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rankhn Chronicle

Volume 9, Number 3


February 4 17, 2000

Valentine Concert On February
13th At Trinity
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts will present "A Valentine
Eve Concert" on February 13th at 4:00 PM at Trinity Church,
Apalachicola. Featured performers will be Thomas Adams, flute, Karl
Lester and Bedford Watkins-piano duets and solos, Cynthia Rhew,
soprano, Wesley Chesnut, Prof. David Wingate of FSU, baritones -
vocal solos and duets, and a special instrumental soloist from the
Apalachicola High School Band. All performers will present romantic
music for the Valentine season, including Schubert's "Serenade,"
Gershwin's "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," and a Sonata by Mozart
for piano duo.
Following the concert the audience is invited to attend an art show in
the Church Parish Hall. Artists exhibiting will be Mary Lou
Waterfield-Holbrook, Julie Baroody, Kristin Anderson, and Phyllis
Blake. The artists will be present, and some of their works will be for
sale. Coffee, punch, and cookies will be served.
The Ilse Newell Concert Series is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, a 501-C-3 educational incorporation in Florida.
For further information, contact George Chapel at 850-653-9524.

Valentine's Spaghetti Dinner

The Let The Children Play Foun-
dation will hold a Spaghetti Din-
ner Fundraiser at the St. George
Island Methodist Church on Sat-
urday, February 12th, from 5:00
to 8:00 p.m. They will have silent
auction items available including
a romantic two-night getaway to
The Inn at Resort Village in the
Plantation. There will also be
many nice items to bid on and
buy. For dessert there will be de-

licious home-made baked goods
available. If you don't find an item
for that special someone, you can
purchase a Valentine's card made
by children from Bay Community
School, Brown Elementary,
Carrabelle Elementary, Chapman
Elementary, and First Baptist
School. For more information, call
Teresa Kline at Let The Children
Play Foundation, 927-4100.

Eric Lovestrand on the newly constructed Research Reserve
boardwalk trail.

New Estuarine Trail Provides

Another Bright Attraction To

By Tom Campbell
The new trail into the marshes of
the Apalachicola National Estua-
rine Research Reserve provides
the visitor with a tranquil and
pristine view of undisturbed natu-
ral beauty. This reserve is located
on the northern edge of Historic
The reserve area encompasses "a
total of about 253,000 acres," ac-
cording to Erik Lovestrand, Edu-
cation Coordinator and Environ-
mental Specialist at the Reserve.
"This trail gives us the opportu-
nity to have the public get out
close to the resource here, and get
a feeling for the habitats in this
area," said Lovestrand.
Before this frail was built, there
was no place near the visitors cen-
ter where people could go out and
see open wash communities and
the types of things that make up
the vast majority of the acreage
within the reserve. The total acre-
age keeps on increasing, heading
up the Apalachicola River.

The Trail will be open to the pub-
lic soon. A Grand Opening is
scheduled for Thursday, Febru-
ary 17, 2000, according to
Lovestrand. The time is scheduled
for 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a spe-
cial ceremony, including dignitar-
ies, at 4:00 p.m.
Construction began around Oc-
tober of 1999 and will be com-
pleted in February 2000. Childers
Construction was in charge,
with some work done by sub-
The "federal partner," according to
Lovestrand, was "National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Adminis-
tration" (NOAA). A total of about
$350,000 was earmarked for the
construction of the trail. In the
future, additions may be coming,
when more funds are available.
The trail could be extended and
special signs added, explaining
animals, plants and birds that
can be seen.
The reserve is "primarily fresh
water," according to Lovestrand.
This consists of wet hammocks
Continued on Page 6

The beginning trail just steps away from the Apalachicola
Research Reserve Public Education Building.

Inside This Issue 10 Pages
Franklin Briefs ............. 2 Consolidated High
Editorial & Commentary. School-Revisited ...... 7
.................................... 3 Obituaries .................. 8
Second Circuit Court FCAN.......................... 8
Report ......................... 4 St. George Pavilion Site
Lanark Village .......... 6 Plan............................ 9
Carrabelle ................... 6 Bookshop .................. 10

Florida High School Curricula

Now Available To Franklin

Students On Internet
Brenda Galloway, Superintendent of Franklin County Schools, an-
nounced the availability of the Florida High School curricula on the
Internet. "With this new program, students can receive courses at
school or at home," she said to the Chronicle.
Additional information about the Florida High School courses via the
internet can be obtained by contacting Franklin County district of-
fices, 850-653-8831. Ask for Mike Clarke or Nan Collins.
The Florida High School is an Internet-based high school serving stu-
dents in the state of Florida. The for-credit coursework of the school
is based upon the Sunshine State Standards and represents a fun-
damental change in the educational process. A major characteristic
of the school's instructional program is the expectation that students
assume responsibility for learning by finding, evaluating, and using
a wide range of resources available in the Information Age. The ac-
quisition of these 21st Century skills is essential for student success
in the workplace.
Any qualified student who is a resident in an affiliated county may
take courses with the Florida High School, even a home school
The internet-based curricula can help students who need to make up
credits in order to graduate on schedule. Others may want to acceler-
ate their academic program. Still;others may need a different learn-
ing environment from the traditionl.&classroom setting. Students may
want to take a course not offered at their school, or want individual-
ized attention.
The key for success is that the student user directs his or her own
learning environment and methods to fulfill course requirements and
achieve individual academic success. Independent learning, on-line,
can enable students to learn at their own pace. Above all, students
must make a strong commitment to organize and plan their learning.
There is no minimum grade-point average needed. Students must
have an E-mail account with directions given on the FHS (Florida
High School) website.
Who Provides Internet Access?
If a student is taking the classes on campus, the district school will
provide the necessary Internet access. If a student is taking the class
off campus, the student is responsible for Internet access. The dis-
trict school may make arrangements on an individual basis to allow a
student to access school computers and Internet providers while on
campus. FHS does not recommend using America Online as the ISP.
How Long Does A Course Last?
The student makes a selection of slow, traditional, or accelerated paths.
In most cases, no course should take more than one semester longer
than it would take in a traditional environment. Some courses have
assessments that test prior knowledge. The results of these tests will
affect the length of time it takes to complete a course.

What Courses May Be Taken?
Each school year there is an approved course list.

May A Student Drop A Course?
Yes. FHS has procedures in place to communicate with a student
who has been inactive. If required contact with an instructor is not
met, FHS will drop the student and contact the student's host school.
The student must return all course materials to FHS.
If It Takes Two Or More Semesters To Complete A
Course What Is Put On The Report Card For A Semester
One Grade?
If the course is not completed during the school year in which it is
taken, the grade becomes an F.
May A Student Take One Semester Of A Year Long
Course For One-Half Credit?
No. FHS does not give partial credit. A student could choose to take
fewer courses within a shorter time period and finish sooner than
one year.

Can A Student Receive Honors Credit?
Yes, the student may take the honors component with approval of the
Florida High School instructor. The student and counselor decide if
the student wants to take the honors component and communicate
this to the instructor at The Florida High School. The course code
number will reflect the honors course.

How Does A Student Know His/Her Grade?
Progress reports are delivered on-line to students at predetermined
intervals in the course. Progress reports are sent to district contacts.
Upon request from schools, the progress report will be available to
administrators and/or guidance counselors. All final grades will be
reported on the student's official transcript.
May A Student Take Florida High School Courses In Lieu
Of Summer School?
No. The Florida High School courses are not designed in such a way
that they can be condensed for a summer session.

How Does A Student Register For Courses With The
Florida High School?
FHS has very detailed step-by-step directions on how to register on
its website at Students also will receive very detailed
information as to what to expect after they register.

Apalachicola Times Featured In

Cosmopolitan February 2000 Issue

For the third time, the Apalachicola Times has been mentioned in a
nationally distributed serial publication in an article entitled, "A
Stranger Is Watching...." The piece was written by Mary Ann Marshall,
and included an interview with Jessica Paterson, 24, of Apalachicola
concerning her discovery of a video camera in the Times unisex toilet.
The teaser featured on the Cosmopolitan cover was entitled "Are You
On The Internet Naked?"
Earlier, the newspaper was featured in another women's magazine
distributed nationally, and a professional trade journal, Editor and
Publisher, that devoted an entire page to the story.
Marshall's article described the state of the law across the nation,
and how hi-tech gadgets give voyeurs "the upper hand."

Plans For Reunion Almost Complete

By Rene Topping
Plans for the upcoming Camp
Gordon Johnston Reunion to be
held on Marcih. 10, 11 and 12are'
almost complete, according to
Camp Gbrdon Johnston Associa-
tion (CGJA) President Sid Win-
chester. At a meeting held on
January 25 at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village, Winchester said
he was pleased to report that this
fifth reunion will be better than
"We are going to have a much
longer parade led by the 13th
Army Band out of Miami, who will
also be part of the dedication of
U.S. Highway 98 as Camp Gor-
don Johnston Memorial Highway,
in honor of the men who trained
at the Camp during World War 11.
We are also expecting twenty army
vehicles from Havana and the Re-
enactors from Tallahassee have
promised to come."
There will be a special ceremony
to be held at George Sands Ath-
letic Field. The parade will
progress from a starting point at
the Tillie Miller Bridge at 11th
Street to the Athletic Field. Every-
one will be welcome to attend this
The weekend will be kicked off
With a luncheon to be held at the
Franklin County Senior Center in
Carrabelle from 12:00 noon to
1:00 p.m.
The veterans attending will have
a free afternoon to enjoy touring
around the area. There will be a
Welcome Social Mixer to be held
at Post 82, CGJ American Legion
Hall in Lanark Village from 6 to
11 p.m. on Friday night.
Breakfast will be served at the
Franklin County Senior Center
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The pa-
rade on U.S. 98 will begin at 10:45
a.m. and will wind its way to
George Sands Athletic Field. Af-
ter the parade has passed, spec-
tators can follow
The parade route to the Field
where the 13th Army Band will
be playing.
As soon as everyone is assembled,
the dedication of U.S. Highway,
as Camp Gordon Johnston Me-
morial Highway will commence.
The band will play the national
anthem and Taps will be sounded.
The highway marker will be un-
veiled for all to see.
The twenty army vehicles that are
coming in from Havana will be
assembled for people to look over.
The 3rd Infantry Re-enactors will
be at the field at 1:30 p.m. The
bus tour of the old camp area will
leave from Harry's Restaurant in
There will be a dinner dance at
Chillas Hall in the Village start-
ing at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 7:30 to 9:30
a.m. Breakfast will be served at
Chillas Hall. Immediately follow-
ing will be the Annual Meeting of
Camp Gordon Johnston Associa-

There will be a Farewell Barbecue
at the Timber Island Yacht Club
at Pirates Landing and McGee's
Tiki Bar on Timber Island.
Sid Winchester said, "This year
the Association is hoping 'totwel-
come more new entries to the pa-
rade and are looking forward to
giving the returning GI's a great









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February 1, 2000
By Barbara Revell

Attending: Chairman Clarence
Williams, Cheryl Sanders, Eddie
Creamer, Bevin Putnal, Jimmy
Mosconnis, Clerk Kendall Wade
and County Attorney Alfred
Shuler. The minutes were ap-
proved as mailed. Payment of bills
was approved.
*Linda Millender was first on the
agenda expressing concern for the
condition of the roads in Light-
house Pointe Estates. Millender
stated that Lighthouse Road and
Woodil Roads are in terrible con-
dition with big holes and ruts. She
further said that Gene Langston
has put a six- inch base of
limerock on the road. Millender
said that Langston has offered to
give the County enough limerock
to repair the roads. She said it has
become dangerous and that last
week her grandchild fell asleep on
the school bus and when the bus
hit one of the holes she bounced
off of the seat injuring her head.
The Commissioners expressed a
desire to assist the citizens of that
area, however the roads are pri-
vate. Millender said they would be
willing to give the roads to the
County. Shuler recommended
caution because it could be pre-
cedent setting and the County
could find it has more roads than
it can fix. Cheree' Walden also told
the commissioners that the roads
are not safe and she said that at
one point one has to go into
someone's yard in order to get
around the pothole. Mosconnis
said, "Gene Langston has always
been willing to work with this
board and since he has volun-
teered the limerock I suggest we
go ahead... if Shuler can work out
the legal details." Putnal pointed
out that County vehicles do use
the roads, i.e., school buses,
emergency vehicles, etc. and that,
"We need to help those that are
the most dangerous for the kids."
Putnal further suggested the
County take a look at the roads
in the County for hazards. The
Commissioners agreed to take a
closer look at the situation and
to take advantage of Langston's
*Ken Moneghan, Florida Associa-
tion of Counties Trust (FACT) pre-
sented the County with a plaque
in recognition and appreciation of
10 years the County participation.
Monehgan said that FACT pro-
vides the County with general li-
ability insurance. He said 21
small counties are a part of the
Franklin County/
University of Florida
Extension Service
*Bill Mahan provided the com-
missioners With a copy of the Oc-
tober 1999 and January 2000 is-
sues of the Division of Marine
Fisheries newsletter, "Fishing
Lines." He said that in the Janu-
ary issue the feature story is "Re-
lease 'Em Right which helps fish-
ermen understand the proper
steps to follow when releasing a
*Mahan reported that he followed
up with the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (DEP) re-
garding whether a boat fueling
dock can get a Clean Vessel cost
share grant to build a pump out
station. He said he was advised
that he could if the facility is avail-
able to the general public and they
charge no more than $5 for a rec-
reational boat to use the pump.
Ms Debbie Hall, DEP sent Mahan
a package of information and
guidelines on the program.
*Mahan announced that he re-
ceived partial funding of a grant
request and will be able to pur-
chase a digital camera, micro-
scope and photo adapter. He said
the system would allow him to
make digital "photos" of insects
and plant problems and send
them electronically to specialists
for identification and recommen-
*Mahan reported that on Janu-
ary 28, 2000, he attended a "Wild
Fire" inservice training program
in Blountstown. He said the Uni-
versity of Florida received a grant
to conduct a series of Wild Fire
Training Programs in order to re-
duce the risk of wildfires. He gave
the Commissioners a copy of a
brochure, "Landscaping with Fire
in Mind" for homeowners and
another brochure, Developing
Land in Florida with Fire in Mind"
for decision makers.
Superintendent of Public
*Hubert Chipman, Superinten-
dent of Public Works, said he
wanted to make the Board aware
of a vacancy in the Road Depart-
ment which will be an advance-
ment. He said he is not ready to
hire someone yet. He said he
needs some time so he can make
the right decision. Commission-
ers agreed.

*Mr. Alan Pierce reported that
Mr. Ronnie Bass, Amerigas, stated
that Amerigas is not interested in
selling the Lanark Village property
for $4,000 but will sell it for
$12,000. After a short discussion
the commissioners voted to buy
the property.
*Pierce reported that Judge Van
Russell suggested that the County
open an access from the old jail
site directly onto Water Street.
Currently cars that park around
the jail have to exit back onto the
street in a very congested area. If
cars could exit onto Water Street
it would ease the congestion as
well as encourage more people to
use the jail parking area. Board
Apalachicola Airport
*Pierce informed the Board that
the Airport Non-Direction Beacon
passed the annual FAA inspec-
*Pierce reported that the County
did not receive any fast-tract grant
for the airport. There were ap-
proximately 170 applicants for the
*Pierce said that Ted Mosteller
said the Airport Committee wants
to put a security light at the air-
port gate which will cost about $6
per month payable out of airport
funds. Board approved.
*The Airport Committeewants
several hundred feet of fencing
put of in the areas where there is
no cyclone fencing at the airport.
The fencing was not installed
when the original was because it
was too wet. Four-wheelers have
been driving on the property and
it has become dangerous.
Mosteller reported that recently a
pilot reported just missing some
four-wheelers on the runway. It
was determined that the cost
would be minimal because the
County has the fencing and can
use work camp labor for installa-
tion. Commissioners approved.
*Pierce also stated that the Air-
port Committee wants the Board
to expand the pending four-
wheeler ordinance to include air-
port property. A discussion of the
extreme danger of the spoil site
at the airport. There is about a
30-foot pond there. Mosteller said
if the spoil site is not protected
some could get killed out there.
*Pierce then reported that he re-
ceived information about how
other counties treat older mobile
Homes. Gulf County requires a
preliminary inspection before a
building permit is issued on all
mobile homes that are more than
three years old. Gulf County
charges $50 for the inspection.
Wakulla County prohibits mobile
homes that are more than 25
years old, and requires inspection
of all mobile homes that are not
bought new. Wakulla County also
charges $50 for the inspection.
Both counties hire independent
contractors to perform the inspec-
tion and they get part of the fee.
Wakulla also charges $200 for a
permit fee for a single wide and
300 for a double wide mobile
home while Franklin County
charges $50 and $100 respec-
tively. Pierce further said that in
Wakulla County all permits its
require a $1246 impact fee. Pierce
said that Franklin County has no
regulations on the age or condi-
tion of mobile homes. No action
*Pierce advised the Board that he
will be discussing with the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission the
issue of size of mobile homes com-
pared to recreational vehicle. The
County has had a minimum size
for mobile homes of 450 square
feet while the State's definition of


Voter registration will close for the March 14, 2000 Presiden-
tial Preference Primary on February 14, 2000. In order to be
able to vote in this election you must be registered in one of
the two major political parties. Registration will still be open
for the Fall Elections. For further information call the Franklin
County Elections Office at 653-9520.

*Chipman also announced that
the LowBoy transport trailer will
be delivered on March 7, 2000.
Solid Waste Director
*Van Johnson said he met with
Mr. Chipman last week concern-
ing the use of an entry level posi-
tion and was advised by Chipman
he will need the person full-time.
Johnson requested Ms Keeva
Gatlin from the Work Force Train-
ing Center to enlighten the Board
about a program they have that
may offer the County some assis-
tance. Ms. Gatlin said they have
a program called Workforce In-
vestment Act (formerly JTPA) and
they have incentives for employ-
ers to hire people from within the
community. They can pay up to
50% of the salary during the train-
ing period. The Commissioners
were supportive of the program.
Lanark Water and Sewer
*Greg Yancey, Lanark Village Wa-
ter and Sewer District requested
approval of the Commissioners to
remove pavement and sidewalk to
cut the road in order to put in a
six inch water line in to service
the north side of Oak Street at
Idaho. He said there is a 42-unit
development going in and will
need water. Yancey wants to cut
Oak Stieet for the Water Line. The
Commissioners were reluctant to
cut the road and recommended
Yancey investigate an alternative
that would do less damage to the
Director of Administrative


The Franklin Chronicle

a mobile home is 500 square feet.
Anything less is considered a rec-
reational vehicle.
Clerk of the Court
*Kendall Wade provided the
Board a copy of a request from
Weems Memorial Hospital that
the County pay $19,778.84 for
the cost of relocating the helipad
because the County gave part of
the land where the old helipad
was located to the Health Depart-
ment. Also, the hospital recently
paid $200,000 for a new air con-
ditioning system. Commissioners
*Pierce injected at this point and
advised the Board that he had one
more item about the airport. He
said he needed to re-advertise for
the cutting of the trees at the air-
port because the bids that came
in previously were too costly.
Pierce wants to try a different ap-
proach for a cheaper method.
Commissioners approved for
Pierce to re-advertise.
*Next Mr. Putnal said he has re-
ceived a lot of requests for the
Cable Company to be contacted
about adding Sunshine network.
Mr. Wade said he would call the
Cable Company.
County Attorney Report
*Mr. Shuler reported that he has
talked to Mr. Ben Watkins regard-
ing the density change and rezon-
ing of his property in Eastpoint.
Shuler said that Watkins is work-
ing with the prospective new own-
ers and will be sending Shuler a
draft of the proposal to accom-
plish the sale.
*Shuler said he had discussed the
purchase of the Amerigas prop-
erty with Mr. Pierce.
Shuler further stated he has re-
drafted the four-wheeler ordi-
nance at the request of Sheriff
Bruce Varnes. Mosconnis sug-
gested that the ordinance include
all unlicensed vehicles. The pro-
posed ordinance would allow the
sheriff to impound these vehicles
if found in use on County prop-
erty. Mosconnis asked Shuler if
some of this wasn't already
Florida law, "Is that just repeti-
tion what you got in there?"
Shuler replied that, "Most every-
thing in the ordinance is already
covered by various Florida Stat-
utes. What we are doing is put-
ting it into one package and hope-
fully it will be easier for the Sher-
iff to enforce it." Shuler said he
would include the airport and
County Parks in the ordinance.
Putnal wondered if school
grounds should be included. It
was recommended that Shuler
contact the school board about
adding schools to the ordinance.
The Board agreed to the ordi-
nance being advertised. Shulerl

reported that he had written, "the
Dog Island Conservation District
about furnishing us the record
with the MSBU fire tax expenses
and they have responded with
where the records are (Tallahas-
see) if we wish to go and look at
them or copy them." Ms. Sand-
ers, "Mr. Shuler, what is your take
on this? Is that common practice

for them when we ask for
records,... there is a provision in
the contract that we can ask for
those records and they want us
to go tip there at our expense and
get them?"' Shuler responded
that, "'It is basically the same re-
sponse that the Clerk or a County
Agency would make if someone
made a request under the public
records law to examine records...
It could be more cooperative since
they should bring the records
down here or abstract them in
some manner and summarize it
so it would be easier for us to
handle it. Under this proposal the
Board would have to send some-
body, probably an accountant or
someone knowledgeable about
how to read that type of record
which would be an expense to the
Board to do that. Sanders said,
"My point is that back in May a
Mr. Gary Stillwell came before this
Board and asks us to give Dog
Island for some money to help
with the dock, $7500... and we did
that and now all the Board is ask-
ing for is the records and now they
are wanting us, at our expense,
to get records." Mr. Wade pointed
out that under the public records
law the custodian of any record
has to make it available in a rea-
sonable time. Wade wanted to
know if the County could make a
request for the records and if they
are the custodians of the records
then by law they have to make it
available to whoever wants it be-
cause it is public record." Shuler
suggested writing a letter to the
Dog Island Conservatory and tell-
ing them, "They might like to bring
it down here since they will prob-
ably want to ask us to do some-
thing else, like they commonly
do."' Sanders asked Shuler, "What
would you recommend?" Shuler
stated, "I would recommend...
they have complied with the bare
bones of the law, it just wasn't
especially cooperative which I
would have been if I was coming
periodically before the Board and
asking for something I would try
to be as cooperative as I wanted
y'all to be when I came to ask for
something." Shuler then sug-
gested that the County, "Request
that they abstract it and furnish
us the information on just the
expenditures so we don't have to
pay someone to go up there and
look through all of their expendi-
tures arid if they decline to do that
then the Board would have to try
to find someone knowledgeable
about public records and send

played some ot their pieces from
their first performance, ten years
ago. The audience seemed to es-
pecially enjoy "Blue Danube
Waltz" by J. Strauss, the Andante
movement from Piano Concerto (K.
467) by W.A. Mozart, and the
Overture to Orpheus in the Under-
world by J. Offenbach.
Consensus among those attend-
ing the performance was that the
Franklin County area can be
proud to have such a fine trio of
musicians living and performing
On February 13, "A Valentine Eve
Concert" will be presented. As
Chairman of the Ilse Newell Con-
cert Series, Ms. Eugenia Watkins
pointed out, "The impromptu con-
cert by local artists last March
was one of the most popular of
the season. Here's an encore!"
Tenor Tony Partington, Bedford
Watkins, Cynthia Rhew, Wesley
Chestnut and others will be


Chef Eddie Works Magic At The Magnolia

Old Apalachicolans might
grumble that the discovery
and gentrification of their
town brought more than its
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They will allow, though, :I
that it also attracted folks
who'd fallen in love with Ashby
this remote, historic pin- Stif
point on the Gulf Coast orF TrAs
map. Talented, contributing
new citizens like Bostonian
Eddie Cass, who was lured from high powered,
high-profile chef's posts in Fort Lauderdale by
the promise of a calmer life in quaint, slower-
paced climes.
Chef Eddie's cooking made its local mark when
it advanced the Apalachicola Seafood Grill and
Steakhouse-a longtime corner fixture on the
main drag-to regional acclaim. That done, he
and his wife, Bettye, decided to open anew in a
modest old sea captain's cottage on U.S. 98 West,
a mile or so beyond what still may be Franklin
County's only traffic light.
At his Magnolia Grill he established himself as
one of that elite circle of top-notch Florida chef
restaurateurs, an accomplishment soon reported
by your Democrat food critic and later noted by
writers for Travel and Leisure, Southern Living,
and Florida Trend magazines.
The Grill's appearance belies such lofty status.
Upstaged by the commercial building next door,
its front porch plastered with ad banners, the little
building could do with a pressure wash or a coat
of paint. We've long since learned, however, that
fine food and lux looks, are not necessarily mu-
tually inclusive.
Indoors, the original old cypress paneling in the
hall, the board floors and lofty-ceilings offer a
period (if somewhat Spartan) backdrop for such
dining niceties as floral-patterned table overlays,
snowy big napkins and the small,
glass-chimneyed oil lamps that cast a flattering
glow on both food and diners.
It came as a bit of a shock when an arrogantly
attitudinal staffer ordered us to move from our
assigned corner table, because it was "reserved
for a party of three coming from Tallahassee."
When it later dawned that we were the party of
three from Tallahassee, the relationship warmed

(U.S. Hwy. 98 West)
* HOURS: 6 till, Monday through Saturday. Closed
* CREDIT CARDS: MasterCard, Visa, and local and
Tallahassee checks accepted.
SAVERAGE: $35 dinner and wine.
SDRESS CODE: Casual to dressy casual.
" SMOKING: Smoking at porch tables only.
' RATINGS: 5 hats, outstanding, 4 very good, 3
good, 2 average, 1 disappointing, no hats avoid.

to cautiously pleasant interface topped off by an
earnest apology for the gaffe.
Ah, but when Chef Eddie, a big fellow with a
wide smile, made his customary rounds, explain-
ing the evening's menu, suggesting his special-
ties, recommending desserts, his enthusiasm lit
up the room. And when the food came on, the
magic began.
Magic, as in starters of satiny Shrimp and Oyster
Bisque, or red cabbage leaf cups of Oak Grilled
Portobello Mushrooms with Artichoke Hearts,
Roasted Red Peppers and melted Asiago Cheese.
Or in Escargots en Cassolette, a near cupful of
fat snails bathed in rich, chestnut-colored
bordelaise and accompanied by half-a-dozen gar-
lic toast rounds. And in the famous Seafood
Gumbo, chockfull of subtly spiced shellfish. Tar-
iffs for these, roughly $7 to $9.
When, fresh pears are good in the market, a Spin-
ach and Pear Salad sprinkled with toasted pecans
and Feta offers a refreshing change from the usual
dinner salad of cheese-sifted romaine with Bal-

samic vinaigrette and croutons.
Among main courses, the Magnolia serves
grilled, broiled and North Florida fried seafood
in all its variety, and at prices from $15.95 for
Apalachicola Bay Oysters (when available) to
$22.95 for a Broiled Seafood Feast.
But why drive 85 miles for a dinner so readily
available in Tallahassee? Try, instead Chef
Eddie's Snapper Butter Pecan ($18.95) sauteed
with brown butter, lemon and thyme and
sprinkled with toasted Apalachicola pecans. Or
same-priced Gulf Dolphin Pontchartrain. in
which sautded dolphin fish is topped with baby
shrimp, artichokes and toasted almonds in Cream
Scampi Sauce. Or the chef's new menu addition,
lemon scented Swordfish Steak, tastily overlaid
with tomatoes, spinach and Feta ($22.95).
A personal favorite, Beef Wellington ($23.95).
wrapped in Portobello mushrooms and pate, then
encased in puff pastry, was off-menu last week.
But the six baby chops in Roasted Rack of Lamb
with Rosemary Dijon Crust (also $23.95), served
medium-rare with Minted Pear, provided a
memorable alternative.
A dollar less bought our guest's Magnolia Grill
Surf and Turf, wherein B6arnaise-topped.
oak-grilled pork tenderloin came with jumbo
shrimp stuffed with Chef Eddie's New England
Crabmeat Stuffing and napped with Lobster
Sauce. Whew, talk about good!
Wines? Oh yes, in an ample, two-page carte
dominated by estimable West Coast domestics.
A pleasant Chardonnay, Washington State's Cha-
teau Ste. Michelle. Canoe Ridge, did the trick
for us, for $39.
Desserts are a source of pride in this kitchen, and
a trip to the refrigerated display case can reveal
such tempting homemade endings as Grand
Marnier Cake, layered and iced with Grand
Marnier Cream, a towering Key Lime Torte or
Pie, Cheesecake with a Toffee Crust, a Walnut
Chocolate Log, and chef's specialty Chocolate
Ecstasy, a melt-in-the-mouth fantasy of
Oreocashew crust filled with diaphanous choco-
late marquis.
Is The Magnolia Grill worth an evening's jour-
ney for dinner?
You bet your next stock windfall it is.


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them up there and see what we
find." Mosconnis, "Do we want the
information that bad?" Sanders,
""I want. the information because
the man came before us and is
wanting to raise the MSBU taxes
from $28 to $75 1 want to justify
why he wants the raise."
Mosconnis said, "We just are not
going to arbitrarily raise the tax
so I don't think we should spend
any money... If they want to play
games we just aren't going to do
anything. We have to raise the
MSBUs, they can't change the
MSBU's". The Commissioners in-
structed Shuler to write them
another letter.
*Shuler then reported that the old
GRIT (workman's compensation
program) plan that the County
had is currently paying substan-
tial benefits to two former employ-
ees who were injured. GRIT wants

the County to repay for the'ben-
efits because they ran out of
money. GRIT is now threatening
to file suit. Shuler said if the
County does pay the money,GRIT
would have no incentive to settle
the matter.
*Shuler then reported he is in re-
ceipt of a letter from a Tallahas- I
see attorney for the Walters fam-
ily pn Eastpoint because a fleeing
vehicle dodging a roadblock ran
into their house. Shuler said this
should be covered by our insur-
ance and he has noticed the in-
surance company of the claim.
Shuler said no action was re-
quired from the Board. The Com-
missioners are not sure the
County should be liable because
the Sheriffs Office was just doing
their job. Shuler noted that the
attorneys will be negotiating the

Trio Internationale Celebrates 10th

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By Tom Campbell
The rain on Sunday, January 23,
2000, did not keep the crowd
away nor did it dampen the bril-
liant performances of The Trio
International at the Ilse Newell
Fund for the Performing Arts pro-
gram at Historic Trinity Church
in Apalachicola.
Martha Gherardi, violin, Luciano
Gherardi, contrabass, and
Bedford Watkins, piano, pre-
sented an inspired production to
an almost packed house. The au-
dience gave them a standing ova-
tion at the end and the Trio gave
a delightful encore, "A Theme
From Gone With The Wind."
The first half of the program con-
sisted of music of P.I.
Tchaikovsky. "Waltz" from Ser-
enade for Strings and 'Waltz" from
The Sleeping Beauty were two of
the highlights.
After the Intermission, the Trio



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4 February 2000 Page 3

To The People Of Carrabelle

Recently our father and friend passed away while staying in
Carrabelle. We would like to thank the people of your town for
their warmth, sympathy, and most of all their kindness.
Most of our family live in big cities, and each of us were amazed
and touched by your wonderful, small town. Mrs. Clark, the cake
you made for us was delicious. Mr. Kelley, your compassion was
heartfelt. To all the people at the hospital, your caring and com-
passion helped make this terrible moment in our lives more bear-
able. Reverend Hallstrom, your service touched us all. To you
and all of the other wonderful people who touched our hearts
while we were in Carrabelle, we say thank you very much.
So many times in our lives we question why God leads us to the
places that He does. We know that God took Ted Crall from here,
so that we could see first-hand how we should live our lives. Your
town is a great example of how we should treat each other. For
this enlightenment we will be eternally grateful.
We will remember Carrabelle with a sadness because this is the I
place that Ted Crall died, but in our hearts, we find comfort know-
ing that he passed from such a kind and wonderful town.
Again we thank you. The Family and Friends of Ted Crall.
This letter was written by Steven Crall, son of Ted Crall.

Carrabelle-A Town With A Big Heart

By Rene Topping

Sometimes it pays to look at your home town through the eyes of a
stranger. I got this opportunity on Friday, January 28, when I was
introduced to Dolores Crall, of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. who
asked me to find a find a way to publish her family's thank you to the
e he and her husband Steven were vacationing at the Moorings in
arrabelle, and were actually looking for a place to spend the rest of
eir lives in. They were happily exploring the area when, without
any warning, Ted had a heart attack and had to be taken to Weems
Hospital. He subsequently died. So, when the tragedy hit, she was
alone and grieving in a town she had only been in for a short time.
She told me that she was amazed as everyone she came into contact
with, including our police and sheriffs officers, were most kind. She
had praise for the efforts of the ambulance personnel. She rated the
kindness and compassion of all of the staff at Weems Hospital as
most welcome and comforting.
Her feelings for the Moorings manager and his staff were that she felt
cared for and she said words cannot express the comfort she received
at a most desolate time in her life.
When her family began arriving she went to make funeral service
arrangements. She and her husband are Catholic and she wanted to
have the service in Carrabelle, the place they had chosen and ex-
pected to make their new home. She found out that the parish priest
does not reside in the area and only comes on weekends for services.
Her husband was in the Unie ted States Navy and servedin World War
II, Korea and Vietnam, She said he had "lied" about his age, as many
a young man did, to get taken in by the Navy. Once he was in he
served his country with honor for many years.
Reverend Carl Hallstrom, pastor of First Methodist Church, who is
also the Chaplain for the Camp Gordon Johnston Association, was
reached and immediately came to minister to the family and to con-
duct the service.
Dolores Crall said that as people learned of her sadness they responded
with food. Ophelia Clark sent over a cake. She doesn't remember
some of the names of people who helped but she certainly will never
forget their kindness.
The family said they wanted to leave a memory of her husband here
with us. So they donated $12tto the new branch of the Franklin
County Public Library building in the shape of a memorial brick which
will be placed with the others on a special wall inside the library.
She also donated to the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association to*help
save the Crooked River Lighthouse. She said she and her husband
are among the many people who love lighthouses.
Ms. Crall said, "I feel this is a good town, with good people. I wish that
we would have been able to have lived here along with the rest of you
and taken part in all the good things you are working on." She said
that her husband's death makes her have to make a different move
as without him she will need to be closer to her children.
She had Mr. and Mrs. William Brown along with her, and they said
that Mr. Brown and her husband had been shipmates and were life-
long friends. They live in Garden Grove, California, and will help make
Ted's last wishes to be honored. They will take some of his ashes and
scatter them out on the Pacific Ocean. His son Steven Crall will take
another part of the ashes and deposit them in the Atlantic. She will
say her own private final goodbye to her husband by placing the re-
mainder of his ashes into the Lake of the Ozarks.

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February 4, 2000

Publisher ........................................... Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors .......................................... Tom Campbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
........... Jean Collins
............ Carolyn Hatcher

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Citizen's Advisory Group
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George Chapel .................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett .................... .................... Carrabelle
D avid Butler ......................................... Carrabelle
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Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
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So now it seems, we, the people of Carrabelle are getting inspiration
from that lady and her family, who in the midst of life's tragedies, the
loss of a beloved husband, father and friend, saw the stream of good-
ness that lies here in Carrabelle-a good town with good people.
To those of you who earned this reputation for us-I add my thanks
for your response to the strangers in our midst who became our neigh-
bors in trouble. The Crall family touched the heart of Carrabelle and
found it to be a city with a big heart.

Learning New Words Can Lead

To Better Living

Tom Campbell

By Tom Campbell

After many tests, x-rays and ex-
plorations, the doctors finally
agreed that the problem which
caused this writer to bleed inter-
nally for a number of weeks is lo-
cated in the colon. The name for
the condition is diverticulitis, or
diverticulosis. The condition is
caused by small "pockets" which

develop in the wall of the colon
and may become infected, and
may even begin to bleed.
As the writer was bleeding inter-
nally for several weeks without
realizing it, his hemoglobin count
became four, according to the doc-
tor, instead of the normal 13 or
14. This is the red coloring mat-
ter of the red blood corpuscles,
and it "carries oxygen from the
lungs to the tissues, and carries
dioxide from the tissues to the
lungs," according to the

The writer had become severely
anemic, without realizing it. He
said to the primary care physi-
cian, "I knew I was getting weaker
and weaker, but I didn't know
A friend told him, "You looked like
walking death."
"Thanks a lot. I felt like it too."
Once the doctors had studied the
photographs from the colono-
scopy, they were able to detect the
"bleeding pockets" in the walls of
the colon and determined that
that was the source of the inter-
nal bleeding.
The writer was warned never to
take aspirin while taking the
blood thinner Coumadin. That
combination by itself can cause
internal bleeding. He had taken
several aspirins just trying to feel
better, in order to keep going, not
realizing that he was aggravating
-the internal bleeding.
Once he learned his lessons, re-
ceived four pints of blood and be-
gan taking his new medications,
the writer started to regain
strength. Eating lots of fruit and
vegetables, walking every day and
generally taking good care of him-
self, he is now "rejoining the land
of the living."
Grateful to friends and relatives
who have been very supportive,
he vows to be vigilant in the fu-
ture to protect good health, which
is a blessing nobody should ever
take for granted.

Republicans Work On Agenda 2000

The main focus of the January
meeting of the Franklin County
Republican Executive Committee
was the agenda for the year 2000.
The first item was elections. The
committee reviewed the require-
ments for voting in the Presiden-
tial Preference Primary on March
14, 2000. Chairman Willie Norred
reminded all Republicans that in
order to vote in this primary a
person would need to be a regis-
.tered Republican by February 14,
2000. A number of Republican
voters in Franklin County are reg-
istered as Democrats. If they want
to make their voice heard in the
primary, they will need to switch
their party affiliation by February
14, 2000. Switch cards are avail-
able at the Supervisor of Elections
office or from Willie Norred (Chair-
man)' and Jim Sisung (Vice-
chairman). At this point in time
Norred indicated the persons to
be on the presidential preference
ballot would be: Gary Bauer,
George W. Bush, Steve Forbes,
Orin Hatch, Allen Keyes and John
For election year 2000 in Franklin
County the following positions will
be open: Clerk of the Court; Prop-
erty Appraiser; Tax Collector; Su-
pervisor of Elections; Sheriff; Su-
perintendent of Schools; some
County Commissioners; and
some School Board Members. All
the positions except for County
Commissioner and School Board
Member are full time positions.
The pay for full-time positions

ranges trom $60,971 (Supervisor
of Elections) to $81,805 (Sheriff);
the other full-time positions all
make $74,705. County Commis-
sioners are paid $20,473 and.
School Board members $19,773.
All positions receive the standard
individual Health Insurance cov-
erage at the cost to the tax payer
of $221.80 per month per person.
A $10,000 Term Life Insurance
policy is paid for at the cost of
$3.50 per month per person.
Elected officials (except for the
Sheriff) receive 17.99% of the base
pay for their retirement.
Qualifications for these positions
require residency and a petition
signed by 77 registered voters for
the county-wide offices. County
Commission and School Board
positions in districts 1, 3, and 5
for the 2000 election will require
18, 10, and 17 signatures respec-
tively. Any registered voter may
sign any petition and the petitions
must be in the Supervisor of Elec-
tions office by noon, June 26,
2000. No minimum level of knowl-
edge, training or expertise is re-
quired. Republican candidates
may bring their petitions to the
February 21 meeting of the Re-
publican Executive Committee for
assistance in obtaining signa-
tures. The committee meets at 7
p.m. at the Eastpoint Fire House,
located on 6th Street in Eastpoint.
Other items on the agenda in-
cluded a schedule to monitor both
the County Commission and the
School Board meetings and the
formation of a 2nd Amendment
Club in the county.

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Arbor Day-Trees, Birds and People

By Rene Topping
January 21, Arbor Day in Florida, dawned clear but cold as the Tree
Committee of the local Sea Oats Garden Club led several other mem-
bers into the first phase of the day set aside to honor trees. The Club
had been granted resolution 1-2000 to reinstate Arbor Day as a day
for Carrabelle to celebrate with the planting of trees and other events.
Sea Oats Club members Carolyn Hatcher, Lorraine Whatley. Rene
Topping, Mary Ann Shields, Dee and Wes Stansfield, Elizabeth Dedrick.
Jo Woods and Club President Cindy Sullivan assembled at the Har-
bor Breeze Home to plant 10 Longleaf Pine seedlings.
Florida Forest Department Ranger Don Hartshorne brought the seed-
lings in a large ice chest and members were told that they had been
kept at a 40 degree temperature to ensure the best condition for
Hartshorne told the members that the seedlings came from the Florida
Forest Department Nursery in Chiefland. He proceeded to demon-
strate the best way to plant the seedlings. Make a slot deep enough to
accommodate the roots, bend the shovel or dibble back and slip in
the tree. Let the earth close in and then with your foot put sufficient
pressure to ensure the plant is firmly in the ground. He said, "Take
three of the leaves and pull; if the tree is planted properly the leaves
will break off."
The residents sat behind a large glass window to watch all of the
activity. One resident, Helen Saunders, insisted that despite the cold
she wanted to come out and get a closer look. Catherine Hardy had
her staff bundle Ms. Saunders up warmly and then she came out and
shared the day with club members.
The next task was to put up the bird feeders and squirrel feeders. The
ladies installed four of the feeders on a pole with four arms so as to be
in full view of the dining room, which doubles as a recreational room
for residents. Other feeders were distributed in the small trees. There
was a low feeder established for the doves. Along with help from Brian
Hardy, manager of the home, Wes Stansfield installed three hum-
mingbird feeders.
At 1:00 p.m. the ladies were once more gathered to give away 140
longleaf pines. Some of the local residents looked quizzically at this
bunch of women who wanted to give away pines in an area that is
already bristling with pines. But by 3:30, in one, two and three packs
of seedlings, all of the trees were gone.
The club members were talking about a birdbath to complete the
small sanctuary they had just established on the grounds of the Har-
bor Breeze. A River Road resident, Ted Flint, came back after plant-
ing his trees and donated $25.00 from himself and his wife Connie.
saying that he appreciated the good work done by the club in
Carrabelle. He said, "Use it for whatever you want." The members
immediately said, "Here's our birdbath."
Cindy Sullivan purchased a birdbath the next day and it is all in
readiness for the expected birds who will soon inhabit the grounds of
the home. Ms. Sullivan said that the day was a fulfillment of the
Club's motto, "Gardening Together-Young and Old."

Almost half of all companies re-
sponding to a "Smoking & Work-
place" survey indicated that they
had some type of restriction on
smoking, according to the Na-
tional Interagency Council on
Smoking and Health.
Each smoker costs his or her
employer over $4,000 a year, ac-
cording to figures compiled by
William L. Weis, assistant profes-
sor at the Albers Graduate School
of Business, Seattle, Washington.
The breakdown of his cost esti-
Absenteeism runs 2.2 more
days each year, at a cost of $110
a day (based on a personnel cost
of $20,000 per employee).
Medical-care benefits are used
50% more than by nonsmokers,
at an annual cost of $230.
Earnings are lost to the em-
ployer because of the smoker's
sickness and/or early death, at
a cost of $230.
Accidents cost an estimated
Fire insurance costs go up an
estimated $45.
Lost productivity for smoking
breaks, etc., is estimated at
Damage or maintenance for
smoke pollution costs $1,000.
The economic impact of
smoking-related disease averages
$1 billion per state, but some
states are much harder hit than
others. California leads the list
with yearly smoking-related costs
of $5.8 billion. Close behind Cali-
fornia, in order, are New York,
Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois,
Ohio and Michigan. The eco-
nomic cost of smoking is lowest
in Alaska-$82 million per year.

KFCB First

Meeting Of 2000
The Keep Franklin County Beauti-
ful Organization will hold its first
membership meeting of the new
century Monday, February 14th at
6:00 p.m. at the Eastpoint
Firehouse. All members and county
residents interested in beautifica-
tion efforts are invited to attend.
Refreshments will be served. For
further information, please call the
KFCB office at 653-3661.


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In 1990, smoking caused an es-
timated $68 billion in medical
costs and loss of productivity.
This amounts to $2.59 for each
pack of cigarettes sold in the US.
The 1992 Surgeon General's Re-
port estimates that the total life-
time excess medical care costs for
smokers exceed those for non-
smokers by $501 billion.
Workers who smoke have an ab-
senteeism rate 30 to 40 percent
higher than nonsmokers and
have a 50% greater chance of
hospitalization than their non-
smoking colleagues. (National
Center for Health Statistics)
Estimates show that, in contrast
to nonsmokers, smokers spend
nearly 150 million more days in
bed and 81 million more days off
the job than do persons who have
never smoked. (National Center
for Health Statistics)
Employers, on the average, are
spending almost $300 extra per
smoker each year in insurance
claims alone. (American Council
of Life Insurance)
One study of job-related acci-
dents found that the total acci-
dent rate among smokers is twice
that of nonsmokers, precipitated
by the loss of attention, preoccu-
pation of the hand, eye irritation,
and coughing. (ACLI)



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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

January 7, 2000
By Barbara Revell

The Honorable J.F. Steinmeyer wL
Assistant State Attorney Rachel Chesnut
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
All persons identified below are innocent until proved otherwise
in a court of law.

Charlie Cooper: Charged with one count of aggravated battery (deadly weapon).
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: on
September 25. 1999 an officer responded to a call at Weems Memorial Hospi-
tal. The officer spoke with the complainant, Mr. James Peterson, who stated
he had been stabbed by the defendant. Pre-trial conference set for February
21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Courry C. Crawford: Charged with one count of Possession of more than 20
grams cannabis, Possession of a controlled substance, with intent to deliver.
resisting arrest without violence and one count of fraudulent driver's license.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
May 15. 1997. the defendant was arrested on a drug related investigation by
the Florida Highway Patrol Drug Interdiction Team on Franklin County. At
the time of his arrest the defendant had a Florida identification card in his
possession, The defendant said the information of the card was true and that
e was a juvenile. At no time did the defendant make any attempt to inform
the officer that he was in fact of legal age. The officer checked with the local
Department of Juvenile Justice office and it was determined that the defen-
dant was not a juvenile. Pretrial conference scheduled for February 21. 2000.
Attorney Ethan Way represented the defendant.
Daniel Lee McKenzie: Charged with one count of possession of contraband
at county detention facility, one count of possession, less than 20 grams mari-
juana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the
probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On November 24, 1999
the defendant was placed under arrest for possession of paraphernalia and
was transported to the Franklin County Jail. When the defendant got out of
the patrol car the officer observed what appeared to be a marijuana seed on
the rear seat. A search was conducted and the defendant was asked if he had
any weapons or contraband. The defendant replied, "No-none". While the
defendant was showering it was observed that there was what appeared to be
a piece, of plastic protruding from the defendant's buttocks. The defendant
was ordered to pull it out and it appeared to be a plastic bag containing a
quantity of cannabis. Another plastic bag was found in his sock. Pretrial con-
ference set for February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sonja Starr Murray: Charged with one count of driving while license sus-
pended/felony. Allegedly, according to the Florida Uniform Traffic Citation,
on November 4, 1999, the defendant was charged with driving while license
suspended or revoked. Pretrial conference set'for February 21, 2000.
Tamers Sue O'Steen: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
November 8, 1999, the defendant turned herself in on an arrest warrant for
two counts of uttering a forged document. The warrant was obtained on prob-
able cause that the defendant uttered one check in the amount o $325 at
Franklin Gun and Pawn and another check for $175 to Rick's BP. Pretrial
conference set for February 21, 2000.
Floyd B. Parramore: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with deadly
weapon and one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Accord-
ing to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On Decem-
ber 19, 1999, Lisa Sellers and the defendant picked up Sellers' daughter at a
home in Apalachicola. During the process of leaving the house it was reported
that the defendant grabbed Sellers' daughter and placed a .22 pistol against
her head, saying he was going to kill her. The defendant and Sellers' were
stopped at US Highway 98 and 24th Avenue in Apalachicola. A .22 pistol was
found as were .22 bullets in the defendant's shirt pocket. Pretrial conference
set for February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Katura Washington: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On December 11, 1999, Larry Joseph, Jr. stated that the defendant
pulled a box cutter out of her purse and cut him above the eye. The Assistant
Public Defender was appointed to represent the defendant and hearing was
continued until March 20, 2000.

Stephanie Adkison: Charged with one count of resisting arrest with violence.
Pretrial continued until February 21,2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Thomas Arroyo: Charged with four counts of burglary of a conveyance and
one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Pretrial contin-
ued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented defendant.
Diana Avala: Charged with one count of grand theft of motor vehicle. The
defendant entered a plea of no contest, adjudication was withheld and she
was sentenced to three years probation to include no use of alcohol or illegal
substances, substance evaluation, random urinalysis, 50,hours of commu-
nity service, 90 days in Jail with credit for 70 days served, no contact with
Gerald Martin, restitution of $300, a fine of $275 and $375.96 to the Franklin
County Sheriff s Office for transportation. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ricardo Baillie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with deadly
weapon. Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000 and trial sched-
uled for February 23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Michael W. Barfield: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check. Pre-
trial conference continued until February 21, 2000. Attorney Ethan Way rep-
resented the defendant.

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Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce met on January 20 with the
speakers for the night, Don Banta
and Michael Shaw, who spoke on
the Franklin County American
Cancer Society Relay for Life. This
year the Relay will be held on May
20 -21 at Eastpoint. Banta
showed a tape of the last year's
event and asked members to con-
sider becoming partners by sup-
porting teams.
Banta said the event celebrates
life, as some of the local cancer
survivors tell their stories, and
also commemorates the ones who
lost the fight as their friends
speak in memory of them. As the
ceremonies take place there will
always be members of each team
walking around the track. It can
be the whole team orjust one. The
walk is scheduled to last over the
two day period.
The chamber directors sent in two
more names to the Governor to
choose from for seats on the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority, (CPAA).
SFive new directors were elected to
fill vacancies. The following people
were chosen: Linda Madden, Don
SWilson, Bob Soderholm, Barbara
Revell and Tony Minichello.
The Chamber Director Bonniei
Stephenson, reported that the
Chamber has 166 members. The
office has had 306 visitors, 1333
calls for information and had 54
calls for relocation packets in
She said that the activity at the
-office has gradually climbed. The
chamber office also receives mes-
sages by E-Mail. Another interest
ing thing is that in 1999 the
chamber had articles in the At-
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Robert Daniel Brown: Charged with two counts of battery of law enforcement
officer and one count of criminal mischief $200 to $1000. The defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 30 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 30 days granted.
two years of probation. $275 fine, no use of alcohol or illegal substances.
random urinalysis, substance abuse evaluation and restitution to be deter-
mined. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shawn V. Brown: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance.
Pretrial conference continued until March 20. 2000. and trial set for March
23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Calvin B. Burns: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude.
Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of kidnapping. four counts of uttering
a forged check and one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude. Pretrial
conference continued until February 21, 2000. and trial set for February23.
2.000. Defendant represented by Attorney William Webster.
Eric Leo Campbell: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property.
Pretrial conference continued until February 21. 2000, and trial set for Feb-
ruary 23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lashanda Collins: Charged with one count of possession of cocaine with in-
tent to sell and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to a lesser charge on the possession of cocaine. no
contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and adjudication was withheld.
The defendant was sentenced to six months of Community Control or until
admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility to be successfully completed.
followed by three years of probation to include no use of alcohol or illegal
substances, random urinalysis, 50 hours of community service, forfeiture of
seized items. Steiger represented the defendant.
Andre Daniels: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sen-
tenced to three years probation to include standard drug conditions, five months
in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 32 days, and 50 hours of commu-
nity service. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented defendant.
Sabina Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant
woman. Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000. and trial set
for February 23, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Charles Allen Davis: 'Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence
and one count of disorderly intoxication. Pretrial conference continued until
March 20, 2000. Attorney John F. Daniel represented the defendant.
Daniel A. Dillon: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling, one count
of grand theft, one count of cultivation of cannabis and one count of posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of cannabis. Pretrial conference continued until
February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wade Odell Dixon, Jr.: Charged with one count of a sexual act with a child
under 16 years of age. Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000, and trial set
for March 23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ross Edwards: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance.
Pretrial continued until March 20, 2000, and trial set for March 23, 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Timothy Lamar Eutsay: Charged with one count of driving while license
suspended/felony. Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Tyrone Evans: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling and one
count of battery. Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000, and
trial set for March 22, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.

Jermaine Fedd: Charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a con-
victed felon and one count of aggravated assault with deadly weapon. The
defendant waived the right to a speedy trial and pretrial conference continued
until February 21. 2000.
Stephen Matthew Foy: Charged with one count of manslaughter by driving
under the influence (D.U.I.). Continued until January 19, 2000. Defendant
represented by attorney Clifford Davis.
Judy Patrice Gore: Charged with one count of resisting arrest with violence
and one count of trespass of an occupied structure or conveyance. Pretrial
continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Johnny Charles Gray: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until February 21. 2000. and trial set for February
23, 2000. Defendant represented by attorney John C. Kenny.
Tanya Griggs: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine and one count
of sale of a controlled substance. Defendant entered a plea of no contest. She
was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to the Department of Corrections (DOC)
with credit for six months served and a fine of $275.
Glen Paul Hammonds: Charged with one count of armed robbery with a
firearm. Pretrial conference continued until February 21 and trial set for Feb-
ruary 23, 2000. The defendant was represented by attorney William Webster.
Robert Hodgson: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until February 21. 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Carl L. Johns: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until February 21. 2000. Steiger represented the
Royce Lee Johns: Charged with one count of possession of drug parapherna-
lia, one count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of
cultivation of cannabis. Pretrial conference continued until March 20. 2000.
and trial set for March 22, 2000.
William Robert Johnson: Charged with one count of resisting officers with
violence and one count of grand theft of motor vehicle. The defendant entered
a plea of no contest and adjudication of guilt was withheld. He was sentenced'
to 45 days in jail with credit given for 45 days. He was sentenced to three
years probation to include no use of alcohol or illegal substances, substance
abuse evaluation, random urinalysis, 75 hours of community service. $275
fine, restitution to be determined and letter of apology to Sgt. Larry Litton.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Michael Lee: Charged with one count of criminal mischief/third degree felony.
Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000, and trial scheduled for February
23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
David M. McCranie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with deadly
weapon. Pretrial conference continued until March 20, 2000, and trial set for
March 22, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Daniel L. McKenzie, II: Charged with one count of burglary of a conveyance.
Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Tamera Sue O'Steen: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Stephanie M. Owens: Charged with one count of resisting officer with vio-
lence. Pretrial conference continued until March 20, 2000. Defendant repre-
sented by attorney John F. Daniel.
Edward Prince: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until February 21, 2000, and trial set for February 23.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
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George W. Bush, John McCain, Steve Forbes,

Allen Keys, Orin Hatch, or Gary Bauer

If you do, then you must be a registered

Republican to vote in the primary.

See Doris Gibbs in the Court House to

register as a Republican by February 14,

2000. Make your vote count.

Republicans are committed to reducing the cost of

government in Franklin County.

We solicit any help you may be able to provide for

the upcoming elections. Mail any contributions to:

Republican Committee of Franklin County, 1328

E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328.



Several positions in Franklin County will be filled by

January 2001, but you must make application now.


Clerk of the Court

Property Appraiser

Tax Collector

Superintendent of Schools


Supervisor of Elections








These positions carry full benefits, including hospital and
medical insurance, retirement, and many other benefits. This
makes the annual compensation for each position (except
Superintendent of Elections) cost approximately
$100,000.00 to the taxpayers of Franklin County.


County Commissioners

School Board Members



School Board meets 12 times during the year. That

means every meeting cost taxpayers in excess of

$2,000.00 for each member. All of"these positions

carry full benefits, including hospital & medical in-

surance, retirement, and many other benefits.

Apply to Doris Gibbs, Supervisor of Elections, for
instructions. Advise Ms. Gibbs that you are registered

or seeking registration as a Republican, and that you

are qualified to run for one of these offices.

Bring your petitions to the Republican Party of

Franklin County at the Eastpoint Fire Station Mon-

day, February 21, 2000, at 7:00 p.m.We will help you

get the required signatures, if you support our prin-

ciples of smaller government, less taxes, and more

individual responsibility.

Second Circuit Court from Page 4
Lionel Sanders: Charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance.I
Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Tammy Shiver: Charged with one count of grand theft, one count of cultiva-
tion of cannabis, one count of possession less than 20 grams marijuana and
one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference continued
until March 20, 2000, and trial set for March 22. 2000. Defendant repre-
sented by attorney Barbara Sanders.
Douglas Topham: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling. Defen-
dant waived speedy trial. Pretrial conference continued until February 21.
2000, and trial set for February 23, 2000. Attorney William Webster repre-
sented the defendant.
Marlene Topham: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis. one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference continued until January 19.
2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Johnny Buck Tyson: Charged with one count of possession of firearm by a
convicted felon, one count of driving while license suspended and one count
of possession of cannabis. The State dropped the charge of possession of fire-
arm by a convicted felon. The defendant entered a plea of no contest to the
other charges. Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 60 days in
jail, 45 days suspended contingent on payment of fines. Defendant has 60
days to pay $750 fine and $100 fee to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Lisa Walden: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until February 21. 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Nathaniel White II: Charged with one count of sale of controlled substance.
Pretrial conference continued until January 19, 2000. Attorney Howard J.
Schumacher represented the defendant.
Elijah Wilson: Charged with one count of fleeing or attempting to elude/
felony, three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, one count of no valid
driver's license, one count of aggravated assault on law enforcement officer.
one count of grand theft. Pretrial conference continued until February 21.
2000. Defendant represented by Steiger.
George C. Wilson: Charged with one count of sexual battery by some force
and violence. Pretrial conference continued until January 19. 2000. Attorney
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Kenneth Brock: Charged with one count of grand theft auto. The assistant
public defender was appointed to represent the defendant, who entered a de-
nial of the charge. His violation of probation hearing is set for February 21.
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Kenneth R. Rucker: Charged with one count of retaliation against a witness,
one count of criminal mischief/third degree felony and one count of violation
of injunction for protection. VOP hearing set for February 21, 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Stephen Wayne Bebee: Charged with one count of grand theft and one count
of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams. The defendant admitted to
violation of probation. The previous probation was revoked and defendant
was given new term of probation for two years to include inpatient treatment
at Natural Bridge Treatment facility. All previous conditions of probation
re-imposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Calvin R. Burns: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. VOP hear-
ing continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Stephanie Glass: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check. VOP
hearing continued until February 21, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
William Lee Johnson: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis.
The defendant admitted to violation of probation. Probation extended six
months and 50 hours of community service. Steiger represented the defen-
George Franklin Langley: Charged with lewd and lascivious assault or act.
Sentencing scheduled for February 21, 2000. Defendant represented by Steiger.
Alexander Martin I: Charged with one count of possession of cannabis/
more than 20 grams. Defendant agreed to a voluntary modification of proba-
tion to include an extension of one year, 75 hours of community services. All
previous conditions of probation re-imposed. Steiger represented the defen-
Michelle Massey: Charged with five counts of uttering a forged instrument.
Defendant admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. De-
fendant sentenced to 11 months and 29 days with credit for 364 days served.
Probation extended for one year and must pay $25 per month. Probation to be
terminated on completion of payment of fines. Steiger represented the defen-
George Moss: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. Defendant is
in Federal custody. Hearing continued until March 20, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Jessica Massey Poole: Charged with one count of forgery. The defendant
admitted to violation of probation. She was sentenced to 11 months and 29
days with credit for 200 days served. She owes $275/community control. $30
fee and $120 for restitution. Defendant agreed to a voluntary modification of
probation to include 25 hours of community service. All previous conditions
of probation re-imposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Mark Anthony Rhodes: Charged with one count of aggravated battery. De-
fendant agreed to a voluntary modification of probation in include 25 hours of
community service. Steiger represented the defendant.
Cynthia Ann Richeaux: Charged ,with two counts of uttering a forged check.
Defendant admitted to violation of probation. Probation was revoked and she
was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in Jail with credit for 168 days
served, Steiger represented the defendant.
Mitchell A. Thompson: Hearing for extradition of fugitive from justice con-
tinued until February 21, 2000.

U.S. Census Bureau To Begin
Recruitment Efforts In Panhandle Area

Local workers key to accurate
count for Census 2000
The next decennial census is rap-
idly approaching and the Census
Bureau is combing the Florida
panhandle area-including
Franklin, Leon, Liberty and
Wakulla counties-in hopes of
recruiting 6,056 workers to con-
duct various local Census 2000
operations during the next several
months. Through these tempo-
rary positions, census workers
can help ensure an accurate and
complete count in their commu-
nities, impacting the quality of
area schools, hospitals, roads and
other services funded by federal
The applicants selected by the
census will travel throughout
each block in their community
dropping off questionnaires and
updating the Census Bureau ad-
dress list for future field opera-
tions, including non-response
follow-up efforts. Additionally, the
workers will be looking for hous-

ing units that may not be readily
visible to assure they receive their
Census 2000 questionnaire by
April 1, 2000-Census Day.
"We are recruiting people locally
to work within their neighbor-
hoods because they are most fa-
miliar with the residents in their
community," said Atlanta Re-
gional Director James F. Holmes.
"Our goal is to have a pool of lo-
cal people we want to work on
these activities and who are com-
mitted to a successful count in
their neighborhood."
The intermittent jobs will last up
to eight weeks and workers will
be paid weekly at a competitive
wage beginning at $9.25 per hour.
Job applicants must take a writ-
ten test and meet certain require-
ments before being hired as a cen-
sus worker. Training is also
People who can work part-time or
full-time, including retirees, par-
ticipants in government programs
or those looking for a temporary

Celeste Elliott
Selected As
Alexis Celeste Elliott, a Junior at
Apalachicola High School. was
recently chosen to represent the
Franklin County School District
as a Governor's High School
According to a letter sent to Su-
perintendent Brenda Galloway,
Governor Jeb Bush began this
new program to recognize high
school juniors throughout Florida
who "do all the right things." They
attend to their studies, behave
appropriately, serve as school
leaders and role models, and pro-
vide service to their community.
They are well-rounded students
who form the nucleus of excel-
lence in today's public schools.
To become an All-Star a student
must demonstrate academic
success, good deportment, lead-
ership, and involvement in his/
her community. The Governor's
All-Stars is an excellent way to
recognize students who are high
Guidelines for the selection from
each participating district were to
convene a panel comprised of at
least one teacher, one administra-
tor, one parent, one community
member, and two high school se-
niors to determine thejunior who
best met the state criteria.
The four areas of criteria were:
academic success (at least a 3.0
grade point average on a 4.0 scale,
Apalachicola High School used a
3.5 "A" average); behavior (disci-
pline record consistent with good
deportment); leadership (partici-
pation in extracurricular activities
such as athletics, enrichment
programs, and school clubs; and
community service (volunteerism,
mentoring and civic activities).
After being selected as the
Apalachicola High School repre-
sentative, Elliott then competed
with the Carrabelle High School
candidate to be selected as the
Franklin County All-Star.
To honor the young people se-
lected, Governor Bush will host a
lunch for the AllStars in March
at the Governor's Mansion fol-
lowed by a roundtable discussion.
The students will also receive a
signed photo with the Governor
and a certificate.
Elliott also recently earned two
other honors. The United States
National Art Awards (UNSAA) an-
nounced that she has been offi-
cially nominated as a USNAA win-
ner. She has been honored na-
tionally by her art teacher, Cass
Allen. Elliott now qualifies as a
candidate who can apply for one
of the USNAA college scholar-
Prior to visiting Governor Bush in
March, Elliott has been chosen to
travel to the University of Florida
in Gainesville from Feb. 6-8 to
participate in the 37th Annual
Junior Science, Engineering and
Humanities Symposium. She will
be attending the symposium with
her chemistry teacher, Polly
She is the daughter of Debra and
James Elliott of Apalachicola.

employment opportunity, are en-
couraged to apply. These jobs will
provide useful skills that can
serve as a stepping stone in
today's job market.
By law, information given to a
census worker is kept confiden-
tial and cannot be revealed to
anyone who is not covered by the
same strict confidentiality statute.
Violations of the law can result in
fines and imprisonment.
For more information about be-
coming a census worker, contact
the Tallahassee Local Census Of-
fice at 325 John Knox Road, Bldg.
1, Suite 100, 850-942-8306 or
'toll-free at 888/325-7733.

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Research Reserve from Page
and sawgrass marsh, where the
visitor may see an otter, bobcat,
turtles, birds of the area, among
other living creatures.
The trail will be wheel-
Truck loads of lumber, stainless
steel nails and other materials
were brought in and unloaded,
with great care being given to dis-
turb the area as little as possible.
A crew of about six did the major
portion of the building of the deck-
ing., which at one point rises fif-
teen feet above the marsh, giving
a grand view that opens to the ho-
Lovestrand and a team designed
and laid out the path of the trail,
"including placing red flags in the
marsh as to where the trail would
Interpretive signs are planned,
which will be added in the future.
These will describe the plant com-

1 munities, such as cabbage palm
hammock habitat, saw grass
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IMetering Project
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The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District (LVWSD) met on
January 18 at 3 p.m. at the
Chillas Hall. Chairman Jim
Lawlor and Field Manager-Com-
missioner Greg Yancey attended.
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
was excused. Yancey said that the
District had incurred overtime
with their two workers because of
the two projects in Driftwood and
the metering in the Village.
Lawlor said that much of the busi-
ness of the meeting would be
taken up in the Field Manager's
report. Yancey reported on the
onset of the metering in the Vil-
lage and Mitch Musgrove, the con-
tractor in charge of the project,
was introduced.
With the onset of the metering
those people who have shallow
wells for irrigation or older well
that at one time furnished their
home with water will have to dis-
connect them. These will not be
permitted to be hooked into the
district system.
He said that in order to make re-
pairs the entire water system in
the district would have to be
turned off. He said if the pressure
in the water system doesn't drop
below 23 psi they will not have to
issue a "BOIL WATER" warning.
He said he anticipated that there
would not be any problems. If it
does drop below the 23 psi then
it means everyone would have to
be notified. The district will no-
tify with a notice in the paper and

to all customers and they will also
ask customers to go easy on the
day selected for the work.
Once the spray field has been re-
seeded he will put in more seed
where there are bare spots. He
said that the spray field should
be mowed 4 times a year. Lawlor
suggested that perhaps the in-
mate work crews could help out
with crews.
Yancey said he had been con-
tacted on 42 lots that are asking
for service in an area north of Oak
Street. It would take 1000 feet at
$40 per foot to extend down Oak.
Mitch Musgrove, with Big Bend
Technology, said that he was in-
spector on the metering project.
Meters are already in one section.
He said that residents will see him
in their back yards ahead of the
work crews, If anyone wishes to
talk to him, his cellular telephone
number is 524-1179.
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Franklin County Senior Center.
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The plan was displayed all around
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people "Let their eyes do the walk-
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lf the trail.
there was no formal briefing and
the residents walked their way
around the trail much as they
hope to be strolling around it in
the cool of a summer evening,.
However, Koos and Lovell fielded
questions from the people there.
The trail will start at the intersec-
tion of Eleventh Street and U.S.
$8, also known as Ryan Drive,
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*here it turns east to CR 67 and
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existing pavement that follows US
98 to Eleventh Street.
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a comfortable five feet wide so that
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The high cost is attributed to the
fact that many driveways will in-
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This amendment will be made and
the contract can be finalized when
signed by the three commission-
ers, and then the money can be
released for the project.
Lawlor said Ms. Sellers who has
Lot #10 Yancey Tract has re-
quested water. The attorney sug-
gested that the district open up
an account and place in it the
$350 check she has submitted.
He said that the district has to be
even-handed in its pricing. The
Normal amount for a new account
for hooking up to water is $1,500
impact fee, $300 for hook up and
$50 for deposit, amounting to
In an update conversation with
Jim Lawlor on Monday, January
31, the chairman stated that
about half of the Village is already
metered. He said, "So far we have
had no complaints. I expect we
will have it all done by some time
next week." He added that Thurs-
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The Franklin Chronicle


4 Febralrv 2000 Pgoe 7


Consolidated High School-Revisited

By Jim Sisung
The other day I was reflecting on our Franklin County Schools and
the fact that we still have needs and the requirement for improve-
ment remains unabated.
Some years ago I was privileged to serve as chairman of a Board-of-
Education appointed committee directed to study the feasibility of a
consolidated high school for Franklin County. I dug the report out
and reread the contents and realized that the recommendations and
rationale are still timely. The project is as doable now as then. There-
fore I have asked the Chronicle to reprint the entire contents of the
Report and Recommendations to Franklin County Board of Educa-
tion Concerning Feasibility of High School Consolidation, dated Oc-
tober 1990.
Report and Recommendations
Franklin County Board of Education
Feasibility of High School Consolidation
October, 1990
The committee was initially established by Board of Education action
on November 6, 1987. The responsibility given the members stated:
"Some of the issues to study are as follows:
1. feasibility study of consolidated secondary school
2. financial consideration
3. possible land consideration
4. grade levels-9-12? 7-12?"
The initial committee apparently met four times beginning December
3, 1987 and continuing through June 1988. Unfortunately, except
for those of the first meeting, no written notes were retained.
In October 1989 the committee was reactivated and the original re-
sponsibility renewed. The following named members attended regu-
larly and are solely responsible for this report and recommendations:
Mr. James Sisung, Chairman; Dr. Thomas Hoffer, Secretary; Mrs.
Jean Gander; and Mrs. Grace Wathen. Three other persons were
named by the School Board. One attended two meetings, one attended
one meeting and one attended no meetings.
A copy of this report, all attachments, minutes of committee meet-
ings and study documents will be provided the Superintendent of


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I. The Board adopt an appropriate action to establish a comprehen-
sive consolidated high school for the education of all ninth through
twelfth grade students in Franklin County. Such school to be located
somewhere on or near Highway 98 approximately midway between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle.
II. The Board adopt an appropriate action to provide that such high
school be designed and designated to offer a curriculum balanced as
to academic and vocational learning opportunities for students.
III. The Board adopt, following broad advertising of intent and pur-
pose, an appropriate action to levy the maximum capital outlay mill-
age and commit for three years the full amount to the Board's share
of the cost of constructing the above mentioned school.
IV. The Board seek funds from the Florida State Legislature in accor-
dance with Florida Statute, Chapter 235.435 Fundsfor comprehen-
sive educational plant needs, subsection (2)(a)-(c).
V. The Board establish, through the Superintendent, meetings with
representatives of the Department of Education for the purpose of
determining specific site locations, plant design and associated costs.
VI. The Board establish a committee of citizens charged with the
responsibility of informing and advising all sectors of the community
and its political representatives concerning the actions of the Board
in this matter.
VII. The Board determine that upon completion of the comprehen-
sive high school the existing space devoted to present high school
activities be designated as two middle schools to house and serve the
educational needs of all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
VIII. The Board direct the Superintendent to initiate dialogue with
representatives of FAMU, FSU, Gulf Coast Community College, Lively
Voc Tech and other appropriate institutions to determine how each
might benefit (and share costs) in the space provided by a compre-
hensive consolidated high school.
IX. The Board direct the Superintendent to establish a working group
of employers representative of the community to begin discussions of
employment needs as seen by the business representatives during
the next two decades.
The committee met not less than a dozen times beginning on Novem-
ber 8, 1989. Members met with local school administrators, Depart-
ment of Education personnel, Florida School Board Association rep-
resentatives, finance experts, students, teachers (a census poll of
teachers was also conducted) and others. Although most of the visits
were conducted during regular meetings, many consisted of im-
promptu discussions.
There is overwhelming support for improving educational opportuni-
ties for our children. Understandably there is also a diversity of opin-
ion on how and at what cost those opportunities can best be realized.
The committee members are acutely aware that education is not cheap
but it is certainly cheaper than the alternative. The members are
equally certain that good education is the best investment in the fu-
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Earlier Plan
It can be argued that had a prior Board of Education responded to
the will of the people as expressed in a 1960's referendum a compre-
hensive consolidated high school might have been provided at a cost
of only one million dollars as was the case in Wakulla County in 1967.
Today the cost will be much higher, perhaps as much as eight or ten
million dollars. To wait longer, however, assures two things: more
cost in dollars, and, much more importantly, many more children
denied an improved educational opportunity.
The committee envisions a school facility, though designed primarily
for the academic and vocational needs of all ninth through twelfth
grade students, which is also available and useful to adults who wish
to reconsider earlier decisions to leave school prior to graduation.
and others who may determine to return and prepare for a new and
different career. A school in which our children choose from a broader
menu of course opportunities, selection of teachers, more athletic
challenges, counseling and a chance to widen and deepen the sense
of community throughout Franklin County.
Present Situation
The committee recognizes that sufficient space currently exists to
house the present school population. Perhaps, because of our in-
tense study of the matter, we view the circumstance a bit differently
than others less involved. We hold that adequate space exists be-
cause the student population is not growing. Indeed it is declining
caused by dropouts and general loss of young people-family mak-
ers-from the community. Elsewhere other communities are experi-
encing growth of population, employment opportunities, and teacher
shortages. We in Franklin County are trying to maintain two very
small high schools which cannot possibly prepare our children ad-
equately for either a future in a university or a direct move to any
occupation requiring even the most rudimentary skills or work ethic
values (e.g..importance of timely and regular attendance). Students
perceive little relationship between school experience and the rest of
their life. Employers complain of ill-prepared applicants and job turn-
over is very high.
Granted that both high schools offer many of the courses which would
be offered in a comprehensive consolidated school. However, some
classes are much too high in enrollment and others too low. Ranges
seem to be twelve to forty students per class. In a consolidated school
with an enrollment of approximately four hundred, additional sec-
tions might be offered for overloaded classes, more students might be
enrolled in the smaller, less-cost-effective classes. Students might
even make totally different selections resulting in eliminating the need
to take courses- unrelated to their needs or skills. This latter is a
particular concern of some teachers. They feel students are placed in
some classes beyond their readiness level because there exist no
Census Poll
In a census poll (of faculty) on the consolidation question in both
high schools, 61% of respondents (38) favored consolidation at the
9-12 grade levels. All Apalachicola High School respondents favored
and 40% of Carrabelle School respondents favored consolidation.
Location of a Consolidated School
The committee proposes a site approximately one-half way between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle. This proposal is made based upon trans-

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brother: William B. Moore of Apollo,
PA; two grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. Funeral services
were held at the Thomas Steighner
Funeral Home in Chicora, PA, and
interment followed in the Oak Grove
Cemetery in Chicora. Kelley-Riley Fu-
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local arrangements.

Tura Lea Buzzett
Tura Lea Buzzett, 83, of Apalachicola,
died Monday morning, January 24,
2000 at her son's home in
Apalachicola. A native of Hosford, FL,
Mrs. Buzzett had lived most her life
in Apalachicola. She was a home-
maker, the long-lime treasurer for the
Franklin County Democratic Commit-
tee, a member of the Philaco Club, and
was very actively involved community
affairs and activities. She was a mem-
ber of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints. She was the wife of
the late John Joe Buzzett, Sr. She is
survived by her son, Jimmy Buzzett
(Delores) of Apalachicola; her daugh-
ter, Mary Carmel Griffin (Frank) of
Port St. Joe: her brother, Herschel
Albert "Bub" Adkisson of Beaumont,
TX; three grandchildren, Tena Browne
of Panama City, Kyle Griffin of Port
St. Joe, and Tiffany Lemieux Of Ger-
many; and three grandchildren, Holley
Browne, Casey & Kristen Lemieux.
Funeral services were held on
Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints in Apalachicola. Interment fol-
lowed in Magnolia Cemetery, also in
Apalachicola. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Franklin County
Big Bend Hospice, P.O. Box 618,
Carrabelle, FL 32322 in memory of
Tura Lea Buzzett, Kelley Funeral
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Letter to the Editor

Companion animal overpopulation in the United States results in the
euthanization of six to eight million dogs and cats each year. Although
many of these animals are healthy and adoptable, the sheer number
of them outweighs the availability of good homes. America's taxpay-
ers bear the cost of picking up, housing and -ultimately killing these
homeless animals-as much as $100,for each one in some jurisdic-
tions. Millions more cats and dogs never even make it to shelters.
They are abandoned by their guardians and ultimately die after suf-
fering from starvation, exposure, or disease.
Now for some good news! An innovative program called Spay Day
USA has made great strides in overcoming this tragedy. Spay Day
USA celebrates its sixth anniversary on February 29,2000 and has a
simple objective: encourage every humane American to take respon-
sibility for having one cat or dog spayed or neutered. Altering our
pets prevents the births of unwanted puppies and kittens and, by
extension, needless suffering and deaths.
In Franklin County alone, 831 dogs and cats were euthanized in 1999.
Our community can help overcome this problem by participating in
Spay Day USA, February 28-March 3, 2000. For more information,
please contact Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic at 670-8306.
Someday the routine killing of millions of dogs and cats each year will
be a distant memory. Thank you Franklin County for you efforts to
help achieve this goal.
Dr. Laura Rider

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Franklin County
School Board

January 6, 2000
Attending: Will Kendrick, Jimmy
Gander, Connie Roehr and
Chairman Willie Speed. Also
present were Superintendent
Brenda Galloway, Assistant
Superintendent Mikel Clark, and
School Board Attorney Barbara

Principal's Report
Apalachicola High School:
Principal Butler stated many
new electives have been added to
the curriculum. She announced
that Jenny Edmondston had been
named to the All Big Bend Cross
Country Team and received
honorable mention as a
freshman. Butler further praised
the parental support the school
is receiving.
Brown Elementary: Janis
Gordon reported that, there had.
been a visiting committee
comprised of administrators and
teachers from Bay County
Schools. The team was very
impressed with Brown
Elementary and want to
implement some of their ideas.
Chapman Elementary: Ida
Meyer announced that
Chapman's pre-kindergarten
class has been increased from one
to two.

Superintendent's Report

Ms. Galloway said all of the
schools are preparing students for
the FCAT. She praised Assistant
Superintendent Clark for his
efforts in getting the school
district into the year 2000 with
no major computer-related
problems. She also said that
Clark had written a grant for
which they received $77,575 for
the Advanced Placement

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Galloway reported that a grant
written by Ms. Nan Collins was
approved and that $50,774 for a
vocational program in food
production has been recieved.
Carrabelle High and Apalachicola
High will be working with the Gulf
Coast Community College and
Oyster Cove Restaurant. Galloway
also reported they received a
reading efficiency grant from the
State that targeted reading and
preparing for the FCAT. Galloway
said, "We want to make sure our
students have every means
possible to do well on the FCAT.
She reported that all the schools
are making their selections for
playground equipment and
everything should be ordered by
the next Board meeting. Galloway
further reported that the Franklin
School Readiness Coalition is now
in place.
She then reported that the Race
Track funds will revert to the
School Board.
The Board was paid off on
December 1, 1999. Chapman
Spd'd said, "That is really
\wonderful news!"
Galloway recommended naming
the designated softball field
"Martina Field." Board members
quickly agreed and approved
without discussion. Members in
the audience were delighted.
In other business, the Board
accepted Attorney Sanders
prepared revisions to the
warranty deed for the exchange
of property with the Franklin
County Commission. Sanders
further reported that she had
contacted the "yearbook people"
and was negotiating with them.
Sanders said she advised Mr.
Owen she wanted something
resolved before the school board
meeting in February.
In closing, Mr. Gander thanked
the administrators for all the
grants received. Mr. Speed also
commended the administrators
for the grants.

Council Encourages Fishermen To Use

Circle Hooks When Fishing For Red

Snapper And Other Reef Fish

One problem often encountered
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per or other reef fish (a regulatory
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lowed the bait and is deep-
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4 February 2000 Page 9

Proposed Site Plan For St. George Pavilions



GULF OF MEXICO Consolidation from Page 7
portation needs. Other considerations such as in-place infrastruc-
ture including access roads, water, sewer, and fire protection may
convince the Board to select a location closer to Highway 65.
The committee considered several alternative ideas including conver-
sion of one existing high school to a vocational education center. The
members considered that in the long run operating costs would be
higher and "sense of community" would suffer severe deterioration.
Community Middle Schools
The "sense of community" is of critical importance in any political
decision concerning schools. The committee's objective, as stated
above, is to widen and deepen the perspective, not subject it to dete-
rioration. The addition of two middle schools will enhance the com-
| munity spirit.
A child's growth pattern includes a sense of identity beginning with
family and expanding to neighborhood, town or city, county and then
s beyond. A comprehensive consolidated high school will be most com-
patible with our children's growth pattern at a time in life when they
are most ready to expand their horizons.
ne, spa-
replace, Curriculum
9g, large At most 50% of our high school graduates enroll in any form of higher
y room, education. Even so, remedial study is often necessary. More than
3 beach half (those who drop out and those who do not pursue education
Access further) of high school students choose to go directly to the job mar-
#4292. ket. So what of this majority, greater now than just a few years ago?
00.0 The committee recommends development of a rigorous vocational edu-
,000.00 national program balanced by an equally rigorous academic experi-
ence specifically designed for such students. Illustrations include
construction methods, materials and codes; aquaculture science, tech-
nology and methods; marine mechanics; automotive mechanics, in-
cluding specialization in engines, air conditioning, transmission re-
pair, etc. to meet state certification standards; carpentry; plumbing;
access. boat building; computer science and programming; restaurant op-
00 each rations; and hospital services.
sand big Futures
4,500.00 The committee members did not limit their discussions to only the
*getation. mechanics of a school facility, but included within their purview a
3,000.00 consideration of future economic needs of Franklin County. Every-
'The Cut" one seems to know that the bay will not long support, directly or
0,000.00 indirectly, the same number of families as in the past. Consider that
as walk little or no growth is forecast for the county either by the County
asy walk

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GANIZATION seeks a Part-Time Coordinator to assist in
the development and implementation of action plans to
preserve and enhance the natural beauty and sanitary
conditions of the County. Duties include preparation of
materials for educational activities, fund raising efforts,
organization management, media and community interac-
tion, and report writing. Please Submit resume by Febru-
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Planner or the State of Florida during the next ten years. (At the time
of this report the county planner forecast zero growth, the DCA fore-
cast growth of 1,000 in ten years and the DOE forecast a loss of
nearly 300 students in five years.).Yet certain areas are increasing in
population such as St. George Island, Magnolia Bluff, Eastpoint and
Alligator Point. Few of these people make a living from the seafood
industry. Therefore, can any other conclusion be drawn but that the
number of people earning their living from the bay is decreasing?
The newcomers do not come for employment. Most come for vacation
or retirement. In either case they seek services.. Services which can
make our young people want to remain here and raise their families.
The biggest problem to the continuation of our community as we
know it is not the fabled "developers" nor is it the "State". It is the
inability of our young to find career fulfillment. Thus we have so many
early and unsuccessful marriages, unemployment, under employment
and welfare recipients.
The State of Florida sent five million dollars into Franklin County last
year for welfare purposes. If we build a comprehensive.consolidated
high school the returns on the investment would far outweigh the
costs of construction and operation. As the path to economic inde-
pendence and improvement is education then surely it follows that
more educational opportunity will yield more economic return in the
form of less welfare payments and higher wages paid more qualified
Financing a Consolidated Stadium
Should the Board accept recommendation numbers III. IV and V (only
action of the Board is needed) the state can generate the balance of
an agreed-upon cost of a facility. The cost to the county would be
approximately $1,615,000 (income from two mills for three years of
capital outlay funds). The state share would approximate five to seven
times as much. (Information from Mr. Wayne Blanton, Executive Di-
rector, Florida School Board Association.)
Recognizing that the loss of income from the current levy of .873
mills dedicated to capital outlay will cause some considerable dis-
comfort the committee cannot forecast a time when the discomfort
can or will be lessened. Indeed, by the end of this current year much
of the contemplated capital expenditure projects will be completed
except those dedicated to Brown Elementary School. On the positive
side the Green Point development project is on again and will gener-
ate more than $100,000 per year in income shortly.
Since cooperation of the DOE and the legislature is necessary to
achieve the above described funding, an early, intense and broad
ranging activity is necessary. Thus recommendations V and VI.
The committee considered several funding options including issu-
ance of local bonds, lease-back program, and the so called 'turkey'
and opted to recommend as it did [follow the funding path as de-
scribed in F.S. 235.435(2) (a-c)] in order to minimize local costs and
quickly expand the educational opportunities of children. As stated
above local costs will equal between fourteen and twenty percent of
the total construction costs.
One of the problems facing Franklin County Schools has been the
matter of space; too much in the wrong places and too little else-
where. The committee proposes that the existing space allocated to
the two high schools be given over to the creation of two middle schools
to house 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The creation of two middle schools
will provide for an expanded, competitive athletic program to give
both boys and girls more opportunity to explore various physical en-
deavors. The arrangement, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 is most consistent with
the developing social needs of children.
Impact on Athletics
Many expressions of concern were heard by committee members rela-
tive to the loss of two football teams to be replaced by one. On the
contrary, three teams can and will exist, but more importantly many
more children will be able to develop and test their prowess in a whole
variety of athletic opportunlmua.
Satellite Campuses
In consideration of recommendation VIII the committee believes that
school does not and should not begin with kindergarten and end with
high school graduation. Colleges and universities are often anxious
to move out from their headquarters and into the surrounding field.
Dr. Humphries of FAMU at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in
Apalachicola last year made the statement that he hoped to place a
small campus in Franklin County. Why not on the site of our new
comprehensive consolidated school? Our young people would have
college brought to them.
Recommendation IX is offered as a means of assuring that a voca-
tional education program is developed which will produce graduates
who will not only be qualified but will have an excellent chance of
finding employment in Franklin County.

The year of study involved in the preparation of this, report has led
the committee to some conclusions which do not lend themselves to
formulation as recommendations within the committee's charge and
Should the Board accept the recommendations it will be well advised
to assure that all school personnel, parent-teacher organizations, and
others closely associated with the operation of the new school are
called upon to participate meaningfully in the many design, layout,
curriculum and staffing decisions which lay before the Board and
If the Board accepts the recommendations of the committee it should
expect to witness a substantial improvement and increase in not only
the academic aspects of the school program but the vocational, rec-
reational, social, and extra curricular components as well.
The Committee on Industry and Tourism, the two Chambers of Com-
merce in Franklin County, the County Commission and the two City
Commissions are all looking for ways to improve economic opportu-
nity in the county. Any attractive existing business seeking a new
location will list among its highest priorities a qualified labor pool
and a quality educational system. The Board is the only entity in a
position to assure both.
There is little chance of retaining our young people in Franklin County
if both a comprehensive consolidated high school and expanded eco-
nomic opportunity are not provided.
The committee suggests continued ongoing discussions with the lead-
ers and representatives of the above listed organizations to assure
that improved educational opportunity and economic development
progress in tandem.
The committee thanks the Board of Education for the opportunity to
serve the community. Each of us is prepared to serve further if we
can be of assistance.
Jim Sisung, Chair
Dr. Thomas Hoffer
Mrs. Jean Gander
Mrs. Grace Wathen

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/07/00 Invoice No. 5257
Description of Vehicle: Make Plymouth Model Sundance olor Green
Tag No XT178T Year 1990 State F- Vin No.
To Owner: Hope Scott To Lien Holder:
Rt 3 Box 3318
Quincy, FL 32351

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/24/99 at the request of FHP/FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 259.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 02/10/00 at 12:00
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towingand storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

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(263) At The Water's Edge
A Pictorial and Narrativ
History of Apalachicol
and Franklin County. Au
thors: William Warre
Rogers and Lee Willis, II
Joan Morris and Baw
Satinder Singh. Publishe
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(245) Down Ramp! The
Story Of The Army Am-
phibian Engineers by
Brigadier General William
F. Heavey. Hardcover,
1988, 271 pp. The first five
chapters discuss the origins
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Carrabelle, Florida, and
Camp Gordon Johnston.
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of a full sweep of the his-
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world war efforts on a glo-
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(256) Florida's Sandy
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(264) The Oxford Book of
The American South: Tes-
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The Old South, The Civil
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Hart Times, and the Turn-
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(181) Florida Hurricanes
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(248) The Riverkeepers by
John Cronin and Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr. Hardcover,
381 pp., published by
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(192) Vivian Sherlock's bi-
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The Fever Man, is available
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of John Gorrie, young phy-
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developed to provide relief
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Apalachicola to this day
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(145) Updated Atlas of
Florida Guides Tour of
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adverse effects on high-tech
industries from cuts in de-
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citrus industry, the steady
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