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Full Text

County Budget 3A

Obituaries 4B

Law Enforcement 10B

70th Year, Number 15 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 20 Pages

January 31, 2008



or Not

Mexico Beach City Council Ponders City Pier

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Fishing is a serious business in Mexico
Which is is why expansion of the city
pier is on the city council agenda again.
In a special meeting Jan. 10, the
city council met with Chris Forehand,
vice president of Prebke Rish, the city's
engineering firm of record.
The issue was whether or not the city
wanted to extend the pier out an additional
254 feet past the already permitted 120-
foot extension to be built this year.
Mayor Al Cathey told Forehand that no
one was happy with the recently-extended
pier as it currently exists because the water
beneath was still too shallow for good
The pier, located at 37th Street, was
extended 90 feet in 2004, according to
The city is about to begin the 120-
foot extension using money from a Florida
Recreation Development Assistance
Program (FRDAP) grant.
According to Forehand, this will take
the structure approximately out to the top
of the first sandbar.
At the meeting Forehand proposed the
city change the current submerged lands
easement to extend the pier an additional
60 feet in 2009, another 60 feet in 2010,
and possibly add a T-shaped end in 2011.
Each of these phases would cost
$210,000, he said.. -
The proposedQplan is a preliminary
map and can' be re ised as funds become
available, Forehand told the council."
He also suggested the city cover all
the proposed extensions under a one-time
permit application instead of applying
for permits each year for each individual
The one-time permit would be valid
for five years, Forehand added, with the
option of possible extensions if warranted
by Florida Department of Environmental
Permits are issued by the FDEP's
Beaches and Shores Division.
Forehand told the council that applying

(See PIER on Page 8A)

Marie Logan/The Star
Mexico Beach officials are pondering extending the city's pier to allow for better fishing
access. The pier was extended an additional 90 feet in 2004.


Gulf Coun

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

One is a former Baptist preacher, another
a Navy retiree.
One speaks three languages and another
shuns the limelight.
Jo Ann Raffield, Shirley Thompson,
Wayne Taylor, Billy Hoover, Fran Lloyd and
Tom Stallworth have many differences.
But they have one thing in common: their
excellence in the classroom has earned them
the title of 2007-2008 school-wide Teacher
of the Year.
They were selected by their colleagues
for the honor.
Following classroom evaluations of each

Jo Ann Raffield teaches first grade at Port
St. Joe Elementary School.


Teachers of Year Selected

teacher, the district staff will announce the
county-wide Teacher of the Year next month.

Port St. Joe Elementary School
Raffield has been Port St. Joe Elementary
School's Teacher of the Year twice, having
first been chosen in 2001.
She earned her bachelor's degree from
Western Kentucky University, and a master's
degree in education from the University of
After beginning her teaching career at Port
St. Joe Elementary School in 1979, Raffield
departed to pursue work at elementary
schools in Apalachicola and Louisville, Ky.
She rejoined the Port St. Joe Elementary
faculty in August 1993.
Having spent much of her career as a
Kindergarten teacher, Raffield was reassigned
to the first grade in 2006.
Port St. Joe Elementary School principal
Melissa Ramsey said Raffield has thrived in
her new position.
"She rose to the challenge and has just
done an incredible job," said Ramsey, adding
that turning a "negative into a positive" is one
of Raffield's defining characteristics.
Raffield teaches a core group of first
graders as well as, a first grade intensive
reading group.
Ramsey described Raffield's teaching
style as interactive, with a focus on
kinesthetic learning, repetition and positive
Possessing a sweet, nurturingpersonality,

Shirley Thompson teaches eighth grade
reading and technology and is a cheerleading
sponsor at Port St. Joe Middle School.,
Raffield is well loved by her students.
"They know she cares and that's why
they give her their all," said Ramsey, who
calls Raffield "a natural" at teaching.
"I really believe ,teaching is her God-given
talent," she said.

Port St. Joe Middle School
A recent addition to Port St. Joe Middle
School, Thompson has earned the respect of
her peers and principal, Juanise Griffin.
"She's just an excellent teacher and she
doesn't mind'doing anything you ask her to
do," said Griffin.
Thompson earned her bachelor's degree
in elementary education from the Baptist

College of Florida and a master's degree in
instructional technology from Troy State
She taught previously at the First Baptist
Christian and Apalachicola Bay Charter
schools in Apalachicola before joining the
Port St. Joe Middle School faculty in 2005.
This year, at Griffin's request, Thompson
took on the school's technology class.
She guides her eighth grade students
through the production of a daily television
morning program and a school newsletter.
Her students operate all camera and
editing equipment and interview teachers
and fellow students.
"It's really a tremendous job and she
really does well with it. Bless her heart, we
just threw her into it," said Griffin.
Thompson also teaches eighth grade
reading, and has earned her state reading
When the middle school lacked a
cheerleading sponsor, Thompson willingly
assumed that role as well.
Griffin praised Thompson's rapport with
her students and hopes she'll stick around.
"She is truly a very positive addition
to our faculty," said Griffin. "We feel very
fortunate to have her here."

Port St. Joe High School
Port St. Joe High School Principal Duane
McFarland sums up Taylor in two words,

(See TEACHERS on Page 2A)


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Elementary Earns

National Honors
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Consider Wewahitchka Elementary
School a distinguished school.
The National Association of State Title I
Directors certainly does.
Wewahitchka' Elementary was one of
just two Florida schools to earn honors as a
Distinguished Title I School from the national
association, it was announced last week.
It was the second time the elementary
school, with an enrollment of about 420
students, had earned the distinction, and the
first time under Principal Lori Price.
"We are tickled," Price said during a
hectic Monday morning. "They only select
two schools per state and this is an honor.
"We've gqt a good bunch of teachers
here and the kind of camaraderie you can't
The National Association of State Title I
Directors announces its list of distinguished
schools annually. Only two schools in each
state are chosen 71 were honored this year,
representing 36 states and the District of
Title I schools are those in which at least
35 percent of the students are considered
living in a financially needy household.
In Florida, that means at least 50 percent
of the students are on free or reduced-cost
According 'to a press release from the
association, "These highlighted schools have
demonstrated significant sustained academic
improvement in spite of having a 35 percent
or higher poverty rate.
"These schools were selected in one
of two categories: 1 Exceptional student
performance' for two or more consecutive
years or; 2 Closing the achievement gap
between student groups."
Wewahitchka Elementary fit into the
latter category.
Specifically, the school achievement
of ESE students in reading scores on
standardized tests.
"The kudos have to go to our ESE
teachers," Price said, including Diane
Atchison, Renee Lynn, Pam Sumner, Larry
Brown and first-year teacher John Huft.
Price said the school restructured
its reading programs for ESE students,
attempting to match teachers to programs
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Wayne Taylor teaches naval science, digital video and
coaches girl's volleyball at Port St. Joe High School.

"rock steady." workir
"He's not someone out in profess
the limelight, just someone license
who's steadily doing his job,
on his feet. He's been steady Wewa
as a rock," said McFarland.
After a 20-year career Li
in the Navy, Taylor joined has
the Port St. Joe High School Wewah
faculty in 2003. School
Taylor, who earned a since I
bachelor's degree at Saint SI
Leo University, helmed the in grn
NJROTC program by himself watch(
until this year. "very
McFarland praised dynamo
Taylor's commitment to W
the school's naval science Hoove]
program, which he believes and wi
offers students who .do not studen
participate in sports, band "H
an other activities a positive enjoy
outlet for self-expression. that s(
McFarland described (other
Taylor as an engaging teacher W
who has earned the respect of Hoove]
his students.
"The kids know what
they're going to get every day.
They're going to get his best,"
he said.
In addition to his
NJROTC duties, Taylor also
teaches the school's digital
video class, which produces
a daily television show, is the
school's resident computer
technician, girl's volleyball
coach and junior class co-
Taylor currently attends
Gulf Coast Community
College's Educator Bil
Preparation Institute, and is School.

ng towards earning his
sional Florida teaching

.hitchka Elementary
nda Whitfield
known her fellow
itchka Elementary
I third grade teacher
ie was four years old.
ie taught Hoover
ade school, and has
&d him grow from 'a
sweet little boy" to a
lic, innovative teacher.
hitfield admired
r's perpetual smile
willingness to engage his
its in conversation.
te and his class really
the little bantering
sometimes eludes some
teachers)," she said.
hitfield described
r as an "intuitive"

teacher concerned about his
students' wellbeing.
"He can assess a child's
needs and address them
without making a big deal out
of it," said Whitfield. "He's
very .intuitive about a child's
feelings and behavior. He
can sense if they're sad for a
reason or upset."
Hoover earned a
bachelor's degree in
elementary education from
Florida State University.
He joined the
Wewahitchka Elementary
School faculty in Aug. 2000,
and completed his master's in
educational leadership from
the University of West Florida
while teaching full-time.
In the classroom, Hoover
has created innovative
learning games, such as a
trivia game patterned' after
the popular TV game show
'Are You Smarter than a Fifth-
The former Gulf
Education Association
president (2005-2007) and
contract bargaining team
member (2004-2007), Hoover
has kept abreast of national
and state education issues.
As grade group chairman,
he is efficient and reminds his
fellow teachers of important
Whitfield is proud of the
teacher Hoover has become.
"He's an advocate
for children," she said.
"He believes in everyone

Wewahitchkt Middle
There's just something
about the way Lloyd talks.

ly Hoover teaches third grade at Wewahitchka Elementary

Fran Lloyd teaches language arts and gifted education at
Wewahitchka Middle School.

"She always exposes
her students to words and
anecdotes and-cL experiences,"
said Wewahitchka Middle
School principal Pam Lister.
"She always says, 'He or
she does lovely work, lovely
work,' and 'They are quite
"Because she's so smart,
she makes her kids feel
smart. The way she talks to
them makes them feel more
polished and more refined."
Lloyd, who teaches
language arts and gifted
education, is fluent in three
She earned a bachelor's
degree in English and French
from Judson College in
Marion, Ala.
She also studied Spanish
in Saltillo, Mexico, Gulf Coast
Community College and
the University of Southern
After varied teaching
assignments in Florida,
Alabama and Georgia, Lloyd
joined the Wewahitchka
Middle School faculty in
Lister credits the schooFs
improvements on the eighth
grade FCAT writing test to
Lloyd's dynamic teaching.
"She has spearheaded
our writing efforts every year
in eighth grade," said Lister.
Last year, six students
scored a perfect level 6 on
the test. Ninety-eight percent
of all eighth graders met high
standards, scoring a 3.5 or
better, up 20 percent from
the previous year.

The scores were
Wewahitchka Middle School's
highest in its history.
Lloyd encourages her
students to enter area writing
contests. Two of her students
won competitions in Bay
County this year.
She also showcases
her students' writing in the
school newspaper, which she
Lloyd's gifted students
learn French and Spanish
and study different cultures

Wewahitchka High School
Before joining the
Wewahitchka High School
faculty in 2006, Stallworth
pursued a higher calling.'
A graduate of the
Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, Stallworth served
as a pastor and youth
minister at churches in
Charlotte, NC, Lawrence, KS
and Blountstown.
Having previously
earned a bachelor's degree in
business administration from
the University of Florida,
Stallworth graduated from
Gulf Coast Community,
College's Educator
Preparation Institute in
October 2007.
principal Larry White said
Stallworth's transition from
minister to English teacher
has been seamless.
"I think he's used those
skills he learned as a pastor
effectively in the classroom,"
said White.
White described
Stallworth as a caring,
compassionate teacher
singularly focused on his
students' education.

Tom Stallworth teaches English and coaches cross country,
junior varsity boy's basketball and track at Wewahitchka High

During her tenure at the
middle school, Lloyd has
also produced two musicals
and taught art and music
appreciation wheel classes.
Lister can't say enough
about Lloyd's efforts to expand
her students' horizons.
"She exposes kids to a
lot of fine art and culture that
they wouldn't otherwise get,"
she said.

"There's no taking a day
off," said White. "He's a bell-
to-bell teacher always well
prepared, always starts class
with a writing assignment."
In addition to giving
his students daily writing
prompts, Stallworth utilizes
the Achieve 3000 computer
The program
allows students to read
articles tailored to their
comprehension levels, and
enables Stallworth to chart
their reading gains.
"He's retested some of
his students and they've been
encouraged- -by ',how their
scores have gone up," said
Stallworth also studies
the students' FCAT scores
and addresses individual
He works closely with
the school's language arts
and reading teachers, and is,
according to White, "a team
In addition to his
classroom duties, Stallworth
coaches cross country, junior
varsity boy's basketball and
White appreciates
Stallworth's inventiveness.
and concern for his students.
"He's one of those who
doesn't mind coming in the
principal's office and saying,
'Can we try this,'" said White.
"He just really wants
students to be successful and
achieve. I feel fortunate to
have him as a teacher."


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County Commission Massaging Budget

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Gulf County
commissioners continued
their weekly meetings geared
toward looking at budget
issues and alternative
sources of revenue for the
In the Jan. 22 meeting,
all five commissioners gave
updates on their committees'
The board reminded
the audience that the
Commission was addressing
bridget issues now in
preparation of potential
legislative changes later in
the year that will directly
affect the county's 2008-09
Commissioner Carmen

McLemore reported that his
committee, which is looking
into property appraisal data,
was "getting somewhere
McLemore and his
committee are assisting Gulf
County Property Appraiser
Kesley Colbert in updating
the county appraisal data.
He said of the
approximately 1,000 county
properties not updated in the
tax rolls, the committee had
added about 42 corrected
properties to the rolls.
McLemore reiterated that
all the parcels in question
were pulling in .property
taxes, but that some of the
improvements or additional
structures on the land might
not be correctly listed on the

Commission chair Billy
Traylor said he and Colbert
talked last week about the
large percentage of acreage in
the county owned by The St.
Joe Company. They hoped to
"find some middle ground,"
Traylor said regarding each
one's interpretation of the
law governing the appraisal
of the St. Joe land.
Commissioner Nathan
Peters is examining Five
Points, the county's only
He asked Joe Danford,
Gulf County's Solid Waste
Director, to describe some
of the possible alternatives
and solutions to the county's
landfill problems.
Danford said he had
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Five Points and the new
design could probably last
an additional 15 to 325
Other ideas discussed
included establishing a
temporary storm debris
area on 25 acres directly
across SR 71 from Five
Points; re-configuring the
80 acre landfill transfer
site in Wewahitchka,
currently closed due to
budget cuts; investigating
different compacting
methods; establishing an
MSBU (Municipal Services
Benefits Units) tax for all
county residents; instituting
a residential tipping fee
(a commercial tipping fee
already exists).
Williams cautioned the


and students.
While Atchison's focus
is on specific students or
"pull-outs" in grades pre-K
through second grade, Lynn
and Sumner teach self-
contained reading classes
for ESE students in grades
three and four.
Meanwhile, Brown
teaches a "varied
exceptionalities" class with
students, with a variety 6f
learning challenges.
"They take reading
passages and bring in hands-
on activities that will make
what the students read more
applicable and meaningful
to them," Price said, noting
that reading about the Taj
Mahal without every having
seen the structure can be

board that they would need
to remove the related ad
valorem tax from residents
if the MSBU were levied, or
the MSBU simply becomes
another tax, he said.
Commissioner Jerry
Barnes is looking at the
county's Mosquito Control
budget, but reiterated that
cutting that department's
budget would, in hisopinion,
sacrifice public safety.
He said he felt the
general public was not aware
of all that the department
had done.
Danford gave a brief
history of the evolution of the
department, showing exactly
where the department's
budget increase came from,
particularly workman's

comp and insurance.
He told the board that
the department could reduce
costs on some things, "but
not the big ticket items. If
we cut more, it will impact
the health of the county," he
Commissioner Bill
Williams suggested the
board must look at "the
sacred cows of our citizens,"
referring in part to residents'
constant calls for mosquito
spraying, but agreed that
county health concerns
needed the county's "total
At the Feb. 5 meeting,
county administrator Don
Butler will offer information
on state mandates that affect
the county's budget.

From Page 1A

lost on many students.
An example Price
used was reading about a
particular meal or desert,
reading the recipe and then
having the students follow
the recipe to create the
particular concoction.
"They are doing
everything to make what the
students read meaningful to
them," Price said.
Distinguished Schools,
according to the press
release from the association,
demonstrate strengths in the
following areas: opportunity
to meet proficient/advanced
levels of performance; strong
professional development
coordination with other
programs; curriculum
and instruction to support

achievement of high
standards; and partnerships
among schools, parents and
Schools submit the last
three years of test data,
are evaluated by a state
education representative
during a school visit, .and
create a one-page school
"This is quite an honor
for Wewahitchka Elementary
School," said Sara Joe
Wooten, supervisor for
instruction for Gulf County
The Distinguished
Schools will officially
receive certificates during
the National Association of
State Title I Directors annual
conference this week.

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Failure to Launch

As voters went to the polls on Tuesday to
decide the fate of Amendment 1 and the county
continued its weekly meetings examining the
budget as commissioners prepare for 2008-09,
the breathtaking failure of state legislators to
genuinely address property tax reform was on full
-Whatever its fate, Amendment 1 was never
anything more than an hour or two of traction for
a broken back.
Confusingly worded, it was left to be the
subject to cloudy and off-the-mark platitudes by
opponents and proponents and even those who
were neutral the Franklin County Property
Appraiser made one significant error about the
impacts in a newspaper ad last week.
Whatever the vote count on Tuesday, one has
to wonder just how much residents understood
about this long, densely written amendment.
Amendment 1 does provide some badly need-
ed relief, providing small businesses with the
equivalent of a homestead exemption, expanding
the homestead exemption for residents and allow-
ing the exemption to be linked at the hip to hom-
eowners, not property.
But the amendment fails to fix a fundamen-
tally-flawed system, the inequities in the state's
property appraiser/taxation system, the unequal
distribution of taxation due to the inherent chasm
between being a property tax state and the Save
Our Homes constitutional amendment.
Former House Speaker Allan Bense, who is
now chairing a state tax reform commission, was
preaching the ills of the property tax system on
the floor of the Florida House of Representatives
a decade ago and he wasn't the first.
Further, the amendment holds school dis-
tricts harmless, a smoke-and-mirrors approach
to disguise the state's abrogation of public school
funding to local districts over the past couple of
Gulf County is a textbook case. While the
county, as far as county government goes, is
ranked among the "fiscally-restrained" by the
state, entitled to certain tax breaks dnd abate-
ments, the school district is considered one of
just a handful or so in the state that are "property
So local taxpayers pay roughly eight cents of
every 10 for public schools, underscoring how
lawmakers have pushed more and more of public
school funding onto local taxpayers, spiraling tax
bills ever higher.
More fundamentally, Amendment 1 never
addressed the spending side, not a surprise since
on the whole state Iawmakers never met a public
trough that wasn't tasty.
This is the also the basic weakness of the three-
year property tax plan passed by the Legislature
and taking effect during the current fiscal year.
After biting the bullet laughter allowed -
during the current year by shaving 9 percent from
its budget, the county pretty much is locked to a,
status quo scenario over the next two years.
With a simple majority vote, according to the
county, manager, commissioners can collect the

same amount as this year, plus growth in income,
for the coming budget.
Four and five votes will bring even more all
the way to 10 mills, or roughly double the cur-
rent rate. Next year comes more of the same even
though commissioners could slash the rate to 3.0
mills and roughly have the same property tax col-
lections as six years ago.
The population hasn't changed since that
time, it's actually dropped slightly.
In addition, commissioners are looking at var-
ious "service" taxes at a time when we would offer
that most taxpayers are still waiting for services to
reach the same stratosphere as their tax bills.
This is akin to packing on 148 percent body
mass and instead of going on Jenny Craig or
Weight Watchers, you go to the department store
for clothes that provide the appearance of being
Heck, commissioners just got around to
enacting a policy that the work day for county
employees begins at clock-in and ends at clock-
out. Hello?
All that underscores the main problem with
Amendment 1, the damage has been done.
Until lawmakers dial back the clock to before
the real estate market went piping hot consider
that among the top 10 counties in per capita taxa-
tion in the state, just one is not along a coast -
local governments can continue to gorge on the
back-door increases enjoyed the first half of this
Amendment 1 could slow the train, yes, but
for too many taxpayers its already too far down
the track.
Standing Corrected
In this space last week, it was stated that the
Road Department had "nearly 30 employees."
During Monday's budget meeting this was
interpreted by the chairman of the Board of
County Commissioners as the paper stating that
the Road Department "had 30 employees," both
statements, it turns out, being incorrect.
The Road Department, according to the Clerk
of Courts, currently has 18 full-time employ-
ees and two. who supervise work crews and
who had previously been listed under the Road
So, we stand corrected on the numbers, but
as is too typical of these commissioners, the num-
bers were entirely beside the point.
As commissioners demonstrated again this
past Monday as they prepare for crafting the
2008-09 budget, there is little discussion about
the county as, a whole, only about impacts in each
particular commissioner's district.
That we provided an opening for the paper to
be taken to task for one sentence and one number
is entirely on us.
That commissioners continue to deflect their
constituents' desires, that they continue to express
more concern be it the Road Department,
Mosquito Control, the Wewahitchka transfer sta-
tion or parks with their one-fifth of the county
instead of the county as a whole is entirely on

Thomas Wolfe was dead wrong.
You can go home again. Of course,
he wasn't from Gulf or Franklin
County, so I guess we can excuse
him. But when you've lived here
and left, you
le asa a.,l tend to look for

Ron Isbell
General Manager,
Star Publications

reasons to come
back. I was
lucky enough to
find one.
For the
past four years
lived in Quincy,
where we owned
The Gadsden
Cou n ty
Times, and
where I worked
as publisher of
The Wakulla

News, but we never gave up our
little patch of sand in St. Joe Beach
and returned as often as we could.
So, when an opportunity came up
to return, we couldn't pass it up.
I'm the new general manager of
The Star and The Times. What that
means mostly is that I get to do a
little bit of everything around here
from making coffee to cleaning the
bathroom to selling ads to writing
this column. Mostly my job here is
just to help others do their jobs;
A big part of the pleasure in
coming back to The Star and The
Times is working once again with
people I really like working with.
Tim, David, Gail, Helene and Natalie
were all here when I was advertising
manager a few years back. Others
like Marie I knew outside the
newspaper. Other faces are new to
me here, but I'm finding out quickly
they belong to people who are just
as pleasant and capable as those I
already knew. Not every newspaper
is lucky enough to have employees
like these.
It's also been a real treat to
walk through familiar doors and
see familiar faces all over town. I
had forgotten how many people
there are here whom I truly like.
I probably need to explain a few
things about myself to those of you
who don't know me personally. This
area has become 'home' in so many

ways I kind of forget sometimes that
I wasn't born here. Actually, I'm a
Yankee, born in Illinois and spent
the first 49 years of my life there.
To quote that famous American,
Larry the Cable Guy, "I apologize
for that right thar." I couldn't help
where I was born, but I did get here
as soon as I could.
Let me also explain that even
though I was born in Illinois, I
have a momma who's as southern
as magnolias and Moon Pies.
Her roots are in Arkansas, so we
were no strangers to grits, greens
and jowl bacon. And my dad was
southern enough to find a southern
girl to marry, even if he did find her
in Illinois.
I'm a small town guy. I'd be a
farmer to this very day if it were
possible to make a living doing
it. My high school class had 42
students (and we were one of the
largest classes at the time). My
hometown had about 300 people
living there ...and-you'd find most
of them at our family reunion.
Our county contributed just over
15,000 to the census count (they
wouldn't let us count the cows and
hogs), about the same size as Gulf
or Franklin County. Except for a
couple of years in Knoxville, TN,
I've never lived in a town with more
than 7,500 people. And I like it that
Wendy and I are the parents
of five children, four of which
have followed us to the South. We
also have five grandchildren and
are glad to tell you all about them
anytime you'll listen.
Brette, the oldest, is 14, going
on 24. She's a model (for real).
Thank goodness she got her looks
from her mother and Grammy.
Her brother, Eli, is a 7-year-old
bulldozer who can. hold his own
with any of their bulldogs. Bryton's
a very thoughtful 11-year-old who
likes baseball and soccer and
knows more about computers than
I ever will. Jordyn is either a little
angel or devil, depending on the
day, although her brother insists
she's just pure evil. And Hannah's
angelic face shines while the wheels

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Only in America!

Is anybody else growing weary
of the presidential campaigns...or is
it just me? I've already seen enough
t.v. debates, name calling, finger
pointing, baby kissing, feeble politi-
cal jokes (with less than subtle jabs)
and questioning of each other's votes
on the Senate floor to last a lifetime.
If the vote was that "wrong", then
why didn't they speak up back. in
If CBS preempts NCIS to show
some political rally in Bozeman,
Montana, I'm really going to be
hacked off!
And listen, folks, this is only
January! I don't believe my eyes and
ears can stand another ten months
of this! You need a scorecard to keep
up with the multitude running for the
job! Larry King can't interview'em all
between now and the election. The
Fifth Army stormed the beaches at
Anzio with less people..
One half ofem is saying we need
complete overhaul and change in
Washington. The other half is saying
it takes experience and knowledge
of the system to "steady" the ship. Of
course, each and every one of them
is touting him, or her self to be the
only one that can lead us out of the
muck. I ain't seen so much chest
beating since Tarzan whipped those

two lions that 'were about
to force Jane over the
And we've got to
pick a winner out of this
Mr. Ferdell Haskins
used to sit upon the
front porch of Woodrow
Kennon's Mercantile, Dry
Goods and Grocery Store
back when Dwight David
Eisenhower was presi-
dent and say, 'You can't trust them
I figured him to be a died in the
wool, Deep South, way back in the
cane break Democrat that wasn't
going to let Ike's war record ease him
through the presidency. Mr. Ferdell
didn't like the way our foreign policy
was going. "We gave them Russians
too much at Geneva!" We all nodded
in agreement but to tell you the truth
I'd never heard of Geneva. I figured
it was a place close to Berlin that we
let Stalin have after the war.
Mr. Ferdell would roll him a
smoke and launch in on the fall-
ing hog prices. 'Course, that too
was Eisenhower's fault. For us the
domestic policy had nothing to do
with importing Volkswagens or the
price of the dollar versus the yen. We


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just wanted to sell a few hogs for a
little more than we had in them. Mr.
Ferdell allowed that the hog buyers
from Memphis got to set the price
because the President owed them
some "political favors". We nodded
again in agreement, but in my little
ten year old mind I questioned that
Mr. Eisenhower even knew anybody
in Memphis! '
The first presidential race that
I remember boiled down to John
F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in
1960. They had two man debates;
which was a lot easier to keep up
with than Cox's Army waving their
arms and vying for speaking time.
And you notice how today the can-
didates smile and grin their way
through the sparing sessions. They
have all watched the same Richard
Nixon debate training tapes!

I was thirteen years old and was
more interested in junior high base-
ball and Mary Hadley Hayden than
who was going to run the country for
the next four years. The talk up on
Woodrow's front porch wasn't about
career records or jobs or which man
was best suited to "take the reins".
Most of the discussion was about
religion, and age. John Kennedy
was a Catholic. For some reason
many grown-ups, and some politi-
cal annalists, thought this a great
flaw in his ability to be president,
or more to the point, to get elected
president. And this question wasn't
just an issue in the south. Walter
Cronkite discussed it almost nightly
on the evening news.
Mr. Kennedy was 43. I person-
ally didn't see any age problem at all.
Shucks, 43 seemed ancient to mel
Stan Musial was three years younger
and rumors were swirling about his
retirement from baseball. One was
said to be too young, the other was
too old. Stuff like that keeps me up
at night!
I listen to the campaign "issues"
today and they seem to be light years
beyond age and religious beliefs. I
hope that we haven't "advanced" so
much that neither of them is even
worthy of discussion anymore...

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John Kennedy was elected and I
didn't hear another word about reli-
gion or age. The country didn't miss
a beat as an older Republican "went
out" and a young Democrat "came
in". I hope that "ask not what your
country can do for you" declara-
tion Kennedy made in his inaugural -
address is as relevant now as it was
January 20, 1961. We need candi- .
dates today to stop talking about
George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln... and start governing like
'Course, we all got an earful
from Mr. Ferdell, 'You can't trust
them Democrats!" He was a little
upset with the situation down in"''
Cuba but mostly he didn't like that
minimum wage talk. "Jeb and Leroy
ain't worth what I'm paying'em now"
He shook his head and allowed he'd
go under if he had to pay them any
more. He swore it was a government
conspiracy aimed to run small pig
farmers out of business. History
didn't record it, but I think Jeb and
Leroy might have viewed it a little
Thanks to Mr. Haskins and,
other such politically astute patrons -
I realized early in life that picking
a president was a risky business at
best. And campaign promises come
easy, keeping them prove to be a lit-
tle harder. It doesn't matter whether
you glow with youth and enthusiasm
or exude age, wisdom and experi-
ence. It's not a matter of your voting '
record or your take on international
affairs. We need someone with the
heart for the job. And a little less
"self' interest and a little more "us"
And we need to shy away from
any of them that might have ties to
the pig mafia in Memphis...



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"Their primary essentially
won't count. Anybody who
campaigns in Florida is
ineligible for delegates."

Howard Dean,
Democratic National
Committee Chairman

But Will

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

No delegates, no
democratic process, no
In the wake of the
Democratic National
Committee's decision to strip
Florida of its 210 delegates
to the party's convention
this summer, the state's
Democratic leadership has
delivered mixed messages to
an increasingly exasperated
Last August, Sen. Bill
Nelson (D-FL) and his
colleagues in the Florida
Congressional Delegation
decried the DNC's decision
to render the state's primary
a "meaningless beauty
contest," and pursued legal
Democrats argued that
they had been out-numbered
by a Republican-controlled
Legislature, which moved up
the state's primary date over
their objections.
Of course, the

primary legislation passed
almost unanimously in
both chambers, in large
part because Democrats
supported one of the bill's key
provisions, which provided
for a much-needed election
paper trail.
U.S. District Judge
Robert Hinkle threw out
the Florida Congressional
Delegation's suit, saying that
parties can set their own
nominating rules.
D e m o c r a t i c
leaders who once cried
disenfranchisement now
urged Floridians to vote.
Nelson filmed a television
commercial with Republican
Sen. Mel Martinez in an
attempt to unite Floridians
behind a common cause.
"The winners in Florida
could well decide who the next
president will be," Nelson
said in the commercial.
Karen Thurman, chair of
the Florida Democratic Party,
urged Democrats to forget all
the "fuss about delegates,"
and "just vote."
The delegates might not

"It is important to vote in
-- this election. There's been
a lot of fuss about dele-

gates, but it's time to forget

all that and just vote."

Karen Thurman,
Florida Democratic Party Chair

My Vote Count?

count, Thurman argued,
but Florida's voice would be
heard via the news media,
and the party winner would
gain momentum heading into
Super Tuesday.
"There will be a headline:
'So-and-so has won Florida,'"
Thurman reasoned.
With party leaders
equating votes to headlines,,
no wonder voters are
A Democratic candidate
must win 2,025 delegates to
earn the party's nomination.
Florida has over a tenth of
that number.
To strip Florida of its
210 Democratic delegates is
to deny Democratic voters a
significant say in determining
the party's candidate, and
that's wrong, no matter how
party leaders spin it.
In punishing Florida
(and also Michigan) for their
early primary dates, the DNC
sent a message to all states
seeking to share the limelight
with early primary/caucus
states Iowa, New Hampshire,
Nevada and South Carolina.

At the insistence of
those states, the Democratic
candidates pledged not to
campaign in Florida until
after the primary.
And while they have
honored that pledge,
Democratic frontrunners
Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama have given unequal
weight to the DNC's decision
to strip Florida of its
Clinton, whom. opinion
polls showed leading by a
comfortable margin at press
time, has said she will seat
Florida's delegates at the
convention if she's chosen as
the party's nominee.
Obama has said the
Florida primary has no
bearing on the nomination
contest, and earlier removed
his name from the Michigan
ballot. (Clinton did not.)
The DNC's decision has
effectively rendered Florida's
votes a power grab, with
Clinton poised to reject
the DNC's sanction should
Florida's delegates prove
crucial in making her the

party's nominee.
And to complicate things
further, House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi, who serves as
honorary chair of the 2008
Democratic Convention, has
said the DNC's authority to
enforce its edicts ends when
the convention begins.
"The reality is if you
want to know if Florida is
going to be seated, ask the
Democratic nominee as soon
as one emerges," Pelosi told
reporters in Washington last
That's assuming one
candidate emerges a clear
winner without counting
Florida and Michigan's
So what's a Florida
Democrat to. do?
Do we vote in hopes that
our decision will give our
chosen candidate the media
momentum he or she needs
to win the nomination?
Or do we hold our
collective breath that our
votes will count in Denver?
"Just vote," our party
leadership says, and hope

for the best.
As citizens of a
democracy, we deserve
With any luck, these
presidential primary hijinks
will expose fundamental
flaws in a system that is not
truly democratic.
In a column in the
Orlando Sentinel, Chris
Hand, a Jacksonville attorney
and former aide to U.S. Sen.
Bob Graham, snickered at the
DNC's claim that in depriving
Florida of its delegates, it
was protecting the integrity
of the presidential-primary
"Since the system is
already teetering on the
edge of extinction, and most
political observers predict
that it will be radically
overhauled before 2012,
that's like trying to protect
Britney Spears' dignity or
George W Bush's credibility."
Now those are words
Democrats can understand.
Party leaders, are you

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has been in design for quite
some time. After obtaining
consensus of the business-
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Commissioners; Preble-Rish
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the bid documents for this
project: Last week USDA Ru-
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their review on the "prelimi-
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and front-end contract docu-
ments" which they deemed
"acceptable for bid." The City
Commission will be asked
for permission to advertise
for bids at the February 5th
meeting, and pending their
approval, the RFP (Request
for Proposal) will be adver-
tised in the February 14th is-
sue of the Star. We should be
seeing work commence with-
in the next couple of months.
The work will start at Ce-
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and work toward 1st Street.
There will be times when
sections of the street will be
blocked off, and we will keep
you informed on the sched-
ule to enable you to make
plans and adjustments. We
will do everything possible to
minimize any impact to busi-
ness along the way.
As this project has be-
come more involved than
originally anticipated, USDA
has recommended that we
apply for this grant again in
the next cycle to cover any
increased costs. During this
cycle, we will also add land-
scaping and the required
irrigation, along with some
street art and sculpture. The
scheduled improvements
will provide a tremendous
benefit to both business and
every visitor to our Historic
The Fagade Grant pro-
gram is ready to roll-out
pending final approval of
the PSJRA board and the
City Commissioners. After
approval, the PSJRA will
distribute notification to

businesses for a meeting to
provide all interested par-
ties with the application and
information. During this
meeting, we will answer your
questions about city require-
ments (such as permits), if
there will be any increase
in your appraised value, if
building inspections will be
required for specific types of
work and anything else you
need to know. We will also let
you know about the process
and schedule to meet with
the Design Review Commit-
tee to receive their recom-
mendations and approvals.
The deck plan for the Dr.
Joe Memorial Park has been
signed and sealed by struc-
tural engineer, Terry Ander-
son, of Anderson & Associ-
ates. We are grateful to Terry
and to Steven Rudd of the
Blueprint Port/Rudd Designs
for providing the design, the
drawing, the plans for each
bidder and structural re-
views at no charge. This deck
will be very large and will ac-
commodate small civic func-
tions or family get-togethers.
The design has also incorpo-
rated a viewing area to read
the tribute to Dr. Joe.
The final significant up-
coming event is the adoption
by the City of the Redevel-
opment Plan Revision. After
the proper, notices are filed
by the City and the revised
document has been provid-
ed to the taxing authorities,
our target date for adoption
is the first City Commis-
sion meeting in March. This
is the same document that
has been reviewed over the
past 10 months; however,
because the boundaries have
now been revised to include
only the original area, the
plans also had to reflect this
change and reference to the
expanded area had to be re-
On a side note, we at-
tended a wonderful, funny
and thought-provoking play
on Sunday afternoon at Palm
Tree Books. What a neat op-
portunityl Thanks to Jamie
Smith for opening on Sunday
and thanks to Michael Lister
(the playwright) and the Pot-
tersville Players for a fun and
enriching experience. En-

Dear Editor,

Every morning I go for a
long walk along Highway 98
in Mexico Beach. And every
morning I encounter and
pick up the same things--
discarded soda cans, beer
cans, beer bottles, cups,
empty cigarette packs,
and other trash. Who does
this? Tourists? Snowbirds?
Locals? What kind of person
has "the world is my garbage
can" attitude? What can be
done to stop this? Anything?
I assume that the city has an
ordinance against littering.
Can it-be enforced? This is a
problem that won't go away.
until something is done. We
all need to pitch in to help
keep this beautiful place

Dick Glueckert

Dear Editor,

Are these turbulent times
a product of our aggressive
behavior? I'm afraid so. I
find it ironic that we are in
an age of peril that can only
be corrected by returning to

Letters to

the Editor

those golden days of yester-
year when we were at peace
with the world, we weren't
engaged in an unwinable war
and we had a money surplus
instead of being so far in
debt. We have to shortchange
the important things we need
most. In the 90's we had a
3.9% unemployment rate
without a possible recession
looking us in the face.
Yes, senator, you can go
home again. It is imperative
that we put a Clinton in the
White House once more.

Paul Summerlot
Port St. Joe

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Tuna in the Bay

Tuna in Apalachicola
Bay? Well, at least in the
Eastpoint Fire Station. And
on stage, to bootl
"Greater Tuna" was more
of a fishy tale than a fish tale
and had more to do with air
waves than the chop on the
Enough about what it
wasn't, this production from
the Panhandle Players was
funny, a little irreverent and

plain, good fun.
I just wish it was coming
back for an encore this
weekend so more people
could see it.
Dan Wheeler and Royce
Rolstad, as the onlytwo actors
on the stage, portrayed some
20 characters ranging from a
yippy dog to a murderer.
When Pearl looked into
an imaginary casket to poke
the eyes of the formerly
amorous judge, we "saw" the
judge in his Dale Evans swim
suit. When Petey Fisk asked
us to take in stray dogs, we
felt the fleas.
Did we have a good time?
Weeeee Did!

Ron Isbell

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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Two days after Zac
:Norris, Port St. Joe Class of
2006, arrived for the spring
semester at the University of
*Central Florida earlier this
'month he walked into the
.Knights' football offices.
Norris wanted some
information on the football
program, how he would go
*about trying out for a walk-
on position.
He was told to come back
.the next day at 4 p.m. for a
meeting; that tryouts would
start the following week.
And the following week,
Norris joined 29 other hope-
;fuls for what was planned
as three days of intensive
The coaches said going
in the idea was to drive these
..non-scholarship athletes to a
breaking point, see how they
would handle it.
The Knights were also
looking for big guys, linemen,
since the UCF, which went
9-4 last year and earned a
trip to a bowl game after win-
ning Conference USA, had
Skilled position players on
scholarship not getting on
-the field.
The 30 athletes started
their drills in the morning.
"The first vomiting, Norris
said, came in about 15 min-
"utes. By midday there were

Norris said.
Spending a bit of time as
a coach himself, Norris said,
provided the kind of per-
spective he needed to bolster
himself to try out at UCE
Norris spent a year-
and-a-half at Gulf Coast,
Community College after
graduating from Port St.
"I was hitting the books,
but I wasn't sure what I
wanted to do coming out of
high school," said Norris,
now 6-foot-3, 245 pounds,
adding that he was keep-
ing in shape, running, lifting'
weights, working on drills.
He spent last football
season helping out Port St.
Joe coach John Palmer with
the high school and middle
school programs and that
proved somewhat cathartic.
"I think that helped a
lot," Norris said, "seeing it
from both sides, another
perspective. I used to hate
practicing, going out there
when it was 100 degrees out
and working so hard. I hated
"But spending some time
coaching made me realize it
was one of the better times in
your life and you'll never get
them back. Two years out of
it and you are thinking you'd
like to play again."
Norris, who played on
the 2005 state champion-
ship football team and won a

Sharks Win another Soccer District Title

Carpe Diem

By Jonathan Davidson
Star Staff Writer

Before the first round of
the district championships,
Port St. Joe High School
boys' soccer coach Nathan
McDonald reiterated the atti-
tude he took at the begin-
ning of the regular season:
postseason is a new season,
quite possibly the season.
"Early on, I explained
that the district champion-
ship is not won in the first
month of the season, or even
the second month," said
McDonald, "but that we have
to get progressively better."
The Sharks have done
just that, winning the dis-
trict championship for the
fourth-straight year.
Seniors Sam Ellmer,
Alex Flanagan, and Philipp
Fuze hold the distinction of
having played on all district
championship teams.
West Gadsden
Despite losing to West
Gadsden in both regular-
season games, Port St. Joe
pulled the important vic-
tory in the district semifi-
nals in Freeport on Tuesday,
January 22. Closing the gap
between t heir first 4-1 loss
and the second's 3-2 also
reflects the team's "steady
improvement" ethic.
Rain coupled with the
innate "fast field" set the
Sharks outside their natu-
ral habitat and forced them
to adapt their preeminently
cautious play style. Halftime
forecasted a bleak end with
West Gadsden leading 1-0.
Fresh from a water break
before the last quarter of
the game, Fuze threw a long

"Two weeks ago, Jared
would never have even tried
[the cross] but have been
using the weaker foot (in
most cases, the left foot)
more in practice," said
McDonald. "But Friday night
he had the confidence to use
it at that perfect moment."

Port St. Joe will play
%John Paul II at the Sam Cox
Memorial Field tonight at 7
A win will mean hosting
the winner of Tallahassee
Maclay-Bozeman at 8 p.m.
on Tuesday.
During the regular sea-
son, Port St. Joe beat John
Paul II twice, 2-1 at home
and 3-2 in Tallahassee.

"Winning against
Bozeman put us in a real-
ly good position," said
McDonald, noting that it
provides them an extra week
to prepare for Maclay.
Additionally, given the
way the tournament brack-
ets are set up, Port St. Joe
could possibly play at home
the next three games, all the
way through the Regional
"We're confident, and
our goal is to get to Maclay,
but we're not overlooking
John Paul II at all," said
McDonald. "They're going to
come with a thought that
they can win, as well.
"If we go out with guts,
confidence, and finish, we'll
do fine."

side-out downfield into the
goal box where Chris James
knocked it in. Ten minutes
later Fuze managed the same
play with Jacob Thompson,
who scored on a header.
On the ensuing Friday,
Port St. Joe took on Bozeman
in the district finals.
Because both match-ups
during the regular season
resulted in ties (3-3 and 1-1,
respectively), the Sharks
went in "knowing we had a
really, really good chance,"
said McDonald.
Flanagan scored first on
a blast shot from 25 yards
out, within the first 15 min-
utes of play.
"I hoped that we would
keep attacking and build a
lead," admitted McDonald,
"but we just held on, not
pressuring the way we need-
ed to."
A half-hour into the game
Bozeman's Brett Shumate;
who gave the Sharks trouble
all night, managed to tie the
game up heading into half-
As part of their strat-
egy over the past couple of
weeks, McDonald has adopt-
ed a "word of the week" for
the team to focus on during
Previous examples
include "guts" and "finish."
For the district tour-
nament, that word was
"Confidence," stressed
by McDonald between the
Thompson scored twice,
once from a left-footed cross
off the foot of Jared Arnold.
Arnold's play, in
McDonald's eyes, embodied

Gator Grapplers Finish Sixth at Arnold

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The Wewahitchka High
School wrestling team just
keeps growing as the experi-
ence builds.
The Gators finished
sixth out of 12 teams at a
tournament at Arnold High

but 12 players left, by the
end of that first day the num-
"ber was down to nine.
"It was one of the harder
things I've ever done," Norris
said. "I didn't feel rusty, but
I. wish I was in a little bit
:,better shape. It was pretty
"tough. I tried to go as hard as
I possibly could the instead
of taking the breaks some of
the guys were taking."
By the end of the second
day, the coach running the
drills called Norris and said
he was the only one who
made it and the third day
had been called off.
Norris was officially a
Two years removed
from last donning pads and
knocking helmets.
"I'm thankful to my
- coaches at Port St. Joe who
'made me go through all
m those drills they made us
"-do, working on footwork and
' that kind of stuff. I'm thank-
:ful they made me do all that
-'jumping through ropes I
'never thought I'd say that,"

state title in the discus while
a senior at Port St. Joe, had
spent time deciding where to
go after GCCC.
Having determined he
wants to pursue a bachelor's
degree in engineering-Norris
already has in mind his tract
to a master's degree he had
centered on the University of
Florida and UCF.
An uncle had graduated
from UCF, with 58,000 stu-
dents now the largest uni-
versity in the state, and, as
Norris said, UCF "was one of
the best engineering schools
in the state."
So UCF it was and next
fall, after spending time
in the weight room and
improving his fitness, come
spring, Norris will be suit-
ing up under Coach George
"I'll play wherever they
want me right now," Norris
said. "I'm just happy for the
opportunity. A lot of people
don't get a second opportuni-
ty, especially after being out
of the game for two years."

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and, with just. eight wres-
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Six of the Gators
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and finished fourth at 103
Daniel House, at 112

pounds, was 2-1 and took
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was asked to coach in the
fourth annual Freedom All-
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while traveling to Winter
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event that typically falls on
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She regretfully relinquished
her opportunity to coach
the East in the game to be
played at the Billy Harrison
Field House on the campus
of GCCC.
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about the date and then
when I read an e-mail (from
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his fifth year as head coach
of Port St. Joe's girls team,
which currently stands 12-7.
Parker also is a former
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Port St. Joe coach Vernon
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took third;
Jacob Villasenor, at
215 pounds, was 1-2 and
finished fourth.
The Gators are back at
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Parker said he didn't
mind being a replacement
choice. He admitted he was
unfamiliar with the details
surrounding the Freedom
Classic, but he was eagerly
anticipating coaching in the
Parker's son, Ash,
played for the East in 2006.
Parker's daughter, Kayla,
currently plays for Port St.
Joe's girls varsity.
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Preble Rish structural
engineers had stated that the
T-structure would be subject
to much more wind force
and wave action than the
straight pier, Forehand said,
and would probably require
concrete pilings.
Council member Jack
Mullen said he wanted the
public to have an opportunity
to comment on the proposed
pier extension.
Cathey said, "I think
whatever the city does in
regards to the pier is in the
best interest of the city," but
he agreed to put the question
of the $34,000 engineering
fee on the next regular city

council agenda (Feb. 12).
"If we place this on
the February agenda,, and
then decide, what will be
the realistic answer to the
public's question of when
will the city just do it," Cathey
Forehand replied that
work would start two to
three months out from the
council's decision, because
the city does not yet have the
required DEP permit.
But the application
for that permit has been
submitted and received, he
"Once we get the pier
finished, it will generate

revenue for the city from the
open-water fishing," council
member Butch Dale said.
He noted that the city's
new sand by-pass system,
which will pump sand from
the mouth of the city canal,
will stop sand buildup
around and under the pier by
depositing the sand farther
east of the pier.
In the past, sand was
pumped from the canal to the
beach just west of the pier,
causing the extra sand to
collect under the structure,
displacing the water and
negating the purpose of pier

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for the single blanket permit
would save the city money,
. intead of re-designing'
and re-permitting each
consecutive year as it has
done in the past.
Council members
discussed applying for
FRDAP grants every year to
pay for each extension.
Bay County has already
offered to pay for Mexico
Beach's share of the matching
FRDAP grants, according to
council members, leaving
the city to pay only the
permitting fees and the cost
of bidding out each segment
of the project.
The city's current
FRDAP grant, which will be
used to pay for this year's
pier extension, amounts to
$400,000, a matching grant
from the FDEP and Bay
The city is adding an

additional $150,000 that it
had already voted to include
n the 2Qa008-09 budget.
The city will also have
to produce a one-time, lump
sum fee of $33,975 for Preble
Rish's administration and
engineering fees and services
for the extension projects.
The nearly $34,000
does not include fees for
handling the additional
FDEP permitting or bidding
the project in subsequent
years for separate phases of
According to Forehand,
Preble Rish is currently
under contract to bid out the
2008 phase of the project,
and' he estimated that the
bidding and inspection
services would not exceed
$10,000 each year.
Itwill cost about $20,000
additional each year for the
DEP permits, he said.

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phase, 14-feet deep and
approximately 40-60 feet
long. All segments of the pier,
both existing and proposed,
are 14-feet wide.
The primary question
the council asked Forehand
was whether or not concrete
pilings instead of timber
would be needed to support
the T-shaped end cap.
All estimations of the
project were based on timber
pilings, Forehand said.
He told the council
that if concrete pilings were
needed construction could
take an additional year and
the cost for that segment
would increase.

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Hall of Fame Cafe Opens in Grand Style

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

It was a night to remember, in so many
ways, last Thursday at Bay St. Joseph Care
and Rehabilitation in Port St. Joe.
The crooning of Bing Crosby alternated
with World War II songs on the sound sys-
The staff was in full evening dress, the
residents were in their finest.
Company representatives from the
region and the eastern U.S. were in the audi-
The food was resort-style spectacular,
and the crowd was large and enthusiastic.
The purpose of the gathering was to cel-
ebrate the grand opening of Bay St. Joseph's
newly established Hall of Fame Cafe.
The facility's dining/gathering room was
being re-named in honor of Port St. Joe
"hometown heroes" residents and clients
of Bay St. Joseph who have made an impact

on the community.
The idea, according to Stella Pappas,
administrator of the care center, is part of
a program started several years ago by the
home office of Signature Health Care, which
operates Bay St. Joseph.
"It's about recognizing and honoring
people who have come through Bay St.
Joseph who have made an impact, made a
difference in the lives of all of us," Pappas
"We'll celebrate this anniversary every
year and choose more residents to honor."
According to the mission statement read
during the ceremony, the Hall of Fame "rec-
ognizes, celebrates and honors those from
the community who have reached their
personal potential through personal achieve-
ment, military and community service."
After the ceremonial ribbon cutting at
the cafe's front door, the several hundred
people attending feasted on the extensive

(See GRAND CAFE on Page 12B)

Marie Logan/Tne Star
The first to be named to the Bay St. Joseph Hall of Fame were (Left to Right) Bonnie Carlstrom
accepting on behalf of her late husband Murray Carlstrom, Colley Miller, Xuripha Miller, Mary

Students Dazzle During School District Tour

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

They came, they saw, they charmed.
Students in Larry Brown and Pam
Sumner's Wewahitchka Elementary School
classes visited the Gulf County School Board
district offices on Friday and made a lasting
impression on all they met.
They held doors for their elders.
They said, "yes, ma'am" and "no, sir."
They made their school proud and
earned a standing invitation to return.
"People are going to remember how you
treated them," said Wilder after a long day of
planned activities.
"They're going to say, 'I will always

Despina Williams/The Star
Superintendent Wilder's 'administrative
assistant, Mary Lou Cumbie, holding a demon-
stration drawing, admires Deannah Sullivan's
sketch. Volunteer Traci Gaddis led the art les-

remember when you came to this office, said
yes ma'am and thanked us.' And that's why
you're all invited back to this office."
Brown's exceptional education class and
Sumner's fourth-graders arrived by bus
and were greeted by Wilder and the district
After an exchange of greetings, Sumner's
fourth-graders amazed onlookers by recit-
ing, on cue, the complete catalogue of U.S.
They were then whisked away to the desk
of administrative assistant Angle Benavides',
who took their photographs and printed
each a VIP card.
"VIP is a very important person," Wilder
told a gathering of Sumner's students. "You
guys are going to run the show today. You're
going to make some big decisions."
The students' toured Wilder's office and
had a brief roundtable discussion with the
superintendent, who sought their advice on
ways to improve their school.
The students offered several sugges-
tions, imploring Wilder to install a slushy
machine and extend their play periods.
After his
e x p r e s se d
their wish- -
es, Michael
demanded "a
who was
stunned by
the unusu-
al request,
breathed asigh
of relief when
he learned that.
a Godzilla was
a type of,play- .
ground slide.
into groups, Gulf County Superint
the students Wewahitchka Elementary Sch
toured the meeting last Friday.

transportation, finance and maintenance
offices, and scored a hip pair of safety
goggles from maintenance director Greg
Traci Gaddis, Port St. Joe Elementary
School's volunteer art teacher, led students
through a chalk and colored pencil drawing
of a palm tree.
The students learned the technique of
blending and discovered a surprising use for
Aqua Net hair spray.
Gaddis sprayed the students' master-
pieces with the hair spray to adhere the
chalk to the paper.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Sara Joe Wooten introduced the students to
computer learning games and Sue Gannon,
the 'Coordinator of Human Resource
Services, walked them through the district
hiring process.
The students filled out paperwork and
had their fingerprints scanned by a com-
At the end of the day, the students filed
into the school board meeting room and par-
ticipated in a mock board meeting.

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endent Tim Wilder addresses
hool students during a mock board

Wilder asked them to weigh in on issues
ranging from teaching certifications to weap-
ons on school grounds.
Acting as board chair, Deannah Sullivan
kept everyone in line.
When Willie Hill voted to excuse an all
A-student who kept his gun in the school
parking lot, and later voted to "woop" an
all-F student for the same crime, Sullivan
asked for clarification.
"Are you saying different grades deserve
different punishments," she queried.
Some of the students proved skillful
When a motion to build a consolidated
school in White City received mixed respons-
es, Chris Hysmith delivered the afternoon's
most politically expedient decision.
"I say put the school in White City when
we all retire," he said.
When the school bus returned to trans-
port the VIPs back to Wewahitchka, Wilder
applauded the students' good behavior.
"You have been better than anyone who
comes in this building," he said. "Manners
will get you a long way in life."

Despina Williams/The Star
Chris Hysmith proudly wears his VIP credentials during
his visit to the school district offices.


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Welcome Aiden O'Neal
Ryan and Cheyenne O'Neal of Tampa joyfully announce
the birth of their son, Aidel Secoy O'Neal, born January 11,
2008. Aiden is welcomed with love and pride by his brother
Sigure and sister Alexis. Proud grandparents are Dianna
'Harrison of Port St. Joe, Robert Harrison, and Wayne and
Gracie O'Neal, all of Apalachicola. Great grandparents are
Henry and Geertruida VanZetten of Utrecht, Holland and
Hershal Harrison of White City.

Karley and Joey Welcomes

Baby Sister Home
Abigail MacKenzie Taylor was born January 4, 2008 at
11:24 p.m. in Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida to
Vince and Beth Taylor. She weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21
inches long. Her grandparents are Vince and Patricia Taylor
of Overstreet, Florida and Ann Pike of Jacksonville, Florida.
Abby's great grandparents are Flora Miller of Port St. Joe,
Florida and the late Hubert Miller and Red and Virilla

Zoey is 1
Zoey Ake celebrates her first birthday on february 9,
2008 with family and friends. Her parents are Buddy and
Crystal Ake.
Happy Birthday, Love Daddy & Mommy

Happy 83rd Birthday,

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Turned 6!
Bobby transformed to six years old on January 17.
Bobby celebrated a Transformers Party on January 19 at
PawPaw & Granny Kennington's house with all of his friends
from school, Mama, Scooter, Alison, PawPaw & Nana Gay,
uncles, aunts, and cousins. Bobby had a blast of a day with
everyone who came and helped him celebrate his birthday.
Bobby Jr. is the son of Scooter & Kellie Braswell and
the late Bobby Lewis Gay. Bobby is the grandson of Buddy
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Wewahitchka, graduated from Wewahitchka High School.
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Port St. Joe Library Tales Civic Center Interest Meeting

' The Gulf County Library is 16cated at 110 Library
*"ive, Port St. Joe, Florida.
i The hours are:
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday
The library is closed for all major holidays.
Check the shelves for your favorite authors. The front
desk will be glad to help you find what you are looking for,
if available.
The Friends of the Library is holding its annual meet-
ing on February 23, 2008, from 2 to 4 p.m. Our featured
speaker will be Dawn Radford, whose book, Oyster Flats,
was recently released. Ms. Radford is a local author from
Franklin County, Florida.
In support of your local library, please join the Friends.
The dues start at $10 per year for a person, $15 per
couples. Your support is greatly appreciated. WE NEED
ACTIVE MEMBERS. If you can spare a few hours, each
month, please see Polly Searle or Mary K. Carpenter for
details. Book donations are always welcome. The money we
raise goes back to improve our library.

Recreational Fish Pond Short Course

The University of
:Florida Extension Agents in
-Northwest Florida will be
,hosting a fish pond short
-course through internetvideo
:in multiple locations across
-the panhandle and south-
ern Alabama. If you own a
recreational fish pond, this
course will provide an excel-
lent overview of pond and
fish management and offer
'a great opportunity to have
questions answered about
specific problems in your

pond. The course will be
held the first Monday night
of February, March and April
and will conclude with a
field trip to Paul Fish Farms.
Gulf County Extension will
be a host-site for the course
located at 200 North Second
Street in the old courthouse
building, Wewahitchka. For
more information, contact
the Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service @
639-3200 or 229-2909.

The Port St. J9e Waterfronts Florida Partnership
Committee and their consultant, IBI. Group, invite you to
attend our upcomirg public meeting." Please plan to attend
and provide your input on what should be included in the
future civic center; to include performing arts, entertain-
ment and workshops. Help shape the vision for this vital "'
community asset by bringing your ideas and your neigh- ,r
bors! Contact Jim Garth (850) 229-7720 for additional .
Centennial Building
100 Centennial Drive, Port St. Joe, FL
Thursday, February 7, 2008
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

First Annual Snowbird "Dentist With a

Welcome Lunch
Southern Resorts hosted its First Annual Snowbird
Welcome Lunch at the new Barefoot Cottages in Port. St.
Joe on Friday, January 11. Open to all visiting winter guests
along Florida's Forgotten Coast from Mexico Beach to
Apalachicola, the event featured lunch by local Provisions at
the beautiful poolside setting of the coastal neighborhood's
main pool. Guests enjoyed the sunny, warmer than usual
temperatures on this beautiful day.
"We were excited at the turn-out and the opportunity
to meet more snowbirds in the area. Our cottages have
so much to offer winter guests and were fortunate that we
could showcase them at the lunch, "says Mike Shoults,
owner, Southern Resorts.
Southern Resorts offered door prizes, discount rates
for monthly reservations this year and next as well as had
both two bedroom and three bedroom cottages available
for tours.
For more information on the availability for any season
and daily, weekly or monthly rates, please contact Eric,
Property Manager, at 850.229.1350.

2008 Valentine's Day Pageant Set for February 9

Registration is now
:open for the 36 Annual
Valentine's Day Pageant. The
'2008 pageant will be held
on February 9 at 6 p.m.
'CST at the Wewa Elementary
-School auditorium.
This much anticipated,
'and always popular, event
is co-sponsored by Gulf
'County Senior Citizen's
Association and the
Wewahitchka Elementary
:School, with all proceeds
benefiting programs for the
county's elderly.
The entrance fee is
$20 and registration forms
may be picked up from the
offices of any Gulf County
.school or at the Senior/
Community Centers in

Wewahitclika and Port St.
Joe. Registration forms and
entry fees may be turned
in at the child's school or
wither of the Centers. The
deadline for registration is
Monday,' February 4, and
The competition is open
to all girls age 2 through
twelfth grade in Gulf County.
There are six separate divi-
sions, or competitions-
Baby Valentine Princess:
2 and 3 year olds; Little
Miss Sweetheart: Pre-K
through I Grade; Little
Miss Valentine: 2"d and 3rd
Graders; Miss Valentine
Sweetheart: 4"' through 6"'
grade; Miss Teen Queen:

7"' through 91h grades; and
Miss Gulf County Valentine
Queen: grades 10 through
12. The Baby Valentines will
not be judged. The other
divisions' winners will be
Contestants will be
judged on qualities of inner

beauty as well as outward
appearance, poise, com-
posure, modeling, and
responses to on-stage ques-
For additional informa-
tion contact Larry Broome at
Gulf County Senior Citizen's
Association, 229-8466.


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on This Valentin

Dr. Frank D. May, of
Port St. Joe, has a unique
Valentine's Day present for
the needy of this area. For
the last 8 years, Dr. May
has provided free dental.
treatment for Valentine's
Day at his office. This year,
his office will provide this
valuable service on Tuesday,
February 14, 2008. This
year the office will schedule
appointments with those in
need of treatment. To sched-
ule an appointment you will
need to send or bring by
a letter to Dr. May's office
giving a brief description
of your dental needs, and
please describe your situa-
tion that makes you a good
candidate for this benefit.
Send the letter to Dr. May's
office at 319 Williams Ave,
in Port St. Joe, Fl 32456.
Please, no phone calls. Be
sure to include your tele-
phone number so we can
contact you to schedule an
appointment. Dr. May will


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see 20 patients in need of
dental treatment, and the
hygienists Anealia Bush an4
Linda Wright will see eight to
ten patients each who wisl
to have their teeth cleaned
The office hopes to serve as
many as 40 patients.
Patients must be at least
12 years of age, and accom-
panied by a parent or guard-
ian if under the age of 18.
Treatments provided will
include cleaning, x-rays, fill-
ings, extractions, diagnos-
tics, and pain control.
Dr. May and his staff
participate in "Dentist With
a Heart" because they wish
to impact people who oth-
erwise could not afbrd tq
see a dentist, and help those
people save their teeth, as
well as relieve them of any
discomfort they may be havr
ing. Our office cares about
this community and would
like to give those in need of
our services, their smiles

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Itsy and Smokey, two kittys about three months
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Joe Joe, small male entertainer; Fran & Freckles,
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Please visit Faith's Thrift Hut, 1007 Tenth
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Volunteers appreciated.

Taking applications for shelter workers.
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Julia Ann Boyett Barth
Julia Ann Boyett Barth, 59, of St. Joe Beach, Fla.,
passed away early Saturday, January 19, 2008 after a brave
three-year battle with breast cancer,
"Julie" was born September 13th, 1948, in Bainbridge,
GA, the first child of Arthur Onzlow Boyett, Sr. and Florence
Stewart Boyett. She moved to St. Joe Beach in 1955, and
graduated from Port St. Joe High School with the class of
1966 before moving to Atlanta, Georgia. There she attended
Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing and graduated from
the University of Georgia at Athens with a B.S. in nursing.
'She began her career in neonatal intensive care at Grady
'Hospital and continued at Charleston Area Medical Center
in Charleston, West Virginia. She returned to her beloved
St. Joe Beach in 2001 and was employed with Gulf Coast
'Medical Center where she completed her 37 year career as
a NICU nurse.
Julie was preceded in death by her father, A.O. "Bo"
'Boyett, Sr. She is survived by her devoted husband and
-caregiver, Jeff Barth; son, David Barth; daughter, Whitney
'Barth; granddaughter, Jayde Ann "Annie" Young; her mother,
'Florence Boyett; sister, Paula Boone (Henry, Meggie, Tom) all
of St. Joe Beach; her brother, Buddy Boyett (Pat, Amy, Holly)
'of Havana, Florida; and many special nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
"r A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 22nd,
2008, at Beach Baptist Chapel on St. Joe Beach with Pastor
'David Nichols officiating. Honorary pallbearers were her
son, David Barth; nephews Tom Boone, Steve Aldredge,
and Neal Cantin; brother-in-law John Barth; and long-time
friend John McDonald. Funeral Services were under the
directionn of Comforter Funeral Home. At Julie's request,
please make donations to the American Cancer Society or to
Beach Baptist Chapel, 311 Columbus Street, St. Joe Beach,
FL. 32456
Julie,you touched many lives. Your family's, mine, your
kids', your granddaughter's, the nurses' and doctors' you
worked with, but most of all the thousands of babies you
nursed into life. You will be missed by so many. Love for-
ever, Jeff.

Hazel Darlene Finch
Hazel Darlene Finch, 49, of Dalkeith, Florida went to
be with her Lord and Savior after a long illness, on Monday,

True Love Waits Event
Rally that Encourages and Supports Abstinence
The Rally will be held on Saturday, February 2 in
Wewahitchka at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God on
Highway 71 South, from 5:00 8:00 p.m. Central Time.
True Love Waits will feature a Christian Rock band,
jumbo party inflatables, food, games, and prizes... all free to
middle and high school students.
Organizations can help sponsor the rally by donating
food, prizes, money, etc. Contact Matthew Miller at 340-0538
or Carol Kelley at 639-4750 for more details.

Free Six-Week Grief Support

Group Offered
Covenant Hospice invites adults who are grieving the
loss of a loved one to attend a six-week grief support group.
The group will meet each Monday, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
Feb. 4 through March 10 at Covenant Hospice's Education
Center located at 107 West 19th Street. Participants will
learn about the grief process and have an opportunity to
share their experiences with others who have sustained the
loss of a loved one in a safe and caring environment.
This is a free service with refreshments provided.
Registration is required. Membership is closed to new mem-
,bers after the February 11 meeting. To register, please call
tChristina Coates at 785-3040.
Covenant Hospice currently serves approximately
1,300 patients daily and is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care
,to patients and loved ones facing life-limiting illnesses
regardless of their ability to pay.

First Presbyterian Church
of Port St. Joe
S508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

Pastor: James Wiey
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

S( T "A Reformed Voice
'_ in the Community"

Sunday School ........................................... 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Fellowship................................... 10:30 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 of Faih Christian Sdiool

January 21, 2008 at her residence.
She was born on December 30, 1958 in Pascagoula,
Mississippi to the late Henry Lee and Jessie Mae Spence
Hazel was very devoted to her family and friends. She
was an unselfish person; she put other's needs before her
own. She will be missed by all.
Left to cherish in her memory are; her husband, James
Monroe Finch; two daughters, Jessie Mae Habekott and her
husband Virgel, Christi Marie Humphryes and her husband
David; five brothers, Ronnie Smith and his wife Esther,
Henry Smith and his wife Dolly, Jimmy Smith, Ricky Smith,
and Robert Smith; and two sisters, Mary Cain and her hus-
band James, and Pat Brannon and her husband Emmit.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, January 24,
2008 at Highland Park Community Church in Apalachicola
at 11 EST with Rev. Ray Creamer and Rev. Gary Hires offici-
ating. The family will receive friends at the church tonight,
January 23, 2008 from 5 -7 PM EST.
Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed at
our online obituary link. (

Marcus Neel
Mr. Marcus Neel, 68, of White City, passed away Sunday
morning, January 27, 2008, in a Panama City hospital.
Born in Calhoun County, Florida, he has been a resident of
Gulf County for most of his life. Mr. Neel served in the U. S.
Air Force and was retired from St. Joe Paper Company. He
played Banjo, stand up bass, and fiddle. He played in the
Kingswood Baptist Church Bluegrass Outreach Group, and
had also played stand up bass at the Grand Old Opry. He
was a loving husband and a great father.
Survivors include his wife, Ollie Neel; his son, James
Hersey and wife Elvie; his daughter Tonya D. Nixon and
husband Mike, all of White City, his son Marty Neel and wife
April of Vidalla, GA; five grandchildren, Joshua, Crystal,
Adam, Jennifer, and Whitney; a great-grandson Jake, and
his brother, Miriam Neel and wife Elfrede of Pensacola.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. EST Tuesday,
January 29, 2007, at the graveside at Holly Hill Cemetery,
conducted by the Rev. Nick Daris. He will lie in state at the
Comforter Funeral Home on Monday, January 28, from 4:00
until 6 p.m. EST.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Relay for

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American
Cancer Society and is a team event that promotes survivor-
ship and increases cancer awareness in our community To
find out more information about Relay for Life or to join
a relay team, please join us at our next meeting at Beach
Realty, Reid Avenue, on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30pmr
ET. The more teams that we get, the more fun and par-
ticipants we have, and the more money we will raise to fight
cancer! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part in
this community event right here in Port St. Joe. Interested
in sponsoring this event? This is a great opportunity to
fight cancer while raising your organization's visibility in
our community! Please call Suzanne Doran, Event Chair at
Did You Know???
D In Florida, an estimated 11,420 people will be diag-
nosed with colon cancer and there will be 3,530 deaths (in
Florida) from colon cancer alone.
Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer
death in the United States for men and women.
Our goal is to cut the death rate in half by 2015 won't
you help us by supporting Port St. Joe's Relay For Life?

I "our Church can be your home"
first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
Give unto the Lordtthe glonj due 9s name, worship the Lor in tfe eauity ofhoiness.
S 'sam 29:2

Sunday School............................... 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ............. 11 a.m.

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




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

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 Beaoh United Methodist (herch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

.flmptraton Point

Big Changes

"Graham has had big changes in his
life this year," the letter said.
I enjoy getting these occasional
updates from my Aunt Cathy. You know,
the brag-on-the-kids-and-grandkids
letters. She wrote, "He is no longeran only
child and he has started school." Even
at five years old Graham is starting to
encounter some challenging changes.
We all know that changes, small
to huge, can cause strain. Do you
sometimes yearn fora simple unchanging
existence? Many people do.
Aunt Cathy's letter continued about
Graham's changes. "He is full of questions
about God and heaven right now. One
afternoon Angie (his mom) found him
prone on the floor with his face down and
arms at his side. When asked what he
was doing, he replied: 'I'm bowing down
before God.' Another time she heard him
talking in his room and asked him what
he said. 'Oh, I was just talking to God,'
was his reply."
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone
who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter in." I
believe that; it's in the Bible. But why is it
so hard to, with childlike faith, engage in
Godlike ways?
I have no doubt that God smiled when
He observed Graham's behavior. I did
when I read the letter.



to God has

reminded me of three things I need to do
when big change strikes, actually even
small change.
I need to maintain an active curiosity
about God and heaven. This is especially
true as the swirl of distractions absorb
too much of my life. I need to bow down;
humble myself before God. God I need

to rely on You more.
to talk to God; He
Thanks Graham.

Me less. And I need
has the big-change

- Rick Leland

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

Morning Prayer & Holy Commnunion
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"

First Baptist Church
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

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

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Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, P.A.
William J. Rish, Thomas S. Gibson, Russell Scholz,
Paul W. Groom II
(850) 229-8211

Charles A. Costin
Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
(850) 227-1159


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Brent Vernon to Play at

United Methodist Church

Brent Vernon will perform at the United Methodist
Church in Mexico Beach on Saturday, February 3 during the
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.
Brent (age 29) is a writer, illustrator, and performing
musician. Since the summer of 1995, Brent has toured in 48
states, Canada, Australia, and the Carribean executing a cal-
endar of 75 to 210 concerts each year in schools, churches,
coffee houses, and a myriad of other venues.
Over the last decade, Brent has developed an. unusual
ability to communicate with people of all ages by keeping his
message clear, his methods current, and his presentations
polished. His approach is simple, often using only a key-
board to accompany his warm vocal stylings.

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-71724

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00 p.m.
Svening Worship: 7:30 p.m.
S All Times are EST

Rev. Mac Fulcher
Jeremy Dixon
Director of Youth Ministries
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries
Ann Comforter
Music Director

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S"irst 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


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Look with me for a
moment at Job. In the very
first verse and chapter of
Job, we find a very powerful
statement was made about
him. He was a "perfect and
upright man". As well,
"one that feared God and
eschewed evil".
To go just a little fur-
ther look at Daniel. Daniel
openly stood against his cap-
tives. He and his friends
said they would not eat
food they shouldn't. They
prayed in a manner that all
knew they serve the God
of the Hebrews and not the
Babylonians. Willing even to
face death if need be because
they believed and trusted
God. Today, I ask you again,
"Why do you attend the
House of God"?
Church, every disciple
faced death for one reason,
their love for the Lord. It
is even said that John was
boiled in oil yet never gave
into the demands of worldly


I have been through
many ups and downs in
my life. I have all kinds of
friends... there was a time I
felt like I had no one. There
have been times in my life
that I was on top of the world
and times I didn't think that
anyone cared about me or
loved me for that matter.
Then there was the lowest
of lows. However, it was
during this particular time
that I really came to know
someone who had already
said they loved me and I
had believed them to a cer-
tain point. It was during this
time of indecision and tough
times that I truly discovered
the love of God. The last part
of 1st John. 4:8 "...God is
love." Love is just one of the
central attributes of God's
character. If you want to
know what love is all about,

look at God. God's love is
different from any other love
you will ever experience.
I want to share with you
something's that I have dis-
covered about Gods Love.
One of the most impor-
tant things you need to com-
prehend is that you are not
here by blind chance and
evolutionary processes. Gen.
1:1 "In the beginning, God
created..." You are not an
accident of nature. You are
created by Almighty God.
When God went to the draw-
ing board and designed you
He did it with the express
intent of loving you and hav-
ing a relationship with you.
Before this world was ever
created, God already laid
His eyes on you as an item of

Church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AMD in Jerusalem

We meet at 350 Firelouse RFoad
Overstreet 850.647.1622

Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study

10:00 a.m. EST
11:00 a.m. EST
7:30 p.m. EST

"We are about our Father's business"

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
Siglanb tview gapti t )urcb
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 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

His desire as an object of His
divine and perfect love.
YOU. What I'm saying is
this: God did not wait for
you to come to Him. We all
have the desire to be loved.
However, human love never
adequately fills that desire.
Because we know that we're
not fully satisfied, we look
to fill the empty place inside
us with all sorts of things
Pleasure sex, drugs, alco-
hol, entertainment. Success
- to be the winner in every-
thing we do. Popularity -
to be well-like, admired,
and accepted by everyone.
Possessions to have a lot of
stuff or to have only the mqst
expensive stuff. Solomon,
in Ecclesiastes, calls this
search for something to fill
that empty space with any-

because of a heart belief for
Him but they labored for
another piece of bread for
the body not spirit. I won-
der how many of us truly
love the Lord. How many
of us go because it's just
what we were taught to do.
Or maybe it looks good to
the community or it benefits
businesses that we own. Or
could it just be the social
event of the day. The place
to meet people and make
plans for later. This list
can truly go on! I ask you
to give a close look at your
own heart and search it out.
Then ask yourself, "why am
I here"?
God bless and have a
good week.
In His Service
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal

thing but God a "grasping
after the wind."
Gods love will not judge
your appearances, failures,
success... Gods love looks looks to and in
the HEART.
No matter what we use
to fill the void in our life, if
it's not a love relationship
with God, it will never do
the job. My prayer for you
this week comes from Eph.
3:17b-19 "And I pray that
you, being rooted and estab-
lished in love, may have
power, together with all the
saints, to grasp how wide
and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ, and to
know this love that surpass-
es knowledge-that you may
be filled to the measure of all
the fullness of God."

Red Cross Babysitter

Training Class
A Red Cross Babysitter Training Class will be held on
February 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church from 9 am to 4
pm. The class is open to anyone wishing to receive Red Cross
babysitting certification who is ten years old or above.
The class will include basic baby care, feeding, diaper-
ing, first aid, and a CPR demonstration.
The fee is $40 and financial assistance is available.
Participants should bring a lunch.
Call Mrs. Jenny Adsit at 227-6940 or St. Joseph's
Catholic Church at 227-1417 for more information or to

Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Chu:ch
rFaitb, Family &Friendship are i
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
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This week I approach
you softly with this question,
"Why do you go to the
House of God"? In answer-
ing this we will find that it
opens even more questions
to be answered within our-
selves. In Psalms 103,
we find David praising the
Lord in remembrance of 30
benefits that serving God
brings. One might say that
this was the reason he was
,praising God and to some
fact this would be true. But
his praise ran deeper than
outward benefits.
Look in Psalm 122;
he said he was glad to go
into the House of the Lord.
David also said in Psalm
16:1, "Preserve me 0
God, for in thee do I put
my trust". Church, this
goes further than the seek-
ing of outward benefits or, if
you will, the satisfying of the
flesh. The Bible tells us that
David was a man after God's

pressure. In fact since he
could not be boiled to death-
to kill him and stop his min-
istry, they exiled him to the
Isle of Patmos to live out his
days. And even then did he
bring a message through the
"Book of Revelation".
Throughout biblical his-
tory we find men and women
who truly loved God unto the
blood. Hebrews eleven tells
of the countless numbers
that endured cruel mock-
ings, scourging, bonds
and imprisonment. Some
were stoned and oth-
ers swan asunder. They
were tempted and slain
with the sword. Many
wandered about in sheep
and goat skins and were
destitute, afflicted, and
tormented, each of them
looking for better things
for their love of God.
Jesus, in the sixth chap-
ter of John, said that the
multitude that sought Him
was not looking for Him


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Planning for College?
The Florida Association of Realtors offers a total of $106,000 in scholarship awards

Florida high school
seniors: Are you filling
out college applications
and poring over potential
scholarship programs?
Then make plans to enter
the Florida Association of
Realtors@' (FAR) 2007-2008
Scholarship/Essay Contest
for High School Seniors for a
chance to win up to $10,000
in scholarship funding.
Entering the contest
is easy. Students write a
typed, double-spaced essay
- 500 words or less on the
topic, "How Does a Realtor
Professional Benefit the
Community?" This topic
allows students the freedom
to write about the wide range
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including residential broker-
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land development and real
estate counseling, to name
just a few of the general
specialties. Or essays may
address such points as the
benefits of homeownership
to society, or to families on
a personal level, or how the
selling of commercial real
estate encourages economic
"This scholarship
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Students turning in the top
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awards. All essays, along

before or on March 7, 2008,
and mailed to the Florida
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Augusta National Drive, PO.
Box 725025, Orlando, FL,
FAR's statewide scholar-
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only to high school seniors
who reside in the state of
Florida and plan on con-
tinuing their education at a
college, university, technical
school or other institution
of higher learning. Children
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to $10,000 scholarship
money that could cover the
costs of tuition at a local
community college or pay for
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Florida state university. Now
that's a scholarship that will
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Check with the high
school guidance office to
obtain an application kit and
essay cover form for FAR's
2007-2008 Scholarship/
Essay Contest for High
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org) to download the schol-
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and list of FAR District Vice

Wewahitchka Elementary School Students of the Week

January 22-25 -
K-Matthew Laster; 1st Kaylee Rudd; 2nd Brianna Bailey; 3rd Ryder Lister; 4th. Mallory
Peak; 5th Haleigh McDaniel*
*not pictured


A Public Hearing will be held at the Board
of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting
on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. EST. The public hearing will be held in
the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M.
Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The
public hearing will be to discuss and act on
the following:

1. Final Subdivision Plat Revision -
Harbor Walk 7 Mile, LLC Parcel
ID #02798-035R, #02798-005R,
#02798-015R, #02798-050R,
#02798-001 R, #02798-055R,
#02798-020R, #02798-060R- 11.62
Acres in Section 10, Township 7 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida
A Unit 16 Subdivision Subject to all
Federal, State and Local Development
Regulation state and unstated. Located
in White City.

The public is encouraged to attend and
be heard on these matters. Information
prior to the meeting can be viewed at the
Planning and Building Department at 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312.

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WHEN: Monday, February 11, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gulf County Senior Center
SUBJECTS: Garbage Pickup
Citizen's concerns

All persons are invited to attend these meetings.
[Any person who decides to appeal any decision
made by the Commission with respect to any mat-
ter considered at said meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The
Board of City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe,
Florida will not provide a verbatim record of this

DISABLITIES ACT, persons needing special accom-
modations to participate in thius proceedings should
contact Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk, City of Port St.
Joe, at City Hall, Telephone No. 850/229-8261.

/s/Pauline Pendarvis
City Clerk

By Lenora Weimorts &
Melissia Deputy
Senior Class News:
Seniors, cap and gown
pictures will be taken the
morning of January 31. Males
need to wear a white button
up shirt and females need
to wear a v-neck shirt. We
still need to be paying those
Senior Trip payments! The
last payment is due March
17. There are still senior
shirts for sale. If you'd like
to purchase one, please see
Ms. Barbee. A senior schol-
arship meeting was held this
past Monday and the next
meeting is expected to be
held in April. Don't forget
to congratulate your class-
mates, Samantha Layfield,
for her acceptance into the
University of West Florida,
and Matt Gannon for signing
with Chipola College!
Junior Class News:
Juniors, if you haven't
paid your $20 class dues,
please do so immediately.
Remember, failure to pay
your class dues will exempt
you from attending prom.
Also, don't forget to turn in
your candle orders by 2 p.m.
on Friday, February 1.
Port St. Joe High School
Port St. Joe High School
sports teams have been busy!
Congratulations to the boy's
soccer team for their defeat
over Bozeman and winning
the district championship.
Practice has begun for both
the baseball and softball
teams. The baseball team

will play their annual 100
Inning game this Saturday,
February 2, at 4 p.m. They'
will play their first away game
Friday, February 8, against'
Williston at 7 p.m.
Club News:
Key Club held a road
clean up this past Saturday.
Thank you to all who showed
up 'to work. Also, Key Club
will be taking their club pic-
ture on February 7th. Don't
forget to wear your shirts!
The Port St. Joe
NJROTC participated in the'
FAMU Field meet this past
Saturday as well. The com-
peted in academics, armed:
basic drill, unarmed exhibi-,
tion drill, color guard, and
physical fitness. Although
they did not come home with'
a trophy, they still had a
lot of fun! Cadet Mariana
Schwabacher won a medal
for most female sit-ups.
Great job!
Other News:
The deadline to buy a
2007-2008 yearbook has
been extended to January
30. Yearbook ads are also for'
sale. You can pick up both
forms in Mrs. Norton's room.
If you need help with your,
FASFA (PELL Grant) forms,
please see either Mrs. Gant
in the Opportunity Center or
Mrs. Newsome in Guidance.
'While you're there, don't for-'
get to check out the new
"The purpose of life is
to live it, to taste experi-
ence to the utmost, to reach
out ,eagerly and without fear
for newer arid richei experi-
ence."- Eleanor R6oosvelt

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January is National
Mentoring Month-a time
to recognize the impact that
adult role models can have
on the lives of children and
a time to say thank you to
those who so selflessly give of
their time to provide friend-
ship, advice, and support to
younger folks.
Port St. Joe Elementary
School is truly fortunate to
have a group of dedicated
mentors who spend time
each week with some of our
students. We say a heartfelt
thank you to these people:
John Bass, Rex Buzzett,
Gary Settle, Gary Ross,
David Jones, Carol Cathey,
Sylvia Whaley, Brenda Ward,
Linda Wiley, John Wiley,
Clint Eason, James Christy,
Carla Johnson, Jolynne

FCAT Testing

Price, Cornelia Wiley, and
Susan Wilder.
Do you know how to
help your child on FCAT?
Just go to www.fcatexplorer.
com. There you will find pro-
grams that your child will
need to know for the test.
This is excellent practice and
it will help them get ready.
If you have any questions
please feel free to contact
the school. The FACT and
Stanford 10 test dates are
March 11-24, 2008.

Important Dates:
February 11-Progress
Report issued for 3 nine
February 12-14 -Florida
Writes for 4 grade
February 18th-Holiday-
No School

is Approaching Port St. Joe Elementary Dazzling Dolphins

All parents and students
are invited to a FCAT Question
and Answer Seminar
February 2, at 3 p.m.
At the WIG Center
200 Peters Street

Guests will be Mr. Ken
Monette, Assistant Principal
of Port St. Joe High School,
and School Board Member
Mr. Billy Charles Quinn, Jr.
Refreshments will be
Fore more information,
contact Mrs. Gloria Gant,
Port St. Joe High Opportunity
Center 229-9359.

Front Row: Arianna Allen, Maximus Burgos-Harris, Mary Graziano, Arcel Rico, Joel
Back Row: Damien Wallace, Amity Mullen (Happy Meal), Dave Warriner, Caroline Rish,
Cassie Julian, Christian Hall.



Week #15 answers are:

1. What is one of the main ingredients used to make cake
icing? Lard
2. What year did America gain independence? 1776
3. What is heavier a pound of feathers or a pound of rocks?
Neither, they weigh the same
4. What percent oxygen do we breathe from the atmosphere?

Congratulations to: Brenda Dean and Dawn Quarles. These people
submitted the winning entries. Thank you for participating with our

Week #16-Questions are:
1 What was President McKinley's parrot named?
2. Why is the Wyoming Valley so hard to find?
3. What was the total combined population of the North
American colonies in 1610?
4. What is the only rock that floats in water?

Questions submitted by: Kathleen Rish 4th Grader

Please email your responses to

Bible in Children's Church
are a few of the ways she
feels that God has prepared
her to teach Kindergarten.
Paula has been mar-
ried to Edward Wood, of
Wood's Fisheries, Inc. for 15
years. They have a daughter, -
Gabrielle, who has attended'
Faith Christian since K2.
Edward was in the first class
of kindergartners, and they
are proud to continue the
tradition of his Christian
education with their daugh-
ter. Paula's mother, Gayle
Scheffer, and Edward's
parents, Linda and Buddy
Wood, also live in Port St.
Joe, as does Edward's sis-
ter, Catherine Godwin, her
husband, Mark and their
two children, Caitlin and
Chandler. Paula and her fam-
ily attend the First Baptist
Church of Port St. Joe where,
she currently teaches Bible
to the Kingdom Kids during
Children's Church.

Miss Janice's Athletes of the Week for January 8 through
11 are: K3- Maggie Sasrmiento, K4- Tate Hallman, K5- Farren
Newman, 1st grade, Bryce Thomas, 2nd grade- Bryce Johnson,
3rd grade- James Durham,
and 4th grade- Kayla Baker.
Good athletes must show good
attitudes and good sportsman-


Gospel Sing

On February 9, at 7 p.m.
the Student Government of
Port St. Joe High School will
be hosting a gospel sing at
the Port St. Joe Elementary
School Auditorium. Any one
who would be interested in
performing or would like
more information can con-
tact Olivia Lamberson at
850-340-1228 or Joni White
at 850-229-8251.

Mrs. Paula Wood-FCS's
new K5 teacher.


Randy T. Myricks, Jr. has
been named to the Dean's
List at Santa Fe Community
College for the Fall Term
2007 with a GPA of 4.0.
Randy, I'm very proud
of you.

Your Grandmother
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Faith Christian wel-
comes students, faculty, and
staff back for our second
semester. We trust that all
had a blessed holiday as we
celebrated the birth of our
Lord. We continue to pray
for the Taylors, that God
will direct their way and use
them for His glory.
Faith Christian School
welcomes Mrs. Paula Wood
as our new K5 teacher. Our
previous teacher, Mrs. Linda
Trauger, has gone back to
school. Miss Paula moved to
Port St. Joe from Mississippi
in 1986 during her senior
year in high school. After
graduating with High honors,
she attended both Florida
State University's School
of Engineering and the
University of West Florida
to further her education.
Tutoring children in literacy
for 2 years, aiding with read-
ing in the classroom of chal-
lenged children, and teaching

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Last Known Address
Current Residence is Un-

an action to foreclose a
mortgage on the following
described property in Gulf
County, Florida:


has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
PA., Plaintiff's attorneys,
whose address is PO BOX
11438 Fort Lauderdale, FL
33339-1438, within 30
days from first date of
publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of
this Court either before
service on Plaintiff's attor-
neys or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default
will be entered against
you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint
or petition.

DATED on January 14,

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish January 24 & 31,


CASE NO.: 07-159-CA

Notice is hereby given that
the undersigned, Rebecca
L. Norris, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Gulf County,
Florida, will on the 14th
day of February, 2008, at
11:00 o'clock A.M. (EST),
in the front lobby of the
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd; Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456, offer for sale and
sell at public outcry to the
highest and best bidder
for cash, the following de-
scribed property situated
in the County of Gulf,
State of Florida, to-wit:
Lot 1:
Begin at a found one half
inch iron rod and Cap No.
1782 marking the most
Northerly corner of Lot 31,
of San Bias Estates Subdi-
vision, as per Official Plat
recorded in Plat Book 3,
Pages 20, 21, and 22, of
the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida, (iron rod
also being on the South-
westerly Right of Way line
of State Road No. 30-E
(100 foot right of way);
thence South 70 degrees
18minutes 07 seconds
West, along the North
boundary line of said Lot
31 for 500.46 feet to a
point on the mean high
water line of the Gulf of
Mexico, located at eleva-
tion .99 NGVD 29 of Octo-
ber 10, 2003; thence
South 29 degrees 19 min-
utes 57 seconds East
along said mean high
water line for 50.74 feet;
thence leaving said mean
high water line run North
70 degrees 17 minutes 47
seconds East for 302.29
feet; thence North 19 de-
grees 46 minutes 47 sec-
onds West for 40.00 feet;
thence North 70 degrees
18 minutes 07 seconds
East for 189.75 feet to the
said Southwesterly Right
of Way line of State Road
No. 30-E; thence North 19
degrees 46 minutes 47
seconds West for 10.00
feet to the Point of Beginn-
ing;. the South 2.50 feet
subject to a 5 foot Pedes-
trian Beach Access.
pursuant to the final
judgement entered in a
case pending In said
Court, the style of which is
listed above. Any person
claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the prop-
erty owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must
file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
Persons with a disability
who need special ac-
commodations must no-
tice the individual signed
below not later than seven
days prior to the proceed-
ing which is the subject of
this notice to insure that
reasonable accommoda-
tions are available.
WITNESS my hand and
official seal of this Honora-
ble Court, this 11th day of
January, 2008.

Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of Circuit Court
GULF County, Florida

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish January 31 & Feb-
ruary 7, 2008



CASE NO. 06-483CA


Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to a Final Judg-
ment date January 15,
2008, and entered in Civil
Case No. 06-483-CA of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida wherein COASTAL
TION, INC. is the Plaintiff
is the Defendant, I will well
to the highest bidder for
cash at the front door of
the Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.,
EST, on the 14th day of
February, 2008, the follow-
ing described property sit-
uated in Gulf County, Flor-
ida and set forth in the Or-
der or Final Judgment,
Parcel ID No. 06268-552R
being also that parcel
shown on the Ansley mi-
nor replat-2005 as "not in-
cluded parcel" as re-
corded in official record
book 396 page 1-2 being
further described below:

Commence at the North-
west corner of fractional
Section 7, Township 9S;
Range 11W, Gulf County,
Florida and run North 00
04' 21" East, along the
West boundary of frac-
tional Section 6, 1592.59
feet to a concrete monu-
ment on the Northeasterly
right-of-way line of County
Road 30-E, said point be-
ing on a curve concave to
the East, thence run in a
Southeasterly direction
along said right-of-way
line and curve having a ra-
dius of 22,868.30 feet,
through a central angle of
00 25' 49.5", for an arc
length of 171.79 feet,
chord of said arc being
South 23 12' 16" East
171.79 feet to a point,
thence South 23 25' 11"
East, along said
right-of-way line, 327.02
feet to an iron rod, thence
North 66 34' 49" East
458.74 feet to an iron rod
for a Point of Beginning,
thence from said Point of
Begning continue North
66 34' 39" East 348.57
feet to a point on the ap-
proximate mean high
water line of St. Joseph
Bay, thence South 31 35'
57" East, along said ap-
proximate mean high
water line of St. Joseph
Bay, 100.0 feet to an iron
rod, thence South 66 34'
39" West 362.80 feet to an
iron rod, thence, North 23
25' 11" West, 98.99 feet to
the Point of Beginning.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the
Court Administrator's Of-
fice no later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceed-
ing at 300 East Fourth
Street, Panama City, Flor-
ida 32401; Telephone:
(850)763-9061, ext. 327;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via
Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60

days after the sale.,
Witness my hand and the
official seal of this Honora-
ble Court, on this 17th day
of January, 2008.

Clerk of Circuit Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish January 31 & Feb-
ruary 7, 2008


CASE NO. 07-382-CA


GIVEN that the under-
signed, Clerk of Circuit
Court of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, pursuant to the Final
Judgement of foreclosure
entered in this cause, will
sell at the Font Door of the
Gulf County Courthouse in
Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on February
14, 2008, the following de-
scribed parcel .of real
property, to-wit:

Commence at a point
where the Eastern line of
State Road No. 71 con-
nects with the Northern
line of Section 11, Town-
ship 7 South, Range 10
West, running thence in a
Southwesterly direction
along said Eastern line of
State Road No. 71 for a
distance of approximately
1406 feet to a concrete
culvert for a Point of Be-
ginning. From the Point of
Beginning, thence run
along the center of a ditch
perpendicular to said
State Road No. 71 in a
Southeasterly direction for
a distance of approxi-
mately 1000 feet; thence
run In a Southwesterly di-
rection parallel to said
State Road No. 71 for a
distance of 210 feet along
the center of a ditch;
thence run In a Northwest-
erly direction perpendicu-
lar to said State Road 71
for a distance of approxi-
mately 1000 feet to the
Easterly line of State Road
No. 71; thence run in a
Northeasterly .direction
along the Eastern line of
State Road No. 71 for a
distance of 210 feet to a
Point of Beginning; said
parcel lying and being in
Section 11, Township 7
South, Range 10 West.

In accordance with F.S.
45.031(2), the successful
high bidder, If other than*
the Plaintiff, shall post with
the Clerk a deposit equal
to five (5) percent of the fi-
nal bid or $1,000.00,
whichever is less. The bal-
ance shall be paid to the
Clerk within twenty-four
hours of the sale; other-
wise the Clerk shall read-
vertise the sale and pay all
costs of the sale from the
deposit. Any remaining
funds shall be applied to-
ward the judgment. The
successful high bid shall
be exclusive of the Clerk's
registry fee.

THIS NOTICE dated this
15 day of January, 2008.
Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish January 31 & Feb-
ruary 7, 2008

1 1100

Case No.: 07-276 CA

LLC, a Texas limited liabil-
ity company, as the suc-
cessor in interest to

Notice is given that pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment
entered by the
above-entitled Court in the
above cause, in which
LLC, a Texas limited liabil-
ity company, as the suc-
cessor In interest to
the Plaintiff and MARY
Defendant, I will on the
14th day of February,
2008, at 11:00 a.m., in the
lobby of the Gulf County
Court House, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456, of-
fer for sale to the highest
bidder for cash, the follow-
ing described property in
Gulf County, Florida, set
forth in such Final Judg-
ment, to wit:

Lot H, Sunnywood Estates
Unit 2, as recorded in Plat
Book 3, page 17 of the Of-
ficial Records of Gulf
County, Florida, on file in
the Office of the Clerk of
Circuit Court.

WITNESS my hand and
official seal of the above
Court, this 15th day of
January, 2008.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish January 31 & Feb-
ruary 7


CASE NO. 07-101 PR

IN RE: The Estate of
., eceased.

The administration of the
estate of LEIGH NORMAN
CHAPMAN, deceased,
File Number 07-101 PR is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
Probate Division, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
The name and address of
the personal representa-
tive and that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is served within
three months after the
date of the first publica-
tions of this notice must
file their claims with this

1 1100

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court


The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
January 24, 2008.

/s/Thomas S. Gibson
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
PRO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
Attorney for Personal Rep-
FL Bar No. 0350583

/s/Nicolette Jane Borst
22 Picton Street, Apt. 506
London, ON N6B 3R5
Personal Representative


Case No. 06-334-CA


Notice is given that pursu-
ant to a Final Judgement
entered by the
above-entitled Court in the
above cause, in which
PANY, INC., a Florida cor-
poration, is the Plaintiff
the Defendant, I will on the
21st day of February,
2008, at 11:00 a.m., EST
In the lobby of the Gulf
County Court House,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456, offer for sale to the
highest bidder for cash,
the following described
property In Gulf County,
Florida, set forth in such
Final Judgement, to wit:

#8 (Newly Created)

Commence at the South-
east Corner of Section 8,
Township 7 South, Range
8 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence north 89 de-
grees 46 minutes 25 sec-
onds West, along the
South Line of said Section
8, for a distance of
3180.13 feet to its Inter-
section with the Westerly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road; thence North
23 degrees 19 minutes 38
seconds West, along said
Westerly Right-of-Way
Line for a distance of
53.43 feet; thence continu-
ing along said Westerly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road, for a dis-
tance of 846.66 feet to a
concrete monument;
thence continuing along
said Westerly
Right-of-Way Line, North
08 degrees 57 minutes 30
seconds West, for a dis-
tance of 95.32 feet; thence
North 81 degrees 02 min-
utes 30 seconds East, for
a distance 60.00 feet to
the Easterly Right-of-Way
of said Mixon Road;
thence North 08 degrees
57 minutes 30 seconds
West, along said Easterly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road, for distance

of 300.00 feet to the
thence continuing along
said Easterly Right-of-Way
Line of Mixon Road, run
North 81 degrees 02 min-
utes 30 seconds East for a
distance of 218.00 feet;
thence South 08 degrees
57 minutes 30 seconds
East, for a distance of
200.00 feet; thence South
81 degrees 02 minutes
minutes 30 seconds West,
for a distance of 218.00
feet to the Easterly
Right-of-Way line of said
Mixon Road, and the Point
of Beginning. Said parcel
containing 1 acres more
or less.

WITNESS my hand and
official seal of the above
Court, this 15 day of Janu-
ary, 2008.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk : ,

Publish January 24 & 31,.


Case No. 06-343-CA


Notice is given that pursu-
ant to a Final Judgement
entered by the
above-entitled Court in the
above cause, in which
PANY, INC., a Florida cor-
poration, is the Plaintiff
the Defendant, I will on the
21st day of February,
2008, at 11:00 a.m., EST
in the lobby of the Gulf
County Court House,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456, offer for sale to the
highest bidder for cash,
the following described
property in Gulf County,
Florida, set forth in such
Final Judgement, to wit:

#9 (Newly Created)

Commence at the. South-
east Corner of Section 8,
Township 7 South, Range
8 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence north 89 de-
grees 46 minutes 25 sec-
onds West, along the
South Line of said Section
8, for a distance of
3180.13 feet to its inter-
section with the Westerly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road; thence North
23 degrees 19 minutes 38
seconds West, along said
Westerly Right-of-Way
Line for a distance of
53.43 feet; thence continu-
ind along said Westerly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road, for a dis-
tance of 846.66 feet to a
concrete monument;
thence continuing along
said Westerly
Right-of-Way Line, North
08 degrees 57 minutes 30
seconds West, for a dis-
tance of 95.32 feet; thence
North 81 degrees 02 min-
utes 30 seconds East, for
a distance 60.00 feet to
the Easterly Right-of-Way
of said Mixon Road;
thence North 08 degrees
57 minutes 30 seconds
West, along said Easterly
Right-of-Way Line of
Mixon Road, for distance
of 100.00 feet to the
thence continuing along

1100 -
said Easterly Right-of-Way
Line of Mixon Road, run
North 81 degrees 02 min-
utes 30 seconds East for a
distance of 218.00 feet;
thence South 08 degrees
57 minutes 30 seconds
East, for a distance of
200.00 feet; thence South
81 degrees 02 minutes
minutes 30 seconds West,
for a distance of 218.00
feet to the Easterly
Right-of-Way line of said
Mixon Road, and the Point
of Beginning. Said parcel
containing 1 acres more
or less.

WITNESS my hand and
official seal of the above
Court, this 15 day of Janu-
ary, 2008.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish January 24 & 31,


CASE NO. 08-03 PR

IN RE: The Estate of


The ancillary administra-
tion of the estate of JOHN
R. OLIVER, deceased,
Case Number 08-03 PR, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
Probate Division, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boule-
vard, Port St. Joe, FL
32456. The name and ad-
dress of the ancillary per-
sonal representative and
the personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is served within
three months after the
date of the first publication
of this notice must file
their claims with this court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court
The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
January 31, 2008.

7523 Somerset Bay, Apt C
Indianapolis, Indiana
Ancillary Personal Repre-
sentative of the Estate of
John R. Oliver
Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, PA.

S 1100
116 Sailor's Cove Drive -
RO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0350583
Attorney for Ancillary Per-
sonal Representative

Publish January 31 & Feb-
ruary 7, 2008


CASE NO. 07-394 CA

TANYA KREIS, et. al.,
Defendants c

GIVEN pursuant to an-Or-
der or: Final, Judgement
entered in,,:Case, No.
07-394-CA of the Circuit
Court of tie 1,4th,Judicial
Circuit .J and for Gulf
County, Florida,; wherein
Plaintiff, 'and TANYA
KREIS, et al., are defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est bidder for cash, Fl6r-
ida, at the hour of.,11,00
am. EST on theA4thc day
of February, 2Q08, the fol-
lowing described prop-
erty: .z.;!
Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
date of the-lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
DATED this 16th day of
January, 2008.
Clerk of Circuit Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish January 31, &
February 7, 2008


CASE NO.: 07-122CA

vs. ',

an action by the Plaintiff
seeking to reinstate the
warranty deed to the fol-
lowing described real
property in Gulf County,
Florida, to wit: "A portion
of Lots 4 and 5, Cockran
Landing, an unrecorded
subdivision in Fractional
Section 30, T4S, R9W.
Gulf County, Florida," has
been filed against you and
you are required to serve
a copy of you written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Tim-
othy C. Campbell, Attor-
ney at Law, Plaintiffs attor-
ney, whose address is 228
E. 4th Street, Panama
City, FL 32401 on or be-
fore March 10, 2008 and
file the original with the
Clerk of this Court, either
before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; oth-
erwise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the


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,clt.h, o a c, ,nin, /,,If (r,, nhn, nrt c,,rrnrdinn arms for 87 years THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2008 9B

WITNESS my hand and
official seal of this Court
on this 25th day of Janu-
ary, 2008.
Clerk of Court for Gulf
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish January 31, Feb-
ruary 7, 14, 21, 2008

Purpose and Effect: The
Gulf County School Board
proposes to amend and
adopt policies, as pro-
vided for in the Adminis-
trative Procedures Act, for
the purpose of bringing
-said policies into compli-
ance with Florida Statutes
and State Board of Educa-
tion Rules.

Summary: The following
is a brief description of
each proposal change.

2.20 Responsibilities and
Authority of the Board
3.41 Domestic Security
.3.68 Background
Screening for Contractors
3.90 Charter Schools
4.10 T h e
4.11 Student Progres-
sion Plan ,
4.12 Exceptional Stu-
dent Education
4.18 Academic and Ca-
reer Planning
5.70 Student Records
5.71 Directory Informa-
5.711 Parental Access
t o
5.82 Anabolic Steroid
Testing for Student Ath-
6.143 Employment of
Nondegreed Vocational
and Adult Instructional
6.17 Appointment or
Employment Require-
6.502 Approval of Leaves
6.544 Jury / Witness
6.546 Personal
6.548 Sabbatical Leave
6.55 Temporary Duty
6.61 School Board
E m -
ployees with HIV, AIDS or
Other Commun. Diseases
6.91 S a l a r y
6.92 Health Insurance
8.70 Management In-
formation System

Economic Impact: These
proposals may result in di-
rect costs associated with

Time: 6:00 PM EDT
Date: February 22,
Place: School Board
Meeting Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the pro-
posed rules can be in-
spected during regular of-
fice hours at the Gulf
County School Board Of-
fice, 150 Middle School
Road, Port St. Joe, FL.

Special Legal authority un-
der which the adoption is
authorized and the law be-
ing implemented and in-
terpreted is made specific.

The addition and changes
are proposed by Bill Carr,
Assistant Superintendent
for Business Services and
S approved for considera-
tion by Tim Wilder, Su-

Publish January 24 & 31,

ASE certified, repairs @
home, business, or
roadside, towing available,
Wewa beaches and
Call Dan at 227-8225

Cleaning Service. In
Business locally for 5
years, honest, depend-
able, reasonable, &
good local references.
Residential, vacation
rentals. Free Estimates.
229-1654 or 227-5876

Vlckery Construction
Spray foam insulation, fi-
berglass, cellulose, gar-
age doors, & fireplaces.

1100100 | 2100I1 4100 46100 6140 7110
NOTICE TO RECEIVE the project within 120 con- Drivers Part Time Accountant New Construction Luxu- House for Sale
SEALED BIDS secutive calendar days. Yorkie Puppies Representative Neededl FOR RENT riesTownhomes in Mex-
SBID #0708-13 Bidder must agree also to FOR SALE Driver Trainees Would you like to work at beach with pool& cabana FL, 4 BLOCKS TO
pay as liquidated dam- Adorable Yorkle Puppies NEEDED home an earn $3000 850 sq. ft. warehouse 3 & 4 beach with poor starting at $895 BEACH, 2 LOTS
The Gulf County Board of ages, the sum of $500.00 AKC/CKC Registered. No CDL? No Problem monthly salary? Must be w/office in Port St. Joe. Limited availability. Call 110 x 121.46 x 116.28 x
County Commissioners for each consecutive cal- Going for $300. Email: Earn up to $900/wk. Computer Literiate, 2-3 $400/moincuding tax. Ron229-200322 Beautiful Beach House
will receive sealed bids endar day thereafter. glennhennessey@ Home weekends with hours access to the inter- o including tax. Ron 229-200-3221 148.84 Beach House,
from any qualified person, TMC. Company endorsed net weekly.Must beEffi- Call 814-7400 Port St. Joe, large Histor- 1935 sq.ft. heated and
fromany quorcorporation Attention of Bidders is TMC. CDLTraining. endorse cent and Dedicated. For Callic 3 br, 2.5 ba home, over- cooled. House is 4 yrs.
company, or coin:ticularly called to the re- 1-866-2L -5309 more information contact looking Bay. Elegant old. Four bedroom, 2
interested in: ticularly called to thcondi-us at:- (nfcompany@yah rooms includes foyer with baths. Screen Room. The
quirements as to condi-be Healthcare/Other beautiful staircase, formal house and recreation
FOR PROVIDE-INSTALL tions of employment to be ____ __ living & dining rooms, room along with all bed-
SERVICES observed and minimum n EMS Director & CNA POSTAL & GOV'T JOB 6110 breakfast room, paneled roomshave been ceram
RELATED TO THE EX- wage rates to be paid un- eems Memorial Hosital INFO FOR SALE den/office, back stairs, ictiled. Walk-in clos ets,
TENSION OF WATER der the Contract, Section Weems Memoral Hospital INFO FOR SALE PSJ: 2 br, 2 ba fireplaces, screened some furniture will stay,
gently accepting applica- Very Nice Apt in nice porch, garage. $1400 mo., completely tiled through-
OF PORT ST. JOE TO Section 109 Executive Or- tions for the following po- caution neighborhood, close to 850-227-7234. out, heat pump has been
THE OVERSTREET der 11246, and all applica- sitions: EMS Director (FL schools. Rare availabil- salt spray dipped so no
COMMUNITY TO IN- ble laws and regulations M HANDISE Paramedic LIC required ty $750mo negotiable. corrosion will occur, attic
CLUDE HOOKING UP of the Federal government w/2 years Paramedic and You NEVER have to 850-227-5883.1,0-, Recrea ooo
RESIDENTS OF THE and State of Florida; and 3100 Antiques 1 year sp rio Pp r St foe 3nbrm2ba, 16 x 24 with cypress wood
re- 3110 Appliancres ence) & CNA (FL Cert re- about federal or postalyPt.St Joe 3 br, 2ba, laun- on the ceiling and walls,
OVERSTREET COMMU- bonding and insurance re- 3120 Arts & Crafts en y C ert s If ou see a job dry rm, Irg rec room eat tiled. Outside shower and
NITY TO THE EXTENDED quirements. 3130 -Auctions quired). Anyone interested jobs. If you see a job in dining rm, CH/A, nice deep well. 12 x 20 Boat
POTABLE WATER SYS- 3140 Baby Items may contact Ginny Griner guarantee", contact the 30 yard $650 mo + $400 shed and 12 x 20 Storage
TEM Gulf County is an Equal 3150 Building Supplies HR director, RO. Box 580 FTC.-6130 yard $650 mo + $400 shed and12 x 20 Storage
Project No. C.D.B.G. Opportunty is an E qualoyer. 3160- Business Apalachicola FL 32320. The Federal Trade 4 br 2.5 be, Mexico Bch, dep.No pets 227-6216 coveriingunit. Concrete
Project No. C.D.B.G. Opportunity Employer. Equipment 850-653-8853 ext 105, Commission just finished, upgraded walkways, awning over all
#06DB-89-09-32-01-N35 3170 Collectibles Fax 850-653-2474 or email is America's consumer appliances, pool access, doors, fence railing along
.BOARD OF COUNTY 3180 Computers protection agency. $1200mo, 678-296-9639 walkways around house.
The Provide-Install firm se- COMMISSIONERS 3190 Electronics Web Id #33974229 Ready for the summer and
lected is to perform and/or GULF COUNTY, FLORI- 3200 Firewood 1000sf office/residential St. Joe Beach Walk to family and quests, will
provide the necessary re- DA 3220 Furniture eathcare erapy 1-877-FTC-HELP space, Carrabelle, FL. 3 br, fened yard. $900mo 325,000.00 MUST SACRI-
sources to extend water BY: BILLY E. TRAYLOR, 3230- Garage/Yard Sales A publc service $600/mo Call 850231-3456 leave FICEFOR HEALTH REA-
lines from the nearest CHAIRMAN 3240 Guns Lic. Physical Apublc service 8505624996 ll850-231-3456 leave FICEFOR HEALTH REA-
existing water mains oper- TTEST: 3250 Good Things to Eat Therapist Asst. message from the FTC 850-5624996 message if no answer. SONS, can email pictur-
ated bythe City of PortSt. EBECAL N 3270 Jewelry/Clothing Home health in Gulf Co. ClassifiedAdvertisinge TISE R r#T*k I f
Joe to the Overstreet CLERK 3280 Machinery/ PT, flex hrs. Generous Per Department R A t
Community and hook-up Equipment visit reimbursement. Call 4 | 6150 Mry and Tom Price 334
the residents in the Over- Ad #2008-07 3290 Medical Equipment Kay 340-0271 or email re- 268-0601/334807-0134
street Community to the 3300 Miscellaneous sumeto Researcher Position 2 br 1 ba, close to down- Room For Rent 268-0601/334807-0134
extended potable water Publish January 24 & 31, 3310 Musical Instruments Geoghagans@fairpoint. available FT/PT No expe- town bay clean, Nice M/F 80mo Utilities i
system. 2008 3320- Plants & Shrubs/ net. rience. Will train.Call (877) W&D, 1st & last, $800, Mo clouded. to share 4 br
system 333 Supplies WeblD#33973161 281-9308 No Pets. (321) 453-3564 home. Call 227-1711
3330 Restaurant/Hotel No__ets.___21)__53-366___7120__
Bids will be received un- NOTICE OF SALE 3340 Sporting.Goods JOB N0TICE
til 4:30 p.m., E.T., on Notice is ALE 3350 Tickets(Buy & Sell) OB NOTICE 2 br, Quiet area, fur-

February 8, 2008 at the America's Mini Storage The City of Port St.,Joe is rom beach, newly 170
Gulf County Clerk's Of- and Office, Inc. Intends to accepting applications for renovated, screen sun 2 br 1 ba 118 Narvaez
fice, Gulf County Court- dispose of or offer for sale the following position: renovated, screen-in sun- Ave Port St. Joe beach Must Sell!
house, 1000 Cecil G. the personal property de- 3230 room. Call 648-4301 $550/mo + dep. No pets. Comm' Bldg in WeWa.
Costin Sr., Blvd., Room scribed below to enforce a Police Officer 258-8734 or 227-8066 ask 850-229-6825 Under $100K very nego
148, Port St. Joe, Flor- lien imposed on said JJ: Overstreet, 1670 Salary for Paul or Lisa. 850-774-6886
ida, 32456. Bids shall be property under the self Pleasent Rest Rd(8 miles $31,850.70-$33,000.24
designated as 'Sealed Bid storagefacility act statutes N of Mexico Beach), Sat DOQ $31,850.70 3,000.24D I
#0708-13" Gulf County section 83.801-83.809. Feb 2nd 8a-? & 3rd, 8a-p 2184 hours yearly based 5100 Business
Community Development America's Mini Storage Moving Sale 2184 houyearly based Opportunities i FOR RENT 71so
Block Grant Project for and Office, Inc. will dis- indoor/outdoor on 12-hour shfts 5110 Money to Lend 3 br 2 ba, living, family, 3 br 2 ba MH with CH&A,
Fiscal Year 2006 to be f pose of said property no Rain or Shine dining, kitchen, & laundry/ 12 miles from Mexico Bay County -
FiscalYe 2006 tatbe f- later than February 15, Everything must go Applications are available Pantry,porch, pond in Beach. $600/month plus Fountain Area
nanced by the State of 2008. Property is located furn, pool, tools, lx wmn's at City Hall. Please return front, fncd bkyd, bus stop deposit and utilities. Call 2.5 Acres, $22,500
Florida Department of at America's Mini Storage clothes, & much more applications to the Munici- 5100 infront of prop, $795+dep. 229-377-1489 or 229- 2.Owner Fin5 Acres, $22,500
Community Affairs, Grantand Office, Inc. 141 Corn- pal Building, 305 Cecil G.Call ULilli 850-647-5722 224-8403. Owner Financing
#06DB-89-09-32-01-N35, merce Drive, Port St. Joe, -Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. 500/day Part time from
Overstreet Community FL, Gulf County. Joe, Florida 32456. Posi- Home. No selling. No 3 br, 2 ba, Country quiet 1-941-778-7980/7565
Distribution System. D tions will be open until boss. Not MLM. Go to Living, 4 miles from the
Donna Cartwright, Unit filled. All applicants must www. beach, 2500sf, Must Seel Cape San Blas. Rock bot-
All bids must be submit- #B-39, furniture & per- 3300 present a valid Florida Todayl Furn or Unfurn, 648-4301, Lot 14 at Bryants Landing tom price. Nice 2nd tier,
ted in triplicate. Any bids sonal items. Driver License and Social 258-8734 or 227-8066 ask 2 br, 2 ba.C/HA, furn'd, gulf side lot. County ap-
received after the speci- 5 piece bedroom suite, Security Card at time of A $400,000 First Year. In- for Paul or Lisa. W/D hkup, Carport praised @ $252K. Must
fled timeanddatewillnotPublish January 31 & Feb- paid $1500 will take $900. Some Potential. Don't Be- w/storage. $625.95 mose for $180K (513)-
be considered The ruary 7 Stand up freezer, large application. live? Don't Call IncI Water/Sewer. No pets. 697-1777
sealed bids will be pub- microwave, Tohatfu 6.0 (8 0 0)) 3 7 2 3,1 4 1 ; Close to boat ramp. 1/2
sealed bids will be puboat motor, never used,. The City of Port St. Joe www.ExistingWithPurpose bik to Locky Lake & Chip-
licly opened and read much more. Call 647-3357 enforces a Drug-Free .com o Call
aloud at 10:00 a.m., E.T.,'" Workplace Policy and is ________3 br, house w/ garage, oloa river. Call8
on February 11, 2008 in an Equal A e V A lagre fenced in yard. 417 850-227-3777
the Gulf County Clerk's Opportunity/Affirmative e eoAnalysisola St. Oak yarove RV Space for rent private O G
Office, Gulf County Court- Action Employer. andmTraining Bz. Big $$ 227-7800 lot with 1 room cottage
house, Room 148, 1000 in Internet Sports Training. 1404 Long Ave. Cute t. Beacon Hill Call Dan
Port StG. Costin SFl., 32456. Blvd., Publish January 31, 2008 $2500 investment. (312) Bungalow, 3 br, 2 ba laun- 850-227-8225
Port St Joe, Fl., 32456. 683-5153 dry rm wA & D. $950mo.N
2100 Pets Jerry's Framing Crew, Inc Call 850-766-4601
The information for Bid- 2110 Pets: Free to Now Hiring 25 skilled car- eBay Resellers 8100 Antique & Collectibles
ders, Forms of Proposal, Good Home I penters. Must have tools, Needed 1780 Grouper Ave. 2 br, 8110 Cars it les
Form of Contract, Plans, 2120 Pet Supplies drivers, license and trans- ee1 ba. $595month+ $400 Wewa: 2 br, 1 ba fresh 8130 TruckslityVehicles
Specifications, and Forms 2130 Farm Animals/ EMWportation. $$$$$d 9o No pets. Rehab. $425mo +$425 8140 Vans
.of Bid Bond, Performance Suppliest 4100 Help Wanted Drug Free Environment Use Your Home deposit. No pets. Rehab. $425mo. +$425 8140 Vans
of Bid Bond, Performance 2140-Pes/Lvestock 4100 Help Wanted Drug Free EnvironComputer/Lato Highland View dep. No pets please. Call 8150 Commercial
and Payment Bond, and Wanted 4130 Employment Paid Vacationp9-6825 639-5721 8160 Motorcycles
other contract documents Information Call Jerry 850-227-1945 or No Experience Required 850-229-6825 639-5721 160 Motorcycles
otmay be examined at thenInor 850-227-65432 1 1-800-706-1803 x5244 800 ft home & Accessories
office of Bailey Bishop and '2 sENERGY for rent! 8220 -oPeM l atslcraft
Lane, Inc., located at 407 iW T VEN ir D n' 8230 Sailboats
Reid Ave., Port St. Joe, FL 3 4100 VENDING 8240 Boat & Marine
32456, (850) 227-9449 Other Exciting New Candy Overstreet. on Lake a Supplies
Copies may be obtainedther Exclusive Distributorships Charles, just 7 miles from 8310 Aircraft/Aviation
Copies may be obtained pay Find Out : the beach & one blk from 8320 ATV/Off Road Vehicles
at this office upon pay- Managers, What The Buzz Is All the intercoastal waterway 8330 Campers & Trailers
meunt of tes AKC Chinese Construction A t Mgers & About boat ramp. 3 bedrooms, 3 RASTAT 8340 Motorhomes
amount constitutes the AKC Chinese Constructnion/Trades Ass ols B IT full baths, 3 walk in clos-
cost of reproduction and Sharei PuCh ies Sales Asscoiates BUZZBITES ets on a acre of land. Pets 7100- Homes CA-
handling. This payment AKC Chinese Sharpi Commercial for Major Convienant 877-843-8726 welcome with additional 7110 Beach Home/
will not be refunded. Puppies for sale. Lots of Plumbers & Helpers Store Chain, benefits in-, CALL BILL deposit. $900 a month. Property 811
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The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points during
the month of January 2008.
The check points will be held
throughout the county to
include Highway 98 near St.
Joe Beach, Highway 98 and
GarrisonAve, 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 01/10 a vehicle driv-
en by Gerald Allen Knowles,
32, was stopped for a traffic
violation. It was learned that
his license was suspended,
he was arrested for DWLSR.
On 01/10 Arthur Terrell
Addison, 50, was arrested
on two warrants for sale of
crack cocaine.
On 01/11 deputies
transported Dewey Derand
Denton, 59, from Bay County.
He was arrested on a war-
rant for violation of proba-
tion on an original charge

of DUI.
On 01/11 the sheriff's
office received information
that Katie K Strain, 21, .was
at a residence in Mexico
Beach. She was located and
arrested on a warrant for
violation of probation.
On 01/11 James
Raymond Heath Jr, 40,
was arrested on a violation
of probation warrant. It is
alleged that he was consum-
ing alcohol, which was a vio-
lation of his probation.
On 01/11 a vehicle driv-
en by Daniel Lee Atkins, 43,
was stopped for a traffic
violation. The deputy that
stopped the vehicle deter-
mined that Atkins was intox-
icated and he was arrested
for DUI. He was also arrest-
ed on a violation of proba-
tion warrants.
On 01/11 a vehicle was
stopped for a traffic viola-
tion, the driver gave deputies
permission to search his car.
During the search a baggie of
marijuana was found on the
passenger side of the vehicle.
The passenger, Carl Logan
Wilson, 19, was arrested for

possession of marijuana.
On 01/11 a Vehicle driv-
en by Christopher Allen Lee,
25, was stopped for care-
less driving. It was found his
license was suspended, he
was arrested for DUI.
On 01/11 deputies
stopped a vehicle near Lake
Alice. Robert Jerome Rouse,
23, a passenger in the vehi-
cle was arrested on multiple
warrants for sale of crack
cocaine, tampering with a
witness, aggravated assault,
resisting an officer without
violence. During a search
of the vehicle marijuana
and crack cocaine were
found. Rouse stated that the
drugs were his, he was also
charged with possession of a
controlled substance.
On 01/12 Johnny
Charles Underwood, 47, was
arrested on a violation of
probation warrant. The orig-
inal charge was disorderly
On 01/12 deputies
attempted to stop a vehi-
cle on the Overstreet Road.
When the deputy activated
his lights and siren, the

vehicle failed to stop. When
deputies finally got the
vehicle stopped, the driver,
Brad Curtis Phillips, 28,
was arrested for fleeing and
attempting to elude, DWLSR,
and DUI.
On 01/12 Barry Lee
Sites, 27, was a passenger
in a vehicle that was stopped
for a traffic violation. Sites
was arrested on a warrant
for failure to pay child sup-
On 01/14 deputies went
to the Bay County Jail and
arrested Logan Steven Pope,
20, on a violation of proba-
tion warrant. The original
charge was possession of
drug paraphernalia.
On 01/14 Kendrick
Lawayne Gray was arrested
on Bay County Warrants for
violation of probation,
On 01/15 Tammy Jean
Melton, 39, was arrested
for failure to appear on a
charge of attaching tag not
On 01/15 Daniel Lee
Atkins, 43, was arrested on
a violation of probation. The
original charge was intro-
duction of contraband into a
correctional facility.
On 01/15 Raymond

Alexander Driesbach, 38,
was arrested on a warrant
for failure to pay child sup-
On 01/16 Kenneth Norris
Rogers, 37, was arrested for
violation of an injunction for
On 01/17 Kiana Soraya
McQuillar, 22, was arrest-
ed on a warrant for failure
to appear on a charge of
On 01/17 Kristen C.
Butler, 33, was arrested on a
charge of worthless checks.
On 01/17 Elbony
Veronica Cole Smith, 23, was
arrested on a violation of
community control warrant.
The original charge was pos-
session of crack cocaine.
On 01/17 Anthony Scott
Crocker, 24, was arrested
on a violation of probation
warrant. The original charge
was DWLSR.
On 01/20 Levy Allen
Turner, 20, as arrested
on a violation of probation
warrant. The original charge
. was possession of drug par-
On 01/20 a vehicle
driven by Timothy Thomas
Watford's, 20, was stopped
for having a headlight out.

The deputy found that
Watford license was sus-
pended, he was arrested for
On 01/21 Charles Ray
Hayes, 55, was arrested on a
warrant for violation of pro-
bation on an original charge
On 01/22 Anthony Scott
Crocker, 24, was arrested
on a warrant for violation
of probation. The original
charge was grand theft.
On 01/22 Tristan Lamar
Darna, 22, was arrested on
a violation of probation war-
rant. The original charge
was DWLSR.
On 01/23/ Jerry Allen
Mills, 27, was arrested on a
failure to appear warrant.
On 01/23 Jerry Thomas
Gates, 63, was arrested on
a Bay County warrant for
worthless checks.
On 01/24 Robert Phillip
Pyne, 28, was arrested for
On 01/23 Jason Lee
Catrett, a juvenile, was
waived to adult status on
charges of burglary and theft
for incidents that occurred
in the St Joe Beach area.

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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

The size of the package,
so to speak, has nothing to
do with the talents and abili-
ties enclosed within.
Nowhere is this illustrat-
ed better than by a particular
five-foot two-inch Air Force
Lt. Col. Deb Meserve,
commander of the 325th
Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron at Tyndall Air
Force Base, has spent her
19 years in the Air Force
often surprising people with
her capabilities, which are
A soft-spoken but viva-
cious woman, Meserve, who
recently spoke to the local
chapter of the DAR, over-
sees more than 900 airmen
who provide aircraft sorties
to train pilots.
"In a nutshell, we train
pilots for air dominance,"

Meserve said, describing
how, under her command,
young 20-something year-old
airmen prepare and maintain
multi-million dollar military
planes for pilot training.
"It's very exciting and
challenging," she said, with
over half of her squadron
under the age of 24. "They
are amazing. We let 20 to
24-year olds launch out $160
million planes.
"We're very proud of
them.. I love coming to work
every day," Meserve contin-
ued. "I see young people
working with senior folks, all
making miracles every day."
This is no small feat con-
sidering the squadron main-
tains everything from the
oldest to the newest planes
in the Air Force.
Meserve said her crews
work on F-15s, the old-
est planes, engineered in
the 1960s and developed
in the 1970s, to the F-22s

Lt. Col. Deb Meserve and her civilian administrative assis-
tant Connie Schwarz, recently addressed the local DAR chapter.
Both women have worked in the military 19 years.


(Raptors), the newest, most
sophisticated planes yet.
Originally from
Maryland, Meserve entered
the Air Force in 1988 through
an ROTC commission, choos-
ing to go into munitions and
maintenance. She wanted to
work on fighters, she said,
and the only way to do so
was to go into the munitions
and maintenance field.
She said she had seen
quite a number of changes
in the armed forces in her
nearly 20 years of service.
Meserve entered the mil-
itary before Desert Storm
(1990-91), when there
"were very few women," she
"But they never treated
me like a girl. If you were
smart and listened, you were
okay. Gender was never an
Meserve remembered
that prior to Desert Storm,
troops were never allowed to
go anywhere in uniform, as
opposed to today's troops,
she said.
Another major change
she has seen is the inten-
sity of American support for
troops. ,
"Public support became
so great after the parades
welcoming home Desert
Storm troops. There's been
a huge shift in support from
when I came in. I tell the
young airmen today that it
didn't used to be like this, to
enjoy it."
Meserve has served
in Korea, Japan, Greece,
Turkey, and Saudi Arabia,
among other locations, and
has noted the differences for
women in the U.S. armed
forces and women in other
military services.
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surprise to people because I
am technically capable. I'm
just 5-foot-2, and when you
are knowledgeable, it sur-
prises people."
"Even in other western
Christian cultures around
the world, they still have
that male outlook toward
women," she said. "In other
cultures we still have to deal
with that attitude a little bit,
but when they recognize that
women are technically capa-
ble, they begin to respect that
and they warm up to the U.S.
military women they must
work with."
"The technical ability of
our American women in uni-
form has helped them adjust
to women in uniform in gen-
eral. When they recognize
you know your stuff, they are
happier and not as opposed
to working with you."
Meserve likened herself
to a "mini-CEO," who han-
dles, among dozens of jobs,
training, public appearances,
counseling, budget, person-
nel and personal problems
for her airmen.
"The pilots' lives are in
my airmen's hands every
day," she said. "These are
18-, 19-, 20-year-olds, so I
go out each morning and
talk to them. It's fun to watch
them mature. After one year
in their jobs, their self-confi-
dence is so much better."
Married to an active
duty military career officer,
Meserve said, for morale
purposes, she will occasion-
ally work on the planes with
the crew.
"In maintenance, officers
don't work on planes," she
explained. "In this area, offi-
cers are expected to lead. I

always have gone out occa-
sionally and joined the crew
because the guys get a kick
out of it," she laughed.
And it also helps her
understand her airmen bet-
ter when she "walks a day
in their boots," she added. "I
understand how to motivate
them and what their day is
like. You won't understand
your people if you don't do
And understanding her
people allowed the squadron
to recently receive a 24-year
high rating.
In fact, her team was
the excellence award nomi-
nee for new/exciting ideas in
2007. And her squadron won
the maintenance effective-
ness and innovations award

in 2007, over all squads in
the command.
Meserve motivates her
airmen with a program that
rewards them for ideas that
better the squadron.
For instance, she is
allowed to put aside money
each year and when crew
members produce ideas
to make things work bet-
ter, Meserve uses the money
to implement those innova-
She gave a great deal of
credit to her chief master
sergeants and senior enlisted
personnel for helping encour-
age such free thinking.
"They are exceptional
in encouraging that culture.
They're marvelous to encour-
age such free thinking."

DAR .News

The St. Joseph Bay Chapter National Society Daughters
of the American Revolution met for their regular luncheon
meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at the Sunset
Grill Restaurant in Port St. Joe. Lt. Col. Debra Meserve,
Commander of 325 Aircraft' Maintenance Squadron at Tyndall
Air Force Base, and her assistant, Connie Schwaz, were spe-
cial guests of the Chapter.
Col. Meserve gave an interesting talk in which she
informed the audience shehas been a member of the Air
Force for twenty years, having served at bases throughout
the world. Each assignment had a duration of approximately
two years. She is due to deploy to Iraq later this year where
she looks forward to serving as consultant to the chief of the
Armed Forces of that country. The speaker went on to explain
some of her duties as squadron commander. She said there
are one thousand members in the squadron, averaging in
age at twenty-two. She is proud that she can rely on her men
and women to responsibly repair and maintain forty million
dollar aircraft. She expects excellence in performance and
receives outstanding results.'
Col. Meserve presented the chapter a framed photo of
the squadron and invited the members to attend the Annual
Air Show on March 29.

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offerings, then listened to
a few welcoming words by
Pappas, Port St. Joe mayor

Mel Magidson, and Blake
Bell, Signature Health Care's
vice president of operations

Bay St. Joseph's Gayle Scarborough, talks to Bonnie
Carlstrom widow of Hall of Fame honoree Murray Carlstrom.

Stella Pappas, administrator of Bay St. Joseph,
extended a special "thank you" to the following people
who helped make the Hall of Fame Cafe grand opening
such a success:
Congressman Allen Boyd, for having an American
flag flown over the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. The flag
was then framed and hung in the dining area;
Rick Lamberson and Thomas McEniry, with RSR
Studio, for the sound equipment used during the evening;
Port St. Joe High School Color Guard/Honor Guard:
Molly Matty, Melissa Deputy, Jacie Ball, Johna Ball,
Autumn Yoakum;
Petals By The Bay for the flowers;
Sunset CoastalGrill for donating the prime rib served
at the dinner;
Chef Eddie Cass, of Magnolia Grill in Apalachicola,
for donating a cake for the dessert bar;
All of the Bay St. Joseph staff, many of whom
assisted the facility's chef Darrell Patton in preparing the
food for the event;
SAll of the residents, familymembers and guests of
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Brother Dave Fernandez
delivered the invocation, the
high school Color Guard
presented the colors, and
three of the five honorees
were brought to the front of
the room for the presenta-
Pappas then broke into
a rousing medley of 1940s
and '50s songs that were a
huge hit with the standing-
room-only crowd.
Gayle Scarborough, Bay
St. Joseph's administrator in
training, explained the pur-
pose of the ceremony and
began the induction of the
honorees while the Honor
Guard acknowledged each
one with a saber salute.
A brief slide show of pho-
tographs showing moments
in the lives of each recipient
was flashed across a screen
as Scarborough gave an
overview of each honoree's
life of service.
And as each honoree
was presented with flowers,
his or her plaque was uncov-
ered on the wall.
Pappas then brought the
evening to a close with a
rendition of "Wind Beneath
My Wings."
The first to be recog-
nized for the Hall of Fame
Cafe were: Kathryn "Kitty"
Hunt (deceased), Murray
Carlstrom (deceased), Mary
Mosley Parker, and Xuripha
Mozelle Miller and her hus-
band Colley Houston Miller.
Hunt was recognized for
her lifetime of ministry, her
teaching career and commu-
nity service.
Carlstrom was hon-
ored for his extensive mili-
tary service, his lifetime of
environmentalism, as well
as his community activities.
Pappas presented his wife
with flowers as his plaque
was unveiled.
Parker's life was cele-
brated for her military ser-

Bay St. Joseph's admihistrator Stella Pappas, (holding ribbon) celebrates at the Hall of Fame
Cafe ribbon cutting along with Sandra Chafin, director of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
and other dignitaries.

vice and her nursing career,
plus her community service
and nationally-recognized
patriotism efforts. She
accepted flowers, surround-
ed by her family.
Xuripha Miller was
recognized for her writing
career, which included mul-

tiple awards for her poet-
ry and her career with the
Apalachicola Times.
Colley Miller received
acknowledgment for his pub-
lic service to the Eastpoint
community, especially for
his service as Eastpoint's
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MLS# 205809 $262,000 Port St. Joe

Beautiful 1st tier lot in the
"X" flood zone, high and dry
location and only steps from
the beach. This superb building
lot has great gulf views and
is the largest 1st tier lot in
the sub-division measuring:
53.66 x 206.62 for .26 of an acre. "Curve at the Cape", is a
gated community with paved roads, underground utilities, well
planned landscaping mixed with a healthy abundance of natural
vegetation, two walkovers for easy access to a large, secluded
and beautifully peaceful beach. Bird wildlife is ever present,
ready for your kayak and/or canoe. At this price you can have a
dream retreat. Lot#5
Port St. Joe Realty
143 Acklins Island Drive, Cape San Bias, Florida 32456
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