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Franklin County
Commissioners Review
Weems Hospital Board
Recommendations To

Address Hospital Crisis
Only last week, at the final 15 minutes of the meeting of the
Board of County Commissioners, on Tuesday evening, April
18th, did the County Commissioners act on one recommen-
dation of the Weems Hospital Board. The Franklin County
Commissioners voted to negotiate a management agreement
with the Blackhawk Corporation for up to a period of 12 months
beginning May 1, 2006.
A list of six recommendations was presented to the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners at a special meeting on
Wednesday, April 12th. The Hospital Board report, read by
Gayle Dodds, listed six specific recommendations, as follows:
A. Franklin County negotiates a management agreement with
Blackhawk Corporation for a period of up to 12 months begin-
ning May 1, 2006.
B. Franklin County Commissioners authorize obtaining a line
of credit of an amount up to $2 million to cover possible short-
ages during the management period
C. Franklin County Commissioners accept the recommenda-
tion of Blackhawk not to submit billing for the 2005 Medicare
period until it is determined that DasSee and GE are no longer
eligible for reimbursement of 2005 charges.
D. County Commissioners request the Health Council to com-
plete their study of health needs in time for fashioning a pro-
posal that can be presented to voters in November for use of
sales tax and indigent care tax funds in the local health sys-
tem
E. Franklin County staff move immediately to arrange a mecha-
nism that will allow hospital workers to be employed under
the Blackhawk management agreement as temporary employ-
ees.
F. The County and Hospital Board should, during the period
of the management agreement work with Blackhawk and other
interested parties to analyze options available to the County
for long term resolution of the hospitals financial issues.
The five page report developed by the Weems Hospital Board,
reviewed the situation at the Hospital including Medicare re-
imbursement policies, time limits on billing, thebilling is-
sues, cash flow implications, the impact on the proposed trans-
fer of the hospital to Blackhawk, and the options available to
the Franklin County Commission. Given the options, listed
below, the Hospital Board also described the "pros" and "cons"
of various options, as they perceived the problems that have
evolved, unforeseen at the first of the year. In the interest of
full disclosure, the Chronicle is publishing the report within
this article, cautioning the reader that the discussions are still
continuing, including other proposals such as the ordinance
calling for a one cent tax.
Statement of the Problem
Medicare Reimbursement Problems
Under its critical access status the GEWMH (George E. Weems
Memorial Hospital) is reimbursed for the actual cost of the
care provided to Medicare patients plus 1%. The hospital re-
ceives interim payments for estimated costs during the year
which are determined on the basis of Cost Reports filed each
year. When such reports are eventually audited by the Com-
mission on Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) each year,
they may reveal underpayments or overpayments.
In the case of Weems, the most recent CMS interim review
determined that the hospital was overpaid by approximately
$240,000 for the 12/31/05 cost reporting year. Under CMS
rules, if the overpayment isn't paid back to Medicare within
the stated time period, the amounts are deducted from all
claims filed following the date of the determination until the
amount of the over-paymenpt i.s fully satisfied. Final Medicare.
audit may identify additional liability for the holder of the
Weems hospital license.
Time Limits on Billing
In order to obtain reimbursement for Medicare claims, bills
must be filed no later than one (1) year from the actual date of
service. Bills filed after one year are considered invalid and
the provider must forfeit all payment. While it is anticipated
that DasSee's and GE billing capability might end in October
2006, it is possible that it could be as late as December before
all bills have been submitted for payment. In addition, while
requests have been made to speed up the Medicare audit pe-
riod, these audits often take up to two years to be completed.
It is therefore, not likely that a clear picture of the entire fi-
nancial implications of the problems associated with DasSee's
financial problems will be determined before the beginning of
2007 if then.
DasSee/GE Credit Billing Issues
Because of DasSee's financial difficulties, their CBO (central
billing office) located in Quincy, FL experienced a number of
operational problems that delayed or halted billing activities
beginning in late August and September last year. Many of
these problems occurred as a result of DasSee's failure to pay
their IT provider, Dairyland, resulting in the substantial loss
of billing data in the CBO's computerized billing system last
fall. When DasSee filed for bankruptcy, later closing its doors
in Quincy, DasSee's main creditor, GE, subsequently gained
control of the accounts receivable generated by the three hos-
pitals up through December 31, 2005.
Since taking control of DasSee's AR, GE does not appear to
have made substantial progress reinstituting a billing program
for past bills. We have reason to believe that GE is well aware
of these overpayments as well as CMS' process of exacting
repayment through deductions from new billings, and they
could be deliberately delaying their Medicare billing program
hoping that Weems and Calhoun-Liberty will initiate their bill-
ing operations first. Calhoun-Liberty actually began dropping
Medicare bills last month and quickly realized that all pay-
ments were withheld by CMS due to their own overpayments.
Cash Flow Implications Resulting from Inability to
Bill Medicare
Because Weems is a critical access hospital, Medicare rev-
enues would normally constitute its highest and most reliable
payments and comprise as high as 70% of net revenues. Medi-
care is also one of the. fastest payers. Medicare claims can be
filed on line and payments can be received in as little as ten
days.
It is obviously in the hospital's best interests to forego billing
on Medicare patients until GE files its claims first. Waiting is
advisable as the one-year window on former DasSee patients
treated in 2005 will expire well before patients treated at the
hospital following its takeover by the County on January 1st
this year. Simply stated, whichever organization bills first loses.
If this waiting game continues, GE could easily postpone bill-
ing for Medicare as late as October or December this year.


By out-waiting GE, the hospital is automatically put into a
negative cash flow position. Expenses for salaries, supplies,
ER staffing and other operating costs continue to be incurred
each month and must be paid in a timely manner, but ad-
equate revenues will not be received to offset those costs. This
is a major development that could not be foreseen by either
the County or Blackhawk last December neither party was
aware of the depth of DasSee's financial problems, nor their
eventual adverse impact on future billings and collections.
Given the uncertainties regarding both DasSee's and GE's bill-
ing intentions and capabilities the cash flow implications to
the county and current hospital admin. :ation could exceed
$1 million dollars before all of the financial issues of the pre-
vious administration are resolved.
Impact on the Proposed Transfer of the Hospital to
Blackhawk
Blackhawk was one of only two organizations that expressed
interest in taking over GEWMH last December when the hos-
pital faced possible closure. During the first week in January,
GE filed legal claims against the County and challenged the
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Volume 15, Number 9 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER April 28 May 11, 2006


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Weems Hospital 1, 3
Dock Money ......... 1.
Hospital Options 1, 4
Franklin Briefs 2, 3
Editorial &
Commentary .... 3, 4
Second Circuit Court
5.................... 5 6, 7
FCAN.................. 8
Business Card Ads 9
Photo Montage ... 10



Hope Dims

For Dock

Money
Your Capitol Bureau
By Shayla Cooper
Eastpoint asked the state for
$3 million to build new docks
for loading seafood. But the
city is unlikely to get the
money.
"It is very unlikely Eastpoint
will receive funding," said
Deborah Fairhurst, aide'to
Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahas-
see. Right now (funding) is
neither in the House or Sen-
ate budget. There is only so
much money to go around,"
Fairhurst said. "And Franklin
County has not identified the
new docks as a top priority.
Projects identified as higher
priorities include wastewater
and stormwater management,
courthouse renovation, and
oyster projects," Fairhurst
said.
This is the first year Eastpoint
has asked the state for fund-
ing to build new docks. "It's a
great idea, but we'll have to
do a little more work and re-
search on it," Fairhurst said.
"We need to know more about
how this would help the
Franklin County seafood in-
dustry."
"Eastpoint owns about one
mile of waterfront, which suf-
fered a hard blow during Hur-
ricane Dennis," said Franklin
County Planner Alan C.
Pierce. "It isn't decided how
much land is needed for the
/new docks or where the docks
would be built," he said.


Easter Sunrise Services On St. George

Island, April 16th


The First Methodist
Church of Apalachicola,
the Carrabelle United
Methodist Church, the
Eastpoint Methodist
Church, the St. George
Island United Methodist
Church and the 1st Bap-
tist Church, St. George
Island staged the tradi-
tional Easter Sunrise ser-
vices on St. George Is-
land, Sunday, April 16th
at 6:30 a.m.
The pastors were Rever-
end Ray Hughes, Jeff
Tate, Julie Stephens and
Mike Whaley. The Choir
Director was Judy Little.
Food services were orga-
nized by Pearl Wood who
arranged a large array of
tasty breakfast offerings
following the sunlit ser-
vices fanned by gentle
yet warm breezes from
the Gulf of Mexico. About
250 persons attended the
services.


Franklin Clerk Of Court
Discussed Hospital
Options At The April 18

Commission Meeting
Marcia Johnson, County Clerk, provided updated information
on various issues involving the George Weems Hospital as the
Franklin County Commission reviewed the problems at the
April 18th Franklin County Commission meeting.
The Board accepted the $439,000 debt to the Agency for Health
Care Administration (AHCA) in order to obtain the license to
operate the hospital. A letter from the Secretary ofACHA, Alan
Levine, was sent to County Planner, in early January, raised
some concern over Blackhawk's financial and professional
qualifications. In part, the letter stated:
"As I promised the Commission, the Agency is pro-
cessing the change of ownership application; which
has been filed by Blackhawk Healthcare to become
the license holder of the hospital. The Agency is
currently reviewing the financial of Blackhawk
Healthcare as well as the single hospital they op-
erate in Mangum City, Oklahoma. While I am per-
sonally impressed with their leadership team and
with the individual they selected to administer your
hospital, some have brought to my attention the
fact that Blackhawk's balance sheet appears to
be heavily leveraged. Additionally, Blackhawk's ex-
perience operating hospitals appears to be lim-
ited-with most of their experience being in de-
velopment. Indeed, there are few fixed assets and
the assets that exist relate to personal property
owned by the President, including his personal
home.
"None of this is to say Blackhawk cannot do a
superb job running your hospital. Indeed, it ap-
pears their intentions are credible. However, the
Agency encourages you to ensure the county lead-

ership review Blackhawk's financial assumptions
of the two-year operating period proposed by their
contract. The assumptions should be monthly and
include admissions, adjusted admissions, gross
revenue, net revenue, all line-item expenses, net
income; and a monthly balance sheet. The County
should review the monthly financial report and
inquire about any variances from Blackhawk's
original budget assumptions. There should be an
explanation as to any variance. Only if you keep a
close eye on the financial performance will you be
able to avoid another sudden crisis like you have
experienced twice in the past. Also, you should
review Blackhawk's risk management plan, qual-
ity assurance plan and the plan for training the
community board.
I understand Agency staff will be contacting
Blackhawk regarding the few remaining items

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A Draft Proposal Distributed to the County
Commission

Franklin County To Consider
Levying One Cent Small
County Surtax


The Franklin County Com-
mission may consider levying
a discretionary one cent sales
tax, commonly known as the
Small County Surtax, in
Franklin County pursuant to
Florida Statutes Section
212.055 (3) (2005), The pro-
posed ordinance was drafted
by the County Attorney to be
considered by the Board of
County Commissioners to
subsequent approval by refer-
endum.
The tax would be imposed on
that portion of all sales occur-
ring in Franklin County, not
in excess of $5000. The Board
of County Commissioners
would direct that a referen-
dum be held on the levy at the
next regular election on No-
vember 7, 2006.
The Supervisor of Elections
would be directed to place on
the ballot the following ques-
tion: "Shall Franklin County
levy a one percent sales tax
to be spent for the purpose of
paying the cost of operations
of healthcare services for the
counties uninsured, under
insured and indigent popula-
tions as well as other local
government infrastructure
projects as permitted by law."
The State Dept. of Revenue
would be instructed to distrib-
ute the proceeds of the sur-




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tax to the County and munici-
palities according to interlocal
agreements between the
County and cities of Franklin
County.
The proposed Ordinance
would take effect January 1,
2007.
A draft agreement between
Franklin County and the mu-
nicipalities of Carrabelle and
Apalachicola will also be re-
viewed by the Board of County
Commissioners providing a
mechanism to divide the sur-
tax. The agreement creates
the Franklin County Health-
care Trust Fund within the
Office of the Franklin County
Clerk of Court for deposit and
maintenance of monies re-
ceived prusuant to the
County's Ordinance estab-
lishing the tax. A Board would
be created to approve income
and expenditures from the
Trust Fund. The Committee,
as proposed, would consist of
representatives from Weems
Memorial Hospital, two
county representatives ap-
pointed by the Board of
County Commissioners, rep-
resentatives from
Apalachicola, Carrabelle, the
Franklin County Public
Health Unit, the Weems Hos-
pital Board and one represen-
tative from the Franklin
County School Board.


The last concert of the 2005-06 season occurred in
Lafayette Park, Apalachicola on Sunday afternoon,
April 23rd, with Jim Crozier's Dixie Jammers group.


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Franklin

Briefs

April 18, 2006

Present: Chairperson
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Russell
Crofton and
Commissioner Noah
Lockley, Jr.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson made the follow-
ing report:
PUBLIC REST ROOMS ON
ST. GEORGE ISLAND
FOR BOARD INFORMATION:
The public rest rooms on St.
George Island are temporarily
closed for maintenance. The
maintenance is necessary due
to the problems associated
,with the influx of beach go-
ers using the facility during
the summer months. Because
of this, we are having the fa-
cility upgraded with a 1" wa-
ter line and a commercial
grade self-flushing system.
The restrooms should be back
:in service by the weekend,
until then we have ordered the
placement of Portalet's for use
'by the public.
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT
COUNCIL FUNDING
FOR BOARD ACTION: The
Franklin County Tourist De-
velopment Council at their
April 4, 2006, regular meet-
ing unanimously moved to
subsidize Parks & Recreation
budget. This was done so that
the Board could hire and
equip a dedicated mainte-
nance crew. to provide addi-
tional cleanup at beaches,
shores, piers and boatramps
throughout the county. The
TDC has agreed to start the
funding within the current
Fiscal Year so that the county
could put the crew and equip-
ment in place for the summer.
I have attached a budget and
other documentation to this
report outlining the proposed
expenditures. I will advertise
the hiring of additional staff
and the listed equipment will
be purchased from off the
State of Florida Contract bid
list. Therefore, I need Board.
ratification and endorsement
of the TDC allocation per the
attachment. The Board ap-
proved the recommiieind'atibns.
ANNUAL FULL COST OF
SOLID WASTE MANAGE-
MENT REPORT
For the Board's approval and
the Chairman's signature, I
have the Annual Full Cost of
Solid Waste Management Re-
port and Public Notice. The
report details the full costs
incurred by Franklin County
for the Solid Waste Manage-
ment Services provided to the
public during fiscal year
2004-2005. The report iden-
tifies all costs, both direct and
indirect, whether budgeted or
not.
During the reporting period,
the Full Cost of Solid Waste
Management service for
Franklin County was
$1,421,660.00 which repre-
sents a $291,996.00, increase
over last fiscal year. The in-
crease was due in part to the
purchase of heavy equipment.
The Public Notice must be
published in a newspaper of
general circulation and a copy
of the report sent to the
Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection.. The
Board approved the
Chairman's signature on the
Annual Report and the public
notice.
SUMMER RECREATION
PROGRAM
FOR THE BOARDS INFOR-
MATION: Parks & Recreation
staff with the Boys & Girls
club is planning to conduct a
series of sports and enrich-
ment camps throughout
Franklin County. We will con-
duct the camps during the 8-


week period the kids are out
of school for the summer. The
programs will be held at the
Chapman Elementary Gym in
Apalachicola, Brown Elemen-
tary Gym in Eastpoint and
Carrabelle High School Gym
in Carrabelle. We are now in
discussion with the two cities
to bring them aboard as part-
ners in the program. I should
have a more detailed report on
our progress and for Board
approval by the May 2, Board
meeting.
April 18, 2006
By Richard E. Noble

Curt Blair-Tourist
Development Council
"Commissioners, in the offi-
cial ordinance adopted by ref-
erendum, TDC has funds es-
tablished for beach mainte-
nance facilities and clean up.
And what we've done-since
we were part way through the
year-we didn't have enough
(money) to do the whole year,
we have allocated $47,025 to
Park and Recs. Mr. (Van)
Johnson was able to phase in
the program this year (with 2
new employees). We will ad-
dress the issue again next
year with next year's funds."
"These are temporary posi-
tions, correct?" asked Mr.
Crofton.
"No, these are permanent po-
sitions," answered Mr.
Johnson.
"Well then, you will fund it?"
Mr. Crofton asked, directing
his question to Mr. Blair (TDC)
at the podium.
"Commissioner it is in the or-
dinance. The ordinance re-
quires that we spend it in that
direction. So it will be funded
from year to year."
Mr. Blair then gave his regu-
lar report.
"There are a couple of actions
items 'in the report this
month. At the end of 2005, the
TDC generated in the vicinity
of $650,000 in revenues from
the tourist tax. That was
about $100,000 more than
our initial expectations. Since
then we have conducted two
small grant programs ... to
attract people in the off-sea-
son. We have approved grants
for the Carrabelle Lighthouse
Holiday on the Harbor a Fes-
tival that had begun over
there. In addition there is an
Oyster Spat Festival out on St.
George Island. There's ap-
proval for funds for the Sea-
food Festival to help in its pro-
motion; the Dixie Theater; The
Apalachicola Christmas cel-
ebration: and the Antique
Classic Boat Show. In addi-
tion, the TDC approved the
beach clean-up program with
Van Johnson. Next month the
TDC will be going through the
infrastructure requests. You
will remember that the ordi-
nance directs that the major-
ity of the funds would be di-
rected at infrastructure
projects. Request from local
governments -will be enter-
tained for the infrastructure
projects. We will be back with
you next month or the month
with the results of the infra-
structure requests. The TDC
has approved a request 'for a
sign project. We are going to
put signs at entry points of the
County-2 on 98; 1 on 65; 1
on 67; 1 on 319; and another
on route 30A.
\"At the last meeting a request
was made. In the original or-
dinance there were no funds
set aside for any type of mar-
keting on behalf of the TDC.
Consequently the way the
marketing is done is through
these small grants. But there
are no funds set aside by and
for the TDC to do any kind of
marketing. Our Board has
had considerable discussion
on that and have come to you
and requested that you allow
a revision of the ordinance.
The County Attorney would
have to draft an amendment.
The (TDC) Board is asking
that out of the unanticipated
proceeds up to $50,000 a year
be set aside-with a cap of
$250,000 for an emergency
marketing program. It would
only be designed in the event
of a natural disaster, like a
hurricane, to inform visitors
that we are ready to re-open
the County and that we are
ready for people to come."


"I'm just thinking out loud
here; but what about taking
some of that surplus money
and putting it aside for future
public access to the water,"
suggested Mr. Mosconis.
"That's a good idea," offered
Mr. Putnal.
"There are Counties that have
a portion of their TDC money
directed towards land acqui-
sition," Mr. Blair informed the
Board. "That is within the
realm of what other TDCs
have done. Frankly we haven't
discussed it at the (TDC)
Board, but I'll suggest that we
will, now that you have raised
the issue."
Mr. Blair then went on to ex-
plain that all moneys are now
being spent as directed by the
ordinance, any redirection of
moneys should be enacted via
amendments to the original
ordinance by the Board of
Commissioners.
"I'd like to see more infra-
structures come out of this
money, personally," offered
Mr. Mosconis.
Mr. Blair then asked the;;
Board to approve the drafting
of a plan to set up an Emer-
gency Marketing Fund. His
request was approved.

Public Hearings-Zoning
Changes'
The Franklin County Board of
Cotinty Commissioners pro-
poses to adopt the following
by ordinance: An Ordinance
Rezoning the following Tracts
of Land in Franklin County:
Parcel I A) 17.22 acre parcel
lying in Section 10 Township
8 South, Range 7 West, north
of Eastpoint, Franklin
County, Florida-be changed
from A-2 Forestry Agriculture
to R-3 Single Family Estate
Residential.

Dan Townsmiere-
Apalachicola River
Keeper
Mr. Townsmeire asked the
Board to establish a Working
Group to study this zoning
request and to make recom-
mendations to the Board in
regards to this request and
other requests applicable to
these environmentally sensi-
tive upper reaches of East
Bay; including Blount's Bay,
Whiskey George and Cash
Creeks. He went on to explain
that his intent was to protect
the Bay and the integrity of
this particular part of the bay
and it nursery and nurturing
implications.
Mr. Townsmeire was followed
by.a representative from the,
Franklin County Dog Hunters,
Association, Charles Bran-
non. He protested any change
to Zoning in that area on the
grounds that hunters are
presently hunting this par-
ticular area. Any development
and housing construction in
the area in question, Mr.
Brannon contended, would
further diminish dog hunting
areas in Franklin County.
The land in question is owned
by a Mr. Chason.
Attorney Patrick Floyd then
spoke on behalf of Mr.
Chason. He explained that
this particular property was at
least one half mile from
Blount's Bay. He went on to
explain that East Bay is not
Blount's bay. He suggested
that this particular area was
no more sensitive than Mag-
nolia Bluff where Mr. McLain
and Mr. Townsmeire (River
Keeper) live or any other area
currently under development
in Franklin County.
"To summarize; the studies
that have been quoted by Mr.
Townsmeire are not Blount's
Bay. The point is that this
land is well off and away from
the water." He went on to ex-
plain that this request to di-
vide agricultural land among
ones children is traditional
and that nothing out of the
usual and ordinary was tak-
ing place with this request
that required further study or
analysis.
Mr. Putnal then asked Mr.
Chris Chason who was seated
in the audience if he would
cooperate with the dog hunt-
ers. Mr. Chason explained
that he and his family has al-


ways cooperated with the
.hunters and that they have a
dog pen out there at present
'for dog hunter use.
"Then, you would be willing to
work with the dog hunters?"
asked Mr. Putnal.
"Yes Sir, we always have."
Votes were taken for the land
use and zoning changes and
both were approved unani-
mously. There was no consid-
eration given to Mr.
Townsmiere request for a
Working Group or Study Pro-
gram. His idea was brought
up later in the meeting by Mr.
Crofton. It was countered by
Mr. Putnal on the grounds
that the State already owned
more of Franklin County than
he considered reasonable. Mr.
Townsmeire was asked to
meet with Mr. Pierce to see if
something could possibly be
arranged.
Parcel 2) A 6.94 acre parcel
lying in Section 32. Township
6 South, Range I West, near
Alligator Point, Franklin
County, Florida, be changed
from A-2 Forestry Agriculture
to R-l Single Family Residen-
tial.
This request had no public
opposition and was voted on
and approved by the Board.

Planning and Zoning
Board Report
3) No Recommendation-Rex
and Anne Anderson to con-
struct a Single Family Dock
on Lot 6 Indian Mound
Shores, 813 U.S. Highway 98,
Eastpoint, Franklin County,
Florida. This application
meets all state and local re-
quirements. This request was
submitted by GEA, Inc., agent
for the applicant.
This request was approved by
the Board. There were 2 addi-
tional requests, but these re-
quests were withdrawn.
Board of Adjustment.
Report'
1. Approve (unanimous- but
contingent upon mitigating
with River Keepers to come up
with a plan to preserve natu-
ral resources) Consideration
of a request to construct an
open shed 15 feet into the set-
back line offof Bayshore Drive
and 40 feet into the Critical
Habitat Zone on property de-
scribed as Lots 1-4, Block 3,
Unit 1 East, St. George Island,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Wild
Women, Inc, owners.
This seemed like a rather
simple request for some sort
of storage building for kayaks,
but as the discussion contin-
ued more and rpgre problems
evolved until finally the issue
was tabled in exchange for a
meeting of minds (River Keep-
ers, Alan Pierce, Commis-
sioner Crofton, Property
owner) on the subject.
2. Approve (unanimous Con-
sideration of a request for a
variance to construct a sea-
wall within the Critical Habi-
tat Zone on property de-
scribed as Lot 11, Block V,
Unit 1, Lanark Beach,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Docks 4
Less, agent for Paul Paulizzi,
NB Investments, LLC.
3. Approve (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request for a
variance to construct a sea-
wall within the Critical Habi-
tat Zone on property de-
scribed as Lot 12, Block V,
Unit 1, Lanark Beach,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Docks 4
Less, agent for Scott Roberts,
NB Investments, LLC.
4. Approve (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request for a
variance to construct a sea-
wall within the Critical Habi-
tat Zone on property de-
scribed as Lot 13, Block V,
Unit 1, Lanark Beach,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Docks 4
Less, agent for Scott Roberts,
NB Investments, LLC.
With these three requests (2,
3, and 4 above) Mr.
Townsmeire suggested that
the owners put in a partial
breakwater with rocks and
planted sea grass or marsh
grass. The retaining wall
could be put further back re-
ducing the impact on the criti-


cai shoreline Mr. Townsmeire
informed the Board.
The above three request were
voted on and approved as
submitted.
5. Approve (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request to con-
struct a single family dwelling
18 feet into the Critical Habi-
tat Zone on property de-
scribed as Lot 4, Block 74,
Unit 5, St. George Island,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by GEA, Inc,
agent for David Walker,
owner.
Mr. Crofton made the motion
to approve this request and
the motion was passed unani-
mously.
6. Approve (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request to con-
struct and addition to an ex-
isting dwelling 20 feet into the
front setback line off of Alli-
gator Drive, on property de-
scribed as 1439 Alligator
Drive, Section 1, Township 7
South, Range 2 West, Alliga-
tor Point, Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted
Jim McCloy, owner.
This request was voted on and
approved without opposition.
7. Denied (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request for a
variance to exceed the nine
foot height limit by construct-
ing a single family house 11
feet above grade,, also to en-
croach five feet into both side
lot lines on property described
as 1804 Highway 98,
Carrabelle Beach, lying in-
Section 25, Township 7
South, Range 5 West,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Randy
and Ann Langston, owners.
The home in question had
been destroyed by hurricane
Dennis. The House existed on
a very small lot (30 ft. wide)
platted many years ago. The
owner decided that it would
be better to build a new home
on the lot rather than to at-
tempt to reconstruct the dam-
aged structure. His neighbors
were agreeable. The County
had a problem because of pre-
vious president cases.
Mr. Putnal suggested that
they owned the lot long
enough to be grandfathered
in. Mr. Mosconis felt that
"Hardship" from hurricane
Dennis should be considered.
Mr. Crofton felt the gentleman
should have considered build-
ing a smaller home that would
conform to the lot size.
Mr. Crofton made a motion to
deny the request. His motion
was not seconded. Mr. Pierce
informed the Board that other
than a denial the only alter-:
native, in his opinion was to''
table the request until he had
an opportunity to search for
other options. Mr. Crofton
then changed his request for
a denial to a request to table
the issue. The request was
tabled.
8. Denied (unanimous). 'A
Consideration of a request for


a variance to construct a
swimming pool 17 feet into the
front setback line off of
Bayshore Drive on property
described as Lot, 1, Block 2,
Unit 1 East, St., George Is-
land, Franklin County,
Florida. Request submitted by
Larry and Angela Troy, own-
ers.
This was a technical issue
that was eventually approved
by a motion initiated by Mr.
Crofton.
9. Approve (unanimous) Con-
sideration of a request for a
variance to relocate an exist-
ing dwelling to the front prop-
erty line off Gulf Shore Drive
on property described as Lot
16 (unrecorded), Dog Island,
Franklin County, Florida. Re-
quest submitted by Bill Hous-
ton, agent for Christian
Amuroux, owner.
The request ran into techni-
cal problems along with
strong objections from the
Nature Conservancy, Barrier
Island Trust, and the Dog Is-
land Conservation District.
The request was tabled. The
problem seemed to be that if
this particular house was
moved back it would then en-
croach on the public road and
create a public safety issue.
There was a question of
whether or not the County
even owned the road in ques-
tion. It was tabled.


Observation Pier-Lakes
on the Bluff
iSteve Wakins was represent-
ing Lakes on the Bluff LLC.
This "debate" has been going
on for about two years. The
Atlanta developing firm in-
volved in this project has been
trying in one form, shape or
other to construct some kind
of private pier along the wa-
ter for a development that ex-
ists across the road. The ad-
jacent property owners along
the water have been in con-
tinuous opposition to the
project, Dan Townsmiere,
George Allen, Kenny Harold,
Frank Venerable and Wayne
Thomas all spoke against the
proposal. The notion that one
lot on the water could be
opened up to a subdivision
containing 52 families living
across the street seemed to be
their main objection. They felt
that this was a violation of the
R-1 zoning specification.
Mr. Watkins appeared before
the Board for a vote of confi-
dence from the Commission
before his client risked any
more money on the invest-
ment'. Unfortunately the sub-
division individual property
owners were-led to believe that
they we going,to get somekind,
of public access to the water
with the purchase of their in-
dividual lots-which now
seems to be very much in
question. These property own-
ers are now threatening liti-'
gation.

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Attorney Watkins based his
appeal on the County policy
with regards to Public Access
to the water. Mr. Watkins in-
formed the Board that his cli-
S ent was constricted by time
requirements and really didn't
have the time to have a dis-
cussion with the neighbors
and requested that the Board
make a decision-now.
Mr. Mosconis made a motion
to table the issue to give the
area home owners time to dis-
cuss the issue with the devel-
oper. Mr. Crofton seconded
the motion. The issue was
tabled.
Bid Openings
Bids were received for C30A,
Lake Morality and the Bluff
Road Bike Path. C. W. Robert
submitted bids for the follow-
ing:
Lake Morality = $1,547,292
C-30 = $2,194,509
Bluff Road Bike Path =
$424.960
submitted bids for the follow-
ing:
Lake Morality =
$1,734,638.50
C-30 = $2,313,723.
The bids were turned over the
County Engineer for analysis;
the report is due at the next
meeting of the county com-
mission.

Inter-Local Agreement-
County and City Sales
Tax
This is the subject of a sepa-
rate story in this issue.

Director of
Administrative Services
Mr. Alan Pierce made the fol-
lowing report:
The Board was informed that
Progress Energy has notified
the County it has modified its
lights on St. George Island to
bring them into compliance
with the turtle lighting.
Ms. Maria Crump, Emergystat
requests the Board submit a
$3262 grant application to
purchase EMS equipment. "I
have also been advised that
Emergystat has submitted a
grant application for a new
ambulance, at a 90-10 cost
share. Emergystat has not
provided the couh'tyf'with a
copy of the:griant'yet. The
Board approved the grant and
a Resolution authorizing the
Chairman's signature.
Several years ago the Board
and the Northwest Florida
Water Management District
agreed to pursue jointly fund-
ing and construction of some
structures to reduce
stormwater pollution in the
Eastpoint area. This project
was started while Mr. Eddie
Creamer was in office. The
District now has the $369,000
worth of EPA funds to install
up to 8 mechanical devices in
the US 98 right-of-way in
Eastpoint. The District will
secure all the necessary per-
mits and pay for the installa-
tion of the devices. The county


will have to maintain them,
which involves a periodic re-
moval of debris that the de-
vices collect. The City of
Apalachicola has one installed
and has not had any problems
with it. The Board approved
the Agreement contingent
upon the County Attorney re-
viewing it.
Board action to approve the
submission of CR 370/Alliga-
tor Point Road for resurfacing
and widening under a DOT
SCOP matching grant. The
total construction costs are
estimated at $3.6 Million. If
the grant is awarded the state
pays 75%, which would be
approximately $2.4 million,
and the county pays $1.2 mil-
lion. This would need to be
funded in next year's budget.
The Board approved.
Mr. Ted Mosteller recom-
mends the Board sign Fuel
Farm Renovation Contract
with Southern Petroleum Sys-
tems. Southern Petroleum
was the low bidder on the DOT
funded project rehabilitating
the fuel farm at the airport
and this contract allows them
to move forward consistent
with the terms of the DOT
grant. The Board approved.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that he has a copy of being
used by the Oppenheim
Group on behalf of Franklin
County Public Health Unit
and Franklin County Health
Council.
The Board was informed that
Mr. Pierce has spoken to a
Professional Engineer who is
interested in relocating to
Franklin County as soon as
his iisit is arranged I will in-
form the Board."
The Board approved the
Chairman to sign grant appli-
cation to the Florida Commu-
nities Trust program to pur-
chase part of the Indian Creek
Bayfront Park. There are no
local funds being used in the
land acquisition.
"VMS has sent in a request to
the county to utilize 3 sites in
the county for debris storage.
Two sites are county property,
being an area around Airport
Road west of Apalachicola,
and the other being the old
borrow area near the
Carrabelle Sewer Plant."
The CDBG grant the Board
has allowed Mr. McClain to
utilize has extended the ap-
plication period now to June
30. I have informed Mr.
McLain of this.
Mr. Billy Moses, Courthouse,
custodian, has informed me
that he would like to retire at
the end of May. The Board
authorized advertising for a
replacement with a salary
-agreed by the Board. I am pro-
posing to seek someone with
a minimum of 5 years main-
tenance experience in com-
mercial operations. My sug-
ested starting salary is
26,500. The Board approved.

Update on Alligator
Point
The FEMA office in Orlando
called last week and congratu-
lated the county on agreeing
to relocate the Alligator Point
Road. They had become aware
of a cost analysis I had sub-


mitted some months ago
where it showed that over $3
million in public funds had
been spent over the last 20
years trying to maintain the
road. Mr. Robert Seibert,
FEMA, asked that the county
move forward with an ap-
praisal of the land, because he
is prepared to move forward
with authorization for funds
to buy the land, and to build
the road, but he needs a land
cost. Board action to hire an
appraiser. FEMA will reim-
burse.
On April 8, I attended an Alli-
gator Point Taxpayer Associa-
tion Meeting with the Chair-
man and Mike Dombrowski.
Mr. Dombrowski made a
power point presentation re-
garding several options for
beach renourishment and, I
made a presentation regard-
ing a funding possibility.
APTA is going to have another
meeting in June to vote on
what option of beach restora-
tion they prefer, but all of the
options include millions of
dollars. The state will pay up
to 50% of the cost, and then
the county has to pay the
other share. I suggested that
one way to fund the project
would be to roll in some other,
large scale road resurfacing
projects with a beach
renourishment and fund it'
through an MSBU-a Munici-
pal Service Benefit Unit. An
MSBU is a uniform fee applied
to all the lots within a certain
area, it is uniform because of
the presumption that every-
one gets an equal benefit. The
county fire assessment is an
MSBU. In order to do some
paving and the beach
renourishment project I cal-
culated the county would
need $3.5 million. That money
would need to be bonded/fi-
nanced: over an 8 year period
because it is expected that
every 8-10 years beach
renourishment would have to
re-occur. If all the lots on Al-
ligator Point and Bald Point
were included, which is ap-
proximately 1200, the annual
assessment would be around
$400.
There was much discussion
about this, with some people
very much in favor and some
very much opposed.
The Board may choose to wait
until after the June APTA
meeting to discuss the beach
renourishment project, but I
still need final direction on the
Board for the utilization of
$158:000 of Bald Point Trust
Fund money to finish paying
for the engineering and de-
sign. The Board approved.




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Boyd Responds To

Budget Slashes Funding

For Small Business

Programs

Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) called on the Ad-
ministration to support policies and programs that aid small
.businesses. The Administration's FY 2007 budget request re-
duces funding or eliminates 75 out of the 100 government-
wide small business programs.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy,"
Congressman Boyd said. "Today the value of American inde-
pendence and resourcefulness is embodied in the entrepre-
neurial spirit that lives in each and every small business owner.
It is important for us to continue to foster this spirit through
federal funding for programs that benefit the small business
community, and it is unfortunate that the Administration's
budget rejects this notion."
The Administration's budget does not fund the 7(a) Loan Pro-
gram, a program that provided 4,978 loans to Florida busi-
nesses in 2005. The budget eliminates the Economic Develop-
ment Initiative (EDI), which enhances small business loan
guarantees and supports local community development ini-
tiatives, while also reducing Community Development Block
Grants (CDBGs) by $1.1 billion.
Additionally, in direct contradiction to the President's State of
the Union Address advocating innovation and competitiveness,
the Administration's budget eliminates Florida's two Advanced
Technology Program (ATP) awards designed to encourage the
research and development of innovative business technolo-
gies.
"As a fifth generation farmer who continues to oversee the
daily operations of my family's farm, I know the rewards and
concerns that are unique to small business owners," Boyd
stated. "We need to fight for this nation's small businesses,
and I will continue to work in Congress to support federal
programs that make the American Dream possible for every-
one."
Hospital from Page 1
transfer of the license from DasSee. These actions ettectively
led to the County taking over Weems' license instead of
Blackhawk, with the intent of transferring the license to
Blackhawk within the next few months.
The agreement now in place between Blackhawk and the
County calls for Blackhawk to assume ownership of the man-
agement and lease of the facility effective on May 1st at which
time they would have to assume the burden of meeting ex-
penses and dealing with the cash flow shortfall, while still be-
ing unable to bill for Medicare.
While Blackhawk is willing to proceed and take on these new
risks, the company would put up $200,000 in cash and also
arrange for a bridge loan to cover the anticipated 9-10 month
cash flow shortages far greater than the 1-2 month billing
delays anticipated last December. Applying for loans secured
by accounts receivable is a common practice in the health
care industry, but such loans are rarely approved for the full
value of estimated collectible revenues and usually have high
interest rates. By example, GE's loan to DasSee was secured
primarily by accounts receivable.
Blackhawk's best offer on terms for a bridge loan is for 85% of
net receivables at a rate of 12% per annum. By accepting a
loan of this nature and projecting the impact on profitability
for the remainder of this year, the numbers show that
Blackhawk would be facing cash flow shortfalls in excess of
$40-50,000 per month. Clearly this would not be a good busi-
ness decision. It would be totally imprudent for Blackhawk or
Sany other organization for that matter to execute a deal of this
nature.

Options Available to the County Commission
The County is obviously presented with a dilemma. It has taken
the courageous steps to save the hospital from closing and
while the commissioners were well aware it would require the.
temporary diversion of funds from other programs, now ap-
proaching $1 million, no one could predict the impact of the
Medicare billing problems. The Hospital Board, with the help
of Blackhawk has conducted an analysis of available options
to deal with the long and short term financial and service needs
of the hospital. A few of the most tenable options are pre-
sented as follows:
1. BLACKHAWK'S OFFER: Blackhawk has proposed a new
lease agreement to take over the hospital which includes a
provision where the County would extend them a bridge loan
for the full amount of estimated net receivables at a favorable
interest rate far lower than commercial rates but better than
the County could earn in outside markets. It was proposed
that the County obtain a real estate loan using the hospital as
collateral which could easily generate over $1 million in cash
Continued on Page 4


State Funds

Requested

For Fire

And Police

Stations

Your Capitol Bureau
By Shayla Cooper
Apalachicola has asked the
state for $1.5 million to re-
build the fire and police sta-
tions.
The fire and police stations
were damaged in July during
Hurricane Dennis. The police
station now works out of the
upstairs of city hall, said City
Engineer Bill McCartney.
Construction dates are not set
because a location has not
been chosen. A location can't
be chosen until the city knows
if it gets funding. No plans
have been made, McCartney
said.
Apalachicola needs $750,000
to rebuild each station,
McCartney said.
If the city does not receive
funding for these projects, the
fire and police stations will
continue to operate us they do
now.
"They will operate out of po-
lice cars and a broken-down
fire station," said McCartney.
'The public safely capabilities
aren't what they need to be for
a city of that size."
An aide to Sen. Al Lawson, D-
Tallahassee, said this project
is not one of the county's top
priorities. The fire and police
stations fall around fourth or
fifth on the county priority list.
Lawson's office has not re-
ceive'd a priority list from the
city of Apalachicola.
Construction of the fire and
police stations is .important
but not as significant as the
Apalachicola wastewater and
stormwater projects, said
Lawson's aide.
Apalachicola has asked the
state for $1 million to com-
plete wastewater improve-
ments. Also, Apalachicola has
asked for $3 million to imple-
ment a stormwater master
plan required by the state
Department of Community
Affairs.
Another project on the prior-
ity list above the fire and po-
lice stations is oyster manage-
ment and restoration.
Lawson's aide said the fire and
police stations are still usable,
so they are lower priority. "It
is more important for people
to have running water." The
fire and police stations are still
functioning, she added.


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Hospital from Page 3
at an interest rate less than prime. Blackhawk has offered to
cosign the note. Local banks are willing to put together such a
transaction.
Pros:
a. This arrangement could be put together fairly quickly
b. The County could utilize the proceeds of such a loan to
replenish its paving funds
c. The security risk is reduced with Blackhawk as a cosigner.
d. Blackhawk will repay the loan with interest.
Cons:
a. There may be some political opposition to entering into a
loan at this time as it might be seen as changing the terms of
the original Blackhawk proposal
b. The possibility exists that GE may decide that it isn't worth
the effort to bill Medicare at all. In that case the full liability
for repayment of the overpayments would fall on the County.
2. THE COUNTY CONTINUES TO OPERATE THE HOSPITAL
AS A PUBLIC FACILITY: There has been concern expressed
that because of the financial unknowns (including possibility
legislative appropriations) the County should delay making any
permanent arrangements on management until the full extent
of the financial liability can be ascertained.
Pros:
a. The County could possibly benefit from increased grant funds
from State and Federal programs.
b. The hospital would be exempt from sales and use taxes
c. Some economies of scale may be achieved by sharing County
services.
d. Further analysis could be performed as to long term finan-
cial stability for the hospital.
Cons:
a. Many patients believe that as long as the hospital remains
under County ownership, it should be obligated to provide free
care, not only on an emergency basis, but on an elective basis
as well.
b. If Blackhawk's proposal is rejected, the County could be
liable for management fees retroactive to January 1st.
c. If no action is taken to organize a separate 501 (c) 3 staffing
organization for hospital employees (it may already be too late)
and transfer employees no later than June 30th, they will au-
tomatically become permanent public employees and the
County will have to make expensive contributions to the State
Retirement Program retro to January 1st equivalent to nearly
12% of total payroll expenses.
d. The management and financial services provided by
Blackhawk would eventually cease and the Board would have,
to recruit and retain a new CEO or management company.
e. Operating the hospital as a public organization would even-
tually put the Commissioners in the untenable role of dealing
with patient, complaints or demands for changes in a political
forum rather than a clinical or business framework.
f. Information from legislative sources indicates that any pro-
grams designed to assist rural hospitals will provide new
sources of capital funds and not operational funding.
3. SOLICIT INTEREST FROM SACRED HEART: A workshop
requested by the County Commissioners with Scared Heart is
scheduled to be held on April Ist at which time offers tended
during their prior discussions with individual commissioners
will be made public. According to reports of those discussions,
Sacred Heart expressed no interest in taking on the operation
of GEWMH, but merely offered to build their new facility in
Port St. Joe closer to the county line if Weems were closed.
They also discussed the possibility of constructing an urgent
care center in Apalachicola in such an event. Sacred Heart
told the commissioners that they really weren't concerned
about gaining critical access status for their new PSJ facility,
but were merely concerned about meeting health care needs
in the area.
Pros:
a. If Sacred Heart is willing to take over GEWMH, fund the
operations at its own expense and enter into a binding com-
mitment to keep the hospital open, such actions would be in
the best interest of the County and alleviate their current fi-
nancial concerns.
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c. While Blackhawk would be supplanted if Sacred Heart en-
tered the picture, the influx of new capital could well be to the
benefit of the County if new facilities could be developed to
serve all the citizens' health care needs.
Cons:
a. Sacred Heart so far has made significant commitments to
the PSJ project and it may not have the funding or resources
available to undertake another equally expensive project in
Franklin County.
b. Given their inability to achieve critical access status in their
upcoming PSJ facility, it would not be in Sacred Heart's best
interest to perpetuate Weems' current CAH status.
,4. SOLICIT RFQS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: At the
last meeting, the County Commissioners entertained the pros-
pect of soliciting offers from other companies or organizations
to replace Blackhawk that would hopefully assume full finan-
cial responsibility for the operations.
Pros:
a. Clearly, should such another organization be willing to take
over the hospital and make a long-term commitment to see it
through this troubled transition period, this action would be
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c. The loss of the hospital would eventually result in the loss
,of physicians and other health care services. -
d. The impact on community health would be devastating.
6. Short term management of the Hospital: The County could
continue the short term management of the hospital through
Blackhawk for a period of up to 12 months while a clearer
picture of the financial obligations can be obtained. Typical
management agreements for facilities like Weems average
around $300,000 per year. Such short term management would
allow the County's Health Council to complete its study of the
health care needs of the county and allow the Florida Legisla-
ture to finalize its plans for funding rural hospitals. Finally,
during the period of the management contract, the County
and Hospital Board would analyze such other management/
ownership arrangements as may be of interest in fulfilling the
overall health care needs of the County.
Pros:
a. Define financial liability and obligations to the county
b. Avoid long term agreement that limits options
c. Opportunity to analyze county HC needs
d. Opportunity to negotiate best LT option (state, money, St.
Joe)
Cons:
a. Possibly lose Blackhawk mgt team
b. Risks transition of Hosp employees to county staff
c. Requires county to assume full risk of hospital losses


b. Soliciting RFQs of this nature would at least signal the
County's commitment to retain healthcare in the area. Clerk from Page 1


Cons:
a. Soliciting new RFQs at this late date is a risky and time-
consuming undertaking. It is highly improbable that a bidding
process can be implemented, where new companies are ex-
pected to conduct due diligence, make firm written offe-s, have
the county meet to approve and accept an offer and arrange to
have a new organization take over the hospital prior to the
June 30th deadline. Due diligence efforts generally take up to
3-4 months in such deals.
b. During the bidding and solicitation process, the County is
still faced with the problem of funding the cash flow shortfalls
and the expense of converting hospital employees to perma-
nent status should the RFQs produce no firm bidders,
c. Any new organization coming in at this time will clearly
have access to all the financial problems involved with a take-
over, and will likely demand to be insulated from future busi-
ness losses.
d. Bringing in new players, will also require the County to
conduct its own due diligence to check their prior history and
performance. Many companies are willing to take on such fa-
cilities, but have poor track records in the field.
e. Only two companies responded to the first offers last De-
cember when the depth of the financial problems were largely
unknown-Blackhawk and Pacer Healthcare. It is unknown
how many companies would respond,now given the publicity
surrounding the GE vs. DasSee complications.
5. CLOSE THE HOSPITAL: While dearly an untenable option,
should the financial problems facing the hospital not be ad-
dressed in a responsible and timely manner, the situation could
reach the point where funds are no longer available from any
sources to continue operations. There are no pros here, only
cons.
Cons:
a. The loss of healthcare in the County would set back its
economic growth for at least 10 years.
b. Ambulance costs would rise substantially for at least 2-3
years because ambulances runs to Tallahassee and Panama
,.City would be 4-5 hours.


needed to deem the application complete which
include meeting the requirements of the Florida
Patients Compensation Fund."
Ms. Johnson added, "...The Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners may owe for Medicare and Medicaid overpay-
ments. This is estimated at $240,000 plus or minus. No true
amount can be determined until the annual coast report due
May 31, 2006. Ms. Johnson said, "is submitted and audited,
which could take months. "The Board may also owe overpay-
ments on Medicare and Medicaid services from a prior year,
but the actual amount won't be determined until an annual
cost report is completed which is due May 31st. It has been
estimated at $240,000, but it could be less or more. Because
DasSee's records are not available, we, nor GE Financial, know
the amount. The problem is that whoever submits bills to
Medicare or Medicaid first will risk havingthat amount of over-
payment deducted from their claims until the lull amount of
the overpayments has been satisfied. GE is aware of this and
may be delaying in filing their bills; however, all claims must
be submitted within one year from the actual date of service.
Since the County took over January 1st of 2006, we have until
January 1, 2007 to submit our first claim. GE must file earlier
than the County to meet their deadline."
Since Weems is a Critical Access Hospital, once the county
files on Medicare the County would be reimbursed for cost
plus 1%..
According to Franklin County Attorney Shuler, informal dis-
cussions were being held with General Electric Financial, and
they could agree that the County accept the AHCA debt, and
GE would accept the Medicare overpayment debt with the ex-
pectation that the County would be reimbursed for the De-
cember 20D5 hospital payroll.
Ms. Johnson reminded the Commissioners that the County is
facing a 30 June 2006 deadline for staff at Weems becoming
county employees. This might be retroactive to January 1st,
with retirement and other benefits to be paid.
"One reason to consider retaining Blackhawk is it would solve
the problem quickly of the hospital employees becoming county
employees on June 30th. If that were to occur, the county
would have to pay huge contributions retroactive to January
on retirement of approximately $52,438.69 if the percentage
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Second Circuit

Court Report

April 11, 2006
By Carol Noble

All persons listed below are innocent until proven
otherwise in a court of law.

PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE
DANIELS, JAMES IVAN JR: Charged with flagrant violation of net
law on February 3. 2005. Defendant on conditional release. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Pre-trial conference continued to May 9, 2006.
DAVIS, DON L: Charged with purchase controlled substance co-
caine on August 25, 2005. Charged with flagrant violation of net law
on October 30, 2005; possession net larger than 2 inch stretch and
possession of undersized red fish on November 22, 2005. Bond was
2,500.00. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to July 11, 2006.
DAVIS, JOHN MICHAEL: Charged with flagrant violation of net law;
possession of net larger than 2 inch stretch on February 25, 2005.
Bond was $200.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
Ethan Andrew Way and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication
withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 2 days in jail with 2 days
credit for time served; 18 months probation (concurrent); $410.00
court costs and fees.
DAVIS, JOHN MICHAEL: Charged with flagrant violation of net law
on October 30, 2005; possession of net larger than 2 inch stretch and
possession undersized red fish on November 22, 2005. Bond was
2.500.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to 2 days in jail with 2 days credit for
time served; 18 months probation (concurrent); $410.00 court costs
and fees.
FICHERA, TILDEN LEE: Charged with aggravated assault with fire-
arm on January 9, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial
Conference continued to May 9, 2006.
FICHERA, TILDEN LEE: Charged with attempted 1st degree mur-
der; kidnapping to inflict bodily harm/terrorize; aggravated battery
with firearm; aggravated battery with deadly weapon; aggravated as-
sault on law enforcement officer; resisting officer with violence; pos-
session of controlled substance; criminal mischief 200 to 1,000 dol-
lars; violation injunction protection; possession of firearm by con-
victed felon on March 4, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Pre-trial conference continued to May 9, 2006.
HARRIS, OMARSHAREK A: Charged with sexual battery by some
force and violence: lewd or lascivious battery on January 14, 2005.
Charged 2 times with sale of controlled substance on December 6,
2002. Charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to
Sell or deliver on January 14, 2005. Charged with driving while li-
cense suspended felony on January 14, 2005. The defendant was
represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Con-
ference continued to May 9, 2006.
LAMBERSON, KYLE C. JR: Charged with sexual battery upon a
child under 12; lewd lascivious act on minor on December 1, 2004;
Charged with sexual battery by some force and violence on December
1, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings. Pre-trial Conference contin-
ued to June 13, 2006.
MAXWELL, JOSH EDWARD: Charged with flagrant use of credit
card; grand theft (3rd degree) on April 7, 2005. Defendant was incar-
cerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to June 13, 2006.
MAXWELL, SAMUEL EDWARD: Charged with criminal use of per-
sonal identification information on April 7, 2005. Defendant was in-
carcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to June 13, 2006.
ROBERTS, JAMES LEEHASKELL: Charged with flagrant violation
of net law; possession of net larger than 2 inch stretch on October 24,
2004. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan An-
drew Way and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to 1 day in jail with 1 day credit for time
served; 18 months probation; $410.00 court costs and fees.


WALKER, DANIEL WILLIAM: Charged with flagrant violation of net
law; possession of net larger than 2 inch stretch on October 24, 2004.
Bond was $1.000.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Pre-trial Conference continued to May 9, 2006.
WILLIAMS, NORMAN B. JR: Charged with sexual battery upon a
child under 12 on January 11, 2005 and on March 29, 2005. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.

ARRAIGNMENT
AHERNT, SANTANA: Charged with sale of controlled substance (co-
caine) on March 5, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney Kathy Garner and entered a plea
of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to
60 days in jail with 38 days credit for time served: 24 months proba-
tion; $510.00 court costs and fees. ,
ANDERSON, WILLIAM G: Charged 3 times with worthless check
over 150 dollars on August 6, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger,
entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defen-
dant was sentenced to 36 months probation; restitution to victims;
$1,230.00 court costs and fees. All case's to run concurrent.
BROWN, SONJA TAMARA: Charged with possession of controlled
substance (cocaine); possession of controlled substance without pre-
scription; possession of cannabis; possession of paraphernalia on
January 29, 2006. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was repre-
sented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea
of not guilty. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
CREAMER, HEATHER: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
,stance (cocaine) on February 20, 2006. Bond was $5,000.00. The de-
fendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant
was sentenced to 3 days in jail with 3 days credit for time served; 24
months probation; 6 months community control; substance abuse
evaluation and treatment; random urinalysis for illegal drugs and
alcohol; $510.00 court costs and fees.
DALTON, BILLY DANIEL: Charged with child neglect without great
harm on February 11, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Public Defender*Kevln Steiger who
entered a written plea of not guilty dated March 10, 2006. Case Man-
agement continued to June 13, 2006.
DALTON, JENNIFER: Charged with child neglect without great harm
on February 11, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who entered
a written plea of not guilty dated March 3, 2006. Case Management
continued to May 9, 2006.
DALTON, JENNIFER: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
stance (cocaine) on March 9, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way
who entered a written plea of not guilty dated March 23, 2006. Case
Management continued to May 9, 2006.
DALTON, TONY RAY: Charged with grand theft on January 4, 2006.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adju-
dication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 97 days in jail
with 97 days credit for time served; 18 months probation; $410.00
courts and fees.
ELLIOTT, ALYSSA J: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver; delivery of controlled substance on March
6, 2006. Defendant on conditional release. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler and entered a written plea of
not guilty dated April 4, 2006. Case Management continued to June
13, 2006.
GRAY, CHARLES DENUM: Charged with burglary of conveyance while
armed; grand theft of firearm: petit theft; possession of firearm by
delinquent; 8 counts burglary of a conveyance; trespass of structure
or conveyance; 2 counts grand theft motor vehicle on February 21,
2006. Charged with 8 counts petit theft; grand theft (3rd degree); tres-
pass structure or conveyance on March 22, 2006. Defendant was in-
carcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way who entered a written plea of not guilty dated April 7,
2006.
GRAY, WILLIAM DILLON: Charged with burglary of conveyance while
armed; grand theft of firearm; petit theft; possession of firearm by
delinquent; 8 counts burglary of a conveyance; trespass of structure
or conveyance; 2 counts grand theft motor vehicle on February 21,
2006. Charged with 8 counts petit theft; grand theft (3rd degree); tres-
pass structure or conveyance on March 22, 2006. Defendant was in-
carcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Gre-
gory Cummings who entered a written plea of not guilty dated April
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HOLLAND, DUSTIN J: Charged with burglary of conveyance while
armed; grand theft of firearm; petit theft; 8 counts burglary of a con-
veyance; trespass of structure or conveyance; 2 counts grand theft
motor vehicle on February 21, 2006. Charged with 8 counts petit theft:
grand theft (3rd degree); trespass structure or conveyance on March
22, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a written plea
of not guilty dated April 4, 2006.
JONES, BOBBY C. JR: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell or deliver; no valid driver license on Febru-
ary 8, 2006. Bond was $25,000.00. The defendant was present in
court with Attorney Barbara Hobbs and entered a written plea of not
guilty dated March 7, 2006. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.
NELSON, ADRIENNE JOYNER: Charged with grand theft of motor
vehicle on March 13, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant
was sentenced to 29 days in jail with 29 days credit for time served;
24 months probation; substance abuse evaluation and treatment;
random urinalysis for illegal drugs or alcohol; $410.00 court costs
and fees. Defendant will plea in absentia to misdemeanor cases.
PARMELE, CHRISTOPHER DWAYNE: Charged with cultivation of
cannabis; possession of paraphernalia on March 10, 2006. Bond was
$15,000.00. The defendant was present in court and entered a plea of
not guilty. Case Managerent continued to May 9, 2006.
RHODES, QUINNALAND J. JR: Charged with possession of contra-
band at county detention facility on February 16, 2006; possession of
controlled substance on March 20, 2006; possession of cannabis on
February 16, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who entered a
plea of not guilty. Case Management continued to June 13, 2006.
RICHARDS, GLENN ALLEN: Charged with possession of controlled
substance cocaine; possession drug paraphernalia on March 10, 2006.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. Adju-
dication withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 32 days in jail
with 32 days credit for time served; 24 months probation; substance
abuse evaluation and treatment; no illegal drugs or alcohol; $510.00
court costs and fees.
RUCKER, KENNETH R: Charged with grand theft on January 4,
2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who entered a written plea of
not guilty dated January 23, 2006. Case Management continued to
June 13, 2006.
RUSS, JEROME D: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly
weapon on February 4, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who
entered a written plea of not guilty dated March 3, 2006. Case Man-
agement continued to June 13, 2006.
RUSS, TYRONE: Charged 2 times with sale of controlled substance
on February 21, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way who entered
a written plea of not guilty dated March 20, 2006. Case Management
continued to May 9, 2006.
SAWYER, TONI M: Charged with possession controlled substance
with intent to deliver. Bond was $50,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way and entered a writ-
ten plea of not guilty dated April 7, 2006. Case Management contin-
ued to June 13, 2006.
SUDDETH, GLENN L. JR: Charged with possession controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver on February 21, 2006. Charged with sale
of controlled substance on February 21, 2006. Defendant was incar-
cerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Nancy
Gaglio and entered a written plea of not guilty dated March 13, 2006.
Case Management continued to May 9, .2006.
TOLLIVER, TAUREEN S: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
stance (cocaine); no valid driver license on February 17, 2006. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Case
Management continued to May 9, 2006.
TURNEY, APRIL LYNN: Charged with sale of controlled substance.
on February 21, 2006; Charged with tampering with witness on Feb-
ruary 24, 2006. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of not guilty. Case Man-
agement continued to June 13, 2006.

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ANDERSON, BRENDA D: Charged with burglary of a dwelling; grand
theft on February 21, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who
entered a plea of denial. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
CHASTAIN, JOHNNY: Charged with burglary of a conveyance; grand
theft (3rd degree) on October 31, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Probation re-instated modified. The defendant was sentenced to 13
days in jail with 13 days credit for time served.

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COULTER, JAMES EARL: Charged with attempted burglary of dwell-
ing on April 28, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admitted
being in violation and was found in violation of probation. Probation
revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 14 days
credit for time served: 12 months probation; any condition of proba-
tion not met, re-imposed.
CRYDERMAN, VICKIE DEE: Charged with possession of controlled
substance on January 8, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
who entered a plea of denial. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.
FLOWERS, RICHARD STACY: Charged with trafficking in controlled
substance on August 21. 2003; Charged with possession of controlled
substance and DUI on August 7, 2004. Defendant released on own
recognizance. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way and entered a written plea of denial dated April 7, 2006.
Case Management continued to June 13. 2006.
GRAHAM, GARY F: Charged with tampering with physical evidence.
on July 3. 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a
plea of denial. Violation of Probation Hearing set for May 9, 2006.
LOWERY, PAULA S: Charged with sale or possession of controlled
substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school on July 9,
2005. Defendant was released on own recognizance. The defendant
was present in court, entered a plea of denial and a public defender
was appointed. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
MARTIN, ROBERT STEVEN: Charged with possession of controlled
substance on October 4, 2004; possession of cannabis more than 20
grams on October 1, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, admit-
ted being in violation and was found in violation of probation. Proba-
tion revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 30 days in jailwith 12
days credit for time served; probation re-instated with any conditions
not met, re-imposed.
PILOTTI, JAMES EDWARD: Charged with burglary of a conveyance
on March 31. 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a
plea of denial. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
POLK, ANDREW: Charged with sale of crack cocaine on November
15. 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of de-
nial. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
PRINCE, EDWARD: Charged with grand .theft on July 25, 2001. De-
fendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of denial. Case
Management continued to May 9, 2006.
RAY, LAWRENCE WILLIAM: Charged with sale of controlled sub-
stance on December 28, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger
who entered a plea of denial. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.
RICHARDS, JOSEPH D: Charged with grand theft on January 5,
2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger who entered a plea of de-
nial. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
SHIVER, KENDALL W: Charged with aggravated battery on Septem-
ber 8. 1993. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court and entered a plea of denial. A public defender was appointed.
Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.

DISPOSITION
AMISON, JAMES STEWART: Charged with felony battery and crimi-
nal mischief on May 17, 2005. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant
was represented in court by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Disposition
continued to June 13, 2006.
JENKS, JOSEPH A: Charged with grand theft on January 15, 2005.
Bond was $1,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Attor-
ney Ethan Andrew Way and entered a plea of no contest. Adjudica-
tion withheld. The defendant was sentenced to 2 days in jail with 2
days credit for time served; 24 months probation; restitution to vic-
tim; $410.00 court costs and fees.

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October 31, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The State dropped all
charges.
ASH, CRAIG: Charged with resisting officer with violence, posses-
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was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to June 13, 2006.
BARWICK, JOHNATHAN K: Charged with dealing in stolen prop-
erty; uttering (passing worthless document) x 7 on August 19, 2005.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with
Attorney Lee Meadows, admitted being in violation and was found in
violation of probation. Probation revoked. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 87 days in jail with 87 days credit for time served; probation
re-instated, with any conditions not met, re-imposed; drug treatment;
restitution to victims.
BAUCHAM, ROBERT T: Charged with battery on law enforcement
officer; resist officer without violence on November 8, 2005. Bond was
$500.00. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Cullpepper.
Case Management continued to May 9. 2006.
BAUCHAM, WILLIE FRED: charged with grand theft (3rd degree) on
November 8, 2005; Charged with resisting officer with violence on
November 8, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court and entered a plea of not guilty in another case. Case
Management continued to May 9, 2006.
BENTLEY, FRANKLIN J: Charged with burglary of a dwelling; grant
theft of a firearm on June 15, 2004. Defendant released on own re-
cognizance. The defendant was present in court with Public Defender
Kevin Steiger. Violation of Probation Hearing set for May 9, 2006.
BILBO, BRIAN: Charged with sexual assault by 18 years of age or
older to victim under 12 years of age on September 19, 2005. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by
Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.
BROWN, BRIAN J: Charged with possession with intent to sell can-
nabis on June 9, 2005. Bond was $25,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler. Case Management
continued to May 9, 2006.
BROWN, KEVIN LEE: Charge'd with aggravated battery with deadly
weapon on August 11, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Vio-
lation of Probation Hearing set for May 9, 2006.
BUFFKIN, ROBERT CHARLES: Charged with possession of con-
trolled substance; possession of cannabis; possession of parapher-
nalia on March 12, 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger and entered
a plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days credit for time served; 24 months
probation; random testing for no alcohol or illegal drugs; $410.00
court costs and fees.
CAMPBELL, ERIE LEO: Charged with attempted burglary of a struc-
ture on November 26, 2005; Charged with sale of controlled substance
on November 29, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Man-
agement continued to June 13, 2006.
CARGILL, GEORGE FREDERICK: Charged with 3 counts posses-
sion of controlled substance with intent to dell or deliver and posses-
sion of firearm by convicted felon on March 2, 2005; Charged with
driving while license suspended (felony) on May 21, 2005; Charged
with 3 counts sale/possession of controlled substance with intent to
sell within 1,000 feet of a church and trafficking in controlled sub-
stance MDMA on January 20, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was represented in court by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
CARGILL, STEPHON EUGENE JR: Charged with driving while li-
cense suspended (felony); resisting officer without violence; refusal to
sign summons on September 2, 2005. Charged with driving while
license suspended (felony) on January 7, 2006. Charged with driving
while license suspended (felony) on December 20, 2005. Defendant
was incarcerated. The defendant was present in court with Attorney
Nancy J. Gaglio. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
CARPENTER, CHARLES MORGAN JR: Charged with burglary of a
conveyance on January 24, 2006; grand theft (3rd degree) on Decem-
ber 22, 2005. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant did not show up
for court and capias (warrant for arrest) was issued. Bond was for-
feited.
CRUM, ANGELA RENEE: Charged with public assistance fraud on
December 13, 2005. Defendant was released on own recognizance.
Deferred prosecutor agreement entered. Case Management contin-
ued to April 10, 2007.
CUMMINGS, LARRY: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly
weapon on May 17, 2005. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Robert Culpepper II. Pre-trial Confer-
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20, 2004. Charged with driving while license suspended (felony) on
June 27, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Manage-
ment continued to June 13, 2006.
DANIELS, ADRIAN L: Charged with sale of controlled substance.
Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court
by Attorney Rachel Chesnut. Case Management continued to June
13, 2006.
DILLON, DANIEL ALBERT: Charged with sale of controlled sub-
stance on November 15, 2005. Bond was $25,000.00. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney J. Gordon Shuler and entered a
plea of no contest. Adjudication withheld. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 1 day in jail with 1 day credit for time served: 18 months
probation; substance abuse evaluation and treatment; random test-
ing for illegal drugs and alcohol; $470.00 court costs and fees.
FAULK, SHEDRICK R: Charged with driving while license suspended
(felony) on January 15, 2006. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant
was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger, entered a
plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was
sentenced to 2 days in jail with 2 days credit for time served; 6 months
community control followed by 18 months probation; $410.00 court
costs and fees.
FOREHAND, SHEENA LEANN: Charged with lewd or lascivious bat-
tery on September 27, 2002. Bond was $1,500.00. Case Management
continued to May 9, 2006.
GRAY, TRINA D: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude
officer; driving while license suspended (felony); resisting officer with-
out violence on April 7, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The de-
fendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
GRIGGS, TANYA: Charged 2 times with sale of controlled substance
on January 10,. 2006. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant
was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Man-
agement continued to May 9, 2006.
GUELTZOW, WILLIAM S: Charged with felony DUI; driving while
license suspended (felony); refusal to submit to balance test on Octo-
ber 1, 2005. Bond was $15,000.00. The defendant was represented in
court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued
to June 13, 2006.
JAMES, LARRY A: Charged with arson on December 24, 2005. De-
fendant released on own recognizance. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to May 9, 2006.
KILGORE, JIMMY DEAN: Charged with fishing with suspended salt
water license on September 12, 2004. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to May 9, 2006.
KRISS, THOMAS M: Charged .with aggravated assault with deadly
weapon on July 18, 2005. Defendant released on own recognizance.
Probation modified to include 50 hours community service. Any con-
ditions not met, re-imposed.
LADNER, KATHERINE DIANE: Charged with possession of controlled
substance without prescription; DUI (transferred to county court);
possession legend drug without prescription; possession of cannabis;
possession drug paraphernalia on May 22, 2005. Bond was $1,465.00.
Order will come to transfer to drug court in Tallahassee.
LANGLEY, MICHAEL SHAWN: Charged with obtain or attempt to
obtain controlled substance by fraud on November 23, 2004. Defen-
dant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented in court by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to May
9, 2006.
LITTLES, KENYATTA R: Charged with possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell or deliver; possession with intent to sell
cannabis on November 23, 2005. Bond was $10,000.00. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case
Management continued to May 9,, 2006.
LOWREY, CHIQUITA L: Charged with grand theft on January 21,
2005. Bond was $1,000.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to May
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MARTIN, KELVIN A: Charged with sale of controlled substance on
November 1, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced
to 72 months in prison (suspended); 161 days in jail with 161 credit
for time served: 1 year community control: 3 years probation; $410.00
court costs and fees.
MCDANIEL, LISA ELAINE: Charged with aggravated child abuse by
malicious punishment on December 8, 2004. Defendant released on
own recognizance. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to June'13, 2006.
MIXON, JERMY JOSEPH: Charged with aggravated battery with
deadly weapon on October 19, 2005. Bond was $10,000.00. The de-
fendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case
Management continued to May 9. 2006.
MOODY, MARK A: Charged with sale of substance in lieu of cocaine
on September 1. 2005. Charged with burglary of a dwelling; grand
theft (3rd degree): resisting officer without violence; possession drug
paraphernalia on December 14. 2005. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was represented in court by Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Case Management continued to June 13, 2006.
MYERS, MICHELLE RENEE: Charged 2 times with sale of a con-
trolled substance. Total bond was $50,000.00. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Manage-
ment continued to June 13, 2006.
MATHES, GEORGE D. II: Charged with dealing in stolen property.
Bond was $2,000.00. The defendant was represented in court by At-
torney Gregory Cummings. Case Management continued to June 13,
2006.
PUGH, ELEX D: Charged with possession of controlled substance
with intent to sell or deliver; possession of controlled substance with
intent to sell. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney Rachel Chesnut, entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 5 months
in jail with 157 days credit for time served: 36 months probation:
$470.00 court costs and fees.
PORCHE, EDWARD: Charged with grand theft on December 23, 2005.
Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006
PROVENZANO, MICHELE D: Charged 2 times with aggravated child
abuse with deadly weapon on September 29, 2005. Charged with sale
of crack cocaine on November 15, 2005. Bond was $25,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to June 13, 2006.
RANDOLPH, MANUEL JR: Charged with grand theft on January 13,
2005. Bond was $7.125.00. The defendant was present in court with
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to June
13. 2006.
RHODES, QUINNALAND J. JR: Charged with throwing deadly mis-
sile on December 1, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defen-
dant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case
Management continued to June 13, 2006.
RUSS, JEROME D: Charged with sale of controlled substance on
December 22, 2001. Charged with sale of controlled substance on
October 7, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management
continued to June 13, 2006.
SAND, CRYSTAL AMANDA: Charged with purchase controlled sub-
stance (cocaine) on November 15, 2005. Charged with grand theft
(3rd degree) on November 28, 2005. Total bond was $12,500.00. The
defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way.
Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
SCOTT, RAMAH TULANE: Charged with possession of cannabis (more
than 20 grams) on December 9, 2005. Bond was $5,000.00. Case
Management continued to June 13, 2006.
SMITH, PRESTON WAYNE: Charged with dealing stolen property on
November 22, 2005. Bond was $5,000.00. The defendant was present
in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management contin-"
ued to June 13, 2006.
SUDDETH, GLENN L. JR: Charged with possession of controlled
substance (cocaine): resisting officer without violence on June 3, 2006;
Charged with dealing in stolen property on December 7,.2005. Total
bond was $26,000.00. The defendant was present in court with At-
torney Nancy Gaglio. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
SUGGS, KRISTOPHER M: Chargedwith burglary of a dwelling; grand
theft of a firearm on June 15, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The
defendant was presenting, court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger,


aamittea Deing in violation and was found in violation of probation.
Probation revoked. The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail
with 32 days credit for time served; 24 months drug offender proba-
tion, with any conditions not met, re-imposed; continue drug treat-
ment. Costs a part of probation.
TOLLIVER, TAUREEN S: Charged with sale of controlled substance
on June 24, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
represented in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Manage-
ment continued to May 9, 2005.
TOWNSEND, RUFUS E. JR: Charged 2 times with sale of controlled
substance on August 30, 2004. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant
was present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Man-
agement continued to May 9, 2006.
VINSON, AMBER: Charged with sale of controlled substance on June
24, 2005. The defendant was present in court with Attorney Ethan
Andrew Way. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
WALDEN, TANYA R: Charged with dealing stolen property on May 9,
2004. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was represented
in court by Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Violation of Probation Hear-
ing set for May 9, 2006.
WARD, GEORGE WEEMS JR: Charged with driving while license
suspended (felony); DUI: refusal to submit to balance test on Novem-
ber 29, 2005. Bond was $2,500.00. The defendant was present in
court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management contin-
ued to May 9. 2006.
WEBSTER, ANGELA T: Charged with possession with intent to sell
cannabis; possession of controlled substance on August 13, 2005.
Bond was $5,500.00. The defendant was present in court with Public
Defender Kevin Steiger. Case Management continued to May 9, 2006.
WILLIAMS, ALBERT III: Charged with possess cocaine with intent
to sell MFG deliver on August 25, 2005. Bond was $25,000.00. The
defendant was present in court with Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Case Management continued to June 13, 2006.
WILLIAMS, LAURA JEAN: Charged with possession of controlled
substance cocaine; possession of cannabis; possession of parapher-
nalia on November 26, 2005. Bond was $9,000.00. The defendant did
not show up for court and a capias (warrant for arrest) was issued.
WILLIAMS, MARTALIUS DEMETRIUS: Charged with possession of
controlled substance (cocaine); possession of cannabis (not more than
20 grams) on August 15. 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. Case
Management continued to May 9, 2006.
ZACKERY, REGINOLD T: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting
to elude officer (with property damage $1,000.00) on November 3,
2005; driving while license suspended (felony) on January 30, 2006.
Bond was $1,500.00. The, defendant was represented in court by At-
Storney Gregory Cummings. Case Management continued to May 9,
2006.

HEARINGS
ASH, CRAIG: Motion for pre-trial release or reasonable bail. Motion
granted.
CREAMER, KERRY S: Motion to terminate probation. Motion granted.
1 DASHER, WILLIE GENE JR: Motion to revoke bond. Motion granted.
ELLIOTT, ALYSSA J: Motion to modify pre-trial release. Motion
granted.
KEMBRO, SHIRLEY M: Motion for pre-trial release or reasonable
bail. Motion granted:
WALLACE, ALFRED OLIVER: Restitution x 5..The defendant was
represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Hearing contin-
ued to May 9, 2006.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARING
MARTIN, KELVIN A: Charged 2 times with sale/possession of con-
trolled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 of a church on De-
cember 13, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, admitted being in
violation and was found in violation of probation. Probation revoked.
The defendant was sentenced to 72 months in prison (suspended);
218 days in jail with 218 days credit for time served: 1 year commu-
nity control: 3 years probation and any conditions not met, re-im-
posed; all cases to run concurrent.
RHODES, QUINNALAND J. JR; Charged with sale of controlled sub-
stance on September 14, 2004. Charged with aggravated battery with
deadly weapon on September 14, 2004. Defendant was incarcerated.
The defendant was represented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew
Way. Violation of Probation continued to June 13, 2006.


SMITH, JERRAL DWAYNE: Charged with aggravated battery on No-
vember 23, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was
present in court with Attorney Ethan Andrew Way, admitted being in
violation and was found in violation of probation. Probation revoked.
The defendant was sentenced to 5 years in prison with 145 days credit
for time served. Costs reduced to civil judgement.
WALLACE, KENNETH L: Charged 2 times with sale of controlled
substance on June 5, 2001. Charged with aggravated battery on preg-
nant victim on August 10, 2004. Charged with battery by inmate on
March 30, 2005. Defendant was incarcerated. The defendant was rep-
resented in court by Attorney Ethan Andrew Way. Case Management
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Circuit Court Opinion


Citing Florida Rules of Appel-
late Procedure, Wakulla Fish-
ermen and. Ronald Fred
Crum, Panacea, have filed a
"Suggestion for Certification"
to the Florida Supreme Court,
seeking a review of a Circuit
Court opinion in a past litiga-
.tion involving the net limita-
tion rules set forth by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission.

The pleading alleges that the
Circuit Court overlooked or
misapprehended, the clear
point of law set forth in an
advisory opinion to the Attor-
ney General on the limited net
fishing (620 So. 2d 997.) In
that opinion, the Supreme
Court expressly stated that
the sole purpose of Article 10
to the Florida /Constitution
was to protect certain types of
marine life from unnecessary
killing, overfishing and waste.
Yet, the.circuit court failed to
address the wasteful side ef-
fects of the FWCC rule imple-
menting the constitution in
direct conflict with Article 10,
section 16. The pleading con-
tinues, "3. The lower trib-
unal's order indicates that the
FWCC's unique constitutional
role authorizes the agency to
make rules with legislative au-
thority, yet fails to recognize
that even a government entity
with such significant rule-
making power is limited by the
constitution as interpreted by
the Supreme Court. See Gray
v_ Moss. 156 So. 262, 266
(Fla. 1934).
4. The lower tribunal's order
improperly ignored and failed
to address Petitioners' Due
Process claim that respon-
dent-agency's rules, when
applied, force Petitioners, and
those similarly situated, to
engage in unlawful activities
when in regular, and other-
wise law-abiding, pursuit of
their livelihood.

5. The lower, tribunal's order
improperly ignored Respon-
dent's constitutional viola-
tions of Article II, s.7 of the


Florida Constitution.

This appeal is of great public
importance and will have
great effect on the proper ad-
ministration of justice
throughout the state for the
following reasons;

6. Respondent agency has
used its legislative authority
to mandate commercial net
regulationss, which have an
effect in direct opposition to
Art. II, s, 7 and Art. X, s. 16 of
the Florida Constitution. The
invalid exercise of delegated
legislative authority is a mat-
ter of great public impor-
tance..."

Respondents rules for eleven
(11) years and have never re-
ceived a full judicial hearing.
The question of whether a law
violates due process and ac-
cess to the courts is consid-
ered a certifiable issue of great
public importance..."

"8. Because Florida's marine
life, a natural resource pro-
tected by Art. II, s. 7 of the
Florida Constitution, is,being
needlessly devastated by com-
mercial nets that must con-
form with Respondent's net
regulations, a speedy appeal
is a matter of great public im-
portance.


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9. It is of further great public
importance to iminediately :
determine the constitutional-
ity of Respondent's- fishing
gear regulations because
Florida's fishing trade (com-
mercial and recreational) is
multi-billion dollar industry
that is. threatened by
Respondent's administrative
rules that cause overfishing
and waste of the state's
unique marine resources..

10. Respondent agency is ac-
tively enforcing its rules,
which are constitutionally
contested in this action, with
fines and imprisonnmtent, thus
the immediacy of this appeal
will have a great effect on the
proper administration of jus-
tice throughout the state.

11. This appeal, in itself, will
have a great effect on the
proper administration of jus-
tice because Petitioners and
similarly situated persons
have been denied a full judi-
cial hearing regarding
Respondent's rules.

The undersigned believes that
based ori a reasoned and
studied professional judg-
ment, this appeal requires
immediate resolution by the
supreme court and is of great


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rate is 7.83% or $80,365.81 if the retirement rate is the 12%
quoted by the hospital board as well as having to add county
insurance premiums of approximately $387.35 per employee
and 70 employees would be $27,114.50 each month. Since
January we've spent $721,319.82 on payroll and $472,904.57
on expenditures for a total of $1,194,224.39. If you add in the
amount of the December 2005 payroll of $84,108.26, we've
spent a total of $805,428.08 on payroll and a total of
$1,278,332.65. We have received $15,763.35 in operating rev-
enues and $60,103.23 in hospital grant revenues for a total of
$75,866.58 in revenues. For information, your labor attorney,
Lucy Turner, has been asked to provide us information on the
possibility of getting a leasing/holding company to take over
the hospital employees which might possibly also solve the
problem of the June 30th deadline."
George Weems Memorial Hospital
Outstanding Payments Owed the Agency for Health Care Administration

PMATF Assessments $ 96,725
PMATF Fine as of 12/20/05 $ 91,910
Hospital Assessments $ 2,757
Hospital Assessment Fine as of 12/20/05 $ 26,260

Prior Year Report Late Filing Penalty $ 31,410
Plans and Construction $ 341
Totals $131.233 $118,170

MPI Pending Audit $189,009

Some discussion occurred on the feasibility of the Commis-
sion seeking $2 million loan to operate the hospital.
Apalachicola State Bank responded as recently as April 14,
2006, with a letter of support and inquiry, stating, in part:
"In order for our bank to consider a line of credit
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Phase I environmental study would be required
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property. Depending on the findings.in the Phase
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general revenue funds from taxation or accounts
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cautious and would want to review past receiv-
able history so that realistic future receivables
could be calculated. We would also require a back-
up repayment plan in the event receivables are
not forthcoming for any reason.
While we certainly want to work with the county,
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"Over the River
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Woods"
"Over the River and Through
the Woods' tells a story we all
have experienced, at one time
or another in our lives," said
Director Pam Vest in describ-
ing The Panhandle Players'
upcoming production at the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola,
May 4, 5, 6 at 8:00 p.m., and
May 7 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are
$10, and $5 for children 12
and under. The play's theme,
as voiced in the opening lines
and carried throughout, re-
volves around"... the three Ts'
of life: family, faith and food."
"With humor and pathos, the
play's author, Joe DiPietro
touchingly depicts the emo-
tional highs and lows of fam-
ily relationships, particularly
between generations, and es-
pecially when the young are
determined to move on with
their lives," said Vest, noting
that the play is "a dramatic
comedy that will keep the au-
dience laughing until they tear
up.
In the final rehearsal stages,
the upcoming production will
feature a cast of six: Joe
Shields, Carrabelle: Jeffllardi,
Eastpoint; Dolores Roux and
Barbara Siprell, Apalachicola;
and Megan Lamb and Dan
Wheeler, St. George Island.
Tackling everything from
props and makeup,.to sound
effects, costumes and the
stage curtain, the cast will be
supported by a backstage
crew of Carolyn Ilardi and Liz
Sisung, Eastpoint, and Bobbie
Edwards, Port St. Joe.
Tickets will be available at the
box office for general admis-
sion one half hour before each
performance. For ticket res-
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