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County OKs alcohol ordinance; eyes stimulus package

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
On a night when county
commissioners approved
an amended ordinance on
alcohol sales, the eyes were
mostly trained on the eco-
nomic stimulus plan com-
ing out of Washington.
Though the measure
had yet to be approved by
the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives and will be taken
up by the Senate this week,
commissioners were con-
sidering whether to hire a
lobbyist as part of a region-
al effort to secure some of
the funds to Gulf County.
"If we don't spend some
money, we won't get, any

money," said Commis-
sioner Billy Traylor. "Gulf
County needs a voice."
Several commissioners
have had presentations
,from a lobbying firm spear-
headed by former Tallahas-
see Mayor Scott Maddox,
who has close ties to the
new administration.
While the figures the
county has been provided
by the state association of
counties, the governor's
office and lobbyists vary
wildly and are sure to
change before the bill is
on the president's desk to
sign, the estimate is that
Gulf County could receive

BEACH: The beach
restoration project on
St. Joseph Peninsula
has been completed
and this aerial view
shot by Debbie
Hooper shows the
new sandy beach
that extends from
the state park to the
Stump Hole area
of C.R. 30-E. Houses
near the Stump
.Hole are now being
rebuilt with the
protection of sugary
sands between the
properties and the

PSJ High NJROTC Earns Two Naval Honors

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AWARD WINNERS: The cadets earned fifth place in a recent state ROT: competition and received the Unit Achievement
Award during last Friday's Navy inspection at the high school. Pictured are: top row, (1-r) Nick Scheffer, Violet Jones,
Calder Mahan, Jesse Raffield, Tyelle Hamilton, Lucas Adams, Sidney Love, Jacie Ball and Jonna Ball. Bottom row,
(1-r): Angela Canington, Samantha Nicodemus, Julia Scheffer, Autumn Yoakum and Cristina Cordova.

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
F before the 2008 school year, the
Port St. Joe High School Navy
Junior ROTC program teetered
on the edge of extinction.
Today, it tlriyes, with cadets
earning two new honors from the U.S.
On Jan. 24, NJROTC students jour-
neyed to Orlando to compete in the Boone

Bowl, what Commander Martin Jarosz
described as the "toughest competition in
the state for NJROTC students."
The high school's 14 cadets stood tall
amid delegations numbering 50 to 200,
with' some schools arriving with mascots
and marching bands in tow.
Under the watchful eyes of U.S. Navy
personnel, the students competed in five
events: the armed basic drill, unarmed
basic drill, unarmed exhibition, academic
evaluation and personal inspection.

Asthma problems among several of
the cadets forced the Port St. Joe delega-
tion to sit out of the 2,000-yard relay.
The cadets did their best at all events,
even though a few lost their cool in the
personal inspections.
After months of coaching, NJROTC
sophomore Julia Scheffer could not main-
tain a stony face in the presence of Navy







Two-week idle

in operations

to begin Friday

The national economic
downturn has forced Ari-
zona Chemical to idle its
Port St. Joe operations for
a two-week period, begin-
ning this Friday.
According to plant
manager Mike Brantley,
approximately 50 of the
plant's 76 employees will
be furloughed, without
pay, for most of the two-
week period.
Some maintenance.
work will be performed
at the end of the furlough,
Brantley said.
Employees received
notice of the furloughs
last week. Full'production
is scheduled to resume
the week of Feb. 23.
Headquartered in
Jacksonville, Fla., Arizona
Chemical is the world's
largest producer of natu-
rally derived specialty
resins and pine-based
chemicals for the adhe-
sives, inks and coatings,
lubricants, fuel additives,
mining and oleochemicals
The company has six
manufacturing plants
in the U.S. and five in

Francis, owner of Toucan's, pleads to tax, gun, drug charges

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Paul Francis, the owner
of Toucan's Restaurant in
Mexico Beach, faces up
to 42 years in prison after
pleading guilty last week
in federal court to tax, gun
and drug charges.
Francis pled guilty to
six counts of tax evasion
involving some $2 million,
being a convicted felon


unlawfully possessing a
firearm and possession of
The charges stem from
a complaint filed in Sep-
tember of 2008 just after
federal and local law en-
forcement executed war-
rants at Francis's home
and Toucan's.
He had been held with-
out bond since, a federal
judge assessing him a
threat to society, and was
formally charged Jan. 20.

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He was returned to prison
to await sentencing after
formally entering his plea
last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Toucan's
Restaurant is being ad-
vertised by Roebuck Auc-
tions, with an auction of
the restaurant scheduled
for sometime next month,
the date and time to be
determined, according
to an advertisement by

By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
The saga of Toucan's continues..
Infive weeks, another chapterin the
life and times of Toucan's Restaurant
and Tiki Bar will be served to residents
in Mexico Beach.
The landmark restaurant will be
sold at auction on Thursday, March 12,


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at noon on the restaurant premises.
According to representatives of
Roebuck Auctions, restauranteurs are
already gunning for the beachfront
Roebuck Auctions, out of Destin,
will handle the sale for owner Paul G.
Francis, who was arrested and jailed

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Capital City Bank Group Foundation grants total $1,500

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
The Capital City Bank
Group Foundation recently
awarded $500 grants to
three area non-profit orga-
Ray Thompson, presi-
dent of Capital City's Port
St. Joe office, presented the
checks last Friday to repre-
sentatives from the Norris

D. .Langston Youth Founda-
tion, Growing Minds Center
and United Way of North-
west Florida.
Each organization has a
strong community presence.
The Norris D. Langston
Youth Foundation funds
college scholarships for
students across the panhan-
dle, United Way provides
financial support to area
non-profit agencies and the

Growing Minds Center edu-
cates children with autism.
Founded in 1983, the
Capital City Bank Group
Foundation is a 501(c) (3),
tax-exempt organization
that donates funds for spe-
cial projects and community
needs twice each year.
The foundation awarded
a total of $242,550 in 2008.

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Downtown to get second facelift

By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer

A second facelift for Reid
Avenue, including the Port St.
Joe city hall, started this week.
Hopefully, it will be another
step in bringing new life into
The opening strokes of heavy
equipment were visible in the
city hall parking lot this week as
the complete renovation of the
parking lot and east entrance to
Reid Avenue began.
For the next 60 to 75 days
workers will be transforming
the area into a landscaped and
re-designed multipurpose space
that should increase appeal
to visitors, shoppers, event
planners and merchants.
According to Matt Fleck,
director of the Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency
(PSJRA), which is handling the
renovation, the project has two
purposes: to improve parking
for city hall and downtown, and
to provide public event space
for activities that focus on
As such, the new space will
continue to be home to the Port
St. Joe Salt Air Farmer's Market,
which debuted last year.
A focal point of the new
area will be the old paper mill
whistle and an historical marker
describing its significance.
Long-time Port St. Joe mayor
Frank Pate, who retired in 2007,
had workers salvage the old
whistle and stored it until a time
and place became available to
display it.
As a fundraiser, the Farmer's
Market will also be selling
commemorative, bricks for the
pathway in the new space in
honor of paper mill workers.
The renovation of the parking
area will yield approximately the
same number of parking spaces
as the former grassy lot, vehicle
access through the lot from
Reid to Williams Avenue, and a
landscaped event area fronting
Cecil G. Costin Boulevard.
The facelift of Reid Avenue,

Port St. Joe's main business
street, began several months
ago with the introduction of the
PSJRAs facade grant to Reid and
Williams Avenues businesses.
"Our biggest immediate
contribution is the facade
program," Fleck said. "Our
focus of the last six months
has specifically been to help
businesses put on a new face. It's
been a big push."
Fleck said the PSJRA had
providedmore than $250,000, over
half of its 2008 operating budget,
for merchants and property
owners to put new fronts on their
buildings on the two streets.
The facade grants also apply
to the backs of Reid Avenue
buildings that are visible from
Fleck said that sight line was
just as important as the Reid
Avenue view and will be folded
into the next renovation stage,
which is the re-striping and
landscaping of U.S. 98 through
town. That will be a Florida
Department of 'Transportation
project that is currently being
negotiated and will take place in
2010, according to Fleck.
He said the hope in sprucing
up the alley side of Reid Avenue
businesses and placing business
signs on the alley facades was
to present a more positive view
of downtown to people as they
drive along U.S. 98, and to pique
drivers' interest .in exploring the
new changes along Reid.
"If we help owners improve
their buildings' appearances,
they can attract more retail
tenants, Fleck said. He added
that the agency's intent is to
upgrade Williams Avenue to
the same level as Reid, making
it more attractive for potential
restaurants and retail.
"Folks should look at the
facades on Williams, Reid and
U.S. 98 for visual proof that
the redevelopment agency is
working," Fleck said. "Lots of
improvements have happened
already, but lots more are to
come, especially the U.S. 98


1 Mill Referendum Guide
Why do we need an increased millage?
Since the economy of Florida is weakening, there is less revenue. Therefore, the State of Florida has
drastically reduced its funding into our school system.
07-08: We were cut 2.1 million dollars and we lost 43 employees countywide.
08-09: We will cut 600,000 dollars, which will include 8 10 employees.
09-10: We will be cut another 1.7 million dollars, which will include up to 42 employees.
How will these cuts impact our schools?
If.this referendum does not pass, our school district will be greatly impacted.
-The number of students in our classrooms will increase due to fewer teachers.
-Middle School and Junior Varsity sports could be eliminated.
-Elective programs such as Band,Art, ROTC, Welding, Music, etc... may not be available to our
-The middle schools at both ends of the county will be merged with the high schools and the 6th
grades will .be added to the elementary schools which will make for extremely crowded situations in
our elementary schools.
Some questions you might have:
Q-If we are out of money, why is PSJE building a NEW BUILDING?
A-The money used to build the Pre-K building comes from the cent sales tax that will end in
December of this year. The State of Florida allows for the sales tax to pay for construction costs
Q-Can our district go to a 4 DAY WEEK?
A-Last year, Mr. Wilder and our School Board members evaluated that option. A four day week really
only saves on transportation costs, which isn't a real savings area since we are such a small district.
The two main reasons for not going to a four day week were the fact that our community is already
limited in daycare facilities and with our county being among the highest in teenage drug and
alcohol use, the Board felt that we would be putting our teenagers at risk to have a whole day of
unsupervised free time while many parents would be at work. Since schools are required to have
180 days of instruction, if the schools opted for the 4 day week, the students would then have to
make up the time in the summer to fulfill the 180 day requirement.
Q-What happened to the LOTTERY money?
A-Last year, Gulf County received $50,000.00 from the lottery. The lottery money is primarily used
now to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Q-How long will this TAX LAST?
A-This tax is good for 4 years only. It would have to be voted on again to be reinstated.
Q-How can I find out how much I will have to PAY with the tax increase?
A-Look at your property tax bill. Find the rangel that your taxable amount falls into. If your taxable
value is $65,000, then you will fall into the $51,000-$75,000 range. In that range, your increase will
not exceed $52.50/year @ .0007 mills or $75.00/year @ .001 mills.
Taxable Amount Not to Exceed/.0007 mill Not to Exceed/.001 mill
$25,000-$50,000 $35.00/$2.92 per month $50.00/$4.16 per month
$51,000-$75,000 t $52.50/$4.38 per month $75.00/$6.25 per month
$76,000-$100,000 $70.00/$5.83 per month $100.00/$8.16 per month
101,000-$125,000 $87.50/$7.29 per month $125.00/$10.41 per month
$126,000-$150,000 $105.00/$8.75 per month $150.00/$12.50 per month
$151,000-$175,000 $122.50/$10.21 per month $175.00/$14.60 per month
$176,000-$200,000 $141.00/$11.67 per month $200.00/$16.66 per month
$201,000-$250,000 $175.00/$14.58 per month $250.00/$20.83 per month
$251,000-$300,000 $210.00/$17.50 per month $300.00/$25.00 per month
$301,000-$350,000 $245.00/$20.41 per month $350.00/$29.16 per month
$351,000-$400,000 $280.00/$23.33 per month $400.00/$33.33 per month
$401,000-$450,000 $315.00/$26.25 per month $450.00/$37.50 per month
$451,000-$500,000 $350.00/$29.17 per month $500.00/$41.66 per month
Q-When do we VOTE?
A-Your ballot will come in the mail from Linda Griffin's office between February 25th and March 6th.
It will look similar to an absentee ballot. You must check your preference and mail the ballot back
to her office. It is not postage paid. Before sending your ballot back, please be sure that you have
sealed the ballot completely and sign it with the same name that is on your voter registration card.
That is very important or your vote will not be counted.
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Thursday, February 5, 2009


Trickle down politics

New president or not, the
County Board of Commissioners
showed last Tuesday that change
will not be an overnight event.
For much of the meeting,
commissioners discussed an
economic stimulus plan that
had not even been passed yet by
the House of Representatives
and would only be taken up by
the Senate this week, a work
in progress without definitive
numbers as to how it might help
the state or the county.
The potential for Gulf County,
commissioners theorized based
on information they had received
from various sources, was about
$3 million flowing in based on
numbers they had been provided.
Therefore, why not hire a
lobbying firm for $20,000 of
taxpayer money as part of a
regional effort to snare a chunk of,
well, taxpayer money. A lobbying
firm touting close ties to the
new administration and making
its pitch to commissioners
individually the old dodge from
When the teat of government
is out, everybody get in line
- except, of course, those who
might actually need it such as the
poor and school students, those,
in other words who can't afford to
spend other people's money on a
And what might that money
coming to the county, if it comes,
be used for?
Well, the two proposals tossed
out by the chairman, who then
requested similar proposals from
other commissioners because,
after all, act fast while rates are
low as in a going out of business
sale was repairing the EMS and
Public Works buildings as well as
that old favorite, paving roads.
Forget about a common and
broad vision and what would
benefit the county as a whole;
instead consider how any money
that might trickle down from a
measure on which the period has
yet to be dotted should be used

for pet projects the county can get
somebody else to pay for.
That's stimulating the
economy? That is the benefit to
be gained from more mortgaging
for future generations to pay.
As commissioner Bill
Williams noted, the equation for
commissioners, as Peters was
defining it, did not include the
impact on jobs and salaries, how
many jobs might be generated
and how sustainable those jobs
might be.
More troublesome were
Williams' comments when it came
to locals providing help for locals.
He said he would like to see
the Economic Development
Council and the Tourist
Development Council and
similar entities the Chamber
of Commerce and Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency could
be tossed in the mix reach out
to assist existing businesses in
Port St. Joe and other parts of the
A few sips of coffee and
conversation in the morning in
downtown Port St. Joe had shown
hini that many small business
owners don't feel a whole lot of
love from the very organizations
Established, and funded with
taxpayer money, to provide that
What a revelation.
As has been stated in this
space many times, a storefront
program works only if there are
stores. Improvements along,
downtown avenues are fine as
long as there are businesses
,there that remain viable. ,
The most obvious step that
could be taken lowering the
tax burden seems almost off
the radar. But if the EDC, TDC,
Chamber or redevelopment
agency want to reach out to small
businesses, pushing the county to
lower the bar they have bellied up
to for years might be a fine place
to start.
Commissioners wrapped
things up last week with Mr.

Peters doling out what amounted
to homework assignments to his
peers to address budget issues,
with one commissioner looking at
parks on the north end, another
the landfill, one insurance
and finally consolidation of
Peters, as commissioners
noted with jocularity, left himself
out as the self-proclaimed
"nucleus" for these future
debates once the homework
assignments are completed. All
but one commissioner had a
deadline of next week.
What would have been more
fitting, though, is if Mr. Peters,
after talking about attending the
inauguration of the President,
speaking about the sea-shift
of change coming and the
responsibility of elected officials
to be agents to Jhat change, had
taken the most important step.
No taxpayer money would
be spent and certainly much
saved down the line given the
discussion of the previous 90
minutes and history -'by ridding
property owners and small
businesses of the onerous tax
burden that has been the product
of such discussions.
Discussions hat segregate
how the county does business
based on personal agendas, a
lack of understanding of the
landscape around them, the
absence of a true long view of the
pressing issues and the ability to
dodge genuine at-the-ballot-box
responsibility for four-fifths of the
Mr. Peters, with a sweep of the
pen, could end single-member
And put an end to a
government that operates as
five separate planets orbiting in
a galaxy far, far away from the
real world the commissioners'
constituents are living every day.
At that point we can talk about
the audacity of real change and
the promise of economic stimulus
that lifts all.

Our "neighborhood watch" program

I've heard say it takes
a village to raise a child. I
have no idea if that is true
or not. We grew up out at
the end of Stonewall Street.
The black top ended up
at the hill in front of Paul
David Campbell's house.
You had to crunch the HUI
gravel beneath your feet to DC
get on out to us. Kesley
This was eons before TV
We were about the last generation
to get to make up our own
pictures. Invent our own games.
Enjoy the luxury of thinking for
ourselves. And benefit from a
slowness of life that allowed you
to actually know your neighbor...
not just shout howdy to him as you
both hurried to work.
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks lived "just
down the street". They were old.
And thrifty. And they worked all
the time. They cut our hair and Mr.
Brooks paid us to help him pick
his cotton. He was nice and polite
to us; but he didn't put up with no
foolishness. I said "yes sir" and
"no sir" and stepped lively around
them. They expected young boys
to be proper young boys.
I tried so hard to measure up to
their expectations.
Billy Webb lived across the
street from the Brooks'. He was
tall. And funny. And several years
older than me. He was a life guard
at the swimming pool even before
Leon went to work there. Billy
wasn't just smiling when you saw
him, he was laughing out loud! And
he always had this look like he was
up to something. You really wanted
to hang around pretty close so
you'd be there when he sprang
"the big one"!
We'd lay on our backs and
pick out the shapes of the drifting
by clouds. I would spot one that
looked just like a beaver. Of course,
Leon thought it looked more like a
coon hound baying up a gum tree.
One of the Kennon girls would
declare it to be a bear poking into
a hollow log for honey. Billy would
look at that same cloud and see
a war going on between some

fresh landed Martians and
the last of the Arapahoe
Indians. He would launch
into a blow by blow '
monologue as the fight
unfolded that apparently
only he could see. I
realized at an early age
NKER Billy got more out of life
WN than the average person.
Colbert That's the kind of fellow
he was.
I learned from Billy Webb
that life is fun. You could get bad
headaches or the stomach gripes
if you went though it wearing a
Billy's younger sister, Karen,
was the prettiest girl in our village.
She was in the same class as Leon.
I can remember walking to school
with them. Well, they were walking
to the high school. I was tagging
long as far as the elementary
building. They would catch up on
the latest gossip about Larry Byrd,
Bobby C. Melton or Judy Seratte.
I would be waving at the passing
cars so they'd know me and Karen
were walking to school together.
Even though pretty, busy
and older than me, Karen would
look right at me when I talked to
her. And I was just a little runny
nose kid! She seemed genuinely.
interested in what I was saying.
She made me feel important!
I never forgot that lesson.
The Kennon's lived a couple
of lots back toward town from
us. Terry and I were the same
age and explored the big ditch
together. I remember when Elvis
first appeared on the Ed Sullivan
show. They invited us down to
watch it on their new television
I grew up understanding that
neighbors shared.
Joe and Richard Gooch's folks
built a house right beside the
Kennon's. We had enough to play
hide and go seek. And we were all
close enough in age that we could
fight, be friends, explore Archie
Moore's pond or just "hang out"
on them nothing to do afternoons..
and dream about getting old

enough to escape this little place.
We learned to give and take.
No one got to decide "what to
do" every time. We worked most
everything out eventually. Fairly
peaceably! And with a minimum of
blood letting!
Aunt Jessie (who was nobody's
aunt that I know of) moved in
down the Como road behind us.
She was kind'a small and wiry.
Years and years of experience had
turned her into a cookie making
machine. And her popcorn was
the absolute best! She also would
come out to the ball games and
cheer along the third base line.
Shoot, she had a keen eye and
she'd jump right in there with us
looking through the weeds for
a foul ball. She'd umpire on the
close calls. She had more fun
than any of us. And I can hear her
laughing till this day.
I realized that age didn't make
you old.
Mother said the Brooks' asked
about me long after I'd gone. I can
still remember Billy Webb running
with me in his arms the time I
busted my head open behind the
swimming pool. I reckon it was
the only time I ever saw him not
laughing. I measured a lot of
girls against Karen when I began
to date. I saw Terry at a class
reunion a couple of year's ago. We
hugged and carried on like little
kids. I haven't heard from Joe
or Richard Gooch in years. That
doesn't dim their memory one bit.
Aunt Jessie is in a nursing home. I
am going to kick myself one day if
I don't get up to see her soon..
I'm not sure about that village
thing. But fifty years later I can
still recall each face, distinct
mannerisms, gentle rebukes,
encouraging words, helping
hands and the abiding love that
hovered around "down at the end
of Stonewall."
None of it hurt my chances
later on. And I am so much richer
for it.




AS I The Star Letters

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vote Yes on Levy
Later this month, every Gulf County
voter will receive a ballot and have the
opportunity to vote yes for the school tax
In these difficult economic times, this
is a rare opportunity for us to send a loud
and clear message that we will protect
our schools....that we will protect our
children's futures.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and un-
cles can cast a vote that will send a mes-
sage that the young people of Gulf County
have all worked hard to attain the distinc-
tion of an A school district and if nothing
else, we can help protect that.
People ask why I am supporting the
school tax when I have no children or
grandchildren in this system. It's simple. I
am paying my due.
I had a great education in a rural
school system in Georgia. My kids and
now my grandkids are being educated in
public schools. Public school is one of the
remaining institutions that needs our sup-
port. In rural areas, like ours, there are no
options and the responsibility for making
our schools the best they. can be is ours.

Gulf County has a low drop out rate
and a high graduation rate and we are an
A school District.
Let's all vote yes on the school tax...the
Superintendent, the teachers, and most of
all, the students, have all done their part.
Now, let's do ours.
If you have any questions, please come
to the School Tax Community Forum at
Capital City Bank at 7 EST on February
The event is being sponsored by the
Gulf County Democratic Party, Port St.
Joe High School Student Government
Association and Save Our Schools Com-
I also want to take this opportunity to
invite interested citizens to the monthly
meetings of the Democratic Committee
on the third Tuesday of each month at
the Capital City Bank. We are looking for-
ward to seeing you there. If we organize,
if we speak, if we work together, we can
make Gulf County a better place to live.
We need each of you helping us to do our

Zebe YC Schmitt, Chairman
Gulf County Democrats

Thanks for Food Drive
We want to thank Zebe Schmitt and
the Democratic Party for the terrific job
with the food drive on Martin Luther
King Day, Jan. 19. Over 600 food items
were collected and given to the People
Helping People of Gulf County food bank.
Also a special thanks to the students
of Port St. Joe;who did a great job of
collecting donations.
The many people who require
assistance in Gulf County are most
grateful for this generosity.
Those of you who haven't stepped
forward to help out, please do so by
contacting us at 229-1477 or 229-5262.
Quen Lamb
Executive Director
(DC and People Helping People

Save Our Schools
When I first heard about the financial
crisis in our schools, I immediately
knew that our citizens would "rise to the
occasion" and do what we could do to

"Save Our Schools" Isn't that what
the Pilgrim's Fathers did in 1620, when
they crossed the ocean to begin a better
life? They brought with them three
major benefits: to worship God and to
keep His word; to love and cherish their
family; and to educate the children, first
to read the Bible.
Citizens, I urge you to become
informed. Look in The Star for the sheet
that shows how your taxes would barely
increase, and I think you'll be surprised
how little it is. Then, look for your ballot
in the mail around the middle to last of
the month. Check "Yes" and mail it back.
A community is often measured by
its schools. We have the best of schools
and we want to keep everything that we
have. No program needs to be cut, no
employees need to lose their job, and
most importantly, every child needs a
good and caring education, whether it
is for college, the work force, armed
services or technical schools.
Let's work together for our main
goal: Save our Schools.
Linda Whitfield


When did First Amendment change?

If I may quote, "Congress
shall make no law
respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof,
or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and
to petition the Government
for a redress of grievances"
That my friends is
a direct quote from the
first amendment of our
Constitution. At the present
time I believe it is being
used as a big bull's-eye for
various people and branches
of government.
One bad situation begets
another, to wit, there is
a bill in the works at the
present time called the
"Hate Crimes Bill." Now
this bill in essence would
cause your pastor or priest
or rabbi to be charged and'
incarcerated because he
preached from the pulpit
that same sex marriage and
homosexuality are wrong.
You would not be able to
express your feeling toward
an obnoxious person at the
risk of being arrested and
charged with a "hate crime."
Any little thing having
to do with race, gender,
sexual orientation would be
chargeable under this law.
The homosexual agenda
is being pushed as hard
as possible and I'm afraid
our new President is all for
it. There are presidential
edicts or orders from the
president having to do with
this very thing. I think,
correct me if I am wrong,
but it is called the HLTG
directive or something to
that effect. It's an acronym
for Homosexual Lesbian
Transgender bill, and it
would give recognition to
this minority group and
they are in the minority no
matter how much noise they
You are not being told the
truth my friends. Search for
Our President must be
getting uncomfortable with
the conservative talk show
hosts. He said, "Don't listen

to Rush Limbaugh" and
I imagine other, Hannity,
Beck and Huckaby will
get the same treatment. If
the fairness doctrine gets
passed those conservative
talk show hosts will be
run off the air. They will be
required to give equal time
to the other side, the liberal
side and that would require
untold amounts of time and
money which the stations
could not afford.
Incidentally, there has
never been a liberal talk
show that succeeded.
I think that the blood
shed in defense of this
wonderful country gives
me the right to complain
about perceived wrongs
in it. Did my friends die in
vain holding on to a love for
the country that blessed
them? I don't think so. I
think that those individuals
in happy hollow should get
down on their knees and
ask forgiveness from the
Almighty from whom their
authority emanates. You
are not to be forgotten,
Louie, Ted, The mouse, old
scrapper, the lightweight
boxing champ of the
destroyer squadron, who
died in the fiery hell of a
powder magazine with
no way to get out with his
whole crew, As long as the
Fox is alive you will not
be forgotten. Did these
heroes, and I only mention
a few, die in vain? Did they
die uselessly believing
in a dream that was only
a dream. I donlt think so
and I'll stay on my soap
box as long as God gives
me the strength to stay
there. I can still hear the
burned boy we picked up
out of the burning hell at
Pearl Harbor calling for
his mother. He died on the
way to the pier where the
medical people were. He
and the others died so that
those idiots in happy hollow
could do and say what they
want to. I'm still here and I
will exercise that right, too.
This is the saltwater fox
and I love you all.

Reynard the saltwater fox

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as much as $3 million.
Commission chair Na-
than Peters suggested that
commissioners come up
with priority projects for that
money, should it become re-
ality. Peters expressed an in-
terest in seeing the EMS and
Public Works buildings over-
hauled as well as the paving
of a list of roads.
But Commissioner Bill
Williams insisted that the
county take a regional ap-
proach to the effort, saying
the airport in Franklin Coun-
ty, the Port of Port St. Joe
and the Gulf to Bay Parkway
provide the kind of regional
infrastructure efforts that
would be attractive to the
stimulus package propo-
"It will take a regional ap-
proach to get some of this
money," said Commissioner
Warren Yeager.
County administrator
Don Butler agreed, saying,
"There are a lot of reasons
for us to be part of a regional
Such a regional approach,
working with neighboring
counties such as Jackson,
Franklin or Calhoun, is the
one proposed by Maddox
and his firm, which is seek-
ing $20,000 from the county
for the lobbying in Washing-
Williams said he was op-
posed to spending the mon-
ey until the outline had been
filled in. He was apparently
alone among commissioners
in not hearing a presentation
from Maddox or his firm.
"I can't support the
$20,000 if I don't know what
the plan is," Williams said,
adding that his support was
contingent on a regional ap-
Williams also emphasized
that any proposals for spend-
ing economic stimulus mon-
ey would hinge on factors
such as jobs created, how
sustainable in the long-term
those jobs were and the sala-
ries and benefits they would
Steve Norris of the North-
west Regional Transpor-
tation Corridor Authority
spoke to say the authority
had requested funding for
the second segment of the
Gulf to Bay Highway be in-
cluded by the governor's of-
fice as a priority project.
Commissioners approved
pursuing the option of hiring
a lobbyist on the condition
that it is a multi-county ef-
fort. #
In other business taken.
up during last Tuesday's
*Peters gave each of the
other commissioners an
area of the budget to exam-
ine and bring back recom-
mendations to the full board.

Yeager will take a look at
the Honeyville Park/Shel-
ter and Dead Lakes Park;
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore will examine
the landfill which costs the
county about $900,000 to op-
erate; Traylor will examine
insurance; and Williams will
examine consolidation of de-
The aim is to examine
ways to cut operating costs.
All but Traylor were asked to
have their recommendations
for the next board meeting,
this coming Tuesday. Traylor
has until June.
*Commissioners ap-
proved (Peters dissenting)
an amended ordinance
pertaining to alcohol sales,
effectively mirroring the or-
dinance recently passed by
the city of Port St. Joe. That
would allow the sale of alco-
hol from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.
seven days of the week
"This is only following the
times the city has in place
now," Traylor said. "I don't
see any harm in it."
*Commissioners said
they would exercise their
right by statute to challenge
the expansion of the redevel-
opment agency boundaries
on the city of Port St. Joe. The
county was notified of the ex-
pansion of the boundaries to
include the neighborhood of
North Port St. Joe, but com-
missioners expressed a de-
sire to sit down at the table
with city commissioners to
consider the proposal.
"It is imperative we sit
down with them," said Wil-
liams. "This has a conten-
tious history all over the state
between counties and cities.
We are providing $238,000
and we should have an op-
portunity to sit down and dis-
cuss this with the city.
*Cathey Construction
was awarded the contract for
renovation of the restrooms
at the Honeyville Park/Shel-
ter. Cathey was the low bid-
der at just over $22,000.
*Commissioners ap-
proved sending a letter to
Sacred Heart regarding the
expenditure of some of the
funds from the trust fund
established for sales tax rev-
enue collected since Janu-
ary 2006 for indigent care
and health programs in the
The committee oversee-
ing the trust had made a
decision to send some $1 mil-
lion to Sacred Heart to help
defray construction costs,
but commissioners under-
stood the money would be
used to leverage more funds
from the state through what
is known as the LIP fund.
Commissioners want to
clarify Sacred Heart's wish-
es before making a decision
on spending the money.

School board members to cut salaries

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
In an effort to tighten
all belts possible as the
district seeks additional
operating funds from vot-
ers, the members of the
Gulf County School Board
on Tuesday unanimously
voted to cut their salaries.
The five members vot-
ed to slice 10 percent from
their monthly salary begin-
ning Feb. 1 and continuing
through the current fiscal
year, which ends June 30.
The savings would
amount to over $1,000 per.
school board member, or
between $5,500 and $6,000
for the period in question.

Further, Superinten-
dent of Schools Tim Wilder
said he would know by the
end of the week the exact
percentage by which he
will cut his salary through
the rest of the fiscal year
as the district wrestles
with cuts from the state
and the push to earn voter
support for an additional
mill levy.
"I just think we are go-
ing to try to pull out all the
stops to show folks what
we are up against and what
we are doing" to maintain
the district's standards
and fiscal responsibilities,
Wilder said.
In addition, each school

board member selected
one individual from their
district to come in Wednes-
day morning for a special
workshop to examine the
district's budget and make
any recommendations to
Wilder said that during
his campaigning for the
levy around the county,
many attendees have had
questions about the bud-
Bringing in the five
folks from the commu-
nity Carolyn Husband,
Charlie Pettis, Dr. David
Langston, Ralph l~oberson
and Eddie Martin would
serve to make the budget

an open book, Wilder said.
"We are trying to be as
transparent as possible,"
Wilder said.
The levy is being under-
taken through a mail-out
Supervisor of Elections
Linda Griffin said, Tuesday
ballots have already been
mailed to the county's reg-
istered voters includ-
ing overseas voters who
must receive their ballots
at least 35 days in advance
of the election and her
office had received one ab-
sentee ballot already.
All ballots must be re-
ceived at Griffin's office by
7 p.m. on March 17.

Coalition challenges students to create logo

The Gulf County Pre-
vention Coalition was
established in 2008 to ad-
dress the prevention needs
of Gulf County's youth.
It is our mission,
through education, pro-
grams, activities, social
marketing, and other av-
enues to decrease the de-
structive behavior (i.e. un-
derage drinking, smoking,
drug use, teen pregnancy,
STD's, etc.) facing our
teens every day and en-
hance their quality of life.

We are challenging art
classes in Gulf County
High Schools to create a
logo for this organization
that will stand as a sign in
the community all who
see this logo will associ-
ate it with positive steps
to-ensure the future of our
Please design a logo
using the words of the co-
alition, symbols, pictures
or anything else you think
will'stand out. The logo will
be used for banners, busi-

ness cards, letterhead, ad-
vertisements and more.
Please submit one or
two logos per class. Logos
will be picked up at the
school on Wednesday, Feb-
ruary 18, 2009 at the end of
the school day.
When all submissions
are made, they will be
compiled and judged by a
representative of the coali-
tion, local business lead-
ers, students and parents.
The winning logo will be
revealed at the March 5,

2009 Gulf County Preven-
tion Coalition Community
Meeting at the Centennial
Building in Port St. Joe at
6:30 PM ET.
All students who attend
will get scholarship points
as well as those attending
with parents.
The winning class will
receive a pizza party and
prizes donated by commu-
nity members.
Please contact Carly,
Pickels at 227-4913 with

Growing Minds Center to host fundraisers

By Despina Williams
'Star Staff Writer
The Growing Minds
Center will host several
fundraisers in the next
few months, with proceeds
benefiting the center's ef-
,forts to provide personal-
ized instruction to children
with autism.
The center is currently
selling raffle tickets for a 3-
night stay at the St. George

Island Inn. The prize pack-
age also includes gift cer-
tificates for eating and
shopping in St. George
Tickets, available at Vi-
sion Bank in Port St. Joe,
are $3, or 2 for $5. One of
the center's students will
draw the winning name on
Feb. 21.
Also upcoming:
*Feb 7: Garage sale in
the Vision Bank parking

lot from 8 a.m. to noon.
*April 11: To commem-
orate Autism Awareness
Month, the center will be
hosting a festival in Port
St. Joe's Frank Pate Park.
The event, open to the
entire community, will
include a dunking booth,
activities for children, food
and entertainment.
Volunteers and spon-
sors are needed.
The Growing Minds

Center is located in the
Long Avenue Baptist
Church nursing facility.
, The center was found-
ed last August by board
certified behavior analyst
Christine Hermsdorfer, a
former Port St. Joe Ele-
mentary School employee.
For more information
on the center and upcom-
ing fundraisers, contact
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Roebuck Auctions.
Forfeiture of the prop-
erty and restaurant, which
includes a personal resi-
dence on the third floor,
was not part of the plea,
which was not entered as
part of a negotiated settle-
ment, according to a state-
ment from U.S. Attorney
Thomas Kirwin.
In his plea, Francis
admitted to failing to file
personal and business tax
returns for 2005, 2006 and
2007 and agreed to pay
the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice, whose agents were
engaged in the September
raid of the restaurant, over
$2 million in back taxes.
Francis has until July
31 to complete payments to
the IRS.
Francis also pled to un-
lawfully possessing fire-
Convicted of tax eva-
sion in Massachusetts and
Pennsylvania in 1981 and
convicted of drug traffick-
ing in Massachusetts in
1990, Francis was a con-
victed felon and therefore
barred from possessing
Prosecutor Gayle Lit-
tleton stated in a motion
to the court that Francis
absconded and was a fugi-
tive for. approximately five
years after the Massachu-
setts drug arrest.
"He was arrested in
Panama City, Florida, in
1991, and at the time of his
arrest he possessed fraud-
ulent documents in an
alias," she wrote. "He was
subsequently sentenced to
15 years imprisonment."
However, during the
raid of his home and busi-
ness last year, authorities
discovered, and Francis
admitted to possessing,
six firearms, five of which
were loaded. Many of the
guns were found in secret
compartments located in
Francis's home and at Tou-
Francis also -admitted
to possessing more than


28 grams of methamphet-
amine to support his drug
addition, buying the drugs
with cash skimmed from
the till at Toucan's. The
drugs were found at his
home in September.
"Payment of individual
and business taxes is an
obligation of citizenship,"
Kirwin's statement read in
part. "The United States
Attorney's Office is com-
mitted to enforcing the
laws against those who
evade payment of taxes,
and to helping the IRS re-
cover monies owed."
U.S. District Judge Rich-
ard Smoak set sentencing
for April 15.
Francis faces a maxi-
mum of five years in prison
on each of the tax evasion
counts, a maximum of 10
years on the gun count and
a maximum of two years
for the drug possession
"The prosecution of in-
dividuals who intentionally
conceal income and evade
taxes is a vital element in
maintaining public confi-
dence in our tax. system,"
said Victor Lessoff, spe-
cial agent in charge of the
Tampa Field Office of IRS
Criminal Investigation.
"We should not expect the
honest taxpayer to foot the
bill for those who hide in-
come from the IRS.
"This case is an exam-
ple of how the investigation
into violation of tax laws
often leads to the discovery
of other crimes and how
our agency is able to work
in concert with state, local
and other federal agencies
to bring these individuals
to justice."
The case was investigat-
ed by the IRS, the Florida
Department of Law En-
forcement, the Florida Divi-
sion of Alcoholic Beverages
and Tobacco, the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives, the Drug
Enforcement Administra-
tion and the Bay County
Sheriff's Office.

THE PROPERTY: Toucan's Restaurant and Tiki Bar, along with two parking areas 'along Eighth Street in Mexico
Beach, will be sold at auction on March 12.

AUCTION from page Al

last September on a variety
of charges.
Derrick Ballard, a
Roebuck representative,
said the company had been
hired to sell the property
for the owner, not for the
Internal Revenue Service.
"We don't even know the
owner," Ballard said. "We've
just been contracted to do a
The auction is a
reserve auction, according
to Ballard, meaning there
would be no minimum bid,
but with an undisclosed
reserve (price the seller
wants) on the property. The
property, as it stands with
all its equipment, will be
sold to the highest bidder,
Ballard said.
Along with the
groundfloor restaurant
and second-floor bar that
sprawls along 165 feet
of beachfront property,
the parking area directly
across U.S. 98 running
along Eighth Street, and the
60-foot wide parking area
behind Paradise Shores

condominiums, across U.S.
98 on the opposite corner, is
included in ihe auction.
also contains a large gift
shop and a third-story,
beach-view apartment.
Ballard was quick to
point out that even though
interest in the property is
already running high, none
of it is from developers.
"All the interested
people and I've had a lot
of calls from around the
region want to keep the
business running as it is,"
Ballard said. "None of them
even want an3y down time
or closings for renovation."
"Everyone recognizes
that the restaurant is a
staple of the community
and does employ numerous
people in the immediate
area," Ballard said. "I
don't forsee anyone doing
anything different with the
property than operating it
as a restaurant and bar."
Interest is so high
in the property that he
already had a viable cash

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offer, Ballard added. "One
gentleman from Atlanta
has already made a cash
offer and we are very close
to. an agreement. It may
very well not go to auction,"
he said.
According to Ballard,
restauranteurs from
Pensacola and Destin
had also indicated
intense interest. "I can
promise you the interest
is out there, but not-from
developers, I assure you,"
he continued.
Ballard added that
developers everywhere in

the region were much more
interested in trying to sell
their condominium projects
than buying property on
which to build more.
He said the numbers,
referring to price per linear
foot and property values,
did not make a feasible
case for someone buying
the property, tearing down
the existing structure and
building something else on
it. "And I can assure you
that the IRS- audited books
show fantastic numbers
for the business, as-well,"
Ballard said.

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from 6:30 9:30 PM. Registration forms may be
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The Tiger Shark Baseball
Camp allows players to
learn fundamentals of
pitching, catching, hitting
and fielding at an early
age. Campers will learn
from Port St. Joe High
School coaching staff an.d
players how playing and
competing the right way is
always fun.
The camp is open to
boys and girls in the first
through eighth grade.
The camp will be, held at
the Port St. Joe High School
Baseball Field, which is
equipped with four bullpen
mounds, three full-length
batting cages and one of
the finest playing fields
Each camper must bring
his/her own baseball -
equipment. Players will
need a bat and glove. If
you do not have a bat,
there will be a few on
hand, but not enough for ,:
,The camp will be held
on Monday, Feb. 16 from 8
a.m. until noon ET.
Early registration is $30
and is due by Feb. 6.
Late' registration received
after Feb. 6 is $40.
Contact Coach T.C.
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a.m. until noon ET; Tuesday,
Feb. 10 from 5-8 p.m.;
and Saturday, Feb. 14,
from 9 a.m. until noon ET.
Registration will take place
at the STAC House, located
on 8th St. Registration
is open for kids ages 5
-1 2. Registrants must turn
5 before May 1', and must
not turn 13 before May
1. Registration fee is 55
for all ages. All first time
players in the league must
bring a copy of their birth
certificate. Registrants niust
be present at registration
for ufororm sizing. Contact
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Thursday, February 5, 2009 w w w. starf 1. com Page 8

Tiger Sharks land

on All-state team



Javon Davis

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The hits keep coming for the
Port St. Joe High School football
After reaching the state Class
1A semifinals for the third time
in five years, the Tiger Sharks
placed six players on the Class 1A
All-State team as voted by Flori-
da's sportswriters.
Javon Davis, who as a senior
defensive tackle was the heart of

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

the Tiger Sharks' defense, was
named to the first team as a de-
fensive lineman.
Calvin Pryor, a two-way threat
as a sophomore, was named to the
second team as a running back.
Billy Martin, a senior end on
defense, was named to the sec-
ond team as a defensive lineman
and Darrell Smith's nose for the
football was recognized by being
named to the second team as a
Junior Johnathon Willinms

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was also a second-teamer, being
named as an offensive lineman.
Junior Willie Quinn was named
honorable mention as a wide re-
Davis was one of Port St. Joe's
top tacklers, with 129 last season
and more than 300 for his career.
He also had 41 sacks in helping
Port St. Joe advance to the state
Final Four.
Pryor had more than 1,000'
yards of total offense, includ-
ing 612 yards rushing and eight

Smith, had 142 tackles, and
Martin 103 tackles and six sacks.
Williams helped pace Port St.
Joe's steady running attack.
Quinn had 440 yards receiving
and averaged 14 yards per recep-
The Wewahitchka Gators'
Chance Knowles, who rushed for
over 1,000 yards, was also an hon-
orable mention selection, hamed
to the all-state team as a running

Johnathon Williams Willie Quinn

Tiger Sharks finish perfect district season

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Coach Derek Kurnitsky
said birds know when it is
springtime and his team
senses when playoff time
is approaching.
After completing Dis-
trict 3-2A play with a per-
feet 6-0 record last week,
the Port St. Joe High
School boys' basketball
team seems to be feeling
the energy of the postsea-
son as it looms beginning
next week, sporting a 19-
4 record, the best for this
time of a year under Kur-
nitsky's tenure.
"We know it is that time
of year and what we need
to start doing," Kurnitsky
said. "I don't even need to
tell them, it is more of a
reminder. But they know

exactly what time of year
it is."

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Port St. Joe 53, Liberty
County 32
In a preview of the open-
ing round of the district
tournament next Friday
night at Port St. Joe the
Tiger Sharks are the top
seed, Liberty County the
fourth Port St. Joe played
shutdown defense and gen-
erated enough offense to
cruise to an easy road win.
"It wasn't a great offen-
sive game for us, but we
kept them under 50 points
and that is our goal every
game," Kurnitsky said.
"You keep teams below 50
points in the playoffs and
you are going to win a lot of
those games."
Liberty County scored

in single digits the first
three periods and man-
aged just 13 points in the
final quarter.
The Tiger Sharks were
up 25-14. at halftime and
were never threatened.
Raheem Clemons led
the way for Port St. Joe with
12 points. Javion Langston
added seven points, Rock
Quinn and Darrell Smith
six points apiece.
Fonda Davis and Cal-
vin Pryor each scored five
points and Roman Quinn,
Willie Quinn and Tru-
vias Hill each added four

Friday, Jan. 30
Port St. Joe 76, West
Gadsden 28
"They were playing
without their best player
but unless he was going to

score 50 points it wouldn't
have mattered much,"
Kurnitsky said. "This was
probably our best defen-
sive effort in a long time.
"This was just a good
team effort."
The Tiger Sharks held
the Panthers to two points
in the opening quarter and
just 10 points in the first
half while building a 43-10
The Panthers managed
to score in double digits,
10, in the third quarter
only and were thoroughly
overwhelmed by the home-
standing Tiger Sharks.
Willie Quinn led the
way for Port St. Joe with
19 points. Clemons with
13, Rock Quinn with 12 and
Roman Quinn with 10 were
also in double digits for the
Tiger Sharks.

Quincy Welch had eight
points, Davis and Pryor
scored four points apiece,
Hill added three, Langston
two and Smith one.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Port St. Joe 79, Ruth-
erford 68
The Tiger Sharks trav-
eled to Springfield and the
Ram House, one of the
toughest road venues for
any team, and came away
with a victory over a stout
Rutherford squad.
After a tight first half
ended with Port St. Joe
up 38-36, the Tiger Sharks
broke away with a 22-10
third quarter and held off a
late charge for the win.
"That's why I scheduled
this game at some point
you are going to go on the
road and win in the playoffs

and this was a tough road
game," said Kurnitsky, who
wore sneakers with his
suit as part of the national
Coaches vs. Cancer aware-
ness campaign. "This was
maybe our best total game
this year. I've never had six
players score in double fig-
ures in a game and we did
that night."
Clemons led' the way
with 19 points with Pryor
adding 15. Roman Quinn
had 13 points, Davis add-
ed 12 and Willie Quinn
and Langston scored 10
The Tiger Sharks cel-
ebrated Senior Night on
Tuesday against Vernon
and travel to Tallahassee
FAMU on Thursday to end
the regular season.
The District 3-2A play-
offs are Feb. 13-14 at "The

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 w w w. starf 1. com Page 9

Wewahitchka grapplers poised for postseason

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

After competing in the District 1-1A
dual meet over the weekend, the fourth-
year Wewahitchka wrestling program is
gearing up for a successful postseason.
One year after placing the school's
first-ever qualifier at the state meet, the
Gators head into the district tournament
this weekend 'at Arnold High School in
Panama City Beach with four wrestlers
with at least 30 wins this season and two
others within shouting distance of that
"I feel very confident," said Wewahitch-

ka Coach Todd Johnson. "We lost a cou-
ple of matches (last weekend) I thought
we should have won, but I think we have
a good chance of having a few district
champs and sending a good group to re-
The district duals were effectively to
establish seeding but actually turned into
a bit of a chess match, Johnson said, as the
same teams prepared for the tournament
that really counts, the individual district
tournament this weekend.
The top four finishers in each weight
class at district advance to the regional
"The duals are a last chance to get
seeding, but they are also meant to pro-

vide extra mat time and matches," John-
son said.
The Gators beat South Walton but lost
to Gulf Breeze, Arnold and Bozeman to
finish fourth at the duals. Marianna fin-
ished sixth and Bay seventh.
Daniel House, who became the school's
first state qualifier last year, was 5-0 on the
day at 125 pounds and raised his season
record to a team-best 38-6.
His brother, Allen, moved down to 152
and did some of his best wrestling of the
season while finishing 4-1, Johnson said.
The younger House, Johnson said, could
be a surprise in the district meet and be-
Nick Malcolm at 103, Jacob Taylor at

112 and Chase Duckworth, who with the
elder House comprise a tough lineup in
the lighter weights for the Gators, each
also finished 4-1 during the duals.
Malcolm ends the regular season 34-8,
Taylor is 30-10 and Duckworth is 31-12.
Matt Irwin at 145 was also 4-1 at the du-
als and is now 28-12.
Jacob Villasenor was 3-2 at duals to fin-
ish the regular season 27-15 and will wres-
tle at 215 here on out.
Ian Rice, who joined the team at mid-
season, was strong at heavyweight, finish-
ing 3-1 at the duals.
Despite just eight wrestlers on the
team, the Gators still sport seven grap-
plers with at least 27 wins.

Mike Quinn returns an interception while playing at Reedley Junior College.
Mike Quinn signs with West Georgia

Mike Quinn signs with West Georgia

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Mike Quinn did some growing
up in the two years since he left
Port St. Joe High School.
He is the first to admit it, and
his signing with the University of
West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.,
an NCAA Division II school, is a
perfect illustration.
"Actually, I learned a lot of
things since I graduated from
Port St. Joe," Quinn said by phone
while waiting for a flight out of Cal-
ifornia bound for Georgia. "When
I was in high school, I thought I
would end up playing at a Florida
or Florida State University.
"Now, I want to be happy no
matter where it is at. Playing at
the major schools isn't every-

thing, I have found out. Big-time
programs don't matter as long as
I am happy."
After spending a redshirt year
at Alabama State, Quinn, a former
quarterback and cornerback with
the Tiger Sharks, transferred to
Reedley Junior College in Reed-
ley, Calif.
A 5-foot-ll, 186-pound native
of Port St. Joe, Quinn was part of
a team that went 7-4 overall last
season, including a 6-1 mark in
the Northern California Confer-
ence, good enough for the confer-
ence title.
As a redshirt freshman, Quinn
started eight games at corner-
"I'd rather lay the hit than get
hit," Quinn said when asked if he
misses playing offense. "It takes a
tough guy to play defense."

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Quinn considered Florida
A&M, UTEP and Texas South-
ern, as well as several other
schools and was all but settled on
signing with South Alabama last
week until making a visit to West
West Georgia plays in the Gulf
South Conference with Division II
powers, such as Valdosta State.
"I just started thinking that I've
known (defensive coordinator/sec-
ondary coach) James Colzie since
he was at Florida State," Quinn
said. "We've been talking since my
junior year of high school.
"Coach Colzie is just a good guy.
He's straight up, very straightfor-
ward. He won't bullcrap you about
anything. And (head) Coach (Da-
ryl) Dickey is a good guy, too. He's
also from Florida State, and he's
very direct and easy to talk to."

Having a cousin who is already
attending the school didn't hurt,
"When I got there, it really felt
like home," Quinn said. "My cous-
in goes there, so it really feels like
"And Coach Colzie had told me
I most definitely have a chance to
go in and play right away."
At Port St. Joe High School,
Quinn helped lead the Tiger
Sharks to a state championship
in 2005. Quinn played defensive
back, and he was first-team All-
State as a senior with four inter-
Quinn also played quarterback,
passing for 940 yards and four
touchdowns and rushing for 475
yards and five touchdowns.
He is the son of Michael and
Bertha Quinn.


WHS to retire Brandon Jones' jersey
Wewahitchka High School will host a ceremony to retire
the jersey of former Gator and current Atlanta Brave Bran-
don Jones at 2 p.m. CT Feb. 10 in the high school gymna-

Treat bag fundraiser for WMS baseball
Valentine treat bags are being sold by the Wewahitch-
ka Middle School baseball players for $5. They include a
Coke, full size candy bar, sweet hearts or similar candy,
pencil and eraser. Please return all order forms and mon-
ey to Misty Harper at Wewa Elementary School no later
than Feb. 11. Treat bags will be delivered to the pre-K, el-
ementary, middle and high schools in Wewa; Vision Bank
and Emerald Coast (Wewa locations); Kids Corner; and
Head Start. Please specify homeroom for the elementary
orders and last period teacher for the middle and high-
school orders.

Wewa Dixie youth baseball,
softball registration
Registration is scheduled Feb. 7 at Emerald Coast Credit
Union from 8 a.m.-noon CT. Additional registration will be
held at Cox Transmission during the week until Feb. 13 for
those who are unable to register on Saturday. Players turn-
ing at least 5 years old by May 1 must have a copy of their
birth certificate to register.
The cost will be $50 for the first child and $45 for each ad-
ditional sibling. Pony league will be $60.
For more information, call Rudi Madrid at 819-1078, Misty
Harper at 639-2038, Gloria Wood at 639-5027, or Tonya Had-
dock at 381-2933 or 639-3506.



2-1 week
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The Wewahitchka High
School boys' basketball
team won a pair of road
games sandwiched around
a home loss as the Gators
raised their record with the
District 2-3A playoffs loom-
ing next week.
The Gators finished the
regular season with a pair
of home games this week as
they hosted Cottondale on
Tuesday night and Blount-
stown on Thursday.
The district tournament
begins next Friday at Port
St. Joe.
Monday, Jan. 26
Wewahitchka 58,
Bozeman 55
The Gators jumped to a
nine point lead in the first
quarter, padded the mar-
gin to 34-24 at halftime and
then held off a Bozeman
rally in the fourth quarter
for the road victory.
Christian Owens had 15
points for the Gators, who
also got 14 points from Josh
Mitchell and 10 points from
Chris Peak.
Billy Naylor and Lance
Griffin added eight points
a piece for the Gators, who
received three points from
Benjamin Smith and two
from Alex Hardin.
Peak and Owens each
pulled down 10 rebounds, and
Griffin, Mitchell and Naylor
had five assists a piece.
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Sneads 62,
Wewahitchka 59
The Gators fell behind
18-10 in the opening quar-
ter and couldn't quite com-
pletely close the gap over
the final three periods to
suffer the home loss.
Peak had 21 points and
10 boards to lead Wewa-
hitchka. Owens also had
a double-double with 16
points and 10 rebounds.
Griffin had nine points
and Mitchell had five points
and seven assists, and Nay-
lor also contributed five
Friday, Jan. 30
Wewahitchka 68,
Covenant Christian 66
The Gators rallied from
a 37-35 halftime deficit on
the road to win in the final
minutes of a tightly con-
tested game that was pret-
ty much even throughout.
The Gator defense was
a factor with 10 steals and
four blocked shots.
Owens had 16 points
and 12 rebounds to lead the
Gators. Peak had 11 points
and matched that with 11
rebounds and also blocked
four shots.
Naylor and Griffin had
nine points a piece, and Har-
din and Mitchell each had
eight points, with Mitchell
dishing out 13 assists.
Benjamin Smith had five




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"I laugh too much, I
smile too much," Scheffer
When the time came to
award trophies in all divi-
sions, the Port St. Joe High
cadets breathed a collective
"We were feeling all
sorry for ourselves, and the
commander said we should
be cheering for our fel-
low ROTC cadets for their
achievements," said Schef-
fer, who willingly complied.
In fact, the team
cheered so exuberantly for
their ROTC peers that they
failed to hear the words
"Port St. Joe" called over
the sound system.
Luckily, Jarosz was lis-
tening, and summoned his
cadets forward to retrieve
their trophy.
Competing against 17
other schools, the students
earned fifth place in the
unarmed basic drill.
A week later, the stu-
dents were honored a sec-
ond time, during the U.S.
Navy's annual inspection
in the Port St. Joe High
School gymnasium last
The daylong inspection,
led by retired Navy CDR
Dick Herbert, included a
formal military formation,
personnel inspection, drill
demonstrations and a pass-
The Navy evaluates all
Florida NJROTC schools
annually to assess program
-"It is the most important
Navy day of our school
year," said Jarosz. "It's our

TROPHY: Port St. Joe High School NJROTC cadets grasp the fifth-place trophy they earned in the Boone Bowl,
a state competition for Florida NJROTC programs. Standing, in rear (1-r) are: Jacie Ball, Jesse Raffield, Jonna
Ball, Cristina Cordova, Lucas'Adams, Nick Scheffer and Tyelle Hamilton. Center row, holding trophy: Calder
Mahan, Angela Canington and Autumn Yoakum. Kneeling: Samantha Nicodemus, Julia Scheffer, Sidney
Love and Violet Jones. I

day to shine or fall on our
sword." .
Area veterans and com-
munity members were in-
vited to attend the inspec-
tion in the gymnasium.
Afterward, Herbert con-
ducted interviews with. the
cadets and reviewed their
NJROTC portfolio.
For a small program,
the school has posted

some impressive statis- .
tics, including 400 hours of
community service and 41
color guard appearances.
Herbert, who has evalu-
ated the program for the
last several years, was so
impressed that he let his
guard down during the
personal inspection.
When Scheffer an-
swered a question on her

performance in the Boone
Bowl competition with the
phrase: "Sir, I did amazing,
sir," Herbert gave her a
"I'm not even sup-
posed to look at the dude,"
laughed Scheffer, adding,
"He made everybody
At the end of the inspec-
tion, Herbert awarded the

students the Unit Achieve-
ment Award for sustained
superior performance.
The award is only given
to 10 percent of all pro-
Jarosz could not have,
been happier with his stu-
dents' success.
"I was so proud of them.
I really was. It was a good
day," he said.

The back-to-back honors
have served as validation
for Jarosz and others who
fought to keep the NJROTC
program when budget cuts
threatened to eliminate it
last May.
Before the school year
began, the Navy made
several important conces-
sions, the most significant
of which was to allow the
program to continue with
only one instructor.
Previously, Jarosz main-
tained the program with
high school teacher Wayne
The Navy also provided
a monetary match, with the
school board contributing
around $30,000 to keep the
program running.
At the time of
NJROTC's renewal, Jarosz
called 2008-09 a "critical
year for the program," and
stands by his assessment
As he focuses on recruit-
ing incoming freshman
- cadets are currently men-
toring 40 middle school stu-
dents Jarosz awaits the
results of a March 17 school
levy referendum.
If passed, the 1 mill levy
could provide funds needed
to continue the program
and save staffing positions
throughout the county.
"We're all waiting to see
how the referendum goes,"
said Jarosz, who would love
to see the NJROTC pro-
gram continue.
"It's a good program, a
solid program," said Jaro-
sz. "The kids get a lot out of
it, and it keeps me young."

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not eligible to win.
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4. Random drawing will take place February 12 and
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Thursday, February 5, 2009



A 10 I The Star

dsruT ay February 5 2009



'They will not be forgotten

The Bridge at Bay St. Joe adds five to Hall of Fame

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

You never know who might walk through
the doors of the Bridge at Bay St. Joe:
A soldier who stormed Omaha Beach,
A singer with a voice heard round the
A woman who uplifts the spirits of all
she meets,
A nurse who channels her grief into
helping others,
A man with both arms reaching out
- with snow cones, ice and uncommon gen-
The Bridge at Bay St. Joe is more than a
nursing home and rehabilitation center.
It's a place filled with people with stories
to tell, and a staff dedicated to preserving
those stories for future generations.
On Jan. 21, the Port St. Joe facility in-
ducted five new members into its Hall of
Fame in an emotional ceremony in the
dining facility, known as the Hall of Fame
This year's honorees were the late
Lucille Fleming, the late Genaro "Jiggs"
Zingarelli, David Wingate, Gene Abrams
and Iduma Wingate.
After each speech and accompanying
slide show, a Bay St. Joe employee unveiled,
a plaque inscribed with the honoree's photo
and biography.
The plaques join those along the caf6
walls honoring last year's honorees, Colley
and Xuripha Miller, Kathryn Hunt, Murray
Carlstrom and Mary Parker.
A panel of Bay St. Joe administrators se-
lected this year's crop, who distinguished
themselves through military service, pub-
lic service, professional accomplishments,
leadership and community outreach.
"There's a rich history in our resident
population and this history expands before
our eyes each and every day," noted vice
president of operations Jane Stahl.'
"The Hall of Fame program ensures
that we will never forget, and they will not
be forgotten."

Lucille Fleming
Rehab Service Manager
Emily Gortemoller paid
tribute to Fleming, a be-
loved resident who passed
away last June at age 95.
Born in Roberta, Ga.,
Fleming moved to Port St.
Joe with her husband, E.L.
Fleming. LUCILLE
Though she gave birth FLEMING
to a still-born child, Flem-
ing acted as a mother to countless children,
including her goddaughter, Carla Riley,
who she helped raise from a six-week-old
Possessed of only an eighth grade edu-
cation, Fleming performed laundry and
housekeeping duties at Tyndall Air Force
Base and worked as a custodian at a local
In describing Fleming, Gortemoller re-
called the words of Proverbs 13:17: "She set
about her work vigorously. Her arms are
strong for her task"
A woman of great faith and generos-
ity, Fleming was an inspiration to all her
She earned the nickname "The Therapy
Department Cheerleader" for her up-beat
attitude and constant words of encourage-
In her retirement, Fleming most enjoyed
her time outdoors, fishing pole in hand.
She cast her line into the waters sur-
rounding Jetty Park just two days prior to
her death.

David Wingate
Assistant Director of Nursing Marcia
Dickey honored Wingate, a Bay St. Joe
resident, for his contributions to the musi-
cal arts.
Orphaned as a young boy, Wingate was

SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to the Star
The Bridge at Bay St. Joe Rehab Service Manager Emily Gortemoller presents Gene Abrams a plaque honoring
his induction in the Hall of Fame. Abrams, a former rehabilitation patient, has been one of the nursing home and
rehabilitation center's greatest supporters.

adopted by a piano teacher
in rural Nofrth Carolina.
Each morning before
school, Wingate practiced
piano for an hour and per-
formed chores on the fam-
ily farm.
Wingate's hard work DAVID
reaped great rewards. He NATI
received a bachelor's and WINGATE
master's degree from the
prestigious Julliard School of Music in New
Wingate's background in vocal perfor-
mance and teaching took him all over the
Singing baritone, he performed at the
Hague State Opera in the Netherlands and
appeared with the New Orleans Symphony
and Aspen Chamber Orchestra.
An admirer of traditional church music,
Wingate loved to perform Handel's "Mes-
siah" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah."
Dickey recalled that Wingate's south-
ern accent was once ridiculed by a skepti-
cal choreographer, who remarked, "I just
can't imagine the Messiah with a southern
"But you know David was proud of who
he was," said Dickey. "His southern drawl
could never be heard as he fluently sang
in German, French and Italian with great
oratorical ease."
Wmingate joined the Florida State Univer-
sity voice faculty in 1968 and was a visiting
professor in the School of Church Music at
the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Genaro "Jiggs" Zingarelli
Admissions director
Teresa Youngblood fought
backtears as she honored .
Zingarelli, who passed . ,
away last September at
age 93.
, An Apalachicola native,
Zingarelli served with the
U.S. Army's First Combat GENARO
Infantry Division, known ZINGARELLI
by the nickname "The Big
Red One," in World War II.
His unit was the first ashore on Omaha
Beach during the D-Day Invasion of Nor-

mandy and also saw combat in Sicily and
North Africa.
For his military valor, Zingarelli earned
four Bronze Stars, an achievement he nev-
er boasted of, not even to his family.
After returning home from World War
II in 1947, Zingarelli founded the Franklin
County Press in Apalachicola.
He printed all manner of documents,
including oyster tags, and briefly served as
editor, publisher and writer of the weekly
newspaper, the Franklin Press.
One of the nation's last commercial
Linotype operators, Zingarelli continued
working at the press into his 90s.
The shop, located next to the post office,
was a hub of social interaction for decades,
with regulars and visitors dropping by each
"They think they solved a lot of the prob-
lems in Franklin County there," recalled
Youngblood, who grew up in Apalachicola.
A month before his death, Zingarelli still
printed oyster tags at the press.
Though he resided at Bay St. Joe only
briefly, he made a lasting impression.

SGene Abrams
Gortemoller honored ~
former rehabilitation pa- .
tient Gene Abrams for his
community involvement
and entrepreneurial spirit.
At age nine, the Ala-
bama-born Abrams sold
wood to his elementary
school principal to heat GENE
the building's stove, and ABRAMS
began hauling wood long
before he had a driver's license.
He came to Port St. Joe in 1956 to work
in the paper mill's pipe department.
When hauling seafood to his. Alabama
relatives became commonplace, Abrams
hatched the idea to found a seafood busi-
ness in 1959.
Two years later, he expanded his empire
by founding Kirk's Ice, an ice company he
named after his son.
Though Abrams began treatment at
Bay St Joe in 2006, he never stopped being
a businessman.
"He was the first resident to conduct
business on not one, but two cell phones in

the therapy room," said Gortemoller.
Abrams went on the make a full recov-
After returning home, Abrams became
one of Bay St. Joe's greatest benefactors.
He treated residents to snow cones and
soft-serve ice cream on a hot summer day,
donated shrimp and potatoes for banquets
and generally lent a hand wherever need-
"From the moment he entered our fam-
ily, Gene opened his heart to everyone,"
said'Gortemoller. "He never hesitates to
help us out."

Iduma Wingate
Nursing director Cathy
Epps honored Iduma
Wingate, a certified nurs-
ing assistant and the first
Bay St. Joe employee to
be inducted in the Hall of

Wingate no relation
to fellow honoree David IDUMA
Wingate was born in Port WINGATE
St. Joe and married her
husband, Sterling Preston, at the tender
age of 17.
"It has been said that because of her
young age, Iduma and Preston had to run
away to Georgia to elope, with law enforce-
ment in hot pursuit," quipped Epps.
After raising her children and surviving
a bout with cancer, Wingate joined the fac-
ulty of Bay St. Joe, where she has remained
for the last 25 years.
When her husband received an Alzheim-
er's diagnosis, Wingate studied up on the
disease and cared for him at home.
She became the unofficial Alzheimer's
counselor at the facility for the families of
those suffering with the disease.
When her husband passed away last
year, Wingate continued to work, smiling
through her grief.
"She once stated that her residents
were her outlet, and no matter how she felt,
the residents came first," said Epps.
In closing, Epps showed her love the
way only a colleague can by flashing on
the screen a photo of Wingate in a bright
pink bikini.

Dentist with a HEART

Unique Valentine's Day present available for area residents

Dr. Frank D. May, of Port
St. Joe, has a unique Valen-
tine's Day present for the
needy of this area. For the
last nine years, Dr. May has
provided free dental treat-
ment for Valentine's Day
at his office. This year, his
office will provide this valu-
able service on Wednesday,

Feb. 11. This year the of-
fice will schedule appoint-
ments with those in need of
treatment. To schedule 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 situation that

makes you a good candi-
date 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 in-
clude your telephone num-
ber so we can contact you to
schedule an appointment.
Dr. May will see 20 patients

in need of dental treatment,
and the hygienists Anealia
Bush and Linda Wright will
see eight to 10 patients each
who wish to have their teeth
cleaned. The office hopes
to serve as many as 40 pa-
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 par-
ticipate in "Dentist With a
Heart because they wish to
impact people who other-

wise could not afford to see
a dentist, and help those
people save their teeth, as
well as relieve them of any
discomfort they may be
having. Our office cares
about this community and
would like to give those in
need of our services, their
smiles back!



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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy BIRTHDAY '':

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Annabelle Kate Whitfield is born
Bubba and Shannon was 19.5 inches long. Joe Gortman. Paternal
Jo Whitfield of Wewahi- Annabelle was wel- grandparents are David
tchka are proud to an- comed by her Aunt Chris- and Linda Kay Whitfield
nounce the birth of their ty, Aunt Debbie "BeBe", of Howard Creek. Annie
daughter, Annabelle Kate. Aunt Anna, Aunt Joy, and Henry Johnson of
She was born on Jan. 18, Nannie, Wyatt and Kristi. Howard Creek. She has
2009 at Gulf Coast Medi- Maternal grandpar- one great-grandmother,
cal Center. She weighed ents are Dale and Donna Mary Ellen Gortman and
6 pounds, 12.5 ounces and Jo Herndon and the late one brother, Riley Hicks.

Hopper-Henderson announce

upcoming Valentine s wedding

Ashley Nicole Hopper and Benjamin
Wayne Henderson will be married on Feb.
14, 2009.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Scott Hopper of Port. St. Joe and the
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne

Henderson of Port St. Joe.
The ceremony will take place at the
Monument in Port St. Joe at 4:30 p.m.
ET. All friends and family are invited to
attend. A reception will follow at the Cen-
tennial Building.


Hugh (Smitty) Smith

memorial to be held

this Sunday
All friends and former students are en-
couraged to attend a memorial service for
Hugh (Smitty) Smith at 2:30 p.m. ET on
Sunday, Feb. 15 at Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church. In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made in his name to Guiding Eyes
for the Blind, 611 Granite Spring Road,
New York Heights, New York 10598 or Help
Hospitalized Veterans of America, PO. Box
98088, Washington, D.C. 20090.

.Teacher of the YEAR

Zora Rose celebrated
her 1st Birthday with a
Yellow Ducky birthday
She celebrated at the
Howard Creek Fire Sta-
tion with lots of family

Zora Turns 1
and friends! Zora is the
daughter of Adam and
Brittany Beauchamp of
Wewahitchka. She is the
granddaughter of Jimmy
and Debbie Alford of
Howard Creek, Merle

Beauchamp of Mexi-
co Beach, and Henry
Beauchamp of Deerfield
Beach." She is the great-
granddaughter of Low-
rey and Shirley Wilhite of
Howard Creek.

Huft K-5 VFW

Florida teacher

of the year


Congratulations John Huft on
achieving the K-5 VFW Florida Teach-
er of the Year award. John is a gradu-
ate of Florida State University. He has
served in the United States Air Force
on active duty in both of the Gulf Wars
flying over 87 combat missions. John
currently teaches third grade at .the
Wewahitchka Elementary School and
continues to serve in the Air Force


Port St. Joe garden club presents Part II of lecture series

Last month the Port
St. Joe Garden Club held
Part 1 of two classes on
"Biology of Plants." Mrs.
Barbara Conway gave a
wonderful PowerPoint pre-
sentation of plants along

with a hands-on experi-
ence. Many garden club
members and guests en-
joyed the "back to basics"
approach to learning how
a plant grows. One is sure
to take this knowledge and

apply it to our gardening at
home. A big "Thank You"
goes out for Mrs. Conway
on the successful Part I
Part II of the "Biology of
Plants" will be given at the

next Port St. Joe Garden
Club meeting which will be
held on Thursday, Feb. 12,
2009 at noon ET. Everyone
interested in this class is
invited to attend and it is
free to the public. Come

early and meet the Gar-
den Club members and see
what our club is all about!
We would love to have
you as our guest or poten-
tial Garden Club member
and hope to see you there!

These classes will fol-
low the Florida Federation
of Garden Clubs and the
Port St. Joe Garden Club's
theme for this year of
"Nurture the Earth Plant

Special Valentine's day beauty pageant

Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens has had the privilege
of hosting the annual Val-
entine Beauty Pageant for
many years. The pageant
takes place in Wewahitchka
and what a wonderful time
we have. The event gives
families the opportunity to
do something together that
will be an enjoyable and
memorable experience.
The outpouring of com-
munity support is over-
whelming as businesses
and individuals reach out
to help sponsor the event.
Girls from age 2 through
Grade 12 will compete in
their age or grade bracket.
What a sight it is to see all
the beautiful babies and

young ladies wow us with
their poise and beauty.
The event is co-spon-
sored by Wewahitchka El-
ementary School and will
take place in the school
cafeteria. The date is Sat-
urday, Feb. 7,2009 at 6 p.m.
CT. Last year the building
was filled with parents,
grandparents and other
family members as they
cheered and supported
their contestant. It is fun,
entertaining and just a
wonderful opportunity
to spend some time with
family and friends. There
is a $5 admission fee for
adults and $3 admission
fee for children under 12
years of age. Registration

packets can be picked up
at any Gulf County school
and completed applica-
tions can be turned in at
the school. The deadline
for registration is Jan. 30.
Registration fee remains
at $20 per entry.
Along with all the above
mentioned, the purpose of
the event is to help raise
necessary funds to help
Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens continue the mission
of meeting as many of the
needs as possible of Gulf
County seniors. State
and federal budget cuts
are a reality and senior
citizens will be affected in
many' ways. The mission
of helping seniors must

be of upmost importance
in the mind of the whole
community. Your presence
and the participation of
your children will assure
the senior .population of
Gulf County that we affirm
their value to be great. In a
world where many things
are decreasing in value,
we pledge to always make
sure the value of those who
have walked before us will
never diminish but will al-
ways increase as we con-
tinue to be blessed today
with that which they pro-
vided yesterday.
For more information
you may call Gulf County
Senior Citizen Center in
Port St. Joe at 229-8466.

Wewahitchka library

announces February

Valentine's event
The Charles Whitehead Wewahitchka Public Library
would like to announce an upcoming event:
Valentine Story Hour to be held on Feb. 10, 2009 at
3:30 p.m. Join us for story reading, crafts, and activi-
Hours of Operation:
Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT
Tuesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. CT
Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT
Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT
Sunday Closed
Donations accepted through the Friends of The Gulf
County Libraries at Charles Whitehead Wewahitchka
Public Library, 314 N. 2nd Street Wewahitchka, FL

Thursday, February 5, 2009


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citizens need

your help

Gulf County Senior
Citizens Center is in need
of volunteers at its Port
St. Joe Senior Center to
call bingo, provide exer-
cise classes and help with
activities and arts and
crafts with seniors. We
are also in need of non-
perishable food items for
our low-income seniors,
such as juice, tuna, fruit,
soup or vegetables. Small
inexpensive bingo prizes
are always needed for
our clients who love to
play bingo several times
a week.
We have two congre-
gate sites in Port St. Joe
and Wewahitchka. We
provide a hot nutritious
meal Monday through
Friday to seniors 60 and
older who are Gulf County
residents. Some of the ac-
tivities include bingo, arts
and crafts, gospel singing,
blood pressure checks,
exercise classes and edu-
cational programs. Any-
one interested in coming
to one of our sites for a hot
meal and activities or who
would like to volunteer or
donate any item listed
above may call Debbie at
229-8466 for. more infor-

VFW gives to Humane Society

The John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069
last week presented the St. Joseph Bay.
Humane Society with two checks total-
ing $2080.80. The VFW, headed up by Dan
McDonough and friends, started a Doggie
NASCAR pool at the start of the races.
This generous contribution was

Lighthouse full moon climb planned

"Cape San Blas in all her glory
- abandoned, unbridled, a beauti-
ful savage enslaved by no man."

"A skinny strip of beach distin-
guished by a steel lighthouse."

"We got there as the sun was get-
ting low. The wind was quite chilly
and the jackets felt good. As the sun
was setting, the full moon was ris-

"Every time we go down to the
lighthouse, we are always given
some special treat from nature: the
sky this evening was simply spec-

These are just a few things that
folks have to say when they come to
see the beautiful cape, beaches and

What will be your words when
you see the full moon from the top
of the lighthouse?
The next full moon climb is
scheduled Feb. 9 at the Cape San
Blas Lighthouse.
Come an hour to a half-hour be-
fore sunset, and participants can
stay until the moon is out of camera
The cost is $5 for adults. Sorry,
no kids can climb the tower after
Can't come this time? No prob-
lem; there will be scheduled full
moon climbs every month at the
same time and same price.
The next moon climb will be
March 4th.
For more information, call Bev-
erly Mount-Douds, at 850-229-1151
or e-mail csblighthouselady2008@

made possible by the many winners of
the Doggie NASCAR pool and the match
from the VFW in addition to individual
The much needed funds will be used to
care for the homeless animals sheltered
at the Humane Society at 1007 10th St.

Low Country Shrimp Boil
to benefit Friends of
St. Joseph Bay Preserves
The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Pre-
serves will sponsor their annual Low
Country Shrimp Boil from 11 a.m.-2
p.m. ET on Feb. 7.
There will be food including
shrimp, corn, kielbasa sausage, pota-
toes, garlic bread, and tea or soda, all
for $10 an open house, and walking
and riding tours of the Buffer Pre-
The event will take place at the St.
Joseph Bay Preserves Center (the old
Treasure Bay Lodge) at 3915 State 30-
A in Port St. Joe.
The shrimp boil is sponsored and
benefits the Friends of St. Joseph Bay
For more information, call 229-1787
or visit www.stjosephbaypreserves.

Gumbo cookoff

scheduled Feb. 14
Mexico Beach wants to know who cooks the best
gumbo. On Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. CT until the gumbo is
sold out, a fierce competition of culinary skills will de-
termine who's who in the gumbo cooking arena.
This year, there will be two categories: restaurant
and ama-
teur. To add
an incen-
tive to the C@gbrrge o
a $150 first /
place cash _
prize, a -T
$75 second IN
place cash / 0
prize and 200
,a $50 third 0e MeXICO
place cash Beach
prize will be
to the ama-
teur winner, E "
and a $150 EleIventlh Anual
prize will go @
to the res-
taurant win-
ner. No entry fee will be charged. A grand prize of
$200 will go to the best overall. There will be prizes
for the best team spirit, the team that drove the far-
thest, the best decorated area and a few other fun
prizes. There will be judges who love gumbo, as well
as entertainment.
Entrants who wish to be included in the judging will
be required to produce five or more gallons of their
specialty gumbo. They also will be responsible for
bringing containers and heating devices to warm their
product (crock pots suggested). The committee will
provide tables, electricity (please specify if needed),
bowls, napkins, utensils, the location and the crowd.
The festivities will take place at Sunset Park riext to
the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach. The goal this
year is to have at least 30 entrants.
The Timeless Band will kick off the festival at 10
a.m. CT. In addition to gumbo, there will be hamburg-
ers, hotdogs, Brunswick stew, beer, wine, sodas and a
lot of Mardi Gras-themed giveaways. Gumbo from the
cookoff will be sold by the taste and various sized cups
($1 to $10) to raise money for Mexico Beach's special
events. Those wishing to participate may pick up an
application at the Mexico Beach CDC office or on the
Web site. For more information, call 648-8196 or 888-

Of the

Concert, dessert night

planned at Pioneer Settlement

Come enjoy an elegant
evening out at the settle-
ment at 6:30 p.m. CT Feb.
7. The dessert program
will begin .with the piano
music of Edward Connell
of Tallahassee. Edward is
well known in the area as
a southern gospel pianist.
He will begin a program of
light classical, ballads, pop
and standard love sings, in-
cluding songs from Romeo
and Juliet. Sue Bradley
and Peggy Cox will follow
with a selection of golden
oldies. The program, titled
"Thank God for the Good
Old Days," will include trib-
utes to Patsy Cline, DoJly
Parton, Crystal Gayle, Kit-
ty Wells, Roy Orbison and
others. They will conclude
with a selection of old gos-
pel hymns, accompanied
by Edward at the piano.
For the finale, the audience.
will be invited to gather
around the piano for an old-
fashioned sing along. Vol-
unteers of the settlement
will, as customary, prepare
a scrumptious dessert buf-
fet. A new item this year
will be a chocolate fountain

to enhance the mood. of the
evening. Portraits with your
sweetie will be available for
a donation. Cost for event
is $20 per couple and $15
per individual. Come out
and enjoy the delectable
sweets served by the Pio-
neer Settlement, the sweet
melodies and memories of
the days gone by. Call 674-
2777 now for ticket reserva-
The Panhandle Pioneer
Settlement is a living muse-
um documenting rural life
in Northwest Florida since
the early 1800s. It is located
in Sam Atkins Park, one
mile west of the intersection
of Highway 71 and Highway
20. Follow Highway 20 west
out of Blountstown. Look
for signs for Sam Atkins
Park. Turn north at Lindy's
Fried Chicken (Silas Green
Street). Follow the signs.
For more information,
contact the settlement at
For further directions
and information on the
historic buildings at the
settlement, visit www.pp-

What's happening


Mexico Beach Red
Hats: No schedule. Con-
tact Eileen at 648-2447 to
participate in some kind of
fun activity every month.
Senior aerobics:
Plan to attend every Mon-
day and Friday from 8:40-
9:30 a.m. CT November
through March at the Cath-
olic Church on 15th Street.
A $1 contribution would be
greatly appreciated.
BCCA: Meets Feb. 3
at the Methodist Church
on 22nd Street. Bingo at
10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m.
For more information,
contact Ruth at 647-3473.
A Craft Group:
Meets at 10 a.m. Feb. 5,
12, 19 and 26 at the Meth-
odist Church on 22nd
Street. Come join us and
work on your craft, learn a
new craft or participate in
community projects.
Sea Oats and Dunes
Garden Club: Meets Feb.
10 at the Beach Baptist
Church, 311 Columbus St.
in St. Joe Beach at 11 a.m.
ET Please bring a dish to
pass. Formore information,

contact Barbara at 647-5004
or Susie at 647-8915.
Mexico Beach Gum-
bo CookOff: Feb. 14 (Val-
entine's Day) at Sunset
Park next to the El Gov-
ernor Motel. Chefs com-
pete to see who prepares
the best gumbo for cash
prizes. Sign-in starts at 8
a.m. CT, and the festival
starts at 10 a.m. CT. Gum-
bo will be sold by contes-
tants with revenues going
to the CDC Fourth of July
celebration. For more in-
formation, call 648-8196.
BCCA: Meets Feb. 17
at the Methodist Church
on 22nd Street. Annual
auction starts at 10 a.m.,
lunch at 11 a.m. For more
information, call Ruth at
* AARP: Mexico Beach
Chapter 4325 meets Feb. 20
at the Methodist Church on
22nd Street. Meeting starts
at 1 p.m. Please bring any
non-perishable food items.
Items will be contributed
to local churches. For
more information, call Ed
at 648-2161.

People helping PEOPLE

Community needs
The People Helping People orga-
nization is in need of the following
items to help needy individuals and
families in Gulf County. Anyone who
would like to contribute financially or
has an item that is listed is asked to
call Jerry Stokoe, project manager, at
229-5262 or 899-1036
Items needed: 16 cubic foot work-
ing refrigerator for low income senior
citizen; small card table for disabled
man to hold musical instrument; food

items, such as jelly, starches, canned
meats and snack foods.

Free tax assistance
The Gulf County Community
Development Corporation and Peo-
ple Helping People of Gulf County
through the VITA/TCE program are
assisting people with basic income
tax returns, such as 1040EZ, 1040A
or basic form 1040. If you qualify as
very low, low or moderate income,
you might be assisted, and any spe-

cial credits, such as earned income
tax credit, will be included.
Bring your tax forms and oth-
er necessary information to Gulf
County Community Development
Corporation and People Helping
People of Gulf County at 401 Peters
St., at the end of Avenue D, in Port
St. Joe beginning Jan. 21 and con-
tinuing every Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. ET until
April 15.
Please call for an appointment at

Meet Skip!
Skip is a 6-yr old Rat Terrier who was
surrendered to the SJBHS when his owners of
6-yrs (all he had ever known) were forced to
move from their home & were not able to bring
Skip with them. Skip is such a "love" and wants
to be everywhere you are. He is house trained
and affectionate. Skip is being fostered in a
home with another male dog and they get along
famously. Skip enjoys his long walks on the
beach and stays close by off leash. If you have
room in your heart & home- please come meet
Skip! You may contact Melody at 850-22,7-1103
or stop by our shelter at 1007 Tenth St.
PROGRAM!! Contact us for details!!



I j 772 Suite B U.S. 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Dan Ostman
(850) 227-1244 Ph/Fax
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**Dr. Sam Wolf on Menopause February 10
**Perceptions of Paradise February 12
"Patsy" A Musical Tribute by Margo Anderson Feb. 13
Bob Milne Ragtime Piano February 14 & 15
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The Christian CONSCIENCE

For the introduction to this teaching about
the second coming of Christ, refer to last
week's message.
The Bible contains the record of many
waiting on important events and teachings on many im-
be just on portant subjects. To learn the truth concern-
ing any subject, it is important that one study
.ting closer the entire teaching. Some teachings are set
you take a apart as a chapter or a part of a chapter.
Other teachings occupy parts of two or more
it folks, res- chapters, where there is a chapter break in
the middle of the teaching. And still others
going home are quotes from the Old Testament, used as
Jo you even part of a teaching in the New Testament.
y? There is an important teaching about the
;lls us what second coming, what is frequently called the
"Rapture," that begins at 1 Thessalonians
friend is up 4:13 and ends at 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Here
we learn many important facts about the
:e died, He second coming. We first learn that at the be-
dead. ginning of the events that occur at the time
t the Bible of the second coming, those who have died,
"in Christ," in other words those who have
g back for been born again, will be the first to rise to
ve. meet the Lord in the air. Then those who are
today, are born again believers in Christ who are living
ve? at the time of this event will be "caught up"
together with them in the clouds. Both those
Billy Johnson who were dead and those who will be living
at this time will, after this event, "always be
with the Lord."
As we continue reading the teaching about
r ch this event in the next chapter, we find that the
exact timing of this event is not revealed but
F S that it will come suddenly "as a thief in the
F night" and without warning. The Bible does
not call this the Rapture. It is called the Day
'Vival of the Lord. It will come at a time when peo-
ple are saying "peace and safety," but they
SChurch of will not escape the destruction which will
vill host a come upon them. The scoffers who deny the
tb. 5-7. second coming and teach an evolutionary ori-
e a worship gin of mankind (see 2 Peter 3:3-10) will know
aker Bobby in an instant they have been sadly mistaken
ball tourna- and are doomed to judgment.
ty of food. As this teaching draws to a close, those
*om 6-8 p.m. in the Thessalonian church are exhorted to
1-7 p.m. CT "watch and be sober." In other words, they
are told to, be ready, and not to allow them-
nformation, selves to get drunk. They are told that they
Hightower are not appointed to wrath but to obtain sal-
vation through the Lord Jesus Christ, who
died for them, that whether they are living or
n S lUnch have died before this event, they will live to-
Baptist Ju- gether with Him. In other words, those who
Baptist Ju- have allowed themselves to be born again
Department will not suffer the wrath of God. It follows
Feb. 8. The then that the scoffers who deny the second
et or fried coming and the flood will suffer the wrath of
i n or God. You can learn more about the coming

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tato salad,
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Thomas at

Church of
Women De-
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6:00 p.m.
the Church
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ill include
Lois Byrd,
and Debo-
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foods Jr. in-
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wrath of God by reading the Iook of Revela-
tion (Apocalypse) from Chapter 6 to the end
There is more about the second coming of
Christ in the first two chapters of 2nd Thessa-
lonians, but that will have to be the subject of
another message. In that book, you can learn
about the falling away, which must come be-
fore the second coming, and a little about the
coming Anti-Christ.
At the Mexico Beach Christian Worship
Center, we teach the same things about the
second coming of Christ (the Messiah) as are

Annual St. Patrick's

Day dinner planned

St. Joseph Catholic Church
will host its annual St. Patrick's
Day dinner with Irish dancers
March 14 in the church hall, on
20th Street in Port St. Joe.
Join us for a traditional Irish
dinner of corned beef and cab-
bage, carrots, potatoes, rolls,
dessert and beverage. Dinner
will begin being serving at 5:00
p.m. EST. The Niall O'Leary
Irish Dancers of Panama City
will be entertaining throughout
the evening with a fast-paced
performance of traditional
Irish step dances. Everyone

also will have a chance to sing
along with some favorite and
traditional Irish songs.
All proceeds from this event
will benefit St. Joseph's Fam-
ily Life Ministries and, in turn,
many throughout the commu-
nity. Tickets are $8 each and
available for purchase at the
church office, in the Church
Hall on 20th Street. For more
information, please contact
the church's office at 850-227-
1417, ticket coordinator Ann
Jarosz at 229-1531 or Char-
maine Earley at 229-8561.

recorded in the entire Bible. Our services
begin with a time of greeting and fellowship
at 9:30 a.m. CST Sunday. Worship begins at
9:45 a.m. After the service, we have a pot luck
fellowship luncheon. (Hebrews 10:24 25) We
worship at the Mexico .Beach Civic Center
on 105 N. 31st St. behind the Beach Walk gift
shop just off U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center


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Pride in America Pride in your pool

~Z A Spirit Filled
Fam i Life Outreach Oriented
Family Life Word of Faith Church

Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pm
323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 j

I' Worship with us at,
Long Avenue Baptist Church J
Where Faith, Family &Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am f
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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

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First Baptist Church

Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico
Corner of 15th California 648-


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

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
igs anb Vietu ap'tist clurcj
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Sen-ice 7:00 p.m.
Mike We,mroo. Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

Q "Our Church can be your home"

First church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. oce, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
give unto the Lord theory due &is name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 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.

Constitution and onumtent Port St. Joe

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional U 1.. 1:00 ET
01uth: 5:30p.m. ET
tC'hoir: 7:00p.m. E'T

850) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Conforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director southh M.inister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Cildren ,limshnstrie

The Christian CONSCIENCE

Thursday, February 5, 2009


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Local author to sign books at GCCC event

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Joel Strait may or may
not be flying there, but
he'll be part of the 10th an-
nual Books Alive celebra-
tion this weekend.
The event is sponsored
by the Northwest Florida
Regional Library, of which
the Port St. Joe and We-
wahitchka libraries are a
part, and will be held all
day this Saturday, with
events starting at 9 a.m.
And Strait, who recently
published a novel entitled
Rivers of Decision, ,will
be signing books from 9-12
at the table set up for the
Panhandle Writers Guild
which will be stationed in
the Student Union East
complex at Gulf Coast

Community College.
Strait's book is pub-
lished by Dream Catcher
Publishing, which is owned
and operated by Dwan
Hightower, who will also
be at the celebration, of
reading signing her books.
The novel is a mystery
which centers on the se-
cret a doctor has carried
inside for decades, telling
no one, but who is seeing a
day of reckoning with this
dark skeleton as the end of
her own life nears.
The story is told in
flashbacks and the sus-
pense pertains to the fate
of Adolph Hitler as the
Second World War came to
a close.
The book is deeply in-
formed by Strait's knowl-
edge of aircraft, particu-
larly World War II aircraft
and procedures, as well as

his clear interest in history
and the German psyche,
which plays a role in the
ending of the novel.
It is also the kind of
book that too much detail
would ruin the experience
for the reader because
there are plenty of twists
and turns.
The suspense drives
the reader along, mak-
ing the discussions about
aircraft and procedures
informative while keeping
the reader enmeshed in
what awful secret Dr. Gail
Zimmerman has carried
for too long.
The use of flashbacks is
used as an effective story-
telling device, pushing the
book to a conclusion that is
both surprising, but upon
reflection almost natural
for the 300-plus pages that
preceded it.



Joel Strait
will be signing
copies of his
novel Rivers
of Decision
from 9-12 ET
on Saturday
in the Student
Union East of
Gulf Coast
College. Look for
the Panhandle
Writers Guild



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Port St. Joe Relay for Life to be held in April

Relay for Life is well un-
derway here in Port St. Joe.
It will be held on April 25-26,
2009 at Shark Stadium. The
theme is Relay around the
The committee would
like to extend their thanks to

FairPoint Communications,
Preble-Rish, Port St. Joe Li-
on's Club, MediaCom, VFW
Post 10069, Sacred Heart,
and Progress Energy. These
companies have commit-
ted to supporting our relay
through sponsorship. If you

are interested in sponsoring
this event, please contact
Carolyn Witten' at 229-6573
We are still seeking
teams and interested par-
ties may call Darlene Spen-
cer at 647-9661 or Sheryl
Bradley at 229-9000. The

next team meeting will be
held Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET
at the Port Inn. Please join
Did you know that:
The skin is the largest
organ in the body
Over 1,000,000 cases

of skin cancer will be diag-
nosed in 2009
Melanoma is the most
serious and deadly form of
skin cancer
The number of new
melanoma cases is on the

62,480 new cases of
melanoma are expected to
be diagnosed in 2009
8,420 people will die of
melanoma in 2009
For more information,
please visit http://www.can-


Sallie May Eubanks, 86,
of Eastpoint, passed away
Thursday, January 29,
2009, at her home.
She is survived by 2
Daughters: Nowling and
Virginia and husband R.J.
and Jeanette Paulk, both
of Eastpoint; 2 sisters
and 2 brothers: Juanita
Peacock of Eastpoint, Fl,
Nellie Ruth Haulson of
Lacanto, Fl, Jack And
Eillen Carter of Lacooch-
ee, Fl, and Bobby Seay of
Labelle, Fl; 6
grandchildren, 11
great-grandchildren and
8 Great-great grandchil-
She was preceded in

Henry C. Player, 96,
of Palatka, passed away
Thursday January 29,
2009 at the Palatka Health
Care Center following an
extended illness. He was
a native of Kinard, Florida
and had been a resident
of Palatka for the past 63
years coming from Kinard.
Henry was a veteran of WW
II having served in the U. S._
Army Air Corps. He retired
from the Georgia Pacific
Corp. in Palatka, having
worked in the Digester De-
partment. He also worked
as a logger. He was a mem-
ber of the Berean Baptist
Church in East Palatka.
Henry enjoyed fishing and
story telling. He was a dedi-
cated husband to his wife.
He was preceded in
death by his wife, Virginia
Player; two sisters, Lula
Kemp, and Maggie Shirer;
and a brother, Silas Player.
Surviving are two broth-
ers and sisters-in-law,

death by 1 daughter, 3
brothers and 1 grandson:
De'lois Ann Eubanks
. (1965) of Bushnell, Fl, Dal-
las Carter of Eastpoint,
Opal Carter of Eastpoint,
Horris Carter of Plant
City, Fl, and Rodney Butch
Nowling of Eastpoint, Fl.
The funeral service was
held at 2:00 p.m. EST Mon-
day, February 2, 2009 at
the First Baptist Church of
Eastpoint. Interment fol-
lowed in Eastpoint Cem-
etery. She lay in state at
the church for two hours
prior to the service.
All services are under
the direction of the Com-
forter Funeral Home.

James and Myrtice Player
of Palatka, and J. W and
Panky Player of Destin, FL;
two sisters, Agnes Wilkins
of Ft. Walton Beach, and
Ola Mae Clark of Port
St. Joe; several nieces,
nephews, great-nieces,
great-nephews, great-
great-nieces and great-
Calling hours were held
at 10:00 a.m. Monday Feb-
ruary 2, 2009 at Masters
Funeral Home 6f Palatka
with funeral services begin-
ning at 11:00 a.m. with Pas-
tor Dan Blasiole officiating.
Interment followed in the
Palatka Memorial.Gardens.
Flowers are gratefully ,
accepted or memorial gifts
may be sent to the Berean
Baptist Church, PO. Box
867, East Palatka, FL 32131.
Condolences may be
sent to mastersobit@hot-
mail.comMasters Funeral
Home of Palatka was in
charge of arrangements.

-. .. -," First Baptist Church
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
*- Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church

Contemporary Service ........8:30 am
Sunday School .................. 9:40 am
Traditional Service............11:00 am
Awana's 5:00 pm
Youth Choir............. 5:30 pm
Youth Groups .................. 6:00 pm

Children's Choir................. 6:00 pm
Prayer Meeing..................6:30 pm
Children's Ministry
Activities 6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities ... 6:30 pm


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

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday ..................8:00 a.m .
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A ( .,..,... World"
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Mrs. Murnice Taunton
Gaskin, 85, of Eufaula, Ala-
bama, died Saturday, Jan.
31, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral services were
held Monday, Feb. 2,2009
at 1 p.m., at the First
United Methodist Church
in Eufaula with Dr. Al
Harbour officiating and
Chapman Funeral Home
of Eufaula directing. The
family requests that dona-
tions be made to the First
United Methodist Church
of Eufaula or the First
United Methodist Church
of Rome, Georgia.
Born July 3, 1923 in
Florida, Mrs. Gaskin was
the daughter of the late
Cyrus and Winona Howard
Taunton. She was preced-

Bo was born in Port
St. Joe on April 7, 1957 to
the proud parents Forrest
Burch Hayes Sr. and the
late Dorothy Evelyn Har-
rison. Bo and his family
moved to Michigan where
he met and married his wife
Joan of 29 years. In 1980 his
family moved to Eastpoint
and made the little town
their home, where he later
made his living as a seafood
worker. On
January 23, 2009 he
passed on and is now with
his mother Dorothy Evelyn

ed in death by her husband
Roy Fitzgerald "Bud" Gas-
kin. She was a member of
the First United Church of
Survivors include
two daughters: Kathryn
Gaskin, Eufaula, AL, and
Janice (Jerry) Vick, Rome.
GA; two brothers: Wayne
(Sandra) Taunton and
Pierce (Shin) Taunton,
both of Port St. Joe; one
sister: Evelyn (Andy) Por-
ter of Donaldsonville, GA;
four grandchildren, Nell
Cady, Augusta, GA, Har-
rison Cady, Douglas, GA,
Ann Howard Vick, Jack-
sonville, AL, and Gerald
J. (Dr. Katie White-Vick)
Vick, Jr., Jasper, AL; and
five great-granchildren.

Harrison, his brother Jim-
my Hayes and his sister Pa-
tricia Hayes. He is survived
by his wife Joan Hayes, two
daughters Bridget Hayes
Pritchett and Andrea
Hayes White, his father
Forrest Hayes Sr., his sister
Jackie Hayes Golden and
his brother Ronnie Hayes,
he also has five grandsons,
three nieces and three
nephews. The service was
held on January 27,2009 at
the First Baptist Church
in Eastpoint. He was loved
and will be missed always.

Blues The Rock

Dee Blues Bond,

"There's always time for the Blues"
Gage Blevins

Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ................ .................... Sunday School
10:30 AM ..................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM .................... ................... W orship
6 :00 P M ............................................................W o rship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School

First Presbyterian Church
of Port St. Joe
-508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Ruth Hempel
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

Shirley Jean Phillips Parramore

Shirley Jean
Phillips Parra- _
more, 69, of White
City passed away
Thursday, Janu-
ary 29, 2009 after
a long and coura- .
geous battle with
lung cancer. She
was born in Estill, SH
SC to Marion and SH
Violet Phillips PARR
on August 21,
1939. She graduated 1957
from Elizabeth City, NC
and in 1960 she graduated
from Portsmouth Virginia
General Hospital School of
Nursing with a RN Degree,
a member of Eastern Star,
Towson Chapter 70, and
the VFW Women Auxiliary.
She was resident of
Dothan AL until 1983 when
she moved to Mexico
Beach, FL and worked for
the Mexico Beach Cable
office for 11 years.
She is survived by her
loving husband and best
friend of 37 years, James B.
Parramore of White City;
one son, Mark Parramore
and daughter-in-law, Sylvia
of Webb, AL; one daughter,
Michele Parramore Cook
and son-in-law, Joe of Tal-
lahassee, FL; four grand-
daughters, Lauren Sisk,
Danetha, Marcie and Kaye

"- of Port St. Joe;
three grandsons,
Brandon, Justin
and Casey of Tal-
lahassee; and
.1 one great-grand-
daughter, Kaye
of Webb, AL; one
sister, Catherine
IRLE ; Michalak of
IRLEY Edenton, NC.
;AMORE She is preced-
ed in death by her
parents Marion and Violet
Phillips, one sister, Kather-
ifie Joanne Phillips.
The family would like
to give a special thank you
to Dr. John Nanfro and his
caring staff and special
thank you to her hospice
nurse, Linda Hamilton
and health aide, Latonia
Thomas and Chaplain Dr.
Floyd Wright. In lieu of
flowers the family request
contributions to Covenant
Hospice, 107 West 19th
Street Panama City, FL
32405, would be greatly ap-
A memorial service was
held Tuesday, February
3, 2009 at 12:00 noon EST
(11:00 CST) at the VFW
Post #10069, 1774 Trout Av-
enue, Highland View, FL.
All services were under
the directions of Comforter
Funeral Home.

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School News

Thursday, February 5, 2009



By Courtney Hermsdorfer
The boys' basketball
team will be traveling on
Thursday, Feb. 5 to FAMU
High school to play at 6
p.m. ET. The girls' bas-
ketball team will play at
Wewahitchka on Friday
against Liberty County and
depending on the game we
will be playing again on
Saturday. This will be the
girls' first round in the dis-
trict semifinals. So come at
support your Lady Tiger
Sharks! Girls' softball kicks
into gear on Friday. The
girls will be traveling to
Rutherford for the Softball
Preseason Classic. Games
start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
We will be playing Franklin
County at home on Tues-
day night at 7 p.m. Then
Thursday, Feb. 12 the soft-
ball team will be playing at
Rutherford again and the

game starts at 7:00 p.m.

NHS: There is an annual
Blood Drive on Wednesday,
Feb. 11 from 7 a.m. until 1
p.m. Appointments can be
made in the front office,
children age of 16 and 17
must have a permission
form signed by parent/
guardian. Everyone is in-
vited to donate and a free
T-shirt will be given to all
SGA: The club is co-
sponsoring, with the Dem-
ocratic Party, a forum for
the one mill at Capital City

Bank on Feb. 10. Everyone
is invited to attend.

Just a Reminder
This Monday (Feb, 9)
Progress reports will be
given to all students in 7th
period classes.
Florida Writes is here
and the sophomores will
be writing on Tuesday, Feb.
10 at 8:00 a.m. Good Luck
Don't forget to purchase
a yearbook you can do so
online at the school's web-
site or you or your child can
pick a form in Mr. Taylor's

SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to the Star
Front row: Kanon Martin, Trenton Sutton, Bradley Lewis
Back row: King Henderson, Shaye McGuffin, Katie Dykes.


club gives

David Britton
from the Port St.
Joe Chapter of the
Kiwanis Club pres-
ents Port St. Joe El-
ementary Principal
Melissa Ramsey
with a $100 check
to be used toward
the Accelerated
Reader Program at
the school.
With over 100,000
tests available in
the program, Ac-
celerated Reader
encourages stu-
dents to read books
and test on com-
prehension and vo-

Davida Byrd




Port St. Joe High School
students Chaz Byrd, Jas-
mine Fennell, Antonio Pe-
terson, .Shatroyia Celeste
Bryant and Renee Lewis
received $500 scholarships
from the Davida Byrd
Scholarship Foundation.
Byrd will be attending Bet-
hune-Cookman University;
Fennell, the University
of Florida; Peterson, Gulf
Coast Community College
and Bryant and Lewis will
attend Florida Community
College in Jacksonville.
Davida Byrd Scholarship
Foundation president Tay-
lor Jenkins presented the

BOCC announces referendum election and book closing date

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners has au-
thorized the holding of a Special
Referendum Election on the ap-
proval of an additional one mill ad
valorem tax for school district op-
erating expenses.

This Special Referendum Elec-
tion will be a Mail Ballot Election,
with an election date of March 17,
2009. All active registered voters
will receive a ballot by mail for this
It is extremely important that

we have your current residen- tificate Envelope for all mail bal-
tial and mailing address on file. lots. Please notify Supervisor of
Equally important is to update Elections' office immediately with
your signature if there has been a any changes.
substantial change since you reg- The deadline to register to vote
istered to vote. Voter signatures for this election is Monday, Febru-
will be verified on the Voter's Cer- ary 16,2009, if you are not currently

registered to vote in Gulf County.
For more information, please
contact the Supervisor of Elec-
tions' office located at 401 Long
Ave. in Port St. Joe or call us at
850-229-6117 or visit www.votegulf.

Academic success workshop offered

Special to the Star

Community parents.
are asked to attend a
workshop for parents,
grandparents, and guard-
ians of middle and high
school students called
"Parental involvement at
home: Helping your child
succeed in school."
The workshop will be

held from 10 a.m. until
noon ET on February 21 at
Zion Fair Baptist Church.
The workshop will be
led by Dr. Joseph Smiley.
Dr. Joseph Smiley cur-
rently serves as the aca-
demic dean of social sci-
DR. JOSEPH ences at St. Petersburg
SMILEY college. During his 28
years in higher education,
Dr. Smiley has held nu-

merous positions. He is a former
program director of social sci-
ences, business technology, and
ethics. He served as coordina-
tor of the college project success
program, designed to help at-risk
'college students. He also served
as a professor of economics.
As part of his work in the com-
munity, Dr. Smiley has developed
and facilitated a variety of parent
workshops on strategies for help-

ing children succeed in school
and prepare for college. He also
currently serves as th6 coordi-
nator of the alpha institute teen
training program, a program
designed to assist at-risk middle
and high school students.
Dr. Smiley holds degrees from
Florida A&M university, Argosy
University, and the University of
Notre Dame. He is a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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BBB accepting applications for

Student Ethics Scholarship

Business BureauR Founda-
tion of Northwest Florida is
currently accepting applica-
tions for the 2009 Student Eth-
.ics Scholarship.
A total of nine high school
junior and senior students
will be granted $1,000 Student
Ethics Scholarship this year.
The Student Ethics Schol-
arship Award is given to col-
lege-bound students within
the BBB northwest Florida
service area who demonstrate
overall personal integrity and
ethical behavior.
Three students in each of
your BBB's three districts will

receive a $1,000 scholarship
toward the accredited college
or university of their choice.
Local leaders from busi-
nesses and academia will
serve as judges and award
scholarships based on cri-
teria including leadership,
community service, academic
achievement and an essay re-
sponse on building character.
The Student Ethics Schol-
arship will be awarded in
conjunction with the Torch
Award for Marketplace Eth-
ics and the Customer Service
Excellence Award. The Torch
Award was created to recog-
nize businesses and charities

that insist on exceptionally
high standards of behavior
in dealing with customers,
vendors and employees. The
Customer Service Excellence
Award recognizes employees
who go above and beyond in
their customer service activi-
The application deadline is
March 27, 2009. Scholarship
recipients will be recognized
and asked to read their essay
at a series of luncheons to be
held in May.
For entry forms and guide-
lines please visit www.nwfl. or call
850-429-0002 or 1-800-729-9226.

Robot demonstrations featured at

community STEM forum

PANAMA CITY-Middle and high
school students, parents, educa-
tors and the community at large
will have a great opportunity to
learn about exciting STEM (sci-
ence, technology, engineering
and math) education and career
options in Northwest Florida at
a community forum on Febru-
ary 3.
The event, which is free and
open to the public, will be held at
Florida State University Pana-
ma City in the Holley Academic
Center's St. Joe Community
Foundation Lecture Hall from
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Navy robots and student ro-
botics projects from the 2008
Summer STEM institute for
middle school students will be
demonstrated from 6:30 to 7:00
p.m. in the entrance lobby and
atrium areas of the Academic

Following the demonstra-
tions, information about the free
Summer 2009 STEM institutes
for middle and high school stu-
dents will be provided.
A Department of Defense
grant received in 2008 will pro-
vide funding for the 2009 middle
school and high school sum-
mer programs. A grant from
the AT&T Foundation will allow
the 2009 summer program to
be expanded to include an ad-
vanced institute for high school
The Summer STEM insti-
tutes are a collaborative initia-
tive of FSU Panama City, Naval
Surface Warfare Center Panama
City Division, Gulf Coast Com-
munity College and Bay, Gulf
and Holmes School Districts.
Information about STEM

professional career opportuni-
ties in Northwest Florida and
education available through
local 'school districts, colleges
and universities will also be pre-
Forum presenters include:
Bill Husfelt, Superintendent,
Bay District Schools; Dr. Ace
Summey, Technical Director,
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City Division (NSWC-
PCD); Marcus Hall, Head of the
NSWC-PCD Expeditionary and
Maritime Systems Department;
Ed Linsenmeyer, NSWC-PCD
Student Programs Coordinator;
Dr. David Skinner, FSU Panama
City Assistant Teaching Profes-
sor, Electrical Engineering; and
Ginger Littleton, FSU Panama
City Program Coordinator. Pre-
senters will be available for in-

Potato production in

the home garden

The potato is a good
choice for most Florida gar-
dens. When planted in the
late winter or early spring
(February-March 10), 100..
pounds of seed should pro-
duce 10 bushels or more of
potatoes. Use certified seed
potatoes when possible.
Avoid table stock potatoes as
planting stock, as you may
get a poor variety or one that
will not sprout. Each seed
piece should be cut into a
two ounce size and should



have two or more eyes. The cut
seed piece could be dusted with a
fungicide such as Capton to prevent
seed piece decay. Fall planting is not
advisable. For planting it is best to
first make a raised bed about 6 inch-
es high and 1-2 feet wide. If several
rows are to be planted, place these
rows 36-42 inches apart in the gar-
den. Then open a seed furrow 3-4
inches deep down the center of the
row. Place the seed pieces into the
furrow at 8-12 inch intervals. Cover
and water the freshly planted rows.
When preparing the bed, make sure
you have used liberal amounts of
fertilizer; one quart of 10-10-10 fertil-
izer per 50 feet of row spacp. Side
dress potatoes twice three weeks
apart with one pound of 10-10-10 per
50 feet of row space.
Potatoes are diverse in appear-
ance, maturity and use, and are an
excellent source of nutrition. In fact,
potatoes have fewer calories and
more nutrients than rice, pasta or
bread. Potatoes can be boiled, baked
and fried. Red and white skinned va-
rieties are often preferred for boiling
because they have a creamy texture
and hold their shape when cooked.
This texture is due to low starch con-
tent, often called low specific gravity.
In contrast, russet-skinned varieties
may have high specific gravity, giv-
ing them a more granular or mealy

texture, suitable for baking
or frying.
Seed potatoes should be
stored in a cool, dark place
not a warm one. This helps
prevent sprouting. However,
if the storage temperature
gets too high, and sprouting
LEE occurs,just leave the sprouts
TER alone, don't remove them.
nty Your best bet is to buy
nsion fresh seed pieces at a gar-
ctor den center. Then plant the
seeds quickly in warm, moist
soil not cool, dry soil. If you
try to raise potatoes by planting
seed pieces cut from stock potatoes
you bought at the grocery store, we
can almost guarantee that you'll
see symptoms of blind tuber devel-
opment. Store potatoes are often
treated with sprout inhibitor. In ad-
dition, this treatment can result in
the blind tuber problem.
Ever think of growing a few pota-
to plants in a bushel size container?
Well, you can. It's easy and fun. You
can be a potato grower in the small-
est yard or just on the back porch or
Mix 4 ounces of hydrate lime and
2 tablespoons of plant food to the
container soil. Put a 4 or 5 inch layer
of soil in the container and lay a few
seed pieces 6 to 8 inches apart, then
top with 3 or 4 more inches of soil.
Keep the container in a warm,
sunny place. As the plants grow,
add more soil around the stems to
give the tubers ro6m to expand, and
keep the soil well watered.
Varieties recommended for
North Florida are the round white
such as Atlantic, Sebago, and Su-
perior, and the round reds like Red
Lasorda and Red Pontiac. Do not
plant the long baking types as they
grow poorly.
For more detailed information on
growing Irish potatoes. Please call
your Cooperative Extension Office.

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RB I The Star I ~iw Enforcement


This report represents some events the
FWC Division of Law Enforcement han-
dled from Jan. 23-29; however, it does not
include all actions taken by the division.

Escambia County

On Jan. 25, Lt. Dan Hahr was conduct-
ing enhanced patrol within the Escambia
River Wildlife Management Area when he
encountered a vehicle in the Bluff Springs
area. After noticing the telltale signs of
drug use, Lt. Hahr located a baggie of can-
nabis under the center console. The driver
was issued a notice to appear for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of cannabis.

Okaloosa County

On Jan. 24, Officers Alan Kirchinger
and Pete Rockwell were on water patrol
on the Yellow River within the Eglin Air
Force Base Wildlife Management Area.
The officers observed a small boat on the
east side of the river within Unit 14. Upon
checking the area, the officers met a sub-
ject, dressed in camouflage, walking out
of the woods. The officers and the hunter
returned to where he was hunting. While
en route, the hunter seemed very nervous.
Upon arriving at the hunter's stand, Rock-
well climbed into the ladder stand and ob-
served corn approximately 20 feet away.
Officer Rockwell asked the hunter if there
was anyone else hunting with him and the
answer was no; however, the hunter ad-
mitted that he had another stand approxi-
mately 70 yards away. The hunter led the
way to a second stand where additional
corn was discovered, and he admitted
placing the corn at both stands. He was is-
sued a citation for hunting over bait in the
Eglin Air Force Base Wildlife Management
Area and also for no hunting license.
On Jan. 24, Officer Alan Kirchinger re-
ceived a complaint of all-terrain vehicles
being operated within Blackwater Wildlife
Management Area. Kirchinger located the
two ATVs near a primitive camp off Penny
Creek Road near the Holt community and
issued two citations to the operators for

operating ATVs in the Blackwater Wildlife
Management Area.
On Jan. 27, an FWC officer was on pa-
trol of Eglin Air Force Base Wildlife Man-
agement Area checking an area of recent
complaints involving road hunting. On a
road near the Ranger Camp, the officer ob-
served a group of dog hunters with trucks
lined up on the road. Upon closer observa-
tion, the officer saw one of the hunters in*
physical possession of a rifle. The hunter
was issued a citation for the violation.

Walton County

Lt. Mark Hollinhead and Officer Van Bar-
row responded to a night hunting complaint
received after a Florida Highway Patrol
trooper stopped two subjects in a vehicle
matching the description of a vehicle in-
volved with shooting from Highway 280. The
subjects were identified and interviewed by
the FWC officers after a recently shot deer
was located in the wooded area adjacent to
the roadway at the incident scene. An inter-
view revealed a third subject was involved
and was dropped off to retrieve the deer.
The two firearms used were concealed in a
wooded area after the deer was shot. Both
firearms were recovered and seized. The
third subject was located at his residence.
All three subjects were charged with taking
a deer at night with a gun and light.

Liberty County

On the evening of Jan. 22, Officer Hank
Forehand was patrolling the Chatta-
hoochee area when he heard a shot from
a private lease. He walked into the hunt-
ing campsite area, keeping his appearance
concealed in the brush. Close to dusk, a
subject came into the campsite with a doe
deer on an all-terrain vehicle. The sub-
ject unloaded and placed the deer at the
skinning rack. Forehand approached the
subject and conducted a wildlife inspec-
tion. The inspection revealed the subject
had killed a yearling doe and failed to tag
,it with an antlerless deer tag. Forehand is-
sued the subject the proper citations.

Franklin County

On Jan. 18, Officer Steven Cook re-
ceived a complaint regarding an antlerless
deer being killed in the Tate's Hell Wildlife
Management Area. The complainant gave
a description of the hunter's vehicle, and
Cook located the antlerless deer. Within
a short period of time, Cook located the
hunter. The hunter admitted to shooting
the deer and was issued a misdemeanor
citation. His firearm was seized.
On Jan. 23, Officer Carmon Brownell
received a complaint in reference to a
pair of individuals harvesting oysters
from a closed oyster bar in Apalachicola
Bay. Brownell located the two harvesters.
"hogging" (harvesting by hand) oysters
on the closed oyster bar. Due to the size
of Brownell's vessel, he was unable to ap-
proach the harvesters in the shallow water.
When the harvesters recognized the patrol
vessel, they fled to the shore where they
loaded their oysters into a vehicle and left
the area. With assistance from the Frank-
lin County Sheriff's Department, the har-
vesters were stopped and directed to an
area boat ramp where Brownell was wait-
ing. The harvesters were issued six mis-
demeanor citations for oystering in closed
waters, no saltwater products license and
no Apalachicola Bay oyster harvest permit.
The harvesters' eight bags of oysters were
seized and returned to the water alive.
On Jan. 25, Officers Woody Cook and
Steven Cook were working in the area of
Lanark Reef when an inspection of three
duck hunters revealed several violations.
The hunters were issued three citations
and three warnings for no non-resident
hunting license, possession of lead shot
and, hunting migratory birds with un-
plugged shotguns.
On Jan. 27, Officers. Don Walker and
Steven Cook conducted an oyster detail
in Apalachicola Bay. The officers boarded
11 vessels and inspected 26 harvesters.
The inspections revealed violations for no
saltwater products license and no Apala-
chicola Bay oyster harvest permit. Four
misdemeanor citations were issued for the

Bomber pilot

trial could be

in Bay County

By David Angier
Florida Freedom Newspapers
The trial of an Air Force bomber
pilot accused of attacking his former
girlfriend in a Gulf County judge's
home could be coming to Bay
John C. Perrys, 32, is charged with
burglary of a dwelling while armed,
aggravated battery, with a deadly
weapon and misdemeanor criminal
mischief. He faces up to life in prison
if convicted as charged.
Last year, lawyers tried to seat a
jury for an expected two-week trial
but found the jury pool to be biased
by talk of the event in the small
community. Circuit Judge Keith
Brace said Perrys could not receive
a fair trial in Gulf County and ordered
a new venue be found.
On' Tuesday, State Attorney Glenn
Hess said the trial is expected to be
held in Bay County, but a date has not
been set. Longtime prosecutor Bill
Lewis, who was handling the case,
no longer is witA the state attorney's
office, and the trial will be handled by
prosecutor Alton Paulk.
"Alton can be up to speed in a
matter of days," Hess said. "There's
more than enough time to be ready
for trial."
He said Brace has been saddled
with an extra caseload since
December and a trial date will not
be set until a new judge is assigned
to the first circuit, where Brace
Perrys is accused of forcing his
way into Gulf 'County Judge Fred
Witten's home the morning of April
12, 2005, and attacking Witten's step-
daughter, Caroline Lister, with a
metal baton. Lister is Perrys' former

Public Notice:

The City of Port St Joe and Gulf County work-
ers have begun burning piles of trees and under-
brush on a sixty acres site near the intersection
of Hwy 98 and Jones Homestead Road. The
work will continue over the next few months.

The burning is being authorized daily by the
Florida Division of Forestry and monitored
daily by the City of Port St Joe Fire Depart-

City of Port St Joe

City of Port St Joe Frank
Pate Boat Ramp and Trailer
Parking Lot to Close During

Port St Joe, FL: The Frank Pate Boat Ramp
is scheduled to close for approximately one
to two days beginning the week of February
9, 2009. The Boat Ramp will reopen as soon
as the heavy equipment work is completed on
the existing Boat trailer parking lot. The park-
ing lot will remained closed for an additional
four to five days as additional improvements
are made to that area. That work will include:
removal of the existing surface, widening
and re-grading of the parking lot, installa-
tion of a new gravel surface, installation of
new parking stops and concrete work around
the perimeter of the parking surface. These
improvements are part of a larger project to
bring additional improvements to Frank Pate,
Park to include: remodeling of the bathroom
facilities, installation of a new playground,
improvements to the walking trail and pic-
nic pavilion. The $135,000 in improvements
is being paid for through a grant from the
Florida Recreational Development Assistance
Program (FRDAP).

Unfortunately boaters will be inconvenienced
during the closure, and we'll do everything
possible to minimize those inconveniences,
but in the long-run the improvements will be
worth the brief interruption. For construction
and closure updates please contact the City
of Port St Joe office during regular business
hours at (850) 229-8261.

Arrest LOG

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office
will be conducting vehicle' safety and
DUI checkpoints in February. The
checkpoints will be throughout the
county to include Highway 98 near St.
Joe Beach, Highway 98 and Garrison
Avenue, C-30 Simmons Bayou, High-
way 71 North of White City, Highway
22 and Highway 22A, Highway 71 and
Westarm Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth
Area and Highway 71 near the Cal-
houn line.
On Jan. 23, Marcus Demetric
Williams, 40, Terry D. Nolan, 50,
and Jamie Deandra Fenn, 28, were
arrested on warrants for failure to
pay child support.
On Jan. 23, a vehicle driven by
Herman Edd Ellis, 54, was stopped
for having a headlight not function-
ing. While speaking with the driver,
the deputy noticed the odor bf an al-
coholic beverage about his person.

Ellis preformed several sobriety ex-
ercises, which he did poorly on; he
was arrested for DUI and taken to
the Gulf County Jail. Herman Ellis'
breathalyzer test results were .134
and .137.
On Jan. 24, Allen Herbert Nel-
son, 47, was a passenger in a vehicle
that was stopped for a traffic viola-
tion. The deputy was given permis-
sion to search the vehicle and found
what appeared to be a rock of crack
cocaine on the seat in the area where
Nelson was sitting. The substance
tested positive for cocaine, and Allen
Herbert Nelson was arrested for pos-
session of crack cocaine.
On Jan. 25, deputies responded
to a call of a man slumped over the
steering wheel of his vehicle. When
the deputy arrived, he found the vehi-
cle running with a man slumped over
the steering wheel. He knocked on the

window .several times in an attempt
to awaken the subject. When he fi-
nally got Ross Clark Earnest awake
and was able to speak with him, he
noticed the odor of an alcoholic bev-
erage about his person. Clark told the
deputy he was on Highway 231 near
Fountain when in fact he was on Hwy.
22 near Wewahitchka. Clark was ar-
rested for DUI; his breath test results
were .130 and .138,
On Jan. 25, Sherri Leann Watson,
24, was arrested for possession of a
controlled substance.
On Jan. 25, Amanda Nicole Gay,
19, was arrested on a warrant for
failure to appear; the original charge
was battery.
On Jan. 29, Joseph Lee Cordell,
32, was arrested on a warrant for
violation of probation. The original
charge was possession of a controlled

Franklin County man charged with killing bear

A 54-year-old Franklin
County man landed in Gulf
County Jail Friday charged
with killing a black bear.
Larry Joe Colson, born
April 25; 1954, of Apalachic-
ola, turned himself in at the
county jail in Port St. Joe
after Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commis-
sion investigators told him
they had an arrest warrant

for him. Colson reportedly
admitted to officers he shot
a bear on his Gulf County
hunting lease Jan. 17.
He's charged with inten-
tionally killing a threatened
species, a black bear. The
charge is a third-degree
felony, punishable by up to
five years imprisonment
and up to a $5,000 fine.
"Initially, uniformed

patrol officers received in-
formation that someone
claimed to have killed a
Florida panther on private
property in Gulf County,"
FWC investigator Steve
Thomas said. "They made
an on-site visit Jan. 20 to
the property where the inci-
dent supposedly occurred,
and at first, they didn't find

"They returned on Jan.
22 and found the remains of
an adult male bear. Colson
was identified as a suspect,
was interviewed and admit-
ted shooting the bear."
Thomas said no panther
remains were found during
the visits to the property.
Officers seized Colson's
Remington .30-06 rifle as

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CASE NO. 08-253-CA


GIVEN pursuant to a De-
fault Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, and entered in
Civil Action No. 08-253-CA
of the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff,
BANK, and the defend-
I will sell to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, at
11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
on the 26th day of Febru-
ary, 2009, at'the front door
of the Gulf County Court-
house, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, the following-de
scribed real property as
set forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Farm # 145, and a portion
of Lots 142 and 143, Gulf
County Farms, an unre-
corded subdivision In Sec-
tion 30, Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida, more par-
ticularly described as fol-

Southwest comer of Sec-
tion 30, Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida, and run
thence South 89 degrees
28 minutes 11 seconds
East, along the South
boundary line of said Sec-
tion 30, for a distance of
500.20 feet to a point lying
on the East right of way
line of Reynolds Road (60
foot right of way), thence
leaving said South bound-
ary line run North 01 de-
grees 08 minutes 02 sec-
onds East, along said East
right of way line, for a dis-
tance of 500.00 feet to the
point of beginning; thence
North 00 degrees 59 min-
utes 55 seconds East,
along said East right of
way line, for a distance of
1,022.69 feet to a point on
a curve concave to the
Southeast; thence North-
easterly along said East
right of way line and curve
with a radius of 134.36
feet, through a central an-
gle of 74 degrees 49 min-
utes 20 seconds, for an
arc distance of 175.46 feet
(chord of said arc being
North 38 degrees 24 min-
utes 44 seconds East,
163.26 feet); thence North
75 degrees 49 minutes 06
seconds East, along said
right of way line, for a dis-
tance of 340.17 feet to the
point of intersection of said
right of way line with the

1100 11
West right of way line of ship 5 Sou
Jasper Lee Road (60 foot West, and ru
right of way); thence South feet to the
14 degrees 13 minutes 44 County Roa
seconds East along said Westfor 101
right of way line for a dis- run South f
tance of 522.72 feet; the Point
thence leaving said West thence run S
right of way line run South thence run
75 degrees 49 minutes 06 thence run
seconds West, for a dis- thence run
tance of 250.07 feet; to the Point
thence South 14 degrees same lying
12 minutes 55 seconds the South.
East, for a distance of Southeast 1
72.06 feet; thence South 31, Townsf
52 degrees 16 minutes 28 Range 11
seconds East, for a dis- County, Flor
tance of 266.76 feet;
thence North 75 degrees -Any person
46 minutes 42 seconds terest in the
East, for a distance of the sale, if a
165.65 feet; thence South the property
14 degrees 13 minutes 44 the date of
seconds East, for a dis- ens, must
tance of 504.43 feet; within sixty
thence North 88 degrees the sale.
57 minutes 14 seconds
West, for a distance of DATED: Jan
848.49 feet to a point of
beginning; containing REBECCA L
16.07 acres, more or less; Clerk of the,
AND BEING Parcel A of BY: Jasmine
the Replat of Gulf County Deputy Cleri
Farms, an unrecorded
subdivision, which replat is Garvin B. Bo
recorded at OR Book 415, Gardner, I
pages 502-503, public rec- Wadsworth i
ords of Gulf County, Flor- 1300 Thomas
ida (which description is Tallahassee,
incorporated herein by ref- February 5,
erence). 1n0

The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.


th, Range 11
in North for 50
South side of
ad, thence run
10 feet, thence
or 170 feet to
of Beginning;
South 170 feet;
East 260 feet;
North 170 feet;
West 260 feet
of Beginning,
and being in
east 1/4 of
/4 of Section
hip 5 South,
West Gulf

claiming an in-
e surplus from
ny, other than
y owner as of
the lis pend-
file a claim
(60) days after

uary 26, 2009

Circuit Court

iwden, Esq,
Bist, Wiener,
& Bowden PA.
iswood Drive
Florida 32308


DATED this 26th day of CAPITAL CITY BANKf,
January, 2009. Plaintiff,

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Clerk/Deputy Clerk

4431 Lafayette Street
Marianna, FL 32446
February 5, 12, 2009
1016S ,




CASE NO. 08-196-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-196-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
QUE YAWN are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the Front Lobby
d12\oor of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 5,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as

Description of Real Prop-
erty Situated in Gulf
County, Florida.

Commencing at the North-
west corner of the South-
west Quarter (SW 1/4) of
Southwest Quarter (SW
1/4) of Section 32, Town-


CASE NO. 08-309-CA


NOTICE'is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-309-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in-
BANK Is the Plaintiff and
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the
Front Lobby door of the
Gulf County Courthouse in
Port St. Joe, Gulf County,
Florida at 11:00 a.m. on
March 5, 2009, the prop-
erty set forth in the Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
and more particularly de-
scribed as follows:

Parcel # 2
(Parcel Id # 01102-OOR)

Commence at a concrete
monument at the North-
east Comer of the North-
west Quarter of the North-
west Quarter of Section 30,
Township 6 South, Range
9 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence South 00 de-
grees 04 minutes 00 sec-
onds West, 945.2 feet to
an iron pipe for Point of
Beginning of parcel to be
described; thence con-
tinue South 00 degrees 04
minutes 00 seconds West,
170.5 feet to an iron pipe;
thence North 77 degrees
39 minutes 00 seconds
West, 1526.5 feet to an
iron pipe on the East right
of way line of State Road
No. 71; thence North 27
degrees 47 minutes 30
seconds East along said
right of way line, 178.6
feet; thence South 77 de-
grees 26 minutes 00 sec-

1 1100
onds East, 1442.7 feet to
the Point of Beginning. Be-
ing in and apart of the
Northwest Quarter of the
Northwest Quarter of Sec-
tion 30, Township 6 South,
Range 9 West and Section
25, Township 6 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf
County, Florida.

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after
the sale..

DATED: January 26, 2009

Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009




CASE NO. 08-399-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Partial Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated Janu-
ary 26, 2009, in Case No.
08-399-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the Front
Lobby door of the Gulf
County Courthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on March
5, 2009, the property set
forth in the Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and more
particularly described as

Lot 1, Sunset Bay Subdivi-
sion, according to plat re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
Page 35, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

Also: The South half (1/2)
of the Lift Station Parcel lo-
cated between Lots 1 and
2 of Sunset Bay Subdivi-
sion as set forth on the
Plat of Sunset Bay
Subdivision recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page 35, Pub-
lic Records of Gulf County,

Any person claiming an in-
terest In the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after
the sale.

DATED: January 26, 2009

Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,

I 1100
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009




CASE NO.: 2008-81-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
2008-81-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
Defendant, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash. at the Front Lobby
door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 5,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as fol-

SOUTH 89057'57" EAST
FOR 1000.00 FEET TO
2614'12" WEST FOR
NORTH 1117'58" WEST
NO. 381 (100 FOOT
NORTH 89028'48" EAST
727.39 FEET TO THE
0003'55" EAST ALONG
TION 33 FOR 1280.29
NORTH 89057'57" WEST


THENCE NORTH 00003'55"
34 FOR 1280.29 FEET TO
ROAD NO. 381 (100 FOOT
NORTH 89028'48" EAST
662,48 FEET TO THE

| 1100 |
0928'09" WEST ALONG
1302.60 FEET TO THE
.SOUTH 8948'51" WEST

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after
the sale.

DATED: January 26, 2009.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomasvood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009


cluding, if a named de-
fendant is deceased, the
personal representatives,
the surviving spouse,
heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other par-
ties claiming by, through,
under or against that de-
fendant, and all claimants,
persons or parties, natural
or corporate, or whose ex-
act legal status is un-.
known, claiming under any
of the above named or de-
scribed defendants

CASE NO 2008-494-CA


Residence: Unknown
Mailing Address: Unknown

FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property in Gulf
County, Florida:


has been filed against you,

| 1100 I
you are required to serve a
copy of your written de-
fenses, if any to it, on the
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
name and address is EN-
6255 East Fowler Avenue,
Temple Terrace, Florida
33617, and file the original
with the clerk of the
above-styled Court no later
than 30 days from the date
of the first publication of
this Notice of Action, oth-
erwise, a judgment may be
entered against you for the
relief demanded in the
Complaint or Petition.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of said Court on
January 26, 2009.

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

In accordance with the
Americans With Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this Hearing
should contact the A.D.A.
Coordinator not later than
seven (7) days prior to the
proceeding at the Florida
Relay Service at
February 5, 12, 2009
The City of Port St. Joe
City Commission and the
Planning and Development
Review Board of the City of
Port St. Joe, propose to
hold a public hearing to
consider the Evaluation
and Appraisal Report to its
Comprehensive Plan and
Future Land Use Map.
The public hearing for the
Evaluation and Appraisal
Report will be held on
Tuesday, February 17,
2009, at 5:00 p.m. at the
City of Port St. Joe City
Hall located at 305 Cecil
G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456.

The Planning and Devel-
opment Review Board will
hold a public hearing at
5:30 p.m. on February 17,
2009, at the same location
to consider recommending
adoption of the Evaluation
and Appraisal Report to
the Board of City Commis-
sioners of the City of Port
St. Joe.

The hearing may be con-
tinued from time to time as
may be necessary.

Interested persons may at-
tend and be heard at the
public hearing or provide
comments in writing to the
City Commissioners, City
of Port St. Joe City Hall,
305 Cecil G. Costin Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. Transactions of the
public hearing will not be
recorded. Persons wishing
to appeal any decision
made during the hearing
will need a record of the
proceeding and should en-
sure a verbatim record is
made, including the testi-
mony on which the appeal
is based. Any person who
wishes to attend and re-
quires assistance may call
the City Clerk's Office at
(850) 229-8261, Ext. 114.


BY: Mel Magidson, Jr.,
Attest: Pauline Pendarvis,
City Auditor/Clerk
February 5, 2009



The Department of Envi-,
ronmental Protection gives
notice of its intent to issue
a Letter of Consent (File
No. 23-291476-003) to the
Port of Port St. Joe,-c/o
Tommy Pitts, Director, Port
St. Joe Port Authority, Post
Office Box 745, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32457, to
transload non-hazardous
dry bulk cargo within the
Port's designated coastal
anchorage area
"110-193a-1" as shown on
NOAA nautical chart 11393
from ocean-going com-
mercial vessels to barges
that can safely navigate
the Gulf County Canal.

Mediation is not available.

A person whose substan-
tial interests are affected
by the Department's action
may petition for an admin-
istrative proceeding,
(hearing) under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, Flor-
ida Statutes. The petition
must contain the informa-
tion set forth below and
must be filed (received by
the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel of the
Department, 2900 Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Mail
Station 35, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-3000.

Because the administrative
hearing process is de-
signed to re-determine fi-
nal agency action on the
application, the filing of a
petition for an administra-
tive hearing may result in a
modification of the Letter
of Consent or even a de-
nial of the application. If a
sufficient petition for an and-
ministrative hearing or re-
quest for an extension of
time to file a petition is
timely filed, this Letter of
Consent automatically be-
comes only proposed
agency action on on the ap-
plication, subject to the re-
sult of the administrative
review process. Accord-
ingly, the applicant is ad-
vised not to commence
construction or other activ-
ities under this Letter of
Consent until the deadli-
nes noted below for filing a
petition for an administra-
tive hearing or request for
an extension of time have

Under Rule 62-110.106(4),
Florida Administrative
Code, a person whose
substantial interests are af-
fected by the Department's
action may also request an
extension of time to file a
petition for an administra-
tive hearing.. The Depart-
ment may, for good cause
shown, grant the request
for an extension of time.
Requests for extension of
time must be filed with the
Office of General Counsel
of the Department at 3900
Commonwealth Boule-
vard, Mail Station 35, Tal-
lahassee, Florida
32399-3000, before the ap-
plicable deadline. A timely
request for extension of
time shall- toll the running
of the time period for filing
a petition until the request
is acted upon. If a request
is filed late, the Depart-
ment may still grant it
upon a motion by the re-
questing party showing
that the failure to file a re-
quest for an extension of
time before the deadline
was the result of excusable

In the event that a timely
and sufficient petition for
an administrative hearing
is filed, other persons
whose substantial interests
will be affected by the out-

come of the administrative
process have the right to
petition to intervene in the
proceeding. Any interven-
tion will be only at the dis-
cretion of the presiding of-
ficer upon the filing of a,
motion in compliance with
Rule 28-106.205, Florida
Administrative Code.

In accordance with Rules
28-106.111(2) and
62-110.106(3)(a)(4), peti-
tions for an administrative
hearing by the applicant or
any of the parties listed be-
low must be filed within 14
days of receipt of written
notice. Petitions filed by
any persons other than
those entitled to written no-
tice under Section
120.60(3), Florida Statutes,
must be filed within 14
days of publication of the
notice or within 14 days of
receipt of the written no-
tice, whichever occurs first.

Under Section 120.60(3),
Florida Statutes, however,
any person who has asked
the Department for notice
of agency action may file a
petition within 14 days of
receipt of such notice, re-
gardless of the date of

The petitioner shall mail a.
copy of the petition to the
applicant at the address
indicated above at the time
of filing. The failure of any
person to file a petition for
an administrative hearing
within the appropriate time
period shall constitute a
waiver of that person's
right to request an admin-
istrative determination
(hearing) under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, Flor-
ida Statutes.

A petition that disputes the
material facts on which the
Department's action is
based must contain the
following information:

(a) The name and ad-
dress of each agency af-
fected and each agency's
file or identification num-
ber, if known;

(b) The name, ad-
dress, and telephone num-
ber of the petitioner; the
name, address, and tele-
phone number of the
petitioner's representative,
if any, which shall be the
address for service pur-
poses during the course of
the proceeding! and an ex-
planation of how the
petitioner's substantial in-
terests are or will be af-
fected by the agency de-

(c) A statement of
when and how the peti-
tioner received notice of
the agency decision;

' (d) A statement of all
disputed issues of material-
fact. If there are none, the
petition must so indicate;

(e) A concise state-
ment of the ultimate facts
alleged, including the spe-
cific facts that the peti-
tioner contends warrant re-
versal or modification of
the agency's proposed ac-

(f) A statement of the
specific rules or statutes
that the petitioner con-
tends require reversal or
modification of the
agency's proposed action;

(g) A statement of the
relief sought by the peti-
tioner, stating precisely the
action that the petitioner
wishes the agency to take
with respect to the
agency's proposed action.

A petition that does not




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Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009 11B

dispute the material facts erty. NOTWITHSTANDING THE Plaintiff KK: Port St Joe Logistics/Transportation Sale or Lease, Mexico 2 br, 1 ba, Port St, Joe, St. Joe Beach
on which the Department's TIME PERIODS SET 102 Palm Breeze Way, Beach Great location. 1 C/H/A, sml extra room, 3 br, 2 ba, 2 blocks from
action is based shall state The successful bidder at FORTH ABOVE, ANY vs. Joneshomestead, Driver Trainees block to Beach, 3br, 2ba, laundry room, nice yard, beach $725 month
that no such facts are in the sale will be required to CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Sat. 8 am-? NEEDED MH, deck, $159,900 con- very nice area, $525 mo, 850-227-4164
dispute and otherwise place the requisite state YEARS OR MORE AFTER JAMES J. MCCORVEY Rain or shine! sider all serious offers or 6 $400 dep, No pets Call
shall contain the same in- documentary stamp on the THE DECEDENTS DATE A/K/A JAMES J. Forest Green No CDL? No Problem! min. se. $750mo+ 850-227-6216
formation as set forth Certificate of Tile. OF DEATH IS BARRED. MCORVEY; DIXIE M. Furniture, Forest Green No CDL? No Problem!
formationve, as se t forth Certule ficae of Ttle OF DEATH IS BARRED MCORVEY K/A DIXIE sofa and loveseat, brass until. 803-604-0289 or 2 br, 1 ba, unfum, steps to
above, as required by Rule MCCORVEY A/K/A DIXIE bookends unfinished real Eanupto$900/wk.Home 803-397-4869 the beach, pool, utilities
28-106.301, F.A.C. Under DATED this day of Janu- The date of first publica- M. MCORVEY; UNKNOWN bookends, unfinished real Earekendsup to $900/wk. Home- incl. Mthe beach, pool, utilities
Sections 120.569(2)(c) and ary, 2009 tion of this Notice is Janu- SPOUSE OF JAMES J. wood trundle bed, floor weekends with TMC. Coin- 10incl. Mexico Beach. $1000 St. Joe Beach
(6), Florida Statutes, anpe- ary 29, 2009.. MCCORVEY U /K/A JAMES lamps, night stands, small pany endorsed CDL Train- mo. Call 850-544-2218 Beautiful 3 br, 2 ba gulf
tuition for administrative HON. REBECCA L. NOR- J. MCORVEY AS OF VCR/V combo, antiques, ing 1-866-2805309 6130 3 br 1.5 b Mexico view home, $1300 mo.
hearing must be dismissed RIS Personal Representative: 10/18/07; UNKNOWNhold 7 tems,auphcal6Front5 b oat eLonghTerm RentalSCall
by the agency if the peti- CLERK OF COURT Judy Elizabeth Brannon SPOUSE OF DIXIE M. household items, adultt BAY FRONT n t (404) 545-2552.
tion does not substantially By: Jasmine Hysmith 5147 Rowe Trail MCCORVEY KA DIXIE and teen boy/girl clothing ,n TOWNnHOME T ,0-648-54 0 e'ce, 2 $, 1 0, 5a
comply with the above re- Clerk/Deputy Clerk Pace, FL 32571 M. MCORVEY AS OF 850Pb61me $1,000 d ep. St. Joes Beach/TAFB,
quirements or is untimely Attorney for Personal 10/18/07; UNKNOWN videos, Christmas lawn de- $650 + dep. Pelican Walk
filed. FRANK A. BAKER, ESQ. Representative: TENANT #1; UNKNOWN co. Lo of arts and cra INFO FOR SALE? Watch beautiful sunsets I Real Estate 850-647-2473
4431 Lafayette Street Charles A. Costin TENANT #2, supplies, artist paint, from this wonderful carpet Please call
This action is final and ef- Marianna, FL 32446 Florida Bar No. 699070 Defendants. brushes and canvasesI town home. Exquisitely I 229-6066 for appt
fective on the date filed January 29, February 5; Post Office Box 98 -large l antique metal easel FURNISHED 3br & 3 1/2 2296066 for appt
with the Clerk of the De- 2009 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 CASE NO. 08-104 CA tsmallaluminumeasel One of five town 80 Long Avenue
pertint unless a petition. Telephone: (850)227-1159 2.51f, huge assortment of. homes on four lovely I1st Month's rent free Miii- Townhomes for rent,
filedinaccordance with 9915SCNOTICE January29, 2009 NOTICE OF scrap booking supplies ou NEVER have to pay landscaped acres, with tary Discount Available! Jones Homestead- Pon-
the above. Upon the PUBLICNOTICE February 5, 2009 FORECLOSURE SALE (sheets, thes, s ickers, forinformation about pier. Close to town Dar- Spacious and private derosa pines. End of year
t f fa ttWampto mc h n federal or postal jobs. I f len s 678 -3007 I
timely filing of apetition, AT&T is reviewing an exist- 9955S NOTICE IS HEREBY Waymp c ors275/ ome, 3 bdrm/2bthrm, special. First month rent 2
thise untrdr ill further order of ing 285' guyed wireless NOTICE OF GIVEN pursuant to a Final Don't miss it!! you see a job I dpdwproperies@yaooco large fenced in yard, front free with deposit and 12
ive until further or285 guyed wireless NOT- PUBICSAOFLEpurs"guarante", contact the m (possib le lease porch, hardwood floors. 3 month lease. 2 br and 3br
the Deartment communication tower o- PUBLIC SALE Judgment of Foreclosure FTC. purchase)- blocks to area shopping, units available. Call
the Deparent acted at 550 Stone Mill dated November 17, 2008, .. The Federal Trade .* ---- downtown and St. 850-227-8404 or
This Letter of Consent con- Creek Rd., Wewahitchka, Hwy 22 Storage and entered in Case No. Commission Joseph's Bay. Monthly 229-734-0717
tte an order onehalf FL 32465 for the purpose 1249 Hwy 22 08-104 CA, of the Circuit is America's consumer rental available at $750.00
of the Board of Trusteesof Courtof the FourteenthJu- Yard Sale protection agenc y. per month with $750.00
the Internal Improvement the FCC. If you have any dicial Circuit in and for 529 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd For Rent Duplex security/damage deposit.
t he nte alio concerns of any historic #14 Jennie Hurley GULF County, Florida, (Vision Bank) Sat Feb7th up x Call gulf Coast Property 6170
tion to use sovereign sub- properties that might be #48 Jason Lowery wherein Flagstar Bank, from 8am 12 Furniture, 1-877-FTC-HELP 2 Bedroom, 11/2 Bath, Services at (850) 229-2706 2 br, 1 ba,
merged lands. The appli adversely affected by this #70 Michelle Wilden FS.B., is a Plaintiff and baby items, household Large Kitchen & Family for more information and a St Joe Bch,
cant has the right to seek tower; please write to #99 Amber Sorensen JAMES J. MCCORVEY teams, Clothing, A public service Room, Elevator, Swimm- tour of this great house Call 227-1795
judicial review of the order DougButler, Trileaf Corp., K/A AMES J. All proceeds wll e go- in Pool, Game. Room, rental.
under Section 120.68, 2700 Westhll Lnd., Ste. Units will be opened and MCORVEY; DIXIE M. Ing to Growing Minds and The News Herald TV., Ice Machine, Laundry Wewa 4 br, 2 ba Double
Florida Statutes, by the fil- 200,Maitland, FL 32751, merchandise sold or MCCORVEY /K/A DIXIE ClssfedAdvertslng Room Fully Furnished, in- wide, in small park, $650 a
ing of a notice of appeal407) 660-7840. Please in- removed if payments are M. MCORVEY; UNKNOWN Department cludes Elec Power & month + security dep.
under Rule 9.110, Florida clude the tower location not brought up to date by SPOUSE OF JAMES J. Water, garbage pickup. 2 br, 1 ba clean C/H/A
Rules of Appellate Proce- and the location of the his- March 13,2009'at 8:30. MCCORVEY A/K/A JAMES -Saes Manager. Want exp. $1100 month Century 21 -Gulf Coast $425 month + security
Rules of Appthe clerk of the oric resource that you be- January 29, 2009 J. MCORVEY AS OF ala nrd Aents with Location-C30 2 mi East Realty long term rentals deposit (850) 639-5721
dure, wi in the clerk of the lieve might be affected. February 5, 2009 10/18/07; UNKNOWN aeuger Minil4 Stainless Bankcard Aesi pass Raw Bar on left available
General Counsel, 3900 J 0 9958S SPOUSE OF DIXIE M. m any extra plus ammo, + Commission + Bonusto 0-227-6683 Coronado #3 2br, 1.5 be
Commonwealth Boule- February 5, 12,2009 IN TE CIRCUIT COURT MCCORVEY AK/A DIXIE $7ny extra plus mmo C i + Bonus to 731 Hwy 98 $850.00 per 1
vard, Mail Station 35, Tal- 9926S OF THE FOURTEENTH M. MCORVEY AS OF $700 obo, 850-728-0975 ual a plus. This is not a' mon #1 2br 1 bath
lahassee, ,Florida, NOTICE OF JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF 10/18/07; UNKNOWN job, it's a career. Call 40th St. $5br0.00 5-er
,32399-3000; and by filing a SHERIFF'S SALE FLORIDA, IN AND FOR TENANT #1; UNKNOWN 1-800-597-3140 x 302, Mr. 40h th St. $550.00 per
copy of the notice of ap- GULF COUNTY TENANT #2 are the De- Roberts Mexico Beach month
peal accompanied by the NOTICE IS HEREBY CIVIL DIVISION fendants. I will sell to the 3290 .2 BR/2 BTH Condo blocks Gulf Point #42 br, 2.5 ba
applicable filing fees with GIVEN THAT PURSUANT highest and best bidder for Needed Travel-Work-Party-Play from bch, Pool, Clbhse, 7172 Hwy 98 $1000.00 per FOR
the appropriate district TO A FINAL JUDGEMENT HOME LOAN INVEST- cash at, at 11:00 AM on Large Wheel Chair for eld- Play in Vegas, Hang in LA, No smoking, Brian monan -.-- .... ....
court of appeal. The notice ISSUED IN THE CIRCUIT MENT BANK, FSB February 26, 2009, the fol- early women. Call Jet to New YorkI Hiring 404-663-0226 Indian Lagoon Cottages 3 7100 Homes
of appeal must be filed COURT OF GULF Plaintiff, lowing described property 850-653-8620 18+ Girls / Guys. br, 2 b SR-30 Indian Pass 7110- Beach Home/
within 30 days from the COUNTY DATED DECEM- as set forth in said Final $400-$800 Weekly. Paid $850.00 per month Property
date when the final order is BER 23, 2008 IN THE vs. Judgment, to wit: .--- -..... expenses. Are you Ener- Villas @ Mexico Beach 7120 Commercial
filed with the Clerk of the CAUSE WHEREIN WIL- getic, fun, & looking for a #22 br, 2 ba 3706 Hwy 7130 CoFarms ndo/T& Raownhouse
Department. LIAM H. CARR, JR. WAS MICHAEL TILLER, ET AL. LOT 10, OAK GARDENS Great Job, 1(888)741-2190 Mexico Beah 98 $1100.00 per month 7150- Lots and Acreage
PLAINTIFF, AND HAROLD Defendants. SUBDIVISION, UNIT II AS T house #3 3 br, 3 b each 7160-Mobile Homes/Lots
The application is available B. KEELS, SR.; ULINDA E. RECORDED IN PLAT Townhouse #3 3 br, 3 ba 3706 Hwy 7170- Wtertrent
for public inspection dur- KEELS; AND STEVEN Case No. BOOK 6, PAGE 20, PUB- 98 $1300.00 per m onth 7180 Investment
ing normal business hours, CLAY KEELS WAS DE- 23-2008-CA-000570 LIC RECORDS OF GULF / For Rent: $850 /Month 4BR/3BAlmetto 1120 Planth St 710-utof-Tow
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., FENDANT BEING CASE Division COUNTY, FLORIDA.. $250 /Deposit Call Rusty 97500 15th St 7190-Real Estate
Monday through Friday, NO. 08-511-CA. EMPLOYMENT 229.886.2444 Call Jarrett Palmett Plantation 3 br, 7200 Timeshare
except legal holidays, at NOTICE OF ACTION Any person claiming an in- ....I ---..... 229.343.2458 3bal12015thaton 3 br$900.00
the DEP Northwest District I, JOSEPH NUGENT, AS terest in the surplus from 4100 Help Wanted 3 ba 1120 15th St. $900.
Office, 160 Governmental SHERIFF OF GULF TO:. the sale, if any, other than 4130 Employmenft Mexico Beach Townhouse per month
Center, Pensacola, FL COUNTY, FLORIDA WILL- UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF the property owner as of Informaton REAL ESTATEFORRENT w/Boatslip, 2 br, 1.5 ba, PaadisePorch2 br ba 1 7100
32502-5794. HAVE LEVIED UPON ALL CHARLES FREDERICK the date of the lis pendens/ l completely fum'd, on canal 9135 Cockles Ave. $650:00 Port St. Joe By
February 5, 2009 THE RIGHT TITLE AND IN- CURRENT RESIDENCE: must file a claim within 60 6100 Commercal w/ gulf view, Pool $800 per monthOwner
1055S TEREST OF THE DE- UNKNOWN days after the sale. 4100 611-Apartments mo. 648-6765/527-2780 Surf & Sands unit 30-1 2 Owner
UB FENDANT STEVEN CL AY 6120BeaCh Rentals br, 2 ba 109- 30th St. 4 br, 2 ba, LR, DR,
PUBLIC NOTICE KEELS IN THE INTEREST LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: REBECCA L. JORRIS Admin. Assistant/ 6130: Condo/Townhouse $580.00 per month kitchen/den, 1 acre land,
OF A 2004 WHITE CHEV- 305 AVENUE D As Clerk of th Court Property Manager 6140 House Rentals Surf & Sands unit 42-A & fncd in, 1 mi. from new Sa-
The Port St. Joe Port Au- ROLET (VAN), VIN PORT ST JOE, FL, 32456 By: Jasmine Hysmith needed Competitive salary 6150- Roommate Wanted 6140 42-b 2 br, 2 ba 121- 42ncd cred Heart hosp in the
thority's regularly sched- #GCGG25V441163227 As Deputy Clerk and medical benefits with 6160 Rooms for Rent St. $650.00 per month county, good location for
ued meeting day,TITLE #89741174, FL. You are notified that an ac- rapidly growing local com- 6170 Moble Home/Los Surf & Sands unit 42-C 4 hosp workers/ doctor's of-
February 9, 2009, has TAG F614AF AND ON THE tion to foreclose a mort- Dated this 16th day of Jan- pany. Must be proficient in 6190 -.Timeshare Rentals br, 2 ba 121-42ncd St. fice, etc, $275,000 by appt
been cancelled. The 24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, gage on the following uary, 2009. Word, Excel, Quickbooks, 6200 Vacation Rentals $850.00 per month only, call 227-3100
meeting has been 2009 AT THE FRONT property in Gulf County, Outlook, typing skills: be 2 bedroom, 1 bath house Ponderosa #183 br, 2 ba
re-scheduled for Wednes- STEPS OF IHE. GULF Florida: IMPORTANT self motivated and*re- 457 Madison St. '.Oak #18 Ponderosa Pines Dr. Port St. Joe, St. George
day, February 25, 2009, at responsible. Only serious in- roveAa of Port St. Joe. $850.00 per month Island and St. James Bay
8:15 a.m. at the offices of COUNTY COURTHOUSEaponaible. Only serioiP ol a O
8:sh, G n tho &IN PORT ST. JOE, FLOR- LOTS 3 AND 5 IN BLOCK In accordance with the quires need apply. Please 6100 227-7800 Call 850-648-5449 or Previously Bank Owned
Rish, Gibson, Scholz, & IDA AT THE-HOUR OF 1015 OF MILLVIEW ADDI- Americans with Disabilities fax resume and pertinent Building for Ise in Gulf 2 br, 1 be, furnished, 850-229-1200 for more in- market value! Prices start-
Groom, 116 Sailors' Cove 11:00 A.M. E.S.T. OR AS TION, UNIT NO.2 OF THE Act, persons needing a information to GCPS at County, (St. Joe), New Lighthouse Ave, Beacon formation ing at $35,000. Please call
Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida. SOON AS POSSIBLE, I CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, reasonable accommoda- 850-229-4601 or call 5,000sf, warehouse w/ of- Hill, $500 month. Call Gulfaire Counts Real Estate Group
All who wish may attend WILL OFFER SAID PROP- ACCORDING TO THE OF- tion to participate in this 850-229-2706 for more in- fices, adjacent to air strip, 850-625-4955 or Executive, 1 br, private at 850-249-3615.
and be heard. ERTY AT PUBLIC OUTCRY FICIAL MAP ON FILE IN proceeding should, no formation. E. of St: Joe, will Ise w/ 580-276-1680 gren w/i, ele lg
AND WILL THE SAME, THE OFFICE OF THE later than seven (7) days OTP w/ owner fin. avail. garden, w/d,a g* -
If any person decides to SUBJECT TO ALL PRIOR CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT prior, contact the Clerk of Home Biz Training Call 850-819-4600 or bright. Will take pets. .
appeal any decision made LEINS, ENCUMBRANCES COURT, GULF COUNTY, the Court's disability coor- PT $400-$1,200 Mo. FT 850-763-3921 Private Beach, pool, tennis 7120
with respect to any matter AND JUDGEMENTS, IF FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK dinator at 8502296111, $2,000 to $6,000 Mo. Call courts, $695 mo. 639-2690Center
considered at the meeting, ANY, TO THE HIGHEST 1, PAGE 47. 1000 C. G. COSTIN BLVD. 727-865-6795 Convenience store down- 3 br 1.5 ba, new carpet 832-9702 in thriving town of approxi-
he or she will need a rec- BIDDER OR BIDDERS RM. 302 PORT ST JOE town Apalachicola, 47 Ave 1911 Cypress Ave. Large mainly 9000 population.
Ord of the proceedings, BIDDER Other E. Call 850-899-4512 or 1911 Cpess Ave. Le mately 9000 population.
and of the proeedingsse, he FOR CASH. THE PRO- commonly known as 305 FL, 32456. If hearing-im- er 51 fenced yard with deck. Grossing approximately
and for such e may need to ensure CEEDS TO BE APPLIED AVE D, PORT ST JOE, FL paired, contact (TDD) 850-227-5052 for info. Great neighborhood near $250,000+ per year Ask-
that a verbatim r ecnsurd AS FOR AS MAY BE TO 32456 has been filed 8009558771 via Florida Coordinator school. $725/mo. + 1st & House For Rent, in St. ing $200,000 firm. Owner
th ae proceedings ism re made, THE PAYMENT OF COSTS against you and you are Relay System. TRiO last mo rent dep. 1 yr Jde Beach, 3 br, 2 ba, retiring. Call (660)647-2356
which record includes the AND SATISFACTION OF required to serve a copy of grnt ed anage1lease. Call 648-8629 or large yard, Call Gene at
tst nTHE ABOVE DESCRIBED your written defenses, if Ben-Ezra & Katz, RA. 867-3336 85
testimony and evidence EXECUTION. any, to it on Michelle Attomeys for Plaint & direct the Student Sup-8850-830-9342.
upon which the appeal is GERIci a S it of Kass, 2901 Stirling Road port Services grant, pro-a Mexico Beach 1 br, Fully 1
Garcia Gilbert of Kass, 2901 Stirling Road, Suite gram planning, outcomeMi AlahirFlnI a SE t Law1
based. SHERIFF Shuler, Solomon, Spector, 300 assessment and student m i as Furn. Eff. Mother In Law
February5,2009 JOSEPH NUGENT Foyle & Singer, RA., Fort Lauderdale, .Florida recrument/retentionRe 1 br, 1 b & 2 br, apart- cottage. Util. incd, $675 WANTED
9899S plaintiff's attorney, whose 33312 ruiment/reenion.R 1 ,1 ec& 2 brapMiarit$150 dep. 850-648-5338
IN THEFOURTEENTH JU- IN ACCORDANCE WITH address is O. Box 800, Telephone: (305)770-4100 quires MS degree ent nf ct Bea N Apalachicola Area: 1/2 1
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND THE AMERICA WITH DIS- Tampa, Florida 33601, Fax: (305)653-2329 education, social sciences inc. Tile floors, part 'Cy- Se Mexico Beach/TAFgNice,Alacicrodsa Area: 1/2- 1
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND THE AMERICA WITH DIS- Tampa, Florida 33601, Fax:(305)53-2329 or management; 3 yrs press panelling, private Storage 3 br, 2 ba, C/H&A, Garage,el suitable for S/F Modu-
FOR GULF COUNTY, ABILITIES ACT PERSONS (813) 229-0900, on or be- February 5,2,2009 work exp.; work flexible deck 1 block from beach $850 + dep, Pelican Walk lar Home, nonwaterfront,
FLORIDA WITH DISABILITIES THAT fore March 2,2009, (or 3 schedule & able to travel. 404- 402- 5573 (850) Real Estate 850-647-2473 accessmr and electric
NEED A SPECIAL AC- days from the first date of 6che u nderrele- 50-653r-459 PortSte, 42 473 access road and electric
BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK, COMMODATION TO PAR- publication, whichever is Exp. with unerreps e- Port St Joe, 2br 1 ba, up- available. 727-515-8537
Plaintiff, TICIPATE IN THE PRO- later) and file the original entedl groupsttings/feduer-l 229-8014 stairs, CH&A $550 mo. no
CEEDING SHOULD CON- with the Clerk of this Court tion gsfr smoking or pets.
vs. TACT NO LATER THAN either before service on education prgms.forr di Climate and 850-899-0149 -
SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO the Plaintiffs attorney or Starts @ $30k/yr. Open 2 Br Apartments for Rent NOn-Climate Spacious gulf view Mex- Qualifying, Manu
KAY LW. EUBANKS and THE PROCEEDING AT immediately otherwise, a defaut will beer; Until Filled w/review start- near Hwy 71 '& Control Storage ico Bch, half block from factored home or home
AMYLYNNEUBANKS, 850-227-1115 otherwise, a default will be ing 2/10/09. Additional Wewahitchka. Apply at Units gulf, 2 br, 1 ba, deck, car- and land packages, low
Defendants. January 29, 2009 entered against you for the info: Fisher Building Supply at Boat/RV storage port, C/HA, W/D, D/W, monthly payments,- we
CASE NO. 08-123-CA rComplaint MERCHANDISE hfo : //ww u 848 Hwy 22 or Call csac $1050 mo until incl. 850 w
99'4SI.'.'",'.<-_ coa.tedut/rl. 639-5102 for more info 899-014a ewFranklin, Jackson and Cal-
NOTICE.OFSALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT ed: Janua 20,2 3100- Antiques GCCCisaO/ n Ftpyer 0 houn Counties Special
FOR GULF COUNTY, Dated: January 20, 2009 3110 Appliances E iEO/M/FNet employer. Programs, Beautiful frame
3120 Arts & Crafts -,gasButflrm
NOTICE IS HEREBY FLORIDA DV CLERK OF THE-COURT 3130 Auctions "H m e t- I off modular homes! Call
GIVEN pursuant toa Sum- PROBATE DIVISION Honorable Rebecca L. 3140 Baby Items Available Dec. 1st pPr tin 0-85-4671
mary Final Judgment of d J I ESTATE OF Norris 3160-ausinesd, s Ce0 nO.1'sq.ft. Special FHA Promotion
Foreclosure dated January RUTH ADAMS HENDRIX 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Equipment Consisting of La d/H o P ac, ag e
2009, and entered in ceased. Blvd, Rm 148 3170- Collectibles 3-Offices Land!e
Civil Action No. 08-123-CA Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 3180 Computers web Id #34025102 1-ADA Bathroom
of the Circuit Court of the FileNumber 08-79PR By: Jasmine Hysmith 3190.- Electroncs 500 sq.ft. warehouse Feb
Fourteenh Judicial Circuit Deputy Clerk 3200 Firewood 500 sq.ft. Warehouse February71
3210-- Free Pass It On
in and for Gulf County, NOTICE OF 3 i22 rru 8ton w ra$850.00/mo Gross n it
Florida, wherein the parties ADMINISTRATION If you are a person with a 3230 Garage/Yard Sales Ohr Lenders on Site!
were the plaintiff, BAYSIDE disability who needs any 3240 Guns America's Lenders on Site! MARINE
SAVINGS BANK, and the The administration of the ammi in order Goo hingso EatMini-Storage and
EUBANKS, and wil sLNN esto HDRU, ADeAMSed feeding, you are entitled, 3270 Jewelry/Clothing Manaer Office Complex

st- rnF e 2 is ci Clerktof theCourca 1000 msse err
day of February 2009 at number is 256-09-3857, is 5th Street, Port St. Joe, 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ service & computer experi- 8160 Motorcycles
the front door of the Gulf pending in the Circuit Florida 32456, phone (850) Suppl es ence. Must be well organ- & Accessories
ount CouahouseP tforu uon, aHo ied &energetic with the Port St. Joe C om m ercial 210- ,,.....s
Cth F adrobt Divia s ofiyouaareceipt of this 3350 Tickets (B communications skills, w/ 8230-Sailboats
following-described real ounty s notice; if you are heang both people & animals re- f r Le s e 8240- Boat & Marine
said Final Judgment of 100Cei G. Coe, Sr. 1-800-955-8771. 8310 Aircraft/AvIation
Foreclosure:32456. The names and ad- uary2 3110 PPS PO Box 812 Prime Retail Space ^308320 AVfead vehicles
Commence at the North- dresses of the personal Eastpoint, FL 32328 317 Williams Avenue 8340 otorhomes
west Corner of Lot1S Block representative an N E CIRCUIT COURT 1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1800/mo gross
iONU I .1, -torney are set forth below OF THE FOURTEENTH 325 Reid Avenue 8210
corded in Plat Book 2, All creditors of the dece- FLORIDA IN AND FOR Kenmore Fridge/Freezer 4500sf -. flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
PaGu C, lordas dent and other persons GULF COUNTY side by side0 g Due to recent 309 Reid Avenue
alng the East line of against decedent's estate FLAGSTAR BANK, FS.B. cabinet, real wood $60.00 growth 6000sf renovated sshell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo
ice or 5 t whm a cpy of this etal., Please call 850-674-1652 The Bridge at 310 Reid Avenue
the Southwest Corner ofs served must file their Bay St Joe 5750sf Suite B; perfect for clothing furniture retailer; $3000/mo 34' Lhurs Open
Lot 1, Block 3, of said sub- claims with this Court is seeking NNN
Lot Block 3, of sadl bU-~ WITHIN THE LATER OF P Fisherman
division; from this Point of THREE (3) MONTHS AF- Pdedicated, caring Office Space
right from the line last de- FIRST PUBLICATION OF 452 Fourth Street 1983
scribed above for 40.0 THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY for the following Office space-576+/-sf, $800.00 per month (include utilities) Twin 8.2 Detroit Die-
left for 150 feet, more or DAT OF SERVE OTFHA positions: 202 Marina Drive S erF Die
essr n the mf n Igrh COPY OF THIS NOTICE k kCNA FT-11-7 680sf well appoint oss (incl. utilities) toR(new), full cabin,
ONTHEM. (Bayide.Building tor (Galey), Trim TabsBit,

coastal Canal; thence turnm ONTHEM. (Bayside Building) Galley, Trim Tabs, Bait
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

MBARA, Mexico Beach receive state grant for more reefs

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Two hundred and count-
ing and the numbers start
piling up.
Having already deployed
some 200 artificial reefs
in the Gulf of Mexico, the
city of Mexico Beach has
received an $80,000 grant,
which will be used for add-
ing more reefs through its
partnership with the non-
profit Mexico Beach Artifi-
cial Reef Association.
The money will come
from the Florida Artificial
Reef Program adminis-
tered by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission Division of
Fisheries Management.
The grant is funded by
money generated by salt-
water fishing license rev-
enues and from the Sport
Fish Restoration program.
"This is significant mon-
ey," said Ron Childs, presi-
dent of MBARA. "We are
excited about it. This will
probably mean 15 to 20 new
"We are especially excit-
ed about this grant because
the MBARA has developed
a new reef design for grou-
per that we are going to
build and monitor for its
efficiency. It is new and dif-
ferent; it is built like a cave
to simulate natural rock
bottom. There has never
been anything like it."
The new reef was de-
signed by Keith Neel of
Port St. Joe for MBARA.
The additional reefs
continue what Childs called
"a labor of love" in creating
new fishing habitat in the
Gulf of Mexico permit areas
in which MBARA works.
A study of such efforts
highlights that such artifi-
cial reefs lure anglers and
billions of dollars to the
state of Florida.


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Above, a reef module is lowered into the gulf. At bottom right, Ron Childs and Keith Neel prepare to monitor a deployed reef.

"We are so proud to be
able to get this grant, which
will allow for many more
reefs to be built in the Gulf
of Mexico off of our shores,"
said Mexico Beach city ad-
ministrator Chris Hubbard.
"This will help our tourism
and fishing industry, which
is a vital part of our overall
Hubbard added that the
city worked with MBARA
on the grant application,
expressing pride in the
partnership and noting
that "this allows our city to
benefit without any cost to
the citizens."
Childs added that the

grant funds come at a par-
ticularly opportune time for
the nonprofit MBARA
"You just don't build
reefs," Childs said. "You
are responsible for them."
And with some 200 in the
waters off Mexico Beach,
that in itself is a full-time
MBARA must monitor,
maintain, manage and eval-
uate each reef or cluster of
reefs, assessing the growth
of natural habitat, the di-
versity of species calling a
reef home, counting fish,
assessing how the reef is
holding up in the sea water
conditions and maintaining

the reefs in as pristine a
condition as possible.
"That's probably the
biggest, the most time-
consuming thing we do,"
Childs said. "It's becoming
an incredibly important
part of what we do."
The new state grant un-
derscores that importance,
Childs added. "
The vast amount 6f in-
formation that MBARA
members have catalogued
concerning all the reefs in
its permit areas provides
a solid foundation for the
newly received grant and
additional future grants,
Childs noted.



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