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50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.comSubscribe to The Star800-345-8688For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star For one local man, what started as a trip to build homes for the needy turned into a lesson on love. Port St. Joe resident Matthew White recently returned from El Tejar, Chimaltenango in Guatemala where he and a group of fellow missionaries from Long Avenue Baptist Church spent seven days building homes in poor communities. Previously, the mission group at Long Avenue Baptist Church partnered with Grace Ministries, based out of Mississippi, on mission trips and the opportunity arose for members of the Port St. Joe church to visit Guatemala. Though hesitant at rst, White ultimately decided to make the journey alongside fellow congregation members Norman Hammock and Michelle Campbell. White said that he sensed that he needed to go on the mission and believes strongly in taking the gospel to every nation. I always thought that someone else would ful ll that need, said White. But the Lord wanted me on that trip. Having never been out of the country, White was nervous. He and 16 other missionaries ew out of the Panama City airport and a connecting ight in Atlanta landed them in Guatemala City. Upon landing, White said that he didnt know what to expect, but felt comfortable once he realized that Guatemala Citys airport was pretty standard. A car took them to nearby El Tejar where they would spend the upcoming days in construction mode. There was a lot of local color and you could tell that youre not in the U.S., said White. The residential conditions dramatically decreased as we drove. By the time we got to El Tejar, you could mistake homes for backyard sheds in the U.S. As the thriving city gave way to poverty, White said he realized that he was in a place in dire need of assistance. The goal of the trip was to build a series of 12x12-foot dwellings for those in need. Over the course of several days they set the posts, secured roofs, installed windows and doors and built a small porch for each home. The dwellings, though small, were designed to be as dry and secure as possible. Families in the El Tejar region share properties with 3-4 families living in the same place. Separate dwellings connected a common kitchen and bathroom area. White said that he was happy to see that Sellers steps aside as EDA directorBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star Citing health and family concerns Barry Sellers announced his resignation as executive director of the Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. Sellers resignation is effective Friday, Nov. 29. He returned to his native Arkansas for continued treatment as he ghts a recurrence of cancer. The resignation, he said in a letter to the EDA board, was in no way a re ection of the organization and its nonpro t partners. I hate to see his health issues came back up because he had done a great job for the EDA, said EDA board president Guerry Magidson. He had gotten us back up to the point where things were moving forward. He did a super job and he a ne man who really cares about this county. Sellers emphasized that the EDA board was comprised of ve good business volunteers, had a contract with the Board of County Butler murder trial in review By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star At the end of a four-day trial last week, a jury found Walt Butler guilty of seconddegree murder. Butler faces life in prison and will be sentenced on Dec. 12.THE CASEOn July 30, 2012, at Pine Ridge Apartments in Port St. Joe, Butler used a racial slur to describe a young black child that caused Butlers friend, and Gants girlfriend, Pam Rogers to become upset. Later that evening, when Rogers told her boyfriend about the situation, he said that he was going to talk to Butler and only minutes later Gant was shot between the eyes with a .22 ri e. The arresting af davit described an intoxicated Butler expressing disbelief in being arrested, using vile and racial language. During pre-trial hearings, SPECIAL TO THE STARMatthew White of Port St. Joe spent a week in Guatemala building homes for 12 families in need. For White, working 5,000 above sea level took some time to adjust to.Love knows no limits The Long Avenue Baptist Church partnered with Grace Ministries in Mississippi for the trip. See LOVE A2Port Authority stakes independenceBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star With a dredging timeline coming into focus, the Port St. Joe Port Authority sought during its most recent meeting to sustain independence in the face of dwindling resources and staff. The Port Authority, already working under a bare-bones budget according to chair Leonard Costin, is down to one volunteer staff member and no port director. Tommy Pitts, now with engineer Hatch Mott MacDonald, was recognized by the board for his years of service as both a member of the board and as port director, part of a transition the Port Authority is trying to get its hands around. Costin has fueled a community outreach campaign that has secure $1,500 from three businesses, along with $1,000 commitments from three members of the community, one of whom expressed an interest in remaining anonymous. The Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. has provided Teacher of the Year candidates namedBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star Beginning a new expanded format for recognizing the top teachers, each public school named its teachers and employee of the year candidates last week. The teacher of the year selections will vie in January for District Teacher of the Year, who will go on to represent the district in state competition in the spring. The employee of the year candidates will undergo a similar process, with the District Employee of the Year named in January and moving onto to state competition. This year, the School Board voted to add a new wrinkle to the process. Come April the district will name a Rookie Teacher of the Year award to a teacher in their rst year in the district. We wanted to expand the ways we recognize our teachers, said Melissa Ramsey, district Supervisor for Assessment and Testing. The teacher of the year candidates announced during faculty meetings last Wednesday are: Cindy Phillips from Port St. Joe See SELLERS A2 See PORT A5 See TEACHER A5 See BUTLER A5 WALT BUTLER Thursday, NOVEMBER 28, 2013 YEAR 76, NUMBER 7Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . .A4Letters to the Editor . . . . . . .A5Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . .A6 Society News . . . . . . . . . . B2School News . . . . . . . . . . B3Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . B4Classi eds . . . . . . . . . .B9-10


LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, November 28, 2013 Commissioners that runs through the end of 2014 and urged local ofcials to stay the course. Keep the organization running and stay the course on the port, Sellers wrote. The resignation closes what could fairly be called a tumultuous year for Sellers. At one point it was unclear who and how he t in the organizational chart for economic development after the BOCC took back operating authority of the former Economic Development Council. Over the course of several months, the BOCC negotiated a contract with a new organization, the EDA, with a volunteer board comprised of ve local businesspeople. The nal BOCC vote was 3-2 and Commissioner Joanna Bryan faulted the nal agreement between the BOCC and EDA for lacking specic goals and parameters for determining the success of the organization, an agreement she said that set the EDA up to fail. The EDA was provided 18 months of promised public funding from the BOCC and municipalities and was in the process of growing its private partnerships. Sellers was out on unpaid leave for much of the summer addressing health issues, and as recently as the rst BOCC meeting of this month, Commissioner Ward McDaniel declared his tenure a failure. If 2013 was a roller coaster, it has been a ride from the outset for Sellers. He was hired to be director of a consolidated Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council after the BOCC joined the two, but Sellers spent several weeks learning the computer passwords and contacts and was limited on staff. But he grew the Chamber membership, including making inroads in Wewahitchka noted by its City Council, and reached out to assist existing and relocating small businesses. We have had numerous new small businesses that have opened here as we increased recruitment efforts, Sellers wrote in his letter of resignation to the EDA board. We have worked with many existing companies with their plans of expansions. I am proud of the work we have accomplished. The consolidated model was dissolved as the BOCC took back operational control, a new Chamber board ceded any economic development to the new EDA and a new Chamber director was hired. Sellers said he didnt really get to the business of economic development, which included signicant work with the Port St. Joe Port Authority, until the EDA was created, having emphasized Chamber work in his 18 months. During his tenure, however, Eastern Shipbuilding announced it would ultimately expand to Gulf County the company continues to make lease and utility payments and the St. Joe Company announced two separate letters of intent with energy companies for shipping through the port. We have had three larger announcements that are waiting on changes and improvements to come to complete fruition, Sellers wrote in his resignation letter. I will continue to be positive about Gulf County overall There are too many resources, assets and beauty here for it not to work in the long run. Magidson said the EDA is exploring its options for moving forward. He said there were several and said he would know more following the holiday. the locals didnt simply expect the visitors to build their homes for them. Prior to the arrival of the missionaries, those in need of homes had to procure the building materials and transport them to the job site. Once walls were erected, the families were also responsible for pouring their own concrete ooring. They put a lot of sweat equity in their homes before we even got there, said White. They have a lot invested. Once the 12 structures were built, the local pastor dedicated the houses to the residents and Whites team surprised each family with a laundry basket stocked with dried pasta, chicken bouillon, wash clothes and toilet paper. We received an overwhelming amount of gratitude, said White. Those items are a big deal. After christening the homes with a prayer, each family was presented with a photo of the family alongside the missionary team. White said that it was a very emotional experience since Guatemalan families rarely have photographs, let alone pictures of their loved ones. White described the locals as kind, gentle and loving. He said that they were appreciative of the missionary work and throughout the visit, many tears were shed. International travel can be difcult for some and Whites team overcame their share of obstacles, the biggest of which was the countrys altitude. Guatemala is nearly 5,000 feet above sea level, making breathing difcult. Visitors tend to feel dizzy or nauseated until their lungs adjust. Luckily for White, communication wasnt a problem. He had minored in Spanish in college, which proved useful in building a rapport with the locals. It doesnt matter if you speak Spanish or just English, said White. The language of love transcends all language barriers. When they werent constructing homes, White and his companions hosted three days worth of bible school for over 400 local children. During the year, children work full time, but during the groups visit they were on their summer break and the kids of El Tejar were eager to hear what the visitors had to say. Seeing the conditions gives you so much realization to how fortunate we are in America, said White. In Guatemala, theyre so grateful and appreciative of just having their family. I think we got more out of the experience than they did in receiving a new home. I went there to demonstrate Gods love, and I saw that love knows no limits. White wont be returning to Guatemala for the next mission trip in March. Instead, hell take a cue from those he helped and stay home to welcome his third child into the world. White said he looked forward to the mission trip in 2015. 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Reeshmentswillbeserved!MLS#250605-$819,900 MLS#250599$899,900Formoreinformation,contact:JayRishGulfCoastRealEstateGroupPSJMarina Cell:850-227-5569 COMETOOURGRANDOPENING Tuesday,December3,2013 RibbonCuttingCeremony5pmVisitustodayfor EntertoWin$50GiftCerticate! DoorPrizes! "WheretheWaterMeetstheWoods" BF SDOSTHLProductsupto ScagMowersupto SnapperMowersupto NewGolfCartsupto UsedGolfCartsupto$60o $900o $400o $500o $200oST.JOERENT-ALLNURSERYANDSUPPLY7061st (850) SATURDAYNOV.thEHS OldFashionChristmasBM PSK LOVE from page A1SPECIAL TO TT HE STARBetween building homes, Whites group held bible school for more than 400 local children. After the dwellings were built, families were given welcome gifts that included food and home essentials. White and his team constructed dwellings from parts collected by the locals. SEllLLERS from page A1


LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, November 28, 2013 4516743


I will prepare and some day my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln said that. Lincoln had lost the election for the U.S. Senate twice, but he was still preparing for success. He didnt lose sight of his goals. In 1864, President Lincoln signed the bill into law giving the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind in Washington, D.C. the authority to award collegiate degrees. The school would be renamed Gallaudet University after Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the founder of the rst school for deaf students in the United States. President Lincolns signing of Gallaudets charter has always given him a special connection to deaf people, in particular those who have attended Gallaudet University. Some people say that Lincoln Memorial shows the seated Lincolns hands forming the letter A on his left hand and the letter L on his right hand of the manual alphabet. It makes sense. Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the famous Lincoln statue, also created a statue at Gallaudet University, Gallaudet and Alice depicting the schools founder and a young deaf girl. French also was the father of a deaf son. This interesting part of the Lincoln Memorial is not documented, but as noted, seems intentional. This year, Gallaudet Universitys football team will be in the NCAA Division III football playoffs for the rst time in school history. This also marks the rst time that any mens athletic program at Gallaudet has made it into a NCAA championship playoff. At 7-0, on Nov. 2, the Gallaudet University Bison played Becker College (MA). With two seconds remaining in the game, Becker College was set to kick the winning eld goal breaking a 34-34 tie. The Gallaudet Bison were prepared, knowing their chance had come Bison player, Chris Papacek blocked the eld goal attempt, teammate Ryan Bonheyo scooped up the ball and ran it 79 yards for a touchdown and victory, keeping the perfect season intact. The Bison nished the season 9-1, losing their nal game of the season to Maritime (NY) 7-6. The 9-1 record and rst place nish in the NCAA Division III Eastern Collegiate Football Conference gave the Bison a resume that assured the 2013 Gallaudet football team made history. On Nov. 23, the Bison will travel to New York to take on the seventh ranked Hobart College Statesmen in the rst round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs. As folks bicker and complain about who has the best team between Alabama, Baylor, Florida State or Ohio State, the Gallaudet Bison can truly claim to be number 1 when it comes to records at their historic university. I scanned through the Gallaudet roster looking for players from my home state of Alabama and my adopted home state of Florida. I found two players from each state. One of our football rivalries, when I played in high school, more than 30 years ago in Alabama, was the Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD). I distinctly remembered a fall night in 1979 when a giant of player for ASD, I simply remembered as Walter made mincemeat of my teammates and me. In doing a little research, I found out that the current Athletic Director at ASDs name was Walter Ripley. I sent him an email asking if he was Big Bad Walter. He was not. After nding out that Walter (Ripley) played for the Kansas School for the Deaf, we laughed about it and he red back another message saying, Youre talking about Walter Draper they say he was 64, 300 pounds. I thought to myself, He was at least 66. I do remember this about Big Walter; every time he would knock you down, he would help you up. He helped you up with the biggest smile that seemed to say, Im sorry I had to do that. Walter Ripley, the ASD Athletic Director, turned out to be a great guy with a lot of connections to Gallaudet University. His nephews, Ryan and Todd Bonheyo, both play for Gallaudet. Yes, the Ryan Bonheyo who scooped up the blocked punt and ran it back for a 79 yard game winning touchdown against Becker College. Ryans brother, Todd, is the quarterback for the Bison. What Walter Ripley didnt tell me was that he was quite a famous quarterback at Gallaudet also. He was a quarterback that truly epitomized President Abraham Lincolns quote, I will prepare and some day my chance will come. It was 1979 and Gallaudet University listed ve quarterbacks on their depth chart #1 Mike Paulone, #2 Jerry Belew, #3 Ken Clark, #4 William Lush and #5 Walter Ripley. With four fellows in front of you, you would think that your chance would never come. The rst two quarterbacks on the depth chart suffered seasonending injuries in the rst game of the 1979 season. Two games later, the third quarterback went down for the season, then quickly afterwards, the fourth. All season-ending injuries, leaving Gallaudet with the only quarterback left on the depth chart Walter Ripley. Ripley nished up the season and established a pro cient passing attack with rookie tight end Andy Bonheyo. I think the passing attack must have been really a great combination Walter married Andys sister. Ripley and Bonheyo had good careers as Gallaudet football players. As noted, Walter Ripley is currently the Athletic Director at the Alabama School for the Deaf. Andy Bonheyo is the Athletic Director at the Maryland School for the Deaf. Ill be pulling for the Bison this Saturday and you can bet Ill have this story ready to pull out if anyone needs a good story about being prepared and never knowing when their chance may come. One other tidbit of trivia, you might not know about. The circular football huddle you see the NFL players use, college players use and peewee players use to strategize and call plays was invented by Paul D. Hubbard in 1892. Hubbard was a quarterback for Gallaudet University and was rightfully concerned that the other team was stealing his hand signals. They circled up to hide the words Paul was signing. They still do so does every other team from Pop Warner to the NFL. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com.Thankful For The Little GibletsSome Day My Chance Will Come Sure, Im thankful for family, friends, a roof over my head and that giblet gravy stuff you pour over the dressing. I appreciate to my core the very essence of Thanksgiving, which was instilled in me at an early age. I relish the memories of Thanksgivings past. But lets not get carried away here with the big picture.. Im also thankful my foot didnt slip when me and Brewer hopped that west bound freight train rolling slowly through town. We couldnt have been more than nine or ten and we had our hearts set on Californiaor at the very least, Oklahoma. I didnt realize how much more dif cult it was when the train was actually moving! I grabbed a metal bar on the side of a tanker and watched breathlessly as my feet dangled along the rails. I pulled myself up mostly because I was too afraid to let go! We hung on until the train stopped after an eleven mile ride to Trezevant. It was another bad idea gone awry. But we didnt lose a limb. And nobody even seemed to have missed us. We caught a ride back home on one of Herschel Smiths cement trucks and led the whole incident under no harm, no foul. The memory is not exactly on par with drumsticks, honey baked ham and sweet potato pie but it is a memory! Im thankful for the Bible Mom gave me for my birthday one year. It saved my life! David Mark was coming at me with a butcher knife. I cant imagine what I had done that had made him so angry. Only brothers can provoke that much wrath in each other. Id probably called him a sissy, or a ninny. Since I was older and stronger, he needed an equalizer. The knife was the rst thing he saw. The Bible was the closet shield available. He stabbed, I protected. The blade went in the back, penetrating through the colored maps, the concordance, an outline of the life of Jesus and some suggested daily readings before coming to a halt in the seventeenth chapter of the book of John. Now, David didnt really mean me any harm. We were just settling our differences in an entertaining way. But even to this day, sometimes as Im reading deep down in the red lettering, my mind ponders off into the Divine Intervention realm. And I remember Daves sharp sword sliced right through that verse that says to give thanks in all things! Im thankful the rst girl I ever dated is not the girl I ended up with. Im thankful I lived through my ninth grade football season. Listen, if you havent lined up opposite the likes of Tommy Herron, Bob Cassidy and Jim Williams, you wont have a clue what Im talking about here. They were big, bad, fast seniors. I was the little engine that couldnt! Bob would hunt me up on the third team, scout defense and knock me ying. Before I could get a landing ap down, Jim would crash me nose rst into the frozen turf. I would be straggling to my feet when Tommy ran right through me. Not over me, mind you, or around me.. Im talking directly through me! He went in one side and came out the other! People lled that stadium on Friday nights to cheer for those seniors leading us on to victory. They never even noticed me. I was number 20, way down at the end of the bench, gently holding my swollen wrist in my good hand and still bleeding from a cut above my left eye Id suffered when I didnt duck quick enough on Tuesday! Heres something else that you wont understand, but Im also thankful for, this Thanksgiving season. I learned more about life, myself and what it takes to make it in this world as a freshman.than I did as a senior starting in every game. Im thankful it wasnt me that took the red light off the only police car in town and hooked it up to the jukebox out at the Diary Bar. There were some mad neighborhood watch groups over that deal! I did drop a nickel in the slot and pushed A-ll just to see the light ash. Im not positive about the statute of limitations here so I cant tell you how much trouble Leon had wiring a police light up to a record machine. But the memory sure lives on. Im thankful Mom chose Daddy over that Bert Freemen guy. Im thankful I only went off to college one time. I dont think anyone could live through leaving home twice! You talk about out of your safety zone! And lonely. And afraid. And lost. Im telling you, that freshman year in any setting, is there mostly to toughen up the hide a mite. Today, Im thankful my kids moved out.and stayed gone. Theyve got to make their own memories. Well, you get the idea. Lets not get so caught up in the obvious this Thanksgiving that we dont appreciate the little, everyday blessings that make life so real, so interesting and so much fun. Uh..hey..Whew! Im also thankful I didnt end up with the second girl I ever took out!Respectfully,Kes HUNKER DOWNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Roger Quinn Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six monthsHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERSIn case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTORBN Heard OPINION www.starfl.comThursday, November 28, 2013 APage A4Section A SIMPLE REQUESTDear Editor, This is a letter I sent last week to Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson To start off ,my name is Loren Siprell. Im a 31year-old citizen of Port St. Joe, Class of 2001. Im writing this letter to you with a request, a seemingly simple request but one with farreaching implications, political and social. I wont lie and pretend I know your politics, or even that I voted for you. It wasnt until a couple years ago that I decided to participate in this democratic system we are so blessed to have. Suf ce it to say I was a sel sh youth with little concern for what happened outside my bubble; my how those times have changed. To say I dont know your politics is to say I dont know where you stand on the freedom to marry. I can make assumptions about you being a small town mayor where Tea Party-style Republicans dominate the mainstream and decisions of this nature are made more on ones faith in Christ than ones true understanding of freedom; but I am not going to make those assumptions. I am simply going to ask, that in the week of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address you join in the ght to make Florida a state where all men and women are created equal regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation by joining other bold mayors who have set aside religious or personal judgments in order to preserve and evolve what this nation was founded on; which is to say the principles that All men are created equal. It is my fear that we will all succumb to the Zealots, the eagerly religious to steer the reins of this great nation into a country no longer guided by individual freedoms, whether you nd them morally reprehensible or not, but rather guided by the scriptures. This is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. Two men or two women, two adults should be free to marry if they so choose. This is the very essence of freedom and any who disagree are indeed the tyrants, not the other way around. So again, I ask you, please make the right decision and choose to take a stand. This will require no serious work on your part. Simply an agreement that all men are created equal and that freedom is determined by the moral code of your religion. Thank you for your time and attention. Sincerely,Loren Michael Siprell Port St. JoeTHANKS FROM NORRIS FAMILYDear Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to thank the of cers and staff at Gulf Correctional Institution for all the assistance they have given our son, Sgt. James Norris since he was diagnosed with colon cancer. We would like to thank the people of Gulf County for the donations, prayers, cards, telephone calls and the love that has been given during this time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance. God bless everyone.The family of Sgt. James NorrisGulf CountyJUSTICEDear Editor, The justice that will be served on Walt Butler is small comfort to the wonderful Gant family whom we all have come to know and love and more. I think it sends a message that discrimination will not be tolerated under any circumstances and that we no longer live in the bygone era that used to tolerate such behavior. The Gant family will cling to the love and memory they have with Everett and go on with their lives trying to repair the damage and loss in icted by Butler. Butler, who shows no remorse for taking the life of an innocent man, will be removed from our community and live the lifestyle deserving of people like him. Only an ignorant person will think they are better than another person regardless of their color or religion. This disgraceful thinking casts a dark shadow over all humanity and tears at the very fabric of our morals. It is our responsibility to educate our children and families to respect other people regardless of their color and to treat them as you would want them to treat you. I hope the Gant family realizes that this community has spoken proving it does not condone discrimination and that the very few that do discriminate do not represent us. God Bless Everett Gant and his FamilyJim GarthPort St. Joe LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


LocalThe Star| A5Thursday, November 28, 2013 Elementary School; Julie Hodges from Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School; Karen Turner from Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School; and Tracy Bowers at Wewahitchka Elementary School. Each teacher of the year candidate was selected in voting by the faculty at their school, so they are selected by their peers. The employees of the year are similarly identied by co-workers and administrators at each school and district site. The candidates for District Employee of the Year, also known as non-instructional personnel, at each school site are: Jewell Hopper at Port St. Joe Elementary; Karen Taylor at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School; Mary Ann Peak at Wewahitchka Elementary; and Julie Carr at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School. Also recognized and in the running for district honors are: Susie White at the district ofce and Mary Lou Cookie White with maintenance/transportation. In January these most deserving recipients will vie for district honors, said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. We also thank the volunteer committee from across the district that helped re-vamp these programs as well as all those who provided suggestions regarding the process. Each school-based Teacher of the Year received $500; each employee of the year candidate received $100. The District Teacher of the Year will receive $1,000 and the District Employee of the Year $200. The Rookie Teacher of the Year will be recognized with a plaque in April.SCHOOL BOARD ORGANIZATIONAt their annual organizational meeting last week School Board members decided they like things just as they are. Board chair Linda Wood was unanimously re-nominated to continue as chairwoman for another year and vice-chair George Cox, who would have been in line to move to chairman, was unanimously approved for another year as vice-chair. Cox noted that many districts use a two-year rotation for chairmanship and her fellow board members echoed his comments about the admirable job Wood had performed during the past difcult year. It is really all about the support team, Wood said. I could not do this job without you and the staff. We may not always agree, but we work well together and dont carry any disagreements out of this board room.ITIT INFRAs S TRUCTURE UPGRADEBoard members unanimously approved the awarding a bid for the rst phase of improvements to the districts technology infrastructure. The rst phase will cost more than $112,000, but Sara Joe Wooten, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, said the upgrade was critical as the district increases the number of dual-enrolled students, more classes move online and more educational opportunities are offered through distance learning. 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Because of the hate crime enhancement originally charged in the case, Sombathy and Sims asked if hearing racial slurs would offend anyone so highly that Butler couldnt be forgiven and receive fair judgment. Sombathy further explained to the potential jurors that it was the burden of the state to prove that the defendant was guilty and that Butler wasnt required to take the stand. After three lengthy interview sessions, the jury of six along with two alternates was chosen by midday Tuesday, and opening statements began shortly after lunch.WITNEss SS Es SOn Wednesday, Sombathy began calling witnesses and Rogers gave emotional testimony that Butlers use of slurs toward the child upset her, and that Butler had clearly been drinking. Pine Ridge property manager Pamela Silcox visited Butler earlier that day and testied that he and Lynn were drunk when she saw them and the .22 rie was off its rack and propped against the couch. Butlers neighbor, Steve Dubree testied that there was no bad blood between Butler and Gant. I just think he made a mistake, said Dubree, while locking eyes with the defendant. Neighbor Kenneth Dunhams testied seeing Gant, who he believed had good intentions, shot down. Dunham said that he feared for his life and ran off to call 911 once he saw Butler reloading the rie. I couldnt understand why this is going on, said Dunham as he recounted the event. Everett wasnt going over there to hurt anyone. The testimony of Butler housemate Robert Lynn conicted with his earlier depositions, and the witness said he had drunk numerous beers prior to talking with the attorneys and before his time on the stand at the trial. Lynn said Dunham wasnt with Gant when he arrived. I wasnt scared, said Lynn, recalling the moment when Gant arrived at Butlers sliding glass door. He dropped like a sack of taters. Lynn said he didnt know the victim and thought that Gant was the father of the boy that Butler had directed racially-insensitive comments towards that ultimately set off the chain reaction. Sombathy played the two 911 calls made on the night of the shooting. The rst was from a panicked Dunham and the second from Butler which was delivered in a calm and casual demeanor. Butler told the operator that hed shot a man who had forced his way into the apartment and was making threats. Lynn got on the phone briey to corroborate the story and then set down the receiver. In the background, Butler could be heard asking Lynn to get him another beer. For several ofcers with Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce and the Port St. Joe Police Department, it was the rst shooting incident they had responded to, but they held rm on how the situation was handled. They indicated that cruiser lights were on, weapons were drawn and strong eye contact was when speaking with the suspects. After they arrived, Lynn opened the door and stepped outside while Butler remained in the doorway. Police immediately ordered them to the ground. Lynn quickly complied and was handcuffed while Butler went back inside and closed the door behind him, creating a tense situation. Walt looked right at me and went back in and shut the door, said Deputy Richard Burkett. As Burkett moved to the rear of the apartment, attempting to secure the scene, he discovered a bloody Gant sitting in a chair on the back porch. Burkett, unable to see the mans injuries in the dark, told Gant to go home. Burkett said that Gant told him he couldnt because Butler had shot him. According to Burkett, Gant was responsive as he and EMS responder John Ford loaded him into the ambulance for Bay Medical Trauma Center. As the ambulance took off for a safe zone to administer an assessment, Deputy Larry Dickey observed Butler through the sliding glass door. I maintained eye sight in the residence. It appeared that he was eating and watching TV, said Dickey. By the time the ambulance reached WindMark Beach, Gant had lost consciousness due to blood loss and brain swelling and slipped into a coma from which he never awoke. Meanwhile, former Sheriff Joe Nugent made contact with Butler by phone and arrested him inside the apartment. Yolanda Soto, a crime lab analyst, examined the rie. She testied the extractor was missing from the weapon, meaning that it had to be reloaded manually and conrmed that Butler only had one shot. Sims asked Soto about the stopping power of a .22 caliber bullet, which she said would not be effective against big game. Sims indicated Butler only meant to stop Gant, though Sombathy reminded the jury the rie was the only weapon in the house. The following day, Medical Examiner Michael Hunter took the stand and said that Gant had died six weeks after the shooting from complications of the injuries inicted by the .22 caliber bullet. Sims called on crime scene investigator Jay Smith, Jr. to ask why he never dusted for ngerprints on the handle of the sliding glass door. If Gant opened the door, as Butler and Lynn suggested, it would potentially be proof of self-defense, though Dunham said that Lynn opened the door before Butler red the weapon. Smith wasnt instructed to dust for prints and Sims said that the oversight could have determined whether or not Gant had opened the door. The question remained unanswered. While Butler and Lynn went on record saying that Gant had aggressively entered the apartment, Butlers friends told the jury that the defendant always kept his back door locked. The victim was unarmed, Sombathy told the jury. Even without ngerprints, isnt it clear who shot who? CC LOs S ING ARGUMENTs SSims said that Butler was scared of repercussions for his use of slurs and was simply defending himself in his home. Theres not a single drop of blood inside this apartment, Sombathy argued, showing the jury photos taken at the crime scene. This wasnt self-defense, this was an ambush. You cant ambush people and then sit back and say it was self-defense. Sombathy said that the case had all of the elements of manslaughter but turned up a notch because Butler had a depraved mind. Im not saying hes an awful person, Im saying that he performed an awful act, said Sombathy. Something snapped inside this mans mind that night. They werent scared at all, they were waiting. Self-defense or not, you just killed a man. Sombathy said that in self-defense, an attacker typically shows remorse for their actions, but Butler seemed unshaken. Sombathy reminded the jury that innocent people dont run from the police. Sims insisted Gant must have approached the house aggressively to trigger such a reaction from Butler. Why else could a man kill his friend? asked Sims. Walt had to make a choice that night. The choice was to take a mans life. As Sombathy made his nal arguments, he put a photo of Gant on the courtrooms video screen for the jury, counsel and those in attendance to see. Sombathy called Gant a silent witness to the trial and said that when the door opened at Butlers apartment he had to know he was in serious trouble. This man killed him, said Sombathy, pointing toward Butler while keeping his eyes locked on the jury. And this man is guilty as charged. Jurors were tasked with deciding whether Butler would be convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. It only took an hour of deliberation for the jury to come to reach a verdict of second-degree murder. $4,300 in critical operating funds and the city of Port St. Joe provided $10,000 in BP settlement funds to be used for liability insurance and dues for the Florida Ports Council. The executive director of the EDA, Barry Sellers, was appointed earlier as assistant port director to work with Pitts and now could assume much of that work. He attended the Florida Ports Council meeting last week in Pensacola and told the Board of County Commissioners that the EDA and Port of Port St. Joe were like Siamese twins in that an estimated 90 percent of economic development communication from outside the county is linked to the port. I think we have a little breathing room, Costin said. The situation with a director was complicated this week when Sellers announced his resignation effective Friday. The Florida Ports Council is essential to the Port Authority and port development, one reason the Port Authority sought emergency funds from Port St. Joe city commissioners who approved contributing $10,000 of BP settlement funds to pay council dues and liability insurance. State funding for ports is, by the end of each legislative session, a product of collaborative efforts between the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Ports Council, the Florida Legislature and the governor. With what Costin called breathing room in the short-term, the Port Authority would like to add a little more as dredging appears increasingly likely spurring development. But proposals from board member Johanna White to turn over day-today operations forwarding phones, providing the rst response to interested potential clients to The St. Joe Company met with resistance. Port attorney Tom Gibson cautioned board members that condentiality requirements the port has a condentiality agreement in place with one potential client would not be an issue with Sellers but could be with St. Joe and its interests. There has to be somebody in this room who is going to have to deal with companies that want condentiality, Gibson said. With Sellers leaving, who that day-to-day person will be is in unclear. There is also, Costin noted, the perception of independence the Port Authority, as a public entity, needs to maintain as development of the port is to hinge largely on the investment of public dollars for items such as dredging. As long as we have the capabilities to work locally I think we should, Costin said. (Moving day-to-day to St. Joe) should be a fallback position. Outgoing board member Patrick Jones, who was succeeded last week by Jason Shoaf, also emphasized the need for independence, underscoring that the port is undergoing a lobbying campaign to raise major public dollars for dredging the ship channel. That work, Jones said, should not be perceived as beneting a private company, adding that the wording of the two letters of intent that St. Joe has entered into with energy companies to ship wood pellets through the port does not include the Port St. Joe Port Authority. The board members expressed an interest in a workshop with the Port Authoritys collaborator, St. Joe, and a written agreement mapping out responsibilities for port operations. Eugene Rafeld encouraged St. Joe, which has supplied the $250,000 local match on the dredge permitting work, to resume providing a presence at Port Authority meetings and the two collaborators need to improve communications. A real partnership, they should have someone here, Rafeld said. There should be an opportunity for our partner to sit down and discuss the ow of trafc. Lets get a workshop with St. Joe, our partners, to discuss these very important issues. Weve got to look at whats best for the community to create jobs and it has to happen quick. This is a regional issue. PORT from page A5TT IM CC ROFT | The StarThe Gulf County School Board kept its ofcers in place during last weeks organizational session, Linda Wood continuing as board chair and George Cox remaining vice chair. 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By FRANK Giant red sh have been hanging around the jetties, beaches, piers and cuts of North Florida for the last several months, and that may continue on until Thanksgiving or not depending on how cold the early fronts get and how rough and muddy the surf becomes. The reds are running 36 to 40 inches, true giants that are far too big to keepthe slot is 18 to 27 inches but a whole lot of fun to exercise and release. The chance to catch a sh this big without access to a boat offers a unique opportunity. (Dont be tempted to keep one FWCC of cers are well aware of this run of oversize spawners and have made lots of possession citations across the Panhandle in recent weeks.) Catching a giant red from shore is not a task for wimpy tackle; best choice is a big, saltwater duty spinning rig with a stout rod 7-6 to 8 feet long, loaded with plenty of 50pound-test (or heavier) braid. The combo allows long casts, strong hook sets and plenty of power to hold the giants, and the thin diameter of the braid means you can put a lot of it on the spool chances are you wont have a sh cleaning you out, which they would assuredly do if you took them on with the standard 2500-size spinning gear and mono. A Shimano 8000-size spinning reel will hold 265 yards of 50-pound-test braid, and thats likely to be adequate for the job. Best baits for the giants are live thread ns, pin sh, nger mullet or other small bait sh. They also readily take cut bait; a fresh slab of mullet or lady sh is ne. Shrimp is also good, but lots of small junk sh also love shrimp and are likely to nip the bait off before a red nds it. The hook needs to be adequate to the task; a size 7/0 or thereabouts will do much better than a smaller hook, and its wise to use circle hooks, which are less likely to be swallowed by the sh and make release dif cult. Youll also need longnosed hook removers Rapala makes some good trigger-grip models ideal for reaching down into the mouth of a jumbo red sh to extract the hook. The clamping mechanism makes it easy to get a good grip and still see what youre doing useful for a lot of species of sh, actually, and not expensive. Bill Dance also makes some good ones, available at Bass Pro Shops and other Panhandle outlets. Big reds often travel in schools, and if the school doesnt happen to be where you are, you may nd slow shing. Its a good idea to carry two rods, one heavy rod for the big reds, which you set out in a sand spike and let soak, and a lighter rig suitable for catching other species whiting and left-over Spanish, among others. As this is written, NOAA says sea surface temperatures are 75 to 71 F. along the beaches, but that will change rapidly with each succeeding front. Bull reds typically hang around until water temp gets below 65or until the last of the bait schools on which they feed head south. Theres usually no doubt when a big red takes youre pretty much instantly hooked up; all you have to do is reel up slack to set the circle hook in the corner of the jaw and the fun begins. Reds of all sizes are tough, and the giants can put up a tremendous battle, with repeated long runs between slugging it out deep. Theyre not jumpers, but they make up for it in power. Once they tire, you can slide them up on the sand, if youre shing from a beach, or ease them close to the rocks if youre on a jetty. From a pier, youll have to walk them to the beach to unhook, which requires some manipulation if the span is busy. Hold the sh up, one hand under the chest, the other gripping the tail, for a photoavoid putting a Boga Grip or gaff in the jaw for a vertical hold-up because this has been shown to have a bad affect on survival for large sh of all species. When youve got the photo, slide the sh back into the water, hold it upright by gripping the tail, and pump it gently back and forth until its ready to swim, then release you might encounter it again next fall, three or four pounds heavier and an inch or two longer. At present the largest reds in the Gulf of Mexico seem to weigh around 40 pounds, or at least none heavier have been entered for IGFA line class records though the no-harvest rule is surely a factor in weighing in sh that might have been larger. In any case, biologists say reds can live up to 60 years, and the reds on our side of the state can be seen as still recovering from the blackened red sh craze, which sent tens of thousands of mature spawners into big commercial nets for restaurant consumption, some 25 years ago. If large numbers of reds here continue to grow another 20 years, its pretty sure there will be 50 to 60 pound sh more common in the Gulf. The species is known to reach at least 94 pounds, 2 ounces, the current IGFA all-tackle record, for a sh caught in 1984 at Avon, N.C. And there have been numerous reds more than 60 pounds entered as line-class records from the Atlantic coast. To be sure, reds, like other species, might simply grow faster in the Atlantic because of easier feeding opportunities, but bigger reds seem a distinct possibility for Gulf anglers in the future under the current harvest regulations. Best places to connect are the obvious ones, anywhere hard structure juts into the Gulf, or where theres a pass, cut or bridge pilings over a major span.Eatin size red shEarly November usually produces very good shing for eating-size reds across the Panhandle as well, and these sh are mostly found inside the bays. Theyre not so accessible to the shorebound angler as those along the beaches, but for those willing to wade or with a boat or kayak, or shing with a guide they can provide a great target. Inshore reds tend to hang around structure, so boat docks, oyster bars, submerged boat wrecks and rockpiles are all good targets. As the water gets colder, theres also a movement of sh into the blackwater creeks that feed the bays, apparently because the dark water captures the heat of the sun better than the clearer, shallower water on the ats. Reds on the inside are suckers for live shrimp. Use the biggest shrimp you can locate, on the lightest weight you can throw with a 2500-sized spinning reel and 10to 15-pound-test braid, you can make a good cast with a quarter-ounce or less rubber-core sinker. Add 18 inches of 25 pound test uorocarbon leader to stiffen the rig and prevent tangles a double Uniknot will join the braid and uoro dependably. Best hooks for slot reds are 1/0 to 3/0 Kahle style, which are light enough not to kill the shrimp immediately and which tend to set themselves because of their general circle-hook structure. Inside reds in the slot will average 3 to 7 pounds, and those at the top of the slot are pretty formidable on light spinning gear. Set your drag lightly and allow the sh to wear itself out as you pump and wind between runs. Odds are the shrimp will attract not only reds but keeper trout and sheepshead at this time of year all hang around the same sort of structure and all prowl the creeks after the rst cold fronts, as well. If you can get them, either via castnet or bait trap, pin sh two to three inches long are even better baits than shrimp because theyre more durable and stay on the hook better. Larger reds love them, as do big trout. Unfortunately, you cant buy them at most baitshops as you can shrimp. Plastic-tailed jigs are also effective for both reds and trout, particularly if you tip them with a pencil-eraser-sized slip of fresh shrimp. Jig heads in 3/16 to quarter ounce do the job, with tails in light colors 3 to 4 inches long usually best. These are bounced on bottom in a pull-anddrop motion; hits usually come on the drop. Its a good way to explore for sh when you dont know where they are. Once you catch a few on arti cials and the bite slows, you can often turn them on again by switching to live shrimp on bottom.Red sh in the shellReds are excellent on the table, though as with many species the red line down the side has a strong shy taste it should be removed, along with the skin, when lleting. Or try red sh in the shell, which is basically cooked whole. Gut the sh and wash it thoroughly inside and out, salt and pepper the body cavity, then stuff it with lemons, limes or oranges, wrap the sh in foil, and place on medium to low grill heat. Let it cook until a fork goes in easily at the thickest part of the shoulder. The sh can now be unwrapped, a knife run down each side of the backbone just under the skin, and skin and scales lifted away. 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matched with the smaller and quicker Tiger Sharks against the larger and more physical Tigers. Blountstown was able to keep Port St. Joes offense off the eld and wore down the Tiger Sharks defense like so many other opponents. Blountstown controlled the clock with more than 26 minutes of possession and outgained PSJ 67-10 in the rst quarter. The Tigers led 7-0 on Dylan Lees 15-yard pass to Corin Peterson on third down with 5:25 to go. It was a deating conversion after PSJs defense pushed Blountstown back 14 yards from the 1. Blountstown doubled the lead on Lees 2-yard plunge to cap an eight-play drive late in the second quarter. The Tigers also churned up the clock with an 11-play drive that ended on a punt a possession before moving ahead 14-0. The Tiger Sharks had little answer with 11 total yards and three punts in the rst half. They turned the ball over on their rst play, an 11-yard gain by Dewayne Griggs that ended with a fumble. Blountstown responded with the rst score six plays later in what was the only TD it needed. The Petersons scored on long runs on three consecutive possessions in the third and fourth quarters to cement the triumph. The Tigers notched their seventh shutout of the season against perhaps their toughest offensive test. They neutralized the explosive Griggs, holding the senior to minus-5 yards on seven carries. Jarkeice Davis led PSJ with 13 yards rushing. They were more physical up front and controlled the line of scrimmage, PSJ coach Chuck Gannon said. We couldnt get anything going. Theyre a good team and I wish them the best of luck the rest of the way. Marquez Johnson led Port St. Joe with 11 tackles and Griggs and Chad Quinn each had nine. Port St. Joe 0 0 0 0 0 Blountstown 7 7 6 14 34 First quarter: BHS CPeterson 15 pass from Lee (Bennett kick) 5:25, 7-0 BHS Second quarter: BHS Lee 2 run (Bennett kick) 3:30, 14-0 Third quarter: BHS SPeterson 22 run (kick failed) 1:09, 20-0 Fourth quarter: BHS CPeterson 25 run (Bennett kick) 8:37, 27-0 BHS SPeterson 15 run (Bennett kick) 3:21, 34-0 Blountstowns Hunter Jordan looks to pass against Port St. Joe on Friday night. BLOUNTSTOWN from page A7Star Staff ReportThere were two unwelcome rsts for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer teams last week. The boys and girls teams each lost their rst games of the season and added the rst losses in district play to boot. But rebounding over the weekend with wins over Tallahassee Godby, the booters got back on stride. Both teams are now 2-20 overall and 0-1-0 in District 1-1A.North Bay HavenBoth teams lost by identical 3-1 scores to North Bay Haven at Harders Park in Bay County last Wednesday. The Lady Tiger Sharks found themselves in a 3-0 hole against North Bay Haven before senior forward Lexie McGhee converted a penalty kick for a goal midway through the second half. A Port St. Joe penalty kick in the rst half was missed. We played very uninspired tonight and we will have to do a much better job on that aspect if we are to have a successful season, said Port St. Joe coach Gary Hindley. Starting eighth-grade keeper Celeste Chiles played all 80 minutes in goal, giving up all 3 North Bay Haven goals while facing 15 shots and making ve saves. The Port St. Joe boys were outshot 12-8 by North Bay Haven and fell into a 2-0 hole before Marcel Duarte, a junior forward, tallied his second goal of the year unassisted. Duarte now has 61 career high school goals, 11 back of school record-holder JMason Rays 72. Junior keeper Tyler Alford played all 80 minutes in goal recording seven saves. Hindley said the Tiger Sharks had opportunities to tie the game, missing two penalty kicks.Franklin CountyThe following night, at home, the boys and girls teams lost to Franklin County in district competition. The girls fell behind 4-0 in the rst half but a second-half comeback, which Hindley labeled valiant fell short in a 4-2 loss. The Lady Tiger Sharks had trouble defending and protecting goalkeeper Celeste Chiles, Hindley said. The Lady Seahawks outshot Port St. Joe 12-6 and Chiles made eight saves. McGhee scored her third goal of the year on a second-half penalty kick and midelder Christian Laine added her fourth goal on a long looping shot to the back post. The boys were overwhelmed 6-0 by a Franklin County squad that Hindley said, Came out with loads of energy. We had trouble matching their size and speed. For much of the night Port St. Joe was also without Marcel Duarte, who reaggravated hip exor and hamstring injuries.GodbyThe girls opened with their second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win and the Tiger Sharks followed with a 3-1 victory. McGhee scored her fourth goal of the season, Kathleen Rish added her third and defender Britteny Shoemaker her rst as the Lady Tiger Sharks netted three unassisted goals. Chiles was forced to make just two saves on four shots and Port St. Joe had 12 shots. Chiles now has a 1.75 goals-against average for the season. Jacob Lacour scored two goals and his older brother Drew Lacour had a penalty kick goal and two assists in leading the Tiger Sharks. Drew Lacour has 24 career assists, trailing program career leader Daniel May by just three. Duarte sat out the match. Alford evened his record while making six saves on eight Godby shots. Port St. Joe had 15 shots. 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COMMUNITY BPage 1Section Thursday, November 28, 2013Trivia Fun with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country and is a weekly feature in The Star. 1) Benjamin Franklin unsuccessfully proposed what bird to be our national symbol? Eagle, Turkey, Pigeon, Swan 2) Thanksgiving is currently observed in the U.S. on what number Thursday in November? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 3) What year did the Pilgrims rst come to North America? 1492, 1510, 1620, 1776 4) Which John was rst governor of the Plymouth Colony? Smith, Carver, Standish, Adams 5) What was the 1st colonial agreement forming a government, the May ower what? Charter, Declaration, Compact, Ordinance 6) Which William served as religious leader of the Plymouth Colony? Penn, Brewster, Hawthorne, Poe 7) What was the Native Americans clothing mainly made from during this era? Tobacco leaves, Water lilies, Animal skins, Tree bark 8) What Plymouth military advisor was remembered in Longfellows poem, The Courtship of? Horatio Alger, Jack Smith, George Strait, Miles Standish 9) Who mainly cared for the Pilgrims beer kegs on their New World journey? Samuel Adams, John Alden, Jacob Astor, John Smith 10) What Patuxet Indian saved the rst Pilgrims from starving? Pinto, Wampano, Squanto, Simba 11) A wild turkey has a eld of vision of about how many degrees? 170, 220, 270, 320 12) About how many tons does the real Plymouth Rock weigh? 2, 4, 6, 8 13) A pumpkin is perhaps described as a? Fruit, Vegetable, Protein, starch 14) What state produces the most pumpkins? Florida, Georgia, Texas, Illinois ANSWERS 1) Turkey. 2) 4th. 3) 1620. 4) Carver. 5) Compact. 6) Brewster. 7) Animal skins. 8) Miles Standish. 9) John Alden. 10) Squanto. 11) 270. 12) 4. 13) Fruit. 14) Illinois. Trivia FunWilson CaseyWC@Trivia By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Lets hear it for free knowledge. The Friends of the Gulf County Public Library received two donations last Thursday to help purchase new books, videos and audiobooks for local readers. The volunteer group received a check from the staff and management of Durens Piggly Wiggly for $250. The donation was presented to the group by store representative Suzanne Doran. The library provides free knowledge to the public, Doran said. This donation will help with purchasing books and keep the library thriving. The second donation, amounting to $910, came from the Reid Avenue Bunco Babes, most of whom are also friends of the library. During the 13th annual Ghosts on the Coast celebration held on Halloween night, the Bunco Babes had a sh fry fundraiser and served up fresh mullet to attendees. Over 2 years, the Bunco Babes have raised more than $10,000 for the library as funding for the facility has been consistently cut by the government. The value of the library to the community cant be expressed in words, said President of the Friends and former school teacher Cathy Colbert. When people in town were laid off, the librarys computers helped them nd new work, le for unemployment, print their resumes or sign up for Medicare. Because of dwindling funds, the library is only open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but the Babes hope to see the establishment open seven days a week in the future. When the economy dipped, the Bunco Babes came on board, said Friend and Bunco Babe Dana Boyer. The library provides certain amenities that are important to the community. The Babes believe the library might be Port St. Joes most valuable asset, so much so that they often spend more time fundraising than Bunco-playing. In addition to providing books for children and adults, a variety of audiobooks and family friendly DVD videos, library employees By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Time to deck the halls. The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce brings Christmas on the Coast back to downtown Port St. Joe on Friday, Dec. 6. Now in its 13th year, the event will kick off the holiday season on Reid Avenue at 5 p.m. ET with horse-drawn carriages on hand to take attendees on a relaxing stroll around Port St. Joe. Rides will be $5. Children can have their photo taken with Santa Claus at the City Commons Park gazebo and reassure him theyve been wellbehaved all year long. City workers are transforming downtown, Chamber Director Paula Pickett said of the recently installed decorations. The gazebo looks fantastic. Were hoping theres a chill in the air to really make it feel like Christmas. Funds for the white lights along Reid Avenue were raised by the Downtown Merchants Association through a community yard sale last month and a cake walk during Halloweens Ghosts on the Coast event. Reid Avenue businesses will be open late that Friday and offering deals to patrons while local musicians will be stationed on street corners to entertain passersby. The celebration continues Saturday with members of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School Band of Gold playing holidays tunes in ensembles around downtown. A special holiday edition of the Salt-Air Farmers By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Christian Community Development Fund was born of a theory. A proposition that there was an unmet need for a bridge from the community to the elderly and those on xed incomes. Whether that bridge was a wheelchair ramp, assistance with a utility bill or a visit to ensure safety and good health. More than a decade later, the theory has proved prescient. More than 600 homes rehabilitated or renovated. An ongoing partnership with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Washington Improvement Group established the North Port St. Joe Community Resource Center which offers a wide range of assistance, from utility bill assistance to food to job assistance. Two times a year, a group of students from the University of Auburn arrives in the community to perform home rehabs, interact with the community through church and faith. Not only do they boost the community spiritually, physically, emotionally, they do so economically. Two years ago, during the four days in March the students were here, they spent, conservatively said Diana Sealey Burkett, executive director of the CCDF, WES LOCHER | The StarIn less than three years, the Reid Avenue Bunco Babes have donated more than $10,000 to the Gulf County Public Library.Friends of the Library receives $1,100 in donationsA decade of outreachTIM CROFT | The StarThe Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Christian Community Development Fund. Member Brendan Murphy and his wife, Cindy, matched the donation. The Lions Club has been a supporter of the CCDF for much of the past decade. Below twice a year, a contingent of University of Auburn students arrives in Port St. Joe to perform home and building repairs under the direction of the CCDF. Santa Claus parades into Port St. Joe next weekendChristmas on the Coast festivities will include live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and the annual Christmas parade.FILE PHOTOSee LIBRARY B8 See OUTREACH B8 See SANTA B8


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Gainous VFW Post 10069 installed three new ofcers. Polly Searle, a past auxiliary president, installed Ginny Seefeldt as President; Deaon Titus as Senior Vice President; and Kelly Knopp as Junior Vice President. Miss Ginny has held many ofces over the years but this is the rst time as our President. We all wish her well in this new endeavor. The membership would also like to thank our past president, Teresa Lowry, for her hard work during her term in ofce. The Ladies are looking forward to participating with the Post in the upcoming Christmas Parade, as well as our annual toy purchase for needy children in Gulf County. We will be starting a food donation drive at the Post and would members and visitors to bring in non-perishable items for donation to food pantries in the area. MEXICO BEACH HOLIDAY SANITATION SCHEDULESpecial to The StarThe City of Mexico Beach will observe the following schedule for sanitation services during the Thanksgiving Holiday week:Week of NNov. 25-29MONDAY, NNOV. 25 Regular garbage pick-upTTUESDAY, NNOV. 26 Regular garbage pick-upWEDNESDAY, NNOV. 27 Yard debris pick-upTTHURSDAY, NNOV. 28 No pick-upFRIDAY, NNOV. 29 No pick-upLoquat trees make excellent additions to Florida Landscapes. The trees are wellshaped evergreens that are easy to care for. During winter, when many trees are in a semi dormant state, loquat trees begin to bear edible fruit. If your home site would benet from one or more owering fruit trees, that retain an attractive appearance year-round plant some loquats. Loquat trees are relatively small, reaching a height of only 25 feet when full grown. Their leaves grow up to a foot long, and have a fuzzy texture when young, becoming smooth and waxy as they mature. Loquat fruit are ovalshaped, about one or two inches long and dull yellow in color. Most loquats bear fruit regularly, and often quite heavily. Loquats may be grown in three ways, from seeds, rooted cutting, and as budded trees. They are easy to grow from seeds, but seeds grown trees wont produce superior fruit varieties, and may take years to bear at all. The best fruit comes from loquats that are vegetatively propagated. Two ways this is done in Florida are shield budding, and grafting. Loquat does best in subtropical climates. But, mature trees can withstand temperatures are low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit without freeze damage. However, the blooms are easily killed by frosts, which may reduce the quantity of fruit produced by trees in our area. Loquats can be grown on any type of Florida soil, as long as its well drained and free of salt. Loquats need a good water supply to produce good quality fruit. But, this must be carefully monitored. Never ood a loquat with water. This will quickly kill a tree. Loquats need some fertilizer for best fruit production. When the soil is shallow, its a good idea to make three or four applications of fertilizer a year. In deeper soil, one or two annual applications are adequate. Any common 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 analysis with micronutrients added should be adequate. For specic amounts and application dates, check with your local County Extension Ofce. Regular pruning of loquat trees is not necessary, because they have naturally wellshaped, symmetrical crown. However, occasional pruning may be needed to remove dead wood. Also, if you notice that your loquat is producing very small fruit, pruning a few branches may help increase fruit size, by reducing the total number of fruit clusters on the tree. For more information on growing loquat contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or visit our website: or and see Publication H55 & ENH394.Loquat for the home landscape RROY LEE CARTERCounty extension directorSpecial to The StarState Representative Halsey Beshears (RMonticello) will be in Apalachicola on Monday to distribute wool blankets donated by Farm Share, a non-prot organization. This event will take place at the ofce of Rep. Beshears at 78 11th St., Suite 5, from 10 a.m. to noon ET. We would like to encourage everyone to come by and pick up a blanket. AnniversaryMr. and Mrs. Darion Dawson Sr. would like to extend an invitation to everyone in celebrating their 40 years of marriage. The Renewing of their Wedding Vows will be 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 7 at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, 146 Ave. C in Port St. Joe.VVFW Post 10069 L Ladies AAuxiliary announce new ofcersDawsons to celebrate 40 years of marriage CCold weather blanket distribution By THE stST AFF At T MYGULFCARESpecial to The Star During the holiday season, much of our attention is turned toward the table. At Halloween, its the treats, candied apples, popcorn balls and maybe a party or two. At Thanksgiving, we dont just stuff a turkey; we tend to stuff ourselves as well. Then Christmas arrives with those pies and cakes, all the cookies and candy and a big family dinner as well. No wonder we ring in the New Year a few extra pounds that we just dont need. There are some guidelines, provided by the Student Nutrition Awareness Campaign, or SNAC for short, that will help you make healthier food choices, reduce temptations, and continue to enjoy the celebrations without guilt or those extra pounds. First, think about people, not food. Concentrate on making your celebration reect what you know and love about those you are sharing it with. Some holiday crafts might include scrapbook pages, picture ornaments, handwritten note cards or a simple sewing project, which is a much more personal and long-lasting treasure. Focus on what you are celebrating and what the holiday represents. Next, plan before you eat. When you arrive at a dinner party or celebration, take time to check out all the food options, and make a plan. If desserts are calling you and you plan to indulge, skip the rolls or potatoes. Develop a strategy that will allow you to enjoy a treat, and not abandon the healthy habits you have formed. Spend your calories wisely; make choices that will satisfy you without overdoing it. Following are some quick tips that will help you stay on track when eating out or at a holiday party: Dont arrive on an empty stomach. Offer to bring a dish, then you know at least one dish will be healthy. Avoid excessive drinking and the snacks that tend to go with that. Select small portions. A small portion of a tempting treat will keep you from feeling deprived. Eat slowly. Relax, and enjoy the meal. Remember: Focus on the celebration, not the food. Leave the table when you are done. The longer you linger, the more you tend to eat. For more healthy holiday eating and giftgiving ideas, visit www. For more information about Healthy Changes, contact MyGULFCare at (850)227-1276 ext. 132. Celebrate healthy holidays Develop a strategy that will allow you to enjoy a treat, and not abandon the healthy habits you have formed.


The Star| B3Thursday, November 28, 2013 FeaturingLocalArtisans LanarkVillage BoatClub9am~1pm LUNCHSoup,Sandwich,Drink&Dessert$5 Tickets$10-CallJanetforfurther infoat697-2587 School NewsSPECIAL TO TT HE STARWewahitchka Elementary School hosted over 300 parents and guests for our annual Thanksgiving Lunch. Parents, students and staff enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared by our marvelous lunchroom staff. Many students were adorned in Indian headdresses and Mrs. Becky Westons second-grade class set the stage for the feast dressed in traditional pilgrim attire. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and family members for joining us in this annual WES family tradition. Special to The StarAnita Askew at Wewahitchka Elementary School received $2,635 in grant funds from the Education Foundation of Gulf County. Congratulations Ms. Askew on your hard work and dedication. We look forward to hearing of the many successes that will result from the programs these funds will support: Opening the Doors of Learning ($765); Soaring to Study Island ($870); and Learning Beyond the Walls and Halls ($1,000). Star Staff ReportGetting the word out to Stop Smoking, the Port St. Joe Elementary SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Club made posters and lined Long Avenue last week for the Great American Smokeout. The students also made displays encouraging students to never smoke. SWAT is a new club at Port St. Joe Elementary for fthand sixth-grade students. It is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County and is a Florida statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educated and equip Florida youth to revolt against and deglamorize Big Tobacco. These students earned all As and Bs during the rst quarter. AANITA As AS KEWStar Staff ReportThe Gulf County School Board last week recognized a number of students who attended Port St. Joe Elementary School last year and excelled on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). They were sixth-graders when taking the test in the spring and are now seventhgraders at Port St. Joe Jr,/ Sr. High School. Joining Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton in handing out certicates was PSJES Principal Sue Gannon. FRONT ROW: Corban Butts, Landon White, Stephanie Shear, Angel Mace BACK ROW: Emily Lacour, Willa Gray, Madeline Gingell, Chase DykesSPECIAL TO T T HE STAR DAZZLING DOLPHINsSWewahitchka teacher receives grant fundsSpecial to The StarFaith Christian School announces its honor students for the rst quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.A A l l A A s: First grade: Austin Ramsey and Torren Smith; second grade: Taylor Burkett, Carter Costin and Mazie Hodges; third grade: Magnolia Sarmiento; fourth grade: Kristen Bouington.A A l l A A s and Bs: First grade: Lillian Sanchez, Sophia Sanchez, Hali Thomas and Lilli Williams; second grade: John Cullen, Riley McGufn and Alex Taylor; third grade: Eliza Bailey, Jae Lenox and Karys Linton; fourth grade: Theron Smith; sixth grade: Catherine Bouington. TThe Lions TT alePHPH OTOs S SPECIAL TO TT HE STARThese students earned all As during the rst quarter.Board salutes FCAT excellence TTHANKsSGIVING LUNCH AT WWEWA EELEMENTARYTT IM CC ROFT | The StarLEfFT: Students scoring Level 5 or above in reading included Hannah Anderson, Hannah Graziano, Martha Holland, Ana Lacivita, Travis Morrison, Caleb Othic, Travis Roberson and Hannah Simpson. RR IGHTT : Achieving Level 5 in math were Caleb Butts, Josh Butts, Delaney Ingalls and Robert Kennedy. LE EFTT : Earning Level 5 in reading and math were Tyler Cornwell and Chandler Godwin. RR IGHTT : Hannah Fulk earned a perfect score in reading and a Level 5 in math.SPECIAL TO TT HE STARSWATWAT urges Stop Smoking


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I pray in turn that you will be blessed by the loving hand of God and that He will touch you in a very special way and ll you more with His love each and every day. God bless you,Queen Pittman Special to The StarStorytelling and listening will be explored at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 2 at Lifetree Caf. The program, titled The Art of Listening: An Act of Love features a lm of NPRs StoryCorps founder, David Isay. StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Its an important moment in peoples lives to have someone who matters ask who they are, what theyve learned, and how they want to be remembered, says Isay. Participants will discover practical tools for connecting deeply with others. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is at 1602 U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree can be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-8065667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint. net.Lifetree Caf to explore art of listeningThursday, November 28, 2013 Joseph was one of the faithful few. Could you pass the tests that he went through? He was faithful to God, no matter what came. Through test after test he was always the same. Sold as a slave, by his own brothers too! To be faithful after this must have been hard to do. To be put in jail by Potiphar for something he didnt do. Would have been hard on my faith, but Joseph came right through. He was faultless in his faith until the very end. He knew whatever God had planned for him that he would surely win. If someone does you wrong and maybe youre tempted too. Remember Joseph, have faith in God, be another of the faithful few.Billy Johnson MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VINCENT EDWARD RILEY Card of THANKS One of the Faithful Few Susan Cooksey Dodson passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Susan was born in Tallahassee on March 2, 1950. Susan is survived by her husband of 43 years, Wally; one son, Walt Dodson (Kristen); two daughters, Ashley Savary (Chris) and Alison Dodson; and one grandson Jacob Dodson. She is also survived by two sisters, Pat Patterson (Jerry) of Crawfordville and Judy Owens (Steve) of Port St. Joe; and one brother, Doug Cooksey (Barbie) of Tallahassee: as well as ve nephews; four nieces; and nine double rst cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Marian Cooksey. Susan was a class of cer of Leon High School, Class of 1968, and enjoyed planning high school reunions with her former classmates. She was a co-owner of Forest Realty with close friend Doris Crosby; past president of the Crawfordville Womens Club; a former First Lady of the Florida Bankers Association; past Board Member of Big Bend Hospice; and a member of the Christ Church Anglican. Susan enjoyed riding her bike, walking on the beach, climbing lighthouses and watching birds visit her birdhouses. Susan loved her YaYas and Soul Sisters. A memorial service was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Christ Church Anglican, 3383 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327. The family received friends Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Christ Church Anglican of Crawfordville. In lieu of owers, donations can be made in her name to United Way of the Big Bend, 307 E. Seventh Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Bevis Funeral Home Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville (926-3333 or is assisting the family with their arrangements. Susan Cooksey Dodson OBITUARY


LocalThe Star| B5Thursday, November 28, 2013 Star Staff ReportGulf County was on full display at the recent North Florida Fair in Tallahassee as the countys 4-H Club placed rst in Farm judging and the countys Extension Ofce exhibit was selected tops of its class. The Gulf County 4-Hers participated in the Farm judging contest on Saturday, Nov. 16. The contest consisted of the following classes: Steers, Heifers, Poultry (laying hens), Corn, Oats, Soybeans, Perennial Peanut Hay and Bermudagrass Hay. The maximum score per class was 50 points. Gulf Countys seniors placed rst among 19 teams that participated. Team members were: Shawn Elia, Robin Outlaw, Damian Hunter and Desy Outlaw. Elia earned the individual rst-place award and Hunter nished just behind in second. The Gulf County IFAS Extension Service would like to thank volunteer Jean McMillian for assisting with training sessions and chaperoning teams to this event. The North Florida Regional Fair convened Nov. 7-17. Twenty-three exhibitors showcased their counties in the areas of: Agriculture, Industry, Recreation, Natural Resources and History. Gulf Countys exhibit highlighted the diversity of recreation that it offers to local residents and visitors. Criteria used to judge the exhibits/booths were how well it promoted county resources; overall appearance; quality of materials used; and originality of booth contents. The Gulf County exhibit was named No. 1. County Extension Director Roy Lee Carter would like to thank Melanie Taylor, Kay Freeman, Marie L. Jones, Jeanie Flowers, Jean McMillian, David and Sally Beyl for their suggestions and efforts to make this possible. Star Staff ReportThe staff of State Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will hold mobile ofce hours 1-4 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive in Port St. Joe. This is an opportunity to make Montfords staff aware of any issue or concerns Gulf County constituents might have. For more information, call the Capital District Ofce at (850) 487-5003. Special to The StarBring your holiday guests and share the history of Old St. Joseph and the Constitution Convention Museum. The original settlement of Old St. Joseph was founded in 1835. In its short life it was an important trading port along the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its ease of portage and proximity to Tallahassee, the promoters of Old St. Joseph selected it to host Floridas rst Constitutional Convention. In 1838, fty-six territorial delegates drafted Floridas rst of ve state constitutions. In 1845, Florida was admitted to the union as its 27th state. Old St. Joseph was a growing boomtown and one of the wealthiest communities in the territory, with the very rich developing the area into a premier playground for their vacation destination. This plan for the community was shattered in 1841 when a yellow fever epidemic devastates the population; dropping it from thousands to less than 500 people in just a few months. The nal blow came to Old St. Joseph in 1844 when a hurricane devastated the area. Though a few people remained, the new town of Port St. Joe never regained those glorious years of notoriety and growth until the early 1900s. Port St. Joe was founded just north of the site of Old St. Joseph. The few remains of the old town can be seen at the historic cemetery on Garrison Avenue and at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park on Allen Memorial Way in Port St. Joe. The Constitution Convention Museum State Park consists of 12.5 acres of slash and longleaf pines, Sable palm trees, live oak and southern magnolia trees. Displayed on the grassy mall is a marble monument dedicated to the drafting of Floridas rst constitution in 1838. The museum houses a collection of artifacts from Paleo-Indians, Spanish occupation, the boom period of Old St. Joseph, the civil war era, and the rst Florida railroads. A full sized diorama depicting the convention hall and ve delegates that signed this rst Florida constitution is on display in the Constitution Convention Museums convention chamber room. Tours through the Constitution Convention Museum are self-guided. A Park Ranger is on staff to answer questions. Schools and large groups are welcome and guided tours are available. We request that large groups please notify the museum before they arrive. Those who wish to have a beautiful location under the pines for weddings are welcome to use the mall for their event. Electricity is available if needed. Contact the museum for fees information. Museum hours are Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Fees are $2 per adult, children younger than 6 are free. More information on the Constitutional Convention Museum State Park can be found on our website www. or by calling the museum at 229-8029. SPECIAL TO TT HE STARFrom left, Shawn Elia, Robin Outlaw, Damian Hunter and Desy Outlaw of the county 4-H Club won rst place in Farm judging during the North Florida Fair.Gulf County showcased at fairSPECIAL TO TT HE STARThe Constitution Convention Museum is in Port St. Joe, home to the rst Florida Constitution.Constitution Convention Museum displays local historyMontford staff to hold ofce hours in Gulf C C ounty


LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, November 28, 2013 NOHIDDENCHARGES:Itisourpolicythatthepatientandanyotherpersonresponsibleforpaymentshastherighttorefusetopay, cancelpaymentorbereimbursedbypaymentoranyotherservice,examinationortreatmentwhichisperformedasaresultofand within72hoursofrespondingtotheadvertisementforthefree,discountedfeeorreducedfeeservice,examinationortreatment. MedicalEyeExamwith forGlaucoma,Cataractsandothereyediseases. 850-763-6666 59yearsandolder,notpresentlyunderourcare. SmartLensesSMCanproduceclearvisionwithoutglasses, atalldistances BoardCertified andCataractSurgeonBoardCertified andCataractSurgeon 1109456 CouponExpires:12-15-13CODE:SJ00 TheFloridaDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection,DivisionofRecreationandParksannouncesapublic workshoptowhichallpersonsareinvited. DATEANDTIME: Tuesday,December10,2013,7:00p.m.(EST) PLACE: St.JosephBayStateBufferPreserveCenter3915StateRoad30-A,PortSt.Joe,Florida32456 GENERALSUBJECTMATTERTOBECONSIDERED: Presentationoftheupdatetotheunitmanagementplanfor T.H.StoneMemorialSt.JosephPeninsulaStatePark. ACOPYOFTHEAGENDAMAYBEOBTAINEDBYCONTACTING: MarkKnapke,ParkManager,8899CapeSan BlasRoad,PortSt.Joe,Florida32456,PH#(850)227-1327,FAX#(850)227-1488oremailMark.Knapke@dep. PursuanttotheprovisionsoftheAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,anypersonrequiringspecialaccommodations toparticipateinthisworkshop/meetingisaskedtoadvisetheagencyatleast48hoursbeforetheworkshop/ meetingbycontacting:MarkKnapke,ParkManager,8899CapeSanBlasRoad,PortSt.Joe,Florida32456, PH#(850)227-1327,FAX#(850) Ifyouarehearingorspeechimpaired,pleasecontacttheagencyusingtheFloridaRelayService, 1(800)955-8771(TDD)or1(800)955-8770(Voice).FloridaDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionDivisonofRecreationandParks NOTICEISHEREBYGIVENthattheGulfCounty BoardofCountyCommissionerswillholdasecond publichearingtoconsideradoptionofanOrdinance foraSmallScaleMapAmendmentwiththefollowingtitle:PUBLICNOTICEANORDINANCEAMENDINGTHECOMPREHENSIVE PLANOFGULFCOUNTY,FLORIDABYANDTHROUGH PROCEDURESREQUIREDFORSMALL-SCALELAND USEMAPAMENDMENTPURSUANTTOAUTHORITY UNDERFLORIDASTATUE163.3187and125;SPECIFICALLYAMENDINGPARCELID#01045-100R,1ACRE OFLANDLYINGANDBEINGPARTOFSECTION35, TOWNSHIP5SOUTH,RANGE9WEST,GULFCOUNTY, FLORIDAFROMCONSERVATIONTORESIDENTIAL; PROVIDINGANEFFECTIVEDATE.ThesecondoftwopublichearingswillbeheldduringtheGulfCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners RegularMeetingonTuesday,December10,2013at 9:00a.m.,E.T.intheCountyCommissionersmeeting roomintheRobertM.MooreAdministrationBuilding,GulfCountyCourthouseComplex,PortSt.Joe, FloridawheretheBoardofCountyCommissioners willconsidertheordinanceforadoption.Therst publichearingwillbeheldpriortotheCountyCommissionershearingatthePlanningandDevelopment ReviewBoard(PDRB)meetingonMonday,December 9,2013at8:45a.m.ESTalsoheldintheBOCCMeetingRoomattheRobertM.MooreAdministration Building,1000CecilG.CostinSr.Blvd.,PortSt.Joe, FloridaBOARDOFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS GULFCOUNTY,FLORIDA BY:TYNALINSMILEY,CHAIRMAN P u b l i c H e a r i n g s w i l l b e h e l d a t t h e P l a n n i n g a n d D e v e l o p m e n t R e v i e w B o a r d ( P D R B ) m e e t i n g o n M o n d a y D e c e m b e r 9 2 0 1 3 a t 8 : 4 5 a m ES T a n d a t t h e B o a r d o f C o u n t y C o m m i s s i o n e r s ( B O C C ) m e e t i n g o n T u e s d a y D e c e m b e r 1 0 2 0 1 3 a t 9 : 0 0 a m ES T B o t h p u b l i c h e a r i n g s w i l l b e h e l d i n t h e B O C C M e e t i n g R o o m a t t h e R o b e r t M M o o r e A d m i n i s t r a t i o n B u i l d i n g 1 0 0 0 C e c i l G C o s t i n S r B l v d P o r t S t J o e F l o r i d a T h e p u b l i c h e a r i n g s w i l l b e t o d i s c u s s a n d a c t o n t h e f o l l o w i n g :1 A p p r o v a l o f O c t o b e r 2 1 2 0 1 3 M i n u t e s 2 F i n a l P l a t A p p r o v a l f o r a M i n o r S u b d i v i s i o n T y l e r W S m i t h f o r P a r c e l I D # 0 6 2 6 8 0 2 5 R a n d # 0 6 2 6 8 0 22 R ( C a p e S a n B l a s ) Lo c a t e d i n S e c t i o n 7 T o w n s h i p 9 S o u t h R a n g e 1 1 W e s t G u l f C o u n t y F l o r i d a 2 22 Ac r e s A 6 u n i t d e v e l o p m e n t w i t h n o r o a d i n f r a s t r u c t u r e 3 S m a l l S c a l e L a n d U s e C h a n g e C a r m e n M c L e m o r e f o r P a r c e l I D # 0 1 0 4 5 1 0 0 R ( C h i p o l a R i v e r ) Lo c a t e d i n S e c t i o n 3 5 T o w n s h i p 5 S o u t h R a n g e 9 W e s t G u l f C o u n t y F l o r i d a C h a n g i n g 1 Ac r e f r o m C o n s e r v a t i o n t o R e s i d e n t i a l 4 C o o k s e y v a r i a n c e a p p r o v a l D o u g l a s & Ba r b a r a C o o k s e y f o r P a r c e l I D # 03 8 9 8 0 0 2 R Lo c a t e d i n S e c t i o n 5 T o w n s h i p 7 S o u t h R a n g e 1 1 W e s t G u l f C o u n t y F l o r i d a R o a d s e t b a c k e n c r o a c h m e n t t o a d d s c r e e n p o r c h 5 C o u n t y D e v e l o p m e n t R e g u l a t i o n s a n d P o l i c i e s ( L D R ) 6 S t a f f P u b l i c a n d O p e n D i s c u s s i o nT h e p u b l i c i s e n c o u r a g e d t o a t t e n d a n d b e h e a r d o n t h e s e m a t t e r s I n f o r m a t i o n p r i o r t o t h e m e e t i n g c a n b e v i e w e d a t t h e P l a n n i n g D e p a r t m e n t a t 1 0 0 0 C e c i l G C o s t i n S r B l v d R o o m 3 1 1 P U B L I C N O T I C E Special to The StarThe little red Christmas Stockings are back in area stores again this year. Money collected from these stockings will go to the Gulf County Sheriffs Department Christmas Wishes for Children. The sheriffs department nds out what the children in need in Gulf County want for Christmas, then with the new toy drive and money donated, the department tries to make those wishes come true. You can nd these red stockings in Port St. Joe at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, No Name Caf, Coastal Cabin, Peppers, Port St. Joe Marina, Piggly Wiggly, Centennial Bank, Half Hitch Tackle, Ace Hardware, and Buy Rite Drugs, The Scallop Cove on the Cape has a stocking and they are the IGA, Buy Rite Drugs, and Dixie Dandy in Wewahitchka. The sheriffs department is also doing a new toy drive. Dropoff locations are at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, South Gulf County Fire Department, Gulf 2 Bay Construction, Port St. Joe Marina, Bay Breeze Antiques, Piggly Wiggly and Dollar General Market. So lets pull together to make this the best Christmas ever for the children in need of Gulf County.Special to The StarThere is still room at the Christmas Bazaar for you to sell your handmade items. Centennial Bank is letting us use their large tent so we will have more room for our vendors. The Christmas Bazaar is at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Table fees of $15 will go to the Children Christmas Wishes program run by the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce. All of the table space is full in the Golf Club Banquet Room, but we have room for you in the tent. For more information call Barb Van Treese at 227-9837 or the Golf Club at 227-1751. Also, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. noon the Jingle Bell Golf Tournament will take place. The tournament format will be individual play with handicap from your normal tee. If you bring a new toy, $10 off the entry fee. For more information call the Golf Club at 227-1751.Space still available at Christmas Bazaar Stockings aid Christmas Wishes for Children Local tis the SeasonSpecial to The StarThe Great Pumpkin is real, Charlie Brown. Food donations to the Food Drive sponsored by South Gulf County Fire Department, Coastal Community Association and St Joseph Bay Golf Club were lagging way behind what was needed with less than a week to go to Thanksgiving. Brendan and Cindy Murphy stepped up to the plate after receiving the CCA email asking for immediate support. Brendan went The Dollar Market in Port St. Joe and talked with the district and local manager, Jon. They agreed to give a discount for any food purchased from donations from the groups on Saturday before Thanksgiving. The call went out, and generous donations came in to meet the need. Saturday morning, members of SGCFD, CCA and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club met to shop for the Food Drive. Good grief, Charlie Brown, it was sheer fun! In all, well over $1,000 was raised in two days to get the food. The market gave an additional 25 percent off over the sales that were already in place. Boy Scout Troop 47 was also collecting for the food drive, and they gave a hand at loading all the food and toys. The Food Pantry was no longer bare for Thanksgiving. Because of the generosity of donors and the community spirit showed by the Dollar Market, there will be a lot more Gulf County families who will have something more to be thankful for. What a great citizen effort and what a great effort by The Market and Jon and his staff. Please say thanks to them when you go in to shop and think shopping locally this Holiday Season. Coastal Community Association and South Gulf County Fire Department will have another food drive before Christmas. Please open your hearts and give.SGCVFD food drive ends strong


LocalThe Star| B7Thursday, November 28, 2013 NOTICEOFHEARINGFORPURPOSESOFADOPTINGORDINANCES AMENDINGTHECOMPREHENSIVEPLAN OFTHECITYOFPORTST.JOEANDAUTHORIZING TRANSMITTALOFTHECOMPREHENSIVEPLAN AMENDMENTSTOAPPROPRIATESTATEAGENCIESThePlanningandDevelopmentReviewBoard,sittingasthelocal planningagencywillholdahearingat4:00p.m.,EST,onDecember 10,2013,toreviewtheordinancesandrecommendthemtothe CityCommissionoftheCityofPortSt.Joe,andtheBoardofCity CommissionerswillholdameetingonDecember17,2013at6:00 p.m.,EST,attheCityofPortSt.JoeCityHalllocatedat305CecilG. CostinSr.,Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,Florida,forthepurposesofadopting theOrdinancesandauthorizingtransmittaloftheComprehensive PlanAmendmentstoappropriatestateagencies. ThetitleofproposedOrdinancesareasfollows:ORDINANCENO.500ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYOFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDAAMENDINGTHECOMPREHENSIVEPLANANDFUTURELANDUSEMAPOF THECITYOFPORTST.JOE,BYANDTHROUGHTHEPROCEDURES REQUIREDFORLARGESCALEMAPAMENDMENTSPURSUANTTOAUTHORITYPROVIDEDBYFLORIDASTATUTESSPECIFICALLYCHANGING ALLORPARTOFTHEPARCELSDESCRIBEDINEXHIBITA;PROVIDINGFORREPEALOFANYCONFLICTINGORDINANCE;PROVIDINGFOR SEVERABILITY;ANDPROVIDINGFORANEFFECTIVEDATEORDINANCENO.499ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYOFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDAAMENDING THECOMPREHENSIVEPLANOFTHECITYOFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDA, BYANDTHROUGHPROCEDURESREQUIREDFORLARGE-SCALEMAP AMENDMENTSPURSUANTTOAUTHORITYUNDERSTATESTATUTES SECTION163.3187,SPECIFICALLYAPPROVINGTHEAMENDMENTTO THEPLANBYTHEADDITIONOFTHEECONOMICDEVELOPMENTELEMENTATTACHEDHERETOASEXHIBITA;ANDPROVIDINGFORREPEALOFANYCONFLICTINGORDINANCES;PROVIDINGFOR SEVERABILITY;ANDPROVIDINGFORANEFFECTIVEDATE.CopiesoftheOrdinancesareavailableforpublicinspectionat CityofPortSt.JoeCityHall,locatedat305CecilG.CostinSr. Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,Florida. Thehearingmaybecontinuedfromtimetotimeasmaybe necessary. Interestedpersonsmayattendandbeheardatthe publichearingorprovidecommentsinwritingtotheCity Commissioners,CityofPortSt.JoeCityHall,305CecilG.Costin Sr.Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,Florida.Transactionsofthepublichearing willnotberecorded.Personswishingtoappealanydecision madeduringthehearingwillneedarecordoftheproceedingand shouldensureaverbatimrecordismade,includingthetestimony onwhichtheappealisbased. Anypersonrequiringaspecialaccommodationatthis hearingbecauseofadisabilityorphysicalimpairmentshould contacttheCityClerksOfceat(850)229-8261,atleastve(5) calendardayspriortothehearing.CITYCOMMISSIONOFTHECITY OFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDABY:/s/MelC.Magidson,Jr.MelC.Magidson,Jr. Mayor-CommissionerATTEST:/s/CharlotteM.Pierce CharlotteM.Pierce CityClerk VARIANCENOTICETheCityofPortSaintJoePlanningandDevelopmentReviewBoardwill holdaMeetingtodiscussaRequestforaVarianceonDecember10,2013 ,4:00ESTatCityHallat305CecilCostinSr.Blvd.PortSrJoe,FLfor NathanPeters,IIIlocatedat403HodrickStreet,Parcel#05815-000R.The reasonfortherequestisPerSection3.04(1)oftheLandDevelopment Regulations.TheproposedplanscanbereviewedattheBuilding Departmentlocatedat100210thSt.andcanbereachedforquestionsat (850)229-1093. Allpersonsareinvitedtoattendthismeeting.Anypersonwhodecidesto appealanydecisionmadebythePlanningandDevelopmentBoardwith respecttoanymatterconsideredatsaidmeetingwillneedarecordofthe proceedings,andforsuchpurposemayneedtoensurethataverbatim recordoftheproceedingsismade,whichrecordincludesthetestimony andevidenceuponwhichtheappealisbased.ThePlanningandReview BoardoftheCityofPortStJoe,Floridawillnotprovideaverbatimrecord ofthismeeting. InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneeding specialaccommodationstoparticipateintheseproceedingsshould contactCharlottePierce,CityofSt.Joe,atCityHall(850)229-8261 TheCityofPortSaintJoePlanningandDevelopmentReviewBoardwill holdaMeetingtodiscussaRequestforaVarianceonDecember10, 2013,4:00ESTatCityHallat305CecilCostinSr.Blvd.PortSrJoe,FL forNathanPeters,IIIlocatedat413HodrickStreet,Parcel#05816-000.R. ThereasonfortherequestisPerSection3.04(1)FoftheLandDevelopmentRegulations.TheproposedplanscanbereviewedattheBuilding Departmentlocatedat100210thSt.andcanbereachedforquestionsat (850)229-1093. Allpersonsareinvitedtoattendthismeeting.Anypersonwhodecides toappealanydecisionmadebythePlanningandDevelopmentBoard withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsaidmeetingwillneedarecord oftheproceedings,andforsuchpurposemayneedtoensurethata verbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade,whichrecordincludesthe testimonyandevidenceuponwhichtheappealisbased.ThePlanning andReviewBoardoftheCityofPortStJoe,Floridawillnotprovidea verbatimrecordofthismeeting. InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneedingspecialaccommodationstoparticipateintheseproceedingsshould contactCharlottePierce,CityofSt.Joe,atCityHall (850)229-8261VARIANCENOTICE Special to The StarIts that time of year again to shine up those golf carts, drag out that garland and plug in those Christmas lights and in atable snowmen! The fth annual Mexico Beach Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be at 6 p.m. CT Sunday, Dec. 1, with lineup at 5 p.m. in front of the police station on 14th Street. Gulf County Sheriff Michael Harrison will serve as Grand Marshal, and Santa will be riding in the re truck at the end of the parade to greet all the good little boys and girls. As a special memorial to Candy Daniel, each golf cart will be sporting a blue ribbon in recognition of colon cancer awareness. Candy was very active in Mexico Beach and a big supporter of the golf cart parade. Sadly, she lost her ght against colon cancer this year; her daughter will be riding in the parade in her memory. Gulf Coast Alarm will be providing a commemorative medal to each golf cart as well as the memorial ribbons. Applications can be picked up at the Mexico Beach Town Hall, the CDC of ce and the Mexico Beach Police Department. For more information contact Traci Gaddis, parade chairperson, at 2276770 or golf cart parade Dec. 1 in Mexico BeachSpecial to The StarThe Toy Drive for the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce got off to a great start this past Saturday. Coastal Community Association, South Gulf County Fire Department and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club have begun collecting donations for toys for Gulf Countys deserving children. Brendan and Cindy Murphy made a generous donation to Coastal Community Association and arranged with the Dollar General Market to have an additional 25 percent discount over the sale prices the Saturday before Thanksgiving. More donors jumped in with only a day to raise some funds. This is just the rst effort and kick off for the Childrens Wish List for the Sheriffs Toy Drive. Volunteers from the CCA, SGCFD and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club met at the Dollar General Market to play Santas Helpers and had a world of fun shopping for toys. Jon, the manager for Dollar General Market, and his staff jumped right in and helped out. Boy Scout Troop 47 was collecting for the Food Drive and they helped load the toys for us. Toys of every description lled the carts and blocked the aisles as the group of elves shopped their hearts out. The toys were taken to the dropoffs in South Gulf County at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club, South Gulf County Fire Department and Gulf 2 Bay Construction of ces in Simmons Bayou to Sheriffs of ce toy drive underway tis the Local Season hold for all the other donations that will be brought in through the Toy Drive. The Jingle Bell Golf Tournament will be held on Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club to add more toys. Golfers are asked to bring a toy to play. Call the Club at 227-1751 for more information. Drop offs can be taken to the drop off spots or donations can be made to Coastal Community Association or South Gulf County Fire Department and well do the shopping for you. Our deadline for collection of all toys is Dec. 20 so they can be gotten to Santa through the Gulf County Sheriffs Department. Get in the Christmas Spirit and make some childs Christmas wish come true by donating to the toy drive. It just makes you feel good!


LocalB8 | The Star Thursday, November 28, 2013 VARIANCENOTICETheCityofPortSaintJoePlanningandDevelopmentReviewBoardwill holdaMeetingtodiscussaRequestforaVarianceonDecember10, 2013,4:00ESTatCityHallat305CecilCostinSr.Blvd.PortSrJoe,FL forJamesR.Lowry,locatedat707LongAve,Parcel#04956-000R.The reasonfortherequestisPerSection3.03(9)oftheLandDevelopment Regulations.TheproposedplanscanbereviewedattheBuilding Departmentlocatedat100210thSt.andcanbereachedforquestionsat (850)229-1093. Allpersonsareinvitedtoattendthismeeting.Anypersonwhodecides toappealanydecisionmadebythePlanningandDevelopmentBoard withrespecttoanymatterconsideredatsaidmeetingwillneedarecord oftheproceedings,andforsuchpurposemayneedtoensurethata verbatimrecordoftheproceedingsismade,whichrecordincludesthe testimonyandevidenceuponwhichtheappealisbased.ThePlanning andReviewBoardoftheCityofPortStJoe,Floridawillnotprovidea verbatimrecordofthismeeting. InaccordancewiththeAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,personsneeding specialaccommodationstoparticipateintheseproceedingsshould contactCharlottePierce,CityofSt.Joe,atCityHall(850)229-8261. Trades&Services227-7847CALLTODAY! GETYOURADIN! Trades&Services 229-1324 PROFESSIONALFLOORCARE,INC.ResidentialandCommercialCarpetandUpholsteryCleaningServingtheentireGulfCoastarea CeramicTileandGroutCleaning RVs-Cars-Trucks-Vans 24HourEmergencyWaterExtraction4510158 Market will be at 9 a.m. ET in City Commons Park, featuring fresh produce and local vendors with homemade holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The market will be extended until 4 p.m. ET. I would urge all the residents of Port St. Joe to come out on December 6th and 7th and support their community, said John Parker, volunteer coordinator of the Farmers Market. This will be a great event. At noon ET, the Junior Service Leagues annual chili cook-off begins at Sailors Cove near the Haughty Heron. Teams will compete for prizes and bragging rights for Best Chili in Port St. Joe, while attendees will be able purchase bowls and enjoy a gamut of different avors. All funds raised from the event will go toward community service works of the JSL including purchasing clothing and school supplies for area children. The event will host live music from Konkrete Soul, a bounce house for kids, beverages for adults and a rafe. Team registration forms can be picked up at the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center, Haughty Heron, Persnickety and A&A Homecare in Wewahitchka or by contacting any member of the JSL. The annual Christmas parade is slated to begin at 6 p.m. ET Saturday and will feature more than 50 holiday-themed oats snaking down Reid Avenue while judges select winners in the categories of school and nonprot, family and friends and businesses. Its truly a hometown parade, Pickett said. It shows great community spirit. Bringing up the rear of the parade will be Santa himself to ofcially welcome the holiday season to Gulf County. Were encouraging more businesses to participate in the parade, Pickett said. Its great marketing you have a captive audience of 2,000 people on the street. It shows a true sense of community and lets local residents know that their dollar matters. Those who would like to have a oat in the Christmas parade can register by calling the Chamber at 2271223. There is no fee to participate. celebrate National Library Month in April and operate a summer reading program every Tuesday in June. Used books are sold on-site at a discount, and free Wi-Fi is provided to all visitors. An entire wing of the building houses the Alfred DuPont Florida Historical and Genealogy Room, a free resource to anyone in the community interested in learning more about their family history. Keeping up with technology trends, the library rents books directly to Kindle e-Book readers. Those with a library card can go online to and with a few clicks have a book sent to their digital device. Books are rented for two weeks and can be ordered from the comfort of home or a different country altogether. Colbert said snowbirds make frequent use of the facility, often picking up a library card for the duration of their stay, whether it be a few weeks or months. The Friends of the Library is more than 60 members strong, and the facility registered 92 new library cards last year. Those interested in joining the organization can become a member for just $10 a year. Membership forms are available at the library front desk. Colbert and Boyer agreed that none of the Babes donations would have been possible without the support of the public. Theres so much generosity in the community, Boyer said. Its a great place to be. Colbert and her husband, Kesley, are lifetime members of the Friends. She said that the most gratifying part of her membership is seeing the library grow and watching the community make use of it. Reading stimulates imagination and creativity, Colbert said. Were a community of lifetime learners. The Friends of the Library, which formed more than 20 years ago, is an organization dedicated to assisting the Gulf County Public Library meet needs that are beyond the facilitys budget. At the Halloween sh fry, the Bunco Babes served more than 150 meals. The St. Joe Shrimp Company donated 400 pounds of mullet; Sunset Coastal Grill provided coleslaw, cheese grits were cooked by Carol Dow, Boyer Signs donated signage and the city of Port St. Joe set up tents and donated tables and chairs. Additionally, Linda and Buddy Wood donated $250 toward expenses. 3G Realty donated a space for the Babes to use, and cooks included Bill Kennedy, Steve Wich, Mark Haddock, Jimmy Rogers and Charles Radcliff. whose staff must track such items, $32,000 in the community on rent, food, gas and other living expenses. And the student count has grown since that March. The CCDF has accomplished all that on a shoestring. With a staff of four, the nonprot has relied almost exclusively on grants, the largest from the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation. There are also dollars from the Tapper Foundation, Alfred I. DuPont Foundation and donations from the Lions Club, Centennial Bank, First Baptist Church, Oak Grove Church and others. Centennial Bank is committed to the local community and we pride ourselves on building strong community relationships, said Port St. Joe Centennial Bank manager Hiram Nix. We are honored and proud to support the Christian Community Development Fund and the work they do in our local community. But to rehab 600 houses, to serve those coming to the Resource Center located on Peters Street in Port St. Joe, the organization heavily relies on volunteer labor to do much of the heavy lifting. We saw a need in this community to help the elderly and those on xed incomes, Burkett said. Primarily, we wanted to help keep them in their homes. I think we y under the radar. Our organization is not only helping people but we contribute to the economy. The money is spent locally. We help local residents. As the organization has bloomed, its reach has extended, from exclusively Port St. Joe to now serving folks from Wewahitchka to Mexico Beach and places in between. Between November 2012 and June 2013 the Community Resource Center has assisted 220 families with utility bills, referred 50 people to the First Methodist Church Care Closet for clothes and referred 25 people to the Lions Club for eye care. The Center has cooperative relationships with the Gulf County Health Department and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in identifying medical care for the needy, according to Midge Askew, an emergency assistance coordinator at the Community Resource Center. We have been very successful working with the community to nd furniture and appliances for those in need, she added. The end of the Christmas holiday will bring planning for projects to be undertaken in 2014, with the rst key window the spring in March arrival of Auburn students. Burkett will also begin an outreach campaign to promote the community aspect of her organization as it sees the Jessie Ball DuPont grant dollars wind down in the next several years. Changes in how the state funds and distributes dollars for the State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) have also impacted the CCDF, which has worked through local SHIP program coordinators to fund many rehabilitation projects. During the rst quarter of 2014, Burkett said she will speak to any organization or civic group that will provide an audience in order to bring more local economic stability to an organization that has stabilized so many over more than 10 years. Burkett said she always envisioned a CCDF that did not have to rely so heavily on lling out extensive and timeconsuming grant paperwork each year to survive, an organization that could receive as good as it gives locally. I really need the community and businesses to step up, Burkett said. I need Gulf County and Mexico Beach to pull together to keep this program going. My hope is that the community will pick up some of the slack. I think it is a good time to ask the community to step up and help us with what we havent asked for in 10 years. LIBRARY from page B1 OUTREACH from page B1TIM CROFt T | The StarCentennial Bank contributed $500 recently as part of its ongoing support of the CCDF. FF ILE PHOt T OChildren can have their photo taken with Santa Claus while ringing in the holidays. SANTA from page B1


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Meet daily with owners of small to medium sized businesses with the goal of marketing and securing business Conducting our solutions based approach to qualifying potential business for new sales leads in between appointments and during networking opportunities Contacting Sales Coordinator with feedback from appointments and sharing new business lead opportunities. Reviewing the days successes and challenges with your Sales Manager, gaining sales support as appropriate all administrative support people have a vested interest in your success In our organization, we offer the following to our outside sales Account Executives: Fantastic Benefits and Compensation Program Commissions and Bonus New hire and ongoing training and development Requirements: At least two years of face-to-face direct sales, outside sales, B2B, Business Development experience Bachelors degree preferred but not necessary. We will consider the right experience over a degree Highly self-motivated and self-disciplined with ability to work effectively with little or no supervision Outgoing personality with expertise at developing relationships, particularly with business owners, presidents and CEOs Good communicator-excellent listening skills and ability to offer solutions. To apply: Send resume to EOE, Drug Free Workplace Web ID#: 34269124 Text FL69124 to 56654 93166S PUBLIC NOTICE Hwy 22 Storage 1249 Hwy 22, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Shed: #2 Terry Perry #8 Sybel Boyette Household items To be opened for sale December 2, 2013, 8:30 A.M. if payments are not brought up to date. November 21, 28, 2013 96299S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PPF Holdings III Ltd. the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 634 Application No. 2013-48 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 02808-000R Description of Property: Commence at the Southwest corner of Section 11, Township 7 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County Florida thence run North 85 degrees 58 minutes 13 seconds East 1492 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence run North 86 degrees 52 minutes 17 seconds East 131 feet; thence run North 02 degrees 33 minutes 39 seconds West 444.00 feet; thence run South 86 degrees 52 minutes 17 seconds West 131.00 feet; thence run South 02 degrees 33 minutes 39 seconds East 444.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Name in which assessed: Gredan Development, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 11th day of December, 2013. Dated this 5th day of November, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 96301S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 727 Application No. 2013-47 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 03036-000R Description of Property: The North Half of Lot Number 24, according to an unrecorded plat of the Southwest Quarter of Section 17, Township 8 South, Range 10 West, also described by metes and bounds as follows: Begin at a pt. 50 feet South and 1,345.0 feet East of the NW Corner of the SW 1/4 of Section 17, Township 8 South, Range 10 West, and run East 622.50 feet, thence South 158.75 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue South 158.75 feet, thence run West 622.50 feet, thence North 158.75 feet, thence East 622.50 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 2.27 acres, more or less. NOTE: IT IS THE OPINION OF THE ABSTRACTOR THAT THE ABOVE METES AND BOUNDS COULD BE IN ERROR. THE DESCRIPTION TO THE PARCEL BEING the South Half of Lot Number 24, is the same metes and bounds description as above. Name in which assessed: Harry M. Murphy All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 11th day of December, 2013. Dated this 5th day of November, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 96303S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 545 Application No. 2013-46 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. 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B10| The Star Thursday, November 28, 2013 CLASSIFIEDS 4510161 4510160 1119358 4516978RENTALS 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322Contact Randi Dempsey (850) 697-5300 1. 252 WEST PINE STREET. LANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA 650.00/MO. INCLUDES WATER AND ELECTRIC UP TO 2 00.00/MO.2. 419 PIRATES LANDING. 1BR/1BA, CONDO. 750/MO 3. 422 CARLTON, LANARK VILLAGE. 2 BR/ 1BA. 550/MO 4. 103 PINE ST. LANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA. SCREENED PORCH. 425/MO 5. 703D SE THIRD ST. 3BR,2BA 800/MO. 6. PICKETS LANDING CONDO E1. 4BR, 3BA 2000.00/MO. UTILITIES INCLUDED WITH BOAT SLIP 7. PICKETS LANDING CONDO E7. 4BR, 3BA 2000.00/MO. UTILITIES INCLUDED WITH BOAT SLIP 8. 39 CARLTO NS, L ANARK VILLAGE. 1BR/1BA 650/MO UTILITIES INCLUDEDOFFICE BUILDING ON 98, $650 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON HWY 98, UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES CALL CHARLOTTE FOR DETAILS 850 370 6223 2. 419PIRATESLANDING. 1BR/1BA,CONDO. 750/MO 4.103 PINE ST. LANARKVILLAGE.1BR/1BA. SCREENED PORCH. 425/MO 6. PICKETS LANDING CONDO E1.4BR,3 BA 2000.00/MO. UTILITIES INCLUDEDWITH BOAT SLIPwww. rst 4516744The MainStay Suites is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for a housekeeper. Candidates must be able to work weekends and holidays, dependability is a must! If you have an eye for detail and a passion for service, we want you! Please apply in person at the address below. Make beds, make friends, make money. Inquire about benets package. E.O.E, D.F.W.P. MainStay Suites 3951 E. Hwy 98 Port St. Joe Fl, 32456 4514078ExperiencedWaitress / CashierPositive Attitude a Must!Submit Resume to: PO Box 172 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 4516686Job AnnouncementNorth Florida Child Development is seeking an Early Child Development and Disability Specialist. Must have a Bachelors degree or advance degree in early childhood education; or a Bachelors or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education. Must have 3 years of experience in child development, early child development, and/or disabilities services. NFCD oers an attractive benet package (health, dental, life, disability, sick leave, etc.) For detailed information view careers at www. Send resumes to, fax (850) 639-6167. DFWP/M-F/7-5/EOE 1117529 EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP MORE THAN A JOB A FUTURE!LONG TERM WORKan aggressive leader in the Marine Industry, located in Panama City, FL has the following opportunities for skilled craftsmen:SHIPFITTERS FLUXCORE WELDERS CaRPEnTERS MaCHInIST PIPE WELDERS X-RaY WELDERS PIPEFITTERS SHIPPInG/RECEIVInGCompetitive wages DOE, and a comprehensive benets package including: Company paid health, dental, and life insurance, 401(k), attendance & safety bonuses. Normal work week to include overtime. Qualied craftsmen should apply in person: Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm 1pm4:30 pmHUMAN RESOURCES (2 Locations): 13300 Allanton Rd., Panama City, FL 32404 and 134 S. East Ave., Panama City, FL 32401 (850) 522-7400, ext. 2285, 2322, or 2302 Fax: (850) 874-0208EOE/Drug Free Workplace Do you know of elders or disabled individuals who have a hard time understanding their health coverage and could benefit from having free, unbiased counseling? You can help. Join the more than 400 SHINE volunteers who: Explainoptionstohelpclientsmake informed decisions; Provideenrollmentandprescription assistance counseling; Participateincommunityevents; Speaktocommunitygroupsabout Medicare, long-term care, and prescription drugs; and Gainrewardingexperiencesbyhelping clients save money on their insurance. SHINE is a statewide volunteer program that helps guide seniors and the disabled through their health insurance options. All services are free and unbiased. To learn more, call:1-800-963-5337 Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders Florida Department of Elder AffairsFLORIDA SHIP and Leaders:Join the SHINE Team!Calling AllProblem Solvers, Achievers, 1117502 Sales The News Herald is seeking an innovative and experiencedSales ManagerWho will be responsible for leading and creating integrated multi-media sales strategies to drive revenue across multiple platforms. We are seeking a passionate, highly organized team player who will effectively train and motivate the sales team, using sales planners, the 5-step sales process and consistent accountability to drive their success. The Sales Manager will be creative, yet analytical. Responsibilities: Meets or exceeds sales and revenue goals. Advocates the methodical & standardized 5-step sales approach to buyers. This approach includes planning & preparing for the call, needs analyses, building a compelling solution, developing and closing an effective sales presentation, and following up to ensure client satisfaction. Communicates and advocates the companys vision for a world class sales team, excelling at building active accounts with solutions from a diverse product and services portfolio. Develops and consistently supports staff development by providing clear expectations, tools and training, sales goals, accountability and frequent feedback. Collaborates with other managers to generate new sales ideas and stays abreast of product and platformchanges. Develops sales team, striving for world class execution and results. This includes training/coaching, use of data in sales presentations, creating a vision and integrated sales campaigns for the client, producing sales presentations, and using analytics to measure the solutions ROI for the client. Requirements: Bachelors degree or comparable experience. Proven record of successful leadership in a goal-oriented, highly accountable environment. Successful record of team building and leadership. Excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities is essential. Digital sales experience. Proven digital sales management experiences. A deep and broad understanding of the market and competition Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills. Proficient PC skills including Microsoft applications Excel and Word. In addition, must be well versed in digital sales tools, including job boards, search, email, social marketing and analytics. Demonstrated innovation, leadership, communication, and staff development skills. Possesses ability to coach and be coached. Strong ethical standards and integrity are a must. Understanding of research tools is a huge plus. Ensures that the business unit meets and/or exceeds revenue expectations Proven sales management experience All full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, Life/ AD&D/Long-term disability Insurance, 401k plan, and paid time off. In addition, we offer: Performance/Incentive Based Pay Scale Friendly Team Environment Supportive & Motivating Staff to help you succeed Positive, Professional, and Upbeat work environment We promote from within! Please submit resume and cover letter to EOE, Drug-free workplace Web ID#: 34266362 Text FL66340 to 56654 Subdivision, to the City of Wewahitchka, Florida per Official Plat of same being recorded in the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court,Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Roger & Janice Linton All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 11th day of December, 2013. Dated this 5th day of November, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 96305S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 974 Application No. 2013-45 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 03392-100R Description of Property: Begin at a point 1000 feet West and 1020 North of the Southeast Corner of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, thence continue North for 175 feet, thence run East 250 Feet, thence run South 175 feet, thence run West 250 feet, being in Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Tammy Miller and Regan Scholles All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 11th day of December, 2013. Dated this 5th day of November, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013 96623S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2012-CA-000118 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. STEPHEN HELMS A/K/A STEPHEN BENNETT HELMS et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 14, 2013 and entered in Case NO. 23-2012-CA000118 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, is the Plaintiff and STEPHEN HELMS A/K/A STEPHEN BENNETT HELMS; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF STEPHEN HELMS A/K/A STEPHEN BENNETT HELMS; BRANDI N. JONES A/K/A BRANDI HELMS; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT (S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM ET, on the 19th day of December, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 2, BLOCK B: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 3 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 36, THENCE GO SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 39 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 20.22 FEET TO THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE OF BRIAN SETTERICH ROAD (HAVING A 70 FOOT WIDE RIGHT OF WAY); THENCE GO SOUTH 88 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 04 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE OF A DISTANCE OF 446.35 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING CONTINUE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 04 SECONDS WEST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 177.00 FEET; THENCE DEPARTING SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE, GO NORTH 01 DEGREE 21 MINUTES 11 SECONDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 246.10 FEET: THENCE GO NORTH 88 DEGREES 46 MINUTES 04 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 177.00 FEET: THENCE GO SOUTH 01 DEGREES 21 MINUTES 11 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 246.10 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A/K/A LOT 2, BLOCK B, CRESTWOOD ACRES, UNRECORDED A/K/A 221 BRYAN SETTERICH, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465-3103 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 22, 2013. Rebecca Norris Clerk of Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ F12002310 Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 2013 96499S PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID: The Gulf County School Board will be accepting bids on the retrofit and changing out of the gym floor at Port St. Joe Elementary School. A bid package may be picked up at 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, faxed or e-mailed by calling 850-229-8369. Bids will be accepted starting November 21, 2013 and ending December 5, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. E.S.T. The successful bidder must comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act. The Gulf County School Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. November 21, 28, 2013 96529S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 232008CA 000276CAAXMX SUNTRUST BANK, Plaintiff, vs. DARRELL HAMANN, et. al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure filed October 29, 2013, entered in Civil Case No. 232008CA000276 CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Port St. Joe, Florida, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. Front Lobby, Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 12th day of December, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. ET on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: Lot 9, East Bay Plantation, according to the official plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 37, of the public records of Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 19th. day of November, 2013. Rebecca Norris As Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. 0. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 (fax 850747-5717) at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court if or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 2013 Family and Friends of PSJ Thank You for All your prayers, heartfelt thoughts, offering, meals, and love during this most sadest, tragic, difficult time of our lives! Your kindness and thoughtfulness was very much appreciated. and ment so very much! Love the Rice Family. ADOPT: AStay Home Mom, Prof Dad, Travel awaitCarolyn & Chris 1-800-552-0045 Expenses Pd FLBar42311 Cue FurnitureStart your Christmas layaway now! Pickup as late as December 23rd. New mattresses: Twin sets, $79; Full sets, $139; Queen sets, $199. Quality used furniture. 1425 Hwy 71 S. Wewa. 850-639-2343. Text FL71872 to 56654 La Z boy Reclinernew condition, microfiber, aqua $350 850-229-1190 Port. St. Joe: 1405 Constitution Drive. (Hwy 98) 11/29, 11/30 Fri. & Sat.9a-3p (EST)Huge Garage/Porch SaleFurniture, Antiques, Old Tools, 1918 Organ, Kayaks, Driftwood, Lamps, and Lots of great stuff! Rain or Shine!Text FL73675 to 56654 EducationInfant/Toddler Caregiversare needed to provide quality early care and education to children ages 0-3 yrs @ our Apalachicola location. AA/ AS preferred; FCCPC (CDA) accepted with a willingness to further education. Experience working with preschool children is a must. Excellent benefits package! Apply at Early Education and Care, Inc. 162 Avenue E Apalachicola, FL 32320 EOE M/F/V/D DFWP WebID#: 34273112 Text FL73112 to 56654 Education/TrainingNursery Workerwanted for First United Methodist Church in Mexico Bch. Call Frank Healy at 850-647-8028 Leave a Message Web Id 34272426 Admin/ClericalPart Time ReceptionistBusy law firm seeking PT Receptionist. Send resumes to PO Box 327 Panama City, FL 32402 Web ID#: 34272996 Logistics/TransportCDL Class A Route DriverAverage 10 stops. Home base Apalachicola, FL 850-653-8823 Web ID# 34272333Text FL72333 to 56654 otherPianistwanted for First United Methodist Church in Mexico Bch. Call Frank Healy at 850-647-8028 Leave a Message Web Id 34272426 Part Time Nursery AssistantFUMC is seeking a PT Nursery Assistant to care for children ages 0-5 during Sunday School, Sunday Worship Services and other church events as required. Please submit a resume, contact information, at least 2 references and a cover letter to: fumcp Attention Nursery Position. Or P.O. Box 266, Port St. Joe, FL32547. Attn: Bobbi Lassiter. Web ID#: 34268269 Text FL68269 to 56654 2 bedroom unfurnished Apt; Dogwood Terrace Apts; 808 Woodward Ave, PSJ 850-227-7800 Text FL72989 to 56654 2 Bdrm, 1 Bath. Florida room in back Large yard. 3 blocks to the beach. 339 Selma St. $700 month. First/Last/ Security Deposit. Call 850-348-7774 Text FL70604 to 56654 2 bedroom house for rent; 457 Madison St., Oak Grove, Port St. Joe, FL 850-227-7800 Text FL72988 to 56654 Port St. Joe 3br, 2ba, C/H/A nice yard. $650 month $450 deposit no Pets. 850-227-6216 Text FL71821 to 56654 St. George Island, 3 Br 2 Bath, Furnished Contemporary Home, with Gulf View, 12 month Lease, $1,600 mo, w/o utilities, 813-631 0344 RENOVATEDImmaculate 1 br, 1 ba 65x11 Mobile Home for rent. Open floor plan. $500 firm. Non-smoker. 1 or 2 People. Includes a large pole barn with a covered patio area. Call 954-815-1696 Daymon 97 30Ft, 28Kmiles, Generator, Etc.Good Condition. $10,000 obo Call 850-899-2425 Text FL73161 to 56654 SELL ALL YOUR ITEMS through classified.CALL 747-5020 If you didnt advertise here, youre missing out on potential customers.