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** Volume 132 Number 52 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ....................A4 Law Enforcement ........A9 Society .....................A12 Faith .......................A13 Outdoors ..................A14 Sports.......................A15 SPORTS | A15DISTRICT CHAMPS PACE TRACK TEAM A2Scholars luncheon celebrates smartsA4Eulogizing a true son of Apalachicola Thursday, April 19, 2018 OUT TO SEE @ApalachTimes ¢ CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPERBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Franklin County commissioners have agreed to explore further a proposal from Sacred Heart Health System that could lead to replacing Weems Memorial Hospital with a medical mall, complete with round-the-clock urgent care.By a 4-1 vote, with Chair Smokey Parrish opposed, the commissioners passed a motion to direct County Coordinator Michael Morn to further discuss details of a proposal presented them last month from Sacred Heart.Parrish made no comment at the meeting, but has said he would like to review an upcoming proposal from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and any others gathered by Morn and County Attorney Michael Shuler, before moving forward on any change to the current management and ongoing plans for Weems.The vote came at the tail end of Tuesdays regular meeting, and followed a bristling criticism by Commissioner Cheryl Sanders on the conduct of the Weems administration related to the ambulance service.According to an email from Ginny Griner, Weems human resources director, which Morn shared with the commis-sioners, Mike Murphy, Weems interim director of emergency services, had resigned his position and remained on staff as a paramedic. On April 9, the EMS directors responsi-bilities were reassigned to Craig Gibson, plant operations director, and to Griner.Gibson is responsible for scheduling, approval of attendance, administration of EMS charts documentation, billing issues and coordinating fleet maintenance; while Griner is responsible for County: Let's talk with Sacred HeartBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Strictly speaking, if the Dog island Conservation District can gather a majority of yesses from the freeholders on the island, in a mail-in ballot next month seeking a tax increase, then the money will be spent for the purpose, planning and implementation of waste disposal and recycling, maintenance of property, construction and maintenance of public roads, Dog Island seeks millage increase Teaf By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894A Georgia man is dead, and his wife in the hospital, following a Friday afternoon boating mishap in the Little St. Marks River.According to Bekah Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Ronnie Lewis, 69, of Douglas, Georgia, was operating a 24-foot Pathfinder shortly before 4:30 p.m., traveling north on the river. She said the vessel struck a tree on the eastern shoreline, which caused both Lewis and his wife, Janice, 51, to be ejected from the vessel.Nelson said Ronnie Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County EMS, and Janice Lewis was transported by helicopter to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, where she is recovering from serious injuries.Nelson said the investiga-tion is ongoing.Georgia man dies in boating mishap By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Who will inherit the Hill tomorrow has a lot to do with what runs through the veins of that Apalachicola e neighbor-hood, both literally and figuratively.Will it be blood, the inheritance of increasingly valuable land by those tied together by DNA, the rightful heirs due to their family relations?Or will it be water, the steady seepage and absorption into what has been historically an exclu-sively black crisscross of homes on the Apalachicola River, of affluent retirees moving in from afar, who are in contrast white?Inherit the HillAnn Carpenter, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, addresses the symposium Taking part in the afternoon panel discussion on the future of the Hill were, from left, Mayor Van Johnson, Creighton Brown and Harold Banks. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES PHOTOS] Symposium addresses issues of heirs property, and loss of black-owned lands See HEALTH, A6 See PROPERTY, A18 See ELECTION, A6Boat show this Saturday in Apalach The 20th annual Apala-chicola Classic Boat and Car Show will be this Saturday, April 21 at Riv-erfront Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. Come on out and see the wonder-ful array of vintage boats, and classic cars. For more info, call 653-9419 or visit Taylor's marks golden anniversaryTo mark its 50th anni-versary, Taylor's Building Supply will hold a special three-day event beginning Thursday, highlighted by the raffle of a $500 shop-ping spree.The festivities get underway on Thursday, April 19, highlighted by a ribbon-cutting in conjunction with the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres to follow.Friday is Demo Day, with a free catfish meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and facepainting and bal-loon tying from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.The fun for the kids con-tinues at 10 a.m. Saturday, with more catfish for lunch and the grand prize draw-ing. Plus there's a bucket sale where patrons can get 20 percent off everything that fits in a bucket. ANERR wraps up last two classesThe Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a free Bay-Friendly Land-scaping class on Tuesday, April 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low maintenance bay-conscious landscape that attracts birds and wildlife. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option to take home their own rain barrel. The class is free, but rain barrels are $25, and must be ordered one week in advance. For more info visit www.aner-rbayfriendly.eventbrite. comThe last Oyster 101 class will be Thursday, April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come learn what makes Apalachicola Bay ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their dis-tinct flavor and how oyster bars benefit the ecosys-tem. After spending some time in the classroom at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, we will visit an oyster bar and study at its inhabitants up close.


** A2 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The TimesBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Franklin County High School last week debuted a luncheon that it hopes will soon become a tradition, the gathering of the top schol-ars in each of its four classes, together with their parents, for a celebration of academic achievement.The ones who are constantly getting good grades, those are the ones we need to pick them up higher,Ž said Apalachicola Pastor David Walker, who served as guest speaker for the April 12 luncheon in the Carol Davis Media Center.Coordinated by Gethia Burt, who teaches at Franklin County Elementary, the luncheon is part of the newly created Franklin Scholars Program, established to rec-ognize the top five students from each class in grades 9-12.For this inaugural period, the grade point average through the third nine-week period for the 2017-18 school year was the criterion for the selection.Named this year were freshmen Ashlynn Davis, Tressie Edwards, William Gray, Brycin Huckeba and Katie Newman; sophomores Chasity Ard, Shyne Faircloth, Allison Register, Sophia Rob-ertson and Alyssa Robinson; juniors Chloe Davis, Hannah Hogan, Mikalin Huckeba, Alexus Johnson and Jessica Rudd; and seniors Christian Amison, Madison Burt, Eliz-abeth Sallie Paul, Genevieve Printiss and Faith Sapp.As is evident, most of the scholars are girls, and this fact, indirectly, was part of Walkers remarks, when he compared his daughter Brias scholastic performance as a straight-A student with that of her younger brother, who struggled somewhat to earn Bs.Try to stretch yourself,Ž said Walker, himself an honorsgraduate of Bethune-Cookman after growing up in a troubled Broward County neighborhood.You got to tackle things outside your comfort zone,Ž he said. Believe in yourself, believe that you can do it.No matter what you go through in life, you got to see it through,Ž said Walker, reciting the Edgar Guest poem See It ThroughŽ (See sidebar).No matter how smart you are, youre going to fail. Never be afraid to try,Ž he said. You can be cool and be smart.ŽIn attendance at the luncheon was daughter Bria Walker, one of two valedicto-rians with the Class of 2014, now a top scholar at Florida A&M University.There is nothing like attending college,Ž she told the luncheon.Madison Burt, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, was pre-sented a senior achievement award, as she was recently named the class valedictorian. She plans to attend the University of West Florida, and pursue a doctorate in physi-cal therapy.Also addressing the lun-cheon was Principal Jill Rudd, and Superintendent Traci Moses, who encouraged the students and said the school plans to make the luncheon a regular event during future years.The students in Debra Fletchers culinary arts class prepared chicken divan for the guests.Scholars luncheon blends cool and smartSee It ThroughBy Edgar GuestWhen youre up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace. When its vain to try to dodge it, Do the best that you can do; You may fail, but you may conquer, See it through! Black may be the clouds about you And your future may seem grim, But dont let your nerve desert you; Keep yourself in “ ghting trim. If the worst is bound to happen, Spite of all that you can do, Running from it will not save you, See it through! Even hope may seem but futile, When with troubles youre beset, But remember you are facing Just what other men have met. You may fail, but fall still “ ghting; Dont give up, whateer you do; Eyes front, head high to the “ nish. See it through! Travis and Terrah Huckeba, with son and junior Mikalin Huckeba [DAVID ADLERSTEIN PHOTOS | THE TIMES] David Walker and daughter Bria. Sophomore Allison Register, center, with sister Emily Hati” eld (Honors graduate, FCHS Class of 2012) and mom Andrea Register. Sophomore Sophia Robertson, with parents Drew and Tina Robertson.


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** A4 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The TimesHave something to say?The Times editorial page is a forum where differing opinions and fresh ideas are freely exchanged. Comments on the news from readers, as letters to the editor or guest columns, are welcomed and encouraged. All submissions must be signed, and include the email address and/or phone number of the author for veri“ cation purposes only. The Times considers all letters, but reserves the right to decline to publish them if they fail to meet community standards for decency and avoidance of personal attack.We may edit them so as to ensure they meet guidelines for style. Please email your letters to Dadlerstein@star” .com. Or fax them to (850) 653-8893. Or mail them to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 820, Apalachicola, FL 32329. Submissions must be received by Monday evening for publication in Thursdays paper. USPS 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 Street lights would make Eastpoint safer I am an everyday bike rider; this is the only transportation I have. I go back and forth from Wilderness Road to Taylors Building Supply five days a week. I also do my weekly errands to the Dollar Store. Ive lived here pretty much all my life, and as the years have passed, the traffic has increased tremendously. The reason for this letter is the fear for my safety and the safety of others. There has already been a few incidents where someone walking and riding has been hit or shoved off the road. I myself do not like getting on grass because it is very uneven, it hurts my back and it has caused me to lose control of my bike and only during the day. At night its twice as dangerous because a vehicle cannot see you until it is right on you. There are no street lights at all on most of the road. On Otter Slide, yes, we are supposed to have flashing lights, which many of us have bought a couple times and they continuously get stolen. I also have concerns of a bear crossing at night where I cannot see but only what my flashlight allows. There also are dogs that chase you. Its a very scary ride home. Im pretty sure there are many that would agree with me. Like Ive stated, Im concerned for my safety and the safety of all the other people that live in this community. Sincerely,Stephanie Boone EastpointAmerica needs rational health care system Several days ago, I stepped off into open air off a scaffold and fell about six feet. I landed on my feet, but due to an old injury, my right knee was wasted. A day later, I went to the Weems Clinic who referred me for x-rays. First, the receptionist spent about half an hour trying to figure out my insurance. Then, I had the x-rays and the doctors referred me to an orthopedist in Tallahassee. Several days passed and the orthopedist office called me to inform me that they would not take my Well Care Medicare insurance so could not treat me. I had bad insurance, so I might as well have had no insurance at all. Now, if we had a rational health care system in this country, I would have gone for x-rays shortly after arriving at Weems, then the orthopedic office would have called to set up an appointment. Medicare for All would have done all that for me, but not just for me, for all of us. Our current system of private insurance binds doctors offices with burdensome paperwork, but worse, denies healthcare for many of us. By eliminating the background noise of thousands of clerks evaluating (and denying) claims, by ending excessive salaries of executives and fat dividends for shareholders, by simplifying and rationalizing healthcare, we could supply care, real care, for all of us Americans at probably half the cost we currently pay. Other countries who have public health insurance systems have much lower national healthcare outlays than we co. Some would cover their mouths and say, Oh, but that is socialism!Ž Yeah, that would be right. So, what is wrong with socialism?Ted TrippEven with Sacred Heart, EMS should be county employees The proposal from Sacred Heart Health Systems is overall a great opportunity for the citizens and visitors of Franklin County, with the transitioning of the current facility from a hospital to an urgent care clinic. The new building and services offered will be better suited for the needs of the county. But placing EMS under a management group is a poor decision. EMS currently operates in the black, and with the new urgent care that Sacred Heart is proposing, EMS will no longer be able to transport any patient to the new clinic, EMS can only transport patients to a designated emergency department. With Sacred Heart on the Gulf being the next closest hospital, an additional 20 miles will be added to every transport, bringing the average bill up over $240 in mileage charges before insurance adjustments. Conservatively, the additional mileage should generate about $115,000 in billing revenue. With EMS currently operating in the black and with the additional revenue for longer transports, why pay a management group to run EMS when it can easily be operated under the board of county commissioners as a department of the county? If EMS was operated under the board of county commissioners, it would allow them to obtain the well-deserved FRS retirement and benefits which would also allow EMS to not only be fully staffed but would keep employees for the duration of their career and would also cut nearly $80,000 a year in overtime costs. Why should the citizens of Franklin County have to pay for a management group to operate EMS when it is currently profitable and will gain more revenue with the proposal by Sacred Heart? Further, accepting the hospital boards recommendation to accept our current EMS directors resignation when he was told it was negated, is wrong. Michael Murphy is competent and qualified. Why lose a valuable EMS director who wants to stay on in that capacity for the tax-paying citizens of Franklin County.Steve Kirschenbaum EastpointLETTER TO THE EDITOREditors note: The following eulogy was delivered Friday morning at St. Patrick Catholic Church by Joe Buzzett, on behalf of the Buzzett family at the funeral Mass for Harry Archer Buzzett, who passed away April 7 at the age of 94. One of a rare few from Franklin County to have attended West Point, a member of the Class of 44, Harry Buzzett went on to adistinguished military career, embodying throughout his life the eternal virtues of the Greatest Generation. Good morning. On behalf of my brother and sisters and our families we would like to give thanks to Fr. Roger, Sr. Jean, and the Shamrocks for making this Mass such a special celebration of my fathers life. We would also like to thank all of you for coming from far and near to be with us today. Wow. What an incredible life! How do you eulogize the eulogist? Our Dad was always called on to give eulogies and dedication speeches because he had a gift of telling stories with humor and honesty. I could write a book on his life, in fact I may. Harry Archer Buzzett was born on Dec. 29, 1923 at the family home on Avenue D to Regina Gannon Buzzett and Wil Buzzett. His mother passed away about a month after his birth leaving his father Wil and Harrys five older brothers, John Joe, Rex, Carroll, Billy, and Gannon, and sister Regina, who they all affectionately called Sister.Ž The Buzzetts were a close-knit Catholic family who were very active participants in this church. They lived with their stepmother, Levina, and Wils sister Anna and her crusty husband, Bill Fry, a steamboat captain. Their Aunt Mag was good to the kids often spoiling them at her beach house at Indian Pass. One time on my fathers birthday, Mag asked him what he wanted for breakfast and he said fried chickenŽ so she got a chicken out of the coop and made him fried chicken. His father started Buzzetts Pharmacy, where the Apalachicola Chocolate and Coffee Company is now, in the early 1900s and it stayed open until the 1980s. All of the children, except Harry, loved to work in the drug store and many became pharmacists. My father hated working there, choosing instead to work in the filling station, changing oil and filling up cars. He and his older brother Gannon were best friends. He was also very close to Willoughby Marshall who remained his oldest and dearest friend all of his life. When he was a kid he used to read magazines all of the time and tear out the postcards and send them in to get information back because he loved getting mail. One day he got pamphlet from West Point and from then on he wanted be a soldier. He chose to forego his senior year at Chapman High School, where he was to be class HARRY ARCHER BUZZETT 1923-2018A true son of ApalachicolaBeaumont to Biloxi, sea breeze at your door, Gypsy rains, dang hurricanes, White silver, sandy shore.Ž„ From Stars on the WaterŽ as performed by Rodney CrowellRecently I read about a device designed to cool and therefore weaken hurricanes known as the Salter Sink.Ž The device is essentially a massive floating ring which cycles warm surface water that sloshes into it down a few dozen meters to be cooled off, thereby draining the storm of some of its energy. If enough were deployed in the path of an oncoming storm, it might lower the power of hurricanes from a Category 5 to a Category 3. Is it cost effective and practical? I dont know. But until this or another method is perfected, hurricanes may be the only thing preventing the population of Florida and the Gulf Coast from swelling with new residents. Why? Taxes. One of the most significant sections in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local taxes (SALT) to $10,000. Several highly taxed states, including New Jersey, California, Connecticut and New York, are attempting a state tax law workaround. But the IRS may not like it. In New Jersey, the legislature passed a law enabling cities to create charitable plans to pay for municipal projects. When taxpayers give money to those projects, they receive a 90 perent credit on their property taxes, thus allowing most homeowners to effectively deduct almost all of their property taxes. Multiple states already allow similar charitable deductions, but some say New Jerseys statute has been created to specifically avoid complying with the new tax law. When push reaches shove, I cant imagine the IRS smiling on such legislation. New Jersey was one of the most highly taxed states before the recent tax overhaul. The state features the highest effective property tax rate in the nation. For the last 14 years, property taxes there have increased by an average of 2 percent annually. Last year residents of Tavistock, N.J. paid an average of $30,723 in property taxes. Yikes. They also pay state income tax at a rate of 6.37 percent on income over $75,000 and 8.97 percent state taxes on income over $500,000. Two years ago New Jersey raised its gas tax by 23 cents to 37.5 cents-per gallon. Thats right, per gallon. Twenty million residents paying moderate property taxes will create more revenue than a dwindling population paying exorbitant tax rates. As a states population grows, sales tax revenue increases, also. The steady influx into the Gulf Coast of folks from overtaxed states seeking to lower their tax bills is not likely to ebb anytime soon. If scientists ever invent the Hurricane Diverter, I-95 may not be able to handle the influx of new residents headed this way. Margaret R. McDowell, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (, 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 OUTLOOKMosquitoes, palmettos and hurricanes Margaret McDowellSee BUZZETT, A10


** The Times | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A5Editors note: The following article appeared in the Thursday, March 31, 1859 edition of the South Western Baptist periodical, published in Marion, Alabama. Written by the Rev. A. Van Hoose, this article is a follow-up toone written a month earlier, on Feb. 18, 1859, while Van Hoose was visiting Apalachicola. The Times reprinted his earlier piece in its March 29, 2018edition {See Chasing Shadows, page A5 "1859: Future gloomy for Apalachicolas Baptists."For the South Western Baptist.BRETHEREN EDITORS: In my last I promised to say something more about my trip to Apalachicola. I stated that I have gone there, at the earnest solicitation of the Church, to hold a series of meetings. I got there on the Saturday night before the 2d Sabbath in February, and labored until the night of the 3d Sabbath. My congregations were good all the time. Many of the other denominations attended occasionally and some all the time. But neither of the pastors and very few of the leading members of the other denominations showed any favor either in word or action. They did not attend my ser-vice, and I have every reason to believe that they discour-aged others from doing so. Mr. Flag, the Methodist min-ister in charge, went so far in his opositon [sic] as to com-mence a series of meetings in his own house of worship. He continued, however, only three nights. Whether he was induced to stop these meet-ings from a conviction of his own conscience that he was influenced more by a desire to retard the progress of Baptist principles and interests than to promote the glory of God, or whether his own people and the community saw and spoke so plainly of his motives and designs in trying thus to crush a weak, but equally with himself a respectable and Christian denomination so that policy required that he should cease these opposition meetings, I know not. It is to be hoped for his own good, however, and for the sake of Christianity, that it was the former of these. If this Rev-erend gentleman will visit our city, I assure him that I and my people will adopt, what at least I regard a more Christian and courteous line of policy towards him. But enough of this. It shows how much these people love their dear Baptist bretheren, and what would be their course towards us if the constitution and laws of our country did not protect us.I wonder if Mr. Flag would like to have communed with me at that time for the pure gospel and Christian affection he felt towards me!But, notwithstanding all this oposition [sic] God was with us, and his goodness and power were manifest in our meeting. The church was much revived. Many sinners were made to feel and acknowledge their lost condition and some half dozen professed faith in Christ. Two of these only united with the church. Sabbath evening was appointed for the administration of bap-tism. The bretheren selected a place upon the beech [sic] just below the city. It is a most beautiful place. For miles the waters of the bay lay in rippling waves before us. The smaller water-crafts lay at the wharf to our left, while many larger were seen anchored in the distance. The beech [sic] was covered with a beautiful white sand. The bottom of the bay is sandy and hard. So gradually and gently did the water deepen that it was necessary to go 25 or 30 yards to find water of a depth suitable to administer the ordinance.Baptism is a novelty in Apalachicola, (sprinkling and pouring quite common,) and hence long before the appointed time all the streets tending towards the appointed place were filled with persons of all sexes and color, on their way to see the sight. There must have been present from 600 to 1000 persons, and I presume every person saw the ordinance administered. All colors, all classes and many different nations were represented there, and many persons grown who had never seen any one immersed into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. To the credit of the people present on that occasion, I take pleasure in testifying to the respect and good order preserved while God was speaking to them by his appointed ordinance. May this occasion be the means of bringing many back to the plain and simple teachings of Gods word upon the subject of Christian baptism, who have hitherto been influenced by the teachings and tradi-tions of man.My labors closed on Sabbath night. The house was crowded, and many, I learned with regret, who came were unable to procure seats, and had to leave. I addressed them upon the final and certain triumphs of Christs king-dom, administered the Lords Supper to the Church, dis-missed the congregation and then bid adieu to the breth-ren and sisters, leaving many of them in tears. I felt very solemn. I had become deeply affected at the destitute con-dition of that little church in the midst of opposition, and I was deeply concerned for the salvation of many sinners I saw were interested. Could I have labored another week, I believe under God, much good would have been effected. But my time was our; duties and obligations at home forbid my longer stay, and I left Apalachicola Monday seven oclock, P. M., on the steamer South Carolina, and got home early on Wednesday morning. I shall long remember this visit to the bay, and shall ever feel the deepest interest in the spiritual and well-being of the little and now destitute Church in the city of Apalachicola. May God prosper them and send them a minis-ter of his own choosing whose labors he will own and bless among them.A. VAN HOOSE Eufaula, March 15, 1859Persons of all sexes and color CHASING SHADOWSMount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is the successor to the “ rst Baptist church in Apalachicola, “ rst built in 1848 as a white church, and attended also by slaves of slave-owners belonging to the religion.Ž [ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]


** new hires, corrective actions and coordinating evaluations for 2017, which were not completed, by requesting required documents for personnel files.Weems CEO Mike Cooper is responsible for any other issues within the EMS department, Griner wrote.We are currently advertising and enter-taining several prospects for EMT, paramedic and EMS director,Ž she wrote. As you know there are many services throughout our area with similar recruiting issues.ŽCommissioner Noah Lockley was first to raise questions, after Morn reported that he and Commissioner Ricky Jones had met with Houston Whitfield, Gulf Countys EMS director, to discuss their model of a county managed EMS service.Tomorrow (Mike) Cooper and I are meeting with a private EMS company to discuss a con-tracted option,Ž Morn said.One of those paramedics could run that thing temporarily,Ž said Lockley. Mr. Coopers not over this ambulance service,Ž said Sanders, arguing that he should be assum-ing direct responsibility. Hes delegating it to two other people. I want to make sure Mr. Coopers aware that the countys gone down this road before.ŽSanders was referring to previous private ambulance services, the most recent being Emer-gystat, that pulled out of Franklin County a decade ago, forcing the county to assume management of the service under Weems umbrella.Sanders pressed Morn as to whether either Griner or Gibson would be receiving a salary increase for their additional duties, and he said he was told no.Youre telling me theyre not going to get any increase?Ž asked Sanders. I dont want nobody whos a maintenance man or an HR director directing what those EMS people should have or not have. It aint good. Im con-cerned about it,Ž she said.Lockley asked why it was that Cooper had not brought in staff from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, since he is under TMHs employment. We need to move him out of here,Ž he said, although he did not specify this meant firing Cooper.Morn said he would be providing an upcoming outline of TMHs plans for Weems future, similar to Sacred Hearts eight-page report. TMHs proposal will be reviewed by the Weems board of direc-tors and those comments and concerns will be for-warded to this board,Ž he said.Sanders did not welcome the news. How many times have we done that with TMH?Ž she asked. For 20 years, and were no better off than we were 20 years ago.TMH was supposed to bring doctors in,Ž she said. I dont see anything that TMH has done for us except provide CEOs. If theres a possible solution, they should have presented it.People deserve better in this county than what weve been giving them,Ž Sanders said. He (Mike Cooper) is the CEO. He needs to stand up and say Im responsible for this.ŽIn approving their recommendation to move forward with talks with Sacred Heart, the commissioners did not address specifics of that health systems proposal. Morn also noted after the meeting that commissioners did not wish to close off future talks with TMH, or with Capi-tal Regional, which also has voiced some interest. Medical mall could expand servicesAccording to the analysis provided within the Sacred Heart proposal, Weems is an aging facility with low utilization. The health needs of Franklin County residents and visitors would be better met with a new, comprehensive medical facility.ŽTouting itself as the regional leader in innova-tive medical care (which) has served northwest Florida for more than 100 years,Ž Sacred Heart said that based on an ini-tial assessment of the countys health needs, it is prepared to offer appropriate physician, diagnostic, and treatment services in the new facility, and in the current Carrabelle clinic, subject to a financial feasibility analysis.Franklin County can leverage existing local option sales tax funds to support medical services in the county,Ž it notes.Sacred Hearts proposal centers on what would be its fourth Medical MallŽ concept, the building of which would be by an out-side developer, and leased to Sacred Heart, with no upfront cash outlay.The typical footprint is 27,500 square feet, with urgent care, primary care physicians and specialists, and diagnostic services on the first floor, with reha-bilitative services on the second floor.The location bullet point notes onlythat the location would be anApalachicola site with US 98 access and space for parking, helipad and future growth.ŽThe report makes no specific mention of Weems closure as a HEALTHFrom Page A1 A6 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Times employment of necessary personnel, planning for use and maintenance of beaches and dunes, and programs to main-tain natural beauty of dog island that lies within the district.ŽIn other words, the district needs the money badly, because without having raised millage since it was first set at 3.0 mills in 1975, and with the decrease in property values, its now getting only one-third of what it received a decade ago.Its a necessary evil,Ž said Christopher Teaf, the districts treasurer. The legislative cap is 5.0 mills. We elected not to go to 5.0 mills; we thought it wont be successful; well deal with it incrementally.This is a really unpleas-ant task but necessary,Ž he said.The ballot measure, approved unanimously by the board of directors in January, would raise the millage by an additional third, from 3.0 to 4.0 mills, and would add about $27,000 to the budget in the first year, from $79,000 to about $105,000.Which still would be less than half of what it was in the glory days of 2007-08, when the millage raised about $230,000.This is all strictly related to decreases in property valuations,Ž said Teaf, a Dog Island resident whose day job is as a Florida State University toxicology professor who directs the Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research, which addresses problems associated with environmental impacts to human health, around the state, nation and world.The board, which meets quarterly, is chaired by Ray Appen, with Roy Collins as vice, plus Len Morris, William Stone and Teaf.Those eligible to vote in the mail-in election, for which Supervisor of Elections Heather Riley is printing up 500 ballots, are limited to freehold-ers, defined as those who have interest and title to real property within the district.A husband and wife are counted as one; otherwise, its one vote for anyone who owns some or all of at least one piece of property.County Attorney Michael Shuler said there are about 700 parcels. He said a corporate ownership entity is entitled to designate up to two persons to be voters. Residency is not a requirement.It depends on the lan-guage in the deed,Ž he said. Were still working out all the rules.ŽTo figure out precisely who is entitled to a vote, Shuler relied in part on a Florida Attorney General opinion obtained several years ago by former Supervisor of Elections Doris Gibbs in connection with a freeholder elec-tion regarding the former Lanark Water and Sewer District, held to determine whether to dismantle the district. Riley said overseas bal-lots will go out Monday, with regular ballots sent out May 16, and required to be returned by 7 p.m. June 5 to the elections office. The district is covering the cost of the election. If approved by a major-ity, then the tax hike would go into effect Oct. 1, and would last until such time a subsequent referendum to rescind it was approved by voters.Were trying to deal with financial problem right now,Ž Teaf said. Once solved, we can try to reduce it.ŽHe said that while the Nature Conservancy owns the vast majority of roads on the island, none of which are paved, the district maintains those roads.While the district has no employees, it does have a contract arrangement with contractor Randy Cannon, who also runs the landing craft. We have a hook lift truck weve been operating on a shoestring for a while,Ž said Teaf.Im talking to people trying to explain why its necessary,Ž he said. We pitch in and do things on a volunteer basis.This is strictly a place holding to maintain the essential services we pro-vide,Ž Teaf said. We have been struggling with pro-posing to do this. Weve been at the lowest point of valuation now for the third year. Were at the bottom point of the curve.Ž ELECTIONFrom Page A1 See HEALTH, A8


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** A8 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Timeshospital, but says the new facility would offer 24-hour, seven-day urgent care, with holding bays for emergent patients.ŽSacred Heart would assume operation of the primary care clinics, in Apalachicola and Carrabelle. It says there will be pediatrics coverage,Ž and the rotating specialties of cardiology, general surgery, and orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, lab services with point-of-care testing, and rehabilitation that comprises physical and occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and cardiac rehab.It refers, too, to a procedure room for treatments, tests and minor surgeries.The terms of the deal, conditioned on completion of due diligence, determina-tion of financial feasibility, and development of definitive agreements, the county would establish a health authority (CHA) to function as the hospital board and work with Sacred Heart, to which the hospital system would assist in the development of an appropriate structure.A plan worked out by Sacred Heart and the CHA would include building, equipping and owning a new healthcare facility, and at a nominal rate leased to Sacred Heart, which would staff and operate it, as well as both clinics. Sacred Heart would assume all costs and risks of operations, but may request a reasonable subsidy from CHA for indigent care.Ž All Sacred Heart facilities and providers will participate in Capital Healthcare,Ž it notes.As for the ambulance ser-vice, the proposal makes note that CHA, with consultative support from Sacred Heart, will seek a management company to operate Franklin County Emergency Medical Services.ŽMorn told commissioners that Roger Hall, Sacred Hearts president, has written him that there is no required timeframe and/or expiration date for the Franklin County proposal.He is working on a response to the other con-cerns that I sent him,Ž Morn said. HEALTHFrom Page A6Special to the TimesNeighbors in Franklin and Bay counties have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters.Bay County League of Women Voters, Sierra Club Big Bend Group, WKGC 90.7FM, City of Apalachicola, Downtown Books, St. Andrew Bay Watch and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors.Were supporting this project to protect our water-sheds and preserve our natural resources for the next generation,Ž said John Ackerman with St. Andrews Bay Watch.Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distrib-uted solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strength-ening Floridas solar policies and its community of solar supporters. Solar United Neighbors of Florida has organized more than three dozen solar co-ops, helping roughly 850 homes go solar.Mayor Van Johnson, with the city of Apalachicola, spoke not only of his support of the new co-op, but also in-depth of the citys plans to move to renewables. Citing job creation, economics and the duty of the cityŽ to protect its natural resources for generation of citizens to come.Franklin and Bay county residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.Co-op participants will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installers group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.Franklin residents forming solar co-op Franklin Countys Kevin Begos and Mayor Van Johnson take part in a rally for solar energy in Bay County.[ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] How to learn moreNow that the FranklinBay Solar Co-Op has launched, there are two upcoming information/signup events. On Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m., there will be a general information session at Holy Family Center in Apalachicola, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries Street, also known as Seventh Street. On Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a Solar Open House at the home of Dan Garlick, 154 Bay Ave., Apalachicola. This event will let people see solar panels and ask questions. To RSVP, go to Apalachicola SolarOpenHouse


** The Times | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A9The following report is provided by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Arrests listed were made by officers from the Apalachicola Police Department, Carrabelle Police Department, and Franklin County Sheriffs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. April 9Corey Mathew Lashley, 24, Apalachicola, disorderly conduct; released on own recognizance (APD)Ruby Aline Murray, 48, Eastpoint, trespassing … failure to leave property upon order of owner; revocation of pretrial release; no bond (FCSO)Jon D. Borel, 40, Eastpoint, battery, robbery…no firearm or weapon, felony viola-tion of probation, simple assault on a law enforce-ment officer, firefighter, EMT; no bond (FCSO)Chasity Renee Richards, 42, Apalachicola, domestic battery; $1,000 bond (FCSO)Joseph Myron Ward, 50, Apalachicola, domes-tic battery; $1,000 bond (FCSO) April 10Christian Lee Page, 20, Apalachicola, discharging a weapon in public, pretrial release revoked; no bond (FCSO)Nathan Daniel Jones, 32, Apalachicola, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, larceny…grand theft of more than $10,000 and less than $20,000, revo-cation of pre-trial release, violation of probation; no bond (FCSO) April 11Jason Paul James, 37, Eastpoint, possession of methamphetamine, resisting an officer with-out violence, possession of drug paraphernalia; $6,000 bond (FCSO)Christy Lynn Russell, 20, Eastpoint, domestic battery; $1,000 bond (CPD)Shelton Deon Hutchins, 34, Port St. Joe, driving while license suspended or revoked … second offense; $500 bond (FCSO)Lynleigh Carleen Lewis, 20, Carrabelle, resisting of officer with-out violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; $16,500 bond (CPD) April 13Willie G. Dasher, 39, Eastpoint, violation of conditional release; no bond (FCSO) April 14Cory Edward Carroll, 28, Eastpoint, posses-sion of less than 20 grams of marijuana; $500 bond (FCSO)ARREST REPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT For more news go to


** A10 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Timespresident, at age 16 to go to Marion Military Institute in Alabama to prep for the West Point exam. He was accepted into West Point and began in the fall of 1941. During the war the Army accelerated the curriculum to three years and he graduated on June 6, 1944, the same day his brother Rex was killed in the first wave during the D-Day invasion on Utah Beach. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the field artillery and sent over to France, crossing the English Channel on Christmas Eve 1944. His unit, the 66th Infantry Division, as he would later tell his troops in Vietnam the 66th was the original Black Panthers, crossed on two ships, the Leopoldville and HMS Cheshire. He was on the deck on the Cheshire when he learned the Leopoldville, just ahead of them, was torpedoed by a German U-Boats, losing over 800 of his comrades. He fought with the French in the winter and spring of 1945 ultimately celebrating VE-Day at a farmhouse in France where the family made a cake. At the end of the war he got to see his brother Gannon as he made his way back through France after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He also got to visit his brother Rexs original grave site at Sainte-Mre-glise. During this same time his brother Carroll, a combat medic, was fighting at Guadalcanal with the Marines. He was so proud of all of this brothers and Sister. After the war he was assigned to Berlin where he was Brig. Gen. Charles Gailey, Jr.s aide. The general would often say to him Buzz, isnt is something that a farmer from Georgia and a fisherman from Florida are in old Krauts mansion.Ž After the war he was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia making it easy for weekend trips home to see his family and begin courting an Apalachicola girl who was a senior at Florida State University, Catherine Neil Austin. He proposed many times and finally she said yes after she graduated from college. So on April 24, 1950 Harry Archer and Catherine Neil were married in this church. It was a Monday morning. They honeymooned in North Carolina and then moved White Sands, California to go to guided missile school. Soon after Harry was called to serve in the Korean War and fought there with his artillery battery in fall 1952, receiving the Bronze Star (Valor) for saving a gun crew by heroically removing burning propelling charges that had taken a hit from enemy mortar fire, averting sure disaster. The date was Nov. 5; his first son, Michael, was born three days later on Nov. 8 in Apalachicola. Later in Vietnam as a full colonel, he ordered his helicopter pilot to land in a hot zone to evacuate a wounded soldier. He would tell of the great care that the MASH hospital gave to this soldier when they transported him to safety. This earned him an Army Air Medal (Valor). My parents loved traveling, and boy did they get a chance, moving some 33 times with the Army places like Japan, Atlanta (where Ellen and Billy were born), El Paso (where Lisa and Cecilia were born) and Germany (where I was born). My father loved people and immersed himself in their cultures, learning enough French, German, Japanese, and even Arabic (from his time in Saudi Arabia) to warmly greet them and converse. He had a great sense of humor and would often call up the operator (with all the kids listening) and speak in broken Japanese asking for a telephone number … while we would laugh hysterically listening to the poor operator try to help him. He and my mother were very generous. He donated a car to the Lazarus house in Lawrence. Massachusetts when he heard that one of the Brothers there needed one. They donated to Mother Theresa of Calcutta before anyone knew who she was, always receiving personal letters of thanks from Mother. He loved the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and would take his grandchildren down to the station house to climb on the engines. And he loved St. Patrick church and was instrumental in the fundraising for the restoration project in the early 90s. He loved Franklin County and St. George Island, one time even getting led out of a public meeting in handcuffs because he was openly challenging the county commissioners to have the courage to make the hard decision to protect against over development.Ž (That one got his picture on the front page of the Apalachicola Times). That is something he always did, was make the hard decision. He knew what was right and what was wrong and no matter how hard the path, he took it. A good example of this courage was when his father had given him his brother Rexs personal items, which included a watch and wallet he had with him during the invasion. In 1957, some 13 years after his death, he found Rexs farewell letter hidden in his wallet (stuck to the sidewall due to the ocean water). He was afraid to show the letter to his father for fear that it would reopen old wounds of his sons death. But in the end, the letter was not addressed to him but to his father. While that was difficult to do, he gave the letter to his father so he could read his sons last thoughts and prayers. He had a great love for poetry and a fantastic memory, often reciting Kipling and Poe verse by verse on his porch. They loved the house on the island, hosting all the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends every Christmas. The week always finished with Harrys birthday party on Dec. 29. He knew that the bonds made during this annual celebration would bind our extended families for a lifetime. He loved his kids, nieces, nephews and grandkids and was so proud of them. He gave each of the boys gold pocket watches that he meticulously picked out from high-end pawn shops in Westchester County, New York when he was up that way for West Point reunions, and the girls Mikimoto pearls that he became fond of during his time in Japan. After my mother passed, Harry moved to Tampa and provided us great joy (and some hardship). We got him a driver, well, it ended up being three drivers with Lori, the third one, being the charm. He loved to get out and see the water, near the channel, beach or Davis Islands, and he especially loved his lobster at Shells on Tuesdays or Cuban food at Carmines. He loved St. Patrick parish in Tampa and befriended the Franciscan priests, Fathers Angelus, Stan and Jim, taking them to lunch at Louros Italian restaurant on the anniversary of their ordination. I want to thank my wife Jennifer for taking such good care and watching out for Harry over these past eight years and thanks to Lori taking him to doctor appointments, visiting in the hospital and taking him to so many great eating establishments in Tampa. In 2014 he was recognized by the French governemnt some 70 years after the war for his contributions in defeating the Nazis, receiving the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony with other World War II vets in St. Petersburg, capping off his amazing military career This past Thursday our parish priest, Father Stan, came to visit Harry and anoint him. He prayed with him and then asked if he was ready to meet the Lord,Ž to which my father replied No.Ž He had a zest for life and unrelenting will and resilience to live. But he had a great faith in God and truly believed that he is saved and have eternal life through his Son Jesus. When my father spoke at West Point functions he would often leave his audience with this challenge: In the words of Lincoln, beware of rashness but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forth and give us victory. But victories or no victories be men of character and high purpose. Be true sons of West Point." Harry Buzzett was a true son of Apalachicola, of Florida and we are so proud to be his sons and daughters. Rest in Peace Dad, We Love You. BUZZETTFrom Page A4


** The Times | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A11Dems host plant sale April 28Local lovingly grown plants, veggies, herbs, flowers, and gently-used decorative pots will be on sale at Seventh Street and US 98 on the morning of Saturday, April 28, as the Franklin County Demo-cratic Party hosts its first Plant Sale, slated to be an annual event. The sale will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Our plants are nonpartisan,Ž said Carol Barfield, head of the coun-tys Democratic Executive Committee. The Nest, Project Impact celebrate their professionals The Nest and Project Impact are joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to cel-ebrate the professionals at the heart of afterschool programs during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation WeekŽ from April 23 through 27.Melonie Inzetta, who directs The Nest, and Nadine Kahn, who oversees Project Impact, said they believe afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people.We encourage every-one to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their live,Ž they said, in a joint news release.An estimated 10.2 mil-lion children participate in afterschool programs each year. Here in Franklin County over 300 students participate in afterschool programs.Today, afterschool pro-grams are viewed as much more than just childcare; they are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, lit-eracy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 professionals, 50 here in Franklin County, making a difference in the lives of our children.Afterschool Profession-als Appreciation Week is a joint effort of commu-nity partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, and individuals all committed to dedicating time to recog-nize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations across the nation. Smith joins sheriffs backing Marsys LawFranklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith was among two dozen county sheriffs across the state last week to voice support for a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) proposal that would add a crime victim bill of rightsŽ to the Florida Constitution. The endorsements rep-resent more than a third of Floridas 67 county sheriffs.The proposal, known as Marsys LawŽ would put several rights into the states governing document. Among the provisions are requirements that crime victims be informed of their rights and services available to them, an entitlement to updates on criminal proceedings, a right to know about meetings between the accused and state attorneys before plea deals agreed to, and the option to attend and speak during court proceedings.Marsys Law takes its name from Marsalee MarsyŽ Nicholas of Cal-ifornia who was stalked and killed by her ex-boy-friend in 1983. All but 15 states, including Florida, enumerate victims rights in their constitutions.Walton County Sherriff and Florida Sheriffs Asso-ciation President Mike Adkinson announced the endorsements in a letter to Marsys Law for Florida, the organization pushing for the amendment, and CRC Commissioner Timothy Cerio, who is sponsoring the proposalFlorida has always been a state with strong safeguards in place for crime victims. Previous state legislatures made certain that crime victims were both protected and properly compensated,Ž Adkinson wrote in the letter.Proposal 96 will further strengthen these efforts by guaranteeing crime victims have a meaningful role in the criminal justice system,Ž he wrote. Victims of crime must be treated with fairness and Pro-posal 96 respects victims by providing them with access to information on every step of the judicial process.ŽThe sheriffs endorsements come during National Crime Victims Rights Week, an annual awareness campaign sponsored by the U.S Jus-tice Departments Office for Victims of Crime Among those also sign-ing on to Adkinsons letter were Liberty County Sheriff Eddie Joe White and Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller.The endorsements follow recent nods from State Attorneys Katherine Rundle of the 11th Circuit and Andrew Warren of the 13th Circuit, as well as a poll showing the proposal with 78 percent support among Florida voters. Recreational red snapper season now 40-daysThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters.A 24-day season was originally proposed.Florida will be setting the season in 2018 and 2019 in both state and federal waters through a fishery-management pilot program, also referred to as an Exempted Fishing Permit. The 2018 pro-posed season would open June 11 and close July 21.This recreational season will include those fishing for red snapper from private recreational vessels. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit are also included, but are limited to targeting reef fish in Gulf state waters only.This Exempted Fishing Permit will not apply to commercial fishermen, or for-hire operations with a valid federal reef fish permit.Florida is a premier fishing destination and saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has a $7.6 billion economic impact in our state every year. Adding additional opportunities for anglers to enjoy Floridas world-class fishing not only benefits our visitors but also our Gulf Coast communities,Ž said Scott. I am pleased to announce this extension today, and encourage visitors and residents to start plan-ning their summer fishing trips.ŽFWC Chairman Bo Rivard said the state is an important access point throughout the nation and world for recreational red snapper fishing. To share your com-ments or input on Gulf red snapper, visit more about snapper at MyFWC. com/Fishing by clicking on Saltwater Fishing,Ž Recreational RegulationsŽ and SnappersŽ and dont forget to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey via if you plan to target snapper or other reef fish from a private vessel.NEWS BRIEFS


** A12 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The TimesBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894The Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club is alive and well and reaching out.At a dinner April 9 at Tamaras Caf, the club honored several devoted volunteers, as well as individuals who have raised money for the worldwide outreach of the 1.2 million Rotarians across the globe, a more than century old organization which dedi-cates itself to promoting peace, fighting disease (it has nearly eradicated polio), providing clean water, supporting edu-cation, and growing local economies.On hand for the event was Lisa Weeks, from Pace, the newly governor of a district that stretches from Pensacola to Lake City. Honored as Paul Harris Fellows, named after Rotarys founder, were Lydia Countryman, the art teacher at Franklin County Schools; Marisa Getter, one of the found-ers of the annual oyster cook-off to raise funds for the fire department; Myra Ponder, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer at Pennys Worth thrift shop; Sue Sink, the wife of the Rev. John Sink, long active in Rotary; and Mark Owen, a new member and active fundraiser for local educational causes.Also receiving fellowship awards for their financial contributions were Donnie Gay and Denise Butler, wife of the Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club president Cliff Butler.Rotary is changing to stay relevant in todays world that is rapidly changing establishing new membership and meeting requirements,Ž said Cliff Butler. The Apalachicola Bay Rotary Club is looking for new ways to serve our students, young citizens and community to make our area a better place to live. We are looking for the opportunity to discuss how you can join with to improve our community. No matter what your interests are there is a place for you in Rotary.ŽThe event welcomed newly inducted Rotary members attorney Bar-bara Sanders, and Sheriff A.J. Smith, and was joined by prospective members Mark Friedman, Steve Lanier, Van Johnson, Chimene Johnson, Judi Stokowski and Traci Moses.Cliff Butler said the group is motivated by the power of one,Ž and is stepping up efforts to attract members one by one. I just want to bring us together,Ž he said.He said the club is send-ing two Franklin County sophomores, Alyssa Martina and Camille Williams, to a leadership development event in Milton later this month.We want to expose students to the outside world to help motivate them,Ž Cliff Butler said.The group meets at noon every Tuesday at Tapas.Please contact Cliff Butler at 653-5848 or for more information on how you can join with other like-minded individuals in serving our community and world.Rotary Club honors those who serveSpecial to the TimesLast week, 15 plein air artists from Maine to Florida spent the week painting and drawing their unique perspectives of St. George Island for the first St. George Island Paint Out.Each artist observed and captured the beauty of the islands special environment in their works. The artists set their easels outdoors, capturing the interplay of light, nature, and iconic Island landmarks. On Sat-urday afternoon, these outstanding observers of our world showcased their interpretations of the island at a reception and art show at the St. George Plantation Clubhouse.Attendees were treated to viewing 126 exclu-sive plein air paintings of St. George Island, from Sikes Cut to the state park. The artists not only captured the lighthouse, beaches, and dunes, but they also chose local busi-nesses as subjects of their paintings.Throughout the week, the public was invited to attend Meet-and-Greets which each featured three of the artists, to display and talk about their work. Several artists even painted onsite during these events. Island restaurants that participated, with each providing free appetizers, were The Beach Pit, Sometimes Its Hotter, The St. George Island Visitors Center (appetiz-ers catered by St. George Cantina), Paddys Raw Bar, and Doc Myers Sport Bar.The soon-to-beopen St. George Cantina catered Saturdays closing reception and art show. The chef and owner, JT Taylor, provided a fresh taco-and-salsa bar and delicious desserts to the delight of the attendees.Ann Kozeliski, of La Moyne Gallery in Tallahassee, and Sandi Shaw of Pines and Palms Gallery in Thomasville, Georgia, judged the artists work.Best of Show was awarded to Allison Leigh Menke of Maryland for The Days Last Show.Ž First place went to Natalia Andreeva of Tallahassee for Artists at Doc Myers,Ž second place to Joan Vienot of Santa Rosa Beach for Marsh at Nicks Hole,Ž and third place to Ed Nickerson of Destin for Exit SGI.ŽThe St. George Island Paint Out is a non-profit organization, developed to establish St. George Island as a premier destination for plein air artists through paint outs, art shows and workshops. The event also serves to promote and feature island shops, restaurants, housing, and attractions.For more information, visit St. George Island Paint Outs website at or find them on Facebook at St. George Island Paint Out.Paint-out debut interprets the islandLisa Weeks, Rotarys district governor, left, and Cliff Butler, the local club president, right, honored are Paul Harris Fellows, from left, Lydia Countryman, Myra Ponder and Marisa Getter. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN PHOTOS | THE TIMES ] Lisa Weeks, Rotarys district governor, right, and Cliff Butler, the local club president, left, honor Sue Sink, wife of the Rev. John Sink, as a new Paul Harris Fellows. Paint Out Hostesses, from left, are Diane Bodenhamer; Bunnie Ison, who was one of the St. George Island Paint Out organizers; Linda Jones; Pat Gore; Janelle Smith; Barbara Iman; with Ann Siculiano in front. [ PAT OCONNELL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Harry AsŽ by Craig Reynolds [PAT OCONNELL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Joan Vienot won second place for Marsh At Nicks Hole.Ž[ PAT OCONNELL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Debra Brienen painted the Blue Parrot.[ PAT OCONNELL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]


** The Times | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A13 FAITHSorry I didnt get to be with my friends and neighbors for covered dish last Sunday. The weather and I had a round or two; the weather won. Jim and Dot brought me a plate on their way home. Thank you a bunch. Coffee is the thing Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m. over at Chillas Hall. Come on over when you come to get your mail or just out and about. The coffee is still 50 cents a mug and on Thursdays its free. Sometimes there are goodies on the counter to go along with the coffee. On Monday and Wednesday, its bingo time at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center and Chillas Hall. The doors at the senior center open on Monday at 5:30 p.m., early bird bingo at 6 p.m. with regular following at 7 p.m. Snacks and soft drinks are available. Be sure to carry your big purse or wallet to put your winnings in. On Wednesday, its over to Chillas Hall and you can holler bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and regular bingo at 6:30 p.m. There are also snacks and soft drinks available. Thursday lunch can be had at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, 201 Avenue F in Carrabelle. Today it is sausage with red beans and rice, cole slaw, vegetable casserole, cornbread and dessert. We line up at noon, and our faithful volunteers will prepare and serve. Your donation of $6 will be collected at the desk. And while youre there you might as well take a chance or two on the pastry raffle. On Friday, you can get a huge hamburger with chips at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82. Your donation of $6 will be collected at the bar. Oh yea, we also have a pastry raffle. Orders taken after 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. You know where to be on Saturday morning, April 21. You guessed it? At the Lanark Village Boat Club having a good full breakfast. Serving is from 9 to 11 a.m. You can choose either pancakes or French toast, sausage or bacon, grits, eggs your way, juice or coffee. Yum yum. Your donation of $5 will be collected inside the door. Let all of our faithful volunteers know you appreciate them being there to help. Got a call Sunday from the Legion, to check and see if I was OK. I usually order pizza on Sunday evening. Thank you. That was very nice. Get your Sunday evening pizza at Legion Post #82. Orders are taken from 4 to 7 p.m. The ashtrays can be found on the screenedin porch and no smoking in the bar during this time. Thank you. Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound and remember volunteers make it happen. Until next time, God bless our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry.LANARK NEWSEnjoy breakfast at boat club this SaturdayMary Virginia passed peacef ully away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. She was born on May 27, 1921. She is survived by her son, Fred Robinson (Frances), grandson, Meyer Robinson, and niece, Vivian Carol. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service in Benedict Hall. Any donations in Mary Virginias memory should be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 667, Apalac hicola, Florida 32329.OBITUARY MARY VIRGINIA MOOREFIELD ROBINSONThe Rochelle family would like to thank everyone for the calls, texts, visits, donations and all acts of kindness that were shown to the family during our time of bereavement. Words cannot express our gratitude. May Gods abundance fill your lives is our prayer. Forever grateful,Mary Lee Rochelle and the entire Rochelle familyCARD OF THANKSThe Rochelle FamilyMay Day Festival set for May 12When God is in it, who can be against it?ŽThe debut of the May Day Festival, slated to be an annual event, is slated for Saturday, May 12 at Apalachicolas Franklin Square, across from the Holy Family Senior Center at Sixth Street.Dedicated in honor of the late Quinnaland Rhodes, the free event will be highlighted by the plating of the Maypole.Activities will include apple-bobbing, go-fish, cake walk, and more.For more info, call Feli-cia Rhodes at 323-0730.FAITH BRIEFSHello Franklin County! Computer classes will be offered at the Carrabelle branch starting Monday, April 23. Two different classes per week and the schedule will be Window 10 Introduction at 2 p.m. on Monday April 23, and Windows Organization and Backup at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27. Following week classes will be Microsoft Excel … Intro and Formulas. Classes are led by Pam Tullous, a Microsoftcertified trainer and office expert. No registration necessary; all classes free and open to the public. The Basics of Better Living program will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Eastpoint branch. The topic will be Extreme Recipe Makeover, with programs facilitated by Samantha Kennedy with the county extension office. The movie Wonder,Ž rated PG, will be featured at the free Friday Movie Night at the Carrabelle branch, at 6 p.m. on April 20. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Mobile Mammogram Bus is coming to Carrabelle on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bus will be set up in the parking lot at the Carrabelle library. The event is sponsored by the Franklin County Public Library, the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin County Health Department, and Tech-Care X-Ray, LLC. Vouchers will be provided to women between the ages 50 to 64, and of low income with no health insurance. Those currently with health coverage may use that insurance to take advantage of the convenient location. No appointment necessary. 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. Contact the Eastpoint branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 670-8151 and the Carrabelle branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 am. to 2 p.m. at 697-2366. See you at the Library!LIBRARY CORNEREnjoy Wonder at Friday Movie Night Jim Welsh By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Its been 50 years since Taylors Building Supply went from being a small Western Auto Store in Eastpoint, right, to being a massive building supply store with about 60,000 separate products, and theyre celebrating.A three day sale, on everything from paint to citrus trees, from knizes to grills,runs through Sat-urday. A $500 shopping spree is the anniversarys grandprize.The festivities get underway on Thursday, April 19, highlighted by a ribbon-cutting in conjunction with the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m., with hor doeuvres to follow.Friday is Demo Day, with a free catfish meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and face painting and balloon tying from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.The fun for the kids con-tinues at 10 a.m. Saturday, with more catfish for lunch and the grand prize draw-ing. Plus theres a bucket sale where patrons can get 20 percent off everything that fits in a bucket.Taylors marks golden anniversaryA look at the original Taylors, in the early 1970s. [ PHOTO COURTESY OF TAYLORS ] Stephanie Boone tends to Taylors expanded lawn and garden section.[ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] For more news go to


** A14 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to timesoutdoors@starfl.comBy Frank SargeantSpecial to The StarThe action off the beach is the primary news for fishermen across the Pan-handle this month as the vast bait schools show up in their spring migration northward from South Florida, and with them the pelagic near-shore camp followers, cobia, king mackerel and Span-ish mackerel along with lots of jacks, bonito and other hungry mouths.The cobia action continues to May, while the kings and Spanish will be here until late October. Heres a look at where and how to catch them: CobiaMost cobia fishing in Panhandle waters is sight-fishing„the cobia migrate at the surface in pods of two to six, and anglers in tower boats spot them, get ahead of them and let them swim into casting range. Its somewhat akin to the tarpon fishing that comes later in the spring, and the excitement of presenting a bait in front of a visible fish draws anglers from all over the Southeast to get in on the action.The fish are usually migrating from east to west, and the best bite is typically in the morning. Boats work westward slowly anywhere from 100 yards to a quarter-mile off the beach, keeping the sun at the anglers backs so that they can see into the water. The best cobia boats have towers, with the elevated positions making it easier to see into the water.Cobia readily grab live pinfish, finger mullet, menhaden, blue crabs and particularly, live eels. The Savage Real Eel, a 12-inch black plastic imitation, also works very well. The baits or lures are typically cast on heavy spinning gear, 8-foot mediumheavy rods with size 5000 reels, loaded with 40-pound-test braid or heavier, with the bait or lure fished on a couple feet of 40-pound-test mono tied in with a uni-knot. Hook size is matched to the baits, from 4 /0 to 7 /0 typically.The fish get progressively spookier as he season goes on, so its often necessary to run in a wide arc around the fish, shut off the motor and let them swim into range rather than motoring right up to them for a cast.Some anglers are also borrowing a trick from tarpon anglers farther south, running their boats on electric trolling motors ahead of the cobia and simply letting the baits back far enough to get right in the face of the fish„no splashy cast and the bait stays just in front of them until they take.Cobia these days aver-age between 15 and 30 pounds, with a few larger to 60 pounds caught every year. The days of 100-pounders seem to be over, at least until current reduced harvest limits can have an impact„few sur-vive long enough to reach giant size these days. The Gulf limit is now one per day or two per boat, whichever is less, with minimum length to the fork 33 inches. King MackerelKingfish populations have increased dramatically over the last 30 years, after reaching a low point in the 1980s due to extensive large-scale commercial harvest. They arrive in Panhandle waters in schools of thou-sands in April, and remain here until late October when water temperature drops below 68 degrees.Kings show up any-where from a few hundred yards off the beach to 50 miles offshore, but theyre much more a coastal spe-cies than the blue-water pelagics like wahoo and dolphin. In fact, some of the largest caught each year are found just outside the jetties of the major Panhandle passes, where they feed along the color changeŽ as black water out of the bays flows into the blue-green water of the Gulf.In fact, slow trolling a 12to 14-inch live mullet or ladyfish along this break line is one of the favorite tactics of tournament anglers looking for 50-pounders. The big girls definitely patrol these areas, though theyre usually few and far between. Anglers specifically chasing these giants usually rely on 30to 40-pound test gear, conventional or spin, though a few tournament specialists go as light as 15 on the theory that the spindly gear is more likely to fool a big fish than the heavier and more visible lines and leaders. Of course, handling a fish that can smoke off over a hundred yards of line in seconds on light tackle takes some doing.Large baits are typically rigged with a single hook in the nose, and one or two size 6 extrastrong stingerŽ trebles just under the skin along the back. Leaders and stinger wiring are typi-cally number 6 dark wire.Giant kings also show up with some frequency over offshore wrecks and reefs at depths of 100 feet and more„freelining blue runners or live mullet can sometimes turn up these fish, if the amberjacks dont get to them first.For smaller but more dependable action on school kings of 7 to 15 pounds, its simply a matter of getting out the inlet at dawn and looking for diving birds. Kings usually feed on top for a time at dawn, and the leaping bait draws the well-known white tor-nadoŽ of diving sea birds to the feast.When the fish are on top, they can be caught on practically anything, but a half-ounce white bucktail with a mullet or bonito strip is one of the best offerings. Large topwater lures cranked very fast can also bring some amazing strikes, as do large spoons„whatever the lure, it has to be moving about as fast as you can crank to draw a strike from kings.Trolling jigs and spoons around the schools also does well, particularly once the sun is up, when most experts put the lures on number 2 planers to get them down a bit, and tow at about 6 mph, twice walking speed.Kings respond well to chum, so anchoring in areas with good current flow, particularly uptide from a wreck or reef, and putting over chum bags with chopped menhaden or shrimp can bring them to the boat. Drift a live sardine, cigar minnow or menhaden back into the slick and hang on„strikes are usually prompt. These smaller baits can be fished nose hooked on a single size 3 /0 hook. Again, about 12 inches of number 6 wire to a swivel is essen-tial to prevent cutoffs on the sharp teeth of the macks. Spanish Mackerel Spanish are the smaller cousins of king mackerel, and usually arrive a bit sooner as the waters warm. They tend to hang more inshore than the kings, and schools of them sometimes run into the harbors and large bays to remain for weeks at a time, so long as theres plenty of bait around to feed them„Destin Harbor is a favorite fishing area, especially when wind makes going outside the inlet a challenge.Spanish average from a couple pounds up to 5 or 6 pounds, and like kings they like their food moving fast„trolling at 6 knots pulling a size 1 or size 0 Clark spoon or sim-ilar with a bit of weight to keep it down a couple feet is often all it takes to get them. For larger Spanish, trolling a 1-ounce chrome Rat-L-Trap, a lipless vibrating lure, is a good way to go. Spoons and Rat-L-Traps cast into surfacing schools also do plenty of business, though its tough to keep up with the movement of the fish most days.They also readily take live baits including sardines and small cigar minnows as well as live shrimp fished on size 1 to 1/ 0 hooks. Like kings, they readily come to chum„set up around the jetties or just outside the inlets to lure them in.Also like kings, Spanish have razor-edged teeth, but they do tend to be a bit leader shy at times, particularly in clear water. They bite a lot better on leader of 25-pound-test fluoro or Masons hard mono than they do on wire, and though some nip off the lures, most do not. Many anglers feel the extra bites with fluoro or hard mono are worth the occasional cutoff. Standard inshore tackle is adequate to catch them„a medium 7 spin-ning rod, 3000-sized reel with 15-pound-test braid does the job. Pier ActionAll three of these spring species can readily be caught by the exception-ally-productive beach piers found from East-point to Pensacola Beach. Obviously, you have to be there when the fish pass within range, but pier regulars catch an amazing number of kings and Spanish, as well as their share of cobia when the run is on.Standard tactic is to get there when at first light, go about 3 /4 of the way out and sabiki up some live baits, whatever happens to bite, and then stow them in an aerated bucket and head for the end of the pier. For kings and Span-ish, the baits are rigged on 2/ 0 to 3 /0 hooks and cast, unweighted, as far as the angler can heave them with an 8-foot or longer medium-heavy spinning rig and 40-pound-test braid. Whenever a king or Spanish passes within range„and this happens with frequency when the fish are in„theres usu-ally a hook-up.Pier kings typically go 7 to 10 pounds, but now and then a smokerŽ latches on and the fun begins as the angler passes his/her rod over and under all the other rods bristling from the rail.For cobia, specialists tend to stay on the east side of the piers, watching for migrating fish. They usually travel from east to west„tossing a live bait or a plastic eel in front of them often results in a hookup. Fish of 20 to 30 pounds are common.April angling action in the PanhandleCobia are a favorite target along Gulf beaches in April, with pods of the “ sh migrating just outside the green bar throughout the month. [PHOTO CREDIT CAPTAIN TROY FRADY] Kings are a target from late March through October in Panhandle waters, with schoolies from 7 to 15 pounds common along with the occasional smokerŽ of 40 pounds or more. [PHOTO CREDIT CAPTAIN SCOTT MOORE] Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead continued to be the talk of the week and Pompano are now close behind. Mackerel bite continues good on Clarkspoon Mackerel trees slow trolled between the sand bars along Windmark Beach all the way out to Mexico Beach. And like last week Sheepshead are still present around the markers and buoys. If you have wreck or reef numbers Sheeps are still present as well. Live shrimp is your go to for the Sheeps and remember to use a small heavy wire circle hook for these guys. Pompano continue to increase in numbers along the beaches but after the last couple days of ruff surf they may slow due to the churned up murky water. Be patient the water should clear quickly once the wind lays down. Red“ sh bite is fair out on St. Joe bay and “ sh are taking everything from Live shrimp to Pin “ sh and soft baits. Work those ” ats and deep holes hard for the Red“ sh. The weather has been slow to heat up and clear up and the wind to lay but all this should turn in the near future and we look forward to a great spring and summer of “ shing. Until next week Happy Fishing!FISHING REPORT


** The Times | Thursday, April 19, 2018 A15 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894The Lady Seahawks finished district play last week by winning two of three district games.On Tuesday, the team lost at Wewa by a score of 4-1. Eighth grader Sage Brannan was the losing pitcher, throwing 4 and ‡rd, giving up only one hit, with two strikeouts and two walks. Sophomore Jaylin Charles finished the game, giving up two hits, with no walks.Junior Melanie Collins had the only base hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Charles. Wewa will enter the district tournament next week as the number one seed.On Thursday the ladies traveled to Port St. Joe and beat the Lady Sharks for the second time this year. Franklin County improved to 12-9, while Port St. Joe fell to 9-7. The Lady Seahawks cranked out 13 hits and won by a score of 14-2.Collins was 3-4, scoring three times, with three RBI's. Brannan, junior Alexus Johnson, senior Madison Smith, and Charles all had two hits. Junior Sophia Kirvin and sophomore Rosie Davis each had one hit.Charles and Brannan combined on the mound as they held the Lady Sharks to five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.Friday, the Lady Seahawks finished the week by hosting Bozeman and avenging an early season loss. The Lady Bucs came into the game with a 16-4 record and ranked sixth in Class 1A. But on this night, it was all Seahawks as Franklin County won by score of 4-0.Brannan threw her best game of the season, and only gave up one base hit, while only facing 22 batters in seven innings. She struck out nine with no walks.Kirvin and Smith led with two hits each, while Johnson, senior Michaela Cassidy, Charles and Brannan each had one. Backing up Brannan was a defense that didn't make a single error. This left both teams with a 7-3 district record and they had to flip a coin for district seed-ing. The Lady Bucs finally found success as they won the coin toss and will be the number two seed in next week's district tourna-ment. The Lady Seahawks will be the three seed and will play sixth seeded Vernon Monday night. If they win, they will play Bozeman for a state playoff slot and a chance to prob-ably play Wewa for the district title on Thursday."This is a big week for us because we need to face good pitching and play well heading into next week's district tournament." said coach Scott CollinsThe Lady Seahawks play Rutherford, Maclay, Godby and Lincoln this week. Friday night's game v. Class 8A Lincoln will be broadcast on 106.5 FM, beginning at 6:30 p.m.Lady Seahawks win two of three in districtBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Three district champions, and two district runner ups, will lead the field for the Seahawk track and field as they advance to the regionals this Wednesday at Florida High in Tallahassee.The four students … seniors Genevieve Printiss and Simon Hodgson, junior Tiauna Benjamin and freshman Jamela Ray … earned the right to advance based on their performances April 10 at the Class 1A District 2 meet at Bozeman High School in Panama City.Benjamin was the district champion for the high jump, with a leap of 1.52 meters, and finished in third place in the triple jump, with an 8.86 meter performance, and fourth in the long jump, with a 4.47-meter leap. She qualified in for regionals in all three events.Printiss was the district champion for the 3200 meters, with a time of 13:33.11 ; and district runner up for the 1600 meters, with a 5:59.21 performance, qualifying for regionals in both events.Ray was the district champion for shotput, hoisting the school record at a 10.43 meter throw, qualifying for regionals.Hodgson was the district runner up for the 3200 meters, with a time of 11:15.74, and third place in the 1600 meters, with a 4:57.73 performance, also qualifying for regionals in two events.We had decent show-ings from everyone, but the four below really stood out,Ž said coach John Cooper. This 2018-19 track and field season is filled with individual success that can be built into team success in the future for both boys and girls teams.All credit to the ath-letes that have worked so hard this season, especially the cross country program under Coach Hathcock for developing great long distance runners, and maybe it can be something that can be built into a year-round sport.ŽOther district performances included sophomore Janacia Bunyon running a 31.40 in the 200-meters for 13th place, and freshman Haley Miller running a 33.64 for 19th place. Miller ran a 1:20.15 in the 400-meters for 15th place.In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Lindsey Steifel ran a 21.62 for eighth place.In the high jump, Bunyon jumped 1.27 meters for sixth place.In the discus, Ray threw 24.1 meters, to finish sev-enth. In the shotput, ABC School eighth grader Santi Turrell threw 7.47 meters to finish in 13th place overall.In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Levi Bilbo ran a 29.71 for 20th place, and in the 400 meters, ran a 1:13.55 to finish 23rd overall.In the shotput, junior Hunter Kelly threw for 7.41 meters to finish in 17th place.On March 27 at a quad meet at Wakulla, Benjamin jumped 1.47 meters to take first place in the high jump, while Printiss ran a 5:57.64 in the 1,600 meters to finish runner-up.In the 100 meters, senior Brooke Martina was 23rd with a time of 15.48.In the 200 meters, freshman Adia Barberran a 34.19 in the 200-meters to finish 26th, and 1:26.05 in the 400 meters to finish 20th.In the 800 meters, Printiss ran a 2:45.30 for fourth place, and was fifth in the 3200 meters with a time of 13:43.95 .In the high jump, eighth grader Genesis Jones jumped 1.22 meters for seventh place.In the long jump, Ben-jamin leaped 4.96 meters for second place.For the boys, First Baptist s ophomore Isiah Barber ran a 12.20 in the 100-meter dash for 23rd place, and jumped 5.96 meters in the long jump for seventh place.In the 200 meters, Bilbo ran a 28.92 for 33rd place.In the 400 meters, First Baptist sixth grader Ethan Kembro ran a 1:20.85 for 29th place, and a 3:12.05 in the 800 meters for 24the place.In the 16,00 meters, Hodgson ran a 5:02.13 for fourth place, and in the 3,200 meters, an 11:18.03 for eighth place,In the high jump, First Baptist eight grader Carter Kembro leaped 1.6 meters for sixth place,In the discus, junior Cameron Wynn threw 18.51 meters for 12th place, and Kelley hurled 15.03 meters for 13th place. In the shot, Wynn threw 8.68 meters for 13th place, and Kelly 7.62 meters for 15th place.In the Rutherford Relays March 31, Printiss was first in the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:17.16, and second in the 1,600 meters with a run of 6:04.83.In the high jump, Benjamin was second with a leap of 1.47 meters, was first in the long jump with a leap of 4.57 meters, and was second in the triple jump with a 9.04 meter showing.In the 1,600 meters, Hodgson ran a 5:09.88 for second place, and was first in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:51.11 .The relay team in the 4 by 100 ran a 52.31 for sev-enth place. In the high jump Carter Kembro junped 1.52 meters for seventh place, and in the long jump, Barber leaped 5.74 meters for second place.Four Hawks head to regionalsThe 2018 Seahawk track team [ JENNIFER EDWARDS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894The Franklin County boys varsity team down Vernon in extra innings this month, after falling to Liberty County and Bozeman On March 30 at Liberty County, the team fell 10-2 to Liberty County in an away game.Tonnor Segree took the loss, hurling three innings, striking out four and walking three while giving uup six runs on five hits, four of the runs earned.Dalyn Sheridan struck out two and walked on in two innings of relief, giving up one hit and two runs, one of them earned.Christian Amison struck out one in one inning on the mound, giving up two earned runs."This game was all about how Liberty swung the bats, said coach Kevin Cox. "This was really the first time all year our pitching was not as sharp as it needed to be. We gave up 12 hits and some-times you just have to tip your cap to the other team. That kid Yont just smashed the ball, going 3 for 4 with two homes and a double."We had our chance early with a bases loaded situation to get a lead but once that didnt happen they took control of the game and we could never put pressure on them again," said the coach.Highlights at the plate were Micah McLeod who went 2 for 4m with a double and one run batted in;Christopher Newell, 1 for 3 with one run batted in, andEthan Riley 1 for 3 with a run scored.On April 3 at home against Bozeman, the Seahawks lost 8-3, with Newell takig the loss, going six innings, striking out seven, walking two, and giving up eight hits and foru runs, two of them earned. Javon pPride struck out one and walked three in one inning, while giving up four runs, none of them earned."We competed very well in this game," said Cox. "Could not have asked more of our starting pitcher Christopher Newell. He battled strong for six innings. We just made some untimely errors that cost us dearly. Was a 4-3 game going to the seventh, then the wheels kind of came off."I just really like the way we never stopped competing in this game with the #1 seed and unde-feated team in the district. I think we realized on this night that we have what it takes to compete with anybody," said the coach.Highlights of the night would not only be Newell's pitching but he was 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in.Riiley was 2-4 at the plate with a run scored while McLeod was 1 for 2.On April 5 at home against Vernon, the Seahawks won 5-4 in nine innings.Pride took the win,pitching three and two-thirds innings, walk-ing two and givign up one hit and no runs,Segree hurled three innings, walking two and giving up three earned runs, whileSheridan struck out two and walked three in two innings, giving up one unearned run."The second time in a row we have gone into extra innings with Vernon this year, said Cox. "This time the break went our way to come out on top. The key to this game was our relievers Dalyn Sheridan and Javon Pride combined to pitchsix innings only giving up one hit and one run."In the ninth inning the game came down to Chance White finding a way to put a ball in play and making something happen and Chris Newell hustling on the play and scoring from first. Just a key game for us in dis-trict play and it looks like things are shaping up for us to play them again in the district playoffs, said Cox.The top of the lineup carried the team withMcLeod going 2 for 4 with a double, and two runs scored,Pride 2 for 5,Newell with a double, andscoring two runs and driving in one run, andWhite with a hit and three runs batted in.Hawks down Vernon in extra inningsSophomore pitcher Jaylin Charles throws a drop ball.[ PHOTO COURTESY FCHS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ] Sheridan White


** A16 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The Times 1. From the Latin translation, what international citys motto is, Lord, direct us.Ž? Rome, Melbourne, Montreal, London 2. During what kind of racing might a competitor utilize a trapeze maneuver? Bicycle, Sailboat, Stock car, Ski 3. What has the nickname of the  Arkansas ToothpickŽ? Electric chainsaw, Clinton presidency, Bowie knife, Treated wood 4. Whose members included Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison? The Who, Yes, Bread, The Doors 5. What country produces about a third of the worlds black pepper? Brazil, Vietnam, China, Mexico 6. Gub-Gub is the name of Doctor Dolittles pet ...? Rabbit, Pig, Mule, Rooster ANSWERS: 1. London, 2. Sailboat, 3. Bowie knife, 4. The Doors, 5. Vietnam, 6. Pig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 CROSSWORD 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. April is preparing to depart, a sign the school year is nearing its end,the first hints of summer waft-ing through the air. The Times welcomes readers to send us their best photographs, 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 FRANKLINThe art of natureA deer on Carrabelle Beach seen Monday[ CASS PETERS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Dolphins under the bridge over the Apalachicola River [ CARL MCCASKEY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Art by nature, found on a morning walk. Nature at work, no help from anyone. [ ROGER MUTERSPAUGH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] The promise of a new day [ LYDIA COUNTRYMAN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Ed Nickerson takes part in the “ rst St. George Island Paint-Out.w [ JO PEARMAN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]


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** A18 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The TimesThe two liquids blended at a day-long symposium Saturday into grey matter, energized and activated inside of heads assembled for a symposium that focused on the subject of what is, in eco-nomic terms alone, a distinct repopulating of a neighbor-hood that, for many years and still today, has been stitched tightly together.Highlighting the day was a presentation by Ann Carpenter, a senior community and economic development advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, who, together with two North Florida attorneys active in representing low-income cli-ents on civil issues, addressed the issue of heirs property, in a session aptly named In the Cross Heirs.ŽWhile she noted at the outset that her comments were hers alone, and did not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta or the Federal Reserve System, Carpenters pre-sentation came as part of the Feds larger mission to foster stable ownership to prevent land loss and abandonment.ŽShe noted that part of the Feds mission is to activate financial, human, and social capital to foster the condi-tions that support economic growth in the Southeast, especially in disinvested communities.ŽHeirs property, as Car-penter outlined, is that which has been inherited intestate, meaning there has been no will, or that which has been passed on to joint owners with undivided interest in the whole. With nearly three-quarters of all black adults lacking a will in place, she said that all too often there is an absence of clear, marketable title, which makes the prop-erty vulnerable to disputes and predatory land deals.Heirs cannot access grants or loans for property improvements,Ž she said. This may lead to blight, health and safety concerns, loss of tax revenue, and lower property values.ŽCarpenter said that while it is difficult to track and gauge the scope of the issue,Ž what data there is shows the prob-lem is disproportionately high among racial and ethnic minority groups and low-income households.ŽWe need to devote more attention to this,Ž she said. Its extremely difficult to track and gauge this issue.ŽCarpenter said 1976 data collection on black-owned land uncovered issues with intestate estates, heirs prop-erties, and partition sales that lead to land loss. In fact, one study showed that out of 15 million acres, mainly rural lands, acquired by black land owners from 1865-1910, only 5.5 million acres were in black hands by 1969.She said a startlingŽ pat-tern suggests that as much as 80 percent of all black-owned land that has been lost over the past century is due to heirs property issues.Whatever the precise number, heirs property estimates are as high as 30 percent of all rural lands, with the problem of loss also prevalent in small towns and urban areas.Its probably in the range of 10 to 15 percent of all properties in the Southeast,Ž Carpenter said.She said heirs property ownership trends follow black-owned property trends, and are associated with out-migration.Joint owners may be unable to access equity to obtain loans or mortgages, and lack the clear title required to sell the land or apply for local, state, federal aid,Ž she said, noting there is a higher likelihood of tax default and of forced partition actions, in which one individual within a group which shares ownership can force the sale of a particular property.In contrast to local land owners, who tend to be active in civic and public life and can affect their interests, absen-tee ownership often leads to blighted conditions, health and safety issues, loss of tax revenue, and depletion of property values, Carpenter said, noting that it can com-plicate disaster recovery and redevelopment.She said laws in several other states, although not Florida, have been passed to prevent forced partition actions, ensure fair market value, and preserve the family property,Carpenter proposed sev-eral strategies for addressing heirs property issues, includ-ing turning to legal services to resolve title issues. Sitting next to her at the morning panel was Leslie Powell-Bou-dreaux, executive director of Legal Services of North Florida, and Ed Grunewald, executive director from the North Florida Center for Equal Justice, both groups active in addressing civil law matters for low-income people.Holly Brown, organizer of the Save Our Shotguns Apalachicola group that sponsored the symposium, said that about 10 percent of the 1,000 lots on the Hill are heirs property. Its a huge issue,Ž she said.Powell-Boudreaux said Legal Services can do title clearing work for those who qualify. It would be terrible to lose the family home, the family wealth, over $1,500 in taxes,Ž she said. We need to have a conversation to see whats going on, and if theres a role we can play. Thats part of our mission.ŽShe said the attorneys who work for Legal Service sometimes shy away from heirs property cases, because the large amount of work involved. They tell me, wow, thats going to take years,Ž she said.Powell-Boudreaux said Legal Services can assist with wills and advanced directives, as well as title and foreclosure issues. Every situation is different,Ž she said. Some-times people simply dont trust the system. We need to build relationships and build that trust.ŽGrunewald outlined some common scenarios, stressing that its usually up to a family to decide how they wish to proceed, and that it often requires participation from local government to address the entire picture.At the early morning session, the symposium heard from Ashon Nesbitt, a technical advisor to the Florida Community Land Trust Insti-tute, who provided advice on sustaining the existing land trust in the county.In the afternoon, a session on "The Path to a Zoning Solution," was led by John Travis Marshall, assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law; and Richard Dagenhart, emeritus professor of architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.This was followed by a panel discussion "The Hill and Its Future,Ž moderated by Mayor Van Johnson, and featuring panelists Harold Banks, Dreamal Worthen, Creighton Brown, and Dagenhart. PROPERTYFrom Page A1FAMU Professor Dreamal Worthen, left, and architect Richard Dagenhart take part in a afternoon panel discussion, moderated by Mayor Van Johnson, on The Hill and Its Future.Ž [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ]


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** A20 Thursday, April 19, 2018 | The TimesEach week the Apalachicola Times presents Seahawk Art-istry, a feature showcasing the creative endeavors of art students in the Seahawk Arts program at Franklin County School in Eastpoint.Fifth grade students have been learning the art of pyrography, or wood burning. Students transfered draw-ings and designs onto 5-inch x 14-inch panels of wood cut from seafood crates donated by Lynn's Quality Oysters in Eastpoint. Then students used various woodburning tips in creating and embellishing their personal works of art. Liquid water colors were used to enchance and complete their individual word burning works of art.Annsleigh Cone created her piece, "Soaring Pelican," and chose to highlight the blue water below the pelican. "I liked using the woodburning tools because it was new and different. I really liked this art activity. My favorite medium to work with is acrylic paints," she said.The wood burning art will be displayed the following locations: Lynn's Quality Oysters and The Pesky Peli-can in Eastpoint; Millender's Seafood in Carrabelle; and Thirteen Mile Seafood in Apalachicola.SEAHAWK ARTISTRYAnnsleigh Cone