** Volume 133 Number 27 Phone: 850-653-8868 Fax: 850-653-8893 Opinion ....................A4 Outdoors ....................A8 Sports.......................A9 f-stop Franklin..........A10 Classified .................A13 Law Enforcement .......A14 A5Chasing Shadows: A World War I heroA8Who taught you to hunt? A9 SEAHAWKS FACE SNEADS FRIDAY OUT TO SEE Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ApalachTimes facebook.com/Apalachitimes50 Â¢ apalachtimes.com CELEBRATING 130 YEARS AS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894In a tight three-person race, incumbent tax collector Republican Rick Watson edged out two challengers to claim a four-year term in the only countywide office on the ballot Tuesday.On the eastern end of the county, in District 2, Republi-can Bert Boldt secured nearly half the votes to win handily over Democrat Tamara Allen and Mark Nobles, who ran without party affiliation. Boldt succeeds retiring commissioner Cheryl Sanders, who decided not to seek reelection after 20 years on the job.In the Apalachicola-area District 4 seat, incumbent Democrat Joseph ÂSmokeyÂŽ Parrish defeated Howard Wesson, who ran without party affiliation.Watson, a 71-year-old St. George Island resident Watson elected tax collectorBert Boldt, right, together with wife Sheryl, receive congratulations following Tuesday nightÂs victory. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894County commissioners are hoping threeÂs a charm when they set about next week interviewing the five candidates who have come forward to succeed Curt Blair as director of the Tour-ist Development Council.At a special meeting Oct. 29, the commissioners opened five application packets in this third round of requests for proposals. The first two rounds each had to be cancelled and re-bid, after commissioners decided there were problems with how best to apply the rules fairly.A surprise disclosure at last weekÂs meeting that the four applications in the second round had been shared with outside parties threatened to derail this third round, but after discussing the challenges, the commissioners decided to go ahead with the process.After Blair told commissioners the contents of the TDC applications had been shared outside of the TDC board, Commissioner William Massey asked him who was responsible, and Blair said the countyÂs two mayors, CarrabelleÂs Brenda La Paz and ApalachicolaÂs Van Johnson.ÂIt wasnÂt me,ÂŽ said Com-missioner Cheryl Sanders, who chairs the TDC. ÂI know better, donÂt I guys?County to interview for TDC directorBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Three weeks after Hurri-cane Michael pummeled the Forgotten Coast, the Florida Seafood Festival was not forgotten.And all things considered, the 55th annual affair was a pretty good year.After dismal weather greeted the Friday afternoon Blessing of the Fleet, which featured a crew of clergy delivering their blessings from the first few planks of the Andrus Pier, the rest of it ravaged by the Oct. 10 storm, the skies opened that evening and remained sunny the rest of the way.ÂIt went off as normal,ÂŽ said John Solomon, the fes-tival president. ÂAmazingly we had a normal festival. Once the gates opened on Friday and the rain subsided, we had a normal festival.ÂInside those fences people had a chance to escape the tragedy surrounding them because nobody was thinking about it,ÂŽ he said. ÂThere were people from Gulf and Bay counties who came up to thank us for having the festival, that it gave them a break, that it was nice to have something to do that didnÂt revolve around the hurricane.ÂŽHe estimated that the ÂA chance to escape the tragedyÂMaddie Marlow, right, and Tae Dye perform Saturday night [DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES] Oyster shucking champ Honor Allen focuses on his task.[DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES] SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 2018 Watson See FESTIVAL, A11 See MIDTERMS, A3 See DIRECTOR, A12First Baptist to honor veteransOn Friday Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., the First Baptist Christian School of Apalachicola will be giving a special program in honor of all veterans, those still those servings, those who have given their lives, and also the POW/MIA soldiers.The names of those who died in our com-munity for our country will be read out loud to honor them. All veterans, widows of veterans and their families and our community are invited to attend this special pro-gram. The First Baptist Church sanctuary is located at 46 Ninth Street in Apalachicola. District honors Friday Veterans DayOn Friday Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Franklin County School, the annual Veterans Day program will be a district-wide event to honor all our local veterans.Franklin County kindergarten through 12th grade students and Apalachicola Bay Char-ter School students will come together to bring you a heartfelt tribute to the service and sac-rifice of our nation's heroes.Lunch will be prepared by the FCS culinary department for veterans and their families immediately following the program. Island to honor vets SaturdayThe St. George Lighthouse Association will be hosting the second annual St. George Island Veterans Day Ceremony this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Lighthouse Park. All members of the community are invited to attend and help to honor those who have served or are serving in our armed forces. Farmers Market Saturday in ApalachThis Saturday Nov. 10, it's the Apalachicola Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh produce, home-made baked goods and breads and the spirit of community, featur-ing live knee slapping, toe tapping make you dance music by local musicians. The city's finest artisans display their furniture, jewelry, wood crafts and art under the Mill Pond Pavilion and the live oaks by the working harbor of Scipio Creek.
** A2 Thursday, November 8, 2018 | The Times Special to the TimesGot a book burning in your soul? Looking to write the next bestseller? Wishing you had time and space to put pen to paper?Join NaNoWriMo at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library!ÂNovember is NaNoWriMo Â„ National Novel Writing Month,ÂŽ said Jill Rourke, library director. ÂThe Apalachicola library will serve as a base of opera-tions for anyone wanting to get in some serious writing, whether it is a work in prog-ress or taking a new plunge.ÂŽThe library conference room will be open for writers every day in November start-ing at 4 p.m. The library will also extend hours past closing until 7 p.m. for those work-ing on NaNoWriMo projects. Participant sign-up and writ-ing commitment sheets are available at the library desk.ÂThe idea is to commit to a certain number of written words by the end of the month,ÂŽ said Rourke. ÂFind-ing a quiet space free from distractions is a challenge for budding authors so it makes sense for the library to try to create that environment.\ÂThe average modern novel is about 60,000 words. Broken up over the month, though, it comes out to about four or so pages of writing a day. ÂHopefully, by having the library open and other writers available to over some assistance and critique, new writers will be encouraged to take the plunge,ÂŽ she said.For more information about NaNowriMo, stop by the library at 80 12th St or call 653-8436.Library to mark NaNoWriMo Â„ National Novel Writing Month Special to the TimesHello Franklin County! Franklin County Public Library Â… Carrabelle Branch is still designated as the Disaster Relief Center (DRC). The hours of operation are Sunday Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The following services are represented at the Carrabelle Branch Library: Â€ FEMA (Florida Emergency Management Association(DRC) representatives to help with private individual assistance Â€ SBA (Small Business Administration) representatives to help small businesses and homeowner, low interest disaster loans Â€ Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Â€ DEO (Department of Economic Opportunity) re-employment assistance/lost wages Â€ Career Source Mobile Unit: Disaster Unemployment Assistance The Eastpoint Branch is a Registration Intake Center (RIC) for Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) where FEMA representatives are available, Monday Â… Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library services are available at both locations. The Carrabelle Yoga program is temporarily meeting at the Carrabelle Senior Center, Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. The Eastpoint Branch has returned to the scheduled monthly calendar of events. Yoga meets each Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. STEAM for ages 8-14 will meet Thursdays at 4 p.m. The monthly Anime Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. and the Basics of Better Living program is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m., the topic will be No-Bake Holiday Desserts. Join us for the WriterÂs Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The Franklin County Friends of the Library annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastpoint Branch. This is the fifth anniversary of the library and everyone is invited. Cake and ice cream will be served. The Friends of the Library are always looking for new members to advocate for continued library services. The Hurricane Michael Essay Contest is sponsored by Friends of the Library and starts Nov. 7 and runs through Dec. 7. The three divisions designated are Children, Teens, and Adults. Details and rules are available at both branches, on the library website and Facebook. Follow us on Facebook, and view the calendar of events and online resources on the Library website at fcpl. wildernesscoast.org/ Contact the Eastpoint branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 670-8151 and the Carrabelle branch, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 am. to 2 p.m. at 697-2366. See you at the Library!LIBRARY CORNERFriendsÂ annual meeting this WednesdayThe myriad papers and other materials for cut paper collages includes newspa-pers, magazines, tissue paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper and different handmade art papers, as well as other tex-tured, colored and interesting surfaces such as corrugated paper, foil paper and fabrics.Students in Kindergarten through third grade created colorful paper collages to represent one of many fish and/or wading birds that live in the Apalachicola Bay. The challenge was for students to cut shapes without using a pencil to outline or draw. During the critiquing process, students noticed many variations of repre-sentational shapes in student compositions.First grader Mya Barber created an underwater scene with two fish swimming in the seagrass. The young artist painted the background with liquid starch and dry tempera powder. Then she cut multiple shapes, from a vast selection of papers, and glued them down to create her per-sonal work of art.Scan the QR code to hear MyaÂs artist statement.SEAHAWK ARTSMya Barber
** The Times | Thursday, November 8, 2018 A3appointed last year by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the remainder of the term of Jimmy Harris, the previ-ous tax collector, secured 34.5 percent of the votes, 67 more ballots than Democrat Teresa Ann Martin, 54, of Apalachic-ola, who gathered 33.2 percent, or 1,811 votes. In a close third was Connie Polous, 54, of Eastpoint, running without party affiliation, who claimed 1,761 votes, or 32.3 per-cent of the vote.ÂI was thrilled to death,ÂŽ said Watson. ÂI always knew it would be close and I thought Connie and Teresa Ann would split the vote.ÂIt was great. IÂm really happy about it,ÂŽ he said.Watson becomes a rare example of a nonnative son to be elected to countywide office, particularly after being appointed by a governor. He attributed his win to the changes he put in place in the office over the last year.ÂI hope it was because they thought IÂve done a good job,ÂŽ he said. ÂI brought services to the county that hadnÂt been offered before, and I did it without raising the budget or increasing staff.ÂŽWatson said on his agenda for the upcoming term will be looking at ending the in-person sale of tax certificates, in favor of going to an inter-net auction. He also said he plans to follow up on a request from the Tourist Development Council to have the office collect the 2 percent bed tax, rather than the Florida Depart-ment of Revenue, which now handles that task.ÂTax collectors have been aggressive about offering additional ser-vices,ÂŽ he said.He said he also will con-tinue in-service training for staffers, as well as the popular statewide Kids Tag Art program, which annually showcases stu-dent artwork designed as vanity tags, and has so far brought in over $1 million towards art education in Florida classrooms.In county commission District 2, Boldt, 73, of Alligator Point, gathered 49.8 percent of the vote, winning over Allen, 71, of Carrabelle, who gathered 26.7 percent of the votes, and Nobles, 61, of Lanark Village, who gained 23.3 percent.ÂI just appreciate the voters of our district,ÂŽ he said, following an appearance at the Apala-chicola supervisor of elections office with his wife, Sheryl. ÂIt gives me an opportunity to provide a pathway for them into county government.ÂThatÂs one of the most important roles IÂm looking forward to, to give them access to county government, to be a bridge for them into county government,ÂŽ said Boldt.The semi-retired owner of an outpatient physical therapy private practice in Tallahassee, who lives full-time in Alligator Point, Boldt waged a vigorous campaign, going door-to-door, making telephone calls and at times carrying a 3-foot by 5-foot sign as he waved at the traffic going by.ÂIt was just to meet people that way. I stood in front of the IGA and the Dollar General in Car-rabelle and handed out my campaign material,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm very relational and emphatic and personable with people, and I feel thatÂs going to be a real help for county government.ÂThis campaign in many ways, sociologically speaking, has been a real ministry,ÂŽ Boldt said. ÂIÂm listening to the heartfelt needs of our people in our district. I have been thrilled to be part of that process. I just appreciate the confidence that the people have in me.ÂŽTopping BoldtÂs pri-orities will be health care for the county, beginning with careful scrutiny of the upcoming proposals from Sacred Heart and Tallahassee Memorial to partner with Weems Memorial.ÂAs a physical therapist I knew the mother tongue language of health care. I feel like I can be an asset to our county,ÂŽ he said. ÂThe most important asset in our county is the health of our people. I feel this is one of the most important contributions I can make to the county commission.ÂŽIn county commission District 4, Parrish 57, of Apalachicola, gathered 53.7 percent of the vote, or 498 ballots, to edge Wesson, 64, of Apala-chicola, who ran without party affiliation, and who secured 430 votes.Parrish said the 68-vote margin was not his closest race, noting that he won by just 29 votes in his first bid for the commission seat in 2006.ÂI donÂt know if it was the negative ads, I donÂt know if people were aware of all that I do,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm just doing the peoplesÂ work and a lot of people arenÂt aware of that.ÂŽHe said that many of the attacks concerned the actions of the entire board, rather than him personally. ÂI donÂt cast five votes, I only cast one,ÂŽ Parrish said, ÂThose are board issues, those are not my issues. ÂI donÂt know if people know the experience I have and all the things that I do,ÂŽ he said. ÂMaybe I need to do a better job of informing the public of what IÂm doing every day. But I believe when voters elect you, they want you to do your job, rather than talk about it.ÂIÂm glad the support-ers turned out to support me, and they know what I do every day,ÂŽ Parrish said.He said high on his list of priorities for the new term will be the estimated $45 million in BP monies poised to flow into the county from various pots of money.ÂYou want to spend that money wisely and prudently, thatÂs just one issue that needs to be worked on,ÂŽ Parrish said. ÂAnd trying to generate jobs out at the airport. Just doing my daily job and doing what I think is in the best interest of the county.ÂŽVoter turnout for the mid-term election was a robust 70.8 percent, as 5,510 out of the countyÂs 7,783 voters cast ballots. The larg-est chunk of these, 1,817, were cast in early voting at the two supervisor of elections offices, followed by 1,597 voters going to the polls on Election Day, and another 1,539 people voting by mail.In county voting, voters gave 62.7 percent support for Republican Rick Scott, who won the U.S. Senate race narrowly over incumbent Demo-crat Bill Nelson, who has asked for a recount. They also threw 64.6 percent support to Republican Ron DeSantis, who captured the governorship over Democrat Andrew Gillum.For Congress, Franklin County voters gave 66.5 percent support for incumbent Republican Neal Dunn, who cruised to victory in the 2nd Dis-trict over Democrat Bob Rackleff.County voters gave 65 percent support for Republican Ashley Moody, who bested Democrat Sean Shaw for attorney general, and to Republican Matt Caldwell, who defeated Democrat Nikki Fried, They gave Republican Jimmy Patronis better than 70 percent support over Democrat Jeremy Ring, in the race for chief financial officer, which Patronis won.County voters gave David Frank 53.8 percent support in the non-partisan race for circuit judge, which he won over Lisa Barclay Fountain.They voted by a nearly two-thirds margin to retain all the judges who appeared on the ballot.They also gave majority support for all the budget amendments on the ballot, the strongest support of better than 75 percent going to approve Amendment 3, which gives citizens the right to approve casino gam-bling, and Amendment 12, which expands ethic rules for public officials.They gave better than 60 percent support, the needed threshold for passage,to Amendment 1, which would add to the homestead property tax exemption, and which failed statewide; to Amendment 2, which extended the 10 percent cap on non-homestead properties, which passed; to Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to most felons, which passed; to Amendment 5, which raised the bar for the Florida Legislature to pass any tax increases, which passed; to Amendment 6, which expands the scope of victimsÂ rights, which passed; to Amendment 7, which expands death ben-efits to first respondersÂ families, which passed; and to Amendment 10, which limits home rule and creates a statewide veterans office, which passed.Receiving under 60 per-cent in the county were Amendment 9, which limits offshore drilling, and which passed statewide; Amendment 11, which eliminates alien land laws, and which passed; and Amendment 13, which does way with commercial dog racing, and which passed. MIDTERMSFrom Page A1County Commissioner Smokey Parrish watches the seafood festival parade from the sidewalk Saturday morning. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ]
** A4 Thursday, November 8, 2018 | The Times 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 David Adlerstein OPINION ÂSome may have and some may not God, IÂm thankful for what IÂve got.ÂŽFrom ÂBacks Turned Looking Down the PathÂŽ as performed by Warren Zevon A few weeks ago, when the lottery reached north of a billion dollars, my husband joked that it was time to break down and buy some tickets. "Nine hundred and eighty million? I canÂt be bothered,ÂŽ he said. "But over a billion? Now that's real money." We laughed, partly because neither of us have ever purchased a lottery ticket. And partly because the idea of being awarded over a billion dollars for buying a ticket in a convenience store is bizarre. Tantalizing, but bizarre. I think I read that our chances of winning the prize with the purchase of one ticket were around 200 million to one. But letÂs assume we win! What would we do with 630 million extra dollars or so, assuming we pocket a billion dollars up front and pay the 37 percent tax rate on our windfall the first year? Spend, spend, spend, right? And go broke and become unhappy in the process? Maybe. Everyone knows that lottery winners frequently face financial ruin; complicated tax issues, spending to beat the band, giveaways to family members and friends clamoring for a piece of the pie. All of these reasons and many more often contribute to money problems for winners. What was startling to me was the idea advanced by a Wall Street Journal article that even neighbors of lottery winners are more likely to go broke than average people. Why? You guessed it: Keeping up with the Joneses broke their budget. Neighbors of people who have experienced sudden wealth often feel compelled to enhance their own lifestyle to keep up with the spending occurring next door. We canÂt help ourselves sometimes. We see new cars and boats and toys in the driveway next door, and it does something to us. All of which brings us to an interesting issue which impacts us all: How do we compare ourselves to others financially? One study asserts that it's foolhardy and unprofitable to dwell on the financial picture of those much wealthier than ourselves. It tends to make us envious and depressed. It's much healthier to compare ourselves with those who have less money than we do. Or better yet, if we have to compare our financial situation to someone elseÂs, we might be wise to compare it to our own financial picture many years ago. This tends to make us understand how far we have come, and is also more likely to make us grateful for what has transpired since our salad days. 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 OUTLOOKLottery billions and the driveway next door Margaret McDowellBig Bend Hospice has inspired hope for patients and families for more than 35 years, but the compassionate care we provide is only possible through strong community support. Each day in Franklin County, BBH employees, volunteers and donors work together to provide excellent medical care and support to families experiencing serious illness and grief. These dedicated individuals are your friends and neighbors living in Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Alligator Point and in every community in between. People like BBH Medical Director Dr. Nancy Chorba, who has deep ties in Franklin County as a longtime physician, set BBH apart. We are your hometown Hospice, and we need you. As the community relations coordinator, I want BBH to have an even greater impact in Franklin County, and with your help, I know we will. We are currently seeking Advisory Council volunteers. I encourage you to apply. Advisory Council volunteers increase awareness of the Hospice mission, provide input on how to meet the communityÂs needs and help make important decisions. They attend monthly meetings, volunteer for special events and create partnerships with other local organizations. Advisory Council members help make decisions about the Patient Special Needs Fund, which is available to Hospice families experiencing financial crisis. Most importantly, they play a critical role in bringing hope to patients and families in their darkest hours. We work together to support services including: Spiritual care Music therapy Bereavement support The Valor Program, which serves veterans at the end of life Pet Peace of Mind, which helps Hospice patients care for their pets WeÂre also getting the word out about the BBH Transitions program, which serves people who are experiencing a life-limiting illness but are not yet eligible for Hospice care. Staff and volunteers provide case management, companionship, transportation, help with errands, caregiver respite and resource referrals. Many hospice providers do not offer this wide array of services, but BBH does, thanks to generous community support and the work of trained volunteers. This is an exciting time to get involved as weÂre celebrating 35 years of service. Care to guess how many patients BBH has served during that time? More than 32,000! Each patient received excellent medical care and so much more, thanks to people like you. I have learned so much about Franklin County and its people since becoming community relations coordinator. BBH is honored to be part of this community. Join us in the important mission of bringing hope to families when they need us most. If youÂd like to join the Franklin County Advisory Council, please contact me today to fill out an application. Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Red Pirate, 236 U.S. 98 in Eastpoint. Kate Davis is the community relations coordinator for Big Bend. For more information, contact her at 850-878-5310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Big Bend Hospice, including Hospice services, visit bigbendhospice.org or call 800-772-5862 to speak to a representative 24 hour a day.GUEST COLUMNInspire hope for hospice patients and familiesAnyone who surveys the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Michael across a large swath of Northwest Florida communities is shocked by the enormity of the damage to thousands of families, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and to life itself in this wonderful region of our state. It took just a few hours for this powerful storm to leave behind a twisted trail of tragedy that will require many years of work to return to normalcy, if that's even possible. This is a part of Florida where very independent people take pride in their commitment to the value of an honest dayÂs labor and being good neighbors. Many were already working hard to maintain very modest lives. I've toured many of the damaged communities and neighborhoods, and I know the tremendous loss of property, infrastructure, jobs, and facilities has become an overwhelming problem that will hit them especially hard. As normal life goes on in the rest of Florida, and significant progress has been made, we cannot afford to sit back and think the problem will take care of itself. It wonÂt. If Hurricane Michael had slammed a major urban area of Florida, it would remain a high-profile top priority issue statewide. But portions of the Panhandle region that have been battered include places like Panama City, Bristol, Hosford, Two Egg, Blountstown, Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, Altha, Eastpoint, Midway and lots of other small towns many Floridians have never heard of. But we need to keep those names and needs top of mind Â… in Florida and nationally. After Hurricane Andrew slammed into southern MiamiDade County in late August 1992, Gov. Lawton Chiles and a bipartisan legislature convened a special legislative session in December for one purpose: recovery and rebuilding from Andrew. We canÂt wait for the 2019 regular session of the Legislature to address these needs. So, letÂs concentrate on assessing and then addressing the needs Â… in a special legislative session that shows all of Florida and its leadership team care about our Panhandle and Big Bend region. In the special session we will have to address critical needs that local governments cannot do. Some of their needs are housing, repair/replacement of utility infrastructure, the significant loss of jobs, the tremendous damage to hospitals, and the availability of basic necessities like food and water. I know my friends and colleagues in the Florida Legislature both House and Senate will embrace the challenge of ensuring our heavily damaged region remains a shared priority for assistance and attention. Along with other legislators of this region, from Tallahassee westward to Pensacola, I am hopeful we will unite in outreach to the leadership to begin planning now for how best to help Northwest Florida recover in the new post-Michael reality. This GUEST COLUMNHurricane Michael requires special sessionCity commission did the elderly wrong ThereÂs a verse in the Bible, Psalm 105:15, that reads ÂDo not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.ÂŽ The city commissioners did the elderly people wrong for raising the water bills and the light bills, for the elderly people and others. They just canÂt make ends meet now and by yÂall adding some more to their bills, God doesnÂt like that, when you do His people like that. These are His elderly people; thatÂs why Hurricane Michael came through here and did what he did, to let us come together and reason with one another and love one another. And donÂt forget, God is not dead. HeÂs still looking at what you all have done. It is wrong for you all to borrow that money, and we have to pay it back. I would like to thank FEMA, Red Cross, Salvation Army and all the churches that had a part in feeding and giving groceries to everybody. I am 78 years old and I never seen a hurricane in Apalachicola that did it like this. We have some praying people in Apalachicola, and donÂt forget Michael has a twin brother that might be on the way and do a similar job as a Category 5 if we donÂt be careful, by loving one another and treating everybody the same.Eula Rochelle, ApalachicolaLETTER TO THE EDITORHow to helpAdvisory Council volunteers must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Franklin County. They provide professional expertise and knowledge of the community. They are champions for the Big Bend Hospice mission and provide input on how best to serve community members in need of Hospice care. The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Red Pirate, 236 U.S. 98 in Eastpoint. For more information, contact Kate Davis at 850-878-5310 or catherined@bigbendhospice. org Kate Davis Bill Montford See MONTFORD, A12
** The Times | Thursday, November 8, 2018 A5 CHASING SHADOWSBy Mark Curenton Special to the TimesIn front of the Gibson Inn stands a monument to Lt. Willoughby Marks, ApalachicolaÂs World War I hero, killed less than a month before the end of the war in a courageous but vain attempt to save a wounded comrade. Marks left the safety of the trench against orders and ventured into no-manÂs land in a vain attempt to rescue Lt. George M. Hollister, where he met his death. As tragic as MarksÂs death seems, there was another battlefield casualty during the conflict that was even more unnecessary. On Nov. 11, just hours before the guns fell silent at 11 a.m. that morning, Pvt. Cornelius Rizer was killed assaulting a German position east of the Moselle River in France. Rizer was born in Homersville, Georgia, a small town in the southeastern portion of the state. Sources conflict on the exact date of his birth. His tombstone lists his birthday as Nov. 16, 1890, while the date of his birth is listed as Feb. 1890 in the 1900 census. Military records list his birthday as Oct. 25, 1888. Whatever the exact date, he was one of 10 children born to Cornelius and Laura Rizer. His father died prior to 1900. The 1900 census lists Cornelius living in Berrien County, Georgia with his mother, brother and sister. His brother, C. H. Rizer, was a laborer in a turpentine camp; he could not read or write. Cornelius and older sister, Lilly, both attended school. and could read and write. Ten years later, in the 1910 census, Cornelius was listed in Jefferson County, Alabama, near Birmingham, working as a laborer in a grade camp along with 31 other men. By 1917, when he signed up for the draft during the First World War, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and working for Westinghouse Electric in Lester, just south of Philadelphia. He was a tall man of slender build. As of June 5, 1917, when he signed his draft registration card, he was still single. At some point Cornelius Rizer found time to marry his wife, Addie. They had one daughter together, Frances. Rizer was inducted into the Army as a private at Philadelphia on May 28, 1918. His first assignment was to Camp Joseph E. Johnston in Florida, on the St. Johns River south of Jacksonville, where the Jacksonville Naval Air Station is now located. The camp specialized in training troops for the Quartermaster Corps, to which Rizer was assigned. After less than a month in the service he was selected as part of the June replacement draft to fill the ranks of units already in France, and transferred to Camp Hill in Virginia, a post on the James River at Newport News for troops waiting for transportation across the Atlantic Ocean. On July 10, 1918, Rizer embarked from Newport News on the USS Martha Washington, originally an ocean liner for the AustroAmerican Line, sailing between Trieste and New York City. The outbreak of the war in 1914 found the liner on the wrong side of the Atlantic, and she was interned at Hoboken, New Jersey. When the United States entered the war in 1917, it took over the ship and outfitted her as a troop ship. Her fifth voyage transporting American troops, including Rizer, to France ended on July 21. Rizer was temporarily assigned to the 524th Engineers before being permanently transferred to Company G, 366th Infantry Regiment, an all-black unit mainly composed of men from Alabama. It was the first all-black fighting unit to have black officers; previous black units had white officers. The 366th Infantry had arrived in France from the United States just a month prior to RizerÂs arrival, the regiment part of the 92nd ÂBuffaloÂŽ Division, formed in Nov. 1917 from black draftees. The division took its name from the nickname Âbuffalo soldiersÂŽ given to black U. S. soldiers by the plains Indians. The division was first assigned to a training area around Bourbonne-lesBains, a town in northeastern France about 30 miles southeast of the American Expeditionary ForceÂs headquarters at Chaumont. Here soldiers received final training to prepare them to enter combat in the trenches of the Western Front. It was also here Rizer joined his unit, but he had little time to receive training in the martial arts. He was assigned to Company G on July 30, and about a week later the division started moving up to the front lines. On Aug. 25, 1918, the 92nd Division took over the St. Die sector, an area at the southeastern end of the line of trenches that stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border. The St. Die sector, located in the Vosges Mountains, was considered a quiet section of the front. The mountainous terrain made attacks difficult so the front lines had remained in essentially the same location since the beginning of the war. It was considered an ideal area by both sides to deploy veteran units for a rest, and new units for an introduction to trench life. Here the 366th Infantry and Rizer were introduced to the harsh realities of trench warfare: artillery bombardments, poison gas attacks, aerial attacks, patrols out into the no-manÂs-land between the opposing trenches, and raids on enemy trenches. The Americans took their first casualties here. Rizer was slightly wounded about Sept. 8, but not enough to take him out of the front lines. After about a month in the relative quiet St. Die sector, the 92nd Division was ordered to move 300 miles northwest. The American Army under Gen. Pershing was about to launch the Meuse-Argonne offensive, and the Buffalo division was designated as a reserve unit. The offensive commenced on Sept. 26. The men of the 366th Infantry did not see any combat but were used to assist the divisional engineers in constructing roads. In early October, the 92nd Division was ordered eastwards to the Marbache sector of the front, and assigned to the U.S. 2nd Army being organized there. They occupied the section of front astride the Moselle River, approximately 15 miles south of Metz. Most of the division, including the 366th Infantry, was posted on the east bank of the river. The 366th Infantry formed the far right formation of both the 92nd Division and the 2nd Army. To its right flank was a French division. Nov. 10 saw the 2nd Army launch an offensive with the aim of capturing Metz, a main railroad junction and supply center for the German Army. During the day the American forces captured the Bois Voivrotte and the Bois Frehaut, small and large woods respectively, south of the village of Bouxieres sous Froidemont. At 5 a.m. the next morning, the 366th Infantry launched an attack across the open fields between the Bois Voivrotte and Bouxieres. The two attacking companies reached the southern edge of the village, but were forced to retreat to their starting point in the woods by 9:30 a.m. Another attempt to take the village was made, but with the same results. The 366th Infantry were holding their position at the northern edge of the Bois Voivrotte when the Armistice went into effect at 11 a.m. The cruel irony is that most of the fighting that morning was unnecessary. Word had been received locally at 7:18 a.m. that the Armistice had been signed, but troops were ordered not to stop fighting until 10:45 a.m., nearly threeand-one-half hours after notice of the end of the war was received. The commander of the 2nd Army, Lt. Gen. Robert Bullard, was criticized after the war for not immediately ordering all offensive operations to cease as soon as word of the Armistice was received. It is not certain exactly when on Nov. 11 Rizer was killed. His service record just notes he was killed in action on that date. It is very possible he was one of the unlucky few killed after word of the Armistice was received and the fighting actually stopped. The military gave the next of kin the option of bringing their loved ones back to the United States for burial, or to leave the remains in Europe. Addie Rizer elected to have her husband brought back. In 1921 his remains were returned on the U. S. Army Transport Cambrai along with 1,524 other deceased personnel. He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Addie Rizer lived in Apalachicola for the rest of her life. Her house at 83 Avenue H still stands, kept up by members of the family. The black American Legion post in Apalachicola was named for Cornelius Rizer, and a street in Apalachicola is named after him.Rizer among World War I's last heroesOfÂ“ cers of the U.S. ArmyÂs segregated 366th Infantry Regiment on board the RMS Aquitania, en route home from World War I service. From left, Lt. Cleveland L. Abbott, Yankton, South Dakota; Capt. Joseph L. Lowe, PaciÂ“ c Grove, California; Lt. Aaron R. Fisher, Lyles Station, Indiana (recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross); and Capt. E. White, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. [ PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY CREAMER ]Cornelius Rizer Cornelius RizerÂs grave in Magnolia Cemetary Cornelius Rizer street sign in Apalachicola USS Martha Washington in 1918
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** With much of the Panhandle still coping with the devastation from Hurricane Michael Â… a recovery that may take months Â… we continue to be proud of the spirit, perseverance and fortitude of those who were affected. Our responding officers have seen firsthand people lending a hand to neighbors, friends and strangers; contributing essential items to those who lost everything; being more patient; and expressing gratitude. The kindness and compassion has been uplifting. As Thanksgiving nears, celebrating that powerful sense of community will be top of mind for many. For the hunting community, itÂs a wonderful time of year to remember those who introduced us to hunting. And the holiday gives us a great opportunity to pay it forward by taking someone else hunting such as a neighbor, friend, family member or coworker. There are many people who didnÂt grow up hunting but became interested in experiencing it and enjoying the benefits of eating healthy, organic protein as adults. Denise Helms, the Florida state chapter president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is a perfect example. She didnÂt go on her first hunt until she was 24 years old when a friend invited her to go turkey hunting on public land. ÂIÂm game for anything, so I went along. I just like being outdoors,ÂŽ Helms said. Helms loved the experience of sitting in a homemade palmetto blind, taking in the sunrise through an oak hammock and hearing wild turkeys gobble for the first time. ÂCountry singer Eric Church said it best with his lyric, ÂWalking barefoot through the mud will knock the rust right off your soul,ÂÂŽ Helms said. ÂAnd so does being in the woods.ÂŽ However, Helms didnÂt immediately catch the hunting bug. She married and moved to Colorado, and it wasnÂt until she moved back to the Sunshine State 12 years later that she had the opportunity to go hunting again. In 2008, she harvested her first turkey, deer and wild hog. By engaging herself in hunting, Helms has gained a whole new family. ÂAcquaintances turned into friends who turned into family Â… people who care about conservation, support me incorporating hunting into my life and help me succeed,ÂŽ Helms said. ÂItÂs a great feeling having mentors like that who I can learn from.ÂŽ Helms admits sheÂs not a hunting master yet, so she hasnÂt personally guided anyone on a hunt. But sheÂs been doing her part in passing down the hunting tradition by volunteering with her local NWTF chapter and serving on its board since 2011. Helping plan and host a Women in the Outdoors event for other women further ignited her passion for hunting. ÂI feel like what IÂm doing is making a difference at all levels Â… and I like that,ÂŽ Helms said. General gun season General gun season runs Nov. 3 Â… Jan. 20 in Zone C, and Dec. 1 Â… Feb. 17 in Zone B. In Zone A, the second phase of general gun season is Nov. 17 Â… Jan. 6. In Zone D, the first phase always starts Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) and lasts four days (until Nov. 25). During general gun season, only legal-totake bucks as they are defined in each Deer Management Unit may be harvested. DonÂt forget you need to purchase a $5 deer permit first. On private land, the daily bag limit for deer is two. Bag limits and other regulations for deer on WMAs can differ, so before you hunt download the specific WMA brochure ONLY available at MyFWC.com/ WMAbrochures and through the Fish|Hunt FL app. These brochures are no longer being printed. You may hunt wild hogs on private lands year-round with no bag or size limits. Similarly, on most public lands there are no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On a few public hunting areas, specific bag and size limits do apply, so check the online WMA brochure to be certain. Hunters are allowed to take deer and wild hogs over feeding stations on private land, but thatÂs not the case on WMAs, no matter the season or game species. New this year, hunters are allowed to use precharged pneumatic (PCP) air guns firing single bullets or arrows to take deer during general gun season on private lands and on WMAs, if the gun is at least .30 caliber. ItÂs illegal to take deer using rimfire cartridges or non-expanding, full-metal case ammunition. Shooting a swimming deer also is against the law. Deer-dog hunting All free-running dogs used in pursuing or hunting deer must wear a collar or tag displaying the name and address of the dogÂs owner. Hunters must contain their dogs to the tract of land they have permission to hunt. There are several ways to accomplish that: Equip and monitor dogs with devices that allow remote tracking and behavior correction; only deer-dog hunt on large tracts of land; make sure there are adequate cut-off roads that will enable you to keep in front of the dogs; and donÂt turn out more dogs than your hunting party can manage. Hunters using dogs to take deer on private lands must register that property before doing so. No-cost, statewide deer-dog registration is required during all open deer-hunting and training seasons when taking or running deer with dogs is permitted. However, this registration doesnÂt apply to hunters hunting or training with deer dogs on public lands and WMAs. This mandatory registration may be issued to hunting clubs, landowners or anyone who has permission to hunt deer with dogs on a particular tract of land as long as the required application is completed and approved. Application forms are available at all regional Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offices and online at MyFWC. com/Deer. Applications should include proof of landowner permission or a copy of the written hunting-lease agreement, and a general map of the property showing boundaries and a legal description. Once youÂve registered with the FWC, youÂll be issued a unique registration number that must be attached to the collars of all dogs used to pursue deer on registered properties during any open deer-hunting or deer-dog training season when taking or running deer with dogs is permitted. Hunters must possess copies of their registration while theyÂre hunting or training with their dogs. Private land doe days Within the general gun season are antlerless deer days, better known to us hunters as Âdoe days.ÂŽ These dates differ for each of the stateÂs 12 DMUs. To learn when these antlerless deer opportunities occur in your DMU, refer to the Â2018-2019 Florida Hunting Regulations handbook, which you can pick up at your tax collectorÂs office, FWC regional office or by downloading it online at MyFWC.com/Hunting. During these doe days, the daily bag limit is one legal antlered deer and one antlerless deer, or two legal antlered deer. Unlike archery season, you may not take two antlerless deer in one day, unless you have antlerless deer tags issued for the private land you hunt. Also, regardless of the season, deer gender or the number of permits, hunters are never allowed to harvest more than two deer per day under any circumstances. And except for a few, most WMAs do not have antlerless deer days. Fall turkey Fall turkey season starts on the same date as general gun season in zones B, C and D but ends a little earlier. It runs from Dec. 1 Â… Jan. 27 in Zone B; Nov. 3 Â… Dec. 30 in Zone C; and Nov. 22-25 and Dec. 8 Â… Jan. 13 in Zone D. In Zone A, the second phase of fall turkey season is the same as the zoneÂs second phase of general gun: Nov. 17 Â… Jan. 6. Hunters may only take bearded turkeys and gobblers, and they must have a turkey permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents) to hunt them. You may harvest up to two turkeys per day on private land, if youÂd like, but that would tag you out for the entire fall season because youÂre only allowed to harvest a total of two turkeys during the archery, crossbow, muzzleloading gun and fall turkey seasons combined. In Holmes County, the harvest of fall turkeys is not allowed at all. And thereÂs not a fall turkey season on WMAs, however, on a half-dozen areas, turkeys are legal to take during general gun season. As with deer, PCP air guns are now a legal method of taking turkeys during fall turkey season, but they must be a minimum of .20 caliber or be the type that shoots arrows. YouÂre not permitted to hunt turkeys with dogs or with recorded turkey calls, and youÂre not permitted to shoot them while theyÂre on the roost or when youÂre within 100 yards of a game-feeding station when feed is present. Miscellaneous regulations Shooting hours for deer, fall turkeys and quail are a half-hour before sunrise to a halfhour after sunset. All legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, air guns (PCP .30 caliber for deer, .20 caliber for turkeys), bows, crossbows and handguns may be used to take each of these resident game animals during the general gun, fall turkey and quail seasons. Illegal firearms and ammunition are defined as centerfire, semiautomatic rifles having magazine capacities of more than five rounds, and fully automatic firearms. Other prohibited methods for taking game include shooting from a moving vehicle and herding or driving game with a vehicle. License and permit requirements The first thing youÂll need to participate in one or more of these hunting opportunities is a Florida hunting license. Residents pay just $17. Nonresidents have the choice of paying $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. If you want to hunt on a WMA, you also must purchase a management area permit for $26.50. And donÂt forget to obtain the brochure about the WMA youÂre going to hunt because dates, bag limits and rules differ greatly for each area. These are available only online atMyFWC. com/WMAbrochures and through the Fish|Hunt FL app. All necessary licenses and permits are available at your tax collectorÂs office, retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing gear, by calling toll-free 888-HUNTFLORIDA (486-8356) or by going online atGoOutdoorsFlorida.com Being thankful November is a time to be thankful, especially now, knowing that so many Floridians will be recovering from Hurricane Michael for many months ahead. For those who can give their time or resources to help, please do so however you can. Resources are available through the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Volunteer Florida organizations.OUTTAÂ THE WOODSWho taught you to hunt? A8 Thursday, November 8, 2018 | The Times OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to email@example.com FISHING REPORT BE SAFE OUT THERE Bluewater Outriggers Tony Young
** The Times | Thursday, November 8, 2018 A9 SPORTSBy David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894With two lopsided home field wins this week, highlighted by a 59-8 victory Friday night over Quincy Munroe, Franklin County Coach Tony Yeomans believes his 4-5 Seahawks can match up well against Sneads this Friday night in the opening round of the state playoffs.The Seahawks fell 38-20 at home Sept. 22 against the Pirates, but Yeomans said the team has rebounded from those early weeks of their season, when they were rav-aged by injury, and had to endure an earlyrunning clock against Sneads.ÂWeÂre going to show up and play football whoever we play,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm not scared of anybody, it is what it is. When you get to the playoffs everybodyÂs good.ÂWe got enough athletic-wise and skill-wise to match up with anybody. We just got to bow up at the line of scrim-mage and play football,ÂŽ Yeomans said.After losing star senior speedster Ethan Riley to a ligament tear before the season began, and sophomore quarterback Lamarius Martin sidelined for six weeks with a broken collarbone, the Seahawks opened 1-4.But since that lackluster start, the team has added a sure-handed wide receiver in senior Simon Braithwaite, and Martin has returned to full strength, which was in full display Friday.Martin caught two touchdown passes in the first half from freshman quarterback Colin Amison, for 39 yards on the SeahawksÂ first drive and later on a 40-yard pass-run combination. He added a 23-yard rushing touchdown in the second half, as the Seahawks built a 52-0 lead by the end of the third quarter.A 40-yard run by senior fullback Micah McLeod with 10 minutes left in the game, which set up his one-yard TD plunge on the next play, completed the Seahawk scor-ing, as junior kicker Schuyler Donahoe nailed his fifth extra point for a 59-0 lead.The Bobcats managed to avoid the shutout with a little less than five minutes in the game, when sophomore C.J. McMillan broke a 55-yard touchdown run, and then ran in the two-point conversion, to cap the scoring.Braithwaite figured in the scoring column with a 29-yard pass reception for the SeahawksÂ sixth touchdown of the night midway through the second quarter.In addition to MartinÂs two TDs, the Seahawks scored three touchdowns early in the game when senior defensive end pounced on a Munroe fumble in the end zone, senior Bailey Segree barged in from one-yard out, and senior run-ning back Rufus Townsend swept in from 14 yards out.Townsend gave the Seahawks a 45-0 lead at the half when he bullied in from 2 yards out for his second touchdown of the night, just before halftime. ÂWe had the young guys in and after the running clock, everybody got to play. ThatÂs a good thing,ÂŽ said Yeomans. ÂI was trying not to get any-body hurt, and get as many of the starters out as I can.ÂŽFridayÂs win came three days after a 40-0 home win Tuesday afternoon against Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, out of Pensacola.Yeomans said heÂs urging Âtotal focusÂŽ in the week ahead, and cautioning against making mistakes of the sort that spelled defeat in two games this season.ÂWeÂve got to play the per-fect game, we canÂt turn the football over,ÂŽ he said. ÂI told them they have an opportu-nity that a lot of teams in the state of Florida donÂt have. ThereÂs a lot of teams going home after tonight.ÂWe were lucky enough that we made it and be privi-leged to make the playoffs, something they have never experienced,ÂŽ Yeomans said.ÂYou got to focus on the job at hand and take it one game at a time. Do your job and let everything else take care of itself,ÂŽ he said.ÂSome of these kids have dreams, aspirations, of going to the next level. This is when you make a name for yourself, in the playoffs, the postsea-son,ÂŽ Yeomans said.The pre-game festivities before FridayÂs Senior Night honroed the senior football players and cheer-leaders, while at halftime the seniors from golf, volleyball, cross country and band were honroed.Football team members honored were Bryce Kent, Mikel Register, Micah McLeod, Alex Hardy, Ethan Riley, Tyrell Green, Rufus Townsend, Fisher Edwards, Caden Smith, Tonnor Segree, Duncan Whaley, Colton Evans, Cameron Wynn, Simon Braithwaite, Bailey Segree, and Hunter Kelly. Cheerleaders honored were Shine Pearson, Beyla Walker, Drew Robinson, Hannah Hogan, and Peyton Millen-der, who was also honroed for volleyball, along withJazmyn Farmer, Tanaya Harris, Casey Riley, Sophia Kirvin, and Alexus Johnson.Honored for cross country were Damien Freeman and Tommy Varner, for golf Melanie Collins, and for band Jessica Rudd and Peyton Smith.Yeomans: ÂWe match up with anybodyÂSenior cheerleaders, front row, from left, Shine Pearson, Hannah Hogan and Drew Robinson perform Friday evening. [ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES ] By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894Shorthanded in the post season, the Lady Seahawk golf team was unable to advance towards a state title, despite vanquishing most opponents during the regular season.The difficulty first sur-faced Oct. 10, the day of Hurricane Michael, when the Big Bend Championship slated for the home course of St. James had to be scrapped. ÂWeÂll never get to host the Big Bend Championship,ÂŽ said Coach Scott Collins. ÂI try every year and this year I was really lucky. The fact that we got it was a small miracle.ÂOur course is really tough, a lot of schools donÂt want to come down and play it,ÂŽ he said. ÂTheyÂre not used to that kind of golf.ÂŽIn the aftermath of the storm, on Oct. 18 at Southwood, because one of the golfers was dis-placed by the storm, only two girls competed, senior Melanie Collins and soph-omore Hollie Larkin.Collins shot an 81, the second lowest of all golfers for the 18-hole course, and Larkin a 99, third among the individuals, and good enough to qualify for regionals. ÂMelanie played ok, the course was set up tough so all the scores were high that day. The pins were on little hills, tucked away in corners. It was a struggle for all the kids that dayÂŽ said the coach. ÂShe hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.ÂŽAt Regionals, Oct. 23 at Sandestin, Collins shot a 79 and came in third over-all, but only the top two individuals go to state. Larkin shot a 103 and came in tied for 11th overall.After Collins took an eight on the second hole, triple bogey 4 over par right off the bat, she shot just three over par the rest of the way. ÂA poor choice of clubs got her in some trouble and she couldnÂt get out of it,ÂŽ said Scott Collins. ÂShe really played well the rest of the day, just three over par.ÂHollie had her best season ever and stayed around the 50 area the whole second half of the season and hit the ball real well,ÂŽ he said. ÂSheÂs Just a sophomore.ÂŽThe team finished the season 18-4, and had they been able to field an entire squad, might have defeated Florida High in the post-season. ÂThey had never beat us this season. They came close, they almost beat us one time,ÂŽ said the coach. The team, which during the regular season also included sophomore Summer Cepull and sixth grader Charity Larkin, played Aug. 27 at Wildwood, against Wakulla, Lincoln and Chiles and show a 224, to fall to Chiles.On Aug. 20 at Havana, against Leon, Munroe and Community Christian School, Collins shot a 38, Hollie Larkin a 58, and Cepull a 57 to finish runner-up to Community Christian.On Aug. 27, in their first real match, the team defeated Wakulla and Lin-coln at Wildwood, but fell to Chiles, as Collins bird-ied the last hole to win, to shoot a 37 and edge out ChilesÂOn Sept. 6, at Jake Gaither, the team downed Lincoln, Rickards and Wakulla, and then a week later, at Capital City, downed Leon and Maclay.On Sept. 19, at home, the team won 240-241 against Florida High, as Collins shot a 38, Hollie Larkin a 64, Cepull a 68 and Charity Larkin a 70.On Sept. 20 at Wildwood, the team bested Rickards, Wakulla and Lincoln, as Collins shot 40, Cepull 54, Hollie Larkin a 53 and Charity Larkin 69 to down Wakulla 219-239.On Sept. 26, also at home, the girls fell to Community Christian but defeated Chiles, Maclay, Leon and Munroe.Collins shot a 37, Hollie Larkins a 51, Cepull a 61 and Charity Larkin a 72.At the Panhandle Invi-tational Oct. 4 at Killearn, Collins finished second with an 82, and Hollie Larkin a 100, improving by 18 strokes on her best round and coming in 11th place overall.On Oct. 9 at Southwood, against Florida High and Maclay, Collins shot a 37, Hollie Larkin a 49 and Charity Larkin a 67.Collins, Larkin play in post-seasonMelanie Collins By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times firstname.lastname@example.org 850-653-8894After downing Port St. Joe in three straight at the end of the regular season, the Lady Seahawk volleyball team headed into the post-season with high hopes.But who knew they would upset powerhouse Chipley to finish as district runner-up?On Oct. 4 at St. Joe, Coach Tara KlinkÂs squad downed the Lady Tiger Sharks 27-25, 25-16 and 25-11 for a regular season win. After that, came the storm.ÂDue to Hurricane Michael, the end of our volleyball season was interrupted. We went for two weeks without practice, then had to play in our district tournament with only one prac-tice the day before the game,ÂŽ said Klink.The Class 1A district con-sists of Franklin, Altha, Chipley and Liberty, but Altha opted to forego continuing their season due to the devastation from the storm.Originally, the first round of district tournament play was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16 and the championship game on Thursday, Oct. 18, with a week break before regional playoffs began. But since the district tournament was condensed, the third seeded Lady Seahawks and second-seeded Chipley) played at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 23, followed by the championship played between the winner and Liberty at 7 p.m.ÂFranklin went into the game versus Chipley as the underdog; they beat us twice during the season,ÂŽ said Klink. ÂI made some key position changes, like moving senior Sophia Kirvin to outside hitter, which gave us more of an edge.ÂThe girls got in their heads that we could only win on one side of the court, and in the end we ended up playing the tie breaker fifth set on the Âbad" side,ÂŽ said the coach. ÂI told them that we came to win and they had to believe that. They were determined and refused to give up.ÂŽThe girls won the opener 25-17, and then fell 12-25 before coming back to win 25-13. They then lost the fourth game 17-25, setting up a fifth game, which they won 15-13.The Lady Seahawks then faced Liberty in the district champion-ship. ÂWe were worn out, but played a decent game, losing to Liberty in three sets Â… 25-12, 25-12 and 25-7.ÂŽ The loss gave Franklin County the runner-up trophy, and both they and Liberty advanced to regionals two days later on that Thursday.Franklin played Blountstown at Altha because their gym was destroyed. With players out due to homecoming activities, Frank-lin lost to Blountstown in 3 sets Â… 25-3, 25-4 and 25-8, and their season came to an end.This is the first time in Franklin County High School history that the volleyball team has earned a trophy and advanced past districts.ÂI am so proud of these girls and the dedication and drive they've had throughout this season. I will miss these seven seniors so much,ÂŽ said Klink. ÂSome of them began playing volleyball the very first year I coached, and now they are graduating. It's the end of an era, but I'm glad we ended it on a good note.ÂOur program has a lot of upcoming athletes and I'm excited for what the future holds for Franklin County volleyball in the next few years,ÂŽ she said.Seniors honored at Senior Night includedCaptain Tanaya Harris, Captain Casey Riley, Alexus Johnson, Jazmyne Farmer, Peyton Millender, Sophia Kirvin, and Beyla WalkerLady Hawks advance to regionals
** A10 Thursday, November 8, 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 apertureWith the debris cleanupof Hurricane Michael now in full bloom,and the destructionblossoming into rebuilding,life is slowly returning to normal. If you have a good photo, whether it captures the storm, or the resilience to its fury, please share. The Times welcomes readers to send their best photographs, whatever they capture, 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 email@example.com. For more information, call 653-8894.F-STOP FRANKLINJoyful gratitudeThis photo of Riverfront Park was taken 12 days before Hurricane Michael. ÂIt was such a beautiful sight and we will always consider it a wonderful going-away present,ÂŽ wrote the photographer. ÂWe will be back next year and hope everyone will have recovered and everything is back to normal as well as can be expected.ÂŽ [ @INGA EUBANKS ] A festival ride that got stuck had to be worked on, but no one was injured. [ DOLORES QUIRK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] A drone photo of Florida Seafood Festival 2018 [ JOHN WEAVER | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] After the hurricane, a cardinal sits atop a somewhat broken cherry laurel trees in Carrabelle.[ ROD GASCHE | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] A sign at BetsyÂs SunÂ” ower on Water Street makes a promise [ DAVID DAVIS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ] 1. Of these, which houses its three supreme powers (executive, legislative and judicial) in the same building? France, Denmark, Italy, Canada 2. Whose younger brother, Leicester, at one time announced the birth of a republic called ÂNew AtlantisÂŽ? Kissinger, Walesa, Hemingway, Iacocca 3. From surveys, 1-in-4 office employees say they have had what stolen from them at work? Lunch, Tape, Scissors, Idea 4. What 1970sÂ car had its passenger door almost 4 inches longer than the driverÂs? Vega, Beetle, Pacer, Gallardo 5. Where can Disney coins be used as currency? Trader JoeÂs, Luxembourg, Orange County (California), Niue 6. Vienna, Austria, has about how many million inhabitants? , , 1, 2 ANSWERS: 1. Denmark, 2. Hemingway, 3. Idea, 4. Pacer, 5. Niue (island nation), 6. 2ÂTrivia 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 CROSSWORD
** The Times | Thursday, November 8, 2018 A11attendance was in the neigh-borhood of 24,000 people for the two days, Âa low to mid normal attendanceÂŽ which included both paid and non-paid attendance.ÂThe ride company did better on Saturday than last year,ÂŽ he said, noting that the nonprofit food vendors reported fairly good sales, with the Franklin County High School Class of 2019 covering its food costs by 4 p.m. Friday.Solomon said he heard good reports from the Car-rabelle Church of God, which offered fresh shucked oysters from Cedar Key, as well as from the FCHS Class of 2020, which had boiled shrimp; the Class of 2021, which featured fish tacos; the Love Center, which served up gumbo; the Apalachicola United Methodist Church, which offered popcorn and snow cones; the ABC SchoolÂs fifth and eighth grades, which sold festival t-shirts; and the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Masons, which took admission at the front gates.At the opening ceremonies Friday afternoon, held from the grandstand that had to be repaired along with the clear-ing of Battery Park, Solomon shed tears in praising the work of the all-volunteer board of directors.ÂIt was happy tears, that the festival board got it done,ÂŽ he said. ÂAs Walt Disney said ÂItÂs kind of fun to do the impossible.Â It took a lot of work but it got done, and that speaks volumes of the volunteersÂ love of the community.ÂŽBoard members include vice-president Tress Dameron, treasurer Christina Collins, secretary Andrea Register, Ted Mosteller (who has been 53 years on the board), Michael Shuler, Carl Whaley, Anthony Croom, Pam Brownell and Danielle Layne.The festival board drew on county inmates, state inmates from Franklin Correctional Institution, and an Apalachicola city crew of inmates led by Pap Duncan to clear Battery Park. Solomon noted that these crews were not available to help on private property, nor could they interfere with debris removal efforts already under contract.He said the festival also received help from Duke Energy, the city water department, the county road department and solid waste, as well as advertising support from Visit Florida and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.ÂThey paid for a lot of information to go out, they did a lot,ÂŽ said Solomon.ÂWe try to take care of our home, which is Battery Park,ÂŽ noting that the festival has invested in power poles and street lights as well as the information booth.ÂYou could not tell the park had a Category 4.9 hurricane,ÂŽ he said.The traditional opening of the festival at 4 p.m. Friday began with the Blessing of the Fleet, led by the Buddy Boys shrimp boat from 13-Mile Seafood that carried the 2018 Miss Florida Seafood Festival Franklin County High School senior Beyla Walker, and King Retsyo Demetrice Cummings, a longtime seafood house worker.With Chris Clark playing bagpipes, and Caleb, son of Pastor Scotty Lolley, from Living Waters Assembly of God, and Shirah, daughter of Rev. Themo Patriotis, from the Apalachicola United Methodist Church, carrying the crucifer and wreath, respectively, the clergy stood gingerly on the front of the pier as they offered blessings.Also appearing with Pastor Donna Gerold, from Trin-ity Episcopal Church, Pastor Larry Sterling, from Eastpoint Church of God, and Pastors Thomas and Valentina Webb, from Tabernacle of Faith.ÂIn remembrance of those who have labored on the waters and gone to their rest, we pray,ÂŽ said Lolley. ÂFather, guide us safely into the harbors of your love, this day we pray.ÂŽThe Friday night of Chris-tian entertainment was highlighted by a performance by LaRue Howard, from Orlando.Leading the parade Saturday morning as Grand Marshals were the Duke Energy linemen, who received a loud round of applause whenever they passed.In part due to it being an election year, and in part due to the typical strong support, the parade was a robust one. Solomon said he was particu-larly pleased that the Bowlegs Krewe from Panama City, the Krewe of St. Andrews, and Springtime Tallahassee all took part.A strong field of 11 for the oyster shucking contest meant there had to be two flights of contestants. Emerging victorious was Honor Allen, from HuntÂs Oyster Bar in Panama City, who won for third time in five years of competing. ÂI felt pretty good. It was a really close race between us all,ÂŽ he said.With an adjusted time of 102.46, Allen bested run-ner-up Brian Clark, from the Oyster Troff in Eustis, with a 118.72, and third place Josh Blevins from DustyÂs in St. Andrew, with a 128.13.ÂUltimately its going to come down to penalties and adjusted time,ÂŽ said Allen. ÂThereÂs no perfect run in competitive oyster shucking. ItÂs unheard of because every oyster is so different and as youÂre working through them youÂre going to cut one or have shell on another or have one attached to the shell.Allen took second at nationals last year, and in 2016 and 2017, went to the world completion in Galway, Ireland, where he placed 13th and fifth, respectively.In the oyster eating completion, TallahasseeÂs Chris Johnson won the menÂs divi-sion, by eating 10 dozen and four, just ahead of Thomas Gibson of Perry, who ate nine dozen and six, and Charles Simpkins, of Indian Valley, Virginia, who consumed eight dozen and five.ÂMy girlfriend asked me to do it, it was a last-minute decision,ÂŽ said Johnson, a south Louisiana native who had never competed before. ÂI didnÂt think I was going to place.ÂŽIn the womenÂs completion, Keira Gibson, from Perry, ate six dozen and 10 to easily defeat her young sister Starla, who downed four dozen and three, and Denise Williams Hall, from Chipley, who consumed three dozen and seven.ÂThe first time I won I ate more than that, but thatÂs good for how big they were and how chewy and the shells,ÂŽ said Keria Gibson, a past champ, from DealÂs Famous Oyster House in Perry. ÂI could have ate more if it wasnÂt for those factors in there.ÂŽThe festival was busy all afternoon, with local favorite Southern Flood first taking the stage, followed by Cori & Kelly from Panama City, the Adventures of Annabelle Lyn from Tallahassee, and Tennille Arts, leading up to headliner Maddie & Tae.The young duet got the crowd on their feet as they played their favorites, including ÂGirls in a Country SongÂŽ ÂFly,ÂŽ and ÂAfter the Storm Blows Through,ÂŽ and introduced several songs from their upcoming second album, including ÂFriends DonÂt.ÂŽThe two 25-year-olds were warmly received by the audi-ence, and they returned the favor, repeatedly thanking the crowd and the festival for allowing them to perform in the challenging weeks after the hurricane. FESTIVALFrom Page A1Rusty Putnal, right, shucks oysters at the Carrabelle Church of God booth together with Matthew Lolley, a Â“ fth grader from Hosford.[ DAVID ADLERSTEIN | THE TIMES TIMES] Bryce Kent handles kitchen duties at the Class of 2019 booth Nichole Creamer, 2, loved to grab ducks as she enjoyed the rides with mom Andrea Kelly and aunt Tea Kelly. Oyster eating champ Chris Johnson, left, takes a pause. The Blessing of the Fleet opened the festival Friday afternoon Five-time Supreme Queen Jade Williams waves to the parade c rowd.
** A12 Thursday, November 8, 2018 | The TimesÂNot all the TDC did that; it was the two mayors. I donÂt know what their understand-ing was,ÂŽ she said. ÂDonÂt penalize all the TDC, donÂt group us in.ÂŽBlair took responsibility for the mistake, saying that he hadnÂt explicitly cautioned the board members against disclosure.ÂThatÂs probably my fault, that some information was out in the public,ÂŽ he said. ÂI understand that now. The TDC has never had a bidding process like this before. ÂI am not an attorney,ÂŽ he said. ÂThere were a couple of board members that let some of the applications out.ÂŽBlair said afterwards La Paz told him she shared the applications with members of the board of the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, and Johnson confirmed he shared application informa-tion with at least one other person.ÂHow is this going to be fair?ÂŽ asked Commissioner Noah Lockley.ÂIÂve gone through all those applications,ÂŽ replied Blair. ÂThereÂs relatively little there thatÂs going to benefit another applicant.ÂThereÂs some background information but it's different for everybody,ÂŽ he said. ÂItÂs not anything anyone can cheat on.ÂŽThe four applicants in the second round were Forgotten Coast Creative LLC, led by Cutler Edwards of Apalachicola; D. Davis and Associates LLC, led by Deb-orah Davis of Apalachicola; Forgotten Coast Management Services Inc., led by Laura Graham, of Apalachic-ola; and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, led by Donna Duncan, president.Each re-applied in the third round, and were joined by Ann Howard, whose firm has both a Tallahassee and a Carrabelle address.The commissioners discussed the matter extensively, and ultimately decided not tohavethe TDC board vet the applicants to see if they met the bid quali-fications, which was the original plan.ÂI think county staff ought to review them and let the board (of county commissioners) interview the applicants,ÂŽ said Chair Smokey Parrish. ÂI donÂt see sending them back to the TDC when people donÂt have trust. I think nobody on the TDC should be involved in doing the criteria.ÂŽThe commissioners initially planned to have planning and zoning staffers Whitney Barfield and Mark Curenton review the appli-cations, along with Blair.Commissioner Ricky Jones suggested TDC board member Rex Pennycuff might be brought in, but the commissioners eventually substituted County Coordinator Michael Morn for Blair.But Commissioner Noah Lockley refused to support the motion.ÂI canÂt go along with that,ÂŽ he said. ÂThis is a bad situation here and youÂre bidding for a job. Somebody could thrive off of that; I canÂt vote on none of that.ÂŽCounty Attorney Michael Shuler said commissioners could ask the applicants if they received advance information, which would disqualify them on an indi-vidual basis. But he said that if the earlier applications were only reviewed by non-applicants, it would not call for rebidding.ÂWeÂve been out on bids for the TDC administrator since May, that is six months gentlemen, and we have to put a cap on this,ÂŽ said Sanders. ÂThis is something I want to get done before I leave office and I have but one meeting left.ÂThereÂs still that opinion that the process is tainted,ÂŽ she said. ÂI donÂt want this board to feel like no matter who you choose, itÂs going to be tainted.ÂŽShuler said disqualification of any applicant who received advance informa-tion would remove the taint, particularly since each had to sign an anti-collusion affida-vit as part of the process.ÂIf we find someone who has the leg up by having that early information, we can disqualify them,ÂŽ he said. ÂThat would remove the taint from my perspective as attorney.ÂŽThe commissioners sched-uled a 2 p.m. special meeting for this Tuesday, Nov. 13 to interview the candidates, after which they plan to make their selection. DIRECTORFrom Page A1threatens to darken every day of the many people hurt by the storm's impact. In the next few weeks, even as the immediate work continues for debris removal, restoration of power, sustaining lives, and overall damage assessment, we must begin formulating a smart, strong, sensitive and strategic plan to provide the assistance most needed to promote full long-term recovery of the region Â… and to protect the rest of our great state when the next major storm inevitably arrives. The best and most effective opportunity to directly address the ongoing need and substantive assistance to meet it should be to convene a special session of the Florida Legislature after the election, perhaps even as an extension of the organizational session. At that time, or soon after, we would be properly working together Â… not as urban or rural lawmakers, and not as Democrats or Republicans. Instead, we will be working as Floridians, united in a purpose and principle that demands our attention and action. The people we serve deserve this highest level of priority Â… and it's the best way for us to ensure hurricane victims do not also become political victims. State Sen. Bill Montford (DTallahassee)represents the 3rd district, encompassing Franklin, Calhoun,Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. MONTFORDFrom Page A4
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Located at 636 Bluff Road Apalachicola, FL Pick up & Delivery avail Contact: 850-653-8632 or 850-653-5439 pcreamer123@ gmail.com 22127T 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 and best bidder for cash at 2nd floor lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola Florida 32320, at 11:00 oÂ’clock a.m. on December 6, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure to-wit: Lot 27, Block Â“78Â”, 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 lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after sale. DATED this 18th day of October, 2018. Marcia Johnson Clerk of Court Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Pub: November 8, 15, 2018 22149 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-000055-CP Probate Division IN RE: ESTATE OF Michael Radeke Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Michael Radeke, deceased, whose date of death was August 15, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Franklin County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 33 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is November 8, 2018. SANDERS AND DUNCAN, P. A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 80 Market Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 Phone: (850) 653-8976 By: s/s Donna Duncan DONNA DUNCAN, ESQ. Florida Bar No.63869 Email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Personel Representative Daniel W. Radeke 1219 Goss Avenue Louisville, KY 40217 Pub: November 8, 15, 2018 22129T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE # 2018 CA 01 CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff v. RAYMOND R. FINN, et al, Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure dated August 30, 2018, entered in Case No. 2018 CA 01 of the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Franklin County, Florida, wherein CENTENNIAL BANK is the Plaintiff, and RAYMOND R. FINN a/Ida RAYMOND ROBERT FINN; LINDA L. FINN; UNKNOWN TENANT 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 and best bidder for cash at 2nf floor lobby the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola Florida 32320, at 11:00 oÂ’clock a.m. on December 6, 2018 the following described property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment on Foreclosure to-wit: Lots 9 & 10, Black A (66), Range 4, PickettÂ’s Addition to the City of Carrabelle, Franklin County, Florida, a subdivision as per map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2 at Page 20 of the Public Records of Franklin County, Florida. Together with a 1974 CAP Mobile Home, ID#14533. 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 18th day of October, 2018. Marcia Johnson Clerk of Court By: Michele Maxwell Deputy Clerk Pub: November 8, 15, 2018 22167T ESTRATEGIA DE SITIO NO ESPECIFICADO AVISO DE INTENCI"N DE SOLICITUD DE LIBERACI"N DE FONDOS Para Espaola, telfono 850-653-9783 x 155 UNSPECIFIED SITE STRATEGY NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS November 8, 2018 Responsible Entity : Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Address: Mark Curenton, 34 Forbes Street, Suite 1, Apalachicola, FL 32320 T elephone: 850-653-9783 x 160 Project: Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant 16DB-OK-02-29-01-H08 supplemental funds in the amount of $2,630,588, with local funds of $50,000. Rehabilitation and/or replacement of a minimum of 38 separate existing or fire destroyed single family residences (including mobile homes), with possible temporary relocation, and administration. Individual site locations will be in the Eastpoint Limerock Wildfire zone along Wilderness, Ridge, Buck and Bear Creek Roads in the unincorporated Eastpoint community of Franklin County, with a possibility of replacement homes to be located elsewhere. Additional Agencies In volved: the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about November 16, 2018, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners will submit a request to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake the project. The County has determined that the activities proposed in the Unspecified Site Strategy are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requirements. As eligible sites are located, site specific checklist will be completed prior to the commitment of funds for each unit. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the above address. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record (ERR) to the contact identified above. Additional project information is contained in the ERR on file at that location and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M. All comments must be received by November 15, 2018. Comments will be considered prior to requesting a release of funds. RELEASE OF FUNDS The County certifies to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and HUD that Joseph Parrish, in his capacity as Board Chairman, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process, and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The StateÂ’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the County to use the CDBG funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS DEO will accept objections to its release of funds and the County certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the County; (b) the County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the State; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures at 24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76 and shall be addressed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CDBG Program, MSC-400 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6508. Potential objectors should contact the person identified above to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Joseph A. Parrish, Chairman Franklin County Board of County Commissioners Local GovernmentÂ’s Certifying Officer Pub: November 8, 2018 22159T FRANKLIN COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD INVITATION TO BID November 8, 2018 ITB #2018-202(R) Welding Equipment for Franklin County School The Franklin County School Board solicits bids on the above referenced goods or services. This sealed bid must be submitted to The Franklin County School Board, Purchasing Department, 85 School Road, Eastpoint, Florida 32328, no later than 10:00 A.M. local time on November 16, 2018 and plainly marked ITB No. 2018-202(R). Bids are due and will be opened at this time. All information regarding this RFP may be found at the following web address: https://vrapp.vendorreg istry .com/Bids/View/BidsLi st?BuyerId=f15301dc b9d a 411c a316 04a41c93255 f The Franklin County School Board reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to re-advertise, and to enter into contract determined to be in its best interest. Pub: November 8, 2018 22185T IN THEE PROBATE COURT OF HOUSTON COUNTY STATE OF ALABAMA CASE NO. A2018-032 IN RE: THE ADOPTION PETITION OF JAMES SCOTT TURNER NOTICE OF ADOPTION PETITIO N To: Brentley D. Glass 233 Ellis Van Fleet Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 Please take note that a petition for adoption of the minor child born to you and Donna Carol Turner has been filed and is pending in said Court by the Petitioner(s) named above. Please be advised that if you intend to contest this adoption you must file a written response with the attorney for the petitioner(s) named above and with the Clerk of the Probate Court, 462 North Oates St., Dothan, Alabama, as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days from the last day this notice is published. Attorney for Petitioner: Laura P. Wells, Esq. 739 W. Main Street Dothan, AL 36301 (334) 699-2020 (334) 699-2040 To: The Apalachicola Times The above is a legal notice and should be placed in the appropriate section of the newspaper with other like notices. Said notice shall run once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks and charge to: Laura P. Wells, 739 W. Main Street, Dothan, AL 36301. Upon completion, Proof of Service must be furnished to the attorney of record. Given under my hand and seal this 30th day of October, 2018. Patrick H. Davenport Judge of probate Pub: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 22179T IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-64 CP Division PROBATE IN RE: ESTATE OF SUSAN ETTENHEIM BRACHMAN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SUSAN ETTENHEIM BRACHMAN, deceased, whose date of death was July 30, 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 representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. 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** A14 Thursday, November 8, 2018 | The TimesThe 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, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Franklin County SheriffÂs Office. All defendants are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Oct. 29Thornton Lee Moses, 21, Eastpoint, resisting an officer without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams; $6,000 bond (FCSO)Scott Eric Powell, 29, Eastpoint, resisting an officer without violence; released on own recognizance (FCSO) Oct. 31Lee Roy Lowe, 58, Opp, Alabama, disorderly intoxi-cation; $2,500 bond (APD)Benjamin Godbolt, 49, Sopchoppy, vehicle theft Â… grand theft third degree; $1,000 bond (FCSO) Nov. 1David Brian Keith, 26, Carrabelle, disorderly con-duct Â… public affray; $1,000 bond (FCSO)Kevin Allen Beasley, 28, Carrabelle, disorderly con-duct Â… public affray; $1,000 bond (FCSO)Juanita Davis Brown, 74, Carrabelle, battery; released on own recognizance (CPD) Nov. 2Ezequail Henry Cooper, 53, homeless, Eastpoint, giving false information to a law enforcement officer conducting a missing person investigation; $2,500 bond (FCSO)Kevon J. Todd, 27, Miramar, committing an unnatural and lascivious act; $2,500 bond (FCSO)Gerald G. Kent, 24, Apalachicola, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams; $500 rent (FCSO) Nov. 3Franklin DeJesus Chesser, 29, Middleburg, DUI Â… first offense; $500 bond (FHP)ARREST REPORT By David Adlerstein The Apalachicola Times email@example.com 850-653-8894A 70-year-old Alligator Point woman died in a one-car accident early Friday morning as she was traveling south on Bald Point Road.According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Laura Rocco was killed a little after midnight when the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe she was driv-ing failed to negotiate a sharp right curve.The vehicle left the roadway on to the northbound shoulder, where its left rear struck a util-ity pole. The SUV overturned, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing her seatbelt.At Tuesday morningÂs county commission meeting, Commissioner Cheryl Sanders moved to have Street Depart-ment Superintendent Howard Nabors and Clay Smallwood, from the county engineering firm of Dewberry, examine the area where the accident happened to see if it warrants putting up a guard rail.ÂPersonally I donÂt think a guard rail needs to be there. ItÂs flat, not a steep drop-off,ÂŽ she said, noting that the road in that area was newly paved.The commissioners voted unanimously to approve Sand-ersÂ request to have the area examined for a possible guard rail.Alligator Point woman dies in one-car crash By Charles Elliott Special to the TimesMichael came and left, now it is time to pick up the pieces. Do not forget that if you are receiving services from the VA and changed mailing address, they need to be informed. For health and benefits administration, Veterans Benefit Administration for compensation and pension, contact 1-800827-1000, VHA medical and prescription contact your clinic, for many it is Tallahassee HCC at 1-800-541-8387. The VAÂs response to having mail returned is to cut off whatever benefit was being received, their way of getting attention. DonÂt let it happen to you. If you have lost your military documents do not wait too long to request copies, we are not the only ones affected by this disaster and the workload will go up. The VA does not have a special benefit for those affected by disaster but have established programs to assist those with VA guaranteed mortgages at 1-877-827-3702, under the education programs 1-888-442-4551, rapid rehousing for qualified veterans at 1-877-4243838 and caregiver support at 1-855-260-3274. Michael made an impact but the Gulf Coast has been around for a while and will be still. Take care of your family and friends, and use the lessons learned to stand up to the next event. As always ready to be of service. Charles B. Elliott is the veterans service officer for Franklin County. He can be reached at 653-8096, or by cellphone at 653-7051, or by email to Veteranse vice@ franklincountyflorida.com.VETERANS CORNERPick up the pieces after Michael