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The Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

Volume 6, Number 10 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER May 16 29, 1997
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Disputes Franklin County Claims for Taxes

Provident Medical

Corporation Meets With


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Apalachicola ,
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This is the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flnt River
system which feeds into
Apalachicola Bay. The
allocation formulas which
will eventually be used to
divide up the fresh water
serving various interests in
Alabama, Georgia and
Florida will be developed
over the next year and a half.
These will be administered
in a Compact involving the
three states and a Com-
mission that will have rule-
making authority to enforce
its decisions on allocation
matters. Apalachicola Bay
has the dubious distinction
of being at the tail end of
this fresh water supply, thus
imposing great importance
upon the mechanism and
formulas for allocation of
fresh water that will impact
directly upon the local
seafood industry.

On May 5, 1997, Provident Medi-
cal Corporation (PMC) and Provi-
dent Medical Corporation of
Apalachicola (PMCA) met with
creditors to discuss their claims
in the corporations' voluntary fil-
ing for bankruptcy. The meeting
was conducted by U.S. Trustee
Jim Bennett. Franklin County
.was represented by the Mark
Freund; the Provident Medical
Corporations were represented by
Brian Newman of Mowrey and
Newman (Tallahassee).
This meeting is the first of sev-
eral in getting a bankruptcy ac-
tion organized. Some confusion
existed among the parties con-
cerning the two Corporate entities
involved: Provident Medical Cor-
poration, a holding company of
Provident Medical Corporation of
Apalachicola, the former operator
of Emerald Coast Hospital. Vari-
ous schedules were reviewed first
by the U. S. Trustee (Jim Bennett)
and then creditors had the oppor-
tunity to raise questions to the
owner, Mr. Hubert E. Steeley,
President. The parties were as-
sembled around a table with other
creditors, including former em-
ployees of Emerald Coast Hospi-
tals, sitting in a series of chairs
in several rows directly behind the
meeting table. Mr. Steeley sat with
his attorney, tapped his feet for
several minutes, and spoke very
softly. His testimony was sworn.
Why the duel corporations? asked
the Chronicle of Mr. Steeley. "It
seemed a good idea at the time,"
he responded.
The U. S. Trustee Bennett con-
tinued down the lists in the offi-
cial files of the Bankruptcy Court,
asking questions about the na-
ture of many claims. Mr. Steeley
responded to each inquiry. With
regard to the holding company,
PMC's sole asset is PMCA. Steeley
explained that the reason for fil-
ing for bankruptcy was the judg-
ment Franklin County obtained
against the corporation for back
taxes and rents. PMC had no
other assets, At this time, Steeley

Apalachicola Bay Freshwater Directly Involved

Stakeholders Group to Develop
and Discuss Allocation Formula
for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-

Flint River System

On May 27, 1997, the Florida Stakeholders group will meet at North-
west Water Management Headquarters on highway 90 west to start
to develop the formula for dividing the waters of the Tri-River system.
This formula will evolve from stakeholders groups in Florida, Ala-
bama and Georgia and representative agencies from the Federal Gov-
ernment, including the U. S. Army Corps. of Engineers and become
the ultimate authority for sharing the watershed among the three
By the close of the Florida Legislative session, all legislative houses of
Alabama, Florida and Georgia had approved the legislation creating
the river compact, establishing in the law the Tri-River agency for
dividing the waters. Now, the U. S. Congress must pass on the com-
pact proposal. Out of this there will be an Authority which will apply
the allocation formula eventually.
Steve Leitman, at the last Florida Stakeholders meeting at the North-
west Florida Water Management District headquarters near Havana,
FL (April 22, 1997) urged all stakeholders to do morethfan react to
proposals from the Water Management District. Group members need
to be actively involved in defining the criteria involved in the alloca-
tion formula proposals.
The May 27, 1997 meeting will being work on the important alloca-
tion formula criteria, and a discussion of the federal role in defining
that formula for use in later years.
The group has also been working on simulations involving predicted
water flow. A number of specific observations based on flows have
resulted. For example, in comparing water flows between Blountstown
and Sumatra, there are significant differences between the two sites
which warrant further investigation.
This and many other simulations will have direct impact on the amount
of fresh water coming into Apalachicola Bay in a complex web of
For additional information, please call the water management dis-
trict headquarters, 904-539-5999.

indicated that the claim of the
County was disputed; In part, the
testimony went as follows.
J. Bennett: What is the nature
of the claim that Franklin
County has? You list this as
H. Steeley: That's judgment
for property taxes... past due
property taxes.
J. Bennett: What is disputed
about the claim?
H. Steeley: Well, we don't
think we owe it. It is a claim
against Franklin County.
Somehow they've managed to
make a claim against them-
selves and try to shift it over
to (us)... The legality of that, I
don't understand. We contest
Steeley reintereated that the claim
was disputed in the total amount.
Provident took the appeal from a
decision by Judge Gary of the sec-
ond circuit court, which held that
the County was owed back taxes,
to the First District Court of Ap-
peals (Tallahassee). But, the vol-
untary Bankruptcy filed in mid-
March 1997 stopped all litigation
by the debtor in that process. The
action is stayed until the bank-
ruptcy is resolved.
Mark Freund interrogated Mr.
Steeley for the next 30 minutes.
He asked why there had not been
any income for the holding com-
pany, PMC for the last 2 years
(1995 and 1996). The initial bank-
ruptcy filing did not contain tax
returns for those years and the
U. S. Trustee instructed Steeley
to file those papers soon. Mr.
Freund asked further about the
holding company, PMC and its
lack of assets. "What is the pro-
posed plan of reorganization?" he
asked. None has been filed.
Freund: So your sole dispute with
Franklin County turns on
whether or not Franklin County
is entitled to impose an ad
valorum tax upon a leasehold
Steely: No, it's much more com-
plicated than that.
Freund: I want to understand
what your position is...
Steeley: My position is that they
have not imposed a tax on the
leasehold interest. They have im-
posed a tax upon themselves, and
tried to pass it along to me.... The
County had been sending tax no-
tices to Provident Medical Corpo-
ration for taxes since 1988.
Steeley concluded, 'This has been
disputed and we told them we
didn't owe it since 1988."
Continued from page 3

Writing Assessment

Results Put Franklin

4th, 8th, and 10th

Grades at Bottom of List

Results from the Florida Writes! Test


Judge William Gary

Judge Gary

To Be


in July

lFranklin County's Second Circuit
''o'rt .-Judge William Gary will be
transferred to the Juvenile &
Criminal Division of Gadsden and
Liberty County's Second Circuit
Court in the month of July. Judge
Gary's transfer came after two
years of service in Franklin
"I've enjoyed Franklin County,"
noted Judge Gary, "I've always
enjoyed Franklin County." Since
the judges of the second circuit
seem to rotate to different assign-
ments every two years, Judge
Gary may well be transferred back
to the county in the future. "I cer-
tainly hope to return to Franklin
County," stressed Gary.
In his two years of service to the
county, Judge Gary observed that
juvenile and drug-related offenses
seem to have increased. From his
experience with the county's ju-
venile court proceedings, Judge
Gary offered a simple solution to
curbing the juvenile crime rate.
The county's young adults, he
said, needed to stay in school in
order to secure a future. In addi-
tion, he felt that the job market
needed to be expanded in order
to meet the county's employment
needs. Judge Gary predicted that,
unless the job market was ex-
panded, residents could also ex-
pect an increase in petit crimes.
"I think you're gonna see more
crime here with the limitation of
,jobs," he explained.
"And the drug problem is not wan-
ing," Gary continued, "if anything,
it's growing."
Judge Gary complimented both
the Assistant State Attorney and
Public Defender for their work in
the county. In regard to Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger,
Continued on page 8


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Writing to Explain 2.7 2.1 1.9 2.4 2.5
Writing to Tell a Story 3.1 2.6 2.5 '2.4 2.9
Grade 4 Combined Score 2.9 2.4 2.2 2.5 2.7
(N=153) (N+89) (N=138) (N=65) (N=287)
Grade 4 State Averages Expository (2.5) Narrative (2.8) Combined (2.6)

Writing to Explain 3.2 2.5 3.1 3.4 3.5
Writing to Convince 3.6 2.7 3.2 3.4 3.6
Grade 8 Combined Score 3.4 2.6 3.1 3.4 3.5
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Grade 8 State Averages Expository (3.4) Persuasive (3.3) Combined (3.4)

Writing to Explain 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.7 3.8
Writing to Convince 3.2 3.3 3.2 3.8 3.7
Grade 10 Combined Score 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.7 3.7
(N=120) (N=73)' (N- 136)f N=-173) (N=267)
Grade 10 State Averages Expository (3.7) Persuasive. (3.5) Combined (3.6)
GRADE 10 | |

In the latest Florida Writes! assessments of grades 4, 8, and 10, Fran-
klin County District students performed well below state averages.
For example, combined scores among Franklin County 4th graders
were an average of 2.4. The State combined mean was 2.6. In the
categories of writing an essay to explain or telling a story, Franklin
students were evaluated below state averages.
Another example, combined scores among Franklin County 8th grad-
.ers were an average of 2.6. The State combined mean was 3.4. In
writing an essay to explain or writing to convince, Franklin students'
essays were evaluated well below state averages.
Also, combined scores among Franklin County 10th graders were an
average of 3.2. The State combined mean was 3.6. In writing an essay
to explain or writing to convince, Franklin students' essays were evalu-
ated well below state averages.
Some nearby counties did not perform too well either. Gulf and
Calhoun scores for 10th grades were about the same, or within 0.1 of
a point in the evaluation scheme. Among and Liberty 10th grades in
the Wakulla school district, those students exceeded state averages.
Eighth graders in Franklin performed far worse than the other coun-
ties chosen in the accompanying chart for comparisons. Wakulla
County 8th grade students performed better than most.
In grade four, where acquisition of writing skills is probably deemed
most important in the beginning years, the Franklin scores were be-
low state averages except for narration. But all scores were low, as
were the state averages.

Florida Writing Assessment

Spring 1997
Franklin County Schools

4th Grade 1996 1997
Combined Scores
District Average 2.2 2.4
Brown 2.3 2.5
Carrabelle 2.0 2.5
Chapman 2.3 2.2

8th Grade 1996 1997
Combined Scores
District Average 3.1 2.6

Apalachicola 3.0 2.7
Carrabelle 3.3 2.5

10th Grade
Combined Scores
District Average 2.9 3.2
Apalachicola 2.8 3.3
Carrabelle 2.9 3.1

The Franklin county School District provided the data comparing
writing assessment results for the past two years. Among 4th grad-
ers and 10th graders, the writing results reflect substantial im-
provement, albiet still below the state averages. The results for
8th grade students are much lower in 1997 in contrast to the 1996
test results.

Page 2 16 May 1997 The Franklin Chronicle



Notes from the May 6
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
reported that residents from the
Highland Park area were com-
plaining about people speeding on
South Cypress Street. "It's essen-
tially a dead end street," said
Hamilton. He informed the board
that many children lived in the
area. Hamilton further noted that
speed limit signs had so far been
ineffective in curbing the problem.
"They're requesting speed
bumps," Hamilton noted. He ad-
vised board members that he was
generally opposed to placing
speed bumps in an area due to
the potential liability of damaging
a individual's vehicle or causing
an accident. "However, this is a
different situation," said
Hamilton, "it's not through-traf-
fic. It's essentially a dead end
street. Nobody should be on the
street except the people that live
there." He concluded, "this is the
one place where I would reverse
myself and say that a speed bump
would. be appropriate."
Commissioner Eddie Creamer
said that he frequently received
requests from residents to have
speed bumps placed on their
roads. "Every time I turn around,"
said Creamer, "somebody wants
one. If we start it now, everybody
will want one."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested that the board imple-
ment speed bumps on a "case by
case basis." He stressed,
"something's got to be done on it."
He said that the bump could be
added to the road on a trial ba-
Attorney Al Shuler said that he
could not guarantee that the
speed bump would not create a
liability. "Generally," he said,
"when you go on the recommen-
dation of your engineer, then
you're probably all right."
The board voted 4-1 to implement
the speed bumps on South Cy-
press Street. Commissioner
Creamer voted against the deci-
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
county was expected to receive
approximately $500,000 through
recent legislation for the purpose
of purchasing land for a proposed
*The board appointed Ralph
Dietz, Millard Collins and Kathryn
Kemp to the Lanark Village Build-
ing Permit Review Committee.
*The board appointed Reverend
O.H. Walker to the Gulf Coast
Workforce Development Board.
Rev. Walker will replace Charles
Watson-Clark on the board.
*The board appointed J. Patrick
Howard, who also serves as Ex-
ecutive Director of the Apalachi-
cola Bay Area Chamber of Com-
merce, to the position of vice-
chairperson of the Franklin
County Enterprise Zone Commit-
tee. Mr. Howard will replace
County Planner Alan Pierce in
that capacity. Mr. Pierce informed
the board that he would continue
to serve as coordinator of that
*The board directed County En-
gineer Joe Hamilton and County
Planner Alan Pierce to meet with
Woody Miley of the Research Re-
serve in order to review the pos-
sibility of closing those roads lo-
cated in unit four on St. George
Mr. Miley informed board mem-
bers that the state owned approxi-
mately 86 acres in the area in
question. "There is increased
dumping on that land," said
Miley, "and the residents are com-
plaining more and more." He re-
quested that the board allow him
to close off those roads in which
the state owned the land on both
Mr. Miley said that the roads
would not prohibit all public use.
"All I want to do," he continued,
"is to stop the vehicles from driv-
ing on those roads." The area,
SMiley noted, would still be allowed
for such activities as hiking and
other "foot traffic."
"Right now we've got four-wheel-
ers in there and ATV's that are
tearing it (the road) up...and lots
of trash, especially construction
debris," said Miley. He concluded,
"it's getting to be more and more
of a problem and it's gonna be
harder to clean up."
*Resident Peggy Miller informed
the board that she was experienc-

ing parking problems from out-of-
town residents in concern to her
Eastpoint trucking business. Ms.
Miller noted that her business
was located by a narrow road near
the fire station and the ball park.
"Saturdays is when you have your
out-of-town games and people
come in," explained Miller. She
continued, "About three weeks
ago, we had a situation where
they were having out-of-town
people coming in." Ms. Miller ex-
plained that those residents
parked in front of the gate of her
Ms. Miller voiced concern that
people may be harmed or vehicles
damaged if out-of-town residents
continued to park in those areas.
She explained that truck drivers
could not always maneuver on
such a narrow road when cars
were parked on both sides.
The board directed County Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton and Superin-
tendent of Public Works Prentice
Crum to review the matter and
properly place signs to prohibit
such parking.
*The board agreed to adopt a reso-
lution of appreciation for. all vol-
unteers in Franklin County.
*Greg Brock with the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection presented the county with
a check for $116,837.86 in lieu
of ad valorem tax payments; he
also presented'the school district
with a check for $48,413.06.
"I know we've had some disagree-
ments in the past over some is-
sues," said Brock. He continued,
"I know that we will continue to
have a couple of disagreements. I
don't take responsibility for all of
the department's actions, but I do
want to take responsibility for the
action I want to present today."
Mr. Brock said that the check pre-
sentation would be an annual
event. "It shall happen according
to current law for the next ten
years," he said.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson reported that two of his
employees had nearly completed
the Animal Control Officer Train-
ing Course. He informed board
members that the final training
course was scheduled for May 18.
At Mr. Johnson's request, the
board agreed to allow him to ad-
vertise for one full-time employee
to perform landfill and recycling
duties. The employee will replace
the temporary Animal Control
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed board mem-
bers that the closure of the St. Joe
Paper Mill would leave the local
septic waste hauler without a
place to dispose the county's sep-
tic waste. He stated that the sep-
tic waste hauler provided service
to approximately 70 pe-cent of the
local homes and businesses.
Mr. Johnson informed the board
that the City of Port St. Joe would
accept septic waste from the
county; however, he said that the
city would not accept waste from
grease traps. He stated that the
Springhill Regional Landfill in
Jackson County would accept
such waste from the county as
long as it passed the paint screen
test at their landfill. If such a test
was passed, Johnson informed
the board that the Jackson
County Landfill would accept the
waste at the cost of $72.50 per
The only immediate disposal op-
tion for the waste was the offer
from the Springhill Regional
Landfill. In the future, Johnson
said that arrangements could be
made with the Southern Waste
Services in Panama City. He said
that, if the county placed a 5,000
gallon tanker truck at the Panama
City landfill, they could have the
waste, off-loaded into that vehicle.
The grease, he said, would then
be hauled to the Pensacola Waste
Water Treatment Plant for dis-
posal. "This option is not available
at the time," he noted, "however,
pending modification to the
Pensacola Plant, it will be avail-
able in the very near future."
Resident June Wilson noted that
many types of industries would be
affected due to the closure of the
St. Joe Paper Mill and the inabil-
ity to have septic waste hauled
away. "We're not just talking res-
taurants," she said, "we're talk-
ing nursing homes, we're talking
schools, we're talking hospitals
and grocery stores." She later
added, "every county I have con-
tacted have said this was a county
problem," she said.
Resident Graham Armistead in-
formed the board that the rate
increase was not acceptable to his
business. "I don't want a tempo-
rary fix," he said, "I want a per-
manent fix. And whatever that
takes, that's fine."

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The board requested that Brent
Mabrey with the Franklin County
Public Health Unit meet with Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson on
the matter.
*At the request of the Chuck
Spicer, the board agreed to allow
the Merchant of St. George Island
to use public land on Island for
the purpose of conducting a
fundraiser in October for the vol-
unteer fire department. Mr. Spicer
said that no alcohol would be
served and security would be pro-
vided for the event.
*The board granted permission to
the Corps of Engineers (COE) to
use part of the county's property
between US 98 and Brownsville
Road east of Gulf Colony Subdi-
vision for the purpose o eventu-
ally dredging Two Mile Channel.
"They need approximately 35
acres upland," said Pierce, "and
it appears there is that much land
in the area." He said that the COE
needed permission from the board
to gain entry to the property to
conduct survey work. Pierce said
that it would take approximately
one year to complete environmen-
tal clearance to use the site. He
said work would begin in 30 days.
Mr. Pierce said, however, that
there was no money allocated in
the 1998 budget to have the chan-
nel dredged. "Unless the board
gets our Congressman Alan Boyd
or one of our Senators to put it in
the 1999 budget," he said, "there
still will be no money."
*The board agreed to schedule a
workshop to hear a presentation
by Corps of Engineers on
Apalachee Bay Hurricane Evacu-
ation Study on May 22 at 9:30 in
the county courthouse.
*County Planner Alan Pierce said
that, according to Susan Cook
with the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) program, the
county could not use funds from
its Tropical Storm Alberto grant
to spend on a proposed skate-
board park. Mr. Pierce read from
a letter of correspondence from
Ms. Cook: "Funds from this grant
must be used to address needs
created by Tropical Storm Alberto.
In order to approve this activity,
the county must clearly demon-
strate that this activity addresses
such'a need."
"We didn't lose a skating rink dur-
ing Tropical Storm Alberto," ex-
plained Pierce, "and I just don't
see how this qualifies." He sug-
gested that those interested in
creating such a recreational
project seek funding from the
Small Business Administration.
"There generally aren't grants to
start a business," Pierce noted,
"there are loans and late pay back
programs from the Small Busi-
ness Administration, but grants
to start even a non-profit business
are pretty hard to come by."
Resident Scott Shiver with the
Youth Action Committee said that
his group was still interested in
applying for grants. He questioned
whether the board would desig-
nate land on SR 65 for a skating
rink if grant funding was ob-
tained.,"I don't want to go and
send off for a bunch of grants and
not have a commitment," said
Chairman Raymond Williams
questioned whether a skating rink
would be a viable operation. "Most
of those are in metropolitan ar-
eas," he pointed out. Williams felt
that the location of the proposed
project would create a transpor-
tation problem. He stated that
children from Carrabelle and
Apalachicola would have a diffi-
cult time finding transportation to
the site.
Mr. Shiver said that metropolitan
areas offer many other recre-
ational activities for the youth to
visit. "In our county," he said,
"this will be a main recreational
facility." Shiver said that the
closet type of recreation available
to the county's youth was in
Panama City. "Whatever you
bring in as the recreational activ-
ity for our will be the
only recreational activity avail-
able. Right now we have kids on
the street who are bored and our
county's having a problem with
it." He concluded, "we're trying to
address this."
The board assured Mr. Shiver that
they would work with him to seek
grant funding for the proposed
recreational project.
*The board directed Attorney Al
Shuler to send letters to those in
violation of the county's travel
trailer ordinance.
St. George Island resident Jeff
Vonier informed the board that he
was in violation of the ordinance.
"I'm here to plead ignorance and
throw my scrawny self upon your
swords," he said. Vonier contin-
ued, "I figured that since I owned
the property and the trailer, it was
my right to put it there. I didn't

know that I was living in that type
of society...I have not done any-
thing wrong as far as I'm con-
cerned, because I did not know
of any ordinances against putting
that travel trailer on my lot. There-
fore, I feel no guilt about it what-
Vonier said that his trailer was
being used, but not inhabited on
a permanent basis. Vonier said
that he would move the trailer to
Tallahassee in August. "I've been
over there for 14 years and this is
the first time anyone has ever
complained about my property or
anything.. .and we're getting street
walkers and nosy people minding
somebody else's business," said
Vonier. "If they were as busy as I
was," he said, "they wouldn't have
,time to mind my business."
The board advised Vonier that, if
he disconnected the water and
electricity supply to the trailer, he
would no longer be in violation of
the ordinance.

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The Franklin Chronicle 16 May 1997 Page 3



POA Continues to Grind

Away Against Resort Village
While many of the St. George Plantation Owners (POA) continue to fill the
bank accounts of Tallahassee lawyers, once again attorney Richard Moore
appeared before the Franklin County Commission, attacking the Resort Vil-
lage plans and data. Against this continuing wall of rhetoric. Ben Johnson
brought Mr. Bob Apgar into the fight, and Apgar joined the battle with Moore.
Both have been in complete and utter disagreement as to method or proce-
dure in handling the Resort village matter. Finally, the Board of County Com-
missioners voted unanimously to transmit the proposals to the Dept. of Com-
munity Affairs (DCA) since it was generally known that DCA would return the
measures to the Commissioners with recommendations and comment.
In the meantime, there is also a continuing assumption held forth by the POA
that there is some kind of "united front" arguing forward in behalf of the
environment. In fact, there is considerable disagreement among the member-
ship of the POA about continuing these litigations, yet the Board of Directors
conduct themselves as if there is no opposition. A few weeks back, member
Ben Dooley reported to the County Commissioners that among 50+ POA mem-
bers living in the Atlanta area, barely three persons were in favor of the POA
litigations against the Ben Johnson Resort Village. Moreover, the notion that
the POA is motivated in spending thousands of dollars in lawyer fees for pro-
tecting the environment is not simply a phony rationale. The POA is interested
in one thing and that is to stop the Resort Village-at any cost.
I have been a member of this Association since 1876, back in the days when
Gene Brown controlled most of the votes. Never have I heard at any Board
meeting arguments to"protect the environment." On many occasions, I did
hear degrading statements made by a few POA members about county office-
holders, or caustic criticisms of local government. In the same vein, there
were no speeches devoted to stopping the net-ban or any concern for the
plightof displaced tongers and others in the local seafood industries. The
promotion of "environmentalism" in the context of the Resort Village issues is
ust not a genuine line of argument, but one which conveniently packages the
POA's arguments to simply try to stop Dr. Johnson's Resort
Two new lines of argument reemerged in the discussion of Resort Village on
May 6th-arguments that have not been heard in some time. These involved (1)
the issue of property rights in the context of current zoning and (2) the local
economy. If you asked Richard Moore, POA attorney, Dr. Johnson's property
rights would be circumcised down to little except for single-family residential
construction. Given the fact that conceptually, Dr. Johnson's property was
envisioned for commercial use, there would appear abundant evidence that
something more than single-family residential structures were planned. And,
Mary Lou Short brought yet another map clearly showing that commercial
areas were indeed planned for despite the rhetoric that all of this was "un-
known" at the time some individuals purchased their property. I have person-
ally heard from potential buyers who were briefed about the commercial areas
in Johnson's 57-acre tract, to include one or more high quality hotels....and
so forth...planned for those areas.
This Johnny-come-lately line of propaganda is just pain phony. It belongs in
the John. It is true, as told by the last speaker at the May 6th hearing (Ms.
Pam Amato, who was not speaking as a Director on the POA Board, but she is,
in fact, one of the Directors) many in the Plantation do help enrich the county's
social and cultural life with their voluntary contributions. But, she missed the
point. What is needed is to resume negotiations with Dr. Johnson, enter into
a compromise, and-get through this seemingly endless line of costly litigation.
I conclude that it is the POA Board that's intransigret, stubborn and refusing
to refocus their goal of destroying Resort Village. The level of frustration is
, getting higher, even among the County Commissioners who do not under-
stand why the infighting continues.
And, the continuing litigation is now costing County Government more
money in legal fees to defend or participate in various legal evolutions
involving this controversy as it climbs back and forth into state govern-
ment, the Governor and Cabinet, administrative hearings, etc. This will
contribute to the rising property taxes of all in Franklin County.
Of course, not much is said about that from the Plantation's chief
I am tired of reading annual reports listing $165,000-in legal fees for 1996,
and over $65,000 additional dollars spent on the Resort Village matter half-
way into 1997.
There have been one or two "wins" in this fight by the POA, but the cost in
acrimony is probably the real danger to the integrity of the neighborhoods
within the Plantation. All of this money is being taken out of the County as
well. Yes, many are now getting wiser to the propaganda line from the POA
Board of Directors.
Mary Lou Short also pointed out in her remarks that the Piantation does not
.always practice~twafhit preaches. In revising the drainage systeri the POA did
,consult with the state agencies which have jurisdiction over stormwater man-
agement. Yet, a few are raising all kinds of hell over stormwater in Resort
The old adage still applies: "Believe not what I say, but watch what I do."
Tom W. Hoffer



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A revised creditor list has been
filed'since the initial bankruptcy
filing in mid-March. The revised
list of claims totals
$2,291,680,52. On Schedule E,
creditors holding unsecured pri-.
ority claims (former employees)
were 57 persons with claims for
backwages totaling $77,246.62.
Schedule F contains the names
of unsecured non-priority claims
totaling $ 1,640,620.28.
There are also attendant
workmen's compensation claims,

unemployment and taxes, and
Florida Unemployment Compen-
sation Fund payments.
Among former PMCA employees
are Ken Dykes ($4,230.05) and
Paul Sandhu ($4,108.68), who are
indicated in Schedule F, creditors
holding unsecured nonpriority
claims. Gulf Pines Hospital is also
listed in Schedule F with claims
of $655,677.00. Mr. Steeley indi-
cated to the U.S. Trustee that the
hospital loaned funds to Emerald
Coast through PMCA over the



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Winning DARE Program Essays

Drug Free

By Jessica L. Yorton 1
I think over the last couple of months in D.A.R.E., we've learned what
it means to be drug free. And we know what to do if someone asks us
if we want to try drugs. Being drug free is one of the most important
things in your life. One wrong move and it could cost your life. That's
why being drug fiee is so important. If someone comes up to you and
asks you if you would like to try drugs, you're most likely going to say
"no", but most people don't. And then they get addicted and a few
years later you're putting flowers on their grave. To have a career you
have to have a clean life and in order for that you have to be drug free.
When I grow up I plan to be a lawyer and I know I'm going to achieve
that because I was taught how to say "no" to people who think drugs
are cool. And when I grow older I'm going to teach my kids the impor-
tance of life and what it means. I'm also going to teach my kids what
I learned in D.A.R.E. and how to say "no".
In your life you have two main answers and they are "yes" and "no".
So when someone comes up to you and says "hey, little kid come with
me and you can try this drug and be cool like me", no matter what-
even if he offers you $1,000,000-you say "no.. Tell him to get lost
and that you're drug free and you plan to stay that way.
If someone in your family gets addicted to drugs help them and show
them how to get their life back in focus and show them the meaning
of taking care of themselves. I think this D.A.R.E. Program has helped
Sus in learning how to say "no", and what the importance of living a
good life is and-how to stay drug free. So when someone comes up to
you and asks you if you want to try drugs tell them "no", that you're
drug free and proud to be.

Drug Free and Proud

By Krystal Shuler
Hello, my name is Krystal Shuler and I am drug free and proud. Sheriff
Varnes has done an outstanding job in teaching us through the
D.A.R.E. Program about the effects drugs and violence have on our
lives. He has not only devoted his time to helping kids stay drug free,
he has been working hard as Sheriff, also.
SheriffVarnes has taught us many things, such as ways to say 'NO!",
the fotir sources of peer pres a te, response styles, media message
Techniques. and wvavs to deal witi stress.:
You can kr "No thnk's", give a reason or excuse; keep saying "No",
walk away or give the "col shoulder"- The four sources of peer pres-
sure are friendly, teasing, indirect, and heavy. Response styles in-
clude unsure, demanding, and confident. Media message techniques
include the bandwagon approach, snob appeal, personal testimony,
public service announcement, sex appeal, having fun, and compari-
son. Ways to deal with stress are to study and be prepared and to
handle things one thing at a time.
Sheriff Varnes has made classes fun and educational at the same
time. I have learned that drugs kill your brain cells, and that your
brain cannot produce any new cells to replace the ones that have
been killed br drugs.
I feel that the D.A.R.E. Program helps kids to learn how to handle
some of the bad things that they will encounter, like drugs, alcohol
and smoking. I hdpe that the D.A.R.E. Program will be made avail-
able to all kids and will continue to be around for a long time.
In conclusion, the'D.A.R.E. Program has been a part of my life since
I was in kindergarten. The D.A.R.E. Program and Sheriff Varnes have
been an inspiration, fun and educational. I have and will continue to
stay away from gangs, drugs, and violence. It is up to US, the next
generation, to lead the way to a better world, a world free of drugs,
gangs and violence. The D.A.R.E. Programs helps US to do this.

By Rene Topping
According to information supplied
by Ann Kiefert of the Department
of Environmental Bureau of
Beaches and Shores, fees will rise
on the permits needed to build
across the seaward side of the
Coastal Construction Line. This
line was established at what is
thought to be the line of erosion
that would take place in what is
known as the "100 year storm."
Little notice was taken by many
of those affected by the changes
and many real estate agents and
contractors say they knew noth-
ing until the fees were in place and
ready to go into effect. Virginia
Sanborn, realtor with Florida
Coastal Realty and also a
Carrabelle City Commissioner,
said .when asked, "I have not
heard anything about it."
Some of the fee changes are as
follows: It used to cost $660 for
any single family home. Now the
cost for over 2,400 square feet will


Frankly in



By Rene Topping
Franklin County real estate in-
dustry and building industry got
a late wake-up call this week as
news began to filter out through
the communities that coastal con-
struction permitting fees has been
increased by large amounts.
These fees only affect the struc-
tures ranging from the largest
hotel or mansion to the more
modest home and on sea walls
and dune walkovers. Anything
that is permitted to be built be-
yond the construction control
line, that which has been estab-
lished as the line of beach erosion
that could result froin a "100 year
storm." In Franklin these situa-
tions come up quite often.
Memo to the attention of Ms. Vir-
ginia Wetherall and the DEP Bu-
reau of Beaches and Shores:
I agree wholeheartedly that con-
,trolmust be a fact of life on build-
ing oh fragile barner islands and
shoreline of FranklirnCounty, In
fact, I admit to being counted
among the folks who believe that:
"No building would be good build-
ing on any barrier island." So, Ms.
Wetherall, I want you to know
straight up that I don't question
the need for permits or fees, but
these fairly drastic raises do cry
out for public discussion from
those affected. I for one have a
shopping list of questions still
unasked simply because I had no
inkling of knowledge on any of the
So, now I would like to ask a
couple that have occurred to me
since I did find out that a move
was not just afoot but seems to
"fait accompli".
No. 1. It seems to me that you or
someone in the Department of

be $4,000. Under 2,400 square
feet will cost $2,000. To make an
addition to a single family home
was $440; it will now be $1,000.
"Rigid Coastal Structures" those
sea walls and rock revetments will
cost $3,000. Other "Minor Activi-
ties" permits will cost $500. These
will include such things as dune
construction, excavation and
planting sea oats.
Notice of the meetings for public
input were placed in 'The Florida
Administrative Weekly" and 100
clerks of counties and cities af-
fected by the rule, including
Carrabelle and Apalachicola, were
sent a notice on April 11. Kiefert
said that the staff had been sur-
prised that no one showed up at
the meetings. The entire new set
of rules were published in the
April 11 issue of "The Florida Ad-
ministrative Weekly." The general
public had 21 days to comment,
so receiving no comments, the
new schedule will go into effect
sometime in June.

Environmental Bureau of
Beaches and Coastal Systems
surely must have wondered why
no one, not a single person,
showed up for any of the three
meeting? Did anyone ask "I won-
der if the public knows about
these meeting?"
No. 2. Was the media in any af-
fected county ever given any no-
tice of these hearings? Speaking
for the Franklin Chronicle, we did
not receive notices-or I guaran-
tee we would have been repre-
No. 3. Much as I hate to say this,
it might even give the appearance
that there was an effort to get
these fees passed with as little
publicity as possible, legally.
Could that even possibly be? Af-
ter all, it occurs to me that one
32 cent stamp multiplied by it00
newspapers adds up to the mi-
nuscule amount of $32.00 it
would have cost to get the word
I am, calling a "foul" on this play
by your department, Ms.
Wetherall. No matter what-the
public does have the right to know
when it hits their pocketbook. If
a rule is fair it should stand up
under public scrutiny. After all it
comes down to us, we :the public,
we who are the ones who will4-ot
th e-billi:. c, .- .-, ::*-*,? s--
SSoi nowimy. last question is-siWll
you consider suspending the ef-
fective date on which this rule
would go into effect until after you
have called one more meeting in
Tallahassee? In addition to send-
ing notices to clerks of the coun-
ties and cities affected by the new
fees, would you kindly send timely
notices to the media of counties
and cities affected by the rule?
One more time,' I personally am
not questioning the-fees-they
may well be necessary-only that
I for one thirk you need to give
the people, particularly those who
will be affected by the changes, a
chance to let you know how they
feel about this new fee schedule.
Rene Topping
Reporter on the Franklif

Curry, now in a relocated prac-
tice in Port St. Joe.
(PMCA) was the former operator
of what'was then 'called. Emerald
Coast, now renamed Weems Hos-
pital. Mr. Steeley testified that
PMCA also operates a home
health agency and two walking
clinics. There are currently about
30 employees. Steeley also
claimed .that Franklin County
owed PMCA for indigent care. His
filing reflected a current monthly
income of PMCA of $204,769.50
with current expenditures of
S176,109.33. Under the rubric of
"Current Monthly Income and
Exper. ,." there is a reported
"Excess u, inco':me over Expenses"
of $28,660.17. Steeley signed the
document on April 23, 1997.
In an au it PMCA filed with the
Florida ..'gency \or Health Care
Administration, published several
weeks ago in the Chronicle, the
ledger reflected a 1995 loss of
about $500,000, with a small
profit for Gulf Pines Hospital.
Mr. Steeley told-the U.S. Trustee
that there was "...a substantial
amount of personal property left
at the hospital" and PMCA was
prevented from taking possession
of that by Franklin County depu-
ties. Other items included moni-
toring equipment, a telephone
system, and office furniture. His
,corporation was trying to sell. the
ambulances listed on the PMCA
During a break in the proceed-
ings, Mr. Steeley came over to the
row of former employees and told
them that his corporation would
try to pay them all in the shortest
possible time. His attorney, Brian
Newman, indicated that the rules
put former employees in a "prior-
ity" category, and generally their
claims would be the first paid
under the limit of.$4,000. It could
take as long as 1 year, but it was
not possible to speculate on a

years. The Corporation's auditing
firm, Price Waterhouse claims a
debt of $32,706. Another law firm,
MacFarlane, Ausley, Gerguson
and McCullen (Tallahassee) has
billed PMCA for $13,435 in legal
fees dealing with advice in libel,
concerning the statements made
by former physicians, and other
defamation actions or prepara-
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Sixth grade contest winners Jarrett Elliott,
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County's Youth Participate in

Third Annual Speaking Contest

Eight local students from the
fourth, fifth and sixth grades par-
ticipated in the Third Annual 4-H
Tropicana Public Speaking Con-
test on May 8 at the district audi-
The public speaking event fea-
tured two contests; four students
from the fourth and fifth grade
competed in one contest, while
the remaining four students from
the sixth grade participated in the
other event.
Those participating in the fourth
and fifth grade event included
Jazmayn Brooks & Serena Rhew
from Brown Elementary School
and Tanicia Pugh & John
Hutchinson from Chapman El-
ementary School.
Serena Rhew began the event with
her speech on "Cults." Serena
questioned how people could be
so "gullible" to join a cult. She
stated that, when people joined a
cult, they ultimately relinquished
their freedom. Serena cited both
Jim Jones and Marshall
Applewhite as cult leaders who
had manipulated their followers
for their own negative purposes.
"I hope nobody that I know will
allow themselves to be tricked into
joining a cult," she concluded.
Jazmayn Brooks was the second
speaker in the contest, The topic
of her speech was on 'The Elec-
tric Chair." Jazmayn argued
against the use of capital punish-
ment as an inhumane practice.
"Only God should be allowed to
make a life and death choice,"
Jazmayn said. She stated that,
while certain criminals have com-
mitted horrendous acts, society
would be better served without
using death as an answer to
crime. Jazmayn said that such
criminals should serve life sen-
tences and commit the rest of
their lives to serving society in a
variety of ways.
John Hutchinson was the third
speaker in the contest. John
spoke on the topic of "Skateboard-
ing." John explained that skate-
boards were developed by retired
surfers in the 1960's. He said that
there were many types of skate-
boards. It was important, John
noted, that skateboarders use
helmets, knee and shin pads to
protect themselves when skating.

"Skateboarding is good recre
action John concluded.
Tanicia Pugh was the final
speaker in the fourth and fifth
grade competition. Tanicia spok
on the topic of "My Trip to NeA
Jersey." Tanicia began, "have yo
ever been to New Jersey?" Sh
explained that New Jersey was
large and highly populated area
However, Tanicia also said tha
the state was very interesting. Sh
encouraged people to visit Ne1
Jersey if they had the opportunity
Serena Rhetv was awarded firs
place honors for her speech
Jazmayn Brooks came in second
for her address. John Hutchinso
was the third place winner an
Tanicia Pugh received third place
Those participating in the sixt
grade competition include
Jarrett Elliott & Jennife
Edmiston from Chapman El
ementary School and Claire Sand
ers & Brenee Mitchell from Brow
Elementary School.
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American Wind

i Symphony Orchestra to

Perform in Franklin

Apalachicola's Battery Park will be the site of a spectacular water-
front concert on Father's Day Weekend, Saturday, June 14, 1997. A
45-piece orchestra, without strings, will play for the assembled audi-
ence with a variety of music including classical works, "toe-tapping"
favorites and contemporary works.
The American Wind Symphony will begin the 8:00 p.m. main Concert
with an opening fanfare such as Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the
Common Man" and provide a large dish of music for the next hour
and one half. Maestro Robert A. Boudreau is the founder of the Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania orchestra and will be conducting the group of
young musicians on a floating stage on a vessel called "Point Coun-
terpoint II".
Boudreau has commissioned over 400 new works for the orchestra
from contemporary composers, and a few of these works will be per-
formed on Saturday, June 14, 1997.
Throughout Saturday, local and regional artists will also be demon-
strating their crafts in Battery Park, beginning at 10 a.m. Many are
likely to be selling their wares.
The orchestra is made up of woodwinds, brass and percussion in-
struments, no strings. Its musicians are young professionals from
the U.S. and often other countries as well, with an average age of 23.
Boudreau personally selects them by audition, and there is a new
group every season.
Over the past 40 years the combination of talented, young musicians
and a floating stage has delighted concert-goers along the waterways.
Milwaukee Journal Music Critic Louis Kenngott wrote, "Like those
old showboats of old, it reached everyone-a wonderful cross-section
of ages and backgrounds. It brought new music, challenging music,
as well as old familiar favorites. Like a dose of instant culture, it was
both festive and fun."
In celebration of its 40th anniversary sailing the waterways of the
United States, Canada, the Caribbean, many of Europe's capital cit-
ies, and Scandinavia, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra is
about to set out once again, this time for a farewell tour that takes
them up and down the eastern coast of the U.S., froin Florida to New
rs, England, as well as to inland ports in states such as West Virginia,
New Your, Pennsylvania, and others. Under the direction of its founder,
Robert Austin Boudreau, the orchestra has been thrilling audiences
in this country and abroad for decades, playing waterfront concerts
from aboard the unique floating arts center, Point Counterpoint II.
To officially begin the tour, the ship will leave its home port of Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania, on May 23. Then it's down the Ohio into the
Tennessee and Tombigbee rivers, which spill into the Gulf of Mexico
at the port of Mobile, Alabama. The vessel will then sail east along the
Gulf Coast, across Florida, and up the east coast via the Intracoastal
water system to Long Island, the Hudson, and the historic Erie Barge
l Canal. The tour will conclude in New England.
S European and Scandinavian audiences reacted very positively to the
:e wind orchestra and its outdoor concerts during a recent multi-year



Jarrett Elliott began the competi-
tion with her speech entitled
"Double Trouble." Jarrett spoke
about the dilemma of living with
an older sister. She said that her
sister spoke all day on the phone
with her boyfriend. "My sister is
always on the phone. Blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah...she thinks it's
so cool," said Jarrett, "but they
don't seem very cool to me." She
noted that being the youngest
child, however, had its advan-
tages. Jarrett said that she got
away with more antics than her
older sister. Also, she concluded
"I get to be momma's favorite."
Claire Sanders was the second
speaker in the competition. Claire
spoke on the topic of "Nature Pho-
tography." Photography, Claire
thought, was going to be an easy


4th and 5th grade winners Tanicia Pugh, Jazmayn Brooks,
John Hutchinson and Serena Rhew.

skill to master. "But I was wrong,"
she noted. She explained that, on
one day, she took several pictures
in the wild. However, she said that
when her photographs were de-
veloped, they did not turn out, as
she had expected. Some of the
pictures were blurry, Claire ex-
plained, and others completely
missed the mark. However, Claire
resolved to continue learning pho-
tography urtil she captured her

Continued on page 7

1:30-3:00 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.'
8:00 p.m.

international tour. Liz Allen in the Evening Herald (Dublin, Ireland)
wrote, "...a spectacular performance of classics and jazz was given by
the American Wind Symphony Orchestra from Pittsburgh-from the
stage of a 60m futuristic floating center...'Fantastic, brilliant, emo-
tional,' 'It's like the start of the Olympics,' were some of the reactions
from the audience as they played on."
Jos Frusch in Limburgs Dagblad (Heerlan, Netherlands) said, "Clearly
the real wind music lover heard what he came to hear with this vir-
tuoso orchestra, which smoothly changed gears from complex mod-
ern harmonies to a big band sound, and then back again to a rhyth-
mic pace which highlighted percussion."
Tim Cramer in Evening ECHO (Cork, Ireland) said, "For over two hours
they stood...and clapped, cheered and whistled in appreciation as
the famed American Wind Symphony Orchestra put on a performance
that took the gloom out of the night and sent everyone home happy."
The orchestra's international tour included stops in cities such as
Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Paris, France; Rotterdam, Nether-
lands; Hamburg, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden;
Helsinki, Finland; and Leningrad, Russia.
Much attention will be paid to the fact that this tour will be the last
one for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. When the trip ends
in August, the boat will be sold, the orchestra will become land-based,
and Robert Austin Boudreau will chase-and undoubtedly bring to
fruition-another of his dreams.


Delayed on



Apalachicola resident Rex
Partington informed members of
the Apalachicola City Commission
on May 6 that progress had been
delayed on the third phase of the
Dixie Theatre renovation project.
Mr. Partington thanked members
of the community as well as the
city commission for their coopera-
tion in the renovation project.
"Just as we started work, how-
ever, we were faced with a new
and unexpected challenge," said
Partington. He told the board that
a dispute had arisen with adjoin-
ing property owners. "Because we
are landlocked and need vehicle
access to the rear of our property,"
noted Partington, "we were seek-
ing neighborly cooperation
and certain concessions... all of
which were to be generously
Mr. Partington explained that, in
the past three months, he had
considered "scraping the whole
project" and selling his property
to help pay for his indebtedness.
"We will not be opening when we
originally planned, Partington
concluded, "but open we will."
In other city business:
*At the request of resident Laura
Moody, the city agreed to repair a
portion of the Lafeyette Park pier.
Ms. Moody informed the board
that her grandson had fallen
through a large 12 inch by 6 inch

whole at the-noted location. She
further noted that her grandson
received six stitches in his knee
due to the accident. "I don't think
my son will sue the City of
Apalachicola," said Moody, "but I
do think that the pier should be
*The board informed resident
Jimmie Nichols that they could
not yet pursue a $130,000 grant
that would fund improvements to
Chesnut Cemetery; the board had
previously agreed to seek the
grant in question. Mayor Bobby
Howell informed Nichols that the
city was presently working on two
other projects. He said that he
had met frequently with state of-
ficials on the matter. "We cannot
get them off of ground zero for
Battery Park or the Waterfront
Park," explained Howell. He con-
tinued, "both of those are ahead
of it (Chesnut Cemetery) and, as
far as I know, we cannot put in
for anything else till that's been
*The board granted permission to
Randy Domer, an evangelist from
Melbourne, FL, to erect a canvas
tent at Battery Park for the pur-
pose of holding a week-long "open
air meeting."
*At the request of resident Donnie
Wilson, the board agreed to look
into possible funding avenues to
construct a recreational complex
in the City of Apalachicola. Mr.
Wilson requested that the com-
plex be used for little league, pony
league and baseball events. He
said that the local pony league
members have to travel out of the
county to compete in tourna-
ments. "They've been doing it for
several years," he said.
Continued on page 5

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Counterpoint II, the world's most unique showboat.

An entire day in Apalachicola's Battery Park devoted to the

youth in the Arts-music, crafts, local and regional artists

demonstrating their talents involving the county's youth.

American Wind Symphony Orchestra Tentative Schedule
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The Franklin Chronicle 16 May 1997 Page 5

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Commissioner James Phillips (L) expresses his di
Attorney Bill Webster (R).

By Rene Topping
It was no holds barred, as City
Commissioners Buz Putnal and
Jim Phillips opened the May 5,
Carrabelle City Commission
meeting with a barrage of criti-
cism of their Attorney Bill
Webster. Chief among the com-
plaints was that the city has not
signed contract with Waste Man-
agement, who commenced pick-
ing up garbage in Carrabelle on
April 1. Putnal said, "We are now
1 month and 5 days delinquent
in having a signed contract."
Commissioner Phillips com-
plained that "We should have
known what that contract said in
addition to the number. Surely it
is not that difficult." He' added
that, "I find it inexcusable." Putnal
also told Webster that he had tried
to reach him on several succes-
sive days and did not get a return
call. He angrily asked, "Do you
have an interest in this city or are
you not interested?'" Webster re-
Slied, "I will get with Mr. Hannon
of Waste Management) first thing
tomorrow." Phillips then said that
he would like to have a copy of
the contract faxed to Charles Lee
Daniels so that he can read it all

over before signing. Co:
ers also complained
contract with the cable
of Multivision. Webste
would get to the prob
away. About 30 minute
ing time had passed
commission finally tu
attention to the regular
Nita Molsbee was turned
a request to reconsider
ordinance that would
zoned and changed th
on a 9.53 parcel of la
described as Lot 20, E
Baywood Estates, afte
to the advise of the,
Phillips said that he hac
Mitchell, owner of t
Baywood Subdivision,
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Mitchell to sign donatir
to the city for a city par
said he felt that the c
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use that amount of land as a well
site. In the end, the city commis-
sioners voted that Webster initiate
whatever legal remedies needed to
serve the city's interests. Commis-
sioners also voted to disapprove
the request from Ms. Molsbee

On another matter concerning
Baywood Estates, the owner of a
small trailer illegally located on
Lot 11., Baywood Estates, will be
notified to move it off.
Commissioners approved unani-
mously the second reading of an
amendment to city ordinance 230
single family farm residences in
A-1 Agricultural conservation dis-
tricts as being the same as single
family detached dwellings and
disallowing mobile homes in the
said Al Agricultural Conservation
Commissioners also turned
.sgust at thumbs down on a request for a
special exception requested by Del
Schneider and Whaley Hughes to
place multi-family housing in an
mmission- area zoned C1 on Timber Island.
about the The developers wished to erect
e T.V. firm eight condominium units with an
er said he initial construction of up to
lems right 12,000 square feet. The project is
es of meet- not in the Development of Re-
before the gional Impact (DRI) that presently
rned their controls growth and type of de-
r agenda. velopment on the Seafood Indus-
trial Park section Timber Island.
:d down on
a proposed In a letter directed to the city com-
1 have re- mission, County Planner Alan
e land use Pierce advised the commissioners
nd, legally that there would be eight septic
Block A, of tanks and no one knew if the
r listening number would stop at eight. The
attorney, commissioners turned down the
d sent Tom request.
:he entire
a letter in In other business, commissioners
accepted the resignation of Fran-
a deed for klin Daniels after saying that he
g a parcel had been a good and faithful em-
k. Mitchell ployee. Keith Mock, who heads up
:ity should the water and sewer department
d to have, asked that a letter be sent to
id Mitchell Daniels to commend his past ser-
'arrant. He vice .
be able to
operty. He The commission approved a con-
useholder tract between the city and the
which had Florida Department of Transpor-
)een sold. station, FDOT to continue sweep-
city could ing the Tillie Miller Bridge and U.
S. 98 from the city limits on the
west to the city limits on the east
and for litter removal on the
bridge area for a yearly amount
Commissioners approved adver-
tisements for a contract to clean
City hall.
Commissioners also approved
bills in the amount $5,401 and
$6,900 for services tendered by
Baskerville and Donovan.
Chief Jesse Gordon Smith and
Police Commissioner George
Jackson presented a new work
schedule for the department).
commissioners voted to approve
the shifts after being told that all
the of officers had agreed on the
new 8-hour day schedule.

Progress Delayed, From
Page 4.
Mr. Wilson informed the board
that land was available in the city
off of 12th Street for such a
project. "I don't know whether it's
affordable," he said. However,
Wilson urged the board to collabo-
rate with the county to seek grant
funding. "If it's a joint venture,"
he said, "you can get two grants."
"I'm here speaking for a lot of par-
ents," Wilson concluded, "I per-
sonally don't think that it's an
unreasonable request."
*The board turned down a dona-
tion request to fund fireworks for
the 4th of July. 'The Seafood Fes-
tival is in charge of that," noted
Mayor Howell, "they'get all the
proceeds... if they want fireworks."
Howell further noted that the city
did not have funds in the budget
to allocate towards the purchase
of fireworks. Commissioner Jack
Frye said that the board needed
to be contacted during their bud-
get planning for such a funding
allocation. The board also turned
down a donation request which
would have been used for the
graduation ceremony at Chap-
man Elementary School.

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Newly appointed Port Authority members Paul Marxsen
(L) and Gary Reakes (R).



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By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) appointed two
new members to the board on May
8 to help fill out the vacancies left
by several recent resignations.
Residents Paul Marxen and Gary
SReakes were selected from six ap-
plicants awho applied for a seat
on the Port Authority.
Paul Marxsen is a public accoun-
tant whose office is next door to
the city hall. In an interview on
May 13, Marxen said that he
thought about working with the
Port Authority for quite a while be-
fore he agreed."I hope that my
particular talent will be helpful to
the board," he said, "I certainly am
hopeful that some of the problems

School Board



Concern of



Franklin County Board member
Willie Speed voiced concern over
the district's ability to make finan-
cial adjustments to their upcom-
ing budget during the board's May
7 regular meeting. "If we're not
careful," he advised, "we're going
to run into some difficult ways."
Mr. Speed informed the board
that one urban district he was
- aware of had instructed the el-
ementary school principals to cut
one percent of their budget in the
upcoming year. For the middle
and high schools, he said that the
principals were requested to cut
two percent from their budgets.
"It is difficult to cut that kind of
money," said Speed.
Mr. Speed warned that the local
school board may have to con-
sider taking such action before
the next school term. Mr. Speed
said that tfere was a strong pos-
sibility that a charter school may
be established soon and that the
district would lose some more of
its students. "If that occurs," said
Speed, "I would like to see some-
one working with the board...that
has experience in cutting the bud-
get and keeping us on track."
Speed requested that Finance
Officer John Rieman's term with
the district be extended from Au-
gust 31 to as late as January of
1998. Rieman, he said, would
then be able to assist the indi-
vidual who would be hired as the
new finance officer. Mr. Speed's
motion to extend the finance
officer's term was seconded by
board member Connie Roehr.
Chairperson Will Kendrick said
that he would rather have the rec-
ommendation of the district's su-
perintendent before voting on the
matter. "If that, was Mrs.
Galloway's recommendation," he
said, "I certainly would support
Ms. Galloway stated that the dis-
trict could not afford to hire two
finance officers. She said that it
was more acceptable to her to re-
tain Rieman on an advisory ca-
pacity and pay him on an hourly
rate. Mr. Speed later withdrew his
motion. Ms. Galloway said that
she would confer with Mr. Rieman

of the past will be ended in the
future." He added that people may
not understand the role that the
Port Authorities plays in the
economy. He added, '"working on
this authority will be an interest-
ing change.
Marxsen has long-lasting ties to
the community. His father, James
(Jim) Marxsen has lived here for
many years. The elder Marxsen
founded the business in 1984 and
Paul joined it in 1994. His mother,
Sarah Marxsen, was a visitor to
St. Teresa before World War II.
She was one of the charter mem-
bers of the Franklin Country Pub-
lic Library Board and was active
in bringing the library into place.
Marxsen said that he and his wife
Kamala (Kam) live in Bayou Har-
bor. They have one daughter, 2-
year old Stephanie, and will soon
be welcoming a new addition to
their family. He added that he
loves everything about the water:
swimming, sailing, beach walk-
ing, and fishing. The family has
lived in Carrabelle since 1994. In
addition to his new position,
Marxsen is active with the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-

on the matter and return with a
In other school board business:
*Superintendent Brenda Gallo-
way announced that Apalachicola
High School student Despina Wil-
liams had been accepted by Duke
*The board accepted the letters of
resignation from James Register
and Rachel Burdette and the let-
ters of retirement from Freda
White and Wallace Hill.
*Resident Monica Lemieux voiced
concern that some of the instruc-
tors at Apalachicola High School
were not qualified to teach in their
fields. She said that one of the
instructors recently had to stop
teaching his social studies class
because he could not effectively
teach the subject.
Ms. -Lemieux further noted that
some of the school's instructors
were teaching out of their desig-
nated fields. "We've had science
teachers teaching mathematics,
we've had home economics teach-
ers teaching social studies, we've
had vocational teachers teaching
English," she said. The tendency
for instructors to teach out of their
fields, Lemieux worried, was be-
coming the rule rather than the
exception in Franklin County. "I
feel that it's not in the best inter-
est of our students," she said.
Lemieux suggested that the dis-
trict carefully review the current
staff members and hire qualified
instructors in the future. She fur-
ther asked that a list be made of
all those instructors teachingout
of field. "You need to give this con-
sideration now and not wait until
August," she stressed. Lemieux
concluded, "we need more teach-
ers with a dedication to
excellence...I know that we do
have a lot of qualified and dedi-
cated teachers."
*The board approved the Histori-
cal Grant Planning Project. Su-
perintendent Brenda Galloway
pointed out that the district office
was in "deplorable" condition. She
stated that, through advice from
George Chapel and Rose McCoy,
she decided to look into possible
funding through a historical
grant. She said that the histori-
cal grant was composed of three
phases that would offer the dis-
trict $300,000 per phase. "We
have made a commitment that we
want to save this building," said
Galloway. Funding from the grant
would begin in September.
*The board voted 4-1 to allow the
superintendent to conduct a Stra-
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Gary Reakes is the other new
member. He and his wife also live
in the Bayou Harbor subdivision.
They came to Carrabelle in 1991.
Reakes said that he retired from
his Chevrolet Dealership and now
feels that he has time to give to
the community. He said he has
been attending local meetings and
just as a resident and boat owner
he has a great deal of interest in
the water front activities.
Reakes continued, I really think
I can help get things going forward
on the Authority. I am really opti-
mistic that the members of CPAA
can work together for the good of
all of Carrabelle." Barry Woods,
who is acting as temporary chair-
man since the resignation of Don
Wood, said he was pleased that
Marxsen and Reakes had agreed
to serve. He added. "they are both
good members of the community."
He noted that the board had cho-
sen them by popular vote from six
Woods also said that, from his
point of view on the Port Author-
ity. he felt that things were hap-
pening at the airport since
Hudson Aircraft had moved in. He
said that one project he had been
able to bring to fruition wasthe
soon to be posting of official no
wake signs in the Bayou and in
the Carrabelle River. Reakes
warned that when the signs are
in place speed laws must be
obeyed. The Marine Patrol will be
watching for violators. He added
that he will stay on as chairman
until an election is held in com-
ing months.. Woods concluded,
"the board is now up to full
strength with these two additional
members. I sense a brighter out-
look than people have had in the

Pattern. Board member Katie
McKnight voted against the
Several residents voiced concern
that the superintendent's strate-
gic plan was a veiled attempt to
plan for a high school consolida-
tion project. Superintendent Gal-
loway denied such stated plans.
"It has nothing to so with consoli-
dation," she insisted, "we can't
afford it." She stated that she was
interested in reviewing the trends
and patterns of the 7th and 8th
grade students at Apalachicola
High School. "I as a parent, I as a
grandparent and I as a concerned
citizen and superintendent of
schools have a responsibility to
create the best possible learning
situation and growing situation
for our students," said Galloway.
She stated that she would not be
making any independent deci-
sions concerning the strategic
plan. Galloway said that a small
committee would review the
Ms. McKnight questioned whether
the superintendent should first
survey the community to deter-
mine their feelings on the matter.
'"That's part of the planning," Gal-
loway answered. Board member
Jimmy Gander urged that the
study be immediately conducted.
"I've had more positive feedback
from parents over this than any-
thing I've ever had since I've been
on the school board," said Gan-
der. Ms. McKnight said that she
was aware of many students who
were against the study. Ms. Gal-
loway said that a survey would be
conducted if the plan progressed.
Ms. McKnight stated that the
school could have different "bells"
and lunch periods if the district
wanted to separate the students.
"We're running from three year old
to twelve here," said McKnight,
"we seem to make it go over. We
seem to work it out...a lot of
people are saying, well, why is it
that Apalachicola High School
can't deal with seventh grade
through the twelfth grade?' We
work our problems out."
Resident David Jackson said that
the current rumor going around
was that the seventh and eighth
grade students at Apalachicola
High School would be transferred
to Eastpoint. "It might not be hap-
pening now," he said, "but it's
leading towards that." He said
that the district could not pres-
ently afford to consolidate its
school system. "Let's don't dis-
guise it," he urged, "and let's bring
it out into the open, because the
rumor is what makes everything
*The board approved the Educa-
tion Now and Babies Later
(ENABL) Program.


Page 6 16 May 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Science Fair winners with School Board Spelling champs with School Board member Fox 28 Christmas Card
members Connie Roehr and Katie Jimmy Gander. winner Jennifer Hankins.

AHS Science Fair winner
Aarti Patel.

A Night of Recognition at the District's Award Ceremony

Nearly 100 residents throughout
the county made their way to the
annual Franklin County School
District's Award Night Ceremony
on May 6 at Brown Elementary
School. The district honored stu-
dents, instructors, local busi-
nesses and community leaders at
the event.
"I was really pleased with the
awards ceremony tonight," said
Superintendent Galloway, "be-
cause we had such a good show-
ing of parents and support for the
community." She continued, "it's
impressive and heart warming to
know that our children are doing
such a wonderful job and our
teachers are so dedicated and that
they have the support of the com-
The following students and in-
structors were recognized at the
May 6 awards ceremony:

Apalachicola High School
Amanda Miller
1997 Franklin County
Spelling Bee Champion
Apalachicola High School
Jessica Burch
Spelling Bee Champion
Apalachicola High School
Amanda Miller
Spelling Bee Runner-up
Apalachicola High School
Brown Elementary School
John Pritchard
Spelling Bee Champion
Brown Elementary School
Matthew Brown
Spelling Bee Champion
Brown Elementary School ,

Carrabelle High School
Dana Starkel
Spelling Bee Champion
Carrabelle Elementary School
Crystal Everritt
Spelling Bee Runner-up
Carrabelle Elementary School
Rhetta Strange
Spelling Bee Champion
Carrabelle Middle School
Kacee Cruson
Spelling Bee Runner-up
Carrabelle Middle School
Chapman Elementary School
Jaelle Alford
Spelling Bee Champion
Chapman Elementary School
Brittnay N. Creamer
Spelling Bee Runner-up
Chapman Elementary School
Brown Elementary School
Claire Sanders
Dreamers and Doers
Carrabelle High School

Jason Aultman
Dreamers and Doers
Franklin County Schools
Chapman Elementary School
Martinique Moron
Dreamers and Doers
Franklin County Schools
Apalachicola High School

Theresa A. Jones
Teacher of the Year
Apalachicola High School
Brown Elementary School
Kimberley P. McKinney
Franklin County
Teacher of the Year
Brown Elementary School
Carrabelle High School
Pamela P. Schaffer
Teacher of the Year
Carrabelle High School
Chapman Elementary School
Valerie R. Miller
Teacher of the Year
Chapman Elementary School
Apalachicola High School.
Michelle Duggar
Brain Bowl Representative
Apalachicola High School
Jeff Edmiston
Brain Bowl Representative
Apalachicola High School
Sarah Edmiston
Brain Bowl Representative
Apalachicola High School
Levi Stanley
Brain Bowl Representative
Apalachicola High School
Patrick Varnes
Brain Bowl Representative
Apalachicola High School
Pamela Theis

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
.Apalachicola High School
Erin Butler
U.S. Congressional Youth Senate
Apalachicola High School
Clint Halford
Geography Bee Champion
Brown Elementary School
Allison Schaffer
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
Carrabelle High School
Apalachicola High School
Ricky Mamoran, Jr.
Honorable Mention
1997 Jr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Catherine Page
1st Place Chemistry
1997 Jr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Mary Tolbert
1st Place Botany
1997 Jr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Michelle Duggar
Recognition Award
1997 Sr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Mary Tolbert
Honorable Mention
1997 Jr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Michelle Duggar
1st Place Biochemistry

1997 Sr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Aarti Patel
1st Place Chemistry
1997 Sr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Danielle Creamer
2nd Place Physics
1997 Sr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Jessica Scott
2nd Place Medicine/Health
1997 Sr. Division
Apalachicola High School
Brown Elementary School
William Coursey
Ist Place Earth/Space Sciences
1997 Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School
Chris Petsch
1st Place Environmental Science
1997 Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School
Angela Law
Environmental Science
1997 Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School
Danielle Crum
2nd Place Physics
1997 Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School
Claire Sanders
Honorable Mention Physics -
1997 Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School

Chris Petsch
Special Award
American Society of Civil Engineers
1997- Jr. Division -
Brown Elementary School
Chris Petsch
Ist Place Participant
1997 -Jr. Division
Brown Elementary School
Carrabelle High School
Courtney Cates
Honorable Mention Chemistry
1997 Sr. Division
Carrabelle High School
Chapman Elementary School
Alyssa Elliott
1st Place Physics
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Jennifer Edmiston
2nd Place Environmental Science
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Krystal Shuler
2nd Place Chemistry
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Deanna Simmons
2nd Place Physics
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Kara Watkins
3rd Place Chemistry
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Jarrett Elliott
Regional Science Fair
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School
Brittney Simmons
Regional Science Fair
1997 Jr. Division
Chapman Elementary School

Apalachicola High School
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1997 Environthon
Apalachicola High School
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1997 Environthon
Apalachicola High School
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1997 Environthon
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1997 Environthon
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1997 Environthon
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Garden Clubbers Hold District

Meeting in Carrabelle

Garden Club member Jim Welsh, Inez Cone, Jo Woods and
Claire Viles.

By Rene Topping
Franklin County Senior Center in
Carrabelle was filled with 134
members of 10 Garden Clubs
from the Big Bend Area as they
met for their District III Spring
Meeting. Members of the Yaupon
Garden Club and the Sea Oats
Garden Club hosted the event.

Incoming visitors were registered
at the new Yaupon Garden Club
Building and were greeted with
coffee, orangejuice and breakfast
rolls. At 9:30 the group convened
at the Senior Center. Newly
elected Director Inez Cone opened
the meeting. Visitors were wel-
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Carrabelle City Road and Parks
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thanked the local clubs for their
past beautification projects and
for their encouragement in city
efforts. He said he had good child-
hood memories of garden clubs
remembers picking flowers to be
entered into flower shows. He
thanked the members who are
presently working hard to keep
Carrabelle beautiful.
Members came for Carrabelle,
Havanna, Live Oak, Madison,
Monticello, Panacea, Perry'
Steinatchee and Tallahassee.
Each club presented a brief de-
scription of their activities. Jim
Welsh, President of the Yaupon
Garden Club said members have
been busy settling in to their new
building. They hosted an open
house with an invitation for all
residents who wished to visit.
Members sponsored a Thanksgiv-
ing Dinner in Lanark, made
Christmas wreaths for the Chillas.
Hall, held their annual Fashion
Show in March, and are now in
the midst of a membership drive.
He said that the club will be cel-
ebrating its sixtieth birthday this
President Jo Woods of the Sea-
Oats Garden Club said that the
club had been very active in 1996-
97. The members contributed a,
fountain to be placed at Veterans
Park, donated money to have a
small park with bench and shel-
ter opposite Burda's Drug Store,
worked with the 3rd and 8th
grade school children on a gar-
den, and made Christmas
wreaths for City Hall. The Library,

Fire Department, and the City
Hall 'donated two'Chinese holly
bushes in containers to the
Chamber and helped with the
Cemetery census and entered a
float with the theme "Victory Gar-
deners" in Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion. They also had
a cake and plant sale booth at the
Waterfront Festival on April 19th.
She added the club aim was to
"Keep Carrabelle Lovely."
Members listened with great in-
terest. The other clubs reported
all manner of projects from
planned watering of city plants,
-giving lessons in ecology to school
children, planting wildflowers,
dispensing caladium bulbs, deco-
rating old homes at Christmas,
funding an opera house, land-
scaping library grounds, and
working with school children
planting vegetables. Other activi-
ties include putting up bird
houses, planting trees, helping in
clean-ups to maintaining a show-
case house and butterfly gardens.
Inez Cone presented awards to the
Tallahassee Garden Club for their
activity with the Designer Show-
case House. The Sea Oats Gar-
den Club received three awards.
Speaker for the event, Clare Viles,
read a fifteen minute evocative
article entitled "Parables of Sea"
which gave spiritual meaning to
the tides and crashing waves and
the abundant beach life and was
well received by the audience. The
staff of the Senior Center pre-
pared and served a luncheon
menu of either shrimp or chicken
salad. The next District meeting
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ementary School's sixth grade
class were recognized on May 6
at the DARE Program Graduation,
which was conducted at the dis-
trict auditorium. The event, which
attracted a large number of par-
ents and concerned citizens, was
the ninth annual affair.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes provided
audience members with a brief
history of the DARE Program. He
informed them that the program
began in Los Angeles in 1986 as
a pilot effort. In 1989, the program
was conducted nationally. Sher-
iff Varnes has served as Franklin
County's DARE Program director
for its local nine year existence.
"It don't seem like it's been that
long," said Varnes, "but it has."
SheriffVarnes informed audience
members that students of the
DARE Program worked hard in
order to graduate. He stated that
the students received homework
each day. "They had to earn their
diplomas," he stated.
Sheriff Varnes recognized both
parents and instructors in atten-
dance at the graduates. To the
parents, Varnes stated, "I think
that it's important that you be a
part of you children's DARE
graduation." He urged all parents
to listen and talk with their chil-
dren during their formative years.
"If anyone loves you," he told stu-
dents, "it's mom and dad."
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
informed.students that they were
the county's future leaders. She
advised, "respect yourself and
others and you, in turn, will re-"
ceive respect." She then.asked the
students to hold their arms above
their heads and to reach upwards.
"Keep reaching for the stars," she


Leveled Against

SHIP Program
Apalachicola residents Katherine
Robinson and Bernice Weaver
expressed their dissatisfaction
with the county's SHIP program
at the May 6 meeting of the Fran-
klin County Commission.
Ms. Weaver informed the board
that her roof leaked. "The living
room and the bathroom are get-
ting all wet," she noted. Weaver
continued, "money was provided
for the house to get fixed...and
they didn't fix it." She pointed that
her contract with the program
provided a 1 year guarantee on
all work rendered
Commissioner Bevin Putnal com-
plained that-the hired contractors
did not seem to feel they were ac-
countable for their work because
they were getting paid from a
grant. 'They think that they can
take advantage of it," he said.
Ms. Robinson said that the work
that was provided for her home

School board member Jimmy
Gander recognized SheriffVarnes
for his work with the DARE Pro-
gram. To the children, he advised,
"you're gonna get out of this ex-
actly what you put into it." Gan-
der urged the children to become
individuals and avoid the tug of
peer pressure which often in-
cluded the use of illegal drugs. "I
have friends from school who are
dead because of drugs," said Gan-
der. He concluded, "the people
that you associate with will have
the greatest Impact on you."
School board member Connie
Roehr congratulated students for
their participation with the DARE
Program. "You are stars," said Ms.
Roehr. She continued, "remem-
ber, there are those that care
about you."
Following the special introduc-
tions, DARE essay contest win-
ners Krystal Shuler and Jessica
Yorton read their prize winning
scripts to those in attendance. Ms.
Shuler said that the DARE Pro-
gram helped students to cope with
some difficult experiences down
the road. Ms. Yorton reminded her
fellow students that, in order to
pursue their career goals, they
needed to remain drug free.
The following Chapman Elemen-
tary School instructors were then
recognized for their participation
.with the DARE Program: Ms.
Creamer, Ms. Lester and Ms.
'Mount-Simmons.After the in-
structors were recognized, the fol-
lowing students received their
DARE Program graduation diplo-
Jaelle Hanako Alford, Denisha
Danielle Allen, Michael Anthony
Allen, Jr., Ryan Andrew Beavers,
Amanda Le-Anne Boone, Deborah
Denise Brannon, Brian Jarod
Brown, Roosevelt Brown III,
Stephon Eugene Cargill, Jr., Mark
Devin Creamer, Ellis Stephen
Davis, Freddie Lee Ducker, Jen-
nifer Lynn Edmiston, Alyssa
Jarrett Elliott, Samantha Jill
Elliott, Latoya Lavette Fennell,
Sheena Leean Forehand, James
Eric Gharst, Zeke Spencer
Gossett, Helen Elizabeth Green,
Meghann Jo Gunter, Sabrina
Yulonda Jones-Clark, Amber
Nicole Lee, Tamara Danielle
Lewis, Elizabeth Mae Malone,
Allen Deter O'Neal, Crystal
SMiranda Osburn, Joseph An-
thony Parrish, Jr., Regan Brittney
Paul, Jimmy Lewis Pinkney III,
Tony Michael Poloronis, Natasha
Annette Prince, Jeremy Lee Proc-
tor, Ricardo Rivera, Roderick
Lamart Robinson, Lance Chavis
Rochelle, Vanessa Joanne Sadler,
Cha-Mia Antinique Sanders,
Tessla Renee Sapp, Jerrie Lee
Sasnett, Kevin Schoelles-Morris,
Krystal Dawn Shuler, William Jo-
seph Smith, Luke Croft Stanley,
Chagaris Jovan Emmanuel Tho-
,,jnas, Candace Amanda Varnes,
Denzel Reshard Walker, Ashley
Marie Roosevelt Washington,
Timothy Stephen Watford, Kara
Jade Watkins, Jessica Leigh
Yorton, Richard Rentz Zingerelli

was also unsatisfactory. "I just
don't think I deserve to be treated
that way," she said. Ms. Robinson
said that the contractors were
supposed to remove and replace
her ceiling. "They didn't even
move it," she stressed. The con-
tractors, Robinson noted, have yet
to be paid.
Commissioner Mosconis sug-
gested that those contractors who
had provided unsatisfactory work
not be paid. He also suggested
that County Building Inspector
Roscoe Carroll review all of the
work rendered by the contractors
through the SHIP program.
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that only one
contractor, Joe Webb from
Blountstown, seemed to provide
satisfactory work in conjunction
with the SHIP program. He said
that program administrator David
Hines would come to the next
meeting to answers all of the
board's questions.
"I'm not defending the system,
because I don't like it either," said
Pierce, "but the problem is that
no one who I have confidence in
is putting in contracts for these
houses. They don't want to do it."

Rock-A-Thon Raises Funds

Youth ministry members from the
Love Center Church participated
in a day-long fundraising event
called the Rock-A-Thon on May 3
to help pay for a future tour.
Approximately ten children
rocked away in cushioned rock-
ing chairs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. with the Love Center. Five of
the children, Lashonda & Ashley
Williams, Austin & Allen O'Neal
and Isiah Buzbe, participated in
the event from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. Four more of the
young participants, Michael
Baucham, Mackenzie Williams,
Lance Rochelle and Ke'Asha Mar-
tin, finished off the event from
noon to 3:00 p.m.

Event Coordinator Pretrica Mar-
tin said that approximately $600
had been pledged to the kids for
the fundraising event. She said
that the event's goal was $1000.
The funds raised from the event
will be used to pay for travel, food
and other expenses when the chil-
dren visit St. Augustine, Virginia
and North Carolina for a church
ministry tour in June.
'They've really enjoyed the event
so far," said Ms. Martin. She said
that the children's stamina was
excellent and that the kids only
got tired once during the event.
Ms. Martin treated the children to
movies, popcorn, ice cream and
frozen cups during the event.

Seat Belt Safety Program

Above: Chapman Elementary School instructor Barbara
Bloodworth sits with Buckle Bear and several pre-k
students. Over 30 pre-k students from the classes of Ms.
Bloodworth and Ms. Miller will soon participate in the Seat
Belt Safety Program at Chapman Elementary School. The
students will view videos as "Riding with Buckle Bear" and
"Riding 'with Big Green Snake" during the program. The
program encourages children to utilize their seat belts while
they ride in a vehicle. "Last year," Bloodworth noted, "there
was a really good response to the program. They retained
a lot of the information." Below: Babs Bailey from Brown
Elementary Schools sits with Ms. Register's first grade
class. Ms. Bailey will coordinate the Seat Belt Safety
Program at Brown Elementary School. Both Brown and
Chapman Elementary School have participated with the
Seat Belt Safety Program for the past two years.

Mother's Day at the Senior


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Speaking Cont

Jennifer Edmiston was the third
speaker at the event. Jennifer
spoke on the topic of "Students."
With a hint of satire, Jennifer ex-
plained that students were "per-
fect little angels." She continued,
"we're never late and, of course,
we always try to help each
other...students are so sweet."
Jennifer provided a complete list
of perfect characteristics that
were mutually shared by all stu-
dents. She could not figure out
why anyone would not want to be
-a teacher. As she concluded, Jen-
nifer decided to put an end to the
teacher's dream...or the student's
nightmare. "Well, now that I've
told you about our typical day at
school," she concluded, "will you
please wake up your teacher sit-
ting next to you. Now that you're
awake, I have to tell you how sorry
I am that I had to wake you up."
The final speaker in the contest
was Brenee Mitchell. Brenee.
spoke on the topic of "A Middle
School for Franklin County."

est, From Page 4.
Brenee began, "Does Franklin
County need a middle school?"
She explained that middle schools
would be helpful to students in
adjusting from an elementary
school to a high school. "Middle
schools help students to develop
into individuals," she said. She
concluded that such schools
would offer a less stressful envi-
ronment to the young students of
Franklin County.
Jennifer Edmiston received first
place honors for her speech.
Brenee Mitchell came in third
place with her address. Claire
Sanders took third place honors
and Jarrett Elliott was the fourth
place winners.
The public speaking contest was
coordinated by Franklin County
Extension Office Director Bill
Mahan. Residents Sandra Lee
Johnson, Jimmy Gander, Pamela
Amato, Jeanette Malone and
James Harris served as judges for
the event. Michael Allen served as
.timekeeper and Christy Duncan
served as scorekeeper for the

Dolly Sweet leads the group in song as Claire and Nelson
Viles (in background) provide the musical harmony.

Senior residents throughout the
county gathered at the Franklin
County Senior Citizens Center on
May 9 to enjoy a Mother's Day
The seniors were dined and en-
tertained on this special day.
Claire and Nelson Viles performed
a musical medley of old time
tunes in which seniors could sing
along to and tap their toes. Some
of the songs included "Georgia on
my Mind," "Moonlight Bay" and
"Sitting on Top of the World."
In addition, Carrabelle resident
Dolly Sweet combined with the
Viles to lead a sing-a-long with the

seniors. Ms. Sweet led the seniors
in such classics as "Don't Sit Un-
der the Apple Tree" by the Andrew
Sisters and "You are my Sun-
The Viles began their performance
with a tribute to all fathers. Mr.
Viles said that fathers often do not
receive their due credit on
Mother's Day. In recognition of all
the fathers, the Viles and Ms.
Sweet performed the song,
"Daddy, You've Been a Mother to
The seniors were served coffee
and cake as they were entertained
on this special event.


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Gary noted, "I've learned a great
deal from Mr. Steiger. Kevin is a
fine lawyer. He's well seasoned
and well read." In regard to As-
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Gary observed, "Mr. Flury is a fine,
young prosecutor. He seems to
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Both Mr. Flury and Mr. Steiger
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the departing second circuit court
judge. Assistant State Attorney
Ron Flury predicted that he would
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(144) Leaving Home: A
Memoir by Art Buchwald.
Erma Bombeck called
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nius of American satire."
William Styron called
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Here is the story Buchwald
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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1993,
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(140) History of the Second
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Revised Edition, by John K.
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(134) A Woman of Valor:
Clara Barton and the Civil
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51 which included Anderson-
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(126) Shipwreck and Ad-
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(143) New. Candidly, Allen
Funt is about his "Candid
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Microphone" in 1947, Funt's
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