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Kids Win
with a rod
and a reel
and any old
Page BI

Thursday, MAY 21, 2009

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Clifford Sims died saving
comrades from explosive device

By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter
With a single, selfless act, Clifford Chester
- Sims departed this life.
Most in Port St. Joe can recount Sims' heroic
self-sacrifice his leap atop an explosive device
that spared his comrades' lives and earned him a
posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. -
This Memorial Day, as we celebrate those.who
died in service to our country, let us remember
the man from Port St. Joe whose brief life held
such promise.
One who despite his circumstances, always
strived to make his own way in life; a street smart
kid who earned the military's highest honor.
This May 25, let us do what our nation
demands: Remember Clifford Sims.

Baby Moses
Born Clifford Pittman, Sims was orphaned as a
young boy and spent his childhood in Port St. Joe.
"He was like the baby Moses. Nobody knew
where he came from," Sims' high school friend,
Larry (L.C.) Morning, said. /
Sims never spoke of his father. His mother
died when the gasoline tanker truck that,
she had hitched a ride in collided with another
Sims, then a small child, learned the details
from a family friend

TOP: For sacrificing his life to save his fellow
soldiers in Vietnam, Clifford Chester Sims
earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.
BELOW: Sims' widow, Mary Sims Parker,
addresses the crowd at the dedication of the
Clifford G. Sims Parkway in Port St. Joe.

Gulf County will host several
Memorial Day activities over the
three-day weekend.
*The John C. Gainous VFW
Post 10069 of Highland View
will be selling Buddy Poppies at
various businesses in Port St. Joe
and Mexico Beach on Saturday
morning, May 23.
The Buddy Poppy program has
raised millions of dollars in support
of veterans' welfare and the welfare
of their dependents for more than
75 years.
The post will host a Memorial
Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. ET at
Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon
Hill on Monday, May 25.
Members of the VFW and Ladies
Auxiliary will place American flags
on all veterans' gravesites prior to
the ceremony.
OA special Memorial Day
Commemoration will be held on
Monday, May 25, at the White City
Park from 1 2-3 CT to honor those
who gave their lives in service to our
country and those who are serving
or have served in the military. There
will be lots of music, a water slide
and a free fish fry.
*Wewahitchka VFW Post
8285, located behind the Senior
Citizens Center, will host a veterans
breakfast and memorial service on
Saturday, May 23 at 7 a.m. CT. All
veterans are invited to attend.
Following the ceremony, members
of the post will place flags on the
208 graves of veterans in the north
end of the county. a

St. Joseph Peninsula restoration earns national recognition

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The beaches of St. Joseph
Peninsula are clearly still on the
national radar. .
The American Shore and
Beach Preservation Association
(ASBPA) named St. Joseph Pen-
insula as winner of the organi-
zation's "Best Restored Beach"
award, it was announced on
The seven beaches to make
the list this year are not ranked
in any particular order, but the
award signifies that the beach
proclaimed No. 1 in the country
seven years ago by Dr. Stephen


Leatherman, self-proclaimed
/Dr. Beach, is back in the spot-
light after a rough few years with
Mother Nature.
"We are just so darn proud
of what we have done," said
Paula Pickett in explaining the
rationale for putting the restora-
tion of St. Joseph Peninsula in
the mix for the "Best Restored
Beach" award.
The award is based on three
primary criteria:
'* Storm 'protection and
Habitat restoration;
Recreational enhance-
The beach restoration project

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began after a series of winter
and summer storms pushed the
ocean ever-closer, if not on top of,
property up and down the penin-
sula. Homeowners paid for new
armoring systems, additional
sand, but the waves kept creep-
ing ever closer.
Dozens of homes were'con-
demned as unlivable, property
was lost.
According to project engi-
neer Michael Dombrowski of
MRD Associates, just a year
ago a 20-year storm event would
have resulted in the loss of 50 to
100 structures.

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Port St. Joe

teen dies in

Sunday fire

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Tuesday morning, the hallways of Port St. Joe
High School were dotted with signs that said "We
Love You Nick" and "Rest in Peace, Nick."
There were other signs urging students, who
pretty uniformly complied, to wear green, the fa-
vorite color of Nick Leist.
An early morning fire on Sunday claimed the
life of the Port St. Joe High'School student.
Frank Nicholas Leist, 17, known as "Nick"
around school, died in the fire at 621 Maddox
Street in Oak Grove.
Leist's parents were able to escape the blaze,
but repeated attempts by the parents and neigh-
bors, who broke out a number of windows in the
back'of the house as they tried to alert Nick,
were unsuccessful in rousing the teen, believed
to have succumbed to smoke inhalation.
The fire began about 3 a.m. Sunday, and fire
crews and emergency personnel from the fire
departments in St. Joe Beach, Highland View
and Port St. Joe responded.
The front,of the house was fully consumed
upon the arrival of fire personnel, who had the
fire under control in about 30 minutes, Gulf
County Sheriff Joe Nugent said.
Nugent said the likely cause of the fire was
a faulty hot water heater, which a neighbor said
the family had been having trouble with for sev-
eral days.
The fire started in the kitchen area at the
front of the house, and a spokesman with the
state Fire Marshal's office, indicated an appli-
ance of some kinds was the likely culprit.
The state Fire Marshall's office continues to
investigate the blaze, though foul play has been
ruled out, with a spokesman saying the fire was
considered accidental.
Materials have been sent and were being an-
alyzed in Tallahassee early in the week.
The home was a total loss. The family also
had no insurance and no life insurance on Nick
to cover burial costs.
Leist, a freshman, moved here just over three
years ago from Georgia. He was a reserved stu-
dent and active in church, friends, some still
teary, said.
Grief counselors were at the high school on
Monday to assist any students, several of whom
took advantage of the opportunity to share their
Messages bf condolences were also left by
students on Leist's school locker and signs ap-
peared honoring a fallen classmate.
An account has been established to aid the
family of Nicholas Leist. The family has no in-
surance and has lost everything. Any donations
would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be
made at any Bayside Savings Bank location to
the Nicholas Leist Benefit account.
Oak Grove Assembly Church of God, where
Leist was a member, intends to build his parents
a new" house. Anyone wishing to donate time,
materials or money to the effort is asked please
call the church at 227-1837.

A2 I The Star

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Bill Gandy sat in the
bleachers of Gulf World's
Dolphin Stadium, smiling as
his wife, Pallas, descended
Sthe stairs into the dolphin
Pallas had been asked to
attend Friday's visit to the
Panama City Beach amuse-
ment park by her former
caretakers at The Bridge at
Bay St. Joe.
Two joined her in the 15-
foot deep pool facility ad-
ministrator Ron Reid and
rehabilitation services man-
ager Emily Gortemoller.
Pallas had looked forward
to the trip for weeks, and so
had Bill, knowing the joy it
would bring his wife of 39
"This is right in her
world," said Bill, camera at
ready. "I think it's wonderful
they gave her the opportu-
nity to do this."
A wet suit clad trainer
motioned Pallas forward for
some face time with a friend-
ly dolphin.
Pallas rubbed the dol-
phin's belly and held on
tightly to its dorsal fin as it
carried her in a circular lap
around the pool.
Any hesitation Reid and
Gortemoller once had fell
away as Pallas rejoined her
pool mates with a smooth
"She's never had any
fear," Bill said admiringly.
To see Pallas in her ele-
ment, splashing in the pool
with a friendly dolphin,
buoyed Bill's spirits.

Just two months ago, he'd
witnessed his wife undergo a
startling transformation.
Beginning March 11, Pal-
las began acting strangely.
She told Bill she could not
make good decisions, and
worried that something was
happening to her.
She could no longer watch
television. The sights and
sounds overwhelmed her.
leaving her anxious and con-
She lost her speech and
mobility and underwent eight


days of tests at Bay Medical
Center in Panama City.:
Doctors suggested sever-
al possibilities Parkinson's
disease, Aizheimner's, demen-
tia, Multiple Sclerosis.
Pallas' future seemed to
narrow with each diagnosis.
The Miami native had
lived an active, outdoorsy ex-
istence since childhood.
She snared nuisance
alligators as an auxiliary
wildlife officer, founded Gulf


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Research Reserve for two decades.
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With great reluctance, Bill admitted
Pallas in Bay St. Joe's therapy depart-
"When we put Pallas in there, I hound-
ed them. because I've heard so many
Nightmare stories about nursing homes,"
said Bill, who was pleasantly surprised by
the staff's professionalism and regard for
their patients.
Therapists worked with Pallas to re-
store her speech and mobility,, and she
slowly began to come back.
Bay. St. Joe's staff made arrangements
for Pallas and resident Bobbie Cox, 69, to
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When Pallas checked out of the facility,
the offer still stood.
"She looked so forward to it. I
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her," said activities director Nancy
After undergoing a battery of new tests
at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Pallas is
closer to a diagnosis.
Bill expects to receive a plan for his
wife's treatment during their May ?0 visit
to Gainesville.
Whatever her future holds, Pallas can
expect a call from her former activities
director. '
"You think you can get her to jump out
of an airplane?" Dimitrijevich asked Bill
last Friday.
"Probably," he replied.
With a knowing nod, Dimitrijevich be-
gan hatching a plan.
"We'll work on that next."

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for making the effort to vote and for your vote
of confidence. To my family and friends I offer
thanks and appreciation for your support during the
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There are few
interviews that surprise
me anymore.
I have been doing this
job for a long time and I
have seen my share of
stories that will remain
branded in my brain for
the rest of my days.
But last week's
interview with
Capt. Greg Cole
would be. one of
the most jaw-
dropping I have
had over the years.
Volunteering to
go over to Iraq to
bring lost soldiers TIM
home was a noble Star ne
cause no question,
an amazing
sacrifice of family time
and home time that is for
many of us startling.
More amazing, though,
was the willingness,
the desire to serve. Our '
country, that flag, that
anthem sung before ball
games, the liberty and
freedom to express our
opinions pretty much as
we please.
Maybe amazing isn't
the word, better to use
Because it is the
Greg Coles, the Robert
Ramseys, the Buck
Watfords coaching
baseball just weeks
.removed from his third
tour of Iraq, and their
brethren who did not
come back or were never
the same, those are the ,
folks who deserve some
thoughtful reflection this
This will be the
official start of summer
season, a newly-restored
beach beckoning on the
peninsula, the waters of the
bay rustling a siren's call.
This is a time of .
barbecues and baseball,
of three-day weekends
for those so fortunate,
for three days of hectic
activity for others.
This will be a weekend
of motoring, of biking,
of walking, of enjoying
Mother Nature in what is
surely her most glorious.
But save some time
for those who have
provided their very lives,
their blood, time with
their family and those
barbecues and walks on
the beach, so that the
many may enjoy.
Often out of my mouth
is that any politician is
worthy of respect simply
for putting his name on
the ballot, hoping on the
flip side that more would
exercise the fundamental
freedom we all enjoy the
right to vote and make it
That respect, though,

pales next to that for those
who have donned uniform
and made the ultimate
sacrifice so that those
politicians can put their
names on a ballot; that we
can, if we so wish because
the state has made it
abundantly easy, cast a
vote on that ballot.
We have made
7. a cliche about
somebody who
we would want
in a foxhole with
us, rendering
the life and
CROFT death line that is
ws editor underlined in such
a statement.
We talk about
throwing verbal grenades,
about putting somebody in
the firing line, about flying
under the radar and we
forget the underlying life-
altering actions that are at
root in such everyday life
Hundreds of
motorcyclists escorted a
wall recently because of
what it symbolizes, the
sacrifices made by those
who answered a call.
Hundreds lined their route
to join in that communion.
A sea of red, white and
blue, of young children
just wanting to touch, to
see, was at one with the
message these Patriot
Riders were sending, "We
have not forgotten nor
should you."
Put unfortunately, too
often we have forgotten.
Economic times seem to
have erased from many
short-term memories the
reality that war continues,
in far-off lands.
Soldiers still die and
mothers and fathers
still send their sons and
daughters off and never
see them again save a
flag-shrouded box.
Men and women
remain lost thousands
of miles away, requiring
cadaver dogs to bring
closure to their families.
The reality is painful to
think about, but think about
we must for it is what made
this country, this city, this
community, this county,
what it is and can be..
For if we think about
the sacrifices, think about
the stories such as that
on the front page about
Clifford Sims, who made
a stunning decision
unfathomable to most
of us who never had the
privilege to serve, we gain
We can glean a piece of
what some of these men
and women aspired to
and never achieved, what



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The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is
thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word
thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains.

Let's call the last two weeks in the
life of local government for what it is:
the chickens coming home to roost.
From the machinations to oust
Port St. Joe city manager Charlie
Weston to the alpha male struggle
at a county commission meeting -
again last week,'what taxpayers
are seeing is their government in
The inability to come to grips
with difficult numbers, numbers
at the bottom line that have been
most unpleasant for too many in
the private sector for too long,
demonstrates that the rudder is off
the boat and leadership has been
vacuumed out.
Without getting into specifics
of the charges lodged against
Mr. Weston, those charges, with
one notable exception, center on
what could best be described as a
personality conflict.
At least Commissioner John
Reeves has gone to the trouble of
enumerating his charges on paper,
outside of that we have vague
comments about loss of confidence
without a willingness to be specific.
But what it seems to boil down
to, as evidenced in a recent budget
workshop and the tenor of last
week's special meeting concerning
the dismissal of Mr. Weston, is an
inability to attempt to grasp the
issues on the table.
Any citizen who bothered to
attend a similar financial workshop
in January would attest that the
numbers in front of commissioners,
bleak as they seem to be, are the
same today as they were four
months ago.
Citizens can also attest as
to pledges about the various
infrastructure issues the city has
The city water plant was pledged
to be paid for by tap fees paid in
' advance by The St. Joe Company.
There would be no increase in water
and sewer rates, another pledge.
The Devil's deal the city made
with the county commission to run

water and sewer throughout the
county would not cost taxpayers a
dime, bond and appropriation money
paying for the whole shebang.
With visions of tax dollars dancing
in the heads of commissioners at
the time, the bity annexed land and
pledged infrastructure whose need
could be seriously questioned.
As the. delinquent tax rolls printed
in the paper or any drive along U.S.
98 west of town indicates, those
sugar plums of WindMark Beach,
Viento Beach and Barefoot Cottages,
as the major examples, are hardly
dancing, just like the rest of the real
estate market.
But current commissioners now
chose to expend valuable time trying
to rid themselves of a city manager
they handed a two-year contract
with a bump in salary to just a few
months ago instead of tackling the
numbers in front of them.
Commissioner Rex Buzzett
seems the lone voice of reason on
the board as he, rightly, cautions for
everyone to step back, take a breath
and move forward to the betterment
of the city.
Three of his peers should wonder
whether what they are doing is for
the betterment of the city.
The root of this issue, in truth,
predates this board and rewinds
several years back to the initial
debate over whether the city needed
a city manager or not.
Some commissioners have from
the outset struggled with the notion
of ceding more power, more sway
over day-to-day operations and
ability to dictate actions in any way,
to any individual.
Commissioners have choices to
make on two fronts..
They must decide whether they
want a city manager and if so, let
him do his job. Set policy, establish a
course and expect it to be followed,'
but without the over-the-shoulder
eyeballs. Mr. Weston, as well as
many taxpayers, is likely still waiting
to understand that path, what

Secondly, as Ralph Roberson
noted during last week's meeting,
commissioners might be having
trouble not grasping numbers not
because of anything Mr. Weston has
done but because nobody is quite
sure, for myriad reasons, what the
numbers are.
Let the auditors finish their work,
report in a public meeting to the
commission and take it from there.
The issue for county
commissioners is similar while being
simpler to understand.
Commissioner Bill Williams, who
individually and as a business entity
is all over the delinquent tax rolls for
a second straight season, can tell his
fellow commissioners about what
county tax and spending levels of the
last decade have wrought.
While his argument will find less
purchase with, say, a commissioner
who pays not a dime in property tax,
it will find plenty of foundation in the
private sector.
What commissioners have
resorted to, as last week's meeting
and a confrontation between Mr.
Williams and commission chair
Nathan Peters, Jr., evidences,
however, is a kind of circling the
bowl that is the county's financial
Some of those pledges about no
layoffs and no raise in the millage
rate now seem laughable if they
weren't so painful to taxpayers and
the workforce bloated over the years.
And commissioners seem
determined to look in any corner in
order to sustain the lifestyle to which
they have grown accustomed.
Commissioners are not so much
battling with their staff as they
seem to be ignoring them about the
bigger questions. Addressing the
hard issues for commissioners? Not
when vague talk and little action will
suffice. i
As budget season arrives, what is
clearly needed is cool heads because
right now some commissioners
seem to be losing theirs rather than
make difficult, painful decisions.

She was real fine, my 409

I think I know what
the problem is with the
automobile industry. They
are all making the same
car! A Buick Lucerne
pulled in front of-me at the
four way stop at Stonewall
and Magnolia and it looked
just like a Toyota Avalon or
a Chevy Monte Carlo or a
Kia Amanti.... These days
you can't tell who is driving
what! It reminds me of an
old.Pete Seeg&r song, "and
their all made out
of ticky tacky and
they all come out
the same".
Trucks are
even worse. The
ex football player .
comes on t.v.
bragging about
Chevrolet's gas HUNKE
mileage and pay Kesy
load. The "almost
a country singer"
tells us how tough Ford's
trucks are built. Toyota,
or maybe it is Nissan,
espouses the virtues of
the new way of looking at
trucks. Are they kidding
me? They all could
have come off the same
assembly line. There are
only three kinds of pick-
ups being built today; big
ones, mid-size ones and
little ones.
I just bought a brand
new van. Well, actually
Cathy bought it. I'm
just helping pay for it. It
replaced a Dodge Caravan
we had purchased in
1998. It was eleven years
newer. I couldn't tell them
apart. And-this new one
is a Toyota! In retrospect
we should have changed
I wasn't keen on buying
a Toyota and it certainly
didn't help when we
perused the used car lot. I
couldn't tell the 2005 "old"
model from.the 20091 I was

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buying! It didn't make
sense to me. I asked, the
salesman why anyone in
his right mind would buy a
new model that looked four
years old before he could
get it off the lot. He quickly
raced down to that part
about side air bags, back-
up cameras and full train
He also said that 74
percent of this Toyota was
built in America. Now,
that will make you
scratch your head
I don't care who
you are! I checked
the inside door
panel on a Ford
I was looking at
and the parts were
from Mexico and it
was assembled in
RDOWN Canada. No wonder
Cl1bert the industry is in
a mess.
I have been big on
"American" cars all of
my life. We grew up with
General Motors. My
Dad bought Chevrolets
because he couldn't afford
Buicks. I still remember
the afternoon he drove
up in our brand new 1960
Impala. It didn't look like
a Ford Galaxie or a Nash
Rambler or an Oldsmobile
Cutlass Supreme. It didn't
look exactly like the 1959
Chevrolet and it certainly
looked nothing like the
big change they made in
1961. The 1960 Chevrolet
was a one of a kind animal.
Unique. Individual.
Exclusive. Matchless.
Distinctive. I don't think
those definitions are used
much in the auto industry
You wheeled into the
front yard with a brand
spanking new car in 1960
and I'm telling you, people
came out of their houses
to take a look. Farmers

on the way to the market
in Greenfield stopped to
walk around it. Everyone
wanted to get behind that
big steering wheel. I was
so proud...and I was three
years away from being old
enough to drive.
I can still remember
the anticipation and
excitement as we tuned in
to the Dinah Shore Show
on NBC each fall to see
what the new Chevys were
going to look like. And you
ought to have heard her
belting out "See the USA
in your Chevrolet". It beat
the heck out of ex-football
players and quasi country
singers mumbling about
gas mileage and rear end
When was the last
time you tingled over
the prospects of the new
models being unveiled?
It made no difference if
you could afford one or
not. Or even if you were
old enough to drive..the
point is the industry had
a product people wanted
to see! And dreamed of
owning one day!
Cars had such great
names when I finally got
my drivers license. If you
had the cash, you could
cruise by the Dairy Bar in
a Firebird, Thunderbird,
Eldorado, Crown Victoria,
Apache, Grand Prix,
Lesabre, Bonneville,
Continental Mark V
Limited... Today, you have
to buy an LS 580, EMX 50,
Q 45, ES 300, LXM 250...
We didn't know what
Impala meant in 1960 but it
was better than a number!
We thought the Ford
Falcon was over named.
And there was a time I
would have given anything
to have owned a 1956 Bel
Air hardtop. The gas cap
was located underneath

the left tail light. One turn
to the right on the chrome
bar directly above the light
dropped the fixture down
to reveal the cap. How
innovative is that! The '58
Chevy had the gas cap
"hidden" on the middle
left side right above the
back bumper. In '59 and '60
Chevrolet placed it behind
the license plate. Today
gas caps are all boringly
placed on the back side
panel. I believe it has
something to do with air
bags, back up cameras and
full train warranties.
We didn't even think
about gas mileage in the
early '60s. You could put
"two dollars worth" in and
drive all day. Our minds
weren't cluttered with
thoughts of fold down
seats, automatic head
lights, auxiliary plug-
ins, cup holders or DVD
players. We were more
interested in where we
were going and who was
going with us.
The modern car
industry needs to focus
a little less on being like
everyone else and a little
more on chrome and duel
exhaust and moon hub
When Cathy wheeled
our brand spanking new
vehicle up into the yard
last month no one came
out to take a look. No
farmers stopped on the
way to the market. No one
hopped behind the wheel
and took a pretend drive.
My neighbor did see me
out in the yard a couple
of days later and
commented, "Hey, Coach,
I see you finally washed
your van."
I rest my case.



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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Boyd offers a promise to our veterans

By Congressman Allen Boyd in North Florida who are
'eligible for VA Medical care.
Every year, on the last We also have a new
Monday in May, our country generation of service
comes together to reflect on members returning from
the millions of brave men and duty in the ongoing wars in
women who have made the Iraq and Afghanistan. To
ultimate sacrifice in defense ensure these new veterans
of our great nation. We also have access to higher
celebrate our armed services education opportunities
- the greatest in the world after returning from duty,
- and the moral imperative Congress last year completed
of our country to uphold the the largest expansion of
promises we have made to the G.I. Bill since it was
ourveterans. As first introduced
Americans, we must in 1944. This new
honor our soldiers, G.I. Bill restores'
and in Congress, the assurance of a
we have to go even four year college
furtherand fulfill 'education for our
our moral obligation returning heroes,
with actions, not just and at the start of
words. ALLEN BOYD this month, veterans
In Washington this were able to begin
year, Congress has shown its applying for this scholarship,
commitment to our veterans which will help pay for
by making a number of tuition, books, and room
critical investments in and board. Many put their
veterans'healthcare and careers and education on
benefits. Most recently, hold to serve their country,
Congress passed a budget and these education benefits
resolution that increases will ensure that our veterans
funding for the Department have full access to the
of Veterans Affairs (VA) by knowledge needed to pursue
$5.6 billion over 2009 levels, the career of their choice.
Additionally, the American At home, I am also
Recovery and Reinvestment 'working to ensure our,
Act, which was signed into veterans have accessible,
law with my support, includes quality healthcare. Last
a $1.4 billion increase June, we officially opened
in veterans' funding for the new Marianna VA Clinic
maintenance at VA medical in Jackson County, and I
facilities and construction of am proud'of the quality of
extended care facilities for service that this clinic is
our veterans. These funding offering to our communities.
increases are great news Over the past year, this
for the over 75,000 veterans clinic has provided primary

and general care to area
veterans, as well as a range
of specialized services,
including mental health
screenings, wellness
screenings, and wound
care. The opening of this
new clinic has been an
exciting development for our
community and has greatly
increased the availability
of quality VA medical care
in Jackson County and
surrounding counties.
Providing quality and
accessible healthcare and
benefits for our veterans is
a cost of war and a duty of
our communities and our
nation. As one of a handful
of members of Congress,
who have served in the
military, I believe that the
best way to memorialize this
country's fallen heroes is to
make good on the promises
that we have made to our
veterans. It is our moral duty
to give our troops the tools
they need to be successful
on the battlefield, and it is
just as important to ensure
our veterans have access to.
proper benefits once they've
returned home.
We have made a lot of
progress for our veterans in
recent years., but our work
isn't over. On this Memorial
Day, I would like to sincerely
thank our veterans and
their families for their
service to our country, and
I am eager to continue to
work in Washington and in
North Florida to honor their

Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida) voted today in
support of the 2009 Supplemental
Appropriations Act (H.R. 2346),
which would fully fund military
operations in Iraq, while making
a strategic investment in the -
ongoing fight against terrorism
in Afghanistan. Specifically, the
supplemental bill provides $47.7
billion to fund the operations and
maintenance of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, $23 billion to
refurbish or replace equipment
worn out or damaged in combat,
and $3 2 billion for important
military construction projects
"I believe it's our duty to ensure
that our troops on the ground have
the training, tools, and resources
they need to complete their mission
and come home safely," said
Congressman Boyd. "In addition
to Fully funding the needs of our
armed forces, thi? supplemental bill
is consistent with plans to refocus
our efforts on the deteriorating
security situation- in Afghanistan. As
our military strategy in the region
continues to evolve, this legislation
upgrades our force structure,
improves the quality and reliability
of life-saving equipment, and will
support our efforts to stabilize
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan."
Over the past seven years,
Congress has funded many
of our country's anticipated
expenditures through the

supplemental process, which is
typically reserved-for unforeseen
emergencies. Congressman
Boyd'has been outspoken about
the need to end this practice,
and the 2009 Supplemental
Appropriations Act will be the
last time that this Congress will be
required to pay for anticipated
spending obligations through
the supplemental process. This
commitment is further reiterated
in the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
that Congress passed last month,
which includes the full costs of our
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,
putting these costs on the budget
for the first time.
"Congress can't continue to
rely on off-budget supplemental
spending bills to pay for our
spending obligations," added
Congressman Boyd. "I am
pleased that the budget passed by
Congress last month fully funds all
of our national priorities, including
the costs of ongoing missions in
Iraq and Afghanistan and begins
to reverse the reckless fiscal policies
that have led to our current budget
The 2009 Supplemental
Appropriations Act passed in the
House of Representatives with
overwhelming bipartisan support
by a vote of 368-60 The bill will
now be considered by the Senate
with the goal of sending it to the
President's desk before Memorial

Don't skip vacation; just watch the costs

By Jason Alderman
One.of the first things many people trim
from their budget during economic downturns
is vacation. That's unfortunate because
stressful times are when we most need to
recharge our batteries.
Taking on additional debt to finance a
vacation is itself stressful, however.
With summer vacation just around the
corner, here are a few tips for taking a well-
deserved break that won't break the bank-
Staycations. Last summer's astronomical
gas and airfare price hikes popularized
"staycations," where people vacation close
to home and explore their own backyard
- sometimes literally. A few ideas;
If gardening relaxes you, dedicate time to
sprucing up your yard. If you hate it, splurge
on a gardener.
Use money you save by not traveling to
hire a housecleaner after your staycation so
you won't have to think about cleaning. ,
Become a local tourist. Research what
online travel sites and the Chamber of
Commerce recommend for visitor activities.
Many businesses provide local-resident
discounts to encourage return visits.
For a minor splurge, visit a local resort

the fabric of these men and women was and
what they could have provided society, their
families, their home towns.
We will understand both our loss and our
gain through their sacrifice.
And we understand that what passes for
importatice these days is too often as petty as

and take advantage of its amenities. Most offer
off-days where rates are lower.
Enjoy crowd-free shopping and errands
while everyone else is at work.
Uncover hidden vacation costs. If you do .
travel, make sure to budget beyond normal
airfare, hotel, rental car and meal expenses.
Consider such items as surcharges for extra
or overweight luggage, sales and hotel taxes,
babysitters, tips, taxis, rail and transit passes,
event admission costs and ticket-ordering
charges, new luggage, sporting equipment
rental, and special clothing or accessory
Don't have a vacation budget? Visa
Inc.'s free personal financial management
'site, Practical Money Skills for Life (www.
practicalmoneyskills.cbm/traveD, features a
-summer travel budgeting-center filled with
tools to help you create a vacation budget,
including a web-based calculator that suggests
various travel options and then automatically
tallies the results.
Double-check prices. You can find great
deals on airfares, hotels and rental cars by
comparison shopping online. But beware:
Before clicking "confirm" to finalize your
' purchase, make sure the final price matches
the initial quote. I've seen fares jump $50 or

it comes. What ensnare oir lives are too often
the small things.
Enjoy the barbecues, the beach, the
sunshine and this piece of paradise. Enjoy the
While being mindful of the incredible
sacrifices made to make all the possible.

more in just minutes or had the seat I thought
I was booking suddenly become unavailable.
Try haggling. With so many people
cutting back on travel, many hotels, airlines,
restaurants and other tourist-oriented
businesses are hurting. Don't be afraid
to request incentives like an extra night's
lodging, free parking or shuttle service, meal
vouchers or spa treatment discounts. At worst
they'll just say no or perhaps offer some other
perk. And always ask for member discounts if
you belong to organizations like AAA or AARP
10 or 15 percent here and there can add up.
Be flexible. Unless you're tied to your kids'
.school calendar, try to avoid peak travel times
and routes. Flying mid-week or from more
remote airports can save a bundle. And with
so many flights overbooked, airlines frequently
offer cash rewards or free tickets to those
willing to be bumped to a later flight.
Just make sure you won't lose any deposits
at your destination.
Don't forego vacation -you've earned it. Just
be cautious about how expenses can add up.

Jason Alderman directs Visa's financial
education programs. Sign up for his free
monthly e-Newsletter at www.practicalmo-

Whether graves in Normandy, names on a
wall that travels the country, a generation that
was nearly wiped out by a war between states,
the debt owed is not one seen in numbers on a
ledger, a tax notice or a medical bill.
The debt is not captured by words, but part
of the payment should be remembering.

Letter to


Thanks to voters
Dear Editor:
I want to thank all of
the citizens of the City of
Port St. Joe for allowing
me the opportunity
to serve as your City
Commission for tl}e past
two years. It has been an
honor and privilege, to be
a vocal representative for
I hope I served you well,
and may the opportunity ,
arise again in the near
I want to thank all of
the voters who took the
time to vote, and for those
who helped me with my
I will continue to be
involved with the City's
affairs, in any way that I
can and give my support
to the people of Port St.
If there is anything I
can ever do, to be of help to
the people, please let me
May God bless our
community, and keep it
as the quant, friendly City
that we are best known for.
Best regards,
Arthur "Perky" White
Port St. Joe


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During his nomadic childhood,
Sims lived briefly in an abandoned
Panama City school bus and
depended on the kindness of Port St.
Joe residents.
Often truant from school, Sims
received encouragement from
Edwin Williams, the principal of
Port St. Joe's George Washington
Elementary and High School, an
all-black institution during the
segregation era.
"Williams t9ld him, 'Just come to
school whenever you can, but stay
in school,'" Sims' widow, Mary Sims
Parker, remembered.
Sims' adoption by James
Sims, a paper milLworker, and his"
homemaker wife, Irene, provided
needed stability.,

At work and play
Sims made sure he was never a
burden to his adopted family.
"He always wanted to make his
own way," said Parker. "He didn't
want other people to take care of
Sims earned money performing a
variety of odd jobs. He sold salvaged
car parts to an area garage, worked
for WW Barrier Construction,
pulpwooded and collected scrap
iron, copper and aluminum from the
city dump.
Mostly cast-away equipment from
the St. Joe Paper Company mill, the
metals fetched a modest price from
a travelling merchant who hailed
from the Pensacola area.
Morning joined Sims on his
dump-diving exhibitions, which
occasionally ended with the "
teenagers salvaging scraps of food to
feed their hungry bellies.
When he was not working, Sims
journeyed into the woods with school
friends to snare rabbits, frogs and
snakes for the campfire.
During one excursion, the boys
captured a baby alligator, which they
presented to their science teacher,
Charles Osborne, who did not share
his students' enthusiasm.
A natural athlete, Sims
excelled at football, running andy
Sims and his friends frequently
swam the length of the Intracoastal
canal and ran from downtown
Port St. Joe to the White City
Sims was, Morning said, "one
of the fastest individuals in Gulf

Sims met his future wife, Mary,
when she was a 10th-grader at
Washington High School. Sims was a
year older, but a grade behind.
Like Sims, Parker (then Mary
Underwood), had learned the value
of hard work at an early age.
She lived with her mother, Annie
Underwood Dawson, and was the
oldest of six siblings still residing at
To help support the household,

Parker babysat at Long Avenue
Baptist Church and several homes
around town.
Their work schedules often
prevented Sims and Parker from
meeting face to face, but Sims
remained in constant contact.
"He was a letter writer,"
remembered Parker. "He'd get a
little boy to come to my house and
leave the letter for me, and we'd
pass letters like that."
Though not very religious, Sims, a
Methodist, attended Sunday services
with Mary at Zion Fair Baptist
"We went to church 'because I was
a church-going girl," said Parker,
who convinced Sims of the virtues of
upright women.
Later, while in Vietnam, Sims
would advise his soldiers to quit
going to clubs in search of dates.
"He'd say, 'You find one in the
club, that's where they'll be at.
They've got pretty girls in church,
too,' "recalled Parker.
Sims and Parker attended their
junior and senior proms together.
Parker earned the title of Miss
Washington High and Sims cut loose
on the dance floor.
"He was quite a show off. He
loved to clown," Parker said.

Army life
Though he liked to have.a good
time, Sims had a serious side.,
"He had a lot of common sense,'"
recalled Parker. "He was like any
other guy wild but he had some
common sense because he had to
grow up faster than some kids."
While still in high school, Sims
told Parker he intended to marry
her, a promise he made good on after
joining the Army.
While in basic training at Fort
Jackson, S.C., Sims sent Parker an
engagement ring.
Because Sims was 19 and Parker
was 18, their parents had to give
their consent.
The wedding took place at Zion
Fair on Christmas night 1961. To
save on expenses, the couple shared
costs with their friends, the Fennells.
Parker's mother made her
wedding dress.
After the wedding, Sims and
Parker relocated to Fort Bragg, N.C.
Though Sims' Army wages left much
to be desired, the couple managed to
stay afloat.
Sims spent his earnings wisely.
He purchased name-brand items,
because he thought they would last.
What they had, they took care of.
When they had a little extra left
over after the bills were paid, the
couple splurged on luxuries nail
polish and lipstick for Parker, some
beer to share.
When Morning joined Sims at
Fort Bragg, the buddies split the
cost of Thunderbird wine, which they
mixed with a can of grapefruit juice.
At home on leave from
paratrooper school two years earlier,
Sims had made a lasting impression

on Morning.
One look at his sharp-dressed
friend convinced Morning to
change his plans to attend Florida
A&M University and join the Army
"I looked at those shined boots
and I said, 'Man, I can put college off
until later,' "recalled Morning, who
married Parker's sister, Ruth. ,
The couples lived near each other
in military housing.
On the home front, Parker
kept Sims' uniform starched and
pressed, and Sims shined his shoes
"He was GI no stomach. He
was fit and trim. He believed in
staying that way," recalled Parker.
Sims favored a "professional
look" for his wife, encouraging her
to wear matching jackets and skirts
- a style she maintains to this day.
As he opted for a military career,
Sims expected his wife to find a
respectable job.
"I don't want you working in
nobody's kitchen," he insisted. "You
have to get a career."
Parker joined a fellow officer's
wife in attending beauty school in
Durham, N.C.
During a June 1966 visit to New
Jersey, Sims fell in love with his
sister-in-law's beautiful, 2-year-old
daughter, Gina Renee.
"Why don't-you give us this
baby?" Sims asked his sister-in-law,
who agreed to let him raise her
Parker recalled the deep bond of
love between Sims and his adopted
"He chose her. They fell in love
with each other at first sight. Yofi
couldn't part them," Parker said.
"They were two peas in a pod. She
loved him and he loved her.
"We had lots of plans, but they
didn't work out."

Delta Raiders
In August 1967, Sims was
deployed to Fort Campbell, Ky., to
join the newly formed D Company,
2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st
Airborne Division.
In his memoirs, retired Army
Maj. Cleo Hogan recalled the
formation "from scratch" of
D Company, known by the nickname
"Delta Raiders."
"D Company was just a name
on an organizational chart," wrote
Hogan, who was assigned to lead the
rag-tag group of soldiers.
"The men were airborne
qualified, but that was about all
they had in common to an infantry
company. The men had been
trained as cooks, bakers, military
police, mortar-men, artillery-men,
engineers, etc. There were so many
cooks and bakers that Cpt. Mac
(Charles McMenamy) once joked
that D Company had a better chance
of cooking a division meal than
taking a hill."

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To his wife, Sims
confided his misgivings
about D Company.
"He had a fear that
they didn't know what
they were "doing because
they weren't trained,"
Parker said.
The Delta Raiders
would distinguish
themselves in
battle, succeeding beyond
all expectations.
"They turned out to
be fantastic soldiers, but
they didn't start out that
way," Parker noted. "They
came together because
they had good company

In the weeks leading up
to Sims' deployment
to Vietnam, Sims and
Parker narrowly escaped
. death.
As the couple drove
from Hopkinsville, Ky.,
back to Fort Campbell, a
car entered their lane to
pass another vehicle. Sims
swerved, and no one was
During the "close, close
call," Parker said she saw
her life pass before her
eyes, like a character in a
She regarded the
near-accident as a positive
omen for Sims' future.
She told her husband,
"If you can survive that,
you're a survivor."
Sims did not take
comfort in her words.
His nightmares became
more frequent, and he
warned Parker he might
not make it home.
Years before, he had
been told by a fortune teller
that he would not live past
25. The verdict weighed

The following, written by Richard J. Tallman, is contained within Sims'
Medal of Honor file.

Staff Sergeant Sims was hot a man to act rashly; he made decisions with
the firm belief that he was right, and he made them without counting the
cost to himself. He was intensely loyal to his men, and never put his own
interests above theirs. Just five days before he died he was assigned the
task of securing an LZ during heavy fighting. He assured that his men were
properly positioned and behind suitable cover. And he made certain that the
wounded were expeditiously evacuated. Yet he never considered cover for
himself during a full six hour period during which he was under a harassing
sniper fire, His devotion was to his duty and to his men. And so I believe,
as he never acted otherwise that I vwas aware of, did he consider the safety
of his men on 21 February, fully aware of the.sacrifice he was making, yet
more poignantly concerned for the fate of his men were he to choose any
other course. In simple fact, Staff Sergeant Sims knowingly and willingly laid
down his life so that his comrades might live.

heavily on his mind.
When he departed for
Vietnam on Dec. 13, 1967,
Sims took with him
.photos of his wife and
daughter Gina dressed
in a sailor suit on his
mother's front porch;
Parker looking lovely in a
As he had during their
courtship, Sims wrote
Parker frequent letters. He
told her he was trying hard
to make it back home.
Don't let Gina play in
the street, he implored.
Keep her close.

Final act
Just more than
three months into his
deployment, on Feb. 21,
1968, Sims was called upon
to assist two beleaguered
'platoons located
42 kilometers west of Hue.
The Delta Raiders
were attacking a North

Vietnamese stronghold
consisting of bunkers and
, trenches within a heavily
wooded area.
Hogan, then a first
lieutenant, instructed Sims
and his men to cover him
as he traversed an open
rice paddy.
Beneath an overcast sky.
Sims and his men delivered
a tremendous amount of
fire power, enabling Hogan
and his men to cross over
without injury.
Sims then maneuvered
his entire squad across
the open terrain, and
with heavy fire, relieved
the pressure from the
1st platoon, which was
teetering on annihilation.
In short order, Sims
killed a North Vietnamese
soldier who lunged
forward from a bunker
and maneuvered his men
around a burning hut filled
with ammunition.
The hut exploded,'


Thank You

Citizens and Friends

of Port St Joe


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I am appreciate% e and humbled for the
support and confidence shon by Re-
Electing me for another term as \our Ctn\
Commissioner. I % ill continue to listen
to all \our concerns and make unbiased
decisions based on e'ery. taxpayer's
interest I thank eern one \\ho exercised
their right to %ote. whether it was eaily
voting absentee or at the poll I also thank
elern candidate % ho unselfishl\ took their
time running for office out of concern for
our cit,
Nla\ God continue to bless us and our City
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and shrapnel into the air,
and wounding two.
After ordering two
squad members to
evaluate the wounded
to the medics. Sins
approached an
enemy bunker.
As he moVed
in for a closer b
inspection, he
tripped a weUl-
concealed booby
Shouting. "Get back!
Get back!" to his comrades,
Sims hurled himself on top
of the device, absorbing the
shock of the blast with his
He had not lived past
25, just as the fortune teller

'He was my hero'
Sims' untimely death
dealt Parker a devastating
"He said he didn't think
he'd make it, but I was so
sure in mymind that he
was going to make it," said'
Parker. "You think a person
has gone through so much
that nothing is going to take

them down. That was my
Morning learned of
his friend's death while
in Vietnam, scanning the
obituaries in the Army
Though he had
learned to be tough from his
hard-scrabble life in Port St.
Joe, 'Morning could not deny
the pain in his heart.
"That hurt me so bad. I

seen Clifford C. Sims and I
couldn't function no more,"
he said. "He was my hero."
Parker accepted her
husband's Medal of Honor
during a White House
ceremony led by vice
president Spiro Agnew.
She wore white gloves
and a suit, just like Sims
would've liked.
And she kept Gina close
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At a very sparsely attended county
commission meeting May 12, commis-
sioners unanimously passed an ordinance
making selected county roads legally ac-
cessible to golf carts.
According to the ordinance, golf carts
can be operated on or cross-county roads
that have a posted speed limit of 35 miles
per hour and are not designated as truck
routes. These roads will have signs on
them indicating that the road is a golf cart
But golf carts only can be legally oper-
ated on designated roads between sun-up
and sundown, and cannot be driven by
anyone under the age of 14.
Additionally, according to the ordi-
nance, any golf cart used on the street
must have, at minimum, "efficient brakes,
reliable steering apparatus, safe tires,
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warning devices in both the front and
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for garbage pickup days countywide due
to the county's new garbage contract and
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Commissioners refused to grant the
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county clerk, told the board that the re-,
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Lady Sharks finish second in state

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
SFour years ago anyone
could see they would be
something special.
Last week they demon-
strated they were indeed a
team that would not come
around too often.
The Lady Sharks of Port
St. Joe finished a 27-3 sea-
son last Thursday by com-
ing up just short in the state
Class 2A title game as Mi-
ami Westminster Christian
-yep, another one of those
pesky private schools domi-
nating lower classifications
overcame an early 2-0
deficit to score five runs in
the final two innings for a 5-
2 victory.
For the seven seniors that
dominated the roster, who
went 92-20 over the past four
seasons, it was a celebratory
end to a dream-like season
that brought an end to their
scholastic careers.
"Since they came in
as freshmen, we knew
they'd be a special group,"
Port St. Joe coach Jim
Belin said of his seniors,
.Jo Williams, Kayla Min-
ger, Heather Brinkmeier,
Heather. Strange,: Meredith
Todd, Torie Greer and An-
gela Canington. "But it's a
process. Every year we felt

like we got better. The last
couple of years we felt like
we were getting close.
."This year everything
just came together."
The seven magnificent
seniors represent the Lady
Sharks' starting infield for
most of the season as well
as the starting battery and
A key to this season
was the addition of sev-
eral youngsters who added
complimentary speed and
power to the lineup.
"This year we added a
couple of freshmen like Ka-
tie Lacour, Katie Gardner
and Cassie Tullis and they
really stepped up," Belin
said. "The chemistry, as a
coach you feel whether the
chemistry is right or not,
and you could tell this team
genuinely cared for each
"The chemistry was per-
fecef When somebody was
sick or injured, somebody
else stepped up. Whenever
we needed it, it seemed
that somebody was step-
ping up."
Maybe no. one stepped
up more than Minger, the
Lady Sharks' pitching ace
for four years, a tireless
worked who seemed to set a
quiet graceful example for
her teammates to follow.

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"No matter what was
going on with her, she was
out the fighting," Belin said.
"She never complained. She
never let things bother her.
"She's just a jewel. She
deserves this."
Minger finished her
career with 928 strike-
outs in 592 innings, facing
2,644 batters. More strik-
ing is that Minger was not
a pitcher prone to hurting
herself between the lines,
allowing just 97 walks and
sporting a 1.18 ERA for her
four years.
Belin said the Lady
Sharks performance in the
final against Westminster
was not emblematic of the
season, with three errors
critical to the Lady Warriors
comeback last Thursday.
"Our defense has been
solid all year," Belin said.
"We didn't play our best
game, but- getting there,
in 10 or 20 years from now
those young ladies are go-
ing to realize just how spe-
cial that was, just how spe-
cial this season was."
Westminster 5, Port St.
Joe 2
The Lady Sharks scored
two runs in the third inning,
but could not break the
game open despite eight
hits, stranding nine base

The Port St. Joe third
started with Lacour putting
down a bunt single. Two
outs later Todd walked and
Strange and Canington fol-
lowed with RBI singles.
Westminster tied the
game in the fifth inning
with two unearned runs
and plated three more
runs, benefiting from an-
other key error, in the sixth
inning to take command of
the game.
Greer had three hits for
Port St. Joe, Lacour two.
Port St. Joe 4, Jackson-
ville Providence 0
In the state semifinals,
Minger dominated on the
mound and Brinkmeier
came up with a key RBI hit
early and a critical defen-
sive play late as the Lady
Sharks advanced to the title
and walked none, allowing
three hits and just five base
runners. 4
Minger got things start-.,
ed in the first inning with
a single and Lacour sacri-
ficed the runner to second.
Todd singled in pinch-run-
ner Tiara Smith.
In the third, Minger
again led off with a single,
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reached first on a dropped
third strike.
Brinkmeier' singled to
score Lacpur' and one out
later Strange brought in
Gardner with a single.
Todd and Tullis, pinch-
hitting, hit consecutive dou-
bles in the top of the sixth to
make it 4-0 and Brinkmeier
maintained the margin with

a nifty defensive play in
right field when Providence
had two on with two outs in
the bottom of the sixth.
Port St. Joe had 10 hits.
Minger was 3 for 4 and
Brinkmeier and Todd each
had two hits.
"I am so proud of this
group," Belin said. "I'm
proud of every one of






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Port St. Joe sweeps Bozeman, heade(

By Tim Croft *' i 1 I Bozeman's Paul
Star News Editor '' Myers dives back

For six innings last Friday
night, Port St. Joe and Bozeman
were locked in a tight tussle for
the Region 1-2A baseball crown, a
trip to the state final four in Port
St. Lucie starting next Monday on
the line.
Starting with the sixth inning
of the first game and continuing
through the seven innings of the
second game, however, Port St.
Joe out-scored Bozeman 14-2 to
sweep the first two games of the
best-of-three series and punch a
ticket to state.
With speed, solid pitching and
timely hitting, the Tiger Sharks,
led by Jacob Gentry, Roman Quinn
and Brandon Strickland raised
their record" to 20-10 andl head to
.state for a matchup with Jack-
sonville Providence (23-9), which
needed all three games to dispatch
Orlando Pine Castle.

Port St. Joe sprinted to a win in
the championship series opener.
Roman Quinn stole four bases,
drove in two runs and scored two
and Bozeman could not capitalize
on 13 hits as the Tiger Sharks took
the first game in the best-of-three
series 9-3.
The Tiger Sharks stuck to a
game plan of tiring Bozeman start-
ing pitcher Travis Register and it
paid off in a six-run sixth inning,
against.three Buck pitchers, that
proved the difference.
'Port St. Joe sent 10 men to the
plate in the home half of the sixth
and produced five hits, three more
than the Tiger Sharks knocked
around in the first five innings.
Bozeman provided fuel for the
outburst, as starter Travis Regis-
ter struggled to find the plate and
two relievers could not stamp out.
the fire until Chris Cochran, who
started the inning with a double,
grounded into the final out.
"We set a game plan and I
*thought we stuck to it," said Port
St. Joe coach T. C. Brewer. "We
wanted to work the count and get
some balls to hit as he tired. We got
balls later to hit and we capitalized.

sarely aneaa or
the tag of Port
l St. Joe's Jacob
Gentry during
the Sharks' 9-
.3 win in their
" Region 1-2A
series opener '
Friday in Port St

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And I thought the speed looked
Cochran's double in the sixth,
which began with a 3-3 score, was
followed by a bunt single by Rock
Quinn, advancing Cochran who
scored on sacrifice fly foul ball to
center field.
Rock Quinn stole second base,.
went to third on the sacrifice fly
and scored a wild pitch from Reg-
Two walks preceded a two-run
bloop single by Roman Quinn to
short right field. Jacob Gentry and
Brandon Stricklahd, who was 3 for
3 with two RBIs, followed with run-
scoring doubles.
"This was a great way to start
the series," Brewer said.
Not so much for Bozeman
which stranded 11 runners, at least
two in four of seven innings.
Port St. Joe starter Jacob
Thompson somehow kept find-
ing the right pitch or the defense
turned the key play behind him to
snuff out the repeated threats.
"It was definitely a case of not
capitalizing," said Bozeman coach
Jeff Patton. "We hit the ball well
enough and hard enough to score
more than three runs. Give them
credit; they played better than we

Quinn reached on an error, went
to second on a balk by Register,
advanced to third on a fielder's
choice grounder and scored on a
sacrifice fly by Tyrone Dawson.
Jordan Hobbs reached on an
error to start the Buck fourth and
ultimately scored on a single by
Myers, who was 3 for 4, drove in
two runs and scored one.
Port St. Joe knotted the score
again in the bottom half of the
frame as Roman Quinn reached
on an error; stole second and third
and scored on a single by Strick-
land, the only Tiger Shark with
a hit off Register through five in-
The Tiger Sharks went up 3-2 in
thefifth as Roman Quinn, who was
hit by a pitch, stole second. After
Gentry Walked, Register uncorked
a wild pitch and both runners ad-
vanced, Quinn scoring when the
catcher's throw to second to catch
Gentry was high and traveled into
center field.
Blale Locher led off the Boze-
man sixth with a single and Myers
drove him in one out later with his
second double, setting up the Tiger
Sharks big inning.
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back. We have been resilient all Register (B). LOB: B 11; PSJ -
year. We have to win one game 7, E: B Myers, Locher, Register,
and then we will worry about Sat- Gutierrez, Wade; PSJ Roman
urday." Quinn, Richter, Rock Quinn. 2B:
Bozeman was first on the board B Myers 2; PSJ Cochran, Gen-
when Paul Myers hit one of his two try, Strickland. SB: PSJ Roman
doubles and scored on a single by Quinn 4, Rock Quinn. SF: PSJ:
Register. Dawson, Watford. S: B- Locher.
Port St. Joe answered as Rock WP: B Register 2.

Port St. Joe starting pitcher Ja-
cob Gentry kept near total control
of the baseball. Unfortunately, the
Bozeman Bucks (22-9) could not
say the same thing.
Gentry pitched seven masterful
innings, scattering eight hits, and
Port St. Joe (20-10) capitalized on
Bozeman fielding miscues for five
unearned runs as the Tiger Sharks
head to Port St. Lucie on May24 af-.
ter a 5-2 victory to complete a Fri-
day Region 1-2A title series sweep.
Gentry, mixing a nasty curve-
ball with a maddening change up,
never let Bozeman get untracked,
in command of a game that seemed
almost anticlimactic after an open-
ing contest that started late when
the umpires were delayed and
was halted in the second inning for
nearly 30 minutes by lightning.
"He's really done that all year
long," said Port St. Joe's first-year
coach T.C. Brewer of Gentry. "He
usually has one bad inning, but he
didn't tonight.
"I don't know anything about
Bozeman, I don't know anything
about the area, but I do know we
were not supposed to be here.
They worked hard and this feels
pretty good."
The Tiger Sharks, playing as
the visiting team on their field for
the second game, staked Gentry to
an early 2-0 lead in the top of the
second frame. Brandon Strickland,
who was 4 for 7 on the night, led off
with a double.
Jacob Thompson reached on
an error and a fielder's choice
grounder left runners at, first and

I to state
Both runners scored when
Bozeman second-baseman Blake
Locher could not come up with
Robbie Martin's hard-grounder,
the ball trickling into right field as
the runners circled the bases.
With one outin the third, Roman
Quinn singled, stole second his
fifth steal in Friday's two games
and Jacob Gentry reached on
an error, Quinn sprinting to third.
A fielder's choice by Strickland
plated Quinn and it was 3-0.
"They made a bunch of really
good defensive plays and we didn't
make the plays," said Bozeman
coach Jeff Patton. "(Starting pitch-
er Brandon) Porter pitched well
enough to win but we just didn't
make the plays.
"We had a great season. They
were just better than we were at a
couple of positions."
Jace Wade, who was 3 for 3,
doubled in Nick Peterson, who had
walked with one out in the Boze-
man fourth, to put the Bucks on
the board and within 3-1, where
it remained, Porter and Gentry
handcuffing hitters, until the sev-
The Tiger Sharks started the in-
ning by adding two more unearned
runs, Levi Richter supplying the
lone hit, a run-scoring single, while.
a throwing error by Porter on a
bunt by Roman Quinn plated Rich-
ter with Port St. Joe's final run.
Wade opened the home half of
the inning with a double and one
'out later came around to score
on a single by Jordan Hobbs but a
nicely executed 6-4-3 double play
ended the threat and set off a Tiger
Shark celebration.
"Speed kills and combine that
with pitching and defense and
that's tough to beat," said Brewer.
"We made the big defensive plays
and capitalized on their mistakes."
Port St.' Lucie and Jacksonville
Providence beckons.
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stands out

in track

The Port St. Joe Middle School girls
track team finished seventh out- of 39
teams and N'Namdi Davis, the lone boys'
athlete, competed well enough to finish
12th out of 42 teams by himself during the
state middle school track and field meet
in Clermont last weekend.
Davis was 12th in the 100 meters in a
.time of 11.81,12t in the 200 meters in 24.56
and was second in the long jump (19-feet-
3 inches) and third in the triple jump
(38-feet-2) to score enough points to earn
a spot among the top 12 boys' teams at
the meet.
On the girls' side, Dantasia Welch
was second in the triple jump (33-31/2),
seventh in the 400 meters (1:03.7) and
the high jump (4-8) to lead Port St. Joe
Middle School.
Alyssa Parker was sixth in the 200 me-
ter hurdles (32.77), 10th in the triple jump
(29-9) and 19th in the 100 meter hurdles

Maya Robbins was 10th in the long
jump-(15-4 -) and 12th in the 100 meters
(13.26). Nicole Enders was fourth in the
pole vault with a leap of 8-feet-6.
The 4x100 meter relay team of Krystal
Beard, Robbins, Parker and Welch fin-
ished ninth in a time of 53.46.
"What we are accomplishing in the
high school is a product of what we are
doing in the middle school," said Port St.
Joe coach Kenny Parker, who has led his
high school team to finishes for third, first
and second in the last three state track
and field meets.
Parker said special thanks go to Bay-
side Savings Bank, Superior Bank, Sea-
breeze BBQ, Paul Gant's BBQ and Pryor
Mobile Detailing for making the trip to
state possible.

Tiger Shark Baseball Camp seeks players

The Tiger Shark Base-
ball Camp invites boys
and girls in first through
eighth grades to learn
fundamentals of pitch-
ing, catching, hitting and
fielding at an early age.
Campers will learn from
Port St. Joe High School
coaching staff and players
how playing and compet-
ing the right .way is always
The camp will be held
at the PSJ High School
Baseball Field, which is
equipped with four bullpen
mounds, three full-length
batting cages and one of
the finest playing fields
Each camper must bring
his/her own baseball equip-
ment, including a bat and
glove. If you do not have a
bat, we will have a few on
hand, but not enough for
The camp will be held
from 9 a.m. to noon EDT
June 15-18.
The camp costs $65.
Make checks payable
to Port St. Joe High School
Baseball. Cash is accept-
Registration forms can
be returned to the elemen-
tary, middle or high school
For more information,
call Contact Information:
T.C. Brewer at 850-229-8251
or e-mail tbrewer@gulf.



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School to act on my behalf according to their best
judgment in the event of an emergency requiring
medical attention. I hereby waive and release the
Camp from any and all liability for any injuries or
illnesses occurring while my child is attending camp.
I have no knowledge of any physical impairment that
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Thursday, May 21, 2009 www. st Page 11

Byrd signs with Enterprise CC

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
If a picture paints a thousand'
words, Tayler Byrd's thousand-watt
smile last week would fill an encyclo-
Byrd, a basketball and track
standout for Port St. Joe High School,
signed a letter of intent last Friday to
attend and play basketball at Enter-
prise (AL) Community College in the
"I couldn't be' more happy," said
the beaming Byrd, who averaged in
double figures last season for the
Lady Tiger Sharks. "It was the first
basketball offer I got, I had several
colleges talk to me about track, and
(Enterprise coach Charles Cole)
wanted me to be his point guard.
"I love track, but basketball is my
Cole first saw Byrd at the Langs-
ton Basketball Classic at Chipola Ju-
nior College late last year.
Cole subsequently invited Byrd up
to Enterprise to work out with some'
of the returning members of the
"The first thing I noticed when she
worked out was I liked her positive at-
titude," Cole said. "She worked hard
and she plays good defense, that's
what I liked about her.
"I'd rather have a positive attitude

Tayler Byrd was all smiles last
Friday as she signed to play
basketball at Enterprise (Ala.)
Community College.

player who does the best they can
with what they have instead of a su-
perstar with a poor attitude."
The Lady Weevils won just nine
games last season in what was some-
thing of a rebuilding season, and Cole
expects Byrd to have the opportunity
to step in and play right away.
"Tayler will determine her playing
time," Cole said. "If you work hard
and play hard you play. If not you are

going to be sitting on the bench with
"I told her to show up in shape.
Don't come here to get in shape.
Come and be in shape; I have talked
to her about that."
Byrd said she's just eager to get
the opportunity to fuel her passion for
at least one more year, two or more if
she works as Cole wants her to work.
"I can't wait to get there and play,"
Byrd said. "I am just so happy and so
thankful to my family and my friends
for supporting me."
Cole touted Enterprise's good aca-
demic reputation as another positive
for Byrd, a solid student. A degree
from Enterprise, Cole said, carries
weight with four-year colleges.
"It's a great academic school,"
Cole said. "The minute she signed
(the letter of intent) Tayler became a
true student athlete. They know you
by name there, not by a number.
"We are going to have a great sea-
son and Tayler will be a part of it."
Port St. Joe athletic director Vern
Barth said Enterprise was getting a
well-rounded young lady.
"We're excited about what she's
accomplished at Port St. Joe, she's
been a great athlete and a great stu-
dent," Barth said.
Byrd could not wipe the smile from
her face, the gleam in her eyes the
testament to the emotions of the day.

People Helping People TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The People Helping
People golf tournament
was held May 2. The weath-
er was beautiful and the St.
Joseph Bay Country Club
was in wonderful condi-
tion. This was thanks to
Kelly Hicks and his excel-
lent maintenance crew.
The Country Club staff led
by Gail Burdulis prepared
a delicious chicken din-
ner buffet of rice, garden
salad and a good blueberry
pie topped with whipped
cream. Gail and her staff
treated the visitors and
local players with lots of
enthusiasm and made ev-
eryone feel welcome and
all had a good time. Dick
Davis and Marvin Shimfes-
sel helped promote lots of

laughs and competition.
The following volun-
teers were instrumental in
the golf tournament Mr.
Chuck Burlingame, Mr.
Dick Race and Ms. Shari
Guilford. They were there
at 10 a.m. and stayed until
5:30 p.m. They helped set
the course up, monitored
the Hole in One and picked
up all the signs and helped
with the awards program.
We are very thankful to
their combined efforts.
The winning teams:
First place: Robbie
Johnson, Brett Johnson,
Jimmy Maxwell and Walt
Second place: Damon
McNair, Dale Parrot, Larry
Mathes and Jerry Stokoe;

Third place Phillip
Tidwell, Perky White and
Andy Austin; fourth place -
Jim Harrison, Wayne Rich,
Fred Fitzgerald and John
Special eventwinners:
Longest drive red
tee on No. 16, Penelope
Evanoff; white tee No. 11,
Robbie Johnson; gold tee
on No. 2, Damon McNair;
black tee on No. 6, Tom
Closest to the pin red
tee on No. 7, Pat Hardman;
gold tee on No. 4, Bob
Bunn; white tee on No. 12,
Jim Simmons; black tee on
No. 15, Fred Fitzgerald.
Thanks to Beth Bau-
er for her great help in
checking score sheets and

special event winners.
Thanks to the great
community businesses
that contributed some very
nice door prizes: The Fish
House Restaurant; St. Joe
Shrimp Company, Sunset
Coastal Grill, Smiley's De-
tailing and Paul Gant BBQ.

Big River Roundup

set for Memorial

Day weekend

The Blountstown Rotary Club will host the 14th
annual Big River Roundup Florida Flathead Catfish
Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23.
The Roundup was the first organized flathead
catfish tournament in Florida when it began in 1996
with the visionary efforts of the Blountstown Rotary
Club membership and the cooperation of the Florida
Game and Freshwater Commission. At that time,
the tournament served as a fundraiser and helped
maintain the ever-growing population of the flathead
catfish in the Apalachicola River system. The success
of the first event spurred the eventual creation of
four other such flathead tournaments in the Florida
Over the past 14 years, approximately 3,000 fisher-
men have participated in the Big River Roundup, and
an estimated 14,000 pounds of catfish have made it to
weigh in.
The "Big River Roundup Florida Flathead Cat-
fish Championship" tournament is unlike any other
with fierce competition between locals for bragging
rights,'cash prizes, and $50,000.00 at stake if the
current State Record is broken during the event.
Blountstown Rotary is proud to say that their tour-
nament has graced the pages of Field & Stream,
Florida Fish & Game, and GAFF magazines. As word
of the tournament has spread, fisherman from Mis-
sissippi, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee,
South Carolina, and even as far as Ohio have regu-
larly traveled to take their chances at winning the
The tournament entry fee for adults is $50.00 per
person if pre-registering or $55.00 per person at the
gate. Those 15-years-old and under may enter in the
youth category for $25.00 per person. The first 100
pre-registration participants are eligible to receive
10 free bream for bait.. Individuals are encouraged to
pre-register to be included in a special pre-registra-
tion prize drawing.
For more information on the tournament, a list of
rules and an application, visit http://blountstownro- Or, call Tournament Director
Phil McMillan at 850-674-8053 or Asst. Tournament
Director Phillip Hill at 850-447-1975.



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RESTORATION from page Al

"Seeing the beaches of
Cape San Bias restored
was a dream that many
thought impossible," said
Laurel Eilser, chairman of
the committee formed to
act as liaison between the
county and other stake-
holders in the restoration
process. "Only by working
together as a community
were we able to turn this
dream into reality.
"I am so proud what we
have achieved. Our beach-
es will provide protection
to homes and enjoyment
for countless visitors in the
years to come. This award
is a huge honor for us."
The project began when
a group of property own-
ers approached the county
for assistance. After three
years of research, design,
funding, permitting and
completion, the restora-
tion project was one of the

fastest pi'ojects to move
through the process in the,
state, Pickett said.
"It is your perfect grass-
roots effort," Pickett con-
tinued, thanking all those
involved along the way.
"They came to the county
and the county responded.
"I think the people at
the (Florida Department of
Environment Protection)
were impressed. We had a
fresh view on the process
because we had never been

through it before. We went
about doing what we had to
do and did .the paperwork
as fast as possible."
The restoration is an in-
vestment for the state, but
also the property owners
along the beaches.
Property owners gulf
side of County 30-E voted
more than two years ago to
assess additional ad valor-
em taxes on their property
to pay for the bonds that
represent the local match,

roughly 50 percent, for the
The commitment re-
mained even after bay side
property owners turned
down the additional taxes
in the county's first-ever
mail-out ballot.
"It is an incredible story
of how a small group of
property owners worked
with the county commis-
sion, stakeholders and the
environmental community
to develop a local funding
source and construct the
$21 million project in such
a short period of time,"
Dombrowski said.

Worth noting is that
among the seven projects
cited by the ASBPA the
others South Padre Island,
TX, Marine Park in Bell-
ingham, WA, Fire Island in
New York, Encinitas (Pacif-
ic Station) in California and
Lido Key in Duval County
- only the St. Joseph Penin-
sula project was completed
without federal funds, Pick-
ett said.
"In its own right it was
a major undertaking for it
not be done using federal
funds," Pickett noted.
Pickett added that as
the restoration project pro-
gressed, the results were
"The proof was in the
pudding," Pickett said.
"During the storms (last
summer) no homes were
damaged where there
had been restoration. Un-
fortunately, we lost some
in the areas that had
not been restored, yet.
"We could see the end of
the tunnel; we just could

not get there fast enough."
For the past 40 years,
beach restoration has been
the preferred method of
shore protection in coastal
communities on the east,
west and Gulf coasts, ac-
cording to a release from
ASBPA. Beach restoration
is placing beach-quality
sand on eroding beaches to
reverse or offset the effects
of erosion. There are more
than 370 restored beaches
in the United States.
And the release notes,
beaches. lure money, some
$322 billion injected from
beaches into the country's
economy in 2007.
"In a time of economic
recession, the beach is an
even more desirable desti-
nation than other domestic
arid foreign alternatives,"
Pickett said. "Our beaches
are the economic engine,
with over 300,000 visitors
coming to Gulf County an-
nually; we can't afford to
maintain our most valuable

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Kids W in with a rod and a reel

7* Annual KIDS WIN Fishing
Hosted by: PSJ Lions Club, PSJ
Marina and Seahorse Water Safaris
Small Fry Division
First Place: Kristin Bird, James
Second Place: Sunny Shearer, Ben
Third Place: Chase Lanford
First Place: Caleb Schwikert
Second Place: Fisher Van Der Tulip
Third Place' Hunter Van Der Tulip
First Place: Mason Mombi
Second Place: Aidan Anderson,
Flower Lovelace
Third Place: Joseph Kerigan
Spanish Mackerel:
First Place: Reid Yarbrough
Second Place: Bobby Tipton
Third Place. HalieJasinski, Isabella
Speckel Trout:
First Place: Garrison Glass
Second Place: Patrick Hagans
Third Place: Brady Donaldson
Junior Division
First Place: Brianna Lovelass
Second Place: Luke Galloway,
Johnny Jones
Third Place: Sylvia Sheline,
Bubba Sheline
First Place: Chandler Gilbert
Second Place: Dallas Bird
Third Place: Moses Jones
First Place: Chase Taranto
Second Place: Kaylee
Third Place: Grant Whiten
Speckel Trout:
First Place: Haleigh
Second Place: Ben
Third Place: Carter
Spanish Mackerel:
First Place: Bobby Joe
Second Place: Wyatt
Third Place: Morgan White ?

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Warm weather and pleasant seas combined for
a successful Kids Win Fishing Tournament this
past weekend.
Hosted by the Port St. Joe Lions Club, members
of which were producing hot dogs off the grill in an
assembly line all morning, the Port St. Joe
Marina. where all the fish were weighed
-. and kids had their photos taken with e
their prize catches, and Seahorse Wa-
ter Safaris, the tournament boasted
a solid turnout and a anglers of all
More than 350 youngsters par-
ticipated in the event last Satur-
day morning, 30 percent of those
residents outside of Gulf County and
70 percent of participants numbered
S among Gulf County residents.
So enthusiastic were the
youngsters, that many brought
any fish they lured to their
S lines to the scales, whether
there was a prize classifica--
tion for the fish species or
S not.
After a weigh-in, there
was time for a dog and
a soda or water and
then the trophies were
handed out to those who
brought to the scales the
three heaviest fish in each
But, as the smiles at-
tested, and the tourna-
ment's title proclaims, all
youngsters were winners.

Plein Air: windows on a unique place and time

James Richards winner of the Artists'
Choice Award for best in show with his
painting entitled Oyster Villa.

Joel Bogaert, 8, of Port St.
Joe tried his hand at a little
outdoor art during the Sunday
Afternoon in the Park event.
A cluster
of painters
to record
the image
of the St.
Light. .-

Organizers Jeanette Taylor of
Apalachicola and Leslie Fedota of Port
St. Joe share a laugh at the Saturday
Night Gala.

Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Once again The Forgotten
Coast Plein Air Invitational
has come and gone. The week
was a whirlwind of activity be-
ginning with the traditional
dockside gathering for the
artists at WaterStreet Hotel
and culminating with the Art
in the Afternoon celebration
at the old Cotton Warehouse
in Apalachicola. In between,
there were exhibitions of
Plein Air paintings at Sum-
merCamp, and the Cotton
Warehouse and Windmark
Beaqh. There were live dem-
onstrations all across both
Gulf and Franklin Counties.
At the end of the event, the
artists had created over 280
paintings, 85 of which sold for
a total of around $60,000. The
sales were down from last
year's total sales of $84,000
and the price of individual
paintings was slightly down
overall. It's a good time to
buy art.
Half of this money from the
art sales goes to support the
Forgotten Coast Cultural Co-
alition and will help stage next
year's Plein Air Paint Out.
This year, organizers
worked even harder to en-
courage the visiting artists to

record vistas across the entire
region and, if the artists were
a little less visible in Port St.
Joe and Apalachicola, it may
be because they were ex-
ploring wetlands at Alligator
Point or visiting train yards in
northern Gulf County.
A high point of the event
was a forum held at the Cot-
ton Warehouse on May 15
where Mallory O'Connor, au-
thor arid Professor Emeritus
of Art History at Santa Fe
Community College, lectured
on the relationship of the art-
ist and human and natural en-
vironments in Florida.
O'Connor, Faith Eidse au-
thor of Voices of the Apala-
chicola and artist Mitch Kolbe
of Palm Harbor, discussed art
and community using a paint-
ing he created at last year's
Plein Air, "The Oyster Shuck-
ers", as a springboard. The
painting depicts the workers
at Lynn's Oyster House in
Kolbe explained the famil-
ial relationships of the women
pictured and what it vwas like
to paint them. He said the ex-
perience brought back mem-
ories of a childhood visit to a
seafood house on the outer
banks of North Carolina.
"One of the women had
come from working all night

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at WalMart in Panama City to
work five or six hours shuck-
ing," he remembered. "I said
I wouldn't take a break if they
didn't. If they took one, I didn't
see it."
' Eidse talked about her
conversations with the hard-
scrabble inhabitants along
the banks of the river from
sharecroppers in the north to
fishermen in the south.
She talked about the water
wars and how the devastating
loss of water is bringing an
end to the indigenous peoples'
way of life.
"We are sitting in a window
of culture, history and the
environment," she said, "and
the art created here captures
that unique moment."
The Artists' Choice Award
for best in show went to new-
comer James Richards of
Athens, GA for a painting of
weathered buildings along
Mexico Beach.
Richards said, "Receiving
this award is a great honor.
This was my first time in the
area. I was blown away by
the amount of subject matter
everywhere you turn. I do a
few of these Plein Air events
every year and they're always
good to the artists but down
here, the southern hospitality
really shines."
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Society BRIEFS

Community Development
Corporation -
community needs
The Gulf County Community
Development Corporation CDC
has working with local commu-
nity organizations, identified the
following items needed by low in-
come senior citizen's or individu-
als These items are needed so the
quality of life for each person or
family will be changed with our
help. Please call the CDC at 229-
And ask to speak to Jerry Sto-
koe, Quen Lamb or Erika White
Washer/dryer electric for dis-
abled adult living on a low fixed
income; electric washing machine
for elderly woman and daughter;
full size box spring and mattress
for adult; hotplate for cooking;
diapers for all sizes; towels and
washcloths all sizes; sheets in all
sizes; small portable television
set(s) and an electric stove for
low-income person on fixed in-
Thank you in advance for your
continued help in improving the
lives of oufr community residents.

Senior citizens need your
Gulf County Senior Citizens at
their Port St. Joe site are asking
for donations of non-perishable
food items for our low-income se-
niors such as juice, tuna, chicken,
soup and vegetables. We prepare
a home-cpoked meal one day a
week and could use any of the
items listed above and also give
the items to our low-income se-
niors to help stretch their income.
Small inexpensive bingo prizes
are always needed for our clients
that love to play bingo several
times a week.
We have two congregate sites,
located in Port St. Joe and Wewa-
hitchka. We provide a hot nutri-
tious meal Monday through Fri-
day to seniors 60 and over. Some
of the activities include bingo, arts
and crafts, gospel singing, blood
pressure checks, exercise, classes
and educational programs. The
Port St. Joe site is looking for vol-
unteers that could help with sim-
ple arts and crafts with our clients
or that could conduct an exercise
Anyone interested in coming to
one of our sites for a hot meal and
activities, or who would like to vol-
unteer or donate any of the items
listed above may call Debbie at
229-8466 for more information.

Wewahitchka senior
citizen's accepting new
Wewahitchka Senior Citizens
are now accepting new clients
at their meal site located at 314
East 3V Street in Wewahitchka.
They serve a nutritious hot meal
Monday through Friday to clients
60 and over. Some of the daily
activities include bingo, gospel
singing, blood pressure checks,
exercise classes and educational
programs. The site is open from
9 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT Monday
through Friday.
There is no charge for the meal,
but we are a non-profit agency
and donations are accepted and
appreciated. Anyone 60 and over
that is interested in coming to
the site for a meal and activities
is asked to call Maureen Mitchell
at 639-9910. Transportation to the
site may also be available.

Blood drive
FairPoint Communications
is hosting a blood drive on Mon-
day, June 1 from 1-6 p.m. ET. The
drive will be held in the FairPoint
back parking lot on the corner of
Long Ave and Sixth Street. All
registered donors will receive a
"Southeastern Community Blood
Center" ball cap. To sign up for
a specific time slot, please call
Cheryl Combs at FairPoint Com-
munications at (850)229-7263.
Walk-ins are also welcome. Be
sure to bring a picture ID.
If you have any questions re-
garding medication, medical his-
tory or donating blood, please
call the Bay Medical Blood Donor

Center (850) 747-6570 or visit.

Bicycle found
A bicycle was found in the area
of Hatley Drive and 15th Street,
Mexico Beach. If you have lost
one call the Mexico Beach PD. at
648-4790 to see if this one may be
yours. Hours are: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(CT) Monday through Friday.

Hall Graduates from basic training


credits toward an asso-
ciate in applied science
degree through the Com-
munity College of the Air
She is the daughter
of Mack Hall and Paula
Coachman of W Plant Ave.,
Homerville, Ga.
.Her sister, Kara Gant,
resides on Woodward Ave.,
Port St. Joe, Fla.
The airman is a 2006
graduate of Clinch County
High School, Homerville.



Bland-Cochran Wedding
Ken and Elaine Bland are announcing
the final plans for the blessing of the mar-
riage of their daughter Jessica to Brett
Cochran. The ceremony will take place
on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at White City
Baptist Church. The celebration will con-
tinue with a reception in the Church Social
Hall. Family and friends are invited to join
us in this joyous occasion.
The bride is a 2004 graduate of Port St.
Joe High School and the granddaughter of
the late Joyce Isaacks of White City, John
Bland, and the late Helen Bland of Lynn
Haven and Leonard Isaacks of Fort Myers,
Jessica is employed by Mango Mar-
The groom is a 1997 graduate of Anda-
lusia High School and is the son of Frank
Cochran of White City and Debbie Ham
of Andalusia, Alabama and the grandson
of Vester and Qunell Biggs of, Andalusia,
Alabama, Bernice Cochran of Prattville,
Alabama arid the father of Donovan, Na-
than, and Conner. Brett is employed by St.
Joe Natural Gas. The family will reside in
White City.

Wewahitchka Woman's Club names Tweeta Gaskin 'Jennie award' nominee

At the May 11 meeting of the Wewahitch-
ka Woman's Club, one of our deserving mem-
bers, Verre "Tweeta" Gaskin was nominated
for the National Jennie Award, which is a
Prestigious award for deserving women who
go the extra mile for their communities.
Rhonda Pridgeon read the nominating let-
ter, which in part, said, "Tweeta has been an
active member of the Wewahitchka Woman's
Club for over fifty years, joining in the early
1950's. Through the years she has served as
president, club secretary, historian, reporter
and roving photographer. During her tenure

as president, several community beautifica-
tion projects were completed, including the
planting of flowers along the sidewalks and
on the street corners of Wewahitchka. Many
worthy causes benefited from Tweeta's lead-
ership, such as the scholarship fund for high
school seniors and the local public library.
"The Wewahitchka Woman's Club cer-
tainly has a Jennie and we call her Tweeta. A
red-haired dynamo, with a twinkle in her eye,
Tweeta epitomizes volunteerism and service
to others.
"Tweeta maintains a keen interest in com-

munity and church activities. She regularly
attends Woman's Club meetings and enjoys
being with her friends and family
"In recognition of her selfless dedication
to others, it is our distinct honor to nomi-
nate Verre "Tweeta" Gaskin for the Jennie
The award is named in honor GCWC
founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote
for national newspapers under the pseud-
onym, Jennie June.
Club president, Rosa Feltrop, presented
Tweeta a framed certificate.

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Air Force Airman
Aveary J. Hall graduated
from basic military train-
ing at Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed
an intensive, eight-week
program that included
training in military dis-
cipline and studies, Air
Force core values, physical
fitness, and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Airmen who complete
basic training earn four

Blake Celebrates First!
Blake Gary Childress turned one on February 26, 2009. He cel-
ebrated his birthday with family and friends at home. He is the son of
David and Debbie Childress and the brother of Annalisa and Ashton
Childress, all of Port St. Joe. Blake is the grandson of Rita and Roger
Beasley and the late Gary Davis, also Peggie Childress and the late
David Childress, Sr. of Pensacola.

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Pictured left to right: Don Ouellette, Natalie Shoaf, Leslie Fedota and Joe Taylor.

The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts
donates 5,000to

donates $5,000 to Plein Air

On Tuesday, May 12 the Gulf
Alliance for Local Arts donated
'$5,000 to Plein Air to help pro-
mote the "Great Paint-Out" that
encourages art and culture'in our
The "Great Paint-Out" is a 10-
day event featuring artists who
hail from as far away as Maine
and Oregon. Over the past few
weeks artists painted, the un-
spoiled beaches, the vast marsh-
lands, rivers, creeks and streams,
and the historic streets of our
waterfront towns. The communi-
*ties of Mexico Beach, WindMark

Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San
Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola,
Eastpoint, St. George Island, Car-
rabelle, SummerCamp and Alliga-
tor Point joined forces to produce
one of the most impressive art
events seen along the coast. In
its history, the event has produced
over 900 highly valued paintings
that feature scenes such as the
fishing pier in Mexico Beach, Port
St. Joe's marina and parks, Cape
San Blas'; majestic dunes, the
creeks and palms of Indian Pass,
the Cape St. George Lighthouse
and Apalachicola's scenic fishing

fleet and historic homes.
"We 'continually seek ways to
promote the area's diverse range
of culture and tradition. Through
innovative partnerships with or-
ganizations such as Plein Air, our
goal is to enrich and improve the
lives of citizens and visitors alike,"
stated Don Ouellette, President of
The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts.
The Gulf Alliance for Local
Arts is committed to promoting
arts and culture in all its forms,
arts education and to advocating,
for and supporting arts and cul-
ture in our community.

Community BRIEFS

2009 Summer
Reading Program
Be Creative at Your Li-
brary: The Gulf County
Public Library presents its
summer reading program
for children ages pre-K to
fourth grade every Tues-
day from 1-2:30 p.m. begin-
ning June 9 and continuing
through June 30.
There will be stories,
songs and crafts. Join the
fun, it is free.
Sign up begins Thurs-
day, May 14.
For more information
call 229-8879.

4-H summer camp
registration is
now open
Here is an exciting camp
you won't want to miss.?.
youth ages 8-13 will have
a great time at 4-H Sum-
mer Camp, June 29-July 3
at 4-H Camp Timpoochee
near Niceville. This year's
theme is Outdoor Adven-
ture Camp. Campers will
learn how to row in an 8
man boat, just like in the
Olympics; ATV safety,
GPS/GIS training, shooting
sports, outdoor cooking and
healthy lifestyles. Campers
will also enjoy snorkeling,

swimming, marine science,
fishing, nature studies,
aquaculture, crafts, and
much more.
This five day residential
camp costs $190, which in-
cludes transportation to
and from camp, lodging,
meals, canteen, craft sup-
plies, and a camp T-shirt.
Do not miss out on this
exciting camp opportunity.
The camp is filled on a first
come, first serve basis.
Camp packets are avail-
able at the Gulf County Ex-
tension Office. Stop by or
give us a call at 639-3200 or
229-2909. The registration
deadline is June 5th. We
hope to see you this sum-
mer at camp!

Youth enrichment
The Gulf County Com-
munity Development Cor-
poration and People Help-
ing People of Gulf County
announces Fun Day, a
youth enrichment program
to be held from 11 a.m. un-
til 4 p.m. ET on Saturday,
June 6 at the Washington
Gym, Nathan Peters Park
and Tennis Court.
Join us for games, free
food and fun.
Please call 229-1477 for
additional information.


ride in America Pride in yOLUr poo/
Now serving.-
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CSB Lighthouse sponsoring local

art during Memorial weekend Irfi

The Cape San Blas
Lighthouse will be open for
the Memorial Day weekend.
The Sleeping Beauty gift
shop will be open along with
the Keepers cottage next
The tower with be open
for climbing from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Adults, $5, children
under 10, free.
The Sleeping Beauty gift
shop will be hosting their

first art exhibit this week-
end in the keeper's cottage
Mrs. Glynis Holcombe
will be showing off her beau-
tiful art work. Her business,
PiecdO'Cape, is the name of,
her work and is displayed in
many states.
She will be at the light-
house on Friday, May 22, to.
Sunday, May 24, and maybe
Monday (not decided yet.)

Check out her website:'
Glynis is a self taught art-
ist who firstpickedup a paint
brush in 2001 and only puts
it down to pursue her first
passion, which is fishing the
waters of Saint Joseph Bay
and Cape San Blas.
Come on out to the Cape
and check us out. Climb the
tower, do a little shopping in
the gift shop and check out

the free puppies that Bev-
erly and Frank are giving
'Hours this weekend only
are: Friday and Saturday 10
a.m. to 6 p.m; Sunday 1-6
Regular hours Wednes-
day and Thursday are: 11
p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call Beverly at the gift
shop for' any other details:

Lanter represents the county in speech contest

After winning first
place in the 4th/5th grade
4-H/Tropicana public
speaking age group at
the Gulf County contest
on April 23rd at Wewahi-
tchka Elementary School,
Victoria Lanter went on
to represent the county
at the district level. The
4-H District III contest
was held on the campus
of Florida A&M University
in Tallahassee on April
30. Lanter represented
her county well as the en-
thusiastically explained a
dream during her social
studies class. The crowd
enjoyed her creativity as
she shared the story she
wrote for this 4-H project.

Lanter received an Honor-
able Mention award.
The district 4-H/Tropi-
cana contest is the final
step in the public speak-
ing education program
conducted by our area
schools, administered by
4-H, and underwritten by
the Tropicana Corporation.
The 4-H/Tropicana public
speaking program began
in, 1969 in Manatee Coun-
ty, location of Tropicana's
main office. Prior to 1986
the program was conduct-
ed in the fourth, fifth and
sixth grades in only eight.
Florida counties. In 1986,
Leon County became the
first North Florida county
to participate in this pro-

gram. Other Panhandle
counties soon followed.
It is our goal that every
youth will receive public
speaking instruction for

three years. The program
has been a great success
in Gulf County and we look
forward to its continuation
for years to come.

NASCAR Fun Show to benefit Big River Rider's.

Jean McMillian and Jes-
se Eubanks are sponsoring
the 2nd Annual NASCAR
Fun Show (Horse Show)
on June 13 at 3 p.m. CT to
benefit Big River Rider's
4-H Horse Club. Registra-
tion will start at 2 p.m. CT.
This event is to help raise
money to help offset ex-
penses to send members to
1' TF J

State competition in July to
Tampa, Fla.
Participants have to'
have one (1) sponsor to par-
ticipate with a minimum of
$20.00 sponsorship and a
$5.00 entry. Each participant
has to make a sign for their
sponsorships (unless spon-
sor provides one). Each par-
ticipant will be given a NAS-

CAR driver and number.
This will be a day of fun
filled for everyone. Partici-
pants will be competing in
several fun events such as
Car Crash (egg and spoon),
Pit Stop (ride-a-buck), Ros-
ter Pull (Magazine race),
Stop 'n Go (musical feed
bags), Wewa 500 (arena
race) to name a few.

Concessions will be on
the grounds. This will be
a fun filled day with much
entertainment for partici-
pants and spectators. Come
on out and support the Big
River Rider's 4-H Horse
For further information
call 639-3200, 229-2909 or

Jules is a beautiful boxer/bulldog mix girl
with distinctive markings and an adorable
face. She is about 6 months old and crate
trained. Jules is a bit shy right now, but loves
attention. She gets along well with other dogs.
Jules will require a patient owner, who can
help her overcome her shyness.

Please stop by the Humane Society at 1007
Tenth St. Tues. Sat. between 10am &
4pm. You may also call 227-1103 & ask for

available for sale! Proceeds benefits Humane
Society pets!


Dan & Nancy
Jax Wax Distribution LLC
Cell: 850.832.1560
772 Suite B U.S. 98
Ts Port St.Joe, FL 32456


The Star I B3

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sruhT day May 21 2009


These businesses invite you to visit the church of your choice this week.


W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
(850) 227-1818

507 10th StreetPort St. Joe
(850) 229-8111

Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, P.A.
1William J. Risi, Thomas S.Gbso, Russell Scholz,
Paul WGroomll
(850) 229-8211

Thursday, May 21., 2009 www. Page B4

The Christian CONSCIENCE




Do you long to be closer to God
and know your prayers are heard?
How much time do you spend
talking with Him and reading His
precious word?
The Word will draw you closer; it
will help you in your prayer. ,
It says to pray without ceasing,
for He is always there.
Sometimes He says yes,
sometimes no.
Sometimes wait, but He
hears us though.
If you've been left a
legacy of prayer,
You have something
very rare.
Not many are left in
the world today.
Too many people have
fallen by the way.
We need to pray wisely and often,
Be bold and persistent, and He
will bless you.
Unanswered prayers' can be a
blessing, too.
If you think you're not being
heard, He just might be blessing
His will and our will are hardly
ever the same.
Just be persistent inyour
prayers, and ask in Jesus' name.
Billy Johqson

Are you happy

- really happy?

U unless you are really, deep-down the nicotine and the illegal drugs, you'll
happy and contented, you find that God's tithe is a bargain. You say,
desperately need to read this "I'm not a slave!" Then let's see you stop
message. This may come as a surprise being a slave to your pain-deadening
to you, but God wants you to be happy! chemicals for six months.
And He wants you to have what you need Look around you, and look at the real
and to have a happy and meaningful cost of your habits. Look at the pain
life. that you are causing to your spouse,.
Living here in the Mexico Beach your children, your-families and society.
.community, we see a lot of unhappy, Look at those killed or maimed by auto
people. They may be shouting and accidents. Look at the pain of broken
hollering and seeming marriages. Look at
to be having fun, but the pain of sexual-
if you watch them What IS the absolute cost of the related diseases.
for a while, you see choices that you are making? Look at the pain of
beneath the surface, broken relationships.
that things are not Look at the pain
what they seem to be. You see that they in the eyes of the unwanted children.
are really unhappy slaves. These children know that they were, and
How long can the slaves go without still are, unwanted. They are sad, and
rushing to their coolers or their they are bitter. We see the signs of their
backpacks for a quick fix to deaden the lashing out, in the news, almost daily.
pain and hurt and unhappiness that I received an e-mail recently that
they are hiding inside? Not long. What quoted a Dr. M. Sidney Wallace. I:don't
happens when they run out of the quick know who he is, but I like what he wrote
fixes? Are they still "happy?" It seems about choices:'
that they aren't, because they quickly "We all like to be able to choose from
rush off to the nearest drug dealer or various options. We like to go out to a
local store to get something to keep the fine restaurant and choose from many
pain, hurt and unhappiness in check. items on the menu. When we go to a fast
God has a better way. Serve and food purveyor, we choose from several
worship Him. Stop being slaves to the things on the placard behind the counter.
pain-deadening chemicals. If you add up When we go to the food market, we like
'the real cost of what you are spending on to choose from among many items on
the pain-deadening chemicals, the booze,. the shelves. When we decide to buyfa

new car, we like to have many makes,
models and colors to choose from. We
like to make choices on everything, from
our underwear to our winter overcoats.
An individual's place in society makes
absolutely no difference; all individuals
like to have choices. The only difference
in choices is the ultimate price tag.
There are two primary factors that make
up the price for a choice; one factor is the
absolute cost of the choice, and the other
is who will be responsible for paying the'
What is the absolute cost of the
choices that you are making? And who
will be responsible for paying the cost?,
At the Mexico Beach Christian Worship
Center, we believe that God wants you
to be happy, and to serve Him, not to
deaden your sorrow with chemicals. At
the MBCWC, we don't plead for money-
or twist your arm to join. Plan to check
us out this Sunday. Our services begin
with a time of greeting and fellowship
at 9:30 a.m. CT. Worship begins at 9:45
a.m. Come,early so that you can enjoy
the praise and worship led by TJ, We
meet and worship at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center on 105 N. 31st St., behind the
Beach Walk gift shop and Parker Realty,
just off U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center

May is the month of M's

May Day and Mother's

There are many days of celebra-
tion in the church calendar each
year. Many go back to biblical times,
and others have been added over
the years. ,
The most anticipated and joyous
is, of course, the Season of Advent
and the birth of Jesus in December.
Then comes Holy Week, just
passed, with Palm Sunday, Maundy
Thursday, Good Friday and finally'
Easter Sunday, when we celebrate
the risen Lord and look forward to
the rest of the year.
This brings us to the month of-
May. ,
May Day is Friday, May 1. Many
countries observe it as a celebration
much more than we do in America.
Mother's Day is May 10, on Sun-
day. This is the day that touches ev-
ery one of us. Next to God's love, is a
mother's love for her child, so make
that call, and make your mother's
May 25 is Memorial Day. On this
holiday, we .tend to look back and
mourn those we have lost and feel
a little let down and melancholy. In


have passed; Memori

reality, a Memorial service is a cel-
ebration of 'a life that ,vas lost, but
more than that, it becomes an op-
portunity for us to turn our thoughts
to all the happy memories we have
and walk in God's grace every day.
We, the Presbyterian congrega-
tion at First Presbyterian Church
in Port St. Joe, share our Minister

Ruth Hempel with the Presbyteria
Church in Wewahitchka. They hav
service there every Sunday at 1
a.m. Our churches.have a fifth, Sun
day Sing-a-Long. This month of MaR
having five Sundays, allows another
"M" (music) to our schedule .fc
May. We alternate co-hosting and o
Sunday, May 31, we travel to Wewa

al Day is Monday

hitchka for an evening of fun, food,
fellowship and music.
The perfect match.
We are in a temporary construc-
tion zone here in Port St. Joe, but
come to the dead end of Woodward
or to Sixteenth Street on Long Av-
enue, turn east a couple of blocks,
and you're here.
We have regular Sunday service
at 10 a.m. Open Communion is al-
ways the first Sunday of the month.
Our services are followed by a fel-
lowship hour and a co-ed., Sunday
School class.
We have an active Women's
Group, which meets at 10 a.m. the
first Monday each month at the
We invite everyone to come and
n worship at 508 16th St. in Port St.
e Joe.


We have an answering service at
church (227-1756). You can call and
leave a message, and well get back
to you.
Thanks to the Star and staff for
enabling us to get our message out
to the community. We appreciate it.

J jMUnied MJedti
At&i 4 Maim Jead
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 leico leadh waited methodist (lrch
Nuiir Pa.iBES
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Please come and meet our new
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer!
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m, ET
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
\Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET

Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dxon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyles
Director of Children Ministries

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
Sigblanb viewt aptiit Ct)u b!)
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.

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

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 Blas Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday M ass................................................................. 6:00 pm (ET)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009


The Star I B5

Thank you

We wish to thank everyone
for all your kind expressions of
Thank you, Brother Dave and
Ron Groleau, for your kind words
at the service. Thanks to all of
Dad's neighbors for safe-guarding
his home for the last few years.
I found this verse he typed and.
left for us the day after his

By M.L. Frye
(with some changes by Tommie)

Do not stand at my grave and
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Kaye Clemens Reed and
the family of Tommie L. Clemens

Religion BRIEFS-

Community gospel concert
We would like to invite you and
your family to join in this special
event sponsored by Emmaus Unit-
ed Methodist Church in conjunction
with Christian Virtues
Gospel Opry which
will be hosting a gos-
pel concert featuring
Golden Rose. '
This event will in-
clude an open micro-
phone for all who wish
to sing. However, singers
need to bring their instru-
ments or soundtracks.
Refreshments will be

The concert will be held stia
qt 6:30 p.m. CT (door open at (
Come and visit) at Emmaus L
Methodist Church, 1206 County
(near Cook Bayou/Sandy (
For more information, ca:
church at 871-3903.

Yard sale fundraiser
at Long Ave. Baptist Chi
The Long Avenue Baptist Cl
will hold a fundraising yard s,
their Family Life Center at
Long Ave., Port St. Joe, on Sati
May 23, starting at 7 a.m. (EID
bake sale will also be availal
satisfy your sweet tooth.
Proceeds from this yard sal
go directly to the, church's I
missions efforts. A team of 'v
teer missionaries from LAB(
be headed to the Amazon Rive
sin in the coming year. Orga
through Amazon Vision Minis
their goal is to carry the Ho
Christ to the Ribeirinho Peog
the Amazon River Basin.5
Reaching out to the isolate
lages located in this vast region
volunteers minister to spiritual
physical needs of the people fr
floating base of operations, a
boat. The scope of these mi
tries include medical and
dental care, distribution
of clothing and certain
medicines,, freshwater
well diilling, evange-
lism, discipleship, leader-
ship development training,
church planting, children's
Bible education, arid con-
struction teams.
Join us at the church
Saturday, May 23.
We have a large
inventory of
quality donate

ed items of-
fered for sale.
We appreciate
your support
in helping to
offset costs as-
sociated with
travel to and
from Brazil for
our missionary

pe of
p)le of

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Victory Temple message
Evangelist Iris (Bolden) Gathers
will be delivering the message at
7 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at Vic-
tory Temple First Born Holiness
Church, located at 315 Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. Blvd. in Port St. Joe.
Yes, there is a word from the'
Pastor, Elder Charles Gathers
and Assistant Pastor, Elder Willie
Ash Jr. would like to invite every-
one to attend this service.
I It's not about us,,but it's about
Come apd be blessed.

Youth revival
The Port St. Joe Church of God
in Christ Youth Department will
host a one-night youth revival at
7 p.m. on May 22.
The special speaker will be Youth
Minister Damien Davis of The Love
Center in Apalachicola.
We are inviting everyone out to
join us for this glorious occasion of
praise and worship.
We are expecting to see you

Victory Temple
Church: Soul Winning,
Soul Training, Soul
On behalf of Pastor,
and First Lady, Elder
Charles and Evan-
gelist Sharlett
Gathers, we ,
the mem-
bers of Vic-
tory Tem-
ple Holiness
Church would
like to invite you
to the annual



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S "Our church can be your home"
First Church of the Nazrene
2420 Long Avenue 'Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

ami'I Unl i L 'L rdMt L /ri' U du'% 4aT nii a:'rillt uthi Lord in Ith ibit 0i iw'hni
I'.alm "9t "

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

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

in honor of our assistant pastor,
Elder Willie Ash Jr., ,The anniver-
sary will begin May 22 and end
May 24. We are asking that your
church come help us be a blessing
to this man of God.
The speaker at 7 p.m. May 22.will
be Elder Donald Nixon of Port St.
Joe; at 6 p.m. May 23, the speaker
will be Minister Jermaine Sims of
Tallahassee; at 11 a.m. May 24, the
speaker will be missionary Pinkie
PatterSon of Tallahassee; and at
6 p.m. May 24, the speaker will be
Bishop Williams of Wewahitchka.
For more information, call Dea-
coness Beverly Ash at 639-2169 (h)
or 227-8369 (c).

Annual Youth Day
at Philadelphia Primitive
Baptist Church
The youth department of Phila-
delphia Primitive Baptist Church
will be observing its Annual Youth
Day on this fourth Sunday of May at
11 a.m. ET.
Minister Tiffany Godwin of New
Lifen hristian Church 'will be the
guest speaker. For more than three
decades, the church has honored
its youth by having a special
service on this Sunday in May
with an emphasis on develop-
ing Christian character and
morals as a way of life.
.Pastor Hawkins and
K Church Youth Directors cor-
dially extend an invitation
to other youth to come
out and worship with
the youth of Phila-

# during this occa-
sion. The church
is located at 259
Avenue D here in Port
k St. Joe.

First 'Baptist Church
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church

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

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

St. Peter's Anglican Church First Presbyterian Church
(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)
al Sof Port St. Joe
Morning Prayer & Holy Communion 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Sunday.................8:00 a.m. Reverend Ruth Hempel
The Rev. David Mans, Priest Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church School 111 a.
M 309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL Sunday School 11:00 a.m.
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing Wforld"

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James Benjamin Parramore

Parramore, 74, of
White City, passed ..
away Tuesday, ,|
May 12, 2009, at
Bay Memorial
Hospital in
Panama City. He JAM
was born June 23, PARRA
1934 to Paul
Cortley and Sarah Frick
Parramore in Chester,
Pa. Jim graduated in 1952
from Ridley Township
and entered the United
States Air Force for 21
years and retired as
Master Sergeant as a
Satellite Communications
Instructor. After
employment at the SONY
plant in Dothan, Ala., he
retired to Mexico Beach.
He is lifetime member
of the VFW Post 10069 in
Highland View, Fla., and
a member of the Masonic
Lodge 244 in Malone, Fla.
He is survived by two
children and their spouses,
Mark Parramore (Sylvia) of
Dothan, Ala., and Michele
Parramore Cook (Joe)
of Tallahassee, Fla.; four
granddaughters, Lauren

Frank Nicholas Leist

Frank Nicholas Leist of
Port St. Joe passed away
Sunday, May 17, 2009.
He was born in
Stockbridge, Ga., on
Jan. 23, 1992. Nicholas had
lived in Port St. Joe for the
last 3 years. He attended
Port St. Joe High School
and was active in the '
Oak Grove Church Youth
He was preceded in
death by his father, Frank
Jason Leist.
He was the beloved
son of Sheryl L. Gay and
step-father, Mark A. Gay;
the beloved brother of
Stephen Heathcock- Tyler
Leist and Jonathan A.
Gay. He is also survived by
his grandparents, Joyce
Gay, Sandy Golden, Kathy
Wheeless, Frank Leist and

Joyce Leist; two aunts,
Patricia Watson and Susan
Gay; two uncles, Josh
Golden and Mack Gay, and
many friends.
An account in Nicholas'
name hlas been opened in
Bayside Saving Bank,
202 Marina Dr., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 to help with
the funeral expense.
Funeral services were
held Wednesday, May 20,
at 4 p.m. EDT at Oak
Grove Church with
the Rev. James Wiley
officiating. Interment
followed in Holly Hill
Cemetery. The family
received friends at the *
church for an hour prior
to the start of the service.
All services were
under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.


Schedule of Worship Services
Sf '7 ( Sunday School 9:00 AM
Morning worship all ages 10:00 AM
W dayneal
.. Mid Week Bible Study 6:00 PM
Elective Adult Classes 6:00 PM
Nursery provided for all services

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

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

A Spirit Filled
iy L f Outreach Oriented
Fm l L Word of Faith Church

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

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
STuesday: 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 ul in worship. God bless you!
Please call us for your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

of Port St. Joe,
Fla., and Danetha,
Marcie and
Kaye of Dothan;
three grandsons,
Brandon, Justin
and Casey of
ES B. Fla.; one great-
AIMORE granddaughter,
Kaitlyn, of Dothan,
Ala.; and one brother,
William "Billy" Parramore
of Marianna, Fla.
He is preceded in death
by his loving wife of 37
years, Shirley Parramore;
his parents, Paul
Cortley and Sarah Frick
Parramore; one daughter,
Renee; and one brother,
Charles Parramore.
In lieu of flowers,
the family request
contributions to Covenant
Hospice, 107 West 19th St.,
Panama City, FL 32405.
A memorial service
was held Monday, May 18,
2009 at 1 p.m. EST (noon
CST) at the VFW Post
10069,,1774 Trout Avenue,
Highland View, Florida.
All services were under
the direction of Comforter
Funeral Home.



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School News

PSJE plans lake celebration

The fourth-grade students at Port
St. Joe Elementary School were pro-
vided a unique opportunity this year
through a grant provided by The
Gulf County Education Foundation
and Preble-Rish Engineering.
The program, Go Jump in the
Lake, provided hands-on field expe-
riences at Buck Griffin Lake.
Each Friday throughout the year,
students walked to the lake to con-
duct scientific research. While at the

lake students have been identifying
plants, collecting and separating soil
samples, measuring the trash they
picked up and using a data logger to
test the water quality.
The fourth-grade students would
like to invite the public to share in
the excitement of learning at their
Go Jump in the Lake Celebration,
to be held at Buck Griffin Lake on
Friday, May 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Students will be demonstrating wa-

ter sampling, water testing of pH,
turbidity, dissolved oxygen, rate flow
and temperature, soil sampling and
plant identification. Students will
also be presenting classroom inves-
tigations associated with the lake,
graphs of the data ,collected and a
student-created slide show of their
year at the lake.
During the celebration, groups
of students will be planting trees to
commemorate their year at the lake.

Summer Enrichment Camp registration under way

Sponsored By: Norris
D. Langston Youth Schol-
arship Foundation Inc.
and 21st Century Learn-
ing Centers
When: June 8 July 1
Days and dates will be
given on the first day of
camp. First day of camp
is June 8 and will be three

Cheer squad

fundraiser set

for May 29

Low Counfty Boil to support
PSJHS cheering program

A low country boil
to benefit the Port St.
Joe High School cheer-
leading squad, and
sponsored by Ward &
Sons Seafood, will be held
from 2-7 p.m. on Friday,
May 29; in Frank Pate
Plates will include
shrimp, potatoes, corn,,
dessert and a drink.
Pick up or eat at the
The cost per plate is,
$12, and all proceeds will
benefit the Shark cheer-
leading program.

days a week from 8 a.m. to
noon ET.
You must provide your
own transportation; how-
ever, breakfast and lunch
will provided to all stu-
, Where: Port St. Joe El-
ementary School
Who can come:' Any

first- through fifth-grade
students for the 2008-09
school year.
Registration will be
available through May 29.
All current after-school
program members just
need to call to register.
Please contact Mrs. Cle-
ments at 227-1221.

Activities will include
an in-depth study of Gulf
. County history and how
our history shapes what
We are today. They will
also include field trips to
the Panama City Jr. Mu-
seum, guest speakers and
trips to many St. Joseph
historical sites.

The end of this school
year is almost here, and
we still have a lot of activi-
ties going 6n around our
school for parents to attend
with their students. It is a
very important time to be
at school. Please make note
of all the year-end celebra-
tions and Awards Days. You
are always welcomed at our
Thank you to the PTO
parents and room mothers
that made our "Spring Car-
nival" a success. Having it
on a Saturday allowed for
all the community to attend.
Thanks again for all your
hard work.
We would like to con-
gratulate the fourth-grade
classes on their spectacular
performance on the fourth
grade Florida Writes. Wow,
you were wonderful, and
you deserve the best!!!!!
The other grade-level FCAT
scores should be in shortly,
and we expect to hear more
great news concerning our
math, reading and science
Summer is approaching,
.and we will be offering a
Summer Enrichment Camp
for all students grades first-
fifth. This camp will be three
days a week, four hours a
day. Breakfast and lunch will
be served to all students who
attend. It will start on June
8 and run for four weeks. If
you are interested, please
contact Mrs. Jo Clements at
227-1221 for more details.

,Important Dates to Re-

Tuesday, May 26
Awards Day -.8:30, first
grade; 10:30, third grade; 1,
second grade.

Wednesday, May 27
Fifth grade Awards Day at

Seniors: You must at-
tend the senior breakfast at
9 a.m. Friday, May 29, held
at the Long Avenue First
Baptist Church, in order to
walk in the graduation cer-
emonies. Immediately after
the breakfast,' graduation
practice will be held in the
gymnasium. Baccalaureate
is Sunday, May 31, and grad-
uation will be held Monday,
June 1.
*Final exams: They be-
gin for grades 9-11 on May
27 and run through Friday,
May 29.
Student Government:
Student Government will

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Port St. Joe
elementary School

Week No. 13
Answers are:
Warsaw is the capital
of Poland. Their flag has
two colors. What are
they? Red and White
What is the capital of
Italy? Rome
How many galaxies
are there in the Milky
Way? Billions
What is the distance
across a circle called?
How many judges are
on the Supreme Court?
We would like to
thank the community for
participating in our Are
You Smarter Than a PSJE
Dolphin? exercise each
week. Your interaction has
made our students feel
that they are important.
We look forward to your
participation next year.

10:30 and DARE graduation;
8:30 fourth grade Awards
Day; 1 p.m. kindergarten
awards in the auditorium;
third grade sundae party at
the Centennial Building at 1
p.m.; second grade party at
soccer field and playground
at 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 28
Awards Day 8:30 Pre-
K; third grade to Marianna
Caverns; first grade party at
the football field.

Friday, May 29:
First grade movie 9-
11 a.m.; early release at
ii:30 a.m. for summer break.

have an installation lun-
cheon at First Baptist
Church at 11:30 a.m. on May
21 beginning at 11:30. This
is for the Executive Council
and their families.
*Sports: The 2009-2010
Tiger. Shark football team
will have their annual Spring
Football Classic at 7 p.m. on
May 22 versus Mosley High
School. The game will be
played at Shark Field.
This will be the last
"Shark Talk" column for
the year, so on behalf of all
ENC1101 and 1102 students,
thanks for reading, and we
hope you enjoyed it.

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Thursday, May. 21, 2009

School News

The Star B7

New health career program offered at G(CC

Central service techs

support patient care
In response to local health
care industry needs, Gulf Coast
Community College has devel-
oped a new program to its Health
Sciences Division, called the Cen-
tral Service Technology (CST)
Central services (also re-
ferred to as sterile processing)
technicians provide support to
patient care services in hospi-
tals, outpatient surgery centers

and other facilities by decontami-
nating, cleaning, processing, as-
sembling, sterilizing, storing and
distributing medical equipment
and supplies.
Central service is an emerg-
ing occupation and will expand as
health care becomes more spe-
cialized. It is expected to grow as,
the volume of surgery increases
due to the growing population.
Technological advances, such
as fiber optics, laser technology,
* robotics and interventional ra-
diology will also introduce new
surgical procedures and equip-
ment, requiring more central

service technicians. Median an-
nual earnings of central service
technicians in 2006 were $30,568.
Salaries ranged from $24,450 to
"If you are looking for a part-
time educational opportunity or
want to be able to find employ-
ment in the health care field after
only two semesters of training,
this may be the right choice for
you," explained Libby McNaron,
Program Coordinator.
GCCC's program meets all
criteria necessary for students to
sit for the national examination
upon completion of the. program

in just two semesters.
The CST course can be taken
in the. traditional, campus-based
core course format. This is a
500-hour, part-time program for
those with no central service
technology experience.
The 500-hour commitment
includes classroom attendance,
hands-on lab practice time and
clinical experiences.
High school students age 17
and older qualify for dual enroll-
ment in this course.
There is also a Web-based
program specifically tailored for
students who currently work in

the field and are able to take on-
line courses in cooperation with
their employer.
The traditional program is of-
fered from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT
on Tuesday, Wednesdays and
Thursday, with additional clini-
cal experience arranged to meet
your schedule. The required gen-
eral education courses can also
be taken online or during evening
and weekend hours.
For more information about
GCCC's CST program, visit www., contact McNaron
at, or
call 769-1551, ext. 3551.


PRESENTATION AT WES: Chris Buchannan of the Gulf County Sheriff's Office visited Wewahitchka
Elementary School last week to give a presentation to our youngsters on the importance of Internet
safety. Today's children spend an ever-increasing amount of time surfing the World Wide Web and it
is important that they know how to protect themselves while doing so. Through a highly entertaining
animated presentation, children were taught what to look for and how to respond should they become
suspicious of others online.

GCCC, Aero Club

coordinate Private

Pilot Ground School

Classes to be offered quarterly

A new class offered by
GCCC's Center for Busi-
ness, Continuing and
Community Education in
partnership with Tyndall
Aero Club.
Have you always wanted
to learn how to fly? Well,
now is the time to learn!
Register with Gulf Coast
Community college for this
new adventure!
In partnership with the
Tyndall Aero Club at Tyn-
dall Air Force Base, GCCC's
Center for Business, Con-
tinuing and Community
Education (CBCCE) has
developed a unique new
course, the Private .Pilot
Ground School. This flight
training program is avail-.
able to:
Active-duty personnel
and dependents
Retirees and depen-
Department of De-
fense/NAF employees and
Reservists and depen-
Civil Air Patrol mem-
(For membership in-
formation, visit http://flwg.

Pilot Ground School
classes will be offered on a
quarterly basis at the Tyn-
dall Aero Club.
The next class is sched-
uled to begin July 8 and
run through September 2
and will meet Mondays and
Wednesday from 6-9 p.m.
The course fee is $595,
which includes a flight bag,
books and 50 hours of class-
room instruction. Active-
duty military are eligible
for reimbursement through
The course is divided
up into three stages each
consisting 'of five to six
Prior to starting Stage I,
the student has to success-
fully complete the Ground
Training Standards by
passing the private pilot
airmen knowledge test.
Each stage has a final writ-
ten exari with a required
minimum passing score of
80 percent.
For more information,
please call Mr. Bill Foley
with Tyndall Aero Club at
850-283-4404 or 850-286-

COLLEGE PREP: CQollege For Every Student (formerly TCP) celebrated Early
College Awareness Week last week. Students were challenged to design
college pennants for their favorite collegiate team. The primary grades
decorated their classroom doors with displays intendedcl'to promote further
education. Student response to the Coin Challenge was overwhelming, and
more than $260 was raised for the Gulf County Scholarship Fund. Pictured
are students sporting T-shirfs from their favorite college teams on Spirit Day.
The week's message was clear: College can be a reality for any student who
sets goals and works toward them with steady steps.


WES ROCKETS INTO READING: During April, Wewahitchka
Elementary School sponsored an Accelerated Reader
campaign, Rocket into Reading. Students were challenged
to set a goal for themselves and. reach that goal by reading
independently throughout the month. Every student reaching
an individual goal was awarded a certificate and special
Star Reader bracelet. Those top point-earners in each grade
were given a Star Reader T-shirt.

First grade
Cyrina Madrid
(29.9 points)
Second grade
Alisha Bender
(17.2 points)
Third grade
Rylee Waters,
not pictured.
(16.5 points)
Fourth grade
Samantha Pitts
(40.0 points)
Fifth grade-
Zach Cox
(69.4 points)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

School News

Front row, frond left: Bobby Gay, Gabi Wood, Tyler Guthrie,
Jacob Davis, Kevin LaCivita, Sara Vanderford, Elias Alexander,
and Brianna Biagini. Back row: Heaven Linton, Zachary
Baker, Reese Johnston, Raynes Jones, and Deja Anderson.

As we enter these last few
weeks of school, we have to ask
ourselves, "Where did all the time
go?" It seems as if this last year
has just flown by! We look at the
students in our classrooms and
wonder, how did they get bigger,
moregrown up and more mature
without our noticing? How did
we miss it? Then we remember
that while we are busily engaged
in this education business, kids
grow, voices deepen, students
learn, time flies, the year passes,
and we're left scratching our
It was a good year! It's al-
ways a good year, because I love
my students! They become part
of my life my kids for 10
months; and then I have to give
them up. I don't want them to go,
but I know they have to grow up.
I'll be sad for a while, but then
I will begin to look forward to a
new year with new children, new
challenges, new inspirations and
new opportunities. Praise for all
of these things. Praise God for
all of these children, these bless-
ings! .
Last week, Mrs. Sarmiento's
fourth-grade class, took'an over-
night trip to Tallahassee. On the
first day, the class visited the
Florida History Museum and the
IMAX Theater and Planetarium,
followed by a fun-filled night at
the Durham family farm on the
Florida/Georgia border. The sec-
ond day was spent touring the

old and new Capitol buildings.
Before leaving Tallahassee, the
class visited the governor's of-
fice and was able to meet with
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. It was a
most interesting, educational and
excellent field trip. Praise God
for the opportunity, and we thank
the Durham family for their hos-
Last Friday, May 15, was the
annual TeacherAppreciation Din-
ner. The PTF decorated and pro-
vided gifts. We really appreciate
the table preparations that were
made by Tonya Costin,' Sandie
Kennedy and Denise Miniat.
What a beautiful job. The school
board provided steaks. Everyone
enjoyed a delicious meal and had
a great time.
Today the K3 class will pres-
ent their program, "A Day in
K3," which will start promptly at
10 a.m. ET in the multipurpose
building. All parents, grandpar-
ents and friends are invited- .
Tomorrow, May 22, the K4 will
have a promotion program, and
K5 will have their graduation
ceremonies at Faith Christian
School's multipurpose building.
The children will present to their
parents and all well-wishers the
things they have learned this
year, after which there will be a
reception in the lunchroom. We
are very proud of these students
and their teachers, Mrs. Debbie
Burch (K4) and Mrs. Angela Bou-
ington (K5).

Wewa Elementary students reap

benefits of gardening project

Fourth-graders collaborated with County Extension

Throughout the year, Wewahitchka
Elementary School fourth-graders have
worked collaboratively with Mr. Roy Carter
and his staff from the County Extension Of-
fice in a gardening project.
Recently they were able to reap what
they had sown and wrapped up their.
project with a bountiful feast featuring
the produce they had so painstak-

ingly grown.
All the good stuff from the garden was
complemented with some tasty grilled
chicken, and no one went away hungry.
WES has had the privilege of enjoying
a number of programs sponsored by the
County Extension Office and wishes to ex-
press gratitude for their continuing sup-




The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has negotiated a new contract with Waste
Management of Florida, Inc. in regard to residential and commercial garbage collections in the
unincorporated areas of Gulf County. Below will be the new route pick up days for residential
service in the following'designated areas:'
Tuesday: St. Joe Beach (areas not on Hwy 98) Beacon Hill Oak Grove Highland
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Wednesday: Cape San Bias Indian Pass Jones Homestead Hwy 98
Thursday: City of Wewahitchka Lands Landing to City Limits Hwy 22 -
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The City of Port St. Joe Planning and Zoning Board will have a special meeting to
discuss a Request for a Variance on May 26, 2009, 4:00 EST, at City Hall, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd. for James & Rita Simmons located at 303 Dupont Drive. The reason
for the request is an addition to the rear for the existing house. The Board will give a
recommendation for the City Commission to consider on June 2nd, 2009, 6:00 EST, at
City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, St., Blvd.
All persons are invited to attend these meetings. [Any person who
decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect to any
matter considered at said meeting will need a record of the proceedings,
and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. The Board of City Commission of
the City of Port St. Joe, Florida will not provide a verbatim record of this
persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceedings should
contact Pauline Pendarvis, City clerk, city of Port St. Joe, at City Hall, Telephone No.
Pauline Pendarvis
City Clerk


Thursday. May 21, 2009



The Star I B9

4-H District event

winners announced

The 2009 4-H District III
Event was held in Bristol on
Saturday, May 2. District
III is made up of the coun-
ties of Gulf, Gadsden, Jef-.
ferson, Leon, Liberty and
Wakulla. This event is an
opportunity for 4-H mem-
bers to give presentations
about their 4-H projects,
public speeches, present
talent acts, exhibit posters
and photos. Gulf County
had 15 youth participate.
The- following Gulf
County participants placed
in their competition area:
Share the Fun (piano)-Ja-
cob Jones; Fashion Revue-
D'vante Baham, Jamaree
Hunter, Shaquille Scott;
Environmental Education
Presentation-Eddie Hunt-
er & Daniel Wymes; Horse
Presentation-Tia Roney,
Alicia Allison, and Quentin
Carter; Animal Industry
Presentation-Shawn Elia;
Food Preparation-Hope
Freeman and Ashleigh
Rouse; Healthy Lifestyles-
Victoria Rouse and Daney-
sia Wymes; Food Science,
Safety, and Nutrition-Kiana
This event is held each
spring. Of course, 4-H pro-
grams, clubs, camps, activ-
ities, etc. are held through-
out the year. So, if you or
your child has an .interest
in participating in 4-H as
a youth or adult volunteer
please contact the Gulf
County Extension Office at
639-3200 or 229-2909.

. Tina Roney

Shawn Elia

Alicia Alison And Quentin Carter

The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) will be ac--
cepting applications June
1-30 to be included in a
random drawing for quota
permits to hunt on' wildlife
managementareas (WMAs)
next season.
On many WMAs, quota
permits are required for
hunters wishing to hunt dur-
ing specified periods of the
general gun season as well,
as for other hunts, includ-
ing the archery and muzzle-
loading gun seasons. Quota
permits are also required
for hunts involving airboats,
track vehicles, youths, fami-
lies and mobility-impaired
Major changes begin-

ning this year to the quota,
program make quota hunt'
permits nontransferable,
including permits for hunts
specifically for mobil-
ity-impaired persons. This
change is to help ensure a
fairer distribution of per-
mits among hunters. In ad-
dition, the FWC established
a guest permit so quota per-
mit holders can take some-
one hunting with them, if'
the guest applies under the
quota permit holder's cus-
tomer ID number.
Worksheets are avail-
able under "Limited Entry
Hunts." at' www.MyFWC.
corn/hunting. They also 0ill
be available from county tax
collectors' offices, license
agents and FWC .regional

To apply, take a work-
sheet to any license agent
or tax collector's office or
apply online at wildlifeli- from 10 a.m.
(EDT) June 1 through mid-
night June 30.
Worksheets for recre-
ational use permits are
available at www.MyFWC.
com/hunting. The FWC will
issue recreational use.per-
mits, on a first-come, first-
served basis from 10 a.m.
(EDT) June 4,2009 through
March 31,2010.
ing and select "Limited En-
try, Hunts" for more infor-
mation on how to apply for
permits, application periods
and deadlines.

New application process for alligator

hunting permits starts on June 1

2008 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

The City of Port St. Joe
We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform
you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you
with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to
continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to en-
suring the quality of your water. Our water source is ground water from 4 wells. The deep wells draw from
the Floridan Aquifer and the shallow wells from a surficial aquifer. The excellent quality of our water is due
to the treatment process before we send the water to you the consumer. Before your water comes to you it
is aerated, lime softened, sand filtered and disinfected.
In 2008 the Department of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system
and a search of the data sources indicated no potential sources of contamination near our wells. The assess-
ment results are available on the FDEP Source Water Assessment and Protection Program website at www.
If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Glenn Davis at
850-229-6395. We encourage our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to
learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled City commission meetings. They are held on first
and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 pm in the Commission meeting room at City Hall, 305 Cecil Costin
Sr. Blvd.
'The City of Port St. Joe routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal
and State laws, rules, and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results
of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31,2008. Data obtained before January 1, 2008,
and presented in this report are from the most recent testing done in accordance with the laws, rules, and
In the table below, you may find unfamiliar terms and abbreviations. To help you better understand these
terms we've provided the following definitions:
Initial Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE): An important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts
Rule (DBPR). The IDSE is a one-time study conducted by water'systems to identify distribution system
locations with high concentrations of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Water systems
will use results from the IDSE, in conjunction with their Stage 1 DBPR compliance monitoring data, to
select compliance monitoring locations for the Stage 2 DBPR
'Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking
water. 1MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of a contaminantin drinking water below which
there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if, exceeded, triggers treatment or other
requirements that a water system must follow.
Picocurie per liter (pCi/L) measure of the radioactivity in water.
"ND" means not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis.
Parts per million (ppm) or Milligranms per liter (mg/1) one part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts
by weight of the water sample.
Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (jg/1) one part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by
weight of the water sample.
Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking
water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial
Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG:. The level of a drinking water disinfectant below
which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disin-
fectants to control microbial contaminants.

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Erdosiaon of uaoural
deposits; diocliaese (mm
ferilir and nlumintno
Fluoride(ppm) 4-09 N 0.77 NA 4 4.0 ri. A ter W
optimum levels between
0.7 and 1.3ppm .
odiut (ppm) 408 N 21 NA NIA I 0 Suit se 1 v siua -
Nitrate as Nitroge) (ppm 2.08 N 0.23 NA I0 10 sepic tanks, se" age;
Serosion ofnatuial
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e un (ppesi 4-08 N 0.0046 NA 2 2 ma dlse ersu
al ur' )nual dcposils
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pollution such s auto
l.ead point t of esty) (ppb) 4-08 N 0.4 NA n/l I 5 einionis fnd pint.
' esd pipe, casing, and
es lder '-
SDischarge from suel
Chromium (ppb) 4-08 N I NA 10O 100 and pulp mills; cuolon
of natural deposits
SNiekel ppb) 4-08 N 0.5 NA NA 100 1Natud r ofii upfng sc in
.Discharge frm -
petroleum and metal
Selenium (ppb) 4-08 N 0.4 -. NO A 50 s 0 relies; ewoson of
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ad (tIap w-er) N 5 Co3r.1oion o fhou Ioi systems, erosion

TTHMs and Stage I Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product (DI/DBP) Parameters
CunLtaminant ad DateS ofi MCL le Range "'F l r, '*f CLur
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'ihtn'a n iM tl h th a le u Y 8785 06 NA MCI. 80 By-produltoldddnkng wacrdisinfecion

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and
young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with
service lines and home plumbing. The City of Port St. Joe is responsible for providing high quality drink-
ing water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has
been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30
seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your
water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods,
and can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, res-
ervoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves
naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting
from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
(A). Microbial contaminants, such as viruses anid bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment
l1nniq hIntin i,,0005110 4 1 ltu l liUO Iton k atis. and w dildlife.J

-."~ [ Ipldlllants, Jseptc systemsll, agrlcUltUlai IIvesOcIlK operaHions, 01an wm llVl. ..
The Florida Fish and earlier than June 17. for Florida residents, and (B) Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result
Wildlife Conservation Fee payments must be nonresidents pay $1,021.50: from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas-
Commission (FWC) will made at the locations ref- The cost for each addition- production, mining, or farming.
use new permit-application erenced above by June 29. al alligator hunting permit stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
procedures this year to re- Any permits remaining is $61.50, regardless of res- (D) Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are
solve past permit issuance after this period will be of- idency. All fees are nonre- by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas
problems for the highly feared duringPhase II on fundable. E stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
problems for the highly feared during Phase II on fundable. (E) Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas
popular statewide alligator a first-come, first served An 'alligator trapping production and mining activities.
harvest program. basis from 10 a.m. (EDT) agent license is also avail- We constantly monitor for various contaminants in our water supply to meet all regulatory requirements.
In Phase I of the new July 1 through 11:59 p.m. able for $51.50, which al- The City did exceed the MCL for TrHMs [Total Trihalomethanes] in 2008, Some people who drink water
process, applications will (EDT) July 6.' People who lows the license holder to containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their
be accepted for a ran purchased a permit dur- assist permitted trappers liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Because the
trappers City had this violation, they "Public Noticed" each customer in each quarter with a direct mailing explain-
dom drawing from 10 a.m. ing Phase I may not apply, take alligators. ing the situation and the actions taken to correct it. We believe we have solved the problem by adding
(EDT) June 1 through Applicants in Phase II are The alligator hunting automatic flusher at nine locations thru out the distribution system, aeration in the ground storage tanks
11:59 p.m. (EDT) June 15. limited to one permit, season will run 11 consec- and switching to a new source of sodium hypochlorite solution. The data for the first quarter of 2009 is
Approximately 6,000 alliga- If permits are available utive weeks from Aug. .15
tor harvest permits will be after Phase II, they will be through Nov. 1. The City exceeded the action level for Copper during the year. Copper is an essential nutrient, but some
people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of
available. offered during Phase III on To educate participants time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess
During the Phase I ran- a first-come, first served on the how-to's and rules of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson's Disease
dom drawing, each person basis froml0 a.m. (EDT) and regulations of the should consult their personal doctor. The city is in the final stages of construction of the new surface
may submit only one no- July 7 until al permits hunts, the FWC offers a no- treatment plant and will have the capabilities to add corrosion control inhibitors to the drinking water that
may submit only one no- July 7 until all permits hunts, the FWC offers a no- hopefully will remedy that situation.
cost application, which pro- are sold. People who pur- cost, three-hour training
videos the option of prioritiz- chased a permit in Phase and orientation program, In order to ensure thattap water is safe todrink, theEPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount
five hupont areaan ICorse may ap plyt for hadof certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration
ing up to five hunt areaFand I or II may apply for ad- which is held at various (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protec-
period choices. All people ditional permits during locations throughout the tion for public health.
seeking a harvest permit Phase III. state. Permit recipients Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of
must be at least 18 years Successful applicants are not required to attend, some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a
of age'by Aug. 15, 2009. A must 'submit payment for but first-time participants health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling
permit allows the harvest an alligator trapping li- are strongly encouraged the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
of two alligators on a desig- cense and two alligator to go. Courses will be of- Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.
nated area. harvest tags, or provide feared in July and August, Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have
Sd i undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and
Applications can be.sub- proof of a valid alligator and permit holders will infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water
mitted at any county tax trapping license (must be receive, by mail, permit from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection
collector's office, license valid through Nov. 1, 2009) packages listing dates and by Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water
agent (retail. outlet that and pay the fee for two har- locations.
sells hunting and fishing vest tags. No other hunt- For more information We at the City of Port St. Joe work diligently to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our
licenses), and at MyFWC. ing licenses are required about these exciting ai- customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our
licenses), and at MyFWC. ing licenses are required. about these exciting alli- children's future.
corn/License. Drawing The cost for an alligator gator hunts, visit MyFWC.
results will be posted at trapping license and alliga- com/WildlifeHabitats/Alli- The City of Port St. Joe is committed to insuring the quality of your water. If you have any questions or no tor harvest tags is $271.50 gatorindexhtmconcerns about the information provided, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed. no tor harvest tags is $271.50gatorindex.htm.

Application period for FWC

quota permits begins June 1


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Development Center and As Deputy Clerk Tampa, Florida Block 5, Howard Creek 2009 and entered in Case participate in this proceed-
future developments. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, Rebecca Norris 33622-5018 Properties, an unrecorded No. 23-2008-CA-000207 of ing should contact Gulf
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, **See Americans with Dis- As Clerk of this Court F08034953 subdivision of the portion the Circuit Court of the County Courthouse
II. It is the Owner's inten- ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, abilities Act By: Jasmine Hysmith May 21,28, 2009 of the West Half of the FOURTEENTH Judicial #850-229-6113 (TDD)
tion to employ the Firm to CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, In accordance with the As Deputy Clerk 2237S Southwest Quarter of Sec- Circuit in and for GULF
provide overall Project De- OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Americans-with Disabilities May 14, 21, 2009 N SE OF tion 5, Township 7 South, County, Florida wherein Florida Default Law Group,
1100o- Legal Advertising sign and Construction Ad- CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, Act, persons needing a 2217S PUBLIC SALE Range 8 West, Gulf BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., RL.
1110 Classified Notices ministration for water, UNDER, OR AGAINST SU- special accommodation to IN THE CIRCUIT COURT County, Florida, lying is the Plaintiff and KEN- RO. Box 25018
1120- Public Notilces/ sewer, lift stations, paving, SAN J. BLEVINS A/K/A participate in this proceed- OF THE FOURTEENTH Hwy 22 Storage South of State Road No. NETH CROWDER A/K/A Tampa, Florida
Announcements and ingress/egress onto SUSAN JO BLEVINS A/K/A ing should contact Gulf JUDICIAL CIRCUITIN AND 1249 Hwy 22 S-387; also described as KENNETH L CROWDER; 33622-5018
1140 HappyAds an outparcel 1000 feet SUSAN BLEVINS, DE- County Courth6use FOR GULF COUNTY Wwahitchka Floria follows: Commence at the LINDA CROWDER; are the F08033548
1150 Prsonals from CEASED, et al, #850-229-6113 (TDD) FLORIDA Southeast Corner of the Defendants, I will sell to May 21,28, 2009
1160- osi U. S. Highway. Defendantss. CIVIL ACTION #42 Katrina right Southwest Quarter of the the highest and best bid-
1170 Found Florida Default Law Group, #65 Kendall Body Southwest Quarter of Sec- der for cash at LOBBY OF
racd III. QUALIFICATION IN- CASE NO.: PL. HSBC MORTGAGE SER- #22 ShenrdMurphy tion 5, Township 7 South, THE GULF COUNTY
STRUCTIONS AND GEN- 23-2009-CA-000083 RO. Box 25018 #22 Sherri Murphy Range 8 West, Gulf COURTHOUSE at 11:00 2286S
r 1 100 ERAL INFORMATION DIVISION: 3 Tampa, Florida Plaintiff, Units wii be ened and County, Florida; thence AM, on the 18th day of IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
Qualification Submissions: 336 Plaintiff, Unis will be opened ando N89'51'35"W along the June, 2009, the following OF THE FOURTEENTH
2111S Submit five (5) copies of a AMENDED F09015248 merchandise sold or re- South line of said Section described property as set JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT written qualification no NOTICE OF ACTION May 14,21,2009 Vs. moved if payments are not 5 for 20 feet; thence forth in said Final Judg- FOR GULF COUNTY,
OF THE FOURTEENTH later than 4:00 PM June4, brought up to date by
DIL FOURTEENTH lat2166 JOHN EDWARD RAY, et June 5,2009 at 8:30. NO09'25"E parallel with ment: FLORIDA
JUDIA C T To: IN9THE CIRCUIT COURT a? Ma4 E,2 ,2009the East line of said South- CIVIL ACTION
AND FOR GULF COUNTY IN THE CIRCUIT COURT al, May 14,21,28,2009 west Quarter of the South- LOT 65, BLOCK B, AN UN-
Deceased. CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, Plainti, NOTICE OF GULF COUNTY 140 feet; thence FOLLOWS: Plaintiff,
Qualifications must be re- UNDER, OR AGAINST SU- a SO'09'25"W for 75 feet;
File Number: 09-37-PR sponsive to the require- SAN J. BLEVINS A/K/A FORECLOSURE SALE SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, thence S89'51'35"E for COMMENCE AT THE vs.
ments and questions of SUSAN JO BLEVINS A/K/A vs NOTICE IS HEREBY NC, 140 feet to the Point of Be- NORTHEAST CORNER OF
NOTICE TO CREDITORS the, Request for Qualifica- SUSAN BLEVINS, DE- BARBARA J. PALMER .GIVEN pursuant to a Fin Plaintiff ginning. LOT1, BLOCK B OF CAPE LOUISD. PARKER, et al,
The administration of the tons. CEASED A/K/A BARBARA JO Judgment of Mortgage vsa/k/a SQUIRRELESPE DI- Defendant(s).
estate of DEBBIE ANN Reservations: North Flor- LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: PALMER, et al., Foreclosure dated May 04, AVE WEWAHITCHKA, FSQUIRREL ION AT THEREOF RE- CASE NO.
JACKSON, whose date of ida Child Development, UNKNOWN Defendants. 2009 and entered in Case NANCY TURNER EDGE, 32465 CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 23-2008-CA-000385
death was April 15, 2009, Inc. reserves the right to No 23-2008-CA000210t rt of th al. AT PAGE 23 OF THE PUB- DIVISION
File No. 09-37-PR, ispend- reject any and all qualifica- CURRENT ADDRESS:. CASENO.: the Circuit Court of the Defendants has been filed against you LIC RECORDS OF GULF
ing in the Circuit Court for tions, to negotiate changes UNKNOWN 23-2008-CA-000071 FOURTEENTH Judicial and. you are required to COU FLORIDA AND NOTICE OF FORECLO-
Gulf County, Florida, Pro- in the new scope of work NOTCE OF ACTION Co nt Florida GULwherei CASE NO. 09-178CA serve a copy of your writ- RUN SOUTH 18 DE- SURE SALE
bate Division, the address or services to be provided, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN NOTICE OF ACTION County Florida where ten defenses, if apy, to it, GREES 13 MINUTES 18
.of which is 1.000 Cecil .G. and to otherwise waive any PARTIES CLAIMING BY, TO VICES INC, is the Plaintiff NOTICE OF ACTION on Nwabufo Umunna, At- SECONDS EAST 121.74 NOTICE IS HEREBY-
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. technicalities or informali- THROUGH, UNDER, AND UN OWN SPVE N, and isHN e WARnRt torney for Plaintiff, whose FEET TO THE POINT OF GIVEN pursuant tp a Final
Joe, Florida. The names ties. AGAINST THE HERIN UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF and JOHN EDWARD RAY; A TO: NANCY TURNER address is 2901 Stirling BEGINNING. FROM SAID Judgment of Mortgage
and addresses of the Per- NAMED INDIVIDUAL BAR/K/A BARA J. PALMER MARGARET E. RAY; ANY EDGE .Road, Suite 300, Fort POINT OF BEGINNING Foreclosure dated May 04,
sonal Repiresentative and Method of Selection: Qual- DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE A/K/A BARBARA JO A ND ALL UNKNOW PAR- Whose residence is: 327 S Lauderdale, Florida 3312 CONTINUE, SOUTH 18 2009 and entered in Case
the Personal Representa- ifications will be reviewed NOT ,KNOWN TO BE PALMERtKTIES CLAIMING BY,AN SQUIRREL AVE, on or before June 15, DEGREES 13 MINUTES 18 No. 23-2008-CA-000385 of
tive's attorney are set forth by a committee appointed DEAD OR ALIVE ast KnownAddress: THROUGH, UNDER, AND WEWAHITCHKA, FL, 2009, and file the original SECONDS EAST 119.35 the Circuit Court of the
below, by North Florida Child De- WHETHER SAID UN- 317 Canal St., Port St. Joe32456 NAMGAINSTED INDIVIDUAL 32465 with the Clerk of this Court FEET, THENCE NORTH 89 FOURTEENTH Judicial
velopment, Inc. which will KNOWN PARTIES MAY AFLoAttN At- DFNDANT IWHAR either before service on DEGREES 18 MINUTES 41 Circuit in and for GULF
All creditors s of the dece- recommend a ranking of CLAIM AN INTEREST AS 1739AlsoAttempted At DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE Plaintiff's attorney or imme- SECONDS WEST 179.96 County, Florida wherein
dent and other persons firms. Presentations may SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI- 1739 Kathryn Dr, Tallahas- NOT KNOWNR TO BE OF NANCY TURNER diately thereafter; other- FEET TO THE NORTH- CHASE HOME FINANCE
having claims or demands or may not be required. SEES, GRANTEES, ORsee, FL 32308 and 12781 DEAD OR ALIVD UN EDGE wise a default will be en- EASTERLY BOUNDARY LLC SUCCESSOR BY
against decedent's estate Upon acceptance of the OTHER CLAIMANTS NW 93rd Lane, Chiefand, WHETHER SAID UN Whose residence is: 327S tered against you, for the LINE CURVE OF THE 100 MERGER TO CHASE
on whom a copy of this recommendation negotia- FL 32626Current Residence Un OWN PARTIESAS SQUIRREL AVE, relief demanded in the 'FOOT RIGHT OF WAY HOME MANHATTAN
notice has been served tions will be entered into. LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: Current Residence Un- CLAIM AN INTEREST AS WEWAHITCHKA, FL, complaint. .FOR STATE ROAD 30 MORTGAGE CORPORA-
must file their claims within UNKNOWN known SPOUSE, GRANTEES, DEV- 32465 EAST (TH. STONE HIGH- TION, is the Plaintiff and
this court WITHIN THE Please respond by includ- AR NOTIF SEES, GRANTEES, OR WITNESS my hand and WAY), THEN RUN NORTH- LOUIS D. PARKER; are the
LATER OF 3 MONTHSAF- ing but not limiting your re- CURRENT ADDRESS: an YactionforForec NOTIFIED that OTHfendR CLAIMANTs, 1 wil se; are If alive, and if dead, all par- the seal of the Court this WESTERLY ALONG, SAID Defendants, I will sell to
FIRST PUBLICATION OFTHE sponse to the following: UNKNOWNof Mortgage on the follow to the highest and bes ties claiming interest by, 4th day of May, 2009. NORTHEASTERLY the highest and best bid-
FIRST PUBLICATION OF of Mortgage on the follow to the highest and besthrough, under or againBOUNDARY LINE AND der for cash at LOBBY OF
DAYS AFTER THE TIME length of time in business an action to foreclose a LOT 7 AND 9, BLOCK 7, COURTHOUSE at 11:00 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ,As Clerkofthe Court TO THE NORTHEAST COURTHOUSE at
OF SERVICE OF A COPY 2, Availability of staff to mortgage on the following PORT ST JOE BEACH AM, on the 18th day of NANCY TURNER EDGE By: Jasmine Hysmith HAVING A RADIUS OF 11:00AM, on the 18th day
OF THIS NOTICE ON start and complete project. property in GULF County, UNIT 1, ACCORDING TO June 2009, the following and all parties having or As Deputy Clerk 11409.1559. FEET AND A of June, 2009, the follow-
THEM3. Insurance carrier and Florida: THEMAPOR PLAT described property as set claiming to have any right, CENTRAL ANGLE OF 00 ing described property as
applicable coverage THEREOF AS R PLAT described Finproperty as setJud title or interest in the prop- In accordance with the DEGREES 08 MINUTES 31 set forth in said Final Judg-
All other creditors of the (errors and omissions). LOT SIX (6) AND THE REOF, AS RE- forth in said Final g- erty described herein. Americans with Disabilities SECONDS AN ARC DIS- ment:
decedent and other per- 4. Qualifications of staff to NORTH ONE HALF (1/2) CORDED NTHE PUBUC mnt Act, persons needing a TANCE IF 28.28 FEET TO
sons having claims or de- be utilized on this project OFLOT2, SEVEN (7) COUNTY FLORIDA LOT ONE (1),BLOCK 109, YOU ARE NOTIFIED that reasonable accommoda- THE POINT OF TAN- LOT THREE (3), BLOK C,
mands against decedent's with names, short re- BLOCK 2, WARD RIDGE ST JOSEPH'S ADDITION an action for Foreclosure tion to participate in this GENCY, THEN CONTINUE PENINSULA ESTATES
estatemust filetheirclaims sums, lengths ctimewith FLORIDA,IVISI ON AS PER has been iled against you UNIT NO. SEVEN (7)TO of Mortgage on the follow- proceeding should, no ALONG SAID NORTH- SUBDIVISION, AS RE-
MONTHS AFTER THE and previous clients. SUBDIVISION AS PER and you are required to THE CITY OF PORT ST ing described property: later than seven (7) days EASTERLY BOUNDARY CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
FT THEExperiencemustbe wthMAP PAT FORPLARIDATHEREO prior,.contact the Clerk of LINE NORTH 18 DE- 3, PAGE11, OF THE PUB-
DATE F TH FIRST PB-submting irm RECORDED IN PLAT serve a copy of your writ- JOE, FLORIDA PARCEL I: the Court's disability coor- GREES 13 MINUTES 18 LIC RECORDS OF GULF
LCATION OF THIS. NO- 5. Names of five (5) previ- BOOK 2 AT PAGE'3 OF Marshall C. Watson, A/K/A 2101 LONG AVE- The East Half of Lot 3, dinator at 8502296111, SECONDS WEST 91.08 COUNTY FLORIDA.
TWICE. ous jobs within the past THE PUBLIC RECORDS RA., Attorney for Plaintiff, NUE, PORT SAINT JOE Block 5, Howard Creek 1000 G. COSTING BLVD. FEET, THEN LEAVING
A five (5) years with phone OF GULFCOUNTFLOR- whose address i800 FL32456 Properties, an unrecorded RM. 302 PORT STJOE SAID NORTHEASTERLY A/K/A 7640 ROBINWOOD
ALLCLAIMS NOT SO numbers and contactper- IDA. NW 49th STREET SUITE 32456 subdivision of that portion FL, 32456. If hearing im- BOUNDARY LINE RUN LANE, PORT SAINT JOE,
FILBARRED WILL BE FOREVER son120 FT LAUDERDALEET, FL Any persons clSUITEaimin an of the West Half of 'the paired, contact (TDD) SOUTH 89 DEGREES 18 FL 324560000
BARRED. 6. Description of previous has been filed against you 120, FT LAUDERDALE, FL Any pers ons claiming an Southwest Quarter of Sec- 8009558771 via Florida MINUTES 41 SECONDS
Th th ft experience, toincludecon- and you are required to 3309 on or before whichne 8, is the dale, in the surplus fromthan tion 5, Township7 South, Relay System. EAST 180.00 FEET TO Any person claiming an in-
The date of the firstpubli- struction method, budget, serve a copy of your writ- 2009 a at which is the dale, if any, other than Range 8 West, Gulf May 21, 28, 2009 THE POINT OF BEGINN- terest in the surplus from
cation of this notice is May final cost,time schedule, ten defense within 30 within thirty (30) days er e property owner as of County, Florida, lying ING. the sale, if any, other than
14, 200. change orders, etc. days afterthe first public the firstpublication of th s tfie la hin South of State Road No. 2280S T the property owner as of
Notce in THE STAR and ens must file a claim within S-387 also described as IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 'A the property owner as of
Sandra Rena Hunter tion, if any, on Florida De- file the original with the sixty (60) days after the also described OF THE FOURTEENTH A/K/A LOT 65 CAPE the date of the Us Pend-
SandraRena Hunter Request for information fault Law Group, P.L, h Cu eh e follows: Commence at the JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND BREEZES, PORT SAINT ens must file a claim within
O. Box91 L 32465 shall be in writing. No calls plaintiffs attorney, whose Cler cek o ai sale. Southeast Coer of the FOR GULF COUNTY JOE,FL32456 sixty (60) days after the
Wewahitchka, FL 32465 or visits please. Refer all address is 9119 Corporate before service on Plaintiff's SouthwestQuarterofthe sale
Law Offices J. Patrick written request to Clem- Lake Drive, Suite 300, attorney or immediately WITNESS Y HAND and Southwest Quarter of Sec- FLORIDA Any person claiming an in-
Floyd, Chtd. ons, Rutherford & Associ- Tampa, Florida 33634, and r be eou Ma 2009 on tion 5, Township 7 South, CIVILACTION terest in the surplus from WITNESS MY HAND and
408 ong Avenue ates, Inc., 2027 Thomas- file the original with this fault will be entered May, 5, 2009. Range 8 West, .Gulf Athe sale, if any, other than the seal of this Court on
Port St. Joe, FL 32456 ville Road, Tallahassee,FL Court either before service against you forCourty, Florida; thence BANKOF AMERICA, N.A the property owner as of May 4,2009.
May 14, 21, 2009 32308, Attn: 'Greg Kelley; on Plaintiffs attorney or im- demanded in the com- Rebecca L.Norris, Cerk N895135W along the Plaif the date of the s Pehd
2120S e m a i I : mediatelysthereafter; other- n By: Ja mine Hysit South line of said Section ens must file a claim within Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
REQUEST FOR QUALIFI- gkelley@clembns-ruther- wise a default will be en- n accordance with the Deput Clerk 5 for 20 feet; thence vs.sixty (60) days after the Clerk of the Circuit Court
CATIONS FOR ENGI- tered against you for the Americans with Disabilities N0'09'25"E parallel with KENNETH CROWDR sale. By: Jasmine Hysmith
NEERING' SERVICES May 7,14, 21, 2009 relief .demanded in the A American wih theEastline oaid South- NN -DeputyClerk
FOR NORTH 'FLORIDA 2137S Compaintorpatition. Act of 1990 (ADA),'disa- **See Americans with Dis- the East line ofthideSouth'- K/A KENNETH
FOR NORTHFLORIDA2137SComplint or petition bled persons who, be- abilities Act west Quarter of the South- CROWDER, et al WITNESS MY HAND and
CHILD DEVELOPMENT, IN,THE CIRCUIT COURT cause of their disables, In accordance with the westQuarterfor400feetto Dendant(s) the seal of this Court on FloridaDefaultLawGroup,
INC. UTILITY EXTEN- OF THE FOURTEENTH This notice shalbepub needspecialaccommo- Americans with Disabilities the Point of Beginning; May4,2009. RL.
SION JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND tishedonce each week for nation to participate in this Act, persons with a disabil- thence continue RO. Box 25018
FOR GULF COUNTY two consecutive weeks the tntoariipa n tAt psn a s bil NO'09'25'E for08-A-0 7 7Rebecca L. Norris Tampa, Florida
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opment, Inc. is requesting WITNESS my hand and Joe, FL 32456 or Tle- should contact Gulf SO 9'25"W for 75 feet; ICF Deputy Clerk
written qualicatins from U.S. BANK NATIONAL AS theseal of thisCourt on phone (850) 229-6113 County Courthouse (850) thence S8951'35"E for NOTICE RE SALE **See Americans wth Dis-
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qualified civil engineering SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE this 27th day of April, prior to such proceeding. 229-6113 (TDD). 140 feet to the Point of Be- **See Americans with Dis- abilities Act
firms to provide Profes- FOR RFMSI 2005S4, 2009. ginning. NOTICE IS HEREBY abilities Act In accordance 'with 'the
sional Services for a utility Plaintiff, WITNESS my hand and Florida Default Law Group, GIVEN pursuant to a Finaln accordance with the Americans with Dsabiliies
extension to serve a South Rebecca L. Nois, Clerk theseal of this Cdurt this L. judgment of Mortgage Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
Gulf Count' Early Child VS Clerk of the Courtst ay of May, 2009. q. Box 25018 PARCEL l: Foreclosure dated May 4, Act, persons needing a special accommodation to
By: Jasmine Hysmith The North Half of Lot 5, ae y special accommodation to participate in this proceed-



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ing should contact G
County Courthou
#850-229-6113 (TDD)
May 21, 28, 2009

GIVEN that the City Co
mission of the City of P
St. Joe, Florida, at
meeting on the 2nd day
June, 2009, at 6:00 RF
EDT, in the regular Coi
mission meeting room
the Municipal Buildin
Port St. Joe, Florida, v
have the 2nd reading ai
consider for final adoptii
an Ordinance with the f'
lowing title:
Copies of the Ordinanc
are available for public ii
section at City of Port S
Joe City Hall, located
305 Cecil G. Costin S
Blvd., Pont St. Joe, Floridt
Interested persons may a
tend and be heard at th
public hearing or.provid
comments in writing to th
City Commissioners, Cit
of Port St. Joe City Hal
305 Cecil G. Costin, Si
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
Transactions of the pObli
hearing, will not be re
corded. Persons wishin
to appeal any decision
made during the hearing
will need a recordd of th
.proceeding and should er
sure a verbatim record i
made, including the test
mony on which the appeal
is based, Any person whi
wishes to attend and re
quires assistance may ca
the City Clerk's Office a
(850) 229-8261, Est. 114.
Attest: Pauline Pendarvis
May 21, 2009

CEASED, et al,

CASE NO. 08-31 CA
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of, Mortgage
Foreclosure dated May 04,
2009 and entered in Case
No. 08-31 CA of the Circuit
Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein TAYLOR,
TION, is the Plaintiff and


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will DOE, and TENANT #
nd N/K/A JOHN DOE are thi
on Defendants, I will sell t
ol- the highest and best bit
der for cash at LOBBY O
)F 11:00AM, on the 18th da
0- of June, 2909, the follow
Y ing described property a
O- set forth in said Final Judg
)F ment:
it- SECONDS EAST 59.3!
a- SECONDS EAST 617.58
s WEST 1812.78 FEET TO A
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date' of the LiUs Pend-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
the seal of this Court on
May 4, 2009.
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group,
RL. -'
RO. Box 25018
Tampa; Florida
**See Americans with Dis-
abilities Act
.In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact Gulf
County Courthouse
#850-229-6113 (TDD)
Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to Chapter 373,
Florida Statutes, the fol-
lowing applications) for
water use permits) has
(have) been received by
the Northwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
Application number
107024 filed 05/11/2009
City of Wewahitchka, P.O.
Box 966, Wewahitchka, FL
32465. Requesting a maxi-
mum withdrawal of
511,250 gallons per day
from the Floridan Aquifer
System for Public Supply
use by existing and pro-
posed facilities. General,
withdrawal, locations) in
Gulf County: T04S, R10W,
Sec. 11
Interested persons may
object to or comment
upon the applications or
submit a written request
for a copy of the. staff
reports) containing pro-
posed agency action re-

Child care available in my
home. Mexico Beach.
Please call 643-8128 for
more information.

Experienced caregiver or
companion, certified. Let-
ter of reference, available.
Mon-Fri, 8-5. Call 639-3588

in a Truck
Due to Economic collapse
of new construction, I have
been played off, with 12 yrs
of all types of electrical exp
and my dad with 30 years
of carpentry experience we
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contracting without license
for our trades, Gulf County
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ID Resource Regulation (
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H, Water Management Dit
ST trict, attention Terri Pete
N- son, 152 Water Manage
S) ment Drive, Havana, Flo
'N ida 32333-9700, but suc
E, comments or request
N- must be received by5
NY o'clock p.m. on June 5
.S 2009.
R No further public notice
N- will be provided regarding
M this (these) applications)
N Publication of this notice
2 constitutes constructive
ie notice of this permit appli
o cation to, all substantially
d- affected persons. A cop;
F of the staff reports) mus
Y be requested in order to
at remain advised of further
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N- lic hearing date. Substan
s tally affected persons are
g- entitled to request an ad
ministrative hearing re
garding the proposed
D agency action by submit
E ting a written request ac-
R cording to the provisions
T of 28-601.201, Florida Ad.
E ministritive Code. Notices
R of Proposed Agency Ac.
I- tion will be mailed only tc
E persons who have filed
Y, such requests.
E May 21, 2009
- Plaintiff,,
8 vs.
3 Defendantss.
7 23-2008-CA-000391
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Mortgage
Foreclosure dated May 04,
2009 and entered in Case
No. 23-2008-CA-000391 of
the Circuit Court of the
Circuit in and for GULF
County, Florida wherein
is the Plaintiff and JO-
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at LOBBY OF
11:00AM, on the 18th day
of June, 2009, the follow-
ing described property as
set forth on said'Final
FL 32456
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the Us Pend-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
the seal of this Court on
May 4, 2009.
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Coyurt'
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group,
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 3362-5018

**See Americans with Dis-
abilities Act
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact Gulf
County Courthouse
#850-229-6113 (TDD)
April 21, 28, 2009


Available for local wed-
dings & commitment cere-
monies. Florida authorized
premarital counselor. Per-
sonalized for your spiritual
needs. Leave message @
(850) 725-2798.

3100 Antiques
3110 Appliances
3120 Arts & Crafts
3130 Auctions
3140 Baby Item's
3150 Building Supplies
3160 Business
3170 Collectibles
3180 Computers
3190 Electronics
3200 Firewood
3210- Free Pass It On
3220 Furniture
3230 Garage/Yard Sales
3240 Guns
3250 Good Things to Eat
3260 Health & Fitness
3270 Jewelry/Clothing
3280 Machinery/
3290 Medical Equipment
3300 Miscellaneous
3310 Musical Instruments
3320 Plants & Shrubs/
3330 Restaurant/Hotel
3340 Sporting Goods
3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell)

3 BR, -2 BA
home Nice neighborhood
close to schools. $8q0/mo.
Call 850-340-1219 for

May 22rd-25th 9am-? East-
ern Time 212 Hwy 386
Overstreet road 1 block off
of 98 and Over 100 books,
lots of fishing stuff, clothes,
baby to .adult plus means
and shoes, pots pans and
household,, craft yarn and
linens, plants and saga
palma, bikes, some tools
and a whole lot more.

Mexico Beach 625 A 15th
St. Sat May 30th 8-?
Foreclosure Sale
Everything from A to Z

Spring Cleaning?

Place your gently used furniture, rugs & lamps
on consignment at



Now Open at
212 Williams Ave
Downtown Port St. Joe

SThe City of Port St. Joe is accepting
applications for the following position:
Accountant, Accounts Receivable
Candidate must have MUNIS Software
and Governmental Accounting Experience.
Applications are available at City Hall.
Please return applications to the Municipal
Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.JBlvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Positions will be
open until filled. All applicants must present
a yalid Florida Driver License and Social
Security Card at time of application.
The City of Port St. Joe enforces a Drug-
Free Workplace Policy and is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The City of Port St. Joe is accepting
applications for the following:
Program begin June 15th
Applications may be picked up and returned
to the Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
Application period is opened until positions
are filled. All applicants must present a valid
Florida Driver License and Social Security
Card at time of application,
The City of Port St, Joe enforces a Drug-Free
Workplace and is an EOAA Employer.

1 4100


Part Time
Knowledgeable in
PeachTree Accounting
software. 850-229-1980.

Front Desk Office
& Housekeeping
PT, weekend help, needed
for front desk & house-
keeping positions, apply in
person 4693 Cape Sand
Blast Rd. Port St. Joe


Direct Service
Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens is taking applica-
tions for a Direct Service
worker. This job; in-
cludes going into the
riomes of elderly people
oi Gulf County in an ef-
lort to fulfill our mission
of providing assistance
igat will result In a clean
and risk free environ-
mrent. The applicant
must be in good physi-
cal and mental health,
having a warm and
pleasant personality.
Florida driver's license is
required, along with de-
pendable 'transporta-
tion. Applicant must be
willing to authorize and
pass a background
check and a drug
screening. The job is
part time with, 20 to 25
ours per week. The
salary range is mini-
mum wage or higher.
Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens is an equal oppor-
tunity employer. Job ap-
plications can be picked
up at the Port Saint Joe
Senior Center at 120 U-
brary Dr, located behind
the Gulf County Library.


for local Animal Hospital.
Computer/Telephone exp.
a must! Call 850-227-7270

Properties of SGI,
A great opportunity
awaits you at the largest
vacation rental com-
pany on St George Is-
land. We offer a great
benefits package to,
full-time employees.
*Front Desk Clerk
*Housekeeping Desk
Apply In person today
123 West Gulf Beach
Drive St. George Island,
Fl 32328



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for information about
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you see a job
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protection agency.
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message from the FTC
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6100 Business/
6110- Apartments
6120 Beach Rentals
6130 Condo/Townhouse
6140 House Rentals
6150 Roommate Wanted
6160 Rooms for Rent
6170 Mobile Home/Lot
6180 Out-of-Town Rentals
6190 Timeshare Rentals
6200 Vacation Rentals

ri I,5 -oe F "rlm -
imum term, 3 or 3 ta E,-
cellent conairon. ,:uiomn
furnishings and .acor
Complete PC prnie,
wireless haidware sei.up
available, Rent-er rels anr
credit che:P' requiiLc
$1,100 mo. Plea3se Ca

1,2, &3
for rent In Port St. Joe; Call

2 bedroom, 1 'bath house
457 Madison St. Oak
Grove Area of Port St. Joe.

2 br, 1 ba Highland View
area $575 mo 6 mo lease,
Bay View, Please Call
'2 br, 1 be, Port St. Joe, tile
floors, CH/A, nice yard, re-
cently remodeled,, no pets,
$550 mo + utilities.
8228 Hwy 98, St Joe
Beach, 2br 2ba house with
gulf view,j$795 mo + dep,

3 br, 2 ba home 446
Bonita St. Call 899-0117


In Pott St. Joe





Climate and
Control Storage
Boat/RV storage
&office space

America's MNini Storage & Office Complex
"Business Center Now Leasing"
Location! Location! Near the Port!

New brick offices with 12' x 12' office,
private Bath, Storage Closet, with easy
access bay to a 24' x 40' warehouse
space. Gated, Secured 1 year lease at
$550 per month, $550 deposit.

Toye or Gina Roberts
850-229-8014 or 850- 258 48891

Hurry! We only have a few

Barefoot Cottages left.

In a beach access community with pools, playgrounds, club
house, and hot tubs. Price includes water, sewer and garbage.


SotihernCoaslMaunnient 850,229,1350


2 br, 2 ba
available now
Duplex apt. Jones Home-
stead. $625. mo. 229-6941

PSJ: 2 br, 2 ba
Very Nice Apt in nice
neighborhood, close to
schools. Rare availabil-
ity $750 mo negotiable.

Spacious gulfvilew, 1 br
apartment at Mexico
Beach. Large covered
porch, carport, generous
storage, W/D, dishwasher,
partially furnished. $850
mo utilities included. No
smoking or pets.

3 br, 2.5 ba, W/D incld.
CH&A, 7th St. $900 Month
+ $500 deposit. Call
850-227-2077 /
Clean 2 br, 2V/2ba in PSJ,
$675 mo + dep. Call
850-545-5814 or

Eagle Landing
New development Fully
furnished, beautiful & spa-
cious, 3 br, 2 ba
townhome located in
Jones Homestead, Eagle
Landing subdivision. Close
to shopping, downtown
and St. Joseph's Bay.
Monthly rental $900 w/
$900 sec/damage deposit.
Short Term rental option
avail. Call Gulf Coast Prop-
erty Services at
(850)229-2706 for more in-
formation & a tour of the

Mexico Beach
2 BR/2 BTH Condo blocks
from beach, Pool, Clbhse,.
No smoking, $795/mo
Brian 404-663-0226
Townhouse Barrer
Dunes, Cape Snr, Bias
PoPt St Joe FI m nm.-

7100 Homes
7110 -.Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
717D0- Waterfront
7180a- Investment
Property /
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

'7100 8110 _
Ford Escort 1999, $495
down, $3,900 total 0%
interest Daylight Auto
Financing 2816 Hwy 98 W
Home for sale. Financing 215-1769 9am/9pm
o~titns aviahla or lease

2 br, 1 ba
Owner pays portion of
water., $450 mo + $450
dep. Hiland View.

2 br, 1 ba, Mobile home,
Kitchen add on, decking
with gates, 12x24 insulated
shed. w/d, C/H&A just a
few blks to bch. Beacon
Hills (Mexico Bch Area),
$650 mo + sec. dep.

2 br, 1 ba CH&A, $400 mo.
+ sec dep. 639-5721

7 6200M |
Take a Truely Unique Va-
cation. Stay on the "Annie
B", a 44ft Gulf Star Yacht,
docked at the Port St. Joe
Marina. Watch the sunset
over the Gulf of Mexico
from your romantic geta-
way. Call 850-227-2549 .or
850-867-0371 or e-mail for
available dates and de-

8100 -Antique & Collectibles
8110 Cars
8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
8a130 Trucks
8140 Vans
8150 Commercial
8180 Motorcycles
8170 Auto Parts
& Accessories
8210 Boats
8220 Personal Watercraft
8230 Sailboats
8240 Boat & Marine
8310 Aircraft/Aviation
8320 ATV/Off Road Vehicles
8330 Campers & Trailers
8340 Motorhomes

Mercury Grand Marquis
1987, leather/all original, 2
door, 60K miles, mint con-
dition, $4500/ offer.Total
Daylight Auto Financing,
2816 Hwy 98 W. 9am to
9pm 850-215-1769,

Toyota corolla 1992, $495
down, $3,200 total, 0% in-
terest. Daylight Auto Fi-
nancing 2816 Hwy 98W
215-1769 9am/9pm

Chevy Blazer, 1999, $595
down, $4,900 total. 0% in-
terest Daylight Auto Fi-
nancing 2816 Hwy 98W
215-1769 9am/9pm

1986 Toyota Extra Cab,
pickup truck Good A/C,
Good work truck $1200
Call 850-625-5313

Dodge PickUp XCab $995
down, $6,900 total. 0% in-
terest Daylight Auto Fi-
nancing. 2816 Hwy- 98W
215-1769 9am/9pm

Ford Ranger 2001, $695
down, $5,900 total. 0% in-
terest. Daylight 'Auto Fi-
nancing. 2816 Hwy 98W
215-1769 9am/9pm

Widow Doesn't
1993 Fror r c.ner,,s.-:n
Van S 5,150 Crur.:r.
$7,500 C.:loradc. A.e
Lynn Hai.'er, 127K miisI
265.3430 Cei' 381 .2240i
New van $35K & up"'

Yamaha Majesty 21,06
400 cc E..:eilnri Ccr.
edition 11,200 miles, Great
gas saver, asking $4,300
Call 648-2121

All Welded, All Aluminum
Bonifay Florida
MRH~ll~l~ ILU.


125 Venus Drive
(off Garrison Ave)
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

(850) 227-7451
STTYAcs 711.

I1, 2 & 3 bedrooms
Family apartment community
.,,. income guidelines apply
Equal Opportunity Provider and Enrployer
In accordance with Federal law, this institution is prohibited from discriminating
on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Port St. Joe Commercial

Space for Lease
Prime Retail Space
317 Williams Avenue
1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
309 Reid Avenue
6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/
mo mod-gross
Office Space
407 Reid AvenueSj
+/-915sf, $915perJiVAMl Re~tites)
310 Reid Avenue
1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
230 Reid Avenue
756+/- sf office/retail; $12 psf mod. gross; available 6/1/09
322 Long Avenue
1000sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross; available 6/1/09
Warehouse I Flex Space
Suite D, 110 Trade E
4250sf-PSJ Com i Mlpace
110 Trade Circle West
2500sf-12500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space,
$5.25psf/NNN (incl. water/sewer)
160 Cessna Drive
+/- 5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costin Airport;
$7 per sf plus utilities and applicable sales tax; Inquire for
possible incentives/concessions.
772 Hwy 98, Suite A
900sf +/- office flex space, Includes 450sf overhead stor-
age. $500 per month
For Sale
320 Marina Drive
corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location
w/high visibility; .14 acres. \,

Marketed Exclusively by: r' 1,

850-229-6373 NOM, l..

3 i' x' ~#" ',aovaans- '.'-.,es.o~~' ~ *av2~ IJ.~~eeu.,ow. i.c,,-~,,

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Pay $6000 down and
assume an $89,900 Loan

@ 5.38% Interest

2BR/2BA single family
home located at 225 Abby
Dr., Wewahitchka with 1072
SF built in 2004. Attatched
garage and privacy fenced
back yard area with patio.
Call Sally Childs
850-899-4175 @ SunDance
Realty for further details.




Established 1938 Serving Gulf i

areas for 67 years



op ons avauaue or ioease
purchase. 1800 sq ft single
family resident. 'A mile to
beach. Call Ron (229)

Port St Joe, St. George
Island and St. James Bay
Previously Bank Owned
Property. Priced way be-
low market value Prices
starting at $35,000. Please
call Counts Real Estate
Group at 850-249-3615.



Thursday, May 21, 2009 w w w.starf Page 12

Better Business Bureau

recognizes ethics and

integrity in the marketplace

Local art student's work grows in the business world

Port St. Joe High School gradu-
ate, Russell Harrison, received an
art scholarship and now attends
Ringling School of Art, in Sarasota,
with plans to continue his studies
abroad. But an area marketing firm
discovered his talents early and has
kept the second-year student busy
with some "big" projects.
Jack Kerigan, of Kerigan Mar-
keting Associates, Inc., hired Russ
when he needed a large wall mural
in the St. Joe Company offices near
the Port St. Joe Marina. Since then

the two have completed a 20-foot
high, panoramic interior mural for
U.S. Air Force Robotics Division,
where the work won a Gold ADDY in
Not home from summer break
even a day, Kerigan put Harrison's
skills to work again last week with a
hand-painted pattern mural inside
the 23rd Street branch of Tyndall
Federal Credit Union, in Panama
City. The pair worked Saturday and
Sunday to complete the scene while
the offices were closed.

"Russ is obviously a very talented
artist, but he is also very precise. Ac-
curacy is important to me and my
clients," said Jack Kerigan, owner of
the firm. "We create computer simu-
lated mock-ups so our clients have a
good idea of what they're getting in
advance, then Russ brings them to
Harrison's art scholarship was
awarded by the Gulf County Schol-
arship Committee' with much of its
proceeds coming from their "A Taste
of the Coast" annual fundraiser.

Windmark Beach Village Center continues to grow

Gulf County Chamber of Com-
merce held the first Progressive Rib-
bon Cutting which was. open to the
public, and members were invited to
attend. The event featured cocktails,
hors d'oeuvres and live music.
WindMark Beach, a residential
and resort community just north of
the historic town of Port St. Joe, cel-
ebrated the arrival of several new
establishments at its Village Center
during a grand opening celebration
on Friday, April 24 from 5-7p.m.
Offering great shopping, dining

and more the Village Center offi-
cially welcomed The FUss Boutique,
Joseph's Cottage, Fit as a Fiddle and
'the newly revamped Great South-,
ern School of Fish Restaurant to the
One by one, ribbon cuttings were
held along .Good Morning Street,
and guests were invited inside for
complimentary cocktails and hors
d'oeuvres. The nights' events culmi-
nated at Bar With a View upstairs at
School of Fish Restaurant with live.
music by Bo Spring.

The chamber thanks all of the
members participating and all who
attended the event. Watch for our
next Progressive Ribbon Cutting a
lot of fun for all involved. We encour-
age everyone to Shop with our Local
Merchants. Our chamber members
from Mexico Beach to Indian Pass
make such an important contribu-
tion to our community. We can not
imagine what it would be like without
them! Remember: Where you spend
your money is someone else's busi-






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Business Bureau Founda-
tion of Northwest Florida
is pleased to announce the
winners of the fourth an-
nual Torch Award for Mar-
ketplace Ethics, Customer
Service Excellence Award
and Student Ethics Schol-
arship from its District III
area which covers the 10
counties east of Walton
While there are a large
number of businesses in its
industry, this year's Torch
Award winner in the 1-10
employees category doesn't
necessarily consider them
to be "competition" because
so many of them operate in
a less-than-ethical manner.
Gulf Coast Tree Specialists
stands out simply because
they do the right thing and
do so without expecting
praise for it.
According to the owner
of this year's Torch Award
winner in the 11-49 em-
ployees category, "the only
outcome we will accept in
the end is a satisfied cus-
tomer." Though, not all
businesses in this industry
operate under the same
mantra, Lumley Plumb-
ing & Heating received the
Torch Award because they
believe they should "make
,people happy, be respect-
ful of everyone and always
keep [their] word."
With 60 employees per-
forming 30,000 service jobs
a year, this year's Torch
Award for Marketplace
Ethics winner in the 50+
employees category is the
market leader in the indus-
try in Bay County. More im-
portantly, Peaden Air Con-
ditioning, Heating & Plumb-
ing-exemplifies integrity, as

evidenced by-their motto "If
you are satisfied with our
service, please tell a friend.
If not, tell us!"
The Torch Award was
created to publicly recog-
nize businesses and chari-
ties that insist on excep-
tionally high standards of
behavior in dealing with
customers, vendors and
"These winners exem-
plify what your BBB stands
for: trust, integrity,
performance and eth-
ics," said Norman Wright,
president and CEO of your
BBB serving northwest
Florida. "Organizations
like Gulf Coast Tree Spe-
cialists, Lumley Plumbing
& Heating and Peaden Air
Conditioning, Heating &
Plumbing really stand out
in the marketplace against
those who don't always do
the right thing."
In addition to recog-
nizing ethical businesses,
yoir BBB also awarded
three, $1,000 Student Eth-
ics Scholarships to local
students. Thomas Melvin,
from Melvin Home School
in Marianna, Cierra Sapp,
from Holmes County High
School in Bonifay and An-
drew Underhill, from A.
Crawford Mosley' High
School in Lynni Haven,
were this year's recipients
from your BBB's District
III area. The scholarship
winners read their, essay
on character building, re-
quired as part of the 'ap-
plication process for the
For additional informa-
tion abofit the Torch Award
for Marketplace Ethics and
Student Ethics -Scholar-
ship, start with'

Deadline to apply for SBA

economic injury disaster loans

from recent flooding is May 26

Small Business Adminis-
tration is reminding busi-
nesses in Florida that
Economic Injury Disaster
Loans are still available to
small businesses economi-
cally impacted by recent
"Businesses that -suf-
fered economic losses as
a result of the flooding and
want to apply for low-in-
terest loans from the SBA
are urged to do so before
the May 26 deadline," said
Frank Skaggs, Director of
SBA Field Operations Cen-
ter East.
Small businesses in the
following counties are eligi-
ble to apply: Alachua, Bak-
er, Bradford, Brevard, Bro-
ward, Clay, Calhoun, Char-
lotte, Citrus, Columbia,
Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Du-
val, Flagler, Franklin Gads-
den, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf,
Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry,
Highlands, Hillsborough,
Indian River, Jackson, Jef-
ferson, Lafayette, Lake,
Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty,
Madison, Manatee, Marion,
Martin, Miami-Dade, Mon-
roe, Nassau, Okeechobee,
Orange, Osceola, Palm
Beach, Pasco, Polk, Put-
nam, Saint Johns, Saint
Lucie, Seminole, Sumter,
Suwannee, Taylor, Union,
Volusia and Wakulla in the
State of Florida; and con-
tiguous counties of Brooks,
Camden, Charlton, Clinch,
Decatur, Grady, Lowndes,
Seminole, Thomas and
Ware in the State of Geor-
Loans are available up
to $2 million for small busi-

nesses that suffered sub-
stantial economic injury
from the disaster. These
working capital loans may
be used to pay fixed debts,
payroll, accounts payable,
and other bills that could
have been paid had the di-
saster not occurred. These
loans are not intended to
replace lost sales or prof-
The interest rate on
these loans is 4 percent,
with a maximum term of
30 years. The SBA deter-
mines the amount of eco-
nomic injury and the terms
of each loan based on the
financial circumstances of
each borrower. The SBA
determines eligibility- for
the progrqin based on the
size and type of business
and its financial resources.
To obtain a loan applica-
tion, interested business
owners should contact the
SBA's Customer Service
Center by calling 1-800-659-
2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the
hearing-impaired) Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, or by
sending an email to Busi-
ness disaster loan applica-
tions can also be download-
ed from. Completed appli-
cations should be mailed
to: U.S. Small Business Ad-
ministration, Processing
and Disbursement Center,
14925 Kingsport Road, Fort
Worth, TX 76155.
Victims may visit the
SBA's secure website at to
apply for disaster loans.
The deadline for eco-
nomic injury applications
is May 26, 2009.

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