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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 24


November 27 December 17, 1998'

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Apalachicola Christmas S Wl

_Celebration r

Dana Estes Richards Clemency

Subject To Restrictions

This year's Historic Apalachicola
Christmas Celebration will light
up Apalachicola on November
27th from 3:00 9:00 p.m. The
streets of downtown Apalachicola
will be lined with luminaries and
filled with holiday spirit. Mer-
chants will be open late. The Dixie
Theatre is staging a special holi-
day performance on Sunday, No-
vember 29th.
The sounds of carolers will echo
through the streets filling the
evening with Christmas spirit.
There will also be pony riders for
the kids and horse-drawn car-
riage rides will be available to take
visitors through Apalachicola's

historic downtown.
The highlight, of course, will be
the big guy himself. Santa will
arrive on the Governor Stone, an
1877 historic sailing schooner, at
6:00 p.m. at the City Dock on
Water Street, across from City
Hall. Santa will hear children's
Christmas wishes and the Love
Center Band will perform. Join us
for an old-fashioned Christmas
For more information contact the
Chamber office at (850) 653-9419
or Susan Bickell at (850) 653-

Santa Claus, disguised as Alex Moody, will be the highlight
of the holiday activities in Apalachicola this weekend.

Limerock Loading Site on

Timber Tsland Questioned

By ReneTopping
A recommendation from the No-
vember 10th Planning and Zon-
ing meeting, was questioned by
several Carrabelle residents at-
tending the November 17th meet-
ing of the Franklin County Com-
mission. The questions came up
in the report on the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
meeting of November 10, by
County Planner Alan Pierce.
Gene Langston of Langwood In-
dustries had made a request for
a special exception to use a piece
of waterfront, owned by Ben
Watkins and adjacent to the
Dockside Marina, to load barges
with limerock. The members of
the Franklin County Planning and
Zoning voted to approve this use
under "other uses," and as a spe-
cial exception from the C1 seafood
Industry zoning. Freda White, a
member of the planning and zon-
ing board, presented the request
on behalf of Langston, excusing
herself from voting on the request.
Langston wanted to bring the
limerock from his site in Liberty
County, overland by truck via
county road 67 around the town
of Carrabelle on Ryan Drive, to
Timber Island Road, over the
Postum Bayou Bridge and to the
site. The limerock would then be

loaded on barges and shipped to
other areas. Langston said that it
was the cheapest way to go.
There was a complaint of the fact
that the Planning and Zoning
agenda is closed fifteen days
ahead of the meeting, but is not
published in the newspaper. Sev-
eral people said they would have
attended that meeting, if they had
known that this item was to be
Barry Woods, a Timber Island
Road resident and a member of
the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA), asked, "What is
the zoning on the piece of prop-
erty. Isn't it C1, Commercial Fish-
ing.?" Pierce answered that it is
C1, but added that "other uses"
are at the will of the Planning and
Zoning Board and they had rec
ommended It.
Bevin Putnal said he only heard
about it when people started to
call him Monday. He added that
almost always when it concerns
Timber Island, the City of
Carrabelle has some Input Inlo
the matter. He said, "This seems
to me to be a spur of the moment
Jean Reakes, a Carrabelle resi-
dent living in Bayou I Harbor Sub-

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Brian Goercke in a 1994 file photo taken on the occasion
of his appointment as editor of the Franklin Chronicle.

Brian Goercke in Zimbabwe
By Tom Campbell
From Lanark Village to New York to Switzerland to Zimbabwe in the
southern part of Africa, former editor of The Franklin Chronicle, Brian
Goercke, traveled a long way to fulfill one of his dreams. He is in the
Peace Corps and his mission is to help advance education in that
part of the world.
In a recent letter he wrote, "The weekdays are filled with lessons from
my training. The language lessons can get pretty confusing. I forgot
how hard it was to learn all the verb tenses in Spanish. it's nearly as
difficult to learn these verb tenses in Shona, the language I'm learn-
ing. I've gotten quite a few more shots to protect me against things
while I'm here. I'm just about done with that."
In another letter, he illustrated with line drawings some of what he is
experiencing and the sort-of cartoon page was titled "Lotsa Sadza."
He wrote,' "On my 15th Day in Zimbabwe, in the sleepy town of ol'
Zhombe (Shom-bay), I sat right down to have my lunch-and on my
plate I saw a bunch... of sticky, mushy, chewy paste, which kind of
had that Southern taste, of good ol' fashioned country grits, but that
is not what they called it. They ate it morning, noon and night, with
peanut butter, it's outasiqht. There's lotsa Sadza for everyone. In Af-
rica, I eat a ton!"
He explained that Sadza is corn meal. "They cook it up and it tastes a
lot like grits, only it's a bit stickier."

division and an officer in the
Homeowners Association said,
"We were the first people to build
out there. Seven or almost eight
years ago we bought our property
from Gene Langston on the un-
derstanding we could expect
nothing from the city. We have no
benefits. But we don't complain
this is a beautiful property. This
property should be kept In a pris-
tine condition." She also spoke as
an officer of the Association. She
said, "All the property owners are
concerned as to what the limerock
trucks will do to our properties.
To our property pollution, to our
air pollution, to our water pollu-
tion, and land( values. Now, if I
have no rights, I plead with you
people, you representatives. You
represent my ttax dollars. Give me
your under'tandling. We have no
political lies, we have no personal
1iles, we are Individuals, we are
grass rools folks. Be fair to us
when you look at all this. And let's
not talk about money here. Let's
,iil.. about moral responsibility."
Susan Roche said her husband is
a disabled ex-marine who has 1/
2 of one lung and the other one
has 1/3 missing. She and her
Continued on Page 10

Continued on Page 3

The Governor's Executive Order
No. 98C-284 imposed several
conditions upon the former
Eastpoint resident, Dana Estes
Richards and her release from
incarceration, following her con-
viction for murder in the Second
Degree and sentencing on April
11, 1994. Ms. Richards was
granted a conditional commuta-
tion of the incarceration portion
of her sentence to time served,
and a commutation of the proba-
tion portion of her sentence to five
years. She was sentenced by
Judge Davey to 18 years incar-
ceration several months following
the stabbing death of her hus-
band "Buddy" Richards of
Eastpoint in 1993.
The first condition is that she
shall be subject to 5 years of court
imposed probation, to be super-
vised by the Department of Cor-
rections. Ms. Richards is to en-
ter, comply with and complete all
phases of a women's residential
treatment program as approved
by the Clemency Board.
Also, Ms. Richards is to undergo
mental health counseling until
such time as the Clemency Board,
upon recommendation of a li-
censed mental health profes-
sional, determines that she is
substantially rehabilitated. The
counseling is to be monitored on
a quarterly basis.
Further, Ms. Richards is to obtain
permission from her supervising
officer to change residences, leave
her county of residence, or the
State of Florida. She shall not
enter Franklin County without
permission of her supervising
If Ms. Richards fails to comply
with the above-noted restrictions,
her conditional commutation of
sentence may be revoked.

The Governor, Lawton Chiles, was
the first to sign the Clemency re-
quest but three other Cabinet Of-
ficers were needed to make the
final approval and release. The
three others included Sandra
Mortham (Secretary of State), Bill
Nelson (Treasurer) and Bob
Crawford (Commissioner of Agri-
culture). The other officers who
did not sign the clemency petition
were: Robert Butterfield (Attorney
General), Bob Milligan (Comptrol-
ler) and Frank Brogan (Commis-
sioner of Education).



By Rene Topping
History was made in Franklin
County in October, when Jeannie
Taylor of Refuge House got up to
speak before the Carrabelle City
Commission, the Franklin County
Commission and the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce. For
the first time In those rooms, she
solemnly told the naked, ugly
facts of domestic violence in our
community. We were hearing the
unmentionable truth-spoken
I am no stranger to domestic vio-
My younger sister Lily was a vic-
tim of horrific physical and men-
tal abuse. Sometimes I have mo-
ments of sorrow as I contemplate
her shortened life, due to do-
mestic violence; I often ponder the
difference, between her marriage
,and mine. When I said, "till death
do us part," I thought of nothing
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Cheryl Sanders was sworn into
office at the November 17 County
Commission meeting. Sanders
took the oath of office with Jimmy
Mosconis, who is now entering his
fifth term as County Commis-
sioner. Commissioner Sanders let
her presence be known at the
meeting, when she pointed out
her strong disapproval of the
Board because they had voted on
a new Chairman and Vice Chair-
man at the previous Commission
meeting without giving her a say
in the choice. "I thought it was not
only discouraging for me, but for
the people of District 2," said
Sanders. "I would have not cho-
sen any different probably, but I
would have liked to be included."
In his report to the Board, County
Planner Alan Pierce informed the
Board that 30% of the business
plan for the Apalachicola Airport's
industrial area has been turned
in. A 60% copy of the plan will be
turned in when it is completed;
The business plan is a require-
ment by the state to evaluate
whether the airport can support
the proposed cold storage, dry
storage, and office buildings that
the state is willing to invest in.
Pierce told the Board that
non-state roads, Gulf Beach Drive
in St. George and C30 to Indian
Pass, have been approved to be
repaved by the Federal Highway
Aid System. Pierce sent a letter to
the Department of Transportation
requesting the improvements.
County Attorney Alfred Shuler
recommended to the Board to
take no final action on the ob-
struction on St. Teresa Avenue.
The issue was brought before the
Board at the last commission
meeting, by Tom Bramlett, who
claimed the building that was
blocking the road and was doing
damage to his property. The ques-
tion that keeps arising for the
Board, is it a county problem? The
situation will be looked into fur-
ther at the next meeting.
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that there are three openings on
the Planning and Zoning Board.
Commissioner Sanders, who re-
signed from the Planning and
Zoning Board, recommended that
Barbara Revells be her replace-
ment. The two other openings
were left by Travis Stanley, who
previously held the seafood
worker position, and Timolyne
Williams. The positions will be
filled at the next commission
Julian Webb went before the Com-
mission to request money from
the county's revolving loan fund
to finance the seven sewer con-
nections that should have been
done in Eastpoint. The connec-
tions would cost around
$115,000. The commission
pointed out that the money is
meant for economic disasters and
even if they could give the money,
it is a loan and would have to be
paid back, which Eastpoint may
not be capable of doing.
There is an offer by the City of
Apalachicola to acquire a block of
land next (south) to the County
Courthouse. The land is owned by
the county. The city is offering
$400,000 for the land, which they
want to turn into a recreational
area. The Commissioners said
that they could need that land for
more parking. The Board agreed
to talk about it at the next meet-
Premtice Crum, Superintendent
of Public Works, got approval from
the Board, to purchase two new
dump trucks for Apalachicola.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan provided the Board with
a copy of the Florida Sea
Grant-funded research projects
for the years 1998-2000. The Sea
Grant brings together researchers
from all around the state to re-
solve the state's coastal problems.
The projects are funded in four
main areas: fisheries, aquacul-
ture, marine biotechnology, and
coastal processes.
The County School Board, dur-
ing a November 17 meeting,
named Will Kendrick, by a 3 to 2
vote, Chairman of the Board once
again. Connie Roehr was voted in

as Vice Chairman. There was
some opposition to Kendrick be
coming Chairman again by Willis
Speed, who stated, "I don't under-
stand why he (Kendrick) would
want to dominate the Chairman-
ship for all these years." He also
pointed out that he has been on
the Board for 6 years and Jimmy
Gander has been on the Board for
4 years and neither of them
have had a opportunity to be
In other news from the meeting.
Sarah Parmarter was hired as an
Exceptional Student Education
teacher at Carrabelle High School.
Jennifer Galloway was hired for
the Health Resource position for
Franklin County schools.
Apalachicola High School stu-
dent, Jeffrey Todd Edmiston, was
named the District Sunshine
State Scholar for the region.
Edmiston was selected because of
his math/science GPA of 3.83. In
January, the district scholars in
each region will participate in a
common math/science assess-
ment to decide the Regional
Scholar. In March, the six regional
scholars will meet in Tallahassee
to participate in a math/science
assessment to determine the Sun-
shine State Scholar.

Branch of
Library Open

By Tom Campbell
The Grand Opening "Open House"
of the Carrabelle Branch.of Fran-
klin County Public Library took
place Sunday, November 8.
Director of Franklin County pub-
lic Library Director Eileen Annie
Ball announced that the
Carrabelle Branch would officially
re-open on Tuesday, November
The now Library Assistant in
Carrabelle is Mo. Clair Vilasi, who
lives in Lanark Village. Ms. Becky
Melton is the VISTA Volunteer.
Ms. Jackie Gay instill temporarily
on leave.
The Carrabelle Branch of the li-
brary is scheduled to be open for
full services on Tuesdays from I
to 7 PM, and Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday from 9 AM
to 5 PM. Closed Saturday, Sun-
day .and Monday.
For more information, phone the
Carrabelle Branch at

Relocation of
Coast Road
Subject At
APTA Meeting
By Rene Topping
Relocation of the badly damaged
main road in front of the Alligator
Point KOA Campground, was the
subject that received the most
attention by members of the Alli-
gator Point Taxpayers Association
APTA) meeting held Saturday,
November 14.
President Rand Edelstein asked
if any of the members had been
contacted by any County or Fed-
eral Authorities as to the disposi-
tion of the road. The answer was
negative. Edelstein went on to say
that it was his understanding that
County Planner Alan Pierce and
two engineers had been- out on
the Point during the past week,
reviewing the situation.
It seems to be evident that the
Federal Emergency Management
(FEMA) are adamant that they will
not spend any more money on
repairing the road, but wish to see
it moved inland. One suggestion
is to leave the main road and turn
north on George Vauss Road, fol-
low the road through the middle
of the KOA Campground and re-
join the Main Road at Harbor View
Drive near the' water tower, at a
cost of about $2 million.
The area proposed for the road is
already fairly built up and it will
be necessary to make some land
purchases. The county' owns all
but about 200 feet of the land
passing through the campground.
It is gated off at present, however
during every emergency, the road
has always been opened as an
evacuation route.

Nancy Chorba, M.D.
Franklin Family Medicine
is pleased to announce that
Michael Wilder, M.D.
has joined the practice

Dr. Wilder will provide family medicine
with a specialty in pediatrics
Please call (850) 670-8585
for an appointment


Jim Lawlor Appeals To

Franklin County Commission

By Rene Topping
'Jim Lawlor, Chairman of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Board (LVWSD) appeared
before the Franklin County Com-
mission on November 17, to ap-
peal for their help on a matter af-
. meeting LVWSD boundaries. He
slated that the first time he had
heard about a proposed expan-
sion of the City of Carrabelle wa-
ter mid sewer franchise, was when
a member of the audience men-
tioned it.
He said, 'The board was not aware
that the City of Carrabelle was
looking to run a line around and
franchise the area surrounding
Lanark Village." He added that on
learning of the proposed franchise
for Carrabelle the LVWSD had
held an advertised special meet-
ing on the subject. It had been
decided that the board approach
the County Commissioners with
a resolution that came out of that
meeting. He made it clear that the
LVWSD had no problems with the
Carrabelle system serving the pro-
posed prison at Lake Morality
Road and County Road 67.
He went on to read the following
resolution: "Whereas Lanark Wa-
ter and Sewer Commissioners
approved, at a public meeting
held in Chillas Hall on November
10th, request that the County of
Franklin, State of Florida expand
the franchise area for the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District
west to the east side of Morality
Road. north along the south side
of County Road 67 to the Liberty
County line, then turn east along
the County line to the eastern ter-
minus of the county, then turn
south and west along the south
-side of Highway 98 to the original
point of beginning, excluding any
area compromising the Alligator
Point Water Resources area in-
cluded in the packet given to
commissioner was a map of the
proposed area and a copy of the
He went on to say, "From that
meeting, the people of LVWSD feel
that we are being encroached on
and although we do not plan to
expand at this time, we do want
to reserve our right to expand."
He stated that east of the present
district line the sale of Inner Har-


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Jim Lawlor

bor combined with a request from
St. Joe Development Company for
service to a proposed development
of 29 homes, will necessitate the
expanding of the district will to
met their needs.
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal, who represents most of
Car.rabelle asked Lawlor if the
LVSWD had contacted the
Carrabelle City Commissioners
and Lawlor replied that they had
not but had confirmed that a re-
quest had been put into the
County for the franchise. He said,
" We were not aware of this. No-
body told us. Nobody checked
with us. Nobody asked us."
Jack Henderson, a regular critic
of the LVWSD commissioners,
remarked that, "We in Lanark are
in the midst of a financial emer-
gency as it is. We pay twice as
much for water as anywhere else
in the county and planning to ex-
pand? It sounds like one of those
plans lets developers get what
they need and the present own-
ers pay for the cost of the infra-
structure." Lawlor remarked, "I do
not choose to debate with Mr.
Henderson. except to say that
most of what he said is untrue."
To the end, Putnal said he would
like the, two districts, Carrabelle
and Lanark, to get together.
Putnal and newly seated Commis-
sioner Cheryl Sanders both
agreed to help by sitting in on any
such meeting. Commissioners
tabled the matter until that meet-
ing has been held.

Census 2000 Confidential

And Crucial

By Tom Campbell
When it comes to taking the Cen-
sus 2000; Betty arndAlan Roberts
know that the work is crucial and
confidential. They have helped in
taking the census previously. Be-
cause it is so important, they have
volunteered to help again.
"The Census is done in phases,
Ms. Roberts explained. "The
address-listing phase has already
She did 74 apartments in one day
last week and she smiled, "It just
about did me in. I tried to do too
much;" She was still trying to re-
cover two days later and decided
to take it in "smaller chunks."
She explained, "Sometimes you
stand out front and call out, 'Any-
body living in here?' And some-
times you don't get an answer.
You might even hear a TV or ra-
dio playing, and still nobody an-
swers the call. Some people do not
want to participate, for whatever
reason they may have."
An exact mailing address and
residence is needed for each per-
son in the United States. "The
Constitution requires that a cen-
sus be taken every ten years," she
said. "Distribution of state and'
federal money is determined by
the number of people living in an
area." An accurate count is im-
portant for each county, so that
it can receive its due amount of
aid, both state and federal.
"Funds coming back to the county
are determined by the census,
she said, "and also the number of
representatives for each area in
the House of Representatives."
After all mailing addresses and
residences are determined, then
the census package is mailed out
to each household. "Sixty percent
do not mail them back," Ms. Rob-
erts said. Then the census takers

have to go out and "beat the
bushes" to try to get the informa-
Th'eit are'aboutLsix other people
assisting the Roberts in the area,
in order to complete the first
phase of the census.
Title 13 requires that all informa-
tion must be kept in strict confi-
dence. It is to be used for statisti-
cal information only. The facts are
never made available to the pub-
lic. No addresses are given out or
sold. Punishment for violation of
this confidence is stiff and in-
cludes a fine and/or imprison-
"There is no reason why people
should fear participating in the
census," Ms. Roberts said. It re-
ally is to the advantage of each
citizen to cooperate. The statistics
can lead to new businesses choos-
ing to come into an area, or not
choosing to, depending on what
the numbers show.
"Last week," Ms. Roberts said,
"one occupant refused to be in-
terviewed. :I made note of the re-
fusal." Then she had to approxi-
mate the address, unless it could
otherwise be confirmed.
Ms. Roberts said she would like
to emphasize how crucial it is for
every citizen to cooperate in the
census. The fact that the infor-
mation is kept in strict confidence
should relieve any fears that
people may have.

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The Franklin Chronicle


27 November 1998 Page 3

j Editorial and Commentary

On Friday, December 18 at 6:00
p.m., the St. George Island United
Methodist Church will present
"light of the world," a Christmas
cantata and live nativity pageant
celebrating the birth of Christ and
advent of the Christmas holidays.
Directed by Merel Young and sung
by members of the St. George Is-
land United Methodist Church
Choir, "light of the world" features
original contemporary Christmas
music composed by Lani Smith,
as well as traditional ancient car-

between the Old Flour Dock and
the Tillie Miller Bridge. One win-
ner will be declared in this cat-
To register for the Timber Island
Yacht Club 6th Annual Parade of
Lights, phone Ms. Flo Coody at
In 1998, spectators came from all
over the Franklin County area
and numbered about 5,000. The
show begins at about dark- thirty
and offers a delightful way for
families to celebrate the holidays

ols of the 9th and 15th centuries.
Tenor soloist will be Frank
Latham and organist is Margaret
Pfeiffer. Tom Loughridge will be
the narrator.
This fine musical program accom-
panies a live nativity pageant,
casting and costuming arranged
by Mary Baird. Following the per-
formance, which lasts a half-hour,
will be a light buffet supper, pro-
vided by Mary Lou short, church
hostess for the month of Decem-
ber, and her committee.

Apalachicola High School
Athletic Rooms In A Sorry State
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go into the locker room and
weight room at Apalachicola High School. What I saw was disgusting,
discouraging, and down right pathetic. Their "field house," as it some-
times called, resembles an abandoned building that has been van-
dalized by a raging mob. If I didn't know any better, I would mistake
it for a military testing site.
A majority of the windows throughout the building that houses the
school's locker rooms and weight room are shattered. The interior
Walls are covered in graffiti and holes. The coiling is collapsing and
rotting in areas. There are plumbing pipes and electrical wires that
are exposed. A large portion of the inside is unlit. I was almost re-
lieved by the darkness for the mare fact that I did not want to see how
badly battered the other half of the building was.* The interior of the
building, In general, is filthy, dusty, and just plain dirty. It makes me
wonder how any of the athletes that go Into this decrepit place every-
day, manage to got hyped up for an up-coming game? I found this
so-called "field house" to be a depressing and almost eerie place.
According to Will Kendrick, Chairman of the Franklin County School
Board, the building that contains the locker rooms and weight room
is already, "in the process of renovation. It was supposed to already
have begun," he claimed. This did not seem possible to me according
to what I had witnessed just a week earlier.
Director of Schools Mikel Clark pointed out that there had been some
work done on the interior of the building. About a year and a half ago,
new ceilings, plumbing, and bathrooms were installed. Mr. Clark also
said that, "We have a school board architect for this renovation." Ac-
cording to Mr. Clark, the architect, Rolando Gutierrez, will have a
proposed floor plan and cost projections for the renovation of the
building to present to the School Board, possibly as early as the next
School Board meeting in December. "We decided we needed an over-
all plan to restore or build a new building," said Clark. "I think it is
going to be a big improvement." I will not argue with Mr. Clark on that
Aaron Shea
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Timber Island Yacht Club

Announces 6th Annual

"Parade Of Lights"

By Tom Campbell
The spectacular "Parade of Lights"
on the Carrabelle River will again
show off lighted boats and docks
in Carrabelle for the 6th Annual
Parade of Lights December 19.
Boats may be registered in the
Commercial Division or the Rec-
reational Division. Cash prizes
will be awarded to the three best
decorated boats in each division.
Last year there were about twenty
boats in the competition.
Stationary boats and docks may
also be entered in the contest. The
area covered in this category is

Writers to
The Panhandle Poets and Writers
will meet Tuesday, December 15,
at 7 p.m. at the home of Ms.
Kathleen Heveran on Parker Av-
enue in Lanark Village.
Members are urged to bring fin-
ger food and a piece of writing to
share. Visitors are welcome.

Chronicle To
Publish Double
Issue In
As we have done before, the
Chronicle will publish a
double issue in December
1998. The December issue
will carry a dateline of Decem-
ber 18th, and will be put to
press two days earlier. Thus,
the deadline for advertising
and editorial copy shall be
Monday, December 14th. The
double issue shall have a
number of features plus the
pictorial year-in-review. Spe-
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By Tom Campbell
Two separate Christmas Bazaars
are scheduled for early in Decem-
ber this year. They offer beautiful
crafts at good prices, as well as
good food.
Yaupon Garden Club will hold its
annual Christmas Bazaar Satur-
day, December 5, from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. at the Franklin County
Senior Center on Avenue F in
Carrabelle. There will be lunch
and craft booths. Those who want
to reserve a booth may phone
850-697-3737. Ms. Betty Roberts
said, "Santa will visit the kids
Another Bazaar is scheduled for
December 12, also a Saturday.
The Lanark Village Association
will host its Christmas Bazaar at
Chillas Hall in Lanark Village from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Decem-
ber 12. There will be a flea mar-
ket, a luncheon and craft tables.
The public is invited.
These events provide good food
and a chance to finish up your
shopping for the holidays.

Christmas Concert: "Unto

Us A Child Is Born."

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts committee of the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society and the Bay Area Choral Soci-
ety, along With soloists and instrumental ensemble, will present
Vivaldi's Gloria and Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata, "Unto Us a
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Accepting the challenges, Mr. Goercke appears to be doing well. The#
mail takes about ten days to get from Zimbabwe to Eastpoint.
in another letter dated 10-15-98, he wrote, "I am on an official 'tea
break' at my training site at Rio Tinto. I've just set three cookies aside
for the three children at my host family site. Yesterday, I brought
them three apples. The food at Rio Tinto isvaried and plentiful. The
children at my host family's house do not enjoy the same variety."
He continued, "My host family is very nice. The Father (Baba in Shona)
and Mother (Amai in Shona) are Catholic. Their children are Samuel
(8 years old), Kelven (10 years old) and Chales (13 years old).
"Yesterday, I played soccer with Kelven and Samuel after my training.
I go to Rio Tinto for training from 8 AM to 5 PM. The school is about
1 1/2 miles away. The soccer ball that the kids use is composed of a
tightly wound ball of garbage bags. It works fine."
He explained that at his host family's house, "In the morning, I take a
'bucket bath.' You have to be very resourceful. The mother gives me a
nice warm bucket of water and you have to gradually wash yourself.
To rinse off, you empty the bucket over your head. They have a spiral
wall composed-of grass that you go into to bathe. There is no running
water at the homes."
Mr. Goercke said, "In this culture, they often eat their main meal
Sadza (which is much like grits) with their hands. I have been trying
to emulate this custom. This is something that I hope to carry on in
the States. How do you feel about this? O.K., I'll'use a knife and a
He explained that he had seen some wildlife so far. "On the way to Rio
Tinto, I saw a few monkeys on the side of the road. I've seen lots of
cows, donkeys and goats. Oh, also roosters and chickens."
He said, "I feel very safe and secure here. My bedroom is clean. The
floors are waxed and there are no spiders."
He said he does a great deal of walking (ab6ut four miles a day to
training and back home).
The people there have been "really friendly to me," he said. 'They like
it if you try to speak their language. And I've been learning the Shona
language daily."
In another letter, he wrote, "Evening is rolling in as I sit in the red
clay yard of my host family, composing this letter to you. There are
farm animals all about me. Chickens (hukuv), roosters (jongwe), goats
(mbudzi) and cattle (mombe). Roosters, by the way, are very funny
animals. They wake you up at about 3 a.m. with their
cock-a-doodle-dool! And they don't stop til morning. I thought they
only made their noises when the. sun came up. It's not the case. They
will also take the food right off your plate. One stole half of my sand-
wich the other day,"
He continued, "They have different kinds of roofs on the huts here,
It's called thatch and is composed of grass which is held together by
string. It lasts a good long time. My host family has about 5 huts with
thatch roofs, which they use for storage and to cook. The main house
has a tin roof. In the living room, there is a television and a radio. But
there is no electricityll How does the TV and radio work? They are
hooked up to a car battery and also solar powered."
As we express our gratitude for all blessings during the holidays, we
may also be grateful for people like Brian Goercke. who are willing to
give up a great deal in order to help educate those in Zimbabwe.
His address: Brian Goercke, PCT, P.O. Box 4760, Harare, Zimbabwe,

Brian Goercke in Zimbabwe Continued from Page 1. He furnished the drawing in letters to
Maxine Creamer, who was the source for this article.

Where Have

All The

Heroes Gone
What a sad state of affairs
Our beloved nation is in
The trust in our President
is wearing so very thin.
God has been left out
Of this sickening situation,
And we are being judged
By many another nation.
What has happened to truth
And helping one another,
Or the things that we learned
At the knees of our Mother.
Humility has just disappeared
In many of our politicians,
And greed and power and such
Controls most of their decisions.
Prayers in our schools
Have been forbidden so long.
Is this another reason
Why everything is so wrong?
How long will we continue
To have so few real heroes?
I think our God in Heaven
Is the only one who knows.
We should all get on our knees
And pray for guidance from
And ask God to fill us all
With His mercy and His love.
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The Franklin Chronicle

Literacy Western Round-Up Raises

Over $3,000

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From L: Alison Hartley, costume winner, Bonnie Segree,
Caleb Melton, also a winner, and Becky Melton.

Dolly Sweet and Literacy Coordinator Bonnie Segree enjoy
the crowd at the Western Round-Up.

By Tom Campbell
Literacy Volunteers of America of
Franklin County and the Frank-
lin County Adult Reading Program
held its second Western
Round-Up last weekend and en-,
tertained a large crowd at the
Eastpoint Firehouse.
Literacy Coordinator Bonnie
Segree said the Round-Up was a
success and "raised over $3,000."
This includes the funds raised
from the Donor-Volunteers Appre-
ciation Program Book, which
listed over 80 friends and spon-
sors of the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library, Inc.
The Friends seek to accomplish
community education through
fundraising, support services and
promotional activities, which will
encourage growth of the library in
the community. There are
branches of the library in

Eastpoint, Carrabelle and
Cliff Butler is President of Friends
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary, Inc. Literacy Coordinator is
Bonnie Segree and Liz Sisung is
LVA Treasurer. Franklin County
is Winner of the Friends of Librar-
ies U.S.A. National Award.
LVA President is Dolly Sweet. Kitty
Whitehead is Vice President. The
Round-Up had been announced
for September 26, but had to be
postponed on account of Hurri-
cane Georges.
At Saturday's event, Alison
Hartley won the girls division of
the Best Costume Contest, appro-
priately dressed as a cowgirl.
Cowboy Caleb Melton won first
place in the boys division.

Domestic Violence
Continued from Page 1
but the wonderful fulfillment of
giving myself wholly to another
person with absolute commitment
and love for all my life. She faced
abuse and risked death from the
drunken, jealous man she had
My sister died of cancer in Janu-
ary of 1986 at the age of 58, leav-
ing a daughter who was 16 and a
son who was 19. Lily wanted to
have children so badly that she
had defied the doctor's admoni-
tion that she could very possibly
die in childbirth due to a very se-
vere diabetic condition. After the
second child was born, the man
she married began to exhibit vio-
lent tendencies. It progressed to
beatings of her and of the
Unbeknownst at first, to any of
us in the family, Lily tried to cover
up her problems. She put a smile
in every letter, as she wrote about
her marriage. It sounded so good.
She became pregnant almost im-
mediately and bore a fine son.
Later she was to bring a sweet girl
to birth. Her letters were full of
the joy in motherhood.
Then although the letters still told
tales of her children, there was an
underlying air of gloom. I found
myself constantly thinking about
her. We had always been close and
she seemed to be trying to tell me
something. Somehow, I knew that
there was a real problem more
than 5,000 miles across the sea.
I picked up my phone, listened to
the familiar "burp-burp of the
English ring and as I heard her
voice, I queried her. "What is
wrong, love? I know things aren't
right with you." She hadjust come
out of the hospital after being
knocked into a diabetic coma
The whole nastiness that was her
life came tumblingout of her. The
physical abuse, verbal abuse the
fear, the children, the gambling,
the drinking. The complete
change from the loving husband
and father. She feared for her life.
She talked on and on. The more I
listened, the more I knew that she
needed to get out. And right away.
She said, "Please don't tell the
boys," meaning our two older
brothers. I told her we had to get
them on the job. They would come
to her help, like the Light Brigade.
They had no idea of what was go-
ing on in her life. When they heard
they were aghast and soon took
action. They helped her escape to
an aunt who lived way back in the
In one crazy decision made by a
divorce court judge in England,
my sister was ordered to try to
keep her marriage going. She was
sent back. to hell. This time it
lasted two days and she suffered
grievously. But she was finally
ree. "STie'g0ot a divorce ffand g6t
custody of the children and
started back to make a new life.

The Florida domestic vio-
lence hotline is 1-800-500-
1119. The Refuge House
office telephone, to learn
how you can help, is 922-
6062. The Refuge House
hotline is 681-2111. Let us
testify, breaking the code of
silence and let us be the
channel for change. Let us
break the cycle of violence
and change a woman's life.

Reprinted with permission from
the Tallahassee Democrat, Novem-
ber 18, 1998, page 10A.

Facts From

Refuge House

On Violence

By Tom Campbell
Disturbing facts were reported
recently by Ms. Jeannie Taylor,
Counselor for Refuge House, Inc.,
serving Franklin County.
"Children brought up in violent
homes," said Ms. Taylor, "have
over a seventy percent chance of
becoming violent adults." Frank-
lin County, according to her, has
a very high rate of violence in the
home. This situation crosses all
economic and social segments of
Unfortunately, the tendency is to
hide the abuse, rather than to
report it. This makes it difficult
to bring positive action in order
to correct the situation.
"Sons who witnessed their father's
violence have a 1000 percent
greater battering rate than those
who had not," she said. Battering
was reported to have been present
Continued on Page 9

The Dana Estes Richards

But those beatings had contrib-
uted to terribly poor health and
her life was cut short.
So when I hear about Refuge
House and the powerful work the
staff and volunteers perform, I feel
uplifted. I see the openness of in-
formation. I feel that we women
should really be "sisters, under
the skin." Now, we are armed with
.the knowledge that we can do
something to help. We must not
allow ourselves, to' sit smugly in
our happy marriages, but must
hold out our hands and help
friends, relatives, neighbors or
strangers, if someone is abusing

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Clemency Appeal
Publisher's Note:
The criminal conviction of Dana Estes Richards has multiple levels of
meaning to Franklin County residents, particularly to the citizens of
Eastpoint. The Chronicle has no desire to open tragic wounds that might
add bitterness and anguish to the loss of a son and a friend. With the
conclusion of the clemency hearing involving the survivor of an Eastpoint
married couple, another facet of justice will be done, added to many fac-
ets of the tragic death of Buddy Richards in 1993.
Others, including those who filed sworn statements in the brief consid-
ered by the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the State Clemency Board .
wanted their views considered in the post-conviction matters involving
Dana Estes Richards, wife of Buddy Richards.
In light of the many inconsistencies that often give rise to rumors not
substantiated in court, nor the public record, the Chronicle decided to
publish the arguments made before the Clemency Board given the wide
general knowledge of this case.
While the murder of Mr. Richards, and the conviction of his wife, Dana
Estes Richards continues to have a deep, and lasting impact on the
Eastpoint community, there are other parallel concerns this case relates
to, and one in particular, is the subject of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
The Chronicle considers domestic violence as a continuing public issue
that has, for too long, been swept under the rug. In any death case, or
brutal violence, has huge impacts on the families involved, and the com-
munity, regardless of who may be at fault. An object lesson to be drawn
from any of the confrontations of this type, is that VIOLENCE is not the
way to settle disputes, because VIOLENCE echoes and involves many,
many others such as the survivors, who are, in the end, the ones that
suffer the most.
The accompanying pieces by reporters Rene Topping and Tom Campbell
attempt to place domestic violence in some perspective. Their pieces clearly
demonstrate that DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a continuing and growing
A number of Eastpoint residents have now stepped forward to provide
sworn statements to investigators, and it is their testimony that form the
basis of the statements made by Dana Richards' attorney, Ms. Greenberg.
The identity of those affiants has been preserved in the clemency briefs
but are not identified here, in order to avoid needless acrimony in the
Eastpoint community.
We can hope that the recitation of these details will not add to the an-
guish, grief and frustration, but instead would allow us to look beyond
the pain, to consider the impact of domestic violence, and perhaps, even-
tually allow us to fully address the causes of these behaviors so we may
all live in harmony.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

Excerpts of a transcript of the clemency hearing on October, 1998 before the
Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the state clemency board.
Mrs. Jennie Greenberg, attorney:
"...Dana Richards is a 22-year-old mother serving an 18-year sentence for the
second degree murder of her husband, Buddy Richards. She was 17 and preg-
nant at the time of the crime, which occurred in Franklin County in June of
1993. Dana was 13 and Mr. Richards 27 when their relationship began."
"Dana's young life is a study in societal failure of child abuse and neglect. She
was the sixth child born into an impoverished oystering family in which do-
mestic violence and molestation were the norm. Edna Estes, Dana's mother,
endured frequent and severe beatings from her husband, Edward. The beat-
ings began on her wedding night when she was a 14-year-old pregnant girl
and continued until Edward was incarcerated for attempting to kill her when
Dana was a pre-teen."
"The abuse of Edna, Edward's molestation of the oldest child Vickie, which
happened in plain view, and violence against all of the Estes' children from
both parents were ongoing, nauseating and well known in Franklin County.
Edna became an alcoholic and attempted suicide several times during Dana's
childhood. Rather than finding sympathy for this precarious situation, the
Estes' name became synonymous with, quote, white trash, unquote, and the
family was consistently despised and ridiculed. No help was forthcoming from
any quarter, and the children suffered the most."
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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Rachel Chesnut
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger

John Beyrer: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on December 17. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Probable cause re-
port was unavailable for this case.
Billy Dalton: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance,
Possession of Cannabis, and Driving While License is Suspended. The defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on October 15 of this year. a officer
pulled over the suspect on St. George Island for have having no tail light on
the passenger side of the vehicle. When the officer asked for a drivers license.
he was told it was suspended. The officer then allegedly saw a tupperware
dish near the passenger side inside the car. The officer could allegedly smell
marijuana and asked the suspect if he could search the vehicle, which the
suspect allegedly allowed. The officer allegedly found two bags of marijuana
seeds. The officer also allegedly found a small bottle of crack cocaine and a
marijuana bud. The suspect was placed under arrest and taken to the county
Daniel Davis: Charged with three counts of Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for arraignment with other cases on December 14. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Michael Shular.
According to the probable cause reports, in January of 1997, the Division of
Insurance Fraud conducted an investigation into allegations that the defen-
dant accepted a premium from a customer and failed to forward the money to
the insurance carrier. The defendant allegedly made fraudulent documents
which were presented to the customer as proof of coverage. Following these
allegations, the Division of Insurance Fraud received numerous inquiries from
other people that had insurance dealings with "Cook Insurance Agency", where
the suspect worked. Three other potential victims were identified from these
inquiries. Barfield's Roofing and Sheet Metal used the defendant to get worker's
compensation insurance. A Mr. Barber of Eastpoint used the defendant to get
cargo insurance for his trucks. Mr. Barber had a load of seafood stolen and
allegedly went to make a claim on his cargo policy and discovered that he
allegedly had no coverage. The defendant allegedly paid for this claim out of
his own pocket. Allen Brother's Seafood renewed their worker's compensation
policy several times with the defendant before some of their workers got seri-
ously injured. When all these companies filed claims, they were allegedly ei-
ther paid by the defendant or partially paid by the defendant.
Cindy Fasbenner: Charged with one count of Grand Theft. The defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Mr. George Clark, an 82 year old
resident of Eastpoint, allegedly had over $2.500 stolen from him. Mr. Clark
had allegedly only left his home one time the day the money was stolen and
that was to give the defendant and a another suspect a ride to Apalachicola.
That night, Mr. Clark allegedly.had dinner with the two suspects. After dinner
Mr. Clark went to feed his animals. When he went back in the house, the
suspects were allegedly anxious to leave and asked for a ride to Apalachicola.
When he got back home, Mr. Clark allegedly found his bedroom ransacked.
There was allegedly no forced entrance and the two suspects were his only
visitors that day. Mr. Clark allegedly picked out Joyce Marie Hendels aka
Marie Estes and Cindy Fasbenner out of police photo line-ups. Mr. Clark's
brown wallet was allegedly found at the residence that he dropped the two
suspects off at that night.
Scott Focht: Charged with one count of Criminal Mischief in the third degree.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on December 14.
According to the probable cause report, on July 7, a officer was dispatched to
the Beachside Motel. The defendant had been asked to leave the motel by an
officer because they were causing a disturbance. The defendant allegedly had
dumped a bag of kitty litter into the sink and toilet of the motel room. Te air
conditioner had also allegedly been destroyed. Damages done were estimated
at $1,000.
David Hutchinson: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with Vio-
lence and Indecent Exposure. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on September 13, the defendant was
allegedly urinating in front of Charlies Bar in Eastpoint. The officer arrested
the defendant. When the officer arrived at the Franklin County jail with the
defendant, he allegedly refused to get out of the police vehicle. When the of-
ficer got the defendant out of the vehicle, the defendant allegedly got face to
face with the officer and bumped his chest into the officer. The defendant then
allegedly resisted the officer when he tried to take him through the doors. The
defendant was allegedly intoxicated throughout the incident

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(A-262) 40 ACRE PARCELS,some with
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(SJ-331) Two 100' LOTS ON NORTH
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(SJ-357) 200' WATERFRONT LOT, boat
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(SJ-362) 1 ACRE, TALL TREES, wooded,
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(LB-474) 60' LOT ON HIGHWAY 98
with gulf view .............. $6,000.00
waterview, high land .$17,500.00
(CW-757) WALK TO BEACH, 1 acre,
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Charles Kinchen: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on December 12. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders. The probable cause report was
unavailable for this case.
Joe Massey: Charged with one count of Possession of Cannabis More Than
20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driving. The de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on December 14. The'defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on October 23, two officers observed
the defendant allegedly drive through a stop sign on Grays Ave, in Carrabelle
at a high rate of speed. When the officers pulled over the vehicle, three sus-
pects allegedly exited the vehicle. The officer identified the defendant by his
drivers license. The officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the defendant. The
officer also allegedly smelled cannabis when approaching the defendant's ve-
hicle. The officer allegedly recovered a bag of cannabis from the vehicle and
another bag from the defendant's pants. The officer placed the defendant un-
der arrest. Upon further search of the vehicle, the officer allegedly found a
container of cannabis, rolling papers, hand scales, and some loose cannabis.
Allen Wood, the other passenger, allegedly admitted to owning half of the
Claudette Mullins: Charged with one count of Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for arraignment on December 14. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. The probable cause re-
port was unavailable for this case.
Melissa Nowling: Charged with one count of Battery on a Pregnant Victim.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on January 20; 1999. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on July 28, two officers were dis-
patched to the Eastpoint Apartments to speak with Mandy Creamer, who had
allegedly been in an earlier altercation with the defendant. Creamer told the
officers that the defendant had approached her at the Eastpoint Post Office
and was cursing her. The defendant allegedly hit her in the forehead and then
kicked her in the stomach. Two witnesses allegedly said that these allegations
were true. Mrs. Creamer advised the officers that the defendant is now the
girlfriend of her soon to be ex-husband. Creamer also claimed that the defen-
dant knew she was pregnant.
Elex Pugh: Charged with two counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance. The
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on December 14. The defendant had Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger appointed to him on November 16.
According to the probable cause reports, the defendant on July 23 and Au-
gust 20, allegedly sold crack cocaine to a undercover officer at the earlier date
and then allegedly sold crack cocaine to a Confidential Informant on the later
date. Both times the substances allegedly sold by the defendant, tested posi-
tive for cocaine.
Robert Dillon; Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant
Victim. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on December 14. Attorney John Kenny was
appointed to the defendant on November 16.
According to the probable cause report, on October 18 an officer was dis-
patched to the E-Z Serve in Eastpoint. The officer allegedly spoke with the
defendant when he arrived at the scene. The defendant allegedly claimed that
Amber Branch jumped him in the store and repeatedly hit him and he claimed
he did not hit her back. The store clerk allegedly told the officer that she saw
Amber hitting and cursing the defendant. The defendant was then allegedly
allowed to leave the scene. Five minutes later, Ms. Branch called the E-Z
Serve and asked the officer to meet with her. Ms. Branch told the officer that
the defendant had choked her in the bathroom area of the store. Ms. Branch,
who is pregnant with the defendant's baby, was taken to the hospital because
of the choking and injury to her chest that she claimed the defendant did.
David Russ: Charged with three counts of the Sale of a Controlled Substance.
The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial an December 14. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause reports, on August 20 and September 9 of
this year, the defendant allegedly sold crack cocaine to a Confidential Infor-
mant (C1). The CI was given $20 and video surveillance was put in his car on
both occasions. After the buy, the CI returned to the officers and the sub-
stances, were field tested. Both times the substances allegedly tested positive
for cocaine. The defendant was allegedly identified from the video surveillance
on both occasions.
Barry Thompson: Charged with one count of Possession with the Intent to
Sell Cannabis, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Decem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin

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SUBDIVISION .............. $18,500.00
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According to the probable cause report, on November 5 of this year, the
Apalachicola Narcotics Enforcltnent Team served a search warrant on the
defendant's house. The defendant, in cooperation, allegedly pulled out two
bags of cannabis out of a dresser. Also allegedly found was a tin can of can-
nabis along with triple beam scales, rolling papers, and a pipe.
Allen Wood: Charged with one count of Possession of Cannabis. Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driving. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Decem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Probable cause report is the same as Joe Massey's.
Leharve Young: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon, Battery Domestic Violence, and Criminal Mischief. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Paul Villeneuve.
According to the probable cause report, a officer was dispatched to Mariner
Dr. in Alligator Point. Upon his arrival, the defendant had allegedly broke the
window of a truek with a stick. Then the defendant allegedly beat a Mr. Ken
Snell with the stick. Mr. Young's wife, who is allegedly separated from him.
came out and was yelling for Mr. Young to stop hitting Mr. Snell. Mr. Young
allegedly approached Mrs. Young and grabbed her and then hit her. Mr. Young
then allegedly was beating the windows out of the house and the door. He was
also allegedly throwing clothes out of the house.

Richard Adkison: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft Auto, DUI, and Driving While License is Suspended. The defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Craig Ash: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm on School Property. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
December 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Everette Barrack: The defendant has been charged with one count of the
Sale of Cannabis. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to one year
probation. The defendant was represented by Assistant public Defender Kevin
Willie Baucham: The defendant has been charged with one count of Resisting
an Officer with Violence, Petit Theft, and Aggravated Assault. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on November 18 for the first two charges. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the Aggravated Assault case for pretrial on December
14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Steven Beebe: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Eric Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Burglary
of a Dwelling. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sexual
Battery with a Weapon, Burglary with Assault Therein, Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Bat-

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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit Court Continued from Page 5
tery on a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steihmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of the Sale
of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Barbara
Anthony Croom: The defendant has been charged with one count of a Sexual
Act with a Child Under Sixteen. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for
trial on January 20, 1999. The defendant was represented by Attorney Paul
Robert Dillon; The defendant has been charged with one count of manslaughter
by DUI and two counts of DUI with Serious Injuries. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for trial on January 20. 1999. The defendant was represented
by Attorney John Kenny.
Wade Dixon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Trespass
Occupied Structure, Burglary of a Dwelling, and Lewd and Lascivious Act in
Presence of a Child. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP case man-
agement on December 14 for the first offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on December 14 for the last two charges. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frederick Estes: The defendant has been charged with one count of Dealing
Stolen Property. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Decem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shular.
Curtis Gordie: The defendant has been charged with one count of Armed
Robbery with a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Paula Gordie: The defendant has been charged with one count of Accessory
After the Fact. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December
14. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Etta Griggs: The defendant has been charged with one count of Robbery. The
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Glen Hammonds: The defendant has been charged with one count of Armed
Robbery with a Firearm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
December 14. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Ronald Henderson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Ag-
gravated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest Without Violence, Reckless
Driving. No Valid Driver License, and Sale of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer has
continued the case for VOP hearing on December 14. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Hill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of Can-
nabis and Cultivation of Cannabis. No information has been filed in this case.
Cornelius James; The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Johnson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Murder
in the Second Degree. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for trial on
February 17, 1999. The defendant was represented by Attorney Lynn
William Jones: The defendant has been charged with one count of a Lewd
and Lascivious Act on Child Under Sixteen. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Key: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of a
Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on De-
cember 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Karl Lowe: The defendant has been charged with one count of'Grand Theft.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on December 17. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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Wayne Messer; The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Melvin Myerst The defendant has been charged with one count of the Sale of
a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
December 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Jessica Poole: The defendant has been charged with one count of Burglary of
a Dwelling, Grand Theft, and Forgery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Elex Pugh: The defendant has been charged with one count of the Sale of
Imitation Crack Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Andre Rosier: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Sell. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Rucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of Crimi-
nal Mischief and Violation of Injunction for Protection. Judge Steinmeyer has
continued the case for sentencing on December 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jimmy Sanders: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Cannabis More
Than 20 Grams. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on January
20, 1999. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Yolanda Sanders: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14, The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Riley Shaw; The defendant has been charged with one count of Uttering.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on January 20,1999. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Maurice Southall: The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Stevens: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery with a Firearm and Shooting into a Occupied Vehicle. Judge
Steinmeyer has continued the case for sentencing on December 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Tolliver: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of a
Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for pretrial
on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Ben Turrell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of Co-
caine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Danny Wallace: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery and three counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the Aggravated Battery charge for a VOP hearing on
December 14. The Sale of Controlled Substance charges have been continued
for trial on December 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alex Williams: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Cocaine, Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on December 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Wright: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Cannabis. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to one year of probation.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Hudson: The defendant has been charged with one count of First
Degree Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary of a Dwelling, Fire-
arm in Comm. of Felony, and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on February 17, 1999. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Gregory Cummings.

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Kelly Dildy: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the offense,
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on December 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Curtis Gordie: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on December 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Terry Holt; Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on December 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Freddie Williams: Charged with VOP. the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on December 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Woods: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on December 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bill Miller: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer reinstated probation with same conditions. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brent Roulhac: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
a hearing on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Holly Stripling: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
a hearing on December 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.

Estes Appeal Continued from Page 4
5, the criminal records of Edward Estes at tabs 9 and 10, as well as the
detailed affidavits found in tab 6 which speak volumes about Dana's early life
The references to tabs refers to the brief prepared by Attorney Greenberg and
her staff, containing affidavits by numerous Eastpoint residents, and other
public records. Ms. Greenberg, in the interest of saving time, made quick
references to the various enclosures containing sworn depositions backing up
her-statements. No such evidence was presented by the State's representa-
tive, Willie Meggs.
"Dana herself, did not escape sexual abuse as a young child. Before the age of
10, she had been molested by three different adult males, one of whom, being
one of her brothers-in-law who ultimately received a brief prison sentence for
sexually victimizing Dana. Again, I refer you to the clemency application at
tabs 5, 6 and 7. Despite the knowledge of Dana's status as childhood victim.
no counseling or other assistance was even suggested, let alone facilitated."
Within a year, Edward Estes determined that he did not want his children at
home any more, and Dana thereby became homeless at the age of 11. The fact
of Dana's homelessness was also well known in Franklin County. Dana moved
from sister to sister to friend to wherever she could find shelter, sometimes
carrying the shoe box which contained her only belongings. She often had no
shoes, had no toothbrush, no way to get to school, and no meaningful support
of any kind.
The local attitude to this situation reported by a number of sources under tab
6 appears to have been one of almost total disregard at best., At worst, it
appears to have been that Dana herself was somehow to blame for her life
circumstances. By the age of 12, Dana was consistently being provided alco-
hol by older individuals with whom she was staying or with whom she came
into contact. She also came into contact with juvenile authorities at 12 when
she and some older friends stole a shirt from a local store. Dana turned her-
self in arid wrote an apology note. Additional juvenile contacts related to alco-
hol intoxication occurred in 1990, when Dana was 14 years old and already
involved-and living with Buddy Richards. These are detailed in the applica-
tion by multiple sources, especially at tabs 5, 11 through 14, and 25.
In addition to the failures of many of our basic societal systems, HRS failed
Dana too. Ironically, it was a call from Edward Estes, then in prison, which
began a cursory investigation into her living conditions. This information can
be found at tab 11, and it is quite disturbing. After finding Edna unfit and an
alcoholic, the case was quickly closed citing the, quote, positive attitude of all
family members.
When Dana was 13, Buddy Richards entered her life. By many accounts,
including those of Dana's friends and family, Buddy Richards was not abu-
sive at the beginning of his four years with Dana. He showed her the love and
attention which had been lacking in her young life.. Dana was in seventh
grade then, and Mr. Richards was sending her to school and otherwise as-
suming features of a parental role...
The knowledge of Mr. Richards' crack consumption and dealing was wide-
spread in Franklin County, I would refer you. to the, numerous affidavits in
tab 6 and to Tab 37 for in-depth information about this feature of his and
Dana's life. Dana did some crack with Mr. Richards...
SThe first [abuse] incident occurred when Mr. Richards was intoxicated and
Dana was not. j, chased her throughout the trailer they were sharing with
friends, cuttin"Miis foot outside on a busted beer bottle. That night Dana
heard Mr. Richards call her bitch and whore for the first time.
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27 November 1998 Page 7


Ed ted by AaroV Shea

Sharks Defeat Rival Panthers
and Earn First Playoff Spot
Since 1973

By Brock Johnson and
Aaron Shea
The rivalry between Apalachicola
and Carrabelle has always been
a fierce, but usually meaningless
game, outside of the county. The
November 13 battle between the
two rivals, however, was for more
than just county bragging rights.
The sweetness of victory for one
of the schools meant a playoff
spot, which is something that nei-
ther school has tasted in decades.
Unfortunately for the Panthers,
they, once again, walked away
with a sour taste in their mouths.
The Sharks prevailed 16 to 0 be-
hind the duo of Kelvin Martin and
Leon O'Neal, who combined for
140 yards rushing and 2 touch-
downs in the game.
The game, for the most part, was
sloppy all the way through.
Carrabelle turned the ball over 5
times, including a huge turnover
on the Shark's 25 yard line with
8:00 left in the game. The turn-
over came on the Panthers big-
gest scoring threat of the game.
and it, in all reality, sealed their
The Sharks had their problems as
well. They were penalized 7 times
in the game, with three of those
penalties nullifying first down
runs. One of the penalties gave
possession back to the Panthers.
The dominant Shark's defense,
however, wouldn't help the
Panther's cause. They sacked
Panther quarterback Jarrod
Billonsly 5 times and at one point
in the third quarter, they, sacked
him on three consecutive plays.
"Those three sacks really got us
fired up," said Shark defensive
back Mario Lane. "We figured if
the offense could score one more
time, we would have the game
won because the defense wasn't
going to give up anything." The
Shark's defense, led by Trevor
Nelson's 17 tackles, also held
Panther's halfback Stephen
Millender in check. Milliender
gained only 38 yards on 17 car-
ries, a 2.2 yard per rush average.
At first, it was the Panther's de-
fense that was stingy. Panther's
defensive back Ryan Holton came
up from his cornerback position
and made a big hit on Kelvin Mar-
tin for a 10 yard loss. The tackle
set the tone for the Panther's de-
fense for the rest of the first quar-
ter. After a turnover by the
Carrabelle offense gave the
Sharks a first down at the
Panther's 37 yard line, the de-
fense stepped up and held
Apalachicola on downs. With the
score tied at 0 to 0 in the second
quarter, the Panther's defense dis-
covered no matter how well they
played, they could not overcome
the blunders of their offense.

The Panthers began their first of-
fensive possession of the second
quarter at their own 11 yard line.
From there, the Panther offense
proceeded to go backwards. On
second down, Shark defensive
back Mario Lane sacked Jarrod
Billonsly, knocking him back to
the 3 yard line. A penalty then
moved them back to the one.
Stephen Millender gave them a
little breathing room with a carry
out to the five yard line, but it was
punting time for the depleted
Panther's offense. That was when
Troy Callender came up with the
biggest play of the game, up to
that point. He partially blocked
the punt, which gave the Sharks
the ball at the Panther 25
yardline. Two plays later, Shark's
halfback Kelvin Martin took off
around right end for a 25 yard
touchdown. With the half coming
to a close and a 7 to 0 lead, the
Shark's offense moved the ball
into field goal range and with 3
seconds left, Adam Youngblood
kicked a 28 yard field goal.
The third quarter showed a strong
resemblance to the first quarter.
It was a penalty and turnover
plagued quarter, that saw neither
team even threaten to score. The
fourth quarter began with the
Panthers fumbling away their best
offensive drive of the game. The
Shark's seemed like they were
going to take a page from the
Panther's play book on offense, by
moving the ball backwards. After
Shark quarterback Roger Mathis
was sacked by Daniel Murray and
another Shark penalty, it ap-
peared that there was another
punt in Apalachicola's future, but
Kelvin Martin bailed out the
Sharks with a 40 yard burst down
the sidelines. With the ball at the
Panther's 25 yardline, Leon
O'Neal blasted through the
Carrabelle defense, for the deci-
sive touchdown. The 16 to 0 tri-.
umph sent the Shark's to the
first round of the playoffs to face
the No. 1 ranked Liberty County

Sharks and Panthers

Tip-Off Rasketball

Season In December

By Aaron Shea
The Apalachicola Sharks will open their basketball season on De-
cember 1 against Rutherford High School. The Sharks are led by 6th
year varsity coach Eddie Joseph who, in spite of a 4-16 record last
year, took the Sharks all the way to the regional finals last season.
"We are going to be a little young," said Coach Joseph. "We lost six
seniors from last years team. We have only three guys from varsity
last year." Coach Joseph will be looking to forward Mario Lane and
point guard Timmy Tolopoloronis to lead the Sharks this season.
"Mario is a big scorer," said Coach Joseph. "Timmy's main thing is
passing. He will get the ball in there. He is going to have to step up."
The Carrabelle Panthers, led by first year Coach Chuck Finley, have
no where to go but up, this season, because they did not have a team
last year. They will open their season against rival Apalachicola on
December 2. "Our goal is to improve on a day-to-day basis," said
Coach Finley.

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Panther lineman Joseph
Shark's fullback Leon O'Neal powers through Ferrell sacks Shark's
the Panther's defense. quarterback Roger Mathis.

Shark's senior lineman
Phillip MacElravey raises his
helmet in victory over the

Shark's runningback Mario Lane is stopped in his tracks
by four Panther defenders.


Cross Country

Season Ends

With Strong


The Apalachicola High cross
country season ended with a
strong showing at the district
championship meet at Lofton
High School in Gainesville on No-
vember 15.
The boys' team finished 5th out
of 15 teams competing, their high-
est placing in a meet of such size
all year. Three of the teams that
placed ahead of them were ranked
#1, #2 and #3 in the state, mak-
ing this the most competitive dis-
trict in the state.
Sophomore Suryan Jama led the
boys' team with a blazing time of
17:20, his personal best and a
new AHS school record. He placed
18th out of 98 boys.
Tyler Fulmer followed with a time
of 18:33, good for 35th place. Hot
on his heels in 36th place was 8th
grader Luke Stanley, with a time
of 18:34, also a personal best.
Senior Jeff Edmiston finished
close behind with a time of 18:43
for 38th place. Eighth grader
Ryan Beavers ran his best race of
the year, finishing 56th with a
time of 19:44, his highest finish
The team score of 184 was just
23 points away from qualifying for
the state meet as a team, while
Suryan was just 13 seconds from
qualifying as an individual. Coach
Hobson Fulmer was quite pleased
with the team's performance. "I'm
very proud of these guys. They
were not intimidated by the stiff
competition. And they all ran a
real gutsy race and put a scare in
the top teams. Last year we fin-
ished in the bottom third and this
year we were in the top third."
In the girls' race, eighth grader
Jenny Edmiston led the Sharks
for the first time this season with
a time of 23:09 and a 33rd plac-
ing out of 85 girls. This was her
highest placing by far, in such a
large meet. Tenth grader Kayla
Lee followed with a time of 28:32
in her first championship event.
The girls also had the #1 and #3
ranked teams in the state to con-
tend with.
"With few exceptions, these kids
got better as the season pro-
gi r-.i-.-rl ., id finished strong when
i: I iiiinr l," said Fulmer. I expect
them to be among the top run-
ners in the state next year, if they
keep up their training habits, both
boys and girls. Most of them have
good work ethics and will do what
It takes to be the best."


ar unngt h


Shark's lineman Leigh
Shiver zeroes in on Panther
quarterback Jarrod Billonsly.

Tate's Hell

Track Club


On Saturday Nov 21 st, Tate's Hell
Track Club members Meghann
and Donna Gunter officially be-
came dragon slayers. They ac-
complished this by completing the
18-mile dragon tall challenge In
sunny hills. The Dragon Tall
Course, referred to as "The
Dragon" by veteran runners
18 mile race over very challeng-
ing terrain. Sometimes you slay
the dragon; sometimes the dragon
slays you! Many runners try, but
not all complete the race.
Thirteen year old Meghann
Gunter, a member of the
Apalachicola High Cross-Country
team, became the youngest run-
ner to ever complete the race since
It began 4 years ago. Her time was
3 hours and 20 minutes and she
received a trophy for her efforts.
Meghann's mother Donna fin-
ished Just 10 seconds behind her,
prior to this race, Donna's long-
est race distance was 5 kilome-
ters (3.1 miles). She placed 3rd
in her age category and also re-
ceived a trophy. Donna is assis-
tant coach of the AHS Cross
Country team.
Continued on Page 8

Sharks Lose

To Bulldogs
25 Year Playoff Wait Ends
in Disappointment for
By Brock Johnson
For 25 years, the Apalachicola
Sharks faithful waited patiently
for the day their football team
would be back in the playoffs.
Last Friday that day came against
the 10-0 Liberty Bulldogs, who
are ranked #1 in the state in class
2A football. If the Shark fans knew
that their team was going to get
steam-rolled 56 to 6, they would
have waited one more year for
their team to make its triumphant
return to the playoffs.
It didn't take long for the Sharks
to realize they were no match for
the larger and stronger Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs scored immediately
on a run by Chris Fletcher. The
Shark's offense made an attempt
to answer the Liberty touchdown
by going to their passing game,
but Shark quarterback Roger
Mathis was picked off by Bulldog's
defensive back Manny Stafford,
who took it all the way for another
Things would just get uglier for
the Sharks. A punt return for a
touchdown by the Bulldogs gave
them the 21 to 0 lead. Manny
Stafford would then intercept
more passes and extend the lead
to 42 to 0 at the half.
The second half saw both teams
content with keeping the ball on
the ground. Down 56 to 0, the'
Sharks never gave up. They man-
aged to put 6 points up on the
board on a 6-yard touchdown run
by Kelvin Martin. When asked
about the difference in the teams,
Defensive coach Robbie Johnson
said, "Liberty County has a great
mandatory weight program that
goes year round. As young as our
team is, if we can get involved in'
a program like Liberty's, I believe:
we have the talent to be district
contenders every year."
The game- marked the end of
Kelvin Martin's career as a Shark.
He finished the season with over
800 yards rushing, 11 touch-'
downs, and 4 interceptions.
Trevor Nelson, also a senior, fin-
ished the season with-5 touch-
downs and 2 interceptions. The
only other senior on the squad
was Phillip MacElravey, who had
a fine season playing on offensive
and defensive line.

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Mr. Richards later laughed about this event. Dana laughed too, but was se-
cretly scared by how she had been treated. From then on, beatings, threats,
verbal abuse and forced sex became the norm for Dana. While the official
records of this abuse do not exist, there is abundant proof of Dana's status as
Buddy's victim. The lack of documentation is simply and unfortunately typi-
cal for the average domestic violence victim in Franklin County, which is a
cause for continuing concern about this region. For a variety of reasons dis-
cussed throughout the application, domestic violence has historically not been
documented or handled with anything approaching reasonable law enforce-
ment or criminal justice standards. The blame-the-victim phenomenon still
exists today, and women remain in peril and without recourse. Certainly this
phenomenon ruled the day in Dana's case despite numerous law enforcement
contacts and literally scores of witnesses to Mr. Richards' abuse of her.
A thorough investigation of Dana's situation includes the fact that she fought
back, one time hitting Mr. Richards with a frying pan after he threw her into a
table, which broke from the force of the throw and had beaten her throughout
the trailer, What follows are quotes from the statements of witnesses to nu-
merous instances of domestic violence involving Mr. Richards and Dana. I will
refer to the affiants by tab number rather than by name as many informants,
even some professionals in Franklin County to this day fear retaliation for
telling the truth about Dana and Mr. Richards. Quote, "I've seen Dana black
and blue from Buddy many times, One time she was bleeding because he
drug her on oyster shells. The next day he did it to her again. When she was
pregnant with the first baby, Buddy was on her all the time..."
(Dana was)... carrying Shelly who was born dead...
Tab 6B. "Dana would call me crying. She would come stay with me, but she'd
go back to him the next day. He would have been drinking when he beat her.
I've seen her with her mouth busted, black eyes, chipped tooth. I tried to tell
her, Dana, you don't deserve. Try to make it work. She cared about him so
Tab 6C. At first Buddy Richards seemed like a nice guy, but that didn't last
long. He started cussing her, making her do what he wanted and accusing her
of stuff she wasn't doing... I remember Buddy hitting Dana in the head when
she was pregnant with Shelly."

"...Part of the problem with Dana's case has to do with the police. Around here
the police are very chauvinistic."
Attorney Greenberg: 'Time certainly doesn't allow me to go into the facts of
the stabbing death of Mr. Richards, although I will, of course, answer any
questions.. It's important to note that Dana was beaten that night, that she
called 911, that she was found beating her hands on the floor next to her
husband begging him to live. Please read her confession at Tab 29. Despite
reports that Dana said she stabbed Mr. Richards because she was mad, that
is clearly not what the confession transcript shows, nor is that what Dana
ever said. Her remorse for his death is powerful, real and still present to this
Dana was indicted for first degree murder using alleged statements that Dana
claimed earlier in the day that she was going to kill Mr. Richards. As you can
see from of Tab 6P and S, statements to that effect were not made...
Dana agreed to a plea to second degree murder. She had been told that the
death penalty might be given her otherwise. She didn't know what kind of
time she was facing. She had caused Mr. Richards' death, had recently given
birth to their son, Little Buddy, and wanted the Richards family to have some
peace. She was also afraid for her own safety...
The presentation of Dana as abuser is troubling for a number of reasons, not
only because of the abundant proof that it was patently false, those who gave
erroneous statements either to law enforcement or at sentencing were all friends
of Mr. Richards or the Richards family...
Meanwhile, her son has grown into a four-and-a-half-year-old child, and Dana
has worked at improving herself. Early disciplinary reports have ceased. She
has been DR free for two and a half years now, and the only violence she
received clearly shows by all available accounts, including correctional, offic-
ers that she was defending herself. Dana has among other things gotten her
GED, completed close to two thousand hours of substance abuse treatment,
and now is a peer facilitator for the Tier program. She has shown us what she
always would have and could have been absent a life that no child should
have to endure. .
Dana's release is to the Bridges of America program where she hopes to be
helpful in their substance abuse program, pursue further education, obtain
counseling at local domestic violence shelter and participate in their school
outreach program which is very important to her,
She known thft she will slowly become a full-time mother to Lillle Buddv
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accept the truth about what she endured at his hands.
May we have two minutes for Lynn Rosenthal?
THE GOVERNOR: Yes, you may.
MS. ROSENTHAL: My name is Lynn Rosenthal, and I'm the director of the
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. We represent the state's 38 do-
mestic violence centers, and we are here today in support of Dana Richards,
petition for clemency.
Deaths of domestic violence perpetrators occur when society has failed to
protect its most vulnerable citizens, and Dana Richards, case is no exception.
In fact, it's hard to imagine a child more abandoned by her community than
Dana Richards.
Here is what went wrong. A young girl was severely beaten. Many people wit-
nessed this abuse, including a law enforcement officer, yet an arrest was never
'made. Mental health professionals and health, care providers who saw Dana
Richards failed to recognize her as a battered child and make appropriate
referrals. And even if they had made those referrals, the closest domestic vio-
lence center was nearly a hundred miles away.
Now all of this happened more than five years ago, and tremendous progress
had been made. What would happen to Dana Richards today? I can only tell
you what we would like to think would happen. We would like to think that
health care professionals would know that battering commonly occurs during
pregnancy. We would like to think that an arrest would have been made and
the case would have been successfully prosecuted. We would like to think
that the violence would have ended without a doubt, but sadly, we know that
much of what happened to Dana Richards happened because of the unique
dynamics of domestic violence cases in small close-knit communities. Law
enforcement officers frequently know the perpetrators. They've known them
all of their lives, and it's difficult for them to make arrests. There are few
prosecutions and no batterer's intervention programs, and sometimes a few
powerful families can influence an entire community.

Yes, things are slowly changing. Refuge House has begun to provide services
in Franklin County, and many good and decent people have stepped forward
to provide help. But one thing that does not help is to keep Dana Richards in
MS. KEELS: State Attorney Willie Meggs for the state.
MR. MEGGS: Governor and Cabinet, thank you for the opportunity to be here
today. This crime occurred in Franklin County, Florida, and I feel like I need

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to tell you-I think you probably already know-but a little bit about Franklin
County. It's a fishing community. The people there work very hard making a
living in the bay. It is a hard life. Most folks in Franklin County do work very
hard. Many of them play very hard also, and there are problems in Franklin
This crime occurred on June 17th, 1993. The defendant in the case was then
17 years old, and she, was married to Buddy Richards. And Buddy has family
also, and I would like for them to-stand at this time, and supporters who
came up here today. He has sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and
friends, who knew Buddy. And Buddy was a person-he was a hard working
person, and unfortunately, he had some faults also.
...Dana Richards, his wife, also had a very hard life. From all indications she
started using alcohol at age 9. That was before Buddy caused all her prob-
lems. She has had numerous arrests during the course of her time. She has
lived a violent life. Many of those acts of violence had nothing to do with
Buddy Richards so Dana has spit on people. She has gone into the jail. She
has been accused of stealing. She has been accused of alcohol abuse. She has
been accused of fighting folks. She has been assaulting law enforcement offic-
ers, kicked and fought four correctional officers to the point in the jail-had
nothing to do with Buddy Richards-in the jail until she had to be constrained
in a straight jacket.
On the day of the crime in June 1993, she was observed shortly before Buddy's
death hitting him with a board. She has also, has acknowledged hit him with
a frying pan. There is no question. Governor and Members of this Cabinet,
that this was a violent relationship, no question that Dana Richards was a
participant in and caused a lot of this violence.
It's interesting to note, though, that on the night of the crime when she-right
after she had stabbed and ultimately caused his death, Buddy Richards' death,
that she called the 911 and told them that, send someone out here. Buddy fell
on a knife. Then as we began to look into that, her next statement was, Well,
I was going around to get Buddy because I was trying to run him back home,
and he ran around the corner and he ran into a knife.
Now there were several problems with that...
One of the problems with that is a pathologist, doctor Benjamin Turner testi-
fied there is no way that the injuries that Buddy Richards received could have
been done by an accident. The only way that the injuries and damages that he
could have obtained that night would have, been if she was holding the knife
and had her elbow braced up against some hard object that would not move
and Buddy Richards ran with full force into that knife to cause the damage
that he had. The knife went through his body, into his backbone and nicked
and cut the backbone. Yet her statement was, Buddy ran into the knife.
Now the state did receive an indictment from the grand jury in Franklin County
for first degree murder, and during the course of negotiating the case negoti-
ated with her attorney who was a very competent attorney at the time, and
she received a sentence in the Florida State Prison of 18 years.
She has done, I think, about four and a half of those years now. Buddy Richards,
his situation is permanent. His situation is permanent because of her ac-
tions. First, she said he fell down, and I thought it interesting today as I stood
and I sat and listened to the situation here. First he fell down and this was an
accident. Next, it was his fault because he ran into a knife. Then she said, I
stabbed him, but I didn't do it intentionally. That's all contrary to what medi-
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And now I find it real interesting that all of this happened not because Dana
Richards took a knife and stabbed Buddy Richards' in the stomach, through
the chest, through the cavity and into his backbone, this all happened be-
cause law enforcement in Franklin County was not sensitive. And now, also.
we see that it's the lawyers' fault.

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Estes Appeal Continued from Page 8
Folks, I would tell you that the cause of this action down there that night was
because of Dana Richards, actions. This did not occur in her hnlusI
She pursued him to his house and stabbed him with a knife causing his
I will stop at this point. His mother. Ms. Richards, is here and would like to tell
you a little bit about her son, also
MS. RICHARDS: Governor Chiles and Members of the Cabinet, I'm Margaret
Richards, the son of Buddy, the victim...
.My son should not have been murdered because Dana was abused by her
own family during her childhood. And at my son's death, he had no cocaine in
his system. He did have marijuana, and he did drink beer, and he was not
perfect. I just want to kind of respond to a few of the remarks that they have
Okay. They say that Buddy was arrested about the cocaine. Okay, that is very
true. On October of '92, Buddy and Dana both were arrested for the posses-
sion of cocaine. She was seven months at the time pregnant, and if Buddy
agreed to plead no contest to the charges then Dana, her charges would be
dropped and she could go home. so that's what Buddy did. He really didn't
have any other choice.
Okay, and about-she didn't have a trial byjury. The reason she did not have
one is because she knew that she had been indicted for first degree murder,
and she also knew what the penalty would be for that; and if she pled no
contest, then she could drop down to second degree murder and have a lesser
charge and a lesser sentence upon her..
Okay. And Dana has had a bruise on her face, and she did brag about this at
the store, wanted my husband to know what he had did to her as if she were
bragging, that she finally did get a bruise. Well, my husband's reply was:
What did he look like? Not what did she do. What did she look like after the
The beauty shops in our town that cut his hair lots of times seen places on his
head scratched, bangs, bruises, simply from his wife. And the reason that
they were asked to leave my home at the time they were living with me is.
because he-My son was off in Georgia working with his father, and twice in
one week she came to my home so drunk she could not hardly walk. So I
spoke to her the first time about it, asked her not to do it again, and so she
repeated it again: and that is the reason they were asked to move, not because
of something my son had done to her.
Okay. Now we did get our son out of jail on that drug charge because I never
have known at any time her family ever doing anything for Dana and Buddy,
so we got the money up to get him out of jail. It was certainly not her family.
And the officers in our community are not afraid of the Richards family. We
are normal citizens, and they have no reason to be afraid of us. They just
happen to know the truth. And there has never been any records that we
know of police reports wrote up where the law has ever been called to my son
that he was hurting Dana. Only, there was probably lots of reports that there
was a disturbance at Mary Millender's trailer park, and that happened a lot,
but not brought to my son. And without written statements, there is none...
...Buddy's family and friends that knew him would have described him as
being a very gentle and kindhearted man. He wasn't raised in an abusive
home. He was always taught to respect people and respect life itself.
Dana murdered our son on June 17th, 1993. She thrust a six-inch butcher
knife into our son's upper abdomen, passing through the diaphragm, stom-
ach, esophagus, and penetrating the aorta. The blade point reached clear
through the vertebra column. It was obvious to us and the pathologist that
she intended to kill her husband on the night of the murder, she had laid
down on her bed. Then she decided to get up, go to the kitchen, pull out a
butcher knife, and at that point, she made the decision to murder her hus-
band. She found him as he was leaving the trailer park somewhere' near trailer
six. She plunged the blade clear through his body. When she was asked by
law enforcement. Officer Elzie Shiver, why she did it. Her reply was, Because
I was mad at him. She didn't say in self defense, or we were fighting, or he was
hurting me. She said, Because I was mad at him.
Dana took 'a part of our lives that can never be returned. Rodney and his
brother Buddy were close. He misses him so much, and the pain of his loss
has not lessened over the years. Our oldest daughter Gall suffered a complete
nervous breakdown and is currently being treated. We fear she may never
fully recover. This is attributed to the violent death of her brother. Our young-
est daughter Cindy was so devastated by his death, we watched her marriage
of ten years fall apart shortly after his murder.
Dana not only killed our son, she wounded every member of this family. Dana's
own family told News Herald, the News Herald of Panama City, back in 1994
that Dana had lost her innocence long before she ever had met Buddy and
that she began drinking at age 9 and was on drugs at age 12. Her family also
told a reporter that Dana never stopped drinking, even during the pregnancy
of her first child. Their first child was still born on December the 12th, 1992.
I visit the grave site of this tiny child often for my son Buddy is buried right
next to her. I get to touch the little white picket fence he built to go around this
tiny little grave. At that time he couldn't afford a head stone, but he put his
whole heart into making this tiny fence for this baby's grave.
Dana made the decision to murder our son. Her plea of no contest is a state-
ment that she-is guilty. Her youth-The birth of a child does not provide just
cause to disregard the seriousness of this crime. She alone is responsible, and
she must be held accountable and pay the consequences of her actions.
My son paid with his life. We feel this was an unjust murder, and we cannot
and will not tolerate such violent behavior in our society today. Judge P. Kevin
Davey sentenced her to 18 years in prison in April of '94, and we feel she
should have to serve out her sentence. We also feel that if she serves a lesser
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matter of time before another family might have to face the same tragedy that
we have had to face.
I thank you, Governor, and Board Members for this opportunity to express
our feelings, our hurt, our loss, and I hope you will strongly consider this
report before your final decision. I ask each and every one of you to remember
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Domestic Violence
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in 67-percent of the battered
women's childhood homes. The
batterers, at a rate of three out of
four, came from homes where the
violence was demonstrated.
Violence is a learned behavior,
according to Ms. Taylor. Children
who grew up in violent homes
demonstrate a three to one
"higher likelihood of committing
criminal assaults."
Children living in homes where
domestic violence occurs, are
physically abused or seriously
neglected at a rate 1500 percent
higher than the national average
in the general population. More
than 75 percent of battered
women surveyed, reported that
their children had been physically
or sexually abused by the
One of the most disturbing facts
reported by Refuge House is that
"approximately four million
women are battered each year.
This is one every nine seconds.
These women are battered by
their partners."
This amounts to an epidemic of
violence in this country. At least
half of all women will be physi-
cally assaulted by a partner or
ex-partner during their lifetime.
More than a third are battered
repeatedly every year.
The mission of Refuge House, Inc.
is to provide direct services to
battered women and children,
and to sexual assault survivors,
and. to work to eliminate the con-
ditions in society that allow this
violence to continue.

Among the efforts by Refuge
House to correct the violence are:
* To provide emergency shelter
when the home is unsafe for
women and children.
* To provide counseling through
individual and group sessions,
* To locate and initiate resources
for women and children living in
violent homes.
* To provide counseling and ad-
vocacy to survivors of sexual as-
sault and their families.
Ms. Jeannie Taylor is a counse-
lor serving Franklin County. Her
address is P.O. Box 813,
Carrabelle, FL 32322-0813. She
can be reached by phoning her
office at 850-697-3983. The
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Ms. Taylor urges those in need of
help to phone and get positive
action. "Violence," she said, "can
affect many areas of your life and
make you feel like you've lost con-
trol, even years after the assault.
Healing takes time, but you can
feel okay again."

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husband Joe live on Timber Is-
land Road on the route to be taken
by the limerock trucks. She
stated. "I feel that this traffic in
front of our house with the dust
from the trucks, will endanger my
husband's life, possibly even end
it." Her husband is a war veteran.

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By Sue Riddle Cronkite
When the tax base in Franklin
County is measured in acres, the
amount of money brought in from
taxable property comes up short
of what most people think, ac-
cording to two officials who know
firsthand. Sixty-four percent of
the land the county is not on the
tax rolls.
What the property appraiser's of-
fice and the tax collector's office
does in about the third fastest
growing county in the state was
described by James Harris tax
collector, and Doris Pendleton, of
the property appraiser's office, to
members of St. George Island
Civic Club at the November 19
"While property values and tax
income go up, the village has
actually been going down," said
Harri3. "My off411ce collects and
distributes ad valorem and per-
sonal property taxes. The 1997
t-ax roll was $10,669,887 and the
1998 taxes beginning to come in
now stands at $11,281,865.
"Included in the distribution is the
county commissioner the school
system, Northwest Florida Water
Management.District, and other
areas within the county," said
Harris. 'The special assessment
for St. George Island for 1997 was
$35,820. The fire district money
goes back to your district.
"'What most people don't realize
is that o-out of 348,800 acres of
land in Franklin County, the state
and federal government own
221,843 acres. The state owns
187,669 acres and the federal
34,174. There are 14,441 parcels
(tracts of land) in the county.
"Publicly-owned land and prop-
erty are not taxed, and agricul-
tural or timber-producing taxes
are low," said Harris.
"Most of the property in the
county brings in no tax money or
a very small amount. 'The State
of Florida Preservation 2,000 pro-
gram sent $117,000 to Franklin
County in 1997."
Pendleton and Harris showed a
map with acreage owned by the
state, federal government, the
county, and that owned by St. Joe
Company. Pendleton pointed to
the publicly owned land. "At one
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Pendleton said the property
appraiser's office staff must "iden-
tify and list all property at fair
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have to follow the rules of the
Florida Department of Revenue."
Pendleton listed taxable values as:
1994 $4050329,787; 1995 --
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down is because property values
have keep up a steady climb, said
Pendleton. In answer to a ques-
tion from the audience on who
determines the fair market value
of property, she said "The people
who buy and sell the property-y.
"In the appraisals office we list
every sale right off the deed," said
Pendleton. "We look at maps and
what people are willing to pay.
When we see lots of activity, we
have no choice.
"Homestead, property comes un-
der a cap. A permanent resident
pays 85 percent of the fair mar-
ket value the first year, then after
that the -ate is tied to the, Con-
sumer Price Index, but it still can't
rise over three percent.
Frank Latham turned the gavel
over to Mason. Bean as the new
president. Bob Harper was elected
,vice president, Melissa
Boatenreiter remained secretary
Bob Gardner, treasurer, and
Janet Christenson and Thom
Lewis, board members.
"This group is vital to the island
and to the county, Bean told
Civic Club members. "Our in-
volvement is critical."
In answer to a question as to what
people can do about their taxes,
it- was suggested that they con-
tact elected officials.
The group thanked outgoing
president Latham and others, in-
cluding, Gerri Guyana for work
with beautification and coastal

Ms. Reakes went on to say that
she felt that the residents of the
Bayou Harbor were being stepped
on. Tommy Bevis owner of, and
partner in, Dockside Marina, said
that he has a 30 year lease on his
property and he felt that it would
have a definite adverse effect on
their business.
Jim Lycett a member of the
CPAA and a resident on Ryan
Drive objected strenuously, "I
have to echo the concerns I have
heard here today." He went on to
say that he did not feel that this
project was compatible with
Carrabelle. "No matter how well
into dust control they are it pre-
sents not only a health hazard,
but also an esthetic detriment."
He was also concerned about the
matter of the narrowness of the
river and the problems if a barge
got away. He added that the river
was not conducive to barge traf-
fic. He then went on to say, '"Then
r there is the problem of property
owners across the river and the
impact on their property values.
Not only private owners, but the
city is using a Community Devel-
opment Block Grant, (CDBG) to
build the Riverwalk Project.
Barges loaded with limerock don't
fit into this picture."
Commission Chairman Clarence
Williams recognized Langston.
He began this remarks by saying
that the site has historically been
a barge loading site. He added,
"The limerock contains 22 to 14
percent moisture when it leaves
the site. I don't have any inten-
tion to let it sit anywhere and dry
out. I can't afford that."
Langston has tried several routes
to bring the limerock to market.
One which would have entailed
the barges being loaded at the Lib-
erty County site and barged down
the river is not suitable. He said
the tug boat captains don't want
to go through the shallow places
and they are concerned about
going under the bridge.
He added that in answer to Woods'
questioning the safety of the
bridge, he had had the consult-
ing firm of Preah-Rish look at it
and they felt it was adequate.
Langston said that the people who
lived in Bayou Harbor, a subdivi-
sion he had developed, knew and
had been given, the fact that the
road leading leading into Timber
Island was a road to a proposed
seafood industrial park and also
they-knew about the limitations
of service at the time they bought
He said, "I don't think what I am
asking for is unreasonable. No
matter where I go with this, some
of these people here will com-

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