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** Volume 133 Number 14 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ....................A4 Society .......................A8 Faith ........................A9 Outdoors ..................A12 Sports......................A13 f-stop Franklin..........A14 A4Time to save Apalachicolas squaresA13AAA All-Stars have building year MEMORIES OF THE CIVIL WAR | A5 OUT TO SEE Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ApalachTimes ¢ CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894If youre a property owner in Franklin County, the mill-age rate you pay to fund county government will be dropping a tiny bit for the next fiscal year.And if youre an employee of the county, the money you make at your job will be going up.After two days of smooth budget workshops last week, in which nearly all the consti-tutional officers and county departments kept their annual budgets unchanged, county commissioners voted unanimously Friday to lower the millage rate from 6.3065 to 6.2762 mills, the equivalent of four-tenths of 1 percent.Because the countys tax base grew by 3.46 percent, from $1.83 billion to $1.89 billion, the lower millage will bring in about $11.86 million next year, which is about $350,000 more than the $11.51 million taken in this year.A portion of this additional revenue, or about $221,000 will go towards funding a 3 percent pay raise to county County millage to dropBy David AdlersteinThe Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894A dozen Eastpoint res-idents, scattered across four civil suits two filed in Leon County and two in Franklin are suing the private contractor that handled the prescribed burn under a contract with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a burn that state investigators found was the cause of the June 24 Lime Rock Road blaze.How the entire legal matter eventually turns out, for plaintiff and lawyer alike, is anyones guess, but one thing is certain.The repercussions of a lawsuit against the state by two Shuler brothers, filed a decade ago, affirmed by a jury, and later won on appeal, will have a lot to do with what happens.As it stands now, and its a number sure to swell in weeks ahead, two law firms, Steven R. Andrews in Tallahas-see, and J. Patrick Floyd in Apalachicola, have so far filed suits.Floyd was first out of the gate, filing July 5 in circuit court in Franklin County on behalf of Wil-lard and Jean Butler, of 625 and 621 Wilderness Road, seeking compen-sation for their property damaged, burned and rendered unusableŽ by the Lime Rock Road fires, which state officials say originatedwithin a private contractors pre-scribed acreage put to a controlled burn earlier that month. The suit alleges Wild-lands Service Inc. out of Tallahassee was negligent, and demands damages be paid, a trial by jury be conducted and the defendant cover all attorney fees and costs.A second suit, filed by Floyd the same day, is on behalf of Amanda Hall, who rented a residence and land at 621 Wilder-ness Road. In addition to a similar claim for prop-erty damage, it alleges that as a result of the fire, Hall was injured and that this will impair her earn-ing abilities and mean a loss of wages.A week later, on July 13, Andrews filed two suits in Leon County, both against Wildlands, both seeking compensation for damages to Lime Rock Road re lawsuit lings startBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894One month after the Lime Rock Road wildfire burned 36 homes in the Eastpoint neighborhood of Ridge Road and Wilderness Road, and did an estimated $1.7 million in damage, a lot has happened.Sheltering the homelessCounty employees to get 3 percent cost-of-living raiseIts God sent!Ž said Amanda Hall, left, as she celebrated the arrival of her FEMA trailer with neighbor Shelby Rotella. [ RICHARD BICKEL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS] Thank you Lord! Thank you Jesus! retired oysterman Jimmy Boone shouts to the heavens in celebration of his just-delivered new trailer. The permanent home was supplied and paid for through private donations to the Franklin County Sheriffs GoFundMe site. Donations providing homes and needs for those a ected by the Lime Rock Road wild reBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Franklin County last month saw its jobless rate jump by one-half of 1 percentage point, still in the top seven among Floridas 67 counties.At 3.4 percent in June, Franklin tied with Orange and Seminole for third best in the state, behind Walton and Monroe, both at 3.2 per-cent, and Okaloosa and St. Johns County, the best at 3.1 percent.According to preliminary numbers released Friday, Franklins jobless rate in June meant 165 people were on the jobless rolls, 25 more than in May, as the labor force grew by just four workers, from 4,863 to 4,867. The countys June rate was identical to one year ago, when both the labor force, at 4,888, and the jobless rolls, at 168, were larger.Unemployment rate takes a hike See MILLAGE, A6 See LAWSUIT, A2 See JOBLESS, A6 See DONATIONS, A2Full moon climb at lighthouse FridayThe July Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be Friday, July 27. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., will include light hors doeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people without reservations are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for SGLA members.Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. Please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745. Farmers Market Saturday at Mill Pond This Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Apalachicola Farmers Market celebrates its third anniversary of gathering fresh regional produce, homemade breads and confections, artisan wares and crafted furniture under the Mill Pond Pavilion and Live Oaks by the working harbor of Scipio Creek. Our musical line-up of live local talent is growing, so come early and spend the morning with us in the spirit of community. Crab Cook-off Saturday in CarrabelleThe third annual Crab Cake Cook-off will be held this Saturday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marine Street Grill, next to Harrys Bar, 306 Marine Street in Carrabelle.Guests will be able to sample crab cake bites from several talented competitors and cast their vote for which crab cake will be named the greatest in Carrabelle and perhaps the Forgotten Coast! Attendees may purchase a ticket for just $7, allow-ing them to taste and judge the crab cake entries.Back by popular demand, the amazing music of Slim Fatz,Ž playing some cool blues sounds during the event.New this year will be the unveiling of the plans for Carrabella II,Ž the pirate ship playground to replace the one that burned at the Crooked River Lighthouse.Proceeds benefit the Crooked River Lighthouse.For those wishing to enter their crab cakes into the competition or learn more about being a competitor, contact Kathleen at 607-353-9167


** A2 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Timeshome and property, lost income and for severe emotional distress with physical impact.ŽOne suit is on behalf of Joseph Putnal, Martha Putnal, Tom Putnal, Leah Goebel, and Vienna Goebel, all of whom resided at 677 Wilderness Road. A second suit is on behalf of Natasha Vinson and Phillip Vinson, owners of property at 607 Wilder-ness Road, and Melanie Cooper and William Hattaway, who were tenants of the Vinsons on that property.Both suits allege the same set of facts: that Wildlands started its controlled burn on Monday morning, June 18, pursuant to a contract with FWC to burn approximately 480 acres within the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area.The Putnal suit says that on June 19, Wildlands advised FWC the burn went wellŽ and indicatedno fire had escaped from the prescribed burn area under contract. An invoice for $26,400 followed, billable at a rate of $55 per acre, for this Magnolia Bluff tract.In fact, the prescribed burn had not been fully or adequately extinguished by Wildlands Service,Ž reads the suit, claiming that apparently on June 20 (Wildlands) abandoned the job and did not return.ŽThe suit argues that four days later, the prescribed burn intensified and spread outside of the prescribed burn area,Ž burning an additional 340 acres, including the plain-tiffs personal and real property, all of which was destroyed. Additionally, as a direct and proximate cause of the spread of the fire to their property, plaintiffs have been caused to suffer adverse health effects, including asthma and the exacerbation of asthma and other respiratory effects,Ž it says.The suit argues Wildlands knew therisks of harm posed by the prescribed burn, and could have reasonably taken precautions to eliminate them.The risk of the fire spreading to plaintiffs property could have been avoided in a commer-cially reasonably manner, but (Wildlands) failed to do so. (They) could have kept bulldozers and several employees on site to eliminate the risk of the fire spreading to pPlain-tiffs homes and property,Ž reads the suit. (Wild-lands) failure to take these reasonable precautions was purely for a profit purpose.Ž Bryan Finnerty, counsel for the Andrews suits, said he expects several more suits in the days ahead. There will another 10 to 12 others,Ž he said. There will be more, no doubt.ŽIn each of the Lime Rock Road Fire suits, the law-yers work on a contingency basis, and then get 40 per-cent of any jury award for their clients.According to the certifi-cate of liability insurance Wildlands was required to submit with its bid, the Marsh & McLellan Agency out of Thomasville, Geor-gia insured the company with commercial liability insurance with a limit of $1 million per occurrence, and $100,000 for each occurrence to rented premises; with a limit of medical exposure of $5,000 per person, and $1 million for personal injury.The umbrella coverage has a limit of $5 million in the aggregate, and a limit of $1 million for foresters errors and omissions. What the Shuler case didThe matter of the cov-erage limits on this private companys liability LAWSUITFrom Page A1Kaleko And, to use a clich, its all good.Six residents have received permanent mobile homes, courtesy of a GoFundMe site set up right after the June 24 fire by Sheriff A.J. Smith, which so far has received over $110,000 in donations. These mobile homes have been given to James Boone, at 599 Ridge Rd.; Lucy Bettinger, 697 Ridge Rd.; Phillip Holian, 686 Ridge Rd.; Earl Moses, 640 Ridge Rd,; Belinda Nowling, 674 Ridge Rd. and Paul Sanders, 582 Ridge Rd.About half of the 24 temporary housing trail-ers, once used to house victims of hurricanes in the Keys, and purchased from a government surplus auction by Capital Area Community Action, have been filled with displaced families. The remaining dozen remain staged on the county school district property on Hwy 65 in Eastpoint.County emergency management officials say the temporary trailers will be loaned to these families for a period of six months to allow time for perma-nent housing solutions.Among those eligible to the trailers are resi-dents who include Charles Granger, 587 Wilderness Rd,; Glen Woodall, 605 Wilderness Rd.; Billy Dalton, 658 Ridge Rd,; Carol Dasen,615 Ridge Rd.; William Banks, 638 Ridge Rd.; Mary Thomas, 633 Ridge Rd.; Tommy Gorski, 588 Ridge Rd.; Luther Glass, 595 Ridge Rd.; Shawn Boatwright/ Ortega, 601 Ridge Rd.; Dennis Riner/Thornburg, 667 Ridge Rd.; James Joyner, 701 Ridge Rd.; Arlene Thompson, 714 Buck Street; Amanda Hall, 621 Wilderness Rd.; Stephanie Johns, 675 Ridge Rd.; Hope Savage, 691 Ridge Rd.; Michael Boone, 599 Wilderness Rd.; Nellar, 624 Ridge Rd.; Carrie Richards, 674 Wilderness Rd.; Henry Parramore, 658 Ridge Rd.; Nowling, 579 Ridge Rd.; William Hattaway and Melanie Cooper, 607 Wilderness Rd.; and Matt and Paula Polous, 605 Ridge Rd.We are asking that anyone who was an unauthorized secondary resident and your home was destroyed to please contact Franklin County Emergency Management to discuss your options for temporary housing assis-tance,Ž reads a release this week from the emergency management office.Federal and state fees, which cannot be waived for permitting, are being covered by donations received by the countys long-term recovery organization, Franklins Promise Coalition. The county has waived all possible local permitting fees to assist impacted residents.Emergency management said all residents requiring a power pole, with the exception being 588 Ridge Road which chose not to clear their lot, have received a power pole, installed by Cates Electric, with meters installed by Duke Energy. Duke did not require connection fees for recon-necting the poles, which were purchased with donations received by the county.The Eastpoint Water and Sewer District, and Varner Plumbing worked together to get all tempo-rary housing connected to water and sewer, once again with those reconnection fees covered by donations.The debris was removed by volunteer contrac-tors Roberts and Roberts, Jason White, Coastline, the city of Tallahassee, and Sapp Brothers Logging, with the assistance of the county road depart-ment. The county waived all tipping fees.Temporary housing trailers are being stocked with move-in kits which include sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, towels, dishes, silverware, coffee pot, glasses, laun-dry basket, broom, mop, cleaning supplies, garbage cans, and more, all stored on space donated by the city of Carrabelle at the city complex, and sorted by volunteers.Due to the extremely heartwarming volume of donations received, we are no longer accepting donations other than DONATIONSFrom Page A1Clean-up kits, assembled into garbage cans for familiies of four, are among the many items offered to affected families from out of the Carrabelle city building.[PHOTOS BY BRENDA LA PAZ | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] There was nothing else to lose,Ž said Earl Moses of the “ re that incinerated his 640 Ridge Road home. But the Lord works in mysterious ways and now Hes put a roof over my head.Ž Furniture lines the hallways at the Carrabelle city building, part of a large volume of donations received for those affected by the Lime Rock Road “ re. After weeks spent living in a leaking tent on their incinerated property on Wilderness Road, the Boones „ oysterman Michael, wife Tammy and son OShawn at last have reason to smile. On Monday night a factory-new trailer arrived fully equipped and air conditioned. Its been rough,Ž said Michael. Storms blew our tent down, and the ants and mosquitos chewed us up. The “ re„ and everything after „ messed with our heads. But I told Tammy wed get through this. And through the grace of God, we have.Ž Still, Michael lost two oyster boats in the “ re, and for the near future, his livelihood. See LAWSUIT, A10


** The Times | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A3 Special to the TimesSeven Franklin County schoolkids were among two dozen area students who took part in the STEM Summer Challenge June 5, 6 and 7 in Panama City at Gulf Coast State College.Two students who were ABC 8th graders last year, Weston Bockelman and Alex Itzkovitz, and five Franklin County students, Sage Brannan, Genesis Jones and Marina ONeal, who were in eighth grade last year, and Eli Whaley, and Austin Gray, freshmen last year, attended.Students from Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka also par-ticipated, and students were grouped to combine students from different schools into small teams.The Seahawks were at the center of much excitement during the first week of June as faculty members from Gulf Coast and Embry-Rid-dle Aeronautical University and Panhandle Area Educa-tional Consortium (PAEC) personnel, provided an Unmanned Systems STEM Summer Challenge hosted by the college. Embry-Riddle provided this high-tech learning opportunity at no cost to participating students through a partnership with PAEC. Gulf Coast, another project partner, provided space, faculty and technical support.During the Challenge activities, student teams designed, constructed, and flew their hovercraft and coded terrestrial and aerial vehicles to navigate through obstacle courses to conduct autonomous missions.Ž On the final day of the chal-lenge, students tested their skills by maneuvering the systems during a series of competitions.Students were accompanied by FCS science teacher Lucinda Mathews.It was wonderful to see these students from four different schools working together to solve challenging problems with good humor and positive attitudes,Ž said Mathews.Unmanned or autonomous systems are gaining in sophistication, use is expanding and the demand for new systems and operators is growing. Annually, the potential financial impact totals in the billions of dollars across military, commercial, personal, and technology sectors. Increased demand is a result of the benefit of using these systems in places where people cannot reach or are unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.By using cameras, sensors, and computing capabilities, these systems can sense and navigate challenging terrain and provide information, so that human operators may understand the environment and take action to achieve a variety of missions. Some of the uses include examining agricultural crops, capturing more innovative shots for movies, getting closer to action for accurate news sto-ries, highlighting real estate properties and mapping areas. Unmanned systems are also making their way onto roadways and in use to deliver packages, inspect bridges and oil platforms, for search and rescue missions, to monitor drug trafficking across borders, to conduct weather and environmental research, in disaster relief, firefighting, and by the military. Their use captured an international audience during the 2018 Winter Olympics when 1218 Shooting Star drones took to the skies to present an inspir-ing light show, as well as set a Guinness World Records title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.The program sessions were well organized and presented „ it was such a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in this, and I hope the word will spread so that more will want to participate next year,Ž said Mathews.Seven seek out science this summerFranklin Countys Austin Gray gets ready for the air missile challenge. The Franklin County STEM students plot their next move. [PHOTOS BY LUCINDA MATHEWS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES]


** A4 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The TimesUSPS 027-600 Published every Thursday at 129 Commerce St. Apalachicola, FL 32329 Postmaster: Send address change to The Apalachicola Times P.O. Box 820 Apalachicola, FL 32329 Phone: 850-653-8868 Periodical rate postage paid at: Apalachicola, FL 32329 Weekly Publishing Circulation: 1-850-522-5197 Formerly The Apalachicola Times SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 year: $24.15 $34.65 6 months: $15.75 $31.00 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such ads. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. PUBLISHER Tim Thompson EDITOR Tim Croft OPINION Old Man Depression, you are through, You done us wrong!Ž„ From Were in the MoneyŽ as performed in the “ lm Gold Diggers of 1933ŽIn the summer of 1934, the entire country was sweltering with record heat and suffering on multiple weather fronts. Three years of dust storms had culminated on an April Sunday when the country was hit by the worst dust storm in history. Dust bowl conditions prevailed from Minnesota to Texas, and food production declined significantly. That summer saw 29 consecutive days with temperatures hovering in triple digits. By years end, 75 percent of the country was suffering from drought conditions. In north Texas, the cicadas were too thirsty to chirp. Americans were dying from both heat and hunger. In an attempt to bring relief to working class farmers, Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which raised taxes on 900 imports. But the import tariffs caused an international trade war and the global economy hit a wall. The Great Depression then picked up speed and spread beyond our borders. What many may not remember is that before Smoot-Hawley, there was a tentative economic recovery afoot and unemployment numbers had temporarily leveled. The Tariff Act helped negate the fledgling recovery and thrust the U.S. and the world further into depression. Tariff costs are almost always passed on to consumers. Makers of cars, appliances, and other products, when hit with tariffs, will often simply tack on that cost to consumers. The U.S. recently imposed 20 percent tariffs on the first 1.2 million washing machines imported this year. After that, theres a 50 percent tariff on machines, which is expected to take effect sometime in the fall; the United States imports over 3 million washing machines a year. The result? Between February and May of this year prices rose 16.4 percent, the largest three-month increase in prices ever. Washing machine sales are a small part of the overall economy. If the tariff talk stops here, consumers would hardly notice. But investors rightfully fear what could be next. For example, if automobiles, which are a much larger chunk of U.S. GDP, are tariffed at that same 20 percent rate, it would likely raise the price of a new car by at least $5,000. This would hit a major domestic industry hard at a time when sales are flagging. These price increases will likely show up full force in the CPI data later this year and early next year, just as the corporate sugar high from the recent tax cuts is starting to wear off. Beyond the headlines, what worries me most as an investor is that this will almost certainly speed up inflation data at a time when the Federal Reserve has a hair trigger and is primed to raise interest rates. Raising rates into an already slowing economy tends to equal downturns. Rinse and repeat if you dare. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 …, a fiduciary, fee-only, registered investment advisory firm 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 OUTLOOKHeat waves, dust storms and summer of 34 Margaret McDowellBy Diane Brewer Special to the TimesSquares? What squares? If there are squares here, where are they? Natives and newcomers alike raise these questions. Its sad to think that so little is known of them although they are as old as Apalachicola itself. The answers to these questions are: Yes, Virginia, there are squares, six of them, named Gorrie, Franklin, City, Washington, Madison and Chapman. They have been on Apalachicolas plat since it was designed in the 1830s. Heres where they are: Gorrie Square, 6th Street and Avenue D Franklin Square, 6th Street and Avenue L City Square, 8th Street and Avenue F Washington Square, 11th Street and Avenue G Madison Square, on 14th Street and Avenue L Chapman Square on 14th Street and Avenue D Its been noted that the squares can be seen from one to another. From Franklin or Chapman you can see Gorrie Square … try it! The Restore Apalachicolas Historic Squares Campaign is certainly one of the many good things currently happening within the Apalachicola community,Ž according to Mayor Van Johnson. However, whats been missing from this economic mix or perhaps completely overlooked is the potential of the citys historic plan, which includes the six historic squares.Ž The six squares were originally intended to be open spaces used by the public long before streets, automobiles, and intersections came into being. They form a cross anchoring the city, a pattern common to the times such as in Savannah and Charleston, but unusual in more modern cities. Tallahassee once had squares but they have been obliterated by development and cannot be seen today. Why should one care about the squares? As well as being part of the original 1830 plat, the squares are community gathering places. The annual African American History Festival takes place on Franklin Square. Trinity Churchs House Tour, now in its 26th year, begins at Gorrie Square, also the site of a state museum honoring John Gorrie, inventor of the ice machine, his grave and monument. Chapman Square is the site of much-used tennis courts. When other squares undergo restoration, they will again be the parks they were always intended to be. We are now learning that historic preservation has become a fundamental tool for strengthening American communities,Ž said Johnson. It has proven to be an effective tool for a wide range of public goals including small business incubation, affordable housing, GUEST COLUMNApalachicolas squares well worth restoringIn the May 24 issue of the Times, Jim Welshs Lanark News column appeared on the bottom of the Sports page, rather than in its typical spot atop the Faith page. Three obituaries, a story about a Gospel Sing, and Faith Briefs had crowded Jim off his usual perch. Space needed to be found. There would be no repeat of the rare mistake of a few weeks prior, when his column was left out of the paper altogether. Space below Sports was found. It would be the last time Jim Welsh would author the weekly column that was his for decades. The following week, right before Memorial Day, he called to say he would not have his column the next week, as he was going into the hospital. A month later, he would pass away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by friends, under the care of Big Bend Hospice at St. James Bay. Because he was not adept at using computers, Jim used to provide his column to us every week by giving it over the telephone, usually to Lois Swoboda, with whom he had become close in recent years. Prior to that, he had written it out in longhand, and then gone down to the Carrabelle post office to fax it to us from there. When his writing grew tiny, with some words illegible, it was arranged for him to phone it in, and he did so without fail. In taking the dictation, Lois used the opportunity to comb through Jims aging mind for memories of what Lanark Village and Carrabelle had been like years earlier, when Jim was active and vigorous, a Knight of Columbus, a man about town, one of the founders of the Panhandle Players, instrumental and influential in organizations that shaped the life of the eastern end of Franklin County. At the funeral service for Jim Friday morning, at Sacred Heart Church east of Lanark, where Jim attended dutifully, and cheerfully, Liz Sisung, a contemporary of Jims with Panhandle Players, played the organ. She and Angela Le led the congregation in singing while her 2-year-old son Dominic kept up a steady, inquisitive narration as he sat alongside his great-grandfather Robert Ochala in the front pew. The hymns we sang, Here I Am Lord,Ž Be Not Afraid,Ž On Eagles Wings,Ž and I Call You to My Fathers HouseŽ attested to Jims faithfulness, as did the words of Father Eddie, who spoke of a man he had seen often at church, of a man who in his greetings and his warm spirit that connected with people. The smoke from incense emanating from the thurble, swung by Roberta Robertson, who attended to Jim in his last days, sweetened the air. Jim left no children, and lived alone for many years, after the death of a longtime partner. It left him dependent on the kindness of others, and there was much kindness to be shared, reciprocity for who Jim was, a once active social butterfly who delighted in the sharing of news of his small community. A friend, a snowbird, a longtime newspaper industry insider who loves reading the Times back in Minnesota once told me that Jims Lanark News column was her favorite thingto readin the paper. In his latter days the column had grown gradually shorter and more repetitive, with fewer mentions of the movements and passages of the people who knew well, whose travels in and out of Carrabelle and Lanark he had chronicled over the years. Mostly it included a reminder that the boat club had a breakfast on Saturday morning, or an event was coming up, or that Friday was hamburger night at Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, and Sunday it was pizza, and please dont huff and puff on cigarettes except on the porch during specific hours on those nights. The news had grown smaller in Jims world, but his enthusiasm hadnt waned with it. He gave it his best, and he did what he could, to make Lanark News as necessary and vital as it had once been. For the Times, that is Jims legacy, that he made the column his own and he will forever be remembered as a faithful practitioner of the art of wordsmithing. We are grateful for what he left behind, for what he helped shape. Our comfort lies in the very words that he left us each week, in the last two sentences of the column, always the same broad admonition, with a single clause added to reflect his sentiment for that week. Be kind to one another, check in on the sick and housebound,Ž he would always begin, and then add ASAP stands for Always Say A Prayer,Ž or Remember, volunteers make it happen. Become one today.Ž Or a reminder to Keep smiling. You may not feel any better, but everyone else will wonder what youre up to.Ž And then the lastline would never vary, never stray. Until next time, God bless our troops, the poor, homeless and hungry.Ž God bless you Jim. May your soul forever rest in peace, with our gratitude.EDITORIALBe kind to one another, ASAPThis historic map from the Apalachicola Land Co. shows the location of the citys six squares. Welsh See BREWER, A16


** The Times | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A5 CHASING SHADOWSSpecial to the TimesEditors note: The following biography was provided us by Mark Curenton, who also gathered the two letters to the Pensacola Journal that William H. Trimmer penned in 1908 and 1909. William Henry Trimmer was born in Kent, England on Sept. 7, 1835. Coming to the United States when he was about 20 years old he declared his intention of becoming a citizen in 1855 in New York City. He served in the U.S. Navy for some period of time prior to the Civil War before making Apalachicola his home. With the secession of Florida in 1861, Trimmer enlisted in the Franklin Rifles, one of the first military units raised in Apalachicola at the start of the Civil War. This company was selected to represent Franklin County in the 1st Florida Infantry Regiment, a 12-month regiment that was ordered to report to Gen. Braxton Bragg at Pensacola. The unit had to take a circuitous route to reach their destination, going upriver to Columbus, Georgia and then by train to Montgomery, Alabama and down to Pensacola. There was a gap in the railroad between Montgomery and Pensacola where the rails had not been laid yet, so the regiment had to detrain and march across this section before resuming their rail journey. At Pensacola the 1st Florida Infantry was part of Braxton Braggs army on the mainland that faced the Union garrison ensconced in Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island at the mouth of the harbor. Their duties involved drilling and clearing land for their camp site. Eventually, because they came from a port city and were presumed to be familiar with boats, the Franklin Rifles were detailed as the harbor police. They manned the boats that patrolled the harbor to prevent any attempts by the Federal forces to raid the mainland and to catch deserters trying to reach the Union forces. Eventually, after several inconclusive clashes between the forces, the Confederate forces had to be withdrawn from Pensacola to reinforce their armies in Tennessee. The 1st Florida was mustered out of service at the expiration of the 12-month enlistment on April 6, 1862. After trying unsuccessfully to find a civilian position in the Confederate Department of the Treasury, Trimmer reenlisted in January 1863 in the Milton Light Artillery, another unit that had originally been organized at Apalachicola. This unit was mainly stationed between Tallahassee and Jacksonville in defense of Florida during the war. In February 1864, during a night attack on their camp near Jacksonville, 1st Sgt. William Trimmer was captured and sent north, eventually being confined at Fort Delaware at the mouth of the Delaware River. He was released at the end of the war after taking the Oath of Allegiance. It is presumed that William Trimmer returned to Apalachicola, but his name does not appear on any of the census rolls or other lists of people in town around this time. It is possible he was working as a sailor and was seldom in residence at Apalachicola. Around 1870 he moved to Molino, several miles north of Pensacola in Escambia County. Here he lived out the rest of his life, dying June 4, 1919. He was 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a fair complexion, black hair and hazel eyes. He never married, but kept up a regular correspondence with the local newspapers. Over the years the Pensacola papers printed a fairly regular stream of letters from him giving his reminiscences and commentary on events of the day. THE PENSACOLA JOURNALOctober 7, 1908 W. H. TRIMMER RECOUNTS EXPERIENCES Editor Journal: You cannot imagine, Mr. Editor, the thrill and pleasure I enjoy in reading in the paper that The soldier boys are coming to join in annual encampmentŽ companies of the First Florida will be along. Company M, of the second Florida from Apalachicola, with others. To one who once was a soldier boy and from Apalachicola in April 1861, and occupying and stationed on the ground where these young men are to drill and camp now though 47 years ago and where I spent some of the happiest days doing service for the Confederacy. Almost to the day these sons of Florida will drill and camp where terrible and bloody fighting took place on the night of October 8, 1861. We had been camped for many months in the sand back of the navy yard. The details from our companies daily for fatigue duty were very heavy and hard work and the nightly guard duty along the beach took the balance of the men and no idle men were left in camp. The boys were worn out, camp sickness prevailed, and the old naval hospital was full of measles and pneumonia. The Yankees were very annoying and finally on the night of September 14, or rather early morning of the 15th, a boat load of sailors from the flagship Colorado attacked the schooner JudahŽ then laying at the navy yard. The Apalachicola boys were aboard her Jim Cope for one he is at the water works in your city. They fought the attacking party, killing three and wounding some 8 or 10. Among the wounded the Yankee Lieutenant Russel. This daring attack was too much for Gen. Bragg to let go by and the demand from the army went up to headquarters to avenge it, so on the evening of Oct. 18, at dress parade, it was made known that an expedition would be made to try and capture Santa Rosa Island and Fort Pickens. From every company in the army a detail of men was made; from our company B, First Florida, 15 men were selected and the entire First Florida was represented by 180 men, besides officers. They were in the second battalion, which were 400 men in command of Col. Patton Anderson. Altogether 1800 to 2000 men were selected. These men were all transferred about 10 p.m. to the steamer Ewing and to the barges and flats from Knapps wharf, Pensacola, leaving about midnight. By 2 a.m. all were disembarked on the beach on the island. Colonel Chalmers marched up the north beach. Colonel Anderson along the south beach, with Col. Jackson in the rear with reserves. A hard march of 3 to 4 miles brought Chalmers to the outposts of the Zouaves who were quickly driven in, the men charging the camp with fixed bayonets. Under cover of the darkness two companies of United States regulars posted themselves behind a dense thicket to intercept the troops retiring and a right smart skirmish took place. Orders to re-embark after day were issued and some delay occurred owing to a hawser getting foul in the propeller of the Neaffie in the meantime the tide had fallen and the flats and were on the beach. The enemy taking advantage of this delay, appeared among the sand hills near the beach and fired volley after volley at the helpless men. Two commissioned officers were killed, Capt. Bradford and Lieut. Nelane, also about forty men and 5 commissioned officers and about 30 men taken prisoners. The Yankees lost 29 prisoners among them Major Vogdes of the U. S. Artillery and about 60 killed. The Zouave camp was stormed and burned. Wilson was colonel of this New York regiment and previously had held position of alderman of that city. The Apalachicola company had three killed and the First Florida covered herself with glory and so reported by Gen. Bragg. WM. H. TRIMMER Molino, Fla., Oct. 5, 1908. THE PENSACOLA JOURNALOctober 2, 1909 DEATH RECALLS INCIDENTS OF THE CIVIL WAR WM. H. TRIMMER WRITES INTERESTINGLY OF JAS. COPE, WHO PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY AND OF HIS SERVICE DURING THE WAR.Editor Pensacola Journal: Your paper tells me of the death of James Cope after weeks of suffering from cancer … my comrade for the first twelve months of the war. Jim and myself belonged to the Franklin Rifles, from Apalachicola, leaving there with the company on the 27th day of March 1861, joining the First Florida regiment at Pensacola. Jim, with others of the company, was detailed for service as harbor police, their duty being to guard the different boats and small vessels that were in the quartermasters service. On the night of the 13th of Sept. 1861, the Yankees made a boat expedition with three ships launches from Port Pickens, with the intention of cutting out the schooner Judah,Ž then laying at the navy yard. Jim Cope was one of the crew of the Judah, and Dick Reynolds, of Apalachicola, was captain. The three boats fully armed from the U. S. ship Colorado, laying then off Santa Rosa Island, boarded the Judah, set her on fire, and also succeeded in spiking an eight-inch gun on the corner of the stone dock. Jim and the others of the crew fought the sailors with their cutlasses, killing five, among them Lieut. Russell, Midshipman Blake and Capt. Reynolds, of the marines, severely wounded and some eight or ten seamen. This skirmish brought out hastily several of the First Louisiana regulars, who were camped in the navy yard. The Judah was burned and one gun spiked, but none of our men were killed, although several were wounded. On October the 9th Jim Cope was one of the men from the Apalachicola company who, with others of the First Florida regiment, crossed to Santa Rosa island, burning Billy Wilsons camps back of Fort Pickens and doing other service. Jim served faithfully and honorably for his 12 months and our company was discharged from our first twelve months service at Montgomery, Ala., on April the 4th, 1862. WM. H. TRIMMER. Molino, Fla., October 2, 1909.Trimmers tales of the Civil WarThe USS Colorado in 1871 during the United States Expedition to Korea. [ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ] William H. Trimmers gravestone in Vaughn Cemetery in Molino, in Escambia County. [COURTESY PHOTO/JANIS HARRIS BOND AND JOHN E. ELLIS] William H. Trimmer Major Gen. James Patton Anderson came to Florida in 1859 to manage Casa Bianca plantation outside of Monticello. Later, he served as delegate from Florida at the Montgomery, Alabama convention to form the Confederate States of America. He also served in the Jefferson County volunteers, became the colonel of the 1st Florida Infantry and in March 1864 became commander of Florida.[ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ] Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg [ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS ]


** A6 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Timesemployees, which county commissioners deemed a cost-of-living increase.The raise means a county staffer earning $35,000 annually will earn an addi-tional $1,050 per year.Several other items were beyond commissioners con-trol, such as the additional cost in the next budget year for the countys funding of state retirement, which will go up by $64,011. In addi-tion, the Capital Health Plan renewed at a 7.3 percent increase, which means the countys share, which covers the entire premium for indi-vidual coverage, will go up by $144,486. In her report, Erin Griffith, the assistant finance director, said Capital Health has proven to be a lower cost plan that the previous one, with singledigit price increases that are less than industry average. Even with the increase in the renewal rate for 2018-19, the premium is $1.19 per month less than the last standalone renewal quote received from Blue Cross Blue Shield at the October 2012 renewal,Ž she said.County commissioners had encouraged all depart-ment heads and constitutional officers to keep their budget levels unchanged, or justify any increases, and most all of them presented budgets unchanged from last year.The budget for Sheriff A.J. Smiths office, presented by Finance Director Ginger Coulter, will rise by only about $30,000, from $5.18 million to $5.21 million. Coul-ter said much of this increase was due to a spike in gas prices, and an assortment of other smaller cost increases.Smith was able earlier this month to secure a $40,000 capital outlay allocation in the current budget year to fund a new control panel for the jails doors.The commissioners said they would try to cover the $40,000 cost of new phone stations, and the $15,000 cost of a new air conditioning unit, in the upcoming fiscal years capital outlay budget, and to defer the remainder of a wish list from the sheriff as funds are available.Two other constitutional officers kept their budgets unchanged, with Property Appraiser Rhonda Skippers coming in at $650,627, and Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson asking for $338,646.Supervisor of Elections Heather Riley secured an increase of less than one-half of 1 percent, from $341,222 to $342.722, while Tax Col-lector Rick Watson managed a decrease of less than onequarter of 1 percent, from $606,195 to $604,737.In terms of county depart-ments, funding for the road department will remain at $1.56 million, while solid waste will stay at $1.07 mil-lion. Using funds from capital outlay funds, solid waste will get a new knuckle boom truck, which the county plans to pay cash for to avoid interest charges.The solid waste grant from the state remains $90,909, the same as it has been for the last few years.Animal control will continue to get $156,600, but there will be more for parks and recre-ation, as it will rise from about $562,000 to $568,000. The additional funding is for a new inmate transfer van, with that funding going into the capital outlay fund to repay the cash purchase.The local support for the county library system will remain at $239,446, with the county set to receive state aid next year in a $84,284 grant.Funding for the courthouse maintenance remains at $268,509. A shift of personnel between the building department and that of administrative services means that these budgets combined will continue to amount to about $320,000. Planning and zoning will again get $148,179.Local support for the emer-gency operations center will be $217,053, a slight increase, while mosquito control, which gets $33,403 in state aid, will get a little more in funding for the county, a total of $177,051. This is because an additional $11,000 was added next year for operating supplies, and another $7,000 to fund a part-time driver during the summer season.The veterans service office will again receive $62,145, while the county extension office will again get $75,176. Extension agent Erik Lovestrand had asked for another $31,000 to fund a sports utility vehicle for the office, and after careful review the commissioners nixed the idea.The county health depart-ment will again get $49,000, and Weems Memorial Hospitals ambulance service will again receive a $764,252 subsidy from the countys property taxes.The hospital itself also will get half the proceeds of the countys one-cent sales tax, which will amount to about $1.17 million, as well as another $120,000 from the sales tax for clinical support.Griffith said the balance in the health care sales tax fund is estimated to be about $4.25 million at the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year.Funding for the circuit and county judge remains unchanged at $41,331, while the state attorneys office will get $21,150, and the public defender $17,208, both the same as last year. The guardian ad litem pro-gram will get a subsidy of $2,790, unchanged, while the soil and water conservation district funding stays constant at $11,405, as does the Dog Island district, which continues to get $9,800 plus a $5,880 tipping free credit.In terms of non-governmental organizations, the Area Agency for Aging will again receive $51,581, the county humane society $36,278, the Apalachee Center in Apalachicola $24,400, the Gulf County program that handle the transportation disadvantaged in the county $10,077, Franklins Promise Coalition $9,765, the Carra-belle Food Pantry $4,883, and Refuge House $4,466. MILLAGEFrom Page A1The unemployment rate throughout the entire Career-Source Gulf Coast region, which also includes Bay and Gulf counties, was 3.6 per-cent in June, four-tenths of 1 percentage point lower than one year ago, and threetenths of 1 percentage point lower than the current state rate of 3.9 percent.Both Bay County, at 3.6 percent, and Gulf County, at 3.9 percent, saw a jump in their jobless rates last month. The overall labor force was 104,804, up 2,298, or 2.2 per-cent, over the year.Regionally, we are doing incredibly well. We have increases in almost every industry and the second high-est job growth in the state,Ž said Kim Bodine, executive director of Career Source Gulf Coast.In terms of wage growth, data provided by Career Source indicated that Frank-lin County saw an average annual wage growth last year half as large as that of the entire state. Average annual wages in the county went up 1.5 percent, from $30,217 in 2016 to $30,667 in 2017, while the Florida rate was 3 percent.Population in the county in 2017 dropped by six-tenths of 1 percent, from 11,799 to 11,727, or by 72 people. Franklin was the county in the tri-county region to see a population decrease, as Gulf grew by four-tenths of 1 per-cent, to 16,160, and Gulf by three-tenths of 1 percent, to 183,563. Floridas population overall grew by 1.6 percent, to nearly 21 million.In June, Franklin County reported four residential permits issued, at a value just over $1 million, and Gulf County reported 11 residential permits totaling almost $3.6 million. Bay County posted 65 residential permits, and two new commercial per-mits, totaling approximately $19.3 million.Franklin County reported April bed tax collections, the most recent ones available, of $103,422 which reflect an increase of almost 15 percent over the April 2017 numbers.CareerSource Gulf Coast provides services to job seek-ers and employers in Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties. Offices are operated in all three counties. Visit to learn more about professional workforce development and job placement services, all offered at no charge. JOBLESSFrom Page A1


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** A8 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The TimesHello Franklin County! Thank you Rock By the Sea for sponsoring our summer reading program. We hope it was entertaining for everyone. Animal Tales was the finale and brought six incredibly different animals; each animal had a connection to a unique noise or sound. Thanks to all of the staff for working with the kiddos building and making lots of cool things. Kids, you are invited to the Back to School Party & Scavenger Hunt. Join us at the Eastpoint Branch on Thursday, August 2 at 11 a.m. and in Carrabelle at 4 p.m. Snacks for the kids and a scavenger hunt filled with clues that spell a mystery word. Suggested ages Kindergarten to 8, younger children will need assistance from a parent or adult. Hint: Libraries Rock! The Basics of Better Living program topic for August will be Kitchen Hacks: Learn tips and tricks for making life in the kitchen quick and easy.Ž Programs held in Carrabelle on Friday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. and Eastpoint Friday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. The Gardening program topic for August, Brash Bugs & Wicked Weeds,Ž will be in Carrabelle, Tuesday, August 14 at 1:30 p.m. Other upcoming programs include the Teen Book Club, held at the Eastpoint branch on Wednesday, August 1 at 2 p.m., the Eastpoint Book Chat, Tuesday, August 7 at 1:30 p.m., and the Writers Forum, Wednesday, August 15 at 1 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, and view the calendar of events and online resources on the Library website at Contact the Eastpoint branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 670-8151 and the Carrabelle branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 am. to 2 p.m. at 697-2366. See you at the Library!LIBRARY CORNERBack to School scavenger hunt Aug. 2 SOCIETYNaturalist Victorina Arvelo has kids handle a hog island boa during the Animal Tales show she conducted last week in both Eastpoint and Carrabelle. [COURTESY PHOTOS/FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY] Kyra Yvette Nobles will turn 1 year old on Thursday, August 2, 2018.She is the daughter of Nai'Kycia Mitch-ell and Mario Noble, and the younger sister of Purity Myers and Peyton Nobles.She will cele-brate her birthday with a small celebration with family.BIRTHDAYKyra Nobles to turn 1At a July 12ribboncutting hosted by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, attorney David Minacci snips the ribbon on his law firm's new office at 140 WestFirst Street onSt. George Island. The firm ofSmith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci, Colonand Power P.A., headquartered in Tallahassee, plans to focus on title work, among its many legal services.New law rm in townKyra Nobles [ JOHN SOLOMON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] By James L. HargroveSpecial to the TimesWhatever means forever to a bird? Is it anticipation of that starlit flight Across the Gulf of Mexico by night, When distant calls and whirs of wings Announce arrivals on winds of Spring? Exhausted flocks one mile high Plummet to the first grove they spy And, shivering, perch until they detect Nectar, berries or insects, Or whatever means forever to a bird. So if your yards along the coast Set out bird feeders, play the host To flocks of scarlet and indigo And blurs of yellow, jade and blue Colors that mean forever to a bird. Spring flowers and feeders bring rewards; Ruby-throats are nesting in the yard Reminding us to promise never To turn away and say whateverŽWhatever means forever to a bird.A question of ight THE POETS VOICEBirds against the full moon [BOB KING | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES]


** The Times | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A9 FAITHDarlene Pugh, 60, of Apalachicola, passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, July 22, 2018 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee. She was born in Apalachicola on August 29, 1957. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. at New Life First Born Church, Tabernacle by the Sea, 219 16th Street, with Bishop Horace Solomon officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery Richardsons Family Funeral Care in Tallahassee is in charge of arrangements.OBITUARIES DARLENE PUGHRobert David DaveŽ Fewox was born in Gainesville on May 3, 1965. He departed this life on Sunday, July 1, 2018. David grew up in Tallahassee and at Alligator Point. He was graduated from Maclay School in Tallahassee and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. After graduation, following his energetic and peripatetic nature, he worked for Stadium Jumping, a jumping horse show production company which toured the Eastern seaboard and wintered in the grounds of the Palm Beach Polo Club. David was later graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, working as a law clerk for several Tallahassee firms as he studied. But his real love was the sea, so he also got his 1,000-ton U.S. Coast Guard Captains License and became a Tow BoatUS rescue captain, in various areas, from Paducah, Kentucky to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Franklin and Bay counties. David is survived by his mother, Ann Cowles, of Carrabelle Beach, and father, Robert Fewox, of St. Petersburg; two brothers, Mark Fewox, of St. Petersburg, and Brandon Fewox, of Tallahassee; two nephews, Bryce Fewox and Trenton Fewox; three nieces, Alexis Fewox, Delaney Fewox and Jade Fewox Rodriguez; a grandniece, Karlie Fewox; and a grandnephew, Marek Fewox. He also has numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins around the South and many loving friends from the early days in Tallahassee, one from Derbyshire in England, and later from his favorite place to be, Franklin County, He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by we who are left behind. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 5 p.m. at his mothers home at 2400 DriftwoodPoint Lane, Carrabelle Beach. Pastor Beth White will officiate, with the Rev. Brian Brightly also speaking. All who cared for David are welcome. Driftwood Point Lane is south of U.S. 98, the water side, about 10 miles east of Eastpoint and five miles west of Carrabelle. Look for a Tates Hell State Forest Hiking TrailŽ sign on the north side of U.S. 98, and a small Driftwood Point Lane sign and mailbox, with 2400Ž and a small bouquet on it, on the south side of U.S. 98. Davids brothers, Mark and Brandon, will scatter his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico following the beachside service.ROBERT DAVID FEWOXEverett BuddyŽ Taylor, 63, of Inglis, passed away Monday July 16, 2018. He was born July 21, 1954 in Clewiston, and moved to Inglis 20 years ago from Lima, Ohio. Buddy was of the Christian faith. He was a retired commercial truck driver and enjoyed playing pool. Buddy was preceded in death by his father, Zeddie Taylor. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Hazel Taylor; sisters Ercel Noble and Renee Stahl (Dale); and his brother Wayne Taylor. The funeral services wereconducted at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 23 from the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River, with Rev. Roger Cash presiding. Visitation was from 2 p.m. until service time. A graveside servicefollowed on Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. in the Venus Cemetery, Venus. Arrangements are under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal River.EVERETT BUDDYŽ TAYLORJacquelyn Glass Heyser, of Apalachicola, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 23, 2018. She was born Nov. 14, 1931 in Apalachicola. She attended Chapman High School and received her baccalaureate degree from Florida State University. After graduation, she became an elementary school teacher. On June 12, 1954, Jackie married Air Force 1st Lt. Richard Stephen Heyser, her childhood sweetheart. They later went on to live in several states, including Hawaii, and brought three boys into the world. Jackie was an accomplished organist and choir director. She played for services beginning at an early age at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Apalachicola. Her music was enjoyed by many thousands of Catholic parishioners in several states where she lived. After her husband SteveŽ retired from the Air Force in April 1974 with 30 years service, they returned to Apalachicola where she resumed directing choir and playing the organ. Jackie is survived by her sister Joan Porch; her three sons, Richard J. Heyser, Robert S. Heyser and Matthew W. Heyser; as well as eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral Masswill be celebratedat St. Patrick Catholic Church on Saturday, July 28, with Father Roger Latosynski officiating.Thewake for the family will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Mass will followat 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the church or charity of your choice. The family would like to extend its heartfelt love and appreciation to the entire staff at Cross Shores Care Center in Port St. Joe.JACKIE HEYSERWilliam Joseph Luberto, Jr. was born June 21, 1953 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He departed this life on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Eastpoint. He is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Paula Ann Luberto; and his parents, William Joseph Luberto, Sr. and Beatrice Luberto. He is survived by two sons, William G. Luberto and Michael V. Luberto, and one daughter, Lauren M. Luberto, all of Eastpoint. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jadyn McCray Luberto, William Prentice Luberto and Ella Brooke Donahoe; and his sister, Catherine Luberto. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.WILLIAM J. LUBERTO, JR.Big Bend Hospice has announced a new program aimed at helping hospice patients care for their pets.Pet Peace of Mind, which recognizes and actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets, launches this month, and aligns with Big Bend Hospices mission to inspire hope by positively impacting the way our community experiences serious ill-ness or grief … one family at a time.Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pets cur-rent or future needs. The initiative provides volun-teer pet care services for patients unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include assistance with longrange planning for their pet, resources and refer-rals for daily assistance, volunteer support, and financial assistance.Pet Peace of Mind, a national nonprofit headquartered in Salem, Oregon, offers the national program to nonprofit hospices throughout the country.Having seen firsthand the devastating affects a terminal illness can have on a family, the question of what will become of the beloved family pet is almost always front and center,Ž said Bill Wertman, Big Bend Hospice chief operating officer. Partnering with Pet Peace of Mind will help families deal with just this issue. I am proud of the work we do each and every day at BBH, Inc. to help patients and families plan for tran-sition and this program is one more service that we are pleased to offer.ŽDianne McGill, presi-dent of Pet Peace of Mind, said many hospices want to start a pet care program but are unsure about how to get one started. Pet Peace of Mind offers them the tools and train-ing to help care for their patients four-legged family members,Ž she said.You can help support this effort by volunteering or by donating to BBH Pet Peace of Mind program. For more infor-mation about the program or to make a donation online, visit or call Sharon Davidson at (850) 878-5310.Pet Peace of Mind, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the qual-ity of life for hospice and palliative care patients by providing a nationwide support network to help care for the pets they love. It provides nonprofit hospices with a pet care program model which includes personal-ized training, marketing and administrative support, start-up funding and ongoing coaching to ensure successful out-comes for their patients.Started in 2009, Pet Peace of Mind is the only nonprofit with an exclusive focus on assisting hospices with pet care programming. For more information, visit For more news go to apalachtimes.comBig Bend Hospice partners with Pet Peace of Mind


** A10 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Timesinsurance policy, provided by a product of Tokio Marine Group, Japans oldest insurance company, stands in contrast to the situation the Shuler Limited Partnership faced a decade ago, when it sued the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Forestry for damage to its private timberlands.The Shuler partnership, with brothers Michael and Gordon Shuler as general partners, turned to the Tallahassee law firm of Hopping, Green & Sams to handle the case in Franklin County, before Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey. The lawyers won a $741,496 verdict for the Shulers, for damage to their 835 acres of trees that a jury agreed had stemmed from the gross negligenceŽ surrounding the states two-day prescribed burn of 3,267 acres in Tates Hell State Forest.The state appealed the verdict, arguing the foresters actions did not rise to the level of gross neg-ligence, as intended by the state legislators when they drafted the statute, and that the trial court had misinterpreted the 2008 state statute pertaining to having a certified prescribed burn man-ager (CPBM) on site, and how the wording of the term extin-guishedŽ would figure in to the two sides arguments.There were numerous arguments on appeal, however, the only argument addressed by the majority decision was whether the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support the jurys finding of gross negligence,Ž said Talley Kaleko, an attorney with Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, in Tallahassee, who is following closely the lawsuits stemming from the Lime Rock Road Fire.An important caveat to this issue raised by the state and addressed at length by the dissenting opinion was that the trial court also erred by misin-terpreting the open burn statute to allow the Shulers claims other than gross negligence to proceed to the jury, i.e. the claims for negligence and negligence per se.ŽThe majority opinion found there was evidence from which the jury could find gross negli-gence on the part of the state. Two of the three judges on the First District Court of Appeal, Phillip Padovano and Simone Marstiller, upheld the Shuler decision, but the third, Scott Makar, wrote a lengthy dissent, arguing that the cumulative effect of three errors in inter-preting the statute had led to an unfair trial.These issues concern whether any claim other than gross neg-ligence should have moved forward in the case due to a misconstruction of whether the certified burn was done in com-pliance with (the open burn statute); the interpretation of the term extinguished, and the interpretation of the statutes requirements regarding having a (CPBM) on-site until the fire was extinguished,Ž Kaleko wrote.In her analysis, she said the Florida Legislature amended the open burn statute in 2013 to address a number of the inter-pretation issues raised by Judge Makars dissent.Of significance, the legislature added new definitions for certified prescribed burning, contained, gross negligence, and smoldering,Ž Kaleko wrote.In addition, she said the legis-lature amended the criteria for conducting certified prescribed burns, including when a CPBM must be present on-site and the monitoring requirements for smoldering activity.Of great significance to the Eastpoint / Limerock wildfire, the open burn statute now pro-vides under the amendment that fire spreading outside the autho-rized burn area on the day of the certified prescribed burn ignition does not constitute conclusive proof of inadequate firebreaks, insufficient personnel, or a lack of firefighting equipment.If the certified prescribed burn is contained within the authorized burn area during the authorized period, a strong rebuttable presumption shall exist that adequate firebreaks, sufficient personnel, and sufficient fire-fighting equipment were present,Ž she noted. Continued smoldering of a certified prescribed burn result-ing in a subsequent wildfire does not by itself constitute evidence of gross negligence under this sectionŽIn addition, the statute was expanded to protect leaseholders, contractors and their legally authorized designees,Ž in addition to property owners and their agents, from liability for damage or injury caused by fire, including the re-ignition of a smoldering, previously contained burnƒfor burns con-ducted in accordance with this subsection, unless gross negli-gence is proven,Ž Kaleko said.In other words, the road may be steeper now than it was for the Shulers a decade ago.Another important difference between the two cases is that a private contractor such as Wildlands may not figure under the shield of sovereign immunity that the Shulers faced in 2008.Because that 2008 burnwas conducted entirely by state personnel, damages paid out by the state were capped at $100,000, a limit for sovereign immunity that has since been expanded to $200,000 by the legislature.Any additional jury award in a case involving such a Florida government entity can only be secured by gaining the approval of that amount in a claims bill passed by the legislature. The Shulers have tried unsuc-cessfully for several years to obtain a $670,493 claims bill from state legislators.This year, the proposal, sponsored by State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, was approved 36-1 by the Senate, but the House version was not heard by House committees. LAWSUITFrom Page A2Special to the TimesFranklin County fourth grade teacher Donna Barber was among 11 public school teachers from across the state in Tallahassee last month to par-ticipate in the Florida Trucking Associations (FTA) Florida Teacher Tour, an intensive program which educates selected teachers about the integral contributions of the trucking industry to the state and national economy and daily life.With this information, educators at all grade levels are better informed about the complexities of the nations most-used freight/logistics mode and the career opportunities that the industry offers to Floridas students.Participants visited a Florida Department of Transportation weigh station; FedEx Ground distribution center; Shelton Trucking; Perfor-mance Peterbilt; McKenzie Tank Lines; rode with members of Florida Highway Patrol and engaged in expert-led seminars. Teachers are tasked with writing lesson plans aligned to Florida Standards that incorporate trucking and logistics concepts learned to be used in the classroom.The Florida Teacher Trucking Tour has been incredibly eye-opening for me, said Barber. I now have a much better understanding of the many aspects of the industry and the various organiza-tions that work together to ensure safe delivery of the many goods consumed by people every day. After attending this tour, I feel strongly that there is a place in the industry for many of my current students.ŽThe 10 other educators who took part in the Tour were from Alachua, Leon, Broward, Bay, Nassau, and Hernando counties.The trucking industry is indispensable„trucks bring us nearly everything we touch on a daily basis. Because of this, trucking is central to the economic health of the state and country. Its critical to identify, inspire and train the next generation of trucking and logistics professionals, and teachers are uniquely qualified to understand the skill-sets required for the vast career opportunities in the field,Ž said FTA President and CEO Ken Armstrong. Participants in the Florida Teacher Tour get a deep dive into the many facets of the industry, gain an appreciation for its complexities, and decide how to communicate to their students the value of and opportunities in 21st-century trucking.ŽFlorida Teacher Tour is under the direction of FTA Vice President Dr. Alix Miller. A second Florida Teacher Tour is scheduled for the Tampa Bay area July 31-August 3.Barber takes part in truckers teacher tour


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** A12 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to timesoutdoors@starfl.comBy Frank SargeantSpecial to The StarOffshore trolling requires a good imagination. If you can't visualize, every minute, that great spear of a giant billfish slashing through the water behind that 5-pound lure bouncing in the wake, it can become an exercise in boredom.There's a whole lot of waiting between strikes most days when you go big game fishing. Sometimes, there are days between the billfish bites, in fact. Some days a yellowfin tuna, a wahoo or several high-flying dolphinfish (mahi) may spice up the action, as well as the grill „ nothing like still-twitching fillets cooked at sea to whet the appetite. But some days that purple-black sea seems as empty as the back side of the moon for miles and miles.The only attraction for the fish out there is the interface between currents, where different speeds, densities or tem-peratures of water cause a rip, a seam in the water, along which the golden Sargasso weed along with all the ocean flotsam gathers, sometimes in slowly whirling drifts that extend for miles.Beneath the sargasso are tiny fish of several kinds, and beneath them are often "chicken" dolphin weighing 2 to 5 pounds, sometimes even smaller wahoo and baby tuna. And far down below, the gamefish lurk, looking upward, always on the move, waiting to come up like a rocket, seize their prey and head back down like a bolt of lightning. Flying fish, transparent butterflies, jump off the top of the waves and fly for hundreds of yards. It's their escape mechanism, but sometimes they seem to be doing it just because they can.Occasionally mako sharks and blue sharks slide by, hoping for a wounded tuna or dolphin, a sick blue marlin. Oceanic dolphin „they look similar to the inshore bot-tlenose dolphin but have white dappling and are a bit smaller„ sometimes show up in rolling schools of dozens at a time, sliding in close for a look at the strange visitors plowing up their turf.But what there is mostly is a lot of empty water, a mile deep and more. The smart billfish skippers know how to cut their odds of straining all through this open sea to find productive spots, using the ROFF's sea surface tem-perature charts and other electronics to help them home in. But it's still a matter of covering a whole lot of water.Some like pulling "Kona" heads, artificial lures that can be towed at speeds of 10 knots and more, allowing them to cover lots of water. The lures have a proven history of producing, particularly on marlin and wahoo. The strikes are violent beyond belief„the combination of boat speed and the speed of the fish is a true test of tackle until the skipper gets things under control and the angler gets buck-led up to the rod.However, many seri-ous bluewater fishers like either rigged dead bait, which skips from the outriggers in the wake, or live tuna that may weigh 7 to 10 pounds, rigged on a bridle behind a massive forged ‡ hook. The pro-cess covers less water, but if the boat is in an area where bait and billfish are abundant, it can actually be more effective than trolling an artificial because the fish are more likely to eat the real thing if they see it. The big game menagerie Waters off the Panhan-dle offer an impressive selection of big game fishes from April through October, with dolphin, sailfish, blackfin tuna and wahoo showing up in May and early June, blue marlin in June and July, and white marlin in September and October. Swordfish are around all summer, but are caught almost entirely at night on baits drifted deep.The blue marlin is the premiere gamefish of the Gulf, and the Panhandle has produced some monsters, including the current Florida record of 1046 pounds, caught in 1985 in the Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament. Another fish estimated to weigh over 1,000 pounds has been caught and released since. Several over 600 pounds have been weighed already this summer.Dolphin (mahi) are typi-cally 15 to 20 pounds, but larger fish are caught reg-ularly, while wahoo run anywhere from 20 pounds up. Sailfish are a lot lighter than they look, with fish of 40 to 75 pounds typical. What it costsGoing billfishing in your own boat is generally not a good plan unless you're an experienced seaman with years of offshore operation under your belt. The specialized boats, gear and techniques required make this an expert's game, and you're by far better off hiring a good charter captainIt obviously costs a lot of money to run a char-terboat capable of fishing far offshore where the billfishes dwell. The boats get 1 to 2 miles per gallon on plane, and may cover over 200 miles in a day, not counting all the fuel they burn at trolling speed for many hours. They also have pricey dock fees to pay, commercial insurance costs, boat and tackle maintenance and of course what may be an astronomical boat payment, plus wages for a trained mate, essential for handling large gamefish.So it's not surprising that it costs a lot of money to book a billfish charter. An 8-hour charter is typi-cally around $1200 for up to six anglers. Since it takes over an hour to get out to serious billfish country most of the time, you're better off booking 12 hours at $1800 or so. Larger boats can carry more than six passen-gers if the captain has the right license, which allows splitting the ticket more ways.There are two types of boats that run out to big game waters. The classic sportfisherman, typically a cabin boat with air con-ditioning, galley and full head, starts at around 45 feet. These are usually powered by inboard diesels, and they typically run at speeds around 20 to 25 knots, which is to say about 25 to 28 mph. They are wide-beamed and highly seaworthy, and some old salts say the sound of the diesel engines on some of them have a peculiar capability to "raise" fish or draw them to the baits.The second type of boat fishing offshore is the center console, and these days some are being built in lengths approaching 50 feet. These are powered by multiple outboards, recently up to four 400s, and they can be very fast, with speeds of 50 and even 60 mph in calm seas. The obvious advantage here is that you get out where the fish are a lot faster, so get more fishing hours, fewer running hours, for your charter fee.The disadvantage of the center console is that you are likely to get wet from spray or rain„make that you are certain to get wet from spray or rain„and there is no cabin and no AC to get away from the wind, sun, heat or rain, though there may be a small head in the console. Because they are open at the bow, they are less sea-worthy than the express sportfisherman style.They are nearly always limited to six passen-gers, so you can't split the ticket quite as much as on the larger sportfish boats, but the charter fees are sometimes lower. They are narrower across the beam than the big sportfish rigs, and have more vee to the bottom so they tend to roll more in beam seas. However, anglers who are used to fishing in open boats inshore or in freshwater sometimes find themselves more at home on this type of fishing platform. Selecting the right charterThere are many levels of capability among charter skippers. Some guys are always "lucky," and these are the guys you want to spend your money with.And, as is the case with much in life, being lucky is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity in offshore fishing.The "lucky" skipper will usually have a clean, well-maintained boat with quality tackle, the best baits and lures, and a well-trained, pleasant and efficient mate. He's going to keep tabs on the fish movements through Roff's and other current monitoring systems, and he's going to be dialed in to the dock talk of who is seeing fish where and when. Fortunately, these days social media gives all of us a chance to grade our experiences, and to get an advance look at services we might want to use, as reported by those who have tried them.Of course, you can't let one bad review put you off an otherwise great skipper„some who hire a charter have completely unrealistic expectations. Complaining that you did not hook up with a "grander" in your 8-hour charter is not kosher. Complaining that you left the dock an hour late, that the bait was rotten, the reels corroded and that the head had not been cleaned for a month, on the other hand, is useful information.Best bet is to select your top two or three skippers, then get them on the phone and discuss how they fish and what you can expect in a day on the water. The in-person con-versation will tell you a lot more than many email and Facebook messages, so that there are no surprises when you get to the docks.Last but not least, if you have doubts about whether offshore trolling is for you, it probably isn't. It takes a lot of patience and optimism, and there are more days that the billfish do not cooperate than when they do„you might want to opt for a grouper-snapper trip instead, where the action is fast and you're just about certain to get a nice bag of fillets to carry home with you.Blue water, big shTrolling for big game o the Florida PanhandleA fully-rigged CC like this one can handle long trips offshore for up to six anglers. [COURTESY EVERGLADES MARINE] FISHING REPORT Snapper season has concluded and all indications are it has been fantastic. We should get numbers shortly from the bean counters and well have more information at that time. Lets talk about some inshore “ shing this week. Man has it been hot and we keep saying over and over, get on the water early if you want to catch “ sh. Not 9AM but at daybreak, if your sleeping in, your missing “ sh. If you do “ sh later youll want to “ sh the deeper holes and channels as the “ sh like humans are trying to stay cool. Also “ sh late in the evening about 2 hours this side of sun down. A very good method as of late has been to use live Pin Fish ” at lined near or over some of the drop offs to deeper water, Trout and Red“ sh will readily hit this method. Just use several feet of leader with a split shot at the top and just your live Pin Fish hooked through the lips. Gently cast him out and let the bait do all the work. Live Pin Fish are generally not available at your local bait shops in this area so youll have to cast net them or us a Sabiki rig to bait up. Until next week Happy Fishing A few white marlin are in Panhandle waters all summer, but a strong run usually shows up in September and October. 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** The Times | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A13 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894The Franklin County AAA All Stars, for boys ages 9 and 10, traveled to Sebring July 14 for the state tournament, one of just two traditional rural teams, squaring off against nine opponents in the Divi-sion A class of the Dixie Youth League. That meant the teams they went up had played a regular season against several different opponents, such as Sebring, which had eight teams in its 9-10 year-old division.In contrast, the Franklin County All-Stars had just two.Nonetheless, under the direction of coach Lloyd Alford, and assistants Willie ShuggaŽ McNair III and Zac Alday, the boys tackled their assignment with gusto.In center field was Sadiq Jones, with Nolan Alford at second, Jaxson Odom at shortstop, Colby Blackburn behind the plate, Bennett McNair at first base, Chason Martina and JaMichael Miller as utility infield and outfield-ers, Kadyn Drake at third, and DreKylan North, Jeremiah Allen and Rylan Wood rotat-ing in the outfield and infield.Firing from the mound was Ajalen McNair, with other possible pitchers including Jones, Odom, Martina, Black-burn, Miller and Drake. But, as it turned out, youth took its toll.The boys lost 9-0 to Sebring in the first game and 6-2 to Springhill in the second game.With 10 of our players age 9 or younger ensures that the future is bright,Ž said coach Alford. They all can return next year.ŽThe young Seahawks quali-fied for state by finishing as runners-up last month at the district tournament in Wewahitchka.The team shut out Wewa 11-0 in the opener, and then edged out Blountstown 6-5, after scoring five runs with two outs in the bottom of the last inning.Restricted by pitch count, it looked like Blountstowns ace, who would turn 11 a few days after the tourney ended, would be forced to pitch the next day.But lo and behold they get a rain delay, which rests that same kids clock,Ž said Alford.Bedeviled by that same pitcher, the local boys lost 5-2 to Blountstown, and 2-0 in the second game, and had to settle for second place.But Blountstown opted not to go to state, and the Seahawks took their berth.Well be a really deep team next year,Ž said Alford. Me and Shugga are ecstatic where this team is. They surpassed our expectations.ŽAAA All-Stars learn lessons at stateBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times 850-653-8894Seniors throughout the county will get a big boost from the 21st annual St, George Island Sizzler 5K Race and One Mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 4.Thats because for the first time all proceeds will benefit the Elder Care Com-munity Council of Franklin County, Inc. (ECCC), which is organizing the event. It continues to be sponsored by the Tates Hell Track Club, but processed will no longer go to the Franklin County Humane Society.There will be a new USTAF certified course, more water stops, a post-race party fea-turing chicken wraps, chips and watermelon, awards for the oldest male and female finishers, and $1 off all alco-holic beverages purchased at Doc Myers Island Pub and Sports Bar, which will handle on-site registration beginning at 4 p.m.The One Mile Fun Run goes off at 6:30 p.m., and the 5K at 7 p.m. The post=race party and awards follow, with the traditional threedeep age group awards as well as the Masters, Grand Masters, and Senior Grand Masters.To celebrate our elders we are presenting awards to the oldest male and female fin-ishers,Ž said Bonnie Fulmer, president of the ECCC.What could be more fun than running 3.1 miles in August, on St George Island, at 7 p.m.?Ž she said. We have many out-of-town run-ners registered for the Sizzler 5K but are really hoping to get a lot of local runners and Fun Run walkers out to support ECCC.ŽPre-registration prices range from $30 for the com-plete package, down to $15 for youth. Additional postrace party tickets are $10. For race day registrations, a $5 fee is added.You can register online at [SGI Sizzler] or go to For more information, call 850-509-5009Sizzler to bene t county seniors[ LAUREN LUBERTO | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]


** A14 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The TimesSt. George Plantation is again sponsoring a summer photo contest for 2018. Photos will be accepted for the eighth annual contest, this year entitled Action on St. George Island, until August 31. Consider St. George Islands scenery, activities, events, businesses, and vacation shots. Prizes are $150 for first place, $100 for second place, $75 for third and for Peoples Choice. For rules and how to enter, go to stgeorgeplan, and click on Photo Contest 2018. Or e-mail a good photo of St. George Island?f-stop is 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.If you have a good summer photo, please share. The Times welcomes readers to send us their best photographs, whether they capture summer fun, a warm smile, brilliant color, an unusuai image, person, place or thing, we want it. Photos can be of any subject, but we especially like people.Please send photographs to David Adlerstein at For more information, call 653-8894.F-STOP FRANKLINOf this photo of the second youngest of his 16 grandchildren, the photographer wrote, Mommies have good days. Mommies have hard days.Ž [ HARRY GRAY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Frogs that pray for rain get a downpour [ JAMES HARGROVE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Least sandpipers at high tide at McKissack Beach, near Carrabelle. [ROD GASCHE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Swimming at nightfall[ JO PEARMAN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Man vs. nature [ ROGER MUTERSPAUGH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] The last of July 1. When an acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide, it puts out about how many tons of oxygen? 1, 4, 6, 12 2. In auto-racing flags, what color with yellow-diagonal stripe means move to the outsideŽ? Red, Blue, Black, Green 3. Who has been the heaviest of all U.S. presidents? Hayes, Coolidge, Taft, Eisenhower 4. Whose address is 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY? Trump Tower, Empire State Building, Central Park, Yankee Stadium 5. What poet was known as The Canadian KiplingŽ? Service, Kirby, Henry, Wilshire 6. Whose Latin name is Gallus domesticusŽ? Cat, Dog, Hamster, Chicken ANSWERS: 1. 4, 2. Blue, 3. Taft (William Howard, more than 350 lbs), 4. Yankee Stadium, 5. Service (Robert W.), 6. Chicken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? FUN W i l s o n C a s e y Wilson CaseyCROSSWORD


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** A16 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Timessustainable development, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, promotion of the arts and culture, small town renewal, heritage tourism, economic development, and many others.Ž Restored squares will become highly desirable locations for houses on the lots surrounding them. Think of the appeal of having a house on the square.Ž In addition, traffic rerouted around, instead of through, the squares creates a documented, desirable calming effect,Ž causing vehicles to slow down. Roundabouts or traffic circles such as those on Gorrie Square are enjoying new popularity here in America, in part because they keep traffic moving without the need for signs or other traffic devices. Dont think of the squares as just empty lots,Ž as someone said. Though parts of some of the squares may look like that, the very reason they need restoration, they are important historic assets, as fundamental to the integrity and appearance of Apalachicola as its alleys and streets. The good news is that Apalachicolas squares are still remarkably intact, though they are underutilized, underloved and even disrespected. One person who recognized the appeal and desirability of the squares is native son and architect Willoughby Marshall who has worked tirelessly and often alone to restore them. Marshalls landmark study Apalachicola Economic Development through Historic Preservation,Ž published in 1974 led to the designation of Apalachicolas Historic District on the National Register in 1975 and has been incorporated into the citys land development code. Even better news is that there is now a movement to restore the squares. The Restore the Squares project has been adopted by the local non-profit foundation, Historic Apalachicola Foundation, Inc. a 501c3 founded in 1988 by Marie Marshall and others, to preserve the historic assets of Apalachicola. The Foundation has been successful in restoring Lafayette Park and its beautiful gazebo enjoyed as the setting for many a wedding, concert and the like. The Foundation also restored the Fry-Conter house on 5th Street now occupied by the St. Vincents Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Restore the Squares project was formally introduced at the Apalachicola Area Historical Societys 2017 annual meeting. Apalachicolas Recreation Committee has endorsed the square restoration as one of two most desirable projects it recommends be done. Restoring the squares has achieved recognition by the city commission, whose support is evidenced by their passing of two resolutions to protect the squares from further damage. These resolutions prohibit new development, long-term commitments, and expansion of existing improvements on all six city squares. While it likely will take time to restore the squares to their original configuration and purpose, at least they will suffer no further disrespect. With little fanfare the projects volunteers have begun restoration activities with the creation of a Facebook page, Apalachicolas Historic Squares, fund raising on GoFundMe, and having the squares surveyed. Surprisingly, only Washington Square, the current site of Weems Hospital, had ever been surveyed. The surveys will enable the boundaries of each square to be accurately determined so visible markers can be erected at all four corners of each square. The surveys will form the basis for restoration design. The first local fundraiser was held May 2 at the Richard Bickel Gallery on Market Street, attended by more than 40 people including the mayor and two commissioners. The meeting generated much needed money for the surveys. A self-guided tour and map under development will do much to tell the story of the squares. Join the movement to preserve the historic squares in Apalachicola so many generations in the future will see an authentic American town as it was. As Mayor Johnson said, Moving forward, with your support through this grassroots effort can pay huge dividends towards the historic preservation of the citys plan along with the restoration of our squares.Ž Diane Brewer, a property owner in Apalachicola since the late 90s, and permanent resident since 2014, heads up the Restore the Squares project. She is familiar with historic neighborhoods, having grown up in Coral Gables, and a longtime resident and owner of a historic home in in Ft Lauderdale, where she was active in the historical society and served as an appointee to the citys historic preservation board. BREWERFrom Page A4Special to The StarTALLAHASSEE … Twenty federally threatened eastern indigo snakes have just been released in northern Florida at The Nature Conservancys Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP)as part of a collaborative endeavor to return the native, nonvenom-ous apex predator to the region. The release of the snakes marks the second year in a row of the reintroduction effort, and fur-thers the long-term joint plan of multiple nonprofit, agency, and academia partners to restore this important species to the region.The Nature Conservancy, Central Florida Zoos Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, Auburn University, theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Orianne Society, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Gulf Power, Southern Company through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are dedicated to supporting the recovery of this species. The eastern indigo snake is the longest snake native to North America and an iconic and essential component of the now rare southern longleaf pine forest. The partners have worked together for decades to restore and manage the habi-tat required by the snake, and many other species, to make the release possible.The eastern indigo serves a critical function to balance the wildlife community … it consumes a variety of small animals including both venomous and nonvenomous snakes. At over 8 feet long, this impressive snake often relies upon gopher tortoise burrows for shelter. The snakes were historically found throughout southern Georgia, Alabama, eastern Mississippi, and throughout Florida, though their range is now far more restricted.Largely eliminated from northern Florida due to habitat loss and fragmentation, the indigo was last observed at ABRP in 1982, until 2017 when 12 snakes were released to the preserve. This years annual release is part of a 10-year commitment to the species recovery and continues a focus on establishment of healthy ecosystems through collab-orative land, water and wildlife conservation efforts.Good news for a big snakeAs Marie Romanelli noted, the late Dr. Joe Collins would be so happy about this. Collins, a world-renowned herpetologist who performed annual surveys on St. Vincent Island always wanted to try releasing grown Eastern Indigo Snakes on St. Vincent. Many years ago they released babies and they were too young to survive in a new habitat. The grown ones would be a lot smarter and avoid the pigs and other predators. Remembering Dr. Joe[SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


CLASSIFIEDSThe Times | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A17 NF-4529674 The Landings 1 bed, 1 bath $1100/month, $1100 SD Comes Furnished Pets Negotiable NEWLY RENOVATED! Lanark Village Apartments 2 bed, 1 bath Unit $1200/ month, $1200 SD All Utilities Included NO PETS AVAILABLE AUGUST 56-3 Parker in Lanark 1 bed, 1 bath, $550/month $1000 Refundable SD No Pets AVAILABLE AUGUST 308 A 1st Street 2 bed, 1 bath, $800/month $1000 Refundable SD No Pets NF-4529592 The Blue Parrot is Now Hiring:Cooks Servers Cashiers Hostesses Bussers Bartenders68 West Gorrie Dr. St. George IslandApply in Person at Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe NF-4529698Cash paid for mortgages or notes that you collect. M.R. Freeman850-433-5039 RN & LPN Hiring Event-On the Spot InterviewsWhen: Friday, July 13th 11am-7pm Where: Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee Central 1330 Blairstone Road Tallahassee, FL 32301 We’re hiring for Full Time, Part Time and PRN positions in the following locations: Bristol Carrabelle Crawfordville Monticello Perry Sneads Job Seekers Bring: resume, professional license/certification, driver’s license & CPR certification Think outside the hospital and consider a career in correctional nursing. For additional information please contact Michelle Conley at 850-692-5579 or 21103T IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE SECOND JUDICIALCIRCUITOF FLORIDAIN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY GENERALJURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 19-2017-CA-000058 CU MEMBERS MORTGAGE, ADIVISION OF COLONIALSAVINGS, F.A., Plaintiff, vs. PAULH MATTHEWS, ET. AL., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure filed June 27, 2018 entered in Civil Case No. 19-2017-CA-000058 of the Circuit Court of the SECOND Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Apalachicola, Florida, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL. 32320 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 23rd day of August, 2018 at 11:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 6 and the North 14 feet of Lot 7, Block D, Pickett`s Addition to the Town of Carrabelle, Florida, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 20, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 28th day of June, 2018 CLERK OF THE CIRCUITCOURT As Clerk of the Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk MCCALLARAYMER LEIBERTPIERCE, LLC, ATTORNEYFOR PLAINTIFF 110 SE 6TH STREET FORTLAUDERDALE, FL33301 (407) 674-1850 July 19, 26, 2018 21192 NOTICE: Pursuant to F.S. 116.21, Marcia M. Johnson, Clerk of Circuit Court, Franklin County, Florida, hereby certifies the following is a list of unclaimed monies deposited or collected by her office. Unless such monies are claimed on or before September 1, 2018, the same shall be declared forfeited. Any person having or claiming interest in such funds or any portion of them shall file their written claims with the Clerk of Court and shall make sufficient proof of their ownership. Please contact Marcia M. Johnson, Clerk, by telephone at (850) 653-8861 ext. 103 or Finance Clerk, Linda Phillips, at (850) 653-2275 ext. 111, or by mail at 33 Market Street, Suite 203, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. Herbert A. Anderson $15.00 Lewis J. Andrews $15.00 Ray L. Cooper $15.00 Liam W. Devaughn $15.00 Chandler D. Sannuti $15.00 Pub July 26, 2018 21107T NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT MARGARET POSTEN the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a TAX DEED to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: PARCEL ID# 03-08S-05W-1001-0000-0 070 CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 617 CERTIFICATE YEAR: 2014 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 7, BAY MAGNOLIA, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 8, Page 14, of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida PROPERTY ADDRESS: N/A NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: Bay Magnolia LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company All of said property being in the State of Florida, County of Franklin. Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed according to the law the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the Courthouse door on the First (1st) Monday in the month of AUGUST, 2018 which is the 6TH day of AUGUST, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. MARCIA M. JOHNSON (SEAL) CLERK OF COURT FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Lauren Luberto, Deputy Clerk Pub: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 2018 21105T NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT GARY MITCHELL the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a TAX DEED to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: PARCEL ID# 20-075-07W-0000-0020-0 000 CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 1017 CERTIFICATE YEAR: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: LOTS 13, 14, 15 AND 16, BLOCK 247 (OLD BLOCK 84) OF KEOUGH’S SECOND ADDITION, IN THE CITY OF CARRABELLE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS REOCRDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES(S) 20, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MOBILE HOME SITUATE THERON PROPERTY ADDRESS: N/A NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: Randall W. Scott and David E. Snyder All of said property being in the State of Florida, County of Franklin. Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed according to the law the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the Courthouse door on the First (1st) Monday in the month of AUGUST, 2018 which is the 6TH day of AUGUST, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. MARCIA M. JOHNSON (SEAL) CLERK OF COURT FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Lauren Luberto, Deputy Clerk Pub: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 2018 21113T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-CP-000043 Division PROBATE RONALD JOE HARPER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Ronald Joe Harper deceased, whose date of death was March 20th, 2018 is pending in the Circuit Court for Franklin County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 33 Market Street, Room 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320 The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is July 19, 2018. Attorneys for Personal Representative: DONNA DUNCAN, ESQ. SANDERS AND DUNCAN, P.A. 80 MARKET STREETAPALACHICOLA, FL 32320 By: DONNA DUNCAN, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 63869 Email Address: Personal Representative: Marjorie Langley 216 Old Ferry Dock Road Eastpoint, FL 32328 Pub: July 19, 26, 2018 21109T NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT STEPHEN & CAROLYN COLEMAN, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a TAX DEED to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: PARCEL ID# 14-07S-04W-3131-0000-0 020 CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 319 CERTIFICATE YEAR: 2012 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 2, Block “0”, Lanark Beach tfl, per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 13, Public Records of Franklin County, Florida PROPERTY ADDRESS: 163 Idaho Street, Lanark Beach, FL 32322 NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED: Charles M. Smith All of said property being in the State of Florida, County of Franklin. Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed according to the law the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the Courthouse door on the First (1st) Monday in the month of AUGUST, 2018 which is the 6TH day of AUGUST, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. MARCIA M. JOHNSON (SEAL) CLERK OF COURT FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Lauren Luberto, Deputy Clerk Pub: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 2018 Gretchen Custom SlipcoversNow on the Coast Cushions, pillows, home sewing needs. Call: 850-841-0298 Acorn Outdoor / Indoor Stair LiftExcellent Condition Outdoor stair lift but always under cover of stairwell out of weather/elements. Easily used indoors. New computer board, remotes & cover. 17ft right-side travel rail. $1,350. 850.294.7494, jessemckenzie50@gm PART TIME POSITION AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL MAINT/TECHPosition for 32 unit apartment complexes in Carrabelle. Must have own tools and pass background & drug test. General knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical required. Painting a plus. Apply at 807 Gray ave. #33 Carrabelle, FL (850)697-2017 EQE/DFWP Pro Shop and Restaurant Customer Service WorkerSt Joseph Bay Golf Club seeks a part-time worker to perform outstanding customer service to the patrons of the St Joseph Bay Golf Club to include Pro Shop, Restaurant and Bar. Candidates should have experience in computer operations, cash register operations, food preparation, handling and cooking. Candidate must have excellent customer service skills, be able to work independently, processing sales, handling money, cleaning facility, stocking merchandise and knowledge of golf course rules. Candidates must apply in person, applications available at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club Pro Shop Apalachicola: 1 br, 1 ba efficiency w/ kitchen & living room. Call for info 850-653-6103 Text FL97546 to 56654 Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. St. George Island$210/wk for extended stay, elec, satellite, 12’X 65’ deck. 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** A18 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The TimesThe following report is provided by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. Arrests listed this week were made by officers from the Apalachicola Police Department, Carrabelle Police Department, and the Franklin County Sheriffs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.July 15Christina Rainwater, 40, Eastpoint, domestic battery … felony; $2,500 bond (FCSO)July 18John Hardy Golden, 24, Eastpoint, possession of mari-juana less than 20 grams; $500 bond (FCSO) July 19Edward Jerome Prince, 34, Apalachicola, violation of probation; held without bond (FCSO) July 20James Franklin Coulter, 53, Eastpoint, domestic battery; released on own recognizance (FCSO)Justin K. Spell, 34, Eastpoint, domestic battery, violation of conditional re-trial release for domestic battery; held without bond (FCSO)Angela Renee Moran, 42, Eastpoint, two counts viola-tion of probation; held without bond (FCSO)Daniel Stepp, 50, Eastpoint, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia; $500 bond (APD)Christopher James Wells, 24, Eastpoint, violation of county probation; held with-out bond (FCSO)Gerald H. Kent, 45, Apalachicola, disorderly intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, posses-sion of a controlled substance without a prescription; $2,500 bond (APD) July 21Stephanie Dyann Boone, 48, Wewahitchka, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug parapher-nalia, $3,000 bond (FCSO)John Louis Haynes, 34, Eastpoint, failure to prop-erly register as a sex offender; released on own recognizance (FCSO)Jonathan Seth Evans, 29, Lanark Village, criminal mis-chief … property damage $200 or under; $250 bond (FCSO)Stephen Kyle Branch, 24, Eastpoint, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia; $1,000 bond (FCSO) July 22Andrew D. McCoy, 34, Carrabelle, domestic battery; $1,000 bond (CPD)Derick Manuel Ahrent, 28, Tallahassee, aggravated bat-tery causing bodily harm, violation of conditional release; held without bond (APD)ARREST REPORTDont miss Florida Health Day Friday The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County will host Florida Health Day on Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m. in front of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. This fun-filled event will offer fun for the whole family to enjoy. The onestop-shop event will offer on-site health screenings, games, prize raffles and interactive public health information booths. For more info, call 6532111 ext. 0119 FCS volleyball tryouts next week Volleyball try-outs for grades 6-12 will be on Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the main Franklin County School gym. You must have a current sports physical to participate. Players who make the teams will begin practices on Wednesday, August 1. Practices will be held Monday through Friday, and times will depend on which team you are placed on. Coach Tara Klink said the program is currently hosting volleyball conditioning on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. "Attending conditioning does not guarantee placement on a team, but your commitment to this program does not go unnoticed," said Klink. "We are cutting down to one middle school team, a JV team and a varsity team this year. Do your part to earn your spot!" Rubio staffers at courthouse Tuesday The staff of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will hold office hours this Tuesday, July 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in conference room #305 of the county courthouse, 33 Market Street in Apalachicola. Meet your local staff and learn about the services Rubios office can offer constituents in such areas as immigration, Medicare, Social Security, the military and Veterans Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and other legislative issues. For more information, call the Capital Area regional office at (850) 5999100 or toll free in Florida at (866) 630-7106.NEWS BRIEFS For more news go to