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70th Year, Number 11 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 20 Pages

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Port St. Joe's Waterfrbnt is
about to get busy again.' 1
On Dec. 4 the Port St. Joe Port
Authority held a joint workshop
with the Port St. Joe city officials to
present the Port's comprehensive
plan as preparation for the city's
Included in the inches-thick
proposal were plans, charts, graphs
and courtesy reviews by participat-
ing agencies.
According to Tommy Pitts,
director of the Port, as word has
filtered out that the Port of Port St.
Joe is heading toward an opening,
the number and frequency of inqui-
ries about the Port has increased
The Port Authority purchased a
22-acre section of land just west of
Industrial Road in 2000.
In order to make the Port a
reality, it then purchased the first
of two necessary parcels of land -
Parcel B at the end of 2005. Parcel
B is located on the, north side of
the Tapper Bridge between the Gulf
County Canal and Industrial Road.
Grant awards for the pur-
chase and expenses for the 22-acre
and Parcel B totaled $2,850,000,
with a matching grant from the
Port Authority, for a total of
The dollars used by the Port
St. Joe Port Authority for matching
grants come from a fund estab-
lished in the early 1980s with funds
left from a bond issue, Pitts said.
The Port Authority also estab-
lished a line of credit and both
sources of cash are used to match
grants, he explained.
The Port Authority hopes to
purchase what they call Parcel A in
the future.
Parcel A-is the edhion- of land'
south of the Tapper Bridge that
runs between the mouth of the
Canal and the old paper mill site. It
is owned by the St. Joe Company.
Plans in the five to 10 year
range include further development
of Parcel B with rail access, and
developing a 35-foot deep water
access at the mouth of the channel
just south of the bridge.
Purchase and development of

Parcel A is also figured into the five
to 10 year plan.
However, according to Pitts,
those plans, especially development
of the deep water channel, may
move up 'in time because some of

the potential customers of the Port ocean-going vessels.
need the 35-foot channel soon, Pitts He added that the Tapper

Pitts told the group that the
35-foot deep water channel would
be able to accommodate smaller

Bridge would not be a problem for
vessels passing under it because

(See PORT on Page 10A)

This young buck decided surf beat hunters for Christmas. Photo courtesy of Bill Fauth of Mexico Beach. See
more on Page 2A.

It's a

January 3, 2008

Port Plans Ready to Go

Medical "Big City" Broadband

Approved for Port St. Joe

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Things just keep getting better
and better where the county's medi-
cal care is concerned:
When the Sacred Heart Hospital
in Port St. Joe becomes a reality, it
will have a feature that will allow
doctors in the county and especially
at the hospital to access specialists
It came about because several
people happened to be in the right
place at the right time.
In September 2006 the Federal
Communication Commission (FCC)
created the Rural Health Care Pilot
Program to promote innovative tele-
medicine services that could: bring
quality health care to rural areas;
bring continuing education to rural
practitioners; and bring the ability
to provide a coordinated response
during natural disasters or emer-
Several groups came together
to devise a way to connect rural
hospitals in the Panhandle area
with the Big Bend Regional Health
Information Organization (RHIO).
In other" words, -the purpose

is to bring rural hospitals into
the statewide 'health information
exchange system, and ultimately
into the national system through
broadband access.
This will allow instant and
accurate delivery of health care
records to rural physicians and will
establish a basis for telemedicine
services at each participating rural
The rural hospitals slated
for connection to the broadband
system include those in Madison,
Taylor, Calhoun, Franklin, Holmes,
Jackson, Gadsden, Washington,
and now Gulf counties.
Early in 2007 then-city com-
missioner John Reeves and city
manager Lee Vincent happened to
be in Tallahassee at the legislature
when they found out that the broad-
band network "was coming straight
through Port St. Joe on its way
to the hospital in Apalachicola,"
Vincent explained.
But they were not going to
install any access to the system in
Port St. Joe because the old hospi-
tal was closed and a new one was
not yet built, he said.

(See HOSPITAL on Page 9A)

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"Go" on

the Cape
The Cape San Blas beach res-.
toration project is finally ready to
start and not a minute too soon.
In what some would consider
the best possible Christmas pres-
ent, Gulf County received on Dec.
20 the final permit it needed from
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
to begin the Cape San Blas/St.
Joseph Peninsula beach re-nour-
ishment project.
The project began in late 2004,
when the county applied for a beach
management feasibility study. The
state awarded the county $500,000
for the feasibility study and related
sand search on Feb. 22, 2005.
Upon receiving the final permit,
Gulf County administrator Don
Butler immediately executed the
contract with Manson Construction
Company, which had already been
selected by the Board of County
Commissioners to handle the multi-
mrilliori dollar project.
According to Paula Pickett,
more information on the actual
start date for dredging will be avail-
able following a meeting between
county and project representatives,
and the contractor.
That meeting is scheduled for
right after the first of the New Year.
Pickett is the director of the
Gulf County Tourism Development
Council and a board member of
the St. Joseph Peninsula Beach
Advisory Committee (SJPBAC), the
group spearheading the Peninsula
beach restoration project.
Earlier in December, Pickett
reported that as soon as the con-
tract with Manson was formally

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signed, the construction turtles.
company would begin mobi- Without delays, beach
lizing their equipment for the re-nourishment projects
project. typically progress by 100 to
"Mobilization can take 500 feet a day, the site says.
anywhere from six to eight Weather permitting, the proj-
weeks," Pickett said. "Barring ect runs continuously around
any unforeseen delays, we the clock, although renters
expect to begin pumping and homeowners may still
[sand] approximately the first use the beach.
week of February,,2008." The original start date
According to information for the actual construction of
on the SJPBAC website (www. the beach was Oct. 1. When, construc- ,that did not happen, the proj-
tion time for the entire proj- ect received approval from
ect is seven months, depend- permitting extend
ing on equipment, weather the project over a two-year
delays, and any taking of an period, if necessary.
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Presidential Primaries Approaching

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Early voting for the
Democratic and Republican
Presidential Preference pri-
maries will begin Jan. 14,
Linda Griffin, Supervisor of
Elections, announced this
Early voting will take
place from 9 a.m. until 5
p.m. ET Monday through
Saturday through Saturday,
Jan. 26.
The primary elections
will be held Tuesday, Jan.

Also on the ballot that
day will be the property tax
amendment proposed by
Florida legislators to amend
the Florida Constitution, so
there will also be a non-
partisan ballot for those not
voting in either Democratic
or Republican primary.
There will be two early
voting sites: the Supervisor
of Elections Office on Long
Avenue in Port St. Joe and
the Wewahitchka Library.
Those wishing to vote
by 'absentee ballot may call
Griffin's office at 229-6117.
Requests for absentee ballots

to be mailed will be taken
through 5 p.m. Jan. 23.
The voter registration
books for the Presidential
primaries closed on Dec. 31.
While the Democratic
National Committee has
announced it will not rec-
ognize Florida delegates
because of the early primary
date, the rest of the coun-
try will know how Florida
Democrats voted.
Voters with any questions
should call Griffin's office at

GCI Locked Down for Christmas

By Tony Bridges
Florida Freedom
Four guards were injured
during a brief outbreak of
violence at Gulf Correctional
Institution on Christmas
Officials said the injuries
were minor, and the guards
were treated at the facility.
No inmates were hurt, but
the prison was locked down,
and Christmas Eve visitation
was stispended while investi-
gatorg try, to determine what
"I know people are dis-
appointed, but it's a neces-
sary step at this stage of the

investigation," said Joellyn
Rackleff, a spokeswoman for
the Florida Department of
Rackleff said the violence
began a little after 1:15 p.m.
while about 600 inmates were
in the recreation yard.
Correctional officers
were trying to question and
handcuff an inmate in a dou-
ble-gated area that separates
the housing units from the
It wasn't clear why guards
were questioning the man,
but before they could lock,
the gate to the yard "some-
inmates rushed the gate,
took (him) out and assaulted

four staff members," Rackleff
Other guards rushed to
the yard to quell the distur-
bance. No shots were fired.
Rackleff said officials
suspect about 10 to 15
inmates might have led the
Gulf CI is a medium-secu-
rity prison in Wewahitchka. It
has room for 1,324 inmates
in three cell and six open-bay
More than 70 inmates
were transferred out of the
facility, which will remain
locked down for the foresee-
able future, Rackleff said.

St. Joe Beach Citizens Forming Neighborhood Watch

Folks in St. Joe Beach
have decided to play a major
role in keeping a watchful eye
on their neighborhood.
A planning committee
has been formed and held a
meeting earlier this month as
St. Joe Beach residents initi-
ate the process of establish-
ing a Neighborhood Watch
Program in St. Joe Beach.
The program, newly-cre-
ated, would cover the area
from Hidden Ridge Road
to the beginning of Gulfaire
The group will hold its
first meeting for the gener-
al public at 7 p.m. ET on
Jan. 22, 2008 at the Evan
Williams Community Center
(Gulf Beaches Fire House).
Neighborhood Watch

Programs around the coun-
ty was a stated priority of
Sheriff Joe Nugent when Gov.
Charlie Crist appointed him
sheriff earlier this year.
The planning commit-
tee has already met with
Nugent, Maj. Bobby Plair and
Lt. Richard Burkett from
Nugent's office and commit-
tee members described the
meeting as educational and
supportive of the effort to
establish the program.
The program will be
overseen and funded by the
Sheriff's Department.
Neighborhood Watch- is
one of the oldest and most
well-known crime prevention
concepts, created to unite law
enforcement agencies, private
organizations and individual
citizens in a massive effort to

reduce residential crime.
To be successful, how-
ever, what is needed is strong
participation from the com-
munity and an understanding
?among neighbors as to the
benefits of working together
to detour crime in the com-
The meeting agenda for
Jan. 22:
1. Overview of the pro-
2. Remarks from county
commissioner Bill Williams
3. A presentation by Gulf
County Sheriff Joe Nugent
4. A presentation from
an ADT Security System rep-
The public is invited and
encouraged to attend this
important meeting.

Who Cooks the Best Gumbo?


Special Events for Mexico Beach, Inc.
wants to know who cooks the BEST Gumbo!
On Saturday, February 16, 2008 between
the hours of 10:30 AM and approximately
2:00 PM CT (until gumbo is sold out), a
fierce competition of culinary skills will de-
termine who's who in the Gumbo Cooking
arena. As we have done for the past 2 years,
we will have 2 categories Restaurants and
Amateurs- In the amateur division, a $200
First Place cash prize, a $100 Second Place
cash prize and a $75 Third Place cash prize
will be forthcoming to the winners, In the
restaurant division, a $200 first prize will
be issued, and a $100 second Place (other
prizes may be awarded depending on how
many restaurants sign up for the cook-off)
and a $100 overall No entry fee will be
charged and a panel of judges will deter-
mine which pot of gumbo excels in taste.
Entrants will be required to produce *Three
(3) or more gallons of their specialty gumbo.
(If possible, 5 gallons would be great) They
will also be responsible for bringing contain-
ers, heating devices to warm their product
(crock pots & propane gas cookers are ideal
& preferred) and labor to sell their gumbo.
The committee will provide tables (one card"
table, or half of an 8' table will be provided)
electricity- we have a new electrical panel
that insures that we will have no problem
this year! (please specify if needed), bowls,
napkins and utensils for consumption and
the location & crowd, (Sunset Park, next to
the El Governor Motel). Gumbo from the
Cookoff will be sold by the taste and vari-
ous size containers to raise money for the
Mexico Beach Special Events. Those wishing
to participate may pick up an application at
the Mexico Beach CDC Office, e-mail lynn@ or call 648-8196.

Please Bring:
* Warming contain- .1 ,
ers crockpots, gas cookers,
* Ladles for serving
* Decorations Mardi
Gras theme
* Lots of Great Gum-
* Your party shoes -
we will have a lot of funl

Fun PRIZES also for BEST
decorated area, team spirit
and best dressed!

Setup Time Saturday, Feb-

ruary 16, 2008 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Judges Begin 10:00 AM CT
Festival Begins Saturday, February 16,
2008 10:30 AM CT
Shut Down Time Saturday, February 16,
2008 2:00 PM CT or When Gumbo is
Sold Out (Last year by 2:00 PM)


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to the El Governor Motel) Bigger space this


1. Have food prepared for judges by
10:00 AM CT
2. Be set up with and ready to sell by
10:30 AM CT.
3. Be present until 2:00 PM CT or un-
til your gumbo is gone.
4. *Cook at least 3 Gallons of your
specialty Gumbo. Chefs arriving with less
than three (3) gallons of gumbo will not be
included in the judging!
5. Provide Warming Device and service
tools (ladles, etc.) to keep your gumbo hot.
6. Allow your gumbo to be sold as a
fundraising medium for Special Events.
7. Chefs will not be asked to handle
cash, tickets which will be purchased on site
through committee members will be used as
the only medium of exchange for purchasing
the gumbo.

by February 7th!

Call the Community Development Center at
850-648-8196 with any questions.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, January 3, 2008 3A

4A The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, January 3, 2008

Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 70 years

Dreaming of 2008

The dawn of a new year provides an oppor-
tunity for reassessment of the previous 365 days,
with contemplation for the next 366 days.
Offered, humbly, is a small sampling of wishes
and dreams for the coming year.
For County Commissioner Billy Traylor the
crafting of a legacy of true vision.
As chairman of the Board of County
Commissioners, with some two decades on the
job, the door is open to using that experience to
address property taxes and county-wide voting.
There is nothing north-south about either issue,
the voters in your district will attest to that, and,
Mr. Traylor, you set the agenda.
Consider it this way: There isn't a county
parade that wouldn't want to have you riding as
grand marshal if you pushed such changes, while
the path upon which the BCC now navigates has
many residents wishing to ride commissioners out
of town on a rail.
For the people of Gulf County an end to
taxation without representation.
The math is so simple it's scary.
Each resident has exactly a 20 percent say in
how county government collects and spends their
tax dollars.
Our forefathers fought a revolution over such
a concept.
And as long as single-member districts remain
in place, that is precisely what the people of Gulf
County have a government willing to drive them
out of the county with their fiscal policies and
over which 80 percent of the Board of County
Commissioners is out of reach, if not out of
That isn't representative government it is an
episode of '"Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader."
To Gulf Public School Officials an end to
special meetings such as that held Dec. 21.
The answer is really pretty simple: stop using
out-of-town point men for union negotiations.
First off, that would save $12,000 a year, at
least, and given the economic times that is not
chump, change.
Second, negotiations with the union won't be
played out to a schedule that relies on the atten-
dance of an individual living in Central Florida and
representing several other districts.
That would mean no more School Board meet-
ings from which people leave feeling, rightly or
wrongly, that district officials are more concerned
with the generals and their aide-to-camps than the
This is a pretty fair .interpretation of a meet-
ing at which the School Board ensured exempt
employees primarily administrators and district
staff received an extra $100 toward skyrocketing
insurance premiums while negotiations with the
union continue.
For all practical purposes, the board also
undercut the union's position at the table because
with the next bargaining session Jan. 9, the union

has less than a week to agree and ratify the con-
tract or the teachers and bus drivers and para-
professionals will be lashed to those skyrocketing
premiums for at least the month of January.
This spike in health insurance costs has been
the 800-pound gorilla in the room since summer.
Just a few days before Christmas, while tossing out
the word "fairness" like cinnamon, the board need-
lessly divided the district into two camps.
Officials did so while sounding as if the rank-
and-file shouldered much of the blame for not
making enough noise about the looming premium
increases, as if the squeaky wheel is preferable to
proactive leadership.
To Sacred Heart some concrete.
The Sacred Heart hospital has been so dis-
cussed and debated over the past few years it has
come to seem like the latest television medical
drama which the writers' strike has forced into
Two words economic diversification (re: jobs)
and health care.
The county needs both badly the county
has been without a hospital for nearly four years
now and while it might be unfair to place too
much emphasis on Sacred Heart, the reality is the
path was cleared from the Florida Legislature
to The St. Joe Company and St. Joe Community
Foundation for Sacred Heart.
The ground has been turned, the land cleared.
The community is waiting and rumors that the
works are jammed somewhere will become more
rampant the more opening dates are pushed
A foundation on which the hospital will sit, the
concrete leading to the bricks and mortars would
be a dandy place to start and bring relief to the
doubters in the community.
To the city of Port St. Joe an end to the
divisions represented by the railroad tracks.
Talk about 800-pound gorillas, this monster
has been lurking for decades, but consensus on
healing open wounds, ripping up, symbolically,
those railroad tracks, becoming a community of
the whole, seems as difficult as holding mercury.
The civil rights lawsuit filed this past year
withered based on numerous factors, but at its
heart were claims hard to deny about systemic and
long-term discrimination.
Returning to where we started with Mr. Traylor,
single-member districts serve to foster this divi-
sion of community.
History must not be so much put to rest as
understood for the special interests, on both sides
of the tracks, that created it ..
And unless and until community leaders of all
colors and station stand up to insist that the com-
munity is THE special interest, a bygone era still
exists, a disease persists and a handful of people
with a vested interest in the status quo flourish to
the detriment of all.
That is less a dream than a nightmare from
which the community will never awaken.

Self-employed? Don't

forget health coverage

By Jason Alderman

People choose self employment
for a variety of reasons: To escape
corporate bureaucracy, flex their
entrepreneurial spirit or simply put
food on the table after being laid
off. Nearly 11 million Americans
work for themselves, which means
they and their families quite possi-
bly are living without the safety net
of employer-provided benefits and
Whether you're self-employed
by choice or necessity, or sim-
ply considering taking the plunge,
don't forget that along with greater
freedom, you'll also face additional
- responsibilities that could put your
financial security at risk. For exam-
ple, health insurance can be shock-
ingly expensive although the pre-
miums are fully deductible, helping
offset your taxable income.
Before simply deciding to fore-
go coverage, be aware that over
half of personal bankruptcies stem
from health-related expenses, even
for those with insurance. One seri-
ous accident or unexpected illness
could potentially wipe out your sav-
ings and plunge you into debt.
Here ar'e a few medical insur-
ance options to consider:
Investigate coverage through
your significant other's' plan and
compare the terms and cost with
private insurance.
Some trade and professional
organizations offer group coverage
to members. However, avoid groups
formed strictly to sell insurance
because rates could climb dispro-
portionately when healthier mem-
bers drop out.
If you're currently covered
through your employer but are
considering self employment, ask
whether you're eligible for COBRA
continuation coverage. Typically,
COBRA provides benefits for 18
months (sometimes longer) and
costs 102 percent of the full premi-
um probably considerably more
than you're used to paying.
Although healthy people :can
usually find private insurance, be
aware that even minor pre-existing
conditions may exclude you from
eligibility. A good insurance bro-
ker can help you find appropriate
coverage. Ask friends for recom-
mendations or go to the National
Association of Health Underwriters
To lower premiums, consider
purchasing a high-deductible plan.

Their monthly premiums are often
hundreds of dollars cheaper than
comparable low-deductible plans
but they do provide comprehensive
coverage for catastrophic illnesses
that could otherwise deplete your
Some people combine a high-
deductible plan with a Health
Savings Account (HSA) for addi-
tional savings. With an HSA you put
aside pretax dollars in an interest-
earning account, and then with-
draw the money, tax-free, to pay for
health care expenses. HSA contri-
butions are tax-deductible, even if
you don't itemize deductions.
Unlike employer-sponsored
Flexible Spending Accounts, which
they resemble in many respects,
with an HSA you can carry your
unspent balance forward, year after
year. Just be sure to ask if your
plan is IRS-qualified to work with
an HAS before opening an account.
To learn more about HSAs, go
to the U.S. Treasury Department's
lic-affairs/hsa, or www.hsafinder.
Many states provide govern-
ment-subsidized high-risk insur-
ance for people who can't buy pri-
vate insurance because of pre-exist-
ing conditions. It's costly, but no
one can be turned away. For infor-
mation on different states' plans, go
And finally, you may be able to
purchase HIPAA (Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act)
insurance if your group plan has
been cancelled or your COBRA has
expired and you don't qualify for
private insurance. Eligibility rules
are very complicated so speak to
a knowledgeable insurance broker.
Other good information resources
include the Georgetown University
Health Policy Institute, which pro-
vides state-by-state consumer
guides for getting and keeping
health insurance (www.healthinsur-, and the Kaiser Family
Foundati&n (www.statehealthfacts.
Working for yourself can be
extremely satisfying just be sure
to take care of your health while
taking care of business.

Jason Alderman directs Visa's
financial education programs. To
sign up for a free monthly per-
sonal finance e-Newsletter, go to

Hi-O Silver To The Rescue!

My wife wanted a mail box for
Christmas. It didn't seem like too
big a deal at first glance but the
Yuletide season is such a special
time for "doing the right thing".
Maybe a closer look was in order.
I pondered long and hard on the
idea of a mail receptacle ,as a
Christmas gift and frankly, it just
didn't measure up. I thought it was
too impersonal. It certainly couldn't
be thought of as romantic. And,
quite possibly, it was just a tad too
practical to be considered as a pres-
ent for Christmas.
I also had a lot of help from you
folks. I got cards from you saying I
was an idiot for thinking of a mail
box as a Christmas gift! You stopped
me on the street and suggested dia-
monds or a trip to Cancun. People
in my own church laughed at me!
My older brother called to ask if I
had lost my, if that ain't
the pot calling the kettle black.....
I got the message. I didn't get
Cathy a mail boxl
She may not have even wanted
one in the first place. You know how
women sometimes say one thing
but they mean something else One
Friday night back years ago Billie

Jean Barham assured me
she wanted to go to the
Carroll County Fair. I had
a couple of dollars and the
fair seemed like as good a
place as any to while a
way a few hours. Me
and Billie Jean had been
going steady for most of
the summer. I figured the
fair would be fun.
It didn't exactly work
out like I planned...... We were
too old to pick up ducks or bob
for apples. I was afraid to ride the
tilt-a-whirl or the scream machine
because they always made me
throw-up. Billie Jean didn't like
cotton candy and she wasn't about
to let nobody guess, her weight! I
couldn't chase that greased pig in
my new Van Husen shirt. And I
certainly couldn't see the famous
"Dance of the Seven Veils" with
Billie tagging along. To say the eve-
ning was a bummer would be the
understatement of my junior year.
"I didn't really want to go to the
fair." We were walking back to her
house. "I thought you would take
me to the dance over at the National
Guard Armory in Lexington."


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I had to think here a min-
ute. Something wasn't right! "Billie
Jean, you are the one who said,
'Let's go to the fairly "
"I know, but I wanted the dance
to be your idea. I just knew you
would overrule me when I brought
up the fair. You should have known
that I would much rather go to the
dance than some silly old fair." By
the time we got to her front door
I had figured out mostly all by
myself that men are from Mars and
women are from Venus or Pluto or
Altamonte Springs......
It was a lesson I was to never
forget. So, putting logic and reason
to work., along with my desire to
please my wife at Christmas, there
didn't seem but one course of action

left. I figured Cathy had said "mail
box" for Christmas......but she real-
ly meant "Western Channel".
Hey, you talk about a better
deal! We didn't really need a new
mail box anyway! And when she
gets a glimpse of Gene Autry rid-
ing to save the rancher's daughter,
crooning "Mexicali Rose" and sport-
ing that wide Texas grin, she'd for-
get all about them other gifts.
I was tingling with excitement
when I called the cable company. I
told the nice lady that I wanted to
trade that "Soap Opera" channel
I never watched for the "Western"
one. She allowed pretty quickly that
it didn't work that way. I offered
to throw In the exercise channel (I
know Cathy wasn't about to watch
that one) and the "Food Channel"
(ditto) if she would exchange them
for what we wanted. "Ma'am, that's
three for one! Surely you can't refuse
that offer!"
She did.
"Listen, I'll throw in 'Court T. V.'
and both of those Spanish speaking
She didn't budge. She had the
"company policy" line down pat.
"Sir, it all comes in the Encore

package." I had to keep all the chan-
nels I had. And I had to buy seven-
teen more that I didn't want to get
the one channel that I had to have!
It's like those cable company people
are just in it for the money.
But listen, you should have seen
Cathy's face on Christmas morn-
ing. She was completely speechless!
Stunned would be a better word.
She had no idea..... She walked
around shaking her head all day.
We tuned in to The Lone Ranger.
And Bat Masterson. And Roy
Rogers. And we ate our Christmas
dinner watching a great old Robert
Mitchum movie where they had
to tie ropes to the wagons and
lower them down the mountains.
"Winchester 73" was the late movie.
I was a little disappointed; Cathy
went to bed before Jimmy Stewart
got his rifle back.
But I'm going to see that she
doesn't miss any of the good ones.
January is John Wayne month.
And they've got a couple of great
Burt Lancaster movies coming up.
And here's the best part, there is
a tribute to Audie Murphy in the
works! And we're not going to miss
the special on "Bartenders of the
Old West".
And to think, I almost bought
a mail box!
"Cathy, here's the best thing
about the Western's a
gift that will keep on giving!"
I think she muttered something
but I had the volume turned up so
loud so I wouldn't miss anything
Gene whispered to Champion that
I couldn't quite make out what she
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"The Angels
Around Us"

On August 14, 2007 my
father had a massive heart
attack. He was able to call
911 but could not respond.
The 911 operator dispatched
to Blountstown ambulance,
also the first responders
on the Kinard fire depart-
ment. The responders
arrived first, followed bu
the Blountstown ambulance
to assist with my father.
Then they transported him
to our local park where Life
Flight was waiting for him
Life Flight then transported
him to Bay Medical Center.
My father left us twice on
that flight. The flight mem-
bers were able to bring him
back to us. Once he arrived
at Bay Medical Center, the
doctors there were able
to keep him alive for us.
My father was in CVICU
for five days before he was
strong enough for surgery.
The team of doctors who
performed the guad bypass
on my father did a wonder-
ful job. Our father arrived
home six days later to six
children, ten grandchildren,
and a wonderful wife. So
the purpose of this letter
is to thank the people who
helped not only my father
but others. It's a blessing
that people give their time
and have the knowledge to
help others. Two days after
my father's heart attack,
Life Flight was leaving the
park with another person.
As that helicopter left the
ground I looked up to watch
it leave, and a feeling came
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in the sky. You know when
you're born you're guaran-
teed death. So enjoy life and
love like it's your last day.
Slow down to help others
and yourself, because .one
day you may need the help
from the great people who
helped my father. If you ever
have to ride that helicop-
ter and fight for your life,
regardless of how you arrive
off that flight you are in
the hands of angels. From
this day forward whenever
I look up to pray or just
enjoy the beautiful sky I will
always think of my angels in
the sky. I would like to wish
all of you a very blessed
Christmas and New Year.
Rene Kelsoe Young

A New Year Brings
New Hope for Early

By Gregory Taylor

New Year's is a time for
reflection on where we've
been, the lessons learned,
and how we can better
ourselves for the future.
Unfortunately, many resolu-
tions to help our children
better succeed in school
have been broken.
Every year, about one-
third of American children
enter a kindergarten class
unprepared to learn. Many
will never catch up. That all-
important door to learning
is already, in effect, closed.
The reasons for this are
complex, but this much is
clear: The multiple systems
- from family to schools to
government that should
be supporting, young chil-
dren too often are failing to

do so.
There is hope, howev-
er. Research suggests that
investing in early learning is
the best investment we can
make in America's future.
Studies by the Institute
of Medicine and National
Research Council and oth-
ers tell us that-the achieve-
ment gap for poor and oth-
erwise disadvantaged chil-
dren is created in the first
five years of their lives. A
youngster's brain works on
a "use it or lose it" principle,
and synapses not used or
stimulated early on will be
The child's first five
years at home thus con-
stitute the most important
years of his or her life. The
first four years in school are
the second most important
phase. And the transition
from home and community
into school may be the most
important transition in his
or her life.
But in most school dis-
tricts there is little if any
interaction between local
childcare centers, early
care and education provid-
ers and the public school
system. Transitions to kin-
dergarten usually consist of
a "meet and greet" session
for parents. Rarely is there
an alignment of teaching or
curriculum or coordination
of teachers and parents.
Fortunately, that situa-
tion is beginning to change.
In 2006, early childhood
education was named a leg-
islative priority by 24 gov-
ernors, compared to 17 in
2005. Some states such as
Washington have created
new departments dedicated
to early learning.


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What a Year It Was

Last year was tough
in some ways for the
redevelopment agency; it
appears we will lose our
expanded area, and we are
sad for the loss of focus and
benefits to that community.
Over the last 16 months, I
have become well acquainted
with many of the wonderful
people who live in North
Port St. Joe. While unable
to work directly with them
through redevelopment, I
look forward to continued
friendships and perhaps
volunteer opportunities to
lend my personal support. We
wish to express our heartfelt
thanks to the many who
participated in the process
and who provided honest
and productive ideas.
Last year was also
very affirming for the
of ways: board development,
refining the public process,
and increased participation
from individuals. Board
development has met the
goals we set over a year ago.
With our two new directors
and two provisional directors,
our board possesses the
collective skill-sets of public
relations, media, engineering,
architectural design, finance,
interior design, planning,
development, real estate and
landscape architecture-a
group to create policy and
programs that work.
We could not continue
without a nod to the governing
bodies and the associated
pubic departments. Our

ongoing thanks to PSJ
Public Works: John, Charles,
Johnny, Jimmy, Mike, and
their crews for putting
tremendous effort into
helping our community-
from the banner program
to the SaltAir Farmers'
Market-a huge thanks to
you. Lee, you will be missed.
You have provided accurate
information and expert
guidance day in and day out.
We appreciate and respect
the active participation
and support of our City
Commissioners. Every time
one of you comes into my
office, whether to explore
programming or engage in
friendly conversation, I am
appreciative. Sometimes,
you come in to express
opposition to something,
and I enjoy that too (well,
maybe not quite as much).
I appreciate the County
Commissioners who remain
involved with redevelopment
and also provide guidance
and counsel.
The Interagency Task
Force, a group formed of
every public and quasi-
public agency in Gulf County,
is an important agent
for communication and
commitment to shared goals.
Even when our goals are the
same, we are in jeopardy of
falling short if our approaches
are not coordinated. I extend
my appreciation to those
of you who consistently
attend those meetings and
openly share your plans and
The Economic Summit
is comprised of a dedicated

group of citizens who care
about our city and county.
This group is researching
facts and providing analyses
to help with our overall goal-
setting. We know the old
model is not working; our
businesses and government
must grow into new ways
of addressing our processes
and procedures to prepare
for economic growth of the
whole and successes for the
individual. This group will
produce the best ideas of
the best minds through this
public and inclusive process.
Our sister agencies
continue to be a pleasure
to work with: Tourist
Development Council,
Waterfronts Partnership,
GALA, and the Chamber of
Commerce to name just a
Next year, we look
forward to the creation (or
re-creation) of the Downtown
Merchants' Association.
There are opportunities
on the horizon that will
require a united voice, and
this association will be an
effective conduit for your
voices to ring clear. And there
are significant and critical
issues that could be simply
glossed over by federal or
state agencies without a
strong and unmistakable
local influence. The PSJRA
alone cannot provide that
influence; a united downtown

Let's look forward
to a year of united goals
and coordinated efforts.
Successes will follow.

Boyd Leads Charge On

Fiscal Responsibility, Paygo

Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida),
a leader of the Blue Dog
Coalition, last night defend-
ed the proven-successful
pay-as-you-go (PAYGO)
budget rules and spoke out
against a tax bill that would
add $51 billion in addition-
al borrowing to. this year's
federal deficit.
With Congressman
Boyd's strong support, the
House of Representatives
previously has passed two
fiscally responsible versions
of Alternative Minimum Tax
(AMT) relief, both of which
were paid for and complied
with PAYGO rules. The
most recent version paid
for middle class AMT relief
by closing a tax loophole for
wealthy hedge fund man-

agers who send money to
offshore bank accounts to
avoid paying taxes.
Both PAYGO-compliant
versions of the bill were
blocked by the President and
Republicans in Congress,
forcing the House to pass
instead an AMT bill that is
not paid for and will add to
our $9 trillion national debt.
According to the nonparti-
san Congressional Budget
Office (CBO), by abandon-
ing PAYGO rules, this $51
billion AMT bill will cost an
extra $29 billion in interest
payments over the next 10
"Those of us in North
Florida know that you have
to pay your bills. You either
pay them today,' or you pay
them tomorrow with inter-

est," said Congressman
Boyd. "By passing an AMT
bill that is not paid for, we
are forcing our children and
grandchildren to pay $80.
billion on a $51 billion price
tag. That's an additional
$29 billion in interest pay-
ments. I cannot in good
conscience put this debt
burden on their shoulders."
"The people of North
Florida did not send me to
Washington to kick the can
down the road and let the
next generation deal with
our fiscal mess," Boyd con-
tinued. "I refuse to do that.
Paying for our priorities is
possible, and I will continue
to fight in Washington to
see that this Congress does
the right thing and pays its


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To support states'
efforts, many national foun-
dations (including the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation's SPARK
initiative -- Supporting
Partnerships to Assure
Ready Kids), as well as
researchers in academia and
the federal government, have
launched system-building
initiatives that link parents,
educators, early childhood
service providers, and their
communities. A big part of
this community-based inno-
vative thinking is the move-
ment toward ready schools.
In communities as diverse
as Miami, FL and Gwinnett
County, GA, where SPARK
has made investments, we
are beginning to see positive
In early 2007, the
Gwinnett County Public
Schools (the largest school
district in Georgia and the
20th largest in the coun-
try) adopted and funded the
SPARK Georgia school tran-
sition model. Using federal
Title I funds to implement
-the nationally recognized
Parents as Teachers program
has resulted in increases in
key school-readiness skills
(including fine motor skills,
problem-solving and social-
ization); greater parent par-
ticipation and leadership in

early education and schools
(parents who participated
in the Parent Leadership
Institute now serve as chairs
on seven committees); and
parent attendance at GED
and ESL classes.
In Miami, our initiative
identified a lack of alignment
in expectations between ele-
mentary schools and child-
care facilities. Support for
an increase in the number
of accredited centers led
eventually to success in cre-
ating a quality rating system
that further aligns expecta-
tions across early education
and the early grades and
includes criteria for those
all-important transitions.
In the past, the burden
was primarily on children
and parents to get ready
for school. But this "two-
way street" approach helps
shape schools so they are
prepared to receive and
serve all children. Some
additional elements of this
approach include screening
children for developmental
delays and health issues
that impede learning; help-
ing parents and families in
their role as first teachers;
and getting child advocacy
organizations, businesses
and state agencies to com-
mit more resources to early

education because an
investment now means sav-
ings later.
By focusing on the cru-
cial learning period from
birth up to the early grades
we can also help ensure
the success of existing pro-
grams such as No Child
Left Behind, currently
up for reauthorization by
Congress. Policymakers at
all levels should continue to
provide tools and flexibility
to nurture such community-
based innovations on behalf
of kids' learning. We must
resolve to create new struc-
tures, practices and pro-
grams to support the early
learning of infants, toddlers
and preschoolers. This is
one New Year's Resolution
we should keep. Millions
of children are counting on

Taylor is the Vice
President for Programs
for Youth and Education
at the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation. In March
2007 he testified before
a U.S. Senate Committee
on Finance hearing on
"Realizing a Competitive
Education: Identifying
Needs, Partnerships and




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Residents Have Chance to Protect

Their Homes from Hurricanes

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

It's almost a no-brainer
kind of thing.
If someone offers you
a free, legitimate wind
inspection for your house that
may qualify you for a discount
on your homeowners'
insurance, would you take
That opportunity is
currently available to a
majority of homeowners
in Florida, including those
in Mexico Beach, Gulf and
Franklin counties.
But people need to
act now, before the 2008
hurricane season arrives in
six months.
The My Safe Florida Home
(MSFH) program was created
by the Florida Legislature
in 2.006 and is offered by
the Florida Department of
Financial Services (FDOFS).
"It's a great program
that will really help a lot
of Floridians," said Arthur
Youngblood, an insurance
specialist. with the FDOFS
Division of Consumer
Services. "Information about
the program is beginning
to get out, but we want as
many people as possible to
According to the
program's literature, it is
and assist them in making
Aheir homes safe against the
threat of hurricanes."
Information from
the program explains to
homeowners that a Category
One hurricane, with winds of
just 75 miles per hour, can
inflict as much as $20,000
in damage: to a home that

has no opening protections
(protection of doors and
And on average,
the research continues,
homeowners without
hurricane protection on
their windows and doors
took nearly one year to fully
recover from a catastrophic
Free wind inspections
provided through the
program will recommend
improvements .to a home in
seven specific categories:
improving the strength
of a roof deck attachment;
creating a secondary
water barrier to prevent water
improving the
survivability of a roof
bracing gable ends in a
roof framing;
reinforcing roof to wall
upgrading exterior wall
opening protections;
upgrading exterior
The process of applying
for the free wind inspection
is relatively simple.
How to Apply
Interested homeowners
can apply through the My
Safe Florida Home website
at www.mysafefirodiahome.
corn, or by calling the My
Safe Florida Home helpline
at 1-866-513-6734.
To be eligible for the
free inspection, Florida
homeowners must live in
a single-family, site-built
Once an application
for inspection has been
approved, the homeowner will
be contacted by a qualified

wind inspector trained in
residential wind inspections
and wind-resistant building
After the inspection,
the homeowner will
receive a report rating the
hurricane resistance of
the home before and after
improvements, prioritize
which improvements will give
the greatest defense against
hurricanes, and the cost of
the improvements.
The report will also
outline the potential insurance
premium savings the
homeowner could possibly
receive if improvements are

made, if the homeowner
provided insurance
information about wind,
premium, dwelling coverage
and hurricane deductible at
the time of application.
Qualified Florida
homeowners can then
apply for up to $5,000 in
matching funds to invest
,n the hurricane-resistant
improvements recommended
in their inspection report.
The Advantages
A number of regional
credit unions and several area
banks are participating in the
MSFH program by offering
loans tailored specifically
for the program to qualified
Strengthening a home by
participating in MSFH may
also qualify homeowners for
discounts on homeowner's
insurance premiums.
According to FDOFS, by
law,' all companies offering
homeowners insurance
must provide discounts to
policyholders who invest in
products and improvements
proven to insulate a home
against hurricane damage.
These discounts vary
widely from company to
company, so individual policy
holders must determine
what discounts his or her
insurance company offers.
However, homeowners
need to keep in mind that
dealing with the Florida
Legislature is always a give-
and-take situation.
New Rules
After starting the
program in 2006, the Florida
Legislature changed the rules
of the game and the grant
criteria during the 2007
If homeowners received
a free wind inspection.
before May 1, 2007 through
MSFH, they are eligible for

the matching grant of up to
$5,000 to make any of the
improvements recommended
in their wind inspection
Under the new law,
however, if homeowners
receive their wind inspections
after May 1, 2007, they may
use their grant dollars only
for opening protection, which
includes windows, skylights,
gable vents, exterior doors
and garage doors, and the
bracing of gable ends.
They will be eligible for,
a matching grant of up to
$5,000 only if they live at
least six months of the year
in a single-family, detached,
site-built home that meets
the following criteria:
there is a building
permit application for initial
construction made before
March 1, 2002;
the insured value is
$300,000 or less;
the homeowners holds a
valid homestead exemption;
the property is located
in the wind-borne debris
On the other hand, in
a move that sweetened the
pot, on Dec. 12 Florida
Chief Financial Officer Alex
Sink announced that grants
awarded to homeowners
participating in the MSFH
program will not be reported
as taxable income to the
federal government.
Tax Advantages
In June, Sink had
requested that the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) rule
that the mitigation grants
not be considered part of a
homeowner's income, forcing
them to pay federal income
tax on the grant monies.
She announced that she
had received a ruling from
the IRS in late November
granting the exception.

Without this ruling,
matching grant recipients'
could have been hit with a
tax bill of $1,200 on a $5,000
MSFH grant, based on the
IRS Flat Tax calculation rate
of 25 percent.
With $8.6 million in
grants issued to date, the
request has potentially saved
Floridians from paying
approximately $2.15 million
in additional federal income
Local Grants
Local governments and
not-for-profit agencies are
also offering grants to low-
income homeowners in
certain areas of the state.
These programs will
offer hurricane protection
upgrades at reduced or
no cost to the qualifying
To qualifyforthe program,
low-income homeowners
must meet strict criteria, but
if they do they are eligible for
a grant up to $5,000 with no
match required.
But they must certify,
under penalty of perjury, that
they are, indeed, eligible as a
low-income homeowner.
Florida Statutes define
a low-income homeowner
as someone with an annual
household income of less
than 80 percent of the Florida
annual median income, as
determined individually by
each county.
In Bay County, (Mexico
Beach), .that would be a
single person with an income
of $28,900 or less.
Low income households
of two to four persons in
Bay County will qualify with
incomes between $33,050
and $41,300.
In both Gulf and Franklin
counties, a single person will
qualify if he or she makes
$24,700 or less per year.
Two to four person
households in both counties
will qualify with incomes
between $28,250 and
Mobile home owners
are eligible for free wind
inspections and some
assistance in making the
upgrades under a related but
separate program that has
just had its 'funding restored,
according to Youngblood.

Information on the
related program for mobile
home owners will appear
in an upcoming issue of The

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Fourth Annual Freedom All-Star Classic Showcase

The GulfCoastTriathlon
Foundation has become
tournament sponsor for.
the fourth-annual Freedom
All-Star Classic high school
basketball showcase.
The GCT Foundation
pledged $5,000 to the
event, which brings togeth-
er some of the best high
school senior boys and
girls basketball players in
the Panhandle. In doing so,
the foundation became the
first major sponsor for the
Freedom Classic held at
Billy Harrison Field House
on the campus of Gulf Coast
Community College.
The 2008 Freedom
Classic will be held in
The one-day basketball
exhibition has grown both in

scope and spectator atten-
dance since its creation in
2005. The announcement
of a tournament sponsor
reflects a commitment of
the newspapers that con-
ceived the event to increase
its exposure.
The News Herald
in Panama City and the
Northwest Florida Daily
News in Fort Walton Beach
both are owned by Freedom
Communications Inc.
"We didn't have to
do a lot of convincing to
make this happen," GCT
Foundation board member
Kevin Porter said. "This
goes back to our affinity
for helping youth sports,
and this was really a no-
Sponsorship of the

Freedom Classic also helps
the GCT Foundation dispel
any .negative perceptions
that might be attached to
the annual triathlon, Porter
said, which will be held for
the 26th consecutive year
in May.
"A lot of people associ-
ate it with a traffic jam,
and we're more than that,"
Porter said. "Unless you've
been a participant or vol-
unteered, you won't know
how it has helped the com-
Porter said the GCT is a
triathlon that .sn't all about
the bottom line. Many other
triathlons are guilty of
being solely money-making
machines, where costs are
minimized to increase rev-

The GCT, which has
maintained lower entry fees
compared to most triath-
lons its size, takes care of
its costs first and then dis-
perses money to various
groups and organizations
each year. The goal is to
give back tens of thousands
of dollars to the commu-
nity, said Porter, who also is
an assistant managing edi-
tor at The News Herald.
Past benefactors have
included the Bay County
Sheriff's Office Youth
Ranch, Panama City Marine
Institute, local swimming
clubs and youth football
Partnering with the
Freedom Classic is the
first step in targeting new
demographics for the GCT

Foundation, Porter said.
Becoming tournament
sponsor gives the organi-
zation greater reach with
print, television, radio and
Internet advertising cam-
paigns, and promotional
spots on the horizon.
"Communication is one
of the areas we've been lack-
ing, but we're working on it
and this will help," Porter
said. "This will show people
we're more than a race and
show we're committed to
investing in the future of
"We run the gamut
of support for sports. All
athletics instill a sense of
values and discipline that
bleeds over into the rest of
your life, and we want to be
a part of that."

The Freedom Classic
is seeking additional spon-
sors at various levels of
participation ranging from
$250 to $2,500. Any busi-
ness or organization inter-
ested in sponsoring the
Freedom Classic can con-
tact News Herald Marketing
Director Vickie Gainer at
(850) 747-5009.
Porter said the GCT
Foundation is set to enhance
its Web capabilities in the
coming weeks. Anyone inter-
ested in become involved in
the race or wishing to send
in a donation request is
asked to log on to gulfcoast- in the near future
for more information.

Gator Grapplers Compete in Crestview

While there are no
moral victories in sports,
Wewahitchka's wrestling
team could attest to a cou-
ple during the Crestview
Duals Tournament held
Dec. 19.
Competing against
larger schools and teams
with wrestlers in every
weight division the Gators
were nonetheless com-
petitive when they got on
the mat, with Matt Irwin
(145-152 pounds), T.J.
Corbin (152-160) and Josh
Richardson (189) each
going 4-1.
The team results:
South Walton 39,
Wewahitchka 12
101 Nick Malcolm
(W) won by forfeit; 112 -
double forfeit; 119 Daniel
House (W) lost to Felt 11-8;
125 double forfeit, 130
- Wewahitchka forfeited to
Cannon; 135 Jake Fowler
(W) pinned Smith :53; 145 -
Matt Irwin (W) lost to Young
7-1; 152 T.J. Corbin (W)
lost to Seilman 13-6; 160
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Foley; 171 double forfeit;

189 Josh Richardson
(W) pinned Mortpn 1:24;
215 Wewahitchka forfeit
to Wiscomb; Hwy. Chris
Herring (W) pinned by
Tanner 1:25.
Crestview 47,
Wewahitchka 15
103 Malcolm (W)
won by forfeit; 112 House
(W) pinned by Johnson
:48; 119 Wewahitchka
forfeit to Johnson; 125
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Smith; 130 Wewahitchka
forfeit to Smoyer; 135 -
Fowler (W) lost by tech-
nical fall to Miller 18-3;
140 double forfeit; 145
- Allen House (W) pinned
by Kinney :55; 152 -
Irwin (W) def. Perimmer
8-7; 160 Corbin (W)
pinned Mitchell 4:41; 171
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Panucci; 189 Richardson
(W) pinned by Dean 1:53;
215 Wewahitchka forfeit
to Scott; Hwy. Herring
(W) pinned by Sauls :25.
Mosley 60,
Wewahitchka 24
103 Malcolm (W)
pinned by Clarkson :57;

112 Daniel House (W)
pinned Williams 3:02; 119
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Pitts; 125 Wewahitchka
forfeit to Williams; 130
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Newsome; 135,-Fowler (W)
pinned by T. Parridon :47;
140 Wewahitchka forfeit
to D. Parridon; 145 Allen
House (W) pinned by Kahle
:51; 152 Irwin (W) pinned
Chase 1:02; 160 Corbin
(W) pinned Adkins 3:30;
171 Wewahitchka forfeit to
Larrenza; 189-Richardson
(W) pinned McKay :33; 215
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Mincy; Hwy. Herring (W)
pinned by Adkinson :35.
Bay 36,
Wewahitchka 24
103 Malcolm (W)
pinned by Miller :38; 112
- double forfeit; 119 -
Daniel House (W) pinned
by Lippman 5:17; 125 -
double forfeit; 130- double
forfeit; 135 Fowler (W)
won by forfeit; 140 double
forfeit; 145 Allen House
(W) pinned by Stafford :18;
152 Irwin (W) pinned
Paul 1:47; 160 Corbin

(W) pinned Atkins 1:08;
171 Wewahitchka forfeit
to Blake; 189 Richardson
(W) pinned Sharman 1:25;
215 Wewahitchka forfeit
to Booker; Hwy. Herring
(W) pinned by Jenkins
Milton 48,
Wewahitchka 38
103 Malcolm (W)
pinned by Young :34; 112-
Daniel House pinned Norris
:42; 119 Wewahitchka
forfeit to Sherman; 125
- Wewahitchka forfeit to
Heller; 130 Wewahitchka
forfeit to Zakowski; 135 -
Fowler (W) pinned Kahlar
:54; 140 Wewahitchka
forfeit to McDonald; 145 -
Allen House (W) pinned by
Manafee 1:23; 152 Irwin
(W) pinned Holcomb 1:06;
160 Corbin (W) won by
forfeit; 171 double for-
feit; 189 Richardson (W)
pinned Blackman 1:42;
215 Wewahitchka forfeit
to Humber; Hwy. Herring
(W) pinned by Bellow :38.


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John C. Gainous Veterans of Foreign Wars

Post #10069 and Ladies Auxiliary News

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 assist with the Christmas Party at the Bay
St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center.

The men and women
of VFW Post .10069 and its
Ladies Auxiliary celebrat-
ed this Holiday Season all
around the community.
On November 29, twenty
boxes of donated items by
members and friends were
sent to our troops serving
in Iraq.
As annual partici-
pants in the Port St. Joe
Christmas Parade, we were
thrilled to win First Place,
Non-Profit Organization with
our float entitled, "Let There
Be Peace." Thanks to mem-
bers of the NJROTC of-Port
St. Joe High School and to
Mexico Beach Girls Scouts
for their help.
The Post and Ladies
Auxiliary, as it does every
year, assists at the Christmas

Hospital -

Reeves and Vincent met
immediately with two offi-
cials of the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administration
(AHCA) and told them they
wanted Port St. Joe included
in the program.
After presentations to
the City Commission and
the county's healthcare trust
fund, they "had resounding
endorsement to include Port
St. Joe," Vincent said.
And recently the city got
FCC approval to do just that,
Vincent added.
"When it domes to tech-
nology and communication,
rural hospitals have been
left out in the middle of
nowhere," Vincent explained
"But with this capability, we
can access information on a
statewide basis.
"We will be able to do
digitized x-rays or MRIs here,
and at the same moment it is
being done in Port St. Joe,
specialists in Pensacola are
looking at it," Vincent added.
"It's real time, instant
access to specialists basically
anywhere in the world.
"We're totally excited
about ,it," Vincent said. '"And
the thought that we will have
access to experts anywhere
will be fantastic."
FCC is paying the entire

Party for residents at the Bay
St. Joseph Rehabilitation
Center. What a rewarding
experience for us. Also,
the Ladies golf Association
donated presents for the
As we start the New Year,
we look forward to being an
integral part of the-commu-
nity. We urge all members
to stop by their Post. Our
regular meetings are held on
the second Tuesday .of each
month at 7:00 p.m.
On behalf of VFW Post
10069, we wish everyone
a Healthy Happy New Year.
Please keep all those serv-
ing in our military in your
thoughts and prayers.
By: Nancy Calendine,
President of the Ladies
Auxiliary VFW Post 10069

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costs of the pilot program,
according to Vincent.
The only cost to the hos-
pital will be the monthly fee
to remain connected to the
system. There will be no cost
to the city for installation of
the infrastructure of the sys-
tem, he said.
"There are lots of steps
left to get the system in place
and running, Vincent said,
"but we do have it coming."
According to one AHCA
presentation, "Real time tele-
health applications require
a dedicated broadband net-
work that is more reliable
and secure than the public
So the goal became to
create a comprehensive net-
work that will provide all
health care communities
access to the various technol-
ogies and medical expertise
that are available in specific
hospitals, medical schools
and health centers around
the nation.
Additional goals are to
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surprise to Bay St. Joseph Care and Rehabilitation Center
in Port St. Joe.
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1972, according to member Glenda Rosasco.
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bridge clearance is 70 feet.
1 According to Pitts, for-
mer long-time Port St. Joe
resident and U.S. Senator
George Tapper, for whom the
bridge is named, paid addi-
tional funds when the bridge
was built to raise the bridge
height froin the standard 65
feet to 70 feet.
A number of grants have
already been secured by the
Port Authority for the dredg-
ing of the north section of the
Gulf County Canal, next to
Parcel B, and the construc-



tion of the necessary bulk-
head at that location.
For fiscal year 2007-08,
a total of $2,847,000 has
been allocated in a 75-25
percent matching grant for
the dredging and bulkhead
of Parcel B.
In 2008-09 another 75-25
percent matching grant for
$1,400,000 has been award-
ed to the Port Authority.
An additional 50-50
percent matching grant of
$1,360,000 will go to upland
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Panama City, which now has
an inter-local agreement with
the Port of Port St. Joe.
An additional benefit
of the port, according to
both Pitts and Cox, is that
the Florida Department of
Transportation has indicat-
ed it will fast-track the four-
laning of S.R. 71 from Port
St. Joe to Wewahitchka and
north, iffa suffcient,number
of potential port customers
make firm commitments to
the Port, citing the need for a
better transportation system
than currently exists in order
to move a minimum amount
of tonnage.
According to Pitts and
Cox, FDOT indicated this
commitment was the only
way S.R. 71 would become a
four-lane route.
The Port St. Joe Port
Authority was created in the
mid-1950s by the state leg-
islature. It is an independent
special ,district, not affiliat-
ed with the city or county,
according to Pitts.
Port Authority members
are appointed by the gover-
nor and none of its ,funding
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Funds have also been
applied for,- and the Port
Authority has received notice
that the grant has been
approved, for rail access to
Parcel B, to be available in
fiscal year 2008-09.
The amount of the grant
will be $912,000, with an
equal match of funds.
The St. Joe Company
has committed $1,200,000
for environmental permitting,
with an additional $600,000
from the Port Authority for
,the permitting.
Allen Cox, chair of the
Port Authority, told the
group that "now,' with grants
secured, we will be working
in the next few weeks with
the engineers for the plans.
"We want to go out for
bid in March and start dredg-
ing in April," Cox told the
group, adding that the Parcel
B dredging and bulkhead
construction was "probably a
six-month construction prolj-
"We'hope to have vessels
docking in 10 to 11 months
(September or October),"'
Cox said.
"Strategically we're in
a very, very unique capacity
with this port," he continued,
explaining that Florida gover-
nor Charlie Crist had "taken
a particular interest in the
Port St. Joe Port."
"We're the best oppor-
tunity in Florida to become
a strategic intermodal sea-
port," Cox said, adding that
potential port customers
were "very pleased" to plan
two to four years ahead.
Pitts told the gathering
that' most of the inquiries
from interested customers
were green-energy related,
and a very possible role for
the Port was as a supply
.location for offshore energy
exploration. He indicated.'

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Watford Earns Prestigious Military Honor

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Buck Watford took full advantage of the
opportunities during his second deployment
with the U.S. Army Reserves since 2003.
The brass obviously took notice.
;-In November, at the completion of his
most recent deployment, Watford was award-
ed the Meritorious Service Medal for his
work at the Army Logistics Management
College (ALMAC) at Fort Lee, Virginia.
The Meritorious Service Medal is "pre-
S sented to members of the military who
S distinguish themselves by outstanding non-
S, combat meritorious achievement or service
to, the United States," according to a U.S.
Army website.
"That was a pretty big deal," Watford said
last week as he prepared for his next deploy-
ment which begins Jan. 6. "I was shocked
and pleased. I was just doing what everybody
on the team was doing. To be honored that
way was special."
The deployment to Fort Lee was that and
more for Watford.
Watford, who has risen from lieutenant
to captain since 2003, was deployed to Fort
Lee as the Army took strides to move more
and more reservists from overseas and com-
bat assignments.
Watford arrived at Fort Lee and saw the
posting for a job at the ALMAC and jumped
at the opportunity.
In short strokes, it was the goal of the
top commanders at Fort Lee to transform
the ALMAC which instructs senior captains
and majors on everything logistical, from
material manufacturing to the deployment
of soldiers into the best of its kind in the
Watford said, officers from the United
States along with many foreign nations attend
the school.
Col. Shelley Richardson, commandant of the Army Logistic Management College at Fort Lee, Virginia, presents the Meritorious Service Medal
to Capt. Buck Watford of Port St. Joe. (See WATFORD on Page 3B)

Tree Anchors Future for Animals in Port St. Joe

By Marie Logan at their headquarters on Tenth Street in trees in front of the dog park adjacent to
Star Staff Writer Port St. Joe Christmas morning to begin the Carolyn M. and Leon Lee-Cindy Cox
a tradition. White Adoption Center, the hub of the
Em loyees and volunteers ,of the St. They planted the frsts of wi f 'ly Human~i a Society. i.
Joseph ba- y Iumane Society gathered hope will become their own "forest" of the Society's new home and state of
the art animal care and adoption facility
opened in June of 2007.
"This is our first tree," said Carolyn
Lee, one of the founders of the Humane
Society and its director. 'Next year we
plan to plant another tree 'and decorate
this one, and we'll continue planting a tree
each year until we run out of room."
The fenced area behind the tree is
GulfCounty's first public dog park
A long-time dream of Lee's, the
approximately one-acre park is adjacent
to the new building and will eventually
have trees, benches, paths, and grass.
It is open to all dog owners and their
dogs, with supervision, meaning it is
a leash-free park, but all owners must
remain with their pets within the park at
all times.
After the tree planting, Society
employees and family members shared
an enormous Christmas DIay lunch at the

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Maddoxes to Celebrate

60th Anniversary
Dave and Sara Maddox will celebrate their 601' wedding anniversary with a reception at
their home. The reception will be hosted by their children on Sunday, January 13, at 601
17"' Street from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Maddoxes were married in the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe on January 11,
1948 with the Reverend J.L. Keels officiating. They have four children: Charlotte M. Pierce
(Paul), David and Donald Maddox and Eva M. Davis (Cecil). They have three grandchildren.
Before retirement, Dave was. a harbor pilot and Sara a registered nurse.
Friends and relatives are invited to share this special occasion with them. In case of
inclement weather, the reception will be in the First Baptist Fellowship Hall, Baltzel and
Third Street. Please, no gifts.

Desperate Mother Needs Community Help

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
We're still well within
the season of giving and
helping, fast approaching the
time of new resolves. And a
desperate mother is asking
the local community to draw
on that spirit.
On the day after
Christmas, a young single
mother, four months
pregnant and with a cherubic
14-month old in her arms,
was making some purchases
'at the Port City Shopping
Center (the Piggly Wiggly
Shopping Center for locals).
In the process of escaping
from a dangerous domestic
abuse situation, she was on
her way to finalize renting an
She stopped at the Movie
Gallery where she showed
some identification, then
proceeded on to The Star,
then McDonald's, where she
went inside to purchase a
After she drove away
from Micky D's, she realized
she did not have her soda,
but did not notice her purse
was missing until some time
Inside her purse was just
over $1,000 money she was
planning to use for rent and
setting up a safe home for
herself and her children.
Also in the purse were
both her and her infant's
Medicaid cards, ultrasound
pictures of her unborn baby,
and all of her identification
and her Samsung cell phone.
She re-traced all her
steps, re-visiting every
stop she had made, asking
everyone she could think of
about the purse, but to no
Due to the situation, time

is of the essence in finding the
lost purse, the lost money,
identification, and medical
The purse is black
and pink with the Disney
character Tinkerbell on it.
If anyone has any
information about the purse
and its contents, especially
the missing $1,000, please
call 850-867-6311, or Billy
Dixson Taxi Service at

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December 28. She is a senior at Port St. Joe High School
and the daughter of Nancy and Cal Pettie. She is the grand-
daughter of Bernie Lewis of Mexico Beach, and Edward and.
Barbara Pettie of Lake City. Alyssa plans to celebrate her
special day with family and friends.

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227-5126. Mr. Dixson is
helping the young mother
with transportation.
We all know money
is tight right now, but this
young mother is especially
in need of help from a town
that rarely turns its back on
anyone in trouble. So at the
end of the Christmas season,.
and as a New Year's resolution
to ourselves, let's see what we
can do to help.

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"Being away from home
was tough for 14 months,
but that was one assignment
you'd want to have," Watford
said. "It was the best."
Watford began as a stu-
dent in the college and after
several weeks graduated to
He helped revamp the
course, aiding in writing new
curriculum and methods of
"It was one of the few
instances Ive been in a team
atmosphere where everybody
was rowing in the same direc-
tion," Watford said. "It was a
great experience."
And at night, after work
for the day had been fin-
ished, Watford went to work
throughout 2007 on earn-
ing his master's degree

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from the Florida Institute of
Technology. He earned the
sheepskin last month.
"The Army has been so
good to me, here I was a part-
time guy and they gave me a
lot of opportunities to better
myself," Watford said of his
experience at Fort Lee. "It
could not have been a better
The flip side comes in a
few days as Watford heads to
Oklahoma for an Electronic
Warfare School to combat
the deadly IED's used by the
military's enemies in Iraq -
before joining his new unit in
That unit, the 1186
Transportation Terminal
Brigade, will spend a few
weeks in Mississippi train-
ing and then will deploy to

Tyndall Eye

Armed Services Blood
Program Blood Drive
A blood drive will be
held 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. Jan.
9 at the Comniunity Activity
Center. For more informa-
tion, call 2nd Lt. Caitlin
Harris at 283-8622.
Retiree Activities Office
holiday hours
The ITyndall Air' Force
Base Retiree Activities Office
will be closed for the holiday
season Dec. 24-Jan. 2.
AAFES Toy Recall
The United States
Consumer Product Safety
Commission announced
a voluntary recall of the
"Soldier Bear Toy" sold at
the Army and Air 'Force
Exchange Service. The sur-
face paint on toys contains
excessive levels of lead, vio-
lating the federal lead paint
standard. Consumers
should immediately take the
recalled toys away from chil-
dren and return them to the
nearest AAFES store for a
full refund. For additional

information, contact AAFES
at (800) 866-3605.
Commissary holiday
The base commissary
will be closed for the holi-
days Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Hours of operations on Dec.
24 are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
AAFES Holiday hours
The following Army
and Air Force Exchange
Service facilities will be open
Dec. 24: Main Store Base
Exchange 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Shoal Point Shoppette 11
a.m. to 4 p.m., Class Six
Shoppette 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Felix Lake Shoppette 6 a.m.
to 7 p.m., Service Station
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Anthony's
Pizza 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., GNC
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Cell and
Accessories 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All AAFES facilities will be
closed Dec. 25.
For the latest Tyndall
news and events, visit www.

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Kuwait, where it will be in
charge of vessel operations at
a seaport.
"It's not in Iraq, thank
heavens," said Watford, who
was in Kuwait and Iraq with
a transportation unit in
2003. "(Iraq) has changed a
lot (since 2003). The major
combat stuff is over. The
danger is being on the road
and that's what I was doing
Watford is an understat-
ed realist. This is what he
signed up for and the Army
has provided plenty of oppor-
But another 400-day
deployment his fourth over-
all counting Desert Storm in
1991 starts to take a toll,
particularly when you have a
wife, Pam, a teacher at Port
St. Joe Middle School, and
two teenagers, 15-year-old
Chase and 19-year-old Haley,
back at home.
"They are handling it
pretty well," Watford said.
"These have been pretty criti-
cal times for (the kids) and
they've handled it like troop-

"And my wife, I can't
say enough. To be both par-
ents at the same time has to
be mentally and physically
exhausting and she's never
complained. I am very lucky
to have her.
"It's not easy being on
speed-dial. I'm not going to
say it is. easy. The toughest
part is being away from my
(life) and family."
For example, when
Watford returned in November
knowing he'd be shipped out
again in January, he chose
not to return to the second
chance class he'd been teach-
ing before leaving for Fort
"I knew I wouldn't go
back to my old classroom,"
Watford said. "It wouldn't be
fair to the school system, to
the kids in my class. So I
substituted, which was kind
of neat because I got to go
from school to school and
see a lot of the students I
Which begs the ques-
tion, is there a Meritorious
Service Medal for just being
an upstanding citizen? If
so, Watford, and his family,
earned several.

Congratulations, A1C

Brandon K. Stitt!
We are, so very proud of
you! AIC Stitt graduated from
San Antonio, TX, Lackland
A.FB. on November 9, 2007
from Basic Military Training.
Stitt will continue training
at Keesler A.EB. in Biloxi,
MS in the field of computer
network switching and cryp-
tographic systems.
Love ya,
Mom, Dad, Summer,
Granny, Mom-Mom and Pop-

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the wildddolphins in
the bay. Remember to
stay at least 50 yards i
away from wild dol-
phins. Use binoculars
to watch, them play.

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Margaret Walburn Moody Robert Euston (Rob) Griffin

Margaret Walburn Moody of St. Joe Beach, FL., passed
Wednesday December 26, 2007 at her home. Margaret was
born in LaGrange, GA on September 25, 1926. i
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Colonel
Eugene Edward Moody.
She is survived by her three children, Clairce Wilkinson,
Ed Moody, and Angela Beauchamp; two sisters, Jaekie
Glosson and Alberta Bulkley.
Join the family for a celebration of their lives on Sunday,
January 6, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at their
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Mr. Robert Euston (Rob) Griffin, age 82, of Kinard,
Florida passed away Monday night, December 24, 2007 at
Bay Health and Rehab Center in Panama City, Florida, under
the expert care of Covenant Hospice. Mr. Griffin was born
on July 28, 1925 to Mose and Bessie (Warren) Griffin of
Calhoun County and had lived in Calhoun County for most of
his life. Rob was a retired road construction worker and was
of the Protestant faith. He was a member of Dixie Masonic
Lodge #109 F&AM in Blountstown, Florida, a member of the
Scottish Rite Bodies in Panama City, Florida, member of the
Shaddai Shrine Temple in Panama City, Florida. Mr. Griffin
was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Lloyd Griffin.
Survivors include his wife, Alice May Griffin of Kinard,

Covenant Hospice Hosts Free Volunteer Workshop

Begin your New Year by
making a positive difference
in someone's life. Covenant
Hospice is seeking compas-
sionate volunteers in Bay
and Gulf counties to attend a
volunteer training workshop
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,
January 11 at Covenant
Hospice's Education Center
located at 107 W. 19th St. in

Panama City.
Volunteers are needed for
patient/family support, nurs-
ing home visits, bereavement
support, fundraising events,
RA.W.S. (Pets are Working
Saints) and much more. The
program is free and open
to the public. Breakfast and
lunch will be provided.
The contributions made

by volunteers allow Covenant currently serves
Hospice, a non-profit orga- approximately 1,200patients
nization, to continue to pro- daily and is a not-for-profit
vide a very special kind of organization dedicated to
care for our patients with providing comprehensive,
life-limiting illnesses. To reg- compassionate care to
sister or to learn more, call atentssatd loved ones
Shelley Frazier or Kelly Hiatt patients and loved ones
at 785-3040. facing life-limiting illnesses
regardless of their ability to
Covenant Hospite pay.

Power Wheelchairs Available

Wishes on Wheels makes
available electric power
wheelchairs to non-ambu-
latory Senior Citizens (65
years old and up) and the
permanently disabled of any
age, if they qualify.
Usually there is no charge
or out-of-pocket expense for'
the power wheelchair, includ-

ing shipping and delivery to
the home by a technician,
who makes the final adjust-
ments to fit the individual
and shows them how to use
and maintain it. No deposit
is required and there is no
obligation for determining if
they qualify.
Electric wheelchairs are

provided to those who cannot
walk and also cannot operate
a manual wheelchair suffi-
ciently or safely enough to
care for themselves in their
residence. They do have to
be able to safely operate a
joystick controller on the
armrest and understand the
basic instruction.

There are additional
qualifications including that
their doctor approves and
recommends their need for a
power wheelchair.
Please call
1.800.823.5220 or visit our
website at www.threewishes2.
corn for more information on
the details of this program.

Special Assembly Day of Jehovah's Witnesses

Pat La Franka, a repre-
sentative of the Watchtower
and Bible Tract Society will
be a featured speaker at the'
upcoming Special Assembly
Day of Jehovah's Witnesses
on January 5.
The theme of the spe-
cial assembly is "We Are The
Clay-Jehovah Is Our Potter,"
based on Isaiah 64:8.
The Scriptural admoni-

tion provide by means of this
program will increase our
appreciation as Christians
for Jehovah's four main
attributes as the great pot-
ter, wisdom, justice, power
and love.
La Franka will address
the audience on the themes
"Not Fashioned After This
System of Things'" and "Be
Molded by the Great Potter."

Parents and young ones
will find encouragement in
special talks for them.
The program will bring
encouragement and insight by
helping all to see that whatev-
er the Great Potter (Jehovah),
proposes, he acconrplishes,
but it is up to each one of
us to choose how we will
respond to his shaping of us.
Encouragement on how we

can do this will be given at
this Special Assembly Day.
The public is invited to
this encouraging program.
The program starts at 9:55
on Saturday, January 5 at
the Marina Civic Center in
downtown Panama City.
No admission and no
collections are taken.

CCDF Youth Mentorship Program

The CCDF (Christian
Community Development
Fund) has just complet-
ed Session IV of the Youth
Mentorship Program. The
following young people par-
ticipated in the program this
session: Rebecca Furr worked
at the Gulf County Humane
Society under the supervi-
sion of Terry Summerlotq and
Jordan Brock worked for
Xtreme Clean Professional
Floor Care, Inc. under the
supervision of Mike Mock.
Each student complet-
ed 168 hours of on the job
training. They were both
presented with a Certificate
of Completion at a din-
ner held in their honor at
Pepper's Mexican Restaurant
on Wednesday, December 19,

Pictured left to right are: Terry Summerlott, Rebecca Furr, Mike Mock and Jordan Brock

Pastor: James Wiley
A place to celebrate, serve, evangelize, and equip disciples for the
increase of God's kingdom.
Sunday Worship Service: 10:45
Sunday School: 9:45 am
613 Madison Street Port St.Joe, FL

2 "A Reformed Voice
Ain the Community"

SDr. Bill Taylor, Pastor

Sunday School ........................................... 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Fellowship..................... .........e10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......................... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service............................ 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship..................6:00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home ofFaith Christian School




8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.or 850-227-1845

111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico leach United Methodist (hnrh
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

FL; 3 sons: Richard Griffin and wife Janice of Tampa, FL,
Johnny Griffin of New Port Richey, FL, and Allen Griffin of
Zephyrhills, FL; 1 daughter: Mary Karen Dunn of Spring
Hill, FL; 2 brothers: Bennett Griffin of Blountstown, FL
and Floyd Griffin of Kinard, FL; 3 sisters: Bertie Mae Pitts
of Kinard, FL, Margaret Brogdon of Wewahitchka, FL, and
Naomi Ponds of Kinard, FL; 1 sister-in-law: Eunice Grifffi
of Blountstown, FL; in addition to seven grand children and
Funeral services were held Friday, December 28, 2007
at 11:00 a.m. (CST) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in
Blountstown, Florida with Reverend Michael Morris officiat-
ing. Interment followed in the Cypress Creek Cemetery in
Kinard, Florida with Masonic Rites at the graveside. The
family received friends Thursday, December 27, 2007 froni
5:00 p.m. (CST) until 7:00 p.m. (CST) at the Peavy Funeral
Home. All arrangements were under the direction of Marloni
Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, Florida.

9nijpiraton Point*:

5:55 Diet Part 1
I could grab a handful' of it protruding
from my stomach.
God, help me.
God will. He says, "Call to me I will
answer you. I will show you mysterious
things you cannot figure out on your own."
With endless get-unfat schemes available,
I need help.
So God, please help me. The Bible tells
us that our bodies are the temple of the
Holy Spirit. Keeping our bodies in shape
is of worthy importance.
This concept popped into my head. Is
this from you God? The 5:55 Diet. God,
this is a great idea.
The basic concept is to set a numerical
goal which doesn 'tinvolve countingcalories
or endlessly hopping on the scales. I'm
not counting calories and I rarely weigh
myself. Instead, I set a personal goal to
run a mile in five minutes and fifty-five
seconds within a year.
Thinking about calories and weighing
myselfcauses hunger stirring food thoughts
and a focus on my fatness. I would rather
think about crossing the finish line, lungs
burning, glancing at my stop watch seeing
My first trip to the track produced a
sobering 7:54 mile.
A few weeks later I was surprised
when the only other person at the track
noticed my straining as I neared the half
mile mark. He yelled, "Steady." And then
as I neared the finish line he yelled again,
"You're almost there." I crossed the line at
But bottom line, the getting-in-better-
shape agenda needs to be strongly
tempered. The Bible says: "For physical
training is of some value, but godliness
has value for all things, holding promise for
both the present life and the life to come."
Yes! That's the true goal-- true fitness.
As we do that, can't you almost hear
Jesus? "Steady. You're almost there."

Rick Leland

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Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am
Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am
Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Supper.......................... 5:30 pm
Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting.............6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ............. 6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM ................. 7:49 am ET .,

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(850) 227-1724
Contemporary Service 900 a.m. Rev. Mac Fulcher
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. PASTOR
Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Jef Wfitty
MethodistYouth Fellowship: 6:00p.m. AssistantPastor/Music
'Evening Worship: 730p.m. Deborah Loyless
Al Times are EST Director of Children Ministries

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First Baptist Churc
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages)
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times central!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY. General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages 10 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725



A re you filled with
ADivine Power for
he Extraordinany
life? Well the New Year has
begun and we are on our
way to that that is before us.
There are many obstacles
that lie ahead and without
the Divine Power of God,
the Holy Ghost, we will fall
short. Looking back for a
glance of yesterday's vic-
tories and defeats we find
that had it not. been for
the indwelling of the Holy
Ghost, there would have
been no victories. Also, the
failures that I faced were
because I didn't fully sur-
render to His divine.
God has called us to
walk in Divine Powerl It is
His will that each one of us
be fully endued with Power.
Not power to do selfish
things but to carry out the
work of the Kingdom of
God. Many times I have
faced those who would not
follow the divine but looked
to their own understanding
to determine what action
they would take. It will
always be the down fall
of those who depend on
human understanding for


Truly today if we are
filled with Divine Power,
which only comes from
God, nothing can stop you
or the work of His Church.
Our demise is that we have
tried to work the Works of
God without God and as I
said earlier, through human
understanding. True power
with God is never found in
the proud, haughty nor self
exalted. Where and how
might one receive the Power
of God?
The place one must
begin is not the place most
men like to go. Men love the
honorable seats so others
will place homage at their
feet. Men so often refuse
pure Holiness and power
with God for a moment in
time to display their wonder
and beauty "which is truly
the mire of this world.
Calvary's Cross is truly
the beginning place It's not
what 'our human intellect
calls for but it is what God
calls for. "Humble yourself
in the sight of God and He
shall raise you up" James
4:10. The cross is the place
of disgrace, shame, and
death. The death at the
cross for you and me brings

The Book of Romans


An investigation of
ROMANS is scheduled to be
conducted at Beach Baptist
Chapel each Sunday in
January beginning at 6:00
PM (ET). Lead-investigator,
Clarence Roland, will be
leading the class. For more

information, call Brother
Roland at 648-5808.
Beach Baptist Chapel
is located at 311 Columbus
Street, St. Joe Beach. THE

St. Peter's Anglican Church
(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday.................8:00 a.m.
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
'An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

isugbanb viewt saptist Curct
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a
Morning Worship 11:00

Mike Weslbrook,

Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


7:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.



9 a.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310

P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue

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Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

the Power of a Resurrection
life. Then being filled with
the Holy Ghost, we can go
on "from glory to glory" 2
Corinthians 3:18.
There is a necessity in
our lives as Christians to
be ready for Godly service
at any moment for the fur-
therance of the Kingdom of
God. God should be able
to lay His hand on a willing
and prepared vessel to do
His perfect will. This kind
of obedience in an individu-
al is divine and as well has ,
no stopping point under the
leading and power of God.
"For in him we live, and
move, and have our being"
Acts'17:28 and the "steps of
a good man are ordered of
the lord" Psalms 37;23.
"God has truly called
His children to live on a dif-
ferent plane of life. Those
who want to be ordinary and
live on a lower plane can do
so, but as for me, I will not".
[Smith Wigglesworth] Look .
for just a moment at two of
the seven chosen by God
to serve bread in the early
Church Steven and Philip.
They were not satisfied with
just waiting on tables, but
desired a deeper work in
God. First, what a concept

that one must be full of the
Holy Ghost and Wisdom of
God just to hanti out bread
to the widows. To give
a deeper understanding of
this no one can truly work in
God's Kingdom without the
Holy Ghost Power. These
two where truly extraordi-
nary and both were used
of God in very powerful
ways. Steven started a fire
and Philip carried it from
town to town in revival.
Steven gave his life unto the
blood (Revelation 12:11),
and Philip gave through
the blood. Steven saw the
Power that be and Philip
saw the manifestation of
that Power. Both live above
the norm, that is, they were
truly sold out without reser-
vations to God.
Will you this year, read-
er, Christian, lay aside the
selfish wants of this life
and seek out the Power of
God to live out a life of
God bless and have a
great week.
In His Service
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal

Church of Christ
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We meet at 350 Firehouse Road
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Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m. EST
Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. EST
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30 p.m. EST
"WTe are about our Father's business"

482 Pompano Street 229-6235
Sunday School .............. 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service........ 6:00 p.m.
Monday Night Youth Service..... 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night ............ 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone

'ToUching LiYes with the Love of Jes'Us
Join us in worship Pot.S t.J e
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Sunday School ...... ........................ 10 am.
Sunday Morning Worship ............ 11 a.m.

Sunday Evening Worship ....................6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ............. 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
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SS508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

6B Thursday, January 3, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937

The third and fourth
grades at Faith Christian
School, under the direc-
tion of Mrs. Jeannie Davis
and Mrs. Kathie Sarmiento,
presented a Christmas play
this past week at the school.
A performance was held
Tuesday morning for the
students, and a second per-
formance was given Tuesday
evening for the parents and
community. It was an unusu-
al presentation as it was pre-
sented backwards, thus-
"The Bakwards Christmas
Play." Based on the "rea-
son" t)that fsbme; of the magi
actors had to leave early, the
third act was presented first.
Various characters narrated
and quoted Bible verse to
connect scene to scene with
Christmas songs, appropri-
ately interjected to empha-
size certain aspects of the
Christmas story. What a won-

derful presentation! Christ
was born in Bethlehem, her-
alded by angels, worshipped
by shepherds, yet surround-
ed by stable animals. He is
the King of Kings, the Lord
of Lords, God come to earth
in the form of a man to ful-
fill his purpose to become
our sacrificial lamb, without
spot or blemish. The man-
ager without the cross is
empty. The birth without the
death and resurrection is
powerless. Glory to God in
the highest! Jesus is a prom-
ise kept! Happy Birthday,
We are all saddened
by the fast approaching
departure of the Taylor fam-
ily. Faith Christian has filled
some of the positions that
they have held. Mrs. Angela
Bouington will oversee the
primary wing (K3-grade 3).
Mrs. Janice Evans will teach

Miss Beth's history class and
be responsible for the year-
book. Mr. Mike Dunn will
take Mr. Bill's 5"' through 8"
grade Bible classes.
We also welcome Mrs.
Mandi Jones who will be
teaching Miss Beth's first
grade class. Miss Mandi, has
lived in Port St. Joe for four
years, and is the mother
of two boys-Raynes, who
is four and attends Faith
Christian, and Jake, who is
one. Miss Mandi's husband
is Patrick Jones, who works
with North Florida Land
and Capitol. The Jones fam-
ily attends the First United
Methodist Church in St.
Joe. Miss Mandi has previ-
ously worked in a church
nursery. She is a University
of Alabama graduate with a
BA degree in English. She
also received her teaching
certification from Faulkner
Miss Janice's Athletes of
the Week of December 10-14
are Sara Beth Thompson-K3,
Corbin Ingalls-K4, Hagan
Parrish-K5, Lauren
Tomlinson '1 1 grade,
Dakarian Larry 2nd grade,
Morgan Peiffer 3rd grade,
and Kyle Bouington 4"'

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Kerigan, David Davis, Elijah Sarmiento, Kerigan Pickett, and Alison Gay; standing-James
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Boyd Secures


Funding For

Preschool In

Port St. Joe

Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida), a member
of the House Appropriations
Committee, has secured
$300,000 for the construc-
tion of, a new preschool in-
i -i Pott; St. Joe. ;- -his funding
was included in the Omnibus
Appropriations bill for Fiscal
Year 2008, which combined
spending for 11 of the 12
appropriations bills into one
large bill. The Omnibus
Appropriations bill passed
this week in both the House
of Representatives and the
Senate, and the President is
expected to sign this bill into
law in the next few days.
The old Highland View
Elementary School is cur-
rently being used to house
the preschool. North Florida
Child. Development, Inc.
requested this federal fund-
ing to help construct and
outfit a new preschool in Port
St. Joe.
"A newer and nicer facil-
ity for the Port St. Joe pre-
school is greatly needed,"
said Congressman Boyd.
"Early education plays a
major role in preparing our
students for school and for
a lifetime of learning, and I
am excited that this fund-
ing will .bring North Florida
Child Development closer to
their goal of building a new
preschool in Port St. Joe."

GCCC Spring


Spring 2008 registration
and advising at Gulf Coast
Community College will be
conducted January 7 to
January 9, 2008 from 7:30
a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday
through Wednesday in the
Student Union East building
on campus.
Spring registration at
the Gulf/Franklin Center is
Monday through Wednesday,
January 7 to January 9 from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., (EST).
Spring registration at the
Tyndall Air Force Base is
Monday through Wednesday,
January 7 to January 9 from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All registration fees for
the spring term must be
paid on or before January
4, 2008. Web registration is
available at. All day and eve-
ning classes begin January
10, 2008. For more informa-
tion, call (850) 872-3892.

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SimiBI i ilmn FWC Division Of Law


The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points dur-
ing the month of December
2007 and January 2008.
The check points will be held
throughout the county to
include Highway 98 near St.
Joe Beach, Highway 98 and
Garrison Ave, C-30 Simmons
Bayou, Highway 71 North
of White City, Highway 22
and Highway 22A, Highway
71 and Westarm Creek,
Highway 71 Dalkieth Area
and Highway 71 near the
Calhoun County Line.
On 12/20/ Shannon
Dwayne Causey, 27, turned
himself in at the sheriff's
office.He had a warrant for
violation of probation on an
original charge of possession
of-a controlled substance.
On 12/20 a deputy
stopped a vehicle driven by
Tammy Deloris Griffin, 27.
While the deputy was check-
ing her license he noticed the
odor an alcoholic beverage
about her person. Tammy
Giiffin was asked to perform
several sobriety exercises,
which she did poorly on.
She was arrested for DUI,
taken to the jail, and refused
to take the breath test.
On 12/20 deputies
responded to a domestic
disturbance. They made
contact with the victim and
through their investigation
they arrested Ronnie Dale
Morgan, 52. He was charged
with aggravated battery, sex-
ual battery and kidnapping.
More arrests in St Joe

Beach Thefts
On 12/19 deputies
responded to a report of sev-
eral stolen bikes in the area
of St Joe Beach. Shortly
after responding to the call,
deputies found Eric Gerard
Mcadoo, 19, and Jason
Catrett, 17, on the stolen
bikes. They were arrested
and charged with grand theft
and trespassing. This is the
second time in the last few
weeks the two have been
arrested in connection with
the theft of bikes in the
area. The next day the two
were arrested and charged
with burglary. It is alleged
that they broke into a house
on 11/26 and stole several
packages of meat and beer.
Mcadoo, Catrett and several
other young people in the
area have been linked to a
series of thefts and burglar-
ies in the area. More arrests
are expected in these cases.
On 12/22 a vehicle driv-
en by Brian David Traylor,
31, was arrested on a Bay
county warrant for violation
of pretrial release.
On 12/22 Justin Andrew
Barnes, 19 and Sean Seth
Bierman were arrested for
possession of alcohol by a
person under 21.
On 12/23 deputies
arrested Leonard Othennile
Burrows Jr, 28, for disor-
derly intoxication when they
responded to a noise com-
plaint and Burrows refused
to calm down.
On 12/23 a vehicle driv-
en by Steve Larry Goodwin
Jr, 25, was stopped for a

Guardian Ad Litem Program

This year, change your life and a child's life... Volunteer
with the Guardian ad Litem Program.
Sign up now for the January 8th training and help
Franklin County's abused children overcome their circum-
stances. Call (850) 488-7612 for information and an appli-
cation or visit our website at: www.guardianadlitembigbend.

DHSMV Reminds Motorists

Effective January 1,
2008, Florida's Personal
Injury Protection (PIP) law
will require motorists to
carry mandatory personal
injury and property damage
liability insurance. Under
the law, every owner or reg-
istrant of a motor vehicle
will be required to carry not
only the Property Damage
Liability insurance but also
$10,000 insurance coverage
for Personal Injury Protection
(PIP). Therefore, as a consum-
er, the Department encour-
ages you to be informed and
make sure that you purchase
the mandatory PIP and make
sure your insurance agent
also adds the mandatory
$10,000 in Property Damage
1 through December 31, only
the property damage liability
insurance was required to
be carried by motor vehicle
owners and registrants but
not PIP Many insurance car-
riers offered their customers
the option of cancelling PIP
coverage during this time.
If you are one of those who
cancelled PIP you must rein-
state the required PIP effec-
tive January 1, 2008. If you
do not, the law requires that
the insurance carrier can-

cel your policy and inform
the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles,
who will then suspend your
driver's license and regis-
tration. To avoid expensive
reinstatement fees for license
suspensions and registra-
tion which could range from
$150 up to $500,- be proac-
tive and make sure you have
the proper auto insurance
coverage prior to January 1,
Law enforcement, includ-
ing the Florida Highway
Patrol, will be checking proof
of insurance roadside and
could issue a citation for fail-
ing to carry the proper insur-
ance. We are encouraging all
motorists to make sure their
vehicle is properly Insured.
If you have questions please
contact your insurance car-
rier/agent to make sure you
have the required Personal
Injury Protection coverage.
In addition, Chief
Financial Officer Alex Sink
has a hot line number at
1-877-MyFLCFO where
consumers can learn more
regarding frequently asked
questions. Drivers can also
log onto the CFO's website

traffic violation. While talk-
ing with the driver the dep-
uty noticed an odor of an
alcoholic beverage about his
person. Goodwin was asked
to perform several sobriety
exercises, which he refused.
He was arrested for DUI.
Goodwin also refused to
take a breath test at the Gulf
County Jail.
Shannon Keith Hall, 29,
was arrested on a child sup-
port warrant from Indiana
upon his release from Gulf
Correctional Unit on 12/24.
On 12/26 a vehicle driv-
en by George Simmons, 30,
was stopped for speeding.
It was determined that his
license was suspended for
failure to pay child support;
He was arrested and taken
to the Gulf County Jail.
Oil 12/26 La'juan Omarr
Williams, 19, and Arthur
Desean North, 17, turned

themselves in at the Sheriff's
office. Williams had war-
rants for criminal mischief
and burglary and North had
a warrant from Franklin
County for fleeing and
attempting to elude police.

During the time period
of 12/01/2007 -12/27/2007
Gulf County dispatchers
handled 1,120 calls includ-
ing 107 calls for emergency
medical services and six
calls for Fire Departments.
During the same period Gulf
County Deputies handled
794 calls including serving
156 civil papers, 103 traffic
stops, 94 calls from citizens
with questions or concerns,
23 theft calls, 24 disturbanc-
es, 17 residential alarms, 15
car crashes, eight reports of
suspected child abuse, seven
burglaries and 347 miscella-
neous calls for service.

Florida Wildlife Commission Looking

for Information on Slaughtered Bears

Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) officials are request-
ing the public's help in deter-
mining who slaughtered two
Florida black bears in Gulf
FWC received notifica-
tion on Dec. 22 that two
bears had been killed ille-
gally. One was a 195-pound
female found on Road
20, and the other was a
125-pound female found on
Jarrott Daniels Road. Both
bears had been shot, FWC
officials said.
The roads are located

between two private prop-
erties that are leased for
hunting. Florida banned the
hunting of black bears in
1994. The bears are now
listed as threatened in the
The investigation into
who committed these crimes
continues, and a reward is
being offered if the infor-
mation leads to an arrest,
according to FWC officials.
Call Wildlife Alert toll-free
at 1-888-404-3922 to report
any information about this
crime. Callers can remain

Weekly Report
December 14 20, 2007 BAY COUNTY
Officer Mike Nobles
This report represents inspected a fisherman at the
some events the FWC han- West Bay Bridge who advised
dled over the past week; how- that he had caught two sheep-
ever, it does not include all shead. When asked about
actions taken by the Division the cooler in the back of
of Law Enforcement. his truck, he stated there
was only water in it. When
NORTHWEST REGION the cooler was inspected, two
ESCAMBIA COUNTY undersized speckled trout
On December 18, a sub- were found. A citation was
ject was arrested by Officer issued.
Monte Moye for taking a deer Officer Joe Chambers
with a modern firearm dur- was patrolling the Point
ing muzzleloading season, Washington Wildlife
taking a turkey with a mod- Management Area at 6:30
ern firearm during archery a.m. when he located two
season, and placing a food individuals in two trucks
plot on Blue Water Creek at a dirt road intersection.
Wildlife Management Area. Officer Chambers detected
The subject was fined $1,400 the aroma of cannabis and
and banned from the man- also observed containers
agement area for a year. of beer. One subject was
SANTA ROSA COUNTY found to have two outstand-
On December 15, Officer ing warrants for violation of
Gary Ridaught responded to probation. Citations were
a boating accident in Gulf issued to both subjects for
Breeze. Gulf Breeze Fire possession of less than 20
Department was in the pro- grams of cannabis, posses-
cess of launching a vessel to sion of drug paraphernalia,
respond to a barge fire when and possession of alcohol in
the fire department's vessel the management area. The
swamped and capsized due subject with the outstanding
to the strong winds. No warrants was booked into
one was injured, but initial the Walton County Jail.
estimates of damage to the GULF COUNTY
pumps and electrical equip- Officer Tony Lee was
ment is over $30,000. checking hunters on the
On December 13, a sub- Apalachicola River Wildlife
ject charged by Lt. Dan Hahr Environmental Area near
for taking a doe out of season Saul's Creek when he encoun-
and hunting over bait, pled tered a subject with a felony
guilty and was fined over conviction. Confirmation was
$700, placed on probation, received and verified that his
lost his hunting privileges for firearm rights had not been
three years, and forfeited his restored. A warrant is being
rifle. obtained for his arrest.
OKALOOSA COUNTY After observing a light
On December 14, an being displayed in a wood-
Okaloosa County deputy ed area, Lt. Arnie McMillion
responded to a landowner apprehended three suspects
dispute and observed a sub- leaving a private hunting
ject in possession of two doe lease on foot, at night with
deer. The deputy requested guns and lights. The prop-
assistance from FWC since erty is owned by St. Joe Land
he knew antlerless deer sea- and Development Company.
son was closed. Investigator Officer Shon Brower
Shelby Williams and Officer responded to assist with the
Matt Webb responded and arrests. They were charged
determined that both deer with night hunting, trespass-
had been taken by the same ing with firearms, possession
subject. The subject was of a firearm by a convicted
charged with taking antler- felon, and possession of drug
less deer. The deer and fire- paraphernalia.
arm were seized.




The City will have a final reading to
consider the adoption of Ordinance No.
at the regular meeting of the Board of City,
Commissioners, Monday, January 28, 2008,
6:30 p.m. central time, at the City Hall,
109 South Second Street, Wewahitchka, FL
32465. A copy of Ordinance No. 2007-1039L
is on file with the City Clerk at the City Hall
and may be inspected there. All interested
persons may appear and be heard.

Gwen Exley,
City Clerk

Publish December 27, 2007 & January 3, 2008




The City will have a final reading to
consider the adoption of Ordinance No.
at the regular meeting of the Board of City
Commissioners, Monday, January 28, 2008,
6:30 p.m. central time, at the City Hall,
109 South Second Street, Wewahitchka, FL
32465. A copy of Ordinance No. 2007-1038L
is on file with the City Clerk at the City Hall
and may be inspected there. All interested
persons may appear and be heard.

Gwen Exley,
City Clerk


The Gulf County Enterprise Zone
Development Agency will meet Thursday,
January 17, 2008, at 12:00 noon, E.T.
in Room 307 of the Robert M. Moore
Administration Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex.

The public is welcome to attend.

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, January 3, 2008 I1


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1110- Classified Notices
1120- Public Notices/
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1150- Personals
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Case No. 07-351-CA
TER 45

accordance with the Final
Judgement of Foreclosure
dated December 4, 2007,
in the above-styled cause,
I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash
at the First Floor Lobby of
the Gulf County Court-
house, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. EST on
January 10, 2008, the fol-
lowing described prop-

PHASE Ill, according to
the Plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 15, Page(s)
81 & 81A, of the Public
Records of Walton
County, Florida.

TRACE, according to the
Plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page(s) 28,
of the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida.

TRACE, according to the
Plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page(s) 28,
of the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida.

SUBDIVISION, according
to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
Page 57, of the Public
Records of Gulf County,

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Mistakes in 2008
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Date: December 11, 2007

Clerk of Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish December 27,
2007 & January 3, 2008


CASE NO: 07-322-CA

banking corporation,


GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated November 20, 2007,
entered in Case No.
07-322-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein WAKULLA
BANK, a Florida banking
corporation, is the Plain-
tiff, and JAN
WAGENAAR, is the De-
fendant, the undersigned
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, Port
St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00
o'clock A.M., on Thursday,
January 10, 2007 the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to-wit:

Lot 101 of Windmark
Beach, according to the
plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 4, page(s) 1, of
the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida

Lot 16 and Parcel K of
Windmark Way, According
to the plat thereof as re-
corded in Plat Book 4,
Page(s) 1 through 5, of
the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida

Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after sale.
DATED this 3rd day of De-
cember, 2007.
As Clerk of said Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish December 27,
2007 & January 2, 2008

The Department gives no-
tice of its intent to find the
Amendment(s) to the
Comprehensive Plan for
Gulf County, adopted by
Ordinance No(s). 2007-14
on October 23, 2007, IN
COMPLIANCE, pursuant
to Sections 163.3184,
163.3187 and 163.3189,
The adopted Gulf County
Comprehensive Plan
Amendment(s) and the
Department's Objections,
Recommendations and
Comments Report, (if
any), are available for pub-
lic inspection Monday
through Friday, except for
legal holidays, during nor-
mal business hours, at the
Gulf County BOCC, Ad-
ministration B, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Room
3, Port St. Joe, Florida
Any affected person, as
defined in Section
163.3184, FS., has a right
to petition for an adminis-
trative hearing to chal-
lenge the proposed
agency determination that
the Amendment(s) to the
Gulf County Comprehen-
sive Plan are In Compli-
ance, as defined in Sub-
section 163.3184(1), FS.
The petition must be filed
within twenty-one (21)
days after publication of
this notice, and must In-
clude all of the Information
and contents described in
Uniform Rule 28-106.201,
FA.C. The petition must
be filed with the Agency
Clerk, Department of
Community Affairs, 2555
Shumard Oak Boulevard,
Tallahassee, Florida
32399-2100, and a copy
mailed or delivered to the
local government. Failure
to timely file a petition
shall constitute a waiver of
any right to request an ad-
ministrative proceeding as
a petitioner under Sec-
tions 120.569 and 120.57,
F.S. If a petition is filed,
the purpose of the ad-
ministrative hearing will be
to present evidence and
testimony and forward a
recommended order to
the Department. If no peti-
tion is filed, this Notice of
Intent shall become final
agency action.
If a petition is filed, other
affected persons may peti-
tion for leave to intervene
in the proceeding. A peti-
tion for Intervention must
be filed at least twenty
(20) days before the final
hearing and must include
all of the information and
contents described in Uni-
form Rule 28-106.205,
FA.C. A petition for leave
to intervene shall be filed
at the Division of Adminis-
trative Hearings, Depart-
ment of Management Ser-
vices, 1230 Apalachee
Parkway, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-3060. Fail-
ure to petition to intervene
within the allowed time
frame constitutes a waiver
of any right such a person
has to request a hearing
under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, FS., or to
participate in the admin-

1 1100
istrative hearing.
After and administrative
hearing petition is timely
filed, mediation is availa-
ble pursuant to Subsec-
tion 163.3189(3)(a), FS.,
to any affected person
who is made a party to the
proceeding by filing that
request with the adminis-
trative law judge assigned
by the Division of Adminis-
tration Hearings. The
choice of mediation shall
not affect a party's right to
an administrative hearing.
-s-Mike McDaniel,
Chief of Comprehensive
Department of Community
Publish January 3, 2008

BID #0708-10

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive bids from any
person, company, or cor-
poration interested in pur-
chasing the following

1 1968 GMC 7500
Truck (Tag #102567 /

The items may be viewed
by contacting the Road
Department Superintend-
ent Bobby Knee at (850)

Please indicate on the en-
velope YOUR NAME, that
this is a SEALED BID and
include the BID NUMBER.

Bids must be submitted to
the Gulf County Clerk's
Office at 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456, by 4:30 p.m., E.T.,
on Friday, January 4,
2007. Bids will be opened
at this same location on
Monday, January 7, 2007
at 10:00 a.m., E.T.

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all
bids received.







Ad #2007-136

Publish: December 27,
2007 & January 3, 2008


The Port St. Joe Port Au-
thority will hold its regular
monthly meeting on Mon-
day, January 14, 2008, at

8:15 a.m., E.T., at the
Board Room of the Capital
City Bank, 504 Monument
Avenue, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida. All who wish may at-
tend and be heard.
If any person decides to
appeal any decision made
with respect to aniy matter
considered at the meet-
ing, he or she will need a
record of the proceedings,
and, for such purpose, he
or she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim rec-
ord of the. proceedings is
rn, e, which h record in-
cludes (he testimony and
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Publish January 3, 2008


The Port St. Joe Port Au-
thority will hold a Work-
shop Meeting with the
Board of Gulf County
Commissioners on Tues-
day, January 8, 2008, at
5:30 p.m., E.T. in the Gulf
County Commission Meet-
ing Room, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida. The purpose
-of the workshop meeting
is to brief the County
Commissioners on Port
plans and activities. All
who wish may attend and
be heard.
If any person decides to
appeal any decision made
with respect to any matter
considered at the meet-
ing, he or she will need a
record of the proceedings,
and, for such purpose, he
or she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim rec-
ord of the proceedings is
made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.

Publish: January 3, 2008

2008 AT 2:00 RM. EST.
Publish.January 3 & 10,


1100 1 1100 4100 4100
to any affected person Construction/Trades
The Department issues who Is made a party to theConstruction/Trades
this cumulative notice of proceeding by filing that Get Ready for the New
intent to find the Gulf request with the adminis- Year mmedate Open- Drivers
County Comprehensive trative law judge assigned
Plan Amendment adopted by the Division of Adminis- ins for 1st Class Skill avin af ised
by Ordinance No(s). traction Hearings. The Trades LONG-TERM NEW Leavins Seafood, Inc. is
by Ordinance No(s). tration Hearings. The CONSTRUCTION & RE- looking for a Route Driver
2006-04, 2006-05 and choice of mediation shall PAIR Projects in Indiana, w/a Class A CDL. We offer
2006-06 on April 11, 2006 not affect a party's right to ouisianaVirInia& al aCful b fitacage We
fornia Work also available are located at 101 Water
amendment(s) adopted by -s-Mike McDaniel, in AL, FL, SC, K OH, & Street, Apalachicola, FL
rd lnance p N ief Mf Ce pensive i A FL,F SC, KY OH, & Street, Apalachicola, FL
Ordinance 2007-16 on No- Chief of Comprehensive MS PIPE FITTERS SHIP- Please call 850-653-8823
vember 13, 2007, IN Planning FITTERS PIPE/TUBE for appointment.
COMPLIANCE, pursuant Department of Community WELDERS MACHINICT or appointment.
to Sections 163.3184, Affairs(iJanuanside/Outside) SHEET
163.3187 and 163.3189, Publish January 3, 2008 METAL MECHANICS I
The adopted Gulf County WELDERS (FluxcoreMI 4130
s PlanStainless Steel, Stick)
Comprehensive Plan Benefits include: Competi- Clerical
Amendment and the tive Package including Per Administrative
Recopartment's Objecti andons Diem Medical/Direct-De- Earn $12-$48/hour
Comments Report, (if posit Work Bonus/Travel Benefits/Paid Training.
any), are available for pub- Assistance (where appli- Many Government Posi-
lic inspection Monday cable) Paid Time Off at tions Available Now.
through Friday, except for some locations Contact: Homeland Security, Cleri-
legal holidays, during nor- I MECHANDISE 888-269-3381 (Operators cal/Admin, Law Enforce-
mal business hours, at the available 24 hours) Email ment, Wildlife and more.
Guf Cou BOCC Ad 3100 Antiques resumes to recruiter@am 1-800-320-9353, Ext
Gulf County BOCC, Ad- 3110 -Appliances or fax it to 2139
ministration Building,1000 3120 Arts & Crafts 904-798-1720 EOE/DFWP
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., 3130- Alictions Si Habla Espanol, Ilame al Post Office Now Hiring.
Room 3, Port St. Joe, Flor- 3140 Baby Items 800-522-8998 Avg. Pay $20/ hour or
ida 32456. 3150 Building Supplies $57K annually including
Any affected person, as 3160- Business F ederal Benefits and OT.
defined in Section Equipment Paid Training, Vacations
163.3184, F.S., has a right 3170 Collectibles PT/FT. 1-866-483-0923
to petition for an adminis- 3180 Computers PT/FT 1-866-483-0923
trative hearing3190 Electronics USWA
rative heaing3200 Firewood Drivers
lenge the proposed 3210- Free Pass it On .--.. s
agency determination that 3220 Furniture
the Remedial Amend- 3230 Garage/Yard Sales Driver Trainees
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as defined in Subsection 3250 Good Things to Eat No CDL? No Problem! >..
163.3184(1), FS. The pe- 3260 Health & Fitness Ear up to $900/wk.
tition must be filed within 3270 Jewelry/Clo^thing Earn up to 00/w
twenty-one (21) days after 3280- Machinery/' Home weekends with
publication of this notice, 3290 MeuipaleEquipment CDL Training.
and must include all of the 3300 Miscellaneous 1-866-280-5309
information and contents 3310 Musical Instnaments 5100 Business
described in Uniform Rule 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ Opportunities
28-106.201, F.A.C. The Supplies Drivers 5110 Money to Lend
petition must be filed with 3330 Restaurant/Hotel
the Agency Clerk, Depart- 3340 Sporting Goods Driver/Equipment
ment of Community Af- 3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell) Operator
fairs, 2555 Shumard Oak Class A CDL cense re-s oo
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Florid 3a T299-2100,ada e quired, Part time now, but Easily Receive $3500-
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heated pool spa, steps to
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$1200 dep. Perfect for
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893 Lighthouse Beacon
Hill with ocean view, 2 br,
1 ba, furn'd, $500 mo.,
+dep+ utilities.
Refs Req'd/Long Term
Rentals. 850-625-4955

furnished & unfurnished.
1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes
in PSJ. Call after 7:00 PM
(850) 229-6777

St. Joe Beach: Walk to
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Port St. Joe, large HIS- uuaL., Cu j,,,, ..,
TOIC 3 bt, 2.5ba home, 3 br, fened yard. $900mo
overlooking Bay. Elegant Call 850-231-346 leave
rooms Includes foyer with message if no answer.
beautiful staircase, formal o ,
living & dining rooms,
breakfast room, paneled
den/office, back stairs, 6156
fireplaces, screened Room For Rent
porch, garage. $1400 mo., M/F $380mo. Utilities in-
1 yr lease. Call for appt. cluded, to share 4 br
850-227-7234. home. Call 227-1711

St. Joe Beach, Florida 6170
Coastal Cottage, 3 br, 2
full baths, 11/2 blocks to
beach, great screened
porch, RV/boat shed/ 15
mins to Tyndall, Schools For Rent, 14x70 Mobile
Rated A, long term lease, Home, 2 br, CH&A, clean
some pets okay, 227-3453 & furnished, at Simmons
Bayou. Call 850-229-6495

7100 Homes
7110 Beach Home/
7120- Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
7170 Waterfront
7180 Investment
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

Bay County -
Fountain Area

2.5 Acres, $22,500 |L_..a1 uEK Ion I _UN,, W.
Owner Financing 8100 Antique & Collectibles 8110 Cars
1-941-778-7980/7565 Cape San Bias. Rock bot- 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
_____tom price., Nice 2nd tier, 8130 Trucks
gulf side lot. County ap- 8140 Vans
Praised @ $252K. Must 8150 Commercial
sell for $180K. (513)-810-Motorcycles
sel7-1753-8170 Auto Parts
697-1777 & Accessories
Own Lookout ____8210 Boats
8220 Personal Watercraft
Mountain 8230 Sailboats
40 Acres in South Jackson By Owner Price Reduced- 8240 Boat & Marine
County Mexico Beach, 2 LOTS Supplies
with breathtaking hilltop near Gulf, 35th Street. 8320- A/0RoadVecles
S view. Will not last long Each 75'xl00'$450K Each 8330 Campers & Trailers
S Call 850-272-5193 Call Jim Corry 265-2020. 8340 Motorhomes
$220,000 4 sale by owner


-6.100 Business/
6.110 -Apartments
-6.120 Beach Rentals
'6130 Condo/Townhouse
6140 House Rentals
6150 Roommate Wanted
.6160 Rooms for Rent
.6170 Mobile Home/Lot
.6180 Out-of-Town Rentals
,6190 TImeshare Rentals
.6200 Vacation Rentals

850 sq. ft. warehouse
"w/office in Port St. Joe.
-$400/mo including tax.
Call 814-7400

In Port St. Joe

Climate and
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Boat/RV storage &
office space

For Rent
2 bedroom apartment, 1
1/2 bath. Acoz.s the road
from the beach.
8201 Pelican Walk in St.
Joe Beach Call 647-6320

PSJ: 2br,2ba
Very Nice Apt in nice
neighborhood, close to
schools. Rare availabil-
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1000 sf office space,
Carrabelle, FL. $600/mo
Villages of
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i 1 11

DEP Encourages Green Resolutions for 2008

-Small changes can make a big difference to the environment-

The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) is encouraging resi-
dents to make "green" resolu-
tions for the New Year. Each
week, a new "green" tip is
posted on DEP's Web site to
help Floridians make their
homes and offices more envi-
ronmentally friendly.
'"As the fourth most pop-
ulous state in the nation,
the people of Florida play
a critical role in preserving
our environment," said DEP
Secretary Michael W. Sole.
"There are simple steps that
we can all take in our daily
lives to help protect and
conserve Florida's natural
resources for future genera-
Even small things like
changing one incandescent.
lightbulb to an EINERGY
STAR(r) qualified bulb can
have a big impact," said DEP
Secretary Sole. "For exam-
ple, if all the households in
Florida changed just one
lightbulb to a compact fluo-
rescent bulb, the combined

effort would save enough
energy to light all the house-
holds in Tallahassee for more
than two and a half years."
To help you get started,
here are 10 simple resolu-
tions that will make your
2008 cleaner and "greener":
Turn off your
screen saver The U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency estimates that using
a computer's "sleep mode"
reduces its energy consump-
tion by 60 to 70 percent. A
screen saver that displays
moving images causes your
monitor to consume as much
electricity as it does in active
use. The best screen saver is
also the best energy saver:
turn off your monitor when
you're not using it. Turning off
your computer will decrease
the amount of energy it uses,
reduces its mechanical stress
and prolong its life.
Eliminate paper waste
- Did you know that every
year enough paper is thrown
away to make a 12 foot wall
from New York to California?

Each ton of paper recycled
saves 17 trees and 7,000 gal-
lons of water. Recycled paper
also saves 60 percent energy
in comparison to new paper
and generates 95 percent
less air pollution. Since one-
fifth of all wood harvested in
the world ends up in paper it
just makes sense to recycle
and conserve this valuable
Stop junk mail There
are a variety of vendors
online that you can register
with to reduce the amount of
junk mail you get. Each year,
the average American house-
hold receives about 1.5 trees''
worth of junk mail.,
Recycle One recycled
aluminum can saves enough
energy to power, a television,
or computer for 3 hours or
a 100-watt light bulb for ,20
hours. A six-pack of recycled
aluminum cans saves enough
energy to drive a car five
miles. u al
Purchase reusable
shopping bags According
to the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, the U.S.
consumes about 380 billion
plastic bags, sacks and wraps
a year. Fewer than five per-
cent are recycled., However,
paper bags are also a prob-
lem. Paper sacks generate
70 percent more air pol-
lutants and 50 times more
water pollutants than plastic
bags. And while paper bags
do eventually biodegrade, an
estimated 14 million trees a
year have to be cut down to
make 10 billion paper bags.
A sturdy, reusable bag needs
only to be used I], times to
have a lower environmental
impact than using 1 1 dispos-
able plastic bags.
Slash the' packag-
ing Buying food and other
products in reusable or recy-
clable packaging con reduce
carbon dioxide (CQ2) emis-
sions by 230 pounds a year.
Recycling all of your home's
waste newsprint, cardboard,
glass and metal can reduce
emissions an additional 850
pounds a year and approxi-
mately 410 pounds of gar-

bage from entering a landfill.
Use "green cleaners" -
Americans generate 1.6 mil-
lion tons of waste each year
from common cleaning prod-
ucts with potentially hazard-
ous ingredients. Purchase
green cleaners or make
your own. Here are some
sample recipes for simple,
effective cleaners:
Drain cleaner: Pour a
half-cup of baking soda down
the sink and add at least
a cup of vinegar. Cover the
drain and wait a few minutes,
then rinse with a mixture of
boiling water and salt
Window cleaner: Mix
two ounces of vinegar with
a quart of water in a spray
Silver polish: Put a
sheet of aluminum foil into
a plastic bor glass bowl.
Sprinkle the foil with salt
and baking soda and fill the
bowl with warm water. Soak
your silver in the bowl and
tarnish migrates to the foil.
Dry and buff.
Brass cleaner: Cut a

lemon in half, sprinkle it with
salt and rub the lemon on the
metal. Buff with a cloth.
Rust remover: Use vin-
egar to remove rust on nuts
and bolts and other min-
eral deposits such as calcium
Get involved Florida's'
natural resources belong.
to its residents. Voice your
questions, comments and
suggestions regarding the:
state's environment by con-
tacting DEP's Office of the
Ombudsman and Public
Services at (850) 245-2118
or citizensservices@dep.

DEP Secretary Michael
W. Sole and the DEP staff
wish Florida citizens a
safe and happy New Year.
For more "green" tips, visit
tips/. For more informa-
tion on water- conservation,

Call today to place yodr Trades & Services adl


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