** Volume 133 Number 19 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ....................A4 Law Enforcement .........A7 Society .....................A10 Faith ........................A11 Outdoors ..................A14 Sports.......................A15 A3Indian Creek boat ramp opensA5Remembering the turpentine era SCALING MOUNT KILIMINJARO A14 OUT TO SEE Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ApalachTimes facebook.com/Apalachitimes50 Â¢ apalachtimes.com CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894For the first time in 30 years, Franklin County will have a new county judge.Apalachicola attorney J. Gordon Shuler, with 2,250 votes, represent-ing 57 percent of the vote, defeated Apalachicola attorney Barbara Sanders, with 1,626 votes, to be elected judge. A third candidate, Roseanna Bronhard, secured 69 votes, or a little less than 2 percent of the vote.ÂI feel a lot of gratitude,ÂŽ said Shuler. ÂI have been blessed with a lot of people who have worked hard and believed in me.ÂBarbara Sanders fought a hard race, we both have practiced together in a small town and weÂve known each other a long time, and IÂm glad that the people chose me and I appreciate that,ÂŽ he said. ÂI thank her for fighting a good, hard, clean race.ÂI always believe in treating people with dignity and respect, and she and I will continue to treat each other that way,ÂŽ Shuler said.As per the rules, Shuler plans to wind down his law practice in advance of his being sworn in the first week of January. ÂIÂll close out what cases I have, I cannot practice and be a judge,ÂŽ he said.ÂI want to thank the people for giving me this opportunity to serve,ÂŽ Shuler said. ÂI ran in the race because I believed strongly I was the most Shuler elected judgeBy Jennifer Sheffield The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-1819Logging into any social media in Franklin County reads like a canine rap sheet. There is a public service announcement post most every day about loose dogs for sale, or available for pick up, citing their crimes against cats and trespasses onto private properties, all of which raise questions about personal responsi-bility and animal control.ÂPeople, whatÂs up?ÂŽ Frederic Kahler, of Apalachicola recently asked. ÂSo many dogs are roaming without leashes, and often as packs. They gallop down the high-ways, where drivers honk at them and pop into yards and parking lots, and poop without cleanup.ÂŽÂThese dogs not only can kill, or harm other creatures including children, but can get hit, and trusting canines can be stolen,ÂŽ he wrote.To this point, Heather Carroll of Eastpoint posted that a gray puppy growled at her daughter on her porch last week. ÂWe never had a problem,ÂŽ she wrote, after posting the animal on a yard sale site, warning the owner that animal control will be called.Franklin County Animal Control officer Albert ÂBulldogÂŽ Floyd said they see these unofficial reports, but the trend toward posting offenses online, instead of making a phone call the first time a face-to-snout confron-tation happens, makes issuing notices and pass-ing out violations difficult, plus dogs potentially more dangerous if they return.He said they get more calls when school buses start running, and will during upcoming hunting season, but problems are year-round.Roaming chargesKirvin re-elected, Davis elected to school board We love our pets but others fear themThis dog, made homeless by the Lime Rock Road Â“ re, was found weeks later in another part of Eastpoint, and returned to its rightful owner. [ CARLA GIBBS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Kirvin Martin Davis Watson By Jennifer Sheffield The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-1819For the fourth consecutive year, CarrabelleÂs millage rate will remain at 9.0 mills, but with a healthy hike in its tax base, this will bring into city coffers about $30,000 than last year.Carrabelle saw a jump in its property values of $5.5 million, from $104.3 million to $109.8 million, or about 5 percent, almost double the percentage hike of a year ago.This growth in the tax base means that millage will bring in about $950,000 in ad valorem tax revenuecom-pared to $920,000 last year.At the first of two of its budget workshops last week, city commissioners considered three main changes to its city budget. Some of these adjustments werebecause several entities have become self-sustaining or taken on their own utility payments including the airport, the Crooked River Lighthouse, and Camp Gordon Johnston museum.The first order of business is to hire a third streets and roads employee, Âbecause grass is getting long,ÂŽ said Mayor Brenda La Paz. This priority, although unfunded at this time, is followed by a request by the police Carrabelle to keep millage unchangedSee ROAMING, A6 See ELECTION, A3 See BUDGET, A12 By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Faced with an enormous sewer system debt thatÂs gone into default, Apalachicola plans to pour a lot of money down the drain next year.Into the sewer system that is, funded through a proposed hefty rate increase on both residential and commercial users.ÂWe are one emergency away from financial disaster,ÂŽ said City Manager Ronald Nalley in remarks that accompanied a detailed preliminary 2018-19 budget to city commissioners at their first budget workshop August 22.ÂWe are in default on a Facing default, Apalachicola proposes rate hike for sewerMonthly bills would jump in e ort to stabilize loan debtSee SEWER, A12Pork-Off Monday on the islandThe fifth annual Pork Off, formerly known as the Locals Rib Cook Off, will be held on Monday, Sept. 3 at PaddyÂs Raw Bar on St George Island. BBQ and Rib plates will be on sale at $10 a plate, from 11 a.m. until all gone. There will be live music by Brian Bowen. All proceeds benefit the sixth annual Pink Out on Friday, Oct. 5. Want to become a Guardian ad Litem?Want to create a better future for your commu-nity? Change the story of a child in Wakulla or Franklin County. Become their voice; become a Guardian ad Litem.The Guardian ad Litem Program supports children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The programÂs volunteers and staff advocate for these children in the court and community ensuring their needs are met.Wakulla and Franklin County volunteer two-day training is Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wakulla County Commu-nity Center, 318 Shadeville Road, CrawfordvilleTo register, please contact 850-606-1213 or visit www.gal2.org Evening at the Edge of the SeaCome join us at the Flor-ida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa for ÂAn Evening on the Edge of the SeaÂŽ to learn about the wondrous sea life along our pristine shores and shallows.The evening of Saturday, Sept. 8 kicks off with a brief overview of local ecology, followed by a short tour of the Lab, when you will meet some of the local marine denizens in our seawater touch-tanks. We then walk the exposed tidal flats to see an array of fascinating creatures. The evening ends in the auditorium for some Q & A, visiting and refreshments.Katrina Bayliss, a marine technician at the lab, will conduct the course. Previ-ously, she worked for 3- years as a benthic ecology research tech at the Smith-sonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce.Edge of the Sea work-shops start at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.Â The cost is $15 per person. Class size is limited to 20 people. The minimum age is 7 years old. No upper limit at all! We do ask that all 7-13 year olds are accom-panied by a paying adult.Register online by September 7 by visiting www.marinelab.fsu.edu Bring old sneakers or other close-toed shoes. No sandals or other open-toed shoes. Also bring your innate curiosity along.
** A2 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The TimesBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894The Indian Creek boat ramp in Eastpoint is now open for public use.The refurbishing of the ramp, which ran about $629,000 including engineering and construction costs, is one of six recreational use projects for the county that make up Phase III Early Restoration Projects selected by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Florida caused by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "The department is always looking for opportunities to partner with local commu-nities on projects to enhance the use and enjoyment of FloridaÂs coastal resources,ÂŽ said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. ÂDEP is proud to partner with Franklin County on the Indian Creek project, which will provide increased public access and recreational opportunities."The enhancements to the existing ramp include a new, deeper boat ramp, aluminum access gangway and floating dock, replacement of existing bulkhead with steel sheet piling and concrete cap, safety fencing, handicap parking space, and improved parking for vehicles and boat trailers.ÂThere was a ramp that was put in I donÂt know when,ÂŽ said County Planner Mark Curenton. ÂThe concrete sec-tions were misaligned, it was a very poor ramp.ÂŽOne item that was in the original plans, to construct restroom facilities and connect them to an existing central wastewater facility nearby, was not built.Faced with limited available funds, county com-missioners in July 2015 voted unanimously to remove the bathroom from the project, if needed, and made the ramp improvements and parking expansion their higher priorities.Curenton said the state handled the entire project, which was completed by H. G Harders out of Panama City.ÂHopefully more people will use it, itÂs nearer to the summer bars,ÂŽ he said. ÂI would expect during certain times of the year it will be well used and other times of year it wonÂt be heavily used.ÂŽ Commissioner Ricky Jones said county residents Âare grateful for the renovations that were completed recently at the Indian Creek boat ramp in Eastpoint. All the residents, as well as our visitors, are going to be ben-efited for years to come with this commercial/recreational ramp. On behalf of our resi-dents, I would like to express my thanks for the completed project.ÂŽThe Indian Creek project is part of a $1.48 million NRDA expenditure on county parks and boat ramps. These include the soon-to-be completed Waterfront Park project at the former Lombardi Seafood property, which will enhance existing parking and adjacent tie-up docks at the existing park. In addition an existing onsite building will be enhanced to serve as an information center and dockmaster office.Also included are enhance-ments to the Eastpoint Fishing Pier, which include the construction of new rest-rooms and a holding tank at the existing public pier.Initially, enhancements to the St. George Island Fishing Pier Improvements, which in addition to new restrooms and a holding tank, called for renovating the existing bulk-head. The St. George Island project, however, has been dropped as a NRDA project, and the funds returned back to other county NRDA projects.The Bald Point State Park Recreation Areas project, which will cost about $470,800 in NRDA money, includes putting in picnic pavilions, boardwalks, and a restroom with an associated aerobic treatment system and drainfield at the park in Alli-gator Point. Also, a boardwalk and floating dock for use as a canoe/kayak launch will be constructed at the park.The Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area fishing and wildlife viewing access improve-ments, at a cost of $263,000, include the construction of a boardwalk on the quarter-mile Sand Beach interpretive trail, and the construction of a fishing and wildlife observa-tion structure and associated parking at Cash Bayou.Indian Creek ramp open for businessThe new Indian Creek boat ramp [ PHOTO COURTESY OF FDEP ]
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A3qualified. I promise to be fair and hardworking and dependable.ÂŽTuesdayÂs balloting set up what promises to be an excit-ing race for tax collector.In the GOP race for tax collector, incumbent Rick Watson took 793 votes, or 62 percent of the vote, to defeat challenger Jamie Crum, who got 482 votes.On the Democratic side, Teresa Ann Martin amassed 1,444 votes, or 66 percent of the vote, to defeat Tami Ray-Hutchinson, who attracted 733 votes.The two will square off in November, joined by a third candidate, Connie Polous, who is running without party affiliation.ÂI am very excited and IÂm very honored and IÂm very grateful to have won this campaign,ÂŽ said Martin. ÂI wish Tami Ray Hutchinson all the best. They ran a great race and a clean race and IÂm hon-ored for that. I would like to thank my family and friends, for all their support. ÂI look forward in the days to come to be back on the campaign trail, knocking on doors and getting ready for November,ÂŽ she said. ÂI believe with my experience, my knowledge and my dedi-cation to the tax collectorÂs office, I believe the people will come out and support me.ÂŽWatson said he too is look-ing forward to November.ÂIÂm feeling great,ÂŽ he said. ÂI was thrilled about the win, I thought it was a clean cam-paign and I thank everybody that supported meÂIÂm going after those Democratic votes and those independent votes,ÂŽ Watson said. ÂI think I have a good message.ÂŽIn the race for School Board Seat #3, Fonda Davis Sr. gathered 565 votes, or 66 percent, against Roderick Robinson Jr., who received 293 votes. He will succeed Martin, who stepped down in order to run for tax collector.ÂIÂm very excited about winning. IÂm just ready to get to work on trying to help move the schools on voca-tional education,ÂŽ said Davis.ÂMy opponent ran a good, clean race I have the utmost respect for him,ÂŽ he said. ÂI truly thank everyone who voted, supported me, with prayers, whatever, and I look forward to working with them being part of a team to help the school system move forward.ÂŽIn the race for School Board seat #4, incumbent Stacy Kirvin amassed 534 votes, or 62 percent, to defeat Christy Thompson, who collected 322 votes.ÂIÂm happy I won,ÂŽ said Kirvin. ÂMs. Thompson ran a very clean race, she called me to congratulate me, and I commend her on that.ÂAs a school district we need to continue to move for-ward,ÂŽ said Kirvin, who has served as chair for the past two years. ÂI appreciate all the support people gave me. I really didnÂt know what to expect; IÂm happy now I can concentrate solely on the job.ÂŽIn the race for 2nd Circuit judge, Franklin County preferred David Frank, who gathered 45 percent of the vote, to 34 percent for D. Christine Thurman, and 21 percent for Lisa Barclay Fountain. That race will be decided in November, in a run-off between Frank and Fountain.In the race for Congress, county voters preferred Brandon Peters as the Democratic nominee, as he attracted 63 percent of the vote to Bob Rackleff's 37 percent. Rackleff narrowly edged Peters to win that nomination, and he will face incumbent Republican Neal Dunn.In the race for governor, county Democrats preferred Gwen Graham, as she secured 55 percent of the vote, while Andrew Gillum got 22 percent, Jeff Greene 8 percent, and Philip Levine 7 percent. Chris King gathered 4 percent of the votes, John Wetherbe 3 percent and Alex Lundmark 2 percent.Gillum won the nomination and now will face Ron DeSan-tis in the fall.Among Republicans, county voters preferred DeSantis, who drew 51 percent of the vote, to Adam Putnam, who received 38 percent. None of the six other candidates got more than 4 percent of the vote, the high-est going to Bob Langford, who drew 3.7 percent support from the county's GOP.Governor Rick Scott picked up 83 percent of the Republican vote in his bid for the nomination to be senator. He will face incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, who was unopposed for the nomina-tion, in the fall.In the race for Agriculture Secretary, county Republi-cans preferred Matt Caldwell, with 42 percent of the vote, and Democrats liked Nikki Fried, with 44 percent of the vote. The two will square off in November.In the race for attorney general, Democrats preferred Sean Shaw, with 67 percent of the vote, and GOP voters liked Ashley Moody, with 58 percent of the vote. The two will go up against each other in November.As far as turnout went, it turned out it was fairly modest on Election Day and very robust leading up to that.In early voting, county voters cast 1,210 ballots, a new record, with 1,220 bal-lots cast by mail, also a fairly high number.But on Election Day, only 1,560 voters came out to vote, leading to an overall turnout of 52.3 percent, which fall short of Supervisor of Elections Heather RileyÂs hopes of being abouve 70 percent.ÂIt was kind of a disap-pointment on Election Day,ÂŽ she said. ÂI thought weÂd have a better turnout. But early voting was phenomenal.ÂŽ ELECTIONFrom Page A1Jay Gordon Shuler, the newly elected county judge, hugs his daughter, Kayla Hernandez, and granddaughter Scarlett, after learning of his win. 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PUBLISHER Tim Thompson EDITOR Tim Croft OPINION ÂWe got a pretty good team, good boys, strong boys; District champs the last three years.ÂŽFrom ÂNo. 29ÂŽ as performed by Steve EarleTwo years ago on an autumn Saturday I lowered my home decorating magazine and said across the room, "What's a first down?" My husband stared in wonder and surprise. In 37 years, it was the first footballrelated question I had ever initiated. We talked about basic strategies and rules. Things evolved from there, and last year we purchased tickets and attended my first major college game in decades. I actually loved it. The finer points and nuances of the game itself are still beyond me, though I cheer for our team. The winning and losing isn't nearly as important to me as the quality of the evening. A spectacle under the lights on a college campus feels like autumn should. Maybe it reminds me of my own collegiate years. Regardless, it's an exhilarating and powerful experience, the sounds of pre-game and halftime band performances, the passion of the students and fans; the color and pageantry of the scene. ItÂs all captivating. And football means fall is around the corner. It is typical of my timing that just when college football attendance is experiencing its first serious decline in decades, I have jumped on the bandwagon. Perhaps my long association with investing has created a contrarian's approach to fandom. Investing is an activity which, by definition, rewards those who avoid following the crowd. If you buy a security when everyone else is doing the same, frequently it has been bid up and it's likely that you're paying too high a price for it. This is not always the case; sometimes large numbers of investors purchase a security and it continues to increase in value. But, as the late financial journalist Louis Rukeyser once said, ÂTrees donÂt grow to the sky.ÂŽ The trick is to locate a good company, and then buy it during a downturn, or when other investors are selling it. In this sense, a good investor must understand the value of a company, and then trust that a decline in share price is temporary. Market dynamics are changing, but many basic investing principles still apply. Simply stated, buy a good company, one which youÂll be glad to own three to five years from now as well as today. And buy it a fair or advantageous price. To do so, you often must have the confidence to go against the grain and buy when others are selling. Then, during the next downturn, you must have the tenacity to hold when others are bailing. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column ÂArbor Outlook,ÂŽ is founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 Â… www. arborwealth.net), 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 OUTLOOKFirst downs, autumn Saturdays and Steve Earle Margaret McDowell FranklinÂs Promise Âsteadfast in our commitmentÂ On behalf of the board of directors and staff of FranklinÂs Promise Coalition, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and donors who contributed to FranklinÂs Promise Coalition on behalf of the victims of the Eastpoint Fire on June 24. There were convoys of trucks full of clothes, linens, mattresses, household goods and furniture arriving from as far as Pennsylvania and Ohio. High school kids spent their summer camp time organizing donations. People from all over the country ordered furniture and supplies delivered through online retailers. We organized telethons and fundraisers, and the community answered. We called on all our sources for funds and matching grants to add to the donations. The generosity of goods, money and time was truly awesome. The money raised enabled FranklinÂs Promise Coalition to support Franklin County Emergency Management in meeting the immediate needs of victims and rescue workers, as well as to provide temporary shelter for human and animal victims after the fire. Lots were prepared with power poles, water and sewer hookups. Victims settled into intermediate housing in travel trailers and apartments with the help of volunteers. Furniture was delivered by volunteers to individuals moving into permanent new homes. Hundreds of volunteers selflessly gave thousands of hours of their time sorting, organizing and distributing the mountains of goods that were donated. As planned, the remainder of the funds has been identified by Franklin County to support efforts to purchase permanent housing for the fire victims. FranklinÂs Promise Coalition has served as a part of the Emergency Services Function for Franklin County, coordinating donations and volunteers, for over 10 years, working through hurricanes and disasters. It has been my personal honor to serve as the chair of the Unmet Needs Committee for eight years. During all those years, this was the most amazing outpouring of love and concern imaginable. I can personally testify that God is alive and strong in Franklin County. Franklin's Promise is steadfast in our commitment to serve our community as we have done for over 18 years. While our role in ensuring all Eastpoint Fire victims have temporary housing in place has been completed, our work in the larger community is far from over. We are committed to our mission: ÂTo improve the quality of life for residents, the Coalition will serve as an advocate for the community and provide a forum for collaborating with service providers, churches, institutions, and volunteers to: improve access to quality services and eliminate disparities of service; streamline and prevent the duplication and fragmentation of services; identify unmet needs and determine strategies to meet those needs; educate individuals on challenges, resources and opportunities; and promote positive youth development while emphasizing the reduction of substance abuse and other negative behaviors." The true reason we exist is to serve people. Our goal is to empower people to be problem solvers. With the support of our community, we believe we have done that well during the aftermath of the Eastpoint Fire. We know there is much work remaining. We will continue to focus on feeding the needy, taking care of Franklin CountyÂs families with children and senior citizens, fighting multigenerational poverty, and supporting education and job training for opportunity youth. We invite you to join our team; our volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Please call me at 850-524-1153 if you want to be a part of our organization or for more details.Tamara Allen Chair, FranklinÂs Promise CoalitionLETTER TO THE EDITORThe county commission may not have done anyone any favors in allowing for a split between FranklinÂs Promise and the emergency management office. But when thatÂs the only choice youÂre given, thatÂs the choice you have to take. The commissioners, faced with a direct refusal by FranklinÂs Promise to sign a contract drawn up by County Attorney Michael Shuler, did not entertain any further negotiations that would haveslowed down the process, a step that often, in other unrelated matters, the county is willing to take. It is reasonable to assume the commissioners knew of and backed each of the contractÂs terms, including the one that most stuck in the craw of FranklinÂs Promise. They had the power to amend the terms, or extend the time period for talks. The organization wrote in a press release nine days after their resignation that they had Âconcerns about the legal implications of a particular provision and needed time to research those items in the IRS code and Florida state law as well as seek legal counsel.ÂŽ In other words, we got to lawyer up. The release cited a provision, one of the last ones listed, that read ÂIf FranklinÂs Promise is no longer Franklin CountyÂs ESF-15, designated as the agency to collect donations for the Wildfire, then the ownership of the Special Account shall be transferred either to Franklin County or a charitable organization selected by Franklin County within 30 calendar days written notice from Franklin County to FranklinÂs Promise. However, if FranklinÂs Promise is no longer Franklin CountyÂs ESF-15, it shall continue to be bound by the terms of this contract for five years after the date that FranklinÂs Promise is no longer Franklin CountyÂs ESF-15.ÂŽ It does seem contradictory: How can you be bound to do a job for five years after you no longer are doing the job? It also seems to be a question that would take (unless your lawyer is trying to draw out unnecessary billable hours) a matter of (even if he or she talked slowly) minutes, not days. New York minutes, not kayaking down the Apalachicola River minutes. As it turns out, the five-year provision is primarily designed to ensure recordkeeping is in order well past the end of an operation, hardly an onerous or objectionable condition. FranklinÂs Promise goes on in its release to say that Âit could not agree to the restrictions without review and advice of legal counsel in order to protect the interests of the intended beneficiaries, the victims of the Lime Rock fire; FranklinÂs Promise donors; and FranklinÂs PromiseÂs mission to provide assistance to the residents of Franklin County.ÂŽ ItÂs the stuff after the Âin order to protectÂŽ thatÂs difficult to accept as a reasonable basis for intensifying the conflict, and eventually parting company. The unmistakable suggestion here is that FranklinÂs Promise is somehow exclusive in its foremost display of caring for these beneficiaries and their interests, implying that only that organization can be trusted to dole out the money fairly and efficiently. There may be some truth to that Â… the list of dedicated FranklinÂs Promise volunteers is a lengthy one, and it seems the beneficiaries who FranklinÂs Promise says it cares so much about are grateful; and griping not, of their efforts. These people whose lives were torched by the blaze are worthy of having their interests protected. There also seems to be a wholly unnecessary untruth to that as well. These beneficiaries have received the same sort of tender loving care from employees of the emergency management office, and the other county departments that pitched in. And when it comes time to disburse the money, pretty much the same people will be handling that decisionmaking as would be under FranklinÂs Promise Â… the many dedicated staffers with emergency management and with the entire county, in concert and consultation with the county commission and with the volunteers who know best the needs of the people on the ground. The only difference will be that the countyÂs authorized fiscal agent will be a different entity, likely Capital Area Community Action, the Tallahassee-based non-profitthat stepped in to buy $200,000 worth of temporary trailers to serve those in need. The nearly $300,000 in donations raised so far through Franklin's Promise will not be going into the coffers of the county, to be spent on other things. It is being held in a separate account, and will be subject to all the transparency, and auditing and cost control requirements, as other county departments and earmarked funds and functions. FranklinÂs Promise work as an umbrella social welfare organization is commendable. They have indeed, ably and effectively, improved communication and efficiencies among the many dedicated volunteers and volunteer organizations working to make the county a better place, especially for those who are vulnerable and most in need. There is no criticism here of that work, instead only high praise. The decision by FranklinÂs Promise to resign as the countyÂs ESF-15was not at the behest of the community. There was not widespread happiness with the performance of the group. The county commission indeed bears some responsibility for not seeking to give FranklinÂs Promise more time to work out any problems the organization perceived in the contract. It had been a difficult summer and the month of July is typically not a great time for board meetings and quick decisionmaking. Still, the lionÂs share of responsibility falls on the FranklinÂs Promise board, and its director Joe Taylor, who is known for taking an active hand in all aspects of the organization. The group had the opportunity to further cement its role as a major volunteer presence and to burnish its ties with the entire county. It would have further improved the organizationÂs status as a trusted fundraiser on behalf of the victims of the Eastpoint fire, and of the wide swath of needy in this county. Instead, they chose to pick a legalistic and fiscal fight with the county that didnÂt need to happen. This was not the communityÂs fight, it was a boardroom fight, and it was the communityÂs loss.EDITORIALTwo boards donÂt make a right
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A5 CHASING SHADOWSBy James L. Hargrove Special to the TimesThe naval stores industry, which distilled turpentine from pine sap (ÂgumÂŽ) and produced pine rosin, once afforded income to Franklin County landowners and laborers in forests from TateÂs Hell north and from Indian Pass and St. George Island to Carrabelle. In 1917, the Apalachicola Times noted two naval stores operations in town (see ÂApalachicola booming a century ago,ÂŽ Feb. 23, 2017). Because turpentine leases were recorded in county deed books and employment was listed in censuses, it is possible to track the rise and fall of the naval stores industry in the county, including the barrier islands. A state road map from 1936 shows the location of four turpentine stills operating in Franklin County, one owned by C.C. LandÂs High Bluff Company east of modern State Road 65 (See Figure 1). Turpentine before World War I Around 1909, James McNeill Sr. purchased 13,000 acres of land near Indian Pass and established a turpentine operation. Indian Pass Raw Bar grew out of the old turpentine commissary after James McNeill Jr. combined turpentine with a seafood business. The McNeill family also ran a sawmill and after 1936 sold pulpwood to the paper mill that opened in Port St. Joe. Pearl Porter Marshall, daughter of lighthouse keeper Edward Porter, recalled that all the pine trees on Little St. George were virgin forest until her father sold turpentine rights. A 1911 turpentine lease recorded in Franklin County deed books confirms that he conveyed the rights to cup and chip trees for turpentine to Mr. J. T. Bragdon, who operated a naval stores company in Apalachicola. The lease stated the work must begin the same year and would last for three years. The 1920 U.S. census lists John Bragdon and his son, Osceola, as turpentine workers. Marshall also mentioned that she and her husband, Herbert, later leased rights to harvest turpentine to Martin Britt, who is also listed in the 1920 census as a turpentine worker. Both Britt and Bragdon had several sons who worked in naval stores and timber operations. During the same period, Apalachicola businessman Homer L. Oliver leased turpentine rights on big St. George Island from George Saxon, a banker who purchased the entire island in 1910. Primarily a businessman, Oliver worked with Bragdon and in 1915 hired George Counts to manage his turpentine operations on St. George Island. The 1920 U.S. census lists George Counts, Sr. as a turpentine operator with his color listed as white. Several black men on the same page are listed as turpentine laborers. Counts lived in quarters near NickÂs Hole and supervised a turpentine crew of mostly African-American hands until 1918. In 1920, real estate promoter William Popham purchased most of St. George Island from George Saxon, and Counts worked as his associate until 1938. The method of harvesting pine gum is shown in Figure 2 along with one of many pine trees on St. George Island that still has nails and metal gutters in its cat face. Railroads and the export trade The ability to export naval stores improved when the Georgia, Florida and Alabama Railroad acquired the Georgia Pine Railway connecting Thomasville to Carrabelle in 1895. Several sawmills were already operating in Carrabelle when Hampton Covington opened the Gulf Naval Stores Company at the wharf. Access by oceangoing ships was enhanced by a channel dredged from East Pass to the turning basin in Carrabelle harbor. Gulf Naval Stores was a major employer in Carrabelle up to World War II. To the railroad industry, lumber and naval stores represented potential profits, and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad constructed a spur to Apalachicola in 1907, and two years later extended it to the deep-water harbor in Port St. Joe. Turpentine and rosin were used in the chemical, newsprint and paint industries, and Europe provided a ready market for products from the southern United States. Censuses conducted in Franklin County from 1910 to 1940 show sawmills and turpentine operations were major employers in the area before World War II. Operators knew resin exposed on cat faces was very flammable. To prevent loss of timber and equipment, it was common practice to clear areas around the trees and conduct annual controlled, lowintensity burning. Workers also favored clearing areas to avoid diamondback rattlesnakes. In a study of wildfire frequency, Dr. Jean Huffman found fire scars on trees from 1866 to 1904, but no evidence of fires from 1904-1923. Her work suggests turpentine workers effectively suppressed forest fires. From the Depression to World War II After World War I, turpentine operations continued at McNeillÂs still at Indian Pass, at Bayard RobbinsÂ naval stores company near Eastpoint, and along Highway 12 (present Highway 65) north through High Bluff, Creels, Beverly and Bucks Siding on the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. Robbins died in 1928, and his land at Green Point was leased for several years and then sold to Clifford Land in 1939. Land operated High Bluff Turpentine Company, but moved to RobbinsÂ former home at Green Point east of State Road 65. He managed a business focused on turpentine, a sawmill, and raising cattle. In 1937, Popham still owned St. George Island, and had formed the Florida Goat, Sheep and Turkey Farm to try to generate money. C. C. Land signed a lease with PophamÂs company to harvest turpentine for six years. In 1940, W.H. Wilson obtained title to the island, and Land continued to sublease turpentine rights on the island. During World War II, the federal government took control of St. George Island and turpentine work was halted. In 1948, Land signed a turpentine lease with Herbert Marshall to work on Little St. George Island. This coincides with the second period of turpentine work that Dr. Huffman identified on Little St. George, spanning the years from 1948 to 1958. Most of the cat-faced scars were cut during the earlier years, consistent with being able to harvest gum from one face for several years by chipping higher up the face as production slowed from lower streaks. Again, there was no record of major fires during the years when turpentine operations were conducted, probably because workers cleared brush and suppressed wildfires. End of the naval stores era The turpentine industry continued after World War II, but new labor laws and the ability to extract naval stores from pulp made labor costs prohibitive in the face of declining demand. During the Great Depression, Edward Ball and Alfred DuPont began purchasing worked-over forests in the Florida Panhandle. They learned Dr. Charles Herty had developed methods to make wood pulp from slash pines despite their high resin content, and in 1936 they founded The St. Joe Company to convert slash pine logs into pulp for cardboard and Kraft paper. Particularly around Eastpoint, many woodsmen found work harvesting slash pines for pulp or working in the mill in Port St. Joe. During the same period, the federal government began buying land from private owners, and in 1936, President Roosevelt proclaimed the formation of the Apalachicola National Forest. TateÂs Hell State Forest was not created until 1994. With most of the land in Franklin County managed by The St. Joe Company or the government, the prior system in which private owners would harvest naval stores or lease rights to turpentine and timber declined. During the Â50s, most economic activity shifted from the forests to the coast, particularly with the development of St. George Island for tourism and vacation homes. Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park contains the best public areas where visitors can learn about the history of fires and turpentine operations on the island. Old pines with scars, nails and metal gutters are abundant along the trails next to East Slough and the camping area on Gap Point. In particular, numerous chipped and charred trees line the path that leads from the playground area past the interpretive center to the bay, and tools used in the turpentine industry are displayed next to the washroom on the campsite loop. Many old pine trees with cat-face scars can be seen in yards along Pine Avenue, and guests with passes to the Plantation can see these survivor trees along the bike path next to Leisure Lane. James Hargrove is a retired scientist who lives on St. George Island and has authored books including ÂThe Oyster King, The Man Who Bought St. George Island,ÂŽ and ÂCape St. George Lighthouse and Apalachicola Bay.ÂŽ He may be contacted at email@example.com.Turpentine days in Franklin CountyFIGURE 1 A 1936 map of Franklin County shows several communities along State Road 12 (now SR 65) north of East Bay. Most of the families in High Bluff, Creels, Beverly and Bucks Siding worked in the naval stores and timber industries. Arrows indicate turpentine stills (inset) including C.C. LandÂs operation near Eastpoint.[ FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Figure 2 At left, former turpentine hand Harry Cooper explains how the Herty cup and gutter system was used to collect turpentine from faces cut into pine trees. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ]At right. A Â“ re-charred, cat-faced scar on a pine tree in the islandÂs state park still drips with pine resin. Arrows indicate a metal gutter and a nail used to hold the collecting cup. [ JAMES HARGROVE ]
** A6 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The TimesÂIf cases get severe enough, theyÂll call,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe respond in 30 minutes. But when dogs are popping up at houses, weÂre Johnnyon-the-spot. That gives us a chance to encounter the problem head-on.ÂŽ Law got tougherSince it became illegal, in 2017, to have an unleashed dog in a public space anywhere in Franklin County, there are fines of up to $500 for violations, and animals can be confiscated in cases of repeated violations (see sidebar) Animal control enforcement employs two, on-call officers that cover ground between Carrabelle to Alligator Point.There is also a leash law in the county that states dogs must be harnessed, or respond to voice command.Animal control, state and local law enforcement, and city and county code enforcement, are all charged with enforcing the revised ordinance. Karen Martin, director of the Franklin County Humane Society, said its role is to refer to these agencies.ÂPart of the animal wel-fare world here is to re-home any animal after its five-day mandatory hold,ÂŽ she said. ÂWe have a responsibility to public safety and health, but cannot investigate.ÂŽFloyd said that when officers are out on patrol. Âwe donÂt take somebodyÂs dog, just to take them. Some people want that, and some donÂt. ItÂs hard to please people, especially with animals.ÂIf we know itÂs yours and is off the property, we will work with neighbors to get the dog put up,ÂŽ he said. ÂBut the issue is sometimes hard to prove, if a dog is back at its house when response arrives.ÂWe are not blind,ÂŽ Floyd said. ÂWe do have strays.ÂŽ Some stories have happy endingsPublicity also has led to feel-good stories in the lost and found, such as last weekÂs chance reunion set up by Carla Gibbs of Eastpoint when she came across one of nine dogs owned by Luther Glass, of Ridge Road.His two boys had to let loose seven hounds from a backyard pen in the heat of the June 24 Lime Rock fire. His house burned down with one house dog in it.ÂI got one dog back that week,ÂŽ Glass said. ÂSome-one called about it at the foot of the bridge with burned paws.ÂŽOf the dog Gibbs found, he said ÂsheÂs skinny, and caught briars in the woods.ÂŽ He is still looking for remain-ing blue tick walkers, two tri-color males, and an alu-minum white female hound.ÂThis poor pup was so close but couldnÂt find its way home,ÂŽ Gibbs said, of its location on North Bayshore Drive. ÂThe reason I posted it is because weÂve gotten back to business since the fire, and yet months later, this dog shows up.ÂThis is Eastpoint,ÂŽ she said. ÂWe see dogs running around all the time, without thinking. I am hoping people will pay attention. People want their dogs back.ÂŽGlass says in rural areas, dogs regularly escape to go after raccoons and fox attracted to chickens. Plus dogs trained to run deer, bear or hog can Âdo a bunch of loops, then get backwards on themselves,ÂŽ he said, referring to having to pick up his dogs as far as Cash Creek on Highway 65.Franklin County Dog Hunters Association Presi-dent Charles Brannen, also of Ridge Road, said, ÂEverybody pretty much looks out for one another. The woods are hard on dogs, and when they give slap out, or get hungry, they will come back.ÂŽ Butterball succumbs to dog attack Inside city limits, Franklin County Solid Waste Director Fonda Davis said issues stem from people failing to spay and neuter their pets. ÂOne week, an area is flooded with strays, then nothing for the rest of the year,ÂŽ he said. ÂIf a female dog in a neighborhood is in heat, it will draw other dogs.ÂŽ Floyd said coyotes are also found inside city limits. ÂIf you get a lot of kittens itÂs a primary food chain for coy-otes,ÂŽ he said. ÂBut we have always had feral cats and always will. This is not linked to the dog issues.ÂWe do not have packs killing animals,ÂŽ said Floyd, who has 29 years on the job. ÂOccasionally, dogs get together and kill a cat. It is better county-wide,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt was a lot rougher when people were not used to animal control. Now you have to tie your dog up, and people are responding.ÂŽJerry Hurley has a slightly different opinion, since losing his cat, Butterball, to a nuisance dog near his house in Apalachicola.ÂYou canÂt always call them (animal control), until nothing can be done,ÂŽ he said.Hurley believes Butterball was a stray that got dropped off two years ago, Âbecause he was obviously an outside cat who liked people. He took to our two feral females, Sun-shine and Brindy, seldom left our yard, and slept on our front porch every night.ÂŽBack in April, peace on his porch was disrupted around 3 a.m. when his golden retriever heard commotion. ÂLater that morning, we saw ButterballÂs body beside the street in front of our house, with his throat cut out,ÂŽ Hurley said.ÂWe found blood with paw prints in it on our front steps and porch, claw marks in the wood and blood mixed with saliva all over with a lot of yuck in it,ÂŽ he said, of the gruesome task of scrubbing the deck. Hurley believes the culprit was a Âmiddle size dog in frenzy,ÂŽ the same dog that has been in his yard since.Hurley said his feral cats escaped the attack, Âbut But-terball was too wide to get through the spindles or was protecting them.ÂŽ Given the crime scene, Âhe was dragged kicking and screaming.ÂŽHe has since bought bear spray and a BB pistol for protection, and has had two more dogs jump on him and rip his shirt. ÂFive minutes later, a woman drove by and asked had I seen a big pit bull puppy and another dog run-ning loose,ÂŽ he said. ÂShe was trying to find them. But it scared me.ÂŽ Attacks on people fortunately rareDavis said attacks on people are rare, and he does not have to use law enforcement often. ÂRecently, we had one dog show up in downtown Apala-chicola on the Soda Fountain staircase that bit a service contractor, in front of Cen-tennial Bank,ÂŽ he said.Business owners on the block said there was a dead cat behind the building, days before the bite.The process for this scenario has different stipu-lations. ÂThey have the right to appeal,ÂŽ Davis said. ÂWe have to give the owner enough notice to pay all the fines and meet the requirements to return it. If the dog is declared dangerous, it get a rabies shot and micro chipped. Before we turn it loose we evaluate whether there is a place to keep the dog and if it should be muzzled, but we cannot enforce that they have a fence,ÂŽ he said.The ordinance states that if an animal violates probation, a three-person board has the authority to make the deci-sion to destroy a dog.ÂIt is important that people make an effort to stay in con-tact,ÂŽ said Martin. ÂIf your animal goes missing, thatÂs the very first thing, because ultimately, the responsibility of any pet lies with the owner. ItÂs not ours to knock on doors and sometimes we can only rely on the findings of veterinarians,ÂŽ referring to people who call when they see their dog on the Humane Society website for adoption, but never reported it missing.ÂIf the dog is not reclaimed, we are legally positioned to move forward with whatever is best for the animal,ÂŽ she said.Ultimately, said Floyd, ÂThese problems are no bigger than anywhere else.ÂPeople take advantage, and itÂs a small town, but thatÂs why is should be easier to cooperate with enforce-ment,ÂŽ he said. ROAMINGFrom Page A1What the nes areÂ€ Interference with animal control $50 for 1st violation, $75 for 2nd violation, $250 for 3rd violation and thereafter Â€ Running at large $30 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd Public nuisance prohibited $30 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd Â€ Humane care required $100 for Â“ rst, after that mandatory court appearance Â€ Abandonment of an animal $100 for Â“ rst, $250 for 2nd Â€ Violations with loss of personal property $100 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, after that mandatory court appearance Â€ Violations with unprovoked, biting, wounding or attacking of domestic animal or person $450 (person). $250 (animal) and then mandatory court appearance Â€ Violations pertaining to a dangerous or vicious animal which does not result in injury to person or domestic animal $250 and then mandatory court appearance Running at large prohibitedIt shall be unlawful for any animal to run or remain at large on any public street, road, park or other public place. It shall be unlawful for any animal to run or remain at large upon any private property, whether under direct control or not, and posing a threat to public safety, without the consent of the owner of such private property. It shall be a violation of this article for the owner or keeper of any animal to tie, chain or otherwise tether such animal in such a manner that it has access to public property or the property of another without consent of that property owner. Dogs and cats in estrus. The owner of any female dog or cat in estrus shall keep such dog or cat conÂ“ ned in a building or secure enclosure, veterinary hospital, or boarding kennel in such a manner that such female dog or cat cannot come in contact with a male dog or cat, except for intentional breeding purposes. Responsibility. The owner or keeper of any animal found running or remaining at large shall be responsible for any violation of this article. Exceptions. This section shall not apply to: Â€ Any dog or cat being ofÂ“ cially shown or trained; or Â€ Any animal that is especially trained to assist or provide personal services for a disabled person, as deÂ“ ned under the American with Disabilities Act. Â€ Government police dogs. Â€ Any dog actually engaged in a legal sport, including supervised hunting within authorized areas. All dogs and livestock shall be physically contained on the property of the owner by fence or other enclosure.This pup, seen roaming in an Eastpoint neighborhood, menaced a small child. [COURTESY PHOTO/HEATHER CARROLL] Butterball used to relax on the homeÂs front porch, before its life was taken by a dog or dogs roaming the Apalachicola neighborhood. [ JERRY HURLEY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A7Worker praised for discovering contrabandOn Aug. 23, in a letter from Scott Duvall, warden of Franklin Cor-rectional Institution, Ronnie Joseph, an equip-ment operator with the county solid waste department, was cited for his work in discovering contraband in posses-sion of one of the inmates working at the landfill.The letter said Joseph had discovered 20 packs of 305 filtered cigars, two cans of Grizzly tobacco, and 30 grams of K2 at the landfill on July 30.ÂMr. JosephÂs attention to detail and observation skills prevented this contraband from being introduced into the secure perimeter of FCI,ÂŽ wrote Duvall. ÂThis eliminated countless house of staff involvement in incidents involving k2. This prevented possible loss of life and prevented the waste of precious resources to combat these issues on our compound. Thank you, Mr. Joseph, for a job well done.ÂŽ Eastpoint man spared in log truck accidentA 54-year-old East-point man, driving a log truck through Liberty County Monday afternoon, suffered minor injuries when the truck drifted on to the grassy shoulder, spilling sev-eral logs.According to a release by the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Flowers was driving a 2005 Peterbilt semi pulling a load of logs on its trailer, south on County Road 12, south of Ray Kever Road, at about 4:30 p.m. when it partially drifted onto the west grassy shoulder.As Flowers tried to drive back onto the road-way, the tractor trailer began to overturn onto its right side, causing several logs to spill out onto the grassy shoulder and the roadway, block-ing County Road 12, read the release.The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the Sumatra and Estifanulga volunteer fire departments, and Calhoun-Liberty EMS, which transported Flow-ers, with minor injuries, to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital.He was cited for care-less driving.LAW BRIEFS LAW ENFORCEMENTThe following report is provided by the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. Arrests listed this week were made by officers from the Apalachicola Police Department, Carrabelle Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.August 8Keith Daniel Ray, 33, Apalachicola, domestic battery; $1,500 bond (FCSO) August 10Ethan Royce Whitting-ton, 22, Eastpoint, driving while license suspended or revoked Â… first offense, attaching improper license tag; released on own recognizance (FCSO)August 19Stephen Kyle Branch, 24, Eastpoint, assault with intent to commit a felony, simple assault with intentional threat to do violence, trespassing Â… entry on property unlawfully, trespassing on property Â… armed; $12,000 bond (FCSO) August 20Ramona Annette Dean, 45, Apalachicola, posses-sion of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia; $18,000 bond (FCSO)Lance Allen Segree, 33, Eastpoint, driving while license suspended or revoked Â… third or subsequent offense, two counts of possession and use of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer without violence; $3,000 bond (FCSO) August 21Bruce A. Rotella, 58, Eastpoint, trespassing Â… failure to leave property upon order by owner; released on own recognizance (FCSO)Bradley Bernard Simmons, 36, Apalachicola, aggravated battery Â… offender knew or should have known victim was pregnant; $7,000 bond (FCSO)Joshua Loren Pilotti, 28, Apalachicola, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing Â… failure to leave prop-erty upon order by owner; $15,500 bond (FCSO) August 22Justin K. Spell, 34, Eastpoint, driving while license suspended or revoked Â… second offense, possession of metham-phetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, pos-session of cannabis less than 20 grams, violation of conditional release; held without bond (FCSO)Dona Marge Roberts, 35, Carrabelle, battery, violation of probation; held without bond (CPD) August 23Samantha J. Whittington, 33, Tallahassee, trespassing Â… failure to leave property on order of owner; $1,000 (FCSO)John Ryan Stokes, 27, Apalachicola, distribution of obscene material to a minor; $7,500 bond (FCSO)Brandy Marie Davis, 27, Eastpoint, resisting an officer without violence, driving while license sus-pended or revoked Â… first offense; released on own recognizance (FCSO)ARREST REPORT
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** A10 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Times SOCIETY[DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES] In the midst of Apalachicola Main StreetÂs Independence Eve Celebration, volunteers raised almost $4,000 in just 30 minutes to help those impacted by the Eastpoint Fire. Board members and staff also made contributions to bring the total to $4,150. Earlier this month, the board presented a check to theFranklin County Sheriff's Office Charity Fund,earmarked for fire victims. Pictured, from left, areMain Street Board Members Lowell Thomas, Lisa Johnston, and Valentina Webb; Board Chair Jim Bachrach, Sheriff A. J. Smith, Executive Director Augusta West; Board Members Mark Milliken and Torben Madson. Not pictured areBoard Members Carol Guild and Ed Springer.Independence Eve help for re victimsBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894For decades, independent publisher and artist Gibbs M. Smith visited local bookstores around the world. Struck by each shopÂs unique character, he created a stylized oil painting of its storefront, and used the images on the covers of his publishing companyÂs catalog.A lively impression of ApalachicolaÂs Downtown Books by night shared the Spring 2012 catalog honors with Oxford, MississippiÂs Square Books.Before Smith died in 2017, he transferred owner-ship of his art, architecture, and decor book company to his employees. In his honor, these colleagues and friends have now published a charming collection of his bookstore paintings.ÂBooks & Mortar: A Celebration of the Local BookstoreÂŽ pairs 75 vivid paintings (including his rendering of Downtown Books) with stories about the shops and their deni-zens, and quotes about the pleasures of reading and the value of community book-stores as sources of refuge, inspiration, and joy. ItÂs a book bound to delight bib-liophiles and art lovers, and inspire the next generation of indie bookstore owners.Books & Mortar goes on sale Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Downtown Books, 67 Commerce Street. For more information, call the bookstore at 653-1290.New book celebrates (really) local bookstoreThe first in a series of con-certs coming to The Gallery at High Cotton this fall and winter will be Friday, Sept. 7, with three bands in one night.Apalachicola favorites Flying Fish, will open the evening at 6 p.m. with their groovy laid-back songs; then the Valdosta, Georgia-based The Dave Rodock Trio will play a set of bluegrass inspired tunes. Last up for the evening, also from Valdosta, Dirty Bird and The Flu will play some of their groundbreaking rhythm and blues originals.BYOB, with donations for musicians welcome at the door. Please bring something to share. Community event, all welcome.The Gallery at High Cotton is located at 230 Water Street in Apalachicola.High Cotton gallery to open concert seriesHappy birthday Lawrence Eugene Russell, on Monday, Aug. 13.Son I said a prayer for you today and I know God must have heardAlthough He didnÂt speak a word I felt his answer in my heart I didnÂt ask for wealth or fame, I know you wouldnÂt mindI asked for priceless trea-surers rare, near you each and every day,That He would bless you throughout your life, that you would have good healthThroughout the rest of your life, and that you would have a good family and friendsThroughout your life, and to grant you happiness, great and small, And that you will always know His loving care.And son, I pray that most of allHappy Birthday, my son,God bless you. Granny Mary Lou, Alina, Obie and the late Charles King your PawPaw, your mama Aline, Jeffrey Misty, Mary, Lacey, Murray and all the rest of your friends and familyHappy birthday, Lawrence RussellFlying Fish Lawrence Russell Dirty Bird and The Flu Gibbs M. Smith from ÂBooks & MortarÂŽ | Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith Publisher
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A11 FAITHCharles E. Campbell passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018, at his home in Carrabelle, surrounded by his loving family. Charles was born on March 11, 1933 in Mobile, Alabama, to Lester and Eunice (Cazalas) Campbell. He graduated from Carrabelle High School in 1951, enlisted in the United States Navy and served our nation in the Korean War. Charles, ÂBig PodÂŽ had a 34-year career in the Florida Marine Patrol, where he retired as major in 1994. He also faithfully served on the board of Family Life Church since 1999. Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethel ÂPeteÂŽ Campbell; his six children, Cathy Campbell Rutherford (Andrew), Charlotte ÂSissyÂŽ Worrell (Chris), Charles ÂBubbaÂŽ Campbell, Beverly Bentley Warth (Raymond), Lori Bentley Doughtery (Shawn), and John Derrick Bentley. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Caleb, Mitchell, James, Kyle, Emilee, Randall, Alexandria ÂAlex,ÂŽ Bethany, and Mackensie; one great-grandchild, Mia; and countless friends and family. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael. A Celebration of life service was held Wednesday, August 29, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at the Carrabelle Christian Center. There was a Committal Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Carrabelle immediately following the service. David Conn of Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville, is assisting the family with arrangements.OBITUARY CHARLES E. CAMPBELLSpecial to the TimesHello Franklin County! Last call for anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener; registration ends Friday, Aug. 31. Packets of information and the application are available at either branch. Program begins Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Eastpoint branch at 10 a.m. Classes will be held weekly Tuesday and Wednesday for 15 weeks from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is working in a joint-partnership with Les Harrison, the Wakulla County extension director. The cost to participate in the Master Gardener program is $75, which includes all materials except the optional UF/IFAS Master Gardener manual. September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Library cards are free for Franklin County residents, a photo ID and proof of residency required. Non-resident fee cards are available for $10 and valid for one year. The library collection includes the latest bestselling book titles and authors, including local and many Florida authors. There is a great selection of DVDs, new titles added monthly. If you like to read while traveling or just on the go, but donÂt want to carry a print copy, there is a solution: Download the Overdrive app (you need an active library card number) and you can read books on your device at any time. Check out the Libby App Â… a friendlier version of accessing digital reading. Never will you owe a late fee; they return to the library at the due date. What a great concept. Kids, donÂt miss the upcoming events in September. Eastpoint STEAM for kids, for ages 8-14 will now meet at the new time of 4 p.m., on Thursdays, starting Sept. 6. Also, brand new this session will be Carrabelle STEAM for kids ages 8-14, also weekly on Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting Sept. This is a handson learning, interactive and fun program where kids will learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The fun way to learn! Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming Sept. 19; kids event at both branches at 4 p.m. Join us for the new Anime Club, for ages fifth through 12th grade. The Anime club will meet monthly, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Eastpoint branch. Bring your own ideas and together we will learn anime-style drawing, learn to write in kanji, and make candy sushi. How cool is that! No registration required; all library programs free and open to the public.LIBRARY CORNERSign up for a card, appSpecial to the TimesIn 1970 Marian McQuade began a campaign to establish a national day that would honor grandparents, raising raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s.In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.During this time organi-zations and schools across the country take the time to celebrate and acknowl-edge grandparents with festivities, parties, assem-blies etc.With its mission to be a bridge connecting seniors to the community, ECCC (the Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County, Inc.) will host a Tea, Fruit and Cookies Grandparents Day Social from 3 to 5 p.m. on National Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Holy Family Senior Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries Blvd. in Apalachicola.ÂThere is an untapped potential in the exchange between elders and youth. For grandparents, relationships with grandchildren provide connection with a much younger generation and exposure to different ideas and experiences. For grandkids, grandparents can offer nuggets of wisdom for life lessons that they can put into practice as they mature and grow,ÂŽ said Erica Head, activities coordinator at Holy Family. ÂThis event is sure to be an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to engage with and spend time together in order to establish or strengthen their familial bonds.ÂŽSeniors in need of a ride are asked to email email@example.com or call 653-3134.For more information on this event, or ways to donate to the ECCC, a nonprofit, all-volunteer community organization that connect seniors to a community of support through advocacy, enhancement and expan-sion of services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 509-5009.Holy Family hosts Grandparents Day socialThe Franklin County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. will hold its annual general membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center, 201 NW Avenue F in Carrabelle.All Franklin County residents or property owners age 50 or older are eligible to vote at this meeting. A revision to the bylaws will be voted on, and nominees to the board of directors will be elected to four-year terms.The councilÂs officers include Joanne Bartley as president; John Rees vice-president, and Gathana Parmenas, treasurer.The Franklin County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation which owns and operates the Franklin County Senior Center.Senior Citizens CouncilÂs annual meeting Sept. 12 By Jerry L. HurleyA windswept crag on mountain high, where earth reaches forth to touch the sky, a lone man climbs the cold wet rocks to reach his goal, an oaken box. When his failing strength has reached its end, blinded by rain and a hurricane wind, he spies the box in gathering gloom. Unworried by possible impending doom, should he continue or go back down to the flickering lights of a distant town? But a fire within burns hot and bright to guide his steps on darkest night. He has to know what is in the box bound with chains and locked with locks. He rests for a moment and takes full measure of the iron-bound box filled with treasure. Taking up a fistsized rock, he breaks each and every rusted lock. He unwraps the chains that bind the box, They are cast aside with the locks. Wrenching open the oaken lid he wonders what secrets inside are hid. Not gold or silver or useless treasure, There is wealth inside beyond measure. Every book ever written by woman or man, every book ever written since time began, every book forgotten, lost or burned containing all civilization has ever learned. Lost to mankind for countless years, giving way to ignorance, darkness and fears. He hoisted the box onto his back and slowly descended the treacherous track. Is the world ready for riches untold? If so, then the future will fully unfold.THE POETÂS VOICEThe Box OAThe following is the schedule for Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meetings in Franklin County. For more info, call (850) 899-3715 or (850) 385-8421, or email OA.Apalach@gmail.com SUNDAYApalachicola, Trinity Episcopal Church, 79 Sixth Street, annex conference room, 76 5th Street5:30-6:30 p.m. Newcomers Meeting AAThe following is the updated schedule for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and the St. George Island areas. For more information, call the Hotline at 653-2000. MONDAYApalachicola, Trinity Episcopal Church7:30-8:30 p.m. Closed Discussion TUESDAYCarrabelle, Church of the Ascension, 110 NE First Street7:30-8:30 p.m. Big Book/12&12, Open Apalachicola, Trinity Episcopal ChurchNoon1 p.m. Discus-sion, Open WEDNESDAYApalachicola, Trinity Episcopal Church 6-7 p.m. WomenÂs AA, Closed7:30-8:30 p.m. MenÂs AA, Closed THURSDAYApalachicola, Trinity Episcopal ChurchNoon-1 p.m. Discus-sion, Open Lanark Group #62, The Community Church, 171 Spring Street, Lanark Village6-7 p.m. Open MeetingRECOVERY MEETINGS Fore more news go to apalachtimes.com
** A12 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Timesdepartment to revise how much officers get paid for court appearances on their days off, and to purchase, or repair, a vehicle swapped out last year from the water and sewer department to trans-port inmates to work sites.ÂWe have wheels for a third employee if we fix it,ÂŽ said City Clerk Keisha Millender, of the 2017 Silverado, that has one payment remaining on its loan.Millender also suggested using the difference in value to trade trucks, instead of purchase a new water truck, an operational move that calls for applying $9,000 to the water and sewer budget.ÂWe shouldnÂt be buying vehicles, and trying to repair our own,ÂŽ Millender said.ÂIn the summer, it is hard to keep up because of senior-ity,ÂŽ said City Commissioner Tony Millender about the manpower problem. ÂRight now, we have one-and-ahalf employees, and even though we encourage citi-zens to clean up, it is a ton of work.ÂŽLa Paz said City Attorney Dan Hartman has advised the city may not be allowed to hire an OPS (other personnel services) and so a full-time equivalent needs to be considered.The changes to the$235,000police budgetcomes because officers, while considered high-risk employees, are paid $25 per appearance, instead of standard overtime rates when they are called in on the job, said Chief Gary Hunnings.The workshop also cov-ered two smaller Community Redevelopment Act budgets in addition to the general fund.The calculated rent of the airport hangar is $28,080 and outstanding rent is $12,135. ÂThese (airport) monies have come out of the general fund, for years,ÂŽ said La Paz, prais-ing the airport board for its independence that she said takes a load of $525,000 off of the general fund.Capital projects include upgrading the fuel tank and building a storage shed. With a balance forward of $19,710, the city will see a total of $73,979 in expected income from the airport.Evelyn McAnally, a board member of the non-profit Carrabelle Food Pantry also made a presentation to remain funded. The pantry serves 2,950 people under age 18, and 5,884 over age 55, for a total of 13,849 people throughout Franklin County.ÂWe work to accomplish our goals, and serve,ÂŽ she said.The cityÂs contribution has been 40 percent of the cost of $26,000 on food and $427 on expenses, of which 10 percent is held in reserve for disasters.It is also supported by local churches and a 26-member board. The program will celebrate 10 years in October.Overall, city salaries remain the same, but state retirement costs in all categories took an increase for fire and police. As well, life and health insurance premiums rose.When the city moves into the new building, La Paz said utilities will be lowered significantly from inside the Carrabelle Municipal Complex, particular for air conditioning.The final meeting to adopt the budget will be Thursday, Sept. 13. BUDGETFrom Page A1maturing loan that, if we donÂt resolve quickly, could result in the state enforcing their rights through collection remedies including stepping in and taking over the finances of the city,ÂŽ he said. ÂRight now, we canÂt borrow money, we canÂt get grants and we canÂt even secure a line of credit.ÂŽNalleyÂs proposal, which commissioners will have to decide on before their final budget vote Sept. 25, 25, calls for an increase in the base rate, and the per 1,000-gallon charges, for both residential and commercial water and sewer users, that amounts to 13.5 percent.In addition, a separate monthly sewer user fee (SUF) instituted five years ago for the sole purpose of addressing z pile of unpaid debt on a state loan will likely more than double for residential users, and more than quadruple for commercial users, beginning in mid-October.Working with an analysis prepared in conjunction with City Administrator Lee Mathis and Apalachicola businessman George Mahr, Nalley firmly recommended to commissioners they take the steps necessary to boost the SUF in order to address a $755,000 debt obligation, not including interest and fines, that the city has with the Florida Department of Envi-ronmental Protection. That debt obligation began in July 1995, when the city first took out a $9.35 million loan with DEP for wastewater collection system and treat-ment plant improvements. (See sidebar).Even with the instituting of the SUF for the 2013-14 fiscal year, these payments have consistently lagged behind the amounts needed to prevent the loan balance from lapsing into default.If approved, the monthly SUF for residential customers will go to $29, a hike of $18.25, or about 170 percent, from the current rate of $10.75.For commercial users, the monthly SUF will go to $95, an increase of $74.25, or about 358 percent, from the current rate of $20.75.In outlining his prescription for bringing the sewer loan out of default, Nalley said that the increases are in line with the findings of the study done late last year by the Florida Rural Water Association.ÂResidential water and wastewater revenue are not adequate to meet the projected expenditure and significant debt service requirements for the system,ÂŽ read the rate study, which recommended three consecu-tive years of rate increases to achieve financial solvency.ÂWe are at a point where we have to do something with the water and sewer fund,ÂŽ said Nalley. ÂItÂs not going to be easy. This is going to be one of the toughest decisions the commission is going to have to make.Â(City Administrator) Lee (Mathes) has done a wonderful job of juggling balls for you. This year itÂs going to finally catch up to you,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhat weÂre trying to do is to start raising that money to start paying those bills and pay our debt service.ÂŽIf the rates are approved, the budget for water and sewer, which is defined as a separate, self-sustaining Enterprise Fund composed entirely of customer billings and not out of property taxes, would have revenues of about $2.07 million, nearly all of it from about $1.97 mil-lion in billings. The remaining $100,000 would come from revenues generated by the Scipio Creek and Battery Park boat basins.To apply about $583,200 towards debt service on the sewer, a half-million dollars in SUF revenues would be combined with some from the billings. The budget calls for about $184,500 from water bills to go towards a more modest debt service to that system.Nalley said in his talks with officials at the DEP, they have shown a willingness to modify, but not eliminate, the existing sewer debt to help bring the city more quickly out of default, making it eligible to qualify sooner for state grants or loans. ÂThey are open to restruc-turing,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe can perhaps pay a smaller amount up front and as money comes in we can pay those debt service amounts.ÂŽCity commissioners know they face a tough decision. ÂThis is a decision we have to make and weÂre going to be slammed really hard,ÂŽ said Commissioner Brenda Ash, who oversees the cityÂs finance committee. ÂWeÂre going to put on our baseball caps and not go to the grocery store.ÂŽNalley said the sewer fee will remain constant, and could be completely eliminated or reduced in the next seven or eight years.He also said that his budget proposal does not include any factoring in of the upcoming sale of real estate. The city is now in the process of adver-tising for a broker who would conduct the sale, or sales.ÂThis budget does not factor the sale of property, and it puts you on track to fix the debt problem with your fees,ÂŽ said Nalley. ÂI donÂt want to calculate that (property) into rates without some assurance (of what it would sell for).ÂMy experience is that public property does not sell for assessed value,ÂŽ he said. ÂI donÂt want to set unrealistic expectations of $1 million (or more).ÂŽNalley said while property sales will be helpful to the cityÂs finances, it is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.ÂIt gives you an influx of cash and youÂre going to feel really good and then youÂre going to feel really bad again,ÂŽ he said.The new city manager, on the job but a few weeks before preparing an extensive budget notebook, complete with pie charts and other well-documented explanations for every aspect of the budget, said he would like city offi-cials to consider creation of a Âneedy neighbor fund,ÂŽ that could help offset the steep rate hikes for those on fixed incomes.ÂWe need to find some good nonprofits that would be willing to do that for us,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhen you have that fixed income and your bills are right at that amount, that can be a matter of buying medicine,ÂŽ said Commissioner Brenda Ash.ÂOur backs are against the wall,ÂŽ said Mayor Van John-son. ÂI really donÂt see we have any other choice.ÂYou went through the good. the bad and the ugly,ÂŽ he told Nalley.Commissioner Jimmy Elliott noted that existing water and sewer rates in Port St. Joe will be higher than that of Apalachicola, even after the proposed sewer rate hike is passed.ÂThey have a lot of poor people in St. Joe too, but somehow they survive it,ÂŽ he said. ÂMy biggest concern is the state coming in. TheyÂre not going to care, theyÂre going to come in like a gunslinger.ÂŽCommissioner Anita Grove said that Âwe have to make an earnest effort to pay this debt down. In this new budget we have to trim everything we can trim.ÂŽNalley said there are Âsome efficiencies that can be real-ized over time. Some of the things we are doing may be combined. We are operating lean.ÂYou canÂt continue to cut operations or staff and not expect those cuts to affect services to the community,ÂŽ he said.The good budget news, said Nalley, is that the general fund budget does not propose any millage increase.Apalachicola saw a3 percent increase in its tax base, as it went from $142.9 million to $147.3 million, an expansion of $4.4 million. This rise was smaller than the 5.5 percent growth the city expe-rienced a year ago.As a result, the cityÂs 9.6043 mills will bring in about $1.34 million, about $40,000 more than came in this year.NEXT WEEK Â… A LOOK AT THE GENERAL FUND SEWERFrom Page A1 GATEHOUSE MEDIA In July 1995, the City of Apalachicola and the State of FloridaÂs Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) entered into a Loan Agreement for wastewater collection system improvements and wastewater treatment plant improvements. The loan principal is $9,348,000 payable semiannually over 25 years beginning June, 2001. DEP has fully completed their financial obligations for this loan. The City has not. In 2008 and again in 2012, the City formally acknowledged this obligation and a debt repayment schedule. In 2013-2014, the City initiates a Sewer Use Fee to cover the debt on the loan. This fee resulted in revenues of only $90,000, while the amount owed on the loan during the year was $140,000. In 2017, annual debt service payments rise to $432,000. The City continues to make only partial payments of $150,000. Loan default prohibits the City from borrowing money, receiving grants and securing lines of credit. In 2015, debt service payments begin to rise and City only makes partial payments on loan. Auditor issues finding 2016-003 declaring ÂDeteriorating Financial Condition.ÂŽ Findings of 2017 Report by office of Inspector General: ÂWater and Sewer rates and charges are not sufficient to provide the supplemental pledged revenues as required.ÂŽ ÂIf the City chooses to maintain its current billing policies and practicesÂƒthe Division should take progressive steps to enforce its rights through remedies providedÂƒÂŽ Florida Rural Water Association Â… October 2017 Report states:ÂResidential water and wastewater revenue are not adequate to meet the projected expenditure and significant debt service requirements for the system.ÂŽ Study recommends three year rate increase plan. In January of 2018, water and sewer rates were increased by the first-year amounts recommended in the 2017 FRW plan. Also in January, the SUF was increased for non-seniors and commercial accounts. This resulted in annual SUF fees of $160,000, while the amount owed on the loan was $482,000. Source: City of ApalachicolaPresently, the City of Apalachicola owes $754,764, not including interest and fines, In keeping with the Florida Rural Water Association Study, the City announced an annual budget which proposes a 13.5% rate increase in water and sewer and a per month increase of the existing Sewer Use Fees of $18.25 for residential custom ers and $74 increase for commercial customers.Troubled waters 1995 2008 2015 2013 2012 2014 2016 2017 2018 For more news go to apalachtimes.com
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** A14 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to email@example.com.By Shelley ShepardSpecial to the TimesEditor's Note: The following is Part Two of the author's "Kilimanjaro Blog," which details Shelley Shepard's climb of Africa's tallest peak earlier this summer. The Times is pleased to present it. We pick up after the fourth day of hiking, along a clambering trail hidden along the infamous Barranco Wall. The energy as we arrived into 15,100-foot Barafu Camp Â… aka base camp Â… was palpable. All the support crews were buzzing around, setting up cook tents quickly in order to get hikers fed and to bed as soon as possible in order to get the most rest before 11 p.m. wake up calls. We hikers were nervously grinning at each other, soaking up the bluebird skies, epic views of the summit (tomorrow, Lord willing, weÂll be there!) and taking deep, deep breaths to get all the oxygen we could force into our lungs. Our chief guide, Freddy, had already proven himself a primo strategic planner and sat us down for a presummit-pep-talk. Fortune does favor the well-prepared. WeÂd go to sleep at 6 p.m., in the clothes weÂd be wearing for our summit hike Â… for warmth in these sub-freezing temps as well as to save time Â… Lucas would wake us at 11 p.m., weÂd have hot tea (no coffee, itÂs counterproductive at these heights) and would fill our water bottles with hot water to slow it from freezing. We would carry the bare minimum in our packs; water, granola bar, and in my case, camera. All three guides would accompany so if one of us began showing symptoms of altitude sickness, two guides would help that person down, the other continuing on to summit. The distressed hiker would be taken straight down to Mweka Camp at 9,000 feet, in hopes the significant decrease in altitude would assuage the symptoms of altitude sickness. If we were both healthy and able to summit, weÂd return to base camp, take measure of our health, rest for an hour before eating lunch and descending the 6,000 feet to Mweka Camp. So when you do the math, weÂd be leaving camp at midnight, hiking 4,000 feet in six-and-ahalf hours to the summit, immediately turning around after photos ops to descend 4,000 feet back to base camp (only two-and-a-half hours to get down!) then hiking another four hours and 6,000 feet down to Mweka Camp. A 14-hour day with 4,000 foot elevation gain, then 10,000 foot descent. If there was ever a time for Aleve and arnica, this was It! But my primary thought was that I had just spent four spectacular days of hiking through three different ecosystems. At this point, any single one of those days were on my bucket list of best days ever and a successful summit would be great, but it was nothing IÂd be willing to risk life and limb to achieve. From the rainforest, to the heathered moorlands, to the alpine desert, this mountain had shown us one-of-a-kind beauty every step of the way. After a huge dinner we prepped our clothes and packs and settled down to sleep. Thankfully, I slept like a log; John however was way too excited and just managed to doze off and on. We were both awake when Lucas called us up at 11 p.m. and we hopped up into the cold and readied ourselves for the next six-plus hours. The full moon was stunningly bright over our left shoulders as we began the ascent on a rocky face in a broken-up line of our fellow hikers and guides. Nearing the summit This began the six hours of mind over matter, and the pinnacle of living-in-the-moment. The ascent was astoundingly steep, more so than any other stretch of this distance that weÂd hiked thus far, and it was covered in hard, sometimes icy snow from 15,800 feet on. Temps were bitterly cold and I was thankful for my five layers of highly technical cold weather clothes. At about 18,000 feet I was sincerely questioning what good reason IÂd had for subjecting myself to this special torture. It was tedious, it was beyond cold; my primary focus was taking as deep a breath as possible and taking the tiniest steps. But with a short pause to enjoy the stars and see two shoot across the sky, a clear view of the moonlit peak of Mawenzi to our right, the brilliant snowy outline of the ever-nearing ridge that held the summit and I knew this is a moment that will never be recreated. No photo would capture this. It was a testament to training, preparation, and appreciation of the amazing natural beauty. The sky was lightening with the beginning of dawn and there was no doubt we were both doing great, feeling strong and going to make it to the summit. We reached Stella Point, a whopping 18,800 feet, as the sun was breaking through the clouds. Another 45 minutes along the highest ridge in Africa where I was giddy and trying to photograph the views of glaciers, the snow-covered ash pit, the patterns of clouds below us and the changing colors of the sunrise. We were fist bumping passing hikers who had made it to the famous sign and were cheering us on. Then we were there! The blessed sign of achievement marking 19,341 feet Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. Quick as a minute IÂd thrown off my gloves, swapped hats (fuzzy warm for OCBC ball cap!), handed my camera to another crewÂs guide, and the five of us posed for a picture; Freddy, John, Shelley, Dustan and Lucas, We Did It! Then I pulled the hidden coup out of my pack, a 32-ounce crowler of Oyster City Brewing Company Kumquat Saison, my best and most favorite beer IÂd ever made, and carried up a mountain. It was frozen rock solid in the zero-degree temps but a picture is worth a thousand words. And the looks on our guidesÂ faces when they realized IÂd just pulled a beer out of my pack was pretty priceless tooÂƒ Heading back home From here on out it was absolute fun, we were singing, laughing and reveling in success. The trip down to base camp was easy for us, though we saw several other hikers having issues with altitude (including a one guy in particular, who when I asked how he was, didnÂt know his name, or that he was in Africa) a few people having some slips, slides and banging around down the snow. Our porters met us 15 minutes from camp and we ALL celebrated together, so proud of what ÂtheyÂdÂ done to get us here! ItÂs a status symbol for a crew to have their hikers summit, and probably a little extra when their hikers are happy, smiling and brought beer. A quick hour nap, hot lunch, and we packed up and started the four hours down to 9,000 feet, and our final camp on the mountain. We followed a dry, rocky riverbed straight down the side of the mountain a far different route than weÂd taken up and rode the wave of euphoria through sore knees and tired bodies. Chef Godfrey fed us a huge plate of rice, ratatouille, fruit and crepes and it didnÂt take a minute to fall asleep in our bags that night! Our last morning we packed and dragged time as slow as we could, enjoying our last day on Kili. Even stopping for every photo op I could find (or that Lucas could stage for me), we made quick time through the misty layer of rainforest. Past pencil wood trees, protea flowers, tree ferns, and national park workers doing trail repair to prepare for their upcoming busy tourist season. At Mweka Gate, we signed out of the parkÂs record book and loaded in the van for the trip to the hotel, after a quick stop for the obligatory Kilimanjaro Lager. It was the trip of a lifetime and IÂm grateful and proud to have succeeded, but more grateful to have spent six stellar days of awe-inspiring hiking, bonding with my adventurous little brother, getting to know people from a whole Ânother walk of life, on a newto-me-continent. Travel grows your mind, fills your heart and expands your horizons. So in case you were wondering; Inca Trail April 2019, here we come!PART TWOTackling the snows of KilimanjaroAt the summit of Kiliminjaro, with a 32-ounce crowler of Oyster City Brewing Company Kumquat Saison.[ SHELLEY SHEPARD | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS ] Scaling the infamous Barranco Wall FISHING REPORT We have to talk about Scalloping again this week and give you an update on the feed back we have gotten. It was a tremendous opening week with many folks and boats in town to harvest our little jewels. Limits abounded and the meat this year has been large and plump in most cases. I heard someone state that if you could fall off a boat you'd Â“ nd some scallops. I don't know if it's that easy but they are plentiful. Lets recap on limits, per person is 2 gallons whole in shell or one pint of cleaned meat. If you have multiple people on a boat you may harvest 10 gallons whole in the shell or one half gallon of cleaned meat. A Florida salt water Â“ shing license is required of anyone harvesting Scallops. If you need gear for your Scallop outing please visit us at Bluewater Outriggers for all your needs. We'll even give you some pointers if your a Â“ rst time Scalloper. As always we stress care for our sensitive bay and grass Â” ats so that we may have healthy Scalloping for many years to come. Until next week, Happy Fishing and Scalloping!
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A15 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894EASTPOINT Â… FAMUÂs feet were fast Friday night, but they almost shot them-selves in them.A fumble, interception and a muffed punt on the Baby RattlersÂ three early drives, kept the game scoreless in the first quarter, and nearly tied the game, 8-6 at the half, before FAMU put three touchdowns on the Franklin County Seahawks in the second half, and went on to a 30-6 win in both teamÂs openers.ÂThere were a lot of errors, a ton of errors,ÂŽ said FAMU coach Cedric Jones. ÂThat first drive was crazy, like 45 yards worth of penalties. We got to clean that up. It was sloppy, very sloppy.ÂŽIt was until 6:34 left in the first half that FAMU drew first blood on the Seahawks when junior Malcolm Braxton flew down the right sideline for a 73-yard touchdown.The two-point conversion, when Quarterback Daryl Wilson pitched out to senior Jymell Cunningham, was all FAMU would need, as they went up 8-0.The Seahawks kept it close through the first half, capital-izing on the FAMU mistakes, as senior Rufus Townsend and senior Bailey Segree both recovered fumbles, and senior Alex Hardy snagged FAMU junior quarterback LaKavian WilliamsÂ only interception of the night.With two minutes left, senior defensive end Tonnor Segree scooped up a second muffed punt by the Rattlers and romped into the end zone.ÂThatÂs what happens when you donÂt do a lot of pre-season ball,ÂŽ said Jones. ÂThe best thing I like about tonight our kids were in good shape. There were no conditioning injuries.ÂŽThe Seahawks were without two of their key players, senior wingback Ethan Riley, who is having surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee next week, keeping him out for the entire season, and sophomore quarterback Lamarius Martin, who is out for at least a month with a broken collarbone.ÂWe played hard but weÂve been decimated by injuries. IÂve never been around a Rattlers bite injury-plagued SeahawksFranklin County junior #4 Javan Pride breaks up a pass to FAMU senior wide receiver #4 Montadius Moore [DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES] Weston Bockelman rushes against FAMU [ HI PHOTOGRAPHY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894With a young inexperienced JV team, it wasnÂt known what to expect once the season started, but the young Hawks started the season off on the right foot by defeating FAMU 22-12 last week.And to top it off the boys got to play at Bragg Memorial Stadium which is the home stadium for the college Rattlers.ÂThese young guys have bought in,ÂŽ said coach Brock Johnson. ÂThey listen and are willing to learn. We put a lot of information on them in just one week of practice but they soaked it in and played really well.ÂŽLarry Winchester led the way on offense with 13 carries for 105 yards and a TD, Winchester also had eight tackles on defense and an interception.Dylan Perry had 55 yards rushing on one drive to put the game out of reach. Weston Bockelman had 40 yards rushing and almost returned an interception for a TD.Josh Yancey led the way on defense with 12 tackles. Tre Jones also had a receiving touchdown.ÂSeveral kids played a big part in this game, it was a total team victory. Our line completely dominated from start to finish. WeÂre proud of them as a coaching staff but thereÂs still a lot of work left.ÂŽThe next JV game will be Thursday, August 30 vs Wakulla at home JV Hawks slam FAMU 2212By Jennifer Sheffield The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-1819The bleachers at Franklin County School filled up with spirit and support on Monday night, at home games for all three volley-ball teams.The Seahawk middle Long night for Lady Hawks #1) Camdyn Skipper #2) Dylan Perry #3) Austin Staat #4) Jordan Pride #5) Blakely Curry #6) Jadyn Rhodes #7) Weston Bockleman #8) Mason Moses #9) Christopher Bass #10) Larry Winchester #11) Cody Abercrombie #12) Wyatt Abercrombie #13) Amonte Austin #15) Marcus Clayton #25) Damion Evans #30) Tre Jones #32) Mark Willis #40) Carson Davis #50) Josh Yancey #52) Javaris Turrell #54) Riley Cooper #55) Cooper Bowden #58) Jimmy Adair #62) John Sanders #63) Xavier Glass #66) Sheldon James #68) Austin Taunton #71) Jesse Ray #73) Logan Smith #75) Hunter Duval #77) Stephen Hightower The varsity sqaud kept the ball in the air and blocked several at the net against the Gators. [DARLENE PRESTON RILEY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] Larry Winchester carries against FAMU See FOOTBALL, A18 Seniors Hunter Kelley and Melanie Collins were annoucned as the new Mr. and Miss Seahawk at halftime.[ HI PHOTOGRAPHY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894The Seahawk boys golf team started their season off Aug. 21 at their home course of St. James with a split match between Franklin County, Wakulla and Florida High.The boys, with a 184, scored 24 strokes better than Wakulla but fell one stroke short of Florida HighÂs 183.Junior Cale Barber led with a 38, while junior Tyler Rainwater had 43, ABC eighth grader Colin Wefing 51, junior Schuy-ler Donahoe 52, and junior Tommy Gragg 57. Also on the team is sophomore Kelson Smith.On Monday, the boys played at Wildwood Coun-try Club, against Wakulla and Munroe.Franklin CountyÂs 194 bested Wakulla by five strokes, and Munroe by 41 strokes.Barber led with a 41, followed by GraggÂs 49, Wefing with a 51, and Donahoe with a 53. Rainwater did not make the trip.Barber paces Hawks to links winJunior Varsity Roster See VOLLEYBALL, A20
** A16 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Timesf-stop is an abbreviation for a camera lens aper-ture setting that corresponds to an f-number, which is the ratio of the focal length of a lens to the effec-tive diameter of its aperture Labor Day is Monday, the traditional end of summer, but the weather will stayhot at least for next several weeks.If you have a good summer photo, please share. The Times welcomes readers to send us their best pho-tographs, whether they capture the beauty of summer, laugher and smiles, 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 Dadlerstein@starfl.com. For more information, call 653-8894.F-STOP FRANKLINSummery judgmentBankston Smith, 5, a kindergartner in Locust Grove, Georgia, greets the water on St. George Island.[ SARAH JOHNS SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Jeff Knutson shows the ropes to future turtle nesting volunteer, granddaughter McKenzie Knutson, 7. [ PJ BROWN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] RobertÂs roses in Lanark[ AILEEN BENSON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Hibiscus Â” owers in downtown Apalachicola[ TAMMY STEVENS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] BridgeÂs symmetry[ RICK HANBY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] 1. Who still owns the island of Bermuda, as their citizens rejected independence in a 1995 decisive vote? Spain, U.S., Brazil, United Kingdom 2. ÂAdversity makes a man, prosperity makes monstersÂŽ was among whose quotes? Joseph Stalin, Victor Hugo, FDR, Will Rogers 3. Which president ordered the Lewis and Clark expeditions? Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson 4. What was Roger Bacon credited with inventing in 1250? Magnifying glass, Gunpowder, Sextant, Ax 5. Reportedly, where was the first Â hamburgerÂŽ cooked? New Jersey, Mexico, Germany, Ireland 6. What does an ichthyologist study? Skin rashes, Snakes, Sporting point spreads, Fish ANSWERS: 1. United Kingdom, 2. Victor Hugo, 3. Jefferson (Thomas), 4. Magnifying glass, 5. Germany, 6. FishÂTrivia FunÂŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@TriviaGuy.com.TRIVIA FUNDeadline for the St. George Plantation'seighth annual summer photo contest for 2018,entitled ÂAction on St. George Island, is thisFriday, August 31.Consider St. George IslandÂs scenery, activities, events, businesses, and vaca-tion shots. Prizes are $150 for first place, $100 for second place, $75 for third and for PeopleÂs Choice. For rules and how to enter, go to stgeorgeplantation.com, and click on Photo Con-test 2018. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Island photo contest deadline Friday W i l s o n C a s e y Wilson Casey
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** A18 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Timesprogram thatÂs had as many injuries in the first two weeks of a season,ÂŽ said Coach Tony Yeomans.Eight players are expected to be out for FridayÂs home game against North Bay Haven, seven due to injury.In addition to Riley and Martin, quarterback Colin Amison is nursing a shoulder injury that could keep him from the game, while Micah McLeod has a hip injury that makes him questionable. Bailey Segree, who had to be carried off the field Friday with a neck stinger, may be available, while defensive end Joe Aguilar with has a sprained knee ligament, and Tyrell Green has been down with the flu.ÂThatÂs a lot of injuries anywhere, especially a Class 1A program,ÂŽ said Yeomans. ÂWeÂre in shape, we work all summer to get to this point. WeÂre stronger and faster than weÂve ever been.ÂItÂs just the breaks of life,ÂŽ he said. ÂWeÂre playing kids Friday night thatÂs never played football. WeÂre just trying to put a Band-Aid on a wound, with a makeshift, put-together, trying to sur-vive team. ÂYou just donÂt learn foot-ball in a week,ÂŽ said Yeomans. ÂThereÂs no continuity right now.ÂŽHe said a number of seniors, particularly fullback McLeod have stepped up.ÂMicahÂs done a great job, he did an outstanding job for us,ÂŽ said the coach. ÂSeniors are supposed to step up and he did.ÂŽYeomans said he was pleased his team jumped on FAMU errors, and kept their own to a minimum, a single fumble.ÂWe gotta capitalize,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe just got to get people in the right places.ÂŽ FAMU quarterback Wilson connected on his first of two touchdown passes with 4:20 left in the third quarter, when he hit junior Jahysen Lee in the end zone on a fourth-and-seven from the 9.His second touchdown flip came with 6:50 left in the game, when he connected with senior wide receiver #4 Montadius Moore on a 23-yard toss into the end zone.The two-point conversion as no good, the Baby Rattlers led 22-6, but the Seahawks had trouble sustaining drives, corralled by the play of a pair of senior linebackers, Xavier Nelson and Jalen Randolph, and senior Keyon Pollacks.ÂDefense has always been ahead of offense early in the season,ÂŽ said Jones. ÂOffense just has to catch up to them.ÂŽMoore, who finished with eight carries for 67 yards, capped the scoring with a 48-yard jet sweep with 3:28 left in the game. Braxton car-ried the ball twice for 102 yards and had one catch for 35 yards.Yeomans said the Hawks are ready to compete this Friday. ÂTheyÂre going to be a good football team, weÂre as fast as anybody we play,ÂŽ said Yeomans. ÂNorth Bay Haven is beatable. We got to play mis-take-free football and try to get going on offense.ÂItÂs a long season,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe got to get some healthy bodies back and keep fighting. I appreciate the fans support and weÂve had good crowds.ÂŽ FOOTBALLFrom Page A15The varsity cheerleaders keep the crowd entertained all game long.[ HI PHOTOGRAPHY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]
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** A20 Thursday, August 30, 2018 | The Timesschool and junior varsity squads put up rapid-fire wins over Wewahitchka, but the Gators served the varsity a 10-15 loss in the fifth and deciding set.The middle school victories in two ÂAÂŽ games were their first in conference contests, and without a ÂBÂŽ team this year, these tallies help tighten up its season. ÂWe have some girls who have never played the game,ÂŽ said Coach Christey Kirvin. ÂWe havenÂt fully teamed up yet, but weÂre getting good.ÂŽSeventh-grader Alexia McNair scored several of the teamÂs points on her serves, to cement an early 10-2 lead. The final score in the game was a close race, but ended 25-23 in Franklin CountyÂs favor. Eighth-grader Marissa Gilbert, ABC student Jostyn Tipton, and McNair all secured single aces and McNair had one kill.In game two, the ÂBaby Hawks,ÂŽ as they are lovingly referred to by upperclassmen, had fresh feet on the court, and won another close match 25-20. Gilbert had one kill, with three aces, and her efforts were supported by aces from McNair and seventh grader Hannah Grace Abel.Tipton said Kirvin told the team after game one that it should not have ended that close. ÂThatÂs why we tried harder,ÂŽ Tipton said.Eighth-grader Samantha Anderson said the programÂs Big Sister initiative, that requires older players to adopt an up-and-comer, Âhelps a lot,ÂŽ to build teamwork.McNair summed up the game with a simple, ÂYea!ÂŽ but also thanked her team-mates for the sportsmanship shown thus far this season. ÂWeÂre getting better at talk-ing and it feels great,ÂŽ she said.The Gator middle school team has had one win and two losses so far this year.Against the Gators, the junior varsity girls bounced each point, one-for-one, and gave the roaring crowd a show of some serious synergy. On Thursday, against Altha High School, they had been seven points behind, when they caught up for that win.Final scores on Monday were 25-7 and 25-18.After tying it up, 18-18, captain and sophomore Abby Johnson served for 19, and kept it climbing. The team filled up center court with aggressive hits and kept the intensity up all the way to the end.ÂWe had really good consistency on the floor,ÂŽ said sophomore Alaina Wilson.After a shaky start in their first set, the varsity ladies worked the center of the court, at times on their knees to get the ball in the air. Fresh-man Brooklyn OÂNeal was the secret serving weapon, keeping the scoring higher on the home side. In the final minutes the Lady Hawks went round-for-round with Wewahitchka, but answered every point and finally won 25-23.Senior captain Tanaya Harris, sophomore Tiuana Benjamin and eighth-grader Kylah Ross each had one kill, and senior Alexus John-son and freshman Brooklyn OÂNeal served up aces. Harris and captain Casey Riley assisted.Wewahitchka started the scoring in the second set, and the Seahawks scrambled to handle the net.When the score reached 0-8, coach Tara Klink called a time-out to shake the team up and they bounced back, scoring easily on serves by Riley to chalk the board at 5-8. Players defending back-handed two more balls over to their opponentÂs side and seemed to be back from the brink at a more comfortable 7-10 deficit. Riley continued to dominate team play, with a save from the floor to make it 11-14 with a big block with Benjamin, but the team ulti-mately lost 18-25.It was evident by the end of the third set, that players felt another loss setting in, and after salvaging one more point, they again fell 18-25.The Seahawks scored the first point in the fourth, and went on to a 25-23 win.ÂWe didnÂt quite pull through,we can do a whole lot better,ÂŽ said Riley, opti-mistic about rebuilding team spirit for remaining games this week against Liberty and Wakulla Christian School. The middle school team plays Port St. Joe on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at home. VOLLEYBALLFrom Page A15The middle school team answered every ball served up by the Gators to seal their wins.[PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SHEFFIELD | THE TIMES] Serving by seventh grader Alexia McNair helped the middle school team stay on top of its game.
** The Times | Thursday, August 30, 2018 A21 A21 Labor Day Holiday(Monday, September 6)GARAGE SALE D e a d l i n e sThe Panama City News HeraldTo Run: Due By : Friday, August 31.......Thursday, Aug 30, 3:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 1 Thursday, Aug 31, 5 pm Sunday, Sept. 2 Friday,Aug 31, 11 am Monday, Sept. 3 Friday,Aug 31, 12 noonThe Port St. Joe Star & The Apalachicola/Carrabelle TimesTo Run: Due By : Thursday, Sept. 6 Friday, Aug 31st, 4pm(CST)Washington County TimesTo Run: Due By : Wednesday, Sept. 5 Friday, Aug 31, 4pm(CST) The classified department and business offices at The News Herald, The Star, The Times, The Washington County Times and Holmes County Times-Advertiser will be closed Monday, September 3. We will reopen Tuesday, September 4, at 8:00 a.m. 21348T NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Under Florida Statutes ÂSelf Service Storage FacilityÂŽ Act 83.801-83.809, Bluff Road Storage will sell, for Cash, to the highest bidder, the contents of the following Storage units, on Friday, August31, 2018 The public sale Will be conducted at Bluff Road Storage, 1005 Bluff Road, Apalachicola, Florida at 9:00 A.M Owner may redeem Unit contents prior to sale date and time, cash only! Bluff Road Storage reserves the right to bid. STORAGE UNIT #32 Jody Fichera Contents Â… Household STORAGE UNIT #78 Ann Richards Contents Â… Household STORAGE UNIT #80 Megan Kent Contents Â… Household Pub August 23,30,2018 21717 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: Waste ONE located at 279 Patton Drive, in the County of Franklin, in the City of Eastpoint Florida, 32328 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Eastpoint, Florida, this 27th day of August, 2018. Richards Freight /Seafood Pub: August 30, 2018 21599T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE # 18 CA 34 18 CA 121 consolidated CHRISTOPHER MYER, Plaintiff, v. BOBBIE ELLIS, et aL, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to a Order on Pending Motions and Partial Summary Judgment dated June 8, 2018 and a Supplemental Final Judgment on Foreclosure dated July 24th, 2018, entered in Case No. 2018 CA 34/2018 CA 121 consolidated of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein Christopher Myer is the Plaintiff, and :Bobbie Ellis is the Defendant, Deano & Deano/the Deano Title Agency, Inc., is the Intervenor; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under, and against the herein named individual defendants who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, evisees, grantees or other claimants are the Defendants, the undersigned will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd floor of lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320, at 11:00 oÂclock a.m. on September 6, 2018 the following property described in Exhibit A attached hereto: EXHIBIT Â A ÂŽ Lot 39, and a portion of Lot 38 of Peninsular Point, Unit Number 7, a subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 3 of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Begin at a concrete monument (marked #1254) marking the Northwest corner of Lot 39 of Peninsular Point, Unit 7, a subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 3 of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida said point lying on the Southerly right-ofway boundary of State Road No: 370 and also lying on a curve concave to the Northerly, thence run Northeasterly along said Southerly right-of-way boundary and said curve with a radius of 3420.46 feet, through a central angle of 01 degrees 30 minutes 42 seconds for an arc distance of 90.24 feet, cord being North 77 degrees 19 minutes 31seconds East 90.24 feet to a concrete monument ( marked #1254), thence leaving said Southerly right-of-way boundary and said curve run South 08 degrees 52 minutes 26 seconds East 88.87 feet, thence run North 81 degrees 49 minutes 52 seconds East 7.12 feet to an iron rod and cap ( marked #6475), thence run South 08 degrees 32 minutes 15 seconds East 53.60 feet to an iron rod and cap ( marked #6475), thence run South 81 degrees 58 minutes 57 seconds West 6.83 feet to an iron rod and cap ( marked #6475), thence run South 08 degrees 53 minutes 07 seconds East 110.30 feet to the approximate mean high water line of the Gulf of Mexico, thence rum Southwesterly along said mean high water line the following (2) two courses: South 78 degrees 58 minutes. 30 seconds West 31.45 feet, South 76 degrees 51 minutes 51 seconds West 63.10 feet, thence leaving said mean high water line run North 07 degrees 53 minutes 27 seconds West 252.69 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING containing 0.54 acres, more or less. 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 a claim within 60 days after sale. DATED this 26th day of July,2018. Marcia Johnson Clerk of Court Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Rick A, Savage, Esq. 111 N. Calhoun St. Suite 8 Tallassee, Florida 32301 Phone: (850)-222-6167 Pub: August 23, 30, 2018 21657T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE # 18 CA 104 CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, V. BILLY J. HICKS; et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure dated August 14, 2018, entered in Case No. 2018 CA 104 of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein CENTENNIAL BANK is the Plaintiff, and BILLY J. HICKS; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC; and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under, and against the herein named individual defendants who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees or other claimants are the Defendants, the undersigned will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 2nd floor lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicole, Florida 32320, at 11:00 a.m. on October 18, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure to-wit: Lot 27, Block Â78ÂŽ, St. George Island Gulf Beaches, Unit No. 5, as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 16, 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 us pendens must file a claim within 60 days after sale. DATED this 15th day of August, 2018. Marcia Johnson, Clerk of Court Michele maxwell Deputy Clerk Pub: August 30, September 6, 2018 21695T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-46 CP Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF JOAN MARIE AMENT Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JOAN MARIE AMENT, deceased, whose date of death was March 18, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for FRANKLIN County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representativeÂs attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂs 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 decedentÂs 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 DECEDENTÂS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. 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