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Title: The star
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Language: English
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W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Port St. Joe man

dies afterfriday

motorcycle crash

By Tim (roft -
Star News Editor
A Port St. Joe man died Sunday
from injuries he suffered in a Friday
afternoon motorcycle wreck near
the Exxon convenience store in St.
Joe Beach, according to Florida
Highway Patrol.
Patrick Stomp, 54, was headed
east from Mexico Beach to Port St.
Joe on US 98 when the accident oc-
curred about three miles east of
Mexico Beach.
According to witnesses, Stonip
was behind a line of vehicles. One
suddenly stopped, the vehicle tie-
hind hit its brakes and Stomp. riding
behind the second vehicle, attempt-
ed to stop rapidly on wer pavement,
causing his motorcycle to slide and
throwing Stomp from his Harley-Da-
vidson motorcycle.
Stomp was not wearing a helmet.
Emergency medical pe onnel ar-
rived on the scene quickly and ap-
plied. CPR, reviving Stomp at least
twice, according to witnesses. Medi-
cal personnel were stB applying
CPR as Stomp was played in an am-
bulance for transport to Bay Medical
Center, where he died Sunday
The crash was not related tq
Thunder Beach events, according to

Stride Walk fights

{ystic Fibrosis one

step at a time
By Tim (roft
Star News Editor
Striding into the fight against Cys-
tic Fibrosis is what Shannon Chai
hopes for the second Saturday in Oc-
Chai, nianager of Coastal Fitness
Center, is coordinating the Great
Stride Walk for 10 a.m. ET on Oct. lT
with proceeds going to the Cystic Fi-
brosis Foundation.

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On Saturday

By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter

Yard sale aficionados, grab your
fanny packs. Saturday's going to be.a
big one.
The ]hrgotten Coast Community
Yard Sale, laimched last year in Apala-
chicola, expands this year to include
communities along U.S.98 and the Big
Bend Scenic Byway
Merchants, civic groups and indi-
viduals will be peddling their wares in
Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Panacea, St.

At left, I-ay Peters, the daughter, of
former Money Anyou Beach Co ration
president Damon Pe e beach
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At top, The wives also owned their share
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flashing in the pat re Lenora Dr esbach
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One Sunday afternoon
, in 19.51, Damon Peters and
Raymond Driesbach took
A drive to Apalachicola,
traveling east along the
old U.S. 98, now C-30A.

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best. Strawberries like well
drained soil which is moist
but not wet.
It's important to plant
strawberry varieties which
have proven themselves
under Florida condition.
Currently, we suggest three
varieties for the Florida
home garden-
Camarosa, Sweet
Charlie and Festival.
All three varieties
produce attractive,
flavorful berries
suitable for eating
fresh or for freezing.
Camarosa has been RO
the most productive CA
variety in North Count
Florida. These di
.varieties are capable
of producing I to 2 pints
of fruit per plant over the
season. Strawberries grow
best in a location receiving
at least eight hours of direct
sunlight per day. If a full
sun location is not available,
try to choose a spot that is
sunny during the morning
and early afternoon. The
soil should be well drained
and slightly acidic (pH 5.5-
Strawberries should
be planted in raised beds,
which are two feet wide and
spaced two feet apart. The
beds should be mounded so

they're six inches high along
the edges and about eight
inches high in the middle.
For a ten-by-ten foot
strawberry patch, broadcast
about two-and-a-half pounds
of 8-8-8 fertilizer and work it
into the soil. Then, form the
beds in the manner we've
described, and apply
another two-and-
a-half-pounds of '
fertilizer. This time,
place the fertilizer
in a narrow band
about six inches
deep in the middle
Y LEE of each bed. If
RTER possible, please use
extension a fertilizer that has
rector a mixture of minor
After the beds have been
properly formed, fertilized,
and very well moistened,
cover each with a sheet of
one-and-a-half milblack
polyethylene plastic the
recommended mulch for
strawberries in Florida.
Place soil on the edges of
the plastic to hold it in place.
Then, cut slits in the plastic
where the plants are to be,
inserted. The plants should
be set in double rows pne on
each side of the raised bed,\
about six inches from the
edges. Space the plants l'L
inches apart in the rows. Be

sure that no plants are set
directly over the fertilizer
band, because this can lead
to salt burn.
After the plants are
established on the bed when
leafy bare root transplants
.no longer have astendency to
wilt during the hottest part
of the day. One to two short
watering per week should
be sufficient. Later m the
season, when the plants
are larger and weather is
warmer, two or three longer
watering per week will be
One of the keys
to successful pest
management of
strawberries in Flonda
is to start with healthy
transplants, especially
plants free of root
diseases, spider mites
and nematodes. Growers
often face an uphill battle if
they start the season with
diseased or infested plants.
Plants are best purchased
from a reputable nursery or
garden center.
For more information on
"Growmg Strawberries in
the Home Garden" contact
The Gulf County JE4S
Cooperative Extension
Service or visit our Web site

Have you ever
considered growing
strawberries in your home
garden, but thought you
didn't have a green thumb?
Well, I'm here to encourage
you to "dig in." You don't
have to be a professional
gardener to succeed at
growing this popular and
healthy berry. It's so easy
that even kids can grow
them. My information
on growing strawberries
was provided by vegetable
specialist, Dr. Stephen Olson
with IFAS of the University
of Florida.
By nature strawberry
plants are perennial. But
for various reasons we raise
them as an annual crop
here in Florida. The time
to set new plants in the
garden is from October-Late
November when winter
comes the cool nights and
short days will cause the
plants to begin flowering.
Flowers formed after the
last killing frost of early
spring will develop the fruit.
Although strawberries
can be grown on just about
all the soil types we have in
Florida, they really aren't
recommended for peat
and muck soils. Sandy,
soil with a good quantity
of organic matter is the

The first 50 individuals
to sign up for the walk will
receive T-shirts donated by
Coast2Coast Printing and
Coastal Insurance. Duren's
Piggly Wiggly and Subway
are on board to provide
refreshments and sand-
Folks can come by
Coastal Fitness at 310 Reid
Avenue or contact Chai at
com to receive the forms
and register for the event.
Chai emphasized that
the event is intended as
a fun gathering. The view
from Beacon Hill provides
a beautiful glimpse of the
bay beyond and the park
provides things for kids of
0alfages to do.
There is also the extra
bonus, at least from the
viewpoint of a gym manag-
er and personal trainer, of
getting folks "up and mov-
ing" while they raise money
for a worthy dause.
"We want people to
realize it is not a race,"
Chai said. "You can casu-
ally walk the whole way. It
doesn't matter how long it
takes. It matters how much
money you can raise."
given the early response,
that the success of this-
year will lead into.similar
and expanded events on an
annual basis in the future.
"If it goes prell, I -think
we will do it again next
year," Chai said.
Participants in the 5K
are asked to be at Beacon
Hill Park between 9-9:30
a.m. in order to register in
order that the &K can start
on time.

"We have a member in
our gym who has a family
member with cystic fibrosis
and I thought this would be
a fun thing to raise aware-
ness and educate peo e
about cystic fibrosis," Chai
said. "There is no timing,
we don't have a stopviratch.
The only way you win is to
raise the most money." ..
The Great Stride Walk is
a nationwide event though
this is the first year the
effort has made it to Gulf
Like Relay for Life for
the fight against cancer,
the Great Stride Walkis the
largest fundraiser of the
year for the Cystic Fibrosis
Chai hast charted a 5K,
or 3.1 mile, course around
Beacon Hill Park and the
Integras Senior Center
campus. Each lap will be
one mile, so each partici-
pant, whether running or
walking, will cover the
course three times.
The fundraising comes
in the sponsorships.
The aim to have partici-
pants sign up folks to spon-
sor them, giving a nickel
or a dollar or sawbuck or
Whatever can be afforded
to fight cystic fibrosis.
'Whatever they can
raise is greatly. appreci-
ated," Chai said. 1
The payout comes when
the sponsored pai'ticipant
completes the course.
"I've never done this be-
fore so I didn't really know
what to expect," Chai said.
"Everything is fresh for me
and that makes it furi.
"I am surprised by the
support we are getting." <

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Peters Jr.
Inside the caf6, Peters
and Driesbach ordered
Coca-Colas and attempted
to size up the owner, Alfred
"They wanted to get
some beach land so blacks
in St. Joe and Apalachicola
would have a place to go
without being intimidat-
ed," Peters Jr. said.
"The big question in my
father's head was, 'Do you
want to sell this place?'"
When Peters finally
gave voice to his inten-
tions, Andreasen, who op-
"s" Je du tbh e bus o" sw heh
round figure 31 acres.
for $30,000.
Peters and Dreisbach
told Andreasen he had a
dealMy father and Dries-
bach jumped for joy and
started clapping," Peters
Jr. said. "They couldn't get
back to town fast enough.
They almost ran off the
Juist as quickly, they be.
gan looking for business
(jV0 Partnef5
Damon Peters 1982
obituary offered an might
into his character: "He
was trained to labor and
wrestle with difficult as
Peters rose from an ice .
engineer to one of Port
St. Joe s most prominent
businessmen through a
combination of native in-
telligence and daring am-
Born in Carrabelle on
Jan. 18, 1900, Peters re-
located with his family to
Port St. Joe in the early

A neonsde pote nea C-30A, dIret vaain s tote oe yu

The independence Day holiday brought hundreds to

Five Port St. Joe businessmen.purchased the 31-acre Money Bayou property for
$30 000 in 1951 from Alfred and Ruby Andreasen.
"They wanted to get some beach land so blacks in St. Joe
and Apalachecola would have tt place to go totthout be-
ine intimidated."
-00808 P910fS Jr. I '


"Dee Dee" Givens, Raymond Dieisbach Jr., Lutrelle

operations of the amuse-
meny business and other
Dr. Fraticis Michael
Hall rounded oilt the group
of investors.
:Hall, who hailed froin
Cockeysville, 1 D, pursued
an unusual path to higher
The Howard University
graduate was both a sur-
geon and a dentist, whh

merital in providing afford-
able horsing for minorities<
early in the city's history.
Property rights at
Kenney's Mill, one of the
ai@ea's largest employers,
did not extend to African-
Americans, who settled iri
the community across the
railroad tracks, cornrnonly
known as North. Port St.
Damon Peters Jr. was
his, father's right hana
rnanagin the day-to-day

ice house for a number of
.years, Peters struck out on
his o n, opening a grocery
store at 302 Ave C,
He initially stocked the
store with groceries pur-
chased on the cheats from
Apalichicola's A&E
In time, Peters expand-
ed his empire, to include
rental units, a Laundro-
mat and a coin-operated
amusement \ business,
which, rented juke boxes
and other arcade games to

businesses from Carra-
belle to Port St. Joe.
Driesbach, who hailed
from Quiney, opened a dry
cleaning business on 180
Ave. C in 1936, two years
before the opening of the
St. Joe Paper Compan
. In searching ,for ad-
ditional investors, Peters
looked to his closest -rela-
fives -- brother Nathan
Peters and son, Damon Jr.
Like his brother, Nathan

Peters began his career in
Kilbourn's ice house be-
fore working one year at
the paper mill.
With help from Damon,
he went into business,
inanaging the Cozy Bar
and Poof Room and Cozy
Taxi Company, which pro-
vided ,transportation for
African-Americans work-
ing in Port St. Joe's white
B6th Damon and Na-
than Peters were instrix-

His employer, Max Kil-
bourn, was expanding his
ice house business,, The
Kilbourn Company, to in-
clude a location on the fu-
ture site of the.St. Joe Pa-
per Company mill.
After 16boring at the

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USPS 51 8-8 80
Published every Thursday at T35 W. U.S. 98
Port St. J FL 32456
VP/Publisher: Karert Hanes
Eclitair: Tim Croft.
circulation: James Meadors

$24.15 year $15.75 six months
$34.65 year $21 six months

throat lozenges, gum, Lifesavers,
mints, eyedrops, Blistex,
Chopstick, Vaseline, Carmex,
aspirin, Motrin, Tylenol, pain
relievers (in original unopened
packages), saline spray/drops
for sensitive nasal passages, Q-
tips, femme hygiene products,
travel-size bottles or samples of
shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash
and deodorant, foot powder (travel-
size or regular), baby powder,
Shower-to-Shower powder (note:
be sure the any powder is m its
sealed, original container and in
a Ziploc bag), moleskin, laundry
soap (small single-load packages,
trial sizes or tablets that are easier
to manage and store), batteries
(AA, AAA, C), tactical duct tape
(military green, tan, black, gray),
electrical tape, flashlight with a red
lens, 1- and 2-gallon Ziploc plastic
bags, Frishees, Nerf footballs,
I;Iacky Shek, deck of cards, hand-
held games, Fruit Roll-Ups, Power
Bars, protein bars, nutritional bars,
beef jerky, beef summer sausage
(non-perishable; labeled USDA
Beef), small bags of snacks or
individually wrapped snacks; Pop-
Tarts, cereal bary, "milk & cereal"
bars, granola bars, Jalapeiko
Velyeeta and crackers, ED's
RED, Tupelo honey, multipurpose
seasoning like Lowery's or
Jayne's Seasoning (original sealed
containers), small packages of
crackers (cheese and/or peanut
butter) and small individual
packages of cookies (Oreos, Chips
All items or donations for
shipments for our armed forces
may be dropped off at Decorative
Flooring, located at 305 Third St. in
Port St. Joe.
For more information or to
make a donation, please call
Brenda Garth at 850-899-7721.
Give to those who are giving for
us every day, 24/7, in a far-off land
in life-threatening conditions.
And embrace the Semper Fi
Si tels. Show them what kind ff
special community this reall is,
ofte that symbolizes what is worth
fighting for.

Coming from around the
country, these Semper Fi Moms
are being hosted by moms from
Gulf, Bay and Franklin counties,
There is a weekend of events
planned, and the community is
already reaching out. .
Many local merchants have
donated items and services,
such as Smiley's Beach Rentals,
Bayside Florist & Gifts, Gulf <
Coast Vacation Rentals, Gulf
County Tourist Development,
FairPoint Communications, St.
Joe Rental, Decorative Flooring,
Rish Tupelo Honey, Ed's Red Hot
Sauce, Seahorse Water Safaris
and the Gulf County Chamber of
"These ladies, my Semper Fi
Sisters, will have the pleasure of
enjoying gorgeous Gulf County
beaches, our beautiful bay,
shopping, dining, relaxing and
seeing how wonderful, generous
and supportive our community is
for the fine men and women, their
sons and daughters, that serve our
great nation," Garth said.
But the weekend is not all fun
and games. There is Work to do as
the ladies will be packing boxes 6f
supplies to be shipped to military
personnel in Afghanistan and
Iraq. While Marines hold a special
place for this group, they don't
discriminate when it combs to
every branch of the military.
But they need help.
Each flat-rate box costs $11.95
to ship to a soldier, sailor, airman,
coastie or Marine.
Boxes are not shipped to a imit,
but individuals. Anyone knowing
of a Gulf County resident fighting
overseas is encouraged to contact
Garth to provide a name and
There is alho a need for items
beyond donations.for postage,.to go
into the boxes:
Baby wipes; magazines
current to 3 nionths old (sports,
money, current events), socks
(plack or white), waterless soap,
liquid body wash, hand sanitizer,
lotion, toilet paper, Kleenex travel-
size boxes, sunblock, aloe vera,

Brenda Garth has spent
considerable time since her two
children entered the military
becoming involved in the war front
back home.
Part support group, part social
network, Garth has become,
through Internet and phone calls, a
* member of what she and her group
like to call the Semper Fi sisters.
This is a sisterhood in every
When one is down, there are
sisters to boost spirits. When help
is needed, sisters are just a touch
of a screen or a keypad away.
They are there, niostly to hold
each other in a proverbial hug,
through the ether or phone line, as
they anxiously await the return of
their loved ones from war zones in
the Middle East,
Part balm, part a shoulder, or
shoulders, to lean on, to cry on.
"We began as a small group of
online (U.S. Marine Corps) recruit
moms that were together as our
sons went through boot camp, and
we learned quickly that we were a
great support for one another and
wanted to be able to share what
we were learning with others (new
moms to this military journey),"
Garth said.
"One huge benefit was tp have
those who have gone before us
to come in and offer the cover of
their wings of support and to share
their wisdom with us."
These are women who "
understand as only they can what
sending a child or spouse off to
war means. There is a thread that
binds them in a club that is both
exclusive and inclusive at the same
Beginning Wednesday and
running through this weekend,
Garth has secured a house at
WindMark Beach for these woinen
to gather.
They are gathering to enjoy
a slice of paradise to take their
mipds off of their children and .
husbands, if that is impossible, for a
weekend, to view the beach and be
coddled in the warm embrace of a
special and patriotic community.

Joe Company, despite
local legend to the
contrary, had little to
do with Port St. Joe and
the southern end of the
county being on Eastern
We have al)
heard the various
versions about
the trains, the
ships, and lotal
legislators such
as the late Billy
All Joe Rish and
CROFT George Tapper,
ws editor and unfortunately,
trying to pry
documentation from the
state is akin to pulling an
impacted molar.
And in discussing the
possible emphasis on
possible involvement
of The St. Joe Company,
I should have rolled that
one in with the other
stories rooted in distant
decades about how the ,
time zones in this county
came to be insicad of
seeming to assert it as
It may very well not
be. What information
and paperwork I have -
seen leave it operi to
question whether St. Joe
had anything at all to do
with the time zones. The
change to Eastern'I'ime
on the south end of the
county had more to do
with trains and shipping
than the paper company.
Convenient thougli
it was for Port St. Joe
to be on the same
time as headquarters .
in Jacksonville, that
was likely a product
of circumstance as
anything. Consider me
fully educated, to the
extent anyone can be
about circumstances that
happened decades ago.
No. 3 This time zone
thing is sensitive stuff.
..: == --
on our Web site, calls
and e-mails, one would
think the students at
Wewahitchka High
School and Mr. Bullard
were conspiring to take
the firstborn of every
citizen in the county.
The vitriol aimed
at this assignment
has been astonishing,
further proving the
point of Billlard and
several students about
the polarization in this
Folks can talk alfthey
want about countywide
voting, but the time zone
difference is on another
Phrther, suddenly
the time zone initiative

What a storm.was
encountered after last
week's story on some .
Wewahitchka High
School students who, as
a class assignment, were
distributing a
petition to move
the entire county
to Central I'ime.
As with any
school project,
and certainly
one involving
Matt Bullard, a TIM
tremendously Star ne
imaginative and
engaging teacher at the
high school, there were
some lessons to take
away. .
, No. 1 When
speaking locally,
remember local is a
relative tel m.
In writing the story
and this column about
the class assignment
last week, I dealt with
it being a Gulf County
issue. After all, Bullard
himself said he was ,
following the most
appropriate protocol
possible because it was a
"local" issue.
However, as many ,
readers have pointed
out since, and as was
understood at the time
of writing the.story
and column, the city
of Apalachicola and
the western stretch of
Franklin County are also
in Eastern Time and are
west of the Apalachicola
River. .
Indeed, the city
sought and was
granted a waiver from
the boundaries of the
Eastern Time Zone,
which ended once upon a
tinie with the river, in the
early 1900s.
I'hat waiver, however,
is almost an argument

when you consider that
what Apalachicola and
the west end of Franklin
County were attempting
was to align with the rest
of the county, which sits
entirely in Eastern Time.
But the story, the
class project and the
column all involved Gulf
County entities, a school
and this newspaper. ,
Maybe it was a bit
colloquial or narrowly
focused tohonsider
just Gulf County as the
"area" in question,11ut
this is what the project is
about, Gulf County.
No. 2 Toss in
legend, and people's
back hairs can rise.
Several folks whose
opinions I deeply respect
have rioted that The St. \

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aird pretend to sail in and oxit undetected.
the seven seas Yogi and Ricky and I had
in those waters! serious parlays about
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up a niite and race what we were going to
them toward the do to our older brothers
LEY pond. We didn't set just as soon as we got
ERT no speed records. big enough. And if
Down Thatrivulet kissing a girl could be as
was a foot deep interesting as everyone
and moved at about the made it out to bd. Arid we
velocity of a one-legged pledged that we wotyld
turtle. I've seen it dry up always be best frierids
altogether if we didn't get forever no platter what
any rain in July. We lay on our backs
We discovered the and peered through the
ditch years ago. We branches into the fai--
assumed it was created away clouds and hoped
by Noah's big flood. We allying saucer wouki
fought; Indians down appear.
there. And the fiendish We also had serious
Butch Cavendish gazig. talks abotat the sixth
And once we were grade. And how parents
surrounded by the entire expected you to be a
Japanese army. Egot grown-up one day and a
shot about 20 times a little boy the next, and
flay. I always managed how they talked about
to slip away'and lead the their hopes and drelims
cavalry or the Marines for YOUR future ... but
or John Wayne back to they never took you
save the others. I.lost anywhere We pondered
every one of those silver long and hard on what the
and bronze arrows and upcoming decade might
stars and ribbons Aff of hold for us.
that old gredn coat in "It will have to be
Daddy's closet. They were better than the '50s," Rick
casualties of war. moaned.
The gully was lined We nodded iri
with trees with branches agreement.
that overhung till they "Maybe the '60s will
met in the middle. It show us a little more
provided great cover. And variety."
shade. And served as a We wouldn't have been
giant umbrella on more inventing so many games
than one occasion. There if the pace had been a
were nooks and corners little quicker. The ditch
that were almost dark at deems a semi-truckload
high noon. It was another more memorable and .
world, one that could be romantic today than it did
what we needed at any half a century ago.
given moment. It was the I could see the far bank
most versatil$treinch ever growing closer.iw going

to have to let go and leap
if twere to vault the ditch,
I could hear Rick and Yog
cheering for me, but I
didn't dare twist around or
take my eye off a potential
landing spot. We had done
crazier things. Like drag
those old tires up to the
hill above the ditch, load
one of us in the middle.
and push it off It was
the best gravity lesson
we ever I ad. That tire
would literally fly.down
the steep grade. I can,
stillfeelit after all these
years. When I finally got
thh courage to open my
eyes,1'd see sky-ground,
sky-ground, sky-ground
till I crash-landed in the
ditch. Ricky ''reckoned"
that the roll wasn't all that
had but the sudden stop*
could kill you! We held
some super underwater
hold-youi--breath contests.
We'd climb to the top
qf the trebs and throw*
crabapples at Mr. Archie's
unsuspecting cows.
Yogi got a pellet gunfoi'
Christmas, and the ditch
came alive with ginifire.
We went down there one
Halloweei1night-in 1961,
and one ofus never came
out again!
I could feeLthe
grapevme starting to lose
its momentum. It was now
or never! I arched my legs
to get a little more impulse
and let go. I crash-landed
into the top edge of the
far bank. I grabbed a root,
spit out a load of dirt and
scrambled to my feet. Yogi
and Ricky were already
reaching for thenow free-
swinging vine. I beat thy
chest and gave out my
best Tarzan yell.
I'd like to see Howdy
Doody dothat!
Res ectfully,

"I'm not sure I can
niake it." .
My heart had moved
up toward my throat, and
it was pounding
something awful.
"We're never
gonna know if one
of us doesn't try."
Bobby Brewer,
or Yogi; As he was
universally known
was encouraging K
me, soft of. CO
It was hard to Hun

r ke

remember now
who came up with this
idea. And I don't know
how I was chosen to go
fli-st. Ricky Hale found
the grapevine. We all
agreed that Tarzan could
swing across that little
ditch in nothing flat! The
problem was the "little
ditch" looked cavernous
now as I backed off to get
a running start. We had .
pulled the grapevine back
so I could catch hold as I
leaped off the west bank.
Another problem that
arose just as I plummeted
off into thin air with my -
arms outstretched ... I
Why didn't we have a
TV set? We could have
been up in the comfort
(and safety) of the living
room watching "Romper
Room" or "Howdy Doody"
Mom could have whipped
up some peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches or
popped some corn. We
could have been on the
couch or all sprawled
across that giant braided
rug. It was'tough growing
up when you had to go
out and work for your
I reckon that big ditch
was our Hollywood.
Course, I WRSil't thinking
about that now. I was 20
feet aboTe the little stream

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The past year has been look for ways to reassure your This exercise helps kids
rough financially for many folks. kids that you are working hard better understand the process
You probably know people who to make things better and that adults use to decide whether a
have lost their jobs, the whole family can purchase is worth making. (It
seen their retirement chip in to help. works better with older kids,
savings evaporate or My wife and I.are who more easily grasp the
experienced home .p .g* using the current passage of time and the concept
foreclosure you might economic situation as of delayed gratification.)
even be in a tough spot (, an educational jumping- Involve children in
yourself. . off pointfor our two everyday spending decisions.
It's difficult enough A children, ages 5 and 9. You probably bring your kids
to remain optimistic JASON Here are a few of the along when grocery shopping,
yourself, but if you've ALDERMAN strategies you might and, like most of us, you've
got children, the task want to try: probably endured pleading for
is doubly hard: You want to be Put prices into perspective. sugary snacks and cheap toys.
honest about why yotir family When your kids clamor for Instead of racing through the
can't afford.the same things a new toy or treat and you'd store hoping to avoid conflict,
right now, but you don't want rather not spend the money, use shopping as an opportunity
to telegraph your anxieties and don't simply say you can't afford to teach your kids the value of
overwhelm children with dire it. Put the cost into perspective money.
news they may not understand by noting how long they would Make them part of the
and over which they have no have to save their allowance or decision-making process,
control. how many additional chores it starting with helping to create
Rather than conveying panic, would take to pay for it, the shopping list (the best way

to avoid impulse purchases)
and clipping coupons. Share
your shopping budget for
the trip and explain the
consequences of exceeding it.
Then, once you're at the store,
enlist their help in making price
comparisons and give them a
voice when choosing one item
over another that way, you
won't arbitrarily be the "no"
* Get kids' suggestions for
ways to curtail spending.
Maybe it means checking
out a DVD from the library
rather than going to the movies,
holding a garage sale or selling
unwanted toys or clothes
on eBay, or babysitting the
neighbor's kids to replace a
temporarily reduced allowance.
In short, make them part of the

Share stories from your own
childhood. Maybe one of your
parents lost their job or your
family had to move in with a
relative temporarily. Share how
that made you feel (frightened,
sad, embarrassed), but let them
know that by working together
as a family, things eventually
worked out.
Get involved with charities,
If they'Ee old enotigh,
volunteer with your kids at
a soup kitchen or homeless
shelter. Nothing will make them
appreciate their own situation
like witnessing others who
aren't as fortunate.
Jason Alderman directs
Visa's fmancial education
programs. Signup for his free
monthly e-Newsletter at www.

Dear Editor: .
What a bottleneck with
now the road behind the
First Baptist Church in
Port St. Joe being closed.
Just "try" to avoid the
traffic on U.S. 98 and go
the "back" way to Bayside
Bank, Port St. Joe Marina,
Piggly Wiggly, etc.! Nope,
can't do this anymore
-road closed. Flmny

how this is done and we
see no public notices or
views from the "voters?"
Looks like the city is now
following in the footsteps
of the county no public
votes on anything, "just
do it." I can't wait till the
madness of the Fourth
of July and the scallop
John E Parker
Highland View

By Lori Patham
Special to The Star
These are tough times for seniors,
especially those relying on Social Se-
curity for all or most of their income.
According to 2008 AARP data, more
than half of Florida's 3 million Social
Security beneficiaries rely on Social
Security for half or more of their in-
come, and for three of every 10 ben-
eficiaries, Social Security-is their only
source of income.
Each year, as these Fl6ridians fig-
ure out how to pay for the rising costs<
we all face, they take small comfort
in knowing that Social Security pro-
vides a very modest cost of living ad-
justment to their benefits, or COLA
for short. Recently, many of theke se-
niors find that their COLA just barely
outpaces the increase in health eare
edsts they. face through their Medi-
care Part B premiums. .
So when it was announced this
year that there would be no COLA for
2010, thealarm bells started to ring.
The technical reason for this harsh

news is no comfort: The formula for
determining the COLA overestimates
the cost of some items like fuel and
underestimates the impact of health
care costs, leading to a determination
that there is no inflation, despite what
your grocery receipts may be telling
you. Changing the formula would be
helpful, St would likely be a long leg-
islative and bureaucratic fight.
AARP has 40 million members,
roughly half of whom are 65 or older,
so we are acutely aware of this prob-
lem and have been working in Wash-
ington to find immediate relief. While
there is more to be.done, we see en-
couraging signs of progress toward
addressing this issue.
The first came this week, when
the House passed the Medicare Pre-
mium.Fairness Act (HR 3631) by an
overwhelmingly bipartisan 406-18
vote. All Florida House members can
be thanked for supporting this bB,
which would ensure that all Medi-
care beneficiaries be spared from an
increase in Part B premiums ih 2010
that would effectively shrink the So-

cial Security checks of beneficiaries.
AARP encourages both of our Flori-
da senators, Bill Nelson and Gegrge
Lemieux, to follow suit s soon as
possible. This is not.a Republican or
a Democratic issue, but an issue of
maintaining the dignity of all Florid-
ians as they age. *
AARP continues to work with
Members of Congress on both sides
of the aisle to address the COLA is-
sues and several legislative proposals
have been offeredto provide a tempo-
rary fix that would provide beneficia-
ries with a cost of living adjustment
of some sqrt, whether via a one-time
payment' or through another form of
financial relief. We will keep you post-
ed on the progress toward a solution.
Whatever the mechanism,' AARP
urges Congress to provide some re-
lief to seniors whose costs continue
to go up while their incomes remain
stagnant. Please let your elected
leaders know how important this is,
sue is to you.
Lori Pathem is AARP's Florida
state director.

is dragging up the long-
simmering pot of stew
concermng the move,
decades ago, of the county
courthouse south from
Wewahitchka to Port St.
This is a class
assignment seeking for
the county commissioners
to put a nonbinding
referendum in other

hoa i eremmdeuamure
symbolic on the ballot
next year.
It is not, as one
commissioner has said
in the past, an effort to
construct a wall at White
City to separate the two
ends of the county, just a
class assignment.
. And as one aside, for
those who have criticized
school taxes and believe
consolidation to be a
logical step; the disparate
time zones represent a
significant obstacle to
such a notion because of
transportation and other
Want lower school
taxes, lower taxes as a
whole? Eliminating the
difference in time zones
might be a place to start.
No. 4 When did the
schools stop being a
place to foster ideas?
Several commentators
of the story and column
of last week have seen
in this class assignment
some sort of sinister plot
by the students or Mr.
Bullard. -

This despite the reality
that Mr. Bullard has for
several years sought 1
. similar projects cell
phoixe use in.schools, the
widening of the Wetappo
Bridge on State 22 to
engage his students.
This is what schools
are about, to foster new
ways of looking at the
world. If nothing else, Mr.

government is for the
people, which is not a bad
lesson to learn for any
youngster nearing voting .
We need more such
thinking aird engaging of
students, not less. That is
part of what niakes this
school district so special,
that a superintendent and
a principal foster such
brainstorming in their
teachers and pass it on to
their Atudents;
They should
he applauded and
encouraged, not criticized.
Schools should not be a
place for narrow agendas,
but free thinking.
Expressing an opinion
differing from many is not
a cause for lining up the
firing squad; it is adhering
to the foundation of this
country, and in turn this
I return to the last line
of last week's column
these days it seems
everybody could use a
step back to take a deep,
dpep breath.

Spedal to The Star
ida Department .of Envi-
ronmental. Protection's
(DEP) Office of Green
ways & Trails (OGT) in-
vites residents and vis1
tors to celebrate Florida's
natural beauty this Octo-
her during Greenways and
Trails Month by enjoying a
healthy outdoor activity at
one of the state's more than
8,000 miles of land trails
and 4,000 miles of paddling
trails. During the 2008-2009
fiscal year, Florida's green-
ways and trails welcomed
an unprecedented number
of visitors more than 3.5

million, underscoring the
vahie of these attractions
for Florida's recreation
and tourism industries. .
"Greenways and trails
not only offer nature-based
recreation and alternative,
energy-saving transporta-
tion routes, but also have
efits," said Jena Brooks,
director of DEP's Office of
Greenways & Trails.
Recent visitation nunt-
bers also show that longer
trails are becoming a pop,
tilar part of the greenways
and trails system. Though
still in development, the
106-mile, OGT-managed
Florida Keys Overseas

Heritage Trail attracted 1.1
million visitors during the
2008-2009 fiscal year, an in-
ereash of nearly double the
more than 637,000 visitors
in the previous fiscal year.
AE the other end of the
state, five counties have
wome together- to create
the 260-mile St. Johns.
River-to-Sea Leop through
northeast-central Florida,
to be completed in time
for the 2013 celebration of
the 500th anniversary of
Spain's arrival in Florida.
The potential of long-dis-
tance and loop trails to .
offer, destination experi-
ences, complete with the
growth of supporting busi-

nesses, adds another di-
mension tq the .future of
Florida's greenways and
Recognizing the .many
benefits of the state's gre-
enways and trails, Gov.
Charlie Crist officially pro-
claimed October as Gre-
enways and Trails month,
More than 100 events ,
throughoutthe state will
take place during the cel-
For a ,complete list of
events, i'angingfrom group
bike rides and fall festivals
events, visit virww.dep.state.

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They tore down the An-
dreasens' wooden water
tower, installed a new sew-
age system and repaired
the cottages' roofs, porch-
es and showers.
Each owner claimed for
himself a cottage, located
in a row behind the caf6,
with a view of the beach.
Modest in size, the cot-
tages were constructed
out of juniper and featured
an open floor.plan, small
kitchen, screened porch
and 800 square feet of liv-
ing space. A few of the cot-
tages were duplexes.
The cottage rental busi-
ness operated out of the
caf6, with the manager
taking reservations at the
front counter,
Patrons dined in an L-
shaped dining hall, choos-
ing among menu items
typical of a beachside
eatery lots of seafood,
sandwiches, burgers, hot
dogs and booze.
A bar and package area
fronted the kitchen, behind
which was the manager's
quarters occupied for
many years by Raymond
Lane and his wife, Mary,
known by the nickname
"They were good peo-
ple; the best we ever had
down there," Damon Pe-
ters Jr. remembered.
The Money Bayou Sub-
division, located to the left
of the caf6, in two rows
fronting the highway,' was

forsook what would have
surely been a more prof
table career in an urban
setting to practice dentist-
ry in Port St. Joe.
Arriving in the city
around 1935, Hall set up
shop in a two-story build
ing on Ave. B and Main-
Street (now Martin Luther
King Blvd.)
His family wife Lula,
a registered nurse, and
stairs while he maintained
a combination drug/liquor
store and ice cream shop
The dental office occu-
pied the second story of
a rear garage, with Hall
accepting even those pa
tents who could not afford
his services.
"He was trading fees
for chickens and pigs,"
recalled his son, Francis
Hall Jr. "Back then, peo-
ple didn't really have that
much money. He'd take
what people had."
Money Bayou takes its
name from the legend of
a buried treasure chest al-
ways just out out of reach.
When explorers sought
to dig for the chest, the leg-
end goes, it sank deeper
and deeper in the sand.
In preparing to pur-
chase the Money Bayou
property, the five investors
grasped at a prize unat-
tainable for most African-
Americans of the era.
Founding a grocery

the owner of the tenant oc-
cupying the residence on
such lot."
s Fearing retaliation
against, the Andreasens,
Port St Joe attorney Cecil
Costing Jr. advised the five
investors to visit his Reid
Avenue office late at night
to sign the paperwork.
They entered through
the alley, with each con-
tributing $5,000 toward the
purchase price-
Hall, who loaned his
partners the additional
$5,000, carried $10,000 in
cash in a shoebox, the
same manner in which
he'd purchased a Ford.
When the deal was fi-

nalized in April 1951, the
Andreasens fled town at
Damon Peters Jr. said
he and his fellow investors
never feared for their own
"We didn't have the cops
hanging around, there was
no intimidation at all," Pe-
ters Jr. said "They knew
our family. We were con-
nected down there and
we knew how to handle
things." .
A Family Affair
The five investors im-
mediately went to work
renovating the daf6 and

store or dry cleaners in
North Port St. Joe was
one thing, but operating a
black-owned beach resort
was quite another.
In selling the Money
Bayou property to Afri-
can-Americans, the An-
dreasens would almost
certainly feel a backlash
from white landowners.
"There were individu-
als that didn't like the idea
of us having that beach,"
Damon Peters Jr. recalled.
Excluding African-
Americans from owning
beach-front property was
not merely an unspoken
Land deeds from the

neighboring Indian Pass
Beach Subdivision prohib-
ited minority ownership in
explicit terms. -
A deed dated April 7,
1953, provided <"that no
part of said land or any in-
terest therein shall be giv-
en, loaned, rented, leased,
encumbered or conveyed
to any person belonging
to any other than the Cau-
casian race, nor shall any
person other than mem-
bers of the Caucasian race
use or occupy any build-
ing on any lot, except that
this covenant shall not
prevent occupancy by do-
mestic servants having
negro blood employed by

"Instead ongoing
to-the mall, come
downtown. I
- .
- thmk people
ra x
t WOHoot OB
- flabbergasted
f CO 866 What our
- merchants have."

Sandra Chahn
GUlf COUnly Chamber of
- 1001merce
- and I'd love to get rid of it,"
Norton said, adding that
shoppers can expect an ad-
ditiona110-15 percent mark-
down on sale itoms previous-
ly reduced by 60-75 percent.
- Ebr Norton, the yard sale
- is a nice way to generate
business in the off-season,
. when tourists have returned
home and businesses rely
more on local shoppers.
"We're hoping we can
start promoting our down
town shopping through the
fall and winter," she said.
- The Chamber's motto
has always been "shop local-
ly." Chafin believes the Com-
munity Yard Sale will open
visitor's eyes to the area's
"Instead of going to the
mall, come downtown," Cha-
f in said. "I thirik people would
be flabbergasted to see what
our merchants have."

George Island, Port St. Joe
and Mexico Beach on Sat-
urday, Oct. 3, beginning at
8 a.m. .
We are working m coop
ration with the Apalachic
ola Chamber of Commerce
and Mexico Beach 'Iburis
Development Council in or
der to promote this," said
Gulf County Chamber o
Commerce executive direc
tor Sandra Chafin.
"It's a great way to clean
out soine old stuff, get some
new stuff and promote good
community spirit."
The Gulf County Cham
her is encouraging indiddu
als to set up tables along
Reid or Williams Avenues.
Spaces can be reserved
for $10 for individuals. There
is no chai'ge for Chamber
members, non-profit orga
nizations or downtown mer
Signs posted along Hwy
98 will direct foot traffic to
, the sale. >
Those who prefer to set
up shop outside their homes
may do sp as well. j
Business owners along
Reid are hoping to take ad
vantage of the increased
traffic downtown.
Erika Norton of Per-
snickety has been slashing
- prices for sidewalk sales at
the shop's two locations, on
Reid Avenue and down own
"We have one big nice
rack of sale stuff in the back

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Vacationers to Money Bayou Beach arrived by car and busload during its

Shaker 0
For the first four years
of business, a concrete slab
behind the caf6 served as
a dancehall, with couples
shimmymg well into the
night beneath rows of col-
ored lights.
A concrete block dance-
hall was later constructed,
with a surprising feature
in the ceriter a live palm
tree with branches grazing
the ceiling.
In constructing the
dan chall, hthleb omy s6lo

to accommodate the tree,
which was popular ambng
couples desiring a little pri-
"Couples used to get be-
hind there and dance, hide
and do that dirty dancing,"

Damon Peters Jr. remem-
ters' amusement business,
including twojuketioxes and
a pinball machine, provided
dancehall entertainment.
' Peters' brother,
Lewis Peters, booked
live acts from his home

in St.Petersburg.
Joe Tex, Sam and Dave
and "Moms" Mabley were
some of the notable per-
forniers, along with a hula-
dancing dynamo known as
Miss Shakeright.
Miss Shakeright. per-
formed with a combo band
and her skimpy stage out-

fits inspired many a lustful
her," Damon Peters Jr. re-
Intended to boost busi-
ness, the concrete block
dancehall didn't please ev-
The dancehall was con

structed a few steps down
from the cafe, and its roof-
top blocked diners' view of
the beach.
"Some people said it was
the worst thing we could've
done and I believed it," Da-
mon Peters Jr. said.

incorporated in l953.
Lots sold for $500, and
buyers came from Apala-
chicola, Tallahassee and
Bainbridge, Ga;
Though they were
mostly silent partners, the
owners' wives owned their
share of the Money Bayou
property, and signed their
names to all legal docu-
Most were also partners
in their husbands' in-town
business ventures. Da-.
mon Peters' wife, Myrtha,

helped out in t r o
worked at the dry cleaners
and Lula Hall assisted her
husband at the drugstore.
Damon Peters Jr.'s wife
Jean was a teacher and
Nathan Peters' wife, Mary,
raised 10 children.



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After finding no investors
to finance the venture,
he eventually sold it for
around $800,000.
In 2008, two properties
located in the original Mon-
ey Bayou Subdivision sold
for $255,000 and $455,000 a
FOnd Memories
Today, Money Bayou re-
sembles most places along
the Gulf Coast. Condos
line the beaches and rows
of upscale double-decker
olTends enh sessthave
tures of the original subdi-
Nothing remains of the
Money Bayou Cottages,
which were disassembled
and sold for lumber to build
area fish camps. The caf6
is gone and the neon sign
vanished long ago.
The site where the caf6
and dancehall once stood
is now overgrown-, covered
with grass and trees.
A visit to the beach on a
recent afternoon revealed
a few beachgoers all
white resting leisurely
beneath colored umbrel-
No historical marker
tells of Money Bayou's his-
tory as an African-Ameri-
can destination during the
segregation era.
It remains alive only in
the memories of those who
walked its beaches, danced
beneath its palm trees and
lainented its loss.
'I have very fond mem-
ories of Money Bayou," Da-
mon Peters Jr. said.
JIis mind drifted back to
those leisurely Wednesday
afternoons, when his moth-
er loaded up the family car
like they were headed for
Coney Island.
"Some nice, fond memo-
ries of that place," he said,
recalling the packed car,
crab nets and cast iron
pots, his wife and daugh-
ters playing in the sand.
"I wish we had it now.

- -

Money Bayou expe-
rienced a heyday in the
1950s and 60s.
On the weekends, a
fleet of buses brought Afri-
can-American vacationers
to the beach from commu-
nities such as Quincy, Ha-
vana, Tuskegee, Ala. and
Cairo, Ga.
Nathan Peters got in
on the action by operating
his own bus shuttle to the
On Wednesday, Port
St. Joe businesses closed
for half a day. While whites
headed for St. Joe Beach,
African-Americans cruised
to Money Bayou.
Driesbach treated his
employees to a meal at the
caf6 every Wednesday, and
his son, Raymond Jr., often
traveled on foot with 25 or
30 classmates.
Nathan Peters Jr. re-
called youthful excursions
by bike to Money Bayou
He and his classmates
at the all-black George
wW e ined o ma htoh
trek by no less an author-
ity than President John E
Kennedy, who urged young
po9 orae re yni
ac July 4 holiday drew
the la est crowds, with
rg th ut-
loTt e an athletic
rivals fr Apalachicola's
se gated Quinn High
Sc oeol
"That was the best time
of all," Damon Peters Jr.
remembered. "You slaw so
maa ps ein a lp gpt 5
Beach ers often took
carloads of stipplies, in
clouding large cast k ko
used to coo cra sp
fresh from the water.
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Just as Jim Crow was
responsible for Money


RaymDesond Driebc (center)

enjoys a family picnic


Money Bayou Caf6 and Cottages declined in
the 1970s, as Civil Rights brought increased
entertainment opportunities to African-Americans.

Ster ciled letters on either side of a shut bridge
along G-30A are the only signs directing visitors to
Money Bayou. There is currently no historical marker
to detail the areas rich history.

Bayou's success, the Civil
Rights movement signaled
its decline.
As the 1970s dawned, the
Money Bayou Caf6 drew
fewer customers and buses
no longer brought tourists
to the beach.
"Civil Rights took blacks
other. places," Damon Pe-
ters Jr. recalled. "They had
other places to go then."
North Port St. Joe suf-
fered a similar decline.
A community that had
once been self-sufficient.
through the efforts of busi-
nessmen like Damon .and d
Nathan Peters, Dreisbach
and Hall became.a shadow
of its former self.

represents the last and
the largest parcel of beach
frontage owned by blacks
in the United States. In
view of this, we would like
to see it remain under mi-
nority ownership."
Ultimately, Peters Jr.
managed to keep Money
Bayouin the family. He sold
the property to his aunt's
husband, William L. "Wil-
lie" Brown, a gynecologist
from Fresno, Ca, for nearly
Each partner's share
amounted to $25,955.47.
Hall's share went to his
son, Francis Jr.
Brown initially intended
to develop the property.

"Minorities began to feel
more comfortable about
going to restaurants and
movie theaters and grocery
stores (in the white com-
munity)," Nathan Peters
Jr. recalled. "Most felt free
about going to those things
we used to have in the com-
munity just for minorities."
Money Bayou Caf6 and
Cottages closed forever in
the late 1970s.
In 1979, Damon Peters
Jr. became president ofthe
Money Bayou Beach Cor-
poration, founded by the
five owners in 15754.
"My chief duty was to
find somebody to sell it to,"
Peters Jr. recalled, noting

that property taxes were
taking a toll on the remain-
ing owners' wallets. (Hall
died many years earlier, af-
ter slipping into a diabetic
coma.) .
Peters Jr. sent letters
across the country to po-
tential buyers. He included
plats of the subdivision and
detailed his hopes that the
Money Bayou property
would remain minority-
In a letter to a New
York executive dated Aug.
29, 1979, Peters Jr. made
an earnest pitch: "Clearly,
this property represents
the last of Florida's vir-
gin beach frontage. It also

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Lady Tiger Sharks. On Tuesday
they traveled to Eastpoint and
played the Lady Seahawks of
Franklin County. After getting
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much for the Lady Seahawks,
as Port St. Joe won the match
with a score of three sets to
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Grant Rish shoots
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The Port St. Joe High
School Boys Golf Team
defeated the Wewahitchka
Gators in a 9-hole match at
Bay Dunes Golf Course in
Bayou George. Grant Rish
was a medalist with a 9-hole
score of 33 (3 under par).
This was Rish's personal best
at Port St:Joe High School.
Other team scores were Allen
Dykes with a 46, Evan Branch,
49, and freshman Sammy
Bucceri, 54. The team score
was 182. Wewahitchka shot a

PSJHS track fundraiser .
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Oct. 9, at 10 a.m.
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The Port St. Joe High School
Boys golf team played in a four
team match at.Bay Dunes in Pan-
ama City aird again came out the
Port St. Joe had a team score of
176, followed by Rutherford with a
score of 192. Marianna was third
with 198, and Wewahitchka was
fourth with 199.
Again, Port St Joe's Grant Rish
was low medalist with a three un-
der 33, followed by Allen Dykes, 47,
and Evan Branch.and freshman
Sammy Bucceri with a 48 each.
- The golf match Thursday at
Windswept Dunes in Freeport was
rained out.

Dig Pinlk match Oct. 6 at PSJHS

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FLATHEAD WINNERS: From left are Crystal Hamlin, John Melvin, Tim
Ake and Matt Perkins




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KIDS CHANNEL CATFISH WINNERS: From left are Reid Long, Peter
Setterich, Lance Long, Blake Kemp and J.R. Weeks.

CHANNEL CATFISH WINNERS: From left are Thomas R. Woods,





LADY ANGLER WINNERS: Crystal Hamlin and Rebecca Perkins

Special to The Star
This year's ending to the Apalachicola
Flathead Catfish Tournament Trail
was punctuated by muggy heat and
high water on the Apalachicola and Chipola
Rivers, which seem to have become the norm
for the tournaments held at Gaskin Park in
Wewahitchka. With 75 boats on the water and
157 registered anglers, tournament officials
were pleased with the turnout considering
current economic conditions.
Of the 157 anglers, the breakdown included
16 kids age 14 and younger fishing for prize
money in their own Kids Channel Catfish
Classic, as well as four young men opting to
compete against the adults m the Flathead
category. The women numbered 16, with
one of them taking first place in the flathead
category as well as first place in the Lady
Anglers category. Competitors came from all
over Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missippi
and Alabama. The ones coming the longest
distance were Gwen and Allen Tolbert of
Texas, new to the tournament this year, and
Dale Kirby and Jason Landis of Ohio.
Even though Kirby couldn't fish because of
a recent appendectomy, he came down to visit
with friends met at previous tournaments
and lielp with tournament activities behind
the scenes. His friend Landis was gracious
enough to drive him down and enter the
tournament himself, catching his first
flathead at 4.22 pounds. He also discovered
how big and sneaky a flathead can be, when
he turned around to get more bait and the
fish stole his pole! Thanks goes to Landis
from tournament officials for his behind-the-
scenes help as well.
Don Minchew and Rudy Sumner had
help awarding prizes from 4-year-old Bryce
Phillips, who drew the winning raffle tickets
for door prizes, a picnic table and a 50/50 cash
pot. Bryce, son of longtime Trail fisherman
Sterling Phillips, amused the crowd.when
he asked, "Why can't Ijust drawmyDaddy's
ticket?" He himself was awarded a bright
yellow pole made by American Spirit for his
The 50/50 cash pot netted BB Stewart
ofWeelgi Wachee $86; he said he was glad it
gave him enough gas money to get home. The
.other half went to tournament sponsor Wewa
Employees Cluti for its scholarship fund. The
winning raffle ticket for the 8-foot wooden
picnic table was purchasedbi13-year-old
Jonathan Flynn for his grandmother Angie
Minchew; she told him she might give it to
him, notwl3en he turned 18 or 21, but wherihe
got married. She expects to enjoy it for some
time to come. Proceeds from the raffle of the
table, hand-made by Kenny Price, will benefit
Wewa Search and Rescue. Various door
prizes including a cooler, marine batteries,
fishing poles and other goodies that were
donated from many Gulf and Bay County
businesses, along with edible snacks and
drinks for hospitality bags for the fishermen. '
Of the 16 kids that competed in the Kids ,
Channel Catfish Classic, newcomer J.R.
Weeks, 11, of Crestview weighed in the very
first fish of the tournament way before dark
Friday afternoon, getting on the leader board
at 2.93 pounds. He was the only kid weighing
in a fish until about 10:30 Saturday morning,
when longtime competitors Blake Kemp and
Peter Setterich, both of Wewahitchka, joined
him on the board, soon followed by brothers
Reid and Lance Long of Marianna, also
newcomers to the tournament. All five boys
weighed in winning fish for a total payout of
seven places spreading $1,750 among them,
not bad for a $20 entry fee (plus the adult fee
of $50). Lance also weighed in a flathead for
9.62 pounds, so who Imows, he may decide to
switch categories next year.


Crystal Hamlin, shcMn here with her husband, John, came in first in the Flathead and
Lady Angler categories. ,

Kids Channel Catfish Classic winnerS Illountstown and Wewdhitchka. ..
Thomas R. Woods of Baker was able to
Ist: Reid Long, Marianna 11.14 pounds $325 take first and second place in the Channel
et tt icha a p Catfish category, with 20.23 pounds and 19.55
4th: Blake Kemp, Wewa : 6.82 pounds $250 pounds, respectively, netting hun a total of
5th: J.R. Weeks, Crestview 2.93 pounds $225 $1,750.
6th: Blake Kemp, Wewa 1 47 pounds $200 Winners for the adult categories are:
7th: Peter.Setterich, Wewa, .97 pounds $175 .

Flathead cat0 .
gogy .
1st: Crystal Hamlin, Bristol 33.04 pounds $1,500
2nd:Jonathan Melvin, Alford 29.48 pounds $1,000
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5th: Matt Perkins, Bristol 24.24 Poun s $250

(1100001 CategOff
1st: Thomas R. Woods, Baker 20.23 pounds $1,000
2nd: Thomas R. Woods, Baker 19.55 pounds $750
3rd: Sterling Phillips, Hosford 17.60 pourids $500
4th: Clarke Joyner, Blountstown17.28 pounds $400
5th: Randy Harper, Wewa 17.06 pounds $200

Lady AnglerS
1st: Crystal Hamlin, Bristol 33.04 pounds $250
2nd: Rebecca Perkins, Bristol 13.59 pounds $175
3rd: Crystal Harblin, Bristol 10.92 pounds $125
Proceeds from this tournament benefit
the scholarship fund for the Employees
Club of the City of WewahitchkanOther
tournaments in the Trail benefit other
nonprofit organizations. For more .
information on the Apalachicola Flathead
Catfish Tournament Trail or schedule, call
Doil Minchew at 850-639-2805 or go to the
Web site:

Total tournament weights were 654.16
pounds of flathead and 228.08 pounds of
channel catfish. All channel catfish, which
for the purposes of this tournament are aily
freshwater catfish other than flathead, are
released back into the river, and flathead,
being non-native and excellent eating; are
kept for the table. The flathead caught during
this tournament have been donated to the -
senior citizens free fish fry, to be listed
by Wewahitchka Mayor Ray Dickens next
Tiny C'rystpl Hamlin of Bristol walked
away with.first place in the Flathead
category, together with first and third
place in the Lady Anglers category. When
tournament officials teased that she and
husband John would have to go shopping at
WalMart, she said, "No! Going to Bass Pro!"
.Timothy Ake of Wewahitchka managed
to snag both the most flathead poundage for
this tournament, 98.89 pounds, and for the
whole Trail, 269.78 pounds, receiving prize
money of $250 and $1,200 respectively. To
be eligible for the most combined individual
poundage for the Apalachicola Flathead
Catfish Tournament Trail, the fisherman has
to fish in five of the six tournaments running
from March through September in Bristol,

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Special to The Star
PJ. Buggs and Princeton
Grant scored fourth-quarter
touchdowns to pace Blount-
stown to a 39-27 victory over
Wewahitchka in District 2-1A
football Friday night.
Wewahitchka's Chance
Knowles tied the game at 27
with a 3-yard run with nine
minutes, 12 seconds to go.
Buggs scored two minutes
later, and Grant capped the
game with a 43-yard scam-
Grant led Blountstown
(3-0, 1-0), with 117 yards on
10 carries. He also scored
on a 40-yard run. Buggs was
7 of 11 passing for 179 yards
and two TDs. Blountstown's
Lpon Broxton also had a 50-
yard interception return for
a touchdown aod caught five
Knowles paced Wewahi-
tchka with 1.37 yards rushing.
The Gators (3-1, 0-1) fell for
thefirst time this season, de-
spite scoring first and tying
the game 21-21 at the half.
Wewahitchka, which re-
ceived an additional 78 yards
rushing and a score from
Theryl Brown, hosts Boze-
man Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
thr o tThe twaams e h
scoredin the opening quarter
and added two touchdowns
apiece in the second quarter
to eAter intermission tied at
Both defenses pitched a
shutout in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was an
18-6 affair, the difference be-
ing Grant's touchdown run.
The Gators averaged 5.-15
yards per carrymrushing for
229 yards, but quarterback
Beau McCorvey struggled,
hitting 5 of 18 for 45 yards
with one interception.
Jonathon Nobles -and
Colton Price paced the de-
fense. Nobles had five solo
and 10 total tackles ,and
recovered a fumble,. while
Price had six sold and -nine
total tackles and also recov-
ered a flimble.
B had fion foor e Gators.

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Plans and preparations
for the 2009 Wewahitchka
High School Homecoming
are well under way.
include the classes of 1954,
1959, 19414, 1969, 1974, 1979,
1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004
and 2009. A brunch be
hpldinhonorof all graduates
from these classes on Fri-
day, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. in the
Wewahitchka High. School
Media Center. During the
brunch, attending graduates
will receive a complimentary
ticket for the homecoming
game that night. Immediate-
ly after the brunch, a tour of
the school will be offered for
all interested attendees.
If you are a graduate: of
ari honored class and are
interested in attending the
brunch or would like to enter
a float in the homecoming
parade please call LanaHar-
rison at 850-832-7196 or Kerri
Barlow at 850-832-8659.
This year we will be
recognizing our honored
alumni during half time of
the homecoming game by
having them walk onto the
field with the classes they
graduated with. We hope to
have all graduates come and
join in on all the homecom-
ing festivities and make this
year's celebration one to re-
memberPr years to com

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Port St. Joe slips by Libert Count

By Tim.lroff
Star News Editor
In a district opener that swung
on a handful of plays, Port St. Joe's
Calvin Pryor seemed to be the one
with the hands Friday night at
Shark Field.
Pryor had a hand in all three Ti-
ger Shark touchdowns and made
three key defensive plays as host
Port St. Joe (3-1 overall, 1-0 in
District 2-1A) bulled past Liberty
County (2-1, 0-1) 20-12 in a physical,
emotional district contest.
Pryor was the game's leading
rusher with 85 hard-earned yards
in 19 carries, had the biggest pass
in a game largely devoid of com-
pletions, had a critical second half
interception and scored the back-
breaker in the fourth quarter,
"Anything can happen with
(Pryor), but that was a slugfest,"
said Port St. Joe coach Vern Barth.
"We were just off key all night. Our
blocking was not there, our rush-
ers weren't running hard. We were
just off.
"But we'll take it. That may be
the toughest (district) game we
have this year, and that is a great
way to start (district play). At teast

minutes off the clock.
After an electric kick return by
Kevin McCray put Liberty County
at the Tiger Shark 37 late in the
quarter, Evans fumbled again, and
Port St. Joe pounced.
"The difference was we lost
fumbles and they didn't," said
Liberty County coach Grant
Grantham. Port St. Joe put the ball
on the ground five times and lost
but one. Liberty County fumbled
three times and lost all three.
"It was a good hard-fought
game, and they made the plays.
Give them credit."
Three plays later, Pryor scram-
bled for 25 yards to move Port St.
Joe to the Bulldog 13 and followed
that by sweeping around left end
and rumbling over two tacklers
along the sideline en route to the
end zone.
May made it 14-0 Port St. Joe.
Liberty County tamped the
tempo on the ensuing drive, which
started at the Port St. Joe 37 after
a series of penalties cost the Ti-
ger Sharks 15 yards on the kickoff,
Which was then short.
and eight minutes of the clock to
reach the end zone, Evans sneak-

ing over from the one.
The extra point kick never had
a chance, and it was 14-6.
The Tiger Sharks handed Lib-
erty County another gift just be-
fore intermission.
Stopped on downs by a sack
that put the ball at the Tiger Shark
48, Port St. Joe marred the ensu-
ing play by effectively nullifying
a Liberty County holding penalty
with two dead-ball flags, a personal
foul followed by unsportsmanlike
The ball at the Port St; Joe 32,
Evans tossed a deep pass into
the left end zone for McCray, who
out-jumped Quincy Welch for the
touchdown. However, a run to
teams went into the locker room
separated 14-12.
A pair of fourth-quarter inter-
ceptions by first Pryor and then
Quinn put Port St. Joe in position
for a 9-yard touchdown run by Pry-
or to seal the game.
The extra point snap was low,
and the conversion failed, but the
Tiger Sharks were sitting where
it was most comfortable on a hot,
sticky night, atop the district stand-

Ca vin Pryor led all rushers with 85 yards and two touchdowns

we have an open week to fix some
Some things need little tinker-
ing, and they would start with No.
3 in purple and gold.
Pryor did not have to dominate
the game or the stat line though
he did in a tilt that saw the Tiger
Sharks out-gain Liberty County
194-193 but he made the plays
that were game-changers.
In the opening quarter, after the

teams traded stops, Pryor stripped
Bulldog quarterback Tert-ance Ev-
ans of the ball and recovered it at
the Liberty County 39.
The following play, Pryor, who
.started at quarterback and moved
to fullback in the second half, hit
a wide open by seven yards Willie
Quinn on a post pattern.
Daniel May's extra point kick,.
significant to strategy the ,rest
of the way, made it 7-0 with four

PSJRS downs Franklinto.
By (hristy Thompson Sharks in the third and fourtli games.
Special to the Star It just took a toll on the positive at-
titudes of the Seahawks, and this is
Port St. Joe edged district rival something that needs to be worked on
Franklin County last Tuesday in what with our team. They tend to*quit and
began as a thrilling match. give up too quickly. It was a great game
The girls came out strong and full for our girls and quite honestly, only
of enthusiasm for the first two games. our third match of the season.
Things were going well for a while with We got off to a slow start this year,
perfect sets,, hits, blocks and digs from but hopefully it will prove to be effec-
the Seahawks. Franklin lost the first tive for us toward the end of the season.
game 25-23, and we really needed this Theteamisworkinghardandtheyjust
one to keep the momentum. need tb keep positive.
The team fought hard in the second Game scores for the third and fourth
game and won 25-21 to get us back in games were 11-25 ahds 8-2$. The JV
the right direction. Our teamwork be- squad won two straight matches 25-23
gan to fizzle when Port St. Joe started and 25-21 to make it three win in a row.
dominating the Seahawks with tough Christy Thompson is assistant
serving. We just couldn't break the coach of the Lady Seahawks, coached
SPEGAL TO THE STAR serve andid Walker

Port St. Joe Middle sweeps

Wewa and Franklin County.

Special to The Star
After a rain delay on
Tuesday the Sharks and
Gators had to wait a day
before playing a week ago
17edilesday in front of the
Wewahitchka Middle School
student body.
Port St. Joe was without
its starting quarterback,
Drew Lacour, who was sick,
but the ground game over-
powered the Gators with
the Sharks rushing for 318
play of the game 47 yards
for a touchdown; the extra
point was no good, and Port
St. Joe was up early.
Cole Cryderman ran for
a 7-yard touchdown, and
Jarkeice Davis returned a
punt 35 yards for another
score, Walt Wilder adding
the tivo-point conversion on
a quarterback sneak.
Wewahitchka finally got
on the scoreboard when
Isaac Madrid picked up
a fumble and sprinted 48
yards for the score; the ex-
tra point was no good, and
for the Gators that would
end their scoring.
Natrone Lee ran25yards
for a Port St. Joe touch-
down, and Jacobi Jones
barged in for the two-point
conversion, and the Sharks
were up 30-6 at the half.
On the Sharks' first play
of the second half, Riley
dashed 65 yards for a touch-
down, with Lee running in
the two-point conversion
to finish the scoring for the
game. ,
Riley finished with 137
yards and two touchdowns
on just four rushes. He
also caught one pass for 12
yards. Lee had 37 yards a

left in the half.
Riley dashed 38 yards for
a touchdown, and Leonard
Green answered for Frank
lin with a 31-yard touch-
down, Griggs1-unning in for
the extra point conversion;
it was 28-14 at halftime.
Early the fourth quar-
ter, Riley ran $1 yards for a
score, and Lee took in the
extra point try
Griggs took the ensuing
kickoff back 69 yards for a
scote, but the extra point
was no good for Franklin
Cole Cryderman ran five
yards for a Shark touch-
down, and Lee added the
extra points with 4:44 left.
Griggs ran 49 yai'ds for
a touchdown for Franklin
County and ran in the ex-
tra point with just over two
minutes left.
. Riley added another
touchdown run from 39
yards, the extra point was
no good, and Grig s hit
Gl*een on a 39-yard ouch-
down pass, Griggs running
over for the extra point to
complete the scoring-
Jacobi Jones had 122
yards rushing on 10 carries
for Port St. Joe. Lee hqd 107
yards on eight carries, and
Riley a team-high 157 yards
on eight carries,
Port St. Joe had 404
yards of total offense.
"That Griggs kid is
very good. He had a lot of
yards rushing, returned a
kick and threw for a touch-
down," said Port St. Joe
coach Browning. Coach
Wright has a special player
"It felt like a track meet,
and we didn't do a good job
tackling, but it always fills
better to win."

touchdown and a two-point
conversion on just three
Cryderman rushed
three times for 35 yards
and a touchdown, Marquez
Johmion had 57 yards on
three carries, Troy Williams
had two carries for 30 yards,
and Jones, Zac Jasinski,
Wilder and Antonio Moree
corhbined for 22 yards on
eight carries.
Morton McLemore was
1 for 3 passing for 12 yards,
and Wilder was 1 for 2 for
seven yards.
Reggie Smith had one
reception for seven yards.
"We have been on the
road for the last three
weeks, and now we get
to finally to come home
for the next two weeks to
play .Franklin County and
Blountstown," said Port St.
Joe coach Tracy Browning.

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Last Tuesday, Port St.
Joe hosted Franklin County
in a wild scoring fest.
Lee opened the scoring
early in the first quarter; the
extra point was no good, and
it was 6-0 Port St. Joe.
quarter, Port St. Joe quar.
terback Lacour sneaked
over from the 1-yard line,
and Riley ran in the extra
point. It was 14-0 at the end
of one period.
After Dwayne Griggs
ran 59 yards for a Frank-
lin County touchdown, the
extra point was no good,
Lee scored on a 23-yard
run, Riley took over the
extra point, and it was 22-6
with just over three minutes

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PSJHS pre-game

heln sou ht
a The Port St. Joe High School Touchdown
Club feeds 45 Tiger Sharks, coaches and
nianagers every Friday afternoon before
in helping to provide one of these pre-game
meals, please call Caria May at 227-5512. We
also need volunteers to help sell Tiger Ahark
T-Shirts before each home football game. If
you can volunteer to help sell items, please-
call May. Thank you, and Go Tiger Sharks!
Preble-Rish is scheduled to feed the
Sharks on Sept. 25, and the ladies of the First
United Methodist Church are set to feed
the Sharks on Oct. 16. The dates that I need
groups to volunteer for are Oct. 9, 23 and 30,
.and Nov. 6 and 12.

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Hannah Henderson

Special to the Star
The approach of fall
gives notice that one of area
sportsmen's most anticipated
events is soon to occur.
The date of the Annual
Gulf!Franklin Sportsman s
Banquet has been set for
Thursday evening, Nov. 5.
Port St. Joe Lions Club mem-
bers ai's scurrying to make
this year's event better than
Attendees will once ag in
enjoy the natural beauty of
the Box R Ranch while so-
cializing with numerous area
sportsmen. The beverage bar
will open at 5 p.m., with appe-
tizers of Apalachicola oysters
on the half-shell and boiled
shrimp to whet the appetite.
At 6:30 p.m., beneath a
canopy of live oaks and palms
the serious eating begins.
Chef Charlie Norton's --world
famous, no-man-left-hungry"'
rib-eye steaks will take up a
goodly portion of the dinner
plate, leaving just enough
room for the salad, potato,
and rolls.
Don't forget to save room
fdr Paige's '"almost equally
famotis" banana pudding.
At 7;30, it's time to take a
few notches out of your.belt
and get ready for the real
excitement. Otrer $25,000

worth of contributions and
prices will be distributed to
the guests through silent
auctions, public auctions,
and raffles. Hundreds of
items will be offered, melud-
ing shotguns, hunting rifles,
offshore fishing trips, vaca-
tion rentals on Cape San Blas
and Mexico Beach, rods and
reels, original art, prints and
numerous outdoor products.
Understanding that not
every attendee will have the
same affinity for outdoor
products, there will also be
an array of items specifically
noted for the ladies' aue-
Tickets are 5-15 each and
can be purchased at Preble-
Rish and Hannon Insurance
m Port St. Joe. all Apalachic-
ola State Bank locations, the
Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce, as well as any Lions
Club member.
.Additional information
or ticket purchases can be
made by calling 850-227-7200,
227-1133 or 653-8805.
The real winners at this
year's banquet will be the
beneficiaries of the commu-
nity service projects support-
ed by the Loins Club. Nearly
$19,000 was raised at 2008's
banquet for community pro-
grams in Gulf and Franklin

of events is posted online
at www.stjosephbaypre-
For more information,
please contact Jessica
McKenzie at 850-229-1787.
Friends of St. Joseph
Bay Preserves, Inc. is a
non-profit group that has
been established to pro-
tect, preserve and support
the St. Joseph Bay State
Buffer Preserve and the
St. Joseph Bay Aquatic
Preserve. The Frierwis
raise funds and provide
volunteer services to help
manage the preserves
and improve public under-
standing and enjoyment of
the Btiffer Presbrve dnd
the Bay
Friends of St. Joseph
Bay Preserves, Inc., is
registered as a charitable
organization with the
Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer
Services (FDACS), Reg.
No. CH17439. A copy of
registration and financial
information is available by
calling (FDACS) toll free
800-43517352. Registration
does not imply endorse-
ment, approval, or recom-
< spendation Ip the state.

The Friends of St. Jo-
seph Bay #reserves intite
you to attend the 3rd An-
ntial Bay Day on Saturday,
Oct. 3. This event, held at
the Preserve Center, will
feature a Shrimp Boil. live
music, and local photog-
raphy exhibits, as well as
guided trips throughout
the Buller Preserve and
On backcountry tours'
you ll join experienced
guides as they showcase
our area's stunning falt
wildflowers, butterflies,
and birds, and illustrate
the Buffer Preserve's ecol.
ogy and its importance to
boat tours will exhibit the
abundant marine life ank
seagrass habitat in one of
the most pristine coastal
bays remaining in Florida.
Saturdays trips will begin
at 8 a.rtr. and conclude at
Jom us agam on Sun-
day, Oct. 4, for an addition-
al guided tour through the
Buffer Preserve starting at
10:30 a.m. Birding trips will
be led by regional expert
Saturday beginning at

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guided boat tours, but all
other activities are free of
charge. All guided trips are
This event provides an
everyone to discover and
enjoy the natural splendor
of the St. Joseph Bay State
Buffer and Aquatic Pre-
serves, as well as partake
in sensational food, music
and fellowship. We hope to
see you there!
The Preserve Center is
located -1.5 miles south of
Port St. Joe on St Joseph
Bay-- 3915 State 30-A, Port
St. Joe, FL 324.56
A complete schedule

11 a.m., guests can dine
with a view on the expan-
site Preserve Center deck
overlooking the bay. Our
Shrimp Boil will feature
local wild caught shrimp.
corn on the cob. potatoes
and kielbasa sausage,
along with cole slaw, gar
lic bread and beverage(
To completely delight the
off litre musical entertain-
ment with Neil Jones and
Jon dopps.
The Shrimp Boil will
.last until the food runs
out. There is a suggested
$10 donation per meal. We
suggest a 510 donation for

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The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society has many
LOVING, ADORABLE ies for ade tion!
Please come out & visit at 1007 Tenth St. in Port
St. Joe or call us at 227-1103

go directly back to the animals! DONATIONS
also needed. Please sto b Thurs. Sat. from
10am 4pm. 1007 Tenth St. in Port St. Joe.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Brooke turned the big 10 on September
3, 2009, and celebrated her birthday
on September 7, 2009, with a Hannah
Montana pool party. Where she was
surrounded by friends and family.
We love you very.much pumpkin head.
Momity, Caroline, Jackson and D6ddy

UOSs Who's 3?
Malaki Dawson turned 3 on Sept. 22. He is the son of Autumn
Cloud, and his big sister is Shayleigh Dawson.
We'want to wish him a happy birthday and say we love you.
He celebrated his Scooby-Doo party at the Sixteenth Street Park on
Sept. 26 with family and friends.

Richard Simon son of
1.ynn Haven, FL, and Lisa
Simonson of Altha, FL,
announce the engagement
and forthcoming marriage
of their daughter; Lindsay
Simonson to Steven Peak II,
son of-Steve and Mary-Ann
Peak of Wewethitchka, [FL.
The bride-elect is a 2004
graduate of Mosley High
School, a 2007 graduate
of Gulf Coast Community
College and will be a

2010 graduate of Florida
State University. Her
Fiance is a 2005 grac;luate
of Wewabitchka High
School. .He issemployed
at Guffey Electric as an
electrician. An October
10th wedding is planned
for 4:00 at Seven Springs
Gazebo of Wewahitchka,
FL. A reception will follow
at Honeyville Community
Center./ All friends and
family invited.

Dr. Samuel Wolf will
Always Wanted to Knoni
about Women's Health Is-
sues" on Monday, Oct. 12,
at 5 p.m. at Giad Tidings As-
sembly of God Fellowship
Hall. GFWC Wewahitchka
Woman's Club and Glad Tid-
ings Church, Rosa Feltrop,
president have made this

'Dr. Wolf is a native of
Panama City. He received
a B.S. in biology at FSU and
his doctorate4D.OYat Nova
Southeastern University
College of Osteopathic Med-
icine. He completed a tradi-
tional rotating internship at
Genesys Medical Center as-
sociated with the Michigan
State University Health Sys-
tem, wherdhe was awarded
intern of the yeat He did his
OB/GYN residency at the

Science Center/Shands in
Jacksonville. During his
residency, Dr. Wolf served
as administrative chief resi-
dent and was the recipient
of many awards for teaching
and research, including the
prestigious Jelks Award for
outstanding resident. clini-
cian of the year. He has had
extensive formal training in
urogynepology, pelvic floor
reconstruction, arid mini-

surgery. He joined Emerald
Coast OB/GYN in August of
2005 and received his board
certification from the Amer.
ican Board of Obstetrics and
Gynecology in December of
2007. He is a Fellow of the
American College of Obste-
tricians"and Gynecologists.
Dr. Wolf lives in Panama
Refreshment s will also

St. John's Church and
St. John's Village will have
a dog show on Saturday,
Oct. 19, on their beautiful
grounds, Hwy71,justnorth
of Wewahitchka. Starting
at 9:30 a.m. CT thpre willbe
demonstrations of appre-
hension, drug, search and
rescue, judging of Best in
Show, Best Costume, Most
well Behaved and others.
Registration, whichis $4

per dog will begin at1):oo
a.m. This is going to be so
much fun for all the family
and for all ages. There is
no admissiozifee but a sug-
gested donation, with all
gomg to benefit the St. Jo-
seph Bay Humane Society
in Port St. Joe. Just bring
a lawn chair and spend the
morning watching some
talented and adorable

Special to the Star
It's time to get the
2010 Relay for Life sea-
son kicked into gear! This
year's conibined Gulf
County Relay for Life
event will incorporate ,all
of Gulf County and the
Mexico Beach area into
az single super-charged
event. An Early-Bird
Team registration rally
is being held on Oct. 8 at
6 p.m. ET at Sunset Coast-
al Grill in Port St. Joe. All

sists of your team regis-
tration fee-of $100 which
is part of your overall
fundraising total. If your
team is not quite prepared
to officially register doi1't
fret. This rally is still for
you and your team.
Join us Thursday, Oct. 8
as we kick the season into we unite to give
a cure~ a sporting chance!
Please contact the 2010
Relay for life event chair
Scott Baker at 227-6804 if
you have any questions

event plans, theme, and
goals. Did you know that
our local Relays raised
over $35,000 in 2009?
That type of fundraising
towards the fight to eradi-
- cate cancer from existence
happens because of the ef-
forts of our TEAMS! With
teams, there is no Relay.
The goal of this rally is to
get your team officially
signed up and down the
path towards successful
fundraising. Official regis-
tration for your team con-

the Port St. Joe Elementa-
ry School. Admission is $5
in advance or $7 at the door.
For advance tickets, please
contact Amy Ouellette, the
Chairfierson efthe Junior
Miss Programs any Junior
Service League member,
or one of the young women
participating in the pro-
gram. The Junior Service
League of Port St. Joe is
also on Facebook; become
a fan to keep up with all of
the League's events.
In addition to ticket
sales, the League will
be raismg money for the
event through advertise-
ment sales in the Junior
Miss Program Book and
refreshment sales at the
event. Local businesses,
Ramsey's, Coast2Coast
,Printing, Persnickety and
Marketing & 191edia are
some of the initial spon-
sors of the program. All
of the proceeds from the
sponsorships, ticket sales

The Junior Service
League of Port St. Joe is
sponsoring the Junior Miss
Program on Saturday, Oct.
17 at the Port St. Joe El-
ementary School auditori-
um. Ten Port St. Joe High
School seniors, hoping to
win scholarship money and
represent our area in the
statewide event, are par-
ticipating in the program.
Last year through the
Junior Miss program, the
Junior Service League
raised more than $6000 in
scholarships and awarded
100% of the proceeds to the
young women participating
in (116 OVent. The program
is divided into five catego-
ries, scholarship, talent,
interview, physical fitness,
and self expression. Not
only does the overall win-
ner receive scholarship
money, but also the run-
ners-up and winners in
each category take home
money for college.

With a concentration on
academics, the Junior Miss
Program begins with a re-
view of each participants
. academic achievements.
All senior girls with a 3.0
GPA or higher, are eligible
to participate in the pro-
gram. In additionto grades,
students' college admission
tests are considered in the
Academic category, which
makes up 20 percent of the
competition. Following a
review .of each woman's
transcript, the panel of out-
of-town judges interviews
each contender. The corn-
petition ends with the pub-
lic ceremony October 17.
The theme of this year's
'program is On Broadway.
In addition to the talent and
self expression portions of
the program, t he young
women will showcase their
physical fitness to a medley
of Broadway hits.
The program begins at 6
p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at

and refreshments go to the
participants in the form of
college scholarships.
The Junior Service
League of Port St. Joe is
of women whose goal is to
benefit the children of Gulf
. County. In addition to the
Junior Miss program, the
League awards scholar-
ships to Gulf County grad-
uating seniors, provides
school supplies and win-
ter clothes for elementary
students, mentors middle
school girls, and hosts an.
annual Easter Egg Hunt
for the community The
League has also pledged
to donate $10,000 to the Sa-
cred Heart Hospital in Gulf
Anyone interested in
donating to the Junior Ser-
vice League's Junior Miss
or learnifig more about the
event should contact Amy
Ouellette at 850-340-0319 or



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collect bikes

for tots
Gulf county chil-
dren are in for a pleas-
ant surprise again this
Christmas, thanks to a
partnership between
Gulf Correctional Insti-
tution's staff and in-
mates, the Gulf
County Fire
and North
Child Devel-
opment Inc.
Those kids
will be get-
ting bicycles and
tricycles that have been
collected by the Fire Departments county-
wide, repaired by inmates at Gulf Forestry
Camp and distributed by N.F .C.D. Inc., a
non-profit early child development program
serving Gulf, Calhoun, Libetty, Wakulla and
Madison Counties. This year, the bikes will
be presented to their eager new owners at
the "Lights in the Park" Lake
Alice Park in Wewahitchka on December 19,
2009, starting at 10 a.m. Central. The annual
event is sponsored by the City of Wewahi-
tchka and the Gulf Federation of Women's
Clubs,'the Wewahitchka Woman's Club, Inc.
North Florida Child Development, Inc.
will be receiving donations of money, bicy-
cles, parts, and supplies to rebuild bicycles
alid tricycles. If you or your organization
wishes to participate there are several ways
Drop-off new or used bicycles at your
'Make a cash donation to North Florida
Child De 10 tI P a3b 6t5o NFCD,
Contact Jade Hatcher, our N.EC.D. par-
ent volunteer, to make a donation and/or
to get a copy of the tax deductible donation
form call 850-832-8181.


Sintonson, Peak II Engagement

(al im; call pooches

Wolf to give talk on women's health issues

Relay for Life Team Early-Bird registration beings Oct. 8


Relay for Life teams from
years past are encouraged
to send your team captain
or a representative. We
willbe covering this year's

Junior Service League Junior Miss Program slated for Oct.17


The Lion's Tale

Shark Talk

. 7

Wewahitchka flementary School Principal's Pick: Sept. 28-Oct. 2
Kindergarten Joseph Gortt Third Grade Hope Norris
First Grade Cody Pickron Fourth Grade Janna Miles
First Grade -- PaigaMcBaniel 5th Grade Cassie Whittington

Washington County Chamber of Commerce


Sat & Sun., Nov. 21-22, 2009
Washington County Agricultural Center
Chipley, Florida

Register now f6r booth space at"the 2009 Outdoor Expo
and Gun & Knife Show in Washington County,.Fla.
Share your sport and recreation products and services
with thousands of sports enthusiasts in North Florida -
arid the surrounding area.
The 2009 Outdoor Expo is the host site for the
area's premier Gun & Knife Show.
Multi-rYiedia Expo promotion will reach more than 92,000
consumers in an 8-courrty area. All exhibitors also receive
FREE advertising in the official.2009 Outdoor Expo .
Program, with 12,000-plus distribution in Washington and
Holmes counties.

For Exhibitor Application, as well as information on
the show and prog ram advertising:
visit: .
amber email:
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For additional advertising information in the official program of the
2009 Outdoor Expo contact Washington County News at 850-638-0212.

Students of the Week

Front Row: Leki Parrish, Emily Lacour, Braden Register, Koey yBrown,

Dazzling Dblphins -- Sept. 242

Front RowN: Leighton Whitf~ield, T~enton Antley, KT Nessly, Matena Ramsey,


The Star l B3

hcS ool News.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The big event at FCS
this week was the See You
at the Pole (SYATP) gather-
ing on Wednesday morning.
Students spent time praying
for their school, friends and
The history of SYATP is
very- important for it chal-
lenges young Christian
leaders to take action and to
believe they can make a dif-
ference in their community.
The following is an excerpt
from the official SYATP Web
A small group of teenag-
ers in, came together for a
Disciple Now weekend in

MG 96@ AdTey
how powerfully God was
aboutpo move. On Saturday
night God penetrated their
hearts likep neAr before.
The students were broken

bofo len sd
to pray, they drove to three
different schools that night.
Not knowing exactly what to
do, they went to the school
flagpoles and prayed for
their friends, schools, and
leaders. Those students had
no ideahow God would use
their obedience.
God used what He did
among those teenagers and
others who were holding
similar prayer meetings at
in the hearts of youth lead-

By: Chelsey Walker
and Sara Ho man

1. If you have not
paid your senior trip pay-
ment for September, you
are late. Please pay it
Also, your October se-
nior trip payment is due to
Mrs. Alcorn by the end of

the2mo se check the
scholarship box in the
Guidance office for schol-

UHi0f 5' *
1. Please pay your
class dues of $20 to Evan

Ke Club. '
1. Please pay Chellsey
O'Neill any dues owed by
the end of the nine weeks.
2. The first service proj-
ect will be a roadside clean-
up on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Meet at GCCC Gulf-Frank-
lin Center at 9:30 a.m. ET.

SGA. *
Homecoming week be-
ou 05tandT n e e
this year is "Back in
the Day with PSJ."
Monday is Western Ex-
pansion Day
. Tuesday is Color Wars
Wednesday is Flower
Power Hippie Day
Thursday is Futuristic

Friday is Spirit Day

1. Oct. 23 is Make a Dif-
ference Day at 1 p.m. ET-
2. Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, Drill Practice
will be held at 7 a.m. at the
high school. Tuesday and
Thursday practice will be
held after school.

On Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. and
6 p.m. the volleyball teams
will be hosting the Dig
Pink event.
All spectators are en-
couraged to wear pink. A
portion of the proceeds
will go to Breast Cancer

try gathered together for
a national conference in
Colorado. Many of them
reported that their stu-
dents had heard about the
prayer movement in Texas
and were equally burdened
for their schools. No other
events had been planned,
across the country would be

weaohnstutdheenir own na
was no stopping them.
On Sept. 11, 1991, at 7
a.m., one million students
gathered at school flagpoles
all over the country. From
Boston, Mass., to Los An-
geles, Calif., students came
together to pray... Some
sang, some read Scripture,
but most importantly, they
prayed. Like those first stu-
dents, they prayed for their
schools, for their friends, for
their leaders, and for their

A few

months later, a

It should be noted that
Adeqizate Yearly Progress
(AYP) reports for all school,
Title I and non Title I, may
be found at http:// www. fi- click on School
Grades. The district's Title
I school( PSJE and WES,
made a school grade of "A'
for the 2008-09 school year.
not made it for three previ-
ous years in math in two
subgroups; therefore, the
school remains as a school
in need of improvement.
WES did not make AYP in
twosub-groups percente)
the school did not make it
in math, the schools desig-
nated in corrective action. It
is important that parents be
informed that these schools,
while high performing on

the state level are aiming
for a moving target for AYP ,
on the federal level. The fed-
the percent of students that
' mustscoi'eLevel3orabove
in reading, math and writ-
ing. Forexamplein2008-09
. theproficiencyformathwas
' 68 percent and m 2009-10 it
is 74 percent; reading pro-
ficiency for 2008-09 was 65
percent and m 2009-10 it is
72 percent. There are Safe
Harbor and Growth mecha-
nisms that allow schools to
make AYP without actually
they are in a complicated
Parents are encouraged
to contact their child's school
or the district office with any
questions or concerns about
these reports.

In compliance with the
"No Child Left flehind" Act
parents and .community
members are advised that
the School Public Account-
ability Report (SPAR) for
their child's school is avail-
able upon request at each
Gulf District school and on
each school's website which
may be accessed from the
.district's website at www.
dicators designed to inform
parents and the general
public about the progress of
Florida public schools: stu-
dent demographics, school
readiness, graduation rates,
College Placement Test re-
sults, FCAT results and the
percent of students at each
Level, discipline data, and
other types of data.

interested in participating, please contact
LCDR Marty Jarosz by phone at 229-6177
or e-mail> no later than 12
p.m. Oct. 8. Go SHARKS!"

Port St Joe High School will hold its
Annual Homecorhing Parade on Friday,
Oct. 9 through downtown Port St Joe.
Form-up for the parade will be at 2:15 p.m.
ET with step-off at 3:30 p.m ET. If you are


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alein lon sl

ers across Texas. The vision
was that students through-
out Texas would follow
these examples and meet
at their school flagpoles to
pray simultaneously. The
Aakngt ewa enaamdeSo
brainstorming session,
The vision was shared with
20,000 students in.June 1990
at in Dallas, Texas.
Only God had envisioned
how many students would
step up to the challenge. At
7:00 a.m. on Sept. 12,,1990,
more than 45,0(10 teenagers
met at school flagpoles in
four different states to pray
before the start of school.

Port St. Joe High announces Homecoming Parade

One ~~I Sot y 'H

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

W. P."Rocky" Comforter
L.F.D. 5071OthStreet*PortSt.Joe
(850) 227-1818 (850) 229-8111


Will God Forgive America?
nl Godhearsthecriesof painwhenabortions

America protects the spotted owl and mammals,
but forsakes the human race.
We prosecute cruelty to animals with fines and
possibly a little jail time.
But abortionists can slice up an unborn child and
not have to pay a dime.
As a matter of fact, they get paid, sounds like
murder for hire:
Elected officials are backing this: America's
needs are very dire.
America was founded by men who put their trust
in God.
These men are in liistory books and covered by
six feet of sod. .
The almighty dollar has replaced God m
America today.
Our leaders know how to spend our tax dollars'
but have forgotten how to pray.
"Will God forgive America?" is the question
No doubt about it, if we pray and ask forgiveness'
and turn from our wicked way.
It's time for Christians to get on our knees and
pray for our officials, one and all.
Sa t theyewoeuld repen and sus as their

t tu e a o burn '
My 10 nson

St. Joseph
CathoUc Church
20th and Monument Ave.*Port St. Joe 227-1417
Also Serving Mexrco Beach
All Mass Times EDr
Sunday ...................:..............................................9:30 am
IVIonday, Thursday, Friday ....................................9:30 am
Wednesday ............................................:..............5:30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission Cape San Blas Mission
7 1500 ft hom State P k entrance
Sunday Mass 11:0tiam (CT) Closed for the Season

Please come and meet our new
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer!

8:00 and 11:00 09T) Sunday Sc ool 9:45
Child CareProvided for at 11:00

The Christian CONSGIENCE

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note. Bobby Alexander, Minister to Studies
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Sontem rhaoT wie 9 Pr dren's Choi 6 m
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Youth Groups.... ....5:30 pm Activities............................6:30 pm ,
Youth Ministry Activities...6:30 pm


311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET* Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET* Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusted in Him."
Please accept ts invit her to in us r hip God bless you!
Church 9 0 69-8725

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ng Avenue Baptist Chu

Bible Study Sund.ay: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00put
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pin

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


111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship $4rvites:
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.
He people of IInite both hited IIsthdistherth
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A Spirit Filled -
* Outreach Oriented
Fami Life Word of Faith Church
Past soAndrewt&c C pRut rford HOME OF THE
Simday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pm
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508 Sixteenth Street.
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456


Jesus is Lord and He is waning

382 I ing St;reet Highland View
Port St. Jae, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45am.
Morning Worship 11:00a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
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2420 Lotty.919enue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
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Michael Rogers Pastor -
9:45 AM ...................... :. ....................... Sunday School
10:30 AM ..................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ........................: ........................Worship
600 PM .............................................................Worship
801 20th Street Port St. J.oe 229-6707 !.
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Does God still heal today?
Should a new convert be
baptized in water, and .
if so, how should that
baptism be done? Is there
some way to avoid hell
and be sure of heaven?
Was Jesus the Messiah?
Was Jesus the Son of God,
or just a man? You can
get the correct answers to
these and a multitude of
Other important*questions
about life, God and
eternity from your Bible.
If you have considered
orily a verse or two or
blindly accepted the
answer that is in the
,statement of faith of your
church or religion, you
are likely to come tip with
wrong answers. Some
say, "Just read the Bible."
others say to read the
whole Bible. But do you
know how to get truthful
answers from the Bible?
Let's concentrate on the
New Testament for the

time being. It may require
a little work and take a
little time, but you will get
the right answers if you
do this: .
Identify what it is
that you want a clear-cut
answer to. Then pray,
asking God to give you
the correct answer. Then
read the New Testament,
being willing to accept
whatever answer the Holy
Spirit gives you. Continue
reading until you get a
clear-cut answer. Some
questions can be quickly
answered by reading
only a few of the New
Testament books. Others
may take longer, but the
whole New Testament can
be read in about 30 hours.
Isn't it worth 30 hours
to get the right answers
about God, life, death,
heaven and hell? '
If you want the truth
about anything, you need
to be willing to fitudy. A

good study Bible, the
Internet and the local
library will be helpful.
It won't take you long
to find out that the Old
Testament was written
in Hebrew, and the New
Testament was written
in Greek. Mariy have
undertaken the task of
translating the Bible
books into English. Some
have produced reasonably
good translations.
Others have produced
translations that are
inferior and contain
information that shouldn't
be trusted.
Questions or
comments? Send an e-
mail to the address below.
At the Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center,
we believe that God wants
you to Imow the truth
about the Bible and be
born again from above
---- not risk your present .
and your eternal future on
faulty teHgious teaching.
At the MBCWC, we don't
pass an offering plate and
plead for nioney or twist
your arm to join. Plan to
check us; out this Sunday!
Our services begin with
a tirne of greeting and
6110Wship at 9:30 a.m. CT.
Worship begins at 9:45 a.m.
meet and fellowship with
US and enjoy the praise
and worship music led by :
TJ. We meet and worship,
at the Mexico Beach Civic
Center onl05 N. 31st St.
behind Parker Realty and
the Beach Walk gift shop,
.just MU.S. Highway 98 in
Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
191exic Worship Center

I have found that
many in our region have
been told what to believe
and how to live, and .
that anyone who doesn't
believe their particular
doctrines is something
less than a real Christian.
I have yet to meet anyone,
clergy or laity, that has
been taught how to find
answers to their questions
from the Bible. .
Different Christian
denominations exist
because most people .
have not been tauglit
how to find answers to
their questions about God
-and the Bible. Should .
a Christian believe in -
predestination? Did we
. get here by creation
or evolution? Should a
Christian believe in soul
sleep? Is thek'e a God? .
Who is God? Who was,
Jesus? Who wrote the
Bible? Should Christians
speak with tongues?

950) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulche
Pastor r
AnnComforter Jemmypixon
Alasic Dikctor Youth Minister
Deborab Loyless

Contemporary Service9:00a.m.ET
i deton..!andy ll:00a.m.ET
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET

S11nday Evening Worship .........;....6 p.m.

Sunday ShomnWorship .............., a.m. -


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Gulf County Sheriff
The Gulf County Sheriff's Office will be
conducting vehicle safety checkpoints and
DUI check points during the month bf Sep-
tember 2009.
The check points will be held through-
out the county to include Highway 98 near
St. Joe Beach, Highway 98 dnd Garrison
Avenue, C-30 Sinunons Bayou, Highway 71
North of White City,.Highway 22 and High-
way 22A, Highway 71 and Westarm Creek,
Highway 71 Dalkieth Area and Highway 71
hear the Calhoun line.
On 09/20/2009 John Todd Nelson, 39,
DWLSR and possession of drug parapher-
On 09/20/2009 bran LaDawn Stuckejr,
warrant for failure to appear; the original
charge was grand theft.
On 09/21/2000 Travis Rommell Melton, 37,
violation of probation.
On 09/22/2009 Alvin Edward Williams, 83,
retail theft.
On 09/23/2000 John Stephen Onorato,
68, exploitation of the elderly and grand
Oil 09/24/2009 Barbara Ann Arendt, 55,
violation of probation warrant; the original
charge was grand theft.
On 09/24/2009 Carlton Jason Dunning, ,
36, failure to appear warrant; the original <
charge was DUI.

>...1.&*,<. call meeting
The public is welcome to attend a meeting scheduled to re-
activate the Gulf County Juvenile Justice Council. This meett
ing is scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. ET at the Port
St. Joe Fire Station Conference Room. Point of contact: The Gulf
County United community Development Corporation Inc., 212
Martin Luther King Blvd., The North Port St. Joe Police Substa
tion Building, Amy Rogers, President: 850-229-1551, office.

TOf f Free (8 8 8) 8 31-6754

klin Courity (850) 670-5555

Leon County 850) 926-9602

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opportunity to also highlight
those in our hospitality industry
who keep Floridians and tour-
ists coming back for more, and
we' are proud to participate in
this incredible event," said Carol
Dover, president and CEO of the
Florida Restaurant and Lodging
"We continue in this tradi-
tion by providing scholarships
through great events like this
so we may prepare students for
careers in food service and lodg-
Additiohalinformation, includ-
ing local hoteliers and restaura-
teurs participating in the festival,
may be found at www.Blaston-

and be able to listen to the story
behind how it was created."

Oct. I 6 at 6 p.m. EST
The Thirsty Goat Lounge, 501
Monument Ave., 850-229-7678

Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. EST
The Dockside Caf6 & Raw Bar,
340 Marina Drive, 850-229-5200
ct. of p.m. 18 3 EST
The Indian Pass Raw Bar, 8391
Indian Pass Road, 850-227-1670
All shows are free of charge,
and everyone is encouraged to

come out and enjoy. Proceeds
will benefit scholarships through
the Florida Restaurant & Lodg-
ing Association Educational
Foundation (FRLAEF).
Recognizing the need for
, qualified, enthusiastic profes-
sionals in the tourism industry,
FRLAEF supports sound edu-
cational experiences through
industry developed school-to-
career programs and interac-
tion with students, instructors
and industry. leaders. This is
accomplished through dynamic
and comprehensive curricil-
lums coupled with on-the-job
training. .
"The Blast on the Bay Song-
writers Festival is a wonderful

The Florida Restaurant and
Lodging Association's (FRLA)
Forgotten Coast Chapter today is
pleased to announce its sponsor-
ship of the first ever "Blast on the
Bay Songwriters Festival" to be
held in Port St. Joe on Oct. 16-18.
Florida's Forgotten Coast will
play host to a group of musicians
and songwriters direct from the
streets of Nashville. Festival per-
formances will consist of seven
musicians who collectively have
written hundreds of hit songs re-
corded by artists, such as Faith
HU, Ann Murray, Darius Rucker
and Diamond Rio, just to name
a few.
Songwriters attending the
three-day event include Clay

Mills, Sonny Lemaire, Will Ram-
beaux, Jillia Jackson, Thom
Shepherd, and Charlie and Dana
Hunt Black. All will be scheduled
to play sets during the three days
and at each venue.
"The festivities will kick off
Friday with an evening of music
and storytelling at The Thirsty
Goat Lounge, followed on Sat-
urday evening at The Dockside
Caf6 & Raw Bar and Sunday af-
ternoon at The Indian Pass Raw
Bar," said Jason Bogan, Forgot-
ten Coast FRLA chapter presi-
dent and chair of the Gulf County
Tourist Development Council.
"It is an incredible opportuni-
ty to hear the music as the writer
intended, pure and unfiltered,

Violent crime decreases 9.7 percent, non-violent crime declines 7.6 percent

enforcement for their hard work."
The Semi-Annual Uniform Crime
Report showed an 18.8 percent de-
crease in the number of murders,
a 4.1 percent decrease in the num-
ber of forcible sex offenses, a 13
percent decrease in robberies, an
8.9 percent decrease in aggravated
assault, a 3.9 percent decrease in
burglary, a 7.0 percent decrease in
in motor vehicle thefts.
The report includes data sub-
mitted by 404 law enforcement
agencies for crimes reported from
January through June of this yean
The report reflects crime volume
only; crime rate, which takes into
account population, is calculated
in the annual report. The comE
plete 2009 Semi-Annual Crime if1
Florida, Uniform Crime Report,
including county-by-county break-
downs, can be found on FDLE's
Web sith:

ORLANDO -- Gov. Charlie Crist to make a difference in keeping
and Florida Department of Law our streets and communities safe.
Enforcement Commissioner Ger- I thank law enforcement officers
ald Bailey arinoubced that crime in across our state for their service in
Florida is down 7.9 percent for the protecting the people of Florida."
first half of 2009. The figure is part Crist and FDLE Assistant Com-
of the 2009 Semi-Annual Uniform missioner Mark Zadra announced
Crime Report, which was released the crime figures at the FDLE Or-
today, providing a preliminary indi- lando Regional Operations. Center,
cation of this year s crime figures. where the governor visited one of
The report reflected decreases in seven FDLE crime laboratories
all seven crime categories (mur- 1'he lab provides timely, expert
der, robbery, aggravated assault, and professional examination of
forcible sex offenses, bitrglary, lar- evidence to assist in the investi-
ceny and motor vehicle theft) dur- nation, prosecution and exclusion
ing the same period last year.Nio- of criminal offenses. FDLE scien-
lent crime is down by 9.7 percent tists in drlando egnduct analysis
for the first si>; months of the year in eight forensic disciplines: biol-
while non-violent crime decliried ogy and DNA, gunshot residtie,
7.6 percent. cheritistry, firearMs, latent prints,
"The decrease in the vohime of toxicology, crime scene and trace
crime is a very encouraging sign," evidence.
said Crist. "Public safety is a pri- "The first half of the year is typi-
ority across the state, and the pro- callya good indicator as to what's
active programs and policies we ahead for the ipst of the year," said
are putting

Florida Freedom Newspapers
The state attorney's of-
flee is unlikely to pursue
more charges against a 41-
year-old Wewahitchka man
who walked into a 13-year-
old girl's bedroom while he
was naked, officials said
However, it is not be-
cause they believe Jack
Davila's defense that he
was on sleeping pBs when
he walked into the home of
a family he did not know. ,
"We look at-the Ambien
defense with great skepti-
cism," said State Attorney
Glenn Hess. He added that
it seemed more likely Davi-
la was under the influence
of some other substance.
According to. investi-
gators, Davila entered a
Wewahitchka home in the
nude and woke up a 13-
year-old girl. Davila told
her she was in his own
room but that since she
was there, he would leave.
He then went into the
bathroom. When the girl's
mother, Kyra Burch, was
alerted to the situation,
she evacuated her children
and called for help. Burch
added that the door was
unlocked because a family
member was scheduled to
arrive home late.
Gulf County sheriff's
deputies arrested Davila
and asked him at the scene
why he was there and why
he was naked.
"He stated he was thei-e
for a pool party," deputies
wrote in an incident report.
But "there was no pool
around the residence or
When asked a second
time, Davila said he was
attending a bonfire, Barch
said. But again, there was
no fire anywhere near the
home. While at the home,
Davila also spoke with
imaginary people, Burch
At his first appearance,
Davila said that he had
been on the sleep-induc-
ing medication Ambien.
The drug's makers, Sanofi-
Aventis, warn that it can
catise people to sleepwalk,
drive, make phone calls
and other.strange behavior
with no memory of the be-
havior after the incident.
"It is inappropriate for
its to comment on individu-
al situations because we do
not know all of the facts and
circumstances regarding
what may have transpired
nor do we know other im-
portant information, such
as the patient's medical
history," company officials
said in an e-mail to The
News Herald. "As the au-
thorities continue to review
all the information, we urge
caution in making broad
associations between this
situation and the safe and
appropriate use of Ambien
and Ambien CR."
Ray Adams, a pharma.
cist at Adams Pharmacy

in Lynn Haven, said he has
never had a patient com-
plain about sleepwalking
side effects with Ambien'
but it could be possible.
It's going to affect each
individual differently," .Ad-
ams said. He added that
normally patients get eight
hours of good sleep and
wake up without feeling
sluggish or hung over.
Davila has never been
convicted of a felony in
Florida and has no past
history of drug offenses'
according to state court
records and .local officials.
He could not be reached
for comment Thursday.
Oil his release paperwork,
Davila's address is listed
as 4200 Transfer Road but
there is no phoi1enizmber
listed. Google Maps names
an Old 'll-ansfer Road and a
Transfer Landing as roads
in Wewahitchka:
The law only allows
charges of trespassing
and indecent exposure,
the two misdemeanor of-
fenses Davila is currently
facing, Hess said., 13urch
questioned why he was not
charged witif something
more, such as lewd and las-
civious conduct, : and why
he was released on his: own
recognizance.after his first
appearance earlier 'this
"There was no physical
contact or evidence that he
did anything with the child
to raise it to that level,"
said Gulf County Sheriff
Joe Nugent: "There
be some kind of contact."
Hess also discounted the
idea'that the man could be
charged with burglary for
breaking into. the home.
The law requires pros-
ecutors to show that Da-
vila had intent to commit
a crime while in the home,
Hessusaid. Someone who
is drimk or oxi drugs and
enters the wrong home by
accident would rightly be
charged with trespassing,
Hess said.
"It's a hell of a terrible
situation -for everyone m-
volved," Nugent said.
Nugent also discounted
by family members: that
the man's connection to a
sheriff's employee played
into the lesser charges or
his release from jail on his
own recogmzance.
Nugent did confirm Da-
vila is the son of a man who
worked at the Gulf County
Sheriff's Office in the "ear-
ly '90s." However, the two
young deputies who arrest-
ed Davila probably would
not have known about the
man's connection to the
employee because of their
ages, Nugent said. He add-
ed that he was not aware of
the case until two days af-
ter the charges were filed.
Nugent said Davila was
lucky he entered that house
instead of a home where
the residents would have
shot him.

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Proper hand wasighls prevent illness




Thursday, October 1, 2009


B6 The Star

Special to The Star
In this day and time, we
all hear about the importance
of working to maintain our
health and avoid inany
infectious diseases such as the
common cold, flu, and many
gastrointestinal disorders, and
the list goes on.
We have been taught over
and over that the easiest
way to avoid these "bugs" is
proper hand washing. Most of
us wonder how difficult that,
can be. Yet many of us do not
follow this recommendation.
Sometimes we just need a
reminder, so here we go.

Throughout each day,
we touch many germ-filled
surfaces and have direct
contact with a variety of people,
and many people do not even
wash their hands after using
the bathroom.
What does all of this mean?
We are subjecting ourselves
to many germs, viruses and
bacteria. So let's focus on what
little time and effort proper
hand washing can take.
Good hand washing begins -
with using soap and water, or
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Proper hand washing with
soap and water:
Wet hands with warm (when

available) water and lather well
with soap.
Rub hands vigorously
together for 15-20 seconds. (To
make this step fun for children,
sing the ABC or Happy
Birthday songs out loud as you
Scrub the back and front of
hands, wrists, between fingers
and under your fingernails.
It's recommended to keep
children's nails trimmed to
make this step easier,
Dry hands with.a clean or
disposable towel.
Use the towel to turn off
.faucet and to open door as
you leave (if in public

restrooms, etc.)
Proper hand washing with
alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
The CDC recommends
choosing products that contain
at least 60 percent alcohol. .
Apply about V2 teaspoon of
product to the pahil of hand.
Rub all surfaces of your
hands until they are dry.
When should you wash
your hands?
Always wash your hands
after using the toilet, changing
a diaper, touching animals or .
animal waste, before and after
preparing food, before eating,
after blowing your nose, after
coughing and sneezing into

your hands, and before and
after treating wounds or cuts,
or doing any other activities
that dirty your hands.
Also, try not to touch your
nose, eyes or mouth with your
hands throughout the day. Many
germs enter our bodies through
these areas.
If you have any questions
about this information please
call Melanig Taylor, extension
agent, Family & Consumer
Science and 4-H at 639-3200 or
This information is
compiled from University
ofFlorida, IFAS Extension

the Gulf County Health
Departinent on Garrison
Drive in Port St. Joe.
Space is limited to 12
couples only, so please con-
tact the health department
as soon as possible.
Call Patricia Richards
at 227-1276,- ext. 150, or Jill
Nance at ext. 126. .

The Gulf County Health
Department and Healthy
Start will provide a series
of free childbirth classes.
There will be two sessions
held on Tuesdays from 5-
7:30 p.m., ET, meeting dn
the following dates: Oct. 7
and 14.
Classes .will be held at

were held at Highland
View Church of God
on Thursday, Sept. 24,
at 3 p.m., with the Rev.
Louis Lemley officiating.
Interment followed in
Holly Hill Cemetergr.
In lieu of flowers, the
family has requested that
donations ye made to
People Helping People,
401 Peters St., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456, ib Mr.
Gay's memory.
All services wbre
under the direction of the.
Comforter Funeral Home.

. Benjamin Lafayette
Gay, 70, of Oak Grove
passed away Tuesday,
Sept. 22, at his home. He
was a lifelong resident
.of Port St. Joe, served in
the Army and was retired
from the Woodland
Division, St. Joe Paper ,
He is survived by his
brother, Larry Gay of Port
St. Joe; his sister, Earline
Graves of Rope ell, Va.;
and many nieces and
Funeral services

Sathng into the sunset years
By Lois Swoboda way to his home base in La-
FloridaFreedomNewspapers belle where he lives on a 40-
foot trimaran. He stopped for
At an age when most a brief rest m Apalachicola,
people are settling and plans to trans-
in to relax, Bob Kipp fer the rigging and
Is preparmg for the equipment off of his
jokey a tim boat do 4 in La-
become the oldest vessel. He hopes to

pa te w Id.solo e s r n
If you visited the Panama Canal.
marin t 'Ibn Foot BOB KlPP c wr e

globe in a boat built in my
home town," Kipp said.
"When I finish the trip, the
Class of '45 will go on display
along the Riverfront in Wa-

ter pp said he circled the
globe in the 1970s accompa-
nied by his partner and com
p o n 2 fber3
epic journey but will fly out
to meet Kipp at several stops

alond thepw s to post his
journal and photos of his trip
on a webpage once he is un-
derway. His adventures w01
be linked to websites for the
sial Waterloo and West

Jo a dd ve
stepbrothers and sisters;
and numerous nieces and
Memoria.1 sbrvieds
were held Wednesday at
2 p.m. GDT in the First
Baptist Church of Mexico
B th e nev.
officiating. The family
received friends following

a hk .s
of flowers, the fainily
request that contributions
be made to the funeral
home to help with funeral

Wilson Fulieral Home
214 Airport Road -
Po (ity, FL 32405

k hno ,to
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.
He was born
December 9, 195 in
Chicago and.had been a
resident of Port St. Joe
for 25 years. He was a
plumbmg contractor.
in dH ht Is es7adt r,
Lawrence Stomp, and his
mother, Arlene Stomli.
daughter, Sabrina Stomp
four stepsons, David
Patrick, John Patrick,
Robert Hinson and
William Hinson; brother,

i rR, aS a id,
Laura LaPlante and
Denise Foster; stepfather,
mt $is ta o

Our Mother

Donna Lisa Brownell Pelt
1 /3/1 969 -- 9/30/2008
By La Donna Pelt
Yo hed the t
Oruyou can sn cause she lived.
Yo herbtecMebdemmthpt el

That can h d. ove
You c em ember only that
She is gone or cherish her memory
And let it live on.
You can turn your back and block out
Eve hin
ryt g,
dou can do what she would want you
"Smile, open your eyes, love and live on."
Love from your daughters
We miss you so much
ilrenda, Tabitha, LaDon a

may have encountered a
low working on.his trimaran
or relaxing on the old-timers
bench. That was Bob Kipp, of
a Cl u
his way home from Water-
loo, Iowa aboard his 34-foot
he I s 5 nam fr

Mary's High School.
Kipp constructed the
t ader oo d
her through the streets dur-
ing the Waterloo Days pa-
He trailered the boat to

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Free childbirth classes offered

B0HISmiH Oafayette Of

Parck John Stomp

Surprise win for local team at KingSfish Shootout


1100 |
with this Court WITHIN
TION 733.702 OF THE
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Sep-
tember 24, 2009.
Personal Representative:
1807 Marvin Ave.
Port St: Joe, Fl. 32456
Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costing
Florida Bar No. 699070
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
September 24, October 1,

having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy. of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
.claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent, and persons
having claims or demands
-against the decedent's: es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
TION'733.702 OF THE
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Sep-
tember 24, 2009.
Personal Representative:
Lynn Haven, Fi. 32444
Attomey for Personal Rep-
resentative: .
Charles A. Costing
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457.
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
September 24, October 1,

| 1100
CASE NO.: 2007-245-CA
GIVEN pursuant to an Ors
der Rescheduling Foreclo-
sure dated September 10,
2009 and entered in Case
NO. 2007-245-CA of the
Circuit Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein BANK OF
AMERICA, NA, is the Plain-
tiff and MARY JACKSON:
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at LOBBY
,11:00AM, on the 29th day
of October, 2009, the fol-
Ipwing described property
as set forth in said Final
AND 18.
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owrier as of
the date of the Lis Pend-
ens must file a claim wthin
sixty (60) days after the
the seal of this Court on
September 11, 2009.
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputji Clerk
Florida Default Law Group,
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida
wi See Americans with
Disablities Act**
In accordance with the
Americans with Disablities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact Gulf
County Courthouse
#850-229-6113 (TDD)
September 24, October 1,

U.S. Bank, National Asso-
ciation, as Successor Trus-
tee to Bank of America,
National Association, as
Successor by Merger to
LaSalle, Bank, National As-
sociation, as Trustee for
.Ownit Mortgade Loan
Trust, -Ownit Mortgage
Loan Asset-Backed CertWi-
cates Series 2006-4,
Michael A. Clark and
Brand N. Clark, Husband
and WKe; Unknown Parties
in Possession #1; Un-
known Parties in Posses-
sion #2; If living, and all
Unknown Parties claiming
by, through, under and
against the above named
Defendants) who are not
known to be dead of alive,
whether said Unkrfown
Parties may claim an inter-
est as Spouse, Heirs, Divi-
sees, Grantees, or Other
Case #: 2009-CA 000447
Division #:
TO: Michael A. Clairk; AD-
ADDRESS IS: 258 Harden
Circle, Wewabitchka, FL
32465 and Brandi N. Clark
Harden Circle,
Wewahitchka,-FL 32465
Residence, unknown, if liv-
ing, including any un-
known spouse of the said
Defendants, if either 'has
remarried and if either or
both of said Defendants
are dead, their respectWe
unknown heirs, devisees
grantees, assignees, credi
tors, lienors, and trustees,
and all other persons
claiming by, through, un-
der or against the named
Defendantss; and the
aforementioned named
Defendants) and such of
the aforementioned un-
known Diifendahts and
such of the aforemen-
tioned unknown Defend-
ants as may be infants, in- ,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

the tournament benefit
the Leukemia Research
Foundation. On Sun-
day, the organizers an-
nounced the Shootout
has raised $555,000 over
the last six years. Master
of Ceremonies Jon Hill
said C-Quarters hopes
to round the figure up to
$600,000 with this year's
earnings. .
The Shootout is
unique in another sense.
The tournament begins
with a flare shot fired
from the deck of the
"Lady Lisa" by Jimmie
Crowded, founder of the
contest and patriarch
. of the Crowder Jackson .
family. At the sound of
the gun, the boats race
to their chosen fish-
ing ground. Crowded
and Millard Collins, C-
Quarter's dockmaster, Voluntee
are guardian angels of look on
the competition, work- big one.
ing tirelessly behind the 1
Club distributed raffle -
prizes while the judges
tallied results. "This
tournament is singularly
unique in that they don't
waste money so there's
more to contribute for
leukemia research," he
told the crowd. "Much of
the funding comes from
Over 70 teams from
across the Southeast
competed and almost
$26,000 in prize money .
paid $400 to compete in LOISSW
the Shootout. In addi- Aaargh
tion, there was a raffle as Robe
and a silent auction. went int
Durmg the tourna- attempt
ment, free screening for Internati
skin cancer was avail.
able at C-Quarters. For fished w
more information about emerging
early detection of skin common
cancer visit www.IsItA- with col what mo

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1015 SWOBODA | FloridaFreedomNewspapersr
r dockmasters Claudia Gref and Nicholas Barnes, both of Carrabelle,
as dockmaster Cole Wheeler, also of Carrabelle, attempts to reel in a





fires the
shor to
begin the
shootout at
7:30 a.m
on Saturday
morning 7
At to '
Team Re .
Smoker of
with their

Florida Bar # 0014393
1283 Eglin Parkway,
Suite A
Shalimar, FL 32579
(850) 651-5006 fax
October 1, 8, 2009
bama banking corpora-
tion, as successor by
merger to UNION PLANT-
ERS BANK, National Asso-
solved Florida corporation,
formerly known as, INDIAN
Florida general partner-
Delaware limited liability
company, BAWIEW LOAN
were limited liability com-
pany and INDIAN SUM-
for profit Florida corpora-
Notice is given that pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated the 14th
day of September, 2009, in
Case No: 07-447-CA, in
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, in which Parvey
Development Corporation,
Richard E.. Parvey, Indian
Summe( Partnership, Mid-
dlebury Equity Partners,
LLC, Bayviety Loan Serv-
icing, LLC, and Indian
Summer Homeowners As-
sociation, Inc., are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the Gulf County
Courthouse, Port St. Joe,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. East-
em Time, on the 29th day
of October, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
set forth in the Final Judg-
ment of Foreciosure:

The administration of the
Estate of Beatrice Marie
Messed, Deceased, whose
date of death was 191arch
19, 2008, .File No.
2008-69PR, is pending in
the Citcuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Cecil G.
Costing, Sr Blvd., Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the Personal
Representative and the
Personal Representative's
attomey are set forth be-
All credkors of the Dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against Decedent's estate,
including unmatured, con-
tingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of
this notice is required to
be served must file their
claims with this court
All other credRors of the
Decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against Decedent's
estate, including unnia-
tured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, must file
their claims wth this court
TION 733.702 OP THE
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is S
teniber 24, M ep-
Personal RepresentatWe.
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, Florida
Attom for Personal R
resen ive* ep-

FIED that an action has
been commenced to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following real prope ly-
ing and being
Gulf County, Florida, more
particularly described as
LOT 13i OF BLOCK #1,
IDA. .
more commonly known as
258 Harden Circle,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
This action has been filed
Against you and you are
required to serve a copy of
your written defense\ if
any, upon -SHAPIRO &
FISHMAN, LLR Attorneys
for Plaintiff, whose address
is ,10004 N. Dale Mabry
Highway, Suite 112,
Tampa, FL 33618, within
thirty (40) days after the
first publication of this no-
tice and file the original
with the (erk of this Court
either before service on
Plaintiffs attomey or imme-
diately there after; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
WITNESS my hand and
seal of this Court on the
11th day of September,
Circuit and County Courts
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
September 24, October 1,
GIVEN that pursuant to a
Writ of Execution hereto-'
fore issued out of the
County Court, Gulf
County, Florida, on the
27th day of August, 2009,
Case No. 01-CC-1813,
RATION was plaintiff and

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1120 Public Notices/
Announcements .
1125 -
1130 Adoptions
4140 Happy Ads
1150 Persqpals<
1150 Lost
1170 Found

File Number 09-75PR
The administration of the
estate of JAMIE ROBIN
ceased, whose date of
death was August 25, 2009
and whose social security
number is 261-41-8439, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,.
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costing, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad.
dresses of the personal
representatWe and the per-
sonal representative's at-
tomey are set forth below.
All credhors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims

ONE (1) WHITE 2002
Tag No. Gl77HY
AT- 11:00 A.M., OR AS
A. HANLON, into and to
the above described per-
sonal property, to the high-
est and best bidder for
CASH IN HAND, subject to
all prior liens, encuril-
brances an judgments, .if
any, the proceeds to be
applied as far as may be
to the payment of costs
and satisfaction of the
above described execu
September 24, October 1,
8, 15, 2009 ,
File Number: 2008-69-PR

DOCK, li
File Number 09-74PR s
The administration of the
estate of THOMAS ED-
ceased, whose date of
death was August 22, 2009
and wilbse social securky
number is 423-15-5289, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costing, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons





The Star I BY

By Lois Swol)oda

A group of novice con-
tenders stole the show
last weekend at the sev-
enth annual Kingfish
Shootout with a 50-pound
Team Reel Smoker
won $10,000 for their 50
pound kingfish on Satur-
day and the joke was on
them. The Panacea crew
had purchased their boat
on Thursday and Satur-
day's tournament was
Captain Blake Garden-
er's first foray into com-
petitive fishing.
Their fish was a cool
18 pounds heavier than
the second place winner
landed by Team Smooth
Drag, of Crawfordville.
This year, for the first
time, the Shootout in-
cluded a competition for
the largest grouper as
wells kingfish. .
Team Green Banana,
of Warner Robbins, GA,
won first place for a
grouper weighing in at
just under 15 pounds
and t'ook home a $3,000
Carrabelle Captain
Max Lawhorn, aboard
the Yes Dear, won $900
for the fifth place entry
in the kingfish category.
The Shootout, which
has become a much an-
ticipated competition
each year, is held at the
C-Quarters Marina on
US 98 in downtown Car-
rabelle. It is a celebra-
tion of the life of Lisa
Crowder Jacksoh, who
The Carrabelle com-
come contestants and
a group of local young-
sters acted as volunteer
dockmaster's helping to
unload and weigh the
fish. a
All proceeds from


1. $10,000 Reel
Smoker Captain Blake
Gardner Panacea (50.4
2. $5,000 Smooth
Drag Capt. Bobbie
Moore Crawfordville
3. $2,500 Hooked
Again Capt. Jeff
Baldree Adel, GA
A $1.000 Green
Bonana Capt. Josh
Bloodworth Warner
Robbins GA
5. $900 Yes Dear
Capt Max Lawhon
6. $800 Back Draft
Capt. Bobbie Spargo
Jr Leesbur GA
7 $700 R. E. Bass
ConsIruction Capt
Robert Bass Tallahossee
8. $550 Two Seas
Capl. Allen Cloer
9. $450 Seminole
Trusses Capt. Chase
Barineau Tallahassee
10. $350 Blue Water
Predalor Capt. Michael
Lodge Sharpsburg, GA

I $3.000 Green
Banana Capt Josh
Bloodworth Warner
Robins. GA (15.8 lbs)
2. $2,000
Capt. Todcl Welch
3 $1,500 Rezone
- Capt. Brandon Poole
- Tallahassee
4. $1,000 Old
Charter Capt. Gary
8 Tallah
rown assee
5 $500 Seament
- Capt. Sam Pickenpaugh
- Sharpsburg, GA

! Blackboard (also known
rt Campbell of Havana)
o the drink at the Shootout
ng to rescue a Penn
onal fishing rod. Cam bell
ith Team Skybox. On
g from the watery deep, he
ted, "A Sunday afternoon
d beer and fine women;
re could you ask?"



competents or otherwise
not sui juris.

defendant, 1, JOSEPH NU-
have levied upon and
taken into my custody, the
following described per-
sonal property, as 'the
property of the defendant,


| 1100 | | 1100 |
thereof recorded in Plat Panama City, FL 32402
Book 1, Page 27, of the
Public Records of Gulf Freedom Newspapers, Inc.
County, Florida. (a Delaware Corporation)
R O. Box 19549
Name in which assessed: Irvine, CA 92713
Charles S. Seymour
Known Bondholders, Mort-
All of said property being gages, and Other Security
in Gulf County, State of Holders Owning or Hold-
Florida. Unless such cer- ing 1 Percent or More of
tificate shall be redeemed Total Amount of Bonds,
according oda thehpro Mortgages, or Other Secu-
tificate will be sold to the Freedom Newspapers Ac-
highest bidder in the front quisitions, Inc
Lobby of the Gulf County 17666 FRch,
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Inline CA 92614
Costing, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, Freedom Communica-
E.T., Wednesday, the 4th tions, Inc.
day of November, 2009. I e6 2614
Dated this 28th day of
September, 2009. Publication Title:
REBECCA L. NORRIS Issue Date for Circulation
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT Data: September, 2009

C aGLU COUNTY, ; rblatuNeoofC
Deputy Clerk Each Issue During Preced-
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2009 Ing 12 Months; Actual No.
41498 bplijedofNe rsoig
FOR TAX DEED Total Number of Copies:
NOTICE IS HEREBY Avteua e 371826
GIVEN that Tarpon IV, LLC
the holder of the following Paid Circulation
Tax Certificate, has filed Mailed Outside-County
said certificate for a tax Paid Subscriptions Stated
dod nuedmtb eaonn on PS Form 3541:
year of issuance, the de- Average:593

lows: Form3541:
Certificate No. 386 Average:128
Actual: 126
Application No. 2009 21
Paid Distribution Outside
the Mails Including Sales
Year of Issuance: 2007 Through Dealers and Car.
R.E. No.03371-000R riers, Street Vendors,
Counter Sales, and Other
Description of Property: Paid Distribution Outside
Begin at the Southwest USPS:
Corner of Section 26, Average:1925
Township 5 South, Range Actual:1651
11 West, for POINT OF BE- Paid Distribution by Other

th PS f Mail Through
0 ee oi t o Act
section line, a distance of Total Paid Distribution
Sut lael Wnecse Average: 2646
Sheecti riultineS c0iofeet(int ActuaFree or Nominal Rate
thence West along the Distribution: -
South Section line, a dis- Average:0
tance of 525 feet, to POINT Actilal: 0
Nameinwhichassessed: Tota ist b on:
WilliamColemanSmth Actual:2337
All of said bel
property n6g Copies not Distributed:
in Gulf County, State Average:479
to ea.shUa ebss u e r- Actual:541
a a nc i hproe Total:
tificate will be sold to the Average: 3126
highest bidder in the front Actual:2878
Lobby of the Gulf County Percent Paid:.
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costing, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Average:100%
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, Actual: 100%
ETofWNednee ay,2t e9 4th Publicat n of Statement of
Dated this 28th day of Octoberi,2009
September, 2009 Karen E. Hanes

OR SCUIT I j5, 2009
COURT, GULF COUNTY, ce that al sfobmatio
FLORIDA true and complete. I un-
BY: Donna L. Ray' derstand that anyone who
0 po r ler8S5 2 0 furtiishes false or mislead-
ing information on this
4173S form or who omits material
STATEMENT OF Or information requested
OWNERSHIP, on the form may be sub-
MAD GRECMUEmil0N (n incrifiminsalas citgi
Publication: tn clanore Ipseann
$$ar te ber 1, 2009
Port St. Joe, FL 32456 41938
Publication Number: NOTICE OF SALE
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Port applies for 39 million grant


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nor's office, Reps. Jimmy Pa-
tronis and Marti Coley, as well
as the county commissions of
Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Calhoun
and Gadsden counties, the Port
St. Joe city commission, the
Gulf County School Board and
Chamber of Commerce are just
a sampling of those lending
support to the application.
The Port of Panama City is
also supportive of the applica-
'Further, Boyd has secured
a federal appropriation of
$500,000 for dredging of the fed-
eral shipping channel.
That is a key to securing any
TIGER grant funds, as it will be
crucial for the Port of Port St.
Joe to have access to the feder-
ally-subscribed shipping chan-
nel as a way of expanding the
port's capabilities.
That wohld be accomplished
by.acquiring roughly 23 acres of
state submerged land immedi-
ately west of the so-called Par-
cel A, at the north end of the old
paper mill site, which the Port
Authority has leased for the
next five decades to facilitate a
bulkhead extending beyond the
current mill site bulkhead.
Acquiring those additional
acres would bring the bulk-
head less than 1,500 hundred
feet from the shipping channel
and provide a turning area and
docking space to accommodate
as many as three ocean-going
vessels, cargo and the like, at a
time, the Pqrt Authority's ulti-
mate goal.-
Crkical to, securing state
approval of securing the sub-
merged lands rests with The
St. Joe Company, which has
offered to provide other local
submerged lands the, company
owns, including lands near the
St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve,
ma swap for the state land.
The Port Authority would
also need approval from the
DEP and the Florida Cabinet
for the land swap. .
"It is extremely important to
get DEP approval for the foot-
print we are seeking" with the
expansion from the old mill site

bulkhead, Pitts said, adding
that the Port Authority could
have the proper permitting in
hand by the time the TIGER
grants are awarded.
. The DEP after a July meet-
ing with Port Authority offi-
cials, has expressed support
for the swap, St. Joe has signed
off on the lands to swap, and
the swap will be brought before
the entire Cabinet for a vote in
December, Pitts said, adding
that Cabinet officers have ex-
pressed initial support for the
In the "bottoni line" section
of the application, the outlines
of what the Port Authority
hopes will be a future fueled
by the '1'IGFR grant is mapped
"To conclude, this port infra-
structure investment project:
"* Is uniquely suited to the
economy of the region and is
perhaps the only type of proj-
ect that could have such a
long-term beneficial- effect on
regional economic competi-
"* Will provide a gateway
and capacity for international
trade through the Gulf of Mexi-
co to increase our national eco-
nomic competitiveness;
** Will bring much needed
immediate construction em-
ployment and economic benefit
to an Economically Distressed
Area, to be followed by long-
term operational employment
and benefits;
"* Will serve as the linchpin
for energy-related initiatives
being pursued throughout the
region, which will provide ad-
ditional long-term regional
economic stimulus;
"* Will pt'ovide a strong re-
turn on investment, mirroring
the $6.90 in economic activity
for every $1 invested in seaport
"* Has been vetted through
a lengthy pubhe-planning pro-
cess and has the support of the
local commumty and public
and private sector stakehold-
ers at the local, regional and
state levels."

By lim Croft
Star News Editor
The Port Authority of Port
St. Joe has formally filed its ap-
plication for a so-called TIGER
grant to facilitate .expansion
and growth at one of Florida's
14 deepwater ports.
The TIGER grants are part
of the American Renewal and
Recovery Act (ARRA).
TIGER stands for Transpor-
tation Investment Generating
Economic Recovery. The dead-
line for applying for a grant was
Sept. 15.
The applications will be re-
viewed and grants awarded by
4 committee that includes Vice
President Joe Biden in Janu-
ary or February of next year.
There is a pool of $1.5 billion
ihe Port Authority will seek to
flip its toes into, and the TIGER
grant program specifically
identifies ports as an item to be
funded, said Port Executive Di-
rector Tommy Pitts.
"We are going at it as if we
will receive soMe of these
funds," Pitts said.
The Port of Port St. Joe
would use the funds for bulk-
head construction, dredgitig
and minimal uplands improve-
ments as part of the develop,
inent of a deepwater green en-
ergy seaport and rail connector,
Pitts said.
The Port Authority has had
preliminary talks with officials
at the Genessee & Wyoming
Railroad concerning interest in
connecting rail lines from the
expanded port to a proposed
green energy park farther up
the Intracoastal Canal, near
the old Material Transfer In-
dustries site.
That is where the Northwest
Florida Renewable Energy
Center, which would burn ivood,
forest residue and fad-growing
grasses fpr electricity, would be
located and operational as soon
as summer of 2011.
Pitts said Genessee & Wyo-
ming officials have signaled
their interest.
The PorfAuthqrityis seeking

This map shows thie fdokprint the' Port Authori'ty hopes to acquire

north of the old paper mill site.

a TIGER grant of $39.1 million.
The grant does not require a.lo-
cal match, and the application
is effectively a narrative of the
history of the port, the present,
as well as the future, hopes.for
a port in Gulf County, the last of
Florida's deepwater ports to be
fully developed.
"We have a unique and excit-
ing story to tell," said Allen Coic,
chairinan of the Port Authority,
during a recent meeting as the
application as being crafted.
"This is really exciting. .
"This is our one best shot to
come up with this kind of mon-
sey at one time." .
Part of that story, Cox said,
is the regional impact kn op-

rational Port of Port St. Joe
could have. .
"Our opportunity is far
greater than just our county,"
Cox said.'iThe Florida Depart-
ment of .Transportation) looks
at us as a regional asset. Our
impact is potentially far great-
dr than we've appreciated."
In fact, judging by the num-
her of state, federal and local in-
dividuals and entities that have
thrown their weight behind the
application, the TIGER grant is
clearly seen a catalyst for all of
Northwest Florida.
Sen. Bill Nelson, Congress-
man Allen Boyd, the DOT, Op-
portunity Florida, Florida's
Great Northwest, the gover-

Gov Charlie Crist has
appointed Ralph RRish, 49,
of Port St. Joe, and presi-
dent of Preble-Rish Inc., to
the board of directors of the
Northwest Florida Watet
Management District.
Rish succeeds Jose
Luis Rodriguez.. and was

appointed for a rterm begin-
ning Sept.12, 2009, and end-
ing March I, 2012.
Senate confirmation
of the appointment is re-
quired. The Florida Senate
will take up the appoint-
ment during next year's
legislative session.

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quality habitat that supports
fish and wildlife populations
of national,.state, tribal and
local significance. Throf2gh
WHIP the NRCS provides
technical and financial as-
sistance to private and tribal
landowners for the devel-
opment of upland, wetland,
aquatic and other types of
wildlife habitat.
The Wetlands Reserve
Program (WRP) provides
technical and financial assis-
tance to private landowners
and tribes to restore, protect
and enhance wetlands in ex-
change for retiring eligible
land froni agriculture.
NRCS encourages inter-
ested parties to visit with
our staff as soon as possible.
Applicants who apply early
have more time to resolve
any progrant or land eligibil-
ity issues.
Interested landowners
should visit their local USDA
- NRCS field office staffer go
grams for more information

es a c ,
2009, to submit applications
for several voluntary conser-
vation programs that might
help eligible participants pay
for conservation -practices
to prevent soil erosion, itn-
prove water quality, restore
for wildlife.
The Environmental
Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) is a conservation
prognan that provides finan-
cial and techi'tical assistance
to farmers and ranchers who
face threats to spil, water, air,
on their land. Through EQIP
NRCS develops contracts
with agricultural producers
to voluntarily implement
conservation practices to ad-
dress environmental natural
resource problems. Persons
engaged in livestock'or agri-
cultural production and own-
ers of non-industrial private .
forestland are eligible for the
program. Eligible land in-
cludes cropland, rangeland,
pastureland, private non-in-


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