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Publication Date: 12-27-2012
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Thursday, December 27, 2012 By LOIS SWOBODA 653-1819 | @ApalachTimes Lswoboda@star .com erbert Gardner Egg Brown was a founding father of Eastpoint. Born on Christmas day 1883 near Winchester, Virginia, he was 14 years old when his family traveled down the Chattahoochee River in 1898 to settle in Franklin County. Egg Browns parents, Quakers David H. Brown and his wife Rebecca Wood Brown, migrated to Nebraska with 3month-old Herbert in 1884. In 1896, they traveled by mule drawn wagon to Muscogee County, Georgia, with several families and organized as the Christian Commonwealth on a 4,000 acre plantation. Social reformers, the colony sought to form a cooperative and share the wealth among its members. Two years later, discouraged and disillusioned, the Browns and ve other families left Georgia and traveled down the Chattahoochee River to Apalachicola where they settled across the Apalachicola Bay on the strip of land called Eastpoint. By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com Franklin County lost a little ground in its unemployment rate for November, as it ticked up to the 6.2 percent level. According to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the countys jobless rate last month rose from 6.0 to 6.3 percent. Last month, six people were added to the unemployment rolls, growing them from 338 to 344 people in search of work. The workforce also shrank by 75 workers, from 5,609 to 5,533, but remained larger than one year ago, when it comprised 5,463 workers, and when the jobless rate was sharply higher, at 7.9 percent. Franklin Countys jobless picture placed it at fth best in Florida. Monroe County, at 4.7 percent, had the states lowest unemployment rate, followed by Walton County (5.5 percent), Okaloosa County (5.9 percent and Wakulla County (6.1 percent). Many of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates were those with relatively high proportions of government employment. The unemployment rate in the Gulf Coast Workforce region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties) was 8.1 percent in November, up 0.4 percentage point from October. The November 2012 rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the regions year ago rate of 9.9 percent and 0.2 percentage point above the November 2012 state rate of 7.9 percent. The countys unemployment numbers continue to run better than the two nearby counties, Bay and Gulf, which also are part of the Gulf Coast Workforce Region. Bay rose from 8.8 to 8.2 percent, and Gulf declined from 8.1 to 8.0 percent. Traditionally the unemployment rate for our region raises slightly at this time of year due to the slowdown of our tourist season, said Kim Bodine, executive director for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. We dont typically have enough seasonal holiday jobs to compensate for the drawdown associated with the tourist season, but we are almost 2 percent better off than we were one year ago. By TOM NORDLIE Special to the Times Apalachicola-area oystermen and community leaders received a progress report Dec. 6 from University of Florida scientists working to remediate the areas oyster population collapse. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant and leader of the UF Oyster Recovery Team, told a crowd of about 75 in Apalachicola that data being developed will help local industry representatives make management decisions to protect the areas world-famous shell sh. A good path forward will be one where scientists like us can give the community information to empower them to participate in the protection of the Apalachicola Bay system and its sheries, Havens said. At the meeting, members of the locally based seafood industry selfhelp organization Seafood Management Assistance Resource & Recovery Team, or SMARRT, announced plans for a stakeholders group. Made up of oystermen, shrimpers, crabbers, guides, dealers and other industry personnel, the 15-member group would enable the local seafood community to speak with one voice in communications with management agencies and research teams. Chris Millender, a SMARRT ad hoc committee member and chairperson of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association, said he hopes that with local expertise and scienti c support, Apalachicola Bay can be managed sustainably and the oyster shery collapse wont be repeated. In early September, Gov. Rick Scott requested federal assistance to mitigate an expected decline in the areas fall and winter oyster harvest, which began Sept. 1. Shortly after, UF Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jack Payne announced formation of the interdisciplinary oyster recovery team. The team includes experts from such disciplines as mollusk biology, aquaculture, commercial seafood processing, food and resource economics, water chemistry, environmental toxins, marine ecology, public health and community resiliency. Though based in UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the team includes representatives from Florida State University and state agencies. Unemployment for county rises a bit, report says xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 50 WWW.APALACHTIMES.COM VOL. 127 ISSUE 35 Phone: 850-653-8868 Web: apalachtimes.com E-mail: dadlerstein@star .com Fax: 850-653-8036 Circulation: 800-345-8688 Opinion . . . . . . A4 Society . . . . . . A6 Faith . . . . . . . A7 Outdoors . . . . . A8 Sports . . . . . . A9 Tide Chart . . . . . A9 Classi eds . . . . A11 DEADLINES FOR NEXT WEEK: School News & Society: 11 a.m. Friday Real Estate Ads: 11 a.m. Thursday Legal Ads: 11 a.m. Friday Classi ed Display Ads: 11 a.m. Friday Classi ed Line Ads: 5 p.m. Monday xxxxx Contact Us xxxxx Out to see Index Seahawks surprise St. Joe, A9 Battle on the Gulf starts today The Battle on the Gulf will get into full swing at Franklin County High School today, as eight basketball squads four boys and four girls fight it out in post-holiday basketball tournament action. Participating teams also include Tallavana Christian, Wewahitchka, and Madison. All games start at 2:30 p.m., and continue Friday and Saturday, with that evening featuring the championship games. Lighthouse climb Friday to help food pantry Climb the Cape St. George Lighthouse on Friday, and you help feed the hungry in Franklin County. The St. George Lighthouse Association has determined all climbing revenues received Friday, Dec. 28, will be donated to the Franklin County Food Pantry. This will include daytime climbing revenues, as well as revenues from the Full Moon Climb in the evening. The lighthouse will be open for climbing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Climbing fees are $5 for adults and $3 for youth age 16 or younger. Children 6 years old or younger climb at no charge. There is no charge for lighthouse association members and active members of the U.S. military with a current ID. Climbers must be at least 40 inches tall. The Sunset / Full Moon Climb will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes light snacks and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. The sun sets at 5:49 p.m. and the moon rises at 6:21 p.m. Cost for the Full Moon Climb is $15 for the general public and $10 for SGLA members. After sunset, additional climbers can view the full moon for $10 or $5 for SGLA members, as time and space permit. Reservations for the climb can be made by calling the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745. Oyster Recovery Team begins work See OYSTER A5 Top: Herbert Egg Brown Bottom: Egg Brown on the violin with Tonner Segree and Tabor Williams. FLORIDA MEMORY PROJECT | Special to The Times A good Egg Herbert Brown, born on Christmas, helped found Eastpoint H See EGG A2 By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 young students and six adults were shot dead at an elementary school, local school of cials are pondering what steps to take to prevent even a hint of such incidents here. I really dont want to talk about this but we dont have a choice, said Superintendent Nina Marks, in introducing the subject to the school board at the Dec. 20 regular meeting in the Willie Speed board room in Eastpoint. The incident has impacted every school district I can think of, she said. Different superintendents are now sending letters to the governor, with discussion about armed law enforcement on the campuses more and more. We are going to learn about that sort of thing. To provide the school board with relevant background, Marks cited ndings of the 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, a survey that students ll out anonymously to gauge the extent that they have reported engaging in delinquent behaviors over the past 12 months. I think as we start the rst part of the new year we have to pay attention and listen to the students, she said. Their feelings actually come out in this survey. Marks asked the county health departments David Walker to come forward and talk about the survey, which is a joint effort of the state departments of education and health. He said 90 percent of Franklin County High School students took part in the survey. The survey showed that local middle and high school students reported a higher percentage than the state average of such behaviors as being drunk or high at school, getting suspended, attacking Schools debate security measures See SCHOOLS A12 INSIDE Read a letter from from the principal and CEO of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School about instituting practice drills, A12

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Local A2 | The Times Thursday, December 27, 2012 TOBACCO C ESSA T ION C LASS S CHEDULE LOCATION: George E. Weems Memorial Hospital A ll classes begin at 5:30 P.M. Free nicotine patches and gum will be provided to participants who complete each class Each class is a 2 hour (one time) session. Please visit the following websites to view a current schedule of tobacco cessation classes that are being held in Franklin County at www.bigbendahec.org/quit-now and www.ahectobacco.com For additional information, please contact Big Bend A HE C at 850-224-1177. THERE IS NO COS T T O A TT END! Holiday Christmas Issue December 20th, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 14th, 2012 3pm Now accepting Christmas Greetings to be placed alongside the Childrens Letters to Santa. December 27th, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 19th, 2012 **ALL AD COPY MUST BE APPROVED BY December 21st, 2012 4:30pm** January 3rd, 2012 DEADLINE TO RESERVE SPACE: December 27th, 2012 **ALL AD COPY MUST BE APPROVED BY December 31st 3pm** Contact: Joel Reed (850) 814-7377 Kari Fortune (850) 227-7847 -ORHerbert Brown spent his life in Eastpoint where became a revered and beloved member of the community. In 1983, the former Brown Elementary School was named for him at the request of the Eastpoint Lions Club. Brown died a year later, August 1, 1984, at 100 years of age. Over the years, Brown was a farmer, school board member, water and soil conservation district member, prison mail clerk and school teacher. He shared the job of postmaster with his sister Elizabeth, with the two siblings having inherited the position from their mother, Eastpoints rst postmaster. When she died in 1938, Brown took on the task of sorting mail unof cially. It was kind of peculiar, he later said. I was the oldest child and I didnt know what else to do. Around 1940, the postal service appointed him fourth class postmaster. After his fathers death the same year, Brown remodeled the post of ce adding a separate entrance and lock boxes. Prior to the change, people walked through the living room to pick up mail. In the late 1940s, when the growing seafood industry necessitated a bigger space for handling mail, Brown built a block house east of his home. He worked there until his retirement in 1954 at age 70. Brown earned the nickname Egg for peddling eggs in Eastpoint and Apalachicola. Every Friday, rst by ferry and later by bridge, Brown crossed the river to Apalachicola in a canopied truck, loaded with eggs. Before leaving Eastpoint, he would collect shopping lists from his neighbors. He carried his eggs door-to-door in Apalachicola. Delores Roux remembers her mother bought two dozen each week. When the eggs were sold, Brown picked up the items on his shopping lists and carried them home. Preshia Crum, another Eastpoint centenarian who is currently the communitys oldest resident, said Brown owned the rst car in Eastpoint and his car was the rst to cross the Gorrie Bridge from Eastpoint to Apalachicola at the grand opening celebration. The evening of her wedding in Apalachicola, Brown met Miss Preshia and husband Lucius at the ferry and gave them a ride part way home. Charles Moore remembers Browns chicken farm on what is now Patton Drive. He said Brown kept a ock of several hundred white leghorns, and often took area children on tours of his chicken house. He had a croquet set, which he shared with the children of the community. Fond of youngsters, Brown founded Eastpoints rst Boy Scout troop and a scoutmaster for many years. Moore later knew Brown when they were both members of the Lions Club. Together they traveled to meetings as far away as Pensacola. Brown was proud of his record of perfect attendance at Eastpoint Lions Club meetings. When he celebrated his 100th birthday, he was the second oldest member of Lions Club International. Brown was a diminutive man with brown hair and blue eyes. He was intelligent, a musician and an avid reader. He was fond of studying foreign languages and often corresponded with his family in Esperanto, the hoping language, constructed for international use in 1887 but never of cially adopted by any country. Brown clearly remembered his familys journey to Florida and, in 1962, wrote an account that was published in the Times. The story began, In the spring of 1898 my father, David H. Brown, with family of ve boys and three girls, ranging in age from 14 years down to ve months, led a band of settlers from Georgia to Florida and founded the settlement of Eastpoint. Traveling with the Browns were John and Lottie Griswold with two boys and two girls; The Andrew Allens with three boys and one girl, the Mackenzies with a son and daughter and the Earnest Thompsons with one son. There was also a civil war veteran Grandpa Wells and a man named John Sars eld. David Brown had already made a trip to Franklin County to purchase land for a settlement from Captain S. E. Rice. The group planned to earn a living farming and harvesting seafood. They traveled south on three barges lashed together, one they purchased and two 30-foot house barges they constructed from wood. The contraption was steered by two long oars one on each end. The cries Georgia or Alabama indicated which bank to steer towards. The barges were loaded with chickens, ducks, turkeys, two farm horses, a pony and farm machinery as well as household goods. The fowl were actually transported on a sort of oating coop attached to one side of the rafts. The travelers set off on April 4, 1898, at probably the worst possible time, when the river was running very high after heavy rains. In his account, Brown commented that, if they had had any experience with the river, they would have waited. Everything went well that day, he wrote, until late in the afternoon when the high wind carried the boats to the shore where overhanging branches tore a corner of the roof off of the smaller boat of the Browns right over the stove where their supper was cooking, and the boat with the poultry was overturned, drowning most of the chickens and the turkeys. Tom Allen nally managed to get a line ashore but was unable to stop the boats in the strong current, and was left to catch up as best he could. Considering the situation dangerous, Mr. Griswold with the large skiff took the women and children ashore on the Georgia side where they spent a cold quite uncomfortable night in a Negros cabin. Will Frye of Apalachicola, an of cer on the steamboat Queen City, put out a bateau with a couple of roustabouts and a heavy cable and nally got the boats tied up a short distance from a railroad bridge. The travelers spent April 6 getting reorganized. The next day, a market trip was made to Eufaula to purchase lumber to replace the oars, which had been broken during the mishap. While there, they hired an African American pilot to join them on rest of the trip. Over the next four days, little progress was made. On April 12, wrote Brown, River Junction was passed and as they were in a safe part of the river, they kept on all night, only stopping the next day on account of wind. As usual, when tied up during the day, someone went shing. When the wind abated later they went on until after dark, passing Devils Elbow, a great bend in the river. EGG from page A1 FLORIDA MEMORY PROJECT | Special to The Times The one-room school house where Brown taught. 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Ofcers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were busy during the rst two weeks of December, working tirelessly to prevent the illegal harvest of oysters from closed waters in the Apalachicola Bay. Ofcers John Allen and Matt Gore, along with assistance from FWCs aviation wing, issued nine misdemeanor citations for the harvest of oysters from conditionally restricted waters, unshaded oysters, and untagged bags of oysters. The 11 bags of oysters seized during these efforts were returned to the restricted waters alive, thus keeping them from the consumer shellsh market and preventing the healthrelated issues that can arise from ingesting tainted shellsh. Allen conducted a sheries inspection on a few anglers on the St. George Island Fishing Pier. His inspection revealed an undersized sea bass and an oversized red drum. The ofcer issued a misdemeanor citation for the red drum and a warning for the sea bass. Ofcers continue to monitor shellsh harvesting in Apalachicola and Apalachee Bay. During the past seven days, Ofcers Jason Carroll and Steven Cook observed two subjects harvesting oysters in conditionally closed waters. Ofcers set up surveillance, and after gathering enough evidence conducted a vessel stop on the oyster boat. The subjects were charged for oystering in conditionally closed waters, and the oysters were seized and returned back to the bay. Franklin County Health Department is pleased to provide the following medical services: 2 LO C ATIONS TO SERVE YOU: CA LL 850 6532111 139-12th Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am 5pm Carrabelle Annex is open every Wednesday and the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 106 NE 5th Street in Carrabelle 8am 5pm A Sliding Fee Scale is available for most services. We also accept many insurance plans. WOMENS HEA L T H Family Planning Preconception Counseling Pregnancy Testing Limited Prenatal Care Yearly Well-Woman Exams Hormone Replacement Therapy Menopause Management Breast Exams Florida Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Endometrial Biopsy Abnormal Pap Smear Management Colposcopy Cryo-therapy LEEP M ENS HEA L T H Family Planning referral for Vasectomy, condoms Androscopy Yearly Physical exams ST D P RO G RAM Testing Treatment Prevention C OMMUNI C A BL E D ISEASE C ONTRO L Detection Education Treatment Case Management / Follow-up INSU L IN & E P I L E P SY ME D I C ATION P RO G RAMS *MU ST MEET EL IGI B I L I TY RE QUI REME N TS QUEST D IA G NOSTI C S C O LL E C TION SITE Lab Work U rine Drug Screens IMMUNI Z ATIONS Vaccines for Children (VFC) Adult I mmunizations L IMITE D P RIMARY C ARE Sick Visits School & Sports Physicals Well Child CheckU ps (Age 4 & U p) DOT Physicals FOR MORE IN F ORMATION ON T H ESE P RO G RAMS, PL EASE C A LL 850 6532111 Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp NEW LOCATION: dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Notice of Vacancy Franklin County Tourist Development Council Board Member The Franklin County Tourist Development Council is composed of nine members appoint ed by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Anyone interested in being considered for this volunteer position is encouraged to send a letter of interest and qualifying resume to the FCTDC at the address below. This is a volunteer position with no nancial compensation. Board members are re quired to attend regular board meetings and are expected to participate in the Committee activities of the Board. Prospective applicants must be engaged in a tourist-related business and must be a resident of Franklin County. All members of the council shall be electors of the county. Interested persons should reply no later than February 1, 2013. A recommendation will be forwarded to the Franklin County Commission for their consideration. Applications may be submitted to: Franklin County Tourist Development Council P O Box 819 Apalachicola, Florida 32329 or via email attachment to fran@anaturalescape.com For further information, please call Fran Edwards at the FCTDC oce at 850-653-8678 The following report is provided by the Franklin County Sheriffs Ofce. Arrests in this weeks report were made by ofcers from the Carrabelle Police Department (CPD) and Franklin County Sheriffs Ofce (FCSO). All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Dec. 19 Michelle Holmes, 37, Cecil, Ala., two counts of grand theft (FCSO) Ronald H. Burris, 66, Carrabelle, domestic battery (FCSO) Donna J. Brandon, 48, Carrabelle, domestic battery (FCSO) Dec. 20 Shirl E. Whiddon, 47, Carrabelle, false report to a law ofcer (CPD) FWC REPORT Arrest REPORT Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business Bankruptcy Over 30 Years Legal Experience 850-670-3030 bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information Ofcers issue citations, monitor harvesting THE APALACHICOLA TIMES FIND US ON F AC EBOOK Law Enforcement The Times | A3 Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Opinion A4 | The Times USPS 027-600 Published every Thursday at 129 Commerce St. Apalachicola, FL 32329 Publisher: Roger Quinn Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Apalachicola Times P.O. Box 820 Apalachicola, FL 32329 Phone 850-653-8868 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT APALACHICOLA, FL 32329 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation: 1-800-345-8688 Formerly The Apalachicola Times Thursday, December 27, 2012 If youre like many Americans 71 percent, according to an AARP survey you might be under the impression that your 401(k) plan administrator doesnt charge you anything to maintain your account. Youd be wrong. In fact, these companies typically charge fees equivalent to 0.5 to 2 percent of your account balance each year sometimes as high as 5 percent. In addition to ongoing tariffs for managing your investment options, plan administrators often deduct numerous other fees from individuals accounts, including charges for administrative costs, sales commissions, advertising, insurance, and trading expenses. Perhaps equally disturbing is that many employers which have a duciary responsibility to ensure the retirement plans they sponsor have reasonable fees and expenses often dont know what fees their employees are being charged either. Over time, out-ofcontrol fees can take a serious toll. The Department of Labor estimates that paying just 1 percent in extraneous fees each year could reduce your account balance by 28 percent during an average working career. Finding let alone understanding such fee disclosures can be time-consuming and often involves wading through complex plan documents. Thats why last year, the Labor Department issued regulations requiring fund administrators to provide a more transparent breakdown of their fees to employers, which in turn must pass the information along to employees. During the rst disclosure phase, investment companies were required to send a detailed statement about their plans investment options, including fund performance and fees. You should have received this information from your employer by August 31, 2012. This statement, which will hereafter be sent annually, should include: An explanation of any fees and expenses for general plan administration, such as legal, accounting and recordkeeping services. Total annual operating expenses expressed as a percentage of account assets and a dollar amount per $1,000 invested. An explanation of fees and expenses incurred based on your actions (e.g., trading fees, loans, service charges for low balances, hardship withdrawals, processing divorce decrees or qualied domestic relations orders, etc.) The historical performance of each fund in which you invest (at 1, 5 and 10 years, and since the funds inception.) Benchmark performance for example, if you invest in an S&P index fund, it should be compared to the average expense ratios for the S&P 500 over the same periods. The second phase of fund disclosure was the release of quarterly performance statements tied to your particular investment accounts. The rst of these statements was for July 1 Sept. 30, 2012, and most people should have received theirs by mid-November. It should include specic dollar amounts of planrelated expenses or fees charged to or deducted from your accounts that quarter, along with a detailed description of the related services. For many, these statements are a wakeup call for why they need to choose investment options more carefully. They wont do all the work: Youll still need to crunch the numbers on how your current investment choices stack up against other funds. And no piece of paper can determine your appetite for risk vs. reward. But theyre a start. The DOL hopes that by shining daylight on 401(k) plan costs, employers will be motivated to rein in costs and seek better investment options for employees and that employees will be more inclined to seek out the most cost-effective funds for their retirement savings. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www.twitter. com/PracticalMoney. Q: Can you explain the procedure on how our President is elected? We vote for our President, yet the election is contingent on electoral votes. How does that work? A: Im not an expert on election procedures, but heres some useful information. Under our countrys Constitution, our founding fathers established a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualied citizens. There is a process called the Electoral College. American voters do not directly elect the President of the United States. Rather, as set up in the Constitution, electors from each individual state cast ballots for the president and vice-president in the electoral college. Every state and the District of Columbia has a number of electoral college members equal to the number of congressional representatives and senators in that state. There is a minimum of 3 members in some states and the numbers go up to 55 in the State of California. Texas has 38, New York and Florida both have 29, and all others have lower numbers. There are a total of 538 electors and a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. The presidential election is held every four years. Before the election, national conventions are held and the candidates from the political parties are nominated and chosen. There are also independent candidates who run without being afliated with a political party. Most states have a winner-take-all system that awards all electors to the winning presidential candidate. Florida follows the winner-take-all system, so whichever candidate receives the majority of the popular vote at the November election, or a plurality of the popular vote (less then 50 percent but more than any other candidate), takes all of the states Electoral votes. After elections, the electors of each state meet and cast their votes which are then recorded on a Certicate of Votes which is sent to the Congress. The electors votes for a state cannot be split and must go to the same candidate except for Maine and Nebraska. It is important to remember that the President is not chosen by a nation-wide popular vote. The Electoral College vote totals determine the winner, not the statistical plurality or majority a candidate may have in the nation-wide popular vote totals at the election polls. In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush received fewer popular votes than Albert Gore, Jr, yet he received the majority of electoral votes. As a matter of record, the State of Floridas 29 electoral votes this year were ofcially cast for President Barack Obama. Obama, who also prevailed in Florida in 2008, was the rst Democrat to carry Florida twice since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Electoral votes will ofcially be counted January 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C., with Obamas inauguration following two weeks later. If you have any questions or comments about this column, please forward them to: Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market Street, Ste. 203, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320 or by email to: mmjohnson@franklinclerk.com. Visit the Clerks website at www.franklinclerk.com. How we elect the president Understanding 401(k) fees COLUMN JASON ALDERMAN The Moss Hill Church is actually in an area that is about three miles southeast of Vernon. It is in an area once known for its Indian population. The Holmes Valley Methodist Mission was responsible for the church, and its origination was between 1821 and 1825. The building standing today was built in 1857. The Moss Hill Methodist Church has been refurbished over the years, but still has a rustic feel. It is truly beautiful and a site that is worth going out of your way to see. The sign out front notes services are on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 2 p.m. The time of the service seems to corroborate what my Grandmama said about those Methodists. She said they like to stay out late on Saturday night and to watch out not to let children take communion because the grape juice they dole out is the real stuff. Im sure they share a minister with at least one other church. Its easy to think about all of the folks that have worshipped there, been married there and had funeral services and been buried in the cemetery on the grounds. The graveyard has a number of Civil War soldiers in it and their service will forever be lauded. War is a terrible thing, no matter when, where or how, but those who gave the ultimate sacrice should never be forgotten. An interesting tidbit about the land around the Moss Hill Church, a fellow by the name of Igdaliah Wood requested and was granted title to the land in 1861 after the beginning of the War Between the States. Union President Abraham Lincoln granted the request on December 5, 1861, almost a year after Florida seceded. Igdaliah is not a name you hear much anymore. It is pronounced ig-dal-yaw, probably ig-dahl-yah in the heart of the Panhandle when folks dropped everything to build a church for everybody to use. From a Southern point of view, the name Igdaliah means God is great. The Moss Hill Methodist Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the type of wood used to construct the church, hand and footprints can be seen on the ceiling. The church was built of lumber from pine heartwood, also known as lighter or fatwood. As this wood gets older, it gets stronger and becomes immune to water and termites. Those Methodists were pretty smart. This type of wood is very sticky and usually oozing a resin, which captured the hand, nger and foot prints of those doing the work. So if you go to the Moss Hill Church, look up! During this holiday season, its a good time to look up everywhere. After I looked closely at the pictures I made, I realized I had captured some of the childrens and carpenters handprints and footprints without even knowing it. Vernon, at one time was known as the Worlds Leading Gopher-Shipping Port. Thats right, Vernon was a World Leader in shipping out gophers. On my trip to the Vernon Historical Societys Archives, I found it in a book. You need to understand what a gopher is. The type of gophers they were shipping out were not animals. These gophers were tortoises. Gopher tortoises were shipped by steamboat to Pensacola every week between 1885 and 1930 by the hundreds. Not only were they considered a delicacy for the gourmets in Pensacola, but they were carried out to sea by the sailors and shermen to provide fresh meat and supplement their menus. Gopher tortoises were pretty easy to keep alive until you were ready to put them on the table. If you didnt have money and needed something in Vernon, the stores would take gophers instead of cash. I had read about Moss Hill Church still being without electricity. I saw blankets and church fans on the pews. I can only speculate the congregation didnt want the preacher to pass out in the middle of a sermon on the second Sunday in August. This beautiful church lled with history and the story of how gopher tortoises were used as cash in Vernon, just makes me wonder, Do you think anyone ever put a tortoise in the offering plate? For more stories and pictures of my trip to Vernon, visit me at www. CranksMyTractor.com. A tortoise in the offering plate CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard ...for such is the Kingdom of Heaven No attempt at humor today. I cant get those school kids off my mind. Six and seven year olds! Can you imagine the laughter and joy that lay ahead of them? Can you imagine a more innocent group? I think of touchdowns not scored. Proms not attended. Hugs forever snuffed out. I love young people ten hundred per cent more than I do old folks. I enjoy the laughter, the spontaneity and the wide openness of their little eyes. I like that they dont complain or make excuses. I like that they dont step gingerly around the mud puddle, they jump right in with both feet. If you make a face at them they dont get mad or think you are an idiot they make a face right back at you! It is incomprehensible what happened at Newtown, Connecticut. And Im mad and my heart hurts and Im lost as all get out here to understand how we could reach such a place in our society. I thought we lived in the home of the brave and the land of the free. When did things get so far off track? Did it start with Halloween? Remember when you could go trick or treating without your mom? Nobody was going to harm a group of little kids walking up and down the streets collecting candy. Cars stopped a half a block away to let them pass. Porch lights were on all over town to light the way. There was no danger of a razor blade in the Baby Ruth or arsenic in the Milk Duds. Now, for Halloween, we rope off a section down town and have a controlled candy hunt. Its safe and I appreciate that. But isnt it also a statement about where we are in this country today? I do nd it a bit ironic that some of the most out spoken proponents for gun control are also just as out spoken for abortion rights. I dont believe our society is sick. I believe we have some sick people in our society. And listen closely here, we must all except some of the blame for the way things are in America today. Maybe we should have spoken up more, or at least questioned, some of the violent movies, videos and television shows. We should demand that media of all shapes, forms, fashion and kinds spend their air time glorifying family life, presenting decent rules for living and simple civilities among human beings. I have a 7-year-old grandson. He is a rst grader. If I thought it would help, Id pull that Remington out from under the bed and follow him every where he goes. But that is not feasible.or even sensible. Im trusting lots of folks to help me raise little Luke safely and soundly. We didnt do that for Newtown. Lets wise up America. Please. Respectfully, Kesley Colbert Under our countrys Constitution, our founding fathers established a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualied citizens. YOUR PUBLIC TRUSTEE Marcia Johnson

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Local The Times | A5 Thursday, December 27, 2012 Below Brick Yard, they were met by Capt. Rice, with a small tug. He towed them to the bay where the tug left them because it didnt operate in saltwater. On April 16, they poled and paddled the otilla across the bay with some help from a small sailboat belonging to Rice. The lumber from the barges was used to build the first houses in Eastpoint. The Browns at first lived in a little house near the site of the old toll booth. A few years later, they built the wooden house where Egg Brown spent his life. On July 16, 1898, the rst mail was delivered to Eastpoint by Capt. Andy Wing piloting the Crescent City. A schoolhouse was also erected that year, and a church was built soon afterwards. Initially, the group had little success harvesting seafood because they were inexperienced. They experimented with growing crops including citrus, strawberries and sugar cane. Egg Brown never married, although most of his siblings did. He remained in the house where he was born with two unmarried sisters. Brown lies at rest in the Eastpoint cemetery at the heart of the town he helped to found. Competitive Yields on FDIC Insured CDs PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF INTENT IS GIVEN THAT FRANKLIN COUNTY WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON JANUARY 15, 2013 AT 11:00 A.M. TO CONSIDER ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE EXISTING FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICES MUNICIPAL BENEFIT UNIT ORDINANCES FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING SEVEN SEPARATE FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICES DISTRICTS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA AND TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING BODY TO AUTHORIZE FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICE ASSESSMENTS WITHIN THE DISTRICTS THAT MAY DIFFER FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT BASED ON THE COST OF PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICES WITHIN EACH DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that on January 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) at 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, Florida at the Courthouse Annex, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance captioned as follows: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 96-8 TO CREATE A MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT DISTRICT PURSUANT TO SECTION 125.01 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICES, CREATING SEVEN FIRE AND RESCUE DISTRICTS AND THEIR BOUNDARIES, PROVIDING A PURPOSE; PROVIDING A TERM OF THE UNIT, PROVIDING A GOVERNING BODY, PROVIDING FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICE ASSESSMENTS; PROVIDING THAT FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICE ASSESSMENTS MAY DIFFER AMONG THE DISTRICTS BASED ON THE REASONABLE COST OF PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION AND RESCUE SERVICES WITHIN EACH FIRE AND RESCUE DISTRICT, COLLECTIONS AND FUND, PROVIDING FOR CONTRACTING FOR SERVICES, PROVIDING SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE 98-8 WHICH PROVIDED FOR EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL OF LIENS ASSESSED AGAINST PROPERTY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE A copy of the proposed ordinance is on with the of Court, 33 Street, cola, Florida and may be viewed there. Interested Persons may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. Any party who may wish to appeal the decision made at this public hearing is responsible for making a verbatim transcript of the hearing. Those persons requiring assistance to attend the meeting must call deputy clerk Michael Moron at 850-653-8861 x100 at least three business days before the meeting to make arrangements. DI S S I ) Children and Adults No Fee or Cost If No Recovery G AYLE PEED IN G O A TTO NEY AT L AW Apalachicola, FL (850) 292-7059 | (850) 944-6020 FAX gsrlaw@bellsouth.net BILL MILLER REALTY 850-697-3751 (3310) 570-0658 400 + COMM. U.S. 98 & GULF ADJ. TO LANARK MARINA 850K $29,500 $2,500 D O W N B UYS 2 B ED AP T 2 6 OR RENT $500/MTH 2 B/R 1 BTH GULF VIE W HOME W/ F AMILY R OOM $70,000 C/B-3-1 2 COR LOTS CITY $49,500 3/2 D /W 2 COR LOTS CITY $42,500 MIH 2 C RNR LOTS BLK. $ S TORE REDUCED $49,500 2 AC-AT RIVER UTIL. IN -$39,500 In addition to looking for causes of the current oyster decline, the recovery team scientists hope to nd ways the industry can move toward a more adaptive and resilient approach to oyster management. They expect to deliver recommendations in early 2013, Havens said. The team has already met several times with residents to get input on recovery efforts and outline proposed recovery team activities. At Thursdays meeting, team leaders presented information about the progress of the teams six major divisions: contaminants and pathogens, water ow and salinity, nutrient inputs, oyster population dynamics, sheries modeling, and food safety. Some highlights: The ongoing drought in the Southeast has reduced ow in the Apalachicola River, which provides freshwater to Apalachicola Bay. This has increased water salinity and cut nutrient availability, and most likely played a role in reducing oyster, shrimp and sh populations. Climate models predict more drought, meaning that the oyster industry must nd ways to make production resilient to drought conditions. Scientists and producers discussed experiments that could help determine where oysters best survive under reduced waterow conditions. One expert asserted that stricter policing of oyster size limits is needed to restore populations and ensure quality. Havens noted that local involvement will continue to be critical in guiding scienti c efforts. It may take us a long time to gather enough data to explain what happened, Havens said, but the community is energized to work with the team and nd ways to preserve this historic industry and the areas seafood resources. OYSTER from page A1 Egg Browns house on Patton Drive is one of the oldest in Eastpoint. LOIS SWOBODA | The Times EGG from page A2

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A6 | The Times Thursday, December 27, 2012 PUBLIC NOTICE ers OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society TINKER & BELLE! These two six week old kittens are too cute for words! They are both female, both fuzzy and both social and playful. They have been fostered so they love interaction with people and will transition easily into a home environment. Start the New Year off right with a warm fuzzy kitten or two! VOLU NT EER S ARE DE S PERA T EL Y N EEDED T O S OCIALIZE WI T H ALL OF OUR DOG S A N D CA TS W e are always looking for people willing to bring one of our animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. A nytime you can spare would be greatly appreciated. C all Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the F ranklin C ounty H umane Society at 244 State R oad 65 in E astpoint. You may logon to the website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable pets. NIP RODENTS I N T H E BU D CALL L OIS AT 653-5857 Franklin Countys ONLY LOC AL Pest Control Company RODENTS RODENTS RODENTS I I N N T T Special to The Times Gulf Coast State College President Dr. Jim Kerley was recognized by the Florida Workforce Development Association in Orlando as the statewide recipient of the prestigious Barbara K. Grif n Workforce Excellence Award. The purpose of the award is to celebrate workforce excellence through an award given to a workforce development professional or system partner who best exempli es excellence through exceptional performance. Kerley has 20-plus years community college experience and became the president of Gulf Coast State College in June 2007. Since that time, he has successfully added new degree programs to Gulf Coast State College and spearheaded the development of the state of the art Advanced Technology Center. Kerley was also a founding partner, along with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Bay District Schools, of the Bay County Career and Technical Education Council, a program which integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. He has fostered a strong and unique partnership with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board by having Gulf Coast State College serve as the Workforce Boards scal agent and operate the onestop career center. Special to The Times Navy Airman Jacob A. Lee, son of Melissa Shiver Lee, of Eastpoint, and Timothy O. Lee, of Eastpoint, along with the almost 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Commissioned on Nov. 25, 1965, the Enterprise was the worlds rst nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and it recently completed its 25th and nal deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held before the ships terminal of oad program and subsequent decommissioning. The inactivation ceremony was the last of cial public event for the ship and served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 sailors who served aboard. The chief of naval operations, the commander of United States eet forces, nine of 23 prior commanding of cers, many decorated war heroes and thousands of Enterprise veterans attended the event. A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Paci c Ocean and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major con ict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam con ict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there. Lee is a 2009 graduate of Franklin County High School, and he joined the Navy in April 2010. For more information on USS Enterprise, her legendary history and Inactivation Week events, visit enterprise.navy.mil By JESSICA McCARTHY 747-5073 | @PCNHJessica jmccarthy@pcnh.com PANAMA CITY Gifted high school students from Gulf and Franklin counties are spending time at Gulf Coast State College working on a potential wetland project for ZooWorld. Linda Fitzhugh, biology professor, said application is the focus. This is real world problem solving and thats what theyre going to have to do at some point, when they have jobs, Fitzhugh said. Theyre being encouraged to do a lot of these STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities, so a lot of these kids might become our future engineers and biologists. So, we wanted a real world STEM experiment. Antonio Adessi, coordinator of engineering technology at GCSC, said he hopes the project crosses subject matter lines for the students. As members of our future community, its a matter of building that awareness at the citizen level, one by one, Adessi said. We want to get them engaged in something that is school related but is also everyday life. Overall, the project will focus on water ltration so the zoo can reuse water for cleaning cages and watering plants. The students rst class covered water quality, how to test for it and how to improve it. The second class, held Wednesday, looked at soil. The students learned the elements of soil, how it holds water and different types of soil protection methods. The next class will look at plants how to use them appropriately to help stop erosion and increase the water ltration. Maura Mahan, a 15-year-old Port St. Joe High School sophomore, said being raised by a scientist put the desire to learn in her blood. Im learning how to design wetlands, Mahan said. Im planning on being a veterinarian and that would fall under a lot of categories here. Im learning quite a bit. Fitzhugh said she hopes to have the wetland design done in April or May; if the design is implemented, she hopes to have the students come back on work on the physical project. Society SCIENCE OF SOIL: Students work on real world problem solving SPECIAL TO THE TIMES From left are Kim Bodine, Dr. Jim Kerley, Donna Kerley and Barbara Grif n. Kerley wins Workforce Excellence Award JACOB LEE Airman Lee attends Enterprise ceremony ANDREW WARDLOW | Halifax Media Group Franklin Countys Ursula Countryman, 14, left, and Port St. Joes Katie Nobles, 14, test soil at Gulf Coast State College.

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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 fumcapalach@gtcom.net 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 Nursery now provided for Sunday Church Service 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 R. Michael Whaley, Pastor WELCOMES YOU Church of the Ascension 101 NE First Street Carrabelle SUNDAY 10:00 AM WELCOMES YOU Church THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (850) 274-4490 (850) 545-2578 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. Sunday Worship Services 8 & 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays Healing Service 11 a.m. Centering Prayer 4 p.m. FRANKLIN COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO SALVAGE METAL FROM TWO FISHING PIERS The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners hereby requests proposals for salvaging metal wire inside a conduit attached to the Eastpoint Fishing Pier and the St. George Island Fishing Pier. Each person responding to this proposal (the proposer) shall, at a minimum, in a safe manner, the equipment and personnel that the person intends to use in the salvage, together with information describing how that person intends to perform the salvage operation, such as, without limitation, reeling the wire onto a spool from the mainland, or salvaging from the water or the bridge, or some combination thereof. Furthermore, the proposer shall state the amount to be paid to Franklin County for the salvage rights. The winning proposer shall be responsible for all permits, costs of salvage and insurance requirements. They also shall be required to repair any damage to the the salvaging operation shall be cleaned up and removed by the winning proposer before they complete the salvage operations. Franklin County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, or withdraw the bid at anytime, and to waive technical defects. Franklin County reserves the right from the winning proposer. Salvage Proposal and shall be delivered to the Franklin County Clerk of Court, Break out your 2013 calendar and mark Franklin County Public Library, Eastpoint, as the place to be on Jan. 17th. Beginning at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., teens will be involved with the rst annual Game Day at the branch library in Eastpoint. There will be new games like Battleship, Clue, and Zombie Dice for the teens to play. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes for those who stay to the end. Library gaming programs encourage interaction between patrons of all ages and cultures. Libraries still provide traditional services, but continue to change by offering new formats and programs. This event aims to connect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Our Teen Underground has been a place for the teens to work on homework assignments, pick up a new book, or just quietly visit with their friends after school. The library also offers a unique opportunity for these students to observe other library programs that take place and learn why libraries are such an important part of the community they live in. Dont forget to smile when you visit Franklin County Public Library either in Carrabelle or Eastpoint, because someone might snap your picture! Florida Snapshot Day 2013 will be happening throughout the month of January at all participating libraries and concludes on Jan. 30th. Photos will capture some of the daily activities and patrons who avail themselves to library services. Library programs including the many children who come in for Story time and other childrens programs have the best smiles of all. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces coming to the library programs in 2013. For questions or information regarding library hours or services call 850-670-8151 in Eastpoint or 850-697-2366 in Carrabelle. Thank you for the Christmas cheer. I want to thank Mullis\Eye Institute in Panama City, the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Senior Citizens Services of Franklin and Gulf County, Care Minders of Panama City and all my friends for holiday gifts and wish them health and happiness in the New Year. DAN SANGAREE Cora Maxine Sanborn, 85, of Carrabelle, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Tallahassee. She was born in Carrabelle on Nov. 16, 1927. She loved to hunt and sh, and she traveled the U.S. in her RV. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Graveside services were Friday afternoon, Dec. 21, at Evergreen Cemetery, Carrabelle. Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel, Crawfordville, is assisting with arrangements. She is survived by her three sons, Gary W. Beebe (Clemmie), Dennis J. Beebe (Stephanie) and Richard A. Beebe, all of Carrabelle; sisters, Earline Bray, Carrabelle, and Betty J. Miller (Charlie), Perry; brother, Alton Starling (Alice), Daytona; six grandchildren, Steven W. Beebe (Alicia), Carrabelle; Evie Carroll (Curtis), Crawfordville; Brooke Millender, Carrabelle; Dennis Lake Beebe, Carrabelle, Richard A. Beebe Jr., Mo., and Sierra Messer, Eastpoint; 13 great-grandchildren, and special friend, Gary Cook of Carrabelle. She was preceded in death by her parents; Alto and Mable Starling, of Carrabelle, and husband, Avery Sanborn, of Carrabelle. Cora Maxine Sanborn Obituaries The season opener for Bingo at the Hall will be Wednesday night, Jan. 9. Doors at Chillas Hall open at 6 p.m., Bingo at 6:30. Last week I put in my column it would start on Jan. 2. What was I thinking? Come join us for a night of fun! Coffee, soft drinks and cookies. I enjoy cookies, but I really miss the gum drop cookies the late Betty Ferlin used to send over, and the sugar cookies the late Carol Dietz would bring. Saturday, Dec. 22, I went to the memorial service for my longtime friend and neighbor William Burns Miller IV. AKA Little Bill. The service was awesome. Little Bill will really be missed. Pray for his eternal rest, and for strength for his family. Hope you had a great Christmas! You did remember to put out the cookies and milk, didnt you? Hope you got over to Chillas Hall Christmas morning and enjoyed the smoked turkey and the other goodies. Get your favorite snack or a dish to share, your favorite beverage, your dancing shoes and your main squeeze and come on over to Chillas Hall. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Ring in the new year with your friends and neighbors. Greg K will handle the music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Cover charge $5. Down Oak Street at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, New Years Eve party at 6 p.m. Rusty and Debbies band will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. We will have food, party favors and champagne at midnight. There is a cover charge of $5. Kim and Debbie will be on hand to serve your favorite beverage. New Years Day will nd most of us at Chillas Hall enjoying shrimp and other delights. See you there! Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound and have a safe and happy new year! Until next time, God Bless America, our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry. William Burns Miller IV, was born on Jan. 29, 1955, in Dallas, Texas. He resided in Carrabelle since 1960, and graduated from Carrabelle High School. He was employed at Millers Seahorse Antiques, with stints as lounge manager at American legion Post 82, where he was a 30-year member of the Sons of American Legion. He was also a very capable drummer, in several local bands, and also was a maintenance man at Wicked Willies. He is the son of William Burns Miller III and Judith M. Sands; sisters, Melinda Carroll (Ronnie) and Vickie Williams (Charlie); stepbrothers, Tommy and Richard Sands; two nieces and two nephews. Extended family members mother, Gloria Miller; brothers, Edward and Derrick Kennedy; sisters, Donna and Jenny Kennedy and Kim Crum; six nieces and nephews; and a companion, Melissa McKnight. Bill had a great heart, and was an experienced caregiver with the disabled, homeless and helpless. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. William Burns Miller IV DAN SANGAREE Lots to do New Years Eve in Lanark New activities planned for 2013 CARD OF THANKS YOUR COUNTY LIBRAR Y Down Oak Street at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, New Years Eve party at 6 p.m. Rusty and Debbies band will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. JIM WELSH Lanark News On Christmas Eve, Cops for Kids gave away 250 new bikes and helmets to children in Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Apalachicola. The bikes were purchased with donations and eligible children were identied through community outreach in cooperation with the Franklin Toy Connection.PHOTO S BY LO IS SW O B O D A | The Times Zella Smith poses with son Chris Baxley and Cops for Kids organizer A.J. Smith at the annual Christmas bicycle giveaway held this year in Apalachicolas Riverside Park. CHRISTMAS BIKES FOR KIDS Faith The Times | A7 Thursday, December 27, 2012

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WEEKLY ALMANAC APALACHICOLA CARRABELLE TIDE TABLES MONTHLY AVERAGES To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat Point Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East Pass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald Point Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANAC Call Today! 653-8868 Date High Low % Precip Thu, Dec. 27 55 39 10 % Fri, Dec. 28 63 47 0 % Sat, Dec. 29 68 46 60 % Sun, Dec. 30 61 45 0 % Mon, Dec. 31 58 40 0 % Tues, Jan. 01 62 35 0 % Wed, Jan. 02 56 32 0 % 26 We 334pm 1.8 1149pm 2.1 712am -0.8 627pm 1.6 27 Th 400pm 1.9 748am -0.8 709pm 1.4 28 Fr 1234am 2.1 422pm 1.9 819am -0.8 747pm 1.4 29 Sa 118am 2.1 443pm 1.9 846am -0.8 824pm 1.3 30 Su 202am 2.1 503pm 1.9 910am -0.6 902pm 1.1 31 Mo 247am 2.1 523pm 1.9 932am -0.6 945pm 1.1 FreeTideTables.com For comparison only Times are local Tides in feet from MLLW Date Day High Tide High Tide Low Tide Low Tide Sunrise 1 Tu 336am 1.9 543pm 1.9 956am -0.5 1030pm 0.8 2 We 430am 1.8 608pm 1.9 1024am -0.2 1127pm 0.6 3 Th 534am 1.4 635pm 1.9 1056am 0.2 4 Fr 656am 1.3 706pm 2.1 1236am 0.5 1131am 0.5 5 Sa 845am 1.1 741pm 2.1 157am 0.2 1209pm 0.8 6 Su 1109am 1.1 822pm 2.1 318am -0.2 1252pm 1.0 7 Mo 912pm 2.2 429am -0.5 8 Tu 226pm 1.6 1009pm 2.2 530am -0.8 404pm 1.4 9 We 303pm 1.8 1110pm 2.2 625am -1.1 524pm 1.6 1 Sa 205am 2.4 542pm 2.1 928am -0.5 913pm 1.6 2 Su 248am 2.2 612pm 2.1 956am -0.3 1001pm 1.6 3 Mo 335am 2.2 641pm 2.1 1026am -0.3 1058pm 1.4 4 Tu 429am 2.1 712pm 2.1 1101am -0.2 5 We 534am 1.8 742pm 2.1 1206am 1.3 1141am 0.2 6 Th 658am 1.6 813pm 2.1 121am 1.0 1226pm 0.5 7 Fr 843am 1.4 844pm 2.2 236am 0.6 117pm 0.8 8 Sa 1042am 1.4 917pm 2.2 342am 0.3 218pm 1.1 9 Su Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL (next to Piggly Wiggly) www.BWOsh.com Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL Your Hunting Headquarters Your Hunting Headquarters Your Hunting Headquarters Corner of Marina Drive, (next to Piggly Wiggly) Merry Christmas from all of us at Bluewater Outriggers! Thank you for a Great Year! Thursday, December 27, 2012 Government says wood storks no longer endangered WEST PALM BEACH (AP) Federal of cials say the population of wood storks has rebounded to the point that they can be classi ed as threatened instead of endangered, but some environmentalists object to the proposed new status. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to list its proposal for wood storks in the federal registry next week, pointing to marked improvement since the species was listed as endangered in 1984. This is a good day for the wood stork, and a good day for conservation, Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a written statement. Thanks to great efforts from our conservation partners, the species is making real progress toward recovery. Changing the storks status to threatened is largely a symbolic move. No conservation or protection measures for the species would be removed. But opponents of the change, who will be able to offer comments and data to support their case, say it is a step toward a full delisting. No one doubts that biologists counts of wood storks mean there has been a resurgence of the birds, which have white feathers and a long bill. In 1984, an estimated 4,742 pairs of the birds were counted; today the population range is believed to be 7,086 to 8,996 pairs. But much of the return of the birds has come outside South Florida, where they once thrived. Email outdoors news to timesoutdoors @star .com Page 8 O UTDOORS www.apalachtimes.com Section Section A PANTHERS ON PROWL By MICKIE ANDERSON Special to the Times When wildlife managers imported eight female Texas pumas in hopes they would mate with native Florida panthers, they knew they were taking a bit of a risk. But a new University of Florida research study, published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology, suggests their gamble paid off. Without those pumas, UF researchers Madan Oli and recent UF doctoral graduate Jeff Hostetler found that the probability of the Florida panther population falling below 10 panthers by 2010 was nearly 71 percent. We found that the Florida population wouldve declined, on average, by about 5 percent per year, said Oli, a UF population ecology professor and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member. And thats essentially telling us there was a high chance that the population wouldve eventually gone extinct. There were an estimated 20 to 25 panthers left in the state when the Texas female cats were brought to Florida in 1995. Of cials believe the population has since grown about 4 percent per year, and their estimate now ranges from 100 to 160, said Dave Onorato, a panther expert with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Florida Panther Project. Having a scienti c study in hand that validates what conservation of cials had believed would happen is helpful, Onorato said. It shows that the genetic restoration effort was effective at averting the loss of the Florida panther, he said. The Florida panther had been listed as an endangered species since 1967, and although it was named the of cial state animal by 1982, it was in peril by the 1990s. The cats suffered from numerous inbreeding-related problems, including poor sperm quality and other reproductive abnormalities, kinked tails, heart defects and heavy parasite loads. When the Texas cats were brought to Florida, of cials werent sure how they would fare or that the breeding effort would work, but with the success of the genetic restoration, Onorato said a similar effort could be initiated again in the future. For now, however, there is no speci c timetable for such an effort. He said the cats continue to face threats from loss of habitat, cars and inbreeding. Although they sometimes roam far and wide, Florida panthers the only puma population east of the Mississippi River -are primarily found in the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades ecosystem areas that include parts of Collier, Lee, Hendry, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. The recent UF study, which examined several decades worth of eld data and genetic information about the panther, found that the robust survival of the Florida-Texas hybrid kittens played a large role in the panther population being reeled back from the brink of extinction. I would say that at least in the short term, the outlook is good for the Florida panther, said Hostetler, who worked on the project for more than four years as part of his doctoral studies. But there are still a lot of threats to their survival that could be important in the long run. Researchers Madan Oli, left, and Jeff Hostetler. PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE TIMES SPONSORED BY Freshwater Inshore Most action is still in the I.C.W. in St. Joe and into White City. Anglers are reporting good trout and sheepshead catches, but very few red fish this week. Black drum and other bottom fish are around the White City Bridge and around creek mouths with good numbers. After much need rain, some creeks and the rivers are rising again. Good bream and crappie reports are still in Depot and Howard Creeks this week. With more rain on the way, we should have more water moving and the freshwater bite should improve.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 CARRABELLE APALACHICOLA CARRABELLE APALACHICOLA SP O RTS www.apalachtimes.com A Page 9 Section Sepcial to The Times The Franklin County Seahawks split a pair of games earlier this month. On Tuesday Dec. 11, the Seahawks played Port St. Joe in what turned out to be a very physical game. The Seahawks came up a little short losing the game 3 -1. The Seahawks played tough throughout the game. Port St. Joes goals came on two corner kicks and one free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Goalie Casey Sapp had ve saves and Billy Harris had two saves in goal for the Seahawks. Coach Ramon Valenzuela said Josh Reeder did an excellent job moving from his normal position as forward to fullback marking Port St Joes main scoring threat. The Seahawks had a hard time penetrating the Port St. Joe defense. The Seahawks had only four shots on goal, one each by Graham Kirvin, Zach Howze, Dalyn Parrish and James Harris. The lone Seahawk goal came of the foot of mid elder James Harris. On Friday Dec. 14, Freeport came to Mikel Clark stadium ready to play. The Seahawks had beaten Freeport 7-2 a few weeks earlier. Freeport immediately put pressure on the Seahawk defense and managed to net the rst goal of the match on a rebound after Sapp had been knocked down. The Seahawks answered quickly with a goal off of the foot of forward Graham Kirvin. Minutes later senior center mid elder Howze played a perfect chip pass from 35 yards out to Kirvin who found the back of the net for the second Seahawk score of the game. Early in the second half Freeport scored the equalizing goal off of a well-played corner kick. The Seahawks came back again with a perfect cross from wing Alex Causey to the foot of freshman Joshua Patriotis who calmly found the back of the net to put the Seahawks up 3-2. Just after the last water break center mid elder Zach Howze once again played a perfect through ball to forward Graham Kirvin who outraced the Freeport fullbacks to the ball and beat the goalkeeper nding the back of the net again. The Seahawks played very hard throughout the game erasing an early de cit and playing as a team. Seahawks down Freeport, fall to PSJ By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com Last week, on Friday night in Eastpoint, the Seahawks basketball team was hungry for more than Christmas dinner. Because of a pair of technical fouls two Fridays ago at South Walton, Franklin County High School Coach Mike Sweatt had been ned and drew a heavy suspension, or was what assistant coach Jeremy Williams called wrongfully suspended, for six weeks by the Florida High School Athletic Association an action that, unless overturned and so far it has not been, will mean Sweatt can only conduct practices and make no appearances at any games through the regular season. The Seahawks appetites were whet because their bellies lacked anything resembling a lavish meal of victories so far this season, a mere two wins in their rst 10 games, and neither of them in the district. They were hungry, yes, but still Williams had concerns the Seahawks would do as theyve done before: Build a lead, fail to hold it, then struggle, unsuccessfully, to get it back. Weve been having a bad habit of letting teams come back on us, said Williams, an Apalachicola Shark player under coach Joe Hayes who graduated in 2005. This time we performed in the clutch. Lady Seahawk coach Carlos Hill sat quietly on the far end of the bench the entire game, didnt get involved, so Williams rst win as a varsity coach was entirely his own. And with Sweatt out of pocket, because a ref thought he had complained too much about the of ciating, the Seahawks head coach had to learn of the win right after it happened, since his players insisted he be the rst person they called. Heres what happened Friday night at Franklin County High School. The Seahawks were up 14-11 after two quarters, and 26-23 at the half against Coach Derek Kurnitzkys team from Gulf County. The Seahawks kept the pace up in the third quarter, and expanded the lead to six points, 39-33 going in to the nal quarter. Stepped-up Tiger Sharks play led to them knotting the score at 45 with a little more than four minutes left in the game. After a loose ball tussle at midcourt, of cials called a technical foul on Kelsey Jones, who had been expressing his disgust with facial expressions. Port St Joe eighth grader Jacorian Callaway nailed a trey to increase his teams lead to four, but the Hawks sliced it in half when Carza Harvey came back with a bucket. The Sharks went into a stall, which led to Callaway going to the charity stripe, where he nailed one of two free throws for a 50-47 lead with two minutes left. The Hawks Jones hit a free throw, which was nulli ed by a lane violation, and then he sunk a basket, but that was nulli ed by a traveling violation. A St. Joe bucket gave them a ve point lead, 52-47 with precious little time left on the clock. Then we started to foul and it worked out, said Williams. I had to calm them down. I told them go ahead and foul again but to go for the ball. Sharks senior Ramello Zaccaro missed a pair of free throws and after Jones hit one of his, to move the Hawks with four, Shark freshman Chad Quinn missed both of his from the charity stripe. It was then, with 16 seconds left, the dinner hit the plate. I told them take the threes, I yelled it as loud as I could, said Williams. And that is what happened, rst by Jones, from the corner baseline near the bench. The crowd erupted in cheers. After Callaway hit only the second of his free throws, the score stood 53-51, with the Hawks behind. I called timeout, and I told them to do the screen if you could pick and roll to the big, or shoot the mid-range shot. I told them whichever one of you all get it, try to get a screen at the middle of the court, said Williams. It didnt go as planned. Instead, a swift pass to Harvey outside the arc gave him a clear shot at the basket, and with six-andone-half seconds left, he nailed the trey to put the Hawks ahead 54-53. St. Joe had a last chance. I told them dont foul, and we went to a man-to-man press full court, said Williams. I said try to slow them down. Port St. Joe managed to pass out of the trap, but the shot was off, and the crowd stormed the oor, lifting Harvey in the air. Jones led the team with 17 points, including 5/8 from the eld and 6/10 from the free throw line. Harvey was next with 13 points, going 5/10 from the eld and 1/ 2 from the free throw line. Ladarius Rhodes followed with a dozen points, with Skyler Hutchinson tallying six, Chase Golden four and David Butler two. In all the Hawks shot 17/47 two-pointers, under 40 percent, and 3/11 treys, under 30 percent. The Hawks were 11/27 from the free throw line, about 40 percent. Seahawks shock St. Joe, no Sweatt March 9,10,11, 2012 CALL TO ALL VENDORS March 8, 9, 10, 2013 The Bay County Fairgrounds Register now for booth space at the 2013 Home & Garden Expo in Panama City, FL. All vendors receive a FREE quarter-page ad in the ocial 2013 Home & Garden Expo program, reaching more than 80,000 adults in Bay and seven surrounding counties. For vendor application or information on the show: Call: 850-248-3976 or E-mail: expostradeshows@aol.com SIGN UP NOW & RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT S PACE I S L IMITED S O R ESERVE Y OURS TODAY! For sponsorship information call: 850-763-6587 For additional advertising information in the ocial program of the 2013 Home & Garden Expo contact The News Herald at 850-747-5000 CALL TO ALL VENDORS! NEW THIS YEAR! LOO K ING FOR SHABBY CHIC VENDORS SPONSORS DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times Kelsey Jones led the Hawks with 17 points. Dont miss Battle on the Gulf tourney The Battle on the Gulf will get into full swing right after Christmas, as eight basketball squads four boys and four girls ght it out in post-holiday tournament action. All games will be played at Franklin County High School. Thursday, Dec. 27 (Home team, in white, is listed rst) Game 1 Girls @ 2:30 p.m. Franklin vs. Tallavana Game 2 Boys @ 4 p.m. Wewahitchka vs. Madison Game 3 Boys @ 6 p.m. Franklin vs. Tallavana Game 4 Girls @ 8 p.m. Madison vs. Faith Baptist Friday, Dec. 28 Game 1 Girls @ 2:30 p.m Tallavana vs. Madison Game 2 Boys @ 4 p.m. Tallavana vs. Wewahitchka Game 3 Girls @ 6 p.m. Faith Baptist vs. Franklin Game 4 Boys @ 7:30 p.m. Madison vs. Franklin Saturday, Dec. 29 (Home team will be the higher seeded team by tournament record Girls @ 2:30 p.m. between third and fourth place Boys @ 4 p.m. between third and fourth place Girls @ 6 p.m. Championship Game Boys @ 7:30 p.m. Championship Game *Best record championship for the boys and girls. Tiebreakers will be decided by total points difference in win/loss with a maximum of 13 (Example: Win by 6, lose by 5 = +1). Gulfside IGA PL A YER OF THE WEEK S P ON S OR Seahawks sophomore guard Kelsey Jones led with 17 points, shooting better than 60 percent from both the eld and the free throw line at home Friday night against district rival Port St. Joe. Jones nailed a crucial three-pointer with 16 seconds left to set up freshman guard Carza Harveys inning basket, for the 54-53 win. Congratulations, Kelsey! Congratulations, Kelsey! Hometown Proud (850)653-9695

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If you feel you have been discriminated against when buying or renting a home please contact the Ms. Courtney Dempsey, City Administrator, City of Carrabelle at (850) 697-2727. BE PART OF THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENT IN THIS AREA! For Health Expo Package Information Call (850) 747-5009 OR fax your questions to (850) 763-4636 Sign Up Now & Get The Early Bird Rate $10,000 3,000 PLUS MANY OTHER WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS. I NSTANTLY MA K E IT YOUR EX PO GAIN THE EXPOSURE YOU NEED FOR SUCCESS! Vendors, Exhibitors, Non-Prot Organizations The 2013 Health Expo is Calling Your Business BOARDWAL K BEACH RESORT F EBRUARY 19, 2013 9 AM 2 PM S o n s o r e y T e N e w s H e r a GO TO FACEB OO K.C O M/P C DEAL OFT HE D AY A ND E NT E R NOW! Add a $ 50 gift card to your Wish List! to local restaurants DECEMBER 9 TH 28 TH D A ILY DE A L F A CEBOOK L IKE C ONTEST NEED A LITTLE EXTRA SPARKLE ADDED TO YOUR HOLIDAY? Enter our Facebook contest to W IN A $50 G I F T C A R D! 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Local, state and out-of-state teams can participate in this contest. Awards are given for cooking, presentation of booth, presentation of food, etc. Dinner is served to the public, and an auction will be held with Harry Arnold as auctioneer. For more information or to enter call 670-8261. Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off Jan. 19: The third annual Oyster Cook-Off to bene t the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Jan. 19. On Friday evening will be a preview of the oysterrelated silent auction items, along with a sampling of Apalachicola Bays tasty bivalves. The cook-off on Saturday will start at 11 a.m. Contestants are encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters will be available to taste raw, steamed, fried. Other food items and refreshments will be available for purchase. The days activities will include live music and dancing performances. More information will be posted soon at www.oystercookoff.com, and the event can be followed on Facebook. SGI Tour of Homes returns in 2013: A second tour of St. George Island homes is planned for Feb. 9 and will feature eight beautiful island homes, along with the Lighthouse, Keepers House and Plantation Club House. Tour proceeds bene t the upkeep of the Lighthouse, Keepers House Museum and Lighthouse Park. The tour will showcase homes from beach to bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be available for $15 in advance at the Lighthouse Gift Shop and for $20 on tour day in Lighthouse Park or by phone with a credit card payment. There will be shuttle service to homes in the St. George Plantation. Tour weekend will kick off Friday evening, Feb. 8, with a free opening event from 6-8 p.m. at the Jay Abbott Firehouse, 324 East Pine Ave. Featured speaker will be Erik Lovestrand from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, who will talk about the ecology of the Apalachicola River, Bay and estuary and its impact on St. George Island. Refreshments will be served, and participants will be eligible for a number of festive door prizes. News BRIEFS

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 27, 2012 The Times | A11 REPRESENTATIVES will be at the GULF COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm EST accepting applications for numerous open positions.We offer competitive wages and a comprehensive bene t package including Company paid health, dental, and life insurance, 401(k), attendance & safety bonuses.EOE/Drug Free WorkplaceEASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP MORE THAN A JOB… A FUTURE! 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KILLEEN, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiff’s Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action, I will sell the property situated in Franklin County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: Unit “K” of Riverwalk Condominiums, according to Declaration of Condominium, Covenants and Restrictions for Riverwalk Condominiums thereof recorded under Official Records Book 566, Page 220, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida; as amended by that certain Amended Declaration’ of Condominium, Covenants and Restrictions for Riverwalk Condominiums thereof recorded under Official Records Book 584, Pages 1-78, of the-Public Records of Franklin County, Florida; and Amendment to Master Declaration of Condominium, Covenants and Restrictions for Riverwalk Condominiums thereof recorded under Official Records Book 628, Pages 81-99, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida; and Amendment to Master Declaration of Condominium, Covenants and Restrictions for Riverwalk Condominiums thereof recorded under Official Records Book 635, Pages 548-552, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida, together with all appurtenances thereto. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at Franklin County Court-house, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320 beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST, on the 16th day of January, 2013. If you are a subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Notice to Persons With Disabilities: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator’s office not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. MARCIA M. JOHNSON Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Timothy D. Padgett, Esq., Timothy D. Padgett, P.A. 2878 Remington Green Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32308 Ph: (850) 422-2520 Fax: (850) 422-2567 December 20, 27, 2012 91491T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 2ND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 192009CA000061 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. CHARLES B. MITCHELL, ET AL Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment in Foreclosure dated November 26, 2012 and entered in Case No. 192009CA 000061 of the Circuit Court of the 2ND Judicial Circuit in and for FRANKLIN County, Florida, wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is Plaintiff and CHARLES B. MITCHELL; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHARLES B. MITCHELL, IF ANY, N/K/A PATTY MITCHELL; ST. GEORGE PLANTATION OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the named defendants, whether living or not, and whether said unknown parties claims as heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, or in any other capacity, claiming by, through under or against the named Defendants are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the ON THE FRONT STEPS OF THE COURTHOUSE. of the FRANKLIN County Courthouse, in FRANKLIN County, Florida, at 11:00 AM, on the 16th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 4, RESORT VILLAGE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 8 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA. Street Address: LOT 4 RESORT VILLAGE, SAINT GEORGE ISLAND, FLORIDA 32328 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 tile, a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the Court this 6th day of December, 2012 Marcia M. Johnson Clerk of Court Michele Maxwell As Deputy Clerk If you are an individual with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding or other court service, program, or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to provisions of certain assistance. Request for accommodation may be presented on this form, in another written format, or orally. Please complete the attached form and return it to: Susan Wilson, ADA Coordinator 301 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.577.4430 as far in advance as possible, but preferably at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance or other court activity. Submitted by: MOSKOWITZ, MANDELL, SALIM & SIMOWITZ, P.A. 800 Corporate Drive, Suite 500 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 December 20, 27, 2012 91537T IN THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No: 11-000004-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, successor in interest to APALACHICOLA STATE BANK a division of COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN E. SYSKA a/k/a BRIAN EMIL SYSKA a/k/a BRYAN E. SYSKA; et al, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 27, 2012, and entered in Civil Action No. 11-000004 CA of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein the parties were the Plaintiff, CENTENNIAL BANK, successor in interest to APALACHICOLA STATE BANK, a division of COASTAL COMMUNITY BANK, and the Defendants, BRIAN E. SYSKA a/k/a BRIAN EMIL SYSKA a/k/a BRYAN E. SYSKA; et al, I will sell to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the 9th day of January, 2013, at the front door foyer on the second floor of the Franklin County Courthouse, Apalachicola, Florida, the followingdescribed real property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: PARCEL I: Lot 45, Lakes on the Bluff, according to the plat thereof recorded in the public records of Franklin County, Florida, at Plat Book 8, Pages 33, 34 and 35 PARCEL II: Lot 46, Lakes on the Bluff, according to the plat thereof recorded in the public records of Franklin County, Florida, in Plat Book 8, Pages 33, 34 and 35 PARCEL III: Commence at the Southwest corner of the Northeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 8 South, Range 6 West, Franklin County, Florida and run North 0006’01” East 445.75 feet to a concrete monument lying on the southerly right-of-way boundary of U.S. Highway No. 98, thence run North 8714’07” East along said right-of-way boundary 104.09 feet to a re-rod (marked #4261) for the point of beginning. From said Point of Beginning continue North 8714’07” East along said rightof-way boundary 124.30 feet to an iron pipe, thence leaving said right-of-way boundary run South 0002’26” West 126.24 feet to an iron pipe lying on the northerly right-of-way boundary of State Road No. S-65, thence run South 6046’22” West along said northerly right-ofway boundary 142.51 feet to a re-rod (marked #4261), thence leaving said right-of-way boundary run North 0005’27” East 189.83 feet to the Point of Beginning 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. The successful bidder at the sale will be required to place the requisite state documentary stamps on the Certificate of Title. DATED this 13th day of December, 2012. 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Local A12 | The Times Thursday, December 27, 2012 someone with intent to harm, and selling drugs, with this latter category not limited to on-campus behaviors. Several others, such as attempting to steal a vehicle, were below state averages. But the two line items that drew the most attention was the one for carrying a handgun, anywhere at any time, and the one for taking a handgun to school. Students who reported taking a handgun to school was non-existent among middle schools, and nearly so among high schoolers. But the number of students who reported carrying a handgun was noticeably higher than the state average, especially among male students, where one out of ve students reported carrying a handgun. Among all students, one out of 10 middle and high school students reported carrying a handgun within the past 12 months. Walker said he believed this was due to the countys lifestyle. Were in a big hunting area, he said. In many things its like a cultural mindset. Here kids experience handguns earlier because they go hunting. Board Member David Hinton said that in our community its easier and more common to carry guns. You can see a kid bringing a gun to school. Board Member Pam Shiver asked about how to address the problem of drug sales. Prevention always works, you got to start early, said Walker. I dont think we have enough preventive programs for our youth. Also, there are prescription drugs. Most of our kids are getting into prescription drug selling. Walker called for a comprehensive policy with enforcement in it that includes developing programs for youth and which contains guidelines to look at hot button and hot issues. Marks said school administrators have set about making corrections to how they handle security. One gun is one gun too many. I want us to get together and pay attention to this immediately, she said. You can make all the plans you want to to dig a trench but someone got to get shovels to start slinging some dirt, said Board Member Jimmy Gander. The buildings are supposed to be secure but theyre not. We have to be careful not to overreact, he said, noting that one Texas school district has begun to arm teachers. Im not in any way advocating that, Im just saying you can overreact. School Board Member Teresa Ann Martin offered a concrete suggestion. I feel a school resource of cer should be at front gate, just like on military bases. When you enter that gate you have an id badge. Maybe one at the front entrance and one at the back entrance. Shiver called for a task force to create an immediate response team. We need to do drills, we need to have a plan of action, she said. We cant say Were a small town, its not going to happen to us. Thats what they said too Its not going to happen to us. Gander said that the school systems needs to be careful the kind of people we bring in. Ive had situations where I was not comfortable with the people we have. We need to know who were bringing in on campus. Anyway I realize anyone can snap. Walker told the board he believed that impromptu searches by law enforcement of cials of cars on campus must be allowed. We should be able to check any car on campus, he said. Gander clarified his position on searches of individuals. It would be hard to run everybody through a metal detector. Im not for that, he said. I dont know why we couldnt have a policy to allow the SRO (school resource officer) to randomly use a wand. After Marks suggested that a task force be formed to study the results of the youth survey, Shiver volunteered, and martin said she would be available to serve if needed. Gander asked that Walker and a law enforcement person serve on the task force. Thats about the only thing you can do is be diligent and pray a lot and thank the Lord we havent had this, Gander said. 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Our administrative staff has an established emergency code red plan in the event someone tries to enter our campus. Our teachers are prepared to protect and safe guard our students while they are on our campus. We will be reviewing this plan with our law enforcement to have their input and advise us on any changes we should make to our plan. After Christmas break, we will begin to practice this drill with our students. We want our staff and students to be as familiar in this procedure as they are with our fire and tornado drills. We will also have our substitutes participate in these drills to keep them abreast of emergency procedures. We have security equipment in place to protect our staff and students. We know at times it may seem to be an inconvenience to wait for entry onto our campus but your childs safety is of upmost importance to our staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Newtown Community. If you or your child feel led to send a card or stuffed animal to the grieving students, we will send a package from our school the first of the year. Last weeks tragic event is a sobering reminder of how short life can be. May we all be more diligent in giving our time and attention to those we love. There is no greater gift we can give to our children and family. The staff of ABC School wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Dees to file in zlocal court The county commission has granted permission for consulting attorney Robert Dees to file a case in the local circuit court to determine the liability of Orion Marine Contractors, a subcontractor for Progress Energy, for damage to the St. George Island fishing pier caused by a barge belonging to Orion during Tropical Storm Debby. A 165 foot gap rendered most of the pier unusable. According to Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce, Orion is denying liability for the damage, calling the storm an act of God. The company maintains the barge was properly moored. Orion Marine Group also filed an action in the Federal Northern District Court under the Shipowners Limitation of Liability Act, seeking to limit its liability for the damage its barge did to the countys fishing pier to the value of the vessel that did the damage. According to their marine survey, their vessel is valued at $105,000. Cost of repairing the pier has been estimated at $600,000. Once liability is determined in local court, a federal judge will determine the actual funds to be awarded for damage. County Attorney Michael Shuler said Dees is currently evaluating Progress Energys liability for the accident. County BRIEF