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** Volume 132 Number 48 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ...............A4-A5 Society .......................A8 Faith ........................A9 Outdoors ..................A10 Sports.......................A11 Classified ..................A15 SEAHAWKS MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONS! A11 A2County can now issue drivers licensesA5A look at Franklin County a century ago Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ApalachTimes facebook.com/Apalachitimes50 ¢ apalachtimes.com CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER By Lloyd DunkelbergerThe News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new legal challenges involving the decades-old water war between the states.Those were the observations of five legal experts who onMarch 15addressed a conference at Florida State University on the Apalachic-ola River and Apalachicola Bay system. The conference was put together by the Florida Conservation Coalition, a group headed by former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham. The U.S. Supreme Court in January heard oral arguments in Floridas challenge to a special masters report that found Florida had not proved its case that a water-usage cap should be imposed on Georgia to help the river and Apalachicola Bay. Georgia has asked the nations highest court to uphold the report, arguing that a consumption cap would damage Georgias economy and agriculture industry.Florida has asked for the case to be sent back to the court-appointed special master for more hearings on a plan for an equitableŽ distribution of water in the Apalachicola-Chatta-hoochee-Flint river basin.Although the lawyers on Thursdays panel and Florida Water war likely to keep roilingTaking in last weeks The Endangered Apalachicola A National River ConferenceŽ at Florida State University are, from left, Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola City Commissioner Anita Grove, former Florida Governor Bob Graham and Franklin County Commission Chair Smokey Parrish. [CONNIE BERSOK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] See WATER, A14Who spoke for usExperts from around the region and the nation took part in last weeks The Endangered Apalachicola-A National River ConferenceŽ at FSU. Among those directly involved in Franklin County who were on panels were: € Jim Estes, from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, who moderated a session on oyster management. Participants included Kal Knickerbocker, from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services; Steve Rash, owner of Water Street Seafood; and Shannon Harts“ eld, from the Seafood Workers Association and Seafood Management Assistance Resource Recovery Team. € A session on What do We Know About the Conditions of the Apalachicola and its Communities?Ž featured Dr. Felicia Coleman, director of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab; and Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper. € A session on The Paths to Recovery Strengthening and Diversifying the Economy of the ApalachicolaŽ featured Franklin County Commission Chair Joseph SmokeyŽ Parrish. € A session on Approaches to a Planning for Comprehensive Apalachicola Recovery and Management CoordinationŽ featured Dr. Skip Livingston, from Florida State University, as well as Estes and Rash. By David AdlersteinThe Apalachicola Times dadlerstein@starfl.com 850-653-8894Just as wildflowers pop up in the spring, so too are election signs beginning to heavily dot the landscape.Plenty of changes have taken place in the emerging lineup, and anyone who has taken in an event recently where crowds gather knows theres plenty of office seekers walking the walk of promoting their candidacies.As of Tuesday, March 20, the countys supervisor of elections office had 4,125 registered Democrats, 2,466 Republicans, and 1,082 others, either members of a smaller party or without party affiliation, for a total of 7,673 voters eligible to cast ballots in the next election, the Aug. 28 primary.Since three non-par-tisan school board seats are expected to be on the ballot, nearly all county voters will have a reason to go to the polls. The deadline for registering for that election is July 28.While none of the candidates who have stepped forward so far are guaranteed a place on the ballot, they are likely to secure that during the official quali-fying period, the week of June 18 to 22.But up until then, nothing is written in stone, so to speak, and already at least one candidate who earlier secured a letter of intent has decided to take a dif-ferent route to the office he seeks.Initially planning to run without party affiliation, which would have secured him a berth in the Nov. 6 general election for tax collector, Jamie Crum, 50, of Eastpoint, has decided to run as a Republican in the Aug. 28 primary. Hell square off against the incumbent, Rick Watson, 70, of St. George Island, who was appointed in April by Gov. Rick Scott to suc-ceed Jimmy Harris.On the Democratic side, Tammie Lynn Ray-Hutchinson, 49, of Apalachicola, is run-ning against Teresa Ann Candidates stepping into the ringSee ELECTION, A7By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times dadlerstein@starfl.com 850-653-8894It was the biggest purse ever in the 17 years since the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department began their annual rib cookoff.A check for $1,000 would go to the winner and $750 to the runner-up, and $500 to third place on Saturday, after the competition ended at Vrooman Park.Twenty-two teams took part, a record number, and the day was no doubt helped by the number of political candidates who wanted to be seen wearing their favorite t-shirts, either by cooking, or by volunteering serving up the ribs and chicken at the fire house.The winner, as it turned out, was a team from RIB COOKOFFMike McPherson, head of Kicking Ash II, from Leesburg, Georgia, holds up the winning check. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] Record eld rubs em rightSee COOKOFF, A7Carrabelle Culture Crawl SaturdayThe Carrabelle Culture Crawl is a cel-ebration of amazing art, music, history, food, and fun in the heart of downtown Carrabelle this Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This cultural event is a multi-venue showcase that will take place at over a dozen unique galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, and spaces. This wonderful community event, sponsored in part by the Carrabelle History Museum, City of Carrabelle Community Redevelopment Agency, Coastal Realty Group, Carrabelle and Tourist Development Council, is free and open to the public. Arbor Day Saturday morningThe Apalachicola Tree Committee presents Arbor Day Celebration this Sat-urday, March 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Apalachicola Farmers Market at the Scipio Creek Boat Basin. Learn about Bay-Friendly Landscaping, and add your special tree to a city wide map.Help plant the Arbor Day Tree. For more information call 6707708 or email Anita.Grove @dep.state.fl.us Easter egg hunts March 31All children living in Apalachicola, between the ages of 2 and 12, are invited to hunt for 3,000 candy-stuffed eggs during the Apalachicola Commu-nity Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning, March 31, on the grounds of the Orman House and Chapman Botanical Gardens on Market Street. The excitement will get underway promptly at 9:30 a.m., with children divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area. Within each hunt area there will be hundreds of hidden eggs filled with candy and one special golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket.In the afternoon, beginning at noon, the Franklin County Sher-iffs Offices annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at the sheriffs office, 270 State Road 65. All kids are invited to come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of egg hunting, with lots of prizes to be given out.OUT TO SEE

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** A2 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Times LAW ENFORCEMENTThe following report is pro-vided by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Arrests listed were made by officers from the Apalachicola Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. All defendants are to be con-sidered innocent until p roven guilty in a court of law. March 13Anthony Wayne Niederholtmeyer, 40, Sumatra, battery; released on own recognizance (FCSO)Nathan Daniel Jones, 32, Apalachicola, grand theft more than $10,000 and less than $20,000; released on own recognizance (FCSO) March 14Olivia DeLong, 34, Wewahitchka, DUI, first offense; $500 bond (APA)James Devin Trawick, 19, Carrabelle, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, violation of probation; no bond (FCSO)William Guy Shiver, 42, Eastpoint, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug para-phernalia; released on own recognizance (FWC)Ruby Jane Wells, 40, homeless, Eastpoint, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia; $6,000 bond (FWC)Christopher Joseph Coutts, 44, Tallahassee, criminal mischief, property damage under $200; $500 bond (FCSO) March 16Kevin Reid Ragsdale, 18, Tallahassee, possession of liquor by person under age 21 … first offense, posses-sion of counterfeit drivers license or identification card, resisting officer without violence; $1,750 bond (FCSO)Kayla Renae Langley, 33, Eastpoint, battery; $1,000 bond (FCSO)Jennifer Lee McCollum, 42, Apalachicola, reckless driving first offense; $500 bond (FCSO)Lonnie Jason Amison, 42, Port St. Joe; DUI … first offense, resisting officer with violence; $1,500 bond (FCSO)Joshua Dwight Polous, 29, Eastpoint, attaching license plate to vehicle not assigned; $500 bond (FCSO) March 17Ruby Aline Murray, 48, Eastpoint, driving while licenses suspended or revoked … habitual offender, possession of drug paraphernalia; $2,000 bond (FCSO)Chantelle Merissa Lucas, 25, Carrabelle, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence, battery, knowingly giving false information to a law enforcement officer; $4,500 bond (FCSO) March 18Vincent Lee Litton, 26, Carrabelle, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams; $500 bond (FCSO)ARREST REPORTThis chart shows arrests by race for felonies and misdemeanors, in Franklin County for the “ rst two months of 2018. About 95 percent of the 76 arrests were of whites, 4 percent were of blacks, and 1 percent of Hispanics. [ COURTESY OF FCSO ] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times dadlerstein@starfl.com 850-653-8894For the first time since the state-run drivers license office near Carrabelle was shut down nearly two decades ago, driver licenses are beingoffered in the county.Franklin County Tax Collector Richard Watson began the service Monday, with LindaThompson, of Apalachicola, the first to receive one.Residents can apply for an original driver license, and renew or reinstate a license. Other services include registering to vote and becoming an organ donor.Driving tests will be administered by appointment only so please call 653-9323 to schedule a test.Watson said those 10-minute tests, which include about 10 maneu-vers, will be conducted on the road where Water Street curves at the base of the Gorrie Bridge.He said 11 Franklin County High School stu-dents, who have taken the course online, will be among the first to be tested.Last year, a total of 2,426 Franklin County residents had to travel out-of-county for driver licenses, with over 80 percent of these trans-actions were in adjacent Gulf and Wakulla counties.Watson said the new service will be handled by clerks Marzetta Davis, and Cierra Hires, with all the front line clerks ultimately being trained.He said the state covered the outlay of $25,000 that was needed to create the new service, and that it will require no increase in the tax collectors offices annual budget.As per state statute, the licensing service yields the tax collectors office $6.25 per transac-tion, which costs usually about $54.I think it is a great convenience to drivers,Ž said Watson. Im glad were able to do it.ŽHe said he estimates the new service will mean roughly 200 transactions a month, or about 10 per day.Franklin becomes one of the last Florida coun-ties to secure a licensing facility, with only about one or two remaining that lack one.From now on, the people of Franklin County can handle any issues with driver licenses in their home county„no outside travel required.Drivers licenses now available in countyTax Collector Rick Watson stands with Linda Thompson, who was the “ rst person on Monday to renew her drivers license. Dana Allen, back right. was the second. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] Apalachicolas Easter Egg Hunt March 31All children living in Apalachicola, between the ages of 2 and 12, are invited to hunt for 3,000 candy-stuffed eggs during the Apalachicola Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning, March 31. The event will be held on the grounds of the Orman House and Chapman Botanical Gardens on Market Street in Apalachicola.The excitement will get underway promptly at 9:30 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area. Mayor Van Johnson will blow the whistle to signal the start of the hunt around 9:45 a.m. Within each hunt area there will be hun-dreds of hidden eggs filled with candy and one spe-cial golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket.Each child will also get a raffle ticket for drawings after the hunt, with five chances to win. Being given away are three new bicy-cles donated by Tabernacle of Faith and two Easter gift baskets donated by Dollar General. In addition, Bring Me a Book Franklin volun-teers will give each child a free age-appropriate book.Apalachicola Main Street, Patrons of Apalachicola Library Society, Inc., and Bring Me a Book Franklin are co-hosting the event, with more than 40 volunteers working to make the event possible. This is the second year for the Community Easter Egg Hunt, and plans are to continue having this as an annual tradition for the town.Children should bring their own baskets, buckets, or bags for the eggs they find. There will be bags available to anyone who forgets. Sheriff hosts afternoon egg hunt March 31The Franklin County Sheriffs Office is ready to hide eggs! The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at noon on Saturday, March 31 at the sheriffs office, 270 State Road 65. All kids are invited to come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of egg hunting, with lots of prizes to be given out. The sheriffs office will be grilling hot dogs for the occasion to please come out and join in the annual egg hunt. Vietnam veterans to be honored April 7Across the nation, Americans are uniting to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice! When our vets came home they were not thanked or honored in a parade, but were actu-ally treated badly in many cases. Now is the time to do something about this. It is estimated that we are losing as many as 382 Viet-nam veterans every day.Willoughby Marshall American Legion Post 106 is having a welcome home and pinning ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Veterans Memorial Plaza on Market Street in Apalachicola, to thank and honor veterans of the war. All U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 will receive a Vietnam lapel pin and a personal Thank YouŽ. We are, also, remembering personnel who were POW/MIAs with a Missing Man table.NEWS BRIEFS

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** The Times | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A3 Special to the TimesOn February 22, Franklin County 4-H members, parents, and UF IFAS Franklin County director and office manager joined over 800 of Floridas 200,000 4-H members in Tallahassee for the annual 4-H Day at the Capitol. The purpose of the visit was to give 4-Hers and their families the opportunity to educate members of the Florida Legislature about the effect 4-H participation has on the lives of Floridians, with particular emphasis on the impact of the 4-H and families in the areas of healthy living and nutrition as well as workforce preparation through 4-H programs. For example, in the past five years, over half a million Florida youth have participated in some form of obesity prevention, nutrition education program, or vegetable garden project. In Franklin County, examples of these programs include a school garden at Franklin County High School and the Family Nutrition Program taught by Mrs. Kayle Mears, program assistant, in all Franklin County schools 4-H faculty members have provided age-appropriate, learn-by-doing educational opportunities and workforce preparedness programs for thousands of Florida youth. In Franklin, students have the opportunity to participate in the Tropicana Public Speaking Speech Competition, 4H Chick-Chain, attend Leadership Camps, make friends at Teen Retreat, become District III board members, Learn about Government and Legislature at the State Capitol, attend 4H Day at the Capitol and 4H Legislature in Tallahassee, become camp counselors, attend 4H University at the University of Florida, and become judges at the North Florida Fair. The Franklin County delegation began their day in the Capitol courtyard with hundreds of 4-H families from all over Florida. 4-H State legislators Matt Caldwell and Denise Grimsley greeted the assembled group, addressing a sea of people clad in 4-H green with our members starting the masses off in singing, cheering and dancing. The children then gathered on the steps of the historic Old Capitol building to take a group photo before dispersing to meet with legislators and tours that included the R.A. Gray Museum of Florida History, the Governors Mansion, the Old Capitol, and the IMAX Theater on Kleman Plaza. Franklin students enjoyed spending time walking through Florida history in the R.A. Gray Museum and touring the 22nd floor of the State Capitol with its panoramic views. Students marveled over the sweeping vista and identified familiar landmarks from the vantage point of their birds eye view. Thanks to the hospitality of the Florida House of Representatives sergeants office and the organizational skills of Wakullas 4-H Club Leader Becton Roddenberry, 4-H members from Wakulla and Franklin counties were able to spend an hour sitting in legislators seats on the House Chamber floor. The students learned about the legislative process with emphasis on how a bill becomes a law followed by an interactive mock session. A lively debate on how to provide services to Floridas homeless population followed while the 4-H students learned how difficult it is to gather the votes needed to pass legislation that ultimately becomes state law. After exiting the House Chamber, the combined Wakulla and Franklin 4-H delegation happened upon U.S. Senator Bill Nelson answering questions during an impromptu press conference. Nelson greeted 4-Hers and posed for a photo. The day concluded with a history-focused scavenger hunt in the Old Capitol museum where students competed against one another to find the most answers in the shortest time possible about Floridas early government leaders. County 4Hers rally in TallyU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson poses with Wakulla and Franklin 4-Hers. [ MISCHA SCHLEYPEN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS] Siblings Allison Register and Adrian Pruett, right, take a seat in the Florida House. Local 4-Hers hold a mock session inside the Florida House.

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** A4 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The TimesUSPS 027-600 Published every Thursday at 129 Commerce St. Apalachicola, FL 32329 Postmaster: Send address change to The Apalachicola Times P.O. Box 820 Apalachicola, FL 32329 Phone: 850-653-8868 Periodical rate postage paid at: Apalachicola, FL 32329 Weekly Publishing Circulation: 1-850-522-5197 Formerly The Apalachicola Times SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 year: $24.15 $34.65 6 months: $15.75 $31.00 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such ads. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. PUBLISHER Tim Thompson EDITOR Tim Croft OPINION You cant let down your guard when theres so much at stake.Ž„ From Still Learning How to FlyŽ as performed by Rodney CrowellRecently I read an economic piece comparing investors to people who study outdoor conditions. The gist? There are weather people and there are climatologists, and when it comes to markets, we should strive to be the latter. This means that how markets perform daily (weather) should largely be discounted. Our main focus should be on longer term (climatology) market trends. So what is this late stage bull market, now over nine years old, likely to do by the end of this year? We think markets are entering what well call a cautionary growth stage.Ž The recent correction returned a sense of balance to share prices that may have grown, during the last calendar year, at an exaggerated pace in relation to their actual worth. Markets can get temporarily overheated. But in addition to the fact that the tax cuts may have been priced in twiceŽ by investors, there are other reasons to be cautious. One is a potential slowdown in share buybacks. Simply stated, buybacks mean that companies have used profits and in many cases, borrowed cash (thanks to low interest rates) to purchase more of their own shares. Essentially, it has not only been the action of individual investors which have caused share values to soar; instead, markets have often been influenced by the companies themselves buying their own stock. When share buybacks slow, the bull market will inevitably lose some of its steam. Several factors could cause companies to slow the buyback process. Corporate profits may decline as wage growth accelerates. When companies are forced to pay higher employee salaries, they have less cash available to purchase shares. Rising interest rates may also be problematic. We may see as many as four rate hikes this year. When it becomes more expensive for a company to go into debt, they tend to borrow less. Fewer stock buybacks are executed, leaving individual investors to drive the market. Spiraling corporate debt, much of it actually accumulated to execute these aforementioned buybacks, may also slow market growth, as corporations use their cash to pay down debt. Corporate debt is at its highest level since 2009. If a significant economic downturn does occur, a huge number of U.S. businesses will be loaded with debt and strapped for cash. Some will fail, causing further economic distress. We dont necessarily see a recession looming, but instead a slowdown in the trend of growth that characterized 2017. The bottom line is that markets have experienced so much expansion since 2009, there isnt that much room left for share values to grow. At least not at an S&P trailing price to earnings multiple of 25. Margaret R. McDowell, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121~www.arborwealth. net), a fee-only 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 OUTLOOKCautious growth, corporate debt and Rodney Crowell Margaret McDowellDaylight saving time began March 11 when 2 a.m. Sunday did not occur. Instead, clocks jumped from 1:59.59 a.m. to 3:00.00 a.m. The idea of daylight saving time causes two problems: € Waking up in darkness. € Having to reset clocks to start daylight saving time in March and to revert to Standard Time in November. I no longer care about waking up in darkness. I rely on my Circadian rhythms to wake me up each morning. That results in my sometimes not waking up until midmorning or later. But what is the point of being retired if one cannot occasionally sleep until midmorning? I do, however, detest having to reset clocks twice a year „ which is why I heartily applaud Floridas Legislature for its brilliant idea. Florida, it decided, should stay on daylight saving time all year around. Hooray! A sensible plan. Now, if only Congress will be sensible. (Quit sniggering; it could happen, couldnt it?) Congress regulates our timekeeping. It is Congress that gave the Lower 48 four time zones. Congress also decided that individual states or localities could choose to stay on Standard Time, thereby creating great confusion for those of us who have to go back and forth between time zones. Folks in and around nearby Mexico Beach deal with the problem every day. The dividing line between Eastern and Central time zones runs northward from Mexico Beach, putting Mexico Beach (mostly) and points west on Central Time, while Port St. Joe, Apalachicola and points eastward are on Eastern Time. My aftermarket GPS gizmo automatically changes the time when we drive to Panama City (Central Time). But the clock in our truck does not automatically change. So as we drive, we confront two different displays as to what time it is. This regularly befuddles me. Are we an hour late for a luncheon appointment? Or will we need to walk around Walmart for an hour to pass the time because we arrived too early? I hate that confusion. I also detest having to reset the clocks inside our vehicles. Resetting the clock inside my wifes Hyundai Elantra is simple. On the dashboard near the clock are two buttons: HŽ and M.Ž Pressing HŽ advances the display for hours. Springtime requires one push. Fall-back time in November requires 11 pushes. Easy. The truck, however, has a whiz-bang mini-TV screen that displays radio, Sirius, backup camera, clock, and, for all I know, Vladimir Putins Russian re-election campaign speeches. I have owned the 2014 Ford F-150 for some months but have not figured out the half of what that screen can show. Actually resetting the clock turned out to be almost as easy as resetting the one in my wifes car. But finding the directions buried deep inside the owners manual was as disorienting as wandering through the trackless swamps of Tates Hell State Forest. I got the trucks clock reset „ by blind luck. I have no idea as to what buttons did the trick when I pushed them. In November, I intend to synchronize a future service call with the fall-back to Standard Time so the dealer can do the deed, sparing me the anguish. Florida might spare us the trouble, forever. The Sunshine State wants Congress to OK its staying on daylight saving time all year long. Againƒ hooray! This makes sense even in my home state of Pennsylvania. It should be applauded everywhere in the Lower 48, with the possible exception of California. Why not California? California, of course, howls in protest at anything that is not its own idea. Florida, by contrast, is being sensible about time. If Congress does agree, Florida itself could stay on daylight saving time with minimal disruption. Florida is a peninsula. To its east, south and west, there is mostly water. Only to its north would the change impact border areas of Georgia and Alabama. If Pennsylvania, by itself, tried to stay on daylight saving time all year long, just imagine the outcry from New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and California. Those states border Pennsylvania. THE GOOD LIFEFloridas right, daylight saving time forever!By Caty Greene Special to the TimesThe Apalachicola Area Historical Society (AAHS) is beginning a new Speaker Series, hoping to highlight the wonderful history of this area. Our first speaker, Winston Chester, has authored a fabulous award-winning book on the fishing and boat building families of Bay County. He won the Florida Historical Societys Best Local History Monograph in 2002. We can almost guarantee you will enjoy this delightful and knowledgeable speaker, so please join us this Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Raney Carriage House at 128 Market Street. Chester, among other things, hosts a fishing report on Fox 28 … WPGX which broadcasts to nine Panhandle counties. He will be talking about his process to gather the wonderful photographs memorializing the great families, like the Raffields in his book. He can be found at panhandleoutdoors.net/ or on his YouTube Channel: Panhandle Outdoors, where he posts videos almost every day. He is also a popular speaker at schools and was recently in Franklin County to speak to students. His book hopefully will inform and inspire AAHS members to help to compile the collection of photographs we know are out there in Franklin County. What about the shark tournaments held by the Sportsmans Lodge in the 1970s? Michael Allen of Oyster Radio says his family has lots of them. Plans are in the works for the AAHS to partner with the new board of the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts, the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library and others to start an electronic archive of images and documents related to our shared history. Our second speaker, on Sunday, April 29, will be David Fowler, whose five-volume set covers Florida-related excerpts from the Niles Weekly Register. Published between 1811 and 1849, this national publication, in its Florida postings cover the birth of this state, with thousands of articles, letters, narratives, anecdotes and personal exposes. Fowlers website is www.nilesflorida.com His interests include many early Florida-related subjects, like the journal of Andrew Elliott (available on archive. org) which provides insight into the creation of the boundary between the United States and Spanish Florida. The Ellicott Stone,Ž one of the last remaining of many markers, is a National Register of Historic Places site in Mobile, Alabama. Fowler also writes on the history of the Fort Mims Massacre of 1813, a precursor to the first Seminole War. The Historical Society, during the course of this year, hopes to bring interested individuals together to celebrate our heritage. Our third speaker, in May, is likely to be Kent Thompson, a tireless researcher and prolific author. More about this in a future article. Dont forget the AAHS puts on the Spring Ghost Walk at the Chestnut Street Cemetery, the same Saturday as Trinity Episcopal Churchs Tour of Homes. Would you like to be a character? Contact Dolores at Doloress Sweet Shoppe and bring your family on Saturday, May 5. Caty Greene is vice-president of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society.PRESERVING HISTORYNew speaker series debuts SundayThe cover of Full Box,Ž by Winston Chester D e n n y B o n a v i t a Denny Bonavita See BONAVITA, A5Chester

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** The Times | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A5Are you guided by gut feelings? A Florida State University neuroscientist concludes you are, if not by choice then perhaps subconsciously. Research by psychology professor Linda Rinaman finds gut-to-brain signals are a powerful influence on emotions, mood and decisions „ typically by prompting you to avoid certain situations. The paper, published in Physiology and co-authored by James Maniscalco, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, advances scientists understanding of how the gut-tobrain circuit operates. We are excited about the animal research reviewed here, including our own work, because it potentially translates to humans,Ž Rinaman said. We know the gut-brain pathways are very similar across mammalian species „ from mouse to human. We expect these lines of research will help us better understand how gastrointestinal functions contribute to both normal and disordered mental function.Ž Rinaman said the gut and brain are constantly talking to each other via the vagus nerve. Its a sprawling two-way network connecting the brain to the gastrointestinal tract, which has an enormous surface area and a lot of sensors.Ž The GI tract is more than 100 times larger than the surface of the skin, and it sends more signals to the brain than any other organ system in the body. The vagus nerve is known as the wandering nerveŽ because it wanders throughout the chest and abdomen, monitoring and controlling digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, immune function and hormone levels. Its the longest of a dozen cranial nerves and operates as a two-way circuit that carries top-down messages from the brain to the body, as well as bottomup messages commonly described as gut feelings. Those gut-to-brain signals are a powerful influence on emotions and behavior, especially in response to worrisome or threatening stimuli and events. The nerve is part of an elaborate protective system that helps shape decisions, typically by prompting us to slow down and evaluate a situation, or avoid it altogether. Vagal feedback signals are very protective and encourage caution,Ž Rinaman said. Scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests a poor diet can cause those protective, cautionary signals to get out of whack, leading to altered mood and behavior. For example, Rinaman said, a high-fat diet can promote a low-grade inflammatory response in the GI tract, changing vagal signals and possibly exacerbating symptoms of anxiety, depression or other disturbed mental states. Rinaman said the types of bacteria within your gut are shaped by your diet, and those bacteria can affect your emotional and cognitive state. Evidence shows that modifying the diet, perhaps by consuming probiotics, can impact your mood and behavioral state. Thats very clear in animal and human studies,Ž Rinaman said. But how does that work? Does it involve the microbiome that you feed in your gut and how those bacteria send signals back to the brain through the vagus nerve? That area of research has exploded in the last few years and, currently, there are many more questions than answers.Ž Its also unclear why a treatment using electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve helps alleviate clinical depression. Approved for patients who dont respond well to prescription drugs or other therapies, vagal nerve stimulation changes the signals received by the brain and can have a positive impact. Scientists dont understand how or why it works, but its effectiveness generates more motivation for researchers like Rinaman. The neuroscience of gut feelings has come a long way in my lifetime,Ž Rinaman said, and we are learning more valuable lessons every day.ŽFSU RESEARCHSome gut feelings are a red agPlan would lift EMS out of crisis Franklin County is one of few counties in the state that has hospital-sponsored EMS. Weems Hospital that is now the sponsor of EMS in Franklin County pays our EMS crews $10 to $15 an hour and offers no pension or affordable medical benefits. Because of this, it is next to impossible for our current EMS director to recruit anyone into our countys EMS program and we are losing paramedics and EMTs at an alarming rate. Currently almost half of the shifts within the EMS system in the county are unstaffed, or staffed with folks working 100-hour weeks. Some ambulances are staffed with only EMTs, who are only allowed by law to practice medicine to a certain level, with paramedics beyond that. Last year my wife had a near-fatal hemorrhage; if two EMTs responded she would have been dead. By law they would not have been allowed to administer the drug that saved our life. Our current EMS direc tor, Michael Murphy, has exceptional credentials, sits on numerous boards in the state, has modernized our ambulance fleet and has submitted a grant at the state level for $200,000 for an additional ambulance. Unselfishly putting his job on the line, Michael has approached the county commission asking for help. He proposed that if the county separate the ambulance from Weems and attached it to the sheriffs office, our EMTs and paramedics would have benefits, retirement and pay scale. Structured properly, it wouldnt cost the taxpayers a dime. His proposal was not meant selfishly; it was meant to attract the people he needs back to the county so we are fully staffed. (Michael wants to save lives) Further he also wants to start an EMT training program locally so he can train and recruit employees and create jobs from within the county. Kudos to our hometown hero,Steve Kirschenbaum EastpointLETTER TO THE EDITOR L i n d a R i n a m a n Linda Rinaman Their border-area residents would face the same agony as Apalach residents face when driving west of Mexico Beach. I think Florida has a good idea: Stay on Daylight Saving Time all year long. Let's make that good idea even better: Have the entire Lower 48 stay on Daylight Saving Time all year long. Staying on Daylight Saving Time would brighten the supper hour and give us more useable beach time. There is also a cost savings on electricity use for lighting. Much of the opposition to Daylight Saving Time does not come from the time itself. Instead, it is the maddening need to change clocks twice a year that aggravates people. End the angst, I say! Follow Florida! Daylight Saving Time forever! Denny Bonavita is a former editor and publisher at daily and weekly newspapers in western Pennsylvania. He winters in Apalachicola. Email: denny2319@windstream.net BONAVITAFrom Page A4

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** A6 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Times CHASING SHADOWSEditors Note: The following excerpt is from the memoirs of Neel S. Yent, born Oct. 7, 1896 near Whiskey George. Yent recorded his life memories at the request of his children and grandchildren.Our Chasing Shadows question for this week: What Ethel Barrymore film is likely described in this story? If you can answer, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at antbetty@excite.com. A Di erent WorldThe journey to Jacksonville was by boat (The Crescent City) from Apalachicola to Carrabelle, then to Jacksonville by train. On the morning for my departure everyone was up early as I had to be aboard the Crescent City by 7:15. Before boarding, the good-byesŽ at dockside were somewhat emotional and standing on the upper deck as the boat sidled away from the dock I could see Mama dabbling her eyes with her handkerchief. My visit with Captain Andy Wing in the pilot house listening to his kind words of encouragement helped somewhat to relieve my mental trauma of leaving home. The day after I arrived in Jacksonville and after having been instructed by my sister how to get to town and back home by street car, I started to hunt a job, hopefully in an automobile repair shop. I got off the street car at Bay and Main Streets. I didnt know the location of any repair shops but surmised that the most likely place for one would be on Main Street so I began walking north on Main Street. Believe me that first step I took in that direction that day I know I was directed by the Hand of God for at the corner of Main and Beaver Streets stood the garage I had hoped to find. I went in and introduced myself to the owner, Mr. Rollison and asked him for a job. He hired me as a mechanics helper at nine dollars a week, six days per week. I was introduced to the shop foreman, Bill Jones. Little did I know that I had met the man who would be solely responsible for launching me into a successful, lifetime, business career. I was highly elated at having found a job at the first stop,Ž and the nine dollars a week was divided three ways … three to sister Lena for room and board, three to apply as payment on the bank note and three for my incidentals and out of my share I did save enough to buy a second-hand, double-breasted brown suit from Old Abe Abronovitz who had a second hand store next to the garage. Bill Jones was the most skillful mechanic I have ever known and he soon took quite an interest in me because often hed work until midnight (there was no 40-hour week nor overtime then) and I would stay and help him for I was learning fast by his tutelage. There were several customers who wouldnt let anyone but Bill Jones work on their cars. Mr. George Moredock, District Manager for International Harvester Company, who owned a Cadillac, was one of them. I shall divert here, because I want to tell about the most stupid thing Ive ever done that could have gotten me fired and this through uncontrolled curiosity. One morning as I got off the street car a crowd of about 100 people came running by headed for the ferry at the foot of Main Street. Without asking any questions, and to this day I dont know why, I joined the crowd. We boarded the ferry and headed down the river. I was then told that we were a group of extras to be involved in making a movie they were filming out in the woods. I was bewildered but there was no turning back for me. When we landed the director explained the plot and what we were to do. I think whoever wrote the thing must have just recovered from an orgy. THE PLOT: Ethel Barrymore was then one of Americas leading actresses. She was in love with this gypsy character who her father resented, so they were going to elope on horseback. We were instructed to each get a stick and at a signal the mob was to start running after the gypsy who was riding a horse. Can you imagine how fast a horse can run when he sees a mob coming after him, each with a stick in his hand? Anyway, after running a marathon all day the plot ended as they all usually do. The lovers won out and with Ethel in the saddle and her gypsy mounted behind her …on the same horsethey rode off into the sunset. When we returned by ferry we peons were instructed where to go to collect our days pay. I had great expectations for a sizeable stipend for Id heard that people in the movie business were well paid. I was almost thrown into a complete molt, however, when I presented my ticket at the pay window and was given a one dollar bill. This for running all day with a piece of pine limb in my hand trying to catch a horse. This episode did provide me with a valuable lesson that Ive retained through my years: Never succumb to morbid curiosity. I dreaded facing my boss the next morning for fear of being fired, but when I told him about the episode and when he ceased laughing he told me: Now let this be a good lesson for you. Get back there and get to work.Ž1917: A DIFFERENT WORLDEthel Barrymore, [BURR MCINTOSH | LIBRARY OF CONGRESS] The Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia train approaches Tallahassee en route from Carrabelle to Jacksonville. [STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA] The Crescent City steamer leaving for Apalachicola at the terminus of the C. T. & O. Railroad at Carrabelle. [STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA] Men changing a tire in Jacksonville circa 1915. [STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA] A Jacksonville streetcar circa 1915. [STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA]

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** The Times | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A7Martin, 53, of Apalachic-ola. Connie Polous, 54, of Eastpoint, is running without party affiliation, so it will be at least a three-person race in November.Because election law stipulates that no individ-ual who holds an elected county post can run for a second elected county office, Martin stepped down from her school board seat, effective Jan. 31.According to Jennifer Boone, chief deputy at the supervisor of elections office, Supervisor of Elections Heather Riley has told staff to to take candidates names for a school board election in August to replace Martin. Already, one candidate, Fonda D. Davis, Sr., 50, of Apalachicola, has stepped forward to announce his candidacy for the non-partisan seat, whose term would expire in 2020.According to Lauren Schenone, the governors press secretary, Scott is now taking names for a possible appointment, which would be in place at least until the August election.This seat is open for application and anyone is welcome to apply,Ž said Schenone.. For more information, visit www.flgov.com/appointmentsBoone said the supervisor of elections is not certain whether Scott will make an appoint-ment ahead of the August election, or forego it alto-gether. Schenone had no comment. The other new addition to the school board races are incumbent Pamela Marshall, 59, of Carra-belle, who has announced she will seek reelection to her District 2 seat.In District 4, incumbent Stacy Kirvin. 55, of Apala-chicola, has signaled his intent to seek reelection. He is facing a challenge from Christy Joy Thomp-son, 40, of Apalachicola.In the races for county commissioner, incumbent Joseph Parrish, 56, of Apalachicola, plans to seek reelection, as a Democrat. to the District 4 post.In the race to succeed longtime incumbent Cheryl Sanders, who announced in January she did not plan to seek reelection to the seat she has held since 1998, Bert B. Boldt, II, 72, of Alligator Point, has filed his intent to seek the Republican nomina-tion for District 2 county commissioner. No Democrats have yet emerged.The race to replace retiring County Judge Van Russell has been well underway for several months, with two high profile Apalachicola attorneys campaigning for several months for the non-partisan seat.Both Barbara Sanders, 63, of St. George Island, and Jay Gordon Shuler, 56, have both filed notices of intent to run for the non-partisan office, and have each established a politi-cal action committee.A third candidate, Roseanna Bronhard, 52, of Crawfordville, has filed her intent to run as well. While she currently does not reside in the county, election law stipulates only that an individual must reside in the county at the time he or she assumes office. ELECTIONFrom Page A1 Leesburg, Georgia, Kick-ing Ash II, who came down in part because Mickey Newman, stepdad of the team leader, Mike McPherson, has a house on St. George Island.The team finished fifth last year here in Eastpoint, but after refining their skills around Leesburg, they were ready for their sixth ever competition.Self-taught, largely from YouTube videos, McPherson said he knew not to rely entirely on what his family likes, but to provide the type of bite and firm texture that judges love.After three hours unwrapped, cooked by oak in the grill, a simple contraption made by two propane tanks welded together, they would then wrap the ribs and cook them two more hours, McPherson and his Lees-burg teammates, Steve Edwards and Ed Creamer, then put the ribs in a cooler to let them rest.Ž Later, they would add a glaze, and let it set with another brief round in the cooker.Its tender, but stays on the bone,Ž he said. The difference is in the rub.ŽIm really happy we could help the fire depart-ment,Ž McPherson said. Winning is always better than losing.ŽJust two points behind, on the combined scorecards of the 10 Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judges, was Richard Wade, representing Big Top, and a frequent winner in past competitions.He doesnt use a stick burner, he uses cherry and pecan pellets, which he said gives him better control over temperature. He cooks for four hours, then adds seven layers of rubs, and finishes off with a butter, honey and brown sugar glazeI prefer the trophy over the money,Ž he said. The money, its a bonus.ŽJust one point behind him, for third place was Joel Norred and his Pogy Road Porkers. Because Wade won out, the two men will use his recipe when they go down as part of the Pogy Road Teamto the upcoming Rib Rodeo in Kissimmee.Im glad I placed,Ž said Norred, who cooked alongside Geoffrey Lentz, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. There were a lot of good teams I cooked against.ŽFinishing one more point behind, with an Honorable Mention, and $250, were Pit Boys Smoking BBQ, from Lynn Haven, which also won for Best Rig. The Peoples Choice award went to Bay Shore Porkers, Ira Kellys team from the Bay Shore Trailer Park in Eastpoint.Fire Chief George Pruett said the department hopes to continue offering top-tier prize money in the years ahead.I think its going to be an everyday thing as long as we can enjoy the level of corporate support,Ž he said We doubled it this year and I hope to increase that. We were a little more proactive in soliciting this support.ŽHe said even when the entry fee was $50, not $100, the fire depart-ment gave out all the ribs to competitors, as they did this year. The actual rib cookoff has never been a moneymaker,Ž Pruett said, noting that the fundrais-ing comes from sale of shirts, the silent auction, and the sale of rib and chicken dinners and apple dumplings.We sold out of rubs and had a little chicken left,Ž he said, noting that many people just come to get a dinner and leave, not taking in the kids activities or the great music, which this year featured Ronnie Segree and Hobson Fulmer, plus a rock band Despite the Irony, which featured guitarist Chris Hill, drummer Billy Bray, and bass player Gabe Gordon. Plus a late entry, the Flying Fish Band, delighted the crowd with its blend of guitar and harmonica.Pruett said he was delighted at the record number of 22 teams that took part, and the fact that their scores were so close.Im hoping for 30 next year,Ž he said. We filled up three rows and weve got more room in the back lot. COOKOFFFrom Page A1€ Twisted Tail BBQ, Buena Vista, Georgia € Bay Shore Porkers, from Bay Shore Trailer Park, Eastpoint € BBQ Brothers, Timmy and Fred Register, Eastpoint € Living Waters Assembly of God, Scotty Lolley, Eastpoint € Iron Chef Ribs, Josh Pruett, Apalachicola € Uncle Daves Smoke House, Wewahitchka € Eastpoint Beer Company € Piggy Peddlers, Jo Ellen Pearman, St. George Island € Boudreauxs BBQ, Crawfordville € Pit Boys Smoking BBQ, Lynn Haven € Pogy Road Porkers, Joe Norred, Apalachicola € Kickin Ash, 2K Group, Apalachicola € Big Top, Richard Wade, Eastpoint € Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department, Ashley Teat € Barbara Sanders for Judge, St George Island € Crombies Smoke Crew, Bristol € Joined at the Rib, Michelle and Berrt Hicks, St. George Island € Voodoo BBQ, Ty Gillikin, St. George Island € Hardwood Smokes, Tallahassee € Smoking Secrets, Leon County Sheriffs Of“ ce € 10-4, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, John Solomon € Kicking Ash II, Leesburg, Georgia Runner-up Richard Wade, left, and third place Joel Norred will be competing together later this month in Kissimee. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] The Best Rig went to Pit Boys Smoking BBQ, out of Lynn Haven [ LISA MUNSON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Despite the Irony was a big hit on stage. [ LISA MUNSON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Heres who competed

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** A8 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Times SOCIETYSpecial to the TimesThe Carrabelle Culture Crawl, a celebration of amazing art, music, history, food, and fun, will fill the heart of downtown Carrabelle thisSaturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.This cultural event is a multi-venue showcase that will take place at over a dozen unique galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, and spaces.Sponsored in part by the Carrabelle History Museum, City of Carrabelle Community Redevelopment Agency, Coastal Realty Group, Carrabelle, and Franklin County Tourist Development Council, thiscommunity event is free and open to the public.Be on the lookout for the Oysterman, the Forgotten Coast Mermaids and some of your favorite Fishy Fashion characters wandering the streets, representing the spirit of Carrabelle. The Car-rabelle Artist Association will have a display of art from several talented area artists. Visitors will also have an opportunity to lend their talents to the creation of some public art.Music will be heard during the Culture Crawl in various places like country music on the sidewalk at Rio Carrabelle in the afternoon and barbershop singers wandering the streets. Plus get a chance at win-ning some wonderful door prizes just for having fun!Guests may start at any of the participating locations and visit as many as time allows. Event maps showing the official stops will be available and the Gopher Tortoise logo will be dis-played in the windows of participating locations. Complimentary refresh-ments will be available at several venues and visitors have a chance to enter the drawing for some great door prizes.For more information, contact Tamara Allen at the Carrabelle History Museum at 697-2141 or carrabellehistorymuseum@gmail.comCulture Crawl comes to Carrabelle SaturdayCarrabelle Culture Crawl locations include the following places:€ The Belle € Cal Allens Coastal Art Gallery € Carrabelle Artist Association € Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce € Carrabelle Corner € Carrabelle History Museum € Carrabelle Junction € Christies Cottage Living Coastal Realty Group, Carrabelle € Fathom's Steam Room & Raw Bar € Franklin County Public Library, Carrabelle Branch € Lost Treasure Gallery € Lulus Cafe € Marine Street Grill € Martins House of Coins € Old Carrabelle Hotel € Rio Carrabelle € Seacrafter's Emporium € Shop by the Sea € Worlds Smallest Police Station Fun for the kids.... Great street performers..... Lots of characters.... [SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS] Manny Gass, curator of the Camp Gordon John-ston World War II Museum in Carrabelle, stands inin front of the gun cabinet he built for display of Japanese rifles and swords captured in World War II.The swords of war[ BRENDA LA PAZ | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Hello Franklin County! Happy Spring Break! If you still need to file your taxes, there are only three more available weeks to sign-up. AARP Tax Aide representatives are available alternate weeks at the branches on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 12. Next weeks session on March 29 and will be held at the Carrabelle branch. Registration is required. Franklin County libraries will be closed Friday, March 30 as a county holiday. The Carrabelle branch will also be closed Saturday, March 31. With warmer weather comes garden preparation and the anticipation for home-grown peppers. Aprils garden program topic will be Pick-A-Pepper: Production Protocols for the Perfect Capsicum Cultivar.Ž Programs will be held at the Carrabelle branch on Tuesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. and at the Eastpoint branch on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. All garden programs are facilitated by Les Harrison, the Wakulla County extension director. The Basics of Better Living program will be held Friday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carrabelle branch. The topic will be Extreme Recipe Makeover.Ž The program will be held at the Eastpoint Branch on April 20 at 1:30. These programs are facilitated by the county extension office. Free, Friday Movie Night at the Carrabelle Branch, April 20 at 6 p.m. The movie will be Wonder,Ž rated PG. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Computer instruction continues at the Eastpoint branch through March. If you have a specific need with Windows 10, Excel, Facebook or a device there is one-on-one instruction sessions available. Assistance is available on Tuesdays, stating at 10 a.m.. Stop by or call the library to ask questions or sign-up for a session. Teen Book Club for grades 5-12 is held the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Eastpoint branch. Are you a home-schooled student, a teen student, or just a young person who loves to read? Join us to share what you are currently reading, your favorite books and authors. See you April 7. 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 … 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 CORNERGet help with ling your taxes Attorneys' Title Fund Services LLC has announced that Kristy Branch Banks, PA has been named a top con-tributor for Floridas 2nd Judicial Circuit in 2017.The Funds Circuit Top Contributor award recognizes the top three Fund member firms in each of the states 20 judicial circuits in terms of dollar volume of clos-ings, based on policy remittance."With this achievement, Kristy Branch Banks, PA has shown their loyalty and dedi-cation to both The Fund and their clients," said Jimmy R. Jones, The Funds CEO.Each year, The Fund recognizes the top performing member firms in Florida, which stand out by having a healthy practice and honoring The Fund with a large share of their business. It is the support and loyalty of these members that allows The Fund to continue to serve the 2,500-member firms across Florida.Kristy Branch Banks, PA is a law office in Eastpoint practicing primarily in the areas of real property law, real estate title, estate planning and probate. Attorneys' Title Fund Services, LLC sup-ports and promotes the success of attorneys' real estate practices by providing expert underwriting counsel, the best legal education, valuable title information and innovative products and services in keeping with The Funds mission to preserve and facilitate the real estate practices of its members in their protection of the public.For more information, visit www.thefund.comBanks earns award for closingsKristy Branch Banks Enjoy Apalachicola Wings and Wheels Avia-tion Day, this Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Apalachicola Regional Airport.There will be free airplane rides for ages 8 to 17, along with a chance to check out a UH-1 HueyŽ helicopter, a Coast Guard helicopter, military aircraft, a Yak 52, an AT-11 prop plane, and a P5-1D, pictured above, which you can win a ride in!Therell be bounce houses, a paper airplane contest, car show, live music, and food. The event is brought to you by the Tourist Devel-opment Council, and is run by Centric Aviation.For more information, call (850) 290-8282.Airport presents 'Wheels and Wings' Saturday[ JOHN WILHOFF | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]

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** The Times | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A9 FAITHNow if you played your cards right last weekend, you wouldnt have to cook from 11 a.m. Wednesday until Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Last week we enjoyed a Reuben sandwiches and dessert at Chillas Hall. It was well-supported. Bob Dietz told me to thank everybody again for being a part of the day. Thursday of course was our lunch at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, 201 Avenue F in Carrabelle. Friday we had huge hamburgers and Saturday was breakfast at the Lanark Village Boat Club. On Sunday was our monthly covered dish at Chillas Hall and we honored our fearless leader, Dot Bless, for the good job. Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. we had pizza at American Legion Post 82. A round of applause for all our faithful volunteers. As you know we have coffee at Chillas Hall Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Come and join us and on Thursdays its free, and you can visit with Charles Elliott from the veterans service office. The coffee otherwise is 50 cents a mug. Bingo on Monday evening is at the senior citizens center. Early bird at 6 p.m., followed by regular at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your big purse or wallet to take home your winnings. Wednesday evenings at Chillas Hall we have bingo also. Doors open at 6 p.m., with bingo at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and soft drinks are available both evenings. Good luck. This afternoon we will gather at the senior center for lunch and pastry raffle. The menu features Hawaiian chicken, coconut rice, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet dinner rolls. coconut pie or chocolate pie. We will line up Indian style at noon. Be watching for you. Your donation of $6 will be collected at the desk. Friday as you know we have huge hamburgers with chips at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, Your donation of $6 will be taken at the bar along with a chance or two on the pastry raffle to be collected at the door. Pizza pizza is served on Sunday nights at Legion Post 82. By the slice is a donation of $1. A whole pizza to eat in the bar is $8 donation, and pizza on wheels goes for a $10 donation. Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound, and remember, volunteers make it happen. Become one today. Until next time, God bless our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry.LANARK NEWSThanking Dot Bless for a job well done J i m W e l s h Jim Welsh Edward Michaels was inspired to write this poem while walking through the grocery store last week. Aisles and aisles For miles and miles Produce and meats Fish fruits and treats Please turn me loose As free as a goose To roam as I please Selecting morsels with ease Perusing this mart Loading my cart Reading the labels To set future tables The butcher is “ ne His cuts are sublime My taste for the ” esh Makes ” avors all mesh Bulk nuts fruits and beans Fit most peoples means Staying strong keen and healthy No need to be wealthy Sugar and ice cream Feed many a dream But protein and “ ber Grow a kitten into a tiger A good time has past The experience cant last A cashier at the check-out Knows what its all about The receipt rings so true What I bought not for you My desires have been met Perhaps the total will I regret This week I have the means To cook pasta and beans Simmering collards and pork Waiting with spoon and a fork Now that all has been said Time to digest it in bed My belly full and round Will make nary a sound Edward MichaelsTHE POET'S VOICEThe Grocery StoreWilbur Warren Faircloth died Monday, March 19, 2018, at his home in Apalachicola. Warren was born on Jan. 6, 1951 in Apalachicola, the son of the late Wilbur and Dorothy Vause Faircloth. Warren graduated from Apalachicola High School in 1969. Following his graduation he began his career in law enforcement. His 38 years of service concluded with his retirement in 2009. During this time he served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and he served as an Apalachicola police officer. He later served as chief of the Apalachicola Police Department for 26 years. Warren is survived by his wife Annada Shaw Faircloth; his daughter Jessica Lynn Faircloth; and sisters Sandra Scarabin (Stephen) and Carla Watkins (George). Also surviving are his grandsons Dylan Dunaway (Bethany) and Jake Paterson. Survivors also include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 23 at Living Waters Assembly of God Church in Apalachicola. Private family viewing begins at 9 a.m. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. Following a farewell procession through his beloved Apalachicola, Warren will be buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. Flowers are welcome but the family suggests donations in his memory to the Franklin County Humane Society, 244 US Highway 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328; or St. Jude Children's Hospital at P.O. Box 50, Memphis TN 38101. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com. Southerland Family Funeral Home in Panama City is handling arrangements.OBITUARY WILBUR WARREN FAIRCLOTHFrances Weeks Ingram Rowan went to be with the Lord early on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the age of 70 years. Frances, born Sept. 8, 1947, will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bernard, and her children LaDonna (Press Witt) Ingram, Laura Ingram, and Natasha (Scott) Hollis. Frances will also be fondly remembered by her three grandchildren, Peyton, Nick, and Spencer Van Gundy. Born and raised in South Georgia, Frances lived her adult life in Apalachicola and Tallahassee. Frances was very active in her community, where she volunteered for local beauty pageants as well as being the high school cheerleader sponsor. She was an adored member of both Florida communities. Frances enjoyed her career at the Florida Board of Professional Engineers where she retired as license administrator in 2009. She spent her retirement traveling across the country with her beloved husband in their RV. She was also a skilled seamstress and opened her own embroidery business during her retirement. A funeral service in memory of Franceswas held on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Tallahassee. Family received friends starting at 2 p.m. Interment followed at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the Rowan family with their arrangements.OBITUARY FRANCES WEEKS ROWAN Dustin Chandler Shahan, 28, of Carrabelle, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018. He was born July 28, 1989 in Sevierville, Tennessee to Madeline Marie Shahan Nevarez and Carl Gene Shahan. Growing up, Dustin was always a jokester and was known as the life of the party. He had an infectious smile that could brighten your day and he never met a stranger. He had a big heart and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. In his younger days, he enjoyed skateboarding and fishing. He had a love for automotive work regardless of the task at hand. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and being with his daughters. Survivors include his parents, Madeline (John) Nevarez, of Carrabelle, and Carl G. Shahan, of Sevierville, Tennessee; daughters Marleigh Shahan of Carrabelle, and Isabella du Mont of Oakridge, Tennessee; brothers David (Kay Alexander) Swanson, of Columbus, Georgia, Shane (Idabel) Shahan, of Columbus, Georgia, and Casper Shahan of Sevierville, Tennessee; grandmother Sharon Whalen Eaton, of Lanark Village; aunt Shari Teters (Lake Smith), of Carrabelle; cousins Gabriel and Rainey Smith, of Carrabelle; nieces and nephews, Megan Smelcer, Seth Shahan, Austin Soprito, Alina Shahan, Phoenix Swanson, and Carma Swanson; and a host of extended family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray Teters, Iva Reagan, and Lester Reagan. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. The Shahan family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, Columbus, Georgia. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a memory at www. georgiacremation.com.OBITUARY DUSTIN SHAHAN The word of God tells us to pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17. In such a time as this, especially after the school shootings, we need to pray. No prayer, no power; little prayer, little power; much prayer, much power.Lets call on the name of Jesus, the name thats above all names, Jesus is the answer for the world today, above Him there is no other. Jesus is the way. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Don that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.Jesus loves you, students, and so do I. I am praying for you.Theresa McClendonMuch prayer, much powerWandering Star quilters host show SaturdayThe Lanark Village Wandering Star Quilt Guild will host its Quilt Show this Saturday, March 24 at Chillas Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tickets are now avail-able for the quilt raffle at $1 each, or six for $5, with the drawing to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.Browse through plenty of handmade, antique, and boutique items, and enjoy a wrapped chicken lunch. Eastpoint First Baptist hosts Good Friday serviceThe Eastpoint First Baptist Church, 447 Avenue A, will have a service for Good Friday, March 30 at noon. Everyone is welcome. Women-only recovery group now underway Marilyn McCann has started a Celebrate Recovery program, in conjunction with the United Methodist Church of Eastpoint. This is a women-only group that meets Sundays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the church, at 317 Patton Drive. For more information, contact Marilyn at 927-2088 or email celebrate_recovery@ sgiumc.org. FAITH BRIEFS

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** A10 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to timesoutdoors@starfl.comFISHING REPORTState waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1.This regional season, which will remain open through June 30, includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.State waters off these four counties also open to recreational gag har-vest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.The gag grouper season in the remainder of Gulf of Mexico state waters and federal waters is open June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic grouper rules.Gag grouper caught in state Gulf waters (from shore to nine nautical miles out), from April 1 to June 30 off the four-county open region, can be landed on the Gulf County side of Indian Pass and the Dixie County side of the Stein-hatchee River, but may not be taken ashore in other areas if those areas are closed to harvest. For example, a gag grouper caught April 1 in state waters off Jefferson County cannot be taken ashore in Levy County or parts of Dixie County outside of the Steinhatchee River. To see maps of these areas, go to MyFWC.com/Fish-ing and select Saltwater Fishing,Ž Recreational RegulationsŽ and Groupers.ŽThe minimum size limit is 24 inches total length; bag limit is two gag grouper per person. Recreational anglers targeting groupers in the Gulf may harvest no more than four grou-pers per person, per day (within this four-fish limit, anglers may keep only two gag grouper).If you plan to fish for gag grouper in Gulf state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, make sure to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler prior to your fishing trip (annual renewal is required). To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing,Ž Recreational RegulationsŽ and Gulf Reef Fish SurveyŽ under Reef Fish.Ž Sign up today at GoOutdoors-Florida.com.To learn more about grouper regulations, visit MyFWC.com/ Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing,Ž Recreational Regula-tionsŽ and Groupers.ŽGet ready for grouper season opening soonChances of close encounters between Flor-ida manatees and boaters increase in the spring.For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals.Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them,Ž said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program.From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent mana-tees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the sea-sonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate.In Franklin County, theSlow Down Minimum Wake Zone includes all waters lying within the Apalachicola River, from shoreline to shoreline but not including Crooked Channel, from the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge to a line drawn perpendicu-lar to the centerline of the river 1,500 yards generally north of the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge follow-ing the thread of the river.Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal water-crafts can help by:€ Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.€ Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.€ Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water.€ Following posted manatee zones while boating.Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.FWC biologists, manag-ers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to pro-tect this iconic animal. Florida has invested over $2 million annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC works toward continued success for manatees in our state.Manatee zones and maps are available at MyFWC.com/Manatee, where you can select Pro-tection ZonesŽ for links to county maps. Boaters can get tips from A boaters guide to living with Flor-ida ManateesŽ And if you want to see manatees in the wild or captivity, go to Where are Floridas Manatees?ŽTo support the FWCs manatee research, rescue and management efforts, purchase a Save theMa-nateeŽ Florida license plate at BuyaPlate.com, or donate $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to MyFWC.com/ Manatee and clicking on Decals.ŽWatch out for manateesThe Apalachicola Tree Committee will present an Arbor Day cel-ebration Saturday, March 24, at the Apalachicola Farmers Market at Scipio Creek Boat Basin, from 9 to 11 a.mLearn about BayFriendly Landscaping, and the benefits of urban trees. Add your special tree to a citywide map.Mayor Van Johnson will speak, and everyone can help plant the Arbor Day tree.And be sure to shopfor fresh regional produce, homemade bread, and fine art and jewelry, at the Farmers Market, which runs until 1 p.m.For more information call 670-7708 or email Anita.Grove @dep.state.fl.usArbor Day Saturday morning at Mill PondJim Higgins holding a gag grouper while “ shing off the coast of Carrabelle. [ MY FWC | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] A manatee takes a breath in the Sante Fe River. [ MY FWC | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] FISHING REPORTWe had another great week of Spanish Mackeral and Sheepshead this last week. I hope you had a chance to get out on the water and enjoy. Let me lay it out for you. It appears that we have retrained our Sheeps around these parts because live shrimp seems to be the new favorite bait rather than crabs. So if you've gotten to your local bait shop a little late in the morning and not found any live shrimp this is the reason. Bluewater has tried our best to keep a good supply of live shrimp but anglers they go fast on a daily basis so get in early. Now the Mackeral are still being taken on Clark spoon trees and Gotcha Plugs in silver. I know there are many request for the "Coho Killer" and we had a few at Bluewater and they sold out twice. We have them on order so please check back with us for this Mackeral lure. As a reminder the big Bluewater Tent sale is just a few weeks away so save up your spare change and mad money anglers and come on out and “ nd some great deals and just some plain old good fun with your fellow anglers. We the staff are just excited as everyone and can't wait. Until next week, Happy Fishing!

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** The Times | Thursday, March 22, 2018 A11 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times dadlerstein@starfl.com 850-653-8894This year the middle school baseball team finished with a regular season record of 13-3 and a conference record of 8-2.But the biggest prize came last week with a chamption-ship victory over PortSt. JoeThe team, under the coach-ing of Travis Scorza and assistant coach Rakeem Quin, opened the season with a 9-7 win overWakulla, 8-1 and 6-5 wins over Blountstown, a 10-1 victory over Tolar, a a 9-05 defeat ofHosford.The young Seahawks then fell 2-1 toAltha, but bounced back to down them 4-3, and then shut out Tolar 10-0.The team hit a rough patch, with a 1-0 loss toRiv-ersprings, and a 3-2 loss toPort St. Joe, but recovered to secure a 9-5 win overBlountstown, a 3-0 shutout ofHosford, a 10-0 win over Florida High, an 11-1 defeat ofNorth Florida Chris-tian, an 11 win over Tolar and a 6-1 downing ofPort St. Joe.The 8-2 conference record earned the Hawks the number one seed, allowing them tohost the Panhandle Con-ference tournament and take home the title on home turf. The tournament bracket was set up with #1 Franklin playing #4. Hosford; and #2 Port St Joe playing #3 Altha, with the two winners meeting in the championship.In game #1, Hosford led off the game with a one-run first inning.The Seahawksresponded by scor-ing 14 in the bottom half of the first inning.Hosford added another run in the top of the second inningand Franklin County responded with another 14 runs in the bottom half of the second, for a 28-2 win.Gage Boone pitched three innings, and gave up two earned runs .Blakely Curry was 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Will Varnes was 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Caleb Abel was 2 for 2 with two walks and four runs scored.In the championship game,both sides went quiet in the first inning, Port St. Joe broke the tie in the top of the second with the bases loaded when the third baseman, Dane Mallon was hit by pitch, bringing in a run.Franklin answered back in the bottom of the second when Colin Amison reached base with a two-out walk and then stole second base. Jordon Olson then hit a double scoring Amison.Franklin then added to their lead in the bottom of the third, Cody Abercrombie led off the inning with a walk Abel reached by error. Curry, Will Varnes, and Larry Winchester all reached base by way of base on balls. As a result Abercrombie and Abel both scored. Curry then scored on a ground ball to first hit by Amison.St. Joe then tied the game in the fifth inning. The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when Varnes led off with a single, Winchester walked, putting runners on first and second.Wyatt Abercrombie then hit a walk-off double into the left center gap, scoring pinch runner Evan Stanley (pinch rrunningfor Varnes), winning the game and the Panhandle Conference Championship 5-4.Also contrubuting to this year's championship season wereAmonte Austin, Weston Bockelman, John Carter, Garrison Cook,Hunter Duval,Braden McCall, JordonMillender, Chase Mil-lender, MasonMoses,Owen Poloronis, and TerryProctor.Seahawks take Panhandle Conference crownBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times dadlerstein@starfl.com 850-653-8894The Lady Seahawk varsity softball team went 2-0 last week defeating district foes Liberty County and Vernon.On Wednesday, March 15, the team played at Liberty County and won by a score of 17-4. Sophomore Jaylin Charles was the winning pitcher, throwing all five innings in a game shortened by the 10-run rule. Charles gave up three hits, two walks and had three strikeouts.Charles also helped her cause by going 2 for 4 at the plate with four RBIs. Juniors Sophia Kirvin and freshman Abby Johnson also had two hits each. Eighth grader Brooklyn O'Neal, junior Alexus Johnson, and eighth grader Sage Brannan all had one hit each.On Friday, March 16, the team hosted Vernon and trounced the Yellow Jackets by a score of 15 0 as once again the game was shortened, this time due to the 15-run rule at the end of the fourth inning.Brannan pitched all four innings, throwing a no-hitter with two walks and six strikeouts. Abby Johnson led all hitters going 3 for 3 with three doubles. Sister Alexus Johnson added an insidethe-park homerun and a single.Kirvin had two triples. Junior Melanie Collins, Bran-nan, and Charles all had two hits. Senior Michaela Cassidy, senior Madison Smith and O'Neal each added a single as the Lady Seahawks pounded out 17 hits."We did a lot of good things this week and the girls are getting better at focusing on every pitch,Ž said coach Scott Collins.Brannan hurls no-hitter to highlight weekWinners of the Panhandle Conference celebrate [ MELISSA ABERCROMBIE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Senior center-“ elder Madison Smith takes a pitch in the dirt, while attempting to slap at Liberty County on March 15. [ COURTESY PHOTO/ FCHS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ] Special to the TimesSacred Heart Health System is expanding its presence of surgical specialists in Franklin County to meet community needs.Sacred Heart Medical Group specialists based in Port St. Joe are now offering appointments at the Medical Groups primary care office at 55 Ave. E., Apalachicola. Dr.Stacy Harbin, Dr. Glenn McAlpin, and Dr. Jerome Enad, will pro-vide general surgery services as well as orthopedic surgery and sports medicine surgery to the community.The addition of specialist care services in Apalachicola builds on our commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare for the residents and visitors of Gulf and Franklin counties,Ž said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. The communitys support of Sacred Heart makes the continued expansion of services possible.ŽHarbin is a board-certified general surgeon and has been practicing in the medical field for more than 30 years. He graduated with a bachelors degree in chemistry from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia,received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia and completed his residency training in general surgery through the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. He has special medical interest in laparoscopy and endoscopy, including advanced hepatopancreatic endoscopic procedures.McAlpin is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michi-gan, where he later completed his residency training in general surgery. He went on to complete his fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all general surgical needs, includ-ing hernia, gallbladder, colon, and carotid surgery. McAlpin has special medical interests in endoscopy, dialysis, surgi-cal critical care and peripheral vascular surgery.Enad is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine surgery. He received his medical degree at the Uni-formed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his residency training in orthopedics at the Naval Medical Center in Ports-mouth, Virginia and completed a fellowship in sports medicine surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Ange-les, California. He has special medical inter-ests in the knee, shoulder and elbow. He specializes in total-knee replacement surgery, ACL surgery, meniscus sur-gery, rotator cuff surgery, and Tommy John surgery.For more information or to schedule an appointment with Harbin or McAlpin, please call 850-229-5833. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Enad, please call 850-229-5792.Sacred Heart expands specialists Senior Center programs Upcoming events at the Holy Family Senior Center include Saturday, March 24 Community Yard Sale held at the Old Fire Station from 8 to 11 a.m., with all proceeds go towards the Senior Programs at Holy Family Senior Center, and on Wednesday, March 28 Holy Family will host a special Lunch & Bingo Birthday party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Jeanell Tolliver's 70th birthday, sponsored by her sister, Vernice Watson. If you have questions about any of the senior activities at Holy Family, please contact holyfamilyseniorcenter@gmail.com or by phone at 653-3134. USDA offers sign-up for ACF Rivers project The U.S. Department of Agricultures Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers until April 30 for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project that improves water quality and quantity. The ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint Rivers (ACFR) Conservation Partnership for Alabama, Florida, and GeorgiaŽ project in the ACFR basin covers 13 million acres in eastern Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible farmers and landowners toward conservation practices that improve natural resources in 11 Florida counties through the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP). Producers in the following counties are encouraged to apply: Franklin, Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington. Producers interested in more information about applying can contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda. gov/GetStarted.NEWS BRIEFS

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** A12 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Times1. According to historians, which of these slept on silk sheets and wore silk underwear because of having very sensitive skin? Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela 2. In what states Mount Horeb did the National Mustard Museum open to the general public in 1992? Wisconsin, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska 3. What room in the average American home is the scene of more arguments? Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, Den 4. Around baseball, whats a teams closer sometimes called? Tater, Fireman, Wheelhouse, Meatball 5. What were the Navigator Islands the former name of? Greenland, New Guinea, Jamaica, Samoa 6. In 1999, what was the first state quarter released? Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York ANSWERS: 1. Winston Churchill, 2. Wisconsin, 3. Kitchen, 4. Fireman, 5. Samoa, 6. DelawareTrivia FunŽ 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 FUN 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. March is winding down, with its blustery wind, and its another busy month. jam packed with the sights and sounds of Franklin County. The Times welcomes readers to send us their best photo-graphs. Whether they capture the brisk wind, a sunny smile, brilliant color, an unusuai 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 FRANKLINChanging of the GuardŽ of eagles on the Apalachicola River last Friday [ MICHAEL RINDLER | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] [ RICK HANBY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]Mirror Bay A geron at Bob Sikes Cut on St. George Island [ JAN DEMPSEY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Last week, four sharks were caught off St. George Island, one probably seven feet, and a couple six feet. A purple ” ag up indicates animals in water. [ MARTY COLUCCI | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] A hawk, taken in the backyard of a Tallahassee home [ RAY STANYARD | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Out like a lamb CROSSWORD

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** A14 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The Timesofficials have expressed opti-mism about the case based on the tone of justices ques-tions during oral arguments, Jonathan Williams, a former deputy solicitor general for the state, said he was taking a cautious view.Oral arguments are often not great predictors of what the ultimate outcome is going to be, particularly in cases that are as complicated as this one is,Ž said Williams, who was involved in the case while he was with the Attor-ney Generals Office. He is now in private practice with the firm Lash & Goldberg.Although the arguments went well,Ž Williams said. there are a lot of unsettled issues in this case right now, and there are a lot of thorny issues the special master will have to work through in the event the case gets remanded to him.ŽIf the case continues, a key issue in developing an equitable apportionmentŽ of water in the river system would be weighing the benefits to Florida against the cost to Georgia. Florida has said a dimin-ished water flow has harmed the Apalachicola ecosystem as well as the seafood indus-try, while Georgia has said a consumption cap could hurt the economic growth of the Atlanta region and impact a multibillion-dollar agriculture industry in Southwest Georgia.Richard Hamann, a retired law professor from the University of Florida, said he is pretty optimisticŽ about Floridas case, having once thought the state would have difficulty proving harm had been done. But if Florida wins the cur-rent case, he likened it to the dog chasing the car.ŽWhen you catch it, what do you get?Ž he asked. He said it may be difficult developing an accurate mechanism to measure a consumption cap.If we get there, I think that would be a huge challenge,Ž Hamann said. But I certainly look forward to seeing that day.ŽJason Oyler, a lawyer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission in Pennsylvania, said the case likely would lead to more litigation that could go on for decades upon decades.ŽHe and other lawyers on the panel said there are relatively few water cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court to give a clear indication of the outcome of the Florida-Geor-gia case.I think there could be twists and turns, even with a relatively favorable ruling, on that kind of economic analy-sis,Ž he said. And there are some pitfalls there.ŽMelissa Samet, a lawyer with the National Wildlife Federation, described a related lawsuit challenging a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management plan for the river basin issued last year.Samet said her organization filed a legal challenge to both the water control manualŽ as well as the envi-ronmental impact statement that accompanied the plan. The case was filed in Washington, D.C., and joined a similar lawsuit filed by Alabama, also challenging the water plan and environmental document.She said the water control manual, as well as the environmental statement, failed to adequately assess the impact of the diminished water flow into the Apala-chicola system, including its impact on plant and animal life, and did not explore rea-sonableŽ alternatives.The fundamental goal of our lawsuit is really to ensure that the Corps is using the legal tools that it has available to it, to issue a revised water control manual that restores a more natural flow pattern to the Apalachicola,Ž she said.Mohammad Jazil, a lawyer with the firm Hopping, Green & Sams, said it would be dif-ficult to overturn the Corps decision given that federal law is deferentialŽ to actions by government agencies. The Corps is presumed to be the expert and presumed to be right,Ž he said.Samet acknowledged the deferential standard, but she said the Corps actions were so egregiousŽ in ignoring mandates like the National Environmental Policy Act in the development of the basin plan that I think we have a really good shot.Ž WATERFrom Page A1Ray Morris plows up peanuts at his farm near Leesburg, Ga. Florida has said a diminished water ” ow has harmed the Apalachicola ecosystem as well as the seafood industry, while Georgia has said a consumption cap could hurt the economic growth of the Atlanta region and impact a multibillion-dollar agriculture industry in Southwest Georgia. [TODD STONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]

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Applications must be completed online at https://jobs.myflorida.com. For additional info contact:Kay Haskins kay .haskins@myfwc.com 850-265-3676Job closes 04/02/2018 EEO/AA/ADA and VP Employer 19612T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-16-CP Division: Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF Jewel C. Meacham Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Jewel C. Meacham, deceased, whose date of death was November 2nd, 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 representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’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 decedent’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 DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 15, 2018. Personal Representative: Faye Gibson 625 McDaniel Street Tallahassee, FL 32303 Attorneys for Personal Representative: SANDERS AND DUNCAN, P.A. 80 Market Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 Phone: (850) 653-8976 Barbara Sanders, Esq. FL Bar No.: 63869 bsanders@fairpoint.net rwallace@fairpoint.net March 15, 22, 2018 19448T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 16-198-CA MV051, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Plaintiff, v. PHILLIP A. SPENCER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PHILLIP A. SPENCER, UNKNOWN TENANT #1 and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above styled case, number 16-198-CA in the Circuit Court of Franklin County, Florida, that Marcia Johnson, Franklin County Clerk, will sell the following property situated in Franklin County, Florida, described as: Lot 12 of HOLIDAY BEACH, UNIT #1, a Subdivision as per map or plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 12, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Parcel Identification Number: 01-07S-02W1031-0000-0120 Address: 9 Carousel Terrace, Alligator Point, FL 32327 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder for cash, on the 2nd Floor Lobby which faces Highway 98, at the courthouse at 33 Market Street, Apalachicola in Franklin County, Florida beginning at 11:00 a.m. on April 19, 2018 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 this 20th day of February, 2018 GREENE HAMRICK QUINLAN & SCHERMER, P.A. Robert C. Schermer, Esquire Florida Bar No. 380741 Post Office Box 551 Bradenton, FL 34206 Phone: (941) 747-1871 Fax: (941) 747-2991 Primary: rschermer@ manateelegal.com Secondary: sdavis@ manateelegal.com Attorneys for Plaintiff Pub: March 8, 15, 2018 19662T FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Notice is hereby given that the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Statements of Qualifications from firms and individuals for design, engineering, and construction administration services for renovating the Apalachicola UF/IFAS Extension and ANERR Facility in Apalachicola. In addition, the selected firm or individual will be required to assist in preparing a priority schedule for renovating the building to best utilize available funds. For consideration, please submit three (3) copies of the qualifications in a sealed envelope to: Franklin County Clerk of Court 33 Market Street, Suite 203 Apalachicola, FL 32320 All submissions must be clearly marked “Apalachicola UF/ IFAS Extension and ANERR Facility Renovation” and be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners will open the qualifications on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at their meeting which begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex, 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, Florida. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. For more information and to receive a complete Request for Qualifications package contact Whitney Barfield at whitneyc@franklincountyflori da.com or 850653-9783 x-194 Franklin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. March 15, 22, 2018 19664T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 17000174CAAXMX DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-10, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 200510, Plaintiff, vs. GERALD N. KADIS; VIVIAN A. KADIS; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated February 14, 2018 and entered in Case No. 17000174CAAXMX of the Circuit Court in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-10, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-10 is Plaintiff and GERALD N. KADIS; VIVIAN A. KADIS; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Inside 2nd Floor Lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320, 11:00 a.m., on April 19, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 65, PEBBLE BEACH VILLAGE, A SUBDIVISION AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 AT PAGES 34 AND 35 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA. 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. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Clerk of the Court not later than five business days prior to the proceeding at the Franklin County Courthouse. Telephone 850-653-8861 or 1-800-955-8770 via Florida Relay Service. DATED at Apalachicola, Florida, on February 21, 2018. MARCIA JOHNSON As Clerk, Circuit Court By: Terry C. Segree As Deputy Clerk SHD Legal Group P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff PO BOX 19519 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33318 Phone: (954) 564-0071 Service E-mail: answers@shdlegal group.com File No.: 1396-162924 March 15, 22, 2018 19802T NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in constructing: GULF SHORE BLVD. RELOCATION Project is located along Bald Point Road on Alligator Point in Franklin County, Florida and consists of approximately 950 LF of new road construction and includes tree removal, earthwork (stormwater ponds and roadway), base, asphalt and stormwater piping. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Dewberry Engineers Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to DEWBERRY ENGINEERS INC. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. All bidders shall be FDOT qualified per Section 2-1 of the FDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Constructions, latest edition in the following work classes: Grading, Drainage, Flexible Paving, and Hot Plant mix-Bituminous Course. Completion date for this project will be 45 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the successful bidder. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $750.00 per day. Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid, for “Gulf Shore Blvd. Relocation” Bids will be received until 4:00 p.m. eastern time, on April 30 2018, at the Franklin County Clerk’s Office, Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, Florida 32320-2317, and will be opened and read aloud on May 1 2018 at the County Commission meeting at 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, FL. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in the best interest of Franklin County. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. If you have any questions, please call Dina Bautista at (850) 571-1175. Pub: March 22, April 12, 2018 19714T PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD FOR THE2018 ELECTION CYCLEThe Franklin County Canvassing Board will meet at the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office, 47 Avenue F, Apalachicola, Florida on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM. The Board will meet in an orientation session to review and determine procedures to be used in the canvassing of election results for the 2018 Election Cycle. In accordance with the Sunshine Laws of Florida, this meeting is open to the public. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office at (850) 653-9520 as soon as possible before the canvassing board meets. Heather C. Riley Supervisor of Elections Franklin County 850 653 9520 Pub: March 22, 2018 19826T NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: Marks Insurance Agency located at 61 Avenue E, in the County of Franklin, in the City of Apalachicola, Florida, 32320 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Apalachicola, Florida, this 15th day of March, 2018. Foundation Risk Partners of Florida, LLC Pub: March 22, 2018 Apalachicola 460 Bluff Road March 30th & 31st Friday and Saturday Starting at 9:00AMGARAGE SALEHousehold items and clothing. SAWMILLS from only $4397.00-MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill! Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: www .Norwood Sawmills.com or call (800)578-1363 Ext. 300N BOH and FOH Staff NeededNew Island concept serving Mexican cuisine hiring for all positions Email:gm@stgeorgecantina.com Text:850-544-6465 Loft In Historic Southside HomeAprox. 1000sf Beautiful open space. Available 4/1. No pets. Furnished. $975 plus 1/2 electric bill. $975 security deposit. Water, cable included. 850-653-3838 Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Carrabell-Eastpointe 1BR Cottage, 700sf hardwood floors, free W/D, wifi, and gas range and fireplace, $550/mo, $135/ mo for utilities. Secluded, 1/2 mi. from beach. 1st & security. Pictures upon request. (954)816-7004 House for RentHouse for rent on North Bay Shore Drive Eastpoint, FL. 4bd / 2bth, bay side, huge porch in back and pool. Beautiful sunset. Serious renters only. Call 850-899-3020 or 850-899-3021 Apalachicola 2br trailer avail., Call 850-653-6103 Text FL85996 to 56654 RV LOT RENTALEastpoint Florida Apalachicola Bay 50 amp hookup. $400/month, one month minimum. Deposit required. Call: 914-843-2603 $209k Carabelle Home178 River Road, Carrabelle. 4Br-2.5Ba on one acre with oversized attached 2 car garage.A well maintained home built in 1994, downstairs master, family room with fireplace, all tile floors,one year old roof,screened in patio,fenced in back yard, city water and sewage. Call 859-340-2074 OUTBOARDS2003 Suzuki DF 140 four strokes in excellent condition ready for immediate install 1100 hrs. $8500 for both $4500 for one stainless steel props and controls 478-954-2913 1994 MotorhomeReady to Go Good condition, New parts, low mileage, low price of 4500. See at 152 wilderness road, or Call 850-670-4102 Buy it! Classified. Make your move to the medium that’s your number one source of information about homes for sale! For all your housing needs consult Classified when it’s time to buy, it’s the resource on which to rely. If you didn’t advertise here, you’re missing out on potential customers.

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** A16 Thursday, March 22, 2018 | The TimesThe comic strip Talons Turf is the work of Franklin County High School students Caleb Smith and Landen MillenderTALONS TURF Students studied the works of American abstract artist, Moe Brooker, who draws inspiration for his large, colorful, paintings from jazz music and grafitti art. Students used oil pastels to create a composition of color, lines, and patterns.Then the students did a quick wash of watercolor over the entire piece.Fourth-grader Billy Chandler entitled his piece Rainbow Lamborghini.ŽI like using oil pastels because they are bright in color and easy to use,Ž he said. I like how Mr. Brooker uses bright colors in his paintings. My piece looks like a colorful Lamborghini I saw in a magazine.ŽSEAHAWK ARTISTRYBILLY CHANDLER