude with a field
trip to the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory on Saturday, May 22.
Call Marlene or Michelle at 697-2091 or 670-4423 for all the infor-
mation.
The Library's Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting on Mon-
day, May 17th at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Eastpoint
branch and the public is always invited to attend,
The Franklin County Public Library's Eighth Annual Volunteer and
Special Friends Recognition Tea will be held on Sunday, May 23rd
from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Eastpoint Firehouse.
the Franklin County Public Library's FROG, WINGS, and TIGERS
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becoming a volunteer tutor, or becoming a library volunteer, please
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Mark C.

Curetnton

Appointed

County Pluau1er

At the April 20th meeting of the
Board of County Commissioners,
Mark C. Curenton was appointed
Franklin County Planner, replac-
ing Alan Pierce who has taken a
job in the private sector.
Mr. Curenton has a Bachelor of
Design in Architecture degree
from the University of Florida
(1985) and a Master of Arts in
Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Florida (August
1988). He began his professional
work with a Jacksonville architec-
tural firm, Saxelbye, Powell, Rob-
erts and Ponder, Inc in June
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Zell Miller from Page 1

EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY

The recent past is so ripe for political second-guessing "gotcha" and
Monday morning quarter-backing. And it is so tempting in an elec-
tion year. We should not allow ourselves to indulge that temptation.
We should put our country first.
Every administration from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush bears
some of the blame. Dick Clarke bears a big heap of it because it was
he who was in the catbird's seat to do something about it for more
than a decade. Tragically, it was the decade in which we did the least.
We did nothing after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in
1993, killing six and injuring more than 1,000 Americans.
We did nothing in 1996 when sixteen U.S. servicemen were killed in
the bombing of the Khobar Towers.
When our embassies were attacked in 1998, killing 263 people, our
only response was to fire a few missiles on an empty tent.
Is it any wonder? Is it any wonder that after that decade of weak-willed
responses to that murderous terror, our enemies thought we would
never fight back?
In the 1990's is when Dick Clarke should have resigned. In the 1990's
is when he should have apologized. That is when he should have
written his book. That is, if he really had America's best interest at
heart.
Somp will say, "We owe it to the families" to get more information
about what happened in the past and I can understand that. But no
amount of finger-pointing will bring our victims back.
So, now we owe it to future families and all of America now in jeop-
ardy not to encourage more terrorists, resulting in even more griev-
ing families, perhaps many more over the ones of 9/11.
It's obvious to me that this country is rapidly dividing itself into two
camps: the wimps and the warriors.
The ones who want to argue and assess and appease, and the ones
who want to carry this fight to our enemies and kill them before they
kill us. And, in case you haven't figured it out, I proudly belong to the
latter.
This is a time like no other in the history of this country, and this
country is being crippled with petty partisan politics of the worst pos-
sible kind. In time of war, it is not just unpatriotic; it is stupid, and it
is criminal.
So, I pray that all this time, all this energy, all this talk and all this
attention could be focused on the future instead of the past.
I pray we would stop pointing fingers, assigning blame and wringing
-our hands about what happened on that day David McCullogh has
called "the worst day in our history" more than two years ago.
And instead,.pour all of our energy into how we can kill these terror-
ists before they kill us-again.
For make no mistake about it. They watch these hearings. They are
scheming and smiling about the distraction and the divisiveness they
see in America. And while they may not know who said it years ago in
America, they know instinctively that a house divided cannot stand.
There is one other group that we should remember is listening to all
of this-our troops. I was in Iraq in January and one day when I was
meeting with the 1st Armored Division, a unit with a proud history
known as Old Ironsides, we were discussing troop morale, and the
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And I turned to the Division's Sergeant Major, the top enlisted man in
the division, a big, burly, 6-foot-3, 240 pound African American and
I said, "That's good, but how do you sustain that kind of morale?"
Without hesitation he narrowed his eyes, and he looked at me and
said 'The morale will stay high just as long as these troops know the
people back home support us."
Just as long as the people back home support us. What kind of mes-
sage are these hearings and the outrageously political speeches on
the floor of the Senate yesterday sending to those marvelous young
Americans in the uniform of our country?
I say Unite America! Before it is too late! Put aside these petty parti-
san differences when it comes to the protection of our people.
Argue and argue and argue and debate and debate and debate over
all the other things-jobs and education and the deficit and the envi-
ronment-but please, please do not use the lives of Americans and
the security of this country as a cheap-shot political talking point.


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sources. He reminded the Com-
missioners that a proposal par-
tially addressing this problem was
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tative from North Florida Medical,
a provider running a clinic in
Eastpoint. Janice Hicks, of the
Health Department, reminded
Commissioners that the mission
of the health departments across
the state tlad changed to one of
preventative health care, and that
no funds were available for the
treatment of indigents.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
pleaded that, "We can't leave these
people behind," and asked if there
might be. some prospect that
North Florida Medical might be
able to help alleviate this critical
situation. He was told that North
Florida Medical is already oper-
ating "at capacity" and unable to
take on any new patients. Mr. Tice
said he would report back to the
Commissioners the results of a
meeting to be held this week.


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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/20/04 Invoice No. 9126
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model LTD color White
Tag No R88NTD Year 1990 State TX vin No. 2FACP72F41X155990
To Owner: Randal Mathis To Lien Holder:
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 04/29/04 Invoice No. 10346
Description of Vehicle: Make Olds Model Color Blue
Tag No C16BBR Year 1990 State FLv__ in No. 1GHN54C7LH342766
To Owner: Shawnega La-Tesh Burton To Lien Holder:
5240 Long Road
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towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 05/31/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
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