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Volume 7, Number 25 & 26


December 18, 1998 January 7, 1999 By Governo Stoe) l. Sj1~ant SarsFrankli Holi[ay Sea[o

Franklin High School
Competency Test Results Show
Big Improvement

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Symbolic "Chrismon" Tree
At Island Methodist Church
The concept of the "Chrismon" tree originated in the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Danville, Virginia, in 1957. From
there the idea of decorating Christmas trees with these special reli-
giously symbolic, hand crafted ornaments has spread all around the
world, appearing locally this year at the Methodist church on St. George
.Under the direction of Claire Dews, a dedicated group of craftswomen
at St. George Island United Methodist Church have met each week
since early this summer, to complete the more than 60 gold and white
ornaments, each having a specific religiously symbolic meaning.
Crafted from tiny gold beads, ribbons, filament and sequins, each
ornament reflects hours of dedication and dexterity.
As Claire describes the project, "the green tree symbolizes the eternal
life which our Saviour won for us. The tree is the background for tiny
white lights and the white and gold chrismons (ornaments). The lights
speak of Him who is the Light of the World, and the Chrismons (Christ)
+ monogram) proclaim the name, the life and the saving acts of Jesus
the Christ."
Some Chrismons are simple copies of symbols of Christianity from its
earliest days, such as the fish, the cross and the sun ofrightenousness.
Others reflect more modern symbols, such as the shepherd's crook,
the harp, and angels.
The ladies who form the Chrismons team and who are greatly appre-
ciated for their hard work are Claire Dews, Kathy Schiller, Muriel
Bryan, Carol Brinkle, Betty Young, Jean Koren and Carol Dasen.
The public is welcome to view the Chrismons tree during Sunday
services or at the Christmas cantata and live nativity entitled "The
Light of the World," which will be presented on Friday, December 18,
at 6:00 p.m., at the church, located at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on St.
George Island. A light buffet supper will follow this performance.

Fire at




By Tom Campbell
Fire early Monday. December 14.
destroyed much of ,Judv's Fash-
ion Corner in the Carrabelle
Mini-Mall East. The walls were left
standing and the roof appeared to
have some damage, but fire,
smoke and water damaged every-
thing inside the store.
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce is located next to
Judy's Fashion Corner under the
same roof at the mini-mall, and
Executive Director of the Cham-
ber Bonnie Stevenson said, "Cody
Messer reported seeing smoke
about 12:30 Monday morning and
the fire wall between the store and
the Chamber is the only thing that
saved the Chamber."
The Chamber of Commerce in
Carrabelle will be shut down tem-
porarily as the phone and electric-
ity are both out and some water
damage to the Chamber property
was suffered. Ms. Stephenson
said, "We don't know how the fire
started, but the fire wall saved the
Chamber. While the Chamber is
closed-, people may phone my
home number, 850-697-2421. 1
don't know when the Chamber
office will be able to open again.
Because of water damage, the of-
fice is temporarily closed. Also,
the phone and electricity are out."
Police Chief of Carrabelle Buddy
Shiver said that the Fire
Marshall's Office out of Tallahas-
see is investigating the fire. Chief
Shiver said the call reporting the
fire was "received about one
o'clock Monday morning."

According to data released by
Education Commissioner Frank
Brogan on December 3rd, the
High School Competency Test
(HSCT) scores of Franklin County
students nearly matched state
averages in communications
'and exceeded state averages in
Statewide averages were 81 in
communications, 77 in math-
ematics and 72 among those tak-
ing both tests. As reported in the
table below, Franklin students
averaged 80 in communications,
79 in mathematics and 74 among
those taking both tests.
The improvement for Franklin
students was more dramatic
when compared with 1997 test
results.. At that time, Franklin
students scored 75, 73 and 63 in
the respective categories, (com-
munications, mathematics and
both tests, as a percentage pass-
ing the exam). The improvement
was up 5% in communications,
6% in mathematics and 11%

New Chairman

For Carrabelle

Port and Airport


By Rene Topping
Jim Lycett was elected, Wednes-
day, December 2 by fellow mem-
bers. to chair meetings of
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority (CPAA) in the wake of a
resignation by Ron Crawford.
Crawford cited compelling per-
sonal reasons for the resignation
from the chair, but specified he
was not resigning his seat on the
Authority. David Jones was se-
1:,ed to be,. With
Ray Quist being elected to the
position of Secretary-Treasurer at
a previous meeting, the Author-
ity has a full complement of offic-
ers. Ron Walters was welcomed as
a new member of the board.
Crawford announced his inten-
tion at tie end of the regular
meeting of the CPAA. Lycett took
the gavel at that time.
In addition to the limerock project
(reported elsewhere in this issue)
members took up a serious effort
to keep the CPAA as a viable body,
with introduction of a draft
amendment to the CPAA enabling
legislation. Authority Attorney,
Suzanne Brownless said that if
passed by the members and the
legislative, the CPAA would go
from being a dependent district to
an independent district. At the
present time the Authority's de-
cisions depend upon the City of
Carrabelle for approval or disap-
A second proposal is a change in
the makeup of the Authority. At
present four members are ap-
pointed by the City and three ap-
pointed by the Governor the
change would be just the reverse,
three from the city and four from
the Governor.
A third change would be to change
the language in Section Three and
give the CPAA the power to enact
their own planning and zoning
codes, issue permits and applica-
-tions, and adopt comprehensive
plans of the city and the county
at their own discretion. Upon
questioning, Brownless said that
the standards would have to be
equal to those in place in the
county and the city.
Lycett spoke against the second
proposition, saying he would like
Continued on Page 15

among those taking both exams.
Statewide, more than 110,000
grade 11 students in Florida
schools took the HSCT, a test that
measures skills in communica-
tions and mathematics that stu-
dents are expected to have
learned prior to eleventh grade.
The communications section
measures reading comprehension
and the student's ability to obtain
Continued on Page 16


The Hard


By Rene Topping
The first time that limerock be-
gan to be the big topic at many
county wide meetings, was when
item 6 was on the agenda of the
October 13th meeting of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission (FCP&Z).
This item was in regard to
limerock loading at a Timber Is-
land site, although there was no
mention of the limerock in the
specific wording of the item, which
was as follows. "Consideration of
an accessory use in the C1 Com-
mercial District on Timber Is-
land." The item was taken off the
agenda at that meeting.
The next time it surfaced, was at
the November 10, FCP&Z meet-
ing when, according to the min-
utes of that meeting, under the
County Planner's report, Mr.
Curenton asked to address an
item that was on the October
agenda. It was to discuss acces-
sory uses in the C-1 district on




Franklin County. Page 2
Love Center....... Page 2
Editorial & Commentary
.......................... Page 3
Airport'Advisory. Page 4
Carrabelle News Page 4
Pictorial Highlights of
1998.......... Pages 5-8
Alligator Point ... Page 9
Sumatra.......... Page 10
Jack Rudloe..... Page 11
Beauty Parade.. Page 12
FCAN ............... Page 13
Seafood......Pages 17-18
Sports........Pages 20-22
Bookshop......... Page 24

Continued on Page 15

Plantation Owner's
Association Appeal Rejected

By District Court Of Appeal
Ben Johnson Agreement Is Valid And
After months of legal wrangling and hot rhetoric at the St. George
Plantation Owner's Board of Directors meetings concerning the
lawful-adoption of a contract between Resort Village owner Ben
Johnson and the Plantation in 1992, the First District Court of Ap-
peal has declared the contact to be a legally enforceable contract.
The controversial agreement between Dr. Ben Johnson and the Plan-
tation Homeowner's Association (POA) has been in question since its
adoption at an annual Homeowner's meeting in September 1992, with
assertions that the document was not legally adopted. The November
18th court decision by the First District Court of Appeals has now
made this question history.
Judge Steinmeyer in July 1997, at the first level of litigation, con-
...The Court finds and holds that both the "Ben Johnson
Agreement" and the "Amendment to the SGI (St. George Is-
land) Protective Covenants' were lawfully adopted. Therefore,
Plaintiffs (POA) motion for Final Summary Judgment, inso-
far as it requests a Judgment declaring them not to have
been lawfully adopted or approved, and therefore, void and
unenforceable, shall be and hereby DENIED...
He also stated in the first level litigation, "both Plaintiff (POA) and
Defendants (Ben Johnson and Coastal Consultants) received and
accepted benefits obtained as a result of the actions taken in Septem-
ber 1992, and therefore it would be unjust to now accept Plaintiffs
position that such actions were unlawful or invalid."
After the September 1992 annual meeting, a new Board of Directors,
comprised of other activists, proposed and started litigation to seek a
Declaratory Judgment declaring the that the 1992 contact was null
and void. Then President, Lou Vargas protested that seeking a De-
claratory Judgment would jeopardize the POA.
One of those "outcomes" from the Declaratory Judgment decision
was another direct challenge to the POA by Johnson, in the form of a
counter-claim lawsuit, charging the POA with, a breach of contract,
seeking damages.
One of the provisions in the agreement was for the POA to "support"
development of the Resort Village. However, the POA was party to a
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The Franklin Chronicle



At the December 1 County Com-
mission meeting, the Board
passed land-use changes for Ben
Watkins and R.L. Ingram, who
both had 9.9 acres on Ridge Road
changed and rezoned from agri-
cultural (A2) to residential (R-2)
land. Lots 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21,
(Block S) on Highway 98 adjoin-
ing the EZ Serve in Lanark Vil-
lage were changed and rezoned
from residential (R-1) to commer-
cial (C-4) land.
Tom Beavers got Board approval
for a final plat for a 3 acre subdi-
vision on South Bayshore Drive
in Eastpoint called Spanish Oaks.
Jim Parrish of the Florida Asso-
ciation of Counties informed
County Planner Alan Pierce that
Franklin County is eligible to re-
ceive $100,000 a year for the next
four years for justice related ac-
tivities. This would include pos-
sible courthouse improvements.
In order to receive the funds, the
county must develop and submit
a plan explaining how the money
would be spent. Pierce will be go-
ing to a workshop in Marianna to
learn about what the plan should
include. He said he would be re-
porting to the Board on this sub-
ject within the next couple of
Alan Pierce recommended to the
Board to turn down any offer by
the city of Apalachicola to pur-
chase a block of land next to the
courthouse. Clarence Williams
and Cheryl Sanders were ap-
pointed as representatives to the
Small County Coalition. The
county pays $5,000 a year to be
a member of this organization.
The Board was told that a Haz-
ard Mitigation Grant of $48,991
had been received. The grant is
to be used to put shutters on the
fire stations in the county, city
halls, sheriffs office, and possi-
bly for a new roof on the Eastpoint
fire house.
The Board was informed that the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) has notified the
county that construction can be-
gin on Ned Porter Park.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan told the Board that DEP
has completed their resource as-
sessment of Alligator Harbor. It
was found that there was no com-
mercial quantity of oysters or
clams found in the harbor. The
Board agreed to support a reso-
lution for clam aquaculture in the
harbor. Commercial oystering has
been ruled out.
Mahan informed the Board of the
results from last Decembers
Florida Sea Grant Program, which
did a series of soft-shell crab
workshops and classes around
the state (Carrabelle). The pro-
gram workshops were put to-
gether to help fishermen impacted
y the "Net Ban" supplement their
income. The program included
training in setting up and operat-
ing small recirculating "backyard"
crab shedding operations. State-
wide, there were 114 fishermen
that participated. During the
Spring of 1998, 60 of the fisher-
men that participated in the pro-
gram started soft-crab operations.
An estimated 21,000 dozen crabs
were shed by the new producers.
The worth was as much as
$560,000 in gross income and the
cost of starting the program was
$2,700. The average income came
to $6,600.
The Franklin County Extension
Program has been awarded a
$27,000 Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) grant for
an infant car seat and bicycle
safety education program. The
grant will provide funds for the
purchase of car seats, bicycle hel-
mets and part-time staff support.

FDLE "Inquiry"

Still On Hold

An "inquiry" by the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement
bFDLE) was started in late Octo-
ber involving allegations of evi-
dence being "planted" in the
homes of arrested drug suspects
by Franklin County Sheriff's
deputies. The allegations were
based on an affidavit given by
felon suspect Willie Fred
Baucham, who told Assistant
Public Defender Kevin P. Steiger
on October 18, 1998 that he
[Baucham] was an informant for
the Sheriffs Office. Franklin
County Sheriff Bruce Varnes im-
mediately contacted FDLE to re-
quest an investigation into the
This week, the Chronicle con-

tacted FDLE again, and was told
that "there was nothing to report"
concerning the inquiry. The
Chronicle was informed by other
sources earlier that FDLE had
questioned Baucham extensively
after the initial revelations were
made public. Mr. Steiger had also
requested permission of the Court
to be relieved as defense attorney
due to conflicts involving other
possible witnesses. The Chronicle
was also advised that there were
similar investigations into
Sheriffs offices in many other
counties in Florida and that their
investigatory resources were
stretched thin.

December 15 Meeting
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested to the Board that a
sympathy letter be written to the
wife of deceased Governor Lawton
Chiles. The Board unanimously
agreed to send a letter.
County Extension 'Director Bill
Mahan spoke to the Board about
the clam aquaculture in Alligator
Harbor, which is an aquatic pre-
serve. According to the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP), 90% of all aquaculture
leases are located within aquatic
preserves. Franklin County resi-
dents may not be given priority
for clam leases, however. Accord-
ing to Mark Barrigan of DEP, it
may difficult to do by law. Ex-
amples of priority criteria are fish-
ermen that have been impacted
by the Net Ban and people in an
aquaculture job retraining pro-
To get the Alligator Harbor aquac-
ulture project moving forward, a
taskforce will be appointed. The
tasforce's duties will include re-
porting to the County Commis-
sion on topics such as the num-
ber of leases allowed, the size of
the leases, the lease application
process, and site selection. To also
get the project moving, clam
aquaculture workshops will be
formed. The first workshop will be
held within the next three
Noah Lockley went before the
Board to request the reinstate-
ment of his speciality mainte-
nance contractors license. There
are three ways to get a contrac-
tors license in Franklin County,
1) get grandfathered in 2) have a
contractors license from another
county 3) take a block test and
score 70% or better. The window
for the first two ways was closed
in 1995. A block test is the only
way to get the license at this time.
The test is administered in
Panama City and Tallahassee and
there are classes to take to prep
people for the test. It was decided
that Lockley and the cases that
are similar to his be brought be-
fore the Franklin County Con-
struction Industry Licensing
Board in January.
Director of Administrative Ser-
vices Alan Pierce gave an update
to the Board on the 60% business
plan for the airport's industrial
project. He told the Board that
there was an uncertainty about
Carr Creek's ability to raise the
necessary $4 million needed to
fund the freezer project. Cur-
rently, ways to help Carr Creek
raise funds are being looked into.
If that does not happen, other in-
vestors will be looked into and
Carr Creek could possibly take a
management role.
The Airport Committe will begin
their weed removal program to re-
move the weeds that have grown
on two of the airports runways.
Weed killer will be applied and the
remains will be swept away.
Runway 18-36 at the airport has
been closed by the FAA because
of tall pine trees in the approach.
If the trees are on private prop-
erty, a fee will be payed to remove
them or the runway will be short-
John Hendrix and Marie Burns of
the Corps of Engineers mapped
out the wetlands on St. George Is-
land. It was discovered that they
are not as extensive as originally
believed. The wetlands that are
there, however, are high quality
and should not be filled. This
means that people who own the
property with the wetlands, are
not allowed to build on them. The
Corps wants to meet with the
Board to discuss ways for the
property owners to alter their lots
to make them usable.
The Board agreed to have a run-
ning track added to Ned Porter
Park. It will be a quarter mile
track that will be made of
The Board agreed to purchase a
new machine that makes street
signs. The old one was purchased
in 1995 and has saved the county
$20,000 over the past three years.
The aluminum signs usually cost
$24 a piece. The Board agreed to
put aside $5,000 out of the road
and bridge budget for materials
and the machine.
A historical grant will be available
to the county soon, because the
county jail is almost 50 years old.
The funding can be used for any-
thing in the courthouse. This
means the county will be able to
build a new boardroom.
Destiny was at it again. The Ger-
man Sheperd that was on trial for
biting someone months ago, bit
someone again. This time, how-
ever, the dog is no where to be
found. It has been missing for the
past few days. If the dog is found,
there is the possibility that it will
be destroyed.

Love Center Church

Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Drs. Daniel And Shirley White Honored

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By Aaron Shea
For the past 20 years, Pastors
Daniel and Shirley White of the
Love Center Church and Minis-
tries, have given their hearts and
souls to the city of Apalachicola
and Franklin County. On Decem-
ber 9, the city and county gave
back to these two humanitarians.
The city of Apalachicola presented
the Whites a key to the city and
January 3 was proclaimed Drs.
Daniel and Shirley White Day in
the city of Apalachicola. That was
just the beginning of the honors,
as State Representative Janegale
Boyd, Franklin County Commis-
sioners, Apalachicola City Com-
missioners, and other government
officials paid homage to the Pas-
tors for all there years of service
to the community.
The Whites are so respected and
loved throughout the community
because they took a church of a
dozen members and gave it new
life. "We walked into a church that
wasn't going anywhere," said Dr.
Shirley White. "It didn't have any
vision and it was our desire to
make things better for the church.
It was our desire to bring Jesus
Christ into peoples lives. Here we
are 20 years later." Twenty years
later, the Love Center has child
care, a private school, a commu-
nity marching band of 60, and
athletic teams. That is just
scratching the surface of what the
Love Center provides to the com-
munity. They sponsor events tor
Black History Month, Martin
Luther King's Birthday and
Christmas. They provide youth
based programs such as movie
nights, talent shows, and the Miss
Black Teen Pageant. "The Love
Center is an inspiration because
they got young people involved in
the community," said County
Commissioner Clarence Williams.
Representative Janegale Boyd,
was the first to speak about her
admiration and respect for the
Whites and their church. "The
Love Center Ministries is a sym-
bol of what can be done to im-
prove communities if you would
only put your heart and soul into
your efforts. Your twenty years of
love, faith, and hard work has left
an indelible mark on Apalachicola
and the surrounding areas," said
Boyd. "It is an honor for me to
participate in the celebration of
your hard work and dedication to
this community."
Both the city of Apalachicola and
Franklin County Commissions
read resolutions of appreciation
for the Whites. Brenda Galloway,
Superintendent of Franklin
County Schools, expressed her
gratitude for the work the Whites
and their church have done for
the children in the community.
"Daniel and Shirley White are to
be commended for the positive
acts and leadership they have on
our children in the community,"
said Galloway. Tax Collector
James Harris spoke on the behalf
of Supervisor of Elections Doris
Gibbs. Harris read from a letter
that Gibbs wrote to the Whites.
'To Drs. Daniel and Shirley White,
you are indeed a blessing to those
in your congregation and to the
people of our community. You are
always giving effortlessly of your
time, love, and patience to those
in need. If it is in prayers or acts
of kindness ...
The Whites inspiration and
strength has reached so many
people, including their daughter
Temolynne Wintons. "I think they
are awesome," proudly said
Wintons. "I feel blessed to have
them as my parents. Even
through the bad times when
people were against them, they
withstood the test of time. That
has helped me do different things
in the community. Because they
have weathered the storms, I
know I can too. They caused me
to be stronger and be a better

Robert Davis was Master of
Ceremonies for the event.

Camp Gordon Johnston Association Board Members stand
in front of Adopt-A-Highway sign.

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leader because'of the example
they set for me."
After all the praise for the Whites
and their church was finished,
they got their opportunity speak.
"I give God the honor and the
praise for allowing me to be here
on this great occasion," said Dr.
Daniel White. "It's deeply moving
to have such an honor brought
upon us... This truly has been a
little bit of heaven on. earth. I
would like to thank God, all of the
officials, ministers, all the Repre-
sentatives, Commissioners, and
banks. We appreciate this. I don't
want to miss nobody. I love you
all and love you real deep."
Dr. Shirley White expressed her
appreciation to everyone present.
"I appreciate God to have him
touch your hearts to be here to-
day, said Dr. White. "I appreciate
all of you today to make this pos-
sible. You being here today really
confirms what God has given us
... It has been twenty years, but it
has only just begun."
Future plans for the Love Center
include a senior's complex and
educational building. They will
also have a benefit program for
the workers that were laid off from
the paper mill. As for the future
of Drs. Daniel.and Shirley White,
"We'll stay here as long as we are
assigned here."


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The Franklin Chronicle


18 December 1998 Page 3

In Memorial


Governor Lawton Chiles
1930 1998
Photographed by the Chronicle on the occasion of the
U.S. Postal Service's "Florida" stamp at the Capitol, Ma

Letter To The Editc

People's Transit Organization
P.O. Box 175
Monticello, Florida 23245
November 22, 1998
Dear Editor:
Our organization has been interested in improved an
service in the State of Florida for almost 20 years noA
push to build transportation alternatives. We spear
years, the establishment of the first ever transcontin
tween Florida and California. And our organization
ested and supportive of higher speed rail as part of th
of establishing a statewide rail network which m
Yet we believe the high speed project currently under
for only the Tampa-Orlando-Miami corridors to be
possibly relying on a faulty assumption. It is premat
feel that there may not currently be a great enough
vice in Florida upon which to feed into this system
sumption is that the system will make a profit; no rai
know of does this. Yet no transportation system me
eluding roads and airports; they are all and should b
tial governmental services and rail of course is bene
its economical, environmental, energy efficient and
benefits, among others.
We feel that rather than building the current high E
the moment, the state would get a bigger bang for its
ing a true rail system which would serve the entire s
at higher speeds than present and would properly
work for a high speed system later. Our proposal wo
service where there was none before: to St. Augustine,
New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne,
Beach, Stuart, Jupiter, Clearwater, St. Petersb
Bradenton, Panama City, and Ft. Myers, among other
a day basis. Other service to cities currently with ra
be run on at least an additional 5-6 times a day
Miami-Jacksonville along the coast; Pensacola
Jacksonville-Gainesville-Tampa; Jacksonville
Orlando-Ocala-Gainesville, which is not in the high
In the Tampa-Orlando-Miami corridors, there will
tional trains each way, each day. Service expansion
either alone or with agreements with other states t
points such as Atlanta or New Orleans.
The X2000 technology would allow these new trains
existing tracks due to its ability to tilt around comer
40-50% faster; there is also existing track which wi
run close to 100 miles/hour now ( the stretch betw
and West Palm Beach immediately comes to mind).
We estimate it would cost the state annually to opera
the low to mid tens of millions of dollars; The figures
system covering 75% of its costs initially; it will do
pulling in people all over the United States, not just
After all, AMTRAK now covers 82% of its costs.
Capital monies are initially estimated at $650,000,
either come from part of the $2.3 billion "loan" for
project which can be converted to a grant, and/or
from funding agreements with the railroads. Worst
Florida were faced with solely paying the debt servi

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the state would only have to pay $41.6 million/year; track improve-
ments which will need to be made on top on what is outlined above .
would ideally be part of the first two, funding options, with annual
appropriations/bonds to make up any difference.
Head to head, the state would have been spending approximately
between $161,000,000-$962,500,000 a year once the high speed .
S project is up and running which would only serve part of our state vs.
between $23,207,642-$93,963,812 a year to serve the entire state;
our proposed service can be up and running anywhere from immedi- l.
ately to 1-2 years, depending upon equipment acquisition and con-
struction of stations/track improvements and this service can run
on existing rail lines. ..
Florida is the fourth largest state in the nation; two states larger than
us have already constructed statewide rail networks, and others .. -
smaller than us have or are doing likewise, such as Georgia, who is ,---
moving to implement service between Atlanta-Macon and .
Atlanta-Athens for starters. Building more and bigger roads and air- -
ports will not solve our transportation problems; only building up e
our rail resources will. We urge you to contact your elected state offi- The
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cost-effective statewide rail higher speed network which serves the Despite thousa
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ecat o99 th5. US EPA Rules Mean Higher itreposes on

)r Costs For Consumers Using T

Clean Energy The Apalach
scheduled a
Water Alloct
By G. David Rogers, Executive Vice President of the allocation fo
Florida Propane Gas Association
Once again, the federal government has turned good intentions into
something costly and burdensome for American businesses, farmers The ACF
d expanded rail and consumers. The W
w, as part of our
headed over, 10 Propane is a valuable resource that provides a safe, clean and eco-
nental train be- nomic energy choice for a variety of consumers. It is used in homes,
has been inter- businesses and farms. As of June 21, 1999, the propane industry
ie larger picture will have to comply with onerous rules the US Environmental Protec-
vould serve all tion Agency (EPA) has published to implement Section 112(r) of the
Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
r consideration It should not come as a big surprise that these rules are by no means The purpo,
prem consatureand simple to follow; among other things, they require propane providers recommend.
prematureand andcustomers who have more than 10,000 pounds (2,380 gallons) of formula t
ture because we propane on site to file a detailed risk management plan. Apalachicol
base of rail ser- related matt
. The faulty as- Compliance with the rules will be highly complex, and the EPA's best tinue disi
1 system that we effort to help has been to draft a 165-page instruction manual. Con- allocation
makes money, in- sultants have seen these rules as a huge business opportunity, and a meetings an
e seen as essen- cottage industry has sprung up to sell their services for thousands of
ficial because of dollars per facility. The costs to the private sector will be staggering.
People moving Nationwide, if all propane marketers' facilities and only half of farms, G
commercial and industrial facilities must comply, and preparing a Nc
d p t a report takes 15 hours per facility at a conservative $100 per hour,
speed project atld EPA's rules will cost $1.5 billion!
s buck by build-
state, would run These regulations were written in reaction to a few chemical plant Craw
lay the ground- accidents around the world with the good intentions of making sure
uld provide new chemical companies are prepared for emergencies and that the pub- Abou
Daytona Beach, lic has access to information affecting their neighborhoods. While A
Ft. Pierce, Vero propane is included in the list of industries which must comply, fuels
)urg, Sarasota, such as electricity, fuel oil and natural gas are not. This arbitrary Agriculture (
ers, on a 6 times inclusion does not make sense and is not fair to propane businesses Crawford has
il service would and consumers. tionary wildfi
r basis between dents due to
a-Jacksonville; The propane industry has a long record of safety. It is regulated on dex levels acr
e-Orlando and the state level by the Florida Department of Agriculture's Bureau of
speed proposal. LP Gas following the guidelines of the LP Gas Code published by the "We already ar
be 10- 11 addi- National Fire Protection Association. The Department regulates the indexes in t
1 is also possible design, installation, inspection, approval and operation of propane higher. i.mai
:o run service to facilities. Companies must already submit reports to the EPA and to said. "These'
state and local emergency response agencies under federal trouble me. I
right-to-know rules. to prepare th
to run faster on wildfire now.
s, going between Florida's propane businesses believe in fair competition and provid-
ll allow trains to ing a safe energy source. However, this regulation puts the industry The Keetch-B
een Okeechobee at a great disadvantage with many of the other fuel sources which do ranges from i
not have to comply. Our propane companies, many of them small being a "des(
businesses, stand to lose valuable customers who would rather switch This past su
ite this to other available fuels not covered by this burdensome regulation, index range
are based on the Since propane offers one of the most economical and clean energy across much
better over time choices, we are all hurt by this shift.
in Florida alone. According to
The public has a right to demand that companies act safely and re- cials, dry conga
sponsibly. However, I do not believe the EPA's implementation of this to dominate tl
000 which could law is what Congress had in mind when passing the Clean Air Act particularly t
r the high speed Amendments. It is time for common sense in government and a com- the peninsula
part could come mitment to ensuring true clean energy choice for consumers without temperatures
case scenario, if unnecessary regulations. fall associated
ce on the bonds, cate strong pc
Christmas In Carrabelle wildfireseas
X 590 The possil
)A 32328 By Tom Campbell freeze-dried
this potential
Christmas'in Carrabelle is a two-day schedule for Friday and Satur- the season.
HASSEE) day, December 18 and 19, according to Executive Director Bonnie
0830 Stephenson of the Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce. Locals
and visitors will have a chance to visit with Santa, find some wonder-
'LE, INC. ful gifts at the Mini-Mall East and other shops around Carrabelle,
r 18, 1998 and see a spectacular "Parade of Lights" on the Carrabelle River.
offer If you haven't seen the show on the river at dark on Saturday night,
don't miss it. It will bring out the kid in you.
Cronkite Celebrate the holidays with your family by watching the "Parade of
nson Lights." Guaranteed to delight children of all ages. The Timber Island FIRST-CLA
a Yacht Club is providing some wonderful services to the community. Letter Rate-
i)ng During the year, Timber Island Yacht Club sponsored a Youth Fish- Each addi
ing Class in July. This was followed by the Youth Fishing Tourna- Card Rate--
:apps ment with awards provided in different age groups. The club also
assisted the Shriners in May with their tournament, which benefits Pn d aT
Children's Hospital. 2 Pound Flal
uvais Dyal The Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce awarded its Member of EXPRESS M
:apps the Year for 1998 to Timber Island Yacht Club. A plaque will be awarded 1/2 Pound F
le to the Best Decorated Business for the Holidays, 1998. EUp toess M$50
ford The City of Carrabelle has announced it will provide a fireworks show, $500.01 tc
yers following the "Parade of Lights" on Saturday night. The evening should SPECIAL SE
d provide plenty of free entertainment for the whole family. Certified Mi



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n At Resort Village
ands of dollars spent in legal matters by the Plantation
nationn at St. George Island to thwart the commercial
Side the privately owned Plantation, The Inn at Resort
rst structure to open for business in Dr. Ben Johnson's
project. Even this sign may be the subject of some
SGate personnel told the Chronicle that the Plantation
mit the Inn sign to be placed on Plantation property, so
Franklin County right-of-way.

'ri-River Meeting

hicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin Commission has
meeting of the Commission and the Commission's
nation Formula Committee which is to negotiate an
rmula for the basin. The meetings will be on:
Friday, December 18, 1998
Basin Commission will meet at 11:00 a.m. (CST)
water Allocation Formula Committee will meet at
1:00 p.m. (CST)
Montgomery Civic Center
'Room C
300 Bibb Street
Montgomery, Alabama
se of the Commission meeting is to consider a
nation to extend the December 31, 1998, deadline for a
:o apportion the surface waters of the
a-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin and to discuss other
ers. The Water Allocation Formula Committee will con-
cussions related to ACF water demands,
formula and schedule for upcoming committee
id their agendas.
For further information, please contact:
reorgann Penson, Public Information Office
)rthwest Florida Water Management District
(850) 539-5999

ford Warns Residents

t Wildfire Threat

Commissioner Bob
s issued a precau-
re warning to resi-
growing drought in-
oss the state.
re recording drought
he mid-500s and
ny ,areas," ,Crawford
elevatedd readings
'm urging everyone
ieir homes against

yran Drought Index
0 to 800, with 800
ert-like" condition.
mmer the drought
:d from 730-798
of Florida.
state forestry offi-
ditions are expected
throughout the state,
he southern half of
. The above-normal
and reduced rain-
d with La Nina indi-
)tential for an active
ble addition of
fuels may increase
in the later part of

Florida was rocked with more
than 2,300 wildfires that burned
500,000 -acres from late May
through mid-July. The fires de-
stroyed or damaged 337 struc-
tires ihid caused major disrup-
tions m thie lives of hundreds of
thousands of citizens. ,
Crawford recommends a number
of steps to make homes
fire-resistant. These include:
* Create a firebreak or "defensible
space' of at least 30 feet around a
house whenever practical.
* Remove branches from the lower
six feet of tall trees near a house
to keep ground fires from spread-
ing into the tops of trees.
* Keep roofs and rain gutters clear
of leaves, pine needles, and other
flammable debris.
* Keep enough garden hose on
hand to reach all parts of a house.
* Maintain landscaping free of
dead and dying plants.
* Locate all combustibles, i.e., fire-
wood, picnic tables, gas grills,
etc., away from structures.

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Department Of Corrections
Senior Registered Nurse F/C
Position Number 05702
The Florida Department of Corrections has an immediate vacancy for
a SENIOR REGISTERED NURSE F/C at Franklin Work Camp located
in Apalachicola, Florida. This position provides medical care to in-
mates in a correctional setting. To be qualified, you must possess a
State of Florida license as a registered professional nurse in accordance
with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance
with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27 AND one year of profes-
sional nursing experience. Competitive salary ($1,070.75 1,933.92 bi-
weekly), based on experience, and excellent benefits. Experience in a
correctional setting is preferred. Applicants with less than one year of
experience may be considered in a trainee status.
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The Franklin Chronicle

Industrial Plant Discussed
At Airport Advisory Meeting 4

The 60% Business Plan
for the 181,000 square
foot storage facility was
the highlight of the
By Aaron Shea
The December 7 Airport Advisory
meeting brought out the major
players that have their hand in
the proposed airport industrial
plant. Dames and Moore, the con-
sulting firm for the airport, was
represented by Larry Parker and
Steve Burhoe. Donald Wilson and
Daki Ward of Carr Creek Enter-
prises Inc., which consists of
three local seafood dealers, at-
tended. Carr Creek Enterprises
Inc. has serious interest in being
investors in the plant. If Carr
Creek was to invest, the plant
would be operated by locals. One
Advisory Committee member
said, "I want it local. I would like
to keep every nickel local." Chris-
topher Hine of the St. Joe Com-
pany explained his presence at
the meeting. "One reason we are
here tonight is to understand'
this," said Hine. "We have to fig-
ure out if this is viable."
The airport industrial project,
which originated three years ago,
is a proposed 181,000 square foot
facility that would contain freez-
ers for local dealers to store their
fish and shellfish. The facility
would, just as importantly, be a
seafood processingplant. Donnie
Wilson, however, does not just
limit it to that. "All of this is not
pertaining to seafood," said Wil-
son. "We have talked to Publix and
Winn Dixie about cold storage."
The freezer storage, according to
a recent Wall Street Journal ar-
ticle, would only be matched in
size by a freezer storage in Jack-
sonville. It is believed that the pro-
posed plant would also create 50
more jobs for the county, in par-
icular, seafood workers. "That's
what it is all about, to get seafood
people jobs," said Bill Ruic, Man-
ager of Fix Base Operations for the
Steve Burhoe presented the 60%
Business Plan to the interested
parties at the meeting. It is esti-

By Rene Topping
Water and Sewer Commissioner
Jim Phillips reported at the De-
cember 2, meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission, that
he had been asked in a letter from
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Chairperson Jim Lawlor,
to join a conference along with
Cheryl Sanders, Bill McCartney
and Alan Pierce with the district,
as to water franchises in the area.
Police Commissioner Pam Lycett
reported that the city had ac-
quired by donation two used
sheriffs cars. Also she made a
request on the behalf of citizens
in the 30 A and Smoky Hollow
area, to contact the Florida Game
and fresh Water Fish Commission
in regard to several nuisance
bears that were in the area. She
said that the Fire Department
would be voting on a new Chief
on Thursday, December 10.
Lycett made a plea to all residents
to get their house numbers on
their property to aid fire, police
and rescue persons.
Finance Commissioner Jennie
Sanborn reported that she had
received a communication from
the James Moore Company, City
Auditors, that the $10,000 bud-
geted for the audit was not suffi-
cient to cover their services. They
requested $7,154 more. They say
they are willing to write off $4,159.
Motion was made to pay the ex-
tra. Commissioner Phillips said he
would like to have an advance
warning on any extra costs in the
next year.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson re-
ported that no bids had been re-
ceived in answer to an advertise-
ment for someone to do the min-
utes. Commissioners voted to
leave the advertisement in.
The next six items were all ad-
dressed by Phil Devon of
Baskerville and Donovan. On the
city water improvements and ex-
pansion, Dover recommended
that some parts of the work could
be done to city employees and in-
mate labor. For instance, the city
could set any new hydrants, while
the company that held the con-
tract would do replacements. Also
clearing of roadways by inmates
would be another option.

mated that the seafood industry,
which is Carr Creek at this time,
would have to finance half or
$2.75 million to complete the
freezer/storage building. The
state would pay for the other half.
Assuming Carr Creek cannot
come up with the capital, the
money would have to come from
elsewhere. That could mean out
of state investors. Steve Burhoe
pointed out that he had been con-
tacted by interested investors
from New York, Tampa, and Jack-
sonville. That brought up the pos-
sibility of having Carr Creek man-
age the facility and having outside
investors fund the project. "We
don't want to step on any locals
toes," said Burhoe. "We want to
build this and we want Carr Creek
to run it." The Advisory Commit-
tee agreed to have Larry Parker
investigate other funding possi-
A positive note for Carr Creek was
the possibility of a 40 year lease,
which drastically helps Carr
Creek. 'Twenty years wouldn't be
long enough, said Wilson. The
lease on the facility could cost an
estimated $238,000 a year. An-
other important component to the
new facility would be the exten-
sion of one of the runways, which
would cost the investor an addi-
tional $1.5 million. The extended
runway would be a necessity to
land larger planes, such as 727's.
Though the costs for the project
are high, there is one thing that
Donald Wilson is sure of, "I am
100% sure it will be profitable."
Other issues from the Airport
Advisory meeting:
Ted Mosteller pointed that the air-
port is having problems with
people target shooting on airport
property. The airport will have
signs put up explaining that it is
against the law.
Emergency Management Coordi-
nator Butch Baker picked up a
large generator to power runway
emergency lights.
The Committee agreed to have the
runway sprayed to kill any grass
on it and then have it swept clean
two weeks following the spray.

Mayor Putnal Submits Resignation

By Rene Topping
The time was close to seven p.m. The crowd of onlookers were gath-
ered together. Four commissioners took their seats. All were there at
the December 7 City meeting, except the man who had sat in the
center chair for many months. Mayor James Wesley (Buz) Putnal had
sent in his letter of resignation. The Mayor Pro-tem Jennie Sanborn
picked up the gavel and made the announcement to the audience.
In his letter the Mayor gave the following as his reasons for resigning
the top job. it was read aloud by Jennie Sanborn:
"For the past four years and ten months it has been a privi-
lege to serve first as a Commissioner and then as Mayor.
Due to the time consuming demands of this position it has
become necessary for me to resign as your Mayor. The daily
demands of this office has caused me to neglect my duties
as a husband, father and grandfather.
I apologize for not completing the next ten months of my
term. After much prayer and consideration, I feel this is
what is beat for me and my family.

Cox Renews Efforts To Clean

Up Dump

By Rene Topping
Blanche Cox, once more ad-
dressed the City Commission on
December 7, on the white goods
dump area at the end of Sixth
Street. She advised the commis-
sion she had talked with Chan-
nel 6 TV in Tallahassee and asked
them to come to video the area
and do a story on it. On Decem-
ber 10, Channel 6 was in
Carrabelle to do a story.
Ms. Cox told the City Commis-
sioners that she had been com-
plaining with no relief, for over one
year. She stated that the
City-owned piece of land had been
started as a place for people to
take used white goods including
refrigerators, washers and dryers.
The City then had a company
come in and pick them up and in
return, paid the city.
She said that over the time it had
been in use, it had degenerated
to a garbage dump. Now she
stated that garbage was piled "tree
top high." She said, "I have asked
you all to do something. Since the
city of Carrabelle made this dump
why is it so hard to do something
about this?"
At the previous city meeting when
Ms. Cox appeared and pleaded to
have something done. Commis-
sioner Jim Phillips had made the
motion to close the dump. Ms.

will have all that heavy truck traf-
fic to contend with."
The commission then turned their
attention to the ceiling repair
needed for the Carrabelle Post Of-
fice. The US Postal Service would
like to have the ceiling lowered.
Discussion was tabled to the
January 4 meeting with a request
that quotes can be obtained.
David Butler appeared on behalf
of the Carrabelle Area Chamber
of Commerce to request permis-
sion for the Camp ,Gordon
Johnston Reunion Parade on US
98 in March 1999 and the request
was granted.
Mr. Butler then requested that the
balance of the fireworks money,
not used in July on account of the
high fire danger at that time, be
donated to the Chamber for help
in advertising and soliciting for
tourists to come to Carrabelle.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson- said
there actually was only $228,38
left in that account. Commission-
ers denied the request.
Mr. Butler asked for permission
to erect a sign containing names
of sponsors on it, to be erected
next the Pavilion on the
Riverwalk. Commissioners asked
for a sketch of what the sign
would look like and tabled to
January 4 for further discussion.



Blanche Cox

Cox'said, "Since he voted for that
they have been coming four or five
trucks a day." She claimed there
were dead rats laying out in the
roadway, run over by cars add-
ing, "Will it take a child dying?"
She said she felt that since the
vote to close the dump was made,
people had been bringing more
garbage and trash to the site. Ms.
Cox said she had talked to
the Franklin County Health
Guy Hogan of the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Project said,
that he had talked to R.J. Green,
the hauling contractor for the
City. He said that Green and also
Van Johnson the Franklin County
Landfill Supervisor had both said
they could help in cleaning up the
mess. He did say that a place
for people to easily dispose of
white goods is badly needed and
hoped that something could be
worked out.

A public hearing was set for Janu-
ary 4, 1999 at 6:30 p.m. to seek
revenue sources for the sewer
A workshop on the old gym project
was set for December 15 at 6 p.m.
On the Waterways Grant boat
ramp, Jim Lycett, newly elected
chairpersn on the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority (CPAA.)
voiced a proposal from the CPAA
that the City and CPAA make this
a joint, positive project for the
City. He said, "In a desperate at-
tempt to find something that the
City and the Port Authority could
accomplish for the good of the
community, I would like to see if
we could work together on this."
He went on to outline a project
on the existing boat ramp at the
end of Timber island Road. He
said that County Planner Alan
Pierce thought it would be pos-
sible that the Franklin County
Commission could turn that ramp
over to the City. There is a piece
of land in the Timber Island
project at the corner of Timber
Island Road and the road that
leads to Dockside Marina. Lycett
said it might be "eminently do-
ible" to cut down a few trees and
nake a parking area for the boat
ramp. He had hopes that the city
would join in. This project would
have to have the approval of the
Governor and cabinet.
Lycett remarked, "I do not believe
this is a mountain we cannot
climb." Commissioner Donald
Wood said that he would cooper-
ate in the idea and would check
with DCA and see if they could
redesign the existing ramp. The
matter was tabled to the January
4, 1999 meeting.
Dover then addressed the in-town
boat ramp next to the Riverside
Condominiums. Proposed by
Jimmy Crowder as a donation for
the City swap of land with
Crowder, he said there were some
matters that needed to be recon-
ciled before work could start. The
matter was tabled to the Jan 4,
1999, meeting.
Tommy Bevis of Dockside Marina,
who had an agenda item to ad-
dress the commission said that,
"As you consider the community
boat ramp project on Timber Is-
land, remember that if the
limerock project materializes, you



wish to thank everyonefor your help and support for the past year and

(Best Wislies For

iHappy Holidays andHfappy New Year!

Phone: 850-697-3760

If at any time I have offended anyone I offer sincere apol-
The people of Carrabelle will always be in my prayers."
There was no official acceptance of the resignation by the members of
the Commission. Putnal was appointed to the office of Mayor on June
22, 1998, when he resigned the position of Road and Parks Commis-
sioner to accept the leadership position. At that time, the commis-
sioners voted to appoint Donald Wood to finish out Putnal's unfin-
ished term.
Putnal had, several times during his tenure as commissioner, stated
that he felt he would have to resign. At one point a petition was of-
fered by local citizens drafting him to stay in the position. He reluc-
tantly agreed.
During his time as commissioner, when he was in charge of parks,
roads and recreation, he worked very hard to make the City of
Carrabelle as beautiful as possible, Almost single handed he founded
many projects such as the little park area at the center of town known
as Town Center Park. Here, with the help of inmates from the State
Correctional facility in Apalachicola he built a patio with a covered
pavilion and enclosed by a post and rail fence. Members of the Sea
Oats Garden Club planted roses, a tree and a resident who had given
memorial money for shrubs agreed to have the money spent for plant-
ing part of the evergreen hedge, outlining the project.
Putnal was also a moving factor in getting a street cleaner for the
town. He spent many hours in supervising inmates from the Correc-
tional Facility in Apalachicola, in working on projects such as street
cleaning, mowing the grass, concreting courts at the park near the
Senior Center, helping with the planting of memorial trees to the
memory of local citizens. He was appointed to an honorary member-
ship in the Sea Oats Garden Club for his contribution to their efforts
to beautify Carrabelle.
Commissioners voted to advertise the open position for a commis-
sioner. Those wishing to serve should present a resume to the city
clerk, Rebecca Jackson, in the upstairs office at City Hall. The choice
will be made at the first meeting of 1999 on January 4. When that
position is filled the commission will then make a choice for mayor
and mayor pro-tem from their own numbers.


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18 December 1998 Page 5 ,



Publisher's Note
This review also includes updates
on contemporary issues and per-
sonalities, when appropriate, in-
stead of a dry recitation of events
with little interpretation or analy-
sis. 1998 was an active year in
community promotion, including
the Carrabelle Waterfront Festi-
val, St. George Chili Cookoff, vari-
ous fund-raising events, the Beam
Musical Festival, Seafood Festival
and special holiday promotions in
Apalachicola such as the Tour of
Historic Homes, the Ilse Newell
Concert Series or numerous ac-
tivities in the Tobacco Free Part-
nership and the Battery Park
Fund Raisers. The Camp Gordon
Johnston memorialization was
especially noteworthy in 1998
because of a larger reach and the
Some tropical storms, and two
bonafide hurricanes (Earl and
Georges) visited the Panhandle
with some damage resulting.
Where appropriate, longer de-
scriptions of continuing news sto-
ries are given with updates, such
as the Randall Hudson arrest, oil
prospecting, the net limitation
Amendment or the Department
of Corrections plans for a
"close-custody" facility north of
While the Teat litigation against
the City of Apalachicola was sig-
nificant, and the attendant ap-
peal, Carrabelle attracted its
share of legal action involving sev-
eral related events such as the
Timber Island activities, the City
attorney issues, the changing role
of the Port and Airport Authority,
and the more recent hassles in-
volving limerock.

Dixie Theatre Successful Inaugural Season

The Dixie Theatre re-creation in
Apalachicola opened its Inaugural
Season in July of 1998 with the
comedy "Sylvia" starring Dixie
Partington, followed by the August
opening of "Driving Miss Daisy."
The Pulitzer Prize winner starred
Cleo Holladay, who has been a pro-
fessional actress since 1952. She
appeared on Broadway in "Lunatics
and Lovers," and also in movies and
television films.
Cleo Holladay is President of the
Dixie Theatre Foundation, Inc. She
is the wife of Rex Partington, who
is Producing Director of the theatre,
and guided the successful operation
of the Inaugural Season. Partington
has announced subscription ticket
sales for the 1999 Season, includ-

ing a reduced rate, offering all eight
plays of the 1999 Season for the
price of seven.
Wesley Chestnut and Clark Holmes
were responsible for restoration of
the original box office of the Dixie
Theatre, circa 1912. The beautiful
theatre seats about 300 and acous-
tics are excellent. The space is
available for rental when plays are
not being performed.
Tax-deductible contributions may
be made to the Dixie Theatre Foun-
dation, Inc. Address inquiries to
Dixie Theatre, 21 Avenue E,
Apalachicola, FL 32320, or tele-
phone Box Office 850-653-3200 for
more information.

The Tri-river studies contributing
to the resolution of dividing the
waters of the Flint, Chattahoochie
and Apalachicola rivers among
the three states of Georgia. Ala-
bama and Florida have continued,
evolving into a Commission
charged with authority to appor-
tion those waters once a division
formula is determined. This long
term project is operating at low
profile but perhaps will have the
largest impact on county life af-
ter all. Among many things, the
tri-river studies will lead to deci-
sions involving the flow of fresh
water into Apalachicola Bay.
-A number of activities and events
remain pending at year's end in-
cluding the determination of the
proposed golf course, the consti-
tutionality of the net limitation
Amendment, the future of the
tobacco-free partnership, hurri-
cane uncertainties, the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority, the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement's investigation into
the Office of the Franklin County
Sheriff regarding alleged planted
drug evidence, and the continued
growth of the St. Joe Corporation,
ong seen as a formidable influ-
ence on the economy of the north-
ern region of Florida.
In regard to newsmaker person-
alities, Frederick Humphries got
a lot of press attention when he
return to his hometown of
Apalachicola, and ended the year
with much more attention in
FAMU issues in the Board of
Regent's newly advertised "tier
system." Rachel Chesnut became
an Assistant State Attorney for
Willie Meggs and former Chronicle

Suspect Randall
Hudson Held In Jail

Suspect Thomas Randall "Poopie"
Hudson, who was detained after the
fatal shooting of 55-year-old
Apalachicola resident Bobby Joe
Duncan, Sr., on January 3, 1998, is
currently incarcerated in the Fran-
klin County Jail.
Suspect Randall Hudson has been
charged with First Degree Murder.
He is being held, pending trial,
which has been set for February,
The murder weapon was never re-
covered, according to Officer Crum
in Sheriff Varnes' office. Officer
Crum said that there has been an
application filed for a change of
venue, but as of now, the trial is
set for Apalachicola Courthouse.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger conflicted off of the case,
and the Attorney for Suspect
Hudson at the present time is At-
torney Greg Cummings, who could
not be reached for comment.



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Alan Pierce presents plans for a 50+ lot tract owned by the
St. Joe Corporation to the Franklin County Commission
for preliminary site approval. The property, located in the
St. James area, is the first in Franklin County to be
developed by the real estate company headquartered in

St. George

Water Costs

To Go Down

The Water Management Services,
Inc. has advised St. George Island
water customers that their water
rates will be decreased a few cents
per 1000 gallons effective Decem-
ber 7th. The gallonage charge per
1000 gallons was $2.09, and un-
der new rates, will be reduced to
The announcement also advised
the customer that the rate in-
crease granted four years ago was
made by the Florida Public Ser-
vice Commission, and t h a t
rate case expenses were to be re-
covered in our years, permitted
by Florida Statutes for all rate
cases filed on or after October 1,

Apalachicola and area flooding was eligible for individual
assistance from the Federal Emergency Management
(FEMA) according to Franklin County Emergency
Management Director Butch Baker. The Apalachicola River
crested at 27.3 feet, exceeding The Alberto flooding in
1995. In 1998, a historic flood evacuation order was given
for some parts of the county.

Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell talks with FAMU
president and former Apalachicola resident Dr. Frederick




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Judge Van Russell ruled in
his court that the net-,
limitation amendment was,
unconstitutional. See page
16 for a related story.

Apalachicola Times Video Gear Seized

As Some Employees Walk OffJob

In early March 1998, the Franklin County Sheriffs deputies seized
video equipment installed in a restroom, after an anonymous tip was
received. Soon thereafter, about four employees, mostly women, walked
off their jobs at the Times. The Assistant State's attorney at the time,
Ron Flury, did not find evidence of wrong doing and the allegations
were dismissed. In the Legislature, a bill was passed making video
"voyeurism" a misdemeanor while the issues involved were published
widely in the popular media and professional trades. As of December
1998, one former employee withdrew from the group that was plan-
ning civil litigation against Times manager John F. Lee and the cor-
porate owners of the newspaper. Last week, the Chronicle learned
that such litigation was still being planned by the remaining former
employees, now three in number.

Fran and Slade Beaty
and daughters Elizabeth and Sarah
wish all our customers safe and happy holidays!

) Open Christmas Day: 11:30 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. and New Year's Day: 11:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Regular Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. Breakfast & Lunch Tuesday
through Sunday. Also serving Dinner
'Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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editor Brian Goercke joined the ,
Peace Corps and traveled to'
Loraine Brown and George Chapel .
were honored for their service in
cancer fund-raising. Cheryl Sand-
ers became a County Commis-
sioner, joining a short list of
women Commissioners at the,
County level, while Jimmy,
Mosconis squeaked back into
elective office in a very close,
Allen and Betty Roberts of Lanark
Village continued to perform end-
less public service and donate
quilts. Charles Lee Daniels retired
as City Clerk in Carrabelle, and
some fellows resigned as mayor.
Father Tom Weller retired from -
Trinity following a 14-year tenure '
as Vicar, returning to Panama,
Jackie Gay won a lot of money'
with a terrific gumbo recipe
tempting the taste buds of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Newman.
John Lee's activities projected
Apalachicola to the national stage.
Daniel Davis was arrested for in-
surance fraud. A Carrabelle attor-
ney was dismissed in a messy se-
ries of confrontations and Doug '
Continued on Page 7

Page 6 18 December 1998


Coastal Petroleum before Administrative Court Judge Mary Clark on their
appeal of the denial of permit #1281 and the amount of bond set by the
Governor and Cabinet.

Coastal Petroleum Still Involved
With Numerous Litigations Over
Drilling Permits
Coastal Petroleum has applied to the State of Florida for four
more permits to drill for oil in the northern Gulf of Mexico. But,
their appeal on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
denial for drilling at site #1281 (9-10 miles off of St. George Is-
land) is still before the First District Court of Appeals. Rob Angerer,
attorney for Coastal Petroleum in Florida, recently filed their
reply brief and a motion for costs and attorney's fees. In 1998,
DEP rejected the application for a permit at site #1281, and the
appeal was filed instantly. Rob, with his father, Bob Angerer, have
represented Coastal Petroleum and its President Phil Ware
(Apalachicola) for many months. The second series of litigations
involve the DEP denial of 12 permit applications, with a hearing
set for January 4, 1999 at the Administrative Court tribunal in
Tallahassee. These involve locations #1296 to #1307, fom the
northern Gulf to the Naples, FL area. In the meantime, partly in
response to complaints from Coastal and others, the Department
of Geology is conducting workshops with interested parties about
proposed rules affecting drilling applications.

The Franklin Chronicle

The May 1998 Tour of Historic Apalachicola Homes
stimulated continuing restoration efforts by many
homeowners. A new trend in real estate values in the
historic river-bound community was well in place by the
end of 1998, and that resulted in higher prices of bonafide
historic structures. At the George Chapel home, Diane and
David Jones begin remodeling of the kitchen, and later,
the outside. The tour of homes brought many visitors to
Apalachicola and proceeds of the tour go into the Trinity
Church building fund.

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The first weekend in March is the Charity Chili Cookoff on St.
George Island, followed by the Camp Gordon Johnston celebration
in the Carrabelle area the next weekend. At right, an astonished
Chili Cookoff winner receives a first place plaque by Gary Cates.
Chuck Spicer and B.K. Sanders were two volunteer workers at
the Cookoff Auction. A record $96,000 was raised for the All-
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OF 1998

Publisher's Note from Page 5' .. ,
Gaidry was hired. M .V
Many others were honored with
plaques and other recognition
published in the area press in
their voluntary and public service
acts, with the glue of voluntary
service the stuff that makes Fran-
klin County work. And, Butch
Baker took on the job-the thank- .
less job of Director of Emergency ,
Management. The fellow who Oyster Shuckers
helps coordinate, facilitate and yserShuckers
otherwise "operate" all those
things involved with storms and p _-
hurricanes, and keeping us .. ''

Youth fishing tournament sponsored by Timber Island
Yacht Club held in July.

Harry Arnold, president of The Charity Chili Cookoff,
conducts one of the many planning sessions for the 1998
Cookoff. The annual event, run by hundreds of volunteers,
drew crowds from northern Florida and southern Georgia
and Alabama. Harry was awarded special recognition by
the St. George Civic Club An the summer chiefly for his
leadership role in Franklin County.


Pilot Bolling Stanley in "Old Yeller" took Chronicle editor Brian Goercke aloft for these
aerial views of the Camp Gordon Johnston parade in mid-March.

St. George
Island Yacht
Club Fund-
Raiser in
October, 1998

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View of the Apalachicola harbor during the 1998 Seafood Festival.


Scouts and Scout Masters at rest. The Franklin County Scouts typically have a very active
travel and activity schedule. Here are some members with Larry Hall (far left) and Ollie
Gunn (center) on a field trip to a Georgia military station.

DOC "Close Custody" Franklin
County Facility Put Off "A Bit"
A committee working internally with the Dept. of Corrections (DOC)
met last fall and revised their estimates for the need of additional
prison beds. The Criminal Justice Estimating Committee, according
to DOC spokesperson Bob Staney, has revised their forecast for the
needed prison beds. Thus, the proposed Close-Custody facility planned
for the Carrabelle area has been set back "a bit". While site work will
move forward, by early to late Spring 1999, the earliest time to bring-
new prison beds on line, always subject to Legislative appropriation
is now about Spring 2002. Mr. Staney pointed out that there have not,
been an Legislative appropriations for the construction phase of the
large facility, but site work will begin next year.

Nick Yonclas briefed the
public on the proposed
constitutional amendments
at the Carrabelle Senior

Cheryl Sanders, first woman
elected to the Franklin
County Commission in 55
years, poses with her
brother, Will Kendrick, who
handily won the first
primary election as
candidate for Franklin
County School Board.

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Gene Langston backed by Cheryl Sanders (left) and Prentice
Crum. Mr. Langston is one of the partners involved in the
Carrabelle limerock project.


Rachel Chesnut became the
first woman Assistant State
Attorney in the 22 year
history of the Franklin
County Prosecutor's Office.'

Executive Director Evelyn
Pace of SHIP, providing
homes for needy people in
Franklin County.

Jim Lycett, area shrimper,
contributed an informed,
but critical, commentary on
Gulf shrimping and

Keep Franklin County

Beautiful Year End


By Guy Hogan
\ March
Completed pre-certificatlon requirements.
Certification ceremony becoming affiliates of Keep Florida
Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.
Under the direction of Cindy Hogan, Donnie Gay and Ruth Ann
Howard, participated in a highly successful Great Florida Cleanup
involving volunteers from every segment of the county.
Planning began for the multi-agency task force cleanup of four se-
lected sites in Franklin County. Cleanup is now anticipated to com-
mence this spring.
Received County Commission support for 3 new boat ramps signs
and installation of No Litter signs, This is being accomplished in co-
operation with the Franklin County Department of Transportation.
Participated in the Center for Marine Conservation Great Coastal
Developed a Resource Library for area teachers and students at the
KFCB office in the County building.
Hundreds of people stopped by our booth at the Seafood Festival for
materials on recycling, composing, etc.
Adopt-A-Shore program, cleaning boat ramps 4 times year. Involve-
ment in civic organization clean up efforts. Speaking engagements on
public awareness of litter control programs, composting and recy.

Introducing Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine, Franklin
(Formerly Franklin Family Medicine)

For years, you've relied on the physicians and nurses of
Franklin Family Medicine to care for you and your
family. Now you can count on us even more.
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that we're here to provide the same level of high quality
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And as part of Tallahassee Memorial, you and your
family have access to a 500-member medical staff with a
variety of specialties, as well as all of the expertise, skill
and compassion you'd expect from north Florida's
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Yes, our name is new. But the physicians and nurses who
know and care for you and your family are still here.
We're the Caring Hands People of Tallahassee Memorial
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The Franklin Chronicle


18 December 1998 Page 9

SSanders Attends APTA

Coombs House Inn Became a Scarey Place
By Tom Campbell
The Coombs House Inn became a "scarey place" for the Halloween
weekend this year. Innkeepers Pamela Barnes and Anthony Erario
arranged for various frightening guests to inhabit the place Friday
and Saturday nights.
A total of 801 visitors came to experience the spooky environment of
the Coombs House Inn those two nights, which was a fund-raiser for
the Childrens Park Fund in Apalachlicola. According to Ms. Barnes,
"about $3800 before expenses were paid was raised for the Park Fund."
All the visitors who came to see the weird environment of the haunted
house were "well-behaved and had a good time."
Ms. Barnes said she would like to thank all in the community who
helped decorate, which took about a week before the event. "Then
afterwards, on Sunday, so many people came over to help clean up
the spider webs and blood. We!just want to thank all in the commu-
nity who helped us. We hope to do this again next year," said Ms.

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Females: under 40 Ibs. $35 Females $30'
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Cowles Vs. City Of Carrabelle On

Discrimination Suit

By Rene Topping
At the regular December 7 meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion, City Attorney Douglas
Gaidry informed commissioners
of a complaint of discrimination
being placed against the city by
one-time City Attorney
Jacquelynne Ann Cowles.
In her particulars of discrimina-
tion charge, filed with the Florida
Commission of Human Relations,
dated July 7, Cowles stated,
the following: "I have been dis-
criminated against in many re-
spects. Commissioner Phillips has
humiliated me at public meetings,
his comments are in the tran-
scripts, because I am a woman. I
have been emotionally abused,
harassed, and have been
made the victim of hostile work
I have been slandered at city
meetings, quotes from which have
been printed in the local press. I
have been limited or completely
foreclosed from making a living
practicing law in this area, by
these acts. I have been retaliated
against for telling the City Com-
missioners at a public meeting
they should enforce laws even-
handedly to all citizens.
I have been terminated for exer-
cising my free speech rights, for
making public the illicit acts of the
City Commission without due
process. I have been treated dif-
erently than male employees who

were similarly situated. (i.e. the
former, male, city attorney,)"
The letter accompanying a copy
of the charges was signed by
Ronald E. Snell, Manager Em-
ployment Investigation, Florida
Commission on Human Rights.
In the meeting and also in a letter
to Snell, Gaidry reviewed the an-
swer to the charges he was mak-
ing. He stated that he had re-
viewed the transcripts of the
Carrabelle City Commission
meeting, from a time prior to the
date that Cowles was employed
and he found no comments from
Commissioner Phillips, or any
other commissioner, that by any
reasonable construction could be
considered discriminating.
He also stated in the letter that
"Fundamental fairness requires
that Ms. Cowles cite comments
that have been made or acts com-
mitted, that evidence of which she
Gaidry's ending paragraph said,
"Carrabelle is not a wealthy City
and it would be unfair to spend
any of its limited' resources re-
sponding to such vague allega-
tions." He went on to ask that Ms.
Cowles be more specific in her
charges in order that he might
respond to them.

Susie Janes "Jane" Petteway Passes

Services for Mrs. Susie Janes
"Jane" Petteway, age 59, of
Eufaula, were held Thursday,
December 3, 1998, at 2 p.m. from
,the Washington Street United
Methodist Church, Eufaula. The
Rev.'s LuAnne Wages Smith and
Roy Bateman officiated and burial
followed in the Memory Gardens
Cemetery with Kent Funeral
Home of Eufaula directing. Mrs.
Petteway died Tuesday, Dec. 1,
1998 at her residence after an
extended illness.
Born December 22, 1939 in Dade
County Florida, Mrs. Petteway
was the daughter of the late
Cornelius Jasper and Kathryn
McGrath Turner III. She had lived
in Eufaula since November 1995
coming from Apalachicola, FL.
Mrs. Petteway was a member of
the Washington Street United
Methodist Church where she was
pianist. She also had been organ-
ist at First United Methodist
Church in Apalachicola, Mrs.
Petteway graduated from Florida
State University in 1959. She
taught school for several years in
Duval, Polk, Franklin, Taylor, and
Levy Counties, Florida. She
owned and operated Seahorse
Florist and Gift Shop in
Apalachicola, Fl., for 5 years. She

had served as a Pink Lady at
Weems Memorial Hospital in
Apalachicola and Lakeview Com-
munity Hospital, Eufaula. Mrs.
Petteway also served as a Hospice
Volunteer in Eufaula and
Apalachicola and was Hospice
Volunteer of the year in 1995 at
Big Ben Hospice in Apalachicola.
Mrs. Petteway was a member of
the Garden Club of Eufaula.
Survivors include her husband,
Carl Guess Petteway, Jr., Eufaula;
one son, Carl Guess Petteway, III,
Williston, FL; 2 daughters,
Kathryn "Kathy" Gilmore, and
Karen Cumbie, both of Eufaula;
1 brother, Cornelius Jasper
Turner, IV, Moultrie, GA; and 5
grandchildren, Erin Glover,
Hannah Cumbie, Jay Cumbie,
Sydnie Petteway and Turner
Active pallbearers were Gerald
Siprell, Fred Scyforth, C.T. Pon-
der, Steve Lanier, Bill Moore, and
Lawrence Hatfield.
Honorary pallbearers were
Lakeview Hospital Pink Ladies,
Billy Ray Hagler, Paul Haddox,
and Woodrow Mallory.
Flowers will be accepted or dona-
tions may be made to Lakeview
Hospice or Washington Street
United Methodist Church.

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By Rene Topping
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders was welcomed by
members at the regular monthly
meeting of the Alligator Point Tax-
payers Association, (APTA). Sand-
ers is the commissioner who rep-
resents the East Carrabelle,
Lanark Village and Alligator Point
Sanders told members, "I am here
for the people." She added her
telephone number, (697-2534)
and invited residents to call her
at any time. She added "I am new
on the job but you can depend
upon me to speak my mind,"
There was heated discussion of
the hurricane-damaged road that
runs in front of the Alligator Point
KOA Campground. Sanders noti-
fied the members that Alan Pierce
would be, on the Point with repre-
sentatives from Federal Emer-
gency Management, (FEMA) on
Monday, December 14, and told
members that she would be along
with them to help plead their case.
According to Rand Edelstein and
Bunky Atkinson, who worked for
FEMA for 20 years, FEMA has
notified County Commissioners
that in the wake of Alberto, the
decision was made that unless the
residents and the county were
amenable to moving the road
away from the coast, they were
not going to spend any more
money on it. Longtime residents
said that at that time the
firehouse was crowded with
people who did not want to have
the road moved. Indeed, Atkinson
said she was the lone voice in fa-
Ken Osborne, a fairly new resi-
dent, asked what the Association,
was doing about the'road at the
present time. Edelstein said that
there had been three options sent
in by the county commission. One
was that the road become a fly-
over in front of the Campground,
at a cost of $10 million relocated
from Tom Roberts Road inland
across the campground at a cost
of $2 million dollars and a third
option taking it inland at Pelican
Street, would entail more buying
up of private property at a cost of
2.5 million dollars. The last could
possibly include having to move
the firehouse.
He told Osborne that FEMA was
not going to supply any money for
any of these options and had said
so in writing. FEMA will appar-
ently provide money to repair the
road that was not damaged be-
fore, in Alberto.
Sanders said she had no idea
until she meets with the FEMA
representatives, whether they can
be persuaded otherwise. Bunky
Atkinson volunteered to join
Sanders and meet with FEMA
as a representative of the
According to the latest informa-
tion, it seems that any money will
have to come from State Conser-





The Dixie Theatre Association pre-
sents a forty-five minute presen-
tation of holiday poems, short sto-
ries and songs Friday and Satur-
day evenings, December 18 and
19, at 7:30 PM. There will
admission fee, but donations only
will be accepted.
Some of those who have attended
the program have commented
that "it brings out the kid in us"
and "it was delightful." The pub-
lic is invited to attend and cel-
ebrate the holidays with fun and
laughter for the whole family.
Dixie Theatre is located at 21 Av-
enue E in Apalachicola. Box Of-
fice telephone is 850-653-3200,
and will be open Thursday and
Friday 1PM to 5:00 PM. Subscrip-
tions for the eight plays are on
sale for the 1999 Summer Sea-
son at reduced rates; you may
purchase a Season Subscription
or the price of 7 plays, giving one
play free.
The successful Inaugural Season
last summer featured the comedy
"Sylvia" and Pulitzer-Prize-Winner
"Driving Miss Daisy." Suggested
plays for the coming season in-
clude "The Odd Couple" and
"Pump Boys and Dinettes."

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vation Services (SCS), Beach
Re-nourishment Grant and Fran-
klin County.
There was a heated discussion of
the condition existing at the re-
cycling bins that are out on C370.
They are reported as being very
full of garbage, trash and white
goods, much of it left by people
who are not residents of the Point.
However, it was said ihat resi-
dents were also to bla r, e.
The members approved a motion
to remove the bins from their
present location and put them
near the Alligator Point Firehouse
where there is lighted security and
it would be more difficult for those
outside the area to come to.
Atkinson took on the task of talk-
ing to the volunteers who man the
firehouse and also to get in touch
with Van Johnson supervisor of
the Franklin County landfill,
Volunteers were asked to continue
attending the county commission
meeting and also the county plan-
ning and zoning meeting. John
Murphy said there would not be
a P and Z meeting in December,
Bob Burnett and Liz Hurley said
they would attend the December
15 meeting and Betty James had
agreed to attend the first meeting
on January 5, 1999.
Ruth Ann Howard had left a re-
port that Van Johnson of Franklin
Landfill has promised to pick up
the hurricane debris and yard
trash that is piling up alongside
the roads. He told her that he was
doing the best he could.
Edelstein noted that the water
connections had been finished on
the welcome garden. He called for
volunteers to lift out the plastic
ground cover. Burnett said that
it will probably be spring before
some of the planting can be done.
They did discover that it was com-
pacted oyster shells under the
It has been estimated that 650
cubic yards of fill will be needed
for the helo-pad and although the ,
firehouse may have to be moved,
Edelstein suggested that he re-
quest this from the county now.
Elliot and Diane Smith, the new
owners of the KOA Campground,
invited members to use the bul-
letin board they are putting up at
their camp store and told mem-
bers present that "We want to be
part of the community.".
The next meeting or the Associa-
tion will be at 9 a.m. on Satur-
day, January 9, 1999.

The Old Guard

A Century Later,
These Offenders
Show No Signs Of
Giving Up

This pesky plant was introduced
to the U.S. in 1876 in a Japanese
garden at the Centennial Exposi-
tion in Pennsylvania. American
gardeners fell in love with kudzu's
large leaves and fragrant blos-
soms and began using it as an
ornamental. In the 1920s, a nurs-
ery in Florida began promoting
the use of kudzu as forage, and
in the 1930s, USDA's Soil Con-
servation Service touted it as a
method for erosion control.
Through these uses, kudzu,
gained a wide distribution before
its damaging effects became ob-
vious. The problem with this weed
is that it grows amazingly fast and
takes over everything in its path,
including trees, telephone poles
and even houses. During the
summer, kudzu can actually grow
as much as a foot a day.
Attempts to eradicate kudzu have
proved fruitless. Even the most
effective herbicides take years and
repeated applications to kill the
plant. Kudzu now covers more
than seven million acres of the '
Yet another South American na-
tive, the red imported fire ant first
appeared in Mobile, Alabama in
1918. It spread quickly and has
colonized eleven southern states,
infesting more than 26 million
Fire ants are aggressive and have
a painful sting. They will kill com-
peting insect species in an area,
including other ants. They also
damage trees and crops and prey .
on small vertebrates like baby
The above materials were pub-
lished in Gulfwatch, a cooperative
venture of EPA's Gulf of Mexico
Program, USDA's Natural Re-
sources Conservation Service and
the National Association of Con-
servation Districts. Vol. 9, No. 2
(July 1998)

Page 10 18 December 1998


The Franklin Chronicle

Suirntra-"An Island By Ourselves"
By Tm C l Lindsay's grandfather. "His other
By Tom Campbell grandfather was William H.
T ji-A- '- C-- f- iff

Twenty-four miles north of the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment on Highway 65 is a quiet
little community where some of
the residents live to be over 100
years old, and many others live
nearly that long already. There is
only one store open there now, a
general store and gas station com-
On a recent Tuesday afternoon,
the store was run by an attrac-
tive young lady named Ms. Patty
Fant, who had her young
seven-month-old son, Darren, in
her arms.
Outside the store sat 88-year-old
Mr. Bob Parish, who observed
carefully all the action, or lack of
it. When asked if he were the
mayor, he chuckled good-
naturedly and smiled, "No, we
don't have a mayor. But, if we did,
it would be Mr. Winston Hill. You
just missed him. He was here a
minute ago, but just rode down
the street on his lawn mower."
Mr. Winston Hill had indeed been
seen riding his lawn mower south
on Highway 65. He appeared to
be about seventy and in good spir-
its. Mr. Parish said, "Mr. Winston
Hill was born and raised here in
Sumatra. The locals pronounce it
with the emphasis on mat, and
it's pronounced like the mat you
may put on the floor to welcome
The Franklin Chronicle vending
machine stood next to the en-
trance of the store. "Does anybody
read The Franklin Chronicle?"
"Every issue," replied Ms. Fant,
bouncing Baby Darren in her
arms. "You going to put us in the
newspaper?" She smiled, when a
positive reply was given, "That's
good news," she laughed.
Ms. Fant said, "We go to
Blountstown to go grocery shop-
ping. Once in a while, we go to
Tallahassee to see a movie. But
most ofthe time, we go to church
for entertainment."
Mr. Parish said he was four years
old when he came to Sumatra.
That was in 1914. "There are
some Confederate soldiers buried
out in our cemetery," he said. "Did
you see the cemetery?"
The Sumatra Cemetery is just
south of the community, on the
left of Highway 65 as you head
north, and just before you get to
the sign, "Entering Liberty
County." So the cemetery is in
Franklin County. The residents
living (about a hundred) are in
Liberty County. The Sumatra
Cemetery is fenced and well kept.
SThe land for the cemetery was
donated by Mr' Drew Branrih; who
was at one time a State Senator.
His home is one of several in the
woods across the railroad tracks
to the east of town.
Mr. Bill Lindsey, now of
Carrabelle, said he remembers
riding the railroad train to
Apalachicola to see a movie at the
Dixie Theatre on Saturday after-
noons, back-in the 1940's. At that
time, when Mr. Lindsey was a
child in Sumatra, the young
people were schooled in
SCarrabelle. Now they are bussed
'to school in Liberty County.
Mr. Harry Parish was the Railroad
SAgent "back when there was an
agent," explained Ms. Anne
Lindsey, wife of Mr. William
Hubert Lindsey, and they are now
residents of Carrabelle. 'Tupelo
Honey was a product of the area,
Sand that and timber products
were shipped out of Sumatra on
freight cars. They also shipped out
salted cat fish. They used salt in-
stead of ice. Tupelo trees grow
along the Apalachicola River,
which is fairly close to Sumatra
and the bees make delicious
honey. It's world famous."
She explained that husband Bill
Lindsey "always used to camp out
during the holidays in shirt
sleeves. The weather was warm
and beautiful. They feared pan-
thers, as they called the wild cats
in the area. There were great
numbers of snakes, including
rattle snakes."
She continued, "Ras Berry Hill
was a good farmer, and there is
good soil up in Sumatra. Even
orange trees used to grow there,
until the hard freezes came."
Mr. Ras Berry Hill was Mr. Bill

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Those who may be interested in
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picturesque Highway 98 along the
Gulf Coast of Franklin County,

In photo to right, Ms. Patty
Fant with son Darren in her
arms, and Mr. Bob Parish,
stand beside Franklin
Chronicle vending machine.

In photo above, Assembly of
God Church with fellowship
hall almost finished. A
church member said, "We
paid for it as we went and
did the work ourselves. We
are an island by ourselves..."

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Above, Sumatra's tiny U.S.
Post Office with 48 boxes for

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you pass Tate's Hell State Forest
and Wildlife Management Area,
estuaries that feed eventually into
the Apalachicola River area,
jungles of titi and pines and pal-
metto shrubs. Few houses were
visible along the highway. It is
good hunting and fishing
There is Bloody Blulf Road, the
Apalachicola National Forest, a
bridge across Fort Gadsden
Creek, the Fort Gadsden National
Forest, the National Forest Refor-
mation area, the Apalachicola
River Wildlife and Environmental
Area of the Florida Game and
Fresh Water Fish Commission,
and a National Forest Recreation
On a Tuesday afternoon about 2
p.m., there were three pickup
trucks, two automobiles and one
lawn mower on the highway.
About fifty freight cars were
parked on the tracks of the
Apalachicola Northern Railroad.
A memorial in the attractive
Sumatra Cemetery was erected
and "dedicated to all of the men
and women who served in
America's Armed Services."
The Sumatra Baptist Church is
painted white, a pretty sight on
its well kept grounds. The Assem-
bly of God Church is about 50
yards back on the left of Highway
65. It is an attractive church with
a fellowship hall almost finished.
The church members, under the
direction of Rev. Ann Nelson, have
almost finished the project. One
church member said, "We paid for
it as we went and did the work
ourselves. We are an island by
ourselves up here in Sumatra,
and we love it."
Black Creek runs through the
town where about twenty-five

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highway. It is quiet and peaceful
and the people are friendly. There
is a tiny U.S. Post Office that has
48 boxes for its patrons.
"Silent Night" could be sung here
and add a whole new dimension
to the meaning. The Christmas
carol was composed in 1818 by a
priest who had heard that the
church's organ needed repair and
couldn't be played on Christmas
Eve. The priest, Fr. Joseph Mohr,
was so saddened by this loss that
he composed "Silent Night," a
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The Franklin Chronicle


18 December 1998 Page 11

Jack Rudloe Papers Donatec

To University Of Florida
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Jack Rudloe moving mating Horseshoe Crabs to a new 1

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Where you find the unusual.
Trh.erb In cene


Jack Rudloe, author, biologist,
conservationist, has donated his
literary papers to the George A.
Smathers Libraries of the Univer-
sity of Florida. Mr. Rudloe is the
author of numerous books and
articles, some written jointly with
his wife, Anne E. Rudloe. on the
Florida environment, marine ecol-
ogy worldwide, the fishing and
shrimping industries of the Gulf
Coast, and especially on sea
turtles. The papers include notes
and drafts of published and un-
published writings, his literary
correspondence, research files,
and documentation of his activi-
ties an as environmental activist
in his Gulf Coast home town of
Panacea, Florida and surround-
ing Wakulla County.
Although archival arrangement
and description of the Rudloe pa-
pers is not yet underway, Frank
Orser, Smathers manuscripts li-
brarian, says that the preliminary
inventory indicates that they rep-
resent the versatility and variety
.of Jack's life as an adventurer,
tank. writer, biological collector, conser-
vationist and environmental ac-
tivist. The documents represent
twenty-five to thirty years of
Rudloe's activities and fill about
sixty feet of shelving, Orser added.
Although the subjects of the pa-
pers are scientific, Rudloe and his
works are also of interest to stu-
dents of literature.
"Jack Rudloe is one of the most
significant Florida nature writers,
whether he is dealing with docks
in the Gulf of Mexico or the
search for alligators or the diffi-
culty of finding marine specimens
for research around the world,"

Claim For


By Telephone

By Tom Campbell
Effective December 1, 1998, if you
live in Franklin, Gulf or Bay Coun-
ties and become unemployed,
Unemployment Compensation
claims filed in the State of Florida
are filed by telephone. This is ben-
eficial to those individuals that
reside in counties that have no
local Jobs and Benefits offices,
such as Gulf and Franklin
Be prepared to encounter some
recorded messages along the way
and respond properly. Filing your
claim for Unemployment by tele-
phone requires that, before you
call, you must have the following
inforinati6i'ohi hand: vou'r Social
Security Number, employment
information for the past 18
months including employer
names, addresses and telephone
numbers, dates of employment
and earnings from each of the
If you do not have this informa-
tion, you will be asked to call back
when you do.
If you have documents which
need to be faxed, you need to go
S to a Children and Families Office
in Apalachicola, or to Gulf Coast
Community College Wages Repre-
sentative office, and they will be
happy to fax them for you.

J Mr. David Faist, Jobs and Ben-
Silver Jewelry, Books efits Manager for Gulf, Bay and
7 Franklin Counties, located in
SPanama City, said that their data
and Other Necessities. bank and computerized services
such as referrals, may be helpful.
653-C U R E He explained that the reason
Franklin County people now file
Sby telephone is the "downsizing
(653-2873) of more State jbbs. There will not
be so many people working for the
. 29 Avenue E State now."

Apalachicola, Florida

Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and no
holidays. Have pen and paper
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Jack showing off a Se

says University of Florida English
Professor Kevin McCarthy. "He is
articulate, witty, knowledgeable,
and entertaining," McCarthy
adds. Poet James Dickey and nov-
elist and nature writer Peter
Matthiessen, have both praised
Rudloe's writings, which are all
non-technical. McCarthy, a lead-
ing scholar of contemporary
Florida literature, has written that
Rudloe's style "emphasizes reader
involvement," and is known to
have kept many readers awake all
Hurricane Earl added an element
of interest to the libraries acqui-
sition of Rudloe's Papers. When
Rudloe and the University made

^ 1

eaturtle at his lab.

an agreement on the gift, in Au-
gust, 1998, the author suggested
that in view of the oncoming hur-
ricane season, the material be
moved as soon as possible from
his Gulf Specimen Marine Labo-
ratory. Two weeks to the day af-
ter the Papers were transported
to the safety of the Smathers Li-
braries, the harbor at Panacea
was swept by eleven-foot tides.
Jack Rudloe was born in New
York in 1943, moved to the Florida
panhandle in 1957 and attended
Florida State University. In 1964
he founded the Gulf Specimen
Marine Laboratory, an environ-
mental education and research
support center in Panacea,

The entrance to the Jack Rudloe Lab, now open to the
public for modest fees. The Rudloe specimen collection is
truly unique to the panhandle.

,Apalachicola City
Approves New
Playground Design
And Estuary

Reserve Boardwalk

By Aaron Shea
Woody Miley, Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP) Ad-
ministrator, at the December 8th
Apalachicola City Meeting re-
quested approval for a boardwalk
or the Estuary Reserve. The pro-
posed boardwalk will be built in
the northwest area of Scipio
Creek. The boardwalk would be
used for educational school field
trips and it would also bring in
more tourists according to Miley.
The construction of the structure
would be funded by grants and
not city money. The Board gave
its approval on the project.
Karen Dennis, who heads the
Apalachicola Parks Foundation,
brought her plans for the new
playground at Battery Park before
the Board. The proposed play-
ground known as "Kids Cove" will
include play areas that look like
boats and a pint-sized lighthouse.
Dennis pointed out that $10,000
has already been donated for the
$50,000 project and it will even-
tually be worth $135,000. Ms.
Dennis got the approval for her
design from the Board and she
had previously gotten approval
from the Seafood Festival Com-
mittee. The only request of the
Board was for Ms. Dennis to stake
out the area of where the pro-
posed park will be so the Board
will have a better understanding
of its location.

Edith Edwards, President of the
Philaco Women's Club, told the
Board that she was in the process
of planning a clubhouse for the
club. Currently, the club holds its
meetings at the Carriage House.
Ms. Edwards pointed out to the
Bbard all of the numerous things
the club has done for the city,
such as, community service pro-
grams for senior citizens and
helping open the Apalachicola Li-
brary. "They have done a lot for
the city," stated Commissioner
James Elliot. Ms. Edwards re-
quested that the city give the club
a long-term lease on a piece of city
property so they can put a club-
house on it. The Commission told
her that they will look into pos-
sible areas of land and they would
have an answer for her at the next
Janice Hicks of the Health De-
partment and the head coach of
the new Apalachicola High tennis
team asked the Board if there was
any possible to get the city tennis
courts better lighting for the com-
ing tennis season. Only half of the
courts currently have lights. The
Commission suggested that Ms.
Hicks go before the Recreation
Board with the situation. Ms.
Hicks then asked the Board if it
was possible to use the commu-
nity center for step aerobics
classes after the first of the year.
The classes, which would be held
every Wednesday, would be a part
of the Chronic Disease Program.
"We want to improve people's
health," said Ms. Hicks. The
Board did not approve the request
because the current renters of the
center would have to pay for the
classes utilities. It was suggested
to Ms. Hicks to get approval from
Dr. Louis Hill was granted permis-
sion to excavate the land on
Riverwalk property. Dr. Hill is an
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Florida that provides marine life
to schools and research labora-
tories throughout the nation.
He participated in the Interna-
tional Indian Ocean Expedition to
Madagascar, trips of the New York
Zoological Society to Surinam to
collect giant toadfish, and led
deep sea trawling trips in the Gulf
of Mexico to bring back giant sea
roaches. Mr. Rudloe has con-
ducted sea turtle research in con-
junction with the Caribbean Con-
servation Corporation and the
National Marine Fisheries Service.
He sits on an ad hoc advisory
panel for the National Cancer.
Institute's Natural Products Divi-
sion, reviewing proposals on
drugs from the sea, and has been,
active in fisheries' development
projects. In 1972, he founded the
rock shrimp and slipper, lobster
fishery in the Northern Gulf and
recently traveled to Malaysia and
Thailand to collect information to
start a domestic fishery for can-
nonball jellyfish.
Rudloe's articles have appeared in
Audubon, National Geographic,
Natural History, Sports Illustrated,
Smithsonian, Boating and other
magazines. His books include The
Sea Brings Forth, The Erotic
Ocean, The Living Dock, Time of
the Turtle, The Wilderness Coast
and, most recently, The Search for
the Great Sea Turtle Mother He
has appeared on the NBC Today
Show, Good Morning America and
National Public Radio. His efforts
to conserve Florida wetlands and
his writing career have been the
subject of Walt Disney television
and Florida Public Television

Birth Announcement
Dr. Maurice Ramirez and Dr.
Laura Mendoza Ramirez are
proud to announce the birth of
their new son Christopher Ryan
Ramirez born December 14th at
6:23 a.m. CT at Gulf Coast Hos-
pital in Panama City, Florida.
Christopher weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz.
and was 20 inches long.
Christopher Ryan also has two
proud sisters Victoria and Tiffany,
and a brother, Nicholas.

the commissioners stated.
The 10th Street baseball park
fence-was approved. The fence,
which will be 275 feet from home
plate and will have the water sta-
tion on the outside of it.
The city passed a resolution in
appreciation for Drs. Daniel and
Shirley White of the Love Center,
in honor of their 20 years of ser-
vice to the city.
Commissioner Van Johnson ex-
pressed his great disapproval over
the garbage that is on some city
streets. Commissioner Johnson
clearly pointed out to everyone
present that he wanted the Nui-
sance Ordinance Laws to be en-
forced. "The buck stops here,"
said Johnson. Mayor Robert
Howell told Johnson that a Ordi-
nance Board had been put to-
gether several years ago, but no
one that was appointed to it
wanted to serve on the Board. At
this time, the city cannot afford
to hire anyone to enforce the nui-
sance laws. "So people get to
break the law because we can't
afford to enforce it," retaliated
Johnson. "Somethinig has to be
done about this." Johnson sug-
gested having the police ticket the
people putting the garbage on the
streets. The Board did not come
to a resolution on this matter.

Wedding Of
Bonita Kolean
And Dr. Drennen
Mr. and Mrs. John Kolean of Hol-
land, Michigan, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Bonita
LaMae Kolean of Tallahassee, to
Dr. D. A. Drennen of Fairhaven,
Gulf Terrace, on October 30th at
St. Teresa Episcopal Church,
Officiating at a private sacramen-
tal ceremony was the Reverend
Travis Greenman, Vicar.
Bonita Kolean, an artist whose
one-woman art exhibit will be held
next month at the Thomasville
Cultural Center, is currently cited
in Who's Who in the South and
Southwest. Dr. Drennen, a psy-
chotherapist listed in Who's Who
in Medicine and Healthcare, was
formerly pastoral minister of
Trinity Episcopal Church,
The couple will spend a two-week
honeymoon traveling through

Page 12 18 December 1998


The Franklin Chronicle

Franklin Parades Beauties

By Tom Campbell
The Franklin County Beauty Pag-
eant, directed by Ms. Bonnie
Segree, paraded about fifty beau-
ties recently at the Franklin
County Senior Center in
The beauties were ages fifteen
months :hrlrntuil 1i \ and
they were all winners. All the
proud parents and grandparents
and friends and relatives were
there in the crowd of nearly 500,


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and, of course, all telt like their
own were the real winners.
According to the judges' decisions,
the awards were handed out as
Miss Franklin County-Ms. Jen-
nifer Michelle Martina,
17-year-old daughter of Kenneth
and Glenda Martina, Apalachi-
cola. Jennifer attends Apalachi-
cola High School and Gulf Coast
Community College and wants to
be a lawyer.
Teen Miss Franklin County-
Ms. Samantha Elliott, 14-year-old
daughter of Mark and Ida Elliott
of Apalachicola.
Young Miss Franklin County-
Ms. Raevyn Jefferson, 11-year-old
daughter of Bobby and
Temolynne Wintons of
Little Miss Franklin County-
Brittany Hunnings, 8-year-old
daughter of Carol and Gary
Hunnings of Eastpoint.
Tiny Miss Franklin County-
Emily Maleah Hatfield, age 4
years, daughter of Ms. Andrea
Wilson Hatfield of Apalachicola.
Pee Wee Miss Franklin County-
Ashley Morgan Carroll, age 2
years, daughter of Tracy and Link
Carroll of Eastpoint.
Baby Miss Franklin County-
Heaven Celeste Garrett, age 15
months, daughter of Bobby and
Angela Garrett, Eastpoint.
Baby Mr. Franklin County-
River Trace Banks, age 11
months, son of Brandy and
Rickey Banks of Eastpoint.
Pee Wee Mr. Franklin County-
Logan Allen, age 19 months, son
of Wonda and John Allen Jr. of
Consensus among the parents
and grandparents was that every
child entered in the contest
should win a trophy for entering,
as each one was adorable.


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Ms. Evelyn Pope Dedicated
To Senior Center
By Tom Campbell
Ms. Evelyn Pope, a dedicated worker at the Franklin County Senior
Center for twenty years, will celebrate her 83rd Birthday on January
9, 1999. She is still active as Receptionist at the Center and has a
ready smile and helping hand for all who visit.
Ms. Pope recently received an Award of Appreciation from the Senior
Center for her 20 years of faithful service. She has been Receptionist
since 1979, under the Green Thumb Program, a federal program that
hires elderly citizens.
Born and raised in Carrabelle, Ms. Pope lived in South Florida for a
time, then moved back to the Panhandle (Panama City) in 1961. She
came back to Carrabelle in 1963 and has been here since. She worked
for a time as a Postmaster in Georgia for three years.
For having her photograph taken, Ms. Pope said she would like to
take off her eye glasses. "I won't see better, but I'll look better," she
smiled. As the photograph demonstrates, she is doing just fine.

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Still Serving Community

By Tom Campbell
Mr. Charles Watson Clark, 84
years young, a resident of
Apalachicola, was recently hon-
ored on the occasion of his retire-
ment as an Ombudsman with the
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Program Volunteers, who are
making a difference in the com-
munities for residents of Long
Term Care Facilities. This in-
cludes all Nursing Homes, Adult
Congregate Living Facilities and
Adult Family Care Homes.
An Ombudsman is one who
speaks on behalf of another. The
Ombudsman's job is to protect the
rights of residents and assure that
they receive fair treatment and
quality care by investigating and
resolving their complaints.
Ms. Sandra Lee Johnson, who is
Coordinator of Family Literacy in
Franklin County, explained that
the State provides money to hire
a Coordinator of the Ombudsman
Program. Ms. Janice Harvey of
Tallahassee-is the Coordinator. "It
is important to have this service,"
said Ms. Johnson. "We always
need volunteers. In this area, Bay,
Franklin, Gulf, and Liberty Coun-
ties are served."
Any family or individual who
needs help may contact the dis-
trict office at 850-413-9000 or

write District 11, LTCOC, 2639
North Monroe Street, Suite 200-A,
Tallahassee, FL 32399.
Mr. Charles Watson Clark served
with dedication from June 1, 1993
to September 10, 1998. "I was
with Long Term Care as a volun-
teer for five years," he smiled, "and
I don't plan to lust sit around in
retirement. I will do whatever I
fIe explained that Florida A. and
M. University sends a van load of
gifts to the area every year around
the second week in December, to
be distributed to children in the
area. "I will be helping with that
again this year," Mr. Clark said.
Mr. Clark continued, 'Dr. Fredrick
Humphries, President of FAMU,
is always busy doing what he can
to help the young people of our
The same kind of dedicated care
as an Ombudsman Volunteer has
been given by Mr. Clark. Those
gathered to honor Mr. Clark's ser-
vice included Mr. Clarence Will-
iams, Chairman of the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners
and Mr. Willie Speed, School
Board Member of the Franklin
County School District.
Ms. Sandra Lee Johnson ex-
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that the volunteers can give."
For Mr. Clark, awards for his ex-
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Governor's office, Franklin
County Commissioners and. the
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By Rene Topping
About five miles north of
Carrabelle there is a small subdi-
vision called Pine Log. It sits on
the edge of Pine Log Creek and
up until a few weeks ago Selena
Tucker would have told you it was
quiet and pleasant. Then the scal-
lops appeared and since that time
Selena and her few neighbors
have been subjected to a noxious
odor that she describes as, "it is
just gross. You can hardly
Now scallop shells are pretty.
They are the one that Is the em-
blem for the Shell Oil Company.
But scallop shells with a small
part of the scallop still left in the
shell, accompanied by what is
loosely called by-catch, piled up
into small mountains of decaying
sea creature parts. Along with the
shells there are small fish, crabs,
star fishes and many other small
creatures. And as they decay they
give off the most offensive smell
in the world. That of any dead
body human-or creature decaying
day by day in the sun.
So Selena and her neighbor
Kathleen Jones took their prob-
lem to the Franklin County Com-
mission on Tuesday. December
13th, and waited from the start
of the meeting at 9 a.m. until the
entire meeting had come to a call
to the audience. They then ap-
proached, the commissioner's
bench and showed the commis-
sioners photographs of the shells
piled high as the trees behind
their property and described the
misery they had undergone dur-
ing the past weeks. They pleaded
with the commissioners for help
with the terrible smell.
Commissioner Jimmie Mosconis
said, "They can do something

about that spray them." Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal asked if
the land was agricultural saying,
"Isn't that land out there agricul-
tural?" He went on to say "If a man
owns a piece of agricultural prop-
erty way out like we can't hardly
tell him what to do." He went on
to say, "If it is a health problem,
there's the Health Department.*
Kathleen Jones, neighbor of
Selena Tucker, said that they were
all having headaches and getting
sick from the smell. She added "It
doesn't seem right that we should
be forced out of our homes."
Mosconis finally asked that a let-
ter be sent to the Health depart-
ment and see if they can help.
Brent Maybrey of the Franklin
County Health Department, said
"We have been out to the site and
we have also told the truckers.,
that they have to spray with an
insecticide to get rid of the flies.
When they get to the site they are
treated with lime and a deodor-
ant and more insecticide. But
what we need Is a good rain to
wash the stuff down." He added
that he cannot find any law in
Franklin County that says that a
person cannot allow noxious
smell to interfere with their neigh-
bor. He added "I am like a dog that
has no teeth."
Maybrey said that you have to
think about the welfare of the
people on the route from the dock
to the site. He added that Don,
Kendricks. from the Department
of Environmental Protection Is
coming in to the area to review
the problem probably Wednesday.
Meanwhile the two ladies have
been told that the scallops will
probably last. until the end of
March. And with 40 or more truck
loads or shells being hauled out
there each day they wonder Just
how long the can live In their

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As the holiday season ap-
proaches, Floridians can expect
an increase in the level of
fund-raising by charitable orga-
nizations. And with so many or-
ganizations soliciting money,
making a decision about contrib-
uting can often be confusing.
To assist consumers in making
their decisions, there is the an-
nual "Gift Givers' Guide"-a popu-
lar consumer guide that shows

Lanark Village To Get Discount

Grocery Store

By Tom Campbell
Good news for Lanark Village resi-
dents comes from Mr. John
Metcalf, who operates a discount
grocery store in Crawfordville. He
reported last week that he plans
to open a similar grocery store in
Lanark Village.
The Lanark Village Discount Gro-
cery Store will open next to the
Laundromat in the village shop-
ping mall on Tuesday, December
1. The grocery store is scheduled
to be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-
days through Saturdays, and 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Managing the grocery store will be
Ray Butler and Ms. Rhonda Frye
of Carrabelle. Ms. Frye said, "we
promise to offer competitive prices
and a clean store with friendly

service." They were busy cleaning
and preparing the store last week.
If all continues on schedule, they
will be ready to open Decem-
ber 1.
"We will offer new items weekly
and will meet or beat prices in the
area," Ms. Frye said. She smiled,
"We want to offer the kind of
friendly service we enjoy."
Some dairy products will be of-
fered, such as milk, butter and
cheese. Eggs, bread, canned
goods and staples will be sold.
They invite area residents to come
in and see for themselves how
clean and friendly the discount
grocery store will be. "Come and
visit with us," smiled Ms. Frye.
"You'll be happy you came in."


Ms. Sandra Lee Johnson is shown with Mr. Charles Watson
Clark who recently retired as an Ombudsman after five
years of service.

how much money organizations
spent the previous year on pro-
gram services, administrative
costs and fund-raising expenses.
This year's volume is the sixth
The guide lists the approximately
5,500 organizations registered
with the Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services as
charities that solicit money from
the public in Florida, whether
they are located in the state or
not.. Also included is a list of or-
ganizations that are exempt from
filing a detailed financial report
and a section listing professional
solicitors and fund-raising con-
To receive a free copy of the "Gift
Givers' Guide," consumers can
call 1- 800 HELP FLA (435-
7352)-and leave their name and
complete mailing address. Con-
sumers should allow 10 to 15
days for delivery.

Franklin Family
Medicine Open

By Pam Rush
Franklin Family Medicine, an af-
filiate of Tallahassee Memorial
Health Care, held its open house
on December 3rd. Over eighty
people attended the event. Dr.
Nancy Chorba and Dr. Michael
Wilder, along with their office
staff, Sylvia Adkison, Michelle
Hitron, Diane Barfield, Heather
Watson, and Leslie Taylor were on
hand to greet the guests. A guided
tour of the facilities was given .
An array of delicious refreshments
was served. A lovely gift basket
filled with a variety of goodies was
given away as a door prize.
Representatives from Tallahassee
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Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Bonnie Stephenson and Board Member Helen Schmidt hold
ribbons while President-Elect R. Walters, owners Larry and
Sandra Shiver and President T. Loftin watch Mayor "Buz"
Putnal cut.

Surfside Seafood Cafe


By Tom Campbell
Sandra and Larry Shiver of Eastpoint have been operating the Surfside
Seafood Cafe at Carrabelle Beach for about six months. Word has
spread that their food is delicious. A ribbon-cutting Ceremony at the
cafe was sponsored by the Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce on
December 4. A Crowd of locals gathered to wish the Shivers well.
Surfside Seafood Cafe is open seven days a week, Monday through
Friday 11 AM to 7 PM. Saturday and Sunday the cafe is open 9 AM to
9 PM, and they serve breakfast on the weekends.
In the photo, Carrabelle Mayor "Buzz" Putnal is shown at the
ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Chamber President Tommy
Loftin, president-elect Ron Walters, Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson, Ms. Flo Coody of Timber Island Yacht Club. Also present
were Mr. Sid Winchester of Gulf State Bank and Ms. Helen Schmidt
of Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle.
The owners, Sandra and Larry Shiver, said they were happy to be
serving the Carrabelle area and had met some wonderful people.

Franklin County's Bald

Eagles And Wild Turkeys

By Tom Campbell
Two of the birds considered by our forefathers for the national bird,
Bald Eagle and Wild Turkey, can easily be observed in Franklin county
and along the Forgotten Coast. Florida has more breeding pairs of
Bald Eagles than any other state except Alaska.
Bald eagles are not bald. The adult birds, male and female, have
white feathers on their heads. The young have dark heads and do not
get their white heads and tail feathers until they are three to five
years old, according to "Florida's Fabulous Birds" by Winston Will-
"As with most other raptors," he points out,, "the female bird is larger."
Bald eagles have a spectacular ritual used in courtship, known as a
"cartwheel display," in which the male and female eagles grasp each
other's talons and tumble "head over heels" over and over through
the sky.
Eagles build huge nests and return to them year after year. Usually,
the nest is about seven feet wide and about 60 feet above the ground.
Such a nest can be seen on the land side of Highway 98 between
Lanark Village and Carrabelle. Another is located about fifty yards
from Highway.98 in Tate's Hell State Forest, just west of Carrabelle
Beach. Another is located off Highway 98 between Carrabelle and
The nesting may begin in the fall and by March, the eaglets hatch,
learn to fly and find food and leave the nest. In summer, the young
eagles may disperse from Florida, like some "snow birds," to the north-
ern states.
Eagles usually nest in tall pines near water, and many prefer the
Forgotten Coast of Florida. Their diet includes a lot of fish and some
waterfowl such as moorhen. Fish can be caught by grabbing them
out of the water with their talons, which has been witnessed by this
writer along the picturesque Highway 98 in Franklin County.
The Bald Eagle is a carrion-eater and the bulk of its diet is. dead fish,
The Eagle is endangered, "with probably less than 500 pairs remain-
ing in the lower 48 states," according to Mr. Williams.
The accompanying photographs are from NASA's collection.
The Wild Turkey is also found in Franklin County. This species was a
common game animal in America, in Pilgrim times and was later al-
most driven to extinction by overhunting. It is now making a strong
comeback throughout Florida and many other states. In contrast to
the domestic turkey, hunters consider the Wild Turkey an alert and
challenging prey.
The Wild Turkey's contributions to the survival of the early settlers

Franklin County Public Library

Celebrate Christmas
from th
By Rene Topping son. C
On December 5, at 4:30 p.m. the The foc
Eastpoint Volunteer Firehouse bers. E
rang with the mixed voices of ping c
adults and children, as everyone ham wi
joined in to sing Christmas Car- respon
ols. The event was the Christmas rest of
Party jointly sponsored by the
Franklin County Public Library
Advisory Board and the Friends
of the Franklin County Public Li- HA
brary. One of the performances HI
was the children along with
Denise Butler and Pam Amato giv-
ing the audience a spirited, ani- Lin
mated version of"A Partridge in a Ov
Pear Tree". This has become
Christmas tradition with the li- Fra
brary group. Dr. Tom Adams sup- Ma
plied the music.
(In hi
The group was honored by the
presence of the Chairman of The Je*
Franklin County Commission. &owv
There was no mistake that he had 9 y
a great time watching the children
go through all the motions needed Hari
to do that song. e-mail
There was a gift exchange and email
much fun Wvas had by the adults Open
as, in another tradition, each DowI
brought a gift and, could choose

he tree or take away one
chosen by another per-
)ne gift in particular,
d hands at least twenty

)d was supplied by mem-
Board member Rene Top-
ooked and provided the
while Eileen Annie Ball was
sible for the turkey. The
the food was pot luck.

Camp Gordon Johnston Association arrabelle
Charitv Muiiseum Binner/Dance A a

By Tom Campbell
Last week, Camp Gordon
Johnston Association announced
the first Annual Charity Museum
Dinner/Dance, scheduled for the
evening of Valentines Day, 1999,
at the Elk's Club, 276 North Mag-
nolia Street in Tallahassee. All
proceeds are to go to the estab-
lishment of a museum in
The museum is dedicated to pre-
.rfn lnii the history of the Am-
phibious soldiers of World War II
(WWII), many of whom trained at
Camp Gordon Johnston. The
camp was in existence from 1942
through 1946, and it is estimated
that over 175,000 men passed
through the camp prior to embar-
kation to North Africa, Europe
and the Pacific campaigns.
Association President Sid Win-
chester said, 'These soldiers, sail-
ors, marines and airmen deserve
to have their sacrifices and efforts
recorded and kept for future gen-
erations of Americans."
Treasurer of the Association An-
thony J. Minichiello said, "The
whole purpose of the museum is
to preserve the memory of those
sacrifices, and we would like to
share our efforts to build a mu-
seum with everybody who would
like the opportunity to help."

hours of"Swing Band" music, lea-
turing Tallahassee's own Talla-
hassee Swing Band. There will be
a sit-down dinner and dancing to
the orchestra afterwards.
The tax-deductible ticket contri-
bution is $100 per couple. $50 for
an individual.
Mr. Minichiello said, "It's for a
great cause and will be a great
evening for honoring our WWII
Those interested in more informa-
tion or wishing to make a contri-
bution, may write to Anthony J.
Minichiello, Treasurer, CGJA,
P.O. Box 1334, Carrabelle, FL
32322, or phone 850-697-8575.
Treasurer Minichiello said that
museum contributions are grow-
ing. Franklin County Board of
Commissioners recently made a
grant of $2,000 available for use
by CGJA in regard to the annual
reunion and furthering the cause
of the museum.
"We bring people to the County
and aid the economy,' said Presi-
dent Winchester. "We appreciate
what the Commissioners do."

caused Benjamin Franklin to suggest its use as the national symbol.
He considered it a far "nobler" bird than the Bald Eagle, according to
Winston Williams. Franklin noted that the Bald Eagle "steals food
from other birds and eats dead animals."
The male turkey has a large tail-wvhic it cran'spread in a fan-shaped
display, much like a peacock. Female turkeys are called "hens," young
males, "jakes," and mature males "gobblers."
Male turkeys have large, fleshy growths on their heads called
caruncless." They have a decorative function and become more brightly
colored during mating displays. mature males also have a tuft of feath-
ers extending from the breast which is called a "beard."
Wild Turkeys in Franklin County are protected by law. Hunting Li-
cense or Wild Turkey permits may be purchased from county tax
collectors, subagents, Internet or telephone. Wild Turkey Permit is a
required $5 permit. Fall Turkey season is November 26 through 29
and December 12 through January 17. During the archery season
turkeys of either sex may be taken. Bearded turkeys or gobblers only
may be taken during the fall turkey season. Phone Wildlife officer
Dan Sullivan at 850-627-9674 for further information.
Dark meat is common in the breasts of birds that fly long distances.
Dark color is caused by abundant blood vessels needed to sustain
long flight. Domestic turkeys that can't fly far have white breast meat.
Many people in the Franklin County area think of Thanksgiving as
"Turkey Day." Turkey with all the trimmings is a traditional holiday
After the feast, the grateful persons may give thanks for the bounty
and the fact that the bird did not become extinct.

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Originally chartered in 1972, the
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with the purpose of encouraging
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the area. Executive Director
Bonnie Stephenson has guided
the organization since 1996. She
first became a member of the
Chamber in 1982.
Ms. Stephenson said the Cham-
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to compile an accurate list of past
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1972 Bill Miller
1973 Ralph Kendrick
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1975 Joe Butler
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1977 Laurice Squires
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1979 Lee Myers
1980 Lee Myers
1981 Jim McKnight
1982 Dr. Ed Saunders
1983 Bruce Moore
1984 James McKnight
1985 Mary Miller
1986 Doris Holden
1987 Dr. Edward Saunders
1988 Charles Miller
1989 Jack Prophater
1990 Jack Prophater
1991 Bill Miller
1992 Ruby Litton
1993 Mike Murphy
1994 Jerry Adams
1995 Mike Murphy
1996 Pat Howell
1997 Will Kendrick
1998 Tommy Loftin
Executive Director of the Cham-
ber Bonnie Stephenson said, "We
would like to thank each person
who assisted in the effort to com-
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The Franklin Chronicle


18 December 1998 Page 15

Limerock from Page 1
Timber Island. Member (Freda)
White told those present that
Gene Langston wants to off load
limerock onto barges on a nine-
acre parcel next to Dockside Ma-
rine. There was some discussion
concerning the fact that this is
done in many places in the state
and also the fact that there is no
hazardous material being loaded
or unloaded, On motion by Mem-
ber (Jack) Prophater. seconded by
Member (Roxie) Allen and by
unanimous vote of the commis-
sioners present, it was agreed that
loading limerock in the C-1 Dis-
trict is an acceptable accessory
use. Member (Freda) White ab-
stained from voting because she
works with Timber Island Realty,
a principal party in this request.
The item was not on the agenda
for the meeting, despite the fact
that as a result of a protest from
Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion, the agenda for the meetings
is now closed 15 days prior to a
meeting. This fact has caused
many Carrabelle residents to feel
that they have not been treated
The next meeting to discuss this
matter was the County Commis-
sion meeting of November 17
when the recommendation of the
FCP&Z is brought up in the
county planner's report to the
commission. Residents of the
'nearest subdivision. Bayou Har-
bor, who are closest to the project,
attended the county meeting, feel-
ing that they had not been con-
sidered in the process. The main
protest was that the limerock
would cause air pollution, dust
would be a problem, along with
heavy traffic on the entire route
from the Langwood Industries
Mine in Liberty County and the
fact that the bridge over Postum
Bayou has a 22-ton load limit.
As the word went out around
Carrabelle, calls went out to two
county commissioners: Bevin
Putnal and Cheryl Sanders.
Putnal said at the meeting of the
17th that he wished to table the
matter until the next meeting so
that he might look into poss-
ible problems and talk to his
After the meeting, he polled resi-
dents on the Ryan Drive truck
route and said he found there was
no one in favor of the project.
There was standing room only at
the Tuesday, November 17, meet-
ing of the Franklin County Com-
mission, (This meeting was re-
ported fully in the November 26
edition of the Chronicle) as resi-
dents of Bayou Harbor Subdivi-
sion and others living on the truck
route on Ryan Drive, along with
residents of other areas of
Carrabelle, voiced their opinions
as to the way the limerock would
be trucked and protested the

The next meeting was the County
Commission regular meeting held
on December 1. At this meeting,
after listening to remarks from
residents, Freda White said she
was speaking for Langston said
that the matter had been fully dis-
cussed and approved for recom-
mendation to the County Com-
mission. Several of the workers of
Langwood Industries and
Langston again said there would
be no problems, White answered
remarks about her being on the
Planning and Zoning Commission
and said she had excused herself
from the vote and that she had
acknowledged that she was an
agent in Timber Island Realty. She
then asked for a motion from the
commissioners voted 3-2 to ap-
prove the site. Commissioners
Clarence Williams, Jimmie
Mosconis and Creamer voted for
the project, while the two commis-
sioners from the eastern end of
the county, Bevin Putnal and
Cheryl Sanders voted "No." As
soon as the vote was announced
Langston said, "O.K. Let's get
back to work." and he and the
workers filed quickly out of the
commission room.
On December 2, at the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority (CPAA)
meeting, Gary Reakes, a Bayou
Harbor Subdivision resident,
spoke to the Authority. Reakes
was at one time chairman of the
CPAA and'said, "What is the
board's authority on the water-
ways? It was the position of the
Port Authority to develop Timber
Island to the benefit of the people
of Carrabelle. The county commis-
sioners who represent Carrabelle
voted against the project. Ron
Crawford questioned the
Authority's attorney, Suzanne
Brownless on the issue of juris-
diction. Brownless answered,
"The enabling legislation gives the
board the reasonable authority
necessary to implement the pow-
ers of authority, as long as the fa-
cility exists. Under section 3.2,
waterways described appear to
meet the definition of the district
under control of the Authority."
Reakes added a comment that
"...limerock staging was consid-
ered there [Timber Island] once
before, but it was looked at nega-
tively, at that time."
Jean Reakes spoke on the project
saying that she had been given to
understand that the Corps of En-
gineers (COE) had jurisdiction
and it would require a Develop-
ment of Regional Impact (DRI) for
any shipping barging or industrial
Brownless said, "It is difficult to
talk about a project the param-
eters of which you do not have
before you." She added that she
recommended the CPAA contact
the county commission and find
out what action had been taken.
A motion was made and passed
to have the attorney contact the

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county commission with their
Michael [Mike] Langston asked,
"You are going to ask for a clarifi-
cation ofjurisdiction?" The attor-
ney said "Yes." Crawford asked
Langston to ask his father, Gene
Langston to prepare a project plan
to submit to the CPAA so that the
members of the Authority have a
better idea of its scope. The
younger Langston said he was
sure his dad would comply.
The next meeting was the
Carrabelle city regular monthly
meeting on December 7. At which
some o the same and some other
citizens had questions about the
process and the project. Trish
Messick asked, "Can't we go back
to the Planning and Zoning and
ask for a review? Ask them to hold
off until toxicity tests are made."
City Commissioner Donald Wood
answered the second part of her
question by saying that "The
Florida Aquifer is made of
limerock. It's not a toxic sub-
stance." Gary Reakes pointed out
that the three county commis-
sioners who voted for the project
were not impacted by it.
Carrabelle Area County Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal said, "This
has everyone split down the
middle. When it first came up at
the county, there was enough
votes to deny it. I wanted to have
input from the citizens of
Carrabelle, have Mr. Langston
appear before them and answer
these questions. He's not here to-
night, but I feel if people knew
more details, they might accept it
Larry Kolk, Chairperson of the
Bayou Harbor Home Owners As-
sociation, stated, "We hear about
the few potential jobs associated
with this project, but have you
considered It's impact on the city
of Carrabelle." He asked if consid-
eration had been made of all the
development money being granted
to downtown Carrabelle and po-
tential loss of tourist dollars, He
added "Consider that allowing
limerock barging across the river
could lead to considerable loss."
Jim Lycett said, "There will be no
barging from up river. This will be
a permanent facility. As for jobs,
we have a new prison and a bridge
to be built. Both these projects
will provide jobs, There is no guar-
antee the additional jobs
Langston promised will be filled
by Franklin County, the mine is
in Liberty."
He went on to say, "To put a
limerock barging facility on the
river downtown would be eco-
nomic suicide." Lycett added that
he believed the citizens should
have the right to appeal to the
county and felt that the process
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'Buddy Shiver, Carrabelle Chief of
SPolice, said that the Timber Island
bridge is rated for 22 tons. It is
already taking a beating with the
seafood trucks." He added he be-
lieved a few hundred more trucks
per month would tear it up.
Joe Roche remarked that he felt
an environmental impact study
should be done, before the project
goes any further.
Pat Howell said she felt that this
was not only about roads or the
effect of trucks, but the effect on
Carrabelle residents.
Guy Hogan of Keep Franklin
County Beautiful said, "The barge
traffic alone is something to con-
tend with. Imagine loaded barges
and tugs jockeying around
shrimpers, fishermen and recre-
ation boats on the river."
Audrey Messer said that if the city
commissioners tried to deny the
project, they would be just like
Hub Cook, Snow Cook and Bevan
Simmons, three gentlemen who
are now deceased, when those
three fought against a paper mill
such as the one in St. Joe that
wanted to come to town. She de-
clared "We lost a lot of jobs there."
In the end it was Commissioner
Pam Lycett who made a motion
to go back to the FCP&Z and ask
for an impact study and then start
the process over again. Commis-
sioners Jim Phillips and Donald
Wood were totally mute and would
not second the motion. The mo-
tion died for lack of a second.
Residents remain far from satis-
fied and promise to appear before
the county commission meeting
on December 15.

Senior Center


"y Tom Campbell
A Thanksgiving feast was pro-
vided for over a hundred seniors
at the Franklin County Senior
Center in Carrabelle Wednesday,
November 18. Eleven turkeys had
been prepared with all the trim-
mings, including mountains of
dressing and gravy.
The event is sponsored by The
Happy Homemakers Club of
Carrabelle and the Senior Center
Project and Board of Directors.

Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority from Page 1
the ratio to stay as it is now. "It
'keeps some bureaucracy out of
the process." The members-
unanimously agreed with him to
strike the change. The members
also voted unanimously to have
Brownless prepare a document
for presentation to the legislature.
Tommy Bevis ofDockside Marina,
told members that he is in a "hold-
ing pattern" on getting back to
work and progress is slow. He did
say that the upland lease is in the
hands of the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval. (This is the small
piece of land on which the lift is
being built.)
The members took up the issue
of re-advertising the Carrabelle
Airport for bids. There were sev-
eral suggestions that the' adver-
tising take a wider scope and try
to find outlets that specialize in
airports, as a more appropriate
way to attract bids. Brownless
-was instructed to make-up a suit-
able bid proposal.
As Crawford passed the gavel to
Lycett, the new chairman made
his first action as chairperson
with a proposal that the Gover-
nor be sent a letter asking for a
some action on choice of a mem-
ber for the body. The next meet-
ing of the CPAA will be January
5. 1999.

Erika Pinkerton and Joshua Coursey were soloists at the
First Baptist Church, St. George Island, Christmas program.

Bald Point from Page 1

of burial mounds and artifacts,
but agreement could not be ob-
tainedwith the private owners of
the land.
The Bald Point-Dickerson Bay
proposed acquisition is ranked 10

on a list of 32 projects. Another
"Tates Hell-Carrabelle Tract
(ranked No. 22) was also on the
list. The Priority Projects are listed
as follows:

1 Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem Highlands/Polk/Lake/Osceola
2 Belle Meade Collier-
3 Florida Keys Ecosystem Monroe
4 Annuttellga Hammock Hernando/Citrus
5 Perdldo Pitcher Plant Prairie Escambia
6 Wekiva-Ocala Greenway Lake/Orange/Volusla
7 Bombing Range Ridge Polk
8 Lake Powell B&y/Walton
9 Estero Bay Lee
10 Dickerson Bay Wakulla
11 Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Lee/Charlotte
12 Longleaf Pine Ecosystem: Ross Prairie MarionNolusla/Hernando
13 St. Joseph Bay Buffer Gulf
14 Watermelon Pond Levy/Alachua
15 Pineland Site Complex Lee
16 Etoniah/Cross Florida Greenway Putnam/Citrus/Marion
17 Florida First Magnitude Springs: Jackson/Henando
Blue Springs & Weeki Wachee Sprinqs
18 Green Swamp Polk/Lake
19 Middle Chipola River Jackson/Calhoun
20 Osceola Pine Savannas Osceola
21 Wakulla Springs Protection Zone Wakulla
22 Tates Hell / Carrabelle Tract Franklin
23 Apalachicola River Jackson/Liberty/Calhoun/Gadsden I
24 Caloosahatchee Ecoscape Hendry/Glades
25 Catfish Creek Polk
26 Upper Econ Mosaic Osceola/Orange
27 Southeastern Bat Maternity Caves Jackson/Marion/Alachua/Sumter
28 Escribano Point Santa Rosa
S29 Putnam County Sandhills Putnam
30 Wacissa/Aucilla River:Sinks Jefferson/Taylor
31 California Swamp I Dixie
32 Ichetucknee Trace Limerock Mines IColumbia

Plantation Owners from
Page 1
string of litigations seeking to alter or stop the Resort Village develop-
ment. Instead, the POA litigations had some influence in altering the
development plans, but the overall impact was to cost Dr. Johnson
more money in responding to various challenges seeded by POA law-
yers. Now, it would appear, the next step in the process would be to
resume the litigation with Dr. Johnson's. counter-claim seeking dam-
ages once the willful breach of contract is pleaded and proven. In the
words of one of Johnson's spokespersons, "...There is little doubt that
the POA has caused the Resort Village Project at least $1,000,000 in
damages in not living up to the agreement made in 1992."
Mr. Rick Watson, current President of the POA Board of Directors
expressed the view that the next step would involve concluding work
on a new agreement with Dr. Johnson, that has been the subject of
formal negotiation in August 1998. Since then, conversations' with
Dr. Johnson have taken place but no additional negotiations have
been held. If the revised agreement is satisfactory to Dr. Johnson,
Watson continued, then the agreement will be distributed to the POA
membership for review. Two formal briefing sessions to the member-
ship have been held by the Board since August 1998. If no more
progress on a re-negotiated agreement is to be made, then both par-
ties will 'return to litigation for hearing Dr. Johnson's counter-claim
in court.
The POA has an insurance policy with the Chubb Companies to pay
off various claims. However, it is not known if the policy covers mat-
ters involving "willful breach" of contract situations. If the insurance
does not pay for any claims, the POA Board of Directors would have
to seek alternate sources for settling any claims against it. Thus far,
about $325,000 has been paid to attorneys handling numerous liti-
gations involving Dr. Johnson and Resort Village.

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Holiday '98

Mailing Tips

* Purchase convenient packaging
materials, including boxes and
padding materials, at your local
post office. Express Mail and Pri-
ority Mail boxes, envelopes, and
tubes are free.
* Access the Postal Service's Web postage
calculations, the latest address
information, and unique gift
* Avoid waiting in line for holiday
stamps by buying holiday Stamps
by Phone (1-800-STAMP-24),
Stamps by Mail, or stamps from
postal vending machines.
* Don't forget that most post of-
fices are open on the day of
Christmas Eve, which means
last-minute packages can still
make it by Christmas Day to most
major metropolitan areas via Ex-
press Mail.
* Last-minute international mail-
ers should not despair. Global
Priority Mail averages 4 days to
many countries for items up to 4
pounds. Express Mail Interna-
tional Service averages 3 days to
most major cities.
* For chose traditional domestic
procrastinators, we offer Priority
Mail, which gets packages to their
destinations in 2 days to most
major areas. It's a great buy at $3
for up to two pounds. For $10.75,
we also have Express Mail Ser-
vice that gets mail to most major
cities overnight.
* When writing Santa, be sure to
use a return address. Santa may
write back!
* Select a box that's strong
enough to protect the contents.
Leave space for cushioning inside
the carton.
* Cushion package contents with
shredded or rolled news paper,
bubble wrap, or Styrofoam pea-
nuts. Plain air-popped popcorn is
also good for cushioning, it's in-
expensive and environmentally
friendly, and you can string left-
over popcorn for holiday decora-
* Always use tape that is designed
for shipping, such as press-
ure-sensitive tape, nylon-
reinforced craft paper tape,
orglass-reinforce pressure-
sensitive tape.
The only addresses on packages
for mailing should be the delivery
and return addresses. Tip: Place
a return address label inside the
Carefully pack glass and fragile
hollow items, like vases, with
newspaper or packing material to
avoid damage due to shock. When
mailing framed photographs, take
the glass out of the frame and
wrap it separately.
Remove batteries from toys.
Wrap and place them next to the
toys in the mailing box.
Packages that weigh at least one
pound must be taken into the
post office for mailing.

The New Guard

These Species May
Pose A Risk To Native

There are four main shrimp vi-
ruses of concern in the Gulf of
Mexico. These have been shown
experimentally to infect all three
of the Gulfs commercially impor-
tant native shrimp populations:
white, pink and brown.
IHHNV (Infectious Hypodermal
and Hematophoetic Neurosis) and
TSV (Taura Syndrome Virus) are
from Latin America, while WSSV
(White Spot Syndrome Virus) and
YHV (Yellow Head Virus) are from
Asia. All are associated with mor-
tality rates up to 90 or 100
None of these viruses has yet been
found in wild shrimp populations
in the Gulf of Mexico. However,
numerous outbreaks have oc-
curred in United States aquacul-
ture operations, and experts say
the potential exists for devastat-
ing infections of Gulf shrimp.
Shrimp viruses spread by a vari-
ety of means, .including process-
ing plant wastes, escapement
from aquaculture, infected .bait
shrimp, ship ballast water and
fishing vessels. They are complex
organisms, and until recently,
little was known about them. In
fact, shrimp viruses are sfill
poorly understood.
Shrimp viruses are causing con-
cern because some of the newer

strains appear to be increasingly
virulent. They also affect more
hosts, including crabs and cray-
fish. One of the viruses, YHV,
caused a billion dollar loss in Asia
in 1996.
Shrimp imports will continue to
rise as U.S. consumption in-
creases, posing an even greater
risk of infection. Experts are cur-
rently working to develop better
strategies for assessing and re-
sponding to such viral threats. To
this end, the GMP cosponsored a
shrimp virus management strat-
egy workshop in late July. Shrimp
farmers, processors, harvesters
and conservationists provided in-
put on the problem.

Franklin County Republicans at a pre-election party.

Franklin Republicans Organize

The Franklin County Republican
Party met recently to select offic-
ers and precinct committeemen or
committeewomen for the ensuing
two year period.
Willie Norred of St. George Island
was /elected Chairman. Jim
Sisungof Eastpoint was re-elected
Vice-Chairman. Jim Cobb of St.
George Island was re-elected
Treasurer. Rita O'Connell Of St.
George Island was elected
The following were elected as Pre-
cinct Committeemen or Commit-
teewomen: Don and Marilyn
Johnson of Magnolia Bluff; Eliza-
beth Sisung of Eastpoint;

Malcomb and joan Nichols of
Apalachicola; Bill Bouington of
State Road 65; Art Little and
Maxine Cobb of St. George Island;
and Fred and Mary Aman of
Lanark Village.
Joyce Estes and Lee McKnight
continue as Franklin County
Committeewoman and Commit-
teeman respectively.
The Franklin County Republican
Party Executive Committee will
hold monthly meetings in 1999.
Meetings are scheduled for the
third Thursday of each month at
seven P.M. at the Fire Station in
Eastpoint. The meetings are open
to the public.


Hotter Rhetoric
Panhandle fishermen are still
Embroiled in interpretations of net
limitation rules, involving the
State's enforcement agency, the
Marine Fisheries Patrol and the
Marine Fisheries Commission.
Added to this cast of forces by
year's end are, the incoming Gov-
ernor, his transition staff, the
House Water Resources Commis-
sion, Representative Janegayle
Boyd and representatives of the
Florida Fishermen's Federation, a
statewide group that grew from
the net limitation issues in
Wakulla County.
First, there are three legal cases
pending; two on appeal. These
cases were argued before the First
District Court of Appeals last
;week. The so-called(Judge)
McClure case involves a trial in
which the judge approved a net
he interpreted as legal under the
Constitutional Amendment
passed in 1994. The State ap-
pealed the McClure ruling, argu-
ing that the net involved is a gill
net, banned by the Amendment.
The second case involved an ap-
peal of the rule requiring two-inch
mesh in seine nets. A third case,
decided by Judge Russell (Frank-
lin County) held that the language
in the Amendment was unconsti-
tutionally vague. That case was
reversed at the First District Court
of Appeal, and it is now "pending"
consideration for review by the
Florida Supreme Court, not hav-
ing officially accepted for Supreme
Court review yet.
During the 1998 Legislative ses-
sion, F.S. 370.093 was passed,
and defined a legal net to be a
rectangular net 500 square feet
f or less, made of twisted nylon.
f Fishermen Ronald Crum and Ray
Pringle, President of the Florida
Fishermen's Federation, have ar-
f gued that the Legislature has re-
solved the mesh issue with
370.093, achieving the goals the
voters sought with the Constitu-
tional Amendment. However, the
Legislature also provided for the
making of additional rules to carry
forward the goals of the Amend-

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ment, in,' liiij~the th wo-Inch
stretch mesh requirement. Other
issues may loorm n the legal fight
including, some verbage about.
"commercially viable nets" as a re-
quirement to be met in the defi-
nition of a legal net.
In a letter to the editor last week,
received by the Chronicle, Pringle
and Crum stated, "...We will go no
further to resolve the issues, we
are going fishing with legal gear
and we will not give up our gear.
We were there during the nego-
tiations of the bills that created
370.093 F. S. and understand it.
A politically driven FMP (Florida
Marine Patrol) must read clear,
plainly, written law and enforce
that law, not the political goals
of the thugs within that
The heat over these issues was
recently stimulated by arrests of
fishermen, who claim that their
nets meet the requirements of the
Florida statutes. The Marine Pa-
trol relies on a rule approved by
the Governor and Cabinet last
spring, also tested before an ad-
ministrative law judge, that re-
quires seine nets to have two-inch
stretch mesh throughout. In the
Pringle-Crum net, there is a
two-inch mesh as a panel, but
placed in the body of a net with
larger mesh size. The state has
argued that this net was a gill net,
prohibited by the Amendment.
The FMP has continued to enforce
the administrative rule indicating
that all equipment would be con-
fiscated upon arrest.
The Wakulla County Commission
asked the Attorney General to in-
tervene in the matter with an
opinion on the dilemma created
by the statute and administrative
rule, but'the official response,
coming about ten days after the
request, merely referred Pringle
and Crum to the Marine Fisher-
ies Commission, since this agency
was responsible to implementing
the fishing rules. There were
"statutory constraints" on the At-
torney General from giving legal
opinions to public officials involv-
ing issues under another agency's
jurisdiction. In early December,

Net Limitation Rules Subject To





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SHIP Open House At R,-,coe Daly's

The State Housing Initiative Pro-
gram (SHIP) built a $42,000 home
for Mr. Roscoe Dally, Lanark Vil-
lage resident
The Dally home has two bed-
rooms, one and a half baths, liv-
ing room, kitchen and utility
room. The bedrooms are provided
with spacious closets.
Certified General Contractor Dan
Reeves, who built the house, was
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HSCT Scores from Page 1
information, identify facts and
opinions and draw conclusions
from a variety of reading selec-
tions. Students read and answer
questions about the kinds of read-
ing material they typically en-
counter in textbooks,
non-fictional literature, maga-
zines, newspapers and other
forms of popular literature.
For the mathematics section, stu-
dents are expected to read and
solve real-world problems dealing
with consumer applications and
percent, measurements, con-
cepts of simple probability, use of
ratios and proportions, applying
geometric relationships and solv-
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Charles Watson, Betty Moses, Joe
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"The SHIP goal is to help provide
homes for deserving low income
people," said Director Pace. They
hope to build two new houses per
year. "We use local money," she
said, "money which comes back
to the county."

dents take the HSCT for the first
time. Students must achieve a
passing score on both sections of
the test in order to graduate from
a Florida public high school.
According to the Table data, 80
percent of Franklin students
passed the communications sec-
tion and nearly the same (79%)
passed the mathematics section.
Those taking both tests were 74%
passing. The statewide averages
in the respective categories, also
shown in the Table, were 81, 77
and 72. Wakulla County regis-
tered the highest passing rate
with 88, 87 and 81 in the com-
munications, mathematics and
"both" categories among those
school districts shown in the

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two fishermen in Wakulla County
were arrested and their gear con-
fiscated, for fishing with illegal
nets. The mesh size was three
inches, prohibited by the admin-
istrative rule.
Pringle and Crum and others have
also made presentations to the
new governor's transition team on
these issues. Much earlier, ru-
mors abounded that Governor
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were completed, but this did not


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18 December 1998 Page 17

The photograph is from U.S. Army historical files and shows men
of the 28th Division in rear lines of a training problem, at
Amphibious Training Center, Camp Gordon Johnston, Florida.
The area shown was near Lanark Village, and the photo was taken
in March of 1943. Invitations are now going out to veterans and
their families for the fifth annual reunion of Camp Gordon
Johnston Association, to be held in Lanark Village and Carrabelle
Friday through Sunday, March 12-14, 1999. President of CGJA
Sid Winchester said he expects there will be over 100 CGJ veterans
and their families attending.

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Mitchell Aquaculture

Demonstration Farm

Interest in sturgeon culture in Flodda is steadily building due to its
high value for both meat and caviar. Florida has three native species/
subspecies the Gulf of Mexico, shortnose, and Atlantic -with most of
the recent research focusing on life history and induced spawning
techniques for Gulf of Mexico and shortnose sturgeon. Within the
past several years research efforts have expanded into investigating
culture techniques and evaluating fish performance.
A Gulf of Mexico sturgeon culture research project was initiated this
July and is investigating the production and economic feasibility of
two commercial scale production systems.
One of the treatments utilizes flow-through well water at three ex-
changes per day and the other treatment utilizes recirculated pond
water. The recirculating pond water system is designed to reduce water
requirements, take advantage of the pond's natural plankton
biofiltration, and allow for zero discharge. Both treatments consist of
three 20 foot diameter fiberglass tanks supplied with airlifts and
airstone aeration.
Oxygen will be supplemented later in the 16-month study when fish
biomass, and feeding rates exceed airstone oxygen transfer capabili-
ties. Each tank was stocked with 400 there month old fingelings (6.5g)
which are expected to reach 8 10 lbs by the end of the study.
Fish growth, water quality, facility infrastructure and operating costs
are being monftored and a comparison between the two systems com-
pleted. In addition, monthly effluent analysis is being conducted from
the flow-through tanks.
Data from July to September in the above study have shown slower
fish growth in the pond water recirculating treatment, where water
temperatures have been averaging 10 degrees F higher than the well
water flow-through system. In order to more clearly evaluate the ef-
fect of water temperature on Gulf of Mexico sturgeon growth, another
project will begin in October.
In this study; six month old fingedings will be cultured for 10 weeks
in four water temperatures, ranging from 70 to 85 degrees F.
For more information on the current sturgeon research projects at
the farm, call Andy Lazar or Debbie Britt.
Debbie Britt- 850/674-3184
Reprinted from Waterworks, University of Florida Cooperative Exten-
sion Service., Vol. 2, No. 4.

A True Story

By Carolyn Hatcher
Edited By Tom Campbell
When my cousin, Cdr. Nello D. S.
Andrews, died, I was the recipi-
ent of his papers and memories
of stories he told me. This is one
that has intrigued me for years.
In war, strange things happen.
On 24 June 1952, Lt. Clark, you
were a passenger on a military
aircraft en route to Seoul, Korea-
the capital of the Republic of Ko-
rea-at war with North Korea and
Communist China. Until you read
this writing, you will never have
known that you triggered one of
the largest and most successful
operations achieved by friendly
forces during the Korean War, an
operation which led to the Korean
Truce the following month and the
return of our POWs.
You may refer to "THE SEA WAR
IN KOREA," written by Command-
ers Cagle and Manson, published
by the United States Naval Insti-
tute and translated into Russian,
but you will not find any mention
of yourself You will find, however,
the name of Admiral J. J. "Jocco"
Clark, who was half Cherokee In-
dian, had three stars, and com-
manded all of the ships of the
United Nations in that theater of

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war. He was "'all ahead go," to put
it mildly, and committed our Navy
carrier aircraft to close air sup-
port of Army and Marine ground
forces in Korea. These were called
"Cherokee Strikes," in honor of his
tribe. We lost a number of planes
in those operations and a few
USN-443503 official photograph
shows a bomb exploding on the
southern half (in North Korea
rather than in Manchuria) of the
Suiho Dam, and is captioned: "25
June 1952." The power plant at
Suiho, on the Yalu River in North
Korea, erupts smoke and debris
as it is hit by "40,000 pounds of
bombs dropped by eight Navy AD
"Skyraiders" during the coordi-
nated Navy-Air Force-Marine at-
tack on enemy power installations
on the Yalu."
That was only a part of the op-
eration; 258 Navy jets with air
cover provided by shore bombard-
ment from ships of the U.S.A.,
United Kingdom, Canada, the
Netherlands, the Republic of Ko-
rea, Columbia, Thailand and oth-
ers struck the electrical power
installations of North Korea, in
complete surprise. Not one plane
of ours was lost, and the MIGs
across the Yalu River in Manchu-
ria didn't even "scramble."
For twenty-four hours, the opera-
tion was held up by the U.S. Air
Force General, based in Seoul,
who controlled all friendly air op-
erations over North Korea. The Air
Force said the weather wasn't
right; the Navy said it was. The
element of top secrecy and com-
plete surprise was of the utmost
importance, for one of the unwrit-
ten laws of the conduct of the war
was our not attacking -any
hydro-electric installations in
North Korea. Once we hit one,
then the enemy would know that

Interim Measures For Aquaculture


The last legislative session trans-
ferred most aquaculture permit-
ting and regulatory responsibili-
ties to the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices (DACS). As a result, newly
created Aquaculture Certificates
* replace General Fish Farm Per-
mits which have, until now, been
required from the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
* replace the Resident Fish
Dealer's License from the Florida
Game and Fresh Water Fish Com-
mission (GFC); and
* address the Environmental Re-
source Permit from the water
management districts.
Instead of permitting based on the
traditional regulatory rule, Best
Management Practices (BMPs),
which are in the process of being
developed, will address the con-
cerns of all the agencies. If a farm
can demonstrate that they are
employing the appropriate BMPs,
they will be certified by DACS.
However, the development of
BMPs is going to take a while. It
has been suggested that during
the interim, farms operating un-
der a current General Fish Farm
Permit adopt their existing per-
mit rules as BMPs-a relatively
easy way to become certified.

the ban had been lilted and would
take appropriate defensive
The operation-was held up; our
planes and our ships were poised.
Everyone was tense and ready
and fearful that the enemy would
get wind of it, and the MIGs would
scramble, and we would lose
planes, ships and lives.
And, that is where you came on
stage, Lieutenant Clark (branch
of U.S. Service unknown), while
the United Nations Naval Com-
mander, Admiral John E. Ginch,
USN, and 1, Lt. Cdr. Nello D. S.
Andrews, USNR, his Intelligence
Officer, were holding our breaths
and intolerant of the delay.
The passenger list of the plane on
which you were traveling, Lt.
Clark, was radioed ahead to
Seoul, and somehow the Air Force
General who was holding up the
operation got word that Admiral
J.J. "Jocco" Clark was on that
plane, flying in to raise hell. And,
the Air Force General told his
chief of staff, "Oh, Jesus Christ,
let the bombs drop!" And, the
bombs dropped, and the shells
landed, Lt. Clark.
Things like this happen in war. We
don't even know your first name,
but it was not Admiral J.J. "Jocco"
Goodnight, Lt. Clark, wherever
you are. matter where you are-'
ours is a service you can trust.

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However, there are many other
forms of aquaculture that do not
have existing general fish farm
permit rules to work under. To
accommodate these situations,
DACS has:
1. Formed a Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC) for the various
commodity groups to assist in the
development of BMPs, including
representatives from industry re-
search, and other agencies in-
2. Proposed I,-ii' laIll ,un which will
allow for farms operating within
existing rules and authorizations
to be certified until BMPs are de-
A Technical Advisory Committee
meeting, the second so far, was
held at the Tropical Aquaculture
Laboratory on October 16 and
demonstrated a cooperative atmo-
sphere. A third meeting is sched-
uled for November 18.
All aquaculturists are encouraged
to participate by communicating
ideas and concerns to their indus-
try representatives. For more in-
formation contact: Frank Leteux
at 850/414-0200 or Rich McLean
Reprinted from Waterworks, Uni-
versity of Florida Cooperative Ex-
tension Service, Volume 2, Num-
ber 4.

Florida Lawyers



Hours To Their


According to The Florida Bar, law-
yers in the state volunteered over
1.5 million hours of their time to
charities, religious organizations,
civic groups and to the legal com-
munity during the past year.
These hours are in addition to the
over 800,000 hours Florida law-
yers voluntarily provided in free
legal services to the poor, com-
monly referred to as "pro bono."
These are preliminary figures
compiled from around 15,000 re-
sponses to the Bar's annual fee.
statements Which asked lawyers
about their community service
outside their law offices.
Bar President Howard C. Coker of
Jacksonville had the questions
placed on the fee statement, re-
questing that lawyers indicate the
volunteer hours provided to com-
munity and charitable activities,
as a means of giving their
time and talent back to their
"The survey answers certainly jus-
tify my expectation that lawyers
indeed are more involved in their
communities than any other pro-
fession," he said. "We need to get
this message out to the general
public. Lawyers, in addition to
championing the legal needs of
their clients, are also the Little
League coach, Girl Scout mentor,
chair of a local charity or elder in
the church. Generally, lawyers are
leaders within their communities,
serving the public interest in a
variety of ways."
According to preliminary figures:
* 5,131 attorneys gave 239,511
hours to legal related work, such
as for a Bar. group or to their lo-
cal bar. That's an average of 47
hours annually.
* 8,599 attorneys-the highest
among the four categories listed
on the form-gave 576,018 hours
to civic organizations. That's an
average of 67 hours-also
the highest among the four
* 6,661 lawyers spent 393,605
hours working for religious orga-
nizations, or an average of 59
* 6,236 lawyers gave 313,979
hours to other charitable-type or-
ganizations, or an average of 50.4
The numbers are based on the
first 59,491 annual fee state-
ments processed, of some 63,000
mailed. The preliminary figures
also did not show how many law-
yers donated work in more than
one category.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Shellfish Aquaculture

Cedar Key
The Florida Clam Industry Sum-
mit held in Cedar Kay this fall re-
sulted in about 100 farmers and
wholesalers from eight counties
coming together for an exchange
of information on the following
1. Marketing-Industry input
was solicited by Joanne McNeeley,
Bureau Chief with the Bureau of
Seafood and Aquaculture regard-
ing marketing strategies for
Florida farm-raised clams: DACS
recently received legislative fund-
ing for a state-wide aquaculture
marketing campaign, including
Florida farm-raised clams.
Foodservice awareness, consumer
education and retail sales were
outlined. For more information,
contact Joanne at 850/488-0163.
2. Interstate Shellfish Sanita-
tion Conference (ISSC) Issues-
David Heil presented public
health issues that had been dis-
cussed at this year's ISSC meet-
ing in July. Heil is Bureau Chief
for the Bureau of Marine Re-
sources Regulation and Develop-
ment/Florida DEP.
The ISSC is a federal/state/in-
dustry cooperative program that
addresses public health issues to
Insure molluscan shellfish are
safe for human consumption.
Florida's shellfish industry was
most interested in the interim cer-
tification guidelines that shucker/
packer processors must now con-
orm to during plant inspection.
3. Shelf Life-One of the Issues
submitted jointly by industry,
DACS, DEP, and UF/IFAS-and
presented to the ISSC at their
annual meeting was a dry tem-
pering process to extend shelf life
of clams; the state regulatory
agency (DEP) has the authority to
evaluate and approve measures
proposed by industry to provide
controls equivalent to the exist-
ing time/temperature reauire-
ments during harvesting and pro-
Dr. Steve Otwell with the UF/IFAS
Aquatic. Food Products Lab re-
ported that the ISSC took no ac-
tion on this issue.
Discussion was initiated at the
summit on how industry can take
the necessary steps toward pre-
venting (instead of reacting to)
potential problems with mollus-
can shellfish safety. Everyone
agreed that it is important to en-
sure a safe, marketable clam. A
committee was then selected to
represent industry and to ad-
vance the tempering issue forward
on a state level. -
In addition, the concept of a qual-

Sales Tax


For Fish


Along with making changes to the
aquaculture permitting process,
the last Legislative session also
passed into law a bill that pro-
vides sales tax exemption status
for fish farmers (Senate Bill 1692).
The legislation amended Chapter
212 of the Florida Statutes and
provides fish farmers the same
sales tax exemption status as
other farmers including exemp-
tions on:
* agriculture commodities (horti-
cultural, aquacultural, poultry
and farm products, livestock and
livestock products);
* livestock, which now includes
fish raised for commercial pur-
* self-propelled farm equipment;
* power-drawn farm equipment
* power-driven farm equipment.
These legislative changes took ef-
fect on July 1 and should resolve
sales tax Issues that have plagued
the fish farming industry. How-
ever, it may take some time be-
fore the various revenue field of-
fices are aware of the new law. If
a farmer encounters a problem,
he/she should contact the Florida
Aquaculture Association (FAA)
office to obtain a copy of the new
legislation. For more information
contact: David Boozer at 941/
Reprinted from Waterworks, Uni-
versity of Florida Cooperative Ex-
tension Service, Volume 2, Num-
ber 4.

ity assurance program, including
the production level, was pre-
sented as an option for the clam
culture industry to consider-a
logical step following the recent
mandatory implementation of
HACCP at the processing level.
A quality assurance program is a
way in which industry can build
consumer confidence through
reinforced and uniform industry
practices (quality and safety
controls), as well as education
(marketing) about their products.
These types of programs are
already in place for cultured
catfish, cultured trout and other
foods. The shellfish industry both
from a national and global
perspective, is also beginning to
recognize the value of these types
of programs. For example, the
Pacific Coast Oyster Growers
Association is developing a best
management program-whereas
Canadian shellfish growers are
implementing what they refer to
as "codes of practice."
The timing may be right to initiate
such a program in Florida. Plans
are being made to include this
topic in our next Annual Hard
Clam Meeting, hosted by the UF/
IFAS Aquatic Food Products Lab.
The meeting is scheduled for
February (1999). Date, time, and
location to be announced.
Leslie Sturmer
Reprinted from Waterworks, Uni-
versity of Florida Cooperative Ex-
tension Service, Volume 2, Num-
ber 4.


Snook, Reef

Fish & Mullet

Rules Approved

The Governor and Cabinet on
November 24th approved the fol-
lowing snook, reef fish, and mul-
let rule amendments proposed by
the Marine Fisheries Commission
(these rule amendments take ef-
fect on December 31, 1998):
These rule amendments:
- increase the minimum size limit
for snook from 24 to 26 inches
total length
- prohibit the harvest of snook
larger than 34 inches total length

- prohibit the captain and crew
on for-hire vessels from retaining
the snook 2-fish bag limit
These rule amendments:
- modify black and gag grouper
management in Atlantic Ocean
state waters only by establishing
a 2 fish daily recreational bag limit
(within the 5 fish daily aggregate
limit for all groupers), increasing
the minimum size limit from 20
to 24 inches total length, and pro-
hibiting the harvest and posses-
sion in excess of the recreational
bag limit and purchase and sale
of black and gag grouper during
March and April
- increase the minimum size limit
on black sea bass from 8 to 10
inches total length statewide, es-
tablish a 20 fish daily recreational
aggregate bag limit on black sea
bass in Atlantic state waters only,
and require escape vents on sea
bass pots statewide
- establish a 14 inches total length
minimum size limit and a 5 fish
daily recreational bag limit for red
porgies, and prohibit the harvest
and sale in excess of the bag limit
and all sale of red porgies in
March and April (these provisions
apply in Atlantic state waters
- require that all reef fish species
managed in Florida be landed in
a whole condition, and designate
all such species as "restricted spe-
- standardize commercial closure
language in Commission reef fish
- prohibit all possession of Nassau
- specify that the 1 fish daily rec-
reational bag limits for speckled
hind and Warsaw grouper are
within the 5 fish aggregate daily
grouper bag ,limit
- revise the name of the federal
licenses required to harvest am-
berjack in the South Atlantic to
conform with federal changes
This rule amendment extends the
allowance on the use of certain
specified skimmer nets to harvest
mullet until January 1, 2000.

Food Recovery
Program Is A


The plight of the hungry is high-
lighted around the Thanksgiving
Holiday, but Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Bob Crawford
notes that his agency works
throughout the year to provide
food for the needy. A new "Food
Recovery Resource Guide" being

Gag And Black


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold public the management of
gag and black grouper in federal
waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Is-
sues addressed in the draft regu-
latory amendment include the fol-
* Specification of a total allow-
able catch (TAC) for gag;
* Allocation of the gag TAC
between recreational and
commercial sectors;
* Minimum size limit increase
for gag and black grouper from
20 to 24 inches total length;
* A 2 fish recreational bag limit
for gag as part of the existing 5
aggregate grouper bag limit;
* A zero bag limit of gag for the
captain and crew of for-hire
* A commercial trip limit for gag;
* A closed season during peak
gag spawning;
* Area closures at gag spawning
aggregation locations.
The Council currently has no pre-
ferred alternatives; however, the
National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS)', in its October 1998 Re-
port to Congress on the Status of
Fisheries of the United States,
identified gag in the Gulf of Mexico
as a stock that, while not cur-
rently overfished, is approaching
an overfished condition. Under
the provisions of the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
servation and Management Act,
the Council is required to take
action to prevent overfishing from
occurring for stocks identified by
NMFS as approaching an over-
fished condition. A decision on
which measures to implement will
be made at the January 11-14,
1999 Council meeting to be held
in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Copies of the Public Hearing Draft
Regulatory Amendment to The
Reef Fish Fishery Management
Plan to Set 1999 Gag/Shallow-
Water Grouper Total Allowable
Catch can be obtained by calling

distributed by the agency will help
by bringing together restaura-
teurs and other potential food
donors with the charitable orga-
nizations that distribute food to
the needy.
This year the Legislature sought
to expand the Food Recovery Pro-
gram by requiring potential food
donors and those who distribute
food to the needy, to make "every
reasonable effort" to contact each
other to provide for the collection
and distribution of any surplus or
excess canned or perishable food.
The 22-page booklet includes in-
formation about the food recov-
ery program and a list of organi-
zations throughout the state in-
volved in feeding the hungry, by
collecting or distributing pack-
aged or perishable commodities.


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Regulatory and Financial Assistance

for Florida Aquaculturists

Florida's Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services
(DACS) is now the primary agency
responsible for regulating aquac-
ulture in the state. However, there
are other agencies involved in the
process. The following is a list of
the agencies involved in various
aspects of aquaculture permit-
ting, as well as those that provide
financial guidance/assistance.
Regulatory Assistance
Bureau of Seafood and
The Bureau is the first agency you
should contact if you're Interested
In participating in any kind of
aquaculture activities, as it is now
the primary agency for all envi-
ronmental permit applications.
The bureau has assumed environ-
mental assistance responsibilities

and is in the process of develop-
ing a series of Best Management
Practices to replace environmen-
tal permitting.
All aquaculturists must contact
the bureau to obtain an
Aquaculture Certificate of
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services
2051 East Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida
Telephone: 850/488-0163
Fax: 850/922-3671
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Bay Area Choral Society

Continues Excellence

By Tom Campbell
At Historic Trinity Church in Apalachicola December 6, The Bay Area
Choral Society with Instrumental Ensemble performed to Standing
Room Only and received a standing ovation from the audience at the
Conductor was Ms. Eugenia Watkins, who is also Chairman of the
Ilse Newell Concert Series. Mr. Bedford Watkins played the magnifi-
cent organ, which is a "Henry Erben Tracker Organ installed in 1840,"
according to Mr. George Chapel, President of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society.
Performed were "Gloria" by Vivaldi and "For Us a Child Is Born" by
Bach. Soloists were Virginia Harrison, Cynthia Rhew, Carla May, Tom
Adams and Wesley Chestnut. Nearly forty voices made up the choral
group. Instrumentalists were Martha Gherardi and Nicholas Blake,
Violin. Michelle Koran, Viola. Tom Adams, Ernie Brock, Mary Kay
Thompson, Flute. Donna Compbell, Oboe. William Thompson, Trum-
pet. Luciano Gherardi, Contrabass.
The next performance of the Ilse Newell Concert Series is scheduled
for January 24, 1999. The Trio International, Martha and Luciano
Gherardi and Bedford Watkins, will play their annual concert of fa-
vorite classics and semi-classics.


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Unsung Volunteers
From left, Dominic Baragona, Woody Miley, Ollie Gunn and Harry
Arnold donate their cooking skills to various fund-raising events
and politicians.


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By Tom Campbell
Diane and Elliott Smith, Owners
of the Alligator Point KOA
Kampground Resort, closed on
their property March 6, 1998 and
now live there, along with about
a hundred other friendly folks.
Before moving to Alligator Point,
Diane and Elliott Smith lived at
their St. Augustine Beach KOA
property, which they still own.
Their two daughters are now
managing the St. Augustine
Beach KOA.
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is
an impressive and nationwide or-
ganization, with which the Smiths
are proud to be associated.
"We are in the process," Mr. Smith
said, of building the Kampqround
here into a Resort, which includes
Kamping Kabins and Kottages, up
to about 30 of them." He showed
some of them, which are attrac-
tive and comfortable, at affordable
prices. He explained that using
the letter K in the spelling is stan-
dard operating procedure for
Mr. Smith said he has eight em-
ployees in his growing organiza-
tion, including Managers Carl and
Glenda Von Fischer,
A new restaurant is opening this
week, featuring Chester Fried
Chicken. Fish and side dishes will
eventually be added to the menu.
There will be tables and chairs for

eating on the premises but
take-outs will be featured. "There
will be no table service at this
point," Mr. Smith said.
He formerly was General Super-
intendent of Special Operations,
a management position for the
New York City Subway System. He
was in charge of emergency plan-
ning. This expertise may help him
in preparations for any future
Mr. Smith said he and his wife
enjoy living in the area and want
to serve the community. They
have installed new equipment,
video rentals and have increased
inventory in the general store,
among other features.
"We rode out Hurricane Earl here
on the property at Alligator Point,"
Mr. Smith smiled. "This is a beau-
tiful area." The storm surge
brought the Gulf water to within
"25 feet" of their home, but the
damage at the location was
mainly done to the county road
along the beach. "We're in the pro-
cess of repairing the fence and
some flowers have to be replaced."
He concluded, "This is a 'great
place to live and we want to be
part of the community and serve
the community well. We wish ev-
erybody in the area happy and
safe holidays. Come see us and
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SCynthia Rhew, soloist with the Bay Area Choral Society.

Juggling Part of
a Loving Life
By Tom Campbell
Ms. Cynthia Rhew manages to
juggle her love for Eugenia and
Bedford Watkins' Bay'Choral So-
ciety, a jazz spiritual evangelistic
ministry, singing in the Trinity
Episcopal choir, and caring, for her
three teen-age daughters. Not an
easy task, but when you love what
you're doing, you manage.
A friend said, "She's a loving, car-
ing, spiritual and talented per-
Ms. Rhew lived in Atlanta before
moving to Eastpoint about eleven
years ago. In Atlanta, she per-
formed jazz professionally and did
some community theatre, includ-
ing a part at Emory University.
In 1993, she produced ajazz spiri-
tual recording titled "Blood
Bought," used in evangelistic min-
istry in various parts of the United
States, Haiti and Russia.
She is currently involved in Trin-
ity Episcopal choir, sometimes
doing solos and duets. She sings
mezzo-soprano and performed
with the Bay Choral Society as
part of the Ilse Newell Concert on
December 6, at Historic Trinity
Church in Apalachicola at 4 PM.
The Bay Area Choral Society, so-
loists and chamber orchestra
performed Christmas choral
works Gloria by Vivaldi and Unto
Us a Child is Born by Bach.
Ms. Rhew, sang one alto aria in
the Bach and in the Vivaldi, one
soprano aria and two alto arias.
She said, "I love Eugenia and
Bedford Watkins. They have done
a great deal to help me and I am
grateful to them."
She continued, "I love my daugh-
ters, who are bright'and very chal-
lenging. They help me grow too."


Laura Moody, disguised as
Mrs. Claus, Apalachicola.
Husband Alec played the

The Legend Of The

Sea Fairy Who Saved Santa

By Ruthann Adams
Reindeer can fly, but they can't swim
and this is where our story begins
because once in Florida, long, long ago,
they landed in water they thought was snow.
"What can we do?" cried Rudolph in fear;
"We are sinking so quickly and Christmas is here.
We have presents to deliver but we're thrashing about,
Oh, Santa, please, help us get out."
Santa sat in the sleigh and pondered their plight;
his pipe was no help, wet matches won't light.
He was tired and cranky and out of ideas
Then slowly remembered an old childhood cheer.
'The sea fairy keeps magic in sand dollars and fish,
you can call her with bells and she'll grant any wish";
he remembered the cheer with a wink and a sigh
saying "oh, what the heck, let's give it a try".
So they rang all their bells and sang out in song
calling the fairy and it didn't take long
before up from the sea she arose with her wand.
She flitted around the sleigh with such glee,
jingle bells were her favorite, you see.
She giggled and laughed, so full was her joy,
she offered two wishes to the elf with the toys.
Santa was ready and wasted no time,
he gave her these wishes making them rhyme;
"Free us from the water so Christmas can begin,
and for the rest of the season, let the Seminoles win!"
Now that you know this story that's true,
there is something important for you to do.
Whenever you hear jingle bells or the Seminole chant,
wave your own magic sea wand in case the sea fairy can't.
Copyright 1993 Ruthann Adams

As we approach the busy holiday
season our thoughts turn to spe-
cial foods and special friends.
What a better way to celebrate the
largest family food event of the
year, than with new twists on
some of the favorite desserts we
enjoy this time of the year.
Imagine your dessert table filled
with an array of delicious fudge,
moist Red Velvet Cake and sugar
cookies that melt in your mouth.
If baking desserts at this busy
time of the year is more than you
want to tackle, you can experience
the joy of baking made simpler,
but just as satisfying, by starting
with a mix as a base. These are
fast and easy to prepare, and they
taste yummy!

Red Velvet Cake
8 oz. sour cream
1 box white cake mix
2 tsp. vinegar
3/4 cup oil
2 oz. red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cocoa
Put first 8 ingredients into a large
mixing bowl and mix. Add eggs,

one at a time, beating alter each.
Bake in 3 layers for about 20 min-
utes. Cool and frost with your fa-
vorite cream cheese frosting.

Christmas Sugar
1 box white cake mix
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. almond extract
Mix all ingredients until well
blended. Roll into small balls
place on greased cookie sheet.
Flatten with palm of hand.
Sprinkle with green and red
sugar. Bake at 325 for 9 minutes.
Fabulous Fudge
3 3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs. corn syrup
1 large pkg. chocolate pudding
1 Tbs. butter
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup water
1 cup chopped nuts
Combine the first 5 ingredients in
a heavy pan. Cook until soft ball
stage. Remove from heat and add
vanilla, nuts, and butter. Stir un-
til thick and creamy. Pour into a
buttered 8 inch square pan. Let
cool and cut into small squares.

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Edited by Aaron Shea

Football Year In Review

1998 Apalachicola Sharks

1998 Was A Football Season Of

Highs And Lows For The Sharks




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September 4
September 11
September 18
September 25
October 2
October 9
October 23
November 6
November 13
November 20
(Playoff Game)



Trevor Nelson
Kelvin Martin
Roger Mathis
Wesley Lee

Trey Leigh
Callender Shiver


With Apalachicola

Coach Bill Thomas

By Brock Johnson
In his second year as Head Football Coach at Apalachicola High, Bill
Thomas led the Sharks to its first playoff appearance in 25 years.
Coach Thomas, an Apalachicola High graduate, took some time to
talk to The Chronicle about his views on this past football season.
Chronicle (C): With the loss of eight seniors from last year's team,
what was the outlook going into the season?
Bill Thomas (BT): We knew that we were going to be young. It was just
a matter of being competitive. We had some athletes returning that
we were going to have to build around. Anytime you lose eight good
football players, it's hard to build back for next year.
C: This season was one of highs and lows. As a coach, what did you
have to do to keep the team interested?
BT: Coach Johnson and myself just had to keep the thought of possi-
bly making the playoffs in their minds. We had to make the playoffs
as our goal for the year. The coaches had to make the boys realize
that when we are a healthy team, we can compete with anybody.
C: Going to the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, tell us how that
BT: It was great. It was a good experience for the team and the whole
school system. It was especially good for the younger guys to gain
that experience just in case we have a chance to go again.
C: How would you grade your team's season?


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at Munroe
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Lost, 19-18
Won, 18-12
Lost, 25-7
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District Game

BT: Probably a B-. We just didn't have enough depth. If everyone
could have been healthy, We could have won eight regular season
games. Plus we had lost a couple of kids to grades before the season
even started.
C: Losing Kelvin Martin, Phillip McElravey and Trevor Nelson will be
big. Who will you look to step-up and lead the team next year?
BT: Mario Lane, Leigh Shiver and Leon O'Neal. If those three can
step-up and lead the team on and off the field, we can be an excellent
team next year.




Thanks To All The Locals For The
Support You've Given Over The Past
Six Years And I-appy I-olidays!

Lonnie and Julia Blankenship 850-697-4033

By Aaron Shea
There is no question that this past
football season for the
Apalachicola Sharks had its share
of ups and downs. How else would
you explain the fact that this team
made it to the district playoffs for
the first time since 1973, but at
the same time, finished the sea-
son two games below .500 with a
record of 4-6, which is two games
worse than last year's 6-4 team.
There is also no question that this
year's team had some exceptional
talent such as, senior Kelvin Mar-
tin, junior Mario Lane, and sopho-
more Leon O'Neal. But did this
team play up to its full potential?
In week one versus the Havana
Gladiators, the Sharks had a
dominating performance. They
rushed for over 350 yards and
only allowed a little more than 100
yards on defense. They proved
that they were a talented team,
but they lost 19 to 18 in overtime.
Mistake after mistake sealed the

Name ati
Roger Mathis 89
Glenn Martina 12

Mario Lane
Trevor Nelson
Bernard Simmons
Kelvin Martin
Leon O'Neal
Hunter Bartley
David Barber

Kelvin Martin
Mario Lane
Leon O'Neal
Roger Mathis
Willie McNair

Leon O'Neal
Phillip McElravey
Leigh Shiver
Kelvin Martin
Mario Lane
Trey Callander
Trevor Nelson
Roger Mathis
Van Johnson
Willie McNair
Wesley Lee
David Barber

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Mario Lane 1(
Jeelvin Martin
Leon O'Neal
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Sharks fate. They were penalized
10 times and turned the ball over
3 times. They also failed to score
inside the ten three times. Things
didn't get any easier for the
Sharks because they had to travel
to Quincy to face the defending
5-AA champion Robert F. Munroe
This time the great effort by the
Shark's defense and offensive line
did not go to waste. Mario Lane
and Kelvin Martin combined for
240 yards rushing and the de-
fense held the Bobcats to 215
yards of total offense, which was
wasn't a bad effort considering the
fact that they faced a quarterback
in Jason Armstrong, who passed
for over 1,300 yards the previous
season. The 18 to 12 double over-
time victory established the fact
that the Sharks had the potential
to be force in class 2A football. The
Vernon game, however, would
nullify any momentum that they
had from the victory over Munroe.
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Ryan Steven Johnny Ron
Holton Shiver Johnson Morri


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Taylor Billinssl

Roscoe Levi

Chris Daniel"
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Johnathan Matt John Matt
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Phillip Thomas
Rankin Melton

September 11
September 18
September 25
October 2
October 16
October 23
October 30
November 6
November 13

at Vernon
at Wewahitchka*
at Port St. Joe*
at Jay
at Navarre
at Apalachicola*

Won, 27-21
Lost, 22-12
Lost, 50-0
Lost, 14-3
Lost, 41-3
Won, 46-0
Won, 36-6
Lost, 35-34
Lost, 16-0

* District Game

Carrabelle 1998 Season Leaders


Jarrod Billonsly


Stephen Millender

Att Comp Yds
17 36 246

Carries Yds
84 596

TD Int
1 1

Avg TD
7.1 7

Total Tackles Int
Jeremy Owens 70 2
* 5 game total
** 6 game total

Sharks Football From
Their home opener turned into a
disaster. The Sharks turned the
ball over 4 times and they rushed
for only 28 yards, which was well
below their average of over 300
yards in their first two games.
They actually led 7 to 6 at the half,
but Vernon scored 19 unan-
swered points to sew up a 25 to 7
win. A bright spot for the Sharks
was the play of junior quarterback
Roger Mathis. He completed 5
passes, two of them to senior
Trevor Nelson, for 95 yards. The
Sharks took their new found
passing game and used it the fol-
lowing week against the Aucilla

Page 20
Roger Mathis and 9th grader
Glenn Martina combined for 139
yards passing and 3 touchdowns
in a 45-13 thrashing of Aucilla.
Their number one target was
Trevor Nelson, who caught 3
passes for 83 yards and 3 touch-
downs. The Sharks were also able
to get it done on the ground as
well. Leon O'Neal carried the ball
19 times for 106 yards and a
touchdown. The Sharks defense
was led by junior lineman Leigh
Shiver, who had 9 tackles and
three sacks.
Sophomore Brian Lolley had 8
tackles and a sack. The Sharks

Carrabelle Coach Robert

Humphries Discusses This

Past Football Season

SBy Aaron Shea
For the third consecutive year, the
Carrabelle Panthers entered a
football season with a new head
coach. Robert Humphries came to
Carrabelle after four successful
years of coaching in Georgia
where he took Johnson County
High School and Pickens County
High School to the state playoffs
one time each. Humphries
brought his successful attitude to
the Panthers and took a team that
was 1-9 last season, improved
their record by two games, and
had them one game away from
going to the district playoffs. Not
a bad season for a football team
that has faced so many dismal
years. Coach Humphries talked to
the Chronicle about his views on
how his new team fared this past
Chronicle (C): What did you ex-
pect going into this season?
Robert Humphries (RH): I didn't
know what to expect. We had very
poor attendance at Spring prac-
tice. I didn't know the kids and
they didn't know me. I expected
the season to be a struggle. I was
wondering if we could even win a
C: What was the biggest surprise
of the season?
RH: Our defensive improvement
through the year. I knew we would
have a decent defense, but they
really improved.
C: What was the biggest disap-
pointment of the season?
RH: Not being able to win a couple
of more games. The games that
were close that we didn't win.
There were two or three games
that we had a chance to win. We
were just not strong enough
physically. If we were stronger, we
would have won those close ones.
C: Do you think your team im-
proved as the season progressed?

passing game would not tare so
well the next week against Jay.
Roger Mathis attempted a season
high 26 passes against Jay, but
he would only complete 6 of them.
More importantly, he threw 2 in-
terceptions. The second one
would cost the Sharks the game
as it was returned for the game
winning touchdown. In the 28 to
20 loss, Leon O'Neal had 17 tack-
les and Leigh Shiver had 12.
Shiver expressed his frustration
after the game. "I believe we need
more people on the line that will
be willing to sacrifice for the team
instead of standing around."
The Sharks went into their dis-
trict game against Wewahitchka
and continued the win one, lose
one pattern, by winning 27 to 26
in their third overtime game of the
season. Kelvin Martin scored 3
touchdowns, including the game
winner in the overtime. To go
along with his 98 yards rushing,
Martin intercepted a pass. The
Sharks evened the record at 3-3
on the season with the win. Un-
fortunately, it would be their last
win for a month as they would go
on a three game losing streak.

The losing streak began with a 46

RH: There was a ton of improve-
ment in all phases. Our attitude
and work ethic improved. We al-
ways played pretty hard, but we
just improved in all phases of the
C: What players had the best sea-
son for you?
RH: Defensively it was Jeremy
Owens. He was the player always
around the ball. Tony Shiver
played consistently for us on the
offensive and defensive line and
we had Stephen Millender.
C: How would you rate this sea-
RH: It was a good one to build on.
C: What game stuck out in your
mind as the teams best game?
RH: The Havana game. They were
beating us 6 to 3 throughout the
game. We played extremely hard
against a team that was much
more talented than us. The Wewa
game was also a tremendous
game for us.
C: What was the most disappoint-
ing loss?
RH: The Navarre loss in double
overtime. We got an exceptional
effort from our kids. Navarre
didn't play anybody both ways.
They had 55 kids to our 22. We
battled them until the end.

to 0 loss to Port St. Joe. The home-
coming loss saw the Sharks los-
ing streak to Port St. Joe reach
24 years. The Sharks would then
fall to Freeport 47 to 32 and then
lose to Sneads 24 to 14. Even with
the three game drpught, the
Sharks still had the opportunity
to go into playoffs with a win over
Carrabelle. "If we have any heart,
we will show the fans that we de-
serve to be in the playoffs," said
Roger Mathis after the Sneads
The Sharks did prove that they
did, indeed, have the heart. The
16 to 0 win over Carrabelle cata-
pulted the Sharks into the play-
offs for the first time in 25 years.
It was a sloppy victory, however.
The Sharks were unable to move
the ball offensively through much
of the game. They didn't need to
do much, however, because the
defense dominated. They sacked
Carrabelle quarterback Jarrod
Billonsly 5 times and they held the
Panthers ground game to 2.5
yards per a carry. The win sent
the Sharks to Liberty County to
face the #1 ranked Liberty County
The Sharks quickly learned that
they were no match for the mighty
Bulldogs. They found themselves
down 42 to 0 at the half and even-
tually lost 56 to 6. The loss ended
a 25 year playoff drought for the
Sharks and it gave them some
playoff experience.
The loss of seniors Kelvin Martin,
who finished 10th in rushing in
classes 3A-2A, Trevor Nelson, and
Phillip McElravey will hurt the
Sharks, but the loss of only three
players means that there will not
be many gaps to fill for next year.
That is good news for Coach Bill
Thomas' team, which finished 7th
in offense in classes 3A-2A and
8th in defense.

Panther's 1998 Football

Season, A Stepping

By Aaron Shea
Following their 32 to 0 dismal loss
to Apalachlcola at the Fall Kick-
off Classic in late August, first
year Carrabelle Panthers Head
Coach Bobby Humphries said,
"We had only four offensive plays
and only one week of practice as
a team. We will be a better team,
no question." Those were hard
words to swallow after seeing his
team's poor performance that
night and knowing the Panthers
had gone 1-9 the previous season.
Three months later, however, his
words couldn't have been any
truer. His team did get better,
much better.
Coach Humphries and his Pan-
thers found themselves with a
extra week of preparation for the
season opener after Hurricane
Earl came crashing through
Franklin County. With the Vernon
game canceled, the Panthers
proved to be ready for district ri-
val Wewahitchka, who the Pari-
thers, according to senior team
captain Tony Shiver, had not de-
feated in 10 years. Behind 108 all-
purpose yards from junior
Stephen Millender and two touch-
downs from senior Jarrod
Blllonsly, one of them the game
winner in overtime, the Panthers
snapped the Wewa winning streak
with a 27 to 21 overtime victory.
With one win under their belts
and 8 games remaining In the
season, the Panthers had already
matched their win total from their
1997 campaign.
The Panther's home opener saw -
the defending 5-AA Champion
Robert F. Munroe Bobcats come
to town. After trailing the Bobcats
22 to 6 at the half, the Panther's
defense, led by a combined 22
tackles from Jarrod Billonsly and
senior Jeremy Owens, shut-out
Munroe in the second half. "We
didn't play up to our full poten-
tial until the second half," said
Panther's senior Guard Matt Reg-
ister, who realized that the team
did have potential. This was an
attitude that the Panther's had
not had in years. The 22 to 12
loss, however, was the beginning
of a four game losing streak for
the Panthers. During the losing
streak they were pummeled by
defending district champs Port St.
Joe 50 to 0 and they were soundly
defeated by Jay 41 to 3. In be-
tween those losses, however, there
was a game against the Havana
Northside Gladiators that proved
to be a turning point for the
The October 2 game against Ha-
vana saw Stephen Mllender
emerge as the Panthers running
back and Jarrod Billonsly become
the quarterback. In the 14 to 3
loss, Millender rushed for 156
yards on 18 carries. The Panthers
discovered that they could estab-
lish a running game behind their
offensive line ofTony Shiver, Matt
Register, senior Daniel Murray,
sophomore Ryan Billonsly and
sophomore Chris Litton. The de-
fense once again, showed prom-
ise by only allowing one touch-
down, which came at the begin-
ning of the first quarter. The Pan-
thers never allowed the more tal-
ented Gladiators pull away from
them. Coach Humphries would
say later, "We played about as
hard as we could." The hard play
and determination of the Pan-
thers would eventually pay off.
The Aucilla Warriors came to town
on October 23 for the Panther's
Homecoming. It was a game that
saw the Panthers explode on the
hapless Warriors. The Panthers
racked up 395 yards of total of-
fense compared to 134 yards for

the Warriors. The Panthers scored
on every offensive possession they
had in the first half. Younger play-
ers, such as 8th grader Thomas
Melton, got their chance to con-
tribute and show that the
Panther's have a bright future
ahead of them. Melton rushed for
88 yards on 5 carries and scored
a touchdown. Sophomore Levi
Millender got a shot at quarter-
back and Stephen Millender had
another stellar game with 130
yards rushing. The 46 to 0 maul-
ing fed the already growing confi-
dence of this revitalized team.
Riding the momentum from the
previous week, the Panther's
strutted into Jacksonville and dis-
mantled the Providence Stallions
36 to 0. Stephen Millender once
again led the offense with 165
yards rushing and 4 touchdowns.
The defense, led by Jeremy Owens.
15 tackles and 1 interception,
held the Providence rushing at-
tack to 29 yards on 24 carries, a
1.2 yard per carry average.
The Panthers entered the Navarre
game with a 3-4 record and an
opportunity to reach the .500
mark on the season. Trailing 35
to 34 in the second overtime,
Coach Humphries made a crucial
decision. He decided to go for a
two-point conversion even know-
ing Jeremy Owens was a perfect
4- on extra point attempts in the
game. The risky call failed when
tephen Millender came up a
couple inches short of the goal
line. The 35 to 34 double over-
time loss took some momentum
away from the Panthers and the
opportunity of going into the
Apalachicola game with a better
record than the rival Sharks.
Coach Humphries later explained
why he went for two: "They had
55 kids and we were playing with
15 kids or so. We were getting
worn down and I wanted to try
and end it. When you are at home,
you can play for the tie. When you
are on the road, try and end that
The Panthers season came to a
close against the team they had
opened it against, Apalachicola.
With the 32 to 0 preseason loss
well behind them, the Panthers
were a different team than the
Sharks had faced three months
earlier. The Panther's defense was
much more stout and they had
developed a running attack be-
hind Stephen Millender. The other
difference in the game, it was for
a playoff spot, which was a rare
opportunity for both schools. The
Panther's defense, led by junior
defensive end Joseph Ferrell, kept
them in the game until the very
end, but the offense was unable
to provide any points. Stephen
Millender, Jarrod Billonsly and
sophomore Ryan Holton were all
held in check. The 16 to 0 loss
was a disappointing one for the
Panthers, but at the same time
they had made a statement. They
showed, without a doubt, that
they had closed the gap between
themselves and their rivals, the
The Panthers, however, will lose
8 seniors from this year's squad.
Those seniors are: Jarrod
Billonsly, Jeremy Owens,
Jonathan Davis, D.J. Taylor, Matt
Register, Daniel Murray, Roscoe
Rotella and Tony Shiver. All of
these seniors were important
components to the Panthers turn-
around season. Fortunately for
the Panthers they have returning
talent such as, Stephen Millender,
9th grader Phillip Rankin, Levi
Millender, Joseph Ferrell and
Thomas Melton. This is a team
that proved that they are and will
be, as their team slogan states,
reaching "New Heights and

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1998 Results

3-6 Overall
1-2 District

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The Franklin Chronicle

Carrabelle Panthers Boys Basketball
Coach: Chuck Finley (1st year)
Last Season: The Panthers did not have a team last year. "Our
goal is to improve on a day-to-day basis," said Coach Finley.
Team Roster


Dec. 2
Jan. 4
Feb. 9

Phil Rankin
Thomas Melton
T.J. Jackson
Antoine Benjamin
Justin Odom
Jesse Belcher
Aaron Brock
Jama Vukasovic
Patrick Fleming
Rob Davis


8th grade

Time Result/Score

at Apalachicola Lost, 76-19
at Robert F. Munroe Lost, 62-42
at Wewahitchka Lost, 64-42
Havana Lost, 88-48
Aucilla Lost, 44-40
at Taylor County Lost, 86-37
at Maclay Inc.
Altha Christmas Tourney
Grand Ridge No time 'avail.
at Aucilla 7:30
Wewahitchka 7:30
Robert F. Munroe 7:30
Wakulla 7:30
Taylor County No time avail.
Apalachicola 7:30,
at North Florida 7:30
at Panama City Christian 7:30
at Bethlehem 7:30
at Havana 7:30
at Grand Ridge No time avail.
Maclay 7:30
at Wakulla 7:30
at Aucilla (District Tournament)

Apalachicola High Cross Country

The Apalachicola High Cross
Country season ended at the Dis-
trict One Championship at Lofton
High School in Gainesville on No-
vember 13. Leading the way for
the Apalachicola girl's team was
eighth grader Jenny Edminston,
who finished with a time of 23:09.
She placed 33rd out of 85 girls.
This was her highest finish in a
meet this large. Following her was
sophomore Kayla Lee, who com-
pleted the race with a time of
24:04, which was good enough for
43rd place. In her first champi-
onship event, eighth grader
Meghann Gunther finished with
a time of 26:32. Coach Hobson
Fulmer expects all 3 girls to re-
turn next season.
The final boy's team standings
from the November 13 Cross
Country District One champion-
ship meet:
Ranking/School TotalPoints
1. Maclay 32
2. St. John's Country Day 58
3. Pensacola Christian 64
4. Wewahitchka 161
5. Apalachicola 184
6. Florida Deaf and Blind 245
7. North Florida Christian 248
8. Aucilla Christian 254

9. Jacksonville Providence
10. Navarre
11. Cedar Key
12. St. Joseph
13. Gainesville Lofton
14. Gainesville Oak Hall
15. Trenton


* Apalachicola Boys individual fin-
ishes: 18th place, Suryan Jama,
17:20 (AHS school record); 35th
place, Tyler Fulmer, 18:33; 36th
place, Luke Stanley, 18:34; 39th
place, JeffEdmiston, 18:43; 56th
place, Ryan Beavers, 19:44.
* 98 boys competed in race.


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a Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
S and God bless you all!

Bruce Varnes

Happy Holidays
To All
Franklin County Residents
The Concerned Citizens
of Franklin County, Inc.

Sharks Defeat Panthers To Open

Basketball Season

In their second basketball game
of the season, the Apalachicola
Sharks defeated the Carrabelle
Panthers 76 to 19. The Sharks
only allowed 4 points in the sec-
ond half in the 57 point victory.
On December 4, the Sharks trav-
eled to Aucilla and lost to the
Warriors 65 to 58. The Sharks
were unable to hang on to their 5
point first half lead. In the loss,
guard Timmy Poloronis scored 15
points and Trevor Nelson added
The Sharks faced Graceville on
December 11 and lost another
close game 67 to 58. The Sharks
outscored Graceville 35 to 29 in
the second half, but it wasn't
enough. Timmy Poloronis once
again led the Sharks in scoring
with 13 points and Mario Lane
added 12.

loss. Senior Justin Odom scored
17 points and Antoine Benjamin
added 16 points in the 20 point
The Panthers home opener saw
the Havana Gladiators come to
town on December 8. The Gladia-
tors proved to be too much, as the
Panthers dropped their 4th game
in 6 days, losing 88-48. In the
loss, Antoine Benjamin scored 19
points and Patrick Fleming had 6
The Panthers traveled to Taylor
County on December 11 and lost
86-37. Once again, Antoine Ben-
jamin led the team in scoring with
18 points. His efforts, however
could not put a halt to the
Panther's losing streak, as they
fell to 0-6.

Carrabelle Basketball
In their second game of the sea-
son at Munroe, the Panthers
showed improvement in the 62-42

Apalachicola High Track Team

The first official day of track prac-
tice for the new Apalachicola High
track team will be January 18.
Track coach Hobson Fulmer is
urging students from the school
to come and try out for the team.
"We train real hard, it is the na-
ture of the sport, but we also
manage to make it fun," said
Fulmer. "We really need more ath-
letes for our program to continue
to prosper. I hope more will join
us in track next month."
Fulmer also pointed out that "the
cross country runners will likely
concentrate on the distance
events such as the half mile, mile
and two mile as well as the 800
meter relays. We will also have
sprinting events such as the 100,
200 and 400 meters, maybe even
hurdles. Having a track to prac-
tice on would also be nice," added
Fulmer. Currently there is no
track in the county and the run-
ners have to train on local streets.
Dr. Fulmer suggests for those who
are interested in joining the track
team, they should begin training
and working out with the track
club immediately. For information
on the track club or Apalachicola
High track team call Hobson
Fuer at 927-2510 or 670-8306.
Uniform Donated
To The Museum
June Beattie was out looking for
bargains in a pawn shop in Wash-
ington, when she saw to her sur-
prise, an entire uniform that had
belonged to someone who has
served at Camp Gordon
Ms. Beattie donated it to our
president Sid Winchester. She told
im she recognized that
"Seahorse Patch." The uniform
will be placed on a mannequin
and displayed in the proposed

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In other matters:
The Apalachicola River Bridge
10K race will be held on January
It is a Tallahassee Grand Prix
Event. There are 100-200 runners
expected to participate in the

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Apalachicola Sharks

Boys Basketball
Coach: Eddie Joseph (6th Year)
Last Season: 4-16, lost in regional finals last year

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Trevor Nelson
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Dec. 1
Jan. 7
Feb. 5

at Aucilla
at Liberty County
at Graceville
at Sneads
Liberty County
at PSJ
at Carrabelle
at Munroe
at Wewahitchka
at Rutherford


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Polly Holmes with her creation "Our Town".

Polly Holmes: Painting Her

Impressions Of Apalachicola

By Aaron Shea
Polly Holmes, for as long as she
can remember, has always been
drawing. "My mother tells the
story that when she would leave
the house, I would have painted
or drawn something on the walls
by the time she got home" said
Ms. Holmes. I always got in a lot
of trouble for it. Now she apolo-
gizes. She had no idea that I
would make money at it one day.
Not only do I not get sent to my
room, but I actually get paid for
painting on walls now (laughing)."
Ms. Holmes latest wall painting
or mural, as most people call it,
is scenery taken straight from the
natural habitat that surrounds
Apalachicola. The mural contains
a variety of birds, and an alliga-
tor with a Florida swamp scene
as the backdrop. Though she is
only partially finished with her
latest and largest creation at the
Grady Market, it is easy to see the
artistic ability of this talented
woman, who has some expertise
in a variety of arts.
For 12 years, the Des Moines,
Iowa native, worked in the movie
business as a freelance film edi-
tor in Califor3aia. As an editor,
Ms. Holmes worked on some large
scale feature films, such as, "In-
terview With a Vampire" and
"Dead Poets Society." "When you
are in the film industry, it is nice
to work onr big films and-even,
small, well done films," said Polly.
"That is not always the case, how-
ever. You take the job that you are
offered and do the best that you
can." Four years ago Ms. Holmes
decided to quit the film business
and become a full time painter.
She began her professional career
as a painter in New Orleans,
where she did paintings inside
people's apartments. "When I
started, I also did some decora-
tive paintings like photiles, which
is fun," said the graduate of the
Academy of Art in San Francisco.

"You take a cement floor and
make it look like old tile. There is
a big industry in decorative paint-
After her mural at the Grady Mar-
ket is complete, Ms. Holmes is
going to return to New Orleans to
work on ceramic projects. In
January, she is going to head off
to San Francisco where she will
work on murals in private resi-
dences. A month later, Polly is
going to return to Apalachicola to
work on another project and
hopefully she will get the oppor-
tunity to complete her surreal
painting that she has lovingly
named "Our Town."
"Our Town" is a painting that she
created on the side of her father's
building, the sponge exchange, on
highway 98 (Avenue E) in down-
town Apalachicola. "'Our Town' is
my favorite work even knowing it
is not done," began Polly. "It is the
story of our town and all of its
goings on in this little town. My
father with his feet kicked up and
a beer in his hand on Friday
morning at the sponge exchange.
My mother, who is an avid bird
watcher. She is the bird lady. So I
painted her as the bird. Wesley
Chestnut is a fabulous storyteller,
so he is the narrator in the paint-
ing. The other one is about how
little Apalachicola is getting laws
changed all over the country
about voyeurism and peeping
Stoms,,I thought that was worthy
to go on the mural.- have' a couple
of more friends I would like to put
on it."
In the future, Polly would like to
do a 10 to 20 minute animated
piece about New Orleans. "I never
think I can't do anything," stated
Ms. Holmes. "You can always fig-
ure out how to achieve your goal,
whether it is painting a wall or
doing an animated piece."

Literacy Volunteers of


By Tom Campbell
Ms. Bonnie Segree of Eastpoint is Literacy Coordinator of Literacy
Volunteers of America. Ms. Segree is dedicated to improving the qual-
ity of life in Franklin County, by reaching out in the community to
help as many as possible, in improving their reading skills and get-
ting a better job.
Literacy Volunteers of Franklin County held its Round-up last month,
with nearly a hundred people attending Many of those present stated
that they were deeply grateful for the efforts of the group, which in-
creased their own perception of self-esteem.
Over $3,000 was raised for the group from the Donor-Volunteers
appreciation Program Book and sales at the fund-raiser.




Cooler weather comes later to
Florida than to the rest of the
country, but that is no reason to
be less cautious when it comes to
heating our homes. Home heat-
ing equipment is the No. 1 cause
of home fires, accounting for two
of every five home fires during the
winter months. With proper in-
stallation, service and use of heat-
ing equipment, most of these fires
could be prevented.
Many deaths and injuries occur
in fires that happen while the vic-
tims are asleep. To provide suffi-
cient alarm every dwelling should
have at least one Underwriters
Laboratories (UL)approved smoke
detector near each bedroom.
Two-story homes should have at
least one smoke detector on each
To operate properly, fuel-burning
home heating equipment must
have an air supply. Lacking this
supply, the equipment may pro-
duce carbon monoxide (CO), an
invisible, silent killer that takes
an estimated 900 lives each year
in the United States. CO is pro-
duced when fuels are incom-
pletely burned, so any heater that
burns fuel is a potential source
of carbon monoxide. For this rea-
son, fuel-burning heaters should
be vented to the outside unless
equipped with a special safety
device. When an unvented
fuel-burning space heater without
such a device Is in use, a window
should be opened slightly to pro-
vide adequate ventilation; and the
heater should be turned off at
The symptoms of CO poisoning
mimic those of the flu. At low lev-
els, it can cause headaches, nau-
sea and drowsiness; at higher lev-
els, vomiting, loss of conscious-
ness and death.
Consumers are advised to have
their home heating system, in-
cluding fireplaces and chimneys,
inspected by a qualified techni-
cian prior to each heating season.
In addition, at least one carbon
monoxide detector that meets the
requirements of UL standard
2034 should be installed in the
hall outside the bedrooms. The
detector will sound an alarm be-
fore the CO level in the home be-
comes hazardous.

St. George


Bay View


336 Brown Street

By Jacqulyn Davis
On the morning of September 11,
1998, the Love Center Christian
Academy loaded up the "Marvel-
ous Magnificent School Bus" for
another adventure with Mrs.
Temolynne Wintons and her faith-
ful companions; Mrs. Monica
Buzbee, Mrs. Jhaki Davis and
Mrs. Alma Pugh.
Excitement and anticipation filled
the air as Mr. Bobby Wintons
drove the bus across the bridges
to St. George Island.
Ms. Lisa Bailey of the Apalach-
icola National Estuarine Research
Reserve met the children and
their chaperones at the Youth
Camp. Avast amount of informa-
tion was shared and a lot of ques-
tions answered. While Ms. Lisa
expounded with a lot of energy,
the children responded with great
enthusiasm. The children
searched for mud crabs, amphi-
pods, bristle worms, mussels and
other marine life that live with
oysters. Some even looked inter-
esting as they viewed them under
microscopes. One or two "scary"
moments occurred when a water
moccasin was crossing the path,
but we survived, as did the snake.
Here are some of the children's
recollections of their experience.
"We loaded the bus and was ready
to go. When we finally arrived to
the island we got with Mrs. Lisa
and she talked to us about how
brackish water is made. Also, how
and what oysters eat. They open
their shell a little and they eat
plankton. After she talked to us,
we took a walk to the St. George
Island and used nets to pick up
jellyfish, grass shrimp, seaweed
and many other things. Then we
went back to eat lunch. After we
ate, we went to get in the water
and had races and had fun. And

headed on home!!! That was my
unique trip." -Raevyn Jefferson,
6th grade, Age, 11
"I found four bristle worms, one
amphipod, five mud crabs and six
live oysters. After that we went to
the water and found fourjellyfish.
Then we went to the beach to eat.
We had pizza. Thank you."
-Jarell Campbell, 5th grade,
Age 11
"We studied about plankton and
about oysters. We separated oys-
ters and what we saw in the oys-
ters was 8 mud crabs and 8 bristle
worms and 5 mussels and 2 indi-
vidual oysters and we went to see
jellyfishes and little grass shrimp.
The oysters had gills, shell, heart,
mouth and tentacles." -Angelita
Stephens, 4th grade, Age 9

"We went to St. George Island and
we found little crabs and worms
and we learned about plankton,
brackish waters. We had to go on
a trail to get to the end. We learned
about oysters. That they have
little fingers. That's how they get
food. And-oysters have a heart
and they have a mouth and gills
and a shell to protect them."
-Anastasia Townsend, 4th grade,
Age 9

Refuge House Franklin

County Volunteer Training

1999 Calender
January 11 (4:30-7:30)-Dynamics of Domestic Violence
January 18 (4:30-7:30)-Dynamics of Sexual Violence
January 25 (4:30-7:30)-Effects of Domestic Violence on Chil-
January 30 (10:00-4:00)-Counseling 101
SFebruary 1 (4:30-7:30)-Outreach Resources/Client Needs
February 8 (4:30-7:30)-Community Education & Raising
Awareness and Money; Creating Your Volunteer
February 15 (4:30-7:30)-Legal Issues, Injunctions and Law
February 22 (4:30-7:30)-Medical Issues
March 1 (4:30-7:30)-Ethics & Responsibilities; Questions &
Answers; Graduation!
For more information call the Franklin County
Outreach Office at 697-3983.

Seasons Greetings
SSopchoppy Grocery

60 Rose Street
Sopchoppy .
962-2231 .
Owners: Dewayne
and Beth McClain

The New Guard

These Species May
Pose A Risk To Native

This small freshwater mollusk
first appeared in the U.S. in 1988,
in the Great Lakes. It is believed
to have been accidentally intro-
duced through the ballast water
of a foreign ship. Since its appear-
ance, it has spread rapidly, and
has been found all the way down
to the mouth of the Mississippi
Zebra mussels multiply extremely
rapidly. They attach to underwa-
ter objects and surfaces, com-
pletely covering them in a short
Experts estimate that by the year
2000, zebra mussels will have
cost the U.S. billions of dollars by
clogging municipal and industrial
pipes and pumps and covering
power plant intakes, as well as by:
* killing native mollusks
* disrupting food chains
* damaging boat engines and
* causing foul smells at recre-
ational areas
* creating foul tastes and odors
in drinking water.
Efforts to control the zebra mus-
sel are currently focusing on pre-
venting its spread. Boaters are
being encouraged to inspect their
boats and trailers for signs of ze-
bra mussels and to clean their
equipment well before entering a
new body of water. Experts are
also providing business and in-
dustry with technical information
on controlling zebra mussels and
are working on ways to detect new
zebra mussel infestations early.
The above materials were pub-
lished in Gulfwatch, a cooperative
venture of EPA's Gulf of Mexico
Program, USDA's Natural Re-
sources Conservation Service and
the National Association of Con-
servation Districts. Vol. 9, No. 2
(July 1998)

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