** Volume 132 Number 46 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ............... A4-A5 Society ......................A8 Faith ........................ A9 Outdoors ................. A10 Sports...................... A11 Classified .................A15 A4Students, teacher talk about school shootingA10Eco-drama debuts at ANERR Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ApalachTimes facebook.com/Apalachitimes50 Â¢ apalachtimes.com CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPERÂDeathtrapÂ to delight this weekendThe Panhandle PlayersÂ production of ÂDeathtrapÂŽ is set for this Friday through Sunday, March 9-11 at the Chapman Auditorium. The renowned comedy-thriller by Ira Levin, a huge hit on Broadway that ran more than four years, promises to weave an enthralling spell at the theatre. Show times are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the Chapman Auditorium. All general admission tickets are $15. They are available online by visiting www.panhandle-players.com or at the door, beginning one hour before show time. Celebrate Camp Gordon Johnston SaturdayThe 23rd Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days roll in this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10. in Carrabelle, honoring all remaining World War II vet-erans, and all vets up through the present day.Following a veterans wel-come Friday afternoon at the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, 1001 Gray Avenue, and a private dinner event for veterans and their guests Friday evening at American Legion Post 82 in Lanark Village, the parade kicks off at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, at NW 10th street on US 98. The parade will head east for 10 blocks along US 98 to Tallahassee St. and will feature vintage military vehicles, JROTC units, color guards, veteran organizations and auxiliary units, civic and community floats, decorated golf carts, gorgeous antique cars, and beauty queens of all ages. To walk or ride in the parade, please sign up at www.campgordonjohnston. com/visit/special-events Those arriving late or without pre-registering are still welcome to join the parade at the rear of the lineup.Following the parade, the Military Vehicle Preservation AssociationÂs First Florida Chapter will have restored vintage military vehicles on display on the grounds from FathomÂs Restaurant near the 200 block of St. James Avenue. The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum will be open to all visitors in its current location, and the Camp Gordon Johnston Association will also welcome guests Saturday for sneak peak visits at its new museum at 1873 Hwy 98 West, across from Carrabelle Beach.Saturday evening the Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion festivities culminate with the Reunion Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. The cost is just $10 in advance or $15 at the door and includes a retro 1940s ÂhomefrontÂŽ meal and enter-tainment. BYOB. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. For more information, call 697-3760.OUT TO SEE By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Like father, like son.Well actually, like father, like father.Bob Alexander Sr. who has brewed his spicy Baja Red chili alongside his sonÂs Harriers Forever blend for many years at the annual Gulf Coast Regional chili cook-off on St. George Island, stepped to the center of the win-ners circle Saturday at the 36th annual event.The Tulsa, Oklahoma octogenarian, who along with his son, have been coming on and off since the start of the competition in 1982, proved worthy of his reputation as what competition organizer Grayson Shepard called Âa circuit cook.ÂThey take their chili very seriously,ÂŽ he said, noting that the dadÂs appearance coincides with a trip to see his son and family in Niceville.ÂItÂs what he loves to do so they travel around to different cook-offs,ÂŽ said Shepard, who quietly annoucned that this would be his last year heading up the competition.The senior Alexander pocketed a check for $500, and a berth in the International Chili Soci-etyÂs world championship, Sept. 28-30 at Gateway Motorsports Park, in St. Louis, Missouri. Finishing just out of the top spot, among the 43 competing teams, winning $300 for second place, were Tracy ConnorsÂ Red Hot Chili Preppers out of Panama City. In third place, with a $200 prize, were DorothyÂs Revenge, led by. Julie Brown from Wichita, Kansas.In fourth place was John SolomonÂs Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce team, quite an accomplishment for the veteran foodie competitor, since heÂs allergic to toma-toes and canÂt taste his own brew. In fifth place was Mike FrimetÂs Rasta Chili, from Panama City.In the salsa competi-tion, which drew a record 17 entries, winning the top prize of $100 and a berth in the world championships, was J.G. CarverÂs Spice Boys #1 team. Rasta Chili 2018 CHILI COOKOFF By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894Franklin County may be on the verge of getting its first toll road in nearly 30 years, part of a plan to help fund the ongoing maintenance needs of Alligator Drive, one of its most vulnerable and costly stretches of road.At their Feb. 20 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to authorize the expenditure of up to $20,000 for the second phase of fea-sibility study on placing a state-of-the art toll booth on Alligator Drive, at some point after it veers south off of U.S. 98 into the heart of Alligator Point. The move was spearheaded by the Alligator Point Taxpayers Association (APTA), which had hired Clary Consulting to take the first step in a study of a possible fee for using the road, which has required an estimated $3.7 million in repairs, due to storm damage, dating back to 1985.After an introduction from Alligator Point real estate agent Paul Parker, Gene Branagan, ClaryÂs senior vice president, outlined details of a white paper that the consult-ing firm had prepared for APTA.Parker said that APTA has considered several options, and was seeking guidance on a possible toll road instead of some sort of tax or fee on area property owners. ÂIt seems like a fair way instead of putting all the financial responsibility on property owners,ÂŽ said Parker. ÂShouldnÂt they (visitors) have to share in the cost of maintaining a very expensive road?ÂŽAlligat or Point ponders toll roadAlexanderÂs the greatBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Carrabelle city commissioners last Thursday voted against granting a special exception to a lot owner who asked to be able to put three RV lots on property he owns south of U.S. 98, on the east-ern edge of town.By a 4-1 votes, with Keith Walden voting no, the com-missioners approved a motion to deny Jamie Thomas the option of putting in lots that he said would be for three recreational vehicles to be used on a transient basis by clients of his charter boat business.ÂI have to pick up my fishermen at RV lots,ÂŽ said Thomas, whose 50-foot by 100-foot property at 1001 U. S. 98 East s the site of the former Folks Real Estate office, just past the Nice Cars used auto dealership. ÂI drive to pick people up, and then go fishing with them.ÂŽMayor Brenda La Paz, noting Thomas had sought a special exception a month prior, in order to put a studio apartment on the second Carrabelle thwarts RV lot growthBy Beverly Crowson Parish Special to the TimesFollowing a prestigious Olympic torch and large banner, 22 competitors proudly wound their way onto the Franklin County School football field Feb. 23 for the countyÂs third annual Special Olympics competition.Teams of smiling athletes, ages 8 to 16, from both FCS and the Apalachicola Bay Charter School lined up in front of a group of enthusiastic support-ers as the AthleteÂs Anthem Song played and the AthleteÂs Oath was pronounced. Student Jacob Maxwell held the Special Olympic torch aloft while Janalyn Hippensteal and Khambrel Anthony upheld the banner.ÂLet me win. But, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,ÂŽ competitor Alex Howard quoted from the oath. The students then began the competition for which they had trained daily during the 2017-18 school year.Special Olympics rules the day See COOKOFF, A14Branagan See TOLL ROAD, A3 See OLYMPICS, A2 Winner Robert Alexander, Sr., with his son Robert Alexander, Jr. [DAVID ADLERSTEIN/THE TIMES] See RV LOTS, A6
** A2 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The TimesÂSpecial Olympics is about athletes trying their best,ÂŽ said competitor Michael Melton, an eighth grade student at FCS.His Special Olympics coach, Stacie DeVaughn, agreed. ÂThey did try their best and each one performed some inspiring feats,ÂŽ the FCS instructor said.Cheri Maxwell, the director of Special Olym-pics for Franklin County and executive assistant for ABC School, said the students Âhad a ballÂŽ par-ticipating in the event. ÂEveryone had great, big smiles. ItÂs all about them,ÂŽ she said, then laughed. ÂThey loved it, but the first thing they wanted afterwards was to go get pizza.ÂŽCompetitor Jacob Max-well made the festivities even more fun by dancing and entertaining the crowd in between events while his fellow athletes cheered for fellow competitors, took selfies and proudly flexed their muscles.DeVaughn said the event is Âmuch more than an athletic competitionÂŽ with athletes working daily to learn gross motor skills, improve behaviors, follow multistep directions and increase memory skills.ÂIt provides athletes with an opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem,ÂŽ she said. ÂThey are challenged to improve communication and interpersonal skills and to form relationships with coaches, volunteers and fellow athletes.ÂŽJimmy and Shirley Sapp, owners of the Red Pirate restaurant and game room in Eastpoint, are very much aware of how important Special Olympics can be in a childÂs life as JimmyÂs sister was a former OLYMPICSFrom Page A1Sixth grader Janalyn Hippensteal does a standing long jump, while from left, Assistant Coach Allison Hunnings, a FCHS senior, holds a clipboard, with measurements by Weston Bockelman and River Sheridan, both ABC Beta Club members.[GINA TARANTO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Getting ready are, from left, sixth grader Brianna Cooper, third grader Jonathan Evans, sixth grader Robert McNeal and Â“ fth grader Khambrel Anthony.[GINA TARANTO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Sophomore Alex Howard and Â“ fth grader William Chastine battle it out.[GINA TARANTO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] See OLYMPICS, A6Five teams competed in the event captained by Tydron Wynn, Tamara Gilbert, Chelsie Wood, Allison Hunnings and Tyrell Green. Competitors placed as follows. 50 M Walk: 1) Jacob Maxwell 100 M Run: 1) Alex Howard, Brianna Cooper, Michael Melton, Josie Smith and Joseph Martin. 2) William Chastaine, Jonathan Evans, Janalyn Hippensteal and Caleb Curry. 3) Chip Ferrell and Robert McNeal. 4) Nicholas Cooper, Khambrel Anthony and Daylin Page. 5) Stacey Owens. 200 M Run: 1) B. Cooper, M. Melton, C. Curry and Alex Howard; 2) R. McNeal, J. Hippensteal, W. Chastaine and Ashoni Fennell; 3) Jonathan Evans, N. Cooper and Daylin Page; 4) K. Anthony and Chip Ferrell. 5) S. Owens. Standing Long Jump: 1) J. Evans, K. Anthony, C. Curry, W. Chastaine and M.l Melton; 2) A. Fennell, Josie Smith, R. McNeal, Alex Howard, B. Cooper and S. Owens; 3) J. Martin and J. Hippensteal; 4) D. Page. Shot Put: 1) C. Curry, S. Owens, Andrea Cooper, J. Maxwell and M. Melton; 2) A. Howard, R. McNeal, J. Hippensteal, and J. Martin; 3) J. Smith, W. Chastaine, J. Evans and A. Fennell; 4) N. Cooper, D. Page and B. Cooper; 5) C. Ferrell and K. Anthony.
** The Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A3He stressed that ClaryÂs preliminary white paper gave lots to consider, but that it was too soon to say that there was a consensus within APTA behind how to proceed. ÂWeÂre not endors-ing the idea that a toll road is the best way to go,ÂŽ Parker said.In his presentation, Branagan said that because Alligator Drive is a county road, commissioners had the legal authority to enact tolls, and could use the revenue to supplement the traditional method of using federal disaster money to address periodic storm damage from coastal flooding and wash-outs from Apalachee Bay.ÂThe options are to continue to same approach as the past to pursue FEMA (Federal Emergency Man-agement Agency) assistance to repair the roadway, which requires local matching funds andÂƒ. takes an extended time to accomplish,ÂŽ read the white paper, noting it has been more than 15 months since Hurricane Hermine destroyed an 1,100-foot stretch of the road.The county is about to repair that stretch using $3.2 million in FEMA money. Had the state not cut in half the countyÂs matching fund responsibility, from 12.5 to 6.25 percent, the $450,000 match would have entirely depleted the Bald Point Trust Fund. As it stands now, the county will only have to spend about $225,000 on the project.Â(Tolling) can generate funds to ÂhardenÂ the sections of Alli-gator Drive most subject to coastal flooding and washout and then to help repair these segments in a more timely manner to keep the roadway open,ÂŽ read the report.Branagan said a toll struc-ture could be created in which frequent users such as residents receive a significant discount and a set toll rate would apply to visitors that make infrequent trips.The structure would be entirely electronic, with no toll booths, using instead a ÂgantryÂŽ that spans the roadway and has electronic readers that either reads the SunPass transponder in each car, or snaps a picture of the vehicleÂs registration tag so that the toll is collected via ÂToll-by-PlateÂŽ post billing.BranaganÂs report acknowledged some cons in the tolling proposal.ÂThe bottom line is you are tolling a roadway that has never had a toll before, (which) will impose a fee on all residents that live on Alli-gator Point beyond the toll point that previously did not have a user fee to drive on the roadway,ÂŽ read the paper. ÂThis can create public con-cern and should be addressed with the residents to deter-mine their concerns.ÂThis challenge needs to be carefully evaluated to determine the best mix of frequent user discounts and the toll for infrequent users to help ensure adequate toll revenues are generated,ÂŽ it read.ClaryÂs white paper did not estimate what the toll would be, and made only preliminary findings regarding the cost of putting in the system, estimating it would cost about $1.4 million to build the facility. The annual cost for the toll facility financed over 30 years would be approximately $75,000 a year.The commissioners agreed to fund a further feasibility study, out of the Bald Point Trust Fund, but were far from sold on the toll road idea.ÂI donÂt think itÂs going to have the traffic,ÂŽ said Chair-man Smokey Parrish. ÂIf it costs them $10-$12 every time they want to go home, that ainÂt going to work.ÂŽCommissioner Cheryl Sanders said she was told by engineers that it could take as many as 35,000 to 45,000 trips a day to justify enacting a toll road, and that the county would have to be responsible for the bonding mechanism to finance the cost, although Branagan questioned those assumptions.Commissioner Ricky Jones noted that over half the cost would be to operate the facil-ity, and that the eventual overall cost could run as high as $2.7 million.By TuesdayÂs county com-mission meeting, there were further questions raised on the proposal, including from Alligator Point resident Allan Feifer, who said that APTA is looking into what could be a lower-cost method of using a guard gate to collect the tolls.Former County Planner Alan Pierce told commission-ers that the cost of additional studies could well exceed the initial $20,000 that has been authorized. ÂI believe the board thinks this study will be conclusive on proposed toll rates, and this is not the case,ÂŽ he said, noting that the study will analyze already collected data that will be run through a series of computer models.He said the only available traffic data has been collected by the Florida Department of Transportation where traffic turns off of U.S. 98.ÂThere is no data further down where Bald Point and Alligator Drive split, nor are there counts on residents, day trippers, renters, boat traffic, etc.,ÂŽ he said.Pierce said collecting reli-able data would be a lengthy process, and that an accurate model could require an investment of up to $100,000. He said where a gantry, or a guard gate, would be put up is also a concern. If it were to be put up right after Alligator Drive veers off from U.S. 98, it would mean that all visitors to Bald Point State Park would have to pay the toll.ÂIf they (the state park) oppose a toll road then the toll gate will be essentially moved down to the split between Bald Point and Alli-gator Point, and the only traffic subject to the toll road would be Alligator Point,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhile I donÂt have data to support my opinion, I believe there will not be enough traffic on Alligator Point to support the cost of a toll gantry, and to provide additional revenue to help maintain the road.ÂIf the park strenuously objects to a toll road then the study will not be providing a meaningful toll rate,ÂŽ Pierce said. ÂI believe we should get a confirmation from the park on their opinion of a toll road before we proceed.ÂŽThe commissioners voted to have Pierce attend an upcoming APTA meeting on Saturday, to gauge the views of Alligator Point residents.ÂThereÂs a lot of unknowns with this. I try to be supportive of this, but IÂm real concerned with this,ÂŽ said Sanders. ÂIt looks like to me they (Alligator Point) are wanting to be a gated community.ÂŽShe estimated there are about 300 homes west of Âthe break.ÂŽÂI donÂt how high a toll is going to help that much,ÂŽ Sanders said.Pierce said his rough estimates is that it could cost about $1,700 a year per car, while a MSBU (Municipal Services Benefit Unit), which would apply to all property owners and would run about $500 per year.ÂA toll only captures people who use their property,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm trying to maximize the number who pay.ÂŽ TOLL ROADFrom Page A1 For more news go to Apachtimes.com
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PUBLISHER Tim Thompson EDITOR Tim Croft OPINION ÂI sat there with two tens I thought IÂd have some fun; The dealer hit sixteen with a ve Just enough to make twenty-one.ÂŽÂ„ From ÂBlackjackÂŽ as performed by Ray CharlesAstute retiree investors may want to reconsider the time-honored, classic 60 /40 portfolio investment strategy. Since 2000, bonds have been anticorrelated with stocks, meaning that bonds went up when stocks went down. Investors owned bonds for income and also because they hedged a stock-laden portfolio. But now, bond yields appear to be moving higher and the anti-correlation relationship has been skewed. In fact, bonds may be becoming non-correlated (meaning theyÂve lost any relationship with stock movements) and in many cases have become positively correlated with stocks. This means that stocks and bonds can go up and down together. ThatÂs not a problem when stock prices are rising, but should markets take a downturn, stocks and bonds that are positively correlated can fall simultaneously. In this environment, bonds may no longer serve as a hedge against portfolio loss. If you were completely invested in stocks from late 2007 to early 2009, you lost more than half your money (the S&P 500 lost over 56 percent peak-to-trough), so holding bonds (which gained value over that time frame) would have mitigated losses. In a 60 percent S&P 500 index/40 percent aggregate bond index portfolio, an investor would have lost one-third instead of over one-half of his assets from Oct. 2007 until the end of the downturn in March 2009. However painful, losing a third beats losing over half, so bonds served as an effective portfolio hedge at the height of the Great Recession. Bonds can still be a serviceable portfolio component, especially if investors own individual bonds and keep the duration on them extremely short. Buying the bestquality, high-yield corporate bonds available, ones that mature within two to three years, allows you to enjoy some yield while maintaining maximum portfolio flexibility. Investors may consider buying the shortterm bonds of companies whose stocks they might own in a risk-on environment and where the investor is first in line to get paid on the maturity ladder. ItÂs unlikely there will be major credit losses with a diversified basket of highly-rated high-yield bonds in the next two to 24 months. If an investor is getting over 4 percent on average on these bonds, heÂs probably doing well. If he steps up the yield to the 5-6 percent range for that under-24-month maturity range, heÂs likely taking a large degree of credit risk and the risk-adjusted marginal return may be unwise. Preferred stocks are also one of the few places to get significant, predictable yield in todayÂs market. Some can generate enough meaningful income to balance the interest rate risk that an investor may be assuming. Margaret R. McDowell, author of the syndicated economic column ÂArbor Outlook,ÂŽ is founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121~www.arborwealth.net), a feeonly registered investment advisory firm located near Destin. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.ARBOR OUTLOOKBond hedges, correlations and Ray CharlesKassidy Fisher, 16, a freshman at Franklin County High SchoolNo one ever expects a school shooting in a small school like Franklin County but the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, proved that anything bad can happen anywhere. I am truly upset that our generation has to experience school shootings. We go to school with intentions of being in a safe place to learn and to make friends, but instead, we go to school in fear of getting shot at. Although we live in a vile generation, I expect this to never happen again and that is why I feel we need higher age limits to purchase guns, or any weapon of arms for that matter. We need to raise the age limit to at least 21 years of age. My opinion is that if you cannot drink until the age of 21, you should not be able to buy a gun at the age of 18, and that is just basic common sense. Everyone needs to open their eyes to the shootings that are going on in our country, and see the situation from a studentÂs point of view. Students are sick and tired of watching friends die and bleed to death on school grounds, a place where we are supposed to be safe. Multiple students reported Nickolas Cruz to the school he attended and the school did nothing about it. One girl even reported that Cruz stalked her and harassed her friend while she and Cruz were dating. One source says that Cruz had Âa pattern of disciplinary issues and unnerving behavior.ÂŽ Cruz even stated on Youtube that he wanted to Âbe a professional school shooter.ÂŽ In January of 2018, this should have been the breaking point to do something about his behavior, but people still ignored these issues. I want the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School to be the last time kids are killed at school, or anywhere else for that matter. We need to stand up for ourselves and be the generation that changes the world on gun laws. Tylyn Summer Gillikin, 17, a senior at Franklin County High SchoolWhat happened recently at the Stoneman Douglas High School is one of the worst things that could happen at a school. You always expect school to be this safe place where you can go for learning, but sadly, this is not true. Many school shootings take place every year. Everytownresearch.org states that since 2013 there has been 291 school shootings and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is not the first one of this year. Time. com talks about the 17 different school shootings that happened in 2018. The fact that there has been almost 300 shootings in the past five years and the Stoneman Douglas High School is one of 17 school shootings this year, which the second month is not even over yet, shows that there is something we should do about guns. I believe having stricter gun laws would help this, not giving the teacher a gun. Teachers can do as much damage as a student can. There have been many different studies done on the topic of gun control. One really interesting study is the one reviewed by Sciencealert.LISTEN HEREStudents speak out, on ParklandBy Lydia CountrymanSpecial to the TimesEditorÂs Note: The school shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has sparked intense debate about arming teachers as a way to prevent future massacres. While this guest column is a fictional account, it is intended to share powerful emotions and imagery in the wake of that tragedy.For many people the smell of tempera paint in an elementary school building will trigger fond childhood memories of making art. My Kindergarten students love paint days. Their faces become animated as they prance into the art room and see trays of colors and paintbrushes set out like place settings on a dining room table. Their voices squeal with excitement as they navigate putting on oversized t-shirts used as paint smocks. They know my classroom procedures and routines of making art because they get plenty of practice. I interact with students at each table as the young artists explore the magic of mixing colors. Some students are silent and pensive in their discovery while others chatter freely, about the beautiful colors emerging on paint pallets set before them. The smell of tempera paint permeates the room full of contented students. The schoolÂs intercom unexpectedly bellows, ÂTeachers, this is a Code Red announcement. Please follow procedures. This is a Code Red announcement. Please follow procedures.ÂŽ I grab my room keys hanging from my office door and quickly head toward my classroom entrance doors to lock them from the outside. I glance down the hallway and see several other teachers locking their doors. We do not exchange our usual smiles and light-hearted banter, but our silent acknowledgements are reassuring in that this is just a drill. I unclip window covers from the wall bin and hang the makeshift shades over the door windows to prevent a potential campus intruder from peering into my classroom. This is just a drill, but my heart is beating faster. Children shriek when I turn off the overhead lights. I hurry to the opposite side of the room to close the vertical blinds on the three large windows that take up most of the wall space. I shudder at the thought of seeing an intruder, with intention to harm, standing eye-level, as I clumsily close the shades. Several students are running around the room in play and the noise has reached an unacceptable level. I notice numerous paint spills on tables as students have become unsettled by my sudden movements around the room. I use my controlled teacher voice to announce for everyone to put down their paint brushes and follow me to the Âlavatory,ÂŽ the name we call our class bathroom. More squeals of excitement rise as I herd 20 Kindergarten students into the small room typically authorized as a oneperson-at-a-time place. I gently push the students away from me who reach out for reassuring hugs. Ever since I was chosen, trained, and registered to carry a concealed weapon on campus, hugging students ceased. I no longer allow children to cling to my waist and legs because it is a plausible accident waiting to happen. I feel the holster secured tightly around my waist and the formidable weapon in its place, a constant reminder that I live in a very different world than when I began teaching 28 years ago. This is a drill and I wonÂt need to unstrap the lethal weapon from my holster. While inside our designated hiding spot, I cajole the lively students into playing the quiet game but a few serious moments of total quiet and stillness is all they offer. I hear a faint popping sound but cannot identify the source or where it is coming from. I put my fingers over my lips, making eye contact with each wide-eyed student, hushing them to silence. The popping sounds increase. Students realize the seriousness of the situation and begin screaming and clamoring in confusion. My heart races with the thought of an active shooter, in my art room, a place that embodies a safe and thoughtful learning environment. My young students do not know the procedures and routines for this drill very well. We have not had a lot of practice hiding from dangerous intruders. My heart pounds faster, my hands shake uncontrollably. Children scream and cry out. My natural inclination is to huddle the children with hugs and solace, but I have a gun. I have been trained to shoot. I slide my hand toward the gun still strapped in its holster. Thunderous sounds from the other side of the door intensify. I can do this. This is what I have been trained to do. I see the doorknob twist. I unstrap the gun and aim it toward the menacing sounds. The door flings open. Screams are amplified. The smell of tempera paint permeates the air. I pull the trigger.Lydia Countryman is the art teacher at the Franklin County Schools. GUEST COLUMNWhen tempera paint triggers memories Margaret McDowellSee PARKLAND, A5
** The Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A5com, which shows the scientific evidence done by a team that reviewed 10 different countries over the past 60 years. All in all with how many studies on gun control and how often school shootings happen, I solemnly believe that we should have it. I should not have to fear going to school and being shot. I should not have to think that maybe today might be my last day when I go to school. Not just the students at the Stoneman Douglas High School, but the students in all of the other school shootings should have never gone through what happened. They should not have to go through seeing their friends or family die because they got caught in a school shooting. I am sick and tired of hearing about students dying all around the country due to guns; I want this to be issue fixed. I need this issue to be fixed, everyone in America needs this issue to be fixed. The Times welcomes all student perspectives, wherever they study, however they learn. Adults all the way up through retirement age, even older than that,are also welcome. Send to Dadlerstein@ starfl.com, or stop by the office at 129 Commerce, across from the Apalachicola Bay Chambert of Commerce. PARKLANDFrom Page A4An armed deputy stayed outside Parkland High School in Florida while a shooter gunned down students and staff inside the building. What would I have done? I like to think that if I had been there with my legally permitted handgun, I would have rushed inside, confronted the shooter and killed him. President Trump says that is what he would have done, even if he had not been armed. I have my doubts about both of us. Most of us detest murderers, especially those who kill children. We would want to stop the slaughter. But would we actually do so? I am 75 years old. My reaction time has slowed. It probably would take me entire minutes to process ÂWhat the hell is happening?ÂŽ if I heard the gunfire and the screams. That means, Âfreeze,ÂŽ not Ârun right inside.ÂŽ I am a nearly lifelong gun shooter Â„ at targets and animals that do not shoot back. In early adulthood, the Army taught me how to shoot the Model 1911 .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun and the semiautomatic M-1 rifle. But that 55-years-ago training has become a memory, not a retained skill. It does not change my mindset in 2018 from Ârun away from troubleÂŽ to Ârun toward trouble.ÂŽ Police officers and members of military combat units have that Ârun toward troubleÂŽ mentality. They learn it and have it reinforced by day-in, day-out association with like-minded individuals. People who run toward trouble do so because of near-constant training and respect, sometimes love, for the other members of their unit. I share the Âsick to my stomachÂŽ feeling expressed by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel because armed deputy Scott Peterson Ânever went inÂŽ to the school for at least four minutes of the six-minute-long shooting spree by Nikolas Cruz that left 17 people dead. Would I have charged into the school? I hope so. Even if I had been killed, I would have wanted to be remembered as someone who tried to save lives, not someone who just stood there. But I think, sadly, that I might have frozen, if not with fear, then with panic and indecision. Even trained people get frozen with panic and indecision. There is a world of difference between being taught to shoot a weapon and being able to run toward someone who is shooting it, let alone killing that shooter. That is why I am ambivalent about the idea of training teachers to shoot, then allowing them to carry weapons inside schools. Schools are crowded, filled to the brim. Far more people are clustered inside any school than are huddled in any store, factory or office. Imagine a shooter in a hallway, spraying bullets around. Then imagine a history teacher drawing a weapon and moving into that hallway. Imagine a math teacher drawing a weapon and moving into the same hallway from a classroom across the hall. Bang, bang, bang. Who dies? Not just the shooter. Perhaps not even the shooter. Time Magazine said that from 1998-2006, New York police officers who fired at bad guys hit their targets 17 percent of the time during gunfights. Even when the suspect did not shoot back, the miss rate was about 70 percent. An FBI report from a few years back said, as I recall, that throughout the entire country, police who shot at bad guys hit targets about 25 percent of the time. These are trained shooters. Where do the other 75 percent of bullets go? Those bullets go into walls, trees, bushes, cars, trucks, fields, ponds... everywhere. Inside crowded schools, there usually are dozens or hundreds of other people within shooting range, trying to flee or trying to hide. In theory, I like the idea of Âarmed teachersÂŽ because, again in theory, I accept the judgment of National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre that, ÂTo stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.ÂŽ In theory. But in reality, Âa good guy with a gunÂŽ is more likely to be killed and/or to kill other non-threatening victims than to take out a shooter, in my view. I go back to the image of myself as that armed deputy outside that Florida school, probably hearing the gunfire and the screams. I have decades of experience with firearms. But I have not actually trained for decades. I know that there is a Âuse it or lose itÂŽ mentality to many acquired skills. Teachers are already busy people. Are they going to train once a week? Once a month? Is training at a shooting range adequate to empower someone to hit and kill an active, aggressive shooter without hitting others? Would I have killed the bad guy and saved the good people? Would you? Would armed teachers? Denny Bonavita, a former editor and publisher at newspapers in western Pennsylvania, winters in Apalachicola. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.THE GOOD LIFEHaving some doubts about arming teachers D e n n y B o n a v i t a Denny Bonavita
** A6 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Timesfloor of the building he purchased, opposed from the outset what she called Âspot RV zoning.ÂŽÂI donÂt feel that use is compatible there,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre building a new City Hall across from there. I hate to see that area become spotted with small RV lots.ÂŽCommissioner Cal Allen was concerned about recent fill dirt, and Thomas said he hadnÂt hauled any there. Allen also mentioned a deep embankment on the prop-erty, and later Rod Gasche referred to the need for stabilizing the ground, as his primary concern in remarks supportive of ThomasÂ proposal.ÂYou have a lot of folks who want to come down,ÂŽ he said. ÂThink positively, folks. This will get revenue into town.ÂWe need all we can get,ÂŽ said Gasche. ÂThis town is dying.ÂŽCommissioner Tony MillenderÂs concern was with spot zoning, which would lead to more requests, which could not be voted down fairly, given this precedent.Real estate agent Beth Barber had more concerns, she had a handout that showed 94 vacant commercial lots in the C-1 district, each of which, in theory, could give way to four smaller RV lots, for a total of 376.Barber said she was speaking out as a citizen, not on behalf of Coastal Realty Group, where she works. She mentioned that she had fought hard the last time the issue of campers came before the commission, to have them banned from lots where they are not a permitted use.ÂI donÂt have a problem with it,ÂŽ said Commissioner Keith Walden, drawing a difference between those who have invested in the community, and those who just pull a trailer on to a lot.Both he and Commissioner Frank Mathes expressed fear that grant-ing this exception would open up a can of worms, and would lead to others asking for them, and that it would be hard to say no. ÂIÂm going to vote for them to do that also,ÂŽ said Mathes.ÂI already have a building there, I have a business,ÂŽ said Thomas. ÂI do a lot of guide hunt-ing and fishing.ÂŽCity Attorney Dan Hart-man said conditions could be stipulated in a development o rder, including a time limit on how long transient residents could stay in the RV.ÂA time limit would be difficult to enforce,ÂŽ said La Paz. ÂYouÂd have to put someone out there (to investigate).ÂŽMillender moved, and Mathes seconded, a motion to not allow the special exception.ÂItÂs nothing personal,ÂŽ said Millender. ÂI wish you the best in the world. IÂll do anything I could to help you.ÂŽ RV LOTSFrom Page A1Rod Gasche, left, speaks in support of Jamie ThomasÂ request for a special exception[DAVID ADLERSTEIN/THE TIMES] Celebrating afterwards at the Red Pirate [GINA TARANTO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] participant.ÂWe are so proud the school has a Special Olym-pics team,ÂŽ Shirley Sapp said. ÂSo many kids in our community need it.ÂŽShe added they enjoy showing their support for the team and invited the kids to have a fun day at the Red Pirate. The Sapps also made a monetary donation to Special Olympics.Maxwell said many vol-unteers helped make the event successful including Special Olympics coaches and organizers Jody Lively and Stacie DeVaughn, Master of Ceremonies Matt Hersey, DJ Robbie Clark, and photographer Gina Taranto. Other vol-unteers included Christine Boyd, Chimene Johnson, Elizabeth Kirvin, Stacey Kirvin, Katie Ward, Jeff Knutson, Katie Lacour, Michelle Chambers, Tydron Wynn, Lindsay Bockelman, Christy Thompson and the ABC School Beta Club.Maxwell noted the ABC School BETA club gave a $700 donation to the event. ÂThis is money the students raised through a fundraiser they held at the school,ÂŽ she said.DeVaughn said FCS students Chelsie Woods, Kimberly Turrell, Tyrell Green and Allison Hunnings stepped up into leadership positions as assistant coaches, helping athletes throughout the year.ÂThey worked every single day to help train other students,ÂŽ she said. ÂI am so proud of them.ÂŽ She added the competitors were very well-behaved and she saw a great improvement in their ability to follow directions.ÂI especially want to thank Sacred Heart (Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe) which made the physicals available to our athletes on our FCS campus,ÂŽ DeVaughn said. ÂI donÂt know that the physicals would have gotten done if they hadnÂt provided a physi-cian, sports therapist, and nurse.ÂŽShe added Volunteer Services & Physician Advocate Robert Richardson organized the physicals. ÂIt wouldnÂt have happened without him,ÂŽ she said.Winners from the county competition will go on to compete in an area competition in April that includes Leon, Wakulla and Liberty counties. Those winners will move on to state competition.But first, they will receive that all important lunch (hopefully pizza) and a game of miniature golf donated by the Red Pirate. A former journalist, Beverly Parish retired from teaching a couple years ago from the Franklin County Schools. OLYMPICSFrom Page A2
** The Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A7The following report is provided by the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. Arrests listed were made by officers from the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Feb. 28 Joseph Chad Zingarelli, 44, Apalachicola, viola-tion of probation; no bond (FCSO) March 2Michael Gene Hicks, 36, Eastpoint, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription; $2,500 bond (FCSO)Timothy Ryan Moran, 36, Eastpoint, two counts of felony violation of pro-bation; no bond (FCSO)Blair Butler Putz, 42, Jacksonville, DUIÂ…first offense, and resisting officer without violence; $1,000 bond (FCSO) March 3Dana Kathryn Smith, 63, Traverse City, Michigan, petit theft, of between $100 and $300; $500 bond (FCSO)Alexis Brook Tully, 21, Crawfordville, DUIÂ… first offense; $500 bond (FCSO)Michael A. Porter, 53, Panama City Beach, two counts of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; $3,500 bond (FCSO) March 4Corey R. Gearhart, 28, South Bridgeboro, Geor-gia, DUIÂ…second offense; $500 bond (FCSO)Jerome Kellogg, 39, Eastpoint, DUIÂ…first offense; $5,000 bond (FCSO)Christopher James Wells, 24, Eastpoint, driving while license suspended or revokedÂ… first offense; $250 bond (FCSO)Robert James Regis-ter. 31, Apalachicola, sale of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic equipment, possession of a weapon or ammuni-tion by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or manufacture; $16,000 bond (FCSO)Zella Mae Smith, 35, Apalachicola, posses-sion of cannabis less than 20 grams, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or manufacture; $16,000 bond (FCSO) ARREST REPORTDuring the week of Feb. 9 to 15, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Peterson, Kossey, and Travis were targeting undersized oysters in the Eastpoint area. They conducted a resource inspection at the Eastpoint Boat Ramp and found two bags of oysters hidden in the boat.After checking the two bags of oysters for size tolerance, they deter-mined one bag contained 96 percent undersized oysters and the other 100 percent undersized oysters. Both subjects were cited for possession of undersized oysters and untagged bags, and 444 undersized oysters were returned to the water alive.While on land patrol, Lt. Marlow and Officer Boyd drove into McKissack Beach to conduct resource inspections. When driving into the area, they noticed multiple individuals move around a vehicle in an evasive manner. The officers contacted the individuals and smelled the odor of marijuana.Further investigation revealed multiple bags and a wooden box containing marijuana. Additionally, a marijuana smoking pipe, another pipe with white residue, two straws with white residue, a butane torch, other drug paraphernalia, multiple knives and a pair of brass knuckles were located on one of the individuals. Officer Richardson and a Carra-belle police officer arrived on scene to assist. Appro-priate law enforcement action was taken.While on patrol, Officer Nelson observed an indi-vidual, known to place live animal traps, walk out of a wooded area with a gun. He stopped and talked to the individual and after a brief conversation the man got in his truck and drove away. Nelson followed him, and stopped him.Further investigation revealed that he had multiple live traps in the wooded area that he was checking and he failed to possess a hunting license due to it being revoked by the courts. Addition-ally, the individual had a revoked driverÂs license. Appropriate charges were issued for the violations. EditorÂs note: The FWCÂs Division of Law Enforcement received recognition Feb. 21 at a ceremony in St. Augustine for completing the review process to maintain its accreditation status. The FWC was initially accredited in 2009. This was its fourth completion of the accreditation process. Florida law enforcement accreditation is certified by an independent reviewing authority, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. There are approximately 240 prescribed standards reflecting best management practices that a law enforcement agency must consistently meet or exceed over a threeyear period in order to achieve this status.FWC REPORT The following graphs break down into percentages felony arrests by the Franklin County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ ce over the past two months. In January, at left, 22 of the 47 arrests were drug-related, followed by 12 for violation of probation (VOP), seven for trafÂ“ c, three for violent crimes (including two for aggravated assault and one for domestic assault), two for uttering/fraud, and one property crime. In February. 10 of the 28 felony arrests were for VOP, with eight property crimes, six drug-related, and four for aggravted assault. [GRAPHS COURTESY OF FCSO] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Family and friends of a 58-year-old Alabama man, who as far back as 2005 has lived on St. George Island for most of the year, are celebrating his safe return.Sgt. Jeff Hewitt from the sheriffÂs office found Timothy Alfred Hender-son alive and well in his red Dodge 1500 pickup truck around John Allen Road early Tuesday morning. He was treated fro dehydration at Weems Memorial Hospital and released.Because their father had not been in touch for over two weeks, HendersonÂs family in Opelika, Alabama reported him missing and made an appeal with the sheriff and on Face-book to see if he could be located.His son. Bradley Hen-derson, said his father had been staying at the SportsmanÂs Lodge up until Feb. 14, when he returned back to Opelika to visit with a newborn grandchild. He left the home of his daughter, Katie Meadows, on Feb. 17, and later texted her that he was back in the Franklin County area.But after that, the family has heard nothing.Bradley Henderson said their father has returned to Opelika to be close with family. He said the family was grateful for all the help they received from area residents, and especially to the sheriffÂs office for their help in finding their dad.Missing dad found alive and well
** A8 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Times SOCIETYSpecial to the TimesThe Bay Area Choral SocietyÂs upcoming con-certs will take you on ÂA Sentimental Journey through Song,ÂŽ as they perform music from the Â40s era and World War II.The concerts, on March 16 and 18, showcase familiar songs, ÂSenti-mental Journey,ÂŽ ÂBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy,ÂŽ ÂMoon Glow,ÂŽ ÂMoonlight Serenade,ÂŽ ÂIÂll Be Seeing You,ÂŽ ÂMister Sandman,ÂŽ ÂDream,ÂŽ ÂThe White Cliffs of Dover,ÂŽ ÂYouÂd Be So Nice To Come Home To,ÂŽ ÂA Salute to the Armed ForcesÂŽ and ÂThe Battle Hymn of the Republic.ÂŽOur countryÂs veterans will be requested to stand and be recognized. Take a nostalgic journey with our choir and soloists as they perform songs of hope, love and patriotism.The Bay Area Choral Society is supported by the Ilse Newell fund for Performing Arts. Since its inception the chorus has performed a broad selection of classical and contemporary choral concerts. Dana Langford will conduct this performance and Janis Ramos will be accompanying the choir on the piano. The chorus is comprised of Gulf and Franklin county talent, as well as singers that are winter visitors to our area.IN CONCERTBay Area choir to take Âsentimental journeyÂThe Bay Area Choral Society [ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Amanda Worthington and Charles Brannen Special to the TimesCome meet Scott C. Marlowe, noted Florida author of creepy tales about things that go bump in the night!At a booksigning this Saturday afternoon, March 10from 1 to 3 p.m., Downtown Books in Apala-chicola is featuring his new book ÂWeird Monsters,ÂŽ from which the plot for the indy film project ÂPhantom FlyerÂŽ is taken. The film is about to be shot here in the Apala-chicola area this spring.In ÂWeird MonstersÂŽ Scott weaves together fiction and fact, telling short stories of peopleÂs encounters with strange creatures in Florida, including the North Port Lizard Man, the Pig Man, the hairy Bardin Booger, werewolves, and the ÂPhantom Flyer.ÂŽ While the encounters remain unsubstantiated by hard evidence, the stories are interesting, entertaining and sure to give you the heebie-jeebies!Gary Roen, syndicated book reviewer says about the book, ÂEvil monsters lurk in the state of Florida in ÂWeird Monsters,Â a new collection of short stories by Scott Marlowe. Known as a cryptozolo-gist, he uses his expertise in the field to tell chilling tales of creatures who encounter humans in many different places and ways. His writing is fast paced and the beings are believable. There are five stories in this fine col-lection of horror. ÂWeird MonstersÂ is a collection no fan of horror should miss.ÂŽMarlowe, an author and TV personality, was the first professional in the field to establish a college course in crypto-zoology, using a scientific approach to determining the existence of cryptids. His television credits include ÂMonsterQuestÂŽ on the History Channel; ÂIs it TrueÂŽ on the Discovery Channel; ÂWeird TravelsÂŽ on the Travel Channel, William ShatnerÂs Weird or What? and ÂWeird FloridaÂŽ on PBS, in addition to radio appearances, TV guest spots and lecture tours.Cryptozoologist to sign ÂWeird MonstersÂ SaturdayWayne Worthington Sr. and Donna Kennedy are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Worthington, to Charles Brannen Jr., son of Charles Brannen Sr. and Sheila Dukes.The couple has set a wedding date of Satur-day, Sept.15, 2018.All family and friends are welcome.ENGAGEMENTWorthington, Brannen plan September weddingThe two ÂSentimental JourneyÂŽ concerts will be held on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, and on Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Admission is $5. ÂPhantom Flyer,ÂŽ the movie being Â“ lmed in the county this spring, is holding auditions for extras and background actors this Sunday, March 11 in Eastpoint. Starting at 10 a.m., and running until about noon, the auditions will be in old restaurant building at SportsmanÂs Lodge, 99 N Bayshore Drive. No acting experience is required. The movie is a horror / romance story about a young rural couple, soon to be married, who are inexplicably set upon by a grotesque, Â” ying humanoid creature that targets them for torment. As they try to fend off the creature and discover its purpose, the couple is forced to examine the context of their life and chosen lifestyle; Â“ nally coming to realize what things are really important to them, obliging them to grow, both together and individually. Adding to their challenges, the couple has to contend with some eccentric neighbors, who create awkward and occasionally comic situations in their rural Florida neighborhood along the way to a new beginning for them as a married and committed couple. The producers have set April to commence Â“ lming in the Apalachicola area, much of which will be on location at sites in Eastpoint, predominately at the SportsmanÂs Lodge. The screenplay by Scott Marlowe takes its story line from a short appearing in his book ÂWeird MonstersÂŽ which came out two years ago. Marlowe, one of the executive producers, will also direct the Â“ lm. Several local actors have been cast in featured roles, including Royce Rolstad III as Andy, Sally Crown as Grace, and Bob Inguagiato as Jasper. For further information please get in touch with Marlowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Marlowe More information
** The Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A9 FAITHAfter my Aunt MaryÂs 100th birthday, she was on the telly. Aunt Mary was being honored for her many helping hands for the needy, and for many years as a volunteer in the St Louis, Missouri area. Congratulations. Come on over to the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, 201 Avenue F in Carrabelle and join us for the Thursday lunch, why dontcha? The single file line will form at noon. I wasnÂt at last ThursdayÂs so I donÂt know whatÂs cooking. Your donation of $6 will be collected at the desk. Every Friday night, of course, is hamburger with chips night at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, on Oak Street, right here in the village. You can make your $6 donation at the bar. Then on Sundays, you can get5 a slice of pizza for a donation of $1. Bet you canÂt eat just one! A whole pizza to eat in the lounge requires a donation of $8 donation, and a $10 donation will get you a pizza on wheels. Just call the Legion Post at 697-9998 from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday. This Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, is Camp Gordon Johnston Days. When you get home from a day at Camp Gordon Johnston Days, and just out on the town, be sure to turn your timepieces forward for an hour. We donÂt want to be late for church now, do we? And on Monday, weÂll have coffee brewing at Chilas Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. Charles Elliott, from the countyÂs veterans services office, is on hand on Thursdays to answer any questions you may have, and the coffee is free. Your 50-cent mug of coffee is ready for you Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your big purse or wallet to carry home your winnings every Monday night at bingo at the senior center. Early bird at 6 p.m., regular at 7 p.m. Good luck! Coming attractions: Wednesday, March 14 we will be served Reuben sandwiches at Chillas Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donation of $7 will be collected right inside the door. DonÂt forget the green. On Saturday, March 17. St. PatrickÂs Day is our annual cleanup day in Lanark Village. Gloves and bags will be available at Betty Roberts Pavilion in Gene Sewell Park. Cleanup day will be from 9 to 11 a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in Chillas Hall. We need your help! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 31 at Chillas Hall, weÂll have our annual spring fling from 7 p.m. until ? Greg K and Krewe will be on hand to provide the music. Your donation of $6 will be collected at the door. Bring your favorite finger food, your favorite beverage, your dancing shoes, and your main squeeze, and enjoy the evening. Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound, and donÂt forget to spring forward. Until next time, God bless our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry.LANARK NEWSDonÂt miss church, spring ahead SaturdaySpecial to the TimesHello Franklin County! March is here, the weather is warming and it is time to plant those tomatoes. Join us this month for the gardening program, the topic is ÂTotally Tomatoes: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Success,ÂŽ and itÂs first at the Carrabelle branch this Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m., and then next at the Eastpoint branch on Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. Gardening programs are facilitated by Les Harrison with the Wakulla Extension Office. Once you have your tomatoes planted, make sure you join us for the next Basics of Better Living program on Friday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Eastpoint branch, when the topic will be ÂCooking with Herbs.ÂŽ These programs are also facilitated by the Franklin County Extension Office. Computer instruction continues at the Eastpoint branch all month. If you have a specific need with Windows 10, Excel or a device, there are one-on-one instruction available, on Tuesdays, stating at 10 a.m. Stop by or call the library to ask questions or sign-up for a session on Tuesdays for up to one hour. For your health needs, there will be a diabetes workshop at the Eastpoint branch, this Monday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. Also, Sacred Heart free health screenings will be conducted Wednesday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastpoint branch, no registration necessary. Calling all quilters! One last available date this season! Join others this Wednesday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eastpoint branch to work on projects and share techniques and ideas with others. Calling Teens, grades 6-12! You are invited to the Teen Book Club at the Eastpoint branch, held the first Wednesdays of the month at 2 p.m. Are you a homeschooler, a student, a young person who loves to read? Join us to share what you are reading, your favorite books and authors. See you in April! AARP Tax Assistance continues Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 12. Representatives will be at branches on alternate weeks. Registration is required. More information is available at both library locations. A big shout-out to the 21 students enrolled in Music Second Language 2018. They are doing an awesome job learning and they are practicing hard. Thank you, teachers, for your weekly commitment to teaching our students music as a second language. Thanks to Rock By the Sea, the key donor and supporter of this program. Without their generous donations and support, the county library wouldnÂt be able to offer this incredible program. Check the calendar of events for dates and times for adult book clubs and socials, yoga classes, Steam programs and the monthly writers forum meetings. The Eastpoint branch has returned to regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Find us and follow us on Facebook at Franklin County Public Library and Franklin County Public Library Eastpoint Branch. The calendar of events and online resources are on the library website at fcpl. wildernesscoast.org/. Contact the Eastpoint branch, Monday Â… Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 670-8151, and the Carrabelle branch, Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 697-2366. See you at the library!LIBRARY CORNERDiabetes workshop Monday in EastpointThe following poem was written by Apalachicola resident Edward Michaels as both a tribute to spring, and a warning. Whiskey George offers tupelo flowers Not many blooming for a paucity of hours Cordgrass spiking far down the shore Herons still stalking attempting to score Extreme winter tides no longer a threat She crabs emerge will destiny be met No tarpon in sight but mackerel return Chasing the bait making schools churn Black drum tailing on a hard shallow bar Rooting for crabs they need to go far Oysters are sparse their colonies depleted Beds for the ages hollowed and defeated Oystermen that face the hard choppy waves Oft return home lean as Native braves The bounteous years memories of past Were predicted by many no longer to last The people have squandered all that was found Trammeling our riches soiling our ground These waters arenÂt forever neither are you Protect it all now or the end will be dueTHE POETÂS VOICESpring in Apalach Jim Welsh Michaels Curling up and reading to your child just got easier at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library. A glider chair, once owned by library benefactor Margaret Key, has been donated to the library by Michaelin and David Watts for use in the childrenÂs area. Pictured is Keagen Siprell enjoying a rock and a read. [KEAGEN SIPRELL]Gilding into books
** A10 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to email@example.comSpecial to the TimesThe catchphrase Âwhere the river meets the seaÂŽ is often heard around the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. On Friday, March 2, it was expanded to include Âwhere art meets science.ÂŽ A play titled ÂBreath Maker and the BayÂŽ was performed there by Donna BarberÂs Franklin County School fourth grade class, with the addition of actors poached from fifth grade. Beautiful ecologically-themed art from Lydia CountrymanÂs class was also on display, along with Apalacheeinspired pottery made after a class visit from potter Marian Morris. The play featured music and movements from Melinda LombardinoÂs music class as well.ÂLiving in a balance. WeÂve got the talents. To change the story. To end in glory. What is next? This is a tribute toÂƒ the water that flows from us to you.ÂŽSo ended this first everplay performed at the ANERR amphitheater. In the play, inhabitants of the bay were living in harmony until the twin villains of invasive species, the lionfish played by Troy McKenzie, and his slightly dimwitted and thuggish sidekick, a tiger prawn played by Dexton Teat, begin to invade. This threat is magnified by micro plastics which the oyster, played by Bradley Page, valiantly tries to turn into pearls. At first, the bay creatures, led by their queen, known by many names including the Apalachee name Breath Maker and played gracefully by Payton Carpenter, believe that the trash humans dump in the bay is a way of paying tribute to them. That is, until they begin to sicken. The queen (mother of all mullets, star of the starfish) consults with her sister, the regal Duchess of Dog Island played by Kendra OÂNeal, and her brother, the River King played by Gavin Page. Penguins, charmingly acted by Kinnly Gilbert and Jamie Banks also find their way into the bay because the Antarctic is gradually being warmed and the ice is turning into moss. They are aided by two turtles, Septima (Kassidi Busby, who learned Spanish for the role) and Marjorie Stoneman Douglass (Mylie Smith) The turtles are based on two actual turtles BarberÂs class has been tracking all year as part of their science and Florida history classes. Completing the cast are the dolphin played by the talented Gwenyth Lamberson, the slowmoving manatee adorably played by Seth Thomas, the black skimmer (who is very confused by the penguins) played by Ethan Gilmore, the seahorse who is captured by the villains, played defiantly by Curstin Lashley, and two Franklin County children played by Makynna Whitten and Noah Sullivan. Helping tie in the impact of the Apalachee on the Bay is a ghost played by Aubrey Paulk. The play was codirected by multi talented Susana Lewis and Melanie Humble. The stage manager was the efficient Kaitlyn Lambert. The play practices were also opportunities to learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the way in which microplastics are threatening the health of the ocean. The brilliant staff at ANERR were very supportive of the project and provided their scientific expertise to the class in the months leading up to the performance. After the final verse of the concluding song, an audience member asked the class what the experience had been like for them. Several of the students gave impassioned speeches about the need to protect the health of the bay and to change the story. Truly, these students do have the talent and promise to create a balance in the ecology of our bay that will be a tribute to them for many generations.ANERR amphitheater debuts eco-dramaKendra OÂNeal (Duchess of Dog Island), at left, and Payton Carpenter (Queen of the Bay) Gavin Page, left, Troy McKenzie, center, and Ethan Gilmore relax before the show. Mylie Smith, left, and Kassidi Busby were both sea turtles. Bradley Page, left, and Dex Teat, the showÂs two ÂborrowedÂŽ Â“ fth-graders [ MELANIE HUMBLE PHOTOS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Seth Thomas as Manatee, one of the funniest characters in the play. [ MELANIE HUMBLE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]Aubrey Paulk as the Apalachee Ghost FISHING REPORT Ok anglers the Forgotten Coast is hot this week. From large Bull Reds around St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill to Sheepshead on the concrete markers and the sea wall up in the canal and now Spanish Mackeral running the sea wall at St. Joe Marina. There is something for everyone right now. Ok letÂs talk about baits. The RedÂ“ sh out at St Joe Beach and Beacon Hill are being taken on Â” at line live shrimp. Now while your out there anchor up at one of the concrete markers and try your hand at some Sheepshead, there have been some nice ones taken the last week or so. Again live shrimp and just enough lead to get you down 10 or 12 feet. Make sure your using a smaller hook with heavy gauge wire. We are excited to see the Spanish show up and they are running the sea wall at St. Joe Marina behind Bluewater Outriggers. Gotcha Plugs and Clark Spoon rigs and also Straw rigs will take Â“ sh. Visit the folks at Bluewater Outriggers and gear up for all these Â“ sh. Until next week Happy Fishing!
** The Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 A11 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894The Lady Seahawks lost more games than theyÂve won over the past two weeks, as the coach is working on get-ting them to win the close ones.ÂWe are struggling, but learning to win close games at this level is a process, and our players have to keep working hard and trying to get better every day,ÂŽ said coach Scott Collins. Â They will learn to win these close games.ÂŽOn Feb. 22 at Leon, the softball team fell Leon 4-3, after taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.With two outs, no one on base, and an 0-2 count, the Seahawks were one strike away from a victory on four consecutive pitches as LeonÂs second baseman battled by fouling off four before finally hitting a ground ball. An error was made on the play and Leon went on to rally for a 4-3 come-from-behind win.Junior Alexus Johnson led all hitters, going 3 for 4 and scoring a run. Sopho-more Jaylin Charles took the loss, throwing the last four innings, giving up two hits with eight strikeouts. Junior Melanie Collins, Madison Smith, Sage Brannan, and Michaela Cassidy all had one hit each. Eighth grader Sage Brannan and Charles com-bined to give up six hits while striking out 12.At home on Feb. 23, the girls lost 4-3 for a second time, this one to Wakulla, who scored four unearned runs in the second inning and held on for the win. Melanie Collins had a double with two RBIs, while Brannan and freshman Abby Johnson each had a single. Charles threw a com-plete game, giving up nine hits with three strikeouts.In Panama City on Friday, the Lady Seahawks fell to Sneads 12-9. Franklin County gave up six unearned runs in the first inning, on five errors. They battled back to take a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning, before losing.Sophomore Rosie Davis was 3 for 3, and Alexus Johnson, Smith, Cassidy and Charles each had two hits. Brannan came in for Charles in the second inning and gave up six hits, striking out two. Charles came back in to finish the game off in the seventh inning.In the nightcap, the Lady Seahawks defeated Ft. Walton Beach by a score of 17-5 in a game they dominated from start to finish. Alexus Johnson was 3 for 3, with a double, a triple and three runs batted in. Smith, Collins, Charles and Brannan had two hits each. Brannan and Charles combined on the win, throwing three innings each, giving up four hits, with seven strikouts between them.In the opener Saturday, the Lady Seahawks fell to Escambia 6-2. The Gators broke open a tie game with a two-out, five-run rally in the fourth inning. Collins and Alexus Johnson had two hits each. Brannan picked up the loss, throwing five innings, giving up seven hits, with one strikeout.In the nightcap, the Lady Seahawks were defeated by Marianna by a score of 14-0. Abby Johnson and Davis had one hit each. Charles pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up 10 hits, with three strikeouts. Lady Seahawks struggle to win close onesThe Lady Seahawks at last weekendÂs softball tourney in Panama City[ PHOTO COURTESY FCHS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ] Thursday, March 8 vs. LEON Friday, March 9 @ BOZEMAN** Monday, March 12 vs. WEWA** Friday, March 16 vs. VERNON** Tuesday, March 27 @ RUTHERFORD Thursday, March 29 vs. PSJ** Friday, March 30 vs. MACLAY Tuesday, April 3 vs. LIBERTY** Wednesday, April 4 @ WAKULLA Friday, April 6 @ VERNON Tuesday, April 10 @ WEWA** Thursday, April 12 @ PSJ** Friday, April 13 vs. BOZEMAN** Monday, April 16 vs. RUTHERFORD (SR. NIGHT) Tuesday, April 17 @ MACLAY Thursday, April 19 @ GODBY April 23 Â… 26 @ BOZEMAN (DISTRICT TOURNAMENT) ** DISTRICT GAMESBy Russell Elser Special to the TimesThe activity at The Nest has been rapid in the past few weeks with much going on in the world of school children. Between preparation for state testing, school work and the complex life of youngsters these days, we at The Carrabelle Nest were working diligently on the recent Parent Night performance on Feb. 23.In between rehearsals and art work in preparation for the Parent Night about heart health, the kids found some time to put together a box fort. Why a box fort? Why do we have so many boxes one may ask?First, because itÂs fun! It also ended up being a good team building activity for them. Second, we have boxes because we are getting ready to move the Carrabelle Nest into a new building. More news to come soon on this long awaited building!Parent night was awesome! A lot of parents came out to see the kids put on their own rendition of Eric CarleÂs ÂThe Very Hungry CaterpillarÂŽ as performed by group one. Group two was a ÂJumpinÂ and PumpinÂ and a thumpinÂŽ as they belted out a few upBEAT and heart healthy songs. Group three topped the night off with some amaz-ing facts in a heart healthy ÂquizÂŽ and another awesome song.The kids always come out swinging and they never miss a beat. If you havenÂt been to a parent night yet, come and check one out, there is usually a parent night each month and it is based on the project-based learning that the 21st Century grant, which funds the Nest, provides.Finally some guests. There is a saying, ÂThere is no greater love than this, than to lay down oneÂs life for his friends.ÂŽ There are two people Austin Barnes of Arkansas, and Susan Ket-chum of New York, who come to town and give of their time to help our children. No one ever asked them if they would do this for us, they chose from the love of their heart to perform such a great service and give of their time to their friends. And their friends are the children of the Nest. Time is of great value and when the years ahead of you are out-numbered by the years left in the past, the value of that time of life becomes always more clear with the passing of each winter. Each winter for sev-eral years now these two have laid down time from their own life for our community. Each year they have shown a love for these our children. A love that cannot be rewarded adequately enough this side of eternity. However, it is rewarded very humbly by the joy and wisdom they share with these our children. What greater gift could we receive from these our guests? The whole Carrabelle Nest and I myself especially admire the stamina of love that they show. Retired or not, they do not tire of their endless love wherever they go. I pray that our community continue to be so greatly blessed by people like Susan and Austin.For more information about The Nest, contact Eastpoint site at 670-2820 or Carrabelle site director Rachel Benjamin at 697-2177. Project coordi-nator Melonie Inzetta can be reached at 670-2810 x4131 or email@example.com.Box forts, parents and special guestsAustin Barnes and Susan Ketchum and the gang, Nikolai, Brayden. Hunter, Jordan and Swayzee. [ PHOTO COURTESY THE NEST] Games Mariah, Brayden, and budding architect ÂTall TowersÂŽ Christina in their box fort. [ PHOTO COURTESY THE NEST ]
** A12 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The Times1. In the 1979 Louisiana gubernatorial election, what did candidate Luther Knox legally change his name to? Vote for Me, None of the Above, Abraham Lincoln, Lesser of Two Evils 2. Which river forms the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border? Hudson, Connecticut, Green, Delaware 3. Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was how old when he died? 44, 57, 70, 83 4. What is nyctalopia commonly called? Club foot, Hangnails, Night blindness, Dry skin 5. In the game of jacks, how many prongs are on each jack? 4, 5, 6, 7 6. Where is Mount McKinley? Montana, Utah, Alaska, Maine ANSWERS: 1. None of the Above (He lost), 2. Delaware, 3. 44, 4. Night blindness, 5. 6, 6. AlaskaÂTrivia FunÂŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@TriviaGuy.comTRIVIA GUY W i l s o n C a s e y Wilson Casey f-stop, an abbreviation for a camera lens aperture setting that corresponds to an f-number, which is the ratio of the focal length of a lens to the effective diameter of its aperture. Marchis here, with its rain and blustery wind, and itÂs sure tobe another busy month jam packed with thesights and sounds of Franklin County. The Times welcomes readers to send us their best photographs. Whether they capture the brisk wind, a sunny smile, brilliant color, an unusual image, person, place or thing, please share. Photos can be of any subject, but we especially like people. Please send photographs to David Adlerstein at Dadlerstein@starfl.com. For more information, call 653-8894.F-STOP FRANKLINAlmost springtimeMadison Grant, daughter of Alyssa and Randy Grant of Tallahassee, enjoys the chili cookoff. [JACKIE BELL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Sunset over Apalachicola Bay. [JAN DEMPSEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Chip Sanders of Apalachicola showing his skimboard form at sunset on St. George Island.[JIM HARGROVE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Veronica and Colby Hunter were married in Apalach! [MARTHA WYNOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIJMES] Evening sky on the way home from Carrabelle March 3. [JUDY CAIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES]
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** finished second and Doro-thyÂs Revenge third.The Tallahassee-Forgotten Coast Parrot Head Club team was the runaway winner for High Yield, for the most money raised, as they collected more than $2,000 for the cause, the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department.The Parrotheads also won for Best Booth, with the Spice Boys taking home second, and Team Toilet Bowl, a perennial favorite, taking third.The Showmanship award went to Big Shots out of Macon, Georgia, with Team Toilet Bowl flushing their way to runner-up honors and the Red Hot Chili Preppers taking a third place.In the amateur Crock Pot competition, where entrants can use beans or any other ingredients, Leslie Short, from Smyrna, Georgia was judged best for consistency, taste, aroma and bite, among the 18 entrants.Finishing in second was Maxie Thaisen, from St. George Island, and in third Michael Miller, from Wood-stock, Georgia. Money raised from that crock pot competition, which featured a concession where people tried to throw a ping pong ball into a bra cup, goes to Frank-lin Needs, which advocates for breast cancer screenings for area women.Ticia Lipscomb, the cook-offÂs treasurer, said preliminary numbers show that about 3,000 people paid to enter the ground on Saturday, better than last year, but short of a record high. She estimated that SaturdayÂs auction gleaned about $20,000.Among the competitors was a large contingent of teams from Americus, Geor-gia and surrounding areas, led by Marty McDonald from Chili Chili Bang Bang, whose Âtriple playÂŽ chili featured bacon, ground chuck and sausage. He joined in the festivities with Gary Carl-son, whose Uncle BugsÂ team out of Connecticut, has been coming for seven years, as well as his brother Andrew Carlson, from the Catahoula team, also out of Americus. Plus there was John DeanÂs Steer Crazy and Joe MinorÂs Team Lucky, and Cole WestÂs Great Bowels of Fire, all from Americus.A member of the Great Bowels of Fire Team, Stacy Huckaby, took third place in the Miss Chili Pepper contest. ÂI kept my clothes on, I kept it classy,ÂŽ she said.EastpointÂs Michelle Hicks, who said he had the most clothes on than any of the other ladies, took the Miss Chili Pepper prize. ÂShe said ÂI ought to win because IÂm 50 years old!Â said Huckaby, and the judges rewarded her with the top prize.No record was available as to who won the Mr. Hot Sauce contest, which is probably best for everyone involved. COOKOFFFrom Page A1 A14 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The TimesJ. G. CarverÂs Spice Boys, left, won the salsa competition, which was announced by Grayson Shepard, right. [DAVID ADLERSTEIN PHOTO/THE TIMES] The Forgotten Coast Parrot Head Club raised more than $2,000 for the Â“ re department, and had the most fun doing it. [DAVID ADLERSTEIN/THE TIMES] Leslie Short from Smyrna, Georgia, won Â“ rst place in the Crockpot Chili competition. [JACKIE BELL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Paul Nunn, with Nunn Better Chili, of Fort Pierce, eyes his 10-monthold great-granddaughter, Eloisa Jones, in the arms of her mom, Alyssa Nunn Jones. Alyssa was just a little girl when she came with grandpa to her Â“ rst St. George Island cookoff 25 years ago, and now has a team of her own, Nunn Better Also. Eloisa is wearing a T-shirt made by cousin Shyanne Helms. [DAVID ADLERSTEIN/THE TIMES] Sidney Walton, from San Diego, California, who at 99 is one of the oldest living World War II veterans, joins in the fun with chili competitors. [DAVID ADLERSTEIN/THE TIMES]
CLASSIFIEDSThe Times | Thursday, March 8, 2018 Please call 850-697-5300to set up an appointment to let our friendly staff show you these properties!!!NF-4528875Commercial Spaces on Hwy 98, Carrabelle.Units 2-4 at $350, units 5 & 8 at $450, units 6 & 7 at $375 and unit 10 at $950, for the Â“ rst year.* *Prices NegotiableSands of Carrabelle Condo3 bed, 2 bath $1200 per month, $1200 SD Call for more info. NF-4528750 The Blue Parrot is Now Hiring:Servers Cashiers Cooks Hostesses Bussers Bartenders68 West Gorrie Dr. St. George IslandApply in Person at Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe PETSAFE HIDDEN FENCE SYSTEM INSTALLED$599 Call or text 740-390-0820 firstname.lastname@example.org Keep your pet safe from the road or from bothering your neighbors w/ an underground Petsafe dog fence, once installed completely invisible & a fraction of the cost of a regular fence. 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The candidate must be able to pass a Level II Background Screening, possess a valid driverÂ’s license, reliable transportation and valid motor vehicle insurance. Job duties include light housekeeping and bathing assistance. Certified CNA or Home Health Aide preferred but not required. Salary will be based on experience. Qualified applicants can obtain an employment application at Fort Combs Armory 66 4th St. Apalachicola, FL 32320 or Franklin Senior Services 302 W Ave. F Carrabelle, FL 32322 or Fax Resume with cover letter to 850-643-5672. Liberty County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. PH: 850-643-5690 Housekeeping Property InspectorsFull time with benefits and part time seasonal positions available. Weekend work required. Personal vehicle, valid driverÂ’s license and automobile insurance needed. Competitive wages. Come by Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc. located at 60 East Gulf Beach Drive to apply in person or email Quentin Allen to request an application be emailed to you. email@example.comIndependent Contract CleanersLooking for extremely reliable and experienced cleaners for vacation rentals on St. George Island. Must be professional, have own transportation, and liability insurance. Weekend work is required. Please come by 115 East Pine on St. George Island to fill out a cleaner application. is accepting applications for:Registered NursesFull-time 7-3, Monday-Friday Full-time 3-11 Shift, Monday-Friday Baylor Applications may be obtained from Marianna Health & Rehabilitation Center or online at www .cityofmarianna.com/mhrc 4295 5 th Avenue Marianna, FL 32446 (850) 482-8091 We offer the Florida State Retirement System and 100% Employer Paid Health and Dental Insurance 19446T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 19-2017-CA-000155 DIVISION: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. CATHERINE A. PETERSON, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated February 14, 2018, and entered in Case No. 19-23017-CA-000155 of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida in which Bankof America, N.,A., is the Plaintiff and Cathereine A. Peterson, Robert J. Peterson, any and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under, and against the herein named individiual defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest in spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, or other claimants are defendants, the Franklin County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on Franklin County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Lobby, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320 at 11: A.M., Franklin County, Florida on the 19th day of April, 2018 the following descirbed property as set forth in said Final Judgmenet of Foreclosure: PARCEL 2-A: COMMENCE AT AN IRON ROD AND CAP (MARKED #6475) MARKING THE INTERSECTION OF THE EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY OF 23RD AVENUE IN THE CITY OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA WITH THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY OF U.S. HIGHWAY NUMBER 98 IN SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 8 WEST, FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA AND RUN NORTH 79 DEGREES 5 MINUTES 06 SECONDS EAST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY 69.75 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP (MARKED #7160) MARKING THE POINT OF BEGINNING. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING AND LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 12 MINUTES 45 SECONDS WEST 100.03 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP (MARKED #716), THENCE RUN NORTH 79 DEGREES 51 MINUTES 41 SECONDS EAST 59.90 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP (MARKED #7160), THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 12 MINUTES 47 SECONDS EAST 100.00 FEET TO AN IRON ROD AND CAP (MARKED #71601) LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY OF U.S. HIGHWAY NUMBER 98, THENCE RUN SOUTH 79 DEGREES 50 MINUTES 06 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY 59.91 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A/K/A 291 US HIGHWAY 98, APALACHICOLA. FL 32320 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Franklin County, Florida this 14th day of February, 2018. Marcia M. Johnson Clerk of the Circuit Court Franklin County, Florida By: Terry C. Segree Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampal, FL 33623 (813)221-4743 (813)221-9171 fax eService: servealaw@ albertellilaw .com AB-17-011048 In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding shoud contact the Clerk of the Courts, Marcia M. Johnson, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320; telephone number (850) 653-8861, not later than seven (7) days prior to this proceeding. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call (850)577-4400. To file response please contact Franklin County Clerk of Court, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicla, FL 32320, Tel: (850)653-8861; Fax: (850)653-9339. Pub: March 8, 15, 2018 19380T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2018-09CP IN RE: THE ESTATE OF MAE NELL SPRATT, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Mae Nell Spratt, Deceased, File Number 2018-09CP is pending in the Circuit Court for Franklin County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320. The names and addresses of the Personal RepresentativeÂ’s and the Personal RepresentativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is March 8, 2018. PEGGY ANN HAMM 155 West Pine Avenue St. George Island, FL 32328 PRISCILLA JOLENE ARMISTEAD 224 Franklin Boulevard St. George Island, FL 32328-4577 J. Patrick Floyd Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd. 408 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 850-227-7413 Florida Bar No. 257001 Attorney for Petitioner Pub: March 8, 15, 2018 19542T NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, John Pearman, the holders of the following certificate have filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: PARCEL ID#: 29-06S-06W-73150087-02 90 Certificate No. 869 Certificate Year: 2014 Description of Property: Lot 29, Block 87, St. George Island Gulf Beaches Unit No. 5, Plat Book 3, Pages 16 & 17, Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Property Address: 335 Nedley Street, St. George Island, FL 32328 Name in which assessed: Charles T. Hagan, Natalia Botha and Gwynne Ashton (Deceased) All of said property being in the State of Florida, Franklin County. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Courthouse door on the First (1st) Monday in the month of April, 2018, which is the 2nd day of APRIL, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Dated March 2, 2018. MARCIA M. JOHNSON CLERK OF COURTS FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Lauren Luberto Deputy Clerk Pub: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 19510T PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID ADVERTISEMENT FOR CAUSEWAY RESTORATION PROJECT Audubon Florida is accepting electronically submitted bids (in .pdf format) from qualified vendors for the St. George Island Cause way Restoration Proj ect Bids must be received no later than May 1, 2018 5PM C ST by email in PDF format only to Project Manager Caroline Stahala at cstahala@audubon .org Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location than the address above, will not be considered. An optional pre bid meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2018 Please email Project Manager Caroline Stahala for details. The St. George Island Causeway is owned by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. It is a designated Critical Wildlife Area by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and is closed to access between March 1 and October 1 each year. While this meeting is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged to see the project site. Transportation by boat to the causeway will be provided for the pre-bid meeting. Audubon Florida reserves the right to waive any and all bids based on past performance. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are encouraged to apply. Only responsive bids that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by Audubon Florida will be considered. For a copy of the bid packet, email cstahala @audubon.org Pub: March 8, 2018 19522TNOTICE OF PUBLIC SALEFORGOTTEN COAST TOWING & ROAD SERVICE, LLC gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicleson 03/21/2018 10:00 am at 3 PINE DR APALACHICOLA, FL 323201224, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. FORGOTTEN COAST TOWING & ROAD SERVICE, LLC reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1998 Dodge 1B7HC13Y8WJ156193 2005 Ford 1FTRF12235KF09604 Pub: March 8, 2018 19548T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-000013-CP Division: Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF Bradley Thomas Nelson Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Bradley Thomas Nelson, deceased, whose date of death was December 23rd, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Franklin County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 8, 2018. Personal Representative: Chala D. 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** A16 Thursday, March 8, 2018 | The TimesLanden Millender, a freshman, was among those students in the Creative Photography course whoeach created a collograph print from a photo taken on campus. Students cut their photo into abstract shapes and used the pieces to create a collage with materials of various textures. The material was glued onto the Âprinting plate,ÂŽ an 8-inch by 10-inchpiece of plexiglass, and then sprayed with varnish. The printing plate was painted with acrylics and paper was then pressed onto the surface to produce a print. Students also used a small etching press to run their plate through to get a print.Landen used felt fabric, plastic grid, and cloth fabric scraps for his collograph plate, which he entitled Sporktacular. ÂI like the creative element in this photography class,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe work on projects that encourage individual creativity and personal style.ÂŽLanden Millender Farmers Market at Mill Pond SaturdayCÂmon down this Saturday, March 10 to the Apalachicola Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the Mill Pond Pavilion, along the working harbor of Scipio Creek. YouÂll find a bounty of regional pro-duce, fresh-from-the-oven breads and other baked good-ies, Apalachicola eggs, tupelo honey and fresh seafood. ItÂs a community gathering featur-ing local artists and musicians, where youÂll also find your friends and neighbors, rain or shine, year-round. SchoolsÂ open enrollment ends March 16The Franklin County School DistrictÂs controlled open enrollment for public school parental choice runs through Friday, March 16.Registration information is available on the Franklin County School District website www.franklincountyschools.org for the open enrollment period for school year 2018-19.Or visit the district offices at 85 School Road, Eastpoin. The registration window opened March 1, and will run through March 16. No appli-cations will be accepted after March 16.Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.Contact Sue Summers at 670-2810 ext. 4109 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Counting down to Plein AirForgotten Coast en Plein Air kicks off with an event for potential volunteers on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. The public is cordially invited to come and learn what is new with Forgotten Coast en Plein Air this year and about 2018 volunteer opportunities. Stay afterward and enjoy good food, great conversation, and view the Our Stories exhibit still showing at The Joe.Forgotten Coast en Plein Air will be held from May 4 to 13 along the Forgotten Coast, from Carrabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island, and Apala-chicola, to Indian Pass, Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. Most events are free and open to the public throughout the 10-day event. To learn more, please visit www.forgottencoastenplein-air.org. Wandering Star quilters host show March 24The Lanark Village Wander-ing Star Quilt Guild will host its Quilt Show on Saturday, March 24 at Chillas Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tickets are now available for the quilt raffle at $1 each, or six for $5, with the drawing to be held at 2:30 p.m. on March 24.Browse through plenty of handmade, antique, and boutique items, and enjoy a wrapped chicken lunch. Apalachicola airport hosts March 24 ÂWheels and WingsÂŽEnjoy Apalachicola Wings and Wheels Aviation Day, on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Apala-chicola Regional Airport.There will be free airplane rides for ages 8 to 17, along with a chance to check out a UH-1 ÂHueyÂŽ helicopter, a Coast Guard helicopter, military aircraft, a Yak 52, an AT-11 prop plane, and a P5-1D, which you can win a ride in!ThereÂll be bounce houses, a paper airplane contest, car show, live music, and food. The event is brought to you by the Tourist Development Council, and is run by Centric Aviation.For more information, call (850) 290-8282. Pre-K registration April 11Registration for the 2018-19 pre-Kindergarten program at Franklin County School will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the districtÂs school board offices, 85 School Road, Eastpoint. You must bring the follow-ing documents to complete the registration Â„ birth certificate, proof of residency, current shot record, VPK (Voluntary Pre-K) certificate and current physical exam.NEWS BRIEFS SEAHAWK ARTISTRY