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Crist taps Kent as Bay
County health director
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Doug Kent, executive director
of the Gulf County Health Depart-
ment the past 12 years, has been
appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to
the same position in Bay County.
The decision is pending a vote
of the Board of County Commis-
sioners in Bay County, which is ex-
pected at next Tuesday's meeting.
The position is a state appoint-
ment and last week Secretary of
the Florida Department of Health,
Dr. Viamonte Ros, and Crist
signed off on the appointment..
Kent was one of two finalists for
the job ivhose names had been
forwarded to Viamonte Ros for
"A lot of people don't realize,'
but I am an appointee of the gov-
ernor," Kent said. "I work for the
Secretary of Health and she works
for the governor. I'm the last per-
son standing it looks like."
Kent takes an impressive re-
sume and record of achievement,
to Bay County, which is actu-
ally akin to home, Kent said.: He
spent much of his young life in
Bay County, has many relatives
who live there and worked for a
time with the Bay County Health
Department's environmental sci-
"I'm impressed and I think he
will be a good guy," Bay County
Commissioner Jerry Girvin told
the Panama City News Herald.
"We need someone to go in there
and say, 'Here is the, game plan
and here is how we are going to
Girvin was on the hiring com-
mittee that interviewed candi-
dates for the health department
job. Kent said he would be meeting
with each commissioner individu-
ally in the coming days.
Kent has been a public em-
ployee for 37 years, including
stint with the Gulf County Board
of* County Commissioners, serv-
ing as county administrator, and
supervising the Mosquito Con-
trol Department, prior to becom-
ing the county's health director
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City, St. Joe
PSJ receivesland for Williams
Connector Road, Bayfront Park
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Port St. Joe city officials
have long discussed a poten-
tial connector.road between
Williams Avenue and Martin
Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
coveted acreage between
Baltzell Avenue and St. Jo-
seph Bay to fully realize a vi-
sion for a Bayfront Park.
' During last Tuesday's
regular commission meet-
ing commissioners accom-
plished both tasks with
an assist from The St. Joe'
In a land swap, part of a
two-tiered brokering to set-
tle disparate responsibilities.
mapped out in earlier agree-
ments between the city and
St. Joe, Port St. Joe will
receive several parcels of
lands in exchange for reliev-
ing St. Joe of a $200,000 com-
mitment to the city, includ-
ing an agreement to provide
2.33 acres for a town center
while paying for architectur-
al design for a new City Hall.
The agreement, ap-
proved by a 5-0 vote, would
absolve St. Joe of those com-
mitments while in return the
company would provide just
over two acres of its land
between Baltzell Avenue
and the bay as well suffi-
cient land for a road across
its property that would con-
nect Williams Avenue in
the south business district
to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blvd. in the north end busi-
The city would own all of
the acreage on the bayside
of Baltzell between Capital
City Bank and the St. Joe
Marina, save the new park-
ing lot for the First Baptist
The city would also re-
ceive back from St. Joe a
road behind the Marina Cove
development and bordering
the marina parcel that was
,inadvertently -deeded to St.
Joe when the city sold the
company the marina.
And finally the city would
own all the land it would ef-
fectively need to create the
Bayfront Park as envisioned
while also providing space
for an access road to the
' "It appears a win-win
"for the city and St. Joe,"
said Commissioner Rex
Buzzett, who participated
in the meeting by phone due
to a death in family. "It adds
some pieces of the puzzle
for the city and it helps the
company. It seems pretty
even to me.",
Mayor Mel Magidson
noted that the land swap
would provide the city some
flexibility in realizing the vi-
sion for the Bayfront Park.
The agreement will also
undo a mistake on the city's
part pertaining to deeding:
the road at Marina Cove to
St. Joe, Commissioner Greg
Further, it relieves St.
Joe of commitments per-
taining to the town center
and new city hall that have
lingered for several years as
the fortunes of the real es-
tate market and St. Joe have
been altered by the overall
"It puts to' bed three or
four major issues that we've
stumbled over when we've
tried to work together,"
"All in all in accomplishes
a number of things we want-
ed to accomplish," Magid-
Reeves, who has long cham-
pioned the connector road,
personally thanked Clay
Smallwood of St. Joe for his
work in bringing the agree-
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LIFE from page Al
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who were simply curious to
hear his story.
"It takes a lot out of
me," Van West said after
last Thursday's Rotary
Club meeting, where he
spoke, at Ramsey's invita-
tion, about his life during
World War II.
"The memories are ter-
rible, but people have to
know," Van West insisted.
"People really have to
know what happened."
Just shy of his 21st
birthday, Van West had
been conscripted into the.
Dutch Army to fend off the
advance of the Germans
into the country.
The May 10, 1940, inva-
sion proved swift and dev-
astating. After only four
days in Holland, the Ger-
mans launched an assault
on Rotterdam, killing 30,000
civilians in five hours.
The Dutch government
ordered its troops to lay
down their arms on May
14, but small skirmishes
continued a few days later.
At the time, Van West
was serving west of Am-
sterdam, in the city of
Haarlem, and was ordered
to a German detention
Bucking orders, he .re-
turned to work, but soon
found his options shrink-
Since occupying the
Netherlands, the Nazis
ordered Dutch Jews to
wear a yellow Star of Da-
vid inscribed with the word
"Jood," Dutch for "Jew."
The patches helped the
Nazis identify and cap-
ture Jews at an increas-
ingly alarming rate, some
300 per day, and transport
p them by train to "concen-
"They picked them
from ,the streets, in the
town," remembered Van
West, who feared for his
"We obeyed. because
they had our names, what
we were and what religion
we had. We had no idea
what would happen."
One day, while grocery.
shopping, Van West's fa-
ther, Hijman, a florist, was
taken by the Nazis and
never heard from again.
After the disappear-
ance of the family's patri-
arch, Van West's mother,
Fiekje, a seamstress, and
older sister, Keetje, found
a hiding place in the home
of a friend.
Albert, Stiphout, Van
West's cousin by marriage
and a well-connected po-
liceman working with the
Dutch underground, se-
cured Van West a job on
a chicken farm in an iso-
lated town called Amers-
Van West told the farm-
er he had been a soldier
and spoke nothing of his
The farmer hired Van
West despite his lack of
farming skills, and he
breathed a momentary
sigh of relief, for himself
and his family.
"I thought perhaps we
were safe," he said.
The feeling was fleeting.
Not long after his arrival
at the farm,' Van West re-
ceived word that his mother
and sister had been evicted
from their hiding place.
.The homeowner's sister
became concerned for her.
safety and asked the Van'
Wests to find somewhere
else to hide. '
Joseph Van VWest jour-
neyed by train back to his
Amsterdam home to com-
fort his mother and sister.
With the, city under
black-out, Van West spent
the long night in silence,
holding his sister's hand.
When morning came,
Van West's mother de-
manded that he return to
the chicken farm, despite
"She said, 'You have to
go find a place that is bet-
ter. If we are picked up, you
are gone, too,"' Van West
He reluctantly returned,
knowing in his heart that
he'd never see his family
Two days later, he re-
ceived word that Fiekje and.
Keetje Van West had been
picked up by the Nazis and,
taken to a concentration.
"That was the end of my
family," Van. West said. "I
had no one else in my life
anymore that I could love.
I cried my eyes out in the
no more use
for Van West and
sent him on his
With no home or
family to return to,
Van West turned ,
again to his cous-
a job. on
a farm in
Austerlitz, 30 miles east
Austerlitz was also
home to Van West's friend
and future. wife, Nptty
Broekman, who was hid-
ing with her parents in a
Van West met Broek-
man before the war, while
practicing gymnastics in
an Amsterdam. I gymna-
The gymnasium had a
segregated daily sched-
ule, with the women per-
forming gymnastics in the
daytime, and the men, at
Netty Broekman, an
athlete and the gymnastic
club's secretary, skirted
custom and visited the fa-
cility at night.
Van West admired her
"beautiful legs" and hoped
to catch her eye.
One day, when Broek-
man appeared at the club,
Van West prepared to im-,
press her with a perfectly-
He slipped, however,,
and fell on his head. He
awakened to find Broek-
man standing over him.'
"When I came to, I was
engaged;" Van West said.
The engagement never
happened, but the .acci-
dent did spark a friend-
ship that continued after
the German occupation.
From .her letter,' he'd
cus and Es-
ther, were hiding in
Austerlitz with another
While working on the
farm, Van West bicycled'
into town, humming the
gymnastic club's song as
a signal to Broekman.,
When she heard the
song, she knew Van West
Once he identified
Broekman's home,. Van
West continued to pay vis-
its at night, believing he
had less chance of being
In. time, the couple
boarding with theBroek-
mans fell prey to some
swindlers who offered to
take them to Switzerland
in exchange for their valu-
The swindlers depos-
ited the penniless couple
'on the Holland/Belgium
border, opening up room
for Van West to .move in
with the Broekmans.
When the quarters,
proved too cramped, Van
West and Netty Broek-
man moved into a home
two blocks away, while
Austerlitz, a small town
in the middle 'of Holland
with four streets in. the
shape of a square, had a
wartime population of ap-
Most, like the homeown-
ers who housed the Broek-
mans and Van West, were
poor, uneducated farmers
Marcus Broekman, a
well educated wholesale
business owner and dia-
mond dealer, had hidden
money with a friend in Am-
sterdam before going into
With this money, the un-
derground paid host fami-
lies rent money to house
the Broekmans and Van
West. They also secured
food coupons for the fami-
lies and those in'hiding.
"It was not all charity,"
said Van West, adding that
host families, did incur a
great deal of risk. If detect-
ed by the Nazis, they, too,
would be killed.
In their second hiding
place, Van West and Netty
Broekman passed their
days in the second floor
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closet and third floor attic.
The closet, located in
the host couple's bedroom,
measured four feet wide
and five feet long. Clothes
hung from hangers, and
Van West and Broekman
had no room to stretch
The home, like that
which housed Marcus and
Esther Broeklian, was oc-
cupied by a couple and two
young children, with whom
Van West had virtually no
Two doors down, Mar-
. cus Broekman listened
eagerly to the latest, war
news from London through
a contraband radio.
Each day, he composed
a letter in rhyme detailing
the news 'for his daughter
and Van West, who received
the letter via Broekman's
During his recent two-
month vacation with his
daughter and son-in-law on
Cape San Blas, Van West
translated 40 typed pages
of Broekman's dispatches,
verifying his work with a
In a letter dated July 14,
1944, Broekman reported
that he and his wife, whom
he nicknamed "Moe," lis-
tened to the news at least
10 hours a day.
He apologized if his re-
porting was less than let-
Van West translated the
original Dutch: "And when
I forget sometimes a single
name, you cannot blame
me...I'll do my best, I say
that directly, and I continue
with 'This is London,' Moe
and I give you the hiding
greetings, and finish as al-
ways: 'IT GOES WELL.'"
Van West and Broek-
man stayed in the Auster-
litz home for three years.
"Every day was a chal-
lenge for us," remembered
Van West. "We had no free-
dom, we couldn't go out. It
was the most miserable
time of our lives."
They lived in constant
fear of being discovered,
and experienced several
When the Dutch un-
derground sent word that
the Nazis were to arrive
in the village, Van West,
Netty Broekman and her
parents fled their homes
and hid out in the nearby
For three days, they
withstood the rain and
cold, taking shelter
Back at the home, Van
West and Broekman were
at the mercy of the host
family, who threatened to
evict them when the rent
money arrived late.
Once, a German soldier
slept downstairs for four
or five days while Van West
and Broekman hid in the
second floor closet.
"We couldn't make any
noise, because that would
be the end," remembered
Van West. *
Hunger ravaged their
bodies. Van West, slender
and athletic before the
war, lost 40 pounds while
The situation proved
more dire two houses
down. Marcus and Esther
Broekman's hosts de-
prived them of their share
of food, keeping most for
themselves and their chil-
Because he could not
complain to them directly,
Marcus Broekman wrote
of their stinginess in his
verse, calling them dirty,
uncooperative and "low-
In this environment,
even the smallest kind-
nesses meant so much.
Once, Van West and
Nettie Broekman's host
presented them with a sin-
gle boiled egg, which Van
West likened to "dinner at
the Ritz Hotel."
. He and Broekman
agreed to save it for the
night, to ease their hunger
before going to bed.
,When the appointed.
time arrived, however,
Broekman asked that they
give the egg to her parents,
who also hungered.
Marcus Broekman gave
his thanks for the gift in a
rhyming three-page thank
An unexpected guest
In the months leading
up to the German surren-
der, Van West and Broek-
man heard a chilling sound
coming from downstairs.
Their female host con-
versed and laughed with
a German-speaking man
whom they immediately
identified as a Nazi sol-
The host called to Van
West and Broekman, who
huddled together in the
upstairs closet, fearing
their time had come.
"We thought this is the
end of us. We thought she
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
This Friday will offer For example, last
something unique to the year the young women
scholastic female athletes wrote down and placed in
in the school district, envelopes a goal or two
The organization that they hoped
Women Athletes to achieve in the
Assisting Women r'\ ensuing year.
Athletes (WASWA) At this year's
will conduct its conference those
third annual Young v who return
Women Athletes will open their
Conference. envelopes and
The conference TIM COFT discuss what they
will feature remarks Star-news editor and have not done
by former Olympic to achieve those
softball coach goals that they set
and founder of Higher last year- if they haven't,
Ground, which promotes they will discuss why, if
achievement in life through they have, how. :
athletics, Bobby Simpson. "Ifwe can just break
Simpson conducts. the ice with these girls we
camps and clinics around will have better citizens,"
the country and was a coup Schmitt said.
for the conference., Good citizenship
As was Gulf Coast and involvement in the
Community College's community will also be
women's basketball coach a central theme of the
Roonie Scovel, who will. conference.
also speak with some of her The young women
players joining her to be on will havre the opportunity
hand for discussions. to form teams under the
Scovel is the I WASWA umbrella for the
embodiment of southern upcoming Relay for Life
grace. Her teams event to battle cancer and
consistently contend for promote awareness and
conference and national research.
titles and her players With.several of the
graduate. They also tend to ladies of WASWA having
stay out of trouble. personal experience with
Almost from scratch, cancer, be it themselves
she has created a program or a family member, this is
to be envied, a program also an opportunity to earn
built on discipline and team scholarship money from
play. the group.
"She's an old-fashioned WASWA awards a :
coach and teacher, which, scholarship at graduation
is why I like her so much," each year. Kayla Minger
said Zebe Schmitt of of Port St. Joe High was
WASWA. awarded one last year,
Dr. Carrie Butler, but it is not just about
associate director of athletics, Schmitt said,
Student Retention and but also about giving back
Student Diversity at GCCC to the community, being
will also be present to. an engaged community
speak at the event at the member.
Gulf/Franklin Center. In addition to the
She will emphasize the overwhelming assistance
importance of maintaining from GCCC, Vision Bank
good grades, of taking has been a partner of
personal responsibility for WASWA in pulling off this
the outcomes of one's life. conference.
The administration for There wilfbe door
Gulf District Schools has prizes and food and the
provided easy access to the chance, as Schmitt said, to
event for all female athletes "listen to these wonderful
in the county as a field trip. speakers."
More than 100 athletes are This is the kind of
expected to attend. community outreach that
"It is just so wonderful," scholastic sports needs in
Schmitt said. "It is amazing these times of tight dollars
how far we have come. and squeezed budgets.
I can't tell you how hard Funding for sports by
people have worked to the district has always
make this happen." been nominal, but the
The focus of the higher costs associated
conference is several- with competition combined
fold, from setting goals with emptier wallets in the
early in life to personal community, from booster
responsibility for Achieving ATTE A
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During the coming weeks public
school administrators, teachers,
'students and their parents will
undergo their annual stress test
known as the.FCAT.
The Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test is anything but.
School accountability is a valid'
exercise and any school district
worth its salt Would invite such
However, what the state created
more than a decade ago has'
become the be all and end all of
Most of the school year,
curriculum and focus is trained
on the testing months of February
and March and the results and
grading months of May and June.
This is high-stakes testing,
with school dollars in play beyond
bragging rights and a touchstone'
The stakes became even higher
for Gulf District Schools over the
next four years given the tax bills
voters handed themselves with
last March's one-anill operating
levy referendum. .
However, the state has never
gotten this right, reflected in part
by the changing of rules, scoring
paradigms and subject matter that
come nearly every year.i Next year
the test is overhauled completely.
But a district the size of Gulf
County offers a microscope ,
through which to see how feeble
an attempt it is to try to squeeze
what is occurring in the classroom
across the state through the sale
prism to gain a comparative look.
How does a test capture a .
teacher who comes in at 5 a.m.
each day to ensure readiness to
engage her students?
How does a test capture a single
mother providing an uncommon
passion and touch to some of the
most challenged students in the
.How does a test assess the
hands-on high school science
teacher, the engagingly current
government and history teacher,
the teacher keeping arts alive in
the schools or the teacher finding
her calling after raising children of
What snapshot can a test
provide of the teachers who
dedicate time outside the
classroom to the success of their
students, who spend weekday:
evenings on lesson plans, grading
tests and homework assignments,
who provide after-school tutoring?
In what way does a single test
assess the mentoring and social
work performed daily by so many
for so many young people?
The state can label the FCAT
an assessment test until the cows
come home comprehensive not
Gulf Pines Hospital
At some future point up the
road, someone in a position to
make -a decision will have to make
one about Gulf Pines Hospital.
The question of ownership of
the building and land on which it
sits in the middle of Port St. Joe
remains murky, at best, even as
bankruptcy proceedings have -
reached an end stage. v
Medical Capital, the California-
based lender who forked over
some $1.7 million to former
hospital administrator Hu Steeley -
over five years ago to stave off the'
inevitable for a few months would
seem largely uninterested in the
building, save to plunder any scrap
as would be its right for its fiscal
The company built its business
on loans against accounts
receivable and would seem
unlikely to be in the frame" of mind
for developing something from the
The company hardly seems a
community partner in making what
is best out of the mess Steeley left
in his wake.
And since the land is no longer
home to a hospital, competing
deeds, with competing reverter
clauses which neither party be
it The St. Joe Company or the City
of Port St. Joe appears to have
much interest in.exercising come.
into play pertaining to ownership.
This leaves a blight
compounding by the day.
There is general upkeep of the
building, but the facility is wide
open, unlocked, and the same
roofing supplies Steeley once
professed to be poised to use to
cure one of the main issues behind
the hospital's closure by the state
remains on the roof more than
seven years later. I
The land is not worth its full
value in this real estate market but
at some point it will gain in value
to make it attractive.
The primary issue will be the
building itself, which will surely
require asbestos abatement at the
least and razing at the, most.
The costs of either are.
prohibitive against the current'
value of the land.
But at some point in the not-
that-distant future the equation
will change and regardless of *
that timetable there is a matter
of a building decaying before
everybody's eyes in one of the
more attractive portions of town.
From a viewpoint of the Port
St. Joe Redevelopment Agency,
all the work going into beautifying
Highway 98 in downtown might one
day become mitigated in part for
travelers from the east by the sight
of a shuttered rundown former
hospital just inside the city limits.
The city, in partnership with St.
Joe Company if it is willing, should
begin to explore what options are
available..Action should be taken.
with full caution at this point,
but this is an example where
government can be, and should be,
In the middle of one of the more
stately and historic areas of the
county sits the embodiment of
another era, the memories that
once bounced through its halls
now seeping through open doors
and cracked roofs.
When the time arrives, the city
and/or St. Joe should be poised to
take appropriate action to ensure
that the final memory of Gulf Pines
Hospital is not one of blight upon '
the city and its residents.
Charlotte didn't need. a web
"Kes, would you ask
Ricky if he would mind
speaking to his cousin
and see if she would ask
Ruth Ann to mention to
Judy Faust, kinda casual
and off the record like, if .
she would be interested
in going out with a
I leaned in a little
closer to make
sure Igot all of
Day could be a
tad more intricate
when you got past
"Why," I tried to
think clearly here, HUI
"don't you just ask DO
her straight out Kesley
Skip didn't, bother to
reply. We both knew the
answer. We were at the
age when knowing in
advance if the girl would
say yes was tantamount
in asking someone for
a date. Especially if a
Valentine party hung in
And I know why Skip '
chose me. Rick and I were
best friends. His first
cousin, Pam, lived just
around the corner from
Ruth Ann. Judy Faust
was a grade ahead of us.
That was a sticking point
to some. Ruth Ann could,
and would, broach that
intelligently. Skip was no
There were just a
couple of flaws in this
plan. Ship was depending
on discrete discourse on
all the parties involved.
Well, you already know
there were too many
mouths involved here
for that to happen. And
there was one other little
problem. I would have
liked to ask Judy out
Those were the days.
my friend ...
I broached the plan
to Ricky at lunch. "Skip
can't ask her himself?"
'We munched on our
cornbread and turnips in
silence as we grappled
to reconcile adolescence
in search of the right"
Hallmark card. "Tell you
what, I will do it but I
need a favor from you."
'Aw nuts, I'm on a
"If you will talk
~- ^ to Wesley and get
him to persuade
Ann Carol to ask
her sister if she'd
Sbe interested in
NKER going out with me.
OWN I'll help you out."
yColbert Arid there
are people who
think negotiating. peace
between Israel and
Palestine is complicated.
.I stopped Wesley on
our way to basketball
practice. He grinned,
"I don't think Rachel is
old enough to date. Her
parents are pretty strict,
but I'll check on it for
Emily was on the
tennis courts when I left.
the gym, heading for the
house. "Kes, you got a
minute?." Em was the best
girl athlete in our school
and a great friend. "Is
'David taking anyone to
the Valentine dance?"
"I don't have a clue."
My brother was fairly
reticent, and if he had
inclinations of even going
to the shindig, I'd be the
last to know.
"I think Kay likes him.
Would you mention to him
that she'd say yes if he
What a day. And the
14th was still a week away.
Leon was always a
sounding board. That's
what big brothers were
for. And I thought if I
brought it up at supper,
with David Mark sitting
there, I could kill two birds
with one stone. "Lon,.
give us a little advice on
Valentine dating. Me and
Dave might want to ask
someone to the dance."
"Buy them chocolates.
And get the good stuff.
The Whitman's Sampler,
the Godiva Gift Basket
or 'bout anything from
Russell Stover will work.
You'll really impress'em.
But here's the trick, and
listen closely, just after
you give it to them, but
. before they can get a piece
to their mouth, casually
mention that Billie Jean
or Janie's pole vaulting
careers appear to be ;
over with all that weight
they've put on. You might
add that neither will be
able to get in a bathing
suit come simmer. They'll
be swimming with Moby
"But Leon," David was
as baffled as me, "Billie
and Janie are rail thin."
"That's the point. Your
date will immediately
compare herself to those
girls and ponder hard,
but quickly, on the merits
of one dangerously
pound packing morsel
of candy. She will drop
that chocolate like a hot
rock. You get the girl, you
score points for showing
up with sweet gifts ...
and you get to eat all the,
candy yourself. Boys, this
is fool proof. I didn't get to
be the Valentine King for
nothing. Trust me."
Our sounding board '
had a crack.
"Leon, we've got to find
a girl first."
"That's easy, get some
half moon taps for your
Shoes. Stand around
on the side entrance
to school and kick that.
concrete, making those
sparks fly up. The girls will
come a'running. Be sure
to put a little extra Royal,
Crown on your flattop.
Learn to play the guitar.
And quit wearing socks.
Buy yourself a pink and
black shirt. Get a thin belt
with the double buckles.
If you can comeup with a
terminal illness, girls love
that. Can either of you.
I told David Mark flat
out about Kay.
And I figured LaRenda,
Jane, Brenda or Diane
would laugh out loud if I
attempted to ask them to
go with me. I really wasn't
all that keen on dances
anyway. Maybe I could
join the French Foreign .
Legion... This growing up
stuff wasn't as simple as
Ozzie and Harriet made it
"Kesley!" I about
jumped-out of my skin.
Charlotte Melton jarred
me back to the moment.
"Are you going to ask me
to the Valentine Dance
or not? I'm getting tired
of waiting.'' Charlotte
could be pretty direct. She
rode horses, stacked hay,
chewed up sawdust and
spit out two by fours ...
She was tougher than that
middle linebacker for the
you're not supposed to
ask me to my face. You've
got to sneak around and
get your sister to talk to
'Squeaky, who can mention
it to Patti, who can call
me aside and 'give me
the scoop' when I go to
buy baseball cards at her
daddy's store. It's against
the rules to just walk right
up to me."
Don't be too hard on
Charlotte, we were all
learning on the fly.
h4 M MF -'M
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Star I AS
Letters to the EDITOR
Softball smoke screen
Last week there was a letter
from Mr. Obie Evans, who is the
National Director for the Dixie
Softball program. I am the person
he is referring to in his letter to
the citizens of Port St Joe. I have
been involved with the local youth
program here for the past eight or
Mr. Evans has been with the:
Dixie program for a great many
years and Dixie softball is a great:
organization. However, the Dixie
program at the state level has taken.
major steps backwards since 2006.
In 2006 the Dixie program changed
State Directors and the Dixie
program has gone straight downhill
In Mr. Evans'letter he .
referenced to my e-mails to him. I
have these e-mails for anyone who
wishes to see them. His'letter is
full of falsehoods. I am not going to
get into.the details of my e-mails
to him, but will provide the e-mails
to anyone who wishes to see them.
If a person changes one or two'
words in a sentence the truth gets
changed. The truth is in the
e-mails. In black and white.
Mr. Evans'letter is nothing but
a smoke screen being presented by
the Dixie Organization.
Have been e-mailing Mr. Evans
for over four years now about the
way Dixie softball treats coaches,
players and parents at the state
level. Dixie softball is a great thing
at the local and District Levels. .
However it needs a lot ofchanges at
the state and national level.
At this past State Championship
game it wasn't a safety issue as Mr.
Evans says, it was a rule issue that I
was upset with. I have the rule book
and the e-mails from Mr. Evans
stating that the Dixie organization
was wrong in its ruling. During the
third inning of the first game, my
player was ejected by the first-base
ump for having a string bracelet
around her ankle. This bracelet was
under her knee high sock, inside
her spikes around her afikle. This
item was deemed unsafe by the first
base umpire. Our team appealed
and lost. I then appealed to the
national director who didn't answer
the ruling until the tournament
was over. What was the sense to
appeal, if they are not going to
make a ruling until the tournament
'is over? I have the rule book for
anyone who would like to see it.
The book clearly states in a three
sentence paragraph that ONLY the
home plate umpire can deem any
item unsafe. During my appeal the
State Director, directed the home
plate umpire not to rule against the
other umpire and let the Appeals
Committee make the ruling. Days
later! After the tournament was
over. That's fair?
Oh, and by the way, the bracelet
that was deemed dangerous
was given, out to about 1,000 girls
as a gift from the Dixie Softball
Organization. They were handed
out personally by the Dixie State
So as I see it; Dixie Softball
gave out dangerous items to kids
at 7 p.m. and by 10 a.m. the next
day, Dixie softball is throwing '
children out of games for wearing
the bracelet. That's fair? Not only
did my player get thrown out of the
game but so did 10 other kids who
were wearing the gift. Hbw can an
organization hand out an item to
hundreds of girls and 12 hours later
eject the kids for having the item? If
it was dangerous why did they give.
them to the kids? -
This is just orie of the numerous
issues that have gone on at the'
state level. The list of wrongs that
the Dixie state organization has
done is'too long to put in the.paper.
Since 2006, our children, parents
and coaches has been treated like
criminals at the state level.
I am asking the citizens of Port
St Joe not to believe Mr. Evans. I
am asking you not to believe me.
There were 11 other families from
Port St Joe who were there last
year. Askthem about the issues
with Dixie softball. I have a list of
names that I can and will provide to
anyone who would like to find out
the truth about Dixie softball at the
state level. These are not just St
Joe people, these are people from
Marianna, Sneads, Blountstown,
Grand Ridge and many other areas.
After years as the league
president, I have stepped down, but
do remain on the Board of Directors
as the Equipment Manager & Head
of Umpires. The main reason that
I have stepped down is so that I
can spend time watching my oldest
daughter play college softball.
However, I am still involved in the
local program, whatever it may be,
and will continue to volunteer my
time in helping these kids.
The people of Port St Joe, the
businesses and parents of our
local girls have spent over $40,000
sending our girls to Dixie State
Championships over the past
four years. There are all kinds of
people in St Joe you can look to
for the truth. Ask the parents of
these kids that went to the state
* championships last year. Please ask
these people if what is going on in
Dixie softball is what we want for
our children. These people were
there. They are your neighbors,
friends and family, listen to what
they say. Mr. Evans was not even
May I say that all I want is for
the local girls to play softball in an
organization that does not treat
children, parents and coaches
the way that Dixie softball does.
The truth is what the people
say, not what I say or Mr Evans.
Please ask any parent who has
gone down south to a Dixie State
Championships since 2006. Listen
to what they say. Thats the truth!
in closing, it is a shame that Mr.
Evans has chosen to make false
and untrue statements in our local
paper. This issue does not belong
in the newspaper. Our local softball
program has a Board of Directors.
We have an annual meeting to elect
and remove anyone who is causing
disruptiveness in our local program.
'Mr. Evans was asked by me several.
times to come and talk with the
people of St Joe, but he chose to
write a letter instead of facing the
truth. I encourage anyone who
would like to get involved with our
softball program and is willing
to donate their time and support
to contact me or any other board
I love you Port St. Joe.
Little did I know that the
person sending me those hateful
e-mails concerning Port St. Joe's
participation in Dixie Softball was
no longer in a position of authority
for the Port St. Joe Dixie Softball
program. They were very dishonest
in what they were doing and saying
and should have realized that what
they were doing was harming the
children bf Port St. Joe.
I wrote my letter to The Star
last week in hopes that someone
other than the only .contact I had for
the St. Joe Dixie Softball program
would see it and contact me
about what was going on. Thank
goodness it worked out.
I have been told by a new official
of Port St. Joe Dixie Softball'that
indeed Port St. Joe would be playing
Dixie Softball for they realized that
Dixie Softball offered a program
that put all the girls first.
Port St. Joe you made my day,
my week, my month and my year in
2010. Now to repair all the damage
that was done by the person that
sent all those hateful e-mails.
I apologize if I caused any
confusion but I just knew that all
those good people I had met before.
from Port St. Joe were still out
there. Again, I love you all and I
look forward to visiting Port St. Joe
this.year. You betcha!
Senior citizens not
aided by Congress
I would like to address all of the
United States congressmen and
representatives that will be seeking
re-election in November.
You have done nothing to aid
senior citizens with the financial
crisis we are going through. The
economy is hurting seniors just as
much as it is hurting everyone else.
The $250 stimulus that President
Barack Obama wanted to give the
seniors is like giving a broken half a
cookie to a starving child.
Seniors are loyal and
faithful voters. Whether you
are a Republican, Democrat or
Independent candidate, seniors
vote and seniors have families that
also vote. What it comes down to is
this: no C.O.LA, no Votes for you in
Back in 2008 a can of soup cost,
50 cents, today that same can of
soup costs 85 cents and you are still
doing nothing for seniors.
Look what happened in
The niembers of the U.S.
Congress had better take their
foot off the brake.and put it on the
gas and help the seniors because
seniors are an asset and not a
There ought to be a Law
Please allow me to thank you for
Tim Croft's article on driving while
using a cell phone. If there is a law
against this, it should be strongly
enforced. If it was my choice I'd
have a law and it would be as such.
If or when an officer of the law
sees anyone in the driver's seat
of any automobile, either on the
highway or in a parking lot, first
take the cell phone. Then handcuff
the driver to the steering.wheel.
Then the officer will apply some
good amount of guerilla glue to the
back of the phone. Then place and
press the phone to the driver's ear.
Hold in place for 13 seconds and
. then wrap duct tape under the chin
and over the head at least three
Now the officer writes the driver
a ticket for $500. The driver must
drive to the courthouse and pay the
ticket in order to have the handcuffs
I do not have a cellphone.
My wife does because she is
handicapped and doesn't drive.
My favorite part of The Star is
the letters to the editor section. I
like to hear the public speak.
I'm not going to address the
candy issue or the ad in whatever
paper. I willask this. Does anyone
remember where it is written,"
"Government of the people, by the
people and for the people?" I do
believe that goes for commissioners
KLATTERING from page A4
clubs for example, makes
any support of scholastic
WASWA also sponsored
the Port St. Joe High
School fall sports banquet.
The fall sports banquet
at Wewahitchka High
School also was funded in
significant measure from
And those who simply
enjoy sports, who relish the
Competition and the sight
of young people at play, can
support sports by attending
There are a host of
teams hard at work this
time of year from soccer
and basketball playoffs
to baseball and softball
ramping up and every
team can use every dime
at the gate to ensure that
student athletes have their
field of dreams.
In the grand scheme of
things attending a game
is a low-cost, high-reward
Research has long
showed that athletics is one
of the last bastions of true
discipline in public schools.
Watch a Kayla Parker,
who takes a sprinter's
speed and a 3.7 GPA
to Kentucky, sign a
college scholarship and
But in these difficult
economic times that old
cliche about it taking a
village has never been truer
when it comes to scholastic
And in.Gulf County
young athletes are
fortunate that there are
individuals and groups such
as WASWA who are willing
to help construct that
Floridians from all walks
of life will gather on
beaches from Pensacola
to Key West and MiaThi to
Jacksonville this Saturday
in a massive, statewide
coastal protest against
legislative proposals to open
Florida's waters to offshore
oil drilling. .
Locally, a gathering will
take place at 1 p.m. ET at the
Indian Pass boat ramp, with
protesters spreading in a
line in the direction of Cape '
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Lacey Lowery just
wants her clothes back.
On Saturday, Jan. 30,
Lowery and her fianc6
were transporting items
from their Port St. Joe
residence to a new home
in Overstreet when a
large, three-by-three foot
box tumbled out of their
They first discovered
the mishap near Look-
out Lounge in Beacon
Hill when another driver
stopped them to say the
box had fallen about a
The couple began
retracing their steps to
find the box. When they
approached what they
believed to be the spot
where it had fallen, they
observed a darkly colored
Ford F250 truck reenter-
ing the roadway.
"I said, 'I'll bet they're
picking up that box' and
when we got there, the
box was gone," Lowery.
The box contained
nearly Lowery's entire
wardrobe. Before the
move, she had deposited
the clothes hanging in
her closet straight into
the box, hangers and all.
Items included de-
signer clothing, men's
dress shirts, dresses,
maternity wear (Lowery
is four months pregnant)
and several sentimen-
tal items, including high
school mementoes and a
robe she wore while giv-
ing birth to her daughter.
Lowery said her fa-
ther attempted but failed
to track down the F250
Though she did not
file a police report, Low-
ery did contact the Gulf
County Sheriff'h Office
and asked them to return
the box of clothes in the
event it's recovered.,
She is not seeking jail
time for the perpetrator;.
she simply wants
And if the clothes thief
is reading this, know Low-
ery is looking closely at
people's fashion choices.
"Somebody is going'to
be stupid enough to wear
them," she said.
Anyone who found
Lowery's box of clothing
in the Beacon Hill area
is urged to contact her at
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By ADAM PRUIEIT
Florida Freedom Newspapers
SANTA ROSA BEACH As it was huddling in front of the
soccer team hoisted Daniel May high into the air.
It was onlyfair considering thatjust moments before
the sophomore midfielder carried the visiting Tiger
Sharks to a dramatic 2-1 victory over South Walton in
the Region 1-2A semifinalswith a goal in the last min-
ute of the first overtime.
Jared Arnold made a nice lead pass ahead to a
streaking May, who burst into the open for a one-on-
one showdown with Jose Agular. The South Walton'
keeper raced out of the goal to try to stop May, but May
had the angle and pushed a shot past the oncoming
keeper into the right corner of the net.
A Seahawk defender tried to track down the ball be-
fore it reached the goal line, but was too late.
"I actually thought that I had missed it, so I had to
watch it all the way into the goal," May said. "I saw (the
play develop) from midfield and it worked out."
It worked out for Port St. Joe (10-6-
2) and ended the season of South Walton
(14-2-2). The Seahawks suffered just their second loss
of the season after having beaten the Tigers Sharks
twice before, including a 3-2 edge in the District 2-2A
"It wasn't our night tonight," South Walton coach
Danny Blain said. "Like I said, it's tough to beat some-
body three times, especially with a good coach."
That would be Gary Hindley, a longtime profession-
al soccer coach who has led the Tiger Sharks into the
regional finals in his first year with the program.
J Mason Ray converted a pass from Chase Watford
in the 12th minute, and it appeared Port Sbt Joe would
make that goal stand up.
Jose Flores had other ideas. In the last minute of
regulation, he got ah open look around the left side of
the box and drilled a shot into the right corner of the
goal to force overtime.
"If you don't do the right things defensively, they'll
punish you and that's what happened," Hindley said.
"You're making plans for the bus ride for Friday and,
'Oh my God, what happened here?"'
With two minutes left in- the overtime, Gerardo
Gordillo nearly won it for South Walton, but his shot
whizzed a foot past the right post. May ended a historic
season for the Seahawks a minute later.
"It's the best season that's ever been here," Blaine
said. "Obviously the first time they've ever won a dis-
trict championship in 2A. It's not the way we wanted to
end, but what are you going to do?"
PSJ softball season
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor .
Fresh off a split of two games during a Preseason
Classic in Blountstown, the Port St. Joe High School
softball team's season gets under way tonight. .
The Lady Sharks travel to Marianna at 7 p.m. ET.
Port St. Joe will host Blountstown at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Lady Sharks, who will play 22 games this
season, lost seven seniors from the team that fin-
ished as state Class 2A runner-up last season.
After four years of excellent pitching from Kayla
Minger, now at Gulf Coast Community College, Port
St. Joe will pitch by committee to begin the season,
with junior Kristi Davis and sophomores Katie
Gardner and Katie Lacour in the mix.
The rest of the varsity team is: freshmen Jadia
Miles and Marchelle Pryor, sophomores Gardner,
Lacour, Kaley Wilder, Erin Kennedy and Tiffany
Varnes, juniors Megan Gannon, Evan Brumbaugh,
Davis, Tiara Smith and Cristina Cordova and senior
TIM CROFT I The Star
Kayla Parker (No. 11) scored 23 points in two games as the Lady,Tiger Sharks earned a home game in the.
opening round of the Region 1-2A tournament by winning the District 3-2A title last week.
Port St. Joe girls play tonight
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Just as the district of-
fered few tests during the
regular season, the Port
St. Joe High School girls
basketball team passed
through the District 3-2A
tournament last week with
high marks en route to the
Region 1 playoffs.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
will host Tallahassee
North Florida Christian in
a region quarterfinal at 7
p.m. ET tonight.
. Port St. Joe (20-2 over-
all, 8-0 in the district),
which reached the Region
1 title game before losing
to Cottondale. last season,
was dominant during last
week's district tourna-
ment at Liberty County,
just as the Lady Tiger
Sharks have dominated
the district all year.
"We played -pretty
good," Port St. Joe coach
Kenny Parker said. "We
played the way we've been
playing most of the year.
We keep that up and we'll
In the semifinals Fri-
day, the Lady Tiger Sharks
faced Franklin County,
which won a play-in game
After a 29-5 opening
period in favor of Port St.
Joe, the game was never
in doubt, and the Lady Ti-
ger Sharks coasted to a 57-
Alyssa Parker led the
way for Port St. Joe with 12
points. She was joined in
double figures by Fanequa
Larry (11 points) and Kay-
la Parker (10).
Mariah Johnson added
nine points, Naomi Warren
eight, Ashleigh Lewis five
and Nicole Spilde three.
In the. championship
game the following night,
a 19-8 bulge in the second
period followed by an 18-
4 advantage in the third
period was critical for the
Lady Tiger Sharks as they
routed host Liberty Coun-
Johnson led all scorers
with 21 points, and Kayla
Parker added 13 points.
Alyssa Parker had eight
points, Warren five and
"I keep telling them,
anybody who beats us, it
is because we beat our-
selves," coach Parker
Tiger Sharks know the time
Star News Editor
Port St. Joe boys basket-
ball coach Derek Kurnitsky
can sense that his team un-
derstands where on the cal-
* endar the season is..
With the District 3-2A
tournament this week, there
is a sense of urgency as the
Tiger Sharks (21-4 overall, a
perfect 8-0 in district play)
prepare for the tournament
"They have their own in-
ternal clock," Kurnitsky said
of his players, a senior-laden
bunch. '"They know what
time it.is. We have been in a,
kind of a lull for a couple of
weeks now. We were waiting,
I guess, for the postseason."
The Tiger Sharks will
face the winner of Lib-
a play-in game that took
place Tuesday, after press
time. Port St. Joe will face
the winner in one semifinal,
scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Fri-
day at host Liberty County.
West Gadsden and Franklin
County will play in the sec-
The championship game
will be 7 p.m. Saturday at
TIM CROFT I The S rT
Calvin Pryor (in white) and Port St. Joe are the top seed
in this week's District 3-2A tournament. The second
-seed is West Gadsden,-seen here in late season action
against the Tiger Sharks.
"We have the No. 1 seed, season. But this time of year,
so that is one of our goals ev- you have to stop people."
ery season," Kurnitsky said. The Tiger Sharks will en-
"I think we are where we ter the district tournament
need to be, though we have on a positive note struck by
not played our best gamp three-straight wins in the
yet. :regular season's final week.
"Offensively, we are shar- Port St. Joe hosted Bay
ing the ball well and playing High and emerged a 69-67
good up-tempo offense. De- winner in a Feb. 2 game that
fensively, I am still a little saw Raheem Clemons score
concerned. It's not effort; it the 1,000th point of his high
is focus. Like I said, I think school career.
we've gorie through a little Willie Quinn, who is about
bit of a lull here late in the 30 points shy of 1,000, led the
way with 26 points; Roman
Quinn (20) and Calvin Pryor
(10) were also in double fig-
ures in scoring.
Clemons had nine and
Darrell Smith two.
On Thursday, Port St. Joe
traveled to Blountstown and
routed the Tigers 68-43, with
four players scoring in dou-
Key was a 21-8 second
* quarter from which Blount-
stown could not recover.
Willie Quinn had 18
points, Clemons 15, Pryor 13
' and Roman Quinn 12 to lead
the Tiger Shark attack.
Smith had four points,
and Christian Littles and
Quincy Welch each added
The following night, the
Tiger Sharks traveled to
Lynn Haven and swept past
Mosley 76-67 with a strong
second half in which Port St.
Joe outscored the Dolphins
"We played a terrific sec-
ond half," Kurnitsky said.
Clemons had. 19 points,
Pryor 18 and Willie Quinn 13
to pace the Tiger Shark of-
Roman Quinn added eight
points, Trubias Hill seven,
Smith six and Welch five.
Gators raise record with district tournament looming
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Wewahitchka High School's
boys basketball team used a 2-1
week to raise its record and pre-
pare for this week's district tour-
The Gators (8-13 overall, 1-8 in
District 2-3A) faced host Liberty
County on Tuesday in a play-in
game for the right to meet top-
seeded Port St. Joe.
The district semifinals are
Friday starting at 6 p.m. ET at
Liberty County High School. The
championship game is .7 p.m. ET
Last Monday, the Gators host-
ed Quincy Munroe. Behind game
highs of 37 points, 26 rebounds
and eight blocked shots from
Chris Peak, Wewahitchka raced
to a 84-66 victory.
The key was the middle two
quarters, during which the Ga-
tors carved out a 53-27 advantage
and never looked back.
Jamarree Hunterhad 17 points
and eight rebounds, Chance
Knowles added 14 points, and
Kenny Fisher earned 10 points.
Fisher also had 10 assists.
The Gators had 24 steals and
76 rebounds, including 34 on the
The next night, Wewahitchka
hosted South Walton, edging the
Seahawks in the final quarter for
a 46-44 win.
Peak had nine points, 14 re-
bounds and seven blocks, while
Knowles led the Gators in scoring
with 16 points and added seven
boards. Fisher had eight points,
and Hunter six points and seven
The Gators finished the regu-
lar season with a 55-53 home loss
against Bozeman of Panama
Peak had 21 points, 12 re-
bounds and 10 blocks. Deme-
trius Hurley added 12 points and
PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA
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Thursday, February 11, 2010 w w w.starfl.com Page 7
PSJ's Smith signs with Arkansas
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
There was no shortage
*of doubters, about Darrell
Smith's chances of play-
ing football at the college
But Darrell was no
Smith proved that
on Wednesday when he
signed a national letter
of intent to play at the
University of Arkansas.
He is believed to be the
first Port St. Joe football
player to move directly
from high school to a
ence school since Wayne
Taylor made the trek to
Georgia in the 1950s. "
"It's crazy, I' never
thought I'd be getting the,
chance to play (NCAA) Di-
vision J football, let alone
the SEC," Smith said. "I
knew I had to work hard,
buckle down and get
some A's and B's in those
core courses. But if you
work hard, good things
will happen for you."
There has been scant
doubt about Smith's foot-
ha's led the Tiger Sharks
in tackles each of the
past two seasons while
also proving to be a dan-
les runner. He racked up
264 tackles the past two
years, earning second-
team all-state and All-Big
Bend honors as a junior.
Smith is rated a three-
star recruit by Rivals.
"He figured out early
on in his career that the
guy who had the football
was the guy he wanted to
go after," Port St. Joe as-
sistant coach Kesley Col-
bert said with a chuckle.
"He has two gears: stand-
ing still and full.speed."
Smith was nominat-
ed as Florida Athletic
Coaches Association dis-
trict player of the year
With his family egging him on, Darrell Smith dons an
play football at the Southeastern Conference School.
in 2009, a season during
which he was named a
"Arkansas is getting
a highly energetic kid
who loves football," Port
St. Joe head coach Vern
Barth said. "He has great
instincts for finding the
ball carrier, and he is not
afraid of contact."
Smith's hurdle was
academics, which spared.
off other potential suitors
such as Florida State and
the University of Florida.
As Smith said Wednes-
day, a number of schools
showed interest but were
scared off over concerns
about his academic eligi-
"Arkansas stayed on
me all the way, and that
said a lot to me,", Smith.
said. "Other schools tell-
ing me I wasn't going to
make it just motivated
me. It will give me moti-
vation at Arkansas."
. Thus motivated, Smith,
with help from the Port
St. Joe administration
and faculty, undertook an
arduous level of course
work this school year and
last summer, particularly
in the core courses, to en-
sure his eligibility.
He made the grades;
he made the test scores.
"I would tell .anyone
coming behind me to stay
focused," Smith said.
"Don't give up. Don't ever
let anybody tell you you
cal't do something. -
"If I can do it, anybody
can do it."
TIM CROFT I The Star
Arkansas ball cap after signing d scholarship to
Smith as a safety, he said,
and wants him to hit the
weight room to put on 20
or so pounds.
"If they get him at 205
or 210, that's what they'
want out of him," Barth
said. "He has the frame
for that, broad shoulders,
long. I can see him be-
coming a hybrid defen-
The challenge. for
Smith, his high school
coaches said, will be
maintaining the disci-
pline he has shown this
year in getting his grades
in line while excelling on
College is a new expe-
rience for any youngster,
and for an athlete even'
more so, and Smith must
keep his priorities in line
to succeed at the next
level, Barth and Colbert
"He's going to need to
become mote of a student
of the game, understand-
ing schemes and forma-
tions, understanding his
role in- the defense,"
Barth said. "As long as he
and remembers where he
has come from, he should
Smith, as mentioned,
harbors few doubts.
"I'm going there and
going to work and 1-2-3,
I think I can play in the
NFL," Smith said. "Don't
let anybody else tell you
what you can do."
Smith can present a
letter of intent as testa-
Port St. Joe's Parker signs with
S 'By TimCroft
Star News Editor,
Signing a national letter of in-
tent is a passage of sorts to the
next level in sports.
Kaylq -Parker is mindful she
has unfinished business at Port
St. Joe High School.,
The sublime sprinter signed a
letter of intent Wednesday to at-
tend the University of Kentucky
on a track and field scholarship.
National track' and field. signing
day coincides with that of foot-
Parker, arguably the most
celebrated female track and
field athlete in Port St. Joe High
history, becomes the school's
second track athlete overall to
move directly from high school
to a Southeastern Conference
"I've very excited about it,"
Parker said, a copy of her letter
on a table in front of her. "Just to
be able to go to college, not just
any college but a (NCAA) Divi-
sion I school and a Southeastern
"Everything I have worked for
is paying off."
For Kentucky also, in what
could be described as the mara-
thon Parker sweepstakes.
Parker began receiving mail
and phone calls from coaches
by her sophomore year in high
school, the earliest coaches can
contact a potential recruit. She
said she received letters or of-
fers from roughly 200 schools
and expressed relief when she
made her decision.
"I think they got a steal," Port
St. Joe High assistant track coach
Keion McNair said. "She has the
TIM TKOFT I The Star
Wrestling with her composure last Wednesday, Kayla Parker signed a national letter of intent to
attend the University of Kentucky on a track and field scholarship. Parker is flanked by family and
will to get the job done. We've
never seen an athlete quite like
her. She brings her coaches, her
teammates up with her. She's a
Kentucky was her first of-
ficial visit, last September, and
despite subsequent trips to the
University of South Carolina and
University of South Florida, the
Bluegrass State drew her.
"It was just a great place,"
Parker said. "Every school was
good, but at Kentucky they just
seemed to care about their stu-
dent-athletes. I just felt a better
fit at Kentucky.
"Their coaches worked to-
gether. Their facilities and aca-
demics are great. Their track
team is ranked in the top 25 in
the country: They are all about
Winners attract winners and
Parker set a national AAU 12-
13 age group record in the 100-
meter hurdles that still stands.
She has won 11 medals at the
past three state Class 1A high
school track and field meets, and
among those medals are eight
gold, two silver and a bronze.
She is a three-time defending
state champion in the 100 meters
and a two-time defending cham-
pion in the 100-meter hurdles
and 200 meters,' and has a gold
and silver in the long jump in the
past two years, respectively.
She set a record at the 2008
Class 1A meet for most individu-
al events won at one state meet
when she won the 100, 200, 100
hurdles and long jump.
Parker has been selected as
the ClasPs 1A track and field ath-
lete of the year by the Florida
Dairy Farmers Association the
past two years and been selected
for the Class 1A all-state first
team three years running.
Her individual point totals
would have placed her in the top
chising a team in the Big
Bend Baseball League of'
Florida may contact the
following for more details:
Morrell Bailey, commis-
sioner, 850-762-8154, or
Harold W. Bailey, promo-
tions and publicity, 850-524-
2151 or 229-662-2066.
five of each of the past two team
competitions, as she has led the
Lady Tiger Sharks to finishes of
third, first and second, respec-
tively, in the state meet the past.
three years of high school.
"We want it all this year," Park-
er said. "I've got some things I
have to finish in high school."
That includes running the
point for the Lady Tiger Shark
basketball team. The team, cur-
rently 18-2, reached the Region
J-2A title game last season,'and a
trip to the Final Four is the goal
this season as the district tourna-
ment gets under way this week.
Parker said that while not
shutting the door completely, she
does not plan to play basketball
at Kentucky, even though two of
her future track and field team-
mates play hoops at the univer-
"I'm not planning that, but I'm
not saying never," Parker said.
Parker was recruited to Ken-
tucky by coach Thomas James
as a sprinter, hurdler and jumper.
Parker said Thomas has already
talked to her about the potential
of eventually taking up the five-
And Parker definitely has
dreams beyond college, where
she will study exercise physiol-
ogy she is a 3.7 GPA student.
That dream is symbolized by
five interlocking rings.
"(The Olympics) are in my
thinking," Parker said. "I feel I
have the potential to go far.
"I need to keep working hard.
(College) is on another level, and
of course I will go faster just be-
ing around that kind of compe-
tition. I just need to keep work-
Sign-up and tryouts for
6U/8U/10U/12U are com-
Sign-up will be from 8
a.m. to noon CT Saturday,
Feb. 13, at Lake Alice Park.
Tryouts will be from 9
a.m. to noon CT Saturday,
Feb. 27, at Honeyville
Sports Complex. The cost
is $50 for the first child
and $45 for each additional
. Please bring a copy of ,
the child's birth certificate.
For more information,
call Tony Price at 850-227-
8335 or Michael Bailey at
PSJ softball! meeting
There will be a board
meeting of the PSJ Softball
League at 6 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 12, at the 10th Street
Field. The public is invited
Big Bend Baseball
The Big Bend Baseball
League of Florida Inc. is
in final preparation for its
second season of league
play, beginning March
14, for all teams franchis-
ing in the league for the
2010 baseball season. The
,next league-wide meeting
is scheduled for 10 a.m.
EST Saturday, Feb. 13, at
League Headquarters in
Bristol (Apalachee Restau-
rant). All league officials,
team managers (coach
and player reps) are urged
to make a special effort
to attend this important
meeting. Other prospects
interested in possible fran-
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KENT from page Al
That was the year the old
Smurfit-Stone paper mill
was permanently closed
and a year of transition for
health care in Gulf County,
with two prominent family
care physicians retiring and
Gulf Pines Hospital teeter-
ing under debt and an aged
Kent inherited health
department facilities in Port
St. Joe and Wewahitchka
that were built in the 1950's
and his workforce was nine-
Today, Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka have new
health department facilities
and the health department's
workforce is 85.
"It was like starting in the
Stone Age," Kent said with a
chuckle. "What you wanted,
you had to develop on your
own. There was not much
health care going other than
the quality care provided by
a few physicians in the com-
The growth of the past 12
years has been astounding.
"I .changed th. model
on them," Kent laughed.
"I said we are going to run
* this as a business and our
motto is going to be 100
percent access and zero
disparities. The access.is
there. I am still working on
During his tenure as
county health director Kent
fostered in dental facilities
at each end of he county.
The county's first digital x-
ray machine arrived at the
health department. Kent
helped start mental health
services and the health de-
partment 'now serves the
A women's center was
established "I am real
proud of that" and a pro-
gram was established to
provide people of need to
purchase medicines on a
Kent also secured fed-
eral funds to establish, St.
Joseph Care Clinic, a Fed-
erally Qualified Community
Health Center (FQHC).. -
"This community has
been very good to me and
I hope I have been good to
the community," Kent said.
"If you don't have heart, for
the community, how can
you help the community? I
believe in this job. It is vital
for the community."'
Kent was also the chair-
man of the local board that
oversaw the recruitment of
Sacred Heart Health Sys-
tems to the county, with a
new hospital set to open on
* The Gulf County Board
of County Commissioners
passed a half-cent sales tax
four years ago to help de-
fray the costs of treating the
indigent or uninsured at the
"It's the only time I've
seen people stand up and
clap for a half-cent sales
tax," Kent said. "Com-
missioners knew it was
the right thing to do and it
passed with a super-major-
Kent's ,last day in Gulf
County would be Feb. 28.
He would be taking March
off and would begin work
in Bay County on April 2,
pending the commission
"I'll be leaving great peo-
ple," Kent said. "I know their.
names, Iknowtheir families,
I know their friends. I know
the illnesses that have af-.
flicted family members and,
watched them have to bury
some of them. You take that
S'f feel 'challenged but I
also feel excited. I feel I've
brought the health depart-
ment a long way and I'm
not ready to retire. I know
there are some problems
(in Bay County's health de-
partment) but if you didn't
have problems you would
not need a leader; That's my
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LIFE from page A3
had enough of us," remembered Van
The closet door swung open, reveal-
ing a man in an S.S. uniform.
"May I introduce you to my brother-
in-law," the host said. .
The soldier had not come to take
them away. Seeing that the Germans
would soon be vanquished, he came to
share their hiding place.
Van West talked and played cards
with the man, but felt conflicting emo-,
"We had a
Ihatetosay. hewasWest said, that they would spend their
"I hate to say it, but he-was a nice guy. lves together.
I still hated him, he could have killed a lives together.
lot of people, but.what do you do? You During a civilservice inside an Am-
both were hiding." sterdam government building, Van West
''The soldier stayed for the war's du- and Broekman exchanged vows.
ration, some three or four months. Stiphout, the cousin who'd saved Van
On April 29,1945, Marcus Broekman West's lifeduring the war, served as a
reported news bf a forthcoming Ger-witness, along with a beautiful woman
man surrender. who lived in their apartment complex.
.resident Harry Truman had an- The bride and groom had a limited
nounced that thetalk was only rumors, wardrobe and wore shabby clothes. The
but there was much to give hope. female neighbor wore a beautiful white
Packages of food for occupied terri- dress, and the officiant called her for-
tonges stood read f ward, believing her to be the bride.
"The airplanesady bring od but no In 1954, Van West,' his wife, baby
bombs," Marcus Broekman wrote. "The daughter Patricia and in-laws immi-
pperation has started; airplanes with grated to America, sponsored by Van
food are at this moment underway to West's cousin in Chicago.
the Netherlands." Van West took a job in the Marshall
the NetherlandsField import office, and later worked
.1LJ I as a salesman for.a luggage manufac-
Nobody left turer.
The German forces surrendered in Though he'd been a successful busi-
early May of 1945, almost exactly five nessman in his father-in-law's whole-
years after the invasion of the Nether- sale business after the war, Van West
lands. started over in America, earning a mea-
Though the Germans were disarmed, er salary.
they remained on the streets, inspiring "It was not too bad, we were fever
fear and hatred. homesick because we knew what we left
"We were afraid to go outside because behind," he recalled. "We knew we had
the Germans were still there," Van West to stay here and make the best of it."
recalled. "They were disarmed, but you Van West ,went on to have a suc-
saw that uniform,,you never knew. You cessful career working with the Dutch
had such a hate for.them." Chamber of Commerce as a business
Van West recalled the day he ven- agent.
tured outside as an "unbelievable He and Netty were married for 64
time." years,, sharing an uncommon bond
"The highway was full of American forged during their years in hiding.
soldiers waving at us, giving us candy "I had a beautiful marriage. We loved
and cigarettes. We cried our hearts out each other so much," Van West said. ,
from happiness." In nearly four years in cramped
By bike, Van West and Netty Broek- quarters, the couple never exchanged a
man journeyed back home to Amster- cross word. "We never had a fight, nev-
dam, only to learn that nearly their en- er had an argument. We knew we had to
tire families had been killed during the save our lives."
war. Netty's love saved Van West during a
"There was nobody left. We thought, time of constant fear and unspeakable
'How can we be happy, when nobody horror.
else is left,'" said Van West. Her death last September dealt a
A friend secured an apartment for devastating blow.
Van West, Broekman and her parents, Today, when Van West recalls a life fit
who encouraged the young couple to for the history books, it's Netty that he
marry. remembers most and their many happy
During their years in hiding, Van. years together.
West and Broekman. never discussed., Not war,,not loss, but love.
marriage. They "were sure," Van "We had a beautiful life," he said.
Vie yuniorService League of(Port St Joe.
would fie to express our deep gratitude to our
dedicatedsponsors andsupporters for theirgenerous
donations of time, merchandise andmonetary gifts
'Your continued6enevofence makes it possible for the
League to continue our community outreach andhonor
our commitment to the children of Gulf County
Tapper Foundation,- Platinum Sponsor
Superior Bank Silver Sponsor '
David & Trish Warriner # Boyd & Paula Pickett
Ronald & Leisa Pickett Dusty .& Carla May
Tom & Mary Gibson Jay & Jessica Rish
Haughty Heron Vision, Bank.:
Big Fish COnstruction Williams Plumbing '
Gulf Alliance for Local Arts k City of Port St. Joe
S Bayside Savings Bank Studio on 4th
James & Sandi Christy and "The Cape Krewe"
Les & Andrea Heard and "The Blues Krewe",
Tim & Kim McFarland and "The Krewe of Gulf Aire" .
The Norton Family 4 The Golf Club of the Wharf,
Fusion Spa Salon # Waterfront Pawn
Baywash of Port St. Joe + Donamelia Day Spa
Jane Gilchrist 4 Marie Stephens Photography
Parker Realty Smiley's Beach Rentals
Sun Coast Landscaping + Capt. John Wiley
St. Joe Ace Hardware 4 Woods Fisheries
Don Ouellette Media & Marketing
Amanda's Bistro & Pantry Trask Design
"Let's Talk" St. Joe News Network
WMBB Channel 13 + WJHG Channel 7
Eye Candy Displays Joseph's Cottage
Bayside Florist Lemongrass Interiors .
Guthrie Groh Panache Tent + Event
Gulf Foods Mango Marley's
Sisters Restaurant + Shoreline Skincare
The Chair on Reid Piggly Wiggly
Sunset Coastal Grill .+ Toucan's
The "Goat Mobile" & Jason Bogan
The'Thirsty Goat Provisions
The Port Fine Wine & Spirits
Bluewater Outriggers # Dockside Marina
Half Hitch Tackle Portside Trading Company
Persnickety Nature of Things
A Mermaid's Tale + BeachWalk
Emerald Coast Jewelry + The Funky Mermaid
Lulu's Sweet Expectations Papergirl
St. Joe Jumpin' Beans 4 Hungry Howies
Monogram Queen #' Trendy Bags by Kim
Bow Wow Meow Beach Dog Grooming Plus
Palm Tree Books & No Name Caf6e Chica's Collars
Bobby Nobles '* Sherwin Williams
Clayton Concrete + Andy Smith
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American Red Cro
Master gardener seminars,
home & garden demonstrations
g' : eue t speakers.
ew location this year!
The Panama City Mall
Linens-n-Things former location
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Sacred Heart to host open house March 6
Special to The Star
Sacred Heart Health System is
pleased to host a special preview
and open house for Sacred Heart
Hospital on the Gulf on Saturday,
March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The
new 25-bed hospital is at 3801 E.
Highway 98 in Port St. Joe.
Opening March 15, Sacred
Heart Hospital on the Gulf, will
provide access to high qual-
ity, compassionate health care
to residents and visitors of Gulf,
Franklin and Bay counties. The
new $38 million hospital will fea-
ture a 24-hour emergency depart-
ment, inpatient services, surgical
services, a full complement of
diagnostic and laboratory ser-
vices, and a helipad to be used by
Sacred Heart's regional air am-
bulance service to provide rapid
transport for trauma or critically
"The hospital is a true part-
nership between Sacred Heart
Health System and the commu-
nity," said Roger Hall, president
of Sacred Heart Hospital on the
Gulf. "We are honored to bring
access to high quality health care
to this area and look forward to
continuous growth in the future."
SInresponse to tremendous sup-
port from the public, Sacred Heart
Foundation raised more than $10
million in donations and pledges
- pt< -
'rt ', 'b
for the new hospital. St. Joe Foun-
dation was a key supporter that
donated 20 'acres of land for the
hospital, as well as $5 million to be
paid during a period of 10 years.
Gulf County residents also voted
to provide revenues from a half-
cent sales tax to support the pro-
vision of care to the indigent at the
new hospital. The community's
support, combined with Sacred
Heart Health System's financial,
commitment and vision, led to the'
creation of an outstanding patient
A Medical Office Building is
scheduled to open in the summer
of 2010 adjacent to the hospital
and will provide convenient ac-
cess to primary care and special-
ty physicians, dialysis services,
women's diagnostic and imaging
services, and Sacred Heart Re-
Sacred Heart Health System
is accepting applications for a
variety of clinical, and nonclinical
positions in the new hospital. For
more information about current
openings or to apply online, visit
and click on Career Opportuni-
ties. The hospital will employ ap-
proximately 110 people initially.
The health care team would
not be complete without the ad-
dition of countless community
volunteers who will add.a special
touch to everyone who enters
the hospital. Morning, evening
and early afternoon shifts will
be available seven days a week.
If you are interested in learning
more about joining the volunteer
team, then contact Sharon Abele
Sacred Heart Hospital on
the Gulf is part of Sacred Heart
Health System based in Pensaco-
la. Surveys by National Research
Corporation have found that for
14 consecutive years, consumers
in Northwest Florida have rated
Sacred Heart Health System as
the health care provider with the
best reputation and best overall
For more information about
the new hospital, please visit
Gumbo cook-off Saturday
STAR FILE PHOTOS
Special to The Star
The 1th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo
Cook-Off will be held .on Feb.13 at Sunset
Park. The cook-off is set to start at 10 a.m.
CST andwill be celebrating until everything
is gone. This year, contestants will have the
option of entering the gumbo category, the
Brunswick stew category or both.
The cook-off is open to any and all
restaurants and individuals who love
gumbo and enjoy fun competition. Cash
prizes will be awarded in the gumbo
amateur division, gumbo restaurant di-
vision and Brunswick stew division.
Mardi Gras will be in full swing for
this gumbo festival with free beads; bal-
loons; live entertainment; and, of course,
gumbo and stew. Tickets to enjoy the
gumbo and stew will 'be available at the
entrance tent. There will be barbecue
and beverages available for purchase.
Monies raised will go toward the special
events for Mexico Beach.
There is a drawing for $25 worth of
tickets for the' gumbo festival. To enter,
please e-mail your name, address and
phone number to kimberly@mexicobe-
ach.com. The winner will be contacted
the week of the festival.
For more information on this festi-
val or an other events, please contact
the Mexico Beach Community Develop-
ment Center at 850-648-8196 or write to
us at 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach,
Port St. Joe DIARY
* ront row, from left, Otto Anderson, George 5uber,
Cecil G. Costin, J. Lamar (Pete) Miller, Paul Fensom,
S.L. Bark, Joe Myra, Bob Billows and Nobie Stone.
Back row, from left, Basil "Little Bas" Kenney Jr.,
iFloyd Roberts, Kenneth Creech, George Tapper,
Jake Belin, B.B. Conklin, Herbert Brown, Ed Ramsey,
Jimmy Greer and Dr. Albert L. Ward.
The 1948 St. Joe Rotary
Club baseball team
By Dave Maddox
:Special to The Star
In May 1948, the Port St. Joe Rotary Club baseball
team was playing the Kiwanis Club team.
J. Lamar "Pete" Miller pitched for the Rotary Club,
and George Tapper was on first base.
Frank Hannon stepped up to bat for the Kiwanis Club
team. Hannon was an excellent baseball player, with a
batting average of .300.
With Hannon up to bat, Tapper walked up to Miller and
told him that Tapper couldn't hit a curveball.
Miller then threw the ball, and Hannon hit a home run.
Then Tapper started walking back toward the mound,
and Miller said, "Don't come over here and tell me any-
'Tapper said, "It didn't curve."
Dentist to offer free treatment Feb. 24
Special to The Star
Dr. Frank D. May, of Port St. Joe, has
a unique Valentine's Day present for
the needy of this area. For the past 10
years, Dr. May has provided free den-
tal treatment for Valentine's Day at his
office. This. year, his office will provide
this valuable service on Wednesday,
This year, the office will schedule ap-
pointments with those in need of treat-
To schedule an appointment, you
will need to send or bring by a letter to
Dr. May's office giving a brief descrip-
tion of your dental needs, and please
describe your situation that makes you
a good candidate for this benefit.
Send the letter to Dr. May's office
at 319 Williams Ave., Port St. Joe, FL
32456. Please no phone calls.
Be sure to include your telephone
number, so we can contact you to
schedule an appointment. Dr. May will
see 20 patients in need of dental treat-
ment, and the hygienists Anealia Bush
and Linda Wright will see eight to 10 pa-
tients each who wish to have their teeth
The office hopes to serve as many as
Patients must be at least 12 years
of age and accompanied by a parent
or guardian if younger than 18. Treat-
ments provided will include cleaning,
X-rays, fillings, extractions, diagnostics
and pain control.
Dr. May and his staff participate in
"Dentist With a Heart" because they
wish to impact people who otherwise
could not afford to see a dentist and
help those people save their teeth, as
well as relieve them of any discomfort
they might be having. Our office cares
about this community and would like to
give those in need of our services their
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Valentine's Day at St.
Joseph's Bay Country Club
The public is invited to enjoy
a relaxed evening of music along
with a delicious dinner at the St.
Joseph Bay Country Club dining
room on Valentine's Day. Local
songwriters and singers Dana
and Charlie Black will perform
their favorite songs. Chefs Jon
Douglas and Calvin Shores will
prepare a sumptuous seafood'
buffet throughout the evening.
Wine, beer and your favorite
mixed drinks will be available at
the bar. The first set of music will
begin around 6 p.m. ET. Charlie
and Dana will break for a bite
and to chat with guests before
they play a second set. Tickets
are $29 per person and are avail-
able at Hannon Insurance, 221
Reid Ave., or at the country club.
February AARP Meeting
The meeting for the Mexico
Beach Chapter of the AARP will
have Turtle Patrol Representa-
tive Jessica McKenzie address
the group at 1 p.m. CT Friday,
Feb. 19. We gather on the 22nd
Street Fellowship Hall of the ,
United Methodist Church.
Donations of nonperishable
food will be appreciated for lo-
cals who need assistance. Come
attend.and meet other "over-the-
hill" members and Snowbirds
who are also AARP card holders
from out of state we welcome
For questions or more in-
formation, call Ruth Hauge at
A Stroller Talk Parenting
Group is being established
through Healthy Start at the Gulf
County Health Department. The
group will discuss such aspects
of parenting young babies as
Infant Massage: "The Power of
Touch," the ainazing talents of
the newborn, stages of develop-
ment and coping with crying.
Learn all about the abilities of
Talk with other parents; there
will be open discussion on a host
of topics you want to know about.
If you are interested in at-
tending, please call 227-1276, ext.
The date and time of meet-
ings will be set later.
Bunco for the library
The Fish House Restaurant
in Mexico Beach will host a
Bunco Tournament Fundraiser
at 6:30 p.rm. ET March 1. All pro-
ceeds benefit the Gulf County
Library in Port St. Joe.(
Entry fee is $30, $20 to play
and $10 for dinner (BYOB). Priz-
es will be awarded, and there
will be a donation drawing.
For reservations and tickets,
call Dana Boyer at 227-3777, Bar-
bara Radcliff at 340-0256, Nancy
Swider at 227-3600, the Fish
House Restaurant or the Port St.
Joe .Public Library.
Births & BIRTHDAYS
By Johanna White
Two weeks ago, Dr.
Henry Roberts, president
of the Sacred Heart Foun-
dation, gave us an update
on the new Sacred Heart
Hospital on the Gulf, which
is the official name of our
Dr. Roberts confirmed
the opening date of March
15, when the doors will
be open and patients ac-
Upon opening of the
hospital facility, it will have
17 beds ready, with a total
25-bed capacity at this
However, Dr. Roberts
did say that the facility can
be expanded to accommo-
date 50 beds if that number
is needed in the future.
The hospital will employ
112 people, 38 of whom
have been hired to date. He
SPECIAL TO THE STAR
was pleased to report that
they received 568 applica-
tions for the 112 positions.
There will be a com-
munitywide open house
March 6. At the conclu-
sion of our meeting, Bo
Patterson, president of
the PSJ Kiwanis Club,
presented a check in the
amount of $5,000, which is
the fourth of five checks
to be presented to Sacred
Heart Hospital, making our
commitment to the hospital
The Kiwanis Club would
like to thank the follow-
ing Key Club members
for attending this week's
meeting; President Forest
Halualani, Chelsey Walker,
Sara Hoffman, Jonathan
Edres, and Keyettes Kodi
Blackwell and Chelsea
The Port St. Joe Kiwan-
is Club is looking for some
businessmen and women:
who would like to be part
of a civic organization de-
voted to helping children
and giving back to our com-
If you are interested
in becoming a Kiwanian,
please call Kathy Balentine
at 850-227-6327 or Johanna
The Kiwanis Motto:
"Serving the Children of
Curtis Whitfield celebrates
All friends and family are invited
for a drop-by birthday celebration
Feb. 13, 2010. The celebration will be
held at Marshall Health and Rehabili-
tation in Perry from 1:30-4 p.m.
Curtis Whitfield was born and
raised at Wetappo Creek, Curtis had
six brothers, Carrie, Herbert, T.D.
"Doc," Willie, Early and Milton Whit-
field. He has 10 grandchildren, 16
great-grandchildren and four great-
great-grandchildren, with two more
on the way.
Happy 100th birthday, Papa. We
Kingsley Makenzie Hopper
Hopper had FUN as she
turned ONE on Feb. 3.
Kingsley, along with
friends and family, cele-
brated her first birthday
at the Garden Club last
weekend. She is the
beautiful and happy-
go-lucky baby girl of
Summer and Carl Hop-
per and the baby sister
of Jacob and Keaston.
We are very blessed to
have her in our lives.
This year has been full.
of happiness, love and
great memories. We are
looking forward to all
of thd wonderful things
that will come during
her second year with us.
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Emma Corinne Brown
Emma Corrine Brown was born
Jan. 26, 2010. She Was 7 pounds, 1
ounce and 19 inches long.
Emma is the.daughter of William
F Brown and Mariann J. Kelly.
Grandparents are Ron and Joan
Kelly of Mexico Beach and Charlea
Vedder of Fort Worth, Texas.
Welcome to the world, Emma.
Jake turns 8
Our oldest son,
Jake, turns 8! Ja-
cob is very excited
to celebrate his
birthday at Rock 'It
It will be an ex-
tra special birthday
as he celebrates
with his family arid
friends. His birth-
day wish is to reign
with the highest
for a year. He will
be put to the test as he competes against his
younger brother Keaston, baby sister Kings-
ley and his parents, Summer and Carl Hopper.-
Happy Birthday, Baby, We love you!!
CHIPOLAUCOLLEGE SHOW CHOIR
GULF COAST CHILDREN'S
ADVOCACY CENTER BENEFIT
FOR ABUSED CHILDREN
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INVITATION TO BID CITY OF PORT ST. JOE
NOTICE is hereby given to all interested persons or firms that sealed bids will be accepted by the City of Port St. Joe City
Hall at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 until 2:00P.M. on Tuesday February 25, 2010
BID NUMBER: 2010-01 BID TITLE: City Uniform Bid
Bids will be opened and recorded at the City of Port St. Joe Commission Room at 2:00 RM. on Tuesday 25, 2010.
Specifications and details may be obtained from the City Clerk at Port St. Joe City Hall between the hours of 8:00 A.M.
and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Bids SHALL be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: SEALED QUOTE and identified by the NAME OFTHE FIRM. NAME
OF THE QUOTE, along with the DATE AND TIME OF OPENING.
A list of bidders and award notice will be publicly announced at the next regular meeting of the City of Port St. Joe City
Commissions following the bid acceptance date if possible. Bid award will be made to the best bidder, but the right is
reserved to reject any or all bids.
BOARD OF CITY COMMISSIONERS CITY OF PORT ST. JOE UNIFORM LEASE/SERVICE AGREEMENT
This agreement authorizes and requires that (Name of Company), hereafter referred to as the "Company", will
provide the services and, agree to the conditions listed below. The City of Port St. Joe, hereafter referred to as the
"Customer", agrees to receive the following services from the company and pay the charges listed below.
TVP NIIMRBER OF INIFORMS PER EMPI OYEE WEEKLY CHARGE PER EMPLOYEE
= '"' $ . .. . .
11 pants/11 shirts.
11 pants/11 shirts.
11 pants/11 shirts
It's 'Dr. Pyron' now
Robert Alexander Pyron,
21, received his doctorate
in biology on Sept. 10, 2009,
from the City University of
New York. He is currently a
Postdoctoral Research Fel-
low at Stony Brook Univer-
sity in Long Island and has
accepted a faculty position
at Ole Miss for fall 2011.
Pyron is the grandson
of Steve and Molly Pyron of
Mexico Beach and Charlotte
Eros of Marietta, Ga. He is
the son of Greg and Eliza-
beth Pyron of Demorest, Ga.
Keigans earns degree
MIAMI Bonnie Keigans
of Port St. Joe has been
awarded a Associate of
Science degree in Interdis-
ciplinary Studies from Ka-
plan University. Keigans's
accomplishment was cele-
brated during a graduation
ceremony Jan. 30 in Miami.
Gen. Colin L. Powell, the
65th secretary of state and
former chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, served
as the commencement
1. "The Company" will maintain, repair and replace any uniforms on an as-needed basis. All clothes will be of Grade LOC ATE D AT
A Quality, no seconds, and will be the best available clothes in the rental industry. All uniforms and service I unset P.rk
supplies remain property of "the Company". Sunset Park
2. The Customer agrees to show responsibility and concern for the theft and destruction of company property. The Until gumbo is sold out next to El Governor Motel
Customer agrees to reimburse for property that is destroyed or stolen. Prices will be based on its current retail
price list. .4L-MML..
3. If the customer or its legal successor should terminate this agreement before the anniversary date, the company M'.ML '-
will be at 50% of the weekly rental rate at the time of termination for the remainder of the contract period. b FREE beads Order Your
However, in the event that the company fails to provide service as per conditions, the contract will be void. The & allootis T-shirts Nowl
company will be allowed 30 days to correct any deficiencies.
4. Terms of payment are on a charge basis. The 'customer agrees to pay invoices within thirty (30) days of receipt.
All Accounts overdue thirty (30) days shall bear interest at 1 1/2% per month from the date of the original billing. Big Taste SI Small Cup 53 .Large Cup 10
5. This service agreement is effective as of this date and shall remain in effect for thirty six (36) months from the -
dateof installation. AAEUR PRIZES, ErEad. 1 t PRIZE '
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8. Each employee will have up to three (3) days after their route day to return their garments to the office location I
To receive their garments back the following week.
9. The company will pay for the cost of the current emblem being used by the City on as needed basis. oin us for this Mexico Beach events fundraiser
10. There will be no installation fees, prep charges or clean up tax. usforthMex Bechevets
11. CUSTOMER CONTRACT LIABILITY The customer warrants that he is not under contract with any other 0,, andaOa c coi 550.- aA or s6 .-.i.
company for the furnishing of the items which are the subject matter hereof. In the event legal action is brought Celebrate IVardi Gra s
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expenses and damages incurred by the company.
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Mike Hill, a Republican
candidate for the District 2
Congressional seat, will be
the guest speaker for the
Black History program at
Port St. Joe High School.
The program .will begin
at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb.
Hill is a Pensacola busi-
nessman with a lengthy list
He earned a bachelor's
degree from the U.S. Air
Force Academy and served
10 years in the military. He
also has an MBA from the
'University of West Florida.
He is currently and has
served on boards repre-
senting a variety of inter-
ests, from the U.S. Civil
Rights Commission to the
West Florida Hospital
Board to Gideon's Interna-
He is married and has
three teenage children.
SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
SPEItlAL IU IH 51TAK
Wewahitchka Elementary School recently hosted the fifth-grade science fair.
This science fair was held on January 29 at WES. There were 60 competitors
from Mrs. Hill's fifth grade science class. First, Mekena Taunton; second,
Brendan Crane; third, Ethan Hinote; honorable mentions, Samantha Pitts,
Harley Bailey, Blake Harrison, Annabella Hjort, Hope Owens, Jacob Gibbs,
Christian Coursey, Kyle Nicodemus, Ryder Lister, Isaac Ellis, Burley Parker,
Dakota Bryant and (not pictured) Jasmine Holley.
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Registration under way for spring classes
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Special to The Star
PANAMA CITY Gulf
Coast Community College
is currently registering stu-
dents for Spring C classes
that begin ,March 8. Even
though other classes began
last month, students can
still get a full semester's
worth of courses in Spring
C, a short, eight-week se-
mester. Advisors and ad-
missions experts are ready
to help in person in the new
Advising Center on campus
or online at www.gulfcoast.
Spring C is a conve-
nient alternative for those
with busy schedules. The
begins on March 8 and
runs through May 7. Stu-
dents receive the same
classes with the one-on-
one support and guid-
ance from faculty, just in
a shorter period of time.
Spring C is designed to
give students as many op-
tions as possible for flex-
Students can review the
online class schedule and
edu or visit one of the GCCC
campuses on the dates.and
times listed below:
Panama City Campus:
7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. and Fri-
day from 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.
Monday-Thursday from 8
a.m. 5:30 p.m. and Friday
from 8 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Tyndall AFB Center:
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.
North Bay Center:
Monday-Thursday from 8
a.m. 4 p.m.
All registration fees for'
Spring C are to be paid on
the following Friday after
Please note that these
dates exclude Saturdays,
.Sundays and holidays.
For more information,
850-872-4892 for the
Panama City Campus.
850-227-9670 for the
850-283-4332 for the
Tyndall Air Force Base Ed-
850-747-3233 for the
North Bay Center.
By Brittany Hypes
FCAT Science for Juniors will be
on March 13.
The School will be closed Feb. 15
for President's Day.
If you are going to donate at
NHS's annual blood drive on Feb. 19,
then you need to remember permis-
sion forms also, eat well and stay
Students are reminded to check
the scholarship box in guidance at
least once a week for available schol-
Freshmen who would like to be CLUBS
this year's prom servers need to sign National Honor Society: 1. The
up with Mrs. Newsome in Guidance. annual blood drive will be held on
Feb. 19; 2. There will be an all mem-
lENIORD bers meeting on Feb 23; 3. Pepper-
SENIORS mints and waters for FCAT will be
Guidance will be helping seniors due soon: 34 waters and three large
with the Bright Futures applications bags of peppermints.
on Feb. 16 and 18. Key Club: The club is on the look-
out for ways to help our community,
so give us a call.
Keyettes: The Hope For Haiti fund
will continue through this month.
NJROTC:. 1. Feb. 19 is the An-
nual Military Inspection, and all are
invited to watch; 2. Don't miss out on
your chance to win the Teddy Bear
Auction on Feb. 12, purchase a $1.00
raffle ticket from any ROTC cadet.
Mu Alpha Theta: 1. In its first ever
competition, the math team placed
12th out of 22 schools at the Pensac-
ola meet on Jan. 30; 2. The next com-
petition is Feb. 13 dt the Panama City
SGA: 1. Feb. 27 is the District
meeting in Pensacola, all members
are invited; 2. Elections for officers
of the 2010-11 school year are coming
up, date TBA.
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PET OF THE
-''' Angel --is a gorgeous sweet
American Bulldog, with soft
-'.'" brown 'liquid eyes that follow
'' your every move and is eager
to please. Angel is very gentle,
housetrained, knows how to
sit, stay, and is crate trained.
She loves to play, withother
If you are interested in
adopting Angel, contact the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society at
227-1103 and ask for Melody. You may also more information
at our website at www.SJBHumaneSociety.org
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
Looking for a great way to say I LOVE YOU?
"Buy a Brick" in the name of love.
Donate $100.00 to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and
receive a permanent reminder of your affection on ourwalkway.
Smaller donations are appreciated for "critter care".
Please call Mary Jo Walsh @ 628-1013 or SJBHS @ 227-1103
APALACHICOLA, FLA. H
BOB MILNE Ragtime Piano
Fri & Sat, Feb 12 & 13 7:30 PM Sun, Feb 14 3 PM
Next week LEAVING IOWA
850-653-3200 ~ www.DixieTheatre.com
This business invites you FUNERAL HOME
to visit the church W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
of your choice this week. (850)227-1818
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The Christian CONSCIENCE
Unfortunate Bible truths
Truth No. 11: No one wants
to face it, but all human beings
will someday die. That became
a basic part of human nature
when Adam, the first man, chose-
to believe the devil and chose
to do what God had specifically
told him not to do. What hap-
pens when we die is basically our
choice. In a story Jesus told, re-
corded in Luke 16:19-31, we learn
what happens when a person
dies. Whether this is a record of
actual events or a parable is ir-
relevant. At death, a person goes
to one of two places a place
of comfort or a place of torment.
What these places are called is
Truth No.; 12: We know that
after we die, our bodies decay.
Whether these bodies decay
over a long period of time; under
ground, or decay rapidly by cre-
mation, the result is the same.
Someday, our physical bodies will
die and decay. What most don't
know is that there is more to us'
than our bodies. We each have a
human spirit. After death, that '
spirit is united to what the apostle
Paul called a spiritual body. You
probably have heard about this
many times, but you heard it at a
funeral, and you were so stricken
by grief that this truth didn't reg-
ister. See 1 Corinthians 15:38-46.
From Luke 16:19-31, we know
that these spiritual bodies.have
body parts, similar to our physical
bodies, and have the same senses
of sight, hearing and the ability to
Truth No. 13: Ifyou were
born of God before.you died, your
spiritual body will be like the
spiritual body of Jesus, and your
spiritual body will go to a place
John Brent Lane
John Brent Lane, born in
Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 14,
1958, to John and Marigene
Lane, passed away Dec. 8,
2009, in California as a result
of a traffic accident.
In addition to his parents,
he is survived by a daughter,
Kathleen, of Baton Rouge;
a sister, Beth Whitlock and
'husband, Bob, of Fort Myers;
a brother, Bobby Lane, also
of Fort Myers; and an aunt,
Betty McNeill andhusbaand,
Jimmie, of Indian, Pass,' '
graveside services at Holly
Hill Cemetery were conducted
by the.Rev. David Fernandez.
Lena Mae Butts,
94, who passed this
past week will be
held at 11 a.m. ET
today at the Oak
of God Church.
Visitation will be at
the church one hour
prior to the service.
Comforter Fneral .
Home is in charge ,
and the service will
be conduced by
Rev. James Wiley
and Rev. David
Lena Mae Butts
A fuUll ob
can be found
of comfort, like the spiritual body don't want to be left beh
* of the beggar Lazarus. If you Truth No. 15: It is co
have spent your life living just to heard from religious grc
please yourself, like the rich man they believe the Bible is
in Luke chapter 16, your spiritual without error, etc. This s
body will go to the same place as very religious, but it is d
the rich man's and join him in his Most of them know full
place of torment. none of the original man
Truth No. 14: If you are born are in existence today. T
of God, a born-again child of God, is blind, and is not in the
and Jesus should return before but in those who select t
you die (The way things are in scripts and those who tr
the world today, this is a distinct those manuscripts. It do
possibility!) you will be suddenly take much research to r
changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) importance of real Bible
That applies only to true, born- including a study of earl
of-God Christians. When'Christ language manuscripts a
returns, those who are hot born nal language texts.
of God and who have chosen to More Bible truths wil
live thbir lives for themselves will ered in upcoming Christ
be left behind. What happens to science articles.
those who are left behind can be Questions or comme:
found in Revelation 8:7 through an e-mail to the address
Revelation 9:21. After reading At.the Mexico Beach
that, most people decide that they Worship Center, we preE
'A Time for Healing'
As part of its Black History Month ac-
tivities, Zion Fair Baptist Church invites
rers the public to attend "A Time for Healing"
ndsons at 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 18. The
d Tim program will represented by the Rev.
vin Dr. Andrew McRae and the Rev. Dr. Ruby.
s and Davenport of Faith Tabernacle Missionary
ts, great- Baptist Church in Gainesville. Davenport
Ryan is formerly of Wewahitchka.
sley The program is sponsored by the Flori-
ael. da Bureau of Health-Faith Based Coalition.
ituew Ray. Shrove' Tuesday pancake supper
adat St. James' Episcopal Church will hold .
com and a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday,
in next Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. ET. Supper includes,
r. pancakes, sausage, syrup, butter, coffee,
milk and orange juice. A donation of $4 for
11 be cov-
Bible truths, just as Jesus and
His followers did. At the MBCWC,
we don't pass an offering plate
and plead for money, or twist your
arm to join. Plan to check us out
this Sunday. Our services begin
with a time of greeting and fel-
lowship at 9:30 a.m. CT. Worship
begins at 9:45 a.m. Come early-
so you can 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 on 105 N. 31st
St., behind Parker Realty and the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off U.S.
Highway 98in Mexico Beach.
Pastor Tim Morrill
Christian Worship Center
adults and $3 for children is suggested.
The supper will be held in Coldeway Hall
at the church, 800 22nd St. in Port St. Joe.
Pancake Supper. at Trinity Episcopal
Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachic-
ola will host its annual Pancake Supper
on Shrove Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. ET Feb.
16. The menu will include pancakes and a
choice of bacon, smoked sausage or sau-
sage patties and beverage.
A contribution of $4 is suggested. The
proceeds of this year's event will go to-
ward a new roof for Trinity's Benedict
Fellowship Hall. Consider making a com-
mitment this Lentto give something more
instead of giving something up.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, services will be
at noon and 6 p.m.
_ Catholic Church
20ih and Monuneniem Ae. Port St. Joe *227-1417
r. S r Iis, Mexico Beach
All Mass times EDT:
Saturday......................................................... 4:00 pm
Sunday.................................................... ..... 9:30 an
Monday. Thursday, Friday............;...................... 9;30 am
Wednesday ........................................................5:30 pm .
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N. Hwy. 71
Sunday Mass 11:00 am (Cl')
Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance'
at Cape San Blas'
Opens December 6th,
St. Peter's Church, ACC K
(Traditional Services 1928 BCP) .
Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday ............10:00 A.M.
The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest
The Rev Lou Little, Deacon
Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center,
120 Library Drive
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"
8:00 and 1
TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Come worship with us!
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer
2ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE -
1:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
ild Care Provided for at 11:00
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremybixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Director of Children Ministries
Sunday February 14th, 2010 2 seatings 5:00 & 6:30 pm cst
Baked ham, mixed vegetables, salad, baked potatoes, rolls, dessert,
tea, and coffee.'
Tickets only $10.00 per person
First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach
111 N. 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Hosted By the United Methodist Women
Call Ardie 648-2248 or see any member of U.M.W.
All proceeds go to missions local & overseas.
507 10th Street* Port St. Joe
S "Our Church can be your home"
First Church of the Nazarene
S2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
we lni i At i L Jd ri jlo d lu U nu m 'lrAip O r the Lord in tfi huba julS of 'ln,'
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Sunday School.... ...............1 a .
Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m. .
Sunday Evening Worship ...............6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ...... 7 p.m.
IikC H U R C H
Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ... ..... ............................. Sunday School
10:30 AM ..................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM .................... ........... : ............ W orship
6:00 P M ...................................... .......................W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School
508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
SRev. Ruth Hemple
4 Worship Service 10:00 AM
Sunday School 11:00 AM
Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
SigFtanb view aptit Curtdlj)
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00) p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:0() p.m.
fCf wicf if MeN ea&
I ll North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open.minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexio lothk lUited Methodist (brck \
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820
Welcome you to worship with us:
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm
A Spirit Filled
Word of Faith Church
d HOME OF THE
. 323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433J
A BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
S 311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET* Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.,
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join usn s worship. God bless you!
Please call us for your spiritual needs .
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725
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' Nursery provided for all services,
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET.
Youth: 5:30p.m. ET
\Choir: 7:00p.m. ET,
First Baptist Church,
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jeff Pinder Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir................. 6:00 pm
Sunday School ....................9:40 am Prayer Meeting................... 6:30 pm
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Youth Groups................... 5:30 pm Activities..... ...... ........... 6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Star I B5
The Gulf County Sher-
iff's Office will be conduct-
ing vehicle safety check-
points and DUI check
points during the month
of February 2010. The
check points will be held
throughout the county to
include Highway 98 near
St. Joe.Beach, Highway 98
and Garrison Avenue, C-
30 Simmons Bayou, High-
way 71 north of White City,
Highway 22 and Highway
22A, Highway 71 and We-
starm Creek, Highway 71
Dalkieth area and High-
way 71 near the Calhoun
On 01/30/2010, Kath-
leen Marie Shipman, 48,
was arrested on a Warrant
for violation of probation;
the original charge was
uttering a forged instru-
On 02/01/2010, Timothy
Lee Pickron, 33, was ar-
rested on a contempt of
On 02/01/2010, Sharon
Lee Armstrong, 32, was ar-
rested on a child support
warrant. She paid a $1,000
purge and was released
On 02/02/2010, Keith L.
Bute, 56, was charged with
leaving the scene of a traf-
On 02/02/2010, a vehicle
driven by Doris Ann Chas-
tin, 57, was stopped for
reckless driving when she
forced several cars off the
road. Doris Ann Chastin
was charged with posses-
sion 'of a controlled sub-
stance and reckless driv-
ing. The passenger, Sarah
Chastin Stoker, 29, was
charged with possession of
a controlled substance.
On 02/03/2010, Kevin
Eugene Welch, 50, was ar-
rested on violation of pro-
bation. The original charge
was reckless driving.
On 02/05/2010, a ve-
hicle driven by Anterious
Dawayne Jones, 28, was
stopped for a traffic infrac-
tion, traveling 91 mph in a
60 mph zone. It was deter-
mined that his license was
suspended;. Jones was ar-
rested on DWLSR and is-
sued a speeding citation.
Wewahitchka community meeting
The Gulf County Sheriff's Office will host a
community meeting for Wewahitchka and the ,
surrounding areas at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 11.
The meeting will be held upstairs in the Old Courthouse.-
Everyone is encouraged to attend. There will be a
presentation on meth abuse and meth labs. If anyone
has questions, then please feel free to contact Sgt. Chris
Buchanan at the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, 639-5717.
NOTICE OF INTENDED
THE GULF COUNTY
Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County School Board
proposes to amend and adopt policies, as provided for
in the Administrative Procedures Act, for the purpose
of bringing said policies into compliance with Florida
Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.
Summary: The following is a brief description of each
5.32 Zero Tolerance For School Related Crimes
Economic Impact: These proposals may result in
direct costs associated with implementation.
IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT:
Time: 9:00 AM EDT
The entire text of the proposed rules can be inspected
during regular office hours at the Gulf County School
Board Office, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL.
Special Legal authority under which the adoption,
is authorized and the law being implemented and
interpreted is made specific.
The addition and changes are proposed by Bill Carr,
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
and approved for consideration by Tim Wilder,
Amendments: See above.
The Gulf County School Board, will
be accepting bids on relocating (1) one
modular building unit. A bid package may
be picked up at the Maintenance Office or
faxed by calling 850-229-8369. Bids will
be accepted starting February 11, 2010
and ending February 25, 2010 at 12:00pm
E.S .T. All bids should be marked Modular
Relocation, bid #10-010 and addressed to
Mr. Greg Layfield, Gulf County School
Board, Maintenance Department, 150
Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL
32456 or faxed to 850-229-8371.
The successful bidder must be pre-
qualified with the Gulf County School
Board. A pre-qualification package can be
picked up a the Maintenance Department
of faxed by calling 850-229-8369. The
successful bidder must comply with the
Jessica Lunsford Act. The Gulf County
School Board reserves the right to reject
any or'all bids.
You can contact Greg Layfield at 850-
229-8369 with any questions.
Fwc field OPERATIONS
Gulf County Sheriff
there, Officer Huckeba posed as
another hunter and closed the dis-
tance on the suspect who was in a
tree stand. While approaching the
bait site, the hunter yelled to him,
"Hey man, you didn't see my truck
parked in the road!" thinking he
was another hunter. At this point,
Officer Huckeba identified himself
and ordered the suspect to unbolt
his gun and come down from the
tree stand. The hunter complied
and was charged with hunting over
bait in a management area.
RPU Lt. Kent Harvey and
RPU Officer Ben Johnson were
working the Apalachicola National
Forest assisting uniform patrol
with a detail. The officers worked
to blend in with hunters actively
pursuing deer with dogs along For-
est Highway 13. During the hunt,
the officers observed a hunter pull
into a closed area waiting for the
dogs to push the deer his way. Af-
ter observing for several minutes,
the officers approached the sub-
ject and. identified themselves.
Subsequent investigation revealed
.the hunter was on a road closed to
vehicle traffic., Officer Johnson is-
sued the hunter a citation for oper-
ating a motor vehicle on a closed
road in the Apalachicola Wildlife
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR
City of Port St. Joe Water System Has Levels of Trihalomethanes Above the Drinking
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency,
as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what the
City of Port St. Joe is doing to correct this situation.
The City of Port St. Joe routinely monitors for the presence of drinking water contaminants.
Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants (as chlorine) combine
with natural organic and inorganic matter present in water to from chemicals called disinfection
byproducts (DBPs). On January 1, 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) set new standards for controlling
the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and
haloacetic acids (HAAs).' In summer of 2004, our system was required to begin monitoring for
these contaminants. The Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule's.standard, or
maximum contaminant level (MCL), for the THMs was established at 80 ppb which is expressed
as a rolling annual average. For the last four quarters of sampling, the City's annual average for
THMs was 81.49 ppb.
What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. .However, if you have
specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
What does this mean?,
This is not an immediate risk. If it was, you would'have been notified immediately. However,
some people who drink water containing HAAs in excess of the MCL over many years may have
an increased risk of getting cancer.' Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of
the MCL may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may
have an increased risk of getting cancer,
What happened? What was done?
We are currently working with the Department of Environmental Protection to address this
problem. For more information, please contact Glenn Davis at 850-229-1421 or P.O. Box 278,
Port St. Joe, FL 32457. .
Please.share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who
may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes,
schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing
copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by City of Port St. Joe. State Water System ID#1230545.
Date distributed: 02/11/2010
A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting
on Monday, February 15,2010 at 8:30 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners
(BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be
held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the
1. January 14, 2010 Minutes
2. Variance William C. Thompson Parcel ID #03805-017R in Section 31, Township 6
South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Variance of development regulations. Located
at St. Joe Beach. Requesting a Variance on setbacks.
3. Variance Charles Barton Parcel ID #00979-120R in Section 33, Township 5 South,'
Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida Variance of development regulations. Located at
Howards Creek. Requesting a Variance on setbacks.
4. Variance Terry L. Voyles Parcel ID #03761-010R in Section 31, Township 6 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Variance of development regulations. Located at
Beacon Hill. Requesting a Variance on setbacks.
5. County Development Regulations
6. Public at Large
The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the
meeting can be viewed at the Planning and Building Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Room 312.
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Jan. 29-Feb. 4
This report represents some
events the FWC handled over the
past week; however, it does not in-
clude all actions taken by the Di-
vision of Law Enforcement.
Unit (RPU) weekly
RPU Officer Travis Huckeba
was working information of an il-
legal bait site given to him by
uniform patrol. Officer Huckeba
and Capt. Craig Duval located
the suspect's truck in Tate's Hell
Wildlife Management Area. Once
February 10, 2010
Gulf County School Board Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL. 32456
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ELLIS JAMES STEVENS,
File Number 10-01 PR
The administration of the
estate of ELLIS JAMES
STEVENS, SR., deceased,
whose date of death was
October 1, 2009 and
whose social security
number Is ***-**.****, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, 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
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
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE
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
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED,
WITHIN THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE BARRED NOT-
TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE,. ANY
CLAIM FILED. TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Febru-
ary 4, 2010.
ELLIS J. STEVENS, JR.
511 8th Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
RONALD J. BORDELON
511 7th Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
February 4, 11, 2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
HANCOCK BANK, succes-
sor in interest to PEOPLES
CLASTON L. BOYETT and
SYBIL W. BOYETT a/k/a
SYBIL WICKS BOYETT,
CASE NO. 09-326-CA
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE Is hereby given
pursuant to a Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated
January 25, 2010, entered
in Case Number
09-326-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein HANCOCK BANK,
successor in interest to
PEOPLES FIRST COMMU-
NITY BANK is the Plaintiff
and CLASTON L. BOYETT
'and SYBIL W. BOYETT
a/k/a WYBIL WICKS
BOYETT are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est bidder for cash at the
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil Costin Boule-
vard, Port St. Joe, Florida,
Gulf County, at 11:00 a.m.
Eastern Time, on the 25th
day of February, 2010, the
following described prop-
erty situated in Gulf
County, Florida, and set
forth in the Order or Final
Beginning at the Northwest
corner of NE1/ of NE'A, of
Section 26, Township 3
South, Range 10 West and
run thence South 60 feet;
run thence due East 237
feet, more or less, to the
West R/W of State Road
71; run thence Northwest-
erly along the West R/W of
State Road 71 for 60 feet,
more or less, to the North
line of said NE'A of NEA;
run thence due West for
237 feet to the point of be-
This lot being the North 60
feet of the W. D. Linton lot
as recorded in Deed Book
20, Page 68, Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
Together with that certain
28 x 60 Buccaneer Clipper
5367 Mobile Home, Identi-
In accordance with the
Americans With Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the
Court Administrator's Of-
fice no later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceed-
ing at 300 East Fourth
Street, Panama City, Flor-
ida, 32401; Telephone:
(850) 763-9061, ext. 327;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via
Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
WITNESS my hand and
the official seal of this Hon-
orable Court, on this 26th
day of January, 2010.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
By: Jasmine Hysmith
February 11, 18, 2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14th JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY
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 Mortgage Loan
Trust, Ownit Mortgage
Loan Asset-Backed Certifi-
cates Series 2006-4,
Michael A. Clark and
Brandi N. Clark, Husband
Case #: 2009-CA-000447
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Feb
ruary 1, 2010, entered in
Civil Case No. 2009-CA-
000447 of the Circuit Court
of the 14th Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein U.S.
Bank,. National Associa-
tion, as Successor Trustee
to Bank of America, Na-
tional Association, as Suc-
cessor by Merger to
LaSalle Bank, National As-
sociation, as Trustee for
Ownit Mortgage Loan
Trust, Ownit Mortgage
Loan Asset-Backed Certifi-
cates Series 2006-4 and
Michael A. Clark and
Brandi N. Clark, Husband
and Wife, are defendant(
s), I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash,
AT THE FRONT DESK OF
THE GULF COUNTY
AT 1000 5TH STREET,
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA,
AT 11:00 A.M. on March
11, 2010 the following de-
scribedproperty as set
forth in said Final Judg
LOT 13, OF BLOCK #1,
OF HARDEN'S ADDITION
TO THE CITY OF
IDA, UNIT #1, AS PER
MAP OR PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 2, AT PAGE 22, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY,
ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
IF YOU ARE A PERSON
WITH A DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMO-
DATION IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS
PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NO COST
TO YOU, TO THE PROVI-
SION OF CERTAIN ASSIS-
TANCE. PLEASE CON-
TACT GULF COUNTY
CECIL COSTIN BOULE-
VARD, PORT ST. JOE, FL
32456 WITHIN 2 WORK-
ING DAYS OF YOUR RE-
CEIPT OF THIS NOTICE
OF SALE: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771; IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED
DATED at PORT ST JOE,
Florida, this 2nd day of
REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
Gulf County, Florida
By: Jasmine Hysrifth
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN,
10004 North Dale Mabry
Hwy, Suite 112
Tampa, Florida 33618
February 11, 18, 2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN ANDi FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
THE BANK OF NEW YORK
TRUST COMPANY, N.A.
AS SUCCESSOR TO
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK
N.A. AS TRUSTEE
DANNIE E. BOLDEN; JA-
MIE G. BOLDEN; ANY
AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UN-
Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years
Real E t-M- I" dd 4: b '.S on
THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL 0 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010 7B
Established 1938 0
KNOWN PARTIES M
CLAIM AN INTEREST
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DE
-SEES, GRANTEES I
JOHN DOE AND JAI
DOE AS UNKNOWN TE
ANTS IN POSSESSION.
Case No. 2008CA000142
NOTICE IS HERE
GIVEN pursuant to an i
der Granting the Motion
Reset Foreclosure Sa
dated February 1, 20101
tered in Civil Case N
2008CA000142 of the C
cuit Court of the 14TH ,
dicial Circuit in and
GULF County, PORT
JOE, Florida, I will sell
the highest and best b
der for cash at FROI
LOBBY OF COU
HOUSE of the GU
County Courthouse, 10C
CECIL COSTIN BLV
ROOM 148, PORT l
JOE RFlorida, at 11:00 a.
on the 25th day of Mar
2010 the. following d
scribed property as s
forth In said Summary
nal Judgment, to-wit
LOT 11, BLOCK 7, WAI
RIDGE FLORIDA UN
TWO, A SUBDIVISION ,
PER MAP OR PL
PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE
OF THE PUBLIC RE
ORDS OF GULF COUN
Any person claiming an
terest in the surplus fri
the sale, if any, other th
the property owner as
the date of the lis pen
ens, must file a cla
within 60 days after t
Dated this 2nd day of Fe
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
IN ACCORDANCE WI
THE AMERCIANS WI
DISABILITIES ACT,- p
sons with disabilities nee
ing a special accommod
tion should conta
TION, at the GULF Coun
1-800-955-8770, via Rod
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A S Sale/Retail 2 bs a 3 br, 2 be townhome, W/D Town House, unfum., & 2 Homestead
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3120 Arts & Crafts North Florida Child Devel- CNA's Part / Full time. Apply in Efficiency Rooms. Weekly Townhome at PSJ Cottage St. Joe Beach, Florida
3130 -Auctions opment, Inc. seeks an en- Looking for great CNA's person-No Phone Calls St or monthly rentals Down- Port St. Joe for Rent Coastal Cottage, 3br, 2 full
310 Baby di applies ergetic, results oriented in- Apply in Person:The Joe Nursery and Supply town PSJ on Reid Ave. Country Club f baths, New carpet, 1%
S 3160 Business dividual to manage the Bridge at St. Joe 200 706 1st St. Port St. Joe Call Jason@ 850-340-0412 o nt Clu b blocks from beach, great
Equipment day-to-day operations of 9th St. Port St. Joe, FI ownhome for rent, lo- 3 br, 2 ba, excellent cot- screened porch, RV/Boat
3170 Collectibles the corporation's wide ar- 32456 850-229-8244 cated right across from the tage near downtown Port Storage, 15 mins to Tyn-
3180 Computers ray of services and pro- Web id 34078294 We Need Dri Publisher' 9th green of Port St. Joe St. Joe for rent. New floor- dall. Schools Rated A,
3190 Electronics grams. This position is re- We Need Driver Publisher's Country Club. Two story, ing, fresh paint, large pri- long term lease, and some
BY 3200 P Fr ass t On sponsible for supervision Trainees Only Notice fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5 vate fenced back yard. pets okay. Call 227-3453.
r- 3220 Furniture of the agencies compre- No experienced Drivers ba, T.H. with screened in Walking distance to down-
to 3230 Garage/Yard Sales hensive health and educe- $800 per week All real estate advertising in back porch that overlooks town, minutes from White City Clean 3/2
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
County awarded funds for emergency food and shelter
Special to The Star
Gulf County has been chosen
to receive $8,219 to supplement
emergency food and shelter pro-
grams in the county.
The.selection was made by a
national board chaired by the De-
partment of Homeland Security's
Federal Emergency Management
Agency and consists of representa-
tives from the American Red Cross;
Catholic Charities, USA; National
Council of the Churches of Christ
in the USA; The Salvation Army;
United Jewish Communities; and
United Way of America. The local
board was charged to distribute
funds appropriated by Congress
to help expand the capacity of food
and shelter programs in high-need
areas around the country.
A local board of representatives
(from the American Red Cross,
Catholic Charities, The Salvation
Army and the Gulf County Board
of County Commission, and a
homeless or formerly homeless
representative, and other ap-
pointed committee members) will
determine how the funds awarded
to Gulf County are to be distrib-
uted among the emergency food
and shelter programs run by local
service agencies in the area. The
local board is responsible for rec-
ommending agencies to receive
these funds and any additional
funds available under this phase of
Under the terms of the grant
from the national board, local
agencies chosen to receive funds
must: 1) be private voluntary non-
profits or units of government,
2) have an accounting system,
3) practice nondiscrimination, 4)
have demonstrated the capability
to deliver emergency food and/or
shelter programs, and 5) if they
are private voluntary organiza-
tions, they must have a voluntary
board. Qualifying agencies are
urged to apply.
. Gulf County has distributed
Emergency Food and Shelter
funds previously to Gulf County
Senior Citizens. This agency was
responsible for providing more
than 2,400 meals.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shel-
ter Program funds must contact
Stephanie Richardson, Emergen-
cy Operations Center, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Bldg. 500, Port
St. Joe, FL 32456, or call 229-9110
for an application. The application
deadline is Feb. 18.
Equine Coggins Clinic set for Feb.
Special to The Star
The Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service will sponsor an
Equine Coggins Clinic on Saturday,
Dr. Carla Hubbard will administer
the Coggins test starting at 8 a.m. CT.
The cost for the clinic will be $30 and
is mainly for the south of end Wewa-
hitchka, Port St. Joe and the general
vicinity. This will be the last clinic
You must call the Gulf County Ex-
tension Office at 850-639-3200 by Feb.
25 to be put on the list for this clinic.
A negative Coggins test is manda-
tory in Florida if transporting horses.
If you travel without a Coggins, you
may face a hefty fine. A Coggins test
should be done on an annual basis.
For more information, call the
Gulf County Cooperative Extension
Service at 850-639-3200.
Growing fruit for local markets Part I
Farmers markets, pro-
duce stands and specialty
food stores are springing up
all over North Florida, pro-
viding a great opportunity for
small producers to cash in on
locally grown fruit crops. The
demand is there, but not the
product, so now's the time RO
to get started! Many fruits CA
are suited to small-scale County
production and are fairly di,
sustainable over time. With
careful planning, you can have a
steady stream of crops available for
a good portion of the year. As with all
smaller farming operations, select
crops that are harvested and sold at
different times to even out monthly
cash flow. For example, the ripening
dates of several fruit crops are as
follows: Southern highbush blueber-
ries (April to May), rabbiteye blue-
berries (May to July), blackberries
(June to July), Asian pears (July
to September), muscadine grapes
(August to September), figs (July
to October), Oriental persimmon
(September to November), and cold-
hardy satsuma and kumquat (No-
vember to December). This allows
you to generate income on a
monthly basis if possible, but
at least quarterly to assure
farm survival. Times are
tough, with rising production
costs such as energy, fertil-
izer and labor to name a few,
so you need to make enough
Y LEE money to pay monthly bills.
RTER None of the above crops are
extension maintenance-free, but most
rector can be grown successfully
with minimal care. Now that
we have your mouth watering, let's
talk about the pros and cons of those
above. My information of fruit crops
for North Florida was provided by
fruit crop specialist Dr. Pete Ander-
sen with IFAS of the University of
There are two kinds of blueber-
ries we can grow in North Florida
Southern highbush and rabbiteye
blueberries. Blueberries are shal-
low-rooted, large shrubs preferring
a well-drained, acidic soil. A produc-
tion system using pine bark culture
increases soil organic matter, lowers
soil pH and facilitates weed control.
Many new cultivars produce large,
incredibly sweet fruit starting in late
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spring. Rabbiteye blueberries are
much easier to grow than Southern
highbush blueberries. They are
more vigorous, have less exacting
soil requirements and have fewer
pest problems than Southern high-
bush blueberries. Rabbiteye blue-
berries are also less prone to frost
injury because they flower later than
Southern highbush blueberries.
Blackberries are easy to grow,
and many cultivars are adapted
to 'North Florida. Most available
cultivars have a semi-erect upright
growth habit. Most cultivars pro-
- duce canes that grow one year (pri-
mocane) and flower the next season
(floricane). Removal of (floricanes)
fruiting canes is necessary after
fruit production. Flowering (March)
and fruiting (June) occur over a long
time. Weed control is probably the
greatest limitation to blackberry
For more detailed production
information, contact the Extension
Office in your county or go online for
more on "Sustainability Assessment
of Fruit and Nut Crops in North
Florida and North Central Florida"
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