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Wakulla Springs April 2 4 See Special Section Inside


Our 114th Year, 10th Issue

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Serving Wakulla County For More Than A Century

Two Sections

50 Cents

Kessler draws protesters' ire, board's concern

Commissioner Howard Kessler

Boat ramp

for Shell

Point eyed

With the closure of the Shell
Point boat ramp because of liabil-
ity concerns, county commission-
ers directed staff to work with
the developer to develop some
sort of public boat ramp there.
With the real estate market'
crash, developer George Heaton's
Shell Point redevelopment proj-
ect has been on hold. A few
weeks ago. Heaton had the boat
ramp at the marina boat basin
chained after he was reportedly
told by his insurance company of
potential liability for any injuries
there. The insurance company
recommended that Heaton not
open the boat ramp until his
marina is built and there is an
employee on-site.
Without the boat ramp at
Shell Point, the nearest water ac-
cess for Shell Point boaters is St.
Marks or Panacea. There is a pri-
vate boat ramp at Oyster Bay, and
residents there have expressed
concern that there isn't parking
for the public and that it ends up
with people parking trucks and
trailers along the roadway.
At the commission meeting on
Tuesday, March 3. the issue came
up as the board discussed sub-
mitting applications for $200.000
in grants from the state Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion. The board considered but
rejected, on the recommendation
of staff, projects that included
$110,000 to build a new public
boat ramp in Shell Point, as well
as an $80,000 grant to take over
Heaton's boat ramp and make
needed improvements.
The private boat ramp is far
from adequate, according to
boaters who use it. Because of
its design and construction, the
ramp can only be used during
high tide; at low tide there isn't
enough water.

Dozens of supporters of Sheriff Da-
vid Harvey showed up at the county
commission meeting wearing white
T-shirts with the slogan "Harvey is my
sheriff' and carrying signs to protest
Commission Chairman Howard
Kessler's high profile involvement in
the sheriffs accident case.
Later in the meeting on Tuesday.
March 3. after the protesters and
Tallahassee media left, county
commissioners Mike Stewart
and Lynn Artz both expressed
displeasure with Kessler's ac-
tions including letters he
wrote on county letterhead
that may give the impression
he was writing on behalf of the

Maxie Lawhon displays latest fashions.

whole board.
County Attorney Ron Mowrey submitted a
legal memo, requested by Artz days earlier,
that indicated Kessler's letters were illegal.
Kessler defended himself at the meeting.
saying he was doing what he believed was
the right thing to do and was acting as an
individual, not as chairman.
Mowrey's two-page memo, given to a re-
porter after a public document request, noted
that the Feb. 23 letter from Kessler to Gov. Charlie
Crist "was not only improper but in violation of
Florida law."
That letter was sent on county commis-
sion letterhead and, Mowrey's memo notes,
was "confirmed by Commissioner Kessler
as chairman without any prior vote of the I
board (or) consideration of the matter in
any duly advertised public hearing."
At the time the memo was written,
Mowrey was unfamiliar with another let-
ter, written the same day as the letter to the governor.
sent to Champion Chevrolet requesting that the car dealer
do no repair work on the sheriffs vehicle.
That letter is also on county letterhead, signed by
Kessler as chairman, and the first sentence begins. "On
behalf of Wakulla County..." The letter includes a list of
people to be copied, including county commissioners,
but no one apparently distributed it.
Asked about that letter at the meeting. Kessler said
that staff had written it for him and he had signed it.
The day after the meeting. Commissioner Mike Stew-
art said he was incensed by that letter to Champion Chev-
rolet which he had not seen until the board meeting.
He was also irritated, he said, that Kessler was denying
responsibility for the letter and was instead "throwing
staff under the bus."
That letter, Stewart insisted, should have been sent
on white paper without letterhead.
Kessler received Mowrey's memo during a break and,
as he read it. he told a reporter that the memo's conclu-
sions were "Outrageous."
An e-mail sent from Artz to Kessler hours after the
meeting ended is an apology for making the request that
prompted Mowrey's memo.
"Dear Howard." it says. "I am so sorry that Mowrey
took my request for info and turned it into an attack
on you."
Continued on Page 5A

Supporters of Sheriff David Harvey wait to enter board room and discuss issue with commissioners.

Continued on Page 5A

6 8457

Wakulla Community
Theatre production
The popular Wakulla
" Community Theatre will
present Hello, Dollyl this
weekend. The cast of Hel-
lo, Dollyl rehearsed one
of musical theatre's most
famous scenes, "The Hat
Shop." The play opens
Friday, March 13 for a
three run show. Addition-
al shows will be March
14 and March 15. Evening
shows are at 7:30 p.m. and
the Sunday matinee will
be presented at 3 p.m. at
the historic Sopchoppy
School, 164 Yellow Jacket
For ticket reservations,
call 926-3386 or e-mail
com. Reba Mason is the
o production director.

Sheriff David Harvey



in robbery
Two days after an armed robbery
at the Murphy Oil Company near
Wal-Mart in Crawfordville, Wakulla
County Sheriffs Office investigators
arrested two Tallahassee individuals
in connection with the crime, accord-
ing to Major Maurice Langston.
Daniel Brown. Jr., 20. has been
charged with aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon- and armed
robbery and Jessica Watson. 18, faces
charges of being an accessory to
armed robbery.
Law enforcement officials received
a 911 call from the clerk at Murphy's
Oil at 5:15 am. Sunday, March 1. She
reported that a black male entered a
secured area and attempted to steal
money by allegedly threatening her
with bodily harm.
Continued on Page 5A


fees will be

At the end of the year-long mora-
torium on impact fees, the county
commission will re-impose the fees
albeit at a lower rate.
There has been considerable study
and discussion of the impact fee is-
sue since three new commissioners
joined the board in November. replac-
ing the three board members who
had cast votes for the moratorium.
At a workshop on Feb. 10. commis-
sioners indicated support for reduc-
ing the amount of the fees except
those fees that go for fire protection
and Emergency Medical Services. At
the commission meeting on Tuesday.
March 3. the board voted to ratify the
workshop's conclusions.

Continued on Page 5A

Pictured left to right, Louis Hernandez, Mina Sutton, Dennis Fiorini, Katelyn Fiorini, Laura Hudson, Tom Egler.

Published Weekly,
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Page 2A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Wildlife Festival, I 7 ,st -

Expo and Sheriff L3 Lil M 1\' w- w wrT

This week. The Wakulla
News brings you the first of
two special sections in March.
On April 2 through April 4,
Wakulla Springs State Park
and several other locations
around our county, will host
the annual Wakulla Wildlife
The festival is an excellent
opportunity to learn about and
enjoy many aspects of what
Wakulla County has to offer.
The special section will give
you information about all of
the events going on over the
three days and ways you and
your family can enjoy every-
thing Wakulla County has to
It is sometimes a cliche to
say that there is "something
for everyone," but in this case,
it is true. There are .so many
premium guided tours avail-
able related to an amazing
array of topics that it is mind
If you don't want to pay for
a premium tour, there are free
.events. that will not cost you
anything more than admission
to the park.
Scan the special section for
the information that interests.
you and take advantage of
what is around you.
On March 21, the Third
Annual Green Living Expo and
Education Fair will be held at
Riversprings Middle School
beginning at 9 a.m.,
The Wakulla News will also
publish a special section about
the expo'"prior to the event.
The publication will help
guide you through the event
and discuss ways Wakulla

Men's Fraternity

donates clothing

SEditor, The News, seeking employmefit. With
A ,special thanks to the nation's unemployment
Wakilla Men's Fraternity, rate the highest it has been
WORKFORCE plus would since December 1983, the
like. to recognize the kind- thoughtfulness of others is
ness of Steve smith and the beyond measure;
Wakulla Men's Fraternity
who recently donated pro- Kimberly A. Moore, MBA
fessional clothing for our, Chief Executive Officer
job seekers to utilize when WORKFORCE plus

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Publisher Emeritus: William M. Phillips Family (1976-2006)
All subscriptions to The Wakulla News become due and payable
one year from the time the subscription is purchased.
In County $26 yr. $14.50 1/2 yr., Out of County $35 yr. $19 1/2 yr.
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We are all just fellow Americans

County can "Go Green."
If you haven't ever made
it out to Riversprings on the
day of the expo, I think you
will find it interesting and
informative. It has been a fun
opportunity to speak to folks
from Wakulla and Leon coun-
ties about doing something for
our planet.
I was talking to Sheriff
David Harvey about his re-
cent vehicle accident and he
seemed to be holding up well
to the media coverage.
I know David has a sense of
humor about life and work and
I am sure he has had to fall
back on his sense of humor at
times. He did not realize that
he is bigger than President
Barack Obama and the Florida
Legislature in the minds of
some media individuals in
Tallahassee. (Sorry David, you
are still second to Florida State
In the newspaper business
we often write stories about
high profile individuals. A
small county sheriff certainly
falls into that category.
The stories were necessary
although I must admit that the
Tallahassee media may want
to consider covering another
topic sometime. I suspect folks
in Leon County are wondering
if they can get some news on
their own county again.
An attorney is representing
the Tallahassee motorist in
potential legal. proceedings.
She probably wishes she had
been anywhere on the planet
except Rehwinkel Road in
The attorney told a member
of the Tallahassee media that
the victim doesn't want to be
"involved in the political in-
trigue that's ballooned around
this," I can understand that.
But if I can add my two
cents worth on this, don't seek
media coverage.
My two cents worth is
now actually worth 1/2 cent
in the stock market and some
crummy stocks will cost more
to sell than they are currently
worth. Enjoy the first day of
spring next week
Keith Blackmiar is Editor
of The Wakulla News

So you can imagine how
sad and shocked I was to learn
that after all this time I am just
a Transplant. Apparently I will
need a sufficient amount of wa-
ter and also fertilizer for which,
fortunately, there is an ample
abundance available from the
U.S. Congress.
Perhaps we Transplants can
form a WCTS (Wakulla County
Transplant Society) and find
solace in sharing our lowly
status. We could hold rallies
with a Transplants Unite slogan.
Given the vast amount of pork,
perhaps there is financial aid
in the Stimulus Bill, earmarked
to nourish and support Trans-
We can take heart from the
fact that America Jis the "Land
of Opportunity" and even a
lowly Transplant can rise to a
higher level. Why, if we get well
enough organized, there might
even be a day when we.could

Kessler sticks nose in
Editor, The Newss Mr. Kessler, Sheriff Harvey
Once again I see that will have to deal with what-
Wakulla County has been ever comes on his court date,
given another black eye over .so -here's.an idea that might
the Sheriff Harvey wreck on appeal to you. Do what the
Friday, Feb. 20. Sheriff Harvey people of this county elected
will have to deal with his you to do, such as bringing
situation through the court in jobs, and business to help
system,,but the real black eye those who have lost their jobs,
came from Wakulla Counity their homes and a whole lot
Commissioner Howard' Kes- more. I have watched you for
sler. Once again Mr. Kessler almost nine years and have
ran out and stuck his nose not seen where you've done
in something that he has'no a whole lot,
business sticking it into, try- Remember Mr. Kessler,
ing to do somebody else's job Sheriff Harvey doesn't run
instead of doing what he was again until 2012, if he decides
elected to do. to. You, on the other hand
Mr. Kessler, the last time must run again in 2010. Just
I checked, the people of Dis- a piece.of advice: stay out of
trict 2 elected Willie Meggs as -State Attorney business, stay
our State Attorney and not out of the court's business,
you. Mr. Meggs despite what and do what you where elect-
you might think, has done. a ed to do, or you might find
good job for the people of his yourself like a lot of people in
%district for many years, and :this county, unemployed!
has a staff of investigators to J.A. Harrison
handle such matters where CrawfordVille
you don't.

Recent poll closes

We recently closed our
online poll about the special
assessment lawsuit.
Poll Title: Do you think the
Municipal Service Benefit Unit
(MSBU) lawsuit attorneys are
seeking too much money in
the settlement?
Yes: 64 percent (16
Have not followed the

MSBU lawsuit: 20 percent (5
No: 8 percent (2 Votes).'
No Opinion: 8 percent (2
Total Votes: 25.
The current online poll
asks about confidence in law
enforcement. You can vote on-
line at www.thewakullanews.

Divers are recognized

Editor, The News%
I am very pleased to report
that the Woodville Karst Plain
Project cave divers received spe-
cial recognition from Governor
Crist and the Cabinet during
their March 10 meeting at the
A Resolution was presented
to the divers in the Cabinet meet-
ing room. As you know, their
extraordinary exploration of the
Wakulla Spring cave system, con-
ducted during the past 20 years,
has been a major contribution
to our work to protect Wakulla
Spring, We support Casey
McKinlay, Jarrod Jablonski and
their team of divers,

For those unable to attend
the Wakulla Spring Restoration
workshop last week, 130 people
attended including five Leon
Commissioners, three Wakulla
Commissioners and City Com-
missioner Debbie Lightsey. At
the end of the workshop, the
three local governments signed
an interlocal agreement pledg-
ing to work together to protect
the waters flowing to Wakulla
Spring. It was a good time for
Wakulla Spring. The next meet-
ing of the Wakulla Spring Basin
Working Group will be May 5.
Please mark your calendars.
Jim Stevenson,

form our own Transplant Party
and actually elect a member to
a seat in local government. OK,
we can dream, can't we?
During my years in the mili-
tary serving my country, I didn't
know about Transplants. We
thought we were all just fellow
Americans, or so we thought.
Also, I am part Indian (Fox tribe)
and from the perspective that

my ancestors were standing on
shore when your boats began to
arrive, I am dearly not the one
who is the real Transplant
As my ancestors would say,
"Let us smoke the peace pipe,"
forgive others-as we would like
to be forgiven-and join hands
for a better Wakulla County.
Jerry Kinder

Editor, The Newss
At a recent meeting of the
Wakulla County Commission,
one of the attendees made a
comment on the matter under
discussion. Another attendee
asked the person comment-
ing if they were from Wakulla
County? The person answered,
"yes, I have lived her for 14
years." Then someone in the
audience said, in a derogatory
tone, "Oh, you're a Transplant"
I assume it was a euphemism
for "you ain't from round here,
are you?"
Now I am just a poor Yankee
from a Wisconsin farm who
has lived here for 14 years. My
progress of being accepted is.
evidenced by the fact the na-
tives have dropped the "damn"
when calling me Yankee.
Two years ago I made further
progress when the DMV issued
me a personalized license plate
with my name, (Kinder) on
the plate, spelled backwards,

For online community calendar
visit www.thewakullanews.com
and click on calendar.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
COASTAL OPTIMIST CLUB meets at Posey's Up the Creek
in Panacea at noon.
DOT MEETING ON U.S. HIGHWAY 319 will be held at the
First Baptist Church of Crawfordville from 5 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. The meeting will have information available on three
improvement projects for the highway.
MEN'S FRATERNITY OF WAKULLA, a fellowship of men
who gather to share and support one another in the quest
for authentic manhood, meets "outback" Comrnerstofie
Ministries at 6:30 p.m. For more information,call at 508-&265
ROTARY CLUB meets at the senior center at noon.
ST. MARKS CITY COMMISSION meets at city hall in St.
Marks at 6:30 p.m.
VFW BINGO will be held at the VFW Post on Arran Road
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2009
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
FRIDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB meets at the public
library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meets at St. Teresa's Episcopal
Church in Medart from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
"HELLO, DOLLY!" a musical performance by Wakulla
Community Theatre will be held at Sopchoppy School
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for
senior citizens, and $10 for students, and are available at
the door. (Performances continue on Saturday, March 14,
and Sunday, March 15.)
PICKIN"'N' GRINNING JAM SESSION will be held at the
senior center from 10 a.m. to noon. (Also on Tuesdays)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
AARP TAX AIDE is offered at the public library from 9:30.
a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at the public library
at 10 a.m.
"HELLO, DOLLY1" will be performed at Sopchoppy School
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. (Also Sunday, March 15.)
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets at 3240 Crawfordville
Highway at 5 p.m. For more information, call 224-2321.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVAL, sponsored by the Lions '
Club, will be held at Hudson Park, The event begins at 8
a.m. with a breakfast in the park, a parade at 10 a.m., and
live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WAKULLA ARTS & CRAFTS GUILD meets at the public
library at 10 a.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"HELLO, DOLLY1" will be performed at Sopchoppy School
Auditorium at 3 p.m.
MEN'S FRATERNITY OF WAKULLA meets at First Baptist
Church of Crawfordville at 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16, 2009
commission boardroom from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on a
comprehensive sewer ordinance.
MOOSE LODGE #2510 meets at the lodge in Panacea at 7 p.m.
SCHOOL BOARD meets in the school administration
building at 5:45 p.m.
NAMI (mental health) group will meet at the Wakulla
County Health Department at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
AARP TAX AIDE is offered at the public library from 4 p.m. '
to 7 p.m.
BOOK BUNCH, for pre-school and home school families,
meets at the public library at 10:30 a.m.
COUNTY COMMISSION meets in the commission boardroom
at 6 p.m. A workshop on a faith-based, publicly funded
project will be held at 5 p.m.
IRIS GARDEN CLUB meets at the public library at noon.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets at 3240 Crawfordville
Highway at 7 p.m. For more information, call 224-2321.
SARRACENIA CHAPTER of the Florida Native Plant
Society meets at the public library at 6:30 p.m. Dan Miller
will speak on azaleas.
Post on Arran Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
AA meets at Ochlockonee Bay UMC on Surf Road at noon.
AARP TAX AIDE is offered at the senior center from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m.
BETTER BREATHERS meets at the senior center at 1 p.m.
BOOK BABIES, for infants and toddlers, will be held at the
public library at 10:30 a.m.
BOOK NOOK, for children in grades K-5, is 10:30 a.m. and
1 p.m.
LINE DANCING will be held at the senior center at 2 p.m.

More Letters to the Editor

Feds should stay out of this one

Editor, The News:
This was sent to Senator
Bill Nelson.
The Employee Free Choice
Act is morally and ethically
wrong, and I ask that you op-
pose this ridiculous legislation.
As if the federal government
was not already involved in
everything else, we do not
need to add the workforce to
the list A federal official has
absolutely no business trying
to run a business that they
know nothing about.
It is one thing to own your
own business, but it is quite an-
other to have to jump through
hoops because of what some
bureaucrat decides to put into
an initial contract I have owned
a fencing company for about 35
years. I stay in my own little

empire and mind my own
business. The unions, and a
lot of politicians, have become
greedy, blood sucking individu-
als. I can give you an example
of someone who might be
hired by the union. Back in
1988, I was having lumber
delivered from various places
by truck to my location. I had
young, ignorant flatbed driv-
ers who would continuously
get lost because they could
not do something as simple
as reading an odometer. I de-
cided to name the dirt road to
my business after myself and
miraculously, the drivers would

other is doing. It does not re-
ally matter who the President
is because it is Congress that
pulls the chain. Our economy
and the taxing that goes on
are ludicrous. According to
the Southern Baptists and the
Bible, you owe God 10 percent
How does the government
constitute collecting 20 percent,
30 percent, or more of our in-
come as if they think they are
entitled to it? The federal gov-
ernment has wiped out what
little bit of trust that they may
have had. Many democrats are
against the democratic views of
the Employee Free Choice Act.

find me. This act does nothing to give
I feel that there should be employees a free choice and it
more than two political parties should be strongly opposed.
because the right and the left Steve Moore
usually do not know what the Crawfordville

Idea: Florida can raise millions

Editor, The News:
Here are some ideas on
how Florida's legislature can
raise millions of dollars for
our schools.
1. Why doesn't every coun-
ty in the state have a recycling
program at every dump being
worked by prisoners? Set up a
mandatory recycling program
with prisoners working to
recycle each piece of what
goes into the dump. They
could earn restitution money
to pay their victims or pay for
their incarceration. They could
learn a good work ethic. They
would learn the value of a job
well done. We could reduce
the amount of trash going
into our dumps by 60 percent
Recycling in the steel indus-
try costs 7Q percent less over
producing from raw materials
and just the steel industry
saves enough energy to power
18 million homes a year. Talk
about going greenI
2. The Florida Lottery
spends $34 million a year on
advertising. Why?
I buy my Lotto ticket each
week out of habit, not because
of a commercial. Put that
money into,the schools, each
of the 67 counties would get
over $500,000 for their school

budgets. That pays for a lot
of bus drivers, teachers and
kitchen workers.
3. What about this babysit-
ting service we provide pre-
school age children, three to
four years old? I have had the
occasion to be behind a school
bus when these toddlers are
being picked up. Their mom-
mies are still in housecoats or
pajamas. If the state wants to
be in the babysitting business;
charge them for it because if
the parents cannot even get
dressed to put them on a big
yellow limo to ride to daycare,
they are probably too lazy to
have a job and pay taxes.
Here in Wakulla, there are
between 350 and 410 kids in
the two daycare facilities the
school board runs. Simple
math tells me it costs around
$470,000 a year to run .this
babysitting service. Close
them and save even more
money .
Figure 350 children a week.
Figure $14 a week to drive
and return home. Figure $15 a
week to feed them, $20 a week
to babysit them, $1 a week to
heat/cool. That adds up to
$50 a week minimum. School
should start at Kindergarten
not nursery school.
4. Now for the real green,

and I mean dollars The Wakul-
la Springs State Park.
Since the Highs were not
allowed to bottle water and
the county is too lazy to do
it, then the state should, and
on a massive scale. After all,
the governor's office has said
we have a massive deficit in
the budget,
Say they bottle 500.000
gallons of water a day, which
is less than onie-half of one
percent of what flows out into
Apalachee Bay each day. At a
wholesale price of 50 cents
per gallon this comes to $91.2
million in annual revenue plus
sales tax. That would mean
each of Florida's 67 counties
would get around $1.5 million
for school budgets.
Superintendent of Schools
David Miller, Howard Kessler
and the Wakulla County Com-
mission, County Administra-
tor Ben Pingree or maybe even
The Wakulla News should
forward this to the governor.
the House of Representatives,
the Senate, and maybe the
Office of Budget, Finance and
Tax Policy.
Then maybe we can talk
about going green.
John Pierotti
Wakulla Station

Stick to the facts about Sheriff

Editor, The Newss in October using the Shell
I know that we are all weary Point, U. S.Coast Guard Auxiliary
of the stories about Sheriff Building."; Now I'm confused.
Harvey's misfortunes, but at The commissioner in question
least let us try to stay with the showed up at that cookout
facts, about 30 minutes before it con-
I'm not really sure what the cluded. That hardly qualifies for
commissioner has to do with. "leading a rally."
any of this except that he usu- I do recall the family and
ally tries to accomplish what friends of the candidate making
people ask of him.. If he had a the plans for that rally without
very large number of people ask- any reference to the Commis-
ing for a thorough investigation sioner.
by an unbiased agency, then he I attended that rally and was
would have made that request, leaving as the commissioner ar-
To quote Major Alan La- rived. I am stating what I know,
-marche (Retired), "...our es- not hearsay. The citizens of this
teemed commissioner who county (that includes the sheriff)
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Accolades to Sheriff Harvey

Editor, The News:
The cartoon in last week's
The Wakulla News was very
offensive to me. Humor, at
the expense of a local busi-
ness and the sheriff who has
served Wakulla County for
more than 30 years is deplor-
able journalism.
David Harvey may well be
the most compassionate man
I have ever known. After retir-
ing from the Tallahassee Po-
lice Department my husband
Mack served as a member of
Sheriff Harvey's staff in the
early 1990s. Mack suffered a
severe stroke one night and
on the way to the emergency
room in Tallahassee I called
Sheriff Harvey and advised
him of the situation.

The emergency room re-
fused to admit Mack, even
though he could not walk
or see clearly. They insisted
I take him to a doctor to be
evaluated. David Harvey ar-
rived before I left the hospital
and helped me transport Mack
to the doctor and eventually
to TMH where he received
immediate care. The sheriff
never left my side, he stayed
with me until we were both
sure Mack was getting the
best care the hospital could
provide. I have never forgotten
David Harvey's kindness and
concern. This man of compas-
sion was truly my friend in a
time of need.
Since his accident, Sheriff
Harvey has been subjected

Kessler troops are on
Editor, The Newss lawless county. Because of
Mr. Kessler and troops him, we have a safe county
are doing what they do best to live in,
- attack. Kessler implied Mr. Meggs
Before the dust settled at would consider covering up for
the wreck site, they were call- Sheriff Harvey. People, Kessler
ing WCTV about a cover up. Af- and his troops are very serious
ter this, Mr. Kessler contacted about removing Sheriff Harvey
Gov. Crist asking him to take from office. They will dig or
over the investigation of the make up anything to reach
wreck. Reason being, Mr. Kes- their goal. I ask you if this is
sler does not trust Mr. Meggs someone who we really want
and believes that Mr. Meggs to represent us?
will cover up the investigation Kessler has tried many

because Sheriff Harvey and
Mr. Meggs are friends. Even
though Mr. Meggs stated that
he and Sheriff Harvey only had
a professional relationship.
Folks, David Harvey is well
thought-of statewide because
'of the service he has provided
in this county. We are not a

times to get county employees
removed from their jobs. Just
to name a few, Mike Stewart,
Parrish Barwick, David Miller,
and our county attorney. Plus,
he was against Wal-Mart com-

to criticism and ridicule. One
of the major fault finders is
Commission Chairman How-
ard Kessler. Kessler has made
sure the public is aware of
the fact he wrote to Governor
Charlie Crist and Champion
Chevrolet. He wrote these let-
ters on county letterhead as
commission chair. Writing as
chairman of the commission
without a vote of the other
Commissioners is in direct
violation of Florida Statute
286. Kessler has often said it
is important to go by the book
and follow rules. He needs to
take his own advice and be
held accountable.
Sally Gandy

the attack
ing into our county which
helped create jobs. Kessler
has always cried out about
the good ol' boys. I believe
the problem is the good new
boys who have moved into our
county and want to change
Folks, Kessler has to gol
So next election, please, let's
vote him out of his county job.
Mr. Kessler and troops, listen:
If you are not happy with
our sheriff and other county
employees. Highway 319 goes
both ways. Please, pick one.
Do not forget Mr. Kessler's
actions or his record.
Bruce Durrance

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Obituaries Church
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William Gleaton
William Gleaton, 78, of
Tallahassee died Wednesday,
March 4 in Crawfordville.
A graveside funeral service
was held Saturday, March 7
at Woodland Cemetery In Ha-
vana. .Memorial contribution
may be made to Big Bend Hos-
pice 1723 Mahan Center Blvd.,
Tallahassee, FL 32308.
He was born February 15,
1931 in Gadsden County and
was a master metal worker,
with an artistic flair. His crafts-
manship and design with
copper was often amazing, He
was also a Builder/Contractor
for many years in this area.
He was a faithful member of
several breakfast dubs in Tal-
Survivors include his wife
of 54 years, Amy Geraldine
Gleaton of Tallahassee; a son,
Keith Gleaton of Tallahassee;
a daughter, Vicky G. Moody of
Midlothian, Va.; a sister, Jew-
ell Myers of Charlotte, N.C.; a
granddaughter, Leah Michelle
Lannie of Midlothian, Va.
Faith Funeral Home in
Havana was in charge of the

Gary J. Hall
Gary J. Hall, 57, of Havana
died Sunday, March 1. The
funeral service will be held
at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at
the home of his brother in Ha-
vana. Memorial contributions
may be made to Big Bend Hos-
pice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd.,
Tallahassee, FL 32308.
A native of Apalachacola,
he was the son of Jesse L. and
Kathryn B. Hall and was born
May 3; 1951. He lived his life
in the Tallahassee area. He at-
tended Leon High School and
worked as a heavy Equipment
Survivors include two
daughters, Shannon H. Mar-
tin and Danny of Clarksville,
Tenn. and Cindy Hall of Ha-
vanai:..six',grandchildren; a
brother, Bobby Hall and Pat
of Havana; two sisters, Joyce
Council of Crawfordville and
Ruth H. Luttrell and Jim of
Homosassa; and ntimerous
nieces and nephews. '
Bevis Funeral Home in Tal-
lahassee was in charge of the

Lionel T. Kilpatrick
Lionel T. Kilpatrick, 51, Sop-
choppy died Tuesday, March 3
in Tallahassee.
A memorial service was
held Saturday, March 7 at
Macedonia Church of Christ
Written In Heaven in Sop-
choppy. No flowers are to be
sent to the family. He was a
lifelong resident of Wakulla

Panacea Park

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24 Mission Road, Panacea
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m.
Wed. Prayer Meeting7 p.m.
Pastor, Jerry Spears
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County and graduated from
Wakulla High School in 1976.
He was a handyman who did
odd jobs.
Survivors include a son,
Reginald Donaldson of Pana-
ma City; an adopted daughter,
Angie Rosier of Sopchoppy;
five sisters, Mercedes Williams
and Frank and Flossie Den-
mark and Lester, all of Craw-
fordville; Beatrice Garland and
Jackie Kilpatrick, both of Tal-
lahassee, and Irma Haley and
Robert of Colorado Springs,
Colo.; three brothers, Sammie
Joe Kilpatrick and Jessina and
Lester Kilpatrick and George
Kilpatrick of Miami; a special
niece, Ethel Montgomery; two
special nephews, Antonio
Kilpatrick, Sr., and Christo-
pher Montgomery; extended
family, Lossie Rosier and her
entire family; and a host of
nieces, nephews, great-nieces
and nephews and cousins.
Strong & Jones Funeral
Home was in charge of the

Ida E. C, Langford
Ida E. Cartledge Langford,
78, of Tallahassee died March
7 in Tallahassee after a lengthy
The funeral service was
held Tuesday, March 10 at
the Mt. Zion Baptist Church
in Glory Community.
She was born Dec. 16, 1930
in Sopchoppy and worked for
the Department of Motor Ve-
hicles for 18 1/2 years.
Survivors include her
daughters, Hazel G. Brown of
Quincy, Gale H. Jones of Ab-
byville, Ga., and Betty Pearce
of Tallahassee; brothers and
sisters, C.J. Cartledge, Jr., Mary
C. Wynn, Dorothy C. Taylor
and Florence Priest, all of Tal-
lahassee, and Barbara Dryden
of Marianna; seven grandchil-
dren; and eight great-grand-
children; and numerous nieces
and nephews.
Charles McClellan Funeral
Home in Quincy wasin charge
of the arrangements.

Ada M. Morgan
Ada Mozelle Morgan, 89, of

Christ Church

',8:30am Service
9:30am Adult Bible Class
10:30am Children's Class
10:30am Service
Nursery available
Thursday 10:30 am Adult Bible Study
Wednesday 6.'30 pm Supper and
Children, Youth and Adult Bible Classes
4340 Crawfordville Highway

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...? p.m.
Visitors are welcome!
Home Bible Courses available...
please call for details,

1255 Rehwinkel Rd.
At the corner of Rehwinkel Rd. & US 98
Holy Eucharist
10:30 am
Sunday School Provided
The Reverend Roy Lima


Early Worship .
Sunday School
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8:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.

niong worship :i vvi a.m.
/0 Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 7:00 p.m

First Baptist Church WEDNESDAY
CRAWFORDVILLE Fellowship Meal 6:00 p:m.
3086 Crawfordville Hwy. (call for reservations)
(South of the Courthouse) Children's Events 6:30 p.m.
Church Office: 926-7896 Student Worship 7:00 p.m.
www.fbcc.embarqspace.com Prayer/Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

117 Curtis Mill Road, Sopchoppy

Sunday School 945 AM
Church Office Morning Worship 11 AM
962-7822 AWANA CLUB 5PM
Evening Worship 6 PM

Wednesday 7 PM Prayer Meeting,
Youth & Children's Programs .
Dr. Bill Jenkins, Pastor
David Alien, Associate Pastor/Student Minister
Randy Anderson, Minister of Music
Jelorry Evans, Mike Crouch, Bernie Kemp Musicians

Tallahassee died Wednesday,
March 4 in Tallahassee,
A memorial service will be
held at a later date. Memorial
contributions may be made to
Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan
Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL
A native of Lumber City,
Ga., she moved from Georgia
to Tallahassee in 2003. She
loved her family and was
of the Jehovah's Witnesses
Survivors include her son,
Bill Morgan and Sue of Craw-
fordville; three grandsons,
Steve Morgan and Lucinda of
Tallahassee, William Morgan
and Gale of Woodville and
Alan Morgan and Hayley of
Orlando; five great-grand-
children, Jennifer Holcomb
and Tim, Jerry Morgan and
Robin, Colby Morgan, Sarah
Morgan, and Bethany Morgan;
a great-great-grandchild, Mor-
gan Holcomb; her caregivers,
Teresa Hallman and son, Will
Howell; many nieces, neph-
ews, and her many friends at
the Georgia Bell Apartments
of Tallahassee.
Bevis Funeral Home in Tal-
lahassee was in charge of the

.Zenobia Parks
Zenobia "Noble" Parks, 84,
of Crawfordville died Monday,
March 9 in Crawfordville.
The funeral service will be
held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March
12 at Harvey-Young Funeral
Home Chapel in Crawfordville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to
Lake Ellen Baptist Church,
4495 Crawfordville Highway,
Crawfordville, FL 32327.
A native of Gastonia, N.C.,
she was born in 1925 into
a talented family with five
brothers whose artwork is in
the Smithsonian. Her father's
fiddle music is in the Library
of Congress. She moved to
Wakulla. County ,in the early-,
1970s and managed Shell


^ United
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.
Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Vastor Ritl 'tioals
1 (850) 984-0127'

St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton
Catholic C
Mass 9 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Father James MacGee, Pastor
3609 Coastal Hwy. (US 98)
926-1797 3

Point Motel. She was assis-
tant manager of Shell Point
Retaurant and owned the
Fisherman's Net Restaurant.
She was a cosmetologist for 35
years arid owned five beauty
salons. A caregiver, she as-
sisted Sheriff David Harvey's
grandmother and Professor
Rude Osolnik of Kentucky for
12 years.
Survivors include a son,
Jerry Johnson and wife Joan
of Wakulla County; five grand-
children, Michael Johnson of
Renton, Wash., Tina Johnson
of Tallahassee, Sheldon Or-
cutt of Columbia, S.C., Marvin
Orcutt of Wakulla County and
Charlotte Perry of Tallahas-
see; 10 great-grandchildren;
and two great-great-grand-
children. -
Harvey-Young Funeral
Home in Crawfordville is in
charge of the arrangements.

Bob Robertson
A memorial service for Bob
Robertson will be held at 10
a.m. Wednesday, March 18 at
the Wakulla County Senior
Citizens Center in Crawford-
ville. Robertson died Thurs-
day, Feb. 19.

Sue H. Stoutamire
Sue Hanney Stoutamire,
58, of Bristol died Friday,
March 6.
The funeral service was
held Monday, March 9 grave-
side at Hillcrest Cemetery in
Quincy. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Cov-
enant Hospice, 4440 Lafayette
Street, Suite C., Marianna, FL
32446 or the Liberty County
Senior Citizens Council.
She had a great love for
the outdoors and cooking.
She was formerly employed
by Title Business and the Lib-
erty County Senior Citizens
Survivors include a daugh-
ter, April Holbert of Bristol;
two brothers, Ed Haney;and.
wife johnie of Shell Point

Ivan Assembly of God
202 Ivan Church Road
Daniel Cooksey
"Come A Worship ilth 1U"
Sunday School...................... 10 a.m.
Sunday Worship...................... 11 a.m.
Evening Worship..... .......... 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service..........:.......7 p.m.
& Youth Service .....................7 p.m.
Royal Rangers 7p.m.
Missionettes 7 p.m.,

and Chuck Hanney and wife
Joann of Tallahassee; two
grandsons, Allen Holbert and
Max Holbert, both of Bristol;
and a sister, Melanie Williams
of Bristol.
Independent Funeral Home
in Quincy was in charge of the

Doris R. Stoutamire
Doris R. Stoutamire, 86, of
Tallahassee died Friday, March
6 in Tallahassee, in the com-
pany of her loving sons.
The funeral service was
held Tuesday, March 10, at
Seminole Baptist Church in
Tallahassee, with burial at
Tallahassee Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family
suggests donations to Semi-
nole Baptist Church and the
American Heart Association.
She was a longtime mem-
ber of the Seminole Baptist
Church and enjoyed many
years caring for the children in
the Sunday school nursery.
Survivors include two sons,
John Alan Rich and James
Lee Rich, both of Tallahassee;
a granddaughter, Kimberly
Rich Atkinson; and a great-
granddaughter, Andin Lee
Culley's MeadowWood
Funeral Home in Tallahassee
was in charge of the arrange-


help needed
Volunteers interested in
collecting data for a listing of
the deceased in Walker's (Hyde
Park-St. Paul community) Cem-
etery are requested to meet at
the cemetery on Friday, March
20 or Saturday, March 21 at 9
a.m. The compiled informa-
tion will be made available to
anyone interested. For more
information, call Mae Williams
at 574-0554.

Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship I I a.m.
Pastor Brett Templeton
850-962-251 I

Church of Wakulla County
Hwy. 98, Across from WHS
Web site: '
Bible Class 9:00 a.m.
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Pre-School M-F (3-5 Years)
Pastor Vicar Bert Matlock
Church 926-7808 Pre-School 926-5557

Ivan Assembly program
The pastoral staff and
church family of Ivan As-
sembly of God extend an
invitation to everyone to hear
Stephanie Leavins on Sunday
March 15 at 6 p.m.
Stephanie was born with
Muscular Dystrophy, and has
spent her entire life in a
wheelchair. Her faith in God
was only strengthened be-
cause of this handicap. She
has used this opportunity to
inspire and encourage audi-
ences all across the country.
Her courage and the joy
she has in her life is conta-
gious. You will be blessed as
she shares the many miracles
God has performed in her life.
Stephanie has devoted her life
to telling people of God's love
and mercy through her testi-
mony and song. Her ministry
is one of hope and encourage-
ment. Ivan Assembly of God
is located at 202 Ivan Church
Road or you can contact the
Church at 926-IVAN (4826).
Jesus River Festival
Several local Christians rep-
resenting various area churches
are organizing a Jesus River Fes-
tival on Saturday, March 28 be-
ginning at 9 a.m. at Sopchoppy
City Park, 252 Park Avenue,
The multi denominational
worship experience will feature
free Christian music which be-
gins at 10 a.m. and concludes
at 8 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring
a chair and cooler and spend
the day. No alcohol will be al-
lowed. There will be hot dog
and hamburger plates available
for sale. For more informa-
tion, contact Nathan Lewis at
thorngil2@aol.com or visit their
web site at jesusriverfestcom.

Wakulla United
Methodist Church
Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 am.
Sunday School for all ages 10 a.m.
Sunday Worship -11 am.
Wednesday Service- 7 p.m.
1584 Old Woodville Rd.
Wakulla Station
Pastor Janice Henry Rinehart

SCrawfordville United
Methodist Church

Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Tony Rosenberger 926-7209
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Boat ramp


Continued from Page IA
As Shell Point resident Ron
Piasecki noted, the problem
with a private boat ramp is
that it can close whenever
the owner wants it closed,
He suggested that perhaps
as a short-term solution, the
county could enter into some
sort of lease arrangement.
with Heaton and take over
the liability.
Commission Chairman
Howard Kessler praised Hea-
ton for working well with the
residents of Shell Point, and

said he was reluctant to ask
a private developer to make
repairs to the ramp for the
The board directed staff
to contact Heaton and in-
vestigate the possibility of
establishing some sort of
public boat ramp in the com-
The boating projects the
county did apply for included
$30,000 for the Newport ramp
extension, $40,000 for 67
"Idle speed/No wake" signs,
as well as $55,000 for land-

ing boom/lift hoists at Rock
Landing Dock, and $75,000 for
improvements at the Lower
Bridge ramp.
Commissioner Mike Stew-
art said that the county needs
to seek funding to improve
the channel at Spring Creek
and replace markers.
At a previous meeting,
Stewart said the county needs
to do something about the Up-
per Bridge boat ramp which
is not a legal boat ramp or
else dose it.

Impact Fees

Continued from Page 1A
A 2007 study recommend-
ed $4,800 in impact fees for
residential growth, though
some fees such as general gov-
ernment were never imposed,
meaning the actual charge for
new construction was around
$3,500. Under the current
board's direction, when the
moratorium expires on Sept.
10, 2009, the new impact fees
would total $1,647 for residen-
tial construction.
The board proposes to col-
lect only 25 percent of the fees
suggested by the study for law
enforcement (which would
amount to $192) and correc-.
tions (at $159), both of which
fall under the sheriffs office,
as well as for the fees for the
library ($77) and parks and
recreation ($175). Fifty percent,
or $524, would be collected for
impact on roads.
But the board said it was a
priority to fund fire and EMS
and put those amounts at 100
percent: $343 for fire impacts
and $174 for ambulance.
IThe board also indicated
it wants an exemption for
affordable housing as well as
some language dealing with
economic development.
In other matters:
Wakulla County Health
Department Director Jody
Smith advised commissioners
that the next round of state
budget cuts will require him
to cut salaries of remaining
personnel -
With the state cutting bud-
gets due to shortfalls in tax
revenues, Smith has had to cut
back on staff and programs.
The county cut its budget by
10 percent this year as well.
"We're doing out best to
maintain services," Smith told
commissioners. He reported
that he had to cut seven
full-time positions and three

Commissioner Alan Brock
praised Smith for his efforts to
help those staff people who
lost their jobs and Chairman
Kessler, a retired surgeon, in-
dicated his concern about the
impact the budget cuts were
having on services.
"It's unfortunate that with
all the trillions the feder-
al government is throwing
around," said Commissioner
Mike Stewart, that the money
isn't "down here where people
need it."
Commissioners approved
more than $19,000 in legal
fees incurred by County Attor-
ney Ron Mowrey in the Bailey
"puppy mill" trial and a hear-
ing on a "dangerous dog."
There had been a question
about whether the sheriff's
office would have been more
appropriately charged for the
legal fees since animal control
is under the sheriff, but Mow-
rey noted that animal control
is actually a county function.
Chairman Kessler said his
concern was that the cases
were brought by animal con-
trol against individual dog
owners. In effect, Kessler
said, "We are in the position
of the county attorney acting
as plaintiff' with the com-
mission never being advised
or approving the ensuing
"My concern is a policy is-
sue," Kessler said. "Who has
hired the county attorney to
be plaintiff in the case? If it
were code enforcement, it's
very clear."
Commissioner Alan Brock
commented that he had re-
ceived more phone calls about
the Bailey "puppy mill" case
than any other single issue
before the board.
In fact, Brock said, he want-
ed to know what could be

done to expedite the process
with the Baileys. "I'm very
frustrated by how long this
has taken."
Mowrey answered that
more delays are to be expected
since the Baileys filed an ap-
peal and a motion to "stay the
judge's order requiring them
to divest themselves of more
than 100 dogs to get down to
possessing only 50 dogs.
Kessler noted that Mowrey
had agreed to submit invoices
for his legal fees at least every
60 days. The motion to pay
Mowrey's bill passed unani-
A contract for Tourist.
Development Council director
Pam Portwood was unani-
mously approved. Portwood
has been in the position since
April, but without a contract.
She is to be paid $25,000
for the part-time director's
Local filmmaker and avid
cyclist Robert Seidler sug-
gested the TDC could look
into some sort of sponsorship
of a "Capitol Loop to the Sea"
ride that might generate more
visitors to the area.
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
founder Jack Rudloe com-
plained that his facility had
been neglected in past pro-
motional efforts by the TDC.
"All of our incomes and all of
our livelihoods are at stake"
in bringing more tourists to
the county, Rudloe told the
When Rudloe asked for as-
surances that Gulf Specimen
would be included in TDC
promotions in the future,
Chairman Kessler noted that
Portwood was taking notes
while Rudloe was talking.
Kessler anticipated "a new
era" was beginning at TDC.

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Artz had sent an e-mail to
Mowrey and County Adminis-
trator Ben Pingree on Monday,
March 2, asking if there were
any board policies about use
of letterhead by an individual
commissioner without approval
of the entire board.
Mowrey gave his memo to
Artz at the beginning of the
meeting the next day and she
slid it under her notebook. After
a reporter requested the docu-
ment, Mowrey commented that
perhaps Artz did not realize that
all his legal work for the county
is public record except for
pending'lawsuits, which are cov-
ered by attorney-client privilege
while the case is ongoing.
Stewart brought up the issue
of Kessler's letters at the end of
the meeting, saying he waited
until the crowd of protesters left
so as not to inflame the situa-
tion. Stewart said his position
was that the sheriffs wreck did
not involve the county commis-
sion and should have been left
for the sheriff, as a duly elected
constitutional officer, to deal
"We do not have a dog in this
fight," Stewart said.r
Artz commented that she
was concerned that Kessler's

actions had undone the spirit
of cooperation that the board
had tried to create, and been a
step back to the old politics of
Tm with Lynn," Stewart said.
"We had been on the road to
mend our fences." The sheriff
is answerable to the voters, he
said, not the county commis-
Artz said that she had no
problem with a commissioner
writing a letter as an individual
to express strongly held opin-
ions. But she acknowledged
she had questioned the use of
county letterhead and was sur-
prised by Mowrey's memo.
Insofar as his personal feel-
ings about the need for an
investigation, Artz told Kessler:
"I don't think you erred."
Stewart pointed out that
. Kessler had admonished a past
board chairman for writing a
letter that gave the impression
of board support.
In response, Kessler said it
was apparently okay for another
chairman to write such letters,
but "When I do something it
becomes a problem."
Commissioner George Green
was very succinct in his opin-
ion of the issue, saying of the
sheriff's situation: "Whatever

Armed robber!

Continued from Page 1A
He used a key to enter the
secure area. When the clerk told
Brown that she did not have ac-
cess to any money, he allegedly
stole her cell phone and left
for Tallahassee while Watson
waited in a nearby vehicle.
Det. Jason Newlin said
the pair tossed the clerk's cell
phone into the woods along
U.S. Highway 319 as they made
their escape.
Law enforcement officials
determined that Brown ac-
quired a key into the secured
area as well as the storage area
where the company security
system was damaged.
*Brown was arrested in Tal-
lahassee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 4 and Watson was ar-
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mistakes he made, he has to
answer for them."
The issue ended with com-
missioners agreeing on the
need for a board policy on the
use of letterhead.
Earlier in the meeting, sev-
eral protesters spoke during
"Citizens to be Heard," includ-
ing Billy Pigott, who criticized
Kessler for appearing to go after
another elected official.
"Mr. Chairman, it seems you
have taken this on as a personal
vendetta or payback time," Pig-
gott said.
Citizen Mary Ann Taylor also
characterized Kessler's actions
as a vendetta. "If you're speak-
ing for the citizens of Wakulla
County I am a citizen and
you do not speak for me," she
told Kessler to applause from
the crowd.
There were also those who
spoke in support of Kessler,
including resident Larry Roberts.
"rm very proud of you for get-
ting involved in the very limited
way you did," Roberts said to
Resident Ben Withers, with a
sticker on his back that said, "I
support Sheriff Harvey," told the
board that it was a time for the
county to come together.
"We all mistakes," he said.


law enforcement officials deter-
mined that Brown and Watson
were in constant contact with
each other over cellular tele-
Major Langston said inves-
tigators created a timeline of
events and, with the assistance
of law enforcement officials in
Leon County, discovered the ve-
hide and recovered the shotgun
used in the crime as well as the
mask that Brown used and the
key used to gain entry into the
secured area of the business.
Law enforcement officials
also determined that Brown
had been at the business three
times prior to the Sunday armed
robbery. The victim was able to
identify Brown out of a suspect
line-up. .
"When detectives were
running leads down Daniel

Brown's name kept coming up,"
said Major Langston. "Video
evidence was also collected at
the scene." Wal-Mart security
staff assisted law enforcement
with the investigation after
two company employees de-
dined to assist the clerk as she
frantically attempted to contact
law enforcement officials on
March 1.
"The (investigators) did a
great job putting together the
leads," said Major Langston.
"During interviews he (Brown)
Law enforcement officials
expect to arrest another suspect
in the case before the investiga-
tion concludes.
Lt Jason Newlin. Det. Robert
Giddens, Det Ward Kromer and
Det Scott Rojas completed the
follow-up investigation.

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Wakulla track team competes Eagles blasts Bay, Arnold

The Wakulla High School
boys' and girls' track teams
competed at the Jesse Forbes
Meet held last week at Godby
High School in Tallahassee.
The meet was one of the
areas largest and most com-
petitive meets and attracted
approximately 25 teams of all
sizes and classifications from
Florida and South Georgia.
Overall, the WHS girls team
placed 13th and the boys fin-
ished in 15th place.
On the girls' side, the team
earned points in the following
4 x 800 meter relay: 5th
(Cora Atkinson, Susan Hansen,
Kendalin Bums and Charma-
nae Ackerman).
1600 meter run: 3rd (Syd-
ney Nutting 6:09) 5th (Chel-
sea Thompson 6:16).
800 meter run: 4th (Syd-
ney Nutting 2:42).
*3200 meter run: 6th (Ken-
dalin Burns 14:05).
Discus: 8th (Amanda
Ricks 55'10").
The boys' team earned
points in the following
4 x 800 meter relay: 5th
(Adam Carr, Liam Daniels,
Steven Urling and Frankie
300 meter hurdles: 4th
(Nicola Shingles 43.16) 8th

Allison Carr and Ashley Carr with Kasey James

(Tevin Edwards 45.83).
Other solid performances
were turned in by .Rachel
Capps in the 300 hurdles, Liam
Daniels in the 3,200 meters,
Willie Thomas in the 200 me-
ters, Haley Buchanan, Robert
Carroway and Kaleb Vernon in
the discus and Mariah Vernon
in the shot put.
Three Wakulla County mid-
dle school athletes, Allison
and Ashley Carr and Kasey
James also attended the meet
and competed in the middle

school girls 1,600 meter run.
Kasey, a sixth grader (12 years
old) turned in one of the best
performances of the day by
running the 1,600 meters
(metric mile) in the excellent
time of six minutes and four
seconds (6:04), finishing in
second place. Allison finished
with a time of 7:14 and Ashley
finished with a time of 7:18.
The teams competed at a
meet hosted by Leon High
School on Tuesday, March

WHS tennis teams top Madison

The Wakulla War Eagle
and Lady War Eagle tennis
teams found Madison Coun-
ty the perfect opponent for
testing week. The Cowboys
and Cowgirls were Wakulla's
only opponent last week and
WHS topped MHS 7-0 and 7-
0 in the two matches.
Jared Lowe, Will Harvey,
Josh Colman, Caleb Fisher
and Travis Harrell won their

singles matches. Sam O'Cain
won an extra singles match.
The doubles combination of
Lowe and Harvey won as did
Colman and Fisher.
The Lady War Eagles re-
ceived singles victories from
Kelsey Harrell, Jessie Mohr,
Katy Parker, Kellie Graves
and Shelby Bunce. The Bunce
victory was a forfeit.
The doubles teams of
Harrell and Mohr and Parker
and Graves also won.

Both Wakulla teams bat-
tled Godby on March 9 and
the boys' team faced Rick-
ards on March 10. The boys
will also compete in the
Capital City Classic Thurs-
day and Friday, March 12
and March 13 in Tallahas-
Both Wakulla teams travel
to Leon on March 16 and the
Lady War Eagles travel to
Florida High on March 17.

The Wakulla War Eagle base-
ball team ran its winning streak
to four games with two district
victories over Panama City
schools last week.
Wakulla topped Panama City
Bay 10-3 in Bay County and beat
Panama City Beach Arnold 10-0
in Medart.
Coach Mike Gauger said, he
was very pleased with his team's
performance at Bay as the squad
defeated a tough pitcher. ,
"The Bay pitcher had good
stuff and threw hard," said
Gauger. "I was 'happy we had
nine hits in the game."
Pitcher Brad Crisp threw 4
2/3 innings and picked up the
win. He gave up two hits, three

runs and a walk while striking
out four.'
Jose Linton pitched 1 2/3
innings and gave up one hit.
Robbie Coles finished with 2/3
of an inning. Linton struck out
four batters and Coles struck
out one.
Logan Runyan was 3-4 at the
plate and Casey Eddinger was
2-4. Shay Barwick, Mark Price,
Coles and Justin Pichard each
had hits.
Runyan, Eddinger and Pich-
ard each had doubles. Eddinger
had two RBIs.
The Arnold game was called
after six innings due to the
10 run rule. Rance McBratney
tossed four innings and gave
up three hits while striking out
six. Eric Lee pitched two innings

and gave up two hits and had a
Runyan was 3-3 at the plate
while Barwick was 2-4 and
Jordan Miller was 2-3. Pichard,
Eddinger, Coles and Lentz also
had hits. Barwick had three RBIs
while Eddinger, Runyan and
Coles each had two RBIs.
Wakulla traveled to Rickards
on March 10 and Florida High
will come to Medart on March
12. Marianna will travel to
Wakulla on Friday, March 13.
"We're looking good so far,"
said Gauger. "We still have to
see what Rickards and East
Gadsden have. The district is
pretty jumbled this year."
Wakulla improved to 5-2
overall and 3-0 in district con-

Softball girls win two more

Special to The Wakulla News
The Wakulla Lady War Eagle
softball team won two district
games last week and improved
their record to 7-3 overall and
district record to 5-0.
On Thursday, March 5, Wakul-
la hosted East Gadsden and
defeated the Lady Jaguars for
the second time this season by a
score of 16-2. Sarah Gregory was
the winning pitcher, improving
her record to 2-1, while striking
out five, walking two and giving
up two hits.
Hannah Lovestrand went 2-
2, with a double, two RBIs and
scored a run. Sarah Gregory was
also 2-2, with two doubles, two
RBIs with a run scored. Artigua
Kilpatrick was 2-3, with a double,
two RBIs and a run scored.
On Friday, March 6, the Godby
Lady Cougars visited Medart
and lost 4-3 to host Wakulla in a
district showdown that featured
the two best teams in Class 3A
District 2.
Hannah Lovestrand picked up
her first win of the season in relief

and went 2-4 at the plate. Sarah
Gregory continued her hot hitting
streak, going 3-4, with an RBI and
a run scored.
' Wakulla fell behind 1-0 in the
first inning, but built a 3-1 lead
into the sixth inning. Godby
scored single runs in the sixth and
seventh innings to tie the game.
Wakulla broke the tie with one
out in the bottom of the seventh

Wakulla will be playing in the
Lincoln Invitational Friday and
Saturday, March 13 and March
14. The first game of the tourna-
ment will be played against Baker
at 3 p.m. Friday. Godby will host
Wakulla Tuesday, March 17 and
Leon will host Wakulla on Friday
March 20. The next home game
will be March 24 against NFC.


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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Page 7A

EcoKids will enjoy Expo

Special to The Wakulla News
Calling all EcoKidsl It's that
time of year again! Saturday,
March 21 is the Third Annual
Green Living Expo and Educa-
tion Fair. Join us from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. for tons of earth
friendly kids activities. When
you arrive at the Expo, swing
by the EcoKids Activity Center
and check-out all the fun ac-
tivities planned. Sign up for
the Sea Craft workshop with
Paul Fortier or Recycled Paper
Making with Karin Hokkanen.
While you're there take a seat
and join the Wakulla County
Public Library for a few earth
friendly stories. The EcoKids

storytimes will be offered
throughout the day so you
should be able to find time
to sit back, relax,, and listen
Bring your bike and learn
how to maintain it yourself
with Justin Pogie from Crank
It Up. After getting your bike
in tip-top shape ride it over to
the Bike Rodeo from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. The WCSO is working
with us to plan a great time
for everyone that includes a
chalk relay and bike talk. Don't
forget your bikel
Hang around after the Bike
Rodeo and join us for a Drum
Circle with Yazid at 3 p.m. Not
only will he entertain us with

a show, but a drumming work-
shop and games as well. This
will be fun for all ages.
Speaking of fun, join us at
the EcoKids Activity Center
anytime throughout the day
for earth friendly crafts that
include making your own
sundial, toad house from
clay, natural Easter egg dyes,
worms in a can, and a variety
of recycled crafts. The young-
est EcoKids can participate in a
game of sorting recyclables as
well as simple recycled crafts
for preschoolers.
Let's teach our youngest
generations the importance of
sustainability and earth friend-
ly living at a young age.


President Becky Bergeron, left, with Richard Russell and Marj Law of KWCB.

Rotary welcomes member

Becky Bergeron, President-
Elect of the Wakulla County
Rotary Club. announced that
Richard Russell became the
newest member of Rotary
Thursday, Feb. 26. Richard
manages the local Wal Mart
Members of Rotary spon-
sor new members. Rotarian
Marj Law sponsored Richard
because he has been seen
as furthering the object of
Rotary: encouraging and fos-
tering the ideal of service in
personal, business, and com-

munity life with high ethical valuable projects. I am most
standards. familiar with his service at
"As executive director of Household Hazardous Waste
Keep Wakulla County Beauti- Day. Twice last year, he was
ful, I have watched Richard able to bring a semi truck to
providing voluntary service to this event, removing unwant-
our county," explained Marj. ed tires. Disposing of tires
"He has volunteered service in is an expensive proposition,
his personal life, by 'adopting' and so Richard's efforts saved
a section of road. This means our county both its cost and
he and his family pick up litter manpower.
from one mile of road every "We are proud and fortu-
three months. nate that Richard is now a
S"Through his profession- Rotarian, Law concluded."
al life, Richard has assisted
Wakulla County in many

Historical Society news

The Wakulla County Histor-
ical Society has a ton of things
going on. They are continuing
their efforts with the mu-
seum and the heritage village
and pursuing a grant for the
Heritage Village that will help
further the progress with that
project. They are also getting
dose to opening the first floor
of the museum and archives
and have also stepped up
fundraising efforts.
"We were recently in the
Rotary Valentine's Day Parade
and our float won a trophy
for Most Original Float," said
Barbara Hines, "We are plan-
ning on participating in the
St. Patrick's Day' Parade as
well (March 14). We will also
have a booth there and at the
Sopchoppy Worm Grunting
Festival (April 11)."
Anyone interested in help-
ing the society either decorate

the float or man the booth
at the festivals, please con-
tact Barbara Hines, barbara-
Recently there have been
a few changes to the board.
Mary Sampson has taken over
-as the new chair of the Gene-
alogy group. She is. very en-
thusiastic and has huge plans
for the group. Please check
their newsletters on theweb
site for updates pertaining to
that group. It is a great way
to learn more about your fam-
ily history. Terri Gerrell has
taken on the responsibility of
treasurer. She has been busy
reorganizing financial records
and has big plans. "We hope
to,keep her busy with all of
the fundraising money we are
bringing inl" Hines said.
John Y. Roberts will be
-giving a presentation on the
St. Marks Lighthouse at the

'March 10 meeting at the
Wakulla County Public Library
at 7 p.m. His great- grandfa-
ther, Charles Fine and his
wife Sarah Fine, assumed the
position of lighthouse keeper
in St. Marks in 1892. Sarah
Fine assumed the position of
keeper in 1904 due to Charles'
poor health,
WCHS Calendar of Events:
March 10: Board Meeting
5:30 p.m., General Meeting
7 p.m. at the Wakulla Library.
March 14: St. Patrick's Day
Parade and Festival at Hudson
Park (rain or shine). Parade
starts at 10 a.m./line up at
9 a.m.
April 11: Sopchoppy Worm
Grunting Festival, Downtown
April 14: Board Meeting at
5:30 p.m., General Meeting at
7 p.m. at the Wakulla Library,

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Relay For Life
The Wakulla County Relay for
Life Committee announced that
the final countdown to Relay
2009 is underway. Event Chair
Dalynda Vause commented, "Re-
lay really begins to come togeth-
er over these next few weeks.
However, there is still time to
register a team and we always
welcome new participants. We
also want to honor and recognize
more survivors this year. Each
year.we honor cancer survivors
at a community reception and
during the event itself."
Interested community mem-
bers can attend a Relay for Life
meeting this Thursday, March
12 at 7 p.m. at the Wakulla Bank
Community Room. Refresh-
ments will be available for pur-
chase during the meeting and all
proceeds benefit, the American
Cancer Society Relay for Life
event in Wakulla County. ..
Event coordinator Linda
Stalvey said, "The push right
now is to register teams, survi-
vors, and event participants on-
line. Please visit our web site at
Teams can register online if
they cannot make it to the March
12 meeting." For more informa-
tion please e-mail:lstalvey@
embarqmaiLcom or call 297-0588
extension 3707.
The next Relay for Life meet-
ing will-be April 2 at 7 p.m. in
the Wakulla Bank Community
Room. This year the Relay for
Life event will be held on the
track at Wakulla High School on
April 17 and April 18. The all-
night walking event will feature
a survivor's lap, live entertain-
ment, and a luminaria lighting
ceremony. Admission is free and

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relay teams are coming together
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.Plant society meeting
The Sarracenia Chapter of
the Florida Native Plant Society
will be meeting Tuesday, March
17 at the Wakulla Public Library.
This month's guest speaker will
be Dan Miller, who will present
a program on native azaleas. The
meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For
more information, contact Nona
at 510-4501.
LifeWalk 2009
The Wakulla Pregnancy Cen-
ter will host LifeWalk 2009 on
Saturday, March 28 at Wakulla
Springs State Park, Registration
will be held at 9 a,m. and the
walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The fundraiser allows par-
ticipants to fill out a pledge
sheet and raise money for the
non-profit organization. There

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If you served honorably as a
member of Navy, Army, Marines,
Air Force, Coast Guard, National
Guard or are currently serving,
AMVETS wants you.
AMVETS, American Veterans,
does not have a Post in Wakulla
County and is looking for- 10
Veterans to start one.
If you served honorably :at
any time or place you, as a vet-
eran, have the privilege to belong
to a veterans organization and
AMVETS, first charted by the
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Page 8A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Coalition sponsors contests honoring African Americans

It was a great day for writ-
ers at Riversprings Middle
School on Thursday, March
5. Riversprings presented its
winners for the Annual Black
History Month Essay and
Poster Contest sponsored by
the Wakulla County Christian
Students were put to the
test as they wrote essays
about two related writing
prompts: "How have the
contributions of an African
American citizen affected your
life or community" and "Why
do you think it is important
to celebrate Black History
Although many wrote great
essays, only a select few were
chosen to represent River-
The grand prize winner was
sixth grader Jacob Thomas,
Jacob wrote a heart-touching
essay about Dr. Joseph Camps
of Southeastern Urological
Center and how he saved his
Papa Sam Logan's life. Jacob
won the grand prize of $50
and was honored at

a special presentation were he
actually met Dr. Camps.
Dr. Camps spoke to the
RMS students about the im-
portance of staying inl school
and trying your best daily.
Other special guests included
Superintendent DavidI Miller,
Assistant Superintendent Beth
O'Donnell, Sam and Debbie
Logan, Tammy and Ike Thom-
as, and Rodney Smith and
Jenny Jones of the Wakulla
County Christian Coalition.
Dr. Camps also, shook
hands and spoke with Jacob's,
Papa Sam Logan, Dod Walker,
principal; David Miller, su-
perintendent; Nakia Cotton,
Riversprings Black History
Month Coordinator, and the
other students and parents
were in attendance.
"I am very proud of our
students and how well they
wrote their essays and de-
signed posters for the con-
test," said Cotton. "I was too
touched by this particular
essay. Great heroes are diverse
in today's world and although
.Dr. Camps was doing his job,

his contribution was greatly
appreciated enough to impact
someone's life. This is what
great citizens do; touch oth-
ers because they want to help
others, not because it is a job
Principal Dod Walker also
told the students, "This is
what I wanted to accomplish
from this contest, famous
well-known heroes are great,
but sometimes it is the ones
around us daily who really
impact lives and make great
Contest Winners include;
Essay Contest Grand Prize
Winner Jacob Thomas; sixth
grade: second place Cody
Ochat, third place, Nicole
Hoke/Benjamin P.West.
Seventh grade: firth place
Daniel Veandry; second place
Arien Hart/Katie McClain;
third place Lisa Ball.
Eighth grade: first place
Carson Foote; second place
Jonathan Chunn, third place
Jake Walker.
Poster Contest Winner:
Mary Llanes.

From left, Coordinator Nakia Cotton, Carson Foote, Jake Walker, Cody Ochat, Princi-
pal Dod Walker, Benjamin West, Arien Hart, Jacob Walker, Dr. Camps, Katie McClain,
Lisa Ball, Jonathan Chunn, Superintendent David Miller, Mary Llanes, Nicole Hoke
and Daniel Veaudry

First Prom fashion show is slated

The Wakulla High School
Junior Class Council is hon-
oring..the senior class in a
new way this year, one that
can help students and their
families prepare for the Prom
scheduled for Saturday, May
2. David's Bridal and MW Tux
are sponsoring Formal Fest '09
Prom Fashion Show, a show-
case of current prom styles,
The event is scheduled for
Thursday, March 19, at 6:30
p.m., at the WHS Auditorium,
and the models will be the
Class of 2009 semi-finalists
for Prom Court: Jordyn Brooks,
Shelby Cash, Kimberly Frank-
lin, Susie Greenwood, Kelsey
Harrell, Lauren Pigott, Amanda
McCullers, Allania Mills, Mag-
gie Ogden, Summer Zonder-
van, Kyle Britt, Josh Colman,
Jamel Gavin, Kendrick Hall,
Will Harvey, Zach Lejeune,
Rance McBratney, Ant Mills,
Nick Singleton, and Ryan
In addition to fashions-

Keep MaOOa
County Beautf (



This Saturday
Mairh 14
St. Patrick's Day
Parade & Festival
J-Iudson Park 8-3
Parade 10,lOM.
Sponsored by Crawfordville Lions
Club & Wakulla County Board of
County Commissioners

from David's Bridal and MW
Tux, students and parents will
also be. able to visit booths
from.local prom vendors.
"Our goal is for this to
be a one-stop, prom plan-
ning event," said Junior Class
Chairperson Nancy Floyd,
Richardson: "We would like
to save parents and students
time and energy by bringing
the prom vendors to Wakulla.
We hope this will grow to be
an annual tradition."
Current confirmed vendors
include David's Bridal, MW
Tux, Northern Lights Floral,
Manners Limousines, and SWI
Photographers. The models
will receive hair consultations
and makeup applications
courtesy of Amanda Mann of
Dazzles Hair Studio and Jodi
McIver. Additional sponsors
include Wakulla Bank and
All attendees will receive
$20 off tuxes from MW Tux, as
well as 10 percent off jewelry,

handbags, shoes, and gloves
from .David's Bridal when
purchased with their dress.
The vendors will be available
to take appointments and or-
ders prior to the fashion show
and during intermission. The
evening will conclude with
the, announcement of the
2009 Prom Court. Although
the audience will learn who

Papa Sam Logan with winner Jacob Thomas and Dr. Joseph Camps.

LWREA recognizes students

Riversink Elementary
School students took the top
two out of three honors at the
Leon-Wakulla Retired Educa-
tors Association meeting held
March 3 in Tallahassee.
Jeremy Dotson, of Stan
Ward's fifth grade class, took
first place in the annual
LWREA essay contest with
his essay, "What I do with'my
Crystal Grimes, of Carol
Broome's fifth grade class,
earned second place recogni-
tion with her essay, "Grand-
parent's Story."
The participants and guests
attended an ice cream social
after the reading of the essays
and awards presentation.

Riversink teachers Carol I
Jeremy Dotson

More than 270 attend

Wakulla High School re-
ceived very positive feedback
for Parent Night Tuesday,
Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 26
nights. More than 270 parents
and students attended the
two evening informational
sessions. Those unable to at-
tend but seeking information
about either dual enrollment
or advanced placement college
programs may visit the high
school web site to download
a PDF of the basic information

presented both nights.
Advanced Placement Po-
tential letters were sent to
students the week of March
2. The letters help parents
identify the advanced place-
ment courses in which their
child may be most success-
ful. Letters based on PSAT
scores indicate a high degree
of achievement in Advanced
Placement courses.
The application process
for Advanced Placement (AP)

Broome, Crystal Grimes,
md Stan Ward,

AP Night
classes began Monday, March
9; applications will be avail-
able in students' English:
classes, and the deadline for
submitting applications is,
Monday, March 16. Students
must return completed appli-
cations to the front office with
a parent's signature. Students
desiring the challenge and
rigor of college curriculum
while still in high school are
encouraged to apply.

the top five choices are for'
Prom Court, they will not be F
ranked. Another vpte of the Free summer Pre-K is offered

senior class will determine

the rankings and Prom King
and Queen, which will be.
announced the evening of
Student tickets are $3 in
advance and $5 at the door.
Adult tickets are $5 in advance
and $7 at the door. Vendor
booths and sponsorship op-
portunities are still available.
For more information, contact
Nancy Floyd Richardson at
933-1083 or richardsonn@

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Wakulla County Pre-K,
Wakulla Education Center
campus, will be offering the
Summer Voluntary Prekin-
dergarten (VPK) program.
VPK is a state-funded pro-
gram designed to help four
year old children be ready
for kindergarten. There is no
cost for the program.

Any child who is a resi-
dent of the State of Florida
and turns 4 years old before
Sept. 1, 2008 and did not
attend the VPK program
during the regular school
year, is eligible for Summer
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April 21, 2009
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May 25, 2009

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Workshop: To Discuss the Comp:
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Workshop: To Discuss the Propo
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5:00 P.M.
- 7:00 P.M.
5:00 P.M.

Regular Board Meeting 6:00 P.M.
Public Hearing: To Adopt Amended 6:00 P.M.
Changes to Ordinance 06-28, which Establishes
& Amends Flood Hazard Areas in Certain
Subdivisions, Establishes Bldg. Elevations in
Specific Flood Hazard Areas, & Regulates
Fill in Specific Flood Hazard Areas
Town Hall Meeting Wakulla Springs 6:00 P.M.
Lodge Dogwood Room
Workshop: To Discuss the Proposed Panacea 5:00 P.M.
Special Overlay District Ordinances and
Code Language
Regular Board Meeting 6:00 P.M.

Regular Board Meeting
Worshop: To Discuss the Economic
Development Council & the Tourist
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Regular Board Meeting
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Town Hall Meeting -
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5:00 P.M.
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6:00 P.M.
6:00 P.M.

All Workshops, Public Hearings and Commission Meetings are open to the public. Wakulla County
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or handicapped
status in employment or the provision of services. Handicapped individuals may receive special
accommodations with one working day's notice as per section 286.011(6) F.S. If special
accommodations are required, please call Debbie DuBose, Executive Assistant to the County
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Page 9A

Sheriff's Report

The Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office officials are investigating
a criminal mischief involving
graffiti on county property at
Shell Point March 2, according
to Sheriff David Harvey.
Helen A, Smith of Panacea
reported that someone put graf-
fiti on the men's and women's
restroom walls at Shell Point
Beach Park.
: The graffiti included two
incidents where individuals
Wrote their names on the
Walls. Damage was estimated
at $100. Deputy Andrew Vass
: In other activity reported by
the Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office during the past week:
' On Feb. 27, Tammie A.
Geddie of Panacea reported a
theft of a wallet at her doctor's
office. The wallet, which con-
tained credit cards, was valued
at $20. Sgt. Eddie Wester inves-
* On Feb. 27, Shawn M.
Iarvey of Crawfordville re-
ported a theft of a cell phone
and CB radios, valued at $400.
The property was stolen from

a company vehicle. A suspect
has been identified. Sgt. Eddie
Wester investigated.
On Feb. 28, Richard F.
Boykin of Crawfordville re-
ported a vehicle burglary and
the theft of electronic equip-
ment. Deputy Nick Boutwell
On Feb. 28, Sandra K. Bai-
ley of Crawfordville reported a
fraud. The victim spent $299 to
ship birds 'from Maryland, but
never received the birds. The
Criminal Investigations Divi-
sion was notified. Deputy Ben
Steinle investigated.
On Feb. 27, James W. Hen-
ley of Crawfordville reported
that someone received a credit
card in his name. A suspect has
been identified. Sgt. Danny
Harrell investigated.
On March 2, Amanda M.
Dutton of Crawfordville report-
ed a fraud. The victim received a
bill from Finger Hut as part of a
collections process. The victim
had not done any business
with Finger Hut. Deputy Ryan
Muse investigated.
On March 3. Tammy R.

Sawner of Crawfordville re-
ported a residential burglary as
someone entered her bedroom
and stole medications, a cell
phone and change. A orced en-
try was reported and a suspect
has been identified. The miss-
ing items are valued at $100. Lt.
Ronald Mitchell investigated.
On March 3, Theresa A,
Monroe of Crawfordville report-
ed a vehicle burglary owned
by Josh Powell Construction in
Sneads. A power pole, valued
at $200, was stolen. Deputy
Nicholas Gray investigated.
On March 3, Deputy Ryan
Muse investigated a fire on
Neeley Road in Crawfordville.
The fire was called in by a
school bus driver. Burning
grass was put out by Firefighter
Clint Monnin. The fire burned
a portion of a fence but never
reached the home.
On March 6, Douglas M.
Crosby reported a burglary at
his home. A forced entry was
discovered and a television
was stolen. The television was
valued at $1,000 and damage
to the home was estimated at

$200. Deputy William Hudson
On March 7, Edward Dis-
hong of Panacea reported a
burglary at his home. A fire
radio, DVD and sugar, valued at
$630, were reported missing. Lt.
Pat Smith investigated.
On March 7, David W.
Lamareaux of Crawfordville

On March 9, Mary A. Co-
chran of Crawfordville reported
the theft of jewelry from her
home. The jewelry is valued at
$3,650. A suspect has been iden-
tified. Deputy Jeremy Johnston
On March 9, Det. Eddie
Wester investigated a complaint

to the home was estimated at
$200. It is owned by Green Tree
The Wakulla County Sher-
iff's Office received 750 calls for
service during the past week.
Note to our readers: The
people who are reported as
charged with crimes in this
column have not yet been to

reported a vehicle burglary. A of an open door at a home that trial and are therefore innocent
car stereo, valued at, $2,600, was was in foreclosure. A forced until proven guilty,
missing. Deputy Ryan Muse entry was discovered. Damage
Motorist strikes, injures bicycle rider

A 45-year-old Crawfordville
bicycle rider was seriously in-
jured Saturday, March 7 at 6.02
p.m. when she was struck from
behind by a motorist on U.S.
Highway 98, according to the
Florida Highway Patrol
Rhonda A. Carroll was oper-
ating a 2007 Trek bicycle west-
bound on the north shoulder
of the highway when she was
struck by Tammy Shiver, 40, of
Eastpoint Shiver was operating a

1997 Buick westbound when, for
unknown reasons, she crossed
over the white lane marker,
The front of Shiver's vehicle
struck the rear of the Carroll bike
causing the rider to be ejected
and collide with another bicylde
rider. Tina M. Rucker, 40, of Tal-
lahassee, who was operating
a 2007 Trek bike just ahead of
Both riders were transported
to Tallahassee Memorial Hospi-
tal Carroll was listed in serious
condition while Rucker was list-

ed as having minor injuries. The
bicycle riders were both wearing
helmets. The Rucker bike suf-
fered $500 worth of damage and
the Carroll bike suffered $1,500
worth of damage. The Buick
suffered $500 worth of damage.
The accident was reported west
of the Woodville Highway.
The Wakulla EMS unit, volun-
teer firefighters and the sheriffs
office assisted at the scene.
There were no charges listed as
filed in the report Trooper M.D.
Simmons investigated for FHP.

Sheriff issues letter of apology

Editor, The News:
: Dear citizens of Wakulla
County and in particular to
the Wright family,
As sheriff, I am held to a
higher standard. The time
honored oath of my office
demands it. My actions relat-
ing to the traffic accident on
Rehwinkel Road on Friday,
Feb. 20 did not meet those
standards. I recognize that and
acknowledge I let you down.

It was my hope that by ac-
cepting the court's disposition
and formally taking responsi-
bility for my conduct, the pro-
cess of healing can begin. But
that's only one of the steps
needed in this process.
I also want to apologize to
you for my transgressions. I
am truly remorseful for my
actions and the sorrow I have
caused. There is no excuse.
Please accept by humblest and

most heartfelt apology.
As we move forward in
this and all matters of public
safety, I want you to know
I will do everything in my
power to regain your trust and
respect. I owe you that, and
quite frankly, the office that
I am honored by you to hold
demands it.
David Harvey
Sheriff, Wakulla County

The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners has scheduled
a Public Workshop on the Proposed Panacea Special Overlay
District Ordinances and Code Language on April 7, 2009 at 5 P.M.
at the County Commission Chambers located west of the County
Courthouse at 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327.
Interested parties are invited to attend and participate.

Persons needing special access considerations should call the
Wakulla County Administrative Offices at,least 48 hours before the
date for scheduling purposes. The Administrative Offices may be
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Page 10A THE WAKULLA NFEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Finally, a fishing weekend worth shouting about

What a beautiful weekend
we just had! We had very
little wind and temperatures
in the upper 70s. There were
lots of people on the road in
Crawfordville and it seemed
like every fifth vehicle was
pulling a boat. We have had
such a cold and dismal winter,
this is the weekend everyone
was looking for. It was also
a big boost for the bait and
tackle shops. Mike Hopkins at
Lanark Village said it was the
-best weekend he has had in
a year. Tammy at Jerry's Bait

and Tackle said they very also
busy. I know everyone was
busy because when I tried to
find some live shrimp for Sun-
day everyone was out. Bad for
me but good for them.
Tammy at Jerry's Bait and
Tackle said reds are still in the
rivers and in the creeks around
the oyster bars. A gold Cotton
Cordell Redfin is a good bait
and has been producing lots
of fish. Live shrimp is also a
top producer. One of the FWC
officers checked a fisherman
in the Wakulla River and he

had a 27-inch red he caught
using a crawfish. It seems
like some people were hav-
ing a hard time finding trout
over the weekend, but Otto
Hough, Randy Trousdell and
Carl Stubbs limited out. The
bigger trout were found in
six feet of water. The best
baits were some top water
baits and live shrimp and the
Gulp. Some nice sheepshead
have been caught in East
River and around Grey Mare
Rock. According to Tammy, a
small hook and piece of fresh
shrimp has been working
very well. The upper bridge-
on the Wakulla River is still'
producing some nice catches
of bream and bass. There have
also been some reports that
the shell crackers are starting
to bed in the Wakulla River.
The next Team Seatrout Tour-
nament will be Sunday March

22, This is an open tourna-
ment and the entry fee is $50
per boat with a maximum of
two anglers. Cash prizes will
be awarded for the first, sec-
ond and third place. Winners
are determined by the weight
of the top five fish from each
boat. The more boats, the big-
ger the prize money. Also, live
bait is allowed.
Mike Hopkins said it was
like the good old days. Lots
of people in the store buying
bait and tackle and plenty
of trucks and trailers in the
parking lot behind the store. If
the grouper season was open
there would have been quite a
few more people. Some people
did go offshore and came back
with a box full of black sea
bass. Most people fishing over
the weekend were looking
for trout and reds. Capt. Terry
Caruthers found plenty of

trout on Friday around Turkey
Point, but on Saturday they
moved. Fortunately, he found
them around Dog Island. Most
of his fish were caught on live
shrimp and the Gulp. Reds are
still hanging around the docks
and can't resist a live shrimp.
Mike said he is planning on,
starting some trout fishing
tournaments out of Lanark
Village, With the economy like
it is, you have to get custom-
ers in the store any way you
can, and this is a sure way to
do it.
Thursday afternoon Louise
Prance of Shell Point caught
and released a 28-inch and
three 25-inch reds. She was
using live shrimp and fishing
around Oyster Bay. On Friday
afternoon, I went with Mike
Pearson and we caught and
released between 45 and 50
trout using the white gulp

and live shrimp. On Sunday, I
took a charter from Gary, Ind.
and those 45 or 50 we threw
back didn't hang around. We
had to quit about an hour
before the tide would have
been the same so I like to
think they just weren't there.
We did manage to catch aboqt
50 or 60 trout but only sevep
were legal. We did catch
19 V pound red which madp
Sonny's day.
Our prayers go out to thl
family of three fishermen o*t
of Clearwater who were nevdr
found. Be careful out there and
know your boat's limits. Leavo
that float plan with someone
and always check the weather
before heading out, especially
when going offshore. It's juqt
not worth taking the chance
and there will always bp
calmer days. Good luck anad
good fishing!

When humans suffer, our wildlife is not far behind

the 1800s, John James Audubon
saw them shot them, too for
references to aid him in his
accuracy doing his portfolio of
large, often life-size paintings,
He also saw a bird no longer
recorded in Florida, other than
an extremely rare accident,
and that would be the King
Vulture, still native in Central
America for a vulture, rather
attractive, like the Ivory-Bill and
our near abundant Pileated
Woodpecker, black and white
with red on the head.
He also recorded the Carib-
bean Seal (now extinct) along
South Florida beaches. Certain-
ly Audubon saw the Passenger
Pigeon by the millions, another
species we, in all our ignorance
and greed, wiped out what a
pity. And we darn near did the
same to the American Bison.
They, and believe it or not in
many areas, White-Tailed Deer
and even our wild turkeys,
completely disappeared. Only

through breeding programs
and reintroduction have these
and elk and a few other game
animals/birds once again be-
come established.
The Whooping Crane and
the California Condor are once
again darkening our skies
through captive breeding pro-
grams and, since DDT is no
longer used in the U.S., Brown
Pelicans, Bald Eagles and the
Peregrine Falcon can lay and
hatch their eggs without the
eggs crushing under the in-
cubating parents' weight. Of
course, as soon as we figure
out how to save one species
from the brink of oblivion, we
threaten another box turtles
for the pet trade, sharks for
their fins, and manatees be-
cause we can't stop speeding,
or design deflectors on prop
motors for pleasure craft.
Right now in the African
country Sudan, systemic eth-
nic cleansing is going on.

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is estimated at least two mil-
lion people will be displaced
from their homes. When this
happens, every wild thing suf-
fers. Forests are stripped for
firewood and any creature is a
potential meal for these starv-
ing people. Often the armies
will practice on these animals
just to sight-in their rifles It is
a known fact that Egypt was
at one time a lush forest, the
same with the "Holy Land."
But now due to deforestation,
they've now got desertifica-
tion. The authorities are even

predicting life in the sea may
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Let's face it, when it took th'e
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Notice of Land Use Change
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt changes the Future Land Use
Map and/or text of the Wakulla County Comprehensive Plan and has scheduled Public Hearings regarding
the following before the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 5,2009
beginning at 6:00 PM, unless otherwise noted below or as time permits. All public hearings are held at
the County Commission Chambers located west of the County Courthouse at 29 Arran Road,
Crawfordville, Florida 32327. Interested parties are invited to attend and present testimony.

1. Application for Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment: CP07-11
Applicant: Big Bend, LLC
Agent: Robert Routa
Proposal: amend future land use map
Tax ID Number: 12-4s-02w-000-01903-001; 12-4s-02w-000-01903-002;
Existing FLU Map: Rural 2 (FLUE Policy 1.2.4)
Proposed FLU Map: Commercial and Rural 3
(FLUE Policy 1.2.7 and 1.2.12)
Existing Zoning: AG and C-2 (Section 5-25 and 5-38, LDC)
FEMA Flood Info: "C" zone on Panel 0225-B
Parcel Size: 26.53+/- acres
Location: 3771 Crawfordville Highway (former U-Haul parcels)
Hearings Required: County Commission Tuesday, May 5,2009
2. Application for Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment: CP07-12
Applicant: Spring Creek Farms, LLC
Agent: Robert Routa
Proposal: amend future land use map
Tax ID Number: 00-00-066-000-10104-003
Existing FLU Map: Agriculture (FLUE Policy 1.2.2)
Proposed FLU Map: Rural I (FLUE Policy 1.2.3 and 1.2.12)
Existing Zoning: AG (Section 5-25, LDC)
FEMA Flood Info: "C"& "A" zones on Panel 0380-B
Parcel Size: 229.744+/- acres
Location: south side of Coastal Highway, west of Spring Creek Highway
Hearings Required: County Commission Tuesday, May 5,2009
3. Application for Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment: CP07-13
Applicant: John and Janna Richardson
Agent: Robert Routa
Proposal: amend future land use map
Tax ID Number: 28-2s-01w-000-04088-000
Existing FLU Map: Agriculture (FLUE Policy 1.2.2)
Proposed FLU Map: Rural 1 (FLUE Policy 1.2.3)
Existing Zoning: AG (Section 5-25, LDC)
FEMA Flood Info: "C"zone on Panel 0100-B
Parcel Size: 20.52+/- acres
Location: Northside of Thomwood Road, across from Greenlea Drive
Hearings Required: County Commission Tuesday, May 5,2009
4. Application for Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment: CP07-17
Applicant: Douglas Behrman
Owner: S.A. and Linda Coxwell
Agent: Robert Routa
Proposal: amend future land use map
Tax ID Number: 17-3s-01w-000-04432-000
Existing FLU Map: Rural I and Rural 2 (FLUE Policy 1.2.3 and 1.2.4)
Proposed FLU Map: Commercial and Rural 3 (FLUE Policy 1.2.7 and 1.2.12)
Existing Zoning: AG and RR-1 (Sectiof 5-25 and 5-27, LDC)
FEMA Flood Info: "C"& "A" zones on Panel 0250-B
Parcel Size: 34.93+/- acres
Location: Eastside of Crawfordville Highway at Coxwelltane
Hearings Required: County Commission Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Copies of applications, draft ordinances, and any related public record files may be viewed at the Wakulla County
Planning and Community Development Department located at 3093 Crawfordville highway, Crawfordville, FL
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Most of us are aware that
around the middle of the last
century (the 1900s) the magnifi-
cent Ivory Billed Woodpecker
became extinct. The late Henry
Stevenson of Tallahassee was
fortunate enough to see this
species before it disappeared in
North America. So did Alexan-

der Sprunt also now deceased.
I rubbed elbows with these two
gentlemen years ago, and I feel
honored to have done so.
Sprunt and, I believe, Steven-
son also saw Carolina Parakeets
before civilized (?) man wiped
them out I, of course, have only
seen mounts in.museums. In

Refuge pools to open

St. Marks National Wildlife
Refuge will open the pools
along Lighthouse Rd. (Co. Rd.
59) to hand launch boats with
electric trolling motors on
[Sunday March 15. The pools
remain open to boats until
Oct. 15. Anglers are reminded
that the daily entrance fee
is $5 per car or an annual 12
months pass is available for
$15. Stoney Bayou Pool #1
is the first large pool on the
left traveling south on Light-
house Rd. It was damaged
during Hurricane Dennis in
July 2005 and left open to
the tides. Recent repairs have
sealed the blow out and it is a
mixture of salt and freshwater,
so fishing may be very spotty
in this pool. When the refuge
receives regular rainfall, the
refuge will look into re-stock-
ing some of these pools.
Gates will also be opened
to access refuge road 316 in

the Panacea Unit from March
15 to May 15, leading to ponds
in the Otter Lake vicinity. Ot-
ter Lake and lakes adjacent to
Surf Rd. are open year round
for boating. Outboard motors
larger than 10 h.p. are not
allowed on any lake, pond
on the Panacea Unit. Fish-
ing is allowed all year from
the bank, according to state
The refuge staff appreciates
the cooperation of our anglers
to prevent the invasive exotic
weed Hydrilla from spreading
into refuge waters. Healthy
lakes and ponds are best for
fishing and for wildlife.
For more information and
a copy of the fishing regula-
tions, please call 925-6121
or visit www.fws.gov/saint-

This Soturday
March 14
St. Patrick's Day
Parode & festival

J-udson Park 8-3

Parade lO M
Family Fun & Food
Sponsored by Crawfordville Lions
Club & Wakulla County Board of
County Commissioners






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1 Gulf Coast Weekly Almanac

j B Tide charts by
j Zihua Software, LLC

St. Marks River Entrance

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 3.4 ft. 0.3 ft. 3.6 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 12, 09 2:44 AM 8:39 AM 2:43 PM 9:13 PM
Fri 3.2 ft. 0.6 ft. 3.6 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 13, 09 3:24 AM 9:02 AM 3:04 PM 9:51 PM
Sat 2.9 ft. 0.9 ft. 3.6 ft. -0.4 ft.
Mar 14,'09 4:03 AM 9:22 AM 3:24 PM 10:29 PM
Sun 2.6 ft. 1.1 ft. 3.4 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 15, 09 4:43 AM 9:42 AM 3:44 PM 11:11 PM
Mon 2.3 ft. 1.3 ft. 3.3 ft.
Mar 16, 09 5:28 AM 10:03 AM 4:05 PM
Tue 0.2 ft. .2.0 ft. 1.5 ft. 3.1 ft.
Mar 17, 09 12:04 AM 6:28 AM 10:24 AM 4:30 PM
Wed 0.4 ft. 1.9 ft. 1.8 ft. 2.8 ft.
Mar 18, 09 1:19 AM 8:15 AM 10:48 AM 5:04 PM

Alligator Point, Ochlockonee Bay

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 2.6 ft. 0.2 ft. 2.7 ft. -0.4 ft.
Mar 12, 09 2:36 AM 8:50 AM 2:35 PM 9:24 PM
Fri 2.4 ft. 0.4 ft; 2.7 ft. -0.4 ft.
Mar 13, 09 3:16 AM 913 AM 2:56 PM 10:02 PM
Sat 2.2 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.7 ft. -0.3 ft.
Mar 14, 09 3:55 AM 9:33 AM 3:16 PM 10:40 PM
Sun 2.0 ft. 0.8 ft. 2.6 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 15, 09 4:35 AM 9:53 AM 3:36 PM 11:22 PM
Mon 1.7 ft. 1.0 ft. 2.5 ft.
Mar 16, 09 5:20 AM 10:14 AM 3:57 PM
Tue 0.1 ft. 1.5 ft. 1.1 ft. 2.3 ft.
Mar 17, 09. 12:15 AM 6:20 AM 10:35 AM 4:22 PM
Wed : 0.3 ft. 1.4 ft. 1.3 ft. 2.1 ft.
Mar 18, 09 .. 1:30 AM 8:07 AM 10:59 AM 4:56 PM

March 12 March 18

City of St. Marks

Date High Low High Low High.
Thu 3.2 ft. 0.2 ft. 3.4 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 12, 09 3:20 AM 9:43 AM 3:19 PM 10:17 PM
Fri 3.0 ft. 0.5 ft. 3.4 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 13, 09 4:00 AM 10:06 AM 3:40 PM 10:55 PM
Sat 2.7 ft. 0.8 ft. 3.3 ft. -0.3 ft.
Mar 14, 09 4:39 AM 10:26 AM 4:00 PM 11:33 PM
Sun 2.4 ft. 1.0 ft. 3.2 ft.
Mar 15, 09 5:19 AM 10:46 AM 4:20 PM
Mon -0.1 ft. 2.1 ft. 1.2 ft. 3.1 ft.
Mar 16, 09 12:15 AM 6:04 AM 11:07 AM 4:41 PM
Tue 0.2 ft. 1.9 ft. 1.4 ft. 2.9 ft.
Mar 17, 09 1:08 AM 7:04 AM 11:28 AM 5:06 PM
Wed 0.4 ft. 1.7 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.6 ft.
Mar 18, 09 2:23 AM 8:51 'AM 11:52 AM 5:40 PM

St. Teresa, Turkey Pt.

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 2.7ft. 0.3 ft. 2.8 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 12, 09 2:28 AM 8:18 AM 2:27 PM 8:52 PM
Fri 2.5 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.8 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 13, 09 3:08 AM 8:41 AM 2:48 PM 9:30 PM
Sat 2.3 ft. 0.8 ft. 2.8 ft. -0.4 ft.
Mar 14, 09 3:47 AM 9:01 AM 3:08 PM 10:08 PM
Sun 2.1 ft. 1.1 ft. 2.7 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 15, 09 4:27 AM 9:21 AM 3:28 PM 10:50 PM
Mon 1.8 ft. 1.3 ft. 2.6 ft. 0.2 ft.
Mar 16, 09 5:12 AM 9:42 AM 3:49 PM 11:43 PM
Tue 1.6 ft. 1.5 ft. 2.4 ft.
Mar 17, 09 6:12 AM 10:03 AM 4:14 PM
Wed 0.4 ft. 1.4 ft. 1.7 ft. 2.2 ft.
Mar 18, 09 12:58 AM 7:59 AM 10:27 AM 4:48 PM

For tides at the following points
add to Dog Island Listings: Carrabelle
Q Cat Point
Lower Anchorage
West Pass

High Tide
28 Min.
1 Hr., 53 Min.
1 Hr., 13 Min.
1 Hr., 36 Min.
1 Hr., 26 Min.

S Shell Point, Spring Creek

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 3.5 ft. 0.3 ft. 3.7 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 12, 09 2:41 AM 8:36 AM 2:40 PM 9:10 PM
Fri 3.3 ft. 0.6 ft. 3.7 ft. -0.5 ft.
Mar 13, 09 3:21 AM 8:59 AM 3:01 PM 9:48 PM
Sat 3.0 ft. 0.9 ft. 3.6 ft. -0.4 ft.
Mar 14, 09 4:00 AM 9:19 AM 3:21 PM 10:26 PM
Sun 2.7 ft. 1.2 ft. 3.5 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 15, 09 4:40 AM 9:39 AM 3:41 PM 11:08 PM
Mon 2.4 ft. 1.4 ft. 3.4 ft.
Mar 16, 09 5:25 AM 10Q:00 AM 4:02 PM
Tue 0.2 ft. 2.1 ft. 1.7 ft. 3.1 ft.
Mar 17, 09 12:01 AM 6:25 AM 10:21 AM 4:27 PM
*Wed 0.5 ft. 1.9 ft. 1.9 ft. 2.9 ft.
Mar 18, 09 1:16 AM 8:12 AM 10:45 AM 5:01 PM

Dog Island West End

Date High Low High Low
Thu 2.4 ft. 0.6 ft. 2.3 ft. 0.0 ft.
Mar 12, 09 2:48 AM 8:09 AM 2:22 PM 8:30 PM
Fri 2.2 ft. 0.9 ft. 2.4 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 13, 09 3:42 AM 8:28 AM 2:37 PM 9:11 PM
Sat 2.1 ft. 1.1 ft.' 2.6 ft. -0.2 ft.
Mar 14, 09 4:38 AM 8:45 AM 2:57 PM 9:53 PM
Sun 2.0 ft. 1.2 ft. 2.6 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 15, 09 5:39 AM 9:04 AM 3:23 PM 10:41 PM
Mon 1.9 ft. 1.4 ft. 2.6 ft. -0.1 ft.
Mar 16, 09 6:51 AM 9:26 AM 3:55 PM 11:42 PM
Tue 1.8 ft. 1.5 ft. 2.6 ft.
Mar 17, 09 8:24 AM 9:52 AM 4:35 PM
Wed 0.0 ft. 2.4 ft.
Mar 18, 09 1:01 AM 5:27 PM

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
1:42am 2:35 am 3:29am 4:24 am 5:18 am 6:10 am
2:06pm 2:59 pm 3:54pm 4:49 pm 5:43 pm 6:35 pm
7:54am 8:47 am 9:42am 10:37 am 11:31 am --- am
8:17pm 9:11pm 10:07pm 11:02pm 11:56pm 12:23 pm

Moon rise
Moon set

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
6:50 am 6:49 am 6:47 am 6:46 am 6:45 am 6:44 am 6:43 am
6:43 pm 6:44 pm 6:45 pm 6:45 pm 6:46 pm 6:46 pm. 6:47 pm
8:38 pm 9:39 pm 10:40 pm 11:39 pm --:-- 12:36 am 1:29 am
7:26 am 7:59 am 8:34 am 9:13 am 9:55 am 10:42 am 11:33 am
91% 85% 78% 71% 65% 59% 53%

Boating Emergencies "
Coast Guard Station
Panama City (850) 234-4228
Coast Guard Station
Yankeetown ............................. .................... (352) 447-6900
Coast Guard Auxiliary
St. Marks Flodilla 12) .......................................... 850 906-0540
or .. .................... 893-5137
SheIf Point (Flotilla 13) ........................................ 850) 926-2606
or 926-5654

Coast Guard

Auxiliary Reports
By Sherrie Alverson

It was a really slow week and Saturday evening. Visitors are
weekend for Flotilla 13. Only two always welcome. Social Hour
Sof our members did anything will be at 5:30 p.m. and the
Newsworthy. Yvette Graham is business meeting will begin at
:back in the country after a two 6 p.m., followed by a wonderful
-week vacationinCentralAmerica. buffet One never knows what
I can't tell you any details, except they will find as they go down
i she had a good time, the line, but when you get to the
Xvette spends the winters at desert section, I promise you, if
iher home in Lakeland (when she our honorary member, Helen B.
[isn't off on a tour somewhere.) is there, there will be a delicious
'The summers she comes to cake, brownies or sometimes a
[Shell Point to do two things. As pie. (I personally prefer her cakes.
ifar as I am concerned (as the They melt in your mouth.)
;Ops Officer) the number one A reminder for all coxswains,
;reason is to be my Number One crew and radio personnel, the
'watchstander at the Shell Point Coast Guard Incident Command
'Auxiliary Station. In order to do System (ICS) 210 course is being
;that she must be a house-sitter, presented on March 29. I know
'Atthemomentsheislookingfor March 29 is a Sunday, but if the
la house to sit If anyone would Director of Auxiliary is willing
like to talk to her, please call (386) to.drive over from New Orleans
:719-1030. to teach this course, Auxiliarists
I Flotilla 13's member training involved in operations certainly
:officer, Jim McGill was guest should be willing to drive down
;speaker Monday night at the from the Tallahassee area. Aux-
:Apalachee Bay Volunteer Fire and iliarists must successfully com-
:RescueDepartment'smeeting. A plete the ISC 210 by March 31.
;good percentage of the people In our area the boating season
:there are, or have been, members "officially" opens April 1 and
:of Flotilla 13 so they already all operational Auxiliatists must
!knew about the Coast Guard be have the 210. Remember, no
:Auxiliary. However, Jim always ICS 210 qualifications, no patrol
:manages to include something orders.
:new and interesting. And now Carolyn Treadon's
The others also enjoyed learn- report on Flotilla 12 in St. Marks.
:ing more about the other volun- Saturday morning was our
teer organization at Shell Point, monthly Flotilla meeting. We
:Hopefully, some of them will be were pleased to welcome Mike
!interested in becoming members Doyle and Bill Rose, transfers
:of Auxiliary. If so, please, call from Flotilla 15, to our meeting.
Jim McGill at 926-4550 or Sher- As Members of Flotilla 12 now,
,rie Alverson at 926-7812 or cell, they were greeted with warm
:519-4573. welcomes. We are lucky to
Also, Flotilla 13's meeting is have both of them among our

group Several exciting things
were discussed in the meeting
including our upcoming March
21 Basic Navigation class and
April 18 About Boating Safely.
Room is still available in both
classes, so anyone interested in
attending should contact Larry
Kolk at 877-0818.
Also coming up is the Annual
Springtime Tallahassee. Tradi-
tionally, members of Flotilla 12
staff a booth throughout the day
to pass out safe boating informa-
tion and discuss our education
classes. Last year we were joined
by Chief McCray and Aaron Jundt
from the local recruiting office.
Thankfully, this year will be no
differently As long as Mother
Nature cooperates, it should be
a good time.
Since we just recently had our
division meeting in Fort Walton
Beach, several members received
awards for their hard work. In the
absence of our Flotilla Command-
er David Guttman who was out of
town for his daughter's wedding,
Tim Ashley had the privilege to
pass out the. recognition. Bob
Asztalos and Rob Purvis received
their certificate for completing
the Introduction to Initial Marine
Safety: John Denmark received
an annual service performance
award for Examinations/Marine
Dealer Visitations; Chuck Hick-
man received his Public Educa-
tion Sustained Service Ribbon,
his second sustained service
award and a certificate for a total
of 811.6 mission hours; Larry Kolk
received his fourth Sustained
Service Award, and a certificate
for 822 total mission hours; Bill
Rose received his five year Service
Awardc Carolyn Treadon received
her fifth Sustained Service Award
and Duane Treadon received a
certificate for 812,3 total mission
hours. In light of David's absence,
our past Flotilla Commander
Duane Treadon presented Tim
Ashley with his award for com-
pleting the Introduction to Initial
Marine Safety and 1087.9 total
mission hours.
As a special ceremony for all
present, one of our newest mem-
bers John Agens was presented
with his Certificate of Member-
ship and was sworn in.
This is one of the highlights
for any Flotilla Commander and
new members Welcome aboard,

From the Heart live performance

The local musicians featured
:on the "From the Heart Music
:Hour" are scheduling regular
:performances at Hamaknockers
bOasis in Ochlockonee Bay.
: The radio show, hosted by
'Sopchoppy musician and record-
'ing engineer Rick Ott promotes
,the local music scene, and airs on
WOCY 106.5 every Monday night
'at 7 pm. The show is also avail-

able online at oysterradio.com.
On March 21, Ott and his
Rick Ott Band will host a show
at Hamaknockers Oasis featuring
Mimi &The Heamdogs and singer
Lindsay Evans both of whose
music has been played on the
radio show.
Mimi & The Hearndogs will
open at 9 p.m., playing songs from
their new CD "Unleashed," which

was recorded at From the Heart of
Sopchoppy studio. Performances
from Lindsay Evans and the Rick
Ott Band will follow.
From the Heart of Sopchoppy
studio owner Nelle McCall praised
Hamaknockers Oasis owners Dan
and Terrie Hinchee for providing
a showcase for local musicians
on the third Saturday of every

John! Following the meeting, Tim
Ashley, Rob Purvis, Carolyn Tre-
adon and Duane Treadon went
out for a three-hour tour of the St
Marks River and channel
Rob is a new crew in train-
ing and Tim ran him through
the ropes practicing setting the
anchor, tossing the heaving line,
retrieving a person overboard
and standing watch. We have to
watch out for Rob, he has quite
a throwing arml Other than the
swarm of sand fleas that greeted
us at the docks upon our return,
it was a great afternoon on the
water. One last reminder, the ICS
210 course is a requirement for all
coxswains, crew and communica-
tions personnel The key word is
all. No matter what flotilla you
are a member of; it is a require-
ment as of midnight March 31,
2009. Remember safe boating is
no accident

Yard sale will benefit two groups

A three-day yard sale to
benefit the Paws in Prison
program and the Florida Wild
Mammal Association will
be held Thursday, March.
26, through Saturday, March
28, at Nads/Townsend Mini
Paws in Prison is a program
where prison inmates train
animal shelter dogs to obey
basic commands and the dogs
are then put up for adoption.
The wild mammal association
takes in orphaned or injured
Both organizations are ask-
ing for donations to sell at
the event.
Items can be donated to PIP
by calling 264-4511 for pick up.
To donate to FWMA, drop off
items at Townsend Storage


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has been offering its clients and their families
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at our Apalachicola clinic and Wakulla clinic:
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counseling, social work, psychology, criminal
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The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public
Workshop on March 17,.2009 at 5:00p.m. in the Commission Chambers,
29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville, FL 32327
Purpose of Workshop:
To Discuss the Proposal for a Faith-Based Publicly Funded Project
(Leon-Wakulla Development Corp.)
Any handicapped, visually or hearing impaired person or any non-English speaking
person needing special assistance should contact the Wakulla County Board of County
Commissioners' Office at (850) 926-0919 or TDD (850) 926-1201.


The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will hold a
Public Workshop on March 16, 2009 at 5:00 p.m 7:00p.m. in the
Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville, FL 32327
Purpose of Workshop:
To Discuss the Comprehensive Sewer Ordinance
Any handicapped, visually or hearing impaired person or any non-English speaking
person needing special assistance should contact the Wakulla County Board of County
Commissioners' Office at (850) 926-0919 or TDD (850) 926-1201.

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2 Hrs., 3 Min.
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Page 12A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Did Kessler violate Sunshine Law Making it Count: WHS

with calls to commissioners?

County Commissioner Mike
Stewart confirmed that Chair-
man Howard Kessler called
him before sending his letter
to Gov. Crist about the car:
wreck involving the sheriff.
There is some question
about whether the call vio-
lated the state's open govern-
ment laws, and it appears it
would depend on what was
discussed. Was Kessler poll-
ing commissioners about
whether they would object to
his letter, or was he informing
them of what was going on in.
the case?
Sheriff David Harvey was
involved in a wreck on Reh-
winkel Road on Friday, Feb.
20, going home from dinner
at Spring Creek Restaurant He
admitted to having consumed
alcohol before the wreck, but
alcohol was determined to
have not been a factor in the
crash. Harvey was subsequent-
ly charged with leaving the
scene of an accident, a misde-
meanor, and careless driving,

an infraction, and entered a
plea on March 3 in which he
was fined and placed on non-
reporting probation.
"Well, since you ask, yes, he
did call me," Stewart said in a
telephone interview last week
about receiving a call from
Kessler on the day Monday,
Feb. 23 that Kessler sent a
letter to the governor.
"He called about what he
wanted to do." Stewart said he
advised against it. "We have
no dog in the fight."
Kessler confirmed he called
Stewart, and recollected as
well calling Commissioner
George Green, and said he
tried to contact all the com-
missioners to let them know
what was happening in the
community. But Kessler was
emphatic that he was not
polling board members about
their feelings on him sending
a letter to the governor.
"There was a coverup going
on," Kessler said, adding that
he wanted to seek "an objec-
tive investigation so that the
citizens could have some con-

fidence in law enforcement "
"Under no circumstances,"
Kessler responded when asked
if he was polling fellow com-
missioners about his actions.
"At no time did I ask if I could
send out a letter, nor ask what
they thought of the letter."
The essence of his com-
munication, Kessler said, was
that the sheriff had been in
a wreck involving a county
vehicle "and that they may
be getting phone calls from
constituents and these were
the facts."
"There was no request on
my part to write a letter on
behalf of the board," Kessler
Kessler also said he did
not recollect Stewart advising
him against sending a letter.
"No, absolutely not," he said.
"That conversation never took
Later, Kessler said Stewart
did make a comment to him
- in person, not over the
phone something to the
extent of saying "we have no
dog in this fight."

Riversink will host festival

Special to The Wakulla News
The first Riversink Elemen-
tary Spring Festival will be
held on March 27.
Because we are a new
school, there are still many
empty shelves in our media
center. Our goal for this year's
Festival is to raise money for
T-Shirts will be available at
the low cost of $10 each. There
will be a giant 18 foot slide for
the kids to enjoy along with a

Bounce House, Bingo, a Cake
Walk and more. The NJROTC
will be helping with grilling
hot dogs with all the extras
such as sno cones, nachos,
and various munchies. An art
auction and bake sale will be
Children can explore Wakul-
la County ambulances and fire
trucks. A helicopter fly-in is
planned. Entertainment will
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include a D.J. and the WHS
Color Guard will perform.
Carrie Pafford, PTO Presi-
dent and Festival Organizer,
thanked all of the sponsors,
parents and community vol-
unteers for making the festival
The festival will be Friday,
March 27, rain or shine. Ac-
tivities begin at 5 p.m. and run
through 8 p.m.


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Wakulla High School an-
nounced that it has scheduled
Making It Count's highly antic-
ipated "Making Your College
Search Count" presentation
for its junior class and Making
It Count's "Making College &
Career Count" presentation for
its senior class.
Making It Count is provid-
ing the free one-hour pre-
sentations for parents and
students on March 16 at 10
a.m. in the WHS auditorium
for juniors and on March 17 at
10 a.m. for seniors. Making It
Count's is an educational ser-
vice provider for students and
parents and a business unit of
Monster Worldwide, Inc.
Juniors learn how to con-
duct an effective college
search. "Making Your College
Search Count" provides stu-
dents with crucial information
on how to conduct an effective
college search and selection.
The program covers every
aspect of the college search
from visiting schools to the
application process and pro-
vides students with a working
plan that makes the process of
choosing a college more man-
ageable. While the seniors
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Wildlife photography Brought to you by

ETO Wakulla Retos and our readers.


The first day of spring will not officially arrive until Friday, March 20, but the sunset at Shell
Point gives Wakulla County residents hope that the colder weather that has lingered on for
months will soon go away. Sue Damon captured the sun creeping below the horizon, top, on
a recent day. Sue Damon also shot the picture of the osprey, left, with a fine mullet meal on
the top of a piling. Apparently the osprey had no intentions of sharing his bounty, because
as Sue .shot another picture of him with his catch, he flew away to another location. He did
not leave behind his catch. Retired college educator and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
photographer Barney Parker found an unusual subject to capture on his digital memory card.
The hawk, above, proudly displays all of his feathers to show Barney just how large he can
become. With the recent heavy winds pushing birds of prey around, it was a surprise that the
hawk was able to maintain his balance on the powerline. For more wildlife photographs, look
through the Wakulla Wildlife Festival special section in this issue of The News. It displays
the work of Frank Thornton and our photography contest winners. The work of the contest
winners will also be displayed at the festival at Wakulla Springs State Park.

Florida closes on land protecting Civil War battlefield, spring

The State of Florida dosed on
nearly 55 acres of land in Leon
County adjacent to the Natural
Bridge Historic State Park. Pur-
chased through Florida Forever
funding, the acquired.parcel will
be managed by the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection's "(DEP) Division of
Recreation and Parks, and is
significant to the protection of
a first magnitude spring and.
features a Civil War battlefield.
This acquisition was approved
by the Governor and Cabinet
last November.
"Closing on this land is
an important accomplishment
for the state, as this property
is a part of the Florida First
Magnitude Springs project and
one of the top projects on the
Florida Foreverpriority list," said
DEP Deputy Secretary Bob Bal-
lard. "This acquisition ensures
that the geological, historical
and cultural integrity of this
property and the surrounding
water resources are preserved
for Floridians and visitors from
all over the world to enjoy for
years to come."
This Florida Forever project
focuses on land that provides
increased protection for Florida's
First Magnitude Springs that
discharge more than 100 cubic
feet of water per second. Flori-
da's springs, scattered through
northern and central Florida,
draw from the Floridan aquifer
system, which is the state's pri-
mary source of drinking water.

Springs, with dear, continuously
flowing waters, are among the
state's most important natural
resources and are famous attrac-
tions. This acquisition brings the
Florida First Magnitude Springs
project closer to completion,
with 7,844 acres of the 14,081
acre project remaining.
The property contains many

karst features such as sink holes, potential impacts.
natural bridges, swallets, karst The property is also the site
windows and submerged cave of Florida's second largest Civil
systems. By preserving the sur- War battle. It is listed on the Na-
rounding land, this project will tional Register of Historic Places
preserve the area's geological and cited as one of the top ten
significance and protect Florida's endangered Civil War sites in
water resources from the affects the United States by the Civil
of commercial, residential and War Preservation Trust In 1865,
agricultural runoff and other during the final week of the

Civil War, the battle at Natural
Bridge preserved Tallahassee
as the only Confederate Capitol
east of the Mississippi that did
not surrender to Union forces.
"We are extremely pleased to be
working with the state of Florida
to protect a key part of the Natu-
ral Bridge Battlefield," remarked
Civil War Preservation Trust

President James Lighthizer. "The
Rakestraw property saw some of
the most intense fighting of the
battle, fought just five weeks be-
fore General Robert E. Lee's sur-
render at Appomattox. Governor
Crist and his administration
should be applauded for step-
ping up to protect this unique
part of Florida's heritage."

Page 2B THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Commissioners grant water contract with Wildwood

County commissioners approved
a contract with Wildwood Country
Club to take the treated water from
the county's treatment plant. The
application for improvements to the
plant to go to advanced treatment
- can now be submitted to the state
for review.
Commissioners wanted an amend-
ment to the contract in case they
found a better customer willing to
pay more for the re-use water giv-
ing them an escape clause.
Finding somebody to take the
re-use water was the final piece of
the puzzle as far as the treatment
plant improvements which are
a part of the county's planned $20
million sewer expansion project

that includes providing sewer to the
Wakulla Gardens subdivision.
Commission Chairman Howard
Kessler indicated concerns about
the contract not necessarily with
the price the country club would
be paying for the re-use water, but
with the termination clause in the
The county's consultant on the
project, Dale Dransfield of Eutaw
Utilities, reassured the board that the
main goal of the contract negotia-
tions was to find somebody willing
to take the water from the improved
treatment plant. The current plant
is treating 400,000 gallons of water
a day and has the capacity to treat
600,000 gallons. With the advanced
treatment and additional custom-
ers, the improved plant is projected

to generate 1.6 million gallons of

gallons at the dub's current rate of

water a day. use would amount to the same $600
Under the terms of the contract, or so a month.
Wildwood agreed to take as much Another term of the contract
as 1 million gallons of water a day. would have the country club keep-
That's far in excess of its current ing its pumps on standby in case of
needs: during the summer months, some sort of inability by the county
the country club uses about 340,000 to provide water.
gallons of water a day on its greens; Sheriff David Harvey is a partner
during the winter that drops to as in Wildwood, and he who negoti-
little as 200,000 gallons a day. ated the contract with Dransfield.
Wildwood has a well permit from When commissioners were discuss-
the Northwest Florida Water Man- ing a possible escape clause for the
agement District that allows pump- county, it prompted Kessler to joke
ing as much as 1.2 million gallons of to staff and the deputy in the room
water a day. The only cost associated with a question of whether the
with that is electricity to operate the board had the power to send for
pumps, which was estimated to cost the sheriff.
the facility about $600 month, plus. With the addition of the "friendly
maintenance of the equipment, amendment" of an escape clause
The rate of four cents per 1,000 for the county if a better customer

willing to pay more, the board unani-
mously approved the contract.
In a matter related to the sewer
expansion, the board voted to hold
a public hearing to approve the
acquisition of property needed for
an easement to install the Wakulla
Gardens sewer.
The county has contracts to buy
four lots in the subdivision one
on Paulene Drive, one on Haida
Trail, both for $9,000 each; and two
lots on Menomini Street for $10,000.
The closing on the properties, after
being approved by the board, are
scheduled for Feb. 27 or earlier.
Besides utility easements, the
staff analysis of the properties noted
they can be used for stormwater re-
tention as well as mini-parks within
the subdivision.

DOT will discuss

highway planning

The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT)
will host a Public Informa-
tion Meeting, Thursday,
March 12, regarding im-
provement to SR 369/US 319
(Crawfordville Highway) in
Wakulla County. The meet-
ing will be held from 5 p.m.
until 6:30 p.m. at the First
Baptist Church of Crawford-
ville. Three projects one
resurfacing and two multi-
larie reconstruction- will be
discussed at the meeting.
Currently, FDOT proposes
to resurface SR 369/US 319
from south of Wakulla-Arran
Road to the Leon County
Line in Wakulla County,
upgrade existing guard-
rails, modify curb ramps
and install minor drainage
improvements. This project
is approximately 8 miles in
length and construction may

begin as early as 2011. No
right-of-way will be required
for this project.
The second project, SR
369/US 319 (Crawfordville
Highway) from East Ivan
Road to the Leon County
Line in Wakulla County, will
increase the number of lanes
on Crawfordville Highway
from two to four. Right-of-
way will be required for this
The third project, SR369/
US 319 (Crawfordville High-
way) from north of Lost
Creek Bridge to East Ivan
Road in Wakulla County, will
also increase the number
of lanes on Crawfordville
Highway from two to four.
Right-of-way will be required
for this project.
Construction is not fund-
ed for the multi- lane proj-


Workshop on increasing input draws few

It was one of those little
ironies when the county com-
mission held a workshop on
how to increase citizen partici-
pation and only two citizens
showed up.
Citizens Vic Lambou and
Ron Piasecki, who had been
present for a budget work-
shop held earlier in the day
on Tuesday, Feb. 17, joked
that they were pleased that
the board held workshop just
for them.
A handful of citizens did
come in as the meeting went
on, and Commissioner Lynn
Artz, who had requested the
workshop, apologized to other
board members for the sparse
attendance, saying that per-
haps more advertising should
have taken place.
(Even some commission-
ers seemed to be unaware
of the workshops that day. A
budget hearing set for 3 p.m.
got underway with only three
commissioners, Artz, Chair-
man Howard Kessler, and
George Green. Commissioner
Alan Brock came in late for the
budget hearing saying he had
only just learned of it. About

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halfway through the later
workshop on citizen input,
Commissioner Mike Stewart
came in to the meeting room
and asked, "What's everybody
doing here?"
At the workshop, Artz made
some suggestions about get-
ting more information out to
the public to increase citizen
participation such as more
press releases coming from
county staff, and an electronic
newsletter to be sent out
through e-mail. Noting that
the City of Tallahassee sends
out information to residents
in its utility bills, there was
also a discussion with Brock
about the possibility of doing
some sort of similar periodic
mailing about issues to send
to Wakulla residents.
Other topics discussed
were the possibility of holding
some meetings on Saturdays
- for example when the issue
of sewer expansion to Wakulla
Gardens is being taken up so
that residents of that neigh-
borhood can attend without
missing work.
Artz also asked if there was

some way to make Public No-
tices that appear in the news-
paper easier to understand.
Staff members answered that
most of those advertisements,
for such things as zoning or
land use changes, have certain
legal requirements for size and
content and that most citizens
who deal with those issues
understand the notices.
County Administrator Ben
Pingree noted that improve-
ments have beeh made in
public access and information
during his tenure including
an improved web site that al-
lows citizens to view agenda
items and attachments prior
to board meetings, agenda

books located in the admin-
istration building and public
library for those who want to
look at a hard copy, as well as
press releases sent out by staff
by e-mail to a list of media
It was also noted by Pin-
gree that board meetings and
workshops are recorded by the
clerk's office and the videos
are available online through
the clerk's web site. Pingree
suggested that the county's
web site could have a link to
the clerk's web site to make
access easier for citizens.
"We are light years ahead
of where we were a couple of
years ago," Artz said.

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2009 at 5:30pm in the Wakulla County
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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Page 3B


A man found guilty in a trial
last month of selling cocaine to
a confidential informant was
sentenced to 15 years in state
Timothy Banks claimed he
'had no involvement in the
'drug deal between the paid
informant, Tammy Brown, and
dealer James "Shug" Farmer.
!Brown bought an "Eight Ball"
of cocaine 3.5 grams for
1$180 from Banks.
Shug Farmer took a plea
deal of five years in prison for
charges of sale and possession
of cocaine.
Banks testified that he and
Shug were players who liked
to chase women together and
Shug admitted on the stand
to being a cocaine dealer,
boasting of making 500 deals
a month. "I got no reason to
lie," he said. He was called
as a witness for the defense,
contending that the informant
had recently smoked crack in
front of him and had traded
sex for drugs.
Brown admitted to a past
cocaine addiction and 46 felony
convictions, but testified that
he had been dean for the past
five years.
At his sentencing on Feb. 12,
Banks asked the court for mercy.
"I know I made some mistakes,"
he said, "but I didn't do some of
the things they say I did."
Assistant State Attorney
Jack Campbell asked for a 15
year sentence to at least give
his informant a "15 year head
start" on the drug dealers who
may come after her.
"Mr. Banks has a record
here that would go a long
way towards choking a mule,"
Wakulla Circuit Judge N. Sand-
ers Sauls said at the sentencing
on Feb. 12. "You shouldn't have
been hanging out with Shug."
the judge added as he gave
Banks 15 years on the charge.
"Shug" Farmer was a wit-
ness for the defense in another
drug-dealing trial this month
for Johnny Thompson, who
was found guilty.
It was again Shug's role to6
take the stand claiming to have
seen the state's paid informant,
Tammy Brown, recently smok-
ing crack and offering sex for
It took a jury only about
30 minutes to return a guilty
verdict against Thompson after
a one day trial on Thursday,
Feb. 19.
The informant was used by
the Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office to make a buy from
Thompson in February 2008 to
buy "two yards" or $200 worth
of cocaine.
Brown wore a wire and,
when the recording was played
for jurors, her heart could be
heard loudly pounding as
officers sprung out to arrest
Thompson and an accomplice,
Robert Udell.

According to testimony at
the trial, Brown made arrange-
ments to meet Thompson at
the Inland gas station and
convenience store in Wakulla
Station. Sheriff's detectives
were there to watch the trans-
action. He picked her up in his
vehicle and they drove away
from the store to the nearby
Savannah's restaurant where,
in the parking lot, they picked
up a waiting Udell.
On the recording Thomp-
son can be heard telling Udell,
"Give me the dope."
Udell claimed that Thomp-
son, being a good friend,
stopped to pick him up while
giving Brown a ride and that he
was making a drug deal with
Brown drugs for sex while
Thompson was talking on the
phone or texting.
Brown testified that she
gave Thompson the money and
he's the one who handed her
the cocaine.
When officers made the ar-
rest, the $200 in marked bills
Brown used for the buy were
found in Thompson's back
Thompson claimed that she
was trying to set him up and
that the $200. was repayment
for a $180 camcorder he bought
from her months earlier and
then pawned.
Udell had already been
-sentenced to charges stem-
ming from the bust, pleading
to possession of controlled
substance within 1,000 feet of
convenience store in exchange
for three years drug offender
probation. He appeared at the
trial in chains and jail scrubs
because of an arrest on new
charges in Leon County.
Two observers in the court-
room during the trial were
escorted from the courthouse
and forbidden to re-enter after
bailiffs saw them speaking
with a witness out in the hall
during a break. The two observ-
ers and the witness. denied
they were discussing the case.
Heather Obenland, 28,
pleaded no contest to a charge
of sale of a -controlled sub-
stance and possession of a
controlled substance with
intent to sell in exchange for
a sentence of two years drug
offender probation followed by
a year of regular probation,' 13
days in jail, and 47 days in the
sheriff's work camp,
As a condition of the plea,
which Obenland entered in
felony court on Feb. 11, she
must have no contact with co-
defendant Jack Granger, except
for matters relating to their
Obenland was accused

along with Granger of selling
Lortab, a hydrocodone drug.
After entering a straight-up
plea to a charge of sale of a
controlled substances, he is to
be sentenced in April. Another
co-defendant is Mark Oben-
land, 32, who is set to go to
trial on March 5.
The Obenlands are chil-
dren of former animal shelter
director Gail Obenland, who
resigned from the post last
year amid allegations of em-
bezzlement and who pleaded
no contest to charges of grand
theft, agreeing to repay more
than $20,000 to the shelter and
the sheriffs office during five
years of probation.
Citizens for Humane
Animal Treatment (CHAT),
the group that operates the
Wakulla County Animal Adop-
tion Center, filed a civil lawsuit
last week against Crawfordville
attorney Doris "Dallas" Sand-
ers claiming that Sanders has
not distributed money from a
trust over which she serves as
CHAT is one of the ben-
eficiaries named in the Sylvia
Harrup Amended and Restated
Revocable Trust Agreement
from 2001. CHAT was to receive
15 percent of the residual as-
sets in the trust after creditors
and named.beneficiaries were
The attorney representing
CHAT, Richard Benton, filed a
complaint in circuit court on
Feb. 10 asking that Sanders be
removed as trustee because
of several alleged breaches
of trust, including that she
has allegedly "paid to herself
unreasonable fees for her ser-
vices as trustee and lawyer for
the trust."
The lawsuit also alleges that
.Sanders "unilaterally attended
to amend the trust by substitut-
ing one or more pages... which
includes different terms and
provisions than the original
trust document." The effect of
those alleged changes include
reducing CHAT's share of the
trust from 15 percent to 10
William Boucher, 68, was,
found guilty of a felony charge
of cruelty to animals and crimi-
nal mischief after a trial on
Friday, Feb. 20.
Boucher called 911 in June
to. report he had shot a "large
white dog" that was charging
him on his property. Sheriff's
Capt. Steve Ganey, who was
over animal control at the time,
was dispatched to the scene
and spoke with Boucher, who
said the man told him he was
going to his mailbox when
a dog came out of the brush

growling and charged him
aggressively. Boucher said he
pulled his .40-caliber Smith &
Wesson semi-automatic and
fired once, striking the dog,
and his gun jammed. The dog
shrieked and ran off.
Ganey said he found no
spent cartridges or blood at the
property, and began trying to
locate the dog. After contacting
local animal hospitals to ask
if they had treated a dog for
a gunshot, he got a positive
answer from veterinarian Dr.
Faith Hughes.
Dr. Hughes said the blond
Labrador named "Buster,"
which she had treated since
he was a puppy, had a single
entry wound on the right side
and an exit wound on the left
side where it went through
the dog.
The location of the wound
meant that the Buster could not
have been charging Boucher, as
he claimed.
Buster was. running away
when Boucher shot him, Jason
Osteen, the assistant state
attorney who prosecuted the
case, told jurors in his dosing.
Jurors returned a guilty ver-
dict and Boucher's sentencing
was set for April 16.
The trial of a Crawfordville
man charged with possessing
child pornography ended with
a hung jury last week. The man,
Richard Armstrong, will be set
for a re-trial in March.
The charges stemmed from
an investigation by the FBI in
which pictures of child porn
were sent through an AOL e-
mail account in Wakulla County
to a person in Chicago. Agents
from the FBI and the Wakulla
Sheriffs detectives interviewed
Armstrong, who admitted in a
taped interview to using the
screen name "Wicked Redneck"
to send the pictures.
The six jurors were unable
to return a unanimous verdict
and the case was rescheduled
for trial.,
A woman who sued Craw-
fordville-based Residential El-
evators for sex discrimination
was recently awarded more
than $38,000 in lost wages by
a federal jury.
The woman, Christine Camp,
sued the company claiming it
discriminated against women
who sought positions as sales
representatives. Evidence pre-
sented at the trial showed
that 28 of the company's 29
national sales reps were men,
a ratio that hasn't varied much
over time.
Wallace and Kathy Bai-
ley, the Crawfordville couple
whose controversial dog-breed-
ing operation led to a court

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providing planning services to the City of Sopchoppy. The scope of services anticipated to
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SR 369/US 319 (Crawfordville Hwy) From East Ivan Road to the Leon County Line
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order requires them to divest
themselves of more than 100
of their small breed dogs, filed
an appeal and a motion to stay
the court order.
Wakulla County Animal
Control investigated the Bai-
leys for running what was de-
scribed as a "puppy mill" with
more than 150 dogs on their
Lower Bridge Road property.
Animal control took the case
to trial and won a decision
from Wakulla County Judge Jill
Walker that the Baileys should
have no more than 50 dogs and
set out certain conditions for
the care and treatment of the
remaining dogs.
Quincy attorney Marva Da-
vis, who now represents the
Baileys, filed an appeal that
would take the case up to
Wakulla Circuit Judge N. Sand-
ers Sauls for review. Davis also
filed a motion to stay Judge

tion after the monitor's alarm
went off.
Assistant State Attorney Jack
Campbell said that Funderburk
scored a prison sentence of
111 months up to a maximum
of 30 years. 'He told the court
it was important not to lose
sight of Funderburk's original
crime of having sex with two
children, one 13 years old and
the other 14.
Wakulla Circuit Judge N.
Sanders Sauls sentenced Fun-
derburk to the lowest prison.
term of 111 months, which
equals nine and a quarter years,
with credit for 761 days time
considered served.
A man facing up to five
years in prison for grand theft
for stealing from his employer,
Ben Withers, got a suspended
sentence and was ordered to
serve drug offender probar

Walker's order. Prosecutor Jack Campbell
At the same time, attorney described the man, Jessie Tay-
Stephen Mitchell of the law lor, 26, as having "slapped the
firm Mowrey & Mitchell, which hand that feeds him" by steal-
represented animal control at ing an ATV and trailer from
the hearing, has filed a petition Withers' work yard. Taylor's fa-
with county court for attorney's their has worked for Withers for
fees and costs, about 15 years and, for a time,
A hearing date has not been the son worked there too.
set for those motions. The ATV and trailer were
A man on probation for recovered in an area known
a charge of sexual acts with for drugs in Leon County, said
a minor was ordered to serve Campbell, suggesting that the
more than nine years in prison equipment was traded for
after he violated his probation drugs.
by being unable to keep up At his sentencing on Feb.
with his GPS monitor. 12, Withers told the court that
Phillip Funderburk was he was aware Jessie Taylor
found to have committed a had a past conviction for sale
willful and substantial viola- of cocaine and offered to help
tion of his probation because him get some help for his drug
he was constantly forgetting problem. Taylor, he said, de-
his monitor or setting it off and nied he had a drug problem.
having probation have to verify,. Taylor was in court with
his location. his wife and seven-month-old
Funderburk's wife, Beverly,'" baby and said he had just had

begged for mercy for her hus-
band. "Put him in the county
jail and let him work from
there or we're going to lose ev-
erything," the woman tearfully
told the court at his sentencing
on Feb. 11.
"I don't do drugs or noth-
ing, I just work," Funderburk
said on his own behalf. "I
work seven days a week. If I'm
not working for myself, then
I'm trying to help somebody
Crawfordville attorney Steve
Glazer noted that there were 12
times when Funderburk's GPS
monitor went off, the longest
time for one hour and one
minute while the man was out
on the bay scalloping. He was
unable to get a signal on his
cell phone to call in to proba-

surgery to remove a, rod from
his leg and was undergoing
physical therapy and had a job
promised to him as a cook' at a
local restaurant He begged the
court to allow him to be there
to raise his young son.
Campbell questioned what
Taylor could impart to his
young son. "I don't want. him
to teach his baby 1how to steal,
how to use drugs, how to
smuggle drugs into the jail."
"If he continues to deny he
has a drug problem then he's
just a thief and needs to be put
away," Campbell said.
Wakulla Circuit Judge, N.
Sanders Sauls sentenced Taylor
to five yearsliu prison, suspend-
ed if he successfully completes
drug offefider probation.

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Wakulla County residents lend a hand whenever needed

By Linda Walker

Hi neighbors. Did we have
some fantastic weather this
weekend or what? I hope she
who shall remain nameless
finally thawed out after the
last cold snap.
I finally figured it out that
our weather consists of two
types, cold or sweating. Yuki
I did wish I could have gone
up to North Atlanta to see
the snow. But the cold does
tend to hurt body parts that I
actually thought were already
dead. Life goes on.
Friends, all of you know
how' much I dislike change
so you can only imagine
how I felt when we lost our
Wakulla Station Pharmacy.
The owner, Rita, grew up here
in our little part of the world
and she always made you feel
welcome when you went into

her drug store. Most times
you felt better physically after
going there. Rita and Marcus,
you were appreciated and you
will be missed more than you
know. Good luck and God
bless wherever you go. You
made a difference in so many
I know most of you go
shopping at the bigger chain
stores and malls but I don't
leave St. Marks unless I have
to. The physical pain is just
not worth it. I thank God for
angels every day. My normal
doctor visit is once a month
in Crawfordville and since we
no longer have our local drug
store, I had to go to one of the
chain pharmacies. After two
hours at the doctor and the
driving, I pulled up at the drug
store and couldn't get up out
of my car. Look outl Angels to
the rescue. One was standing
outside and gave me a help-
ing hand. Angels come in all
shapes, sizes and colors. Angel

wings to Jeff Humphries and
to "our Ethel" for her kindness
when I was trying to find a
hole to crawl into. But that's
St. Marks people for you. We
care and we help each other.
Even poor ol' Jim and Betty
Ward have had to get me out
of my car a time or two. I think
Jim is almost as crippled up
as I am.
I try my best to be thankful
for what I have and not sweat
the small stuff. I do have a tiny
problem with being limited
to what I can do physically,
but you know their are so
many people who can't even
sit up much less drag around
a bad foot and leg. I am truly
I heard "Lil Zoie" Mansfield
had a wonderful birthday on
Saturday, March 7. Thirty-nine
Neighbor alert Please re-
member we do have a leash
law in St. Marks. There is no
one who loves animals more

than I do, but I take care of
mine. Have you ever run over
a cat or dog? It will make you
sick and it hurts my heart
to see so many dead on the
side of the road. Ronnie and
Shelly Day have so many cats
that keep getting dumped at
their home it is unreal. If you
didn't want your pet, why.did
you get it? If you can't afford
to get it spayed or neutered,
call Big Bend Dog Rescue.
They will send you a voucher
for your cat, too. There is no
excuse people. Please take
care of your pets and keep
them safe.
Let's wish these special
people happy birthday: Ruthie
Hobbs and Jimmie Anderson
on March 13, Helen Ward on
March 15 and a very special
happy birthday to my son,
David, overseas, also on March
15. And oh myl Happy birth-
day to not so little anymore
Miss Emily Bevis on March
16 and almost too grown up

Get involved with the Green Expo, March 21

Keep Wakulla County Beautiful.
The "Green Expo" is com-
ing up on Saturday, March 21.
Keep Wakulla County Beautiful
will have a booth there again,
as it has for the past two
years. The Expo ties in with
Keep America Beautiful's an-
nual Great American Cleanup
where volunteers pick up the
litter from our roads and pub-
lic places. Green is a focus of
both programs, Popular from
the start, the Expo brings in
visitors from Wakulla County
and from surrounding coun-
ties, too.
There seems to be some
confusion, though.
Last year, while walking
around the Expo. I found ven-
dors to be particularly interest-
ing, and learned a whole lot

about new products that are
safer for our environment than
old stand-bys. As I meandered
around, one woman was mut-
tering and caught my eye.
"Yeah, well, everything's
green these days. But what
does that really mean? Where
is green? What is it? Can I get
me some of that green?"
She was partly being funny.
But I think she really wanted
to know.
Yes, we hear the word green
a lot, and it's a. good thing
to get a handle on it for our-
selves and for our children. I
made up a little song to teach
children (and big people, too)
what we mean when we talk
about green. This is how it
goes: Green is in the plants
that grow. Green is in the sea.
Green is in the air we breathe,
but most importantly... Green
is in the life we lead, but
Let us be quite clear; That
green, green, green, starts
right here.
It starts in the morning
when we brush our teeth.
Recently, I talked to several
classes of students at MedIrt
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Elementary School. We pre-
tended to brush our teeth
for two minutes while letting
the water run in the sink. We
left the stopper in to see how
much would collect, and all
five classes agreed it appeared
to be about two gallons of
Since. students at Medart
are pretty smart with their
math, they began to multiply
the 22 students by two gal-
lons of water, which equals
44 gallons. And, since they
all brush twice each day, that
means they would let 88 gal-
lons of clean drinking water
go right down that drain. Then
they started counting weekly,
monthly and yearly.
Green simply means that,
for every single one of us,
from the moment we wake

up, the choices we make-even
the small and seemingly un-
important ones-impact our
Come to the Keep Wakulla
County Beautiful booth at the
Expo. Join the Great American
Cleanup by agreeing to pick
up all the trash around your
home and along the road in
'front of your horfie. The first
200 people who volunteer to
participate in this program, or
in the National Forest Cleanup,
or in the Adopt-a-Road pro-
gram will receive a "mood"
cup. The cup changes color
with changes in temperature
of the contents,
You'll really be signing up
because you want to protect
our environment.,It's a green
thing to do. It's because you
know that green starts here.

C.J. Stanley on March 16 and
Joan Vallancourt on March
16 and Shell Island's new-
est employee, Tracie Roberts
Gibson and Jamie Ward, both
on March 17. Lots of birthdays
this week and a very special
happy anniversary to Bill and
Helen Ward on March 14. Way
to go guys.
How does it feel to have a
son who is now a city com-
missioner? Now that's a great
anniversary gift.
On our prayer list please
pray for each other, please
pray for Lil Billy Brown, Lil
Buddy Johnson, Thelma and
Kent Murphy, Jessie Lynn,

James Franklin, our troops
overseas and their families.
Please don't ever forget to
pray for our Vietnam vets.
They paid dearly and still are
paying. Pray for our town, our
country, pray for peace pray
for the many who have lost
their jobs due to no fault of
their own.
If you have news, please
put a note in our drop box at
Bo Lynn's store or call me at
925-0234 and leave a message
Thought for this week: Let me
remember not to be quick to
judge another. I have no way
of knowing what is going on
in that person's life.

Volunteers needed to

beautify RMS grounds

Students of Riversprings
Middle School and their
parents are needed to help
beautify the school grounds
on Saturday, March 21 from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please
report to the bus circle ready
to help plant, mulch and
water numerous trees and
Bring shovels and rakes if
you have them. If you have
posthole diggers and can ar-
rive early, bring those, too.
Please come 'dressed ready
to work.
This is the second year
that plants will be installed
at Riversprings Middle
School as part of the an-
nual Green Living Expo and
Education Fair. Last year sev-
eral live oaks and multiple
flowering trees were planted
on the school campus.
This year, a living fence
of trees and shrubs will

be planted as a barrier to
school buses.
Consider spending the
entire day at the Green Liv-
ing Expo on March 21. There
will be numerous activities
for students including a bike
tune up at 10 a.m. and a bike
rodeo at 11 a.m. and fasci-
nating exhibits and work-
shops for parents ranging
from rain barrels to "green
wheels." Obtain a free com-
pact fluorescent light bulb.
Shop at the farmers' market.
Bring empty black plastic
plant pots (6" or larger) for
a chance to win a beautiful
weeping mulberry tree.
For more information
about all the offerings at
the Green Living Expo and
Education Fair look for the
upcoming insert in The
Wakulla News or visit: www.

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CASE NO.: 09-13-PR

CASE NO.e08-106dP

CASE NO. 08-106 PR
Deceased. .

The administration of the estate of
ERNESTINE, G; THINNER, deceased, File
Number 08-106 PR, 'is .pending in the Cjrcuit
Court for Wakulla County, Florida, Probate Di-
vision, the address of which Is Wakulla Courty
Courthouse, 3056 Crawfordville Highway,
Crawfordville, Florida 32327. The names and
addresses of the personal representative and
the personal representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is
served within three months', after the date of
the first publication of this rustfile their
claims with the Court WITHlIj .: LATER OF
All other creditors of the decedent and per-
sons having claims or demands against the
estate must file their claims with this court
The date of the first publication of this Notice
is Marach 12, 2009.
DATED this 18th' ay of February, 2009.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Personal Representative:
Florida Bar N6. 0338450
1723 271ST Place
Sriith, Thompson, Shaw & Manausa, P.A.
Ocean Park, Washington 98640
3520 Thomasville Road, 4th Floor
Tallahassee, Florida 32309
Tel: (850) 893-4105
Fax: (850) 893-7229
March 12, 19, 2009

CASE NO. 08-153 PFC

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final
Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered In
the above-styled cause,in the Circuit Court of
Wakulla County, Florida, I will sell the property
situated in Wakulla County, Florida, described

The administration of the Estate of HOWARD
DAVIS, deceased, Case Number 09-13-PR, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Wakulla
County, Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 3056 Crawfordville Highway, Craw-
fordville, Florida 32327. The names and ad-
dresses of the Personal Representative and
the Personal Representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's Estate on whom a copy of this notice is
served within three months after the date of
the first publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER
All other creditors of the decedent and per-
sons having claims or demands against the
decedent's Estate must file their claims with
The date of the first publication of this Notice
is March 12, 2009.
Co-Personal Representative:
Post Office Box 276
Sopchoppy, FL 32358 ,
Co-Personal Representative:
95 Maido Street
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Attorney for Co-Personal Representatives:
Mary Ellen Davis
Florida Bar Number 949884
Post Office Box 1720
Crawfordville, FL 32326
March 12,19, 2009

CASE NO. 65-2008-CA-0d0186


Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated
March 2, 2009 and entered In Case NO.
65-2008-CA-000186 of the Circuit Court of the
SECOND Judicial Circuit In and for WAKULLA
County, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NA-
CMLTI 2007-WFHE2, is the Plaintiff and
are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at FRONT FOYER
at 11:00AM, on the 9th of April, 2009 the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in said
Final Judgment:


at public sale, to the highest and best bidder,
for cash, at the front entrance of the Wakulla
County Courthouse, 3056 Crawfordville High-
way, Crawfordville, FL 32327 at 11:00 o'clock,
A.M., on April 9, 2009.
Dated this 3rd day of March, 2009.
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property
owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must
file a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the
3rd day of March, 2009.
Seal, Wakulla County Clerk
of the Circuit Court)
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, FL 33619-1328
Attorneys for Plaintiff
In accordance with the Americans With Dis-
abilities Act, persons with disabilities needing
a special accommodation to participate in this
proceeding should contact Court Administra-
tion at 3056 Crawfordvllie Hwy, Crawfordville,
Florida 32328, telephone (850) 926-0905, not
later than seven (7) days prior to the proceed-
Ing. If hearing Impaired, (TDD)
1-800-955-8771, or Volce (V) 1-800-955-8770,
via Florida Relay Service.
March 12, 19, 2009

Any person claiming an Interest In the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property
owner as of the date of the Us Pendens must
file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this
Court on March 2, 2009.
(Seal, Wakulla County Clerk
of the Circuit Court)
March 12, 19, 2009

announces their regular school board meeting
to which all Interested persons are invited.
DATE: Monday, March 16, 2009
TIME: The regular meeting will be held
at 5:45 p.m
PLACE: School Board Room
69 Arran Road
Crawfordville, Florida
PURPOSE: Regular school board meeting.
For further Information please contact:
Superintendent's Office
Wakulla County Schools

P.O. Box 100,69 Arran Road
Crawfordville, FL 32326
850 926-0065
Should you like more Information regarding
board agendas and board meeting minutes,
lease go to our website at www.wakul-
aschboldistrict.org and click on "school board"
to the left of the page.
March 12, 2009

Advertisement Number: 2009-004
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Date/Time: March 5, 2009 at 5:00 P.M.

Board Decisions will be available at:
Wakulla County Public Works
340 Trice Lane
Crawfordville, FL 3232.7
Bids will be opened at the above address at
8:15 a.m. on March 19, 2009.
Please direct all questions to:
Todd Baldwin
Phone: 850.926.7616
FAX: 850.926.2890
e-mail: tbaldwin@esginc.net
Bid specifications can be found at www.mywa-
kulla.com in the Advertisements for Bid sec-
tion, requested by phone at 850.926.7616, or
picked up in person at 340 Trice Lane.
Any person with a qualified disability requiring
special accommodations at the bid opening
shall contact the phone number listed above
at least 5 business daysK prior to the event.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject a nd all bids or accept
minor irregularities in the best interest of Wa-
kulla County.
March 5, 12, 2009

Notice Is given pursuant to Florida Self-Stor-
age Facility Act, Florida Statutes, Chapter 83,
Part IV that Wakulla Realty will hold a sale by
sealed bid on Saturday March 21, 2009 at
10:00 a.m. at 2655B U.S. Highway 319 of the
contents of Mini-warehouse containing per-'
sonal property of:
Roy Bell
Angela Ford
Philllp Harvey
Megan Kimbrell
Allen Matthews
Jake Rawls, Sr.
James Sessor
Johnathon Stalvey
.Helen Thomas
Stacy Zuber
Before the sale date of March 21, 2009, the
owner may redeem their property by payment
of the outstanding balance and cost by mailing
It to Post Office Box 535, Crawfordville, Flor-
ida 32326 or by'paying in person at 2655 U.S.
Highway 319, Crawfordville, Florida.
March 12,19, 2009

Notice Is hereby given pursuant to "Florida
Self Storage Facility Act Florida Statutes,"
Chapter 83, part IV that the Stow Away Center
will hold a sale by sealed bid on Thursday,
March 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the junction
of Highway 98 and Spring Creek Hwy. for the
contents of a Mini Self Storage unit containing
the personal property of:
Pauletta Strickland
Before the sale date of March 26, 2009, the
owners may redeem their property by, pay-
ment of the outstanding balance and costs by
paying in person at the Stow Away Center,
2669 Spring Creek Hwy., Crawfordville, FL
March 12, 18, 2009

Contract tor Road Maintenance Operations
Advertisement Number: 2009-008
Advertisement Begin
Date/Time: March 5, 2009 at 5:00 P.M.

Board Decisions will be available at:
Wakulla County Public Works
340 Trice Lane '
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Bids will be opened at the above address at
8:00 a.m. on March 19, 2009.
Please direct all questions to:
Brent Pell
Phone: 850.926.7616
FAX: 850.928.2890
e-mail: bpell@esginc.net
Bid specifications can be found at
www.mywakulla.com in the Advertisements for
Bid section, requested by phone at
850.926.7616, or picked up in person at 340
Trice Lane.
Any person with a qualified disability requiring
special accommodations at the bid opening
shall contact the phone number listed above
at least 5 business days prior to the event.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject any and all bids or accept
minor Irregularities In the best Interest of Wa-
kulla County.
March 5, 12, 2009

105 Business Opportuni-'
I sties

I can fix those
wonderful old pictures
so you can enjoy them
again, and make
copies to share.

Keep the family heritage
alive with restored

Just $15 per photo.

110 Help Wanted

Call Clay @

Salary Competitive
General Services
Closing extended to
3/17/09 at 5 pm

$28,331 annually
Center for Economic
Closing 5 pm 3/20/09
1 Year Contract
$38,405 to $49,393
Health Care Programs
Applications received
prior to 5 p.m. 4/3/09
will be fully considered

$38,773 annually
Information Technology
Closing revised to
Open Until Filled

The following vacancy
is on a fiscal year contract
55,000 annually
Closing 5 pm 3/30/09

Visit the College's website at
http://www.tcc.fl.edu for
position details, employment
application, and application
process. For ADA
accommodations notify Human
Resources; (850) 201-8510,
fax 201-8489, TDD 201-8491
or FL Relay 711. Submit
mandatory Tallahassee Com-
munity College em-ployment
application to Human Re-
sources TCC, 444 Appleyard
Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32304-
2895; or email:
humres@tcc.fl.edu Human
Resources hours 8 A.M. 5
P.M., Mon Fri.
An Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action

SPI Restaurant Equipment is look-
ing for a repair person for natural
and LP gas as well as electrical
restaurant equipment. This person
will be responsible for overseeing
the cleaning, testing and repair of
all of our restaurant equipment.
Please call Rob Mcgrew at
850-984-0236 or apply in person
at 872 Coastal Hwy., Panacea, FL
. _ _

120 Services and Busi- h

Free Estimates
Licensed John Farrell

Affordable Handyman Services.
Interior/Exterior painting, cleaning,
soft/pressure wash, cool seal, car-
pentry and many other odd jobs.
References avail. Bobby/Carol
Lowered rates! 850-926-2462

blocks plants
bricks sod
pavers tractor work
850-556-1178 / 850-926-9064

SERVICE Bushhogging, Box-
blading Driveway. Larry Carter
Owner/Operator. 850-925-7931,
850-694-7041. Licensed/Insured.

new construction, T.
e-roofing & repairs
Clay Bozeman r Irl
Licensed. & Insured

Brandy's Baby Sitting
Experienced, affordable, creative
& educational baby sitter for
children of all ages. CPR/First
Aid certified. Great location!
S 926-9972

CJ's Lawn Services & More
(Ask about the morel)
850-421-9365 .(If we don't answer,
please leave message)

Harold Burse Stump Grinding

In home child care 6-weeks to 4
yrs. old. References. Meals and
snacks provided. Call 926-6347.

Wakulla Sparkles, LLC
cleaning service
Licensed & Insured
References available


Private home has one opening for
elder care. Furnished room, Ca-
ble-TV and more. Background
check and references available.
Call 850-528-6990.

T Tree servicee LLC
"- Affordable
Tree Removal
-and Trimming.
SFree Estimates.
SLicensed & Insured

Tractor Work-Bushhog, lawn,
'driveway/dirt road grading, fenc-
ing, tree trimming, plow. Painting
and household repair, carpentry
and electrical. Best prices.

Warren Property Services
Lawn Service, Yard d
work, Tractor work,
Bush hogging.

125 Schools and Instruc-
tions I

Michelle Snow
Music lessons of all types for all
Private tutoring service K-12. All
subjects. Medart location. Call
850-570-5712 or 850-926-3808.

205 Antiques

Antiques and Uniques
"Something for Everyone"
61 Rose Street, Sopchoppy
Open Tue. Sat. 10 5 p.m
Don't Miss the 4th Annual
Sopchoppy Community-
Wide Yard Sale this
Saturday, March 14 from
from 8AM until 2PM!
A list of homes is available at Sisters. r

275 Home Furnishings

tress & box. Manufacturer
wrapped, full warranty. 222-7783.
Delivery available.
$499 Microfiber Living Room
matching set. Still in crate, never
used. Can deliver 545-7112.

100% LEATHER Sofa & Loveseat,
must sell, $799. Never used, in
crates. 425-8374. Delivery avail.
6-pc Solid Wood Sleigh Bedroom
Set. NEW. English Dovetail Draw-
ers. $699. Delivery available.
7-pc KING size bdrm. set. Solid
wood dovetailed drawers. New,
still in boxes. Worth $4K give
away $1,299. Can deliver.
MATTRESS SET, $269 still in plas-
tic 8& warranty. Can deliver.
Casual Dining Room Table with 4
chairs. Solid Wood, Brand New
$299. 425-8374.
FULL $139 mattress w/matching
base. BRAND NEW with warranty.
NEW Queen Orthopedic Pillowtop
mattress set in sealed plastic
w/warranty. Sacrifice $249. Can
deliver. 222-9879
320 Farm Products &

Boiled peanuts (green) $3.00/Lb.
Blanched peas and farm fresh
eggs. Raker Farm 926-7561.

340 Plants
Sprce=p =ou

aSpruce up. your
landscape with fresh


$300 IVsw


355 Yard Sales

Ashmore's Yard Sale, Saturday,
March 14, 2009. 8AM ? at 118
Ochlockonee Street.

Legal Notice

Page 6B TIHE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

355 Yard Sales

Misses 8, 10, 12 clothes, XL
men's clothes, housewares,
books, lamps, kids' toys, collecti-
bles, furniture (4 families). 284 Bob
Miller Rd, 1-mile west of Old
Woodville Hwy., Woodville. Satur-
day, 8AM-1PM. No early sales. In
case of rain, moving to carport, so
come on.

Saturday, March 14, 8AM-4PM at
53 Holly Avenue (behind Sonic).
Furniture, clothing, all kinds of
other items.
Saturday, March 7, 7AM until
1PM. New and used dryers, TV,
furniture, clothes and miscellane-
ous. 1217 Lower Bridge Road.
Sopchoppy 4th Annual Commu-
nity-Wide Yard Sale. Saturday,
March 14, 8AM 2PM. Get list at
500 Real Estate

All real estate advertising in this
,newspaper is subject to the Fair
Housing Act Which makes it ille-
toadvertise "any preference, limi-
tation,,or discrimination based on
race, color, religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or national ori-
gin or an intention to make any
such preference, limitation or dis-
crimination."' Familial status in-
cludes children under the age of
18 living with parents or legal
custodians, pregnant women and
people securing the custody of
children under the age of 18.
This newspaper will not accept
any advertising for real estate
that is a violation of the law. Our
readers are hereby informed that
all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an
equal opportunity basis. To com-
'plain of discrimination call HUD
toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The
toll free number for the hearing
impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

515 Apartments for Rent

Keep your rental property clean to
attract potential renters. Call Wa-
kulla Sparkles. Licensed and in-
sured, references available. Call
Summer Trace Apartments now.
renting 1 bedroom apartment. Ba-
sic rent beginning at $483.00. We
are an equal opportunity housing
for the elderly and disabled. Office
hours are 9:00AM-2:30PM M-F
1530 Comm. Property for
Rent I

~ Self Storage Units
~ Boat/RV Storage
~ Retail Space Available
Locks, Boxes & More
Booth rentals for a hairdresser
and a nail tech.' Call
850-273-1 155. Call after 5PM.
Great-Location! 1',200sq.ft. Craw-
fordvllle Hwy. adjoining The Wa-
kulla News. Three offices, recep-
tion, waiting area, large kitchen.
$1,000/mo. Call 926-6289 or

Several H
frontage i
office 4 ,-
Great atmosphere Al rent plus sales
tax, incl. all utilities, trash p/u, full kitchen
use, and clean restrooms. Cleaning of
common area. Rates starting at $300/mo.
First and last month's rent. Call 926-4511.
WI/13-mounth lease.
Woodville Retail
Space Available
Fitness Studio-1 000/sf
(Wall to wall mat & mirrors)
Retail -1250/sf
(Storefront w/back storage)
Two-Bay Garage-1200/sf
Divided Office Space-1074/sf
Lewiswood Center

lBAry !p

PeBUI onlinena
- W E RA
3/18 4/2
3/14 3/15 (2-5 PM)
(U.S. HWY 98 South)
Next to Wakulla Medart Elem.

545 Homes for Sale

$137,500. Owner will pay $2,500
to Realtor. Property sold "as-is",
w/Buyer paying ALL closing costs.
1,800 SqFt., 4BR/2BA, 23 Neeley
Road. Nick at 850-766-7750.

Lynn Cole-Eddinger
Broker 545-8284

David Hoover
Realtor 519-7944

3B R/2BAk
m modular home on 1/2 acre. .
Extra room w/fireplace. Many
S beautiful walkways,
fountains, grapevines &
worksheds. Carport and
garage. Off Hwy 20 on Big
Richard Rd. $61,900.00.
850-926-4511 for more info..

555 Houses for Rent

2BR/1BA in Wakulla Gardens. 59
Chicopee. New 2006 home. Tile,
carpet, new appliances, washer,
rocking chair porch, nice yard.
$725/mo for 12-month lease (ne-
gotiable). Land Lots and Homes

Reduced $100,000
fumished immaculate
townhome in Shell
Point. 1774 sq feet,
spacious living/dining
room with balcony
looking over deep water canal and floating dock, super
equipped kitchen, 2 bedroom suites w/baths, loft which
could be used as 3rd bedroom. Plenty of storage,
private sauna, plus gated community. Reduced to
$99,000 for this doll house! 1200+sq feet, 3 bedrooms,
2 bath beautiful home close to downtown Crawfordville.
Open, spacious living room, kitchen has all appliances
with bar, separate dining room, and back deck. This
home shows like a model home! Call today.

Almost complete 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1465 sq. foot
home in great subdivision. The "Sycamore" has a
Peggy Fox spacious kitchen w/custom cabinets, split bedroom
Realtor 524-4294 plan, 9+ foot ceilings, Hardie board siding, inside
peggyfox94@comcast.net utility room, & rocking chair front porch; Super master
w/walk-in closet. Double sinks in both bathrooms,
ceramic tile in kitchen and baths, upgraded carpet.
Mallard Pond has 2 community parks w/ponds, bike &
walking trails, paved streets, underground utilities, &
street lights. Asking $164,900

Jane Robinson ,
Realtor 5248881 it

sooner or later
s Coastwise!

!T.Gaupin,!B ker
SheI I'oint' "" Crawfordville
926-7811 926-5111
Florida Coastal Silver Coast
Properties, Inc. Realty
Adorable 2BR/1BA on stilts located on 2 very private fen
acres.Totally remodeled so it seems quite new. Hardwood tfl
wood burning stove, carport and sned included. New roof in 2
& A/C system upgraded Priced at $117,900. MLS# 1935:
River Plantation Estates 4BR/3BA bnck home on 1.45 ai
featuring split-plan, Jacuzzi tub in master banth, LR, DR, lI
kitchen, Great Room with fireplace, French doors open to' p
and a 2-car garage. Gated community with access to pool,
nis. clubhouse and boat ramps on the Wakulla River. REDUC
$290,000. MLS# 169222, #3104-W.
Old Florida'style home on Ochlockonee Bay. 3BR'2BA, open li
area, Kitchen with Oar, 2-car carport, large screened porch overtd
ing 127.'- feet of water frontage REDUCED to $385,000. MI
164323, #2258W.
'Little home with a big heart! Cute and well maintained 2BR/"
home on a canal, livingidining combination, screened porch, c
with fish cleaning area. Quick access to Gulf of Mexico for great I
ingli A great value tool $330,000. MLS# 151166, #2702W
3BR/2BA Crawtordville home in gated community $1,500/monthl
curity deposit required. #2221W NO PETS
FURNISHED 2BR 2 5 Condo $1.200'month, security deposit requl
NO PETS #6341W
lOCHLOCKONEE BAY 3BR'2BA furnished walertront house. $1,(
month, security deposit required. PETS ALLOWED. #6343W
SEASONAL Snug Harbor Townnome available for rent at $1.500/wi
!-week maximum schedule in any given month. Community pool. dc
in deep-water canal located in a gated community NO PETS
"-Licensed Real Estate Agents Needed-
ContactTed orThelma
Ochlockonee Bay 984-5007

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535 Comm. Property for 550 Homes w/Acreage
Sale for Sale

Sunday 2 p.m. 4 p.m.
. ? ^-,fpt ^^^ *

Dir: Hwy 319S, L Wakulla Arran,
R into Hammocks

Call Susan Jones BlueWate
566-7584 Realty Groupe

^ (850) 926-8038 (850) 926-2390 fax
520 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL


National Cities
city ... ..HiL oCo

555 Houses for Rent

10 Maxson Rd, Wakulla Gardens
Beach Style Duplex
In Wakulla
Top unit 2BR/1BA,
w/Hardwood Firs., large
screened porch. $825/mo.
includes utilities. Call Bob
at 850-545-6010.

2BR/2BA Canal-front Gulf Bay
view. 1,250sq.ft. custom home.
Deep-water canal and dock.
$750/unfurnished; $850/furnished.
$300/security. No pets or smok-
ing. 850-545-2312.
iBR/2BA 155 Hickory Avenue.
$600/month + $300/deposit. Call
850-528-7295 or 850-570-0575.
4BR/2BA close to new city park.
$900/month + $900/security. Call
Brand new 3BR/2BA houses in
Logan's Ridge with garage. Call

HOme for Rent/Lease Purchasel
Gated, 3BR/2BA Golf Course Home
on #7 par 3 at Wildwood Country
Club. Luxury home with all the
amenities, jacuzzi tub, granite
counter tops, screened porch,
walnut hardwood floors, some
appliances included. SITUATED on
cul-de-sac on 2 acres. 2900 sq. ft.,
walking distance to Wakulla Middle
school, perfect for entertaining.
$1995 per month, or fully furnished
@ $2300 including all furniture,
plasma TVs and Jenn-Air Grill. 1
month security deposit. 1 year lease
minimum, non-refundable pet
deposit $500 850-459-3808

House/acreage. Charming 2BR,
fenced, 2 acres, paved road, rock-
ing chair porches, North Wakulla.
$750/month-lease, $500/security
deposit. Brenda Hicks Realty

560 Land for Sale

.66 acres, Leon county, off Oak
Ridge Rd. Paid $26,500 during
"boom". Make an offer. Call
124.7 acres, 5, 10, 18.9 & 99.7
acre tracts. 2+ miles of creek front,
including Smith Creek. Full
kitchen, two bunkhouses, wood-
shed. $5,500/acre 984-0044
Beautiful, untimbered, mature
wooded 20-acre tract. Easy ac-
6ess from Hwy 98. Reduced
$125,000. Call Susan McKaye,
owner/agent (850)510-2477. Och-
Ibckonee Bay Realty.
S565 Mobile Homes for
Rent ,

3BR/1BA M/H.. 235 ,'Webster.
Screened porch, 1 acre, fenced
yard, great shape. Call today!
$625/mo. 12-month lease (nego-
tiable). Land Lots and Homes

2BR 1 BA
2BR 2 BA
3BR 2 BA
$500 $550 per month
deposit required
In St. Marks Crawfordville area.

2BR/1BA M/H Sopchoppy area
Ochlockonee River. $425/month +
deposit. Call 850-570-9943 and
2BR/2BA M/H, in Sopchoppy on
large corner lot. $485/mo. + secu-
rity deposit. Call 850-566-4124.
3BR/1.5BA MH Clean and roomy,
large yard, private, central heat
and air. No smoking. $675/mo.+
$300/security deposit. Refer-
ences required. 352-493-2232.
3BR/1BA DW/MH off Surf Road
near boat ramp. $650/month. Call
3BR/2BA D/W M/H. Spacious,
quiet neighborhood, all electric,
large deck, new shed. No Pets.
$695/month, $600/security.
3BR/2BA DWMH $675/mo. In-
cludes garbage & water. Next
door to owner. No pets or smok-
ing. 566-0403

S Wakulla-I

Sonya Hall
Lic. Real Estate Broker
"Specializing in Wakulla Co."
(850) 926-5084
3Br 2Ba $1100 mo
$1100 Sec. Dep.
$850 mo.
$700 Sec. Dep.
3Br 2Ba Duplex
$850 mo.
$500 Sec. Dep.
3Br 2BaTwnHs
$800 mo.
$700 Sec. Dep.
3Br 2Ba Hs
$800 mo.
$800 Sec. Dep.
2Br 2Ba Duplex
$750 mo.
$500 Sec. Dep.
2Br 2Ba SWMH
$550 mo.
$500 Sec. Dep.
2Br 2Ba SWMH
$525 mo.
$500 Sec. Dep.
2Br 1Ba SWMH
$425 mo.
$400 Sec. Dep.

Deluxe M/H for Rent. Very
spacious, 3BR/2BA, 2000 sq.ft., Lvg
Room, Family R. w/F.P., Lrg. Island
Kit., 2 dining rms., deluxe Mast.
Bath w/double sinks & deluxe tub, 2
porches & nice yard. Clean
neighborhood. Rent or sale $850/
mo., first, last + security dep.,
(nego.) For sale $88,900.
o inside smoking or pets.
for more injaalion

580 Rooms for Rent/ h

Private home, furnished room with
Cable-TV and utilities included.
References required. Call

Roommate wanted to share
smoking 2BR/2BA M/H (Wakulla
Station). $275/month + 1/2 utili-
ties. $100/security deposit. Call
850-576-2834 or 850-879-0069.


THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009 Page 7B
590 Waterfront Homes/ ll

George's Lighthouse Pointe
Unit A-3, 19 Mashes Sand Road,
Panacea, Condominium Unit.
1BR/1BA, LR, DR, CHA. Front
porch faces pool & tennis court.
Back porch faces marina & view
of bay (Both 12x30). Gated
Community w/beautiful new
landscaping. 825 sq. ft. H&C.
850-545-5057. $229,900

595 Vacation Rental

OUnwdtai tadti m Inutal
Lakefront, Riverfront,
View Cabins,Homes, Condos.
Monthly, Weekly, Nightly.
Spring Break (April 4th through
the 11th) in Orlando at Liki Tiki
condo. $1,000/week. Contact Jodi
at 850-694-1242.

Lower Bridge Road
2004 home in Wakulla Gardens on a
paved road. This home offers 1162
sq ft, 2BD, 2BA, 58X153 size lot,
open floor plan, gas fireplace,
screened back porch, new paint, new
carpet, and much more. Owner must
sell. Only $94,000. Call Cristy to see.

Hickorywood i
Unique old south home looks and feels like
home from Southern Living magazine with wrap
around porch on 4.60 beautiful acres with gor-
geous hardwood floors, high ceilings, awesome
fixtures, lots of windows to watch the wildlife. You
really must see this home. 2 bedrooms down and a loft/be
an office with built in shelves. Call Elaine or Susan for mi

Elaine 566-7584


imp Ii 1 $5",9010
on LoC
106 W.5th Ave. Sel
Tallahassee, FL $59
32303 Nor
(850) 222-2166 tel. On ANc

Steeplechase $79,900 to
$99.900. 5 a. r',ioo.dtracL
Ho-e fri]enlvyl LociatJ off of
L.--er bridge P.cad
Carmen Maria -529.900.
Lots up to I ac. in size.
Convenient located to Tal-
lahassie and Lake Talquin.
Monteio $34.900
Located off of Belair Road in
,7it' 'eletri., water, ,:e7jr

Carmen Rocio 2 ac. lot
off Shadeille Hwy near
Wakulla Station. $64,900.
2 acre tract with large
hardwoods in Beechwood
Subdivision off Shadeville
H.v. $52,900.
Two 5+ acre tracts -.ft
F.ehw-rrieil F.d -, Iarge Lree:
o:.r the ba,:k -:.f prFp'-rtie- & a
mrrall p.rind Can be
pur.:h.:ed itoe.theT
$134.750 and $136.50.

SMulberry Circle
Remodeled 4BR/2BA home sitting on one
acre. Granite countertops in kitchen and
bathrooms. Top of the line Stainless Steel
Kitchen Aid Appliances. Beautiful wood
floors throughout home with carpet in
bedrooms and tile in bathrooms. Separate
family room with surround sound great for entertaining. Large work-
shop with boat shed in fenced backyard. Call Susan to preview.

211 Taff linger Road $119,800.
For sale or rent Like brand new 2/2.5 home with
1456 sq. ft. Both bedrooms upstairs have their own
walk in closest and bathroom. There is 1/2 bath and
laundry room downstairs. The kitchen has solid wood
cabinets, stainless appliances, pantry, and counter/
adroom upstairs plus bar. There is even a built in bench and bookshelves
iore information on the upstairs landing plus a 28 x 8 front porch. Call Dawn for details.
BlueWater Cristy
Realty Group Rivers
2543 Crawfordville Hwy, Suite 1 519-9039 Dawn
Check out www.Wakullalnfo.com Reed
850-926-8777 Reed e
www.BluewaterRealtyGroup.com 294-3468

8 Lost Creek Trail
r38J2 BEA located on lOpictur-
e:q.je c: wan'rte: fr,,n, do-.ivrtown
Cr~oifordtlle 'nir" brick home
features a Ig f aniy ra-.m we fire.
place a~d Frer:h dor: overlookirng
porch & :,:rcened rigr:cund pool
area Withiriany extras. Must See.

Donna Card

Proposed Construction by Steve Byrd Construction in 4 beautiful
Pre-construction pricing. Contract early and pick your colors.

Beautiful homes
located on 5+ ac. tracts.
Priced from $243.000 to

Savannah Forest
3 great plans to
choose from. Priced
from $178,900 to
Sellars Crossing
Spacious homes on
1+ ac.home sites.
Priced from
$228,900 to
$28 0on0n

Walkers Mill
Great homes on 2 ac.
lots. Priced
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MARCH 211-4 P.M.
Spring is the best time to purchase this home. It has
1,609 sq. ft., of living space, 3/2, eat-in kitchen,
large pantry, wood burning fireplace, master suite,
split plan home on /z acres with privacy fence.
Bridle Gate Subdivision has family playground.

$199,900.00. Cheryl Swift, Realtor 766-3218
McKinney Properties


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Page 8B THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Commission rejects amending charter

The county charter ap-
proved by voters in November
sets a very high bar for any
citizen initiatives a petition
with signatures of 30 percent
of voters in all five commis-
sion districts.
Former candidate Jenny
Brock appeared at a com-
mission meeting earlier in
February to ask the board to
consider changing that almost
unreachable bar to something
more reasonable.
At the Feb. 17 meeting,
Commissioner Lynn Artz

brought up the issue, but
other members of the board
rejected the idea, saying it was
too soon for changes.
"This is what the people
passed," Commissioner Mike
Stewart said of the charter.
"Let's not start watering it
down right off."
Commissioner George
Green said he felt the num-
ber was too high, but Com-
missioner Alan Brock said he
supported it.
Commission Chairman
Howard Kessler stopped the is-
sue cold when he said he had
an issue of conscience with

making changes to the charter
so soon. Noting many critics of
the charter had expressed con-
cern about a future board com-
ing in and making big changes
and Kessler's assurances that
wouldn't happen.
"I'm being placed in a dif-
ficult position," Kessler said.
"Three months and I'm going
to start changing it."
Given that any changes to
the charter must be approved
by voters and the next election
is in two years, Kessler said the
reality is that nothing is going
to change for a couple of years
and that the next step should

be "people working on this
and making suggestions."
"I just feel hypocritical,"
Kessler admitted.
Several citizens spoke out
in favor of a lower threshold
for citizen initiatives, includ-
ing Chuck Hess, president of
Concerned Citizens of Wakulla
(CCOW), who said: "The radi-
cal fringe aren't going to be
able to pass anything (with a
lower requirement) they're
just going to get it before the
"When you say 30 percent,
you are saying you don't want
any citizen initiatives," Victor

BB& T files to foreclose on Turner lots

Branch Banking and Trust
Company, the bank popularly
known as BB&T, filed a series
of lawsuits recently against
Turner Heritage Homes seek-
ing to foreclose on several mil-
lion dollars worth of residen-
tial lots the company bought
in Wakulla County.
According to the cases, the
bank had extended a promis-

sory note to Turner LLC for
$4.4 million as mortgage on
more than 120 lots in the Hid-
den Meadows subdivision, a
construction loan agreement
of $4 million to Turner Heri-
tage to buy residential lots for
construction of single-family
homes, mortgage spreader
agreements that extended
to several construction com-
panies, and on land in Leon
County and Grady County, Ga.,

as well as a lawsuit against
Turner Land Enterprises for
unpaid principal of $1.1 mil-
lion for lots in The Farm
Co-signing on the notes,
and a named defendant in
every case, is Frederick Turner,
a named officer in the Turner
According to the complaints
in the files, the bank extended
credit to the companies and

the companies have fallen be-
hind in making payments on
the notes making the notes
immediately due. The com-
plaint asks that the mortgaged
lands be foreclosed on and to
be offered at auction.
The three cases were filed
in Wakulla Circuit Court on
Feb. 13 by attorneys Lorence
Bielby and John Londot of the
Greenberg Traurig law firm.

Millions of animals will lose homes

Lambou said.
Larry Roberts reco
that the reason the p
age was set so high w
former commissioner ii
on a impossibly hig
believing that the othi
commissioners would

- for now

for it The unnamed commis-
)unted sioner Roberts was referring
ercent- to was Maxie Lawhon, whose
as one comments at the time indicat-
nsisted ed he wanted to preserve the
gh bar status quo as far as constitu-
er four tional officers and the county's
L't vote relationship to the cities.

Neighborhood Watch

adds neighborhoods

The Wakulla County Sher-
iff's Office has implemented
Neighborhood Watch pro-
grams in two neighborhoods
Linzy Mill and Hunters
That brings to 33 the num-
ber of local neighborhoods
participating in the program.
"The citizens who reside
in these neighborhoods have
made the decision to be co-
active in reducing the threat
of crime in their community,"
Sheriff David Harvey said, "by
partnering with the members
of the sheriff's office through
a Neighborhood Watch. Simi-
larly for our business own-
ers, the Business Watch Pro-
Neighborhood Watch is
a free program through the
sheriffs office where neigh-
bors partner with law enforce-

ment. Meetings with citizens
produce strategies to work
together on increased directed
patrols and efforts to identify
and deter criminal activities.
Meetings are scheduled for
the Magnolia Gardens and
Songbird neighborhoods.
"We encourage all neigh-
borhoods in Wakulla County
to 'consider implementing
a Neighborhood Watch pro-
gram," Harvey said. "Any-
where a would-be criminal
sees a Neighborhood Watch
sign and knows the members
of that community are watch-
ing out for each other, may
choose to look for an easier
target for their activity."
For information on start-
ing a Neighborhood Watch,
call the WCSO's Community
Services Division at 926-0800.



Helde Clifton

During bad economic times
animals suffer because their
owners lose their homes and
most places people rent do not
allow animals. I would argue
that kids can do considerable
damage too, and I do not un-
derstand people with rental
property saying that dogs or
cats are unacceptable. Approxi-
mately one in 170 homes in the
U.S. is in dangeA of foreclosure

due to the mortgage crisis.
Considering that close to 65
percent of all American house-
holds have a pet, hundreds
of thousands of pets are in
danger of being abandoned or
relinquished to animal shelters
across the country.
Economic issues aside, it
is estimated that five million
companion animals enter
shelters each year. If you fac-
tor in the animals merely in
danger of becoming homeless,
it could result in an extra 10 to
20 percent increase in owner
give-ups to shelters. This has
the potential to grow into a
serious animal welfare issue.,
Some regions of the country
such as Arizona, Nevada and

Florida could be hit harder
than others.
Community animal shel-
ters and rescue groups across
the country could be seeing
an increase in the number of
homeless pets they must care
for, or a decrease of donations
they 'rely on to care for those
animals. There has never been
a better time to support your
local animal shelter if you are
in the position to do so.
All the things I mentioned
might not come through. In
times like this, people are go-
ing back to the simpler things
in life. I just saw on the televi-
sion that in the big cities the
dog parks are crowded with
people who spend more time

with their pets and less time
on purchasing useless stuff.
Let's face it, we all have too
much stuff. At the CHAT Adop-
tion Center we are enjoying a
brisk business. People from
Crawfordville and Tallahassee
are still adopting our animals.
If you have a chance, take a
look at our web site:www.
chatofwakulla.org. Then go to
Adoptions and click on;www.
petfinder.com and see all the
wonderful animals that are
available at our facility.
In dosing I would like to
mention that our vet tech Lisa
Liddle at the CHAT Adoption
Center is doing a great job and
we love her dedication to the
animals in our care.

WILD gets grant

The State Library and Ar-
chives of Florida has awarded a
grant of $46,305 to Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries to fund a
technology project for Franklin,
Jefferson and Wakulla county
public libraries.
The grant was provided
through the Library Services
and Technology Act (LAST) a
federal program that focuses on
information access through
technology. Because of the grant,
all three county libraries now
have a SMART Board, which is
a whiteboard that connects to a
computer and projector and be-

comes a touch-sensitive screen;
Subjects taught using the
SMART Boards include a number
of Microsoft programs such as
Windows XP Pro, Word, Win-
dows Vista, and PowerPoint as
well as classes on Selling and
Buying on eBay, Buying Online
Music, and Managing Email and
Wilderness Coast Public Li-
braries is a library cooperative
that joins Franklin, Jefferson and
Wakulla counties by an interlo-
cal agreement for shared library


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