** Volume 133 Number 20 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ....................A4 Society .......................A8 Faith ........................A9 Outdoors ..................A10 Sports.......................A11 f-stop Franklin..........A12 A5Do you remember the Â60s?A9Bluegrass Eucharist livens up Trinity SEAHAWKS RAIN ON BUCSÂ PARADE | A11 OUT TO SEE Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ApalachTimes facebook.com/Apalachitimes50 Â¢ apalachtimes.com CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894At their second budget workshop last week, an event which typically draws fewer than a handful of city residents, Apalachicola commission-ers got an elephant ear full of complaints regarding a proposed rate increase that would sharply hike water and sewer bills.Speaker after speaker, about a dozen all told, urged commissioners to avoid enacting, at their final budget vote Sept. 25, a 13.5 percent increase in the base rate, and the per 1,000-gallon charges, for both residential and com-mercial water and sewer users.In addition, the monthly sewer user fee (SUF), put in place five years ago to address the cityÂs default on a loan debt to the state, is on track to jump from the current rate of $10.75 to $29 for residential customers, a hike of $18.25, or about 170 percent,For commercial users, the monthly SUF would go to $95, an increase of $74.25, or about 358 per-cent, from the current rate of $20.75.ÂHow did we get here? You all didnÂt see this coming?ÂŽ asked Granville Croom, voicing the widespread discontent throughout the Locals blast Apalach commissionersUrge cuts be made, rather than a steep hike in water and sewer ratesBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894Last week the nation mourned John McCain, honoring him for service as Navy pilot, shot down on a bombing mission over Vietnam, held cap-tive in the ÂHanoi HiltonÂŽ for five years, later representing Arizona in the Senate for more than three decades, twice running for president.St. George Island resident Gordon HunterÂs political career has not been nearly so illustrious or long-lived.A decade ago, in his only bid for public office, Hunter missed a run-off for the Milton, Georgia city council by two dozen votes, and that was the end of it. He was too busy flying for Delta Airlines and managing the familyÂs Christmas tree farm to remain in politics.But on Oct. 26, 1967, A fellow SaintSt. George Island man ew on same mission when McCain was shot down over HanoiGordon Hunter during his days serving in Vietnam [ GORDON HUNTER SCRAPBOOK ] A photo taken by Gordon Hunter while on a bombing mission over Phuc Hoi. Note the smoke from where one of the bombs landed. [ GORDON HUNTER SCRAPBOOK ] George Turrell Miller By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Before this past primary election on Aug. 28, Supervi-sor of Elections Heather Riley said she was shooting for a turnout of 75 to 80 percent.She didnÂt quite hit that ambitious mark, which would have been astronomical for an off-year primary elec-tion, but she did achieve one thing Â… the best turnout in the state.By the time polls closed Tuesday night, only 27.46 percent of registered Florida voters had cast primaryelection ballots. But in Franklin County, the turnout was 56.46 percent, part of a trend that saw turnout insome rural North Florida counties dwarfing the state rate.County posts state's best voter turnout By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894Perhaps three times will be a charm when it comes to hiring a new executive director for the Tourist Development Council.Concerned that a discrepancy existed between the wording of the recent Request for Qualifications, and how they planned to do the hiring, county commissioners decided to advertise for a third time.ÂThe RFQ says that the TDC will, ÂwillÂŽ not ÂshallÂŽ send the top three ranked applicants back to this board and itÂs in the RFQ. It says that at the Sept 12 meeting the County tries again with TDC hire Gallery concerts start FridayThe first in a series of concerts coming to The Gallery at High Cotton this fall and winter will be this 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 Val-dosta, 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 some-thing to share. Community event, all welcome.The Gallery at High Cotton is at 230 Water Street in Apalachicola. Farmers Market SaturdayJoin us for the Apalachicola Farmers Market this Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Pond Pavilion by the work-ing harbor of Scipio Creek. You'll find fruits and vegetables, homemade just baked bread and baked goods, local honeys and jams. Meet the artisans who craft fine furniture, jewelry, soaps and wooden bowls, while you enjoy live music and the spirit of community. 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, to meet some of the local marine denizens in seawater touch-tanks. A walk follows on the 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. Previously, she worked for 3- years as a benthic ecology research tech at the Smith-sonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce.Edge of the Sea workshops 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; minimum age is 7 years old. All 7 to 13 year olds should be accompanied by a paying adult. Register online by Sept. 7 by visiting www.marinelab.fsu.eduBring old sneakers or other close-toed shoes. No sandals or other open-toed shoes. Also bring your innate curiosity along. See SEWER, A2 See HUNTER, A3 See ELECTION, A6 See TDC, A6
** A2 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The Timescommunity center at the Aug. 30 meeting.ÂIf I run into a roadblock IÂm going to stop,ÂŽ he said. ÂNobody see this coming? Now we're at a point now where we're the ones got to pay for it.ÂŽFellow Apalachicola residents Despina George and Billy Fuentes, who serves as administrator of the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District, each called into question the cityÂs inac-tion on a debt that goes back to 1995, when the Florida Department of Environmental awarded the city a $7.6 million loan, and the legislature kicked in another $3.9 million to be placed in an interest-bearing escrow account, to assist the loan repayment.A 2017 audit by the Office of the Inspector General showed that in 2008 the city and DEP entered into a 25-year repayment plan in which the city would pay about $450,000 annually, split equally between the escrow account and a separate debt service account funded by utility receipts.Over the next four years, the debt service account still had not been set up, and the entire loan repayment accounts had been taken from the escrow account, depleting it to the point where it is now gone, and the city still owes, as of a year ago, $3.8 million on the loan, plus penalties.ÂWe really need answers why this happened and why it (the audit) wasnÂt made public,ÂŽ said George. ÂI was just horrified when I found the file and traced the his-tory of this loan.ÂWe knew in 2008 what our situation was and itÂs been hidden,ÂŽ she said. ÂInstead of dealing with the problem we pretended it didnÂt exist. I donÂt know the commissioners have even seen the audit report.ÂŽBoth City Attorney Pat Floyd and Mayor Van John-son took issue with FuentesÂ and GeorgeÂs assertion that the city had neglected its responsibility for keeping the loan current.ÂThis fund was set up to pay itself off,ÂŽ said Floyd. ÂThe state of Florida set up this fund to pay for this. The escrow was to generate interest so the city of Apala-chicola did not have to pay one dime.ÂIt didnÂt work because interest rates fell. ThatÂs when the city got put in the position to unexpectedly come up with payments that werenÂt planned for,ÂŽ he said.ÂWeÂve been to the legislature several times to say you caused this,ÂŽ said John-son. ÂThe bottom line is the city of Apalachicola did not create this.ÂŽCity Commissioner Brenda Ash stressed in her comments that no decision had yet been made regarding the rate hike.ÂThis board has not taken this issue lightly,ÂŽ she said. ÂWe have looked for alternative financing options, spoken to several lenders, and spoken to State Rep. (Halsey) Beshears and (State Senator Bill) Montford. Our goal was to restruc-ture and rework this loan so we wouldnÂt have to put an additional burden on you as our citizen base.ÂWe have not raised rates,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre at a point where this has to be proposal put on the table to resolve this issue. It is going to be a drastic hit and we're still researching it.ÂWe are taking steps to eliminate the debt but in the meantime we have to do some assisting ourselves,ÂŽ Ash said. ÂI understand we have a big community of fixed income residents; weÂre looking at all the ave-nues right now. We have to put it out there in order to come up with a reasonable resolution. Somebody may have an idea that we havenÂt thought of. ÂWe have been putting off raising rates because weÂve been constantly looking for ways to prevent this from happening. If we had (raised them) a couple of years back we would have already gone through this process. We were trying to look for ways that it wouldnÂt have to come to this.ÂŽMost of the speakers who spoke out to the commis-sioners voiced concern about the effect the rate hike would have on the poor, particularly seniors on fixed incomes.ÂThis didnÂt happen overnight,ÂŽ said County Commissioner Noah Lockley. ÂFor you to drop it on the people to take care of it all at once I donÂt think thatÂs right. These are people on fixed income. What they going to do without? ItÂs going come to medicine or food, or pay your water. YouÂre not going to collect no water bills on someone who has to eat, who has to buy medicine.ÂŽAmy Hersey said her research has shown that a water bill should be 4.5 per-cent of median income for an area.ÂWe got kids coming to school who havenÂt taken baths. I see the 4-year-olds who come in who havenÂt had a bath in two days,ÂŽ she said. ÂI can pay my water bill but can my neighbors behind me?ÂŽLillie Turrell said she didnÂt mind seeing the state come in to handle the situation.ÂI do know hardship, people cannot afford it. ThatÂs twice this year (rates have been raised),ÂŽ she said. ÂYou just put things on people and you donÂt realize what youÂre doing. I donÂt know what the state will do but I donÂt mind them coming. IÂm just appalled that youÂll would be putting another charge on us.ÂŽSally Williamson said she spoke as an advocate for elder care. ÂYou removed the senior benefit and we got a double whammy,ÂŽ she said. ÂWith this raise you are tripling that for elderly care, there are those who are elderly who cannot afford this.ÂLook at your conscience,ÂŽ she said.ÂWe want you to tell us how you got here, we want answers,ÂŽ said Barry Hand. ÂIf you donÂt really consider your seniors in this city, this is not going to be good.ÂŽJohnny Byrd and Jamie Liang both said they believed cuts were in order.ÂMake cuts, and take money out of the general fund,ÂŽ said Byrd. ÂLook at all the departments and see who we can do without.ÂI know you hate to cut but sometimes that has to be done,ÂŽ he said. ÂPeople who we can do without, do without, and letÂs put more money in the general fund and help pay this bill.ÂŽLiang stepped forward to advocate for cuts to city employees. ÂI see people on the side of the road doing nothing,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre a town struggling. Do we really need this kind of budget for law enforcement? We need to get to the nitty gritty. The BP money burned a damn hole in the governing bodyÂs pocket. We have to stop boondoggling and pay what needs to be paid.ÂŽGranville CroomÂs wife Delores voiced opposition to cutting the police.ÂLet us not be deceived,ÂŽ she said. ÂApalachicola is not such a great and perfect place that we can afford to lose any of the policemen that we have. I donÂt think itÂs part of your plan, if you were thinking about this.ÂŽCity Manager Ron Nalley said that because the debt is so large, the cut would have to be massive.ÂWe'd have to let everybody go in the police department and everybody in public works, thatÂs the kind of cuts weÂd have to make,ÂŽ he said. WeÂre talking about eliminating full departments.ÂŽJohnson argued that oppo-sition to city projects, such as against the putting in of the CVS and of the Denton Cove development, has restricted economic development that would have led to more bal-anced books.ÂSeveral years ago the work camp closed down, that was largest water and sewer customer, we got $60,000 annually,ÂŽ he said. ÂThat money hasnÂt been replaced and every major development that would have generated enough tax dollars, itÂs been rejected by this community. This com-munity has not grown.ÂŽBoth Ronnie Page and Bobby Miller urged the commissioners to look for alternatives.ÂWe all know how we got here, itÂs gross mismanage-ment of funds,ÂŽ Miller said. ÂYou kicked the can down the road and we ran out of road.ÂWeÂve got to come up with a solution to come out of this problem,ÂŽ he said. ÂPut-ting it on the backs of people who are retired, itÂs kind of tough.ÂI can think of three cuts we can make in this city right now,ÂŽ Miller said. ÂYou wonÂt even miss Âem.ÂŽ SEWERFrom Page A1
** The Times | Thursday, September 6, 2018 A3the two men shared something very much in common.Each piloted an A-4 bomber off of the U.S.S. Oriskany, part of attack squadron VA-163, assigned to target a thermal power plant in downtown Hanoi.Hunter completed his assignment without inci-dent. But McCainÂs plane was hit, he broke both arms and his right knee on ejection, was fished out of Truc Bach Lake and then imprisoned for five years by the North Vietnamese.ÂHanoi was well-pro-tected, we knew it would be in a hot, dangerous sit-uation,ÂŽ Hunter said, in a Labor Day morning inter-view. ÂThe idea would be to take out to take out the electrical plant, a huge electrical plant that sup-plied the city.ÂI was too intense doing my job to worry about anybody else,ÂŽ he said. ÂBut I knew there was a lot of stuff going down. I heard on the radio there were a lot of people being hit.Â(After we returned) we learned we lost McCain. ThatÂs when we knew we lost some guys,ÂŽ Hunter said.Now 75 and retired, living on St. George Island and active with the advisory board for the Apalachicola airport, HunterÂs road to that fateful mission more than 50 years ago was far different than McCain, son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals, all gradu-ates of Annapolis,In contrast, Hunter enlisted in the service, the son of a man who lacked a college education, a Âgreat and supportive fatherÂŽ who worked as a warehouse materials supervisor for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.Born in San Jose, California, growing up in Saratoga in the Santa Clara Valley, Hunter graduated Los Gatos High School in 1960, and attended UCLA on a Navy ROTC scholarship.ÂI just always wanted to be around ships and so forth, always interested in the sea,ÂŽ said Hunter, whose middle name Waterman no doubt fore-shadowed that ambition.After graduation in 1964, Hunter went to aviation training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, and earned his wings in June 1966, adept at flying the A4 Skyhawk, a small, sin-gle-engine, single-pilot attack plane, designed to nimbly drop bombs.The need to replenish pilots meant Lt. junior grade Hunter would check in to the carrier Oriskany in Oct. 1966, stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin.He had completed but two flights aboard the ship when on the morning of Oct. 26, he was on the flight deck, slated for a third, to be the first one out.In the forward flare locker, the Navy later determined, a seaman had accidentally ignited a flare, and in panic, threw it into a weapons locker where flares were stored, rather than over the side of the ship. The resulting explosion and fire raced through five decks, kill-ing 44 men, many of them veteran combat pilots who had flown raids but a few hours earlier.ÂMy roommates in the junior office bunk room, they were killed in their sleep,ÂŽ dying from asphyxiation from the white phosphorus smoke, Hunter said. ÂI had escaped certain death.ÂŽThe Oriskany returned to San Diego for repairs, and by June 1967 was back off the coast of Vietnam, where Hunter reassumed his missions with his fellow ÂSaints,ÂŽ nickname for his squadron. A pair of jets would fly road reconnaissance, gathering photographic evidence of traffic coming down highways from the North, and then Hunter and his fellow pilots would destroy bridges, trucks, trains, whatever was shipping supplies to replenish Viet Cong forces in the South.It was exactly one year to the date of the Oriskany fire that the now-famous Alpha strike took place, a formation of 20 bombers assisted by fighter planes.Hunter had been busy with his daily bombing runs, a junior officer in a close-knit squadron of Saints. ÂWe had a lot of good junior officers, pretty brave guys who knew their way around and were pretty good. We were the young guys being trained under their wings. All of us junior guys becoming seasoned attack pilots ,ÂŽ he said.ÂWe would fly prob-ably one a day, and maybe considered a spare for others,ÂŽ Hunter said. ÂThe ship would be out on the line on station and then we would go back to port in Philippines or to Japan for R and R (rest and relaxation) and then come back on station.ÂŽMcCain was new to the Oriskany crew, after his HUNTERFrom Page A1A map of routes to Hanoi kept by Gordon Hunter for use in his bombing missions. The red dots represent known launch sites for surface-to-air missiles. [ GORDON HUNTER SCRAPBOOK ] See HUNTER, A16
** A4 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The TimesHave something to say?The Times considers all letters, but reserves the right to decline to publish them if they fail to meet community standards for decency and avoidance of personal attack.We may edit them so as to ensure they meet guidelines for style. Please email your letters to Dadlerstein@starÂ” .com. Or fax them to (850) 653-8893. Or mail them to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 820, Apalachicola, FL 32329. Submissions must be received by Monday evening for publication in ThursdayÂs paper. USPS 027-600 Published every Thursday at 129 Commerce St. Apalachicola, FL 32329 Postmaster: Send address change to The Apalachicola Times P.O. Box 820 Apalachicola, FL 32329 Phone: 850-653-8868 Periodical rate postage paid at: Apalachicola, FL 32329 Weekly Publishing Circulation: 1-850-522-5197 Formerly The Apalachicola Times SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 year: $24.15 $34.65 6 months: $15.75 $31.00 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such ads. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. PUBLISHER Tim Thompson EDITOR Tim Croft OPINION Felix Ungar: "I think I'm crazy." Oscar Madison: "If it makes you feel any better, I think so too."From "The Odd Couple"The sound of audiences laughing at his material provided the affirmation that his own childhood denied him. My favorite film adaptation is "The Odd Couple," released in 1968 and starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Characters Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar cohabit Madison's New York apartment while Ungar and his wife endure a separation. Madison is a total slob who is driven insane by Felix and his obsessive neatness. Mike Nichols won his first Tony Award for directing it. "Barefoot in the Park" made Robert Redford a star. And Burt Bacharach scored his musicals. His plays enjoyed 9,000 performances on Broadway in a 15-year period (1965 to 1980), with four running simultaneously in 1966. He wrote "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Biloxi Blues," "Lost in Yonkers," "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," "Plaza Suite" and many more. Neil Simon was born in the Bronx on July 4, 1927. His salesman father left and returned repeatedly. Eventually the family dissolved and Neil was shuffled off to live with relatives. Several of his plays, including "Lost in Yonkers," draw from his early life experiences. Simon was awarded a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize for that play. After his discharge from the Air Force, he began writing comedy sketches for Phil Silvers and Sid Caesar. His first play, "Come Blow Your Horn," was written in 1961 and enjoyed 677 performances. Simon wrote about middle class people, their foibles and funny mannerisms, and the struggles of families, marriage, and everyday living. After his first wife died of cancer in 1973, he married actress Marsha Mason and wrote what he considered his favorite play, "Chapter Two," based on their marital strife. "Biloxi Blues" was developed from Simon's own military experiences in Denver. Simon died recently at age 91. From a relatively impoverished and dysfunctional upbringing, Neil Simon rose to the top of his profession as a playwright. He took the everyday agony and unhappiness surrounding him, and turned it into professional success through good humor, hard work and immense natural talent. Perhaps it is hyperbole, but one critic called him the most prolific playwright since Shakespeare. There is a common misconception that rich, successful Americans inherit their place in society from their similarly wealthy parents. While exposure to handling financial issues can provide a leg up, a person must develop his or her own financial and career success, regardless of background. Many times, the desire to escape and deal with dysfunctionality or poverty can provide remarkable financial motivation to achieve. 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 OUTLOOKOscar, Felix and the sound of laughterBy James Donald Special to the TimesThe St George Island Civic Club, now 400 members strong, has a long history of volunteerism with a focus on improvements to the island and fundraising activities for countywide needs. The club also serves as a forum for discussion and information sharing of issues that impact island residents and homeowners. This year the civic club embraced the task of coordinating the development of a citizen-driven, wide ranging community redevelopment plan that will promote and position the island as a unique, attractive, vibrant, and economically prosperous community. This project is in response to Franklin County Business District Overlay Ordinance 2018-02 adopted earlier this year, which placed additional regulations on private properties within the islandÂs commercial area, and laid out the vision articulated above. The timing is also tied to the current infusion of state and federal grant dollars for Gulf Coast counties resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The goal of the planning effort of ÂSGI 2025,ÂŽ a working title chosen by the civic club, is to identify improvements that will preserve the natural beauty and ecology of the island while providing recommendations for managed economic development and positive growth. How projects were selected for the plan In early 2018, after the overlay was adopted, the club sought volunteers to serve on a 20-member infrastructure committee to collect ideas, provide research, and develop a plan for capital improvements. After months of meetings, trips to other communities to view facilities or meet with officials, tours by state and federal government granting agencies, the committee recommended these categories of projects: Improvements to basic infrastructure, within the business district, to address problems associated with traffic congestion, flooding, and safety, including the need for making the island center more appealing and navigable by pedestrians. Additional parking spaces, away from the Franklin Blvd/ Gulf Beach Drive intersections, were considered critical to reducing the overcrowding and illegal parking that characterize this area on any sunny day. Improvements to existing venues within the island center that are inadequate or unsafe to increase serviceability, usefulness and attractiveness. Obvious examples the committee identified include the boat launch area, fishing pier and Lighthouse Park restrooms, and the shoreline on both sides of the causeway leading from Franklin Blvd to the base of the bridge. Improvements related to Âquality of lifeÂŽ and Âlivability.ÂŽ Successful communities provide settings for outdoor activities and opportunities for socialization that nurture community spirit and bring citizens together. The selections for recreational features were chosen specifically for their quiet, Âlaid backÂŽ nature, suitable for our island. The ÂinclusiveÂŽ shaded playground, with appropriate surfacing, welcomes all children, even those with disabilities who today could not navigate the sand of our current play equipment. Our health-conscious people can enjoy a welcoming fitness circuit trail with shade and restrooms nearby. The community center is a gathering place overlooking the Gulf for folks to participate in recreational, educational, and cultural citizen events. In addition, the structure can be revenue producing when rented for weddings and other private functions. How comments are being gathered The infrastructure committee report to the membership took the form of a website www.SGI2025.com that went live this summer. The website contains a comment section so that civic club members, as well as the general public, can react to the concepts and individual projects. The committee will tabulate the responses, make changes to the proposal based on those comments, and present a final version for a civic club membership vote this fall. Input was also solicited through announcements to organizations such as homeowner associations, the Island Business Association, and ÂSGI Forward,ÂŽ a communication tool that keeps islanders abreast of issues; posters requesting comment placed in prominent locations within island businesses; meetings and workshops with small groups; announcements on the radio and Facebook; and a presentation to the county commissioners. How much support is necessary? It would be wonderful to have unanimous support, and we hope the openness of the process will help us reach a broad consensus and compromise. But civic club members are realistic. The bottom line question in any community reliant on tourism for its economy is ÂWhen is it too much?ÂŽ We know some islanders fear any improvements will bring unwanted change and attract more people to the area. And, in fact, making the island more appealing is, obviously, part of the design. We believe, however, that these citizen-chosen improvements are more suitable to the island than the commercial enterprises that might develop from a for-profit perspective. The history of the island includes past ÂengagementsÂŽ over large-scale development, but the protection of the environment over commercialism always prevailed. As long as this barrier island and its surrounding waters are considered by national, state, and local authorities as important for the ecosystem, it will remain this unique, lowdensity community. But we all must be diligent. If our citizens stay informed and involved, we can shape the future. We are counting on involved citizens participating every year as the SGI2025 individual project grants are prepared to ensure we are doing what is necessary to retain the identify of St George Island. What are next steps and timeline? If civic club members approve the plan after edits by the committee and the board, the concepts will become the basis of grant requests to the county. County commissioners must give their approval for any grant requests because they are the legal entity representing St George Island. The commissioners will guide the choice of projects and the timelines, although we hope to spread the construction of projects over the life of the oil spill grant funding, seven to 10 years. The county will decide the design firms and construction companies through its procurement process. The facilities, which are to be located on public land, will be under the control of the county for maintenance and upkeep in cooperation with other government agencies. Other signi cant elements At this time, the civic club leadership is in discussion with other communities within the county with the goal of partnering on mainland projects to improve the prosperity of the entire area. For example, an expansion of high-speed internet can bring employment opportunities to county residents desiring to work for one of the hundreds of national companies that use remote workers today. It may provide more opportunities for our young professionals to return home to live and work. Expansion of broadband can also make this coastal area appealing for relocation by professionals who bring remote jobs with them as they settle here. Finally, such broadband to the homes of Franklin County students will open up greater educational opportunities and interaction with the world. We invite all interested parties to reach out to us on this economic development possibility. And we welcome partnerships with other communities and entities for the greater good of the county. James Donald, president of the St. George Island Civic Club, prepared this overview with great thought and input of Infrastructure Committee Chair Mike O'Connell, subcommittee members and Civic Club members. You can join in the effort by reading this website and providing your comments www.sgi2025.comGUEST COLUMNManaging growth for a laid-back island Margaret McDowell Workshops planned for rehouseThe civic club would like to invite the general public to attend a discussion-workshop at the St. George Island Â“ rehouse on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. and/ or Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Attendees can learn more about the plan and how the BP oil spill grants, as well as other state and federal grant entities, can be used, learn more about their speciÂ“ c requirements, and how SGI can qualify. For more, visit www. sgi2025.com
** The Times | Thursday, September 6, 2018 A5 CHASING SHADOWSEditor's note: The following photographs were each taken in the first half of the 1960s in Franklin County. Do you recognize any of these people or places? Do you have memories of these times? Do you have photos you would like to share with our readers? Please email them to David Adlerstein, at Dadlerstein@starfl.com or call 653-8894.Do you remember the Â60s?This photo, showing the Page familys 1958 DeSoto was taken in Apalachicola in 1964, and posted on www.shorpy. com by Jim Page, who is at left, pointing at his moms cigarette, along with brother Jeffrey and Tiger,ÂŽ their new Chihuahua. That DeSoto leaked oil, wrote Page. My dad would make me scrub the driveway with a broom and kitty litter to get rid of the stains. [ SHORPY.COM | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Biology teacher Orlis Burton works with students at Chapman High School in 1965. The student standing at the sink is Randy Randolph. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA/ HOLLAND ] This photo, posted on www.shorpy.com by Jim Page, was taken in Apalachicola in 1965, and shows his mom and a neighbor enjoying their snappy webbed lawn furniture. [ SHORPY.COM | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Captain Bill Frye, last of a long line of riverboat captains, photographed in Feb. 1961. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ] Beehives on a scaffold at an apiary on the Apalachicola River, photographed in July 1965. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA/HOLLAND ] Three representatives looking over a proposed bill in Tallahassee in 1961 are, from left, Oliver Nash of Apalachicola, Allison R. ÂBaldyÂŽ Strickland of Crystal River, and Jerry Thomas of Palm Beach. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ] The Island Light Restaurant, in Eastpoint, photographed in Sept. 1965. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA/HOLLAND ] Woman shucking oysters in Apalachicola, photographed on Sept. 23, 1961. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ] This unidentiÂ“ ied man at the Apalachicola weather station was photographed in Sept. 1965. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA/HOLLAND ] Bill Martina and Pete Poloronis working on their shrimp boat in Apalachicola, photographed in Oct. 1961. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA | HOLLAND ] The Alen Kirkpatrick and Co. seafood plant in Apalachicola, photographed in Sept. 1965 [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA | HOLLAND ] Man from Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce welcoming people to the 35th annual Florida State Foxhunters Association show on St. James Island, photographed Oct 23, 1961. [ STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA ]
** A6 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The TimesFranklin was followed by 55.33 percent in neigh-boring Liberty County, according to numbers posted on the state Divi-sion of Elections website, with Jefferson County at 49.37 percent, Gadsden at 41.82 percent and Holmes at 40.69 percent.The stateÂs lowest turn-out rate, 20.6 percent, came in Central FloridaÂs Osceola County. That was followed by a 21.35 per-cent rate in Miami-Dade, a 23.53 percent rate in Broward County, a 24.01 percent rate in Hendry County and a 24.8 percent rate in Bay County.The best showing locally was in Apalachic-olaÂs historic district, which saw 72.3 percent of registered voters going to the polls. The turnout was 70.4 percent by Republi-cans, and 79.4 percent by Democrats.The district outside of Apalachicola was next best with a 67.8 percent turnout, comprised of 64.3 percent of Republicans and 72.4 percent of Democrats.ApalachicolaÂs Hill neighborhood turned out at a 67.2 percent clip, a showing of 60.4 percent by Republicans and 73.6 percent by Democrats.All three Apalachicola precincts had school board races, which may have helped boost turnout.On St. George Island, 58.2 percent of voters turnout, with 58.5 percent of Republicans casting ballots, and 68.4 percent of Democrats.On Alligator Point 53.9 of registered voters cast ballots, made up of 62.6 percent of Republicans and 56.1 percent of Democrats.In Eastpoint, 52.1 percent of voters cast their ballot, a 50.1 percent turnout by Democrats and a 63.4 percent showing among the GOP.Only in Lanark and in Carrabelle, neither of which had school board races, did the turnout dip below 50 percent.In Lanark, it was 43.8 percent, made up of 50.7 percent of registered Republicans, and 48.6 percent of Democrats.In Carrabelle, the turn-out was the worst, by far, amounting to only 26.4 percent. Republicans voted at a 26.8 percent rate, while Democrats cast ballots at a 28.7 per-cent clip.A review of the ballot-ing shows that Jay Gordon Shuler, the winner in the race for county judge, won five of the eight precincts, aided by big margins in Apalachicola. Barbara Sanders managed to win the majority of voters on St. George Island, and in Alligator Point and Lanark Village.In the race for the nom-ination by their party for tax collector, Republican Rick Watson and Democrat Teresa Ann Martin each carried each of the eight precincts. TheyÂll square off in November in a three-way race that also includes Connie Polous, who is running without party affiliation. ELECTIONFrom Page A1top 3 applicants would be known to the public, said Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, who also chairs the TDC. ÂNow as you got it you have the four (applicants coming for interviews before the commissioners.)ÂItÂs all a mess and some of the members were very concerned were we going against what the RFQ says or are we doing it?ÂŽ she said. ÂMy thing is if itÂs going to be different than what was advertised two times, we need to do it again,ÂŽAt the last round of bidding, which was com-menced after the first round yielded only two applicants, applicants included Laura Graham, of Forgotten Coast Man-agement Services Inc.; Debra Davis, of Debra Davis and Associates of Franklin County; Forgotten Coast Creative LLC, managed by Cutler Edwards, of Apalachicola; and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, under President Donna Duncan and Director John Solomon.The commissioners decided last month that it would best not to strike just one of the applicants, and interview only three.ÂWe didnÂt want to be seen as singling one out, that was our concern,ÂŽ said Commissioner Ricky Jones.ÂIÂve sat on that TDC for 12 years; thatÂs the most confusing thing IÂve ever seen in my whole life,ÂŽ said Sanders. ÂI think everybodyÂs con-fused about it. We need a very large amount of clar-ity in this.ÂI am concerned about the time constraints as of the new budget coming in October. We have to move quickly,ÂŽ she said.County Attorney Michael Shuler stooped short of advising the commissioners that the discrepancy required them to rebid the RFQsÂYou canÂt change the material requirements of the RFQ midstream,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhat youÂre talk-ing about is non-material process, by choosing to interview all four instead of all three.ÂŽ Commissioners Smokey Parrish said the whole idea was to be more inclusive with the interviews, rather than less. ÂWe were being more responsive and less restrictive,ÂŽ he said.ÂThe RFQ says the TDC will rank them and yÂall asked the ranking not be done,ÂŽ said Sanders. ÂIt could potentially set you up to a legal question. The RFQ says one thing and the county commission directed the board to do something different.ÂŽCommissioner Noah Lockley, a proponent of bringing the job in-house, as a county employee, tried again, but no one took him up on the offer. ÂIf itÂs causing all that, bring it in house,ÂŽ he said.Jones moved, and Commissioner William Massey seconded, to readvertise, with the TDC scrutinizing their adherence to the appli-cation requirements, and their returning the top five applicants although not in any ranked order, but on what was termed a Âcoequal basis.ÂŽParrish specified that after it is drawn up by Shuler, the advertisement be brought back to the commissioners for their OK.ÂWhatever we do, when it comes time to be ranked, anyone with a conflict has to abstain at the TDC level,ÂŽ noted Jones. Following the vote, the commissioners approved a recommendation from County Coordinator Michael Morn to extend Curt Blair, the current director, on a month-to-month basis for a maximum of three months.In his report, Blair said collections for June were at a little more than $269,000, an increase of $42,253 over the year before. Collections so far this year are running nearly 9 percent over last yearÂs. TDCFrom Page A1
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** A8 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The TimesThe Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce snipped the ribbon August 24 on the island's newest boutique Seaside Cotton. Located at 112 Franklin Boulevard, Suite103, the shop owned by Phyllis Lewis specialises in clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women, dresses for women and bathing suits and dress pants for men. The shop also carries unique gift items, can-dles, coolers, sunglasses and more.New island boutique opens[ JOHN SOLOMON | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Special to the TimesAt a August 21 luncheon at Florida State University in Panama City, Kim Bodine, executive director for CareerSource Gulf Coast, was presented the 2018 Pinnacle Award by 850 The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida.The Pinnacle Award, established in 2013, is presented annually to 10 leading businesswomen who are making strides in Northwest Florida. Award winners are recognized for holding themselves to high standards and their contribution to the betterment of the local community.Bodine has over 25 years of experience in workforce development and oversees the administration of up to 45 funding-streams and programs with annual budgets of up to $13 mil-lion. She has contributed to the development of many workforce programs assisting youth, veterans, dislocated workers, and disabled persons. Bodine is also heavilyinvolved in Alignment Bay County, a collective impact organization she worked to create that focuses on providing health and education resources to Bay CountyÂs youth by aligning local community organizations and resources.Bodine currently serves as president of the Florida Workforce Development Association, leading CareerSource counterparts across the state. She also serves many local organizations, as the vice chair of ARC of the Bay, secretary of the Bay County Economic Devel-opment Alliance, and as a member of the UF/IFAS Bay County Exten-sion Advisory Board, the Restore Council of Bay County, the Bay-Frank-lin-Gulf Healthy Start Coalition, the Bay Medi-cal Sacred Heart board of directors, and the Gulf County Economic Devel-opment Council.Bodine receives Pinnacle AwardBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894At a grand evening Aug. 18, members of Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, together with the Sons, Auxiliary and Legion Riders installed officers for 2018-19. Greg Kristofferson, the PostÂs outgoing adjutant, opened the ceremony by thanking all the special guests, who included District 2 Commander Jim Brennan and wife Pat; District 2 Auxiliary President Nell Hewitt and husband Roger, the District 2 vice commander; District 2 Sons Commander Kent Smith and wife Jane; Legion Riders Area Chairman Jim Bowers; and Western Area Commander Ray-mond Olsen.ÂThis is the occasion where we recognize those willing to serve our organization in their respective leadership roles. It takes hard work and dedication to the Post and the American Legion to step up and serve,ÂŽ said Kristofferson, who has been a member of the executive board for eight years, the last six as adjutant.ÂIt is time for me to step down and let new blood and ideas into the Post,ÂŽ he said, introducing the new Post Adjutant Rachel Murphy, the first female to serve in that role.Kristofferson outlined the PostÂs achievements over the past six years. In 2013 the Post became a Farm Share distribution site, which has become a permanent fixture in providing food for the community.Also In 2013, with the help of the now late member Bill Miller, Post 82 got an armament dis-play in the form of a M101 cannon. ÂIt was a pleasure working with Bill on this project. He said he finally got to cross that off his bucket list,ÂŽ Kristoffer-son said. In 2014 Post 82 became the first in Florida to receive the Post Excellence Award, the only Post to receive this award that year.In 2016 Post 82 approved the formation of Legion Riders Chapter 82, in in 2017 acquired a new ÂusedÂŽ flagpole for the Post, donated by The St. Joe Company, and moved and refurbished with the help of volunteer Post members and local contractors.ÂEach year Post 82 has sent Franklin County students to the American LegionÂs Boys State and Girls State programs and continues to do so,ÂŽ Kristofferson said. ÂEach Christmas Post 82Âs Auxiliary unit col-lects donations, shops for and delivers hundreds of Christmas gifts for vet-erans residing in our local nursing homes.ÂŽHe said the Post each March hosts the Camp Gordon Johnston Days low country boil, and each April hosts the TonyaÂs Hope Cancer fundraiser, raising funds to help cancer victims with expenses during their treatment.He noted that over the past six years, the membership rolls have grown from 120 Legionnaires to numbers as high as 157. ÂWe received over 100 percent membership in four of the past six years with 95 and 90 percent the other years,ÂŽ Krist-offerson said.ÂMembership is the lifeblood of the American Legion and our membership goals can only be maintained and increased with the continued support from all of our members,ÂŽ he said. ÂAs with any veter-anÂs organization, we are founded on volunteerism. A handful of dedicated individuals cannot do the lionÂs share of the work required to keep this Post alive and thriving.ÂI encourage all mem-bers of the Post to pitch in and assist your new leaders with the various tasks that they face during the year. This is your Post and it will only continue to grow and improve if we work together to make it happen,ÂŽ said Kristofferson.Brennan and then other district commanders then conducted the installa-tion of new Post officers. He noted that Kristoffer-sonÂs retirement is a big loss to Post 82. ÂGreg and I have worked well over the years,ÂŽ Brennan said. ÂThe incoming adjutant has big shoes to fill.ÂŽAmerican Legion Department of Florida State Commander Dianne Boland, elected in June and the first female Flor-ida state commander, is tentatively scheduled to attend ÂHamburger NightÂŽ at Post 82 is Friday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. She and her group will visit the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum during the day and come out for hamburgers during the evening.Legion Post 82 welcomes fresh bloodSpecial to the TimesJoin AlzheimerÂs Proj-ect, Inc. for our upcoming Powerful Tools for Care-givers class in Franklin County. The class is a six week education series that aims to help caregivers to thrive while caregiving, not just sur-vive. Attendees will learn valuable techniques to assist them while providing care to their care receiver, including: ways to reduce personal stress, change negative selftalk, communicate their needs to family members, and recognize the messages in their emotions and much more.The class creates a support system for the caregiver who attend. Our message for caregivers of individuals with AlzheimerÂs disease or other dementias and other chronic conditions is to know they are not alone. One of the many benefits we have seen is the continued support that remains even after the six-week class has come to a close. Caregivers are encouraged to continue attending one of the many sup-port groups AlzheimerÂs Project, Inc. provides, as well as utilize the day respite programs to provide relief to the caregivers and a safe, stimulating environment for the loved ones with a memory disorder.The class will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12, and ending on Oct. 17. Hosted in partnership with Elder Care Com-munity Council (ECCC) and AlzheimerÂs Project, Inc., the class will be held at the Apalachicola Senior Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries Blvd., Apalachicola.To register or for more information please contact Caitlin Dilley at 850-386-2778 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.orgCaregivers can gain 'powerful tools'Bodine Leadership of Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, front row, from left, 3rd Vice Robert Wear and Chaplain Barbara Cook. Second row, from left, Commander Bert Worthy, 1st Vice Tim Ryan, 2nd Vice Bob Shalley, Executive Member Joe Howard, Adjutant Rachel Murphy, Finance Mike Marshall and Sgt. at Arms Mike Howard. Third row, from left, Executive Member Richard Davis and Executive Member Mark Melcher. In back is District 2 Commander Jim Brennan. [ BRENDA LA PAZ | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] American Legion Riders, Chapter 82, from left, are Treasurer Suzanne Brannan, First Vice Harry Larsen, Director Bobby Turner, Secretary Membership Remona Larsen, and Legion Riders Area Chairman Jim Bowers. [ BRENDA LA PAZ | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Leadership of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 82, from left, Adjutant /Treasurer Harry Larsen; Commander Terry Brannan; Chaplain Cecil Jackson; and in back. District 2 Sons Commander Kent Smith. [ BRENDA LA PAZ | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]
** The Times | Thursday, September 6, 2018 A9By Jennifer Sheffield The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-1819Bluegrass, a brand of Appalachian string band music, with roots in Celtic, and African genres, is not normally used as a prelude to a tra-ditional Episcopal Holy Eucharist Rite.But on Sunday, at Trin-ity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola, it worked to pack pews with visi-tors, plus bring other local musicians into the fold.ÂIt was certainly unprecedented. But we need to be open-minded,ÂŽ said singer Tony Parting-ton of Cat-Pointe Music in Eastpoint and The Rec-ollections jazz band. ÂIÂm sure there were some not keen on this idea. But, proof was in the pudding, that people came.ÂŽThe headcount for SundayÂs service was 150 people. The Rev. Donna Gerold, TrinityÂs interim priest and celebrant for the day, said a regular Sunday attendance this time of year is around 60.She said she had heard of this concept before and said, ÂI tossed the idea of a blue grass Eucharist out as an example of something we could do to invite the community into Trinity, see our beautiful historic church building and let them have the experience of an Episcopal service.ÂI mentioned it to one or two people, including our choir director, Randy Mims, and he jumped on it. Then it took on a life of its own,ÂŽ she said. ÂWe have so many artistic and creative people at Trinity it was easy for it to take flight.ÂŽ The group was made up of Carol Harris, of Wombat Sound Music Store, Bill Jones of Tallahassee on banjo, Brooks Jones, who sings in the choir, Chris Clark on upright bass, and Mims. These musicians also perform together at several local gigs, as the ÂSing-Alongs,ÂŽ ÂShaken & StirredÂŽ and ÂCeltics on the Half Shell.ÂŽThe first tunes were Christian hymn ÂW ill the Circle Be Unbroken?ÂŽ and African-American folk spiritual ÂDown to the River to Pray. This was followed by a liturgy, prayers of the people written by parishioner Kristin Anderson, of Long Dream Gallery, and communion processional.Of the musical setting, there was Âstill enough of the traditional service to set the tone,ÂŽ Anderson said.ÂWe are nicknamed theÂ frozen chosenÂÂŽ she said of the churchÂs stoic congregationÂNot today! We needed this,ÂŽ said Debbie Flowers, of St. George Island, of the toe-tapping energy.ÂThere is no better placeÂŽ to experiment with the question of what would Jesus do to welcome people to worship, said Partington.ÂIt was a lot of fun,ÂŽ said Harris.Bluegrass stirs the ÂFrozen ChosenÂWith 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, this 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, grandpar-ents 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 grand-parents 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call (850) 509-5009.Celebrate grandparents Sunday at Holy FamilySpecial to the TimesNew Veteran Liaison Michael Douglas, MSW, is helping Big Bend Hos-pice (BBH) make an even greater impact on veter-ans and their families in our communities.A recent Florida State University graduate, heserved in the U.S. Army for five years, and currently serves as an officer-in-charge in the U.S. Army Reserves.As the veteran liaison,he will oversee all valor recognition pro-grams honoring patients who served in the armed forces. He will recruit and coordinate volunteers who are veterans as part of the Vet-to-Vet program. Douglas will also assist veterans and their families with end-of-life planning, access to VA benefits, and preserving their legacy.BBH became a member of the National We Honor Veterans program in 2013 and achieved the highest pinnacle of membership one year later by recognizing veterans through Valor Ceremo-nies, Dog Tag Tree of Life, and pavers in their Veterans Memorial Garden. Now they plan to enhance the services offered to veterans and their families through the veteran liaison, withservicesavailable to both hospice patients-families and TransitionsÂ clients.Learn more by contacting Michael at 850-878-5310 or firstname.lastname@example.orgNew veteran liasion at Big Bend HospiceRalph Foster Walton, 86, of Port St. Joe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Long Avenue Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, with Pastor Eli Prine officiating. A private interment will be held at Holly Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Ralph, son of the late Fred Foster Walton and Jewell Henderson Walton, was born April 15, 1932 in Starrsville, Georgia. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force in special forces at Tyndall Air Force Base. Ralph retired from St. Joe Paper Company after many years as a purchasing agent. He was a member of Long Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Royal Ambassador leader, and taught Sunday School. In his leisure time, Ralph enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and working on his farm. He was generous with the fruits and vegetables and loved to share. He was famous for his homemade fudge and jelly that he gave out to friends and family at Christmastime. Ralph had a passion for sports. In his youth, he played American Legion baseball, coached Little League as an adult and kept up with his Atlanta Braves. Ralph was an avid reader and enjoyed researching and learning new things. Other than his parents, Ralph is preceded in death by his brother, Wilson Walton and sister, Jeanette Walton. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty J. Walton of Port St. Joe; children Darlene Battle (Don) of Panama City, Janice Adkison (Martin) of Port St.Joe, and Jeff Walton of Marianna; grandchildren Brad Smith, Clay Whitfield, Brooks Adkison, Mason Adkison, Chance Walton, Christopher Walton, Michaela ÂKayKayÂŽ Rabon and Madison Rabon; great grandchildren Ava, Brodhi, Coral, Avery, Lauren, Madison, Connor, Aneala, Jason and Joanna; other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the nurses and staff at Covenant Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice at www. choosecovenant.org. Online condolences and memories may be shared at WhatleyFuneralServices.com.OBITUARY RALPH F. WALTONThe Franklin County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. will hold its annual general membership meet-ing on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center, 201 NW Avenue F in Carrabelle.All Franklin County resi-dents 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 to hold annual meetingThe First Baptist Church of Apalachicola invites everyone to join us in revival services beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. to con-tinue Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the same time. The Sunday revival service will be at 11 a.m., followed by a dinner in the Fellowship Hall.The title of these services is ÂLet Christ Be Magnified!ÂŽ Our revival speaker is Pastor Torey Blackman of Carrabelle.The First Baptist Church is located at 46 Ninth Street in Apalachic-ola. For more information call 653-9540.First Baptist to host revival FAITH Michael Douglas Torey Blackman Performing on Sunday, from left, are Brooks Jones, Carol Harris, Randy Mims and Chris Clark. [ JENNIFER SHEFFIELD | THE TIMES ]
** A10 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to email@example.comBy Anita Grove Special to the TimesFranklin County is among the unique communities that have left their natural flood plains undisturbed. Because of this, many flood insurance policyholders in the county benefit from a 15 percent savings. HereÂs how it works. Flood plains are important ecosystems and provide benefits that may not be apparent at first glance. Flood plains supply nutrients and habitats for thousands of species in a river system like the Apalachicola River. A riverÂs flood plain is the broad, flat area that surrounds the main channel; it can stretch for miles on either side. When a river floods, water overflows the channel and spreads onto adjacent land, filling wetlands, sloughs and streams. When highwater levels subside, the river returns to the main channel and flood plain water eventually seeps into the ground or finds its way back to the river. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a one-acre wetland typically can store about three-acrefeet of water, or about one million gallons. An acre foot is one acre of land, about threequarters the size of a football field, covered one-foot deep in water. All rivers naturally experience periodic high-water flows. Flood plains serve as natural reservoirs, slowing and holding floodwaters until water can return to the river channel or be absorbed into the ground, rather than flooding surrounding streets and homes. Wetlands also reduce the velocity of the water and its destructive potential. However, if the riverÂs natural functions are impeded Â… by development, for example Â… flooding can result. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) reports that floods are the most common and widespread natural disasters, and recognizes open space as the most effective way of avoiding flood damage. Through FEMAÂs Community Rating System (CRS) program, communities are rated based on steps a community takes that reduce disastersÂ impacts. FEMA rewards communities that do not develop within the flood plain, so it continues its natural functions. A good rating helps residents save money on flood-insurance premiums. Franklin County takes part in the CRS Program and receives a good rating because its flood plain has not been developed and it retains its natural functions. Flood policyholders currently save 15 percent on their flood insurance premiums. Historically, many cities developed on or near flood plains. These broad, flat expanses are very fertile and attractive to build on during dry conditions. When flooding occurred, cities implemented flood-control measures such as dams, reservoirs and levees. While these measures have been successful in some ways, they have limits. Recent events have demonstrated the value of a functioning flood plain. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, it dumped 60 inches of rain on Houston; an unprecedented nine trillion gallons of water fell over four days. The disaster was worsened because over the past 10 years, thousands of homes were built in the flood plain. Land once able to hold and slow floodwaters had become suburban neighborhoods and roads. There was no longer a safe place for floodwaters to go. More than 1,600 homes flooded and there were $800 million in insurance claims filed. The Apalachicola River flows 106 miles from the Florida/Georgia line to Apalachicola Bay, one of the largest undammed rivers in the United States. The riverÂs flood plain is about 144,000 acres, though its width varies along its length Â… from 400 feet wide in upper sections to 4.5 miles wide in lower sections.Protecting the riverÂs natural forms and functions not only benefits wildlife and water quality but also can help protect our homes. Anita Grove is a coastal program coordinator with Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR), whichis managed on a day-to-day basis by the Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionÂs Florida Coastal Office. Locally, Franklin County was a key partner in the establishment of this Reserve in 1979.Retaining natural ood control bene ts homeownersAn aerial view of the river [ ISAAC LANG | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] GUEST COLUMNAllison Moore prepares to release the 10 rescued sea turtles [ JAMES HARGROVE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES PHOTOS] Rescuing baby turtles FISHING REPORTThe best fishing we are seeing in the last couple weeks has been Flounder fishing on sandy bottom from Mexico Beach around the canal all the way to the head of St Joe Bay. Several baits are taking fish and anglers are using Bull Minnows to soft plastic Grubs like Gotcha, D.O.A and ZMan. Our other popular species like Trout and Redfish have been a little harder to come by with the abun-dance of boaters on the bay looking for Scallops. If you are trying to target fish rather than Scallops remember right now that early (sunup) is going to be your best bet before the water is full of the Scallop-ers. Look for good areas away from other boaters, swimmers and waders to try and nail down some fish. I haven't heard anyone lately talk about taking Flounder up in the Intracoastal at Highland View bridge but usually there are some Flounder that like to hang out on the sandy banks. We have taken many fish up in these areas and they are not spooked by as much boat traffic. Until next week, Happy Fishing and Scalloping !Earlier this summer, Allison and Jeff Moore of St. George Island res-cued 10 sea turtles after a coyote dug up their nest near Nick's Hole in the PlantationÂWe gathered them and held them in a quiet place until nightfall and then took them out to the ebach,ÂŽ said Allison Moore, of their July 22 effort.ÂThe nest had been all dug up. We had eggs everywhere,ÂŽ she said. ÂYou could see where coyotes came and went crazy on it. If we had left those eggs, the chances are they had come back.ÂŽThe Moores, Elaine Rosenthal and others with the St. George Island volunteer turtlers are trained by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to do the surveys and the digs, under marine turtle permit #143.
** The Times | Thursday, September 6, 2018 A11 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894EASTPOINT Â… A thunderstorm rolling in off of Apalachicola Bay ended Friday nightÂs game between Franklin County and North Bay Haven early in the third quarter, handing the Seahawks a 13-0 shutout.ÂI didnÂt want to chance any more injuries, he didnÂt want any more injuries, itÂs too early in the season,ÂŽ said Seahawks coach Tony Yeomans. ÂWeÂve both been devastated already so we decided to call it a weather shortened game.ÂŽBuccaneers coach Andy Siegal said his players werenÂt relishing the thought of play-ing a second half, particularly since quarterback Ray Tynan had already been ousted from the game with injury.ÂThey played a really good game plan, they outphysicaled us,ÂŽ he said. ÂThey forced some stuff, they attacked, it was a good job by themÂThey came out, theyÂre a physical football team, theyÂre pretty disciplined,ÂŽ he said. ÂThey came at us, they brought a lot of pressure in there with our young offensive line.ÂŽWith seniors Micah McLeod banging it up the middle, and Rufus Townsend sweeping it around end, the Seahawks drove early, aided by a 21-yard pass play to senior Simon Brathwaite that helped set up a second and goal from the two with 10:45 left in the second quarter.Junior quarterback Javan Pride snuck it in to the endzone, and with senior Abner Ramirez connecting on the extra point the Seahawks led 7-0.BrathwaiteÂs interception minutes later gave the ball back to the Seahawks, and with 4:12 left in the half, he hauled in a 41-yard pass from Pride to set up a second touchdown, when Pride snuck it in from the 1.RamirezÂs kick was low and the Seahawks led 13-0 going into the locker room.When they came out, the rain and wind were already threatening and four min-utes into the third quarter the referees ordered theplayers leave the field. They did not return."I couldn't be more proud of these bunch of kids," said Yeomans. "The kids stepped up, didn't quit. I just can't express how much I love these kids."Townsend suffered a bruised shoulder, and Alex Hardy had a knee injury but both are expected to be back for Friday's away game at Bell, as well as Colton Evans.Seahawks shut out North Bay Haven 130 Senior Micah McLeod is chased by a pack of North Bay Haven defenders [ DANE WHALEY | SPECIAL TP THE TIMES PHOTOS] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894With a large cast of characters, corss country Kati Morgan Hathcock is excited about this yearÂs season.She has one of the biggest groups of runs, both boys and girls, and theyÂre ready to run.They opened as individuals on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Miller Landing Madness in Tal-lahasse, and were led by junior Grady Escobar who finished 23rd with a 22:52.Following in his footsteps were:26) senior Damien Freeman 22:5728) sophomore Austin Gray 23:1077) ABC seventh grader Reece Juno 28:2079) freshman Jahneese Braithwaite 28:3980) junior Elijah Bowden 28:4290) First Baptist eighth grader Ethan Kembro 29:35 99) junior Levi Bilbo 30:41137) ABC seventh grader Avery Pharr 34:58142) sophomore Makayla Varner 35:17148) sophomore Cody Cas-sidy 35:56149) freshman Marlee Tucker 36:05150) freshman Michael Square 36:21173) eighth grader Adia Barber 39:33174) First Baptist junior Lydia Strickland 39:34176) First Baptist sophomore Eva Strickland 39:44 198) senior Tommy Varner 46:59On Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Cougar Challenge at Tallahas-seeÂs Phipps Park, the team was led by Freeman, who finished 114th with a time of 23:04.60.He was followed among the boys by: 123) Gray 23:15.10 152) Juno 24:15.60181) sophomore Francisco Juan 25:42.70 205) Bilbo 26:59.00221) senior Jaiden Hill 28:45.40224) Elijah Bowden 29:05.20 234) Square 31:37.00 240) Cassidy 32:33.20249) sixth grader Tylin Tolliver 40:04. 253) Kembro 46:43.70254) ABC eighth grader Lance Peterson 47:01.30255) Tommy Varner 47:13.50 Among the girls the top finisher, at 131st was Tucker with a 32:59.40. She was followed by:135) Makayla Varner 33:16.00 144) Pharr 34:19.00154) freshman Genesis Jones 35:40.70158) Lydia Strickland 35:52.10 164) Barber 36:55.00173) Eva Strickland 38:39.90182) seventh grader Zoey Burkett 50:11.80183) seventh grader Andrea Cruz 50:29.70Lots of runners take on trailsWide receiver Simon Braithwaite runs against North Bay Haven Special to the TimesTallahassee Community College made its debut at Valdosta State UniversityÂs Border Clash XC Meet on Friday and returned home with impressive results in both the menÂs and womenÂs races.Freshman Genevieve Printiss, a 2018 Franklin High School grad, ran the 5K course at Freedom Park in a time of 21:36 to finish 26th overall Â… she was the top two-year school runner Â… and lead the Tallahassee women to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.The Eagles were the only two-year school among the nine who scored as a team. TallahasseeÂs 129 points placed it ahead of host Valdo-sta State (142), Albany State University (152) and Georgia Southwestern State Univer-sity (188). The University of Tampa finished first overall.Printiss, who shaved off more than three minutes from her time at the season-open-ing Cougar XC Challenge, crossed the finish line 17 sec-onds ahead of Kendall Ward (21:53.7), who placed 30th and cut her time by 1:44.Rachel Williams and Dorcas Jepleting finished 33rd and 37th, respectively. Wil-liams clocked a PR of 22:05.6, bettering her time at the 2017 FCSAA Championships by 1:28. Jepleting, meanwhile, ran a 22:15.9, 2:22 faster than last weekÂs race.Mia Wiederkehr (22:49.0) finished 44th and Peri Thompson, running her first collegiate race, came in 62nd with a time of 27:47.0.Like its female counterparts, the Tallahassee men had the top two-year school runner, was the top scoring two-year school and knocked off some four-year schools in the process.For the second straight race, freshman Jesse Boyd paced the Eagles, finishing in a time of 25:40.0. Brandon Flagler was next for Tallahas-see, finishing 41st in a time of 26:44.4.After Franklin County 2018 grad Simon Hodgson (27:55.6) finished 49th, Andrew McMillan came in 54th, the first of four straight Eagles who crossed the finish line.McMillan ran a 28:31.0 and was followed by Gannon Hundley (28:34.5), Dalton Gray (28:35.1) and Gio Duran (28:35.3).In team scoring, Tallahas-see finished fifth, ahead of NJCAA foes Georgia Mili-tary College (7tth) and Florida State College-Jacksonville (8th), as well as four-year schools Albany State (6th) and Fort Valley State (9th). Tampa finished first to com-plete a sweep in the team standings.TallahasseeÂs next race is Friday, September 7 at the University of North Florida XC Invitational.Printiss, Hodgson run for TCC EaglesGenevieve Printiss [ TCC ATHLETICS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Special to the TimesThe Franklin County JV football team came out victorious once again last Thursday with a 6-0 over Wakulla, bringing their record to 2-0 with a showdown next week at Florida High."We played really well on defense, came up with some big stops when we needed them," said Coach Brock John-son, "But we shot ourselves in the foot too many times on offense with fumbles. We probably hadthree times the amount of yardage Wakulla did but couldn't hold onto the ball, but it will get corrected this week."The Seahawks totaled almost 200 yards rush-ing, led by Blakely Curry (81 yards), Larry Winchester (65 yards) and Dalyn Perry (54 yards and a TD). Curry also led the way on defense with 12 tackles. Jimmy Adair contributed on defense with nine tackles."I've been pleas-antly suprised with our offensive line, they've definitely stepped up and helped control the ball for us," Johnson said. "We've just got to help them out and put the ball in the end zone more."JV Seahawks blank Wakulla
** A12 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The Timesf-stop is an abbreviation for a camera lens aperture setting that corresponds to an f-number, which is the ratio of the focal length of a lens to the effective diameter of its apertureSummer is about gone,the rain is here,the weather will stay hot and we hope we'll dodge a tropical storm or a hurricane.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 FRANKLINNatureÂs blessingVacation is over, peace to the island. [ PJ BROWN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Dawn [ ROGER MUTERSPAUGH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] The pond that is Sands Field in East Carrabelle, with walking path and family park. [ SKIP FRINK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] A ruddy turnstone patrols the beach on St. George Island. [ JAMES HARGROVE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] Apalachicola Bay dusk sky on Sunday, with a glowing cloud top, always a blessing[ PALMER PHILYAW | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] CROSSWORD 1. From surveys, whatÂs the most popular response when asked to name a food you would wash before eating it? Grapes, Lettuce, Peach, Apple 2. WhatÂs the middle name of Clark Kent of Superman fame? None, Henry, Joseph, Timothy 3. Where on/in the human body are oneÂs ÂlatsÂŽ located? Eyes, Ears, Fingers, Back 4. WhatÂs the least popular month for U.S. weddings? January, February, October, December 5. Where was frontiersman Davy Crockett killed? Congress, The Alamo, Church, Home 6. Whose state motto is ÂExcelsiorÂŽ? California, Florida, New York, Wyoming ANSWERS: 1. Apple, 2. Joseph, 3. Back (muscles), 4. January, 5. The Alamo, 6. New York (Latin for ÂEver UpwardÂŽ)ÂTrivia FunÂŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@TriviaGuy.comTRIVIA FUN W i l s o n C a s e y Wilson Casey
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** A14 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The TimesThe following report is provided by the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. Arrests listed this week were made by officers from the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.August 27Jeremy Kesecker, 48, Carrabelle, possession of methamphetamine with intent to see, manufacture or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motior vehicle without a valid drivers license; $6,000 bond (FCSO)Victoria Lynn Martinez, 28, Port St. Joe, driving while license suspended or revoked Â… first offense; $250 (FCSO) August 29Jason Nunnally, 37, Monroe, Georgia, battery on a law enforcement office, firefighter or EMT, disor-derly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance; $3,000 bond (FCSO) August 31Gina Mertt Bolen, 50, Peachtree City, Georgia, shoplifting Â… second or sub-sequent offense; $250 (FCSO)Jesse Earnest Page, 39, Eastpoint, domestic battery; $1,000 bond (FCSO)Sept. 1Nathan Daniel Jones, 32, Apalachicola, operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license, reckless driv-ing Â… first offense; $3,500 bond (FCSO)Corrine Michelle Amber Piccirillo, 21, Eastpoint, DUI Â… first offense; $1,000 bond (FCSO)ARREST REPORT A14 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. The date of first publication of this notice is August 30, 2018 Attorney for Personal Representative: Kristy Branch Banks Attorney Florida Bar Number: 517143 PO Box 176 Apalachicola, Florida 32329 Phone: (850) 670-1255 Fax: (866) 601-4805 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Secondary E-Mail: email@example.com Personal Representative: David Lloyd Ament 6934 Springwood Dr. Douglasville, Georgia 30135 Pub: August 30, September 6, 2018 21721T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF File No. 2018-53 CP Division PROBATE EDMUND JOSEPH BARNELL Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of EDMUND JOSEPH BARNELL, deceased, whose date of death was August 3, 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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** A16 Thursday, September 6, 2018 | The TimesGordon HunterÂs logbook shows the Oct. 26, 1967 strike during which John McCain was downed over Hanoi. [ GORDON HUNTER SCRAPBOOK ] A-4 Skyhawk had been struck by a Zuni missile while aboard the U.S. S. Forrestal, trig-gered by an electrical surge on another aircraft. Fuel from a leaking tank caught fire, cre-ating a blaze that burned for hours, killing 134, injuring 161, and de stroying 21 aircraft, the worst carrier fire since World War II.Rumors have long persisted that McCain helped trigger the blaze by shooting flames out of his tail exhaust to try to startle the pilot behind him.ÂThat wouldnÂt be true,ÂŽ Hunter said. ÂThe A4 did not have an afterburner. Only fighter aircraft had that.ÂŽStill, McCainÂs reputation preceded him when he was assigned to attack squadron VA-163.ÂI knew who he was because he had a reputa-tion in the training,ÂŽ Hunter said. ÂHe had a reputation for being a Âscreamer,Â a loud guy heavily critical of people flying. Most people did not care for John McCain and his personality.ÂHe was a screw off at the Naval Academy,ÂŽ he said, not bringing up the fact McCain had been near dead last in his class. ÂHe was not well-liked and respected. That was just his personality at that time.ÂŽThe attack was scheduled for around noon, and the 90-minute mission took off as planned after an early lunch of pork chops.HunterÂs biggest challenge would be to avoid missiles, crude by todayÂs high-tech standards, or anti-aircraft fire, 50 mm or 57 mm bullets from heavy machine guns that could tear into a cockpit and wreak havoc.Wailing sounds, triggered by electrical equipment on the jets that could intercept the missileÂs radar beams, alerted pilots of their presence, and prompted them to Âjink,ÂŽ maneuvering the aircraft to dodge them.ÂThey were almost like flying telephone poles. You could avoid them for the most part if you could see them,ÂŽ Hunter said.He also relied on a newly introduced ÂWalleyeÂŽ device, the first of what they called Âsmart bombs,ÂŽ a tele-vision guided bomb where the pilot relied on a screen inside the cockpit where he could lock on the crosshairs, and punch off the glide bomb towards its target.Following the mission. Hunter went back to work, eventually completing 180 combat missions, before returning to the states to become an instructional pilot. Following active duty, he joined the reserves, and moved to California and then Georgia, where he flew for Delta Airlines for three decades.His nearest brush with catastrophe had come on Dec. 12, 1967, when his aircraft was hit by ground fire in the vicinity of Ninh Binh, when a bullet entered the port side of the cockpit and lodged in the instrument panel.He regularly attends squadron reunions, and plans to be at the upcoming 90th birthday party in Demopo-lis, Alabama, for his skipper Bryan Compton, who went on to become the first com-mander ofthe USS Nimitz.McCain did not attend squadron reunions. ÂHe was new to the squadron, he didnÂt have an opportunity to establish personal relations,ÂŽ said Hunter. ÂI am sure that his prison experience tempered and humbled him in a great way. I am sure he came out of captivity a completely different man. He was cocky and brash and he came back humbled.ÂAll of us respected him in his service to the govern-ment,ÂŽ he said. ÂI think we all have respect for his politi-cal career.ÂŽ HUNTERFrom Page A3