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The Franklin Chronicle

Volume 3, Numbers 23 & 24

Special Holiday Edition

16 December 1994 9 January 1995

Emerald Coast
Responds to
Criticism and
Audit Requests




Kenneth Dykes
Emerald Coast Hospital Adminis-
trator Kenneth Dykes came to the
6 December Franklin County
Commission meeting backed
with the support of a roomful of
hospital employees and re-
sponded to recent criticism lev-
eled at Emerald Coast Hospital.
Attorney Al Shuler read each au-
dit request and asked the board's
permission to mail them. At
Shuler's request, Administrator
Dykes questioned the legal basis
for each audit. He stated that the
hospital did not object to the au-
dit, but felt that Emerald Coast
was being treated as a county and
not privately owned facility. "I
don't know of any basis in the
lease or the Florida law that gives
the county the right to make these
requests," said Dykes. Adminis-
trator Dykes affirmed that the
hospital is audited annually and
has offered the county access to
these findings. He also submitted
a copy of a state report that listed
the spending of the hospital's Dis-
proportionate Shares Funds.
Commissioner Braxton noted that
the state report was less detailed
than the hospital's own Trammell
Fund accounting submitted to the
board in October.
Commissioner Braxton invited Dr.
Charles Stark to speak to the
board and refute any criticism
made in either of the previous two
commission meetings. Dr. Stark
stated that his letter of resigna-
tion outlined most of his response
to recent criticism. "I hope things
will get better," said Stark, "So
that doctors who follow me will
not run into the same difficulties."
Commissioner Tolliver asked Dr.
Stark to reconsider his decision
to resign. Commissioner
Mosconis echoed Tolliver's plea
and presented a resolution to the
Continued on page 7

New County Commissioner Raymond Williams in his
first meeting as a Franklin County Commissioner.
Mr. Williams was sworn in on 5 December



PAGE 4-6

HUD Relief Money Still

On Hold

The 6 December Franklin County
Commission meeting left little
comfort in the minds of loan seek-
ing seafood dealers. The 1.7 mil-
lion dollars that was allocated by
the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) and
promised to Franklin County's
storm victims has all but disap-
peared following the 8 November
mid-term elections.
County Clerk Kendall Wade said
that he had contacted Congress-
man Pete Petersen's office in re-
gard to the HUD money. The word
coming from Petersen's office is
that the newly elected Republican
Congress has asked all depart-
ment heads to freeze budget
spending until after 1 January.
Mr. Wade mentioned that the De-
partment of Community Affairs
DCA) was contacted and assured
that they had enough money to
provide loans. Although DCA was
promised reimbursement in the
event they did begin a loan pro-
gram, they maintained that the
federal government restricted
them from doing so. "We don't
know when we're gonna get this
money," concluded Wade, They
promised us two or three weeks
ago, as you well know, that we
were gonna get this money a week
or two ago."

County Clerk Kendall Wade
A member of the Franklin County
seafood dealers stated that she
had contacted the offices of
Connie Mack and Pete Petersen.
She related that their offices as-
sured her that the promised HUD

money was not "lost." She also
said that the seafood dealers had
written a proposal and would
present it to the county commis-
sion when the HUD money ar-
rived. Seafood Dealer Wanda'
Moses said that she had con-
tacted Toni Rioydiof DCA. Ac- .
cording to Ms. Moses, Riordin said
that money was available through
the the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG): she related
that the federal government had,
blocked any oan program
through CDBG, but did not know
the reason for such actions.
Toni Riordin was contacted on 16
December for a comment on the
anticipated HUD money. Riordin
stated that she was still optimis-
tic about Franklin County receiv-
ing the 1.7 Million dollars. "In
truth, they keep telling us it's at
where it's always been. I'm told
that it's hung up somewhere be-
tween HUD and the Office of Man-
agement and Budget in Washing-
ton. I think the manner in which
this is being handled is making it
miserable for Franklin County."
On the down side of Riordin's op-
timism, the Tallahassee Democrat
rinted a 15 December piece that
hinted at serious cuts in HUD's
budget. The cuts were said to be
the result of pre-election promises
for middle class tax cuts that have
been newly proposed by President
Clinton to appease the 104th Con-
gress. HUD sources were said to
be proposing one billion dollars in
budget cuts as well as the elimi-
nation of at least twelve programs.

For anyone wishing to help make
Christmas a little better for the
less fortunate, the Toys for Tots
program still has many little stars
waiting to be picked at the
Apalachicola State Bank and Gulf
State Bank in Apalachicola and

The Toys for Tots program also
needs donations to help the Work
Camp fix up bicycles and other
toys. For more information, call
Louise Allen at the Florida Jobs
and Benefits office: 653-9790 or

Franklin County's

Public Defender

Announces Resignation


Public Defender Julius Aulisio confers with
client Mitchell Friddle

Carolyn Sparks
Adult Reading
Program Loses
Literacy Worker
to Fatigue
Carrabelle Resident Carolyn
Sparks announced that she will
resign from the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program (FCARP)
on 31 December and listed "ex-
haustion and burn out" as rea-
sons for leaving.
Ms. Sparks began her work with
FCARP in May 1992. She was in-
strumental in developing the
program's 92-93 Rural Read at
Home project in which she worked
within households trying to
strengthen literacy efforts within
the family unit. Carolyn also made
great strides in Carrabelle getting
employers to agree to allow their
employees to be tutored for one
hour per week on the clock. Some
of the e employers that participated
in the tutoring program included
the City of Carrabelle, Millender
and Sons Seafood House and the
Crooked River Alligator Farm.
In her second year of work,
Carolyn developed an interest in
the study of dyslexia. She at-
tended the Woodland Hall Acad-
emy and received the training that
she needed to work with dyslex-
ics. For the better part of 1993,
Ms. Sparks tutored over 15 stu-

Franklin County Public Defender
Julius "Juble" Aulisio will be leav-
ing his position on 6 January and
moving to Pennsylvania to be-
came the next Track and Field
coach at St. Francis College.
A native of Greenbelt, Maryland,
Mr. Aulislo graduated from St.
Francis College in 1977 with a
B.A. in Philosophy. He later at-
tended Law School at the Univer-
sity of Florida and graduated in
1985. Because of his interest in
working with indigents, Aulisio
initially felt that he would work
in legal services. Mr. Aulisio was
encouraged in 1985 by Polk
County's State Prosecutor Jerry
Hill to pursue a Public Defender's
position. He served six years as
the Public Defender in Bartow, FL.
In August of 1993, Julius Aulisio
began his work in Franklin
As Public Defender, Aulisio felt
that he could help those in need.
"A lot of crime, I feel, is brought
by economic conditions. The
problems of poverty are vast and
overwhelming. The crime that's hard to tackle. I'm
sure poverty will always be with
us." Aulislo continued, "One of
the things that's frustrating with
being Public defender is that the
majority of those charged are usu-
ally guilty...or guilty of something.
It's frustrating, because we catch
those charged at the tail end of
poverty. If Icould, I think I'd like
to start at the other end and try
to create a change at the begin-
Although frustration levels have
run high as Public Defender,
Aulislo maintained that his de-

parture was not a decision made
from frustration. "I'm not leaving
the Public Defender's position,
because I want to leave the occu-
pation. This is something I've
done for eight years and It's some-
thing I can always come back to.
The chance to coach track at the
college level is something that's
not always going to be here and
this is something I've wanted to
do since I started running in col-
When asked to comment on his
work in Franklin County and to
ive departing advice to the next
public Defender', Aulisio said:
"Just try the cases that need to
be tried and make sure the law
enforcement does their Job. Every-
one will be better for it. When law
enforcement tries to take short
cuts with things like the process
of probable cause, the rights of
people get violated. It's also Im-
portant that investigations be
brought to their rightful conclu-
sion. Sometimes investigations
will stop at one person and the
investigators won't look beyond
that suspect for leads. They're ust
intent on proving that one person
guilty. Although when I first
moved here, I felt that the Inves-
tigation of law enforcement offi-
cials was poor. In the last six
months, I've seen Improvements.
I think that the new state pros-
ecutor has something to do with
that by working with law enforce-
ment. Franklin County is a fairly
friendly community and most
people make a good, clean living.
Though I think that for the size of
the community, there is a high
percentage of crime, which I feel
is a result of poverty and a low
level of education. "

The State Attorney's Office for the
Second Judicial Circuit is seek-
ing an additional charge against
26 year old Apalachlcola resident
Aldoulphous C. Richardson of at-
tempted second degree murder.
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams requested the amended
charge on 5 December after learn-
ing that the said defendant had
been engaging In sexual inter-
course with minors while being
knowingly infected with the hu-
man immunodeficiency virus
In a probable cause report dated.
27 October, 1994, Sgt. John C.
Turner and Lt. Archie Holton at-
tested that they received Informa-
tion on 21 October that
Aldoulphous C. Richardson was
exchanging crack cocaine for sex
with minors. Sgt. Turner Lt.
Holton and Jody Cornwell from
the Federal Bureau of Investiga-
tion (FBI) received sworn state-
nients from two minors ages 13

and 14. One minor stated that
Richardson and she did not use
a condom, while another did state
that a condom was used.
Richardson was arrested on 27
October and charged with two
counts of lewd and lascivious as-
sault acts on a child under age
16. According to the arrest report
prepared by Sgt. Turner, Mr.
Richardson gave sworn recorded
admission to having sexual inter-
course with two young girls un-
der the age of 16. Mr.
Aldoulphous Richardson has
since pled not guilty to the
charges mentioned at his 5 De-
cember arraignment.
In the event that any of
Richardson's victims test positive
for HIV, Richardson may be
charged with Second Degree Mur-
der. Dr. John Erickson from the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment stated that some of
Richardson's victims may have an
increased chance of contracting
the human Immunodeficiency vi-
rus. "The chances of one of these

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New Commissioner

On The Block

Continued on page 16

Wishing Upon A Star
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Louise Allen shows off Toys For Tots tree
at the Gulf State Bank in Apalachicola

State Prosecution

Seeks Murder Charge

For Sex Offender


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Page 2 16 December

1994 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


City Meeting

By Rene'Topping
At the 5 December meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission,
Carrabelle City Commissioner
Jim Phillips called for a workshop
to' be held between the City Com-
missioners and the Carrabelle
Police Department. The action
was taken after Several members
in the audience expressed their
views on the quality of police work
in the city and a rise in the inci-
dehts Of vandalism in the city and
at the Carrabelle High School. The
workshop was set for 13 Decem-
ber at 7 P. M. at the city hall. The
meeting will be open to the pub-
Ms. Brenda Barfield, who co-owns
Big Bend Tool and machine Shop
with her husband Gilbert
Barfleld, said that a large brick
was thrown through a window at
their place of business which is
located on U. S. 98 near the place
a where several Carrabelle men
had recently been arrested on
complaints of dealing and using
crack cocaine. Ms. Barfleld indi-
cated that she thought that it had
been done because it was thought
that she and her husbandhad
"turned in," the alleged dealers.
Commissioners expressed sur-
prise on hearing the vandalism
incident. Commissioner Tommy
Loftin, who occupies the seat that
supervises the police department
said, "That is the first time I have
heard about it." Several people in
the audience expressed their dis-
belief, and Ms. Barfleld said, "Ev-
erybody else in town knows about
it." The house that had been a
headquarters for much of the il-
legal activity burned down in a fire
on the 30 November following the

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Brenda Barfield
Commissioner James "Buz"
Putnal said he was most disap-
pointed that his efforts to bring
beauty to the city with a row of
live Christmas trees decorated-
with lights had been ruined when
the lights were snatched off the
trees and destroyed. He also said
that there was other widespread
vandalism, including writing on a
wall opposite the moorings; com-
plaints were also directed at
young people who were said to be
loitering In the IGA and Jackson's
Ace Hardware parking lots into
the early hours of the morning.
In addition an incident in which
tires were slashed on a vehicle
parked at the school was reported.

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James Moore
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James Moore

Putnal, who has worked hard at
making the city a more beautiful
place, said, "It is disheartening."
He felt that he should pull up the
trees. There where exclamations
from the audience that it would
be better to keep putting the lights
back on, than to allow vandals to
win. The city received a "clean
opinion," from James Moore the
city auditor, on the recent audit
of the city.. Moore said he was well
pleased with the city finances and
said that the commissioners were
doing a "Good job watching the
expenses.' Julian Webb, grants-
writer and grants administrator
for the city, said that despite large
advertisements in local papers, he
was having difficulty getting con-
tractors to bid on repair Jobs to
be done with money from the
CDBG grants. The commissioners
agreed to pay him $2,700 for
funds due for work done on Phase
two. Commissioners approved a
revised schedule for future pay-
ments but cautioned Webb that
the city commissioners expect
him to report regularly at meet-
ings. The commissioners voted to
award the bid to do a boundary
survey in the Three Rivers Road
area in order to settle problems
with homeowners in the area, to
Thurmond Roddenberry at a bid
of $600. The only other bid was
from Harold Langston in the
amount of $2,000. Prior to open-
ing the bids commissioners read
a letter from the Florida Society
of Professional Land Surveyors.
They complained that the city's
advertisement request for a bid
and this survey were not in ac-
cordance with Florida Statute
287.055 which refers to the pro-
cedure to be followed to hire a
professional surveyor. Attorney

Lanark Village W & S

Board Meeting
By Carol Ann Hawkins Hook-Up Fees

City Clerk Charles Daniels
announces new City

Woodrow Judy
Selected As New
City Commissioner

By Rene'Topping

Carrabelle City Commissioners
selected Woodrow Judy as a re-
placement for Raymond Williams,
who recently resigned after win-
ning election to the Franklin
County Commissioners. Judy was
selected by a majority of the com-
missioners' votes from among the
three applicants for the remain-
ing three year term. The other two
persons submitting resumes were
Norman Boyd and Paul Marxsen.
Judy has been a city resident for
the past 17 years. He has worked
in his own business repairing for-
eign cars and also car air condi-
tioners. At one time he delivered
the Tallahassee Democrat to resi-

Say-Discharge of.
Firearms Illegal
in Carrabelle

By Rend Topping
A newly adopted ordinance forbid-
ding the reckless display or dis-
charge of dangerous weapons
within the corporate, limits of the
city of Carrabelle went into effect
on 5 December 1994.
The ordinance provides for pen-
alties of a fine of not more than
$300,00 or 60 days In the County
Jail, or both. The ordinance use
of the term "dangerous weapon"
is used to mean any weapon or
object capable of inflicting dam-
age or harm to any person or item
of real or personal property.
The term "reckless manner," is
any manner capable of threaten-
ing or damaging another person
or item of real or personal prop-
erty. It also covers showing a dis-
regard for the health of another,
or displaying lack of complete
control over the operation and ef-
fect thereof.

William "Bill" Webster told com-
missioners that they were not hir-
ing a City Surveyor; this action,
he continued, was just to hire a
surveyor to do one specific job. He
felt the city had a perfect right to
operate in the way that they were.
In other business, commissioners:
* approved a change in the task
order to include the Small Com-
munities Wastewater Construc-
tion Grant Program requested
by City Engineers Baskerville
and Donovan. Commissioners
then went on to approve four
other items submitted by the
same company.
approved payment of a bill of
$4735 that had been tabled
since 1 February of 1993 for
Apron Design Contract Work at
the airport.
approved an application to be
made for a permit for work on
the city dock.
approved payment of a bill for
$7,950 for relocation of a bea-
con and windsock at the air-
approved Mark Householder to
work with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT)
on restoration On a small wet-
lands area at the airport.
approved a new contract for
Bernadine Smith to continue
taking and transcribing city
approved an hourly Increase
from $4.25 per hour to $6.00
per hour for part-time police
officer Robert Taylor and made
the raise retroactive to his hir-
ing date of September 24, 1994,
approved payment of utility bills
on security lights at George
Sands Jr. Athletic Field.

Attorneys for the Lanark Village
Water & Sewer District, at the
22 November regular meeting,
advised the district's current
board to table several major items
until after the Incoming board
assumes office on 3 January. Carl
Bailey, Chairman of the Board,
and Harold Sparks, Treasurer,
agreed to let Commissioners-elect
Jack Garrison, Jim Lawlor, and
Phil Shiver deal with the follow-
ing matters:
The T&A Construction lawsuit,
filed over a year ago against the
district, then coupled with a
countersuit the district subse-
quently filed against T & A.
Unsuccessful legal attempts to
collect by garnishment a bad
debt owed to the district by a
former Franklin County Com-
The purchase or non-purchase
of property that the district now
A possible lawsuit by custom-
ers who don't feel they should
be required to pay the $750
sewer hook-up fee the district
says they owe.
Bailey has served the district
since 1973, but was defeated in
the 8 November General Election.
Commissioners Sparks and Greg
Yancey did not seek re-election.
Yancey was not present at the
board meeting. Bailey opened the
meeting by welcoming and intro-
ducing Lawlor and Shiver.

Minutes Corrected
Treasurer Sparks disputed an
item in the 25 October minutes
which stated that a debt owed to
the district by County Commis-
sioner Tom Saunders "will be writ-
ten off as an expense item in the
District Records." "We didn't say
that that account of Tom
Saunders would be written off"
Sparks protested that the board
agreed in October that the $1,000
owed by Saunders would be car-
ried as a bad debt. Bailey at-
tempted to show Sparks how the
debt was listed on the financial
report, but Sparks wasn't inter-
ested. "I don't care what it says
here (in the financial report); it
says here you're writing it off; in
the minutes, it says you're writ-
ing it off." At Sparks insistence,
the minutes were corrected to
read, "the debt will be carried as
a bad debt." Attorney Smiley con-
firmed that the two words, "writ-
ten off," would be deleted from the
25 October minutes. The debt will
.,1be carried as a collectable expense
item in the district records.
Purchase Of Property
Bailey reported that he learned
during a meeting at First Ameri-
can Title Insurance Company that
Gulf State Bank (GSB),
Carrabelle, holds a $16,000kmort-
gage on the Pete Richardson prop-
erty that the current board hoped
to purchase. The district now
rents the property for use as an
office. Bailey reported that Will
Kendrick, GSB Vice-President of
Loans, advised him on 22 Novem-
ber that the bank will accept pay-
ments on the property for
36 months with balloon, amor-
-tized over 15 years at prime mi-
nus two, (an adjustable rate less
than prime, which is currently
8.5 percent).: Bailey said. initial
payments would be $225 per
month, and that his undefstand-
ing was that at the end of each
36-month period the monthly
amount would be contingent
upon whatever the prime interest
rate is then. (When loans are
made "with balloon," the entire
balance becomes due at a set
time, which in this case is
36 months; then, the loan is to-
tally re-negotiated with a differ-
ent index.)
Attorney Scott Smiley, Tallahas-
see, pointed out that the main
problem the board has to look at
is the district's current budget,
which became effective in Octo-
ber, based on the current monthly
rental payment of $200 per month
for the same property. "Now you're
upping it," Smiley told the board.
"And, again, you're talking about
15 years. All of a sudden, you're
going to have a lump sum due.".
Sparks said the property would
now cost $9,376 more than what
the board had originally believed.
Bailey said the district originally
thought they would only pay
6.25 percent.
"We don't recommeiid proceeding
as this is written, Smiley said.
"The vote taken by the board to
move ahead and purchase the
property, first of all, was under
different numbers and different
agreement. The main concern
that we have is that it's not bud-
geted." Another thing to think
about, Smiley continued, Is that
the new board coming in "may
want to deal with it in a different
manner." Smiley advised that the
issue be tabled, and the board
agreed. "I don't like the sound of
this at all," Bailey said. The lease

with Richardson has not been re-
newed and in fact, has expired,
according to Bailey; but the dis-
trict will continue to pay rent on
the property until a decision is
made by the new board.

A decision on whether or not to
- repeal Resolution 72, adopted in
1989, was tabled until after the
new commissioners assume of-
fice. Attorney Smiley said the
Resolution, which calls for no
hook-up fee, is "under collateral
estoppal and is void, as a matter
of law." Sparks said the Resolu-
tion was adopted at a Special
Meeting that was called for a pur-
pose other than passing the Reso-
lution. "It is not part of that meet-
ing." If the Resolution is repealed,
LVW&SD subscribers who have
not yet paid a $750 sewer hookup
fee may be billed as early as Janu-
ary 1995.
Sparks said the Resolution was
made in the month of January
1989, after an election and at a
time when then-commissioners
Sam Davis and Burwell Harris
were preparing to leave office.
Sparks said the two men called
for a Special Meeting on another
matter and passed the Resolution
after Bailey adjourned the meet-
ing and left. Property owner Jim
Bove agreed that Bailey adjourned
the meeting and left, but he ar-
gued that "there was no vote on
adjourning the meeting"... there
were two members "who did not
have any say about it...the ma-
jority did not want the meeting
Attorney Smiley advised the board
to table the item and let the new
board deal with the problem. "A
decision tonight does affect the
future. Whether or not the Reso-
lution is void as a matter of law,"
Smiley said, "the board is guar-
anteed to face litigation If we don't
settle the matter." Smiley agreed
with an earlier statement made by
Sparks that "Statute 153 says
there shall be no free water and
sewer services," but the attorney
also said that since commission-
ers went out and "made deals to
accept," in some ways arguments
could be made that easements
were a form of payment, "in which
case there may be no problem.
But there are problems with
people who haven't paid and
haven't given an easement. "
Smiley said the matter may be
settled out of court without fur-
ther cost to the district, but he
emphasized that this will be
something for the board to decide.
Property owner Jack Haggerty
said it the district's responsibility
to maintain service that's already
there and that maintenance of
service that is already hooked up
by the district is the district's re-
sponsibility and should come out
of the operating fund. The man
said there should not be a new
charge every time a section of the
system is repaired or replaced.
"You don't get charged all over
again for the hook-up fee. You get
charged once for the hook up fee,
and then the maintenance service
is the responsibility of the district.
I don't think that's been ad-
Bailey mentioned 3 houses that
he said were originally hooked up
to the standard gravity system for
which the owners paid a $750
sewer hook-up fee and a $250
water fee. When the vacuum sys-
tem was put in, Bailey continued,
the lines for the gravity system
were transferred to the vacuum
system. But this, argued a prop-
erty owner present at the meet-
ing, just changed the type of ser-
vice and was not a hook-up of ser-
Jeanette Pedder, also a property
owner, asked Bailey if he had
billed any of the people for the.
$750 hook-up fee. Sparks
shouted, "Nol" before Bailey had
time to answer. Pedder asked
Bailey if people were being billed
"today," and Bailey told Pedder
that her question was "the topic
of discussion, whether we should
bill them or not bill them." Sparks
said he had "tried to get bills sent
out for three years." Pedder again
asked Bailey, "Have you billed
them." Sparks yelled, "Nol He
hasn't done iti"
Bailey said 17 people have volun-
tarily paid their hook-up fee, and
he added that if the board decides
hook-ups are to be free, then all
who have paid will each be re-
funded $750. "By law, you're not
allowed to have tree hook-up,"
Smiley said, to which a customer
responded, "If you can't have 'em
up here, you can't have 'em down
Commissioner-elect Shiver re-
minded the out-going board that
this controversy had been going
on for four years. "It's not very
clear-cut, that's for sure. There's
a lot of information we haven't
seen. So why, in the last minute,
would you want to make this de-
cision?" Smiley, in the board's
defense, said the current board
was acting on letters they had re-
ceived asking for a decision; "and
they may feel that they owe a de-
Sparks said he did everything he
knew to do to get the District to
send bills for the unpaid hook-up
fees "and they wouldn't do it."

Now, Sparks continued, the $750
is shown on the bottom of the bill,
but is not included in the bill,
"and this has only been done for
a few months". There is nothing
on the bill to indicate that the
customer owes the $750 to the
district. Sparks turned to Bailey
and asked, "Why didn't you send
a bill? Why wouldn't you send
them a bill? That's what I want to
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Keeping Florida Beautiful

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County Extension Agent Bill Mahan poses with a Citation
For Outstanding Acheivement for Franklin County's
Seafood Residue Compost project. The citation was
from Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc. Mr. Mahan received
approval from county commissioners on 5 December
to sign on for a Keep Florida Beautiful Grant.

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for Physical Damage

and Economic Injury

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counties, damaged by heavy rains last month, disaster areas. The
declaration makes homeowners, small businesses and nonprofit
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Liberty, Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden and Franklin are included in the
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The Franklin Chronicle 16 December 1994 Page 3

Where have all the

parents gone?

Few things stir me up more than apathy. Case in point, the Tues-
day, December 13 meeting of the Franklin County School Board was
one of those incidents. It had nothing to do with the board members;
they were all there and did theirjobs efficiently. However, it was noted
by Will Kendrick when it came time to recognize visitors that there
were no parents present at the meeting.
We hear so much about educational and literacy problems in this
country. I went to college with people who had trouble putting coher-
ent sentences together on paper. Too often, over-worked educators
who don't get paid what they deserve get the blame heaped on them.
So often parents expect teachers to be the gate-keepers, disciplinar-
ians, morals/values teachers, educators and baby-sitters. At the same
time, teachers must constantly look over their shoulders if they do
any of the above for fear an irate parent will press a lawsuit.
To be a parent is a God-given responsibility and a moral one to do
your very best for your child. Part of that 'best' is getting to know your
children's teachers, attending meetings about happenings in the
school, trying to do your part to make sure your child grows up with
a love of learning and a chance at a real future. The world of tomor-
row will be increasingly complex and technical, and the children who
will be the leaders of the future will be those whose parents went the
extra mile to make sure their education was sufficient to meet the
challenges of tomorrow.
Give yourself a challenge--as your new year's resolution resolve to
attend the monthly meetings of your school board. Not only will this
hearten the educators, but I can guarantee your children will take
notice too. Education is one gift that is relatively inexpensive to ob-
tain, yet priceless once possessed. Get Involved Franklin county par-
ents Your school board needs youl
Laura Kathryn Rogers

50 Ways to Increase

Family-School Cooperation

1. Create a "How A Parent Can Help" handbook which gives practical sugges-
tions for home activities such as making out grocery lists, nature walks, etc.
2. Invite a few parents to a coffee hour with the principal. Hold it at the home
of the PTA leader.
3. Vary the times for Open Houses. Hold some in the afternoon. some at night.
4. Invite several parents to sample the school lunch once a month. Seat them
with the principal a rtacher. and several randomly selected students.
5. Hold a "Senior Citizen Day" at the school, inviting grandparents and other
older friends of the school. Provide transportation.
6. Invite new teachers and new parents to a tour of the district. Cover the
points of interest, local churches, facilities available in the area. places that
could be used for field trips, boundaries of attendance area.

"Some of us don't read the local papers

too much, Franklin County Commission,

1 November, 1994

Frankly Speaking

in Franklin County

By Rend Topping .'. ;
In view of the fact that huge Oranrge County California, has just dez-.
cldared bankruptcy and are talking about debts in the billions of dol-
lars because of losses from bad investments, it is delightful to hear
that in little Franklin County, the small town of Carrabelle is de-
clared to be financially very stable.

7. Arrange athletic and academic contests between parents, students, and In fact the commissioners have a bit of money put away for a rainy
teachers. day.

8. Provide an opportunity for parents to get together with other parents for
discussions about school problems.
9. Send home "Happy Grams"-good news notes about accomplishments and
Continued on page 18

I 904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
IO Facsimile 904-385-0830
Vol. 3, No. 23,24 16 December 1994 Holiday Issue
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager .. Brian Goercke
Contributors Carole Ann Hawkins
............ Paul Jones
............ Randle Leger
......... Lee McKnight
............ Judy Corbus
........... Darl R. Ostrander
............ Wayne Childers
............ Laura K. Rogers
............ La Keshia Barnes
............ Amanda Loos
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer
............ Eric Steinkuehler
Sales Staff..................
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Cynthia & Scott Mercer.927-3329
Tom Hoffer ................... Tallahassee
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Advertising Design,
Production and Layout .. Christian Liljestrand
................................... ........ .......... Eric Steinkuehler
Proof reader.............. Various
Cartoonists Cindy Sue
Video Production.................................. David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel...................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ....................... Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen ................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ......................................... St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge...................St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...................... Eastpoint
Brooks W ade ..................................... Eastpoint
Wayne Childers ............................ Port St. Joe

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One thing I am quite sure of is that the commissioners in Orange
County are paid a heck of a lot more for their time than are the Com-
missioners in Carrabelle.
Also I am sure that the Orange County City Manager and his second
in command are paid much more handsomely that the money we pay
our City Clerk Charles Lee Daniels and our Assistant City Manager
Mary Lou Mathes.
Carrabelle was not always in the black even in the short time (18 years)
that I have been here. Times were really tough and the city owed a
parcel of money and interest on a loan made by the FederafGovern-
ment on which the city had failed to pay for years. And when said
Federal Government was breathing noisily down the necks:of the town
officials for payment and threatening all kinds 9f dire things; our city
still did not go belly up. Charles Lee Daniels was acting very like the
proverbial squirrel, as he put aside money to pay off the principal of
that loan, And two other past mayors, Charles Millender and Ken
Cope, were busy making a deal with the Feds along with help from
the legislative delegation to clear the books by having the Interest
These actions led to a new sewer plant and upgrading of the water
plant. Those past officials and those today took the city positions not
or the money; not for the glory; but simply because they love the
town they were either born in or chose to live in and want it to be a
going concern, maybe we are on to something here. Maybe it is more
important to elect and hire people who really care that it is to hire all
of those so called experts.
My wish is that the lights of Christmas shine brightly on our city
officials and all others who are working do their best for their com-

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E itornal


Alligator Points' old Point Lounge
Mike Willenborg,35, who has lived on Alligator Point for over the past
seven years, purchased the site of the local watering hole with a spe-
cial vision in mind. Vowing not to resurrect a "Juke Joint" atmosphere,
he originally chose the idea of a small low key lounge with a bed and
breakfast offering.
Now, Willonborg has developed a plan to promote a family environ-
ment attuned to providing specially prepared meals along with a varia-
tion of live entertainment. Long range plans include fresh water swim-
ming pools and organized competitive outdoor
sports. His plans focus on a seasonal draw on business during the
months of March through November. Even though Willenborg is plan-
ning an April 1,1995 opening he has not yet selected a name or logo
for his venture.

3.s, The Chronicle wishes Paul Jones a
". Happy 60th Birthday. Paul turned
,* .on 12 December.

S Dr. Charles Stark's

Resignation Letter

21 November 1994
To whom it may concern:
I just finished viewing a tape of the County Commissioners' meeting held on
S15 November 1994. I watched colleagues belittle me because I am not board-
certified or board-qualified; belittle the care I give because I am not board-
qualified or certified; and question my integrity because as a former employee:
and currently as a contractor it must be presumed that I tacitly agree with the::
alleged intent of Provident Medical Corporation to defraud the citizens of-.
Franklin County of"quality medical care" as defined exclusively by the physi-
cians present in the Board room. I was not specifically named in the dis-
course, but neither was I excluded. As one of three physicians who are either
employees or provide contract medical services to Provident, it can only be
.presumed that I am at the very least one third of the problem.
I may not be board-qualified or board-certified but I am a well-trained, expe-
rienced, and patient-certified physician, and I have been willing to do a job
that other physicians were unwilling or refused to do. I have been responsible
for emergency services provided-by Emerald Coast hospital night after night. I
have been in the front lines where other physicians in the community were
unwilling to be or refused to be. Those of you who have profited from my care
know that I take my work seriously and I care about my patients.
On the tape I watched a nurse who is currently an employee of Provident
Medical Corporation applaud the attacks on her efforts and my efforts to pro-
Svide quality and compassionate medical care consistent with the resources
Available. I watched a former patient of mine attack my efforts with fervor. I
watched an entire room full of people who had no apparent interest in deter-
mining all of the facts or any alternative points of view.
Now'let me tell you why I am totally revulsed and disheartened by what I saw.
When I came to this community about two years ago, I worked for Provident
Medical Corporation as a general physician in the Apalachee Bay Medical
Clinic in Eastpoint. There I saw patients and I supervised Physician Assis-
tants when they provided medical care in the emergency room at Emerald
Coast Hospital. As time passed and after discussions with Mr. Hubert E. Steely.
the owner of Provident Medical Corporation. I saw a possibility for creating a
unique medical care system that would make Franklin County an example for
the entire United States.
Early in 1992 on Mr. Steeley's request I assumed the post of Administrator of
the Emerald Coast Hospital outpatient clinics. These clinics were to be an
important part of the envisioned County medical care system. Under my su-
* pervision four clinics were certified by the State and Federal Governments as
hospital-based Rural Health Clinics. This enabled Emerald Coast Hospital to
provide extensive, quality controlled medical care to the large number of indi-
gent citizens of the County. It was a first step and one that still works well for
Medicare and Medicaid recipients as well as insured and self-pay patients.
After the clinics were certified, Mr. Steeley asked me to administer Emerald
Coast Hospital. I accepted the challenge because I knew the Hospital could be
improved and I knew that Mr. Steeley shared the same vision that I did. Shortly
after I became Administrator of the Hospital I was introduced to the strong,
determined, and effective negative forces intent on destroying any positive
efforts to improve the Hospital. Nearly all of my energy and efforts was there-
after given to defense against the negative forces. Notwithstanding. I greatly
improved the laboratory services, installed new lights in the Hospital hall-
ways, fixed the boiler, bought a new ambulance, and put a plan in place to
eventually redecorate, install new beds, and purchase additional medical equip-
ment when funds became available. I also discovered that the staff of the
Hospital was competent, devoted to the people of the community, and com-
passionate. The negative forces did their best to thwart progress and they had.
considerable success. Mr. Steeley never wavered from the ultimate goal of an
integrated care system for the County.
As Hospital and Clinic Administrator. I saw that the first order of priority was
to recruit physicians to supervise the Physician Assistants that we used to
provide care in the Rural Health Clinics. Yes. Physician Assistants. They are
not board qualified or certified but under proper physician supervision they.
do provide top quality (quality controlled by State inspections) medical care.
The State of Florida and the Federal Government believe that Physician Assis-
tants are appropriate care givers in a rural setting and I know from experience
that no one suffers. Our patients served by the Physician Assistants that I
supervise, know that their medical care exceeds that given by many physi-
cians in this and other rural areas. I spent a significant portion of my time as
Administrator (nearly all of the time that I did not expend fighting the negative
forces) recruiting physicians. At times I had as many as 20 professional re-
cruiters looking for physicians. Mr. Steeley placed no restrictions on the sala-
ries that I would offer. I could not find any physician who was willing to come
here, let alone board qualified or certified physicians. On more than one occa-
sion candidates declined when they learned about the negative forces in the
local medical community.

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Paul Jones
Twas the week before Christmas and nary a road worker to be seen
Now for almost six months, residents and visitors alike have had to
endure a virtual obstacle course to travel the thousand-or-so-feet on
what is left of the portion of County Road 370 located directly in front
of the Alligator Point Camp Grounds. The wake of three major sum-
mer storms has left this segment of a main thoroughfare and more
important, a designated storm evacuation route, a completely dishev-
eled battleground of pavement debris and beach sand.
Any appreciable progress toward road restoration and repair has
grounded down to a halt. There has been a lot of finger pointing rela-
tive as to where the bureaucratic responsibility lies. Hopefully by the
end of January 1995, the Federal, State and County agencies in-
volved can sort out what needs to be done and get on with the project.
The Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge at the Pride of the Point Ma-
rina has reopened for business under the reins of Elta Churchwell.
According to Karen Lobdill, general manager of the Pride of the Point
Marina, a gala grand opening will be scheduled for late January or
early February.
The restaurant and lounge Is now scheduled be open Wednesday thru
Friday at 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. And diners are to
be reminded that the kitchen closes at 10 pm each day. Elta
Churchwell has put together an impressive but an affordable menu
of food and beverage servings. She also boasts that "the lounge has
the ice coldest draft anywhere around".
As a complete surprise to almost everyone within the three surround-
ing counties, a local resident of Alligator Point has picked up the tab
on the old Point Lounge property.

Commentary :\&

The Chairman's Famous Recipe for
Public Awareness

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Published twice monthly on the 10th andl 2th

ur.~ -N *v ur -r -r -- -- --__ 5,A"' yr IIUrI1

Ochlockonee River's

Rattlin' Reds

By Randle Leger

Rick Taylor's




Several years ago I made my first fishing trip to the lower Ochlockonee
River. My partner and I were both quite unaware of the immensity of
this river system. We were familiar with the upper portion with its
single winding stream and occasional creek that would gently join
the rivers flow. The upper part that flows through Tallahassee and on
through the Apalachicola National Forest was easy to understand;
there was upstream and then there was downstream. This was the
sum total of my river knowledge.
We hit the launch at the Ochlockonee State Park with youthful en-
thusiasm, secure in our ability to brave new waters without com-
pass, map, or directions from the more informed. Immediately upon
leaving the launch creek and entering the main river flow, I realized
we were in trouble. There seemed to be rivers running in every direc-
tion. I could not readily discern which was the river we had come to
fish. To make matters worse, the rising tide was pushing the water in
the upstream direction which confused me further and made my
upstream-downstream experience useless. I found myself looking for
the sun, hoping to get some fixation to help guide a confused angler.
Alas, there was no sun, masked by the clouds that bass fishermen so
relish to improve their days on the water. I made a mental note, "get
a compass"!
So the logical answer to my confused dilemma was to proceed in any
direction, slow and cautious. Only bite what you can chew and learn
as you go had always sufficed in the past and would surely get me
through this, "I thought." The plan of attack was to find the nearest
creek, stay within its confines and eliminate the risk of getting hope-
lessly lost in these new and strange waters.-
Finding a creek large enough to fish was easy, in fact you couldn't
swing a dead cat without hitting a creek, they were everywhere! We
made our choice and entered, I was comforted in the fact that we
could now concentrate on this smaller piece of water, focusing our
attention on detecting strikes rather than constantly worrying about
direction and navigation. All we now had to do to return to the safety
of our launch was to make a simple right turn after we left the creek
and we would soon be in sight of our origin. "Easy and simple" so we
thought; "no way to get lost," so we thought.
We fished with the creek's gentle current for sometime, catching a
nice bass on occasion as we floated past points, pockets, and grassy
areas. Soon we began to encounter other creeks and intersections
which forced us to make decisions of direction. Little by little, the
route back to our launch was getting more complicated. Our simple
right turn had ballooned into two rights, a left and then a right, I
After several hours of moderately successful fishing, we began our
return to the main river. This is when I first realized how much all
creeks look alike. Wiregrass and black, mud banks offer little in the
way of natural landmarks and we found ourselves making decisions
based more on chance than knowledge.
Finally we rounded the last creek turn and the main river came into
view. A wave of relief swept over me, just a simple right turn and we
would be headed for home base. As we entered the river I noticed that
it looked strangely unfamiliar, nothing I could put my finger on but
definitely things were not as they should be. After a bit of running
time, the State Park failed to come into view. I stopped the motor and
we quietly drifted with the current. We were now completely lost with
no idea of which way to go. Our too small gas tank was compounding
the problem by giving us no margin for error. If we ran in the wrong
direction too long we would surly run out of gas and never return or
be heard from again. Eventually they would find our sun-bleached
bones tangled in the wiregrass and covered in fiddler crabs.
After several minutes of debate our choice of direction was made,
based on direction of current flow, the need to travel upstream and
just a touch of blind luck. I cranked the motor and we resumed our
Journey. Soon, to our dismay, this unfamiliar river joined with an
even more unfamiliar river. I stood on the stern of the boat with an
anchor in each hand, planning to jump overboard and end my misery
when I saw "it." A pitiful little sign, barely visible on the muddy bank,
it read, "State Park" and pointed in the direction from which we had
Just came. Of course we had chosen the wrong direction, that's
Murphy's Law. If not for that beautiful, weathered little sign, I know
we would never have returned to civilization, lost forever in the
Sopchoppy River system.
This happened lon ago but the memories of that day are fresh and
vivid in my mind. Today I understand this complex river system a
great deal better. I now know the unfamiliar river, upon which I was
so lost, to be the Dead River, which connects the Ochlockonee to the
Sopchoppy. I also know the notorious little creek that led me to this
near disaster. In truth the creek had outlets going to both rivers and
at some point we had chosen the wrong turn. These areas are now
familiar guide-posts that help direct me to favorite fishing holes.
The Ochlockonee and Sopchoppy River systems with their many creeks
and tidal cuts can be somewhat frightening to the first-timer. If you
have never fished these waters and plan to, be advised, spend some
time looking at a map, and discuss the map with someone who has
experience on these rivers. It will be time well spent. But most impor-
tant of all, take your time and learn the water as you go. It will take a
few trips but soon you will begin to familiarize with the many compo-
nents of this brackish puzzle.
The lower Ochlockonee River is one of the most productive and di-
verse ecosystems in north Florida. It is considered to be one of the
most under-utilized systems as well. Even on weekends you can usu-
ally find undisturbed water for yourself, seldom crossing another's
wake. There are literally hundreds of miles of fishable shoreline that
offers both salt and freshwater species residing in the same water.
Just below the Ochlockonee State Park, in the main river, lies a stretch
of water that has all the ingredients for one of America's favorite pas-
times, trolling. Trolling is an extremely relaxing form of fishing which
the entire family can enjoy. Age, physical ability, and experience have
little to do with participating in this type of fishing. All you have to do
is hang on to the rod and crank in the fish wh6n it bites. Couple this
ease of operation with a hard fighting redflsh and you have every-
thing you need for a fun day on the water.
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New Rules


The Governor and Cabinet today
approved the following proposed
saltwater fisheries management
measures proposed by the Marine
Fisheries Commission (these
rules take effect Janu-
ary 1, 1995):
Tropical Marine Life
These amendments to the tropi-
cal ornamental marine life rule:
* reduce the maximum size limit
for all angelfishes (including
hybrids) from 10 inches to
8 Inches total length-except
for rock beauty; the maximum
size limit for rock beauty is re-
duced from 6 inches to 5 inches
total length
* establish a minimum size limit
of 8 inches total length for
spotfin (Cuban) and Spanish
hogfish, and a minimum size
limit of 2 inches total length for
Spanish hogflsh
* increase the daily harvest limit
on pink tipped anemones (ge-
nus Condylactus) from 200 to
400 per person
* allow persons to possess other-
wise prohibited corals on live
rock harvested from aquacul-
ture operations, provided that
they possess appropriate fed-
eral or state permits and pro-
vide proper notification to the
Florida Marine Patrol (off the
water possession by wholesale
and retail dealers will require
documentation that the corals
were legally harvested by a per-
mit holder)
* replace the term "gorgonians" in
the present rule with the term
"octocorals," and define
octocoral as an erect, non-en-
crusting species (in addition,
one inch of substrate around
the perimeter of the holdfast at
the base of the octocoral is al-
lowed to be harvested, as long
as such substrate remains at-
tached to the octocoral)
* change the fishing year for
octocorals to begin October 1
each year
* require that all corals harvested
in aquaculture operations re-
main attached to cultured rock
* require that live rock harvest-
ers landing rock harvested in

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A variety of forage exists in this coastal environment Including shrimp,
crabs, crayfish and a dozen other types of crustaceans that most of
us will never see. There Is also an abundance ofbaitfish that call this
part of the river home for the winter. This sets the stage for the favor-
ite trolling bait, rattle traps. Redfish are opportunistic feeders and
don't mind snatching a passing baitfish if it gets too close, and the
rattle trap Is the perfect lure for getting too close.
When trolling this area with rattle traps you should pull at least 3 rigs.
The first line should be rigged Carolina style, using at least 1/2 to 1 oz.
of lead and a floating or neutral buoyancy bait. The Idea is to keep
this lure very close to the bottom. The buoyancy of the bait helps
prevent snags. Though the bottom of this river is relatively free of
obstructions, you will occasionally hang this deep rig. If this occurs,
simply back up beyond the snag and pull like crazy, the lure will
usually come free. Its a good idea to use at least 17 to 20 pound line
for this rig.
The second line should also be rigged Carolina style but It should be
weighted to run at a medium depth. A 1/4 to 1/2 oz. lead will suffice
here. This rig is likely to catch redfish as well as speckled trout, which
also spend much of the winter here. The third line should have no
lead at all and the line should be tied directly to the lure. This bait
will probably catch mostly speckled trout and can be trolled much
farther behind the boat than the weighted lines.
Color choices are dictated by water depth and light penetration. The
bottom rig will be running in 10 to 15 feet of water and the Ochlockonee
River is not known for Its clarity so bright or gaudy colors will pro-
duce best here. The two shallow lines can be rigged with a wide vari-
ety of colors including all of the pastel and natural colors with blue
and silver being one of the all-time favorites. With all of your color
choices, a cracked or broken finish is desirable because this type
finish does a better job of reflecting light in stained water. However,
you can't always get the colors you want in this style of finish.
There is an old adage that states "90 percent of the fish are in 10 per-
cent of the water" and this is very true here. Most of the fish in this
part of the river will relate closely to the river channel. Mother nature
as made this particular channel very easy to find even without a
depth finder. The channel, which averages 12 to 15 feet deep, runs
very close to the eastern shoreline of the river. At low tide your boat
may only be a few yards away from the shore and still be in deep
water. Stay tight to the shoreline and you will always be in the chan-
nel. The channel travels in close proximity to the shoreline for ap-
proximately 1/2 of a mile before it cuts across the river, returning to
it's normal meandering path.
December is a great.month to get out and go fishing. Winter is upon
us but not with it's full fury. A heavy coat and a good pair of gloves
will keep you cozy and warm. At no other time will you find so many
quality fish, condensed into such a small area. So don't miss this late
fall pattern. Take alternate 319 to the Ochlockonee State Park, pay
your two bucks to get in and rattle up some reds.






Marine Fisheries Cont. from page 5

federal waters give notice to the
Flqrida Marine Patrol
Blue Crab Traps
This amendment to the blue crab
rile establishes degradability re-
quirements for blue crab traps.
The rule amendment considers
traps to have a legal degradable
panel if:
*?.the trap lid tie-down strap is
-securedto the trap by a single
;oop of untreated Jute twine,
and the trap lid is secured so
that when thejute degrades, the
lid will no longer be securely
closed, or
* the trap lid tie-down strap is
secured to one end with a cor-
rodible hook composed of non-
coated steel wire measuring
24 gauge or thinner, and the
trap lid is secured so that when
the hook degrades, the lid will
no longer be securely closed,
* or the trap contains at least one
:'sidewall with a vertical rectan-
'gular opening no smaller in el-
:ther dimension than 6 inches
-.high and 3 inches wide, and the
openingg is laced, sewn, or oth-
erwise obstructed by a single
length of untreated lute twine
knotted only at each end and

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not tied or looped more than
once around a single mesh bar;
the opening in the sidewall of
the trap must no longer be ob-
structed when the jute de-
or the trap contains at least one
sidewall with a vertical rectan-
gular opening no smaller in ei-
ther dimension than 6 inches
high by 3 inches wide, and the
opening must be obstructed
with an untreated pine slat or
slats no thicker than 3,8 inch;
the opening in the sidewall of
the trap must no longer be ob-
structed when the slat de-
or the trap contains at least one
sidewall with a vertical rectan-
gular opening no smaller In ei-
ther dimension than 6 inches
high,by 3 inches wide, and the
opening must be laced, sewn,
or otherwise obstructed by non-
coated steel wire measuring
24 gauge or thinner or be ob-
structed with a panel of ferrous
single-dipped galvanized wire
mesh made of 24 gauge or thin-
ner wire
Sanibel Shells
This rule amendment prohibits all
harvest of live mollusks and echi-


noderms (except oysters, hard
clams, sunray venus clams, bay
scallops, and coquinas) in the City
of Sanibel.
This rule.amendment allows per-
sons in the West Central Florida
Region (state waters of Pinellas,
Hillsborough, and Manatee coun-
ties) to possess more than
500 pounds of frozen or partially
frozen processed packaged sar- .
dines for use as bait or the tran-
siting of state waters with such
bait to fish in federal waters ad-
jacent to the region.
Tarpon Tags
This rule sets the number of tar-
pon tags allowed to be sold in
1995 at 2,500, with 1,250 re-
served for fishing guides.
The Marine fisheries Commission
held a public meeting December
5-7, 1.994 in Islamorada and took
the following action:
The Commission received public
comment and considered various
issues regarding the Constitu-

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tonal Amendment recently
passed by Florida voters regard-
ing net fishing restrictions in state
waters and new approaches that
have been proposed to manage
Florida's marine fisheries. The
Commission voted to:
- endorse the concept that com-
ponent of the Department of En-
vironmental Protection marine
resources...... and law enforce-
ment divisions which support the
resource management responsi-
bilities of the Commission report
directly to the Commission, and
to support the concept of creat-
ing a single unified fish and wild-
life agency in Florida -
begin a bifurcated public hear-
ing process to streamline and en-
hance fact finding and rule mak-
ing .
support the DEP's Division of
Law Enforcement efforts to en-
hance the enforcement of and
compliance with fisheries regula-
tions, including endorsing, legis-
lation that would create civil pen-
alties for some fisheries violations
and e.establishing a Transit Per-
mit to be required. of vessels us-
ing net gear affected by the Con-
stitutional Amendment -

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December is a great month for Ochlockonee River redfish
action. (above) Local 'angler, Ken 'Cole"shows' one -ofdhei
many fish taken on rattle traps.

support a simple and limited pro-
gram to purchase net gear af-
fected by the pending Constitu-
tional Amendment provisions.
The Commission also directed
staff to hold a 3-part public
rulemaking hearing to take place
in Tallahassee, Orlando, and Fort
Myers in late January to allow in-
terested persons to comment on
proposed rules and rule amend-
ments to achieve compatibility
with provisions of the Constitu-
tional Amendment.
A final decision on these pro-
osed rules and amendments will
made by the Commission dur-
ing its meeting in West Palm
Beach in February. These rules
prohibit the use of all gill and
entangling nets to harvest any
marine species in Florida waters
prohibit the possession of all gill
and entangling nets by persons
on state waters, except persons
aboard a docked vessel or a ves-
sel transiting state waters to le-
gally fish in federal waters (this
exception would not apply to a
person possessing any gill or en-
tangling net aboard a vessel with
an outboard motor mounted other
than on the stern of a vessel or
with a documented length of 20
feet or less, or an airboat
allow the use of only the follow-
ing net gear in state waters within
one mile from shore in the Atlan-
tic. Ocean and three miles from
shore in the Gulf of Mexico:
a landing or dip net
Sa cast net with a radius no
greater than 12 1/2 feet in length
a bully net with a diameter no
larger than 3 feet or a hoop net
with a diameter no larger than 10
feet used to legally harvest spiny
a trawl, frame net, push net, or
wing net used to legally harvest
a barrier net with a total length
not exceeding 60 feet and a depth
not exceeding 8 feet at any point
along the net, or a drop net with
a maximum dimension not ex-
ceeding 12 feet used to legally
harvest tropical ornamental ma-
rine life
a beach or haul seine (only one
may be fished at a time/only two
may be possessed aboard a ves-
sel) that shall:
not exceed 100 feet in total
length or 5 feet
have a stretched mesh size not
exceeding one inch
be physically tended at all times
not be soaked for more than one
hour (from first mesh placed in
the water to first mesh taken out
of the water)
be legibly marked at each end
with the saltwater products li-
cense number of the person in
possession of the seine or vessel
fished from, or the name and ad-
dress of the recreational

fisherman possessing the seine
allow the use of purse seines in
state waters outside one mile off-
shore in the Atlantic and three
offshore in the Gulf only
provide an exception to the
above provisions pursuant to a,
legal special activity is-
sued for public or scientific pur-
consider any fish killed or in any'
manner harmed by any prohib-.
ited net to be harvested
delete numerous rule provisions,
and local laws rendered obsolete
by the Constitutional Amendment,
allow the use of hook and line
gear only to harvest spotted
seatrout and Spanish mackerel
prohibit the transfer of Spanish
mackerel harvested for commer-
cial purpose between vessels in
the East Coast Region
apply previous statewide gear.
rule provisions to the legal har-
vest of bluefish
The Commission will hold public
rulemaking hearings on proposed
rule amendments required for lo-
cal laws,spiny lobster, black
drum, and marine life only if
requested Proposed rule amend-
ments needed for the shrimp rule
will be considered by the CDmmis-
sion ona separate rulemaking
track. Copies of all the proposed
rules and rule amendments can
be obtainedby contacting'the Ma-
rine Fisheries Commission office.
The Commission received public
testimony regarding the state's
overharvested spotted seatrout
fishery. A Commission rule pro-'
posal that that would have pro-
hibited all harvest and sale of
spotted seatrout from statewaters
during January and February
each year went before the Govenor
and Cabinet for approval on No--;
vember 22, 1994, however the
proposal wasdeferred The Com-
mission directed staff to withdraw
the proposed rule and to develop
a wide rangle ofpossible manage-
ment options for the spotted
seatroutflshery for Commission
consideration in February.
LIC HEARING (Reopened)
The Commission reopened its fi-
nal public hearing on proposed.
rule amendments Intended to
manage the state's stressed bay
scallop fishery. The Commission
voted to propose a rule to the
Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval that would:
establish a July I August 31
recreational harvest season for
bay scallops in state waters north
and west of the Suwannee River
only (all other state waters would
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Tide Tables

St. Marks Lighthouse

December 16th 31st EST

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L 6:52 PM 1.2
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Tide Corrections For Your Area

Steinhatchee River
Aucilla River
Shell Point
Dickerson Bay
Bald Point
Alligator Point
Turkey Point
Dog Island,.:. :::' ;i:.: :i
:St. George Island (East End)
St. George Islaridi'(Sikes Cut)
Apalachicola ;:
St. Joseph Bay
Panama City
St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance)

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What You're Missing When You Stay Away From Franklin County in the
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Tide Corrections For Your Area

High Low High Low
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,Aucilla River +0:03 +0:05 St. George Island (East End) -0:15 +0:06-.
ShellPoint . +0:05 +0:03 St. George Islarnd (Sikes Cut) +0:49 +1:32:
Dickerson Bay +0:1,6 +0:20 Apalachicola +2:00 +2:44
Bald Point +0:33 +0:19 St. Joseph Bay -0:24 -0:51
Alligator Point -0:08 +0:11 Panama City -0:43 -0:44
Turkey Point -0:12 -0:18 St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance) -1:31 -2:02


Fighting Back
fighting Ba k workers would be seriously af-
the Net Ban fected by the amendment's im-
Y. ....... pact. He felt that before the coali-
tion could consider a judicial chal-
lenge, they needed legal assur-
ance that their suit has a reason-
able chance of winning. Jones
said that they also needed to
prove that the net ban would
cause irreparable harm to both
the state and the Florida seafood
industry. "It's a case that could
set precedence for the rest of the
United States." Mr. Jones related
that the Fishing Industry Coali-
tion already has one strike against
them if they pursue judicial jus-
tice. He said that the state of In-
diana had recently defeated a ju-
dicial challenge from Indiana's
\fishermen on the banning of gill
i v nets. "I'm sure that will be used
as a precedence against us."
Bob Jones also stated that the
Pat McFarland Marine Fisheries Commission
Representatives from the Fishing have reported that the 8 Novem-
Industry Coalition met at the ber netban passage indicated the
Franklin County Court House on will of Florida voters. "If there's no
28 November to discuss strategies way to change amendment 3, do
following the overwhelming pas- we need a Marines Fisheries Com-
sage of Amendment 3 on 8 No- mission? I don't think so. And
vember. that's the opinion I think you
should get out to your legislators."
Bob Jones, Director of the South- Several individuals in attendance
east Fisheries Commission, pro- stated that proponents of Amend-
vided a brief presentation outlin- ment 3 led a series of false adver-
ing a plan of action to contest the tising. "They made us out to be
projected net ban. Jones said that flipper killers," said one indi-
if the Fishing Industry Coalition vidual. Jones concluded, "I think
could not get an injunction by 1 they've ruined us as a class of
July to block the net ban, seafood people.

Port St. Joe Seafood Dealer Gene
Raffleld stated that the coalition
needed to begin raising money If
they hoped to pursue a legal suit.
Raffleld said that he planned to
donate five cents on the pound for
any seafood item valued at ten
cents per pound or more; he sug-
gested that fellow dealers consider
doing the same.
Mr. Pat McFarland concluded the
meeting by passing out pledge
forms to help support the tFish-
ing Industry Coalition. He felt that
the commercial fishing industry
needed to come together as a
whole. "If they can do this to
shrimpers and fishermen, they
can also do it to oystermen."
McFarland concluded, "We've got
one more chance and this is it.
We've got a better chance in a fair
court decision, than an unfair

News of the Plantation
St. George Island,
will be featured
in the next
issue of the
Franklin Chronicle,
(10 January 1995).





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Marine Fisheries
Cont. from page 6
be closed to the harvest of bay
scallops through the 1997 season)
- establish a daily recreational ba
limit of 2 gallons of unshucked
bay scallops per person (or 1 pint
of shucked bay scallop meat), or
10 gallons per vessel (or 112 gal-
lon of shucked bay scallop meat),
whichever is less
- prohibit all commercial harvest
and sale of bay scallops prohibit
the use of mechanical devices (in-
cluding shrimp trawls) and drags
to harvest bay scallops
- establish exemptions for bay
scallop aquaculture and enhance-
ment projects
These proposed rule amend-
ments are intended to aid the re-
covery of bay scallop populations
in the proposed closed areas, and
to prevent further declines in the
fishery in areas where bay scal-
lops are still relatively abundant
The Commission reviewed a pro-
posed rule to establish vessel
operator's responsibility for ille-
gally harvested products, and di-
rected staff to hold a final public
hearing in the near future on a
rule that would
- inform the public that respon-
sible vessel operation on Florida
waters includes an obligation by
vessel operators to ensure com-
pliance with saltwater fishing
rules by all persons aboard the
- establish that the responsibility
for compliance with all Conimis-
sion rules by persons aboard a
vessel on state waters rests with
the operator of the vessel, and
that the vessel operator shall not
allow the possession aboard the
vessel on state waters of any ma-
rine species not in compliance
with Commission bag and size
limits, seasons, or prohibited gear
The Commission. received scien-
tific and public testimony regard-
ing the use of traps by fishermen
to harvest various species in
Florida waters, and directed staff
to draft proposed rules that
allow baiting of blue crab peeler
traps with live male blue crabs
require all blue crab traps with 1
1 mesh to have escape rings re-
quire escape'rings in .wire stone
crab traps used to harvest blue

Continued on page 11




The Franklin Chronicle 16 December 1994 Page 7

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Emerald Coast Hospital (ECH)
Administrator Kenneth Dykes
and the hospital's Director of
Emergency Medical Services
(EMS), Susan Ficklen, were the
guest speakers at the 5 Decem-
er regular meeting of the Lanark
Village Association (LVA). Mr
Dykes and Ms. Ficklen made their
visit to defend the hospital's
Emergency Medical Services fol-
lowing a retiree's complaint that
the hospital was unable to pro-
vide a blood transfusion needed
last year.
Retired Lanark Village resident
Dr. Jacob Katz stated that he was
transported to Apalachicola by
EMS. Katz said treatment was
further delayed because another
ambulance had to be summoned
to transport him to Tallahassee
Regional Memorial Medical Cen-
ter (TRMMC). Dr. Katz and his
wife, Frances, voiced concerns
about residing In Franklin
County. "One of the biggest rea-
sons I've been thinking of getting
out of this here, is there's no hos-
pital for the old, old people. "
LVA President Betty Neylon be-
gan, "There has been some bad
publicity, and I was rather avoid-
ing these people; but they have a
right to share their feelings with
you, and their opinions, and their
Administrator Dykes was formally
introduced by Paul Sandhu, ECH
Director of Community Relations,
who said that Dykes "would say
a few words on this." Dykes be-
gan, "Actually, we aren't here be-
cause of the bad publicity we've
had. That happens, as you know
if you've lived here very long.
About every three months, we
have a group of people who have
problems with the hospital and
resurface, and we're in the midst
of one of those."
Dykes volunteered to answer any
questions concerning the recent
controversy, which he considered
"a temptest in a teapot;" he stated
,though, that the purpose of his
visit was to address concerns
about Emergency Medical Ser-
Fickleh gave a brief description of
her job function; she then asked
Association members for their
concerns. Ms. Frances Katz in-
quired why EMS was not
equipped for blood transfusions.
Ficklen replied that neither EMS
or Emerald Coast Hospital were
equipped for such operations.
Mr. Dykes intervened."If you will
ask some of the professional
people-and this is what I've done
over the same issue-we actually
have Type "0" available at the
hospital most of the time, when it
is available to us from a blood
bank." Ms. Katz noted that the
hospital did not have any blood
last year.
Dykes explained "There are sev-
eral other things they [ECH pro-
fessionals] administer, in lieu of
blood, to people...that is readily
available." Dykes said in the last

six months ECH had tried to es-
tablish, on stand-by at the hospi-
tal, a regular supply of "O" type
blood. Mrs. Katz asked whether
there was someone at the hospi-
tal at all times to draw blood.
Dykes replied that the hospital
has someone on call all the times
who has to be available within a
half hour of being notified of the
need for such services.
"Most of the nurses do know how
to draw blood," said Dykes. Dr.
Katz responded, "No they don't. I
am the patient [ who needed the
transfusion]." Katz continued,
"This [ECH] is a good place to
patch up a fracture, sew up a kid
that's cut and stuff; but this
shouldn't be called a
hospital...should be called a First-
Aid Clinic; but without blood, it's
not even called that." Katz com-
plained that he was taken all the
way to Apalachicola, then
shuttled back to Tallahassee be-
cause the hospital could not ac-
commodate him.
Administrator Dykes asked Ms.
Ficklen to respond to Katz' com-
plaints. Ficklen referred to a state
law which she described as an
"anti-dumping law;" she ex-
plained that hospitals cannot be
overloaded with patients from all
outlying areas. She said that If a
cardiac patient calls EMS for as-
sistance, and the patient has a
doctor In Tallahassee, EMS will
take the patient to Tallahassee
Memorial Regional Medical Cen-
ter Emergency Room and the per-
sonal doctor will be called."This
requires EMS to call TMRMC to
authorize a bypass," said Ficklen.
She explained that while the am-
bulance makes its way to Talla-
hassee, TMRMC makes sure they
have a recieving position. "That's
the law now. That is not an Em-
erald Coast quirk. That is the law
for every hospital." Ficklen said if
a patient's illness is such that
they need to go immediately to
Tallahassee, "we'll roll on down
the road with you." She described
ambulances as being like "little
emergency rooms."
Doctor Katz interrupted Ficklen to
assure her that his complaint was
not against EMS but concerned
the unavailability at ECH of the
type of emergency medical ser-
vices he'd needed. Fiklen related,
"up until the new management,
up until, really, Just the last six
months, we weren't sure about
our trucks sometimes. Our trucks
were getting old and worn out,
because we did cover a long area."
Doctor Katz interrupted again.
"You were very, very good. I have
nothing against the staff of the
trucks. They' ere excellent."
Ficklen told the retiree that his
condition at the time could have
required that he be in an emer-
gency room. "Even though it may
ave seemed to you that they
didn't do anything for you, they
may have stabilized you
enough... [to be transported else-
where]." Ficklen said "our staff-
ing at the hospital is excellent.
Our facilities are improvillg all the
time." She suggested the couple
set up an appointment to see if
ECH staff can "walk through with
you and see what this specific
problem was."

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Dykes stated that the hospital's
Emergency Medical Director, Tom
Merrill, was board-eligible in ge-
riatrics and general practice.
Dykes encouraged the Katz's to
speak with PaulShandu after the
meeted ended to try and resolve
any questions about the hospital.
Dykes pondered,"and perhaps
[Emerald Coast Hospital may]
learn from mistakes made in the
Ficklen referred to ECH as "a won-
derful hospital for stabilizing pa-
tients," and cited an instance
when her own husband, near
death, was taken to ECH and sta-
bilized, then transported to an-
other hospital. She encouraged
everyone to visit the hospital. "We
really want your support, because
you are one of the reasons we're
here in this part of the county."
Betty Roberts, LVA Secretary, who
has had severe asthma problems,
asked Dykes if pulmonary services
were available at ECH. Dykes re-
plied that they were.
Questioned about the current sta-
tus of Life Flight to Franklin
County, Ms. Ficklen said that she
expected a helicopter to be in ser-
vice within thirty days. "A great
loss," she said, referring to the
recent fatal crash of the TRMMC-
based helicopter that claimed the
lives of two Life-Flight crew mem-
Questioned about the cost of am-
bulance services when transferred
from one hospital to another,
Ficklen responded, "If you are go-
ing to a facility because you are
ill and they decide to take you to
Emerald Coast first, then after
you're there determine that you
need to go to Tallahassee Memo-
rial or Bay Medical, and you are
covered adequately by Medicare,
Medicare is going to pay your cost
all the way.
Dykes suggested that a commit-
tee composed of Association mem-
bers be set up to coordinate with
a standing group of ECH person-
nel to discuss how they may be
better served, either as an emer-
gency service or a facility. "We'll
e happy to do that and just
would leave that to your pleasure.
It would be perhaps a step ahead,
for us to do a better job," Dykes
Dykes said ECH has had many
questions concerning how the
ambulance service operated. "A
lot of you would like to bypass the
hospital and go directly to Talla-
hassee. There's some circumn-
stances under which that's-,
permissable." Dykes said a lot of.
"misinformation" exists and some-
state regulations are involved, "as
always." He described EMSas aan
"advanced life-support, very so-
phisticated ambulance system,
with highly trained personnel who
do a very good job."
Mr. Dykes stated that the hospi-
tal operated two ambulances and
tried to station one vehicle on
each side of the [Apalachicola]
river in an attempt to have avail-
ability to the citizenry of the
county with a back-up unit,
which he said required four
people on duty 24-hours a day,
seven days a week, plus supervi-
sors, the emergency room person-
nel, and the medical direction for
the emergency service personnel.
"It's a very big county, geographi-
cally," explained Dykes, "in terms
of population."
"We really feel like we live in this
community," said Ficklen. "Our
purpose Is to serve you. You're as
much a part of Franklin County
as the other side of the river." Ac-
cording to Ficklen, most ofthe
EMS crew lives in Franklin
County now, "so we really have a
vested interest in how you react
to us and what we can do for you."

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Emerald Coast Continued from page 1


Dr. Charles Stark
board urging Dr. Stark to con-
tinue his work at Emerald Coast
Hospital. Mosconis also added,
"Whatever the issue might be, we
try to be neutral and try to keep
things toned down...and try not
to take sides. We didn't take sides
against you in that last meetingg"
Dr. Stark thanked the commis-
sion and said that he would re-
consider resigning from Emerald
Coast Hospital.

Commissioner Braxton brought
up the Issue of board certification
and asked Administrator Dykes to
give explanation of the term. Mr.
Dykes stated that board certifica-
tion was a recent development. He
challenged claims that Emerald
Coast Hospital did not have board
certified physicians and stated
that Dr. Bedford was board certi-
fied in Pediatrics, Dr. Merrill was
board eligible In General Family
Practice and Geriatrics and that
Dr. Chai was board eligible for
General Surgery. "The medical
staff itself operates a quality as-
surance process. Essentially ev-
ery physician on the medical staff
has a responsibility to the com-
munity and to the rest of the
medical staff to ensure that the
practice standards that are being
maintained meet an appropriate
professional level." Dykes went
onto reiterate a statement made
by Dr. Stark In his letter of res-
ignation: "The best certification
of all Is patient certification."
Dykes continued, "If you look at
people ,who are walking around
and leading active lives that oth-
erwise would not be...there are
people in our community who are
alive and living full and active
lives, because there are patient
certified physicians here [at Em-
erald Coast Hospital]."
Dykes stated that Emerald Coast
Hospital recruited a board-certi-
fied physician in internal medi-
cine. He also added that the hos-
pital almost recruited a board cer-
tified physician In general sur-
gery. Dykes said the physician
had changed his mind about com-
ing to Franklin County. He felt

Hospital Representatives Visit

Lanark Village Association

Stark Resignation Letter Continued from page 3

After many months of frustration, I asked Dr. Tom Curry to help us. He worked
as supervisory physician to Mr. Wayne Blevins, P. A. for several months and
then, for personal reasons, stopped. He did occasionally help out when he
was free from other obligations. Many months later, after I became totally
frustrated with my recruiting efforts, I invited Dr. Curry into my office and
begged him to help us out. I offered him any salary he desired and offered to
somehow purchase any equipment he might need to practice his specialty of
nephrology. Mr. Steeley felt that Dr. Curry was such a good physician that
money must not stand in the way of his providing services in the County. Dr.
Curry refused the offer.
Why could I not attract physicians? Mr. McKnight found board qualified or
certified physicians to work in Wewahitchka, Carabelle, and Panacea. Why?
After a physician that interviewed chose to work for Mr. McKnight. I realized
that Mr-. McKnight's physicians did not help cover the emergency room or
admit patients to Emerald Coast Hospital. When you know the level of respon-
sibility and stress that goes with emergency room and inpatient responsibili-
ties, you know why board qualified and certified physicians chose daytime
outpatient employment at comparable wages. It should also be mentioned
that the negative forces in the local medical community were quite efficient at
raising questions about Mr. Steeley in the minds of candidate physicians.
Apparently, the same negative forces in the local medical community also
reached State officials. When a candidate physician inquired about employ-
ment in the Florida Panhandle, he was told by someone connected with the.
Board of Medicine that he should not consider employment in Apalachicola
because of the suspicious situation there. So, I began to "get the picture."
After two years of beating my head against the wall, I "retired" from the Hospi-
tal Administrator post when Mr. Ken Dykes accepted the position. He was
trained as an Administrator and had vast experience. I felt I could do my best
for the community as a general physician and supervisor of the Physician
Assistants who practiced in the Apalachee Bay Clinic in Eastpoint and the
Riveiview Clinic in Carabelle. I then became an independent contractor pro-
viding medical services to Provident Medical Corporation under contract. Mr.
Dykes would carry forward with the plan to develop a coherent medical care
system for Franklin County. His effect on the Hospital is evident and you can
see it for yourself if you go to the Hospital, meet the people there who care
about you, and see the physical improvements, e. g., top-of-the-line electronic
monitors that were specifically requested by the same people who vilify the
Hospital administration now.
SThe dream is completely gone now. Given the attacks on the efforts that con-
tain so much of my personal input and the apparent favorable reception of
those attacks, I have no choice but to leave this community. I will not leave
you in spirit because I know that many of you appreciated my efforts and the
medical care that I gave. I regret having to leave the first rate Physician Assis-
tants. nurses, and others whom I know serve you competently, compassion-
ately, and with a love that I admire.
When this most recent assault on Provident began, I swore to myself that I
would stand behind the company and do my best to maintain some stability
in the hospital and clinics, when it became clear that my capabilities were
also in question. I realized to what extent some individuals would go to de-
stroy Provident and all associated with it. I'm tired of the one-sided war. I've
fought my last battle. I wish the best for the community and it's clear to me
that my leaving will be in the best interest of all involved.
Charles R. Stark, M.D ., Dr. P. H.
864 West Gulf Beach Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328


that the recent controversy may
have influenced the physician's
decision not to practice at Emer-
ald Coast Hospital. "That still
leaves us one physician down,"
said Dykes, "I want to encourage
everybody here to grab an arm of
Dr. Stark's and quick. Dr. Stark
is not just a general caring man:
he's a man who's provided more
than a third of the emergency
room care that's been given in this
community for the last two years.
He's provided a significant
amount of the out-patient care
that's available. He's worked long
hard hours and...he's a prince. Iff
he does leave, he's gonna leave a
big whole."
Commissioner Mosconis con-
cluded, "I think you've got a re-
ally impressive staff. I don't mind
sending anyone who's Interested
in your operation out there (to
Emerald Coast Hospital). Until I
see otherwise, I'll keep saying
that." Administrator Dykes ad-
mitted that there have been mis-
takes made at the hospital. He
stated that the purchase of a new
computer system would help to
curve "glitches in billing." Dykes
anticipated Emerald Coast's abil-
ity to offer minor surgery includ-
ing eye surgery early next year.
He reassured the board that
Provident Medical Corporation
had no plans of leaving the com-
munity. "All we ask is that when
It's a disgruntled group that re-
quires a management decision
about the allocation of our
resources...understand that we're
gonna do that ourselves." Admin-
istrator Dykes also said that he
would be happy to work with the
board of trustees and encouraged
Attorney Al Shuler to participate
with the group. "I would hope that
Mr. Shuler or someone would
work with them (the Board of
Trustees) to ensure that they un-
derstand their advisory capacity
under the lease. Because they're
not a board of ours. They're
strictly an advisory board as it
pertains to us."

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The Concerned Citizens of Fran-
klin County (CCFC) met on 14 De-
cember to discuss ,their objectives
In the.recerit hospital controversy..
CCFC members discussed and
unanimously agreed to make
"quality medical care" their pet
project In Franklin County.
Concerned Citizens President Jim
Welsh led discussions suggesting
that letters be sent to both the
Florida Agency for Health Care
Administration, Director of Heath
Quality Assurance, and the Direc-
tor of Medicaid; he felt that the
agencies should be urged to con-
duct a comprehensive audit of
Emerald Coast Hospital, which he
noted was requested by Franklin
County Commissioners on 5 De-
cember. Welsh felt that the qual-
ity of care audit should examine
the medical care provided to hos-
pital and emergency room pa-
tients by staffphysicians. He also
felt that the fiscal audit should
look into the "broader use of
funds" generated by Emerald
Coast and used for Provident
Medical Corporation. Echoes of
Dr. Tom Curry's 15 November
audit translation were also ex-
ressed by several CCFC mem-

Mr. Welsh felt that serious viola-
tions of the hospital lease agree-
ment had occurred. He stated that
the failure of the eCounty Commis-
slon to require regular reports
from the Hospital Board of Trust-'
ees appointed by Governor
Lawton Chiles violated the lease.
Welsh concluded, "We will not go
away-we will be here until this
problem is resolved."
The next CCFC meeting will be
held on 12 January 1995 at
6:30 P. M. at the Eastpoinit







Project COPE

The Gulf County Guidance Clinic,
Inc. has announced that it has
received Federal and State funds
through the Florida Department
of Health and Rehabilitative Ser-
vices to provide post-disaster
counseling services to Gulf and
Franklin County residents who
were victims of Tropical Storm
Alberto and the resultant flood-
ing. These funds support two
counselors for Project COPE
(Counseling Ordinary People In
Emergencies). These counselors
are attempting to contact all Gulf
and Franklin County residents
that were affected by the storm.
The counselors will make house
calls to as many victims as pos-
sible. Counseling, educational
services, and case rrfrani;i'-ie'rid
and referral assistance are pro-
vided by the counselors.
The range of normal reactions to
disasters varies dramatically in
intensity and type. It is typical for
people to experience different
phases in their reaction to a di-
saster as time passes. The disas-
ter takes it s toll on people's emo-
tional reserve as well as physical
and economic resources. These
problems and feelings can last for
many months, and having some-
one to talk to about them can be
very helpful. In helping to deal
with the stresses and emotional
trauma that are inevitably expe-
rienced in such a disaster, the
Gulf County Guidance Clinic's
efforts through Project COPE are
directed toward individual,
couple, and family counseling and
distributing informational mate-
rials. All Prolect COPE services are
confidential and free of charge.
Anyone who would like to know
more about the type of services
that are available to storm victims
in our area may call the COPE
office at the Gulf County Guid-
ance Clinic at (904) 227-1145.
Counselors connected with this
project are Ms. Melinda Brookins
and Ms. Carrie Stauss. Since con-
tacting storm victims is a difficult
task, it is hoped that the commu-
nity will snare this Information
with any friends, neighbors, or
others who were affected by the

gPoo R 16 December 1994 The Franklin Chronicle'

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Critters Christmas Dubbed a
"PURR-fect event"

The Bay Area Choral Society for the 1994-95 season.


Animal Shelter Kitty looking for a Home

It vys a joyous occasion in the animal kingdom as the Franklin County
Humane Society hosted their first annual Critters Christmas on 10
December at the animal' shelter. The event featured special guests
King Kat and Santa Claus with his Reindog, Bro.
Thefestivities began with The Parade of the Adopted Animals led by
King Kat Iplayed by ,Lee Mcknight} and Gator the Eco-Dog. Approxi-
mately twenty dogs and their owners walked in the parade and Rojo
the-red cat followed along in the flank. After the parade, King Kat
posed for pictures and socialized with his newly acquired followers.
"This has been a PURR-fect event," said King Kat, "It's the first time
I've ever dressed up as a cat, although there were times in my college
days that I used to cat around. King Kat said hewas looking for-
ward to movie contracts and specifically an opportunity to star in the
off-broadway play, CATS.
" .

S King Kat and Gator the Eco-Dog pose
with new friends
Althoig hthe real Santa Claus-was busy In the North Pole preparing
for the holiday season. Dr. HFobson Fuimer -(ias asked to'flll in'amd
don' a white beard and red -suit-.- got many-lelttet.-from lttle girls
and.boys and dbgs and cats to be here." Santa thern passed oiut
pre5ed ts-to all dog and car owners and posed for pictures with hisi-
reindbg Bro.
The event closed with a postcard drawing contest. The children at-
tending were asked to draw and color picture messages concerning
their favorite pets. Toni Hutchinson was awarded five dollars for her
first place drawing. Tracy Nowling received four dollars for her sec-
ond'ilace drawing. Jessie Whitfleld collected three dollars for his third
place drawing. Amanda Nowling, Jenny Nowling, Terri Chambers,
Tara Ray and Spring Ray all received one dollar for their fourth place

Bay Area




Messiah at




Bypopular demand, the Bay Area
Choral Society performed the
Christmas portion of George
Frideric Handel's Messiah at his-
toric Trinity Church on Sunday
afternoon, 11 December 1994
before 237 persons. A reception
held in Benedict Hall afterwards
was abuzz with laudatory compli-
ments on the musicians and sing-
ers amid refreshments prepared
and served by the Philaco Club.
This was the third concert in the
series produced by the Illse Newell
Fund for the Performing Arts and
co-sponsored by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society, Inc, now
in its ninth season.
The soloists included tenor Mark
Jones, baritone Wesley Chesnut,
soprano Nancy Totman, soprano
Julia Six and soprano Sharon
SPhilyaw. Eugenia Watkins con-
ducted the group and organist R.
Bedford Watkins and basso
Scontinuo Luciano Gherardi.
SThe next concert in the series will
be held at Trinity on Sunday, 22
January 1995, featuring the Trio
Internazionale, Martha and
Luciano Gherardi and Bedford
Watkins, and young violinist
Nicholas Blake,

Ferris Aston
Margaret Boone
Alice Lang Hall
Virginia Harrison
Jeanette Miller
Olga Nichols
Ethel Parish
Sharon Philyaw
Mary Virginia Robinson
Barbara Siprell
Julia Six
Ann Sizemore
Nancy Totman
Ruth Eckstine
Edith Edwards
Susan Galloway
Barbara Hartsfleld
Becky Holtom
:Judi Little
Ina Meyer
Anne Six
Cass Stark

Tom Adams
George Chapel
Mike Guthrie
Mark Jones
Glenn Totman
Wesley Chesnut
Wallace Floyd
Dewitt Galloway
Hess Hall
STom Loughridge
Jimmy Miller

.. a -

A2,;;rry Christmas
to April Holly 'and Bubba.
Best Holiday Wishes to my
Family, Friends and Co-workers.
Love, Joy.



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Publisher's note.
A briefing report released by the Department of Labor and Em-
ployment Security, Division of Labor, Employment and Training
on 21 November 1994, presents a progress report concerning the
net ban issue. Because this matter is of vital importance to Fran-
klin County and other panhandle areas, we are reprinting the
briefing paper. The full report, including attachments, may be
obtained from: Division of Labor, Employment and Training, Bu-
reau of Job Training, 1320 Executive Center Drive, Suite 200,
Atkins Building, Tallahassee FL 32399-0067.

A constitutional amendment was passed on November 8, 1994 by the citizens
of the State of Florida to limit the use of nets for catching saltwater fin fish,
shell fish, or other marine animals by prohibiting the use of gill and other
entangling nets in all Florida waters, and prohibiting the use of other nets /
larger than 500 square feet in mesh area in nearshore and inshore Florida
The 1994-95 Appropriations Act directs the Florida Department of Labor and
Employment Security (FDLES) to develop a service plan to promote retraining
for adversely impacted individuals and, in conjunction with the Deparfments
of Commerce, Environmental Protection and the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion to develop recommendations for compensation for adversely impacted
persons. These recormmendation.eare to be provided to the Governor, Presi-
'dent of the Senate. and the Speaker of the House by January 1. 1995.
Projected Impaict
The ban on net fishing has brought up the question of how many jobs would
be affected. FDLES Bureau of Labor Market Information is in the process of
conducting a survey of the seafood industry retailers and wholesalers to as-
sist in making an assessment of potential impact in the affected areas. How-
ever. 1990 Census Data reflects 5,617 persons in Florida were classified as
fishers and 922 persons were classified as captains and other officers of fishing
vessels. In 1990 the total number of job-holders in the fishing industry cov-
ered in the Unemployment Insurance System was 866, with 144 in fin fishing
and 722 in shell fishing. Therefore, covered employment in this industry is
only 13%. The latest information on covered employment in the fishing indus-
try reflects 90 jobholders in fin fishing and 680 in shell fishing. '
A report prepared last year by the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission re-
flects that 6,103 individuals caught $32,544.551 of the net species Whd
$99,996,945 in total fishing income. Of those. 205 individuals accounted for
50% of the total net value for net species type fish.
The net ban will mostly likely have some impact on all local communities on
both the east and west coastal waterways in Florida. However, the following
counties with the most poundage of fin fish will probably be significantly af-
fected: Gulf, Lee. Manatee. Bay. Hillsborough, lotte, Santa Rosa, Pinellas. Okaloosa, Dixie, Citrus. Indian River, Martin, St
Lucie, and Volusia.
Accomplishments To Date
An Interagency Task Force has been formed by FDLES to facilitate the re-
training and compensation actions that are referenced in the Appropriation
Act. The task force includes representatives from the following agencies: Florida
Departments of Labor, Commerce. Community Affairs. Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services, Environmental Protection, and Florida Marine Fisheries Com-
mission and the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sci-
ences (IFAS).

Santa surrounded by post card contest winners
Huniane Society President Jane Cox considered the event a positive
breakthrough in making people of Franklin County aware of their
animal shelter. "Our main objective was to,show the community how
good the animal'shelter looks. We want everyone to see what a won-
derful Job Betty Rickards has done. We also want this to be an an-
nual event, so that dogs and cats can have gifts." Shelter Manager
Betty Rickards stated that six dogs had been adopted at the event.
Kathy Ray of Eastpoint said she was happy to see the animal shelter
being run successfully. "I'm all for this. It keeps the animals off the
street. I just wonder if they'll take kids"

Season's Greetings


The Franklin Chronicle

The staff, contributors, and

management wish you and

your family a warm Christmas

and the Happiest of New Years.

Continued on page 11

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Dear Mr. Dykes,

It is extremely heartening to
know that medical facilities
and personnel are available on
such a professional level right
here in the heart of Florida's
"Final Frontier'. You have
much to be proud of, indeed!!
Very Sincerely
Charlie and
Marilyn Schubert

Dr. Fred Russo
I went into your office
completely disabled
and in a great deal of
pain. Within a mini-
mum of treatment, I
am back to myself and
now am enjoying tak-
ing short walks and
able to manage my
antique shop. Your
staff is very courteous V %
and very professional
in their field. Thank
you for your concern
of my
health and for your
courteous service.
Yours very truly,
Weldon C. Vowel

To Dr Stark,
Please accept my
grateful thanks for the
care I received at
Emei'ald Coast Hospi-
tal from you and your
staff during my eight
day stay last month. I
am happy to note that
Emerald Coast has
their priorities
straight. It is the most
caring staff I have
encountered any-
where. I I


Mrs. Robert W Barnes

Dear Mr. Dykes.

I want to commend your nurs-
ing service and aides for the
good care they gave me. I ap-
preciate all the loving care
given me.

Dear Doctors and Nurses,
Thank you somuch for the ex-
cellent care I received at your
facility on 7/25/25. It was really
a surprise to be from out-of-
town and yet be treated like I'd
lived in your community all
my life!
Venetta Schang

Billie Allen

Dr. Fred Russo,

I would like to take this oppor-
tunity to thank you and you staff
for the care I
received in your clinic at Emer-
ald Coast Hospital. Your compe-
tence and professionalism as
well as your personal concern for
my rehab following an auto ac-
cident, I feel, are the results of
my recovery. And with this con-
fidence, I will refer other pa-
tients to you as well. My grati-
tude cannot be expressed
Ernest L. Grant.

To The Staff,
I Just wanted you to know
that you all are a great host of
caring people. Just keep up
the greatjob you all are doing.
May God bless and keep you
A satisfied patient,
Mrs. Eunice M. Reese
P.S. Those meals were excel-


Dear Ken and Folks at
Emerald Coast,

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people who saved your*
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Carl Petteway

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appreciation to the
members of your staff
and your volunteer 0
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trying experience. My
wife believes the care o
received and the com-
pleteness of the pro-
cess followed, was
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nessed in the nearly o
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those persons who
worked so hard.
Yours Truly
Bob & Marian Mahr


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Page 10 16 December 1994 The Franklin Chronicle


P s t m h nta 6h a n o *s 16 De e 1* 1

In Their' Second Retirement

Beau And Esther Suber Recall

Island Events And Personalities

Beau and Esther Suber were "re-
tired" residents of St. George Is-
land for nearly 20 years. Within
the last two weeks, they sold their
home on Gulf Beach Drive .Beau
recalled, "Itwasjust a real trauma
to leave there. I'm about over it
now, I think." His wife, Esther,
nodded in agreement. Beau
added, "I built the house in 1973.
Retired in 1963. Lived there (on
the Island) for 21 years." Now, the
couple resides in the attractive
and comfortable apartments in
Westminister Oaks, Tallahassee.
They are beginning a sort of"sec-
ond retirement." Esther has re-
covered from a stroke and Beau
is contending with a neuropathy
condition, now in remission.
The Subers of St. George have
been highly visible participants in
island life long before they took
up permanent residence in 1973.
Beau recalled their"frequent vis-
its to St. George and the main-
land. He was a tobacco grower in
Gadsden county."All the time we
were farming, we'd love to come
to the coast for weekends, and we
started with Destin. We vaca-
tioned there for several years. This
was about the 1950s. Beautiful
over there; sparsely populated at
the ,time. Then, the Canadians
discovered it and money poured
in to build condos...So, we started
going to Mexico Beach for our va-
cations. Then, we decided to try
St. George Island," Beau recalled.
"The first time I came to St.
George, I came on a boat from

Apalachicola. That was when
Clyde Atkinson had started the
development on the island. There
weren't any houses there...Just
platted out. H. G. Smith met my
brother and I at the dock and he
drove us all around in a Jeep.
There wasn't anything there but
a few stakes in the sand and there
weren't any streets. Having been
raised on the farm where te soil
was fertile, we thought "My Lord,
who wants to buy property in this
sand. Can't grow a thing" My fam-
ily and I gradually came to love it.
We came down about every week-

Beau and Esther met on a blind
date when Esther was going to the
Florida State College for Women,
or FSU as it became known after
1949. Beau was attending the
University of Florida at the time.
"I think Howard, my brother, and
Ray met some girls over there (in
Tallahassee) and the next time
they went,'I went with them. And,
I met Esther."
Beau did not finish college but
Esther did, and they were mar-
ried. In this union, they had three
children, who are:

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1. Sally Ann Johnson, living in
Pavo, Georgia, born in 1942;
2. Johnny Fletcher Suber, a
retired dentist living in Quincy,
Fla., born in 1945; and
3. Andrew Chattin Suber, Talla-
hassee, born in 1949.
Beau has carried the nickname
given him by his father for years.
He is known to the Social Secu-
rity folks as Elmer Lemeul Suber,
Jr., born 10 May 1917. Esther is
Esther Chattin (maiden name)
Schowe, born in Indianapolis, In-
diana on 7 May 1918, apparently
making birthday celebrations
somewhat more efficiently cel-
ebrated, separated by three days
and one year. Beau's father by the
same name, of course, was also
in the tobacco business as was
much of Gadsden County in the
1930s through the 1960s. His
birthplace in Florida was Saw-
dust, a town that still exists al-
though the post office has since
"Our farm house burned down
while we were vacationing at
Destin," Beau recalled. The fam-
ily had stopped farming a couple
of years before the fire and then
moved to Quincy. Beau went into
the wholesale petroleum business
for ten years. Then retirement fol-
lowed and he and Esther moved
permanently to St. George Island
in 1974.

"Dwight and Helen Marshall have
been our neighbors, along with
Bill Squires, H. G. Smith and
Lamar Heartsfield," he said.

Sargent Castle, and his wife were
probably the first Island residents,
full-time. They later moved to
Georgia near Camp Blandings.
"On the Gulf side were Mercer and
Jean Lively. On the bay were
Connie and Sara Crusoe-both
are deceased." Esther and Beau
also recalled that Alice Collins was
in business on the island in the
early 1970s and her father, Bush
Dekle was also here.
Esther remarked that she started
writing a weekly column for the
Apalachicola Times "almost as
soon as we arrived." Beau added,
"She wrote for that paper for at
least 18 years, beginning about
1975 and ending in 1993 about
Thanksgiving time."
Over the years, Esther has played
the organ, and this talent was
brought into the new Methodist
church eventually formed on the
island. Beau recalled that several
persons had been trying to start
a church including Graham
Armistead and Wilmer Bassett. "I
think they even acquired a lot, but
it didn't materialize." Then, the
Baptists really did get interested
and with the leadership of George
Kirvin and others, they got it built.
Gene Brown and John Stocks
gave about four acres for the

Beau added, "Then, Hamp and
Claire Dews got together with Don
McMillan, the Methodist pastor in
Apalachicola, and they started a
Methodist Church on the island.
Esther and I joined with others
to found the church." services
were held in the basement of the
Marcie Collins house. Claire and
Hamp Dews owned a building
where the present church is and
they donated it to the church.
"Hamp and I tore down the walls
to make one big room." The
present day octagonal portion of
the structure is now the sanctu-
ary and was the original building.
Over the years, the Subers have
seen and participated in many
changes in St. George island life.
Beau began to recall some early
island history. "Boots and Dot had
a store where Harry A's is now.
They started a small store there.
Then they moved back to Georga.
Dot still comes down once in a
while. Helen and Marty bought
the store from Boots and Dot."
Beau paused a bit, then said, "The
biggest changes were created by
Graham Armistead. He started
the Bluestore and bought out the
other grocery." Clyde Atkinson,
with his partners, started the
push to get the bridge."
He described the high resistance
from some members of the Fran-
klin County Commission to any
development on the island, and
the resistance to the bridge. Cecil
Varnes and Mr. Wade were the
main opposition. "Man, you don't
know how those people in
Apalachicola absolutely hated to
see anybody move onto the is-

Beau remembered Bill Squire as
a loner, but an interesting man.
"He loved to travel, and he visited
many interesting places each
year." He owned a restaurant in
Tallahassee and spent every Mon-
day and Tuesday there to man-
age it." Beau added that Bill
Squire always had an old Jeep.
"Back in those days, you could
expect somebody getting stuck
about three times a day. Between
Bill and I, we'd pull out a lot of

Net Ban continued from page 8
The task force met on September 7, 1994 to develop an action plan (see at-
tached action plan) to assist affected individuals and to discuss other perti-
nent issues related to the net ban that included economic and community
impact and altemative employment. A subgroup of the task force has been
meeting regularly to discuss and redefine implementation strategies.
Meetings with the Florida Seafood Industry have been attended by DLES
representatives to share preliminary plans for providing reemployment assis-
tance to individuals who suffer job loss as a result of the ban. This includes
meeting with the Florida Seafood Advisory Committee on September 16. 1994.
At that time, the committee members expressed their optimism that the ban
would not passed but felt that is was important for FDLES to proactively
develop a contingency reemployment and compensation plan. The committee
assigned a member, Mr. Cecil C. Lane, to be their liaison with the various
agencies represented on the task force. The committee will address the pro-
posed reemployement and compensation plans at their next meeting in De-

DLES representatives attended another meeting with the Southeast-
ern Fisheries Association on November 14, 1994 to discuss the co-
ordination of services that were being planned by the task force and the asso-
ciation. It is possible that the task force and the association may be able to
conduct some community information meetings together. The association is
now in the process of planning meetings with county officials in some of the
impacted areas.
Conduct Community Information Meeting in Oak Hill. Florida (between New
Symrna Beach and Titusville). Oak Hill city officials have requested for state
representatives to attend a council meeting on November 21. 1994 to inform
the council.members and other interested individuals of the various assis-
tance that will be made available to local communities impacted by the net
ban. Most of the agencies on the task force will be represented at the meeting.
Additional community meetings will be conducted by the task force in other
areas that are significantly impacted by the ban.
Identification of Alternative Seafood Products. Innovative Harvesting Tech-
niques and New Fisheries that may be used to reemploy displaced individuals
have been studied by IFAS (see attached preliminary study). Their sugges-
tions for altemative employment opportunities have been provided to FDLES
and will be shared with other task force members. These suggested areas
include: ecology and recreational fishing guides; molluscan shell fishing (hard
clams, oysters, and bay scallops); oyster processing plants; nearshore and
offshore fisheries (trap-blue crab, stone crab, octopus, hook and line-reef fish
and shark); shadow-water transportation services; live rock aquaculture; and
industry service trades (boat repair, engine repair, carpentry, welding, etc.).
As referenced in the study by IFAS. the identification of new products and
harvesting methods will require additional research.
The next step in this process will be to meet with the fishing industry, includ-
ing dislocated individuals, to get their input on new production areas. Addi-
tional research will be conducted to determine the feasibility of producing
new products for specific geographical areas.
The recent success of the JTPA-funded Project Ocean in Dixie and Levy Coun-
ties demonstrates that this collaborative strategy can be effective in creating
new employment opportunities in rural areas that depend on net fishing. Project
Ocean provided JTPA eligible individuals with training in new production tech-
niques for oysters and clams.
A Service Plan for Providing Retraining Assistance has been drafted by FDLES
and shared with other agencies and seafood industry representatives for in-
put. The service strategy for assisting individuals affected by the ban includes
the rapid response resources available to the State Dislocated Worker Unit
and JTPA Title III resources available to local communities for retraining and

Continued on page 17

In looking back over their 20+
years on St. George Island, the
Subers fondly caress each
memory. Asked how they liked
their "retirement" on the Island,
Beau responded with "...perfect."
They have not lost contact with
their island friends and there will
still be occasional visits, perhaps
even to the civic club Christmas
Party scheduled at mid-month. At
that event, and others, Beau de-
veloped a local reputation as chef
for the round of beef so often
served to the hungry crowd.
Their current ada-dress: jeua
Esther Suber, 4436 Meandering
Way, Apt. 305, AG; Tallahassee FL

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establish a maximum throat size
for stone crab traps as 3 1/2" X 5
1/2", using the inside dimensions
of the narrowest point of the fun-
nel establish a minimum throat
size for lobster traps as 4" X 6 "
using the inside dimensions of the
narrowest point of the funnel

require stone crab slat trap
throats and lobster trap throats
to be located on the top of the trap
establish a maximum size for
stone crab traps as 2' X2' X2'
define untreated Wood as being
pressure treated with a minimum
of 0.40 pounds ofchromated cop-
per arsenate (CCA) compounds
per cubic foot of wood
require degradable panels in all
non-wooden stone crab and non-
wooden lobster traps define de-
gradable panels for lobster traps
as a wooden top (full trap top di-
define degradable panels for stone
crab traps as having wooden slats
with a maximum thickness of 3/
4" that covers an escape hole at
least the same size or larger as
the dimension of the smallest
opening of the throat
define degradable panels for black
sea bass traps using the same
definition as for blue crab traps
allow wire stone crab traps to
have the same degradable panels
as those established for blue crab
traps allow thee harvest of the
recreational bag limit of flnfish
species from crustacean traps
prohibit the possession of stone
crabs or blue crabs on vessels
during any season or area clo-
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and
voted to withdraw a draft rule that
would have prohibited the sale of
king mackeral during commercial
season closures; the Commission
also directed staff to continue de-
velopment of a proposed rule that
would prohibit the sale of amber-
Jack; during April and.May each
year, beginning in 1996.

in the near future regarding pro-
posals to require the use of
bycatch reduction devices in-
tended to reduce the bycatch of
non-targeted species during the
harvest of shrimp
The Commission also received
public comment on the red dru
n, sheepshead, flounder, tripletail,
and African pompano fisheries,
and also on the concept of aggre-
gate bag limits. Three more pub-
lic workshops on these topics are
scheduled in early January.



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Second Circuit Court Report
The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
5 December, 1994

Eugene James Cooper: Charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivi-
ous Acts upon a child over twenty years ago, the defendant waived
statute of limitations and pled No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated
the defendant guilty and sentenced him to ten years probation with
the provision that the defendant attend a six month Sex Offender
Treatment Program. Defendant must pay $1,300 to the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department for Program Costs and $255 for court
costs. Defendant will not be allowed unsupervised contact with mi-
nors including family. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Jay Nichols Goodin: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Convey-
ance and one count of of Petit Theft (second offense), the defendant
pled No Contest. Judge Davey withheld adjudication and sentenced
the defendant to one year probation and 17 days in the County Jail
with time served of 17 days. Defendant must pay $150 restitution to
Bruce Millender, $255 for court costs and $250 for Public Defender
services. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Pyllechia Lee: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon,
the defendant pledNo Contest to a lesser charge of aggravated as-
sault. Judge Davey withheld adjudication, because the defense noted
that Ms. Lee would lose her Job and, therefore, not be able to pay
court costs If she was adjudicated guilty. "When people have dis-
putes," stated Davey, "they can't solve them by violence." Judge Davey
sentenced the defendant to eighteen months probation, two days in
the county Jail with time served of two days, Restitution of $1,614 to
Timmie Richardson, $255 for Court costs and $250 to Franklin County
for Public Defender services. The defendant was also ordered to at-
tend and successfully complete the P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives
to Violence Through Education) Program. Representedby Public De-
fender Julius Aulisio.
Shirl Evans Brannan: Charged with Resisting an Officer with Vio-
lence and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm, the defendant pled No
Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced
her to eighteen months in the Department of Corrections. The judge
honored the defendant's request to spend the holiday with her family
and order Brannan to turn herself into the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department on 3 January, 1995. If the defendant fails to turn herself
in on 3 January, Judge Davey warned her that she would receive a
five year sentence. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Philip Louis Califf: Charged with one count of Sexual Act with a Mi-
nor and one count of Lewd and Lascivious assault, the defendant
pled No Contest to one count of lewd and lascivious assault. Judge
Davey adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced Califf to twenty
months in the Wakulla County Jail with time served of 193 days. The
defendant also received ten years probation with no unsupervised
contact allowed with minors. Represented by Attorney Mark H.
Jonathan L. Donaldson: Charged with one count of sale of cocaine,
the defendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty and sentenced him to eighteen months in the Depart-
ment of Corrections with ninety days time served. The defendant also
received one year probation. In the year of probation, the defendant
must not test positive for any controlled substances. Court Costs
were waived, but the defendant was ordered to pay $100 to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement's Crime Lab. Represented by Public
Defender Julius Aulisio.
Jonathan L. Donaldson: Charged with one count of attempted mur-
der, the defendant pled No Contest to attempted Second Degree Mur-
der. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to eighteen months with ninety days time served in the Depart-
ment of Corrections followed by twenty four months of probation.
The defendant also agreed to testify truthfully against a co-defen-
dant. Donaldson was also ordered to pay $255 for Court Costs and
$350 to Franklin County for Public Defender services. Represented
by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Lori Hollenbeck: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pled No Contest to a lesser charge of Petit Theft. Judge
Davey adjudicated the defendant Gullty and sentenced her to six
months County Probation and ordered her to pay $110 restitution to
Sunshine Junior Stores, $105 for Court Costs and $150 for Public
Defender services. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Glenn Suddeth: Charged with one count of attempted murder, the
defendant pled Guilty to a lesser charge of Battery and agreed to
testify against a co-defendant. Judge Davey adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty and sentenced with to ninety-nine days in the county ail
with ninety-nine days time served and one year of probation. Judge
Davey ordered the defendant to pay $105 in court costs and $150 for
Public Defender services. Restitution was waived. Represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Talmadge Davis Turner: Charged with three counts of Accessory Af-
ter the Fact, the defendant pled No Contest to one count of Accessory
After the Fact. Judge Davey withheld adjudication and sentenced the
defendant to one year of probation. Defendant was also ordered to
pay $255 in Court Costs, $250 for Public Defender services and $150
restitution to JoAnne Lyons and Richard Plessinger. Represented by
Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
James Wheeler Murray: Charged with one count of manslaughter,
one count of driving under the influence, one count of driving under
the influence that involved death and one count of driving under the
influence that involved serious bodily harm. Judge Davey ordered
defendant to one year Community Control followed by one year of
probation to run consecutive. Defendant also sentenced to thirty days
in the county jail with thirty days of credit time served. Judge Davey
reimposed all financial conditions that were not satisfied and sus-
pended the defendant's driver's license again for an additional year.
Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
George Frederick Cargill: Charged with Sale of Cocaine. Defendant
was given one month to obtain legal council. The defendant had pre-
viously posted $10,000 bond.
Billy Hines: Charged with Aggravated Battery with Firearm. Motion
was made by Pubic Defendant Julius Aulislo to reduce bond. Bond
reduced to $25,000. Victim was present. Judge ordered that defen-
dant have no contact with victim or witnesses in the case. Trial set for
February 6, 1995. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Aldouphous C. Richardson: Charged with two counts of Lewd and
Lascivious Assault on Minors and one count of Attempted Second
Degree Murder. Defendant pled Not Guilty. Trial is set for 20 Febru-
ary, 1995. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Clifford E. Jones: Charged with Resisting Officer with Violence. Trial
is set for 19 January, 1995. Represented by Public Defender Julius
Carolyn Miller: Charged with Third Degree Grand Theft. Trial is set
for 19 January, 1995. Represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Terry Robinson: Charged with Sale of Cocaine. Trial is set for 15 De-
cember, 1994. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Kenneth Cole: Charged with two counts of Sexual Battery and one
count of Kidnapping. Trial is set for 20 February, 1995. Represented
by Attorney J. Ben Watkins.
Cecil Hicks: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious Assault
on a minor. Defendant amended plea to No Contest. Jusge Davey
adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to ten years pro-
bation. Judge also demanded that the defendant attend a sex offend-

ers program as grounds of probation. Defendant was also ordered
not to have any unsupervised contact with minors. Assistant State
Prosecutor Frank Williams noted, 'The sentence was appropriate given
the children were not forced to testify in the trial." The Assistant
State Prosecutor also filed a motion to introduce new evidence that
the defendant engaged in Lewd and Lascivious Assaults on three
other children under the age of sixteen. Judge Davey ruled that the
new evidence would be admitted in the next trial.
Terry Robinson: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine. Defen-
dant pled Not Guilty. The Jury returned a 16 December verdict of
Guilty. Sentencing will be levied on a later date to be determined.

Robert L. Peterson: Charged with Dealing Stolen Property. Pre-Trial
set for 6 January, 1995.
Roderick Robinson: Charged with one count of Armed Robbery with a
Firearm. Pre-Trial Set for 3 January, 1995. Represented by Attorney
Greg Cummings.
Sutton Williams: Charged with one count of Resisting Officer with
Violence, one count Disorderly Intoxication and one count of Battery.
State prosecutor expressed concern about defendant's background
of two murder convictions and requested an increase of Bond to be
set. Judge Davey denied request expressing that the defendants
charges were nearly ten years ago and that the defendant had served
his time in full. Defendant pled Not Guilty. Pre-Trial set for 6 Febru-
ary, 1995. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Amos Works, Jr. : Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and
one count of Battery. Pre-Trial set for 6 February, 1995. Represented
by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Jeremiah Richardson: Charged with Aggravated Battery with Deadly
Weapon: Pre-Trial set for 6 February, 1995.

Apalachicola City Commission
Hires New Police Officer,
Contemplates Obtaining Police Dog

Chief Warren Faircloth (R) stares ahead
as Harrison Jones (L) voices his concerns

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sioners gave a unanimous
"thumbs up" to the hiring of new
city police officer Luther "Sonny"
'Whitehurst at their 6 December
Although the city commissioners
expressed confidence in their new
officer, M.A.D. D.A.D.S. (Men
Against Destruction Defending
Against Drugs and Social Disor-
der) Representative Harrison
Jones described Whitehurst as a
person that the kids have beaten
and run over. "The kids don't re-
spect him. I believe we could have
gotten a couple of drug dogs and



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The 6 December meeting of the
M.A.D. D.A.D.S. (Men Against
Destruction Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder) saw
frustrated members complain
about wavering police patrol of
drug infested areas in
M.A.D. D.A.D.S. Vice President
Robert Davis began, "The city
thinks that the problem will go
away if we just keep quiet. That's
why we've got to keep bringing up
that they beef up their patrol
again. You wonder where the cops
are." M.A.D. D.A.D.S. President
Harrison Jones offered, "City po-
lice have stopped patrolling. I've
been been getting a lot of limbo
answers where they're leaving me
out in limbo. And the drug prob-
lem isn't getting better. It's getting
worse." Jones felt that the city
should invest in a police dog. He
said that the Apalachicola City
Commissioners should begin lis-
tening to the concerns of its' com-
munity. Oyster Radio New Direc-
tor Michael Allen concluded, "I
don't think they're (Apalachicola
City Commission) ignorant of the
problem. I think they don't want
to deal with it. It's easier to forget
these problems, than try to deal
with them."
In other business. M.A.D.
D.A.D.S. named Gary Barber as
their Recreaton Board Liason and
Michael Guthrie as their Gover-
nor Stone Liason. Harrison Jones
told members that there would be
a M.A.D. D.A.D.S. workshop in
Ocala on January 13 & 14. Jones
stated that Robert Davis and he
would be attending the meeting
and encouraged other members to

done better." Mr. Jones contin-
ued, "And about the patrolling, a
few months ago we had effective
patrolling. What happened to'
that?" Jones said that there were
many areas in Apalachicola where
he could see people using drugs
on the street or smell the drug
being smoked. Mayor Howell
stated that he nothing nothing of
Mr. Jones' allegations.
Commissioner Jim Elliott later
requested that City Clerk Betty
Taylor-Webb look Into the cost of
receiving and maintaining a po-
lice dog.

Investigation Continues for
Alleged "Crack House" Burning

Slogans "Hope Ya'll Happy" and "Pay Back" were
written on the burnt structure shortly after the fire

The alleged "Crack House" that
burned down in Carrabelle on 30
November is being classified as
arson by the State Fire Marshall's
Office. The investigation con-
ducted by the office has deter-
mined that the fire had been lit in
an area of the house that could
not have been started other than
by arson. A one thousand dollar
reward is being offered by the Fire
Marshall's office in Tallahassee for
information concerning the per-
petrator of the fire.
The 30 November arson occurred
after the 29 November arrest of
some of the home's residents:
George Andy Lowery, Johnny Lee
Jones, William Goggins and
Henry "Big Man" Melton; each
were charged with the sale of co-
As of 14 December, the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department is
calling the arson case an open in-
vestigation. No suspects are pres-
ently under investigation. Asked
about continuing investigation,
Major Jimmy Williams of the

Franklin County:Sherriffs De-
partment stated, "Both whites
and blacks wanted that house
burned down."
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry ex-
pressed mixed emotions with the
arson case. "On one hand, I'm
kind of glad to see something
that's responsible for destroying
so many lives get destroyed itself.
On the other hand, I believe that
when someone goes as far as to
burn someone's home...that's not
good, either." Although relatives
of the destroyed Carrabelle home
are calling the case a product of
racism, Roddenberry disagrees.
"Everyone has had a problem with
that house. There's a million
people glad that the thing burned.
It was absolutely nothing racial.
All these folks grew up together.
Most everyone knew how the
people in that house made their
living...through crack cocaine.
Those folks that we arrested are
no strangers to us. They're repeat
customers of ours."

A glimpse of the right side of the burnt home. It
received the worst damage.

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Florida Park Service

Brings Desoto Winter

Layover to Life-

Particijants Include Three

Franklin County Residents

John and Sandy Winfield, an Eastpoint couple, and Roy Ogles, a
resident of St, George Island, were among a dozen or so reenactors
who took part in a 7 December reenactment of Hernando DeSoto's
historic expedition from 1539 through 1540. The reenactment, which
was staged in Tallahassee, interpreted the historic winter layover by
Hernando DeSoto, as he searched the southeastern United States
455 years ago for wealth and dominion. The occasion was a four day
opening of the famous site where DeSoto's expedition spent October
1539 to mid-March 1540.
The DeSoto State Historic site contains the historic home of Florida
Governor John W. Martin. In 1987, State archeologist
B. Calvin Jones dug some sample pits in search of remains of an
indian mission, but to his surprise evidence of the DeSoto Expedition
was discovered. Since then, over 40,000 artifacts were recovered during
the formal excavation that provided physical evidence of the winter
encampment. The site is presently the only confirmed de Soto site in
North America. The discovery settlesan intensive argument among
professional archeologists about where DeSoto camped during his
first winter in North America. The site also helps scholars to estab-
lish the route of de Soto's explorations, and contribute to our knowl-
edge about the Apalachee culture, as well as the impacts of European
contact on North America. From the public's standpoint, the site is
of some interest, especially as the site of the first Christmas celebra-
tion in what is now the United States.
On Wednesday, 7 December, the Florida Park Service organized a four
day series.of programs for school children to stimulate interest in
Florida history through re-enactment and "hands-on" history. Nearly
1500 school children from Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden, and Wakulla
counties cycled through a series of presentations in which they learned
about how the Native Americans lived, as well as the story of contact
with the DeSoto expedition. The re-enacted portions were based on
the results of the archeological findings, which was told by B. Calvin
Jones himself. On Saturday, 10 December, the site was opened to the
Park Manager Cliff Maxwell told the Chronicle that the DeSoto site is
only open four days a year with re-enactors. "There is no regular
funding for staffing, exhibits, etc...The school children are started
with a description of native species, a sort of "what life was like" (455
years ago). Then, Calvin Jones provides a basic introduction to ar-
cheology and what we learn from it. He uses slides and explains the
evidence that links the site to the DeSoto expedition. Then, the chil-
dren are ushered through five different stations, which provide ex-
amples of what life was like, what they believed in, what they ate,
what weapons they used, and clothes they wore..."
Some of the re-enactors are paid because they are Park Service em-
ployees, Others are volunteers. Maxwell added, "They have a per-
sonal feeling for Florida history and they like to share that. Some
have spent a lot of money to get into their roles." Maxwell also man-
ages the Natural Bridge site, which hosts civil war re-enactors in March
of each year.
In the archeological presentation, Calvin Jones asked the school chil-
dren, "Why are we commemorating this place?" Then, he provided
one answer. "The site marks the beginning of our culture. Culture is
the way you live: the way you look at life and living patterns, And, the
way you see it. Our culture had its roots here. This is the oldest,
known site where our first Christmas the United States."
Jones further explained, "Our culture and history are biased from
the beginning." His point was that U. S. history is associated with
Great Britain and the revolutionary period. The culture also has roots
in the European contact with the Indians in the Florida region, not
the English exclusively. Florida is discovering its history in the ground
through archeology. The Jones presentation included pictures of
charred beans and corn, "wire suits" made up of chain mail, and
assorted nails and ;tools. In explaining the appeal of such historic
sites, Jones said, "I think there is a renewed interest in public there is an interest in the civil war...our
culture has sort of reached a point where [they're] looking at their
roots. Some people find their roots in the Civil War...Others are find-
ing their racial backgrounds." Then, he quickly added, "The only thing
that perturbs me, individually, about the whole interest in archeol-
ogy... we have people today who would stop us from doing any re-
search. That's dangerous. Because they're getting their individual
religions mixed up with what's good for culture...They would rather
we not do any research because they think they know all the
answers...Some are self-imposing their will upon others...saying we
know all there is to know about the past...Many of them know

Calvin Jones,
State Archeologist

Ron Weiss portrayed the Gentleman of Alvaz, among that
very small group that could read and write. They have writ-
ten much concerning their discoveries, about the Indians,
the plants, and maps. Weiss lives in Wakulla Springs.


/ ,"

Juan Batista is a nobleman from Spain, portrayed by John
Shaffer. He explained that chain mail was limited protec-
tion in dealing with indian arrows. He works fulltime at
the Florida Park Service, San Luis Mission.
His wife, Jackie Shaffer is a volunteer in the Florida Park
Service, eating an Apalachee woman. Her name is Quera.
She explained that her people were farmers, growing corn,
squash and beans. She was smoking deer meat, to keep it
from spoiling, and it is stored for later consumption dur-
ing the winter months.

The Friar, portrayed by Mark Ames, Living History Pro-
gram Supervisor at the Museum of Florida History, was on
the expedition to administer the Mass and the Sacraments.
"We have been given the mission to come on the DeSoto
Expedition by the King of watch over the lives
of the gentlemen and soldiers, and to try to convert the
Apalachee Indians to Catholicism,.."

The one husband-wife team traveling in the DeSoto expe-
dition is composed of Sandy and John Winfield, Eastpoint,
Florida. John is an employee at the Park.

Juan Ortiz is portrayed by Roy Ogles, Field Supervisor,
Assistant Manager at St. George Island State Park, one of
three Franklin County residents active in the program.


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The Oldest Believer in

Santa Claus

By David Hawkins
There's plenty of shoplifting around Christmas, but this was a new
twist. Fenner had caught his store Santa stealing and sent one of his
two clerks to get me to arrest him. It was around closing time on
Christmas eve when I got to the little neighborhood store.
Fenner was using one hand to hold his Santa by an arm of his red
suit.and waving the evidence-a pair of binoculars-in the other hand.
One look at the Santa, and I knew the red on his cheeks and nose
wasn't makeup.
"Is this the best you can do for a Santa," I asked Fenner. His clerks
were leaving. One of them snickered.
"You take what you can afford," Fenner said, still waving the binocu-
lars. "If you don't have a Santa, you're dead. It's what the kids want
to see, and where they go, their parents go." :
The Santa had snagged an expensive gift. The binoculars Fenner was
waving were worth- 50, he said. "Any witnesses?" I asked.
Santa a
"Just me," Fenner said. "He's confessed, anyway. I saw him stick the
glasses in his suit so he could switch them when he changed clothes." Elves
"Did you take them?" I asked the old man. Church
"Yeah," he said. "I took them."
"A little boy came smiling up the aisle, looking at Santa. I put off the
pinch for a minute. The boy just stood and smiled at the Santa. "An
old one to be a believer," Fenner said, "must be all of seven or eight--
a slow one. But, it's good for business."
A woman came hurrying down the aisle. I knew her by sight, Mrs.
Renwig. I knew her husband better-professionally, that is. She looked
hot and disgusted-and worried, when she saw me.
"Hugh," she said to the boy, "get home." Then she looked at Fenner
and asked, "Has he been up to anything?."
"Oh, no," Fenner said, "he just came to see Santa." I almost laughed
at the change in his voice. i
"Just came to see Santal That's all he's done since you hired that old '
fraud She glared at the Santa. "Filling them up with lies, promising
them stuff they won't get," she accused the old man. "People can't
afford itl She looked at Fenner. "Why do you get these fakes to lie to
the kids? I've had to drag that boy home three times."
"Christmas is business, lady," Fenner said, as if he were passing on
an original thought. "What do you think store-Santas are for?"
The Apalachico]
Thie boy took the Santa's free hand, smiled, and said, "I told you I'd be Student Govern
back." The old man looked the other way. traditional Sar
Christmas Dinn,
"Look at that," the boy's mother said, "and he's eight years old. Kids ber at the Tri
have to grow up. Church.
I tell him over and over, there's no Santa. I told him that here yester- Approximately
day. government eh
Santa House; tj
The Santa spoke up. "How about those other kids in the line? Some served a hotdog
of them ain't even four years old. They all heard you, the way you've visitors and also
been telling the boy there's no Santa."
I could tell the old man had scored. Fenner frowned at Mrs. Renwig. S ch o
"That hurts my business," he said. "Tell him that stuff at home!" He
was waving his hands again, still clutching the binoculars. The kid
was smiling, watching the binoculars glitter in the light. The Florida Leg
law called Bluey
"What good does it do when your fake Santas tell kids different?" created a state
,Mrs. Renwig demanded. "Hugh, you're hot :going to get those spy- schoolimprovel
glasses for Christmas, I don't care whatthat old fake tells'you!" j I tton accountabi
Wat this? I asked having an printn200, goal
"What is this?" I asked, having an Inkling. Useven areas we2

"Those spyglasses. The boy's been after me for weeks, saying that's
what he wants Santa to bring him. Then, he comes down here, and
this old fake tells him sure, he's going to get them! It's plain lying,
especially when the parents can't afford Itl.
The old Santa drooped his head, and then Mrs. Renwig started cry-
ing. I looked at Fenner and he looked at me, and then we both looked
at the Santa, who was trying not to look at anybody. The boy still had
that fixed smile. Outside, a bunch of kids ran by laughing and hollering
under the street light.
"Look, Hugh," Fenner said finally, "Santas are for little kids. You're a
big kid. You ought to listen to your mother and realize that Santas
are just for little kids." It must have cost Fenner plenty to get that
The boy, still smiling, looked up at the Santa, and the old man took a
deep breath.
"I guess Mr. Fenner is right, Hugh. Santas are just for little kids.
When you get older, you realize Santa is really something else-just
an idea."
The boy let go of the Santa's hand and went over to his mother. He
didn't cry, but he didn't look at the Santa or the binoculars again. His
mother led him away, and I didn't know who I was sorriest for-her,
the kid, or the Santa.
Fenner placed the binoculars back Inside the box and adjusted the
price tag. Then he looked at the Santa, who was still standing there
watching the boy and his mother leave.
"Get out." Fenner told him. "No, wait a minute. Here. Get drunk." He
handed the Santa a bill. The old man looked at me. "Merry
Christmas...Santa," I said. Fenner and I watched as the old man
shucked his Santa suit and left. I stayed while Fenner closed up the
store. "It's bad business," he kept saying, "when they tell kids there's
no Santa Claus. It's bad for the kids, too."
"It's bad for grown-ups, too," I said, picking up the binoculars and
reaching for my wallet, still thinking about the oldest believer in Santa
I'd ever met.

all-schools to ac
* Readiness to
* Graduation R
ness for Posts
Education and

kidney Williams greets Santa Claus

ind his Student Government
Visit Trinity Episcopal

Wesley Cooper hangs out St. Nick

la High School's
menthosted their
nta House and
er on 29 Novem-
nity Episcopal

twenty student
ves worked the
hey cooked and
dinner for their
I helped the chil-

dren to prepare their wish list to
present to Santa. "They've just
worked their hearts out to get this
ready...decorating and getting the
meal together," said chaperone
Denise Butler. Sabrina Brinkley
and Erin Butler co-coordinated
the effort. Asked about how she
felt dressing up like an elf,
Sabrina Brinkley replied, "Well,
kind of Elfy."

ol Improvement

Islature passed a
print 2000 which
*wide system, for
ment and edtca-
lity. Under Blue-
s-In the following
re established for
Start School
ate and Readi-
d Employment

* Student Performance
* Learning Environment
* School Safety and Environ-
* Teachers and Staff Adult
After a year of planning, every
public school in Franklin County
implemented a School Improve-
ment Plan during the 1993-94
School term. Key components in
each SIP consist of the following:
* Mission Statement
* State Goals
* Student Performance Stan-
* Annual and Long Term
* Indicators of Student Progress
* Improvement Strategies
* Timelines

Publishers note: The
Chronicle will endeavor
to report the results of
the latest reports in the
next issue, 10 January 95.

* Evaluation Procedures/
Adequate Progress
In each school. a School Advisory
Council, composed of the princi-
pal, parents. teachers.'students.
communit'/buslness representa-
tives'; and other school staff
worked cooperatively to develop
the School Improvement Plan for
its school.
The School Reports will be public
reports of the progress of schools
on their school improvement
A School Report will be dissemi-
nated 15 December each year.
Both the letter and spirit of Blue-
print 2000 are built upon the ac-
tive involvement of parents,
guardians, business people, and
other community members in
school improvement and account-
ability efforts. It is important that
parents and guardians become
working partners in fostering their
children's learning If we are to
achieve the high standards of
Blueprint 2000.
Contact your school if you have
questions and/or did not receive
a report.
The district contact for School
Improvement is Rose E. McCoy,
Director of Curriculum.



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Mother Of The Civil

Rights Movement

Comes To Tallahassee

By Amanda Loos

Carrabelle High
School Leaders
Rally In

By Amanda Loos
Seven o' clock rolled around fast
on Tuesday morning on 15 No-
vember and the deserted parking
lot began to be specked with ties,
jackets, dresses and high heals as
the 33 members of Carrabelle
High School's chapter of FBLA
(Florida Business Leaders of
America) prepared to depart to the
District III Rally with business
teacher Mrs. Jo Ann Gander, Ms.
Nan Collins and Ms. Gina
FBLA is a National Organization
sponsored by the National Busi-
ness Education Association,
American Vocational Association
and the United States Office of
Education to promote an "inter-
est and understanding of Ameri-
can business enterprise" and pro-
vide additional preparation to
High School students entering the
professional world.
To be a member, students must
be enrolled in a business class
taught by Mrs. Gander. Such
courses may include Accounting,
Computer Applications or Cleri-
cal Office Procedures.
The District III Rally, held in the
Tallahassee Mall, had partici-
pants from 15 schools as well as
Carrabelle. The theater was filled
to capacity with standing room
only by the time the State FBLA
Director and guest speaker, Mr.
Jeff Reese, took the podeum.
Reese began by singing "MY
BONNY" with, of course, audience
participation, who sat and stood
at every word beginning with a
"B." This succeeded in warming
up the Future Business Leaders
and bringing a sense of ease to
the occasion.
Mr. Reese discussed the impor-
tance of seizing every opportunity
in FBLA and in life-and how we
all must strive to take the initia-
tive in order to succeed. Overall,
Reese presented his message
clearly and In a humorous way-
barnyard stories were also in-
The rally continued with elections
of the district officers. Each nomi-
nee was introduced and given the
opportunity to speak briefly. Each
school was allowed two votes.
Carrabelle's own Janalyn Shiver
was elected secretary.
A major part of the rally was the
variety of contests each FBLA
group participated in. Preparation
for the contests began weeks be--
fore the day at Carrabelle. Work-
ing with the theme "preparing fu-
ture business leaders today,"
Terrah Crum, Allison Sanders,
Misty Hitt, Jennifer Staggs,
Kristin Bell, Todd Griffin, Lance
Backelman, Solomon Lowery,
Ellis Jackson, Kela Timmons and
Mandi Lycett (with the help of
teachers Mrs. Pam Watford)
crafted nametags of various sizes
for participants to wear. The tags
signified three stages in which
people become prepared for their
business future: infantry, adoles-
cence and, finally, adulthood.
The skit, which was written, pro-
duced and dramatized by
Jonathan Tindell, Terrah Crum,
Jan SHiver, Kristen Bell
Stephanie Boatwright and
Candice Sweet, dealt with the
benefits towards one's future of
being a part of FBLA. The skit was
Asset at a CHS Career Day and the
performance showed how the ex-
perience that a student gained
through FBLA helped to assist
them in achelving career goals.
The theme entitled "Developing
competent aggressive business
leadership," Which was led by
Frances Hand and Amanda Loos
for a poster design, received third
prize. The poster showed the
theme being developed in a dark-
In addition to such rallies,
Carrabelle High School's FBLA is
busy raising money for an end of
the year trip. They are also pre-
paring for the main event, the Dis-
trict III competition with the
chance to move on to the State
level. Through this program, the
students at CHS will indeed be
more prepared to enter business

Botanical Garden
Approved for

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion unanimously approved con-
tinuation of a project by Historic
Apalachicola Foundation {HAF)
known as the Chapman Botani-
cal Garden on 6 December.
Through 1993, HAF has con-
ducted preliminary studies to de-
termine the feasibility of the en-
hancement and completion of
Apalachicola's Chapman Botani-
cal Garden. The project is hoped
to attract tourists as well as visit-
ing scholars who are interested in
learning more of Botanist Dr.
Alvin Chapman's written works
and plantings.
The Chapman Botanical Garden
is set to be accomplished in asso-
ciation with a state university and
with the help of a grant. The gar-
den will contain labeled plants
that specifically relate to Dr.
Chapman and his archives that
will contain either original or re-
production of most of Chapman's
feld notes. With upgrading and
maintenance of the botanical gar-
den, HAF hopes that their project
can serve as a planting and ar-
chival Information center.

School Board

Appioves Pay


The Franklin County School
Board voted to give a pay increase
to both school administrators and
substitute teachers at a 22 No-
vember special meeting.
Substitute teachers in Franklin
County [with a High School Di-
plomal had been earning just over
thirty dollars per day for the past
eight years. Chapman Elementary
teacher Kathy Creamer argued
that substitute teachers needed
a raise; she noted that a teacher's
aide had refused to fill in as a
substitute teacher because the
pay would have been much less.
The board voted 4-1 (Gander dis-
senting) to increase the salary of
a substitute with a high school di-
ploma to fifty-two dollars per day.
The board also increased the pay
scale for substitutes with a col-
lege degree from forty-four to
sixty-three dollars per day.
School board members also
changed the Administrator's pay
scale. Previously, the administra-
tors salaries were determined on
a school board approved sched-
ule with increases given in rela-
tion to the number of years of ser-
vice. The board moved to make
salaries based on an index multi-
plied by the maximum master's
degree salary. The result of the
board's decision equated to an im-
mediate raise to most of Franklin
County's administration mem-
Board member Willie Speed spoke
at length in favor of the pay in-
ciease. Member. Jimmy Gander
voted against the increase' and
stated that the decision would
draw needed money away from
the classrooms.

A in -*

It was the turning point for the
Civil Rights Movement in America.
On 1 December, 1955 on a bus
in Montgomery, Alabama, one
middle-aged, hardworking
woman, simply by refusing to re-
linquish her seat, sparked the
movement that changed the way
our society and legal system see
its people.
The stand taken by Ms. Rosa
Louise McCauley Parks on that
day may sound, to many of my
generation, like a trivial everyday
occurrence. Today, we would in-
stantly refuse to move if someone
ordered us to give up our seat (or
sadly, even if they politely asked.)
But for black Americans, the un-
segregated rights we all take for
granted every day (such as sitting
wherever we choose on a bus, or
getting a decent education), took
hundreds of years and the cour-
age, commitment, and
perseverence of people such as
Ms. Rosa Parks (now in her 80s)
to be given to all people in this
When Ms. Nan Collins came into
our classroom a few weeks back
and announced that the senior
class and student council had
been invited to see Rosa Parks,
known as the "Mother of the Civil
Rights Movement in America,"
receive an Honorary Degree from
Florida State University, on
21 November, my heart skipped
a beat. Amidst. the exclamations
of "Rosa what?," "Who's that?,"
and "Where we gonna eat?," I
knew that we were soon to wit-
ness a once-in-a-lifetime event.
I didn't know she was still alive!
Although I had been filled with
information, stories, plays, and
songs about Ms. Parks, Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr., Ralph
Abernathy, and the many other
figures of the Civil Rights Move-
ment, it took seeing Ms. Parks in
person to break down the walls
between what is written in our
history books and what is actu-
ally real.
The days seemed to go by too
slowly. What would she be like?
What would they say about her?
What would she say? How would
the students of CHS react? How
would I react? I wondered and
tried to prepare myself, but there
was no way I could have been
ready for the depth of the experi-
ence we were fortunate enough to
be a part of.
The Tallahassee Civic Center was
packed with a culturally diverse
blend of students, teachers, and
community members, from the
surrounding area and as far away
as Miami and parts of Georgia.
After the distinguished guests-
Judges, University heads, and
lorida Governor Lawton Chiles-
marched in to Pomp and Circum-
stance played by the Brass Band
of FSU, it was time to welcome Ms.





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Rosa Louise Parks, the woman
whose life has won her the status
of heroine. There is no way to de-
scribe the rush of emotion that
surged through us all as she was
escorted slowly toward the stage.
She seemed small and frail at first
glace, but the dignity and strength
that radiated from this gentle
woman mixed with the cheers
that exploded throughout the au-
ditorium overwhelmed me with
pride. There was no place on
Earth that I wanted to be at that
moment other than witnessing
Ms. Rosa Parks enter my reality.
The ceremony continued as FSU
President, Mr. Talbot D'Alem-
berte, welcomed Ms. Parks anid
the audience. Governor Lawton
Chiles spoke in honor Ms. Parks
and what she was a part of. An
FSU choral group then sang an
emotionally charged "We Shall
Overcome," one of the most influ-
ential songs in the struggle to rise
above racism.
The keynote speaker, the Honor-
able A. Leon Higginbotham, former
U. S. Circuit Judge and an attor-
ney at Paul, Weiss, Riffkind,
Harton, Garrison Law Office, de-
livered an eloquently riveting ad-
dress in which he compared the
importance of Ms. Parks to that
of our nation's founders (the only
difference being that she wasn't
a slave owner). Mr. Higginbotham
gave tribute to the people, espe-
cially the black women, who have
stood firm against injustice in our
history. He added Ms. Parks to the
list of those heroes and heroines
who, through generations of hard-
ships, have kept the dream of an
equal world alive such as Harriet
Tubman, Ida B. Scott, and So-
journer Truth. He concluded that
if we honor Ms. Parks today, we
also must uphold her beliefs to-
morrow in our own lives.
After the reading of the citation,
which honored her life and cour-
age, the degree was bestowed
upon her. Ms. Rosa Louise Parks
the woman whose strength has
been an inspiration, responded
very softly-to the largest stand-
ing ovation I've ever experienced.
She thanked those from Florida
State university for the honor,
saying how proud and happy she,
was to be there. More than that,
she pledged to continue to work
with children and society to strive.
for a kinder, more equal world.
Her simple words meant more to
me than all the complex history
book interpretations that had ever
breezed under my nose.
It is my hope that, for a few thou-
sand of my generation, seeing
Ms. Parks in person has touched
a place in their hearts and minds
equally as deeply as it did in mine.
I hope that it fostered determina-
tion to help bridge the gap be-'
tween the past and the present,
and to work toward a future
where, as Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. dreamed, the "children will not
be Judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their char-
acter." It was truly an inspira-
tional experience.

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Meet The WINGS




Library News
On Wednesday, December 21, at
11 :00 a.m., face painting will be
offered and once again pictures
as Santa stops his reindeer some-
where on the roof of the Eastpoint
branch of the library, and then
heads into Apalachicola to the
Franklin County Public Library
Program Center in the Holy Fam-
Ily Center on Avenue K and 7th
Street for an appearance at 1 :30
p.m. All children are invited. For
further information, please call
697-2366, 670-8151 or 653-

Weaving A


Family Reading

Program Starting

Literacy Worker Alma Pugh

Gloria Rounsaville, the WINGS
Coordinator in Eastpoint, recently
relocated to Lanark Village from
Los Angeles, California, in order
to join er family here. She holds
a Baccalaureate Degree in An-
thropology from UCLA and comes
to the WINGS Program with a di-
verse background which includes
legal work, nursing, crisis coun-
seling and dance. She also volun-
teers as a tutor with the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program
and helps as a Guardian Ad Litem
for the Juvenile Court. As the
WINGS Coordinator, Rounsaville
hopes to offer a multi-faceted pro-
gram which will provide cultural
enrichment, promote creativity
and self-esteem, and which will
present educational challenges to
the youths of Franklin County.

In Carrabelle

Barbara Ward with
WINGS student
The WINGS Program stitched
their way through 29 November
in a sewing demonstration led by
Barbara Ward, and assisted by
Louise Cone at the Franklin
County Library of Carrabelle.
Nearly twenty students attended
the demonstration. Some of those
in attendance got a jump on the
holiday shopping season by sew-
ing dresses, shorts and other
wardrobe Items.
The WINGS program is sponsored
by the Franklin County Library,
Activities, as the sewing demon-
stration, are free to all interested
students. All materials are also
provided free to students from the
WINGS Program. Community do-
nations have helped the
Carrabelle WINGS Program to
thrive. Some donations have in-
cluded sewing notions, the use
of sewing machines and an iron
and a computer pattern design
WINGS is a program dedicated to
helping young people develop a
wide variety of skills and to en-
courage experiences with new
ideas. Donations of materials and
adult helpers are being sought in
order to offer classes in decorat-
ing picture frames, crochet, dried
flower crafts, sand candles, self
defense, interior decoration, etc.
Those interested in the sewing
program can contact Barbara
Ward at 697-4431. Although the
present sewing class is full, future
classes may be offered. Those in-
terested in finding out more about
the WINGS program may contact
Bruce Ward, WINGS Coordinator,
at 697-4531.

WINGS Program
Gets Crafty.

The Franklin County WINGS Pro-
gram presented a holiday craft
show on 6 & 13 December that
was led by local resident and par-
ent Mrs. Kathy Ray. Mrs. Ray
helped a group of fifteen eager
students create Christmas
Reindeers on 6 December and il-
lustrated the art of wintry snow-
flakes at her 13 December dem-


Chaz Mikell, the WINGS Coordi-
nator in Apalachicola, is a native
of the Florida Keys as well as a
Native American of the Tomaquin
Tribe., He recently moved to
Franklin County after many mu-
sical summer tours. Chaz is a
musician by trade and has played
with three symphony orchestras,
spent eight years with Disney Pro-
ductions and worked almost two
years with NBC Studios. Chaz has
a Bachelors of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice. He has worked
in law enforcement for eleven
years. Mr. Mikell is still strongly
pursuing his career as a musician
and operates a full service studio
called Chazmania Productions.
Chaz hopes to bring education
and musical entertainment to the
WINGS Program.

dents with dyslexia and hosted
several workshops to both edu-
cate residents on the problem and
recruit potential tutors. "I think
we've seen quite a few cases of
dyslexia in the area," said Sparks,
"I'm not sure ifit's a growing prob-
lem, but I do think that It's some-
thing that's becoming easier to
identify. I think that teachers are
becoming more aware of the char-
acteristics of dyslexia."
Following her work with FCARP,
Carolyn plans to go on the road
for six months with her husband
and truck for Valley Corporation
out of Minnesota. She eventually
plans to return to college and take
up where she left off in May of
1994 when she received her As-
sociates of Arts degree from Tal-
lahassee Community College.

Mr. Bruce Ward is the WINGS
Coordinator in Carrabelle. He and
his family moved to Carrabelle
earlier this year. After graduating
from FSU, Bruce worked for the
federal government, primarily in
the hospitals, for twenty years.
His work experience as a manage-
ment analyst includes serving as
the counselor for troubled em-
ployees and as the patient repre-
sentative at several hospitals.


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New Library Hours

For Carrabelle

and Eastpoint

Tuesday: Open 11:00AM to 7:00PM

Wednesday & Thursday: 12 Noon to


Saturday: 10:00AM to 2:00PM

(New Story Hours are on Wed. from 3 to
4PM and Sat. from O1AM to 11AM)

All Out For The Governor Stone

The WINGS students & coordinator pose with Governor
Stone's captain before departure

On Wednesday, 1 December,
Lannette Griffin of the HRS/Ju-
venile Justice Program and Chaz
Mikell, Coordinator for the.
Franklin County WINGS Project
joined forces and enjoyed a sail-
ing trip on the Governor Stone
with a half dozen young sailing
All who were aboard enjoyed a
wonderful day on the beautiful
blue waters of the Apalachlcola
Bay aboard the ancient schooner.
Though the day was overcast,
windy and cold, there were few
complaints by participants who
were kept busy as able seamen

and learned the principles of sail-
ing, navigation and piloting from
the ship's captain and mates.
Coordinator Mikell hopes there
will be many more field trips in,,
the future. All Franklin County
youths between the ages of ten
and seventeen are urged to par-
ticipate. For more information of
upcoming events, contact Chaz
Mikell at the Holy Family Center:
653-2784, Gloria Rounsaville at
the Eastpoint Branch Library:
670-8151 or Bruce Ward at the
Carrabelle Branch Library: 697-

Michele Belson works with
Terri Chambers

The Franklin County Public
Library WINGS Program were
visited by local weaver,
Michele Belson, on 7 Decem-
ber. Ms. Belson taught a
weaving class to nearly one
dozen enthusiastic students
at the Eastpoint Branch Li-
brary. Ms. Belson focused on
Sthe art of card weaving.

After two and one-half years of
work in field of literacy, Carolyn.
looks back with great pleasure
and insight. "I've enjoyed the work:
I've done. I know it's helped me to
grow and understand not only the
people that I've worked with, but
myself as well. The work takes a
lot out of you. It takes as much
out of you as you put into it."
FCARP Coordinator Jane Cox
noted the excellent service of her
veteran literacy worker: "No three
people can replace her. We
FCARP] all wish her the best of
luck and a good rest as she goes
on the road. And I formally issue
a warning to all truckers on the
U. S. Highways, because Little
Foot is on her wayl"

The Franklin County Adult Read-
ing Program (F-CARP) Is sponsor-
ing a free Family Story and Craft
program for preschool children
and their parents at the Holy
Family Center in Apalachicola.
The program is part of F-CARP's
Rural Read At Home
Intergenerational Reading compo-
nent that seeks to improve the lit-
eracy skills of children and their
"I'm encouraging parents to bring
their pre school children to the
Franklin County Public Library

Program Center located in the
Holy Family Center at 7th Street
and Avenue K in Apalachicola,"
said Alma Pugh, a VISTA (Volun-
teer In Service To America) as-
signed to F-CARP. "I want to in-
troduce these youngest learners
and their families to the joy of
Pugh said she would welcome the
first ten children who arrive at the
center. The program will be held
on Tuesday and Thursdays be-
tween 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
each week except on holidays.
Caregivers may call Pugh at her
office (653-2784) or after 3:00
p.m. at her home (653-8749) for
more information. Pugh said the

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program is designed for children
three through five years old, Ac-
tivities will include song and story
time, arts and crafts, outdoor
games and exercises, educational
videos and computer training for
Pugh explained that the coopera-
tion and participation of parents
and other interested people are
very much needed for this en-
deavor to succeed. "I'm also ask-
ing that residents of Franklin
county and especially those living
in Apalachicola donate educa-
tional and recreational materials
for the use of the children." She
also welcomed the contribution of
toys, children's books, appropri-
ate video tapes, arts and craft
supplies and snack refreshments
such as juice and cookies.
Started on 1 December 1994, the
program is held in one of the
former classrooms at the Holy
Family Center. The Franklin
County Public Library leased the
space in mid October to house the
WINGS after school program for
teens and F-CARP's Apalachlcola

To my Favorite B/B.
Love You and
from "Ihe LjJer3BT "

SA Merry Christmas to all of our
/ "kids andgrandkids", Love,
Carolyn and Jim
f (Sparky) SPARKS

WINGS Program Visits the
Recycling Center
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Waste I
1 Decei
cling at
, cycling
Van Jol
and she
tics an<
items, t
th'e rec
I boxes s
bags or

Van Johnson illustrates a recyclable item
n students from the ing supplies) in them. Johnson.
.hicola and Eastpoint also showed the students how the
SProgram visited Solid cardboard compactor operated.
Director Van Johnson on He stressed that recyclable goods
mber to learn about recy- can turn into valuable revenue for
the Franklin County Re- the county. Aluminum, he stated,
Center. was sold for thirty five cents per
pound. Mr. Johnson pointed out
hnson gave a presentation that one large bale of aluminum
owed the students what to was worth nearly one thousand
and what to leave out of dollars.
n County's recycling bins.
n told students that when Following the presentation,
put non-compatible plas- Apalachicola WINGS Coordinator
i glass in with recyclable Chaz Mikell said, "This is just a
here is a good chance that good learning experience...and
yclable items will be de- not just for the kids." Van
1. Mr. Johnson warned Johnson concurred, "I hope that
t trying to recycle when the kids go home, they'll
am, cellophane, cardboard know what to recycle...and not
sealed with wax, plastic contaminate my recyclable
containers that have held goods."
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on the Apalachicola

The beginnings of Fort Gadsden

By Wayne Childers

On May 25th, 1804, the Creek Indians ceded certain lands on the
Apalachicola River to Panton, Leslie and Company. These later were
incorporated into what we now know as the Forbes' Grant given the
same company by the King of Spain. A short while later that year, the
Company set up a store on the river near Achackweithele, which was
later known as Buena Vista by the Spaniards, Prospect Bluff by the
English and today as Fort Gadsden.
By 1808, the Company had set up a storehouse near there along with
slave cabins, a granary, a skin warehouse, a dwelling house for the
trader and thirty acres of cleared land. In another place it also had
fields, a cowpen and 1200 head of cattle.
The Indians continued to pile up bad debts, primarily because of the
way trade was done and in 1811, had to give up even more land to
company for their debts. However, things remained fairly peaceful
between the Company and the Indians and trade continued until the
war of 1812, when the locals began killing its cows and the'Company
had to hire rangers to protect them.
There were however, rumblings on the horizon that would eventually
lead to war. The Americans were encroaching on the lands of the
Upper Creeks in Georgia. Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warchief,
visited them and found them receptive to his message to expel the
Americans from Indian lands.
When the war of 1812 broke out, things became worse. The Creeks
split into two factions, the Red Sticks or traditionalists who wished to
retain all their Indian ways and customs and the liberals, who were
mostly halfbreeds and their white relatives. The former still lived in
traditional villages while the latter had moved out and away from the
villages and were mainly small farmers and were for assimilation into
American society.
The Governor of Pensacola was alarmed at American incursions into
West Florida, their seizure of the outpost of Walnut Hills (Memphis
Tennessee), the Florida Parishes in Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and
on April 15, 1813, Mobile, Alabama and their continuous incursions
into the rest of West Florida. He invited the chiefs, Peter McQueen
and Thomas Perryman to Pensacola. After a long argument, he gave
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cans. On their way home, they were ambushed on July'27, 1813 by a
small force of Mississippi militia under a Colonel Coller at Burnt Corn
Creek. The Indians won.
The Liberals became aware of this Red Stick victory and about 500 of
them forted up in a blockhouse known as Fort Mims. On August,
30th, they were surprised and most of those who were there, were
The United States entered this Creek civil war on the side of the Lib-
erals and at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the Red Sticks under the
leadership of William Weatherford, a Creek of one-eighth Indian Blood,
were defeated. Weatherford it is said, Jumped his white horse off the
bluff into the river rather than be taken. Mrs. James Lamar Faison,
his great-great-granddaughter now lives in Port St. Joe.
After the battle, the Liberals signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson with
the Americans in which certain of the halfbreeds received large grants
of land in return for giving away the Red Sticks' lands in Georgia.
Some of their descendants may also be found living in the Franklin-
Gulf County area.
The Red Sticks were justifiably angry at this treaty giving away their
lands by a treaty from which they had been excluded from taking
part. They apparently wrote the King of England asking for aid and
told Benjamin Hawkins, the American Indian agent that since they
had been driven from their homes and with their backs now to the
sea, they would fight until the King of England told them to make
peace. They had by this time apparently gathered around the
Company's store and at the villages on the Apalachicola and along
the Escambia River which were all in Spanish territory.
British help was not long in arriving. With the war against Napoleon
and the French now won, they had vast military resources at their
command. Admiral John B. Cochrane, commanding the American
station, sent an expeditionary force to help the Red Sticks.
Captain Hugh Pigot, commanding the frigate Orpheus arrived at
Apalachicola Bay on May 11, 1814, bringing blankets, presents and
2,000 muskets and ammunition. His job was to feel out the Indians
and see what kind of stomach they had for continuing the war.
Brevet Captain George Woodbine, Royal Marines, was sent to contact
the Indians and act as the southern British Indian agent. On May
20th, a number of the chiefs came on board and negotiations were
begun. The next day, two marines, Sergeant Samuel Smith and Cor-
poral James Denny were set ashore to begin drilling the Indians in
the use of firearms and the construction of a blockhouse was begun
and quickly finished on St. Vincent's Island. The stores were landed
there and some were distributed to the Indians.
On May 25th, Captain Woodbine rowed upriver to Achackwelthele,
which he called Prospect Bluff, and established a commissary about
a half a mile to a mile south from where Edmund Doyle was running
the Panton, Leslie Store. The only incident he suffered, was a light-
ning storm the next night which blew up one of the largest powder
casks and apparently propelled one of the Indians into the river since
he was only severely scorched.
He then assembled the Indians and began to conclude the negotia-
tions with them. There were three main groups. The Seminoles under
Thomas Perryman, the Miccasukis under Cappachamico and the Black
Seminoles under Garzon, who was probably secondary to Perryman
who was apparently chief of all the Seminoles at this time. The Black
Seminoles at that time, had apparently been settling in villages along
the river since 1750 and were keenly aware of their fate should the
Americans defeat the Indians.
Some Choctaws showed up and said that if the British would aid
them, they too, would join up. This was a surprise since they had
earlier refused Tecumseh's offer of an alliance against the Americans.
On May 28th, at the end of the negotiations, Woodbine made the
following speech to the Indians:
"Your Father, King George, sends me amoig you to bring arms and
ammunition to defend yourselves, though, Your Father got only
one letter from you and then gave you the answer. Hear! Your Fa-
ther told me to tell you that he had never forgotten his good Chil-
dren, the Creeks but that many enemies had tried for some years
to destroy Your Father but the Great Spirit had stood him friend,
and had made him so strong that he had beat them all. Your Father
told me to tell you that he was sorry to hear that those evil ones,
then the Americans come Robbing his children, the Creeks of their
lands and are driving them, their women and children into the woods
like Tigers. Your Father wishes you to talk the straight talk with his
children about your desirings (sic). Your Father wishes to know
what things you want to make you all happy. If you tell me, I will
write to His great Admiral and Warrior (Admiral Cochrane) who so
will send them. Your Father told me to tell you that he wants to
provide to the Indians and to make them into one family that they
may unite and drive the Children of the Bad Spirit and Americans
e:b.snamoa r" am

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At Prospect Bluff, site of Fort Gadsden, but in modern times. This view looks
out on the Apalachicola River. Wayne Childers, in writing a series of three
articles to be published in the Franklin Chronicle, has drawn from primary
source documentation including Spanish language collections worldwide,
the Andrew Jackson papers, and a number of secondary sources in the
historical literature. The relevant Jackson papers only became available
to scholars last summer (1994). The series will be continued in the January
and February issues.

St. Geo Utility

Rates Rise On

Next Bill

Most St. George Island Utility cus-
tomers have received their notices
about the coming rate increases
for water service, effective "on the
next bill." The Public Service Com-
mission (PSC) approved the rate
increases in their Order PSC 94-
1383-FOF-WU issued 14 Novem-
ber 1994 following the initial ap-
plication last January 1994. The
charge per 1000 gallons rises from
$1.67 to $2.03. Thus a typical
home with a meter size of 58" x
3/4" and 3000 gallons usage per
month would cost about $27.58.
Proposed Revocation
of St. Geo. Utility
Certificate to be Closed
At one time, in early 1992, the
staff on the Public Service Com-
mission recommended that the
certificate 302-W held by the St.
George Utility Co., Ltd. be re-
voked. Now the staff recommends
to the PSC that the docket No.
920782 calling for revocation
hearings be closed. The matter
will be taken up at the
Commission's conference agenda,
scheduled to begin at 9:30 A. M.
in Room 106 of the Fletcher Build-
ing, Tallahassee. Interested mem-
bers of the public may participate
in the conference.

out of their lands and hunting grounds. Your Father told me that
he wants some Americans alive, women and children and if you
will take them all prisoner instead of killing them, he would send
you good firearms every year and plenty of powder and ball to hunt
with. You must bring them all to me, his Captain and [illegible] so
the Admiral and great Warrior who will then write the King, Your
Father, all positive talk about you..."
At the end of this speech, the Indians agreed to his demands and
signed the most amazing document:
"In the name of all the chiefs of the Creek Nations now assembled
against the Americans, we promise to save the lives of all prisoners
taken, be them man, woman or child and to give them all to Cap-
tain Woodbine of the Royal Marines who here informed us they
would be a grateful present to Our Father, King George.
For all the chiefs, we sign by their desire.
Thomas [T P (his mark)] Perryman, King of the Seminoles
Cappachamico [(appears to be two letters in the Cherokee alpha-
bet) his mark], King of the Mukusukis (sic)."
The strange thing about this document, was that the custom of these
Indians from time immemorial was to consider each death as a blood
feud and to take one life from their enemies for each life they lost to
them. Now they were saying that they would no longer do as they had
always done in burning their enemies alive, torturing them to death
or simply killing them to even out the score but would now turn them
over to the British.
Woodbine in a letter to Pigot, stated his opinion that with one regi-
ment of Royal Marines to encourage the Indians, that they could raise
a force of 8 to 10 thousand and so divert the Americans. His opinion
was that they were all the finest of fighting men and needed only a
little discipline to make superb troops.
With this positive response on the part of the Indians, Captain Pigot
left Woodbine with Smith and Denny along with some 40 pistols, some
drums, a launch, barrels of corned gunpowder and other supplies
and gifts for the Indians. The Orpheus sailed off apparently leaving
the three on St. Vincent's Island to transfer the goods and continue
to establish a commissary upriver at Prospect Bluff as well as to con-
tinue to attract the Indians to the British side and to drill them in the
British way of war.
In the next part of this serial, Pigot returns with troops, supplies and
heavy cannons and the work begins on the fort.

John Sugden. "The Southern Indians in the War of 1812". The
Florida Historical Quarterly (FHQ). January 1982.
Mark Boyd. "Events at Prospect Bluff, 1808-1818" FHQ. January
1937. William Coker and Thomas Watson. Indian Traders of
the Southeastern Spanish Borderlands. University Presses of
Florida. 1986.
The Cochrane Papers. Manuscript 2328. The National Library of
Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Stephen Poe. "Archaeological Excavations at Fort Gadsden,
Florida". Notes In Anthropology, Volume 8, 1963.
Nathaniel Knowles. "The Torture of Captives by the Indians of
Eastern North America" Proceedings of theAmerican Philosophi-
cal Society. Volume 82, 1940.
William S. Coker and Jerrel H. Shofner. Florida from the Begin-
ning to 1992. Pioneer Publications, 1991.
Interviews with Thomas M. Byrd, Mrs Harry Parrish, Mrs James
L. Faison, Theo Bishop and others.

Net Ban continued from page 11
readjustment services (see attached service plan). The specific services to be
provided to affected individuals include: job search training, counseling, re-
training, job development andjob placement.
The JTPA Private Industry Councils and Florida Jobs and Benefits Offices will
,be the primary service providers of reemployment services- for the affected
dislocated workers.
Recommendations for Compensation approaches have been discussed by task
force members. These recommendations will focus on both compensation for
wage loss and compensation for the economic loss of marine equipment.
Most of the commercial fishers do not have the temporary wage loss protec-
tion that covers most wage earers under State unemployment compensation
law. The temporary replacement of lost wages provides subsistence to dis-
placed workers while they transition to other gainful employment. The task
force has discussed a state funded wage loss replacement program for com-
mercial fishers that closely parallels the regular unemployment compensa-
tion program. The task force also has discussed eligibility criteria and pay-
ment methodology options.
Some of the equipment used by the marine fishers is specialized to the degree
that the equipment will be of no or limited economic use aner the ban takes
effect. The legislature has signaled its interest in researching options for the
buy back of this obsolete equipment. The buy-back of the affected marine
fishing equipment is fraught with difficulty. The value of the boats, and motors
and other equipment is not easy to determine, nor may we easily determine
the degree to which the equipment may be still utilized. The task force has
discussed limiting the buy-back of equipment to the banned nets since they
will have little economic value aner July 1, 1995.
Major Issues To Be Addressed
1) Determine the total number of individuals by area who will be impacted
and the total number who will need reemployment service; (2)
Determine the amount of EDWAA funds that are needed to retrain dislo-
cated individuals. Decided whetherthe state will need to apply to USDOL
for National Reserve Funds to complement regular EDWAA funds;
3) Determine the places for conducting the community information meet-
4) Determine the level of income replacement;
5) Determine the amount of weekly benefits and the maximum payment
amount; and is
6) Determine the basis for the buy-back of equipment.
Division of Labor, Employment and Training
Bureau of Job Training
1320 Executive Center Drive
Suite 200, Atkins Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0067
Telephone: (904) 488-9250
Fax: (904) 488-0249

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10. Use parents as a field trip helpers and observers.
11. Make progress charts-one at school for the teacher and one at home for
the child and parent.
12. Set goals for each child and send home notes that parents must sign and
13. Have children prepare a luncheon for parents, teachers and themselves.
Serd a handwritten invitation.
14. Start "Saturday Clubs" to provide enrichment programs. film showings,
family recreational activities, etc. at the school.
15. Set up projects where children bring things from home.
16. Make it possible for teachers to make home visits at least
17. Set up parent conference days during the school year for parents to come
to school to discuss programs with their child's teacher.
18.; Have students interview their parents about how life has improved since
their childhood.
19. Recruit parents to spend an hour or two each week helping in their child's
20. Establish a classroom speakers' bureau with parents or relatives of chil-
dren sharing their experiences, hobbies. Job information, etc..
21. Have students conduct a survey of parents to evaluate the school and
collect ideas for improvement. Distribute the survey results to all parents.
22. Use parent volunteers as tutors for students having difficulty.
23. Ask parents to assist in special clinics, the library or counseling area.
24. Set up high school parent advisory councils to assist in curricular and
instructional changes and to aid in establishing goals and objectives in each
25. Establish a homework hotline for parents to check on nightly assign-
26. Hold high school department seminars for parents to help them help their
children gain the most out of particular course offerings.
27. Establish regular visitation days for observation of classes and a chance
for parents to offer constructive suggestions.
28. In each month's newsletter, publish the names and phone numbers of
some parents who are willing to talk to other parents about any kind of inter-
est or concern.
29. Advise parents of the teacher's conference periods or other best times to
reach the teacher.
30. Assign homework that requires parental input and participation.
31. Encourage teachers to become more visible in the community.
32. Advertise one evening a week when parents or students can telephone the
principal to ask questions or discuss problems.
33. Help parents who are non-readers to prepare their children to learn to
34. Encourage parents to praise their child's successes.
35. Occasionally ask the parent to call the child rather than have the teacher
contact the parents.
36. Set up an idea exchange in the school newsletter. Ask parents to send in
ideas. Then, in a later issue of the paper. publish the ideas and how they were
37. Take note of the fact that more fathers are participating in the PTA. Be
sure to include fathers in all school communications.
38. Involve parents in discussions about middle school while their children
are still in elementary school. Do the same for middle school parents before
senior high.
39. Set up a plan for principals to make "house calls."
40. Establish a Family-School Cooperation Committee. Exchange reports with
other schools.
41. Urge teacher training institutions to place more importance on family-
school cooperation in their teacher education programs.
42. Conduct surveys and provide parents with research on such things as
average hours of sleep per night by grade. Average hours devoted to home-
work. television viewing, etc.
43. Have parents contact colleges with suggestions for potential teachers.
44. Link up parents of expelled or suspended student with parents who have
successfully dealt with similar problems.
45. Invite parents of a child having difficulties to meet with staff to explore
ways to help and to utilize preventive techniques.

46. Seek out parents who never participate. Sometimes this parent feels in
adequate or timid and simply needs to be encouraged or needed.
47. Hold workshops for staff on communication skills with special focus on
48. Be sure that teachers are represented and recognized at PTA or other
parent group meetings.
49. Make an effort to improve the telephone answering techniques of everyone
in the school office.
50. Use this list of 50 ideas as a discussion guide to develop 50 more ideas for
increasing home-school cooperation. .
Source: Columbus Public Schools
Excerpted from Year of the Family in Education...Our Children
Wisconsin Cares with permission from the Wisconsin Department
of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, Madison,
WI 53707

Nursing Home Celebrates

Holiday Open House

Visitors dine on a tomato, brocolli and
cucumber Christmas Tree

Apalachicola Health Care Center,
a subsidiary of Senior Care Prop-
erties, celebrated the holiday sea-
son with open house festivities on.
Friday, 9 December 1994 at the
facility. The facility was decorated
with many colorful ferns and
poinsettias courtesy of Kay and
Wayne Holmes, owners of the
Flower Patch, a local florist. Resi-
dent room doors had been deco-
rated by staff with a Christmas
theme during a recent contest.
Contest Judges declared Debra
Speros, Activity Assistant as the
winner with the most attractive
room door.
Prior to the open house, on Tues-
day, Laura Rogers, facility social"
worker appeared at the city coun-
cil meeting to formally invite the
mayor and council members to
the event. Invitations were also
sent to family members, local
businessmen and clergy. The
walk-in open house, which began
at 4 P. offered finger foods, and
an opportunity for the community
to visit the residents, see the fa-
cility Christmas decorations arid
meet the new facility administra-
tor, Joyce Denham, NHA. Ap,
proximately 40 people attended
the open house and speech pre-

Among local dignitaries present
were Franklin county commis-
sioner, Edward Toliver and
Dr. Photis Nichols. Guests as far
away as Panama City drove up to
attend the event. After the open
house, the facility social worker,
Laura Rogers introduced the new
administrator, Ms. Joyce Denham
who spoke to the assembled
group and praised Apalachicola
for being so warm and hospitable
to her in her first weeks as facil-
ity administrator.
Ms. Rogers then presented
infomatlonal talk about "The
Psycho-Social Effects of Nursing
Home Placement on Families and
Residents. Ms. Rogers presented
many facts about the aging pro-
cess and then involved those
present in a written exercise de-
signed to give the audience some
Idea of what is like to face aging
and fears about nursing home
placement The presentation was
well-received and guests were told
that this type of program will be a
frequent occurrence at the health
care center. The guests then had
an opportunity to visit with resi-
dents and look. Over books avail-
able in the back of the activity
room on care-giving and the nurs-
ing home placement process.

Lanark Village continued from page 2

know." When Bailey didn't reply,
Sparks loudly demanded, "An-
swer my question! Why wouldn't
you send them a bill?" Bailey at-
tempted to answer, saying the dis-
trict was trying to get everybody
hooked up, but Sparks inter-
rupted, "Oh nol You weren't try-
ing to get everybody hooked up!"
Sparks said 4 or 5 people had
been "crying out here for five
months," and Bailey "wouldn't
touch 'em."
Bailey masterfully steered the dis-
cussion back to the State of Criti-
cal Concern, but then said it
didn't make any difference now
because the district is no longer
in the Critical Concern state. But
Burwell Harris said, "If I was
forced to hook up, these people
should be forced to hook up, too.
In other words, you put a line and
you put a bid out there for these
people to hook up; and if they will
not let you hook it up, why should
I have let you come on my prop-
erty, destroy my...septic tank and
put a vacuum pit in there? And
then you turn around and charge
me $750? Carl, that's wrong.
That's wrong. Everybody should
be treated fair." The man felt that
"every man up and down that
highway should have to pay one-
dollar or $750. It's Just that
simple" He accused Bailey of let-
tin three people "sit down there
an not pay a nickel." Bailey said
he had received a "threatening
letter from one of them." Smiley
said he has copies of the threat-
ening letter.
Jeanette Pedder told Bailey that
the State of Critical Concern "has
nothing to do with it. Section 153

is what you work under, and that
says you will impose hook-ups on
everyone in the district; and you
know that Critical Concern has
nothing to do with it, and being
de-regulated didn't change 153
one word." Bailey agreed with

Sparks then advised everyone
that since he wouldn't be in town
for the December meeting, what-
ever was going to be done "needs
to be done now." Pedder read off
the names of four residents who
have not yet been hooked up, one
of whom is said to have been liv-
ing there for a year. "Commission-
ers have the responsibility to hook
up everybody in the district, and
you have not hooked those four
people up." Pedder told Bailey she
had been asking him for a year to
hook the people up; "and you keep
giving me flimsy excuses or no
excuse" Pedder asked Bailey why
he was hooking up new houses
and ignoring those four houses.
She reminded him again that he
is "required by the law under
which you operate to hook them

Treasurer's Report
A refreshing moment came as
Sparks prepared to read the fi-
nancial report, which had some-
how been skipped. Sparks Joked
that maybe he might not read it,
"Maybe I'd rather wait three or
four months; or five; or a year."
Property owners responded with
laughter. Actual revenue received
in October was $17,605, with
$18,653 budgeted; Actual Ex-
penses were $16,549, with
$18,653 budgeted.


Providing Comprehensive Health Care for Infants, Children, and Young Adults

Dr. Elizabeth Curry

Dr. Lawrence King
Dr. Elizabeth Jones


Alligator Point; Cute 2BR, 1 Bath;

furnished including all utensils, washer

& dryer; large deck & screened porch

with great bay view. $500.00/month.

Call 349-2127 after 6 p.m.

to Ralph Muench
from the
McGuire and
McCoy Family

to Connie from Pam

County Commissioner Ed Tolliver poses with nursing home
staff at the nursing home

Church Christmas Events

15 children from Apalachicola
First Baptist Church proved that
they understood the real mean-
ing of Christmas recently as they
visited local nursing home resi-
dents. The children from 4th and
5th grades at the Baptist church
school visited Apalachicola Health
Care Center residents on Tues-
day, 13 December and gave them
fruit, hugs, and kisses, sang them
carols, and presented them with
home-made cards. "We want to
teach them to learn to give instead
of to get," says Ms. Holly Lemons,
a teacher's aide and church sec-
retary for First Baptist. The
church also recently hosted the
monthly meeting of the
"keenagers, who are an ecumeni-
cal organization for adults over 50
with a "keen" outlook on life. The
Keenagers meet for fellowship and
fun at the church. This year the
church school's children plan to
make ornaments and cards to ex-
change as gifts. The first Baptist
regular service will be at 11:00 on
Christmas morning with no
evening service. On 18 December
the church will present a can-
tata-The Glory of the Lord-per-
formed by the adult and children's
choir. This will take place at 7 P. M.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church will
have a 5 p. M. vigil mass on Christ-
mas Eve and a 12:00 A. M, Christ-
mas mass. These are open to the
public. The 10:00 Christmas Day
Mass is also open to the commu-
nity. The Apalachicola Church of
God encourages the public to
come by and see its Christmas

tree which the children have deco-
rated with more than 50 home-
made angels. There will also be a
Christmas Praise Choir which will
be singing such spirituals as "Go
tell it on the mountain." The chil-
dren also recently decorated their
Sunday school rooms with Christ-
mas themes.
The Church of God in Eastpoint
on Sunday, 18 December will
present a cantata entitled Christ-
mas People at 6 p. M. and then
again on Tuesday, 20 December
at 7 P. M.
The First Baptist Church of St.
George Island will be taking part
in a live nativity scene in conjunc-
tion with St. George Island First
United Methodist Church. On
18 December 1st United Method-
ist Church, Apalachicola will
present singer Sharon Philyan
who will sing "O Holy Night" at the
11:00 service. These and many
other offerings look to make the
holiday season both festive and
meaningful for all of Franklin
WATCH-NIGHT, which begins at
10 P. M. at First Baptist. On 2 Feb-
ruary 1995, at 7 P. M., the
Blackwood Brothers will sing at
First Baptist.
The Lanark Village Community
Church will present a Christmas
Cantata on 18 December at 6 p. M.
at the Carrabelle First Methodist
Church. The choirs of both
churches will unite for the spe-
cial service, under the direction

By Carol Ann Hawkins
and Laura Rogers
of Jim Phillips. The Christmas
Cantata will be presented a sec-
ond time on 24 December at
6 p. m. as part of the Christmas
Eve Candlelight Service at the
Community Church in Lanark.
Carrabelle Episcopal Church of
the Ascension will have Holy Eu-
charist Services on Christmas Eve
at 5 P. M. No services are sched-
uled for Christmas Day.
Carrabelle Congregational Holi-
ness Church will have regular
Worship Services on Christmas
Day. On Wednesday, 28 Decem-
ber, Holy Communion Services
will be held at 7:30 P. M.
Carrabelle Fellowship Baptist
Church will have regular Worship
Services on Christmas Day.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Lanark Village, will have Holy
Mass on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day. Christmas Eve
services will be at 4PM.
Regular services will be held
Christmas Day by Brother David
Teems at Carrabelle First Baptist
Church. No services are sched-
uled for Christmas Night. On New
Years Eve, the Young
International, a trio consisting of
an eight-year old Russian boy and
his two sisters, ages 10 and 12,
Carrabelle First Methodist
Church will have regular Worship
Services on Christmas Day. Regu-
lar Sunday Morting Worship Ser-

Wise people still follow
The Star of Faith.
From the Holy Family

vices, by Brother David Teems,
will be held at Carrabelle First
Baptist Church on Christmas
Morning, but no services are
scheduled for Christmas Night.
Watch-Night Services will be held
at First Baptist on New Year's
Eve, beginning at 10 p. M. The
Young Internationals, a trio which
consists of an eight-year old Rus-
sian boy and his two sisters, ages
10 and 12, will sing and give tes-
timony, as will their parents,
whose Christian beliefs landed
them in a Russian jail.
Regular Worship Services will be
held Christmas Day at The
Lanark Village Community
Church by Dr. Richard Plant of
Tallahassee, minister for the day.
No services are scheduled on
Christmas Day at the Carrabelle
Church of God.




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