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xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx Thursday, July 24, 2014 50 WWW.APALACHTIMES.COM Phone: 850-653-8868 Web: apalachtimes.com Email: dadlerstein@star .com Fax: 850-653-8893 Circulation: 800-345-8688 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 VOL. 129 ISSUE 13 Opinion . . . . . . A4 Society . . . . . . A8 Faith . . . . . . . A9 Outdoors . . . . . A10 Crossword Puzzle . . A12 Sports . . . . . . A11 Classi eds . . . A14-A15 To Hell and Back to be shown Saturday The Camp Gordon Johnston Museum in Carrabelle will show the lm To Hell and Back, the story of World War II hero Audie Murphy, this Saturday, July 26 at 10:15 a.m. Murphy, who stars in the lm, was the most decorated combat soldier of the war; among his 33 awards was the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was cited for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and credited with killing more than 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many more. Admission is by donation, and appreciated. This lm is part of a monthly series to educate visitors on the sacri ces made by our greatest generation. Free popcorn will be served. King sh Shootout Aug. 2 3 The 11th annual King sh Shootout will by Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 3, with the Captains Meeting at C-Quarters Marina the night of Friday, Aug. 1. The guaranteed payout will be $16,500 with 10 places. You can win $5,000 for the biggest king sh. Prizes will be given for Youth Angler (16 years or younger) and Lady Angler for the biggest sh in addition to prize money, if quali ed. Each must catch their sh unassisted. Boat registration remains at $250 per boat. The tournament is in memory of Lisa Crowder Jackson, with money going to the Leukemia Research Foundation. It remains the largest leukemia fundraiser not directly sponsored by the foundation. For more info, call 697-8400. By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com After securing a 2 percent budget cut from nearly all county departments, county commissioners are looking to adopt the roll-back rate and trim the millage slightly next year. After a daylong budget workshop July 17 that went so smoothly the commissioners chose to cancel a second day on Friday, it was tentatively decided to go with a millage rate for the next scal year of 6.4296 mills, just about four-tenths of 1 mill below the current rate of 6.4706, and a drop of about six-tenths of 1 percent. The commissioners are able to drop the millage rate for the rst time since the 2008-09 scal year because, for the rst time since the 2007-08 scal year, the countys taxable value for operating purposes has increased. The countys tax base rose by a tad more than 1.1 percent this year, from $1.63 billion to $1.65 billion, so that each mill next year will generate $1.65 million, about $18,000 more than one mill generated last year. If adopted by the commissioners in September, the proposed millage rate will generate about $10.61 million in ad valorem taxes, an increase in property tax proceeds of just $51,225 over the current years County eyes millage rate drop ERIN GRIFFITH, LEFT, AND LINDA PHILLIPS ERIK LOVESTRAND NIKKI MILLENDER MIKE MOCK See COUNTY A13 By DAVID ADLERSTEIN and JACQUELINE BOSTICK 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com The same 12-year-old Bay County boy who stole a school bus last month did it again last week. But this time, an alert motorist and a nearby Carrabelle policeman worked to nail him in Franklin County. Michael Propst was picked up for driving the school bus on U.S. 98, just east of State Route 65, on Wednesday morning, July 16, a day after being released from the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice on a previous case where he had stolen a bus from the Bay County School District three weeks earlier. After Propst drove the bus east about 55 miles into Franklin County, a vigilant motorist called 9-1-1 about 10:49 a.m. to report a school bus was driving recklessly on U.S. 98. Carrabelle Deputy Chief Gary Hunnings was completing an arrest in Carrabelle on a sheriffs warrant, and had just left the county jail on SR 65 when he got the call from a By LOIS SWOBODA 653-1819 | @ ApalachTimes Lswoboda@star .com A group of animal lovers wants to establish cat colonies on St. George Island but biologists and some island residents say the island is no place for feral cats. Helen Gore and Cathy Buell, cofounders of St. George Island Cat Allies together with June Crawford of Aiken, South Carolina, have rescued a group of cats from an island housing development and want to establish colonies of neutered cats on the island. They are working to establish a trap, neuter and release program (TNR) to return cats to live outdoors. TNR is the method of feral cat control endorsed by Alley Cat Allies (ACA), a national organization to protect and stabilize feral cat populations. TNR involves humanely trapping stray and feral cats and having them vaccinated and spayed/neutered before returning them to their outdoor home, reads the ACA website. It is the only effective method of stabilizing outdoor cat colonies. Because of TNR, the birth of new kittens in the colony slows down and eventually ends when all the cats are spayed or neutered. In addition, socialized cats and kittens are spayed/neutered and then often put up for adoption, causing an immediate reduction in the population size. Susan Gillum, a retired research ecologist who spends half the year in the St. George Island Plantation, said a TNR program will interfere with the fragile ecosystem of the barrier island. Gillum, who worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is now a private environmental consultant, said maintaining feral cat colonies on the island is a bad idea from both environmental and public health perspectives. She said cats are carriers of human diseases including rabies and toxoplasmosis. Veterinarian Hobson Fulmer, of the Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic, said rabies in cats and dogs is virtually unheard of in Franklin County although there have been cases in adjacent counties. By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@starfl.co m Despite rainy weather, Carrabelles C-Quarters Marina marked the 10th anniversary Saturday of its annual youth shing tournament in ne fashion. More than 192 kids caught 111 sh, off docks, on the Carrabelle River and in the bay no further out than Dog Island, as excitement reigned despite the intermittent rain. This is what we weighed, said tourney director Mary Lawhon. There was many more sh than this. Tony Merrell from Merrell Automotive took out kids from his Sunday School class. Young sherboys and shergirls, under age 16, came from Hosford, Leesburg, Tallahassee, and Crawfordville, and all throughout Franklin County. Joli Johnson caught her ounder on a hook and line off a shrimp boat in the river, and won a $25 gift certi cate to C-Quarters for her efforts from James Hayman. Tyler Grindstead landed his nice-sized speckled trout off his grandfathers dock in Lanark Village. Bentley Parramore, the 3-year-old great-grandson of Alvin Howard, caught a 5.44-pount cat sh to win the top prize in that category. Ive been teaching him shing ever since he was about 1, said Howard Some of the big sh 12-year-old bus thief nabbed in Eastpoint See BUS THIEF A14 Biologists, residents: Feral cat colonies a threat to birds See FERAL CAT A6 SUSAN GILLUM RAYA PRUNER 10 years a tourney INSIDE See a list of rst, second, and third place winners in eight categories at the tournament| A11 C-Quarters marks anniversary of youth shing event DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times A young sherman casts a line Saturday at the youth shing tournament. See FISHING A11 MICHAEL PROPST Got a Gorrie chair? A5
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We ems Mem orial Rehab Ca re 135 Av enue G, Apalach icola, FL 32320 (850) 653-8853 LocalA2 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014GINGER CREAMER | Special to the TimesAt 6:46 a.m. Friday, July 18, dispatchers received a 911 call and responded to the home of Corinne Green at 343 24th St. in Apalachicola. Green told responders she was smoking cigarettes and fell asleep. Fortunately, she smelled smoke and was able to get out of the trailer unharmed. The Florida State Fire Marshals ofce received a call to investigate at 7:19 a.m. According to a spokesperson, the investigator conrmed the re was accidental. B E DTIME CIGARETTE L EADS TO FRID A Y TRAIL ER F IRECounty jobless rate remains unchangedBy DAVID ADLERSTEIN653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star.com Franklin Countys unemployment rate appears to be stuck at 5.6 percent, the same in June as it was in May, and the same as it was one year ago. According to preliminary num bers released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Oppor tunity, the countys jobless rate for June stayed at 5.6 percent, as 300 people, one fewer than in May, were in search of work. This rate of joblessness occurred as the work force shrank by just 13 people, from 5,403 to 5,390. However, the current work force has 147 fewer workers than one year ago, when it comprised 5,537 workers and the jobless rate also was 5.6 percent. The June jobless picture tied the county with Jackson Bay, Bak er and Liberty counties, for 14th best among Floridas 67 counties. Franklin was worse for unemployment than Clay, Nassau, Seminole, Broward, Alachua. Bradford, Jef ferson, St. Johns, Wakulla, Sumter, Okaloosa, Monroe and Walton, the states best at 3.4 percent.The jobless rate for the Career Source Gulf Coast region (Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties) also remained unchanged at 5.7 percent. Bay re mained at 5.6 percent while Gulf was up slightly, from 6.0 to 6.1 percent. The unemployment rate in the three-county region is nearly a full percentage point below the June 2013 rate of one year ago, 6.6 percent, and outpaces the states current unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. However, about 6,000 Gulf Coast job seekers are out of work.The June jobless report shows that out of a labor force of 105,266, there were 5,955 unemployed Gulf Coast residents. But there were more than 1,000 additional job seekers in the labor force since the May data was released. Just a month earlier, the local regions labor force was 104,180, with 5,851 unemployed.It is encouraging to see the labor force growth, said Career Source Gulf Coast Executive Director Kim Bodine. This is an indication that some job seekers who chose to sit on the sidelines through the worst of the reces sion are now among those seek ing employment. The condence level seems to be slowly increasing among employers and job seekers alike. I also believe that we had an inux of high school and college graduates in June, accounting for some of that increase. Major occupational groups with the most online ads in June 2014 were sales and related occu pations; healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; and ofce and administrative support occupations. Labor demand in the region, measured by online adver tised vacancies, bottomed out in December 2010 and has increased by 2,101 openings since then. In June 2014, there were 75,700 nonagricultural jobs in the Panama City metro area, up 100 jobs over the year. The Panama City metro areas annual rate of job growth was 0.1 percent, while the state increased at a rate of 3.1 percent. According to the Bureau of La bor Statistics (BLS), three out of 10 industries gained jobs, and ve industries lost jobs, over the year. Professional and business services (+700 jobs) gained the most jobs, followed by trade, transportation, and utilities (+400 jobs) and infor mation (+100 jobs). The industries losing jobs were leisure and hospitality ( 600 jobs); mining, logging, and construction ( 200 jobs); and nancial activities; education and health services; and manufacturing (100 jobs each). Other services and government were unchanged over the year. Lo cally, CareerSource Gulf Coast disagrees with BLS on the job losses reported in leisure and hospitality. Employment in information (+10.0 percent) and professional and business services (+8.5 per cent) grew faster in the metro area than it did statewide. The Panama City metro area had the high est annual job growth rate of all Florida metro areas in information (+10.0 percent). H A B I T A T TO DE D ICA T E FOUR T H H O ME AUG 3Habitat for Humanity will host a dedication ceremony for its fourth house on Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the dedication of the new home of the Weeks fam ily, in Magnolia Ridge at 264 Ridgecrest, in Eastpoint.C ENT ENNIAL BUYS F LORID A TRAD I T I O N S BANK Home BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ GS: HOMB), par ent company of Centennial Bank, announced last week its completion of the acqui sition of Florida Traditions Bank. Pursuant to the terms of a previously announced denitive agreement and plan of merger, Traditions will merge into Centennial upon the l ing of articles of merger with the Arkansas State Bank De partment and with the Sec retary of State of the State of Florida effective as of close of business day, July 17. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will have approximately $7 billion in total assets, $5.5 billion in total deposits, $4.7 billion in to tal loans and 149 branches across Arkansas, Florida and South Alabama. The transac tion is accretive to the com panys book value per common share and tangible book value per common share. We are pleased this acquisition opportunity arose to expand our presence in Central Florida, said John Allison, Homes chairman. Centennial Bank will be able to better serve the needs of our Central Florida customers with more convenient locations. We are equally excited about the opportunities this acquisition provides our customers and employees, said Bud Stalnaker, chief ex ecutive ofcer of Traditions. Joining Centennial not only enhances our service capa bilities, but also allows our focus to remain on outstand ing community banking. Stalnaker, the 2014 Florida Bankers Association Banker of the Year, will become divi sion president for Centennial in Central Florida, managing the existing footprint of nine branches in the Orlando and Tampa markets as well as the eight former Florida Tra ditions branch locations. We are excited about this opportunity to merge our banking services with the Traditions management team, said Randy Sims, Homes CEO. We believe the comparable strengths of Centennial and the Traditions team creates a promi nent, dynamic nancial in stitution with experienced local leadership and talented associates who are ready to serve our valued customers and communities from Tampa to Orlando. News BRIEFS
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Eastpoint man hangs on as SUV drives off By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star.com An incident Saturday evening on St. George Is land, in which a man drove off with an sport utility ve hicle while another was hanging on through a win dow, has left a 53-year-old Arkansas man in trouble with the law. According to a report led by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper John Tall man, John P. ODonnell of Texarkana, Ark., had tak en unlawful possession about 7:30 p.m. of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe from a location at East Gulf Beach Drive and Sunset Drive. ODonnell started to drive east on Sunset Drive, when William David Volk, 62, of Eastpoint, tried to stop him by reaching in side the drivers side win dow. ODonnell began to drive with (Volk) hanging onto (the vehicle) from the outside. The report said Volk fell from the vehicle after it traveled about 30 feet. ODonnell drove away from the scene to another resi dence about 120 feet away from where Volk had fallen off. He suffered only minor injuries. ODonnell parked the Tahoe at an other resi dence, and went inside, without reporting the in cident or rendering aid to (Volk), said the report. The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by the Franklin County Sher iffs Department and the Franklin County Emer gency Medical System. The report said alcohol was not a factor in the incident. ODonnell was charged with aggravated battery, grand theft of an automobile and reckless driving. JOHN P. ODONNELL Arrest REPOR T The following report is provided by the Franklin County Sheriffs Ofce. Arrests listed were made by ofcers from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Franklin County Sheriffs Ofce. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. July 15 Henry E. Cooper, 49, Apalachicola, violation of probation (FCSO) Kimberly D. Harrington, 47, St. George Island, Madison County warrant for criminal mischief (FCSO) July 16 Dominic W. Rotella, 29, Eastpoint, aggravated battery, great bodily harm (FCSO) Bruce R. Rotella, 33, Eastpoint, aggravated battery, great bodily harm (FCSO) Eric J. Gazoombi, 30, Tallahassee, failure to appear (FCSO) July 17 Tucker M. Bohling, 37, Tallahassee, violation of probation (FCSO) Robert E. Thompson Jr., 55, Eastpoint, tampering with a witness or informant (FCSO) Toni M. Sawyer, 32, Apalachicola, violation of probation (FCSO) Dennis D. Martina, 42, Apalachicola, Wakulla County warrant (FCSO) July 18 Timothy E. McLeod, 49, Panacea, domestic battery (FCSO) July 20 Willie G. Dasher, Jr., 35, Eastpoint, trespass on property after warning (FCSO) John P. ODonnell, 53, Texarkana, Arkansas, reckless driving, grand theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated battery, great bodily harm (FHP) July 21 Thomas A. Arroyo, 39, Eastpoint, violation of probation (FCSO) July 22 Kevin M. Schoelles, 29, Apalachicola, driving while license suspended or revoked (FCSO) FWC REPOR T During the week of July 11 to 17, ofcers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Division of Law Enforcement were active in Franklin and adjacent counties. In Franklin County, Ofcer Marlow observed a vehicle parked on the side of U.S. Highway 98, with the hood still warm. After looking in the area, he observed foot tracks leading to the edge of wetlands about 200 yards away from the vehicle, and subsequent drag marks through private property. Two individuals later were located in a vessel frogging and were found to be trespassing in the area. While on foot patrol near Bristol Landing in Liberty County, Ofcer Mims conducted a boating safety inspection on a small vessel with two occupants. The driver had been drinking and, after showing multiple signs of impairment, was arrested for BUI and booked into the Liberty County Jail. Lt. Pearce and Ofcers Marlow and Bunker were working the River Sink Tract of Wakulla Springs State Park in Wakulla County. The ofcers had information received from Lt. Hooker and Ofcer Raker regarding large groups gathering and alcohol consumption. Marlow entered the sink area in plain clothes and observed a large group of individuals drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the main sink area. Pearce and Bunker arrived to assist and 11 citations and nine warnings were written for possession of marijuana and consumption of alcohol. Marlow observed a vehicle briey turn on its headlights in a marsh area of Wakulla County. Three individuals were attempting to cast net bait and were smoking and in possession of additional marijuana. Ofcer Hoelscher and Lt. Pearce arrived to assist. All three subjects were cited for less than 20 grams of marijuana and will be placed in a civil diversionary program in lieu of prosecution. Like us on THE APALACHICOLA TIMES
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Circulation: 1-800-345-8688 Formerly The Apalachicola Times OPINI O N www.apalachtimes.com Thursday, July 24, 2014 A Page 4 Section Why I returned to Iowa By Ray Brownsworth Special to the Times As I leave Weems Memorial Hospital from the position of CEO, I want to share some of the background for my decision. I am speaking only for myself and neither the hospital board of trustees nor the hospital as an organization. A little less than two years ago I started at Weems, quickly purchased a house and relocated my family here. At that time, many suggested that due to the historical volatility of the position, it might be better to rent than buy. At the time of our move here, it was to be for the rest of our lives and the purchase was a demonstration of our being vested in the community I served. Moving here was in part coming back to my roots not only in the South but also the area. Although I was not born and raised here, my ancestral roots in the area date back to the 1780s, depending on the branch of the family tree. Ancestral surnames from the area are Taylor, Peacock, Lamb, Hill, Patterson and Barksdale. After starting work, I discovered three distant cousins and another by a distant marriage. Why mention this? To provoke the question of why would someone invested in the community with deep historical ties leave after such a short period? This is even more important considering my love of the hospital, staff and area. To date, I have expressed my reason for moving to Iowa as the desire to be closer to my 19and 20-year-old daughters and my 34-year-old son. This is true, but I would be moving in the next couple years even if I had not taken the job back in Iowa. Why? It boils down to the schools and the county commission. These two issues will burden Franklin County for years to come and make it difcult to recruit and retain qualied hospital CEOs. As I share my personal comments, they are not directed at any individual but to the organizations in place. My wife, Lori, has shared a number of thoughts about the school in an editorial letter. I will add several comments. These are my frustration with the unwillingness of the school to take the steps necessary to provide adequate special educational activities as required by law. They are at great risk of lawsuit for those who are so inclined. Fortunately for them, I am not one of them; others may not be so generous. It seems that not hurting peoples feelings is more important than confronting tough issues. My condemnation is not of the people but of the system that allows for this. The people have been kind and considerate. Even in regular classes, little real teaching is done. This varies from teacher to teacher, with some good and even great teachers. It seems showing videos has become a common method of lling class time. The videos typically are not based on the curriculum, if there is an established curriculum at all being followed. It seems that established curriculum and learning objectives no longer exist as a standard to teach by and to guide the learning experience. Substitute teachers are often aides or other school employees rather than actual teachers. Attendance at a three-hour training course does not make someone a t substitute, merely a better option than leaving students on their own. Some substitutes have been known to tell the class to read and then proceed to sleep or occupy themselves on their laptop. This sounds bad enough, but the use of ear buds isolates them even more as they pay little if any attention to students and provide no learning opportunity. Teachers are told to make sure students pass, even if it means providing supplemental points to edge the score above the point of failing. Students lose all ambition to excel in this environment of mediocrity and blatant apathy. The school system alone is enough to cause families to leave. COMM I SS I ONERS EFFE C T ON ME AS C EO As CEO, I reported to the hospital trustees, not the county commissioners. The hospital board is appointed to govern the hospital on behalf of the county and the commission. The CEO is the boarddesignated person to manage the operations of the hospital. It is, however, common practice for commissioners to become involved in the operational activities (micro-management) of the hospital seeking to bypass both the board and the CEO. Frequently and even publicly, commissioners have provided me with direction contrary to the hospital board. For some reason commissioners feel they have a better understanding of hospital operations and business than the hospital board and leaders. Such direction of the commission may or may not be based on a vote of the overall commission but instead a single individual. Frequently, as CEO I was contacted by various commissioners and given direction based on the personal agenda of the commissioner. During my tenure, I have been told whom to hire, to re or not re, and to give a raise to. In one instance, I was told to do whatever it took the keep a person employed despite the fact I could not legally do so. When I confronted the commissioner with the legality of this, I was told youre the CEO, gure it out. I did what was legally correct and suffered the wrath of the commissioner. I have been told to write off bills of constituents and friends. Generally, commissioners expect to have no out-of-pocket costs and certainly are shielded from collection efforts. Commissioners have become the de facto persons for community members or staff to go to with complaints or concerns rather than using established procedures to handle these. One commissioner told me if I get chewed out, youre going to get chewed out too. I am not saying the hospital is perfect, as it is not, but this is not how to handle patient and family concerns. Direct them to the CEO or staff and allow them the chance to solve the problem. My qualications have been publicly questioned and various commissioners have regularly berated me. In seeking to provide my CEO report to the commission, I am rightfully asked questions. However, in my attempts to respond, I am frequently interrupted and even told not to continue with my explanation as apparently the commissioners didnt want to hear it. The commission meetings are not an effective means of communicating as useful dialogue becomes impractical or even impossible. To improve this communication, the hospital board and I have asked the Commission to appoint and send a representative to the board meetings. They have failed to do so, despite the fact this would be the best way of keeping them and us informed. When questioned about this, a commissioner recently admitted the decision was political. An individual commissioner might not want to serve, but at the same time does not want another to do so because of political advantage gained, thus no consensus can be achieved for an appointment. Topics and questions brought up become political footballs and commissioners responses are often for the purpose of saving face or gaining political points. Commission meetings are often characterized by grandstanding to rally constituent support. This is not to say there have not been times of good and appropriate comments, but instead too often they are not. The antics of the commission are acknowledged in the community with chuckles, a shake of the head and the comment well, you know how the commission is. Most commissioners support the idea of healthcare as a necessary service but this is not the same as being advocates for the hospital that they should be. Compare their reluctant support of the hospital to their advocacy for those working on the bay, or those in need, and you will see a marked difference. The hospital seems to be a burden, rather than a wonderful asset. Just watch the commission videos and notice the commissioners are pleasantly sociable to the county directors, even thanking them and wishing them a good week. Contrast this to my time in front of them, exemplied by confrontation, stern faces and lack of cordiality. During my tenure, the commissioners have never asked me what they can do to assist and support the hospital. The Commission should be the hospitals best advocate, rather than a reluctant partner who looks down on us. The Commission should be doing everything possible to make the hospital more viable and robust. At the May county meeting, commissioners expressed that they wanted to be involved in the CEO selection process, implying that by their involvement, the next selection would be more successful. This comment suggested that the hospital board did an inadequate job, and that the current CEO, myself, was decient due to leaving. Have they considered this is type of mindset is exactly the problem and that they are a large part of the reason that qualied CEOs do not stay? N O THANK-YOU OR BEST WI SHES At the July 1 county commission meeting, I encountered the usual challenge to the hospitals and my performance. Interestingly, both our chief nancial ofcer and a physician who spoke mentioned various improvements realized at Weems during my tenure. I am not saying it was all due to me as it was not, but it was during my stay and the result of a lot of my staff and leaders I had the privilege to work with. As the meeting was closed out, there was no recognition of my hard work and positive impact on the organization, staff or patients. I heard no thank you or best wishes from the commissioners. While here, I regularly was urged to recognize the staff, to let them know they were appreciated and seek to retain them. This was rightfully offered as the staff at the hospital, ambulance and clinics are wonderful and qualied people that make Weems a success. Unfortunately, the commission forgets the CEO and other hospital leaders are people, too, who look to be appreciated and fullled in their jobs. The majority of my experience in communicating with the commission is completely contrary to this concept. Why do we leave? Perhaps it is because we dont feel recognized, appreciated and even welcomed. The bottom line related to the county commission is that I was tired of being beat-up, disrespected and not having condence my job would survive the next year, much less another 10 years due to the unpredictability of the commission. These comments are not directed in any manner toward the hospital board as they are exactly the opposite, given they are engaged, supportive, communicative, and not micromanaging. They are one of the best boards I have worked for. The staff is wonderful and I enjoyed my days because of them. I looked forward each day to going to work. I loved the area, my job and the people. It is too bad the commission and schools made it impossible to realize my dream of nishing out my career and the remainder of my life here. Quickly, for the county commissioners, you need to: 1. Stay out of the hospitals business allowing the board to govern, and the CEO under their direction and oversight to operate the hospital, 2. Advocate for the hospital and seek every opportunity to make it more successful, by seeking and providing additional sources of revenue, such as indigent tax or conversion of such tax to construction tax, assuring the viability of the proposed new and renovated facility. 3. Be an ambassador for the hospital, expressing the good things the hospital does and the benet to the community and county. My best wishes to my friends and co-workers. You will be missed. RAY BRO W NS W ORTH Tuition hikes, the 529 plan and Rascal Flatts My wish for you is that this life becomes/All that you want it to , from My Wish, written by Steve Robson and Jeffrey Steele and recorded by Rascal Flatts The cost of educational expenses, which includes college tuition, increased by over 2 percent last year. Nevada just enacted a 17 percent university tuition increase over the next four years. Lets hope last winters freeze applies to tuition hikes at Floridas public universities. College is affordable for fewer American families than ever before. Ironically, a college education is, more than ever, widely viewed as a prerequisite to decent employment in todays tight job market. How much does college cost these days? Say last year you paid $15,000 in tuition, plus housing, a meal plan, activity fees, and spending money, and your childs total college expenses were $25,000. And lets say you currently have a senior and a freshman in college. Well, with a 2 percent increase, now your total annual expenses are $51,000 instead of $50,000. Many parents and grandparents utilize 529 education savings plans to fund college expenses. Investors fund the account and their dollars grow tax-free, and stay that way as long as distributions are for qualied college expenses. Any form of savings is benecial, but in the case of 529s, sometimes college parents and grandparents may be better off simply investing their discretionary income in a taxable brokerage account in their own name. Simply put, the fees associated with many 529 plans sometimes offset the benets of utilizing them. While you forego tax-deferred growth by utilizing a taxable brokerage account, you have a much wider selection of investment options without any restrictions on how the funds can be spent. Say little Johnny Angel becomes little Johnny Devil. You own the account and can use the funds for your own retirement needs or anything else, for that matter. Or say your child is an exceptional student and receives several scholarships. You can provide nancial assistance as you see t; perhaps send them on an interim trip to Europe or help them buy a car. Locking in tuition rates with a statesponsored pre-paid tuition program is usually a money saver. Some 20 states currently offer such plans, usually under a 529 Plan umbrella. Floridas ofcial website details four of these pre-paid tuition options, which include two 2year plans and two 4-year plans. Start a pre-paid tuition plan while your child is a toddler, and youll save signicant dollars by the time they start college. College always costs so much more than we think it will. Children still need all the nancial support they normally accept from you, in addition to their college expenses: health and medical insurance, doctor visits, car payments, car insurance, clothes and more. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, a syndicated economic columnist, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850608-6121~www.arborwealth.net), a Fee-Only and Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisory Firm located near Destin. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specic strategy or investment will be suitable or protable for an investor. MARGARET R. M c DOWELL Arbor Outlook
The Times | A5 Thursday, July 24, 2014 By LOIS SWOBODA 653-1819 | @ ApalachTimes Lswoboda@star.com At the end of July in 1974, things were hopping in Lanark Village. The commissioners of the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District requested proposals for the installation of a water and sewer system. Ann and Pat Heffernan attended the county commission meeting. Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson were entertaining their granddaughter visiting from Racine, Wisconsin and you could purchase the Times at the IGA in Lanark Village. The really big news was in Carrabelle where the sheriff had gotten into a bit of trouble. The following article ran on Thursday, July 25, 1974: SHERIFF INVE S TIGATED IN INCIDENT State Attorney Harry Morrison is seriously recommending that the investigation of the incident of Franklin County Sheriff Jack Taylor and Carrabelle police ofcer Charles Morgan be turned over to the Franklin County Grand Jury. I have received an oral report from the Department of Law Enforcement who have been investigating the incident and, frankly, there are conicts between the stories of the sheriff and the police ofcer. I cannot disclose all of the ramications of the report, but it appears the matter should be turned over to an impartial investigative body, namely the Franklin County Grand Jury, said Morrison. At the State Attorneys request, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has investigated the incident and reported to the State Attorney. Carrabelle police ofcer Charles Morgan claims that he saw a car going west on U.S. 98 at a high rate of speed while he was parked at a police phone. Morgan began following the car as it turned off onto side streets. Morgan said the car then turned its lights off while traveling. Morgan said that he blocked the intersection in order to stop the car, and that he asked for an I.D. that was refused. Unsure of what to do after discovering the driver of the car was Franklin County Sheriff Jack Taylor, Morgan left to ask the Carrabelle Chief of Police what to do. Morgan said he spent the remainder of the night attempting to obtain a warrant for Taylors arrest in order to give a breathalyzer test. The State Attorneys ofce was notied and they in turn requested that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the incident. Sheriff Jack Taylor stated that while stopped at a stop sign, he saw a car come up behind him without lights. When the policemen who was driving the car asked for some identication, Taylor said he told the ofcer you know who I am, and then gave Morgan his license. Concern has been shown by state ofcials over the previous driving record of Taylor. According to the Highway Patrol, Taylor was involved in an accident 4.5 miles south of Sopchoppy in a county car on June 20, 1974. Taylor stated that a hog ran in the path of his automobile and he struck a telephone pole. Another accident has resulted in a suit being led in the Circuit Court of Wakulla County. Taylor led suit against Arthur W. Donovan and Greyhound Rent-A-Car. A counter suit was led by Arthur W. Donovan as Administrator for the estate of Jenny J. Donovan who died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Both suits are still pending. In the same issue of the Times, Taylor responded as follows: I have, at this time, requested, through State Attorney Harry Morrison, a Grand Jury investigation into the incident which happened in Carrabelle, Florida, early Saturday morning. Inasmuch as City Policeman Charles Morgan has publicly made false allegations and statements about me as well as the entire sheriffs department, in regard to this incident, I feel it is necessary to submit this matter to the Grand Jury, an impartial body, for a nal and reliable decision. A decision in which the public can rely on being fair and truthful to all concerned. F LORIDA ME M ORY PROJECT Sheriff Jack Taylor KEEP CHILDREN OUT OF FOG During the summer of 1974, mosquito control ofcials asked that parents not let children play in the fog being used to kill mosquitoes in the area. A press release stated drivers of the fogging trucks have reported children throughout the county playing in the fog. The practice is not safe both because the fog is toxic and also because children are playing in the streets and motorists cannot see them. Mosquito control ofcials ask parents to keep children indoors when the fog is visible. July 25, 1974: Carrabelle cop hot on sheriffs trail Looking for Gorrie furniture In the rst Chasing Shadows article, we traced the origin of a chair marked Gorrie Furniture to a store that was once in Apalachicola. We learned that whole housefuls of furniture were sold by the Gorrie Furniture Company were delivered to Lanark Village during the 1950s. The caretakers of the Raney House are interest ed in acquiring one or more pieces of Gorrie Furni ture to add to the collection. If you have a piece of furniture marked with the Gorrie name, and would like to sell or donate it, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or contact Lois Swoboda at lswoboda@ star.com. D EBORAH T HO M A S | Florida Memory Project This picture from the Florida Memory Project was taken in 1988 by Deborah Thomas. The gentleman won the oyster eating contest at the Florida Seafood Festival that year. Some facts about him have been lost. What is his name and where did he come from? And how many oysters did he consume? Can you answer these questions? If so, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or contact Lois Swoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org By ALAN J. WRIGHT Times Staff Reporter EDITORS NOTE : In light of the current search for as larger home for the Apalachicola Municipal Library, this January 1991 article from the Times may hold some points of interest. Of course, we all know what happened to the Coombs House. In a dramatic reversal, Tuesday night, the Apalachicola City Commission voted unanimously to abandon plans to restore historic Coombs house for use as a library. Commissioner Rose McCoy set the tone for the decision, citing the perilous nancial condition the city is in. She feared that the city would be placing an impossible burden on itself, especially considering the current economic and political instability. I was real excited, she said sardonically, when we were able to sit down and pay all the citys bills up through November. The abrupt decision immediately followed a report from Clark Holmes, a member of the library board and of the Historic Apalachicola Foundation. Holmes stated that three grants were involved in completing the Coombs Library project. The rst coming from the Department of Historic Resources for the beginning work of restoration. That $240,000 grant had already been approved by DHR, but still faced legislative and administrative approval. The second major grant, in the neighborhood of $200,000, would come from the state library commission for the purpose of converting the structure for use as a library. That money, Holmes said, had yet to be approved and probably no action would be taken on the grant application until April. A $40,000 matching grant from the E. I. DuPont Foundation, he said, is available for use on an as needed basis. Holmes urged the commission to continue with the project, if for no other reason than to see whether the grants would be approved. It would be a mistake, he said, to withdraw the grant applications now. He said such an action would hurt the citys credibility in applying for future grants. If the city didnt wish to continue with the library project, Holmes said, it would be better to wait until after the money had been approved, then simply refuse the grants. Holmes also spoke in favor of the project from the viewpoint of a patron of the library. He noted the present city library was funded at only 25 percent of the state minimum. The Coombs Library, he stated, would be a base for ghting illiteracy in the region. Commissioner Jack Frye, who has opposed the project from the beginning, made a motion to end the citys involvement in the Coombs House. Like McCoy, he was concerned that the city would face huge expenditures for maintaining the library that it can ill afford. Some members of the gallery concurred with Frye, saying the Coombs House would be better in the private sector. The city would then be deriving an income from taxes on the structure, instead of having a liability for upkeep and insurance. Although the project has been plodding along for nearly two years, nobody has undertaken to determine exactly what the annual maintenance and insurance costs would be. Before the vote was taken, Commissioner Jimmy Elliot cautioned the commission to consider all factors involved. If the Coombs House went to the private sector, he wondered, what guarantee would the city have that the house would be faithfully restored? He also expressed a concern that some fringe group, such as Satanists, might move in. City abandons Coombs library plans F RO M THE MAR S HALL COLLECTION Drawing of the proposed conversion of Coombs House to a city library. T HE S OCIETY P AGE S .ORG Children playing in insecticide fog circa 1975. WHO W AS THE BIGGEST OYSTER EATER? LOI S SW OBODA | The Times The Gorrie trademark F RO M THE S P OHRER COLLECTION Bill Spohrer stands before the Coombs House circa 1990. The Spohrers bought the property shortly after the city abandoned plans to transform the house into a library.
Local A6 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014 Toxoplasmosis may be an other story. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by a protozoan, a single-celled animal that infects most warm-blooded animals, in cluding humans, and most often infects cats. During the rst few weeks after exposure, the infection typically causes a mild, u-like illness or no illness. However, people with weakened im mune systems, including preg nant women, may become seri ously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal Toxoplasmosis can be spread to humans by contact with cat feces. Gillum said feral cats at the beach are a special concern be cause they bury their feces in the sand where they may be un knowingly contacted by beach goers including pregnant women and small children. She also said that predation by domestic cats is a huge threat to both birds and sea turtles. Gil lum told the following story of her own experience with feral cats, on Easter Sunday morning, after services, when she and her husband rode bicycles from the Plantation gate to Sikes Cut. There were thousands of migratory cliff and barn swal lows arriving from their migra tion across the Gulf. Hundreds were resting on the roadway. They are completely exhausted when they arrive and look for a warm and sunny place to land, she said. The pattern is that af ter they migrate, they rest. Once they get up some strength, they hop into the bushes and begin to eat insects. Some of them were being run over by cars but, more than that, we saw many attacked by feral cats running out of the un dergrowth, grabbing them and running away, said Gillum. Gillum said TNR has been shown by veterinarians, ecolo gists and wildlife biologists to worsen the problem of predation by feral cats. She said the cats need to be trapped and removed, ideally for adoption. Not viable on barrier islands Marvin Friel, a coastal bird specialist for the Florida Divi sion of Recreation and Parks, monitors bird populations in Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park, where coyotes are the most common predator on ground nesting birds and turtle eggs. He said feral cat predation is not currently a problem in the park. Based on tracks, he be lieves there is only one feral cat living there, but is concerned cat populations near the park could rapidly increase. We would like, if anything, to see strategic placement of these colonies, Friel said. Raya Pruner, a district biolo gist for the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks, said feral cats are a serious problem in some other parks. Ground nesting birds are our biggest concern, she said. There is a feral cat colony adja cent to a nesting habitat in Camp Holland State Park. Recently, we found an abandoned snowy plo ver nest. Based on tracks in the sand, we believe the plover was predated by a cat. There are fewer than 250 nest ing pairs of snowy plover remain ing in Florida. Pruner said she has docu mented a decline in nesting in the plover colony and chick sur vival since the cat colony was established. On these barrier islands its a bad idea where there is the poten tial for establishment of nesting colonies of shorebirds, she said. In my opinion, TNR is not viable on barrier islands. Feral cats will decimate migratory birds. Even well-fed domestic cats will hunt birds. Julie Wraithmell, Audubon Floridas Director of Wildlife Conservation is also critical of TNR. In a letter to the Times, she wrote, In addition to the birds and other small prey cats kill, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has documented panthers contract ing feline leukemia from feral cats. Feral cats have also elimi nated a colony of beach-nesting state-threatened Black Skim mers in Brevard County, and are major factors in the federal listing of Key Largo Wood Rat, Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit and several beach mouse subspe cies in Florida. In California, they have big problems with imperiled sea otters getting toxoplasmosis from cat feces that wash into nearshore waters, and same has been documented in manatees in the Caribbean (but not yet in Florida, as far as I know). Other critics of TNR feel it is inhumane to the cats. In a letter to the Florida Leg islatures Committee on Agricul ture, Grant Sizemore of the Amer ican Bird Conservancy (ABC) wrote that free-roaming cats are in constant danger of being hit by cars, contracting diseases and parasites, or being attacked by other animals or people. This is why feral cats have about onethird to one-fth of the life span of indoor, owned cats and may be why the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians, The Wildlife Society, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Ani mals have joined ABC in oppos ing TNR programs. Fulmer, who has practiced vet erinary medicine in the county for more than 30 years, expressed support for local TNR programs. I will participate because the only alternative to TNR is trap ping and euthanasia and that is not acceptable to the caregiv ers, he said. Ive done TNR for many years and worked with the humane society. Until they come up with a better solution, this is the best we can do. In a perfect world, every body would spay and neuter their cats, but we dont live in a perfect world, Fulmer said. In my per sonal opinion, people shouldnt feed feral cats if they arent going to have them neutered because that leads to larger and more fre quent litters of kittens. FERAL CAT from page A1 RAYA PRUNER | Special to the Times Snowy plover chicks are up and running within hours of hatching, and capable of walking three miles within a week or two.
Local The Times | A7 Thursday, July 24, 2014 4518922 NOTICE OF PR OPOSED TA XI NCREASE The Fr anklin County School District will soon consider am easur et oi ncr ease its pr operty tax le vy Last ye ar sp ro perty tax le vy A. Initiall yp ro posed tax le vy ........... $9 ,726,292 B. Less tax deductions doe to Va lue Adjustment Boar da nd other assessment changes .......... $2 3,402.00 C. Act ual pr op er ty tax le vy ........... $9 ,702,890 This ye ar sp ro perty tax le vy ....... $1 0,124,863 Ap ortion of the tax le vy is re quir ed under sta te la w in or der fo rt he school boar dt or ecei ve $2,249,311 in sta te educa tion gr ants The re quir ed portion has incr eased by 5.40 per cent, and re pr esents ap pr ox ima tel ys ix tenths of the total pr oposed tax es The re mainder or the tax es is pr oposed solel ya tt he discr etion of the school boar d. All concerned citiz ens ar ei nv ited to ap ub lic hearing on the tax incr ease to be held on Tu esda y, Ju ly 29, 2014 at 6:00 P. M. at the Wi llie Speed Boar dR oom, Eastpoint, Florida. AD ECISION on the pr oposed tax incr ease and the bu dget will be made at this hearing.
A8 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014 Special to The Times The Raney family makes their way into a new book commemorating their very rst biographical tell-all, Raney Days: the David G. Raney Family and their Antebellum Home, set to be released next week. Raney Days features stories and biographical tales of the family then and now. David G. Raney, a cotton trade entrepreneur and father of Judge George P. Raney, rst native Floridian Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, built the historic Raney House in Apalachicola in 1838. Author Sara McFerrin spent time pairing interviews with individual Raney descendants and analyzing historical records to write a factual account of the struggles and tenacity of one of Floridas pioneering families. From the wilds of the new territory of Florida in the 1800s to seventhth generation Raneys in modern day Florida, the family plays a vital role in history, said McFerrin. Youll nd a detailed account of the Raneys and how their antebellum home was rescued and restored. Family members have shared stories and photographs. Actually, there are over one hundred photos in the book. McFerrin began writing Raney Days as she developed interest in digging deeper into the local history of her home in Apalachicola. As a docent for the Raney House Museum, she advanced her knowledge and attention to the inuence the Raney family had on the small coastal town. McFerrin reached out to many Raney descendants who gave their own accounts of family history and memorable descriptions to be included in the book. Although this story of the Raney Family is based on historical events, it appeals to the imagination, said Carolyn Raney Stoia, descendant of Judge George P. Raney. Stoia contributed documents and family photos as well as liaising with the Raney family and the author. To celebrate the launch of Raney Days, an open book signing will be at the Raney House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 3-6 p.m. All Raney descendants are invited to attend a complimentary dinner, sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, afterward to commemorate the historic legacy of the Raney family. If you are a Raney descendant and would like to attend, please send your RSVP to email@example.com. Raney Days is available for purchase at Downtown Books & Purl, Apalachicola. Sara McFerrin is a freelance short story writer, contributor to Senior Living newspaper and docent at the Raney House Museum in Apalachicola. You can nd her in the blogosphere at raneydaysbook. blogspot.com/ Pe t of th e We ek ME ES HA an d he r br oth er Mo rt on ar e 7 we ek old Da c hsh und mi xe s. 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Th e pr oposed or dinanc e is on le with, and ma y be view ed at, the oc e of the Cler k of Co ur t at th e Fr ank lin Co un ty Co ur thouse which is loca te d at 33 Ma rk et St re et Ap alachic ola, Fl or ida. Th e meeting ro om is handicap ac ce ssible; ho we ve r, those persons who ma y re quir e special assistanc e to at te nd the public meeting must make ar ra ngemen ts in adv anc e by ca lling deput y cler k Mi chael Mo ro n at 850-653-8161, x100 at least tw o business da ys in adv anc e of the meeting An y person who ma y desir e to challenge the out co me of the meeting is re sponsible fo r re co rd ing a ve rb at im tr anscr ipt of the Society Dale and Selina Winchester to renew vows Charlee and Larry Winchester would like to announce that their parents Dale and Selina Winchester are renewing their marriage vows. Pastor Mark Collins will be marrying them on the Carrabelle beach Labor Day weekend. Wedlock is like water, it ows and moves as time passes, even as it changes it remains the same; Still, Deep, Pure and Constant. Jeremy Millender, Brittani Chambers to wed Saturday Jeremy Ernest Millender, son of Anthony and Beverly Millender, of Carrabelle, and Brittani Diana Chambers, daughter of Buddy and Diane Chambers, of Eastpoint, would like to announce their upcoming wedding on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. at the Carrabelle United Methodist Church on Hwy 67. Reception will follow at the Carrabelle Senior Citizens Center. All family and friends are welcome! Special to The Times Are you a student going into fourth through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you! The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chef ambassadors to promote Fresh From Florida recipes and products. Entry requirements include: You must be a Florida student going into fourth to the 12th grade. You must create an original recipe and submit with a photo. The recipe must contain one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable. The recipe must have clear directions, provide four snack-size servings and be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Your recipe must promote good nutrition and healthy eating habits. Students in ve regions will submit recipes that will be judged on nutrition, presentation/appeal, and originality. Three qualifying round winners will be chosen per grade category, for a total of 45 nalist entries statewide. The grade categories are Fourth-Fifth grade, Sixth-Eighth grade and Ninth-12th grade. These qualifying round winners will be invited to cook their recipe for a panel of judges at Publix Aprons Cooking Schools in their region. Finalist rounds will be held Sept. 27, Tampa Central/West; Oct. 11, Tallahassee Northwest; Oct. 25, Jacksonville Northeast; Nov. 1, Miami South; and Nov. 15, Orlando Central Each regional cook-off will have three winners from each grade category. Third-place winners will receive a $50 gift certicate; secondplace winners a $75 gift certicate and rst-place winners a $100 gift certicate. All winners will also receive a certicate for a free Publix Aprons Cooking School class and an additional $50 gift certicate to cover travel and ingredient expenses. The high school rst-place winner will be designated each regions student chef ambassador. Deadline to enter is Sept. 15. For more rules and to submit your entry, go to www.FreshFromFlorida. com/Cookoff. Nichols brothers celebrate July birthdays Jayden Nichols turned 9 on Friday, July 18, and Jole Nichols will be 6 on Monday, July 28. Proud father is Cole Nichols and grandparents Charles and Debbie Nichols, of Eastpoint. A happy birthday from their favorite uncle, Clay. Happy birthday boys, and we all love you very much! Happy anniversary, Becky and Perry Floyd Becky and Perry Floyd, of Apalachicola, will celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary on Friday, July 25, 2014. Bishop Daniel White ofciated at the ceremony July 25, 1992 in Lafayette Park that united the two in marriage. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my afiction and knew the anguish of my soul. Psalm 31:7 Wedding Anniversary Birthdays Vow renewal New book details Raney family history The book cover Calling all kid chefs: Cook-off kicks off SARA MCFERRIN
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Box 729, Lanark Village Fl 32323 Pastor: Father Eddie Jones Mass Sc hedule: Satur day: (Vigil) 5:00 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM (850)697-3669 101 NE F irst Street Carrabelle SUND A Y 10:00 AM WELCOMES Y OU THE EPISCOP AL CHURCH Faith LISA HOGAN | Special to The Times The First Baptist Church of Carrabelle held its annual Vacation Bible School last week, drawing an average of 100 young people each night. Lisa Hogan directed the July 1418 VBS, under the supervision of Pastor Byron Sherman. The theme this year was Weird Animals: Where Jesus Love is One-of-a-Kind, and featured daily lessons how Jesus loves you even when you feel left out, or youre different, or when you have done wrong. The VBS included an elaborate stage, at right created by Hogan with help from her sisters Leigh Smith and Lynn Clark. The youth collected an offering for Operation Kid to Kid for their mission project, Hogan said. The $415 raised will be sent to World Vision to help provide clean water to communities in India, and is enough to enable 166 people to have clean water for a year. Thank you, thank you, thank you! There was another full house last Saturday to enjoy the good breakfast at the Lanark Village Boat Club. A thank-you to our faithful volunteers who set up, prepare, serve and clean up. We will do it again Saturday, August 16. Meanwhile, at the Lanark Market, we all gathered to celebrate the third anniversary and the rain was still falling. Congratulations, Carson! The Song Bird, Evelyn McAnally, was at the karaoke last Saturday night at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82. She, along with Ann Merrell and others, kept the place jumping. The rain last Sunday didnt dampen too many spirits at the monthly covered dish at Chillas Hall. Lots of good food, friends and neighbors. Dessert, not so much, but we got over it. Its time again to thank all our faithful volunteers who work hard to make it happen. Also, thanks to the prisoners who keep the public lands and roadsides looking good. Dog owners, before you leave the house, make sure you take a plastic bag and some paper towels and Fido on a leash. Its the law. And another thing, when driving to pick up the mail, park in the big parking lot across the street from the post ofce, instead of the southbound lane of Heffernan. Our next lunch at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center will be Thursday, August 7. Serving begins at noon and Im sure Sarge and his helpers will have a great meal prepared for us. See ya there! The Honorable Cheryl Sanders, Bill Snyder and Mark Nobles will be at Chillas Hall this Sunday July 27 to meet you voters from District 2 and enjoy the Hobos Ice Cream. Donations from the social will go to Ken and Linda LaPaz. School board hopefuls David Hinton, William Ray Messer and Pam Marshall will also be there. On Saturday night, August 2, dancers and prancers will gather at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center for the Over 50 Dance. Jim the DJ will get things spinning at 7 p.m. Bring a snack to share, your favorite beverage, your dancing shoes and your main squeeze and dance the night away. One oclock, two oclock, three oclock, rock. Another great lady of Lanark was called home July 16, to be with our Lord. Dorothy Duquiane and her late husband Lester were longtime snowbirds. They attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lanark. I got the call from Dorothy Clark. Dorothy Duquiane was Dorothy Clarks copilot when they drove from and back to Wisconsin. Dorothy and Lester were very active in the Village. Pray for Dorothys eternal rest and peace for the family. Isnt it great to see Bob Dietz walking around the Village again? Take care of yourself, Bob. We need you around here. Talked to Jim and Mary Ann Bove last week. Jim is recovering well. They said to tell you hello. Both Bob and Jim want to thank you for all the cards and prayers. Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound and remember, God is watching us from a distance. Until next time, God bless America, our troops, and the poor, the homeless and the hungry. LANARK NEWS Jim Welsh A memorial service for Bette Kay Becky Holtom will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. at the St. George Island Baptist Church. Visitation with the family will be from 10:1510:45 a.m. Please come celebrate her life with us. Bette Kay Holtom BETTE KA Y HOL TOM Bobby Ray Northcutt was born March 1, 1943 and went to be with Jesus Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was born in Anahuac, Texas to Bill and Rynie Northcutt. Bobby attended Anahuac School. Early in his career he was a mechanic at Thames Chevrolet in Anahuac. After years he opened his own boating business and then went to work at K & K Enterprises until the time of his death. Bobby loved his family, and loved to watch college football and shing. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Liz Northcutt; parents Bill and Rynie Northcutt; brother Billy Northcutt; and his brother-inlaw Gary Cameron. Survivors include his daughter Marilyn Moore and husband Bobby; sons Troy Williams and wife Denise, Lenny Williams, and David Williams and wife Shami (Bigalow); grandchildren Danielle Morris and husband Robert, Cody Moore and wife Erin, Cortney Williams, Preston Williams, Baylee Williams, Lee Hateld, Jacob Hateld, Gage Kent, Brooke Williams, Brianna Ennger, Brian Williams, and Dakota Williams; greatgrandchildren Madelyn Moore, Caden Williams, and Carleigh Williams; sister Betty Ann Jenkins and husband Richard; sisters-in-law Norma Northcutt, Mary Williams and Carol Cameron; brother-in-law Jimmy Cameron, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Bobby Ray Northcutt will be Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home, in Anahuac, Texas with burial to follow at Anahuac Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday, July 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences can be sent online to www. sterlingfuneralhome.com. Bobby Ray Northcutt BOBBY RA Y NORTHCUTT John Jack H. Freeman, 75, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California after losing a nal battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of San Francisco; stepdaughter, Anna Waclawiczek, and husband, Michael, of Boston, Massachusetts; brother, Robby Freeman, and wife, Nancy, of Atlanta, Georgia; and sister, Lane Autrey, and husband, Gill, of Apalachicola. He is also survived by an entertaining number of nieces and nephews scattered around the country. Jack was born July 27, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia to John Hickey Freeman and Neville Freeman and raised in Atlanta. He studied art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and later in Salzburg, Austria under the tutelage of Oscar Kokoschka. He received his masters degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. Jack was an accomplished painter in the Bay Area whose work spans 50 years and is owned by friends and collectors worldwide. He traveled often to Europe with his wife to tour and paint. He is most noted for his impressionistic landscapes, cityscapes and most recently his primarycolored FAR Out Fauve paintings. He enjoyed cooking, wine and music very much, but it was most obvious that more than those he preferred being outside painting the colors he loved so much. This was his passion each day whether he was alone with his easel or discussing his impressions with others at a show or having coffee. Jack said several times: There are no lines in nature, only the relation of light and dark. For the last nine years, he played the bones and spoons with Slim Fatz at the October Blues Festival, as well as other venues. He loved Apalachicola and came as often as possible. His sister Lane Autrey observed, If possible, I believe he would have moved here. He was reading everything he could nd about this area. Gill Autrey said, At least now all of San Francisco wont have to continue to hear about Apalachicola. A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday, July 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Caf International, 509 Haight Street, San Francisco. His ashes will be spread in the Apalachicola Bay from Gill Autreys boat Lily in the fall. In lieu of owers, contributions may be made in Jacks name to SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services), an independent nonprot consisting of a network of six cultural centers. Visit SOMArts.org or please make the check payable to SOMArts and mail to: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Jack H. Freeman JACK H. FREEMAN John Christian Johnboy Stepro, born Sept. 14, 1986, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Biloxi Regional Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was a member of the Highland Parch Church in Apalachicola. He was preceded in death by his daddy, Hilbert Stepro, Jr. He is survived by daughter Cassiddi Lynn Stepro, of Carrabelle; parents Sharon and Ray Creamer, of Apalachicola; stepmom Marie Stepro, of Biloxi, Mississippi; sisters Shawntell Pritchard and husband, John, of Eastpoint, and Brittany Johnson and husband Charlie, of Apalachicola; brothers Jonathan Creamer, of Apalachicola, and Billy Ray and Chad, and sister Jennifer, all of Biloxi, Mississippi; niece Hannah Rae Pritchard, and nephew Corbin Andrew Pritchard, both of Eastpoint; MawMaw Phyliss Barber, of Biloxi, Mississippi; Big Momma Shirley Creamer, of Apalachicola; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial services were at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Highland Park Community Church, in Apalachicola, preceded by visitation and picture viewing at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ann Nelson ofciated. Johns remains will be placed at Bethel Hill Cemetery in Latimer, Mississippi in his familys plot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, with a graveside service. Condolences can be seen and read online at www.marshallfh.com. John Christian Stepro JOHN CHRISTIAN STEPRO Send obituaries to firstname.lastname@example.org District 2 candidates at Chillas Hall Sunday Obituaries WEIRD ANIMALS T AKE OVER CARRABELLE BAPTIST CHURCH
By LOIS SWOBODA 653-1819 | @ ApalachTimes Lswoboda@star.com Lynda Tiefel of Talla hassee has two passions. She loves to geocache and adores scuba diving. Last month, she com bined her two favorite ac tivities when she hid a new geocache entitled You are going to need a bigger boat. For those not in the know, geocaching, which com bines the terms geographi cal and cache, is an out door adventure that sends seekers on a treasure hunt for containers of trinkets and prizes. Participants use a Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr) to hide and seek containers called geo caches or caches. A typi cal cache is a waterproof container containing a log book and pen, but caches can be as simple as a strip of magnetic plastic with a sheet of paper attached or a small roll of paper in a tiny waterproof tube. Searchers frequently choose geocaches to hunt by typing a zip code into a search engine provided by Groundspeak, the orga nization that coordinates deployment of geocaches worldwide. They then use a handheld GPSr or cell phone app to locate the ac tual cache and sign the log. After hunting a cache, they report on the adventure online at the Groundspeak website. Tiefel, whose geocach ing name is DiverRN, has hidden a plastic slate on an articial reef 10 miles south of Dog Island in 60-feet of water at N 29 39.161 W 084 30.008. Divers who locate the slate will sign it using an ordinary pencil. The cache was hidden with the blessing of the Organization for Articial Reefs (OAR), which placed the concrete reef unit on the sea oor. Tiefel sits on the board of OAR and is cur rently president of the Tal lahassee Area Geocachers (TAG). The reef where the geo cache is hidden was de ployed in June in memory of Dixon Camp. It has three super reefs each 15 feet high with a regular-sized articial reef module inside. In her posting on the internet announcing the new geocache, Tiefel wrote, (The reef) already had sh on it a week after it was deployed. In her online directions to the new geocache, Ti efel wrote, Once you nd the super reef, the 15-foot pyramid, swim 38 feet west on the 270-degree radial, to the tip of the triangle. The geocache slate is tethered and oating on the top of the closest smaller pyramid. Dont forget to bring a pen cil, it wouldnt be good to go into decompression mode if you forget one and have to go back to the boat. According to Ground speak, only about 20 under water caches exist, which makes Franklin County pretty special. Veteran diver Tiefel said she has found other diving caches and this is the second one she has hidden. Her rst is in Mor rison Springs State Park. She appears to be the only owner of two deep water geocaches at this time. So far, nobody has found the new geocache. The county was already a vacation destination for geocaching enthusiasts. Currently, there are about 150 geocaches in Franklin County and 2345 within 100 miles of Eastpoint. In 2011, Franklin County became one of the rst localities in the nation to have a geocaching contest or challenge with a prize. The Franklin County Tourist Development Coun cil provided funds to buy col lectable geocoins inscribed with Eastpoints zip code as a prize for cachers who complete the challenge and to promote caching in the county. To claim the prize, visiting cachers had to nd a group of geocaches with partial coordinates to a nal cache spot that contained tickets that could be trad ed for the coin. The Salty Geocoin Challenge is still in operation, and more than 140 of the coins have been claimed. Founded in 1985, OAR serves the recreational saltwater shing industry of Floridas Big Bend Gulf Coast by promoting the pro fessional development of public articial reefs. Since 1987, OAR has created or enhanced over 30 named reefs in the Big Bend Gulf. OAR collaborates with cities and counties as well as state and federal govern ments to create and main tain articial reefs. OAR also collaborates with ma rine research agencies, oth er articial reef groups, and the academic community. Monda y Th ursda y 7A M 6PM (EST ) | Fr ida y Sa tur da y 7A M 7PM (EST ) Su nda y 7A M 2PM (EST ) Lets go! Summer time is here! Sh op ou r hu ge se le ct io n of be ach wa re s, cha ir s, an d to ys Ne w ar ri va ls da il y of ka ya ks Pa dd le bo ar ds an d shi ng ge ar www .shopb wo .c om WEEK LY ALM ANA C AP AL AC HIC OL A CA RR ABELLE TID E TA BLES MONT HL Y AV ER AG ES To nd th e tides of the fo llo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica te d times fr om the se gi ve n fo r AP ALA CHIC OLA: HIGH LO W Ca t Po in t Mi nus 0:40 Mi nus 1: 17 East Pa ss Mi nus 0:27 Mi nus 0: 27 To nd th e tides of the fo llo wing ar eas subtr ac t the indica te d times fr om those gi ve n fo r CA RR ABELL E: HIGH LO W Ba ld Po in t Mi nus 9:16 Mi nus 0: 03 Da te Hi gh Low % Pre cip Th u, July 24 85 78 30 % Fr i, July 25 85 78 30 % Sa t, July 26 85 78 30 % Sun, July 27 85 78 30 % Mo n, July 28 85 78 40 % Tu es July 29 85 77 80 % We d, July 30 84 77 80 % LYNDA TIEFE L | Special to The Times The geocache is an underwater slate. Special to The Times The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com mission has scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper workshops for recreational stakeholders beginning in late July to dis cuss state and federal man agement of recreational red snapper. The workshops will also explore potential future approaches to managing this shery in an effort to ensure optimal access for Floridas resident and visit ing anglers. On Thursday, July 31, a workshop will be held in the Carrabelle City Hall cafete ria, 1001 Gray Ave. Anglers who would like to share their ideas and help improve management are encour aged to attend. All meetings will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Others are set for Monday, July 28: Pensacola City Hall (2nd-oor Hagler Mason room), 222 W. Main St.; Tuesday, July 29: Des tin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave.; Wednesday, July 30: Florida State Uni versity Panama City, lec ture hall of Holley Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive; and Monday, Aug. 11: St. Peters burg, Fish and Wildlife Re search Institute, 3rd-oor conference room, 100 S.E. Eighth Ave.. Red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida are managed by the FWC in state waters (from shore to nine nautical miles) and by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in federal waters (beyond nine nautical miles). These snapper are large ly harvested in federal wa ters, but also occur and are harvested recreationally in state waters off northwest Florida. Because of manage ment constraints, the fed eral season has consistently been shortened for several years in a row even though the recreational quota, or total poundage of sh that could be caught by anglers, has increased and the red snapper population has im proved. This years federal season was the shortest yet, at nine days. Floridas state season was 52 days. The FWC is seeking input from recreational anglers about how to bet ter manage recreational harvest of this species at the state and federal level while continuing to rebuild the shery. Several manage ment options that are being considered for federal wa ters by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun cil will be discussed, includ ing sector separation, which entails dividing the federal recreational red snapper quota into separate privateangler and for-hire quotas; an individual shing quota (IFQ) program for federally permitted charter and head boats, similar to the exist ing program for commercial vessels, which allots a spe cic portion of sh to indi vidual vessels; and regional management, in which the recreational shery in feder al waters could be managed on a state-by-state basis. These workshops offer stakeholders an opportunity to share their expectations for the red snapper shery and their ideas on potential management options for state and federal waters. Call 487-0554 or email Marine@MyFWC.com for more information. Visit My FWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater and Rule making for more on these workshops Carrabelle hosts Gulf red snapper shing workshop The Orangestriped Oakworm (Anisota senatoria) is a member of the family Saturniidae commonly referred to a giant silk moths. It is one of the more common Saturnids. While the caterpillar is commonly referred to as the Orangestriped Oakworm, adults, like the pair shown here, are referred to as Orangetipped Oakmoths. This pair was photographed mating in Wakulla in an area of palmetto scrub with scattered oaks, but most sources say this moth is not found in Florida or the Deep South. Its range generally extends from central Georgia and Alabama northward to the Great Lakes. Adults are day iers. Mating takes place from late morning to early afternoon, and in late afternoon or dusk, females begin laying eggs in large clumps on the underside of oak leaves. Eggs hatch in about two weeks and are gregarious when young. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in shallow underground chambers. This moth has a wingspan of up to two inches. Females can be twice as large as males. Adults do not feed; caterpillars feed on oaks (especially red oaks), chestnut, birch, hazel, hickory, maple and raspberry. The Orangetipped Oakmoth is a producer of wild silk. Commercially reared silkworms of the species Bombyx mori (Linnaeus, 1758) are normally killed before the pupae emerge, either by pricking them with a needle or dipping the cocoons into boiling water, thus allowing the whole cocoon to be unraveled as one continuous thread. This allows a much ner cloth to be woven from the silk. There are more than 500 species of wild silkworms in the world, although only a few are used to produce cloth. They usually produce a tougher and rougher silk than that from domesticated silkworms. Wild silks are usually harvested after the moths have left the cocoons, cutting the threads in the process, so that there is not one long thread, as with domesticated silkworms. Wild silks are more difcult to bleach and dye than silk, but most have naturally attractive colors, particularly the rich golden sheen of the silk produced by the muga silkworm in western India often known as Assam silk. Wild silks were in use in China from early times and were produced by the Romans. There is evidence that the Chinese imported Roman silk. There are literary references to the use of wild silk in Persia and ancient Greece. BUDS N BUGS Lois Swoboda J AN G ORM AN | Special to The Times Orangestriped Oakmoth: A rare sight in Florida Franklins new deepwater challenge Email outdoors news to timesoutdoors @star.com Page 10 Thursday, July 24, 2014 OUTD OO RS www.apalachtimes.com Section A Inshore/Bay Offshore/Bottom Trolling is heating up with king mackerel taking top spot again this week. Good weed beds are forming due south of Cape San Blas and are holding great numbers of Mahi-Mahi. Trout are still close to shore at Towns Beach. Try using a larger top-water bait such as top dog or a Zara spook in gold/silver. Scallop is beginning to be more productive as the season continues. Larger shells are being found in 3-6 feet of water, but plenty of smaller shells are east of Blacks Island.
CARRABELLE APALACHICOLA CARRABELLE APALACHICOLA SPORTS www.apalachtimes.com Thursday, July 24, 2014 A Section werent caught on boats, said Lawhon. One kid caught a 10-pound sting ray. It wasnt in a category, but we weigh it for them But not all kids could win when it came time for the trophies to be handed out Weve never won, said Abbi Fletcher, who brought her three boys, Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil, here for the fth year. We havent had that luck yet. Last year we were within two ounces of (a winning) croaker, she said. I always tell em, Somebodys got to lose. Trophies were given out to the three top nishers in each category, unless a child would have won two, in which case he or she was given the higher placement. Some kids could have won three, said C-Quarters dockmaster Millard Collins. He was assisted during the day by weighmaster Jim Chapman. Also, if two kids had similar size sh, the rst one in got the higher prize, provided they were in line by 4 p.m. Saturday. When it closes, it closes. We try to teach them shing etiquette, said Lawhon. Friday night, at a captains meeting, all the youth were taught safety regulations at a required clinic, conducted by instructors Randy Jossey, Max Lawhon and Collins. The class was required by the Fish Florida organization, which provided each child with a rod and reel, funded by a statewide fee on shing licenses that goes to support youth shing, and tournaments such as this. Each child also got a visor, and a t-shirt, compliments of CQuarters and a host of supporting businesses, from as far away as Tallahassee and Marianna, and a tote bag courtesy of TowBoat US, in Carrabelle I had a man come up and give me $100, said Mary Lawhon Right before the awards were given out, Collins stressed that every business in Carrabelle donated something, and that WalMart in Crawfordville donated hot dogs and buns. Yall want to do this next weekend? he asked the crowd, which cheered out a triumphant Yeah! Winston Chester, from Panhandle Outdoors, a popular TV show on Panama Citys Channel 10 and YouTube, also was on hand. C-Quarters next big event is the 11th annual King sh Shootout the rst weekend in August, with a guaranteed payout of $16,500. The winners Spanish Mackerel 1) Tristan Proctor 1.81 pounds 2) Demi Nichols 0.74 pounds 3) Marina Adams 0.68 pounds Croaker 1) Kloie Douglas 0.76 pounds 2) Jobin Thompson 0.70 pounds 3) Jaylynn Thompson 0.70 pounds Flounder 1) Joli Johnson 1.59 pounds 2) River Sheridan 0.68 pounds Lady sh 1) Cade Brown 0.84 pounds 2) Courben Monroe 0.60 pounds 3) Laura Kate Brown 0.58 pounds Trout 1) Tyler Grindstead 4.14 pounds 2) Hunter Pitts 1.72 pounds 3) Haven Johnson 1.68 pounds Pin sh 1) Kaylan Jossey 0.70 pounds 2) Thiago Finuff 0.34 pounds 3) Austin Barrack 0.34 pounds Cat sh 1) Bentley Parramore 5.44 pounds 2) Carson Murphy 5.26 pounds 3) Kyler Beebe 4.5 pounds Lady sh 1) J.T. Mathes 0.92 pounds 2) Preston Thompson 0.86 pounds 3) Camryn Chittenden 0.84 pound FISHING from page A1 Photos by DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times Top in cat sh were, from left, Kyler Beebe, Carson Murphy and Bentley Parramore. Top in Spanish Mackerel were, from left, Marina Adams, Demi Nichols and Tristan Proctor. Top in ounder were River Sheridan, left, and Joli Johnson. Page A11 Special to the Times The 14-and-under Seahawks summer basketball team finished in second place at the Bethel Church Shootout July 12 in Tallahassee. The boys dropped their first two games, losing by two and three points, in very hardfought and close games. They then won their next two games to advance to the semifinal game. In the semifinals, the young Hawks won in overtime to get to the championship game. Aric Sowell hit the go ahead three-pointer in overtime to put Franklin County up with four seconds left, and then stole the inbound pass and held the ball until time ran out. It was a very exciting tourney in which Johnny Jones led all scorers in all games played in the tournament, said Coach Mike Sweatt. Coaching duties for the tourney were handled by Jeremy Williams and Ricky Jones. Jan Lowe, Nathan Jones, and Landon Nash all contributed to the scoring sheets throughout the tournament. Since we had to fight from the losers bracket and played two extra games because of it, we were totally gassed by the championship game, said Sweatt. The whole tournament was played in one day so that many games can really slow you down as a team. We lost by 15 in the championship game because we just didnt have any legs to finish around the basket and were a step slow on defense as well. Both the 14-and-under, and the 17-and-under, teams will play in The Big Bend Showdown in Tallahassee, their last tournament of the summer, this weekend July 25-27. By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@starfl.co m The AAA All-Star team, made up of the finest Dixie Youth League 9 and 10-year-olds, traveled to the state tourney in Arcadia earlier this month and finished third. Under the direction of Coach Steven Cook and assistants Tony Brannan and Duane Topham, the team practiced hard in the weeks leading up to the 16-team double elimination state championship tourney. At Fridays banquet July 11, Ashton Topham, the teams hardthrowing right-hander tied with others around the state for having the most sizzling fastball. A radar gun clocked him at 58 mph. On Saturday July 12, the game against Graceville was rained out, and postponed to Sunday morning, and the boys won 14-9. Against Wildwood later that day, the team was down 10-0 after two innings, but ended up winning 14-13 in the bottom of the sixth in their last at-bat. The boys fought real hard. They didnt get down. They fought back and played hard, said Cook. It was very exciting. The boys were pumped up. They fought, they kept their heads up and they played hard. On Monday the team was swamped by East Lakeland 16-1, sending them to the losers bracket. On Tuesday, their game against Shalimar faced a rain delay in the second inning, and has to be resumed Wednesday morning. The boys were eliminated after a 9-4 loss to Shalimar. They fought hard, said Cook. We got down 8-0 but in the last three innings we outscored them 4-1. The young Seahawks were voted by the tournament coaches as recipients of the sportsmanship trophy. I thought the boys played really well, said Cook. They were excellent representatives of Franklin County. The team features all righthanders, comprised of the finest prospects plucked from the regular season teams from Apalachicola and Eastpoint. Members include Will Varnes; Ashton Topham; Caleb Abel; Evan Stanley; Colin Amison; Gage Boone; Garrison Cook; Kyler Custer; Wyatt Abercrombie; Owen Poloronis; and Jabara Pearson. From staff reports Segrees to host Saturday bene t Segrees Bait & Tackle will be hosting a bene t for the Franklin County Belles Team Florida on Saturday, July 26 in Eastpoint. The girls will be heading to the World Series on July 31 and need community support to get them there. Come out to get a mullet dinner on Saturday and encourage our girls to do their best. Volleyball tryouts Aug. 4-6 The tryouts for the 2014-15 Franklin County High School will be held in the Franklin County gym on Monday through Wednesday, Aug 4, 5, and 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. All girls who would like to try out must be in grades 6-12 for the 2014-15 school year and have an up-to-date physical. Please contact coach Hilary Stanton or Tara Klink with any questions. AAA All-Stars third in Arcadia Young Hawk hoopsters runners-up in tourney BRIEFS DESOTO COUNTY YOUTH LEAGUE | Special to the Times The Franklin County AAA All-Stars at the state tourney Second baseman Jabara Pearson makes a play
Local A12 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014 Crossword SOLUTION Crossword PUZZLE Staff Report This new page has been created to feature photographs submitted to the Times by our readers. We would like to make this page a regular addition to The Times, an opportunity for the photographers from throughout Franklin County, both residents and visitors alike, to highlight their best work capturing the beauty of the landscape, the excitement and energy of the people, and the adventure of the world around them. Please send photographs to Dadlerstein@star.com. For more information, call 653-8894. JOYC E WISSICK | Special to The Times Cinnamon, the Wissick family cat in Carrabelle, eyes what appears to be a white squirrel, taking advantage of seeds the family leaves out for the cardinals in the morning. Joyce Wissick said the squirrel, which they have named Abby, is their new joy, keeping them amused each morning. LYDIA COUNTRYMAN | Special to The Times Young boys gather to catch crabs at night on St. George Island. SONJA BUFFKIN | Special to The Times Sunset on the Carrabelle River on July 17 DOLOR E S QUIRK | Special to The Times A majestic bird graces St. George Island DOLOR E S QUIRK | Special to The Times This picture of a pitcher plant was taken on Highway 65 in Franklin County.
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In reading prepared opening remarks, Assistant Finance Ofcer Erin Grifth said the county com missions mandate of a 2 percent budget cut to all departments, con stitutional and non-governmental requests had decreased the bud gets by approximately $212,114. But, she said, this cost savings had been partially offset by a hike in the retirement contribution rates set by the Florida Legislature, which increased the county budget by $80,712. The countys health insurance with Capital Health Plan (CHP) renewed with a 5.5 percent pre mium hike, which amounted to an increase of $40,950 in the overall price tag of $1.05 million to insure the countys 162 employees. Grifth said the CHP monthly premium for individual coverage, which the county pays in full, will rise from about $452 to $477, still well below Blue Cross Blue Shields renewal rate one year ago of $621 per month. Personally I was very relieved with that (CHP rate increase), she said. The increase in retirement and health care costs reduced the net effect of the 2 percent reduction down to $95,213, which, together with the slight increase in tax pro ceeds, gave the commissioners about $146,000 to work with at this budget workshop, Grifth said. This is the best news Ive had since Ive been elected, and sitting in this seat I hope the citizens will also be happier with our budget process, said Commissioner Pinki Jackel. Its a better starting point than weve had. Well do our best, thats all I can say The workshop opened with a presentation by Sheriff Mike Mock, whose $4.5 million budget con sumes nearly 43 percent of the total property tax proceeds. Mock included the cost of inmate medical expenses, and managed to pare his budget down 2 percent before about $18,000 in increased retirement costs were added back. His budget will drop from $4.64 mil lion to $4.57 million. Let me remind you that over the past six years our budget has been cut $1 million, the sheriff told commissioners. My concern is Where do we stop? He said a drug enforcement grant has been reduced by 45 per cent, and that he may have to take additional costs for courthouse security from other areas of the budget. Its budgeted for 2.5 (fulltime employees) for security at court house but its not uncommon to have to have four, he said. I have to pull that from my budget and when I do that, I have to cut from another area to make that work. I dont know where it stops and thats my concern. Mock said while $90,000 is budgeted for inmate medical, I think most of you commented that theres no way to do it at $90,000, but we do it. The weekend before we had two medical calls at that jail, and theyre going to run every test avail able, he said. We had one where they were going to call Lifeight in, at $15,000 to $20,000. If medical says we have to do that, we have to do that. Were trying our best to hold this budget but its going to be very difcult to hold to this 2 percent, he said. Pressed by Chairman Cheryl Sanders as to whether Mock would be able to meet his budget ary needs, he replied that Well do our best, thats all I can say. I have looked at cutting some of the nonsworn ofcers. My concern is its going to be very difcult. In the event of cost overruns, you always come back to the board on that inmate medical, Sanders told Mock. The judge works with us but theres times that cant be prevent ed. Sometimes you cant prepare for it, he said. If thats the way it is, well have to make it work and well nd a way to make it work. We have an obligation to do that, but it will be very difcult. If it continues to go this way Im going to be left with areas to cut. Jackel told Mock that I hope next year will be better. Things are looking positive, I think of your con cerns about the downward trend, but I think weve hit the low point. If we just hang in together, I think we can make it over this hump. Commissioner Smokey Parrish noted that Mocks cut was even deeper in that he had found $78,000 in his budget for capital outlay, rath er than shift the costs for funding three new patrol cars to the county. Speaking on behalf of the Con cerned Citizens budget watchdog group, Allan Feifer noted that the county is covering the cost of utili ties at the jail, which last year to taled $114,000. He also noted that the cost of employee compensation had gone up, although Grifth clari ed that this was due to last years $1,100 countywide raise being ap plied again next year. This is a workshop for the county commission, Commission er Noah Lockley told Feifer. Aint no one got time to pick this apart. At the tail end of the workshop, Lockley pressed for a decision one way or another as to whether county employees would be getting a raise. Aint nobody told the work ers if theyre going to get a raise or not, he said. Tell them theyre go ing to get a raise or tell them theyre not. Im for giving them one. Grifth estimated an across-theboard annual raise of $500 would cost about $100,000. Sanders asked that she come back to the board with specics at its next meeting. Thats what well be able to do if we can do anything, Sanders said. Millender, Scott press for raises The commissioners moved quickly through the constitutional ofcers, all of whom met the 2 per cent cut except for Tax Collector Jimmy Harris, who was not pres ent due to a death in his family. Grifth said she applied the 2 percent reduction to Harris g ures, so his budget will go from $553,801 to $553,669 once the retire ment cost increases are added in. Property Appraiser Rhon da Skippers budget went from $619,550 to $620,370, due to the re tirement rate increase. She shifted about $7,700 in postage costs to the county, and noted that she is look ing at additional costs ahead. I can manage to do without but we have computers that are out dated, she said. Six computers in our ofce are over six years old, and wont accept new updates for Windows. The budget of Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson will drop from $318,851 to $315,301 while that of Su pervisor of Elections Ida Elliott will rise from $305,284 to $308,462, once the retirement increase is added. Assistant Supervisor Heather Riley, who was speaking in Elliotts absence due to her having a medi cal procedure said because there are no special elections schedules, we do believe well be able to han dle it. The budget for the solid waste department is set to drop from $924,165 to $908,368, and includes the $28,000 cost of a previously ap proved loader. I dont think I can stand any more, said Solid Waste Depart ment Head Fonda Davis. Equip ment is getting very old and its costing more to repair. Every time you turn around, somethings going to the shop. The track loader is in the shop now, running a $5,000 re pair now. In the summer months we work that equipment a lot hard er, the knuckle boom is constantly running. The compacter is getting old also, Davis said. A compactor is going to run $1 million when we get ready to purchase one. We can re furbish it for half of that. Lockley said that were going to have to have equipment to work. You cant run the county without equipment. You keep on playing with it and its all going to go on you at one time. Thats whats going to happen. Commissioner William Massey agreed. We got to start replacing some of it because its old, old, old. Parrish said that were just go ing to have to try and make it. Im glad we dont have to replace that compactor today. Thats a lot of money. Jackel urged the county to search for possible grants. (As sistant County Planner Mark Curenton) needs to scour for mon ey. Theres a lot of green money. Jackel also asked that the coun ty consider going to bid for fuel. Im not saying we would switch vendors. We certainly could look at the cost of fuel and what that ex pense is. Thats one of the things I think we need to look at, it doesnt cost anything to go through the process. She said that the local vendor J.V. Gander Distributors, does not get it locally, he goes to Bain bridge. If he has to go there to get it, any other vendor has to go there to get it. The budget for animal control will drop from $148,014 to $145,360, while that of emergency manage ment will rise from $196,286 to $197,208. The biggest debate over bud get came with the parks and rec reation budget, but it was not over funding. Director Nikki Millenders budget will drop from $518,861 to $510,057, and included within it a $5,000 increase for Millender. Theres been an issue thats been ongoing with my salary for six months. Its been tossed back and forth, she said. In that sixmonth period you all constantly sit there and give employees raises and Ive always been thrown off. I feel like I deserve to be treated equal and fair. Im the least amount paid em ployee there is, said Millender. I have more years in than some of your directors making a lot more. I thought this (request) may bring you to look. I make $14,000 to $10,000 less than one of your current directors and I have four to ve years more than they do. Theres some point I just ask that it be addressed. Parrish said he understood her concern, but my concern is if ev ery director we got puts a raise in their budget, where does it stop? It just keeps going. To me that needs to come to this board, I dont think it needs to be done during the bud get process. Jackel said that when the countys labor advisor, Lucy Turner, had come to the board, we discussed your increase and at that time the board was willing to support a $2,500 increase and we asked you at that time did you want to accept it. You at that time said you would wait. The board did actually offer you a $2,500 increase at that time, six months or so ago. I under stand your frustration, but when you left that $2,500 on the table that kind of surprised me. I agree it is a time to bring it before us at a regular meeting, Jackel said. Millender agreed that until the matter was resolved, she would transfer the $5,000 to a youth sports line item. The budget for the road de partment, overseen by Howard Nabors, will go from $1.5 mil lion down to $1.46 million, and includes $180,000 for repair and maintenance. Our equipment is doing good, Nabors said. The budget for veterans ser vices, overseen by William Scott, will drop from $79,236 to $77,498. My ofce has been in the courthouse going on 25 years, and ever since youve hired Miss (Angie) Deane its the cleanest Ive ever seen it, Scott began. The bathroom, I dont hear the complaints you normally hear. I cant say enough about the job shes doing. Scott then moved on to the issue of pay in his department. When we start talking about directors pay, I think this de partment should be considered in there today, he said. I dont expect to make what the road de partment. guy makes, but the vet erans service department has one of the highest set of standards. We have to have minimum of two years experience and experience in counseling and a certication test. There is yearly mandatory training that we have to go to, twice a year one is for training for the state and the rest is updates. Theres some big changes going on in the VA. He noted that his ofce brings in $6 million a year to the county, half of it tax free. Weve put close to $750,000 in Carrabelle citizens hands and Lanark Village, he said. We do work for Wakulla and Bay (counties). We have some people who cant get in there. Weve got an excellent reputation. We do some claims for Leon, and even Washington County, people whove lived here before and have kinfolk here, in Texas and Tennessee. I want you to bear that in mind when we start equalizing department heads, Scott said. The veterans service ofcer should be right in there. Jackel noted that Franklin County is not required to have a veterans ofcer but we do that be cause thats our commitment to vets. We have consistently done that and kept this ofce funded. Its a shame they (in Wakulla) dont see the need to fund their own veterans ofce. Im glad we have those services available, she said. Almost all our county departments require certica tions, we feel like the more train ing and more certications the better, and were glad to do it. The budget for mosquito con trol will drop from $176,394 to $174,273, while that of the exten sion service will decline from $71,195 to $69,876. Newly selected Extension Agent Erik Lovestrand said he was able to save money when he selects a successor to Christy Duncan, who left her post as as sistant earlier this year. It is basically fortuitous that position was vacant, so we had funds to replace needed equip ment, he said. We are looking at a new desk for the ofce over there. We have an old metal desk, some storage shelving, and things stacked in the storage room at the Armory. Were looking at re placing the computer work sta tion. And we want a couple digital projectors, one thats portable. Jackel asked Lovestrand whether a fulltime program as sistant position was necessary. This program assistant is ab solutely essential for me being to do the job, he said. I have a lot on my plate running full speed trying to keep my head above wa ter. This person will be the face of extension at that ofce, to greet the public and help with logistics for my position. Parrish noted that when an at tempt was made a few years ago to cut the position of Extension Agent Bill Mahan. The public outcry was overwhelming. I see that as a service the public truly wants, the public truly needs. They pretty much demanded they wanted an extension ofce. Among other budgets, court house maintenance will drop from $263,388 to $258,040, and will provide for eight locations: the main courthouse and annexes in Apalachicola and Carrabelle; the Supervisor of Elections ofce, the public defenders ofce, the Chapman auditorium, the old jail storage location and the site of the former Bay City Work Camp. The building department budget will go from $194,567 to $197,088, planning and zoning from $132,922 down to $130,631, administrative services from $91,794 to $91,749, and the county library from $518,861 to $510,057, of which $221,942 is assumed by the county and the rest by the state. Stay tuned next week for more on the county budget COUNTY from page A1 $37,018 $36,278 $18,043 $17,683 $18,043 $17,683 $16,545 $16,214 $10,282 $10,077 $9,964 $9,765 $4,982 $4,883 $4,557 $4,466 FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY FRANKLIN COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL APALACHICOLA SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER MEALS ON WHEELS CROOMS INC. FRANKLINS PROMISE CARRABELLE FOOD PANTRY REFUGE HOUSE What the non-governmentals will get 2013-14 2014-15
Local A14 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014 A14 | The Times Thursday, July 24, 2014 CLASSIFIEDS 99661T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY CASE NO.: 19-2014-CA-000141 URBAN FINANCIAL OF AMERICA, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. FRANCES CARMICHAEL, MICHAEL CARMICHAEL, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE ESTATE OF BRAZIL DAIL CARMICHAEL, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY -INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON BEHALF OF SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, CHARLES CARMICHAEL, JESSE CARMICHAEL, JOHN CARMICHAEL, ALTHEA SUTTON A/K/A PENNY SUTTON A/K/A ALTHEA L. SUTTON, STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 2, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHARLES CARMICHAEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF FRANCES CARMICHAEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JESSE CARMICHAEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN CARMICHAEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MICHAEL CARMICHAEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ALTHEA SUTTON A/K/A PENNY SUTTON A/K/A ALTHEA L. SUTTON, Defendants, NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE ESTATE OF BRAZIL DAIL CARMICHAEL, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: COMMENCE AT THE NE CORNER OF FRACTIONAL SECTION 36, T8S, R7W, FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA AND RUN SOUTH 1360.4 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF OLD FERRY ROAD, THENCE SOUTH 70 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 58 SECONDS WEST 700.0 FEET ALONG SAID ROAD BOUNDARY TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 70 DEGREES 58 MINUTES, 58 SECONDS WEST 156.0 FEET ALONG SAID ROAD BOUNDARY TO A POINT, THENCE NORTH 19 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 02 SECONDS WEST 290.47 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE NORTH 70 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 58 SECONDS EAST 256.2 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE SOUTH 307.37 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 1.37 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING A PART OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF FRACTIONAL SECTION 36, T8S, R7W, FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING LOT 19, HICKORY DIP SUBDIVISION, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on McCalla Raymer, LLC, Casey Jernigan King, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 225 East Robinson Street, Suite 660, Orlando, FL 32801 within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the Apalachicola Carribelle Times and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered 99555T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-000193-CA CADC/RADC VENTURE 2011-1, LLC Plaintiff, vs. BOOTH HOLDINGS BOOTH TRUST, LLC; HURLEY H. BOOTH, JR.; DAVID A. BARRETT and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. CLERKS NOTICE OF SALE UNDER F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 23rd day of June, 2014, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 33 Market Street, 2nd Floor Lobby, Apalachicola, FL 32320, the Clerks street address for auctions, at 11:00 AM on the 27th day of August, 2014, for the following described property in Franklin County, Florida together with all existing or subsequently erected or affixed buildings, improvements and fixtures. The foreclosed Property shall include all mobile homes, including but not limited to: Commence at a concrete monument marking the Northeast corner of Section 31, Township 8 South, Range 6 West, Franklin County, Florida and run South 00 degrees 01 minutes 52 seconds East along the East boundary of said Section 31, a distance of 220.00 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #7160), thence leaving said East boundary run East 184.58 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #7160), thence run South 36 degrees 53 minutes 14 seconds East 303.28 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #0340) lying on the Northwesterly right of way boundary of U.S. Highway No. 98, thence run South 54 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West along said right of way boundary 1091.79 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #6475) lying on the intersection of said Northwesterly right of way boundary with the Southwesterly right of way boundary of First Street, said point also being the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING run South 54 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds West along said Northwesterly right of way boundary 205.39 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #6154), thence Continue South 02 degrees 16 minutes 49 seconds East along the Westerly right of way boundary of said U.S. Highway No. 98, a distance of 23.21 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #4432), thence run South 53 degrees 58 minutes 13 seconds West along said Northwesterly right of way boundary of said U.S. Highway No. 98, a distance of 233.89 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #1999), thence leaving said right of way boundary run North 36 degrees 01 minutes 09 seconds West 207.16 feet to an iron pipe, thence run North 53 degrees 48 minutes 59 seconds East 60.27 feet to a concrete monument, thence run North 36 degrees 06 minutes 09 seconds West 92.71 feet to a concrete monument, thence run North 00 degrees 04 minutes 52 seconds West 252.33 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #1999), thence run North 56 degrees 38 minutes 50 seconds East 377.17 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #1999) lying on the Westerly right of way boundary of First Street, thence run South 00 degrees 12 minutes 48 seconds East along said right of way boundary 227.11 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #4432), thence continue South 36 degrees 01 minutes 11 seconds East along the Southwesterly right of way boundary of said First Street 83.20 feet to an iron rod and cap (marked #6475), thence continue South 36 degrees 01 minutes 49 seconds East along said Southwesterly right of way boundary 200.13 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. A/K/A 437 US Highway 98, East Point, 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 FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of Court Administration at (850) 577-4401, or a the Leon County Courthouse, Room 225, 301 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, within 2 working days of receipt of this notice; if you hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED: June 24, 2014 Marcia M. Johnson Clerk of Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Becker & Poliakoff, P.A Attorneys for Plaintiff Marilyn J. Perez-Martinez, Esq., 625 North Flagler Drive, 7th Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Tel: 561-655-5444 Fax: 561-832-8987 E-Mail: MPerezMartinez@beckerpoliakoff.com and SLudovico@ becker-poliakoff.com July 17, 24, 2014 dispatcher. The bus had just passed (SR) 65, said Carrabelle Chief Craig Kincaid. Gary was in a perfect spot; they knew he had just left the jail. Gary turned and caught up to the school bus in less than minute. Hunnings said he turned around and tried to meet the bus, not knowing it was a Bay County school bus. I passed the bus between (SR) 65 and the school, and I turned around and tried to get behind it, but there was a pickup truck between us. He said the bus went over the white line a couple times, so he ashed his lights, which prompted the truck to pull over. He (the bus driver) goes past the school, and Im thinking its a drunk bus driver because he goes over the line a few more times. It wasnt really very terrible, but it was worth checking out, Hunnings said. After the bus pulled over to the side of the road, Hunnings walked up to the door, which the youth opened. The driver looked fairly young, he said. I asked him Are you the usual bus driver? and the kid tells me I borrowed it from a friend. Hunnings handcuffed the lad, and put him in the back of his police cruiser. I asked him his personal information. He was fairly quiet, said the deputy chief. I asked him where he was headed. He said he didnt know, he was just going. He told me he was having some issues at home and school and all, said Hunnings. He was as calm and cool as he could be. Kincaid ended up driving Propst to the jail, while Hunnings was assigned the task of driving the bus, which had a quarter tank of diesel fuel left, to the jail. I advised him of his Miranda rights, and I asked him if he wanted to make comments, said Kincaid. He just shrugged his shoulders. He was not questioned. He didnt seem scared; he wasnt crying. Meanwhile, Hunnings stepped inside the bus to drive it to the jail. The funny thing about this is, I have a Class CDL (license), I drove semi trucks, 18-wheelers, and I couldnt even gure out how to get a school bus to go, said Hunnings. Theres a sequence you have to do to make a school bus go. You dont just get in and throw it in drive and go. As he worked to get it going, his fellow police ofcers offered Hunnings a suggestion. Do we need to get the 12-year-old kid back here to drive it? they asked. It amazes me that a 12-yearold kid gured it out, Hunnings said. Stole aunts truck the previous night Mike Jones, safety and security ofcer at Bay District Schools, said Propst located a hidden key left in a school bus at Parker Elementary after the bus driver completed his bus route. He said hiding a key in a parked bus is a temporary standard procedure, and that school ofcials are working a new permanent procedure. Parker Police Departments Lt. Dennes Hutto said Propst invoked his Fifth Amendment right by saying nothing to anybody after his initial arrest July 16. Parker police charged Propst with trespassing on school property, grand theft auto and burglary of a conveyance, along with other charges pending from Springeld Police Department. Propst allegedly stole a truck the night before, July 15, according to his aunt Kerry Shoute, of Springeld. When I come back, my truck wasnt in the driveway, Shoute said, noting Propst likely took the 1998 Mitsubishi Montero sometime between 10:45 p.m. and midnight. By about 7 p.m., Shoute said the family was waiting on Propsts call from the detention center, and the rst question she wanted to ask him was regarding the location of her truck. The juvenile is generally a good kid, Shoute said, and its unclear why he has stolen the vehicles. I really couldnt tell you why; I really couldnt, Shoute said. Id take him where hed want to go, and he knows that. But, hed rather take then ask. The truck was found July 17 with a busted-out back window and damage to its bumper and door. Seemed like skilled driver the rst time Propsts rst incident was June 24 when he took an early morning joy ride across the county in a school bus. Wal-Mart employees notied a Bay County deputy of a school bus awkwardly maneuvering through the parking lot at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Though not causing a safety concern, it seemed strange the driver could not quite gure out how to park. It was just odd the way they were driving it, said Roy Hoover, a Wal-Mart employee. He was having a hard time parking it, like hed never drove one before. When the deputy pulled behind bus 746 with his emergency lights on, Propst stepped out and initially said a man named Constantine asked him to get gas for the bus. Deputies later discovered the school bus had been taken overnight from a residence in Parker, and driven nearly awlessly across Bay County to the Front Beach Road Wal-Mart. The actual bus driver apparently had left the keys in the bus, and Propst admitted to taking it by himself, police reports stated. Deputies contacted the childs mother, who asked deputies to talk to him since she was not having any impact on him, an incident report said. From the on-board camera footage, Propst seemed like a skilled driver, according to Jones. You have to take a weeklong course to operate a bus like that, Jones said. Yet at 12 he was able to drive one, and he didnt just take it around the block. Propst made the 14-mile trek, which wends along U.S. Business 98 and over the Hathaway Bridge, without tipping off law enforcement along the way. Despite his apparently graceful driving, Propst is facing serious charges for the incident, authorities said. He was charged with grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000 and felony criminal mischief. He also was charged with grand theft for a missing student recognition device worth about $2,000, and ofcers could be looking into other charges against the juvenile. Though Propst told deputies he did not remember hitting anything, the Bay County sheriffs ofce is investigating an 8foot-long scrape of white paint transferred onto the right side of the bus. We dont know if that occurred before he got the bus, but theres a potential he ran into something white, said Bay County Major Tommy Ford. BUS THIEF from page A1 CRAIG KINCAID | Special to the Times Law enforcement ofcers at scene on U.S. 98, where the Bay County school bus was stopped.
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Apply in person to 249 Hwy 98 Apalachicola, FL. from 9am-2pm No phone calls!!! Web ID 34293798 HospitalityHousekeeping InspectorPTweekend position. Apply in person Thurs -Mon 4693 Cape San Blas Rd Web Id 34291812 HospitalityHousekeepingPart Time weekend help needed for all positions, apply in person, 4693 Cape San Blas Rd or 1200 Hwy 98 Mexico Beach Web Id 34291811 Food Svs/HospitalityServers Bartenders Cooks Dishwashers BussersBLUE PARROT NOW HIRINGPlease apply in person between 9a-5pm 7 days a week@ Blue Parrot St. Georges Island Web Id 34293190 99629T PUBLIC NOTICE Poloronis Construction, Inc. gives notice of completion of the East Apron Drainage system repairs and security improvements Apalachicola Regional Airport Franklin County, FL. Avcon Project :2013.158.04 FDOT Number 420717-1, 420717-2. All persona and firms should file all claims for payments to the below address: Poloronis Construction, Inc. P.O. Box 223 Apalachicola, Florida 32329 Pub: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 2014 ADOPTION: ACreative Financially Secure Family, Beach House, Music, LOVE, awaits 1st baby. Trish 1-800-552-0045 Expenses Pd FLBar42311 Drop me a Line....Dolls & Doll Magazines For Sale Doll Lady, P.O. Box 56, PSJ, FL 32457 GUN SHOW TALLAHASSEE FAIRGROUNDSJuly 19th and 20th SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 10-4 FREE PARKING Info. (407) 275-7233 floridagunshows.com Text FL94099 to 56654 99765T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 2nd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 14000112CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL TROY GIBSON AKA MICHAEL T. GIBSON, ET AL., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION (Constructive Service-Property) TO: MUIR JENNINGS EDNEY AND UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MUIR JENNINGS EDNEY LAST KNOW ADDRESS: 815 DEWFIELD CT., ALPHARETTA, GA 30022 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Franklin County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 79, CARRABELLE LANDING ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 47. COMMONLY KNOWN AS: Lot 79 Carrabelle Landing, Carrabelle, FL 32322 Attorney file Number: 13-09215 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Pendergast & Morgan, P. A., the Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 115 Perimeter Center Place, South Terrace Suite 1000, Atlanta, Georgia 30346,, within thirty (30) days of the first publication, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court at Apalachicola, Florida, on the 15th day of July, 2014. MARCIA JOHNSON As Clerk, Circuit Court Franklin County, FL By: Terry Segree As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Susan Wilson, ADA Coordinator, 301 S Monroe St., Tallahassee, Fl 32303, (850) 577-4401, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. July 24, 31, 2014 99767T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013-000256-CA AMERIS BANK, a Georgia Bank, 201 S. Broad Street P.O. Box 240 Cairo, GA 39828, Plaintiff, vs. TERRY L. DOWDEN A/K/A TERRY L DOWDEN, JR., AND NANNETTE DOWDEN, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Reformation of Mortgage, in the above -captioned action, the Clerk of Court, will sell the property situated in Franklin County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: LOTS 4 AND 5, BLOCK K LANARK BEACH, UNIT 1, A SUBDIVISION AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 13 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1994 SOLH SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME, ID NO.: SHA01474 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 151 CONNECTICUT STREET, LANARK VILLAGE, FLORIDA 32323, to the highest and best bidder for cash on the 13th day of August, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EST, or as soon thereafter as the sale may proceed, at the 2nd floor lobby, located at Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320, in accordance with section 45.031, Florida Statutes. 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. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: 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: SUSAN WILSON, ADA COORDINATOR; 301 SOUTH MONROE STREET; TALLAHASSEE, FL 32301; 850.577.4401; AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE TIME BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN 7 DAYS; IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED, CALL 711. Bill Kinsaul CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk July 24, 31, 2014 99719T PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC MEETING OF FRANKLIN COUNTY CANVASSING PUBLIC PRE-ELECTION TEST OF VOTE TABULATING EQUIPMENT AND CANVASSING OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS PUBLIC NOTICE OF MANUAL AUDIT FOR THE AUGUST 26, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION All meetings of the Franklin County Canvassing Board are open to the public in accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida. The Franklin County Canvassing Board will meet at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex, 34 Forbes Street, Suite 2, Apalachicola, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on Monday July 28, 2014. The Board will meet in an orientation session to review and determine procedures to be used in the canvassing of election results for the 2014 Primary and General Election. Note: Persons are advised that if they wish to appeal any decision made at this meeting, they will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, per Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes. The Franklin County Canvassing Board will meet at the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office located at 47 Ave F, Apalachicola, Florida at 10:00 a.m. on Friday August 1, 2014. The Board is convening for the pre-election testing of tabulating equipment to be used in the August 26, 2014 Primary Election for early voting and precincts. The Board may also discuss other matters relating to the August 26, 2014 Primary Election. Note: Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, states that if a person decides to appeal any decision by a board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at a meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The Franklin County Canvassing Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office located at 47 Avenue F, Apalachicola, Florida. The Canvassing Board will meet to canvass the absentee ballots for the Primary Election and to receive queries from the public about the absentee ballots. Sealed absentee ballots received prior to 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2014 for the Primary Election will be available for public inspection from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Immediately afterwards; those absentee ballots will be opened and processed. Any absentee ballots received after 10:00 a.m. August 25, 2014 will be available for public inspection until opened. The absentee ballots will be canvassed and processed through the ballot tabulator and the canvassing board will perform any other duties that may be prescribed by law. Results, however, will not be announced until after 7:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014 when polls are closed. The Canvassing Board will conduct a random selection of a precinct for the mandatory manual audit of the voting system. Pursuant to Section 101.68(2)(c) 2, Florida Statutes, if any elector or candidate present believes that an absentee ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the voters certificate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is removed from the envelope, file with the canvassing board a protest against the canvass of that ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon a defect in the voters certificate may not be accepted after the ballot has been removed from the mailing envelope. The Franklin County Canvassing Board will reconvene on Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to complete the canvass of precinct returns and canvass provisional ballots if necessary. If the board needs to reconvene for any other reason not listed in this announcement, the Supervisor shall post on www. votefranklin.com and announce at the conclusion of the August 26th meeting. The Franklin County Canvassing Board will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Supervisor of Elections Office, 47 Ave F, Apalachicola to conduct the manual audit of the voting system. If it becomes necessary to change this date a new date and time for the manual audit will be posted at the office and on the website of the Supervisor of Elections and three other conspicuous places throughout the county. Ida Cooper Elliott Supervisor of Elections Franklin County, FL July 24, 2014 95142T PUBLIC NOTICE Solicitation Number: 14HM-6B-02-29-01-385 Title: Request for Documented Quote, Professional Contracting Services for the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Wind Retrofit The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners is announcing the documented quote for professional contracting services for a wind retrofit on the EOC by shuttering all windows and doors and constructing a new hip roof. The selected firm will provide engineering or roof designs and construction plans, and contract or furnish all labor, materials, equipment tools, transportation, and supervision as indicated in the sealed drawings and specifications. The contractor must have a proven track record, extensive experience and holds a State of Florida Certified Building Contractors License. Franklin County reserves the right to reject any or all bids or any part thereof and/or to waive the information if such is deemed to be in the best interest of Franklin County. The county also reserves the right to reject the bid of any bidder who has previously failed to perform adequately after having once been awarded a prior bid for furnishing materials similar in nature to those materials mentioned in this bid. Download the Specification Details/ Attachments: www.frankline mergencymanagement.co m Point of Contact: Sole contact for the Documented Quote: Gail Leek. All questions pertaining to this solicitation must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the solicitation number. Extended Submission Deadline Date: July 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST Deliver three sealed copies of the Documented Quote to: Franklin County Clerks Office Attn: Michael Moron 33 Market Street, Suite 203 Apalachicola, Florida 32320 Published Dates: June 5, 12, 2014, July 17, 24 against you for the relief demand in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court this 30th day of June, 2014. BILL KINSAUL Clerk of the Court By: Terry Segree As Deputy Clerk Submitted by: MCCALLA RAYMER, LLC 225 E. Robinson St. Suite 660 Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: (407) 674-1850 Email: MRService@ mccallaraymer.com July 17, 24, 2014
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Roots, Lord Jim, Robinson Crusoe, Call of the Wild 11) Which of these doesnt have the Mississippi River as its eastern border? Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas 12) In real life what does Max Baer Jr. (Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies) have a degree in? Business, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology 13) What year marked the passing of Louis Armstrong, Nikita Khrushchev, and Jim Morrison? 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 14) Which state has a unicameral legislature? Wyoming, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Delaware 15) Biblical Is the book of Psalms in the Old or New Testament or neither? 16) In the sight of the Lord how many years are but as yesterday when it is past? 1, 100, 500, 1000 17) From Psalms 23, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not ...? Lead, Restore, Walk, Want 18) Which Psalm charges the Lord with making void the covenant? 5, 89, 103, 116 19) From Psalms 147 what did God giveth snow like? Praise, Outcasts, Wool, Clouds 20) David sang, Oh that I had wings like a ...? Dove, Raven, Bird, Locust ANSWERS: 1) Noble Sissle 2) Philadelphia 3) Fisk 4) Waggles 5) Craig Stadler 6) 1507 7) Tucson 8) Montana 9) Greenhorn 10) Robinson Crusoe 11) Kansas 12) Business 13) 1971 14) Nebraska 15) Old 16) 1000 17) Want 18) 89 19) Wool 20) Dove Trivia Fun Wilson Casey WC@Trivia Guy.com