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Thursday, MARCH 5,2009 For breaking news, visit ' 50(


digging for



By Tim Croft 1
Star News Editor'
Investigators with the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement and
the Gulf County Sheriff's Office were!
digging this week in an area off Twine,
Road in Port St. Joe for the possible
remains of two murder victims from a
20-year-old case.
*Because of the ongoing nature of
the investigation, law enforcement
officials were limited in the informa-
tion they could release, but this much
is knoIwn.
Gulf County Sheriff's Office inves-
tigators received information from an
inmate, serving life in prison for mur-
der in a Florida Department of Cor-
rections facility. The inmate claims
to have buried one or two victims off
Twine Road in Gulf County in the late
GCSO investigators, joined by the
KLASS Kids organization, which as-
sists in Amber Alerts, brought cadav-
er dogs to the site. Though the dogs
did not react positively for human re-
mains, "they had behavioral changes
that indicate" the possible existence
of such remains.

: TIM CROFT I The Star
Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's crime scene
lab out of Pensacola dig for human remains at site off Twine Road in
Port St. Joe. .

Investigators also interviewed
the inmate and found his informa-
tion matched unsolved incidents
from the period of time in question.
"It may be a totally made up sto-
ry, or there may be something to it,"
said FDLE Agent Tommy Ford.
He added that is was unclear
why the inmate came forward at
this time.
"At this point, we don't know what
he would have to gain by telling us
this," Ford said. "We do not make
promises to them."
One of the more significant ob-
stacles to any discoveries is that the
site used to. be a dump in the 1970s,
'80s and into the '90s,, so how far

Workshop teaches the fine art
of shiitake mushroom production

By Despina Williams
1 Star Staff Writer


Port St. Joe's Centennial Building echoed IWuI
with the sounds of hammering and drilling it h"a
last Thursday night. To view',
Inside. nearly 30 men and women made the shiake
such a racket that one passerby thought the shiiake
he'd stumbled upon Santa's workshop. workshop,
Though they proved as industrious as any
elfin carpenters, those participating in the
Gulf County extension office's latest workshop
did not come to do Santa's bidding.
They put down $10 a piece to learn the unique art of
shiitake mushroom production. .
County extension director Roy Lee Carter, assisted by
volunteer John Rich, provided a step-by-step tour through

down any remains might be is prob-
The inmate claimed to have buried
the bodies near a washing machine.
Investigators, which included per-
sonnel from the State Attorney's of-
fice and the FDLE's Pensacola crime
scene lab, will be digging in an area
of approximately 50 yards by 60 yards
and expect to be doing so for two to
three days.
Should any human remains be
found, specialists with expertise ex-
cavating such potential crime scenes
from the University of Florida likely
would be called.
The digging is unrelated to the
case of Mary Thomas.

the fundamentals.
t Growing shiitake mushrooms is not as easy as planting
seeds in a garden plot. The mushrooins grow in three-foot
logs cut from hardwood, deciduous trees during the win-
ter months.
Cutting the trees in wintertime aids in water retention
and reduces the likelihood of fungi and bacteria in-
,Lh vading the log.
I Carter used water oak logs for the demon-.
ipen station, which he described as an "ideal"
video of hardwood. The logs must be inoculated with
mushroom actively-growing fungal cultures within 15
mushroom days of felling the tree. The cultures are
visit housed within CS41 spawn dowels, which the extension office orders from a company
in Oregon. .
For the price of admission, all participants re-
ceived a water oak log and access to the necessary
power tools.
To inoculate the spawn, participants used a 5/16-inch


Above left, using a 5/16-inch drill bit, Regina Washabaugh drills holes in a three-foot water oak log. The
holes will house the shiitake mushroom spawn. Above right, John Rich works on his log, which when'
inoculated with shiitake spawn, will produce a pound of mushrooms every eight weeks for the duration of the

Hess: Missing


body found

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
In a scene fraught with emotion, a missing woman's
body apparently has been discovered not too many yards
from the place she called home.
Acting on a tip, investigators from the Gulf County
Sheriff's Office and Port St. Joe Pblice Department dis-
covered the body of an unidentified female Tuesday af-
ternoon in a wooded area off Avenue A in Port St. Joe.
State Attorney Glenn Hess said the body was that
of Mary L. Thomas, 56, who had been missing for more
three weeks and last had been seen in Port St. Joe.
Gulf County officials were awaiting results from an
autopsy to be performed Wednesday in Panama City.
Thomas' family called the Sheriff's Office early last
wbek to report they had not heard from Thomas in about
two weeks. It was extremely unusual for Thomas not to
contact her family, relatives told authorities.
While law enforcement officials worked Tuesday and
kept silent on details, Thomas' family watched as the
crime scene tape and barricades went up, marking the
area where the body was discovered, with tears, moans
of horror and the cries of a family robbed.
Investigators removed the body from the heav-
ily wooded area in the late afternoon after crime scene
technicians from the Florida Department of Law En-
forcement, in town on an unrelated matter, finished their
work for the day in the heavily thicketed site.


'You are

your choices'

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Stripped of ihis clothes, Daniel Davison
clearly has a story to tell.
The story is not always pretty, as the stumps
where his hands should be and the graphite
"stilts" where his
legs below the knee ..
should be evidence.
Raised in an abu-
sive household with
a father involved
in organized crime
in the Southside of
Chicago, Davison's
life quickly spiraled
into one of thieving,
drugs, loose women
and money.
He was a drug
dealer and an ac- "You determine
complished musi-
cian, playing bass the boundaries
and clarinet for a
major recording for your game
artist, with all the of lifd lain
drugS and wdmen O e,
a person could de- and simple."
He was, in short,
a mess. Daniel Davison
"Lifeois ado-it-to- Speaker and quadruple
yourself program,"
Davison told Port St. amputee
Joe middle and high
school students dur-
ing an assembly Monday as they prepared to
begin undertaking the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test on Tuesday.
And on a cold, blustery February night 1995,
Davison's choices nearly did him in.
"Stoned out my mind on cocaine," Davison
went out-of his apartment and managed to fall
unconscious outside near a pond, falling into
the snow in what might be described as the
clothes one reclines in while watching televi-
sion in the den.
He came to the next morning, his fingers

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CHOICES from page Al

frozen, his toes and ankles
incapable of following his
mind's command to move.
So he began crawling,
screaming all the while,
toward his apartment com-
plex until a maintenance
man noticed him, grabbed
him from the snow and
called 9-1-1.
"Everybody wants to
play the blame game be-
cause nobody wants to take
responsibility for their ac-
tions," Davison told his en-
thralled audience. "I never
had to take responsibility
for my life, my choices. Out
on the ice, I realized there
was no one to call. This is
where I was going to die."

By the time he reached
a hospital, Davison's core
temperature was 80 de-
grees. His eyes, mostly liq-
uid, were frozen. Doctors
decided not to air-lift him
to a nearby hospital more
equipped for such emer-
gencies because they didn't
believe Davison would sur-
vive that long.
They didn't think he'd
make it by ambulance, ei-
ther, but he did.
Six days later, his vision
returned, but gangrene set
in and ultimately, he lost
both hands and both legs
below the knee.-He has un-
dergone nine major surger-
ies, and his legs, which he

stripped down for all to see,
are his ninth set, costing
$25,000 apiece.
Davison also turned
away from the life he had
"Be careful about who
you associate with in life
because they can become.
a cancer," Davison said.
"Sometimes you have to
cut out that cancer."
Having enjoyed sailing,
he went back to the water
and in 1997 was ranked No.
S11 in the country among
He participated in three
World Cups, two America's
Cups/and tried out for the
Para-Olympics before es-

tablishing a nonprofit foun-
dation to operate a sailing
program for the handi-
capped, a program now
offered to Collier County
ESE students.
He became a motiva-
tional speaker, telling his
story across the country,
gearing most of his presen-
tations to students.
"The only Jimitations in
life are the ones you choose
to put on yourself," Davison
told the students.
His biggest regret, he
said, was never finishing
high school and later fail-
ing to complete courses to
earn his GED.
"That is my biggest re-
gret," Davison said. "While
you are young, put in the
time. Do the homework,
take the tests. Get it behind
you, and it will make the
rest of your life so much

Noting that the FCAT
was the Super Bowl and
World Series rolled into
one for the students, the
control over their lives, Da-
vison said, was entirely in
their brains.
"You determine the
boundaries for your game
of life, plain and simple,"
Davison said. "What the

down to
how his
choices have
impacted his

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adheres to.
"It's not what matters
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drill bit to drill 30-40 holes through-
out the length of the log, spacing
the holes 6 inches apart. Once the

holes were drilled, partici-
pants placed the dowels
inside and sealed them
with paraffin wax, using
a technique pioneered by
Carter used a turkey
baster fitted with a long
nail at the tip to capture
wax heated in a crock pot.
Once he tapped the nail
on the dowel heads, the
. turkey baster released
just the right amount of

County i

Carter has not patented his
invention. At the workshop,
he instructed Franklin County
extension director Bill Mahan
not to alert their bosses at the
University of Florida's Food and
Agricultural Sciences depart-
"Bill, don't tell the University
of Florida," he said. "They'll want

all my proceeds."
Once the logs have been in-
oculated with the shiitake spawn,
they must be placed a
shady environment.
Carter said ideal
growing conditions are
75 percent shade, 60-80
degree temperatures
and 80-85 percent hu-
Logs must -be given
LEE a good one- to two-hour
soak with a garden hose
once or twice a week.
extension For those with busy
schedules, Carter rec-,
ommended soaking the
logs for the required duration in
a tub of water.
Workshop participants who
expected to sprinkle their home-
grown mushrooms on next week-
end's pizza were urged to be pa-
tient. The newly inoculated logs
will produce' their first crop by
October or November.
Once the log has produced its

first crop, the process can be ac-
celerated by submerging the log
in cold water for a minimum of
eight hours.
The "forced fruiting" tech-
nique should produce a new crop
of mushrooms within 72 hours.

If tended the old-fashioned
way, a three-foot log containing
30-40 spawn will produce a pound
of mushrooms every eight weeks
for the duration of the log.
The log never needs to be in-
oculated again and, if properly

~ John Rich uses
S: l a turkey baster
to squirt hot
paraffin wax on
.. top of the shiitake
,4 spawn. housed
in dowels, the
spawn contains
actively growing
fungal cultures.

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cared for, will produce mush-
rooms for three to four years.
After that, shiitake farmers
should take an ax to the nearest
water oak and start anew.
"Once a log rots, that's the end
of production," Carter said.

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Focus on


and schools
Community for a two-week music
One of the most workshop culminating in
One of the most a recording session that
encouraging recent signs is a pleasure to watch and
came in an unusual setting seems to be a treasure to
last week those who participate.
Elder David Woods, And in representing
from the Church the Community
of God in Christ Empowerment
and*now chairman Council, which
of what is called includes
the Community representatives
Empowerment of the ministerial
Council, was r" association and
at a workshop community
commissioners members, he
held to talk about TIM CROFT represented
the Downtown Star news editor leadership
Redevelopment the minority
Agency Port community has too often
St. Joe Redevelopment lacked.
Agency, whatever moniker When he talked about
is current some people whlo had
Rev. Woods was in struggled all their lives,
attendance to encourage people who had been left
the expansion of the out.and behind, who don't
boundaries of the know the concept let alone
redevelopment agency to the word "luxury," one
include the neighborhood had a sense of one who
known as "North Port St. could speak across class
Joe," which has caused lines, who could provide
county commissioners the kind of leadership
heartburn in recent weeks. that a simple drive along
Leaving aside the some thoroughfares in
question of whether or the community would
not the boundaries should demonstrate has been
be expanded it is long long lacking.
past time or whether the Woods could not have
redevelopment agency put it better when he
might take a moratorium talked about the mission
on collecting its tax of his group being to bring
dollars from the city and Port St. Joe together as a
county,- a concept worth whole, that the only way
considering in difficult forward at this juncture
economic times in the in history was by looking
public and private sectors at the horizon as a whole,
it was what Rev. Woods not a town divided by
said and represented geography and a name.
which provided, for lack of
a better term, hope for the
future of the county. Empathy
What Rev. Woods What the next two
said, in part, is that his weeks must be for so many
organization was devoted teachersin the public
to ending the term "North schools.
Port St. Joe" saying that Starting this past
the entire community was Tuesday and continuing
Port St. Joe, that division through next week,
of name a symbolic end to students around the
the divisions of a city. county would be taking the
That has long been Florida Comprehensive
advocated in this space. Assessment Test, Florida's
Just as the railroad weak stab at providing
tracks, and even the beds school accountability.
that once contained them, Teachers and schools
represent a noticeable will be graded by the
geographic dividing line, state over the coming
the adding of the word months using a formula
"north" tp any discussion that attempts to push
about the city is salt to a everything there is to
wound. know about a school's
The other aspect of performance through a
Rev. Woods' appearance meat grinder to arrive at a
and remarks that proved letter grade that allegedly
encouraging was the indicates just how well
sense of leadership in everybody did'teaching
the community the man those 2,000 or so students.
conveys. The process is one
This is an individual that has come to consume
who has brought together so much of day-to-day
members of some 16 or so See SCHOOL A5
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No olive branch for schools

County commissioners have
apparently never heard of the
phrase piling on.
When, as occurred last week after
a special meeting, an interview to a
local television reporter by Nathan
Peters, Jr., can be transformed
from a discussion about taxing
county residents for operations
at the landfill into a monologue
on the school tax referendum, it
demonstrates that commissioners
will use their bully pulpit to advance
an agenda at any opportunity.
Folks probably get it by now;
there are likely not five votes for the
referendum sitting on the podium in
the Board of County Commissioners
meeting room.
Several commissioners have
made it clear, they are riot in favor
of the referendum passing and
whatever lengths, so be it.
So much for that olive branch -
though it extends to the city it does
not apparently to the school district
even though all five commissioners

have offspring that have gone
through, or are currently in, the
public school system.
Consider, though, that this little
sermon came after a meeting
at which commissioners put
themselves in position to assess
a tax other government jargon
was used, but a tax it would be for
operations at the landfill.
They did not pass any tax, it was
noted repeatedly; commissioners
are now in formal position to do so
for the coming fiscal year.
As was pointed out during this
special meeting, the landfill is not,
as many might assume, where
household garbage some residents
leave in curbside barrels for pick-up
once or twice a week goes to linger.
So commissioners might tax
every household for what they assert
is an essential service, much like
schools, but which a significant
portion'of residents paying the tax
might never directly use, much like
schools. '

Commissioners hope to make
up the deficit the county runs on
the landfill, which is no small chunk
of change, about $900,000, largely
through higher tipping fees, which is
how it should be, a much more user
pay-as-you-go operation.
And there is no sympathy from
this space that the county runs such
a deficit, or that is has gotten that
large, on any operation since, as
was so delicately put several weeks
ago by one of the commissioners,
government needs to learn how to
survive and be lean in tough times,
but also in flush times.
Several of these commissioners
did not in previous years.
So the logic of standing upright
.and pronouncing that somehow
the county was being more fiscally
responsible than the school board
is laughable, regardless of how one
stands on the school tax levy.
But mostly it was unconstructive
and, short-sighted or in other
words, too often county government.

Committees zchme-committees

Another shining example was
commissioners' decision several days
earlier during their regular meeting
to again shoot down a proposal from
their very own committee this one
from a trash committee to mandate
garbage pickup.
The number of committee
members who have volunteered their
time, sweat and energy to providing
recommendations to the commission
- including from two committees
looking at the budget and one county-
wide voting could field a football
Offense and defense: a luxury at
either high school.
And has been so typical of such
dismissals for hard work and in the
case of the trash committee, work
done seemingly quite well it came
with a slap on the behind.
Not only was the chairman
Mr. Peters, in particular, openly
hostile to the idea, he was rude and

disrespectful to the chairwoman of
the committee and dismissive of the
committee's work, no matter how
much he attempted to sand down
the rough spots during the special
meeting several days later.
With two votes against from the
outset saving money for the same
seniors and those on limited incomes
that they've been heavily taxing the
past seven'years, two commissioners
argued the commission meeting
room became Mr. Peters' world for a
So what is the point of appointing
these citizen committees to
examine county issues if their
recommendations are to be ignored?
And more importantly, what are
the chances of attracting talented,
willing, energetic residents when'
their volunteer efforts not only are
rejected, but with hostility to boot?
Further, where exactly are any
proposals from commissioners if

Depression is a state
I keep hearing displayed to slightly below He patted me on the
"economic melt down", my pancreas. back and moved down the
"wall street havoc", You talk about path toward his house.:
"depression", "bail-out"... "depression"! There wasn't My heart swelled. I forgot
it's enough to drive you no "stimulus package" on about the bells clanging in
batty! If you let it. You earth that could let me my head. The brown beans
watch two minutes of CNN live through this! I went and cornbread tasted like
and you'd think Gabriel back to football practice steak and French fries
blew the horn eight days the next day and the same that night. I walked a little
ago and we missed it. Woe thing happened. And it taller at school the next
is us! If we can be feared was tougher, rougher and day. A little prouder. And I
into a panic in this country, longer the following day! took those shots from Bob
the news media is doing all On Thursday Coach Scott Cassidy and Mike Ferrigno
it can to help. called everybody up after that afternoon with a
And we do have practice and said that we whole different attitude.
problems. There is were the "worst Doug Paschall died a
no mistaking that. excuse for football few years back. But I have
We have people players he had never forgotten his hand
out of work and ever seen." He on my shoulder. And an
struggling. Major allowed it was his encouraging word when I
companies are fault. He hadn't needed it the most.
reeling. The outlook been working Betty Sue Stuart was
isn't brilliant. us hard enough. the prettiest girl in West
Every state in "Gentlemen," he Tennessee. We dated for
the union seems HUNKER DOWN squinted down the the better part of three
to have a money Kesley Colbert line at us, "I will fix years. I was going to marry
crisis. It is way that tomorrow." her for sure! We had such
beyond my simple Folks, I was in big plans. Our lifetime
understanding. And I am dire need of a "bail out" dreamss" made it through
not making light of any of before the term became high school and almost
it here. fashionable. CNN wasn't a year of college. She
I'm just. so thankful even invented so I leaped- stopped by at Easter to tell
that my happiness, well frog into the panic mode all me it was over. She didn't
being and state of mind is by myself. I was gonna quit bother with any details.
not tied to Wall Street. I football and life! There was It felt like a gunshot
don't believe half of what no hope! There was no way just below the solar plexus.
I hear on CBS or ABC so out! And there seemed no I couldn't eat, sleep,
they can't frighten me into solution or options. "Kes," think or make a coherent
"their way of thinking". I'm Doug caught up with me statement. Life, as I was
just dumb enough to keep as I was crawling toward ever going'to know it,
having faith in our country, the house. I figured he came to a screeching
in our leaders, in our way wanted to practice running halt. I wasn't going back
of life and in our people. over me some more. "You to college. There was no
I got run over at football are as tough as I've ever need. I didn't care. I spent
practice when I was in seen. It takes a special the Easter break in a
the ninth grade. About guy to be a freshman and funk. This was depression
the time I stood up Bob used as a tackling dummy, upon depression! I was
Cassidy ran over me I remember I wanted to wondering if there were
again. I was just getting quit every day. It gets any local monasteries
to my feet and wiping the better, I promise. And needing applicants when
blood off my face when you are going to play a Dad shut the bedroom
Douglas Paschall plowed lot of football here in the door. Folks, I sat up. The
over me. I was staggering next few years. I know only time he ever closed
to get upright when Mike it doesn't make sense that door was when the
Ferrigno hit me from the now, but one day you will whipping was about to
side. I limped home that appreciate-and even laugh commence! How could
afternoon holding my right about-these days. Kes, you I have riled him? I have
arm in a sling, my left eye hang in there. Because I'm been sitting back here
was still bleeding, both going to come back in a all we- "Son, life doesn't
ears were ringing and couple of years and watch always work the way we
my right lung had been you run this team." plan."

they are going to ignore their own
What about recycling programs
which might address the landfill,
household garbage and more?
Maybe such efforts would grow the
workforce, alleviate fiscal pain in
challenging times?
After all, as commissioners have
noted, times have changed and the
luxury of spending more than $1
million for inmates to pick up garbage
on the roadside because, in part,
there is not mandatory trash pick-up,
are over.
Possibly not, but where is the'
leadership in a scenario in which a
committee is appointed, digs down,
takes their charge seriously and
comes up with proposals which
merit serious consideration and are
summarily shot down, an exercise in
Something some commissioners
have down to an art form.

)f mind
Oh, no! I'm not going to
listen .to some lecture from
my father. Especially from
him! He's always been
tough as nails but just
because I'm down, he's
going to come in here and
gently and lovingly remind
me of all the "fish in the
"Daddy, I don't need-"
"So here's what you
are going to do. You are
going to get up off of this
bed. Clean up. Come to
dinner. And rejoin the
human race. You are
going back to school after
church tomorrow. Son, we
didn't raise any quitters.
We don't tolerate whining.
Moping around feeling
sorry for yourself is for
idiots and losers! No one
in this house has ever told
you life was easy. But it is
grand! You have to accept
the bad with the good.
And you've got to be man
enough to handle both.
Mother will have supper
ready in ten minutes and
you will be in your seat,
smiling and enjoying the
meal. We are through with
Well, maybe he wasn't
so gentle. But he cared.
And along about the third
helping of brown beans I
got to thinking, "you know,
Mary Hadley Hayden is
really the prettiest girl in
West Tennessee..."
In this perilous time
that we are so constantly
and forcefully reminded
of I'm leaning less on
congress, bilateral
committees, CNN and the
world trade deficit...and
more on regular folks like
Doug Paschall and Leon
Colbert. Our strength has
always been in our people.
Maybe we are looking
for solutions in the wrong


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Readers sound off on tax referendum

Consider scholastic
athletics when voting
Dear Editor:
There is a great deal of
evidence .that points to the
importance of strong ath-
letic programs in all high
schools. Besides the'health
benefits of physical activ-
ity, through sports activities,
students gain a sense of self
confidence, belonging and
Colleges seek out ath-
letes in the admission
screening process be-
cause they are aware that
a student who can balance
academics and sports has
gained the skills necessary
to be successful as a student
at a higher education level.
The old adage "idle time
makes an idle mind" is true.
Teenagers, today more than
ever, require structure,
camaraderie, and a sense
of accomplishment. High
school athletic programs
provide just that.
The whole student body
benefits from athletics. Stu-'
dents who aren't driven to
play in sports can actively
participate as team manag-
ers and supporters. There
is a place for every student
in the athletic program,
and that is what makes it a
unique and time-long hon-
ored tradition in Gulf Coun-
/ ty schools. The support of
every parent, grandparent,
family member, and friend
is necessary.
Inadequate funding may
soon rob Gulf County stu-
dents of the opportunity to
participate in athletic pro-
grams as they are certain
to be one of the first areas
sacrificed. A "yes" vote on
March 17 is a vote for our lo-
cal student athletes.
Cohon S. Price
WHS Class of 2011

Thoughts on tax
Dear Editor:
Hello Mr. Editor, there
are a few things I would like
to get off of my chest about
the tax referendum. First
let me start by saying I am

100 percent behind Gulf do you really want to talk
County School Board. How about a problem? These
can I as a graduate of the families will be leaving and
Gulf County school system paying their taxes to other
turn my back on a system counties and states. How
that has truly been a bless- are we as a county going
ing to my family and me? I to make up this shortfall if
was born and raised here in we lose 30 families? This
Port St Joe. I own a house means that they will not
here in Port St. Joe, so when be shopping at our grocery
the issue about the refer- stores, they will not be buy-
endum came up I knew it ing goods and services from
was going to affect me, but our local businesses. So
guess what: it's a great in- then, we are in deeper trou-
vestment in the future of ble than we were from the
our kids. True, I don't own beginning.
a whole lot of property but Two things I do know: I
if I did I still would be sup- love teaching and coaching
porting Gulf County schools. kids. I see myself as a men-
You are probably saying, tor to a lot of our kids. This
Sandy, you're just talking. town already has very little
Well, I have taught in the for our kids to do. If there is
Gulf County School system a possibility that we might
for six years and each year not have middle school
that I have taught I have wit- sports and junior varsity
nessed this school system sports, someone please tell
improve year after year. You me what are these kids go-
just do not make a school ing to do? It is a proven fact
grade of an "A"' without that kids that are involved
quality teachers. You do not in extracurricular activities
have the third-best gradua- are least likely to use drugs
tion rate in the state without or to be involved in crime.
a quality faculty and staff. I We do not need our kids on
have witnessed the dedica- drugs or involved in crime.
tion of Gulf County's faculty I feel very good as a parent
and staff; it has never been knowing that I am at work
about the faculty and staff it and my sons are at practice
has always been about our and not somewhere being
students. I myself have kids involved in drugs and/or
that are receiving one of the criminal activity.
best educations in the state The Gulf County school
of Florida. system will have my vote on
I am an educator, a youth March 17. Here are some
pastor and a member in this other reasons why I will
community. I will vote yes support the referendum. I
on March 17 because I see want other students to have
what the impact will be if the same opportunity that
it does not pass. It will not Gulf County school system
only affect Gulf County's offered me. If this teferen-
school system, but the en- dum doesn't pass, it will be-
tire county will feel this af- come more difficult to keep
fect. The schools will be af- in place some courses and
fected, the churches will be small classes. I want our
affected, and the county will students to have the same
be affected. If this referen- opportunity to be success-
dum does not pass we will ful. This success is due to
lose people that have truly the district's hard work
been a blessing to this com- from administration, teach-
,munity. When jobs are lost, ers and staff, their ability to
and there are no means of offer a wide range of course,
replacing those jobs, peo- and our students given the
ple move away. When they opportunity to participate in
move, they take tax dollars, athletics and extracurricu-
children, relatives and vehi- lar activities.
cles with them. So, if these Last but not least let me
families were to leave this remind you of 10 very im-
county there will be fewer portant points to remember.
taxes that the county and First, Gulf County schools
city will. be collecting. Now, are the largest employer

in the county. Secondly, the
district earned an "A" from
Florida Department of Edu-
cation in 2007-2008. Third,
our schools have the third
best graduation rate in the
state. Fourth, Gulf County
schools will be receiving
approximately $500,000 less
from the state in 2009 and
$1.7 million in 2010. Fifth,
the superintendent is ask-
ing for the mill levy to offset
the anticipated loss of rev-
enue from the state. Sixth,
in the 2006-07 school year
Gulf County School's mill-
age rate was lower thai any
other county in Florida. Sev-
enth, the mill levy is the only
legal option for our schools
to raise money. Eighth, Gulf
County schools have enact-
ed a spending freeze, along
with the Superintendent
and the board members
have reduced their salaries.
Ninth, the money gener-
ated froh the mill levy will
be used for operating costs,
mostly to keep our schools
fully staffed. Tenth, if the
mill levy does not pass, ex-
pect job layoffs and a reduc-
tion in course offerings, ex-
tracurricular activities and
athletics for the students.
We all have a chance to
make a big difference in our
school system, I would like
to encourage you to get on
board and help Save Our
Schools by voting yes on
March 17. Lets all get out
and vote "YES!"
Sandy Quinn
Port St. Joe

Work together for
Dear Editor:
As a parent, grandparent,
great-grandparent and life-
time resident of Gulf County
I feel ledto voice my opinion
on the upcoming school ref-
erendum. First, I would like
to thank all teachers in Gulf
County who play such a vital
role in our children's lives.
There is no way we can put
a price tag on what teach-
ers and educators do for our
children. Many teachers go
above and beyond their paid
duty to help our students. A
teacher's influence reaches

far beyond the classroom
and lasts a lifetime.
With talk of budget short-
ages and cutbacks voting
yes on this referendum
would send a solid message
of hope and unity to all stu-
dents enrolled in Gulf Coun-
ty Schools. We need our
teachers and support staff
to help educate and prepare
our children for the future.
Teacher and support staff
layoffs will not only affect
all students in Gulf County,
but the community as well.
There are not many jobs left
in Gulf County. So why cut
back and lay off teachers,
janitors, bus drivers and
other support staff? A vote
of unity and hope can save
these jobs. Isn't Gulf Coun-
ty's unemployment rate al-
ready high enough? Think
of the economic disaster our
county faces with the loss of
40-50 more jobs.
Many of us have not for-
gotten the mill's closing and
the loss of hundreds of jobs.
Although not as many jobs
will be affected if this refer-
endum does not pass, the de-
feat of quality education will
have a far more outreach-
ing affect on all business-
owners, citizens, teachers
and students of our county.
It is heartwarming to see
how teachers and support
staff have banded together
to work for a common goal.
A first class education for
OUR children. Teachers
are diligently working to
maintain the quality educa-
tion system Gulf County has
come to enjoy. With parents
and, teachers working to-
gether Gulf County can be
proud of our"A' schools. But,
what will happen to our "A"
schools if this referendum
does -not pass. Teachers
will be called upon to teach
more and larger -classes,
teach our of field, be re-
sponsible for cleaning their
classrooms, and many other
important jobs now being
done by other teachers and
support staff personnel who
will soon be laid off if this
referendum does not pass.
Is this what we want for our
children? Overworked and
strained teachers strug-
gling every day to help our

children learn. Or do we
want teachers ready to face
a new day full of challenges,
projects, encouragement
and praise for our precious
children. You decide. I hope
parents, civic and business
leaders, city and county
commissioners will all unite
together and work together
to secure an overwhelming
majority of "Yes" votes on
March 17. Not only to save
our schools, but to save our
communities as well.
A Gulf County taxpayer

Save our schools
Dear Editor:
Our schools have always
had the security of educated
and well-rounded teachers.
With the small classes every
student can have one-on-
one personal time with their
teachers, if needed. Though
small, our schools have al-
ways. provided a variety of
extra-curricular activities
for every student. The op-
portunities we receive in
Gulf County's schools are
Unfortunately teach-
ers and students in Gulf
County were dealt an aston-
ishing blow when we were
informed that the Florida
Legislature greatly dimin-
ished our educational funds.
Slowly picking up the pieces
the people of Gulf County
started speaking up and
voicing their opinions. They
made signs and shirts try-
ing desperately to save the
excellent schools we have
now. So I urge you to join the
stand, wear a shirt, grab a
sign, and most importantly
vote "Yes" on March 17.
In March the voters of
Gulf County will decide
whether they want to save
our schools. Though times
are difficult, I ask you, the
voters, to save our schools.
Today's students are lead-
ers of the future and our,
teachers are there to help.'
From a student's personal
standpoint, it is obvious that
we must do what it takes to
preserve our educational
system. Please take my
advice and vote yes for our
Tabitha Ward

SCHOOLS from page A4

learning at schools,
particularly after Christmas
break when the push to
achieve on principals,
teachers and students
becomes so focused it is a
wonder the local drugstores
don't sell out of Tums.
Money, sanity and
grades publicly displayed
for all to see are on the line.
And on top of that,
this year there are
many teachers who are
wondering if this FCAT
season, this season of
stress, might be the end
of their teaching career in
Gulf County.
Remember the days
not so long ago when the
threat was whether Florida
colleges would be able to.
keep up the demand for
new teachers in the state?

Those have been
replaced with an
atmosphere in which young
teachers, or teachers new -
or fairly new to the field, are
sweating every day until
March 17 in Gulf County to
know whether or not they
will even have a job come
the time in June that FCAT
results are released.
And, if they don't, given
the climate in public
schools around the state,
where do they go?
No matter how one
feels about the school tax
referendum there has to
be at least a little bit of
empathy for those who
are undergoing the most
difficult time in the school
year at the most difficult
time in their teaching


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They include different subject mat-
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methods, such as Victorian era, shell,
glass, Bethlehem pearl, horn, roosters,,
china, porcelain, pewter, lily of the val-
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synthetic polymers.
Also on display are button-related
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button books, trims and creative mount-
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state and local clubs in 39 states. For
more information on button collecting,
visit and
The North Florida Club, which was
organized in 1982, is a member club of
the Florida State Button Society and
National Button Society.
Local meetings are held the first
.Saturday of each month at 'the Gulf
County Library at 11 a.m. Visitors are
welcome. Please contact Lynda Borde-
lon at 227-9440, Ann Whittle at 229-8045
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By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
During the two-hour Feb. 24 county
commission meeting, the main topic was
garbage, or specifically what to do with
Thd debate started with a proposal to
charge a mandatory service collection
fee on all property owners in Gulf County
for mandatory trash pickup.
Julia Cunningham, a resident of Cape
San Blas, chaired the board-appointed
garbage committee that(has been study-
ing the problem for months.
Also present in the audience were
nearly a dozen representatives from the
three garbage collection companies that
had a stake in the bid process.
Cunningham presented the board
with the committee's recommendation
for mandatory garbage pickup from ev-
ery house in the county, paid for by a Mu-
nicipal Services Benefits Unit (MSBU)
The MSBU would be included annu-
ally on the property owner's property tax
Cunningham told board only 36 per-
cent of residences in the county current-
ly pay for garbage pickup. The county
also spends about $1 million annually for
roadside pickup, she said..
The committee received five propos-
als for service, Cunningham said, and of
the three picked by the committee, the
proposal from Emerald Waste was rec-
ommended. She said Emerald Waste of-
fered the best overall package at about
one-half the cost of the current price.
Commissioner Billy Traylor was the
first to object to the billing process as
stated by Cunningham. A bill for such
service at the end of the year would be
a detriment to everyone, he said. Com-
missioner Carmen McLemore seconded
the statement.
McLemore also argued that there
would be no savings after the county
shelled out attorney's fees on attempts
at collection of the garbage pick-up fee.
Cuqningham said there was nowhere
else to assign the fee because the county
has no water bill and all sections of the
county must be assessed the same for
such an MSBU.
When the issue ,of hardship ,on senior
citizens was raised, Cunningham said
Emerald Waste already had agreed to
give seniors a rebate on the fee.
Under the garbage committee's rec-
ommendations, the cost of the required
countywide study to determine the
MSBU would be covered in the monthly
Cunningham reiterated that the gar-
-bage pickup fee was not an additional
tax, but a fee for a service.
Commissioner Bill Williams said he
spoke to Larry Broome, director of the
Gulf County Senior Citizens, who recom-
mended the garbage committee be tran-
sitioned into his office so. he could work
with the committee on helping seniors,
with the issue.
Traylor said his and McLemore's dis-
tricts were being penalized for the coun-
ty's south end tourist corridor problem
when the north end of the county did not
generate that much garbage.
Traylor, McLemore and Williams said
they did not want to decide the issue that
night. Traylor was particularlyadamant
about not making a decision without the
advice of county attorney Tim McFar-
land, who was absent'from the meeting.
Two men from the audience, repre-
senting the twd other waste manage-
ment companies that were not recom-
mended, addressed the board and stated
they questioned the bid procedure.
County administrator Don Butler
said the RFP was- defined as a manda-
tory process and Emerald Waste offered
the lowest bid for that; therefore there
was no reason to interview the other two
companies. Butler added if the board de-

cided not to require mandatory pickup,
then the Emerald Waste bid was void,
and all three companies would be inter-
After considerable argument among
everyone involved, Butler said if the
board did not go with mandatory pick-
up, he recommended the board award
the contract to Waste Management, the
company that had handled the county
garbage pickup for more than 15 years,
even though their price was higher.
The motion to go with Waste Manage-
ment on Butler's recommendation, with
inclusion of protection for seniors and
approval of the process and the RFP by
the county attorney, passed 5-0.
In other business:
Commissioner Warren Yeager com-
pleted his analysis of the 'county's parks
and his recommendations for saving
money in the parks' operations. In keep-
ing with his prior recommendations on
Honeyville and Dead Lakes parks, Yea-
ger recommended that all other county
parks be dusk-to-dawn facilities, turning
off all but one or two lights for security
between those hours.
He recommended beginning the poli-
cy the next day. He also agreed that one
light left on throughout the night at boat
ramps was a safety necessity and agreed
with McLemore that when special events
were held in any parks, the lights would
remain on for that activity, then be extin-
guished. The motion passed 5-Q.
Gulf Cointy Emergency Operations
Manager Marshall Nelson asked the
board to allow most county officials, de-
partment heads and constitutional offi-
cers to participate in a one-day exercise
on recovery after a major storm event.
According to both Marshall and But-
ler, county personnel have excellent
training and response time for situations
before and during major disasters such
as hurricanes. But both pointed out that
personnel needed more training in how
to deal with the aftermath of such an
event and that the one-day training was
After being assured by Butler that the
county could continue to operate all day
even with most of its officials participat-
ing in the exercise, the board voted 4-1 to
allow the training.
Peters voted no, saying he believed
the training would interfere with regular
county operations.
Most county personnel, with the ex-
ception of the court system employees,
work a four-day work week.
Ed Nelson, director of the Gulf
County Economic Development Council
(EDC) and Tom Graney, president of the
EDC board of directors, were asked to
present a progress report on EDC activi-
They were pointedly questioned by
Williams for not keeping the board in-
formed of what Nelson described as "ex-
tremely good activity" in bringing new
business into the county. -
Proprietary information and confiden-
tiality of potential new businesses were
Nelson's reasons for being so closed
about EDC activity. According to Nelson,
the EDC has 23 projects in various stag-
es of development
"Some of this confidential information
must be shared with the board, who then
can communicate to the public, whether
by individual commissioners or through
the chair or what," Williams said.
Backed by similar comments from
Yeager, Williams also instructed Nelson
and Graney that the EDC needed to ad-
vise the county on lobbying efforts for leg-
islative bills being introduced, work with
the county's grant writer on the county's
land use development rules for future
business growth and support the county
and the Tourist Development Council on
issues like commercial and recreational
fishing and other tourism issues.
Nelson promised to keep the commis-
sion better informed on EDC progress.


Family of local schoolteacher wins big on Wheel of Fortune

Regina Capps, a teacher at Port St. Joe
Elementary School, and daughter, Jenna,
attended the live filming of Wheel of For-
tune in December. Regina's sister, An-

gela Poppell, and niece, Lauralyn Hudg-
kins of Titusville, played on the show and
won $27,000 worth of cash and prizes. The
siow will air March 10.

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Port St. Joe girls win first meet
of the season
The Port St. Joe girls' track team,
the defending state champion, opened
the season last Saturday with a run-
away victory in the Panhandle Open at
Tommy Oliver Stadium in Port St. Joe.
The Lady Tiger Sharks chalked up
162 team points to beat second-place
Gulf Breeze by 20 points, with South
Walton finishing third with 120 points,
the only three girls' teams among the
seven competing to finish over 100
Junior Kayla Parker led the way,
winning the 200 meters, the 100 meter
hurdles and the long jump.
Parker did not run the 100 meters,
said coach Kenny Parker, but the Lady
Tiger Sharks still had Fanequa Larry
and Asia Whitley finish 1-2 in the event
with Natasha Allen finishing fourth to
add to the team point total.
Whitley was also fourth in the 800
Mariah Johnson was second to
Kayla Parker in the 200, with freshman
Maya Robbins fourth.
Johnson was-also second to Kayla
Parker in the 100,meter hurdles, with
Erin Bailey fourth.
Bailey was fifth in the 300 meter
hurdles and third in the long jump be-
hind Kayla Parker. Also scoring in the
long jump was Alyssa Parker, who was
The Lady Tiger Sharks finished first
in the 4x100 relay, the team of Robbins,
Dantasia Welch, Larry and Natasha Al-
len finishing nearly two seconds ahead
of Bay High.
Port St. Joe swept the top three
places in the pole vault, Megan Walker,
Ashleigh Lewis and Nicole Endres all,
vaulting at least two feet higher than
the meet record of 6-feet-6 inches set
last year.
And in the triple jump, Larry and Al-
len finished 1-2 with Welch and Alyssa
Parker fifth and sixth, respectively.
Nicole Spilac finished eighth arid in
the points in the discus to complete the
Lady Tiger Shark scoring.
On the boys' side, Parker Harris won
the pole vault, beating the meet record
set last year by nearly two feet and the
field by three feet. He also earned sev-
enth in the long jump.
Evan Protsman took sixth in the
3,200 meter run.
Port St. Joe will be in Tallahassee
for a meet this weekend.

Lady Sharks remain perfect
Behind the pitching of Kayla Min-
ger and the home runs by Minger and
Cassie Tullis, the Port St. Joe High
School softball team remained perfect
on the season with a 14-2 victory last
Friday at Sneads.
Minger pitched a complete game in
the five-inning run-rule victory allow-
ing four hits and two runs while fanning
13 and walking none.
Minger also -hit a grand slam home
run in the fifth inning, with Tullis, Me-
gan Gannon and Katie Lacour on base,
to put the finishing touches on the vic-
Minger and the Lady Sharks are
now 6-0.
Tullis hit a three-run bomb to center
field in the fourth to extend an 8.-0 lead
Port St. Joe built through the first three
Minger was 3 for 4, Tullis 3 for 3
and Gannon added a hit. Torie Greer,
Lacour, Katie Gardner, and Heather
Brinkmeier each had two hits for the
Lady Tiger Sharks.
Port St. Joe travels to Crestview on
Friday and to Tallahassee North Flori-
da Christian on Tuesday.

Wewahitchka baseball raises
record to .500
With a pair of one-sided victories
last week the Wewahitchka High School
baseball team brought its record to an
even 3-3 on the season.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Wewahitchka 10, Altha 0
Sophomore pitcher Brandon May-
hann led the Gators to a run-rule win
over Altha on Tuesday. Mayhann (1-0)
won his first game of the season shut-
ting out the Wildcats for four innings,
allowing one hit and striking out six.
Cody Wade closed out the game allow-
ing no runs and one hit in the last in-
The Gators got on the scoreboard
early, when Mayhann walked and ad-
vanced to third on a single by Ryan
Leaman. Chance Knowles plated May-
hann on a fielder's choice and Leaman
sdored.on a passed ball to make the
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score 2-0 after one inning.
In the second inning the Gators tal-
lied six more runs. Baylan Price, Tyler
Lanter and Josh Lollie walked to lead
off the inning. Mayhann singled to drive
in Price. Wade was hit with a pitch plat-
ing Lanter. After strikeouts by Leaman
and Knowles, Chase Harvey doubled to
knock in Lollie and Mayhann.
In the third inning Beau McCorvey
opened the inning with a walk, Lollie
struck out and Mayhann walked. Wade
popped up for the second out and Lea-
man walked loading the bases. Clean-
up hitter Chance Knowles delivered
a. single scoring McCorvey and May-
Thursday, Feb. 26
Wewahitchka 21, Blountstown 0
The Gators blasted Blountstown in
a four-inning run-rule game on Thurs-
day. Starting pitcher Baylan Price
(1-0) got the win throwing two shut-
out innings and allowing only one hit.
Billy Peak pitched the third inning and
Chance Knowles pitched the fourth in-
ning, neither pitcher allowed a hit and
both registered two strikeouts.
At the plate, the baseball Gators got
off to a fast start in the first inning when
Brandon Mayhann led off with a single
and Tyler Lanter walked. Ryan Leaman
knocked Mayhann in with a ground ball
fielder's choice and Chance Knowles
followed with his second home run of
the season giving the Gators a 3-0 lead.
Chase Harvey kept the inning alive
with a single and advanced to third on a
single by Billy Peak. Sophomore Beau
McCorvey drove in Harvey with a sac-
rifice fly to left field.
In the second inning Price got the
Gators startedwithawalk,Mayhannfol-
lowed with a single and Lanter reached
base on an error. Leaman singled scor-
ing Price and Mayhann and Knowles
followed with a double scoring Lanter.
Harvey hit into a fielder's choice scor-
ing Leaman. The Gators would go on to
score 16 runs in the inning. ,
Leading hitters for the game were;
Mayhann 3 for 3 with'2 RBI, Knowles
3 for 4 with 3 RBI, Harvey 2 for 3 with
4 RBI, Peak 2 for 2 with one RBI and
Cody Wade 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
Friday, Feb. 27
Chipley 8, Wewahitchka 2
The Wewahitchka Gators traveled
to Chipley for a game with the baseball
powerhouse Tigers: The Gators got
off to a good start scoring two runs in
the first inning off University of Florida
commitment Karston Whitson. Lead
off batter Mayhann reached base when
he was hit by a pitch. After Wade struck
out, Leaman singled and Knowles ad-
vanced both runners with a fielder's
choice grounder. Harvey followed with
a single scoring Mayhann and Lea-
The Gators threatened again in the
second when Price led off with a single
and advanced on a sacrifice by Josh
Lollie. Lanter walked, but both run-
ners were stranded when Mayhann
flew out deep to centerfield and Wade
grounded out. Senior Tiger pitcher
Phillip Brininger entered the game in
the third inning and silenced the Gator
The Tigers roughed up starting Ga-
tor pitcher David Strickland in the first
inning, scoring four runs on four hits.
The Tigers scored four more in the
second inning as Gator reliever Lollie
struggled with his control, hitting three
batters with pitches and walking one.
Lollie would settle down in the third in-
ning and shut out the Tigers. Lollie was
relieved in the fourth inning by Ryan
Leaman who shut out the Tigers for
the rest of the game. Leaman allowed
only one hit and struck out six in three
The Gators host Port St. Joe at 6
p.m. CT on Friday.

Wewahitchka trpck opens
The Wewahitchka High School
track team attended its first meet for
the season, the Panhandle Open on
Saturday, Feb. 28 at Tommy Oliver Sta-
Wewahitchka had 3S participants
and all did a great job.
Billy Naylor won the mile and
the 800 meters. Colton Price placed
fourth in the 400 meters. Chris Peak
was fourth in the discus and the boys'
4x400 relay team (Naylor, Price, An-
drew Bidwell and Kenny Fisher) was
third while the boys' 4x100 meter team
(Fisher, Kitt Owens, Price and Tyler
Lanter) finished fifth.
Kayla Williams placed second in
the high jump and the girls' 4x400 re-
lay team (Danielle Stan.ley, Donia La-
nier, Jaria Pippin and Laurel Manor)
finished fourth. The track team looks
forward to a great season,.

MaKayla Ramsey throws to first during a loss last week to Tolar Middle School.

PSJMS school softball sweep

The Port St. Joe Middle
School softball team swept
four games last week against
Blountstown and Franklin
Thursday, Feb. 19
Port St. Joe (A) 9, Blount-
stown 2
MaKayla Ramsey was the
winning pitcher as she went.
five innings, allowing three
hits and two runs while strik-
ing out three and walking
Alex Hodge was 1 for 3
with a double and Madi Wil-
liams and Jadia Miles each
had hits. ,
Port St. Joe (B) 9,
Blountstown 3

Hodge pitched five innings
for the win, allowing five hits
and two earned runs while
walking five and striking out
Shannon Pridgeon had two
hits to lead the Port St. Joe of-
fense, while Stephanie Brink-
meier, Allison Howze, Kristen
Thomas and She'Noya Fen-
nell each had a hit.
Monday, Feb. 23
Port St. Joe (A) 10,
Franklin County 0
Ramsey took the win with
three innings on the mound
in a game ended by the run-
rule. Ramsey allowed just
one hit. while striking out six,
walking one and hitting one

Haley Wood was 3 for 4,
Miles was 3 for 3 and Hodge
2 for 2 to lead the Port St. Joe
Williams was 2 for 2, Nas-
tia Maughan was 1 for 1,
Miles was 2 for 2, Ramsey 3
for 4 and Brittany King was 1
for 3.
Port St. Joe (B) 21,
Franklin County 7
King allowed no hits while
pitching three innings in the
game ended by the run-rule,
striking out six and overcom-
ing six errors made behind
Pridgeon, Howze and
Thomas each had a hit.

PSJHS baseball team drops two

The Port St. Joe High
School baseball team lost a
pair of games against larg-
er schools last week and
dropped to 2-3 as. the season
gets into full swing.
On Tuesday, the Tiger
Sharks lost to Rutherford 14-
6. Jacob Gentry was 2 for 4
and J. Mason Ray was 2 for
The Tiger Sharks fell 11-9
to Tallahassee 'Florida High
on Saturday in a seesaw game
that had almost as many mo-
mentum shifts as innings.
Robbie Martin, Gentry,
Levi Richter, and Brandon
Strickland all had two hits.
The junior varsity came
back from a 9-0 deficit to win
10-9. Dylan Hester pitched
three scoreless innings and
Austin Howze had the game
winning hit in the bottom of

Roman Quinn plated two runs with this scorching drive
that ate up the Florida High third-baseman.

the seventh.
Port St. Joe is at Wewahi-
tchka on Friday, with.the ju-
nior varsity starting at 5 p.m.
ET and the varsity game to

follow immediately.
The varsity then travels to
Liberty County on Saturday to
face Marianna at 1 p.m. ET on

PSJ Middle School baseball perfect for the week

The throw from the outfield'was in time
to cut down a Tolar runner at second last

Hosford and Tolar out of Liberty County
traveled to play the Port St. Joe Middle School
baseball team last week and went home emp-
The Sharks swept both "A" and "B" squad
games against the two middle schools, edging
Tolar in a pair of one-run games and out-slug-
ging Hosford in offensive battles.
Thursday, Feb. 26
Port St. Joe (A) 3, Tolar 2
Tucker Smith and Dallas Burke scored all of
Port St. Joe's runs and Austin Clayton went the
distance for the win.
Smith was 1 for 2 with a run
scored and Burke tripled and [
scored two runs as Port St. Joe ral-
lied late.
Clayton went five innings, allow-
ing five hits and two earned runs
while striking out six and walking
Port St. Joe (B) 9, Tolar 8
Bryce Godwin was 1 for 3 with
two runs scored and pitched 4 2/3
innings for the win.
Chase Nichols was 1 for 3 with [
a one run scored for Port St. Joe,

while Cole Cryderman was 2 for 3 and scored
a run, Coy Burke was 1 for 2 with a double and
Hunter Baumgardner 1 for 1.
Godwin allowed no hits and strike out three
while giving up three unearned runs.
Friday, Feb. 27
Port St. Joe (A) 11, Hosford 1
Justin Cothran went 3 for 3 with a home run
and four RBI in leading the Port St. Joe offen-'
sive explosion.
Dallas Burke was 2 for 3 with a double, Ja-
varrie Beachum 2 for 2, Tyler Worley 1 for 2,
Barrett Lake 1 for 3 and Drew Lacour 1 for 2
for the Sharks.
Worley started and went two innings, al-
lowing three hits and one unearned run while
walking one and striking out two.
Jackson Combs allowed no runs and one hit
while striking out two in two innings of relief.
Port St. Joe (B) 18, Hosford 10
Walt Wilder scored twice and was 2 for 3
with a double and Chase Nichols and Cole Cry-
derman scored three runs apiece in a slugfest.
Nichols, Cryderman and Riley Burke were
all 2 for 3 and Vern Barth was 1 for 2 with a
Coy Burke got the win pitching two innings
while allowing no runs and two hits.
Port St. Joe hosts Wewahitchka at 4:30 p.m.
ET on Thursday.

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Bessie Kinner, right, takes aim before tossing a beach ball to a fellow Bridge at Bay St. Joe resident. At left, speech language pathologist JoAnne Buzzett
supervises the group activity.

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
With one hand on her walker and the
other grasping a Wii controller, Twila
Sanborn, 80, fixed her eyes on the near-
by television set.
After regular physical therapy ses-

sions at the Bridge at Bay St. Joe, San-
born, a facility resident, felt stronger
than ever.
She'd recently ditched her wheel-
chair for the walker and was ready to
take on roommate Faye Burkett in a
rousing game of Wii bowling.
As her cartoon likeness grasped a

bowling ball onscreen, Sanborn swung
her arm and released.
Onscreen, pins flew and Sanborn
coasted to an easy victory .
A bowling enthusiast in her youth,
Sanborn worked as a nurse for 45 years
in a Tampa hospital before moving into
the Port St. Joe nursing home and reha-

bilitation facility.
Sanborn's former hospital had a
bowling alley that it used for patient
therapy, but nothing quite like the Wii.
"They didn't have anything like this,"
said Sanborn, nodding at the interactive


There we were, relaxing on the shelf at
CVS Pharmacy, mocking the Valentine candies
reduced for quick sale, when that
no good, rotten Star reporter
breezed through the door.
You know the one long hair,
bemused look. As soon as she
rounded the corner, we knew she
was trouble.
Of all the crackpots in the
newspaper business, she was the
worst kind.
Her idea of a feel-good Easter
contest was to subject Peeps
like us to the most horrible
She slathered rouge on our
cheeks, pulled wigs over our ears and forced
us 12 manly rabbits into the tiniest of
If dressing us up like chicks wasn't bad
enough, she took us to the beach and posed us
in all sorts of humiliating poses.

We have sand in places no Peep 4
should have sand.
Now we know
what you're thinking
we could have
suffered a fate far
worse than becoming a
contest promotion.
Well try telling that to
He'd rather be eaten
head-first for breakfast
by a slobbering two-
year-old than endure
another bikini wax.
Have you no sense
of decency?
We don't know what passes for
news these days, but if humiliating
Peeps is your game, you've messed
with the wrong marshmallows.
12 Angry Peeps

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Births and BIRTHDAYS

Happy 4th birthday Gabriella
Gabriella Price turned 4-years-old on
Feb. 7. She celebrated.with a SpongeBob
SquarePants themed party surrounded by
family and friends. She is the, daughter of
Stephen and Stacey Price of Port St. Joe.

Andrew turns 2
Andrew Sheppard celebrated his 2rid
birthday on Feb. 15. He had a SpongeBob
party at his home with friends and
family. Andrew is the son of Al and
Heather Sheppard of Howard Creek. He
is the grandson of Tommie Jo and Greg
Sharratt of Howard Creek, Ronnie and
SPeggy Raffield of Port. St Joe, Elizabeth
Sheppard of Waynesboro, Ga. and
Thomas and Connie Sheppard also of
Waynesboro, Ga.

Dustin Alan Raker
Dustin Alan Raker was born on Jan. 15,2009 to
parents Jonathan and Lisa Raker. Dustin was welcomed
home by grandparents Donna and Johnny Raker, Linda
and William Raffield and Charles Meredith and his
brother Austin.

Look who's turning 5
Dakota Quinn will be 5 on March 5. He will be celebrating his football party on
Sunday, March 8, with his baby sister Nijah Quinn, family and friends. Dakota is the
son of Shemeka and Sandy Quinn, Sr. and grandson of Carolyn and Thomas Sims, Sr.




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Library news
The Gulf County Library
in Port St. Joe will hold its
used book sale on March
21. Any donations are wel-
come and the Friends of
the Library thank you for
your support.
Regular library hours:
Monday -10 a.m. until 8
p.m. ET
Tuesday 10 a.m. until
8 p.m. ET
Thursday -10 a.m. until
6 p.m. ET
Friday 10 a.m. until 6

p.m. ET
Saturday 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. ET
The Friends of the Li-
brary meeting at 5:30 p.m.
ET on the first Monday of
every month; come join
The Friends of the Li-
brary book sale is from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the
third Saturday of every

Blessing of the Fleet
ABlessing of the Fleet is

Weddings K.. STUDIOS
Senior Portraits
Children & Babies
Call today and ask about our Engagement specials

going to be held at 10 a.m.
ET on March 14 at Jetty
Park, Port St. Joe Marina.
This event is sponsored by
the Port St. Joe Yacht Club
and is open to all boaters
at no cost. All boats must
register for the event at
the Port St. Joe Marina.
The boats will line up on
the buoy line coming into
the Marina and as they
pass the jetty pier Rev.
Michael Rogers will bless
each vessel and its pas-
sengers. All private and
commercial boats, canoes
or anything that can float
by the pier will receive
the blessing. Many of the
boats will be decorated and
it will be worth a trip to the
park to watch the parade.
A certificate certifying the
blessing will be available
for each boater after the
blessing is completed. For
more information contact
Commodore Ray Whitney
647-6328 or the Port St. Joe
Marina 227-9393.


Michael Chancey
Love Donya and your family


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Organic gardening requires intensive composting techniques

As you begin thinking about
your spring vegetable garden,
one of the decisions you'll
have to make is whether
to garden organically or
conventionally. If you
choose organic garden-
ing, you'll need to de-
velop, a fairly extensive
composting system.
Long before commer-
cial fertilizer was avail- RO
.able ) gardeners used CA
composts to supply their countyy
vegetable gardens with Di
valuable plant nutrients.
Composts are made by
layering organic materials such
as leaves and lawn clippings
with things like kitchen table
scraps, manure, topsoil, lime,
organic fertilizer, even water
and air. As the compost materi-
al decomposes, several nutrient
elements are released in forms

the plants can use.
Converting yard debris to


compost has many ben-
efits. It is an environ-
mentally friendly way
to reduce the amount
of solid waste that must
be disposed of, and it
provides useful and ben-
eficial products for yard
and gardens. Compostis
an excellent soil amend-
ment that improves the
health and structure
of both sandy and clay
soils. It can be applied
on top of soil as mulch.

Mixed with other components,
it makes a good potting soil and
some gardeners brew it in wa-
ter to make a "compost tea" for
plants. ,
A good dimension to start a
compost pile is 10x10 feet and 3
to 5 feet high. To get one start-

ed, make a layer of leaves, straw
or grass clippings one foot deep
and wet it down well. Next,
spread a layer of animal ma-
nure 4 to 6 inches deep over the
layer of lawn clippings. Then
spread up to 5 pounds of ground
rock phosphate or one quart of
raw bone meal and one pound of
ground limestone on t6p of the
Repeat this layering process
until the pile is 3 to 5 feet high. If
you want, you can use 5 pounds
of a complete organic fertilizer
instead of the rock phosphate
and bone meal. Also a layer of
topsoil can be added.
In two or three days, the
compost heap will begin to heat.
Keep it moist, but not too wet,
and don't disturb it for a while.
After three or four weeks, stir
the mixture thoroughly. When
the compost is completely bro-

ken down into a homogeneous
mixture, and no rotted leaves
or other material can be seen,
it is ready to use in the garden.
This can take anywhere from
two months to a year, depend-
ing on the materials used, the
time of year, and the skill of the
Use compost in much the
same way as you use manure
in the vegetable garden.' Broad
cast it over the entire garden
three weeks or more before
planting. A small amount of
compost may be mixed into the
soil along each planting furrow
when you set out the transplant
or plant the seeds. In all cases,
apply compost at the rate of 25
pounds per one hundred square
feet of the garden.
Many kinds of natural mate-
rials can be used successfully in
the compost pile. Some of the

most popular materials include
straw, leaves, pine needles,
grass clippings, shrub clippings
and fish scraps. Fruit skins
and vegetable fibers provide
significant amounts of potassi-
um. Other things you normally
throw away, such as tea and cof-
fee grounds and even egg shells
provide valuable nitrogen to the
compost pile
Successful composting pro-
vides a relatively inexpensive
source of nutrition for your
vegetable garden, and it can
also help bring about a change
in your own perspective about
what is really "garbage" or "re-
fuse" and what can be recycled.
Even if you* decide you don't
want to go through the time and
trouble 'of composting, it doesn't
hurt any of us to realize that
there's value in the things most
of us commonly throw away.


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the event the teams camp
out while team members
take turns walking the
track and listening to live
music and enjoying the
festivities. There are spe-
cial activities and cere-
monies that honor cancer
survivors and those that
we have lost to cancer, so'
we encourage all cancer
survivors and caregivers
to register for the event
even if they do not wish to
form a team.
Currently, the local
American Cancer Society
is looking for teams, sur-
vivors, volunteers for the
planning committee and
local businesses to spon-
sorthe event. Those inter-
ested in participating this
year should contact Cyndi
Arani at 850-785-9205 ext.
115 or Cyndi.Arani@can- and attend the
Relay Kickoff Party on
March 12 at The Wewahi-

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P 5-6p.m. Those interested
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mation and sign up to
participate at www.relay-

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with guests The North-
plate. west Florida
call Ruth 3D Jackpot
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Risinger will 21 at the
on the piano. Michael Tray- lor
in the great Arena/T.L. James Park in
un with your Wewahitchka with $500
and friends, guaranteed added money.
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ibers. This is the Big River Rider's 4-H
ng not to be Horse Club.
Registration starts at
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Koziol, 648- starts at 9 a.m. CT and the
jackpot barrel starts at 12
p.m. CT. At the exhibition
ihitchka the cost is $3 per ride and
at the jackpot barrel: the
for Life cost is $25 per ride.
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hat time of concessions will be avail-
time for the able.
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ach year the contact Debbie Elia at
ancer Society 850-639-3200 or 850-227-
clay for Life, a 6696 or Russell McMillian'
event to raise at 850-348-2902.
ht cancer and
ose who have Annual rummage sale
how it works: The Panhandle Pioneer
sses, church- Settlement will be having
groups, fami- their annual Rummage
ends get to- Sale on March 7, 10, 11, 12,
:orm teams of 13 andl4 from 7:30 a.m. un-
ely 10 people. til the evening of each day.
then hold If you are looking for some-
vent. Dfouring thing, you could find it
*vent. During

there. We have everything
from clothing, farm imple-
ments, furniture, house
wares, to collectables and
toys. Please come out and
join us.
The Panhandle Pioneer
Settlement is a living mu-
seum documenting rural
life in NW Florida since the
early 1800's. It is located in
Slm Atkins Park, about. 1
mile west of the intersec-
tion of Hwy. 71 and Hwy.
20. Follow Hwy. 20 west out
of Blountstown. Look for
signs for Sam Atkins Park.
Turn north at Lindy's Fried
Chicken (Silas Green St.).
Follow the signs.
For more information,
contact the Settlement at

Gulf County
hazardous waste
collection day
Gulf Coun-
ty will hold
its- annual
tion day
from 9 a.m. until noon
ET on March 7. This is
a chance to round up
paint, oil, solvent, fuel,
arsenic, silver, cleaners,
fluorescent lamps, mer-
cury containing devices,
pesticides, herbicides,
home computers, print-
ers, scanners and other
pollutants and bring them,
to the courthouse.
small quantity generators
will be accepted at a re-
duced rate.
For more information
please call the Gulf Coun-
ty Solid Waste Depart-
ment at 850-227-1401.

Service will sponsor
a Beekeepers Workshop.
Dr. James D. Ellis will be
our guest speaker. Dr. El-
lis is an Apiculturist with
IFAS of the University of
Florida. Topics that will
be discussed are: Hive
Management, Honey Bee
Mortality, Honey Packag-
ing and Africanized Hon-
ey Bees.
The workshop will be
held 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday,
March 10 at the Senior
Citizen building located
at 314 Third Street behind
the Charles Whitehead
Public Library in Wewahi-

tchka. Beekeepers, pro-
spective beekeepers and
concerned citizens, are
For more information
please contact the Gulf
County Cooperative Ex-
tension Service at 639-
3200 or 229-2909.

Welcome Center
looking for
Are you friendly, so-
cial and like to meet new
people? If so please come
to a Volunteer Roundup
Reception. at the Gulf
County Welcome Center
(next to Frank Pate Park),
Thursday, March 19 from
3-4 p.m.
The Tourist Develop-
ment Council is looking
for enthusiastic people
to help greet visitors and
answer questions about
the area. All materials
and training are provided
by the TDC. Students who
need community service
hours for non-disciplinary
purposes are welcome to
sign up for this volunteer
opportunity. Morning and
afternoon hours are avail-
Contact the Gulf Count
TDC for more informa-
tion, 850-229-7800.

Port St. Joe Relay
for Life next month
The American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life
will be held April 24-25 at
Shark Stadium in Port St.
The event will begin at
6 p.m. on Friday and end
at noon on Saturday. The
survivor team is' inviting
anyone to join their team
and also walk with them
at 6 p.m. on April 24.
If you are interested
call 229-8882.

Free tax
The Gulf County Com-
munity Development
Corporation, through the
VITA program, offer free
income tax preparation.
Our concentration is for
these people who qualify
for the Earned Income
Tax Credit and Child Tax
Please call 850-229-
1477 for an appointment,
or bring your W-2, So-
cial Security number
or ITIN's for all family
members. If you desire a
direct bank deposit bring
your checking/savings
account number with the
routing information.
The CDC is located at
401 Peters Street, Port

Air Show to include free Darryl Worley concert

music singer Darryl Worley will
perform a free concert during the
2009 Gulf Coast Salute air show and
open house at Tyndall Air Force
The air show is March 28 and 29.
The family-friendly concert is open
to the public and takes place on the
Tyndall flight line following the Navy

Blue Angels performance on March
28. Seating will not be provided dur-
ing the concert, attendees are en-
couraged to bring lawn chairs.
This annual event is Tyndall's
way to. showcase military assets
in an entertaining, family-oriented
way as well as an opportunity to
thank the local community for their
support and allow those interested

in joining the military a chance to
see military equipment up close
and talk to those who serve.
The event showcases the Navy
Blue Angels, the Army Golden
Knights, a wing walking demon-
stration, civilian aerobatic perform-
ers, the Air Force Reserve Jet Car,
demonstrations by both the F-15C
Eagle and F-22 Raptor.

St. Joe.

Exploring 4-H'

"4-H W
ing 4-
H" takes
place Satur- day,
March 14 at the Gadsden
County UF Research
Who: Youth between
the ages of 8 13 (as of
Sept. 1, 2008).
What: This is a 'day
to explore what the 4-
H program has to offer
you. Join other 4-Her's
from around the district

to make new friends, dis-
cover your potential, gain
leadership skills, attend
interesting workshops
and have fun!
Experience a 4-H Blitz
as you explore 4-H oppor-
This will be followed
by a Florida 4-H Birthday
Party to Celebrate Flori-
da 4-H's 100 years.
Where: Gadsden Coun-
ty, UF'North Florida Re-
search & Education Cen-
ter, 155 Research Road,
Quincy, FL 32351.
How: Contact the Gulf
County 4-H office at 639-
3200 or 229-2909 before
Friday, March 6 to reg-
Cost: $6 (includes
lunch and workshop sup-

Meet Marlev!

The purrfect cat for your family. "My name
is Marley and I would love to become a part
of your home forever." Marley has a terrific
disposition & doesn't even mind dogs! Consider
adopting an adult cat- sadly these beautiful pets
are most often overlooked when the cute &
younger kittens are chosen. Please stop by the
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society at 1007 Tenth
St. or call us at 227-1103.

consider being a foster parent. When you foster
a pet, you greatly increase their chances of being
adopted! Contact the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society for details.

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These businesses invite you to visit the church of your choice this week.
W. P. "Rocky" Comforter William J, Rish, Thomas S, Gibson, Russell Scholz,
L.F.D. 507 1Oth Street- Port St. Joe Paul W, GroomII
(850) 227-1818 (850)229-8111 (850) 229-8211

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do you

Is your life built on the
solid Rock, or is it on shifting,
Are you being led by Satan,
or holding to the Master's
Are you living a lie and
only professing, or are you
living the truth and really
Some play with religion,
just talking the talk, others
practice religion by walking
the walk.
If you want to go to heaven
please don't play, just practice
religion each and every day.
You might know more
about the Bible than most
folks do.
But from what I
understand it's not what you
know, but who.
So give your heart to Jesus,
let Him have control today.
Because the Bible plainly
says, there is no other way.
Billy Johnson

The Christian CONSCIENCE

Religious apologetics have nothing to be sorry for

In the world today, there is no shortage of
people who want to tell you what to believe
about God, and what kind of church to go to.
There are even people who come to your door
and ask you to believe a Bible that contains
the same Bible books, but ones which have
been dramatically altered to agree with their
Virtually all religious people will quote you
a verse, which they say proves the validity of
their beliefs. So one might ask, is it possible to
find the truth, or should we just throw up our
hands and start telling people what we think?
There is a study that most church goers
have never heard of. It is called apologetics.
It is not apologizing for anything.
.Apologetics is the study of the evidence
surrounding religious matters. Is there any
evidence that the Bible is true? How do we
know that our Bible is a reliable copy or
translation of the original writings? Is our
English translation of the Bible infallible?
Are the words of a certain religious leader
infallible, etc.
A few years ago, a book was published by a
modern day apologist, named Josh McDowell.
It is called "Evidence That Demands a
Verdict." Iwould highly recommend this book
to everyone. The author has written a number
of follow up books, which are basically
updates and include more information. I'm
not suggesting that you believe everything
that McDowell wrote, in fact there are a few
things upon which I disagree with him. But

I highly recommend that you read this book,
and consider the evidence that he presents.
It was quite some time ago that the Lord'
showed me that using verses to justify a
teaching is a very poor method of Bible
interpretation. There are threads of truth that
you can find running through the whole Bible.
Pay attention to those threads of truth.
For example: God is Creator. Jesus was
God in human form. All human beings have
sinned, and are in need of a spiritual rebirth.
Christ (the Messiah) will soon be coming
again. If you reject any of these threads of
truth, according to the Bible, you are rejecting
God and will be subject to His wrath. Beware
of those who tell you what they think! "There
is a way that seems right to a man, but its end
is the way of death." (Prov. 14:12)
Jesus, especially in the first four books of
the New Testament, has provided specific
teachings, some direct, and some in the form
of parables. These teachings usually are a few
verses long, and relate to a specific subject.
There is a teaching in Matthew 20:1-16 that
runs contrary to what is taught in many
churches. There is another in John 3:1-21. You
risk a belief contrary to what is taught in the
Bible, when you take a verse out of context.
Also, remember that breaks between verses,
and breaks between chapters were, not in
the original writings, and that the original
writings were in Hebrew (OT) and Greek
(NT), not English. Most Christian bookstores
have resources that help one gain truth

based upon the original languages, analytical
concordances, interlinears, etc.
At the Mexico Beach Christian Worship
Center, we strive to teach the things that
/ Jesus taught, not what somebody else
thought, and wrote about. As the senior
pastor, I am always searching the scriptures,
to make sure that what I teach agrees with
what Jesus taught. Our services begin, with
a time of greeting, and fellowship, at 9:30 a.m.
CT Sunday. Worship begins at 9:45 a.m. After
the service, we have a potluck fellowship
luncheon. (Hebrews 10:24 25) We worship at
the Mexico Beach Civic Center on 105 N. 31st
street, behind the Beach Walk gift shop, just
off U.S. 98, in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center

The Sounds of Liberty perform
I at Long Avenue Baptist Church I
On Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 PM
-Long Avenue Baptist Church is hosting
I a concert by The Sounds of Liberty
from Liberty University. The Sounds
i of Liberty is the University's premiere
singing group. Admission is free, but a ,
love offering will be taken. j
' .. '. c. ..

Judy Ann Carpenter

William Chester Holman Sr.

Judy Ann Carpenter, age 55, was
called home to be with the Lord on
Sunday, March .1,2009 at her home in
Wewahitchka, Florida with her family
by her side after a long battle with an
extended illness. .
Judywas born in Baxley, Georgia to
Gordon and Fannie Quinn and made
Gulf County her home in the 1970s.
She was a loving wife, mother, CARl
grandmother, and sister. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband, Eddie
Edward Carpenter; a grandson, Drake Edward
Frazier; and a sister, Voncile Blair.,
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia
Curcie and her husband, Jason of Port St. Joe,
Tonya Green and husband, Howard of Panama
City, and Stacy Carpenter bf Panama City; eight
grandchildren, Briana, Brooke, and Jacob Cur-

Mr. Clifford John Tharpe H, 38, of Fort
Lauderdale and a former resident of Calhoun
County passed away Friday, Feb. 27 at his home.
He was born on March 26, 1970 in Port St. Joe
and had lived in Fort Lauderdale for the past
three months, coming from Blountstown. He
worked as A rehab therapist and was a 1988
graduate of Grand Ridge High School and at-
tended Chipola Junior College. He was of the
Pentecostal Holiness faith. Survivors include his
mother and stepfather, Joan E. Melvin and her
husband, Frank, of Blountstown; one brother,
Jeffery Wade Tharpe and his wife, Carrie, of
Grand Ridge; one sister, Laura J. Bailey and her

Anita Lauren Smith, born September 11, 1948
in Gulf County, passed away Feb. 2&8
She was preceded in death by her father,
Robert L. Smith and niece, Savanna M. Smith.
She is survived by her mother, Mary H. Smith
of White City; two brothers, Herbert Smith ard
his wife, Charlene, and Murry Smith and his
wife, Eudora; one niece, Lauren Sunday; two
nephews, Steven Smith and his wife, Amy, and
Jesse Smith; five great nieces, and nephews.

cie of Port St. Joe, Deana, Aaron and.
Andre Green, Damien Boyette and
Kathryn Frazier all of Panama City,
and Brenda (Sissy) Smith of Highland
View who was loved like a grandchild
'and will forever have a special place
in her heart; three sisters, Jackie
Carpenter, Barbara Marsh of Wewahi-
tchka and Jean Whitt of Sharpsburg,
PENTER Kentucky and one brother, Gordon
Quinn of Bonifay, Florida.
A memorialservice honoring
Judy's life will be held in Baxley, Georgia at a
later date and time. The family wishes in lieu
of flowers that donations be made to Covenant
Hospice, 107 West 19th Street, Panama City,
Florida 32405.
Adams Fumeral Home is in charge of the ar-
rangements. 674-5449

husband, Timothy, of Clarksville; his maternal
grandmother, Jeanette Lee of Port St. Joe; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March
3 at 1 p.m. CT at Shady Grove Pentecostal Holi-
ness Church near Grand Ridge with Rev. Kelvin
Johnson and Rev. Billy Rich officiating. Inter-
ment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
The family received friends from 11:30 a.m. until
service time on Tuesday, March 3 at the Shady
Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church.
All arrangements under the direction of
Marlon Peavy at Peavy Fnmeral Home in Blount-

A memorial service will be held at Thursday
March 5,2009 at 6:30 p.m. EST at White City
Baptist Church.
Meme left behind many friends that she
loved and she knew she was loved by them all.
Comforter Funeral Home
Wewahitchka Branch Chapel,
560 South Highway 71
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

William C. Holman, Sr.,
75, of Port St. Joe, passed
away on Wednesday, Feb.
25 at 11:50 p.m. after a
gallant fight against lung
,Born Dec. 5, 1933, in
Cairo, Georgia, William
was the son of Carlos and
Sarah Holman. He at- HOLM
tended Thomasville High
School in Thomasville,
Ga. He first married Rose Sem-
prini in September 1950. Rose Hol-
man died in September 2007, pre-
deceasing William. He married
Anna Lee Bryant of Qcklocknee,
Ga. Ann Lee Holman died on April
16, 2002, pre- deceasing William.
He then married his present wife
Carolyn Chapman Holman on Jan.
11, 2003.
Mr. Holman enlisted in the U.S.
Navy at the age of 17. He served his
country in Korea during the Korean
War. During his military career,
he served on the USS Larates,
the USS Ticonderoga, the USS
Eversole, and the USS Columbus.
. He transferred to the dental unit
and retired in the 1969 as a Dental
Technician, 1st Class. After retiring
from the Navy he worked for sever-
al dental companies. After moving
to Mexico Beach, Florida in 1992,
he formed his own dental repair
business, Holman Dental Service.
He serviced dental equipment for
dentists between Thomasville, Ga.'
to the Gulf of Mexico and from Port
St. Joe to Jacksonville. He retired
from his dental business after,
surviving quintuple heart bypass
surgery in 1998 and throat cancer
in 1999.
Captain Bill, as he was fondly
called, enjoyed playing pool, gar-
dening, fishing, and boating. One
of the loves of his life was his boat
named "The Anne 'B'", a 44-foot

Gulf Star yacht. He was
a charter member of the'
Tyndall Yacht Club and the
Port St. Joe Yacht Club.
Captain Bill was a
life-time member of the
Moose Lodge and the
VFW. He was a member
of the VFW Post 1006 in
AN SR. Highland View, Florida at
A the time of his death. He '
had been a member of the
Masons for many years.
He is survived by pis wife Caro-
lyn Chapman Holman; two children,
Melanie Davis of Middleburg, and
Bud Holman of Fountain; three
grandchildren; three great grand-
children; four step- children; his
mother-in-law Ella Chapman; a
brother Simon Holman of Gaines-
ville and a sister, Carlos Virginia
Holman Bradshaw, of Decture, Ill.,
He was preceded in death by
his parents and two sisters: Mary
Holman Wilkes and Evelyn Holman
A celebration of the Life of Cap-
tain Bill will be held at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
located at 318 Robin Lane in Mexico
Beach Florida. A two day viewing
was held starting on Friday Feb. 27
with services following Saturday at
6 p.m. All held at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may
be made to the Captain Bill Holman
Scholarship Fund to benefit stu-
dents who have participated in the
Junior Reserve Officer Program at
Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka High
Condolences maybe expressed
online to Carolyn.Holman@gmail.
Brock's Home Town Flmeral
5907 Hwy 22
Callaway, Fl. 32404
(850) 874-0818

Jesus is Lord and He is W4aiting
Sig iaunb view apti t Ciurb
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

S "Our Church can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto the Lord tg(ory due His name, worship thi Lordin t& beauty of lwiness.
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.

Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Church .
ere Faith, Family c&Friendhbip are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday .
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

Oak Grove Church
Jf.w fodu W Amdopleoi, JeriF oi w ff ord
Come Grow With Us! ,
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Sunday School 9:45
Sunday Worship Service 10:45
Wednesday Cafe 5 pm
Wednesday 6:15
Adult Bible Study
Children & Youth Ministries

613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

SConstitution andMonument Port St. Joe

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sundy School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
hoir: 7:00p.m. ET

850) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister

Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

Clifford John Tharpe III

Anita Lauren Smith

SS t 'United Afe ti
fi c& 4Af Jex4icq ead
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of MexicoBeoh Unied Methodist Church
Nomsime PNlO.v
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820





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THERAPY from page B]

gaming system. "Things
have really changed since
I was a nurse."
The staff of the Bridge
at Bay St. Joe calls that
Combining traditional
methods with an innova-
tive approach to therapy is
at the heart of the facility's
Rehabilitation services
manager Emily Gorte-
moller believes in making
therapy "as functional and
fun as possible."
Since acquiring the Wii
system last summer, the
therapy staff has held Wii
bowling, baseball and golf
The games get the resi-
dents on their feet and help
with balance, coordination
and fine motor skills.
Resident Shirley Till-
man, 89, is Bay St. Joe's Wii
champion. He bowls for an
hour a day and frequently
beats both residents and,
therapists alike.
Once an internet con-,
nection is installed in the
therapy room, Tillman will
be able to compete against
residents from other nurs-
ing home facilities.,
When they're not play-
ing Wii, residents attend
group therapy sessions,
which allow them to social-
ize while enhancing their
physical coordination.
The Bay St. Joe therapy
staff has doubled in the
last nine months.
Along with Gortemoller,
who is a licensed physi-
cal therapist assistant,
the therapy staff includes:
speech language patholo-
gist JoAnne Buzzett, occu-
. national therapists Denise
Kidder and Jenny Chen,
occupational therapist as-
sistant. Andrew Wilhem,
physical therapist Michelle
Ziegler and physical thera-
pist assistants Michael Av-
ery and Buck Fernandez.

The Bridge at Bay St. Joe resident Twila Sanborn
concentrates on perfecting her swing in a Wii
bowling match against roommate Faye Burkett (to her
Student Amy Sasnett is patients and their families
also interning in the physi- has proven particularly il-
cal therapy department. luminating in identifying
Gortemoller' has chal- previously unknown inter-
lenged her staff to inter- ests.
view all the therapy de- With expanded staffing
apartments' patients and levels, therapists now have
record their life stories, greater one-on-one inter-
The biographies not action with dementia and
only preserve a part of the Alzheimer's patients.
facility's history, they al- Buzzett noted the de-
low the therapists to iden- apartment's recent success
tify personal interests and with behavior modification
preferences, which they exercises for dementia pa-
try to incorporate in pa- tients who get easily. frus-
tients' therapy. treated by changes to their
"We're trying to gear environment.
the activities to what they "Before, the.traditional'
did in life," explained Gor- therapy was used and
temoller. maybe it was successful
For instance, if a pa- and maybe it wasn't," said
tient was a handyman in Buzzett, noting, "What
his youth, the therapists works with one person
will assign him a pnechani- doesn't always work with.
cal task. someone else."
'Last summer, Bay St. In addition to providing
Joe became part of Signa- in-house therapy for the
ture HealthCARE's Seren- facility's residents, Bay St.
ity, program, which spe- Joe has an outpatient pro-
cializes in the treatment of gram for patients requir-
dementia and Alzheimer's ing short-term physical
patients. therapy. .
Bay St. Joe now has With their patients
a large dementia and growing in number, the
Alzheimer's population, therapy department re-
and interviewing these cently converted a former

Supported by physical therapist Michelle Ziegler (right), Lpuise Ward shakes her
hips to a country song during a group therapy session.

activities space into' a sec-
ond therapy room.
The staff hopes to in-
stall a stove and refrigera-
tor to enhance short-term
patients' independence
and help them better tran-
sition back to their homes
once their therapy is com-
Gortemoller has been

busy planning other ther-
apy department activi-
ties for Bay St. Joe's resi-
When the weather
warms, residents will take
fishing trips,, .plant a gar-
den and beautify the facili-
ty's courtyard. k
In expanding the scope
of Bay St. Joe's therapy

department, Gortemoller
has been inspired by a sis-
ter facility's recent grant-
ing of a patient's lifelong
wish to skydive.
Though she applauds
out-of-the box thinking,
even Gortemoller has her
"I'm not sure I'd be the
one to skydive," she said.

Presbyterian Women in Action

welcomes new members

The First Presbyterian
Church of Port St. Joe is lo-
cated at 508 Sixteenth Street
arid Sunday worship is at 10
a.m. ET. We have a very ac-
tive Presbyterian Women's
group. We meet the first
Monday of each month at
10 a.m. ET at the church.
Refreshments are followed
by a Bible study. We are'
currently studying, "Jubi-
lee!, Luke's Gospel for the
Poor." Poor being defined
as those excluded because
of gender, age, economics,
physical malady or religion.
For the past two years
we have chosen to partici-

pate in Operation Christ-'
mas Child (shoe boxes
filled with gifts) as our ma-
jor world-wide mission proj-
ect. Our favorite local mis-
sion project for the past two
years has been a huge suc-
cess. Working through The
Salvation Army's Domestic
Violence Program, we have
adopted a family for Christ-
mas. We are a small group,
but have managed to fill
the wish list for a mother
.and two children includ-
ing a Christmas tree with
all the trimmings! What a
blessing we have received
from our efforts. Pam Mar-

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir.............. 6:00 pm
Sunday School .................9:40 am Prayer Meeing.................6:30 pm
,Traditional Service............ 11:00 am Children's Ministry
Awana's........................... 5:00 pm Activitie ............................. 6:30 pm
Youth Choir..... ............ 5:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities ...6:30 pm
Youth Groups .................. 6:00 pm

C H U R; C H,
Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM .................. ..................L. Sunday School
10:30 AM ............................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ................ ... ..................... W orship
6 :00 P M ................... .......................................W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Hone of Faith Christian School

tin is the Rural Coordinator
of the program and can be
contacted at 229-2901 if you
are interested in getting in-
volved.with a program that
serves a need in our own
If you do not belong to a
women's group and would
like to join, us in our efforts
to serve God through Bible
study, prayer, fellowship
and services to others, we
would welcome you with
open arms. Please call the
church at 227-1756 if you
have questions about the
church or women's group
and we will return your call.

The second annual
Women's Fellowship Lun-
cheon, with a theme:
"YES" To Change, will be
held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
March 14, 2009.
This event is for women
You're invited to be a
"special guest."
It's just the right occa-
sion for such a time as this.
We know that seasons and
times change, however;
God's love for his children
remains the same and-




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Child Care Provided for at 11:00 850-227-1845

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

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.

never change.
We as mighty Women of
God have been given the
ultimate ability to birth
things in the spirit. Now
is the time' for us to sym-
bolize together, join hand
in hand in unity and allow
God to perfect us in this
highly Anointed Celebra-
So I ask, will you come,
and partake in witnessing
the out pouring of God's
Holy Spirit.
' "A new commandment

I give unto you, that ye
love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love
one another" John 13:34
We the daughters of the
Highest, True and Living
God, humbly say, Thank
New Life Christian
Center is located at 504
6th Street, Port St. Joe.
For questions and more
information, please call
850- 229-7781
If you can't make it
please give us a call.

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

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

--* A Spirit Filled
S T Qutreach Oriented
Fa ily Lie Word of Faith Church
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
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323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET- Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET .
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET. Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call us foryour spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


Second annual Women's Fellowship

luncheon to be held March 14

The Catholic Church
of Gulf County
St. Joseph Parish
20th Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
All Mass Times EDT
Saturday, 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
< Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am
/Wednesday 5:30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday M ass.......................................... ............... 11:00 am (CT)
Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday M ass................................................................ 6:00 pri (ET)

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Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexahder, Minister to Students


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hcS ool News

Thursday,. March 5, 2009


By Douglas May

Be sure to pick up your
senior class T-shirt from
Mrs. Bernal's office.
Baby Advertisement
forms should be arriving
in the mail; don't forget to
purchase one.
Senior trip payments
of $50 are due on the 15th
of each month.
You also can bring in
photos for the senior class
bulletin board and give
them to Brennis Bush.

Pay $20 dues to Chellsey
O'Neil, or you can not at-
tend prom or graduate.

The Keyettes will
be holding a yard sale
starting at 7 a.m. March
14 to. raise money for
the Taunton Children's
The Odyssey of the

Mind team has been pre-
paring to compete in the
regional tournament that
will be held on March 28.

FCAT is approaching
on March 3-5. There is'
after-school tutoring of-
fered for math and eng-
lish; see the office for
more information. On
March 2, there will be a
motivational speaker to
get the students ready for
the tests.
Juniors or seniors who
are attending prom and
bringing a date from out-
side of the school can get
a permission slip from the
office and return it to Of-
ficer Strickland.
Do not forget to or-
der your yearbook; there
will not be any extras for
sale when they arrive.
You can pick up an or-
der form from the front
office, Room 202 or pur-
chase online by going to
the high school Web site,

The students from the classes of Mrs. Ashbrook, Mrs. Moates and Mr. Brown again were treated to a
birthday party by the Wewahitchka Woman's Club. Nobody knows exactly how old the tradition of the
birthday party is. The ladies come to the school three times a year to provide the party for the classes. Each
party celebrates four months of birthdays. The students'are treated to homemade cakes and cookies, as well
as vegetables, dips, chips and usually a snack bag. The children with birthdays during the particular four
months receive a nice card with a two-dollar bill. It also must be mentioned that several of the ladies are
often seen on campus bringing goodies and school supplies to various classrooms. As time goes on, many
traditions fall to the wayside.,Wewahitchka Elementary School is blessed to have the ongoing support of this
special group of ladies.

Church, schools.urge residents to take pledge
Cheerleading TRY OUTS
AT LLAHASSEE Gov Charlie "Tobacco Free Florida Week is Tobacc a s statewide

Port St. Joe middle and high school cheerleading
tryouts are coming up.
Girls entering grades six to 12 for the 2009-10 school
year are eligible to try out.
Therd will be sign-up sheets and information pack-
ets in each school's office on March 9.
There will be a girl-parent meeting'for girls trying
out for the middle school squad at 3 p.m. March 17 in
Mrs. Thompson's room (310).
There will be a meeting for all participants trying
out for the high school squads at 2 p.m. March 17 in
Mrs. Smallwood's room.
I Mandatory try-out forms will be handed out at the
meetings. The forms must be complete and turned in
the first day of try-out practice. If you cannot attend
the.meeting or would like more information, please
contact Mrs. Smallwood (varsity), Ms. Williams (junior
varsity) or Mrs. Thompson (middle school).


The City of Port St. Joe, Florida proposes to
consider for adoption the following ordinance:


The Board of City Commissioners will hold a
meeting on March 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., ET,
at the City of Port St. Joe City Hall located at
305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida, for the purpose of adopting the Ordi-

All citizens and interested parties are encour-
aged to attend the discussion and public hear-
ing and to provide written and/or verbal com-
ments on the matters under consideration.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amend-
ments are available for public inspection dur-
ing normal business hours at the Port St. Joe
City Hall.

If a person decides to appeal any decisions
made with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, such person will need to record
the proceeding and, for such purposes, such
person may need to ensure that a verbatim re-
cord of the proceeding is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.

Any person requiring a special accommodation
at this hearing because of a disability or physi-
cal impairment should contact the City Clerk at
(850) 229-8261 at least five (5) calendar days
prior to the hearing.


Illtl ri AZZllj~ .l i h. -- UV-V. I.U.,
Crist has proclaimed Feb. 27 through
March 7 as Tobacco Free Florida
Week to promote smoke-free living
while reminding tobacco users of
programs and support that are avail-
able to help them quit. During To-
bacco Free Florida Week, Floridians
are encouraged to take the pledge to
be tobacco free on www.tobaccofree-
During the week, 'the Tobacco
Free Florida Street Team and Smoki-
fier vans will travel around the state
to spread the message and -host
school rallies featuring athletes from
Florida's professional teams.

an opportunity to unite Floridians
againstt the leading cause of prevent-
able illness, disability and premature
death in Florida," said Kim Berfield,
deputy secretary of the Florida De-
partment of Health. "By combining
efforts of professional and collegiate
teams, local county health depart-
ments and other key tobacco pre-
vention stakeholders, we can further
extend the reach of the campaign's
To counter the advertising ef-
forts of tobacco companies that
spend more money on advertising
in Florida than in any other state,

youth prevention advertising cam-
paign also will launch during the
week, with television, radio, cinema
and print ads across the state, en-
couraging youth to "Be Free" from
Faith Christian and Wewahitchka
S.WA.T. students will be going out and
getting people to sign tobacco-free
pledge cards and handing out free
promotional items to everyone who
participates. They will have booths
at their schools promoting preven-
tive and educational information on
the negative aspects of tobacco and
secondhand smoke.


Port St. Joe Elementary students collected Box Tops For Education during the month of February. This group
pasted box tops on a special Valentine collection form to show their support for the school. Box Tops For
Education are worth at least 10 cents each and are used for school-based projects. The school encourages
the community to save Box Tops and bring them by the school or mail them to DeEtta Smallwood, Port St. Joe
Elementary, 2201 Long Ave., Port St. Joe, FL 32456.

Toll Free: (888) 831-6754
Franklin County: (850) 670-5555
Leon County: (850) 926-9602

Helping Hands Make
The Difference

Blues Rock
Deep Blues Band
"There's alsnais time for the Blues"

Gage Blevins

>,\ from

Port St. Joe,

Front row: Porter
Hodges and Lily
Woekenfuss. Second
row: Justin Butler,
Josh Butts, Jacob
Hopper, Krista Taylor,
Brooklyn Sheppard,
Ezekiel Bailey. Third
row: Josh Sheffield
Jake Patterson, Burke
Godwin, Christopher
Maestri, Cheyanne
i. 4Hanlon, Marlow
VanSant. Back row:
Ui10 Alex Naus, Jakari Sims,
Taylor Matincheck,
Chante' Cummings,
Ruthie Sherman.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

School News

The Star I B7

GCCC hosts 12th annual
Health Awareness Day
The Counseling Center of Gulf Coast
Community College will sponsor its 12th
annual Health Awareness Day from 9 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. CT March 25. The event will
be held in the Commodore Cafe, Student
Union East.
Health Awareness Day is an opportu-
nity for students and members of the com-
munity to speak with representatives from
local organizations that promote safe and
healthy lifestyles.
Participating organizations include
AARE Agency for Healthcare Administra-
tion, American HomePatient, American
Red Cross, Anchorage Children's Home,
BA.S.I.C., Bay County Council on Ag-
ing, Bay County Health Department, Bay
Medical Center, Covenant Hospice, Dis-
ability Resource Center, Division of Blind
Services, Early Education and Care, Early
Learning Coalition, Epilepsy Association,
GCCC-Health Sciences Division, Girls In-
corporated, Guardian ad Litem, Gulf Coast
Medical Center, Healthy Start, Legal Ser-
vices of North Florida, March of Dimes,
Omni Home Care, Salvation Army-DV/RC,
Second Chance, Sheltering Tree and Youth
in Action.
For further information, please contact
Leigh Bailey at 769-1551, ext. 4861.

GCCC hosts 'Oral Health
for the Elderly' course
Gulf Coast Community College's Busi-
ness, Continuing and Community Educa-
tion Department will be hosting a contin-
ued health education course titled "Oral
Health for the Elderly." The events spon-
sored and organized by the Bay Dental So-
ciety and is open to the public.
The course will provide an overview
of the status of oral health issues facing
the vulnerable elderly (over 65 years old),
trends in care for seniors, basic oral hy-
giene and prevention procedures and bar-
riers to providing senior dental care and
future programs.
"Oral Health for the Elderly" will be
held from 9 a.m. to noon CT March 13 in
Student Union East, Room 244.
For further information and registra-
tion, please contact Capri Baum at 850-
350-7164 or
Contact hours provided by the Florida
Dental Association.

GCCC Women's History Month'
March is. National Women's History
Month, and this year's theme is "Women
Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet." In
honor of Women's History Month, Gulf
Coast Community College has organized
the following events, which are free of
charge and open to the public.

A screening of the Rachel Carson
film "A Sense of Wonder." This is part of a
100-city tour during the month of March to
raise awareness of Carson's enduring lega-
cy of environmental stewardship. To learn
more, see
Tuesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the
Sarzin Lecture Hall, Language & Litera-
ture Building
A "Read-Out" of Carson's seminal
work "Silent Spring" and other environ-
mentally influential texts.
The morning hours of Monday and
Tuesday, March 16 and 17, in the Student
Union Breezeway
Elementary school poster contest
on the National Women's History Project
theme of "Women Taking the Lead to Save
our Planet" (
Winning posters will be displayed
March 16-27 in the Commodore Caf6, Stu-
dent Union West
Community lecture by Fordham Uni-
versity Shakespeare Professor and Cre-
ative Writing Director Dr. Mary Bly, titled
"Shakespeare in Love: Women, Romance
and Pop Culture."
Bly holds degrees from Harvard, Ox-
ford and Yale and writes highly acclaimed
romance novels under the name Eloisa
Thursday, March 19, from 7-9 p.m. in
the Sarzin Lecture Hall

GCCC to offer
lifeguard training class
The Wellness and Athletics Division of
Gulf Coast Community College will be of-
fering a lifeguardtraining class from 6-10
p.m. March 5-16 in the on-campus pool.
Students must be 15 years old on or be-
fore the last day of the class and must meet
the following prerequisites: ability to swim
300 yards continuously using the following
strokes in the.order listed: 100 yards front
crawl using rhythmic breathing and a sta-
bilizing kick, 100 yards breaststroke, 100
yards either front crawl or breaststroke or
a mix of these strokes. It is also necessary
to be able to swim 20 yards using front
crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a
depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lb. object
and return 20 yards to the starting point
within a specified time frame.
The class size .is limited to 25 students
and will cost $107.
Prospective students are requested to
register in the Admissions and Records
office and purchase their instructional
book from the American Red Cross, 430
E. 15th St., Panama City, Florida. Students
are required to bring a swimsuit the first
day of class. "
Upon successful completion of the
course, students will receive an American
Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Identi-
fication Card.
For additional information, please call
Carl Kleinschmidt at 872-3832.

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Prevention Coalition

meeting scheduled tonight

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Those concerned about Gulf Coun-
ty's underage drinking problem are
urged to attend tonight's meeting of
the Gulf County Pre-
vention Coalition.
. The meeting will be
held at 6:30 p.m. (ET) MEE
Thursday at the Cen-
tennial Building in Port The Gulf
St. Joe.
The coalition will un- Prevention C
veil the "Be the Wall" community r
social marketing cam- be held at 6
paign, which solicits (ET) March 5
the support of parents
and adults in combat- Centennial E
ing the epidemic of un- Port St. Joe.
derage drinking. For a pre,
During its nearly "Be the Wal
two years of examining
county consumption marketing cc
-patterns, the coalition visit www, b
has found that teenag-
ers frequently obtain
alcohol from parents
and friends'over the age of 21.
The "Be the Wall" campaign uti-
lizeg television and radio advertising,
posters and educational programs for

adults and students.
Carly Pickels, who coordinates the
coalition's efforts under the Substance
Abuse Response Guide grant, said the
campaign has had proven results in re-
ducing underage drinking.
It also is fully fund-
ed under the existing
SARG grant.
TING The coalition also
will announce the win-
ner of the coalition logo
-ounty contest and explore
coalition other potential fund-
neeting will ing sources, including
:30 p.m.' a $125,000 Drug Free
at the Communities grant.
Sahe A representative
building in from the state depart-
ment of alcoholic bev-
iew of the erage and tobacco
" social will address alcohol
sales regulations, and
impaign, members of other area
' prevention efforts will
provide information on
tobacco use and teen-
age pregnancy.
All students attending the meeting
will earn community service hours,
and those bringing a parent will qualify
for scholarship points.

Blues The Rock

Dee Blues Band

'There's alwuaqs time for the Blues"

Gaqe Blevins

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Reid Avenue


Local Artists & More!!!

Opening this

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Spaces are available Now!

If you are interested in

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

1 ,aw Enforcement

Police chase woman from Apalachicola to Tyndall

Florida 'Freedom Newspapers

A woman who allegedly
led authorities on a three-.
county car chase was in
guarded condition at a lo-
cal hospital Monday, and
authorities said she faces
multiple charges upon her
The woman, identified
by Apalachicola police as
Dorothy Planthaber, age
unknown, faces charges
of evasion' and eluding in
Franklin and Gulf coun-
ties, along with similar
charges in Mexico Beach
and Apalachicola, authori-
ties said Monday. Plan-
thaber faces an additional
charge in Franklin County
of grand theft auto, accord-
ing to officials there.
The incident began
about 2:18 a.m. EST Sun-
day after Apalachicola
police officer Anthony
Croom noticed a 1999
Chevrolet truck match-
ing the description of one
recently reported as sto-
len, according to authori-
ties. The officer followed
the truck until trying to
make, a traffic stop with
Franklin County Sheriff's
Deputy Ginger Creamer,
but Planthaber sped away,
according to news releas-
es from the Apalachicola
Police Department and
Franklin County Sheriff's

Croom ended up pursu-
ing Planthaber at speeds
of up to 100 miles per hour,
he stated in a police report,
until reaching WindMark
in Gulf County. Once there,
he deactivated his lights
and siren but continued to
follow to help authorities
with identification of the
suspect's vehicle. Creamer
had deactivated her lights
and ceased pursuit at the
Franklin/Gulf county bor-
der, and the Gulf County
Sheriff's Office and Port
St. Joe police soon joined
in the chase.
Gulf County Sheriff's
Deputy Ross Yowell heard
about the pursuit about
2:19 a.m. EST, according
to Croom's )report, and
spike strips were deployed.
between 20th Street and
16th Street at the Tapper
Bridge in Port St. Joe. The
vehicle struck the spikes
and punctured three tires,
but that did not stop the
chase, Gulf County Sher-
,iff Joseph Nugent said.
Once the vehicle entered
Mexico Beach city limits,
a Mexico Beach police of-
ficer assumed the pursuit
while Yowell followed for
support, authorities re-
Yowell and the Mexico
Beach officer continued to
pursue the suspect along
U.S. 98 into Tyndall Air\
Force Base, where the

chase eventually would
"It was actually' just
past what they refer out
here as Silver Flag, near
the drone launch runway,"
said Mexico Beach Police
Lt. Karry Kimbler.
Tyndall Security Forces
received a call about 1:50
a.m..'CST from the Bay
County Sheriff's Office,
which dispatches for Mex-
ico Beach on nights and
weekends, alerting them
to the chase, according to
a Tyndall news release.'
"I noticed the Mexico
Beach officer in the oppo-
site lane in efforts to show
oncoming traffic that we
were in pursuit," Yowell
stated in his police report.
"I noticed vehicles com-,
ing and saw (a) Mexico
Beach officer get back
in behind the vehicle. As
we approached the head-
lights, I (saw) red and blue
lights come on and vehi-
cles crashing going every-
The suspect apparently
crashed into Tyndall Secu-
rity Forces vehicles that
were blocking the road
with their lights off until
right before the Chevrolet
hit them, authorities said.
According to police, the
woman was unconscious
but breathing after the
crash, and everyone else
involved was "fine."

Event to benefit volunteer

fire department
Eighth annual event scheduled at 7 a.m.
CST March 21 to benefit the Mexico Beach Vol-
unteer Fire Department. 118 N. 14th St.
Come and shop for bargains. Donations for
the sale may be dropped off at the fire hall from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call 648-4790
to schedule a pickup if you can't drop off your
Call Laura to rent a space at the sale. Do-
nation of $10 reserves a space. Sellers should
bring their own table.
,Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available
for purchase.,

This report represents
some events the FWC han-
dled from Feb. 20 to 26; how-
ever, it does not include all
actions taken by the Divi-
sion of Law Enforcement.

Santa Rosa County
Lt. Brian Lambert and
Officer Fred Rondeau were
on patrol in Escambia Riv-
er Wildlife Management
Area when they checked
an individual possessing a
loaded .223 caliber rifle in
his vehicle. The rifle was
not encased and was read-
ily available on the .front
seat. Rondeau cited the in-
dividual for possessing an
uncased gun in a wildlife
management area during a
closed season.
Lambert and Rondeau
observed a vessel return-
ing to Sandy Landing boat
ramp on the Escambia
River. The occupants of the
vessel were shining a light
on the surrounding banks
looking for deer. When
the vessel approached
the. ramp, Lambert and
Rondeau approached and
discovered a loaded black
powder firearm lying on the
bottom of the boat. Both
individuals admitted they
were looking for deer as
they returned to the ramp
and were charged with ht-
tempting to'take' deer with
a gun and light. The gun
and light were seized.

Okaloosa County
Officer Van Barrow or-
ganized a detail on Eglin
Air Force Base targeting
hunting in closed areas.,
Lieutenants Dennis Welsh
and Mark Hollinhead
and Officers Pete Rock-
well, Ken White and Steve
Bartlett worked the detail.
Barrow located a vehicle
parked along Range Road
507, which borders a closed
area. A subject later exited
the closed area and quickly
tried to leave in his vehicle
before being stopped by
Barrow. K-9 Officer Sarah
Hahner and K-9 Sadie re-
sponded and tracked the
subject about a half mile
into the closed area where
he had been hunting. The
subject had knowledge the
area was closed and was
charged with hunting in a
closed area.
Officers Danny Arnette
and Barrow checked a
subject dressed in camou-
flage and exiting private
land. The subject was not
in possession of a firearm
and stated he had not been
hunting. Ainette and Bar-
row later located an air rifle
with a night vision scope at-

tached concealed in a tree
stand. An interview with
the subject later revealed
he concealed a shotgun in
the woods where he was
hunting. The subject admit-
ted the air rifle belonged
to another individual with
whom he had been hunting.
Barrow located and seized
the shotgun, which was still
loaded with buckshot. The
subject was charged with
hunting deer with a mod-
ern firearm during muzzle-
loader season. The air rifle
was seized for further in-

Bay County
Officer David Erdman
received favorable disposi-
tions regarding five indi-
viduals who were cited re-
centlyfor taking undersized
fish. The subjects unlawful-
ly had taken undersized red
drum, sheepshead, black
drum and mangrove snap-
per. The five were fined
$1,248 each and placed'on
six months probation.
Erdman received an-
other favorable disposi-
tion recently on a separate.
case, involving possession
of undersized red drum,
marijuana and drug para-
phernalia. This defendant
was fined $1,066 or faces 45
days in jail if the fine is not
'paid by April 11.
Officer Joe Chambers
- located a stand in the Point
Washington Wildlife Man-
agement Area that was
baited with corn and a com-
mercial deer attractant.
While conducting surveil-
lance, Chambers observed
a subject exiting the area
and determined the hunter
was hunting from an adja-
cent stand that was also
baited. A citation for hunt-
ing over bait in a wildlife
management area and no
hunter orange was issued.
Officers Dennis ,Palmer
and Mark Clements locat-
ed a hole in the fence at a
game farm in northern Bay
County and found evidence
that an Axis deer had been
killed and dragged from
the property. A couple days
later, information was re-
ceived indicating the deer's
head was at the residence
of a subject who had been
cited on two separate occa-
sions this hunting season
for killing a doe out of sea-
son and night hunting. Lt.
Jay Chesser, Clements and
Bay County Sheriff's Office
investigators responded
and obtained a confession
that led to the recovery 'of
the deer head and meat.
Three subjects have been
charged with numerous
felony counts ranging from

trespass by projectile to
grand theft.
Officer Joe Chambers
checked a fisher who had
the distinct odor of canna-
bis about him. When this
was pointed out, the fisher
produced a baggie of can-
nabis, and a citation was
Lt. Jay Chesser and Offi-
cer Mike Nobles checked a
subject in a jon boat whose
hull identification numbers
had been removed and its
registration didn't match
the vessel. The vessel, its
outboard engine and boat
trailer were seized, and an
investigation into possible
theft/title fraud violations
was initiated.

Franklin County
Lieutenants Charlie
Wood and Scott Pearce;
.Officers Percy Cook, Ste-
ven Cook, Travis Huckeba,
Don Walker, Chasen Yar-
borough, John Allen and
Chris Jones; and Reserve
Officer Pat Mahoney con-
ducted an oyster detail in
Apalachicola Bay. .The de-
tail centered on untagged
bags of oysters, size toler-
ance for oysters, license
requirements, vessel hull
identification numbers and
vessel safety equipment.
The officers boarded 42
vessels and inspected 114
harvesters. Four resource
citations were issued for
license violations and pos-
session of untagged bags
of oysters. Four uniform
boating citations were is-
sued for hull identification
number violations, expired
vessel registration and
insufficient vessel safety
Twenty-four written
warnings were issued for
violations pertaining to ves-
sel safety equipment and
vessel registration issues.

Gadsden County
Lt. Harry Parker and
Officer Hank Forehand re-
sponded to a complaint of
night hunting from a land-
owner in central Gadsden
County. The landowner
heard a shot near his resi-
dence about 10 p.m. He
observed a small pickup
truck and retrieved the
tag number. .Parker and
Forehand located the
owner of the vehicle hi
Gretna. After interview-
ing the individual, Parker
and Forehand confiscated
a 30-30 rifle and one doe
deer. The individual was
cited for taking deer at
night with a gun and light
and taking wildlife fromq
the right-of-way.

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Home Computers, Printers, Scanners, (and other pollutants).
If you find these villains hiding-out in your home round 'em up and bring 'em in.

Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Days

March 7 Gulf County Courthouse
9 AM 12 PM Eastern Time

Conditionally-Exempt Small Quantity Generators will be accepted at a reduced rate.
Call Gulf County Solid Waste, 850-227-1401, for a drop-off time.


Put Hazardous Waste in it's place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful!
For more information, please call the Gulf County Solid Waste Department at 850-227-1401

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Helping Hands Make
The Difference

The City of Port St. Joe
Post office Box 278 Phone (850) 229-8261
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

Notification of Change from Free Chlorine to Chloramines in Your
Drinking Water

On or about April 1,2009, the City of Port St. Joe Water Treatment Plant will be
changing the method of drinking water disinfectant that we use from chlorination to
chloramination. Chloramination is the. process of adding chlorine in combination
with ammonia to create chloramines. The use of chloramines for water disinfection
is a safe and proven method and is used in other parts of Florida and the country.

There are a number of operational and compliance benefits to using chloramines.
Chloramines can provide the following benefits:

1. Since chloramine is not as reactiVe as chlorine, it forms fewer disinfection
byproducts. Some disinfection byproducts, such as trihalomethanes (THMs)
and haloacetic acids (HAAs) may have adverse health effects and are closely
2 Because a chloramine residual is more stable and longer lasting than free
chlorine, it provides better protection against bacterial regrowth in systems with
large storage tanks and dead-end water mains:
3. Chloramine, like chlorine, is effective in controlling biofilm, which is a coating
in the pipe caused by bacteria. Controlling biofilm also tends to reduce
coliform bacteria concentrations and biofilm-induced corrosion of pipes.
4 Because chloramines do not tend to react with organic compounds, many
systems will experience fewer taste and odor complaints when using
5. Chloramine technology is relatively easy to install and operate. It is also
among the less expensive'disinfectant alternatives to chlorine.

However, the change to chloramines can cause problems to persons dependent on
dialysis machines. A condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the dis-
infectant is not completely removed from the water that is used for the dialysate.
Consequently, the pretreatment scheme used for the dialysis units must include some
means, charcoal filter, for removing chloramines prior to this date. Medical
facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medi-
cal equipment.

In addiction, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank,
please make sure that the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use
in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the
type of filter that you use for the fish tank.

Also, if you are taking medication or have an illness or you are unsure as to whether
the chloramines may affect you adversely, you should consult your doctor prior to
the change of disinfectants.

If you have any questions or need additional information, you may call me at (850-
229-6390) for help.


Glenn Davis, Plant Manager

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Thursday, March 5, 2009


The Star B9

St. Joseph Peninsula Park recognized for green approach

TALLAHASSEE Five new prop-
erties recently joined the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP) Florida Green
Lodging Program, and two exist-
ing members received Two Palm
designations, bringing the pro-
gram total to 424. The St. Joseph
Peninsula State Park Cabins and
other recognized properties be-
came green lodges by adopting
practices that reduce waste and
conserve natural resources.
"We are proud to recognize
these One and Two Palm Florida
Green Lodging Program desig-
nations as the industry's environ-
mental leaders," said DEP Di-
rector of Sustainable Initiatives,
Deas Bohn. "By taking voluntary
steps to minimize energy, water

and waste, designated properties
help to protect Florida's natural
resources for future generations
as well as saving money and at-
tracting customers."
Each property must meet a
minimum set of criteria for des-
ignation. Facilities can achieve
up to three levels of green within
the Florida Green Lodging Pro-
gram, ranging from One Palm to
Three Palm based on increased
reductions in waste, water and
energy consumption.
PGA National resort saved
3 million gallons of water in the
past 12 months and diverted
143,000 pounds of materials from
the landfill. The property also col-
lects and sorts recyclables from
guest rooms and has eliminated

100 percent of Styrofoam prod-
To become a designated
member of the Florida Green
Lodging Program, hotels must
implement a variety of green
practices. These practices in-
clude, but are not limited to,
water conservation measures
by installing low flow plumb-
ing fixtures and implementing a
linen reuse program, and energy
efficiency achieved by install-
ing ENERGY STAR appliances
and programmable thermostats.
The waste reduction criteria are
met by providing the opportunity
to recycle, purchasing items in
bulk, purchasing recycled ma-
terials and by recycling ink and
toner cartridges. All designated

properties also must use green
cleaners and high efficiency air
filters and clean air handler units
Launched in March 2004, the
Florida Green Lodging Program
establishes environmental guide-
lines for hotels and motels to
conserve natural resources and
prevent pollution. As reward for.
designation, the state is recom-
mending designated properties
in the Florida Green Lodging
Program to companies and trade
organizations seeking environ-
mentally conscious lodging and
convention facilities. For more
information about the Florida
Green. Lodging Program, visit
DEP's Office of Sustainable

Initiatives is comprised of three
voluntary, non-regulatory pro-
grams that assist Florida indus-
try and citizens in protecting the
environment. The Clean Marina
Program, the Florida Green
Lodging Program and the Flor-
ida Pollution Prevention Pro-
gram offer a variety of services
including on-site assessments,
consultations, speakers and
workshops, all at no cost to citi-
zens or organizations. The goal
of the Sustainable Initiatives
programs is to meet the needs
of the present population with-
out compromising resources
for future generations. To learn
more about DEP's Sustainable
Initiatives, visit www.dep.state.

Record field to stir at chili cookoff

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
There won't be any beans in their
chili, but there will be lots of human
beings on St. George Island this.
weekend, as a record number of en-
trants will take part in Saturday's
Gulf Coast Regional at the St. George
Island Charity Chili Cook-off.
The 27th annual event will pit at
least 71 teams as they vie for a berth
in the International Chili Society's
(ICS) World's Championship Chili
Cookoff in October.
"Last year I made a joke we can'
get 75 if we tried, and they said go for
it," said Grayson Shepard, who over-
sees the island's chili competition.
"We've always limited it to 50 and
kept it inside the parking lot here.
"But last year we turned away
about 10 different groups of people,"
he said, adding that every team
turned down means fewer people
who would otherwise come, spend
money and have a good time.
All proceeds will fund the needs of
the St. George Island volunteer .fire
department and first responders.
Highlighting the cook-off's return-
ees are 2001 and 2004 winner Diane
Melancon, of Double D Chili, out of
Gonzales, La.; 2005 winner Ron Jud-
son, of Great American Chili Co. Too,
out of Red Bluff, Calif.; 2006 winner


Bruce Gaylor, of Dead Serious Chili
#3, of Tampa; 2007 winner Doug
Smith, of Dead Serious Chili, out of
Clearwater; and last year's champ,
Paul Nunn, of Nunn Better Chili, out
of Fort Pierce.
In addition to a ticket to the world
championship, competitors are vying
for a $500 prize for first place, a $300
check for second place and a $200
prize for third place. Plaques also are
awarded to the best booth, best show-
manship and high yield, which means
most money raised from $1 cup sales
that benefit the fire department.
The weekend gets under way to-
day with a golf tournament at St.
James Bay Golf Course, with tee time
at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per golfer.
Friday's activities begin with an
art preview from 5 to 7 p.m. in the civ-
ic hall of the Jay Abbott fire house on

East Pine Street. Admission is $5.
On Saturday, the 5K Red Pepper
Run gets under way at 8 a.m.
Booth set-up begins at 8:30 a.m.,
followed by the 9:30 a.m. start of the
amateur crock pot chili competition.
These are chilies prepared at home,
minimum one gallon, with no rules
There is a $5 entry fee.
The formal competition begins at
10 a.m. with stoves lit officially at 11
a.m. Rules include no beans, pasta,
etc., prepared on site from scratch,
no prepackaged chili mixes, meat
may be cut, sliced or ground in ad-
vance, but not treated or cooked ex-
cept during competition.
The charity auction will begin at 11
.a.m. followed by booth and showman-
ship judging beginning at .11:30 a.m.
Ticia Lipscomb, treasurer, said
the list of items to be auctioned off
include a 2002 Ford Explorer "in ex-
cellent condition, with all the records
from the day it was bought."
Also being auctioned are a 1987
23' Proline fishing boat, a 22' sailboat,
and a 17' aluminum canoe.
The Miss Chili Pepper and Mister
Hot Sauce judging is between noon and
1:30 p.m., with chili judging at 2 p.m.
The "King Cotton Blues Band"
will start playing at around 3 p.m.
For more info on the chili cook-off,
go to or
call 927-3473.

Public Notice

Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement

Special Master for the

City of Port St. Joe will
be holding Code Enforce-

ment Hearings on Thurs-
day, March 12, 2009, at

6:30 p.m., E.T. in the City
Commission Chambers at

City Hall, Located at 305
Cecil G. Costin, Jr. Blvd.

All persons are invited to
attend these meetings [Any

person who decides to ap-
peal any decision made by

the Special

Master with

respect to any matter con-
sidered at said meeting
will need a record of the

proceedings and for such

purpose may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record

of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the
testimony and evidence

upon which the appeal is
to be based. The Board of

City' Commission

of the

To Advertise here To Advertise here

Call Kathleen Smith Call Kathleen Smith

227-7845 227-7845

City of Port St. Joe, Florida
will not provide a verbatim
record of the meeting.]



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City of Port St. Joe, at City
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Thursday, March 5, 2009


The following is news from
around the various departments
in the Gity of Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency
The most recent improvement
for downtown Port St. Joe is the
Port St. Joe city commons project
next to City Hall. This project in-
cludes new paved parking to ben-
efit City Hall and downtown busi-
nesses. The project also includes
an event space with paved side-
walks and landscaping to enhance
the SaltAir Farmer's Market as

well as other public events.
This project is being paid for by
the city's road bond funds plus a
$50,000 grant from the Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency. Keep an
eye out for the, most unique part
of the new city commons, the
"Millworkers' Monument" which
includes the original mill whistle
from the paper mill.
Water Department
The city's multi-million dollar
surface water treatment plan is
scheduled to start treating water

around April 1. Familiarization
and initial training has begun for
the 13 employees of the water de-
partment. The plant is equipped
with "state of the art" membrane
filtration technology and all of the
support equipment necessary to
operate the facility
The new plant will be capable
of treating up to six million gallons
of drinking water per day. The city
anticipates being able to sta;t
sending the new water to and
through the distribution system
soon after April 1.

Public Works
The city is in the process of a
rehabilitation project to replace
aging sewer infrastructure in
what we call the catchbasin 7 area.
Catch basin 7 roughly consists of
the rectangular area defined by
Palm Blvd., 10th Street, Monument
Avenue and 18h Street. There are
some additional outlying areas
that it also collects such as por-
tions of 16th Street. As part of this
project a new lift station has been
constructed on 10th Street along

with replacement of the existing
master lift station at the intersec-
tion of 16th Street and LongAvenue.
The construction timeline of
this project continues to be on
track with a substantial comple-
tion date in August of this year.
Some of the elements of this proj-
ect included closures of certain
streets such as Monument Av-
enue. These closures are neces-
sary for the contractor to safely
perform the work and unfortu-
nately it does have an impact in
-our day-to-day activities.

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ble Court, on this 20th day having claims or demands COUNTY ROAD FOR 39.5 ONLINE 3 br, 1.5 ba, Mexico
of February, 2009. against decedent's estate FEET TO THE SOUTH HARM Beach, Canal Front, boat
_ on whom a copy of this BOUNDARY OF JIM ROB- PHARMACY dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000
Becky L. Norris notice is. served within ERTS LAND; THENCE Buy Soma, Ultram, mo $1,000 dep.
Clerk of Circuit Court three months after the date RUN EASTERLY 190 Fioricet, $71.99/90 Qty __ 8228 Hwy 98, St Joe 850-648-5045A OMNE
By: B.A. Baxter of the first publication of FEET; THENCE RUN $107/180 Oty PRICE IN- R.gE. T EMFIfER.TE Beach, 2br2bahouse with ASUI'OeOa RECREIONA
1100- al Advertising Deputy Clerk this notice must file their SOUTHERLY 39.5 FEET CLUDES PRESCRIPTION! 6100o- gulf vieBusiness/ g $875 mo + dep, Port St Joe, 2 br 1 00Anqu Collectibles
1110- Classified Notices claims with this Court TO THE POINT OF BEGIN- $25 Coupon Mention: Commercial 850-647-9214 upstairs or pets 81- arti les
1120- Public Notices/ Costin & Costin WITHIN THE LATER OF NING. #41B31 1-888-518-2482 6110,-Apartments 85no smoki8914ng or pets. 810 Sports Uilit Vehicles
Announcements Charles A. Costin THREE MONTHS AFTER 6120 Beach Renlals 850-899-01498130 Trucks
1130- Adoptions 413 Williams Ave. THE DATE OFfTHE FIRST ADDRESS: 6948 GARDE- 6130 Condo owinhouse BAY FRONT I Port St. Joe Cozy 1 br, 81 Commercial
1140 Happy Ads PO. Box 98 PUBLICATION OF THIS NIA STREET; 610 Houmae Rented TOWNHOME cottage with privacy fence 8160 Motorcycles
1160- Lost Port St. Joe, FL 32457 NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS WEWAHITCHKA, FL32465 6160 Rooms for Rent e d $450 mo. plus utilities, 8170-Auto Parts
1170- Found Telephone: (850) 227-1159 AFTER THE DATE OF 6170- Mobile Home/Lot I $450 dep 850-229-1215 & Accessories
-February 26, 2009 SERVICE OF A COPY OF TAX MAP OR PARCEL ID .6180 Out-of-Town Rentals Watch beautiful sunsets-- 8210 Boats
110MMMarch 5, 2009 THIS NOTICE ON THEM. NO.:02801-050R 6190 -Timeshare Rentals from this wonderful I 8220 Personal Watercraft
6200 Vacation Rentals town home. Exquisitely I 8230 Sailboals
1100 IN THE CI1302S RCUIT COURT All other creditors of the ANY PERSON CLAIMING FURNISHED 3br & 3 1/2 8240 B Spplt & Marie
1244SIN THE FOURCUITCOURT decedent and persons AN INTEREST IN THE ba. One of five TH on St. Joe Bch, TAFB, Nice, 8310-Aircraft/Aviation
NOTICE TO RECEIVE OF THE FOURTEENTH having claims or demands SURPLUS FROM THE MPLQ N | | 6100 Iour lovely andscapedI 2br,allappliances,bch 8320-ATVOffRoad Vehicles
SEALEDEBIDSJUDICIALOmr 61our0lovely landscapedl1 2 br, all appliances, bch 8320 AT/OttRoadVehicls
SEALED BIDS JUDICIAFOR GULF CUIT IN ANDNTY against the estate of the SALE, IF ANY, OTHER 4100 Help Wanted Two offices for rent 302 | acres, with pier. Close I access, $625 mo Pelican 8330- Campers & Trailers
FOR GULF COUNTY decedent must file their THAN THE PROPERTY 4130 Eployment Reid Ave and 212 3rd St. to town. Darlene Walk RE 850-647-2473 8340 Motorhomes
BID NO. 0809-11 FLORIDA claims with this Court OWNER AS.OF THE DATE Information Call Pat 227-5747 to make 6 7 8 3 0 0 1 2 7 5
CIVIL ACTION WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF THE LIS PENDENS an appointment I dpdw properies@yahoo I
County Commissionersd bids WASHING FIRST PUBLICATION OF WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER (possible ise. purchase)
will receive sealed bids BANKF/KA WASHING THIS NOTICE. THE SALE. 4100 1 (- --- -,--------p Townhomes for rent,
from any qualified person, TONMUTUAL BANK, F.A., Home Biz Training | 611o I Jones Homestead- Pon-
company, or corporation Plaintiff, ALL CLAIMS AND DE- In accordance with the PT $400-$1,200 Mo. FT Century 21 Gulf Coast Re- derosa Pines. First month
interested in providing the MANDS NOT SO FILED Americans with Disabilities $2,000 to $6,000 Mo. Call alty long term rentals avail- rent free with deposit and BMW 750 IL 2001
following: VS. WILL BE FOREVER Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- 727-865-6795 able 12 month lease. 2 br and REPO
BARRED. bled persons who, be- Coronado # 3 2 br, 1.5B 3br units available. Call
Barber SurfRake, SHIRLEY F. NEESE, at al, cause of their disabilities, 1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart- ba 731 Hwy 98 $850 per 850-227-9732 Beaufu black car, pay
Model 600HD or Equal Defendant(s). The date of the first publi- need special accommo- ment. unfurn electric/water month low balance only, $6,870
specifications can be o- CASENO.:08-CA-000161 cation, of this Notice is nation to participate in this Inc. Tile floors, part cy- Destiny # 1 2 br, 1 ba Tony 850-628-4182 dlr
specifications can be ob- DIVISION:08 -000161 March 5, 2009. proceeding should contact installation/Maint/Repair press panelling, private 115- 40th St. $550 per
trained in the Office of the DIVISION the ADA Coordinator at deck 1 block from beach month | G6150
Clerk of Circuit Court, 1000 NOTICE OF BONNIE L. PETERSON 1000 5th Street, Port St. Installers On St. George island Gulf Point #4 2 br, 2.5 be
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., NOICEOF 279 Our Town Road Joe, FL 32456 or Tle- installers Please call 404-402-5573 7172 Hwy 98 $1000 per
Room 148, Port St. Joe, RESCHEDULED SALE Wewahitchka, FL 32465 phone (850) 229-6113 Mediacom 850-653-6459 month Ford Taurus 1998, $375
Florida 32456, (850) H Y Attorney for Petitioner prior to such proceeding. Communications, Effcienc Rooms Weekly ndian Lagoon Cottage 3 Share New Mobile Home Downliht Auto Financinterest, $,900
229-6112. NOTICE IS HEREBY Attomey for Petitioner prior to such proceeding. ca EfficiencyRooms. Weekly br, 2 be SR-30 Indian Pass In Mexico Beach with older 2816 Hwy 98 W. 215i1769
GIVEN Pursuant to an Or- PAUL W. GROOM II 'The 8th largt c or monthly rentals Down- $850 per month In MexioBeach with ode 2816 Hwy 98 W2151769
ESRISHGIBSON, SCHOLZ Dated this24th day of Feb.' company in thl e United town PSJ onReidm a s e th an. $300 mo towards
Please place YOUR COM- der Rescheduling Foreclo- & GROOM, A. ruary, 2009. States and covering Call Pat 850-227-5747 Vilas @ Mexico Beach # andutiesplus help
PANY NAME, SEALED sure Sale dated February 116 Sailors Cove Drive over 23 states, has an 2 2 br, 2 ba 3706 Hwy 98 around the house and
BID, and the BID NUMBER 18, 2009, and entered in P 0. Bog 39 Rebecca Norris immediate opening in .$1100 per month shopping. Call 648-2453
on the outside of your en- Case No. 08-CA-000161 of Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Clerk of the Circuit Court Mexico Beach Fl for z Villas @ Mexico Beach # pp120
velope, ahd provide three the Circuit Court of the 850229-8211 By: JasmineHysmith Installer 6120 3 3 br, 3 ba 3706 Hwy 98
copies of your proposal, Fourteenh Judicial Circuit FL BAR NO. 0037915 Deputy Clerk No technical experience r, io h $1300 per month
in and for Gulf County, March 5 12, 2009 necessary. Performs in- 3 br,2 baMH Mexico Bch Palmetto Plantation 4 br, 6170
BIDS MUST BE SUBMIT- Florida in which Washing- Law Office of Marshall C. stalls for cable and high Sale or Lse, Great loca- 3 ba 1120 15th St $975 6
TED TO THE OFFICE OF ton Mutual Bank f/k/a 1353S CNatson speed internet. Must tion. 1 block to Beach, Palmetto Plantation 3 br 2 br, 1 ba MH for rent or Chevy Blazer, 1997, $375
THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT 'Washington Mutual Bank, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 1800 NW 49th Street, have a valid Driver's i- deck, $159,900 consider 3 be 1120 15th St. $900 sale. 9134 Tulip Ave, down, Four Door, $3,900
COURT,100 CECIL G. A., is the Plaintiff and OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL Suite 120 cense. Mediacom offers all seriousoffers or 6 mo per month Beacon Hill. Please call 0% interest Daylight Auto
COSTIN, SR. BLVD. Shirley F Neese, Thomas CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR Fort Lauderdale, Florida competitive pay and min. lse. Owner financing Paradise Porch 2 br, 2 ba 850-227-1804 Financing 2816 Hwy 98
ROOM 148, PORT ST A. Neese, Tenant #1 n/k/a GULF COUNTYFLORIDA 33309 great benefits along avail.$750mo + util.9135 Cockles Ave. $650850-215-1769
JOE, FLORIDA 32456, BY Thomas Neese, Jr., are CIVIL DIVISION Telephone: (954) 453-0365 with advancement 803-604-0289 per month
4:30 P.M., E.T., ON FRI- defendants, I will sell to the Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 opportunities. For im- Surf & Sands unit 30-1 2
DAY MARCH 6; 2009 highest and be bidder for COUNTRYIDE HOME Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438 mediate consideration, br, 2 ba 109- 30th St. $580 Wewa 2 br, 1 ba clean
The bids will be opened at Florida at on the 9th day of Plaintif March512,2009 ease visit our webste 6130rf & Sands unit 42-A & $430 month + secu- Ford Explorer 1999
the above location on April, 2009, the following careers.mediacomcc. Clean 2 br, 2V2 baein PSJ- 42-b 2 br, 2 ba 121- 42ncd rity deposit Please call REPO
Monday, March 9, 2009 at described property as set VS: 1365S co$675 mo + dep. St. $650 er month (850) 639-5721Beautiful SUV with leather,
10:00 a.m., E.T,, and the forth in said Final Judg- PUBLIC NOTICE Equal Opportunity 850-545-5814 or Surf & Sands unit 42-C 4 pay loan balance only
public is invited to attend. ment of Foreclosure: MICHAEL R. HARPER; Employer 850-442-3334 br, 2 ba 121-42ncd St. ON .$4,830 Tony 850-628-4182
MORTGAGE ELEC- PORT ST. JOE PORT AU- Web Id # 34028115 $850 per month 6
The Board reserves the LOTS 40 AND 41, WHIS- TRONIC REGISTRATION THORITY - ,,ir, Ponderosa #18 3 br, 2 ba 6200
right to reject any and all PERING PINES, UNIT II, SYSTEMS, INCORPO- #18 Ponderosa Pines Dr. Pine Island waterfront MH
bids. ACCORDING TO THE RATED AS NOMINEE FOR PARCEL B LAND CLEAR- $850 per month wants to trade or rent your
PLAT THEREOF AS RE- COUNTRYWIDE HOME ING PROJECT For Rent Duplex Call 850-648-5449 or Mexico Beach residence Ford Explorer 2001,
The Gulf County Board of CORDED IN PLAT BOOK3 LOANS, INC.; CYNTHIA A. Logistics/Transportation 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 850-229-1200 for more in- April & May 407-319-0422 loaded, with 5 speed, Two
has implemented a Local PUBICRECORDSOF JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN c tchMoMac- river Trainees Room,Elevator Swimm- title, and license Tony
Bidders Preference Policy GULF COUNT FLORIDA. TENANT(S) IN PUBSSES Donald, at the Port St. Joe Drver ranees ing Pool, Game Room, 50-628-4182 dr
for all RFP/BIDS. Anyone SION OF THE SUBJECT Port Authority Conference Needed Now! TV., Ice Machine, Laundry OUSE 4 RENT
interested ir. bidding, as a A/K/A 181 BETTY RAE PROPERTY, Room, 206 MonumentAv- Drivers being hired and Room Fully Furnished, in-
local bidder, must follow DRIVE: WEWAHITCHKA, Defendants. enue, Port St. Joe, Florida trained locally for Werner eludes Elec Power & 2 br, Wewahitchka, $550
the requirements of Reso- FLORIDA 32465 32456, uniil March 17, Enterprises. No exp Water, garbage pickup, mo.,850-229-8303, 8130 I
lution 2009,02 which may CASE NO. 08-CA-000422 2009, 2:00 p.m. Eastern needed. $1000 month Leave Message, s m Chew Z71 2004, Red ex-
be obtained from the Any pers n cl us RE-NOTICE OF Time, and then publicly 1-866-280-5309 Location-C30 2 mi East HUD/HAP VOUCHERS AC- EA ESTATE FOR SALE tended cab 4 wheel drive,
Clerk's Office at the above terest inthe surplus from RENOT E SAOF opened nd read at that Web id # 34027921 pass Raw Bar on left CEPTED -- -- loaded w/OnStar and Sat-
address. The Gulf County the sale, i any, other than FORECLOSURE SALE time. If you are interested 850-227-6683 7100 Homes elite radio. $15,000 call
'Board of County Commis- the property owner as of in picking up a package 7110- Beach Hom/ 596-0069
sionersreserves the right the date of the Lis end- NOTICE IS HEREBY please contact Hatch Mo MINISTORAGE 711-operty 5
to reject any or all bids ens must file claim within GIVEN pursuant to a Final, MacDonald, 120 Beckrich Dodge Ra $950 Down,
deemed in the best inter- 60 days after the sale. Judgment of Foreclosure Road, Suite 180, Panama PO St 7130- Condo/frTowfihouse Dodge Rm $950 Down,
dated the 5th day of Janu- City Beach, Florida 32407, It's a Lifestyle, Not Just a M B7140 Farms & Ranches 1999 Xlcab, 4x4, 0% inter-
estoftheCounty. Dated in Gulf County, Flor- ary,2009,nd entered in (850Job! Travel-Work-Pa-, Mexico Beach 200 7150 -Lts and Acreage et $5,900 Daylight Auto
BOARD OF COUNTY ida this 20th day of Febru- Case No. 08-CA-000422, 512209 Play 50 States. National 2 R/2BTH Condo blocks 2 9-671608- Mobile Homes/Lots Financing 2816 Hwy 98
March 5,12, 2009 Play 50 States. National 2 BR/2 22y 7170 Waterfront West 850-215-1769
COMMISSIONERS ary, 2009. of the Circuit Court of the company now hiring 18+ from bch, Pool, Clbhse, 7180- Investment
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA 14TH Judicial Circuit in sharp Guys & Gals to Work No .smoking, Brian 81447400 Property Ford F150 2005 FX4, 4
-4-Nathan Peters, Jr, Clerk of the Circuit Court and for Gulf County, Flor- .-- ---- & travel entire USA. 2 404-663-0226 7190 Out-of-Town wheel drive Silver crew
Chairrma Gulf County, Florida ida, wherein COUNTRY- .' weeks.paid training, trans- H Real Estate
air an- By: Jasmine Hysmith WIDE HOME LOANS, INC. portion and lodging fur- 7200 Timeshare changer, other extras
Attest: RebeccaL. Norris, Deputy Clerk .is the Plaintiff, and. MI- nished. Paid daily. Returns $16,000, Call 596-0069
Clerk y CHAEL R. 'HARPER; guaranteed. Call Today,| 6140
February26, 2009 If you are a person with a MORTGAGE ELEC- 1-888-741-2190. Start To- Mini| 7100 Toyota T-100 $475 Down
March 5, 2009 disability who'needs assis- TRONIC REGISTRATION day!' 101 Monica, Remodeled, + TT&L, 1995, $5,900 0%
stance in order to partici- SYSTEMS, INCORPO- *Beu flon -ca Storage w CHCA & interest, Daylight Auto Fi-
1285S pate in a program or serv- RATED AS NOMINEE FOR P POSTAL & GOV'T JOB 2 bedroom, 1 bath house no ae At nancing 2816 Hwy 98 W.
IN THE CIRCUli COURT ice of the State Courts COUNTRYWIDE HOME .1-T1.-- .. INFO FOR SALE? 457 Madison St. Oak 850 Monica & Miles Rd, Chain 850-215-1769
OF THE FOURTEENTH System, you should con- LOANS, INC.; CYNTHIA A. 2100- Pets G ov Ara ofPort StJoe 18501 link fence w/4 gates
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE tact the Court Administra- HARPER; JOHN DOE; 2110 Pets: Free to Grove Area of Port StJoe. link fence w/4 gates
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR tors office at: (850) JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN Good Home UtOn 850-227-7800 22 -8014 $168000,
GULF COUNTY 747"5327, fax (850) TENANT (S) IN POSSES0-2 S u FaPm S lis/ 805 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, St. George
747-5717 within two (2) SION OF .THE SUBJECT Supplies 1st Month's rentfree!!I Mili- Climate and Island and St. James Bay Toyota Tundra 2003
BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK working days of receipt of PROPERTY are defend- 2140 Pets/Livestock You NEVER have to pay tary Discount Available! Non-Climate Previously Bank Owned Large Down Payment
Plaintiff this notice; if you are hear- ants. I wu ie-ii to the high- Wanted for' information about Spacious and private Control Storage Property. Priced way be Small Total Price
ing ,or voice impaired, est ari ce-si bidder for federal or postal jobs. If home, 3 bdrm/2bthrm, Units low market value! Prices $2,500 df $5,900 Total
please call 1-800- cash at the FRONT LOBBY you see a' job large fenced in yard, front Boat/RV storage starting at $35,000. Please Ton 850-628-4182
CE B. DENHART and 955-8771. OF COURTHOUSE at the "guarantee", contact the porch, hardwood floors. 3 ofice slace call Counts Real Estate Tny 850-628-4182
BRUCE B. DENHART and Gulf County Courthouse in | 2100 | FTC. blocks to area shopping, &nicespace Group at 850-249-3615.
wife TAMMY E. DENHART Albertelli Law. Port St. Joe, Florida, at' The Federal Trade downtown and St.
524 Orchard Circle Attorney for Plaintiff 11:00 a.m. on the 9th day Pure Breed Yellow Labs, Commission Joseph's Bay. Monthly h Wall
Dothan, AL 36305 RPO. Box 23028 of Apr' 2009, the following .two females, two males, 8 is America's consumer rental available at $750.00 Hurry! We on ly have a few 8210
Defendants. Tampa, FL 33623 described property as set wks old 03/02/09 $100 ea. protection agency. per month with $750.00 19.5 ft Palm Beach 2007,
(813) 221-4743 forth in said Final 850-227-3611 or 227-5771 security/damage deposit. BRref00t f Atton S I6I center console, with T-top,
Case No. 08-376-CA 08-05446 Call gulf Coast Property re ot Co ges leffish finder and other
March 5, 12, 2009 EXHIBIT A 1-877-FTC-HELP Services at (850) 229-2706 accessories, 2006 Yahama
RE-NOTICE OF SALE 1326S for more information and a In a b eah access (OImmunity with pools, playgrounds, Club 4 stroke 115 hp, 2007
Notice is hereby gen pu- PSRA BOARD OF D ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND A public service tour of this great house nh i ho tu ', and i Alum. trailer, $19,500, Call
Notice is hereby given pur- C O AERDINOFD SITUATE IN GULF 3180 message from the FTC rental. house, 0ndhottubs. Prite includes WOter, sewer d garbage. 850-229-1542 or 832-2040
suant to a Final Judgment RECTORS MEETING COUNTY, STATE OF and The News Herald
of Foreclosure dated Janu- O RAClassified Advertising fi
r 26, 2009, and entered The Port St Joe Redeve FLORIDA Name Brand Laptops, Ab- ass vertisg 3 ...............................................,050
i C a nt af o e g ENN AT Laptop You Deserve. New Available Dec. 1st 2hr/2,ba .............................. ....................0OMPLeTe PAC ES
08-376-CA of the C will be held on Thursdatn SW CORNER OF SEC- Super Thin Super Fast. 1000 sq.ft-.-1FROM$4,995
Court of the Fourteenth Ju- wYTION 11, T7S, RIOW, Includes Free Shippingl Consisting ofAWeldedAI)AluminuBats
Gulf County, Florida pm at 150 Captain FEET IN A NORTHEAST- L 3-Offices SmokerBB, Fryers
reinBYSIDE Place. All persons, a re in- ETIN A NRTHEAST- nterestFinncing -A room Sou mnt 850 229 1350 oo .
wherein BAYSIDE SAV-ifted to attend and p artici- ERLY DIRECTION, m Low Interest Financing 1-ADA Bathroom Sohni Coasal M aragem: 0 .&wwwxtremeidustresco
INGS BANK is the Plaintiff voted to attend and artici THENCE RUNNING 454 500 sq.ft. Warehouse LONG TERM RENTALS wSo temCia -al :..
and BRUCE B. DENHARTpate. Anyone wanting to FEET IN A NORTHWEST- Borrow up to $35K Pay
and TAMMY E. DENHART, appeal an official decision ERLY' DIRECTION, - $420 per month, 8%y $850.00/mo Gross ,
are the Defendants, I will made on any subject at THENCE RUN OR CON- t* fixed interest personal o .
sell to the highest and best the. meeting must have a TINUE IN THE SAM business & debt consol- tmerica's Port Joe
bidder for cash at the verbatim record of the NORTHWESTERLY D- action. Bad credit ok. Mini-Storae and o C om m ercial
FRONT LOBBY OF meeting that includes the NORTHWETERL DInves30d t with 6% redturr. Mini- So ag ai 6%
COURTHOUSEatheGuf.meetimong thatnudeneon RECTION FOR 150 FEET, Port St Joe, 118 Barbara Metlife Financial Corp. Office Complex
County Courthouse in'Port which the appeal is based. WESTERLY FOR 175 FEET Dr., Sat 8am-lpm, will 18210 Crane Nest Dr. 850-229-8014
St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 March 5, 2009 TO THE POB, THENCE cancel if it rains; Tampa, FL 33647 Call Prime Retail Space
a.m., EST on the 11th day 1334S RUN NORTHWESTERLY Yard'Sale Today, 1-888-777-9584 478-451-7761 317 Williams Avenue
of March, 2009, the follow- IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOR 200 FEET, THENCE Books, clothes, toys, and 1800sf tenant Imrovements neotiable; $1800/mo ross
ing described property as IN AND FOR GULF RUN SOUTHWESTERLY much morel i B -
set forth in said Final Judg- COUNTY, FLORIDA ALONG NEW COUNTY J 325 Reid Avenue
ment,to-wit: ROAD .FOR 75 FEET, 4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
IN RE: The estate of THENCE RUN SOUTH- go
Lot 9, Block 7, Ward Ridge SAMUEL FREDRICK PE- EASTERLY'FOR 200 FEET -S 309 Reitd Avenue
Unit 2, according to the TERSON, TO A LOT. OF LAND OR 6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod'-
plat thereof, recorded in deceased. THE HOME LOT OF EH. Port St Joe: 367 Planta- ross
Plat Book 2, Page 4, of.the CAUSEY, THENCE RUN tion Drive. Near airport Sat
Public Records of Gulf CASE NO.: 09-10 PR NORTHEASTERLY FOR 75 8am-? Household items, 310 Reid Avenue
County, Florida. IN PROBATE FEET TO THE FOB, SAME some clothing, lots of 5750sf Suite B; pelecf i 5 retailer;$3000/mo
SURPLUS FROM THE ING CLAIMS OR DE- CITY, FLORIDA, SAME BE- In Opening availableimmedi- Psychic Readings 452Fourth Street '
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER MANDS AGAINST THE ING IN SEC. 11, T7S, W tely r your 1 vlto year Bsychic Reans 452 Fourth Streetf
THAN THE PROPERTY ABOVE ESTATE: R10W, GULF COUNTY, 3240 old child. Registered Fam- By Christine Office space-576+/-sf, $800.00 per month (include utilities)
OWNER AS OF THE DDnATE FLORIDA. il Childcare Home. Excel- l the pst, present 310 eidAvenue
OF THE LIS PENDENS The administration of the t lent program with experi- and future. \Palm and 310 Reid Avenue
MUST FILE A CLAIM estate of Samuel Fredrick ALSO: COMMENCING AT enced teacher. References tarrot card readings also 1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER Peterson, deceased, File THE SW CORNER OF available Call Ms. Debbie available. Located @ office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
THE SALE Number 09-10 PR, is SEC. 11,T7S, R10W, AND W At Croft Family Childcae 9801 Front Beach Rd.
accordancepending in the Circuit RUN 2523 FEET IN A n at 229-7708. Please leave PCB across from Dirty 322 Long Avenue
In accordance with the Court for Gulf County, NORTHEASTERLY DIREC- Ft Walton Beach message if no answer. Dicks Crab House. 1000sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross
Americans with Disabilities Florida, Probate. Division, TION; THENCE RUNNING FAIR GROUNDS 249-9103 Grand Open-
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- the address Of which is 454 FEET IN A NORTH- March 7-8th Excellent ing Special $20 Palm Warehouse / Flex Space
bled persons who, be- 1000 Cecil G Costih Sr WESTERLY'DIRECTION; SAT. 9-5 & SUN. 10-4 Child ar Readings. 110 Trade Circle West
gause of their disabilities Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida THENCE RUN IN THE FREE PARKING C 2500sf-12500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf/
need. special accommo- 32456. The name and ad- SAME NORTHWESTERLY Info. (407) 275-7233 Four child care slots open.__________ NNN (inc water/sewer
nations to participate in dress of the personal rep- DIRECTION FOR 150 floridaounshowsacom Ages birth to five, Two NNN (inc. water/sewer)
this proceeding should resentative and the per- FEET; THENCE RUN adults on premises, both 160 Cessna Drive
contact the ADA Cdordina- sonal representative's at- SOUTHWESTERLY FOR B registered child care pro- SELL ALL YOUR +/- 5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costin Airport; $7 per sf
tor at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, torney are set forth below. 175 FEET TON FO.Vider. Very reliable. ITEMS plus utilities and applicable sales tax; Inquire for possible incen-
ida 32456 or Telephone ALL INTERESTED PER- WESTERLY FOR 190 quickly.For more info. through classified. ve/oness /, -

(850) 229-6113 prior to SONS ARE NOTIFIED FEET, MORE OR LESS, lease cll 2273831 10- 20 Marketed Exclusively by:
such proceedings. THAT: TO COUNTY ROAD, coated in Port St. Joe CALL 747-5020
THENCE RUN NORTH-W (or call to come by to 850-229-6373
Witness my hand and the All creditors of the dece- ERLY ALONG THE RIGHT pickup info. packet)
official seal df this Honora- dent and other persons OF WAY OF SAID ....... ....


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Gulf County EDC

relocates, unveils new logo

The Gulf County Eco-
nomic, Development
Council has relocated to
the Local Color Discov-
ery Center building at
406 Marina Drive in Port
St. Joe. The new loca-
tion, adjacent to the Port
St. Joe Marina, provides
the EDC with additional
office space, a private
conference room and a
stronger visible presence
in Gulf County.
Also in an effort to in-
crease its.visibility in the
region, the EDC updated
its logo to reflect three of
the main assets that at-
tract people and business-
es to Gulf County: land,
sun and sea. The EDC be-
lieves its new image will
appeal to a broader audi-
ence and better represent
the area it serves. ,
Led by Executive Di-
rector Edward A. Nelson
Jr. since November-2008,
the EDC focuses on plan-
ning, fostering, encourag-
ing, supporting and pro-
moting economic devel-
opment in Gulf County.
"Our goal is to cultivate
and expand relationships

with local businesses and
assist them in growing
their companies while de-
veloping programs to re-
tain, improve and expand
the existing business
base," Nelson said.
An important focus of
the organization is to ad-
minister the enterprise
zone incentive program
for Gulf County business-
es located in enterprise
zones. Enterprise zones
encourage economic
growth and investment
in distressed areas by of-
fering tax advantages and
incentives to businesses
locating within the zone
boundaries, as well as
businesses already lo-
cated in those areas. In-
centives include job tax
credits on sales tax and
corporate income tax,.
business equipment sales
tax refunds, business ma-
terials sales tax refunds
and property tax credits
on corporate income tax.
For more informa-
tion, please call the Gulf
County Economic Devel-
opment Council at 850-

Hotel wins Gold Hospitality Award

The MainStay .
Suites hotel of .
Port St. Joe was a
announced as a re-
cipient of a presti-
gious 2008-09 Gold
Hospitality Award
from world lodging
leader Choice Ho-
tels International
Inc., franchisor of the MainStay Suites brand.
As one of the top high-performing properties within
the more-than-5,800-strong Choice Hotels system, the
MainStay Suites in Port St. Joe is among the top 10 per-
cent of properties within the MainStay Suites brand to re-
ceive "Gold Award" status. The MainStay Suites in Port
St. Joe has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest
satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service.
Additional award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels
through an official annual ranking report.

Jones elected to Florida CPA board

Keith L. Jones, *--
CPA, of Port St. Joe, .
was re-elected re-
gion I representa-
tive and reappointed
to the Florida Insti-
tute of CPA's Board.'
of Governors for
the year from July KEITH
1, 2009, through
June 30, 2010. His
colleagues in the Emerald
Coast, Tallahassee, West
Florida and 'Miracle Strip

chapters of the FIC-
PA elected him. He
has been re-elected
twice and has held
the office since July,
'1, 2007.
As regional rep-
resentative, he is
responsible for co-
JONES ordination of the re-
gion's affairs, assist-
ing in attaining their goals
and encouraging members
to become more active.

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Join Us for Your Annual Meeting

The entire credit union benefits %when members participate. That's why %\e
invite every member to attend our your annual meeting. All members are
equal owners of the credit union.

Our annual meeting is an occasion for management and elected officials to
report to you, the owners. And, it's an opportunity for you to learn about the

credit union's financial position, products and services. current business issues, and goals. You'll meet face-
to-face \\ith the people who run your credit union. Without your input, leaders can only guess what you and
other owners want from your credit union.

All members attending will receive a gift at the door. Once the business meeting is concluded, we will have
drawings for several gift items donated bN the credit union. We hope to see you there!


Credit Union Annual Meeting
Monday March 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm. EST

Where: Marion Craig Coliseum. Port St. Joe High School

Emerald dCoast

SFederal Credit Union

502 Woodward Avenue, Port Saint Joe. Florida 32456
101 East River Road, We ahitchka, Florida 32465

Ph: (850) 227-1156

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