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WAKU has been part
of county for 10 years
Doug Apple at WAKU studio
By KEITH BLACKMAR
Doug Apple, General Manager
of radio station WAVE 94 FM and
Audio Services Director for Al-
trua Marketing, was sitting in his
office in the midwest pondering
his future two years ago when
he decided to pack up his family
and migrate to Florida.
Apple is a one-man operation
for the Christian radio station
that is based in Tallahassee,
but has a broadcasting tower at
WAKU went on the air in the
mid-1990s under a former owner-
ship. Mike and Donna Floyd of
Tallahassee acquired the radio
station approximately two years
ago as a way to provide the com-
munity with a Christian format
WAKU uses programming
from the Salem Radio Network
in Nashville, Tenn. until Apple
provides local radio content such
as the Wakulla Wave Makers and
War Eagle football broadcasts.
"I wasn't looking for a job,"
said Apple, 44, with his unique
radio voice. "I was managing
radio stations in Illinois and
Missouri and something stirred
in me." Apple saw a job op-
portunity with Mike Floyd and
contacted the Tallahassee resi-
dent to see if the job opening at
WAKU was still open.
"I'd never been to Tallahas-
see, but I realized that this was
the thing I needed to do," he
said. Apple loaded up his fam-
ily as wife, Michele, and four
children, now ages 15 to 21, and
headed south for the Florida
Apple said the radio station
was established to provide Chris-
tian programming for Wakulla
County and the Crawfordville
area. "It was not designed as a
money maker," added Apple.
The freedom of being able to
program anything appealed to
Apple. "We are the only radio
station in the county and I was
given the freedom to come up
with whatever I wanted to do.
So the first thing I did was ask
myself, 'what can we do?'"
Apple was a journalism major
in college at Eastern Illinois Uni-
versity in Charleston, Ill. He also
finished school with a minor in
public relations and figured he
could go into either field. "I'm a
big sports fan and I wanted to be
a sports writer," he said.
But a friendship with a radio
pal in Charleston, Ill., led Apple
in a different direction. "I took a
radio class and started my own
college radio show," he said. "I
did it as a lark." He later found
an opening in Charleston and
discovered that the individuals
doing the hiring enjoyed his
The radio station has expand-
ed its local coverage to include
items such as election night re-
turns and youth baseball games
from a World Series competition
in Arkansas last year. "I'm pretty
pleased with things," he added.
Radio personalities do not
have to have a deep voice to
get noticed, Apple joked, just
something unique or the ability
to "stand out on radio."
Many people still listen to the
radio since driving and listen-
ing to the radio have been.part
of the American experience for
decades. Communications tech-
nology continues to change as
podcasts have altered the audio
"I'm not sure where all that is
headed," said Apple, who added
that high definition and digital
radio will be the next step.
If you are not in your car and
want to connect to WAVE 94
FM content, the company has
a web site, WAVE94.com, where
football fans in other parts of the
world can listen to the games
and many of the past Wakulla
WAVE Makers interviews can
The Crawfordville office is no
longer around, but Apple can be
reached through a Crawfordville
telephone number, 926-8000.
"I don't think radio is going
anywhere," he concluded.
Board moves forward
with charter idea
By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
County commissioners ap-
pear to be moving toward
creating a county charter for
voters to approve in November.
The proposed charter wouldn't
change how the current gov-
ernment is organized, which
was a concern of several of
the constitutional officers at
What is prompting the move
to become a chartered county
is a proposal by the City of St.
Marks to create a Community
Redevelopment Area (CRA) to
revitalize its downtown area.
* At a workshop on the mat-
ter before the board's regular
meeting on Monday, April
7, County Administrator Ben
Pingree told commissioners
that, without the Home Rule
of a charter, cities can create
CRAs and the tax growth in
that city would go toward rede-
velopment not to the county
to address needs of the entire
Commissioner Howard Kes-
sler was strident in his support
of a charter it was he who
first asked staff to investigate
Continued on Page 5A
Sopchoppy will host the 8th
annual Sopchoppy Worm Grun-
tin' Festival on Saturday, April 12.
The activities will begin at 8 a.m.
and continue until 10 p.m.
The festival features a Worm
Gruntin' contest and worm ex-
pert Gary Revell will conduct a
demonstration. Filmmaker Rob-
ert Seidler produced a You Tube
video featuring Revell and his
wife. Just key in worm grunting
to view it. There's a hula hoop
and horseshoes competition.
The Festival King and Queen
are Bill "Sopchoppy Bill" Ste-
phens and his wife, Bobbie.
The entertainment will in-
dude Slim Fats who will perform
during the afternoon. He is an
outstanding Delta Blues singer.
"One of Many" is a biker band
that Rick Ott and From the Heart
manage and record. They are
based in Franklin County.
At night, the festival will fea-
ture Brandon Strickland perform-
ing solo to start the evening. The
favorite Sopchoppy musicians,
"The Sopchoppy Music Review,"
The organizers of the event
are the Sopchoppy Preservation
and Improvement Association.
They are now listed in Wiki-
pedial The association uses
the money raised at the event
for improvement projects in
partnership with the City of
The project underway is the
restoration of the Whaley Cabin
in Myron B. Hodge City Park.
The association is paying for the
labor and the city is paying for
Each year the festival features
a colorful T-shirt. "Our T-shirt
is killer this year," said orga-
nizer Bill Lowrie. Adult colors
are white, orchid, Texas orange,
azalea pink, cardinal red, sky
blue, lime green, sport gray, and
black. Joan Matey is the T-shirt
artist again this year.
Continued on Page 5A
meeting poorly attended
African-American business owners were given a luncheon in their honor
Embarq and the Wakulla
County Sheriff's Office sponsored
the First Annual Black History
Month Celebration of Wakulla
African-American Business Men
and Women on Friday, March 28
at Harvey-Young Farm.
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The luncheon featured guest
speaker Carmen Cummings,
Executive Director of Alumni at
Florida A & M University. The
business men and women were
honored with certificates. The
represented a wide variety of
Individuals receiving cer-
Charlie Creel, 55, a 30-year,
decorated veteran of the Florida
Highway Patrol, has announced
his candidacy for the office of
Wakulla County Sheriff with a
pledge to make Wakulla County
"I make this pledge to you
tificates included: Claude Brown,
Freddie Franklin, Helen Franklin,
Eddie Franklin, Johnny Franklin,
Audrey Franklin, Jerome and
Terry Robinson, Roosevelt Low-
ery, Randy and Andrea Nelson,
Ernest and Tonya Price, Samuel
Hodges, Sara Grindel-Rollins,
Jerome Cox, Colleen Skipper,
Elizabeth and Gary Clary, Erick
Creel to run
and I make it to my family. I
believe we all share a stake
in Wakulla County's future,
and as your sheriff, I can help
make that future a safe one,"
As sheriff, Creel said his first
priorities will be to put more
deputies on patrol and crack
down on the illegal narcotics
flowing in and out of Wakulla
"Burglaries and drugs go
hand-in-hand, and with the
increasing number of burglar-
ies reported every week, I'd say
we have a pretty serious drug
problem," he said. "I intend to
put a stop to that."
Continued on Page 5A
Jackson, Leonard and Felis White,
Chinesta Skipper-Smith and Rev.
Rodney N. Smith, John A. John-
son, Sr., Brenda Dale, Mary Nel-
son, George Nelson, Troy Nelson
and Tawanna Maxwell,
Other speakers included Kim-'
berly Moore, CEO of Workforce
plus, Florida Rep. Curtis Richard-
son, and Sheriff David Harvey.
By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
A special Saturday work-
shop called by Commission
Chairman Ed Brimner to get
ideas on how to cut the budget
was attended by only seven
citizens, while about two
dozen government staffers
Facing a potential budget
shortfall, Brimner had called
the special budget workshop
for April 5 as part of an ef-
fort to appeal to citizens for
any innovative suggestions
on how to cut the county's
budget and not have to raise
County Administrator Ben
Pingree said the county is
From left, Sparr, Phelps, Means and Dunbar
The four-week National Geographic-sponsored
archaeological dig at Wakulla Springs State Park
began on April 7. Jim Dunbar, principal investiga-
tor for the project joined geologists at the park
Saturday, April 5 to create a preliminary look at
what lies beneath the surface.
Using ground penetrating radar, geologists
mapped parallel one-meter segments on a vast
grid that spanned the walkway from the lodge to
the ticket office at the park's waterfront.
facing the "perfect storm" of
budget problems: the passage
of the constitutional amend-
ment for property tax reform,
which increases the home-
stead exemption and provides
for "portability;" political lead-
ers who supported Amend-
ment 1 pledged that fiscally
constrained counties, such
as Wakulla, would be held
harmless but there was no
funding for it in Gov. Charlie
Crist's budget, and the legisla-
ture is still wrestling with the
issue in the House and Senate
budgets; and, as well, property
values in Wakulla have de-
creased during the past year
because of the depressed real
Continued on Page 1OA
Springs is focus
of national study
Carrying a laptop computer, geologist Jim
Sparr and colleague Harley Means were joined by
geophysicist Dan Phelps who began walking the
lines around noon.
After completing the beneath-the-surface
survey in three hours, Sparr explained that the
computerized radar images will be enhanced for
Dunbar and other state archaeologists to review.
Volunteers Ed Green and Lonnie Mann of the
Panhandle Archaeological Society (PAST) in Tal-
lahassee assisted the geologists and will also be
present during the month long dig.
The project seeks to provide examples of Paleo-
indian presence at the site that may yield dates
as far back as more than 13,000 years through the
use of a method of dating called Optically Stimu-
lated Luminescence (OLS). OLS uses samples of
quartz sand associated with the specimens that
are being sought.
Doug Apple turned his love of radio' into a career
Worm Gruntin' Festival
will honor traditions
Page 2A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, April 10, 2008
Comment & Opinion
Established in Wakulla County in 1895
There's a tragedy brewing in
Wakulla County. Many home-
owners could lose their hard-
earned homes through no fault
of their own.
Many people bought homes
in good faith in Wakulla Gardens.
They now find themselves in a
crisis situation. How will they
pay for sewer that they didn't
know was coming when they
chose to buy homes there?
Many are responsible for
failing to properly notify the
citizens of Wakulla Gardens of
the thousands of dollars they
will have to pay when sewers are
installed in their neighborhood.
The Wakulla County Commis-
sioners, builders, realtors and
mortgage lenders are among the
many who have contributed to
Our county is struggling to
balance the health of our citizens
and environment on one side,
with the economic burden of
the cost of hooking up to sewer
On the other.
We have to find a solution so
that our citizens do not suffer
from the threat of disease and
degradation of their environ-
rilent, but at the same time,
we cannot force our citizens to
xrtake a terrible choice between
Buying necessities (medicine,
clothing, food) and paying for
: At the county commission
sheeting on March 24,1 I asked the
Board and county staff to move
1. Provide means for owners
6f properly functioning septic
systems to use those systems as
lbng as they are working well.
' 2. Set up an installment plan
to allow residents to pay the
county sewer access fee over
S'.period of five years or more,
* 3. Make it a top priority for
staff to investigate grant and
loan options available through
: 4. Look at options to set
up escrow accounts for future
developments, so the cost of
future hook-ups is incorporated
into the purchase price of lots
5. Seek other solutions by
reviewing ordinances adopted
by other municipalities and
I fully understand that some
of the proposals have down
Allowing the continued use
of septic systems on the 50-by-
100-foot lots in Wakulla Gardens,
a maximum of eight septic sys-
tems to the acre, is not healthy
for our groundwater. But impos-
ing an economic burden that will
cause people to lose their homes
is not healthy for our citizens.
Most of the residents at my
town hall meeting said they
had bought their homes with-
out being told one word about
plans to build sewer lines and
what it would cost them. This
is unforgivable. We need to be
absolutely sure that future home-
buyers in Wakulla Gardens are
fully informed of the bills they
will get when sewer comes to
To prevent this crisis from
affecting future homebuyers,
Wakulla County cannot continue
to allow unbridled development
in areas that lack adequate infra-
At the October 1, 2007, com-
mission meeting, I made a mo-
tion calling for a moratorium on
further development in Wakulla
Gardens for 24 months to al-
low for sewer installation. The
board chose not to approve that"
motion. Installing more septic
tanks in Wakulla Gardens is not
a good idea, yet the board, by its
actions (or lack of action), not
only allowed it to continue, but
also encouraged it.
Inspired by what people told
me at the March 13 meeting, I
asked staff and the board to find
creative solutions to this very se-
rious problem. Wakulla Gardens
is not the only subdivision that
needs sewers, road paving, and
other government services. In
years to come, more residents
will be faced with the same
kind of crisis. If we do not enact
solutions by adopting county or-
dinances, we will be responsible
for compounding this looming
tragedy. I urge you to speak with
your county commissioners and
encourage them to act now to
prevent future heartbreak.
Editor, The News:
In your animal control articles
of April 3, Pages 2 and 3, you got
it wrong, again.
FIrst, I put the dog in Commis-
sioner Lawhon's dog box which
was in the bed of his truck. This
distinction is significant since he
claimed not to have a dog, even
though one began barking inside
when I knocked on the door,
others joined in from behind the
house, and the fact that he does
have a dog box.
Second, the incident hap-
pened on a Thursday, not a
Sunday as reported. The animal
control officer, Mr. Carnivale,
simply refused to pick up the
dog even after I was assured by
Captain Ganey that Mr. Carnivale
would pick up the dog. I believe
that his refusal was in retaliation
of my previous complaint when
he refused to try to catch a loose
dog and also refused to leave my
Interestingly, when the su-
pervising sergeant arrived at my
request, the sergeant advised me
that since I invited Mr. Carnivale
and himself, I could not un-invite
them and they could both stay
as long as they liked. Even more
interesting, they both remain in
the employ of Sheriff Harvey.
On Page 3 you write, "The
ordinance provides for dogs
running loose to be picked
up..., and this is supported by
Sections 6.007(g), 6.011(e), and
elsewhere in the Animal Control
Ordinance. But, discussion by
the code enforcement officer,
Attorney Mowrey, and the com-
missioners revealed the intent of
Section 6.007(b) to be that dogs
can run at large as long as they
are not "posing a threat to public
safety." What this means, I think,
is that the sheriff's employees
can continue to do, or fail to do,
whatever they wish.
If you had explored the facts
rather than simply taking the
provided politically correct story,
you would have found that the
stray dog was in Commissioner
Lawhon's dog box as a result of
a lack of professionalism within
the Sheriff's Office. I hope this
changes in the near future.
Editor, The News:
As a retired career law en-
forcement officer, trainer and
administrator of 40 years, I was
stunned to see the Tallahassee
Democrat editors devote 13.5
column inches, front page above
the fold of Saturday's local sec-
tion, to the uninformed sarcastic
drivel of A. Garcia who trivialized
the very serious subject of crime
victims in our community.
A. Garcia sarcastically
asked,"How many people have
been killed, maimed, raped,
robbed or otherwise criminally
assaulted...?" Does A. Garcia not
read the newspaper, watch TV or
listen to a radio? These crimes
are happening every day in our
community and throughout the
country, and the victims are
often defenseless, easy targets,
such as women and the elderly.
At Tallahassee's malls, there
have been unarmed women
abducted from their cars in the
parking lot, taken to rural areas,
raped, killed and even burned
alive. I apologize to the victims'
families for bringing back these
There's a tragedy
brewing in Wakulla
of the time and apparently un-
aware of the large problems or
is unconcerned. Other problems
include establishing employee
parking on the newly acquired
property followed by moving
trucks and trailers on the prop-
erty with some weekend work
horrible memories, but the A.
Garcias and business owners of
our community need to get their
heads out of the sand. Honest
people with permitted firearms
locked in their vehicles do not
constitute a threat to anyone
other than criminals. In order
to obtain a CW permit, the law
says one must be crime free and
pass a firearms safety class. The
only armed people who don't
obey this law are the criminals
A. Garcia's thesis is to disarm
all honest citizens and put the
"...National Guard at our park-
ing places at work, at the malls
and at the library." A. Garcia
recalls that "...I was in Medellin,
Colombia. Outside all the major
buildings were...soldiers armed
to the teeth..." and, yet, A. Garcia
did not feel safely
I pray that a loved one of A.
Garcia never becomes a crime
victim because they did not have
the ability to defend themselves.
My wife and daughter weigh
less than 100 pounds each,
but their knowledge, training
and skill with their CW permit-
ted handguns put them on an
equal footing with any criminal.
I trained hundreds of female
law enforcement officers with
their duty handguns, and it is
that "tool" that puts them on
an equal footing with an armed
or unarmed 300 pound violent
criminal who is intent upon
this can of
Editor, The News:
Until 2004, locally-founded
Residential Elevator Company
was a quiet, small factory operat-
ing out of a small tin building.
In 2002, the Wakulla County
Commission granted the owner
a Planned Unit Development
(PUD) zoning change violating
at least three code provisions,
despite the Planning Commis-
sion not recommending it. There
also was a threat that if the re-
zoning request was not granted
by the commission, Residential
Elevator would leave Wakulla
County. The factory representa-
tive told the commission that it
would be be a quiet operation
with most work done in the
10,000 square foot factory. In
granting the PUD, the commis-
sion agreed that working hours
would be between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m., Monday through Friday,
with no night activity. The com-
mission told them there would
be no additional expansion in
this neighborhood. Sometime
after the factory expansion, the
company bought the residential
land behind the factory that is
sandwiched between the neigh-
Many problems began after
the new factory was constructed
beginning with the flooding of
our next door property due to
poor site planning. Most com-
plaints have been made to Mr.
Boeneke directly and in time
he remedied some of the minor
The residents west of Fulton
Harvey Road not only hear the
constant noise, but can no lon-
ger keep their windows open
because of the strong glue or
lacquer fumes coming from the
factory. An Internet or scientific
literature search revealed that
these fumes may be toxic and
can cause brain damage which
should also be a concern of the
employees in the factory. In the
1960s, there was an epidemic
of kids sniffing airplane glue,
with some fatalities. Should
the proposed zoning change be
granted, this will place the fac-
tory grounds within 650 feet of
the Sopchoppy Water System's
large well and within 1,000 feet
of Crawfordville Elementary
School. This area also includes
three working farms with live-
stock and fish, and some proper-
ties located in a flood plain.
Mr. Boeneke is away most
I have voiced these com-
plaints to Mr. Boeneke and the
Wakulla Code Compliance Office
followed by letters. Remedies
have been slow and none of
these complaints have reached
the Code Compliance Commit-
tee. However, when my property
was flooded, Mr. Sparkman, then
Planning and Zoning Director,
acted promptly and corrected
Before the PUD was granted,
95 percent of the current resi-
dents were homesteading and
free of the current problems.
At the March 25, 2008 meet-
ing, we learned that this large
factory had only one septic tank
behind the old home place. More
importantly, Mr. Boeneke stated
they were now using other work
sites in the county and should
his proposed zoning request
fail, he had no plans to move.
If and when this comes before
the Wakulla Commission, the
commissioners and citizens will
be free from the threat of losing
valuable payroll from Wakulla
County since he has no plans to
move the factory.
Ed Brimner, our District 3
Commissioner, has been nego-
tiating with Mr. Boeneke and
would be able to give the details
on their negotiations.
Royce V. Jackson, Sr.
Will we ever
know how it
Editor, The News:
When does a 2.75 percent
tax increase, as reported on the
adopted budget last September,
equal a 3 percent tax decrease, as
reported by Ben Pingree during
his PowerPoint presentation at
the budget workshop on April 5?
Which is true? Is either true?
To promote a 6.3 percent
decrease in the total budget
over Fiscal Year 2006-2007 itii
order to mislead taxpayers -is.
not the right thing to do. Whale
the citizens want to know is the,
true details about our proper
tax money. Why does the local
government keep saying they
gave us the largest proper
tax rate reduction in Wakull%
County history? They did no
give us anything, the legislature
mandated the reduction. Mri
Pingree admitted that during
his PowerPoint presentation
When will our local government.
get smart enough to know tha
reducing the millage rate doe"
not always mean a reduction iri
taxes? Will we ever know how,
the property tax money is spen(f
Probably not. '
Suzanne M. Smith
Lindsay Stevens, Wakull
County's Director of Plannin'
and Community Development,
will speak at the upcoming
meeting of Concerned Citizen
of Wakulla, Inc. (CCOW). -
She will talk about planning
and zoning issues and possible
solutions, what's happening irl
the planning department, anc
Everyone is welcome. Thq
meeting will be held at 7 p.m. ort
Thursday, April 17, at the Wakull]4
County Library, 4330 Crawford
ville Highway (about four miles
south of the courthouse).
The Sopchoppy Educational
Center will be offering another
session of yoga classes on Tuesi
days at 6 p.m. and Thursdays a
4:30 p.m. starting on April 15I
Beginners are welcome. For mor4
information, call Alaine Solbur4
at 962-2975 or SEC at 962-2151.
WEEK IN WAKULLA
Thursday, April 10, 2008
BOOK NOOK, for children in grades K-5, will be held at the
public library at 10:30 a.m.
COASTAL OPTIMIST CLUB meets at Posey's Up the Creek in
Panacea at noon.
JOINT WORKSHOP between commissioners from Wakulla arid'
Leon counties and the City of Tallahassee will be held at
Wakulla Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop will be
to discuss measures to protect Wakulla Springs.
ROTARY CLUB meets at the senior center at 12 noon.
ST. MARKS CITY COMMISSION meets at city hall in St. Marks
at 7:30 p.m.
VFW BINGO will be held at the VFW Post on Arran Road from,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 2008
AA meets at the American Legion Building next to the
Women's Club in Crawfordville with an open meeting at 8
p.m. There are also open meetings Sunday at 6 p.m., Monda3
for women at 6 p.m., and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
PICKIN' 'N' GRINNIN' JAM SESSION will be held at the senior
center from 10 a.m. to noon. (Also on Tuesdays)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
AARP TAX ASSISTANCE will be available at the public library-
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at Ameris Bank in
Crawfordville at 10 a.m.
CHERYL DUNLAP MEMORIAL DEDICATION will be held at
Hudson Park at 11 a.m.
FISHING DERBY FOR KIDS will be held in the Apalachicola
National Forest's Wakulla Ranger District for kids up to 16
years old from 8 a.m. to noon. To register, call the ranger
district at 926-3561 or stop by the office at 57 Taff Drive in
NA meets at the Torch, 16 Lower Bridge Road, at 5 p.m. For
more information, call 599-2876.
SOPCHOPPY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION will be held at the
school beginning at 1 p.m.
SOPCHOPPY OPRY will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m.
WORM GRUNTIN' FESTIVAL will be held in Sopchoppy
beginning with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., a worm
gruntin' demonstration at 10:15, a worm gruntin' contest
for kids at 10:30 a.m. The evening ill conclude with the
Worm Grunters Ball from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a complete
listing of events, see story on Page 1.
Monday, April 14, 2008
PLANNING COMMISSION meets in the commission
boardroom at 7 p.m.
SOPCHOPPY CITY COMMISSION meets at city hall in
Sopchoppy at 6:30 p.m.
VFW meets at the post on Arran Road at 7 p.m.
WAKULLA CHRISTIAN COALITION meets at the public
library at 7 p.m.
WAKULLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY will meet at the Sopchopp3
School at 7 p.m. The history of Sopchoppy will be subject of
the meeting, including a tour of the old school.
Tuesday, April 15,2008
TAX DAY Federal income taxes are due.
AARP TAX ASSISTANCE will be available at the public library
from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
BOOK BABIES, for infants and toddlers, will be held at the
public library at 10:30 a.m.
TWILIGHT TALES, bedtime stories for children, will be read at
the public library from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children are
encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, April 10, 2008 Page 3A
Mosquito control program hits the road
Spring has sprung and so
have the mosquitoes. The mos-
quito population has exploded
all over the county, seemingly
overnight. The Wakulla County
Health Department has begun
spraying for mosquitoes; how-
ever, due to the larger-than-usual
population it may take a few
days for this to knock down the
population and bring about a no-
ticeable improvement. While the
department has begun spraying,
there are certain limitations on
when spraying can take place. It
is not effective to spray when it
is raining or if the wind speed
is more than 10 mph. Further,
spraying is limited to when the
mosquitoes are most active,
rborning and early evening. "We
recognize the impact mosquitoes
have on your life; therefore, the
Wakulla County Health Depart-
ment has brought on additional
employees to help handle the
requests," department officials
The Wakulla County Health
Department reported that West
Nile Virus is still in the area and
that residents should take pre-
cautions to protect family mem-
bers. The two best approaches
to prevent this illness or other
diseases that can be transmitted
from mosquitoes are to reduce
the occurrence of mosquitoes
from the area where you and
your children play and protect
yourself when you are out in
Empty any outdoor contain-
ers that hold water and set so
that they won't collect water
in the future. If you see stand-
ing water around your home in
ditches call the health depart-
ment to request that larvicide
be put out to eliminate the
mosquito larva. The larvicide is
non-toxic to humans and pets.
If you notice an appreciable
amount of mosquitoes around
your neighborhood call the
health department to request
a mosquito spraying, 926-2558,
ext. 159. The application of
larvicide and spraying for adult
mosquitoes are free services
provided by the Wakulla County
To protect yourself, try to
reduce the opportunity that
mosquitoes have to bite you or
your family. The mosquitoes in
the area are most active in the
early morning and early evening.
During these times apply a
mosquito repellent that contains
DEET. It can be purchased at
most of the stores in the county.
Try to reduce the amount of
bare skin you have exposed for
the mosquitoes to bite. Wear
long sleeved shirts and pants
By following these simple
steps you can greatly reduce the
chances that you or your family
will be bitten and contract one
of the diseases that mosquitoes
can transmit to you. It will also
make your time you spend out-
side much more comfortable.
To request larvaciding or
spraying call 926-2558, ext. 159 or
go to www.wakullahealth.org to
make a request anytime. When
calling, please leave your name
and the physical address of the
residence you are calling about,
Also, please leave your phone
number in case health officials
need to contact you.
Maritime speaker discusses shipwrecks
By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
More than 70 people turned
out to hear archaeologist Debra
Shefi speak on "Shipwrecks
of the Big Bend" the biggest
crowd yet for programs spon-
sored by the Big Bend Maritime
Shefi, an archaeologist with
the state Bureau of Archaeologi-
cal Research, spoke at a program
at TCC Wakulla on Thursday,
Shefi began with the 1766
wreck of Le Tigre, a brigantine
en route to New Orleans from
Haiti when it wrecked east of
Dog Island in a great storm.
Pierre Viaud, a passenger on the
ship, wrote a story that became
an international bestseller and
shocked European audiences
with its tale of savage natives,
murder and cannibalism (at one
point, Viaud kills his slave and
eats him), and a hint of sex.
Viaud and a female com-
panion were rescued by some
English soldiers from St. Marks,
who were searching for survivors
after hearing of a shipwreck.
Until fairly recently, Shefi said
the book was largely dismissed
by archaeologists as fiction. In
1999, there was a survey of Dog
Island done in an effort to find
the remains of Le Tigre but
nothing was found.
The next shipwreck men-
tioned was the 1799 wreck of
the HMS Fox, a schooner with
William Augustus Bowles on
board, the self-proclaimed Direc-
tor-General of Muskogee, based
in St. Marks, and was loaded
with arms for his native warriors.
In a storm, the Fox ran aground
between St. George and Dog
Island. Much to Bowles frustra-
tion, the captain of the ship
threw the guns and powder and
other equipment overboard in an
effort to lighten the ship.
Bowles and his party were
later rescued and transferred
to another ship, although it
may have been that they com-
mandeered their rescuers ship,
While it's believed the Fox
ran aground in the shallows
at St. George Island, Shefi said,
archaeologists have yet to find
In 2006, the largest dugout
canoe was found in the Apala-
chicola River, a 50-foot long ca-
noe made from a single cypress
tree. The Apalachichola Traders'
Canoe, as it is officially named,
is believed to have been used for
riyer trade, transporting goods
on the river. Marks on the boat
indicate it was made using metal
tools, Shefi said, and radiocarbon
dating suggests it was made
between 1750 and 1850.
Shefi also discussed maritime
action during the Civil War when
local ports were blockaded by
Union ships to prevent trading.
Blockade runners still made it
through, and she recounted the
story of the riverboat Spray, a
side wheeled steamboat that
had been used to ferry goods
between Newport and St. Marks
that was converted into a gun-
boat for the Confederacy. Owned
by Daniel Ladd of Newport, the
ship surrendered at the end of
the war, May 1865, and was even-
tually returned to Ladd.
Ladd died in 1872, but there
is no record of what happened
to the Spray.
Shefi also noted that the
Union ship USS Hatteras raided
Cedar Key in January 1862 and
destroyed 10 ships. The remains
have not been discovered.
Shefi told the story of the
sinking of the steamship Tar-
pon, which ran between Mobile,
Pensacola and St. Andrews Bay
hauling goods and passengers.
In August 1937, overloaded with
200 tons of cargo and 31 pas-
sengers, the 160-foot ship sprung
a leak in its bow and the bilge
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pumps could not keep up with t
the rising water. During the
night, the crew threw over tons
of cargo trying to lighten the b
ship, but by dawn waves were n
breaking over the deck and when L
the stern went underwater, Capt. t
Willis Green Barrow gave the t
order to abandon ship. The crew j
had time to launch only one
lifeboat, and it capsized.
One man swam the 10 miles
to shore after spending 25 hours
in the water and alerted the
Coast Guard to the sinking. Thir-
teen survivors were rescued who
spent 36 hours in the water, and
18 bodies were recovered, includ-
ing that of the Capt. Barrow. :
In 1997, the wreck of the Tar- :
pon was designated by the state
as an Underwater Archaeological
The next scheduled lecture
will be on April 24 with Dr.
Michael Faught speaking on
"Prehistoric Human Evidence in
The programs are sponsored
by the Big Bend Maritime Center
of Panacea, which has the goal
of interpreting and preserving
the maritime heritage from
Cedar Key to Apalachicola. The
presentations are made possible
by support from the Florida Hu-
A thought tor the week-the
word is train: Train up a child in
the way he should go, and when
he is old, he will not depart
rom it. This is Spring Break for
students. Children need some
special attention. Don't just leave
hem to be entertained by the
television or their friends. Take
a day off, or just a few hours,
to spend quality time with your
:hild. It will mean a lot to the
Happy birthday to Person
ermey Williams on April 4, Faye
Brannen and Travis Williams on
April 13, Williams Johnson on
April 28, and Nellie Mae Plum-
mer. Eva Johnson wishes her
amily all a blessed birthday.
A memorial service in'remem-
brance of the late Deacon David
Time) Smith will be held at Mt.
Olive P.B. Church #1 with host
pastor Elder Donald Jefferson.
Deacon Smith would have been
107 years old on April 20. His
church and family take this time
o remember him. The public is
This past week there has
been a lot on television and in
newspapers about Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Dr. King wanted
o make sure all people were
reated equally-not just African-
Americans. Today's generation
doesn't realize what led them to.
be where they are today. We, as a
people who believe in hope and
have faith in a better tomorrow,
will keep the dream alive. People
go by what they see, more than
what they hear.
Our county, like other small.
counties, has a lot of hope and
faith for the people who live
here, as well as those who will
move here. When people ride
through and see a road sign that
reads 'Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.' they
will see that we join others in
hope for a better tomorrow for
today and future generations.
Church hosts group
The popular female trio "Heirs
of Grace" will be sharing their
musical ministry at Crawfordville
First Baptist Church on Sunday,
April 13 at 6 p.m. They are a
Florida-based gospel group that
recently released a new single;
entitled "Blessed Be The Name'
nationwide. They sing many of
their old favorites as well as new,
original pieces. Come and meet-
Kerry Nolan, Risa Powell, and
Cindy O'Steen as they share the
gospel in song on April 13.
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Mary D. Firta
Mary Dubinsky Firta, 95,
oqf Tallahassee died Saturday,
March 15 in Fredericksburg, Va.
The graveside service will be
held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April
.12, and conducted by the Order
of the Eastern Star at Roselawn
Cemetery. Family will receive
friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on
Friday, April 11 at Bevis Funeral
Home in Tallahassee. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to Mary Washing-
ton Hospice, c/o Mary Wash-
-ington Hospital Foundation,
:2600 Mary Washington Blvd.,
-Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or the
'Shrine Children's Hospital, c/o
-Marzuq Shrine Center, PO Box
*37130, Tallahassee, FL 32315.
She was a resident of Tal-
:lahassee for 50 years, before
:moving to Fredericksburg sev-
:eral years ago, to be near her
:daughter. While in Tallahassee
'she was an active member of
the Order of the Eastern Star,
Survivors include her daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Dolores
:and John Renninger of Freder-
:icksburg; her daughter-in-law,
:Betty Firta of Tallahassee; two
:sisters, Ann Hudak of Ohio and
.Verna Grebeck and husband
,Edward of Florida; three broth-
:ers, Charles Dubinsky and wife
Alice of Nevada, John Michaels
:of Texas and Frank Dubinsky
and wife Ouida of Tallahassee;
four grandchildren, Charles
,Renninger of Virginia, Mary
Lane Renninger of Maryland,
:Richard Firta of Tallahassee and
EMichaelyn Firta of Crawfordville;
and her great-grandson, Logan,
Bevis Funeral Home in Tal-
lahassee was in charge of the
Donald I. Gregory
' Donald Ivey Gregory, 91, of
Bristol died Thursday, April 3 in
: The funeral service was held
'April 5 at Peavy Funeral Homne'
inBlountstown with burial, at
Sumatra Cemetery in Sumatra,
; He was born on February 16,
1917, in Sumatra and had lived
in Liberty County all of his life.
He retired after 49 years in the
Survivors include three sons,
Ralph Donald Gregory and wife
Marjorie of Deltona, James Wil-
liam Gregory and wife Glenda
SChurch of Wakulla County
SHwy. 98, Across from WHS
Bible Class 9:00 a.m.
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Pre-School M-F (3-5 Years)
Pastor Les Kimball
,Church 926-7808 Pre-School 926-55571
Catholic C r
Mass 9 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Father James MacGee, Pastor
3609 Coastal Hwy. (US 98)
of Wakulla and Jack Gregory
and wife Annie of Blountstown;
seven daughters, Mary Frances
(Frankie) Gregory Hill, Sandra
Barfield, and husband, Randy,
Patricia Free and husband, Gene,
Linda Clark, Paula Hyde, and
husband, J.W., and Dorothy
Gregory Hammock, all of Bristol,
and Marsha Stevens and hus-
band Ronnie of Blountstown,;
sister-in-law, Lois Wdowiak of
Toledo, Ohio; 28 grandchildren,
31 great-grandchildren and sev-
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown was in charge of
Arthur C. Hawes III
Arthur Carlton "Chuck"
Hawes III, 53, of Havana and
Calvary, Ga., died Monday, April
7 in Tallahassee.
A graveside memorial service
be at 11 a.m. Thursday. April 10
at Piedmont Cemetery in Cal-
vary. Memorial contributions
may be made to Big Bend Hos-
pice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd.,
Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Born April 26, 1954, at Tyndall
Air Force Base in Panama City,
he was a graduate of Cairo High
School. He also attended Lively
Vocational Tech in 1970, where
he learned the trade skill of a
draftsman, and later he was
employed with Herron Steel
Company of Tallahassee. Chuck
was an avid bass fisherman who
fished in most all local bass
Survivors include a compan-
ion, Jo Beth Wilmer of Havana;
two daughters, Kimberly and
Jennifer; a son, Chris Hawes
of Wakulla; three sisters, Doris
Barrett and husband, Charles of
Lynn Haven; Rebecca Mowrey
and husband, Ron of Tallahas-
see, and Judy Chaulker and hus-
band, Jack of Jonesboro, Ga.; two
brothers, Jimmy Hooks and wife
Elaine of Concord, and Randy
Hooks of Atlanta, Ga.
Faith Funeral Home in Ha-
vana was in charge- of the ar--
Clara A. Hunter
Clara Ann Hunter, 78, of
Tallahassee, died Wednesday,
April 2 at Tallahassee Memorial
The funeral service was held
Friday, April 4 at Culley's Mead-
owWood Funeral Home in Tal-
She moved to the area 56
Ivan Assembly of God
202 Ivan Church Road
"Come& Worship With Us"
Sunday School........................ 10 a.m.
Sunday Worship...................... 11 a.m.
Evening Worship....... ........ 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service..........7....7 p.m.
& Youth Service..................... 7 p.m.
Royal Rangers...................7....7 p.m.
M issionettes ..............................7 p.m .
Church Of Christ
Corner of Winthrop & Byrd St.
Sunday: Bible Study ...9:30 a.m.
Worship................... 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship............. 5 p.m.
Wednesday: Bible Study...7 p.m.
Visitors are welcome!
Home Bible Courses available...
please call for details,
"Where everybody is somebody in His body."
:Sunday School .........9:30 a.m.
!Morning Worship.... 10:45 a.m.
Life Support Groups .....6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening ..6:30 p.m.
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SB iBAlAis ChuRch
3086 Crawfordville Hwy.
(South of the Courthouse)
Church Office: 926-7896
Early Worship 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Meal 6:00 p.m.
(call for reservations)
Prayer/ Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
IMPACT (Youth) 7:00 p.m.
Children's Events 6:30 p.m.
years ago from Livingstong,
Tenn. She was a wonderful wife
Survivors include five sons,
Donnie Hunter and wife Wanda,
Jim Hunter and Sam Hunter and
wife, Michelle, all of Tallahas-
see, and Steve Hunter and wife,
Melisa and Mike Hunter and
wife, Clara, all of Crawfordville;
two daughters, Diane Hartsfield
and husband, Ronnie and Lisa
Brandon of Tallahassee; five
brothers, Walter D. Smith, Ver-
non L. Smith, Franklin D. Smith,
Bruce Smith and Talmagh Gene
Smith, all of Overton County,
Tenn.; two sisters, Ruby Lee
Maynard and Virginia Harlow,
both of Overton County, Tenn.;
14 grandchildren; and 11 great-
Culley's MeadowWood Fu-
neral Home in Tallahassee was
in charge of the arrangements.
Alice E. Marsh
Alice Elizabeth Marsh, 57, of
Panacea died Monday, March
The funeral service was held
on Thursday, March 31 at Har-
vey-Young Funeral Home in
A native of Thomasville, Ga.
she had lived in Wakulla Couny
since 1955. She was a seafood
Survivors include a daugh-
ter, Ann Gray of Panacea; two
brothers, Charles Sherrod and
wife, Mary of Panacea and Ar-
lin Sherrod of Kentucky; four
grandchildren, Sara Palmer,
Nathan Palmer, Wyatt Palmer
and Dorothy Palmer; five nieces
and nephews; and many great
nieces, nephews and many other
Harvey-Young Funeral Home
in Crawfordville was in charge
of the arrangements.
Edward C. Miller
Edward C. Miller, 84, of Craw-
fordville, died Thursday, April
3 at Big Bend Hospice in Tal-
Funeral services were held
Sunday, April 6 at Culley's Mead-
owWood Funeral Home in Talla-
hassee. Memorial contributions
may be made to Big Bend Hos-
pice in Tallahassee.
A native of New York City,
N.Y., he moved to this area 19
years ago from Valley Stream,
N.Y. He was a retired payroll
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.
Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Oustor frett 'Cempleton
9 Saint Teresa
1255 Rehwinkel Rd.
At the corner of Rehwinkel Rd. & US 98
Holy Eucharist 8:30 am
Youth & Adults 9:30 AM
Children 10:30 AM
Worship 10:30 AM
Reverend John Spicer
manager with a steamship com-
pany and a World War II veteran
of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife,
Ruth T. Miller; a son, Edward
J. Miller; two stepsons, Chris-
topher Harrell, and his wife,
Ginger, and Joseph Harrell,
and his girlfriend, Sandy, all of
Crawfordville; three stepdaugh-
ters, Shari A. Sanders, and her
husband, Anthony, and Connie
Strickland, and her husband,
David, all of Crawfordville,
and Karen Bonin, and her hus-
band, Michael, of LaPlate, Md.;
a brother, Raymond Miller and
his wife, Barbara, of Edgewater,
Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 15
Culley's MeadowWood Fu-
neral Home in Tallahassee was
in charge of the arrangements.
Joseph D. Olah
Joseph Drew Olah, 66, of
Crawfordville died Monday,
April 7 in Crawfordville.
The service was held Wednes-
day, April 9 at Arran Annex
Cemetery. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Big Bend
Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center
Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
A native of Quincy, he had
lived in Crawfordville since
1966. He started with Seaboard
Railroad in 1963 and retired
from CSX Railroad in 2001 after
38 years of service. He was an
avid hunter and a U.S. Air Force
Survivors include his wife of
31 years, Cheryll Olah of Craw-
fordville; three sons, Joseph D.
Olah, Jr. and Kristine, Charles E.
Olah and Sandra, and Timothy
W. Olah and Jessica, all of Craw-
fordville; a daughter, Karen L.
Kemp and Mike of Crawfordville;
a sister, Mary Zorn and Francis
of Crawfordville; four grand-
children, Torie, Christopher, Ian
and Jonathan; special family
members, Danny Corbin, Julius
Pearson and Dicky Knight; and
other family members.
Harvey-Young Funeral Home
in CraWfoidviille was in charge
of the arrangements.
Clarence L. Willis
Clarence Lloyd "Billy" Willis,
83, of Tallahassee died Wednes-
day, April 2.
The funeral service was held
Monday, April 7 at Harvey Young
Funeral Home Chapel in Craw-
24 Mission Road, Panacea
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m.
Wed. Prayer Meeting 7 p.m.
Pastor, Jerry Spears
United Methodist Church
Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages 10'a.m.
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
Wednesday Service 7p.m.
1584 Old Woodville Rd.
Pastor Drew Standridge
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Tony Rosenberger 926-7209
Ochlockonee & Arran Road "Come Grow With Us" www.crawfordvillt-umc.org
Hwy 319 Medart,
e EllOffice 926-5265
Early Worship 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
SD Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Youth Zone Time 4:30 p.m.
urcll Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Services 7:00 p.m.
Our Mission is: Loving God and Loving Others
through Worship, Ministry and Service.
Operating like a family; strong in the Word of God, warm and
inviting. Powerful ministries for strengthening our families.
Reaching Children, Youth, Adults and Seniors for Jesus.
We will look forward to seeing you this Lord's Day.
fordville, with burial at West
A native of Sopchoppy, he
was a lifelong resident of the
area. He loved the outdoors and
hunting and fishing. He was a
believer in the Lord Jesus Christ,
a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a
survivor of the U.S.S. Yorktown
at the battle of Midway.
Survivors include his two
daughters, Vicki L. Ward of Tal-
lahassee and Terri D. Ward and
husband Stanley of Crawford-
ville; two sons, Douglas Lloyd
Willis of Tallahassee and Charles
Edison Willis of Crawfordville;
two sisters, Virginia Griffith
of Fern Park, Fla., and Shirley
Warren of Altamonte Springs; a
special friend and fishing buddy,
Alvin Vickers; two grandsons,
H.L. "Scoot" Ward, Jr. of Okla-
homa and Stanley E. "Stan"
Ward, Jr. of Crawfordville; and
two granddaughters, Pamela N.
Ward of Tallahassee and Gina M.
Ward of Crawfordville.
Bevis Funeral Home in Tal-
lahassee was in charge of the
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Wed. adult, children & youth 7 p.m.
486 Beechwood Drive Crawfordville, FL.
(North of the Lower Bridge Road and
Spring Creek Highway intersection)
Rev. Dennis Hall, Pastor
Blood Bought O ockonee
Spirit Wrought Christian Center
A Word of Faith Church
Schedule of Services
Sunday 11 a.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m. I1 I
Bible Study 10 a.m.
2263,Curtis Mill Rd.
Sopchoppy, FL 962-3774
Pastor John S. Dunning
(From Rhema Bible Training Center)
5585 Crawfordville Hwy.
Tallahassee, FL 32305
Owned & Operated By Wesley Schweinsberg
Son of the Late Harold Schweinsberg
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In Loving Memory
Susie Hall Williams
August 27,1932- April 12, 1988 A
We know you live on in Spirit, linking
us together in unconditional love and lasting
memories of a life well-lived. Grief has given
way to gratitude, as we thank God for letting us share in
the wonder and joy of your life's journey. We bless you,
love you, and miss you now, forever, and always.
Earnest, Faye, Ernestine & Keith, Hal, Ebony
SGive thanks unto the LORD;
for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.
117 Curtis Mill Road, Sopchoppy
Sunday School 945 AM
Church Office Morning Worship 11AM
962-7822 AWANA CLUB 5PM
Evening Worship 6 PM
Wednesday 7 PM- Prayer Meeting,
Youth & Children's Programs
Dr. Bill Jenkins, Pastor
Randy Anderson, Minister of Music
Vicki Anderson, Youth Director
Jerry Evans, Mike Crouch, Bernie Kemp Musicians
Wakulla Presbyterian Church
members are always looking
for ways to be of service to the
One way they will serve will
be by hosting a community
forum on Monday, April 14 at 7
p.m. at the church with several
leaders of the community. Anne
Ahrendt will lead the meeting.
Through discussions together,
the church members hope to
discover the community needs
that they are being called to fill.
The church is located at 3383
Coastal Highway (near Wakulla
High School). The community is
invited to attend. For more infor-
mation, contact the Wakulla Pres-
byterian Church at 926-4569.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship I I a.m.
Pastor Brett Templeton
3383 Coastal Hwy.
1/3rd mile east of Wakulla High School
9:30 a.m. Bible Study
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Children's Sunday School
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Continued from Page 1A
Creel said he also pledges
to be "a full-time sheriff, make
9the sheriff's budget open and
transparent, create a program
for sheriff's personnel to be
mentors for at-risk children,
and lead with honesty and
Creel said he believes his
'lengthy and diverse training
'and experience in law enforce-
ment will help him revitalize
.the sheriff's office to best
protect Wakulla County's resi-
I Creel has had more than
'1,500 hours of law enforcement
_'training. He has worked as a
criminal investigator, motor-
'cycle patrol officer, and security
officer 'for Gov. Lawton Chiles.
^In 1988, he was the co-lead
*investigator on a joint FBI/FHP
investigation that led to the ar-
'rest and conviction of a group
'of people who had defrauded
-the insurance industry of more
'than $1 million.
In 1994, he coordinated law
enforcement between the Gov-
ernor's Office and the U. S.
Secret Service during a summit
meeting attended by presidents
of all 35 countries in the West-
During his eight years as-
signed to Wakulla County, he
was awarded two FHP Directors
Awards for saving lives, was
named Trooper of the Month,
and was nominated for Trooper
of the Year.
Creel is currently employed
by Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jerni-
gan as a management consul-
tant to the Florida Department
Although Creel has been a
longtime registered Democrat,
he is running as a No Party Af-
filiation candidate this year.
"I believe party politics has
no place in the sheriff's race,"
he said. "I am ready to put my
experience to work for all the
people every single person
- in Wakulla County as your
For more information, please
contact Charlie at (850) 926-1184,
send e-mail to charliecreel@
gmail.com, visit www.char-
liecreel.com, or write to P.O.
Box 1677, Crawfordville, FL
Continued from Page 1A
There will be more than 80 vendors selling arts and crafts and
ood. There is no admittance charge.
8 a.m. Arts and crafts vendors open
10 a.m. Opening ceremonies
10:15 a.m. Worm Gruntin' Demonstration with Gary Revell,
professional bait harvester
10:30 a.m. Worm Gruntin' Contest (Children 16 or under) -
Noon Coronation of Worm Grunter's King and/or Queen
12:30 p.m. Bait Casting Contest
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live music with "One of Many" and Delta
-Blues with Slim Fats
2:30 p.m. Jump Rope competition
1 p.m. Registration for horseshoe championship
2 p.m. Worm Grunter's Horseshoe Championship CASH PRIZE
3:30 p.m. Worm Grunter's Hula Hoop Contest
6 p.m. Songs by local favorite Brandon Strickland
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Worm Grunter's Balli Dance outdoors with
the Sopchoppy Music Review featuring Blues, Jazz, and Rock
and Roll. Musicians include Rick Ott, Tommy Owen, Susan
Solberg, Walter Solberg, Sammy Tedder, Ed Bradley, Stan Gramling,
Bring a chair or blanket. For more information, e-mail billlowrie@
.mbarqmail.cqm or call 962-4138, DAYTIME ONLY
Continued from Page 1A
Commission Chairman Ed Brim-
ner was a bit skeptical of the
benefits, indicating he felt the
presentation made by staff was
something more of a sales pitch
than an objective view of the issue.
Pingree responded with two draw-
backs to a charter, namely that cities
view counties as interfering with
their ability to revitalize blighted
areas and, secondly, the county
government to a certain extent
comes under the whims of citizen
Brimner added a third objec-
tion: Under a charter, the county
is empowered to impose public
utility taxes. Brimner said he was
concerned precisely because a board
could impose those taxes,
Commissioner Maxie Lawhon
acknowledged that he was wearing
two hats in the matter. One, sitting
on the board, and the other as an
employee of the City of Sopchoppy.
Lawhon indicated his concern that a
board would seek to impose'some
public utility tax on Sopchoppy's
water service. Frankly, Lawhon
said, what Sopchoppy's got is what
Sopchoppy has built.
"The county doesn't deserve any-
thing from Sopchoppy," he said.
Years ago, Sopchoppy took over
the county's dilapidated water
service in Crawfordville and con-
nected it to its service, Sopchoppy
water has grown into a profitable
enterprise that serves the area from
Franklin County to Sopchoppy to
Medart and Crawfordville as far
north as Bloxham Cutoff.
Clerk of Courts Brent Thurmond
said he supports the independence
of constitutional officers, and the
checks-and-balances it provides. A
"starter" charter that leaves govern-
ment under its current organization
would likely relieve many of the
concerns of other constitutional
officers, he said.
In other matters:
John Shuff, chairman of the
Citizens Advisory Committee on
Infrastructure Development, and
Ron Piasecki, a member of the
committee, presented a report to
commissioners urging them to use
the right of eminent domain to
move forward with several projects
- including turning Old Shell Point
Road into alternate north-south cor-
ridor to U.S. Highway 319.
Eminent domain is the authority
of the state to seize property in
this case land on the rights-of-way
- without the owner's consent for
public use or public good.
The board took no action on the
recommendation, but accepted the
committee's report and directed
staff to study the issue and bring it
back next month.
It has long been an unwritten
policy of the board not to use its
eminent domain powers or even
to outright buy rights-of-way for
paving projects, instead asking that
landowners give the land to the
But that has stymied many
projects, not only plans for Old
Shell Point Road, but for the much-
complained-about Old Bethel Road
The infrastructure committee
put forth a report urging the board
to use eminent domain on three
projects: Old Shell Point, contend-
ing that it is not only necessary as
an alternate route to Highway 319,
but that alternate is also needed
in case of emergency evacuation
of the coast in some sort of natu-
ral disaster; for Old Bethel Road,
which its potential as part of the
north-south alternate route along
with Old Shell Point; and engineer
Kathy Shirah, of the committee,
suggested eminent domain be used
to implement a stormwater plan for
Commissioner Kessler comment-
ed that he was opposed to the use
of eminent domain for any reason
other than health and safety.
Kessler chided Brimner for
spending more than $1,752 for the
National Association of Counties
meeting in Washington, D.C. last
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Kessler said that paying $794 in
mileage for Brimner to drive his car
to the convention plus an additional
$140 in parking charges when he got
there a total of nearly $950 was
excessive. Especially when plan
tickets to fly to Washington cost
only $291, he said.
"I think this is a political state-
ment you're making here," Brimher
said. "I chose to drive and that's
the cost of me driving, that's the
"Investigating each other's travel
expenses is uncalled-for," Langst6b
said as he made a motion to ap-
prove the payment.
Lawhon quipped that the c6st
of driving would be justified'If
Biimner had a fear of flying -4t
which Kessler added, with a nod
towards Brimner, "I hear he was in
the Air Force."
Page 6A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, April 10, 2008
--WHS tennis teams ready for playoffs
The 2008 Wakulla War Eagle and Lady War Eagle
tennis regular seasons came to a dose last week as
the Lady War Eagles lost 7-0 to Aucilla Christian in
Jefferson County. The Lady War Eagles finished the
regular season &5 overall and 8-2 in district contests.
The War Eagle team finished the regular season 11-0
overall and 8-0 in district contests.
Nina Reich lost at first seeded singles against
Aucilla. Ginny Weiss lost at second singles. Kelsey
Harrell lost at third seeded singles. Jenn Roberts was
a loser at fourth singles. Kara Smith dropped the fifth
singles. The first seeded doubles team of Reich and
Weiss lost as did the second seeded team of Harrell
Wakulla will be on spring break during the district
tournament and several players will be returning from
school trips to California and Europe prior to compet-
From left, Ben Remke, Daniel Harrell, Brandon McCall and Ben Arnoldy
Top of Florida Rovers are second
The Top of Florida Rovers
age 14 and under soccer team
traveled to Pensacola to compete
in the 2008 Pensacola Classic.
The tournament attracted more
than 1,500 players, ages 8 to
18, to the Ashton-Brosnaham
Sportscomplex. The tournament
was hosted by the Pensacola
Futbol Club (PFC). PFC President
Steve Willis said. "It's a showcase
for our very best soccer kids in
the area. It's a nice chance for
people to see what the south is
Four of the Top of Florida
Rovers players, Ben Remke, Ben
Arnoldy, Daniel Harrell and Bran-
don McCall, represented Wakulla
County well as part of the Rovers
The Rovers were seated in the
Gold Bracket for the tournament.
Saturday's games ended up in a
1-0 victory over Lakeview Thun-
der 94 of Louisiana and a 1-1 tie
with Bay United Storm 94 from
Panama City. On Sunday the fi-
nal games began. The semi-final
game was a 3-0 shutout, Top of
Florida Rovers over Pensacola
Ben Arnoldy and Brandon
McCall assisted in holding the
midfield in the game with both
participating at forward during
portions of the game. Ben Remke
cleaned up for the defense hold-
ing off several plays from the
goal. Daniel Harrell, goalkeeper,
did not get much action in the
game, but his challenge was still
The final game came down
to the Top of Florida Rovers
and Emerald Coast United from
Destin. The weather was not
in the Rover's favor with gusty
winds and threatening storms.
Daniel Harrell, as goalkeeper,
was pounded by attempted goal
shots defending like a pro de-
spite the extremely unfavorable
wind conditions. Emerald Coast
United took the championship
3-0 despite the best efforts from
all of the 17 Top of Florida Rov-
ers U14 team members. The Top
of Florida Rovers took the U14
Runner's-Up medals ending the
tournament in second place.
The Rovers will travel to Pan-
ama City for regional qualifying
games as well as Atlanta's Laser
Tournament and will finish out
the season at the Heart of Geor-
gia Classic in Macon, Ga.
WHS baseball team wins again
By KEITH BLACKMAR field that tied the game 2-2. Ryan Leutner had a walk in the
firstname.lastname@example.org Wakulla scored three more runs contest.
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lines that seems to bri th asey Eddinger siigle4~d 4dhured-fur innings. He gave up
best in the Wakulla WarEagle tole second base. Ryan Smiith two runs, one earned, two hits
baseball trea. The first gametripled to score Eddinger and and two walks while striking out
of the season between the two Cory Eddinger doubled to score one. Robbie Coles was the win-
schools resulted iason a sbetweenthe twoin- Smith. Cameron Graves was ning pitcher. He tossed three in-
S rally for a Wakulla victory walked intentionally and an nings and gave up an unearned
ning rally for a Wakulla overcame effort by Arnold to pick him off run, two hits, a walk and had a
deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 on the way base failed. The errant pick-off strikeout.
defto a 5-icits of 1-0 anamad 2-1 on they It throw scored Cory Eddinger. Ar- Wakulla will spend spring
to a 5-3 victory g Panama City. It nold added a run in the final in- break on the diamond with
for Coach Mike Gauger's squad, ning to make the score closer, three games. Thomasville Brook-
butfor Coachvery importantvictory that Graves was 1-3 with a run wood came to Medart Monday,
could propel the War Eagles into scored, an RBI, walk and home- April 7. Rickards visited April 8
could propel the War Eagles into run. Casey Eddinger was 1-2 in the final district contest of the
nament which will be played with an RBI and a run scored. regular season and Tallahassee
in Medart Tuesday, April 22 Ryan Smith was 1-4 with a Lincoln will visit on Thursday,
through Saturday, April 26. run scored and an RBI. Logan April 10. WHS goes to Brook-
Cameron Graves broke up Runyan had a walk and scored wood on April 14 and hosts
Arnold's bid for a no-hitter with a run. Cory Eddinger was 1-4 Taylor County on April 17. The
a sixth inning homerun to right with a run scored and an RBI. final regular season game will be
played at home against Spring-
field Rutherford on April 18.
Softball wins two games Wakulla improved to 13-6
overall and 7-2 in District 2,
-. Class 4A.
By KEITH BLACKMAR
The Wakulla Lady War Eagle
softball team finished the dis-
trict portion of the 2008 schedule
undefeated with a 10-0 record
after defeating Panama City
Beach Arnold 4-1 and Panama
City Bay 11-0 last week. Coach
Tom Graham's girls will play two
more regular season games this
week before opening the district
tournament and a chance to play
in the state playoffs.
Graham said his team was
sluggish against Arnold as the
team almost let the undefeated
district streak get away from
them. "It was our foot in mouth
game," said Graham. "They were
not ready to play and we laid a
Graham was hoping to pitch
Brianna Fordham for a few in-
nings against Arnold and get
Sarah Gregory some innings as
well. But Arnold kept the game
close and Fordham pitched a
complete game. She gave up five
hits, one run, one walk and had
Wakulla spread the offense
around as seven players each
had one hit. Ashley Spears was
1-3 with two RBIs. Chelsea Col-
lins was 1-2 with a run scored, a
double and a stolen base. Karlyn
Scott was 1-2 with a stolen base
and a run scored. Sarah Gregory
was 1-2 with a triple and a run
scored. Ki Myrick was 1-4 with
a run scored and a stolen base.
Lacey Crum was 1-3 with an
RBI and Hannah Lovestrand
Wakulla played better against
Bay and sent the visitors home
in five innings. An eight run
third inning was the difference
for WHS. Gregory had a strong
game against Bay. "She did a-
very, very good job," said Gra-
ham. "It was her best outing of
Gregory struck out eight
batters while walking one and
giving up two hits. "I'm very
proud of what she did," Graham
Crum was 2-3 with a run
scored, a double, two RBIs and
two stolen bases. Fordham was
2-2 with a double, RBI, stolen
base and a run scored. Ki Myrick
was 1-3 with two runs scored.
Collins was 1-2 with two runs
scored, an RBI and a stolen base.
Spears was 1-3 with an RBI.
Lovestrand was 1-2 with a run
scored. Lovestrand was 1-2 with
a run scored. Sarah Gregory was
1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Megan Rollins was 1-2 with a
triple, RBI and a run scored.
On Thursday, April 10, Wakul-
la will travel to Lincoln to play
the Lady Trojans. On Friday,
April 11, Leon will come to Med-
art to end the regular season.
The district tournament be-
gins Tuesday, April 15 for Wakul-
la as the team will probably play
Rickards or Bay at Rickards. The
finals will be played on Thurs-
day, April 17. Godby, Arnold,
and East Gadsden are also in
If Wakulla wins the district
title, it will host the first round of
the state playoffs Tuesday, April
22 against perhaps Milton or Na-
varre. WHS is 18-4 overall.
ing. Some players will be battling jet-lag and district
opponents. The team will participate in the district
tournament April 9 and April 10 at Tom Brown Park
in Tallahassee. -
Wakulla will send out Reich as first seed in singles
and follow with J.V. Varner as second seed. Jessie Mohr
will be the third seed and Ginny Weiss will play fourth
seed. Jenn Roberts will be the fifth seed for singles.
Reich and Varner will be the first seeded doubles teant
while Mohr and Kelsey Harrell will be the second
seeded doubles team.
The War Eagles will counter with Jared Lowe at first
seeded singles and Will Harvey at second singles. Caleb
Fisher will be third seeded and Travis Harrell will be
fourth seeded, Brett Wilson is the fifth seed. Lowe and
Harvey will play first seeded doubles and Fisher and
Harrell will play the second seeded doubles matches.
Over 80 vendors of arts and crafts and food *
Live music and games throughout the day *
* Crowning of the Worm Grunter's King and Queen
Unique 2008 Festival T-shirts on sale *
FREE ADMITTANCE *
00 5:00 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Vendors Open
Worm Gruntin' Demonstration with Gary Revell,
professional bait harvester
Kids Worm Gruntin' Contest CASH PRIZES
Coronation of Worm Grunter's King and Queen
Bait Casting Contest -
Registration for horseshoe championship- '
Worm Grunters' Horseshoe Championship CASH PRIZE
Live music with "One of Many" and
Delta Blues with Slim Fatz
Jump Rope Competition
Worm Grunters' Hula Hoop Contest (For kids and adults)
Songs by local favorite Brandon Strickland
7:00 10:00 P.M. Worti Grunters' Bo
Dance outdoors with the Sopchoppy Music Review
featuring Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll.
Rick Ott, Tommy Owen, Susan Solberg, Walter Solberg,
Sammy Tedder, Ed Bradley, and Stan Gramling
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Wal-Mart donates check to park Students selected for leadership
On Wednesday, April 2, the
West Tennessee Street Wal-Mart,
store #1408, Manager Mike Tay-
lor visited the Wakulla County
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment and presented the county
with a $2,000 check. Taylor, a
resident of Wakulla County, said,
"Our Wal-Mart store was the top
performer in the Region for 3M
Post-Its Super Sticky Recycled
Notes' Environmental Challenge.
The store was rewarded $1,000 to
give to any organization of our
choice that we felt would put
the money to good use through
either a playground, benches, or
any park facility that will better
The West Tennessee Wal-Mart
store also decided to match the
reward with a $1000 grant for
anything that the Parks and
Recreation Department needs.
Taylor told Parks and Recreation
staff member Peggy Bennett
when he presented her the check
that, "Your department has many
good things to offer the com-
munity. With team sports and
activities, we definitely need to
support and help outdoor utiliza-
tion to promote health wellness,
exercise and most importantly
Bennett said, "The recreation
park is extremely grateful and
the money will be going into
great use. Half the money will
be used at the recreational park
and the other half in the special
events fund to better the com-
munity with events at the local
For more park and recre-
ational information, please visit
their website at www.wcprd.
com or contact them by phone
The Wakulla High School
Rotary Interact Club announced
that sophomores Randi Ministe-
rio and Josh Love have been se-
lected as the 2008 Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards (RYLA) par-
ticipants. Rotary Youth Leader-
ship Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's
leadership training program
for young people. RYLA par-
ticipants can be ages 14 to 30,
but most clubs and districts
choose to focus on a narrower
age range, such as 14 to 18 or
19 to 30. Young people chosen
for their leadership potential
attend an all-expenses-paid
seminar, camp, or workshop
to discuss leadership skills and
to learn those skills through
RYLA emphasizes leader-
ship, citizenship, and personal
growth, and aims to demon-
strate Rotary's respect and con-
cern for youth while providing
an effective training experience
for selected youth and potential
leaders. RYLA also encourages
leadership of youth by youth
and recognizes publicly young
people who are rendering ser-
vice to their communities.
RYLA was established in
1959, when the state govern-
ment of Queensland, Austra-
lia, invited local Rotarians to
help plan a festival celebrating
Queensland's upcoming cen-
Wakulla High School stu-
dents are selected through
nominations and applications.
The 2008 RYLA finalists were
asked to define leadership as
part of the selection process.
Randi, who plays multiple
sports for Wakulla High School
and has been an active 4-H
member, explained that she
defines leadership as encom-
passing many great qualities,
"Leaders are able to guide
people, have good communica-
tion skills, and are skilled prob-
lem solvers. Most importantly,
leaders show their care for
others through their actions."
Ministerio said she hopes that
participating in RYLA will im-
prove her communication;.and
leadership skills. Josh, who is
active in his church and the
school drama program, charac-
terized a leader as "Someone
who can guide, listen to others,
give orders, and communicate
his or her point of view while
considering the input of, oth-
ers." Love said he would lije
to learn more about leadership
during the RYLA program and
how to become a more effective
leader overall. ,"0
The students traveled t'the
Adventures Unlimited Outdoor
Center in Milton from April
3 to April 6 and will atteird
a Wakulla Rotary meetingtto
discuss their experiences-later
this spring, ;'
Babe Ruth cookout
The Wakulla County Babe
Ruth Baseball League will hold
an opening day cookout on Sat-
urday, April 19 beginning at 11:30
a.m. at the Babe Ruth Field at the
recreation park in Medart. Tick-
ets are $5. The menu includes
a choice of grilled chicken or
hamburger, sides of baked beans
and cole slaw and a drink and
Thirty women over the age
of 50 have embarked on a 3,135
mile bicycle ride across the United
States and are stopping to over-
night in Crawfordville on April 26
;.and April 27. ,
They dipped their rear bike
wheels in the Pacific Ocean
on March 7 in San Diego and
expect to finish their trek in St.
Augustine in early May. They'll
be supported by WomanTours,
Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., the only all
women bicycle touring company
in the country.
The oldest woman on the tour
is 68 years old, but the average age
of all the women is 60. Several of
the women are cancer survivors,
while others have survived stroke
and heart disease. In this era of
American obesity and lack of
physical activity, it's heartening to
see older Americans undertaking
the significant physical challenge,
despite their own health limita-
tions, officials said.
For more information, contact
WomanTours at 800-247-1444 or
If you haven't
been able to do
i it on your own...
you're not alone!
I CAN HELP!
926-7685 or 510-2326
Babe Ruth games will be
played at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call league president Darrell
Norman at 556-6563.
Co r i i
2190 cGrawfordvinle Highway
*C a IS ed, Z
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary of State of the State of
Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL
ELECTION will be held in WAKULLA County, State Q0,
Florida, on the FOURTH day of NOVEMBER,
2008, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices: v.
President and Vice-President -
Representative in Congress: District 2
State Attorney: Judicial Circuit 2
Public Defender: Judicial Circuit 2
State Representative: Districts 7 and 10
Supreme Court: Retention of One Justice
First District Court of Appeal:
Retention of Six Judges
Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit:
Groups 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8,10,13 and 16
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Superintendent of Schools
Supervisor of Elections
School Board: Districts 2 and 4
County Commissioner: Districts 1, 3 and 5 -;
Wakulla Soil and Water Conservation District: ;
Groups 1, 3 and 5
t* CHAT of Wakulla would like to thank the
following individuals and merchants for thheir .
support for the 2008 Canine Poker Walk
on March 31, 2008.
We also want to acknowledge all the volunteers,
.* who gave of their money and time.
S AAA Constant Comfort
Wakulla Bank -
e.. IWakulla County Animal Hospital ;
S 1) Liquor Mart of Tallahassee *
9. Iris Anne's
Lee's Liquors/Sky Box *t
Purple Martin Nurseries ,S.
y," Rascal Enterprises ,
Ace Hardware of Crawfordville ,
Auto Trim Design
""* Doylene's Barber Shop
Nell's Country Chic:.;
Tan Lines ,
Dux's Discount Liquors
* Badcock & More
Wakulla Sod & Nurseries "
Advanced Discount Auto
Tangles Hair Salon
El Jalisco's Restaurant -
Avon, Robin Zanco
Evolution Day Spa -
Sassy Sues ,
Linda's Beauty Salon "
The Shops At My Secret Garden
"" ~ Kick-N-Kennels '-
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, April 10, 2008 Page 9A
"Wakulla County Sheriff's Of-
fice officials are investigating a
,dog shooting case reported by
,Cynthia B. Simmons of Craw-
fordville on April 2, according to
Sheriff David Harvey.
"., -The victim reported that her
dog was shot in the face. The in-
Sjry was the result of a high pow-
ered pellet gun or low powered
;22 calibre weapon. A suspect has
-beet identified and the animal
-was taken to the animal hospi-
Ital. The case was turned over
:'tothe Criminal Investigations
Division. Lt. Ronald Mitchell
SIn other activity reported by
;the Wakulla County Sheriff's Of-
fice during the past week:
-' -. The Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office continues a series of warn-
ings about fraud. Several fraud
cases have occurred in Wakulla
County lately. The perpetrators
have been using these scams to
-get-money from residents, access
credit cards and bank accounts,
L and possibly stealing identites.
Credit Card and Bank Fraud:
Someone stating they are
calling from your bank or credit
card security department may
contact you. They will tell you
that something has happened
with your account and they have
to verify your information, or
that they can lower your inter-
est rates. They will attempt to
obtain your account information
for their personal use. The thief
will empty your bank account
or max out your credit card. If
someone claiming to be from
your bank or credit card company
contacts you, write down their
contact information and tell
them you will call them back.
Contact your bank or credit card
company and verify the caller's
identity and purpose for calling.
Remember, your bank and credit
card companies already know
your account numbers and per-
sonal information. There is no
reason for anyone to verify all of
your information with the caller.
Remember, if it is too good to be
Contact information: To re-
port a crime call-Wakulla County
Sheriff's Office at 850-926-0800. If
defrauded on-line, contact the FBI
cyber crime complaint center at
www.ic3.gov. If you are a victim
of identity theft, call the Federal
Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-
HELP (1-877-382-4357) or contact
them on-line at www.ftc.gov.
On April 2, Lloyd W. Shoupe
of Tallahassee reported a grand
theft of copper wiring. Someone
dug up wiring from a power pole
at one of the victim's rental prop-
erties. The wiring and a power
box were valued at $750. Deputy
James Plouffe investigated.
On April 3, Anthony R.
Rehor of Tallahassee and Winn-
Dixie reported a retail theft at
the Crawfordville store. A 16-
year-old female was observed on
store security cameras scanning
only lower priced items. During
the investigation, the suspect
admitted giving merchandise to
friends, family members and as-
sociates. The value of the stolen
items was estimated at $200. The
juvenile was issued a trespass
warning and charged with retail
theft. Deputy Lindsay Allen in-
On April 3, Michael L. Rose
of Crawfordville and the Wakulla
County Wastewater operation
reported the theft of a boat mo-
tor and boat accessories, valued
at $2,870. Deputy Jason Brooks,
Det. Jason Newlin and Crime
Scene Technician Richele Brooks
On April 3, Nathaniel B.
Harris of Crawfordville reported
a vehicle theft of a car stereo,
valued at $100. The property
was recovered and a suspect was
identified. Deputy Ward Kromer
On April 4, Allen N. Hobbs
of St. Marks reported a theft of
gasoline and containers, valued
at $206. The property was stolen
from boats at the Shell Island
Fish Camp. Deputy Casey Whit-
On April 4, Michael A. Pal-
ecki of Tallahassee reported the
theft of gas from his boats and
the cutting of gas lines in Pana-
cea. Damage to the boats was
estimated at $50 arid the stolen
gas was valued at $223. Deputy
Pam Veltkamp investigated.
On April 4, Bruce A. Rath of
Panacea reported the theft of gas-
oline from his boat. Damage to
the vessel was estimated at $25.
The gasoline was valued at $200.
A gas line had been cut. Deputy
Andrew Vass investigated.
On April 6, Harry L. Tucker
of Tallahassee reported the theft
of $180 worth of boating equip-
ment from his vessel. A forced en-
try was discovered at the home's
porch in Panacea, but nothing
was reported missing. Deputy
Pam Veltkamp investigated.
On April 7, Mary P. Finch of
Crawfordville reported the theft
of her vehicle. A suspect has
been identified. Sgt. Mike Kemp
On April 7, Amanda K. Mus-
grove of Crawfordville reported
a vehicle theft at her home.
Later the same day, the Florida
Highway Patrol stopped the
vehicle in Holmes County and
Ashley Nichole Holguin, 21, and
Zonya Nicole Smith, 24, both of
Crawfordville, were charged with
grand theft auto and violation of
probation. Deputy Ben Steinle
On April 7, Elaine V. Dutton
of Havana reported the theft
of her vehicle. The vehicle was
removed from an area garage.
The vehicle was entered in the
NCIC/FCIC computer. Deputy
Jason Brooks investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office received 860.calls for ser-
vice during the past week.
Note to our readers: The peo-
ple who are reported as charged
with crimes in this column have
not yet been to trial and are
therefore innocent until proven
Fire Rescue Report
Last week, your volunteer
firefighters responded to two
brush fires, two vehicle fires, 12
miscellaneous fires, six vehicle
accidents, seven power lines
down, six road obstructions, one
public assistance and 14 emer-
gency medical first responder
The Wakulla Station Volun-
teer Fire Rescue Department will
host a fundraising golf tourna-
ment at Wildwood Country Club
on April 11. On-site registration
will be at 8 a.m. and tee-off at
8:30 a.m. The cost to enter is
$100 per player. Reservations
can be made by calling Anthony
Stephens at 850-590-8204 or Tom
Wright at 850-528-3369. After the
tournament, there will be a con-
cert by a country band starting at
7:30 p.m. The cost of the concert
is $20 for individuals or $30 for a
couple. There will be a cash bar
and open restaurant.
Although we fortunately had
rain this past weekend, Wakulla
County is moving into its annual
spring weather dry season. It is
important for residents to know
that a large number of fires your
county's fire departments and
the Florida Division of Forestry
handle each year are caused by
homeowners burning yard trash
or other debris in which the
fires escape and become out-of-
Many residents are not aware
that there are Florida laws gov-
erning the burning of yard trash
and other debris. Individuals
who violate these outdoor burn-
ing laws and, as a result, cause
out-of-control fires are subject
to being cited for illegal burn-
ing by the Florida Division of
Forestry. These fires can and
often do endanger homes and
other structures and, more im-
portantly, the lives of people
living in the area.
If you have questions, contact
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Affairs,
Division of Forestry at 421-3102
or on-line at www.fl/dof.com.
Burgess acquitted in Rotary theft case
;-: By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
Maurice Burgess, his eyes red-
rimmed with emotion, called the
He had just been acquitted
of charges that, as treasurer of
the local Rotary Club, he had
been an accessory to the scheme
of his live-in companion, Bon-
nie Brown, to steal more than
$23,000 from the club.
"I'm just..."he paused and
looked at his attorney, Stephen
Webster, and then said: "I'm
sorry for what's happened to the
Rotary but I'm just thankful for
"I'm thankful that the truth
came out," he said.
Just a few minutes earlier,
Wakulla Circuit Judge N. Sanders
Sauls had ruled that the state
had failed to present sufficient
evidence to support the charges
against Burgess, and directed a
not guilty verdict.
At the trial, held on Thurs-
day, April 3, several Rotary Club
members said that Burgess was
elected treasurer of the local
service dub for a term beginning
in July 2006. Brown was chosen
as secretary. According to fraud
examiner and accountant Deet
Preacher, Brown began cash-
ing checks written to herself
beginning on Oct. 31, 2006, and
through to March 2007 when
the disappearance of $23,750.27
was discovered by other Rotary
But the defense contended
that Burgess never knew what
was going on, and that he was
duped by Brown. The Rotary
checks required two signatures
of officers, and the defense
argued that the signature of Bur-
gess was forged on the checks.
Other Rotary officers then-Pres-
ident Donna Bass and Valentine
chairman Don Henderson said '
they could not be sure if they
had signed checks or not.
Rotary Club members Hen-
derson and Joanne Strickland
testified that, at a March 2007
meeting of club officers with
Burgess and Brown, that Burgess
appeared "shocked" when con-
fronted with the checks cashed
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was no evidence that Burgess
had any knowledge of Brown's
actions, and contended there
was no "overt act" by Burgess
that would constitute being an
accessory. Additionally, Burgess
suffered an apparent stroke in
November and January and was
going to the Mayo Clinic for
treatment during those months
as well as trying to work at Winn-
Dixie and had turned over many
of his financial responsibilities
to Brown, Webster said.
Burgess was an "unwilling
participant" in Brown's scheme,
Stowell countered with an
argument that the failure of
Burgess to immediately turn
over the dub's checkbook and
financial records when requested
by Bass was an effort to coverup
the theft and in itself implied he
had knowledge of the missing
Judge Sauls found there was
no evidence of any overt act by
Burgess that would support the
charge of being an accessory, nor
was there any evidence that Bur-
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Tyler Bennett with his trout
The weekend couldn't have
been much worse. Fortunately,
the fish bit inshore, but it was
way too rough to get out deep.
Mike Hopkins said they didn't
have many fishermen over the
weekend, but those fishing in
close caught fish. One boat
headed offshore, but was back
within an hour heading home.
Dog Island Reef, the east end
of Dog Island, the east end of
St. George and the flats north
of Lanark Reef are all producing
Spanish. Trolling, casting jigs or
fishing live shrimp will all pro-
duce fish. Some pompano were
reported on the east end of Dog
Island and in Ballast Cove, but
they still aren't here in big num-
Continued from Page 1A
Additionally, Pingree point-
ed out that this year's rollback
rate that is, the tax rate re-
quired to bring in the same
amount of money as the previ-
ous year will likely be higher
than last year's rate of 7.625
mills. That rate represents $7.62
per $1,000 of taxable value. On
a home valued at $100,000 with
a $25,000 homestead exemption,
that home would have paid just
over $571 in county taxes, not in-
cluding school board and water
Last year, property taxes ac-
counted for $11.3 million of the
county's $21 million general
fund in the total $43.6 million
While this year's rollback rate
as yet to be calculated, Pingree
stressed that the rollback rate is
not a tax increase it is exactly
the same rate. For example, if
the rollback rate is determined
to be 8.2 mills, that would not be
an increase, though the, public
may perceive of it as an increase,
since it would generate the same
amount of tax revenue.
Chairman Brimner insisted it
would be an increase for thou-
sands of homes. And he stated at
one point, "I don't want to raise
the millage rate."
Commissioner Howard Kes-
sler commented that the board
had increased taxes on citizens
for the past five or six years, and
that he had offered real budget
cuts in past years for which he
could not even get a second to
his motion. He accused commis-
sioners of taking advantage of
the real estate bubble Kessler
said the board had "taken it for a
ride" and now was in trouble.
Brimner also said the "perfect
storm" of budget problems may
not happen while money to
bers. Trout fishing is still good
on Turkey Point Shoals and a
good spot right now is between
the water tower east of the
store and Lanark Reef (or Bird
Island as locals refer to it). Reds
are still being caught around
the docks using gold spoons
and shrimp. Offshore fishing
was good before the weekend
and plenty of grouper are being
caught. No reports of any cobia
being caught but quite a few
pods are being seen. I did hear
some were brought into Shields
Marina last week.
Tammy at Jerry's Bait and
Tackle said 11-year-old Tyler Ben-
nett fished near the lighthouse
using the new penny and natu-
ral gulp and he limited out on
trout ranging between 15 and
18 inches. Lots of Spanish are
being caught around the channel
cover the projected impact of
Amendment 1 wasn't in the gov-
ernor's budget, the state House
of Representatives currently
has $26 million in its budget to
cover fiscally constrained coun-
ties, while the Senate has only
"I'm not confident we're going
to get $1.5 million" to cover the
amount of the projected loss to
Wakulla County, Brimner said,
"but we are going to get some-
Citizen Larry Roberts sug-
gested cutting the budget by
putting an end to contributions
to non-profits, such as the Cham-
ber of Commerce, the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, and exempting
certain permits for groups like
Habitat for Humanity.
There was considerable dis-
cussion about the budget for the
Wakulla County Sheriff's Office,
and it was noted that of the $11.3
in property taxes brought in by
the county, $7.5 million of that
went to the sheriff.
Undersheriff Dale Wise was
at the workshop and said the
sheriff's office is looking at ways
to cut costs.
Library Director Doug Jones
said a budget he submitted to
Pingree included cuts in two of
his most popular programs the
Bookmobile and computer class-
es and he asked if those were
indeed the types of cuts commis-
sioners wanted to make.
Noting that the county has
proposed moving some duties
of now-retired facilities manager
Bill Green to the county Parks
and Recreation Department,
Jones said that the library build-
ing in Medart gets no regular
maintenance and he spends
much of his time making toilets
work in addition to his regular
duties. He noted the library's
back yard has not been mowed
in some time.
"We've been so starved over
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Jon, Chris and Paul were able to
get out to the Rotary Reef and
using live and cut bait caught 10
grouper and were able to keep
five of them. They were fishing
in 17 feet of water. The next red-
fish tournament is April 19. For
more details, call 421-3248.
On Saturday, I fished with
Alan and Margaret Whitehead
from Crawfordville, their son
Craig, and his son, Kalan from
Alpharetta Ga. We managed to
catch quite a few trout, Spanish
and reds despite the high winds,
but on the way in we got caught
in the storm that caused quite
a bit of damage at Shell Point.
The weather came up so fast it
was unbelievable. It went from
choppy to four and five foot seas
the past 20 years for infrastruc-
ture and now that we've gotten
to a position where we are fi-
nally getting some infrastructure,
we're going to have start cutting
it," Jones said.
Commissioner George Green,
who is retired from the state
Department of Education, said
that, having worked in govern-
ment. sometimes bureaucracies
are unwilling to give up certain
jobs that could perhaps be
handled better by others. He also
suggested looking at purchasing
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Bismark with a 25 lb. tuna
in a matter of seconds, only 300
yards off Shell Point Beach. I had
to fight to keep the nose of the
boat into the wind and I kept
the engine at about half throttle.
I have a tower on my boat and
waves were hitting the front of
the boat and splashing over the
tower. The wind shifted from
every direction and I was just
about to run the boat up onto
the beach when it shifted to
the west and I was able to go
forward with the wind and get
procedures to ensure that the
county is getting the best deal.
Anne Van Meter, wife of Com-
missioner Kessler, suggested an
operational audit as means of
assuring county government is
Kessler commented that he
thought the county's budgets are
fairly "bare bones," but said he
was concerned that the sheriff's
budget is "bloated."
He also said he believes the
county pays its attorney, Ron
Mowrey, too much.
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BY CAPT, JODY CAMPBELL
it. I don't know how strong the
winds were, but about five or six
homes at Shell Point Village lost
screen porches and carports and
several people reported hearing
a loud roaring sound. Kalan was
wearing his lifejacket all day, but
this thing came up so fast and
was so furious we couldn't get
to the life jackets, which were
above my head in a zippered
compartment. Before my next
charter I will have zip-up life jack-
ets readily accessible at all times.
The Whitheads stayed calm the
whole time and we were able to
get in safely and laugh (not too
loud) about a scary experience.
On Sunday, I fished with Clay
Kuersteiner of Tarpine and Dr.
Richard Chichetti from Tallahas-
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tlure did not cooperate. There
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Flotilla 13 (Shell Point) will
have its April meeting on Sat-
urday, April 12. The meeting
will start at 7 p.m. The public
is invited. Shell Point station
is east to find, just go to Shell
Point and the station is where
Shell Point Road meets the Gulf
Flotilla 1-10 sent us some
good news this week. On Sat-
urday, March 8, Flotilla 1-10
hosted an open house. The flo-
tilla uses a former Coast Guard
station on Lake Seminole near
Chattahoochee. The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers operate this
building and a "Memorandum
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signed so that the Coast Guard
Auxiliary can use the facility.
Flotilla 1-10 will assist the
Corps of Engineers in providing
public education concerning
boating safety. They will also
conduct vessel safety inspec-
tions, check Aids to Navigation
(ATONs), and conduct environ-
mental safety checks.
During the open house,
Captain James Montgomery,;
Eighth Coast Region Director
of the Auxiliary (DIRAUX) pre-
sented awards to Mary Zapata,
Mike Chammoun, and Stephen
Chammoun. Also attending
were Immediate Past Division
Captain Dallas Cochran, Com-
modore Bill Crouch, District
Captain Rich Rasmussen and 1-
10 Flotilla Commander Garland
Carolyn Treadon reports for
Flotilla 12 (St. Marks). It goes
without saying that the patrol
we had scheduled for Saturday
was canceled. The call was
made early Saturday morning
to stay dockside and safe at
home before taking a chance of
getting stuck out in that nasty
It was by no small feat that 15
of our members made it to the
meeting Saturday night, along
SGT-18 XP Gyro-Trac
.' .. High Speed Mulcher
Commercial & Residential
Land Clearing Timberland Management Industrial Sites
Hazardous Fuel Reduction Habitat Restoration
Wildland-Urban Interface Temporary Fire Lanes
Pre-Fire Suppression i _..i r>s>
Utilities & Transportation
Clearing & Right of Way Maintenance Survey Lines
Highways Power & Gas Lines Canals & Waterways
vill arier, lwner-
with our guest, Rob Purvis. The
rain was almost coming down
sideways at times. Several of
us met early to complete the
instructors workshop. During
our meeting, several of our staff
officers were able to share a lot
of good things in the works.
With Springtime Tallahassee
behind us, we are now focusing
on our two remaining educa-
tion classes, Basic Navigation
on April 19 and About Boating-
Safety on May 17. Anyone in--
terested in participating may-
contact Larry Kolk at 877-0818..
We are also planning a day of*
boat inspections during Memo-*
rial Day weekend. Moxe details;
will follow as the time draws-:
closer. .. ..-, -' ; : -
One of the evening's high-:
lights was the swearing in of
two new members, Nelson:
Mongiovi and John Wilgis. We-
are very lucky to have them as.
members of our team Wel-:
come aboard I Hopefully we will
be doing the same for many:
more in the future.
If all goes well with the,
weather this weekend, we will:
have a patrol boat on the water.
Remember: Safe Boating Is,
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Electrical Service & Repairs
Emergency Generator &
Transfer Switch Installation
Boat Docks & Lifts
Turtle Friendly Lighting
Gas Appliance Service
Liscensed & Insured
LP Gas Installer #24136
3342 Crawfordville Hwy:
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Coast Guard Station
Panama City ..................... .................... (850) 234-4228
'Coast Guard Station
Yankeetown .................................... (352) 447-6900
'Coast Guard Auxiliary
'St. Marks (Flotilla 12) .................................... (850) 906-0540
or ..... .......................... ... .... ........................ 893-5137
Shell Point (Flotilla 13) ................................(850) 926-2606
o r .................................................w .......... .......................... 926-5654
Duane Treadon swears in Nelson Mongiovi and John Wilgis
ft oftwoo. Oft-do 0 4004mom
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Tours of homes planned
around the county
On Saturday April 19, between
11 a.m. and 3 p.m., 11 homeown-
ers will open their homes to
Earth Day Tour of Green Homes
and Gardens participants in
Crawfordville and Sopchoppy.
This is an opportunity to net-
work with folks concerned and
curious about ways to make their
homes and environments more
sustainable and 'green.' With so
many 'green' products now avail-
able and so little long-term expe-
rience in using them, the tour is
a chance to speak with others
who have incorporated many
green features into their homes.
It is also an opportunity to listen
to what has worked and what
might be done differently.
The tour is self-directed, al-
though the booklet with ad-
dresses and directions, offers a
suggested route heading south
from Tallahassee. Booklets are
available at The Wakulla News
office in the center of Crawford-
ville and cost $5. You only need
one per car, so consider carpool-
ing. For more information, call
Judith Harriss at 962-2551.
Historical Society will hold meeting
The Wakulla County His- lecting stories for the Heritage ing to plan a project designed to
torical Society will hold its Book have been rewarded with save some of the old buildings
April meeting in Sopchoppy a surge of submittals to meet our of Wakulla County and to place
at the old school on Tuesday, deadline of March 31. them in a park setting that will
April 15 at 7 p.m. The history of "We are excited about our depict the lifestyles of Wakulla
the Sopchoppy community and possibilities and are looking County in the early 1900s.
area is the focus of the program forward to having a.great book "Although faced with a finan-
and guests can look forward to produced in time for Christmas cial shut-down in every area,
hearing personal memories as sales," said Betty Green, we must continue to plan and
told by citizens who remember Another meeting of historical explore possibilities to achieve
"way back when." The society significance for the county is that the goal chosen by the commit-
greatly appreciates the richness of the Wakulla Heritage Project tee," said Green. The goal is "to
of Sopchoppy's history and which will meet on April 17 at 1 capture and preserve Wakulla's
glimpses of the past. The public p.m. at the Wakulla County Pub- History yesterday, today and
is encouraged to join and hear lic Library. This group, under the tomorrow." Anyone with an in-
"Sopchoppy Stories" and take leadership of Sheree T. Keeler terest in this area is encouraged
part in a tour the old school cooperating with Sheryl Mosley to attend.
building, of Wakulla County Parks and For more, call Green at 926-
The society's efforts in col- Recreation Department, is work- 7405 or email@example.com.
Phenomenal Women of Vi:
sion, Inc. will be hosting a fred
countywide Women's Conference
at The Inn at Wildwood on Satur-
day, April 19, The conference will
feature programs on personal
safety by Major Larry Massa, dy-.
ber safety by Mary McLaughlin;
personal relationships by RevI ,
Derrick Nelson, personal finaric6
by Matthew Carter II, and sexual
and domestic violence by Kathy,
Registration for the event wijl
begin at 9 a.m. on April 19.
Anyone planning to atteil
is asked to RSVP to pwv20079
yahoo.com or call Deidre Meltoe
at (850) 766-3687 or Frances Bakle
at the same number.
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