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W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: February 25, 2010
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Thursday, FEBRUARY 25,.2010 For breaking news, visit 50

Biomass plant permit dispute

By-Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Some two dozen Gulf County
residents and a conservation
group have filed a petition for an
administrative law hearing re-
garding the air emission permit
for the Northwest Florida Renew-
able Energy Center.
On Jan. 27 the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tioii (FDEP) advertised its intent
to issue an air emissions permit
for the woody biomass plant pro-
posed for the old Material Trans-

fer Industries site along the In-
tracoastal Canal. .
A stormwater management
permit for the plant has also been
The notice of intent on the
air emission permit triggered .a
public comment window and, in
the case of the Port St. Joe.plant,
a petition for an administrative
hearing to contest the issuance of
the permit.
According to a spokesperson
in the FDEP Office of General
Counsel, the agency has 15 days
upon receipt of the petition to

review it to determine if it meets
legal standards. If not, the peti-
tion is dismissed with the parties
given a set time frame to amend
the petition to make it legally suf-
. The spokesperson indicated
they had not yet seen the peti-
, Once the petition is found to
be legally sufficient, it, would be
forwarded to the Department of
Administrative Hearings (DOAH)
for assignment to a judge.

Those signing onto the petition for a formal
administrative hearing on the air emissions permit for
the biomass plant proposed for Port St. Joe include
Marilyn Blackwell, Wayne Childers, Margery Stitt, Sally
Malone, Help Save the Apalachicola River Group, Inc.,
Victor Ramos, Janet Reinhardt, Robert Reinhardt, Joseph
Romanelli, Marie Steele, Harry L. Paul, Zebe Schmitt,
Denise Williams, Effie Browning, Landy Luther, Nancy
Luther, Mark Schultz, Mary Schultz, Gloria Austin,
Jonathan Hooper, Debbie Hooper, Joseph Heslin, Nicole
Widdersham and Bobby Cheek.

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It was tanding room only during last week's dedication and blessing of the Sacred Heart
Hospital on the Gulf as elected officials, community and civic leaders and stakeholders
turned out for the celebratory event.,

Sacred Heart Hospital dedicated

By TimCroft
i Star News Editor .. ,
Somehow the bright sunshine filling Ls
up the lobby of the Sacred Heart Hos-
pital on the Gulf last week seemed ap- I .
One a day that was part celebra-
tion, part humble thanks the sunshine
seemed to symbolize the hope that a
new day had dawned in Gulf County. o H
Last Wednesday was a time to re-
member the journey from a vision to a
new hospital to the reality highlighted.
in bricks, mortar, glass and equipment
that the hospital has arrived. Father Pete Zalewski of St. Dominic's Catholic Church
in Panama City Beach blesses the hospital with a
See DEDICATION A9 splash of Holy Water.

Over 3,000 receive

H1N1 vaccine

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

If the usually jolly porcu-
lus smiling atop the Piggly
Wiggly sign seemed a little
miffed recently, it was be-
cause Gulf County Health
Department employees
invaded his domain to
administer swine flu shots,
no less.
Young Piggly need not
take it personally For five
months, the health depart-
ment has been vigilant in
fighting the H1N1 virus,
commonly called swine flu.
After receiving the first
shipment of H1N1 vac-
cine on Oct. 19, the health
department began setting
up Points of Distribution
(PODs), or mobile shot clin-
ics, throughout the county.
Beginning in November,
the health department held
PODS at: all county public
and private schools, in-
cluding both North Florida
Child Development sites
and Faith Christian School.
Once enrolled, children
received their shots, along
with an H1N1 kit contain-
ing a thermometer, hand
sanitizer, tissue and edu-
cational materials for both
kids and parents.
Children nine and under
received two shots, spaced
a month apart.
Because young children
are particularly at risk for
H1N1, the health depart-
ment trained teachers to
watch for symptoms (fever,
cough.and difficulty breath-
All classrooms received
a hardy supply of hand san-
itizer and sanitation wipes.
Health departmefit op-
erations manager Clarissa

Herndon said 33 percent
of the county's 2,083 school
children received the vac-
cination, a figure above the
state average.
After vaccinating the
tots, the health department
began, conducting PODs
at area fire stations, with
the county commissioners
sponsoring PODs in their
When businesses such
as Piggly Wiggly and Bea-
con Villa Retirement Cen-
ter requested PODs for
their employees and cus-
tomers, the health depart-
ment dispatched nurses,
shots and paperwork.
"Our partnerships with
the community are al-
ready very strong, and we
were able to move swiftly
through the target groups,"
Herndon said.
Target groups identified
in order of preference were
pregnant mothers, care-
givers of infants younger
than six months old, health
care workers, children
and adults with underlying
chronic conditions and the
general public.
As of last Tuesday, 3,099
residents and visitors re-
ceived the free H1N1 shots.
No adverse reactions were
"We were very pleased
with the community par-
ticipation," Herndon said.
"Because we are a small
county, we found that they
were very manageable
compared to some com-
munities in South Florida,
where they were attempt-
ing to vaccinate 150,000-
200,000 people."
With the state reporting



The late Billy Joe Rish honored as 'barrier-free' park's creator and advocate

By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter
After two years of reno-
vations, the William J. (Billy
Joe) Rish Recreational Park
reopened last Thursday to
much fanfare, with speakers
honoring the "visionary" for-
mer legislator for whom the
park is named.
In 1967, before his" elec-
tion to .the Florida House of
Representatives, the late

Billy Joe Rish of Port St. Joe
conceived the idea of a rec-
reational park to serve the
state's disabled residents.
During his eight-year ten-
ure in the House, from 1970-
1978, Rish secured yearly
legislative appropriations
for the park, constructed on
a picturesque 98.6-acre Gulf
of Mexicb-to-St. Joseph Bay
tract on Cape San Blas.
The park, originally
known as Sunland Recre-

national Park, was renamed in
Rish's honor during his last
session in the House.
Speakers at Thursday's
ceremony, held in the park
clubhouse, described Rish as
decades ahead of his time in
advocating for the state's dis-
abled citizens.
Rish lobbied for the park
23 years before the creation
of the Americans with Dis-


Ceremony speakers
called the late Billy
Joe Rish, pictured, at
right, during his tenure
in the Florida House
of Representatives,
a "visionary" in
conceiving the state's
only park devoted
entirely to disabled

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Annual inspection offers display of perfection

By im Croft
Star News Editor
Feet in synch, salutes crisp and
uniforms snappy, the Port St. Joe
High School NJROTC program
cadets appeared ready for inspec-
tion last Friday morning.
Lt. CoL Elvin Blumenstock of
the Florida A&M NROTC program
attested to their fitness..
The annual NJROTC inspec-
tion played out in the high school
gym last week with cadets going
through a series of drills as well as
up close inspection from Blumen-
stock, who was asked to participate
this year as the official inspector.
"They've worked really hard,"
said Lt. Com. (Ret.) Marty Jarosz
of the Port St. Joe High NJROTC
program. 'I'm proud of our drill
team. They've come a long way.
They've put in a lot of work."
With officials from the city of
Port St. Joe and the Gulf County
School Board as well as parents,
family, friends and classmates
in attendance, the cadets went
through a nearly 90 minute pre-
Beyond the inspection, during
which Blumenstock checked uni-
forms, insignia, medals and talked
with each cadet about their future
plans andinvolvementinNJROTC,
the presentation was a chance to
demonstrate the unit's cohesive-
ness in drills, which is forged dur-

ing 7 a.m. daily sessions.
There was marching as a unit,
in time while making turns, and
demonstrations by the rifle drill
"It is such a pleasure to see this
unit in action," said school board
member George Cox. "Our mis-
sion at the school board is to pro-
vide students with a well-rounded
education and NJROTC is a viable
part of that mission."
That was highlighted by two
awards recognized during the in-
- Senior Cody Clark has already
earned a NJROTC scholarship and
Adrian Hubbard took the military
oath from Jarosz as he prepares to
head off into the Navy nuclear sub-
marine program and boot camp
- upon graduation.
"What would a school be with-
out extracurricular activities, be
it sports or NJROTC," said Port
St. Joe High Principal Duane Mc-
Farland. "I thought the kids did a
great job. Commander Jarosz is a
special person and is doing an out-
standing job with these students."
After his review of the cadets
and watching them demonstrate
their acumen and cohesiveness as
a unit, Blumenstock pronounced
the inspection a success.
"This is important for their de-
velopment regardless of what they
want to do in life," Blumenstock
said. "The cadets did a good job."

Among the drills performed during the annual inspection was the pass-in-review march.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Elvis Blumenstock of FAMU inspects
the Port St. Joe High School NJROTC cadets.

Some cadets performed rifle drill during the
. annual inspection'. .

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Bunco for


Sometime ago in this Avenue Bunco Babe. "It's
space I considered the an opportunity to meet
consequences of state new people. You learn
budget cuts on the local about things in town."
libraries. Boyer added, "It's not
I wondered a new thing, it's
what would a been revived."
community be But, the Reid
without books and Avenue Bunco
apparently we Babes emphasize,
could soon find out men are certainly
as the Port St. Joe welcome when it
Library no longer comes to helping
'has funds for r News Editor out the library.
books. torNews Editor There is already
It must lease .a commitment
40 books per month on from a Bunco group in
a rotating basis with the Chattahoochee to take
option of keeping one of part and another group
every five books. from Americus, Ga. has
So the Reid Avenue also explored the idea.
Bunco Babes hatched The entry fee is $39,;
an idea a tournament $20 to play and $10 for
to benefit the library dinner (BYOB).
and boost that number "Donations are
of books owned by the accepted for those that
library. can not play," Boyer
"We have a great emphasized, adding that
group of women that are Dow has also indicated
community minded," said she will donate receipts
Dana Boyer, one of the for dinner above the cost
Bunco Babes. of the food and service to.
They got support the cause.
for the idea from Carol Prizes will be awarded
and Eric Spilde-Dow, for the winners and *
owners of The Fish House there will be drawings
restaurant in Mexico on donated door prizes,
Beach and two of those which include a signed
folks who quietly provide edition of one of Maya
the glue to keep the Angelou's novels.
community fabric from And all proceeds will
fraying. The Fish House go to the Friends of the
has hosted a slew of fund- Port St. Joe Library for
raisers in recent months, its efforts in supporting,
assisting a family dealing through volunteering and
with cancer, the Tauntons monetary assistance, the
in their attempt to rebuild library.
the Children's Family The library, despite
Home and the library. ,, a.cutin hours due tq,
-, Starting at 6:30 pm. shortfalls'in:funding,
oh March 1 a Bunco / continues to thrive.
tournament will be held, The number of
the goal being to attract registered patrons was.
144 players. 650 last year alone and
Now, for men out circulation, computer
there, this Bunco thing usage and patron
is likely somewhat of a visits are up despite
mysterious world. no Saturday hours and
Around since the shortened evening hours
1800's, according to one during the week, the
Web site, the game of library now closing at 6
dice and four to a table p.m.
has pretty much been the The third-grade
domain of women and reading program held
is more social than it is each year for three
competitive, weeks had 55 students
In very, very short participating this year, the
strokes, the goal is to students earning a library,
roll a three of a kind of card and pizza party upon
numbers in progression completion.'
from low to high,, earning "We've done
points along the way. One pretty well despite the
wants to avoid three ones shortened hours," said
as those will wipe out all Mary Kay Carpenter of
points. the Friends group, adding
"It's basically that the Genealogy Room
friendship, talking to is also very popular with
the'group," said Elaine
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The meter is running for county
taxpayers and commissioners
apparently could care less.
Despite the rhetoric since the first
of the year about cost cutting and
reining in spending, when it comes
to actually tightening belts, county
commissioners are the last to fill their
own prescription.
Case in point, pardon the pun, is
the litigation involving a development
on Hibiscus Drive, the developer, the
county and a resident who handed .
the county its hat in the First District
Court of Appeals over enforcing its
land-use ordinances and rules in the
county's comprehensive plan.
After the county's arguments were
turned to shreds in the appellate
court in a late December opinion, /
and after the county was denied
a rehearing on one aspect of the
decision, it seems clear to all but
commissioners what needs to be done
to extract the county from a lawsuit it
should never have become a party to
in the first place.
A lawsuit the county would not
be party to if commissioners had
bothered to enforce thefr rules on
subdivisions and wetlands protection.
But there in the board's
information packet for this week's
meeting was correspondence to
Mr. Fred Johnson, who brought the
lawsuit against the county and several
developers, including Jay Rish.
That letter was in response to a
letter from Johnson inquiring about
the county's next steps given the
appellate decision.
The county's response was a terse
three sentence letter telling Johnson
that the county was considering its
options and would be in touch with'
Mr. Johnson upon deciding a course
of action.
In other words, don't call us, we'll
call you.
The middle sentence is a beauty.
"We obviously have differing views'
as to the Appellate Court's directives
pursuant to its opinion," the letter


Talk about stating the obvious.
That would explain five years
of litigation and the motion for a
rehearing on a specific part of the
appellate court's decision.
But at this juncture, what do these
"differing views" matter?
The appellate court has spoken in
"clear and unambiguous" language,
to quote the judges on their reading
of the county's comprehensive plan in
taking it to task over enforcement of
wetlands regulations.
The remedies are provided in the
opinion, the options fairly limited -
nothing can be done on the land until
appropriate curative action is taken
and understood even by a layman.
Nonetheless, as a course of action
that is part of the Board of County
Commissioners' DNA, the county's
back remains up, the stance defiant.
Here's the rub for taxpayers,
who foot.every penny of the county's
involvement in what should be a land
dispute between folks who live on the
same road.
The county has been put on notice
by Mr. Johnson that unless curative
action has begun by the first of
March, that would be next week on
most calendars, he would begin to
'Mfile motions in the appellate court to
have its opinion enforced, which in a
mandate from the court the county is
"commanded" to do., '
So the meter still runs on this-
case that has spanned five years and
taxpayers are on the hook for the final
total; even though if their name is not.
Jay Rish the odds the county would
have their back in a similar fashion
would be dramatically reduced.
Last month Commissioner Bill
Williams caused quite a stir and
notched points in the court of public.
opinion by pulling one sheet from
the board's consent agenda and
questioning why a commissioner
was using public dollars without
board approval to purchase candy for
Christmas parades.
Since taking over as chairman,
Commissioner Carmen McLemore

We had our

We didn't have to wait
four years between our
Winter Olympic Games. If
it snowed a little and got
cold, we were in business.
We didn't have to
worry about those
annoying time
trials, re-icing
machines, invasive
steroid checks, who
got to walk in with
the flag or where
we were going to KE
put the delegation CO
from Kyrgyzstan. Hunk
We didn't have to Hunk
schedule around TV
time-o0ts or questionable
calls from Russian judges.
If we lived through
our "Olympic Games" we
declared ourselves the
Ice Chunking was a
great event. We'd take
a steel rebar and break
off pieces of ice that had
frozen over Mr. Archie
Moore's pond. We'd then
throw them as far across
the glazed over pond as
we could. If youis went
the furthest, you won. This
game took a minimum of
rules. We didn't need any
electric timed measuring
devices. Or a gaggle of
impartial judges. Or giant
scoreboards. If two chunks
were fairly close to the
same distance one of the
older boys declared a,
winner. If it seemed right,
you went back to the bank
and someone else threw.
If it didn't seem like a good
decision, we moved into
another game. This one
was called Ice Boxing. And
you fought until someone
was bleeding or one of the
contestants fell through the
hole chopped in the ice by
the rebar.
Bobsledding was
another favorite. The big
hill over on Forrest Avenue


down from Ricky Hale's
house was the best venue
we had. Any kind of cold
spell and some form of
precipitation would ice
, that thing over in
a heartbeat. The
rules were about
the same as in Ice
Chunking. We'd
put Ricky, John
Ingram, Yogi or
Squeaky on the
;LEY sled and give'em a
BERT shove. One of the
BERT first things you.
r Down learned in life is

there are no brakes
on those Flexible Western
Flyer sleds. You'd soar
down Forrest, sail across
Main Street and slam full
force into'the curb. The
sudden stop of the sled
would hurl you headlong
across the lawn that had
the small mimosa trees
and the high hedge up
by the front steps. Buddy
Wiggleton would be down
there with a measuring
tape and a score card. He
also judged the landing
by yelling out "six" or
"eight point two" as the
contestant slammed to
Yogi made it all the
way to the second hedge
one cold, frosty morning.
That leap is the one we
measured all the others by
for years to come. It was
an all time Olympic record.
And I think Yogi, after
he came to and got the
' bleeding stopped, was right
proud of it.
Afterthe single sprints,
we'd all squeeze together
for a group run. About half
way down someone would
mention that since all of us
were riding the sled, no one
was down at the bottom
on Main, watching out for
cars. We just had to pray
Mr. Joe Chadwick wasn't

has declared the end of tax increases,
taken 3 percent of all budgets funded
with property tax dollars to hold back
for next year and called a special
meeting on the budget to be held
prior to this past Tuesday's regular
board meeting.
And these steps might be evidence
of fiscal responsibility if not for
instances such as the county versus
Fred Johnson.
Commissioners do not digest
humble pie well or accept.
responsibility for wrong-headed
actions or costing taxpayers needless
When challenged, when dissent is
heard, the operative mode is attack,
attack some more until the dissent is
muted, its bearer cowering.
However, the problem from
the outset when it has come to
Mr. Johnson is that he offers no
indication of backing down, of
He should be a hero to every
citizen for his willingness to dip
into his wallet, time and reservoir
of energy to hold government's foot
to the fire when it comes to its own
rules, and in this case protecting one
of the treasures of this county, St.
,Joseph Bay.
And because of his backbone and
commissioners' predictable response
to the showing of any backbone,
taxpayers are writing a check for
thousands of dollars in legal fees
which makes a $900 candy purchase
seem likechicken feed.
All due to the county's
unwillingness to consistently enforce
the rules for all, commissioners' ,
willingness to go to the edge of the
cliff for favored friends and names
knowing that if they jump off the
cliff there is a taxpayer-funded safety
The meter is running up high
numbers for county taxpayers and
despite the hosannas about cost
cutting and reducing the tax burden,
commissioners, dipped in hypocrisy,
genuinely don't seem to care.


going home for lunch in his dell with an arm load of
big heating oil truck. those things, ready to
Dodging vehicles at duck or fire at a moments
forty-six miles an hour notice. It brought out the
added a whole new best in all the athletics.
dimension to the games. And the winner was easy to
The barefoot run started determine. He was the one
over on West Cherry in with the fewest welts.
front of Bobby Brewer's The most challenging
house. We had to catch event was Automobile
the snow just right for Hood Skiing. We didn't
this one. A light snow and call any parents down to
you were just slipping and stand beside the road as
-sliding. Six or seven inches observers on this one. We'd
and you couldn't get no get an old car hood. A '55
where. But two, maybe or '56 Chevrolet worked
three inches was perfect. best. We flipped it upside
s Again the rules were down, tied one end of a
blatantly simple. We all heavy duty forty foot rope
lined up across the street, through the hole where the
the oldest guy counted hood ornament formerly
to three, and we took off roosted, looped the other
toward Bethel College. The around therball hitch on Mr.
prize didn't always go to Luther Purvis's old truck
the fastest runner or the and aawwwaaaaaay we
tallest contestant like you went.
might think There waq a Nicky Joe, who for some
technique to high stepping unfathomable reason Mr.
barefooted through the Luther trusted with his'
snow. And if you guessed pick-up, would take that
right on which side of first curve down in front
the road the snow might of Aunt Jessie's house on
be a little less thick, you, two wheels and that sled
naturally, had a leg up on became a missile. I've seen
the competition. It was bodies strewn from George
about as much fun as you Sexton's house all the
could have in an Olympic way out to Max Manley's.
Winter Game ... until you By the time Nick hit high
realized you were way gear that hood was flying
over by the college ... and across the road, both side
your shoes were waaaay ditches, snow covered corn
baaaack at Brewer's house. fields, front side walks
The Snow Ball Fights and terrain where angels
were interesting. You might feared to tread. If you
not think of them as an were still hanging on ... it
Olympic contest but you'd was the ride of a lifetime.
t be surprised. Each entrant The winner didn't get no
would build a whole arsenal crowns, medals or flowers.
of snowballs. Packing a There was no podium and
rock in the center gave no National Anthem. But
them more weight, let you he did get to walk away on
throw a smaller, tighter ball his own two feet.
thus increasing velocity And, as most any of the
e and accuracy ... and caused old gang will tell you, that's
more swelling on contact. a pretty good victory.
It took strength, patiencR
and skill to run between Respectfully,
houses and over hill and Kes

A5 The Star Letters

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A farmer's fantasy-will never become reality

By John L Hoblick

As president of the
state's largest agricultural
organization, I'm pleased
to present a tale that
must never come true.
Farm Bureau, the Florida
Department of Agriculture,
UF/IFAS and Florida
commodity organizations
are working to make sure
this flight into fantasy
will never reflect reality.
I believe it demonstrates
how scary life could be
without our agricultural
organizations and
Five years into the
second decade of the 21st
Century, farmer Frank
Baffington is shaking his
head. His farm, a blessing to
his family for the better part
of 100 years, is driving him
to distraction.
Not that he and his
family haven't faced
challenges. Hurricanes,
freezes, droughts and bad
markets generations
of Baffingtons faced
them all down, displaying
the adaptability,
toughness, character
and determination that
characterize Florida ,
,farmers and ranchers.
Now, he thinks he'
might give up the land his.
grandfather began working
back when FSU was still
a girls' school Canker
and citrus greening have.
taken a toll on the groves.
He thinks that if UF/IFAS
researchers hadn't had
their funding cut by the
Legislature back in 2010,
the industry could have
defeated or at least arrested
those diseases. As it is
now, the door is closing on
Florida's citrus industry.
He's been entertaining
the idea of planting another
crop. New grass cultivars
that canbe used to produce
energy might hold some
promise, if scientists finally.

find a way to produce
energy from them that,
makes economic sense. And
maybe he can find a niche
in local markets for some of
the designer vegetables that
are more and more prized
by the locavores.
But, putting pencil to
paper, he doesn't see
how he can make a profit
because he can barely fill
his tractor with fuel or his
tanks with fertilizer. The
new cap-and-trade law has
driven prices of petroleum-
based products to alarming
The sweet iced tea he is
sipping leaves a bitter
taste in his mouth as
he remembers how the
politicians promised to
save the world by curbing
carbon dioxide emissions.
At one point, it seemed
as if American politicians
thought the United States
could fix the problem all
by itself by discouraging
the use of fossil fuels. They
failed to heed the cries of
rural America and now
Baffington wonders if he
can work his way out of the
He would like to chuck
it all for a few days. Maybe
clear his head by going
fishing; that's always '
helped him to work through
things. But now his favorite
farm pond is under the .
jurisdiction of the EPA and
the Clean Water Restoration
Act and off limits to rod and
Once he welcomed
rainstorms, convinced
that he and his property
performed a public service
by recharging the aquifer.
Now, he hopes for long,
dry spells because EPAs
Numeric Nutrient Criteria
call for nutrient levels that
are actually lower than
most rainfall.
Still ... Baffington is
a farmer, so the idea
of putting in a new crop

appeals to him. He could
convert part of his land to
crops and maybe raise the
seed money by developing
another tract.
Oh, wait He has.
forgotten about
Amendment 4, "Hometown
Democracy," the .
constitutional amendment
voters passed in 2010.
Can he afford a strong'
enough political campaign
to convince his neighbors
and the voters in the rest
of the county that they
should allow him to change
his zoning? Will they care,
faced as they are with 150
other amendments on the
ballot? ,
: He feels pains return to
his chest. He should see
the doctor tomorrow. He
isn't sure he wants to go
on. Yet he dare not die.
Not now. The Death Tax
has returned, full-force,
threatening to impoverish
his family should he join
the departed. Head down,
he kicks disconsolately at
the dirt.
"Dear, stop kicking,"
says his wife, lying beside
him on the bed. "You have
been so restless lately."
Baffington sits up, startled,
, and gazes at the dock
glowing on the nightstand.
It's 3a.m. The date
is Feb. 14,2010, he
remembers. It's Valentine's
Day. A Sunday, and in a
few hours he will prepare
breakfast and serve it with
a bouquet to the woman he
has loved for more than 30
years. His mood brightens
as he remembers their first
meeting at a Farm Bureau
Young Farmer conference
so long ago. Baffington
smiles, his confidence
returning. Agriculture
is a community and its
people, organizations and
institutions are interwoven
into his family's life, one of
their strongest connections
to people of like mind.

Credit card reform goes live

One major piece of
legislation President
Obama signed last
year was the Credit
Card Accountability,
and Disclosure
(CARD) Act, which
made fundamental
changes to credit
card agreements.
Some provisions were
adopted las t summer,
but the bulk of them
took effect February 22,
"Here's an overview
of a few major changes:
Restrictions on
interest rate increases.
The annual
'percentage rate (APR)
for interest on new
credit card accounts
cannot be increased
during the first year
A clearly disclosed
introductory period
(teaser rate) ends; -
also, such introductory
periods now must be at
least six months long;
It's a variable-rate
(vs. fixed-rate) card
and the APR is tied to
an index that increases
(e.g., U.S. Treasuries);
.You enter a debt
repayment workout
plan and don't comply
with its terms; or.
You are over 60 days
late making at least. '
the minimum monthly
payment. Note: the new
rules say the previous
APR must be restored
after you've made six
months of on-time
More advance
, notice. After the
first year, banks and
credit unions-that
issue credit cards
may raise the APR on
new transactions, or
make other significant
account changes, only

after providing 45 days'
advance notice. Also,
you must be given
an opportunity
to cancel thb
card before these
changes take effect
and pay off the
balance at the old .
Interest rate JA
review. ALDE
Every six
months, card
issuers must review
accounts whose interest
rates were increased
based on market
conditions, cardholder
creditworthiness or other
factors; and,,if warranted
they must reduce the rate.
or provide written notice
why the increase should
still apply. (Effective
August 22, 2010.)
Bill and payment'
Credit card statements
must be mailed at least 21
days before the balance is
due. Also, payments, must
be credited as on-time if
received by 5 p.m. on the
due date.
Order of balances paid.
When one card carries
balances at different
interest rates such as
one rate for purchases
and another for balance
transfers payments
must be applied to the
highest-rate balance first.
Enhanced statements.
Credit card statelnents
must clearly post how
much you've paid in .
interest and fees for the
year, the upcoming due
date and potential late
fees, and how long it
would take to pay off your

bill making minimum
payments including
total interest
A.few other
highlights: '
limit fees cannot
be charged
unless you have
SON previously agreed
RMAN (opted in) to
allow charges
over your credit
SYou cannot be charged
additional fees for paying
your bill online or by,
Card issuers may no
longer factor in average
daily balances from a ,
Previous billing cycle
that wasn't fully paid off
when calculating current
interest charges (known
as "double-cycle billing").
People under 21 must
have an adult co-signer in
order to open an account
unless they can prove
their ability to repay- their
account balance.
To learn more about
particular changes
to your credit card
agreements, contact:"
the bank or credit union
issuing your card, or visit In addition,
always read mailings
from issuers to ensure
you're up-to-date on any
account changes.

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

KLATTERING from page A4

locals and visitors. "There
is a tremendous amount
of volunteerism. It's very
helpful. It's great. The
people of Port St. Joe, they
give'like crazy.",
The monthly used book
sales which raised
over $2,500 in 2009 now
,take place during normal
operating hours instead of
Saturday and books that'
Share donated either go into
the system or are sold for
library funding.
"But there is nothing
for new books anymore,"
Carpenter said, detailing
the lease agreement by
which the library secures
new books. ,
So fundraisers such as
Bunco for the Library are-
.essential to maintain the
Every dime of the
proceeds from the
tournament will be
donated to the Friends,
the idea being that the
money will be used
primarily for books and

periodicals. It can not
be used for salaries or.
benefits, just to further
the library's mission of a
community resource.
The Reid Avenue
Bunco Babes urge people
to purchase their tickets
"We play in groups of
four and it would help to
be sold out before the day
of the tournament," Boyer
For reservations and
tickets contact Boyer
at 227-3777, Barbara
Radcliff at 340-0256, Nancy
Swider at 227-3600, the
Fish House Restaurant
or the Port St. Joe Public
"My goal is this
becomes big enough that
it becomes a yearly event
and we will have to move
to an even larger venue,"
Boyer said. "I would like to
see this grow and grow."
The staff and patrons
of the library second that


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Port. St. Joe sets schedule for next election cycle

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Commissioners John
Reeves and Rex Buzzett
are up for reelection as the
city of Port St. Joe ramps
up its election cycle.
Election Day is May 11
with the Group III and IV
seats in play as Reeves
and Buzzett seek new two-
year terms.
Candidate qualifying'
will be from noon on March
24 until noon on March 31.
Early voting will begin
April 26 and end May 8
and will be held Monday

through Saturday from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Su-
pervisor of Elections office
on Long Avenue.

During its regular
meeting last Tuesday the
city commission approved
for first reading two reso-
lutions which put the city
back in the position to ex-
pand the boundaries of the
Port St. Joe Redevelop-
ment Agency to include all
of the neighborhood known
as North Port St. Joe.
The commissioners

were here before, several
years ago, but a federal
lawsuit muddied the wa-
ters and stopped the ex-
pansion in its tracks. Since
that time there has been
some resistance from the
Board of County Commis-
sioners, which is mandat-
ed to pay a portion of Tax
Increment Finance dollars
to the PSJRA.
But in a workshop late
last year the final issues
with the, county were
ironed out and the city is
set to expand the boundar-
ies by the middle of next

I "I feel we are back on
track," said Matt Fleck,
executive director of the
PSJRA. "If all goes well
the expansion should be
complete by March 16."
The commission must
still read and adopt the
two resolutions read for
the first time last week and
must also adopt a resolu-
tion pertaining to the trust
fund that holds the TIF
dollars earmarked for the
redevelopment agency. -
In related business,
commissioners asked
Fleck to undertake a pub-
lic education campaign to
highlight the fact that the
ongoing improvements to
* Highway 98 in the city lim-
its is entirely funded by a
grant from the Florida De-
partment of Transporta-
tion and is not consuming
any city tax revenue.

Water Plant
Acceptance testing
is ongoing, looking good
and should be completed
sometime next month, said
Glenn Davis, supervisor of
the city's water plant.
There has been a slight
rise in complaints about
water clarity and odor, Da-
vis said, though the mem-
branes of the microfiltra-
tion unit in the plant are
working well and chemical
testing has shown positive
Buzzett encouraged
city staff to maintain clear

written records of all com-
plaints and urged citizens
to call with water issues,
even if they have called the,
city on a prior occasion.
"We need to know what
areas are having problems
and areas where we do not
have problems," Buzzett
In a related matter, city
manager Charlie. Weston,
told commissioners that
a utility rate study was a
high priority and that city
staff and engineers were
crafting a scope of work
before going out for Re-
quest for Proposals. and
bidding the study.
Weston pegged April
1 has a launch date for
the study, which will cost
$25,000-$40,000 depending
on scope, Weston said. He
estimated the study will
take 90 days.
"My only concern is
where we are going to find
the money," said Commis-
sioner Greg Johnson.

Connector Road
Commissioner John
Reeves brought forward a
proposal to name the new
connector road which will
link Williams Avenue. on
the south end of town to
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Blvd. on the north end of
town in honor of the late
' Dr. David Langston.
Reeves said he had re-
ceived positive input from
residents throughout town

to the concept and asked
commissioners to vote on
the name change to give
citizens a chance to com-
ment. ,
But Johnson cautioned
about naming a road for
which the city had yet to
identify funding and May-
or Mel Magidson said once
the city has cleared that
hurdle, commissioners
should allow a sufficient
time for public comment
prior to naming the road.

Sand Hills Pond
Commissioners con-
ducted a workshop prior to
the meeting and identified
the two best options for a
.footprint for the road that
will run into the Sand Hills
Pond/Bayfront Park area.
The road will cost an
estimated $85,000 and the
city has just over $60,000 in
road bond money remain-
County commission-
ers Nathan Peters, Jr.
and Warren Yeager were
on hand to alert the city
that the Board of County
Commissioners had voted
to divide the county's re-
maining road bond money
evenly among districts.
Peters and Yeager each
pledged $12,500 from their
district's dollars for the
Sand Hills Pond road.
"I think it is a good proj-'
ect," Yeager said. "I think
we can commit some dol-

I Sacred Heart open house March 6

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While some banks are tightening limits and
changing terms, we are not. We are gladly lending
money, growing relationships and delivering on
our promises of honesty, commitment and reliable

It's business as usual for us. We are proud to be an
organization that is financially strong and continues
to support our new and existing customers'
banking needs.

In 2009...
Originated over $133;000,000 in residential
mortgage loans

Exceeded the FDIC's Well Capitalized standards
Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.77%
Tier i risk-based capital ratio of 13.15%
Total risk-based capital ratio of 14.46%

Net income of $74.2 million or $4.82 per diluted
share for the bank's holding company,
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Back row: ur. James Strohmenger, Jerry F. Sowell, Jr., William A. Cathey, Rick Koehnemann,
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Special to The Star
Sacred Heart Health
System will 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 hospital is
located at 3801 East High-
way 98 in Port St. Joe.
Opening March 15, Sa-
cred Heart Hospital on the
Gulf will provide access
to high quality, compas-
sionate healthcare to resi-
dents and visitors of Gulf,

Franklin and Bay counties.
The new $38 million hos-
pital will feature a 24-hour
emergency department,
inpatient services, surgical
services, a full complement
of diagnostic and labora-
tory services.
A Medical Office Build-
ing is scheduled to open in
the summer of 2010 adja-
cent to the hospital and will
provide convenient access
to 'primary care and spe-
cialty physicians, dialysis
services, women's diagnos-
tic and imaging services,

and Sacred Heart Rehabili-
Career opportunities
Sacred Heart Health
System is still accepting
applications for a variety
of clinical and nonclinical
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PERMIT from page Al,

"We are trying to en-
sure the biomass combus-
tion plant proposed for
Gulf County gets a full and
careful review to ensure
(carbon dioxide) emissions
are not ignored," said Meg
Sheehan of the Massachu-
setts-based The Biomass
Accountability Project.
Sheehan is an attorney
and filed the petition.
"We don't feel the DEP
review was thorough
enough," Sheehan added.
"The question is what
is the plant going to be
producing as far as emis-
sions? There are a lot of
assumptions about the
fuel to be used. There is
nothing binding about fuel
in the permit.
"There are also as-
sumptions about how they
would secure the wood and
sustain a supply of clean
wood. They say it is carbon
neutral and that is a fraud.
It has been debunked by
current science."
From the arrival of
Biomass Gas and Elec-
tric, a Georgia-based com-
pany which has proposed
to build the $160 million

plant,, company officials
insisted they would use
only woody biomass pri-
marily forest residue and
fast-growing grasses to
power the plant.
That would make the
plant carbon neutral, com-
pany officials contend, and
the plant is already under
contract to supply electric-
ity to Progress Energy.
However, the peti-
tion for an administrative
hearing on the air emis-
sion permit disputes the
contention the plant is
carbon neutral, arguing
that in terms of emission
tonnage per kilowatt hour
of energy produced, the
NWFREC would produce
more carbon dioxide and
particulate pollution than
two coal-fired plants in the
Northwest Florida region.
The petition for an ad-.
ministrative hearing is
part of a larger movement
questioning various claims
pertaining to biomass
plants around the country.
While the state of Flori-
-da and the federal govern-
ment champion biomass
as a renewable energy

source Gov. Charlie
Crist has said biomass is a
key component to reducing
greenhouse gas emissions
in Florida by 20 percent
over the next 10 years a
grassroots movement has.
taken shape to challenge
some of the claims behind
biomass technology.
The actions surround-
ing the plant in Port St. Joe
adhere to a similar evolu-
tion, with elected and eco-
nomic development offi-
cials championing the Port
St. Joe biomass plant.
Meanwhile at least two
dozen residents express
concern about.air pollution
from the plant and impacts
in a countywith higher than
normal cancer rates and
one that has finally seen,
the demise of the paper
mill and Arizona Chemical
plant which pumped con-
siderable emissions into
the air.
In significant part, the
push against the Port St.
Joe plant builds on the
momentum of critics who
assailed proposals by the
same company for a simi-
lar plant in Tallahassee,

the resulting controversy
forcing BG&E to look else-
where to build.
Dr. Tom Termotto, a Tal-
lahassee-based physician
and critic of claims about
biomass pollution, said,
"Port St. Joe is a precedent
we want to set. We love
Port St. Joe and that's why
we are doing this."
Due to a loophole in the
Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) guidelines,
Sheehan said, biomass'
plants are not subject to
the same air emission
standards as other power
plants, such as coal-fired
"And they are not count-
ing, in the case of the plant
in Port St. Joe, the emis-
sions from truck traffic for
the fuel supply to the plant
or to remove the ash waste
from the plant," Sheehan
said. "And they are not
figuring in the running of
heavy equipment, to cut
the trees or collect the for-
est residue to power the
Sheehan added that
many companies across
the country are pressing

to permit biomass plants
before next month when,
due to a federal court rul-
ing, the EPA is proposing
to issue standards on car-
bon dioxide emission from
mobile sources and then
stationary sources such
as. power plants, including
"The companies that
want to build these bio-
mass plants are targeting
small rural communities
where people are not as
familiar with these kind
of plants," Sheehan said,
noting proposals to build
plants in Ohio, Indiana,
Washington state and Mas-
She also noted that a
significant amount of fed-
eral taxpayer money is be-
ing pushed into biomass
plants, be it through a cash
grant program through the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
or a loan guarantee pro-
gram through the U.S. De-
partment of Energy.
Officials for the NW-
FREC indicated recently
that they are pursuing
funding through the De-

apartment of Energy's loan
"This is a fraud on the
American people," Shee-
han said. "These plants
should be subjected to
scrutiny because of the im-
mediate health concerns."
Several of those who
signed the petition and
were interviewed for this
story noted that the eco-
nomic development ben-
efits 30 or so perma-
nent jobs at the plant with
a ripple effect of another
75-100 jobs on the fuel pro-
curement end on top of 180
construction jobs are
outweighed by the poten-
tial for health problems
stemming from the emis-
sions from the plant.
The American Lung As-
sociation, in response to
a move to place a similar
biomass plant in Gretna,
one of more than a dozen
plants in North Florida
under various stages of
permitting, stated that the
organization had serious
reservations about the car-
bon dioxide and particulate
emissions from biomass

Mexico Beach Pier extended

Special to 'The Star

In small coastal towns, the
local pier is often an important.
part of community life. Such is
the case in Mexico Beach, lo-
cated at the far eastern end of
Bay County. City officials of this
quaint seaside town are anxious-
ly counting the days until their
pier renovations are complete
and the pier reopens.
Last December, city officials
approved a $739,000 contract to
extend the pier 266 feet and be
fitted with a "T" at the end. Upon
completion of the project, sched-
uled for mid-April, the popular
fishing spot will total 819 feet

in length.
The Mexico Beach pier has
been an attraction formanyyears
and while fishing is the main ac-
tivity, watching the breathtak-
ing sunsets, enjoying the Fiesta
in May, and hosting numerous
small weddings make the pier a
special gathering place for.all.
Mayor Al Cathey commented,.
"The work is currently on sched-
ule and, absent unforeseen is-
sues, we expect the work. to be
completed according to the con-
tractor's schedule. This is a long
awaited project and we are excit-
ed about our locals and visitors
having the opportunity to enjoy
the new and improved facility."




VACCINE from page Al

a possible "second wave"
of H1N1 in February and
March, the health depart-
ment encourages everyone
who has not yet received
the H1N1 vaccination to
get it now.
In June, when state labs
became inundated with
suspected H1N1 cases,
the health department no
longer submitted individ-
ual cases for testing, only
those which occurred in
clusters, such as three or
more in one classroom.
Thus, if a person expe-

rienced flu like symptoms
after June, he or she may
not have had the HiNi vi-
The health department
extends an invitation to all
business owners to take
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Tiger Sharks defeat Maclay in the semifinals

Florida Freedom Newspapers

Tallahassee Maclay
got the pace it wanted, but
the host Port St. Joe Tiger
Sharks earned the win Tues-
day night.
In a game played like a
chess match, Port St. Joe
made the final winning
moves to forge a thrilling,
if not always aesthetically
pleasing 33-31 Region* 1-2A
semifinal victory.
The outcome, which re-
versed an opening-round
loss to Maclay in last year's
postseason, sent Port St.
Joe (25-4) to a region final
against visiting Pensacola
Christian at 7 p.m. in "The

Dome" on Saturday.
"We got the win, that's
what counts," Port St. Joe
coach Derek Kurnitsky said.
"People can second guess,
but we won. That's the im-
portant part."
Any second-guessing
might emerge from a strate-
gic wrinkle the Tiger Sharks
tossed into the game after
Fueled by a 13-2 domi-
nance of the second quarter,
the Tiger Sharks opened
the second half with a 19-12
lead and a surprising tacti-
cal move.
They held the ball.
After Maclay's Tre Ford
buried a 3-pointer from the
corner with less than 20 seQ-

onds gone in the half, Port
'St. Joe chose to keep the
ball outside and try to force
the Marauders (21-5) out of
their 2-3 zone.
Neither team scored dur-
ing the next six minutes.
"We talked about it and
the kidsdecided they want-
ed to do it because we didn't
think they could guard us,"
Kurnitsky said. "We made
some boneheaded plays, but
when we brought them out
we beat them to the basket.
"The plan was great, but
we did not do what we need-
ed to do. I have the final say,
but I had to respect their
conviction. We are in this
together. Once you jump in
you are all in."

The plan backfired as the
Marauders fought within 21-
19 after the third quarter
and knotted things at 25-25
with 3:10 left after a six-point
Maclay nosed in front
with just under a minute to
go and Calvin Pryor (game-
high 12 points) hit two free
throws to tie the score.
Rock Quinn followed with
the single biggest play of the
game, stealing the ball to
set up a sequence of plays
that resulted in four straight
free-throw attempts by Wil-
lie Quinn to put the Tiger
Sharks up for good.
"We don't talk about re-
venge, but we wanted to
erase some demons and

we were facing down those
demons with 40 seconds to
go," Kurnitsky said. "Rock
made a fantastic play."
Maclay still had one final
attempt after pair of free
throws by Monterius Red-
ding narrowed the deficit
and the Marauders forced
a turnover with 1.9 seconds
to go.
But their final shot was
long, the buzzer sounded
and the crowd erupted.
"We did get the tempo
we wanted," Maclay coach
Mike McGrotha said. "I was
surprised they pulled the
ball out, but I am not com-
plaining. Give them credit,
they made some big plays
near the end and played

good defense.
"I think the difference is
a couple of times my kids
didn't execute things they
would normally do, and
have done all season,. We
had a chance to take it into
overtime and didn't get it

Rogers 32-28, M.Meenan
5 0-0 10, Ford 3 0-0 5, Miller
0 0-0 0, Tackett 1 0-0 3, Red-
ding 0 2-2 2, Bennett 1 1-2
3, Turner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13
5-6 31.
PSJ (33)
R.Quinn 3 0-0 6, Clem-
ons 3 0-0 6, Smith 2 1-2 5,
W.Quinn 1 2-4 4, Pryor 3 7-
10 12.Totals:12 10-16 33.

* *> ^ ^ s "

Roman Quinn (in white) had 18 points in fueling a second-half spurt that helped Port St.
Joe pull away frbm Jefferson County last Thursday.

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Even without their leading
scorer the Tiger Sharks were
too much for Jefferson County
last Thursday night.
Despite two meaningless
free throws from senior forward
Raheem Clemons, averaging
nearly 15 points a game, Port St.
Joe had enough speed and tena-
cious defense to overpower the
Tigers 66-52 in a Region 1-2A
The Tiger Sharks (24-4) host
Tallahassee Maclay on Tuesday
in a region semifinal.
"The first game (of the post-
season) is the hardest to win,"
said Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kurnitsky alluding to last year's
20-win season that ended in a
first-round exit. "You have but-
terflies and jitters. This was im-
"This was the best defensive
game we've played this year. I
don't know where we've been
hiding it, but that was big."
The game turned on the abil-
ity of the Tiger Sharks in the
second half to pull Jefferson
County (15-11) out of its effec-
tive 2-3 zone.
Maintaining their 2-3 zone
despite turning the ball over
nine times to Port St. Joe's two

allowed the Tigers to stay in the
game during the opening two
Primarily the zone kept
Clemons and guard Roman
Quinn off the scoreboard as
the Tiger Sharks tried to push
against what proved for a time
to be a tightly-packed and all but
impenetrable defense.
Darrell Smith scored eight
of his 13 points and Willie Quinn
scored 11 of his game-high 19
points, primarily on offensive
rebounds, as Port St. Joe built a
26-22 lead to cap a half in which
the teams were separated by
more than three points just
That came early in the sec-
ond period when Port St. Joe
completed a 6-0 run for a 21-
14 lead only to see Jefferson
County respond with a six-point
string inside from center Harold
Ingram (14 points).
The second half was sparked
by two changes the Tiger
Sharks built enough of a lead to
force Jefferson County to play
man-to-man coverage and that
lead was sparked by Roman
Quinn (18 points).
The junior poured in his
first nine points of the game as
Port St. Joe stretched the mar-
gin to 42-35 and the energy in-
creased for Port St. Joe to full

press-and-run mode.
- "He was unbelievable," Kur-
nitsky said of Roman Quinn.
"He took over the game.
"(Jefferson County is) a good
ball club. But once we made
them play us man-to-man, we
have four players who can go to
the basket."
Quinn's outburst" fed a 21-
9 sprint to open the fourth as
point guard Calvin Pryor (14
points) found room to operate
in a spread attack and the Tiger
Sharks were up 63-44 with less
than 90 seconds left.
Chris Mays, who scored eight
of his team-high 15 points in the
final seconds, helped the Tigers
shape a slightly more respect-
able end to the night.
"They attacked the basket
better than us and we gave.
them way, too many weakside
baskets," said Jefferson County
assistant coach Jeremy Brown.
"Give them credit, once they
forced us out of our zone and
made us play them man-to-man,
they were the better team."
JC (52) -Mays 7 1-1 15, Ned-
ley 1-1 9, Ingram 2-4 6, Crumity 3
0-0 8, Johnson 1 0-0 2, whitfield 2
0-0 4. Totals: 23 4-6 51.
PSJ (66) Roman Quinn 7 3-
4 18, Clemons 0 2-2 2, Smith 5 3-3
13, Willie Quinn 9 1-1 19, Pryor 6
1-4 14. Totals:27 8-13 69.

Port St. Joe Middle School baseball splits for week

Star Staff Reports
The Port St. Joe Middle School
baseball team split a pair of games
on the road last week.
On Friday, the team traveled to
Franklin County and won 3-2.
Cole Cryderman was 1 for 2 with
two runs and Jarkeice Davis had a
single and two RBIs to lead Port St.
Bryce Godwin was 1 for 2 and
Chase Nichols had a double in three

official trips to the plate.
Bryan Powell started on the
mound and went five innings, allow-
ing three hits and no earned runs
while walking one and striking out
The B squad completed a sweep
with a 14-3 victory.
The following day the A squad
traveled to Wakulla where the
Sharks lost 6-4.
Davis and Lacour were each 1 for
3 at the plate.

Godwin started and went 3 2/3
innings, allowing two hits and six
runs, just two earned, while striking
out four and walking five.
Coy Burke finished up in relief,
allowing one hit in a third of an in-
Monday's game against Grand
Ridge was cancelled due to weath-
The Sharks host Altha at 4 p.m.
today and travel to Wakulla on Fri-
day at 4 p.m.

WHS opens

baseball season

on winning note

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Wewahitchka High
School's baseball team
started the season last
week with bats booming
and arms firing.
Behind the all-around
play of Baylen Price the
Gators won their first two
games, a 17-0 mercy rule
win at home against Altha
and an 11-1 win against,
visiting Graceville.
Last Monday against
Altha, Price kept all six
batters he faced as the
starting pitcher off the
bases and with 2 for 3 with
two RBIs to pace the blow-
out win.
Price came on in relief
of starter Chance Knowles
on Thursday against
Graceville and pitched
three scoreless innings,
allowing just two hits.
He' also went 2 for 3
again with a solo home
"He is really playing
well for us," said Wewahi-
tchka coach Tony Muina.

"He's really done a bit of
Price had plenty of sup-
port against Altha.
Brandon Mayhann was
2 for 3 with a home run
and five RBIs, Billy Peak
was 3 for 4 with a double
and three RBIs, Knowles
had three hits and three
RBIs in three trips to the
plate, Heath Bailey was 24
for 3 with a double and two
RBIs and Justin Flowers
had two hits, including a
double, and two RBIs in
two" official at-bats.
Bailey came on in relief
of Price and pitched the
final two innings of the
run-rule game, striking
out seven as Wewahitchka
pitchers faced just one
batter over the minimum.
'Against Graceville,
Knowles pitched the first
three innings allowing
one run on two hits and
striking out' seven.
Peak was 2 for 3 with
an RBI, Knowles 1 for 2
with a two-run homer and
Bailey was 2 for 3 with an

Port St. Joe Middle

softball opens 2-1

Star Staff Reports

The softball season is
underway for Port St. Joe
Middle School and after
stumbling out of the gate
the Lady Sharks added a
pair of wins last week.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Port St. Joe faced Mari-
anna and was swept in the
A and B squad games.
The A squad fell 7-6 with
Makayla Ramsey pitch-
ing eight innings of nine-
hit ball. Ramsey gave up
just one earned run while
walking four and striking
out six.
Brittany King was 1 for
1 with two runs scored and
an RBI, Kelsey Miles was 1
for 2 with a run scored and
Stephanie Brinkmeier was
1 for 3.
Port St. Joe lost the B
squad game 17-5.
Friday, Feb. 19
The Lady Sharks trav-
eled to Franklin County
and came away with a pair
of wins.
In the A squad game,
which Port St. Joe took 12-
0, Ramsey tossed four in-

nings of two-hit ball, strik-
ing out seven and walking
four in the game called on
the run-rule.
Ramsey was also 2 for 4
at the plate with two runs
scored. Brinkmeier was 2
for 3 with an RBI and King
was 1 for 1 with two runs
scored and an RBI.
Haley Wood had a single
and scored two runs and
Shannon Pridgeon also
singled and scored a run.
Shenoya Fennell scored
a run and Cathlyn Robles
and Kelsey Miles each
scored twice.
Port St. Joe won the B
squad game 9-4.
Saturday, Feb. 20
Port St. Joe traveled
to Wakulla for an A squad
game the Lady Sharks
won 3-2.
Ramsey pitched seven
innings, allowing two hits
and two earned runs while
walking six and striking
out four.
Wood was 2 for 4,
Ramsey 1 for 3 with two
runs scored, King had a
double, a run scored and a
RBI and Pridgeon added a
single and a RBI.


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DEDICATION from page Al

A dedication and bless-
ing ceremony was held for
the Sacred Heart Hospital
on the Gulf last week, in
part a recognition of the
"healing ministry" of As-
cension Health Systems,
of which Sacred Heart is a
part, and to a community
which made the nearly un-
thinkable possible.
"We have a new hos-
pital," intoned Dr. Henry
Roberts, president of the
Sacred Heart Fbundation,
during his remarks. "Con-
gratulations to each and all
of you. Wehave shown each
other and all of America
that we are best when we
come together.
"We are better when we
are together than we are.
Roberts noted that lo-
cal government partnered
with passage of a half-cent
sales tax several years ago
to help defray the costs of
health care for the needy
and underinsured.
He noted that The ,St.
Joe Company committed
$5 million to the project
beyond the land and some
start-up construction costs
on the $38 million facility.
Roberts .noted a com-'
munity that donated $10
million in total to the hos-
pital, plaques in the lobby
and outside various rooms
in the hospital recognizing
those who opened theirwal-
lets to benefit the whole.
: "We never could have
done it alone," Roberts
said. "It happened when we
came together. Relish to-.
day, be thankful for what we
have accomplished togeth-
er because we now have a
new hospital."
And judging by the reac-
tion of those who took a tour
of the facility after the spe-

Newly-hired staff get the hospital pharmacy outfitted and ready for the arrival of
patients when the hospital opens.March 15.

cial blessing and dedication
ceremony,' a hospital that
defies suitable.adjectives.
"This is a long time com-
ing," said former long-time
Port St. Joe Mayor Frank
Pate. "We needed this.
"I don't know about be-
ing' the first patient but
I sure am glad it is here
when I need it."
Doug Kent, the execu-
tive director of the Gulf
County Health Department
who will be moving to head
the Bay County Health De-
partment at the end of the
month, noted the winding
path from a committee of
four or five residents who
believed the community
needed a new hospital'to
the opening of the hospital
doors on March 15.
"This is a dream come
true," Kent said. "This was
the dream of four or five
individuals on the county
healthcare committee.
They had the hearts and vi-
sion to follow this through."
What tour-goers laid
eyes upon was a 17-bed'

hospital with room to ex-
pand to 25 beds as demand
increases that will offer
24/7 emergency room care,
one operating room with
another one ready as de-
'mand warrants, all private
rooms, recovery areas,
a chapel, cafeteria, com-
munity meeting room and
plenty of equipment.
Even skeptics expressed
"This is a great day,"
said local businessman and
City Commissioner Greg
Johnson. "I never thought
it would be built. I admit it, I
was a skeptic.
"I hope the community
comprehends what an at-
tribute this is and how
much it will save the com-
munity. Just the ambulance
cost savings alone will be
Gerald Alcorn was a ra-
diology technician at the
extinct Gulf Pines and has
since transitioned to the
Health Department where
he works out of the radiol-
ogy department created

through a partnership with
Sacred Heart. Alcorn will
move to the new hospital
.,upon its opening.
"This is so impressive,"
Alcorn said. "At our Open
.House (March 6 will be a
community Open House at
the hospital) the commu-
nity is going to go, 'Oh, my
The dedication and
blessing ceremony served
a dual purpose,.
One was to remember
and recognize the work of
the Catholic Daughters of
Charity which for centuries
has provided, an example
of compassion and healing,
to communities around the
The second was to proL
vide a sneak peek before
the doors officially open
next month of what com-
munity partners have
made possible, the plaques
.adorning the walls around.
the hospital writing the
"The quality of dare
is reflctive of the qual-

Plaques adorning the lobby and outside patient and
service rooms throughout the hospital attest to the
$10 million in donations from the community that
helped make the $38 million facility a reality.

ity of the community," said
Roger Hall, president of
the Sacred Heart Hospital
"of the Gulf Coast. "What
an incredible journey to
make this ministry that will
change lives. The commu-.
nity has raised more than
$10 million for this facility.
This $35 million facility will
create 100 new jobs.
* "Today this community
is poised for the next step
in economic development.
We have been in Destin for
seven years and delivered
high-quality compassion-
ate care. Today is a won-
derful day for Sacred Heart
and for the community.".
A medical office build-
ing on the hospital campus
should be open and ready

by late summer. The hospi-
tal has hired a medical di-
rector, Dr. James Ward, Jr.,
and much of its staff though
openings remain. .
"-' Some 30 percent of the
new hires were people born
or raised in Gulf County
who wanted to return but
could not due to the ab-
sence of jobs, Hall said.
Sacred Heart has a con-
tract with Tallahassee Or-
.thopedic Center to provide
orthopedic care at the hos-
pital and is close to locking
up a deal for a cardiology
practice which would oper-
ate out of the medical office
building, which would also
house out-patient dialysis
and diagnostics, in addition
to other services.

Infrastructure improvements to the park's six cabins
and two family cottages include new fire alarms,
water and sewer systems and handicap-accessible
showers. At right, new boardwalks have been
constructed out of durable composite board.

PARK from pagqeAl

abilities Act, which cele-
brated its 20th anniversary
this year.
"Forty years ago, be-
fore it became popular, he
realized the importance
of a place people could
come and have access to
Florida at its finest," said
Jim Beaugrine, director
of the Agency for Persons
with Disabilities.
Lucious Williams, in-
terim Superintendent of
the Marianna Sunland
Center detailed the park's
six-phase construction,
made possible by Rish's
"It took a visionary with
integrity working with vi-
sionaries of integrity to
continue to realize the
dream a barrier-free
recreational facility for all
people with disabilities,"
Williams said.
The park had been
closed for two years due to
extensive hurricane dam-
age that wreaked havoc on
its boardwalks and facili-
Former speaker of the
House of Representatives
Allan Bense and then-aide
Will Weatherford helped
secure $3 million in fund-
ing for renovations.
Upgrades include a
complete makeover of the
clubhouse kitchen, includ-
ing all new appliances; new
boardwalks constructed
out of durable composite
board; infrastructure im-

provements to the park's
six cabins and two fam-
ily cottages, including new
fire alarms, water and
sewer systems and handi-
cap-accessible showers.
The funding also al-
lowed contractors to con-
struct a new fence around'
the large swimming pool,
apply paint to the cabins
and generally spruce up'
the park.
Beaugrine honored
Berise and Weatherford
(who could not attend
due to legislative com-
mitments) with a Pioneer
Award for their efforts in
securing the renovation
In accepting the award,
Bense said he'd modeled
his career as a legislator
after Rish, "one of the most
.respected members of the
Florida House ever."

Bense said he was
struck by Rish's ability to
handle "power with humil-
ity," and told Rish's family
that he'd put God's gifts to
"good use."
Speaking on behalf of
the family, Rish's son, Jay
Rish, repeated the word
"visionary" in describing
his father.
Though Rish Park
serves as a monument to
Rish's foresight and leg-
islative tenacity, Jay Rish
-shared one of his father's
less publicized moments
of philanthropy.
When his son asked for
money to pay for school
field trips, Billy Joe Rish
always gave him extra to
pay the way of his under-
privileged classmates.
"I always remembered
that," Jay Rish recalled. "It
doesn't matter how much

A private agency
donated mats that allow
the wheelchair-bound
access to the beach.

you have, it's the human
element and the common
equation that counts."
Noting recent private
partnerships that pro-
vided a beach scooter and
mats that allow the wheel-
chair-bound access to the
beach, Beaugrine said he
had "high hopes" for the
facility's future.
As funding becomes
available, future additions
may include tennis and
basketball courts, a mini-
golf range and additional
"We have a vision that
this park will be a national
model," Beaugrine said.
"It is a jewel."


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Local Thursday, February 25, 2010


Scordially invites you
to attend a

24-Hour Emergency Department
Inpatient Acute Care Services
Diagnostic & Imaging Services
Laboratory Services
Surgical Services
Rehabilitation Services
Helipad for Rapid Transport
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Saturday, March 6th
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Located at 3801 E. Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL

Come preview the new hospital,
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By Despina Williams
Star StaffIWriter

It's that time of year again.
Valentine's Day is over, the
weather has turned chilly and the
Star is stocking up on ant killer.
Last year, to the delight of our
staff and the industrious four-
legged creatures who know a good
thing when they see one, throngs of
marshmallow Peeps invaded our of-
They arrived on four-wheelers,
horseback and wave runners; some
wore sunshades and others donned
football helmets. .
A, few chilled out while many
stood poised for action hunters,
ballers and oyster shuckers enjoy-
ing life in the Florida Panhandle.
Last year,; we received a record
42 entries in the Star/Times Pan-
handle Peep Show diorama contest.
We expect more this year, so it's
time to get busy.
What's a diorama, you ask?
It's, a scene depicting three-
dimensional figures and objects
against a.painted or modeled back-
Now pick a familiar Panhandle'

"A Day at a 4-H Horse Show,"
by Kaitlyn Baker won first in the
10-13 division.

Kelly McLemore, Jessica Messick and Lena McLemore won first place
.in the 14-18 division with "Peepin' Bog." The talented trio won Best
of Show in 2008 with their "Redneck Yacht Club" entry.

scene and substitute the human and
animal characters for Peeps, and
you've got yourself an entry.
The only rules are: all characters
must be Peeps and all scenes must
depict some aspect of Panhandle
living. You can work in pairs, teams
br by yourself.
And please, don't take the "Peep
Show" literally. This is a family
We've adjusted our age group
categories to better reflect last
year's participation.
Some of our most delightful en-
tries were created by kids under the
age of six, who lacked a proper cat-
egory in which to enter. Not so this
The categories are as follows:
*5 and under,
17 and up
Entrants in the business cat-
egory must depict their workplace,
employees or some aspect of their

The Gulf County Health Depart-
ment staff took the top prize in last
year's business category by assem-
bling a massive diorama depicting
nearly every aspect of the health
department babies, X-rays and
scary needles included.
Last year's entrants set the bar
high, so don't just slap some glue on.
some Peeps and call it a day. Unless
you're under five, then that's per-
fectly acceptable. %
We will award first, second and
third prizes in each category.
Judges will base their decision
on the diorama's design, quality of
execution and resemblance to our
All entries must be returned,
with entry forms attached, to The
Star or The Times offices by 5 p.m.
ET on Thursday, March 25.
1 The winning entries will be fea-
tured in our April 1 edition and on
our website.
We will display the dioramas in
our office as they arrive, so if you're
in need of inspiration, pay a visit.
We'll try to beat back the ants.

A detail of the elaborate "A Day at the Gulf
County Health Department," which took first
place in last year's business category.

GALA holds annual meeting, introduces board of directors

Special to The Star

Gulf Alliance for Local
Arts (GALA) held its Annual
Meeting at the Windmark
Chill Tower on Feb. 18 and
introduced the 2010 Board
of Directors. Along with the
meeting, the event also fea-
tured art displayed through-
out the Chill Towei" Gallery
by artists representing the
newly formed regional artist
association, SEA (Society of
Expressive Artists).
President Don Ouel-
lette called the meeting to
order and welcomed mem-
bers and guests. He spoke
in detail of the new organi-
zational structure of GALA
and presented a review of
art events and arts educa-
tion programs sponsored by
GALA in 2009.
Highlights included the
forming of St. Joe Children's
Theater; the forming of
GALA Community Theater;
and the success of the Song-
writer's Festival Workshop
as well as ongoing programs
such as First Fridays Fine
Art & Music Series, hosts

on the Coast activities, Plein
Air Student Day sponsor-
ship and $5,000 donation
and A Taste of the Coast
sponsorship and $2,500 do-
nation to help support these
worthy art causes.
Upon ending the discus-
sion of 2009 activities and
accomplishments, Ouellette
announced the first "Vol-
unteer of the Year Award"
given to Gina Vicari Meizner
for exhibiting extraordinary
commitment to volunteer
service in her dedication to
St. Joe Children's Theater
as well as GALA Commu-
nity Theater.
"Our organizations sur-
vives on two things, dedica-
tion and donations," stated
Ouellette. "Dedication is
the most important. With-
out volunteers like Gina we
could not pull off our proj-
Following the award
presentation, members and
guests heard a summary
of new art events and pro-
grams for 2010 that include
Downtown Window Gal-
lery Tour a plan to place

TIM NELSON I Special to The Star
2010 Board of Directors: (front to back) Don
Ouellette, Blake Denton, Kelli Newman, Steve
Kerigan, Machell Bohannon, Michael McKenzie,
Dolores Lowery, Clay Keels, Amber Davis, Andy
Smith, Jen Bogaert, Pausha Player, Kim Harrison
Kerigan, Krichelle McGhee.

art in empty storefronts on
Reid Avenue that began this
week; Art After Dark an
art walk that takes place in
the Spring and Fall once the
Window Gallery Tour proj-
ect is complete; and Cre-
ative Writing for College Ac-
ceptance and Scholarships

Essays seminars. Ouel-
lette also discussed ongo-
ing projects and upcoming
productions; Write-A-Play
Program that was recently
completed at all six Gulf
County Schools; a stronger
presence in coordinating
and presenting Plein Air and

Student Art Day; a renewed
commitment to First Fri-
days; the expected growth
of the Songwriter's Festival
Workshop; and the continu-
ation of the Ghosts on the
Coast Storyteller. More de-
tails on these projects can
be obtained at www.gulfal-
"Our goal is to make
our area the art mecca of
the Forgotten Coast," said
Ouellette. "The intent is to
use this status to encourage
tourism, new residents and
businesses and the over-
all economic growth of our
area," he continued:.
Before closing the meet-
ing, Ouellette made a plea
for volunteers and encour-
aged everyone to sign up
to volunteer time to one or
more of the. 2010 projects.
Twelve new volunteers
signed up. The dedication
of the evening and meal was
"Amazing Grace" sung by
Cindy Cherry (Talbot), a lo-
cal jazz and blues artist who
has opened for such nota-
bles as B.B. King, Stevie Ray
Vaughn and Etta James.

*The meeting was ad-
journed and followed by a
reception catered by Provi-
sions and cocktails.
"I applaud the efforts.
and the strides GALA has
taken over the last year
and was impressed by the
2010 agenda, organiza-
tional structure, and lead-
ership vision set forth at
the annual meeting," said
County Commissioner Bill
Williams. "GALA plays an
invaluable role in opening
doors for our young people
with many diverse talents
and enabling them opportu-
nities to learn and embrace
their creativity. GALA will
lead the transformation
that is critical for economic
development and tourism
The mission of the Arts
Alliance is to coordinate,
encourage and promote the
arts, as well as arts educa-
tion in our area. For more
information on Gulf Alliance
for Local Arts, their projects
and participation/volunteer
opportunities, please visit

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Society BRIEFS

Wedding band found
A wedding band, likely
a man's, was found on
10th Street in Port St. Joe
not far from the nursing
home. The ring has three
initials on the inside band
To claim the ring, please
call Phillip (229-2679) with
the correct three initials.
If he is not home, please
leave a message.

Shiitake Mushroom
Production Workshop
The Gulf County Coop-
erative Extension Service
will sponsor a Shiitake'
Mushroom Production
Workshop on Thursday,
Feb. 25, at the Wewahi-
tchka Community Center,
314 N. Third St., Wewahi-
The workshop will star
at 6 p.m. CT. There will be
a registration fee of $10,
to cover cost of materials.
Each participant will be
able to carry an inoculat-
ed log home. If possible,
please bring a portable
drill and a 5/16 drill bit
to expedite inoculation
of your log. If you don't
have a drill, please come
anyway; we'll provide you
with a drill and drill bit.
For more information,
contact the Gulf County
Extension Service'at
639-3200 or 229-2909 or by
e-mail to rlcarter@ifas.

Coggins Clinic
The Gulf.County Coop-
erative Extension Service
will sponsor an Equine
Coggins Clinic on Satur-
day, Feb. 27.
Carla Hubbard will ad-
minister the Coggins test
starting at 8 a.m. CT. The,
cost for the clinic will be
$30 and is mainly for the
south end of Wewa, Port
St. Joe and the general
vicinity. This will be the
last clinic hosted.
You must call the Gulf
County Extension Office
at 639-3200 to be put on

the list for this clinic by
today, Feb. 25.
A negative Coggins test
is mandatory 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 an-
nual basis.
For more information,
call the Gulf County Coop-
erative Extension Service
at 639-3200.

Stroller Talk
Parenting Group
A Stroller Talk Parent-
ing Group is being estab-
Slished through Healthy
Start at the Gulf County
Health Department. The
group will discuss sudh
aspects of parenting
young babies as Ififant
Massage: "The Power
of Touch," the amazing
talents of the newborn,
stages of development, <
and coping with crying.
Learn all about the abili-
ties of your newborn.
There will be open
discussion about a host of
topics you want to knbw
If you are interested in
attending, call 227-1276,
ext. 150. .
-The date and time of
meetings will be set later.

Bunco for the library
The Fish House Res-
taurant in Mexico Beach
will host a Bunco Tour-
nament Fundraiser at
6:30 p.m. ET March 1. All
proceeds benefit the Gulf
County Library in Port St.
Entry fee is $30, $20 to-
, play and $10 for dinner
(BYOB). Prizes will be.
awarded, and there will be
a donation drawing.
For reservations and
tickets, call Dana Boyer
at 227-3777, Barbara Rad-
cliff at 340-0256, Nancy
.Swider at 227-3600, the
Fish House Restaurant
or the Port St. Joe Public

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Meet the pet of the week,

Sugar is an adult labrador
retriever/boxer mix, that has
the sweetest disposition. -She
loves attention from anyone
and plays well with other dogs.
Sugar wants nothing more
than to be by your side and
keep you company.
If you are interested in
adopting Sugar, contact the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society at
227-1103 and ask for Melody. You may also more information.
at our website at

FAITH'S THRIFT HUT is in GREAT NEED of donations!
Proceeds go directly to support the animals in our care.
Please come out Thurs. Sat. from 10am 4pm. 1007 Tenth
St. in Port St. Joe or call 227-1109.

The Comedy About Family Vacations
by Tim Clue & Spike Manton
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On Feb. 9, 2010, our
Lord called Rodney Du-
puie to be forever with,
Rodney left behind his
wife of 26 years, Sharon
Dupuie; his four children,
Tiffany Dwight, Tyra
Dupuie, Cody Dupuie
and Krystal Dupuie; his -
son-in-law, Dave Dwight;
his four grandchildren,
Leilah, Shawn Michael,,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Children's home fundraising dinner set for March 7

Special to The Star
The Fish House Restaurant 'of
Mexico Beach will sponsor a fund-
raising lasagna dinner March 7
for the Taunton Family Children's
Home. -
There will be twor seatings: 4:30
p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT. A dona-
tion of $12 per person is requested.
All donations are appreciated. One.
hundred percent of the proceeds
go directly to' support the rebuild-

ing of the Taunton Family Chil-
dren's Home that burned down in
December 2008 and is being rebuilt
from donations.
There will be live music and
raffles from 4:30-8:30 p.m. This
promises to be a fun event and a
great meal.
The Taunton Family Children's
Home is a nonprofit home for chil-
dren and is in Wewahitchka. The
home has provided a safe and lov-
ing home for many children in our


area over the years and plans to
continue to do so, .with your help.
Please be generous and help those
who are working hard to help the
less fortunate.
.Tickets for either dinner seat-
ing can be obtained by calling or
going by The Fish House, 648-8950.
The Fish House is at 3006 U.S.
Highway 98 in Mexico Beach.
In addition, volunteers: will have
tickets available throughout the


Love, Mercedes, Ron-
ni, Chance, Caleb, Calea,
Jake and Baby Kyler

Love, your girls,
Beth, Silvia, Crystal
and Clarissa

S Missing

Kayla White graduates
from the University of Alabama
Kayla White, a 2005 graduate of Port St. Joe High
School, graduated from the University of Alabama on'
Dec. 12, 2009, with a Bachelor of Science in geology. She
will continue at the University of Alabama as a graduate
student as she pursues her master's.

Kathleen F. Reilly

Kathleen F. Reilly, 63, of
Danbury, passed away at
home on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
She was the wife of 40 years
to Navy veteran James W
Reilly. Born in Brooklyn,
New York, she was the
daughter of Salvatore and
Josephine Patti.
Kathleen had a Ph.D.
It was her only love, and
only job, to which she gave
selflessly. She traveled the
world with her husband and
daughters, serving them
as James served the U.S.
Navy, never living in one
city or country for more
then a few years. This held
true long after Navy retire-
ment, when her family focus
continued on in playing an
active role in her daugh-
'ters' lives and those of her
grandchildren, moving from
Florida to Delaware to New
Jersey and finally to Con-
necticut. Her humor, whit
and unique charisma were
energizing to all.

She is survived by her
husband, James, and
three daughters, Michelle
Donzeiser and husband Bill
of Darien, Patti Strong and
husband Dave of Bradford,
R.I., and Joann Reilly of
Danbury. She was blessed
with six grandchildren, Lily
and Will Donzeiser, Isaiah
and Jeremiah Strong, and
Brett Meeks and Shana
A private family service
was held at Edward Law-
rence Funeral Home in
Darien, Conn., at 2 p.m. Feb.
7, followed by an interment
service Feb. 9 at the Rhode
Island Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. A
memorial fund was estab-
lished in her honor on the
American Heart Associa-
tion's honor.americanheart.
Edward Lawrence Funeral Home
Darien, CT 06820

Nine-year-old Spatzs has been missing since Fri-
day, Feb. 12, from 1006 McClelland St., Port St. Joe.
Doesn't see well and is very allergic to fleas.
Please call Carolyn Lee at 227-1108.
Offering,a REWARD.*

David and Harmony; his
sister, Janice Montgom-
ery of Freesoil, Mich.;
his brother, Kurt Dupuie
and wife Mary Dupuie of
Freesoil; and countless
nieces, nephews, friends
and family.
Rodney Dupuie will be
in our hearts and memo-
ries forever.
"Like A God, You Will
Live Forever"

In memory of Ruby Mae Baker
4-18-24 to 4-1-2002
Though your smile is gone forev-
er, and your hand we cannot touch,
We still have many memories of
you, the one we loved so much.
Your memory is our keepsake
with which we will never part.
God has you in his keeping, we
SRUBY MAE have you in our hearts.
B We love you and miss you.
BAKER Sadly missed but never forgotten,
Your husband Luther Baker and children,
Jafar, Lorenza, Douglas, Arzator, grandchildren
and family. '

No Check

No Problem

5 Points Landfill now offers a Voucher System
Vouchers may be purchased at:
Gulf County Public Works 1001 Tenth St. Port St. Joe
Gulf County Clerks Office 200 N 2nd St. Wewahitchka
For more information call 277-1401 or 639-2238

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Rodney 'Stinger' Louis Dupuie

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

School News

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DAR essay contest winners announced

Special to The Stair .

The Saint Joseph Chapter, Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution is
pleased to announce the winners for
this year's American History Essay
Fifth-grade winners are: first
place, Ethan Hinote, Wewahitchka
Elementary School; second place,
Travis Slentz, Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School; and third place, Alison
Gay, Faith Christian School.
Faith Christian School student
Zach Post won first place in the sev-
efith-grade division.
Eighth-grade winners are: ,first
place, Christian Lane,. Faith Chris-
tian School; second place, Lexie Mc-
Ghee, Faith Christian School; and
third place, Lauren Costin, Faith .
Christian School.
The DAR treated the. first-place Winners in the Daughters ofthe A
winners to dinner at the Sunset Winners in the Daughters of the A
Coastal Grill. Students presented History Essay Contest include (from
their winning papers during the '(with parents Julie and Eli Duarte), s
DAR meeting. Cheering the winners grandmother Bernice Horn and par
on were Melanie, Hal, Gail, Har- and fifth-grader Ethan Hinote (with .
old and Jeff Hinote, Burley Parker,
Stephanie and Rickie Barfield,'. topic this year "Describe how you
Bernice Horn and Julie and Eli Du-. felt on-May 10, 1869, when the gold-
arte. ..( .'en spike was driven at Promontory
Each winner received a bronze Summit, Utah, to celebrate the com-
DAR medal and $25 check. They also pletion of the First Transcontinen-
won a copy of the Bill of Rights along tal Railroad." Fifth-graders wrote
with an essay on George Mason and 300- to 600-word essays, and sixth-,
the Bill of Rights. seventh- and eighth-graders wrote
* The essay. -contest, open to all 600- to 1,000- word essays..
fifth- through eighth-graders in Gulf 'Contest participants will receive
and Franklin counties, had as its a certificate presented at their

nerican Revolution American
left) eighth-grader Christian Lane
seventh-grader Zach Post (with
ents Stephanie and Rickie Barfield)
parents Melanie and Hal Hinote).

schools' awards day.
The DAR sponsors the essay
contest to instill in its students and
countrymen a love,and respect for
the country with its God-given free-
doms. It hopes to help participants
gain wisdom, strength of purpose
and vision from those they encoun-
ter in their research in order to
make them better people and more
enlightened citizens.

By Forest Halualani

Senior Class
Seniors and parents
of seniors are encour-
aged to attend a Seniors
Scholarship meeting
with Ms. Bernal.of the
Guidance Office, Tues-
day, Marbh 2, at 5:30 p.m.
For more information,
call the guidance office
or check online at the
high school Web site,
Guidance link.
Seniors should pay
their invitation money as
_soon as possible.

Clubs and
SGA: SGA members
will be traveling to Pen-
sacola on Saturday, Feb.
27, for a district meeting.:
NJROTC: The pro-
gram finished its annual
inspection Friday, Feb.

19. Though not official
until written'down, it
appears the program did
well overall. Bravo Zulu
'to all cadets. Change of
'command will be in
Key Club: Key Club
is still looking to help
with service projects.
Contact Fred Flowers at
-Port St. Joe High School.
Keyettes: Keyettes
are still available to help
with service projects. '
Contact Krichelle Mc-
Ghee at PSJHS.
NHS: Two to three
large bags of pepper-
mints and 34 bottled
waters for FCAT testing
are due from each NHS
member by March 5.
Mu Alpha Theta: Mu
Alpha Theta competi-
tors will be traveling to
Chiles High School in
Tallahassee for competi-'
tion March 13.

The Star will run one winning
essay per week, beginning with
Christian Lane's imaginative tale
of a young girl's first ride on the
Transcontinental Railroad.

First Transcontinental

By Christian Lane
Faith Christian School
eighth grade

May 10, 1869
Dear Diary,
I want to introduce myself to
you. My name is Rose Claire and I
am 13 years old. Sometimes people
say that I am tall for my age; how-
ever. I think I am average. I have
blond hair, brown eyes and I am
fair completed.
Now that I have introduced
myself let me tell you about my
day. Today my mom and I went to
the celebration of the completion
of the First Transcontinental Rail-
road. I can still hear the banging
of the Golden Spike being driven
in the track. It gleamed like gold in
the bright sunshine. There was so
many people there that I could not
see over all the heads. There was
a Chinese man standing next to
us with dirt still on his face. Sweat
was still streaming down his face
and his hands were red and swol-
len with blisters. He had been one
of the workers and I could hear
him talking about how he sent the
money he had earned to his family.
I am so excited because tomorrow
I get to go on the train. My mom
and I are going to see my father in
Omaha, Nebraska.

May 11, 1869
Dear Diary,
Today I am boarding the train.

This will be my first train ride! We
are leaving from Promontory Sum-
mit, Utah and are-going to Omaha,
Nebraska. The conductor was
hollering, "All aboard, eastbound
to Omaha." He had on a neatly
pressed gray coat with matching
pants; his silver buttons gleamed
in the sunshine. He had a great big
sriile on his fac? too. He was very
excited. Mom and I settled into
our seats, I had the window seat!
Then I looked up and sitting across
from me was an Irish family. The
man's face looked weathered and
his hands looked rough from hard
work He was explaining to his
children that Congress agreed to a
transcontinental plan and passed
the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862. The
act gave two companies respon-
sibility for building the railroad.
The Union Pacific Railroad was to,
start laying out tracks to the west
from Omaha. The Central Pacific
Railroad was to lay out tracks to
the east from Sacramento. He said
work began in 1863 for the Central
and 1865 for the Pacific. The Cen-
tral had to cross the Sierra Nevada
mountain range and the Pacific had
to cross the Rockies. To get the nec-
essary workers the Central hired
thousands of Chinese laborers and
the Union hired thousands of Eu-
ropean immigrants. Each railroad
worked toward the other, across
plains and rugged mountains in all
kinds of weather. The supplies had
to be transported long distances. By
1868, the work had become a race
between the two railroads. After
he finished explaining all this my
eyelids began to close as the train
began to bump and bump and bump
along the tracks. The last thing I
heard was the whistle blow.

May 13, 1869
Dear Diary,
Today the train traveled slowly

through the Sierra Nevada. I could
see the snow-caped mountains,
the Eagles soaring overhead and
I thought I saw in the distance a
smoke signal. I wondered what the
Native Americans thought about
the train. I hope the tracks did not
interfere with their hunting be-
cause the Indians depend on hunt-
ing to feed their families. The sun
is almost setting so I will write to
you tomorrow.

May 14, 1869
Dear Diary,
Today I looked out the window
and I could see several tribes of In-
dians with their belongings moving
toward the north. They had women
and children, mothers with their
babies strapped to their backs, and
young braves. Some of the Indi-
ans had headbands with brightly
colored feathers. Some of their
feathers were scarlet, turquoise,
and some even looked like the
color of the sun. They looked sad
probably because they had to move
their villages to government owned
land. I knew the government had
bought land to run the railroad
tracks. This made the Indians have
to move their villages. I asked my
mother if they were Sioux, Apache
or Comanche, but she was not sure
either. My mother told me tp stop
staring at them and think about my

May 15, 1869
Dear Diary,
Today is the day I get to see my
dad in Omaha. I can not wait to see
him! I can imagine him standing
there waving his hat up and down
when he sees the train arrive. I
already know that when I see him
I will just run and jump into his
arms and tell him all about the
Golden Spike and my first train

e[ ris i'n school

Attention home-school-
ers! Faith Christian School
is taking applications for
umbrella students. FCS of-
fers an umbrella program
that allows you to pick
your child's curriculum,
work at your own pace and
graduate with a diploma;
FCS also offers umbrella
students an opportunity
to attend monthly chapel
services, take Standard
Achievement Tests and
participate in extracur-
ricular activities (on and
off campus). If you would
like more information
about Faith Christian's
Umbrella Program, call
The Annual Spring Auc-
tion and Spaghetti Din'
ner is planned for Friday,
March 12. You are sure to
find great bargains, super,
sales and unique items as
you enjoy a delicious din-
ner and fellowship with
friends and neighbors.
Everyone is.welcome! Call
229-6707 for reservations.

22: Progress reports go
March .
12: Spring auction &
dinner early dismissal
17: St. Patrick's Day
19: Learning Fair -
early dismissal for Learn-
ing Fair participants

My God
By Lexie McGhee
There are many peo-
ple around me whom
I love.
But the One I care
about most is watching
me from above.
My God cares about
me most of all,
Even though in hard
times I fall.
My God created me
in a special way,
And knows how
many grains of sand
wash upon the Bay.
My God cares about
the sparrows in the sky,
And still loves me
more even if I lie.
My God knows every
thought that's in my
And it doesn't please
Him if they are unkind.
My God. my Rock,
my Threshold
I will always love
you forever told.

22-26: Spirit Week
25: End ofnine weeks
26: Field Day early
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The Christian CONSCIENCE

Your Reward

is Coming
It's just a matter of time
before you get your reward.
What's it going to be folks,
to hell or to be with the Lord?
Many people think to be a
good person is all you have to
A lot of good people will be in1
hell that thought this way, too.
I know Jesus, I heard a man
say, and I pray every day, too.
I thought with regret, as
I saw the beer in his hand,
question is does He know you?
No, beer won't send you to
hell,'ll get you on the road
When a person is full of beer,
they just don't seem to care.
Folks, I've been there,
I know what booze can do.
If you give Satan an inch,
he'll be your ruler, too.
To give your heart to Jesus
would be a wise thing to do.
If you decide that you're
not wise, keep it up,
Satan is waiting on you.
Billy Johnson

your eternal destiny on the fact
that someone once told you
that you were "saved"? What
if they were wrong and were
deceiving themselves and oth-
ers? Do you have any idea how
painful your eternity will be?
Jesus told a religious leader
in John 3:5, "Most assuredly, I
say to you, unless one is born
of water and the Spirit, he can-
not enter the kingdom of God."
Have you had two births one
a natural birth and another, a
spiritual birth? Listen to what
He said, "That which is born
of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the Spirit is
Obviously, you have been
born of water the natural
birth or you wouldn't be
reading these words: But have
you been born of the Holy Spir-
it? Do you even know what it
means to be born of the Spirit?
The Apostle Paul wrote in
Ephesians 6:18 that the Ephe-
sians and we should be
"praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit."
Are you doing that on a regular
basis? Jude 1:20-21 says about

.the same thing. When is the
last time you prayed in the
Spirit? Do you even know what
that means? If you don't know
what that means, read 1 Corin-
thians 14:14-15.-
Many are following the
teachings of someone who is
simply following the teachings
of someone who is following
the teachings of someone else!
They are getting their infor-
mation from English Bibles
translated from corrupt New
Testament texts that came
out of the Alexandrian church
where scribes felt that it was
OK to make changes according
to their whims. One of these,
texts was literally pulled from
a monastery wastebasket,
where it had been discarded as
not usable. The only English
Bibles that are true to the New
Testament text received by the
church are the KJV, the NKJV
and perhaps the Lamsa Bible.
The rest aren't trustworthy,
and have as many as 140 or
more significant changes or
omissions in key areas.
Get off the treadmill of life
-and think! If you should see

the sign of Jesus in the sky to-
morrow, would you be ready?
Questions or comments?
Send an e-mail to the address
At the Mexico Beach Chris-
tian Worship Center, we preach
basic 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
fellowship at 9:30 a.m. CT. Wor-
ship begins at 9:45 a.m. Come
early so you can meet and fel-
lowship 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 Park-
er Realty and the Beach Walk
gift shop, just off U.S. Highway
98 in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center

St. Joseph
Catholic Church
"" 2th and Motnument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
.4 6, s.orying Mexico Beach
All Mass Times EET: D
Saturday......................................................................4:00 pm
Sunday ............................................................. 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday............................ 9:30 am
W wednesday ........................................................... 5:30 pm

St. Lawrence Mission
788 N. Hwy.71
Wewahitchka, FL.
Sunday Mass 11:00 am (Cl),

Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance
at Cape San Bias
Opens December 6th

Choir Anniversary
Victory Temple First
Born Holiness Church will
be celebrating its choir
anniversary at 7 p.m. Sat-
urday, Feb. 27. The public
is invited. Come and Be

Pastor appreciation
Philadelphia Primitive
Baptist Church is honor-
ing its associate pastor on
Feb. 28 with an apprecia-
tion service. Come and be

Events at Zion Fair

The traditional Black.
History Month Community
Soul Food Fest will be held
at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27,
at the Washington Recre-
ation Center. Everyone is
encouraged to participate

and bring your family's
favored covered dish. Last
year, we were blessed with
an overwhelming success
to learn about our heri-
A gospel program will
be held at 6 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 28, at Zion Fair to
honor the musical life and
legacy of Brother Abram
Evans. We ask that the
many adults and youths he
inspired in gospel music
please participate in this
program. We invite every.
church choir and musical
group to render a selection.
Gospel groups from Ala-
bama and Tallahassee will
make guest appearances.
St. Patrick's
dinner and dancers
On Saturday, March 13,
St. Joseph's Catholic

Church will hold its annual
St. Patrick's Day dinner
' with Irish dancers. The
dinner will be held in the
Church Hall on 20th Street
in Port St. Joe.
Join us for a traditional
Irish dinner of corned beef
and cabbage, carrots, pota-
toes, roll, dessert and bev-
erage. We will begin serv-
ing dinner at 5 p.m. EST on
Saturday, March 13. The
Niall O'Leary Irish Danc-
ers of Panama City iill be
entertaining throughout
the evening with a fast-
paced performance of tra-
ditional Irish step dances.
Everyone will also have a
chance to sing along with
some of our favorite and '
traditional Irish songs.
Join us for an evening of
fun for the whole family.
All proceeds from
this event will benefit St.

Joseph's Family Life Min-
istries. All tickets are $8
each and are available at
the church office, in the
Church Hall on 20th Street.
Fok more information or
purchase of advance tick-
ets, call Jenny Mercury at
647-2504, Phyllis Sellen at
229-6308 or Bunny Miller at

Women's Luncheon
New Life Christian Cen-
ter Church Women's Min-
istry invites all women to
our annual Women's Lun-
cheon at 11 a.m. ET March
13. The theme will "Yes to
Change." The speaker will
be Pastor Margie Kelly of
Free Spirit Community
Church of Panama City.
Come join us for a time
of fellowship and praise.
Lunch is free.

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting.
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382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 3.2456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

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9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
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Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
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Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
KChoir: 7:00'ET

Constitution and Monument Port St. Yoe

950) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

New Service Schedule'for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service 8:30 am Children's Choir................. 6:00 pm
Sunday School ....................9:40 am Prayer 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

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

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first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long .venue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Sunday School.........................10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m,

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

Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ....... .. ....................... Sunday School
10:30 AM ............................. Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM.......................... Worship
6:00 PM .......................................................... W orship
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Jesus said in Luke 21:36,
"Watch therefore, and pray al-
ways that you minay be counted
worthy to escape all these
things that will come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of
Man." Are you doing that on a
regular basis?
The Apostle Paul, also
known as St. Paul, wrote in 2
Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; old things have
passed away; behold, all things
have become new." Are you re-
ally in Christ? Have old things
passed away, or are you still
living the same old life, doing
the same old things, some of
which you know are wrong?
- Paul also wrote in 2 Corin-
thians 13:5, "Examine your-
selves as to whether you are in
the faith. Test yourselves. Do
you not know yourselves, that
Jesus Christ is in you? un-
less indeed you are disquali-
fied." Have you examined you-
self recently, or are you basing


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Law Enforcement/ Local

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The Gulf County
Sheriff's Office will
be conducting vehicle
safety checkpoints 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 Ave, C-30 Sim-
mons Bayou, Highway 71
North of White City, High-'
way 22 and Highway 22A,
Highway 71 and Westarm
Creek, Highway 71 Dalki-
eth Area and Highway 71
near the Calhoun line.
On Feb. 12 Joseph Ty-
ler Adkison, 18, was ar-
rested on warrants for
burglary to a conveyance
and grand theft.. He was
also charged with prin-
ciple to the manufacture
of methamphetamine.
On Feb. 15 Karen Fay
Fox, 33, was arrested on
a warrant for violation of'
probation on a charge of
On Feb. 15 Jonathan
Curtis Gates, 25, was ar-
rested on a violation of
probation warrant; the
original charge was utter-
ing a forged instrument.
On Feb. 16 Mark Bev-
eled, 37, was arrested on,
a warrant for worthless'
On' Feb. 16 Chester
Lloyd Lewis, II, 44, was
arrested on a child sup-

Juvenile Justice
The public is welcome
to attend the monthly Gulf
County Juvenile Justice
Council meeting scheduled
for 3 p.m. ET on Wednes-
day, March. 3. The meeting
will be held at the Port St.
Joe Fire Station building.
We strongly encourage
parents and interested in-
dividuals who care about
and provide services to the

port warrants.
On Feb. 16 Frank Kev-
in Bell, 44, was arrested
for domestic battery.
On Feb. 17 Abigail Lee
Gilbert, 19, was arrested
on charges of fleeing and
attempting to elude.
.n Feb. 17 Jonathan
Robert Adkison, 20, was
arrested on charges of
violation of conditional
On Feb. 17 Charles
Darryl Little, 49, was ar-
rested on a violation of
probation warrant; the
original charge was lewd
and lascivious acts.
On Feb. 17 Jorge Ne-
gron, 39, was arrested
on a violation of proba-
tion warrant; the original
charge was possession of
a controlled substance.
On Feb. 18 Stephen
Edward Norris, 34, was
arrested on warrants for
failure to appear battery
and violation of probation
from Bay County. '
On Feb. 18 Jimmy
Hammond, 20, was ar-
rested on multiple counts
of grant theft and deal-
ing in stolen property.
Investigators developed
Hammond as a suspect
in a recent rash of stolen
air conditioner units and
when interviewed he ad-
mitted to the theft of four
units in the Wewahitchka
area; more arrests are
pending in this case.

Council meeting
youth in Gulf County to al
' The point of contact i
The Gulf County Unite
Community Developmen
Corporation, Inc., 212 Mai
tin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
located in the North Port Si
Joe Police substation build
ing. Amy Rogers, president
can be reached at the office
by calling 229-1551;

Perrys takes plea, avoids trial in aggravated battery case

Former Air Force captain will'
serve 10 years, with 5 years credit

Florida Freedom Newspapers
than face a jury on lYIonday,
former Air Force captain
John Perrys took a plea
deal last Saturday.
Perrys, 33, has been in jail
since April 2005, when he was'
charged with armed burglary
of a dwelling, aggravated bat-
tery -with a deadly weapon
and misdemeanor criminal
State's Attorney Glenn
Hess has said the pros-

ecution thought it had "an
extremely strong case"
against Perrys, who was
accused of forcing his way
into Gulf County Judge
Fred Witten's home and
attacking Witten's step-
daughter, Caroline Lister,
with a metal baton.
Perrys pleaded no con-
test to those charges Satur-
day, but accepted a 10-year
prison sentence, with cred-
it for the nearly five years
he already has served.
He'll be on probation for 30
years after his 'release, but


will be able
to petition
for early
of his proba-
tion after 10
He will
have to
get mental
health coun-

selling, pay a $25,000 fine, as
well as attorney fees, and
he won't be allowed within
Bay or Gulf counties while
he's on probation.
Perrys also has to sur-
render all photographs and
videos of Lister, and is pro-
hibited from communicat-
ing with her or her family.
Lister, nowmarried with

.children, is Perrys' former
girlfriend. She has said a
masked man began beat-
ing her with a club the
morning of April 12 after
she stepped out of the
Perrys' trial has been
delayed twice in the half-
decade he has been in jail;
once, because an impartial
Gulf County jury could not
be found. The case was
subsequently moved to
Bay County.
After Perrys was sent
to the Bay County Jail,
his attorney declared Per-
rys mentally unfit to stand
trial, which forced a con-
tinuance while Perrys was

Growing Tomatoes in the backyard garden

By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Director
Tomatoes unquestionably are the
most popular vegetable grown by
backyard gardeners.
,To raise any vegetable successfully
you need to begin with 'adequate soil
preparation. Tomatoes are no differ-
ent. Tomatoes need a slightly acid soil
with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. If the pH
of your soil is less than 6.0 it is too acid
and you should add lime to correct the
problem. You really shouldn't add lime
unless a soil test indicates the need for
it. Then, about 5 pounds of dolomite
per 100 square feet of garden is the av-
erage recommended rate. Be sure you
work the dolomite into the soil at least
one month before planting. If your soil
pH is above 6.5 you should add sulfur or
a fertilizer that contains sulfur. There

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are a couple schools of thought on
when to add fertilizer. Some people be-
lieve in fertilizing the soil before plant-
ing. If you choose their method apply
two-and-a-half pounds of fertilizer for
every 100 square feet of garden.
Use an 8-8-8 with minor elements.
Do this a weekbefore planting and, and
mix the fertilizer thoroughly into the
soil. Three weeks or so after you plant
the tomatoes, add another two pounds
of fertilizer per 100 square feet as a side
dressing, and water thoroughly.
Before planting, be sure all frost
danger has passed. Also, choose the
healthiest plants you can find and han-
dle them gently. It's best to transplant
on a cloudy day, or in late afternoon ...
and, as soon as possible after a rain.
It's a good idea to set your plants.
slightly deeper than they were grow-
ing at the nursery. You might also

want to add a cutworm control at the
same time, If you wait even a day be-
fore controlling cutworms, you may
have to buy new plants. If the tomato
variety you're growing requires stak-
ing, you can drive stakes into the soil at
the time of planting. Place the stakes
three or four inches from the plants.
As they grow, simply tie them to the
stakes with string.
Some recommended bush type to
semi-vining (Determinate) large fruit-
ing varieties are: Walter, Suncoast,
Floramerica, Flora-dade, Duke, Solar
Set and Celebrity.
If you like the small fruiting variet-
ies; try to find the Floragold, Florida
Basket, Florida Lanai, Roma Patio,
Cherry Grande and Micro Tom.
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site or contact the Ex-
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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
2:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 11, 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 P.M. on
Thursday, March 11.

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


Bids SHALL be submitted in a sealed envelope
marked: -

SEALED QUOTE and identified by the NAME OF
THE FIRM, NAME OF THE QUOTE, along with the

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 bods.



The Gulf County School Board is accepting
statements of qualifications and performance data
from architectural services firms for the following
project: The structural roofing of the Wewahitchka
Elementary School 5th grade wing located at 514 East
River Road, Wewahitchka, FL 32465. The School
Board requests interested firms to submit written
information for review and study. Information to be
provided should be consistent with Florida Statute
287.055. Interested firms should submit eight (8)
copies of the information to Bill Carr, Assistant
Superintendent for Business Services, Gulf County
School Board, 150 Middle School Road, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 on or before March 8,2010, at 12;00
Noon, ET. After committee review, no fewer than
three (3) firms will be selected for oral presentations
to be scheduled at a later date., For additional
information call Bill Carr at 850-229-8256.


Bid. #2010-02
Bid Title: Lawn Mower

Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe Hustler Super Z
XR-7 mower will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil
G. Costin St. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up
until 12:00 PM EST, March 11, 2010. Bids will be
publicly opened and acknowledged, March 11, 2010
at 2:00 PM EST, in the City Manager's Office.

Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly
marked with bidder's name address date time of
opening and bid number for "City of Port St. Joe
Hustler Super Z XR-7 Mower with Flex Forks".

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Work consists of
delivery of one Hustler Super Z XR-7 mower to
1002 10th Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The
following is a breakdown of the bid specifications
for the mower.

1. Mower: Hustler Super Z XR-7 mower with a 54"
mower deck and flex forks.
2. Engine: 25 horsepower Kawasaki engine.

Copies of the Bid Package are available at City Hall,
205 Cecil G. Costin S. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida

A list of bidders and award notice will be publicly
announced at the next regular meeting of the City
of Port ST. Joe City Commission following the bid
acceptance date if possible. Bid award will be made
to the best bidder, but the right is reserved toreject
any or all bids.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Good sport? FWC shuts down Florida fox pens

By Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
temporarily banned fox and coy-
ote penning in Florida.
The decision means that no
Florida fox pen, including the sin-
gle facility still holding a valid li-
cense, can allow fox/coyote chas-
es or even run dogs within their-
enclosure until the FWC decides
on a new set o rules to govern the
activity. It is possible that penning
will be completely banned.
During the Feb. 17 meeting in
Apalachicola, FWC heard heated
testimony from both animal rights
activists and enthusiastic hunt-
ers on penning. More than 200
people filled the courtroom, and
60 signed up to comment publicly
on the issue.
State Rep. Debbie Boyd" (D-
Newberry) appealed to FWC to
follow due'process before making
their decision. State Sen. Charlie
Dean (R-Inverness) sent a letter
requesting compliant facilities
be issued permits, and Gilchrist
County sent a letter in support of
the pastime.
In Florida, fox hunters travel
in pickups or four-wheelers, sport
camouflage clothing and carry
walkie-talkies. The hunt takes
place in a pen enclosing large ar-
eas of land, sometimes approach-
ing 1,000 acres.
Originally, Florida fox hunting
was carried the open, but
with increased land development,
packs of hunting dogs became a
potential nuisance in residential
areas. Expensive foxhounds were
endangered by busy highways.
In 1988, the Game and Fresh-
water Fish Commission, forerun-
ner of FWC, began permitting
fox/coyote enclosures where
hunters could pursue their game
in safety.
Now people are- protesting
that the practice of chasing con-
fined animals within a pen, even
a large pen, is cruel and poses a
health hazard because confined
game can spread.diseases, such
as rabies, as well as parasites,
including an incurable tapeworm

DAVID ADLERSTEIN I Florida Freedom Newspapers
FWC Commissioner and former Miami Dolphin lineman Dwight Stephenson, a Hall of Famerleft,
shares a laugh with Nick Wiley, FWC executive director.

that attacks the liver.
Even some hunters admit
the practice is not hunting in
the strictest sense because no
one carries guns. Trapped game
animals are.torn to death by dog
packs, sometimes numbering
more than 100 hounds.
Maj. Curtis Brown, wholed an
investigation into penning, told
commissioners his probe' began
when Alabama authorities told
FWC hundreds of foxes and coy-
otes were being transported ille-
gally into Florida.
Under current state regula-
tions, coyotes may not be trans-
'ported into Florida, although they
may be trapped and sold within
the state. Foxes are protected and
must be trapped elsewhere and
certified free from rabies before
they can be brought across state
lines.. Only permitted facilities
can purchase and possess either
animal. The state has strict re-
quirements for pens that specify
the type of fencing and the num-
ber and location of escape areas
for the "game animals."
After several undercover sting
operations by the FWC uncovered
a series of violations, the FWC de-
clared a temporary moratorium
on issuing fox pen permits; nine
pens applied for' new permits in
2009 and were refused.
Jennifer Hobgood, Florida

state director for the Humane
Society of the U.S., argued that
fox penners are chronic violators
with a flippant disregard for the
William Melvin, of Lynn Ha-
ven, told the commission he is a
pastor, coach and businessman.
"We are just normal people," he
said. "We don't want to kill the
fox. We-want to run the same fox
this Saturday and again next Sat-
Brian Mathey, of Perry, said
fox penning makes an important
economic contribution to his
community. He, too, argued that
fox penners do not intentionally
harm game animals. He said he
purchases 20 coyotes a year for
$80 each.
FWC will host a series of work-
shops to discuss fox/coyote pen-
ning and plans to have a set of
provisional rules ready for their
June meeting, when it is possible.
they could ban the practice alto-
gether. Or, they could accept the
rules, with or without provisions,
and vote on the final legislation at
their September meeting.
"This is not a referendum on
hunting," Commissioner Brian
Yablonski said. "We have taken
great pride in trying to expand
hunting whenever and wherever
Commissioner. Dwight Ste-

phenson said, "I see this as a ter-
rifying, and cruel'situation. Let's
stop the thing and take some time
to look at it."

Snapper season shortened
Red snapper season will be
shortened by at least two weeks
in 2010.
At the FWC's regular quar-
terly meeting in Apalachicola last
week, commissioners learned the
Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Man-
agement Council (GMFMC) has
decided snapper season, which
begins on June 1, will extend only
into July.
The exact length of the season
will not be announced until early
The actual amount of snap-
per harvested will be increased
from 5 million pounds in 2009 to 7
million pounds and will continue
to increase during the next few
years as the fishery recovers.
, The bag limit for recreational
fishermen remains two fish a
minimum of 16 inches long.
Bill Teehan, the FWC repre-
sentative to the fisheries council,
said the snapper fishery in the
gulf definitely is recovering, and
the size of fish being harvested is
Pam Anderson, manager and
part-owner of Captain Ander-

son's Marina in Panama City and
spokeswoman for the Panama
City Boatman's Association, said
shortening the season is a hard
blow for the charter fishing com-
"We always say if the season
runs five months, we break even,
and at six months, we make a
profit," she said.
Anderson was among many
recreational and commercial
fishermen who told FWC that,
contrary to data collected by GM-
FMC, snapper are abundant in
the gulf and might be damaging
other fish species.
"I caught snapper at the end
of last season with a cane pole
within sight of the pine trees,"
said charter Captain Chip Black-
burn, of Mexico Beach. "To say
there is a shortage of snapper is
giving science a bad name."
Russell Crofton, of St. George
Island, said, "There are so many
snapper right now you can't get
past them to fish for grouper.
They eat everything. They are ru-
ining the other fish."
. The Boatman's Association
contends data on snapper popu-
lations in the gulf is faulty. They
point to a 200.6 study by the Na-
tional Research Foundation,
which argued collection methods
and statistical models used to
measure the snapper popula-
tion are flawed, and a totally new
study should be designed.
The, boatmen joined forces
with other commercial and rec-
reational fishing groups in the
country and traveled to Washing-
ton, D.C., on Wednesday to draw
attention to the need for better
information when making fishery
decisions. Two busloads of North
Florida fishermen. were among
the protesters.
Anderson said GMFMC has
requested $54 million in 2011 to
promote a quota system allocat-
ing a share of the total catch to
recreational and commercial fish-
ermen. "We want that money to
be used to collect better informa-
tion so the Fisheries Council can
make an informed decision about
fishing seasons and bag limits,"
she said.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT mortgage on the following February 25, March 4, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, 2 br, 2 ba Carrabelle, large deck
IN AND FOR GULF property in Gulf County 2010 pursuant to subsection Care Giver/CNA 50 mo 50 e
COUNTY FLORIDA Florida: S- 713.78 of the Florida Stat- C are iver/CNA available now $650 m Call for an $50 dep
GENERAL JURISDICTION PUBLIC NOTICEutes, COASTAL TOWING Food Servce/Hospitality Exp. Req/Send resume to: For Rent Duple Duplex apt. Jones ..
DIVISION Lot 4, Tremont Estates, ac- AND ROADSIDE SERVICE, 11/2Bath homestead. $625. mo.
cording CENTURAto the map or plat Pursuan to S INC. reserves the rightto S uther or call anytime(850) 2 Bedroom, 11/2 Bath, 850-229-6941 Mexi Beach
RBC CENTUBA BANK* thereof as recorded in Platto SectionsI accept or reject any and/or 248-2273 or fax 248-2275 Large Kitchen & Family mm-MexicoBeach
PLAINTIFF Book 4, Page 29, Public Florida Statutes, thd C t all bids. Resorts ing Pool, Game Room, 3 br, 2 be townhome, W/D
Records of Gulf County, Commission of the City of Vacation Now accepting TV., Ice Machine, Laundry Spacious 3 br 1 be, included, pool, clubhouse
VS. Florida. Port St Joe, Florida, as the 2001 FORD resumes for the position of Room. Fully Furnished, in- kitchen w/d heat & air 2nd and 1/2 mile to beach No
Governing body of the #1FRW0731KE10142 & Guest Services clues Elec Power & store, flat on river for rent or smoking, $850 mo. Call
SHARON A KLUG; hasbeenfiledagainstyou City, does hereby give February25,2010 PT/Seasonal Medical/Health Water, garbage pickup. lease call Gwen Brian 404-915-2910.
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF and you are required to public notice of its inten- in our Port St. Joe office. $1000 month. Location: 850-653-6279
SHARON A KLUG; JOHN serve a. copy of your writ- pion to consider an ordi- 6045S:. Email resume to Child Health C30 2 mi East pass Raw
DOE NANE DOE AS ten defenses, if any, to it nane ,for adoption in ac- NOTICE UNDER FICTI- Chi Bar on left. 850227-6683 ml East pass Raw
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN on GARVN B. BOWDEN, cordance with Section TIOUS NAME LAW PUR- Services *e__________ 87
DEFPOSSESSION the plaintiffs attorney, 163.361, Florida Statutes SUANT TO SECTION Specialist 6140,
DEFENDANTSBis Wiener Wadsworh & led as follows: 865.09, FLORIDA STAT- _North rida Child Devel- Publisiher's
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CASE NO: 07-48CA Bowden, PA., 1300 Thom- AN ORDINANCE OF THE opment, Inc. is seeking ap- Notice
NOTICE OF see, oda 32308, within C IY OF PORT ST. JOE NOTICE IS HEREBY Help wanted sponsible for comprehn- All real estate advertising in Lng Ave. Home For rent, PSJ, cosy 1 br
FESTABLISHING THE GIVEN that the under- esforieo A subecttofor Rent cottage, quiet neighbor-
FORECLOSURE SALE 30 days of first publication,, PORT ST. JOE REDE- signed, desiring to engage t e appoint r s heathserntice to ex- this newspaperis subj Spacios r home, lose to town, $450
and file the original with VELOPMENT TRUST in business Under the ficti- the Tomorrow's Leaders pectant mother, infants, the Fir Housing Act which Spacious & private home, o ls5
NOTICE IS HEREBY the clerk of this court either FUND, PROVIDING FOR tious name of 12TH MAN Program to be run soon in toddlers & preschool age makes it illegal to advertise 3 br, 2 ba,, Large fencedin mo + utilities, 229-1215
GIVENusuanttoa m before se e on the OVIDI R osnam ted 1 this paper. Pay.averages children. Preferred R.N. & "any preference, limitation yard, front 'porch, hard-
mary Final Judgment of bpelaintiffs attorney .or -he PROVIDING FOR THEFDu- O'Hara Drive, ih the between $10 and $15 per possess an understanding ora discrimination basedxon wood floors, 3 blocks to Great Palm Blvd
Foreclosure dated Febr- mediately thereafter; other- RATION THEREOF, PRO- County of Gulf, In the City hour. Work out of your of Infant & child health se- race, color,religion, sex, area shopping, downtown, Cotta
ary 8, 2010 entered in Civil wise a default will be en- NG R EXPEND of Wwaitchka Florida own home. Send brief vices. NFD offers an nationalorigin, or an inten- new hospital site & St. Cottage
Case No. 07448CA of the tered against you for the TUNES THERE 'FROM 32456, intends to register work history to tractive benefits package tion, to make any such pref- Joseph's Bay. Monthly for Rent
Circuit Couurt inFlandfor relief demanded t o n the PROVIDING FOR REPEAL the said name with the Di as well as a competitive erence, imitation or dis- rental available. at $750, 2bexc nt ot-
CORHOP 10 5H B: Jsmaine Hth D Ig R ruay 2 lary. ,DFWP/M-F/EOE cntnauiond Familial status per m.ofnth get Wue $750 r tar. W al rad client ot-
GULF County, Florida, I complaint or petition. O ANY ORDINANCE IN vision of Corporations or p of Closing Date March 10, includes children under the security/damage dep. Call near own Port
best bidder for cash at DATED February 9, 2010 CONFLICT. HEREWITH theFlorida Department of ClsiaI a 2010 www.floridachildren age of18 i ng wiethparents Gulf'oast Property Ser-C tjoeor erwNetfloo
THE FR FRB A NORRS PROVIDING FOR SEVER- State, Tallahassee, Florida. -. 2 forg Resumes should be or legal custodians, preg- s GulfCoast Prope St. Joe for rent. New floir-
THE FRONT LOBBY OFC M rc eC i wor ABILITY, AND PROVIDING ES .org Resumes should be or legal n cus todians, preg- vices at (850)229-2706 for ing, fresh paint, large pri-al
THE GULF COUNTY Clerk of the Circuit Court ABILIOR AND EFFECTIVEDING Dated this 21st day of Feb- maie oCD, A tn curing custody of children fmrore information & a tour vate fenced back yard.
BY. JasmineFOR AN EFFECTIVE 2010. 1 ue 1 man Resources, PO Box 8. of this great house rental. Walking distance to down-
STREET, PORT ST. JOE, Deputy Clerk A &'P Products and Ser- FL _________38_______F_ town, minutes from
FL 32456, at 11:00Oa.m.on February 18,25,2010 ThE pr os Ordinance vices 32465, Fax 850-639-4173; This newspaper will not schools, all area attrac-
the 6 18th 1:5 d ay m. of Ma brch, w0 bThe proposed Ordinance vices, LLC 2 knowingly accept any ad- Townhome at ions and the new hospital
the th day of March, 5938-willbefrstradatapubic February25,2010 Web id 34080269 vertiing for real estate. $750 a month w/$750
2010 the following de- NOTICE TO meeting to be held on Mar- n .1yc.u",* wIwhich is in violation of the Port St. Joe. $750 a month w/$750
scbed property as set RECEIVE SEALED BIDS 2, 2010; beginning at 6:00 ..- law. Our readers arem herebyc deposit. Call Gulf
forth in said Summary m and The Cit will con-informed that all dwellings Country Club Coast Property Services at
nal Judgment, to-wit: BID#0918 side the Ordinance for advertised in this newspa- Townhome for rent, lo- (850)229-2706 for details.
naiadoption at a public meet- 'I 1100at I I per are available ona equal cated right across from the
LOT 10, WATER'S EDGE The Gulf County Board of ing to be held on Mar 16 5897 I Community I MedtcamHeah I opportunity basis. To corn- 9th green of Port St. Joe
AS e Gf u o fitb eoM plain ofHdiscrimination call Country Club. Two story,
RECOSUB DIVISION, PLAT County Commissioners 2010 beginning at 6:00 pm NOTICE OF. HUD toll free a c country Club. Two story,
BOOK 4, PAGE 8, OF THE will receive sealed bids or as soon thereafter as PUBUC SALE CNA's 1-800-669-9777. The fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5
PUBLIC RECORDES OF from any qualified person, .possible, at City Hall in Looking for greatICNA's toll-ree number for toe ba, TH. with screened in House For Rent, in St.
GULF COUN FLORIDA company, or corporation Port St Joe, Florida. Inter- Hwy 22 Storage Custodian Applying f Person:The hearing numpaired ,is back T.porch that oveenedrlooks Joe Beach, 3 br, 2in bath,
GULFCOUNTY FLORIDA interested in providing the ested parties may appear 1249Hwy22 (North Bay campus)for II Bridge at St. Joe 2 1-800-9279275. the golf course. The T.H. is large yard Call, Gene at
Dated this 9th day of following: at the meetingand be Wewahitchka, Florida custodalduties d nclud- 9tk St. PrtSt.e; minutes from downtown (850)830-9342 forinfo.
D his y heard with respect to the *ngroutine, houa keep- close to new hospital site ____
February, 2010. 1. SINGLE AXLE TRUCK & proposed Ordinance. To #21 Robert Herold Iing tasks according to I WeId34080115 & the community college,
An rs claiminanin TRACTOR obtain da copy of or to in- #48 Jason Lowery I set procedures in cleaner I - -- mS as well as other local area
tAny person claiming san n- 2. 64,000 QWW GVW aspect the Ordinance con- ing of classrooms, re- attractions. Monthly rental
terest in. the surplus fr than om TRUCK. tact: The City of Port St Units will be opened on strooms, offices & other $800 with $800 security/
the sale, if any, other thas 3. TRACTOR TRUCK Joe at 850.229.8261 or March 4, 2010 at 8:30 and I areas. Requires the abil- I Port St Joe, 2 bd, CH&A damagesdeposit. Call Gulf Howard reek, 1br, 1ba,
the property owner aens o 4.TRAILERS visit at 305 Cecil G. Costin merchandise sold or Iity to travel on collegee I $550 mo. No smoking or Coast Property Services at Cottage.,Furn. $500 e
must e a caof the l is pe nlans Sr Blvd, Porl St Joe, FL removed if payments are related- business, the Resident Care Attendant pets. W/D Upstairs Apt. 850-229-2706 for more info $50 dep. No pets.85
sixty (60)file days afteim withe Please place YOUR COM- 32456. not brought up to date. Liability to be flexible in' FT/PT Positions Available 850-899-0149. & a tour of the Townhome.850-522-9515 or326-0785
sixty: (60) days after the PANY NAME, SEALED February 25,2010 February 18, 25, 2010 lIwork hours.due to train- I Competitive Wages and
BID, and the BID NUMBER SlI ng periods/equipment Benefits experience and Mexico Beach-2br, 2bath.
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bilty who needs any ac- and specifications may be 865.09 Florida Statutes yeub We, ,Jaa yn Dowden Hous Nice updates +
commoation in order to ad speications may bth e Gulfthe undersigned intends to I ply by 3/1/0. Trainees Only 108 S..E. Ave. A small yard. Long term
articipate in this proceed- trained s ce register with the Division of Maintenance No experienced Drivers Carrabelle, Florida 32322. lease, deadbeats need not
S edo C Corporations, Department St Joe Beach, 7426 Ger- I Mehanic $800 pr week www.eacrestre.comcall Close to public boat
cost to you, to the provi- Bivd., Room 148, PortS of State, the fictitious tradega Ave Fndayend Satur (North Bay campus) re- 1-877-214-3624 2 BR 1 B Mobile Home.' rampl 850-906-
sion of certain assistance. Joe, Florida, 32456 by name under'which it will day8:00 am? sponsiblefor the, main-e o .........$75.00
Please contact the office of p.m., ETo 2 b be engaged in business Garage tnance & repair ofi Unfurshed, large lot ....................... $575.00
he Court Administrator, 4:30 p.m., E.T on March and in which aid business Garage Sabuildings and grounds 2 BR 1 B Duplex White City Fishermans
theGULF County Courthouseistrator, 12, 2010. Bids will be is to be caed n, to-it: Furniture, tools, plantsand of the North Bay Cnter Remodeled, Fenced Back Yard......... $600.00 Dream. 2br, 1 Ba, Se-
at within two (2) s wotig opened at this same loca- lots of stuff Required HS diploma 30 3 BR 1 B End Unit Apt clouded, with large porch
days of your (2) working tion on Tuesday, March NAME TO BE REGIS- I /equivalency, 1 yr. exp: Front & Back Porch, unfurnished-..... $525.00 on two acres 1 block to
Notice of Sale; 1-80o0-955 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m TERED: T E I general trades work. POSTAL& GOV'T JOB 3 BR 3 B Condo I boat ramp. $650 + Sec
-8771 (TODD) for hearing ET KLADCO Controls Corn- none or more. of the INFO FOR SALE? Unfurnished -Pool-.... .....$750.00 Deposit850-9060095
impaired or 1-800-955- Any questions concerning Pan334 1 building trades, the abl- I 2 BR 1.5 BA
8770, via Florida Relay bity to travel on college I 170 N. Bayshore Dr. Eastpoint ......... $750.00
8770, via Florida Relay this bid should be directed C action 3 BR 3 B Condo
Service. to Don Butler, Gulf County Mailing Address: related business, and Fun BR 3 B Condol 85. o
Serv ice. o Administrator at (850) 154 Palm Breeze Way, the ability to .be flexible Furnished Pool........................$500.00 wk6170
The Law Offices of 2296111 or (850)Port Saint Joe, RFlorida I in wrk-hours due,tol 2 BR End Unit Apt
Bakalar & Topois, PA. 227-8971 or (850)32456 Sportcraft pool table, ap- trainingpeods/ equip- You NEVER have to pay Furnished Carport .... r.. .. $525.00 2 br, 1 ba
Attomey for Plaintiff proximately 4x7', very meant, issues. Normal for information about 1 BR Interior Apt Owner pays portion of
50 N Park Road, BOARD OF COUNTY OWNER(S): goodcondition,$325or hours are 6am-2pm I federal or postal obs. f Furnished -Redecorated...................$500.00 water. $450 mo + $450
Suite 410 COMMISSIONERS aDCO LLC, a Florida best offer, (850) 648-2074 IIM-F. $9.24/hr. Apply byI you see a job 2 BR 1 B Apt dep. Hiland View. Call
Hollywood, FL. 01 GULF COUNTY., FLORIDA Registered Limited Liability 31/10"guarantee", contact the Unfurnished Apt............................... $500.00 850227-451
February 18, 25, 2010 Carmen L. MLemore Company Sign n Lngi|age FTC. 3 BR 1-BAt
5903S Chairman February 25,2010 Interpreter -I The Federal Trade Furnished decorated ..................$500.00 2br, 2 b,Clean, in Port
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, 5993S I (pt,30 hrs) provide sign I Commission 2 BR 1 B Apt St. Joe, $450 month + de-
OF THE FOURTEENTH UClerk ePUBLUC NOTICE : 4100lantguage interpretation is America's consumer Furnished (3 Day Mn) .............. $650.00 wk posit. Call850-442-3334 or
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT INTAND February 25, 2010 r ----- -I servicess for students protection agency. 2 BR 1 B Water Front House 850-545-5814
FOR GULF COUNTY, March 4, 2010 NOTICE IS HEREBY I i who are deaf/hearing Beautiful View .... .... $900.00' -
FLORIDA GIVEN tha the City Co- paired (lasss,ec- I www.ft.govjobscas Beach front houses with winter rates. For Rent 3 bedroom 2
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CAPAL CffY BANK FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL T St. Joe, Florida, at its I Educalonl/Traning meetings, appoint- A public service PLEASE CALL JOANN 850-697-9604 Clean. C/H/A. Call
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GULF COUNTY mission meeting room at I GlJfCoDS. I diploma/equivalency +1 Dpa1 ClasstlfedAdvertisng
MARY E. KING, C & S DE- EMERALD COAST FED- the Municipal Building, c-r I i to yrs exp, knowledge I department
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UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Plaintiff, have the 2nd reading an GuJiCoal ~' 'r y I guage & deaf culture
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SanNAN I line I equivalent sils pre- Commercial space for
NOTICE OF ACTIO. MCDANIEL AN ORDNANCE Acounting fero $15/nr. Pos.lon Sale Lsease or r,nt 92 Ave IN 0 E O
MARY L. MCDANIEL, CITY OF PORT ST. JOE. Analomy & Physiology IIis Open Until Filled. I E (Hwy 98) Apalachicola MINI-STORAGE AND OFFICE COMPLEX
TO MARY E. KING: Defendants. FLORIDA RELATING TO Chemistry I Test Administrator. Call Gwen 850-653-6279 ie
St CASENO. 07-197CA CEMETERIES, PROVID- ComputerApplicatl6ns I TAFB, (pt) secure & ad- Climate Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that ING FOR CERTIFICATE Eglish g minister : tests while I .Lease Office Space Watercraft and RV Storage
an action to foreclose a NOTICE OFSALE OF INTERMENT, PROVID-I Mathematics maintaining an environ-I "
mortgage on the following ING FOR FEES, PROVID- Music ment conductive to fair 8 5 0 2 2 9 8 0 1 4
popyn G uI B t B E atING FOR STOANDARDS Music Prou n. Tech- "& accurate testing Refi sa ce2980
property in Gulf County Notice is here given that N F TAN S Musi Prod n, I Retail space for rent. One
Florida: i Notie heresy given that FOR INTERMENT WITHINInology '.r I Astudents.i Rbsponsinfo: I ea i spc for r. One .1
pursuant to a Final Judg- CITY OWNED CEMETER- Nursing Ifor the recdid keeping, a room available in Victorian **
md CITY OWNEDr, CEMETER-l I Nursin 1 for the rcd keeplng,7 style house Consignments
Lot 7, Tremont Estates, ac- nt of Forelosure date IES, PROVIDING FOR Physics security of. testing l stye C nig
cording to the map or plat February 1, 2010 ad n- MAINTENANCE AND Radiography I data/files, testing condi- I welcome. Call 653-3550
theof as recorded in Plat 07-19ed in7CA of theivil Circuase No. LANDSCAPING RE- Reading. I tions and confidentiality I
Book 4, Page 29, Public 07-197C A ourtof theFourtnthJu- QUIREMENTS, PROVID- Spanishssues as t relates to Scoops Up Ice Cream ortS t. Joe C o m m er ial
Records of Gulf County, Court of the Fourteenth Ju ING FOR RESTRICTIVE Speech testing. Requires HS Cafe Business for sell in
Florida. dicial Circuit of the State of COVENANTS IN CEME- Sociology I diploma/equivalencyl Mexico Beach FL. Building r Lea se
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Florida, in and for Gulf TERY DEEDS, PROVID- Statitic I I (AA preferred),, knowl- is leased. Price $80,000
has against you ALD COAST FEDERAL ING FOR AUTHOR Y TO Theatre edge of office equip. & Contac Owner at Scoops Retal I Office Space
Ra ye ou CREDIT UNION, is Plaintiff ESTABLISH RULES, VisualArt computer skills. Appl- or Call 317 illiams Aenue
tenvdefnses, of yo w and PAUL J. MCDANIEL PROVIDING FOR PENAL- I Requires MS -- 18 grad-I I cant must not be an un- I 850-899-1458 +/-100sf e- tenant Improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross

e nf ay it- TIES, PROVIDING FOR ate6 turs In areaof 0in0 dergraduate -tdent, 325 Reld Avenue

on GARVIN Bf. BOWDENi t oll ng Coie t ORDi e $10.39/hr. Position is +/-4500sf- shell space; corner location; $2500/mogross

and file the .original with, 2010 t y asi se- are available for public in- web Id 3408Q617 'Web id. 34080543 +/-300sf-off ice/school space, Large yard, $2850/mo mod. gross
the clerk of this court either forth in 'ard Final JUdg- s et ctiontCity of Port St.- - -- - --" - 210 Reid Avenue
before service on the ment: Joe City Hall, located at II.+/-2250sf-refurbished retail space; $2000/mo mod. gross
plaintiff's attorney or im- 305 Cecil G. Costing Sra, 319 Reid Avenue
mediately thereafter; other- Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. +/-1394- finished retail space; move inready. $1250/mo plus utilities

relief demanded in the Quarter of the Northeast tend and be heard at the 411 Reid Avenue
Quarter of Section 23, public heang or provide +/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross

DATED: February 9, 2010 West, Gulf County, F r- Ct Commissioners, City -. recent inter uade;u 220/o mod, g ross
REBECCA L. NORRIS ida and thence run North of Port St. Joe Cty Hall, recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo od. gross
Clerk of the Circuit Court 00 degrees 4807" East for 305 Cecil W warehouse I Flex Space
BY: Jasmine Hysmith 98.68feeto alongf Section Bvd., Port St. Joe, Florida is looking for full-dt _e faculty in the following disciplines: 110 Trade Circle West ..

5904S gree 0852" fora D e Ws tHcorded. Parsons wishing DL Y IENE ENTALASSISTING.., +/-5,00sf office/flex space; Adacent to Costin Airport; $7 psf plus utilities
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT the Easterly right-of-way to appeal any decision and applicable sales tax Inqudre for possible incentives/concessons.
OF THE FOURTEENTH lne of 80 foot wide graded made during the hearing L ITFIM ATICS,- DIGITAL MEDIA -' 772 Hwy 98, Suite A
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND road, thence North 00 de- will need a record of the '. +/-900sf office flex space, includes 450sf overhead storage. $500/mo
FOR GULF COUNTY, agrees 48'07" East along proceeding and should en ENGLISH (2) POLITICAL SCIENCE mod. gross
FLORIDA said Easterly right-of-way sure a verbatim record is For S ale
ine for 198.61 feet; thence made, including the testi- NIJRSIN 402 ResdcAvenue
CAPITAL CITY BANK, Northerly along mony on which the appeal -r, +/-2400sf office space newer construction on downtown

Plaintiff, right-of-way arc of cul de is based. Any person who .... corner lot; $239,900
sac for an arc length of wishes to attend and re- The college desires applicants for the above positions with a corn- 320 Marina Drive
VS. 2.39 feet; thence North 88 quires assistance may call mitment to student retention and success, continuous curriculum Corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility;
degrees 08'52" East for the City Clerk's Office at improvement, use technology in teaching, and participate in pro- .14 acres.
MARY E. KING, C & S DE- 627.00 ftmore or less to (850) 229-8261, Et.114. fessional activities. The college offers a competitive salary and +/-4988f; Multi tenant bdg 100% leased; Parking Inc; $549,000
SUNKNOWN TENA, LLCNT(S) 00 d egrees 4807ction line; West for 6016S benefits package. Send your application, cover letter, resume and 317 Monument Ave
Defendants. 200.00 feet to the Point o NOTICE at least three professional references to: +/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Parking Included;
enans.200.00 feet to the Point of NOTICE f $569,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms.
Beginning. OF PUBLIC SALE Human Resources, Gulf Coast Community College.401 Reid Avenue
CASE NO. 09-664-CA DATED this 8th day of COASTAL TOWING AND 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401 +/- 5400sf-perfect retail space; $475,000 Also available for lease. Please
NOTICE OF ACTION February, 2010. ROADSIDE SERVICE, INC. Additional information is available at our website: inquire for terms.
TO MARY E. KING: REBECCA NORRIS i Marketed Exclusively by:
TO MARY E. KING: REBECCA NORRIS sure of' Uen and intent to .E l v
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK sell these vehicles on 850-229-6373
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that By: Jasmine Hysmith March 15, 2010, at 9:00 Gulf Coast Community College Is an EA/Eo/F/Vet employer.


Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years



Thursday, February 25, 2010 w Page 8

K Keriaan named TDC director

Star Staff Report

.The Hannon Insurance
Agency recently celebrated
its 50th anniversary repre-
senting Travelers Insur-
. "The Hannon Iasurance
Agency is pleased to have
worked closely with one of
the largest and most re-
spected companies in the
country for 66 years," said
Roy Smith of Hannon In-
surance. "Travelers shares
our commitment to provid-
ing the highest level of re-
sponsiveness and service
to our customers."
Throughout the past.
66 years, the agency has
seen many changes to the
insurance industry and
has worked through some
of the most challenging
times the industry has
known. What always has
remained consistent, is
the ability to offer a wide
range of Travelers prod-
ucts at a competitive

"In today's business
environment, a long-term
relationship, such as the
one we have with Hannon
Insurance, is something
to be proud of," said John
Gist, agency manager for
Travelers. "The trust and
loyalty the agency has built
in the community over the
years is commendable."
Established in 1943,
Hannon Insurance is an in-
dependent insurance agen-
cy offering a full range of
insurance products, includ-
ing auto, home, etc. Han-
non Insurance is a member
of the Florida Association
of Insurance Agents and
Trtisted Choice and sup-
ports local charities, small
businesses and civic orga-
For more information
and quotes on insurance
coverage, please visit Han-
non Insurance at 221 Reid
Ave. in Port St. Joe or call
227-1133. You also can visit

Star Staff Report

In a press release last week, the
Gulf County Administration Office
announced that Tim Kerigan of Port
St. Joe has accepted the position
of executive director of the county
Tourist Development Council.
Kerigan brings more than 13 years
of management, sales and marketing
experience to the office where his
focus will be to continue to expand
awareness and increase tourism for
Gulf County, the release detailed.,
The release continues to note that
Kerigan is an area native and gradu-
ate of Port St. Joe High School. He
holds a Bachelor of Science degree
from Florida State University.

Although he grew up in local wa-
ters, the release continues, his pro-
fessional experiences took him to
the Chicago, Ill., and Dayton, Ohio,
areas where he served as general
manager for Kemper Mortgage.
Kerigan returned to the Gulf
Coast in 2002 where he resides with
his wife, Alison,. a kindergarten
teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary
School, and their two children.
As a co-founder of Mango Mar-
ley's Restaurant in Mexico Beach,
Kerigan has been involved closely
with area tourism efforts, according
to the release. .
"I am thrilled to accept this posi-
tion as director and am excited about
building on the great foundation that

BBB Foundation accepting

entries for.2010 Torch Awards

Special to The Star
PENSACOLA -- Your Better Business
Bureau Foundation serving Northwest
Florida is accepting entries for the 2010
Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics,
which was created to recognize busi-
nesses and charities that insist on ex-
ceptionally high standards of behavior
in dealing with customers, vendors and
BBB accreditation is not required tor
enter; however, applicants must be phys-
ically located within BBB | Northwest
Florida's service area.
BBB board members, BBB Founda-
tion trustees and other volunteers will
conduct an on-site visit for all nominated
and entered businesses and charities.
This reduces the amount of paperwork
required of businesses and charities
who wish to participate and provides an

opportunity for entrants to showcase the
ways they incorporate ethics and integ-
rity into their business practices.
Along with the Torch Award, BBB
Foundation will award the Customer
Service Excellence Award to individu-
als who go above and beyond in their.
customer service activities, as well
as the Student Ethics Scholarship
provided to high school students who
demonstrate leadership, community
service and overall personal integ-
The application deadline for all
awards is March 19, 2010. Award re-
cipients will be recognized at a series of
luncheons to be held in May.
For entry forms and guidelines
for completing an entry for any of the
awards, please visit
TorchAward or call 850-429-0002 or 800-

former Director Paula Pickett and
the Tourist Development Council
have established over -the past 10.
years," Kerigan said in the release.,
"The fact that Gulf County tour-
ism has continued to deliver double-
digit growth annually, outpacing
surrounding areas and the state of
Florida average, says a lot about
what has been accomplished. Tour-
ism is increasingly important to our
economy, and my goal is to work
closely with area business operators
and accommodations providers 'tQ
best support them through new op-
portunities, including boosting offer
season visitation."
Kerigan began his post as execu-
tive director on Monday.

Have your taxes!

prepared for free

WHO: The Gulf County
CDC, People Helping Peo:-
WHAT: Free Basic Tax
WHERE: 401 Peters St.,
Port St. Joe.
WHEN: Call 229-1477 to
schedule an appointment.
Walk-ins welcome on
Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday from 1-5 p.m.
The Gulf County Com-
munity Development Cor-
poration/People Helping
People, through the IRS
Volunteer Income Tax As?
distance (VITA) Program;
will be preparing basic
taxes for free at 401 Pe-
ters St. in Port St. Joe. Call
229-1477 to schedule an ap-

The Chamber of Commerce had a great turn out for our first Allen & Associates of Port St Joe Kerrigan. Estess. Rankin.
Nemrorking At Noon Meettng of 2010 on JanuarN 27th e Big Time CharterMcLeod.& Thompson.LLP
introduced several new members to the chamber. enoed B Tme Charters Labor Finders of Por son. LLP
delicious food from the Sunset C6astal Grill. and heard exciting Blue V\ater Net Group. LLC
news from our guest speaker. Tro \\White Tro introduced a Bo vvo% Beach Shop Ma\. Date & Marjorine
new TV Station for our area \\ EWA 17 For more info please Centur) 21 Gulf Coast Realrh. Inc Mel Magidson Jr. P. A.
visin % % \wee\ Coast 2 Coast Printing & Miller Mart. Inc

Promotions, Inc
Coastal Design & Landscape
Coastal Joe Vacation Rentals
Congo Charters'
Costin Insurance Agenc\
Coenant Hospice
Da% id and Marjorie Ma.
Doghouse Charters
Duren's Piggl. W'gglhi
Ecological Resource
Consultants, Inc.
El Goernor Motel & RV Park
Emerald Coast Federal
Credit Union
Fish'n Express
Gaskin Graddi Insurance
Agency) Inc
Gulf Coast Propert) Seri ices
Gulf Counts School Board
Gulfl Counts Senior Citizens
Happ. Ours
Healih Check. Inc
Joseph'-. Cottage
Keith Jones, CPA

Needles & Thread
One Source Mortgage
Oyster Radio & O)ster Countin
Premier Chemicals LLC
Roberson & Associates
Silver Quest Studios
Sisters' Restaurant &
Catering. Inc.
St Joe Electric SupplN
St Joe Pool
Superior Bank
The Bridge at Ba\ St Joseph
The HaughtN Heron
Tipton, Marler. Garner &
Chaslain. The CPA Group
T ndall Federal Credit Union
United Was of Northwest Florida
Vision Bank
W & \\ Plumbing. Inc
\Valdo. Partt
\jaste Management
\\ hite Sand Ebents

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1HUMA BAIRDKU |special to me Star

Hannon Insurance

celebrates 50 years

with travelers

Gull County
Chamber of Commerce
101-Reid Avenue, Suite 101
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-227-1223 800-239-9553

Ralph Roberson', Roberson & Friedman, P.A.,
Jeremy Novak, Novak Law Offices, GCPS
Randy Raffield, Raffield Fisheries
NMelissa'Farrell, Joseph's Cottage
Tomt Gibson, Rish, Gibson & Scholz, P. A.
Tommy Lake, Bayside Savings Bank
Rex Buzzett, Buy-Rite Drugs
Michael.Hammond, Assist. Admin. & Jail Dir.
Bobby Pickels, Progress Energy Florida

Mission Statement
The mission of the Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce is to be an advocate for existing
businesses and the community, a conduit for
pursuing positive developments, and a
catalyst for cooperation.

A, 'J(.i

Debbie Hooper
Family Beach'
Aerials, Web &
Brochure Images

Go to to view new online
galleries for special events like Kids Win...

Amber Lowry
Mortgage Banker

"Your C'onmunuit Bank" OQoe (850) 636-7988 Cell (850) 2274492
529 CecilG. CostlnSr.Blvd. Fax (850)227-1149
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Member FDIC

Do you stand out in
the marketplace?
Your BBBSis now accepting applications
for the 5th annual Torch Award for
Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service
Excellence Award and the Student Ethics
Scholarship program.
DBB. Entry forms and guidelines available at
l.l; deadline
to apply is March 19, 2010.
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