xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx Thursday, July 14, 2011 50 WWW.APALACHTIMES.COM VOL. 126 ISSUE 11P hone: 850-653-8868 W eb: apalachtimes.com E -mail: email@example.com Fax: 850-653-8036 C irculation: 800-345-8688 Opinion ............ A4 Society News ........ A6 Church News ........ A7 Outdoors ........... A8 Sheriffs Report ...... A11 Classieds ...... A12-A13 DEADLINES FOR NEXT WEEK: School News & Society: 11 a.m. Friday Real Estate Ads: 11 a.m. Thursday Legal Ads: 11 a.m. Friday Classied Display Ads: 11 a.m. Friday Classied Line Ads: 5 p.m. Monday Contact Us Out to see Index Stupendous softball, A9 Tax base erosion slows,continues By David Adlerstein Times City Editor On Jan. 21 1945, as Walter J. Mallett strode the catwalk of the USS Ticonderoga aircraft carrier, he thought to himself how nice the weather was over the South China Sea, how you could see a y in the sky ve miles away and thus had little fear of a surprise air attack by the Japanese. Hours later he would be lying on the deck alongside a 500-pound bomb, choking on smoke as the ames neared while 20mm guns blazed away at the attacking aircraft overhead. Within days he was in a naval hospital in Guadalcanal, and within weeks, not long after he turned 22, he would be at Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands, recuperating in a wooden building with no air conditioning along the equator. Sixteen months after he was hit, his shoulder blown away, Mallett left the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville with a medical discharge and a Silver Star, and returned to Carrabelle to rebuild the old sh house that his widowed mother and four younger brothers had struggled with Honoring fallen heroes Carrabelle vet represents Navy at World War II Memorial By David Adlerstein Times City Editor Mayoral races in both Apala chicola and Carrabelle highlight the upcoming municipal elections, with qualifying for all ofces set to be held next week. A challenge to incumbent Wil burn Curley Messer has already emerged in the race to be Carra belle mayor for the next four years. Courtney Dempsey, Carrabelles city administrator, said Shawn Ox endine has led paperwork, as has Messer, in the mayors race. Also up for grabs are three city commissioner races, all non-parti san and at-large seats. The seats held by incumbents Frank Mathes and Jim Brown are both on the line, with the winner earning a seat on the commission for the next four years. Incumbent Charlotte Schneider, who was appointed to ll the unex pired term of a seat held by Rich ard Sands after he stepped down, is also up for reelection, with the win ner in that race earning election for the next two years. The countys Supervisor of Elec tions ofce said that as of Tuesday, Carrabelle had 894 registered vot ers. City Clerk Keisha Smith is re sponsible for candidate qualifying in the municipal elections, which begins at noon on Monday, July 18 and runs through noon on Friday, July 22. Qualifying, which requires Messer faces challenge for Carrabelle mayor Qualifying for municipal elections held all next week By David Adlerstein Times City Editor Franklin Countys tax base for the upcoming s cal year will continue the steady decline it has en dured since 2006, although the drop will be consider ably slower than the dou ble-digit drops of the past three years. Deputy Property Ap praiser Rhonda Skipper said her ofces certied preliminary property tax able values for the 2011 tax year would be $1.844 billion, a drop of about $170 mil lion, or 9.2 percent, over the $2.01 billion valuation this past year. The last time the coun tys tax base was this small was in 2003, when it stood at $1.62 billion. The expected drop, part of a steady decline since 2006 when the tax base was at around $4 billion, has slowed since the doubledigit declines in 2008. Last year, property values fell by nearly 27 percent county wide, the largest singleyear falloff in at least three decades. Skipper said the school district, whose tax base does not include the same extensive list of exemp tions as the county, will total about $1.901 billion, a decline in valuation of 8.5 percent below last years $2.07 billion. Apalachicola is likely to see the steepest drop in its tax base, a drop of 11.9 per cent, to $125.9 million, $17 million below last years valuation of $142.9 million. Still, this drop is less than the 18 percent drop the city endured in 2010. The city of Carrabelle is expected to see a drop its tax base from $138.6 million SU SA N E C K STEI N | Special to the TimesSee HEROES A10 See TAX BASE A12D U A N E L EMP K E | tribute4foundation.com Left Walter J. Mallett, left, stands with Admiral Michael Mullen at the National World War II Memorial ceremony. Above Walter J. Mallett, left, and his brother, Lester, at home in Florida. Below Robert Mallett, left, stands with his father Walter J. Mallett, during the wreath laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial ceremony. By David Adlerstein Times City Editor State Senator Bill Montford was the guest of honor July 6 when school district ofcials broke ground on a new multi purpose building that will serve as gym space for the elementary students. The 11,000-square-foot building will feature a gymnasium, but without the court lines painted on the oor, surrounded by classroom spaces, stor age rooms, bathrooms and a coachs ofce. The building, to be located behind the kindergarten, will have a similar exte rior look compared to the existing school buildings. The school board moved forward July 7 on deciding on a plan of ac tion to enhance the $1.74 million base bid. Aaron Boyette, an ex ecutive with the PSBI general contractor han dling the project, and David Vincent, with JRA Architects, outlined a se ries of alternatives that the school board could choose from, such as rub ber ooring and court striping to steel fencing and gates. The largest additional expense will be $87,000 for rubber ooring and striping, which Vincent said could be used for basketball and volleyball, would last 20 years and is completely recyclable. Wielding shovels to break ground on the Franklin County Schools new multi-purpose building, are, from left, School Board Members Carl Whaley and Teresa Ann Martin, Superintendent Nina Marks, State Senator Bill Montford, Principal George Oehlert, Finance Director Roy Carroll and Mike Malone, onsite representative for the school board. District breaks ground on new elementary building LOIS SWOBO D A | The TimesSee BUILDING A12 See MAYOR A12 Full moon lighthouse climb Friday The St. George Island Lighthouse will be open for a full moon climb on Friday, July 15 from approximately 8 to 9 p.m. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view. Cost is $15 for the public and $10 for members. Reservations recommended. For information, call 927-7744.Learn about islands visitors W ednesday On Wednesday July 20, at 2 p.m., come to a presentation about sea turtles, Franklin Countys oldest visitors, sponsored by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers at the reserve ofce, 1008 Island Drive, Eastpoint. For more information, call 670-7700 or visit www.SeaTurtlesAtRisk. org.Bingo on the island Every Tuesday evening until Labor Day, come and play Summer Bingo upstairs at the St. George Island re station, 324 E. Pine Ave. beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is 25 cents a card. Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club. Everyone is welcome.T ell me a story Fridays at the Franklin County Public Libraries in Eastpoint and Carrabelle, join the Summer Reading Program from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 511. For information, call 670-8151 or 697-2366.Y outh shing tournament July 23 On Saturday, July 23, kids age 16 and younger are invited to attend the seventh annual Youth Fishing Tournament, based at C-Quarters Marina, 501 U.S. 98, Carrabelle. Registration is required on-site at C-Quarters, beginning July 16. On Friday evening, prior to Saturday, July 23s shing day, all entrants must attend a shing clinic taught by the Dock Master Millard Collins, where they are instructed how to tie knots, tie on hooks, and overall safety while shing. Upon completion of the clinic, each child will receive a rod and reel, a Tshirt, hat and bait. For more information, call 697-8400 or visit www.c-quartersmarina.
Local A2 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 By Lois Swoboda Times Staff Writer On June 29, Mayor Van Johnson hosted a business breakfast to debut the plans for revamping Apalachico las downtown to apply for designation as a Florida Main Street Community. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 mandates that every State Historic Preservation Of ce provide technical assis tance to local governments, organizations and individu als. The Main Street Pro gram is one way to meet this requirement. Nearly a year ago, on Aug. 11, 2010, Apalachicola city commissioners unani mously voted to endorse a newly established non-prot corporation, Historic Apala chicola Inc., in its applica tion for the National Trust for Historic Preservations Main Street program. According to the Florida Main Street webpage, the program focuses on histor ic preservation and resto ration of business districts and seeks to prevent urban sprawl by maintaining a vital downtown shopping district. Jaime Atchison chairs the board of Historic Apala chicola, which is made up of business and property own ers as well as concerned citizens. Other board mem bers are Harry Arnold, Leon Bloodworth, George Coon, Joe Taylor, George and Pam Mahr, Shir ley Pace, Jim Bachrach, Lynn Wilson-Spohrer and Frank Cook. The founding board of Historic Apalachicola, cre ated April 6, 2010, has com mitted that no membership fee will be charged and, while the program will focus on a specic area, the entire community will benet. At the March 2011 board meet ing, Bachrach, Taylor and Daphne Davis were invited to join the board. This years deadline to le for Main Street status is July 29 and Taylor said Apalachicolas application is nearly complete. Applica tions are evaluated by an ad hoc advisory commit tee formed by the Florida Secretary of State, which selects local programs for participation in Main Street. In a public meeting, the ad visory committee reviews and ranks applications. Taylor said Apalachic olas committee will go be fore to the Main Street se lection committee August 25. Paulette Moss will begin work Aug. 1 as a part-time, paid program manager for Main Street, Taylor said. Historic Apalachicola, Inc. has formed ve com mittees to help win the Main Street designation. Each committee made a brief presentation of its pro posed scope of work to the June 29 breakfast. The organization com mittee, chaired by Atchi son, has written a mission statement and is estab lishing a legal and nancial accounting structure for the program. The promotions commit tee, co-chaired by Taylor and Amanda Kollar, has created a website with a cal endar of special events and information about Apala chicola and its history. The newly introduced Second Saturdays promotion, the brainchild of this commit tee, encourages downtown businesses to stay open late that Saturday, and features wine tasting, music and golf cart tours. The committee will also support the pro posed Apalachicola School of Art and plans to help the city host events at River front Park and the Apala chicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts, for merly known as the Cotton Exchange. The center is administered as an arm of the city, under a separately empowered committee. Taylor said Apalachico las Main Street effort plans to target the Tallahassee market through a joint campaign with Tallahassee Magazine. The economic restruc turing committee, headed by Anna Marie Cannatella, will inventory downtown buildings, deter mine if they are occupied and analyze market data by type of business. The work plan for the committee also includes creating support programs to encourage business development in cluding nancial incentives and scheduling educational seminars. The design committee, chaired by Bachrach and Shirley Pace, spearheads downtown cleaning and re pairs and offers peer assis tance for business owners. They also plan to assist in maintaining downtown pub lic restrooms, to be built by the city with funding from a Community Development Block Grant. The committee plans a photo inventory of down town buildings. Their work plan said committee mem bers will visit existing Main Street communities of simi lar size to become familiar with other projects. Taylor said there will be future workshops to allow the community to discuss Main Street and downtown improvements. City Administrator Betty Taylor Webb told the breakfast that about $5 mil lion in improvements to downtown, funded by state grants, are in the works, including new sidewalks and relocation of wires un derground. The work will be funded through state grants. She reminded the au dience of the planned im provements at the former Holy Family School, which will soon house a commu nity center, and to Scipio Creek Marina, and invited everyone to view plans for the projects at the city of ce. After the presentation by Historic Apalachicola com mittees, Johnson said the Main Street project could become an economic en gine to revitalize Apalachic olas economy. As part of an open forum to discuss problems in the business district, several property owners expressed concern over trash at curb side and in the alleys creat ing an eyesore. Tom Daly asked about the possibility of changes to the downtown parking pattern, and negotiations to stop Progress Energy from installing large power transmission poles in the historic district. Johnson said he was happy to have input about problems with the down town area. I cant x prob lems if I dont know they ex ist, he said. Main Street requires downtown manager The proposed Main Street program does not come without a price tag. Main Street cities, with a population of less than 5,000, hire a paid part-time downtown manager who is the coordinator or facilita tor for downtown revital ization. He or she works with the Main Street Board and with other public and private sector leaders to implement the Main Street program, reads the web site, The community is responsible for raising the funding necessary to staff and administer the local program. Programs seeking des ignation must demonstrate they have, at minimum, dedicated public and pri vate funding and in-kind resources for a one-year operating budget, and pref erably a three-year commit ment. Funds cover the cost of the program managers salary and fringe benets, rent and general ofce ex penses, travel for participa tion in Florida Main Street quarterly meetings and annual conference, profes sional development and activities and programs conducted by local program committees. In return, cities with a Main Street designation receive $30,000 to $40,000 in technical advice over a three year period, said Flor ida Main Street Program Coordinator Joan Jefferson in a telephone interview. Main Street cities receive four free consultations with Main Street certied con sultants, a one-time threeday visit from four profes sionals and a chance to apply for a one-time $10,000 grant. Additional consulta tion is available for a fee. Program managers at tend a two to three day multi-track conference focused on preservation and revitalization issues annually. Each year, there are also four two day quar terly meetings that rotate between Main Street com munities where managers attend workshops. In a later interview, Tay lor said the organization of Historic Apalachicola, Inc. has been a seven year proj ect for him. We are apply ing for the designation, but it doesnt matter, he said. If we dont get it we will continue with the improve ments. NEW LOW PRICE! ST. G EORGE I SL A N D P L A N TAT ION One acre interior lot across the street from SGI airport next to buffer property for more privacy. State owned land across the street on the bay, right on beach access! 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Local The Times | A3 Thursday, July 14, 2011 News BRIEFS Please help save a cat The Humane Society is experiencing a huge increase in owner surrendered and stray cats and kittens. There is no way to house and care for the numbers being left in the drop-off pen and left in boxes on the front door step. They are asking this community to consider adopting one or two of these beautiful animals. They have Siamese, Calicos, Russian Blues, short hair, long hair, medium hair of every color. The cost of adoption is usually $90 but until these cats and kittens are adopted, the cost is only $45 for one and $75 for two. All are feline leukemia negative, spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. The Humane Society needs your help. Please rescue a cat if you can. Carrabelle Commission to meet at 6 p.m. Beginning on August 4, the Carrabelle commission will meet at 6 p.m. on the rst Thursday of every month. The meeting time had been changed to 7 p.m. in hopes of encouraging more community participation. Commissioner Jim Brown said the later time did not have the desired effect and at the July 7 meeting he moved to begin meeting at 6 p.m. The motion passed, with Cal Allen opposed. S acred Heart to offer Life Transition Planning Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will host a free seminar on Life Transition Planning on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the hospitals conference room. This topic is sponsored by the hospitals SeniorSpirit program. Led by Jeff Ryan, chaplain, and Ruthie Rhodes, nurse educator, the seminar will highlight living wills, advance directives, and other documents used to give advance directions about medical treatment. Advance directives are legal documents that protect a patients right to accept or refuse medical care if they should ever become incapacitated or unable to communicate their wishes due to injury or illness. Advance directives enable patients to make their feelings known in writing about complex issues such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation for patients at the end of life, intravenous therapy for patients who can no longer eat or drink, Do Not Resuscitate orders, organ donation, and feeding tubes and respirators. The directives also can outline a patients feelings about when they would want these treatments used or discontinued if they were in a coma, terminally ill, or had permanent brain damage. Sacred Heart Hospital encourages all adults to consider a living will or legal documents that name a person to make health care decisions for them if they become unable to do so. For more information, visit online at www. sacredheartonthegulf.org, nd us on Facebook or call (850) 229-5600. Recommendation for Chuck Tear At their July 5 meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to provide Chuck Tear with a letter of recommendation for his work during the BP oil spill. Working for Calvin, Giordano and Associates, an engineering rm, Tear coordinated the countys response to the BP oil spill last summer. Fishermans Wife to serve wine and beer On July 7, the Carrabelle commission unanimously approved a request for a liquor license made by Pam Lycette. Lycette requested the license for her restaurant, the Fishermans Wife, recently relocated from the waterfront to 201 NW 8th St. in Carrabelle. AH S Class of 76 seeks missing classmates The Apalachicola Class of 1976 is planning its 35th class reunion, and in preparing for this by obtaining names and addresses, eight graduates cannot be located The following are the names of these missing classmates: Jeffery Byrd, Darlene Churchill, Carol Edwards, Karen Fleeman, Cynthia Passalacqua, Kevin Randall, Anthony Sanders and Jimmy Themis. If anyone has any information on these people please email to Cindy Rowell at crowell58@ bellsouth.net or to Rachel Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, there are several former classmates that organizers would like to include in the reunion. Listed below are the names: Ricky Abercrombie, Ellen Booth, Violet Buzier, Ruby Cambell, Pam Collins, Mary Estes, Christina Hines, Mike Howard, Jerry Huckeba, Sharon Jenkins, Connie Kaczmarek, Billy Glass, Bill Lunsford, George Needer, Donna Orr, Cheryl Richards, Stan Siprell, Willie Smith, Gloria Spatch, Joe Thompson, Vashtyre Thomas, Donna Watkins, Rita Wilkerson and Fred Thompson. Any information on these classmates, please email to Rowell or Ward as well. F ull Moon Climb at Cape S t. George Lighthouse The July Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will take place on Friday, July 15, The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will include light hors doeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. This month the sun will set at 8:42 p.m. and the moon will rise at 9 p.m. on the evening of the Full Moon Climb. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon. Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for SGLA members. Space is limited, reservations are recommended. For reservations contact the St. George Island Visitor Center at 927-7744 or toll free at 888-927-7744. Mobile home exemption granted in Carrabelle At their July 7 meeting, Carrabelle commissioners granted Brenda Briscoe an exemption to place a mobile home in a commercially zoned parcel, 209 NW 3rd St., with Cal Allen opposed. The new trailer will replace an older one currently occupied by Briscoes mother and father-in-law. City Clerk Keisha Smith said the change did not require approval from the planning and zoning board.
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Circulation: 1-800-345-8688 Formerly The Apalachicola Times Lately I have been in a vacation state of mind serving as a tour guide for someone who had never seen the area. It has been absolutely fantastic. Locals know we live in the center of the universe, but experiencing it through the eyes and taste buds of a newcomer reminds me those light bulb moments in a classroom Where to begin? We started in Eastpoint at Captain Snooks with a dozen raw oysters and broiled blue crab claws. Then it was on to St. George Island State Park. We drove to the last parking pavilion because we wanted the maximum long, undeveloped beach experience. Others obviously had the same idea because there were a good number of folks out on the sand. We probably would have done better to pull off the road onto one of several small parking areas and take the wooden crosswalk down to the shore. The waves were just gently rolling no big breakers. The water temperature was a little cool, and the Gulf was about as clear as it gets around here. Later we went to the Blue Parrot for a pina colada. I drink one of those about once every ve years, but it suited the mood and the ambiance. We sat under the palm frond thatched roof, watched the people and the waves, and enjoyed the breeze. Eating oysters became a focal point. At Up the Creek we also tried conch patties topped with a mango coconut slaw avored with key lime juice and tupelo honey. A cup of crab and lobster bisque rounded out the meal. We sat on the outside deck, chatted up the staff, and watched the boats go by. We ate oysters at Toucans after a necessary, real-world trip to Panama City. We sat on the upstairs covered porch and savored a shrimp and crab au gratin along with some sweet and spicy shrimp. We decided to swing into Indian Pass and enjoyed a quiet swim there until the cannonballs started showing up. We both got zapped and then starting looking around. They were everywhere. A continuous line stretched out for quite a ways. That was disappointing. I thought I remembered those guys appearing later in the summer. Since we were there, we couldnt pass up Indian Pass Raw Bar. I had never been, and I was expecting a quiet, kind of laidback experience. My senses got a jolt the minute we walked in the door. The place was buzzin with sunburned families savoring simple food in an authentic setting. I only recognized one person, and that was T.J. Ward from 13-Mile Seafood behind the bar shucking oysters. The staff moved in a frenzied dance of maximum, efcient food production. The place looked full of happy tourists. We sat on stools to enjoy our bakers dozen, and I struck up a conversation with the lady next to me. She and her husband were from Marietta. She said they came often to stay at Cape San Blas. I enjoyed listening to her enthusiasm. It is truly wonderful when people just get it about our spot of paradise. Speaking of the Cape, we took a drive down to the park entrance, but it wasnt really possible to see much of the water. The bay side was visible in spots, but the houses blocked any broad gulf view from the car. We did a little cooking. One night there was broiled shrimp and a spinach salad that included dried cranberries, toasted almonds, kiwi, feta cheese and poppy seed dressing. New recipe for me. We sliced up some homegrown tomatoes and doused them with vinegar and freshly ground black pepper. Another night I made crab cakes, and we paired them with fresh cucumbers and thinly sliced onion marinated in a boiled dressing of vinegar, sugar, water and cayenne. We sprinkled fresh dill on the top. In the down time, I have been reading The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher. Her descriptions and anecdotes of deriving maximum pleasure from traveling and dining experiences inspired this reection. The good news is that my guest and I only touched on a bit of what is possible. There are all the restaurants we missed this time still waiting, along with the shops, the galleries, the night life, and the outdoor possibilities of going up the river or offshore. Im glad Im on vacation, but it is more than time off. Its a state of mind, and we only have to adopt the wide-eyed spirit of a tourist to feel renewed and appreciative Denise Roux is a regular columnist for the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times. To reach her, email her at email@example.com RED WHITE AND ROUX Denise Roux By Marcia Johnson Special to the Times Q. I read an article recently about a county commissioner in Hernando County who was proposing the merger of the ofces of the Clerk of the Court, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector into one entity, which would eliminate the four constitutional ofces now in place. What are your thoughts on this? A. I read too that a proposal was put forth to a recently-formed consolidation committee in Hernando County. Apparently, a committee was formed to look at possible areas among that countys departments where duplicate services exist with the thought that elimination of redundant services among county entities could save taxpayers money. A county commissioner in Hernando County went a little further and said there exists too much duplication of services in Hernandos four constitutional ofces, and he wanted the people there to vote on the idea during the 2012 presidential primary election. The proposal isnt going anywhere at this time. I personally dont think this commissioner could have any real knowledge of the duties and services offered by the Clerk of the Court, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, or the Tax Collector, or such a proposal wouldnt have been made. In Franklin County, these ofces certainly dont duplicate services. I dont believe our county departments duplicate services either. Each constitutional ofce has specic, required duties set by law. Of course, there are areas where one ofce has to perform a duty that another ofce must rely on in order to complete other tasks related to the subject matter. For example, the Tax Collector follows his lawful procedures when taxes arent paid timely with the sale of tax certicates, while the Clerk later handles the tax deed sales. This isnt a duplication of service, but rather is a related service. I dont know how any county commissioner could say what services the constitutional ofcers provide in full because I work directly with these other three constitutional ofcers, and I couldnt truthfully say I know more than the basics of the duties and services they provide. We each concentrate on our own ofces. To say that elimination of these four constitutional ofces and the merger into one ofce would save taxpayer money doesnt make sense to me. I cant imagine any one person being responsible for the operation of all four ofces. I believe it would create inefciencies and diminish the checks and balances now in place with the separation of duties. It would certainly give one single person too much authority. Our ofces were created by the Florida Constitution, we are responsible to the voters, and we provide completely separate services to the public. Our budgets are presented for approval; my employees stay extremely busy, and Ive always been honest and forthcoming when questioned. I wouldnt think any county commissioner in Franklin County would ever suggest a proposal like this one proposed in Hernando County.. If you have questions or comments about this column, please forward them to Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market Street, Ste. 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320, or by email to mmjohnson@ franklinclerk.com. Visit the Clerks website at www.franklinclerk.com. YOUR PUBLIC TRUSTEE Marcia Johnson By David Hinton Special to the Times The Franklin County School Board emphasized the wrong budget reduction items at the June 23 board meeting. Unfunded extracurricular activities seemed to be more important than the funded curriculum. And so, while the board remains a sound functioning body, well trained by the Master Board program and illustrated by numerous unanimous decisions, I was forced to vote against a majority of my colleagues when it came to possible budget reduction strategies for the next school year. Last November I asked the superintendent to form a budget reduction committee which would make recommendations to the board. The committee met several times and formulated several suggestions, with some, but not all, presented to the board for approval at the June 23 special meeting. I was disappointed that all were not presented and recommended. One item discussed early on was transportation costs, where it was shown our transportation costs were approximately $700,000 per year, with the state only providing about $350,000 in funding. The difference is paid out of the general fund. This meant that we were greatly exceeding costs in the area of transportation that the state expects of us. The committee decided that cuts in that area were mandatory, and recommended all unfunded use of buses should be eliminated. This included things such as eld trips, the voluntary pre-Kindergarten bus and the after-school activity bus. The committee recognized that since approximately 80 percent of the general fund budget is due to personnel costs, this area had to be a major part of the reduction. Since the board had worked diligently the past several years to maximize salaries, it was decided to minimize salary cuts. It was shown that a change in teacher strategies and changing from a seven-period to a six-period day could reduce stafng, and result in a a major cost reduction. The loss of personnel would be covered by attrition, resulting in no layoffs. The downside of this would be a 17 percent reduction in course options available in the curriculum. Other areas of personnel cost reductions included elimination or reduction in step increase, travel, professional development, dental coverage, unpaid furloughs, supplements and medical benets. Another area we discussed was the reduction in extracurricular activities, since in most cases these were funded indirectly from the general fund. It was suggested that the number of athletic games should be reduced. Playing games during daylight hours and reducing the distance traveled for away games were also recommended. At the June 23 meeting most of the recommended cuts that had a direct inuence on personnel and the curriculum were presented to the board and were approved. However, none of the extracurricular cuts were recommended or approved by the board. This I felt was wrong. By the reduction of income and benets of our employees, they would be paying for those unfunded extracurricular costs. An area of major concern to me was the activity bus, an unfunded extra that no other district provides that I am aware. If the activity bus is deemed important by the users, they should pay for the expenses, the same as is done by those using buses for curricular activities such as eld trips. I was told by one individual that if the activity bus was omitted, we would lose athletes to Port St. Joe. I didnt know Port St. Joe was providing an activity bus to Franklin County. Bottom line, all unfunded costs should be eliminated or reduced. Otherwise, the school district employees will pay for them from their salaries. Seventeen percent of the curriculum was cut; it is only reasonable to cut a portion of the extracurricular activities. David Hinton is a member of the Franklin County School Board. DA VID HINTON Merging county ofces makes little sense Unfunded education costs can be reduced Spiritual renewal through a tourist state of mind U.S. Senator Bill Nelson US Court House Annex 111 North Adams St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: 850-942-8415 Fax: 850-942-8450 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio 1650 Prudential Drive Suite 220 Jacksonville, FL 32207 Phone: 904-398-8586 Congressman Steve Southerland Panama City ofce 840 W. 11th St., Suite 2250 Panama City, FL 32401 Phone: 850-785-0812 Fax: 850-763-3764 State Senator Bill Montford 208 Senate Ofce Building 404 South Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 Phone: 850-487-5004 E mail: montford.bill.web@ senate.gov State Representative Leonard L. Bembry District Ofce 304 NW Crane Ave. Building 36 Madison, FL 32340-1423 Phone: 850-973-5630 E mail: Leonard.Bembry@ myoridahouse.gov State Representative Jimmy Patronis Suite A 455 Harrison Ave. Panama City, FL 32401-2775 Phone: 850-914-6300 E mail: Jimmy.Patronis@ myoridahouse.gov REACHING YOUR FLORIDA LEGISLA TORS
Local The Times | A5 Thursday, July 14, 2011 Project Impact and the Apalachicola Municipal Library are again working on the Summer Reading Program. Children are getting books read to them on-site at the City Complex and the ABC School. This is the third year the library has sponsored this program and the second that the program goes to the kids at these federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center sites. I was delighted when Faye Johnson, Project Impacts director, told me they were going to produce a musical adaptation of Crossing Jordan, by Tallahassee author Adrian Fogelin. This book was recently donated to the library and is in the Junior Fiction section. Many people in town are reading it in preparation for the show; I read it over the weekend. The award-winning childrens novel, a sensitive portrayal of racial conict in a Tallahassee neighborhood, is being produced as a musical play that will premiere to the general public on Friday, July 22, in the historic Chapman Auditorium in Apalachicola. I was inspired to write this book when the 9-year-old girl next door told me her family was moving away because there were getting to be too many black people in the neighborhood, the author said. Fogelin adapted the book for Project Impact students and will direct the stage production along with her theatrical collaborator, Tallahassee educator Kary Kublin, with assistance from Liz Sisung of the Franklin County Take-two Players and musician Mario Pugh. The performance features Fogelin as herself, with songs by Craig Reeder and Kublin, and Franklin County students portraying the major dramatic and musical roles. The plot is classic in the sense that it covers the unfortunately ongoing difculty of some people of different races to live harmoniously in the same world. Fogelin brings to life some of those issues and sees them resolved through the conscientious and brave behavior of two young girls. While a fence divides their worlds, as neighbors in the beginning, their mutual love of running bonds them, and eventually their families as well. As a librarian, I am especially touched by the fact they read Charlotte Brontes 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, aloud to each other through a knothole in the fence. They share magazines that one mom has brought home, something people do with the donated magazines here at the library. My other favorite in the book is the concept chocolate milk, the term the two girls create for their team of two. I understand that Crossing Jordan is on the Just Read, Florida! 2011 Summer Recommended Reading List for fourthand fth-graders. The Just Read list is extensive, and the library over time will look at picking up more of these books if we dont have them already. Crossing Jordan has a very special message, and the play brings it to life in the faces of our students, Johnson said. The musical score couldnt be beat on Broadway! We are thrilled to be a part of presenting this for the very rst time and know that the audience will have a wonderfully inspiring and entertaining experience. One of the things older kids nd when they come to this library, if they have not been here in a while, is a huge collection of contemporary Junior and Young Adult Fiction, an outstanding collection thanks to the donations in recent years by Carrie Kienzle. The sad thing is that many of these books have yet to be checked out for the rst time. I know I used to ght against being told to read in the summer, but when I sat down and got into the story, I was transported to new worlds and far-off places. The Summer Reading Program theme this year is One World, Many Stories. Cass and Jemmie, in Crossing Jordan, manage to make their two different stories into one. A great read. The rst performance of Crossing Jordan, the Play will be on Thursday, July 21, at 3 p.m. at the City Municipal Complex. The world premiere will be performed on Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium, 155 Ave. E, Apalachicola. Admission is free. For more information, call 850-370-0145 or check it out online at www. crossingjordanonstage. wordpress.com. Caty Greene is librarian for the Apalachicola Municipal Library. To reach her, call 653-8436. BILL MILLER REALTY 850-697-3751 (3310) 570-0658 $29,500 $2,500 DOWN BU Y S 2 B ED AP T 2 6 C ITY LO T W/ W ATER S E W ER R E N T $200.00 M ON T H 3BDR 2BA 3 CO R N ER L O T S O N LY $69,500 $500 DOWN C HO I C E OF 3 CITY LO T S $180.00/ M ON T H O R $17,500/ EA CH C O MM BLDG AT U S .98 2 CR N R L O T S -1,400 S/F $92,500 MI H 2 CR N R L O T S BLK. $ ST O RE $69,500 1 BR AP T ., F U R N. $29,500 2 BR AP T ., 3 RD ROW $34,500 The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners through the Franklin County S.H.I.P. Program will be accepting applications starting on July 11, 2011 for the Down Payment Assistance, Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Emergency Repair programs. The deadline for submitting applications will be August 1, 2011. For more information please call Lori Switzer at 653-8199 or come by the ofce at 192-14th Street, Apalachicola Assistance for this program is based on funding ability. Project Impact to premiere Crossing Jordan musical RON COPELAND | Project Impact Working via an Internet hookup with author Adrian Fogelin, pictured on the monitor, are, from left, Ethan Moses, Jamarie Jones, Kaylin Weiler, Grace Weiler, Beyla Walker, who portrays Jemmie, and Kasey Howard, who appears as Cass in Crossing Jordan. Below The novel Crossing Jordan can be found in the Junior Fiction section of the Apalachicola library. @ THE LIBRAR Y Caty Greene
A6 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 Left handsomely crafted signs have been placed at the city limits on U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 67 to greet visitors. Below trees, shrubbery and owers are being installed in the downtown shopping area to brighten Carrabelles streets. Photos by LOIS SWOBODA The Times By Lois Swoboda Times Staff Writer Downtown Carrabelle is getting a makeover, and the changes are easy on the eyes. New signs at the city limits and the installation of trees, shrubbery and owering perennials are just some of the improve ments that will enhance Carrabelles business dis trict and encourage travel ers to take a second look and spend some time in the bustling harbor town. At the July 7 meeting of the Carrabelle City Com mission, Mayor Curley Messer said he was de lighted with Carrabelles facelift. On Friday, work began on a landscaping makeover for the business district, just in time to greet par ticipants in the Dixie Youth State Softball Tournament at Carrabelles Kendrick Park over the weekend. Its my project, and Im very proud of it, Messer said. City Clerk Keisha Smith said Messer had long had an interest in beautica tion, and when funds be came available, Messer took charge. A cluster of six royal palms was installed at the foot of Tilly Miller Bridge. Palms have also been added along U.S. Highway 98 aligned with an exist ing planting in front of the Moorings, and three were installed in front of the Car rabelle Marina. Landscapers from Adam Fielder and Associates, of Tallahassee, also installed an irrigation system for the new landscape and orna mental grasses and crape myrtles along U.S. 98. City Administrator Courtney Millender said the new landscaping cost around $140,000. City At torney Dan Hartman said the improvements were paid for with tax increment nancing (TIF) for a Com munity Redevelopment Area (CRA) established in 1992 that extended from the foot of Tilly Miller Bridge to Marine Street. Tax increment nancing is a long-established tool used for redevelopment and community improve ment projects throughout the U.S. A CRA is created by the adoption of a plan for rede velopment and a TIF plan. The assessed value of the property within the CRA is determined according to the last tax roll and repre sents the original (preredevelopment) assessed value of the district. The taxable property value between the base year and year two is called the increment. Over time, up to 95 per cent of the tax increment is collected annually for the CRA to defray the cost of planned improvements. Since all the money used in nancing CRA activities is locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. Hartman said the city is in the process of reworking its CRA. In the near future, Tal lahassee Street (County Road 67) will be seeing some changes, too. On July 22, the city commission will open bids for improve ments that include a public parking area next to the re station, and the addi tion of palms and landscape plants that will coordinate with what was just installed on U.S. 98. Those improvements will be paid for by a state Community Development Block Grant. Carrabelle has a new slo gan, too: Get Hooked! The phrase is displayed with a giant shhook as the logo on signs positioned to greet travelers at the city limits on U.S. 98 and County 67. The signs were created by Bob Sauls Signs of Talla hassee. Smith said the signs and logo were invented by a beautication committee and paid for with funding from the countys Tourist Development Council. City Commissioner Charlotte Schnieder said in an interview last week that in the near future, a work shop will be held at the Car rabelle library to report on exactly what is going on in Carrabelle with grants and promotions. This is work ing in coordination with the Tourist Development Council campaign, and to me, its all coming together. Tamara Allen was phenom enal in getting grants for the new signs. Our hits on the chamber website have improved so much with the advertising the city paid for. Businesses in Carrabelle are good, and weve got people in them. PET OF THE WEEK Franklin County Humane Society Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting Appointments Call Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease Specialist Rob Garver, MD Now Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL I N -NETWORK PROV I DER 218 Hwy 71, Wewahitchka 850.639.2252 302 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe 850.227.7099 117 Hwy 98, Apalachicola 850.653.8825 Society | Local Zariah Harvey turns 4 Zariah Elise Harvey celebrated her fourth birthday on Sunday, July 10, 2011. She is the daughter of LeAndra Critton, of Apalachicola, and Alex Harvey, of Tallahassee; and Robert Edwards, of Augusta, Ga. Maternal grandparents are Annette Critton and the late Lewis Critton, of Apalachicola. Maternal greatgrandparents are the late Allen and Dorothy Davis, of Apalachicola. Paternal grandmother is Ernestine Holmes, of Tallahassee. Zariah celebrated her fourth birthday along with her brother Micah, who turned 3. Micah Edwards turns 3 Micah Jelani Edwards celebrated his third birthday on Saturday, July 9, 2011. He is the son of LeAndra Critton, of Apalachicola, and Robert Edwards, of Augusta, Ga. Maternal grandparents are Annette Critton and the late Lewis Critton, of Apalachicola. Paternal grandparents are Moezelle and Johnny Barnes, of Woodville. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Allen and Dorothy Davis, of Apalachicola. Paternal great-grandparents are the late Pearl and Moses Harvey, of Wakulla County. Micah celebrated his third birthday along with his sister, Zariah, who turned 4. Thomas and Clara Bell Sapp to mark golden anniversary Thomas and Clara Bell Sapp will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. at the Living Waters Fellowship Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Sapp were married on June 1, 1961, in Apalachicola by the Rev. O.B. Harris at the First Assembly of God Church. They have three daughters, Sybil (Jim) Kemper, of Apalachicola, Kathy (Chris) Jones, of Eastpoint, and Loretta (Timmy) Davis, of Eastpoint; and six grandchildren, Wesley and Mallorie Jones, Lindsey and Heather Kemper, and Brandon and Hunter Davis, all of Apalachicola. When we asked what kept them together these past 50 years, our Mother said Love. The daughters would like to invite all friends and family to help celebrate this wonderful occasion. It is a blessing to have wonderful parents who love each other so much. Hope you to see you there. Anniversary Birthdays Carrabelle spruces up to hook tourist dollars
The United Methodist Churches of Franklin County Welcome You First United Methodist Church of Apalachicola Worship Service 11:00 a.m. every Sunday Sunday School 10:00 a.m. 75 5 th St. Apalachicola 653-9530 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor: Rev. Themo Patriotis Carrabelle United Methodist Church Worship Services 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Mondays 7-9 p.m. 102 NE Ave. B Carrabelle 697-3672 Pastor: Julie Stephens Eastpoint United Methodist Church Worship Service 10:00 a.m. every Sunday Healing service every fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. 317 Patton Dr. (corner of David St.) 670-8825 Pastor: Rev. Beth White St. George Island United Methodist Church 9:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Hour 201 E. Gulf Beach Dr. 9274635 www.sgiumc.org Pastor: Rev. Themo Patriotis First Pentecostal Holiness Church 379 Brownsville Road Apalachicola Were excited about what Gods doing!!! Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 am Sunday Evening Service 6:00 pm Monday, Youth Group 6:30 pm Wednesday, Royal Rangers, G.A.P. 7:00 pm Wednesday Worship & Word 7:30 pm Nursery Provided during regular church services 7:00 7:00 First Baptist Church St. George Island 501 E. Bayshore Drive 927-2257 R. Michael Waley, Pastor Join us as we praise and worship the living Christ. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. Psalm 145:3 Sunday Bible Study ................................................ 10:00am Worship Praise ........................................................ 11:00am Sunday Night ............................................................ 7:00pm Wednesday Power Hour ...................................... 7:00pm Wednesday Youth at S.P.L.A.S.H ....................... 7:00pm Walking in Christ WELCOMES YOU Church of the Ascension 101 NE First Street Carrabelle SUNDAY 10:00 AM WELCOMES YOU Church THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (850) 274-4490 WELCOMES YOU Trinity Trinity Episcopal Church est. 1836 Welcomes You Hwy. 98 & 6th St. Apalachicola 850-653-9550 Sunday Worship Services 8 & 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays Healing Service 11 a.m. Centering Prayer 4 p.m. Faith The Times | A7 Thursday, July 14, 2011 William Wil lie Creamer, 88, of Eastpoint, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 at his home. Willie was born in Southport and moved to Franklin County in 1953. He worked as a com mercial sherman for 70 years. Willie enjoyed fam ily outings. He was a mem ber of Eastpoint Church of God. Survivors include sons, Earl Creamer (Patty), of Apalachicola, Chester Creamer (Sonja), Dennis Creamer (Kathy), and Ed die Creamer (Becky), all of Eastpoint; daughters, Linda Crosby (the late Bing) and Bonnie Varnes (Dennis), of Eastpoint, and Angela Creamer, of East point; brother, Burdette Creamer, of South port; sister, Eloise Johns, of South port; 11 grandchil dren; and 16 greatgrandchildren. He was pre deceased by his wife, Ethel Marie Creamer, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 10 at Eastpoint Church of God, with Rev. Scotty Lolley ofciating. Interment will follow at Eastpoint Cemetery. The family received friends on Saturday evening, July 9 at Eastpoint Church of God. Expressions of sympa thy may be viewed or sub mitted at www.kentforest lawn.com. Arrangements by Kent Forest Lawn, Panama City. William Willie Creamer WILLIAM CREAMER Obituary The Census Bureaus Current Population Survey reported that about 50 percent of married persons who are 25 to 35 years old would end their rst marriage in divorce. The Childrens Defense Fund reports that one in three American children is born to unmarried parents. Therefore, dysfunction has become the new function. People do not usually plan to bring a child into a broken relationship but it takes two to make it work and when all efforts have failed, they bury the relationship. More than ever before, responsibility has taken the backseat to self-indulgence while some parents seek their own consolation. The hurt that the child is coping with becomes insignicant as they abandon their sense of obligation to them. As a product of a split home, my heart goes out to the children who are affected. I remember the feelings of uncertainty I felt as a child. My mother did her best to give me comfort but all familiarity was gone. All of our children were also a product of divorce and my heart goes out to the parent who tried everything to make it work only for their relationship to end in failure. Of course, we should have listened to mom and paid special attention to her values and morals while listening to the inner voice, but we thought we could change them. In life after marriage, treating each date as an interview is advisable because that person has the potential to be your childs stepparent. My father, Jim Cooper, came into my life when I was eight years old. He entered into the marriage as my father, not as just my mothers husband. I attended all of their dates and I was even included in the honeymoon where we visited Niagara Falls. At the time, I had no appreciation of his passions, geography, history and useless facts, which he shared in great detail with me as a child. He gave me responsibility beyond my years and with that, I raised my expectations to meet his. As the disciplinarian, he was rmly set in his decisions, and although he never spanked me, I would beg him to just to shorten my sentence. When I was 13, I entered rebellion and saw every decision as a plot for my demise because I was the stepchild, although he never addressed me in that way. Every answer to my why? was because I said so. I always said I would never say those words to my child and I would always explain my decisions to them. In doing so, I realized that in their limited view of things they would argue with reason and still did not agree with my decision. Finally, in exasperation I would say, Because I said so. How did he obtain such wisdom? I thank God that my mother did not choose a man for herself only, but also had my best interest in mind. The obstacles of blended families are unlimited. Combined debts, adversity from ex-spouses and/or family members, lack of cooperation from the child or stepparent, and combined principles strain the relationship affecting everyone associated. Studies show divorce is associated with juvenile emotional disorders, crime, suicide, promiscuity and later marital break-up. Choosing someone who will collaborate with you in raising your child will give them a better chance at overcoming these problems, even if the child is deant. In my experience as a stepparent, I realized having a supportive cast plays a huge role in how the children accept you. Anyone that plays a role in raising a child has to have a certain level of empowerment or they will feel like a stranger (or victim) in their own home. If authority is undermined, the child will manipulate and use that knowledge to their advantage. Therefore, if there is a disagreement, discussions are best kept in private. Kids have no place in adult conversations. Hats off to the many families that have overcome great obstacles in an effort to make their blended family as normal as possible, giving their children a peaceful and stable environment. We welcome all suggestions and hope you enjoy this weekly article. Please send all emails to Scott Shiver at email@example.com. Obstacles to blended families can be overcome PAMELA SHIVER Youth Matters Covenant Word to share Eastpoint outreach July 21 The Filling Station, the outreach ministry of Covenant Word church in Apalachicola, will reach out to the Eastpoint community on Thursday, July 21 to ll spirits, souls and bodies. Please come out and join us, next to the Big Top Supermarket at 375 U.S. 98, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a hot, tasty dinner of baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and bread, fellowship and prayer. All are welcome and everything is free. The outreach will also be giving away clothing and shoes. Jehovahs Witnesses to host convention in Gainesville Jehovahs Witnesses are inviting all in the area to attend a program focusing on a government that millions, perhaps billions, pray for. Gods Kingdom government, requested in the worldfamous model prayer taught by Jesus Christ, will be the focus of the 2011 Let Gods Kingdom Come! district convention at the Stephen C. OConnell Center, in Gainesville. The three-day event begins Friday, July 29 at 9:20 a.m. The daily themes are based on passages of Scripture including Matthew 4:17, Matthew 6:33, and 2 Peter 1:11. Strengthening ones faith in the reality of that Kingdom will be the focus of the program. There is no admission fee; conventions of Jehovahs Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations. Starting this weekend, and continuing for the next three weeks, Jehovahs Witnesses will put forth extra effort to extend a personal invitation to everyone from the area to attend the convention with them. Locally, the congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses in Apalachicola will be supporting the activity of distributing printed invitations to the convention. An estimated 6,500 will come to Gainesville for the Biblebased programs. Faith BRIEFS My mother, Estelle Martin, passed away on June 27, 2011. My thanks go out to Kelley Funeral Home for the lovely services and encouraging words. David and Chala are the best! I would like to thank Jim, Cindy and BJ Tomlin for their love and support during this difcult time. Also, I would like to thank the employees of Weems Memorial Hospital, for the owers and condolences. I will truly miss my mother. Glenda Wilson Card of Thanks If you have something to say about the way I do or dont do in my personal affairs, which is none of your @#$%& business to begin with, please come talk to me. Dont send word by someone else. Remember the old Hank Williams song: Why dont you mind your own business, Cause if you mind your business, then you wont be mindin mine. Hope to see you at the Lanark Village Boat Club on Saturday, July 16 to get our monthly sugar x. Hot cakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee will be ready at 9 a.m. Still only $5. All that good food and fellowship with your friends, neighbors and visitors. Our monthly covered dish lunch will be held at Chillas Hall on Sunday, July 17. Bring your own favorite dish to share, and a donation. Serving begins at 1 p.m. See ya there! Did you get to Carrabelle and catch some of the softball games? What a crowd! Be kind to one another, check on the sick and housebound, and keep Mary Henderson in your prayers. Hope she gets well soon! Got Jesus? Until next time, God bless America, our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry. Dons miss monthly breakfast, lunch events LANARK NEWS Jim Welsh Tiffany Carroll, left, and Emily Kembro were recipients this spring of a $1,000 scholarships from the Phi laco Womans Club of Apalachicola. Nine applications were submitted for the award. Applicants write an essay as part of the application process. Carroll attended Franklin Coun ty High School. Kembro from the First Baptist Christian School is the daughter of former Philaco Scholar ship winner, Carline Kembro, and is Ann Sizemore and June Medleys granddaughter. This year, Philaco also made a $100 donation to the local Daisy and Girl Scout troop, now numbering 32 young ladies, $250 to the Apalachicola Municipal Library; $250 to the Frank lin County Public Library, and $100 to the Franklin County Food Pantry. Donations were also presented to the America Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Franklin County Humane Society, the Florida Wildlife Mam mal Association., the Hugh OBrian Leadership Scholarship and Meals on Wheels over the course of the year. Carroll, Kembro awarded Philaco scholarships
Corner of Marina Drive next to Piggly Wiggly Port St. Joe, FL www.BWOsh.com Everything for your Outdoor Adventure WEVE GOT IT! WEVE GOT WHAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR BOAT & TRAILER OR GO SCALLOPING, FISHING, SNORKELING BOATING, CRABBING, SWIMMING, CAMPING, HUNTING OR JUST OUT FOR THE EVENING! Thursday, July 14 Page A8 Warwick to speak on bears Thursday The Coastal & Marine Conservation Lecture Series, open to the public, features a lecture on Bears of the Forgotten Coast at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the auditorium of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab. Speaking will be Adam Warwick, wildlife biologist with the Tates Hell forestry ofce. In 1994, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prohibited hunting of the Florida black bear, and since that time, bears have rebounded to more than bears statewide and probably more than 1,000 in the Apalachicola population. Floridas human population has concurrently grown from 5 million residents in 1960 to close to 18 million today and is projected to reach almost 36 million by 2060. Urban sprawl is encroaching on traditionally remote areas, bringing people into prime bear habitat. As a result, bears and people are encountering each other more than ever. More than 1 million acres of public land on the Forgotten Coast together have allowed bears ample room to thrive, but the pressure of stepped-up development continues to exist. The marine lab, in association with Second Harvest of the Big Bend, is collecting non-perishable food items at each monthly lecture. If you plan to attend a lecture, please bring an item or two and help solve the hunger crisis in our community. The marine laboratory is at 3618 Coastal Highway 98 in St. Teresa. For more info, call 697-4120 Monday through Friday or 591-0224 on weekends. Free vessel exams Saturday The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be at the Carrabelle Boat Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, to perform free vessel exams. If you are interested in participating, call 227-8676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open to the public. For more info, visit http://www.cgaux. org/ or call 697-5500. St. Vincent Supporters seeks volunteers The Supporters of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge are seeking volunteers to help with fundraising and various other tasks, and two board members are needed to replace current volunteers who are rotating off. The Supporters are also looking for someone knowledgeable about Facebook to maintain a page for the organization. On Sept. 13, the supporters are planning a beach clean-up. Volunteers are welcome. Are you a nature lover who likes to spend time outdoors? Consider becoming a Turtle Patroler for a Day. You will become familiar with the methods and procedures of St. Vincent turtle patrol. This can be an interesting and worthwhile experience and will help you decide if you wish to become a fullblown turtler. You can also help by adopting a turtle nest on St. Vincent Island for $25. You will receive an adoption certicate, photo of the nest, activity reports and recognition in the St. Vincent Newsletter. For more information about these volunteer opportunities, call 229-6735 or email email@example.com. By Lois Swoboda Times Staff Writer Have you ever noticed a cluster of peculiar yellow ish threads among plants at the side of the road? What you are seeing is the peculiar parasite dod der ( Cuscuta sp. ), a mem ber of the morning glory family. Other names for this strange weed include love vine, for its habit of em bracing its host, devils guts, devils hair, devils ringlet, witchs shoelaces, goldthread, hailweed, hair weed, hellbine, pull-down, strangleweed, angel hair and witchs hair. There are about 150 species of dodder world wide. All appear to be leaf less vines. The leaves are actually reduced to small scales. The plant is yel low, red, orange or rarely green. From mid-summer to early autumn, the vines can produce small fruit the same color as the vine, and approximately the size of a common pea. Dodder contains little chlorophyll, the chemical that allows plants to use solar energy; some species can photo synthesize slightly, while others depend entirely on the host plants for nutri tion. Dodder owers range in color from white to pink to yellow to cream, according to Wikipedia. Some ower in the early summer, others later, de pending on the species. The seeds are minute and produced in large quan tities. They have a hard coating, and can survive in the soil for 5-10 years or more. Dodder seeds dont need a host to sprout but the parasite has to reach a green plant quickly. When the shoot nds a victim, it begins growing in a coil around the host plant, in jecting needles into stems and leaves to suck out wa ter and nutrients. If a plant is not reached within 5 to 10 days of germination, the dodder seedling will die. Dodder grows toward the smell of nearby plants, and can distinguish be tween more and less pre ferred food plants. Sci entists found that, given a choice between wheat and tomatoes, the dodder attacked the tomatoes 80 percent of the time. Dod der was also able to tell real plants from fake plants sprayed with tomato scent. Dodder is an agricultur al pest and poses a problem for farmers because sprays that kill the weed also kill the crop host plant. Dod der ranks among the U.S. Department of Agriculture list of top 10 weeds. Some information in this article was taken from Wikipedia. By Lois Swoboda Times Staff Writer Allen Lloyd, a spokesman for the De fenders of Wildlife, told Carrabelle city commissioners at their regular July 7 meeting that his organization will sponsor the third annual Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival this fall. The festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Carrabelles Sands Park on U.S. Highway 98, Lloyd said, with food, entertainment, educational exhibits and contests centering about black bears and their role in area culture and environ ment. He presented each commissioner with a black bear doll and information about the Defenders, who are planning a statewide advertising campaign to tout the event. Lloyd told commissioners the Umatilla Black Bear Festival in Jackson County has been an annual one-day celebration for 12 years and drew a crowd of more than 10,000 this past March. This will have an economic impact for Carrabelle in addition to being good for the bears, Lloyd said. He said that as part of the educational arm of the festival, the Defenders have begun outreach to local schools and have provided the children with cloth to make banners for display at the event. There also will be educational programs at local libraries between now and October, Lloyd said. Commissioners thanked Lloyd for his presentation and were enthusiastic about reviving the festival, promising to cooper ate with the Defenders to make it a real ity. The inaugural Black Bear Festival in Carrabelle on Oct. 30, 2008, was based in the newly built Kendrick Sports Complex and drew about 500 attendees, roughly half from outside of Franklin County. It was co-sponsored by Carrabelle Cares and the Defenders. Leslie Cox of Car rabelle was the driving force behind the educational event. The second festival, held at the munici pal complex in 2009, drew an even larger crowd, but in 2010, Cox decided not to organize a third Black Bear Festival be cause of insufcient volunteer help. The rst two festivals featured live entertainment, food and art from private vendors, and displays by wildlife experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con servation Commission (FWC), National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy and the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, among others. As part of the festival, the FWC bussed visitors to Womack Creek Campground in Tates Hell State Forest to see a presenta tion about bears in their natural habitat. Outdoors BRIEFSBuds N Bugs: The love vineLO I S SWO B ODA | The Times DodderCAL ALL E N | Special to the Times This photograph, taken at Carrabelles Frog Pond, shows a black skimmer, the only one of the worlds three skimmer species found in the Americas. Skimmers are the only birds whose lower beaks are longer than the upper, and they usually feed in large ocks, ying low over the water surface with the lower mandible skimming the water for small sh, insects and shellsh. Because they feed at night, they are most often observed at dusk and dawn. The black skimmer breeds in colonies on beaches and islands, often with terns and gulls. The nest is a simple scrape in the sand or shells; the three to ve white or buff eggs are heavily spotted with brown and gray. They blend with the sand, seashells and beach debris and can be very difcult to see. They hatch in about three weeks. The young are brooded and fed by both parents on regurgitated sh and crustaceans dropped on the ground. Eventually they accept whole sh, but the lower mandible does not begin to elongate until they are nearly full size. SKIMMING FOR A MEALLO I S SWO B ODA | The Times Commissioner Frank Mathes poses with the black bear presented to him by the Defenders of Wildlife. Black Bear Festival comes out of hibernation Freshwater Red snapper shing will be over Monday, July 18. The season has been fantastic so far, and Mexico Beach MBARA sites are still holding some snapper. Kingsh are in close to shore right now and are very plentiful. Try trolling cigar minnow tipped with dusters, or troll big live baits, such as hardtails or menhaden. Inshore Offshore Scallop hunting is under way in St. Joe Bay. Early reports show sheel are still plentiful and the muscle is growing. As summer rolls on, scallops will move to deeper water. Trout and redsh are being landed on Towns Beach and along the Eagle Harbor area this week. Good reports of ounder behind Blacks Island. Local rainfall has the waters on the rise. New water should improve bass, catsh and bream shing this week. Good reports from Lake Wimico and the river system make up the bulk of shing reports this week. Depot Creek has been ooded with saltwater, killing grass and running sh upstream. SPONS ORED B Y The Times Outdoors Email outdoors news to firstname.lastname@example.org More coverage online at apalachtimes.com
CARRABELLE A PALA C HI C OLA SP O RT S www.apalachtimes.com A Section Page 9 Thursday, July 14, 2011 Softball tourney shines despite rain By David Adlerstein Times City Editor Last weekends Florida Dixie AllStars state softball tournament, which brought hundreds of ballplayers and their families to the county, didnt go as well as expected. It went better. From the state di rector to local ofcials to visiting families to area businesses, the reviews are in, and they are overwhelm ingly raves. Its going won derfully, said Danny Brooks, state director of the tourna ment. Its been a great success and a big turnout. The support thats come out of this local community is just in credible. About 500 young ballplayers and their families packed motels as far west as Port St. Joe and as far east as Wakulla County throughout the weekend, which culminated in a rain-interrupted day of championship games Monday. It rained and washed the eld out, and they got the elds playable, and as soon they got back out, we had another gully washer, Brooks said. The grounds crew had them back playable, and never once did they moan or groan. They just went out there and got the job done. They did a phenomenal job of get ting the eld back ready and playable, he said. If not for them, this tourney could have gone on longer and been a bit rougher. For the most part, the weekend stayed sunny, with Spring Hill emerg ing victorious in two of the divisions, as they stayed undefeated in the eldest 16to 18-year-old Debs division, defeating Ponce de Leon, Hernando County and Pasco County twice for the champion ship. Theyll now go on to the World Se ries in Alexandria, La., July 29. Spring Hill also dominated the 10to 12-year-old Ponytails, defeating Wahn eta twice, Sneads twice and Belleview to secure the title, which earned them a berth in the World Series in Pineville, La. Wesley Chapel was the team to beat in the 9to 10-year-old Angels division, downing Wahneta, Belleview and Mari anna twice for the win. Theyll head to Smith Hill, Va., for their World Series. Among the youngest girls, the 7to 8-year-old Darlings, Holmes County downed Belleview and then Marianna before falling to West Pasco. They then beat Marianna and topped West Pasco twice Monday for the crown and a trip to the Pineville, La., World Series. Among the 13to 15-year-old Belles, Wahneta cruised to victory, downing West Pasco, Franklin County and Okeechobee for a berth in the South Hill, Va., World Series. Presented with the sportsmanship award at the closing ceremonies, Wahneta then turned around and insisted that the trophy go to Franklin County. They said they had been treated on and off the eld with such kindness and generosity, said Nikki Millender, the countys parks and recreation co ordinator. Danny Brooks said in his 18-year career that he had never seen any team stand up and do something like that. Okeechobee won the Louise Jordan Sportsmanship Award among the Darlings, while Marianna showed the best sportsmanship among the Angels, and Franklin County among the Ponytails. Hernando County won the Rick Hart ley Sportsman ship Award for the Debs. The tourney opened with a huge banquet at the Car rabelle Christian Center on Thursday night, complete with a buffet-style candy bar, lollypop centerpiec es on the tables and a premiere of the countys new Salty to the Bone song as the girls clapped along in glee. Florida State University softball star Tiffany Brown offered the keynote speech, describing how she rst start ed playing in Georgia when I was very young, and I sucked and then went on work with a college coach who inspired her. You must develop mental toughness, she told the girls. Commit ment and condition ing create mind over matter. Education and doing well in school are very important be cause there are lots of kids with athletic abil ity, but a college wants to know you are going to have the grades to stay in the program for the long term. Challenge yourself to make good grades if nobody challenges you. Play began Friday morning at the Will S. Kendrick Sports Complex in Carrabelle, and the complex, with its easily accessible pinwheel design, drew raves from the visiting teams. They just fell in love with Franklin County. Theyre ready to come back and play some more ball here said Millender, who worked closely with fellow staffers Fonda Davis, Link Car roll, Albert Floyd and others in orga nizing the event. We couldnt have done this without the help of the Tourist Development Council, the county commissioners, parks and recreation, and employees of the landll, animal control, solid waste and even the road department, who helped prepare the complex, she said. When we held districts last year, it was a learning experience. This year we knew what we were do ing. We had our stuff together. One example of that was a huge cooler on hand, donated by Barbers Seafood, that kept drinks chilled the moment they were restocked. In addi tion was a nearby ice truck, with hun dreds of bags of ice, and a series of rented misting fans around the com plex to beat the 90-plus-degree heat. It just went extremely well, more well than expected, and everybody came together, Millender said. Ev erybody showed great hospitality to our visitors, all the way from busi nesses to locals. Jeff Faircloth, the tournaments district director, said Franklin County people showed what hospitality is all about, from the banquet to the last trophy that was handed out. Other than one girl beaned in the noggin with a softball, and another girl who was overheated, there were no medical incidents during the tour ney. Scores of volunteer parents helped out in running the concession stands, announcing the games and keeping the scorebook. The shaved ice con cession, handled by a private compa ny and sporting a long line busy most every second of every day, netted the youth league a cut of almost $1,000 from the proceeds. Overall, this tourney was a great and wonderful success, and we ac complished what we wanted to do out of it, Millender said. Thanks to the youth league and all the local businesses that helped contribute to make this a success. HEATHER RILEY | Special to The Times The Franklin Ponytails, for ages 11-12, are, from left, front row, Kimmy Boone, Brooke Martina and Sierra McAnally; second row, Adrianna Butler, Ann Reeder, Miranda McLeod, Lacey Hutchins and Allie Kirvin; third row, Kaleigh Hardy, Scout Segree, Savannah Alday and Anna Riley; and back row, coaches Teresa Segree, Brian Hardy and Joseph Ferrell. For more photos of the tournament, visit www.apalachtimes.com Gary and Connie Hunnings helped with the grill. TIFF ANY BROWN DANNY BROOKS Top left Angel Jordan Rosenberg throws re for Wesley Chapel. Bottom left Franklin County Angel Sara Gibbs slides into home against Paxton. Below Franklin County Belle Vanessa Simmons holds her head high as Okeechobee celebrates a hard-fought win Sunday. Photos by DAVID ADLER S TEI N | The Times
Local A10 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 PUBLIC HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT NOTICE OF PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE ALLIGATOR POINT WATER RESOURCES DISTRICT There will be a public hearing held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 9:01 a.m. at the District ofce located at 1378 Alligator Drive to present plans and receive public comments about expanding the boundaries of the Alligator Point Water Resources District. This meeting is open to the public, all interested parties are encouraged to attend or send their comments and questions to the District at the following: Alligator Point Water Resources District P.O. 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Mallett, 88, stood alongside Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who would later give the keynote address. The Norwegian Chief of Defense, General Harald Sunde, spoke in recognition of the service of the Norwegian veterans who fought alongside 99th Infantry Battalion during World War II. Together with Norwegian World War II veterans, members of the 99th Infantry were recognized and honored during the commemoration. Actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Ron Masak and singer Nancy Sinatra took part in the remembrance ceremony as well. It was really nice, to tell you the truth, said Mallett, who has lived in Port Richey for the past 60 years. It made you feel nice. People had their children out there trying to teach them a little history, and have their picture taken with you. It was an honor, really. The origins of Malletts trip has roots in a reunion of veterans of the USS Ticonderoga, which was rst commissioned as an aircraft carrier in 1944, the fourth incarnation of a ship that began as a 17gun schooner in the otilla that helped win the War of 1812s Battle of Lake Champlain. In that year, Mallett still carried the port pass he been issued two years earlier in his wallet, after concerned ofcials wanted to tighten scrutiny following the June 29, 1942 sinking of the British freighter, the Empire Mica, off the coast of Cape San Blas. In fact, Mallett kept both his port pass and his draft registration in his wallet for six decades, until it was lost just three months ago. It was to prove you werent a German spy and it said to keep it on your person at all times, he said. So I still had mine. Im a law-abiding citizen. As a original crew member aboard the Ticonderoga when it was commissioned as an aircraft carrier, Mallett was a plank owner, one of the rst 10 men who were part of the original reunion in New Port Richey. But all are gone now, and the reunion has swelled into an enormous gathering held in Washington. Mallett wanted to be part of the 40th reunion, and to attend the Memorial Day concert that weekend. But his youngest son, Robert, a journalist who is now an Orlando attorney, decided to go even further, and made arrangements with James Fisher, executive director of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, for his father to take part in the ceremony. Accompanying Mallett and his youngest son on the trip were eldest son Walter Jr., now of Weeki Wachee. Walter Jr., who like daughter Susan Frances had been born in the former Apalachicola Hospital at the old ArmyAir Force base, is a veteran of service in the Air Forces Minuteman missile program. Also accompanying Walter Mallett on the Washington trip were middle son Victor Mallett and wife Janet, of Port Richey, both of whom work with the Pasco County school district. Malletts younger brother, Army veteran Lester Mallett, and wife Barbara Ann, of Port Richey, were also on hand. As it turned out, with so much going on that weekend, Mallett missed out on much of the Ticonderoga reunion, although he does cherish the piece of the ight deck that was presented him as a member of the original crew. After I got so involved in this thing I didnt get to participate in a lot of the reunion, he said. From his window at the hotel, across the street from the Pentagon, Mallett could see the stirring sights of the nations capital. We had a ball, Mallett said. My son told his brothers that this was once in a lifetime. Through a friend of a friend, a pilot for Delta Airlines, Robert Mallett arranged for a trip up the Potomac aboard a 40 yacht with twin diesel engines, followed by dining along the waterfront. The next day the family took in the sights of Washington, traveling in a rented limousine. At one point, the hundreds of motorcyclists that were part of Rolling Thunder treated the limo regally. Everybody was waving, and it looked like we had a motorcycle escort and the president or somebody was coming by, Mallett said. We had a wonderful time. On Sunday night, May 29, Mallett had front and center seats for the National Memorial Day Concert, co-hosted by Sinise and Mantegna, both of whom have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting troops in active service. The 90-minute broadcast featured appearances and/or performances by General Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Kris Allen, Dianne Wiest, B.B. King, Hayley Westenra, Forest Whitaker, Jason Ritter, Daniel Rodriguez, Yolanda Adams and Maestro Jack Everly as well as numerous military bands and choruses We sat right behind the politicians, Mallett said, with a laugh. On Monday morning, accompanied by his sons, Mallett represented the thousands of Navy men and women, living and dead, who served this nation during World War II. This time, old age has joined injury in preventing his good arm from being lifted above his head, but none of that mattered. As the wreath was placed and Mallett lined up in solemn tribute, it must have felt like the entire Navy, and all who went before, had their arms snapped to their brow in a crisp salute. DUANE LEMPKE | tribute4foundation.com Walter J. Mallett, in wheelchair, is escorted by his son Walter, Jr. at the National World War II Memorial ceremony.
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Wilson, 30, Tallahassee, disorderly intoxication and resisting of cer with violence (FCSO) Warren L. Aiken, Jr., 23, Carrabelle, driving while license suspended or revoked, and DUI with property damage (FHP)July 6William E. Stringer, 28, Carrabelle, disorderly intoxication (FCSO) Derick M. Ahrent, 21, Tallahassee, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale or possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia (FCSO) Ricardo Rivera, 26, Crawfordville, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of paraphernalia and Wakulla County violation of probation (FCSO) Ronald M. Rucker, 55, Eastpoint, violation of probation (FCSO) Cierra N. Grif n, 24, Eastpoint, sale of a controlled substance (FCSO)July 8Larry D. Hat eld, 38, Eastpoint, violation of probation (FCSO) Kelly S. Creamer, Jr., 27, Apalachicola, burglary of a dwelling (FCSO) Clozell A. Richardson, 36, Tampa, Hillsborough County warrant for withholding child support (FCSO) Michael S. Kilgore, 39, Austell, Ga., sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug without a prescription (FCSO) Melissa M. Kimmons, 41, Austell, Ga., introduction of contraband to a correctional facility, sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug without a prescription (FCSO)July 9Elizabeth C. Deason, 36, Crawfordville, disorderly intoxication and resisting of cer without violence (FCSO) Heather A. Scoggin, 35, Eastpoint, domestic battery (FCSO)July 10Julia L. Crosby, 25, Crawfordville, domestic battery (FCSO) Naudia N. Delozier, 26, Crawfordville, principal in the rst degree burglary of a dwelling (FCSO) Burglary charges still in place in Love Center re, robberyBy David AdlersteinTimes City Editor The 17-year-old Georgia youth arrested for burglarizing the Love and Holiness Center Church in Apalachicola on May 16 will be tried as an adult, but not on arson charges. Dustin S. Godwin, 17, of Jakin, Ga., and Tallahassee, was booked into the Franklin County jail June 29, charged with burglary of a structure and grand theft. Bond later was set at $15,000 on the burglary charge and $5,000 on the theft charge, and as of press time, Godwin remained in jail. Following a June 1 interview with Eric Bryant, an investigator with the State Fire Marshals Of ce, Godwin admitted to making phone calls from inside the Love Center on the morning of the re and taking both money and a at-screen television from inside the church. Bryant wrote in his report that he was unable to determine an exact point of origin due to the extensive re damage and re suppression activities. Bryant said he examined the electrical receptacles, wiring and electrical components in the pastors ofce study, thought to be where the re began, and they showed no signs of malfunction. All accidental re causes were eliminated, and the cause of the re is incendiary. Bryant went on to write that physical evidence, witness statements and the perpetrators own admission places (Godwin) inside the church at or near the time of the re. (He) also admitted to stealing a TV and money from inside the church. It is believed the re was intentionally set in order to hide the crime of the burglary. Robin Myers, the assistant state attorney in Franklin County, said his of ce did not have suf cient evidence to make an arson charge stick. I dont have anything to link this guy and the arson together, he said. I can prove he was in the area at the start of the re. I dont have a clue what caused the re. I dont know think anyone knows who caused the re. Myers said there was evidence Godwin tried to burn the TV he had taken, to destroy the evidence, but that this fact, even if proved, would not have been enough to nd someone guilty of arson, typically a dif cult charge to prove. There was no evidence of possessing an incendiary device, said Myers. If further evidence comes out, we can modify the charges. In Bryants report, Godwins biological mother, Thelma Renae Lamb, of Tallahassee, reported picking up her son at 3:30 a.m. the morning of the re. Quinnaland Rhodes told investigators he was jogging on 10th Street and Avenue J at about 4:05 a.m. when he smelled smoke and realized the Love Center was on re. He called 911 at 4:20 a.m. Godwin was rst arrested as a juvenile and transported to the Leon County Juvenile Detention Center, before Myers decided to charge him as an adult.Arrest REPORTProsecutor forgoes arson chargeLaw Enforcement DUSTIN S. GODWIN
Local A12 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 A12 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 CLASSIFIEDS 3032T LEGAL NOTICE Notice is given pursuant to Florida Self-Storage Facility Act, Florida Statutes, Chapter 83, Part IV, that Seminole Safe N Secure Storage will hold a sale by sealed bid on: July 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at 162 US 98, Eastpoint, Florida 32328 of the contents of mini-warehouse(s) containing personal property of: COASTAL BUILDING SUPPLY ANDREW BUTLER CANDACE WEBB ALICE JOSEPH BABARA SINGER Before the sale date of July 30, 2011, the property may be redeemed by payment in cash or money order of the outstanding balance and cost by mailing it to Post Office Box 1054, Eastpoint, Florida 32328, or by paying in person. July 7, 14, 2011 3061T NWFTCA Meeting Notification -Notice is hereby given The Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority will hold a meeting on July 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CST in Panama City, FL. The meeting will be held at City Hall, Commission Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 9 Harrison Avenue. Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the Corridor Authority at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Amy Paulk at (850) 415-1040 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. July 14, 2011 3033T LEGAL NOTICE Notice is given pursuant to Florida Self-Storage Facility Act, Florida Statutes, Chapter 83, Part IV, that Franklin Mini Storage will hold a sale on: August 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at 1627 US 98, Carrabelle, Florida 32322 of the contents of mini-warehouse(s) containing personal property of: MARTIN RAULERSON COURTNEY GILMORE TERRY PROCTOR Before the sale date of August 6, 2011, the property may be redeemed by payment in cash or money order of the outstanding balance and cost by mailing it to Post Office Box 139, Carrabelle, Florida 32322, or by paying in person. July 7, 14, 2011 3076T IN THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES A. DURHAM and PATRICIA DURHAM, Defendants. CASE NO. 10-000502-CA NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 27, 2011, and entered in Civil Action No. 10000502 CA of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein the parties were the Plaintiff, CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, and the Defendants, JAMES A. DURHAM and PATRICIA DURHAM, I will sell to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the 17th day of August, 2011, at the front steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, Apalachicola, Florida, the following-described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: Parcel 1: Lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20, Block 225, Greater Apalachicola, in the City of Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida, now in common use; and Parcel 2: Commence at the Northeast corner of Section 25, Township 4 South, Range 2 West, Wakulla County, Florida, and thence run South 00 degrees 11 minutes 16 seconds West 643.89 feet, thence run North 72 degrees 56 minutes 13 seconds East along the South boundary of Lot 90 of the Hartsfield Survey of Lands in Wakulla County, Florida, a distance of 1773.08 feet to the southeasterly rightof-way boundary of U. S Highway No. 98, thence run North 30 degrees 14 minutes 21 seconds East along said right-of-way boundary 717.12 feet to the Point of Beginning; From said Point of Beginning thence run North 30 degrees 10 minutes 46 seconds East along said rightof-way boundary 396. 04 feet, thence run South 73 degrees 42 minutes 16 seconds East 1212.94 feet, thence run South 16 degrees 47 minutes 05 seconds East 88.21 feet, thence run South 72 degrees 56 minutes 13 seconds West 38.91 feet, thence run North 86 degrees 01 minutes 41 seconds West 1354. 84 feet to the Point of Beginning. The successful bidder at the sale will be required to place the requisite state documentary stamps on the Certificate of Title. DATED this 27th day of June, 2011. Hon. MARCIA JOHNSON Clerk of the Court Franklin County, Florida By: Michele Maxwell As Deputy Clerk FRANK A. BAKER, ATTORNEY AT LAW 4431 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 July 7, 14, 2011 3081T IN THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 10-000502-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES A. DURHAM and PATRICIA DURHAM, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 27, 2011, and entered in Civil Action No. 10-000502 CA of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein the parties were the Plaintiff, CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, and the Defendants, JAMES A. DURHAM and PATRICIA DURHAM, I will sell to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the 17th day of August, 2011, at the front steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, Apalachicola, Florida, the followingdescribed real property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: Parcel 1: Lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20, Block 225, Greater Apalachicola, in the City of Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida, now in common use; and Parcel 2: Commence at the Northeast corner of Section 25, Township 4 South, Range 2 West, Wakulla County, Florida, and thence run South 00 degrees 11 minutes 16 seconds West 643.89 feet, thence run North 72 degrees 56 minutes 13 seconds East along the South boundary of Lot 90 of the Hartsfield Survey of Lands in Wakulla County, Florida, a distance of 1773.08 feet to the southeasterly rightof-way boundary of U. S Highway No. 98, thence run North 30 degrees 14 minutes 21 seconds East along said right-of-way boundary 717.12 feet to the Point of Beginning; From said Point of Beginning thence run North 30 degrees 10 minutes 46 seconds East along said right-of-way boundary 396.04 feet, thence run South 73 degrees 42 minutes 16 seconds East 1212.94 feet, thence run South 16 degrees A7 minutes 05 seconds East 88.21 feet, thence run South 72 degrees 56 minutes 13 seconds West 38.91 feet, thence run North 86 degrees 01 minutes 41 seconds West 1354.84 feet to the Point of Beginning. The successful bidder at the sale will be required to place the requisite state documentary stamps on the Certificate of Title. DATED this 27th day of June, 2011. Hon. MARCIA JOHNSON Clerk of the Court Franklin County, Florida By: Michele Maxwell As Deputy Clerk July 7, 14, 2011 3120T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 19-2008-CA-000590 BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE SAMI 2005-AR4, Plaintiff, GARY C PANGUS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 21, 2011, and entered in Case No. 19-2008-CA-000590 of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida in which Bank of New York as Successor In Interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee SAMI 2005AR4, is the Plaintiff and Gary C. Pangus, Jane Doe, n/k/a Angela Garmley, are defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on, Franklin County, Florida at on the 10th day of August, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOTS I AND 2, IN BLOCK 208 OF THE CITY OF APALACHICOLA, FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERETAX BASE from page A1 to $127.9 million, a decline of 7.7 percent in its tax base, only about one-fifth of the whopping 36 per cent drop it sustained last year. The Eastpoint Water and sewer district is ex pected to see a 5.8 percent drop in tis tax base, from $76.3 million to $71.9 mil lion, less than a third of the 18 percent decline it saw last year. The tax base of the Dog Island Conservation District largely stay flat, to $38.6 million from $38.5 million last year. This tiny increase follows a steep 36.8 percent drop sus tained last year. The Alligator Point areas tax base also faces a small 2.4 percent de crease, to $142.9 million from $146.4 million last year, a far cry from the nearly 21 percent drop-off endured last year. The Northwest Florida Water Management Dis trict, which also taxes countywide but offers no senior exemption or an additional $25,000 worth of homestead exemption, will see its tax base fall to $1.85 billion, about 7.9 be low what it was last year. While St. George Island does not comprise a sin gle taxing entity, and thus preliminary property tax values are not submitted to the Florida Department of Revenue as with the others, the data indicates that the islands valuation was not as hard-hit as the county as a whole. Island properties, which together comprise about 45 percent of the countys entire tax base, fell from a combined valu ation of $909.4 million last year to $849.6 million. This represents only a 6.6 per cent decline, about 2.5 percentage points below the countys total. Skipper said TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices will be sent to property owners the third week of August and will include the taxing districts prelimi nary values, any exemp tions the property owner has, each taxing districts proposed millage rate, what the homeowner paid last year and what they will pay this year, and the dates, times and places for each of the taxing enti ties public hearings. It will also indicate whether the taxing author ity applied the rollback rate, which keeps the total revenue at the same vol ume as last year. Because property values declined, applying the rollback rate would require an increase in millage. The board also ap proved spending a little more than $57,000 for a security system complete with closed security TV cameras, as well as about $42,000 for the cost of in stalling basketball goals and backboards, and vol leyball equipment. The board also intends to spend close to $17,000 for bleachers, $15,000 for wiring the building for a speaker systems, $12,750 for a heating and air con ditioning system for the communication room, $9,000 for am lighting con trol module, $9,000 for a sidewalk addition, nearly $11,000 for new steel fenc ing and gates, and $25,000 for programmable lockets and door hardware. The board decided against spending $13,000 for a curtain divider, $12,000 for a sound system, $6,000 for large amplier and eight additional speakers, $1,300 for wireless micro phones and about $11,500 for crash pads and acousti cal panels. The entire cost of the new building, which is nearing $2 million, will be paid for out of capital im provement funds, and not operating revenue. The dis trict earlier had signaled an interest in possibly delay ing the construction, and using the savings to offset the large shortfall that is expected in general operat ing revenues, but state law prohibits using capital out lay funds for anything other than so-called bricks and mortar uses. Classieds BUILDING from page A1 candidates pay a fee that is a percentage of the seats annual compensation, will take place at Carrabelles City Hall, where all can didate reports are filed. For more information, call 697-2727 or 697-3618. In Apalachicola, where there are 1,669 registered voters, City Clerk Lee Mathes is handling candi date qualifying next week. All qualifying also takes place at City Hall, where Mathes can be reached at 653-9319. Incumbent Mayor Van Johnson has said he plans to seek reelection for an other four-year term. He is expected to be chal lenged by Tom Daly, the chair of Planning and Zon ing, although neither man has yet to officially file for the seat. Also on the ballot this year are the two non-par tisan, at-large city com mission seats now held by Jimmy Elliott and Mitch ell Bartley, each of which would be for the next four years. Mathes said the fee for filing for mayor is $270, and for commissioner $226.80. If they have not already done so, voters have until Aug. 8 to register for the municipal elections, which are held in both cities on Tuesday, Sept. 6. If there are more than two candidates in an Apalachicola race, and no candidate had received over 50 percent of the votes, then a run-off elec tion will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20. Voter registra tion for that run-off would close by Aug. 22. Early voting will be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, at the Supervisor of Elec tions Apalachicola office and Carrabelle annex. MAYOR from page A1 Special to The Times The Delta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International had a dinner meeting at the Owl Caf in Apalachicola on Monday, May 9, to commemorate the founding of the Society on May, 11, 1929, in Austin, Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton and 11 other women educators. The program was a very special event because the Delta Kappa Gamma Society Florida State President, Ruth Pridgen, from Jacksonville, was able to attend. Babs Bailey, who portrayed Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, presented a history of the founding of the Society. She mentioned that Blanton was the rst woman elected to public ofce in the state of Texas. Blanton also was a successful candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1918, after having served as the rst woman president of the Texas State Teachers Association. Bailey, in the guise of Dr. Blanton, also encouraged Delta Kappa members to know the history of their organization and continue to be active supporters of desirable legislation that affects educators. Missy Cumbie and Karen Ward reviewed the meaning of the symbols on the Society Coat of Arms. Pridgen, the special guest, encouraged members to apply for scholarships and other types of aid available to Delta Kappa Gamma Society members to further their education and to support special educational projects. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. It has approximately 100,000 members in the U.S.A. and 17 foreign countries. Delta Kappa commemorates founding BABS BAILEY RUTH PRIDGEN
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FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD85 School Road, Suite 1 Eastpoint, FL 32328 (850) 670-2810ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION POSITION: Instructional: Speech & Language Therapist LOCATION: Franklin County Schools SALARY: District Employee or Contracted Services CONTRACT: 2011-12 School Year DEADLINE: July 26, 12:00 noon Please submit: application for district employee proposal for contracted services Current SLP licenseDOE Resume Job description and application may be obtained from Franklin County School Board Finance Of ce. Applications must include (1) a high school diploma, (2) college transcripts if applicable, and (3) Three letters of recommendation. Successful applicants must agree to a criminal history check (includes FDLE processing fee) and a pre-employment drug screening. Please return applications to the attention of Morna Smith, Personnel Specialist. Franklin County School Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Chief Development Of cerWe are a Public Charter School looking for a highly motivated creative individual with excellent communication skills. A self starter who has a BA in Business, Marketing or Public Relations and is interested in developing and implementing fundraising programs. Full Time Position Salary/Bene ts negotiated Develop fundraising goals for the next ve years Equal opportunity employer Send resumes to: Apalachicola Bay Charter School 98 12th Street Apalachicola, Florida 32320 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comRENTALS1 BR 1 BA CONDO, FURNISHED On River, Downtown, Boat Slip .....................$1000 1 BR 1 BA LANARK APT, REMODELED Water Incl, Street Entrance .............................$425 1 BR FURNISHED APARTMENT, DEN Carport, Utilities Incl .......................................$650 3 BR 2 BA DOUBLEWIDE Back Deck, Nice Location ................................$700 3 BR 1 BA APARTMENT Front & Back Porch .........................................$600 3 BR 2 BA FURNISHED CONDO Boat & Car Parking ..............................$850 WKLY 1 BR 1 BA FURNISHED CONDO Long Term, Includes Utilities ..........................$910 3 BR 3 BA FURNISHED CONDO Pool, Downtown ....................................$700 WKLY 3 BR 2 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE Long Term .......................................................$850 2 BR UNFURNISHED APARTMENT Lanark ............................................................$375 2 BR UNFURNISHED APARTMENT W/D Pet Friendly ............................................$500 3 BR 3 B FURNISHED CONDO Long Term, Pool..............................................$850 1 br, Apalachicola, quiet, 2 blks from boat ramp, screen porch W/D, AC, pet OK, $600 month + first, last & deposit. Please Call 850-697-5000 Other homes available. Text FL66715 to 56654 St. George Island $160 wk, Electric, Satellite, Garbage incl. pool tble. 12X65 deck w/Beautiful view 850-653-5114 Text FL65716 to 56654 3 br 2 ba ch&aApalachicola, FL. Call 850-643-7740. Mature older couple with jobs and pet. Seeking long term lease, for home on St. George Island. call 850-570-9469 North Historic District 5th Street building lot. $29,000 obo 60 x 100. Corner lot Brokers protected, (404) 218-0077 2001 14 Sunfish Vanguard Sailboat, Ready to Sail. Custom cover, all equipment and Aluminum launch dolly. $1200. 229-881-0729 Text FL66954 to 56654 Install/Maint/RepairExperienced Satellite TV InstallersCall (850) 527-2561 Sales/Business DevFull Time CashierNeeded at Castaway Liquors on St George Island. Must be able to work weekends and be at least 21 years old. Call (850) 927-2163 Heritage Villas of Apalachicola ApartmentsNow accepting applications for 2 br, Handicap accessible unit. Some rental assistance may be available. HUD vouchers accepted. Call 850-653-9277 TDD/TTY 711. This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer. Publishers NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Install/Maint/RepairMaintenanceAt Buccaneer Inn on St George Island. Must be able to work weekends. Call (850) 927-2163 Medical/HealthWeems MemorialIs now hiring for the following positions: ARNP or PA Medical Lab Tech. EMT RN Resp Therapist Dietician Houskeeping Admissions Applications are available atwww weemsmemorial.com and may be submitted to Ginny Griner, WMH HR Director, ggriner@ weemsmemorial.com or FAXED to 850-653-1879 Web ID 3463444 Medical/HealthLicensed HHAs & CNAsCaring people needed. Join a team of people who make a difference in the lives of the elderly. Provide non medical companionship, in home help and personal care for the elderly. Flexible day, evenin & weekend hours. Positions available in the Apalachicola area.Home Instead Senior CareCall Mon-Thur 9-3pm 850-640-1223 or toll free 1-866-301-1919 Web ID#: 341673955 Text FL73955 to 56654 OtherJUST GRADUATE ?Play in Vegas, Hang in LA, Jet to New York! Hiring 18-24 girls/guys. $400-$800 wkly. Paid expenses. Signing Bonus. Are you energetic and fun? Call 877-259-6983 Web-Id 34166974 Text FL66974 to 56654 HospitalityHousekeepingPart Time weekend help needed for all positions, apply in person, 4693 Cape San Blas Rd or 1200 Hwy 98 Mexico Beach Medical/HealthKennel Tech Part TimeApalachicola Bay Animal Clinic is hiring a part time kennel technician. We are seeking a responsible, reliable, organized individual to help care for our clients pets in their home away from home. Our animal clinic provides medical services and care for cats and dogs. The kennel tech is responsible for the care and maintenance of the kennel and its guests. Duties include, but are not limited to: walking dogs, feeding & watering pets, medicating pets, bathing pets, cleaning cages & runs, and maintaining the overall cleanliness of all kennel areas, clinic, and grounds. This is a part time position which requires you to work every other weekend. Weekday hours are in the late afternoon and early evening. Skills Required: -Must be able to handle cats and dogs of all sizes -Professional and positive attitude -Outgoing personality -Reliable transportation -Must be self-motivated and comfortable working alone sometimes -Perform closing duties -Must be comfortable with cleaning (including pet waste) -Attention to detail -desire to be part of a dynamic team of professionals Please send letter of interest and resume to: abacjob@ yahoo.com Food Svs/Hospitality*Cooks Dishwashers *Bartenders *Servers *Bus BoysBLUE PARROT Now HIRINGPlease apply in person between 9a-5pm 7 days a week@ Blue Parrott St. Georges Island Food Svs/HospitalityPapa Joes Oyster Bar & GrillNow HiringExperienced *Line Cooks & other kitchen staff. *Wait staff *Oyster bar staff. Apply in person only Gardens IncIs now hiring forLandscape Crew PositionsValid DL req. Pickup applications at 268 Water Street. Apalachicola, Fl. 1-850-653-1777 GeneralThe Apalachicola Maritime MuseumSeeking volunteers for reception/gift shop, wooden boat school, administrative, accounting, grant writing, and more. Join the crew and enjoy special benefits. For more information, please call 653-2500 Quality AssuranceInmate SupervisorClosing: July 28, 2011 Annual Salary: $25,000 Contact Person: Hubert W. Chipman Road Department 376 State Road 65 Eastpoint, FL 32328 Phone: (850) 670-8640 The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/Drug Free Workplace Employer Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION WILL SUPERVISE THE WORK OF STATE INMATES, OPERATE VARIOUS SPECIAL HEAVY EQUIPMENT, PERFORMING TASKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROAD DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS, OPERATES FRONT END LOADER TO LOAD ROAD MATERIAL OR DEBRIS FOR DUMP TRUCKS, BACK HOE TO DIG OUT DITCHES AND A VARIETY OF TRACTORS, OPERATES VARIOUS EQUIPMENT SUCH AS CHAINSAWS, BLOWERS, WEED EATERS PUSH MOWERS, AND ETC. OTHER DUTIES AS REQUIRED. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND DRUG SCREENING WILL BE COMPLETED ON SELECTED APPLICANT. Minimum Qualifications: Required a high school diploma or an equivalent. Requires knowledge of Florida traffic laws. Requires basic understanding of safety procedures; the ability to drive and operate the above mentioned equipment. Must possess a valid Florida Commercial Class A Drivers License with a favorable driving record. Must have the ability to meet the Department of Corrections criteria for a certification as an NON-DC Supervisor of State Inmates. Newly hired employees shall obtain such certification within 90 days of hiring. Web ID#: 34167298 OF NOW IN COMMON USE. A/K/A 316 12TH STREET APALACHICOLA FL Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Franklin County, Florida this 27th day of June, 2011. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Clerk of the Courts, Marcia M. Johnson, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320; telephone number (850) 653-8861, not later than seven (7) days prior to this proceeding. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call (850) 577-4400. To file response please contact Franklin County Clerk of Court, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320, Tel: (850) 653-8861; Fax: (850) 653-9339. July 14, 21, 2011 3132T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File # 2011-000034-CP IN RE: ESTATE OF MARIE KELLEY ALLEN Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MARIE KELLEY ALLEN, deceased, File number 2011000034-CP, is pending in the Circuit Court for Franklin County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is the Franklin COunty Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida 32320. The estate is testate, and the date of the will is February 5, 2004. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: Any interested person on whom a copy of this notice of administration is served must file on or before the date that is 3 months after the date of service of a copy of the notice of administration on that person any objection that challenges the validity of the will, the quaifications of the personal representative the venue or jurisdiction of this Court. Persons who may be entitled to exempt property under Section 732.402 Florida Statutes will be deemed to have waived their rights to claim that property as exempt property unless a petition for determination of exempt property is filed by such persons or on their behalf on or before the later of the date that is 4 months after the date of service of a copy of this notice of administration on such persons or the date that is 40 days after the date of termination of any proceedin involving the construction, admission to probate, or validity of the will or involving any other matter affecting any part of the exempt property. An election to take an elective share must be filed on or before the earlier of the date that is 6 months after the date of service of a copy of the notice of administration on the surviving spouse or an attorney in fact or a guardian of the property of the surviving spouse, or the date that is 2 years after the date of the decedents death. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file claims against the estate with the Court during the time periods set forth in Section 733.702 Florida Statutes, or be forever barred. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is July 14, 2011. Personal Representative: RONALD WILLIAM THOMAS, SR. 1920 Alban Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32301 J. GORDON SHULER of J. GORDON SHULER, P.A. Post Office Drawer 850 Apalachicola, Fl 32329 (850) 653-9226 Florida Bar Number 0700959 Attorney for Personal Representative July 14, 21, 2011 3163T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY Case No 11-000073-CA VISION BANK, a Florida banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. GULF BLACK GOLD, INC., a dissolved Florida corporation, and LARRY R. WITT, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Franklin County, pursuant to a Final Judgment entered in this cause, will on the 10th day of August 2011, at 11:00 oclock A.M., on the front steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property located in Franklin County, Florida: 2576 Hwy. 98 West Carabelle, FL 32322 Legal Description: Lot 1, Block W, City of St. George, A Subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Together with all the appurtenances thereto belonging and appertaining. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 27th day of June, 2011. MARCIA M. JOHNSON By: Michele Maxwell As Deputy Clerk 3158T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 11-00097-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, an Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Coastal Community Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Mary Lou Patmore, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 29, 2011. in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Door of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market St., Apalachicola, FL 32320 at 11:00 a.m. on August 10, 2011 the following described property: Lot 42, Block 6, Lanark Village Unit No. 1, according to the map or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 14-14a, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Dated: July 5, 2011 Marcia Johnson Clerk of Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk July 14, 21, 2011 3159T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 11-000103-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, an Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Apalachicola State Bank, a division of Coastal Community Bank, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM J. LUBERTO, JR., Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 29, 2011 in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Door of the Franklin County Courthouse, 13 Market St., Apalachicola, FL 32320 at 11:00 a.m. on August 10, 2011, the following described property: Commence at a 6 inch by 6 inch concrete monument marking the Northeast corner of Section 30, Township 8 South, Range 6 West, Franklin County, Florida; thence run South 00 degrees 45 minutes 08 seconds West 659.56 feet to an iron pipe lying on the Southerly right of way boundary of Twin Lakes Road; thence run North 89 degrees 29 minutes 28 seconds West along said right of way boundary 655.94 feet to an iron pipe; thence run North 89 degrees 33 minutes 06 seconds West 660.66 feet to an iron pipe marking the Point of Beginning. From said Point of Beginning, run North 89 degrees 30 minutes 19 seconds West along said right of way boundary 329.22 feet to a re-rod (marked #6475); thence leaving said right of way boundary run South 00 degrees 26 minutes 27 seconds West 990.42 feet to an iron pipe; thence run South 89 degrees 35 minutes 45 seconds East 329.57 feet to an iron pipe; thence run North 00 degrees 25 minutes 13 seconds East 989.90 feet to the Point of Beginning. Dated: July 5, 2011 Marcia Johnson Clerk of Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk 3227T NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION FRANKLIN DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD Purpose and Effect: The Franklin District School Board proposes to amend and adopt polices, as provided in the Administrative Procedures Act for the purpose of bringing said policies into compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules. Summary: The following is a brief description of each proposal change: Franklin County School District *Student Progression Plan *Code of Conduct *Policy Manual *Learning Center Handbook Statutory Authority: Section 230.22(2), Florida Statutes The entire text of the proposed rules will be considered by the Franklin County School Board at a meeting publicly advertised and held in the Willie Speed School Board meeting room in Eastpoint, Florida no earlier than August 04, 2011. Documents may be reviewed at the Franklin County School Board District Office, at 85 School Road, Suite One, Eastpoint, Florida during the hours of 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday -Thursday. July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 2011 3212T NOTICE OF SHERIFFS SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Writ of Execution issued in the Circuit Court of Franklin County Florida, on the 8th day of June, 2011, in the cause where Capital City Bank was plaintiff and Michael Lamar Clayton and Denise C. Clayton were defendant, being Case No. 2010-000494-CA in said court I, Skip Shiver, as Sheriff of Franklin County, Florida, have levied upon all the right., title and interest of the defendants Michael Lamar Clayton and Denise C. Clayton in. and to the following described property, to-wit: 2002 Coast Guard Registered Cabin 42 ft. tin. Fiberglass Inboard Motorboat, VIN# EGH42107I102, Documented # DOI 125201, Decal #10230440, Commercial Fishing. and on the 15th day of August, 2011 at the Franklin County Sheriffs Office, located at 270 State Rd 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328, Franklin County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendants Michael Lamar Clayton and Denise C. Clayton, rights, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above described execution, Note: In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Debbie Mock no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at Franklin County Sheriffs Office at (850)-670-8519. Boat can be viewed prior to sale at Scipio Creek farina located at 301 Market Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 Skip Shiver Sheriff of Franklin County, Florida By: Debbie Mock Deputy Sheriff July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 2011 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. 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Local A14 | The Times Thursday, July 14, 2011 Our local real estate experts have identied what they feel are the best values around and are oering them to you in Real Estate Picks! (In this section), Discover the best real estate values in Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Cape San Blas, St. George Island, Carrabelle and surrounding areas. Best Values on the Forgotten Coast Real Estate Picks John Shelby, Broker 800-344-7570 850-927-4777 www.sgirealty.com MLS#241935 $470,000 St. George Island EAST END BEACHFRONT LOT! 1.02 acres! 728 ft deep by 61 ft wide, street to beach lot, offers two rows of gorgeous dunes, bike path runs parallel to West Gulf Beach Drive on the easement. The State Park is approx 2 miles east and the commercial area is about 2 miles west. Last sale of an East End beachfront lot was $560,000. Best Buy! John Shelby, Broker 800-344-7570 850-927-4777 www.sgirealty.com MLS#243713 $499,000 St. George Island 5 SHELL HARBOR Spectacular Bay AND Beach views, Newly Renovated email@example.com Locally owned and operated to meet all your insurance needs Stan Siprell Please check out my website at www.sunriseconstructioncompany.com, and see some of my residential and commercial building under the projects tab. Recent and current jobs include ONeill/Pennington, Wolfe, Piper and Breyne. I think you will nd me very easy to work with to customize the home you are dreaming of. Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business Bankruptcy Over 30 Years Legal Experience 850-670-3030 We are a debt relief agency. We can The hiring of a lawyer is an im Special to The Times The Franklin County Public Library continues its Summer Reading Program One World Many Stories at both the Carrabelle and Eastpoint branches with stories and fun from Paris and Hawaii. The Take Two Players made a special guest appearance in Eastpoint with mime fun from Donnie Denig, in photo above, and Liz Sisung. Children donned their French berets and learned the basics of art technique from Jan Neshat. Suzanne Creamer and Neshat created a virtual art studio with easels, paint palettes and still-life models of the Eiffel Tower. Stories about Vincent Van Goghs life were featured, as the children tasted fondue treats and listened to French music. In Carrabelle, the children were learning about Hawaii and some of the great activities of the island and the creatures of the sea. Stories and activities including dolphin ring toss and limbo were just a sample of the fun the participants had during this twohour weekly program that runs until July 29. There is absolutely no cost to the participants, and all that is needed is a signed registration form, available at either library branch. The summer reading program is considered an enrichment tool for children ages 5 to 11, to continue to learn during their vacation from school studies. Learning locations of cities and countries becomes a fun game for even the youngest child, with the air-lled globe game. The goal for this years program is to learn about different world regions by traveling through the world of books available through your public library. Every week offers new and creative ways to see the world. For questions and information, contact the libraries in Carrabelle at 697-2366 or Eastpoint at 6708151. Your County LIBRARY Special to The Times After a nearly six-month wait, Gov. Rick Scott last month reappointed Dawn D. Radford of Eastpoint to a term on the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Region Two. Radford, a writer with Gulf Coast State College, was reappointed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending Oct. 1, 2012. Also named to the plan ning council was Franklin H. Hatcher, 60, of Monticel lo, owner of North Florida Nurseries. He is reappoint ed for a term beginning June 21, 2011, and ending Oct. 1, 2011. Radford has served on the planning council for two full terms, rst by Gov. Jeb Bush, to a term beginning Dec. 1, 2004. Bush then re appointed her to a second term, beginning Nov. 6, 2006, and running through Oct. 1, 2009. She was reap pointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to a term beginning April 9, 2010, and that term would have run through Oct. 1, 2012. But when Scott became governor, he put a hold on all of Crists appoint ments, and the nomination had been in limbo since. The nomination now re quires the approval of the Florida Senate. In February. Scott reap pointed George Roberts of Panama City to the Govern ing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. Roberts, 47, vice presi dent of C.W. Roberts Con tracting Inc., was reappoint ed for a term beginning Feb. 4, 2011, and ending March 1, 2014. Radford reappointed to planning council DAWN D. RADFORD LIFEBOAT ACCIDENT At about 3:30 p.m. July 6, a U.S. Coast Guard boat on a trailer being towed by a semi-truck hit a Progress Energy pole on U.S. 98, west of Carrabelle in the Yents Bayou area. According to Progress Energy spokesman Tim Leljadahl, the boat came into contact with a cable television line suspended from the power poles, which brought the lines and the pole down. It broke the pole, and our crew went out and replaced the pole and had repairs completed by 9:30 p.m., he said. No Progress Energy customers were affected by this. According to the Coast Guard in Panama City, the vessel was a 47-foot search-and-rescue lifeboat being transported from Mayport. CAN D I BOONE | Special to the Times